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  3X3  



Tokyo Olympics: IOC expected to add 3-on-3 basketball to official program - by Eurobasket News

A full list of 2020 Tokyo Olympics medal events will be finalized by the IOC executive board next week, one month ahead of schedule. Among more than 60 proposals, 3-on-3 basketball is an expected favorite after all were analyzed by an International Olympic Committee advisory panel. The decision is due on Friday at a board meeting in Lausanne called at short notice to discuss awarding the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games hosting rights to Los Angeles and Paris at the same time later this year. 'Now that we have an (executive board) meeting on June 9 it makes sense to use this opportunity,' the IOC said on Friday. 'In addition, an early decision is clearly beneficial to all the parties involved.' The half-court basketball format - close in spirit to neighborhood park pick-up games - once seemed set for the 2016 Olympics. Its bid for inclusion was curbed when organizers in Rio de Janeiro were stretched preparing for just the regular program. Now, FIBA believes men's and women's tournaments in 3-on-3 are even better suited after skateboarding and sport climbing joined the Tokyo lineup last year. 'Now there is an urban cluster that has been created,' Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann told the Associated Press. 'The best urban team sport is 3-on-3 street basketball. It would certainly be a perfect fit.' Still, don't expect two-time Olympic gold medalist LeBron James to seek a third title in the three-a-side game which already has a global tournament circuit. 'That's probably a nice dream to have,' Baumann said in a recent interview, adding: 'Our objective is to have similar and fantastic stars that come out of 3-on-3.' Baumann singled out the famed Rucker Park street court in Harlem, New York, when expressing hope 'to see them in the Olympic Games two years down the road.' Adjusting from the NBA game would also be tough, he said: 'It's a different skill set. It's really a 10-minute sprint, no coach, so you need to take the right decisions.' Adding 3-on-3 tournaments should add 96 athletes to basketball's quota for the 2020 Olympics, a key test for the proposals next week. The IOC wants to better appeal to young audiences and promote gender equality, but also stay within the limits of around 310 medal events and 11,000 athletes who must have housing and training venues. Some proposals are for mixed gender team events and relays - an IOC favorite - using the existing pool of athletes. Canoeing, rowing, and shooting federations would drop some men's events to add more for women. Cycling wants to bolster its track program which was moved to a velodrome in Izu, about 130km (80 miles) outside Tokyo. By setting the Tokyo lineup earlier, the IOC also clears a long-scheduled 9-10 July board meeting in Lausanne to focus more on the expected dual hosting award. Paris seems favored to get the 2024 Olympics, with Los Angeles striking a deal to wait until 2028.
Courtesy of: theguardian.com



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  ALGERIA  


D1 Round 13: CRB Dar El-B. edges Skikda by three points - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked Skikda (3-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked CRB Dar El-B. (8-1) in El-Beida on Tuesday. CRB Dar El-B. managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. CRB Dar El-B. maintains first place with 8-1 record. Skikda at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Arreridj (6-3) against sixth ranked El Eulma (4-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Arreridj was defeated by El Eulma in Eleulma 66-54. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Arreridj. El Eulma moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Olympic Batna. Arreridj at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with WA Boufarik and NAH Dey.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Constantine CSC (6-4) against seventh ranked Ouargla (4-6) on Tuesday night. Visiting Constantine CSC was crushed by Ouargla in 78-54. Ouargla moved-up to sixth place. Loser Constantine CSC dropped to the third position with four games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked WA Boufarik (6-3) against fourth ranked NAH Dey (6-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting WA Boufarik was defeated by NAH Dey in Alger 73-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of WA Boufarik. NAH Dey moved-up to second place, which they share with WA Boufarik and Arreridj.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Batna. Third ranked USS faced 4th placed Olympic Batna. Guests from Setif (7-4) defeated host Olympic Batna (4-5) 78-67. USS moved-up to second place. Olympic Batna lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost.

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
GS Petroliers crushed Oran in Alger 101-48. Olympi Miliana beat Constantine JP at home 86-73. Staoueli won against USM Blida on the opponent's court 76-67.

El Eulma - Arreridj 66-54

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Arreridj (6-3) against sixth ranked El Eulma (4-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Arreridj was defeated by El Eulma in Eleulma 66-54. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Arreridj. El Eulma moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Olympic Batna. Arreridj at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with WA Boufarik and NAH Dey.
gschID: 547808


Oran - GS Petroliers 48-101

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Oran (0-9) was crushed at home by leader GS Petroliers (9-0) 101-48 on Tuesday. GS Petroliers have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Loser Oran still closes the standings with nine games lost.
gschID: 547805


Ouargla - Constantine CSC 78-54

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Constantine CSC (6-4) against seventh ranked Ouargla (4-6) on Tuesday night. Visiting Constantine CSC was crushed by Ouargla in 78-54. Ouargla moved-up to sixth place. Loser Constantine CSC dropped to the third position with four games lost.
gschID: 547806


Olympi Miliana - Constantine JP 86-73

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Olympi Miliana (4-4) defeated at home 7th ranked Constantine JP (1-9) 86-73 on Tuesday. Olympi Miliana maintains fifth place with 4-4 record. Constantine JP lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with nine games lost.
gschID: 547807


USM Blida - Staoueli 67-76

Rather expected game in Blida where 8th ranked USMB (2-8) was defeated by fifth ranked Staoueli (5-5) 76-67 on Tuesday. Staoueli have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser USMB keeps the eighth position with eight games lost.
gschID: 547803


Olympic Batna - US Setif 67-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Batna. Third ranked USS faced 4th placed Olympic Batna. Guests from Setif (7-4) defeated host Olympic Batna (4-5) 78-67. USS moved-up to second place. Olympic Batna lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost.
gschID: 547804


NAH Dey - WA Boufarik 73-56

Very important is a road loss of third ranked WA Boufarik (6-3) against fourth ranked NAH Dey (6-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting WA Boufarik was defeated by NAH Dey in Alger 73-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of WA Boufarik. NAH Dey moved-up to second place, which they share with WA Boufarik and Arreridj.
gschID: 547801


CRB Dar El-B. - Skikda 75-72

Sixth-ranked Skikda (3-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked CRB Dar El-B. (8-1) in El-Beida on Tuesday. CRB Dar El-B. managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. CRB Dar El-B. maintains first place with 8-1 record. Skikda at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost.
gschID: 547802





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

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


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

Talleres TV - Deportivo Norte A. 84-72

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


Ramos Mejia - Ameghino 71-75

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





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

Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP 77-90

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





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

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


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

Brussels - Antwerp 87-73

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





Jeremy Simmons extends deal with Brussels - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89, college: Charleston) and Brussels have agreed on terms of contract extension. The forward will spend the next season in Belgium. Jeremy Simmons notched 12.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Belgian League this season. He also tallied 7.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in FIBA Europe Cup. Previously Jeremy Simmons had stints in Italy, Georgia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland.



Justin Cage renews deal with Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Justin Cage (198-F-85, college: Xavier) has extended the deal with Mons-Hainaut. The forward has been playing for the team since 2009. Last season Justin Cage notched 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in FIBA Europe Cup. In Belgian League the forward tallied 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Justin Cage made it into Belgian League All-Imports Team back in 2013.



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  BERMUDAS  


BBA Elite City League Round Up - by Eurobasket News

The Bermuda Basketball Association's Elite City League resumed inside the Somersfield Academy Gymnasium. Only one game was on tap with Crossfire defeating the Red Raiders 45 - 40. Crossfire dominated the first half and held a 9 point lead at the break 28-19. Conner Yates led Crossfire in the first half, with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist, while Ryan Vega scored 7 points, he had 3 rebounds and 1 steal in the first half for the Red Raiders. The Red Raiders scored 21 second half points and restricted Crossfire to just 17, but they fell short by five points. Kevin Stephens scored 14 points for Crossfire, he also had 10 rebounds, 2 assist and 5 steals, while Vega had a game high 18 points for the Red Raiders, he also had 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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  BOSNIA  


Bosnia and Herzegovina NT preliminary roster - by Miljan Veskovic

Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) announces Bosnia and Herzegovina national team preliminary roster. Among the candidates there will be 4 players from domestic league.Two players from OKK Sloboda Tuzla, Nedzad Muratovic and Almir Hasandic. Drasko Albijanic and Darko Talic from Bosnia and Herzegovina's champions KK Igokea. Other members are:

Mirza Teletovic - Milwaukee Bucks
Nemanja Gordic - Buducnost
Jusuf Nurkic - Portland Trail Blazer
Elmedin Kikanovic - Alba
Andrija Stipanovic - Buyukcekmece
Milan Milosevic - AEK
Adin Vrabac - Partizan
Kenan Karahodzic - Partizan
Emir Sulejmanovic - Cibona
Nikola Gajic - Primorska
Miralem Halilovic - Sibenik
Alex Renfore - Barcelona
Zack Wright - Monaco
Dzanan Musa - Cedevita
Aleksandar Lazic - Dinamik
Edin Atic - AEK
Amar Gegic - Bayern
Imran Polutak - Zabok
Markus Loncar - Cedevita
Njegos Sikiras - Fuenlabrada.




