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  3X3  



Big3 3-on-3 league begins with a game-winner and an injury - by Eurobasket News

Basketball's newest league started with a game-winning basket and an injured former NBA player. Rashard Lewis (208-F-79) made a three-point play with his team facing game point Sunday in the opening game of the Big3, the 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube. Jason Williams (186-G-75, college: Florida), the flashy point guard nicknamed "White Chocolate," went down with a right leg injury late in the game. His 3 Headed Monsters blew the late once he went out and were a point away from losing, but Lewis made his basket and free throw to edge the Ghost Ballers, 62-60. The games are played to 60 points but teams have to win by two, so the Ghost Ballers couldn't quite get there when they went ahead 60-59. Lewis scored 27 points and former No. 1 pick Kwame Brown (211-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the 3 Headed Monsters. Ricky Davis (201-G-79, college: Iowa) led the Ghost Ballers with 23 points. Cube vowed the games would be competitive - players are vying for a revenue share based on final league standings - and there was a possession early when players on both teams dived on the floor for a loose ball. There was pushing and shoving in the post and a few hard fouls, and the trash talk appeared to heat up as the game went on. The quality of play wasn't the strongest, but Barclays Center in Brooklyn had a good crowd for the first of four games on the day. Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown), the former NBA MVP who is the marquee attraction in the league, was scheduled to play in the third game. The eight-team league will play on 10 weekends, culminating with the Aug. 26 championship in Las Vegas. Games are shown on Monday nights on Fox Sports 1.
Courtesy of: heraldonline.com



Latvia win FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup Andorra Qualifier 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Latvia's men and Hungary's women won the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup Andorra Qualifier in Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra on June 24-25. They were 2 of 11 teams, which qualified for the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 7-9. In the men's category, Latvia made quite an impression in Andorra, winning all 5 games, including a 21-14 landslide over FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017 quarter-finalists Russia. This will mark Latvia's first participation at the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup in the men's category (the women's team featured in the 2014 edition). Their star Nauris Miezis (189-G-91) not only topped all scorers (40pts) in Andorra, he was also named MVP of the tournament. Nauris Miezis (189-G-91) (Russia) finished 2nd (33pts) while Ukraine's Sasha Koberts was 3rd with 32pts. The event saw the reigning European champs Slovenia struggle mightily. Gasper Ovnik's men only secured their ticket after edging out a young German team (18-16) in the loser's bracket. The victory however came at a price: big man Adin Kavgic (193-F/C-87) had to leave the game due to injury and is now questionable to play at the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ALBANIA  


SK Tirana keep coach Nikola Milatovic - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) re-signed experienced 54-year old Montenegrin coach Nikola Milatovic. He helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. Milatovic used to coach Albanian U16 National Team back in 2014.
He has coached also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Mogren and Ulcinj.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Albania



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.8 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.0 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo18.0 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.17.1 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.6 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 9. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
 10. Espinoza, Regat.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Solano, Echague4.3 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.1.9 
 3. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 7. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
 10. Faggiano, San M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Piacenza signs Duilio Birindelli - by Eurobasket News

Bakery Piacentina (Serie B) signed 33-year old naturalized Argentinian forward Duilio Birindelli (200-102kg-84) from BPC Virtus TSB Cassino. In 37 Serie B games he had 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Birindelli played at Eurobasket Roma where in 39 Serie B games he recorded 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Banco di Srd, Roseto, Atri, Catanzaro, Ostuni, Massafra, Canicatti and Agrigento.
Birindelli could be described: An athletic and strong bodied fordward, who knows how to set large screens, and who can be effective at rebound; very good defender, doens' t fear any opponent; needs to improve his fundamentals (too often called for travelling..) and the use of his left hand; started a 4 position, he's now making teh transition to SF;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



De los Santos left GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

29-year old international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) left Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA). De los Santos has played there for the last four years. He played there also last season. In 62 LigaA games he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others De los Santos' team won Argentinian Super 4 Cup in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Domestic Players Team in 2016.
De los Santos has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2008 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2007.
De los Santos also represented Argentina at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Thanks to De los Santos' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). De los Santos has played previously professionally also in Spain (CB Granada and Motril) and Argentina (Argentino, Regatas Corrientes and Olimpico de La Banda).

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Juan_Manuel Rivero

Forwards:
Federico Haller
Shaquille Johnson
Luis Riascos

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  


Brotherson's double-double lands him State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Paul Brotherson (198-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hills H. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Sutherland S. (#11, 1-13) 71-65. Hills H. is placed at 7th position in their group in Australian State League. Hills H. 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 8-7 record. Brotherson turned to be Hills H.'s top player in his first season with the team. Paul Brotherson averages this season 18.7ppg and 8.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Conley (198-F) of Diamond V.E.. He is American forward in his first season at Diamond V.E.. In the last game Conley recorded impressive double-double of 34 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Diamond V.E. cruised to a 79-67 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Werribee D. (#5, 8-7). This victory allowed Diamond V.E. to move up to 9th position in Big V. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Conley is one of the most experienced players at Diamond V.E. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Will McNeill (185-G-90) of Mandurah M. (#14). McNeill got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. Despite McNeill's great performance Mandurah M. lost 101-103 to the higher-ranked Lakeside L. (#9, 8-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Mandurah M. can only dream about fighting for top spots in SBL. They have rather bad season and 2-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for McNeill he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McNeill has a very solid season. In 16 games in Australia he scored 20.5ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and 3.5apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ray Turner (206-F-90) of Willetton T. - 27 points and 15 rebounds
5. James Padgett (203-F-91) of Lakeside L. - 22 points, 25 rebounds and 2 assists
6. William McDowell-White (195-G-98) of Brisbane S. - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Ethan O'Day (206-F) of Sandringham S. - 25 points and 15 rebounds
8. Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P. - 41 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Jacob Holmen (202-F/C-91) of Goldfields G. - 25 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Jalen Billups (198-F-92) of Cockburn C. - 25 points, 19 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)



Bryce Cotton (ex Wildcats) joins the Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks agreed on terms of summer league deal with 25-year old guard Bryce Cotton (185-75kg-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Wildcats in Australian NBL league. Cotton managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 NBL games he was the best scorer with impressive 23.1ppg and averaged 3.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg (in top 5). Cotton helped them to win the league title (twice). He also played that season for Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL where in 7 games he was the best scorer with 10.4ppg and had 1.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg (in top 5). Cotton also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Cotton's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. Cotton has played previously professionally in China (Xinjiang Flying Tige), other NBA teams (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
He attended Providence College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBA



Baker is back at Apoel, ex Townsville H. - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). It is actually his comeback to Nicosia as he has played here before. Baker played this summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 22.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Baker's team made it to the QBL Semifinals in 2016. He was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
Baker is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Baker has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Orebro), Australia (Gladstone Port City Power and Logan Thunder) and ABA (Richmond R.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Baker 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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Cyprus



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  AUSTRIA  


Timberwolves ink Laurence Mueller - by Eurobasket News

Vienna D.C. Timberwolves (2.Bundesliga) agreed terms with 23-year old point guard Laurence Mueller (178-94). He has played for the last five seasons at BK Klosterneuburg Dukes in the A Bundesliga. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mueller's team won Austrian Supercup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He represented Austria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg, Steals-1 (3.1spg), FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 53.8%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



Timberwolves ink Marko Kolaric - by Eurobasket News

Vienna D.C. Timberwolves (2.Bundesliga) signed 33-year old Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (212-84, college: Chaminade) from Raiders. He helped them to win the 2.Bundesliga title. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Kolaric is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Kolaric has played previously professionally in Hungary (Kormend and Marso Nyiregyhazi KK), Tunisia (Stade Nabeulien), Turkey (Tofas, Canakkale, Bandirma Kirmizi and Istanbul BBSK), Serbia (Vojvodina and Vrsac) and Montenegro (Mogren).
He attended Chaminade University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 25: Tridents win their first game - 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 3 rounds.

Tridents can celebrate finally their first win this season after 13 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Pinelands (9-6) 94-90 on Saturday. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Tridents maintains ninth place with 1-13 record. Defending champion Pinelands keep the fourth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Warriors (8-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Hawks (2-12). Warriors smashed Hawks 107-54. Warriors have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 8-6 record. Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Hawks - Warriors 54-107

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Warriors (8-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Hawks (2-12). Warriors smashed Hawks 107-54. Warriors have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 8-6 record. Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543729


Tridents - Pinelands 94-90

Tridents can celebrate finally their first win this season after 13 consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Pinelands (9-6) 94-90 on Saturday. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Tridents maintains ninth place with 1-13 record. Defending champion Pinelands keep the fourth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543728





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  BELGIUM  


Limburg United adds Spicer to their roster, ex Tajfun - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) added to their roster 23-year old American center Khaliq Spicer (206-104kg-94, college: Kent State, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Tajfun in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 30 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 7.9rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.7bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spicer's team made it to the MAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted All-MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 at his college time.
Spicer graduated from Kent State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Yoann Hertay
Zach Monaghan
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Jordan Heath
Abel Baptista

Center:
Khaliq Spicer

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



Pierre-Antoine Gillet (ex Oostende) is a newcomer at Chalon - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) added to their roster 26-year old Belgian international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91). He has played for the last four seasons at Telenet BC Oostende in Belgian Euromillions League. Gillet managed to play in three leagues last year. In 39 Euromillions League games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Gillet also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Gillet contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.8ppg and 4.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gillet was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Gillet has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 64.3%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Gillet has played also professionally in Belgium for Liege Basket.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid wing player with impressive outside shooting skills.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Gedeon Pitard
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Jeremy Nzeulie
Abdoulaye Loum
Ousmane Camara
Arthur Rozenfeld
Assane Ndoye
Axel Bouteille
Wilfried Gantswa Babami
Ibrahima Faye
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier
Babacar Niasse
Pierre-Yves Gillet

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Donkor comes back to Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old guard Dennis Donkor (193-84kg-91, agency: Three Eye Sports). It is actually his comeback to Antwerp Giants as he has played here before. Donkor played most recently at Kangoeroes (Euromillions League). In 35 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Donkor played at Limburg United (Scooore League) where in 35 games he averaged 6.2ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Donkor's team made it to the Belgian Cup final in 2012 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award back in 2011.
Donkor represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago.
He has played previously for Port of Antwerp Giants B.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Smooth shooting Belgian wing. One of the best scorers at his age in Europe, can score playing off screens or creating off the dribble.

Port of Antwerp Giants roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dennis Donkor
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili

Forward:
Hans Vanwijn

Center:
Ismael Bako

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Antwerp welcomes back Vanwijn - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) tabbed 22-year old international power forward Hans Vanwijn (205-95). It is actually his comeback to Antwerp Giants as he has played here before. Vanwijn played most recently at Limburg United in the Euromillions League. In 27 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg last season. Vanwijn helped them to make it to the cup final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2016.
Vanwijn has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2015.
Vanwijn also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.8rpg.
Vanwijn has played previously for two other teams: Leuven Bears and Houthalen.

Port of Antwerp Giants roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili

Forward:
Hans Vanwijn

Center:
Ismael Bako

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



Ismael Bako joins Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) added to their roster 22-year old international center Ismael Bako (208-95) from Stella Artois Leuven Bears. Bako has played there for the last five years. In 35 Euromillions League games he had 8.0ppg and 4.1rpg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Most Improved Player of the Year and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Bako played for Belgian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team in 2013.
He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.6ppg, 8.0rpg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 43.2%, FT: 55.3%.
Bako has played previously for Vilvoorde.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.14.5 
 2. Sena, Contagem14.1 
 3. Stocks, Blumenau14.0 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.13.9 
 5. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 6. Vezaro, Joinville12.8 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 8. Dias, Joinville11.7 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau11.6 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.5 
 3. Silva, Blumenau7.4 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.3 
 5. Sena, Contagem6.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.2 
 7. Froehlich, Joinville5.8 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville5.8 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Eric ROMUALDO
  Contagem
  (185-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Romualdo, Contagem4.7 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.4.4 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.3 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau3.6 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.4 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Semmke, Blumenau2.7 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.1 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem1.8 
 3. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.4 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.1.3 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alan TIAGO
  Brusque
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.8 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.7 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau0.6 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Maistro, Contagem0.5 


Liga Ouro Round 3 of Finals. Botafogo regain advantage - by Eurobasket News

Joinville - Botafogo F.R. 60-66

Botafogo upset Joinville on the road to regain the lead in the championship series. Botafogo F.R. forced 21 Joinville turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Rodrigo-Bahia Bispo (206-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) answered with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international Andre Pereira (206-79) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Joinville. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Joinville: A.Pereira 14+5reb+2ast, F.Vezaro 12+4reb+2ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 9+7reb, J.Froehlich 8+8reb+6ast, L.Vezaro 5+1reb+3ast, M.Dias 4+3reb+1ast
Botafogo F.R.: R.Bahia Bispo 19+10reb+1ast, W.Russell 14+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+2ast, A.Filho 7+1reb+1ast, A.Moreira 4+3reb, D.Correa 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548303





B.Cearense lands Betinho Nardi Duarte - by Paulo Freire

SKY/Basquete Cearense (NBB) tabbed 29-year old former international shooting guard Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-92kg-88) from Campo Mourao. In 23 NBB games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Brazilian All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Nardi Duarte also spent pre-season at Minas that year. A very impressive season as he was selected to Brazilian All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
He was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. Nardi Duarte played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2007.
He also represented Brazil at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) six years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg.
And here thanks to pro basketball Nardi Duarte experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Nardi Duarte has played previously professionally also in Greece (Panionios), Italy and Brazil (Paulistano, Winner/Limeira, Winner/ Limeira, Sao Jose/Vinac and Caxias do Sul).

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  BULGARIA  


Martin Durchev is a newcomer at Academic Plovdiv - by BGbasket

Academic Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) strengthened their roster with the addition of 30-year old ex-international small forward Martin Durchev (203-90kg-87) from Balkan. In 10 NBL games he recorded 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg last season. Durchev also played that season for Araberri in the Spanish LEB Gold, where in 18 games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.2rpg.
The list of his past achievements is quite long as, among others, he played in the final of the Bulgarian League Play-offs in 2016. Durchev was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team back in 2012.

He was also a member of the Bulgarian international program for many years. Durchev played for the Bulgarian Senior National team in 2012 and 2013 and previously for the U-20 National Team in 2007.

He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications for European Championships 2015, four years ago. His stats in 2 games were: 0pts, 1.5rpg, 1.0spg.
Durchev is quite an experienced player. He has also played professionally in Lithuania, Serbia, Spain (Navarra), and in his native Bulgaria with Yambol and Chernomorets Burgas.

The scouts describe him the following way: Left handed small forward; can score in a number of ways. Very good shooter, but also very efficient with putting the ball on the floor. Is a great passer as well, as he can easily find the open man and create.

Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shakir Smith
Rob Davis

Forwards:
Vasil Mihaylov
Martin Durchev

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  CAMEROON  


Erste League select outscore Cameroon in Changsha - by Eurobasket News

Erste League select outscore Cameroon in Changsha in a friendly game. Erste League select from Montenegro trailed 16-22 at the end of the first period, but then pushed the tempo for good and won the game 77-67. They erupted in the second period with a 21-18 surge and then added a final 13-10 run in the last stanza.
Marko Mijovic (187-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95) and Vukota Pavic added 11 each. Stefan Vukovic (196-G-92, college: Blue Mountain) and Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) followed them with 10 points apiece. Ngijol replied with 15 points for the African side.



Gedeon Pitard signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 28-year old naturalized Cameroonian guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89). He played most recently at ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA). The last season Pitard played also at Chalon/Saor where in 45 ProA games he averaged just 2.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
He represented France at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg.
Pitard has played previously for three other teams: Le Mans, Caen and STB Le Havre.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Gedeon Pitard
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Luka Antic
Louis Cassier

Center:
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

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  CANADA  


Malik Story (ex Moncton M.) signs at Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) landed 27-year old American swingman Malik Story (196-98kg-90, college: Nevada, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 40 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.1apg last season.
Among other achievements Story's team won WAC Regular Season in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Story is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Story has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot and Salon Vilpas), Spain (Araberri), Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey) and Slovakia (Levice).
He attended University of Nevada until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Jevohn Shepherd (ex Spirou) agreed terms with Chalon - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Canadian swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Jamaican passport. Shepherd played most recently at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 Euromillions League games he recorded 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.2apg. Shepherd helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice). He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg. And finally Shepherd contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Shepherd spent at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 19 games he got 9.4ppg and 4.3rpg. The other team Shepherd played shortly was Openjobmetis VA (Serie A) in Italy. In 5 games he got 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Shepherd received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year award back in 2011.
He was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Shepherd played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2014 and previously for University National Team between 2005 and 2007.
He also represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.6%.
Shepherd is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Holland (Leiden), Romania (CSM Bucuresti), Germany (GiroLive Ballers and Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy (Omegna and Basket Barcellona) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen).
Shepherd attended University of Michigan until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Jevohn Shepherd
Gedeon Pitard
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Jeremy Nzeulie
Abdoulaye Loum
Ousmane Camara
Arthur Rozenfeld
Assane Ndoye
James Farr
Axel Bouteille
Wilfried Gantswa Babami
Ibrahima Faye
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier
Babacar Niasse
Pierre-Yves Gillet

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

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Libcentro Pro Round 9: Derby game ends with Stadio Italiano's defeat of Sergio Ceppi - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santiago: Stadio Italiano (#7) and Sergio Ceppi (#8). Stadio Italiano (3-5) won against visiting Sergio Ceppi (0-9) 74-70. Stadio Italiano looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Piero Simonetti (-93) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Stadio Italiano's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Felipe Latorre (-93) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Sergio Ceppi. Stadio Italiano moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aleman. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Stadio Italiano is looking forward to face higher ranked Arturo Prat (#5) in San Felipe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play on the road against Puente Alto and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for Liceo Curico (6-2) which hosted in Curico second-best Puente Alto (6-3). Third ranked Liceo Curico managed to get a 11-point victory 76-65. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners and Mohunir Zerene chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Liceo Curico moved-up to second place. Puente Alto at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Liceo Curico will play against Brisas (#4) in Santiago in the next round. Puente Alto will play at home against Sergio Ceppi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Sportiva Italiana (8-1) which hosted in Valparaiso 4th placed Arturo Prat (4-5). First ranked Sportiva Italiana managed to get a 10-point victory 74-64. Matias Lubiano nailed 14 points for the winning side. Sportiva Italiana's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulo Andrade came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Arturo Prat in the defeat. Sportiva Italiana have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Arturo Prat dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Sportiva Italiana will meet Aleman (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Arturo Prat will play against Stadio Italiano in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Brisas (4-4) and 6th ranked Aleman (3-5) in Santiago ended with biggest points difference. Brisas beat guests from Puerto Varas 72-60. The best player for the winners was Emiliano Marquez who scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brisas moved-up to fourth place. Aleman at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Brisas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Liceo Curico at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aleman will play against the league's leader Sportiva Italiana (#1) and hope to win that game.

