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  3X3  



Serbia make ominous start to FIBA 3x3 World Cup title defence - by Eurobasket News

Serbia made a good start to their title defence on day one of the 2017 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3x3 World Cup in France. The reigning champions won both of their Group A matches on the Parc des Chantiers in Nantes. It was not as easy as they would have anticipated though with both Egypt and Russia providing stern tests. They eventually beat the Africans 17-15 before extending their 100 per cent record with a 20-17 win over the Russians. Seeded fifth in the men's event, The Netherlands also won both of their matches today in Group D. The 2016 Europe Cup bronze medallists first thrashed South Korea 22-6 before edging the United States, last year's World Cup silver medallists, 19-12. It was a mixed day for the Americans though as they responded to that defeat by beating Indonesia 21-8. Last year's silver medallists, Ukraine, made an indifferent start in the women's event. In their opening match they cruised past Australia 21-12 in Group C. However, in their second contest they were beaten 17-12 by The Netherlands. The Dutch enjoyed a great day as they added to that win with a 16-9 victory over Japan. France, seeded second on home soil, lost their opening Group B match 15-13 to Switzerland. Roared on by the home crowd, they did manage to win their second though after recording a 17-9 win over Turkmenistan. The World Cup is the first major 3x3 tournament since the sport became an Olympic event. It was confirmed last week by the International Olympic Committee that 3x3 will make its Games debut at Tokyo 2020. Action will continue tomorrow when Groups C and B take to the court in the men's event and A and D begin their women's campaigns.
Courtesy of: insidethegames.biz



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Cibona inks Langston Hall, ex Kolossos HH - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) signed 26-year old American point guard Langston Hall (193-82kg-91, college: Mercer). He played last season at Kolossos H Hotels in Greek A1 league. In 29 games he had 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.1apg (top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Hall played at Telekom Baskets in German BBL where in 15 games he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium that year. The other team Hall played shortly was AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 7 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.9apg. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg.
Hall has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won A-Sun Tournament in 2014. Hall was also voted All-A-Sun Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia).
Hall attended Mercer University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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Slobodan Subotic is new Cibona head coach - by Eurobasket News

Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) is the new Cibona head coach, the club of Zagreb has announced. The former Split, Cedevita and Union Olimpija tactician has agreed to be at the helm of the Volwes of Tuskanac for two seasons with an option of an extension for an additional one. It is expected for him to be officially presented by the club to the press in the following days. Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) spent the majority of his playing career at Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Aris of Thessaloniki. He began his coaching career in 1994/95 season. He coached some of the most eminent names of the European basketball by now, including Union Olimpija, Cedevita, Split, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and many others.
Courtesy of: aba-liga.com



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


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  ANTIGUA  


FIBA launches .basketball as new digital identity of the global basketball community - by Don Farrell


MIES, Switzerland - FIBA's official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.
FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball's world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport's stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA's missions - that of bringing people together and uniting the community."
The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.
Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).
Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.
Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA's vision for the future: "Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community."
Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: "FIBA's commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members' digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain."
FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:
Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.
FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.





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  ARGENTINA  


Former Bull Andres Nocioni announces retirement from basketball after Real Madrid season ends - by Eurobasket News

European powerhouse Real Madrid lost in the ABC Finals to Valencia, ending their season. After the game, 37-year-old Andres Nocioni (203-SF-79) announced his retirement from basketball. An Argentinian national who is part of that country's golden generation, Nocioni had an impressive career. Eight of those years were spent in the NBA where he was a solid rotation player, his best season coming with the Bulls in 2006-07 when he averaged 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds a night. He was a physical defender, plus he shot a career 37 percent from three. He also played for the Sixers and Kings before returning to finish his career in Europe. In 2015 he helped Real Madrid to the EuroLeague championship where he was named Final Four MVP. He was also a member of the 2004 Argentinian team that won the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Chiera re-signs at Cento - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 23-year old naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 35 Serie B games he had 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Chiera played at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs where in 31 Serie B games he recorded 12.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.1apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Huelva keeps Lopez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) re-signed experienced 38-year old Italian-Argentinian swingman Julian Horacio Lopez (190-79). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 20 EBA games he recorded 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg last season. Lopez helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements his team won Spanish EBA Group D Regular Season in 2010. Lopez received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Lopez has played previously professionally also in Argentina (San Andres) and Spain (Calpe, A.D. Tarragona, Jerez, Mazarron and Moron).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Huelva.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



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  AUSTRALIA  


Lietuvos rytas tab Ben Madgen - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) inked 32-year old Australian ex-international swingman Ben Madgen (193-92kg-85, college: Augusta). He played most recently at Lietkabelis (LKL). In 48 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.2apg last season. Madgen helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Madgen also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 13.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Madgen played at VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he was the best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Madgen's team won PeachBelt East Division Regular Season in 2010. He received also Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Madgen represented Australia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 85.7%.
Madgen has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Adelaide 36ers, Kings and Eastern Mavericks.
He attended Augusta University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



Sydney Kings recruit Todd Blanchfield selected in All-Australian NBL side to tour China - by Eurobasket News

IT'S rare an athlete gets selected for two national teams in one week. Representing your country isn't an easy task to achieve, so Sydney Kings recruit Todd Blanchfield (200-F/G-91) is feeling pretty chuffed with himself. Just days after earning selection in the 20-man Boomers squad for August's Asia Cup in Lebanon, Blanchfield has been chosen to represent an NBL All-Australian team to play the Chinese national team next month. In a bid to push into one of the world's biggest markets, the NBL All-Australian team will start a three game tour against China in Beijing on July 5. The series will also feature games in Guangdong on July 7 and Jilin on July 9 with all three games to be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia. For Blanchfield, who made the inaugural NBL All-Australian side last year, the chance to play against China will be invaluable for his future international prospects. 'For sure, this is a real opportunity to be able to be selected in the Boomers side,' Blanchfield told The Sunday Telegraph. 'This is a step in the right direction. 'I went on the first China trip last year and that was a lot of fun. 'I know what Larry and Jeremy are trying to do with the league by merging with China. 'It's is a big market over there and I think they are willing to corporate with us is a good thing.' NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said the China tour was another exciting opportunity for the NBL and Australian basketball. 'Last year's series was a great success and we were warmly welcomed by the Chinese people who are passionate about basketball,' Loeliger said. 'The huge TV audience on its national free to air sports channel CCTV5 was fantastic exposure for the NBL which is growing in popularity in China. We are delighted that Australian fans will also be able to watch the games live on Fox Sports.' Following last year's China tour, the NBL started broadcasting games into Asia via live streaming platforms YouKu and Sina Sports. Throughout the 2016-2017 season, over 9.2 million fans tuned into watch NBL games. Seven of the squad were recently named in the Boomers squad for the Asia Cup in August.
Courtesy of: dailytelegraph.com.au



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  BAHAMAS  


Jonathan Fairell signs at Blois - by Eurobasket News

ADA Blois Basket 41 (ProB) landed 24-year old Bahamas forward Jonathan Fairell (201-120kg-93, college: Murray State, agency: Duran International) from SPO Rouen Basket. In 34 ProB games in France he averaged 14.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Fairell played at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 42 games he had 14.0ppg, 9.2rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.1apg. Fairell helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Fairell graduated from Murray State in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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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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  BELARUS  


Orman Genclik tabs Antonio Graves, ex Tsmoki-Minsk - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) inked 32-year old American guard Antonio Graves (191-86kg-85, college: Pittsburgh). He played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Graves managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 6 Premier League games he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.7apg and 2.5spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Graves also played 12 games in VTB United League where he had 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team he played that season for was Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL. In 16 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg. Graves also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Pittsburgh Xplosion (CBA) in sixth round (55th overall).
Graves attended University of Pittsburgh and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Graves is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia, France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (The Flexx Pistoia), Germany (Artland Dragons and Crailsheim Merlins), Turkey (Banvit), CBA (Pittsburgh X.) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Graves' game is described as: Antonio Graves is a combination guard who can play either the point or off-guard. He is an athletic player, solid defender, good shooter who can handle the ball and plays with intensity. A team player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey



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  BELGIUM  


Mons-Hainaut keeps Green for another season - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League) re-signed 26-year old American swingman Garlon Green (201-98kg-91, college: TCU). He played there last season. In 18 Euromillions League games he recorded 10.4ppg and 3.5rpg. Green also played that season for Walter Tigers in German BBL where in 13 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Thanks to Green's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). Green has played previously professionally in Australia (Canberra Gunners), Japan (Kumamoto Vorters) and D-League (Texas Legends).
He attended Texas Christian University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



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  BERMUDAS  


FIBA launches .basketball as new digital identity of the global basketball community - by Don Farrell


MIES, Switzerland - FIBA's official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.
FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball's world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport's stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA's missions - that of bringing people together and uniting the community."
The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.
Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).
Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.
Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA's vision for the future: "Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community."
Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: "FIBA's commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members' digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain."
FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:
Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.
FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.





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  BOSNIA  


Wright leaves Monaco - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Bosnian international guard Zack Wright (191-95kg-85, college: of Central Missouri) left AS Monaco Basket (ProA). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 34 ProA games he averaged 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. Wright helped them to win the cup.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Avtodor in Russian league where in 13 VTB United League games he had 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. But the most of that year Wright spent at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 15 Eurocup games he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. He also played 22 games in ABA League where he got 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements Wright received Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg.
Wright is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets and SG Braunschweig), Turkey (Istanbul BBSK), Greece (Panathinaikos and A.G.O Rethymno Aegean), Croatia (Cibona), France (Le Mans and Chalon/Saor) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).
Wright attended of Central Missouri until 2007 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.2 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 9. Andrade, Bauru17.9 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.8 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
 10. Lopez, Flamengo6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 5. Garcia, Bauru5.0 
 6. Pecos, Paulistano4.9 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 8. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
 10. Bresolin, Vitoria1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 6. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.7 
 8. Andrade, Bauru0.6 
 9. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 10. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 


Bauru celebrate NBB title - by Eurobasket News

Bauru - Paulistano 92-73

Bauru celebrated NBB title. They stormed past Paulistano in the decisive fifth game of the title series to capture the trophy. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. International Leonardo Meindl (201-93) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Power forward Renato Carbonari (206-87) answered with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard George Lucas (195-96) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Paulistano. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Bauru: A.Garcia 24+5reb+3ast, L.Meindl 23+6reb+1ast, S.Santos 16+10reb+1ast, V.Silva 11+2reb+7ast, J.Andrade 9+12reb+1ast, G.Yeye Torres 7+4ast
Paulistano: R.Carbonari 20+7reb+4ast, E.Carvalho 15+3reb+1ast, G.Lucas 9+7reb+4ast, D.Hure 8+2reb, A.Pecos 7+4reb+1ast, G.Hubner 5+3reb
gschID: 548064





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  CANADA  


Ex Highlander Rostampour to attend Mavs Mini Camp - by John Gary

Courtesy oursportscentral.com Mike Rostampour had more than a few reservations, just a few years removed from competing across the NCAA Division 1 ranks with his University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and immediantly coming off a championship in the Slovakian pro league, the big man's inkling was that he was ready for an even bigger stage. According to his long time sports agent Tom Razabzad h that meant packing up and heading north to the National Basketball League of Canada. In 13 games with the Cape Breton Highlanders spanning from Jan 5 to Feb 19 this past season the American averaged 6.38 points and 7.15 rebounds while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor in 21.2 minutes per outing. Those are modest numbers no matter how you cut it but they also are indicative of the league's strength. "I was a little against it at first honestly because you don't really hear much of Canada in terms of it being a basketball market," Rastampour. Said. "My agent told me that it was the real deal though and there was some big time talent." Rastampour responded quickly.


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  CAYMAN ISLANDS  


FIBA launches .basketball as new digital identity of the global basketball community - by Don Farrell


MIES, Switzerland - FIBA's official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.
FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball's world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport's stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA's missions - that of bringing people together and uniting the community."
The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.
Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).
Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.
Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA's vision for the future: "Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community."
Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: "FIBA's commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members' digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain."
FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:
Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.
FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.






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  CHINA  


China revenges Iran in Basketball friendly - by Eurobasket News

Abdusalam's three-pointer with 55 seconds to the end of the match helped Team Red of Chinese Men's basketball team to beat Iran 72-67 here on Friday and revenged their Tuesday's 60-63 loss. The host, who trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, outscored their Asian rival 30-17 in the final quarter to turn the table over. Abdusalam, who scored a team-high 13 points in Tuesday's match, took all his nine points in the final period, while Zhao JiWei (185-PG-95) and Rui Zhao (193-F-96) both added seven. Zhao JiWei's three-pointer opened the match for China but it was the only one for the host in the first half as they were one-of-eight in three-pointers. But Zou Yuchen (203-F-96) helped in both defense and offense. The Bayi center, who just returned from the United States on Wednesday, insisted to play and took 12 points and three blocks in eight minutes before he quitted the match due to injury. "Everyone can see how Zou performed on the court. We are lacking of big guys and he asked to play before the match, though he was still troubled by jet leg," said Li Na, Team Red's head coach. "And it was exactly after he got injured when we had problems in the third quarter." China scored only 11 points in the third quarter. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91), who led Iran with a match-high 24, scored eight in that quarter while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) added six to help Iran heading into the final quarter with a lead of eight. China took a 10-4 run in the first three-minutes to cut the gap to only two and then another 8-0 run to set the lead. Iran had their chance to force a timeout and China's Rui Zhao made in one of his two free-throws to secure China their sweet revenge. "We had a good start and a good ending," said Li Nan. "Though we had some tough times in the middle of the match, I'm satisfied with my players. They fought for the victory in every second of the match and I thought we played better we did in last match." Team Red will play their third and also final match against Iran in Ningbo, Zhejiang on Sunday. According to the plan of Yao Ming, the newly elected CBA president, there will be two national teams under the entirely new system and each one led by one coach. The two teams will play in different international competitions before they merge into one in 2019 to prepare for the 2019 World Cup in China and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Team Blue, which led by Du Feng, will play their first warm-up series against Russia, India and South Africe in the first edition of BRICS Games, which will open in Guangzhou on Saturday.
Courtesy of: china.org.cn



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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, Condores19.9 
 4. Coombs, Sabios18.8 
 5. Smith, Sabios18.0 
 6. Almanza, Condores16.2 
 7. Gurley, Caciques15.6 
 8. McCoy, Condores15.3 
 9. Perez, Academia15.3 
 10. Romero, Piratas15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.11.2 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas10.1 
 4. Romero, Piratas9.6 
 5. Perez, Academia9.3 
 6. Almanza, Condores8.8 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.4 
 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, Aguilas6.2 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.2 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.8 
 5. Granados, Academia4.6 
 6. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
 7. Coombs, Sabios4.2 
 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, Condores2.5 
 3. Carraway, Cimar.2.1 
 4. Murray, Academia2.0 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.9 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.7 
 8. Blandon, Sabios1.6 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break1.5 
 10. Roberson, Condores1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perez, Academia2.0 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.5 
 3. Haughton, Academia1.2 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.2 
 5. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 6. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 7. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 8. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 9. Bermudez, Condores0.8 
 10. Jones, Sabios0.8 


PBD Round 13: Academia beats Caciques in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Montana. Second ranked Academia faced 3rd placed Caciques. Host Academia (8-3) smashed guests from Valleduparnga (6-5) 90-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caciques. The game was mostly controlled by Academia. Caciques managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-92) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Freddy Asprilla (208-88, college: Canisius) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Academia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record behind leader Fast Break. Caciques at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Academia are again looking forward to face Caciques (#3) in Valleduparnga in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Caciques will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was played in Manizales between seventh ranked Patriotas and 4th placed Sabios where Patriotas (4-9) won against Sabios (6-7) on the road 77-72. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. Robert Crawford contributed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Sabios. Sabios' coach Ruddy Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Patriotas maintains seventh place with 4-9 record, which they share with Piratas. Sabios lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Patriotas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sabios will play again at home against Patriotas (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Piratas managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Condores in Cundinamarca 91-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Condores. Brandon Givens stepped up and scored 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Ryan McCoy responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Condores' coach Tomas Diaz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Piratas (4-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Aguilas. Loser Condores keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Piratas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Condores will play again against Piratas (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Condores - Piratas 80-91

Bottom-ranked Piratas managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Condores in Cundinamarca 91-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Condores. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 34-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) stepped up and scored 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Jairo Mendoza (203-85, college: New Orleans) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Givens is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Condores' coach Tomas Diaz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Piratas (4-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Aguilas. Loser Condores keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Piratas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Condores will play again against Piratas (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Roberson 21+3reb+4ast, R.McCoy 17+14reb+5ast, H.Diaz 16+3reb+8ast, L.Almanza 14+6reb, R.Dyer 6+5reb, V.Bermudez 4+2reb
Piratas: B.Givens 32+8reb+4ast, J.Mendoza 16+8reb+2ast, D.Hernandez 12+3reb+5ast, J.Medina 11+6reb+5ast, J.Romero 8+6reb+1ast, G.Pena 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547237


Sabios - Aguilas 72-77

Another exciting game was played in Manizales between seventh ranked Patriotas and 4th placed Sabios where Patriotas (4-9) won against Sabios (6-7) on the road 77-72. Sabios were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Patriotas, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Patriotas players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Barbados forward Kregg Jones (203-91, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Sabios. Sabios' coach Ruddy Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Patriotas maintains seventh place with 4-9 record, which they share with Piratas. Sabios lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Patriotas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sabios will play again at home against Patriotas (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sabios: S.Coombs 24+12reb+5ast, A.Smith 15+4reb+2ast, K.Jones 10+13reb+1ast, R.Rivera 7+3reb+1ast, J.Velez 6+10reb+1ast, L.Blandon 5+4reb+2ast
Aguilas: A.Bivins 27+8reb+3ast, R.Crawford 19+10reb, J.Velandia 12+5reb+4ast, F.Sandidge 11+9reb+3ast, J.Pardo 4+4reb+4ast, S.Maturana 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547236


Academia - Caciques 90-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Montana. Second ranked Academia faced 3rd placed Caciques. Host Academia (8-3) smashed guests from Valleduparnga (6-5) 90-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caciques. The game was mostly controlled by Academia. Caciques managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-92) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. Four Academia players scored in double figures. The former international forward Freddy Asprilla (208-88, college: Canisius) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and Keiff-Walters Forbes added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Academia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record behind leader Fast Break. Caciques at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Academia are again looking forward to face Caciques (#3) in Valleduparnga in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Caciques will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Caciques: F.Asprilla 18+8reb+1ast, K.Walters Forbes 15+3reb+1ast, H.Wormely 9+2reb+2ast, M.Bermudez 7+5reb+2ast, M.Parra 6+4reb+1ast, M.Cornelius 5+5reb+1ast
Academia: S.Granados 24+3reb+5ast, G.Diaz 19+12reb+2ast, D.Perez 19+7reb+3ast, B.Aguaslimpias 13+7reb+2ast, D.Gomez 6+1reb+1ast, O.Balbuena 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 547238





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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  CROATIA  


Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in talks with Neven Spahija - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is negotiating the contract with experienced 55-year old Croatian coach Neven Spahija (agency: XL Basketball Agency) who worked lately at Atlanta Hawks in NBA. Spahija has coached there for the last three years.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Coach of the Year back in 2011.
Spahija was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2005 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
He is quite experienced coach. Spahija has coached also professionally in Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia (Krka), Spain, Croatia (Cibona) and Turkey (Fenerbahce).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cibona inks Langston Hall, ex Kolossos HH - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) signed 26-year old American point guard Langston Hall (193-82kg-91, college: Mercer). He played last season at Kolossos H Hotels in Greek A1 league. In 29 games he had 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.1apg (top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Hall played at Telekom Baskets in German BBL where in 15 games he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium that year. The other team Hall played shortly was AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 7 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.9apg. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg.
Hall has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won A-Sun Tournament in 2014. Hall was also voted All-A-Sun Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia).
Hall attended Mercer University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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Slobodan Subotic is new Cibona head coach - by Eurobasket News

Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) is the new Cibona head coach, the club of Zagreb has announced. The former Split, Cedevita and Union Olimpija tactician has agreed to be at the helm of the Volwes of Tuskanac for two seasons with an option of an extension for an additional one. It is expected for him to be officially presented by the club to the press in the following days. Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) spent the majority of his playing career at Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Aris of Thessaloniki. He began his coaching career in 1994/95 season. He coached some of the most eminent names of the European basketball by now, including Union Olimpija, Cedevita, Split, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and many others.
Courtesy of: aba-liga.com



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  CYPRUS  


Evropi tabs Charalampos Sikalidis - by Chris Mammides

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou (B) inked 25-year old Cypriot power forward Charalampos Sikalidis (202-92) from Aias Evosmou.
Among other achievements Sikalidis received Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U16 in Italy nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0spg.
Sikalidis has played previously professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, Iraklis, MENT Vassilakis and Ermis Lagkada) and Cyprus (PAO Panathinaikos Limassol).
His game is described as: Harry as his friends calls him, he comes from an athletic family and that says a lot. He is dedicated to the sport and ready to learn and be taught in order to become one of the best. He is hard working and very coach-able kid; he is a player that all coaches love as he follows exactly their orders. He is more of a small forward rather than power forward but if he gains the inches needed, he will be able to play in both forward positions. With the best feasible coaching he can become a great player. He needs to gain some weight in power as he is quite skinny. Charalampos is a member of the Greek NT U16.