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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Andrade, Bauru18.3 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 9. Garcia, Bauru17.9 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
 10. Lopez, Flamengo6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.1 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
 10. Bresolin, Vitoria1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 4. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 5. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 6. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.7 
 8. Andrade, Bauru0.6 
 9. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 10. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 


NBB Round 2 of Finals. Paulistano record second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Bauru - Paulistano 74-78

Paulistano made another step towards NBB title. They upset Bauru on the road to open 2-0 lead in the championship series. Forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru.
Top scorers:
Bauru: A.Garcia 24+10reb+2ast, J.Andrade 16+7reb+1ast, L.Meindl 13+8reb+4ast, J.Carlos Junior 6+3reb, G.Yeye Torres 5+2reb, V.Silva 5+1reb+4ast
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 20+3reb, D.Hure 11+3reb, E.Carvalho 9+1reb+1ast, A.Pecos 9+5reb+5ast, J.Luz dos Santos 9+3reb, Y.Dos Santos 7+1ast
gschID: 547493





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  CHINA  


Coach Jonas Kazlauskas signs at Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COLOMBIA  


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

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

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

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

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

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



Piratas brings back Jhon Romero from Venezuela. - by Victor Garcia

Piratas de Bogota currently with a 2-4 record in the Colombian Professional League choose to release two of thier imports, sending Isaiah Thomas (188-PG)s and Charleston Dobbs (203-F, college: Prairie View A&M) back home and replacing them with the dominican guard Adonis Nunez (191-G-96) and the Venezuela forward Jhon Romero (199-F-85),
Romero is a veteran in the colombian basketball,has played in Halcones, Bucaros and Piratas this season played with Panteras in Venezuela averaging 6 PPG and 4 RPG, with this two additions Piratas can improve his level of talent.



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

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

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

Cimarrones - Sabios 72-66

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


Aguilas - Academia 80-73

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


Caciques - Piratas 71-62

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


Fast Break - Condores 91-64

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





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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Colombia



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  CYPRUS  


Cyprus rally past Montenegro in San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus - Montenegro 81:71

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

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



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  D-LEAGUE  


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

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



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.3 
 2. Santana, Titanes .24.0 
 3. Scott, Caneros LR21.3 
 4. Gaines, Metros S.21.0 
 5. Guzman, Soles SD21.0 
 6. Maldonado, Soles S.20.5 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM18.3 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD18.3 
 9. Foster, Huracane.17.5 
 10. Bailey, Reales LV17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon HORFORD
  Titanes .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Horford, Titanes .10.5 
 2. Mitchell, Metros S.10.5 
 3. Araujo, Leones SD10.3 
 4. Jones, Caneros LR9.5 
 5. Montas, Huracane.9.5 
 6. McCombs, Soles SD9.0 
 7. Santana, Titanes .9.0 
 8. Garcia, Caneros LR9.0 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM8.7 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel DICENT
  Metros S.
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dicent, Metros S.5.5 
 2. Ruiz, Soles SD5.5 
 3. Soliman, Caner.5.0 
 4. De-Leon, Metros S.4.7 
 5. Miller, Leones SD4.5 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD4.3 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD3.8 
 8. Tamarez, Soles SD3.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.3.3 
 10. Beidler, Caneros LR3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Caneros LR
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beidler, Caneros LR3.0 
 2. Moquete, Titanes .2.5 
 3. Rose, Huracanes PP2.5 
 4. Martinez, Soles SD2.0 
 5. Dicent, Metros S.1.8 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.7 
 7. Scott, Caneros LR1.7 
 8. Perez, Titanes .1.5 
 9. Martinez, Reales L.1.5 
 10. Tamarez, Soles SD1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.3.3 
 2. Garcia, Indios SFM1.7 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.5 
 4. Horford, Titanes .1.5 
 5. McCombs, Soles SD1.0 
 6. Rose, Huracanes PP1.0 
 7. Guzman, Soles SD1.0 
 8. Martinez, Soles SD1.0 
 9. Garcia, Caneros LR1.0 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD1.0 


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Colombia



M.J. Rhett claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Leones SD and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 24-year old power forward had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Leones SD in his team's victory, helping them to beat Titanes Licey (#6, 1-1) 98-91. Leones SD is placed at 3rd position in Dominican Rep. LNB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Leones SD will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Rhett had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Leones SD, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rhett is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.0ppg), assists (4th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Antonio Pena (204-PF-86) of Reales LV. Pena impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Reales LV to edge Metros STGO (2-1) by 1 point 85-84. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Pena is one of the most experienced players at Reales LV and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Leones SD's star - Spanish Jhonatan Araujo (208-C-96). Araujo scored 17 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Leones SD, helping his team with a 98-91 win against Titanes Licey (#6, 1-1). Leones SD needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Araujo has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.3rpg (6th best). Jhonatan Araujo has also Dominican Rep. passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Arnold Louis (201-F-90) of Soles SD - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Soles SD - 27 points and 9 rebounds
8. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) of Metros STGO - 21 points and 3 rebounds
9. Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Leones SD - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Caneros LR - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Clark, Chalon18.2 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.3 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.7 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 8. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Chalon2.2 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Jean-Charles, AS.1.1 
 4. Uter, AS.1.1 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 8. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 9. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.8 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


ProA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Chalon and ASVEL register victories - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Paris-Levallois 84-77

Chalon outgunned Paris-Levallois to open 2-0 advantage in the series. Paris-Levallois was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Chalon/Saor made 31-of-39 charity shots (79.5 percent) during the game, while Paris-Levallois only scored twelve points from the stripe. Paris-Levallois was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Landing Sane (207-90) scored 18 points. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Chalon: J.Roberson 21+2reb+4ast, C.Clark 19+9reb+1ast, M.Fall 19+8reb, J.Nzeulie 9+5reb+5ast, A.Bouteille 8+2reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 4
Paris-Levallois: L.Labeyrie 18+8reb+1ast, L.Sane 18+4reb+1ast, V.Poirier 11+8reb, L.Campbell 11+4reb+5ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+8reb+3ast, J.Rich 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 547577


Strasbourg - ASVEL 73-74

ASVEL nipped Strasbourg on the road to step closer to ProA Finals. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) saved the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. International Charles Kahudi (199-86) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Strasbourg IG.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Nelson 18+6reb+3ast, C.Kahudi 17+5reb+1ast, B.Sy 9+3reb, L.Jean-Charles 8+5reb+1ast, C.Ware 7+3reb+4ast, N.Lang 6+3reb+2ast
Strasbourg: R.Travis 14+9reb+4ast, E.Walker 13+1reb+4ast, A.Slaughter 13+1reb+1ast, M.Howard 9+1reb, M.Jaiteh 7+5reb+1ast, E.Murphy 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547576





Clerence re-signs at Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) confirmed in their roster 29-year old power forward Patrick Clerence (204-88). He played there last season. In 37 NM1 games he had 5.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Clerence played at Aix Maurienne where in 36 NM1 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg.
He won NM1 Play-Offs in 2016.
Clerence has played previously for five other teams: Feurs Enfants du Forez, Trappes, SAP Vaucluse, Roche and Aubenas.

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Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps Dean for another season - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) re-signed experienced 34-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-90kg-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points). He played there last season. In 18 ProA games he averaged 12.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg. Dean also played that season for CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 8 games he had just 1.9ppg.
Among other achievements he won Iranian Superleague championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Dean received also Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 1st Team award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Dean experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Dean has played previously professionally in Greece (Kavala), Italy (Scandone Avellino), Lebanon (Hoops Club), Russia, Turkey (Aliaga and Socar Petkim), Spain (Baskonia, Unicaja Malaga, Valencia Basket and Gipuzkoa) and Iran (Petrochimi and Mahram).
He attended University of Louisville until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Dean's outlook: A tough player who brings a great energy on the court. Shoots extremely well from long distance, he's the ideal man to serve just out from screens. Thanks to his great hustle and shooting skills, he can build a succesful career in the European leagues, while he could have size problems (true height is around 6-3) in playing the 2 position at NBA level.

