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  3X3  



Ravena, Paras lead late explosion as Philippines downs Romania in Fiba 3x3 World Cup debut - by Eurobasket News

Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) combined in a late run that carried Team Pilipinas to a 21-15 win over seventh-seed Romania in its Fiba 3x3 World Cup debut on Monday morning. Struggling to make their shots and getting beat in the battle for 50-50 balls for most of the match, the Filipinos came alive in the final three minutes to overhaul a 12-13 deficit to the delight of the sprinkling of Pinoy fans in the gallery. Paras, the 19-year-old son of former PBA rookie-MVP Benjie, sparked the timely surge with a flamboyant drive to the basket before Ravena followed with an and-one and a two-point basket to put Team Pilipinas on top for good, 17-13, with 1:19 left. The taller Romanians stayed within striking distance with a two-point basket before an amazing sequence from Paras - a two-point basket and a steal that led to two free throws - put the game away for the Filipinos, 21-15, with 30 seconds left. The opening win put the 18th-seeded Filipinos on track to make the quarterfinals from the five-team Pool B, which also includes host France, second-seeded Slovenia, and El Salvador. The top two from the group advance to the next round. The Filipinos, which also got significant contributions from Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-94) and PBA player JR Quinahan (198-C-84), are set to play their second game of the day against France at 3:10 a.m.
Courtesy of: spin.ph



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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  ARGENTINA  


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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  AUSTRALIA  


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



Malaysia go down fighting to Australia ACBA Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia provided good hustle but still fell short in the men's final of the Maba International Basketball Invitation Championships. In the end, Malaysia suffered a narrow 59-63 loss to the Australia ACBA Dragons at the Maba Stadium yesterday. It was sweet revenge for ACBA as they were beaten 73-76 in overtime by Malaysia in a preliminary match on Friday. The Australians started off well, taking a 6-1 lead before the Malaysians were stirred into action. ACBA continued to be in front and Darnell Brown fired a buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 29-25 half-time lead. Malaysia, however, fought back and three pointers from Ting Chun Hong, Wong Yi Hou and Soo Eng Heng (2) gave them a 51-44 third quarter lead. But ACBA went on a 7-0 scoring spree in the fourth quarter to hold a 61-59 lead with 38 seconds left on the clock. Malaysia then paid dearly for several missed attempts by Chun Hong, Yi Hou, Tian Yuan Kuek (201-C-91) and Chee Li Wei. Brown finished off Malaysia with a pair of free throws as the Australians score a four-point win. Michigan-born Brown finished with a game-high 28 points while Eng Heng top scored for Malaysia with 13 points. The Malaysian women, however, had a better day. They ended their campaign with a perfect record after beating Taiwan Nanshan High School 73-63 in the final. Malaysia, who had won all three of their previous round-robin matches, opted to start with their second stringers against winless Nanshan. Guard Yin Yin Chong (166-G-93) played a starring role with 20 points while Fook Yee Yap (174-F-93) contributed 10 points. 'I'm happy with the players' performance. They showed good fighting spirit and a burning desire to play,' said national coach Sze Yuin Yoong . 'Even the second stringers were impressive and this is a good confidence boost in our preparations for the SEA Games (in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30),' added Sze Yuin.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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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

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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Labovic re-signs at Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Dragan Labovic (207-115kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He was a team leader there last season. Labovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg (in top 3). He also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. And finally Labovic contributed to 9 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 18.7ppg and got 6.9rpg and 1.5apg. Labovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team he played shortly was Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL. In four games he got 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Labovic's team won Macedonian Cup.
He was a member of Serbian international program for some years. Labovic was called to Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Labovic's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Labovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece (Aris), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Romania (Ploiesti), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Aliaga).
On Labovic: Dragan comes from the old Serbian school of power forwards. His style is like the one of Savic (the today's manager of Barcelona) he can play in the paint as well as in the peripheral as he has quite good three pointers, he can do very good the short-tall system as well as the pick-en-roll. Has very long arms and his wing span helps him to defense his shots in and out of the paint. From the arc has around 30% which is very good having in mind that he is a strong power forward with very good moves in the basket. In the last European championship U20, Dragan was the top scorer of the European champion team of Serbia with 17ppg, 6rpg, 1apg and 1.3bpg in 30 minutes he was among the players who helped their NT to win the trophy. Dragan has all the prospects to become an NBA staff if he corrects a bit his shooting from mid range, his current stats are between 55-60%, he also have to work his personal defense as with tougher opponents will have some problems.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  


Oostende keeps Kesteloot for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) re-signed 22-year old international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. Kesteloot managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 45 Euromillions League games he recorded 6.5ppg and 2.9rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Kesteloot also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 6.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Kesteloot contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.4ppg and 3.0rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League). In 38 games he got 8.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Kesteloot contributed to his team making it to the final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Kesteloot has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2016 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kesteloot represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 68.4%, 3PT: 10.0%.
Kesteloot has played previously for Sint Jans Antwerpen.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @milannikolicoct)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



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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





Pinheiros tab Arthur Bernardi - by Paulo Freire

E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo (NBB) inked 27-year old forward Arthur Bernardi (206-102kg-90, college: Houston Baptist) from Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches. In 28 NBB games he averaged 14.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bernardi played at Sao Jose/Vinac where in 15 NBB games he had 5.1ppg and 1.6rpg.
Among other achievements he won Paulista League championship title in 2015. Bernardi received also All-GWC 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Bernardi has played previously professionally also in Spain (Araberri).
He attended Houston Baptist University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Bernardi's game is described as: A very versatile youngster, who does everything on the court. He can shot, drive to the basket, play some post, pass, has yet almost a complete game. Sometimes, he is unstoppable, scoring from everywhere and in many ways. Even being so young, he is able to use his size and fundamentals and always makes good decisions. Good athelete, he needs to improve his body adding some muscle, but has great upside at the 3 and even the 2 positions.

E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Desmond Holloway
Cordero Bennett

Forwards:
Arthur Bernardi
Germerson Barbosa

Center:
Ralfi Ansaloni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Byblos keep Kanaan for another season - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) re-signed 32-year old former Lebanese international power forward Ali Kanaan (207-105kg-85, college: Mass.-Lowell). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport. Kanaan has played there for the last four seasons. In 29 Pepsi LBL games he averaged 5.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Kanaan helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements his team won Lebanese Cup in 2016. Kanaan received also PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention award in 2011 and 2015.
He represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Tehran (Iran) four years ago.
Kanaan has played previously for three other teams: Al Riyadi, Beirut and Champville.
He attended University of Massachusetts - Lowell until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Soles de Santo Domingo inks Carl Hall, ex Niagara RL - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) signed 28-year old American forward Carl Hall (202-111kg-89, college: Wichita State, agency: HMS). He played last season at Niagara River Lions in Canadian NBL. In 24 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Hall also played that season for Tokyo Hachioji Trains (B League D3) in Japan where in 18 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2013. Hall was also voted All-MVC Newcomer of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.
Hall has played previously professionally in France (Boulazac Basket) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs, Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano and Nishinomiya Storks).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break25.5 
 3. Roberson, Condores19.9 
 4. Smith, Sabios19.0 
 5. Coombs, Sabios18.8 
 6. Almanza, Condores17.0 
 7. Romero, Piratas16.0 
 8. Gurley, Caciques15.6 
 9. McCoy, Condores15.4 
 10. Perez, Academia14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.11.2 
 3. Perez, Academia10.4 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas10.1 
 5. Romero, Piratas10.0 
 6. Almanza, Condores8.9 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.9 
 8. Coombs, Sabios7.6 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break7.4 
 10. Cornelius, Caciques7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Murray, Academia6.5 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas6.0 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.9 
 5. Granados, Academia4.7 
 6. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
 7. Coombs, Sabios4.2 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones3.9 
 9. Reyes, Caciques3.8 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.1 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.3 
 3. Carraway, Cimar.2.1 
 4. Murray, Academia2.0 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.9 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 7. Blandon, Sabios1.7 
 8. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 9. Diaz, Academia1.5 
 10. Ortiz, Fast Break1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Perez, Academia1.9 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.4 
 3. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.1 
 5. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 6. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 7. Jones, Sabios0.9 
 8. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 9. Bermudez, Condores0.7 
 10. Hernandez, Cimar.0.7 


Brandon Givens claims Colombian Liga DirecTV weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Brandon Givens (198-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Piratas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Piratas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Condores (#5, 6-8) 91-80. Piratas maintains the 8th position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Piratas have already lost 10 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Givens had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Brandon Givens averages this season 21.2ppg and 6.3rpg. Worth to mention Givens played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-G-92) of second-ranked Academia. Diaz impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Academia to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Caciques (#4, 6-6) 90-70. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Academia consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Diaz is one of the most experienced players at Academia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Academia's star - former international guard Simon Granados (182-PG-93). Granados scored 24 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Academia, helping his team with a 90-70 easy win against #4 ranked Caciques. Academia needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Granados has a great season in Colombia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.7apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92) of Condores - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Antonio Bivins (198-F-92) of Aguilas - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Freddy Asprilla (208-F-88) of Caciques - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Shamar Coombs (185-G-86) of Sabios - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) of Academia - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jairo Mendoza (203-F/C-85) of Piratas - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



PGE Turow lands Paul Egwuonwu - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) tabbed 26-year old American center Paul Egwuonwu (206-107kg-91, college: Montana State). He played this summer at Caciques in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In two games he had 5.0ppg and 8.0rpg. Egwuonwu has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks) and Czech Republic (MMCITE Brno).
He attended Montana State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Egwuonwu could be described: Not so athletic inside player who is very smart and reads the game very well. Has a nice mid range shot and is very active defensively, with good timing to grab rebounds and block the opponents shots.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Francis_Jonathan Han
David Jackson
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

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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





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LBS 2017 Round 13 - Barnes scores 30 in debut, Liberia upset Universidad Latina 69-57 - by Mike Amico

LatinBasket News
Costa Rica National League (LBS)
6/18/2017

The game with biggest difference of round 13 in LBS was home team Liberia's (#8) victory over higher ranked Universidad Latina (3-5) 69-57 on Saturday evening. Liberia move up to the sixth position with 3-7 record. Universidad at the other side keeps the sixth place with the tie breaker. Liberia are looking forward to facing ULatina on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. That game will decide the sixth position. It also locks Liberia in the 2017 post season.

Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) was the games top scorer with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois) added 15 points and 9 assists in the win. This was Barnes first game with Liberia. They look to be a totally different team with this addition.



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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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Apoel tabs Christos Karampatakis - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) inked 19-year old forward Christos Karampatakis (196-98) from Etha. In 7 Division A games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.0rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Karampatakis played at Achilleas (Division B). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
Karampatakis won Cyprus Division B championship title in 2014.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 0.7ppg, 1.9rpg.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Victor Ieronymides

Forward:
Christos Karampatakis

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

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EWE Baskets sign Bryon Allen, ex CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) signed 25-year old American guard Bryon Allen (193-90kg-92, college: George Mason). He played last season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 42 games he had 14.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Allen also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg.
He won Czech Republic League championship title and the cup.
The previous (15-16) season Allen played at Mec-Energy Roseto in Italian Serie A. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 21.8ppg and averaged 4.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Allen has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Allen has played previously professionally in Kuwait (Al Qadsia) and Poland (Start).
He attended George Mason University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gran Canaria may land Ondrej Balvin - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old Czech international center Ondrej Balvin (217-115kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who played last time at Movistar Estudiantes. Balvin managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 8 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 6.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. He also played that season for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 13 games he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.1rpg. Balvin also played 11 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He 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 Balvin's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group D in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team back in 2011 and 2012.
Balvin was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. He played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
Balvin also represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 67.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Balvin has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Ondrej is 218 cm (7'2') tall. Has athletic predispositions, huge wingspan, good coordination, mobility and strong legs. Ondrej is one of the most prospective big men in Europe. He is coachable, intelligent, has a great working attitude. He has worked on his game back and face to the basket and around the paint. He puts up more weight and has larger frame than last year. He fights for every rebound and space under basket - whih makes him one of the best rebounders in the Spanish ACB. Thanks to a great deal of personal contribution, he has improved his athletic skills, and has become a very quick player for his size. He played several seasons in the ACB - great games against Real Madrid and other Euroloeague competition.
- ACB: Most rebounds in one game - 17rebs (2016)
- Eurocup: Most rebounds in one game - 19rebs (2015)
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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