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Panagiotis Danakis
Alexandros Tzouvaras
Konstantinos Abatzidis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Kigmetoglou
Alexis Mavridis
Charalampos Sikalidis
Stavros Milonid

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DOMINICA  


FIBA launches .basketball as new digital identity of the global basketball community - by Don Farrell


MIES, Switzerland - FIBA's official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.
FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball's world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport's stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA's missions - that of bringing people together and uniting the community."
The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.
Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).
Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.
Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA's vision for the future: "Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community."
Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: "FIBA's commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members' digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain."
FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:
Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.
FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.






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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Suero, Indios SFM29.9 
 2. Guzman, Soles SD21.9 
 3. Santana, Titanes .21.4 
 4. Glenn, Metros S.18.6 
 5. Gaines, Metros S.18.3 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD18.2 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM18.1 
 8. Foster, Huracane.18.0 
 9. Bailey, Reales LV17.9 
 10. Carter, Huracane.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Araujo, Leones SD11.7 
 2. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.9.5 
 4. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.8 
 6. Jones, Caneros LR8.8 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM8.4 
 8. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD8.1 
 10. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.3 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM4.9 
 3. Ruiz, Soles SD4.6 
 4. Glenn, Metros S.4.4 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.4.3 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD4.3 
 7. Miller, Leones SD4.0 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD3.9 
 9. Carter, Huracane.3.6 
 10. Santana, Titanes .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Caneros LR
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM2.1 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.1.9 
 4. Fortuna, Titanes .1.9 
 5. Rose, Huracanes PP1.9 
 6. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD1.7 
 8. De-Leon, Metros S.1.6 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM1.5 
 10. Tamarez, Soles SD1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.4 
 2. Okosun, Reales LV1.6 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.4 
 4. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 5. Evangelista, Caner.1.1 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.0.9 
 8. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 
 9. Louis, Soles SD0.8 
 10. Garcia, Caneros LR0.8 


LNB Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game of round 7 in the LNB was a home defeat of 5th ranked Huracanes PP (3-5) to fourth ranked Caneros LR (4-4) 91-86 in the game for the fourth place. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Caneros LR looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) helped adding 25 points. At the losing side Nigerian-Jamaican swingman Weyinmi Rose (196-86, college: Providence) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caneros LR have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 4-4 record. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Titanes Licey. Caneros LR are looking forward to face league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Huracanes PP will play on the road against Titanes Licey (#6) in San Cristobal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked Soles SD (2-6) gave a tough game to first ranked Metros STGO (7-2) in Santo Domingo. The visitors from Santiago managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Frank Gaines accounted for 23 points. Power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) came up with 27 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for Soles SD in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Metros STGO have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Soles SD lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Reales LV. Metros STGO will play against Caneros LR (#4) in La Romana in the next round. Soles SD will play at home against the league's second-placed Indios SFM (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in San Francisco between Indios SFM and Leones SD. Third ranked Indios SFM (6-2) got a very close home victory over their biggest opponent Leones SD (6-3). Indios SFM managed to escape with a 3-point win 97-94 in the fight for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Gerardo Suero fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jhonatan Araujo produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds for lost side. Indios SFM moved-up to second place. Defending champion Leones SD dropped to the third position with three games lost. Indios SFM will meet bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leones SD will play against Reales LV (#7) in La Vega and hope to secure a win.
The game in San Cristobal was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Reales LV (2-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Titanes Licey (3-5). Titanes Licey defeated Reales LV 87-76. Worth to mention a great performance of Terrance Woodbury who helped to win the game recording 31 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Titanes Licey moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Huracanes PP. Reales LV at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Titanes Licey's next round opponent will be Huracanes PP (#5) in Puerto Plata. Reales LV will play at home against Leones SD and hope to win that game.

Titanes Licey - Reales LV 87-76

The game in San Cristobal was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Reales LV (2-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Titanes Licey (3-5). Titanes Licey defeated Reales LV 87-76. The game was mostly controlled by Titanes Licey. Reales LV was better in second period 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 31 points. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Juan Coronado (193-83) added 12 points in the effort for Reales LV. Four Reales LV players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Titanes Licey moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Huracanes PP. Reales LV at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Titanes Licey's next round opponent will be Huracanes PP (#5) in Puerto Plata. Reales LV will play at home against Leones SD and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: T.Woodbury 31+4reb+3ast, E.Santana 21+9reb+3ast, B.Williams 18+10reb+3ast, C.Perez 6+3reb+2ast, K.Perez 4+1reb, H.Valdez 3+3reb
Reales LV: A.Pena 18+9reb+1ast, Y.Minaya 12+2reb+3ast, J.Coronado 12+4reb+2ast, J.Maye 12+4reb+1ast, R.Beato 9+3reb, O.Bailey 8+3reb
gschID: 546052


Huracanes PP - Caneros LR 86-91

The most interesting game of round 7 in the LNB was a home defeat of 5th ranked Huracanes PP (3-5) to fourth ranked Caneros LR (4-4) 91-86 in the game for the fourth place. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Caneros LR looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) helped adding 25 points. At the losing side Nigerian-Jamaican swingman Weyinmi Rose (196-86, college: Providence) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) scored 16 points. Four Huracanes PP players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caneros LR have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 4-4 record. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Titanes Licey. Caneros LR are looking forward to face league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Huracanes PP will play on the road against Titanes Licey (#6) in San Cristobal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 26+9reb+2ast, A.Freeman 25+1reb+1ast, E.Soliman 10+2reb+6ast, R.Scott 6+1reb+1ast, A.Williams 6+3reb+1ast, J.Garcia 5+4reb+1ast
Huracanes PP: M.Carter 18, K.Beidler 16+4reb+1ast, W.Rose 14+5reb+2ast, J.Bohannon 14+3reb+1ast, A.Montas 7+4reb, J.Valdez 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 546053


Indios SFM - Leones SD 97-94

A very close game took place in San Francisco between Indios SFM and Leones SD. Third ranked Indios SFM (6-2) got a very close home victory over their biggest opponent Leones SD (6-3). Indios SFM managed to escape with a 3-point win 97-94 in the fight for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-94. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Four Indios SFM and five Leones SD players scored in double figures. Indios SFM moved-up to second place. Defending champion Leones SD dropped to the third position with three games lost. Indios SFM will meet bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leones SD will play against Reales LV (#7) in La Vega and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Indios SFM: G.Suero 31+8reb+2ast, A.Gibbs 19+1reb+4ast, J.Miguel Suero 18+11reb+6ast, T.Shannon 14+9reb+3ast, A.Salas Flores 8+7reb+1ast, C.Novas Mateo 5
Leones SD: E.Fortuna 24+3reb+3ast, T.Daniels 17+3reb, J.Araujo 16+17reb+3ast, M.Rhett 15+10reb+7ast, G.Acosta 14+3reb+3ast, J.Corporan 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 546050


Soles SD - Metros STGO 91-93

Seventh-ranked Soles SD (2-6) gave a tough game to first ranked Metros STGO (7-2) in Santo Domingo. The visitors from Santiago managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Soles SD was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 29-24 charge of Metros STGO, which allowed them to win the game. Soles SD was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. Power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) came up with 27 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Bahamas guard Michael Carey-Jr (196-93, college: Wagner) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Soles SD in the defeat. Five Metros STGO and four Soles SD players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Metros STGO have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Soles SD lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Reales LV. Metros STGO will play against Caneros LR (#4) in La Romana in the next round. Soles SD will play at home against the league's second-placed Indios SFM (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: R.Glenn 25+6reb+8ast, F.Gaines 23+4reb, T.Mitchell 12+10reb, R.Tineo 12+5reb+1ast, E.Vargas 10+6reb, M.Dicent 7+3reb+3ast
Soles SD: M.Guzman 27+4reb, M.Carey Jr. 22+5reb+2ast, H.Maldonado 16+5reb+2ast, D.McCombs 10+15reb+1ast, E.Meran 5+2ast, R.Ruiz 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 546051





Titanes Licey tabs Brian Williams, ex U Universitario - by Eurobasket News

Titanes del Licey (LNB) inked 30-year old American center Brian Williams (208-125kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at U Universitario in Uruguayan LUB league. In two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5bpg last season.
His team was regular season runner-up in Uruguay LUB.
The previous (15-16) season Williams played at Globalport in Filipino PBA where in two games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 16.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5bpg. He also played that season for Bigua (also in LUB). In 8 games he had 14.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1bpg. The other team Williams played that season for was Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. In 8 games he got 14.9ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Williams received Latinbasket.com Dominican Rep. LNB All-Imports Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Williams has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Williams has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas), Malaysia (KL Dragons), Venezuela (Marinos), Philippines (SM Beermen) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
He attended University of Tennessee until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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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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Mid City Bears are 2017 EBL Spring League Champions - by Eurobasket News

Mid City Bears are 2017 EBL Spring League Champions. In the Final game they overcame Total Body Fitness All Stars. The latter managed to post the victory against Arkansas Baptist in the semifinal game. Mid City Bears meanwhile edged Arkansas Elite in the semis. Jonathan Fitzgerald (6'0''-G-91) of the Total Body Fitness All stars was named League MVP.


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Liga Superior Round 1 of Finals. San Marcos post opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Izalco - San Marcos 68-75

San Marcos upset Izalco to surge ahead in the championship series. The guests trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 33-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. San Marcos dominated on the defensive end, holding Izalco to just 6 points in third quarter. Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 32 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Francisco Escobar (-93) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Julio Crespin (184-97) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Izalco's coach rotated thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 35+13reb+9ast, J.Crespin 14+4reb, S.Leon 6+3reb, G.Galdamez 6+8reb, E.Tobar 4+2reb, V.Maya 3+10reb+2ast
San Marcos: B.Lopez 23+32reb+2ast, F.Escobar 13+6reb+2ast, R.Diaz 12+3reb+2ast, M.Martinez 9+1reb, L.Gomez 9+1reb, E.Abullarade 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548267





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Lietuvos rytas tab Ben Madgen - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) inked 32-year old Australian ex-international swingman Ben Madgen (193-92kg-85, college: Augusta). He played most recently at Lietkabelis (LKL). In 48 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.2apg last season. Madgen helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Madgen also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 13.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Madgen played at VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he was the best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Madgen's team won PeachBelt East Division Regular Season in 2010. He received also Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Madgen represented Australia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 85.7%.
Madgen has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Adelaide 36ers, Kings and Eastern Mavericks.
He attended Augusta University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Luka Mitrovic (ex Crvena Zvezda) signs at Brose Baskets - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) landed 24-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-93). He has played for the last five years at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. In 19 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.4apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Mitrovic also played 28 games in Euroleague where he had 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Two years ago Mitrovic was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He won Adriatic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017).
Mitrovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Mitrovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Mitrovic has played also professionally in Serbia for Vrsac.

Brose Baskets Bamberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryce Taylor

Forwards:
Elias Harris
Luka Mitrovic
Arnoldas Kulboka

Coach: Andrea Trinchieri

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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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Bryce Taylor is a newcomer at Brose Baskets - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American ex-international shooting guard Bryce Taylor (194-95kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last four years at B.Muenchen in the BBL. In 39 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg last season. Taylor helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Taylor also played 17 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Taylor received Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team award in 2016.
He was a member of USA international program for some years. Taylor was called to USA Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He has played previously professionally also in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Germany (ALBA Berlin, Telekom Baskets and Artland Dragons).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Potentially a great sharpshooter in the mold of James Davis, only taller. "If you need a guy to take the big one, Taylor's the man," Keeps defenders honest with an aggressive dribble-drive. The son of former NBA player Brian Taylor has a well-rounded understanding of the game.

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Aaron Jackson (ex CSKA) in talks with Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) is about to tab 31-year old American guard Aaron Jackson (190-83kg-86, college: Duquesne) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Jackson has played there for the last five years. In 34 Euroleague games he averaged 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.6apg last season. Jackson helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 32 games in VTB United League where he had 8.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg. Jackson contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2012.
Jackson has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended University of Duquesne until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Jackson's outlook: Can spend time in both the guard position, has good offensive skills, his team mentality allows him to be a good PG even at European level. He's enough tall and strong to succesfully guard the opposite SGs, in some seasons he could become a star at Euroleague level.

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Dejan Radonjic praises spirit of his players amid financial problems as he waves goodbye to Crvena Zvzeda - by Eurobasket News

After a successful season that saw them win the Adriatic and Serbian League double plus come within a whisker of reaching the EuroLeague Playoffs following a stunning run that saw them go seven games unbeaten at one stage, Crvena Zvezda head coach Dejan Radonjic (agency: BeoBasket ) has decided not to renew his contract. That means that the search for a new head coach in the Serbian capital begins in what could be the most important season in the club's history as they look towards next season's EuroLeague Final Four, which is held in Belgrade's Kombank Arena; Crvena Zvezda's home floor. 'Tonight my contract expires and I am no longer the head coach of KK Crvena Zvezda,' Radonjic said to Novosti. 'Much needs to be done in Zvezda going forward.' The 47-year-old joined Red Star from Montenegrin giants Buducnost in 2013. He is currently the head coach of the Montenegro national team as well. Through Radonjic, Red Star were undoubtedly the hottest team in the EuroLeague, racking up seven straight wins, the most in their history. They ended the season with a winning record of 16-14 but lost out on a spot in the post-season on the final day when they fell to Darussafaka Dogus, who claimed the final Playoff spot. It brought an unfortunate end to their campaign but Crvena Zvezda made up for it by winning the Serbian league by beating FMP 87-57 to complete a sweep of their best-of-five finals. Finishing the season on a high note was a priority for Radonjic and he credited the players who have battled all season long through financial issues that have been well documented, with the club even taking to its own social media platforms for assistance. 'It was difficult because of various things during the season and no matter what, we demonstrated that we're a team,' Radonjic said. 'It was not easy in those kind of conditions, I was forced to be a lot around the team, because of the debts and the late payments, but we were able to show character and express loyalty. it was a moment of crisis, but we are talking about a great season and that's why the result becomes even more important.'
Courtesy of: talkbasket.net



Khimki in talks with coach Giorgos Bartzokas - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is considering experienced 52-year old Greek coach Giorgos Bartzokas for the head coaching position. The specialist worked with FC Barcelona last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bartzokas coached at Lokomotiv.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year back in 2013.
Bartzokas has coached also professionally for other Greek teams like Olympiacos and Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas.

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in talks with Neven Spahija - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is negotiating the contract with experienced 55-year old Croatian coach Neven Spahija (agency: XL Basketball Agency) who worked lately at Atlanta Hawks in NBA. Spahija has coached there for the last three years.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Coach of the Year back in 2011.
Spahija was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2005 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
He is quite experienced coach. Spahija has coached also professionally in Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia (Krka), Spain, Croatia (Cibona) and Turkey (Fenerbahce).

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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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GB's EuroBasket Chances: Why it's Not all Doom and Gloom - by Eurobasket

After securing qualification to the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 tournament in true British fashion, sailing through on the back of Germany's 82-51 defeat of the Netherlands, a result that made Joe Prunty's side the best second-placed team in the qualifiers, Great Britain (GB) now face an uphill battle for Europe's top accolade against groupmates Russia, Latvia, Turkey, Belgium, and second favourites for the title, Serbia.
Great Britain is one of the more unlikely basketballing sides, with a top division - the BBL - barely in its third decade. Speaking to the BBC in the wake of their 82-75 loss to Luxembourg in September, the match that almost ended GB's EuroBasket campaign before it began, Scottish-born Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83) seemed more surprised, even apologetic, than elated: 'We know we've got a lot to work on but we'll do it together.'
The UK Government was accused of 'killing' the sport in the country recently, after funding was slashed in the wake of the 2012 Olympic Games. Achara himself noted cancelled training camps, budget airlines, and living costs of 15 a day while on tour. The Independent claims that 367,500 people play basketball in the UK compared to 75,000 who regularly row - yet the latter sport gets 12.6m more in funding than the former does.
As for EuroBasket, the bookmakers currently have Great Britain at rock bottom in the outrights, ahead of the 300/1 Iceland by virtue of alphabetical ordering. Punters planning to back the underdogs would be wise to visit a site offering the best free bets in the UK rather than risk their hard-earned cash on the team. GB's Group D counterparts Turkey, at 14/1, offer a much better balance of risk and reward, though Serbia is a near-guarantee at 3/1 behind the 2/1 Spain.
It'd be easy to dismiss GB as also-rans right off the bat, especially with Nanterre's Myles Hesson (198-F-90), arguably the linchpin of the backcourt, a doubt for the tournament after fracturing his tibia in February, but if Prunty can get a few good performances out of Olympian Andrew Lawrence, a Chalons-en-Champagne player with a field goal average of 38.6% in the domestic league, GB at least have the foundations of a chance.
In fact, whoever winds up playing guard could be pivotal to GB improving on their previous performances in the EuroBasket tournament. Teddy Okereafor (193-G-92), a basketball graduate from Rider University in New Jersey, and UC Irvine's Player of the Year, Luke Nelson (190-G-95), are both promising players in the GB team but there's much to be said for using former Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons veteran, Ben Gordon, in the position too.
EuroBasket 2017 doesn't actually begin until September and GB has a number of warm-up games planned beforehand, including a four-team tournament in Greece with Romania, Ukraine, and the hosts themselves; Israel on August 13; a home match against Greece on August 19 and, finally, a second exhibition with Poland, Hungary, and Israel in Warsaw towards the end of the month. They'll play Belgium in their EuroBasket opener on September 1.