Liceo Curico - Puente Alto 76-65

An interesting game for Liceo Curico (6-2) which hosted in Curico second-best Puente Alto (6-3). Third ranked Liceo Curico managed to get a 11-point victory 76-65. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Liceo Curico forced 26 Puente Alto turnovers. Strangely Puente Alto outrebounded Liceo Curico 39-21 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Mohunir Zerene (187-94) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sebastian Silva (187-91) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Liceo Curico moved-up to second place. Puente Alto at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Liceo Curico will play against Brisas (#4) in Santiago in the next round. Puente Alto will play at home against Sergio Ceppi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: M.Perez 25+3reb+4ast, M.Zerene 18+2reb+1ast, S.Chialva 10+6reb+3ast, C.Iturriaga 7+1reb+3ast, M.Rebolledo 7+7reb, J.Cofre 5+1reb
Puente Alto: A.Guzman 15+1reb, D.Valenzuela 13+6reb+2ast, S.Silva 9+6reb+4ast, L.Cifuentes 9+8reb, F.Pena 7+5reb+4ast, A.Pinedo 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544571


Brisas - Aleman 72-60

The game between fifth ranked Brisas (4-4) and 6th ranked Aleman (3-5) in Santiago ended with biggest points difference. Brisas beat guests from Puerto Varas 72-60. The best player for the winners was Emiliano Marquez (-96) who scored 18 points. Guard Felipe Oyarzun (187-89) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brisas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rodolfo Caceres (188-81) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and Francisco Garrido (-88) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brisas moved-up to fourth place. Aleman at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Brisas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Liceo Curico at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aleman will play against the league's leader Sportiva Italiana (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisas: E.Marquez 18+3reb+3ast, F.Oyarzun 14+6reb+2ast, M.Vasquez 13+4reb+4ast, S.Fuentes 10+7reb+1ast, R.Molina 8+3reb+4ast, S.Roa 4+9reb
Aleman: F.Garrido 15+7reb+2ast, R.Caceres 15+8reb+3ast, S.Leefhelm 8+4reb, H.Arriagada 6+7reb+2ast, P.Fernandez 6+2ast, M.Castro 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 544574


Stadio Italiano - Sergio Ceppi 74-70

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santiago: Stadio Italiano (#7) and Sergio Ceppi (#8). Stadio Italiano (3-5) won against visiting Sergio Ceppi (0-9) 74-70. Stadio Italiano looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Piero Simonetti (-93) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Stadio Italiano players scored in double figures. Stadio Italiano's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Felipe Latorre (-93) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Pedro Catalan (-82) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sergio Ceppi. Stadio Italiano moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aleman. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Stadio Italiano is looking forward to face higher ranked Arturo Prat (#5) in San Felipe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play on the road against Puente Alto and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Stadio Italiano: P.Simonetti 22+9reb+1ast, J.Martin Cardenas 13+6reb+7ast, M.Avello 11+5reb+7ast, G.Vukasovic 10+2reb, N.Alba 7+14reb+3ast, S.Alvarez 6+6reb
Sergio Ceppi: F.Latorre 23+6reb+2ast, P.Catalan 12+9reb, C.Silva 10+1reb+2ast, A.Olivares 10+4reb+3ast, E.Donoso 9+7reb+2ast, J.Sotelo 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 544573


Sportiva Italiana - Arturo Prat 74-64

An interesting game for Sportiva Italiana (8-1) which hosted in Valparaiso 4th placed Arturo Prat (4-5). First ranked Sportiva Italiana managed to get a 10-point victory 74-64. Sportiva Italiana forced 20 Arturo Prat turnovers and outrebounded them 43-32 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Matias Lubiano (-99) nailed 14 points for the winning side and Gaspar Hernandez (-99) accounted for 13 points. Sportiva Italiana's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Ramiro Galvez (-96) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Arturo Prat in the defeat. Sportiva Italiana have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Arturo Prat dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Sportiva Italiana will meet Aleman (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Arturo Prat will play against Stadio Italiano in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sportiva Italiana: M.Lubiano 14+4reb+2ast, G.Hernandez 13+3reb+2ast, F.Diaz 9+4reb+2ast, G.Araya 9+4reb+3ast, R.Cotroneo 6+6reb, C.Bustamante 6+4reb+4ast
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 19+6reb, F.Ortega 12+6reb, R.Galvez 11+5reb+3ast, B.Guerra 8+4reb+2ast, E.Valdebenito 6+4reb, M.Santander 3+2reb
gschID: 544572





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  CHINA  


The Mavericks ink Dwight Buycks, ex Fujian S. - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) agreed terms with 28-year old point guard Dwight Buycks (191-86kg-89, college: Marquette). He played last season at Fujian Sturgeons in Chinese CBA league. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 25.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.4apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (11-12) season Buycks played at another team OKC Blue. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 28 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. Buycks helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2011 Tulsa 66ers selected him in second round (5th overall) in the D-League draft.
Buycks attended Marquette University and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Import Player of the Year back in 2013.
Buycks is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Buycks has played previously professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Spain (Valencia Basket), NBA (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors), France (Gravelines Dunkerque), China (Gold Lions) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break23.8 
 3. Smith, Sabios20.5 
 4. Roberson, Condores20.0 
 5. Coombs, Sabios19.5 
 6. Givens, Piratas18.3 
 7. Almanza, Condores16.3 
 8. Gurley, Caciques15.6 
 9. McCoy, Condores15.4 
 10. Romero, Piratas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Perez, Academia10.8 
 3. Hernandez, Cimar.10.7 
 4. Sandidge, Aguilas10.0 
 5. Almanza, Condores9.5 
 6. Romero, Piratas9.5 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.7 
 8. Ortiz, Fast Break7.8 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.5 
 10. Cornelius, Caciques7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Murray, Academia5.7 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas5.6 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores5.1 
 5. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 6. Granados, Academia4.3 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones4.2 
 8. Caicedo, Cimar.3.8 
 9. Salazar, Fast Break3.5 
 10. Diaz, Condores3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.1 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.3 
 3. Carraway, Cimar.2.0 
 4. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 5. Murray, Academia1.9 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.8 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 8. Blandon, Sabios1.5 
 9. Ortiz, Fast Break1.5 
 10. Williams, Cimarrones1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Perez, Academia1.8 
 2. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.3 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.3 
 4. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 5. Givens, Piratas1.0 
 6. Quinones, Academia1.0 
 7. Velez, Sabios0.9 
 8. Jones, Sabios0.9 
 9. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 10. Asprilla, Caciques0.8 


PBD Round 15: Academia loses to Fast Break in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (13-1) defeated second-best Academia (9-7) 63-57. They outrebounded Academia 45-32 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Fast Break have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place with 13-1 record. Academia lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second position with seven games lost. Fast Break are again looking forward to face league's second-placed Academia in Montana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Academia will have a break next round.
Fifth ranked Cimarrones (7-5) crushed at home 8th ranked Piratas (4-12) by 37 points 83-46, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a quality performance for American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Trevone Williams accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) came up with 11 points and 4 assists for Piratas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cimarrones maintains fifth place with 7-5 record. Piratas lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Aguilas. Cimarrones will again play against bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 15 Aguilas were destroyed by Condores on the opponent's court 89-66. Sabios managed to outperform Caciques in a home game 95-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Ryan McCoy of Condores.

Condores - Aguilas 89-66

Rather expected game in Cundinamarca where 7th ranked Patriotas (4-12) were crushed by fourth ranked Condores (8-8) 89-66. The game without a history. Condores led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Condores shot 26 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Patriotas only scored five points from the stripe. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Patriotas were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) accounted for 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Condores players scored in double figures. American swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) came up with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Jairo Pardo (-95) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Patriotas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Condores. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sabios. Patriotas lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Piratas. Condores will again play against Patriotas (#7) in Boyaca in the next round. Patriotas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Almanza 21+11reb, L.Roberson 19+8reb+5ast, R.McCoy 16+12reb+4ast, E.Torres 16+5reb+3ast, H.Diaz 5+5reb+10ast, R.Dyer 4+1reb
Aguilas: R.Crawford 24+7reb+4ast, J.Pardo 14+5reb+3ast, J.Velandia 9+6reb+2ast, F.Sandidge 5+8reb+5ast, J. Lopez 5+1reb, O.Fonseca 4+4reb
gschID: 547246


Sabios - Caciques 95-87

Rather predictable result in Manizales where third ranked Sabios (8-8) defeated 6th ranked Caciques (7-7) 95-87. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Caciques won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sabios players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Caciques were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) accounted for 31 points and 7 assists for the winning side. American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and naturalized Venezuelan point guard Fernando Lucena (185-86) added 17 points respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sabios maintains third place with 8-8 record having three points less than leader Fast Break, which they share with Condores. Caciques lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Sabios will again play against Caciques (#6) in Valleduparnga in the next round. Caciques will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sabios: A.Smith 31+2reb+7ast, S.Coombs 31+8reb+4ast, K.Jones 12+10reb+2ast, L.Blandon 11+7reb+6ast, J.Velez 5+11reb+3ast, D.Castro 2+2reb
Caciques: H.Wormely 28+5reb+10ast, F.Lucena 17+3reb+3ast, B.Provost 14+2reb+2ast, M.Bermudez 11+7reb+1ast, F.Asprilla 4+13reb+3ast, M.Story 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 547243


Fast Break - Academia 63-57

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (13-1) defeated second-best Academia (9-7) 63-57. They outrebounded Academia 45-32 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Gary Diaz (193-92) scored 14 points. Fast Break have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place with 13-1 record. Academia lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the second position with seven games lost. Fast Break are again looking forward to face league's second-placed Academia in Montana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Academia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: H.Uhegwu 16+6reb+3ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 14+11reb+3ast, D.Crockrell 11+4reb, M.Sneed 8+8reb+1ast, L.Julio 7+4reb+1ast, C.Ordonez 4+5reb
Academia: G.Diaz 14+3reb, D.Perez 14+12reb+2ast, S.Granados 14+1reb+2ast, J.Fajardo 6+2reb+1ast, T.Murray 4+4reb+4ast, M.Montano 3+7reb+3ast
gschID: 547245


Cimarrones - Piratas 83-46

Fifth ranked Cimarrones (7-5) crushed at home 8th ranked Piratas (4-12) by 37 points 83-46, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Cimarrones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cimarrones forced 22 Piratas turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a quality performance for American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Trevone Williams (198-93, college: Cal.Baptist) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) came up with 11 points and 4 assists and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Piratas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cimarrones maintains fifth place with 7-5 record. Piratas lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Aguilas. Cimarrones will again play against bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: A.Carraway 17+9reb+2ast, E.Renteria 12+4reb+3ast, T.Williams 11+6reb+2ast, J.Hardy 10+1reb, L.Cardona 9+2reb+2ast, S.Mosquera 7+1reb+3ast
Piratas: G.Pena 11+2reb+4ast, J.Medina 8+1reb+2ast, N.Lozano 7+6reb, J.Romero 6+8reb+1ast, V.Lans 5+1reb, B.Givens 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547244





Brandon Provost (ex Guaymas) agreed terms with Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Brandon Provost (190-86kg-90, college: UTRGV). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.4apg. The last season Provost played at Barreteros (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 13 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Provost was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in seventh round (116th overall).
The former University of Texas Rio Grande Valley staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in GWC in 2013. Provost received also All-GWC 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Provost 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 six different countries. Provost has played previously professionally in Germany (Topstar), Qatar (Al Sadd), NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Erie Bay Hawks), MPBA (St.Louis RiverSharks) and Colombia (Astros).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Malik Story (ex Moncton M.) signs at Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) landed 27-year old American swingman Malik Story (196-98kg-90, college: Nevada, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Moncton Miracles in Canadian NBL. In 40 NBL Canada games he averaged 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.1apg last season.
Among other achievements Story's team won WAC Regular Season in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Story is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Story has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot and Salon Vilpas), Spain (Araberri), Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey) and Slovakia (Levice).
He attended University of Nevada until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Baker is back at Apoel, ex Townsville H. - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) signed 28-year old American power forward Justin Baker (203-109kg-89, college: Utah Valley). It is actually his comeback to Nicosia as he has played here before. Baker played this summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 22.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Baker's team made it to the QBL Semifinals in 2016. He was selected to ABA All-Star Game back in 2012.
Baker is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Baker has played previously professionally in Denmark (Vaerlose), Estonia (BC Rakvere), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (White Wings), Israel (Beer Yaakov), Sweden (Orebro), Australia (Gladstone Port City Power and Logan Thunder) and ABA (Richmond R.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Baker 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

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Eduard Kotasek agreed terms with Svitavy - by Eurobasket News

Turi Svitavy (NBL) inked 19-year old swingman Eduard Kotasek (187-98). He has played for the last two years at CEZ Basketball Nymburk B in 1Liga in Czech Republic. In 20 games he recorded 7.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg last season. Kotasek also spent pre-season at CEZ Nymburk (also in 1Liga) that year. He played in the final of Czech Republic 1.Liga. Kotasek received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga Honorable Mention award in 2017.
He represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 66.7%.

Turi Svitavy roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Bryan Smithson

Forwards:
Lubos Stria
Eduard Kotasek

Center:
Brett Roseboro

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM28.8 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR21.3 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .21.3 
 4. Bailey, Reales LV21.0 
 5. Guzman, Soles SD20.0 
 6. Gaines, Metros S.19.3 
 7. Santana, Titanes .19.2 
 8. Freeman, Caner.19.1 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.18.9 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Williams, Titanes .10.8 
 2. Araujo, Leones SD10.1 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD10.0 
 4. Mitchell, Metros S.9.0 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 6. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 7. Santana, Titanes .8.2 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD8.0 
 9. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.8 
 2. Coronado, Reales LV5.7 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.2 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM4.9 
 5. Miller, Leones SD4.7 
 6. Ruiz, Soles SD4.5 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.4.2 
 8. Fortuna, Leones SD4.2 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD3.7 
 10. Dicent, Metros S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD1.9 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM1.9 
 3. Rose, Huracanes PP1.7 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. Fortuna, Titanes .1.7 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.7 
 7. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 9. Montas, Caneros LR1.4 
 10. Williams, Caner.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 LV1.3 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.2 
 6. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM1.0 
 9. Garcia, Caneros LR0.8 
 10. Santana, Titanes .0.8 


Aaron Jones (ex Huracanes PP) joins Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He plays this summer at Huracanes del Atlantico in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In two LNB games he had 11.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 2.0bpg. The last season he played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Jones has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
He attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aaron Jones joins Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He plays this summer at Huracanes del Atlantico in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In two LNB games he had 11.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 2.0bpg. The last season he played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Jones has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
He attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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LNB Round 11: Reales LV edges Leones SD by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 11 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Leones SD (6-7) to seventh ranked Reales LV (5-7) 105-103 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 56-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Reales LV made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Juan Coronado (193-83) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. The former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Elpidio Fortuna (188-85, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 26 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Reales LV moved-up to sixth place. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Reales LV are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in Santo Domingo in the next round. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. Second ranked Metros STGO faced 3rd placed Leones SD. Host Metros STGO (9-3) smashed guests from Santo Domingo (6-7) 107-82. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Eloy Vargas contributed with 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Leones SD. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Metros STGO maintains second place with 9-3 record behind leader Indios SFM. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Metros STGO will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP (#4) in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Indios SFM delivered the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Titanes Licey (5-8) 91-82 in San Cristobal. It was a great evening for Gerardo Suero who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Brian Williams responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios SFM have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Indios SFM will meet at home bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titanes Licey will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 11 Titanes Licey was defeated by Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata 78-68.

Huracanes PP - Titanes Licey 78-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Titanes Licey's (5-8) road loss to fifth ranked Huracanes PP (6-6) 68-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 53-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Huracanes PP dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Titanes Licey's 32. They outrebounded Titanes Licey 41-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Salvadorean Bernando Polanco helped adding 18 points. Four Huracanes PP players scored in double figures. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) responded with 5 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and Diego Moquete (-95) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes PP have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Caneros LR. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Huracanes PP will meet at home Leones SD (#5) in the next round. Titanes Licey will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: U.Thomas 14+3reb+1ast, D.Moquete 13+1reb+4ast, H.Valdez 8, E.Santana 8+3reb+1ast, R.Crisostomo 7+1reb, C.Perez 6+3reb+2ast
Huracanes PP: B.Polanco 18+2reb, J.Valdez 13+4reb+1ast, A.Jones 11+9reb+4ast, D.Nunez 10+2reb+3ast, L.Cabrera 6+4reb+1ast, M.Carter 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546069


Leones SD - Reales LV 103-105

The most exciting game of round 11 in the LNB took place in Santo Domingo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Leones SD (6-7) to seventh ranked Reales LV (5-7) 105-103 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 56-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Reales LV made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Juan Coronado (193-83) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. The former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Elpidio Fortuna (188-85, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 26 points and 4 assists and naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Reales LV and five Leones SD players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Reales LV moved-up to sixth place. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Reales LV are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in Santo Domingo in the next round. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: E.Fortuna 26+4reb+4ast, M.Rhett 22+6reb+5ast, H.Walker 16+4reb, P.Miller 13+1reb+8ast, M.Richardson 12+1reb, G.Acosta 10+4reb+2ast
Reales LV: O.Bailey 26+3reb, J.Maye 23+5reb+2ast, J.Coronado 21+3reb+10ast, R.Beato 11+1reb, A.Pena 8+9reb+3ast, Y.Minaya 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546068


Titanes Licey - Indios SFM 82-91

Leader Indios SFM delivered the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Titanes Licey (5-8) 91-82 in San Cristobal. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-82. Indios SFM made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five Indios SFM and four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios SFM have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Indios SFM will meet at home bottom-ranked Soles SD (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Titanes Licey will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 19+6reb+1ast, U.Thomas 17+2reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 16+3reb+2ast, B.Williams 12+15reb+2ast, H.Valdez 5+1reb, K.Perez 4+1reb+1ast
Indios SFM: A.Gibbs 23+2reb+1ast, G.Suero 19+3reb+6ast, J.Miguel Suero 16+8reb+3ast, A.Salas Flores 14+5reb, T.Shannon 10+8reb+1ast, F.Garcia 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546067


Metros STGO - Leones SD 107-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santiago. Second ranked Metros STGO faced 3rd placed Leones SD. Host Metros STGO (9-3) smashed guests from Santo Domingo (6-7) 107-82. It looked good early as Leones SD took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Metros STGO had a 29-13 second period charge getting the lead and Leones SD was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-107. They outrebounded Leones SD 44-30 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Metros STGO shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Leones SD's players. Leones SD was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leones SD. Four Metros STGO and five Leones SD 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. Metros STGO maintains second place with 9-3 record behind leader Indios SFM. Leones SD lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Metros STGO will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leones SD will play on the road against Huracanes PP (#4) in Puerto Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leones SD: H.Walker 15+6reb+1ast, J.Araujo 15+6reb+1ast, M.Rhett 12+6reb+1ast, G.Acosta 11+5reb, P.Miller 11+2reb+3ast, E.Fortuna 6+3reb+2ast
Metros STGO: F.Gaines 31+4reb+3ast, E.Vargas 19+12reb+2ast, R.Glenn 14+6reb+5ast, A.Nunez 14+5reb+1ast, A.De Leon 7+4reb+5ast, R.Soliver 6+3reb
gschID: 546066





Dominican Rep. LNB round 10 best performance: Terrence Shannon - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Indios SFM, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Caneros LR (#4, 6-6) 95-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Indios SFM to consolidate first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Indios SFM has a very solid 10-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Shannon just recently signed at Indios SFM, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Elgin Community College star has very solid stats this year. Shannon is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 60.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV. Bailey had a very good evening with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Reales LV to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Titanes Licey (#6, 5-7) 99-76. Reales LV's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Bailey is one of the most experienced players at Reales LV and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#3). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of league's second-best Metros STGO. Glenn scored 21 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Glenn's great performance Metros STGO lost 109-116 to #4 ranked Caneros LR. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Metros STGO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Glenn has a great season in Dominican Republic. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (6th best), rebounds with 8.1rpg (8th best) and assists with 4.1apg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 63.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Austin Freeman (194-G-89) of Caneros LR - 24 points
7. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) of Metros STGO - 21 points and 4 rebounds
8. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88) of Metros STGO - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Reales LV - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Titanes Licey - 13 points, 7 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)



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Royce O'Neale (ex Gran Canaria) agreed terms at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) to sign 24-year old American small forward Royce O'Neale (198-102kg-93, college: Baylor). He played most recently at Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 35 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. O'Neale helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. O'Neale contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL. In 29 games he recorded 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. O'Neale also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 8.1ppg and 4.5rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
O'Neale received All-WAC 3rd Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
O'Neale graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Vasilije Micic

Forwards:
Royce O'Neale
Aaron White

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

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Real Madrid are considering to add Ognjen Kuzmic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is in talks to sign 27-year old Serbian international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-116kg-90) who played last time at Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd in Serbia. He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 KLS games he had 9.1ppg and 4.4rpg (#5 in the league). Kuzmic helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. Kuzmic also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.7ppg and 5.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kuzmic played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1. In 16 games he got 4.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 5.1ppg and 4.2rpg.
In 2012 Kuzmic was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in second round (52nd overall).
He represented Serbia at the European Championships two years ago. Kuzmic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.1ppg, 3.0rpg.
Kuzmic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (UU Korihait and Lapuan_Korikobrat), Spain (Joventut and Clinicas Rincon), Bosnia (Borac Banja Luka and Celik) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Kuzmic could be described: From a very promising inside player to a true presence inside. Has great size and length, he's agile and mobile, moves well without the ball. The best part of his game is at the defensive end, where he uses physical advantage quite well and has great timing in blocking shots. Needs to add strength and to become a reliable shooter away from the basket, upside is yet very good.