Dominican Rep. LNB round 7 best performance: Robert Glenn - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Metros STGO, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Soles SD (#8, 2-6) 93-91. It allowed Metros STGO to consolidate first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Metros STGO has a very solid 7-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Glenn just recently signed at Metros STGO, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis star has very solid stats this year. Glenn is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.6ppg), assists (4th best: 4.4apg) and averages impressive 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR. Gilder had a very good evening with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Caneros LR to edge slightly lower-ranked Huracanes PP (#5, 3-5) 91-86. Caneros LR's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-4 record is not bad at all. Gilder is one of the most experienced players at Caneros LR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Soles SD (#8). Guzman scored 27 points. Despite Guzman's great performance Soles SD lost 91-93 to the higher-ranked Metros STGO (#1, 7-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Soles SD can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Guzman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Guzman has individually a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 53.1% and 3PT: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) of Indios SFM - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Titanes Licey - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Titanes Licey - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dwight McCombs (203-F/C-89) of Soles SD - 10 points and 15 rebounds
10. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Leones SD - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists

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



Soles de Santo Domingo inks Carl Hall, ex Niagara RL - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) signed 28-year old American forward Carl Hall (202-111kg-89, college: Wichita State, agency: HMS). He played last season at Niagara River Lions in Canadian NBL. In 24 NBL Canada games he had very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Hall also played that season for Tokyo Hachioji Trains (B League D3) in Japan where in 18 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2013. Hall was also voted All-MVC Newcomer of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.
Hall has played previously professionally in France (Boulazac Basket) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs, Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano and Nishinomiya Storks).
He attended Wichita State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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





Liga Superior Round 2 of Finals. San Marcos clinch second straight win - by Eurobasket News

San Marcos - Izalco 96-70

San Marcos crushed Izalco to take 2-0 lead in the title series. San Marcos had a 34-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Izalco's players. The best player for the winners was Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. Leonardo Gomez chipped in 25 points. Five San Marcos players scored in double figures. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Julio Crespin (184-97) added 17 points respectively for the guests. 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:
San Marcos: L.Gomez 25+3reb+3ast, E.Abullarade 18+4reb+5ast, R.Diaz 16+4reb+5ast, B.Lopez 15+21reb+6ast, M.Martinez 12+4reb+2ast, F.Escobar 4+1reb+5ast
Izalco: M.Thomas 39+12reb+4ast, J.Crespin 17+3reb+1ast, S.Leon 4+2reb+1ast, V.Maya 4+7reb+2ast, G.Galdamez 2+5reb+2ast, S.Rivera 2+2reb
gschID: 548268





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  EUROCUP  


Giffey re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international swingman Niels Giffey (200-93kg-91, college: Connecticut). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 38 BBL games he recorded 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. Giffey helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Giffey also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Giffey also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin that year. A very good season in his career as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Giffey's team won German Bundesliga Supercup in 2015.
He has been also a member of German international program for some years. Giffey has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.2apg.
Giffey has played previously for two other teams: Lichterfelde and Berlin Baskets.
He attended University of Connecticut until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA Moscow extend deal with Vorontsevich - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) re-signed 30-year old international forward Andrey Vorontsevich (207-107kg-87) to a three-year contract extension. He has played there for the last eleven seasons. In 35 Euroleague games he recorded 7.3ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Vorontsevich helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Vorontsevich contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Vorontsevich has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Vorontsevich also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Vorontsevich has played previously for three other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Novosybirsk and Sibirtelekom-3 Novosybirsk.

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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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



EA7 Armani to sign Patric Young, ex Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to sign 25-year old American center Patric Young (208-109kg-92, college: Florida) who played last time at Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in Greece. In 28 A1 games he had 5.0ppg and 2.9rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Young also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.4rpg.
He 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 Young was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year in 2015.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.7ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP-2 (72.0%), FT: 44.1%.
Young has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans) and Turkey (Galatasaray).
He attended University of Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Young could be described: An effective low-post defender who is an impressive-looking big man with the potential to become a dominant frontcourt player with his build, intimidating style of play and above the rim approach.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tyrese Rice targeted by Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is targeting 30-year old Montenegrin international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-86kg-87, college: Boston) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Rice is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 34 Liga Endesa games he had 11.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.3apg last season. Rice also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rice played in the final of VTB United League in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Import of the Year in 2015.
Rice represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 84.6%.
Rice is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen and Artland Dragons), Greece (Panionios), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Russia (Khimki).
Rice attended Boston until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



USA clinch title in Formosa - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USA - Canada 111-60
USA celebrated Gold in Formosa. They beat Canada in the championship game. Vernon Carey (204-C-01) banked in 19 points to pace the winners. USA dominated from start to finish. They grabbed a comfortable 49:24 halftime lead. USA unleashed 62 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. DeVion Harmon, Jeremy Roach (186-G-01) and Jalen Green (196-G-02) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Luka Sakota (185-PG-01) responded with 17 points for Canada.
3-4 Place
Puerto Rico - Argentina 78-67
Puerto Rico claimed the third position at the championship. They outgunned hosting Argentina to step onto the pedestal. Andre Curbelo (185-PG-01) posted 23 points and 6 steals to lead the charge. Puerto Rico piled up a comfortable 44:28 halftime lead. Argentina narrowed the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Victor Rosa (195-SF-01) provided 19 points in the win. Bautista Lugarini (199-F-01) responded with 18 points for Argentina.

5-6 Place
Mexico - Dominican Republic 51-71
Dominican Republic finished fifth at the tournament. They wrapped up their campaign with a comfortable win over Mexico. David Jones (193-F/G-01) delivered 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Dominican Republic piled up a 37:24 halftime lead. They poured in 34 points in the second half to ice the win. Jean Montero (185-G-03) tossed in 15 points in the victory. Ivan Cruz (187-PF-01) responded with 17 points for Mexico.

7-8 Place
Paraguay - Venezuela 49-53
Venezuela finished their campaign in Formosa on a high note. They beat Paraguay to end up in the seventh place. Enderson Alcala (191-C-01) tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Paraguay posted a 28:21 halftime lead. However Venezuela bounced back with a 16:4 rally in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Jose Meneses (180-G-01) chipped in 17 points for the winners. Jose Barreto (185-F-01) responded with 20 points for Paraguay.



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Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.1 
 3. Burton, Roanne16.8 
 4. Henry, Evreux16.1 
 5. Jones, Lille16.0 
 6. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 7. Williams, Boulazac15.7 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.7 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.2 
 10. Bronchard, Vichy C.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.6 
 7. Morin, Le Havre7.4 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Fairell, Rouen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.9 
 2. King, Le Havre6.1 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.5.8 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 5. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Turner, Blois5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.3 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Pellin, Boulazac4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 2. Burton, Roanne2.3 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.0 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 5. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 9. Turner, Blois1.8 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Traore, Lille1.1 
 8. Jones, Lille1.0 
 9. Kone, Charleville0.9 
 10. Ekperigin, Nantes0.9 


Boulazac edge Nantes, clinch ProA promotion - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac - Nantes 63-60

Boulazac triumphed in ProB playoffs. They rallied past Nantes in the decisive third game of the Finals to gain ProA promotion. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-10. But Nantes won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Arnaud Kerckhof (193-84) who scored 12 points and 5 assists. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Boulazac Basket's coach Antoine Michon used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) added 14 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.Kerckhof 12+4reb+5ast, J.Williams 11+6reb, G.Clerc 10+2reb+3ast, S.Gauthier 9+2reb, J.Sanchez 6+2reb, A.Salmon 5+1reb+1ast
Nantes: L.Ekperigin 19+10reb+1ast, V.Bigote 14+2reb+2ast, C.McKnight 8+3reb+2ast, K.Mitchell 7+1reb+1ast, V.Fofana 5+3reb+1ast, H.Kahudi 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548266





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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French U20 National Team 2017 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Enzo Goudou-Sinha
Goudou-Sinha
Killian Tillie
Tillie
Mel Esso-Essis
Esso-Essis
Elhadji-Digue Diawara
Diawara
Abdoulaye N'Doye
N'Doye
#e#5
4Enzo Goudou-Sinha 183-PG-98 Nancy France
5Pierre Hannequin 186-PG-98 Gravelines France
7Killian Tillie 206-F-98 Gonzaga USA
8Mel Esso-Essis 198-F-98 Conrad Academy USA
9Timothe Vergiat 186-G-98 Hyeres-Toulon France
10Elhadji-Digue Diawara 203-F-98 ASVEL France
11Abdoulaye N'Doye 191-G-98 Cholet France
12Jules Rambaut 203-C/F-98 Chalons-Reims France
13Bathiste Tchouaffe 195-SG-98 Nanterre France
14Warren Woghiren 207-C-98 Cholet France
15Bastien Vautier 210-C-98 Nancy France
16Sylvere Dracon 208-C-98 Monaco France

Herve Coudray Head Coach Caen France
Christophe Allardi Assistant
Nicolas Absalon Assistant



Beaujolais add Lopez to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Beaujolais Basket (NM2) added to their roster 31-year old power forward Rafael Lopez (204-86). He has played for the last two seasons at SAP Vaucluse in the NM1. In 30 games he recorded 6.7ppg and 4.7rpg last season. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Lopez was tested by ADA Blois (also in NM1).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the NM2 Semifinals in 2015. Lopez was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention back in 2011.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Lopez tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Etendard de Brest, ALS Basket, Denain Voltaire, Vendee Challans and Lucon) and Cuba (Holguin).

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St Quentin signs Benoit Gillet - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) signed 31-year old shooting guard Benoit Gillet (190-86) from Denain ASC Voltaire. Gillet has played there for the last three years. In 34 ProB games he had 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg last season.
He played in the final of French ProB Play-Offs in 2015.
Gillet was a member of French U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He has played previously for four other teams: Chalons Reims, Saint Etienne, Stade Clermont and Lille Metropole.

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Knicks still focused on Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks have their eyes on another international prospect. They're linked to Frank Ntilikina (6'5''-PG-98) with the eighth pick in NBA draft. It's hard to say what's real and what's a smoke screen this close to draft day, but it seems like the franchise has a legitimate interest in selecting him when they are on the clock. While current point guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) could take a pay cut to stay with the team, he's not the answer for the future. Ntilikina has already met with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Dallas has the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, one after the Knicks. They have a reported interest in selecting Ntilikina as well. However, he may not be available for the Mavs come draft day next week if the reported interest is true. It also appears to be mutual. The 18-year-old French prospect spoke about playing for the Knicks (via NY Daily News): I watch a lot of their games and I know how they play with their triangle offense with Phil Jackson as the president, and I know the players. I think it would be a good thing for me I love to learn everything about the game, so I was just trying to figure out what it was, and how to play that. It brought Phil Jackson a lot of championships. So it's good.
Ntilikina added he would love to play with Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) because they 'learned the European way' and can play pick-and-roll offense together. Last season, the Knicks had four European players on their roster. During the interview, Ntilikina told the publication he does not compare to any point guard in the NBA because of his wingspan. Only Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) has similar arm length, fingertip to fingertip. Another sign of mutual respect is a few months dago, Ntilikina worked out in New York star Carmelo Anthony's gym in Manhattan.
Courtesy of: hoopshype.com




Golfe Juan inks Luc-Arthur Vebobe - by Eurobasket News

AC Golfe Juan Vallauris (NM2) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old ex-international power forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (202-103kg-80, college: Hawaii). He has played for the last two seasons at Provence Basket in the ProB. In 22 games he had just 2.4ppg and 3.2rpg last season. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vebobe's team made it to the ProB Play-Offs Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Domestic Players Team back in 2010. Vebobe was a member of French Senior National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously professionally also in Spain (Zaragoza) and France (Olympique Antibes, Cholet Basket, Paris Levallois, Chorale de Roanne and ALM Evreux).
Vebobe is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Golfe Juan.
Vebobe attended University of Hawaii until 2002 and it will be his 16th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: LucArthur is a perimeter player who can shoot the ball well. He's a good passer and has good ball-handling skills.