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Nancy signs Mickael Var - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) signed 27-year old power forward Mickael Var (205-90). He played last season at Union Poitiers Basket 86 in the ProB. In 34 games he had 11.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Var played at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (also in ProB) where in 42 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0spg.
He won French ProB championship title in 2014.
Var was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2010.
He has played previously for three other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, ALM Evreux and SO Maritime Boulogne.

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Jonathan Kazadi left Orleans - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Swiss international guard Jonathan Kazadi (193-91) left Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). Kazadi played there also last season. In 21 games in France he had 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Fribourg Olympic in Swiss LNA where in 39 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. Kazadi helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. He also spent pre-season at Academie Fribourg (LNA) in Switzerland that year. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Kazadi has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2009 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kazadi represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 75.0%.

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Caen lands Ibrahima Sidibe - by Eurobasket News

Caen Basket Calvados (NM1) tabbed 22-year old naturalized Malian point guard Ibrahima Sidibe (180-95) from GET Vosges. In 25 NM1 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Sidibe played at Denain Voltaire (ProB) where in 32 games he had just 2.7ppg.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Sidibe's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 10 games: 2.6ppg, 1.7rpg.
Sidibe has played previously for another French team Entente Orleans 45.

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Charleville lands coach Alex Casimiri - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) landed 45-year old coach Alex Casimiri. He has coached for the last six years at Lourdes in French NM1 league. Casimiri also coached for Tarbes before.
His team made it to the NM2 Semifinals in 2013.

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Darrigand left Bordeaux - by Eurobasket News

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

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Angers BC lands Luke Fitzgerald - by Eurobasket News

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

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Romeo Travis selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of FYR Macedonians who are currently playing abroad.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He could not help Strasbourg IG (23-11) in their last game. Despite Travis' good performance Strasbourg IG was edged 74-73 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Travis also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It was Strasbourg IG's first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Travis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 15.0% and FT: 66.7% in 32 games he played so far. Travis is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely Travis has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Darussafaka (23-7) 95-81 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Wednesday. Antic scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. Antic's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). He led Gran Canaria to an easy victory against the second-ranked Baskonia (23-9) 94-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. McCalebb scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (21-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. McCalebb has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(123-222), 3FGP: 22.0% and FT: 76.3%. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Scandone AV (19-11) in their last game. Despite Green's good performance Scandone AV lost 77-88 in Venezia to the second-ranked Umana. He scored 11 points and had 3 steals in 25 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Green's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg in 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #5. Former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Libertad Sunchales (29-27) in their last game on Monday. Despite Massey's good performance the sixth-placed Libertad Sunchales (29-27) was defeated 82-76 in Corrientes by the higher-ranked Regatas (#3) in the Norte group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He played also for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #6. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Spartak (1-12) crushing them 93-68 in the Serbian KLS in Wednesday night's game. Samardziski recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. BC Mega Leks (8-5) is placed fourth in the KLS. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This year Samardziski's total stats are: 2.4ppg and 2.4rpg in 11 games. He is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team two years ago.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #7. Former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hendrix couldn't help Gran Canaria (21-11) in their game against Baskonia (23-9). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Hendrix scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gran Canaria was edged 73-71 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Baskonia. Hendrix has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Anadolu Efes (23-7) to beat Besiktas (24-6). Osman scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. But Anadolu Efes was edged 74-72 in a derby game by the second-ranked Besiktas. It was Anadolu Efes' third consecutive loss in a row. Osman is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Anadolu Efes' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in 32 games he played so far. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:

Dino Radoncic (202-F-99) plays for Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa
Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-PG-98) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) plays for Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) plays for Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa
Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) plays for Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga
Marko Dujkovic (226-C-90) plays for Metalac in Serbian KLS
Nenad Zivcevic (203-F-87) plays for DSG in Tunisian Division I

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



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

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


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

Ratiopharm - EWE Baskets 75-78

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





Joshiko Saibou Returns Home Back To Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90, agency: Octagon Europe) has developed into a solid easyCredit BBL player as he played for Trier, Crailsheim and Giessen the last years and now returns back to where he started his basketball career with Alba Berlin. Joshiko Saibou is a 27 year old 188cm guard that brings 162 BBL games experience to the German capital. Last season he played for the Giessen 46ers playing 33 games avergaing 7,8ppg, 2,2rpg and 1,7apg while shooting a potent 44.4% from outside. Alba Berlin gave the German a 2 year deal. "He has developed well the last seasons and had important roles with his last teams. He is very dangerous with his shot and drive, but also has an eye for his teammates and is a engaged defender. We still see development potential and feel he can make the next step with us", warned Himar Ojeda.

Saibou started his basketball career in 2008 with ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) where he played until 2010 an dthen made the jump to the BBL team in 2010 playing 2 games. In 2011 he moved to TBB Trier playing two seasons wfor head coach Henrik Rodl playing a total of 29 BBL games. In 2013-2014 he moved to the LTi Giessen 46ers (ProA) playing 38 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 67.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to the Crailsheim Merlins (BBL) playing 33 games averaging 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 72.0%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for the s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (BBL): 37 games: 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg. "Berlin is my home and had the last years contact to the players, coaches and workers and my family and friends are there. I am happy to be home again. I am looking forward to the new challenge and will give my all to play well", stressed joshiko Saibou.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -14, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -14, and German A2 National Team -14.

Source:Alba Berlin



Khartchenkov leaves Schalke - by Eurobasket News

30-year old naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-92kg-87) left FC Schalke 04 (ProB). In 25 ProB games he averaged 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won German Regionalliga (West Group) championship title in 2016. Khartchenkov received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2009.
He was a member of German U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Khartchenkov has played also professionally in Romania (CSU Sibiu), Germany (Duesseldorf Baskets, Braunschweig, Mitteldeutscher BC, ETB Wohnbau and USC Freiburg) and Russia (BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team and Lobnya Moscow Region).
His game is described as: The Russian small forward is an amazingly good three point shooter and upon not serious defence he can score as many as 15 three pointers (in a juniors game in Russia he did it). His is very fast shooter and his shot is not the easiest one as he uses specific technicalities including a fine vertical leap which makes his shot even more difficult to guard, at the same time is very good in the penetration against both smaller and larger opponents. Nikita is an athletic guy with a very athletic body.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

I will be working on my shoot and ball handling !

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Yes I think so.

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

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

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

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


What was the last movie that you saw?

Power Rangers! Great movie.

Thanks Brian for the chat.


Thanks r Ranger. Great movie.Brian for the chat.



Nenad Josipovic Named Dresden Titans Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Dresden Titans have found a new coach with Nenad Josipovic replacing Liam Flynn. Nenad Josipovic is a Croatian coach that isn't unknown in Germany as he has been in Germany since 1999 coaching teams like the Oldenburger TB, Bremen Rosters, Saar-Pfalz Braves and last coached BG Karlsruhe. "With Nenad Josipovic we were able to find an experienced second Bundesliga coach. He lives basketball on and off the court and has a defind philosphy. We want to find back on track together", stressed Peter Krautwald. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Coach of the Year -06, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) and Regular Season Champion -16.

Source.Dresden Titans




Thomas Reuter Moves To The EN Baskets Schwelm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Thomas Reuter (198-SF-92, college: E.Washington) will stay in the area and continue his basketball career with the EN Baskets Schwelm coming from Iserlohn. Reuter is a 25 year old 198cm forward that brings 6 BBL games experience with Phoenix Hagen to Schwelm and played 81 Pro B games with the Iserlohn Kangaroos the last three seasons. Last season he played 27 games: averaging 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.1%. "A few years ago we went a way that is bound with the region in sport and business. But we don't forget where we come from. We are happy that another player that grew up playing in the Ennepe-Ruhr area has found there way to us", stated Iserlohn CEO Michael Kershold. Last season he scored in double figures in 18 games including a 20 point game in a win against Schalke and 20 points in a win against Recklingshausen.

Reuter began his basketball career with TuS Breckerfeld and then moved to BBV Hagen (Regionalliga) in 2006. He learned his early basketball trade there playing 4 seasons in the Regionalliga before making the jump to the Phoenix Hagen organization in 2010 where he remained ttwo seasons. There he also had a double license to play ith BSV Wulfen (ProB) where he played 45 games. "I am looking forward to the challenge in Schwelm. The new season will be exciting and I am sure that we will play a role in the Pro B. Now I am looking forward to the new surroundings and practicing in the new gym", stressed Thomas Reuter.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -07-08, German U18 National Team -09-10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11, 16, German NBBL All-Star Game -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -15, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -15.