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  FBA  


The Florida Flight defeat Gymrats in push for last FBA playoff spot - by Eurobasket News

The Florida Flight picked up a much needed win this weekend, defeating the Bradenton GymRatz 91-79 on Saturday, June 10th at the RDV Sportsplex. The Flight shift from 5th to 4th place in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) with the win, which is good enough to get them into the playoffs for the 2017 season. 'We had a rocky start to the season,' said Head Coach Mark King. ''They say it's not so much how you start, but how you finish. Our guys are poised to make a run and finish the season strong.' The Flight were led by Benjamin Williams, who scored 25 points in his first game back after recovering from a broken hand that he suffered earlier in the season. Daeshawn Beasley (6'1''-G) and Aaron Richards also contributed 22 points each. Kurt King, a former Flight player, paced the GymRatz with 25 points. As a part of the Flight's newly launched No Child Fights Alone initiative, the game was dedicated to Camila Perez, a 9 year old girl who just recently passed away from leukemia. $2.00 of every ticket will be donated to help cover the funeral expenses for their family. 'Since our inception, the Florida Flight has always done so much more than just play basketball games,' said King. 'After my father passed away from cancer last year, and seeing Armani, the son of Dimas Cintron, one our players, also die from cancer, I wanted to get off the sidelines and do something to join in the fight against this terrible disease. This program is our response to that call.' The Flight are back in action and on the road next weekend as they head to Riviera Beach, Florida to take on the Palm Beach Knights. It's a critical game for the Flight as they look to hold on to the final playoff spot in the FBA. The game is also important for the Knights. Currently in first place in the FBA, the Knights will look to secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Courtesy of: flighthoops.com



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Canada and USA enter Final - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
USA - Argentina 121-49
USA breezed past Argentina en route to the championship game. Scott Barnes (200-SG-01) produced 20 points and 6 steals to pace the North American side. USA led from start to finish. They erupted for massive 71 points in the first half and secured an unassailable 50-point lead. USA cruised to the victory after the long break. Romeo Weems (195-F-01) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Bautista Lugarini (199-F-01) responded with 15 points for Argentina.

Canada - Puerto Rico 81-66
Canada outscored Puerto Rico to advance into Final in Formosa. Cashius Mcneilly (185-SG-01) stepped up with 23 points and 9 boards for the winners. Canada dominated in the first half. They poured in 46 points to take a 17-point halftime lead. Puerto Rico slowed their opponents down in the second half but could not overcome the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Shemar Rathan-Mayes (178-G-01) tossed in 14 points for the winners. Andre Curbelo (185-PG-01) responded with game-high 27 points and 9 boards for Puerto Rico.
5-8 Place
Paraguay - Mexico 60-71
Mexico outgunned Paraguay in the classification round. Gibran Avelino (192-PG-01) provided 19 points for the winning side. Paraguay grabbed a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Mexico however erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 31:25 halftime lead. Mexico added 25 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Ivan Cruz (187-PF-01) delivered 14 points for the winners. Fabricio Ruiz (187-G-02) responded with 13 points for Paraguay.

Dominican Republic - Venezuela 71-57
Dominican Republic outgunned Venezuela in the classification round. David Jones (193-F/G-01) posted 14 points to lead the winners. Dominican Republic piled up a 31:18 halftime lead. Venezuela pulled within 7 points at the final intermission however Dominican Republic responded with a 30-point effort in the fourth term and sealed the win. Malvin Payero (182-PG-01) provided 12 points in the victory. Enderson Alcala (191-C-01) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Venezuela.



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.




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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Clark, Chalon17.6 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.5 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.2 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Paris-Le.
  (209-C/F-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 2. Fall, Chalon8.5 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 2. Roberson, Chalon6.8 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Chalon2.1 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Ibekwe, Chalon1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 8. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 9. Jean-Charles, AS.0.9 
 10. Fair, Limoges0.8 


ProA Round 3 of Finals. Chalon nip Strasbourg to take 2-1 advantage - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Chalon 70-71

Chalon came up with a strong run in the fourth period and snatched a tough away from home victory over Strasbourg to take 2-1 lead in the championship series. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points. Swingman Axel Bouteille (201-95) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and international center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Strasbourg IG.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.Slaughter 17+5reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 9+7reb+1ast, M.Howard 9+6reb+1ast, F.Ntilikina 8+1ast, E.Walker 7+2ast, J.Leloup 6+2reb
Chalon: J.Roberson 20+2reb+2ast, C.Clark 14+2reb, A.Bouteille 13+5reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 11+4reb, M.Fall 6+6reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 4+5reb
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Jonathan Fairell signs at Blois - by Eurobasket News

ADA Blois Basket 41 (ProB) landed 24-year old Bahamas forward Jonathan Fairell (201-120kg-93, college: Murray State, agency: Duran International) from SPO Rouen Basket. In 34 ProB games in France he averaged 14.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Fairell played at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 42 games he had 14.0ppg, 9.2rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.1apg. Fairell helped them to win the Supercup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Fairell graduated from Murray State in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

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Utah's Gobert takes Break from International Stage - by Eurobasket

Rudy Gobert (216-C-92) won't be linking up with the France National Team for their upcoming EuroBasket campaign after the Utah Jazz center revealed he will be taking a break from international competition. On the back of a long and gruelling season, one in which Gobert struggled with a knee injury, the Frenchman has taken the decision to focus on his NBA team and make sure he is fully fit and ready for the New Year. For a France team looking to win the EuroBasket title for the second time, the loss of their best player will be a huge blow to Les Bleus' chances.
Following Tony Parker's (188-PG-82) retirement from international basketball last summer, the hopes of a nation have been shifted onto the shoulders of Gobert. Having become the highest-earning French athlete last year when he signed a four-year deal with the Jazz worth $102 million, the 24-year old will leave a sizeable hole in France's roster for the tournament, which gets underway at the end of August. Consistently one of Europe's top teams, the French will now have to prove they can still compete without Parker and now Gobert.
As well as playing a key role in France finishing third in the EuroBasket tournament two years ago, Gobert also went on to appear in all his country's matches during last summer's Olympic Games in Rio. But with EuroBasket set to switch from being held every two years to every four years instead, it might be at least a couple of years before Gobert pulls on the blue of France. One Jazz player will still be at the EuroBasket later this year representing France, with former Phoenix man Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) expected to play in the event for the eighth time in his long career.
For Utah, knowing they won't have to lose one of their key players for over a month with the risk of picking up an injury will be a real boost. Gobert impressed during his first appearance in the postseason, with the Jazz beating the LA Clippers in the opening round before being comprehensively whitewashed by a Golden State Warriors team now priced at -350 with the latest NBA odds. While the season ultimately ended in disappointment, the journey the team went on will stand the whole roster in good stead next year.
The Jazz have paid the price for having international players in the past, most recently when Dante Exum tore his ACL while representing Australia in 2015, ruling him out of the entire 2015/16 NBA campaign. Gobert has really begun to establish himself as a key player in this Utah team over the past year, recording a career-high average of 14 points a game during the regular season, averaging 11.6 points in his nine playoff appearances.
Playing in a team containing a number of exciting youngsters, Gobert will have a massive role to play next season as the franchise look to build on this year's achievements and continue to cement their place as a team capable of challenging for honours.



Wright leaves Monaco - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Bosnian international guard Zack Wright (191-95kg-85, college: of Central Missouri) left AS Monaco Basket (ProA). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. He played there also last season. In 34 ProA games he averaged 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg. Wright helped them to win the cup.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Avtodor in Russian league where in 13 VTB United League games he had 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. But the most of that year Wright spent at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 15 Eurocup games he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. He also played 22 games in ABA League where he got 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements Wright received Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg.
Wright is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets and SG Braunschweig), Turkey (Istanbul BBSK), Greece (Panathinaikos and A.G.O Rethymno Aegean), Croatia (Cibona), France (Le Mans and Chalon/Saor) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg).
Wright attended of Central Missouri until 2007 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bryce Taylor is a newcomer at Brose Baskets - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American ex-international shooting guard Bryce Taylor (194-95kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last four years at B.Muenchen in the BBL. In 39 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg last season. Taylor helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Taylor also played 17 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Taylor received Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team award in 2016.
He was a member of USA international program for some years. Taylor was called to USA Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He has played previously professionally also in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Germany (ALBA Berlin, Telekom Baskets and Artland Dragons).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Potentially a great sharpshooter in the mold of James Davis, only taller. "If you need a guy to take the big one, Taylor's the man," Keeps defenders honest with an aggressive dribble-drive. The son of former NBA player Brian Taylor has a well-rounded understanding of the game.

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Luka Mitrovic (ex Crvena Zvezda) signs at Brose Baskets - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) landed 24-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-93). He has played for the last five years at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. In 19 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.4apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Mitrovic also played 28 games in Euroleague where he had 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Two years ago Mitrovic was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He won Adriatic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017).
Mitrovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Mitrovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Mitrovic has played also professionally in Serbia for Vrsac.

Brose Baskets Bamberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryce Taylor

Forwards:
Elias Harris
Luka Mitrovic
Arnoldas Kulboka

Coach: Andrea Trinchieri

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Will The NBA Be Calling Johannes Voigtmann This Summer Or Does He Only Possess Euroleague Format? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Even if an exciting basketball game can be interrupted and made less nice by the constant blowing of whistles slowing down the game, so can a timeout where some patrons will scoot to the food stand to buy a Coke and nacho's while other's may even delay a bathroom run just to watch the entertaining sideline show of ex Alba Berlin head coach Sasa Obradovic who has his own Serbian theatre like skits with his hand and body gestures trying to motivate his squad back into the game, but the 2 time European basketball champion with the then Yugoslavia also has a knack of saying bold things. In the 2015-2016 season Obradovic who won the Korac Cup in 1995 with Alba Berlin as a player and has basketball legendary status from the Spree river to Potsdam is a guy who can talk and fill a press conference room and where journalists for once won't interrupt, but just shut up and listen stated that ex Brose Bamberg guard Brad Wanamaker belongs to the top three best players to ever have played in the BBL. It would be interesting to how quickly he could come to a conclusion to which center is better the more experienced Elmeden Kikanovic or constantly developing and rising star Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) of the then Fraport Skyliners. It would also be interesting to see how Obradovic would react to the question 'Was Johannes Voigtmann the best player in the BBL in 2015-2016? In terms of play, the way Johannes Voigtmann was playing that season, he was becoming more and more of a showcase player in the BBL and a player that fans came specifically to see play. You may have seen Jason Boone as an extra in a Lebron James movie as he could easily moonlight as an actor or go into the field once his playing days are over and could even make a mean Jason or funny Jason on screen. However where he doesn't joke is when it comes to basketball as he is all business on and off the court and on December 15th, 2015, he had the audacity to tell me at half time of a Fiba Europe Cup game in Frankfurt against Sodertalje that Johannes Voigtmann was the best player in the German BBL. Even the ex floor general of the Fraport Skyliners Jordan Theodore was very impressed about his ex teammate: 'To me Jo has been playing at a high level all season. Definitely the best center in the league. Big Jo is definitely one of the best players in this league. He does it all', warned Jordan Theodore. In 2015-2016, it is so much fun watching the blue eyed basketball monster as at times it seemed like he was a younger version of Larry Bird wooing fans with his special knack of passing the ball, but in reality it is just Johannes Voigtmann being the most complete center in the BBL. 'Joe is very skilled. He has a high IQ and can do things with the basketball that I haven't seen from guys his size. He can put the ball on the floor and create for others. He can shoot the long ball and his mid range game is unstoppable', stressed ex Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore. But before we talk about the current play of the German national player, let's look back to 2012 when he first arrived in Frankfurt.

Voigtmann is a 24 year old 211cm center born on September 20th and hails from Eisenach, Germany and played four seasons with the Fraport Skyliners. Before coming to Frankfurt, the German big man started his basketball trade in the former East Germany and didn't start until he was 15 years old. The German started to play handball as a kid since his dad played, but has to thank his grandmother for getting him into basketball. She received an invitation to a basketball camp in Jena since she headed a school in Eisenach and Voigtmann and his brother Georg went and were asked if they would like to play basketball. After that everything went very quick as both brothers headed to Jena to a basketball boarding school. The German national player who is a Michael Schumacher fan started his basketball career in 2009 for TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga) where he played 17 games averaging 4,5ppg. At the same time he also played for their NBBL team playing 13 games and averaged 9,2ppg. The early basketball career of Voigtmann really went rapidly as he was developing and could hardly get a breath as a year later he was playing for Science City Jena in the German PRO A. He only played four games in his first season, but over the summer had valuable international experience playing at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) playing nine games and averaging 1,9ppg and 1,9rpg. In his second season in Jena , he got more minutes in 2011-2012 as he played 28 games averaging 4,1ppg and 3,1rpg as a 19 year old with only four years of basketball experience. A big reason why the German was able to develop his game so quick in Jena was head coach Georg Eichler who already had a hunch that the BBL would be in the future for the youngster. 'Coach Eichler did very much individual training with me and was interested in leading me to reaching the BBL. He gave me a lot of confidence and gave me minutes that really helped me', stressed Johannes Voigtmann. A few basketball birds in the scene started chirping away and Frankfurt management got an ear full of what Voigtmann was capable of doing on the court and soon he was on his way to Frankfurt. Before he came to Frankfurt he gained more important experience playing at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia where he played 6 games averaging 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 64.1%, FT: 63.2%

In the summer of 2012, the Fraport Skyliners signed Johannes Voigtmann to a long term contract as the club made clear that the German youth was a big part of the future as they were going to base their nucleus around Danilo Barthel, Johannes Voigtmann and Konstantin Klein. Voigtmann was handed a double license so he could craft his game in the BBL as well as in the Pro B. With Muli Katzurin, the German had a very tough head coach, but was still able to work himself into the rotation as he played 26 games averaging 3,0ppg and 2,1rpg in nine minutes per game. Sometimes having a tough coach helps a young player to know how hard one must work to get better. You can't sit around the zone picking daisies, but always have to be thinking and showing your opponent that you are two steps ahead of him and that is something that Voigtmann learned from Katzurin. 'Katzurin always taught me to be aggressive. We played a very aggressive defense something I wasn't used to before, but I got used to it', added Johannes Voigtmann. In the first half of that season there weren't many highlights for the big man as he had limited minutes except for an eight point five rebound game against ratiopharm Ulm where he played 19 minutes and a six point and six rebound game against Wurzburg where he played 25 minutes. Playing back to back times against two time BBL MVP John Bryant and 2010 Eurochallenge winner with BG Goettingen Jason Boone was a thrill and he had his notepad with him to take notes on their games. 'I would like to be able to have everything in control like Byrant. He always knows exactly what he has to do. I think that is one of the reasons why he was MVP. Boone lives from his athletic play and strength. I would like to be able and move as well as him', warned Johannes Voigtmann. Ex Fraport Skyliner Johnathon Jones who once played for HKK Siroki Primorka (Bosnia-Division I) also remembers the Ulm win in Frankfurt as his fondest memory with Voigtmann on the court. 'I remember how Joe did a great job against John Bryant in the win at home against #1 Ulm', stressed Johnathon Jones. His rookie season in the BBL wasn't easy as he never knew exactly how many minutes he would get. In the stretch run for example he played seven minutes against Bamberg or two minutes against Oldenburg. Then again there were other games near the end where he played more minutes and could fill up the stat sheet better like his 12 points and four rebounds in 22 minutes against Braunschweig or his 16 points and six rebounds against Bonn in 26 minutes or his 12 points in 18 minutes against Giessen. At times it is never easy for a German player to gain the respect of an American teammate, but despite only being in Frankfurt four months before moving to Bosnia, Michigan native Johnathon Jones really saw the whole package of Voigtmann and left the team with a big impression of the German. 'His game reminded me a lot of Spencer Hawes. He has a good touch and can shoot the three and his foot work was excellent. I think he is a great role model, he plays the game the right way. I've seen him in practice and he works hard. The young Germans can really look up to him. I think his time will come and we will see him in the national team, he has a high skill set for his size', warned Jonathon Jones in 2012. Voigtmann finished the Pro B season playing 16 game averaging 12.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 65.6%. He was able to further work on his game while learning from Marius Nolte and Zack Peacock. All in all it was a solid rookie season and the German was satisfied with his season. 'There are always highs and lows. I was very happy to be able to get the confidence of the coach and be able to play so many minutes. I just tried to give my best and use my chance. There was a lot of physical stress, but I knew what to expect coming in. I also had this in Jena so I kind of got used to it. I did feel the stress at night when I went to bed', added Johannes Voigtmann.

At times in his Frankfurt rookie season, Voigtmann looked and moved heavy on the court, but he worked hard over the summer to get his fitness level better losing 14 kilos and brought 104 kilo's to the scale and also got added valuable experience playing at the 2013 University games and was able to match himself each day against three time BBL champion Philipp Neumann of ratiopharm Ulm. Voigtmann already showed at a young age that he had respect for guys who were further then him in their development. 'He is already very far with his game for his age. He found a role quick in Bamberg and has played Euroleague. He is always aggressive and it is a challenge to play against him. I would like to become more agile like him', commented Johannes Voigtmann about Neumann. Playing one on one against Neumann hasn't happened, but with time and experience in the BBL, the self confidence of Voigtmann will surely grow against Neumann. 'We haven't played so much one on one, but I think he would beat me 6-4 or 7-3 if we played 10 times', added Johannes Voigtmann a few years back. The fortunes of Voigtmann grew that season as the club continued to justify their desire to keep developing Germans as the playing time increased for Voigtmann, as he became a starter together with Barthel and Klein. Frankfurt continues to be a figurehead for German playing time and development something that Henrik Rodl had preached in Trier for years. Gordon Herbert has been vital for the big jump of Voigtmann in his development in that Herbert has given trust in him and the other starters and just let them play their game and thus their self confidence had risen. When looking at his game in the 2013-2014 season, he really improved in many areas of the game like his post play where he was scoring on a more consistent level, his footwork improved in the paint and he didn't shy away from helping a Quantez Robertson on the fast break and his understanding of the game continued to improve with experience. The opportunity to play for a Katzurin and then get to learn from Herbert has been a huge reason for the huge development of the German as he has been moved gradually step by step not being forced into having to do too much quickly, but being able to work at a comfortable rate. 'Joe has made a big step this season. His development is very impressive. I didn't expect his mid range jumper to be so good and he brings the needed physicality. I think it will only be a matter of time before he gets an invitation to the German national team', stressed ex Skyliner Max Weber in 2014. His passing together with Danilo Barthel continued to be a massive delight to watch as they were possibly the best passing four-five man duo in the league in 2013-2014. But its not only the passing that makes one want to come to the arena, but they complimented each other so well on the court and that led them to becoming German national players and teammates on multiple German Allstar teams. 'Joe and Danilo understand each other very well on and off the court. You notice that they are important for each other and that they profit from each other', expressed ex Fraport Skyliner guard Stefan Ilzhoefer. Centers usually never have to really focus on passing, but if a big man can pass the ball with authority than why not? 'He is a player with the basketball understanding of a point guard. I see a mix of Steve Nash and Tim Duncan in Joe', stressed ex teammate Stefan Ilzhoefer. In the 2013-2014 season, the German had scored in double figures 13 times including a 10 point, 11 rebound performance in the famous three OT win in Ulm and a 18 point, five rebound and five assist game against the Artland Dragons. 'Joe has grown with the team, is fitter, has improved his individual game and most important is that he functions with the team. He is a big role model for me. His professionalism and calmness that he brings on the court is impressive. You notice with his game that it keeps improving and going up and I see no end in sight. Frankfurt offers him the opportunity and perfect conditions to become a big player. If he keeps working hard than I am certain he will become a big player, because he brings the requirements with him', warned ex Fraport Skyliner guard Stefan Ilzhoefer in 2014. He finished the 2013-2014 season playing 34 games averaging 8.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 76.8%, played also for Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB) playing 9 games averaging 15.1ppg, 10.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 62.5%, FT: 76.2%.