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Labovic re-signs at Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Dragan Labovic (207-115kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He was a team leader there last season. Labovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg (in top 3). He also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. And finally Labovic contributed to 9 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 18.7ppg and got 6.9rpg and 1.5apg. Labovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team he played shortly was Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL. In four games he got 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Labovic's team won Macedonian Cup.
He was a member of Serbian international program for some years. Labovic was called to Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Labovic's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Labovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece (Aris), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Romania (Ploiesti), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Aliaga).
On Labovic: Dragan comes from the old Serbian school of power forwards. His style is like the one of Savic (the today's manager of Barcelona) he can play in the paint as well as in the peripheral as he has quite good three pointers, he can do very good the short-tall system as well as the pick-en-roll. Has very long arms and his wing span helps him to defense his shots in and out of the paint. From the arc has around 30% which is very good having in mind that he is a strong power forward with very good moves in the basket. In the last European championship U20, Dragan was the top scorer of the European champion team of Serbia with 17ppg, 6rpg, 1apg and 1.3bpg in 30 minutes he was among the players who helped their NT to win the trophy. Dragan has all the prospects to become an NBA staff if he corrects a bit his shooting from mid range, his current stats are between 55-60%, he also have to work his personal defense as with tougher opponents will have some problems.

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Heckel is back at Bayer Giants - by Eurobasket News

Bayer Giants Leverkusen (ProB) signed 20-year old point guard Marvin Heckel (190-84kg-97). It is actually his comeback to Leverkusen as he has played here before. Heckel played last season at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in the BBL. BBL was a little too high level for him, where in two games he did not score anything. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Heckel won JBBL in 2013.
He has played previously for Uerdingen.

Bayer Giants Leverkusen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexander Blessig
Michael Kuczmann
Marvin Heckel
Daniel Merkens

Forwards:
Goetz Twiehoff
Olegas Legankovas
Tim Schonborn

Coach: Achim Kuczmann

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EWE Baskets ink Isaiah Philmore - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) signed 28-year old naturalized American forward Isaiah Philmore (203-104kg-89, college: Xavier) from He spent his 3-year professional career in Germany.Walter Tigers. In 33 BBL games he had 9.9ppg and 3.8rpg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Philmore played at Telekom Baskets where in 23 BBL games he recorded 8.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg.
Philmore's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for another German team ratiopharm Ulm.
Philmore attended Xavier University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Giffey re-signs at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international swingman Niels Giffey (200-93kg-91, college: Connecticut). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 38 BBL games he recorded 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. Giffey helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Giffey also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Giffey also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin that year. A very good season in his career as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Giffey's team won German Bundesliga Supercup in 2015.
He has been also a member of German international program for some years. Giffey has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.2apg.
Giffey has played previously for two other teams: Lichterfelde and Berlin Baskets.
He attended University of Connecticut until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Itzehoe adds Early to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Itzehoe Eagles (ProB) added to their roster American forward Dominic Early (198-86kg). He has only college experience while playing for Co.Georgia (NAIA). In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.7apg in 2015-16 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to All-SSAC 1st Team and All-NAIA D1 Honorable Mention.
Of course it will be Early's first season as a professional player.

Itzehoe Eagles roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nick Tienarend

Forwards:
Frederik Henningsen
Dominic Early
Johannes Konrad

Center:
Lars Kroeger

Coach: Patrick Elzie

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EWE Baskets sign Bryon Allen, ex CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) signed 25-year old American guard Bryon Allen (193-90kg-92, college: George Mason). He played last season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 42 games he had 14.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Allen also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg.
He won Czech Republic League championship title and the cup.
The previous (15-16) season Allen played at Mec-Energy Roseto in Italian Serie A. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 21.8ppg and averaged 4.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie A2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Allen has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Allen has played previously professionally in Kuwait (Al Qadsia) and Poland (Start).
He attended George Mason University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Maloukos re-signs at Pentelis - by Eurobasket News

AE Pentelis (C) confirmed in their roster 28-year old guard Dimitris Maloukos (190-89). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season Maloukos played at Promitheas (B).
He is a very experienced player.

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EA7 Armani to sign Patric Young, ex Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to sign 25-year old American center Patric Young (208-109kg-92, college: Florida) who played last time at Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in Greece. In 28 A1 games he had 5.0ppg and 2.9rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Young also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.4rpg.
He 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 Young was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year in 2015.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.7ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP-2 (72.0%), FT: 44.1%.
Young has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans) and Turkey (Galatasaray).
He attended University of Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Young could be described: An effective low-post defender who is an impressive-looking big man with the potential to become a dominant frontcourt player with his build, intimidating style of play and above the rim approach.

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Kolossos H Hotels re-sign coach Aris Likogiannis - by Eurobasket News

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) re-signed experienced 53-year old coach Aris Likogiannis (agency: Octagon Europe). Likogiannis has coached there for the last three years.
Among other achievements he coached in the final of Greek League in 2015. Likogiannis received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Coach of the Year award back in 2010.
He has coached previously professionally also in Sweden (Solna Vikings) and Greece (Panathinaikos, Sporting and AE Ikaros Kallitheas).

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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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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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Van Den Elzen re-signs at Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) confirmed in their roster small forward Stan Van Den Elzen (195). He played there last season. But in four Eredivisie games he recorded just 0.3ppg. Van Den Elzen's team made it to the Dutch final.
He represented Holland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia seventeen years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT-1 (87.5%), FT-2 (90.0%).

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Maarten Bouwknecht

Forwards:
Kees Akerboom
Stefan Wessels
Stan Van_Den_Elzen

Centers:
Marcel Aarts
Nick Oudendag

Coach: Silvano Poropat

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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. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 5. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 


Alba Fehervar celebrate League title - by Eurobasket News

Alba - Falco KC 78-71

Alba Fehervar celebrated League title. They overcame Falco KC in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. Falco KC trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 27-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 71-78 at the end of the game. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. International power forward Akos Keller (208-89) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and international guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Falco KC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alba: W.Shepard 18+4reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 15+2reb+3ast, J.Edwards 13+7reb+3ast, B.Taylor 10+7reb+2ast, A.Keller 9+14reb, P.Lorant 8+6reb
Falco KC: D.Govens 20+5reb+8ast, B.Varadi 12+7reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 11+6reb+2ast, L.Medford 10+2reb+3ast, A.Pustahvar 7+4reb, D.Barham 5+3reb+1ast
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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.

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Niktash - 'It's an unbelievable feeling' to play for Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

DALIAN (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - Navid Niktash raised plenty of eyebrows this season while playing for the British Basketball League's London Lions and now he'll be looking to do the same for Iran's national team.

The 26-year-old, a sweet-shooting 6ft 8in (2.03m) small forward, was recently named in Iran's traveling squad for a three-game tour of China.

If Niktash, a French-born Iranian, has the sort of eyebrow-raising moments that were common for him this season in the United Kingdom, there's a good chance he'll be with his national team at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut (August 8-20).
Just being invited to a recent Iran training camp was a thrill for Niktash.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," he said.

"I always wanted to play for the national team and now I'm here preparing and traveling with the team.

"I made my best efforts in the training camp to show my ability to the coach and my teammates, hopefully I can equally impress in China."

The games will be played in China this week in Dalian, Changchun and Ningbo.

Niktash hails from Western Europe yet he has paid close attention to Iranian basketball. The national side started making international headlines after winning the 2007 FIBA Asia Cup, an accomplishment that clinched a spot in the Beijing Olympics 2008.

Iran had a successful Asian title defense in 2009 and played at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2010 in Turkey. Following a shock defeat in the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA Asia Cup 2011, Iran bounced back in 2013 to capture their third Asian crown.

The team was third at the FIBA Asia Cup 2015 in Changsha, China.
Niktash knows all about the national team but also the domestic competition.

"Yes, I always follow the Iranian Super League and I came here with full knowledge of basketball in the country," he said.

"Iran has a very good league and a strong national team, great players with a great coach (Mehran Hatami). Iran is one of the best Asian basketball countries."
Niktash has the biggest opportunity of his career right now thanks to his exposure with the national team. He is in the shop window and there are a lot of clubs that would love to have him on their team. He says he would relish the chance to play professionally in Iran.

"Why not?" he said. "I'm currently a free agent and as I said earlier, I'm fully aware of how good the Iranian Super League is and if I get a good offer, the decision will be easy."

First things first. Niktash wants to clinch a spot in the Iran side that is going to play at the FIBA Asia Cup.

"I'm a young player who wants to do his best to play for the national team and I would like to make the final cut for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017," he said. "But of course, that will depend on my performances in the China tournament."



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Tofas land Pierria Henry, ex Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Tofas Bursa (BSL) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Pierria Henry (193-89kg-93, college: Charlotte). He played most recently at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 38 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.0apg and 1.8spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Henry played at ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL where in 32 games he had 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg (in top 4). He helped them to make it to the final. Henry also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg. The other team he played that season for was Vita Tbilisi in Georgian league. In 11 VTB United League games he got 13.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 6.2apg and 2.8spg.
Henry has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he received C-USA All-Defensive Team award in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Henry graduated from University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: He is comfortable playing either guard spot. He has a good basketball IQ which enables him to play point guard and run a team. He is best with the ball in his hands. He is a good creator for both himself and others.

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Tyrese Rice targeted by Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is targeting 30-year old Montenegrin international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-86kg-87, college: Boston) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Rice is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 34 Liga Endesa games he had 11.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.3apg last season. Rice also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rice played in the final of VTB United League in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Import of the Year in 2015.
Rice represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 84.6%.
Rice is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen and Artland Dragons), Greece (Panionios), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Russia (Khimki).
Rice attended Boston until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

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

Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team 2017
James Bell
Bell
John DiBartolomeo
DiBartolomeo
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Curtis Jerrells
Jerrells
Karam Mashour
Mashour

Finals MVP: Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87) of Hapoel J-M
Player of the Year: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
Domestic Player of the Year: Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Rafi Menco (198-SF-94) of Hapoel Eilat
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) of Maccabi Rishon
Import Player of the Year: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
Defensive Player of the Year: Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa
Sixth Man of the Year: Jason Siggers (194-SF-85) of Titanes Licey
Coach of the Year: Simone Pianigiani of Hapoel J-M

1st Team
F/G: James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon
PG: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
G: Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Maccabi T-A
PG: Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M
F: Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya

2nd Team
PG: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A
PG: Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa
G/F: Tarence Kinsey (202-G/F-84) of Hapoel J-M
F: Darion Atkins (203-F-92) of Hapoel Holon
F/C: Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M

Honorable Mention
Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) of Hapoel Holon
Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya
Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83) of Ironi Nahariya
Pierria Henry (193-PG-93) of Tofas
Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Galil Gilboa
Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa
Mark Lyons (185-PG-89) of Guizhou
Richard Howell (203-C/F-90) of Hapoel J-M
Chase Simon (201-SF-89) of Maccabi Ashdod
Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod
Josh Selby (188-PG-91) of Maccabi K/G

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) of Hapoel Holon
PG: Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A
SF: Rafi Menco (198-SF-94) of Hapoel Eilat
PF: Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod
F: Karam Mashour (198-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya

All-Imports Team
F/G: James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon
PG: John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa
G: Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Maccabi T-A
PG: Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M
F/C: Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M



Ironi Nahariya keep coach Elfassj at helm - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) confirmed 45-year old head coach Eric Elfassi (agency: Gross Zeev ISA) for another season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Elfassi's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2011. He was selected to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game back in 2012.
Elfassi was coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and coached also U18 National Team in 2013.
He has coached previously three other teams: Ironi Ashkelon, Maccabi Ashdod and Elitzur Ironi.

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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. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.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.1.8 
 3. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 6. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 7. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 8. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 9. Shields, Dolomiti.1.5 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 6. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 9. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. Archie, Betaland.1.0 


Serie A Round 5 of Finals. Venezia grab 3-2 advantage - by Eurobasket News

Umana VE - Dolomiti En. TR 65-63

Venezia celebrated the third victory in Serie A championship series. Michael Bramos drained a three-pointer late in regulation to propel the hosts to the crucial home win. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Greek-American swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) who scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach Walter De Raffaele used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Aaron Craft (188-91, college: Ohio St.) produced 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Haynes 13+1reb+2ast, T.McGee 11+1ast, M.Ejim 9+5reb+3ast, M.Bramos 7+7reb+3ast, H.Peric 7+4reb+1ast, S.Tonut 6+2reb+1ast
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Hogue 17+5reb, A.Craft 16+8reb+5ast, D.Flaccadori 6+2reb+1ast, A.Forray 6+4reb+1ast, S.Shields 6+5reb+4ast, D.Sutton 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 548166





Openjobmetis VA signs Antabia Waller, ex Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) signed 29-year old American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn). He played last season at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Waller managed to play in three leagues last year. In 26 ABA League games he had 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He also played 8 games in Erste Liga where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. Waller helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. And finally he contributed to 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Waller played at Bashkimi (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. In 17 games he got 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.6spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Honorable Mention. Waller also played 14 games in Balkan League where he got remarkable 17.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.1apg (top 5) and 2.0spg (in top 5). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
Waller won Kosovo League championship title in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Waller has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Turkey (Oyak Renault, Gaziantep and Vestel), Dominican Republic (San Lazaro) and Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina).
Waller attended Auburn University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Excellent shooter, great scorer, has the ability to catch and shoot from the 3pt line, good defender, plays the passing lanes on defense very good.