Source:EN Baskets Schwelm



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

FINAL
Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 84-80

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

3-4 Place
Aris - AEK Athens 85-91

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



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

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



Mayo hires new boys basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

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



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

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



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Grindavik keeps Jonsson for another season - by Eurobasket News

U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) re-signed 22-year old guard Dagur Jonsson (185-75kg-95, college: St.Francis, NY). He was a team leader there last season. In 30 Dominos League games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.6apg. Jonsson helped them to make it to the final.
He just graduated from St. Francis College (NY) and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Jonsson received Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 3rd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Jonsson represented Iceland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg.
Jonsson has played previously for Stjarnan.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thor AK Akureyri lands Palmi Jonsson - by Eurobasket News

Thor AK Akureyri (Dominos League) tabbed 24-year old forward Palmi Jonsson (196-93) from Tindastoll. In 16 Dominos League games he averaged 3.2ppg and 1.3rpg last season.
Jonsson's team made it to the D1 Playoff Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Breidablik and IR Reykjavik.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.9 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Hopson, Ironi N.16.1 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 10. Milbourne, Hapoel E.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.4 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 8. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.8 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.7 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Long, Maccabi .2.1 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 5. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 7. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.0 
 7. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 8. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


Winner League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Maccabi Tel Aviv enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel J-M - Ironi Nahariya 84-75

Hapoel Jerusalem outgunned Ironi Nahariya to cut the deficit in the series.The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-15. But Ironi Nahariya won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Jerusalem shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. American Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) who recorded 18 points and American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Five Hapoel Jerusalem and four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Dyson 18+1reb+5ast, R.Howell 16+12reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 14+3reb+5ast, T.Kinsey 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 10+2reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 7+5reb
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 18+4reb+2ast, T.Nash 12+4reb, D.Kitchen 12+5reb+4ast, N.Faust 10+5reb+1ast, S.Douglass 8+1reb+2ast, S.Hopson 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546940


Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hertzeliyya 105-68

Maccabi Tel-Aviv fired past Bnei Herzeliyya to sweep the series. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Bnei Hasharon only scored six points from the stripe. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Bnei Hasharon's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Quincy Miller-Scott (206-92, college: Baylor) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Maccabi T-A's coach Arik Shivek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: Q.Miller-Scott 19+6reb+1ast, V.Rudd 16+5reb+5ast, Y.Ohayon 13+4ast, A.Goudelock 10+2reb+5ast, G.Pnini 10, S.Landesberg 9+1reb
Bnei Hertzeliyya: K.Mashour 15+5reb+2ast, J.Adrien 15+8reb+2ast, D.Williams 11+7reb+1ast, D.Sharp 10+4reb, H.Kanacevic 6+7reb+1ast, B.Triche 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 546938


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 63-70

Maccabi Rishon upset Hapoel Eilat on the road to take 2-1 lead. Hapoel Eilat was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-30 second half run of Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Eilat was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 4 steals. The former international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) accounted for 7 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Maccabi Rishon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) came up with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Eilat in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Long 22+4reb+2ast, E.Kadir 12+7reb+3ast, P.Richard 9+5reb, S.Dawson 7+13reb+2ast, C.Thomas 6+2reb+1ast, J.Moore 4
Hapoel Eilat: W.Daniels 13+7reb+1ast, P.Henry 10+6reb+7ast, N.Sharon 9+6reb+5ast, R.Rothbart 9+2reb, L.Milbourne 8+5reb, R.Buckner 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 546939


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 77-78

Maccabi Haifa nipped Hapoel Holon on the road to celebrate the second victory in a row. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-77. It was a great evening for naturalized American Willy Workman (198-90, college: Amherst) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) helped adding 19 points and 6 assists. DiBartolomeo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 assists and guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: J.DiBartolomeo 19+3reb+6ast, W.Workman 19+11reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 15+4reb+1ast, K.Pinkney 13+4reb, G.Vargas 8+3reb+9ast, R.Freeman 4+2reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 21+1reb+12ast, D.Atkins 15+7reb, S.Harush 14+8reb+3ast, J.Bell 11+7reb+1ast, R.Huber 8+1reb+3ast, G.Israeli 5
gschID: 546937





Alessandro Gentile leaves Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Italian international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) left Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League). He played there also last season. In 8 games in Israel he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
Gentile managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). Gentile also played that season for Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 8 games he had 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to win the cup. The other team Gentile played shortly was Armani Milano in Italian Serie A. In 6 games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). Gentile's team won Italian Supercup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016.
Gentile has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Gentile also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.8ppg), 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.9%.
Gentile has played previously for another Italian team Benetton Treviso.
His game is described as: A player with great versatility, whose future is probably at the SG position. Knows yet how to score and has great personality, needs to improve his defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.8 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Logan, Scandone AV15.9 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 10. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Moore, The F.5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.3 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 3. Green, Scandone AV1.8 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Logan, Scandone AV1.5 
 6. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 9. Forray, Dolomiti.1.5 
 10. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 6. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.1.1 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Jesi
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 2. Smith, Roseto23.6 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.7 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
 10. Lawson, Virtus B.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 6. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 9. Perry, Treviso .9.0 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.8 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Golden, Chieti4.5 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Sollazzo, Treviglio4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Green, Alma T.2.5 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 5. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Spissu, Virtus B.1.8 
 8. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 9. Smith, Ravenna1.7 
 10. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.3 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.2 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara20.6 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.8 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino18.5 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona18.0 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Chiacig, Taranto10.4 
 5. Bagnoli, Cassino10.2 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Arrigoni, Omegna8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 4. Bottioni, Campli5.1 
 5. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 6. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 7. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.0 
 8. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.0 
 9. Panzini, Cassino4.8 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Gasparin, Omegna2.0 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 9. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 3. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 4. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 5. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 6. Mastroianni, Napoli C.1.0 
 7. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 


Achille Polonara may sign at Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) is close to land 26-year old international forward Achille Polonara (203-90kg-91) who played last time at Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Polonara has played there for the last three years. In 33 Serie A games he averaged 10.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5apg last season. Polonara helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
Among other achievements his team won Italian Supercup in 2016. Polonara received also Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team award in 2015 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Polonara has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg.
Polonara has played previously for two other teams: Openjobmetis VA and BancaTercas.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An athletic forward with great timing for rebounds and shot-blocking and great personality for his age. Shoots lefthanded. Needs to improve his defense, but has great upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine signs Tommaso Raspino - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (Serie A2) signed 28-year old guard Tommaso Raspino (200-86kg-89, agency: Players Group) from Piacenza. In 30 Serie A2 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Raspino played at FCM Ferentino (Serie A) where in 40 games he recorded 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. Raspino's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 10.4ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 69.4%.
Raspino has played previously for five other teams: VL Pesaro, Alma Trieste, Pavia Basket, Angelico Biella and Omegna.
He could be described: A young guard who is yet almost 6-7 and has great wingspan. Shoots well, has great court vision and passing skills. Needs to improve his shooting selection and his defense on smaller, quicker opponents. Has become a very good defender on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alessandro Gentile leaves Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Italian international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) left Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League). He played there also last season. In 8 games in Israel he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
Gentile managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). Gentile also played that season for Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 8 games he had 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to win the cup. The other team Gentile played shortly was Armani Milano in Italian Serie A. In 6 games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). Gentile's team won Italian Supercup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016.
Gentile has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Gentile also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.8ppg), 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.9%.
Gentile has played previously for another Italian team Benetton Treviso.
His game is described as: A player with great versatility, whose future is probably at the SG position. Knows yet how to score and has great personality, needs to improve his defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Montegrano, Napoli Cuore, Orzinuovi GaGa and Bergamo enter Serie B Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Campli - Montegrano 63-75

Montegrano swept Campli following a road win in Game 3. It was a quality performance for naturalized Argentinian center Marcelo Dip (205-84, agency: Players Group) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) came up with 15 points and 4 assists and forward Bruno Duranti (197-93) added 10 points respectively for Campli in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Campli: R.Bottioni 15+3reb+4ast, O.Petrazzuoli 12+1reb, B.Duranti 10+2reb+2ast, M.Norbedo 9+1reb, A.Serafini 9+2reb, R.Ponziani 6+6reb+1ast
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 18+3reb, M.Dip 14+8reb+1ast, G.Broglia 14+4reb, E.Rivali 8+4reb+4ast, O.Gueye 6+1reb+2ast, V.Di Viccaro 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547523