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Dairis Bertans (ex Darussafaka) to sign at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) landed 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 23 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. Bertans helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. Bertans contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. Bertans also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. Bertans received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Bertans has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He 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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aaron Jones joins Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Aaron Jones (206-104kg-93, college: Mississippi). He plays this summer at Huracanes del Atlantico in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In two LNB games he had 11.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 2.0bpg. The last season he played at Beroe in Bulgarian NBL where in 33 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. Jones helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Jones also played 18 games in Balkan League where he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Balkan League championship (twice). It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Jones has played also professionally in Germany (Koeln Rh.Stars).
He attended University of Mississippi until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

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Provence Basket inks Pierre Pelos - by Eurobasket News

FOS Provence Basket (ProB) signed 25-year old power forward Pierre Pelos (205-92) from JL Bourg Basket. In 34 ProB games he had 6.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to win the ProB title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season Pelos played at Saint Chamond where in 34 ProB games he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. Pelos' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg.
Pelos has played previously for five other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Lourdes Tarbes, Valence, Pau Nord Est and Auch.

FOS Provence Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Edouard Choquet
Xavier Gaillou
Yannis Mzala

Forwards:
Raphael Desroses
Sullivan Hernandez

Centers:
Mamadou Dia
Pierre Pelos
Bodian Massa

Coach: Remi Giutta

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Real Madrid may sign Fabien Causeur - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is targeting 30-year old French international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-90kg-87) who played last time at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he had 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and named to All-Bosmans Team. Causeur also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Causeur played at Baskonia. In 24 Liga Endesa games he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Causeur also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Causeur has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Causeur also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0pts.
Causeur has played also professionally for other French teams like Cholet Basket and STB Le Havre.

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Justin Black (ex Bashkimi) signs at Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) landed 25-year old American guard Justin Black (188-100kg-92, college: Morgan State). He played most recently at Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 18 games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg last season. Black helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Black also played that season for Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league ABA where in 18 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 19.3ppg and recorded 6.4rpg and 4.4apg.
Black has played previously professionally in Estonia (BC Rakvere) and Slovakia (Iskra Svit).
He attended Morgan State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Gedeon Pitard signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 28-year old naturalized Cameroonian guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89). He played most recently at ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA). The last season Pitard played also at Chalon/Saor where in 45 ProA games he averaged just 2.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
He represented France at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg.
Pitard has played previously for three other teams: Le Mans, Caen and STB Le Havre.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Gedeon Pitard
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Luka Antic
Louis Cassier

Center:
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

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Vincent Sanford (ex Wuerzburg) agreed terms with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Sharks Antibes (ProA) inked 27-year old American guard Vincent Sanford (193-89kg-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 13 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg last season.
Sanford played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro) and Iceland (Thor Thorl).
Sanford attended University of Dayton until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Sharks Antibes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jerel Blassingame
Vincent Sanford
Isaia Cordinier

Forwards:
Tim Blue
Max Kouguere
Paul Rigot
Nianta Diarra

Center:
Jonathan Tornato

Coach: Julien Espinosa

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Pierre-Antoine Gillet (ex Oostende) is a newcomer at Chalon - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) added to their roster 26-year old Belgian international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91). He has played for the last four seasons at Telenet BC Oostende in Belgian Euromillions League. Gillet managed to play in three leagues last year. In 39 Euromillions League games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Gillet also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals. And finally Gillet contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.8ppg and 4.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gillet was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Gillet has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 64.3%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Gillet has played also professionally in Belgium for Liege Basket.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid wing player with impressive outside shooting skills.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Gedeon Pitard
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Jeremy Nzeulie
Abdoulaye Loum
Ousmane Camara
Arthur Rozenfeld
Assane Ndoye
Axel Bouteille
Wilfried Gantswa Babami
Ibrahima Faye
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier
Babacar Niasse
Pierre-Yves Gillet

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

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Jevohn Shepherd (ex Spirou) agreed terms with Chalon - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Canadian swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Jamaican passport. Shepherd played most recently at Spirou in Belgian Euromillions League. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 Euromillions League games he recorded 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.2apg. Shepherd helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice). He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg. And finally Shepherd contributed to 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Shepherd spent at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 19 games he got 9.4ppg and 4.3rpg. The other team Shepherd played shortly was Openjobmetis VA (Serie A) in Italy. In 5 games he got 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Shepherd received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year award back in 2011.
He was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Shepherd played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2014 and previously for University National Team between 2005 and 2007.
He also represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.6%.
Shepherd is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Holland (Leiden), Romania (CSM Bucuresti), Germany (GiroLive Ballers and Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy (Omegna and Basket Barcellona) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen).
Shepherd attended University of Michigan until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Jevohn Shepherd
Gedeon Pitard
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Jeremy Nzeulie
Abdoulaye Loum
Ousmane Camara
Arthur Rozenfeld
Assane Ndoye
James Farr
Axel Bouteille
Wilfried Gantswa Babami
Ibrahima Faye
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier
Babacar Niasse
Pierre-Yves Gillet

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

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Chalon tabs James Farr, ex Alba - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) inked 25-year old American forward James Farr (208-112kg-92, college: Xavier). He played most recently at Alba in Hungarian A Division. In 45 games he recorded 9.1ppg and 4.3rpg last season. Farr helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Farr also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.2ppg and 5.7rpg.
He graduated from Xavier University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Gedeon Pitard
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Jeremy Nzeulie
Abdoulaye Loum
Ousmane Camara
Arthur Rozenfeld
Assane Ndoye
James Farr
Axel Bouteille
Wilfried Gantswa Babami
Ibrahima Faye
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier
Babacar Niasse
Pierre-Yves Gillet

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

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Demir IBB signs Vojdan Stojanovski - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) signed 30-year old FYR Macedonian international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-88kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he had 10.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Stojanovski played at MoraBanc Andorra (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention back in 2013.
Stojanovski has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2008 and previously for U18 National Team in 2005.
Stojanovski also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 17.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 90.3%.
Stojanovski is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Serbia (KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac), FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries, Vardar and AMMAK SP Ohrid) and Ukraine (BC Donetsk and Cherkasy).
Stojanovski could be described: Extremelly good shooter. Good at both guard position. Excellent defender.

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McGaughey's pro career starts at Heidelberg - by Igor Obradovic

MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) landed 23-year old American forward Evan McGaughey (203-100kg-94, agency: Elevate Agency). He just graduated from Quincy (NCAA2). McGaughey has played there for the last five years. In 25 games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg last season. McGaughey helped them to win the regular season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-GLVC 1st Team.
As mentioned above McGaughey is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

MLP Academics Heidelberg roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Albert Kuppe
Evan McGaughey

Centers:
Martin Seiferth
Niklas Ney

Coach: Branislav Ignjatovic

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The MLP Academics Heidelberg Secure Niklas Wuerzner Until 2020 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Niklas Wuerzner (196-G-94) doesn't belong to the super young talented Germans anymore at age 23, but he still has potential to keep developing as a player and Pro A team MLP Academics Heidelberg have the same feeling as they have secured him for the long term until 2020. He has a clause in his contract in the last season to go if he wishes. Wuerzner is a 196cm guard that has steadily increased his games input in the Pro A each season and improved his scoring average as well in the last 3 seasons. Last season he played 35 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT-1 (51.6%), FT: 71.8%. "He has developed further in the last years and became a veritable Pro A player. He isn't as consistent, but talented and carried the team in one or the other game. I think he will work and get that consistency this season", stressed head coach Frenki Ignjatovic.

Last season the German who started his basketball career with teh Kurpfalz Baskets Rhein Neckar (NBBL) and has played 71 Pro A games with the organization scored in double figures six times including a 23 point game in a win against BV Chemnitz and a 19 point game against Trier. "I am looking forward to at least two more years here. The club, city, people and fans mean a lot to me. The chance to play at least two more years here shows me a lot of trust from the club. We saw what the club is capable of doing last season. We have to take this momentum into this season. I will do my best to do all I can and take even more resonsibiity", stressed Niklas Wuerzner.

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Michael Smith (Westfalen Mustangs) Players Were Treated Like Slaves Given No Money While Being Expected To Win Every Game By 30 Or More Points - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Michael Smith (188-G-89, college: UNBC) is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Canada that also has the Italian citizenship and just completed his rookie season in Germany with the Westfalen Mustangs (2.Regionalliga). He got valuable experience in Canada playing at Regina University, then moved to Brandon University (CIS) playing 36 games and then as a senior played at the University of Northern British Columbia (CIS) playing 15 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 66.7%. He had a rollercoaster season in Germany and spoke to eurobasket about the season he will never forget.

Michael thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and have you lost trust in the game you love basketball or will any struggle not hinder you from continuing to be a professional basketball player.

Hello, thanks for the opportunity to tell my story. I haven't lost trust in basketball but I have lost trust in the people that are allowed to run professional basketball teams. Right now this situation is hindering me from continuing to play, where my time with the Mustangs was so unstable throughout the year it is difficult to recover from. For example, there was no game film, which means I have no way of making any tape for other jobs next year. There was also no physiotherapy for athletes where I played on a torn hamstring with no treatment for the last 4 games. The biggest problem was the living conditions, no clean water in a refugee house; it was a mentally handicapping experience that has left me financially unstable and jobless.


When you joined German Regionaliga 2 team Westfalen Mustangs at the start of the season would you ever have thought in your wildest dreams that you rookie season would be such a bizarre and disappointing experience?

When I came to the Westfalen Mustangs at the beginning of the season I was aware that it was a small club and that they would probably have problems. However, what I did not account for was the evil that existed within the club. Where players were treated like slaves, given no money while being expected to win every game by 30 or more points. The president Florian Eichstadt even brought in players from the US who were willing to pay to play. Two of these individuals were mentally handicapped, therefore adding another layer of evil to who he was taking advantage of. The extent of everything that happened even on a daily basis was a recipe for disaster.

Your rookie season was a tale of two stories. The one was having a very successful season and the second one was the financial aspect. Let's talk about the season. The club finished with a 19-1 record. Is this the type of season that you envisioned after you saw what the club was capable of doing in the first weeks of the season.

Yes, when I first arrived with the team I knew it could be a special group because we were loaded with talent. My only doubts came with getting an all star team to play together. As the season went on we managed to figure it out and have a great season. However, we were able to have such a great season under crazy circumstances, I know for a fact many guys would go to practice and/or games without eating that day. We still managed to win however the team culture was absolutely toxic. Guys would get injured and get fired without a single attempt to give them treatment.


How much of a factor was the unending experience that the Westfalen Mustangs had for the success of the team? You had only one experienced German with Robert Huelsewede and guys from 8 different countries.

We had a lot of guys who were experienced who played in different places, so getting everyone to play a role was difficult, especially when winning was not enough. We were expected to win by 30 every game. The experience of other guys would've helped if the situation and circumstances weren't so difficult. This situation was brand new for each one of our experienced players.


How content were you with your rookie season on the court? Was the fact that you were already 26 and had many veterans around you make the adjustment period so much easier?

I think my first season as a pro with the Mustangs put me in a real unique situation. Asking a first year guy to manage an all star team was no easy task. You have a bunch of guys from different places with different opinions and frustrations would rise every month we didn't get paid, there was no structure from management or anywhere to control this. I think the situation was very unique, having veterans on the court helped a bit, but managing the egos of an all star team with expectations to win by 30 and keep everyone happy was definitely overwhelming.

Your teammate Kris Douse said this about you. 'Mike is an athletic combo guard who can pressure full court with a good spot up jumper, but can also put the ball on the floor. How do you feel did your game develop in your rookie season despite all the drama within the team?

I felt I became a better point guard, where in my previous years I was a combo guard doing both. Shortly after I got here Arturo Noha suffered a torn meniscus and was fired a week after they found out about his injury. Therefore, I was the only point guard, so I felt I became more of a true point guard and also got better at managing people's personalities on the court. Despite the drama I felt I did a great job considering the club did move up and went 19-1 this season.

Players got paid up until 2017 but then all of a sudden no more checks were coming. How did you react to this? What kind of silly excuses was management coming up with to keep you satisfied?

When I first arrived here after Christmas we were all promised things would get better. I was told my room would be a janitor's room where clothes were washed. I told Florian, Dagmar and Sasa that I would be going home after this. Sasa calmed me down and said the money was coming and it's just for another two months so I stayed. However, the excuses from management and Sasa continued and became more and more absurd and nonsensical as time went on. Each month we were told the team had to pay 10k in taxes, as well as pay lump sums of insurance. We were promised a lump sum at the end of the season, however, at the end their excuse for not paying us was so ridiculous it was comical. We were told our sponsor pulled out because they did not offer him a seat at the final home game and if we did not leave our apartment we would be charged 4000 euros. For me it was easy to see through the lies, however getting a bunch of people from different countries on the same page was the major problem with the whole situation.


How far of an obligation do you feel did you have to the Westfalen Mustangs even when you weren't getting paid? Did you ever feel like you wanted to quit? What kept you on board? Was it just having good faith anyway that you would get your money?

I felt a level of understanding for the team considering the club presented themselves as good people who financially had run into some hard times. I was willing to be understanding and felt obligated to play because of their problems. However as time went on it was pretty obvious that the problems Florian and Dagmar complained about, were a result of their own irresponsibility where they had a different excuse for any situation. The only reason I did stay was because I believed Sasa Cuic was a friend of mine and was trying to help the players. As time went on however, I found out the hard way that this was not true, and that he was only protecting himself and none of his teammates.


How difficult was it for you to keep giving good team and personal performances on the floor despite playing for nothing? Any other player might not have had the desire to leave it all on the floor, but you and the team did. How difficult was it performing well under stress?

It was very difficult because all of the problems off the court began to affect things on the court. No one was happy, constant complaining, there was no control and no way for anyone to say anything to a teammate when he was not getting paid. This team culture eventually became toxic when we lost the last game by 2 points. All the negative energy and poor team culture revealed itself. It was difficult performing under these conditions however we were able to do it, only to be welcomed by more stress at the end of the season.


There were reports that players were put up in Refugee housing. Players didn't have clean running water.Is this an accurate account and what other things did you experience in the last months that were just unbearable?

I lived in the refugee house with Kris and two other teammates for 3 months. I have videos on my phone of the water and how dirty it was. The water was so dirty that when putting clothes in the washing machine they smelled worse when you took them out than when they first went in. The refugee house had nothing, we had no WiFi, we were placed out of Wiedenbruck in the middle of nowhere. Each room had one bed, and we were expected to pay for the gas of the team vehicle to get to practice each day, all while we weren't getting paid.


Players were also forced to leave their housing, but because they hadn't been paid had no money to get home. How did you deal with this situation? Did you feel like a homeless man?

We were told by Florian Eichstadt that we had 5 days to leave the apartment or he would call the police. 7 days after this threat Florian came with his mother and a fake landlord, broke into the flat and began to verbally and physically abuse players. He also called someone who was impersonating a police officer to try and tell us to leave. When my teammate Kris douse tried to go to his room, florian blocked the door and pushed Kris which led to him banging his head on the top part of the door. We are now seeking legal action for the physical and verbal abuse he has put us through. My teammate Albert called the real police and they told him to leave. I knew that physically doing anything to him would probably help him. All four of us as a group kept calm and learned afterwards that Florian had not paid rent to the landlord the last 5 months. For this reason the landlord was gracious enough to allow us to stay in this difficult time.


How important was it having Canadian teammate Kris Douse in this time of need? Was it comforting having him by your side and getting advice form the veteran?

Without Kris Douse in this situation, especially as a rookie, I would've reacted very differently. If someone owes me money than verbally and physically abuses me I probably would have done something I would have later regretted to Florian. With Kris helping me through this situation he showed me the correct way to conduct myself, and would give me advice on a daily basis on how to act professional. I give a lot of thanks to having Kris Douse with me during this time because he acted like a true veteran and not only helped me, but the other 2 guys in the house as well.


Will you be seeking legal action against the Westfalen Mustangs? Have you sought out consultation in how to get the money that you should of gotten?

Yes, we will all seek legal action against the Westfalen Mustangs where I believe this kind of abuse towards players has gone on long enough. Florian and his mother have done this same thing the last 7 years to players, and the only reason they have got away with it, was because they had American imports. They would not pay players than wait for their visa to expire. We have all received consultation and we feel that we will get all the money we are owed.

This has been a rookie season to forget. What do you feel did you learn from this horrible experience that has made you stronger and will help you combat any future struggle on your way up the professional basketball ladder?

While this was the worst basketball experience of my life I still did learn a lot from it. I feel like now I have first hand seen the business side of things and now I know how to ensure that this can never happen again to me. I feel like I am a lot smarter and a lot wiser with my knowledge of things off the court where previously I would play basketball and not think in depth about off the court business. I feel overall the experience has made me a stronger and smarter man.

Despite your struggles with the Westfalen mustangs , what did you learn to appreciate from the German country?

I think Germany as a country is a beautiful place that supports their citizens in ways I have never seen. I do like Germany I just do not like a few bad apples that can ruin the overall perception of Germany. The one thing I do appreciate about Germany is that a contract in this country means everything.

What is the next step for Michael Smith? Have you had enough of Germany or could you see playing there again?

The next step for me right now is going to court to make sure justice is served, and after that it would be looking for another job. Without any game film Florian has made it difficult but I'm still hopeful I can find something. I can see myself playing in Germany again, where I think this situation was a very unique one.

What is it about the game of basketball that will help you not forget this traumatic rookie season, but help sooth that and let you continue to play the game that you love?

I love playing basketball and that feeling has never changed from when I was a small child. However every time I touch a basketball now I'll have to be reminded of a refugee house, no clean water, struggling to pay for food because I was not getting paid. This is why I want to continue and play somewhere else because if I finish my career here this situation will be all I think about whenever I'm around basketball .

Thanks Michael for the chat.



Mavericks Decline $25M Team Option For 17-18 On Dirk Nowitzki - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks have declined their $25 million option for the 17-18 season on Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78). Nowitzki could sign a new two-year deal with the Mavericks. The decision by the Mavericks on Nowitzki will give the team flexibility in free agency.
Courtesy of: realgm.com




Vincent Sanford (ex Wuerzburg) agreed terms with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Sharks Antibes (ProA) inked 27-year old American guard Vincent Sanford (193-89kg-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 13 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg last season.
Sanford played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro) and Iceland (Thor Thorl).
Sanford attended University of Dayton until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Sharks Antibes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jerel Blassingame
Vincent Sanford
Isaia Cordinier

Forwards:
Tim Blue
Max Kouguere
Paul Rigot
Nianta Diarra

Center:
Jonathan Tornato

Coach: Julien Espinosa

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Ludwigsburg adds Geske to their roster - by Eurobasket News

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL) added to their roster 23-year old point guard Niklas Geske (188-83kg-94) from SC Rasta Vechta. In 31 BBL games he recorded 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.6apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Geske's team won German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.
Geske represented Germany at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg.
Geske has played previously for four other teams: Dortmund, Iserlohn, AstroStars and Phoenix Hagen.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David McCray
Niklas Geske
Matej Jelovcic

Forwards:
Adam Waleskowski
Florian Koch
Dwayne Evans

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Kelvin Martin leaves Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American swingman Kelvin Martin (195-95kg-89, college: Charleston Southern) left MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL). In 29 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Martin played there also last season. He also played 19 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. Martin contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Moncada Solar Agrigento in Italian Serie A. In 37 games he had very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg and 2.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Martin's team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012. He received also All-Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Martin has played also professionally in Holland (M.Magixx) and Italy (Lucca).
He attended Charleston Southern until 2012 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David McCray
Matej Jelovcic

Forwards:
Adam Waleskowski
Florian Koch
Dwayne Evans

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Vyrlas re-signs at Promitheas - by Chris Mammides

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) confirmed in their roster 18-year old power forward Panagiotis Vyrlas (208-99). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in four A1 games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Vyrlas was selected to U16 National Team in 2015.

