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  ARGENTINA  


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.5 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.1 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo17.8 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.17.4 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.8 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Vargas, GECR I.8.5 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 10. Wood, San M.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 4. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.7 
 4. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.4 
 10. Whelan, Instituto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


TFB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Talleres and Ameghino record wins - by Eurobasket News

Talleres TV - Deportivo Norte A. 84-72

Talleres TV bounced back from the opening loss and rallied past Deportivo Norte A. to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Talleres TV. Deportivo Norte A. was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jeronimo Solorzano (196-F-88) came up with 20 points to pace the hosts.
gschID: 547603


Ramos Mejia - Ameghino 71-75

Ameghino snatched a narrow road win over Ramos Mejia to draw things level in the series. Ramos Mejia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cristian Veron (185-PG-95) delivered 26 points to lead the winners.
gschID: 547602





LigaA Round 5 of 1/8 Finals. Quilmes MP complete quarterfinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP 77-90

Quilmes stunned Weber Bahia on the road to seal their quarterfinal appearance. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quilmes MP made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) added 11 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: J.Levy 24+9reb, F.Corvalan 16+2reb, M.Fjellerup 15+7reb+6ast, A.Laveal Johnson 11+15reb+3ast, L.Redivo 9+4reb+1ast, H.Jasen 2+4reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 19+7reb+5ast, E.Flor 16+5reb+4ast, I.Basualdo 14+7reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 12+3reb+2ast, I.Clark 9+4reb+3ast, A.Eslava 8+6reb
gschID: 547717





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  AUSTRALIA  


Jordan Wild Retires, Begins Coaching Career - by Dockers Hoops

Jordan Wild (203-F-88, college: Fresno Pacific) has called an early end to his professional career and will continue his basketball journey coaching at the high school level in California.

Wild abruptly ended his career after establishing himself as a valuable contributor in the German Pro A. He first made a name for himself internationally in Australia with the Sterling Senators and played an instrumental role in helping build a team culture with the Senators.

Following his four-year stint in Australia, Wild moved to Germany and played two seasons with Kirchheim Knights before joining the Hanau White Wings prior to the 2016-17 season. A family emergency forced the forward to cut his season short after just 10 games and during a stretch where he was one of the better all-round contributors in the league.

Wild's versatility could consistently be seen in the box score, where he would contribute across just about every statistical category.

His full-time coaching career begins at Oaks Christian in California.



FROM THE VAULT: SEABL REMEMBERS THE BALLARAT MINERS DYNASTY - by Hugh McAuliffe

20.05.2011 14:00

As part of the celebrations for the South East Australian Basketball League's 30th year of competition, SEABL looks back at the dynasty that was the Ballarat Miners from 1987-1996.

Having entered the association in 1986, the Miners were immediately a force to be reckoned with. With Brian Goorjian at the helm, Ballarat reached the ultimate goal, with the South Conference Championship in 1987, only a year after their introduction.

Goorjian departed at the end of the 1987 season and was replaced by Al Westover, who subsequently took the team to a Conference three-peat from 1989-1991, taking the South Conference for the first two years before following it up with the East Conference when moving across conferences in 1991.

Al Westover was honoured with the inaugural Coach of the Year award in 1990 for his leadership with Ballarat throughout those three years. The Miners accomplishments continued after the departure of Westover at the end of 1991, with Eric Lowe taking the side to a 2nd place before Brendan Joyce took over in 1993.

In Joyce's first season, the Miners went through the regular season with a stellar record of 20-4, eventually losing the Conference Semi-Final and finishing second overall. But the following two years they again achieved the ultimate success with two CBA National Championships with win/loss ratios of 18-4 and 19-3.

Joyce went one better than Westover, collecting consecutive Coach of the Year awards for his leadership over 1994 and 1995. 1996 saw Paul Hotchin take over as head coach and with an array of stars in his line-up, he helped take them to another final, eventually losing to North West Tasmania after a regular season record of 16-6.

With the introduction of the SEABL Most Valuable Player award, Eric Cooks made it his own, taking the prize in both 1989 and 1990. He was also included in the SEABL All-Star side in 1993, '95 and '96, and has an individual career winning percentage of over 75%.

Cooks tops the SEABL All-time list for blocked shots, is fourth in total points, and second for total rebounds. Small forward Eric Hayes (180-G-64, college: Boise St.) was a part of the 1994 team All-Star team and has played more games than any other SEABL player. Hayes also sits second for All-time points scored, third for total rebounds and first for free throws attempted and made.

During the four year period with Hotchin and Joyce at the helm, Ballarat went 73-17 for the regular seasons, while also recording a 2-2 win-loss ratio in Conference Finals, and a 7-1 record for National Finals, to finish 82-20 in a period of dominance in the SEABL league.

This era saw the Ballarat Miners to create one of the most successful dynasties in the history of Australian basketball.

Courtesy of seabl.com.au



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  AUSTRIA  


Mike Coffin leaves WBC Wels - by Stefan Prager

Head Coach Mike Coffin leaves WBC Raiffeisen Wels after two seasons. He announced his farewell on facebook. His contract was running out anyways. Coffin, for whom Wels was his first head coaching job in pro basketball, came to Wels in 2015. He led the WBC to the ABL finals last season where Wels fell to Oberwart 0-3. This season Wels started off with winning the Supercup but began to struggle midway through the season. The WBC finished on the figth spot but surprisingly beat BC Hallmann Vienna in the quarterfinals after being down 0-1 in a best of three series. Coffins squad moved on to being up 2-1 versus the reigning champs from Oberwart but came up short losing the series in decisive game 5 showdown. In his two seasons with the WBC Coffin coached in 83 games posting a 44-39 record. He finished with a vice championship and a supercup and reached the cup final four twice. Until now WBC Wels di not issue an official statement.


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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


CEZ Nymburk inks Quincy Diggs, ex Bremerhaven - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-98kg-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 32 games he had 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Diggs played at Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 48 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.0ppg and averaged 7.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Diggs graduated from University of Akron in 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @darko1512)

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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp15.9 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar14.7 
 4. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.2 
 5. Ubel, Brussels14.2 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .14.1 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.8 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 3. Amis, Aalstar6.9 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.8 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.1 
 9. Fields, Liege6.1 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.6 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .4.9 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.5 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.4 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PUNTER
  Antwerp
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Punter, Antwerp1.9 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 5. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 6. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 10. Muya, Brussels1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 3. Fields, Liege0.9 
 4. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 5. Ubel, Brussels0.8 
 6. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 8. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 9. Samhan, Leuven0.6 
 10. Ware, Antwerp0.6 


Euromillions League Round 4 of Semifinals. Brussels join Oostende in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Brussels - Antwerp 87-73

Brussels fired past Antwerp at home court to advance into Euromillions League Finals. Basic-Fit Brussels made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Antwerp Giants' players. 25 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). American swingman Chris Dowe (193-91, college: Bellarmine) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Brussels: D.Loubry 25+3reb+5ast, B.Ubel 16+6reb+2ast, C.Dowe 13+12reb+5ast, G.Muya 9+5reb+6ast, J.Simmons 9+4reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 8+1reb+1ast
Antwerp: D.Conger 23+3reb+2ast, G.Ware 17+7reb+1ast, M.Smith 14+6reb, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 6+1ast, D.Marchant 5+4reb+1ast, K.Punter 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547719





Joey van Zegeren (ex Trier) signs at Leuven - by Eurobasket News

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Euromillions League) landed 27-year old Dutch forward Joey van Zegeren (208-105kg-90, college: Northwestern). He played most recently at ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier in German ProA. In 31 games he averaged 5.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1bpg last season. van Zegeren also spent pre-season at Dzukija (LKL) in Lithuanian league that year.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy) and Holland (Rotterdam).
van Zegeren attended Northwestern University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Has excellent offensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Setty re-signs at Leuven - by Eurobasket News

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Euromillions League) confirmed in their roster 25-year old American forward Treg Setty (203-88kg-92, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played there last season. In 33 Euromillions League games he had 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Setty's team was regular season runner-up in MAC East Division in 2016.
He graduated from Ohio University in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Stella Artois Leuven Bears roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Evaldas Zabas
Anthony Lambot

Forwards:
Joey van_Zegeren
Treg Setty

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @darko1512)

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Leuven inks Evaldas Zabas, ex P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 29-year old Lithuanian-Canadian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-92kg-88). He played last season at P.Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL league. In 22 games he had 11.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Zabas also played that season for A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1 where in 9 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. Zabas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Zabas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Tartu Ulikool), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Bremerhaven), Sweden (KFUM Jamtland), United Kingdom (Plymouth Raiders, Worcester Wolves and Worthing Thunder), Czech Republic (BK Pardubice) and Canada (Orangeville A's).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Balkan extend deal with head coach Nebojsa Vidic - by Eurobasket News

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) agreed on terms of contract extension with 44-year old Serbian coach Nebojsa Vidic (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals.
Vidic coached in the final of Bulgarian League in 2016.
He has coached previously professionally in Iceland (Thor AK Akureyri) and Russia (Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team and Krasny Oktyabr).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CENTRAL AFRICA  


Max Kouguere extends contract with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Antibes and Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) have agreed on terms of contract extension with Antibes. The Central African forward has penned a two-year extension. Last season Max Kouguere notched 7.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in ProA. Previously Max Kouguere had stints with Gravelines, Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Manresa, Orleans, Le Havre, Lions de Geneve and Brazaville. Max Kouguere has been the member of the Central African National Team since 2009.



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  CENTROBASKET U17  


Draw results in for Centrobasket U17 Championship 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The draw for the Centrobasket U17 Championship took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

The results of the draw are as follows:
Group A: Mexico, Guyana, Bahamas, Puerto Rico
Group B: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Virgin Islands.


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



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  CHINA  


Coach Jonas Kazlauskas signs at Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA) landed experienced 63-year old Lithuanian coach Jonas Kazlauskas. The last time (12-13) he coached at CSKA Moscow in Russian VTB league.
Among other achievements Kazlauskas won VTB United League championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Coach of the Year award back in 2012.
Kazlauskas has been coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 1997 and 2017.
He has coached previously professionally in Greece and Italy (AV Cantu).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.3 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break24.8 
 3. Roberson, Condores21.3 
 4. Balbuena, Academia20.0 
 5. Almanza, Condores19.2 
 6. Coombs, Sabios18.3 
 7. Hardy, Cimarrones17.8 
 8. Smith, Sabios17.5 
 9. Murray, Academia15.8 
 10. Bivins, Aguilas13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Moore, Aguilas14.8 
 2. Romero, Piratas11.8 
 3. Hernandez, Cimar.11.5 
 4. Quinones, Academia10.0 
 5. Sandidge, Aguilas10.0 
 6. Almanza, Condores9.8 
 7. Ortiz, Fast Break9.5 
 8. Haughton, Academia9.5 
 9. Blandon, Sabios7.0 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Julio VELANDIA
  Aguilas
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Velandia, Aguilas6.0 
 2. Murray, Academia4.8 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones4.8 
 4. Smith, Sabios4.0 
 5. McCoy, Condores3.5 
 6. Coombs, Sabios3.5 
 7. Thomas, Piratas3.2 
 8. Salazar, Fast Break3.0 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break2.8 
 10. Caicedo, Cimar.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.3 
 2. Renteria, Cimar.2.8 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.8 
 4. Murray, Academia2.5 
 5. Romero, Piratas2.3 
 6. Diaz, Condores1.7 
 7. Roberson, Condores1.7 
 8. Moore, Aguilas1.5 
 9. Hardy, Cimarrones1.5 
 10. Haughton, Academia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Frisco SANDIDGE
  Aguilas
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sandidge, Aguilas1.5 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.1.3 
 3. Haughton, Academia1.3 
 4. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 5. Ortiz, Fast Break0.8 
 6. Quinones, Academia0.7 
 7. Jones, Sabios0.7 
 8. Asprilla, Caciques0.7 
 9. Roberson, Condores0.7 
 10. Dyer, Condores0.6 


PBD Round 6: Condores are upset by Fast Break - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Liga DirecTV, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Bogota between second ranked Condores (3-3) and fourth ranked Fast Break (3-1) on Wednesday night. Condores were crushed by Fast Break on the road 91-64. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fast Break moved-up to second place. Condores at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Sabios. Fast Break are looking forward to face Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round where they are favorite. Condores will play on the road against Caciques (#5) in Valleduparnga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quibdo-Choco. Top-ranked Cimarrones faced 3rd ranked Sabios. Host Cimarrones (4-0) defeated guests from Manizales (3-3) 72-66. It was a good game for American swingman Jay Hardy (196, college: Shippensburg) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. John Hernandez contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) replied with 22 points and 4 assists for Sabios. Sabios' coach Ruddy Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cimarrones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Sabios at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Condores. Cimarrones will play against bottom-ranked Academia (#8) in Montana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sabios will play at home against Piratas (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Patriotas managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Academia in Boyaca 80-73. Karl Moore scored 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Oscar Balbuena with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Patriotas (2-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Piratas. Defending champion Academia dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. Patriotas will meet at home league's second-placed Fast Break in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Academia will play against the league's leader Cimarrones (#1) and hope to win that game.
The game in Valleduparnga was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Piratas (2-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Caciques (2-2). Caciques managed to secure a 9-point victory 71-62. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Piratas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be higher ranked Condores (#3) in Cundinamarca and it may be quite challenging game. Piratas will play on the road against Sabios in Manizales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Cimarrones - Sabios 72-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quibdo-Choco. Top-ranked Cimarrones faced 3rd ranked Sabios. Host Cimarrones (4-0) defeated guests from Manizales (3-3) 72-66. Sabios were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 25-14 third quarter run of Cimarrones. They also forced 20 Sabios turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Jay Hardy (196, college: Shippensburg) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) added 23 points in the effort for Sabios. Sabios' coach Ruddy Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cimarrones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Sabios at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Condores. Cimarrones will play against bottom-ranked Academia (#8) in Montana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sabios will play at home against Piratas (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: J.Hardy 23+5reb+1ast, J.Hernandez 15+8reb+1ast, C.Arboleda 10+2reb, E.Renteria 9+3reb+1ast, A.Carraway 7+5reb+1ast, T.Williams 5+4reb+3ast
Sabios: A.Smith 23+3reb+3ast, S.Coombs 22+4reb+4ast, L.Blandon 7+10reb+2ast, J.Velez 5+9reb+2ast, D.Castro 5+1reb+1ast, K.Jones 2+8reb+2ast
gschID: 547207


Aguilas - Academia 80-73

Bottom-ranked Patriotas managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Academia in Boyaca 80-73. Patriotas made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Academia turnovers. American Karl Moore (203-87, college: Culver Stockton) scored 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Four Patriotas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Dominican Oscar Balbuena (195-94) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Juan Fajardo (193-96) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Patriotas (2-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Piratas. Defending champion Academia dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. Patriotas will meet at home league's second-placed Fast Break in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Academia will play against the league's leader Cimarrones (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aguilas: K.Moore 24+9reb+1ast, A.Bivins 15+6reb+1ast, F.Sandidge 13+15reb+1ast, J.Pardo 10+3reb+4ast, J.Velandia 6+4reb+6ast, D.Garcia 5+1reb
Academia: O.Balbuena 21+8reb+1ast, J.Fajardo 16+5reb+1ast, G.Diaz 8+5reb+1ast, M.Montano 7+6reb+1ast, T.Murray 7+4reb+7ast, T.Haughton 6+16reb
gschID: 547209


Caciques - Piratas 71-62

The game in Valleduparnga was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Piratas (2-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Caciques (2-2). Caciques managed to secure a 9-point victory 71-62. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Piratas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be higher ranked Condores (#3) in Cundinamarca and it may be quite challenging game. Piratas will play on the road against Sabios in Manizales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 547210


Fast Break - Condores 91-64

The most important game in the last round took place in Bogota between second ranked Condores (3-3) and fourth ranked Fast Break (3-1) on Wednesday night. Condores were crushed by Fast Break on the road 91-64. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Sneed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) added 14 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fast Break moved-up to second place. Condores at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Sabios. Fast Break are looking forward to face Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round where they are favorite. Condores will play on the road against Caciques (#5) in Valleduparnga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 24+6reb+4ast, M.Sneed 22+5reb+1ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 10+11reb+1ast, C.Ordonez 9, H.Uhegwu 8+2reb+2ast, D.Crockrell 8+2reb+1ast
Condores: L.Almanza 17+9reb+1ast, L.Roberson 14+4reb+3ast, R.McCoy 9+4reb+2ast, V.Bermudez 9+6reb, H.Diaz 7+7reb+1ast, M.Suarez 4+2reb
gschID: 547208





Colombian Liga DirecTV round 5 best performance: Tyler Murray - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Point guard Tyler Murray (195-PG-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Academia, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Aguilas (#7, 2-4) 83-81. Thanks to this victory Academia moved-up to the 8th position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Murray had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Academia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Wagner College star has very solid stats this year. Murray is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.8ppg), assists (2nd best: 4.8apg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 64.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Karl Moore (203-PF-87) of Aguilas. Moore had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Aguilas was edged by slightly lower-ranked Academia (#8, 1-3) 83-81. Despite lost game Aguilas moved up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Moore is one of the most experienced players at Aguilas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.3ppg (#1). He also registered 14.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center John Hernandez (207-C-84) of league's top team Cimarrones. Hernandez scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Cimarrones, leading his team to a 72-58 easy win against #4 ranked Sabios in a game of the week. Cimarrones started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Hernandez turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Hernandez has a great season in Colombia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Condores - 30 points and 6 rebounds
5. Frisco Sandidge (198-F-87) of Aguilas - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) of Cimarrones - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Shamar Coombs (185-G-86) of Sabios - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Anthony Gurley (190-G-88) of Caciques - 26 points and 4 rebounds
10. Mark Cornelius (190-G-88) of Caciques - 12 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)



Piratas land Adonis Nunez, ex El Million - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Bogota (Liga DirecTV) landed 21-year old Dominican guard Adonis Nunez (191-96). He played in the summer at El Million in District National in Dominican Republic. Nunez also played for Gregorio Urbano Gilbert (Santiago League) in Dominican Republic that season. The other team he played shortly was El Million (also in District National) in Dominican Rep..
Nunez represented Dominican Republic at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 80.0%.
Nunez has played also professionally for other Dominican Rep. teams like Parque Hostos and Reales de La Vega.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Great player can play both positions with ease. He has a good head for playing and is a player with good shot distance as Point Guard can also make a big difference with a winning mind.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PBD Round 5: Cimarrones keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Liga DirecTV and who belongs to weaker ones.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cimarrones as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cimarrones defeated 8th ranked Sabios in Quibdo-Choco 72-58. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Cimarrones's pressure prevailed and they won that period 16-8 extending their advantage to 14 points. Cimarrones outrebounded Sabios 40-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cimarrones have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Sabios at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Sabios will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Cimarrones will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Sabios in Manizales.
Important game to mention about took place in Bogota. Fourth ranked Fast Break (3-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-ranked Condores (3-3) 75-74 on Tuesday evening. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) nailed 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Cesar Cortes accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds. Fast Break's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Lamar Demond (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) came up with 30 points and 6 rebounds for Condores in the defeat. Fast Break moved-up to second place. Condores at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Fast Break will again play against Condores (#4) in Cundinamarca in the next round. Condores will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Boyaca between Academia and Patriotas. Sixth ranked Academia (1-3) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Patriotas (2-4). Academia managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Tyler Murray who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Academia's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Karl Moore produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 21 rebounds for the hosts. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Despite that victory Academia went down to eighth position due to points difference. It was Patriotas' fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Piratas. Academia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Patriotas will play again against Academia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Valleduparnga was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Piratas (2-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Caciques (2-2). Caciques managed to secure a 5-point victory 73-68. Anthony Gurley orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Piratas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be again Piratas (#6) in Bogota.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by David Reyes of Caciques.

Cimarrones - Sabios 72-58

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cimarrones as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cimarrones defeated 8th ranked Sabios in Quibdo-Choco 72-58. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Cimarrones's pressure prevailed and they won that period 16-8 extending their advantage to 14 points. Cimarrones outrebounded Sabios 40-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Cimarrones players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cimarrones have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Sabios at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Sabios will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Cimarrones will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Sabios in Manizales.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: J.Hernandez 14+12reb+2ast, E.Renteria 12+2reb+3ast, J.Hardy 12+7reb+2ast, A.Carraway 12+6reb+5ast, E.Moreno 11+2reb+5ast, C.Arboleda 7+6reb
Sabios: A.Smith 19+3reb+2ast, S.Coombs 19+6reb+3ast, K.Jones 9+1reb+2ast, L.Blandon 4+10reb+2ast, J.Velez 4+1reb+1ast, R.Rivera 3+2reb
gschID: 547203


Caciques - Piratas 73-68

The game in Valleduparnga was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Piratas (2-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Caciques (2-2). Caciques managed to secure a 5-point victory 73-68. 30 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. His fellow American import forward Justin Martin (198-90, college: SMU, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Caciques players scored in double figures. American point guard Isaiah Thomas (188) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Gerson Pena (186-86) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Piratas. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Piratas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be again Piratas (#6) in Bogota.
Top scorers:
Caciques: A.Gurley 26+4reb+1ast, J.Martin 14+10reb+4ast, M.Cornelius 12+8reb+2ast, D.Reyes 10+9reb+5ast, M.Bermudez 6+7reb+1ast, F.Asprilla 3+3reb
Piratas: I.Thomas 18+7reb+2ast, J.Mendoza 15+3reb, G.Pena 14+8reb+3ast, N.Lozano 7+2reb+1ast, T.Mims 5+8reb+2ast, F.Duarte 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547206


Aguilas - Academia 81-83

A very close game took place in Boyaca between Academia and Patriotas. Sixth ranked Academia (1-3) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Patriotas (2-4). Academia managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Tuesday evening. Academia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Patriotas' 40. The best player for the winners was Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Dominican Oscar Balbuena (195-94) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Academia's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Karl Moore (203-87, college: Culver Stockton) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 21 rebounds and the other American import forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Despite that victory Academia went down to eighth position due to points difference. It was Patriotas' fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Piratas. Academia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Patriotas will play again against Academia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Academia: T.Murray 26+7reb+5ast, O.Balbuena 16+5reb+6ast, S.Granados 12+5reb+4ast, B.Quinones 12+8reb, T.Haughton 6+9reb, D.Gomez 5+2reb
Aguilas: K.Moore 29+21reb+3ast, F.Sandidge 16+11reb+3ast, A.Bivins 15+2reb, J.Velandia 10+2reb+5ast, D.Garcia 6, J.Pardo 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547205


Fast Break - Condores 75-74

Important game to mention about took place in Bogota. Fourth ranked Fast Break (3-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-ranked Condores (3-3) 75-74 on Tuesday evening. Condores were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 25-16 third quarter run of Fast Break. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) nailed 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Cesar Cortes (200-81) accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds. Fast Break's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Lamar Demond (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) came up with 30 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Condores in the defeat. Fast Break moved-up to second place. Condores at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Fast Break will again play against Condores (#4) in Cundinamarca in the next round. Condores will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 19+6reb, D.Crockrell 14, L.Salazar 9+3reb+2ast, C.Cortes 9+7reb+2ast, A.Mosquera 9+5reb+1ast, L.Grueso 7+2reb+2ast
Condores: L.Roberson 30+6reb, R.McCoy 15+5reb+5ast, L.Almanza 11+10reb+1ast, H.Diaz 9+1reb+1ast, D.Balanta 4+6reb, J.Acevedo 3+2reb
gschID: 547204





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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Zoric, Cibona17.0 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Bilan, Cedevita8.2 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Sakic, Cibona6.8 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Zganec, Cedevita5.8 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona5.6 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.2 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 5. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 8. Reynolds, Cibona1.6 
 9. Bozic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 10. Mazalin, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona1.0 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Begic, Cedevita0.8 
 7. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 8. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 9. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 


Cedevita edge Cibona to defend A1 title - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Cedevita 75-78

Cedevita claimed the fourth consecutive A1 title. They rallied past their archrivals Cibona in the decisive fifth game of the championship series to defend the trophy. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ryan Boatright went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to ice the victory. Cedevita outrebounded Cibona 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Cibona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) who scored 22 points and 5 steals. The former international point guard Toni Katic (188-92, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 4 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Cedevita's coach Veljko Mrsic used entire bench in such tough game. The former international center Luka Zoric (211-84) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Cibona players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cibona: L.Zoric 17+6reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 13+5reb+5ast, Z.Sakic 13+3reb+2ast, P.Maric 12+3reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 7+6reb+2ast, P.Marinelli 6+1reb+3ast
Cedevita: R.Boatright 22+4reb+3ast, M.Bilan 12+4reb+1ast, F.Kruslin 10+6reb+1ast, D.Musa 9+3reb+1ast, M.Ramljak 7+2reb+1ast, M.Tomas 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 547678





Jamtland adds Tomsick to their roster, ex Zabok - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Jamtland Basket (Basketligan) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Nick Tomsick (185-84kg-91, college: Fort Lewis). He played last season at KK Zabok in Croatian A1 league. In 24 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tomsick won German 2.Regionalliga (West 2 Group) championship title in 2015. He was also voted All-RMAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Tomsick has played also professionally in Germany (Herford).
He attended Fort Lewis College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cedevita wins fourth consecutive title - by Zeljko Zule

Cedevita won their fourth consecutive Croatian championship title thanks to a 78-75 win over Cibona in a decisive game 5. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, Miro Bilan (213-C-89) 12 and Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) 10. Cibona was led by Luka Zoric (211-C-84) wih 17 points, Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) and Zeljko Sakic (204-F-84) both added 13 points and Petar Maric (196-F-87) 12.
Both team battled through seven ties in the first half with neither team leading by more than four points. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) opened the second half with a jumper and 3-pointer to inspire Cedevita for a 21-5 run for a 51-35 lead. Boatright scored 11 consecutive points in that span. Cedevita had their largest lead of the contest at 65-48 with eight minutes remaining and were ahead by 16 points with 4:31 into the game. At that point, Cibona went on a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to 71-74 with 35 seconds left. Bilan made a pair of free throws to extend Cedevita's advantage to five. On the next possession, Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) missed a 3-pointer, Cedevita grabbed a defensive rebound and Boatright was fouled. He missed both free throws. After Maric cut the deficit to 73-76 with 10 seconds left, Boatright was once again fouled. This time, however, he knocked down both free throws to secure the win and the championship title.