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Tessitori re-signs at Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 23-year old international power forward Amedeo Tessitori (208-94). He played there last season. In 35 Serie A2 games he had 11.1ppg and 5.2rpg. Tessitori helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at AV Cantu (Serie A) where in 24 games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg. Tessitori also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team back in 2012.
Tessitori was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team in 2012.
Tessitori represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 15.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (2.3bpg), FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.0%.
Tessitori has played previously for four other teams: Juvecaserta, Unieuro Forli, Banco di Srd and Siena Virtus.
He could be described: A talented inside player, who has great physical impact, good hands, quick legs. He's working to add perimetral skills, because height is around 6-8 so his future is at the PF.

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Andreazza is the new head coach of Piombino - by Andrea Centenari

Marco Andreazza (agency: Interperformances ) signed as new head coach of Basket Golfo Piombino.
In his career he has coached at De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012, Fulgor Omegna, Poderosa Basket Montegranaro and Casalpusterlengo.

In the last season with UCC Assigeco Piacenza in Serie A2, leading the team to a 12-18 record.



Legion is close to re-sign at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) is about to confirm 29-year old Jordanian international guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Legion was a team leader there last season. In 24 Serie A2 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in eighteen games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Legion's team made it to the Arab Club Championships Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Gold All-Imports Team in 2015.
Legion played at the Arab Club Championships Semifinals two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 17.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 85.7%.
Legion is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Legion has played previously professionally also in Greece (Arkadikos), Hungary (PVSK Pannon), Lebanon (Sagesse), Qatar (El Jaysh) and Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Roseto and CZG Veroli).
He attended Florida International University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
Legion could be described: Alex is an outstanding shooter who can also create his own shot off the dribble. He uses his strength to create space against defenders and is great 3 point shooter. He has played for top college coaches including Isiah Thomas this year. Alex is a scoring machine and very good all around player who is ready to compete at the highest level.

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EA7 Armani to sign Patric Young, ex Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to sign 25-year old American center Patric Young (208-109kg-92, college: Florida) who played last time at Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in Greece. In 28 A1 games he had 5.0ppg and 2.9rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Young also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.4rpg.
He 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 Young was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year in 2015.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.7ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP-2 (72.0%), FT: 44.1%.
Young has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans) and Turkey (Galatasaray).
He attended University of Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Young could be described: An effective low-post defender who is an impressive-looking big man with the potential to become a dominant frontcourt player with his build, intimidating style of play and above the rim approach.

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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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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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Padova keeps Crosato for another season - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Padova (Serie B) re-signed 32-year old forward Enrico Crosato (194-85). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 30 Serie B games he recorded 8.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Crosato won B dilettanti Group B Regular Season in 2011.
He has played previously for two other teams: Bassano and Marostica.

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Lazzaro re-signs at Padova - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Padova (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old forward Marco Lazzaro (198-92). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 30 Serie B games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Lazzaro has played previously for two other teams: Padova Unione and Padova Broetto.

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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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  JORDAN  


Legion is close to re-sign at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) is about to confirm 29-year old Jordanian international guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Legion was a team leader there last season. In 24 Serie A2 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in eighteen games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Legion's team made it to the Arab Club Championships Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Gold All-Imports Team in 2015.
Legion played at the Arab Club Championships Semifinals two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 17.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 85.7%.
Legion is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Legion has played previously professionally also in Greece (Arkadikos), Hungary (PVSK Pannon), Lebanon (Sagesse), Qatar (El Jaysh) and Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Roseto and CZG Veroli).
He attended Florida International University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
Legion could be described: Alex is an outstanding shooter who can also create his own shot off the dribble. He uses his strength to create space against defenders and is great 3 point shooter. He has played for top college coaches including Isiah Thomas this year. Alex is a scoring machine and very good all around player who is ready to compete at the highest level.

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  KENYA  


Nairobi Impress, But Mogadishu Favourites in Africa Cities Cup - by Eurobasket News

Nairobi Morans sailed into the semi-final of the inaugural basketball Africa Cities Challenge Cup after beating Kampala Red Stars 59-55 at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium on Tuesday night. Nairobi Morans, spearheaded by Co-op Bank's Joseph Khaemba (180-PG-91), Victor Odendo (189-G/F-80), Evans Leting and Aroun Ramadhan (KPA) emerged top in Group A of three teams with four points. Nairobi had earlier beaten Dar es Salaam City 87-71 and were due to meet Group B runner-up Mombasa in the first semi-final on Wednesday. Mombasa, had registered a 69-66 win over Sudan's Juba in their opener before losing 62-83 to well-oiled Somalia's Mogadishu. Hosts Nairobi had Thunders' shooting guard Griffins Ligare, Alex Ramazani and Kevin Kigotho, who turn out for Premier League side USIU-A Tigers calling the early shots as they raced a 19-9 first quarter lead. Uganda's Kampala City, who were fielding two Kenyans Brian Namake (F-90) and Philip Amenyi (C-89), had a bad start. Nairobi, looked favourites outscoring their opponents 9-0 for a 9-2 run before Kampala ambushed them in the second quarter. Kampala hit hard Nairobi 23-5 in the second quarter to lead 32-24 at the break. It was in the last two quarters that Nairobi stamped their authority to outscore Kampala 14-8 and 21-15 to carry the day. Guard Ligare lifted Nairobi Morans scoring 23 points while Kampala replied with 16 points through Mark Opio.
In another match, Mogadishu powered their way into the semi-final after registering a 87-68 win over Sudan's Juba. Mogadishu had made a flying start with a comfortable 83-62 victory over Mombasa. Two consecutive victories guaranteed Mogadishu a place in the semi-final where they were to take on Kampala at 8pm. Juba and Dar es Salaam lost all their two matches and were to face-off in the fifth and sixth position play-off match.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



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  LEBANON  


Byblos keep Kanaan for another season - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) re-signed 32-year old former Lebanese international power forward Ali Kanaan (207-105kg-85, college: Mass.-Lowell). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Canadian passport. Kanaan has played there for the last four seasons. In 29 Pepsi LBL games he averaged 5.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Kanaan helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements his team won Lebanese Cup in 2016. Kanaan received also PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention award in 2011 and 2015.
He represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Tehran (Iran) four years ago.
Kanaan has played previously for three other teams: Al Riyadi, Beirut and Champville.
He attended University of Massachusetts - Lowell until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Ammoury re-signs at Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old naturalized American swingman Tarek Ammoury (196-90, college: Marymount). He played there last season. In 24 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Ammoury helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Al Moutahed where in 24 Pepsi LBL games he averaged 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ammoury's team made it to the Lebanese final in 2013. He was also voted CAC Co-Rookie of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Ammoury has played previously for two other teams: Tadamon and Anibal.
He attended Marymount University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan

Forward:
Tarek Ammoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Malaysia go down fighting to Australia ACBA Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia provided good hustle but still fell short in the men's final of the Maba International Basketball Invitation Championships. In the end, Malaysia suffered a narrow 59-63 loss to the Australia ACBA Dragons at the Maba Stadium yesterday. It was sweet revenge for ACBA as they were beaten 73-76 in overtime by Malaysia in a preliminary match on Friday. The Australians started off well, taking a 6-1 lead before the Malaysians were stirred into action. ACBA continued to be in front and Darnell Brown fired a buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 29-25 half-time lead. Malaysia, however, fought back and three pointers from Ting Chun Hong, Wong Yi Hou and Soo Eng Heng (2) gave them a 51-44 third quarter lead. But ACBA went on a 7-0 scoring spree in the fourth quarter to hold a 61-59 lead with 38 seconds left on the clock. Malaysia then paid dearly for several missed attempts by Chun Hong, Yi Hou, Tian Yuan Kuek (201-C-91) and Chee Li Wei. Brown finished off Malaysia with a pair of free throws as the Australians score a four-point win. Michigan-born Brown finished with a game-high 28 points while Eng Heng top scored for Malaysia with 13 points. The Malaysian women, however, had a better day. They ended their campaign with a perfect record after beating Taiwan Nanshan High School 73-63 in the final. Malaysia, who had won all three of their previous round-robin matches, opted to start with their second stringers against winless Nanshan. Guard Yin Yin Chong (166-G-93) played a starring role with 20 points while Fook Yee Yap (174-F-93) contributed 10 points. 'I'm happy with the players' performance. They showed good fighting spirit and a burning desire to play,' said national coach Sze Yuin Yoong . 'Even the second stringers were impressive and this is a good confidence boost in our preparations for the SEA Games (in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30),' added Sze Yuin.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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 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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Tyrese Rice targeted by Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is targeting 30-year old Montenegrin international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-86kg-87, college: Boston) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Rice is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 34 Liga Endesa games he had 11.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.3apg last season. Rice also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rice played in the final of VTB United League in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Import of the Year in 2015.
Rice represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 84.6%.
Rice is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen and Artland Dragons), Greece (Panionios), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Russia (Khimki).
Rice attended Boston until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rice may be back at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is targeting 30-year old Montenegrin international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-86kg-87, college: Boston) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Rice is a dual citizen owning also American passport. In 34 Liga Endesa games he had 11.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.3apg last season. Rice also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rice played in the final of VTB United League in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Import of the Year in 2015.
Rice represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 84.6%.
Rice is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen and Artland Dragons), Greece (Panionios), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Russia (Khimki).
Rice attended Boston until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Openjobmetis VA signs Antabia Waller, ex Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) signed 29-year old American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn). He played last season at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Waller managed to play in three leagues last year. In 26 ABA League games he had 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He also played 8 games in Erste Liga where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. Waller helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. And finally he contributed to 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Waller played at Bashkimi (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. In 17 games he got 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.6spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Honorable Mention. Waller also played 14 games in Balkan League where he got remarkable 17.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.1apg (top 5) and 2.0spg (in top 5). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
Waller won Kosovo League championship title in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Waller has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Turkey (Oyak Renault, Gaziantep and Vestel), Dominican Republic (San Lazaro) and Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina).
Waller attended Auburn University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Excellent shooter, great scorer, has the ability to catch and shoot from the 3pt line, good defender, plays the passing lanes on defense very good.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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



Knicks still focused on Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks have their eyes on another international prospect. They're linked to Frank Ntilikina (6'5''-PG-98) with the eighth pick in NBA draft. It's hard to say what's real and what's a smoke screen this close to draft day, but it seems like the franchise has a legitimate interest in selecting him when they are on the clock. While current point guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) could take a pay cut to stay with the team, he's not the answer for the future. Ntilikina has already met with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Dallas has the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, one after the Knicks. They have a reported interest in selecting Ntilikina as well. However, he may not be available for the Mavs come draft day next week if the reported interest is true. It also appears to be mutual. The 18-year-old French prospect spoke about playing for the Knicks (via NY Daily News): I watch a lot of their games and I know how they play with their triangle offense with Phil Jackson as the president, and I know the players. I think it would be a good thing for me I love to learn everything about the game, so I was just trying to figure out what it was, and how to play that. It brought Phil Jackson a lot of championships. So it's good.
Ntilikina added he would love to play with Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) because they 'learned the European way' and can play pick-and-roll offense together. Last season, the Knicks had four European players on their roster. During the interview, Ntilikina told the publication he does not compare to any point guard in the NBA because of his wingspan. Only Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) has similar arm length, fingertip to fingertip. Another sign of mutual respect is a few months dago, Ntilikina worked out in New York star Carmelo Anthony's gym in Manhattan.
Courtesy of: hoopshype.com




Paul George tells Pacers he plans to leave franchise, prefers joining Lakers - by Eurobasket News