ASP Promitheas Patras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giannis Dimakos
Trevor Releford
Nikos Gikas
Theodoris Kyrillis
Konastantinos Adamopoulos
Dimitris Fragiskatos
Panagiotis Gatzios

Forwards:
Mouhammad Faye
Sean Evans
Christos Saloustros
Dimitris Gravas
Petros Geromichalos
Panagiotis Vyrlas

Center:
Stavros Toutziarakis

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Enosi keeps Fountas for another season - by Eurobasket News

AO Enosi ILIOU (C) re-signed 31-year old forward Aris Fountas (201-86). He has played there for the last two seasons. Among other achievements Fountas was voted to Eurobasket.com All- B League Honorable Mention in 2016.
He is a very experienced player.

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Johnson inks at Lavrio at the beginning of his pro career - by Chris Mammides

GS Lavrio (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward D.J. Johnson (206-113kg-93). Johnson just graduated from Kansas State University (NCAA). He has played there for the last five years. In 34 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5bpg last season. Johnson helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Johnson played in the final of Big 12 Tournament in 2013.

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Chalon tabs James Farr, ex Alba - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) inked 25-year old American forward James Farr (208-112kg-92, college: Xavier). He played most recently at Alba in Hungarian A Division. In 45 games he recorded 9.1ppg and 4.3rpg last season. Farr helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Farr also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.2ppg and 5.7rpg.
He graduated from Xavier University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone roster for 2017-2018:

Gedeon Pitard
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Jeremy Nzeulie
Abdoulaye Loum
Ousmane Camara
Arthur Rozenfeld
Assane Ndoye
James Farr
Axel Bouteille
Wilfried Gantswa Babami
Ibrahima Faye
Victor Mopsus
Matthieu Missonnier
Babacar Niasse
Pierre-Yves Gillet

Coach: Jean-Denys Choulet

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Kormend keep Gasper Potocnik at helm - by Eurobasket News

Egis Kormend (A Division) confirmed 37-year old Slovenian coach Gasper Potocnik. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Potocnik coached at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Head Coach: Slovenian League All-Star Game.
He was coaching Slovenian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015.
Potocnik has coached previously two other Slovenian teams: Krka and LTH Castings.

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

Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League 1st Team 2017
Cedric Ridle Jr.
Ridle Jr.
Demario Mayfield
Mayfield
Ravern Johnson
Johnson
Dhulfiqar Al-Hchaimi
Al-Hchaimi
Mohammed Al-Khafaji
Al-Khafaji

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
PG: Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90) of Al Kahraba
G/F: Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91) of Al Nift
G: 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/F: Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86) of Huracanes PP
G: Hassan Abdullah (190-G-94) of Al Kahraba
F: Rashad Bell (203-F-82) of Al Mina
SF: Justin Hawkins (203-SF-85) of Al Shurtah

3rd Team
G/F: Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) of Al Nift
G: Louis Munks (190-G-90) of Nift Al-Janoub
F: Ahmed Al-Tameemi of Al Karahk
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/F: Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) of Al Nift
F: Ahmed Al-Tameemi (200-F-84) of Al Karkh
F: Dhulfiqar Al-Hchaimi (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/F: Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86) of Huracanes PP
G/F: Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91) of Al Nift
G: Ravern Johnson (200-G-88) of Al Karkh
SF: Justin Hawkins (203-SF-85) of Al Shurtah



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  ISRAEL  


Hapoel Afula sign Travis Cohn, ex Imola - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Afula (National League) agreed terms with 28-year old American point guard Travis Cohn (188-79kg-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Andrea Costa Imola in Italian Serie A2. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Cohn was drafted by Kebs de Laval (NBL Canada) in second round (14th overall).
The former Jacksonville University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Cohn's team was regular season runner-up in A-Sun in 2008 and 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Defensive Team in 2015.
Cohn is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Enosis), Greece (Apollon Patras), Hungary (Jaszberenyi), Iceland (Snaefell), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Springfield A.) and Slovenia (Helios and Elektra).

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  ITALY  


Williams comes back to Agrigento - by Eurobasket News

Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A2) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Pendarvis Williams (198-88kg-91, college: Norfolk State, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Agrigento as he has played here before. Williams played most recently at Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the U.S., but left the team in Dec.'16. But in 10 D-League games he recorded just 0.6ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Williams played at Virtus Bologna (Serie A) where in 11 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5spg.
Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted NABC Division I All-District 15 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Williams graduated from Norfolk State in 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An athletic SG who can spend time at the 3 position too if needed. Can defend on all perimeter opponents, reads well the game situations, has a good shot selection. Has yet nice upside.

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Hapoel Afula sign Travis Cohn, ex Imola - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Afula (National League) agreed terms with 28-year old American point guard Travis Cohn (188-79kg-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Andrea Costa Imola in Italian Serie A2. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Cohn was drafted by Kebs de Laval (NBL Canada) in second round (14th overall).
The former Jacksonville University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Cohn's team was regular season runner-up in A-Sun in 2008 and 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Defensive Team in 2015.
Cohn is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Enosis), Greece (Apollon Patras), Hungary (Jaszberenyi), Iceland (Snaefell), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Springfield A.) and Slovenia (Helios and Elektra).

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Cento lands Giorgio Piunti - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) tabbed 27-year old center Giorgio Piunti (206-102kg-90) from Orzinuovi GaGa. In 38 Serie B games he averaged 8.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Piunti played at Basket Lecco where in 30 Serie B games he had 13.2ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
He has played previously for four other teams: Ancona Stamura, Sutor Montegranaro, Civitanova and Mantova.

Benedetto XIV Cento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Adrian Chiera
Marco Pasqualin

Forward:
Nelson Rizzitiello

Center:
Giorgio Piunti

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Bossi is back at Lighthouse Conad Trapani - by Eurobasket News

Lighthouse Conad Trapani (Serie A2) signed 23-year old ex-international point guard Stefano Bossi (185-80kg-94, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Trapani as he has played here before. Bossi has played for the last two seasons at Alma Trieste in the Serie A2. In 45 games he had 8.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg last season.
Bossi was selected to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game in 2016.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Bossi played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U16 National Team in 2010.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 91.7%.
Bossi has played previously for two other teams: UBC and Dolomiti Energia Trento.

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Scanzi re-signs at Orzinuovi GaGa - by Eurobasket News

GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 29-year old guard Andrea Scanzi (196-85kg-88). He played there last season. In 38 Serie B games he had 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg. Scanzi helped them to win the Serie B title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Bergamo Basket 2014 where in 38 Serie B games he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg. Scanzi contributed to his team making it to the group final.
He has played previously for four other teams: Germani Basket Brescia, Riva del Garda, Montichiari and Iseo.

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Coach Baldiraghi left Crema - by Eurobasket News

50-year old coach Massimiliano Baldiraghi (agency: Interperformances) left Erogasmet Crema (Serie B).  Baldiraghi has coached previously three other teams: Pavia Basket, Riva del Garda and Cefalu.

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Piacenza signs Duilio Birindelli - by Eurobasket News

Bakery Piacentina (Serie B) signed 33-year old naturalized Argentinian forward Duilio Birindelli (200-102kg-84) from BPC Virtus TSB Cassino. In 37 Serie B games he had 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Birindelli played at Eurobasket Roma where in 39 Serie B games he recorded 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Banco di Srd, Roseto, Atri, Catanzaro, Ostuni, Massafra, Canicatti and Agrigento.
Birindelli could be described: An athletic and strong bodied fordward, who knows how to set large screens, and who can be effective at rebound; very good defender, doens' t fear any opponent; needs to improve his fundamentals (too often called for travelling..) and the use of his left hand; started a 4 position, he's now making teh transition to SF;.

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VL Pesaro signs Diego Monaldi - by Eurobasket News

Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Serie A) signed 24-year old point guard Diego Monaldi (185-75kg-93). He played last season at Banco di Srd (Serie A). But in 11 games he had just 1.4ppg. Monaldi helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded only 2.1ppg. Monaldi contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Proger BLS Chieti. In 30 Serie A games he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg (in top 5).
Monaldi was voted Stella Azzurra Junior Tournment in Rome 1st Team All-Star back in 2009.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Monaldi played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Monaldi's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg.
Monaldi has played previously for five other teams: Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Firenze Enic, Novipiu Casale, Bari and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.
He could be described: A scoring PG who has yet leadership and clutch scoring skills. He plays with great energy and is ready to run the offense in a top team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team 2017
Joe Ragland
Ragland
Pietro Aradori
Aradori
Marcus Landry
Landry
Hrvoje Peric
Peric
Jarrod Jones
Jones

Finals MVP: Melvin Ejim (200-F-91) of Umana VE
Player of the Year: Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Germani BR
Guard of the Year: Joe Ragland (182-PG-89) of Scandone AV
Forward of the Year: Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Germani BR
Center of the Year: Jarrod Jones (207-C/F-90) of Pesaro
Most Improved Player of the Year: Paul Biligha (200-C/F-90) of Vanoli CR
Import Player of the Year: Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Germani BR
Domestic Player of the Year: Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Grissin Bon RE
U22 Player of the Year: Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) of Dolomiti En. TR
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Monaco
Coach of the Year: Vincenzo Esposito of The Flexx PT

1st Team
PG: Joe Ragland (182-PG-89) of Scandone AV
SG: Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Grissin Bon RE
F: Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Germani BR
F: Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Umana VE
C/F: Jarrod Jones (207-C/F-90) of Pesaro

2nd Team
G: Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Monaco
PG: Ronald Moore (183-PG-88) of The Flexx PT
F: Amath M'Baye (206-F-89) of EA7 Armani
PF: D.J. White (206-PF-86) of Fiat TO
F: Dustin Hogue (198-F-92) of Dolomiti En. TR

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Germani BR
SG: Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Grissin Bon RE
SF: Brian Sacchetti (200-SF-86) of Banco di Srd
F/C: Antonio Iannuzzi (208-F/C-91) of Fiat TO
F/C: Davide Pascolo (201-F/C-90) of EA7 Armani

All-Imports Team
G: Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Monaco
PG: Joe Ragland (182-PG-89) of Scandone AV
F: Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Germani BR
F: Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Umana VE
C/F: Jarrod Jones (207-C/F-90) of Pesaro

Honorable Mention
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of EA7 Armani
Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87) of Umana VE
Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86) of Scandone AV
Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Dolomiti En. TR
Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) of Grissin Bon RE
Dominique Archie (200-F-87) of Bnei Hertzeliyya
Milenko Tepic (202-G-87) of Betaland Cdo
Durand Scott (196-F/G-90) of Enel Brindisi
Lee Moore (193-G-95) of Germani BR
Deron Washington (201-F/G-85) of Fiat TO
Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) of Unicaja
O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91) of Openjobmetis V.
Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of Al Ahli
JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89) of MIA-RO Cantu



Dairis Bertans (ex Darussafaka) to sign at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) landed 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 23 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. Bertans helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. Bertans contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. Bertans also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. Bertans received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Bertans has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He 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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Italy U20 wins Torneo Lido delle Rose - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 won Torneo Lido delle Rose as they posted three consecutive wins. In Day 1 they overcame Holland U20 70-37 as Marco Timperi (188-G-97, agency: Two Points) poured in 17 points and Tote netted 13. In the second day Italian side posted a 57-46 victory against Hungary U20. Okeke top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Matteo Fioravanti (194-G/F-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 8. In Day 3 Italy U20 overcame Czech Republic U20 73-65. Leonardo Candi (190-PG-97, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Tote added 14.


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Justin Black (ex Bashkimi) signs at Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) landed 25-year old American guard Justin Black (188-100kg-92, college: Morgan State). He played most recently at Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 18 games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg last season. Black helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Black also played that season for Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league ABA where in 18 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 19.3ppg and recorded 6.4rpg and 4.4apg.
Black has played previously professionally in Estonia (BC Rakvere) and Slovakia (Iskra Svit).
He attended Morgan State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dairis Bertans (ex Darussafaka) to sign at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) landed 28-year old Latvian international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-91kg-89). He played most recently at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league. In 23 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg last season. Bertans helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 32 games in Euroleague where he had 6.4ppg and 1.3apg. Bertans contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at RETAbet in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg. Bertans also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. Bertans received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Bertans has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He 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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Wisseh comes back to Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Liberian passport) point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn). It is actually his comeback to Prievidza as he has played here before. Wisseh played most recently at Kaposvari in Hungarian A Division. In 38 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.2apg (top 5) and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wisseh played at BC Prievidza where in 46 SBL games he was fifth best scorer with 12.7ppg and had 2.8rpg, 7.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Wisseh also played 5 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.8apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Wisseh received Eurobasket.com All-Alpe Adria Cup Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Wisseh has played also professionally in Canada (London Lightning), Croatia (Kvarner), Romania (CSU Sibiu and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Hungary (Kormend) and Slovakia (Handlova and MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno).
He attended Long Island University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Strengths: 'leader, high IQ for point guard'.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran



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Royce O'Neale (ex Gran Canaria) agreed terms at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) to sign 24-year old American small forward Royce O'Neale (198-102kg-93, college: Baylor). He played most recently at Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 35 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. O'Neale helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. O'Neale contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL. In 29 games he recorded 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. O'Neale also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 8.1ppg and 4.5rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
O'Neale received All-WAC 3rd Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
O'Neale graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Vasilije Micic

Forwards:
Royce O'Neale
Aaron White

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

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Cassar enjoys positive season at Stella Azzurra - by Eurobasket News

Kurt Cassar (209-C-99) has joined the Malta U-18 and U-20 selections who are currently stepping up their preparation for the European Championships Division C tournaments which will be held next month. The 2.08m player has enjoyed a positive season with Stella Azzurra after the Rome side managed to win a bronze medal in both the U-18 and U-20 Italian championships. Last weekend, Cassar was part of the Stella Azzurra U-18 team that beat Reyer Venezia to secure third place in the Italian championship. Earlier, they were beaten by eventual champions Virtus Bologna in the semi-finals. In the U-20 Italian league, Cassar's Stella Azzurra also finished third when they had the better of Consultinest Victoria Libertas Pesaro in the third-place play-off. 'I'm really pleased with how the season panned out this year,' Cassar said. 'I worked really hard every day during training sessions to keep myself ready to help my team throughout the season. 'This season we faced some very strong teams in both the U-18 and U-20 competitions which saw the participation of around 228 teams from all over Italy. 'But the season is not finished for me yet. Next up are the European Championships with the U-18 and U-20 selections and we will do everything we can to try and obtain the best possible result.'
Courtesy of: timesofmalta.com



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.5 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.8 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Glover, Obregon21.4 
 7. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Ledbetter, Mazat.20.9 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato10.2 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.2 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Wilson, Hermosillo9.0 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. West, Guaymas8.8 
 8. White, Mazatlan8.7 
 9. Little, Hermosillo8.5 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.6 
 3. Capers, Obregon5.6 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato5.5 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.3 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo5.3 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.2 
 8. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 9. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 10. Howard, Mazatlan5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.1 
 2. Early, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Capers, Obregon2.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis1.8 
 6. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 7. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 8. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 9. Henry, Hermosillo1.4 
 10. Reyes, Guaymas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Heyward, Guaymas1.9 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 8. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 9. Smith, Durango0.9 
 10. White, Mazatlan0.9 


CIBACOPA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Guaymas and Obregon post victories - by Eurobasket News

Guaymas - Hermosillo 83-79

Guaymas held off Hermosillo to gain the opening win in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rayos de Hermosillo won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Rayos de Hermosillo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) fired 30 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Daniel Giron (175-89) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. American forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) added 18 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Henry 21+8reb+1ast, S.Monreal 18+3reb+8ast, E.Little 16+8reb+2ast, A.Bell 9+4reb+3ast, J.Villanueva 6+2reb, J.Wilson 5+10reb+1ast
Guaymas: C.Jones 30+1reb+4ast, D.Giron 18+6reb+2ast, S.Heyward 11+7reb, P.Reyes 10+3reb+3ast, B.West 7+10reb+1ast, A.Robles Morales 4+1reb
gschID: 548338


Los Mochis - Obregon 92-100

Obregon outscored Los Mochis on the road to open 3-1 advantage. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon's coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) added 23 points and 6 assists in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Murphy 23+3reb+6ast, T.Motley 22+11reb+2ast, T.Miller 17+5reb+1ast, J.Early 15+7reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 9+4reb+5ast, D.Leal 6
Obregon: L.Atterberry 23+7reb+4ast, M.Glover 22+14reb, K.Capers 22+2reb+5ast, G.Rice Jr. 17+4reb+9ast, J.Hutchingson 7+5reb+3ast, R.Delgado 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 548337





Brandon Provost (ex Guaymas) agreed terms with Caciques - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Brandon Provost (190-86kg-90, college: UTRGV). He played in the summer at Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.4apg. The last season Provost played at Barreteros (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 13 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Provost was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in seventh round (116th overall).
The former University of Texas Rio Grande Valley staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in GWC in 2013. Provost received also All-GWC 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Provost 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 six different countries. Provost has played previously professionally in Germany (Topstar), Qatar (Al Sadd), NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Erie Bay Hawks), MPBA (St.Louis RiverSharks) and Colombia (Astros).

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CIBACOPA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Obregon and Hermosillo post wins - by Eurobasket News

Los Mochis - Obregon 94-95

Obregon snatched a narrow road win over Los Mochis to grab 2-1 lead in the series. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 29-26 run, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jeff Early (190-88, college: S.Illinois) answered with 27 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: J.Early 27+6reb+2ast, N.Murphy 21+7reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 16+2reb+1ast, T.Miller 15+10reb+4ast, T.Motley 7+6reb+3ast, R.Catalayud 3+1reb
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 25+5reb+5ast, L.Atterberry 23+10reb+2ast, K.Capers 20+2reb+4ast, M.Glover 19+9reb+1ast, J.Hutchingson 6+4reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 2+2reb
gschID: 548335


Guaymas - Hermosillo 88-91

Hermosillo topped Guaymas on the road to secure 3-0 advantage in the series. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-88. 25 personal fouls committed by Ostioneros de Guaymas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Shane Heyward (200-92, college: Columbus St.) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: P.Reyes 20+5reb, R.Woods 17+6reb+3ast, S.Heyward 17+9reb, P.Marigney 14+7reb, C.Jones 13+2reb+2ast, D.Giron 5+4reb+2ast
Hermosillo: M.Henry 19+7reb+3ast, S.Monreal 18+1reb+4ast, E.Little 15+4reb+5ast, J.Camacho 13+3reb+2ast, A.Bell 11+3reb, J.Wilson 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 548336





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  MONTENEGRO  


SK Tirana keep coach Nikola Milatovic - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) re-signed experienced 54-year old Montenegrin coach Nikola Milatovic. He helped them to win the league title and the Supercup. Milatovic used to coach Albanian U16 National Team back in 2014.
He has coached also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Mogren and Ulcinj.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Erste League select outscore Cameroon in Changsha - by Eurobasket News

Erste League select outscore Cameroon in Changsha in a friendly game. Erste League select from Montenegro trailed 16-22 at the end of the first period, but then pushed the tempo for good and won the game 77-67. They erupted in the second period with a 21-18 surge and then added a final 13-10 run in the last stanza.
Marko Mijovic (187-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95) and Vukota Pavic added 11 each. Stefan Vukovic (196-G-92, college: Blue Mountain) and Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) followed them with 10 points apiece. Ngijol replied with 15 points for the African side.



