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  ABA LEAGUE  



Sehovic re-signs at Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Montenegrin international swingman Suad Sehovic (197-100kg-87). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Sehovic has played there for the last four seasons. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 8 Eurocup games he had 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Sehovic also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. And finally he contributed to 9 games in Erste Liga where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. Sehovic helped them to win the league title (twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year back in 2014.
Sehovic also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Sehovic has played also professionally in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Ukraine (Budivelnyk and Khimik) and Bosnia (Bosna-Royal).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  


Comunicaciones sign Arn Lucas - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes signed 28-year old small forward Arn Lucas (197-89). He played last season at Ferrocarril (LigaA). In 48 games he had 5.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Lucas played at San Isidro where in 38 TNA games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the regular season. Great year as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 3rd Team.
Lucas has played previously for eight other teams: C.Entrerriano, Instituto, MH Basket, Bragado, Dep.Accion Saenz Pena, Obera Tennis Club, Asociacion Italiana and UNCAus.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Hernan Laginestra takes over at Olimpico de La Banda - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) will be led by 48-year old coach Hernan Laginestra from Estudiantes Concordia. Laginestra has coached there for the last six years.
Laginestra won Argentinian TNA championship title in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chaz Crawford close to agree terms with Comunicaciones - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones Mercedes (TNA) in nearing the deal with 33-year old American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-107kg-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones). He has played for the last two years at Argentino in the LigaA. In 56 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg and 1.5bpg last season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
In 2007 Crawford was drafted by Delaware Stars (USBL) in fourth round (40th overall).
He attended Drexel University and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Crawford won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2015. He received also USBasket.com All-PBL 2nd Team award back in 2014.
Crawford is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Crawford has played previously professionally in Sweden (Solna Vikings), Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka and Usak Sportlif), PBL (Rochester RazorSharks), D-League (Springfield A.), Ecuador (ComuniKT) and Thailand (PEA).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alma Trieste lands Juan Fernandez - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste (Serie A2) tabbed 27-year old former Argentinian international guard Juan Fernandez (193-88kg-90, college: Temple). He played most recently at Breogan in Spanish LEB Gold. In 42 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg last season. Fernandez helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Germani (Serie A) where in 48 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. Fernandez contributed to his team winning the Italian Serie A2 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 3rd Team award back in 2013.
Fernandez was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2014 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
Fernandez also represented Argentina at the ODESUR Games in Santiago (Chile) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-3 (3.4apg), FGP: 76.9%, 3PT: 55.6%.
Fernandez has played previously professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus and Banco di Srd) and Argentina (Obras Basket and Sportivo 7 de Julio Cordoba).
He attended Temple University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Fernandez's outlook: A very smart player, with great court vision and passing skills. Knows how to use his pysical skills in mis-matches, has a good shooting range and a good low post game too. Defends well on the perimeter, he's a good ball stealer.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Argentinian U19 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Francisco Caffaro
Caffaro
Facundo Corvalan
Corvalan
Luca Valussi
Valussi
Santiago Vaulet
Vaulet
Lautaro Berra
Berra
#e#5
1Francisco Caffaro 213-C-00 BA CoE Australia
5Leonardo Lema 201-F/G-98 Atenas Argentina
7Facundo Corvalan 188-G-98 Weber Bahia Argentina
8Matias Solanas 192-G-98 La Union Argentina
9Luca Valussi 198-F-98 Obras Basket Argentina
10Lautaro Lopez 188-PG-99 San Lorenzo Argentina
11Santiago Vaulet 193-G-98 Weber Bahia Argentina
12Santiago Bruera 206-F/C-98 Instituto Argentina
13Leandro Cerminato 201-PF-98 San Lorenzo Argentina
15Lautaro Berra 208-C/F-98 Obras Basket Argentina
16Mateo Chiarini 188-G/F-98 Atenas Argentina
20Maximiliano Andreatta 210-PF-98 Harcum CC USA

Maximiliano Seigorman Head Coach Instituto Argentina



GECR Indalo lands Luis Riascos - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) tabbed Ecuadorian international swingman Luis Riascos (193). He played in the summer at Halcones in Colombian Liga DirecTV.
Riascos also represented Ecuador at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRALIA  


State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Diamond V.E. - Werribee D. 79-67

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (5-10) beat higher ranked Devils (8-7) in Greensborough 79-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Diamond Valley Eagles. Devils was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Devils 46-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Diamond Valley Eagles looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Devils' players. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Brandon Conley (198, college: ORU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds and forward Fred Hunter (196-89, college: Nicholls St.) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Devils. Diamond Valley Eagles moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Devils keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Diamond Valley Eagles will face higher ranked Waverley Falcons (#3) in Mount Waverley in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Devils will play at home against Stingrays and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Diamond V.E.: B.Conley 34+16reb+3ast, R.Sanders 12+5reb+6ast, M.Reynolds 10+9reb+1ast, J.Dirkx 8+4reb+1ast, G.Page 8+3reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 4+2reb+5ast
Werribee D.: J.Smith 26+8reb+2ast, N.Wilson 10+3reb+1ast, B.Allison 10+4reb, F.Hunter 9+6reb+1ast, A.Ayilara 4+3reb, N.Morda 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 541358


Knox R. - Hume City 100-88

Very expected game when 9th ranked Hume City Broncos (5-10) lost to second ranked Knox Raiders (11-4) in Wantirna South 88-100 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Knox Raiders. Hume City Broncos was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Knox Raiders looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Hume City Broncos' players. It was a very good performance for American forward Christopher Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, college: Georgia SW, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. Forward Luke Egan (200-74, college: E.Washington) replied with 34 points (!!!) and American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Hume City Broncos. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Knox Raiders maintains second position in League with 11-4 record having just nine point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Hume City Broncos dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. Knox Raiders will face league's leader Ringwood Hawks in Heathmont in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hume City Broncos will play at home against McKinnon C. (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: A.Thoseby 24+4reb, C.Kaba 19+9reb+2ast, A.Tomada 13+3reb+7ast, A.Nyok 13+7reb, D.Hare 9+2reb+5ast, B.Waterhouse 6+5reb+1ast
Hume City: L.Egan 34+3reb, M.Rose 18+8reb+6ast, L.Jeka 16+7reb+2ast, S.Prendergast 7+9reb, M.Berezdecky 5+2reb, S.Prasad 4+6reb
gschID: 541360


Hawthorn M. - Casey C. 76-88

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Casey C. (7-6) won against 8th ranked Magic (5-8) in Hawthorn 88-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. It was a great shooting night for Casey C. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a very good performance for American power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Raheem Lemons (196-93, college: Central State) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Alex Bogart-King (200) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and point guard Kirk Smith (178) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Magic. Five Casey C. and four Magic players scored in double figures. Magic's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Casey C. maintains sixth position in League with 7-6 record. Loser Magic keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Casey C. will face Whittlesea City (#12) in Mill Park in the next round where they are favorite. Magic will play on the road against Eltham Wildcats (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Casey C.: C.Polk 20+11reb+3ast, M.McInnes 19+2reb, R.Lemons 16+6reb+4ast, M.Chapman 14+3reb+6ast, B.Louis 10+5reb+2ast, E.Golong 3
Hawthorn M.: A.Bogart-King 20+5reb+8ast, K.Smith 16+6reb+5ast, L.Sist 13+12reb, J.Morrison 12+4reb+2ast, J.Barry 5+1reb+3ast, P.McBrearty 5+2ast
gschID: 541357


Waverley F. - Hawthorn M. 94-64

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Magic (5-8) was outscored by third ranked Waverley Falcons (11-4) in Mount Waverley 94-64 on Sunday. Waverley Falcons forced 21 Magic turnovers and outrebounded them 51-26 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for forward Chris Arkell (198-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Kirk Smith (178) replied with 14 points and 4 steals and Luke Sist added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Magic. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Waverley Falcons maintains third position in League with 11-4 record having just nine point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Magic keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Waverley Falcons will face Diamond Valley Eagles (#9) in Greensborough in the next round where they are favorite. Magic will play on the road against Eltham Wildcats and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: C.Arkell 28+10reb+1ast, D.Simmons 25+10reb+1ast, T.Liesting 9+2reb+1ast, J.Reardon 8+7reb+3ast, B.Kelleher 6+1reb+6ast, B.Beasley 6+9reb+2ast
Hawthorn M.: K.Smith 14+4reb+1ast, J.Morrison 10+2reb+1ast, L.Sist 8+5reb+3ast, P.McBrearty 7+2reb+1ast, A.Bogart-King 6+2reb+4ast, C.Dent 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541363


Eltham W. - Ringwood H. 97-90

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Ringwood Hawks (12-3) on the court of fourth ranked Eltham Wildcats on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Eltham Wildcats 97-90. Eltham Wildcats outrebounded Ringwood Hawks 47-31 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Ringwood Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Justin Aver (190-89) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 assists. Power forward Chris Cameron (210-82, college: La-Lafayette) contributed with 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Mike McCahey (196, college: St.Anselm) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jacob Gibson (198-93, college: Harding) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ringwood Hawks. Five Eltham Wildcats and four Ringwood Hawks players scored in double figures. Eltham Wildcats maintains fourth position in League with 10-4 record. Ringwood Hawks at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Eltham Wildcats are looking forward to face Magic (#8) in Hawthorn in the next round. Ringwood Hawks will play at home against the league's second-placed Knox Raiders (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Eltham W.: C.Cameron 28+5reb, J.Aver 26+4reb+7ast, B.Waldren 15+5reb+5ast, J.Canovan 15+8reb+2ast, S.Grant 10+19reb+1ast, L.Valentine 2+1reb+2ast
Ringwood H.: M.McCahey 22+6reb+2ast, J.Gibson 17+6reb+1ast, S.Osborne 17+2reb+3ast, T.Latham 12+1reb+1ast, S.Clarke 10+4reb, M.Fennell 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 541362


Corio Bay S. - Waverley F. 80-90

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Waverley Falcons (11-4) defeated 10th ranked Stingrays (4-9) in Geelong 90-80 on Saturday. Waverley Falcons forced 20 Stingrays turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for guard Jason Reardon (189-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Brandon Beasley (196-88, college: William Penn) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Beasley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Waverley Falcons' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Jordan Latham (206-91, college: Loyola, MD) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Michael Rebula (189-90) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Stingrays. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Waverley Falcons maintains third position in League with 11-4 record having just nine point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Stingrays dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. Waverley Falcons will face Diamond Valley Eagles (#9) in Greensborough in the next round where they are favorite. Stingrays will play on the road against Devils in Werribee and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: B.Kelleher 18+1reb+4ast, D.Simmons 15+5reb+2ast, J.Reardon 13+8reb+4ast, M.Harper 12+3reb+2ast, B.Beasley 11+6reb+7ast, T.Liesting 7+5reb
Corio Bay S.: J.Latham 23+11reb+4ast, C.Eichler 20+6reb+1ast, M.Rebula 14+8reb+7ast, J.Mcfall 10+4reb+5ast, C.Blythe 8+3ast, G. Erray 3+3reb
gschID: 541359


Ringwood H. - McKinnon C. 100-99

Seventh-ranked McKinnon C. (6-7) was very close to win a game against first ranked Ringwood Hawks (12-3) in Heathmont on Saturday. Ringwood Hawks managed to secure only one-point victory 100-99. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by American guard Jacob Gibson (198-93, college: Harding) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Matthew Fennell supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) did not help to save the game for McKinnon C.. American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Five Ringwood Hawks and four McKinnon C. players scored in double figures. Ringwood Hawks maintains first position in League with 12-3 record. Loser McKinnon C. keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Ringwood Hawks will meet at home league's second-placed Knox Raiders in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. McKinnon C. will play against Hume City Broncos (#10) in Tullamarine and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: M.McCahey 20+4reb+1ast, J.Gibson 20+7reb+3ast, M.Fennell 15+9reb+3ast, N.Truman 12+2reb+2ast, S.Clarke 12+7reb+1ast, S.Osborne 12+2reb+4ast
McKinnon C.: I.Platenik 24+8reb, D.Stith 18+6reb+2ast, D.Walker 18+4reb+1ast, B.Tamir 16+5reb, J.Maybank 8+10reb+4ast, A.Dench 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 541361


Premier League
Sturt S. - Forestville E. 84-73

There was no surprise when 4th ranked Forestville Eagles (7-4) lost to second ranked Sturt Sabres (7-4) in Pasadena 73-84 on Saturday. Forestville Eagles were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Sam Daly (193-95, college: Chaminade) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Guard Hamish Burns (190, college: Newberry) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Sturt Sabres players scored in double figures. Sturt Sabres' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. John Mawut replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Jake Rios (188-86, college: Georgia Coll.) added 21 points in the effort for Forestville Eagles. Despite that victory Sturt Sabres went down to fifth position (League) due to points difference. Sturt Sabres will face higher ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (#3) in Woodville in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Forestville Eagles will play on the road against Central District Lions in Gawler and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sturt S.: S.Daly 20+1reb+4ast, C.McMath 14+6reb+3ast, H.Burns 13+5reb+5ast, J.Turnbull 10+2reb+2ast, I.White 8+4reb, T.Klaosen 6+1reb
Forestville E.: J.Mawut 24+15reb, J.Rios 21+3reb+1ast, A.Garrett 16+4reb+3ast, T.Fildes 5+5reb+1ast, M.Morphett 3+3reb+2ast, C.Newland 2+1reb
gschID: 541462


Norwood F. - N.Adelaide R. 102-74

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Norwood Flames (6-5) crushed top-ranked North Adelaide Rockets (8-3) in Marden 102-74 on Saturday. Norwood Flames looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. North Adelaide Rockets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Kellen Smith (185-93, college: Saginaw Valley) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Five Norwood Flames players scored in double figures. Forward Alexander Starling (198-89, college: Beth.-Cookman) replied with 31 points and 8 rebounds and guard Aric Miller (190-90, college: Armstr.Atlantic) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for North Adelaide Rockets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Norwood Flames maintains sixth position in League with 6-5 record. Loser North Adelaide Rockets still keep top place with three games lost. Norwood Flames will face South Adelaide Panthers (#7) in Park Holme in the next round. North Adelaide Rockets will play on the road against Eastern Mavericks (#10) in Mt. Barker and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Norwood F.: J.Sanders 25+9reb+3ast, D.Webber 23+6reb+1ast, K.Smith 18+5reb+10ast, A.Webber 18+2reb+2ast, M.Lycett 15+5reb+3ast, M.Long 3+3reb
N.Adelaide R.: A.Starling 31+8reb+1ast, A.Miller 12+6reb+6ast, B.Jonnek 7+3reb, R.Harding 7+6reb+4ast, D.Aistrope 7, J.Wernham 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541464


Woodville W. - W.Adelaide B. 62-82

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Woodville Warriors (4-7) were smashed by fifth ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (7-4) in Flinders Park 82-62 on Saturday. West Adelaide Bearcats dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Woodville Warriors' 42. It was a very good performance for American guard Dee Oldham (193-94, college: Chattanooga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Harold Ridgeway (203, college: Midland) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Luke Stanbridge (192-90) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Darren Ng (189-83) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Woodville Warriors. Woodville Warriors' coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. West Adelaide Bearcats moved-up to third place in League. Loser Woodville Warriors keep the eighth position with seven games lost. West Adelaide Bearcats will face Sturt Sabres (#5) in Pasadena in the next round. Woodville Warriors will play at home against Noarlunga City Southern Tigers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
W.Adelaide B.: D.Oldham 28+11reb+3ast, H.Ridgeway 19+9reb, P.Thomas 9+3reb+4ast, J.West 7+9reb+1ast, B.Truslove 7+10reb, A.Spadavecchia 5+5ast
Woodville W.: L.Stanbridge 19+6reb+2ast, D.Ng 18+4reb+4ast, J. Peters 8+5reb+2ast, D.Carlin 6+4reb, C.Clausen 5+5reb, J.Luhnow 4+3reb
gschID: 541463


S.Adelaide P. - Southern T. 81-98

Rather predictable result when third ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (7-4) won against 7th ranked South Adelaide Panthers (5-6) in Park Holme 98-81 on Saturday. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers outrebounded South Adelaide Panthers 56-40 including a 43-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. South Adelaide Panthers were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Mike Nwelue (196-93, college: Drury) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Robert Linton (193) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Noarlunga City Southern Tigers players scored in double figures. American guard Eian Davis (185-90, college: Albertus Magnus) replied with 41 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and forward Caleb Davis (206-95, college: Saginaw Valley) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for South Adelaide Panthers. South Adelaide Panthers' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Noarlunga City Southern Tigers went down to fourth position (League) due to points difference. Loser South Adelaide Panthers keep the seventh place with six games lost. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers will face Woodville Warriors (#8) in Flinders Park in the next round. South Adelaide Panthers will play at home against Norwood Flames and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southern T.: M.Nwelue 21+14reb+5ast, R.Linton 20+7reb+3ast, L.Schenscher 14+11reb+2ast, D.Jones 14+7reb+4ast, A.Drmic 12+10reb+3ast, J.Dodman 12+4reb
S.Adelaide P.: E.Davis 41+7reb+8ast, C.Davis 14+9reb, J. Hoppo 6+7reb, B.Regester 4+1reb, J.Reid 4+5reb, S.Boal 4+3reb
gschID: 541460


QBL
Gladstone P. - SW Metro P. 66-78

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Gladstone Port City Power (1-5) lost at home to sixth ranked South West Metro Pirates (4-4) 78-66 on Saturday. South West Metro Pirates forced 19 Gladstone Port City Power turnovers. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. South West Metro Pirates' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Ray Willis (198-89, college: N.C.Central, agency: HMS) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Willie Shackleford (198-85, college: Martin Methodist) added 12 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Gladstone Port City Power. South West Metro Pirates maintains sixth position in League with 4-4 record. Loser Gladstone Port City Power keeps the thirteenth place with five games lost. South West Metro Pirates will face Logan T. (#8) in Loganholme in the next round. Gladstone Port City Power will play on the road against the league's leader Mackay Meteors (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SW Metro P.: D.Kickert 23+10reb+1ast, T.McGrew 17+14reb+1ast, R.Vines 10+1reb, M.Kerle 8+1reb, J.Allen 7+4reb+2ast, T.Machado 7+2reb+3ast
Gladstone P.: R.Willis 25+8reb+2ast, W.Shackleford 12+17reb+1ast, T.Allen 10+1reb, R.Lawyer 8+2reb, D.Owen 4+2ast, N.Musters 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 541556


Suncoast PC - Sunshine CR 85-88

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Sunshine CR (5-1) edged 10th ranked Maroochydore Clippers (2-5) in Cotton Tree 88-85 on Saturday. Sunshine CR made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Maroochydore Clippers only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Maroochydore Clippers were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for naturalized New Zealand guard Zeke Meehl (181-88) who helped to win the game recording 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Lance Hurdle (188-87, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Matthew Kenyon (195-98) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and American guard Breland Hogan (185, college: Grand Valley St.) added 22 points in the effort for Maroochydore Clippers. Four Sunshine CR and five Maroochydore Clippers players scored in double figures. Sunshine CR maintains fifth position in League with 5-1 record. Loser Maroochydore Clippers dropped to the twelfth place with five games lost. Sunshine CR will face Ipswich Force (#9) in Booval in the next round. Maroochydore Clippers will play on the road against Brisbane Spartans and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sunshine CR: Z.Meehl 23+4reb+1ast, L.Hurdle 20+6reb+1ast, J.Tueta 18+6reb, I.Tueta 16+3reb+4ast, L.Ilton 5+5reb+1ast, R.Sutton 4+3reb
Suncoast PC: B.Hogan 22+4reb+2ast, M.Kenyon 19+12reb+4ast, J.Hill 16+5reb+2ast, M.Donaldson 11+3reb, C.Massingale 11+4reb+1ast, H.Reed 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541555


Cairns M. - Rockhampton 90-83

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Rockhampton Rockets (3-6) lost on the road to third ranked Cairns Marlins (7-2) 90-83 on Friday. Cairns Marlins looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for swingman Tevin Jackson (201-94, college: McNeese St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Damon Heuir (191-91, college: S.Utah) contributed with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Rashad Hassan (203-89, college: Savannah St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Chris Fowler (185-93, college: Cent.Michigan) added 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Rockhampton Rockets. Four Rockhampton Rockets players scored in double figures. Cairns Marlins moved-up to second place in League. Loser Rockhampton Rockets dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Cairns Marlins will face Rollers (#10) in Gold Coast in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Cairns M.: D.Heuir 31+5reb+7ast, T.Jackson 28+14reb+2ast, A.Fisher 18+10reb+5ast, A.Loughton 7+5reb+3ast, J.Bin Tahal 3, R.Runnalls 3+3reb+1ast
Rockhampton: R.Hassan 26+17reb+3ast, C.Fowler 21+10reb+6ast, D.Christensen 15+1reb+3ast, J.Lopez 13+1reb+4ast, D.Wagner 8+12reb+4ast, L.Christensen 0+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541552


Ipswich F. - Brisbane S. 88-102

Another interesting game for Brisbane Spartans (4-5) which played in Booval against 7th ranked Ipswich Force (3-6). Eighth ranked Brisbane Spartans had an easy win 102-88. The game was mostly controlled by Brisbane Spartans. Ipswich Force was better in third quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brisbane Spartans forced 19 Ipswich Force turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Ipswich Force was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard William McDowell-White (195-98, college: Fresno St.) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) who added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard James Legan (190-87, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) responded with 26 points and forward Josh Derksen (206-95, college: Ky Wesleyan) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ipswich Force's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brisbane Spartans moved-up to seventh place in League. Ipswich Force at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Brisbane Spartans will play against Maroochydore Clippers (#12) in Cotton Tree in the next round where they are favorite. Ipswich Force will play against Sunshine CR and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: W.McDowell-White 35+5reb+7ast, D.McDowell-White 21+5reb+4ast, A.Gibson 16+8reb+9ast, B.Volkman 14+8reb+1ast, D.Quigley 6+3reb, G.Scott 5+4reb+3ast
Ipswich F.: J.Legan 26+4reb+2ast, J.Derksen 16+5reb+3ast, K.Harvey 13+4reb, A.Bior 12+8reb+3ast, J.Ralph 10+3reb+7ast, J.Kuon 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 541551


Brisbane C. - Logan T. 95-98

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Logan T. (4-5) edged on the road higher ranked Brisbane Capitals (6-1) 98-95 on Sunday. Logan T. made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Logan T. had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Brisbane Capitals were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman Michael Cedar (190-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Forward Mitch Young (206-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Logan T. players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Dusty Rychart (201-78, college: Minnesota) replied with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Aaron Anderson (178, college: N.Dakota) added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Brisbane Capitals. Logan T. maintains eighth position in League with 4-5 record. Loser Brisbane Capitals keep the third place with one game lost. Logan T. will face higher ranked South West Metro Pirates (#6) in Runcorn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brisbane Capitals will play on the road against Toowoomba Mountaineers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: M.Cedar 28+9reb+3ast, M.Young 21+11reb, T.Ammar 12+7reb, C.Salecich 10+1reb+1ast, K.Post 10+6reb, N.Kahler 6+4reb+3ast
Brisbane C.: A.Anderson 25+5reb+5ast, J.Davis 25+4reb+2ast, D.Rychart 25+9reb+4ast, A.Kopcikas 9+5reb+7ast, Z.Carter 7+7reb+3ast, P.Onwas 4+8reb+4ast
gschID: 541558


Townsville H. - Rockhampton 80-73

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Rockhampton Rockets (3-6) lost to fourth ranked Townsville Heat (6-3) in Hermit Park 73-80 on Saturday. Townsville Heat made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) who helped to win the game recording 31 points. The former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Townsville Heat players scored in double figures. American guard Chris Fowler (185-93, college: Cent.Michigan) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jack Lopez (196-94, college: Montana) added 18 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Rockhampton Rockets. Townsville Heat maintains fourth position in League with 6-3 record. Loser Rockhampton Rockets dropped to the eleventh place with six games lost. Townsville Heat will face Rollers (#10) in Gold Coast in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Townsville H.: P.Crawford 31+3reb+1ast, J.Baker 18+6reb, J.Wilcher 18+5reb+6ast, J.Anderson 11+6reb+1ast, J.Spiers 2+1reb+1ast, M.Rees 0+11reb
Rockhampton: C.Fowler 25+5reb+5ast, J.Lopez 18+16reb, T.Corrigan 10+4reb+1ast, R.Hassan 8+9reb+3ast, D.Wagner 6+3reb, L.Christensen 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541557


Brisbane S. - Toowoomba M. 90-77

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Brisbane Spartans (4-5) won against at home 14th ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers (1-7) 90-77 on Saturday. Brisbane Spartans made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Brisbane Spartans outrebounded Toowoomba Mountaineers 54-38 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Toowoomba Mountaineers' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brisbane Spartans made 7 blocks. Toowoomba Mountaineers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center Tom Jervis (211-87, college: Troy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (193, college: Oregon) replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds and forward Manylok Malek (201-94) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Toowoomba Mountaineers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brisbane Spartans moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Toowoomba Mountaineers keep the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Brisbane Spartans will face Maroochydore Clippers (#12) in Cotton Tree in the next round where they are favorite. Toowoomba Mountaineers will play at home against Brisbane Capitals and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: T.Jervis 22+10reb+4ast, A.Gibson 21+14reb+6ast, D.McDowell-White 18+8reb+3ast, W.McDowell-White 13+7reb+5ast, R.Jeffries 9+1reb, B.Volkman 6+3reb+1ast
Toowoomba M.: J.Abdul-Bassit 26+9reb+2ast, M.Malek 13+10reb, J.Washington 12+9ast, P.Aleer 10+10reb+2ast, C.Weber 7+3reb+1ast, A.Gehrig 6+1reb
gschID: 541554


Logan T. - Mackay M. 101-92

There was an upset when top-ranked Mackay Meteors (8-1) lost to eighth ranked Logan T. (4-5) in Loganholme 92-101 on Saturday. Logan T. made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Mackay Meteors were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Mitch Young (206-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Michael Cedar (190-86) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Logan T.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) replied with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international forward Lucas Walker (202-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Mackay Meteors. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Logan T. maintains eighth position in League with 4-5 record. Loser Mackay Meteors still keep top place with one game lost. Logan T. will face higher ranked South West Metro Pirates (#6) in Runcorn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mackay Meteors will play at home against Gladstone Port City Power (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: M.Young 28+7reb+4ast, B.Johnson 16+4reb+2ast, M.Cedar 15+4reb+7ast, K.Post 14+7reb, S.Johns 9, N.Kahler 6+8reb+2ast
Mackay M.: S.Bruce 27+9reb+9ast, L.Walker 22+10reb+5ast, C.Cedar 15+4reb, C.Tragardh 14+3reb+1ast, B.Rasmussen 6+3reb, L.Harvey 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 541553


Gold Coast R. - Mackay M. 79-93

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Mackay Meteors (8-1) defeated 12th ranked Rollers (3-6) in Gold Coast 93-79 on Friday. Mackay Meteors dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rollers' 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Rollers' players. It was a very good performance for guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 assists. Guard Chris Cedar (188-88) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Mackay Meteors players scored in double figures. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) replied with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Devon Sullivan (201-86, college: S.Connecticut) added 13 points in the effort for Rollers. Mackay Meteors maintains first position in League with 8-1 record. Loser Rollers dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. Mackay Meteors will face Gladstone Port City Power (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Rollers will play against the league's second-placed Cairns Marlins and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mackay M.: S.Bruce 28+2reb+11ast, C.Cedar 22+7reb+2ast, L.Walker 18+6reb+5ast, C.Tragardh 10+7reb+3ast, L.Blicavs 6+3reb, B.Rasmussen 3+11reb+1ast
Gold Coast R.: T.Craig 40+13reb+4ast, D.Sullivan 13+4reb, D.Vale 8+2reb+2ast, T.Green 7+7reb+1ast, A.Darragh 5+1ast, S.McGregor 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541550


SBL
Mandurah M. - Willetton T. 59-75

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Magic (2-16) lost to second ranked Tigers (14-3) in Mandurah 59-75 on Sunday. Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Magic's 38. They outrebounded Magic 46-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) added 12 points in the effort for Magic. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tigers maintains second position in League with 14-3 record having just fourteen point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Magic keeps the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Tigers will face Flames (#10) in Rockingham in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Magic will play at home against Redbacks (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Willetton T.: R.Turner 27+15reb+1ast, J.Bowie 19+4reb+3ast, N.Cody 7+2reb+2ast, D.Casey 5+1reb, D.Scott 4+7reb+1ast, M.Collins 4+4reb
Mandurah M.: W.McNeill 25+8reb+1ast, T.Mullenax 12+2reb, A.Deng 7+1reb+1ast, T.Remmerswaal 6+5reb+1ast, F.Klasztorny 2+2reb+1ast, C.Kyle 2
gschID: 541742


Stirling S. - Perth R. 78-89

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Redbacks (11-6) beat 9th ranked Stirling S. (8-9) in Perth 89-78 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for guard Marshall Nelson (188-94, college: Wayland Baptist) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Michael Vigor (206-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Redbacks players scored in double figures. Redbacks' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, college: St.Louis) replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) added 19 points in the effort for Stirling S.Redbacks maintains fourth position in League with 11-6 record. Loser Stirling S. dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Redbacks will face Magic (#14) in Mandurah in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stirling S. will play on the road against Flames (#10) in Rockingham and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perth R.: M.Nelson 26+7reb+2ast, L.Roberts 16+10reb+3ast, M.Vigor 16+11reb+7ast, B.Smith 13+4reb+5ast, I.Gattorna-Hargrave 7+3reb+1ast, R.Chappell 3+1reb
Stirling S.: C.Ellis 22+8reb+1ast, R.Vague 19+4reb+2ast, A.Bruton 11+1ast, A.Litterick 9+2reb+2ast, C.Wroe 8+8reb+5ast, T.Witts 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541741


Mandurah M. - Lakeside L. 101-103

Very expected game when 14th ranked Magic (2-16) was edged by ninth ranked Lightning (8-10) in Mandurah 103-101 on Saturday. Lightning made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Magic turnovers. It was a very good performance for swingman Corey Shervill (197) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) replied with 42 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Magic. Magic's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lightning maintains ninth position in League with 8-10 record. Loser Magic keeps the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Lightning will face Giants (#12) in Kalgoorlie in the next round. Magic will play at home against Redbacks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: C.Shervill 29+5reb+1ast, J.Padgett 17+7reb+1ast, M.Garbellini 11+1reb+1ast, D.Atkinson 11+2reb+6ast, R.Mackenzie 9+5reb, D.Morgan 9+6reb
Mandurah M.: W.McNeill 42+9reb+5ast, T.Mullenax 20+4reb+4ast, P.Ruot 19+4reb+2ast, D.Ballantyne 4+3reb+1ast, T.Remmerswaal 4+3reb, S.Julitz 4+3reb
gschID: 541740


Joondalup Wolves - East Perth E. 90-88

Very predictable result when third ranked Wanneroo (13-5) edged 11th ranked Eagles (7-12) in Joondalup 90-88 on Saturday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Wanneroo looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Reece Maxwell (186-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Wanneroo's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Mason Bragg (182-93) replied with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Eagles. Five Wanneroo and four Eagles players scored in double figures. Wanneroo maintains third position in League with 13-5 record having just fourteen point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Eagles keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Wanneroo will face league's leader Buccaneers in Wonthella in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eagles will play on the road against Cougars (#6) in Hamilton Hill and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Joondalup Wolves: R.Wright 18+8reb+2ast, R.Huntington 15+8reb+1ast, S.Salinas 14+7reb+7ast, R.Maxwell 14+7reb+12ast, R.Smyth 12+2ast, D.Matacz 12+2reb
East Perth E.: M.Bragg 19+5reb+4ast, D.Williamson 15+4reb+5ast, K.Davis 14+5reb+2ast, N.Manyang 12+2reb, J.Tupaea 10+1reb+1ast, D.Tawhiti 7+5reb
gschID: 541739


Goldfields G. - Kalamunda E.S. 89-98

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Giants (5-11) lost to thirteenth ranked Suns (5-16) in Kalgoorlie 89-98 on Saturday. Suns forced 21 Giants turnovers and had a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Rob Brandenberg (188-92, college: VCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Ryan Blanchett (202-96) contributed with 25 points for the winners. American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Giants. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Suns maintains thirteenth position in League with 5-16 record. Loser Giants keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Suns will face higher ranked Slammers (#5) in Bunbury in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: R.Blanchett 25+2reb+1ast, R.Brandenberg 18+10reb+4ast, K.Horn 16+4reb+3ast, C.Belger 9+4reb+5ast, J.Pado 8+11reb+3ast, J.Lewis 8+5reb
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 25+16reb+7ast, J.Pillard 20+10reb+4ast, M.Tierney 14, J.Reid 7+3reb, D.Goodluck 7+2reb+2ast, B.Holloway 6+1reb+9ast
gschID: 541738


Cockburn C. - Stirling S. 92-87

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Cougars (10-8) defeated 9th ranked Stirling S. (8-9) in Hamilton Hill 92-87 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stirling S. won third quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. Point guard Lochlan Cummings (183, college: Hope International) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Andrew Naymick (209-85, college: Michigan St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, college: St.Louis) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Stirling S.Four Cougars and five Stirling S. players scored in double figures. Stirling S.'s coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Cougars went down to sixth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Stirling S. dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Cougars will face Eagles (#11) in Morley in the next round where they are favorite. Stirling S. will play on the road against Flames (#10) in Rockingham and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 25+19reb+2ast, S.Chan 22+3reb+2ast, L.Cummings 21+6reb+5ast, R.Della Maddalena 10+4reb+1ast, G.Field 6+1reb+2ast, S.Van Lit 4+1reb+2ast
Stirling S.: J.Coburn 16+3reb+2ast, R.Vague 16+6reb+2ast, C.Ellis 14+6reb+5ast, A.Litterick 12+4reb+2ast, A.Naymick 12+12reb+2ast, C.Wroe 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541737


Lakeside L. - Rockingham F. 78-83

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Lightning (8-10) lost to seventh ranked Flames (8-11) in North Lake 78-83 on Friday. Lightning was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a very good performance for guard Ryan Godfrey (187-90, college: W.Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 assists. Guard Dexter Kernich-Drew (201-91, college: Washington St.) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 25 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) added 16 points, 11 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Lightning. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Flames went down to tenth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Lightning keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Flames will face league's second-placed Tigers in Willetton in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Rockingham F.: D.Kernich-Drew 21+3reb+4ast, V.Zollo 19+8reb, R.Godfrey 17+4reb+7ast, B.Samuelson 10+4reb+3ast, J.Beard 8+4reb+1ast, D.Jack 4+8reb+1ast
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 22+25reb+2ast, D.Atkinson 16+2reb+11ast, M.Garbellini 13+4reb+3ast, C.Shervill 12+6reb+1ast, M.Vinci 9+6reb+1ast, T.Parkinson 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541736


Perry Lakes H. - Joondalup Wolves 91-79

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Hawks (8-10) beat higher ranked Wanneroo (13-5) in Floreat 91-79 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-79. Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Wanneroo's players. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Ben Purser (201-90, college: Augusta) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Robert Waters (185-93, college: Wayland Baptist) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Reece Maxwell (186-90) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Wanneroo. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hawks moved-up to eighth place in League. Loser Wanneroo keeps the third position with five games lost. Hawks will face higher ranked Cougars (#6) in Hamilton Hill in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Wanneroo will play on the road against the league's leader Buccaneers having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: B.Purser 17+6reb+6ast, R.Smith 16+3reb+4ast, M.Adekponya 16+3reb+4ast, R.Waters 12+6reb+9ast, R.Cassir 11+5reb+1ast, B.Carlwell 11+6reb+1ast
Joondalup Wolves: R.Wright 24+5reb+1ast, R.Maxwell 19+5reb+2ast, S.Salinas 12+9reb+3ast, D.Matacz 11+4reb+1ast, R.Huntington 11+6reb+1ast, J.Wellsteed 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 541735


SEABL
Nunawading S. - Frankston 91-82

Very expected game when 7th ranked Frankston Blues (4-12) lost to first ranked Spectres (13-3) in East Burwood 82-91 on Saturday. Spectres made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Spectres outrebounded Frankston Blues 41-29 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for Sam McDonald (-84) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Thomas Wright contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Spectres players scored in double figures. Spectres' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Nate Buss (206-92, college: N.Iowa) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Jake Macaulay added 18 points in the effort for Frankston Blues. Spectres maintains first position in League with 13-3 record. Loser Frankston Blues keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Spectres will face Sabres (#5) in Cheltenham in the next round. Frankston Blues will play on the road against Bendigo Braves and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nunawading S.: T.Wright 19+3reb+4ast, A.Steel 18+3reb+2ast, S.Conn 16+7reb+1ast, S.McDonald 13+7reb+9ast, C. Hronopoulos 6+4reb, D.King-Hawea 6+7reb+3ast
Frankston: N.Buss 20+8reb+2ast, J.Macaulay 18+2reb+1ast, A.Francis 12+4reb, T.Smith-Milner 11+6reb+2ast, B.Lewis 9+11ast, T.Dyson 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 541855