All-Star forward Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) has informed the Indiana Pacers that he plans to become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and will leave the franchise - preferably for the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical. George hasn't requested a trade before he can opt out of his 2018-19 contract, but did have his agent, Aaron Mintz, tell new Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to be forthright on his plans and spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions, league sources told The Vertical. George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with Los Angeles next year. George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him. George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with Indiana, but wants to give the organization the chance to plan appropriately for its future - which George told the team won't include him, league sources said. George's desire to join the Lakers has massive repercussions on the free-agent market in 2018. Under president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, George would represent the first NBA star in years to choose the Lakers in free agency. As Los Angeles' management reshapes its roster, George could be a lure to recruit other top available players to the Lakers. Between then and now, the pressure will mount for the Pacers to formulate a trade with the Lakers in the near future, because the risk of losing a star of George's stature for nothing next summer is potentially devastating. If management takes George at his word about wanting to join the Lakers in 2018, it may be cornered into making the best possible trade it can with Los Angeles now, squeezing whatever value out of the Lakers that Indiana can acquire in a deal for George. The Pacers could bring back young players - such as forward Julius Randle (6'9''-F-94, college: Kentucky), for example - and future draft assets to make a deal for George now, if the two teams are so inclined. Nevertheless, the Lakers can create the necessary salary-cap space to sign George next summer and won't be compelled to make a dramatic offer to Indiana now. Indiana's ability to find a trade for George elsewhere has become increasingly limited, if not crippled, because NBA teams believe that it's George's intention to eventually sign with the Lakers as a free agent in 2018. Because George wasn't named to an All-NBA team this spring, Indiana lost out on the chance to offer him a five-year, $207 million Designated Player Veteran Exception. Indiana can offer George a five-year, $177 million extension. George, 27, averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 2016-17, leading Indiana to the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Pacers lost a first-round series to the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. George is a four-time All-Star and one of the best two-way players in the world. He was part of the 2016 USA Olympic gold medal team, just two years after suffering a broken leg. The Pacers' inability to maintain a contending roster has played a part in George's belief that he has a better chance for championship contention by joining the Lakers, league sources said. After reaching the Eastern Conference finals in consecutive years - 2013 and 2014 - the Pacers have slowly had a talent drain that included the decline and loss of Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) and the departures of David West and George Hill. George had a close relationship with the architect of those Pacers teams, Larry Bird, who recently stepped down as team president to become a franchise consultant.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Pacers reach out to Cavs about possible Paul George deal - by Eurobasket News

After superstar Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) informed the Indiana Pacers in no uncertain terms he plans to leave the team, the Pacers began shopping George's services this weekend, including a phone call to the Cleveland Cavaliers, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. George reportedly told Indiana he will opt out of his current contract in 2018 and become an unrestricted free agent. George's admission, first reported by The Vertical, prompted Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard to begin canvassing the league for potential offers for the four-time All-Star who, at 27, averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals this season. He upped that production to 28 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals in a first-round playoff loss to Cleveland in April. The Cavs are willing to enter into trade talks for George without any assurances he will commit to a long-term deal in Cleveland, a source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN. Cleveland is confident its championship culture and overall atmosphere could sway George to want to stay after playing out the 2017-18 season on the final year of his deal. That said, there are only two assets the Cavs possess that would likely grab the Pacers' attention in a potential swap (operating under the assumption that LeBron James is untouchable): Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) and Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke). And to part with either the 25-year-old Irving or the 28-year-old Love, both coming off All-Star seasons and on relatively economical long-term deals, without any verbal commitment from George that he planned to stay in Cleveland beyond 2018, would be "hard" to agree to, one source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN. James has been an admirer of George for years, dating back to their battles in the Eastern Conference finals between the Pacers and Miami Heat. When the Cavs outlasted the Pacers 135-130 in overtime in March, with George scoring 43 points to James' 41, the Cavs' superstar recognized George with a post on Instagram. After that game James also referred to George as a "big-time player," and when pressed further on his relationship with the Pacers swingman he said, "We've got a really good friendship, I'm going to leave it at that." Making matters more complicated for Cleveland is the contract status of general manager David Griffin. He entered the 2016-17 season on a lame-duck deal after failing to come to an extension agreement with owner Dan Gilbert in the summer of 2016 while the franchise was basking in the glory of the first championship for the city of Cleveland in more than 50 years. Griffin is still shepherding the franchise and fielding calls, like Pritchard's, even though his contract is set to expire June 30. The lack of resolution in Griffin's situation with the NBA draft just four days away and free agency commencing in 16 days is starting to cause some unrest within the ranks in Cleveland. "Insanity," a source told ESPN of the Cavs' front-office situation.
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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Pitt lands top-150 Class of 2018 forward Bryce Golden - by Eurobasket News

Pitt landed some much-needed help in the Class of 2018 on Friday as top-150 forward Bryce Golden pledged to the Panthers. The 6-foot-9 Golden is currently regarded as the No. 124 overall prospect in Rivals.com national Class of 2018 rankings as he becomes the first player to commit to head coach Kevin Stallings in that class. With Pitt losing so many players and basically turning over its entire roster since Stallings took over, Golden is a solid start in what should be a very large recruiting class for the Panthers. A solid post player with good hands and some developing moves, Golden has a chance to be a solid ACC player if he can continue to add strength and improve his defensive presence.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Butler quickly hires Milwaukee's LaVall Jordan - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com
Milwaukee's LaVall Jordan has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at Butler, a source told CBS Sports on Monday afternoon.
Butler confirmed the news Monday night.
"LaVall is a tremendous coach who exemplifies 'The Butler Way,' " Butler athletic director Barry Collier said.
He has played a major role in successful programs that have competed at the highest levels.
LaVall also has a deep appreciation for our university and this program, and will recruit and develop young men who will represent Butler well.
Jordan is a Butler graduate and former Bulldogs player who has spent only one season as a head coach -- specifically this past season, when his Panthers finished 11-24 overall, 4-14 in the Horizon. Regardless, he was quickly identified as the leading candidate to replace
Chris Holtmann at Butler because of his ties to the school and athletic director Barry Collier.



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  PANAMA  


Former NBA Doron Lamb inks with Lavrio in Greece - by Robert OConnell

Panamanian guard Doron Lamb (193-G-91, college: Kentucky) signed with GS Lavrio in Greece, this team finished in the 8th place this season with a record of 11-15, Doron can provide scoring from the perimeter and with penetrations, He is a good defender and his NBA experience can help this team go to the Euroleague this year.

He played with the Westchester Knicks of the D League with good numbers in 42 games played 12.1ppg 49.6% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc, 3.3rpg with 1.6apg, he has also played in France, Macedonia and with the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA.




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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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San Miguel, TnT Finals Match-up: Who Has The Upperhand? By: Ariel Ian Clarito - by Ariel Ian Clarito


Two established powerhouses meet in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals which will begin on Wednesday, June 21. San Miguel Beermen and TnT Ka Tropa both scored emphatic 3-1 wins in the semifinals to arrange a best of seven showdown for the 2nd conference crown.

TnT was the most dominant team in the PBA at the start of this decade, while San Miguel, the winningest team in PBA history, has been lording it over the competition these past 3 years by winning 4 out of the last 7 conference titles. Given the pedigree of both teams and their loaded line-ups, we can expect a finals series of titanic proportions.

San Miguel will have the edge in the battle down low with 6'8 Charles Rhodes and 3-time MVP 6'10 Junmar Fajardo forming an imposing twin tower combination that has proven to be a handful for all teams they have faced thus far this conference. Both Rhodes and Fajardo along with Arwind Santos form San Miguel's frontline rotation that average a combined 53.5 points and over 25 rebounds a game. The TnT frontline made up of Ranidel de Ocampo, Kelly Williams, Mo Tautuaa, and Troy Rosario has been mostly inconsistent this conference, with only De Ocampo averaging close to double figures at 9.94 points per game. Import Joshua Smith has been nursing torn toe ligaments and has been playing on one good foot, so this series is for the San Miguel frontline to dominate.

The backcourt is where things get interesting. It will feature Asia's best point guard, Jayson Castro of TnT, against the PBA's premiere defensive guard, Chris Ross of San Miguel. Castro and Ross lead the league in assists (Castro is averaging 6.9 while Ross registers a league-best 7.5 assists per game), so you can expect both to lead in orchestrating their respective team's plays and establishing order in the game. Castro and Ross will probably cancel each other out, so their respective backcourt crew will spell the difference in this series. TnT has a phalanx of guards in Roger Pogoy, RR Garcia, Kris Rosales, and Ryan Reyes, but it is only Pogoy who has been consistent offensively for the KaTropa. For San Miguel, Alex Cabagnot has been on a tear this season and has been lighting up the scoreboard, while Marcio Lassiter is still churning out averages of 14.88 points a game. The TnT backcourt will have to be at their defensive best to slowdown San Miguel which will have the advantage in terms of scoring punch.

What TnT will have the upperhand in is in the bench rotation. Coach Nash Racela usually utilizes 10-11 players in a game to ensure he has fresh legs to run his dribble-drive offense and the occassional pressing defense. If his team can make this a long series, his deep rotation might just outlast San Miguel which traditionally relies on a short 8-men rotation, with Coach Leo Austria giving some insignificant minutes to 2-3 more players every so often, more of the exception than the rule in Austria's coaching philosophy. Austria's starters average a minimum of 34 minutes per game, so if this series makes it to a game 6 or 7, TnT can be expected to be the team with more bounce in its steps.

The Beermen will be the solid favorites in the finals, although TnT will have a puncher's chance to pull off an upset. Both TnT and San Miguel have shown the ability to simply outshoot their opponents given the loads of talent both teams have. Unfortunately for TnT, in facing a team like San Miguel, the Katropas will not have enough to match the firepower of the Beermen who have 6 players averaging in double figures. TnT will have to turn this into a defensive battle and a long, grind out series for it to have a chance to at least make the finals a competitive affair. San Miguel plays basic, almost predictable basketball. It tries to impose its might down low and establish the post presence of Rhodes and Fajardo, and in so doing, open the floor for their gunners like Cabagnot, Lassiter, Ross, and Santos to snipe from outside or drive to the basket. TnT most likely already knows what to expect from San Miguel, but this will not necessarily translate to the Katropas knowing how to stop the Beermen's onslaught which will definitely come in waves during the entire finals series.



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Polpharma signs Filip Pruefer - by Greg

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) signed 21-year old center Filip Pruefer (208-96) from Polfarmex Kutno. But in 6 PLK games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg last season, bur mostly he played for 2Liga team where in 22 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.1apg.
His team made it to the U20 Championships Semifinals in 2014.
Pruefer has played previously for three other teams: Poznan PBG Basket, Biofarm Basket Poznan and Slask Wroclaw and PGE Turow.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PGE Turow lands Paul Egwuonwu - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) tabbed 26-year old American center Paul Egwuonwu (206-107kg-91, college: Montana State). He played this summer at Caciques in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In two games he had 5.0ppg and 8.0rpg. Egwuonwu has played previously professionally in United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks) and Czech Republic (MMCITE Brno).
He attended Montana State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Egwuonwu could be described: Not so athletic inside player who is very smart and reads the game very well. Has a nice mid range shot and is very active defensively, with good timing to grab rebounds and block the opponents shots.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
Francis_Jonathan Han
David Jackson
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MKS Dabrowa Gornicza signs Michal Gabinski - by Greg

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (PLK) signed 30-year old ex-international power forward Michal Gabinski (202-87) from Polfarmex Kutno. In 27 PLK games he had 5.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
He was a member of Polish international program for some years. Gabinski was called to Polish Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He has played previously for six other teams: Slask, Anwil, Sportino, ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola, PGE Turow and Kozienice.