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Jamel Artis agreed terms with the Knicks - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old forward Jamel Artis (201-98kg-93). He just graduated from Pittsburgh (NCAA). Artis has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 3.3apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to All-ACC Honorable Mention.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Artis is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
Artis has played previously for St.Benedict's Prep, Vermont Academy and Dunbar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thomas' pro career starts at Oklahoma City Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) tabbed 23-year old forward Rashawn Thomas (203-113kg-94). He just graduated from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (NCAA). Thomas has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he averaged impressive 22.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg and 2.0bpg last season. Thomas helped them to make it to the conference final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Lou Henson Finalist, Mid Major Player of the Year, CCR Mid Major Player of the Year Finalist and selected to All-Southland Conference 1st Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Thomas is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

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The Mavericks ink Dwight Buycks, ex Fujian S. - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) agreed terms with 28-year old point guard Dwight Buycks (191-86kg-89, college: Marquette). He played last season at Fujian Sturgeons in Chinese CBA league. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 25.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.4apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (11-12) season Buycks played at another team OKC Blue. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 28 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. Buycks helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice).
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2011 Tulsa 66ers selected him in second round (5th overall) in the D-League draft.
Buycks attended Marquette University and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Import Player of the Year back in 2013.
Buycks is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Buycks has played previously professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Spain (Valencia Basket), NBA (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors), France (Gravelines Dunkerque), China (Gold Lions) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

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Mavericks Decline $25M Team Option For 17-18 On Dirk Nowitzki - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks have declined their $25 million option for the 17-18 season on Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78). Nowitzki could sign a new two-year deal with the Mavericks. The decision by the Mavericks on Nowitzki will give the team flexibility in free agency.
Courtesy of: realgm.com




Nets To Decline K.J. McDaniels' Team Option - by Eurobasket News

The Nets intend to decline their team option on K.J. McDaniels (6'6''-G/F-93, college: Clemson), reports Shams Charania of The Vertical. The move will ensure that McDaniels becomes a free agent on July 1. The 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, McDaniels began his career with the Sixers but was acquired in a trade deadline deal in February 2015 by the Rockets. McDaniels remained in Houston until this year's trade deadline, when the Rockets and Nets worked out a deal that sent him to Brooklyn. For his career, McDaniels has averaged 5.3 PPG and 2.2 RPG in 148 regular season contests. Following his move from Houston to Brooklyn earlier this year, the 24-year-old played well in limited minutes, averaging 6.3 PPG and shooting 45.5% in 20 games (14.7 MPG). However, the Nets likely viewed his $3.477MM option as a little too pricey.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers Discuss Three-Way Deal Involving Paul George, Kevin Love - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers have discussed a three-team trade involving Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) and Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA). In the discussed trade scenario, George would end up with the Cavaliers while Love would go to the Nuggets. While George would like to end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers could risk trading for George due to the unique nature of competing for a title playing with LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke). The Cavaliers would like to improve their team this offseason and be better suited to play against the Warriors, which George would do instead of Love. One version of the three-team would trade would have Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) going to the Cavaliers. The Nuggets have made upgrading the power forward position one of their priorities this offseason. Denver made Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray off limits in trade talks.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Cavs Considered Leading Contenders To Sign Carmelo Anthony If Bought Out - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be leading contenders to sign Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) if he agrees to an offseason buyout with the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN. Anthony is owed $26.2 million in 17-18 and $27.9 million in 18-19. The Knicks would like to trade Anthony but he owns a full no-trade clause. Anthony reportedly doesn't want to move too far away from New York. Phil Jackson has publicly requested Anthony accept a trade from the Knicks. In the past, Anthony has been open to a trade to the Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers could also sign Dwyane Wade if he agrees upon a buyout with the Chicago Bulls.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Miami Heat signs rookie Zak Irvin in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old swingman Zak Irvin (198-98kg-94). Irvin just graduated from Michigan (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 38 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg last season. Irvin helped them to win Big Ten Tournament and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16. Great season indeed as he was voted to Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Irvin is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He received HS Indiana's Gatorade Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Edge_Sports)

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Bryce Cotton (ex Wildcats) joins the Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks agreed on terms of summer league deal with 25-year old guard Bryce Cotton (185-75kg-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Wildcats in Australian NBL league. Cotton managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 NBL games he was the best scorer with impressive 23.1ppg and averaged 3.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg (in top 5). Cotton helped them to win the league title (twice). He also played that season for Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL where in 7 games he was the best scorer with 10.4ppg and had 1.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg (in top 5). Cotton also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Cotton's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. Cotton has played previously professionally in China (Xinjiang Flying Tige), other NBA teams (Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs).
He attended Providence College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

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Stephens inks at Charlotte Hornets at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Hornets added to their summer league roster 22-year old forward Quinton Stephens (206-92kg-95). Stephens just graduated from Georgia Tech (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 37 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg last season. Stephens helped them to make it to the final.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Stephens is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

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  NEW ZEALAND  


NZ Select defeat hosts - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Select were given a much sterner test by host club side Jiangsu in the second game of their China tour before pulling away to win 84-65. As on the previous day against Montenegro, Jordan Ngatai (196-F-93, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: MKP Management) led the NZ Select scoring. His 18 points were gathered at an efficient 8 from 12 from the field, plus 2 from 2 free throws. The victory was built around a dominant rebounding display led by the USA college based pair Sam Timmins (211-C-97) (5pts/12rebs) and Yanni Wetzell (208-F) (11pts/7rebs). The pair did a sterling job in the absence of Finn Delany and contributed mightily to the 48-18 lopsided count in favour of the Kiwis that included 22 offensive boards. The Select team edged to an early 18-14 advantage, which extended to 42-31 by half-time. The buffer was stretched to 14 points at three quarter time, eventually winning every quarter, but the margins were only 4, 7, 3 and 5 points in each stanza. Forward James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota) was influential in the win with 17 points (6/10FG, 5/6FT) in just 16 minutes of action. Southland Sharks teammate Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) contributed 14 points with Wetzell's 11 points gathered at an efficient 5 from 6 shooting, including a triple. The Select only connected with 4 from 17 three-point attempts (24%), although Alonzo Burton knocked down two of his three efforts. The team face Cameroon later today, tip-off 11pm (NZ time).
Final score: Jiangsu 65. NZ Select 84 (Ngatai 18, Hunter 17, Raukawa 14, Wetzell 11, Rusbatch 7, Burton 6, Timmins 5, Tolovae 4, Cook-Green 2).
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz



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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.19.8 
 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.11.7 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.4 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen10.9 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.8.3 
 10. Aguilar, B.Ginebra7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ross, SM Beermen8.2 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.3 
 3. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.0 
 5. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.9 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.4.9 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
 9. Thompson, B.Gin.4.4 
 10. Lee, Star Hotshots4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ross, SM Beermen3.1 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.2 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.1.6 
 5. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Lassiter, SM Be.1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Castro-W., TNT K.1.3 
 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 Beermen1.7 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 8. Fajardo, SM Be.1.5 
 9. Smith, TNT K.1.2 
 10. Smith, Blackwater1.0 


Beermen Topple Ka Tropa In Game 3, Lead Series 2-1 - by Eurobasket News

San Miguel Beer continued to show its championship class versus TNT KaTropa in an intense battle, fashioning out a 109-97 win to grab the 2-1 lead in the PBA Commissioner's Cup best-of-seven finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. Even with import Charles Rhodes on the bench with five fouls, the Beermen unleashed a crucial attack entering the homestretch and went on to nail a follow-up to their 102-88 victory in Game Two. San Miguel seeks the pivotal 3-1 at the resumption of the series at 7 p.m. Wednesday also at the Big Dome. Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton), Arwind Santos (193-F-81) and June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) opened a 99-88 SMB lead then Rhodes returned to the floor to help the Beermen complete the decisive win. Rhodes came through with a double-double game with 25 points and 20 rebounds, with Ross, Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) had their significant contributions for the Beermen who struck hard in the second half. Jason Castro, RR Garcia and Josh Smith spearheaded TNT's challenge. Curiously, RR Pogoy remained practically missing in action, finishing with a big fat egg for the second game in a row. A heated confrontation between Ross and Ryan Reyes midway through the second period nearly escalated into a brawl in an accident curiously involving TNT import reserves Mike Myers (206-F-92, college: Md-E Shore) and Mike Craig. The two earlier figured in a thrash-talking tussle with Ross and other SMB players, and had to be ejected from the VIP row. They then transferred behind the TNT bench, and figured in an altercation with SMB personalities on the way to the dugout at the halftime break. The first half was a fierce, intense battle where no team led by more than nine. The Beermen led by nine at 32-25 before the Texters unloaded a 22-10 salvo to race ahead at 47-42. A slam by Rhodes and a basket by Brian Quinton Heruela (183-G-89) on a drive narrowed down their deficit to 46-47 at the turn. Garcia and Cabagnot engaged in an exciting matchup in the first half with the TNT guard striking with 15 markers as against the SMB playmaker's 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block. Lassiter started the game with a three-pointer - his first in the series after going 0-of-11 from the arc in Game One then missing an attempt in Game Two. Early in the third, Lassiter converted a tough, awkward twinner giving SMB a first double-digit spread at 62-52.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



Flying V Filoil Preseason Cup: Former Green Archer lifts San Beda over DLSU - by Eurobasket News

The San Beda Red Lions needed a booming triple from Daniel Bolick (178-PG-89, college: N.Carolina) in the crucial stretch to cop the 11th Flying V Filoil Preseason Cup over the DLSU Green Archers, 75-72 at the Flying V Center in San Juan City. It was a nip-and-tuck affair for the two powerhouse ballclubs, getting key plays from their ace players. DLSU Spitfire Aljun Melecio and San Beda's Acee Soberano starred in the final minutes but it was the booming triple of former Green Archer Daniel Bolick that clinched it for the Red Lions. DLSU had a chance to tie the count. With most looking for Melecio to take the shot, the ball ended up with Ben Mbala. His three-point attempt failed to hit its mark with possession returning to San Beda. Lyceum took third place following an 82-75 win over Jose Rizal University. Ben Mbala was adjudged the tourney's most valuable player. Joining him in the mythical team were Daniel Bolick, CJ Perez, Javee Mocon and Ricci Rivero.
Courtesy of: mb.com.ph



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  POLAND  


AZS Koszalin signs rookie Simon Kucharewicz - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Simon Kucharewicz (201-93). Kucharewicz just graduated from John Carroll (NCAA3). He has played there for the last five years. In 25 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.4apg last season. Kucharewicz helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Ohio Athletic Conference. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-OAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Kucharewicz's college team won OAC Tournament in 2016.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Igor Wadowski

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polpharma signs Daniel Golebiowski - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) signed 19-year old shooting guard Daniel Golebiowski (196-98). He has played for the last three seasons at SMS PZKosz in Polish 2Liga. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg and 2.2spg last season. Golebiowski also played that season for SMS PZKosz (also in 2Liga) where in 27 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg.
He represented Poland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 44.4%.
Golebiowski has played previously for Wilki Morskie.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk
Ameen Tanksley
Daniel Golebiowski
Joe Thomasson

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

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Polpharma signs Andrija Bojic - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) signed 24-year old Serbian power forward Andrija Bojic (207-95kg-93, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg and 7.9rpg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Bojic also played that season for Mladost in Serbian KLS where in 9 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bojic's team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.6ppg, 1.8rpg.
Bojic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like OKK Beograd, Borac and Mega Leks.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk
Ameen Tanksley
Daniel Golebiowski
Joe Thomasson

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch
Andrija Bojic

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dusty Hannahs signs at AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) landed 24-year old American guard Dusty Hannahs (190-95kg-93). He just graduated from Arkansas (NCAA). Hannahs has played there for the last three years. In 35 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Hannahs played at the SEC Tournament Finalist in 2017.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Igor Wadowski
Dusty Hannahs

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MKS Dabrowa Gornicza lands coach Jacek Winnicki - by Eurobasket News

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (PLK) tabbed 50-year old coach Jacek Winnicki (agency: Promotex) from Polski Cukier Torun. He helped them to make it to the final.
Among other achievements Winnicki received Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Coach of the Year award back in 2013.
He was coaching Polish Senior National Team back in 2003.
Winnicki has coached previously professionally also in Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Poland (Slask and CCC Polkowice).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Devin EBANKS
  San German
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Ebanks, San German22.2 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama20.4 
 3. Liz, Ponce20.3 
 4. Harris, Ponce18.7 
 5. Mitchell, Mayaguez18.7 
 6. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 7. Rosario, Quebradillas18.3 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo17.9 
 9. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 10. Laury, Mayaguez16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.2 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.7 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.3 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.8 
 7. James, Fajardo8.2 
 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 German7.3 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.1 
 5. Soto, Bayamon5.7 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Guzman, Isabela5.3 
 8. Duran, Mayaguez4.7 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo4.6 
 10. Torres, Ponce4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 3. Browne, San German1.4 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Harris, Ponce1.4 
 6. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 7. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Cintron-C., Isabela1.2 
 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. Orozco, Isabela1.0 
 8. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


BSN Round 38: Piratas are upset by Brujos - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in BSN. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Quebradillas between third ranked Piratas (19-15) and ninth ranked Brujos (14-20) on Sunday night. Piratas were defeated by Brujos at home 78-61. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-61. The best player for the winners was American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Piratas' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos maintains ninth position with 14-20 record. Piratas at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Juana Diaz. First ranked Santeros faced 4th ranked Leones. Guests from Coamo (24-10) smashed host Leones (18-17) 105-76. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Gilberto Clavell contributed with 22 points for the winners. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) replied with 18 points for Leones. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Santeros have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-10 record. Leones at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game was played in Arecibo where Vaqueros (#8) won against host Capitanes (#5) 95-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. Ismael Romero had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Denis Clemente responded with 28 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros (15-19) moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Capitanes dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Vaqueros will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Capitanes will play against the league's second-placed Cariduros and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Atleticos (17-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Indios (14-19). Atleticos managed to secure a 7-point victory 132-125. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. Devin Ebanks notched 50 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atleticos moved-up to fifth place. Indios at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Atleticos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gallitos (#10) in Isabela where they are favorite. Indios will play on the road against Vaqueros in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 38 Fajardo defeated Isabela in a road game 84-73.

Ponce - Aguada 76-105

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Juana Diaz. First ranked Santeros faced 4th ranked Leones. Guests from Coamo (24-10) smashed host Leones (18-17) 105-76. It looked good early as Leones took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Santeros had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Leones were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-105. Santeros players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) replied with 18 points and Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 14 points in the effort for Leones. Four Leones 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. Santeros have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-10 record. Leones at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ponce: M.Harris 18+4reb, V.Liz 14+4reb+1ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 11+2reb+2ast, G.Belardo 11+2reb+1ast, C.Emory 8+4reb+4ast, G.Colon 4+1reb
Aguada: G.Clavell 22+3reb+3ast, C.Gaston 21+4reb+3ast, R.Mendoza 16+8reb+7ast, E.Andujar 9+3reb+4ast, R.Hettsheimer 8+6reb+1ast, J.Matos 6+1reb
gschID: 540230


Quebradillas - Guayama 61-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Quebradillas between third ranked Piratas (19-15) and ninth ranked Brujos (14-20) on Sunday night. Piratas were defeated by Brujos at home 78-61. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-61. The best player for the winners was American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the former international Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Piratas' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Brujos maintains ninth position with 14-20 record. Piratas at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: R.Chaney 22+10reb+3ast, J.Mojica 14+4reb+5ast, J.Bryan Diaz 10+4reb+1ast, A.Carmona 8+9reb+4ast, G.Fitch 4+2reb+5ast, L.Hernandez 2+2reb
Guayama: D.Wilkins 30+7reb+3ast, L.Wade 15+5reb+5ast, J.Nieves 14+5reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 7+6reb+5ast, M.Fillyaw 5+5reb+4ast, K.Vinales 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540231


Arecibo - Bayamon 81-95

An interesting game was played in Arecibo where Vaqueros (#8) won against host Capitanes (#5) 95-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. The game without a history. Vaqueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Capitanes' players. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Benito Santiago (198-89, college: Cumberlands, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) responded with 28 points and naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) scored 25 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros (15-19) moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Capitanes dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Vaqueros will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Capitanes will play against the league's second-placed Cariduros and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Clemente 28+4reb+2ast, W.Hodge 25+2reb+3ast, D.Huertas 11+1reb+1ast, D.Jefferson 7+10reb+1ast, C.Clarke 6+8reb+4ast, D.Cortez 2
Bayamon: A.Galindo 18+4reb+1ast, B.Santiago 18+4reb+1ast, I.Romero 16+12reb+2ast, C.Dalmau 11+1reb+7ast, B.Colon 8+3reb+1ast, J.Akindele 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 540229


Isabela - Fajardo 73-84

There was no surprise in Isabela where 10th ranked Gallitos (10-22) were defeated by second ranked Cariduros (21-12) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Cariduros. Gallitos was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cariduros had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Cariduros brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) supported him with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-88, college: Marshall) did not help to save the game for Gallitos. His fellow American import point guard Raymond Cintron-Cortes (183-90, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points for the hosts. Four Gallitos players scored in double figures. Cariduros maintains second position with 21-12 record having four points less than leader Aguada. Gallitos lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost. Cariduros' next round opponent will be Capitanes (#6) in Arecibo. Gallitos will play on the road against Atleticos (#5) in San German and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Isabela: T.Wilkerson 17+9reb+3ast, R.Cintron Cortes 16+4reb+3ast, E.Ubiles 12+2reb+2ast, A.Guzman 10+2reb+1ast, W.Orozco 9+6reb, A.Kelley 5+2reb+4ast
Fajardo: M.Ali Berdiel 22+8reb+2ast, D.James 16+6reb+4ast, R.Buckner 15+11reb+2ast, F.Rivera 9+2reb+8ast, E.Ayuso 8+4reb+1ast, A.Colon 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 540228


Mayaguez - San German 125-132

The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Atleticos (17-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Indios (14-19). Atleticos managed to secure a 7-point victory 132-125. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. They outrebounded Indios 63-40 including a 47-32 advantage in defensive rebounds. Atleticos players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Indios' players. 34 personal fouls committed by Indios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) notched 50 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) supported him with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. Even 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for Indios. International guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 25 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Four Indios players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atleticos moved-up to fifth place. Indios at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Atleticos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gallitos (#10) in Isabela where they are favorite. Indios will play on the road against Vaqueros in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 34+7reb+2ast, C.Duran 25+3reb+4ast, D.Laury 21+10reb+1ast, R.Clemente 12+2reb+1ast, R.Suarez 10+3reb+2ast, K.Young 9+7reb+1ast
San German: D.Ebanks 50+8reb+3ast, G.Browne 24+16reb+12ast, A.Franklin 16+10reb+3ast, I.Sosa Carrion 13+2reb+4ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 9+8reb+2ast, J.Keenan 8+11reb+3ast
gschID: 540227





Jefferson number one in Puerto Rico for week 37 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last week for Arecibo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 37.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat San German (#5, 17-17) 88-82. Thanks to this victory Arecibo moved-up to the 6th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Arecibo 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 16-17 record. Jefferson just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Davon Jefferson averages this season 14.2ppg and 9.2rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 23-year old American guard Gary Browne (185-G-93, agency: Inception Sports) of San German. Browne had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as San German lost that game 82-88 to slightly lower-ranked Arecibo (#6, 16-17). Despite lost game San German moved up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Browne is one of the most experienced players at San German and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, agency: Haylett Sports) of Ponce (#4). Dawson scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Dawson's great performance Ponce lost 68-82 to #3 ranked Quebradillas. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ponce needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 16 lost games. Dawson has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.4rpg (#1 in league). Dawson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Mayaguez - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Arecibo - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Javier Mojica (190-SG-84) of Quebradillas - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Gilberto Clavell (200-F-89) of Aguada - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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



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UBT Cluj Napoca tabs Alexandru Olah - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) inked 24-year old Romanian international center Alexandru Olah (213-120kg-93, college: Northwestern). He played most recently at Mons-Hainaut in Belgian Euromillions League. In 37 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Bosmans Team. Olah also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.
Olah has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Olah has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.8ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 71.8%.
Olah has played previously for BC II Timisoara.
He attended Northwestern University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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

Guards:
Aleksandar Rasic
Vaidas Kariniauskas

Forwards:
Andrii Kalnichenko
Zeljko Sakic

Centers:
Ousmane Barro
Alexandru Olah

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Polpharma signs Andrija Bojic - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) signed 24-year old Serbian power forward Andrija Bojic (207-95kg-93, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE in Hungarian A Division. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg and 7.9rpg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Bojic also played that season for Mladost in Serbian KLS where in 9 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bojic's team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.6ppg, 1.8rpg.
Bojic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like OKK Beograd, Borac and Mega Leks.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcin Flieger
Jakub Schenk
Ameen Tanksley
Daniel Golebiowski
Joe Thomasson

Forwards:
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch
Andrija Bojic

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

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Timberwolves ink Marko Kolaric - by Eurobasket News

Vienna D.C. Timberwolves (2.Bundesliga) signed 33-year old Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (212-84, college: Chaminade) from Raiders. He helped them to win the 2.Bundesliga title. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian 2.Bundesliga Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Kolaric is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Kolaric has played previously professionally in Hungary (Kormend and Marso Nyiregyhazi KK), Tunisia (Stade Nabeulien), Turkey (Tofas, Canakkale, Bandirma Kirmizi and Istanbul BBSK), Serbia (Vojvodina and Vrsac) and Montenegro (Mogren).
He attended Chaminade University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

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Real Madrid are considering to add Ognjen Kuzmic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is in talks to sign 27-year old Serbian international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-116kg-90) who played last time at Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd in Serbia. He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 KLS games he had 9.1ppg and 4.4rpg (#5 in the league). Kuzmic helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. Kuzmic also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.7ppg and 5.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kuzmic played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1. In 16 games he got 4.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 5.1ppg and 4.2rpg.
In 2012 Kuzmic was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in second round (52nd overall).
He represented Serbia at the European Championships two years ago. Kuzmic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.1ppg, 3.0rpg.
Kuzmic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (UU Korihait and Lapuan_Korikobrat), Spain (Joventut and Clinicas Rincon), Bosnia (Borac Banja Luka and Celik) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Kuzmic could be described: From a very promising inside player to a true presence inside. Has great size and length, he's agile and mobile, moves well without the ball. The best part of his game is at the defensive end, where he uses physical advantage quite well and has great timing in blocking shots. Needs to add strength and to become a reliable shooter away from the basket, upside is yet very good.