Kilsyth C. - Sandringham S. 92-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Kilsyth Cobras (6-10) won against at home 5th ranked Sabres (6-9) 92-87 on Saturday. Kilsyth Cobras dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sabres' 38. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Auryn MacMillan (204-87, college: Gardner-Webb) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kilsyth Cobras' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Igor Hadziomerovic (193-92, college: Boise St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sabres. Five Sabres players scored in double figures. Kilsyth Cobras maintains sixth position in League with 6-10 record. Loser Sabres keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Kilsyth Cobras will face Tigers (#6) in Melbourne in the next round. Sabres will play at home against the league's leader Spectres and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth C.: D.Dillon 26+6reb+8ast, C.Patton 18+8reb, A.MacMillan 16+9reb+3ast, O.Odigie 8+8reb+5ast, K.Murphy 7+2reb+1ast, B.Ursich 6+2reb
Sandringham S.: A.Macdonald 16+3reb+1ast, J.Evans 16+11reb+1ast, J.Batish 15+3reb+1ast, I.Hadziomerovic 13+6reb+2ast, N.Crosswell 13+2ast, E.O'Day 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541856


Sandringham S. - Ballarat M. 86-92

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Sabres (6-9) lost to third ranked Ballarat Miners (10-5) in Cheltenham 86-92 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-20. But Sabres won third quarter 29-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ballarat Miners made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Ballarat Miners outrebounded Sabres 46-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a very good performance for forward Craig Moller (206-94, agency: MKP Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Peter Hooley (193-92, college: Albany) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Ballarat Miners players scored in double figures. American forward Ethan O'Day (206, college: Vermont) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks and his fellow American import forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) added 28 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sabres. Ballarat Miners moved-up to second place in League. Loser Sabres keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Ballarat Miners will face Canberra Gunners (#7) in Belconnen in the next round where they are favorite. Sabres will play at home against the league's leader Spectres and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ballarat M.: C.Moller 22+14reb+2ast, D.Usher 21+7reb+1ast, P.Hooley 18+11reb+6ast, S.Short 11+4reb+4ast, M.King-Davis 8+3reb+1ast, C.McCallum 7+4reb
Sandringham S.: J.Evans 28+6reb+2ast, E.O'Day 25+15reb, N.Crosswell 16+3reb+9ast, I.Hadziomerovic 8+4reb+4ast, J.Batish 6+3reb, A.Macdonald 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541858


Canberra G. - NW Tasmania 62-79

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (7-8) defeated 7th ranked Canberra Gunners (1-13) in Belconnen 79-62 on Saturday. NW Tasmania Thunder had a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for guard Daniel Sepokas (190-90, college: Lees-McRae) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five NW Tasmania Thunder players scored in double figures. Glenn Morison replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and guard Daniel Joyce (194-87) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Canberra Gunners. Canberra Gunners' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. NW Tasmania Thunder moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Canberra Gunners keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. NW Tasmania Thunder will face Bandits (#5) in Albury in the next round. Canberra Gunners will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ballarat Miners in Wendouree and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
NW Tasmania: C.Pal 14+10reb, J.Ingram 14+9reb+1ast, D.Sepokas 12+8reb+4ast, A.Starks 11+3reb+3ast, B.Simpson 11+5reb+1ast, B.Armstrong 8+3reb+4ast
Canberra G.: G.Morison 21+13reb+2ast, I.Morison 13+7reb+1ast, D.Joyce 9+5reb+7ast, J.Jobling 6+1reb, I.Plunkett 6+2reb, R.Kaye 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541854


BA CoE - NW Tasmania 73-90

There was no surprise when 8th ranked BA CoE (2-8) lost at home to fifth ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (7-8) 90-73 on Friday. It was a very good performance for American forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Daniel Sepokas (190-90, college: Lees-McRae) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Lat Mayen Nai (203-98) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and center Mate Colina (208-99) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BA CoE. Five NW Tasmania Thunder and four BA CoE players scored in double figures. NW Tasmania Thunder moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser BA CoE keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. NW Tasmania Thunder will face Bandits (#5) in Albury in the next round.
Top scorers:
NW Tasmania: J.Ingram 20+9reb+4ast, A.Starks 19+4ast, D.Sepokas 17+9reb+2ast, B.Richmond 14+3reb, B.Simpson 10+7reb+5ast, C.Pal 6+6reb+2ast
BA CoE: L.Mayen Nai 15+7reb+2ast, M.Colina 12+6reb+2ast, O.Hulland 12+3reb+2ast, A.Mudronja 10+3reb+4ast, D.Grida 9+1reb+1ast, M.Johns 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 541852


Dandenong R. - Mt Gambier 91-77

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Dandenong Rangers (10-6) beat at home top-ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (13-2) 91-77 on Sunday. Dandenong Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Mount Gambier Pioneers' 40. It was a very good performance for point guard Lucas Barker (183-93, college: Indianapolis) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman Chauncey Orr (193-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Brad Hill (196-86) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mount Gambier Pioneers. Five Dandenong Rangers and four Mount Gambier Pioneers players scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers' coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dandenong Rangers moved-up to third place in League. Loser Mount Gambier Pioneers still keep top position with two games lost. Dandenong Rangers will have a break next round. Mount Gambier Pioneers will play at home against Geelong Supercats and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dandenong R.: T.Lang 20+7reb, L.Barker 18+7reb+6ast, C.Orr 16+9reb+5ast, J.Oswald 16+4reb, B.McElroy 10+7reb+4ast, L.Gibcus 8
Mt Gambier: D.Alexander 23+7reb+2ast, E.Burdon 16+2reb+2ast, T.Daly 14+2reb+2ast, B.Hill 11+7reb+2ast, L.Jamieson 6+5reb+5ast, K.DeWit 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546580


Albury W.B. - Melbourne T. 107-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Tigers' (3-11) road loss to fifth ranked Bandits (8-7) in Albury 80-107 on Saturday. Bandits had a 40-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for point guard Deba George (183-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. American forward TJ Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Bandits players scored in double figures. American forward Ari Stewart (200-90, college: USC) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) added 14 points in the effort for Tigers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bandits maintains fifth position in League with 8-7 record. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Bandits will face higher ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (#4) in Ulverstone in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tigers will play at home against Kilsyth Cobras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albury W.B.: T.Robinson 22+13reb+3ast, D.George 22+8reb+11ast, M.Newton 21+10reb+1ast, J.Terrell 18+4reb+3ast, D.Harding 11+2reb, S.Dearborn 7+3reb
Melbourne T.: A.Stewart 23+8reb+2ast, D.Corletto 14+2reb+2ast, B.Dixon 12+1ast, T.Wilson 9+4reb, B.Liu 9+6reb, J.Todd 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 541857


Geelong S. - Mt Gambier 72-95

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers' (13-2) road victory over their biggest opponent Geelong Supercats (10-6) 95-72 on Saturday. Mount Gambier Pioneers had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mount Gambier Pioneers made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The former international swingman Brad Hill (196-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Mount Gambier Pioneers players scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds and power forward MaAlo Hicks (201-89) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Geelong Supercats. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first position in League with 13-2 record. Loser Geelong Supercats dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will have a break next round. Geelong Supercats will play again on the road against the league's leader Mount Gambier Pioneers (#1) in Mt Gambier and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mt Gambier: T.Daly 23+3reb+1ast, D.Alexander 22+13reb+4ast, B.Hill 18+11reb+4ast, J.Madgen 10+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 8+6reb, E.Burdon 6+2reb+4ast
Geelong S.: D.Gatlin 22+8reb+2ast, M.Hicks 16+10reb+1ast, N.Freind 9+1reb+1ast, E.Gaff 8+5reb+1ast, A.Cannan 5+6reb+1ast, L.McInerney 4+2reb
gschID: 541853


Ballarat M. - Hobart C. 81-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when their biggest opponent Chargers (10-5) lost to third ranked Ballarat Miners (10-5) in Wendouree 76-81 on Saturday. Ballarat Miners outrebounded Chargers 42-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for forward Craig Moller (206-94, agency: MKP Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Peter Hooley (193-92, college: Albany) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American swingman Robert Heyer (190, college: Boise St.) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized South Sudanese swingman Mathiang Muo (196-87, college: Charleston So.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Chargers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ballarat Miners moved-up to second place in League which they share with defeated Chargers. Ballarat Miners will face Canberra Gunners (#7) in Belconnen in the next round where they are favorite. Chargers will play at home against Bandits (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ballarat M.: C.Moller 26+10reb+2ast, D.Usher 15+4reb, P.Hooley 13+5reb+6ast, M.King-Davis 10+5reb+1ast, A.Constable 10+2reb+1ast, S.Short 5+8reb+4ast
Hobart C.: R.Heyer 22+6reb+2ast, M.Muo 15+5reb+2ast, C.Whitehead 13+3reb+3ast, L.Thomas 10+9reb+1ast, B.Radcliffe 7+1reb+1ast, T.Masunda 7+6ast
gschID: 546579


Bendigo B. - Hobart C. 89-87

A very interesting game took place in Bendigo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Chargers (10-5) to third ranked Bendigo Braves (9-7) 89-87 on Friday evening. American power forward C.J. Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Adam Doyle (176-91) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Tom Garlepp (203-86, college: UCSB) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized South Sudanese swingman Mathiang Muo (196-87, college: Charleston So.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bendigo Braves maintains third position in League with 9-7 record having just eight point less than leader Mackay M. Chargers at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Bendigo Braves' next round opponent will be Frankston Blues (#7) in Seaford. Chargers will play at home against Bandits (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bendigo B.: A.Doyle 20+6reb+4ast, D.Starks 20+4reb+4ast, M.Andronicos 19+7reb, C.Aiken 16+19reb+2ast, D.Hansen 8+1ast, C.Hogan 3+6reb+2ast
Hobart C.: T.Garlepp 23+7reb+4ast, L.Thomas 17+6reb+1ast, C.Whitehead 16+3reb+3ast, M.Muo 16+8reb+3ast, R.Heyer 8+13reb+4ast, T.Masunda 6+1ast
gschID: 546578


Waratah
Manly Warr. - Hornsby S. 81-73

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (8-6) defeated much higher ranked Spiders (9-6) in Narrabeen 81-73 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Luke Cooper (183-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Four Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players scored in double figures. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Joshua Chapman replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Daniel Moser added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spiders. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Spiders dropped to the third position with six games lost. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will face league's second-placed Bankstown Bruins in Condell Park in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Spiders will play on the road against the league's leader Sydney City Comets in Alexandria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr.: S.Blaszczynski 19+8reb+1ast, K.Painter 13+4reb+1ast, C.Wilks 12+4reb, A.Bulgin 11+3reb+2ast, L.Cooper 8+8reb+11ast, M.Cullen 5+4reb
Hornsby S.: N.Cleur 19+1reb+1ast, D.Moser 18+3reb+4ast, J.Chapman 14+12reb+1ast, D.Emery 9+4reb, K.Grewal 8+11reb+4ast, P.Emery 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 539442


Bankstown B. - Newcastle H. 92-77

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Newcastle Hunters (2-12) lost to second ranked Bankstown Bruins (10-4) in Condell Park 77-92 on Sunday. Bankstown Bruins outrebounded Newcastle Hunters 49-37 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists. Svetomir Gavrilovic contributed with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Bankstown Bruins' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Jakob Dorricott replied with 21 points and American swingman Dane Suttle (198-89, college: Pepperdine) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Newcastle Hunters. Four Newcastle Hunters players scored in double figures. Bankstown Bruins maintains second position in League with 10-4 record having just seven point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Newcastle Hunters keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Bankstown Bruins will face Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#4) in Narrabeen in the next round. Newcastle Hunters will play against Hawks (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bankstown B.: S.Gavrilovic 31+13reb+1ast, S.Markovic 25+12reb+13ast, R.Morgan 9+3reb+1ast, P.Cvjeticanin 8+10reb+1ast, P.Labua 7+2reb+2ast, M.Franco 4+1reb+4ast
Newcastle H.: J.Dorricott 21+4reb+3ast, D.Suttle 18+9reb+1ast, J.Foy 12+4reb+1ast, J.Rauch 11+7reb+2ast, M.Wilson 5+3reb+4ast, L.Jackson 4+5reb
gschID: 539444


Maitland M. - Norths Bears 86-85

Important game to mention about took place in Maitland. Sixth ranked Maitland Mustangs (8-6) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Norths Soul Sports Bears (8-6) 86-85 in the fight for the fifth place. It was a very good performance for American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. Terrell Turner contributed with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Nick Blair (185-87) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and James Maccann added 18 points and 9 assists in the effort for Norths Soul Sports Bears. Four Norths Soul Sports Bears players scored in double figures. Norths Soul Sports Bears' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Maitland Mustangs moved-up to fifth place in League. Maitland Mustangs will face Hills Hornets (#7) in Baulkham Hills in the next round. Norths Soul Sports Bears will play on the road against Crusaders in Terrigal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 26+16reb+1ast, T.Turner 23+9reb+5ast, J.Clifford 14+3reb, D.Millburn 9+2reb, J.Edwards 8+4reb+7ast, S.Huggins 6+3reb+3ast
Norths Bears: N.Blair 23+5reb+1ast, J.Maccann 18+1reb+9ast, J.Garlepp 12+5reb+1ast, L.Smith-Hyde 11+5reb+3ast, B.Rymer 7+4reb+2ast, D.Young 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 539443


Sutherland S. - Hills H. 65-71

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Hills Hornets (8-7) beat on the road 11th ranked Sutherland Sharks (1-13) 71-65 on Saturday. They outrebounded Sutherland Sharks 53-31 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Naturalized Croatian power forward Goran Veg (205) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American Isaac Turner (191-92, college: St.Vincent) replied with 23 points and Bailey Musulin added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Sutherland Sharks. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hills Hornets moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Sutherland Sharks keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Hills Hornets will face higher ranked Maitland Mustangs (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Hills H.: P.Brotherson 30+18reb+4ast, G.Veg 18+11reb+2ast, E.Duselis 8+1reb+5ast, M.Hodgins 5+4reb+4ast, M.Brown 3+9reb+1ast, J.Prakash 3+2reb+1ast
Sutherland S.: I.Turner 23+1reb+3ast, R.Simonovski 14+3reb, B.Musulin 10+5reb+7ast, J.Wilson 6+8reb, D.Berends 4+1reb, M.Duffy 3+1reb
gschID: 539441


Bankstown B. - Illawarra H. 97-57

Very expected game when 9th ranked Hawks (4-9) were smashed by second ranked Bankstown Bruins (10-4) in Condell Park 97-57 on Saturday. Bankstown Bruins dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 28. Bankstown Bruins forced 20 Hawks turnovers. Quite impressive performance for Svetomir Gavrilovic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Bankstown Bruins players scored in double figures. Point guard Lachlan Dent (184-0) replied with 13 points and Jarrod Sorenson added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bankstown Bruins maintains second position in League with 10-4 record having just seven point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Hawks keep the ninth place with nine games lost. Bankstown Bruins will face Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#4) in Narrabeen in the next round. Hawks will play at home against Newcastle Hunters (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bankstown B.: S.Gavrilovic 21+12reb+2ast, S.Markovic 18+6reb+8ast, R.Morgan 14+5reb+2ast, N.Kovacina 13+9reb, C.Petrovski 11+5reb+1ast, P.Cvjeticanin 10+7reb
Illawarra H.: L.Dent 13+3reb+3ast, B.O'Brien 9+2reb+4ast, A.Beagley 9+8reb+1ast, K.Ward 8+5reb+4ast, S.Hunter 7+5reb, J.Sorenson 7+12reb
gschID: 539440





Apoel signs Justin Baker - by Eurobasket News

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). He plays this summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. Baker managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 8 QBL games he had very impressive stats: 22.1ppg and 7.1rpg. The last season he played at BC Rakvere in Estonian Alexela KML where in 12 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.3ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. Baker also played 6 games in Baltic League where he averaged high stats: 20.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won GWC Regular Season in 2011. Baker was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Baker has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Eco Orebro) and ABA (Richmond R.).
Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended Utah Valley University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Rafaellos Petsas
Victor Ieronymides

Forward:
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Justin Baker

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Former KU forward Dwight Coleby chooses Western Kentucky as transfer destination - by Eurobasket News

Former Kansas forward Dwight Coleby (6'9''-F-94) has decided to transfer to Western Kentucky, Hilltoppers coach Rick Stansbury announced on Saturday. Coleby, a 6-foot-9 forward from Nassau, Bahamas, who announced his plans on May to leave KU, chose Western Kentucky over Louisiana Monroe and Arkansas Little Rock. Coleby will be immediately eligible to play in games as a graduate transfer. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game last season in limited duty for Kansas. 'As we continue to look to add veteran leadership, we're very excited to have Dwight join our program and family,' Stansbury said in a release. 'He brings invaluable experience to our frontcourt where it is much-needed following his two years at Ole Miss and his year playing at Kansas.' Coleby's AAU coach, Darrell Sears, told the Bowling Green Daily News that Western Kentucky's playing in the 2017 Battle4Atlantis in Nassau was a big selling point as well as the fact 'WKU is a place of tradition and basketball is a priority.' Coleby is a good friend of Louisiana Monroe junior forward Travis Munnings. Also, Coleby knows two of the coaches at Arkansas Little Rock.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com



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BABA Round 24: Leader Bridgetown gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BABA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Leader Bridgetown delivered the thirteenth win on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Bulls (6-7) 74-65. Bridgetown (13-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Bulls at the other side keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Warriors (7-6) played at the court of 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (4-11). Warriors defeated PanAm I.I. 73-60. Warriors maintains fifth position with 7-6 record. PanAm I.I. lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Warriors will play against Hawks (#8) in the next round. PanAm I.I. will have a break next round.

Cavaliers - Bulls 74-65

Leader Bridgetown delivered the thirteenth win on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Bulls (6-7) 74-65. Bridgetown (13-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Bulls at the other side keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543727


PanAm I.I. - Warriors 60-73

The game in was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Warriors (7-6) played at the court of 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (4-11). Warriors defeated PanAm I.I. 73-60. Warriors maintains fifth position with 7-6 record. PanAm I.I. lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Warriors will play against Hawks (#8) in the next round. PanAm I.I. will have a break next round.
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Besiktas add Diebler to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 29-year old American shooting guard Jon Diebler (198-93kg-88, college: Ohio State, agency: BeoBasket). He is not a newcomer in Turkish League as he played last season at Galatasaray (BSL). In 22 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Diebler helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Diebler played at Anadolu Efes. In 26 BSL games he had 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game 3-Point Contest. Diebler also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2011 Diebler was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Diebler has played previously professionally also in Greece (Panionios).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liege tabs Tyler Larson, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) inked 26-year old American guard Tyler Larson (190-86kg-91, college: S.Dakota). He played most recently at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. Larson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 29 LBL games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Larson also played 11 games in Baltic League where he was the best scorer with 13.7ppg and recorded 5.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. Larson contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. The other team he played shortly was Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL. But in only one game he did not score anything and 1 assist. Larson also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had just 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg. Larson also spent pre-season at Egis Kormend (A Division) in Hungarian league that year.
He has played also professionally in Latvia for Jekabpils.
Larson attended University of South Dakota until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Terry Deroover
Tyler Larson

Forwards:
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Katic is back at Spirou - by Greg

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old Serbian ex-international center Rasko Katic (208-114kg-80, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Spirou Charleroi as he has played here before. Katic played last season at Telenet BC Oostende in the Euromillions League. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 45 Euromillions League games he had 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Katic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Katic contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.9ppg and 4.1rpg.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans
Michael Fusek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wuerzburg signs D.J. Richardson, ex Spirou - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) signed 26-year old American guard D.J. Richardson (190-88kg-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. Richardson managed to play in three leagues last year. In 37 Euromillions League games he had 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice). Richardson also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very impressive stats: 21.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Richardson played at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 46 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 16.6ppg and got 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Richardson has played previously professionally in Austria (Gussing Knights) and Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat).
He attended University of Illinois until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maurice Stuckey
D.J. Richardson

Forwards:
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Osvaldas Olisevicius

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

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2017 TOP 10 YOUNG PROSPECTS IN THE COUNTRY! - by Chris Mathieu

2017 TOP 10 YOUNG PROSPECTS IN THE COUNTRY!

I only included players born in the year 2000 and after. Many of the older players born in 1998-99 have gotten plenty of exposure already with the BiH U16 and U18 teams. I also excluded Tarik Biberovic and Amar Mehic who have gotten plenty of attention already internationally and are well known to basketball in Europe fans. I slanted my ranking towards older players as they are more of a known commodity, rather than kids who are 13-14 years old.

1. Dalibor Ilic: Dalibor is an elite player who has already played with the Sr Igokea team this season. He is routinely the best player on the court for his team as well as the best player in multiple international tournaments. He can shoot the ball with range, rebounds well and can make plays passing the ball. At 203cm he has ideal height for his natural position of SF and routinely dominates opponents. He originally agreed to play for the BiH National Team before some people within KSBiH and Serbia stepped in and helped sway him to play for the Serbia National Team a major blow to basketball in BiH.

2. Adi Alikadic: Adi is well known basketball junky, he's played for the NT, for his Native Gorazde in D3 BiH, helping the team get a promotion to the A1 league next season as well as getting loaned out to an A1 team already during the season. If that wasn't enough he played in the U18 league for KOS after the season as well as representing BiH Internationally. He is explosive, can handle the ball, pass and score points in bunches. He may not be a natural PG and lacks SG size but is one of the best prospects in BiH and his hard work and energy is infectious amongst his teammates.

3. Dejan Pavlovic: One of the most interesting young players in BiH is only 14 years old but might be the best player of his age in BiH. He already has good size at 186cm and looks like he will continue to add size in the length due to his tender age. He dominates his opponents physically due to his developed game, he has an explosive offensive game, can score inside the paint and out and can knock down an open jumper out to the three point line. He also is a strong passer and for his age has very few weaknesses, he really needs a challenge and should face better competition if he is to maximize his talents.

4. Harun Husienspahic: Harun is an intriguing prospect at 198cm guard who dominates his opponents with his size and skill. He isn't a great shooter and that, as well as average athleticism is his greatest limitations at this point. If he get stronger and develops physically he could turn out to be a very solid guard in Europe in the next few years. I expect him to play with the U16 team this summer and could be one of the better players on the team. It will be interesting to see him get international exposure. He's another player who could use a better program to maximize his ability.

5. Nikola Micic: Herenda is a better athlete but Micic is more polished, is a better shooter and all around better player. He looks like he will get a chance to play for Spars senior team in the next 2-3 years and should get plenty of opportunities to present himself internationally playing with a top notch program like Spars is, who routinely play in international tournaments.

6. Omar Pajic: Omar is an interesting player and is with one of the best programs in BiH in developing young talent with Zrinjski Mostar. He has good touch in the paint and can score around the rim and uses his 205cm frame to overpower opponents in the paint. Unless his grows and gains strength however, he is likely to struggle to continue to develop due to his limited athleticism and range.

7. Vuk Bojanic: Incredibly young at 13 years old and long at that age at 186cm he looks like one of the best young players in BiH. He is highly skilled and talented and can score inside and outside the paint; he physically dominates opponents and is one of the younger players in the U14 league to regularly get playing time. It's really hard to project 13 year olds as far as developing into professionals but Vuk is one of the most promising young players in BiH today.

8. Nikola Radovanovic: Another incredibly young player at 14 years old who has excellent size at 196cm he was must see in the Bosnian youth leagues. He put up crazy numbers not seen since Dzanan Musa played in Bosnia. That said he is physically more developed than other players his age and he benefits greatly from his size advantage. He can score inside and outside the paint but is inconsistent from the perimeter which isn't unusual for a player who still growing. He has excellent timing and feel for rebounding and has good intangibles that help him win the battles on the court.

9. Deni Radak: One of my favorite players in the Spars system has a very good skill set, he can score, rebound, pass and when he wants to defend. He is very raw and inconsistent at this point and has some questions of focus but skill wise is one of the best players in BiH. He isn't an elite athlete but has very good size 198cm and is only 15 years old and has routinely played in the U18 league against older competition. As other players catch up physically though his lack of athleticism could become more pronounced and limit his upside overall as a pro.

10. Armano Gacic: A very interesting prospect at the point guard position with excellent size at 193cm and room to grow at only 14 years old. He is incredibly raw and plays on a poor team which means he can shoot at will without a thought to situation or timing in a game. He can get others involved and has pretty good handles already but he really needs to play in a better, more structured system. He routinely plays huge minutes for his team and just launches shot after shot in game situations. He looks like he will likely become a SG or SF depending on how he grows as he is not a natural passer. He actually would benefit from playing off the ball but his team cannot afford to take the ball out of his hands as he is supremely talented in comparison to his teammates.
Honorable Mention: F/C Nedim Omerovic, G Ohran Spago, F Mehmed Spago, C Alija Islamovic, F Tomislav Ivisic, G Bekir Coric, G Nino Herenda, C Alen Bejtic, C Sasa Antunovic, C Kenan Kamenjas, PG Tarik Islamovic



Sehovic re-signs at Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Montenegrin international swingman Suad Sehovic (197-100kg-87). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Sehovic has played there for the last four seasons. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 8 Eurocup games he had 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Sehovic also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. And finally he contributed to 9 games in Erste Liga where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. Sehovic helped them to win the league title (twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year back in 2014.
Sehovic also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Sehovic has played also professionally in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Ukraine (Budivelnyk and Khimik) and Bosnia (Bosna-Royal).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djordje Ninkovic (ex Leotar) is a newcomer at Nova Ves - by Michal Duchovic

BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Bosnian center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93). He has played for the last seven seasons at Leotar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 18 games he recorded 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ninkovic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.

BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Lenart
Lukas Krajnak
Adam Antoni

Forward:
Viktor Juricek

Center:
Djordje Ninkovic



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FIBA conditionally lifts Brazil suspension; advises Mexico to avoid sanctions - by Eurobasket News

FIBA's Executive Committee has decided to lift the suspension of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation under a set of agreed upon conditions but have warned the Mexican Federation that it could face sanctions if it does not meet certain statutory requirements. Brazil [CBB] were suspended in November 2016 as they still needed restructuring and were not fully complying with its obligations as a national member federation of FIBA under the applicable general statutes. Since the suspension though, the CBB are under new management but the Executive Committee stressed that the coming weeks are crucial for the future of the federation in order to comply with FIBA membership criteria. The Mexican Federation [ADEMEBA] were originally suspended in November 2015 but were reinstated two months later before the Olympic Qualifiers. The Executive Committee insisted that the so-far successful implementation of reforms in ADEMEBA now needs to be finalised. As a result, it approved a timeline of actions, with a strong emphasis on governance, financial guarantees and sports planning which ADEMEBA must comply with in order to avoid a possible reinstatement of the suspension.
Courtesy of: talkbasket.net



Aguada adds Hettsheimer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Santeros de Aguada (BSN) added to their roster 31-year old Brazilian international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-118kg-86). He is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. The last season he played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 15 games he recorded 8.5ppg and 3.7rpg. Hettsheimer also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg and 3.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB. In 14 games he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg and 7.8rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hettsheimer played in the final of Paulista League in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Player of the Year in 2016.
Hettsheimer has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Hettsheimer also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg.
Hettsheimer's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Hettsheimer has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Vic and Blusens Monbus) and Brazil (COC Ribeirao).
On Hettsheimer: Not so tall to play at center, he manages to keep the position thanks to powerful body and athletic skills. He could became a good PF, because he knows how to step out and hit the basket from mid-range. Has defensive mentality, but needs to improve this part of the game. Has yet upside, however.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga Ouro Round 2 of Finals. Joinville level title series - by Eurobasket News

Botafogo F.R. - Joinville 68-76

Joinville beat Botafogo on the road to even the championship series at 1-1. Strangely Botafogo F.R. outrebounded Joinville 37-25 including 25 on the offensive glass. Guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) replied with 30 points and the former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) added 17 points in the effort for Botafogo F.R.Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: J.Smith 30+1reb+1ast, A.Filho 17+1reb, R.Ferreira 6+6reb+3ast, P.Flowers 6+5reb+1ast, A.Moreira 4+9reb+1ast, R.da Silva 3+2ast
Joinville: F.Vezaro 23+3reb+3ast, M.Dias 18+1reb, A.Pereira 17+5reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 6+7reb+11ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 6+5reb, L.Vezaro 4+1reb+1ast
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Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Awards 2017 - by Paulo Freire

Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 1st Team 2017
Kendall Anthony
Anthony
Desmond Holloway
Holloway
Alex Garcia
Garcia
Marquinhos Vieira
Vieira
Rafael Hettsheimer
Hettsheimer

Player of the Year: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
Guard of the Year: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
Forward of the Year: Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo
Center of the Year: Vjekoslav Rafaeli (91) of Quilicura
Import Player of the Year: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
Domestic Player of the Year: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
Young Player of the Year: Alexey Borges (188-PG-95) of Franca
Sixth Player of the Year: Arthur Pecos (183-PG-95) of Paulistano
Most Improved Player of the Year: George Lucas (195-PG-96) of Paulistano
Coach of the Year: Gustavo Conti of Paulistano

1st Team
PG: Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru
G: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
G: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
SF: Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo
C: Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) of Atenas

2nd Team
PG: Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) of Brasilia
G: David Jackson (195-G-82) of Vasco Da G.
SG: Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi
PF: Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru
C/F: Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) of Brasilia

Honorable Mention
Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) of Flamengo
Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87) of Vitoria
Tyrone Curnell (203-F-88) of Mogi
Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) of Brasilia
SG: Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-SG-88) of Campo Mourao
G: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
SF: Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo
C: Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) of Atenas

All-Imports Team
PG: Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru
G: David Jackson (195-G-82) of Vasco Da G.
SG: Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi
G: Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros
F: Drew Maynard (200-F-89) of Minas

All-Defensive Team
SG: Jimmy de Oliveira (191-SG-90) of Mogi
G: Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru
F: Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) of Flamengo
SF: Alexandre de Souza (202-SF-92) of L.Sorocaba
C: Leonardo Klassmann (208-C-89) of B.Cearense



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All hell breaks loose at opening of BVI Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

A mass physical fight erupted in the second game of a double header at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town on Saturday June 10, 2017. The brawl brought the opening night of the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) 2017 League to a disgraceful and premature end. At the time of the disruption, Mystics from Virgin Gorda were leading Latinos from Long Bush, Tortola 27-14 with 9:33 minutes on the clock for the second period. The fight reportedly started between a player from the Latino team, Ruben O. Reyes who had just been given a Technical Foul and ejected from the game, and a member of the public. The fight then spilled over to a mass brawl involving both players and fans. Reyes now ban for life from Town League The player, Mr Reyes, and spectators had exchanged some words after which Mr Reyes slapped a fan, according to eyewitnesses. Shortly after the fight broke out, involving dozens more spectators and team members. There were about three fights for the night over the same incident, as is now being circulated on social network. Police were also called in as there were threats being made by some fans. The Referees had no choice but to abandon the game, giving it to Virgin Gorda's Mystics. Federation Officials, concerned as to the damage done to the reputation of the game, did not speak to the media immediately after the incident. However, Vice President of the BVI Basketball Federation, Keith '88' Malone, speaking exclusively to our newsroom this morning June 11, 2017, said 'that kind of behaviour will not be accepted and that player from the Latino team will be banned from the Federation League for life'. Mr Malone warned that 'a strong message will be sent to each team in the effect that any player bringing negative attitude to the sports or fans will be faced with similar actions, as zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour is in effect'. Games continue tonight It is our newsroom's understanding that Mr Reyes is currently under a three year suspension from the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League for unsportsmanlike behaviour. His suspension is expected to end in 2018. It is not clear how his life ban from the Federation League will affect his return to the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League, as Officials from that organisation could not be reached for comments. Play in the Federation League is expected to continue tonight June 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM with 2 games, Mavs vs Jr Stars and Legs vs Future.
Courtesy of: timescaribbeanonline.com



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Huracanes del Atlantico lands Aaron Jones, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) landed 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He played most recently at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 33 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg and 1.5bpg last season. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he had 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg (in top 5) and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Jones received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
Jones attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chris Boucher signs at the Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) landed 24-year old Saint Lucian-Canadian power forward Chris Boucher (208-91kg-93). He just graduated from Oregon (NCAA). In 31 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.5bpg last season. Boucher helped them to make it to the final and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
Boucher has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Boucher's college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. He received also NJCAA D1 Players of the Year award in 2015.
Boucher has played previously for Jaguars.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djimrabaye is back at Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProB) added to their roster 25-year old Central African ex-international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92). It is actually his comeback to Entente Orleans 45 as he has played here before. Djimrabaye is not a newcomer in French League where he played last season at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA). ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Djimrabaye played also at Gravelines Dunkerque (also in ProA). In 24 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg.
Djimrabaye played in the final of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2013.
He was also a member of Central African international program for some years. Djimrabaye played for Central African Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
He also represented Central Africa at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.6%, FT: 77.3%.
Djimrabaye's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. Djimrabaye has played previously professionally in France (Berck, JA Vichy, Denain Voltaire, Charleville Mezieres and Le Portel) and Central Africa (ASOPT).

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Antoine Mendy
Miralem Halilovic
Gaylor Curier
Mouhamed Diagne

Centers:
Jimmy Djimrabaye
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Smith's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Ashton Smith (187-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Sabios and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 31 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Sabios in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Aguilas (#7, 4-10) with 32-point margin 99-67. Sabios is placed at 3rd position in Colombian league. Sabios 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 7-7 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Sabios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 50.4% FGP and 41.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kregg Jones (203-F-91). He is Barbados forward in his first season at Sabios. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Of course together with Smith he helped Sabios with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Aguilas (#7, 4-10) 99-67. This victory allowed Sabios to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 7-7 record is not bad at all. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Sabios and similarly like Ashton Smith has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of league's leader Fast Break. Ortiz scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Fast Break, leading his team to a 88-85 win against #2 ranked Academia in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Fast Break as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Ortiz has a great season in Colombia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luis Almanza (196-F-91) of Condores - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) of Academia - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Jhon Romero (199-F-85) of Piratas - 21 points and 13 rebounds
7. Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Piratas - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Sneed (196-G-82) of Fast Break - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Oscar Balbuena (195-S/G-94) of Academia - 16 points and 6 rebounds
10. Simon Granados (182-PG-93) of Academia - 23 points and 4 assists

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



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Ribola Kastela will not extend contract of coach Ivica Celan - by Zeljko Zule

Newly promoted Ribola Kastela has mutually agreed not to activate the extension clause in contract of head coach Ivica Celan, citing personal reasons.
Celan took over Ribola Kastela in January 2016 and failed to avoid relegation from the A1 League. In the following season, Celan led the team to the second place in A2 League South Division with a 17-1 record and then to the second place in A2 League Championship Stage with a 15-1 record, 32-2 season overall.
Celan previously led nearby Trogir for nine seasons.



Zeljko Sakic (ex Cibona) signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) landed 29-year old Croatian international forward Zeljko Sakic (204-98kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. Sakic managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 32 A1 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 6.8rpg (#5 in the league), 2.6apg and 1.0spg. Sakic helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Sakic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Sakic also played 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.3apg. And finally he contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sakic played at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL. In 35 games he got remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Sakic contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Sakic also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
Sakic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Sakic represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Sakic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Spain (La ICL Manresa).
Sakic's game is described as: A very solid inside player, not so quick but with strong body and hands. He' s not so athletic, but defends well and doesn' t fear anyone.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Center:
Ousmane Barro

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @avlijas12)

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Zaragoza tabs Lovro Mazalin, ex Zadar - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) inked 20-year old Croatian small forward Lovro Mazalin (204-97). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 24 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg last season. Mazalin helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 23 games in ABA League where he had 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Mazalin played at Cedevita (also in A1). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 13 A1 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg. Mazalin contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Mazalin also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got just 2.1ppg. He also played 11 games in ABA League where he got only 2.7ppg.
Despite young age Mazalin had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award in 2016.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. Mazalin's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.9ppg), 7.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 83.8%.
Mazalin has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cibona, Kaptol and Petrinja.
His game is described as: He can split his playing time between the 2 and the 3 spots, thanks to good ball handling and court vision. But he's expected to become a 6-9 small forward, with quickness and a great 2-point shooting ability. Compared to Danilo Gallinari and Tornike Shengeila, has a britght future.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Iccan keeps Hernandez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) re-signed 28-year old Cuban forward Darol Hernandez (206-95kg-89). He played there last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. The last season Hernandez played at BK Grodno-93 (Premier League) in Belarus where in 32 games he averaged 5.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 2015-16 season. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final.
Hernandez has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Hernandez has played previously professionally in Cuba (Capitalinos and Capitalinos), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Quevedo) and Belarus (BGU Minsk).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Apoel signs Justin Baker - by Eurobasket News

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). He plays this summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. Baker managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 8 QBL games he had very impressive stats: 22.1ppg and 7.1rpg. The last season he played at BC Rakvere in Estonian Alexela KML where in 12 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.3ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. Baker also played 6 games in Baltic League where he averaged high stats: 20.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won GWC Regular Season in 2011. Baker was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Baker has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Eco Orebro) and ABA (Richmond R.).
Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended Utah Valley University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Rafaellos Petsas
Victor Ieronymides

Forward:
Christos Karampatakis

Centers:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Justin Baker

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pavel Benes Named Head Coach at BC Kolin - by Surujh Roopnarine

Former Czech National Team member Pavel Benes (190-G-75) has been named the new head coach of BC BK Geosan Kolin. Benes 42, has signed a three-year contract with BK Geosan Kolin and it will be hist forst time as a head coach in the NBL. He spent the past few years leading Nymburk's U19 squad, this past season to a 4th place finish as well as an assistant on the Senior National Team under Ronin Ronen Ginzburg.