In the 2014-2015 season, the German made another jump as he once again was able to improve his scoring, rebounding and assists from the season before that as he played 35 games averaging 12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 79.3%. He made the ultimate break-through in international play in the Eurochallenge playing 17 games averaging 16.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 64.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 79.4%. In 2014-2015, he was a main scoring option, but also had scoring American rookies Justin Cobbs and Sean Armand and profited in that Danilo Barthel was injured for some part of the season and an up and down Aaron Doornekamp. Voigtmann had to step up and did. He was recognized for his stellar play by the BBL by winning the most improved award as well as best young German player under 23 and racked up eurobasket awards like Michael Jordan did awards back in the day during the season with Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Center of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge European Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team -15, Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Europeans Team -15, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Most Improved Player -15, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -15. As if all the individual awards weren't enough to take a break from, he got his last big achievement for the 2014-2015 season by being named to the 12 man roster of the German national team at the 2015 Euro championships. He benefited a bit by the injury of Maik Zirbes and probably wouldn't have been invited had he not been injured, but sometimes the most complete players might not be called for duty, but that player that fits that specific role best as back up and it seemed like Zirbes would have been the choice as back up behind ex Utah Jazz center Tibor PLeiss. Voigtmann got great experience playing against big time countries like Serbia, Turkey and Spain playing 4 games averaging 4.8ppg, 2.5rpg. His biggest kick though was being able to play games and practice together with German legend Dirk Nowitzki and one day being able to tell his grandchildren that they were teammates.

With the Euro 2015 experience in his baggage, Voigtmann came back for season four in Frankfurt and had some misfortune suffering a set back in preseason getting injured and missing the first month, but he returned with a bang and was very impressive as in the BBL he scored in double figures 24 times with three double doubles and in the Fiba Europe Cup he scored in double figures 13 times. Right away in his first game in Hagen, he didn't show any signs of having been injured as he steered 14 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes in a 71-68 victory. He scored 22 points in Bayreuth and 20 points in a win in Bonn.. He was able to focus on his whole complete game as he does so much on the court and just isn't that bruiser inside, because he doesn't need to be as Danilo Barthel was more the dirty work man as his scared opponents with his stare and tough play and then there was a Doornekamp also supplying support as well as the slick rebounding guards. He finished his last season with Frankfurt playing 35 BBL games games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 75.0%; and in the FIBA Europe Cup played 17 games averaging 11.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 73.3%If one wants to marvel about a part of Voigtman's game then it is his passing. It is something he has always done very well, but it seems like in his last season in Frankfurt, it really blossomed like a beautiful lily flower standing tall on an apartment balcony on fifth avenue overlooking central park in New York. He produced amazing pass after amazing pass where one could almost have very carefully thought did he get some extra instruction from Mr pass Jared Jordan of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen during an off day. It really doesn't matter where he is on the court, if it's in the post, double teamed, on the fast break or making an extra pass out of the screen and roll, he seems to not only always make the right pass, but it is often so spectacular that one just savors the moment. He is a combination of Larry Bird and Jared Jordan with his passing cuisine and especially he has mastered the touch pass out of many different angles on the court just the way Bird did back in the day often looking so spectacular that at times showcasing the athleticism that he does have. He also has unveiled his behind the back pass on many occasions. There are numerous adequate passing big men in the BBL out of the post on man to man, but Voigtmann does it to perfection not only from there, but also when he has to contend with the help. He is like an extra point guard on the squad. 'I can't tell you what has been his most amazing pass because he makes so many but what he brings to this team can't be duplicated. He's an inside force on the offensive end. He creates scoring opportunities for the whole squad', warned Jordan Theodore. He had a career high 7 assists against MBC and having nights like that could become regularity with the confidence he shows passing the ball. His field goal percentage was very steady the last years with Frankfurt and it continues to be so in Spain this season. He changed his mechanics a bit and had more rainbow in it and it hung up there so long that it seemed like he was a younger version of Larry Bird playing with a kite in the basketball atmosphere waiting for the ball to come back to earth from heaven. His last season with Frankfurt ended with a bang as Voigtmann and co won the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup in Chalon, France and he had very important games against Enisey and Varese netting 16 and 12 points and held the ship a float as Jordan Theodore didn't come out of his shell until crunch time in the final.

Before the big German moved to Spain to Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain-Liga Endesa), there was talk about what the next step would be Euroleague or possibly the NBA? In 2015-2016 there were NBA scouts following his development. He may only be a radio broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns, but ex NBA player 53 year old 208cm big man Tim Kempten who learned his trade at Notre Dame (NCAA), played for 5 NBA teams in the 90's and won the France Pro A title in 1995 with Limoges, might have a name fly in one ear and out the next as quickly as Eric Bledsoe gets to the rim so what does one do for a name to stick? Well one plays a game where you bombard him with the name until he starts repeating the name. I had a short walk with Kempten down a Boston street in January 2016 stating 'Tim big NBA prospect with Johannes Voigtmann, remember the name Johannes Voigtmann' and just kept saying Johannes Voigtmann while Kempten repeated after me like a well mannered dog does retrieving a stick for his master. Two days later, I gave Phoenix Suns assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren who coached 4 D-league teams and the Bakersfield Jam two seasons ago the full Voigtmann scouting report before he boarded the team bus and with the team needing an hour to reach the arena because of typical congested 5 PM Boston traffic which was only 2,0 kilometers from the hotel, it could have given him ample time to watch some film on the German. If the name Voigtmann stuck with Kempten or Bjorkgren there after is unknown, but if the German big man ever does land in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns then one knows the name wasn't forgotten. Even if it may take the NBA some time to react to the potential and talent of Voigtmann, ex teammate Jordan Theodore already knows what the big man can do. 'The sky is the limit for Big Jo. He will continue to get better and stronger. All he has to do is keep working hard and it will pay off', added Jordan Theodore.

This season the German big man moved to Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain-Liga Endesa) where all of the sudden the quality of his teammates rose from good with Frankfurt to exceptional as he had guys like ex NBA players Shane Larkin, Chase Budinger, Andrea Bargnani, Tornike Shengelia, Rodrigue Beaubois and Nicolas Laprovittola running the floor with him as well as top European players like Jaka Blazic, Adam Hanga, and Kim Tille sharing the ball with him. The German held his own leading the team in rebounding in both the Endesa and Euroleague and averaging 7,4ppg, 5,5rpg and 1,7apg in the Endesa league and in the Euroleague 10,1ppg, 7,0rpg and 1,7apg. He was the team's most efficient player in the Euroleague and fourth most efficient in the Endesa league. He scored in double figures in 11 games in the Endesa league, but clearly his best competition was the Euroleague where he has scored in double figures in 20 games including four double doubles and had three in a row. His best games were in wins against Maccabi Tel Aviv where he had 23/9 stats and 20/9 stats against Bamberg. He helped Baskona reach the Euroleague quarterfinals getting ousted by CSKA Moscow and the semi's of the Endesa league getting beat by Valencia 3-1. One guy who took note of the German big man was 3 time Euroleague champion Kyle Hines. 'Yes he does have NBA talent from what I have seen on film and in person. He is very skillful and you don't see many big men step out and shoot the way he does. He has that perimeter style, but also can play with the back to the basket. He plays the modern game of basketball', warned Kyle Hines. After his first season in the Endesa and Euroleague where he not only exceeded expectations, but turned a lot more heads, the question remains, will the NBA be calling him this summer or does he only possess Euroleague format? Who knows maybe the Brooklyn Nets with assistant coach and German national coach Chris Fleming will be calling this summer. 'I coached Jo for three years and saw his rapid transformation. He was a good teammates in Frankfurt like Aaron Doornekamp who showed him how to become even more professional. I have watched some of his games with Baskoina this season and he has had an outstanding season. He may have the best IQ of any player that I have ever coached. Does he have the game to play in the NBA? I think he has. He made another step this season and is ready for the next one. He has that potential. He just needs to find the right opportunity and that team that fits his playing style. Many NBA teams have phoned me asking about Jo. Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was my assistant in Paris. Most important though is that Jo is a better person than player. He is a tremendous young man', stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert. Only time will tell, if he gets an opportunity overseas or if he will continue to grow a relationship with the Euroleague? One thing is for sure, if the German ever does want to try something new or moonlight from the Euroleague or NBA and his passing continues to get fancier and fancier with time, then he could easily try out for the Harlem Globetrotters and get the players to howl a chant of Dammmmmm when they see how a 211cm center can dish out dimes at ease.



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Khimki in talks with coach Giorgos Bartzokas - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is considering experienced 52-year old Greek coach Giorgos Bartzokas for the head coaching position. The specialist worked with FC Barcelona last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bartzokas coached at Lokomotiv.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year back in 2013.
Bartzokas has coached also professionally for other Greek teams like Olympiacos and Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Evropi tabs Charalampos Sikalidis - by Chris Mammides

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou (B) inked 25-year old Cypriot power forward Charalampos Sikalidis (202-92) from Aias Evosmou.
Among other achievements Sikalidis received Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U16 in Italy nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0spg.
Sikalidis has played previously professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, Iraklis, MENT Vassilakis and Ermis Lagkada) and Cyprus (PAO Panathinaikos Limassol).
His game is described as: Harry as his friends calls him, he comes from an athletic family and that says a lot. He is dedicated to the sport and ready to learn and be taught in order to become one of the best. He is hard working and very coach-able kid; he is a player that all coaches love as he follows exactly their orders. He is more of a small forward rather than power forward but if he gains the inches needed, he will be able to play in both forward positions. With the best feasible coaching he can become a great player. He needs to gain some weight in power as he is quite skinny. Charalampos is a member of the Greek NT U16.

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Panagiotis Danakis
Alexandros Tzouvaras
Konstantinos Abatzidis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Kigmetoglou
Alexis Mavridis
Charalampos Sikalidis
Stavros Milonid

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Cibona inks Langston Hall, ex Kolossos HH - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) signed 26-year old American point guard Langston Hall (193-82kg-91, college: Mercer). He played last season at Kolossos H Hotels in Greek A1 league. In 29 games he had 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.1apg (top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Hall played at Telekom Baskets in German BBL where in 15 games he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.1apg. He also spent pre-season at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium that year. The other team Hall played shortly was AV Cantu in Italian Serie A. In 7 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.9apg. He also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg.
Hall has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won A-Sun Tournament in 2014. Hall was also voted All-A-Sun Player of the Year and NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Italy (The Flexx Pistoia).
Hall attended Mercer University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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Tasos Charismidis is a newcomer at Kastoria - by Chris Mammides

AS Kastoria (B) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old ex-international power forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81). He has played for the last two seasons at Aiolos Astakou in the A2. In 32 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 6.3rpg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Charismidis helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Greek B Division North Group championship title in 2016. Charismidis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Honorable Mention in 2016. He was a member of Greek Senior National Team back in 2005.
Charismidis has spent his entire career in Greece playing for eight other teams: Pagrati, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Koroivos, Trikalla, A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, Aiolos Trikallon, Kavala and Aiolos Tavros.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Kastoria.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very athletic C who can do anything in the court. An extremely good PnR player who can be a perfect match with a good PnR user by creating unsolved problems on opponents. Locks hard on post and can finish easy any basket on the paint with his flexibility. Fights for any missing shot, runs extremely good on transition, defensively has very good footwork & handwork. Can play all types of PnR defence even a switching one. Has 1 block & 1 steal pgm because of his wingspan and his fast legs. He has the experience of A1 as well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panagiotis Kigmetoglou agreed terms with Evropi - by Chris Mammides

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou (B) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old forward Panagiotis Kigmetoglou (200-85). He has played for the last two years at Pefkohori in C. However his team was relegated to D.
Kigmetoglou has played previously for three other teams: Megas Alexandros, HANTH and Stratoni.

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Panagiotis Danakis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Kigmetoglou
Alexis Mavridis
Stavros Milonid

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Alexandros Tzouvaras signs at Evropi - by Eurobasket News

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou (B) landed 25-year old swingman Alexandros Tzouvaras (193-92) from Anatolia.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Tzouvaras spent at Vyzantinos VAO (C). He also played that season for SA Stratoni.
Tzouvaras has played previously for two other teams: FO Proteas Grevenon and Neapolis.

AS Evropi 87 Pefkohoriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Panagiotis Danakis
Alexandros Tzouvaras
Konstantinos Abatzidis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Kigmetoglou
Alexis Mavridis
Stavros Milonid

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Draw results in for Centrobasket U17 Championship 2017 - by Don Farrell

SAN JUAN (FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018) - The draw for the Centrobasket U17 Championship took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
The results of the draw are as follows:
Group A: Mexico, Guyana, Bahamas, Puerto Rico
Group B: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Virgin Islands
The Centrobasket U17 Championship will be played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 26-30 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight (8) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) teams. Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first place of Group A will play against the second place in Group B and vice versa. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Gold Medal Match, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.
The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018, that will be played in St. Catharines, Canada from June 11-17, 2018.






FIBA launches .basketball as new digital identity of the global basketball community - by Don Farrell


MIES, Switzerland - FIBA's official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.
FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball's world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport's stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA's missions - that of bringing people together and uniting the community."
The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.
Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).
Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.
Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA's vision for the future: "Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community."
Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: "FIBA's commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members' digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain."
FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:
Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.
FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.





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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


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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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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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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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St Louis Trotters take IBA Championship - by Eurobasket News

The St.Louis Trotters brought home the Spring IBA Championship last weekend. In the semi-finals the Trotters took on the #1 seed and undefeated Kenosha Ballers (10-0). The Trotters came away with a close victory 89 to 86 on the Ballers home court as they hosted the playoffs. The Trotters was led by Lonnell Johnson with 24pts Nico Reed with 18pts and Cordell Hadnot (6'7''-F, college: Xavier, LA) 16.
In the finals the Trotters took on the Windy City Blazers. This was a hard fought game for the Trotters. The Trotters was down for most of the game. Down as much as 12 points with 4 minutes left in the game. The Trotters rallied back into the game. Down 3 with .49 sec left, Milan Pepper (6'3''-G-80, college: Harris-Stowe St.) hit a 3 pointer in the corner to tie the game 107 to 107. The game went into overtime. In overtime the Trotters pulled away from the Blazers with a 16 to 9 run to finish the game with a 123 to 116 victory. The Trotters was led by Milan Pepper with 31pts Lonnell Johnson 29 and Mike Chandler 17.
Courtesy of: stlouistrotters.com



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Tryggvi Hlinason (ex Thor AK) is a newcomer at Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old Icelandic international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97). He has played for the last three years at Thor AK Akureyri in Icelandic Dominos League. In 25 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.7bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Rookie of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention.
Hlinason's team won Icelandic D1 Regular Season in 2016.
He has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. Hlinason has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2016 and for U22 National Team last year.
He represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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China revenges Iran in Basketball friendly - by Eurobasket News

Abdusalam's three-pointer with 55 seconds to the end of the match helped Team Red of Chinese Men's basketball team to beat Iran 72-67 here on Friday and revenged their Tuesday's 60-63 loss. The host, who trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, outscored their Asian rival 30-17 in the final quarter to turn the table over. Abdusalam, who scored a team-high 13 points in Tuesday's match, took all his nine points in the final period, while Zhao JiWei (185-PG-95) and Rui Zhao (193-F-96) both added seven. Zhao JiWei's three-pointer opened the match for China but it was the only one for the host in the first half as they were one-of-eight in three-pointers. But Zou Yuchen (203-F-96) helped in both defense and offense. The Bayi center, who just returned from the United States on Wednesday, insisted to play and took 12 points and three blocks in eight minutes before he quitted the match due to injury. "Everyone can see how Zou performed on the court. We are lacking of big guys and he asked to play before the match, though he was still troubled by jet leg," said Li Na, Team Red's head coach. "And it was exactly after he got injured when we had problems in the third quarter." China scored only 11 points in the third quarter. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91), who led Iran with a match-high 24, scored eight in that quarter while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) added six to help Iran heading into the final quarter with a lead of eight. China took a 10-4 run in the first three-minutes to cut the gap to only two and then another 8-0 run to set the lead. Iran had their chance to force a timeout and China's Rui Zhao made in one of his two free-throws to secure China their sweet revenge. "We had a good start and a good ending," said Li Nan. "Though we had some tough times in the middle of the match, I'm satisfied with my players. They fought for the victory in every second of the match and I thought we played better we did in last match." Team Red will play their third and also final match against Iran in Ningbo, Zhejiang on Sunday. According to the plan of Yao Ming, the newly elected CBA president, there will be two national teams under the entirely new system and each one led by one coach. The two teams will play in different international competitions before they merge into one in 2019 to prepare for the 2019 World Cup in China and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Team Blue, which led by Du Feng, will play their first warm-up series against Russia, India and South Africe in the first edition of BRICS Games, which will open in Guangzhou on Saturday.
Courtesy of: china.org.cn



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Dominique Archie (ex Betaland Cdo) is a newcomer at Bnei Hertzeliyya - by Nir Luna

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) added to their roster 30-year old American forward Dominique Archie (200-93kg-87, college: S.Carolina). He played last season at Betaland Cdo in Italian Serie A. In 27 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Archie played at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 39 games he averaged 7.2ppg and 3.2rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Archie also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.2ppg and 3.6rpg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
The former University of South Carolina staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
He was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game in 2015.
Archie has played previously professionally in Romania (BC Timisoara) and D-League (Austin Spurs).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in talks with Neven Spahija - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is negotiating the contract with experienced 55-year old Croatian coach Neven Spahija (agency: XL Basketball Agency) who worked lately at Atlanta Hawks in NBA. Spahija has coached there for the last three years.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Coach of the Year back in 2011.
Spahija was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2005 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
He is quite experienced coach. Spahija has coached also professionally in Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia (Krka), Spain, Croatia (Cibona) and Turkey (Fenerbahce).