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Dusan Alimpijevic signed 3-year contract with FMP Beograd - by Igor Obradovic

FMP Beograd (KLS) confirmed that they re-signed 31-year old Head Coach - Dusan Alimpijevic.
He signed with FMP in April 2017 and led them to final where they lose from Crvena zvezda.
He beat Partizan in semifinals series with 2-0.
He was also Coach Assistant in Serbian U20 NT back in 2014 where he won the bronze medal at European Championship U20 in Greece. Same year he was in coaching staff with Serbian U16 NT.
He has coached previously two other teams: Vojvodina and KK Meridiana Novi Sad.

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Andorra keeps Stevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) re-signed 33-year old Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-100kg-84, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. In 32 Liga Endesa games he averaged 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Stevic played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada where in 32 Liga Endesa games he had 7.0ppg and 3.8rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the EuroChallenge Semifinals in 2014. Stevic received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Stevic has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Italy (Novipiu Casale), Poland (Slask, Anwil and Stelmet), Slovenia (Luka Koper), Turkey (Gaziantep) and Serbia (Masinac, Crvena Zvezda and Borac).

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Wisseh comes back to Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Liberian passport) point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn). It is actually his comeback to Prievidza as he has played here before. Wisseh played most recently at Kaposvari in Hungarian A Division. In 38 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.2apg (top 5) and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wisseh played at BC Prievidza where in 46 SBL games he was fifth best scorer with 12.7ppg and had 2.8rpg, 7.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Wisseh also played 5 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.8apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements Wisseh received Eurobasket.com All-Alpe Adria Cup Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Wisseh has played also professionally in Canada (London Lightning), Croatia (Kvarner), Romania (CSU Sibiu and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Hungary (Kormend) and Slovakia (Handlova and MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno).
He attended Long Island University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Strengths: 'leader, high IQ for point guard'.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Branislav Pipiska

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Jan Zorvan
Jakub Mokran



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Hopsi lands rookie Chauncey Collins - by Zeljko Zule

After extended the contracts with Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances), Milojko Vasilic (207-C-8), Andraz Rogelja (188-PG-95) and Ivan Drzic (204-C-83), Hopsi Polzela made the first addition for the upcoming season by signing American rookie Chauncey Collins (183-PG, college: TCU) on a one-year contract.
Collins arrives from Texas Christian University (TCU), where he averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32 NCAA games as a sophomore in 2015-16 season. He then leaved TCU after the school released a statement that said the sophomore had decided to turn pro to support his family.
Collins was drafted by Windy City Bulls with the 56th pick of the 2016 NBA D-League Draft.



Kormend keep Gasper Potocnik at helm - by Eurobasket News

Egis Kormend (A Division) confirmed 37-year old Slovenian coach Gasper Potocnik. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Potocnik coached at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Head Coach: Slovenian League All-Star Game.
He was coaching Slovenian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015.
Potocnik has coached previously two other Slovenian teams: Krka and LTH Castings.

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Limburg United adds Spicer to their roster, ex Tajfun - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) added to their roster 23-year old American center Khaliq Spicer (206-104kg-94, college: Kent State, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Tajfun in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 30 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 7.9rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.7bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spicer's team made it to the MAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted All-MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 at his college time.
Spicer graduated from Kent State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Yoann Hertay
Zach Monaghan
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Jordan Heath
Abel Baptista

Center:
Khaliq Spicer

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

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Alcobendas keep Bermudez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (EBA) re-signed 22-year old point guard Nicolas Bermudez (193-95). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 24 EBA games he averaged 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bermudez played at Casvi where in 12 EBA games he had 6.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg.
He represented Spain at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Bermudez has played previously for two other teams: Movil Estudiantes and Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B.

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Real Madrid may sign Fabien Causeur - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is targeting 30-year old French international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-90kg-87) who played last time at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he had 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and named to All-Bosmans Team. Causeur also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Causeur played at Baskonia. In 24 Liga Endesa games he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Causeur also played 21 games in Euroleague where he got 10.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Causeur has been also a member of French international program for some years. He has regularly played for French senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Causeur also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0pts.
Causeur has played also professionally for other French teams like Cholet Basket and STB Le Havre.

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Andorra keeps Stevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) re-signed 33-year old Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-100kg-84, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. In 32 Liga Endesa games he averaged 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Stevic played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada where in 32 Liga Endesa games he had 7.0ppg and 3.8rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the EuroChallenge Semifinals in 2014. Stevic received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Stevic has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Italy (Novipiu Casale), Poland (Slask, Anwil and Stelmet), Slovenia (Luka Koper), Turkey (Gaziantep) and Serbia (Masinac, Crvena Zvezda and Borac).

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Real Madrid to keep Jeffery Taylor - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) will keep 28-year old Swedish small forward Jeffery Taylor (201-102kg-89, college: Vanderbilt) on the roster. He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 Liga Endesa games he recorded 5.1ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Taylor helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Taylor also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.6ppg and 1.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
In 2012 Taylor was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Vanderbilt University standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Taylor received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 3rd Team award back in 2013.
He was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Taylor played for Swedish Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (21.2ppg), 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 72.4%.
Taylor has played previously professionally in NBA (Charlotte Hornets) and D-League (Austin Spurs).

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Royce O'Neale (ex Gran Canaria) agreed terms at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) to sign 24-year old American small forward Royce O'Neale (198-102kg-93, college: Baylor). He played most recently at Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 35 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. O'Neale helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. O'Neale contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL. In 29 games he recorded 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. O'Neale also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 8.1ppg and 4.5rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
O'Neale received All-WAC 3rd Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
O'Neale graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Vasilije Micic

Forwards:
Royce O'Neale
Aaron White

Center:
Brandon Davies

Coach: Sarunas Jasikevicius

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Real Madrid are considering to add Ognjen Kuzmic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is in talks to sign 27-year old Serbian international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-116kg-90) who played last time at Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd in Serbia. He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 18 KLS games he had 9.1ppg and 4.4rpg (#5 in the league). Kuzmic helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. Kuzmic also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.7ppg and 5.5rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Kuzmic played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1. In 16 games he got 4.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 5.1ppg and 4.2rpg.
In 2012 Kuzmic was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in second round (52nd overall).
He represented Serbia at the European Championships two years ago. Kuzmic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.1ppg, 3.0rpg.
Kuzmic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland (UU Korihait and Lapuan_Korikobrat), Spain (Joventut and Clinicas Rincon), Bosnia (Borac Banja Luka and Celik) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Kuzmic could be described: From a very promising inside player to a true presence inside. Has great size and length, he's agile and mobile, moves well without the ball. The best part of his game is at the defensive end, where he uses physical advantage quite well and has great timing in blocking shots. Needs to add strength and to become a reliable shooter away from the basket, upside is yet very good.

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Real Madrid to keep Jeffery Taylor - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) will keep 28-year old Swedish small forward Jeffery Taylor (201-102kg-89, college: Vanderbilt) on the roster. He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 Liga Endesa games he recorded 5.1ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Taylor helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Taylor also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.6ppg and 1.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
In 2012 Taylor was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Vanderbilt University standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Taylor received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 3rd Team award back in 2013.
He was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Taylor played for Swedish Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
He represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (21.2ppg), 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 72.4%.
Taylor has played previously professionally in NBA (Charlotte Hornets) and D-League (Austin Spurs).

Real Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Felipe Reyes
Jeffery Taylor
Dino Radoncic

Center:
Anthony Randolph

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Smith re-signs at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old American point guard Johnell Smith (180-72kg-80, college: New Orleans). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 39 Basketligan games he had 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg last season. Smith helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Swedish Basketligan in 2012 and 2016. Smith was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Smith has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Finland (Joensuun_Kataja), Venezuela (Marinos, Miranda, Macizos and Bucaneros), Denmark (Svendborg) and CBL (Gainesville G.).
Smith is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Norrkoping.
Smith attended University of New Orleans until 2004 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: An exciting combo guard, who is very explosive when he attacks the basket and has the experience and the court vision to play the point well.

Norrkoping Dolphins roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnell Smith
Mikael Lindquist
Tim Schuberg

Forwards:
Fredrik Larsson
Abdou Medjedoub

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TBL Round 14: PEA is defeated by Mono Thew - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked PEA (8-6) and fourth ranked Mono Thew (8-6) on Sunday night. PEA was defeated by Mono Thew in a tough game on the road 83-91. PEA was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Mono Thew, which allowed them to win the game. Filipino point guard Paul Zamar (180-87) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Mono Thew have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA.
TBL top team - Mono Vampire (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-12) in Bangkok 96-84. Sirapong Boonyai notched 35 points (!!!) to lead the effort and Pairach Sekteera supported him with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 27 points and 4 assists by James Matinez did not help to save the game for Dunkin' Raptors. Mono Vampire have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost.
The game in Nakorn Phantom supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hitech (12-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Mad Goat (7-7). Hitech smashed Mad Goat 129-97 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Avery Scharer who had a triple-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists. Freddie Goldstein produced 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Hitech have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. Mad Goat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost.

In the last game of round 14 bottom-ranked OSK lost to TGE on the opponent's court 84-91.

TGE - OSK 91-84

Rather expected game when 8th ranked OSK (1-13) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked TGE (5-9) 91-84 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. TGE forced 19 OSK turnovers. The best player for the winners was Alfred Mandani who scored 25 points and 9 assists. American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kevin Hill (201-92, college: New Orleans) added 15 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TGE maintains sixth position with 5-9 record. OSK at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
OSK: R.Koga 23+4reb+3ast, N.Barfield 19+13reb, K.Hill 15+13reb+3ast, K.Panyaparu 13+3reb+1ast, S.Wachiraphong 5+3reb, A.Dokkaew 5+4reb+5ast
TGE: A.Mandani 25+4reb+9ast, J.Collins 17+9reb+1ast, R.Singleton 15+7reb, N. Vivattapongpetch 13+10reb, N.Kupadit 8+3reb+2ast, A.Leelaphiphatkul 5+9reb+6ast
gschID: 547923


Mono Thew - PEA 91-83

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked PEA (8-6) and fourth ranked Mono Thew (8-6) on Sunday night. PEA was defeated by Mono Thew in a tough game on the road 83-91. PEA was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Mono Thew, which allowed them to win the game. Filipino point guard Paul Zamar (180-87) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Mono Thew players scored in double figures. American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Mono Thew have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA.
Top scorers:
PEA: J.Munzon 33+7reb+3ast, R.Lingganay 21+2reb+4ast, R.Reyes 9+4reb, A.Hoom-Art 7+4reb, S.Deguara 7+11reb, M.Williams 6+11reb+1ast
Mono Thew: P.Zamar 25+10reb+6ast, A.McClain 21+11reb+1ast, T.Suktub 20+2reb, N.Muangboon 11+6reb+4ast, P.Cabahug 9+4reb+2ast, S.Thomas 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547924


Mad Goat - Hitech 97-129

The game in Nakorn Phantom supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hitech (12-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Mad Goat (7-7). Hitech smashed Mad Goat 129-97 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hitech. Mad Goat managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Mad Goat's 60. They outrebounded Mad Goat 49-37 including 38 on the defensive glass. Hitech looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) who had a triple-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists. The other American import forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Hitech players scored in double figures. American-Israeli point guard Freddie Goldstein (178-88, college: S.Alabama) produced 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Michael Earl (203-85, college: Utah St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Hitech have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. Mad Goat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: F.Goldstein 33+6reb+4ast, M.Earl 17+6reb+2ast, G.Korsah-Dick 16+3reb+4ast, A.Dasom 7+6reb+2ast, T.Langsui 7+6reb+1ast, M.Van Pelt 7+3reb+4ast
Hitech: A.Scharer 32+12reb+15ast, D.Orton 21+8reb+4ast, N.Jaisanuk 21+3reb+2ast, J.Shaw 18+8reb, P.Klahan 13+7reb+3ast, W.Dasom 12+1reb+3ast
gschID: 547925


Mono Vampire - Dunkin' Raptors 96-84

TBL top team - Mono Vampire (13-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-12) in Bangkok 96-84. The game was mostly controlled by Mono Vampire. Dunkin' Raptors was better in third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mono Vampire dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Dunkin' Raptors' 44. They outrebounded Dunkin' Raptors 55-39 including 22 on the offensive glass. Mono Vampire players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Sirapong Boonyai notched 35 points (!!!) to lead the effort and international Pairach Sekteera (188-87) supported him with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 27 points and 4 assists by James Matinez did not help to save the game for Dunkin' Raptors. American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mono Vampire have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dunkin' Raptors: J.Matinez 27+4reb+4ast, J.Johnson 19+9reb, M.Fey 15+12reb+2ast, J.Foronda 12+6reb+3ast, W.Boonnak 5+3reb+4ast, T.Wangphanitkun 4+3reb+4ast
Mono Vampire: S.Boonyai 35+3reb+1ast, P.Sekteera 21+7reb+6ast, A.Rodlieng 14+13reb+2ast, N.Boonserm 10+12reb+9ast, K.Piyalangka 8+14reb+4ast, S.Sunthonsiri 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 547922





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

26-year old center Jarred Shaw (208-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Hitech and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed OSK (#8, 1-13) with 74-point margin 133-59. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand league. They are still close to the very top. Hitech would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Shaw had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jarred Shaw averages this season 13.9ppg and 9.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was James Matinez of Dunkin' Raptors. He is a in his first season at Dunkin' Raptors. In the last game Matinez recorded impressive 38 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Dunkin' Raptors lost that game 113-123 to the higher-ranked Mono Thew (#3, 8-6). Dunkin' Raptors managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Dunkin' Raptors managed to get this year. Matinez is one of the most experienced players at Dunkin' Raptors and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.1ppg (#1). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Hitech's star - forward Daniel Orton (208-F-90). Orton showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Hitech, helping his team with a 133-59 easy win against the lower-ranked OSK (#8, 1-13). Hitech is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-2 record is not that bad... Orton has a great season in Thailand. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA - 14 points and 17 rebounds
5. Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tawatchai Suktub) of Mono Thew - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Dunkin' Raptors - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of Hitech - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Reginald Johnson (208-C-89) of Mono Vampire - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 30 points, 4 rebounds 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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  TURKEY  


Dacka parts ways with Adrien Moerman - by Alev Sonmez

The successful team of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul decided not to use the contract extension option of Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) for the upcoming season. The 28 year old Power Forward played with 8.69 ppg , 5.3 rpg during the regular season of 8 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and with 8.1 ppg,5.1 rpg during the TOP 8 of Turkish Airlines Euroleague. There are many Euroleague team who are interested in the French player. We wish him successin his future career.


Demir IBB signs Vojdan Stojanovski - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) signed 30-year old FYR Macedonian international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-88kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played last season at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he had 10.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Stojanovski played at MoraBanc Andorra (also in Liga Endesa) where in 34 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention back in 2013.
Stojanovski has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2008 and previously for U18 National Team in 2005.
Stojanovski also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 17.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 90.3%.
Stojanovski is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Serbia (KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac), FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries, Vardar and AMMAK SP Ohrid) and Ukraine (BC Donetsk and Cherkasy).
Stojanovski could be described: Extremelly good shooter. Good at both guard position. Excellent defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fredricks cites relationship with UNT hoops staff as reason for commitment - by David Edole

Rashawn Fredericks (198-G-97) has thoroughly enjoyed his time playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team and Jareem Dowling.
That relationship paid dividends for North Texas this week, when Fredericks announced that he will continue his career with the Mean Green. New UNT head coach Grant McCasland brought Dowling with him from Arkansas State, where both coached last season.
Dowling is from the Virgin Islands and is a coach with their national team program in the offseason.
Fredericks elected to follow Dowling to Denton. The 6-6 small forward will play his sophomore season at Motlow State College in Tennessee before joining the Mean Green for the 2018-19 season.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The early signing period for players in the Class of 2018 begins Nov. 8.
"He's a great coach who is hard on you all the time and wants to win," Fredericks said of Dowling. "He gets the most out of me and pushes me hard to be good."
Fredericks has formed a solid relationship with not only Dowling, but the rest of UNT's staff as well. He has yet to make trip to Denton, but did some research on UNT online. Fredericks was so comfortable with what he learned that he shut down his recruiting process early.
South Florida, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State and Missouri State all showed interest in Fredericks. None of those schools had offered a scholarship when Fredericks committed after a standout freshman season at Motlow, a two-year community college.
Fredericks averaged 13.1 points and 10.0 rebounds last season, when he was named the Freshman of the Year on the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association's all-conference team. Fredericks was also a first-team all-league pick.
Fredericks will look to build on that performance this fall at Motlow and is also set to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team again in the next few months.
Fredericks said he grew from his experience with the U.S. Virgin Islands team and expects to continue to improve due to the experience he will gain.
UNT could benefit down the line, when Fredericks will join a program that is rebuilding under McCasland. The opportunity to play for the Mean Green and reunite with Dowling is one Fredericks is looking forward to.
"The most important thing was the great coaching staff North Texas has," Fredericks said. "That is what made me want to commit."
Brett Vito, Staff Writer



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  UGANDA  


Wundi's 24 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Steven Wundi (G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for UCU Canons and receives a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds for UCU Canons in his team's victory, helping them to crush UPDF (#10, 1-3) with 24-point margin 74-50. UCU Canons is placed at 5th position in Ugandan league. UCU Canons 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Wundi had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at UCU Canons, through which he has constantly improved. Wundi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 14.2ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

Second best performed player last round was Jonathan Egau (190-F-93). He is international forward in his second season at UCU Canons. In the last game Egau recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course together with Wundi he helped UCU Canons with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked UPDF (#10, 1-3) 74-50. This victory allowed UCU Canons to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Egau is one of the most experienced players at UCU Canons and similarly like Steven Wundi has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.0ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 8.2rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Felix Mukunzi of UPDF (#10). Mukunzi scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Mukunzi's great performance UPDF lost 50-74 to the higher-ranked UCU Canons (#5, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. UPDF can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mukunzi he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mukunzi has a very solid season. In 2 games in Uganda he scored 14.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephen Omony (198-F-81) of City Oilers - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) of City Oilers - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. James Okello (193-F-90) of City Oilers - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ethienne Kazungu (80) of KIU Titans - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Geoffrey Soro (198-F-92) of KIU Titans - 14 points and 4 rebounds
9. Micheal Bwanga (G) of KIU Titans - 16 points and 5 rebounds
10. Henry Okoth (F-99) of UPDF - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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



NBL Round 12: Our Saviour records their first victory - by Eurobasket News

Our Saviour has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked JKL Dolphins (3-2) 87-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Our Saviour. JKL Dolphins managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Steven Mwesigye who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center Daniel Monoja who added 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Francis Ogola (-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Our Saviour (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Falcons and Sharing Youth. Newly promoted JKL Dolphins keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Ndejje.
Falcons has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they outplayed Sharing Youth (1-4) 65-34. The winners were led by forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Benard Okumu supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 8 points and 6 rebounds by guard Nasser Jakisa (-90) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. Sharing Youth's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Falcons left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Sharing Youth and Our Saviour. It was Sharing Youth's third loss in a row.
Seventh ranked Ndejje (3-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Nkumba M. (1-3) by 38 points 83-45, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Maker Deng who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sivachi Makutwa who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ndejje have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with JKL Dolphins. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with UPDF.