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Cyprus rally past Montenegro in San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus - Montenegro 81:71

Cyprus recorded the third straight victory at the Games of the Small States of Europe. They edged Montenegro in San Marino to remain undefeated. Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) came up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Cyprus jumped to a comfortable 25:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Montenegro denied the deficit and tied things up at 38 at halftime. Cyprus regained the advantage in the third term. They eked out a 56:55 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Cyprus dropped 25 points in the final period and secured the third consecutive win. Anthony King (206-C/F-85, college: Miami, FL) provided 19 points, while Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) added 15 points for the winners. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) and Nemanja Radovic (208-F/C-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points each for Montenegro.

Cyprus: Iakovos Panteli 22, Anthony King 19, Nikolaos Stylianou 15
Montenegro: Nikola Pavlicevic 14, Nemanja Radovic 14



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CEZ Nymburk inks Quincy Diggs, ex Bremerhaven - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-98kg-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 32 games he had 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Diggs played at Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 48 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.0ppg and averaged 7.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Diggs graduated from University of Akron in 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @darko1512)

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Grizzlies name D-League affiliate Memphis Hustle - by Eurobasket News

Hustle will now be the baby brother of Grit and Grind. The Memphis Grizzlies unveiled their new NBA Development League affiliate team name, Memphis Hustle, on Thursday afternoon. The Hustle will debut for the 2017-18 season when the league will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League (G League). The Grizzlies have spent the past seven seasons promoting a grit-and-grind mentality that led to seven consecutive playoff appearances. Hustle is intended to be an extension of the Grizzlies' brand and pay homage to historical sports franchises like the Sounds, Chicks, Showboats and Americans, and current regional teams like the Redbirds and Ole Miss Rebels with red prominent in the logo. The Hustle will practice in FedExForum and play 24 home games at the 8,400-seat Landers Center in Southaven beginning this fall. The Grizzlies formed their own D-League, single-affiliation team after severing ties with the Iowa Energy, which is now owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Hustle management will resemble the Energy's staff. Chris Makris will remain as general manager, and Glynn Cyprien will coach the Hustle. Both executives were in place when the Energy's season concluded in the spring. 'Chris experienced great success during his nine years as general manager of the Iowa Energy, including the three seasons we partnered with the franchise, while Coach Cyprien brings a passion for player development and played a pivotal role in the growth of our young players as interim head coach for Iowa last season,' Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. 'Both understand the strong culture within our franchise, and we are confident they will continue their outstanding work for our D-League expansion team.' The Grizzlies will host a fan event at Tanger Outlets in Southaven from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Pop-up performances will be held throughout the outlet mall, including performances on the main stage every 20 minutes. There will also be a fan fest from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday where the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free T-shirt. Parking is free and all fans can enjoy complimentary popcorn.
Courtesy of: commercialappeal.com



Miami Heat purchase controlling interest of Skyforce, keep Heinemans as chief business operators - by Eurobasket News

Any concerns Sioux Falls may lose the Skyforce someday as part of the trend of NBA teams preferring their development league affiliates be nearby are gone. The Skyforce are here to stay. The Miami HEAT announced today that they have purchased a controlling interest in their NBA Development League affiliate, which they've been affiliated with for eight seasons --- the last four as their single affiliate. The HEAT and the Heineman family will be partners in the Skyforce and will continue to run the team as they have over the past four seasons as a single affiliate. Led by Skyforce General Manager and Miami HEAT Assistant General Manager Adam Simon, will maintain full control over basketball operations while Skyforce President and Owner Mike Heineman and the Heineman family will continue to run the team's off-the-court business operations and community initiatives. 'This is the next step in solidifying and strengthening our already successful partnership,' said HEAT Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager Andy Elisburg in a press release. 'The Skyforce has been invaluable to us and as we begin our first year together in the G-League, we are excited to be partners with the Heineman family as we continue to represent the fans in Skyforce Nation as a first-class franchise.' 'We are so proud to enter into this partnership with the Miami HEAT,' said Skyforce President and Owner Mike Heineman. 'They have been so good for the Skyforce and for the city of Sioux Falls. To be able to expand our partnership with Miami while keeping the team in Sioux Falls were our two biggest goals throughout this process.' The HEAT and Skyforce entered into a single-affiliation hybrid partnership during the 2013-14 season as Sioux Falls has accumulated a 129-71 (.645) regular season record over that span, the best for any D-League team. After a record-breaking 40-win season in 2015-16, the Skyforce captured the 2016 NBA Development League championship while earning three division titles and three postseason berths over the four-year hybrid partnership. Sioux Falls joined the NBA D-League in 2006 after serving stints with both the International Basketball League (2000-01) and the Continental Basketball Association (1989-00 & 2001-06). The Skyforce captured two CBA championships (1996 & 2005) and three CBA division titles before joining the NBA D-League. Entering the upcoming 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League. As part of the NBA G-League, a new logo was unveiled and teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with Gatorade to help players maximize their athletic potential and oncourt performance.
Courtesy of: kelo.com



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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 24
 1. Suero, Indios SFM24.0 
 2. Santana, Titanes .24.0 
 3. Gaines, Metros S.23.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD21.0 
 5. Maldonado, Soles S.20.5 
 6. Scott, Caneros LR19.0 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD19.0 
 8. Foster, Huracane.17.5 
 9. Bailey, Reales LV17.0 
 10. Rose, Huracanes PP16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon JONES
  Caneros LR
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jones, Caneros LR12.0 
 2. Horford, Titanes .10.5 
 3. Garcia, Caneros LR10.5 
 4. Mitchell, Metros S.10.0 
 5. Montas, Huracane.9.5 
 6. Araujo, Leones SD9.3 
 7. Santana, Titanes .9.0 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.9.0 
 9. McCombs, Soles SD9.0 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ramon RUIZ
  Soles SD
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ruiz, Soles SD5.5 
 2. Dicent, Metros S.4.7 
 3. De Leon, Metros S.4.0 
 4. Rhett, Leones SD4.0 
 5. Beidler, Caneros LR3.5 
 6. Tamarez, Soles SD3.5 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD3.3 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.3.3 
 9. Siggers, Titanes .3.0 
 10. Rembert, Titanes .3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan SCOTT
  Caneros LR
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Scott, Caneros LR2.5 
 2. Moquete, Titanes .2.5 
 3. Beidler, Caneros LR2.5 
 4. Rose, Huracanes PP2.5 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM2.0 
 6. Martinez, Soles SD2.0 
 7. Gaines, Metros S.1.7 
 8. Fortuna, Leones SD1.7 
 9. Tamarez, Soles SD1.5 
 10. Martinez, Reales L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.7 
 2. Garcia, Indios SFM1.5 
 3. Garcia, Caneros LR1.5 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.5 
 5. Horford, Titanes .1.5 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD1.3 
 7. Santana, Titanes .1.0 
 8. McCombs, Soles SD1.0 
 9. Pena, Reales LV1.0 
 10. Daniels, Leones SD1.0 


LNB Round 2: Reales LV hands first defeat to Metros STGO - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LNB. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Metros STGO (2-1) recorded a loss in La Vega on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Reales LV (1-1) 85-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Metros STGO won fourth quarter 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Victor Martinez (188-85, college: Globe Tech JC) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Reales LV is looking forward to face Huracanes PP (#8) in Puerto Plata in the next round. Metros STGO will play on the road against Indios SFM (#1) in San Francisco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Reales LV - Metros STGO 85-84

Metros STGO (2-1) recorded a loss in La Vega on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Reales LV (1-1) 85-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Metros STGO won fourth quarter 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Victor Martinez (188-85, college: Globe Tech JC) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Four Reales LV players scored in double figures. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Reales LV is looking forward to face Huracanes PP (#8) in Puerto Plata in the next round. Metros STGO will play on the road against Indios SFM (#1) in San Francisco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: F.Gaines 21+3reb+1ast, R.Glenn 16+14reb+6ast, A.De Leon 13+3reb+6ast, A.Filion 8+5reb, R.Tineo 8+2reb+4ast, T.Mitchell 7+2reb+2ast
Reales LV: A.Pena 21+8reb+3ast, V.Martinez 15+3reb+5ast, S.Encarnacion 11+3reb, R.Beato 10+3reb, Y.Minaya 8+1ast, A.Okosun 7+4reb
gschID: 546029


Caneros LR - Soles SD 103-106 OT

Soles SD snatched a road overtime victory over Caneros. Manuel Guzman stepped up with 27 points and 9 rebounds to pace the visitors. A.Louis added 21 points and 10 boards in the victory. A.Williams responded with 25 points for Caneros.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: A.Williams 25+4reb+1ast, R.Scott 24+2reb+4ast, J.Garcia 18+12reb, K.Beidler 16+7reb+5ast, R.Nguema 9+4reb+3ast, M.Olivares 7+2reb+2ast
Soles SD: M.Guzman 27+9reb, A.Louis 21+10reb+3ast, H.Maldonado 20+2reb+1ast, R.Ruiz 13+6reb+6ast, D.McCombs 11+12reb, R.Tamarez 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 546027


Titanes Licey - Leones SD 91-98

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in San Cristobal where Titanes Licey (1-1) was defeated by Leones SD (2-1) 98-91 on Wednesday. Titanes Licey trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 33-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 91-98 at the end of the game. Leones SD made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Leones SD outrebounded Titanes Licey 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones SD will face Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round where they are favorite. Titanes Licey will play on the road against Soles SD in Santo Domingo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 21+8reb+2ast, P.Rembert 15+1reb+4ast, D.Moquete 12+1reb+2ast, J.Siggers 12+3reb+1ast, R.Moquete 10+2ast, K.Perez 6+1reb
Leones SD: M.Rhett 28+5reb+5ast, P.Miller 21+3reb+6ast, J.Araujo 17+18reb+2ast, T.Daniels 9+7reb, J.Flores 8, J.Corporan 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546028


Huracanes PP - Indios SFM 80-88

No shocking result in a game in Puerto Plata where Indios SFM (2-0) defeated Huracanes PP (0-2) 88-80 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. The best player for the winners was guard Gerardo Suero (193-89, college: Albany) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Ashton Gibbs (188-90, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jamaican Kevin Foster (203-89, college: Fresno St., agency: Haylett Sports) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios SFM will face Metros STGO in Santiago in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Huracanes PP will play at home against Reales LV (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: K.Foster 21+8reb, M.Carter 19+3reb+3ast, W.Rose 14+4reb+2ast, J.Carlos Ortega 6, L.Jacobo 5+3reb+2ast, A.Montas 4+11reb
Indios SFM: G.Suero 23+5reb+1ast, A.Gibbs 15+5reb+4ast, J.Miguel Suero 15+6reb+3ast, J.Martinez 9+8reb+2ast, F.Garcia 8+3reb, A.Rodriguez 8+4reb
gschID: 546026





Caneros de La Romana tabs Austin Freeman - by Eurobasket News

Caneros de La Romana (LNB) inked 28-year old American guard Austin Freeman (194-102kg-89, college: Georgetown). He played in the summer at Plaza in the Santiago League.
Freeman has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His team made it to the Israeli Cup Final Four in 2013.
Freeman is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Freeman has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Italy (Roma Virtus, Betaland Cdo and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria) and D-League (Iowa Energy).
He attended Georgetown University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Freeman's game is described as: A powerful, solid guard, who has a good outside shooting range, but who can also create his own shot out of the dribble.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Piratas land Adonis Nunez, ex El Million - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Bogota (Liga DirecTV) landed 21-year old Dominican guard Adonis Nunez (191-96). He played in the summer at El Million in District National in Dominican Republic. Nunez also played for Gregorio Urbano Gilbert (Santiago League) in Dominican Republic that season. The other team he played shortly was El Million (also in District National) in Dominican Rep..
Nunez represented Dominican Republic at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 80.0%.
Nunez has played also professionally for other Dominican Rep. teams like Parque Hostos and Reales de La Vega.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Great player can play both positions with ease. He has a good head for playing and is a player with good shot distance as Point Guard can also make a big difference with a winning mind.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miroslav Raduljica leaves EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Serbian international center Miroslav Raduljica (213-113kg-88) left EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A). In 31 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season Raduljica played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 36 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Raduljica also played 27 games in Euroleague where he had 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Raduljica won Serbian League championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 1st Team award in 2016.
Raduljica has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Raduljica represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 17.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 69.8%, FT: 75.7%.
Raduljica is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Raduljica has played previously professionally in China (Golden Stars), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves) and Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd).
His game is described as: A dominatig center at juvenile level, has yet good fundamentals at both sides of the court and winning mentality. Seems yet ready for the pro ball, could develop in an European star very soon. Should improve his shape, sometimes seems out of breath after running up and down the floor for a couple of minutes.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EA7 Armani target JaJuan Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is considering to add to their roster 28-year old American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-100kg-89, college: Purdue) who played last time at Acqua Vitasnella Cantu. In 30 Serie A games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he averaged remarkable 18.0ppg and 8.2rpg (#4 in the league). Johnson also played 9 games in VTB United League where he had high stats: 19.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2011 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (27th overall). The former Purdue University staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title in 2015. Johnson was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Johnson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Changsha Bank), Turkey (Besiktas), NBA (Houston Rockets) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge).
On Johnson: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A long, tall forward with good scoring instincts ... Is a legit 6'10" in shoes with a long 7'2" wingspan ... Has very impressive leaping ability with unusual explosiveness for a big man. Doesn't appear to have the frame that can support much more weight in the future ... Gets pushed around when trying to defend players in the post ... Offensively he prefers to play in the post, but there are questions about whether this will translate to the next level where just about every power forward will be bigger than he is
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Clark, Chalon18.1 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.7 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.7 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 8. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Chalon2.2 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Jean-Charles, AS.1.1 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 8. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 9. Joseph, Orleans0.8 
 10. Fair, Limoges0.8 


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. Jones, Lille16.0 
 5. Williams, Boulazac16.0 
 6. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 7. Henry, Evreux15.9 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.6 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.6 
 10. Brown, Charleville14.7 
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, Evreux5.5 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burton, Roanne2.3 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.0 
 4. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 7. Turner, Blois1.8 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 9. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 10. Duren, Boulogne1.6 
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. Traore, Lille1.1 
 7. MBida, Lille1.1 
 8. Jones, Lille1.0 
 9. Kone, Charleville0.9 
 10. Diame, Blois0.9 


Maurienne signs coach Fabien Romeyer - by Eurobasket News

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) signed 40-year old coach Fabien Romeyer from Vichy Clermont. Romeyer has coached there for the last four years.
His team made it to the ProB Semifinals in 2008.
Romeyer has coached previously Saint Etienne.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chalons-Reims hire coach Cedric Heitz - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed on terms of contract with 44-year old coach Cedric Heitz. He has coached for the last four years at Etoile Charleville-Mezieres in the ProB.
Heitz coached in the final of French NM1 Play-Offs in 2014.
He has coached previously Sluc Nancy.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @oliviermazet)

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Max Kouguere extends contract with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Antibes and Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) have agreed on terms of contract extension with Antibes. The Central African forward has penned a two-year extension. Last season Max Kouguere notched 7.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in ProA. Previously Max Kouguere had stints with Gravelines, Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Manresa, Orleans, Le Havre, Lions de Geneve and Brazaville. Max Kouguere has been the member of the Central African National Team since 2009.



Gravelines sign Adam Mokoka to pro deal - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) re-signed 19-year old guard Adam Mokoka (193-98, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last four seasons. But in 12 ProA games he averaged just 1.4ppg last season.
Mokoka represented France at the European Championships U18 in Samsun (Turkey) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 57.1%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Angers BC lands Luke Fitzgerald - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 (NM1) tabbed 31-year old American power forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-109kg-86, college: Cumberlands). He has played for the last five years at USA Toulouges in the NM2.
Fitzgerald received All-NAIA D1 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
And here thanks to pro basketball Fitzgerald experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Fitzgerald has played previously professionally in Australia (Dandenong Rangers), Germany (TV Langen) and PBL (Kentucky S.).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Fitzgerald attended University of the Cumberlands until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Darrigand left Bordeaux - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 35-year old point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) left JSA Bordeaux Basket (NM2). Darrigand has played there for the last seven years. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Darrigand won French NM1 championship title in 2011.
He was a member of French U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
Darrigand has spent his entire career in France playing for four other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Strasbourg IG, Stade Clermont and Boulazac Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ProA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Chalon and ASVEL claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Paris-Levallois 72-69

Chalon outgunned Paris-Levallois in the opener. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Paris-Levallois won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 assists. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) answered with 24 points and the other American import point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 24+2reb+3ast, L.Campbell 13+4reb+4ast, V.Poirier 12+3reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 8+8reb, L.Sane 5+3reb, T.Harris 4+1reb+1ast
Chalon: J.Roberson 19+4reb+6ast, M.Fall 16+6reb+2ast, C.Clark 10+4reb+3ast, L.Harris 10+3reb+3ast, A.Loum 5+8reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 4
gschID: 547575


Strasbourg - ASVEL 72-74

ASVEL upset Strasbourg on the road to take 1-0 lead in the series. Strasbourg IG was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 23-14 third quarter run of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Naturalized Guyanese Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and international Charles Kahudi (199-86) chipped in 17 points. Four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side international center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: M.Jaiteh 19+6reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 10+1reb+1ast, F.Ntilikina 9+1reb+2ast, P.Lacombe 8+3reb+1ast, E.Walker 7+5reb+4ast, R.Travis 6+3reb+2ast
ASVEL: C.Kahudi 17+1reb+3ast, L.Jean-Charles 14+9reb+3ast, N.Lang 10+4reb+1ast, D.Watkins 10+5reb+1ast, D.Nelson 8+3reb+2ast, C.Ware 8+4ast
gschID: 547574





ProB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Boulazac and Evreux reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac - Le Havre 70-59

Boulazac fired past Le Havre to seal their semifinal appearance. STB Le Havre was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 25-11 charge of Boulazac Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 STB Le Havre turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Thomas Gipson (201-93, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Point guard Arnaud Kerckhof (193-84) contributed with 6 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) answered with 17 points and Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for STB Le Havre. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: T.Gipson 19+3reb, A.Salmon 12+3reb, M.Zianveni 8+5reb+1ast, J.Williams 7+3reb+1ast, T.Sapp 6+2reb+1ast, A.Kerckhof 6+4reb+5ast
Le Havre: N.Pope 17+2reb+3ast, B.King 13+2reb+2ast, D.Odiakosa 11+8reb, Y.Morin 8+8reb+1ast, R.Martin 4+2reb, F.Paschal 4
gschID: 547686


Lille - Evreux 51-56

Evreux upset Lille on the road to advance into the next round. ALM Evreux forced 21 Lille Metropole turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Bastien Pinault (195-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward DeQuan Jones (203-90, college: Miami, FL) who recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Walker 21+6reb+3ast, B.Pinault 10+10reb, R.Dibo 7+6reb+2ast, A.Anagonye 7+5reb+1ast, C.Henry 6+1reb+4ast, S.Mekdad 2+1reb
Lille: D.Burton 12+4reb+1ast, D.Jones 12+7reb, J.Traore 8+8reb+1ast, P.Duwiquet 8+1reb+2ast, N.Taccoen 5+7reb+1ast, B.Pamba-Juille 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 547685





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.7 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.4 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.4 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 6. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.7 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.4 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
 10. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.5 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 
 10. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 


Jordan Wild Retires, Begins Coaching Career - by Dockers Hoops

Jordan Wild (203-F-88, college: Fresno Pacific) has called an early end to his professional career and will continue his basketball journey coaching at the high school level in California.

Wild abruptly ended his career after establishing himself as a valuable contributor in the German Pro A. He first made a name for himself internationally in Australia with the Sterling Senators and played an instrumental role in helping build a team culture with the Senators.

Following his four-year stint in Australia, Wild moved to Germany and played two seasons with Kirchheim Knights before joining the Hanau White Wings prior to the 2016-17 season. A family emergency forced the forward to cut his season short after just 10 games and during a stretch where he was one of the better all-round contributors in the league.

Wild's versatility could consistently be seen in the box score, where he would contribute across just about every statistical category.

His full-time coaching career begins at Oaks Christian in California.



Brian Butler (ScanPlus Baskets) Free Throws Are Still A Work In Progress - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Butler (196-F-91) is a 25 year old 196cm German forward that completed his second season with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB) averaging 10,9ppg, 6,9rpg and 1,9apg. He started his basketball career with the FC Bayern Muenchen junior team (NBBL) and then moved to BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB) where he played from 2010-2013 playing a total of 74 Pro B games. He then played two seasons with Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProA) playing 65 Pro A games. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 Pro B season.

Brian thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on a big season where you fell short in a do or die game in the semi-finals. How hard has it been digesting this season end since you were one win away from the Pro A?

Yeah it's tough because like you already said we were only 40 minutes away from the Pro a A, but we have to see the positive things that we accomplished and our goal was to stay in the league and to make the playoff. And we even made it to the semifinals which we didn't make last year .


You played a hard fought series against Wurzburg and FC Schalke going the distance and then went the distance against PS Karlsruhe as well. Do you feel like the Wurzburg and Schalke series took a toll on the team going into the PS Karlsruhe series?

I don't know it could be but I don't want to look for excuses. I think PSK had a good team and we had a good team and it could've gone out either way. And what also was a factor in my opinion was the home court advantage. I think at home we were a different team than on the road !


The 92-75 score in game three was a little deceiving as there wasn't much that separated the two teams in many statistical categories. What do you feel decided this series?

Like I already said I think in this series the homecourt advantage was a big factor!


PS Karlsruhe from my view had possibily the most athletic undersized front court in the Pro B south with Jordan Talbert, Orlando Parker and Bill Borekambi, but the last was injured and returned in game three and was little of a factor. Was their team chemistry and understanding of their roles one of the teams biggest strengths that got them to the Pro A?

Yeah I think that was there biggest strength that everybody on the team knew his role and stuck with it.


How proud are you of the success of the ScanPlus Baskets. The season goal was huge and the team came very far. How would you summarize the season and did the team exceed expectations?

I am very proud and we made it to the semifinals so we were one off the last 4 teams standing in the playoffs! So we definitely should be proud of ourselves for what we accomplished this season !


You stated in our interview in January about Taevaunn Prince that 'its a lot of fun because he is a very competitive guy and works hard every day ! His strength and ability to score the ball is so efficient! How do you feel did both players gain from each other on and off the court?

Off the court I think I found a great new friend and on the court he helped me a lot with my mental strength and ability to finish through contact even stronger! I helped him to understand the European style of basketball so I think we both helped each other a lot !

Which German player do you feel improved the most from the first day of training camp to the game 3 loss against PS Karlsruhe?

I can't name one player because in what I saw this year, we all made a big step and we all improved our game a lot I mean if I compare the team from running in the woods and playing our first game to the team which was fighting in every playoff series till the bitter end, then it would be like comparing a little kid playing against a grown up. At first we were immature doing too many mistakes and at the end we were one team one family! And was fighting for one and another, was mature and playing as a team !
So yeah we all improved !

What was your personal season highlight? You had quite a few great games, but you also won the easyCredit BBL slam dunk contest. Was that your season highlight?

Yeah of course the dunk contest but also reaching the final 4 with the team !


You had a solid second season with the scanPlus Baskets averaging 10,9ppg, 6,7rpg and 1,9apg. Your stats were down from last season, but you played three less minutes per game. What was your summary of your season?

It was another great season for me. Yeah my numbers might be down a bit but you know we had a different team this year and roles were different so I'm satisfied with everything!


You stated in our interview in January that you still have to improve your rebounding and free throw percentage. Your free throw percentage continues to be a work in progress, but were you content with your work on the boards in the last months?

Free throws are still a work in progress and I will work hard on that this summer. And with the boards I have been content because this year we had a lot of good rebounding guards also and just because that stat says I "only" had 6,7 rebounds that don't mean that I didn't box out and my opponent didn't get the rebound hehe ! But I think I did a good job on rebounding the ball !


What is the next step for Brian Butler? You are much more than a good Pro B player. You have a lot of self confidence and your goal remains the BBL. Is the Pro A a realistic goal for next season elsewhere?

To be honest I don't know yet I was just Focusing on the playoffs the last weeks ! So I have to see what will happen in the next couple of weeks ..


After a very successful season with the ScanPlus Baskets, what summer plans do you have? Will you just hang out with the family and work on your game or take a trip somewhere?

I definitely will be working on my game a lot this summer like I already mentioned my freethrows and I have to see maybe I will visit some tournaments and dunk contests but there are no 100% plans yet !

On what things will you be specifically working on this summer on your game that will help continue you to progress as a professional player?

I will be working on my shoot and ball handling !

Now that the 2017 NCAA tournament is long over what do sports do you focus on now in the summer months?

Basketball NBA Playoffs and then probably soccer but since Bayern Munich just got kicked out from the champions league I don't really care who will win it now haha and I will support my little brother who plays for Bayern Munich since during the season I can't see his games and now I have time !

Will we see any surprises in this years NBA playoffs and who do you have reaching the finals and winning it all?

I think we will see Golden State and Cleveland in the finals and if that's the case its going to be an open end ! But I hope that Cleveland will take it all again !


Devin Booker recently hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Did it surprise you that he reached this feat before other big time NBA players?

Of course I was surprised like I would be if any player drops 70 but for him it's even more special because he is still young and I think his scoring ability will still grow a lot !


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

Yes I think so.

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

To be honest I just saw highlights from him and never seen a game ! But I hope that he will be a good player in the league and I hope that he don't let all this hype around him and his family get to him and make him arrogant because that is one thing I don't like at all.