Palestrina - Napoli Cuore 79-83

Napoli Cuore fired past Palestrina to advance into Serie B Final Four. Napoli Cuore made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Palestrina was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) answered with 21 points and point guard Luca Montanari (181-92) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Palestrina. Four Palestrina players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: R.Pederzini 21+4reb+3ast, M.Drigo 12+2reb, L.Montanari 12+6reb+2ast, G.Rossi 11+2reb+1ast, D.Serino 7+8reb+3ast, D.Brenda 6+1reb
Napoli Cuore: S.Nikolic 22+5reb+4ast, N.Visnjic 20+14reb+1ast, R.Maggio 13+5reb+5ast, M.Mastroianni 7, D.Marzaioli 6+1reb+1ast, A.Barsanti 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 547522


Omegna - Orzinuovi GaGa 67-74

Orzinuovi GaGa topped Omegna to sweep the series. It was a great evening for guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Orzinuovi GaGa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Giacomo Gurini (191-84) with 16 points and forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Omegna's coach Filippo Faina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Omegna: G.Gurini 16+4reb+1ast, D.Perez 11+1reb+1ast, M.Arrigoni 8+10reb+1ast, D.Corral 8+3reb, G.Gasparin 8+3reb+4ast, F.Villa 8+3reb
Orzinuovi GaGa: A.Ruggiero 16+7reb+2ast, R.Valenti 11+9reb+1ast, G.Piunti 11+4reb, M.Toure 10+3reb+1ast, A.Scanzi 9+4ast, C.Cantone 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547521


Bergamo - Cento 70-68

Bergamo held off Cento to secure Final Four birth. The best player for the winners was power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Niccolo Cazzolato (194-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lorenzo DAlessandro (198-96, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Cento players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cento: A.Chiera 19+8reb+2ast, D.Andreaus 11+4reb+4ast, M.Benfatto 11+6reb+1ast, L.D'Alessandro 10+8reb+3ast, M.Caroldi 9+2reb+3ast, L.Pignatti 6+5reb+2ast
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 17+10reb, M.Planezio 11+5reb+2ast, N.Cazzolato 10+10reb+2ast, D.Lauwers 9+2reb+1ast, S.Berti 9+4reb+3ast, A.Panni 8+3reb+10ast
gschID: 547520





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  JAMAICA  


Jaguars, Saints register wins in Elite Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Former champions Granville Jaguars and Holland Saints scored contrasting wins on Tuesday as they edged closer to leaders and defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars in the Western Basketball Association iCool/iDrade Elite Basketball League.In games at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, Granville Jaguars beat MoBay Hoopers 72-48 to improve to 22 points, two behind Catherine Hall, while Holland Saints edged Inner-city Avalanche 47-46 and moved to 19 points in third place. Hoopers remained in fourth place on 17 points, one point and one place better than Avalanche. Another double-header will be played today at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, starting at 6:15 pm, with Lucea Flames taking on Cricket Club Knights and Muschett Falcons and Catherine Hall All-Stars. On Tuesday Saints led 11-9 and 24-17 after the first two quarters, but Avalanche exploded for 16 points in the third quarter to tie up the scores at 33-33 going into the final period. Led by a game-high 25 points and 19 rebounds by Shavaughn Reid, Holland got the better of the St James club in the final quarter as player/coach Ricardo Brooks chipped in with nine points and 12 rebounds. Fabian Julian also had a double-double for Avalanche with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Dovial Smith scored eight points and had two rebounds, while Damian Smith scored seven points and had 17 rebounds.
In the second game, national representative Dave Black scored 25 points to lead Granville Jaguars to a comfortable 24 points win, leading from the very start. Leroy Lawrence scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds as well for Granville, who led 20-13, 32-18 and 46-25 after the first three quarters. Rayon Gardiner had 10 points and 16 rebounds for Hoopers, while Mikhail Smith scored eight points and had 14 rebounds.
Courtesy of: jamaicaobserver.com



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  LEBANON  


Champville keeps Farhat for another season - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Pepsi LBL) re-signed American point guard Ali Farhat (183-73kg, college: Mich.-Dearborn). He played there last season. In 21 Pepsi LBL games he averaged 5.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Newcomer of the Year.
Farhat's team made it to the MAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He graduated from University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Geneve Lions sign Dominykas Milka - by Luca Maffioli

Lions de Geneve (LNA) signed 25-year old Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-118kg-92, college: St.Rose, NY). He played last season at Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. Milka managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 34 Alexela KML games he had 12.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Milka also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. And finally Milka contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Milka played at TLU/Kalev (also in Alexela KML). In 29 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.3ppg and got 7.8rpg and 2.0apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Milka also played 5 games in Baltic League where he got high stats: 18.8ppg, 9.6rpg and 3.0apg. The other team Milka played that season for was Dragonflies in Japanese NBL. In 12 games he was fourth best scorer with 9.1ppg and got 6.7rpg.
Milka was voted NABC NCAA D2 All-East Region 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Milka has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Lietkabelis and Vytautas.
He attended College of Saint Rose until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Coach Jonas Kazlauskas signs at Guandong Tigers - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Luxembourg cruise past San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - San Marino 99:44

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

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



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Caen lands Ibrahima Sidibe - by Eurobasket News

Caen Basket Calvados (NM1) tabbed 22-year old naturalized Malian point guard Ibrahima Sidibe (180-95) from GET Vosges. In 25 NM1 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Sidibe played at Denain Voltaire (ProB) where in 32 games he had just 2.7ppg.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Sidibe's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 10 games: 2.6ppg, 1.7rpg.
Sidibe has played previously for another French team Entente Orleans 45.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Franklin, Guasave26.1 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.7 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.8 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 7. Glover, Obregon21.2 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
 10. Ammons, Navolato20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.2 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.7 
 7. West, Guaymas8.4 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis8.1 
 9. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.4 
 10. Smith, Durango7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Crawford, Durango6.1 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.8 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.2 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 5. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 7. Murphy, Los Mochis4.9 
 8. Crawford, Culiacan4.9 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 10. Marigney, Guaymas4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.4 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 4. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 7. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 8. Motley, Los Mochis1.4 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 10. Maxwell, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 4. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 9. Smith, Durango0.9 
 10. Edwards, Mazatlan0.7 


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

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

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

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

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

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



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Cyprus rally past Montenegro in San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus - Montenegro 81:71

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

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



Marko Todorovic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Khimki (19-5) in their last game. Despite Todorovic's very good performance the third-placed Khimki (19-5) was edged 92-89 on the road by the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Todorovic also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. It's Todorovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 68.9%(131-190) and FT: 51.9% in 30 games he played so far. Todorovic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 3-point Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (22-10) 67-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Dubljevic recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds. Valencia Basket (23-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Dubljevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 84.9%. Dubljevic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Bojan Dubljevic in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Rice. He was not able to help FC Barcelona (22-10) in their last game. Despite Rice's very good performance FC Barcelona was edged 67-64 in Valencia by the higher-ranked (#3) Basket. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 30 minutes. Rice has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 28.3% and FT: 80.7% in 34 games. He is a naturalized American. Rice played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #4. Power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) led Crvena Zvezda to a victory against the closely-ranked Mega Leks (8-5) 73-67 in the Serbian KLS in Thursday night's game. Bjelica scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (12-1) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #5. Former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet to a victory over the closely-ranked Twarde Pierniki (21-11) 88-69 in the Polish PLK last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Dragicevic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stelmet Zielona Gora (23-9) is placed second in the PLK. Dragicevic's stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg in 30 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #6. Power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Djurisic was the major contributor in Stelmet's victory against the closely-ranked Twarde Pierniki (21-11) 88-69. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Djurisic also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Djurisic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #7. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (19-5) in their last game. Despite Rochestie's very good performance Lokomotiv (#4) lost 95-101 in Moscow to the leading CSKA in the group A of VTB United League. He recorded 17 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. Rochestie averaged so far 12.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #8. Power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Spartak (1-12) crushing them 93-68 in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. Spasojevic recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Mega Leks (8-5) is placed fourth in the KLS. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Spasojevic's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

Vladimir Mihailovic
Vladimir Mihailovic
   #9. International shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a EWE Baskets' surprising victory against the league leader ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) 78-75 in the German BBL on Thursday night. Mihailovic scored 13 points in 22 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (18-14) is placed seventh in the BBL. This year Mihailovic averages: 5.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg in 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Ivan Jelenic
Ivan Jelenic
   #10. Shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Radosav Spasojevic in the Serbian KLS last game. Jelenic couldn't help Spartak (1-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Spartak was crushed 93-68 in Sremska Mitrovica by the higher-ranked Mega Leks (#4). Jelenic was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Jelenic's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Jelenic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. Jelenic is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Bnei Hasharon in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team was crushed by 37 points 105-68. This year Kanacevic's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg in 35 games. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

   #12. Former U20 international swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Vrsac in their game against Dynamic BG in the Serbian KLS. Savovic recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 77-73. Savovic's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Nikola Lucic (193-97, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Jelenic and both played together in the last Serbian KLS game. Lucic couldn't help Spartak in their game against Mega Leks. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Lucic recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team was crushed by 25 points 93-68. This year Lucic averages just 0.9ppg in 16 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team three years ago.