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Piotr Pamula
Patryk Wieczorek

Forwards:
Vitaliy Kovalenko
Michal Gabinski
Bartlomiej Woloszyn

Center:
Jakub Parzenski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Devin EBANKS
  San German
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Ebanks, San German20.8 
 2. Liz, Ponce20.6 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama20.5 
 4. Harris, Ponce20.1 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.4 
 7. Huertas, Arecibo18.2 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Arroyo, Fajardo16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.3 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.2 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.6 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.1 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.5 
 7. James, Fajardo8.5 
 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 German6.9 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao5.9 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.7 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 8. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
 9. Torres, Ponce4.8 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Harris, Ponce1.6 
 2. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 10. Franklin, San G.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.2 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 8. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


Wilkins number one in Puerto Rico for week 34 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) had a great game in the last week for Guayama, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 34.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Fajardo (#2, 19-11) with 20-point margin 105-85. Guayama is placed at 7th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Guayama is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-18 record. In the team's last game Wilkins had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Georgia star has very solid stats this year. Wilkins is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.5ppg) and averages impressive 53.9% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 31-year old international forward William Orozco (201-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Humacao. Orozco had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Humacao to edge the higher-ranked Aguada (#1, 20-10) 76-73. Humacao's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-19 record. Orozco is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Guayama's star - American guard Kyle Vinales (185-G-92). Vinales scored 28 points and passed eight assists. He was another key player of Guayama, helping his team with a 105-85 easy win against the higher-ranked Fajardo (#2, 19-11). The chances of Guayama ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vinales could help Guayama to bring them higher in the standings. Vinales has a very solid season. In 31 games in Puerto Rico he scored 14.9ppg. Kyle Vinales has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devon Collier (203-PF-91) of Mayaguez - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-F-90) of San German - 12 points and 10 rebounds
6. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Arecibo - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Cliff Duran (191-G-89) of Mayaguez - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) of San German - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Victor Liz (193-SG-86) of Ponce - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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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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





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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Coach Dan Fleseriu re-signs at CSU Sibiu - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) re-signed head coach Dan Fleseriu. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements Fleseriu won Romanian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year award in 2009, 2014 and 2015. Fleseriu used to coach Romanian Women U20 National Team back in 2013.
He has coached previously two other teams: CSM Targoviste and Satu Mare.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Russia rout South Africa in BRICS Games opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia-South Africa 74-45

Russia opened their Brics Games campaign with a confident win over South Africa in the opener. Russia rout the opponents 74-45 in Chinese Guangzhou. Russia managed to win all the quarters in the game including the second frame 23-6. Although at the halftime the favorites enjoyed a 38-16 surge. Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) and Denis Levshin (202-F-93) top-scored fir the winners with 14 points each.
Tomorrow Russia will take on India.



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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Alexander Korchagin is a newcomer at Burevestnik - by Eurobasket News

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav (Superleague 2) added to their roster 29-year old point guard Alexander Korchagin (188-84kg-88). He played last season at BC Samara-SGEU in the Superleague 1. In 26 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Superleague 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Korchagin played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague) where in 29 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.9apg (top 3) and 1.3spg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2014.
Korchagin represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Korchagin has played previously for seven other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow, Novosybirsk, Universitet Yugra, Ryazan, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and Universitet Yugra.

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav roster for 2017-2018:

Vladimir Belov
Alexander Korchagin
Konstantin Novikov
Pavel Koltsov

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CSKA Moscow extend deal with Vorontsevich - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) re-signed 30-year old international forward Andrey Vorontsevich (207-107kg-87) to a three-year contract extension. He has played there for the last eleven seasons. In 35 Euroleague games he recorded 7.3ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Vorontsevich helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Vorontsevich contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Vorontsevich has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Vorontsevich also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Vorontsevich has played previously for three other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Novosybirsk and Sibirtelekom-3 Novosybirsk.

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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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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



Labovic re-signs at Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Serbian ex-international power forward Dragan Labovic (207-115kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He was a team leader there last season. Labovic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 Prva Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg (in top 3). He also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. And finally Labovic contributed to 9 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 33 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 18.7ppg and got 6.9rpg and 1.5apg. Labovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team he played shortly was Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL. In four games he got 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Labovic's team won Macedonian Cup.
He was a member of Serbian international program for some years. Labovic was called to Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Labovic's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Labovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece (Aris), Lebanon (Al Riyadi), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Romania (Ploiesti), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, Enisey and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Aliaga).
On Labovic: Dragan comes from the old Serbian school of power forwards. His style is like the one of Savic (the today's manager of Barcelona) he can play in the paint as well as in the peripheral as he has quite good three pointers, he can do very good the short-tall system as well as the pick-en-roll. Has very long arms and his wing span helps him to defense his shots in and out of the paint. From the arc has around 30% which is very good having in mind that he is a strong power forward with very good moves in the basket. In the last European championship U20, Dragan was the top scorer of the European champion team of Serbia with 17ppg, 6rpg, 1apg and 1.3bpg in 30 minutes he was among the players who helped their NT to win the trophy. Dragan has all the prospects to become an NBA staff if he corrects a bit his shooting from mid range, his current stats are between 55-60%, he also have to work his personal defense as with tougher opponents will have some problems.

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Prievidza lands Martin Bilik - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) tabbed 30-year old international swingman Martin Bilik (194-85kg-87) from Inter Bratislava. Bilik has played there for the last four years. In 47 SBL games he averaged 9.4ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Bilik helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice).
Among other achievements he was selected to Slovakian League All-Star Game in 2009, 2010 and 2015.
Bilik has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2012 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2002.
Bilik represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg.
Bilik has played previously for four other teams: Handlova, Chemosvit, MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno and Iskra Svit.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaroslav Musil
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran



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Russia rout South Africa in BRICS Games opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia-South Africa 74-45

Russia opened their Brics Games campaign with a confident win over South Africa in the opener. Russia rout the opponents 74-45 in Chinese Guangzhou. Russia managed to win all the quarters in the game including the second frame 23-6. Although at the halftime the favorites enjoyed a 38-16 surge. Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) and Denis Levshin (202-F-93) top-scored fir the winners with 14 points each.
Tomorrow Russia will take on India.



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Sant Adria keeps Reyes for another season - by Eurobasket News

UB Sant Adria (EBA) re-signed 27-year old power forward Alberto Reyes (195-90). He played there last season. In 26 EBA games he recorded 8.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
Reyes has played previously for Aqua AB Badalona.

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Lobo re-signs at Sant Adria - by Eurobasket News

UB Sant Adria (EBA) confirmed in their roster 20-year old point guard Jaume Lobo (180-97). He played there last season. In 25 EBA games he had 6.9ppg and 1.1rpg.

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Sant Adria keeps Bassas for another season - by Eurobasket News

UB Sant Adria (EBA) re-signed 22-year old point guard Pol Bassas (184-95). He played there last season. In 24 EBA games he recorded 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.
Bassas has played previously for Montgat.

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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.

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Gran Canaria may land Ondrej Balvin - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old Czech international center Ondrej Balvin (217-115kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who played last time at Movistar Estudiantes. Balvin managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 8 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 6.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. He also played that season for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 13 games he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.1rpg. Balvin also played 11 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He 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 Balvin's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group D in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team back in 2011 and 2012.
Balvin was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. He played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
Balvin also represented Czech Republic at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 67.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Balvin has played previously professionally in Spain (Sevilla and Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Ondrej is 218 cm (7'2') tall. Has athletic predispositions, huge wingspan, good coordination, mobility and strong legs. Ondrej is one of the most prospective big men in Europe. He is coachable, intelligent, has a great working attitude. He has worked on his game back and face to the basket and around the paint. He puts up more weight and has larger frame than last year. He fights for every rebound and space under basket - whih makes him one of the best rebounders in the Spanish ACB. Thanks to a great deal of personal contribution, he has improved his athletic skills, and has become a very quick player for his size. He played several seasons in the ACB - great games against Real Madrid and other Euroloeague competition.
- ACB: Most rebounds in one game - 17rebs (2016)
- Eurocup: Most rebounds in one game - 19rebs (2015)
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TBL Round 12: Hitech beats PEA in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in TBL.

Second ranked Hitech faced one of their biggest challengers PEA. Guests from Bangkok (10-2) smashed host PEA (7-5) 103-82. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to PEA's 40. Hitech forced 21 PEA turnovers and outrebounded them 51-39 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hitech made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. International center Patiphan Klahan (211-93) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hitech's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) who recorded 29 points and 5 assists. Hitech maintains second position with 10-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. PEA at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Mad Goat. Hitech are looking forward to face bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. PEA will play against TGE (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
OSK can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Dunkin' Raptors (2-10) 89-84. It was a good game for American forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds. Jan Jamon contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. James Matinez replied with 29 points for Dunkin' Raptors. OSK maintains eighth position with 1-11 record. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. OSK will play against league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dunkin' Raptors will play against Mono Thew (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eleventh victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked TGE (4-8) 76-69 in Bangkok. Worth to mention a quality performance of Michael Singletary who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Jordan Collins with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mono Vampire (11-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser TGE keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Mono Vampire will meet Mad Goat (#4) in the next round. TGE will play against PEA and hope to secure a win.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Mad Goat (7-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Mono Thew (6-6). Mono Thew did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 101-83. The winners were led by Steven Thomas who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Thew maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. Mad Goat at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Mono Thew's next round opponent will be Dunkin' Raptors (#7). Mad Goat will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

PEA - Hitech 82-103

Second ranked Hitech faced one of their biggest challengers PEA. Guests from Bangkok (10-2) smashed host PEA (7-5) 103-82. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to PEA's 40. Hitech forced 21 PEA turnovers and outrebounded them 51-39 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hitech made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. International center Patiphan Klahan (211-93) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hitech players scored in double figures. Hitech's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) who recorded 29 points and 5 assists and Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) added 28 points and 4 assists respectively. Hitech maintains second position with 10-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. PEA at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Mad Goat. Hitech are looking forward to face bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. PEA will play against TGE (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 29+11reb+3ast, P.Klahan 17+8reb+3ast, D.Orton 17+5reb, C.Jakrawan 13+3reb, B.Lakhan 9+1reb+1ast, N.Jaisanuk 6+4reb+2ast
PEA: J.Munzon 29+4reb+5ast, R.Lingganay 28+4reb+4ast, R.Reyes 10+4reb, S.Deguara 9+15reb+1ast, R.Suteeniyorndat 4+4reb, M.Williams 2+6reb
gschID: 547914


Mono Thew - Mad Goat 101-83

The game in was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Mad Goat (7-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Mono Thew (6-6). Mono Thew did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 101-83. It looked good early as Mad Goat took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mono Thew had a 29-16 second period charge getting the lead and Mad Goat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-101. The winners were led by American power forward Steven Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Mono Thew players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) did not help to save the game for Mad Goat. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Thew maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. Mad Goat at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Mono Thew's next round opponent will be Dunkin' Raptors (#7). Mad Goat will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mono Thew: P.Zamar 21+3reb+1ast, A.McClain 15+9reb+3ast, T.Suktub 13+5reb+2ast, J.Towaroj 13+1reb+1ast, S.Thomas 13+13reb+1ast, N.Sangtong 9+4reb
Mad Goat: M.Van Pelt 25+1reb+3ast, S. Mhaithampitak 13+4reb+3ast, M.Earl 10+7reb+1ast, M.Douthit 9+10reb+6ast, A.Dasom 8+4reb, F.Goldstein 7
gschID: 547916


OSK - Dunkin' Raptors 89-84

OSK can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Dunkin' Raptors (2-10) 89-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dunkin' Raptors won third quarter 26-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds. Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four OSK players scored in double figures. James Matinez replied with 29 points and American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 17 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Dunkin' Raptors. OSK maintains eighth position with 1-11 record. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. OSK will play against league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dunkin' Raptors will play against Mono Thew (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
OSK: K.Hill 27+19reb+2ast, J.Jamon 24+7reb+3ast, R.Koga 15+4reb+8ast, K.Panyaparu 11+2reb, S.Wachiraphong 6+6reb+1ast, S.Saksommon 5+1reb
Dunkin' Raptors: J.Matinez 29+4reb+3ast, M.Fey 17+18reb+1ast, J.Johnson 13+16reb+7ast, J.Foronda 8+2reb, A.Kongpui 8+2reb, C.Limsuwan 7+1ast
gschID: 547917


Mono Vampire - TGE 76-69

Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eleventh victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked TGE (4-8) 76-69 in Bangkok. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-69. Mono Vampire dominated on the defensive end, holding TGE to just 7 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mono Vampire made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Kannut Samerjai (180-88) who added 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Alfred Mandani scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mono Vampire (11-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser TGE keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Mono Vampire will meet Mad Goat (#4) in the next round. TGE will play against PEA and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mono Vampire: M.Singletary 25+15reb+4ast, K.Samerjai 12+1reb+4ast, C.Ananti 8+2reb+1ast, J.Brickman 8+2reb, R.Kruatiwa 8+3reb, T. Jantajon 7+6reb+1ast
TGE: J.Collins 21+8reb, A.Mandani 19+5reb+1ast, J.Dumelod 12+5reb+4ast, C.Chuengyampin 6+5reb, R.Singleton 5+9reb+1ast, M.Wongsawangtham 4+1reb
gschID: 547915