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Washington Wizards purchase a G League team - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards have acquired the right to own and operate a G League team starting in the 2018-19 season. The deal between Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the NBA's minor-league system, formerly known as the D-League, was announced Wednesday morning. The agreement will make Washington the 27th NBA team to own and operate a G League franchise. The team will play its 24 annual home games in the new sports and entertainment arena slated for construction on the St. Elizabeths campus in Ward 8 in Southeast. The project is expected to seat 4,200, be ready for the 2018-19 season and provide a home to Washington's G League team and the Washington Mystics. The Wizards will also have a practice facility on the premises. The arena is part of an expansive renovation project on the campus of the former psychiatric hospital. Events DC - which is responsible for the building, Monumental is leasing the space - projects a September of 2018 opening and expected work to begin in early June. Keeping to that timeline is crucial for the Wizards' plans there. Wizards training camp began Sept. 29 last season. The then-D-League opened last season Nov. 5, 2016. Wizards coach Scott Brooks has mentioned multiple times that having a G League team would be beneficial for development continuity within the organization. Washington spent last season with three undrafted free agents sitting on the end of its bench. Those players - and others - would have been well-served by spending time in the D-League. Sheldon Mac, for example, bounced between the D-League and the NBA. When he went to the D-League, Mac played in a different system and parachuted into a roster of players that had been with the team for months. 'The NBA G League has been a great resource for us over the years, both for calling up talent and for allowing young players on our roster to gain more on-court experience,' said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld in a statement. 'Having our own team, selecting the front office and coaching staff and being able to implement our system will allow us to further enhance our player and staff development program moving forward.'
Courtesy of: washingtontimes.com



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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Suero, Indios SFM29.7 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR21.3 
 3. Bailey, Reales LV20.5 
 4. Santana, Titanes .20.2 
 5. Guzman, Soles SD20.0 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.19.4 
 7. Freeman, Caner.19.1 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM18.6 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.18.3 
 10. Foster, Huracane.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.5 
 2. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 3. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 4. Shannon, Indios S.9.0 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.8 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD8.4 
 7. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.8.1 
 9. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.8 
 2. De-Leon, Metros S.5.2 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM5.1 
 4. Miller, Leones SD4.6 
 5. Ruiz, Soles SD4.5 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD4.4 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.4.1 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD3.8 
 9. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 10. Dicent, Metros S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Suero, Indios SFM2.0 
 2. Beidler, Huracane.2.0 
 3. Fortuna, Titanes .1.8 
 4. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 5. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 6. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 7. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 9. Montas, Caneros LR1.4 
 10. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.4 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.6 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.4 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.4 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.3 
 6. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.1 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.1.1 
 9. Santana, Titanes .0.9 
 10. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 


LNB Round 10: Metros STGO lose to Caneros LR - by Eurobasket News

Round 10 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Metros STGO (8-3). They were defeated by fourth ranked Caneros LR (6-6) 116-109 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Metros STGO. Caneros LR made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) scored 28 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caneros LR maintains fourth position with 6-6 record. Metros STGO at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Indios SFM. Metros STGO will play next round against strong Leones SD trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Caneros LR will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Indios SFM as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Indios SFM edged 4th ranked Caneros LR in San Francisco 95-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caneros LR. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Gerardo Suero supported him with 29 points. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) did not help to save the game for Caneros LR. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Caneros LR at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Caneros LR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Indios SFM will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Titanes Licey at San Cristobal.
Titanes Licey (#4) was upset in La Vega by seventh ranked Reales LV 99-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Titanes Licey. Ollie Bailey fired 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Brian Williams produced 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Reales LV maintains seventh position with 4-7 record. Loser Titanes Licey dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Huracanes PP. Reales LV will meet higher ranked Leones SD (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Titanes Licey will play against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Santo Domingo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Huracanes PP (5-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Soles SD (2-9). Huracanes PP smashed Soles SD 87-65. Worth to mention a great performance of Maurice Carter who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huracanes PP moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Titanes Licey. Soles SD lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Huracanes PP's next round opponent will be Titanes Licey (#5) in San Cristobal.

Indios SFM - Caneros LR 95-93

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Indios SFM as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Indios SFM edged 4th ranked Caneros LR in San Francisco 95-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caneros LR. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 27-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Indios SFM made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) supported him with 29 points. Five Indios SFM players scored in double figures. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) did not help to save the game for Caneros LR. His fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) added 24 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Caneros LR at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Caneros LR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Indios SFM will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Titanes Licey at San Cristobal.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 26+8reb+2ast, A.Freeman 24+1ast, A.Williams 11+2reb+1ast, J.Pablo Montas 8+5reb, E.Soliman 6+4reb+3ast, R.Scott 5+3reb+1ast
Indios SFM: G.Suero 29+4reb+2ast, T.Shannon 21+13reb+1ast, A.Salas Flores 14+7reb, J.Miguel Suero 12+4reb+5ast, A.Gibbs 11+4ast, F.Garcia 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546065


Soles SD - Huracanes PP 65-87

The game in Santo Domingo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Huracanes PP (5-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Soles SD (2-9). Huracanes PP smashed Soles SD 87-65. It looked good early as Soles SD took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Huracanes PP had a 30-12 second period charge getting the lead and Soles SD was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-87. Huracanes PP dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Soles SD's 36. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Huracanes PP players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican guard Hector Maldonado (185-91, agency: Basket Management Solutions) replied with 12 points and Bahamas guard Michael Carey-Jr (196-93, college: Wagner) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Soles SD. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huracanes PP moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Titanes Licey. Soles SD lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Huracanes PP's next round opponent will be Titanes Licey (#5) in San Cristobal.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: H.Maldonado 12+4reb+2ast, R.Ruiz 11+2reb, C.Hall 8+5reb, M.Guzman 8+3reb, A.Goods 7+4reb, M.Carey Jr. 7+9reb+1ast
Huracanes PP: M.Carter 15+2reb+5ast, K.Beidler 13+6reb, A.Jones 12+8reb, A.Young 11+2reb, B.Polanco 10+2reb+1ast, D.Nunez 8+2ast
gschID: 546064


Reales LV - Titanes Licey 99-76

Titanes Licey (#4) was upset in La Vega by seventh ranked Reales LV 99-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Titanes Licey. The game was mostly controlled by Reales LV. Titanes Licey managed to win second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Reales LV especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) fired 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Reales LV players scored in double figures. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) added 13 points and 7 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. Reales LV maintains seventh position with 4-7 record. Loser Titanes Licey dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Huracanes PP. Reales LV will meet higher ranked Leones SD (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Titanes Licey will play against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: T.Woodbury 14+4reb+2ast, E.Santana 13+7reb+1ast, B.Williams 13+7reb+3ast, K.Perez 8, U.Thomas 6+2reb+1ast, H.Valdez 6+2reb
Reales LV: O.Bailey 27+9reb+3ast, J.Maye 17+5reb+1ast, A.Okosun 13+6reb, A.Pena 10+6reb+2ast, J.Coronado 8+4reb+8ast, Y.Minaya 7+3ast
gschID: 546062


Caneros LR - Metros STGO 116-109

Round 10 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Metros STGO (8-3). They were defeated by fourth ranked Caneros LR (6-6) 116-109 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Metros STGO. Caneros LR made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) scored 28 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caneros LR maintains fourth position with 6-6 record. Metros STGO at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Indios SFM. Metros STGO will play next round against strong Leones SD trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Caneros LR will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: F.Gaines 21+4reb+1ast, E.Vargas 21+9reb+3ast, R.Glenn 21+15reb+3ast, A.De Leon 13+3reb+11ast, R.Soliver 11+5reb+4ast, A.Nunez 9+8reb+1ast
Caneros LR: A.Freeman 28+3reb+4ast, T.Gilder 17+8reb+2ast, M.Evangelista 15+8reb, A.Williams 14+5reb+5ast, O.Sanchez 13+5reb+1ast, J.Garcia 12+7reb
gschID: 546063





Huracanes del Atlantico lands Aaron Jones, ex Beroe - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) landed 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He played most recently at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL league. In 33 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg and 1.5bpg last season. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he had 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg (in top 5) and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Jones received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
Jones attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Goods comes back to Soles de Santo Domingo, ex Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) inked 30-year old American guard Anthony Goods (191-91kg-87, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports). It is actually his comeback to Santo Domingo as he has played here before. Goods played most recently at Energa Czarni in Polish PLK league. In 26 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.0apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Goods also played that season for Pau Lacq Orthez in French ProA where in four games he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2009 Goods was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in third round (36th overall).
He attended Stanford University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Goods won Liga Americas championship title in 2016. He received also All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention award back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Goods is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Goods has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Israel (Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Holon and Ironi Nes Ziona), Italy (BancaTercas), Ukraine, Venezuela (Trotamundos and Guaros), France (Cholet Basket) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
His game is described as: A versatile guard who can score a lot in few minutes. Plays in the 2 position with energy, can help his team even at the defensive side.

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Anthony Young (ex Arecibo) agreed terms with Huracanes del Atlantico - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Anthony Young (200-113kg-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 9 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. The last season Young played at Larre Borges in Uruguayan LUB where in 32 games he was the best scorer with impressive 25.4ppg and had 6.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Young's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Young has played previously professionally in Argentina (Penarol), Germany (ETB Wohnbau and BSV Wulfen), Venezuela (Gigantes) and Uruguay (Bigua, U Universitario and Montevideo BC).
He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Suero's 25 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old shooting guard Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Indios SFM and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Indios SFM as his team was edged out by Titanes Licey (#5, 5-6) 96-92. Indios SFM maintains the 2nd position in Dominican Rep. league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Indios SFM will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Suero had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Indios SFM, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Suero has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.2ppg. Suero is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.3rpg), assists (2nd best: 5.1apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 57.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR. He is American forward in his first season at Caneros LR. In the last game Gilder recorded impressive 35 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Caneros LR to edge the lower-ranked Reales LV (#7, 4-7) by 2 points 89-87. This victory allowed Caneros LR to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 6-5 record is not bad at all. Gilder is one of the most experienced players at Caneros LR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#2). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Indios SFM's star - forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79). Shannon scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Indios SFM, helping his team with a 93-92 win against #3 ranked Leones SD in a game of the week. Indios SFM needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Shannon has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Titanes Licey - 33 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Leones SD - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Carl Hall (202-F-89) of Soles SD - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Miguel Evangelista (91) of Caneros LR - 10 points and 11 rebounds
9. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 29 points and 4 rebounds
10. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Abdoulaye N'Doye (ex Apollon) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) inked 28-year old Senegalese center Abdoulaye N'Doye (213-89, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played most recently at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 7 games he recorded 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) N'Doye was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in fifth round (91st overall).
The former Texas A&M - Commerce (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball. N'Doye played in the final of Iranian Superleague.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team award in 2015.
N'Doye represented Senegal at the European Championships U16 in Latvia three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 69.6%.
N'Doye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). N'Doye has played previously professionally in Georgia (Kutaisi), ABA (N.Dallas V.) and Iran (Naft Abadan).

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GECR Indalo lands Luis Riascos - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) tabbed Ecuadorian international swingman Luis Riascos (193). He played in the summer at Halcones in Colombian Liga DirecTV.
Riascos also represented Ecuador at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.

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Cardenas is back at Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Ecuadorian ex-international guard Raul Cardenas (190-82, college: Faulkner). It is actually his comeback to Guayaquil as he has played here before. Cardenas played last season at Umbra in Italian Serie C Silver.
He won Ecuadorian National League championship title in 2015.
Cardenas also represented Ecuador at the South American Championships in Isla Margarita (Venezuela) three years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 77.4%.
Cardenas has played previously professionally in Germany (Crailsheim Merlins) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito, Mavort, La Salle, Importadora and ComuniKT).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Barcelona.
Cardenas attended Faulkner University until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Cardenas: Combination guard who has great court vision. Has the ability to drive to the basket and create shots for others Plays the game with flare.

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Jovanni Diaz (ex Cocodrilos) signs at Juvenil - by Eurobasket News

Juvenil de Vinces (National League) landed 25-year old Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92). He played most recently at Cocodrilos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 27 games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.7rpg last season. Diaz also played for Club Deportes Puente Alto in Chilean Liga Nacional that season where in 26 games he had very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Diaz has played also professionally in Colombia (Piratas) and Peru (Regatas).

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Iccan keeps Alvarez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) re-signed 25-year old Uruguayan center Juan Pablo Alvarez (201-92). He played there last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Alvarez represented Uruguay at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) -09 (Finalist): 5 games: 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 36.1%, FT: 70.0% seventeen years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 36.1%, FT: 70.0%.
Alvarez has played previously professionally also in Uruguay (Bigua, Yale and Verdirrojo).

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Iccan keeps Hernandez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) re-signed 28-year old Cuban forward Darol Hernandez (206-95kg-89). He played there last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. The last season Hernandez played at BK Grodno-93 (Premier League) in Belarus where in 32 games he averaged 5.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 2015-16 season. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final.
Hernandez has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Hernandez has played previously professionally in Cuba (Capitalinos and Capitalinos), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Quevedo) and Belarus (BGU Minsk).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ignacio Ramos agreed terms with Santa Ana - by Eurobasket News

MC El Brasil Santa Ana (Liga MB) inked 25-year old point guard Ignacio Ramos (170-92). The last time (16) he played at Halcones in Salvadorean Liga MB.

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Brandon Davies (ex Monaco) agreed terms with Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) inked 26-year old American center Brandon Davies (208-109kg-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at AS Monaco Basket in French ProA. In 30 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg last season. Davies helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A where in 30 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg. Davies also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.6apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Davies has played previously professionally also in NBA (LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Phi.76ers).
He attended Brigham Young University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hersek re-signs at Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 29-year old international power forward Baris Hersek (207-88). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 25 BSL games he recorded just 1.6ppg last season. Hersek helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Hersek also played 2 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 2.0ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team back in 2008.
Hersek has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Hersek represented Turkey at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.3ppg, 1.5rpg.
Hersek has played previously for seven other teams: Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka, Darussafaka, Besiktas, Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, Pertevniyal and Besiktas.

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Higgins agreed on terms of contract extension with CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) to confirm in their roster 28-year old American guard Cory Higgins (195-82kg-89, college: Colorado). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 32 Euroleague games he had 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. Higgins helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Higgins contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
In 2011 he was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in first round (7th overall).
The former University of Colorado staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Higgins was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
He is quite experienced player. Higgins has played also professionally in Turkey (Gaziantep), NBA (Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn

Center:
Kyle Hines

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Brose Baskets land Augustine Rubit - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) tabbed 28-year old American forward Augustine Rubit (201-107kg-89, college: S.Alabama). He has played for the last two years at Ratiopharm in the BBL. In 36 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg last season. Rubit helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Rubit also played 12 games in Eurocup where he had 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Rubit has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements he received NABC Division I All-District 24 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Rubit has played previously for another German team Walter Tigers.
He attended University of South Alabama until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Brose Baskets Bamberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryce Taylor

Forwards:
Elias Harris
Augustine Rubit
Luka Mitrovic
Arnoldas Kulboka

Coach: Andrea Trinchieri

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Khimki lands Stefan Markovic - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) tabbed 29-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Markovic (197-99kg-88). He played most recently at Zenit (VTB). In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 9.1apg and 1.4spg last season. Markovic helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he had 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.6apg (top 2) and 1.4spg. Markovic contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. Markovic contributed in the Supercup final. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.9apg.
Among other achievements Markovic's team won Turkish League Regular Season in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Markovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Markovic 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: 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg.
Markovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Spain (Valencia Basket), Serbia (Atlas and Vrsac) and Turkey (Banvit).
Let's have closer look into Markovic's outlook: A modern PG, very athletic and quick. Sees well the court and has great passing time and leadership. Scores above all in penetration, he's working to improve his shot from the distance. Has a huge wingspan that allows him to cover passing lines and to defend very well on almost all the opponents on the perimeter.

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FC Barcelona may tab Shane Larkin - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American point guard Shane Larkin (180-80kg-92, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. In 37 Liga Endesa games he had 14.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.9apg (top 5) and 1.4spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to 2nd Team. Larkin also played 33 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Larkin played at the Nets in NBA. In 78 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg.
In 2013 Larkin was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (18th overall). He attended University of Miami, Florida and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Larkin's college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted HS 6A Player of the Year runner up back in 2010 and 2011.
Larkin has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks) and D-League (Texas Legends).

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Dairis Bertans could agree terms with EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to land 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89) who played last time at Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkey. In 23 BSL games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bertans also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Bertans played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Bertans won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
Bertans has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Bertans also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, Valmiera/ORDO-2 and ASK Riga).

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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Jason RICH
  Paris-Levallois
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.5 
 2. Clark, Chalon17.5 
 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
 Louis LABEYRIE
  Paris-Le.
  (209-C/F-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 2. Fall, Chalon8.3 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 2. Roberson, Chalon6.6 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 8. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 10. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fall, Chalon2.0 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 8. Ibekwe, Chalon0.9 
 9. Jean-Charles, AS.0.9 
 10. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.0.8 


Chalon celebrate ProA title - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Strasbourg 74:65

Chalon have been crowned ProA champions. They held off Strasbourg in the decisive fifth game of the title series. Jeremy Nzeulie (188-SG-91) provided 14 points for the champions. He was named the MVP.
Chalon eked out a 19:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout intense second term. Chalon ensured a 34:32 halftime lead. Strasbourg limited Chalon to just 12 points in the third term to take a one-point advantage at the final intermission. But Chalon unloaded 28 points in the fourth stanza to ice the victory. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91, college: Oklahoma) provided 14 points, while Lance Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) added 11 points for the winners. Paul Lacombe (195-G-90, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 15 points for Strasbourg. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Chalon: Jeremy Nzeulie 14, Cameron Clark 14, Lance Harris 11
Strasbourg: Paul Lacombe 15, Jeremy Leloup 12



Brandon Davies (ex Monaco) agreed terms with Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) inked 26-year old American center Brandon Davies (208-109kg-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at AS Monaco Basket in French ProA. In 30 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg last season. Davies helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A where in 30 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg. Davies also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.6apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Davies has played previously professionally also in NBA (LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Phi.76ers).
He attended Brigham Young University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nancy lands Philippe Braud - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProB) tabbed 32-year old shooting guard Philippe Braud (194-85) from JL Bourg Basket. He has played there for the last five years. In 34 ProB games he averaged 7.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. Braud helped them to win the ProB title (twice) (also twice).
He was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2005.
Braud has played previously for two other teams: Chorale de Roanne and Chalon/Saor.

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Philippe Braud
Enzo Goudou-Sinha

Forwards:
Mickael Var
Narace Williams
Valentin Chery

Center:
Garry Florimont

Coach: Gregor Beugnot

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Blois tab Ahmed Doumbia - by Eurobasket News

ADA Blois Basket 41 (ProB) inked 28-year old shooting guard Ahmed Doumbia (195-89). He played most recently at Gries/Oberhoffen (NM1). In 34 games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Doumbia played at JSA Bordeaux (also in NM1) where in 11 games he had 9.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.7apg.
He won NM1 Play-Offs in 2014.
Doumbia has played previously for three other teams: Angers BC, Saint Chamond and Marmande.

ADA Blois Basket 41 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Benjamin Monclar
Charly Pontens
Ahmed Doumbia

Forward:
Jonathan Fairell

Center:
Thomas Hieu-Courtois

Coach: Mickael Hay

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Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 1st Team 2017
Corin Henry
Henry
Martin Hermannsson
Hermannsson
Jarvis Williams
Williams
Joe Burton
Burton
Zachery Peacock
Peacock

Finals MVP: Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac
Player of the Year: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg
Guard of the Year: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
Forward of the Year: Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne
Center of the Year: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg
Domestic Player of the Year: Valentin Bigote (196-F/G-92) of Nantes
Import Player of the Year: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg
Bosman Player of the Year: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
Defensive Player of the Year: Yannis Morin (208-C/F-93) of Cholet
Coach of the Year: Savo Vucevic of Bourg

1st Team
PG: Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux
G: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
C/F: Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac
F: Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne
C: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg

2nd Team
G: Caleb Walker (194-G-89) of Evreux
F/G: Valentin Bigote (196-F/G-92) of Nantes
F/G: Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90) of Provence Basket
PF: Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Le Portel
C: Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg

Honorable Mention
Maxime Courby (200-SF-90) of Bourg
Garrett Sim (188-PG-90) of Bourg
Mohamed Kone (211-C-81) of Vichy Clermont
Laurence Ekperigin (200-F/C-88) of Nantes
Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre
Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Blois
Jay Threatt (180-PG-89) of Poitiers
Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93) of Blois
Jerome Cazenobe (203-C/F-89) of Denain
B.A. Walker (184-G-84) of St Chamond
Arthur Rozenfeld (178-PG-95) of Chalon
Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-C/F-82) of Vichy Clermont
Andre Williamson (202-F-89) of Maurienne
David Denave (193-SG-85) of Vichy Clermont
Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) of Boulogne

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Benjamin Monclar (191-SG-88) of Blois
SG: David Denave (193-SG-85) of Vichy Clermont
F/G: Valentin Bigote (196-F/G-92) of Nantes
C/F: Jerome Cazenobe (203-C/F-89) of Denain
C/F: Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-C/F-82) of Vichy Clermont

All-Imports Team
PG: Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux
G: Caleb Walker (194-G-89) of Evreux
C/F: Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac
F: Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne
C: Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg

All-Bosmans Team
G: Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Chalons-Reims
G: Paulius Dambrauskas (195-G-85) of Maurienne
SF: Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) of Cholet
F: Eigirdas Zukauskas (205-F-92) of St Chamond
F/C: Laurence Ekperigin (200-F/C-88) of Nantes



Dijon tabs Valentin Bigote - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) inked 25-year old swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92). He has played for the last three years at Hermine Nantes Atlantique in the ProB. The last season Bigote played also at Nantes (also in ProB) where in 42 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team.
Bigote represented France at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 84.2%.
Bigote has played previously for four other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, Sluc Nancy, Denain Voltaire and SO Maritime Boulogne.

JDA Dijon Bourgogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Axel Julien
Noah Burrell
Martin Imhoff

Forwards:
Jacques Alingue
Valentin Bigote
Jean-Philippe Dally
Florian Ouedraogo
Nicolas Dorez

Center:
Johan Passave-Ducteil

Coach: Laurent Legname

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Djimrabaye is back at Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProB) added to their roster 25-year old Central African ex-international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92). It is actually his comeback to Entente Orleans 45 as he has played here before. Djimrabaye is not a newcomer in French League where he played last season at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA). ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Djimrabaye played also at Gravelines Dunkerque (also in ProA). In 24 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg.
Djimrabaye played in the final of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2013.
He was also a member of Central African international program for some years. Djimrabaye played for Central African Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
He also represented Central Africa at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.6%, FT: 77.3%.
Djimrabaye's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. Djimrabaye has played previously professionally in France (Berck, JA Vichy, Denain Voltaire, Charleville Mezieres and Le Portel) and Central Africa (ASOPT).

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Antoine Mendy
Miralem Halilovic
Gaylor Curier
Mouhamed Diagne

Centers:
Jimmy Djimrabaye
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

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Krstevski is back at Rabotnicki - by Dragan Ristov

KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (Prva Liga) signed 28-year old international power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-100kg-89, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Skopje as he has played here before. Krstevski played last season at Kozuv (Prva Liga). In 22 games he had 9.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg. He also played 16 games in Balkan League where he recorded 8.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. Krstevski helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Rabotnicki. In 12 Prva Liga games he averaged 8.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Krstevski was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
He has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. Krstevski has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2009.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg.
Krstevski has played previously professionally in FYR Macedonia (Vardar and Torus Skopje) and Greece (Kavala).

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Coach Dragan Nikolic leaves Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Serbian coach Dragan Nikolic left Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga). Nikolic's team won the Macedonian Cup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Coach of the Year award in 2015.
Nikolic was coaching Serbian Senior National Team back in 2012.
He has coached also professionally for other Serbian teams like Metalac, KK Mladost Z Admiral Zemun and Tamis.

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Travis Thompson Moves From Breathtaking Nature To Old German History In Dresden - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Travis Thompson (185-G-91, college: Alaska-Anch.) played the last 2 seasons for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the Pro B and lived in a city with the most Skyscrappers in Germany and looks like a tiny New York, but that will all change now as he goes from the breathtaking nature of his beloved Alaska this summer to the old German history of Dresden where he will play for the Dresden Titans. Thompson is a 25 year old 186cm shooting guard that has never met a basket he didn't like go into his third professional season with the Dresden Titans. Already after his rookie season with Frankfurt in 2015-2016, the Dresden Titans took notice of his scoring qualities, but couldn't sign him until now. His 37 points in the 2 game sweep against Dresden and 10/21 shooting from outside didn't go unnoticed. Last season the American played 17 games averaging 19.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT-2 (43.1%), FT: 90.0%. "Getting Travis Thompson was a warning to the opponents. He is a good shooter and has good percentages from outside. We witnessed what he could do in the playoffs. He is a role model and leader. I am happy we could get such a good shooter and hope he continues with his percentages", stressed Dresden Titans CEO Peter Kruatwald.

As a rookie Thompson played 26 games for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors averaging 16.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 88.6% In his two seasons in the pro B for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors, he played a total of 47 games and scored in double figures in 40 of 47 games. His best games in Frankfurt included a 36 point explosion against lich where he dropped 10 trey's. Other big games included a 33 point game against Leipzig, a 32 point effort against Rhondorf and a 26 point game against Speyer. He played at Alaska-Anch. (NCAA2) from 2010-2015 and as a junior played 30 games averaging 21.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 89.2%. As a senior he played 13 games averaging 18.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 78.9%.He had 41 games in a row where he had atleast one three pointer and his last field goal past German legend Hansi Gnad in the schools scoring list as he finished with 1667 points over the German's 1666.

Thompson also played one EasyCredit BBL game as a rookie against Giessen. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been GNAC Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12, GNAC Tournament Finalist -11, 12, All-GNAC 2nd Team -12, All-GNAC 1st Team -14, 15, NABC NCAA D2 All-West Region 2nd Team -14, Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District 8 1st Team -15, Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America 3rd Team -15, Daktronics NCAA D2 All-West Region 2nd Team -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Finalist -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 3rd Team -16, German ProB -17 (Player of the Week Rd.17), Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -17, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -17.

Source:Dresden Titans





The EWE Baskets Keep Marko Bacak And Haris Hujic Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg have been known for years of shaping a potent Pro B farm team that develop fine players and two key figures from their farm team Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB that are ready to make the next step are Marko Bacak (211-F/C-95) And Haris Hujic who recieved contract extension. Bacak is a 21 year old 211cm power forward/center that started his career with Basketball Berlin Sud (Germany-NBBL) and will be going into his third season with the Oldenburg club. Two seasons ago he played 6 BBL games and one Eurocup game while for the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (Germany-ProB) he played 23 games averaging 7.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 59.6%. Last season he played 4 BBLgames averaging 1.3ppg, played 2 BCL games and with the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (Germany-ProB) played 24 games averaging 10.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-2 (65.2%), 3P : 27.3%, FT: 62.5%. "Marko has made the step from the Regionaliga to a strong Pro B player and should find his way in the BBL. He made huge devlopment strides with athletic coach Mico llic. It was good for him to have al onger period in the Pro B to develop, because he started basketball late. Now he should make the next step", stressed Srdjan Klaric. Last season in the Pro B Bacak scored in double figures in 14 games including three double doubles. His best games included a 20 point, 12 rebound effort against Recklingshausen and a 18 point game against Itzehoe.

Haris Hujic is a 20 year old 193cm point guard that will go into his second season with the EWE Baskets. The two time NBBL allstar that played with teams like Baskets Ludenscheid (2.Regionalliga), BG Hagen (Regionaliga) and Nurnberg (PROA) before coming to Oldenburg last season played 4 BCL games and also played with the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (Germany-ProB) playing 17 games averaging 15.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT-2 (97.9%) and also played also at TSG Westerstede (Regionalliga) playing 8 games averaging 15.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 75.9. "Haris had big misfortune with injuries. Until that it was great joy to follow his Pro B games. We are waiting further steps in his development this year and see big BBL potential in his game", stressed Srdjan Klaric. Last season he scored in double figures in 13 games and scored 20 points or more seven times. His best scoring games occured against Stahnsdorf with 27 points and 24 points against FC Schalke.

Source:EWE Baskets




Patrick Carney Remains With FC Schalke - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German Pro B team FC Schalke have announced the contract extension of Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman) A few months ago, it looked like Carney wouldn't return, because he was thinking about his career after basketball, but he had a change of heart and asked the club if he could return. Carney is a 31 year old 185cm guard from the States that also has the irish citzenship. He has played all eight years of his professional basketball career in Germany playing with Velbert, the ETB Wohnbau Baskets, Recklingshausen and will go into his fourth season with FC Schalke and last season he played 24 games averaging 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 92.9%. Last season he scored in double figures in 16 games including a 30 point game against Bochum and 23 point outbursts against Stahnsdorf and teh ScanPlus Baskets.

Source:FC Schalke



Fabian Brutting Returns Home To TSV Troester Breitengussbach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 10 years away, Fabian Brutting (189-G-88) will return home back to TSV Troester II Breitengussbach this season where hes tarted his basketball career. In the past nine years the 29 year old 189cm guard played six seasons with Nordlingen, two with Bayreuth and one with Nurnberg He played the last six seasons with Nordlingen and last season battled injuries playing only 12 games averaging 4.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg. "We are happy that he is returning home where he sees his life being in the next years. It is golden that he will give us new impulses at the positions 1-3. He is very versatile and will help our wings in their development. He has a lot of experience at the second league level and we hope we can reach our season goals. Everyone on the organization is happy he has returned and will be a big role model for all", stressed Timo Fuchs.

Brutting brings 119 pro B games experience back to Breitengussbach as well as well as 31 Pro A games experience. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Runner-Up -12, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Domestic Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East 1st Team -15, Eurobasket.com Regionalliga South-East All-Domestic Players Team -15
and German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -15.

Source: TSV Troester Breitengussbach




Johnson leaves B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American guard Nick Johnson (191-91kg-92, college: Arizona, agency: Diamond Sports) left FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL). Johnson played there last season. In 31 games he averaged 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Johnson played there also last season. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.0apg. Johnson contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Three years ago he was drafted by Houston Rockets (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). Johnson attended University of Arizona until 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received USBWA All-District IX Player of the Year award and All-Pac-12 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Johnson has played previously professionally in NBA (Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He is described as: Possesses the ability to play both guard positions with the athleticism to impact at both ends ... A superior athlete with an improving jump shot.

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The Celtics to sign Daniel Theis, ex Brose Bask. - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics expected to pen deal with 25-year old German international power forward Daniel Theis (204-110kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played for the last three seasons at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 41 games he had 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2bpg last season. Theis helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year, named to All-Defensive Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Theis also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.6ppg and 4.6rpg.
Theis has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2011.
Theis has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Theis represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 77.3%.
Theis has played also professionally for other German teams like Braunschweig, ratiopharm Ulm, SG Braunschweig and Weissenhorn Youngstars.
He could be described: He can shoot from the perimeter as well as from the 3 point line, take his opponent off the dribble and play a classic back to the basket game. Daniel plays on a very high energy level that enables him to play far above the rim, create mismatches and block shots into the 3rd row. He runs the floor better than guards and finishes with authority around the basket.

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Wuerzburg signs D.J. Richardson, ex Spirou - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) signed 26-year old American guard D.J. Richardson (190-88kg-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. Richardson managed to play in three leagues last year. In 37 Euromillions League games he had 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice). Richardson also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very impressive stats: 21.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Richardson played at Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga. In 46 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 16.6ppg and got 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
Richardson has played previously professionally in Austria (Gussing Knights) and Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat).
He attended University of Illinois until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maurice Stuckey
D.J. Richardson

Forwards:
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Osvaldas Olisevicius

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

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Richard Williams (Zonkeys de Tijuana (Mexico-CIBACOPA) I Always Look In The Mirror First When Things Don't Go Right - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Richard Williams (178-PG-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) is a 29 year old 178cm guard that finished the season with the RheinStars averaging 11,3ppg, 3,6rpg and 5,3apg after having started the season with Phoenix Hagen playing 5 games averaging 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 82.4%,. Last season he played for Kirchheim Knights averaging 15,5ppg, 4,2apg and 8,0rpg. In the 2014-2015 season, he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): EuroChallenge: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg, 2.0spg; German BBL: 9 games: 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 48.0%, FT: 70.6%, in Jan.'15 moved to SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg. He is a very fast guard that can play either one or two. Great at pushing the break. Can score by shooting the three or using his explosiveness to beat his man. Gets to the basket and scores in traffic. A specialist in steals that uses his quickness to intimidate on defense. Great ball control. Gets the whole team involved when playing the point but can takeover a game at any time. He started his basketball career at San Diego St. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year he played 36 games: 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for The San Diego Surf (ABA), in Jan.'10 moved to FSU Selfoss (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 8 games: 27.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.7%. In 2011-2012, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB) 33 games: 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-2 (3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for SC Rasta Vechta playing 38 games: 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 79.9%. In the 2013-2014 season for Vechta he played 34 games: 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.7%. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season. Currently he is playing for Zonkeys de Tijuana (Mexico-CIBACOPA.

Richie thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your season has unfortunately ended to the hands of 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner MBC. I doubt anyone was expecting miracles, but how disappointing was getting swept?

Losing in general is tough. From a personnel standpoint we matched up well but MBC was the better team.


In German one says 'Da war nichts zu holen in diese Saison gegen MBC'. The RheinStars lost one regular season game by 15 points and lost the playoff series averaging giving up 20 points per game. Was MBC just flat out a more talented team and deeper that had your number all season long?

We match up well but they played better team basketball when it mattered


The RheinStars were one of the better defensive teams in the Pro A giving up 74 points per game this season, but in the three game playoff series against MBC gave up 87 points per game. Why were the RheinStars unable to buckle down and play better defense when it counted most?

They move the ball well and had us scrambling early.


Basketball is a team sport and you had a pretty good series against MBC, but as a point guard who leads the team on the floor, do you feel as though some of the blame sticks on your shoulders which is a normal way of thinking for any point guard?

I always look in the mirror first when things don't go right.

The RheinStars had dug a deep hole, but were climbing out in January. How proud are you of the team that it was able to crawl out of the hole and win three of the last four games and slip into the playoffs?

We definitely made some character wins down the stretch. I appreciated the effort from everyone.


What is your overall season summary for the RheinStars? Now after having reached the playoffs, do you feel like the team still hadn't reached it's full potential and could of actually gone deeper in the playoffs?

There were many personnel changes that kept putting us back chemistry and moral-wise. Through it all we found a way to make it to the playoffs.


How proud are you of your teammates that despite the club having removed head coach Arne Woltmann, the club reacted positively on the court and played well. How more difficult is it in general for any team to react to coaching changes and still perform well?

It was very difficult. Through it all we still had a job to do.

The RheinStars are stacked with many very talented German players, but if you had to pick just one player who you feel improved the most from day one to game three in Weissenfels who would you choose?

The guy who stood out to me was Leon Baeck


Let's talk about your season. You had to change clubs from Phoenix Hagen to the RheinStars because the BBL team closed up shop. Do you feel as if your experience two seasons ago with Frankfurt/Vechta made this mid season transition easier?

Not really. This season was a little different because my daughter was born 3 days after I got to Cologne.


You came in as the oldest, but then the team brought in added experience with Anthony King. How beneficial was the addition of King for you personally? Was he able to take some of the leadership off your shoulders and could you soak some new leadership skills from the ex Artland Dragon?

A guy with AK's experience and skill set is always a plus. He brought a lot to table that helped us.

You had another solid season, but couldn't match it statistically from your Kirchheim season last year, but you did average 6 minutes more with Kirchheim. Were you overall content with your Pro A season?

No way. Every stat will go up next season, for sure.


Stats usually tell the story, but not the whole story. In what area of your game do you feel did you make strides this season that isn't visible in the stat area?

That's a good question. I would say leadership.

What is the next step for Richie Williams? You are turning 30 in August. Have you reached your prime or do you feel like you can still develop and play for a BBL team next season?

I don't know where I will be next season but I know I will continue to get better


What are your summer plans? Will you visit some place that you have never been to?

I'll be in San Diego enjoying my family

What will be on the summer training agenda list and be the biggest priority for you to work on and improve?

Strength and shooting.

What is your current opinion on Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas? Is he a bona fide NBA top 5 guard at the moment or do the Celts need to make a huge run in the playoffs to solidify that?

He's a killer. He has the attitude to take the Celtics over the top


Recently Devin Booker hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Is he a guy that you would have predicted him doing this or did it surprise you more?

KOBE vouched for him so I take his word on how good Booker is.

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'?


Every year there's a new Cinderella. It's enjoyable to watch.

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?

He appears to be a good kid. He'll be ok


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 doesn't really matter to me. There's a lot of guys in the league that you can inflate their rebounds and they still average a triple double. Haters will hate.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out


Thanks Richie for the chat.



Stefan Schmidt Has Found A Home With The Hamburg Towers Until 2018 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German Stefan Schmidt (207-C-89) has been a guy that has always liked to stay in one area and develop as a player as he showed playing four years with Bayreuth where he played 70 EasyCredit BBL games and two seasons with Trier where he was on the floor in 66 EasyCredit BBL games, but in the last two years he has found a new home in Hamburg with the Towers and will play a third season with them as the club extended his contract until 2018. The club showed it's class last year extending his contract despite the German having a tough injury where he missed the whole last season. The club believed in his comeback and without even one game under his belt last season will come back this season again.