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  NBA  


After career year with Heat, Dion Waiters reportedly will opt out, become free agent - by Eurobasket News

Here's a sentence you probably never expected to see: If it weren't for a Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) sprained ankle at the end of the regular season, the Miami Heat probably would have made the playoffs. That is the truth, however, as Waiters' career season was derailed by a turned ankle that cost him the final 13 games, the Heat were only a tiebreaker away from the playoffs. The fifth-year guard had the most productive season of his career, averaging 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting nearly 40 percent from downtown. On the back of that strong campaign, Waiters is reportedly going to be betting on himself this summer by opting out of the final year of his contract in order to become a free agent. Via ESPN: Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters intends to decline his 2017-18 player option to enter unrestricted free agency on July 1, league sources tell ESPN. June 29 is Waiters' official deadline date. Sources say the Heat are aware of his intentions.
With the salary cap going up to $101M for next season, teams will have money to spend, and Waiters is likely to receive a fair amount of it.
Courtesy of: cbsports.com



Miami Heat, Chris Bosh reach agreement to part ways - by Eurobasket News

Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech)'s time on the Miami Heat roster is finally nearing an end. A complicated end, at that. The blood clots that Bosh has dealt with over parts of the last three seasons have been declared a career-ending injury situation and the Heat will soon remove the 11-time All-Star forward from their roster and salary cap going forward, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced publicly. Bosh will never be able to play again for the Heat, said the person, adding that Bosh could play again if another club gives him medical clearance. If that happens - and it's unclear if that's a possibility because the specifics of Bosh's current health situation are unknown - the Heat will face no risk of having any of the $52 million Bosh is owed over the next two seasons returning to their salary cap. "I'm still a basketball player at heart," Bosh told AP in March. "I can't help it." So it appears the 33-year-old Bosh will have a chance to play again, and Miami gets to soon close the last remaining link to the "Big Three" era that saw the Heat reach four consecutive NBA Finals with Bosh, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) leading the way from 2011 through 2014. And months of talks between Bosh, the Heat, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are about to bring a resolution. Bosh remains on the Heat roster for now, and could stay there for several more weeks. It's almost certain that he will eventually be waived once Miami needs his cap space for free agency in July - the Heat will have around $37 million in room once Bosh's contract comes off the books - though a trade is still technically possible. It was obvious last September that Bosh had played his last game for the Heat, after he failed a physical and team president Pat Riley said the franchise was moving forward without the two-time champion in its plans. Bosh made clear last fall that he wanted to play, and eventually got back into the game as an analyst for Turner Sports late in the season. He described what he went through this past season as "a taste of retirement." "You're going 100 mph and the brakes are slammed on and now you're not moving at all," Bosh said in the March interview. "It's definitely an adjustment, just being able to get used to things and finding that purpose that I think we all need to succeed and have good mental health. It's been a challenge. Things happen for a reason, I guess." Bosh's first known bout with a clot was in February 2015, when one that was believed to have formed in one of his legs traveled to a lung and caused problems so severe that he needed to be hospitalized for several days. He recovered and was averaging 19.1 points in the 2015-16 season when the second known issue with a clot began - ironically, at the All-Star break, just as was the case the season before. He hasn't played since.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Mutual Interest Between Amir Johnson, Raptors - by Eurobasket News

Two years after leaving Toronto, Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) will be back on the free agent market this summer, and a reunion with his old team isn't out of the question. According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, there's mutual interest between the Raptors and Johnson, as the big man nears free agency. Johnson, 30, appeared in 80 games (77 starts) for the Celtics in 2016/17, averaging 6.5 PPG and 4.6 RPG with a .576/.409/.670 shooting line. While the veteran power forward was a solid role player for Boston, he likely won't be back with the club next season. The Celtics figure to bring draft-and-stash prospects Ante Zizic (6'11''-F/C-97, agency: BeoBasket) and Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95) stateside and use the savings created on Johnson's $12MM expiring contract to pursue an impact player. Although a handful of teams have already expressed interest in Johnson, according to a source who spoke to Deveney, the idea of a reunion with the Raptors is an interesting one. Toronto will likely attempt to retain Serge Ibaka, who is headed for unrestricted free agency next month. But doing so may mean parting ways with Patrick Patterson, another free agent - Johnson could be a cheaper alternative to Patterson. Assuming the Raptors stay over the cap as they attempt to re-sign players from a free agent group that also includes Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker, they'd have the mid-level exception and the bi-annual exception to spend on outside additions. Those exceptions will be worth about $8.41MM and $3.29MM, respectively.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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

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



The Kings released Tolliver - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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



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Former Northwestern basketball star moves closer to home - by Eurobasket News

Saiquan Jamison (6'7''-F) said he would rather grab 20 rebounds than score 20 points any day. Many kids want to score the ball and finish with the most points. However, Jamison has found success in his rebounding prowess. 'In the NBA, I would compare myself to someone like (the Cleveland Cavaliers') Tristan Thompson, but a little more versatile,' Jamison said. 'I can do more than just rebound. I feel like if I rebound well, points will come my way because my teammates will see me working my tail off and will reward me.' Jamison credits a lot of his success to Everyone Deserves A Shot owner Ricky Goings, who runs an academic planning program that focuses on assisting potential college students with the college acceptance and financial process. Goings' mission is to give as many kids as possible a chance to go to school by exposing their talents to college coaches. ' (Goings) pretty much took me under his wing and it was a wrap from there,' Jamison said. 'He has talked to me on a regular basis about college coaches' mindset. I used his knowledge to my advantage when it came to making decisions.' Last season, Jamison finished his first college season at the University of Mount Olive. He started 23 games and averaged eight points and eight rebounds-per-game with a game-high of 19 points. 'My experience there was a bit shaky in the beginning. I just had a lot of bumps and bruises,' Jamison said. 'As a team, we didn't start off well. We lost games that we should have won. I built relationships with a few guys that will now be lifelong friends. It was real tough for my parents, who had to drive six hours to see me play.' Last month Jamison announced he would be leaving Mount Olive to transfer to Bowie State University. Bowie State offered Jamison a partial scholarship last year, but he was hoping for more. 'My job was to make sure my parents did not have to spend large amounts of money (to see me play),' Jamison said. 'There is nothing like being home and playing in front of family and friends. 'As soon as I come in I will be eligible to play and I think I will fit right in. Everyone is cool and they enjoy the motor I have. It will be a fun season.' Tyrell Slade, who played with Jamison in the fall league at Northwestern High School, said Jamison was always about business. 'He is a good person to be around,' Slade said. 'He is funny and was always cracking jokes, but when it is time to ball he was locked in and it was straight business for him.'
Courtesy of: thesentinel.com



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

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



California center Kameron Rooks transfers to San Diego State - by Eurobasket News

San Diego State earned its first commitment from a transfer as 7-1 center Kameron Rooks (7'0''-C-95) announced that he was coming back home. Rooks played his high school ball at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California, which is a city in the North County region of San Diego County, before committing to California. He will now graduate from California and then join the San Diego State program. The commitment marks the first for new head coach Brian Dutcher . Rooks is a graduate transfer, meaning he is eligible to play immediately. He has one year of eligibility left after spending four years at California. In his freshman year in Berkely he played in 26 games with the Golden Bears before his season ended prematurely with a foot injury. The following year Rooks had to redshirt due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament that he sustained before the season started. He bounced back for his sophomore year and started 10 games at center for the Golden Bears. Before the start of his junior year Rooks father, former NBA player Sean Rooks, passed away due to heart disease. With a heavy heart Rooks started 10 games, averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.9 minutes. Rooks collected a season-high nine rebounds against San Diego State. His season started off great as he was averaging eight points and eight rebounds through his first three games when he got hurt in the fourth game of the season against Wyoming. He missed 10 games after undergoing surgery for his knee. Now an Aztec, Kameron Rooks will bring an inside presence on the offensive and defensive end that the Aztecs are missing. His ability to rebound and protect the paint will be an upgrade for a San Diego State team that lacked a big body that could fight for boards. San Diego State still has two scholarships left for this year and is currently hosting UConn transfer Vance Jackson.
Courtesy of: mwcconnection.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.1 
 2. Jones, Canterbury23.9 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.22.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.7 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.6 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.18.2 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers18.1 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.6 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.9.5 
 3. Kay, Southland S.9.2 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.9.2 
 5. Jones, Canterbury9.1 
 6. Henry, Wellington S.7.9 
 7. Egwu, SC Rangers7.9 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.7.8 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.0 
 3. Norton, Southlan.5.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury5.5 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.3 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.2 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.7 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.4 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.3 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.1.9 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.4 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.7 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.2 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 7. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.0.8 
 9. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 10. Jones, Canterbury0.7 


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

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

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia). He led Bandits to a victory over the seventh-ranked Frankston Blues (3-10) crushing them 95-73 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Newton was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. Albury Wodonga Bandits (6-6) are placed fifth in SEABL-East group. Newton has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 43.6% and FT: 92.0%(23-25) in 12 games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). King-Hawea contributed to Spectres' victory against the sixth-ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (5-8) 96-82 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Nunawading Spectres (12-2) are placed first in SEABL-East group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season King-Hawea averages: 6.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 62.3%(33-53), 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 83.3%. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2014.