Singletary number one in Thailand for round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Michael Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Mono Vampire, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Hitech (#2, 10-2) 110-100. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Mono Vampire to consolidate first place in the Thailand TBL. Mono Vampire has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. In the team's last game Singletary had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Mono Vampire, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Singletary is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.3ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.2rpg) and averages impressive 62.3% FGP. Worth to mention Singletary played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Maltese Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA. Deguara had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 27 rebounds. Of course he led PEA to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (#7, 2-10) 109-87. PEA's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-5 record is not bad at all. Deguara is one of the most experienced players at PEA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of league's second-best Hitech. Scharer showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Scharer's great performance Hitech lost 100-110 to #1 ranked Mono Vampire. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Hitech had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Scharer's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Scharer has a great season in Thailand. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.6ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 9.8rpg (8th best) and assists with 9.0apg (best passer). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 60.3%. Scharer attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Dumelod) of TGE - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Alfred Mandani) of TGE - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Rudy Lingganay (178-PG-86) of PEA - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of Mono Vampire - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK - 18 points and 13 rebounds
9. Nate Barfield (206-F/C-88) of OSK - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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



Morakinyo Williams (ex Saint Francois) signs at PEA - by Eurobasket News

PEA (TBL) landed 29-year old British center Morakinyo Williams (213-122kg-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Saint Francois in French Liga Regionale.
Williams' team was regular season runner-up in SEC Eastern Division in 2008.
He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 46.2%.
Williams is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Kosovo (Besa), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava) and United Kingdom (Manchester Giants, Plymouth Raiders and Basketball) and France (Stade Montois and Dax-Gamarde).
Williams attended Citadel until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

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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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Tofas land Pierria Henry, ex Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Tofas Bursa (BSL) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Pierria Henry (193-89kg-93, college: Charlotte). He played most recently at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 38 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.0apg and 1.8spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Henry played at ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL where in 32 games he had 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg (in top 4). He helped them to make it to the final. Henry also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg. The other team he played that season for was Vita Tbilisi in Georgian league. In 11 VTB United League games he got 13.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 6.2apg and 2.8spg.
Henry has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he received C-USA All-Defensive Team award in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
Henry graduated from University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: He is comfortable playing either guard spot. He has a good basketball IQ which enables him to play point guard and run a team. He is best with the ball in his hands. He is a good creator for both himself and others.

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Coskun comes back to Orman Genclik - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old power forward Can Coskun (200-91). It is actually his comeback to Ankara as he has played here before. Coskun played most recently at TED Kolejliler in the BSL. BSL was a little too high level for him, where in 8 games he did not score anything and had only 6 rebounds and 1 steal. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Coskun played at Selcuklu. In 26 TB2L games he recorded 5.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg.
Coskun's team was Runner-Up of TB2L Group A 2011.
He has played previously for two other teams: Orman Genclik and Pi Koleji.

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Antonio Graves

Forwards:
Atakan Denk
Can Coskun

Center:
Hasan Rizvic

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Orman Genclik welcomes back Denk - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TB2L) landed 26-year old forward Atakan Denk (191-91, agency: Diamond Sportsman Agency). It is actually his comeback to Ankara as he has played here before. Denk played most recently at Final Genclik in the TBL. In 31 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.7apg last season. TB2L will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Denk played at Eskisehir Basket (also in TBL) where in 34 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg.
Denk has played previously for five other teams: TED Kolejliler, ASE Anadolu, Orman Genclik, Hacettepe and Adanaspor.

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Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Awards 2017 - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team 2017
Jordan Theodore
Theodore
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic
Nikola Kalinic
Kalinic
Ekpe Udoh
Udoh
Vladimir Stimac
Stimac

Finals MVP: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
Player of the Year: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
Guard of the Year: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
Forward of the Year: Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) of Fenerbahce
Center of the Year: Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87) of Besiktas
Defensive Player of the Year: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce
Domestic Player of the Year: Sinan Guler (192-SG-83) of Galatasaray
Import Player of the Year: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
Bosman Player of the Year: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
Coach of the Year: Zeljko Obradovic of Fenerbahce

1st Team
PG: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
SG: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
SF: Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) of Fenerbahce
C: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce
C: Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87) of Besiktas

2nd Team
PG: Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka
SG: Marcus Denmon (191-G-90) of Gaziantep
SF: Ricky Ledo (201-SF-92) of Anadolu Efes
PF: Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) of Banvit BK
C: Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes

Honorable Mention
Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Arecibo
DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of Pinar Karsiyaka
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) of Pinar Karsiyaka
Kenny Kadji (211-F/C-88) of Tofas
Sean Armand (196-G-91) of Istanbul BBSK
Sammy Mejia (198-F/G-83) of Tofas
Tibor Pleiss (217-C-89) of Galatasaray
Anthony Gill (203-PF-92) of Yesilgiresun
Michael Roll (197-SG-87) of Besiktas
Will Clyburn (201-F-90) of Darussafaka

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Fenerbahce
G: Sinan Guler (192-SG-83) of Galatasaray
G/F: Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) of Banvit BK
F: Cedi Osman (204-F-95) of Anadolu Efes
C: Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80) of Tofas

All-Imports Team
PG: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
SG: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
SF: Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) of Fenerbahce
C: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce
C: Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87) of Besiktas



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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)



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Ukrainian U20 National Team 2017 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Ivan Tkachenko
Tkachenko
Illya Tyrtyshnyk
Tyrtyshnyk
Mykhailo Yagodin
Yagodin
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Mykhailiuk
Sergiy Pavlov
Pavlov
#e#5
3Ivan Vatazhok 193-G-97 L Alfas Spain
5Ivan Tkachenko 197-F/G-97 Cherkasy Ukraine
7Illya Tyrtyshnyk 190-G-98 GBA Sparta Czech Republic
8Mykhailo Yagodin 194-PG-98 Bipa Basket Ukraine
10Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 203-G-97 Kansas USA
12Dmitro Berozhkin 211-C-97 Azovmash Ukraine
13Sergiy Pavlov 203-PF-97 Khimik Ukraine
14Dmytro Skapintsev 210-C-98 Cherkasy Ukraine
15Illia Antonenko 208-C-97 Salt Lake CC USA
43Mykhailo Gorobchenko 182-PG-98 Niko-Basket Ukraine
45Vitaliy Zotov 188-PG-97 Budivelnyk Ukraine
55Kyrylo Marchenko 196-F/G-97 Khimik Ukraine

Maksym Mikhelson Head Coach Cherkasy Ukraine
Vasiliy Ivlev Assistant
Vitaliy Cherniy Assistant Budivelnyk Ukraine



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Morakinyo Williams (ex Saint Francois) signs at PEA - by Eurobasket News

PEA (TBL) landed 29-year old British center Morakinyo Williams (213-122kg-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Saint Francois in French Liga Regionale.
Williams' team was regular season runner-up in SEC Eastern Division in 2008.
He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 46.2%.
Williams is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Kosovo (Besa), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava) and United Kingdom (Manchester Giants, Plymouth Raiders and Basketball) and France (Stade Montois and Dax-Gamarde).
Williams attended Citadel until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.4 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.1 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Marinos
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Massie, Marinos11.4 
 2. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.9 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos6.4 
 3. Robinson, Guaros5.3 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.9 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 6. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 7. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 8. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 9. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 3. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 6. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 7. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 8. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrius GARRETT
  Marinos
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 2. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 3. Carrera, Marinos1.2 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 7. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 8. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 


Gregory Vargas' 30 points make him top Venezuelan player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gregory Vargas
Gregory Vargas
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Haifa (16-17) in their last game. Despite Vargas' very good performance Maccabi Haifa lost 76-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Hapoel Jerusalem. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Vargas also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes on the court. It was Maccabi Haifa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Vargas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 74.1% in 27 games he played so far. Ex-Protectores de Miranda BBC player is currently a member of the Venezuelan senior national team.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Colombia). Romero was not able to help Piratas (4-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Piratas was crushed 92-71 in a derby game by the leading Fast Break. Romero recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 15 rebounds. This season Romero has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 9.6rpg, 2FGP: 38.8%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 65.5%. Romero played for the Venezuelan national team in 2011.

Donta Smith
Donta Smith
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international small forward Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC, currently plays in Puerto Rico). He was not able to secure a victory for Piratas (18-12) in their last game. Despite Smith's good performance Piratas lost 76-81 in Guayama to the lower-ranked (#9) Brujos. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. Smith has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.4%(95-160), 3FGP: 36.4% in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Smith played for the Venezuelan national team two years ago. He used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Jesus Medina
Jesus Medina
   #4. Swingman Jesus Medina (188-94, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jhon Romero. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Medina led Piratas to a victory against the closely-ranked Condores (5-8) 91-80. He recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Piratas this season. His team is located at the very bottom in the Liga DirecTV. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of four consecutive loses. Medina used to play for the Venezuelan U17 national team back in 2011.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #5. Former international power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Colombia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Caciques (6-5) 73-57 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV in Saturday night's game. Julio recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fast Break (9-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Julio's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian. Julio used to play for the Venezuelan national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92, currently plays in Colombia) could not help Condores (5-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Diaz's very good performance Condores was defeated 91-80 at home by the league outsider Piratas (#8). He recorded 16 points, 8 assists and 6 steals. Diaz has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.9apg and 2.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #2. Luis Almanza (196-F-91, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hector Diaz. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Almanza was not able to help Condores (5-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Condores lost 84-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Sabios. Almanza was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 45 minutes. Almanza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5apg in 13 games he played so far.

   #3. Dario Castro (206-C-91, currently plays in Colombia) led Sabios to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Condores (5-8) crushing them 89-67 in the Colombian PBD on Sunday night. Castro recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Sabios de Manizales (6-7) is placed fourth in the PBD. Castro's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #4. Raul Orta (196-G-85, currently plays in Puerto Rico) managed to help Santeros de Aguada to win against one of league's weakest teams Caciques (10-19) 77-71 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Tuesday. He scored 5 points. Santeros de Aguada (20-10) is placed first in the BSN. This season Orta averages only 1.8ppg. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Puerto Rican.

   #5. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in Colombia) was the major contributor in a Fast Break's victory against the closely-ranked Caciques (6-5) 73-57 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Saturday night. Hinestroza Javes recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fast Break (9-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hinestroza Javes' overall stats are: 7.4ppg and 5.7rpg in seven games. He has both Venezuelan and Colombian nationalities.

   #6. Rafael Rodriguez (187-G-86, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hinestroza Javes. However that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which brought him to that list. Rodriguez contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Piratas crushing them 92-71 in a derby game. He scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. This year Rodriguez averages just 1.4ppg in eight games.




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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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Recap of Superliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Velez S. - Obras Basket 49-65

Obras Basket rolled past Velez on the road to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Obras Basket. Velez S. managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Velez S. to just 6 points in second quarter. Obras Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Velez S.'s 28. Obras Basket forced 20 Velez S. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: Penn St., agency: ProDep Management) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Belen Echeverria (178-89) contributed with 15 points for the winners. International swingman Macarena Rosset (178-91, agency: Players Group) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Amaiquen Siciliano (165-99) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Velez S.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Velez S.: M.Rosset 19+8reb+5ast, A.Siciliano 11+5reb, B. Fontana 6+1reb, M.Velasco 5+2reb+1ast, M.Garcia Leon 4+2reb, S.Pavon 3+8reb+1ast
Obras Basket: B.Echeverria 15+4reb, A.Edwards 15+7reb+1ast, S.Aispurua 8+5reb+1ast, S.Castillo 7+6reb+3ast, J.Ale 6+4reb+2ast, I.Casanova 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 548258


Quimsa - Lanus 59-71

Lanus beat Quimsa to surge ahead in the series. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 26-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Debora Gonzalez (170-90, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and international power forward Agostina Burani (184-91) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Laura Cors allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international center Gisela Vega (188-82, agency: ProDep Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and Spanish forward Maria Royo (178-86) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: G.Vega 25+15reb+1ast, M.Royo 15+8reb+1ast, I.German 12+6reb+2ast, J.Tell 5+1reb+1ast, N.Rios 2+3reb+1ast, M. Rojas 0
Lanus: D.Gonzalez 21+1reb+4ast, A.Burani 13+10reb+1ast, N.Perez 12+5reb+2ast, F.Llorente 11+6reb+2ast, N.Flores 5+2reb+4ast, U.Nwaigwe 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548261