"We all saw how much we missed Stefan last season. His professionalism and will are just infectious. I am happy that he is healthy again and can finally play for us again", stated head coach Hamed Attarbashi. Two seasons ago in his first season with the Hamburg Towers, he played 27 games averaging 6.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.1%, FT: 76.9%. "He was one of our most important players in the 2015-2016 season. It was clear to us last season that we would support him in his comeback so he could have the chance to find back to his old self", stressed Marvin Willoughby."I want to thank Marvin Willoughby for his trust in me. It isn't self evident to give a player a contract extension after missing a whole season. I also want to thank the FPI center in Hamburg and Melyyn Wiredu that probably saw me more than my wife did. I am finally fit again and want to help the team again", warned Stefan Schmidt.

Source:Hamburg Towers




Brose Baskets land Augustine Rubit - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) tabbed 28-year old American forward Augustine Rubit (201-107kg-89, college: S.Alabama). He has played for the last two years at Ratiopharm in the BBL. In 36 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg last season. Rubit helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Rubit also played 12 games in Eurocup where he had 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Rubit has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements he received NABC Division I All-District 24 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Rubit has played previously for another German team Walter Tigers.
He attended University of South Alabama until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Brose Baskets Bamberg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryce Taylor

Forwards:
Elias Harris
Augustine Rubit
Luka Mitrovic
Arnoldas Kulboka

Coach: Andrea Trinchieri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Houston Rockets Select German Boy Isaiah Hartenstein In The Second Round Of The 2017 NBA Draft At #43 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eight years ago he was just another young kid of many watching basketball in the Osthalle back in Germany visiting from Oregon as his dad Florian was a back up center for the Giessen 46ers and dreaming of one day being a professional, today IIsaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) is a 19 year old 211cm power forward/center that got drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round at #43 .and could return back to Giessen and surely get a basketball hero's welcome. The young Hartenstein lived in the States and came over to Germany at age 11 and moved to Quackenbruck, a small town where getting around with a bike is a popular activity where his dad closed out his professional basketball career with the Artland Dragons. The 18 year old went through all the youth teams with the Artland Dragons being able to develop his game further and the rest is history. A season ago, he had offers from top teams all over Europe, but instead of making the seemingly obvious choice, he went a different route joining top Lithuanian team B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL) where he played 29 games averaging 4.7ppg, 3.4rpg. He also played Euroleague averaging 4 games: 1.3ppg, 1.0rpg. One of the reasons he went this journey was because he could fully concentrate on basketball with little obstacles disturbing his development. He has been a mainstay with the German youth national teams and last summer played at the under 18 European championships in in Samsun (Turkey) playing 6 games averaging 14.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP-2 (66.7%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 65.5%. Hartenstein was in many 2017 NBA mock drafts as a sure number one pick, but instead has to convince his new NBA team Rockets that he can be an NBA player as he gets no guarenteed contract as a second round pick. Having the chance to play with NBA legend in the making James "fear the beard" Harden should give the talented German added motivation to help make his NBA dream of becoming an NBA player come true.


Max Von Der Wippel Goes To BBC Coburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 5 seasons and 130 pro B games with the Dresden Titans, Max von der Wippel (206-C-94) will try to make the next step with new pro B team BBC Coburg according to np-coburg.de. Von Der Wippel is a 23 year old 206cm center and last season with the Dresden Titans played 27 games averaging 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg. It was a disappointing season for him as it was his least productive statistical season as his minutes dipped down from 16 to 10 minutes. The season before he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 62.6%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 62.3%. Already in his second season when he was 19, he turned heads averaging 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 53.3%, FT: 58.1%.

Von Der Wippel started his basketball career with USC Leipzig II (2.Regionalliga) in 2010 and then the enxt season moved to Uni-Riesen Leipzig (ProB) playing 6 games: averaging 1.7ppg,but played mostly for the junior team. In 2012, he went to the Dresden Titans (ProB) for his first season playing 21 games averaging 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg, played also for the BV Chemnitz 99 U19 team (NBBL). Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Co-Champion -14, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -16.



Julian Scott Returns To Germany To Play For Iserlohn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After belonging to the top forwards in the German Pro B two seasons ago, Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) was looking to make the next step in the pro A with Ehingen last season, but was unexpectedly let go and had to finish the season in lower leagues in France and Luxemburg as his basketball ego was somewhat bruised. However he will return back to top Pro B team Iserlohn with a huge chip on his shoulder and show what he is made of on the court. Last season after a very short stint with Ehingen, he moved to Gries/Oberhoffen BC (France-NM1) playing 3 games averaging 7.3ppg, 6.7rpg, in Mar.'17 joined Residence Walferdange (Luxembourg-Total League) playing 7 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 38.1%. Scott returns back to Germany to Iserlohn knowing now that he is really wanted there. "We already wanted him last season. When that didn't work, we got Moussa Kone", warned manager Michael Dahmen.

Scott is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacremento, California that will be going into his fourth professional season and is one of those guys that also has much experience at the college level having played for 3 schools before turning professional with Yuba CC (JUCO), S.Utah (NCAA) and Adams St. (NCAA2). He started his basketball career with Yuba CC (NJCAA) and then moved to S.Utah (NCAA) playing 25 games over two seasons. He played his senior season with Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games averaging 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He began his professional career in 2014 with TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) dominating that league playing16 games averaging 29.7ppg. Two seasons ago he made the next step with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProB) playing 23 games averaging 20.4ppg,10.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. "I want to play for the title and move up and I want to help. I will give my all and win as many games as possible", warnned Julian Scott. Awards and achievements in his absketball career have been Summit League Tournament Semifinals -12
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16.

Source:Iserlohn
















Phoenix Hagen Sign James Reid - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Phoenix Hagen have added rookie James Reid (190-G-94) to the roster. Reid is a 23 year old 190cm guard that was born in Seattle and grew up in Bend, Orgeon and played hgh school ball for his father. He gathered valuable college ball experience playing for three schhools with S.Idaho JC (JUCO), UALR (NCAA) and Boise St. (NCAA). As a senior last season he played for Boise St. (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.9%. "James will give us much firepower as a good shooter and spread the floor. He can also give us many minutes at the position one since he played there in high school and at Junior college giving us flexibility at that position", stressed head coach Matthias Grothe.

Last season at Boise State (NCAA) Reid scored in double figures in 15 games including a 26 point game against Air Force, a 19 point efoort against San Diego State and a 18 point game against SMU and Colorodo State. After starting his basketball career at Mountain View High School, he moved to S.Idaho JC (JUCO) he played 23 games averaging 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 84.8%. There he proved he could be a force from outside and got the call from UALR (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 76.9%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-NJCAA D1 Region XVIII Honorable Mention -14, All-SWAC Honorable Mention -14, NJCAA Region XVIII Finalist -14, CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 7 1st Team -17, and NIT Sweet 16 -17.

Source:Phoenix Hagen







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  GHANA  


Pair clinch wins in Accra League Men's Division I - by Yaw Mintah

A couple of games have been played at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu with Ghana Navy taking on Tema Youth and DC Dynamics playing Adenta Leopards.
Navy lost out to Tema 56-65 and in the opening game between DC and Adenta, the latter claimed a 66-54 win over the former.

Both wins come at crucial times for Tema and Adenta with Tema set to play arch rival Braves of Customs in the biggest game of the season on Wednesday June 28.
For Adenta, the win is the second consecutive victory for the side in as many weeks in the wake of a shock 71-63 win over league leaders Tema Youth.

Leopards capitalized on chances from the charity stripe to stretch Adenta's lead to 18 with the likes of Edem Quist and David Pinto converting attempts. Those conversions proved to be enough to seal the win and stave off a fight back from Dynamics.

Tema battled with Navy for long stretches as both teams made runs at different stages of the game after Tema ended the first quarter leading 18-10.
Thanks to Ernest Ofori and Yaw Afrifa, Navy stayed in the game shaving its deficit to eight points having entered the second half trailing 24-40.

In the outstanding game played earlier, Tudu Magic trounced Fire Service 86-58 while in the Women's Division's defending champions Braves of Customs dismantled University of Ghana with a cricket score 73-21 win.

The second game of the round had Fire Servie lose 48-52 to Ghana Navy after making a bright start to the second round of the current season with a big win over the leaders Tudu Galaxy.



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  GREECE  


Drivas re-signs at Aris Nikaias - by Eurobasket News

Aris Nikaias GNO (C) confirmed in their roster 23-year old forward Dimitris Drivas (192-94). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season Drivas played at KAP Agia Paraskevis.
He has played previously for AO Ikaros Nea Smyrnis.

Aris Nikaias GNO roster for 2017-2018:

Leonidas Thalassinos
Dimitris Drivas
Alexis Karipidis
Kostas Koropoulis
Sotiris Kollias

Coach: Panagiotis Zervoulakos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  INDIA  


Indian hoopsters go down at BRICS Games - by Eurobasket News

The Indian basketball team fell to higher-rated teams and finished its BRICS Games campaign with three losses, at Guangzhou, China. After a heavy 97-57 loss to host China in its opening fixture, India was handed a 58-88 defeat by Russia. In its third and final outing, India put up an improved show, but lost 75-88 to South Africa. The national team, however, gained valuable match-practice, ahead of the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup. The performances of Amjyot Singh (203-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) and Rikin Pethani (203-C-90), who averaged 26 and 14.3 points per game respectively, also came as a positive. There are, however, fitness concerns surrounding captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91), who suffered an ACL injury in the match against China. Russia emerged as the champion, while China finished runner-up.
Courtesy of: sportstarlive.com



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  IRAN  


Yakhchali and Iran are focused and ready for FIBA Asia Cup - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

TEHRAN (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) is expected to be one of the big stars for Iran in the coming FIBA Asia Cup 2017, and that does not seem to faze the young man one bit.

At just 21 years of age, the 1.95m wingman is already projected to be Iran's ace for the foreseeable future, and though that may place undue pressure on others, Yakhchali seems to have embraced it. He debuted for Team Melli's senior team as a wide-eyed 19-year-old back in 2014, already impressing friend and foe with his instincts and, more importantly, his explosive outside shooting.
He was part of the team in their 2015 campaign in Changsha-Hunan, where the Iranians were dethroned and placed 3rd overall. In that tournament, Yakhchali still played second fiddle to household name Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, but with the veteran forward not in the pool this year, the onus is on Yakhchali to carry a bigger responsibility and a heavier scoring load.

By all intents and purposes, though, the Shahrekord native looks ready. He put up 16.6 points per game at the WABA Championship 2017 earlier this year, scoring in double-figures in every game as Iran placed 2nd behind bitter rivals Lebanon. Can he continue to do that in Beirut for the FIBA Asia Cup in August?

Only time will tell, but he sure sounded confident in a recent interview with FIBA.com, where he talked about their level of preparation and a couple of their other key players.
How are Iran's preparations so far for the FIBA Asia Cup?
We started our practice immediately after our season, then we played preparation games versus China. We are looking for some other games to be ready for the FIBA Asia Cup.
What can you say about having Jordan, Syria and India in your group?
All those teams are really tough, but we are confident we will go there so focused and ready. Of course, we will give our best against every opponent.

What can you say about having French-Iranian Navid Niktash in the Iran national pool?
It was his first time playing in Iran. He is a really good player, and he can help us during our games in the FIBA Asia Cup.

Which players do you think will step up for Iran, especially with veterans like Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Mahdi Kamrani no longer around?
Bahrami and Kamrani were really good players, but we have other good players with us this time also. Right now, everyone is trying to do his best for the national team.

Do you think your legendary center, Hamed Haddadi, will still be dominant?
I think Haddadi is so good and will still be dominant in the next 4-5 years. He is the perfect leader for our team as we play for the gold medal in FIBA Asia.



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  IRAQ  


Erman Kunter is the new head coach of Iraq National Team !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Iraqi basketball federation announced few hours ago that they agreed terms with the Turkish/French coach Erman Kunter to be the head coach of Iraq senior national team .. coach Erman 60 years old was a famous player and he played for several clubs like Besiktas and Fenerbahce before he retired in 1992 and moved to coaching side .. he coached several clubs in top leagues in Turkey and France .. last three seasons he coached Le Mans Sarthe Basket in France Pro A league and he leaded the team to won the cup in 2016.
Most of his successful coaching years was between 2006 until 2012 when he coached Cholet Basket in France pro A, he won the regular season three times 2005, 2010 and 2011, reached the semifinal two times 2005 & 2012, reached eurochallenge finalist in 2009 and french cup finalist 2008, the league finalist in 2011 and won the league title in 2010 !!
He named as Eurobasket All-Turkish League Coach of the Year in 2003 when he coached Galatasray in that year !!



Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League Awards 2017 - by Ahmad Madwar

Finals MVP: Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91) of Al Nift
Player of the Year: Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91) of Al Nift
Co-Guard of the Year: Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90) of Al Kahraba
Co-Guard of the Year: Darious Clark (190-G-90) of Nift Al Janoub
Swingman of the Year: Ravern Johnson (200-G-88) of Al Karkh
Center of the Year: Mohammed Al-Khafaji (206-C-91) of Al Shurtah
Import Player of the Year: Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91) of Al Nift
Domestic Player of the Year: Dhulfiqar Al-Hchaimi (202-F-91) of Nift Al Janoub
Coach of the Year: Aqeel Al-Jasim of Nift Al Janoub

1st Team
G: Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90) of Al Kahraba
G/F: Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91) of Al Nift
G/F: Ravern Johnson (200-G-88) of Al Karkh
F: Dhulfiqar Al-Hchaimi (202-F-91) of Nift Al Janoub
C: Mohammed Al-Khafaji (206-C-91) of Al Shurtah

2nd Team
G: Darious Clark (190-G-90) of Nift Al Janoub
G: Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86) of Al Mina
G: Hassan Abdullah (190-G-94) of Al Kahraba
F: Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Al Mina
F: Justin Hawkins (203-SF-85) of Al Shurtah

3rd Team:
G: Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) of Al Nift
G: Louis Munks (190-G-90) of Nift Al Janoub
F: Ahmed Al-Tameemi (200-F-84) of Al Karkh
F: Westley Hinton (203-F-91) of Al Hilla
C: Ihab Al-Zuhairi (207-C-98) of Al Hilla

Honorable Mention
Ali Aljuboori (167-PG-87) of Al Mina
Ali Hameed (208-C-84) of Al Mina
Kenny Brown (188-G-91) of Al Shurtah
Kenny Williams (201-F-86) of Al Kahraba
Ali Ismael (199-F-94) of Al Shurtah
Travele Jones (203-PF-88) of Nift Al Janoub
Corday Sims (196-G/F-91) of Al Karkh
Antwan Wilkerson (201-F-91) of Al Karkh
Bobby Brown (201-G/F-94) of Al Mina
D'Shon Taylor (196-G-93) of Al Mina

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Hassan Abdullah (190-G-94) of Al Kahraba
G: Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) of Al Nift
F: Ahmed Al-Tameemi (200-F-84) of Al Karkh
F: Dhulfiqar Al-Hchaim i (202-F-91) of Nift Al Janoub
C: Mohammed Al-Khafaji (206-C-91) of Al Shurtah

All-Imports Team
G: Darious Clark (190-G-90) of Nift Al Janoub
G: Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86) of Al Mina
G/F: Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91) of Al Nift
G/F: Ravern Johnson (200-G-88) of Al Karkh
F: Justin Hawkins (203-SF-85) of Al Shurtah



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  ISRAEL  


Karam Mashour was opted out of his contract - Become a free agent - by Nir Luna

Karam Mashour (198-F-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) was opted out of the third year of his contract with Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League),
So that Making the player a free agent and one of the most wanted players in Israeli league.

The last season (16-17) in 30 Winner League games he had: 14.2ppg,10.1rpg,1.2apg.
The talented player helped the team reach 5th place in the league and reach the playoffs where they lost.
Karam Mashour took a part in the Israeli All Star game and was selected to be a part All-Israeli League 1st team of the season.

Karam also played in FIBA Europe Cup 9 games, he had: 15.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, Help the team to reach the second group stage.
The previous (15-16) season also play in the same team and he had in 34 games: 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1spg

in 13-15 seasons he play in Morehead St. In his first season (13/14) he did not play much but in his second season: 33 games he had a great averaged: 10.7ppg, 5.9rpg.

In addition the player played in seasons 2010-2012 in UNLV (NCAA) where his averages were:

2010-2011: UNLV (NCAA): 12 games: 2.2ppg
2011-2012: UNLV (NCAA): 13 games: 1.5ppg, 1.2rpg

No doubt it will be interesting to see where the player will play next year, going to be a great summer.



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  ITALY  


Civitanova keeps Tessitore for another season - by Eurobasket News

Rossella Civitanova Marche (Serie C Silver) re-signed 33-year old guard Mario Tessitore (190-84). He has played there for the last ten seasons.
Tessitore has spent his entire career in Italy playing for three other teams: Napoli Megaride, Fossombrone and Caserta.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alma Trieste lands Juan Fernandez - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste (Serie A2) tabbed 27-year old former Argentinian international guard Juan Fernandez (193-88kg-90, college: Temple). He played most recently at Breogan in Spanish LEB Gold. In 42 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg last season. Fernandez helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Germani (Serie A) where in 48 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. Fernandez contributed to his team winning the Italian Serie A2 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 3rd Team award back in 2013.
Fernandez was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2014 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
Fernandez also represented Argentina at the ODESUR Games in Santiago (Chile) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-3 (3.4apg), FGP: 76.9%, 3PT: 55.6%.
Fernandez has played previously professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus and Banco di Srd) and Argentina (Obras Basket and Sportivo 7 de Julio Cordoba).
He attended Temple University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Fernandez's outlook: A very smart player, with great court vision and passing skills. Knows how to use his pysical skills in mis-matches, has a good shooting range and a good low post game too. Defends well on the perimeter, he's a good ball stealer.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vanoli Cremona signs Drake Diener - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) signed experienced 36-year old American guard Drake Diener (196-88kg-81, college: De Paul) from Betaland Cdo. In 32 Serie A games in Italy he had 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Diener played at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 9 games he recorded 6.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg.
Diener won Italian SerieA championship title in 2008.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for six other teams: Grissin Bon RE, Banco di Srd, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, BancaTercas, Scandone Avellino and Novara.
Diener is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Vanoli Cremona.
Diener attended De Paul University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: A SG who can spend time for some at the PG position, thanks to good ball-handling and passing skills. Gives his best at the shooting department. However. Has a winning mentality and the typical attitude of the Miwdest collegiate players.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Matteo Piccoli is a newcomer at Jesi - by Eurobasket News

Termoforgia Aurora Jesi (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old small forward Matteo Piccoli (195-89kg-95, agency: Octagon Europe) from Proger BLS Chieti. In 26 Serie A2 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg last season.
Piccoli helped his team to make it to the U19 Championships Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Openjobmetis VA and Varese Robur.

Termoforgia Aurora Jesi roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Francesco Ihedioha
Pierpaolo Marini
Matteo Piccoli

Center:
Tommaso Rinaldi

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Rieti lands Angelo Gigli - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) landed experienced 34-year old former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-105kg-83) from FCM Ferentino. In 27 Serie A2 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.6apg last season.
Among other achievements Gigli's team won Italian SerieA Regular Season in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013.
Gigli was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2020 and 2002.
Gigli also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.6ppg, 3.1rpg.
Gigli has spent his entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Armani Milano, Benetton Treviso, Grissin Bon RE, Roma Tiber and Virtus Bologna.
Let's have closer look into Gigli's outlook: Skinny center who can play also as a modern PF; has size, quickness, and outside shooting touch, even from behind the 3pts arch; a good rebounder, needs to improve his defensive skills; huge upside;.

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Chillo comes back to Fortituto Kontatto Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old power forward Matteo Chillo (203-88kg-93). It is actually his comeback to Bologna as he has played here before. Chillo played most recently at NPC Rieti in the Serie A2. In 26 games he recorded 6.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Chillo played at Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (Serie A) where in 30 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Chillo's team won Italian DNA Cup in 2014.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Chillo played for Italian Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Chillo's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 68.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Chillo has played previously for two other teams: Imola and Angelico Biella.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful player who doesn' t fear to bang inside. Uses well both hands and can score. Great upside at the 4 position, but he should grew up some more. He's very quick and runs the court like a guard.

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Robert Fultz
Alex Legion
Demetri McCamey

Forward:
Matteo Chillo

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Marco Pasqualin signs at Cento - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) landed 20-year old point guard Marco Pasqualin (178-97) from Erogasmet Crema. In 25 Serie B games he averaged 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pasqualin played at Banca Popolare Vicenza where in 32 Serie B games he had 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.3apg.
He has played previously for Treviglio.

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Fantinelli re-signs at Treviso Basket - by Eurobasket News

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 24-year old guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-87kg-93, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 37 Serie A2 games he had 8.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 5.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Fantinelli's team won Italian Serie A2 East Regular Season in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian Serie A2 All-Domestic Players Team in 2016.
Fantinelli was a member of Italian international program for some years. He was called to Italian Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
Fantinelli has played previously for three other teams: Virtus Bologna, Recanati and Mantova.
He could be described: A promising combo guard with great athletic skills and quickness, can become a top league player thanks to size and good outside shooting.

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Tortona keeps Garri for another season - by Eurobasket News

Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona (Serie A2) re-signed experienced 35-year old former international power forward Luca Garri (207-109kg-82). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 39 Serie A2 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.1apg last season.
Among other achievements Garri's team made it to the Lega Due Semifinals in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Garri was a member of Italian international program for some years. He was called to Italian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
Garri has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Roma Virtus, Openjobmetis VA, Libertas Liburnia, Juvecaserta, Angelico Biella, FCM Ferentino, Basket Barcellona and Dolomiti Energia Trento.
Garri is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Tortona.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising player at juvenile level who did not delivered as he was expected to. He can use both hands and play face to the basket or in the paint, and he can also hit a three pointer if left open. But he was too much "up and down" in last seasons to allow him to play stably in starting five and he changed a lot of teams.

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Quirino De Laurentiis signs at Unieuro Forli - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli landed 25-year old center Quirino De Laurentiis (206-92, agency: SPORTlab Agency) from Moncada Solar Agrigento. De Laurentiis has played there for the last five years. In 32 Serie A2 games he averaged 7.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2015. De Laurentiis was selected to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game in 2016.
He has played previously for two other teams: Chieti and Castelfiorentino.
Let's have closer look into De Laurentiis' outlook: A young player with good fundamentale. He can play inside, shoulderss to the basket, and even outside, thanks to mid range shooting accuracy and good 1-vs-1 moves.

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Pierich leaves Unieuro Forli - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 36-year old former international forward Simone Pierich (199-97kg-81) left Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli. In 32 Serie B games he averaged 5.6ppg and 2.0rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Angelico Biella (Serie A) where in 27 games he had 9.6ppg and 3.2rpg. Pierich was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2003.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for four other teams: Libertas Liburnia, Novara, Novipiu Casale and FCM Ferentino.

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Faenza lands Mattia Venucci - by Eurobasket News

Rekico Faenza (Serie B) tabbed 27-year old point guard Mattia Venucci (185-90). He played most recently at Proger BLS Chieti in the Serie A2. In 37 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.2apg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Venucci played at Basket Golfo Piombino where in 31 Serie B games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements he was selected to Eurobasket.com All- Serie B Honorable Mention in 2016.
Venucci has played previously for three other teams: Castelfiorentino, Livorno DBosco and San Vincenzo.

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Cento lands Nelson Rizzitiello - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) landed 33-year old swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) from Montegrano. In 20 Serie B games he averaged 12.9ppg and 5.6rpg last season. He helped them to win the Serie B title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 2nd Team. Rizzitiello also played that season for Montecatiniterme (Serie C) where in 19 games he had 14.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 2nd Team.
Rizzitiello was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2003.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Napoli Megaride, Jesi, Ancona Stamura, Eurobasket Roma, San Severo, Patti and Palermo.

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Donda re-signs at Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 18-year old center Andrea Donda (207-99). He played there last season. But in only one Serie A game he recorded just 1 point and 1 rebound.
The previous (15-16) season Donda played at Alma Trieste where in four Serie A games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg, 1.7rpg.
Donda has played previously for Trieste Servolana.

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Elia re-signs at Sestu - by Eurobasket News

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu (Serie B) confirmed in their roster experienced 41-year old guard Nicola Elia (185-76). He played there last season. In 32 Serie B games he had 6.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg.
Elia has spent his entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Cagliari Pirates, Roseto, Giulianova, Passeri and Arezzo.
Elia is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Sestu.

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicola Elia
Mauro Graviano

Forwards:
Manuel Vanuzzo
Romeo Trionfo

Center:
Edoardo Melis

Coach: Giuseppe Caboni

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VL Pesaro tabs Andrea Ancellotti - by Armando Caporaso

Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Serie A) inked 29-year old center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88). He has played for the last two years at Treviso Basket in the Serie A2. In 37 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2bpg last season.
Among other achievements Ancellotti's team won Italian Serie A2 East Regular Season in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Silver All-Domestic Players Team award in 2015.
Ancellotti has played previously for seven other teams: Grissin Bon RE, Chieti, Correggio, Patti, Pozzuoli, Santarcangelo and Patti.
His game is described as: A slowly improving center, who hasn' t yet displayed all his potential. Has nice hands and good shooting renge, and this could allow him tospend tie at the PF, needs to improve his defensive skills.

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Verona could land Phil Greene IV - by Eurobasket News

Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) is close to sign 25-year old American point guard Phil Greene IV (187-92, college: St.John's) who played last time at Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona. In 39 Serie A2 games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Greene IV played at Bandirma Kirmizi in Turkish BSL where in 34 games he averaged remarkable 18.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Greene IV has played also professionally in .
He attended St. John's University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A smooth, deft combo guard noted for his quickness and playmaking skills on offense and in transition a floor general with the ability to get into the lane and pull up, or dish and create for others, possesses the ability to guard all perimeter positions.

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Bruno Fitipaldo (ex Galatasaray) to join Scandone Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) agreed terms with 26-year old Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports). He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. Fitipaldo managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 9 BSL games he had 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. He also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.4ppg and 2.4apg. The other team Fitipaldo played that season for was Betaland Cdo. In 11 Serie A games he averaged 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.5apg and 1.3spg.
His team won Argentinian LigaA South Group Regular Season in 2015.
Fitipaldo represented Uruguay at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 76.9%.
Fitipaldo's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Fitipaldo has played previously professionally in Argentina (Obras Basket) and Uruguay (Malvin and 25 de Agosto).

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Legnano tabs Daniele Toscano - by Eurobasket News

Legnano Basket Knights (Serie A2) inked 24-year old small forward Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at Valentinas Bottegone Pistoia in the Serie B. In 31 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Toscano played at GR Service Cecina (also in Serie B) where in 31 games he had 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3spg.
He has played previously for four other teams: Latina Basket, Matera, Pordenone and Barese.

Legnano Basket Knights roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Maiocco
Nikolas Raivio
Simone Tomasini
Alessandro Zanelli

Forwards:
Daniele Toscano
Rei Pullazi

Center:
William Mosley

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Dairis Bertans could agree terms with EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to land 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89) who played last time at Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkey. In 23 BSL games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bertans also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Bertans played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Bertans won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
Bertans has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Bertans also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, Valmiera/ORDO-2 and ASK Riga).

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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine adds Mortellaro to their roster - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) added to their roster experienced 35-year old naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-105kg-82, college: Drury) from Proger BLS Chieti. In 37 Serie A2 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Mortellaro ended the previous (2015-16) season at Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A) where in 7 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 4.1rpg. But the most of that year he spent at NPC Rieti (Serie A). In 30 games he had 11.8ppg and 8.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mortellaro was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Mortellaro's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Mortellaro tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in France (JA Vichy), Hungary (PVSK Pannon), Japan (San en NeoPhoenix), Switzerland and Spain (Leche Rio Breogan, Badajoz, A.D. Tarragona, Palencia_Baloncesto and Alaior).
Mortellaro is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.
Mortellaro attended Drury University until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Mortellaro: A soft-spoken, very mobile big man, who can spend time in the 4 and the 5 positions; runs well the court, is very coachable, has great attitude; his good shooting touch can cause great problems to the opponents;
A great team player. A solid all around player with good skills. Passes very well out of the post and on the wing. Sees the defense and is a good decision maker. Can shoot the ball consistently, has great touch and will stretch the defense with his smooth shooting touch. Won't block a lot of shots but always is in great position to take a charge and will challenge all shots in the lane. Understands the game and possess a very high basketball IQ. Always is a step ahead of the play and can read the defense well. Tough on the low block and can score when given opportunities. Shoots a high percentage and is excellent at drawing fouls. Good touch on the ball and never gives up on a play. Will be active on defense and work to get around his man in the post. A good work ethic and is a positive influence on a team both on and off the court
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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tommaso Raspino
Michele Ferrari

Forwards:
Cristopher Mortellaro
Andrea Benevelli

Center:
Francesco Pellegrino

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Evangelisti re-signs at Agrigento - by Eurobasket News

Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 33-year old guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 32 Serie A2 games he had 11.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Evangelisti played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 2nd Team back in 2012.
Evangelisti was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2003 and 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Pavia Basket, Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Napoli J.News, Siena Virtus, Osimo, Palermo, Basket Barcellona and Recanati.
Evangelisti could be described: A skinny player with an immense offensive talent. He can score 40 points the night he's hot. Can score in every way, thanks to a very quick ball release, long arms and a great body control. Can play in the 3 position, but he suffers heavier opponents, and this is why he is more effective at the 2, even he's now working to bulk up a little. Size and offensive mentality are the problems at the defensive side, but he is working to improve even this part of the game.

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  JAPAN  


Andrisevic named new Hiroshima Dragonflies coach - by Eurobasket News

Jamie Andrisevic , who served as an assistant coach for the Kyoto Hannaryz last season, has been hired as the new bench boss of the Hiroshima Dragonflies, the B. League second-division squad announced Friday. Andrisevic, 35, replaces Sako Kenichi , who guided the club from its inception in 2014 through this past season. The Dragonflies went 46-14 in the inaugural B. League campaign. Andrisevic, a former Arizona State post player, worked as an assistant and associated head coach for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA Development League (now known as the NBA G League) from 2013-16. 'James was integral to the success we had in Santa Cruz,' Casey Hill, Santa Cruz's head coach from 2013-17, told The Japan Times on Wednesday. 'He helped us create the culture we needed to be successful both in competition and development.'
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  LATVIA  


Liege tabs Tyler Larson, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) inked 26-year old American guard Tyler Larson (190-86kg-91, college: S.Dakota). He played most recently at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. Larson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 29 LBL games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Larson also played 11 games in Baltic League where he was the best scorer with 13.7ppg and recorded 5.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. Larson contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. The other team he played shortly was Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL. But in only one game he did not score anything and 1 assist. Larson also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had just 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg. Larson also spent pre-season at Egis Kormend (A Division) in Hungarian league that year.
He has played also professionally in Latvia for Jekabpils.
Larson attended University of South Dakota until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Terry Deroover
Tyler Larson

Forwards:
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

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Dairis Bertans could agree terms with EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is close to land 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89) who played last time at Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkey. In 23 BSL games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bertans also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Bertans played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Bertans won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
Bertans has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Bertans also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia) and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, Valmiera/ORDO-2 and ASK Riga).

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  LITHUANIA  


UBT Cluj Napoca keeps Kariniauskas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) re-signed 24-year old Lithuanian international point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-90kg-93). He played there last season. In 17 Liga Nationala games he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.9apg. Kariniauskas helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He also played that season for MIA-Red October Cantu in Italian Serie A. But in 14 games he had just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.
Kariniauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kariniauskas represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0apg.
Kariniauskas has played previously professionally in Greece (Kymis) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forward:
Andrii Kalnichenko

Center:
Ousmane Barro

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Brandon Davies (ex Monaco) agreed terms with Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) inked 26-year old American center Brandon Davies (208-109kg-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at AS Monaco Basket in French ProA. In 30 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg last season. Davies helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A where in 30 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg. Davies also played 20 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.6apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Davies has played previously professionally also in NBA (LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Phi.76ers).
He attended Brigham Young University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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  MALAYSIA  


Dragons Lead Charge to Reboot Malaysian Domestic Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

The Malaysia Basketball Association will be reintroducing a local league starting in the last quarter of 2017. At the forefront of this revival are the KL Dragons, who have always been active in Malaysia basketball development by playing in the ASEAN Basketball League as the Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Dragons have been the first team to confirm their participation in the domestic league and it is expected that there will be 5 other teams to follow suit. In this year's edition, the league will be holding what is referred to as a 'Trial League' which will be active from early September to late November. With the expected participating teams currently at 6 in total, they will be playing in a double-round robin format every weekend with 3 games per day. Due to a compressed timeframe caused by Malaysia hosting the SEA Games 2017, the league's playoffs will be in a knockout format in the final weekend. As of this moment, all games are scheduled to be played at the refurbished MABA Stadium. However, the league noted that they are welcome to other venues that are interested, provided that they can comply with the requirements like parquet flooring and lighting system because they are trying to work with Astro Arena to broadcast the games. Teams will be allowed to sign at most 2 foreign imports with a salary cap of $2,500 per player. However, the imports will be signed by the league and then later drafted by the teams themselves. Teams can suggest their preferred players for the league to sign, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to draft said player. The league is considering methods to make the draft order fair for all teams including an initial roster strength evaluation to give the relatively weaker teams a higher draft pick.
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  MONTENEGRO  


Sehovic re-signs at Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old Montenegrin international swingman Suad Sehovic (197-100kg-87). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Sehovic has played there for the last four seasons. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 8 Eurocup games he had 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Sehovic also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. And finally he contributed to 9 games in Erste Liga where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. Sehovic helped them to win the league title (twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year back in 2014.
Sehovic also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Sehovic has played also professionally in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Ukraine (Budivelnyk and Khimik) and Bosnia (Bosna-Royal).

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Indiana Pacers land rookie Ben Moore - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers inked forward Ben Moore (203-100kg). Moore just graduated from Southern Methodist University (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg last season. Moore helped them to win AAC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-AAC 2nd Team, Reese's College All-Star Game and AAC All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Moore is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

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Jacob Wiley signs at the Nets - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets landed 23-year old forward Jacob Wiley (201-100kg-94). He just graduated from E.Washington (NCAA). In 33 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.3apg and 2.7bpg last season. Wiley helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Big Sky Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded All-Big Sky Conference Player of the Year, selected to All-Big Sky Conference 1st Team and selected to NABC All-District 6 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Wiley played at another team Warriors where in 31 games he had 14.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Frontier Conference Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded All-Frontier Conference Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-NAIA D1 1st Team.
Wiley has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first full season in pro basketball.

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Chris Boucher signs at the Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) landed 24-year old Saint Lucian-Canadian power forward Chris Boucher (208-91kg-93). He just graduated from Oregon (NCAA). In 31 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.5bpg last season. Boucher helped them to make it to the final and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
Boucher has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Boucher's college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. He received also NJCAA D1 Players of the Year award in 2015.
Boucher has played previously for Jaguars.

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Kornet starts his pro career at New York Knicks - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks agreed terms with 22-year old power forward Luke Kornet (216-113kg-95). Kornet just graduated from Vanderbilt (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 13.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0bpg last season. Kornet helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, named to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 3 1st Team and named to All-SEC 1st Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Kornet is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He won HS District TAPPS 5A-1 championship title in 2013.

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Toronto Raptors bring in rookie Kennedy Meeks - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors inked 22-year old forward Kennedy Meeks (208-118kg-95). Meeks just graduated from N.Carolina (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 40 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2bpg last season. Meeks helped them to win the league title. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-ACC Honorable Mention.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Meeks is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Has transformed himself since arriving at Carolina weighing close to 320 pounds, dropping approximately 40 pounds through diet and conditioning Has good court sense, a soft touch on his shot around the basket and good rebounding instincts.

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Phi.76ers tab rookie Melo Trimble in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers inked 22-year old former international guard Melo Trimble (190-84kg-95). Trimble just graduated from Maryland (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years.
Trimble has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Trimble's team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten.
He also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. Trimble's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg.

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Memphis Grizzlies sign Simmons just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) signed 20-year old point guard Kobi Simmons (196-97). He just graduated from Arizona (NCAA). In 36 games he had 8.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg last season. Simmons helped them to win Pac-12 Tournament and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Simmons is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He was voted HS Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year in 2016 at his college time.

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LA Lakers sign rookie PJ Dozier in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old swingman PJ Dozier (198-93kg-96). Dozier just graduated from S.Carolina (NCAA). In 35 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg last season. He helped them to make it to the NCAA Final Four.
Dozier has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Dozier received HS Boys 4A Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Dozier is a combination guard that has a great feel for the game and matching instincts. Big time open court and drive and kick passer. Use his size well to see over the defense. He slashes, pull ups and can make the open three off the catch or rhythm dribble.

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Jacorey Williams is a newcomer at the Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jacorey Williams (203-100kg-94). He just graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (NCAA). In 36 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.6apg last season. Williams helped them to win C-USA Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Great season indeed as he was selected All-C-USA Player of the Year, All-C-USA Newcomer of the Year and voted to All-C-USA 1st Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Williams is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

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The Kings cut Arron Afflalo - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) cut 32-year old guard Arron Afflalo (196-98kg-85, college: UCLA). Afflalo played there last season. In 61 NBA games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at the Knicks where in 71 NBA games he had 12.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2007 Afflalo was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (27th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Afflalo has played previously for three other teams: Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.
His game is described as: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Moves extremely well without the ball in his hands, understanding how to free himself for shots. Works well running off screens where he is a capable shooter. Has three point range on his jumper. Good finisher in transition. Body strength enables him to convert difficult shots with ease as well as the ability to finish after contact.
Lacks the first step to gain full separation from his defender. There are times where he becomes too perimeter oriented offensively
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Senglin's pro career starts at Brooklyn Nets - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets tabbed 22-year old guard Jeremy Senglin (188-88kg-95). He just graduated from Weber State University (NCAA). Senglin has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg last season. Senglin helped them to make it to the conference final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-Big Sky Conference 1st Team, NABC All-District 6 1st Team and Big Sky Conference All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Senglin is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2014 and 2016.