Tohi Smith-Milner
Tohi Smith-Milner
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC, currently plays in Australia). Smith-Milner contributed to a Frankston Blues' victory against the eighth-ranked BA CoE (2-7) 86-77 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Frankston Blues (3-10) are placed seventh in SEABL-South group. This season Smith-Milner has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 25.0%. Former Canterbury Rams starter played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

   #4. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) could not help Eagles (4-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance his team lost 91-103 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Hawks in the SBL group. Tawhiti scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. This year Tawhiti's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 16 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #5. Former international forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) helped Buccaneers win their game against the tenth-ranked Flames (6-10) 84-79 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Paringatai recorded 6 points. Geraldton Buccaneers (12-2) are placed second in SBL group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Paringatai's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

Zane Meehl
Zane Meehl
   #6. Guard Zane Meehl (188-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in Australia) helped Sunshine CR win their game against the fourth-ranked Cairns Marlins (4-2) 95-84 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Meehl recorded 11 points in 25 minutes. Sunshine Coast Rip (4-0) is placed third in QBL group. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Meehl has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg in three games. He is a former university international player as he played for the New Zealand team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Brisbane Capitals' victory against the tenth-ranked Brisbane Spartans (1-3) 99-86 in a derby game in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Carter recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Brisbane Capitals (4-0) are placed second in QBL group. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Carter has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Zeke Meehl (181-G-88, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Sunshine Coast Rip to win against the fourth-ranked Cairns Marlins (4-2) 95-84 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Meehl recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for Sunshine CR this season. His team is placed third in QBL group. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Meehl is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian.

   #3. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia). He could not help Eastern Mavericks (7-1) to beat South Adelaide Panthers (1-7). Lovell cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The first-placed Eastern Mavericks (7-1) lost 78-84 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) South Adelaide Panthers in the Premier League. This year Lovell's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.1apg in seven games.



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Ekpe Udoh's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Nigerians who are currently playing abroad.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to a victory against the closely-ranked Darussafaka (23-7) 95-81 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Udoh had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. This year Udoh averages: 10.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(105-177), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 65.3% in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Udoh is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 88-77 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Ejim scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ejim's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 67.0% in 38 games. Ejim is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2012.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Akindele could not help Vaqueros (11-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Vaqueros was defeated 97-90 on the road by the higher-ranked Piratas (#3). Akindele was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Akindele has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 69.2%(74-107) and FT: 67.7%. Akindele played for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #4. Power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the leader Homenetmen (23-1) 70-57 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Thursday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Finals. Aminu has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg and 1.4spg in 37 games. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #5. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra (16-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Antetokounmpo's good performance Andorra was defeated 95-84 in Madrid by the leading Real. He scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Antetokounmpo's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He has both Nigerian and Greek nationalities. Antetokounmpo plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Dinma Odiakosa
Dinma Odiakosa
   #6. Power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (18-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance STB Le Havre lost 63-74 in Boulazac to the higher-ranked (#4) Basket. Odiakosa had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Odiakosa has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg and 9.7rpg in 37 games. He is a former U22 international player as he played for the Nigerian team thirteen years ago.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #7. International point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Virtus Bologna's victory against the fourth-ranked Ravenna (19-13) 83-74 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Tuesday. Umeh scored 14 points. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (23-9) is placed first in East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Semifinals. And that game will be critical. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. Umeh also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Trevor Mbakwe
Trevor Mbakwe
   #8. Power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Zenit Saint Petersburg in a victory against the closely-ranked Khimki (19-5) 99-95 in the VTB United League on Thursday night. Mbakwe recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 13 minutes. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. This year Mbakwe's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg in 25 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Mbakwe plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Aloysius Anagonye
Aloysius Anagonye
   #9. Former international forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in France) helped ALM Evreux win their game against the third-ranked Lille Metropole (21-13) 82-78 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. ALM Evreux Basket (18-16) is placed eighth in the ProB. This year Anagonye's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.1rpg in 28 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Anagonye used to play for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #10. Small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) led Provence Basket to a victory over the 15th-ranked Chorale de Roanne (14-20) 79-65 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Obasohan recorded 14 points. FOS Provence Basket (22-12) is placed second in the ProB. Obasohan has reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.2apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) helped Chalon/Saor win their game against the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois 72-69 in the French ProA on Wednesday night. Ibekwe recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Ibekwe has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3bpg in seven games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ibekwe plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah, currently plays in Colombia) helped Fast Break win their game against the closely-ranked Sabios 94-77 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Saturday night. Uhegwu scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Uhegwu averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Uhegwu used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece) led AEK Athens to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Aris (15-11) 90-74 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. Elonu's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 5.5rpg.

   #2. Princeton Onwas (198-G-93, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Brisbane Capitals' victory against the tenth-ranked Brisbane Spartans (1-3) 99-86 in a derby game in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Onwas' third season in pro basketball. Brisbane Capitals (4-0) are placed second in QBL group. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Onwas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg. Onwas has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Dominican Republic) could not help Huracanes PP (0-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Huracanes PP lost 77-89 on the road to the second-ranked Metros STGO. Rose was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 30 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Rose has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg in two games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican.

   #4. Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90, college: Hampton, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez in their game against Strasbourg IG (23-11) in the French ProA. Agbelese scored only 4 points. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was defeated 72-68 in Strasbourg by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#4). Agbelese has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.9rpg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #5. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86, college: Kaiser, currently plays in Dominican Republic) was not able to secure a victory for Reales LV (1-1) in their game against Indios SFM (2-0) in the Dominican Rep. LNB. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But Reales LV was badly defeated 92-76 in San Francisco by the leading Indios SFM. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Okosun has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #6. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92, college: Illinois, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Rangers' victory against the league outsider Hawks 98-85 in the New Zealand NBL last Thursday. Egwu scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. Egwu's stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6bpg in 15 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.



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  PARAGUAY  


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

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



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 2. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 3. Rhodes, SM Beermen28.4 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.3 
 5. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix24.2 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 9. White, Globalport21.8 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .20.9 
 3. McKay, Phoenix17.7 
 4. Wright, Mahindra15.3 
 5. White, Globalport14.8 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 7. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ross, SM Beermen7.5 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.9 
 3. Romeo, Globalport6.0 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.4 
 5. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.1 
 7. Thompson, B.Gin.4.5 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.5 
 10. Wright, Phoenix4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.5 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.4 
 3. Lassiter, SM Be.2.0 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.2.0 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.9 
 6. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 7. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.5 
 9. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.4 
 10. Newsome, Meralco .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Star H.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.4 
 3. White, Globalport2.4 
 4. McKay, Phoenix2.2 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.2 
 6. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 7. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.6 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.3 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.0 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.1 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 3. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 4. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 9. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Mbodj, Torun1.7 
 3. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.4 
 5. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 7. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 8. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 9. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 10. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 


Jarecki is back at PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) agreed terms with 29-year old swingman Jacek Jarecki (196-88). It is actually his comeback to PGE Turow as he has played here before. Jarecki has played for the last three seasons at Polfarmex Kutno in the PLK. In 27 games he had 10.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Jarecki's team won Polish 1Liga Regular Season in 2014.
He was a member of Polish U20 National Team in 2007.
Jarecki has played previously for four other teams: ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola, Twarde Pierniki, Polpharma and GKS Tychy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sokolowski re-signs at Rosa Radom - by Eurobasket News