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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine inks Andrea Benevelli - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) signed 32-year old power forward Andrea Benevelli (202-96kg-85) from Termoforgia Aurora Jesi. In 29 Serie A2 games he had 11.7ppg and 6.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Benevelli played at FCM Ferentino (Serie A) where in 31 games he recorded 6.1ppg and 3.4rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A Forward of the Year back in 2012.
Benevelli was a member of Italian U20 National Team in 2004.
He has played previously for six other teams: Alma Trieste, Fabriano, Brescia, Betaland Cdo, Fossombrone and Dolomiti Energia Trento.

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tommaso Raspino
Michele Ferrari

Forward:
Andrea Benevelli

Center:
Francesco Pellegrino

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AV Cantu may sign Davon Jefferson - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) is close to sign 31-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-99kg-86, college: USC) who plays currently at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico. In two BSN games he had 13.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5bpg last season. The last season Jefferson played at Gaziantep in Turkish BSL where in 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Great season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He also spent pre-season at Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league that year. 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 six 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) 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.

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Nesti re-signs at Libertas Liburnia - by Eurobasket News

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno (Serie C Gold) confirmed in their roster experienced 38-year old swingman Edoardo Nesti (193-79). He has played there for the last two seasons.
Nesti has spent his entire career in Italy playing for four other teams: La Spezia, Cantini Lorano, Gela and Siracusa.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Libertas Liburnia.

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Giampaoli
Tommaso Tempestini
Edoardo Nesti

Forward:
Luca Bolletta

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Chiera re-signs at Cento - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 23-year old naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 35 Serie B games he had 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Chiera played at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs where in 31 Serie B games he recorded 12.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.1apg.

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Lecco tabs Matteo Fabi - by Eurobasket News

Basket Lecco (Serie B) inked 26-year old point guard Matteo Fabi (188-91, agency: Octagon Europe) from Basket Citta' Di San Severo. In 29 Serie B games he averaged 3.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.1apg last season.
Fabi played in the final of Italian Serie B in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Fossombrone, Porto S.Elpidio, Civitanova and Montegrano.

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Davide Liberati joins Cecina - by Eurobasket News

GR Service Cecina (Serie B) agreed terms with 26-year old point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) from Erogasmet Crema. In 33 Serie B games he had 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg last season.
Liberati has played previously for five other teams: Libertas Liburnia, Fabriano, Livorno DBosco, Piombino and CUS Torino.

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Dominique Archie (ex Betaland Cdo) is a newcomer at Bnei Hertzeliyya - by Nir Luna

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) added to their roster 30-year old American forward Dominique Archie (200-93kg-87, college: S.Carolina). He played last season at Betaland Cdo in Italian Serie A. In 27 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Archie played at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 39 games he averaged 7.2ppg and 3.2rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Archie also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.2ppg and 3.6rpg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
The former University of South Carolina staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
He was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game in 2015.
Archie has played previously professionally in Romania (BC Timisoara) and D-League (Austin Spurs).

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Diego Monaldi left Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

24-year old ex-international point guard Diego Monaldi (185-75kg-93) left Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A). Monaldi played there also last season. But in 11 games he had just 1.4ppg. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season Monaldi played at Proger BLS Chieti where in 30 Serie A games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
He was voted Stella Azzurra Junior Tournment in Rome 1st Team All-Star back in 2009.
Monaldi was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Monaldi also represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg.
Monaldi has played previously for five other teams: Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Firenze Enic, Novipiu Casale, Bari and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.
He could be described: A scoring PG who has yet leadership and clutch scoring skills. He plays with great energy and is ready to run the offense in a top team.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Wiliam Hatcher
Rok Stipcevic
Levi Randolph

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Achille Polonara
Giacomo DeVecchi
Scott Bamforth

Coach: Federico Pasquini

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Libertas Liburnia lands Luca Bolletta - by Eurobasket News

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno (Serie C Gold) tabbed 26-year old forward Luca Bolletta (198-98kg-91) from Sport e Cultura Patti. He has played there for the last three years. In 32 Serie C Gold games he averaged 12.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg last season.
Bolletta's team made it to the LNP Silver Playoffs Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for three other teams: Chieti, Matera and Cocuzza.

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Libertas Liburnia inks Tommaso Tempestini - by Eurobasket News

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno (Serie C Gold) agreed terms with 30-year old guard Tommaso Tempestini (180-87, agency: Players Group). He played last season at Bakery Piacentina in the Serie B. In 37 games he had 6.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.7apg. Serie C Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Tempestini played at Meridien Monsummano (also in Serie B) where in 29 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.0apg (top 2) and 2.0spg (leader !!!).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was named to Eurobasket.com All- Serie B Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Tempestini has played previously for five other teams: Cecina, Palermo, Castelnovo, Omegna and Canicatti.

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Andrea Giampaoli is a newcomer at Libertas Liburnia - by Eurobasket News

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 27-year old guard Andrea Giampaoli (185-90). He played last season at Eurobasket Roma in Italian Serie B. Giampaoli also played that season for BPC Virtus TSB Cassino (Serie A2). In 19 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.2apg.
His team won Italian Serie B Group C Regular Season in 2015.
Giampaoli represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg.
Giampaoli has played previously for five other teams: Firenze Enic, Anagni, Livorno DBosco, Rieti and Firenze All Foods.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Has a very good outside shot and timing to penetrate in the paint. Can score, but loves an organized kind of game, and this could allow him to become soon a good point guard.

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Coach Davide Tisato joins Giulianova - by Eurobasket News

Etomilu Giulianova (Serie B) agreed terms with 36-year old coach Davide Tisato. He coached last season at Reyer Venezia Mestre in the Serie A1. Tisato helped them to make it to the semifinals.

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Leonardo Candi signs at Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) landed 20-year old point guard Leonardo Candi (190-77kg-97, agency: Players Group). He has played for the last four years at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna in the Serie A2. In 41 games he averaged 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Candi helped them to win the Supercup.
He was selected to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game in 2016.
Candi represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg.
Let's have closer look into Candi's outlook: A very promising guard, with yet great personality, court vision and good shooting skills. Has quick legs to be an effective perimetral defender, could become a super scoring PG in near future.

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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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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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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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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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Salim Alaaeddine is a newcomer at Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old shooting guard Salim Alaaeddine (188-99) from Al Riyadi. But in two Pepsi LBL games he recorded just 1.0ppg last season.
Despite young age Alaaeddine had impressive career. Alaaeddine's team made it to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup final in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Asian U16 Championships 1st Team award in 2015.
He played at the WABA Club Championships this year. Alaaeddine's team won Gold.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A guard with very good scoring skills, he's very versatile and able to score in a variety of ways - whether he's pulling up for the long range shot or driving strong to the basket.

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Lietuvos rytas tab Ben Madgen - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) inked 32-year old Australian ex-international swingman Ben Madgen (193-92kg-85, college: Augusta). He played most recently at Lietkabelis (LKL). In 48 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.2apg last season. Madgen helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Madgen also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 13.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Madgen played at VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he was the best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Madgen's team won PeachBelt East Division Regular Season in 2010. He received also Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2013.
Madgen represented Australia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 85.7%.
Madgen has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Adelaide 36ers, Kings and Eastern Mavericks.
He attended Augusta University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Malaysia Outlasts ACBA Dragons 76-73 in Overtime Thriller - by Eurobasket News

The Malaysian crowd celebrated wildly as Wei Hong Choo (197-C-92) firmly dropped the ball into the basket with the sound of the regulation buzzer wailing out loud almost simultaneously. It had been a physical game between the Malaysia National Team and the ACBA Dragons from Australia and everyone at MABA Stadium was waiting for the referees to give their verdict on whether Wei Hong Choo was able to beat the buzzer or not. The officials were quick to waive off the basket and as the fans groaned in disappointment, the two teams returned to their benches to regroup and prepare for the overtime session. At the end of regulation the score was locked at 65-65. In the end, the Malaysia National Team and their supporters were able to have a legitimate celebration by edging out the ACBA Dragons 76-73 in the overtime session. The two teams came in undefeated in the tournament and made it clear that they weren't ready to give the opposing side an advantage in any aspect. They changed leads 13 times and were tied 14 times throughout the entire game with no one gaining more than a 6 point lead. With the air-conditioning at MABA Stadium under repair for the day, the atmosphere of the game was heated both literally and figuratively. The ACBA Dragons were more physically imposing than the first two opponents that the Malaysia National Team had faced. 'We played at a different pace against a more physical Australian team. That's why it was so hard to get baskets inside,' Yi Hou Wong (196-F-96) said after the game. 'They're big and there isn't much space inside. We made quite a number of mistakes. Even when I drive in, it was tough to score points.' It was a rough offensive night for Malaysia, who scored a tournament-low 76 points on a tournament-low 31% field goal percentage. Despite the offensive struggles, Yi Hou was able to rack up 23 points including a crucial three-pointer in overtime. With Tian Yuan Kuek (201-C-91) in foul trouble and Chun Hong Ting (193-C-96) not getting the open looks he had been getting, Yi Hou had to step up. He was a steady scoring option for Malaysia throughout the game, drawing fouls in crucial moments to make sure that the ACBA Dragons weren't able to go on a run. The ACBA Dragons had plenty of good chances with the lead to control the game, but Malaysia always had a counter. With less than two minutes to go in overtime, the Dragons were able force Malaysia into a turnover and took a commanding 73-72 lead on a layup by David Hayman. Unfortunately for the visiting team, they were not able to defend Chee Li Wei on the other end who scored the go-ahead basket that gave Malaysia the lead for good. Chun Hong Ting didn't have as much of an explosive shooting night as the prior game, but his contribution of 9 points was a large part of Malaysia's success. Ting's hanging three-point jumpshot at the end of the half not only gave Malaysia a 38-35 lead, but gave them momentum heading into the second half. The Malaysia National Team finishes the first round of the MABA International Basketball Invitation 2017 at first place with a 3-0 record. They will be playing against the ACBA Dragons again tomorrow (June 16) at 8:00 PM (local time) in the Championship Game.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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Fury use balanced attack to rout Rangers in Chicago - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Rangers headed into Chicago on Saturday to do battle against a well balanced Fury team who has been staggering teams with its defense as of late. Both of these teams have been playing some good basketball but the only team Chicago wanted to be talked about was them as they jumped all over Minnesota early leading 37-16 to end the first period. Despite the Rangers slow start big Dominique Dawson (6'8''-C/F-91, college: Ky Wesleyan) and Latrell Love (6'5''-PF-93, college: Miss.Valley St.) tried to keep hope alive in the Chi taking advantage of Chicago's small lineup but just couldnt get the job done falling 147-106.
Courtesy of: officialmbl.org



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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. West, Guaymas8.7 
 7. Little, Hermosillo8.7 
 8. White, Mazatlan8.6 
 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. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.0 
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. Reyes, Guaymas1.6 
 7. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 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, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 4. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Smith, Durango0.9 
 9. White, Mazatlan0.9 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 


CIBACOPA Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. Guaymas join semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Tijuana - Guaymas 97-104

Guaymas defeated Tijuana on the road to seal their semifinal appearance. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Tijuana Zonkeys helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) who scored 29 points. Guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) who recorded 24 points and guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas and five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: C.Jones 29+3reb+1ast, P.Marigney 20+9reb+3ast, R.Woods 20+1reb+1ast, P.Reyes 12+4reb+2ast, B.West 8+11reb+2ast, J.Salcedo 8+7reb+1ast
Tijuana: R.Williams 24+4reb+2ast, K.Rodriguez 20+6reb+2ast, T.Lathan 16+10reb+3ast, G.Smith 14+5reb+3ast, C.Tate 11+3reb, J.Zesati 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548157


Obregon - Mazatlan 93-81

Obregon held off Mazatlan to even the series at 3-3. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kevin Capers (188-93, college: Florida Southern) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lobos UAD Mazatlan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 23+10reb+1ast, K.Capers 19+5reb+7ast, J.Hutchingson 17+5reb+2ast, G.Rice Jr. 11+10reb+9ast, R.Delgado 9+4reb, L.Atterberry 6+3reb+3ast
Mazatlan: J.Ledbetter 16+3reb+4ast, D.White 15+13reb+6ast, S.Edwards 14+10reb+1ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 13+4reb+2ast, M.Lizarraga 9+5reb, D.Onofre 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548158





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  NABL  


Admirals keep the perfect record - by Eurobasket News

Admirals keep the perfect record at the NABL West Coast Conference. Last night they overcame SB Battle 115-85 for a 5-0 record. SB Battle meanwhile fell at 1-5 record at the bottom of the standings.
Force meanwhile took a 10-3 record on top of East Conference-North after a 139-115 win over Pirahnas. Wolverine outscored Knigts 120-80 in the West Conference matchup.



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  NBA  


Boston Celtics agree to trade top pick to Philadelphia 76ers - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have agreed on a deal that will send the No. 1 overall pick in next Thursday's Draft to Philly in exchange for the third overall pick and at least one future first-round pick, per a league source. Barring some 11th-hour change of heart, the deal is set to be finalized on Monday. Acquiring the first pick will allow the Sixers to take University of Washington freshman guard Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98), considered by many to be the top point guard prospect in the Draft. Fultz worked out for the 76ers in Philadelphia on Saturday as the two sides got close to agreement on a deal; the 76ers' agreement was contingent on getting clearance from their medical staff after reviewing Fultz's physicals and getting other medical information on the 19-year-old. Boston will receive the third overall pick in Thursday's Draft, which will still allow the Celtics to choose-if they keep the pick-from a group of quality prospects. Either Kansas forward Josh Jackson (6'8''-G-97) or UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) will be available at three, along with other talents like Duke freshman forward Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98), Kentucky freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97) and Florida State freshman forward Jonathan Isaac (6'10''-F-97).
Courtesy of: nba.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



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  NBBL  


Parlez De Nous posts the 5th consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

Parlez De Nous posted the 5th consecutive win at the start of the Advanced Division in NBBL. In the latest game they overcame GTA Elite 59-50 as Jaelin Bailey (6'2''-G), Jonathan Maxwell (6'4''-G/F-82) and Terance Licorish top-scored for the winners with 14 points each.
Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87) notched a double-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks for
Kobe's Tutors. His team beat Made Men 67-54. Michael Hamilton replied with high 18 points and 14 rebounds.



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  NCAA1  


High-flying guard Rayjon Tucker to transfer from Florida Gulf Coast - by Eurobasket News

'Dunk City' will have to carry on without their most explosive above-the-rim finisher. Florida Gulf Coast announced on Friday that 6-foot-5 guard Rayjon Tucker (6'5''-G-97) will transfer from the program. Regarded as one of the better dunkers in the nation, Tucker just finished up his sophomore season with the Eagles as he averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Although Tucker shot an impressive 45 percent from three-point range while providing explosive leaping ability, he was never able to earn consistent playing time as he averaged a little more than 18 minutes per game during both of his seasons at Florida Gulf Coast. 'After speaking with Rayjon, we are both in agreement that he needs a fresh start,' Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley said in the release. 'We thank him for his two years with the team and wish him luck in his feature endeavors.' Perhaps best remembered for a ridiculous dunk that knocked the power out of the shot clock during the Atlantic Sun conference tournament last March, Tucker will be an intriguing wing transfer. Tucker will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules before he has two years of eligibility remaining.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 2. Jones, Canterbury21.7 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.21.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.19.5 
 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. Pledger, Southlan.10.0 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.9.9 
 4. Kay, Southland S.9.2 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.8 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.0 
 8. Egwu, SC Rangers7.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.5 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.5 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers5.8 
 4. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury5.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.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. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. McCarron, SC Ra.1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.3 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 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. Dawson, Canterbury0.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.6 


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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  PERU  


The semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Top 4 teams of the LBL Regular season advanced to the semifinals after 2-0 in each series against their opponents. Regatas overcame Ejercito 90-66 and 85-39. Inmaculada rolled over San Marcos 68-59 and 94-55. In the second game Justin Gordon (198-F-93, college: Wofford) top-scored for the winners with 35 points and Christian MIJARES followed him with 30.
EOFap meanwhile edged Circolo 69-48 and 83-59. Real Club outscored La Family 79-52 and 82-60.