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

I don't know. All I know is to average a triple double through 82 games is just crazy I don't care what people say. And there were some sick one with plus 50+ ,15+ reb or 15+ast !


What was the last movie that you saw?

Power Ranger. Great movie.

Thanks Brian for the chat.



BBL Round 5 of Semi-Finals. EWE Baskets enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm - EWE Baskets 75-78

EWE Baskets snatched a tough road win over Ratiopharm to secure their BBL Finals birth. American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Frantz Massenat (193-92, college: Drexel) chipped in 15 points. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) responded with 17 points and international point guard Per Guenther (185-88) scored 12 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 17+4reb+1ast, C.Babb 13+1reb+2ast, P.Guenther 12+3reb+1ast, C.Prather 10+3reb, A.Rubit 8+4reb+2ast, T.Braun 7+5reb
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 27+2reb+6ast, F.Massenat 15+2reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 13+2reb+1ast, C.Kramer 10+4reb+4ast, B.Qvale 9+4reb+1ast, D.Kramer 4+1reb
gschID: 547731





Justin Alson Will Start Professional Career In Germany With The Romerstrom Gladiators - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Justin Alston (203-F-94) will start his professional basketball career in Germany with the Romerstrom Gladiators. Alson is a 22 year old 203cm forward that was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and grew up in the Washington DC area. He recently finished his career at Boston University where he played a total of 114 NCAA games from 2012-2017. He was able to improve his scoring average each season. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 74.7%.

Last season Alston scored in double figures in 20 games including two double doubles. His best scoring games were against Mass Lowell with 24 points, 21 points against Colgate and 20 points against Lehigh and Bucknell. The German Pro A team Romerstrom Gladiators are convinced that the American will have an impact with the sucess of the team. "Our goal was to strengthen our team and Justin will be an important factor with his ability under the basket. We are happy that he will play for us in the future", stressed team CEO Achim Schmitz. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Patriot League Regular Season Champion -14, Patriot League Tournament Finalist -14, All-Patriot League 2nd Team -17, Patriot League Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -17, and Patriot League Tournament Semifinals -17.

Source: Romerstrom Gladiators




Phillipp Heyden Gets Another Chance In The BBL With The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Phillipp Heyden (206-C-88) has been one of those guys that has been around in the BBL for years, but is still looking to become an impact player at that level and will get another chance this time with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Phillipp Heyden is a 28 year old 206cm center that has gained BBL experience with teams like Alba Berlin, Ludwigsburg, Bayreuth, MBC and brings 172 BBL games to Tuebingen. Last season he made a step back playing for the MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) playing 35 games: 12.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 67.2%. "I have following him since many years dating back to his time with Ludwigsburg. The contact to him never left. We are happy that he chose Tuebingen. He will bring much experience, a good attitude and toughness to the team. That is what we were looking for and found it. We hope he can prove his good play in the BBL", stressed head coach Tyron Mccoy. Last season in the Pro A he scored in double figures 24 times inclusing a 21 point game as well as two 20 point games against Kirchheim in the playoffs.

Heyden started his basketball career in 2005 with BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga) ahere he played 15 games averaging 4.4ppg. He then played in the Alba Berlin system from 2006-2008 playing mainly for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin, but also played one BBL and ULEB cup game. He then played two seasons in the Ludwigsburg organization and also for farm team Kirchheim. His BBL journey continued with two seasons in Weissenfels and four in Bayreuth. "We know each other since many years. We always held good contact and am happy to be able to play for him", added Phillipp Heyden.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -06, International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -06: 6 games: 11.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 50.9%, FT: 58.6%, European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) -06: 8 games: 1.3ppg, 1.5rpg, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -08, German U20 National Team -08, German A2 National Team -09, German University National Team -11
World University Games in Shenzhen (China) -11: 7 games: 4.1ppg, 1.6rpg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -12
German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -12, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -12, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 3rd Team -17.

Source:Walter Tigers Tuebingen










Terence Smith (I Brought A Lot To The Table Even In Games I Wasn't Scoring) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Terence Smith (193-G-91, college: Mississippi) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Russellville, Alabama that completed his rookie season in Germany with the Giants Nordlingen averaging 17,6ppg, 5,2rpg and 3,8apg. He started his basketball career with Tenn-Martin (NCAA) in 2010 playing 84 NCAA games in three seasons averaging double figures in scoring each season with his junior year being his most productive where he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 82.1%. He played his last year of school with Mississippi (NCAA) playing 33 games averaging 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg. He spoke to eurobasket at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season.

Terence thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You have completed your rookie season with the Giants Nordlingen which ended in the team moving down to the Regionaliga. Was the last close loss to the Uni-Riesen Leipzig a game you should have won synonymous of how your season went?


We lost a lot of close games this season, but I like the way our team continued to fight till the end.


In our last interview at the end of the regular season you stated this in terms of the team wanting to stay in the league after the playdowns. 'We will leave it all on the court and try our best to end the season on a good note'. Nordlingen had a 2-4 record in the playdowns. Did the team leave on the floor in the last 6 games?

Yes, I felt that we started to play better towards the end of the season and ended up splitting with the teams in the playdowns.


Nordlingen went into the playdowns playing their best basketball, but had a poor playdown record of 2-4. Did the fact that you were playing against big odds to stay in the league mentally effect the team?

A lot of it was out of our control so we were just focused on us.


Lich had your number all season long. Why do you think was Nordlingen unable to figure them out this season?


We ended up winning the last one versus them at home, but the other games their role players stepped up and had big games.


Nordlingen lost two games by one point, but had some good defensive games, but still went 2-4 in the playdowns. What do you feel was most crucial in the playdowns for Nordlingen not being able to advance?


Some games we waited until we were down and then started to play with more energy afterwards.


What was your season summary with the Giants Nordlingen. I stated all along that you were a team a lot better than their record showed.

I like how our team didn't quit during the process of losing those close games.


Team captain and the heart and soul of the team German Fabian Brutting retired. How did you experience your rookie season with the German. What did you gain from him that you will never forget?

There was a big difference when Fabi came back, and a lot easier with him on the court. He helped keep the team composed when needed. I really appreciated his joy and passion for the game.


American Adrien Coleman came in midway through and had a decent season. You stated in our last interview that he is a player that 'Adrien Coleman was an important pick up for us because he can get out and finish in transition. Also, I appreciate that he can defend multiple positions and he has a great understanding of the game of basketball'. How do you feel did his game progress in the few months that you were teammates?


He started to add to his game and knock down a couple of jump shots late into the season.


You had a great rookie season averaging 17,7ppg, 6,0rpg and 4,2apg and scored in double figures in all 28 games that you played. What was your personal season highlight? Was it your triple double despite losing to Lich


I'd have to say the triple double in the win versus Lich. Since, I was close to getting one a couple times throughout the season.


How content were you in general with your rookie season? Did your consistency in your own game help ease the losing?


That didn't help ease the losing. I just got in the gym more throughout the season to help improve my game.


How do you feel did your game develop as a rookie. Do you feel like you were able to make strides on the mental side simply because Nordlingen would totally have been lost without your production knowing you had to be consistent every night.

I just had to find ways to be better and to help my team compete each and every night.


A good guard is a dime a dozen in the pro B, but great guards are more rare. Do you feel that you were a great Pro B guard?


Yes, I wasn't too bad. I brought a lot to the table even in games I wasn't scoring.


What is the next step for Terence Smith? You had a very potent Pro B season. Do you feel that you are ready for the next step with possibly the German Pro A?


I just have to continue to work and improve my game and be ready for the next step at any level.


In the last interview you stated that you have to improve getting to the free throw line and making them. Is this your first priority this summer when you get back in the gym?


Yes, I won't have a choice since my mom tends to give me a hard time about those missed free throws.


What are your summer plans? Will you just chill with family and get back in the gym soon or try to do some traveling this summer?


For the most part, my family is usually in the gym. I will be mainly working on my game and coaching during the summer.


Devin Booker recently hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Did it surprise you that he reached this feat before other big time NBA players?


Not really, he has an old school and smooth game.


Where do you rank Isaiah Thomas now with the top NBA point guards and can he still help them make a run despite the death of his sister?


His performance was good this season to put him with the top NBA point guards. However, I couldn't go against D Wade and the Bulls in the 1st round.


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


South Carolina men had a special run this year, but the story of March Madness was Miss State on the women's side.


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

If the kid loves the game, he will have no problem making an impact in the NBA with the potential he has.


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

It's not easy to average a triple double throughout the entire NBA season. You just have to give credit where credit is due.


Thanks Terence for the chat.




The Uni Baskets Paderborn Keep Luca Kahl Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Uni Baskets Paderborn have announced the contract extension of Luca Kahl (187-PG-97). Kahl is a 20 year old 187cm point guard that will play another two seasons in Paderborn. Two seasons ago the German played 16 games averaging 1,5ppg and last season played 19 games averaging 1,6ppg. "He developed well after his injury time and we want him to continue that trend. He has fine conditions in Paderborn on and off the court and can combine his studiies there", stressed head coach Uli Naechster. Last season the German had a seven point game against Dresden ands cored six points against Kirchheim.

Source:Uni Baskets Paderborn



Telekom Bsk adds Breunig to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Telekom Baskets Bonn (BBL) added to their roster 25-year old forward Martin Breunig (203-93kg-92, college: Montana). He played last season at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in the BBL. In 32 games he recorded just 2.4ppg and 2.1rpg. Breunig helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Big Sky Conference Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Breunig was also voted NABC All-District 6 1st Team in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Breunig represented Germany at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 62.1%.
Breunig has played previously for Bayer Giants.
He attended University of Montana until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CEZ Nymburk inks Quincy Diggs, ex Bremerhaven - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-98kg-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played last season at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 32 games he had 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Diggs played at Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 48 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.0ppg and averaged 7.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Diggs graduated from University of Akron in 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @darko1512)

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Richter left Telekom Bsk - by Eurobasket News

24-year old power forward Johannes Richter (205-98kg-93) left Telekom Baskets Bonn (BBL). In 31 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Deutsche Bank Skyliners where in 25 BBL games he recorded only 2.7ppg and 2.0rpg. Richter helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 3rd Team. Richter also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged only 2.6ppg and 2.8rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup. The other team Richter played that season for was Fraport Skyliners II (ProB). In 16 games he got remarkable 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 3.0apg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 3rd Team.
Richter's team won German Bundesliga Supercup in 2013.
He represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.2ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 65.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Richter has played previously for three other teams: Brose Baskets, TSV Troester and Franken Hexer 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.4 
 10. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.6.0 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.8 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 7. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.4 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 3. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 4. Kavvadas, Aris1.1 
 5. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 6. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos0.9 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


A1 Round 2 of Finals. Panathinaikos edge Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 84-80

Panathinaikos held off visiting Olympiacos to even the championship series at 1-1. It was a great shooting night for Panathinaikos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Olympiacos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 10 rebounds. International center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international Georgios Printezis (204-85, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 21 points in the effort for Olympiacos. Olympiacos' coach Giannis Sfairopoulos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: E.Green 21+3reb, G.Printezis 15+6reb+5ast, T.Zevgaras 12+2reb+1ast, G.Ballis 9+3reb, E.Mantzaris 9+2reb+6ast, N.Milutinov 4+3reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: N.Pappas 16+1ast, M.James 14+2reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 12+6reb+1ast, K.Rivers 9+1reb+2ast, C.Singleton 9+2reb, N.Calathes 8+10reb+3ast
gschID: 547550

3-4 Place
Aris - AEK Athens 85-91

AEK Athens defeated Aris to take 2-0 lead in the consolation finals. Aris was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of AEK Athens, which allowed them to win the game. Aris was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 19 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. The former international forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Spyros Mourtos (198-90) scored 18 points. Five AEK Athens and four Aris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Aris: V.Jankovic 18+12reb+2ast, S.Mourtos 18+4reb, M.Tsairelis 17+1reb+1ast, T.Zaras 10+3reb+1ast, W.Cummings 8+1reb+2ast, V.Kavvadas 5+3reb
AEK Athens: L.Mavrokefalidis 19+1reb, G.Larentzakis 19+4reb+4ast, C.Elonu 12+4reb, M.Dixon 11+5reb+9ast, B.Newley 10+4reb, K.Vasiliadis 7+3reb+1ast



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  GUAM  


KFC Bombers are the 2017 GBA Champs - by Eurobasket News

On Tuesday night for game three of the Guam Basketball Association Season Three Finals, the KFC Bombers defeated the regular season's best, MVP Stars 103-96 at the UOG Calvo Field House. The Bombers finished the regular season 9-3 to the MVP Stars 12-0. Each team swept their opponents in the semis and split the first two against each other. KFC Guam President Frank Cruz said it was an exciting final and that he's happy to have built an association with the Bombers, who for many years were known as the team from Andersen. 'This is the third season and we've sponsored the Bombers for two seasons. KFC as a corporate group wanted to connect with the armed forces and we wanted to reach out and connect through sports,' said Cruz, 'I personally am a fan of basketball and I've known Gerrard Barnes, the Bombers coach, for years so this was a good opportunity for us.' Last year, the Bombers had lost a key player and did not make it to the finals.This year, MVP ran an undefeated season and only lost to the Bombers twice in the finals. 'The Bombers peaked at the right time. Even as MVP did not have key player Joe Blas, the third game was the best game of the three with lots of back and forth in the third quarter,' said Cruz, 'but it was a three-point shot by Tony Moses that put the Bombers out of reach.' The Bombers are the only military team out of the seven teams. All are sponsored by local businesses except for the varsity team from the University of Guam. "We will continue to support the Bombers and we also want them to network with the local teams and the GBA is the NBA equivalent for Guam,' said Cruz, 'and I want to thank the GBC who runs the league and for putting up the league, which the island has been missing. Without them, the league wouldn't be where it is today.' In game one of the finals the Bombers upset MVP, 113-94. And in game two MVP game back to dominate with a 102-90 win over the Bombers.
Courtesy of: guampdn.com



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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


Brandon Roy To Become Garfield High School Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

It has been a roller-coaster few months for former Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy , but the recent news is much more positive than the reported shooting that occured in late-April. It looks like Roy will be taking over basketball coaching duties at Garfield High School, according to Nathan Joyce of the Seattle Times, giving the Washington native a chance to return to his roots. Roy flourished as a player at Garfield High before turning in an impressive four-year tenure at the University of Washington. The former Huskie will enter his second season as a head coach with a solid resume, as he coached the Nathan Hale Raiders to 29-0 record en route to Washington's 3A State Title. While Seattle Public Schools did not confirm the hiring, Garfield did announce the hiring via Twitter. Once official, Roy will take over for Ed Haskins, who is departing from his post at Garfield to join Washington State's coaching staff. Roy will have a considerable amount of work ahead of him, as he won't have the luxury of coaching the top prospect in the nation at his next stop. Michael Porter Jr. was vital to Nathan Hale's success last season, and will be suiting up for the University of Missouri this coming fall.
Courtesy of: blazersedge.com



Mayo hires new boys basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Tom Brown is finally getting a chance to run a boys basketball program at the varsity level. After being an assistant coach for the past 20 years, Brown was hired as Mayo's new boys basketball coach on Thursday. Brown takes over for Rick Canton, who resigned in April. "I've been very fortunate over the years to work with some great head and assistant coaches," Brown said. "And I hope to take that knowledge that I have gained to the boys basketball program at Mayo." The 44-year-old Brown is a native Waseca. He played high school ball for the Bluejays and then played at RCTC in 1991-92. He spent six years as a girls assistant at Pine Island, six years as a boys assistant at Stewartville and the past eight years at John Marshall. "I think Tom has a great repore with players," said Kirk Thompson, who was the head boys coach for the past five years at JM before resigning in April. "I think he will be very good for them," Thompson added. "He has a very strong basketball knowledge and he's been involved with the sport for a long time." Brown is looking forward to being a head coach. He has a son who will be a freshman a Mayo beginning this fall. "I've always been an assistant so I'm excited to get to work with the kids," he said. "I'm very excited for him," Thompson said. Canton was the head coach at Mayo for just one season. The Spartans were 11-16 during the 2016-17 campaign, 10-12 in the Big Nine Conference. Brown hopes to start working on the job in the next couple of weeks. "We'll probably have some open gyms and meet the players and families," he said. Being a long-time assistant, Brown said he has learned a few things over the years by watching how head coaches operate. "I just took how they coached games and how they prepared for them," he said. "Just the behind the scenes stuff. I got to see how they went about their business."
Courtesy of: postbulletin.com



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  HIGH SCHOOLS CANADA  


R.J. Barrett is the high school star who carries Canadian basketball on his shoulders - by Eurobasket News

Rowan Barrett Jr. (6'7''-SF-00) grabbed the rebound at rim level. He pushed the ball to halfcourt in only two dribbles and by the time he reached the center circle, he was already sizing up his target. This was Rowan Barrett Jr.'s debut appearance on Nike's EYBL senior circuit, but the 16-year-old from Canada needed no introduction. He is the most decorated high school player in the world, cementing his spot as No. 1 in the class of 2019 by dominating older competition all over the globe for the last two years. For everyone else, summer basketball is an audition in front of scouts and college coaches. For Rowan Barrett Jr., this was just another showcase. The Southern Stampede was Rowan Barrett Jr.'s opposition on this day, and it had three players camped out in the paint as he approached the three-point line at full speed. He gathered the ball as he charged into the paint, exploded off his right foot, and hammered the ball through the rim with his left hand. The gifts that made this type of coast-to-coast finish possible are the same ones that have made Rowan Barrett Jr. a household name as he finishes his sophomore year of high school. His list of accomplishments is just beginning and it's already long and impressive. Most notably: Rowan Barrett Jr. was the youngest player at this year's Nike Hoop Summit in April and the MVP at Basketball Without Boarders during All-Star Weekend in February. 'On the biggest of stages, Rowan Barrett Jr. is unbelievable,' said Corey Evans of Rivals. Any player ranked No. 1 in his class has a lot to live up to, but it feels especially true for Rowan Barrett Jr.. No other player is seen as a symbol of his home country's basketball future. No one else has to answer to a godfather like his - two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. 'Especially the next couple years, we'll be right up there,' Rowan Barrett Jr. said on Canada's chances of competing on the world stage. 'I believe in my country and all the players we have. We'll be pretty good.' Rowan Barrett Jr. has aced every test he's ever had up to this point. As he stays in the spotlight, those tests are only getting harder. R.J. Rowan Barrett Jr. was born on June 14, 2000. Three months later, his father flew off to Sydney to compete for Canada basketball in the summer Olympics. Rowan Barrett Jr. Sr. already had an accomplished career by the time he made his Olympics debut. He was good player at St. John's in the mid '90s and then embarked on a professional career that took him around with the world, with stops in Spain, Argentina, and eventually France and Italy. In Sydney, Rowan Barrett Jr. teamed up with 26-year-old point guard Steve Nash to help Canada to a seventh-place finish. Canada hasn't been back to the Olympics since. Rowan Barrett Jr. and Nash are tasked with changing that. In 2012, Nash was named general manager of Canada basketball. Rowan Barrett Jr. was hired as assistant GM. The two have known each other since they were teenagers coming up in the national program back before anyone thought Canada could ever be a basketball powerhouse. Now their best hopes may rest on the broad shoulders of young Rowan Jr. Like his father, basketball has already carried Rowan Barrett Jr. far away from his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He came to the United States for high school at Florida's Montverde Academy, the same school that recently produced Ben Simmons, D'Angelo Russell, and a host of other high-major recruits. Rowan Barrett Jr. has already been a star on the international circuit playing for Canada's junior program. As a 14-year-old, he led his country to a silver medal at the U-16 FIBA Americas tournament in Argentina. Rowan Barrett Jr. was again one of the youngest players the next summer at the U17 FIBA World Championships in Spain, where he finished as the tournament's sixth-leading scorer at 18.6 points per game. Rowan Barrett Jr.'s hype reached a new level at Basketball Without Borders in February during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. With NBA scouts in attendance, Rowan Barrett Jr. drew rave reviews in taking home MVP honors. 'The consensus among NBA executives that we spoke to was that Rowan Barrett Jr. was not only the best player, but also far and away the best prospect at the event,' wrote Evan Daniels of Scout.com. 'He's a tremendous athlete. He's also very skilled for a guy his age,' said Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress. 'He's never afraid. It doesn't matter who he's playing against - he's taking the ball strong to the basket every single time. He's not going to back down. 'He shows you a lot of versatility, his handle, his shooting, his defense, his passing, his ability to get out in the open floor and make plays. He's an absolute stud, there's no question.' What do scouts see in Rowan Barrett Jr.? A slashing wing with great size (6'7), long arms, and a strong frame. He's a freight train in transition, a versatile defender, and is developing as a creator for others. He's also undeniably productive. Rowan Barrett Jr. only played in half of the EYBL's four sessions this spring - he missed one weekend with an injury, another for school - but he ended the regular season as the league's leading scorer at 28 points per game. No other incoming junior averaged more than 18.2 points per game. This has perhaps been the single most-encouraging trend of Rowan Barrett Jr.'s path to this point: He's so often the best player on the court despite also being one of the youngest. That's part of why he may reclassify up a year and enter the class of 2018. Rowan Barrett Jr. said a decision on reclassification won't come until August. Until then, he's holding off on talking much about recruiting, but he does already have offers from every major program, including Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, and Arizona. 'No matter what environment I go to - I could be playing against LeBron James and the best players in the world - I always think I can do my thing,' Rowan Barrett Jr. said. 'It's just that confidence that I have.' Rowan Barrett Jr. is not a finished product. He shot only 31 percent from three-point range in the EYBL this season and made just 58 percent of his free throws. He also needs to get better with his right hand. These are common areas of improvement for almost every young wing, let alone one that is still only 16 years old. Meanwhile, Rowan Barrett Jr.'s development is on track to coincide with the rise of Canadian basketball. There are young Canadians thriving all over the NBA, from Tristan Thompson to Jamal Murray to the player he is most often compared to, Andrew Wiggins. Rowan Barrett Jr. is already the youngest senior team invite in Canada basketball history. That type of pressure could crush lesser players, but Rowan Barrett Jr. continues to leave little reason to doubt him. This is only the beginning for both Rowan Barrett Jr. and his home country as a basketball nation. That might be the most promising thing of all.
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



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  HOLLAND  


Joey van Zegeren (ex Trier) signs at Leuven - by Eurobasket News

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Euromillions League) landed 27-year old Dutch forward Joey van Zegeren (208-105kg-90, college: Northwestern). He played most recently at ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier in German ProA. In 31 games he averaged 5.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1bpg last season. van Zegeren also spent pre-season at Dzukija (LKL) in Lithuanian league that year.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Canarias Basketball Academy) and Holland (Rotterdam).
van Zegeren attended Northwestern University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Has excellent offensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


Thor Thorl adds Hrafnkelsson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Thor Thorl (Dominos League) added to their roster 24-year old center Snorri Hrafnkelsson (199-93) from KR Reykjavik. In 27 Dominos League games he recorded 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
Hrafnkelsson was a member of Icelandic U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He has played previously for three other teams: Keflavik, Njardvik and Breidablik.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.9 
 7. Hopson, Ironi N.16.7 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 10. Milbourne, Hapoel E.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.4 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 8. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.8 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
 10. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Long, Maccabi .2.1 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 6. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 7. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.0 
 7. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 8. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


Tomer Ginat re-signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket Center

Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) and 23-year old forward Tomer Ginat (202-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) signed a new extension deal till 2020. In 33 Winner League games he averages 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg in his first year in top division. In previous years he played in National League and was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Domestic Player of the Year, All-Star Game and named to All-Domestic Players Team last season.
Ginat is also a member of Israeli National team.

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.8 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Logan, Scandone AV15.9 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 10. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Moore, The F.5.4 
 6. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 9. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.2 
 2. Green, Scandone AV1.8 
 3. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.7 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Logan, Scandone AV1.5 
 6. Forray, Dolomiti.1.5 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 9. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 10. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
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. Fesenko, Scandone.1.1 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 


Serie A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Umana Venezia and Trento record victories - by Eurobasket News

Scandone AV - Umana VE 73-75

Umana Venezia upset Avellino on the road to even the series at 2-2. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Scandone AV won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek-American swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) replied with 17 points and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Scandone AV. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 17+3reb+5ast, D.Logan 14+7reb+2ast, M.Leunen 14+7reb+3ast, K.Fesenko 12+3reb+1ast, A.Thomas 5+2reb, M.Cusin 5+4reb
Umana VE: M.Bramos 15+1reb+1ast, H.Peric 10+6reb, T.McGee 10+3reb+2ast, A.Filloy 9+3reb+3ast, M.Ejim 8+6reb+2ast, S.Tonut 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547159


Dolomiti En. TR - EA7 Armani 88-64

Trento smashed EA7 Armani at home court to secure 3-1 lead. The game without a history. Dolomiti En. TR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dolomiti En. TR forced 20 Armani Milano turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Cape Verdean-Portuguese Joao Gomes (201-85) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: M.Kalnietis 14+7reb+3ast, R.Hickman 11+1reb, J.McLean 9+6reb+1ast, M.Macvan 8+3reb+3ast, R.Sanders 8+2reb+2ast, K.Tarczewski 7+3reb
Dolomiti En. TR: J.Gomes 21+10reb+2ast, S.Shields 16+4reb+1ast, D.Flaccadori 13+1reb+3ast, D.Hogue 12+8reb+2ast, D.Sutton 9+6reb+3ast, L.Lechthaler 6+2reb
gschID: 547158





Emanuele Urbani leaves Lecco - by Eurobasket News

24-year old power forward Emanuele Urbani (204-93, agency: Players Group) left Basket Lecco (Serie B). Urbani played there also last season. In 36 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Nuova Aquila Palermo where in 28 Serie B games he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.2rpg.
Urbani has played previously for two other teams: Alma Trieste and Lighthouse Conad Trapani.