Ndejje - Nkumba M. 83-45

Seventh ranked Ndejje (3-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Nkumba M. (1-3) by 38 points 83-45, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Ndejje dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Nkumba M.'s 28. Ndejje forced 36 Nkumba M. turnovers. The best player for the winners was Maker Deng (-94) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. M Buluma chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Malvin Midaki (-90) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ndejje have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with JKL Dolphins. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with UPDF.
Top scorers:
Ndejje: M.Deng 19+6reb+2ast, M. Buluma 17+2reb, I.Ochera 11+1reb+1ast, M.Otieno 8+2reb+5ast, S.Ajack 6+3reb, G.Baderha 6+2reb+1ast
Nkumba M.: S.Makutwa 23+7reb+1ast, M.Midaki 12+6reb+3ast, W.Otweyo 6+2reb+1ast, M.Kayihura 2+1reb, S.Chasimba 2+8reb, W.Kigobe 0
gschID: 547458


Our Saviour - JKL Dolphins 87-71

Our Saviour has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked JKL Dolphins (3-2) 87-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Our Saviour. JKL Dolphins managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Steven Mwesigye who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center Daniel Monoja who added 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Francis Ogola (-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Daniel Orenga (186-96) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Our Saviour (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Falcons and Sharing Youth. Newly promoted JKL Dolphins keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Ndejje.
Top scorers:
Our Saviour: W.Pirwoth 21+3reb+2ast, P.Elungat 16+1reb, S.Mwesigye 14+9reb+5ast, J.Wacha 10+5reb, D.Monoja 9+13reb+5ast, J.Mony 6+1reb+1ast
JKL Dolphins: D.Orenga 14+2reb+1ast, F.Ogola 14+8reb+2ast, F.Odama 12+4reb+1ast, N.Blick 10+3reb+3ast, M.Libe 7+1reb, J.Emong 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547457


Sharing Youth - Falcons 34-65

Falcons has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they outplayed Sharing Youth (1-4) 65-34. The game was mostly controlled by Falcons. Sharing Youth was better in fourth 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 Sharing Youth to just 6 points in first and second quarters and to 12 points in first half. Falcons dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sharing Youth's 26. Falcons forced 27 Sharing Youth turnovers. The winners were led by forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Benard Okumu supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 8 points and 6 rebounds by guard Nasser Jakisa (-90) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. Forward Emmanuel Okumu (-97) added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Sharing Youth's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Falcons left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Sharing Youth and Our Saviour. It was Sharing Youth's third loss in a row.
Top scorers:
Falcons: B.Okumu 20+5reb, V.Jurua 16+6reb+5ast, O.Moses 9+10reb+5ast, F.Karoro 9+2reb, A.Ntale 4+6reb+1ast, A.Dickson 3+5reb+2ast
Sharing Youth: S.Otoa 9+2reb+1ast, E.Okumu 8+7reb+1ast, N.Jakisa 8+6reb+2ast, T.Gatwech 4+7reb, E.Bakara 3+1reb+1ast, T.Okello 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547456





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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Coach Robert Youngblood agreed terms with Hemel Storm - by Eurobasket News

Hemel Storm (NBL D1) will be led by 48-year old coach Robert Youngblood from Essex Leopards London. Youngblood has coached there for the last four years.
His team won British EBL Division One Regular Season in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  


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

28-year old forward Gary Johnson (198-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for 25 de Agosto and receives a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat U Atletica (#10, 2-4) 74-65. 25 de Agosto is placed at 4th position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. 25 de Agosto will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Johnson just recently signed at 25 de Agosto, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.9ppg), rebounds (5th best: 11.6rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 53.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Miramar. He is American in his first season at Miramar. In the last game Fahnbulleh recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Miramar lost that game 78-93 to league's leader Sayago (#2, 6-0). This loss caused Miramar to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fahnbulleh is one of the most experienced players at Miramar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.1ppg (#1). He also registered 12.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Facundo Medina (190-G-94) of Cordon (#3). Medina scored 28 points. He was a key player of Cordon, leading his team to a 87-79 win against the lower-ranked Colon (#12, 1-6). Cordon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Medina has a great season in Uruguay. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 24 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Martin Perdomo (181-G-95) of Sayago - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 24 points and 11 rebounds
7. Federico Soto (194-G-97) of Capitol - 28 points and 7 rebounds
8. Earl Watson (201-C-90) of Capitol - 9 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rodrigo Cardozo (191-F-92) of 25 de Agosto - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Emiliano Serres (205-F-97) of Tabare - 15 points, 10 rebounds 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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  VENEZUELA  


Marinos bring back Torres - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) re-signed experienced 41-year old former international swingman Oscar Torres (198-76, agency: Interperformances). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 10 LPB games he averaged 7.9ppg and 2.7rpg last season.
Among other achievements Torres' team won Venezuelan LPB Eastern Conference Regular Season in 2016. He was selected to Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game in 2012 and 2016.
Torres also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) five years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Torres is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, UBC and Napoli Megaride), Russia (CSKA Moscow and Khimki), Spain (CB Tarragona_2017), Turkey (Turk Telekom) and NBA (Golden State Warriors).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Marinos.
Let's have closer look into Torres' outlook: The main offensive weapon in Venezuela today; a natural born scorer, almost unstoppable in penetration at FIBA level, who improved his outside shooting and, above all, his defense in his first NBA season;.

Marinos de Anzoategui roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gregory Vargas
Richard Roby
Devin Sweetney

Forwards:
Oscar Torres
Leon Rodgers

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Donta Smith selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donta Smith
Donta Smith
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international small forward Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Smith was the major contributor in Piratas' victory against the closely-ranked Leones (18-16) 82-68 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. He recorded 15 points and added 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Piratas de Quebradillas (19-14) is placed third in the BSN. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Smith has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.1%(101-171), 3FGP: 36.7%. He is a naturalized American. Smith played for the Venezuelan senior national team two years ago. He used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Colombia). Romero could not help Piratas (4-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Piratas was edged 91-88 on the road by the higher-ranked Condores (#5). Romero recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. Romero has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 13.3% and FT: 63.8%. Romero played for the Venezuelan national team in 2011.

Jesus Medina
Jesus Medina
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former U17 international swingman Jesus Medina (188-94, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jhon Romero and both played together in the last Colombian Liga DirecTV game. Medina. He was not able to help Piratas (4-10) in their last game. Despite Medina's very good performance the bottom-ranked Piratas was edged 91-88 in Cundinamarca by the higher-ranked (#5) Condores. He scored 17 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 35 minutes. This year Medina has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 33.3% in two games he played so far. He played for the Venezuelan U17 national team six years ago.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #4. Power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Colombia) led Fast Break to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Academia (9-5) 88-85 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 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. This year Julio's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.1apg in seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian. Julio used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Luis Almanza (196-F-91, currently plays in Colombia) led Condores to a 3-point victory over the league outsider Piratas (4-10) 91-88 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Almanza had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds in 40 minutes. Condores de Cundinamarca (6-8) is placed fifth in the Liga DirecTV. Almanza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.5apg in 14 games he played so far.

   #2. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luis Almanza. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Diaz could not help Condores (6-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Condores lost 80-91 at home to the league outsider (#8) Piratas. Diaz recorded 16 points, 8 assists and 6 steals in 36 minutes. This year Diaz has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg in 14 games. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #3. Dario Castro (206-C-91, currently plays in Colombia) was not able to help Sabios in their game against Patriotas (4-10) in the Colombian PBD. Castro recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sabios was defeated 77-72 on their home court in Manizales by the one of league's weakest teams Patriotas (#7). It was Sabios' third consecutive loss in a row. Castro's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #4. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, 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 last Tuesday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. 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. Hinestroza Javes' total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Colombian.

Other top Venezuelan players, who play abroad:

Jose Materan (196-G/F-96) plays for Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA
John Cox (194-G-81) plays for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in French ProA
Clarence Matthews (201-PF-83) plays for Goes in Uruguayan LUB
Raul Orta (196-G-85) plays for Santeros in Puerto Rican BSN
Freddy Toro (201-F-88) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Calvin Cage (183-PG-84) plays for Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL
Albis Coronel plays for Estudiantes Olavarria in Argentinian TNA
Juan Fontena (196-F-87) plays for Osorno Basquetbol in Chilean Liga Nacional
Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold

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




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Women News


Hungary wins FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup Andorra Qualifier 2017 - by Eurobasket News

In the women's category, the reigning European champs Hungary won a nail-biter (16-14) in the final against Switzerland. The top scorer of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017 Bettina Bozoki (191-F/C-89) once again won the scoring charts, with 46 points. Her team-mate Dora Medgyessy (174-G-86) - who is back after missing the World Cup - followed with 40 points while Italy star Marcella Filippi (186-F-85, agency: SPORTlab Agency) finished 3rd with 35. Overall, 11 teams secured their ticket to the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2017, which will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 7-9.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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Obras, Berazategui, Lanus and Union Florida enter Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Obras Basket - Velez S. 81-47

Obras Basket cruised past Velez Sarsfield to sweep the series. The game without a history. Obras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Velez S. to an opponent 22.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Obras Basket forced 23 Velez S. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Velez S.'s players. American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: Penn St., agency: ProDep Management) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Sofia Aispurua (189-95) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Obras Basket players scored in double figures. International swingman Macarena Rosset (178-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international point guard Sandra Pavon (175-85) scored 5 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: A.Edwards 25+11reb+2ast, S.Aispurua 16+7reb+1ast, S.Castillo 11+8reb+4ast, J.Ale 10+5reb+4ast, B.Landro 5+1reb, I.Casanova 5+1reb+5ast
Velez S.: M.Rosset 20+6reb+2ast, A.Siciliano 9+2reb+2ast, M.Pavicich 5+5reb, S.Pavon 5+8reb, O.Pag 3+4reb, B. Fontana 3+3reb
gschID: 548262


Berazategui - Estrella Berisso 72-63

Berazategui held off Estrella Berisso to secure 2-0 win in the series. Berazategui made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Lyndra Weaver notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Macarena Durso (169-91) supported her with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by the former international forward Andrea Boquete (183-90) did not help to save the game for Estrella Berisso. International power forward Ornella Santana (183-90) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Estrella Berisso's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Berazategui: L.Weaver 26+10reb+2ast, M.Durso 13+6reb+3ast, A.Suarez 9+9reb+4ast, C.Fiorotto 8+6reb, A.Leiva 8+5reb, L.Delabarba 6+6reb
Estrella Berisso: A.Boquete 21+8reb+3ast, O.Santana 10+9reb+1ast, C.Martinez 8+1reb, M.Sancisi 7+4reb+4ast, C.Cabanez 5+2reb+1ast, G.Coz 4+1reb
gschID: 548263


Lanus - Quimsa 62-61

Lanus held off Quimsa at home court to complete the sweep of the series. International power forward Agostina Burani (184-91) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Nadia Flores (171-90) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lanus' coach Laura Cors used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Gisela Vega (188-82, agency: ProDep Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and Spanish power forward Itziar German (184-86, agency: ProDep Management) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Quimsa.
Top scorers:
LANUS: A.Burani 16+11reb+3ast, N.Flores 14+5reb+3ast, F.Llorente 12+8reb, N.Perez 9+2reb+2ast, U.Nwaigwe 4+5reb, D.Gonzalez 4+5reb+2ast
QUIMSA: G.Vega 26+11reb+3ast, N.Rios 11+4reb+2ast, I.German 8+6reb+6ast, A.Ledesma 8+4reb, G.Herrera 6+1reb+1ast, J.Tell 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548265


Union Florida - Hindu 80-38

Union Florida dropped Hindu to pave their way into Final Four. Union Florida held Hindu to an opponent 23.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.7 percent accuracy of the winners and had 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Hindu only scored five points from the stripe. Union Florida forced 30 Hindu turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Hindu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Spanish swingman Marta Tudanca (182-90, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Spanish swingman Irene Gari (185-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: ProDep Management) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Aldana Duarte (162-96) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Union Florida: R.Williams 19+16reb+1ast, M.Tudanca 16+6reb+1ast, M.Gretter 13+2reb+2ast, F.Martinez 7+3ast, C.Miculka 6+5reb+1ast, S.Zapke 5+1reb
HINDU: I.Gari 12+7reb+1ast, A.Duarte 8+6reb+1ast, A.Robinson 8+7reb, M.Barzola 4+2reb, J.Richardson 3+4reb, C.Yamila Scholles 3+5reb
gschID: 548264





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  AUSTRALIA  


Scherf's double-double lands her State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old center Lauren Scherf (195-C-96) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Dandenong R. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 14.
She had a double-double of 31 points and 18 rebounds, while her team beat Nunawading S. (#3, 5-7) 85-75. Dandenong R. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Australian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dandenong R. will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Scherf had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. She just recently signed at Dandenong R., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lauren Scherf averages this season 17.6ppg and 11.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jaterra Bonds (170-G-92) of Ballarat R.. She is American guard in her first season at Ballarat R.. In the last game Bonds recorded impressive 39 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Ballarat R. to edge slightly lower-ranked Sandringham S. (#8, 4-9) by 5 points 92-87. Ballarat R.'s 7th position in SEABL has not changed. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Ballarat R. managed to get this year. Bonds is one of the most experienced players at Ballarat R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chastity Reed (185-F-89) of Rockingham CF (#11). Reed got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. She went also for eighteen rebounds and five assists. Despite Reed's great performance Rockingham CF lost 77-86 to the higher-ranked Lakeside L. (#4, 11-5). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. Rockingham CF can only dream about fighting for top spots in SBL. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Reed she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Reed has individually a great season in Australia. After only 8 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.9ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.9rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tegan Cunninghan) of Waverley F. - 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sydnee Fipps (178-F) of Lakeside L. - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nicole Romeo (168-G-89) of Sandringham S. - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Alex Wilson (174-G-94) of Eastern M. - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Olivia Thompson (185-F-93) of Forestville E. - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Sarah Boothe (195-F/C-90) of Bulleen B. - 29 points and 14 rebounds
10. Nicolette Gilday) of Mandurah M. - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Petra Kulichova is a newcomer at Ormanspor - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Czech international center Petra Kulichova (198-84). She is not a newcomer in Turkish League as she played most recently at Botas in the KBSL. In 25 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kulichova played at Galatasaray where in 23 games she averaged 6.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.0bpg. She helped them to make it to the cup final. Kulichova also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had just 2.6ppg and 4.4rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Kulichova won Middle European League championship title in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Kulichova has been also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Czech Republic senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Kulichova also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg, 4.7rpg.
Kulichova has played also professionally in Slovakia (Good Angels) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Handicap and LOKO Trutnov).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


Santa Tecla BC celebrate 6th straight win - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla BC celebrated 6th straight win to stay on top of the Liga Mayor 2017. In the latest game they overcame San Salvador 80-41. Arlenis Romero (176-PG-84) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Amalia Velasquez (94) poured in 19. Jewel Angelo (180-G-95) replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Liliana Alvarado (170-PG-97) had 10.
Giant are second with a 4-2 record, while San Salvador dropped at 2-2.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  UKR
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Iagupova, UKR21.3 
 2. Zandalasini, ITA19.0 
 3. Torrens, ESP17.8 
 4. Hollingswort., TUR17.7 
 5. Meesseman, BEL17.5 
 6. Petrovic, SRB17.0 
 7. Robinson, MNT16.7 
 8. Maltsi, GRE16.1 
 9. Vaughn, CZE16.0 
 10. Udodenko, UKR15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  USA
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, MNT13.7 
 2. Vadeeva, RUS12.3 
 3. Steinberga, LAT11.1 
 4. Zandalasini, ITA9.6 
 5. Hollingswort., TUR9.3 
 6. Udodenko, UKR9.3 
 7. Lyttle, ESP8.5 
 8. Ruzickova, SVK8.3 
 9. Meesseman, BEL7.2 
 10. Nicholls, ESP6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.3 
 2. Iagupova, UKR5.5 
 3. Prince, RUS5.0 
 4. Vyoralova, CZE4.7 
 5. Vardarli, TUR4.5 
 6. Carpreaux, BEL4.5 
 7. Alben, TUR4.5 
 8. Baric, SLO4.3 
 9. Mujovic, MNT4.3 
 10. Bentley, BLR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  FRA
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Epoupa, FRA2.7 
 2. Lyttle, ESP2.7 
 3. Vyoralova, CZE2.7 
 4. Udodenko, UKR2.5 
 5. Prince, RUS2.3 
 6. Dabovic, SRB2.3 
 7. Torrens, ESP2.2 
 8. Carpreaux, BEL2.2 
 9. Steinberga, LAT2.0 
 10. Iagupova, UKR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  BEL
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Meesseman, BEL1.7 
 2. Wauters, BEL1.5 
 3. Vieru, RUS1.3 
 4. Hatar, HUN1.3 
 5. Hanusova, CZE1.3 
 6. Nicholls, ESP1.2 
 7. Vadeeva, RUS1.0 
 8. Krivacevic, HUN1.0 
 9. Maiga, RUS1.0 
 10. Kaltsidou, GRE0.9 


Spain celebrate Gold in Prague - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Spain - France 71-55
Spain are 2017 European champions! They overcame France in the title game in Prague tonight. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the champions. Spain retained the Gold medals last won in 2013 EuroBasket edition. They dominated in the Final. Spain raced off to a 21:18 lead at the first intermission. Spain controlled the tempo in the second period. They held France to 12 points to build a 39:30 halftime lead. Spain followed with a 17:10 run in the third term to boost the gap at 16-point mark. Spain kept France at bay throughout the fourth quarter and marched to the triumph. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) posted 18 points in her MVP performance. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: ProDep Management) added 12 points for Spain. Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) responded with 15 points for les Bleues. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) had 10 points for France as they celebrated Silver medals for the third time in a row.
3-4 Place
Belgium - Greece 78-45
Belgium celebrated a historic success at the EuroBasket. They rallied past Greece today to claim the Bronze medals. Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90, college: Colorado St., agency: ProDep Management) posted 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. Belgium recorded a 40:29 halftime lead. They used a 21:7 run in the third term to clear off for good. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) finished with 15 points, while Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: ProDep Management) added 14 points and 8 boards in the victory. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Greece.