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LA Clippers to sign Hicks - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) will add to their roster 23-year old forward Isaiah Hicks (206-100kg-94). He just graduated from N.Carolina (NCAA). Hicks has played there for the last four years. In 39 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4apg last season. Hicks helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to ACC All-Tournament 1st Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Hicks is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He was voted HS Associated Press Player of the Year in North Carolina back in 2013 at his college time.
Hicks has played previously for Body of Christ Chris.

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The Celtics to sign Daniel Theis, ex Brose Bask. - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics expected to pen deal with 25-year old German international power forward Daniel Theis (204-110kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played for the last three seasons at Brose Baskets Bamberg in German BBL league. In 41 games he had 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2bpg last season. Theis helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year, named to All-Defensive Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Theis also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.6ppg and 4.6rpg.
Theis has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2011.
Theis has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Theis represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 77.3%.
Theis has played also professionally for other German teams like Braunschweig, ratiopharm Ulm, SG Braunschweig and Weissenhorn Youngstars.
He could be described: He can shoot from the perimeter as well as from the 3 point line, take his opponent off the dribble and play a classic back to the basket game. Daniel plays on a very high energy level that enables him to play far above the rim, create mismatches and block shots into the 3rd row. He runs the floor better than guards and finishes with authority around the basket.

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Clippers' Chris Paul declines option, will become unrestricted free agent - by Eurobasket News

Early Friday evening, the news broke that Blake Griffin had decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in order to become an unrestricted free agent. Now, less than an hour later, we have news that Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) has decided to do the same. Paul has spent the last six seasons with the Clippers after being traded to Los Angeles from the then-New Orleans Hornets. As was the case with his teammate Griffin, Paul's decision to opt out and enter free agency is not surprising, and for many of the same reasons. The Clippers are a very good team, but have -- at times due to injuries, to be fair -- not been able to live up to expectations in the playoffs. With multiple players' contracts up this summer, it seems changes could be coming to the red and white part of Staples Center. At the very least, it is worth entering free agency and surveying the various options out there. In addition, Paul is now 32, and this summer may be his last chance to get a max contract. Just like Griffin, he could return to the Clippers, but other teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, will be quite eager to steal him away.
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LJ Peak signs at the Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) landed 21-year old swingman LJ Peak (196-98kg-96, agency: Pensack Sports). He just graduated from Georgetown (NCAA). Peak has played there for the last three years. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg last season.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Peak is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Despite young age Peak had great career. His team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2015. Peak received also Big East All-Rookie Team award in 2015 at his college time.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. Peak's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.6ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.3spg.
Peak has played previously for Whitney Young.

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Blake Griffin Opts For Free Agency - by Eurobasket News

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) has opted out of his contract for the 17-18 season with the Los Angeles Clippers to become a free agent. Griffin can sign a five-year max contract with the Clippers worth approximately $172 million or a four-year, $128 million max with a rival team. Griffin is expected to receive interest from the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
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Koenig starts his pro career at Milwaukee Bucks - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks added to their roster 23-year old guard Bronson Koenig (193-82kg-94). Koenig just graduated from Wisconsin (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he had 14.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg last season. Koenig helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-Big Ten 2nd Team and Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Koenig is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2015. Koenig was also voted HS Wisconsin Player of the Year by the Associated Press back in 2013.

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The Timberwolves ink Charles Cooke - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) agreed terms with 23-year old guard Charles Cooke (196-87kg-94). He just graduated from Dayton (NCAA). Cooke has played there for the last three years. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg last season. Cooke helped them to win the regular season. Quite impressive year as he was named to All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team, NABC All-District 4 2nd Team and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Cooke is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His college team won CAA Tournament in 2013.

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Cameron Oliver is a newcomer at the Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) added to their roster 21-year old forward Cameron Oliver (203-102kg-96). He just graduated from Nevada (NCAA). Oliver has played there for the last three years.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Oliver is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro. His team won MWC Tournament.

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James Blackmon joins Phi.76ers - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers agreed terms with 22-year old guard James Blackmon (193-95). He just graduated from Indiana (NCAA). Blackmon has played there for the last four years.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Blackmon is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.
His team won Big Ten Regular Season in 2016.
Blackmon has played previously for Fort Wayne Bishop Lu.

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Jenkins inks at Washington Wizards at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards added to their roster 24-year old forward Kris Jenkins (198-116kg-93). Jenkins just graduated from Villanova (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg last season. Jenkins helped them to win Big East Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-Big East Honorable Mention and Big East All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Jenkins is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He won NCAA championship title in 2016.

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Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota - by Eurobasket News

The long-anticipated reunion between Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) and Tom Thibodeau is on. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Chicago Bulls had traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick Thursday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine (6'5''-G-95, college: UCLA), Kris Dunn (6'4''-G-94, college: Providence) and the No. 7 overall pick. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by the Chicago Tribune, had not been officially announced. The trade brings together Butler and Wolves coach and president Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. Butler gives Thibodeau the tough-minded scorer and hard-nosed defender that he has been searching for to complement a promising young core. The Wolves paid a big price: Besides surrendering the lottery pick, they gave up a rising star in LaVine, who is coming off of a torn ACL and Dunn, last year's No. 5 overall pick. Butler played for Thibodeau for four seasons in Chicago, developing from an unheralded, late-first round draft pick into a perennial All-Star. The two strong-willed workaholics clashed on occasion during their time together and Butler said during the Olympics in Rio last summer that it was "love-hate" relationship. But he also acknowledged that his appreciation for Thibodeau's hard-driving style increased as time went on, especially when the Bulls struggled in their first season under the more player-friendly Fred Hoiberg. And according to a person with knowledge of the situation, Butler welcomes the move to Minnesota to join his old coach and a team loaded with young talent in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The Wolves drafted Arizona sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) for the Bulls at No. 7 and the Bulls took Creighton forward Justin Patton (7'1''-C-97) at No. 16 for the Wolves. Patton is a 6-foot-11 forward who was the Big East freshman of the year after averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. When Thibodeau was hired as team president and coach last summer, he quickly set his sights on bringing Butler to Minnesota. The two sides engages on serious discussions on draft night last year, nearly reaching a deal that would have included LaVine and Dunn, a player the Bulls were very high on coming out of Providence, for Butler. The deal could not quite be completed and Butler went through a frustrating season with the Bulls, who brought in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in hopes of squeezing some more immediate success out of the group. LaVine was having a breakout third season in the league when he tore the ACL in his left knee February. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler. Adding to the difficulty was Dunn's underwelming first year in Minnesota, which diminished his trade value as well, even in the eyes of the point guard-needy Bulls. With all that in play, the Wolves were forced to also offer up the No. 7 pick this season to push the deal over the top. But they did receive Chicago's first-round pick in return, offering them an opportunity to continue adding to their depth. The move, and the package they assembled to make it, signal an organization that is desperate to start winning now after 13 straight seasons of missing the playoffs. While not a great 3-point shooter like the Wolves need, Butler still averaged career highs in points (23.9), rebounds (6.2) and assists (5.5) in his sixth season. He is also one of the league's top defenders, an absolute necessity for a young team that finished 26th in the league in defensive efficiency last season. He will turn 28 in September, right in the middle of his prime for a team in need of veteran leadership. The move also represents the first significant steps toward an overhaul for the Bulls. Despite a spirited effort, the Bulls were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Wade opted in for the final year of his contract, but that isn't stopping Chicago from pivoting to a new, younger nucleus that includes LaVine, Dunn and Denzel Valentine.
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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver - by Eurobasket News

The Utah Jazz have traded Trey Lyles (6'9''-F/G-95, college: Kentucky) and the No. 24 overall pick to the Denver Nuggets for the No. 13 pick that they used on Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96). Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball. Lyles was a lottery pick in 2015 out of Kentucky.
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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors bought the 38th overall pick from the Chicago Bulls for $3.5 million to select Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95) out of Oregon. On a day in which Jimmy Butler was traded by the Bulls, the franchise sold a draft pick they acquired in the Luol Deng trade in 2014. The move saved the Bulls more than $20 million in salary and luxury tax at the time. Golden State bought a pick last year that they used on Patrick McCaw.
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Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington point guard Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Fultz, considered the consensus top prospect by most draft outlets, averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists in his lone season with the Huskies. Washington has had back-to-back top eight draft choices, with Marquese Chriss going eighth to Phoenix in 2016. Philadelphia acquired the first pick from the Boston Celtics on June 20. The 76ers relinquished the No. 3 overall selection plus a future first for the right to take Fultz. The trade was made possible by former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie's apt for collecting draft choices. The future first-round pick due to Boston is the 2018 Lakers selection, which the Sixers initially acquired from Phoenix at the 2015 trade deadline. If the choice falls between the second and fifth slots, it's parlayed to the Celtics. Any other result sends Sacramento's 2019 first-rounder to Boston. It's the second consecutive season Philadelphia chose first overall, last year taking LSU's Ben Simmons. Simmons missed the 2016 season with a foot injury. The 76ers embarked on a complete rebuild in the 2013 offseason, moving proven players, such as point guard Jrue Holiday, for draft picks. Philadelphia has picked in the top three in four consecutive drafts, previously taking Joel Embiid (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015) and Simmons. Plush with cap space and oozing potential, Philadelphia's rebuild, while debatably controversial, is starting to bear fruit. The Fultz, Simmons and Embiid trio is among the league's best young cores.

Round 1
1 Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn via Boston)
2 Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) - Los Angeles Lakers
3 Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) - Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
4 Josh Jackson (6'8''-G-97) - Phoenix Suns
5 De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97) - Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia)
6 Jonathan Isaac (6'10''-F-97) - Orlando Magic
7 Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) - Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Chicago Bulls)
8 Frank Ntilikina (6'5''-PG-98) - New York Knicks
9 Dennis Smith Jr. (6'3''-G-97) - Dallas Mavericks
10 Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97) - Sacramento Kings (from New Orleans, traded to Portland Trail Blazers)
11 Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98) - Charlotte Hornets
12 Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96) - Detroit Pistons
13 Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96) - Denver Nuggets (traded to Utah Jazz)
14 Bam Adebayo (6'10''-PF-97) - Miami Heat
15 Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) - Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Sacramento Kings)
16 Justin Patton (7'1''-C-97) - Chicago Bulls (traded to Minnesota)
17 D.J. Wilson (6'10''-F-96) - Milwaukee Bucks
18 TJ Leaf (6'10''-F-97) - Indiana Pacers
19 John Collins (6'10''-F-97) - Atlanta Hawks
20 Harry Giles (6'10''-F-98) - Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis via Denver and Cleveland, traded to Sacramento Kings)
21 Terrance Ferguson (6'7''-SG-97) - Oklahoma City Thunder
22 Jarrett Allen (6'11''-F-98) - Brooklyn Nets (from Washington)
23 O.G. Anunoby (6'7''-F-97) - Toronto Raptors (from L.A. Clippers via Milwaukee)
24 Tyler Lydon (6'8''-F-96) - Utah Jazz (traded to Denver Nuggets)
25 Anzejs Pasecniks (7'2''-C-95) - Orlando Magic (from Toronto)
26 Caleb Swanigan (6'9''-F-97) - Portland Trail Blazers (from Cleveland)
27 Kyle Kuzma (6'9''-F-95) - Los Angeles Lakers (from Boston via Brooklyn)
28 Tony Bradley (6'10''-PF-98) - Los Angeles Lakers (from Houston)
29 Derrick White (6'5''-G-94) - San Antonio Spurs
30 Josh Hart (6'5''-G-95) - Utah Jazz (from Golden State)

Round 2
31 Frank Jackson (6'3''-G-98) - Charlotte Hornets (from Brooklyn via Atlanta Hawks)
32 Davon Reed (6'6''-G-95) - Phoenix Suns
33 Wesley Iwundu (6'7''-F-94) - Orlando Magic (from L.A. Lakers)
34 Frank Mason III (5'11''-PG-94) - Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia via New Orleans)
35 Ivan Rabb (6'11''-F-97) - Orlando Magic
36 Jonah Bolden (6'10''-F-96, college: UCLA) - Philadelphia 76ers (from New York via Utah and Toronto)
37 Semi Ojeleye (6'7''-F-94) - Boston Celtics (from Minnesota via Phoenix)
38 Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95) - Chicago Bulls (from Sacramento via Cleveland)
39 Jawun Evans (6'1''-PG-96) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Dallas)
40 Dwayne Bacon (6'7''-G-95) - New Orleans Pelicans
41 Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96) - Atlanta Hawks (from Charlotte)
42 Thomas Bryant (6'10''-F-97) - Utah Jazz (from Detroit)
43 Isaiah Hartenstein (6'11''-F/C-98) - Houston Rockets (from Denver)
44 Damyean Dotson (6'5''-G-94) - New York Knicks (from Chicago)
45 Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) - Houston Rockets (from Portland)
46 Sterling Brown (6'6''-G-95) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Miami via Atlanta)
47 Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C-98) - Indiana Pacers
48 Sindarius Thornwell (6'5''-G-94) - Milwaukee Bucks
49 Vlatko Cancar (6'7''-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) - Denver Nuggets (from Memphis via Oklahoma City)
50 Mathias Lessort (6'9''-PF-95) - Philadelphia 76ers (from Atlanta)
51 Monte Morris (6'3''-PG-95) - Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma City)
52 Edmond Sumner (6'6''-G-95) - New Orleans Pelicans (from Washington)
53 Kadeem Allen (6'3''-G-93) - Boston Celtics (from Cleveland)
54 Alec Peters (6'9''-F-95) - Phoenix Suns (from Toronto)
55 Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) - Utah Jazz[K]
56 Jabari Bird (6'6''-G-94) - Boston Celtics (from L.A. Clippers)
57 Alexander Vezenkov (6'9''-PF-95) - Brooklyn Nets (from Boston)
58 Ognjen Jaramaz (6'4''-G-95, agency: BeoBasket) - New York Knicks (from Houston)
59 Jaron Blossomgame (6'7''-F-93) - San Antonio Spurs
60 Alpha Kaba (6'10''-C/F-96, agency: BeoBasket) - Atlanta Hawks (from Golden State via Philadelphia and Utah)

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Former KU forward Dwight Coleby chooses Western Kentucky as transfer destination - by Eurobasket News

Former Kansas forward Dwight Coleby (6'9''-F-94) has decided to transfer to Western Kentucky, Hilltoppers coach Rick Stansbury announced on Saturday. Coleby, a 6-foot-9 forward from Nassau, Bahamas, who announced his plans on May to leave KU, chose Western Kentucky over Louisiana Monroe and Arkansas Little Rock. Coleby will be immediately eligible to play in games as a graduate transfer. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game last season in limited duty for Kansas. 'As we continue to look to add veteran leadership, we're very excited to have Dwight join our program and family,' Stansbury said in a release. 'He brings invaluable experience to our frontcourt where it is much-needed following his two years at Ole Miss and his year playing at Kansas.' Coleby's AAU coach, Darrell Sears, told the Bowling Green Daily News that Western Kentucky's playing in the 2017 Battle4Atlantis in Nassau was a big selling point as well as the fact 'WKU is a place of tradition and basketball is a priority.' Coleby is a good friend of Louisiana Monroe junior forward Travis Munnings. Also, Coleby knows two of the coaches at Arkansas Little Rock.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Mitchell Newton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia). He led Bandits to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Tigers (3-8) crushing them 107-80 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Newton had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Albury Wodonga Bandits (8-7) are placed fifth in SEABL-East group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Newton has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 90.9%(30-33) in 14 games he played so far. Newton played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). King-Hawea contributed to Spectres' victory against the seventh-ranked Frankston Blues (4-12) 91-82 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Nunawading Spectres (13-3) are placed first in SEABL-East group. King-Hawea's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(37-62), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 85.7%. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2014.

Tohi Smith-Milner
Tohi Smith-Milner
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Dyson King-Hawea in the Australian State League last game. Smith-Milner. He could not help Frankston Blues (4-12) in their last game. Despite Smith-Milner's good performance the seventh-placed Frankston Blues (4-12) lost 82-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Spectres in the SEABL-South group. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Smith-Milner's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 32.0%, 3FGP: 21.7% in five games. Former Canterbury Rams starter played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

   #4. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eagles in their game against Wanneroo (13-5) in the Australian State League (second division). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. his team were edged 90-88 in Joondalup by the lower-ranked Wanneroo (#3) in the SBL group. Tawhiti's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

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

   #1. Zeke Meehl (181-G-88, currently plays in Australia) led Sunshine CR to a 3-point victory over the 12th-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (2-5) 88-85 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Meehl recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sunshine Coast Rip (5-1) is placed fifth in QBL group. Meehl's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89, currently plays in Australia). Carter could not help Brisbane Capitals (6-1) to beat Logan Thunder (144-1). He recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes. The third-placed Brisbane Capitals (6-1) were edged 98-95 on the road by the leading Logan Thunder in the QBL group. It was Brisbane Capitals' first loss after six consecutive victories. Carter has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg in five games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Steven Adams (213-C/F-93) plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Thomas Abercrombie (198-F-87) plays for Demir IBB in Turkish BSL
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Robert Loe (211-F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mika Vukona (197-C-82) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mike Karena (208-C-93) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Thomas Giles (180-G-88) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
James Paringatai (201-F-86) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League
Isaac Smith (196-F/C) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League

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



New Zealand U19 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Taane Samuel
Samuel
Tai Wynyard
Wynyard
Isaac Letoa
Letoa
Hamish McDonald
McDonald
Tobias Cameron
Cameron
#e#5
Taane Samuel 200-F-99 Whittlesea City Australia
Tai Wynyard 208-C/F-98 Kentucky USA
Isaac Letoa 183-G-98 Wellington S. New Zealand
Hamish McDonald 190-G-99 Canterbury New Zealand
Tobias Cameron 193-G-99 Gold Coast R. Australia
Joshua Aitcheson 194-F-98 Southland S. New Zealand
Flynn Cameron 191-G-00 Gold Coast R. Australia
Quinn Clinton 194-G-99 N.Mexico USA
Toby Gillooly 193-F/G-98 Canterbury New Zealand
Callum McRae 214-C-99 Hub Jets New Zealand
Angus McWilliam 211-C/F-99 Canterbury New Zealand
Samuel Waardenburg 208-PF-99 Miami, FL USA
Brayden Inger 203-F
Connor Woodbridge 185-G-98

Daryl Cartwright Head Coach
Gavin Briggs Assistant
Leyton Haddleton Assistant



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  NIGERIA  


Michael Umeh selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy). He led Virtus Bologna to a victory over the second-ranked Alma Trieste (24-11) 82-69 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Thursday night's game. Umeh was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) in 36 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group East. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (24-9) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Umeh's first season with the team. Umeh has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 82.0% in 44 games he played so far. Umeh has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Akindele was the main contributor in Vaqueros' victory against the third-ranked Piratas (18-14) 91-80 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Akindele scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Vaqueros de Bayamon (14-19) is placed eighth in the BSN. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Akindele has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 66.4%(99-149) and FT: 73.0%. Akindele played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He could not help Chalon/Saor (27-7) to beat Strasbourg IG (23-11). Ibekwe recorded 5 points in 14 minutes. Chalon/Saor lost 78-84 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Strasbourg IG. This year Ibekwe's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ibekwe is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Henry Uhegwu
Henry Uhegwu
   #4. Guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah, currently plays in Colombia) contributed to a Fast Break's victory against the closely-ranked Academia (9-5) 77-69 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV in Tuesday night's game. He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fast Break (11-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Uhegwu has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg in 12 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Uhegwu used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Dominican Republic) was the major contributor in a Huracanes PP's victory against the league outsider Soles SD (2-8) 88-83 in the Dominican Rep. LNB in Wednesday night's game. He scored 15 points and added 5 assists. Huracanes del Atlantico (4-6) is placed sixth in the LNB. Rose has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg. Rose has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican.

   #2. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86, college: Kaiser, currently plays in Dominican Republic) could not help Reales LV (4-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Reales LV was edged 89-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Caneros LR. Okosun was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Okosun has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4bpg in 11 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Princeton Onwas (198-G-93, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Brisbane Capitals in their game against Logan Thunder (144-1) in the Australian State League (second division). Onwas recorded only 4 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. The third-placed Brisbane Capitals (6-1) were edged 98-95 in Loganholme by the leading Logan Thunder in the QBL group. It was Brisbane Capitals' first loss after six consecutive victories. This season Onwas has very high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.6spg. Onwas has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

Other top Nigerian players, who play abroad:

Melvin Ejim (200-F-91) plays for Umana Venezia in Italian Serie A
Retin Obasohan (185-G-93) plays for Scandone AV in Italian Serie A
Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) plays for Fenerbahce in Turkish BSL
Trevor Mbakwe (207-C/F-89) plays for Zenit in Russian VTB
Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87) plays for Al Riyadi in Lebanese Pepsi LBL
Gani Lawal (205-F/C-88) plays for Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A
Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) plays for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa
Talib Zanna (206-F-90) plays for JSF Nanterre in French ProA
Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90) plays for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in French ProA
Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) plays for RETAbet BB in Spanish Liga Endesa
Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-F-92) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Dinma Odiakosa (203-C/F-85) plays for Le Portel in French ProA
Festus Ezeli (211-C-89) plays for Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA
Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90) plays for Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA

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



Nigerian Premier League All-Star Game 2017 - by Greg

SAVANNAH ALL-STAR TEAM
Abdulwahad Yakubu (199-SG-90) of Gombe Bulls
Sylvanus Mamaki of Gombe Bulls
Garkator Shedrack of Gombe Bulls
Stanley Gumut (198-F/G-86) of Mark Mentors BC
Abubakar Usman (191-G-86) of Kano Pillars
Dele Ademola (199-F-89) of Kano Pillars
Abdul Yahaya (203-F-90) of Kano Pillars
Azuoma Dike (188-PG-89) of Kano Pillars
Eli Abraham (94) of Kano Pillars
Joel Ijigba of Defenders
Apara Akita of Bauchi Nets
Wisdom Prince of Niger Potters Minna

ATLANTIC ALL-STAR TEAM
Owen Oriakhi of Hoops and Read
Kamal Ayanlere (G/F) of Police Baton Lagos
David Godwin (195-SG) of Kwara Falcons
Oyeleye Mojubaoluwa (F) of Kwara Falcons
Victor Komonibo of Hoops and Read
Jide Ogunsemore of Hoops and Read
Owen Oriakhi
Solomon Ajegbeyi (SF) of Rivers Royal Hoopers
Emuhowo Oghenetewo (206-C) of Rivers Royal Hoopers
Emmanuel Balogun (G) of Rivers Royal Hoopers
Seun Akinwale (195-SF-86) of Customs Lagos
Okiki Michael of Customs Lagos
Kevin Odoh of Oluyole Warriors



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  PARAGUAY  


Olimpia beat Libertad in the top game - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia beat Libertad in the top game of the round in Paraguay. They posted an 83-78 win to have 6 points on top. Olimpia started strong and led 13 points at the end of the first period. Libertad managed to reduce to 39-26 and then even took a 60-57 lead with 10 minutes to go. Olimpia needed a final push to seal the victory. Javier Martinez (188-G-78, agency: DTMones) top-scored for the winners with 26 points.


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  PERU  


Real Club and Regatas advance to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Real Club and Regatas advanced to the Finals sweeping the semifinal series against their opponents. Real Club overcame Inmaculada 80-75 to win the series 2-0. Trailing 12 points at the halftime, Real Club exploded with a massive 28-12 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Regatas meanwhile posted an 80-58 win against EOFAP to win the series 2-0. Regatas won the first period 27-15 and never looked behind in the game.



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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. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.3 
 3. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 4. Rhodes, SM Beermen26.4 
 5. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 6. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 7. Smith, TNT K.19.9 
 8. Pringle, Globalport19.6 
 9. Amer, Meralco .17.1 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .19.4 
 3. McKay, Phoenix17.3 
 4. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 5. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 6. Smith, TNT K.11.5 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.4 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen10.4 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.8.5 
 10. Aguilar, B.Ginebra7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ross, SM Beermen8.3 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.5 
 3. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 4. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.9 
 5. Cabagnot, SM Be.4.9 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.4.9 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
 9. Thompson, B.Gin.4.4 
 10. Pringle, Globalport4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ross, SM Beermen3.0 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.2 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 4. Lassiter, SM Be.1.6 
 5. Jalalon, Star H.1.6 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 8. Castro-W., TNT K.1.4 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 10. Smith, Blackwater1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.4 
 2. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 4. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 5. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 8. Fajardo, SM Be.1.5 
 9. Smith, TNT K.1.1 
 10. Smith, Blackwater1.0 


Beermen Manhandle Ka Tropa In Game 2, Even Series - by Eurobasket News

San Miguel Beer made sure Friday night that Josh Smith or any other TNT KaTropa player would not spring another surprise. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) had a quiet night but the SMB locals put things together as the Beermen throttled to a 102-88 rout of the TNT KaTropa in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Taking into heart their 102-104 loss in Game One, the SMB ace locals came back with vengeance in their eyes and pummelled the Ka Tropa badly in the second quarter and onwards. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) starred as San Miguel tied the best-of-seven championship series at 1-1. Game Three is set at 6:30 p.m. Sunday also at the Big Dome. The only surprise the Ka Tropa pulled off in the game was a hot 17-0 start by Jason Castro, RR Pogoy, Anthony Semerad, Kelly Williams (201-F-82, college: Oakland) and Moala Tautuaa. The Ka Tropa, however, were stopped on their tracks no sooner, and the Beermen seized command, 52-43, at the half. Fajardo came through with a double-double game with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Ross had his own near double-double effort with 20 markers and nine assists plus five rebounds. Santos, meanwhile, was a key spark off the bench, getting away with 16 points and six rebounds. Rhodes struggled for just seven points and 11 rebounds while Smith had 11 markers, six rebounds and five assists for TNT. The Beermen missed their first six attempts and turned the ball over thrice before scoring a first basket courtesy of Cabagnot with already four minutes into the game. Santos provided the wake-up call as he subbed for Charles Rhodes, scoring 11 points on 3-of-3 field goals and 2-of-2 charities as the Beermen chopped an early 17-point deficit down to eight, 24-32, at the end of the opening quarter. The SMB coach sat out Rhodes early after committing three errors and missing three shots in the initial salvo of the contest. And still largely through the effort of their locals, the Beermen roared on in the second period and surged ahead, 52-43, at the half. After an early explosion of six three-pointers on a high 50-percent clip, the Ka Tropa went silent in the second period, making only 1-of-7 treys and 3-of-10 twinners. The Beermen sustained a thorough beating of the Ka Tropa in the final half.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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  POLAND  


Goods comes back to Soles de Santo Domingo, ex Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) inked 30-year old American guard Anthony Goods (191-91kg-87, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports). It is actually his comeback to Santo Domingo as he has played here before. Goods played most recently at Energa Czarni in Polish PLK league. In 26 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.0apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Goods also played that season for Pau Lacq Orthez in French ProA where in four games he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2009 Goods was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in third round (36th overall).
He attended Stanford University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Goods won Liga Americas championship title in 2016. He received also All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention award back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Goods is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Goods has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Israel (Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Holon and Ironi Nes Ziona), Italy (BancaTercas), Ukraine, Venezuela (Trotamundos and Guaros), France (Cholet Basket) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
His game is described as: A versatile guard who can score a lot in few minutes. Plays in the 2 position with energy, can help his team even at the defensive side.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Liz, Ponce20.5 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.5 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama20.0 
 4. Harris, Ponce18.8 
 5. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.3 
 7. Huertas, Arecibo18.1 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
 10. Arroyo, Fajardo16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.4 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.9 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.3 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.6 
 7. James, Fajardo8.3 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 2. Browne, San German7.2 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.1 
 5. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Guzman, Isabela5.5 
 8. Duran, Mayaguez4.8 
 9. Torres, Ponce4.7 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 3. Harris, Ponce1.5 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Browne, San German1.4 
 6. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Cintron-C., Isabela1.3 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.8 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.2 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 8. Orozco, Isabela1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


Anthony Young (ex Arecibo) agreed terms with Huracanes del Atlantico - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Anthony Young (200-113kg-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 9 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. The last season Young played at Larre Borges in Uruguayan LUB where in 32 games he was the best scorer with impressive 25.4ppg and had 6.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Young's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Young has played previously professionally in Argentina (Penarol), Germany (ETB Wohnbau and BSV Wulfen), Venezuela (Gigantes) and Uruguay (Bigua, U Universitario and Montevideo BC).
He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BSN Round 37: Santeros defeat Brujos in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

Ninth-ranked Brujos (13-20) gave a tough game to first ranked Santeros (23-10) in Coamo on Friday. Santeros managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 37-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Santeros outrebounded Brujos 44-30 including 34 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 18 points. Santeros' coach Eddie Casiano used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Santeros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-10 record. Brujos at the other side keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Santeros are looking forward to face Leones (#4) in Juana Diaz in the next round. Brujos will play on the road against Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Fajardo. Eighth ranked Indios (14-18) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Cariduros (20-12) 70-67 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cariduros. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Ramon Clemente accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds. Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Cariduros in the defeat. Indios moved-up to seventh place. Cariduros at the other side keep the second position with 12 games lost. Indios will play against higher ranked Atleticos (#6) in San German in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cariduros will play on the road against Gallitos (#10) in Isabela and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Juana Diaz. 4th placed host Leones (18-16) lost to third ranked Piratas (19-14) 82-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leones. Javier Mojica fired 20 points for the winners. Eric Dawson produced 23 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Piratas maintains third place with 19-14 record having four points less than leader Aguada. Loser Leones keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. Piratas will meet at home Brujos (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leones will play against the league's leader Santeros (#1) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 37 Arecibo won against San German on the opponent's court 88-82.

Aguada - Guayama 78-76

Ninth-ranked Brujos (13-20) gave a tough game to first ranked Santeros (23-10) in Coamo on Friday. Santeros managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 37-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Santeros outrebounded Brujos 44-30 including 34 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 18 points. Santeros' coach Eddie Casiano used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Santeros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-10 record. Brujos at the other side keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Santeros are looking forward to face Leones (#4) in Juana Diaz in the next round. Brujos will play on the road against Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Guayama: D.Wilkins 21+5reb+6ast, K.Vinales 10+2reb+5ast, M.Fillyaw 8+1reb+2ast, D.Hinson 8+1reb, K.Penn 8+6reb, L.Wade 8+11reb+2ast
Aguada: R.Mendoza 20+6reb+5ast, G.Clavell 18+3reb+1ast, J.Guitian 9+4reb+2ast, C.Gaston 9+3reb, O.Samhan 8+6reb+2ast, A.Abreu 5+2reb+6ast
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Ponce - Quebradillas 68-82

The game between Top Four teams took place in Juana Diaz. 4th placed host Leones (18-16) lost to third ranked Piratas (19-14) 82-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leones. The game was mostly controlled by Piratas. Leones managed to win second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Leones outrebounded Piratas 46-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. The former international Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 20 points for the winners. American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Carlos Emory (196-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Piratas maintains third place with 19-14 record having four points less than leader Aguada. Loser Leones keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. Piratas will meet at home Brujos (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leones will play against the league's leader Santeros (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ponce: E.Dawson 23+9reb+1ast, V.Liz 16+5reb+1ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 12+2reb+3ast, C.Emory 11+10reb+2ast, M.Harris 6+11reb+6ast, C.Rivera 0+2reb+1ast
Quebradillas: J.Mojica 20+3reb+3ast, D.Smith 15+3reb+4ast, J.Bryan Diaz 12+4reb, M.Rosario 12+3reb+4ast, G.Fitch 8+4reb+3ast, A.Carmona 6+7reb+2ast
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Fajardo - Mayaguez 67-70

Important game to mention about took place in Fajardo. Eighth ranked Indios (14-18) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Cariduros (20-12) 70-67 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cariduros. Cariduros were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 19-13 charge of Indios, which allowed them to win the game. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and international Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Indios players scored in double figures. Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Filiberto Rivera (189-82, college: UTEP) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Cariduros in the defeat. Indios moved-up to seventh place. Cariduros at the other side keep the second position with 12 games lost. Indios will play against higher ranked Atleticos (#6) in San German in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cariduros will play on the road against Gallitos (#10) in Isabela and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: D.James 17+8reb+1ast, F.Rivera 15+2reb+4ast, E.Ayuso 11+2reb+2ast, C.Ortiz 7+6reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 6+9reb+2ast, R.Buckner 6+5reb+2ast
Mayaguez: R.Clemente 19+7reb+1ast, C.Duran 11+2reb+4ast, D.Laury 11+12reb+5ast, T.Mitchell 10+2reb+2ast, R.Suarez 7+2reb+2ast, K.Young 4+5reb
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San German - Arecibo 82-88

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in San German where 5th ranked Atleticos (16-17) were defeated by sixth ranked Capitanes (16-16) 88-82 on Thursday. Atleticos trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-88 at the end of the game. Capitanes made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Atleticos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Capitanes made 7 blocks. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Capitanes players scored in double figures. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Atleticos' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Atleticos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Capitanes will meet at home Vaqueros (#8) in the next round. Atleticos will play against Indios in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: D.Ebanks 22+6reb+2ast, G.Browne 18+10reb+8ast, J.Keenan 14+3reb+4ast, O.Branch 9+6reb, C.Lopez-Sosa 6+5reb+2ast, A.Franklin 4+4reb+2ast
Arecibo: C.Clarke 18+6reb+4ast, D.Huertas 17+4ast, W.Hodge 16+4reb+7ast, D.Jefferson 15+10reb+5ast, A.Alamo 10+4reb+2ast, D.Clemente 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540224





Aguada adds Hettsheimer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Santeros de Aguada (BSN) added to their roster 31-year old Brazilian international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-118kg-86). He is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. The last season he played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 15 games he recorded 8.5ppg and 3.7rpg. Hettsheimer also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg and 3.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB. In 14 games he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg and 7.8rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hettsheimer played in the final of Paulista League in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Player of the Year in 2016.
Hettsheimer has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Hettsheimer also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg.
Hettsheimer's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Hettsheimer has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Vic and Blusens Monbus) and Brazil (COC Ribeirao).
On Hettsheimer: Not so tall to play at center, he manages to keep the position thanks to powerful body and athletic skills. He could became a good PF, because he knows how to step out and hit the basket from mid-range. Has defensive mentality, but needs to improve this part of the game. Has yet upside, however.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

32-year old power forward Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, agency: Haylett Sports) had an amazing evening in the last week for Ponce and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 36.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Guayama (#9, 13-19) with 17-point margin 105-88. Ponce maintains the 4th position in Puerto Rican league. Ponce 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 18-15 record. Dawson just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Midwestern State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dawson leads league in rebounds with 10.4rpg. Dawson is in league's top in and averages solid 52.1% FGP. Worth to mention Dawson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last week was Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of top-ranked Aguada. He is Dominican Rep. guard in his first season at Aguada. In the last game Mendoza recorded impressive 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Aguada to another comfortable win 93-74 over the lower-ranked Humacao (#10, 10-21) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Aguada still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 22-10 record. Mendoza is one of the most experienced players at Aguada and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Arecibo (#5). Jefferson showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last week. He was a key player of Arecibo, leading his team to a 81-80 win against the lower-ranked Humacao (#10, 10-21). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 16 lost games. Jefferson has a very solid season. In 5 games in Puerto Rico he scored 14.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Peter Ramos (222-C-85) of Humacao - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Omar Samhan (211-C-88) of Aguada - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Victor Liz (193-SG-86) of Ponce - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Michael Rosario (190-SG-90) of Quebradillas - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Carlos Emory (196-F-91) of Ponce - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Raymond Cintron Cortes (183-PG-90) of Humacao - 20 points, 4 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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UBT Cluj Napoca keeps Kariniauskas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) re-signed 24-year old Lithuanian international point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-90kg-93). He played there last season. In 17 Liga Nationala games he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.9apg. Kariniauskas helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He also played that season for MIA-Red October Cantu in Italian Serie A. But in 14 games he had just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.
Kariniauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kariniauskas represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0apg.
Kariniauskas has played previously professionally in Greece (Kymis) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Zalgiris II Kaunas).

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forward:
Andrii Kalnichenko

Center:
Ousmane Barro

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Vlad Moldoveanu left UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

29-year old international power forward Vlad Moldoveanu (206-101kg-88, college: American) left U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala). In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.5apg. Moldoveanu helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Domestic Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team. He played there also last season. Moldoveanu also played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 15.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. Moldoveanu played there also last season. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3apg.
Moldoveanu managed to play in three leagues last year.
The previous (15-16) season Moldoveanu played at Stelmet in Polish TBL. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 39 TBL games he got 8.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg. Moldoveanu contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Moldoveanu also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 10 games in Eurocup where he got 11.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. Moldoveanu contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Moldoveanu has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
He represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 14.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 77.8%.
Moldoveanu is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), France (STB Le Havre), Italy (Benetton Treviso) and Poland (PGE Turow).
Moldoveanu attended American University until 2011 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A solid inside player who has a great offensive talent. He has good attitude and improved his performing in every season of college. Has yet interesting upside.