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Todeschini leaves Lecco - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) left Basket Lecco (Serie B). Todeschini has played there for the last six years. In 37 Serie B games he averaged 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg.
Todeschini helped his team to make it to the Nazionale C Group B Final in 2012.

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Miroslav Raduljica leaves EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Serbian international center Miroslav Raduljica (213-113kg-88) left EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A). In 31 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season Raduljica played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 36 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Raduljica also played 27 games in Euroleague where he had 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Raduljica won Serbian League championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 1st Team award in 2016.
Raduljica has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Raduljica represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 17.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 69.8%, FT: 75.7%.
Raduljica is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Raduljica has played previously professionally in China (Golden Stars), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves) and Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd).
His game is described as: A dominatig center at juvenile level, has yet good fundamentals at both sides of the court and winning mentality. Seems yet ready for the pro ball, could develop in an European star very soon. Should improve his shape, sometimes seems out of breath after running up and down the floor for a couple of minutes.

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Serie A2 Round 2 of Semifinals. Alma Trieste and Virtus Bologna record victories - by Eurobasket News

F.Kontatto BO - Alma Trieste 69-91

Alma Trieste overcame F.Kontatto Bologna to take 2-0 lead in the series. Alma Trieste had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. F.Kontatto BO was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) notched 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) supported him with 18 points. Five Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. Even 9 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for F.Kontatto BO. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points for the hosts. 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:
F.Kontatto BO: L.Campogrande 13+2reb, A.Legion 10+3reb+3ast, J.Knox 9+8reb, L.Gandini 9+5reb, N.Italiano 7+2reb, M.Montano 7+4reb+1ast
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 20+5reb, D.Cavaliero 18+4reb+3ast, L.Baldasso 17+4reb, J.Green 16+5reb, M.Da Ros 13+4reb+5ast, S.Bossi 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547406


Ravenna - Virtus Bologna 74-83

Virtus Bologna topped Ravenna on the road to gain 2-0 advantage. Virtus Bologna dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ravenna's 34. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Spissu (182-95) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) scored 15 points. Four Virtus Bologna and five Ravenna players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: G.Sabatini 15+3reb+3ast, M.Tambone 12+1reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 12+1reb+2ast, T.Smith 10+15reb+2ast, D.Marks 10+2reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 8+4reb
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 22+10reb, M.Umeh 14+3reb+2ast, S.Gentile 12, M.Spissu 12+6reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 12+6reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 6+3reb+8ast
gschID: 547405





Sangiorgese hire coach Quilici - by Eurobasket News

LTC Sangiorgese Basket (Serie B) hired coach Daniele Quilici. The last time he worked at USE Basket in Italian Serie B. Quilici has coached there for the last five years.
His team was Runner-Up of Nazionale B Group B Regular Season 2013.
Quilici has coached previously Jiangsu Dragons.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EA7 Armani target JaJuan Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is considering to add to their roster 28-year old American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-100kg-89, college: Purdue) who played last time at Acqua Vitasnella Cantu. In 30 Serie A games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he averaged remarkable 18.0ppg and 8.2rpg (#4 in the league). Johnson also played 9 games in VTB United League where he had high stats: 19.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2011 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (27th overall). The former Purdue University staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title in 2015. Johnson was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Johnson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Changsha Bank), Turkey (Besiktas), NBA (Houston Rockets) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge).
On Johnson: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A long, tall forward with good scoring instincts ... Is a legit 6'10" in shoes with a long 7'2" wingspan ... Has very impressive leaping ability with unusual explosiveness for a big man. Doesn't appear to have the frame that can support much more weight in the future ... Gets pushed around when trying to defend players in the post ... Offensively he prefers to play in the post, but there are questions about whether this will translate to the next level where just about every power forward will be bigger than he is
.

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Trevor Lacey (ex Banco di Srd) signs at Lokomotiv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) landed 26-year old American guard Trevor Lacey (190-98kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 28 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg last season. Lacey helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at VL Pesaro (also in Serie A) where in 30 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg.
Lacey has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received All-ACC 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Lacey graduated from North Carolina State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  


Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League D2 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League D2 1st Team 2017
Takumi Furuno
Furuno
Terrance Woodbury
Woodbury
Rodney Carney
Carney
Scootie Randall
Randall
Solomon Alabi
Alabi

Finals MVP: Naoki Tani (193-G/F-88) of Nishinomiya S.
Player of the Year: Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE
Guard of the Year: Takumi Furuno (179-PG-93) of Kumamoto V.
Forward of the Year: Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR
Center of the Year: Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE
Domestic Player of the Year: Takumi Furuno (179-PG-93) of Kumamoto V.
Import Player of the Year: Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE

1st Team
PG: Takumi Furuno (179-PG-93) of Kumamoto V.
G: Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Bambitious Nara
F: Rodney Carney (201-F-84) of Toyotsu FE
F: Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR
C: Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE

2nd Team
PG: Kazuto Sameshima (171-PG-92) of Kagoshima
G/F: Naoki Tani (193-G/F-88) of Nishinomiya S.
F: Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA
C/F: Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR
C: Jordan Vandenberg (216-C-90) of Nishinomiya S.

Honorable Mention
Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z
Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Shimane SM
Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel.
Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts
Deon Jones (198-G-93) of Tokyo Z
Kohei Fukuzawa (177-PG-93) of Toyotsu FE
Masashi Obuchi (182-PG-83) of Gunma
Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of Fukushima
Yuichi Ishikawa (173-PG-87) of Yamagata
Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-C-88) of Yamagata
Nicchaeus Doaks (201-F/C-87) of Iwate Big Bulls
Daniel Dillon (193-G-86) of Hiroshima D.
Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-G-88) of Ehime OV
Ryota Nakanishi (199-F/C-88) of Kumamoto V.

All-Imports Team
G: Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of Fukushima
G: Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Bambitious Nara
F: Rodney Carney (201-F-84) of Toyotsu FE
F: Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR
C: Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Takumi Furuno (179-PG-93) of Kumamoto V.
PG: Kazuto Sameshima (171-PG-92) of Kagoshima
G/F: Naoki Tani (193-G/F-88) of Nishinomiya S.
PG: Yuichi Ishikawa (173-PG-87) of Yamagata
F/C: Ryota Nakanishi (199-F/C-88) of Kumamoto V.



Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League 1st Team 2017
Yuki Togashi
Togashi
Makoto Hiejima
Hiejima
Kosuke Kanamaru
Kanamaru
Daiki Tanaka
Tanaka
Nick Fazekas
Fazekas

Finals MVP: Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80) of Tochigi Brex
Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT
Guard of the Year: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets
Forward of the Year: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark
Center of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT
Domestic Player of the Year: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark
Import Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT
6th Man of the Year: Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets
Newcomer of the Year: Leo Vendrame (183-PG-93) of Hitachi SR
Defensive Player of the Year: Yusuke Endo (185-G-89) of Tochigi Brex
Coach of the Year: Thomas Wisman of Tochigi Brex

1st Team
PG: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets
G/F: Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
F/G: Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of SeaHorses
F: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark
F/C: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT

2nd Team
PG: Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of Toyota Alvark
G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars
F/G: Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of San-en
PF: Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets
F/C: Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex

Honorable Mention
Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90) of Shiga L-Stars
Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets
Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR
Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of SeaHorses
Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR
Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80) of Tochigi Brex
Yusuke Endo (185-G-89) of Tochigi Brex
Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex
Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Toyota Alvark
Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Yokohama BC
Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses
Ryumo Ono (197-F/C-88) of Chiba Jets
Masashi Joho (183-SF-82) of Toyama Grouses
Shuhei Kitagawa (185-G/F-85) of Ryukyu GK

All-Imports Team
G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars
F/G: Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of San-en
PF: Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets
F/C: Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex
F/C: Nick Fazekas (211-F/C-85) of Toshiba BT

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Narito Namizato (172-G-89) of Shiga L-Stars
PG: Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets
G/F: Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses
F/G: Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of SeaHorses
F: Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark



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  KENYA  


Mutoro and Ochieng steer Ulinzi to merited win - by Eurobasket News

Former champions Ulinzi Warriors maintained their unbeaten run in the Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League with double wins over the weekend. Erick Mutoro scored 27 points and William Ochieng (200-F-85) added 25 as the soldiers dismissed Zetech University 76-63 on Sunday. Ulinzi had to fight hard in the second half to win as the students forced a 36-36 tie at halftime. The soldiers won first quarter 19-15 and Zetech the second 21-17. The, third quarter was tied 21-21 and it took the magic of a 19-6 win in the fourth quarter for Ulinzi to claim victory. Faheem Juma scored 14 points for Zetech with Wycliffe Olanya and Benjamin Oneya adding 13 each.
On Saturday, Ulinzi beat Trailblazers 69-40 after leading 34-23 at halftime. Trailblazers won the first quarter 14-12 but Ulinzi took the second 22-9, the third 22-8 and the fourth 13-9. Mutoro scored 12 points for Ulinzi and Alex Onguso scored 21 for Trailblazers.
Co-operative Bank kept up the chase on Ulinzi with a 77-68 win over Strathmore University Blades in overtime.
The match was tied 64-all in regulation time with the bankers winning 13-4 in overtime. Blades led 36-28 at halftime with a 20-10 win in the second quarter. Co-op Bank won the first quarter 18-16. The bankers took a three-point lead with a 21-8 win in the third quarter but Blades leveled after winning 20-15 in the fourth. Titus Musembi (170-PG-85) scored a game high 26 points for Co-op Bank as Joseph Ongoro scored 19 for Blades.
Courtesy of: sportsnewsarena.com



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  KYRGYZSTAN  


Guiness-29 and Alga reach the Final - by Eurobasket News

Guiness-29 and Alga reach the Final of the Play-offs. Guiness-29 demolished Politekhnik 103-62 as they won all the quarters in the game. They opened the game with a 26-17 lead and then added a 19-17 run in the second period. Moreover Guiness-29 dominated the second half as well and did not have any difficulties reaching the final.
Alga meanwhile posted an easy 96-65 win over Tulpar-SKIF. Alga also won all the periods in the game and rightfully clinched the place in the Final.



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  LATVIA  


Dairis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the closely-ranked Banvit (21-9) 72-67 in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Bertans recorded 18 points in 23 minutes on the court. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (23-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bertans averages: 9.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 84.8% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Timma led his Russian team Zenit to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Khimki (19-5) 92-89 in the VTB United League last Saturday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. Timma has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.3%(65-106), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 83.6%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks led Brose Baskets to a victory against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (28-4) 76-67 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He scored 13 points in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Strelnieks has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(43-76), 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 83.3% in 29 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #4. Center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). Pasecniks could not help Gran Canaria (21-11) to beat Baskonia (23-9). He scored 7 points. Gran Canaria was edged 73-71 on the road by the second-ranked Baskonia. Pasecniks' overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #5. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) contributed to Nantes' victory against the fifth-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (19-15) 77-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Sunday. Kuksiks scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (10-12) is placed first in the ProB. This year Kuksiks' overall stats are: 9.9ppg and 3.1rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Other top Latvian players, who play abroad:

Arturs Kurucs (189-SG-0) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) plays for Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa
Rodions Kurucs (206-SF-98) plays for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa
Zanis Peiners (203-F/G-90) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian VTB
Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Ojars Silins (203-PF-93) plays for Telekom Baskets in German BBL
Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Anrijs Miska (201-F-0) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Davis Bertans (208-F-92) plays for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA

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



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 3. Baron, Lietuvos.13.7 
 4. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.1 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.1 
 4. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
 10. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.1 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.4 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Westermann, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 4. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 7. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 8. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 9. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 10. Butkevicius, Neptu.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Juventus
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 3. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 
 7. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 8. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 10. Gordon, Lietuvos.0.7 


Leuven inks Evaldas Zabas, ex P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 29-year old Lithuanian-Canadian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-92kg-88). He played last season at P.Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL league. In 22 games he had 11.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Zabas also played that season for A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1 where in 9 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. Zabas' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Zabas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Tartu Ulikool), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Bremerhaven), Sweden (KFUM Jamtland), United Kingdom (Plymouth Raiders, Worcester Wolves and Worthing Thunder), Czech Republic (BK Pardubice) and Canada (Orangeville A's).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Jonas Kazlauskas signs at Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA) landed experienced 63-year old Lithuanian coach Jonas Kazlauskas. The last time (12-13) he coached at CSKA Moscow in Russian VTB league.
Among other achievements Kazlauskas won VTB United League championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Coach of the Year award back in 2012.
Kazlauskas has been coaching Lithuanian Senior National Team between 1997 and 2017.
He has coached previously professionally in Greece and Italy (AV Cantu).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mantas Kalnietis selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Armani Milano (23-7) in their last game. Despite Kalnietis' good performance the league leader Armani Milano was crushed 88-64 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Kalnietis also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It's Kalnietis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 68.2% in 29 games he played so far. Ex-B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas player is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain). Maciulis contributed to a 3-point Real Madrid's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (22-10) 71-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (25-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. Maciulis' overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 84.0%. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Banvit in their game against Darussafaka (23-7) in the Turkish BSL. Orelik scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Banvit lost 70-74 in Istanbul to the higher-ranked (#4) Darussafaka. Orelik has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 59.8%(67-112), 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 77.8% in 31 games. Orelik is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #4. Forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (22-10) 73-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night's game. He scored 7 points. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (22-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Grigonis' overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Tadas Sedekerskis
Tadas Sedekerskis
   #5. International swingman Tadas Sedekerskis (203-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Baskonia's victory against the seventh-ranked Gran Canaria (21-11) 73-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Sedekerskis scored 6 points in 15 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (23-9) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. This year Sedekerskis' overall stats are: 2.1ppg and 1.9rpg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Giedrius Staniulis
Giedrius Staniulis
   #6. Power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Souffelweyersheim (23-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Staniulis' very good performance Souffelweyersheim was defeated in an overtime 92-79 in Quimper by the second-ranked UJAP. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Staniulis also added 3 assists and 3 blocks. Staniulis has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team six years ago.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #7. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help ZTE KK (23-14) in their last game. Despite Drungilas' good performance the third-placed ZTE KK (23-14) lost 85-94 at home to the leading Alba in the Places 1-5 group. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Drungilas also added 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Semifinals. And that game will be critical. This year Drungilas has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg in 40 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Simas Buterlevicius
Simas Buterlevicius
   #8. Small forward Simas Buterlevicius (200-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (19-15) in their game against Nantes (18-16) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Charleville-Mezieres lost 69-77 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#6) Nantes. This year Buterlevicius' total stats are: 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in 36 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2013.

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

   #1. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) led Palencia Baloncesto to a victory over the closely-ranked Oviedo CB (22-12) 86-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. Maldunas was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Maldunas' second season in pro basketball. Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (22-12) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Maldunas' total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 3.7rpg.



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Luxembourg cruise past San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - San Marino 99:44

Luxembourg opened win count at the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe. They coasted past San Marino for 1-2 record. Thomas Gruen (196-G-95) delivered 18 points in the win.
Luxembourg recorded a 29:15 lead after the opening quarter. Luxembourg rallied to a 46:33 halftime advantage. They limited San Marino to just 5 points in the third term to open a comfortable 30-point lead at the final intermission. Luxembourg unloaded 31 points in the fourth term and never looked back en route to the win. Tim Schmit (194-F/G-95) provided 14 points, while Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87) and Dean Gindt (201-PF-91) had 11 points apiece in the victory. Igor Biordi (204-C/F-96) replied with 12 points and 10 boards for San Marino. Leonardo Liberti (175-PG-99) banked in 7 points in the loss.

Luxembourg: Thomas Gruen 18, Tim Schmit 14, Tom Schumacher 11, Dean Gindt 11
San Marino: Igor Biordi 12+10 boards, Leonardo Liberti 7



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Franklin, Guasave26.1 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.7 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.2 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 7. Glover, Obregon21.2 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Rogers, Navolato20.7 
 10. Crawford, Durango20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.5 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.3 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 7. West, Guaymas8.6 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis7.9 
 9. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.4 
 10. Rogers, Navolato7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Crawford, Durango6.2 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.8 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.2 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 7. Murphy, Los Mochis4.9 
 8. Crawford, Culiacan4.9 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 10. Marigney, Guaymas4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.3 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.2 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 4. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Casillas, Mazatlan1.5 
 7. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 10. Motley, Los Mochis1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Smith, Durango1.0 
 9. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 


CIBACOPA Round 37: Ostioneros de Guaymas beat Halcones de Ciudad Obregon by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 37 in the CIBACOPA took place in Ciudad Obregon. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (24-12) to fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (19-17) 113-111 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Halcones de Ciudad Obregon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 45 points (!!!). His fellow American import forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth place with 19-17 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas are looking forward to face league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Lobos UAD Mazatlan and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-14) against seventh ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (17-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan in Mazatlan 103-85. American DJ White (206-86, college: Indiana) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 assists for the winners and Omar Thomas chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Greg Smith (198-91, college: Colorado St.) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Los Mochis and Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 14 games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play against league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave in a game versus Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) 84-80. Kevin Rogers nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Travis Franklin came up with 31 points and 5 rebounds for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Garra Canera de Navolato have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 15-21 record. Frayles de Guasave lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis and Mazatlan. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet at home bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (27-8) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (13-23) 103-95. Myke Henry fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-8 record. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the ninth position with 23 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo's next round opponent will be Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) on the road. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 37 Los Mochis beat Durango on the road 108-103.
The most impressive performance of 37th round was 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Marcus Orlando Coleman (196-F-92, college: Texas Southern) of Culiacan.

Culiacan - Hermosillo 95-103

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (27-8) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (13-23) 103-95. American forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals. American swingman Marcus Orlando Coleman produced 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-8 record. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the ninth position with 23 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo's next round opponent will be Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) on the road. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: M.Coleman 31+6reb+4ast, J.Villalobos 17, B.Puckett 12+11reb, G.Glaze 10+10reb+2ast, C.Perez 10+2reb+1ast, C.Crawford 8+4reb+3ast
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 22+3reb+3ast, J.Camacho 21+4reb+2ast, M.Henry 21+6reb+4ast, A.Bell 14+1reb+1ast, J.Wilson 14+3reb+1ast, E.Little 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 536461


Obregon - Guaymas 111-113

The most exciting game of round 37 in the CIBACOPA took place in Ciudad Obregon. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (24-12) to fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (19-17) 113-111 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Halcones de Ciudad Obregon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 45 points (!!!). His fellow American import forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Idris Alvarado (196-91) added 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth place with 19-17 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas are looking forward to face league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Lobos UAD Mazatlan and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 31+9reb+4ast, I.Alvarado 21+6reb+2ast, L.Atterberry 18+5reb+3ast, M.Glover 16+9reb+1ast, K.Capers 11+2reb+4ast, R.Delgado 8+1reb
Guaymas: C.Jones 45+1reb+3ast, B.West 21+9reb, R.Woods 17+2reb+3ast, P.Reyes 11+8reb+1ast, P.Marigney 10+9reb+2ast, D.Giron 7+4reb
gschID: 536460


Mazatlan - Tijuana 103-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-14) against seventh ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (17-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan in Mazatlan 103-85. Lobos UAD Mazatlan dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Tijuana Zonkeys' 38. Lobos UAD Mazatlan forced 22 Tijuana Zonkeys turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American DJ White (206-86, college: Indiana) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Greg Smith (198-91, college: Colorado St.) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Kareem Rodriguez (192) scored 16 points. Five Lobos UAD Mazatlan and four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Los Mochis and Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 14 games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play against league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: G.Smith 19+6reb+3ast, K.Rodriguez 16+2reb+3ast, R.Williams 11+2reb+1ast, J.Cesar del Campo 11+5reb+1ast, J.Zesati 9+1reb+1ast, T.Lathan 8+7reb+1ast
Mazatlan: D.White 23+1reb+6ast, O.Thomas 19+6reb+2ast, P.Howard 14+2reb+4ast, D.Onofre 13+1reb, S.Edwards 12+4reb+1ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 10+9reb+4ast
gschID: 536459


Durango - Los Mochis 103-108

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (17-19) beat on the road bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-26) 108-103. It was a great shooting night for Pioneros Los Mochis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) fired a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. His fellow American import forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Jordon Crawford (168, college: Bowling Green) produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 12 assists and the former international forward Stephen Soriano (200-85, college: Colorado Mesa) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Pioneros Los Mochis and four Aguilas Doradas de Durango players scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mazatlan and Guasave. Aguilas Doradas de Durango lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. Pioneros Los Mochis' next round opponent will be Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Durango: J.Crawford 40+2reb+12ast, R.Smith 20+7reb, R.Battle 19+4reb+4ast, S.Soriano 17+10reb+3ast, O.Richards 5+3reb+1ast, G.Moron 2+3reb
Los Mochis: J.Early 29+3reb+2ast, T.Motley 28+6reb+3ast, N.Murphy 22+11reb+10ast, M.Hernandez 14+2reb+1ast, T.Miller 13+5reb+5ast, J. Almada 2
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Guasave - Navolato 80-84

An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave in a game versus Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) 84-80. Garra Canera de Navolato made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Frayles de Guasave only scored six points from the stripe. American Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) accounted for 24 points and 5 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St.) came up with 31 points and 5 rebounds and Gary Mondragon (-91) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 15-21 record. Frayles de Guasave lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis and Mazatlan. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet at home bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 31+5reb+2ast, G.Mondragon 21+5reb+8ast, E.Pittman 12+8reb, L.Davis 10+4reb+5ast, A.Cervantes 6+3reb+3ast, R.Soto 0+1ast
Navolato: K.Rogers 25+8reb, D.Mitchell 24+3reb+5ast, M.Ammons 12+4reb+5ast, E. Zuniga 8+4reb+3ast, J.David Estrada 6+1reb+1ast, A.Leal 5+1ast
gschID: 536457





Jones' 45-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard Carl Jones (180-PG-91, agency: DTMones) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guaymas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had the game-high 45 points adding three assists for Guaymas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Obregon (#2, 24-12) 113-111. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Guaymas maintains the 4th position in Mexican league. Guaymas 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 19-17 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Carl Jones averages this season 23.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Jordon Crawford (168-PG) of Durango. He is American guard in his first season at Durango. In the last game Crawford recorded impressive double-double of 40 points and 12 assists. Bad luck as Durango lost that game 103-108 to the higher-ranked Los Mochis (#6, 17-19). Durango are still at the very bottom. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Durango managed to get this year. Crawford is one of the most experienced players at Durango and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#5). He also recorded 6.2 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nick Murphy (193-G-88) of Los Mochis (#6). Murphy showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Los Mochis, leading his team to a 108-103 win against the lower-ranked Durango (#10, 9-26). The chances of Los Mochis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just seventeen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Murphy could help Los Mochis to bring them higher in the standings. Murphy has a great season in Mexico. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (8th best) and assists with 4.9apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Travis Franklin (200-F-88) of Guasave - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Orlando Coleman (196-F-92) of Culiacan - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of Obregon - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jeff Early (190-G-88) of Los Mochis - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. B.J. West (211-F-89) of Guaymas - 21 points and 9 rebounds
9. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. D.J. White (206-PF-86) of Mazatlan - 23 points and 6 assists

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



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Cyprus rally past Montenegro in San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus - Montenegro 81:71

Cyprus recorded the third straight victory at the Games of the Small States of Europe. They edged Montenegro in San Marino to remain undefeated. Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) came up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Cyprus jumped to a comfortable 25:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Montenegro denied the deficit and tied things up at 38 at halftime. Cyprus regained the advantage in the third term. They eked out a 56:55 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Cyprus dropped 25 points in the final period and secured the third consecutive win. Anthony King (206-C/F-85, college: Miami, FL) provided 19 points, while Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) added 15 points for the winners. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) and Nemanja Radovic (208-F/C-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points each for Montenegro.

Cyprus: Iakovos Panteli 22, Anthony King 19, Nikolaos Stylianou 15
Montenegro: Nikola Pavlicevic 14, Nemanja Radovic 14



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  MOROCCO  


Moroccan Final 4 in Marrakech. - by Marek Krala

The best four teams of the moroccan league will try to clinch the tittle during the 1/2/3 June in Marrakech.
CRA,MAS,WAC and ASS will compete to get the trophy of the season 2016-17.
CRA and MAS will replay the semi-final of the cup.Hoceima with the coach Zeljko Zecevic will try to secire his position in final like last year against a good team of Fez under the direction of they french coach Hugues Occansey.
The young team of Wydad must face the powerhouse of Association SPortive of Sale,but the coach Aziz Qarouach will try to find a solutions to control ASS and may be get a surprising victory.
Game will be televised on Arradiya.