5-6 Place
Latvia - Turkey 63-72
Turkey beat Latvia to secure the fifth position at the championship. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) finished with 24 points and 6 caroms for the winners. Turkey grabbed an 18:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They used a 25:15 rally in the second term to boost the margin at 16-point mark. Latvia narrowed the gap in the third quarter. The Baltic side pulled within 9 points at the final intermission. Turkey however did not allow their opponents to get any closer in the fourth term and raced to the win. Cansu Koksal (185-SF-94) and Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) chipped in 10 points each for the winners. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) responded with 16 points for Latvia.

7-8 Place
Italy - Slovakia 71-54
Italy wrapped up their championship campaign on a winning note. They toppled Slovakia to occupy the 7th overall position. Maddalena Gorini (182-G-92) provided 14 points and 6 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy opened a 19:8 lead after ten minutes of action. They arrived at the final intermission up by 10 points. Italy held their opponents to just 10 points in the final term and ensured the winning outcome. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) and Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) had 12 points each for the winners. Marie Ruzickova (190-C-86, agency: LBM Management) responded with 10 points for Slovakia.



Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2017
Evanthia Maltsi
Maltsi
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Cecilia Zandalasini
Zandalasini
Nwal-Endene Miyem
Miyem
Emma Meesseman
Meesseman

Best Player: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
Best Guard: Evanthia Maltsi (180-SG-78) of Greece
Best Forward: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
Best Center: Emma Meesseman (6'4''-C-93) of Belgium

1st Team
SG: Evanthia Maltsi (180-SG-78) of Greece
F: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
F: Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96) of Italy
PF: Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) of France
C: Emma Meesseman (6'4''-C-93) of Belgium

2nd Team
SG: Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) of France
SG: Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90) of Belgium
C: Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) of Turkey
C: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83) of Spain
C: Anete Steinberga (190-C-90) of Latvia

Honorable Mention
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88) of Russia
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of Belgium
Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) of Russia
Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Ukraine
Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83) of Greece
Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) of Czech Rep.
Elina Babkina (173-PG-89) of Latvia
Angelica Robinson (197-F-87) of Montenegro



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Waters inks at Den Helder at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

Dozy BV Den Helder (Eredivisie) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward KC Waters (188). Waters just graduated from California (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years.
As mentioned above Waters is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Her team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

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Grindavik keeps Rodriguez for another season - by Igor Obradovic

U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) re-signed 26-year old American (has also Mexican passport) guard Angela Rodriguez (173-91, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She was a team leader there last season. In four Dominos League games she averaged impressive 17.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg. Rodriguez also spent pre-season at CS Municipal Satu Mare in Romanian league that year. She will be also Head Coach of the team.
She received All-Horizon League 2nd Team award back in 2014 at her college time.
Rodriguez represented Mexico at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz (Mexico) three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-4 (3.8apg), FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Rodriguez has played previously professionally in Germany (Rotenburg/Scheessel) and Poland (Widzew).
She attended University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  INDIA  


More potential in Womens basketball in India - Kavita shows the way? - by Anil Kumar

Kavita Akula chuckles and states that until a few weeks ago, none of the top North American colleges showed any interest in recruiting her.

'No scholarship offers, no selection trials,' she says, 'Then suddenly, big things began to happen.'

By the end of May, Kavita enrolled at Grand Canyon University, and became the first Indian-born female basketball player to receive a full scholarship from a Division 1 college. The point guard made her move up after a successful junior college stint at Garden City Community College, where she finished just nine points shy of breaking the college's all-time season scoring record.

'My coach made a highlights video for me and posted it on Facebook. The people at Grand Canyon University saw it and recruited me,' she says.

Her American dream started in 2010, when IMG Academy (Florida) selected eight young Indian hoopsters for a basketball scholarship. Among the chosen few was Satnam Singh, who in 2015, became the first Indian-born player to be picked at the NBA draft.

While Satnam grabbed all the headlines, Kavita - a consistent performer in her own right - was left on the sidelines. Satnam, an imposing 7' 2' centre, had the physical attributes needed to catch the attention of the basketball kingmakers. Kavita, on the other hand, did not.

'He is very tall, which is a big advantage. When he was picked by Dallas Mavericks, I was upset, because he got the chance to jump straight from high school to professional basketball. I'm pretty short, so I didn't get that option. I have to go step-by-step - high school, junior college, college and then the pros,' the 21-year-old says.

Blow

Even as she tried to overcome this disappointment, Kavita was dealt a huge blow. Her father, who worked at a steel plant in Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), passed away. 'When my dad died, I was a senior in high school. I had received a number of college scholarship offers, but I decided to return to India to be with my family. I missed the paper work involved in the recruitment process and lost the chance to get play college basketball,' she says.

An upset Kavita considered giving up the ghost. 'Losing my dad hurt me a lot. I didn't want to go back to America. Himamshu Dabir (Chief of Basketball Operations, Basketball Federation of India) convinced me to return and complete my education. It has turned out to be excellent advice,' she says.

Now that things have fallen into place, Kavita looks back at her journey with pride. 'At the age of 13, I moved from a Hindi-medium school in Bhilai to an English-medium school in Florida. I had to learn English, and I missed my family and friends. I've had to earn my success right from the start. It has been tough, but worth it,' she says.

Kavita, who is in the city to train with the Indian team for the upcoming FIBA Asia Women's Cup, states, 'I want people to think, 'Wow, if this girl can achieve this, so can I'. This is my goal.'



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  ISRAEL  


Elitzur Holon keeps Zelivanski for another season - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) re-signed 21-year old shooting guard Noa Zelivanski (171-96). She played there last season. In 25 D1 games she averaged 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. Zelivanski helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Ramat Hasharon where in 20 games she had just 2.4ppg.
Zelivanski received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 3rd Team award back in 2012.
She represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 3.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3spg.
Zelivanski has played previously for Maccabi Ashdod.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Ravelli re-signs at Broni - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 24-year old international guard Ashley Ravelli (176-93, college: Robert Morris, agency: LBM Management). She played there last season. In 26 Serie A1 games she had 7.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ravelli's college team won NEC Tournament in 2014 and 2016.
She has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Ravelli has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2016 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2009.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Oradea (Romania) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3spg.
Ravelli has played previously for Biassono.
She attended Robert Morris University until 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Enrica Pavia
Ashley Ravelli
Giulia Moroni

Forward:
Nina Premasunac

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giulia Togliani is a newcomer at Crema - by Eurobasket News

Tec-Mar Crema (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old point guard Giulia Togliani (168-98) from Sistema Rosa Pordenone. In 14 Serie A2 games she recorded 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg and 2.2spg last season.
Togliani represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.3rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchange wins - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchanged wins in a friendly campaign. On Saturday Slovenia U20 clinched a 63-52 victory as Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) notched 18 points and Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) brought 17. Jasmine Keys (190-C/F-97) answered with 10 points in the losing effort.
On Sunday Italy U20 responded with a comfortable 69-45 win. Jasmine Keys stepped up with 21 points and Mariella Santucci (168-G-97) netted 10. Larisa Ocvirk posted 11 points for Slovenian team.



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  JUCO  


Gundy named Kishwaukee College's basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Krystal Gundy has been named the new Head Women's Basketball Coach at Kishwaukee College. Krystal Gundy is a native of Normal, and holds an Associate in Science from Lakeland College, a B.S. in Physical Education with a minor in Coaching from MacMurray College, and an M.B.A. from Lindenwood University. Prior to accepting the position at Kish, Krystal was the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Rend Lake Community College in downstate Illinois. She began her career at Rend Lake as an Assistant Coach in 2014 and then was named Head Coach for the 2015 - 17 seasons. She has also been an Assistant Coach at Lindenwood University and helped lead the team to the United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament for two consecutive years. As a player, Krystal played for Normal Community High School as a guard/forward and was moved to the varsity team midway through her sophomore year.She was named Big 12 First Team All-Conference for her senior year in 2006. She was recruited to play at Lakeland under a full-ride athletic scholarship and then at MacMurray, where she was a two-sport athlete, playing soccer in addition to basketball. Post-college, she played semi-pro ball in St. Louis with the Arch Angels in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL). She is excited to be back at the helm of a women's community college team and ready to build the program. 'My philosophy is back to the basics and hard work. You must sharpen all areas of your game in order to evolve into a better player and with that means hard work and dedication,' she explained. 'My motto for this season is: Trust the process.' Krystal remembers facing the Kishwaukee College Kougars when she played for Lakeland in 2006 and 2007. 'I remember the team was very impressive,' she recalled. 'My goal is to put Kish Women's Basketball back on the map.'
Courtesy of: oglecountynews.com



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  MEXICO  


Grindavik keeps Rodriguez for another season - by Igor Obradovic

U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) re-signed 26-year old American (has also Mexican passport) guard Angela Rodriguez (173-91, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She was a team leader there last season. In four Dominos League games she averaged impressive 17.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg. Rodriguez also spent pre-season at CS Municipal Satu Mare in Romanian league that year. She will be also Head Coach of the team.
She received All-Horizon League 2nd Team award back in 2014 at her college time.
Rodriguez represented Mexico at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz (Mexico) three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-4 (3.8apg), FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Rodriguez has played previously professionally in Germany (Rotenburg/Scheessel) and Poland (Widzew).
She attended University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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WBC Round 9: Canterbury W. beats Oceana GR. in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

First ranked Canterbury W. faced 4th placed Oceana GR.. Guests from (9-1) smashed host Oceana GR. (6-3) 70-42. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Oceana GR.. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-42. Canterbury W. dominated on the defensive end, holding Oceana GR. to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-1 record, which they share with Waikato W. Oceana GR. at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Capital S. (5-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Taranaki T. (6-4). Taranaki T. defeated Capital S. 70-60. Taranaki T. moved-up to fifth place. Capital S. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Harbour B..

Other games of round 9 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Harbour B. was defeated by Waikato W. in a road game 82-70. Rotorua LV was smashed by Harbour B. at home 48-74. Tauranga CC was destroyed by Oceana GR. on the opponent's court 82-62.

Taranaki T. - Capital S. 70-60

The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Capital S. (5-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Taranaki T. (6-4). Taranaki T. defeated Capital S. 70-60. It looked good early as Capital S. took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Taranaki T. took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. Taranaki T. moved-up to fifth place. Capital S. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Harbour B..
gschID: 546242


Oceana GR. - Canterbury W. 42-70

First ranked Canterbury W. faced 4th placed Oceana GR.. Guests from (9-1) smashed host Oceana GR. (6-3) 70-42. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Oceana GR.. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-42. Canterbury W. dominated on the defensive end, holding Oceana GR. to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-1 record, which they share with Waikato W. Oceana GR. at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost.
gschID: 546243


Waikato W. - Harbour B. 82-70

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Harbour B. (5-5) was defeated on the road by second ranked Waikato W. (9-1) 82-70. The game without a history. Waikato W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Waikato W. have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Canterbury W. Harbour B. at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Capital S..
gschID: 546241


Rotorua LV - Harbour B. 48-74

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Harbour B. (5-5) smashed on the road 10th ranked Rotorua LV (1-9) 74-48. The game without a history. Harbour B. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Harbour B. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Capital S. Rotorua LV lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost.
gschID: 546244


Oceana GR. - Tauranga CC 82-62

Very expected game when 9th ranked Tauranga CC (2-8) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Oceana GR. (6-3) 82-62. The game without a history. Oceana GR. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oceana GR. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 6-3 record. Tauranga CC at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost.
gschID: 546245





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  PORTUGAL  


Nascimento re-signs at Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) confirmed in their roster 31-year old Portuguese ex-international guard Carla Nascimento (171-86). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 13 LFB games she had 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. Nascimento won Spanish LF2 championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
Nascimento was also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She played for Portuguese Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006.
Nascimento also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 20.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Nascimento has played previously professionally also in Portugal (AD Vagos) and Spain (Universitario de Ferrol, ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles, Femenino Caceres and CREF Hola).

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carla Nascimento
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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  RUSSIA  


Dynamo Moscow tabs Lindsay Allen - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) inked 22-year old American guard Lindsay Allen (173-95, college: Notre Dame). She plays in the summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In 7 games she averaged just 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.
Her team won ACC Tournament for four years in a row (between 2014 and 2017). Allen received All-ACC 1st Team award in 2016 and 2017 at her college time.
The previous (15-16) season Allen played at another team Fighting Irish in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 35 games she had 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.8apg and 1.3spg. Allen helped them to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16. A very good season in her career as she was selected to WBCA NCAA D1 All-America Honorable Mention.
This summer she was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in second round (14th overall).
The former University of Notre Dame staris in her first season in pro basketball.
Allen represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Amsterdam (Holland) five years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-1 (4.1apg), 1.4spg.

Dynamo Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tatiana Korovushkina
Viktoria Medvedeva
Evgeniya Korotygina
Victoria Mazur

Forward:
Ekaterina Ryabova

Centers:
Ekatrina Kuzmenkova
Kelsey Lang

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ekatrina Kuzmenkova agreed terms with Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old center Ekatrina Kuzmenkova (189-73kg-88). The last time she played at Gloria Moscow in Russian Superleague. Kuzmenkova has played there for the last eight years. She is a very experienced player.

Dynamo Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tatiana Korovushkina
Viktoria Medvedeva
Evgeniya Korotygina
Victoria Mazur

Forward:
Ekaterina Ryabova

Centers:
Ekatrina Kuzmenkova
Kelsey Lang

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchange wins - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 and Slovenia U20 exchanged wins in a friendly campaign. On Saturday Slovenia U20 clinched a 63-52 victory as Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) notched 18 points and Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) brought 17. Jasmine Keys (190-C/F-97) answered with 10 points in the losing effort.
On Sunday Italy U20 responded with a comfortable 69-45 win. Jasmine Keys stepped up with 21 points and Mariella Santucci (168-G-97) netted 10. Larisa Ocvirk posted 11 points for Slovenian team.



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  SPAIN  


Spain U20 wins Torneo de Bourg-en-Bresse - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 won Torneo de Bourg-en-Bresse in France. The team finished on top with a 2-1 record despite the loss to Serbia U20 59-62.
In Day 1 Spain U20 overcame Portugal U20 89-56 as Angela ALVAREZ posted 15 points to lead all the winners.
Last night Spain U20 triumphed at the tournament after a 74-49 win over the hosts. Angela ALVAREZ stepped up with 19 points and Paula Ginzo (187-F-98) added 13.



Estudiantes sign Celia Menendez - by Eurobasket News

Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid (LF2) signed 27-year old power forward Celia Menendez (186-90, agency: ProDep Management) from Fundal Alcobendas. In 30 LF2 games she had 13.9ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg last season. She helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Menendez played at Grupo EM Leganes where in 26 LF2 games she recorded 14.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 2nd Team.
Menendez represented Spain at the World Championships U19 in Thailand eight years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg.
Menendez has played also professionally in Belgium (R.Spirou Monceau), Ireland (Brunell) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos, Real Canoe, Cadi La Seu and Distrito Olimpico).

Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Velasco
Alejandra Quirante

Forwards:
Irene San_Roman
Celia Menendez
Clara Rodriguez
Paula Ginzo

Center:
Mariana Gonzalez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Herrera re-signs at Campus Promete - by Eurobasket News

Campus Promete Logrono (LFB) confirmed in their roster 28-year old international power forward Laura Herrera (190-89, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 26 LFB games she had 7.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season Herrera played at Socinsa Bembibre where in 26 games she recorded 7.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won Spanish LFB Cup in 2011. Herrera was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
She has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Herrera has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
She also represented Spain at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Herrera's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg.
Herrera has played previously for five other teams: Jopisa Burgos, ASEFA Estudiantes, Rivas Promete, Navarra Pamplona and Mann Filter.

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Nascimento re-signs at Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) confirmed in their roster 31-year old Portuguese ex-international guard Carla Nascimento (171-86). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 13 LFB games she had 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. Nascimento won Spanish LF2 championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
Nascimento was also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She played for Portuguese Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006.
Nascimento also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 20.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Nascimento has played previously professionally also in Portugal (AD Vagos) and Spain (Universitario de Ferrol, ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles, Femenino Caceres and CREF Hola).

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carla Nascimento
Maria Romero
Elena Corrales

Forwards:
Rita_Esther Montenegro
Joy Brown
Shayla Cooper

Centers:
Silvia Romero
Miriam Foraste

Coach: Jacinto Carbajal

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Petra Kulichova is a newcomer at Ormanspor - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Czech international center Petra Kulichova (198-84). She is not a newcomer in Turkish League as she played most recently at Botas in the KBSL. In 25 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kulichova played at Galatasaray where in 23 games she averaged 6.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.0bpg. She helped them to make it to the cup final. Kulichova also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had just 2.6ppg and 4.4rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Kulichova won Middle European League championship title in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Kulichova has been also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Czech Republic senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Kulichova also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg, 4.7rpg.
Kulichova has played also professionally in Slovakia (Good Angels) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Handicap and LOKO Trutnov).

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Edremit lands Fahriye Bayraktar - by Eurobasket News

Edremit Belediyesi Gurespor (TKBL) landed 22-year old small forward Fahriye Bayraktar (185-95). She played most recently at Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL). KBSL was a little too high level for her, where in 17 games she averaged just 1.8ppg last season. TKBL will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention. Bayraktar also played 8 games in Euroleague where she had 3.8ppg and 1.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Bayraktar played at Edirne Bld. Edirnespor (also in KBSL). In 22 games she recorded only 2.2ppg and 1.4rpg.
Bayraktar was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. She played for Turkish Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Bayraktar represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.1rpg.
Bayraktar has played previously for three other teams: Fenerbahce, Cankaya and Bursa BSB.

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Dream waived Hollivay - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream waived 24-year old center Rachel Hollivay (193-93, college: Rutgers, agency: ProDep Management). But in 7 WNBA games she recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
Hollivay managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!).
Hollivay ended the last season at CREF Hola in Spanish LFB where in two games she averaged only 1.0ppg and 3.5rpg. But the most of that year she spent at Girne Universitesi in Turkish KBSL. In four games she had 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.0bpg.
Last year Hollivay was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former Rutgers, The State University staris in her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hollivay won NIT championship title in 2014. She received also Big Ten All-Defensive Team award in 2016 at her college time.

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Dream let Kiesel go - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream cut 24-year old guard Brianna Kiesel (170-93, college: Pittsburgh). But in 8 WNBA games she averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.1apg.
Kiesel managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!).
The last season Kiesel played at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division where in 26 games she had 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.8spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Kiesel played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg.
Two years ago Kiesel was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former University of Pittsburgh standoutis in her third season in pro basketball.
Kiesel has played previously professionally in Israel (ASA Jerusalem) and other WNBA team (Dallas Wings).

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Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun - by Eurobasket News

Karima Christmas (6'0''-F-89, college: Duke) scored 24 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Connecticut Sun 96-82 Sunday for their fourth win in a row. Theresa Plaisance (6'5''-F-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management) added 16 points while Skylar Diggins-Smith had 15 points and nine assists for Dallas (8-8). Christmas-Kelly hit two free throws and then a 3-pointer to make it 15-10 and the Wings led the rest of the way. They took a 10-point led into the break and, after Alyssa Thomas (6'2''-F-92, college: Maryland) grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast to pull the Sun within two, Dallas used a 10-0 run over the next 2:06 to make it 70-58 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Connecticut (6-6) trimmed its deficit to 70-65 on a 3-pointer by Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90, college: Tennessee) with 9:11 to play, but got no closer and went more than 3 minutes without a made field goal as the Wings led by double figures after Plaisance hit a 3 to make it 80-70 with 6:26 remaining. Thomas had 19 points and Jonquel Jones (6'6''-C-94, college: G.Washington) added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Sun, who had their five-game win streak snapped.
Courtesy of: charlotteobserver.com



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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES  

Div.A

Standings
Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Aug. 21: HUN - SWE
Aug. 21: TAI - CHI

B

Aug. 21: JPN - KOR
Aug. 21: CAN - POR

C

Aug. 21: USA - UGA
Aug. 21: CZE - POL

D

Aug. 21: RUS - ARG
Aug. 21: AUS - LTU