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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.28.3 
 4. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.4 
 6. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 8. Smith, TNT K.20.8 
 9. Pringle, Globalport19.6 
 10. Amer, Meralco .17.1 
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. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 6. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 7. Smith, TNT K.12.3 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.4 
 9. Rhodes, SM Beermen10.2 
 10. Fajardo, SM Be.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ross, SM Beermen8.1 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.4 
 3. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.1 
 5. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.9 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.4.9 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
 9. Thompson, B.Gin.4.4 
 10. Pringle, Globalport4.2 
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.1.8 
 4. Lassiter, SM Be.1.7 
 5. Jalalon, Star H.1.6 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.3 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.4 
 2. Ratliffe, Star H.2.3 
 3. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 5. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 7. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.4 
 10. Smith, TNT K.1.2 



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  POLAND  


Francis Jonathan Han signed with PGE Turow - by Greg

Francis Jonathan Han (185-87, college: Fairfield) is back in PLK. 30-year old point guard (double citizenship) agreed terms with PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK). He played this summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 29 games he had 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Han's team made it to the BSN Semifinals in 2011, 2013 and 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012.
Han has played previously professionally also in Poland (Slask, Sportino and Kotwica) and Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Caciques, Capitanes, Brujos and Cangrejeros).
He attended Fairfield University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Francis_Jonathan Han
Myles Mack

Forward:
Jacek Jarecki

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Szczecin lands Lukasz Diduszko - by Eurobasket News

King Szczecin (PLK) landed 31-year old forward Lukasz Diduszko (196-86) from Polpharma. In 36 PLK games he averaged 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg last season.
Among other achievements Diduszko played in the final of Polish 1Liga in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 1st Team award back in 2014.
Diduszko was a member of Polish U18 National Team in 2004.
He has played previously for eight other teams: Slask, KS Pogon Ruda Slaska, AZS Koszalin, Kotwica, Start, Jaroslaw, AZS AWF Mickiewicz-Romus Katowice 2nd t. and AZS AWF Mickiewicz Romus Katowice.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.4 
 7. Huertas, Arecibo18.4 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez17.0 
 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, Mayaguez9.6 
 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. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao5.9 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.7 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.5 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo4.9 
 9. Duran, Mayaguez4.8 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Harris, Ponce1.6 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. James, Fajardo1.3 
 8. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 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. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 8. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Harris, Ponce0.8 


AV Cantu may sign Davon Jefferson - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) is close to sign 31-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-99kg-86, college: USC) who plays currently at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico. In two BSN games he had 13.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5bpg last season. The last season Jefferson played at Gaziantep in Turkish BSL where in 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Great season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. He also spent pre-season at Guaros (LPB) in Venezuelan league that year. 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 six 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) 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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BSN Round 34: #1 Santeros are defeated by Caciques - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Santeros (20-10) in Coamo on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Caciques (10-19) 76-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santeros. Santeros were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Caciques, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-86, college: Siena) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caciques maintains tenth position with 10-19 record. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with ten games lost. Caciques will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Santeros will play on the road against Indios in Mayaguez and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Juana Diaz. Fifth ranked Atleticos (16-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Leones (16-15) 94-91 in the fight for the fourth place. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) notched 19 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and Justin Keenan supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 6 assists by Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) did not help to save the game for Leones. Atleticos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Leones at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Atleticos will play against Brujos (#9) in Guayama in the next round where they are favorite. Leones will play at home against Vaqueros (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fajardo (18-11) against ninth ranked Brujos (12-18) on Friday night. Host Fajardo was crushed by Brujos in 105-85. Damien Wilkins fired 37 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners. Damion James produced 13 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon rotated thirteen players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos maintains ninth position with 12-18 record. Fajardo lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 11 games lost. Brujos will meet at home higher ranked Atleticos (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fajardo will play against Piratas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Mayaguez where 6th ranked Capitanes (14-15) were upset on the court of ninth ranked Indios (12-17) 100-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Capitanes. Worth to mention a great performance of Devon Collier who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Capitanes keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Indios' next round opponent will be league's leader Santeros in Coamo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Aguada - Humacao 73-76

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Santeros (20-10) in Coamo on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Caciques (10-19) 76-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santeros. Santeros were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Caciques, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-86, college: Siena) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Caciques maintains tenth position with 10-19 record. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with ten games lost. Caciques will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Santeros will play on the road against Indios in Mayaguez and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Orozco 25+10reb+2ast, E.Ubiles 16+5reb+2ast, R.Cintron Cortes 14+3reb+5ast, A.Guzman 8+2reb+3ast, M.De Jesus 5+3reb, A.Kelley 4+3reb+7ast
Aguada: R.Mendoza 22+7reb+1ast, O.Samhan 14+7reb+3ast, A.Abreu 13+3reb+4ast, C.Gaston 8+11reb+2ast, J.Guitian 7+3reb+1ast, E.Andujar 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540212


Mayaguez - Arecibo 100-89

An interesting game took place in Mayaguez where 6th ranked Capitanes (14-15) were upset on the court of ninth ranked Indios (12-17) 100-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Capitanes. The hosts were ahead by 10 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 27-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Indios shot 65.5 percent from the field. Indios had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international Devon Collier (203-91, college: Oregon St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 24 points and 5 steals in the effort for Capitanes. Four Indios and five Capitanes players scored in double figures. Indios moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Capitanes keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Indios' next round opponent will be league's leader Santeros in Coamo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Collier 25+8reb+2ast, C.Duran 17+5reb+9ast, T.Mitchell 16+1reb+6ast, D.Laury 15+6reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 9+1reb, N.Butler Lind 9+3reb+2ast
Arecibo: W.Hodge 24+2reb+3ast, C.Clarke 16+7reb+6ast, D.Huertas 15+5reb+3ast, D.Jefferson 12+8reb+5ast, A.Alamo 10+6reb, D.Cortez 8+1reb
gschID: 540211


Fajardo - Guayama 85-105

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fajardo (18-11) against ninth ranked Brujos (12-18) on Friday night. Host Fajardo was crushed by Brujos in 105-85. The game without a history. Brujos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Brujos shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) fired 37 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 28 points and 8 assists. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Four Fajardo players scored in double figures. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon rotated thirteen players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos maintains ninth position with 12-18 record. Fajardo lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 11 games lost. Brujos will meet at home higher ranked Atleticos (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fajardo will play against Piratas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guayama: D.Wilkins 37+4reb+6ast, K.Vinales 28+4reb+8ast, L.Wade 10+4reb, R.Sanchez 10+3reb+1ast, M.Fillyaw 8+5reb+3ast, D.Hinson 5+4reb
Fajardo: N.Peavy 16+4reb, D.James 13+8reb+2ast, A.Colon 12+2reb+3ast, C.Arroyo 10+3reb+7ast, R.Buckner 8+7reb+2ast, E.Ayuso 8
gschID: 540210


Ponce - San German 91-94

Important game to mention about took place in Juana Diaz. Fifth ranked Atleticos (16-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Leones (16-15) 94-91 in the fight for the fourth place. Atleticos made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) notched 19 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 6 assists by Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) did not help to save the game for Leones. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four Atleticos and five Leones players scored in double figures. Atleticos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Leones at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Atleticos will play against Brujos (#9) in Guayama in the next round where they are favorite. Leones will play at home against Vaqueros (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: D.Ebanks 19+3reb+5ast, J.Keenan 17+3reb+4ast, I.Sosa Carrion 16+1reb+2ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 12+10reb+1ast, A.Franklin 10+7reb+2ast, G.Browne 9+7reb+7ast
Ponce: V.Liz 21+2reb+6ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 16+3reb+2ast, G.Colon 15+6reb+2ast, M.Harris 14+8reb+4ast, C.Emory 13+6reb+3ast, A.Torres 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 540209





Humacao adds Kelley to their roster, ex Best Balikesir - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Alfrie Kelley (183-85kg-85, college: S.Carolina). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league. In 17 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kelley played at Balikesir (also in TBL) where in 21 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 7.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Kelley has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Kelley's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in thirteen different countries. Kelley tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Belgium, China, Croatia, Greece, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and Basket Barcellona), Lebanon, Venezuela (Cocodrilos and Marinos), NBA (Miami Heat), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Austin Spurs), IBL (Las Vegas P.) and Puerto Rico (Capitanes).
Kelley attended University of South Carolina until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Kelley: Can score with the ball, is a good playmaker and he understands the game ... Overall game is what excites the coaching staff ... Wing-span is 76 inches.... He's more a penetrator than a good outside shooter, however....

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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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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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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Aaron Jackson (ex CSKA) in talks with Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) is about to tab 31-year old American guard Aaron Jackson (190-83kg-86, college: Duquesne) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Jackson has played there for the last five years. In 34 Euroleague games he averaged 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.6apg last season. Jackson helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 32 games in VTB United League where he had 8.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg. Jackson contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2012.
Jackson has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended University of Duquesne until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Jackson's outlook: Can spend time in both the guard position, has good offensive skills, his team mentality allows him to be a good PG even at European level. He's enough tall and strong to succesfully guard the opposite SGs, in some seasons he could become a star at Euroleague level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khimki in talks with coach Giorgos Bartzokas - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) is considering experienced 52-year old Greek coach Giorgos Bartzokas for the head coaching position. The specialist worked with FC Barcelona last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bartzokas coached at Lokomotiv.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year back in 2013.
Bartzokas has coached also professionally for other Greek teams like Olympiacos and Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Why mini Kevin Durant' St.Kitts Top NBA Pick Jonathan Isaac has the Draft's highest ceiling - by Don Farrell


The concept of an NBA prospect having a 'high ceiling' is something that's often discussed, but rarely defined. Is this the most exciting thing we can say about a player on draft night, meaning that, someday, he could become that franchise cornerstone every team needs?

Or are we saying that a player has the physical attributes and the athletic prowess to round into a phenomenal basketball player, if he puts in the hard work and gets some lucky breaks? Or is that term a backhanded compliment of sorts, where a talent evaluator is saying that, yes, the player has enormous natural abilities, but that he never reached that high potential in college?

Is 'high ceiling' the best thing you can say about a prospect, or is it the worst? A blessing or a curse? Leading into the 2014-15 college season, Karl-Anthony Towns was spoken about as a high-ceiling player. Turns out he's reaching that ceiling in the NBA already. But remember: Cliff Alexander was considered a better college recruit than Towns, and he was spoken about in the same high-ceiling sort of way. Alexander had a miserable college season at Kansas, went undrafted, and was last seen playing for the Nets - the Long Island Nets, that is, of the D-League. He never even sniffed his high ceiling.

And so it is with both excitement and a bit of trepidation that I'm slapping the 'highest ceiling in the 2017 NBA Draft' label on Jonathan Isaac, the tall, athletic, versatile one-and-done forward from Florida State. He fits the 'high ceiling' bill: Isaac has the athletic abilities to wow people in the NBA. He has the body that ought to fill out, a rangy 6-11 frame that his college coach told me could still be growing. And he has a skill set that is rare for a big man, as a late growth spurt turned him from a slender 6-foot-6 high school wing overlooked in the top tier of college recruiting into a near 7-footer with the playmaking and shooting abilities of a guard.

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Jonathan Isaac has the highest ceiling of any player in the NBA Draft. USATSI

Needless to say, Isaac's ceiling has NBA scouts drooling. One scout told me Isaac is the one player in this draft he sees as being in the rarefied air of 'freak NBA athletes,' a term the scout reserves for players like LeBron Jamesand Paul George and just a handful of others.

So is this label a blessing? Or is it a curse, the idea that in the future this player could outperform his past?

The answer depends, I believe, on the individual. An arrogant young man who hears this talk about himself can get lazy. He can see himself as The Anointed One and not put in the work. This is the type of player for whom the 'high ceiling' label will become a curse.

Luckily, this is not the case with Jonathan Isaac. And because of not only his basketball attributes but also his grounded and humble personality, I earnestly believe that five years from now we could look back at the 2017 NBA Draft and say, 'How the hell did a player like Jonathan Isaac last all the way until the seventh pick?!?'

'There's no question about it,' Isaac's college coach, Leonard Hamilton, told me the other day, agreeing with me on both Isaac having the highest ceiling in this draft and the constitution to live up to the label. 'Jonathan is an extremely humble person, but he's also a very hard worker, extremely focused. Of all the players I've coached, he comes in as a youngster with an extremely high basketball IQ, one of the highest basketball IQs I've seen. He sees the game through a mature set of eyes, almost coach-like. He values all the little things that are important about the game.'

That's exactly the type of mentality that turns a high-ceiling player into an NBA All-Star. A nationally respected evaluator of high school basketball talent - someone who has watched Isaac develop for years - told me what jumps out to him most about Isaac's game is how unselfish he is (he also referred to Isaac as a 'mini Kevin Durant,' if that gives you any sense of Isaac's ceiling). He's not the type of player who is so concerned about filling up the box score. He knows that he'll get his. Instead, he's out there to make his team better, not just make himself look good.

In an NBA that spreads the floor like it does, Isaac is the type of player who fits the modern league like a glove. He's a near 7-footer who can put the ball on the floor and knock down 3s, which he did at a 35 percent clip in college at an average of nearly three attempts per game. He rebounds in traffic, he makes free throws, he doesn't pass up open looks, he makes the pass that leads to the pass that gets the assist. He was the most effective shot-blocker and rebounder for one of the tallest teams in college basketball. But what Hamilton believes will make him most valuable in the NBA isn't necessarily just his effectiveness close to the rim. It's that he's as comfortable under the rim as he is out on the perimeter - on offense, and on defense. There's not a big man in this draft who'll be as effective switching on pick-and-rolls as Isaac is.

'He has the versatility to be whatever a coach wants him to be,' Hamilton told me. 'He's so rare in terms of having such a talented guy who just really, really gets it. He's a confident person. He'll respect authority and respect the culture of the team, but he'll speak up when there's something that needs to be talked about. He's not a 'yes' man. He respects right from wrong. He's the kind of young man parents want their kids to grow up to be.'

Look, I am well aware that NBA teams won't be making their selections on draft night based on whether a player seems like a nice young man or a guy with a nose for trouble. The fact that Hamilton raves about how enthusiastic of a cheerleader Isaac was for his teammates when he was on the bench won't register with NBA teams. But you better believe that in a draft that's chock-full of players with all the measurable basketball attributes you'd ever want, it'll be those personal intangibles that can turn a player from 'high ceiling' into 'franchise cornerstone.'

I can't say with 100 percent certainty that Isaac will make that leap. That's why the NBA draft is always filled with so much intrigue; these young men are unfinished canvasses onto which we can project our own hopes and desires. One of the highest ceilings in recent memory was Greg Oden and, through a rash of misfortunes, he became a historic bust. And nobody was talking about the high ceiling of a player like Draymond Green on draft night. Green became one of the biggest steals in NBA draft history. There are so many factors at play on whether a player falls short of or far exceeds his potential.

But I do know this: When you take the whole package with Jonathan Isaac - the phenomenal physical profile, the off-the-charts basketball IQ, the humility, the focus - he strikes me as the rarest of high-ceiling players. He's the high-ceiling prospect who could also be the safest of bets.
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KFC/NBL Quarterfinals Results - by Eurobasket News

The stage is set for the final four teams to do battle in the semifinals of the 2017 KFC National Basketball league. 4 exciting quarterfinals matchups took place On Saturday June 10th with both last year's finalists clinching their respective spots in the next round. In the first of two games at the Vigie Multipurpose Sports Complex, defending champions Courts Jets, defeated Dennery Dolphins 74-63. KFC Player of the game Keegan Preville shouldered the load for Courts Jets, finishing with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals.
Dennery's top scorer Danny Kelly contributed 16 points, and veteran Desmond Vidal finished with 13 points, 17 rebounds.
The second matchup saw 2016 runners-up VBCC continue their dominant performance, defeating Micoud 77-48. KFC Player of the Game Marcian Calderon ended the game with 10 points, 14 rebounds, 6 steals. Casson Augustin led the way in Micoud's losing effort with 21 points.
Quarterfinal action also took place in Dennery with two thrilling matchups. Basketball for the Future (BFTF) led by Ron DuMurville's 22 points, 5 steals, was unable to get past the Morne Gladiators who scraped a 76-75 win. Marlon Samuel earned KFC Player of the Game honours, contributing 23 points, 5 rebounds for the Morne. He was ably assisted by Shamoir Jn. Baptiste who filled up the stat sheets with 21 points, 7 steals, 6 assists.
In the final quarterfinal game, Vieux Fort's Run N Gun, without floor general Raheem Auguste suffered a surprising 56-55 loss to Canaries. Canaries who only fielded 6 players were led by Larry Shepherd with 15 points, 10 rebounds. Tim Baptiste scored 14 points and stole the ball 6 times in Run n Gun's losing effort.
The dates and times of the Semifinal games will be announced on Wednesday June 14th.
Courtesy of: stlucianewsonline.com



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FIBA launches .basketball as new digital identity of the global basketball community - by Don Farrell


MIES, Switzerland - FIBA's official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.
FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball's world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport's stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA's missions - that of bringing people together and uniting the community."
The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.
Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).
Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.
Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA's vision for the future: "Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community."
Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: "FIBA's commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members' digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain."
FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:
Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.
FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.






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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dejan Radonjic praises spirit of his players amid financial problems as he waves goodbye to Crvena Zvzeda - by Eurobasket News

After a successful season that saw them win the Adriatic and Serbian League double plus come within a whisker of reaching the EuroLeague Playoffs following a stunning run that saw them go seven games unbeaten at one stage, Crvena Zvezda head coach Dejan Radonjic (agency: BeoBasket ) has decided not to renew his contract. That means that the search for a new head coach in the Serbian capital begins in what could be the most important season in the club's history as they look towards next season's EuroLeague Final Four, which is held in Belgrade's Kombank Arena; Crvena Zvezda's home floor. 'Tonight my contract expires and I am no longer the head coach of KK Crvena Zvezda,' Radonjic said to Novosti. 'Much needs to be done in Zvezda going forward.' The 47-year-old joined Red Star from Montenegrin giants Buducnost in 2013. He is currently the head coach of the Montenegro national team as well. Through Radonjic, Red Star were undoubtedly the hottest team in the EuroLeague, racking up seven straight wins, the most in their history. They ended the season with a winning record of 16-14 but lost out on a spot in the post-season on the final day when they fell to Darussafaka Dogus, who claimed the final Playoff spot. It brought an unfortunate end to their campaign but Crvena Zvezda made up for it by winning the Serbian league by beating FMP 87-57 to complete a sweep of their best-of-five finals. Finishing the season on a high note was a priority for Radonjic and he credited the players who have battled all season long through financial issues that have been well documented, with the club even taking to its own social media platforms for assistance. 'It was difficult because of various things during the season and no matter what, we demonstrated that we're a team,' Radonjic said. 'It was not easy in those kind of conditions, I was forced to be a lot around the team, because of the debts and the late payments, but we were able to show character and express loyalty. it was a moment of crisis, but we are talking about a great season and that's why the result becomes even more important.'
Courtesy of: talkbasket.net



Luka Mitrovic (ex Crvena Zvezda) signs at Brose Baskets - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) landed 24-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-93). He has played for the last five years at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. In 19 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.4apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Mitrovic also played 28 games in Euroleague where he had 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Two years ago Mitrovic was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (60th overall). He won Adriatic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017).
Mitrovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Mitrovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Mitrovic has played also professionally in Serbia for Vrsac.

Brose Baskets Bamberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryce Taylor

Forwards:
Elias Harris
Luka Mitrovic
Arnoldas Kulboka

Coach: Andrea Trinchieri

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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).

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Orman Genclik signs Hasan Rizvic - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) signed 33-year old Slovenian ex-international center Hasan Rizvic (212-110kg-84). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Rizvic will still stay in Turkey where he played last season at Gelisim in the TBL. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.6bpg. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Rizvic played at Orkide Gediz Univeristesi (also in TBL). In 37 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Bosman Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
His team made it to the TB2L Semifinals in 2014.
Rizvic was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2010 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
Rizvic also represented Slovenia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 2.4rpg.
Rizvic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost), Poland (Slask), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (La ICL Manresa), Ukraine (Azovmash and Poltava), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija).

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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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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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Former Bull Andres Nocioni announces retirement from basketball after Real Madrid season ends - by Eurobasket News

European powerhouse Real Madrid lost in the ABC Finals to Valencia, ending their season. After the game, 37-year-old Andres Nocioni (203-SF-79) announced his retirement from basketball. An Argentinian national who is part of that country's golden generation, Nocioni had an impressive career. Eight of those years were spent in the NBA where he was a solid rotation player, his best season coming with the Bulls in 2006-07 when he averaged 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds a night. He was a physical defender, plus he shot a career 37 percent from three. He also played for the Sixers and Kings before returning to finish his career in Europe. In 2015 he helped Real Madrid to the EuroLeague championship where he was named Final Four MVP. He was also a member of the 2004 Argentinian team that won the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Tryggvi Hlinason (ex Thor AK) is a newcomer at Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old Icelandic international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97). He has played for the last three years at Thor AK Akureyri in Icelandic Dominos League. In 25 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.7bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Rookie of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention.
Hlinason's team won Icelandic D1 Regular Season in 2016.
He has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. Hlinason has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2016 and for U22 National Team last year.
He represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0pts.

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Huelva keeps Lopez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) re-signed experienced 38-year old Italian-Argentinian swingman Julian Horacio Lopez (190-79). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 20 EBA games he recorded 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg last season. Lopez helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements his team won Spanish EBA Group D Regular Season in 2010. Lopez received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Lopez has played previously professionally also in Argentina (San Andres) and Spain (Calpe, A.D. Tarragona, Jerez, Mazarron and Moron).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Huelva.