CRA-MAS 10 pm

ASS-WAC 12pm



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.3 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Curry, Golden S.25.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.25.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
 10. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.6 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Cavaliers no match for Warriors in 113-91 loss - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors looked invincible in Game 1 Thursday night. The Cavs have three more chances to prove they aren't. Golden State ran roughshod over Cleveland in the 2017 Finals opener, 113-91, for the Warriors' NBA-record 13th consecutive win to open the playoffs. Game 2 is at 8 p.m. Sunday. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), of course, was not in uniform when the Cavs recovered from a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 Finals against the Warriors to win the first championship in franchise history. Nor was he out there in 2015 when the Warriors took the Finals from Cleveland in six games. Welp, the former league MVP led all scorers with 38 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), the reigning two-time MVP, added 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), playing in his seventh consecutive Finals, paced the Cavs with 28 points to go with 15 rebounds and eight assists, but also committed eight turnovers. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) added 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) posted 15 points and a playoff-career high 21 boards, but shot 4-of-13. The Warriors led by as many as 24 and blew the game open with a 13-0 run to start the third quarter. The Cavs didn't score for the first four minutes. Part of Golden State's invincibility was the relative struggles of Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) and Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.). You know, the Warriors' other two All-Stars. Green picked up two quick fouls to start the game and didn't score until the third quarter. He finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. Thompson suffered through 3-of-16 shooting. But Durant's presence changes everything. He's a world-class scorer who can cover for not one, but two key contributors struggling to score. Durant also frees Curry from the constant blitzes the Cavs have thrown his way in the past two Finals. The Warriors led 60-52 at halftime. It was a near miracle the score was that close. For all the uncontested dunks Durant enjoyed (seven in the first half alone), he and his teammates missed 11 driving layups and 15 shots from point-blank range. The Warriors dunked 11 times overall in the first two quarters. The Cavs, too concerned to get out to the perimeter and defend the 3-pointer, were caught time and again out of place with an unguarded rim. The Warriors entered with an average point differential in the playoffs of plus-16.3, an NBA record. The Cavs caught a glimpse of how they've done it. On offense, James was guilty of seven of Cleveland's 12 turnovers (the Warriors had a single turnover) in the first half. He also accumulated 19 points and 11 rebounds by the break. The Cavs finished with a playoff-high 20 turnovers that cost them 21 points. The Warriors had four turnovers for six points. And it's here where one starts to consider how much of Game 1 was Golden State playing well and the Cavs not so much. In addition to the defensive miscues and turnovers, Cleveland received virtually nothing from Tristan Thompson (0 points, four rebounds in 22 minutes), J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) (three points), Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) (zero points) and Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) (zero points, 0-of-3 shooting). Also, James almost always loses Game 1 in the Finals. He's now 1-7 in Game 1 and 0-6 on the road. The Cavs have dropped the first game in all three Finals against the Warriors. James needed just five points to become the first player to score 6,000 career points in the postseason. He also passed Reggie Miller (320 3-pointers) for second place in league history in playoff 3s. The Cavs are 12-2 this postseason.
Courtesy of: cleveland.com



The Kings released Tolliver - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) released 32-year old center Anthony Tolliver (203-109kg-85, college: Creighton). Tolliver played there last season. In 65 NBA games he had 7.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at the Pistons where in 75 NBA games he recorded 5.2ppg and 3.1rpg.
Tolliver has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2007 Butte Daredevils selected him in second round (16th overall) in the CBA draft.
The former Creighton University standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tolliver's team made it to the Turkish League Semifinals in 2009. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game back in 2010.
Tolliver is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany, other NBA teams (New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers), Turkey (Galatasaray) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy).
On Tolliver: Solid all around and versatile power forward who can post up and create in the paint or step out and hit the 18 footer consistently. Solid rebounder and shot blocker. Quintessential team player who understands the game and does a lot of the winning things that do not show up in boxscores: diving for loose balls, strong defense, solid screens and dirty work while consistently putting up solid scoring and rebounding numbers and strong field goal percentage. Great basketball IQ and hard worker. Type of player coaches love. Clean cut, no nonsense, mature person both on and off the court. NBA level forward who could also be a star on a high level European team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Knicks, Blazers discussing trade for Portland's first-round pick - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks' front office has spoken to the Portland Trail Blazers in recent days about a trade for one of Portland's three first-round picks, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday. Portland owns the 15th, 20th and 26th overall picks in the current draft. New York has the No. 8 overall pick, and members of the organization have been exploring the possibility of acquiring an additional pick later in the first round, per sources. The trade discussions between the Knicks and Blazers were first reported by the Sporting News. New York has hosted workouts for several players who might fall into the mid-to-late first round, including North Carolina forward Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) and big man Tony Bradley (6'10''-PF-98), per sources. The Knicks have also worked out players pegged in some mock drafts as late first-round or early second-round picks, including Kentucky's Bam Adebayo (6'10''-PF-97) and Colorado's Derrick White, sources said. Talks between New York and Portland are believed to be in the early stages, but one scenario discussed involved an additional player from Portland being sent in a trade, according to sources. It is unclear which players were offered by Portland. It is also unclear whom the Knicks would offer Portland in a potential trade. In the past, team president Phil Jackson has refused to offer any of the Knicks' future first-round picks in trade talks, per sources. Unless Portland offers one of its premier players or multiple first-round picks, that approach will likely continue during the Knicks' talks with the Blazers. The Knicks hope to find a player with the No. 8 pick who can help them build a young core around big men Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) and Willy Hernangomez. Members of the organization see several players as potential options for the No. 8 pick, including French prospect Frank Ntilikina (6'5''-PG-98), Kentucky guard Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98) and North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr., sources told ESPN.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Willie Reed To Decline Player Option With Heat - by Eurobasket News

Heat big man Willie Reed (6'11''-F/C-90, college: St.Louis) will opt out of his contract with the Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who reports that Reed will turn down his player option for 2017/18. Declining that modest $1.577MM option will allow the 27-year-old to reach unrestricted free agency. Reed, who signed a minimum salary contract with the Heat last summer, appeared in 71 games for the team, averaging 14.5 minutes per contest in a part-time role. For the season, Reed recorded 5.3 PPG and 4.7 RPG with a .568 FG%. While those numbers don't jump off the page, Reed was a solid rotation piece for Miami and has likely earned a raise. The Heat only have Non-Bird rights on the 6'10' forward/center, so their ability to offer that raise will be limited, unless they can use cap space or their room exception. Before he signed with Miami last July, Reed reportedly received interest from the Timberwolves, Spurs, Warriors, Thunder, and Pacers. Many of those teams could circle back to Reed this time around, and several more clubs will probably kick the tires, based on his solid performance in 2016/17. Reed is one of three Heat veterans making a player option decision this summer. Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) is opting into the final year of his contract, while Dion Waiters is considered a virtual lock to opt out.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Suns, Wolves, Hawks Expected To Have Interest In Andre Iguodala - by Eurobasket News

While Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) will receive most of the attention among the Warriors free-agents-to-be, Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) is also on track to reach the open market this summer, and figures to draw interest around the NBA. League sources tell Ramona Shelburne and Chris Haynes of ESPN that the Suns, Timberwolves, and Hawks are expected to be among the teams with an eye on Iguodala this offseason. Iguodala has seen his scoring numbers dip since joining the Warriors in 2013, but has been a crucial piece of the team's rotation as a solid defender and passed with the ability to make the occasional three-point shot. In 2016/17, the veteran swingman came off the bench in 76 games, averaging 7.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.4 APG, and a .528/.362/.706 shooting line. He's a finalist for the league's Sixth Man of the Year award. Iguodala's skill-set and veteran leadership would be valuable to a number of teams, and it will be tricky for the Warriors to keep him around is Durant opts out and wants to sign a full maximum salary contract. However, Durant is said to be open to the idea of accepting less than the max, which would allow Golden State to hang onto Iguodala's Bird rights and go over the cap to re-sign him. Given the success Iguodala and the Warriors have enjoyed together in recent years, I'd expect Golden State to be the strong frontrunner to sign him to a new deal in July. If the Dubs hesitate at all though, there should be no shortage of rival suitors ready to swoop in with strong offers.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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  NBLCANADA  


Hurricanes tie NBL series 2-2 with victory over Lightning - by Eurobasket News

Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) had 19 points for as the Halifax Hurricanes used a balanced attack to defeat the London Lightning 94-85 Thursday to even their National Basketball League of Canada final 2-2. Game 5 goes Saturday at 7 p.m. in Halifax before the best-of-seven series shifts back to London, Ont. Renaldo Dixon (6'9''-C-90, college: N.Mexico St.) had 17 points for Halifax while Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.) added 16 and Billy White chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) had 11 points and eight assists. Marcus Capers (6'4''-G-89, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) led the Lightning with 22 points while Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) had 12. Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) had 11 points on 3-for-24 shooting, 11 rebounds and six assists. The Lightning led 22-15 after the first quarter but trailed 44-35 at the half and 65-61 heading to the fourth.
Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca



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  NCAA1  


Cal lands another top-100 prospect in Class of 2018 - by Eurobasket News

Cal has quietly put together a very strong week on the recruiting trail as new head coach Wyking Jones added his second top-100 commitment in back-to-back days on Thursday. A day after getting a pledge from Texas wing Jacobi Gordon, the Golden Bears grabbed a pledge from four-star guard Matt Bradley on Thursday. The 6-foot-4 Bradley was only offered a scholarship by Cal on Tuesday as they quickly closed the deal on the No. 81 overall prospect in the Class of 2018. By landing Bradley and Gordon, Cal can focus its attention on landing a lead guard or a standout big man to go along with these two quality pieces on the wing. Jones has yet to coach a game at Cal, but he's already pulled in some quality commitments and appears to be off to a solid start when it comes to roster building.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



VCU guard Samir Doughty to transfer - by Eurobasket News

VCU took a tough blow to its future on Wednesday night as the school announced in a release that freshman Samir Doughty (6'4''-G) intends to transfer. The 6-foot-4 Doughty had a very productive freshman year for the Rams as he put up 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The Rams are going to look quite different next year in new head coach Mike Rhoades ' first season. The only returning starters at the moment are senior guard Johnathan Williams and forward Justin Tillman and Doughty was one of the young pieces expected to step up into double-figures as a scorer next season. Rhoades is the third VCU head coach in four years so he is going to have to deal with a roster and a program that craves stability the next few seasons. Things should end up being okay as long as Rhoades can bring in talent, but that's going to be something to watch as he tries to overhaul this roster to make it his own.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Cal lands Class of 2018 four-star wing Jacobi Gordon - by Eurobasket News

Cal landed its first Class of 2018 commit on Wednesday night as four-star wing Jacobi Gordon made it official. The 6-foot-7 Gordon is the No. 75 overall prospect in the Rivals.com national Class of 2018 national rankings as the wing is a nice grab for new head coach Wyking Jones . Gordon is a nice first commitment for the Golden Bears in 2018 as he should be able to be versatile on both ends of the floor at the next level. With ideal size and a growing scoring package, Gordon has intriguing offensive upside and the has the potential to defend multiple spots on the floor. Running with Houston Hoops in the Nike EYBL this spring, Gordon put up 11.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from the field.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.1 
 2. Jones, Canterbury23.9 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.22.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.7 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.0 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.18.2 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers18.1 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pledger, Southlan.9.9 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.4 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.9.2 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.1 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.9 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers7.9 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.7.9 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.7.8 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.0 
 3. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury5.5 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.3 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.5.2 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.9 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.4 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.3 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.1.9 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.4 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 7. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.0.8 
 9. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 10. Jones, Canterbury0.7 



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  PARAGUAY  


Olimpia, Libertad and Sol de America start Second Stage with victories - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia gained back-to-back wins at the start of the Metro League Second Stage. They overcame Luqueno 118:116 in an exciting battle on Thursday. The teams were tied at 102 after regulation. But Olimpia managed to eke out a tough victory in overtime.
Libertad cruised past San Lorenzo to improve at 2-0 record. They clinched an easy 125:40 victory.
Sol de America also had little struggles en route to a 90:63 win over San Jose.



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  PERU  


LBL Round 18: Real Club defeats leader Regatas - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Regatas (15-3) in Lima on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by Real Club (15-3) 62-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Regatas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Real Club have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Regatas. Real Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 37 points 47-84 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Inmaculada maintains third position with 12-6 record having just three points less than leader Real Club. La Family lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and San Marcos (#6). EOFap (11-7) won against visiting San Marcos (7-11) 59-47. EOFap have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-7 record. San Marcos at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Circolo. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Regatas.
The game in Lima was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Circolo (7-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Ejercito (4-14). Ejercito managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80. Ejercito maintains seventh position with 4-14 record. Circolo lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Ejercito's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.

La Family - Inmaculada 47-84

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 37 points 47-84 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Inmaculada maintains third position with 12-6 record having just three points less than leader Real Club. La Family lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
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Ejercito - Circolo 85-80

The game in Lima was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Circolo (7-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Ejercito (4-14). Ejercito managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80. Ejercito maintains seventh position with 4-14 record. Circolo lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Ejercito's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
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EOFap - San Marcos 59-47

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and San Marcos (#6). EOFap (11-7) won against visiting San Marcos (7-11) 59-47. EOFap have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-7 record. San Marcos at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Circolo. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Regatas.
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Regatas - Real Club 60-62

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Regatas (15-3) in Lima on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by Real Club (15-3) 62-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Regatas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Real Club have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Regatas. Real Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 2. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.9 
 4. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.8 
 5. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix24.2 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 9. White, Globalport21.8 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .20.9 
 3. McKay, Phoenix17.7 
 4. White, Globalport14.8 
 5. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 7. Wright, Mahindra14.2 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ross, SM Beermen7.5 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.9 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.8 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.7 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.1 
 6. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.6 
 8. Thompson, B.Gin.4.5 
 9. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
 10. Wright, Phoenix4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.5 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.4 
 3. Lassiter, SM Be.2.0 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.0 
 5. Jalalon, Star H.2.0 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.5 
 7. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 8. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 9. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.4 
 10. Newsome, Meralco .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Star H.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.7 
 3. White, Globalport2.4 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.2 
 6. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 7. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.7 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.4 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.1 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.1 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.1 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 4. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Stal O.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 8. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 9. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Mbodj, Torun1.7 
 3. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.4 
 5. King, Stal Ostrow1.2 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 7. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 8. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 9. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 10. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 


Krosno still active - signed Grzegorz Grochowski for new season - by Greg

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) signed 24-year old point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (180-93). It is actually his comeback to Krosno as he has played here before. Grochowski has played for the last three seasons at Polfarmex Kutno in the PLK. In 25 games he had 5.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.7spg last season.
Grochowski has played previously for four other teams: ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola, MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, OSSM S.Wola and SMS PZKosz.
He could be described: A quick point guard who has good court vision and ball handling skills. Knows how to change the tempo of the game and defends hard on the perimeter.

Miasto Szkla Krosno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krzysztof Jakobczyk
Davis Lejasmeiers
Grzegorz Grochowski
Jakov Mustapic
Devante Wallace

Forwards:
Marcin Sroka
Anton Gaddefors

Center:
Seid Hajric

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PLK Round 1 of Finals. Stelmet ZG gain comfortable victory - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Torun 88-69

Stelmet Zielona Gora cruised past Torun in PLK Finals opener. Stelmet outrebounded Twarde Pierniki 42-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Montenegrin Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: V.Dragicevic 16+10reb+4ast, N.Djurisic 15+10reb+2ast, P.Zamojski 11+5reb+3ast, A.Hrycaniuk 10+4reb, K.Gruszecki 10+5reb+2ast, J.Florence 10+2reb+2ast
Torun: K.Weaver 18+5reb+3ast, O.Trotter 14+2reb+5ast, C.Mbodj 12+7reb, J.Skific 10+4reb, T.Snieg 6+2ast, K.Sulima 4+6reb
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Marcin Sroka joins Krosno - by Greg

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) agreed terms with experienced 36-year old forward Marcin Sroka (201-81, agency: Promotex). He played last season at Sokol Lancut in the 1Liga. In 36 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. Sroka helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BM Slam Stal (TBL) where in 32 games he recorded 8.5ppg and 3.0rpg.
Sroka won Polish League championship title in 2013. He was a member of Polish Senior National Team back in 2000.
Sroka has played also professionally in Italy and Ukraine (Halychyna) and Poland (Stelmet, KS Pogon Ruda Slaska, AZS Koszalin, Twarde Pierniki and Energa Czarni).

Miasto Szkla Krosno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krzysztof Jakobczyk
Davis Lejasmeiers
Jakov Mustapic
Devante Wallace

Forward:
Marcin Sroka

Center:
Seid Hajric

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Krosno inks Anton Gaddefors, ex Uppsala - by Eurobasket News

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) signed 28-year old Swedish international forward Anton Gaddefors (200-89). He has played for the last three seasons at Uppsala Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 19 games he had 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gaddefors helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gaddefors' team was regular season runner-up in Swedish BasketEttan Group North in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team in 2010 and 2015.
Gaddefors has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Gaddefors represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg.
Gaddefors has played also professionally in Serbia (Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Belgium (Okapi Aalstar).

Miasto Szkla Krosno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krzysztof Jakobczyk
Davis Lejasmeiers
Jakov Mustapic
Devante Wallace

Forwards:
Marcin Sroka
Anton Gaddefors

Center:
Seid Hajric

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polpharma signed Bogicevic - by Greg

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) hired 43-year old Slovenian coach Milija Bogicevic (agency: 011 Sports). The deal was signed for two years. He coached last season at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala.
He has coached previously four other Poland teams: Anwil, Poznan PBG Basket, Twarde Pierniki and Jaroslaw.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Liz, Ponce20.7 
 2. Huertas, Arecibo19.3 
 3. Rosario, Quebradillas19.1 
 4. Wilkins, Guayama18.9 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez18.5 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo17.4 
 9. Martinez, Humacao16.8 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.6 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.0 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.9 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 5. Romero, Bayamon9.3 
 6. James, Fajardo8.7 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez8.6 
 8. James, Fajardo8.5 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.0 
 2. Browne, San German6.9 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Soto, Bayamon5.5 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 8. Garcia, Quebradillas5.4 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.1 
 10. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Liz, Ponce1.8 
 2. Collier, Mayaguez1.4 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Browne, San German1.4 
 5. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 6. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Abreu, Aguada1.2 
 10. Ayuso, Fajardo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.2 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.9 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 6. Gaston, Aguada1.0 
 7. Akindele, Bayamon0.9 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 
 9. Smith, Quebradillas0.8 
 10. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.8 


Gary Browne gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Guard Gary Browne (185-G-93, agency: Inception Sports) had an amazing evening in the last week for San German and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 26.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for San German in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aguada (#1, 18-5) 98-83. San German is placed at 6th position in Puerto Rican BSN. San German 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 11-14 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Browne as usually he does not deliver so high stats. West Virginia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Browne is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.9apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 25-year old Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-C-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Bayamon. Romero impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayamon lost that game 90-97 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3, 15-8). Despite lost game Bayamon moved up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-16 record. Romero is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was another Bayamon's star - Nigerian Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, agency: BeoBasket). Akindele scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Akindele's great performance Bayamon lost 90-97 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3, 15-8). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Bayamon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Akindele could help Bayamon to bring them higher in the standings. Akindele has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) of San German - 28 points and 3 rebounds
5. Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89) of Quebradillas - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Quebradillas - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Chris Gaston (201-PF-89) of Aguada - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89) of Humacao - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michael Rosario (190-SG-90) of Quebradillas - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 14 points and 4 rebounds

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



BSN Round 26: Leader Santeros lose to Atleticos - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Top ranked Santeros (18-5) recorded its fifth loss in Coamo on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Atleticos (11-14) 98-83. The game was mostly controlled by Atleticos. Santeros managed to win fourth quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 42-of-49 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Santeros only scored eight points from the stripe. 35 personal fouls committed by Santeros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 28 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). International Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atleticos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Santeros at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Santeros delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Caciques (9-15) 100-79 in Humacao. International Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Rigoberto Mendoza contributed with 14 points for the winners. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Caciques. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santeros maintains first position with 18-5 record. Caciques at the other side keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Bayamon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Piratas (14-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaqueros (10-16). Piratas managed to secure a 7-point victory 97-90 on Tuesday. Michael Rosario scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Piratas' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Ismael Romero responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Piratas maintains third position with 14-8 record having five points less than leader Aguada. Loser Vaqueros keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Piratas will meet Capitanes (#4) in the next round. Vaqueros will play against Brujos (#6) in Guayama and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 26th round was 13 points and 13 rebounds by Joel Gierbolini of Humacao.

Humacao - Aguada 79-100

Leader Santeros delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Caciques (9-15) 100-79 in Humacao. The game was mostly controlled by Santeros. Caciques was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Caciques 47-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santeros players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. International Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Santeros players scored in double figures. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Mexican forward Joel Gierbolini (203-89, college: USC Aiken) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Caciques. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santeros maintains first position with 18-5 record. Caciques at the other side keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Martinez 20+5reb+4ast, W.Orozco 16+4reb+2ast, J.Gierbolini 13+13reb+2ast, R.Cintron Cortes 8+2reb+6ast, J.Perez 5+1reb+1ast, F.de Jesus 5+1ast
Aguada: G.Clavell 15+1ast, C.Gaston 15+3reb+1ast, R.Mendoza 14+4reb, J.Matos 11+2reb, M.Lopez 10+6reb+1ast, A.Abreu 7+7ast
gschID: 540177


Bayamon - Quebradillas 90-97

The game in Bayamon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Piratas (14-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaqueros (10-16). Piratas managed to secure a 7-point victory 97-90 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-90. Piratas made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Piratas' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Piratas maintains third position with 14-8 record having five points less than leader Aguada. Loser Vaqueros keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Piratas will meet Capitanes (#4) in the next round. Vaqueros will play against Brujos (#6) in Guayama and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: J.Akindele 24+9reb+2ast, I.Romero 19+13reb+4ast, C.Dalmau 16+4ast, A.Galindo 11+3reb+5ast, J.Soto 6+2reb+9ast, B.Santiago 5+1reb
Quebradillas: D.Smith 22+4reb+4ast, J.Bryan Diaz 22+6reb+3ast, M.Rosario 20+8reb+4ast, A.Carmona 10+6reb+3ast, R.Chaney 8+2reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540175


Aguada - San German 83-98

Top ranked Santeros (18-5) recorded its fifth loss in Coamo on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Atleticos (11-14) 98-83. The game was mostly controlled by Atleticos. Santeros managed to win fourth quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 42-of-49 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Santeros only scored eight points from the stripe. 35 personal fouls committed by Santeros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 28 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). International Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atleticos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Santeros at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aguada: C.Gaston 18+6reb+1ast, R.Mendoza 12+8reb+2ast, G.Clavell 11+7reb, A.Abreu 9+2reb+2ast, O.Samhan 8+4reb, O.Perez 6+3reb+1ast
San German: D.Ebanks 28+3reb, G.Browne 22+7reb+4ast, J.Keenan 15+7reb+2ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 8+4reb+3ast, T.Polo 7+2reb, I.Sosa Carrion 7+3reb
gschID: 540176





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Aleksandr Lavnikov is a newcomer at TEMP SUMZ Revda - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old power forward Aleksandr Lavnikov (205-108kg-91, agency: Alti Sport) from BC Novosybirsk. In 36 Superleague 1 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg last season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Lavnikov played at Universitet Yugra (Superleague) where in 30 games he averaged 8.8ppg and 3.7rpg.
Lavnikov was a member of Russian U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He has played previously for six other teams: Avtodor, Sojuz Zaretchny, Samara 2nd team, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Avtodor Saratov 2nd team and AltajBasket.

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TEMP SUMZ Revda keeps Karaulov for another season - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) re-signed experienced 35-year old naturalized Uzbekistani center Sergey Karaulov (214-115kg-82). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 27 Superleague 1 games he recorded 10.1ppg and 7.8rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Karaulov helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
In 2004 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
Among other achievements Karaulov played in the final of Russian Superleague 1 in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Center of the Year award in 2016.
Karaulov was a member of Russian University National Team back in 2007.
He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Karaulov has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Almat.Legion) and Russia (Jakutsk, Krasnie Krilya, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok and Lokomotiv).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at TEMP SUMZ Revda.

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Evgeny Chebanenko agreed terms with Rusichi Kursk - by Eurobasket News

Rusichi Kursk (Superleague 3) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old guard Evgeny Chebanenko (193-87kg-92, agency: Alti Sport) from Elbrus Cherkessk. In 23 Superleague 3 games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and had 4.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 3 2nd Team.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Chebanenko spent at Cheboksarskiye Yastreby Cheboksari (Superleague 1) where in four games he recorded 4.0ppg and 1.3rpg. Chebanenko also played that season for Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague). But in four games he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Chebanenko represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg.
Chebanenko has played previously for five other teams: Severstal, Samara 2nd team, Zenit 2, CSKA Moscow 2nd team and MBA Moscow.

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Trevor Lacey (ex Banco di Srd) signs at Lokomotiv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) landed 26-year old American guard Trevor Lacey (190-98kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 28 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg last season. Lacey helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at VL Pesaro (also in Serie A) where in 30 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg.
Lacey has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received All-ACC 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Lacey graduated from North Carolina State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Luxembourg cruise past San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - San Marino 99:44

Luxembourg opened win count at the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe. They coasted past San Marino for 1-2 record. Thomas Gruen (196-G-95) delivered 18 points in the win.
Luxembourg recorded a 29:15 lead after the opening quarter. Luxembourg rallied to a 46:33 halftime advantage. They limited San Marino to just 5 points in the third term to open a comfortable 30-point lead at the final intermission. Luxembourg unloaded 31 points in the fourth term and never looked back en route to the win. Tim Schmit (194-F/G-95) provided 14 points, while Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87) and Dean Gindt (201-PF-91) had 11 points apiece in the victory. Igor Biordi (204-C/F-96) replied with 12 points and 10 boards for San Marino. Leonardo Liberti (175-PG-99) banked in 7 points in the loss.

Luxembourg: Thomas Gruen 18, Tim Schmit 14, Tom Schumacher 11, Dean Gindt 11
San Marino: Igor Biordi 12+10 boards, Leonardo Liberti 7



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KLS Round 13 (Superliga): FMP is defeated by Partizan in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in KLS.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Partizan (#2) and FMP (#3). FMP was defeated at home 71-85 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FMP. It was a great shooting night for Partizan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and guard Branislav Ratkovica (192-85, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 7 points and 10 assists. Partizan's coach Aleksandar Dzikic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Partizan (12-1) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. FMP at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Mega Leks. Partizan is looking forward to face Mega Leks (#4) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. FMP will play on the road against Borac in Cacak and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
KLS top team - Crvena Zvezda (12-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Borac (4-9) in Beograd 111-56. Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 19 points for the winning side and Branko Lazic accounted for 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Borac in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Crvena Zvezda. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record, which they share with Partizan. Borac lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Dynamic BG.
The game in Vrsac was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Dynamic BG (5-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Vrsac (2-11). Dynamic BG managed to secure a 4-point victory 77-73 on Wednesday. Marko Cakarevic fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Bojan Krstovic produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dynamic BG moved-up to fifth place. Loser Vrsac keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.

In the last game of round 13 bottom-ranked Spartak was destroyed by Mega Leks on the opponent's court 93-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points by Dragan Apic of FMP.