Hindu - Union Florida 60-66

Union Florida overcame Hindu on the road in the opener. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Union Florida forced 21 Hindu turnovers and had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and international point guard Melisa Gretter (161-93, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. Union Florida's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Spanish swingman Irene Gari (185-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: ProDep Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Antoina Robinson (188, college: Utah St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Hindu in the defeat. Four Hindu players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hindu: I.Gari 16+18reb+5ast, A.Robinson 13+6reb+2ast, A.Duarte 12+1reb+1ast, M.Barzola 10+4reb+2ast, R.Carosio 6+3reb+5ast, J.Richardson 3+4reb
Union Florida: M.Gretter 22+6reb+3ast, R.Williams 13+18reb+1ast, M.Tudanca 10+6reb+2ast, F.Martinez 7+4reb+3ast, S.Laviero 6+1reb, D.Benvenuto 6+3reb
gschID: 548260


Estrella Berisso - Berazategui 65-70

Berazategui knocked down Estrella Berisso away from home. Estrella Berisso was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Berazategui, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Berazategui outrebounded Estrella Berisso 44-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. Spanish point guard Ana Suarez (170-87, agency: ProDep Management) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lyndra Weaver chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Berazategui players scored in double figures. International power forward Ornella Santana (183-90) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Andrea Boquete (183-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Estrella Berisso: O.Santana 19+8reb+2ast, C.Martinez 15, A.Boquete 12+8reb+3ast, M.Sancisi 7+2reb+2ast, C.Cabanez 6+1reb+3ast, A.Gonzalez 4+2reb+1ast
Berazategui: A.Suarez 20+10reb+2ast, A.Leiva 17+6reb+1ast, M.Durso 13+8reb, L.Weaver 11+13reb+2ast, L.Delabarba 7+1reb+4ast, C.Fiorotto 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548259





Ronni Williams claims Argentinian Superliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ronni Williams (183-F, agency: ProDep Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Union Florida and that's her to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The forward had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds for Union Florida in her team's victory, helping them to crush Rocamora (#5, 2-8) with 24-point margin 80-56. It allowed Union Florida to consolidate first place in the Argentinian Superliga. Union Florida has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Williams just recently signed at Union Florida, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.3ppg) and rebounds (3rd best: 10.1rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American center Ashley Ezeh (185-C) of Olimpico LB. Ezeh impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Of course she led Olimpico LB to another comfortable win 73-58 over slightly higher-ranked Hindu (#4, 2-7) being unquestionably team leader. Olimpico LB's 5th position in NORTE has not changed. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Olimpico LB managed to get this year. Ezeh is one of the most experienced players at Olimpico LB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Croatian Jovana Mandic (193-C-92, agency: ProDep Management) of Penarol (#6). Mandic scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Mandic's great performance Penarol lost 68-86 to slightly higher-ranked Velez S. (#4, 4-5). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Penarol can only dream about fighting for top spots in SUR. They have awful season losing so far all 10 games. Too bad for Mandic she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Mandic has a very solid season. In 10 games in Argentina she scored 10.5ppg. She also has 8.0rpg and 1.5bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tatiana Conceicao (187-C-81) of Rocamora - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Macarena Rosset (178-G/F-91) of Velez S. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ana Suarez (170-PG-87) of Berazategui - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Maria Garcia Leon) of Velez S. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Celia Fiorotto (184-C-92) of Berazategui - 16 points and 5 rebounds
9. Ornela Pag (168-PG-94) of Velez S. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Agostina Burani (184-F/C-91) of Lanus - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BELGIUM  


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



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  FRANCE  


France outgun the defending champions, remain perfect - by Eurobasket News

France stunned Serbia 73-57 to secure the second consecutive victory in Group C of the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017. 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 (174-PG-95) provided 13 points in the victory. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) answered with 18 points for Serbia.
In the first game France came from behind in the fourth quarter and beat Slovenia 70-68 for the first victory at the championship. Helena Ciak (197-C-89) registered 16 points to pace Les Bleues. France grabbed an 18:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia poured in 24 points in the second term to pull within a single point 33:34 at halftime. Slovenia erased the deficit in the third term to even things up at 48 heading into the fourth quarter. Slovenia surged ahead in the final term but France managed to erase the deficit late in the clash and pulled away a tough victory at the end. Essome Miyem (208-C-01) posted 12 points in the victory. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) responded with 18 points for Slovenia. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) had 12 points in the loss.



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Fandrefiala clinch Coupe de la Ligue 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Fandrefiala clinch Coupe de la Ligue 2017 in Madagascar. They overcame MB2ALL 75-67 in the Final. Trailing 11-16 at the end of the first period, Fandrefiala replied with the same 16-11 run to toe at 27-27. Moreover they posted two narrow wins in the second half for the final success.
SAHOLINIAINA TOJO AMBININTSOA top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Brigitte Ramanampamonjy poured in 12. ERICA ANDRIAMIHAJANIRINA replied with 20 points in the losing effort.



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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



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  RUSSIA  


Kazanochka inks Cierra Burdick - by Eurobasket News

Kazanochka Kazan (PBL) agreed terms with 24-year old American power forward Cierra Burdick (188-73kg-93, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management). She plays this summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In 6 games she had just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg.
The most of last season Burdick spent at Ramat Hasharon in Israeli D1 where in 13 games she recorded 13.9ppg, 13.4rpg (leader !!!), 3.8apg and 1.4spg. She also played that season for Bnot Hertzeliya in Israeli D1. In 8 games she averaged 14.4ppg, 10.3rpg (leader !!!), 2.8apg and 2.4spg.
Two years ago Burdick was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (14th overall).
She attended University of Tennessee until 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Burdick's college team won SEC Tournament in 2012 and 2014.
She represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Chile six years ago. Burdick's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 36.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Burdick has played previously professionally in Italy (Napoli) and WNBA (Atlanta Dream).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Bejarano re-signs at Adareva - by Eurobasket News

CD Adareva (LF2) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old power forward Laura Bejarano (180-82). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 16 LF2 games she had 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Bejarano has spent her entire career in Spain playing for six other teams: Alvargomez Guadalajara, Aguere, Socinsa Bembibre, Aros Leon, Tenerife and C.Adelantados.
It's very possible she may end her playing career at Adareva.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  SWEDEN  


AIK Basket keeps Bittar for another season - by Eurobasket News

AIK Basket Solna (BasketEttan) re-signed 19-year old point guard Crystel Bittar (170-98). She has played there for the last two seasons.
She represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) last year. Bittar's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Izmit adds Torun to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Izmit Belediyespor (TKBL) added to their roster 30-year old forward Ebru Torun (87, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) from Yalova Vip. In 36 TKBL games she recorded 13.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.9spg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Torun's team won Turkish TKB2L Group A Regular Season in 2014. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBB2L 1st Team back in 2009.
Torun has played previously for six other teams: Cankaya, Adana ASKI Mersin, Alanya Bld, Edremit, TED Ankara and Samsun.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Kenrick Liburd returns to BA sidelines with WBBL squad - by Eurobasket News

Kenrick Liburd will be returning to Barking Abbey to assist Mark Clark with the WBBL squad for the 2017-18 season. Liburd, a former student at BA and an assistant to Clark from 2014-16, departed last season to take on a Head Coach position with Oaklands Wolves in their inaugural season in the WBBL. 'I'm thankful for the opportunity afforded to me by Oaklands, to have had the experience of leading them into the WBBL,' Liburd reflected on his season with them. 'I enjoyed my last year and learnt a great deal about myself and the league. I wish them well moving forward and am excited about the future of their young talent.' And on his return to BA, he commented: 'I am delighted to be back working with Barking Abbey and Mark Clark again. We had competitive success last time around, culminating in a Trophy final appearance, so it will be good to see where we can take it this season. We have a good working relationship and a mutual respect for each other on and off the court. 'I believe I can really add value to the programme, working with a professional coaching staff that will also push me to become a better coach while utilising my abilities.' Liburd also becomes another member of the Barking Abbey coaching staff with National Team experience, currently assisting with the Great Britain Under-16 Women, along with heading up the East Region Performance Centre for the Under-15 and Under-13 girls. He graduated from BA in 1998, and has spent the majority of his coaching career in the US, most recently heading up the Tennessee Temple women's basketball programme for five years from 2009-2014. Mark Clark added: 'It's great to welcome Kenrick back to Barking. I thought he did a great job last year as Head Coach at Oaklands. I'm pleased that he feels he can have an impact with us in the WBBL and develop the players within the academy. His return builds on the quality coaches we have.'
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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  WNBA  


Sun win fourth straight and hand Lynx first loss - by Eurobasket News

It was understandably difficult for anyone outside the Connecticut Sun locker room to take them seriously prior to this year. Four straight losing seasons will do that to a team's reputation. It certainly seemed like the same old, same old when the Sun lost their first four games. Lately, Connecticut has given its fans some hope for the future. It had won three straight games and four of its last five prior to Saturday night's game at the unbeaten Minnesota Lynx. It might be time to start taking the Sun seriously now. Alyssa Thomas (6'2''-F-92, college: Maryland) had 20 points along with a game-high eight rebounds and eight assists as Connecticut beat the Lynx 98-93 before 10,121 at Xcel Energy Center. The Sun are 5-5. They shot a season-best 55.4 percent (41-of-74) from the field. Minnesota is 9-1. Connecticut pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 12-3 run. "I'm really proud of them," second-year Connecticut head coach Curt Miller said. "It's a great team win. We had six players in double figures. I'm really proud of the way the team battled and hung on at the end." Holding onto late leads had been an issue for the Sun. Not Saturday night. They led by eight points with one minute, 35 seconds left when Minnesota's Maya Moore hit a 16-foot jumper. Moore followed with a 28-foot heave that bounced off the front rim, then high off the backboard, and in for to cut the Sun's lead to 96-93 with 21 seconds remaining. Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Duke) missed two free throws just two seconds later for Connecticut. Moore missed a 3-pointer on the other end and the Sun's Jonquel Jones was fouled with six seconds left. She made both free throws to ice the game. "A great game against a really talented team," Miller said. "We competed all the way to the end and answered their tough shots. We lost three close games this year by two points, but this young team is coming together and learning how to win games close and staying in attack mode." Jasmine Thomas had 20 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals for Connecticut while Jones added 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals and four blocks. Also for the Sun, Courtney Williams (5'8''-G-94, college: S.Florida) had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90, college: Tennessee) had 13 points and four rebounds, and Rachel Banham (5'9''-G-93, college: Minnesota, agency: LBM Management) scored 11 in 14 minutes off the bench. "We have a lot of people who can put the ball in the basket," Jasmine Thomas said. "We play with energy and believe in ourselves.' Moore had a game-high 22 points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Lynx. Lindsay Whalen scored 15. Minnesota center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), who has played at an MVP level, made 5 of her 9 shots for 12 points and seven rebounds. Fowles was second in the WNBA in both scoring (21.9) and rebounding (10.1) prior to Saturday. "They ran us to death," Fowles said. "They screened us to death, and we weren't able to be there to help our guards out on 1-on-1 defense.' Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said, "Getting outrebounded (36-21) is not common for us, but it happened today. ... They had more turnovers than we did (17-13), but they're a team that cashes in. They run downhill and they did a great job tonight." Connecticut continues to win without some of its key pieces. Starting power forward Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94, college: Connecticut) missed her fifth straight game to a knee contusion and didn't travel with the team. Reserve post Lynetta Kizer (back) didn't dress for a third consecutive game. Starting shooting guard Alex Bentley (5'7''-PG-90, college: Tarbes) is playing with Belarus at the FIBA EuroBasket Women's tournament, a qualifier for next year's world championships. It was the third and final regular season game between the Sun and Minnesota. The Lynx had won the first two meetings. Connecticut trailed by a point with 7:31 left in the game when Jones, its 6-foot-6 center, made a 23-foot step-back 3-pointer to put her team ahead, 81-79. Alyssa Thomas followed with a layup. Whalen made a 3-pointer on the other end for the Lynx. Reserve Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F-89, college: Stanford, agency: LBM Management), who signed with the Sun last Saturday, answered with a 15-foot jumper. Jasmine Thomas followed by stealing a Whalen pass and converting it into an open layup on the other end. Connecticut ended its run with Jones stealing the ball from Whalen, Alyssa Thomas leading the break, and Banham hitting a 3-pointer to push the Sun ahead, 90-82, with 5:01 remaining. "Our young team stayed together and had something to prove to themselves in the locker room," Miller said. The Sun play again Friday at the New York Liberty.
Courtesy of: theday.com