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Jamtland adds Paul to their roster, ex Craiova - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Jamtland Basket (Basketligan) added to their roster 29-year old American center William Paul (208-111kg-88, college: Arkansas Tech). He played most recently at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 12 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Paul played at CSU Sibiu (also in Liga Nationala) where in 36 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 3.4rpg.
His team won Danish Cup in 2014.
Paul has played also professionally in Denmark (Svendborg).
He attended Arkansas Tech until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

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Zeljko Sakic (ex Cibona) signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) landed 29-year old Croatian international forward Zeljko Sakic (204-98kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. Sakic managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 32 A1 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 6.8rpg (#5 in the league), 2.6apg and 1.0spg. Sakic helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Sakic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Sakic also played 26 games in ABA League where he recorded 13.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.3apg. And finally he contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sakic played at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL. In 35 games he got remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Sakic contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Sakic also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
Sakic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Sakic represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Sakic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro) and Spain (La ICL Manresa).
Sakic's game is described as: A very solid inside player, not so quick but with strong body and hands. He' s not so athletic, but defends well and doesn' t fear anyone.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Center:
Ousmane Barro

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Higgins agreed on terms of contract extension with CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (VTB) to confirm in their roster 28-year old American guard Cory Higgins (195-82kg-89, college: Colorado). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 32 Euroleague games he had 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. Higgins helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Higgins contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
In 2011 he was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in first round (7th overall).
The former University of Colorado staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Higgins was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
He is quite experienced player. Higgins has played also professionally in Turkey (Gaziantep), NBA (Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

CSKA Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leo Westermann
Cory Higgins

Forwards:
Andrey Vorontsevich
Will Clyburn

Center:
Kyle Hines

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Khimki lands Stefan Markovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) tabbed 29-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Markovic (197-99kg-88). He played most recently at Zenit (VTB). In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 9.1apg and 1.4spg last season. Markovic helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he had 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.6apg (top 2) and 1.4spg. Markovic contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. Markovic contributed in the Supercup final. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.9apg.
Among other achievements Markovic's team won Turkish League Regular Season in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Markovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Markovic 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: 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg.
Markovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Spain (Valencia Basket), Serbia (Atlas and Vrsac) and Turkey (Banvit).
Let's have closer look into Markovic's outlook: A modern PG, very athletic and quick. Sees well the court and has great passing time and leadership. Scores above all in penetration, he's working to improve his shot from the distance. Has a huge wingspan that allows him to cover passing lines and to defend very well on almost all the opponents on the perimeter.

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Ostrovskiy re-signs at Ural Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague 1) confirmed in their roster 24-year old forward Aleksey Ostrovskiy (202-96kg-93). He played there last season. In 22 Superleague 1 games he had 5.3ppg and 4.4rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ostrovskiy played at Dynamo-CBK Stavropol (Superleague 2) where in 40 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 7.5rpg (#5 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 Honorable Mention.
He has played previously for Lokomotiv.

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Kanygin re-signs at Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) confirmed in their roster 23-year old power forward Igor Kanygin (207-110kg-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg. Kanygin helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged just 2.8ppg and 1.6rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kanygin played at Lokomotiv. But in only one Euroleague game he did not score anything. He also played 3 games in VTB United League, but he had only 0.7ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kanygin's team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Kanygin represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg.
Kanygin has played previously for two other teams: Rossiya Novogorsk and Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

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Chris Boucher signs at the Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) landed 24-year old Saint Lucian-Canadian power forward Chris Boucher (208-91kg-93). He just graduated from Oregon (NCAA). In 31 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.5bpg last season. Boucher helped them to make it to the final and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
Boucher has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Boucher's college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. He received also NJCAA D1 Players of the Year award in 2015.
Boucher has played previously for Jaguars.

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Abdoulaye N'Doye (ex Apollon) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) inked 28-year old Senegalese center Abdoulaye N'Doye (213-89, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played most recently at Apollon in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 7 games he recorded 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0bpg last season.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) N'Doye was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in fifth round (91st overall).
The former Texas A&M - Commerce (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball. N'Doye played in the final of Iranian Superleague.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team award in 2015.
N'Doye represented Senegal at the European Championships U16 in Latvia three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 69.6%.
N'Doye has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). N'Doye has played previously professionally in Georgia (Kutaisi), ABA (N.Dallas V.) and Iran (Naft Abadan).

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  SERBIA  


Katic is back at Spirou - by Greg

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old Serbian ex-international center Rasko Katic (208-114kg-80, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Spirou Charleroi as he has played here before. Katic played last season at Telenet BC Oostende in the Euromillions League. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 45 Euromillions League games he had 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Katic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Katic contributed to 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13.9ppg and 4.1rpg.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans
Michael Fusek

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Khimki lands Stefan Markovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimki Moscow Region (VTB) tabbed 29-year old Serbian international guard Stefan Markovic (197-99kg-88). He played most recently at Zenit (VTB). In 14 Eurocup games he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 9.1apg and 1.4spg last season. Markovic helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 30 games in VTB United League where he had 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.6apg (top 2) and 1.4spg. Markovic contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 16 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. Markovic contributed in the Supercup final. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.9apg.
Among other achievements Markovic's team won Turkish League Regular Season in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Markovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Markovic 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: 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg.
Markovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Spain (Valencia Basket), Serbia (Atlas and Vrsac) and Turkey (Banvit).
Let's have closer look into Markovic's outlook: A modern PG, very athletic and quick. Sees well the court and has great passing time and leadership. Scores above all in penetration, he's working to improve his shot from the distance. Has a huge wingspan that allows him to cover passing lines and to defend very well on almost all the opponents on the perimeter.

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Coach Dragan Nikolic leaves Karpos Sokoli - by Eurobasket News

Serbian coach Dragan Nikolic left Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga). Nikolic's team won the Macedonian Cup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Coach of the Year award in 2015.
Nikolic was coaching Serbian Senior National Team back in 2012.
He has coached also professionally for other Serbian teams like Metalac, KK Mladost Z Admiral Zemun and Tamis.

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  SLOVAKIA  


Djordje Ninkovic (ex Leotar) is a newcomer at Nova Ves - by Michal Duchovic

BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Bosnian center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93). He has played for the last seven seasons at Leotar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 18 games he recorded 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ninkovic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.

BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Lenart
Lukas Krajnak
Adam Antoni

Forward:
Viktor Juricek

Center:
Djordje Ninkovic



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  SLOVENIA  


Union Olimpija brings back Erjon Kastrati - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija keeps reeling back its own former players with the addition of Kosovari Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) on a one-year contract.
Kastrati spent three previous seasons with Union Olimpija, debuting in the Euroleague one month after his 17th birthday. His last season with Union Olimpija was 2011-12, when Kastrati averaged 3.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 3 Euroleague games and 1.7 points in 7 Adriatic League games.
Kastrati arrives from fellow Slovenian side Krka, where he spent five season. In the latest one, Kastrati averaged 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.4 steals in 23 ABA League games and 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks in 27 Slovenian League games last season.



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  SOUTH AFRICA  


SA National Basketball team wins bronze at BRICS Games 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The South African National Basketball squad returns to South Africa on Wednesday evening after winning bronze medal at the first-ever 2017 BRICS Games in Guangzhou China. The South Africans beat India 88-75 in the play-offs to earn themselves the medal in a nail-biting encounter. Organisers said the event was created "to provide a sound atmosphere for BRICS co-operation to strengthen relations and promote sport exchange and development among all BRICS nations". Coming in as underdogs in the competition coach Gilchrist Graig's side surprised their opponents when they put on a brave fight. The competition featured all the BRICS nations - Brazil Russia India China and South Africa - and they competed in basketball volleyball and WUSHU (Kung-Fu). The games are set to rotate among all the BRICS member countries.
Courtesy of: timeslive.co.za



Dirk Nowitzki, Kemba Walker, Thabo Sefolosha and Luol Deng named team captains for NBA Africa Game 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) (Dallas Mavericks; Germany), Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.), Thabo Sefolosha (201-G-84) (Atlanta Hawks; Switzerland; parent from South Africa) and Luol Deng (206-F-85, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances) (Los Angeles Lakers; South Sudan) will serve as team captains for NBA Africa Game 2017. Nowitzki, a 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA Champion, along with Walker, a 2017 NBA All-Star, will co-captain Team World. Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star and Team Africa captain at NBA Africa Game 2015, and Sefolosha, an 11-year NBA veteran whose father was born in South Africa, will lead Team Africa. NBA Africa Game 2017, which will take place following the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa, will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format and will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children's Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA).
Courtesy of: nba.com



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  SOUTH KOREA  


South Korean U19 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Jiwon Park
Park
Junghyun Lee
Lee
Minsuk Shin
Shin
Jae Min Yang
Yang
Hyeongjin Kim
Kim
#e#5
3Kim Hyeongjin 181-PG-98 Korea University Seo South Korea
5Park Jiwon 193-SF-98 Yonsei University South Korea
6Lee Junghyun 190-SF-99
7Park Minuk 185-G-98 Yonsei University South Korea
9Shin Minsuk 201-C-99
10Yun Wongsang 185-G-98 Dan Kook University South Korea
11Yang Junu 186-G-98 Sungkyunkwan Univers South Korea
13Han Seunghui 200-C-98 Yonsei University South Korea
14Kim Jinyoung 193-F-98 Korea University Seo South Korea
15Jae Min Yang 198-F/C-99 Torrelodones Spain
32Seo Jeonghyeon 201-C-98
34Ha Yungi 203-C-99

Lee Moojin Head Coach



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  SPAIN  


Zaragoza tabs Lovro Mazalin, ex Zadar - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) inked 20-year old Croatian small forward Lovro Mazalin (204-97). He played most recently at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 24 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg last season. Mazalin helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 23 games in ABA League where he had 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Mazalin played at Cedevita (also in A1). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 13 A1 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg. Mazalin contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Mazalin also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got just 2.1ppg. He also played 11 games in ABA League where he got only 2.7ppg.
Despite young age Mazalin had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award in 2016.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. Mazalin's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.9ppg), 7.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 83.8%.
Mazalin has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cibona, Kaptol and Petrinja.
His game is described as: He can split his playing time between the 2 and the 3 spots, thanks to good ball handling and court vision. But he's expected to become a 6-9 small forward, with quickness and a great 2-point shooting ability. Compared to Danilo Gallinari and Tornike Shengeila, has a britght future.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Castello tabs Eduard Gatell - by Eurobasket News

TAU Castello (LEB Gold) inked 28-year old power forward Eduard Gatell (205-89) from Melilla Baloncesto. Gatell has played there for the last three years. In 37 LEB Gold games he averaged 6.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg last season.
He won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2016.
Gatell has played previously for five other teams: Magia_Huesca, Girona FC, CD Alcazar, Girona F.C. B and Leyma Basquet Coruna II.

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David Navarro agreed terms with Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old swingman David Navarro (189-82kg-83) from MoraBanc Andorra. Navarro has played there for the last four years. In 35 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.8apg last season.
Among other achievements he won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2014. Navarro received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for eight other teams: Valencia Basket, La ICL Manresa, Girona FC, Blancos de Rueda, Melilla_Baloncesto, Menorca, Rosalia and VGO Basket Vigo.

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Oscar Amo is a newcomer at Sant Adria - by Eurobasket News

UB Sant Adria (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old center Oscar Amo (204-97). He has played for the last three years at CB Prat Juventud in the LEB Gold. In 30 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 3.1rpg last season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Amo represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 1.2ppg, 1.2rpg.

UB Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pol Bassas
Jaume Lobo

Forward:
Alberto Reyes

Center:
Oscar Amo

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Girona inks Eduard Garcia - by Eurobasket News

Sant Josep Girona agreed terms with 19-year old center Eduard Garcia (196-98). He played last season at Arenys in Spanish EBA league. In 25 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg. Garcia also spent pre-season at Joventut (also in EBA) that year.

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FC Barcelona may tab Shane Larkin - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American point guard Shane Larkin (180-80kg-92, college: Miami, FL) who played last time at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. In 37 Liga Endesa games he had 14.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.9apg (top 5) and 1.4spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to 2nd Team. Larkin also played 33 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Larkin played at the Nets in NBA. In 78 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg.
In 2013 Larkin was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in first round (18th overall). He attended University of Miami, Florida and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Larkin's college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted HS 6A Player of the Year runner up back in 2010 and 2011.
Larkin has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks) and D-League (Texas Legends).

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Granados re-signs at Huelva - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old power forward Julio Granados (196-96). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in two EBA games he had just 1.5ppg last season.
Granados' team was Runner-Up of EBA Group D Regular Season 2017.

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Guadalajara keeps de la Rua for another season - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) re-signed 24-year old point guard Sergio de la Rua (183-93). He played there last season. In 25 EBA games he recorded 3.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season de la Rua played at Isover Basket Azuqueca where in 5 EBA games he averaged 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0apg.

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Lazaro re-signs at Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) confirmed in their roster 30-year old forward Raul Lazaro (195-87). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 27 EBA games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lazaro played in the final of Spanish LEB Silver Play-Off in 2010 and 2015.
He has played previously for five other teams: Melilla_Baloncesto, Real Madrid II, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B, Promobys Tijola and Leyma Basquet.

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  SWEDEN  


Jamtland adds Paul to their roster, ex Craiova - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Jamtland Basket (Basketligan) added to their roster 29-year old American center William Paul (208-111kg-88, college: Arkansas Tech). He played most recently at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 12 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Paul played at CSU Sibiu (also in Liga Nationala) where in 36 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 3.4rpg.
His team won Danish Cup in 2014.
Paul has played also professionally in Denmark (Svendborg).
He attended Arkansas Tech until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Afyon lands Altan Erol - by Eurobasket News

Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) landed experienced 34-year old guard Altan Erol (194-83). He has played for the last three years at Gaziantep Basketbol in the BSL, but left the team in Jun.'17. In 31 games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg last season. Erol also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Turkish Cup final in 2010. Erol was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game back in 2012.
He has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for three other teams: Oyak Renault, Erdemir and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi.

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Altan Erol leaves Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News

experienced 34-year old guard Altan Erol (194-83) left Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL). Erol has played there for the last three years. In 31 BSL games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg last season. He also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements Erol's team made it to the Turkish Cup final in 2010. He was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game back in 2012.
Erol has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for three other teams: Oyak Renault, Erdemir and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi.

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Hersek re-signs at Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 29-year old international power forward Baris Hersek (207-88). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 25 BSL games he recorded just 1.6ppg last season. Hersek helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Hersek also played 2 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 2.0ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team back in 2008.
Hersek has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Hersek represented Turkey at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.3ppg, 1.5rpg.
Hersek has played previously for seven other teams: Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka, Darussafaka, Besiktas, Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, Pertevniyal and Besiktas.

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Eskisehir Basket welcomes back Candan - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) inked 24-year old former international power forward Berkay Candan (205-93). It is actually his comeback to Edirne as he has played here before. Candan played most recently at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL). He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 30 BSL games he averaged 6.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Candan also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. And finally Candan contributed to 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Candan played at Trabzonspor (also in BSL). In 28 games he got 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 3.4ppg and 2.6rpg.
Among other achievements Candan's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award back in 2012 and 2013.
Candan was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He played for Turkish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Candan represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Candan has played previously professionally also in Italy (Pesaro Loreto) and Turkey (Fenerbahce, TED Kolejliler and Banvit).

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Eskisehir Basket lands Muhammed Senli - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) tabbed 25-year old power forward Muhammed Senli (205-98kg-92). He has played for the last three years at Besiktas in the BSL. BSL was a little too high level for him, where in 5 games he averaged just 0.6ppg last season. TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. His team made it to the the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Senli also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Senli represented Turkey at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 57.1%.
Senli has played previously for Tofas.

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Kerem Ozkan is a newcomer at Bahcesehir - by Eurobasket News

Bahcesehir University strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old forward Kerem Ozkan (201-88). He has played for the last two years at Sakarya Buyuksehir Basketbol in the TBL. In 45 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 1st Team award in 2016.
Ozkan has played previously for six other teams: Trabzonspor, TED Kolejliler, Besiktas, Oyak Renault, Vestel and Adanaspor.

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Demir IBB inks Merthan Mutlu - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) agreed terms with 23-year old point guard Merthan Mutlu (190-94). He played last season at Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (BSL). But in 22 games he had just 0.8ppg. Mutlu helped them to win the cup. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded only 1.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.0apg. Mutlu contributed to his team making it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Konyaspor. In 27 BSL games he averaged only 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Mutlu represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 1.9ppg.
Mutlu has played previously for three other teams: Darussafaka, Balikesir and Meliksah.

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Gaziantep adds Cinko to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 27-year old guard Erolcan Cinko (188-90, agency: 1x1 Sports) from Trabzonspor. In 30 BSL games he recorded 6.1ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Cinko played at TED Kolejliler where in 30 BSL games he averaged 5.9ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Turkish Cup Final Four in 2013. Cinko was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Guard of the Year back in 2011.
He represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Cinko has played previously for four other teams: Tofas, Banvit, Bandirma Kirmizi and Eskisehir Basket.

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Pinar Karsiyaka lands Metin Turen - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) landed 23-year old international power forward Metin Turen (206-94) from Yesilgiresun. In 14 BSL games he averaged 3.6ppg and 3.6rpg last season. Turen also played that season for Darussafaka. But in 8 BSL games he had just 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg.
His team made it to the Turkish Cup final in 2016.
Turen has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Turen also represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 6.6ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 64.3%.

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Pinar Karsiyaka inks Emircan Kosut - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) agreed terms with 22-year old center Emircan Kosut (216-95) from Yesilgiresun. In 30 BSL games he had 5.8ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kosut played at Anadolu Efes. But in 6 BSL games he recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Kosut also played 1 game in Euroleague where he averaged only 2 points.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team in 2015.
Kosut was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He played for Turkish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team in 2013.
Kosut represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 10.3ppg, 7.1rpg, Blocks-1 (2.9bpg), FGP: 58.9%, FT: 68.0%.

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Turk Telekom signs Nusret Yildirim - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Turk Telekom Ankara (TBL) signed 28-year old forward Nusret Yildirim (202-89). He played last season at Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL). TBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Yildirim played at Acibadem where in 44 TBL games he had 7.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2015. Yildirim was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Trabzonspor, Galatasaray, Istanbulspor, Erdemir, Banvit, Beykoz and Erdemir.

Turk Telekom Ankara roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Polat Kaya
Recep Dogrusoz

Forward:
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Kaya Peker

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Turk Telekom inks Recep Dogrusoz - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Turk Telekom Ankara (TBL) agreed terms with 31-year old guard Recep Dogrusoz (192-86) from Socar Petkim. In 24 TBL games he had 10.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg last season. Dogrusoz also played that season for Acibadem. But in 7 TBL games he recorded just 0.6ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Turkish TBL in 2016. Dogrusoz was also voted Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
He has played previously for three other teams: Canakkale, Istanbul BBSK and Demir IBB.

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Kaya is back at Turk Telekom - by Eurobasket News

Turk Telekom Ankara (TBL) agreed terms with 31-year old swingman Polat Kaya (197-86). It is actually his comeback to Ankara as he has played here before. Kaya played last season at Socar Petkim in the TBL. In 39 games he had 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 3rd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Kaya played at Acibadem where in 41 TBL games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Kaya has played previously for eight other teams: Trabzonspor, Darussafaka, TED Kolejliler, Banvit, Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Aliaga, Bandirma Kirmizi and Hacettepe.

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Besiktas add Diebler to their roster - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 29-year old American shooting guard Jon Diebler (198-93kg-88, college: Ohio State, agency: BeoBasket). He is not a newcomer in Turkish League as he played last season at Galatasaray (BSL). In 22 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Diebler helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Diebler played at Anadolu Efes. In 26 BSL games he had 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game 3-Point Contest. Diebler also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2011 Diebler was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Diebler has played previously professionally also in Greece (Panionios).

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Collins selected by the Hawks - by David Edole

Atlanta is probably the most populated city where Virgin Islanders call home in the United States. Make room for one more as John Collins (208-F-97) was selected by the Atlanta Hawks at the 2017 NBA Draft. Collins played an instrumental role in bringing Wake Forest out of the basement of the ACC and leading them back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. He will now have an opportunity to bump heads with rap sensation Rock City and Benny Demus. Collins was selected 19th overall.

9. Atlanta Hawks: John Collins, Wake Forest, PF, 6-10, 225

The most efficient player in all of college basketball, Collins averaged 28 points and 14 boards per 40 minutes last season. He has impressive footwork and almost half of his possessions took place in the post, indicating his refined back-to-the-basket game. Collins' 5.6 offensive boards per 40 also leads all draft prospects.

Like many bigs, he has to work on his defensive awareness as well as his overall strength but a glaring offensive hole is his propensity to be a black hole. He had a dismal .28 assist to turnover ratio and just 4.5% of his possessions led to assists.

--Tyler Blint-Welsh

Reaction: The 6-10 Collins can score and rebound, but his defense will have to improve as he moves to the next level..



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  UGANDA  


NBL Round 11: City Oilers hand first loss to KIU Titans - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of KIU Titans (5-1) in Kampala on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked City Oilers (4-2) 73-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of KIU Titans. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But KIU Titans won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Stephen Omony (198-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Jimmy Enabu (187-88) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. City Oilers' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ethienne Kazungu (-80) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds for KIU Titans. Defending champion moved-up to second place. KIU Titans at the other side still keep top position with one game lost.
The game between seventh ranked UCU Canons (3-3) and 9th ranked UPDF (1-3) in ended with biggest points difference. UCU Canons outscored guests from 74-50. Worth to mention a quality performance of international forward Jonathan Egau (190-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Steven Wundi helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). UCU Canons' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Henry Okoth (-99) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds. UCU Canons moved-up to fifth place. UPDF at the other side keeps the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with Sharing Youth.

City Oilers - KIU Titans 73-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of KIU Titans (5-1) in Kampala on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked City Oilers (4-2) 73-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of KIU Titans. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But KIU Titans won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Stephen Omony (198-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Jimmy Enabu (187-88) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. City Oilers' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ethienne Kazungu (-80) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds and guard Micheal Bwanga added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KIU Titans. Defending champion moved-up to second place. KIU Titans at the other side still keep top position with one game lost.
Top scorers:
City Oilers: S.Omony 17+7reb+1ast, J.Enabu 13+4reb+4ast, J.Okello 13+6reb+2ast, N.Landry 6+7reb+1ast, T.Drieba 5+3reb+2ast, D.Juuko 5+1reb+3ast
KIU Titans: M.Bwanga 16+5reb, G.Soro 14+4reb, E.Kazungu 9+12reb+2ast, C.Omanye 8+3reb+4ast, F.Kumpanyi 4+1reb, I.Lumanyika 4+2reb
gschID: 547455


UCU Canons - UPDF 74-50

The game between seventh ranked UCU Canons (3-3) and 9th ranked UPDF (1-3) in ended with biggest points difference. UCU Canons outscored guests from 74-50. UCU Canons had a 37-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of international forward Jonathan Egau (190-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Steven Wundi (-93) helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). UCU Canons' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Henry Okoth (-99) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and Felix Mukunzi scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. UCU Canons moved-up to fifth place. UPDF at the other side keeps the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with Sharing Youth.
Top scorers:
UCU Canons: S.Wundi 24+5reb+1ast, J.Egau 21+11reb+6ast, D.Isiko 8+5reb, T.Zeramula 5+2reb, J.Obukunyang 4+6reb+1ast, W.Ater 3+2reb+1ast
UPDF: H.Okoth 24+6reb+1ast, F.Mukunzi 14+9reb+2ast, D.Mutawe 7+7reb, S.Wokorach 3+4reb, A.Okot 2+5reb, E.Okello 0
gschID: 547454





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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Karol takes coaching reins at Lions - by Paul Nilsen

The London Lions have turned to Polish coach, Mariusz Karol to lead the team in the 2017-18 season.

Following the news that Nigel Lloyd has stepped down, Lions have moved quickly to acquire Karol who worked with the club three years ago on a year's sabbatical in the UK.

With vast experience, the 51-year-old Karol started his career in women's basketball winning the Polish League with Gdynia Warta in 1996. Then moving on to the men, Karol has experience with a number of clubs in the Premier League of Poland (PLK), primarily winning the Polish Cup in 2010 with Koszalin, but also coaching Prokom Sopot, Turow Zgorzelec and Rosa Radom.

He commented; 'I am pleased to be able to take this position with the London Lions. I enjoyed visiting there in 2015 and London is a great city. It gave me an opportunity to understand BBL basketball and I am keen to achieve the goals set by the club for the coming season.'

Lions' Chief Executive, Vince Macaulay was pleased with the signing and added: 'We all know that the demands of BBL basketball have increased immensely and if we are to maximise all our potential, then it's all hands on deck.

'Mariusz will bring a full time effort and a different look to us, I know he's deciding on players already and he will be given every support here'

Lions Director, Peter Sprogis commented: 'Now that the Lions are heading in a new direction, which includes in the very near future, entry into European Competitions, Coach Karol with his substantial European experience, will be a key addition to our aspirations.

'We are confident he will not only make the team more competitive, but also provide our fans with a new exciting "up-tempo" game. Season ticket holders will have a unique and exclusive opportunity prior the season to not only meet our new coach but also all the new player signings at a specially scheduled meet and greet function to be announced."

The Lions will be looking to reveal a number of new players to the squad once details have been finalised, Also information on the team's pre-season schedule especially the season curtain raiser, British Basketball All Stars event at the O2 Arena on the 24 September.




Bristol Flyers hand Goodwin a pro contract - by Paul Nilsen

Bristol Flyers can confirm the signing of 6ft 5in American guard Rohndell Goodwin (196-G) on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old joins the club from Chaminade University of Honolulu, where last season he was third in the Pacific West Conference in scoring at 20.5 points per game on his way to first team all-conference honours.

Goodwin cracked double-digit scoring in all 29 games in 2016/17, scoring over 20 points 17 times, including a career-high 31 points against Hawai'i Pacific in December. Last season he was also among the PacWest leaders in rebounds per game (6.5), three-pointers per game (2.3) and field goal percentage (.469).

"It's always been a goal of mine to be a professional basketball player," Goodwin told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"Everything that I've been working for is starting to pay off. It really hasn't hit me just yet, I feel it will really hit me once I get on the plane and land in Bristol.

"I'm really looking forward to showing the BBL what I'm all about, I'm a team player and I'm willing to do whatever the team needs me to do."

During his two-year spell with the Chaminade Silverswords, Goodwin's career scoring average of 18.4 points per game was third in school history.

Prior to joining Chaminade University of Honolulu, Goodwin attended Canada College, where he earned Northern California Junior College Player of the Year honours after averaging 17.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

"Coach Kapoulas told me that the Flyers are a team on the rise, and that's something I really want to be a part of," he continued.

"The team ended their season really well last year and he told me they want to continue where they left off.

"I believe in trusting in the process, the sky is the limit for this organisation."

Goodwin becomes the seventh player to commit to Bristol Flyers for the 2017/18 season, joining Brandon Boggs, Leslee Smith, Mike Vigor, Roy Owen, Daniel Edozie and Adam Weary.

"Rohndell has been a prolific scorer during his college career and helped his team turn things around in a very competitive PacWest Conference," said Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

"He will make an instant impact in our league with his shooting ability as well as his length, defensive tenacity and rebounding presence.

"He is a competitor who wants to win, and we are very excited to welcome him to our programme."

Bristol Flyers can also confirm Hameed Ali and Aaron Cosby will depart the club following the conclusion of their contracts.

Ali featured in all 33 games for the Flyers last season, averaging 16.2 points and 5.5 assists per game, whilst also finishing second in the league in steals.

Following Cosby's arrival in December, Bristol Flyers went on to win 15 of their next 21 league games to book themselves a place in the BBL play-offs with their highest-ever league finish of seventh.

"It's been an absolute pleasure to work with Hameed and Aaron in the first year of their professional careers," Kapoulas added.

"They both played a huge role for us last season, and I'd like to thank them for their commitment to the club.

"We wish them both every success in their professional basketball careers."



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  URUGUAY  


Metropolitan Round 7: Derby game ends with 25 de Agosto's defeat of Union Atletica - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: 25 de Agosto (#7) and Union Atletica (#8). 25 de Agosto (4-3) won against visiting Union Atletica (2-4) 74-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Union Atletica won third quarter 27-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when 25 de Agosto won last quarter 20-12. 25 de Agosto outrebounded Union Atletica 47-35 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Union Atletica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) contributed with 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) answered with 31 points and 8 rebounds for Union Atletica. 25 de Agosto moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Miramar. Union Atletica at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost.
An interesting game for Sayago (5-1) which hosted in Sayago 3rd placed Miramar (4-3). Second ranked Sayago had an easy win 93-78. It was a great evening for American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Martin Perdomo helped adding 24 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Sayago's coach Horacio Perdomo used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. Sayago have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Atenas. Miramar at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 25 de Agosto.
Ascenso top team - Atenas (6-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tabare (3-3) 76-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tabare. It was a quality performance for Mauro Zubiaurre who led the winners and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Emiliano Serres came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Tabare in the defeat. Tabare's coach Carlos Barrios rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Loser Tabare dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Stockolmo and Verdirrojo.
A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 13th ranked Marne (1-5) to tenth ranked Capitol (3-4) 74-73 on Friday evening. Federico Soto fired 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Capitol moved-up to ninth place. Marne lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost.

In the last game of round 7 Cordon beat Colon on the road 87-79.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 9 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks by Earl Watson of Capitol.

Colon - Cordon 79-87

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Cordon (4-2) beat on the road 11th ranked Colon (2-5) 87-79 on Friday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Cordon made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Colon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Facundo Medina (190-94) who helped to win the game recording 28 points (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!). Forward Agustin Zuvich (200-95) contributed with 6 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and Nicolas Garcia added 15 points in the effort for Colon. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cordon. They moved-up to third place. Colon lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Colon: T.Brown 24+11reb, L.Lepiani 18+1ast, N.Garcia 15+4reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 9, F.Della Mea 7+4reb+5ast, F.Baltasar 4+1reb+1ast
Cordon: F.Medina 28+4reb+3ast, N.Ibarra 22+2reb+1ast, A.Viotti 9+1reb+1ast, A.Amaral 9+3reb, T.Hopewell 7+1reb, A.Zuvich 6+17reb+3ast
gschID: 548196


25 de Agosto - U Atletica 74-65

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: 25 de Agosto (#7) and Union Atletica (#8). 25 de Agosto (4-3) won against visiting Union Atletica (2-4) 74-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Union Atletica won third quarter 27-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when 25 de Agosto won last quarter 20-12. 25 de Agosto outrebounded Union Atletica 47-35 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Union Atletica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) answered with 31 points and 8 rebounds and forward Facundo Alonso (195) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Union Atletica. 25 de Agosto moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Miramar. Union Atletica at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: G.Semiglia 31+8reb+1ast, F.Alonso 10+8reb+2ast, N.Santos 8+1reb+1ast, A.Arrillaga 7+8reb+1ast, M.Martinez 5+2reb+2ast, F.Ferro 2+2reb
25 de Agosto: G.Johnson 29+14reb+2ast, R.Cardozo 12+15reb+2ast, D.Lipatin 9+1reb+6ast, N.Alvarez 7+1reb+2ast, J.Trindade 6+5reb+1ast, M.Mayora 5+6reb+4ast
gschID: 548198


Marne - Capitol 73-74

A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 13th ranked Marne (1-5) to tenth ranked Capitol (3-4) 74-73 on Friday evening. Marne was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Capitol forced 21 Marne turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Federico Soto (194-97) fired 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American center Earl Watson (201-90, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 9 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Santiago Pereira (180-96) produced 23 points and forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Capitol moved-up to ninth place. Marne lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Marne: S.Pereira 23+2reb, A.Pineiro 16+3reb+4ast, B.Ingratta 12+10reb+1ast, D.Veleda 8+2reb+5ast, J.Pankoski 6+2reb+2ast, J.Crocano 5+6reb+1ast
Capitol: F.Soto 28+7reb, J.Andres Galleto 11+5ast, N.Comas 9+6reb+3ast, E.Watson 9+20reb+3ast, R.Pintos 8+5reb+1ast, J.Wenzel 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 548200


Sayago - Miramar 93-78

An interesting game for Sayago (5-1) which hosted in Sayago 3rd placed Miramar (4-3). Second ranked Sayago had an easy win 93-78. The game was mostly controlled by Sayago. Miramar was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sayago forced 19 Miramar turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Martin Perdomo (181-95) helped adding 24 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Sayago players scored in double figures. Sayago's coach Horacio Perdomo used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and guard Matias Nicoletti (193-94) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Sayago have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Atenas. Miramar at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 25 de Agosto.
Top scorers:
Miramar: J.Fahnbulleh 28+15reb+1ast, M.Nicoletti 19+6reb+3ast, M.Trelles 11+5reb+5ast, I.Asaravicius 9+8reb+2ast, R.Blankson 6+4reb, F.Masner 3+2reb+1ast
Sayago: P.Harrison 24+15reb+2ast, M.Perdomo 24+3reb+7ast, G.Fernandez 18+2reb+4ast, E.Gonzalez 12+4reb+1ast, R.Brause 8+5reb+5ast, M.Lado 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 548199


Tabare - Atenas 66-76

Ascenso top team - Atenas (6-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tabare (3-3) 76-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tabare. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-66. It was a quality performance for point guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Nicolas Catala (195-91) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Forward Emiliano Serres (205-97) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Gonzalo Rivas (179-95) added 9 points respectively for Tabare in the defeat. Tabare's coach Carlos Barrios rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Loser Tabare dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Stockolmo and Verdirrojo.
Top scorers:
Tabare: E.Serres 15+10reb+4ast, R.Xavier 10+2ast, G.Rivas 9+3reb+2ast, F.Alvarez 8+2reb+1ast, C.McCann 6+6reb+2ast, A.Cabillon 6+1reb+1ast
Atenas: N.Catala 17+5reb, A.Danridge 15+2ast, M.Zubiaurre 15+6reb+6ast, O.Galeano 12+2reb+2ast, M.Pose 11+5reb+1ast, F.Pomoli 6+11reb+5ast
gschID: 548195





Iccan keeps Alvarez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) re-signed 25-year old Uruguayan center Juan Pablo Alvarez (201-92). He played there last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Alvarez represented Uruguay at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) -09 (Finalist): 5 games: 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 36.1%, FT: 70.0% seventeen years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 36.1%, FT: 70.0%.
Alvarez has played previously professionally also in Uruguay (Bigua, Yale and Verdirrojo).

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Double double for Paul Harrison - by Hector Lopez

Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds leading Sayago to win its 6th game in a row, without defeats, after beating Miramar 93-78, for the Metro league 6th round while Atenas is now at the second place (6-1) with a 76--66 win over Tabare. The three best teams from the Metro league will be promotoed to the Uruguayan League 21018. The local authorities also modified the standings because at least two teams had used non registered players. The new standings are as follows: Sayago 6-0, Atenas 6-1, Cordon 4-2, Miramar 4-3, 25 de Agosto 4-3, Auriblanco 3-3, Tabare 3-3, Verdirrojo 3-3, Srtockolmo 2-3, Union Atletica 2-4, Capitol 2-5, Marne 1-5 Colon 1-6.