Mega Leks - Spartak 93-68

Very expected game in Sremska Mitrovica where 8th ranked Spartak (1-12) was crushed by fourth ranked Mega Leks (8-5) 93-68 on Wednesday. Mega Leks dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak's 32. They outrebounded Spartak 51-37 including 20 on the offensive glass. Mega Leks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. German swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Mega Leks moved-up to third place, which they share with FMP. Spartak lost their tenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Mega Leks will meet league's second-placed Partizan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak will play against Vrsac (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak: I.Jelenic 19+5reb+3ast, N.Miscevic 13+9reb+1ast, I.Kesar 13+6reb+5ast, S.Matic 8+3reb, S.Fekete 6+4reb+7ast, M.Nikolic 5+1ast
Mega Leks: K.Mushidi 22+10reb+3ast, R.Spasojevic 18+5reb+1ast, O.Jaramaz 16+3reb+2ast, M.Tejic 14+6reb, A.Kaba 8+14reb+4ast, N.Rebic 7+8reb+6ast
gschID: 544652


FMP - Partizan 71-85

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Partizan (#2) and FMP (#3). FMP was defeated at home 71-85 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FMP. It was a great shooting night for Partizan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and guard Branislav Ratkovica (192-85, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 7 points and 10 assists. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach Aleksandar Dzikic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Dragan Apic (206-95) scored 15 points. Partizan (12-1) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. FMP at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Mega Leks. Partizan is looking forward to face Mega Leks (#4) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. FMP will play on the road against Borac in Cacak and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
FMP: D.Apic 15+4reb+1ast, A.Radanov 12+2reb+1ast, D.Davidovac 10+11reb+5ast, F.Covic 9+1reb+8ast, M.Ljubicic 7+1reb+1ast, A.Bursac 6+4reb
Partizan: W.Hatcher 18+3ast, A.Vrabac 11+4reb+2ast, N.Velickovic 11+5reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 11+2reb+2ast, V.Marinkovic 9+4reb+1ast, D.Majstorovic 8+3reb
gschID: 544653


Vrsac - Dynamic BG 73-77

The game in Vrsac was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Dynamic BG (5-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Vrsac (2-11). Dynamic BG managed to secure a 4-point victory 77-73 on Wednesday. Dynamic BG dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Vrsac's 26. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Point guard Milos Milisavljevic (193-93) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Dynamic BG players scored in double figures. Guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Marko Stojadinovic (204-89) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dynamic BG moved-up to fifth place. Loser Vrsac keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Vrsac: B.Krstovic 21+5reb+5ast, M.Stojadinovic 18+8reb+1ast, M.Savovic 8+4reb, M.Djeric 7+4reb+3ast, S.Fundic 6+3reb, K.Jovovic 6+2reb+2ast
Dynamic BG: M.Milisavljevic 15+5reb+2ast, D.Brooks 15+3reb+4ast, S.Gavrilovic 12+5reb, M.Cakarevic 12+11reb+7ast, A.Radulovic 11+1reb+3ast, K.Ffriend 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 544651


Crvena Zvezda - Borac 111-56

KLS top team - Crvena Zvezda (12-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Borac (4-9) in Beograd 111-56. Crvena Zvezda shot 61.5 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Crvena Zvezda players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Borac's players. Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 19 points for the winning side and guard Branko Lazic (195-89, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for Borac in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Crvena Zvezda. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record, which they share with Partizan. Borac lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Dynamic BG.
Top scorers:
Borac: M.Marinovic 15+5ast, N.Todorovic 11+10reb+4ast, M.Milovanovic 8+2reb+1ast, I.Gavrilovic 8+3reb+1ast, I.Djokovic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Radonjic 3+6reb
Crvena Zvezda: B.Lazic 19+1reb, O.Dobric 19+2reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 14+3reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 13+1reb, B.Simanic 11+2reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 544650





Balkan extend deal with head coach Nebojsa Vidic - by Eurobasket News

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) agreed on terms of contract extension with 44-year old Serbian coach Nebojsa Vidic (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals.
Vidic coached in the final of Bulgarian League in 2016.
He has coached previously professionally in Iceland (Thor AK Akureyri) and Russia (Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team and Krasny Oktyabr).

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Miroslav Raduljica leaves EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Serbian international center Miroslav Raduljica (213-113kg-88) left EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A). In 31 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season Raduljica played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 36 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Raduljica also played 27 games in Euroleague where he had 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Raduljica won Serbian League championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 1st Team award in 2016.
Raduljica has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Raduljica represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 17.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 69.8%, FT: 75.7%.
Raduljica is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Raduljica has played previously professionally in China (Golden Stars), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves) and Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd).
His game is described as: A dominatig center at juvenile level, has yet good fundamentals at both sides of the court and winning mentality. Seems yet ready for the pro ball, could develop in an European star very soon. Should improve his shape, sometimes seems out of breath after running up and down the floor for a couple of minutes.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mushidi number one in Serbia for round 13 - by Eurobasket News

German Swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-G/F-98, agency: BeoBasket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mega Leks, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13 (Second Stage).
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Spartak (#8, 1-12) with 25-point margin 93-68. Mega Leks maintains the 4th position in Serbian KLS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Mega Leks will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Mushidi had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kostja Mushidi averages this season 9.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80, agency: Interperformances) of Vrsac. Krstovic had a very good evening with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Vrsac was edged by slightly higher-ranked Dynamic BG (#5, 5-8) 77-73. Vrsac managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Vrsac managed to get this Second Stage. Krstovic is one of the most experienced players at Vrsac and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dragan Apic (206-C/F-95) of FMP (#3). Apic scored 15 points. Despite Apic's great performance FMP lost 71-85 to #2 ranked Partizan. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing FMP needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Apic has a very solid season. In 10 games in Serbia he scored 10.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Dynamic BG - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Alpha Kaba (209-C/F-96) of Mega Leks - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marko Stojadinovic (204-F-89) of Vrsac - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Branko Lazic (195-G-89) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points
8. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Partizan - 18 points and 3 assists
10. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) of Mega Leks - 14 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Polpharma signed Bogicevic - by Greg

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) hired 43-year old Slovenian coach Milija Bogicevic (agency: 011 Sports). The deal was signed for two years. He coached last season at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala.
He has coached previously four other Poland teams: Anwil, Poznan PBG Basket, Twarde Pierniki and Jaroslaw.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Draw results in for South American U17 Championship 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The draw for the South American U17 Championship took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

The results of the draw are as follows:
Group A: Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru
Group B: Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia.

The South American U17 Championship will be played in Lima, Peru from July 15-20 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the nine (9) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups. Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best team from each group will advance to the Championship Game. The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018, that will be played in St. Catharines, Canada from June 11-17, 2018.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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White re-signs at SK Knights - by Eurobasket News

Seoul SK Knights (KBL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American guard Terrico White (196-97kg-90, college: Mississippi). He was a team leader there last season. In 46 KBL games he had very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg.
Part of previous (2015-16) season White spent at Ironi Nes Ziona (Winner League) in Israel where in three games he recorded 11.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0spg. He also spent pre-season at the Suns in NBA that year.
In 2010 White was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (36th overall). He attended University of Mississippi and it is his eighth season in pro basketball. White was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 2nd Team in 2017.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. White's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 59.4%, FT: 27.6%.
White is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Russia (Enisey), Serbia (Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac), Turkey (Gaziantep), D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Northern Arizona Suns) and Israel (Hapoel Eilat).
White could be described: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
An aggressive offensive player capable of scoring off the dribble by blowing by his man or knocking down outside shots Excellent pull up off the dribble as well as a fierce crossover Has a solid in between game Extremely confident, bordering on fearless.
Can be too aggressive at times and force the issue both passing and shooting Also a little too much of a showman who can get caught up in trying to impress instead of making the sound play
.

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Emmett re-signs at KCC Egis - by Eurobasket News

KCC Egis (KBL) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old American forward Andre Emmett (196-102kg-82, college: Texas Tech). He was a team leader there last season. In 25 KBL games he was the best scorer with impressive 28.8ppg and averaged 7.7rpg and 3.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Emmett played at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB where in 5 games he had very remarkable stats: 23.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg.
In 2004 he was drafted by Seattle SuperSonics (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Emmett attended Texas Tech University and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Venezuelan LPB Western Conference Regular Season in 2016. Emmett was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Import of the Year back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Emmett's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in twelve different countries. Emmett tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Belgium, China (Sturgeons), France, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Philippines (Meralco Bolts), Puerto Rico (Manati and Mets), NBA (Chicago Bulls), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), Lebanon (Al Riyadi) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
Emmett is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at KCC Egis.

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Anyang KGC keeps Simon for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Anyang KGC (KBL) re-signed experienced 35-year old American center David Simon (208-116kg-82, college: IPFW). He was a team leader there last season. In 63 KBL games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 23.3ppg and recorded 9.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg and 2.1bpg.
In 2005 Simon was drafted by Idaho Stampede (CBA) in third round (21st overall).
He attended Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball. Simon won Korean KBL championship title. He received Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team award in 2011, 2015 and 2017.
Simon is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Simon has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), France, Kazakhstan (Astana), Korea (SK Knights and Dongbu Promy), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Russia (Standart Samara reg. Toliatti) and Serbia (Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Anyang KGC.

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Samsung Thunders re-sign Ratliffe - by Eurobasket News

Seoul Samsung Thunders (KBL) renewed the deal with 28-year old former South Korean international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-109kg-89, college: Missouri). Ratliffe has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Ratliffe played most recently at Star Hotshots in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 34.7ppg, 21.0rpg, 2.0apg and 3.3bpg last season. Ratliffe also played that season for Samsung Thunders where in 70 KBL games he was second best scorer with remarkable 24.7ppg and recorded 13.6rpg (leader !!!), 2.4apg and 1.1bpg. Ratliffe played in the final of Korean KBL. He received Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2017. Ratliffe was a member of South Korean Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously for another South Korean team Mobis Phoebus.
Ratliffe attended University of Missouri until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.2 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.7 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia13.9 
 8. Nedovic, Unicaja13.8 
 9. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.7 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.4 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
 9. Eric, RE.5.6 
 10. Dubljevic, Valencia5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.2 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.5 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.0 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.6 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.3 
 10. Diot, Valencia3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 3. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 8. Sikma, Valencia1.2 
 9. Rabaseda, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Vidal, Joventut1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Unicaja
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 2. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 5. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 8. Eric, RE.0.8 
 9. Ayon, Real Madrid0.8 
 10. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 


Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 1st Team 2017
Riley Stockton
Stockton
Joe Graessle
Graessle
Ted Hinnenkamp
Hinnenkamp
Jose Miguel Perez
Perez
Jose Maria Morales
Morales

Player of the Year: Ted Hinnenkamp (201-SF-93) of Leon
Guard of the Year: Riley Stockton (192-G-92) of Estela
Forward of the Year: Jose Miguel Perez (202-PF-96) of Casvi
Center of the Year: Jose Maria Morales (205-F/C-89) of Calvia
Domestic Player of the Year: Jose Maria Morales (205-F/C-89) of Calvia
Bosman Player of the Year: Robert Valge (192-SF-97) of Palencia
Import Player of the Year: Ted Hinnenkamp (201-SF-93) of Leon
Defensive Player of the Year: Volodymyr Orlov (208-C-95) of Pielagos
Youth Player of the Year: Andrzej Pluta (190-PG-00) of Sevilla

1st Team
G: Riley Stockton (192-G-92) of Estela
G: Joe Graessle (193-G-92) of CAM E.Soler
SF: Ted Hinnenkamp (201-SF-93) of Leon
PF: Jose Miguel Perez (202-PF-96) of Casvi
F/C: Jose Maria Morales (205-F/C-89) of Calvia

2nd Team
G: Sam Prescott (190-G-90) of Ponferrada CDP
G: DeAngelo Hailey (190-G-90) of La Roda
F: Ander Martinez (199-F-95) of Real Canoe
F: Jorge Lledo (203-F-80) of Myrtia
C/F: Michel Diouf (208-C/F-90) of Estela

3rd Team
G: Stephon Carter (193-G-91) of Cartagena
F: Vadal Faniel (201-F-92) of Cazorla
SF: Rodrigo Goncalves (200-SF-87) of Yosiquese
F: Walter Cabral (200-F-95) of Casvi
F: Ivan Matemalas (194-F-80) of Calvia

Honorable Mention
Filip Knezevic (205-C-94) of Chantada
Pablo Sanchez (198-SF-81) of Estela
Jose Manuel Coego (205-C-78) of Mollet
Jon Galarza (193-SG-97) of Valencia II
Simon Pursl (203-F/G-97) of Zaragoza
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) of Palencia
Volodymyr Orlov (208-C-95) of Pielagos
James Cambronne (201-F-91) of Ponferrada CDP
Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Real Madrid II
David Jofresa (185-G-95) of Manresa
Jonathan Graham (203-F-91) of Muro Basquet
Carlos Poyatos (207-C/F-94) of Palma
Santiago Serrataco (187-G-90) of Mataro
Paul Larsen (198-F-92) of Cantbasket



Castello keeps Faner for another season - by Eurobasket News

TAU Castello (LEB Gold) re-signed 27-year old point guard Joan Faner (176-90). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 34 LEB Gold games he recorded 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg last season.
Among other achievements Faner won Spanish LEB Silver Play-Off championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
Faner has played previously for four other teams: Menorca, Plasencia, San Isidro and Alaior.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Joan is a small pointguard but very talented. Aggressive and fast on his game. Excelent on defense with aggressivity and outstanding ability to steal the ball. His maturation has given great leadership to add to his innate talent to score and court vision. Good reading of the pick & roll situations.

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Liga Endesa Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Real Madrid and Valencia celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Unicaja 71-68

Real Madrid held off Unicaja to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Unicaja Malaga won third quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Real Madrid won last quarter 19-18. Worth to mention a great performance of international Sergio Llull (190-87) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points and Slovenian center Alen Omic (216-92) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: N.Nedovic 18+2reb+2ast, A.Omic 12+5reb, C.Eyenga 8+4reb+1ast, J.Brooks 8+4reb, D.Diez 7+7reb, A.Diaz 7+2reb+3ast
Real Madrid: S.Llull 28+5reb+6ast, G.Ayon 13+6reb, O.Hunter 9+2reb, A.Nocioni 9+4reb+2ast, J.Maciulis 6+6reb+1ast, A.Randolph 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547680


Baskonia - Valencia 82-83

Valencia snatched a narrow road win over Baskonia to spur ahead in the series. Baskonia was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Valencia Basket, which allowed them to win the game. The former international swingman Fernando San-Emeterio (199-84) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) responded with 17 points and 8 assists and Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 12 points. Five Baskonia players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: S.Larkin 17+4reb+8ast, A.Hanga 12+3reb+2ast, K.Tillie 11+4reb, R.Ledo 10+1reb+3ast, T.Shengelia 10+4reb, N.Laprovittola 7+2reb+3ast
Valencia: F.San Emeterio 24+7reb, B.Dubljevic 15+2reb+2ast, J.Sastre Morro 14+2reb+3ast, P.Oriola 9+2reb, A.Diot 9+5ast, L.Sikma 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 547679





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  SWEDEN  


Krosno inks Anton Gaddefors, ex Uppsala - by Eurobasket News

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) signed 28-year old Swedish international forward Anton Gaddefors (200-89). He has played for the last three seasons at Uppsala Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 19 games he had 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gaddefors helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gaddefors' team was regular season runner-up in Swedish BasketEttan Group North in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team in 2010 and 2015.
Gaddefors has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Gaddefors represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg.
Gaddefors has played also professionally in Serbia (Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Belgium (Okapi Aalstar).

Miasto Szkla Krosno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krzysztof Jakobczyk
Davis Lejasmeiers
Jakov Mustapic
Devante Wallace

Forwards:
Marcin Sroka
Anton Gaddefors

Center:
Seid Hajric

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Jamtland adds Tomsick to their roster, ex Zabok - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Jamtland Basket (Basketligan) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Nick Tomsick (185-84kg-91, college: Fort Lewis). He played last season at KK Zabok in Croatian A1 league. In 24 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tomsick won German 2.Regionalliga (West 2 Group) championship title in 2015. He was also voted All-RMAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Tomsick has played also professionally in Germany (Herford).
He attended Fort Lewis College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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  THAILAND  


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

Experienced American Avery Scharer (188-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Hitech and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 30-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 22 points adding also eleven rebounds and thirteen assists, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team OSK (#8, 0-6) with 49-point margin 129-80. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand TBL. They are still close to the very top. Hitech would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Scharer just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Shoreline Community College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Scharer is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 9.0apg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 61.3% FGP. Worth to mention Scharer 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 American forward Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK. Hill impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as OSK lost that game 80-129 to the higher-ranked Hitech (#2, 5-1). OSK are still at the very bottom. 6 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Hill is one of the most experienced players at OSK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#8). He also registered 18.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Hitech's star - American Daniel Orton (208-F-90). Orton showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Hitech, helping his team with a 129-80 easy win against OSK (#8, 0-6). Hitech is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 5-1 record is not that bad... Orton has a great season in Thailand. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frederick Jones) of Mad Goat - 40 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Dunkin' Raptors - 34 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tawatchai Suktub) of Mono Thew - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Matt Van Pelt (178-PG-91) of Mad Goat - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80) of Mad Goat - 10 points and 25 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)



TBL Round 6: Mad Goat hands first defeat to Mono Vampire - by Eurobasket News

Mono Vampire (5-1) recorded its first loss in Bangkok on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Mad Goat (4-2) 104-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Mono Vampire. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-95. Mad Goat outrebounded Mono Vampire 59-42 including a 40-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Mono Vampire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American Frederick Jones who scored 40 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) chipped in 10 points and 25 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Chitchai Ananti (196-90) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds. Mono Vampire's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mad Goat moved-up to third place, which they share with PEA and Mono Thew. Defending champion Mono Vampire still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Hitech. Mad Goat is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mono Vampire will play against Dunkin' Raptors and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Mono Thew (4-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-5) 102-101 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Tawatchai Suktub who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Anthony McClain contributed with 20 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for Dunkin' Raptors. Dunkin' Raptors' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mono Thew have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Mad Goat and PEA. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with TGE. Mono Thew will play against PEA (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dunkin' Raptors will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire to get more than just one victory in their record.
Second ranked Hitech blasted bottom-ranked OSK (0-6) in 129-80 on Sunday evening. OSK is still unable to win any game. Avery Scharer had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Kevin Hill with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitech (5-1) used an opportunity after Mono Vampire lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser OSK still closes the standings with six games lost. Hitech will meet at home Mad Goat (#5) in the next round. OSK will play against TGE and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 6 TGE was defeated by PEA in a road game 80-75.

OSK - Hitech 80-129

Second ranked Hitech blasted bottom-ranked OSK (0-6) in 129-80 on Sunday evening. OSK is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Hitech led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to OSK's 48. Hitech forced 24 OSK turnovers and outrebounded them 53-32 including a 44-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by OSK's players. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) chipped in 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Hitech players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) scored 26 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitech (5-1) used an opportunity after Mono Vampire lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser OSK still closes the standings with six games lost. Hitech will meet at home Mad Goat (#5) in the next round. OSK will play against TGE and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 22+11reb+13ast, D.Orton 21+12reb+4ast, W.Dasom 19+3reb+1ast, N.Barfield 13+10reb, W.Suttisin 12+1reb, N.Jaisanuk 11+1reb+1ast
OSK: K.Hill 30+16reb+1ast, J.Jamon 26+3reb+1ast, A.Dokkaew 7+1reb+2ast, R.Reyes 7+1reb+3ast, S.Wachiraphong 4+5reb+1ast, K.Panyaparu 4+1reb
gschID: 547482


Mono Thew - Dunkin' Raptors 102-101

Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Mono Thew (4-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-5) 102-101 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Dunkin' Raptors took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mono Thew had a 34-28 second period charge getting the lead and Dunkin' Raptors were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 101-102. It was a good game for Tawatchai Suktub who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points and 9 rebounds. American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and James Matinez added 19 points and 8 assists in the effort for Dunkin' Raptors. Five Mono Thew and four Dunkin' Raptors players scored in double figures. Dunkin' Raptors' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mono Thew have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Mad Goat and PEA. Dunkin' Raptors at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with TGE. Mono Thew will play against PEA (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dunkin' Raptors will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Mono Thew: T.Suktub 25+9reb+2ast, A.McClain 20+10reb+1ast, P.Cabahug 17+4reb+2ast, P.Zamar 14+1reb+6ast, P.Sanders 12+1reb, J.Towaroj 6+1ast
Dunkin' Raptors: M.Fey 34+7reb, J.Matinez 19+4reb+8ast, J.Foronda 16+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 10+10reb+7ast, W.Thongsri 10+2reb, S.Maitampitak 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 547479


Mono Vampire - Mad Goat 95-104

Mono Vampire (5-1) recorded its first loss in Bangkok on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Mad Goat (4-2) 104-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Mono Vampire. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-95. Mad Goat outrebounded Mono Vampire 59-42 including a 40-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Mono Vampire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American Frederick Jones who scored 40 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 25 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Chitchai Ananti (196-90) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Five Mad Goat and four Mono Vampire players scored in double figures. Mono Vampire's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mad Goat moved-up to third place, which they share with PEA and Mono Thew. Defending champion Mono Vampire still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Hitech. Mad Goat is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mono Vampire will play against Dunkin' Raptors and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: F.Jones 40+5reb+2ast, M.Van Pelt 17+6reb+4ast, M.Earl 11+7reb+1ast, A.Dasom 11+11reb+1ast, M.Douthit 10+25reb, A.Langsui 9+3reb
Mono Vampire: C.Ananti 24+6reb+2ast, K.Samerjai 15+2reb+2ast, R.Johnson 13+14reb+2ast, R.Kruatiwa 12+1reb, J.Brickman 11+4reb+9ast, A. Phuangla 6+4reb
gschID: 547481


PEA - TGE 80-75

There was no surprise when 6th ranked TGE (1-5) was defeated on the road by third ranked PEA (4-2) 80-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-75. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Alfred Mandani with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. TGE's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PEA maintains third position with 4-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire, which they share with Mad Goat and Mono Thew. TGE lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Dunkin' Raptors. PEA will meet at home Mono Thew (#4) in the next round. TGE will play against OSK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PEA: J.Munzon 27+12reb+3ast, J.Cawaling 19+5reb+2ast, R.Lingganay 18+9reb+9ast, K.Allen 5+14reb, S.Deguara 4+15reb+2ast, P.Phansura 4+1reb
TGE: A.Mandani 17+7reb+4ast, J.Collins 15+10reb, J.Dumelod 14+3reb+4ast, C.Chuengyampin 9+9reb+1ast, R.Singleton 8+2reb+1ast, P.Nantho 5+3reb
gschID: 547480





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

American Guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Hitech, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 30-year old player recorded a triple-double of 29 points adding also 15 rebounds and 14 assists, while his team outclassed PEA (#3, 4-2) with 27-point margin 108-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand TBL. They are still close to the very top. Hitech would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Scharer had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Shoreline Community College star has very solid stats this year. Scharer is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 9.0apg) and averages impressive 2.7spg and 61.3% FGP. Worth to mention Scharer 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 James Matinez of Dunkin' Raptors. Matinez had a very good evening with 40 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Dunkin' Raptors cruised to a 99-87 relatively comfortable win over OSK (#8, 0-6). Dunkin' Raptors' 7th position in the standings has not changed. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dunkin' Raptors managed to get this year. Matinez is one of the most experienced players at Dunkin' Raptors and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#2). He also recorded 4.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Frederick Jones of Mad Goat (#5). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. Despite Jones' great performance Mad Goat lost 89-103 to Mono Thew (4-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Mad Goat needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Jones has a great season in Thailand. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.5ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK - 22 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Michael Singletary (198-F-88) of Mono Vampire - 29 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of Mono Vampire - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Raffy Reyes (178-PG-87) of OSK - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jeff Dumelod) of TGE - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Patrick Cabahug (186-G) of Mono Thew - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew - 10 points, 20 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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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Theodore, Banvit BK18.4 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.0 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.1 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. McKissic, Usak15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.5 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.1 
 4. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 5. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 9. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.9 
 10. Summers, Pinar K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.2 
 2. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.8 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 7. Granger, Anadolu .5.1 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Roll, Besiktas4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SHORTER
  TED K.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 2. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 5. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 6. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
 9. Osman, Anadolu .1.6 
 10. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.7 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 10. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 


BSL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Besiktas and Fenerbahce extend leads - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas - Anadolu Efes 74-72

Besiktas held off Anadolu Efes to open 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. 24 personal fouls committed by Anadolu Efes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard DJ Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. The other American import point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) chipped in 20 points. Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) produced 22 points and American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: M.Thompson 20+1reb+2ast, D.Strawberry 18+2reb+4ast, V.Stimac 10+10reb+2ast, S.Sanli 9+5reb, E.Clark 7+1reb, E.Veyseloglu 5+4reb+2ast
Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 22+2reb+3ast, B.Dunston 12+7reb, T.Heurtel 11+3reb+4ast, D.Thomas 9+5reb, C.Osman 9+8reb, T.Honeycutt 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547614


Fenerbahce - Darussafaka 95-81

Fenerbahce delivered the second straight blow against Darussafaka claiming a well-deserved win at home court. Nigerian-American power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 21 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Darussafaka. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 18+1reb, B.Dixon 15+5reb+6ast, N.Kalinic 15+3reb+3ast, E.Udoh 13+10reb+5ast, L.Datome 12+5reb+2ast, P.Antic 10+4reb+1ast
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 21+2reb+4ast, F.Aldemir 14+7reb, W.Clyburn 14+7reb, J.Anderson 9+2reb+6ast, M.Yagmur 6+1reb, L.Harangody 5+3reb
gschID: 547613





TBL Round 5 of Final Four. Wins for Eskisehir Basket and Sakarya BSB - by Eurobasket News

Eskisehir Basket - Bursaspor 82-66

Eskisehir Basket held off Bursaspor to improve at 3-2 record in Final Four. 26 personal fouls committed by Bursaspor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) stepped up and scored 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 16 points. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Croatian guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89, agency: BeoExcell) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Eskisehir Basket: J.Duncan 30+6reb+2ast, S.Marshall 16+4reb, Y.Sonsirma 13+1reb+2ast, C.Nalga 6+8reb+4ast, M.Goktas 5+6reb, E.Buker 5+5reb+5ast
Bursaspor: K.Vragovic 17+4reb+4ast, D.Borovnjak 15+8reb+7ast, E.Ilter 10+2reb, S.Ekmen 9+5reb+3ast, B.Erol 5+8reb+2ast, Y.Cankaya 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546646


Sakarya BSB - Acibadem 75-56

Sakarya BSB fired past Acibadem to gain the fourth victory at the stage. Sakarya BSB forced 26 Acibadem turnovers. Center Hakan Yapar (202-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 assists for the winners and the former international Kerem Gonlum (208-77) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. Four Sakarya BSB players scored in double figures. Forward Nusret Yildirim (202-89) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sakarya BSB: L.Jones 14+2reb+2ast, H.Yapar 11+3reb+11ast, C.Harris 11+2reb+2ast, K.Ozkan 10+6reb+1ast, F.Can Akin 9, Y.Turna 7+2reb
Acibadem: N.Yildirim 19+7reb+1ast, B.Wright 15+5reb, S.Ford 7+3reb+2ast, D.Engindeniz 6+1reb, M.Demir 4, C.Altintig 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546645





Mustafa Basturk joins Yalova Bld - by Eurobasket News

Yalova Group Belediye Spor (TBL) agreed terms with 21-year old guard Mustafa Basturk (194-96, agency: 1x1 Sports). He has played for the last five seasons at the junior team of Trabzonspor in the BSL. BSL was a little too high level for him, where in 11 games he had just 1.6ppg last season. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bristol keep Michael Vigor for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bristol Academy Flyers have renewed the deal with Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90). The centre tallied 9.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last season. Vigor is currently playing in Australian SBL. He notches 11.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Perth Redbacks. Michael Vigor was the Australian NBL finalist back in 2012 and 2013.