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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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TBL Round 11: Hitech is defeated by Mono Vampire in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bangkok: Mono Vampire (#1) and Hitech (#2). Mono Vampire (10-1) won against visiting Hitech (9-2) 110-100. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hitech. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mono Vampire looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hitech's players. 26 personal fouls committed by Hitech helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 7 assists. Filipino-American point guard Jason Brickman (181-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) helped adding 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mono Vampire have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Hitech at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Mono Vampire are looking forward to face TGE (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hitech will play against PEA (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Mad Goat (7-4) against sixth ranked TGE (4-7) on Saturday night. Host Mad Goat was defeated by TGE in Nakorn Phantom 93-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mad Goat. It was an exceptional evening for Jeff Dumelod who led the winners and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Alfred Mandani accounted for 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. TGE's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for Mad Goat in the defeat. TGE maintains sixth place with 4-7 record. Mad Goat at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with PEA. TGE will play against league's leader Mono Vampire in Bangkok in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mad Goat will play against Mono Thew and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked OSK (0-11) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fifth ranked Mono Thew (5-6) 125-92 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Tawatchai Suktub who scored 21 points. Mono Thew's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Kevin Hill produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Mono Thew maintains fifth place with 5-6 record. OSK lost their eleventh game in a row. They still close the standings with 11 games lost. Mono Thew will meet at home higher ranked Mad Goat (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. OSK will play against Dunkin' Raptors (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked PEA (7-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-9). PEA smashed Dunkin' Raptors 109-87. Samuel Deguara orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 27 rebounds. Dunkin' Raptors' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. PEA moved-up to third place, which they share with Mad Goat. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side keep the seventh position with nine games lost. PEA's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dunkin' Raptors will play against OSK (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

OSK - Mono Thew 92-125

Bottom-ranked OSK (0-11) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fifth ranked Mono Thew (5-6) 125-92 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Mono Thew. OSK managed to win fourth quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mono Thew looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by OSK's players. The best player for the winners was Tawatchai Suktub who scored 21 points. Filipino point guard Paul Zamar (180-87) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Mono Thew's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Filipino guard Ryusei Koga (175) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Mono Thew and four OSK players scored in double figures. Mono Thew maintains fifth place with 5-6 record. OSK lost their eleventh game in a row. They still close the standings with 11 games lost. Mono Thew will meet at home higher ranked Mad Goat (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. OSK will play against Dunkin' Raptors (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
OSK: N.Barfield 24+6reb, R.Koga 22+7reb+3ast, K.Hill 18+13reb+1ast, J.Jamon 12+8reb+1ast, K.Panyaparu 8+4reb, T.ChaloemcHart 4
Mono Thew: T.Suktub 21+4reb+3ast, P.Zamar 18+5reb+4ast, A.McClain 15+6reb+2ast, J.Towaroj 14+1reb+3ast, T.Sriboonruang 12+3reb+5ast, P.Chutsiriyingyong 12+3reb
gschID: 547910


Mad Goat - TGE 83-93

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Mad Goat (7-4) against sixth ranked TGE (4-7) on Saturday night. Host Mad Goat was defeated by TGE in Nakorn Phantom 93-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mad Goat. The game was mostly controlled by TGE. Mad Goat was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for Jeff Dumelod who led the winners and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Alfred Mandani accounted for 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. TGE's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists and American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Mad Goat in the defeat. Four TGE and five Mad Goat players scored in double figures. TGE maintains sixth place with 4-7 record. Mad Goat at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with PEA. TGE will play against league's leader Mono Vampire in Bangkok in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mad Goat will play against Mono Thew and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: T.Langsui 14+2reb+2ast, M.Van Pelt 13+3reb+10ast, M.Douthit 11+10reb+2ast, A.Dasom 11+10reb+2ast, M.Earl 10+10reb, R.Latham 9+2reb
TGE: J.Dumelod 29+7reb+4ast, A.Mandani 20+5reb+6ast, P.Nantho 12+3reb, R.Singleton 10+7reb, C.Chuengyampin 10+6reb, J.Collins 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547913


Dunkin' Raptors - PEA 87-109

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked PEA (7-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-9). PEA smashed Dunkin' Raptors 109-87. The game was mostly controlled by PEA. Dunkin' Raptors was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dunkin' Raptors 59-41 including a 28-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 27 rebounds. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) contributed with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jaman Johnson added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Dunkin' Raptors. Five PEA and four Dunkin' Raptors players scored in double figures. Dunkin' Raptors' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. PEA moved-up to third place, which they share with Mad Goat. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side keep the seventh position with nine games lost. PEA's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dunkin' Raptors will play against OSK (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dunkin' Raptors: M.Fey 17+14reb+1ast, A.Kongpui 16+4reb+1ast, J.Matinez 15+2reb+5ast, J.Johnson 10+8reb+6ast, J.Foronda 9+7reb, A.Prayakchon 6
PEA: J.Munzon 27+7reb+7ast, R.Lingganay 22+7reb+6ast, S.Deguara 19+27reb, R.Reyes 12+7reb+3ast, R.Suteeniyorndat 12+2reb, A.Hoom-Art 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547912


Mono Vampire - Hitech 110-100

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bangkok: Mono Vampire (#1) and Hitech (#2). Mono Vampire (10-1) won against visiting Hitech (9-2) 110-100. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hitech. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mono Vampire looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hitech's players. 26 personal fouls committed by Hitech helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 7 assists. Filipino-American point guard Jason Brickman (181-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) helped adding 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Mono Vampire and four Hitech players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mono Vampire have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Hitech at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Mono Vampire are looking forward to face TGE (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hitech will play against PEA (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 28+15reb+4ast, D.Orton 20+7reb, J.Shaw 15+12reb, N.Jaisanuk 14+3reb+1ast, W.Dasom 6+2reb+1ast, P.Klahan 5+4reb+1ast
Mono Vampire: M.Singletary 39+20reb+7ast, J.Brickman 14+8reb+11ast, C.Ananti 13+1ast, D.Apiromwilaichai 12+1reb, R.Kruatiwa 12+8reb+2ast, C.Klahan 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547911





Mono Thew inks Steven Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Mono Thewphaingarm (TBL) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old American power forward Steven Thomas (204-107kg-81, college: Middle Tennessee State). He played last summer at Hanoi Buffalos in the TBL. In 26 games he had 14.5ppg, 17.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.9apg, 1.5spg and 1.2bpg. Thomas helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Thailand Basketball League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Thailand Basketball League Regular Season for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Thomas was also voted All-Thailand Basketball League Center of the Year in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Thomas has played in thirteen different countries on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Guerreros), Dominican Rep., Indonesia (Satria Muda), Italy, Korea (Sonic Boom KT), Mexico, Philippines (Globalport), Poland, Venezuela (Guaiqueries and Marinos), New Zealand (Saints), PBL (Augusta G.), Dominican Republic (El Million) and Thailand (Hitech and OSK R. Airlines).
Thomas is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Mono Thew.
Thomas attended Middle Tennessee State until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

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Humacao adds Kelley to their roster, ex Best Balikesir - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) added to their roster 32-year old American point guard Alfrie Kelley (183-85kg-85, college: S.Carolina). He played last season at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league. In 17 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kelley played at Balikesir (also in TBL) where in 21 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 7.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Kelley has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Kelley's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in thirteen different countries. Kelley tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Belgium, China, Croatia, Greece, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna and Basket Barcellona), Lebanon, Venezuela (Cocodrilos and Marinos), NBA (Miami Heat), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Austin Spurs), IBL (Las Vegas P.) and Puerto Rico (Capitanes).
Kelley attended University of South Carolina until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Kelley: Can score with the ball, is a good playmaker and he understands the game ... Overall game is what excites the coaching staff ... Wing-span is 76 inches.... He's more a penetrator than a good outside shooter, however....

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Karesi Spor adds Ekmen to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Karesi Spor (TB2L) added to their roster 28-year old forward Sahin Ekmen (203-89). He played last season at Bursaspor in the TBL. In 44 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Ekmen played at Usak Sportlif (BSL) where in 22 games he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.2rpg.
He represented Turkey at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Ekmen has played previously for eight other teams: Anadolu Efes, Darussafaka, Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, Pertevniyal, Denizli Basket, Bornova, Pi Koleji and Hacettepe.

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Orman Genclik signs Hasan Rizvic - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) signed 33-year old Slovenian ex-international center Hasan Rizvic (212-110kg-84). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Rizvic will still stay in Turkey where he played last season at Gelisim in the TBL. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.6bpg. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Rizvic played at Orkide Gediz Univeristesi (also in TBL). In 37 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Bosman Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
His team made it to the TB2L Semifinals in 2014.
Rizvic was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2010 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
Rizvic also represented Slovenia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 2.4rpg.
Rizvic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost), Poland (Slask), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (La ICL Manresa), Ukraine (Azovmash and Poltava), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija).

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Orman Genclik tabs Antonio Graves, ex Tsmoki-Minsk - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) inked 32-year old American guard Antonio Graves (191-86kg-85, college: Pittsburgh). He played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Graves managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 6 Premier League games he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.7apg and 2.5spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Graves also played 12 games in VTB United League where he had 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team he played that season for was Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL. In 16 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg. Graves also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Pittsburgh Xplosion (CBA) in sixth round (55th overall).
Graves attended University of Pittsburgh and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Graves is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia, France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Italy (The Flexx Pistoia), Germany (Artland Dragons and Crailsheim Merlins), Turkey (Banvit), CBA (Pittsburgh X.) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Graves' game is described as: Antonio Graves is a combination guard who can play either the point or off-guard. He is an athletic player, solid defender, good shooter who can handle the ball and plays with intensity. A team player.

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Bahcesehir lands Murat Goktas - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University tabbed 30-year old guard Murat Goktas (201-87). He played most recently at Eskisehir Basket in the TBL. In 42 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg last season. D3 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Goktas helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
He has played previously for five other teams: Turk Telekom, ITU Istanbul, Gaziantep, Tekelspor and Pi Koleji.

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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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Aaron Jackson (ex CSKA) in talks with Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) is about to tab 31-year old American guard Aaron Jackson (190-83kg-86, college: Duquesne) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Jackson has played there for the last five years. In 34 Euroleague games he averaged 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.6apg last season. Jackson helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 32 games in VTB United League where he had 8.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg. Jackson contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2012.
Jackson has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket) and Turkey (Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye).
He attended University of Duquesne until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Jackson's outlook: Can spend time in both the guard position, has good offensive skills, his team mentality allows him to be a good PG even at European level. He's enough tall and strong to succesfully guard the opposite SGs, in some seasons he could become a star at Euroleague level.

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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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Draw results in for Centrobasket U17 Championship 2017 - by Don Farrell

SAN JUAN (FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018) - The draw for the Centrobasket U17 Championship took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
The results of the draw are as follows:
Group A: Mexico, Guyana, Bahamas, Puerto Rico
Group B: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Virgin Islands
The Centrobasket U17 Championship will be played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 26-30 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight (8) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) teams. Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first place of Group A will play against the second place in Group B and vice versa. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Gold Medal Match, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.
The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018, that will be played in St. Catharines, Canada from June 11-17, 2018.






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Deng number one in Uganda for round 9 - by Eurobasket News

Maker Deng (94) had a great game in the last round for Ndejje, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Falcons (#11, 0-4) with 17-point margin 61-44. Ndejje is placed at 6th position in Ugandan NBL. Ndejje is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. Deng just recently signed at Ndejje, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Maker Deng has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.8rpg. Deng is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.3spg and 80.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Benard Okumu (F) of Falcons. Okumu had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Falcons lost that game 44-61 to the higher-ranked Ndejje (#6, 2-2). Falcons is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Okumu is one of the most experienced players at Falcons and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#2). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour (#12). Mwesigye scored 8 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Mwesigye's great performance Our Saviour lost 53-55 to the higher-ranked UPDF (#9, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Our Saviour can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Mwesigye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mwesigye has individually a great season in Uganda. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olobo Moses (F-82) of Falcons - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Henry Okoth (F-99) of UPDF - 11 points and 3 rebounds
6. Dulton Mutawe) of UPDF - 9 points and 11 rebounds
7. Daniel Monoja (C) of Our Saviour - 6 points and 10 rebounds
8. David Okello (98) of Ndejje - 11 points and 4 rebounds
9. Innocent Ochera (G-97) of Ndejje - 13 points
10. Moses Muhumuza) of UPDF - 9 points and 5 rebounds

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



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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Titanes Licey tabs Brian Williams, ex U Universitario - by Eurobasket News

Titanes del Licey (LNB) inked 30-year old American center Brian Williams (208-125kg-87, college: Tennessee). He played most recently at U Universitario in Uruguayan LUB league. In two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5bpg last season.
His team was regular season runner-up in Uruguay LUB.
The previous (15-16) season Williams played at Globalport in Filipino PBA where in two games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 16.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5bpg. He also played that season for Bigua (also in LUB). In 8 games he had 14.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1bpg. The other team Williams played that season for was Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. In 8 games he got 14.9ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Williams received Latinbasket.com Dominican Rep. LNB All-Imports Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Williams has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Williams has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas), Malaysia (KL Dragons), Venezuela (Marinos), Philippines (SM Beermen) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
He attended University of Tennessee until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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

28-year old forward Gary Johnson (198-F-88) had a great game in the last round for league's best team 25 de Agosto and receives a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Atenas (3-1) 103-102. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed 25 de Agosto to take over top position in the Uruguayan Ascenso. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. 25 de Agosto has a very solid 3-1 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Johnson just recently signed at 25 de Agosto, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.5ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 13.8rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 53.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of league's second-best Atenas. He is American forward in his first season at Atenas. In the last game Danridge recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Atenas was edged by slightly higher-ranked 25 de Agosto (3-1) 103-102. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Atenas still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Danridge is one of the most experienced players at Atenas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 7.3rpg and 5.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another 25 de Agosto's star - Daniel Lipatin. Lipatin got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for eleven assists. He was another key player of 25 de Agosto, helping his team with a 103-102 win against #2 ranked Atenas. 25 de Agosto confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Lipatin has a very solid season. In 4 games in Uruguay he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 30 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Miramar - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rodrigo Goncalvez) of Auriblanco - 28 points and 11 rebounds
8. Earl Watson (201-C-90) of Capitol - 25 points and 14 rebounds
9. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Emiliano Gonzalez (198-F-88) of Sayago - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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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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





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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Pashutin a main target of Hapoel Jerusalem as Karsiyaka also in the frame - by Anton Levov

Evgeny Pashutin (agency: BeoBasket ) is the main target for the head coach position at Newly Israeli champions Hapoel Jerusalem,according to sources in Russia.
Evgeny Pashutin (agency: BeoBasket ),who ended his two years deal with Unics Kazan,is most likely to coach outside Russia for the first time,as his options at the VTB League are limited.
The ex CSKA Moscow Lokomotiv Kuban head coach is the main target to replace Coach Simone Pianigiani i at Jerusalem as the Italian is heading to EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.
Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir who also looking for a head coach after Nenad Markovic left,are also in the mix for Evgeny Pashutin (agency: BeoBasket ).





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Women News


Marsha Blount Named CEO of WABA - by Eurobasket News

Indianapolis, Indiana March 21, 2017: The ABA has announced Marsha Blount as its new CEO for the WABA. Marsha is a product of Mount Vernon High School, where she played basketball making history as the first undefeated team and being awarded State Championship. After a successful basketball career at Queens College, Marsha went on to coach several semi-pro women's teams. Marsha has an extensive business background, that includes ownership of several businesses. In 2005, she purchased the NJ territory of the ABA, and founded the Jersey Express (Newark Express). Mount Vernon High School announced the retirement of her #11 basketball jersey in mid-2006. Today the Jersey Express Team is the oldest in the league. She later went on and founded the WABA Jersey Expressions in 2013.Throughtout her career with ABA she has held several titles such as Chairwoman of the ABA Northeast Division and Member of the ABA Executive Committee. 'With the upcoming inaugural season of the WABA, I'm proud to be able to help provide additional opportunities for women to continue their playing careers, and receive the exposure needed to be seen, potentially by the WNBA, overseas scouts, agents and representatives...we are a League of Opportunity'. Our goal is to provide opportunities for those business minded professionals, who've had thoughts and dreams of owning their own professional sports team. Being able to offer an affordable opportunity, is key to our success, in providing opportunities for ownership. We're proud to be the sister league of the historic ABA, which has a longstanding history of inclusion. We're still taking market reservations, for new teams, with a deadline of April 30th. The season begins August 5th, 2017, and will run thru October, culminating in crowning an inaugural WABA champion. Be a part of history, it's easy, and affordable.
Courtesy of: WABA Facebook



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Belgium needs overtime to beat Russia, takes 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Belgium outlasted Russia 76-75 in overtime to record the second consecutive victory in Czech Republic at the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017. Emma Meesseman tallied 23 points to pace the winning side. Belgium accounted for 29:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Russia improved defensively in the second half. They erased the deficit and forced overtime. But Belgium managed to snatch a narrow victory at the end. Ann Wauters produced 20 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Epiphanny Prince answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Russia.
In the opener Belgium nipped Montenegro 66-64. Kim Mestdagh 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 delivered 18 points and 7 boards for the winning side. Angelica Robinson responded with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Montenegro.



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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Broni adds Premasunac to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) added to their roster 25-year old Croatian international power forward Nina Premasunac (188-92, agency: LBM Management) from Carispezia La Spezia. In 23 Serie A1 games in Italy she recorded 12.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Premasunac played at ZKK Medvescak in Croatian A1 where in 20 games she averaged 13.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.6bpg. She helped them to win the Croatian A1 title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Defensive Team. Premasunac also played 15 games in WABA where she was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.0ppg and had 10.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.8apg and 2.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Premasunac was voted Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Player of the Year in 2016.
She has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Premasunac has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
She also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 39.1%, FT: 66.7%.
Premasunac has played previously for two other Croatian teams: ZKK Agram and Pula C.Tours.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  LAT
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Babkina, LAT23.5 
 2. Iagupova, UKR22.0 
 3. Hollingswort., TUR21.5 
 4. Zandalasini, ITA20.5 
 5. Meesseman, BEL20.5 
 6. Kaltsidou, GRE19.0 
 7. Prince, RUS18.0 
 8. Petrovic, SRB18.0 
 9. Torrens, ESP18.0 
 10. Milovanovic, SRB17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  USA
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Robinson, MNT16.5 
 2. Lyttle, ESP15.0 
 3. Hollingswort., TUR13.5 
 4. Vadeeva, RUS13.0 
 5. Udodenko, UKR11.0 
 6. Steinberga, LAT11.0 
 7. Ruzickova, SVK10.5 
 8. Zandalasini, ITA9.0 
 9. Canitez, TUR8.5 
 10. Prince, RUS8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Skerovic, MNT7.0 
 2. Balintova, SVK6.5 
 3. Babkina, LAT6.0 
 4. Dumerc, FRA5.5 
 5. Maltsi, GRE5.5 
 6. Mujovic, MNT5.0 
 7. Vandersloot, HUN5.0 
 8. Alben, TUR5.0 
 9. Fegyverneky, HUN5.0 
 10. Prince, RUS4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Taisia UDODENKO
  UKR
  (190-C-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Udodenko, UKR4.0 
 2. Torrens, ESP3.0 
 3. Epoupa, FRA3.0 
 4. Carpreaux, BEL3.0 
 5. Mestdagh, BEL2.5 
 6. Vyoralova, CZE2.5 
 7. Vandersloot, HUN2.5 
 8. Dumerc, FRA2.5 
 9. Balintova, SVK2.0 
 10. Sotiriou, GRE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ann WAUTERS
  BEL
  (194-C-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wauters, BEL3.0 
 2. Maiga, RUS2.0 
 3. Kaltsidou, GRE1.5 
 4. Pirsic, SLO1.0 
 5. Robinson, MNT1.0 
 6. Sotiriou, GRE1.0 
 7. Hatar, HUN1.0 
 8. Vadeeva, RUS1.0 
 9. Lyttle, ESP1.0 
 10. Krnjic, SRB1.0 


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Hradec Kralove and Prague - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Spain - Ukraine 76-54
Spain registered the second straight victory in Group A. They rallied past Ukraine for 2-0 record. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) posted 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Spain eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. But they used a 20:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) chipped in 19 points for the winning side. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 23 points and 8 boards for Ukraine.