Bruno Fitipaldo (ex Galatasaray) to join Scandone Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) agreed terms with 26-year old Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports). He played last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. Fitipaldo managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 9 BSL games he had 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. He also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.4ppg and 2.4apg. The other team Fitipaldo played that season for was Betaland Cdo. In 11 Serie A games he averaged 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.5apg and 1.3spg.
His team won Argentinian LigaA South Group Regular Season in 2015.
Fitipaldo represented Uruguay at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 76.9%.
Fitipaldo's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Fitipaldo has played previously professionally in Argentina (Obras Basket) and Uruguay (Malvin and 25 de Agosto).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paul Harrison gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan Ascenso - by Eurobasket News

American Paul Harrison (203-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Sayago and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Sayago in his team's victory, helping them to beat Capitol (#10, 2-4) 81-74. Sayago is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They are still close to the very top. Sayago would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Harrison just recently signed at Sayago, being already a very valuable addition to the team. North Greenville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harrison is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.0ppg. Harrison is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 62.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon. Brown impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Colon was edged by the higher-ranked Atenas (#1, 5-1) 98-95. Colon is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Colon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Agustin Cabillon (196-F-95) of Tabare (#5). Cabillon scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Tabare, leading his team to a 94-88 win against slightly higher-ranked Miramar (#3, 4-2). Tabare needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Cabillon has a very solid season. In 5 games in Uruguay he scored 15.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Miramar - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lucas Lepiani (188-G) of Colon - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Charles McCann (193-F) of Tabare - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of 25 de Agosto - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rodrigo Goncalvez) of Auriblanco - 23 points and 9 rebounds
10. Marcelo Nessi (188-G-94) of Miramar - 23 points and 7 assists

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



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Jovanni Diaz (ex Cocodrilos) signs at Juvenil - by Eurobasket News

Juvenil de Vinces (National League) landed 25-year old Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92). He played most recently at Cocodrilos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 27 games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.7rpg last season. Diaz also played for Club Deportes Puente Alto in Chilean Liga Nacional that season where in 26 games he had very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Diaz has played also professionally in Colombia (Piratas) and Peru (Regatas).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kanygin re-signs at Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) confirmed in their roster 23-year old power forward Igor Kanygin (207-110kg-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg. Kanygin helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged just 2.8ppg and 1.6rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kanygin played at Lokomotiv. But in only one Euroleague game he did not score anything. He also played 3 games in VTB United League, but he had only 0.7ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kanygin's team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Kanygin represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg.
Kanygin has played previously for two other teams: Rossiya Novogorsk and Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Bulleen B. - Warrandyte V. 98-51

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Boomers (8-4) crushed 11th ranked Venom (2-12) in Bulleen 98-51 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Boomers. Venom was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Venom to just 3 points in second quarter. Boomers forced 20 Venom turnovers and outrebounded them 45-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. American power forward Sarah Boothe (195-90, college: Stanford) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. Dutch guard Natalie Van-Den-Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Meg Dargan replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Margaret Kershaw added 13 points in the effort for Venom. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Boomers went down to fifth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Venom keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Boomers will face Sharks (#9) in the next round. Venom will play against Falcons in Mount Waverley and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bulleen B.: S.Boothe 29+14reb+1ast, N.Van Den Adel 25+9reb+6ast, K.Tessari 9+2reb+5ast, J.May 8+4reb+2ast, T.Blair 6+4reb, L.Scanlon 6+1reb
Warrandyte V.: M.Kershaw 13+1reb, M.Dargan 11+5reb+1ast, A.Meinking 7+6reb, H. Bawden 4+1reb, G.Werninghaus 4+4reb+1ast, E.Pattison 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541962


Eltham W. - Diamond VE 74-58

Very expected game when 10th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (2-12) lost to sixth ranked Wildcats (7-6) in Eltham 58-74 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The former international swingman Alice Kunek (187-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Forward Olivia Bontempelli (179-93) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Wildcats players scored in double figures. Forward Kate Oliver (193-91, college: USC) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Mikayla Pirini (169-96) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Diamond Valley Eagles. Wildcats maintains sixth position in League with 7-6 record. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Wildcats will face higher ranked Boomers (#5) in Bulleen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Diamond Valley Eagles will play at home against Falcons (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eltham W.: A.Kunek 22+12reb+2ast, O.Bontempelli 12+7reb+2ast, K.Hibbert 11+6reb+3ast, S.Ruedin 10+6reb, A.Bates 9+2reb+3ast, A.McBean 5+3reb
Diamond VE: K.Oliver 17+10reb+2ast, M.Pirini 15+4reb+5ast, K.Burton 10+5reb, S.Gillam 7+3reb, S.Wawrzyniak 4+2reb+2ast, C.Wragg 3+5reb+4ast
gschID: 541964


Waverley F. - S.Peninsula S. 74-53

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Falcons (9-5) rolled over 7th ranked Sharks (5-8) in Mount Waverley 74-53 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Falcons. Sharks was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sharks to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Sharks 45-22 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Falcons looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Sharks' players. Tegan Cunninghan orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Renae Mokrzycki (183-94, college: Idaho) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Falcons' coach felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Brittany Carter (183-93, college: Illinois) replied with 19 points and 5 assists and Innika Hodgson added 10 points in the effort for Sharks. Falcons moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Sharks dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Falcons will face Diamond Valley Eagles (#10) in Greensborough in the next round where they are favorite. Sharks will play on the road against Boomers in Bulleen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: T.Cunninghan 28+11reb+5ast, S.Donald 14+4reb+2ast, R.Mokrzycki 11+9reb+1ast, J.Vanderzaag 8+6reb+4ast, A.Cann 5+3reb+1ast, S.Rourke 4+1reb+2ast
S.Peninsula S.: B.Carter 19+4reb+5ast, I.Hodgson 10+3reb+1ast, R.Mawdsley 8+2reb, A.Noblett 7+2reb+2ast, J.Pearce 4+5reb+1ast, A.Marcucci 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541965


McKinnon C. - Waverley F. 60-79

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Cougars (5-8) were outscored by fifth ranked Falcons (9-5) in McKinnon 79-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Falcons. Cougars was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falcons dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Cougars' 30. Falcons forced 21 Cougars turnovers. Forward Jackie Vanderzaag (184-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tegan Cunninghan contributed with 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Falcons' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American Morgan Pullins (183, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Two Points) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Claire Ioannidis (170, college: N.Florida) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Cougars. Falcons moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Cougars keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Falcons will face Diamond Valley Eagles (#10) in Greensborough in the next round where they are favorite. Cougars will play on the road against Hume City Broncos in Tullamarine and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: T.Cunninghan 20+4reb, J.Vanderzaag 16+10reb+2ast, R.Mokrzycki 14+2reb+3ast, G.Beasley 9+3reb+3ast, S.Donald 6+2reb+3ast, S.Rourke 5+1reb+1ast
McKinnon C.: M.Pullins 18+10reb+2ast, M.Ioannidis 17, C.Ioannidis 11+3reb+4ast, M.Muir 7+2reb, K.Bluzer 3+4reb+2ast, E.Nikolitsis 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 541963


Ringwood H. - Sunbury 71-61

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Sunbury (11-2) in Heathmont on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Hawks (9-5) 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Hawks. Sunbury managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hawks forced 24 Sunbury turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hawks made 7 blocks. Guard Danni Bone (175-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Shelley Mottin contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Orla Reilly replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and New Zealand Josephine Stockill (190, college: Colgate) added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks in the effort for Sunbury. Hawks maintains third position in League with 9-5 record having just six point less than leader Logan T. Newly promoted Sunbury still keeps top place with two games lost. Hawks are looking forward to face league's second-placed Knox Raiders in Wantirna South in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sunbury will play at home against Diamond Valley Eagles and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: D.Bone 21+3reb+4ast, S.Mottin 16+5reb+1ast, S.Coffey 13+3reb+2ast, I.Lie 9+2ast, E.Beddome 6+7reb+1ast, V.Jarosz 4+11reb+3ast
Sunbury: O.Reilly 25+7reb+1ast, J.Stockill 16+10reb+2ast, M.Stevens 8+4reb+6ast, A.Darby 6+2reb+1ast, R.Van Kuyk 4, C.Burns 2+8reb+5ast
gschID: 541961


Knox R. - Hume City B. 72-63

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Knox Raiders (11-4) defeated 7th ranked Hume City Broncos (5-8) in Wantirna South 72-63 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Knox Raiders forced 21 Hume City Broncos turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Knox Raiders made 9 blocks. American power forward Deja Middleton (193-90, college: Fayetteville St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds. Rebecca Ott contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Middleton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Erika Livermore (185-93, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks and her fellow American import forward Colleen Planeta (188-88, college: Point Loma) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Hume City Broncos. Four Hume City Broncos players scored in double figures. Hume City Broncos' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Knox Raiders maintains second position in League with 11-4 record having just nine point less than leader Logan T. Loser Hume City Broncos keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Knox Raiders will face Hawks (#3) in Heathmont in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hume City Broncos will play at home against Cougars (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: L.Dawson 18+4reb+1ast, R.Ott 16+5reb+2ast, D.Middleton 14+17reb, T.Lee 8+2reb+2ast, T.Cunnigan 8+3reb+2ast, M.Ivanov 6+3reb+3ast
Hume City B.: C.Planeta 14+10reb+1ast, E.Livermore 13+12reb, V.Saad 11+4reb+1ast, M.Laloifi 10+5reb+2ast, O.Olorunnife 9+5reb, N.Zammit 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541960


Premier League
Norwood F. - N.Adelaide R. 80-66

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Rockets (8-3) against fourth ranked Flames (8-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Rockets were defeated by Flames in Marden 80-66. The best player for the winners was forward Jessica Good (186-94) who had a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists. American forward Marisa Stabile (182-92, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 20 points. The former international swingman Jo Hill (182-73) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Opal Mader (-97) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Rockets players scored in double figures. Rockets' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Flames maintains fourth position in League with 8-3 record. Flames' next round opponent will be Panthers (#9) in Adelaide where they are favorite. Rockets will play on the road against the league's leader Mavericks (#1) in Mt. Barker and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Norwood F.: M.Stabile 20+4reb, S.Mckay 17+4reb+2ast, J.Good 14+18reb+12ast, J.Ward 9+2reb+2ast, C.Brook 8+5reb+1ast, M.Pritchard 5+5reb
N.Adelaide R.: T.Corrigan 17+8reb, J.Hill 16+6reb+4ast, O.Mader 16+7reb+3ast, N.Victrum 14+8reb+2ast, C.Hansen 2+2reb+1ast, K.Williams 1+3reb
gschID: 542056


S.Adelaide P. - Southern T. 32-105

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Panthers (2-9) were outleveled by third ranked Tigers (8-3) in Adelaide 105-32 on Saturday. Tigers held Panthers to an opponent 18.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.4 percent accuracy of the winners and made 32-of-38 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game, while Panthers only scored nine points from the stripe. Tigers forced 29 Panthers turnovers and outrebounded them 52-29 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Panthers' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tigers made 8 blocks. Panthers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Demi Skinner (-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Raynisha Washington (175-92, college: Northeastern JC) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Tigers players scored in double figures. Teonna Campbell replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds and Haley Bunce (-91) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Panthers. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tigers moved-up to second place in League. Loser Panthers keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Tigers will face Warriors (#8) in Flinders Park in the next round where they are favorite. Panthers will play at home against Flames and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Southern T.: D.Skinner 23+5reb+1ast, R.Washington 16+7reb+3ast, M.McKendrick 12+5reb+4ast, J.Thacker 11+6reb+2ast, A.Green 10+6reb+6ast, D.Fawcett 6+4reb+1ast
S.Adelaide P.: T.Campbell 9+7reb+1ast, H.Bunce 8+5reb+1ast, D.Goodwin 5+6reb+1ast, M.Cunningham 3, A.Hogan 3, E.Petrie 2+1ast
gschID: 542052


Sturt S. - Forestville E. 67-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Eagles (6-5) crushed 5th ranked Sabres (6-5) in Pasadena 89-67 on Saturday. Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sabres' 26. Forward Olivia Thompson (185-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Samantha Defrancesco contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Caroline Burgess (176-82) replied with 7 points and 11 rebounds and Sarah Elsworthy added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sabres. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Eagles moved-up to fifth place in League. Eagles will face Lions (#10) in Gawler in the next round where they are favorite. Sabres will play at home against Bearcats (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Forestville E.: O.Thompson 29+12reb+4ast, S.Defrancesco 18+5reb+3ast, M.Prosser 12+2reb+1ast, K.Stamatelopoulos 8+6reb+2ast, D.Rees 8+6reb+5ast, R.Luders 4+5reb+1ast
Sturt S.: K.Mathews 11+6ast, S.Elsworthy 11+5reb+2ast, H.Stewart 11+3reb+1ast, T.Brine 8+1reb, C.Burgess 7+11reb+2ast, K.Gladstone 7+2reb
gschID: 542054


Woodville W. - W.Adelaide B. 65-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Warriors' (2-9) home loss to seventh ranked Bearcats (4-7) in Flinders Park 65-73 on Saturday. Bearcats forced 20 Warriors turnovers. Ashlea Vordermaier (-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Ieva Nagy (177-91, college: Troy) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Bearcats' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jennifer Monroe (180, college: Anderson, SC) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and her fellow American import guard Ashley Claussen (168, college: S.Oregon) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Warriors. Four Warriors players scored in double figures. Bearcats maintains seventh position in League with 4-7 record. Loser Warriors keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Bearcats will face higher ranked Sabres (#6) in Pasadena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Warriors will play at home against the league's second-placed Tigers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
W.Adelaide B.: I.Nagy 16+6reb+1ast, S.Langenbrinck 14+4reb, A.Vordermaier 10+8reb+6ast, J.Fejo 9+2reb+2ast, M.Lappin 8+2reb+1ast, M.Whitmore 5+3reb+1ast
Woodville W.: J.Monroe 20+10reb+5ast, A.Claussen 11+7reb+3ast, D.Troia 10+5reb+1ast, A.Herriman 10+2reb+2ast, J.Von Einem 6+3reb+1ast, K.Perkas 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 542055


Eastern M. - C.Districts L. 92-49

Very predictable result when first ranked Mavericks (10-1) rolled over 10th ranked Lions (1-10) in Mt. Barker 92-49 on Saturday. Mavericks dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Lions' 24. Mavericks forced 29 Lions turnovers and outrebounded them 47-33 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Alex Wilson (174-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Hayley Wadforth contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Alisha Carlin replied with 17 points and Hannah Hank added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lions. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mavericks maintains first position in League with 10-1 record. Loser Lions keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Mavericks will face Rockets (#3) in Adelaide in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lions will play at home against Eagles (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eastern M.: A.Wilson 25+10reb+4ast, K.Kartinyeri 16+5reb+1ast, H.Wadforth 13+7reb+3ast, S.Paech 10+6reb, B.Basham 9+2reb+5ast, S.Quintrell 9+9reb+2ast
C.Districts L.: A.Carlin 17+4reb+1ast, N.Sexton 10+1reb, H.Hank 6+8reb+3ast, R.Stringer 5+7reb+3ast, J.Puvogel 3+1reb+3ast, D.Greaves 3+3reb
gschID: 542053


QBL
Logan T. - Mackay M. 88-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Meteorettes' (8-2) road loss to first ranked Logan Thunder (8-1) in Loganholme 69-88 on Saturday. It was a key game for the top position in League. Logan Thunder dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Meteorettes' 46. Forward Cassie Smith (180-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 assists. Guard Kate Gaze (173-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Logan Thunder players scored in double figures. Forward Tami Willey (183-79) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and New Zealand guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Meteorettes. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Logan Thunder maintains first position in League with 8-1 record. Loser Meteorettes dropped to the third place with two games lost. Logan Thunder will face Pirates (#8) in Runcorn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Meteorettes will play at home against Power (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: C.Smith 21+4reb+7ast, K.Gaze 14+6reb+2ast, M.Donnelly 13+2reb+4ast, J.Luna-Castro 13+6reb, M.Goodchild 10+1ast, A.Honnery 5+1reb+1ast
Mackay M.: T.Willey 26+5reb, M.Cocks 11+5reb+6ast, J.Zelenka 10+6reb+4ast, C.Paalvast 9+6reb+3ast, J.Haughton 5+1reb+4ast, S.Storeshaw 4+1reb
gschID: 542145


Suncoast PC - SC Rip 60-69

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked SC Rip (2-4) defeated 11th ranked Clippers (2-5) in Cotton Tree 69-60 on Saturday. SC Rip made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Clippers turnovers. Clippers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Leah Scott (183-93, college: Marshall) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Brooke LeMar (168-91, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Center Erica Carlson (193-88, college: Dixie St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Chelsea Small (185, college: Indiana St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Clippers. Clippers' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SC Rip moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Clippers dropped to the twelfth position with five games lost. SC Rip will face higher ranked Force (#10) in Booval in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Clippers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Brisbane Spartans and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
SC Rip: L.Scott 30+11reb, B.LeMar 21+7reb+3ast, H.Beede 8+1reb+1ast, S.Davis 7+5reb, C.O'Bryan 3+2reb, J.Carden-David 0+4reb
Suncoast PC: C.Small 13+6reb+4ast, E.Carlson 12+11reb+1ast, J.Adams 10+6reb+2ast, N.Saunders 7+2reb+3ast, A.Wallis 6+9reb+1ast, C.Clancy 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 542147


Brisbane C. - Logan T. 52-73

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Capitals (3-4) were outleveled by first ranked Logan Thunder (8-1) in Brisbane 73-52 on Sunday. Logan Thunder forced 27 Capitals turnovers. Guard Kate Gaze (173-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Jacqueline Luna-Castro (188-93, college: Charleston) contributed with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American center Ariel Butts (190-93, college: Rutgers) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and her fellow American import guard Dlesha Lloyd (179-86, college: Clemson) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Capitals. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Logan Thunder maintains first position in League with 8-1 record. Loser Capitals keep the seventh place with four games lost. Logan Thunder will face Pirates (#8) in Runcorn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Capitals will play on the road against Mountaineers in Toowoomba and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: K.Gaze 25+6reb+5ast, J.Luna-Castro 17+9reb+3ast, C.Smith 9+3reb+1ast, M.Donnelly 6+4reb+5ast, J.Fuiava 6+4reb, S.Ambrose 6+10reb+1ast
Brisbane C.: A.Butts 13+17reb+2ast, D.Lloyd 13+9reb+3ast, M.Woodford 8+5reb+1ast, H.Freeburn 7+3reb+1ast, E.Read 5+2reb+1ast, G.Champion 3+1ast
gschID: 542150


Townsville F. - Rockhampton C. 92-66

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Flames (6-3) crushed 9th ranked Cyclones (3-6) in Townsville 92-66 on Saturday. Flames forced 25 Cyclones turnovers. The former international guard Rachael McCully (170-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Darcy Garbin (185-94) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Flames' coach felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Abby Bishop (189-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and American Shanavia Dowdell (188-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cyclones. Flames moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Cyclones keep the ninth position with six games lost. Flames will face Rollers (#14) in Gold Coast in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Townsville F.: R.McCully 23+7reb+8ast, D.Garbin 22+7reb+2ast, H.Andrews 16+4reb+2ast, A.Walsh 8+1reb+2ast, L.Brennan 6+6reb, M.Murray 4+1reb
Rockhampton C.: S.Dowdell 21+6reb+4ast, A.Bishop 20+13reb+3ast, C.Boag 8+10reb, K.Clifford 5+1reb+5ast, C.Morrow 4+2reb+1ast, B.Bailey 4
gschID: 542149


Ipswich F. - Brisbane S. 71-86

Very expected game when 10th ranked Force (3-6) lost to top-ranked Brisbane Spartans (9-0) in Booval 71-86 on Friday. Brisbane Spartans made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Brisbane Spartans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Ashleigh Karaitiana (183-92, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). New Zealand forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Markel Walker (185-90, college: UCLA) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and her fellow American import forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Force. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Brisbane Spartans went down to second position (League) due to points difference. Loser Force keeps the tenth place with six games lost. Brisbane Spartans will face Clippers (#12) in Cotton Tree in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Force will play against SC Rip and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: A.Karaitiana 36+2ast, K.Purcell 18+10reb+4ast, O.Isaac 8+3reb+1ast, R.Haynes 8+7reb, M.Allen 6+2reb+4ast, K.Currie 4+2reb+4ast
Ipswich F.: M.Walker 23+12reb+4ast, S.Landry 11+6reb+1ast, G.Williams 10+3reb+2ast, R.Mate 9+2reb+1ast, B.Farley 6+6reb+3ast, M.George 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542143


Gold Coast R. - Mackay M. 39-74

Very predictable result when second ranked Meteorettes (8-2) rolled over bottom-ranked Rollers (0-9) in Gold Coast 74-39 on Friday. Meteorettes held Rollers to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Meteorettes forced 20 Rollers turnovers and outrebounded them 52-31 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Jacqui Zelenka (169-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Tami Willey (183-79) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sophie Johnston replied with 10 points and 7 rebounds and Shanelle Tolley added 5 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Rollers. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Meteorettes went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Rollers still closes the standings with nine games lost. Meteorettes will face Power (#6) in Gladstone in the next round. Rollers will play on the road against Dolphins (#5) in Cairns and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mackay M.: J.Zelenka 17+12reb+3ast, T.Willey 16+6reb+3ast, C.Paalvast 13+5reb+2ast, K.McDermott 8+1reb, M.Cocks 7+9reb+3ast, M.Disteldorf 6+7reb
Gold Coast R.: S.Johnston 10+7reb+1ast, A. Condon 6+1reb+1ast, J.Renata 5+2reb, S.Tolley 5+9reb+1ast, G.Rankin 5+2reb+1ast, L.Marks 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542142


Brisbane S. - Toowoomba M. 100-40

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Mountaineers (0-8) were outscored on the road by top-ranked Brisbane Spartans (9-0) 100-40 on Saturday. Brisbane Spartans dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mountaineers' 30. Brisbane Spartans forced 26 Mountaineers turnovers and outrebounded them 48-31 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Brisbane Spartans looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Mountaineers' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brisbane Spartans made 7 blocks. Center Maddie Allen (190) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Ashleigh Karaitiana (183-92, college: Hawaii) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five Brisbane Spartans players scored in double figures. Brisbane Spartans' coach felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Francis Donders replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Ezria Parsons (183-83, college: S.Florida) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mountaineers. Despite that victory Brisbane Spartans went down to second position (League) due to points difference. Loser Mountaineers still closes the standings with eight games lost. Brisbane Spartans will face Clippers (#12) in Cotton Tree in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mountaineers will play at home against Capitals and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: A.Karaitiana 20+3reb+2ast, M.Allen 19+12reb+5ast, A.Parham 16+4reb+2ast, N.Taylor 14+6reb+3ast, K.Purcell 10+8reb+5ast, O.Isaac 7+1reb+2ast
Toowoomba M.: F.Donders 18+6reb+1ast, E.Parsons 7+7reb+1ast, T.Russell 7+3reb+2ast, V.Horne 2+4reb+1ast, T.Charlton 2+7reb, K.Wilson 2+3reb
gschID: 542146


Gladstone PCP - SW Metro P. 86-67

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Power (5-2) outplayed 8th ranked Pirates (3-5) in Gladstone 86-67 on Saturday. Power forced 23 Pirates turnovers. American forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183, college: Seton Hall) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 6 assists. New Zealand forward Charmian Mellars (182-79) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Power players scored in double figures. American center Shelby Cheslek (196-92, college: Gonzaga) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and Madelyn Willey added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Pirates. Pirates' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Power went down to sixth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Pirates keep the eighth place with five games lost. Power will face higher ranked Meteorettes (#3) in Mackay in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pirates will play on the road against the league's leader Logan Thunder (#1) in Loganholme and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gladstone PCP: T.Richardson-Smith 34+13reb+6ast, K.Kiriau 18+5reb, C.Mellars 17+8reb+1ast, C.Rochel 10+11reb+1ast, A.Carline 4+1reb+2ast, M.Subritzky 0+2reb+2ast
SW Metro P.: S.Cheslek 23+14reb, S.Bairstow 16+6reb+3ast, M.Willey 16+4reb+6ast, S.Rees 6+5reb+1ast, A.Beatson 2+4reb, C.Kiemann 2
gschID: 542148


Cairns D. - Rockhampton C. 75-72

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Cyclones (3-6) were edged by fourth ranked Dolphins (6-3) in Cairns 75-72 on Friday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Dolphins made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Myra Donkin (173-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Teyla Evans (182-94) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international center Abby Bishop (189-88) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American Shanavia Dowdell (188-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cyclones. Four Cyclones players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Dolphins went down to fifth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Cyclones keep the ninth place with six games lost. Dolphins will face Rollers (#14) in Gold Coast in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Cairns D.: M.Donkin 14+5reb+7ast, A.Gloyd 13+5reb+2ast, E.Hutchinson 12+2reb, L.Williams 12+3reb, R.Pryor 9+2reb+4ast, T.Evans 6+8reb+8ast
Rockhampton C.: A.Bishop 25+9reb+2ast, S.Dowdell 17+10reb+4ast, C.Boag 15+9reb+3ast, K.Clifford 10+3reb+7ast, C.Morrow 3+2reb+2ast, B.Bailey 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542144


SBL
Mandurah M. - Willetton T. 98-54

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Magic (16-0) crushed 6th ranked Tigers (8-7) in Mandurah 98-54 on Sunday. Magic made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Tigers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Nicolette Gilday orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Forward Carly Boag (188-95, college: Minot St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Magic's coach felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Stacey Barr (173-92, college: Idaho) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and German power forward Jessica Hootmann (190-85) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Tigers. Magic maintains first position in League with 16-0 record. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Magic will face Redbacks (#7) in Northbridge in the next round where they are favorite. Tigers will play at home against Flames and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: N.Gilday 33+3reb+7ast, C.Mihovilovich 21+2reb+1ast, C.Boag 14+14reb+3ast, K.Bailey 8+4reb+1ast, B.Klasztorny 8+5reb+1ast, R.Pettit 8
Willetton T.: S.Barr 16+7reb, J.Hootmann 12+5reb+5ast, E.Lobb 10+4reb, R.Thomson 4+2reb+1ast, C.Drennan 4+4reb, E.Gandini 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 542303


Perry Lakes H. - Joondalup W. 63-72

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Hawks (14-1) against sixth ranked Wanneroo (9-9) on Friday night. Host Hawks were defeated by Wanneroo in a tough game in Floreat 63-72. Hawks trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 20-14 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Guard Shani Amos (170-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 assists. Forward Klara Wischer (185-91, college: San Diego) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Wanneroo players scored in double figures. Power forward Sarah Donovan (188-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Lauren Jeffers (170-88) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hawks. Wanneroo moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Hawks keep the second position with one game lost. Wanneroo will have a break next round. Hawks will play at home against Cougars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Joondalup W.: S.Amos 22+2reb+7ast, K.Hayward 16+3reb, K.Wischer 12+9reb+4ast, N.Martin 10+3reb+1ast, C.Belcher 5+3reb+1ast, E.Ironmonger 3+4reb
Perry Lakes H.: L.Jeffers 15+4reb+5ast, S.Donovan 11+10reb+3ast, K.Anthony 10+1reb, N.Burton 9+5reb, A.Farnworth 8+8reb+6ast, J.Kautsky 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 542297


Stirling S. - Perth R. 83-75

Very expected game when 7th ranked Redbacks (6-8) lost to third ranked Senators (12-5) in Leederville 75-83 on Saturday. Senators forced 22 Redbacks turnovers. American forward Kisha Lee (182-85, college: UNLV) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Jasmine Martin (170-93, college: Quinnipiac) contributed with 21 points and 6 steals for the winners. Four Senators players scored in double figures. Guard Gabriella Clayton (173-90) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Rebecca Benson added 17 points in the effort for Redbacks. Senators maintains third position in League with 12-5 record having just twelve point less than leader Logan T. Loser Redbacks keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Senators will face Flames (#11) in Rockingham in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Redbacks will play on the road against the league's leader Magic (#1) in Mandurah and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stirling S.: K.Lee 25+7reb+1ast, J.Martin 21+3reb+3ast, H.Throns 10+6reb+5ast, A.Land 10+9reb+5ast, R.Throns 7+3reb+1ast, T.Roberts 6+3reb+2ast
Perth R.: G.Clayton 20+5reb+5ast, R.Benson 17+4reb+3ast, L.Wallbutton 10+8reb+1ast, E.Harmon 8+6reb+4ast, J.Jakens 8+8reb, B.Donovan 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 542302


Mandurah M. - Lakeside L. 94-83

Rather predictable result when top-ranked Magic (16-0) won against 3rd ranked Lightning (11-5) in Mandurah 94-83 on Saturday. Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Lightning's 28. Magic forced 22 Lightning turnovers. Forward Carly Boag (188-95, college: Minot St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds. Nicolette Gilday contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Sydnee Fipps (178, college: Cal-Davis) replied with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals and her fellow American import forward Ali Schwagmeyer (180-90, college: Quincy) added 15 points in the effort for Lightning. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Magic maintains first position in League with 16-0 record. Loser Lightning dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Magic will face Redbacks (#7) in Northbridge in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: C.Boag 25+16reb+2ast, C.Mihovilovich 25+2reb+2ast, N.Gilday 21+7reb+3ast, J. Gatti 8+4reb+1ast, K.Bailey 6+5reb+1ast, R.Halleen 6+2reb+1ast
Lakeside L.: S.Fipps 27+6reb+4ast, S.Roscoe 16+3reb+1ast, A.Schwagmeyer 15+4reb+3ast, T.Ucich 6+4reb+1ast, A.Grant 5+14reb+1ast, A.Bell 5+1ast
gschID: 542301


Joondalup W. - East Perth E. 64-41

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Eagles (2-14) were outscored by sixth ranked Wanneroo (9-9) in Joondalup 64-41 on Saturday. Wanneroo shot 20 for 27 from the free-throw line, while Eagles only scored four points from the stripe. Wanneroo forced 25 Eagles turnovers. Forward Klara Wischer (185-91, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Swingman Nikita-Lee Martin (184-88) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Canadian power forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (193-93, college: New Hampshire) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jodee Sontay (-85) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Eagles. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wanneroo moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Eagles keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Wanneroo will have a break next round. Eagles will play on the road against Cougars (#8) in Hamilton Hill and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Joondalup W.: N.Martin 13+6reb, K.Wischer 13+4reb+7ast, C.Belcher 13+2reb, K.Hayward 8+5reb+2ast, C.Giraudo 4+2reb, T.Geel 4
East Perth E.: K.Kilpatrick 11+10reb+1ast, J.Sontay 10+5reb+2ast, N.St Jorre 8+6reb+3ast, A.Duinker 6+3reb, E.Coffin 2+2reb+3ast, B.Fisher 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 542300


Cockburn C. - Stirling S. 79-67

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Cougars (6-11) defeated higher ranked Senators (12-5) in Hamilton Hill 79-67 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Kersten Mitchell (185-90, college: Illinois) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. Taryn Priestly (-89) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Jasmine Martin (170-93, college: Quinnipiac) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and center Amber Land (188) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Senators. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cougars maintains eighth position in League with 6-11 record. Loser Senators keep the third place with five games lost. Cougars will face Eagles (#12) in Morley in the next round. Senators will play on the road against Flames (#11) in Rockingham and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cockburn C.: K.Mitchell 28+13reb, T.Priestly 16+3reb+4ast, B.Moyes 16+3reb+4ast, L.Doucette 11+10reb+1ast, I.Miotti 4+4reb+2ast, K.Pitcher 2+2ast
Stirling S.: J.Martin 16+12reb+2ast, H.Throns 16+7reb+3ast, A.Land 13+10reb+3ast, T.Roberts 12+6reb, K.Lee 8+11reb+3ast, R.Throns 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542299


Lakeside L. - Rockingham CF 86-77

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Flames (4-13) lost to third ranked Lightning (11-5) in Bullcreek 77-86 on Friday. Flames trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Power forward Ashleigh Grant (187-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Sydnee Fipps (178, college: Cal-Davis) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Chastity Reed (185-89, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and Dena English added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Flames. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Lightning went down to fourth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Flames dropped to the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Lightning will have a break next round. Flames will play on the road against Tigers (#6) in Willeton and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: A.Grant 21+11reb+1ast, S.Fipps 18+8reb+4ast, A.Schwagmeyer 17+4reb+1ast, S.Roscoe 9+9reb+3ast, T.Ucich 6+3reb+3ast, J.Van Schie 5+7reb+3ast
Rockingham CF: C.Reed 32+18reb+5ast, D.English 14+4reb+6ast, A.Hetherington 10+9reb+1ast, A.Sidebottom 8+2reb+1ast, A.Wheki 6+2reb+5ast, J. Cooper 4
gschID: 542298


SEABL
Nunawading S. - Dandenong R. 75-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Rangers' (7-3) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Spectres (5-7) in East Burwood 85-75 on Saturday. Rangers outrebounded Spectres 40-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international center Lauren Scherf (195-96) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Aimie Clydesdale (177-93) contributed with 9 points and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Anita Brown (173, college: Akron) replied with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Marena Whittle (180-94, college: N.Dakota St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Spectres. Four Spectres players scored in double figures. Rangers maintains second position in League with 7-3 record behind leader Logan T. Loser Spectres keep the third place with seven games lost. Rangers will have a break next round. Spectres will play on the road against Sabres in Cheltenham and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dandenong R.: L.Scherf 31+18reb+2ast, C.Papavs 14+6reb+1ast, R.Fadljevic 13+3reb+3ast, A.Clydesdale 9+3reb+10ast, A.Maley 8+6reb+1ast, R.Antoniadou 6+3reb+2ast
Nunawading S.: A.Brown 21+8reb+4ast, M.Whittle 20+6reb+1ast, M.Kritscher 12+3reb+1ast, J.Trotto 10+2reb+1ast, N.George 5+2reb+1ast, G.Stirton 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 542393


Albury LB - Melbourne T. 65-93

Another interesting game for Tigers (3-8) which played in Albury against one of their biggest challengers Lady Bandits (2-9). Fifth ranked Tigers crushed hosts 93-65. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Tigers forced 19 Lady Bandits turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Naturalized British forward Louella Tomlinson (193-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 9 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Hanna Zavecz (186-85) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American center Adijat Adams (188-92, college: Biola, CA) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Emma Mahady (180-92, college: California, PA) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Tigers and four Lady Bandits players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tigers moved-up to fourth place in League. Lady Bandits at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Melbourne T.: H.Zavecz 17+5reb+1ast, L.Tomlinson 16+7reb+7ast, B.Babic 16+4reb+2ast, M.Conti 13+6reb+3ast, P.Kalka 10+4reb, B.Babic 6+2reb+1ast
Albury LB: T.Ross 15+3reb+2ast, A.Adams 14+6reb+1ast, S.Gorman 13+3reb, E.Mahady 11+7reb+3ast, B.Green 6+2reb, M.Farrah-Seaton 2+2reb
gschID: 542395


Sandringham S. - Ballarat R. 87-92

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Sabres (4-9) lost to seventh ranked Ballarat Rush (1-7) in Cheltenham 87-92 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Ballarat Rush outrebounded Sabres 41-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sabres were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jaterra Bonds (170-92, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import center Joy Burke (196-90, college: Arizona St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Italian guard Nicole Romeo (168-89, college: Washington) replied with 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Deanna Jolliffe (170-93) added 14 points in the effort for Sabres. Ballarat Rush maintains seventh position in League with 1-7 record. Loser Sabres dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Ballarat Rush will have a break next round. Sabres will play at home against Spectres (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ballarat R.: J.Bonds 39+6reb+4ast, A.Spencer 23+6reb+3ast, J.Burke 11+18reb+3ast, K.Rinaldi 8+4reb+4ast, M.Mathews 5+2reb+1ast, T. Wynne 5+2reb
Sandringham S.: N.Romeo 33+6reb+9ast, D.Jolliffe 14+4reb+1ast, S.Perrett 9+3reb+2ast, M.Riley 9+2reb, K.Bugden 6+2ast, E.Batish 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 542396


Geelong S. - Sydney Uni S. 74-51

Rather predictable result when first ranked Geelong Supercats (10-3) rolled over at home 3rd ranked Sydney Uni S. (8-5) 74-51 on Saturday. Geelong Supercats held Sydney Uni S. to an opponent 24.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.4 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Sydney Uni S. 54-41 including 19 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Geelong Supercats made 8 blocks. International forward Sara Blicavs (188-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized British center Alexandra Bunton (198-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Geelong Supercats players scored in double figures. Guard Tahlia Tupaea (174-97) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Shanae Greaves (183-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sydney Uni S.Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Geelong Supercats maintains first position in League with 10-3 record. Newly promoted Sydney Uni S. dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Geelong Supercats will face again Sydney Uni S. (#4) in the next round.
Top scorers:
Geelong S.: S.Blicavs 23+11reb+4ast, B.Alexandra 16+14reb+1ast, C.Horvat 13+10reb+1ast, E.Kett 10+5reb+3ast, E.Rolph 6+4reb+2ast, I.Brancatisano 4+3reb
Sydney Uni S.: T.Tupaea 13+6reb+3ast, S.Greaves 12+8reb+1ast, L.McSpadden 8+12reb+1ast, S.Walmsley 6+1reb+2ast, K.Hodge 6+4reb, M.O'Hehir 4+3reb
gschID: 542391


Kilsyth LC - Sandringham S. 68-52

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Sabres (4-9) lost to first ranked Lady Cobras (11-2) in Kilsyth 52-68 on Saturday. Lady Cobras dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sabres' 24. They outrebounded Sabres 54-35 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Angela Beadle (190-93, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Madeleine Garrick (178-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. New Zealand forward Jessica Bygate (186-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and Ella Batish added 2 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sabres. Lady Cobras maintains first position in League with 11-2 record. Loser Sabres dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Lady Cobras will have a break next round. Sabres will play against Spectres (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth LC: M.Garrick 21+10reb+5ast, A.Beadle 15+20reb+1ast, S.Parsons 10+5reb+1ast, C.Perera 8+4reb+5ast, G.Ogier 6+7reb+2ast, J.O'Shea 4+2reb
Sandringham S.: J.Bygate 20+13reb, M.Riley 5+3reb, S.Perrett 5+1reb+1ast, D.Jolliffe 3+5reb, E.Batish 2+8reb, C.Chatfield 2+1ast
gschID: 542394


Canberra C. - Launceston T. 67-66

A very close game took place in Belconnen between Nationals and Tornadoes. Sixth ranked Nationals (3-9) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Tornadoes (8-4). Nationals managed to escape with a 1-point win 67-66 on Saturday evening. Nationals dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Tornadoes' 32. Nationals forced 19 Tornadoes turnovers. Forward Keely Froling (188-96, college: SMU) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Marianna Tolo (196-89, agency: ProDep Management) supported her with 23 points. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by guard Lauren Nicholson (183-93, college: St.Mary's, CA) did not help to save the game for Tornadoes. Power forward Tayla Roberts (191-93) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Nationals moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Tornadoes dropped to the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Canberra C.: M.Tolo 23+4reb+2ast, K.Froling 15+12reb+4ast, S.Mcappion 12+1reb+3ast, C.Bourne 6+4reb+3ast, R.Schweizer 5+5reb+1ast, A.Fall 4+10reb+5ast
Launceston T.: L.Nicholson 24+10reb+1ast, T.Roberts 14+7reb+3ast, L.Mansfield 11+6reb+4ast, R.Abel 6+1reb+1ast, J.Brazendale 6+4reb+2ast, I.Cook 3
gschID: 542392