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TEMP SUMZ Revda keeps Karaulov for another season - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) re-signed experienced 35-year old naturalized Uzbekistani center Sergey Karaulov (214-115kg-82). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 27 Superleague 1 games he recorded 10.1ppg and 7.8rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Karaulov helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
In 2004 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
Among other achievements Karaulov played in the final of Russian Superleague 1 in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Center of the Year award in 2016.
Karaulov was a member of Russian University National Team back in 2007.
He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Karaulov has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Almat.Legion) and Russia (Jakutsk, Krasnie Krilya, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok and Lokomotiv).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at TEMP SUMZ Revda.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros20.0 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.6 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 8. Swann, Marinos17.7 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.17.5 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.5 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.1 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.2 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.7 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Graterol, Bucaneros7.3 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 10. Echenique, Guaros7.1 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.6 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Guillent, Guaros4.8 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.8 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 6. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 7. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 8. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.8 
 9. Cazorla, Gigantes3.6 
 10. Silva, Guaiqueries3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 2. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 3. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 4. Silva, Guaiqueries1.6 
 5. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.4 
 6. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Chourio, Trotamun.1.4 
 8. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.1.3 
 10. Robinson, Guaros1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 2. Carrera, Marinos1.4 
 3. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.0 
 6. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 7. Gay, Bucaneros1.0 
 8. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 10. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 



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Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Khimki force decider versus Zenit - by Eurobasket News

Khimki - Zenit 73-71

Khimki survived a tough battle versus Zenit in Game 4 and tied the series at 2-2. Zenit was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Khimki, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zenit to just 5 points in second quarter. 33 personal fouls committed by Zenit helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) fired 33 points (!!!) for the winners. Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (209-92) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Sergey Karasev (201-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (197-88) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Khimki: A.Shved 33+2reb+2ast, V.Zaytsev 12+3reb+3ast, M.Todorovic 9+8reb+2ast, E.Vyaltsev 9+2reb+1ast, E.Rowland 4+1reb+2ast, S.Ilnitskiy 3+7reb
Zenit: S.Karasev 22+7reb+5ast, S.Markovic 10+7reb+3ast, J.Timma 10+5reb+2ast, A.White 8+5reb, R.Toolson 7+2reb, K.Landry 7+7reb
gschID: 547774





Round 3 of Semi-Finals. CSKA reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - CSKA 66-74

CSKA outgunned Lokomotiv to sweep the semifinal series. Lokomotiv trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 25-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 66-74 at the end of the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. American guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) who recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Andrey Zubkov (205-91, agency: Alti Sport) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: M.Teodosic 16+3reb+4ast, N.De Colo 13+1reb+2ast, A.Jackson 10+6reb+6ast, K.Hines 9+4reb+1ast, N.Kurbanov 8+4reb, J.Augustine 8+5reb
Lokomotiv: M.Collins 18+6reb+4ast, A.Zubkov 10+5reb, R.Broekhoff 8+2reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 8+2reb+3ast, I.Vougioukas 6+3reb+1ast, M.Janning 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 546764


Khimki - Zenit 97-73

Khimki cruised past Zenit at home court to cut the deficit at 1-2. The game without a history. Khimki led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Zenit was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (209-92) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (197-88) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Sergey Karasev (201-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zenit. 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:
Khimki: A.Shved 22+3reb+4ast, E.Rowland 17+1reb+2ast, M.Todorovic 15+9reb+2ast, R.Hummel 8+6reb+1ast, M.Brown 8+4reb+1ast, V.Zaytsev 6+1reb+3ast
Zenit: S.Karasev 14+4ast, S.Markovic 12+7reb+5ast, R.Toolson 8+4reb+1ast, P.Sergeev 8+1reb+2ast, K.Landry 7+4reb+1ast, A.Pushkov 6+6reb
gschID: 546763





Trevor Lacey (ex Banco di Srd) signs at Lokomotiv - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) landed 26-year old American guard Trevor Lacey (190-98kg-91, college: North Carolina State). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 28 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg last season. Lacey helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at VL Pesaro (also in Serie A) where in 30 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg.
Lacey has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received All-ACC 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Lacey graduated from North Carolina State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WORLD CUP  


Leading nations, exciting multiple host candidacies headline bids for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 - by Eurobasket News

FIBA has confirmed the shortlist of candidates in the running to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023. Russia and Turkey, who have storied and successful basketball traditions at both European and World levels, are the two nations submitting single-host bids. They are joined by a pair of bids consisting of multiple host countries. The Asian basketball-crazed territories of Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines are teaming up in one, while Americas' neighbors and basketball fanatics Argentina and Uruguay make up the other. Other nations interested in being a part of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 have until the end of August - when Candidature Files are to be submitted - to join any of these existing candidacies. Over the coming weeks and months, each candidate's parties and stakeholders have the opportunity to meet with FIBA representatives for a workshop during which all potential aspects of the bid, hosting requirements and legacy elements will be discussed jointly. The scheduled timeline calls for the remaining steps in the process to be as follows:
- Workshops with Candidates to discuss rationale and requirements as well as legacy aspects of any candidature;
- Candidates preparing and submitting their Candidature File in which they outline all specificities of their bid;
- Visits to each candidate nation by the FIBA Evaluation Commission in order for it to assist bidders, assess each bid and report to FIBA's Central Board;Submission of signed Host Nation Agreement and Signed Guarantees;
- FIBA awarding and announcing the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 host (s) as per decision to be made by Central Board at its end-of-year meeting.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup is breaking new ground in 2019, when it will be staged in China for the first time ever and feature a record 32 teams.
Courtesy of: fiba.com




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Women News


Dandenong inks Laia Palau - by Eurobasket News

Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old Spaniard international guard Laia Palau (177-79). She has played for the last four seasons at USK Praha in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 27 games she had just 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.6apg and 2.4spg last season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. ZBL 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Palau also played 19 games in Euroleague where she recorded 5.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 7.8apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg (in top 4). She helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. It was another spectacular season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Palau won Czech Republic D1 championship title for four years in a row (between 2014 and 2017).
She also represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Palau has played also professionally in France (Bourges), Poland (CCC Polkowice) and Spain (Ros Casares).
She is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Dandenong.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AZERBAIJAN  


Azerbaijan complete 3x3 double at 4th Islamic Solidarity Games - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijan won gold at the 3x3 event of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in both men and women in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 18-21. In the women's category, Azerbaijan avenged a pool loss and defeated Mali 13-7 in the final, with tournament top scorer Marcedes Marie Walker (191-C-86, college: Pittsburgh) owning the paint with 9 points and 12 rebounds in the game. It was the end of a Cinderella run for Mali, who had not been defeated until that moment on one of their first appearances in an international 3x3 tournament. Turkey collected bronze after beating Turkmenistan in the third place game (13-9).
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  CANADA  


Stammberger starts her pro career at Hannover - by Juliane Hoehne

TK Hannover (DBBL) agreed terms with naturalized Canadian forward Tessa Stammberger (180). Stammberger has only college experience so far playing last time for Dalhousie. She has played there for the last five years. In 16 games she had very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg in 2015-16 season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was named to All-Atlantic 1st Team.
Stammberger's team was regular season runner-up in AUS in 2015.
As mentioned above she is just out of college, so it will be Stammberger's first season as a professional player.

TK Hannover roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Mary Mihalyi

Forwards:
Dragana Gobeljic
Martina Matejcikova
Tessa Stammberger

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CENTROBASKET U17  


Draw results in for Centrobasket U17 Women's Championship 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The draw for the Centrobasket U17 Women's Championship took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

The results of the draw are as follows:
Group A: British Virgin Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador
Group B: Suriname, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Bahamas.


The Centrobasket U17 Women's Championship will be played August 15-19 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Surinam. The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight (8) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) teams. Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first place of Group A will play against the second place in Group B and vice versa. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Gold Medal Match, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event. The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2018.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  CHILE  


Osmaniye welcomes back Morrison - by Eurobasket News

Osmaniye Genclik (KBSL) landed 28-year old Chilean international center Ziomara Morrison (194-89, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Osmaniye as she has played here before. Morrison played most recently at Wisla Can-Pack in Polish TBLK. In two Eurocup games she averaged 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg last season. She also played 34 games in TBLK where she had 8.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. Morrison helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Osmaniye. In 29 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 1st Team.
Morrison won Chilean Liga Femenina championship title in 2014.
She also represented Chile at the ODESUR Games in Santiago (Chile) three years ago. Morrison's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (28.6ppg), Reb-1 (19.8rpg), 2.6apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg), FGP: 56.3%, FT: 83.5%.
Morrison is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Morrison has played previously professionally in Italy (Ribera), Spain (Rivas Promete), WNBA (Indiana Fever and San Antonio Silver Stars), Turkey (Besiktas and Ceyhan Bld) and Chile (Los Leones and Univ. Austral).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nico_prodep)

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  COSTA RICA  


The defending champions successfully start title defence - by Eurobasket News

The defending champions successfully started title defence as they took a 3-0 record on top. Coronado overcame San Jose 85-32 in their latest game. Goicoechea meanwhile improved to a 3-1 record beating Universidad de Costa Rica 63-40. In another games Santo Domingo outscored Universidad Nacional 63-40. Santo Domingo improved to a 2-1 record.


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  CROATIA  


Croatia fall to Slovenia by 27 points in Jelavic's coaching debut - by Zeljko Zule

Croatia were defeated by Slovenia 50-77 in their first game under coach Andja Jelavic. Tea Buzov (176-G-90) was the lone player in double figures with 10 points. After an opening free throw from Slovenia, Croatia scored five consecutive points and were ahead until late in first quarter. Slovenia went on a 10-0 run to go up 18-13 early in the second quarter and never looked back from there. Croatia were down by two, 30-32, early in the third quarter before Slovenia made an 8-1 run and later went on a 14-3 run to extend their lead to 61-40.
Croatia shot just 29-percent (15-of-29) from the field including 12-of-43 (28-percent) from 2-point land and were outscored 24-47 in the second half.

Slovenia-Croatia 77-50 (16-13, 14-13, 27-13, 20-11)
Slovenia: Ljubenovic 4, *Oblak 14 (4-4), Zdolsek 4, *Erkic 19 (2-2), Prezelj, Abramovic, Rupnik DNP, *Baric 3 (1-2), Jakovina 13, *Lisec 7 (1-1), Trebec 1 (1-2), Evans 12 (4-7). Coach: Grgic.
Croatia: Blazevic, Begic 8 (1-2), *Buzov 10 (4-6), *Premasunac 2 (2-2), Mamic 5 (3-4), *Todoric 2, Miloglav 4 (1-2), *Dzankic 8 (1-2), Majstorovic, *Bura 6 (2-2), Packovski 5 (3-4), Miletic. Coach: Jelavic.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Tereza Peckova (ex Valosun Brno) agreed terms with Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (A Division) inked 30-year old Czech forward Tereza Peckova (190-87). She played most recently at Valosun Brno in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In two Eurocup games she recorded 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg last season. Peckova also played 27 games in ZBL where she was third best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and had 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.1spg. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. ZBL Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team.
Peckova won CEWL championship title and made it to the cup final in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season she played at COB Calais in French LFB. In 26 games she averaged 8.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
She was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Peckova played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
She also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 0.3ppg.
Peckova has played previously professionally in Poland (Energa Torun) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Handicap and VS Praha).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EEWBL  


Up North - welcome the champions of Sweden! - by Eurobasket News

Last week we set our sights as far west as Apeldoorn, Netherlands and as far south as Samsun, Turkey. New horizons are opening also up north - we welcome the Champions of Sweden Lulea Basket! Lulea is the capital of Swedish basketball. Men's team BC Lulea recently took the title after beating the previous champs Sodertalje Kings 4-1. Women's side also confirmed expectations, overcoming the opponents from the neighbour city of Umea 3-1. What makes Lulea so special? The first answer is its ever growing fan base. For example, Lulea Basket has more followers on Facebook (6118) than current EEWBL champs Good Angels Kosice (5191) and AZS UMCS Lublin (5563). The second thing is character. The regular season favorites - Udominate Basket - completed a perfect 27-0 season. It didn't scared the contenders from Lulea. They dominated the first Finals game on the road and secured the home advantage the rest of the way. Lulea has a dynasty now. The club has won the last four Swedish championships (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). At first, Lulea dethroned the previous champions from Norrkoping and then launched the great Northern derby with Umea. Like Rihanna said - this is what I came for. We need more of this north, south, east, west, wherever.
Courtesy of: eewbl.com



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  FINLAND  


Joyner's pro career starts at Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) landed 22-year old American forward Jasmine Joyner (188-95). She just graduated from Chattanooga (NCAA). Joyner has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she averaged 12.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg and 3.8bpg last season. She helped them to win SoCon Tournament. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded All-SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, All-SoCon All-Tournament MVP and selected to All-SoCon 1st Team.
As mentioned above Joyner is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: Jasmine is a 188cm tall forward/post that has a variety ways to score as of shooting and posting up on the block. She can create for others as well by her good passing skills, block shots and use her length of to rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Lyon tabs Ingrid Tanqueray - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) inked 29-year old international point guard Ingrid Tanqueray (164-88). She has played for the last two years at Tango Bourges Basket in the LFB. In 28 games she averaged 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.8apg last season. Tanqueray helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.1apg. Tanqueray contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
She has been also a member of French international program for some years. Tanqueray has regularly played for French senior team since 2014 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007.
She represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg.
Tanqueray has played previously for four other teams: Mondeville, Villeneuve D'Ascq, Lattes Montpellier and Quistrehem.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Patrice Butler is a newcomer at Reims - by Eurobasket News

Reims Basket Feminin (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American power forward Patrice Butler (188-94). She just graduated from Georgia South (NCAA). Butler has played there for the last four years. In 27 games she recorded 14.1ppg and 6.9rpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Butler was voted to All-Sun Belt 2nd Team in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lyon keeps Diawara for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) re-signed 32-year old Mali international center Djene Diawara (192-85). She played there last season. In 28 LFB games she recorded 11.2ppg, 10.1rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.4apg. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Diawara played at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 where in 30 games she averaged 12.0ppg, 9.5rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Diawara won French NF1 championship title in 2010.
She also represented Mali at the African Championships in Maputo (Mozambique) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 23.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.7spg, FGP: 85.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.0%.
Diawara has played previously for five other teams: Villeneuve D'Ascq, Strasbourg Alsace Basketball Club, Flammes, Limoges and Arras.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lyon keeps Plust for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) re-signed 28-year old guard Melanie Plust (173-89). She has played there for the last five seasons. In 28 LFB games she averaged 7.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg last season.
Among other achievements Plust's team made it to the LFB Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team award back in 2009.
Plust was also a member of French international program for some years. She played for French Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Plust represented France at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 12.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP-3 (65.0%), 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 63.6%.
Plust has played previously for four other teams: Hainaut, Challes les Eaux, Centre Federal BB and Nantes Reze.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Magali Mendy (ex Avenir) agreed terms with Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old French point guard Magali Mendy (178-90, agency: Octagon Europe). She played most recently at Avenir in French LF2 league. In 20 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg and 2.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Mendy played at Gruner Stern Keltern in German DBBL where in 21 games she averaged 14.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg and 3.1spg (in top 3). She helped them to make it to the cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Mendy received Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014 and 2015.
She has played also professionally for other French teams like France for Etoile de Voiron Pleyber Christ.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hannover inks Ivana Brajkovic - by Juliane Hoehne

TK Hannover (DBBL) signed 24-year old Serbian international center Ivana Brajkovic (196-93). She played last season at CREF Hola in Spanish LFB league. In 24 games she had just 3.0ppg and 2.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Brajkovic played at Basket Slovanka MB in Czech Republic where in 22 games she recorded 11.5ppg and 6.2rpg. She also played 4 games in CEWL where she averaged 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg.
Brajkovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Brajkovic also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg.
Brajkovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Radivoj Korac).

TK Hannover roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Mary Mihalyi

Forwards:
Dragana Gobeljic
Martina Matejcikova
Tessa Stammberger

Center:
Ivana Brajkovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wisla Can-Pack tabs Sonja Greinacher, ex Herner - by Eurobasket News

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (TBLK) inked 25-year old German international power forward Sonja Greinacher (190-92, college: Gonzaga). She has played for the last two years at Herner in German DBBL. In 23 games she averaged 13.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg last season. A very good year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Greinacher's team made it to the DBBL Semifinals in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
Greinacher has been also a member of German international program for some years. She has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Greinacher also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 12.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 56.3%.
Greinacher has played previously professionally in Czech Republic (BK Pliska Studanka).
She attended Gonzaga University until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leonor Rodriguez_Manso
Maurita Reid
Dominika Owczarzak

Forwards:
Sonja Greinacher
Magdalena Zietara

Centers:
Giedre Paugaite
Dominika Miloszewska

Coach: Krzysztof Szewczyk

By Eurobasket Data Center

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TG Neuss Tigers tab Briana Williams - by Eurobasket Center

TG Neuss Tigers (2.Bundesliga) inked 25-year old American guard Briana Williams (170-92, college: Mercer, agency: PEPI SPORT). She played in the summer at GIE Matrix (WUBA) in the U.S. In 12 games she was second best scorer with impressive 20.2ppg and recorded 6.0rpg. A very good season in her career as she was awarded USBasket.com All-WUBA Co-Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and USBasket.com All-WUBA Rookie of the Year.
Williams has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Williams has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost), Qatar (QLC Qatars Ladies Club) and Czech Republic (SBS Ostrava).
She attended Mercer University until 2015 and it will be her third season in pro basketball.
Williams' game is described as: (By former Golden State Warrior - Tony Martin (1984-1985))
Emmensely athletic and finesse shooting guard with some experience at the point guard position. When she gets the rebound she likes to push the ball up the court. She plays bigger than she is because of her athleticism. Getting to the rim and pulling up off the dribble and off the screen are her specialties. She will take her defender one on one with no hesitation. She can shoot the three and when she gets locked in she has great three point range, otherwise can be streaky from three point range. She has good court vision and can keep her opponent in front of her. I would like her to work on her ball handling a little more. When this improves will be unstoppable
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vasiliki Karambatsa signs at Goettingen - by Juliane Hoehne

BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) landed 21-year old Greek forward Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-96) from Bender Baskets Grunberg. In 22 2.Bundesliga games in Germany she averaged 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
Karambatsa represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Schaquilla Nunn agreed terms with Keltern - by Juliane Hoehne

Gruner Stern Keltern (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American power forward Schaquilla Nunn (190-94, agency: LBM Management). She just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). In 32 games she recorded 4.8ppg and 4.5rpg last season.
The previous (12-13) season Nunn played at another team Eagles in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 30 games she averaged 8.8ppg, 10.1rpg and 3.2bpg. Nunn helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in. Great season indeed as she was awarded All-Big South Conference Freshman of the Year and voted to All-Freshman Team.
This summer she was drafted by San Antonio Stars (WNBA) in third round (25th overall).
Nunn just graduated from Tennessee and it is her first full season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her college team won Big South Conference Tournament in 2014. Nunn received also All-Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.

Gruner Stern Keltern roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Romina Ciappina
Jasmine Thomas
Leonie Elbert

Forwards:
Marina Markovic
Mailis Pokk
Katarina Vuckovic

Centers:
Agnieszka Fikiel
Schaquilla Nunn

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stammberger starts her pro career at Hannover - by Juliane Hoehne

TK Hannover (DBBL) agreed terms with naturalized Canadian forward Tessa Stammberger (180). Stammberger has only college experience so far playing last time for Dalhousie. She has played there for the last five years. In 16 games she had very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg in 2015-16 season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was named to All-Atlantic 1st Team.
Stammberger's team was regular season runner-up in AUS in 2015.
As mentioned above she is just out of college, so it will be Stammberger's first season as a professional player.

TK Hannover roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Mary Mihalyi

Forwards:
Dragana Gobeljic
Martina Matejcikova
Tessa Stammberger

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ober starts her pro career at Chemnitz - by Juliane Hoehne

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) agreed terms with American center Clarissa Ober (188). Ober just graduated from South Dakota State University (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 28 games she had 10.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg last season. Ober helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in The Summit League. Quite impressive season as she was voted All-Summit League Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-Summit League Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ober's college team won Summit League Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Vasiliki Karambatsa signs at Goettingen - by Juliane Hoehne

BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) landed 21-year old Greek forward Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-96) from Bender Baskets Grunberg. In 22 2.Bundesliga games in Germany she averaged 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
Karambatsa represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ikaros keep Litsi for another season - by Eurobasket News

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas (A2) re-signed 21-year old forward Christina Litsi (180-96). She played there last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Co-Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Litsi played at Athinaikos. But in 8 games she averaged just 0.6ppg and 1.4rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Loon L.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Broering, Loon L.18.1 
 2. Klein, Den Helder14.3 
 3. Essenstam, Binne.14.3 
 4. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl13.4 
 5. Guijt, Binnenland12.3 
 6. Beld, Grasshoppers12.0 
 7. Klerx, Lekdetec.nl11.4 
 8. Ligthart, Loon L.11.0 
 9. van-Veen, Den H.10.9 
 10. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.10.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jill BETTONVIL
  Lekdetec.
  (188-F-92)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.7.8 
 2. Pruijs, Amazone7.3 
 3. Jongeling, Lekdetec.7.3 
 4. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.7.1 
 5. Broering, Loon L.7.0 
 6. Van-der-Plas, Grasshop.7.0 
 7. Ligthart, Loon L.6.9 
 8. Essenstam, Binne.6.8 
 9. Hoveling, Amazone6.7 
 10. Jez, Royal Eagles6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Maaike KLEIN
  Den Helder
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Klein, Den Helder5.0 
 2. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl4.8 
 3. van-Veen, Den H.4.8 
 4. Broering, Loon L.4.5 
 5. van-Vlijmen, Royal E.4.1 
 6. Dobner, Royal E.3.6 
 7. Hoveling, Amazone3.5 
 8. van-Hulsen, Binne.3.3 
 9. Van-Den-Adel, Binnenla.3.0 
 10. Klerx, Lekdetec.nl2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Danielle PRUIJS
  Amazone
  (184-PF-97)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Pruijs, Amazone3.5 
 2. Broering, Loon L.2.9 
 3. Hoveling, Amazone2.6 
 4. Klein, Den Helder2.4 
 5. Van-D., Binnenland2.3 
 6. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.2.3 
 7. van-Hulsen, Binne.2.3 
 8. Ligthart, Loon L.2.1 
 9. van-Veen, Den H.1.9 
 10. Dobner, Royal E.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marieke VAN SCHIE
  Grasshop.
  (178-SG-97)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. van-Schie, Grasshop.1.1 
 2. Lutje, Rotterdam0.9 
 3. Jong, Amazone0.9 
 4. Jongeling, Lekdetec.0.9 
 5. Steggink, Royal E.0.8 
 6. Schoen, Lekdetec.nl0.6 
 7. Peek, Royal Eagles0.6 
 8. Zappeij, Den Helder0.6 
 9. de-Jonge, Lekdetec.0.6 
 10. van-Dongen, Rotte.0.5 


Eredivisie Round 5 of Finals. Lekdetec.nl claim second victory - by Eurobasket News

Lekdetec.nl - Grasshoppers 64-56

Lekdetec.nl outgunned Grasshoppers to force the sixth game in the championship series. Lekdetec.nl outrebounded Grasshoppers 34-18 including a 30-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lekdetec.nl made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was international center Rowie Jongeling (187-93) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international forward Jill Bettonvil (188-92) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Sharon Beld (186-88) produced 12 points and point guard Mia Hordijk (166-0) added 5 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Grasshoppers' coach Rick Driessen rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lekdetec.nl: R.Jongeling 26+13reb, J.Klerx 13+2reb+5ast, J.Bettonvil 12+8reb+1ast, K.Kuijt 6+3reb+2ast, L.Bettonvil 4+8reb+4ast, Y.Kathmann 3+2ast
Grasshoppers: S.Beld 12+3reb+1ast, N.Driessen 9+1reb+1ast, E.Messemaker 7+1reb, F.Kuyt 7+1reb, I.Govers 6+1reb, I.Kuijt 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547609





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  HUNGARY  


Tereza Peckova (ex Valosun Brno) agreed terms with Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (A Division) inked 30-year old Czech forward Tereza Peckova (190-87). She played most recently at Valosun Brno in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In two Eurocup games she recorded 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg last season. Peckova also played 27 games in ZBL where she was third best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and had 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.1spg. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. ZBL Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team.
Peckova won CEWL championship title and made it to the cup final in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season she played at COB Calais in French LFB. In 26 games she averaged 8.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
She was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Peckova played for Czech Republic Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
She also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 0.3ppg.
Peckova has played previously professionally in Poland (Energa Torun) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Handicap and VS Praha).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Vigarano welcomes back Cupido - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Vigarano (Serie A1) tabbed 25-year old point guard Rosa Cupido (173-92). It is actually her comeback to Vigarano as she has played here before. Cupido played most recently at PFF Group Ferrara (Serie A2). In 31 games she averaged 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg and 3.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Cupido played at Irpino (also in Serie A2) where in 22 games she had 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 3.0spg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Honorable Mention.
Cupido's team made it to the A2 South Semifinals in 2013.
She has played previously for Napoli.