Czech Republic - Hungary 70-74
Hungary celebrated the opening victory at the championship. They silenced hosting Czech Republic for 1-1 record in Group A. Nora Nagy-Bujdoso (185-F-85) came up with 21 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic and Hungary were tied at 38 heading into the second half. Hungary used a 17:12 run in the third term to boost the lead at 5-point mark. They maintained the advantage throughout the fourth term and rallied to the win. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) responded with 17 points and 8 boards for Czech Republic.

Group B
Italy - Turkey 53-54
Turkey claimed the second straight victory in Hradec Kralove. They eked out a tough win over Italy to stay perfect. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) sank a free throw late in the regulation to seal the win for Turkey. She finished with massive 29 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Turkey and Italy were tied at 30 after the first half. Turkey spurred ahead for a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Italy erased the deficit and tied things up at 53 late in the game. But Quanitra Hollingsworth had the last word in the game and sealed the win. Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: ProDep Management) produced 8 points for the winners. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) responded with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Azzurri.

Slovakia - Belarus 68-59
Slovakia outgunned Belarus to improve 1-1 record in Group B. Zuzana Zirkova (175-PG-80) nailed 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and distributed 5 assists to lead Slovakia to the opening win at the tournament. Belarus eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. However Slovakia used a strong 19:11 rally in the third quarter to pull in front. They kept Belarus at bay throughout the fourth term and raced to the victory. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 12 points for Belarus as they fell at 0-2 record.

Group C
France - Serbia 73-57
France stunned Serbia to secure the second consecutive victory in Group C. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds each to lead Les Bleues. Serbia snatched a narrow 34:33 halftime advantage. France went on a 19:9 surge in the third term to take a 9-point lead. Les Bleues sank 21 points in the fourth frame to rally to the win. Marine Johannes provided 13 points in the victory. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) answered with 18 points for Serbia.

Greece - Slovenia 56-59
Slovenia nipped Greece to celebrate the first victory at the championship. Eva Lisec (192-C-95, agency: LBM Management) netted 15 points to pace the winners. Greece piled up a 33:23 halftime lead. However Slovenia picked up the tempo in the second half. They went on a 36:23 rally after the big break and cruised to the victory. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) and Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) tossed in 11 points each in the win. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Greece.

Group D
Russia - Belgium 75-76 OT
Belgium outlasted Russia in overtime to record the second consecutive victory in Czech Republic. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) tallied 23 points to pace the winning side. Belgium accounted for 29:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Russia improved defensively in the second half. They erased the deficit and forced overtime. But Belgium managed to snatch a narrow victory at the end. Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: ProDep Management) produced 20 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Russia.

Montenegro - Latvia 55-76
Latvia bounced back from the opening loss at the championship and stormed past Montenegro for 1-1 record in Group D. Elina Babkina (173-PG-89) sank 27 points and issued 7 assists to lead the Baltic state. Montenegro enjoyed a 23:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. Latvia responded with a 23:14 run in the second term to snatch a 48:47 halftime advantage. They held Montenegro to just 12 points in the third period and extended the gap at 3-point mark. Montenegro ran out of steam in the fourth quarter as Latvia used a 24:6 surge to finish off their opponents. Kitija Laksa (183-F-96) chipped in 17 points for the winners. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 14 points and 16 rebounds for Montenegro.




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Kouvot lands Iida Ahvenainen - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) landed 21-year old forward Iida Ahvenainen (175-96, college: Iona) from PeKa. But in 15 SM-sarja games she averaged just 1.7ppg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Ahvenainen's team won MAAC Tournament for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
The previous (15-16) season Ahvenainen played at another team Gaels in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 27 games she had only 0.7ppg. Ahvenainen contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
She just graduated from Iona College and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

Kouvottaret roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roosa Frimodig
Ulriikka Latvala

Forwards:
Veera Valimaa
Iida Ahvenainen
Jasmine Joyner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kouvot adds Valimaa to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) added to their roster 21-year old power forward Veera Valimaa (182-96). She has played for the last two seasons at BC Nokia in the 1st Division. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Valimaa represented Finland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Tallin (Estonia) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 53.8%.
Valimaa has played previously for Pyrinto.

Kouvottaret roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roosa Frimodig
Ulriikka Latvala

Forwards:
Veera Valimaa
Jasmine Joyner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kouvot tabs Ulriikka Latvala - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) inked 22-year old shooting guard Ulriikka Latvala (173-95) from ViVe. Latvala has played there for the last five years. In 26 SM-sarja games she averaged 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg last season.
She won Finnish 1st Division championship title in 2014.
Latvala has played previously for Aanekosken.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Roannais tab Alexandra Baburova, ex MBK Ruzomb. - by Eurobasket News

Roannais Basket Feminin (LF2) inked 26-year old Slovakian international small forward Alexandra Baburova (183-91). She has played for the last three years at MBK Ruzomberok in Slovakian Extraliga. In 23 games she recorded 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg last season. Baburova helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 4 games in CEWL where she averaged 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
Baburova has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Baburova also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Baburova has played previously professionally also in Austria (Stara Tura) and Slovakia (Poprad and Piestanske Cajky).

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US Orthez tabs Emilienne Vidal - by Eurobasket News

US Orthez Basket (NF1) inked 26-year old forward Emilienne Vidal (181-91). The last time (9-14) she played at Pau Orthez in French NF3 league. Vidal has played there for the last five years.
Among other achievements her team made it to the LF2 Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).

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Camille Bouvet joins US Orthez - by Eurobasket News

US Orthez Basket (NF1) agreed terms with Camille Bouvet. The last time (12-13) she played at Colomiers in French NF1 league. Bouvet previously for Basket Landes.

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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

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  GERMANY  


Wasserburg signs Santa Okockyte - by Juliane Hoehne

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) signed 25-year old Lithuanian international point guard Santa Okockyte (175-92). She played last season at Udominate in Swedish Damligan. In 6 Eurocup games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.5ppg and averaged 3.2rpg, 5.5apg (top 5) and 1.8spg (in top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Okockyte played at Hoptrans Sirenos Kaunas in Lithuanian LMKL where in 25 games she was the best scorer with remarkable 18.4ppg and had 3.4rpg, 4.1apg (leader !!!) and 2.8spg (in top 2). She helped them to win the Lithuanian LMKL title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Okockyte also played 5 games in Baltic League where she recorded high stats: 16.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg and 2.4spg. The other team Okockyte played that season for was Cadi La Seu in Spanish LFB. In 8 games she got 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0spg.
Okockyte has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Okockyte also represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 54.5%.
Okockyte has played previously professionally in Lithuania (VICI Aistes, Siauliai-Universitetas and Suduva) and Spain (Zamarat).

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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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  ITALY  


Broni adds Premasunac to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) added to their roster 25-year old Croatian international power forward Nina Premasunac (188-92, agency: LBM Management) from Carispezia La Spezia. In 23 Serie A1 games in Italy she recorded 12.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Premasunac played at ZKK Medvescak in Croatian A1 where in 20 games she averaged 13.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.6bpg. She helped them to win the Croatian A1 title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Defensive Team. Premasunac also played 15 games in WABA where she was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.0ppg and had 10.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.8apg and 2.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Premasunac was voted Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Player of the Year in 2016.
She has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Premasunac has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
She also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 39.1%, FT: 66.7%.
Premasunac has played previously for two other Croatian teams: ZKK Agram and Pula C.Tours.

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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  


Samsun adds Putnina to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi Samsun (KBSL) added to their roster 29-year old Latvian international power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, agency: ProDep Management). She played last season at Istanbul Universitesi SK in the KBSL. In two Eurocup games she recorded 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0spg. Putnina also played 24 games in KBSL where she averaged 14.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
Putnina has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Putnina represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 26.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Putnina is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Mondeville, Arras and Nantes Reze), Hungary (PINKK Pecsi), Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Spain (Olesa Espanyol and Navarra Pamplona) and Italy (Umbertide and San Martino).

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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).

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  LITHUANIA  


Wasserburg signs Santa Okockyte - by Juliane Hoehne

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) signed 25-year old Lithuanian international point guard Santa Okockyte (175-92). She played last season at Udominate in Swedish Damligan. In 6 Eurocup games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.5ppg and averaged 3.2rpg, 5.5apg (top 5) and 1.8spg (in top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Okockyte played at Hoptrans Sirenos Kaunas in Lithuanian LMKL where in 25 games she was the best scorer with remarkable 18.4ppg and had 3.4rpg, 4.1apg (leader !!!) and 2.8spg (in top 2). She helped them to win the Lithuanian LMKL title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Okockyte also played 5 games in Baltic League where she recorded high stats: 16.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg and 2.4spg. The other team Okockyte played that season for was Cadi La Seu in Spanish LFB. In 8 games she got 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0spg.
Okockyte has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Okockyte also represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 54.5%.
Okockyte has played previously professionally in Lithuania (VICI Aistes, Siauliai-Universitetas and Suduva) and Spain (Zamarat).

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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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  NEW ZEALAND  


Wizards win Waikato derby - by Eurobasket News

There were just two games in week eight of the Women's Basketball Championship (WBC) and both were local derbies. On Saturday Waikato Country Cannons entertained Waikato Wizards and further north Auckland Lady Rangers visited Harbour Breeze on Sunday. In Te Awamutu the WBC's leading scorer Charlisse Leger-Walker (167-G-01), averaging 20.3 points per game, emphasised her enormous potential by scoring a game high 24 points as the Waikato Wizards edged their country neighbours 69-65. The Waikato Cannons shaded the first quarter 16-15 but completely lost their scoring touch in the second to trail 29-23 at half-time. Kelcy Ballantyne (185-F-97) and Alyssa Hirwani scored 8 points apiece for the Waikato Wizards in the half - Breana Jones firing for the Waikato Cannons with 9 points. The third period was a much more free flowing affair as the two teams scored a combined fourty five points. Donna Fermanis landed 10 points in the period for the hosts but Leger-Walker and Hirawani shared 14 points for the Waikato Wizards who led 52-46 at three-quarter time. Veshae Asaua-Wilkinson (185-F-95) and Fermanis kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Waikato Cannons in the fourth but Stirling Walker-Pitman and Leger-Walker ensured an eighth straight win for the Waikato Wizards. The victory takes the Waikato Wizards to second on the WBC ladder and a guaranteed top two regular season finish.
At the Breakers stadium on the North Shore, Harbour Breeze kept their top six aspirations on track with a 77-49 victory against Auckland Lady Rangers. The first quarter had been shaded by Harbour 19-15 with Zara Jillings (175-G-98), playing her first game of the season, scoring 7 points for the home team. Stevee-Rose Theyers (168-G-90) landed a three early in the second period but at the mid point of the quarter Auckland trailed 25-18. Katie Diakhaby pushed the Harbour lead into double figures - her inside combination with Deena Franklin troubling the Auckland defence. Jillings led all scorers at the interval with 12 points - Harbour ahead 38-22. A couple of Gabriella Fotu (176-G-96) baskets stretched the Harbour lead to 20 points before Milomilo Nanai replied for Auckland. Sarah Kinred made a couple of inside baskets for Auckland although 7 straight points from Georgia Agnew stretched the Harbour advantage further. Nanai and Theyers ended the third quarter scoring but Harbour held all the aces with a 58-39 lead. Back to back threes from Anna Lacey and Georgia Perrott-Hunt opened Harbour's account in the fourth. Another trey from Jillings and the advantage was 72-45 with six minutes to play. Olivia Bell demonstrated some deft inside touches as Harbour cruised to a fourth consecutive win.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz



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

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

Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia). She contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Rollers (0-8) crushing them 74-39 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. Cocks scored 7 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Mackay Meteorettes (8-0) are placed first in QBL group. So far her team won all eight games in the Regular Season. Cocks has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 40.7% in nine games she played so far. She is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Chevannah Paalvast
Chevannah Paalvast
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Micaela Cocks and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Paalvast led Meteorettes to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Rollers (0-8) crushing them 74-39. She scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Paalvast has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 56.0%. Ex-55.1%, then moved to kere West Auckland Rangers player is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU, currently plays in Australia). She was the major contributor in a Brisbane Spartans' victory against the tenth-ranked Force (3-6) 86-71 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. Purcell had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. She also added 4 assists and 4 steals in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Purcell's first season in pro basketball. Brisbane Spartans (8-0) are placed first in QBL group. So far her team won all eight games in the Regular Season. Purcell has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 68.8% in six games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #4. Guard Jessica Renata (175-96, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Micaela Cocks in the Australian State League last game. Renata. She could not help Rollers (2-6) to beat Meteorettes (8-1). Renata scored 5 points. The 12th-placed Rollers (2-6) were crushed 74-39 on the road by the second-ranked Meteorettes in the QBL group. It was Rollers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Renata's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg. She used to play for the New Zealand U20 national team back in 2014.

Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #5. International forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Redbacks in their game against Lightning (11-4) in the Australian State League (second division). She recorded 8 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. her team were defeated 76-63 in Bullcreek by the lower-ranked Lightning (#3) in the SBL group. Wallbutton's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 8.1rpg. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #6. An experienced forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kalani Purcell. But that was another game of her team in Australian State League which we would like to mention. Taylor contributed to a 3-point Brisbane Spartans' victory against the second-ranked Meteorettes (8-1) 80-77. She recorded 6 points and added 4 assists in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group QBL. Brisbane Spartans (8-0) are placed first. So far her team won all eight games in the Regular Season. This year Taylor averages: 9.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 3.1apg in eight games. She is a former international player as she played for the New Zealand senior team four years ago.

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

   #1. Shanice Swain (165-G-93, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Suns (4-12) crushing them 78-52 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. Swain recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (8-9) are placed sixth in SBL group. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Swain averages: 4.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 16 games she played so far.

   #2. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, college: Md-E Shore, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Gladstone Port City Power to win against the 14th-ranked Rollers (0-8) crushing them 116-67 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Subritzky recorded only 3 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Gladstone Port City Power (4-2) is placed fifth in QBL group. Subritzky's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg.

   #3. Kayla Kiriau (173-G-93, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Kiriau led Power to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Rollers (0-8) crushing them 116-67. She recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes. Kiriau's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg in six games.

   #4. Experienced Charmian Mellars (182-F-79, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Kayla Kiriau (above) in the other team. Mellars led Power to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Rollers (0-8) crushing them 116-67. She recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mellars' overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.6spg.

   #5. Alicia Carline (190-F-93, college: Portland St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Charmian Mellars (above) in the other team. Carline led Power to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Rollers (0-8) crushing them 116-67. She recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Carline's overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.5rpg in four games.



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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  


Roannais tab Alexandra Baburova, ex MBK Ruzomb. - by Eurobasket News

Roannais Basket Feminin (LF2) inked 26-year old Slovakian international small forward Alexandra Baburova (183-91). She has played for the last three years at MBK Ruzomberok in Slovakian Extraliga. In 23 games she recorded 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg last season. Baburova helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 4 games in CEWL where she averaged 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
Baburova has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Baburova also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Baburova has played previously professionally also in Austria (Stara Tura) and Slovakia (Poprad and Piestanske Cajky).

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  SLOVENIA  


Slovenia makes history, beats Greece in EuroBasket - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia made an 8-0 run the in final five minutes to beat Greece 59-56 tonight in Prague at the 2017 European Championship Round 2. It is the first Slovenian win in EuroBasket history. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) scored 15 points, Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) posted six of her 11 points in the final four minutes.
Slovenia opened the game with six consecutive points, but Greece later went on a 9-0 run that turn a seven-point deficit into a 14-12 lead after the first quarter. Slovenia re-take the lead at 20-18 and later at 23-22. At that point, Greece went on an 11-0 run to close out the first half with a 33-23 lead. Slovenia cut the deficit to one, 35-36, midway through the third quarter and finally tied the score at 43-43. Greece responded with a 7-0 run and were ahead 54-51 with less than six minutes remaining. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) scored six consecutive points to put Slovenia up 57-54 with 1:09 remaining. On the next possession, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) missed a jumper, but Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) grabbed an offensive rebound and then Nika Baric (169-PG-92) made a lay-up to extend the advantage to 59-54 with juts 12 seconds left.

2017 European Championship - Group C, Round 2 (17/06)
Slovenia-Greece 59-56 (12-14, 11-19, 21-14, 15-9)
Slovenia: *Oblak 11, Zdolsek, *Erkic 11, Prezelj 3, Abramovic, *Baric 5, Jakovina 2, *Pirsic 7, *Lisec 15, Trebec, Evans 5, Ocvirk DNP. Coach: Grgic.
Greece: Stamolamprou 3, Stamati 5, Lymoura, Spyridopoulou, *Maltsi 10, *Nikolopulou 2, *Sotiriou 4, Kosma, *Spanou 9, *Kalisidou 23, Christinaki DNP, Fasoula. Coach: Keramidas.



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  SPAIN  


Spain start EuroBasket with back to back wins - by Eurobasket News

Spain started with back to back wins at the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017. In Day 1 Spain crushed Hungary 62-48 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.
Later Spain registered the second straight victory in Group A. They rallied past Ukraine for 2-0 record after a 76-54 win. Alba Torrens posted 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Spain eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. But they used a 20:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) chipped in 19 points for the winning side. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 23 points and 8 boards for Ukraine.



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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

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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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  TURKEY  


Samsun adds Putnina to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi Samsun (KBSL) added to their roster 29-year old Latvian international power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, agency: ProDep Management). She played last season at Istanbul Universitesi SK in the KBSL. In two Eurocup games she recorded 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0spg. Putnina also played 24 games in KBSL where she averaged 14.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
Putnina has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Putnina represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 26.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Putnina is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Mondeville, Arras and Nantes Reze), Hungary (PINKK Pecsi), Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Spain (Olesa Espanyol and Navarra Pamplona) and Italy (Umbertide and San Martino).

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  WNBA  


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