BA CoE - Launceston T. 55-62

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Tornadoes (8-4) defeated on the road 5th ranked BA CoE (6-3) 62-55 on Friday. Tornadoes had a 36-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Lauren Mansfield (170-89, college: Iowa St., agency: ProDep Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Tayla Roberts (191-93) contributed with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Power forward Eziyoda Magbegor (176-99) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Maddison Rocci (167-98) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BA CoE. Despite that victory Tornadoes went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser BA CoE keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Launceston T.: L.Mansfield 22+10reb+7ast, T.Roberts 18+9reb+3ast, O.Chugg 12+8reb, L.Nicholson 8+14reb+2ast, J.Brazendale 2+4reb, I.Cook 0
BA CoE: E.Magbegor 14+7reb+1ast, M.Rocci 10+5reb+3ast, J.Shelley 10+3reb+2ast, K.Rowe 7+3ast, I.Bourne 7+3reb, A.Cubillo 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 542390


Waratah
Sutherland S. - Hills H. 72-61

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Hills Hornets (1-9) lost to fifth ranked Sharks (6-4) in Sutherland 61-72 on Saturday. Jane Scrivens orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Lisa Watkins contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Sharks players scored in double figures. Sharks' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Madison Hare replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and Sherrie Calleia added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hills Hornets. Sharks maintains fifth position in League with 6-4 record. Loser Hills Hornets keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Sharks will face higher ranked North Bears (#3) in Crows Nest in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hills Hornets will play on the road against Bruins (#4) in Condell Park and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sutherland S.: L.Watkins 17+6reb+4ast, J.Scrivens 14+16reb+1ast, C.Thomson-Boston 11+4reb+1ast, L. Mccaffrey 10+4reb, R.Herrick 7+7reb, M.Norris 5+2reb
Hills H.: M.Hare 22+14reb, S.Calleia 14+5reb+1ast, E.Claus 8+3reb+3ast, N.Massih 6+8reb, S. Funnell 4+2reb+3ast, A.Roditis 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 542470


Bankstown B. - Newcastle H. 83-50

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Bruins' (6-4) home victory over 6th ranked Hunters (4-7) in Condell Park 83-50 on Sunday. Bruins outrebounded Hunters 47-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hunters' players. Guard Casey Samuels (182-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Adrianne Bywater contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bruins' coach felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and forward Cassidy McLean (178-99) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hunters. Bruins moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Hunters keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Bruins will face Hills Hornets (#8) in Baulkham Hills in the next round. Hunters will play against Hawks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bankstown B.: C.Samuels 19+7reb+6ast, R.Te-Hira 13+2reb+5ast, A.Bywater 11+10reb+3ast, A.Coulter 9+3reb, J.Barlow 8+1reb, M.Grealish 7+6reb+1ast
Newcastle H.: S.Batkovic-Brown 20+13reb+3ast, C.McLean 10+6reb, C.Lum 5+2reb+2ast, A.Ebzery 5+6reb+2ast, K.Moss 5+2reb, E.Keith 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542471


Bankstown B. - Illawarra H. 57-38

Very expected game when 9th ranked Hawks (1-10) were smashed by fifth ranked Bruins (6-4) in Condell Park 57-38 on Saturday. Bruins held Hawks to an opponent 19.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Bruins forced 19 Hawks turnovers and outrebounded them 50-34 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Casey Samuels (182-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. Briana Maimone contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bruins' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Georgia Ohrdorf (183-95, college: Metro St.) replied with 9 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Lauren Sparks (168, college: Lubbock Christian) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Bruins moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Hawks keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Bruins will face Hills Hornets (#8) in Baulkham Hills in the next round. Hawks will play at home against Hunters and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bankstown B.: C.Samuels 15+6reb+3ast, B.Maimone 14+8reb+2ast, M.Grealish 9+12reb+1ast, R.Te-Hira 6+3reb+3ast, M.Bennett 5+5reb, J.Barnes 4+4reb+2ast
Illawarra H.: L.Sparks 11+5reb+2ast, G.Ohrdorf 9+11reb, P.Phillips 8+4reb+2ast, T.Porter 4+5reb+2ast, E.Morris 4+5reb+2ast, P.Johnson 2+2reb
gschID: 542469


Hornsby S. - Norths Bears 68-48

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Spireds' (11-0) home victory over second-ranked North Bears (7-2) in Hornsby 68-48 on Sunday. Spireds held North Bears to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.7 percent accuracy of the winners. The former international point guard Alicia Poto (166-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Rachel Maenpaa (185-84, college: Indiana St.) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jaimee Kennedy (178-88) replied with 7 points and 13 rebounds and guard Kate Seebohm (170-91, college: California, PA) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for North Bears. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spireds maintains first position in League with 11-0 record. Loser North Bears dropped to the third place with two games lost. Spireds will face Comets (#7) in Alexandria in the next round where they are favorite. North Bears will play on the road against Sharks (#5) in Sutherland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hornsby S.: A.Poto 26+9reb+5ast, R.Maenpaa 16+5reb+1ast, K.Moore 8+7reb+1ast, D.Rowe 7+5reb+5ast, R.Black 6+8reb, S.Crisafulli 2+1reb
Norths Bears: K.Hovatter 14+3reb, K.Seebohm 11+8reb, B.Delaney 8+3reb+1ast, J.Kennedy 7+13reb+2ast, A.Burke 3+2ast, T.Jones 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 542473


Manly Warr. SE - Sydney C. 81-40

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Comets (3-7) were outscored by third ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (8-4) in Narrabeen 81-40 on Sunday. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles held Comets to an opponent 23.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles forced 20 Comets turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Erin Todd (175-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals. The former international Belinda Snell (180-81) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players scored in double figures. Maja Jurlina replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Stephanie Perch added 12 points in the effort for Comets. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles moved-up to second place in League. Loser Comets keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will have a break next round. Comets will play at home against the league's leader Spireds (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr. SE: E.Todd 22+8reb+10ast, B.Snell 21+7reb+6ast, R.Duke 13+6reb+1ast, J.Cullen 10+3reb+1ast, C.Trevenna 9+5reb, K.Forbes 2+3reb+3ast
Sydney C.: S.Perch 12+3reb+1ast, M.Jurlina 11+8reb+2ast, J.Cohen 7, M.Cantellano 4+2reb+2ast, L.Breen 2+3reb, S.Hewitt 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 542472





Jasmine Gill (ex Sandringham S.) agreed terms with Torino - by Eurobasket News

Fixi Piramis Torino (Serie A1) inked 27-year old American swingman Jasmine Gill (185-90, college: JMU, agency: Two Points). She plays in the summer at Sandringham Sabres in Australian SEABL-South. In 7 games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1spg. The last season Gill played at Telge Basket in Swedish Damligan where in 31 games she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.0ppg and had 10.1rpg (#2 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.6spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Swedish Damligan All-Imports Team.
Gill is a very experienced player. She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Gill has played previously professionally also in Finland (Peli Karhut), Greece (Niki Lefkadas), Montenegro (Primorje), Romania (ICIM Arad) and Serbia (Partizan).
She attended James Madison University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.
Gill's game is described as: Jasmine Gill is a 185cm (6’1’’) US Forward/Guard with overseas experience in Montenegro, Serbia and Finland. Her weapon is the penetration and rebounding. She is a good shooter off the ball for 2 and 3 points and shows passion on defense. At High School she earned Two-time All-Metro 4A Conference (2007, 2008) and Two-time Greensboro News & Record All-Area (2007, 2008) Awards. She is an alumnus of James Madison University.

Fixi Piramis Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Sara Bocchetti

Forward:
Jasmine Gill

Centers:
Clara Salvini
Ivana Tikvic

Coach: Massimo Riga

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Jasmine Gill agreed terms with Torino - by Eurobasket News

Fixi Piramis Torino (Serie A1) inked 27-year old American swingman Jasmine Gill (185-90, college: JMU, agency: Two Points). She plays in the summer at Sandringham Sabres in Australian SEABL-South. In 7 games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1spg. The last season Gill played at Telge Basket in Swedish Damligan where in 31 games she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.0ppg and had 10.1rpg (#2 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.6spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Swedish Damligan All-Imports Team.
Gill is a very experienced player. She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Gill has played previously professionally also in Finland (Peli Karhut), Greece (Niki Lefkadas), Montenegro (Primorje), Romania (ICIM Arad) and Serbia (Partizan).
She attended James Madison University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.
Gill's game is described as: Jasmine Gill is a 185cm (6'1'') US Forward/Guard with overseas experience in Montenegro, Serbia and Finland. Her weapon is the penetration and rebounding. She is a good shooter off the ball for 2 and 3 points and shows passion on defense. At High School she earned Two-time All-Metro 4A Conference (2007, 2008) and Two-time Greensboro News & Record All-Area (2007, 2008) Awards. She is an alumnus of James Madison University.

Fixi Piramis Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Sara Bocchetti

Forward:
Jasmine Gill

Centers:
Clara Salvini
Ivana Tikvic

Coach: Massimo Riga

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Izabela Leite, a force on the international stage, gives verbal commitment to Florida State - by Eurobasket News

Izabela Leite (5'7''-G-99) already has proved that she's a scoring dynamo on the international stage. She'll try to prove the same on the NCAA stage when she heads to Florida State. Leite, the No. 4 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2018 class, announced Tuesday that she has given a verbal commitment to coach Sue Semrau and FSU. A 5-foot-9 shooting guard at Neuse Christian Academy (Raleigh, North Carolina), Leite has been a mainstay on the Brazil roster at international competitions. She once torched the United States for 24 points as a member of Brazil's U16 team and led her native Brazil to a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas. "I fell in love with Florida State, simple as that," Leite said. "Not to say that the other schools weren't great, they were. I just loved Florida State. "I visited the campus in early June, and the comfort that I have with the coaching staff pushed me over the top. FSU has also had previous success with international players, and this also gave my parents peace of mind." Nicoletti also visited Michigan, Tennessee and UCLA. Leite joins Kourtney Weber and Amaya Brown in the Seminoles' 2018 class. Led by senior Leticia Romero, who won a silver medal for Spain at the 2016 Olympics, Florida State went 28-7 in 2016-17 and fell to eventual national champion South Carolina in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Izabela Leite, a force on the international stage, gives verbal commitment to Florida State - by Eurobasket News

Izabela Leite (5'7''-G-99) already has proved that she's a scoring dynamo on the international stage. She'll try to prove the same on the NCAA stage when she heads to Florida State. Leite, the No. 4 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2018 class, announced Tuesday that she has given a verbal commitment to coach Sue Semrau and FSU. A 5-foot-9 shooting guard at Neuse Christian Academy (Raleigh, North Carolina), Leite has been a mainstay on the Brazil roster at international competitions. She once torched the United States for 24 points as a member of Brazil's U16 team and led her native Brazil to a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas. "I fell in love with Florida State, simple as that," Leite said. "Not to say that the other schools weren't great, they were. I just loved Florida State. "I visited the campus in early June, and the comfort that I have with the coaching staff pushed me over the top. FSU has also had previous success with international players, and this also gave my parents peace of mind." Nicoletti also visited Michigan, Tennessee and UCLA. Leite joins Kourtney Weber and Amaya Brown in the Seminoles' 2018 class. Led by senior Leticia Romero, who won a silver medal for Spain at the 2016 Olympics, Florida State went 28-7 in 2016-17 and fell to eventual national champion South Carolina in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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Ruzica Dznkic moves from Enisey to Romanian champion ASC Sepsi-Sic - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian national team member Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) has signed with Romanian champion ASC Sepsi-Sic Sfantu Gheorghe for the upcoming 2017-18 season. It will be her second second abroad
ASC Sepsi-Sic Sfantu Gheorghe marks Dzankic's second stop abroad after played for Enisey Krasnoyarski kraj last season. She averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks over 16.7 minutes in 17 Russian PBL League games.
Dzankic grew up with Croatia 2006 before moving to Medvescak to play them from 2013 through 2016. She won three Croatian championship titles and two Cup titles.



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UMMC Ekaterinburg welcomes back Petrushina - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) tabbed 27-year old international forward Tatiana Petrushina (185-90). It is actually her comeback to UMMC Ekaterinburg as she has played here before. Petrushina played most recently at Nadezhda Orenburg in the PBL. In 26 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Petrushina also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 5.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Petrushina played at Vologda Chevakata. In 29 games she recorded 11.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she got 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements Petrushina won Russian PBL championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2010.
Petrushina has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Petrushina represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.
She has played previously for three other teams: Dynamo Novosibirsk Region, BC Moscow and BC Moscow-2.

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Cooper's pro career starts at Nice - by Chris Mammides

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) tabbed 22-year old American forward Kendall Cooper (193-95). She just graduated from Duke (NCAA). Cooper has played there for the last three years. In 33 games she averaged 6.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.5bpg last season. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
As mentioned above Cooper is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
She represented USA at the FIBA Americas U18 in Guarabo (Puerto Rico) five years ago. Cooper's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0bpg.

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Angelina Turmel agreed terms with COB Calais - by Eurobasket News

Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (LF2) inked 21-year old power forward Angelina Turmel (198-96). She has played for the last three years at Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 in the LFB. LFB was a little too high level for her, where in 20 games she recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.6rpg last season. LF2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
Turmel represented France at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 3.3ppg, 2.9rpg.
Turmel has played previously for Centre Federal BB.

Cote d'Opale Basket Calais roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Emmanuelle Gorjeu

Forwards:
Anais Viale
Angelina Turmel

Center:
Mikale Rogers

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COB Calais ink Anais Viale - by Eurobasket News

Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (LF2) agreed terms with 26-year old forward Anais Viale (188-91) from Dunkerque Malo Basket Club. Viale has played there for the last four years. In 23 LF2 games she had 12.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg last season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention.
Her team made it to the LF2 Semifinals in 2015.
Viale has played previously for two other teams: Pays d'Aix and Colomiers.

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Emmanuelle Gorjeu agreed terms with COB Calais - by Eurobasket News

Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (LF2) inked 28-year old guard Emmanuelle Gorjeu (172-89) from Limoges ABC en Limousin. In 24 LF2 games she recorded 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.5apg last season.
Among other achievements Gorjeu's team made it to the LF2 Semifinals in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Domestic Player of the Year award in 2015.
Gorjeu represented France at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg.
Gorjeu has played previously for four other teams: Pays d'Aix, Reims, Dunkerque and Rennes.

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Daneka Wipiiti (ex Oceana GR.) agreed terms with US Orthez - by Eurobasket News

US Orthez Basket inked experienced 35-year old New Zealander forward Daneka Wipiiti (194-82). The last time she played at Site Weld Otago Goldrush in New Zealand WBC league.
Wipiiti won New Zealand WBC in 2011.
She is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at US Orthez.

US Orthez Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Naura El Gargati
Camille Bouvet
Emilienne Vidal
Daneka Wipiiti

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Naura El Gargati agreed terms with US Orthez - by Eurobasket News

US Orthez Basket (NF1) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old forward Naura El Gargati (192-80). She played most recently at Toulouse Metropole Basket in the LF2, but left the team in Dec.'16.
Among other achievements El Gargati's team made it to the LFB Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
She has spent her entire career in France playing for five other teams: Mondeville, Tarbes, Hainaut, Dijon and Basket Landes.
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at US Orthez.

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Jessica Clemencon agreed terms with Colomiers - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Colomiers Basket (NF1) inked 28-year old forward Jessica Clemencon (190-89). She played most recently at Roannais in the LF2. In 25 games she recorded 9.4ppg and 4.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Clemencon played at COB Calais (LFB) where in 26 games she averaged 6.5ppg and 3.7rpg.
Among other achievements she won OUA championship title in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Clemencon received also All-OUA West Division 1st Team award back in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
She represented France at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Clemencon's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 2.9ppg, 1.9rpg.
Clemencon has played previously professionally also in Canada (Lancers) and France (Etoile de Voiron and Angers).

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Halle tabs rookie Milan Quinn in her first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

SV Halle Lions (DBBL) inked 22-year old American forward Milan Quinn (185-95). Quinn just graduated from Wake Forest (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 32 games she averaged 10.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg last season.
As mentioned above Quinn is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
She received HS Mega-7 Conference Co-Player of the Year award back in 2012 at her college time.
Quinn's game is described as: Milan Quinn is an agile and quick player at the power forward/center position. She is a great defender on the perimeter and on the low post. She also has the ability to block shots. Her ability to rebound on the offensive glass has made her a problem for opposing teams. Quinn's ability to rebound landed her 4th in the ACC in rebounding along with 14th in FG%, 2nd in offensive rebounding, and 6th in defensive rebounding. She finished her senior season at Wake Forest averaging 10.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.5spg, 1.1 apg, and 1.0bpg.

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Marburg lands Stephanie Wagner - by Eurobasket News

BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) landed 27-year old international forward Stephanie Wagner (182-90). She played most recently at Gruner Stern Keltern in the DBBL. In 10 Eurocup games she averaged 3.9ppg and 1.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wagner played at TSV 1880 Wasserburg where in 28 games she had 5.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg. She helped them to win the DBBL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Wagner also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded just 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
She has been also a member of German international program for some years. Wagner has regularly played for German senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
She also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Wagner has played previously for three other teams: Langen, Rhein Main Baskets and Rhein Main Baskets II.

BC Pharmaserv Marburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katlyn Yohn
Tonisha Baker
Paige Bradley

Forwards:
Stephanie Wagner
Finja Schaake
Marie Bertholdt

Center:
Diana Voynova

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Maccabi Raanana welcomes back Sapir - by Lior Hai

Maccabi Raanana (D1) landed 22-year old naturalized German point guard Moran Sapir (168-95). It is actually her comeback to Maccabi Raanana as she has played here before. Sapir played most recently at Elitzur Holon in the D1. But in 23 games she averaged just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Sapir played at Hapoel Rishon Le Zion where in 19 games she had only 1.5ppg.
Sapir represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg.
Sapir has played previously for another Israeli team Elitzur Netanya.

Maccabi Raanana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Moran Sapir
Bria Goss
Yaara Yizchaki
Shir Tirosh

Forward:
Shely Sirkis

Center:
Karisma Penn

Coach: Liron Sherf

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  GREECE  


Loukatou is back at Ikaros - by Eurobasket News

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas (A2) signed 25-year old forward Evgenia Loukatou (183-92). It is actually her comeback to Glyfada as she has played here before. Loukatou has played for the last two seasons at Athinaikos in the A1. In 21 games she had 3.5ppg and 1.2rpg in 2015-16 season. A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. Loukatou helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team was regular season runner-up in Greek League in 2012. Loukatou was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 3rd Team back in 2013.
She represented Greece at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Timisoara (Romania) seven years ago. Loukatou's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.0ppg, 1.1rpg.
Loukatou has played previously for GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou.

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Tonia Danousi

Forwards:
Evgenia Loukatou
Kelsey Briggs
Christina Litsi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


Anaya Peoples, the No. 1 point guard in the 2019 class, gives verbal commitment to Notre Dame - by Eurobasket News

It's been years since Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) suited up for Notre Dame, but the Dallas Wings star is still helping the Irish win -- on the recruiting trail. Anaya Peoples, a 5-foot-10 point guard at Schlarman Academy (Danville, Illinois) and the No. 7 prospect in the 2919 class, on Thursday gave a verbal commitment to Notre Dame. "I've always loved Notre Dame ever since I was in the third grade," said Peoples, the top-ranked point guard in the class. "I would watch Skylar Diggins play and dreamed of the opportunity. When [head coach] Muffet McGraw offered me, I just -- wow --all my work is paying off. This is it." Peoples chose Notre Dame over Tennessee, South Carolina, Purdue and Connecticut, visiting each of them at least once. Peoples has also been visiting a personal trainer to improve her speed and agility. With superior size in the backcourt, she combines athleticism with basketball know-how. She has range to the arc, is a great one-on-one creator and has a knack for reading defenses. And did we mention her versatility? "I'll play any position Coach McGraw wants me to," Peoples said. "I'm a basketball player and I will make it work for her." Dad Keith Peoples, also her coach at Schlarman, applauded his daughter's decision. "Notre Dame does a great job of developing their players not only into better collegiate players but into young women," he said. "I'm excited for her." The Irish have been busy stocking up their backcourt for the future. McGraw already has commitments from two of the top point guard prospects in the 2018 class in Jenna Brown and Katlyn Gilbert. Guard Abby Prohaska and post player Danielle Cosgrove round out (for now) the Irish's 2018 class. Peoples is the first Notre Dame commit in the 2019 class. The Irish's incoming freshman class features forwards Danielle Patterson and Mikayla Vaughn.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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  HUNGARY  


Jessica Kuster (ex PEAC-Pecs) joins Ragusa - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Jessica Kuster (188-92, college: Rice). She played last season at PEAC-Pecs in Hungarian A Division. In 10 Eurocup games she had 13.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kuster played at Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic where in 30 games she recorded 12.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Kuster also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged 13.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg.
Kuster's team won Czech Republic Cup in 2016.
She has played previously professionally in Romania (Alba Iulia) and WNBA (San Antonio Silver Stars).
Kuster attended Rice University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agnese Soli
Maddalena Gorini

Forwards:
Chiara Consolini
Lia_Rebecca Valerio
Laura Spreafico
Jessica Kuster

Center:
Astou Ndour

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


Snaefell keeps Sigurdardottir for another season - by Eurobasket News

Snaefell (Dominos League) re-signed 22-year old forward Sara Dilja Sigurdardottir (182-95). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 Dominos League games she averaged just 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg last season. Sigurdardottir helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final.
She won Icelandic League championship title in 2016.
Sigurdardottir was a member of Icelandic U16 National Team back in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Snaefell keeps Gunnarsdottir for another season - by Eurobasket News

Snaefell (Dominos League) re-signed 24-year old international forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (178-93). She has played there for the last nine seasons. In 35 Dominos League games she recorded 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg last season. Gunnarsdottir helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 3rd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Icelandic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
Gunnarsdottir has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2011.
Gunnarsdottir also represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.7rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Maccabi Raanana welcomes back Sapir - by Lior Hai

Maccabi Raanana (D1) landed 22-year old naturalized German point guard Moran Sapir (168-95). It is actually her comeback to Maccabi Raanana as she has played here before. Sapir played most recently at Elitzur Holon in the D1. But in 23 games she averaged just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Sapir played at Hapoel Rishon Le Zion where in 19 games she had only 1.5ppg.
Sapir represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg.
Sapir has played previously for another Israeli team Elitzur Netanya.

Maccabi Raanana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Moran Sapir
Bria Goss
Yaara Yizchaki
Shir Tirosh

Forward:
Shely Sirkis

Center:
Karisma Penn

Coach: Liron Sherf

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Elitzur Holon inks Nofar Shalom - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) signed 29-year old international forward Nofar Shalom (176-88) from Bnot Hertzeliya. Shalom has played there for the last three years. In 24 D1 games she had 3.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Shalom's team was regular season runner-up in Israeli League in 2010 and 2016.
She has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Shalom has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2008.
She also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Shalom has played previously for four other teams: Ramat Hasharon, Maccabi Ashdod, Elitzur Netanya and Hapoel Rishon Le Zion.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


San Salvatore keeps Gagliano for another season - by Eurobasket News

San Salvatore Selargius (Serie A2) re-signed 20-year old forward Delia Gagliano (180-97). She played there last season. In 26 Serie A2 games she averaged 8.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Gagliano played at C.U.S. Cagliari (Serie A1). But in 10 games she had just 0.7ppg.
She was a member of Italian U17 National Team in 2014.
Gagliano has played previously for Alghero.

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Arioli re-signs at San Salvatore - by Eurobasket News

San Salvatore Selargius (Serie A2) confirmed in their roster 33-year old ex-international guard Cinzia Arioli (178-84, agency: LBM Management). She played there last season. In 25 Serie A2 games she recorded 12.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season Arioli played at C.U.S. Cagliari (Serie A1) where in 26 games she averaged 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Italian A2 North championship title in 2011. Arioli was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013.
She was a member of Italian international program for some years. Arioli was called to Italian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004.
She has spent her entire career in Italy playing for three other teams: La Spezia, C.U.S. Chieti and Viterbo.

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Guia Sesoldi left Empoli - by Eurobasket News

30-year old forward Guia Sesoldi (180-87) left Use Scotti Empoli (Serie A2). Sesoldi played there also last season. In 27 Serie A2 games she had 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2spg.
Her team was Runner-Up of A2 Group A Regular Season 2017.
Sesoldi is a very experienced player.

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Jasmine Gill agreed terms with Torino - by Eurobasket News

Fixi Piramis Torino (Serie A1) inked 27-year old American swingman Jasmine Gill (185-90, college: JMU, agency: Two Points). She plays in the summer at Sandringham Sabres in Australian SEABL-South. In 7 games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1spg. The last season Gill played at Telge Basket in Swedish Damligan where in 31 games she was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.0ppg and had 10.1rpg (#2 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.6spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Swedish Damligan All-Imports Team.
Gill is a very experienced player. She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Gill has played previously professionally also in Finland (Peli Karhut), Greece (Niki Lefkadas), Montenegro (Primorje), Romania (ICIM Arad) and Serbia (Partizan).
She attended James Madison University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.
Gill's game is described as: Jasmine Gill is a 185cm (6'1'') US Forward/Guard with overseas experience in Montenegro, Serbia and Finland. Her weapon is the penetration and rebounding. She is a good shooter off the ball for 2 and 3 points and shows passion on defense. At High School she earned Two-time All-Metro 4A Conference (2007, 2008) and Two-time Greensboro News & Record All-Area (2007, 2008) Awards. She is an alumnus of James Madison University.

Fixi Piramis Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Sara Bocchetti

Forward:
Jasmine Gill

Centers:
Clara Salvini
Ivana Tikvic

Coach: Massimo Riga

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Jessica Kuster (ex PEAC-Pecs) joins Ragusa - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Jessica Kuster (188-92, college: Rice). She played last season at PEAC-Pecs in Hungarian A Division. In 10 Eurocup games she had 13.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kuster played at Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic where in 30 games she recorded 12.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Kuster also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged 13.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg.
Kuster's team won Czech Republic Cup in 2016.
She has played previously professionally in Romania (Alba Iulia) and WNBA (San Antonio Silver Stars).
Kuster attended Rice University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agnese Soli
Maddalena Gorini

Forwards:
Chiara Consolini
Lia_Rebecca Valerio
Laura Spreafico
Jessica Kuster

Center:
Astou Ndour

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


Izabela Leite, a force on the international stage, gives verbal commitment to Florida State - by Eurobasket News

Izabela Leite (5'7''-G-99) already has proved that she's a scoring dynamo on the international stage. She'll try to prove the same on the NCAA stage when she heads to Florida State. Leite, the No. 4 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2018 class, announced Tuesday that she has given a verbal commitment to coach Sue Semrau and FSU. A 5-foot-9 shooting guard at Neuse Christian Academy (Raleigh, North Carolina), Leite has been a mainstay on the Brazil roster at international competitions. She once torched the United States for 24 points as a member of Brazil's U16 team and led her native Brazil to a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas. "I fell in love with Florida State, simple as that," Leite said. "Not to say that the other schools weren't great, they were. I just loved Florida State. "I visited the campus in early June, and the comfort that I have with the coaching staff pushed me over the top. FSU has also had previous success with international players, and this also gave my parents peace of mind." Nicoletti also visited Michigan, Tennessee and UCLA. Leite joins Kourtney Weber and Amaya Brown in the Seminoles' 2018 class. Led by senior Leticia Romero, who won a silver medal for Spain at the 2016 Olympics, Florida State went 28-7 in 2016-17 and fell to eventual national champion South Carolina in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Anaya Peoples, the No. 1 point guard in the 2019 class, gives verbal commitment to Notre Dame - by Eurobasket News

It's been years since Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) suited up for Notre Dame, but the Dallas Wings star is still helping the Irish win -- on the recruiting trail. Anaya Peoples, a 5-foot-10 point guard at Schlarman Academy (Danville, Illinois) and the No. 7 prospect in the 2919 class, on Thursday gave a verbal commitment to Notre Dame. "I've always loved Notre Dame ever since I was in the third grade," said Peoples, the top-ranked point guard in the class. "I would watch Skylar Diggins play and dreamed of the opportunity. When [head coach] Muffet McGraw offered me, I just -- wow --all my work is paying off. This is it." Peoples chose Notre Dame over Tennessee, South Carolina, Purdue and Connecticut, visiting each of them at least once. Peoples has also been visiting a personal trainer to improve her speed and agility. With superior size in the backcourt, she combines athleticism with basketball know-how. She has range to the arc, is a great one-on-one creator and has a knack for reading defenses. And did we mention her versatility? "I'll play any position Coach McGraw wants me to," Peoples said. "I'm a basketball player and I will make it work for her." Dad Keith Peoples, also her coach at Schlarman, applauded his daughter's decision. "Notre Dame does a great job of developing their players not only into better collegiate players but into young women," he said. "I'm excited for her." The Irish have been busy stocking up their backcourt for the future. McGraw already has commitments from two of the top point guard prospects in the 2018 class in Jenna Brown and Katlyn Gilbert. Guard Abby Prohaska and post player Danielle Cosgrove round out (for now) the Irish's 2018 class. Peoples is the first Notre Dame commit in the 2019 class. The Irish's incoming freshman class features forwards Danielle Patterson and Mikayla Vaughn.
Courtesy of: espn.com



UD women's basketball loses highly regarded recruit - by Eurobasket News

Delaware's coaching change in women's basketball has cost the Blue Hens a top recruit. Kate Cain, the 6-foot-5 center from Pine Bush (N.Y.) High, has reopened her recruiting, said her high school coach Bill Lacovara. She is now considering Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, Virginia, Dayton and Oklahoma, he said. Cain, who signed with Delaware last fall, averaged 25 points, 22 rebounds and eight blocks per game as a senior this past season and was touted as the Colonial Athletic Association's No. 1 recruit by All-Star Girls Report. Delaware released Cain from her National Letter of Intent. Tina Martin retired as Delaware coach April 28 - she has since been hired as an assistant at CAA rival UNC-Wilmington - and former Georgetown coach Natasha Adair is the new Delaware coach. Adair was unavailable for comment Thursday. 'She loved those people who were there before and was so disappointed,' Lacovara said of the coaching change. 'They were in on her as a freshman and she committed early. She had other offers - from Syracuse and Minnesota - but she declined because she really wanted to go to Delaware . . . It was very difficult for her.' While it isn't unusual for recruits to look elsewhere after a coaching switch, two other signees -- 6-foot-3 Erin Antosh, from Lawrence Academy and Townsend, Massachusetts, and 6-2 Lizzie O'Leary from Abington (Pa.) - are listed on Delaware's roster.
Courtesy of: delawareonline.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Daneka Wipiiti (ex Oceana GR.) agreed terms with US Orthez - by Eurobasket News

US Orthez Basket inked experienced 35-year old New Zealander forward Daneka Wipiiti (194-82). The last time she played at Site Weld Otago Goldrush in New Zealand WBC league.
Wipiiti won New Zealand WBC in 2011.
She is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at US Orthez.

US Orthez Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Naura El Gargati
Camille Bouvet
Emilienne Vidal
Daneka Wipiiti

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  NIGERIA  


Zenith b'ball: Dolphins, IGP win - by Eurobasket News

Lagos side Dolphins on Thursday overpowered Sunshine Angels of Akure 86 to 58 in their first game in the third phase of the Zenith Bank Women's Basketball League in Asaba. In other fixtures, Lagos side First Deepwater beat Plateau Rocks 68-62, while IGP Queens defeated FCT Angels 61-57. GT 2000 beat AHIP Queens 61-53. Dolphins coach, Ochuko Okworogun , expressed her satisfaction with the performance of her team, saying they won because they played to her instructions. 'I noticed some lapses in their performance but this will be corrected before our next match with our rivals, Nigeria Customs,' she said. Okworogun said their target was to better the second place finish they achieved last year.
Courtesy of: punchng.com



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  PARAGUAY  


Metropolitan League Round 8: Sol de Amer. lose their first game against Olimpia A. - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Sol de Amer. (7-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Olimpia A. (5-3) 80-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Sol de Amer.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpia A.. Sol de Amer. managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpia A. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Defending champion Sol de Amer. still keeps top position with one game lost.

In the last game of round 8 bottom-ranked San Jose lost to Felix Perez on the opponent's court 70-80.

Felix Perez - San Jose 80-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked San Jose's (1-7) road loss to fourth ranked Felix Perez (3-5) 70-80 on Tuesday. Felix Perez maintains fourth position with 3-5 record. San Jose at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost.
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Sol de Amer. - Olimpia A. 68-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Sol de Amer. (7-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Olimpia A. (5-3) 80-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Sol de Amer.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpia A.. Sol de Amer. managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpia A. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Defending champion Sol de Amer. still keeps top position with one game lost.
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  POLAND  


Adriana Kopciuch signs at Widzew - by Eurobasket News

Cosinus Widzew Lodz (TBLK) landed 22-year old point guard Adriana Kopciuch (167-95, agency: Promotex) from InvestInTheWest AZS AJP Gorzow Wlkp.. But in 8 TBLK games she averaged just 1.3ppg last season. She helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
Kopciuch played in the final of Polish U20 Championships in 2014.
She represented Poland at the European Championships U16 for Women in Cagliari (Italy) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 0.4ppg, 1.1rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


UMMC Ekaterinburg welcomes back Petrushina - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) tabbed 27-year old international forward Tatiana Petrushina (185-90). It is actually her comeback to UMMC Ekaterinburg as she has played here before. Petrushina played most recently at Nadezhda Orenburg in the PBL. In 26 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Petrushina also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 5.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Petrushina played at Vologda Chevakata. In 29 games she recorded 11.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she got 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements Petrushina won Russian PBL championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2010.
Petrushina has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team in 2010.
Petrushina represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.
She has played previously for three other teams: Dynamo Novosibirsk Region, BC Moscow and BC Moscow-2.

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  SPAIN  


Alexis Jones is a newcomer at Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American guard Alexis Jones (175-69kg-94, college: Baylor). She plays this summer at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). But in 8 games she recorded just 1.0ppg.
This summer Jones was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
She just graduated from Baylor University and it is her first season in pro basketball. Jones' team won Big 12 Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017). She received All-Big 12 1st Team award in 2016 and 2017 at her college time.
Jones represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Lithuania four years ago.

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maria Romero
Elena Corrales

Forwards:
Rita_Esther Montenegro
Joy Brown
Shayla Cooper

Centers:
Silvia Romero
Miriam Foraste

Coach: Jacinto Carbajal

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Osmaniye signs Sanem Zeren - by Eurobasket News

Osmaniye Genclik (KBSL) signed 28-year old forward Sanem Zeren (178-89, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) from Adana ASKI Mersin. In 15 KBSL games she had just 2.3ppg last season.
Zeren's team won Turkish TKBL Group B Regular Season in 2016.
She represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 1.0ppg, 1.6rpg.
Zeren has played previously for six other teams: Besiktas, Mersin BSB, Edremit, Edirne, Ormanspor and Mersin MBK.

Osmaniye Genclik roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Cansu Aslan

Forward:
Sanem Zeren

Centers:
Ziomara Morrison
Niray Aral

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Osmaniye inks Niray Aral - by Eurobasket News

Osmaniye Genclik (KBSL) agreed terms with 20-year old center Niray Aral (187-97, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency). She played last season at Canik Belediyesi Samsun in Turkish KBSL. But in two Eurocup games she did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Aral also played that season for Orduspor where in 5 KBSL games she recorded 6.2ppg and 3.8rpg.
She was named to U16 National Team in 2012.
Aral has played previously for two other teams: Edirne and Fenerbahce.

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Osmaniye adds Aslan to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Osmaniye Genclik added to their roster 27-year old guard Cansu Aslan (170-90). She played last season at Edremit in the TKBL. In 17 games she recorded 5.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Mersin Kurtulus (also in TKBL) where in 26 games she averaged 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.0apg (top 2) and 2.4spg.
Aslan represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 10 games: 2.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.0apg.
Aslan has played previously for three other teams: Abdullah Gul, Samsun and Konak.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Bunten turns to Bulgaria to boost title bid - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria have turned to Eastern Europe in their bid to bolster this season's WBBL ranks as head coach Chris Bunten's summer recruitment campaign gathers pace.

Bulgarian Under 20 international Kalina Aksentieva (181-F-95) is the club's fifth signing of the summer after agreeing a two-year deal on Tyneside.

The 21-year-old has been accepted onto a Business with Financial Management Masters degree course at Northumbria University.

And coach Bunten is stoked to have the versatile guard suiting up at Sport Central this season.

'I first came across Kalina when she was captaining Bulgaria in Montenegro during 2015,' he said.

'Even as a 19-year-old she played with an old head on young shoulders. Kalina visited Northumbria University earlier this year and she made an instant impression.

'The Team Northumbria WBBL roster is really taking shape and I'm delighted with the quality and versatility that we can already count on heading into the new season.

'But there's still work to do. There are offers on the table for more high calibre players and we'll wait and see what the next few weeks bring.'

Axentieva graduated from Southampton University and has been playing her trade with Team Solent Suns in Division One.

The Sofia-born shooting guard will link up with her new team-mates in August ahead of the new WBBL campaign.



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Griner, Taurasi help Mercury beat Storm 85-83 - by Eurobasket News

Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) had her ninth career dunk and matched Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) with 25 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 85-82 on Friday night. Camille Little spun in the lane for a layup to extend Phoenix's lead to 83-78 with 2:56 left and, after a Seattle miss, Danielle Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) split two defenders for a seven-point lead. Taurasi made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points in the first half as Phoenix (7-5) held a 50-43 lead. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94, college: Connecticut) led Seattle (6-6) with 21 points and eight rebounds. Jewell Loyd (5'10''-G-93, college: Notre Dame) added 18 points, and Langhorne had 16.
Courtesy of: heraldnet.com