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Coach Serventi left Umbertide - by Eurobasket News

49-year old coach Lorenzo Serventi left Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide (Serie A1). Serventi has coached there for the last nine years.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four for four years in a row (between 2012 and 2015). Serventi was selected to Head Coach: Italian League All-Star Game back in 2014. He used to coach Italian League All National Team back in 2014.
Serventi has coached previously Reggio Emilia.

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Ostojic re-signs at Civitanova - by Eurobasket News

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 26-year old Serbian power forward Kristina Ostojic (190-91). She played there last season. In 26 Serie A2 games she had 12.6ppg and 9.2rpg.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Ostojic spent at Basket Girls Ancona where in 8 Serie A2 games she recorded 12.6ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.0spg. She also played that season for APOP Paphou (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 8 games she averaged 12.5ppg and 9.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ostojic's team made it to the Cyprus Cup final in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Newcomers Team in 2015.
Ostojic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Vrbas Medela and Sumadija Kragujevac.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KYRGYZSTAN  


Politekhnik wins 2016/17 Play-offs - by Eurobasket News

Politekhnik won 2016/17 Play-offs beating in the Final game Edelveis 58-55. They posted a 17-10 run in the first period, while the opponents replied with an 18-10 rally in the second period. Only due to 13-9 run, Politekhnik sealed the total success.
Earlier in the semifinals Molodezhnaya Sbornai lost to Edelveis 52-60. Politekhnik edged Guiness 55-47.



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  LEBANON  


Homenetmen Ladies Retain the Women's League Title - by Eurobasket News

Homenetmen hosted Riyadi in the 4th game of Women Championship final series, and proved indeed that they are the ladies of diamond. From the very beginning of the game, they were so hungry to protect their title and managed to lead the whole clash. They ended all the quarters in their favor (22-12), (44-24), (69-36) and (89-56). Duo Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) - Gintare Petronyte (196-C/F-89) was unstoppable, they have scored 27 and 20 points respectively, coupled with 7 and 13 rebounds each. Homenetmen ladies had a huge impact on this game too. As for Riyadi, Rebecca Akl (169-F-92) was their best player with 11 points 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Congratulations Homenetmen for your second consecutive title and hard luck Riyadi.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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  LITHUANIA  


Girona keeps Alminaite for another season - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) re-signed 27-year old Lithuanian center Kristina Alminaite (205-90). She played there last season. In 8 Eurocup games she recorded 8.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Alminaite played at BC Utenos in Lithuanian LMKL where in 27 games she averaged 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9bpg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Alminaite won Lithuanian LMKL championship title in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
Alminaite was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She played for Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Alminaite also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago.
She has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like VICI Aistes, Laisve Kaunas, Lintel 118 Lithuanian Junior Team, Kibirkstis and Hoptrans Sirenos Kaunas.
The scouts decsribe her following way: Kristina Alminaite is one of the best prospect in Lithuanian Basketball. She has good size, knowladge to become a star in Lithaunian females basketball. She is great post player, whith good post moves under the basket, with good-soft midle range shot, she is outstanding rebounder; shot blocker; a team key player in the defence, real hardworker. Needs to improve in consistance for every singe game, with more confidence and needs to have more body weight.

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Magali Mendy

Forwards:
Shante Evans
Maria Conde

Center:
Kristina Alminaite

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  LUXEMBOURG  


Malta top Luxembourg to stay perfect in San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Malta - Luxembourg 52:50

Malta clinched the third consecutive victory at the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino. They nipped Luxembourg on Thursday. Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.) and Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) posted 10 points each for the winners.
Malta grabbed a 12:7 lead ten minutes into the game. Luxembourg turned things around in the second term. They established a 27:16 halftime advantage. Luxembourg maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 40:32. But Malta limited their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) and Josephine Grima (193-C-84) accounted for 9 points each in the victory. Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) responded with 13 points for Luxembourg. Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Malta: Ashleigh Vella 10, Christina Grima 10, Stephanie De Martino 9, Josephine Grima 9
Luxembourg: Cathy Schmit 13, Magaly Meynadier 11



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  MALI  


Lyon keeps Diawara for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) re-signed 32-year old Mali international center Djene Diawara (192-85). She played there last season. In 28 LFB games she recorded 11.2ppg, 10.1rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.4apg. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Diawara played at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 where in 30 games she averaged 12.0ppg, 9.5rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Diawara won French NF1 championship title in 2010.
She also represented Mali at the African Championships in Maputo (Mozambique) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 23.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.7spg, FGP: 85.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.0%.
Diawara has played previously for five other teams: Villeneuve D'Ascq, Strasbourg Alsace Basketball Club, Flammes, Limoges and Arras.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MALTA  


Malta top Luxembourg to stay perfect in San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Malta - Luxembourg 52:50

Malta clinched the third consecutive victory at the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino. They nipped Luxembourg on Thursday. Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.) and Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) posted 10 points each for the winners.
Malta grabbed a 12:7 lead ten minutes into the game. Luxembourg turned things around in the second term. They established a 27:16 halftime advantage. Luxembourg maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 40:32. But Malta limited their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) and Josephine Grima (193-C-84) accounted for 9 points each in the victory. Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) responded with 13 points for Luxembourg. Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Malta: Ashleigh Vella 10, Christina Grima 10, Stephanie De Martino 9, Josephine Grima 9
Luxembourg: Cathy Schmit 13, Magaly Meynadier 11



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  NCAA1  


Ashley Kelsick, Gabby Gregory leave UW program - by Eurobasket News

Two players will not be returning to the University of Wisconsin women's basketball program for the 2017-18 season. Guards Ashley Kelsick (5'7''-G) and Gabby Gregory (5'8''-G) have left the program, but plan to remain in school, coach Jonathan Tsipis said. Kelsick, a 5-foot-7 redshirt junior who transferred to UW from Boston College, played in 17 games last season after becoming eligible in the second semester. She played an average of 20 minutes, producing 2.8 points and 2.8 assists per game.
The 5-8 Gregory played in 25 games as a freshman, averaging 3.2 points in 9.2 minutes per game. She scored 15 points in a victory over Butler, hitting four 3-pointers.
Courtesy of: madison.com



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  PARAGUAY  


Metropolitan League Round 4: Olimpia A. loses to Sol de Amer. in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Sol de Amer.'s (#1, 4-0) victory against 3rd ranked Olimpia A. (1-3) 51-37. Sol de Amer. have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Olimpia A. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Sol de Amer. are looking forward to face Felix Perez (#3) in Asuncion in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpia A. will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked San Jose (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Felix Perez (2-2) 62-50. Felix Perez moved-up to third place. San Jose at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Felix Perez will play against league's leader Sol de Amer. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Jose will play against the league's second-placed Libertad (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Sol de Amer. - Olimpia A. 51-37

Very significant was Sol de Amer.'s (#1, 4-0) victory against 3rd ranked Olimpia A. (1-3) 51-37. Sol de Amer. have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Olimpia A. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Sol de Amer. are looking forward to face Felix Perez (#3) in Asuncion in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpia A. will have a break next round.
gschID: 547797


Felix Perez - San Jose 62-50

Bottom-ranked San Jose (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Felix Perez (2-2) 62-50. Felix Perez moved-up to third place. San Jose at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Felix Perez will play against league's leader Sol de Amer. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Jose will play against the league's second-placed Libertad (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 547798





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  POLAND  


Wisla Can-Pack tabs Sonja Greinacher, ex Herner - by Eurobasket News

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (TBLK) inked 25-year old German international power forward Sonja Greinacher (190-92, college: Gonzaga). She has played for the last two years at Herner in German DBBL. In 23 games she averaged 13.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg last season. A very good year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Greinacher's team made it to the DBBL Semifinals in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
Greinacher has been also a member of German international program for some years. She has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Greinacher also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 12.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 56.3%.
Greinacher has played previously professionally in Czech Republic (BK Pliska Studanka).
She attended Gonzaga University until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leonor Rodriguez_Manso
Maurita Reid
Dominika Owczarzak

Forwards:
Sonja Greinacher
Magdalena Zietara

Centers:
Giedre Paugaite
Dominika Miloszewska

Coach: Krzysztof Szewczyk

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  PORTUGAL  


AD Vagos keep Lopes for another season - by Eurobasket News

AD Vagos (Liga Feminina) re-signed Cristiana Lopes. She played there last season. But in three Liga Feminina games she recorded just 0.7ppg.
Lopes helped them to make it to the Vitor Hugo Cup final in 2017.

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AD Vagos keep Carvalho for another season - by Eurobasket News

AD Vagos (Liga Feminina) re-signed point guard Maria Carvalho (164). She played there last season. But in 24 Liga Feminina games she averaged just 1.6ppg and 1.8rpg. Carvalho helped them to make it to the cup final.
She represented Portugal at the European Championships U16 in Udine (Italy) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-4 (3.4spg), FGP: 35.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 69.2%.

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  SERBIA  


Ostojic re-signs at Civitanova - by Eurobasket News

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 26-year old Serbian power forward Kristina Ostojic (190-91). She played there last season. In 26 Serie A2 games she had 12.6ppg and 9.2rpg.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Ostojic spent at Basket Girls Ancona where in 8 Serie A2 games she recorded 12.6ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.0spg. She also played that season for APOP Paphou (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 8 games she averaged 12.5ppg and 9.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ostojic's team made it to the Cyprus Cup final in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Newcomers Team in 2015.
Ostojic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Vrbas Medela and Sumadija Kragujevac.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hannover inks Ivana Brajkovic - by Juliane Hoehne

TK Hannover (DBBL) signed 24-year old Serbian international center Ivana Brajkovic (196-93). She played last season at CREF Hola in Spanish LFB league. In 24 games she had just 3.0ppg and 2.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Brajkovic played at Basket Slovanka MB in Czech Republic where in 22 games she recorded 11.5ppg and 6.2rpg. She also played 4 games in CEWL where she averaged 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg.
Brajkovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Brajkovic also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg.
Brajkovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Radivoj Korac).

TK Hannover roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Mary Mihalyi

Forwards:
Dragana Gobeljic
Martina Matejcikova
Tessa Stammberger

Center:
Ivana Brajkovic

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  SLOVENIA  


Slovenia still perfect in EuroBasket warm-ups, beat Croatia 77-50 - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia improved their record to 4-0 in pre-EuroBasket games with a 77-50 win over Croatia. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) scored 19 points, Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) 14, Tina Jakovina (183-F-92) came off the bench for 13 points and Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) added 12 points. Croatia's lone player in double figures was Tea Buzov with 10 points.
After trailing by five points, Slovenia went on a 10-0 run to go up 18-13 early in the second quarter and never looked back from there. Slovenia made an 8-1 run early in the second half for a 40-31 lead and later went on a 14-3 run to build a 61-40 lead early in the fourth quarter. Slovenia outscored Croatia 47-24 in the second half.

Slovenia-Croatia 77-50 (16-13, 14-13, 27-13, 20-11)
Slovenia: Ljubenovic 4, *Oblak 14 (4-4), Zdolsek 4, *Erkic 19 (2-2), Prezelj, Abramovic, Rupnik DNP, *Baric 3 (1-2), Jakovina 13, *Lisec 7 (1-1), Trebec 1 (1-2), Evans 12 (4-7). Coach: Grgic.
Croatia: Blazevic, Begic 8 (1-2), *Buzov 10 (4-6), *Premasunac 2 (2-2), Mamic 5 (3-4), *Todoric 2, Miloglav 4 (1-2), *Dzankic 8 (1-2), Majstorovic, *Bura 6 (2-2), Packovski 5 (3-4), Miletic. Coach: Jelavic.




Shante Evans (ex Athlete Celje) agreed terms with Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American ex-international power forward Shante Evans (184-91, college: Hofstra). She played most recently at Athlete Celje in Slovenian SKL league. In 23 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg and 2.0spg last season. Evans helped them to win the SKL title (twice) (in both Slovenian SKL and WABA !!!) and the cup (twice). Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. She also played 16 games in WABA where she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.9ppg and had 10.8rpg (leader !!!), 1.5apg and 1.3spg. Evans contributed to her team winning the WABA championship (twice). A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-WABA Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Defensive Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 26 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Evans contributed to her team winning the Romanian League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). It was a very successful season as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
Evans also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 6.8ppg, 7.8rpg, FGP: 28.1%, FT: 42.9%.
Evans has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse) and France (Pays d'Aix).
She attended Hofstra University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17  


Draw results in for South American U17 Women's Championship 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The draw for the South American U17 Women's Championship 2017 took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

The results of the draw are as follows:
Group A: Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador
Group B: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru.


The South American U17 Women's Championship will be played in Sucre, Bolivia from June 28 to July 2 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight (8) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) teams. Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first place of Group A will play against the second place in Group B and vice versa. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Gold Medal Match, while the losers will play for the bronze. The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2018.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  SPAIN  


Girona keeps Alminaite for another season - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) re-signed 27-year old Lithuanian center Kristina Alminaite (205-90). She played there last season. In 8 Eurocup games she recorded 8.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Alminaite played at BC Utenos in Lithuanian LMKL where in 27 games she averaged 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9bpg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Alminaite won Lithuanian LMKL championship title in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
Alminaite was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She played for Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Alminaite also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago.
She has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like VICI Aistes, Laisve Kaunas, Lintel 118 Lithuanian Junior Team, Kibirkstis and Hoptrans Sirenos Kaunas.
The scouts decsribe her following way: Kristina Alminaite is one of the best prospect in Lithuanian Basketball. She has good size, knowladge to become a star in Lithaunian females basketball. She is great post player, whith good post moves under the basket, with good-soft midle range shot, she is outstanding rebounder; shot blocker; a team key player in the defence, real hardworker. Needs to improve in consistance for every singe game, with more confidence and needs to have more body weight.

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Magali Mendy

Forwards:
Shante Evans
Maria Conde

Center:
Kristina Alminaite

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Rachael Vanderwal joins Ferrol - by Eurobasket News

Universitario de Ferrol (LFB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old British international guard Rachael Vanderwal (175-83, college: Boston) from Mann Filter. In 26 LFB games in Spain she had 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Vanderwal played at Gernika Bizkaia where in 26 games she recorded 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won Irish Superleague Regular Season for four years in a row (between 2011 and 2014). Vanderwal was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention in 2015.
She is a dual citizen owning also Canadian passport.
She represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 61.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 50.0%.
Vanderwal has played also professionally for other Irish teams like UL Huskies and LeisureWorld Churchfield Iona.
She attended Boston until 2006 and it will be her twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

Universitario de Ferrol roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Rachael Vanderwal

Forwards:
Ani Calvo
Maria Perez_Araujo

Center:
Beatriz Sanchez

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Bembibre adds Gustavsson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM (LFB) added to their roster 24-year old Swedish forward Elin Gustavsson (190-93). She just graduated from Colorado State University (NCAA). Gustavsson has played there for the last four years. In 31 games she recorded 14.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6apg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to All-MWC 1st Team and MWC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above Gustavsson is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Her college team won MWC Tournament in 2016.
Gustavsson represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Gustavsson has played previously for Brahe Basket and Sallen.

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Shante Evans (ex Athlete Celje) agreed terms with Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American ex-international power forward Shante Evans (184-91, college: Hofstra). She played most recently at Athlete Celje in Slovenian SKL league. In 23 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg and 2.0spg last season. Evans helped them to win the SKL title (twice) (in both Slovenian SKL and WABA !!!) and the cup (twice). Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. She also played 16 games in WABA where she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.9ppg and had 10.8rpg (leader !!!), 1.5apg and 1.3spg. Evans contributed to her team winning the WABA championship (twice). A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-WABA Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Defensive Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 26 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Evans contributed to her team winning the Romanian League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). It was a very successful season as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
Evans also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 6.8ppg, 7.8rpg, FGP: 28.1%, FT: 42.9%.
Evans has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse) and France (Pays d'Aix).
She attended Hofstra University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

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Magali Mendy (ex Avenir) agreed terms with Girona - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old French point guard Magali Mendy (178-90, agency: Octagon Europe). She played most recently at Avenir in French LF2 league. In 20 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg and 2.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Mendy played at Gruner Stern Keltern in German DBBL where in 21 games she averaged 14.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg and 3.1spg (in top 3). She helped them to make it to the cup final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Mendy received Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014 and 2015.
She has played also professionally for other French teams like France for Etoile de Voiron Pleyber Christ.

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Dandenong inks Laia Palau - by Eurobasket News

Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old Spaniard international guard Laia Palau (177-79). She has played for the last four seasons at USK Praha in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 27 games she had just 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.6apg and 2.4spg last season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. ZBL 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Palau also played 19 games in Euroleague where she recorded 5.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 7.8apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg (in top 4). She helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. It was another spectacular season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Palau won Czech Republic D1 championship title for four years in a row (between 2014 and 2017).
She also represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Palau has played also professionally in France (Bourges), Poland (CCC Polkowice) and Spain (Ros Casares).
She is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Dandenong.

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Mingo re-signs at Telge - by Eurobasket News

Telge Basket (Damligan) confirmed in their roster 25-year old American guard Tayler Mingo (170-92, college: Wright State, agency: ProDep Management). She was a team leader there last season. In 19 Damligan games she had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg. Mingo helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Argon Uni Girona in Spanish LFB where in 19 games she recorded 4.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2spg. Mingo also played 11 games in Euroleague where she averaged 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mingo's team won Spanish LFB Supercup in 2016. She was also voted All-Horizon League Player of the Year in 2015 at her college time.
Mingo graduated from Wright State in 2015 and it is her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bembibre adds Gustavsson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM (LFB) added to their roster 24-year old Swedish forward Elin Gustavsson (190-93). She just graduated from Colorado State University (NCAA). Gustavsson has played there for the last four years. In 31 games she recorded 14.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6apg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to All-MWC 1st Team and MWC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above Gustavsson is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Her college team won MWC Tournament in 2016.
Gustavsson represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Gustavsson has played previously for Brahe Basket and Sallen.

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CSPC celebrate Cup title - by Eurobasket News

CSPC celebrate Cup title in Tunisia. They overcame CSS 59-46 in the Final game. CSPC led 20-14 at the end of the first period and then 27-26 at the halftime. Thouraya Adsi (183-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Sirine Tanazefti (165-PG-84) poured in 11. Trabelsi and El Abed followed them with 9 points apiece. Mnassri replied with 19 points in the losing effort.


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Osmaniye welcomes back Morrison - by Eurobasket News

Osmaniye Genclik (KBSL) landed 28-year old Chilean international center Ziomara Morrison (194-89, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Osmaniye as she has played here before. Morrison played most recently at Wisla Can-Pack in Polish TBLK. In two Eurocup games she averaged 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg last season. She also played 34 games in TBLK where she had 8.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. Morrison helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Osmaniye. In 29 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 1st Team.
Morrison won Chilean Liga Femenina championship title in 2014.
She also represented Chile at the ODESUR Games in Santiago (Chile) three years ago. Morrison's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (28.6ppg), Reb-1 (19.8rpg), 2.6apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg), FGP: 56.3%, FT: 83.5%.
Morrison is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball she experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Morrison has played previously professionally in Italy (Ribera), Spain (Rivas Promete), WNBA (Indiana Fever and San Antonio Silver Stars), Turkey (Besiktas and Ceyhan Bld) and Chile (Los Leones and Univ. Austral).

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Abdullah Gul lands Tiffany Mitchell - by Lior Hai

Abdullah Gul University Kayseri (KBSL) landed 23-year old American ex-international guard Tiffany Mitchell (175-94, college: S.Carolina, agency: LBM Management). She played in the summer at Indiana Fever (WNBA). Mitchell managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 6 WNBA games she averaged 11.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. The last season she played at Nadezhda Orenburg in Russian PBL where in 22 games she had 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 17 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. Mitchell contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Last year she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in first round (9th overall).
Mitchell attended University of South Carolina until 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her college team won SEC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Mitchell received also ESPNW All-NCAA Division I 3rd Team award and CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 4 1st Team award in 2016. She was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.

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Rachael Vanderwal joins Ferrol - by Eurobasket News

Universitario de Ferrol (LFB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old British international guard Rachael Vanderwal (175-83, college: Boston) from Mann Filter. In 26 LFB games in Spain she had 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Vanderwal played at Gernika Bizkaia where in 26 games she recorded 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won Irish Superleague Regular Season for four years in a row (between 2011 and 2014). Vanderwal was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention in 2015.
She is a dual citizen owning also Canadian passport.
She represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 61.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 50.0%.
Vanderwal has played also professionally for other Irish teams like UL Huskies and LeisureWorld Churchfield Iona.
She attended Boston until 2006 and it will be her twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

Universitario de Ferrol roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Rachael Vanderwal

Forwards:
Ani Calvo
Maria Perez_Araujo

Center:
Beatriz Sanchez

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Star duo to return for Team Northumbria - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria have tied up two of the WBBL's top performers as the 2016 WBBL Play-Off winners look to bounce back from an injury-ravaged campaign.

US stars Alison Gorrell (178-G-93, college: Florida Atlantic) and Kara Bonenberger (185-F, college: Pennsylvania) will both be back at Sport Central next season after committing to Chris Bunten's ambitious programme.

And the England Under 20 assistant coach is confident the high scoring duo will continue to flourish given the chance to play key minutes on an injury-free roster.

'Ali was a rock for me last season amidst all the chaos and the forced changes due to injuries and players leaving,' said Bunten.

'She was incredibly consistent as a scorer and a leader on and off the court.

'At times I wanted to give her a break but the way things worked out that simply wasn't possible.

'And despite the demands I kept placing on her week in, week out she kept coming up with the big numbers and kept us in the hunt for a Play-Off place.

'I couldn't have asked for more from Ali but I think she can become an even better player on a settled team and that's what everyone at TN is hoping for next season!'

Gorrell heads into her second year at Northumbria University studying a Masters degree in Sports Psychology and is the clear frontrunner to claim the captain's armband.

The prolific guard averaged 20.72 points in the WBBL and chipped in with almost seven rebounds per game.

And Gorrell will form a potent on-court partnership with Bonenberger again next season after the latter inked a new deal with TN.

The towering centre will start a Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning at Northumbria University after moving from Newcastle University last year.

And Bunten added: 'I can't wait to see how Kara performs from day one in a system and a team that she now knows inside out.

'Last season was a pretty difficult in terms of getting her paperwork over the line and she was only really able to make an impact in the second half of the season.

'But I knew what she could do and she didn't disappoint. She has been fully committed to the programme for a year now but from Christmas onwards she showed her true worth with some huge performances.

'As a scorer and a rebounder Kara is second to none and I fully expect her to become one of the best players in the WBBL next season.

'Like Ali she gives 100% and is willing to learn and wants to improve. She knows we will give her all of the support she needs at Northumbria University - both on and off the court - and that's why both of these high calibre players have chosen to stay at Sport Central and push for silverware next season.'



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Ogwumike and Parker lead Sparks to 90-75 win over Liberty - by Eurobasket News

Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) and the Los Angeles Sparks capped off a disappointing road trip with a strong win over New York. Parker scored 20 points and Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) led the Sparks with 22 in a 90-75 victory over the Liberty on Tuesday night. "We needed a win on this trip and this was the way to get it," Parker said. "We're a work in progress. We let two slip away and I think our defense kind of got back on track in this game." The defending champion Sparks blew a 14-point lead to Indiana in the opener of the three-game swing and then lost a close one in Atlanta. "It was bigger than just winning on the road or winning off a three-game road trip," Ogwumike said. "We were re-searching for our identity and hit the nail on the head tonight. Going into practices is perfect. We're in a great situation to look at this film and bring it to practice." The Sparks (3-2) led 66-64 after three quarters and scored the first 11 points of the fourth period to take command. The loss ruined a strong effort from Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, college: Connecticut), who had 25 points to lead New York (2-3). "We need to trust each other out there and have each other's back defensively," Charles said. "We know how to start games obviously, we did great in the first half. We just have to do it for 40 minutes, we can't pick and choose." Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) added 21 for the Liberty in her final game before she heads to play in the EuroBasket tournament next month. New York trailed 63-56 late in the third quarter before Prince sparked a 8-0 run with six points and two steals to give the Liberty a 64-63 lead. Ogwumike had a three-point play with 22 seconds left in the third quarter and the Sparks never looked back. Charles scored the first 11 points for New York and had 14 in the opening quarter, making six of seven shots. New York's star got into foul trouble though and picked up her third foul with just under 3 minutes left in the half. New York led 38-36 at the break. Los Angeles was still missing guard Odyssey Sims, who sprained her left ankle against Washington on May 19. She missed the entire road trip. Coach Brian Agler said that Sims should start practicing later this week when the Sparks return home.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com