Rosa Radom (PLK) confirmed in their roster 25-year old international swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 35 PLK games he had 12.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Sokolowski helped them to win the Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Sokolowski has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Sokolowski also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.0rpg.
Sokolowski has played previously for two other teams: Anwil and Znicz Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

Stelmet ZG - Torun 88-69

Stelmet Zielona Gora cruised past Torun in PLK Finals opener. Stelmet outrebounded Twarde Pierniki 42-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Montenegrin Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: V.Dragicevic 16+10reb+4ast, N.Djurisic 15+10reb+2ast, P.Zamojski 11+5reb+3ast, A.Hrycaniuk 10+4reb, K.Gruszecki 10+5reb+2ast, J.Florence 10+2reb+2ast
Torun: K.Weaver 18+5reb+3ast, O.Trotter 14+2reb+5ast, C.Mbodj 12+7reb, J.Skific 10+4reb, T.Snieg 6+2ast, K.Sulima 4+6reb
gschID: 547709





Marcin Piechowicz joins Rosa Radom - by Eurobasket News

Rosa Radom (PLK) agreed terms with 24-year old guard Marcin Piechowicz (198-93) from MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Piechowicz has played there for the last eight years. In 29 PLK games he had 3.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg last season.
He played in the final of Polish U20 Championships in 2013.
Piechowicz was a member of Polish U20 National Team in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.3 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.0 
 3. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.18.9 
 4. Martin, Sampaense18.8 
 5. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 6. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 7. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira17.5 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.17.1 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania9.5 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.2 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.7 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.6 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.2 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.7.8 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira7.2 
 8. Fernandes, Ovarense7.1 
 9. Tadic, Illiabum7.1 
 10. Mendes, Sampaense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Tinsley, FC Porto5.2 
 3. Guillory, Sampaense5.2 
 4. Simic, Lusitania5.0 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.8 
 6. Gameiro, CAB M.4.5 
 7. Kumelis, CAB M.4.3 
 8. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.2 
 9. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 10. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Marcal, Maia B.1.9 
 2. Gentry, CAB M.1.8 
 3. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 4. Guillory, Sampaense1.7 
 5. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 6. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 7. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.7 
 8. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 9. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 10. Barbosa, Oliveirense1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.2 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 5. Marzette, CAB M.0.7 
 6. Gentry, CAB M.0.7 
 7. Washburn, FC Porto0.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica0.7 
 9. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 


LPB Round 1 of Finals. Benfica take 1-0 advantage - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto - Benfica 70-73

Benfica topped FC Porto on the road to take 1-0 lead in the championship series. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Tomas Barroso (184-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners and naturalized Angolan guard Carlos Morais (200-85, agency: Duran International) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side the former international swingman Jose Silva (194-89) responded with 20 points and American center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
FC Porto: J.Silva 20+4reb+1ast, N.Washburn 10+13reb+2ast, B.Tinsley 10+1reb+8ast, S.Borovnjak 10+6reb+2ast, J.Xavier 9+4reb+4ast, F.Ventura 6
Benfica: T.Barroso 16+5reb+5ast, D.Hollis 14+6reb, C.Morais 13+5reb+3ast, R.Barber 12+4reb+2ast, C.Andrade 8+2reb+2ast, N.Oliveira 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 547590





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Liz, Ponce20.8 
 2. Huertas, Arecibo19.3 
 3. Rosario, Quebradillas19.1 
 4. Wilkins, Guayama18.9 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez18.5 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo16.9 
 9. Martinez, Humacao16.8 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.6 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.0 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.9 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 5. Romero, Bayamon9.3 
 6. James, Fajardo8.7 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez8.6 
 8. James, Fajardo8.5 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 2. Browne, San German6.9 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.5 
 8. Garcia, Quebradillas5.4 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.1 
 10. Torres, Ponce4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Collier, Mayaguez1.4 
 3. Browne, San German1.4 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 6. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. James, Fajardo1.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 10. Colon, Fajardo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.2 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.9 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 6. Gaston, Aguada1.0 
 7. Akindele, Bayamon0.9 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 
 9. Smith, Quebradillas0.8 
 10. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.8 


BSN Round 27: Fajardo beats Leones by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Leones (11-13) were very close to win a game against second ranked Fajardo (16-7) on Friday. Fajardo managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Filiberto Rivera (189-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Leones. Fajardo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Aguada. Leones at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Arecibo. Fajardo are looking forward to face Caciques (#9) in Humacao in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leones will play on the road against Indios (#10) in Mayaguez and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Piratas (15-8) which played road game in Arecibo against 4th placed Capitanes (11-13). Third ranked Piratas had an easy win 100-84. It was a great evening for the former international center Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Michael Rosario helped adding 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Piratas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-8 record having just three points less than leader Aguada. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Ponce. Piratas will play against Brujos (#8) in Guayama in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Capitanes will play at home against Vaqueros (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between 6th ranked Brujos (10-13) and eighth ranked Vaqueros (11-16) in Guayama on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bayamon outscored Brujos 100-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brujos. It was a quality performance for Jeleel Akindele who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Al Thornton came up with 23 points for Brujos 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. Vaqueros moved-up to seventh place. Loser Brujos dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Vaqueros will meet higher ranked Capitanes (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brujos will play against Piratas and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 27 Mayaguez were beaten by Ponce on the road 92-82.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 18 points and 9 rebounds by Carlos Emory of Ponce.

Fajardo - Ponce 79-77

Fourth-ranked Leones (11-13) were very close to win a game against second ranked Fajardo (16-7) on Friday. Fajardo managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Filiberto Rivera (189-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Carlos Emory (196-91) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Leones. Fajardo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Aguada. Leones at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Arecibo. Fajardo are looking forward to face Caciques (#9) in Humacao in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leones will play on the road against Indios (#10) in Mayaguez and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 24+8reb+4ast, C.Emory 18+9reb, M.Harris 17+7reb+3ast, D.Reese 9+8reb, W.Pagan 5+1reb+2ast, M.Souberbielle 3+2reb
Fajardo: F.Rivera 19+3reb, N.Peavy 14+7reb+1ast, D.James 13+8reb+1ast, A.Colon 10+2reb, M.Ali Berdiel 8+4reb+5ast, E.Ayuso 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540181


Ponce - Mayaguez 92-82

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Leones (11-13) beat 10th ranked Indios (7-15) in Juana Diaz 92-82 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Leones. Indios managed to win second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Carlos Emory (196-91) accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American-Dominican forward Jose Rodriguez (201-92, college: Texas Southern) added 17 points respectively for Indios in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leones maintains fourth place with 11-13 record, which they share with Arecibo. Indios lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Leones will again meet Indios (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Indios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Laury 22+11reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 17+1reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 11+6reb, D.Collier 9+4reb+1ast, R.Suarez 9+1reb+8ast, C.Duran 8+3reb
Ponce: M.Harris 31+8reb+4ast, C.Emory 24+9reb+2ast, V.Liz 24+5reb+2ast, E.Dawson 8+3reb+1ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 3+2reb+1ast, G.Colon 2+3reb
gschID: 540180


Arecibo - Quebradillas 84-100

An interesting game for Piratas (15-8) which played road game in Arecibo against 4th placed Capitanes (11-13). Third ranked Piratas had an easy win 100-84. The game was mostly controlled by Piratas. Capitanes was better in fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Piratas shot 62.1 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. It was a great evening for the former international center Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) helped adding 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Piratas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Piratas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-8 record having just three points less than leader Aguada. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Ponce. Piratas will play against Brujos (#8) in Guayama in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Capitanes will play at home against Vaqueros (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 24+7reb+3ast, C.Clarke 17+6reb+2ast, D.Clemente 11+1reb+6ast, A.Young 9+3reb+1ast, A.Alamo 6+5reb, W.Hodge 4+4ast
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 26+7reb+4ast, M.Rosario 21+7reb+4ast, L.Drew II 14+2reb+6ast, D.Smith 14+5reb+8ast, J.Mojica 12+5reb+2ast, L.Hernandez 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540178


Guayama - Bayamon 60-100

The game between 6th ranked Brujos (10-13) and eighth ranked Vaqueros (11-16) in Guayama on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bayamon outscored Brujos 100-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brujos. The game without a history. Vaqueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Brujos 43-26 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Vaqueros looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Brujos' players. It was a quality performance for Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Naturalized Mexican guard Joseph Soto (190-93) accounted for 14 points and 10 assists for the winning side. Five Vaqueros players scored in double figures. American forward Al Thornton (203-83, college: Florida St.) came up with 23 points and the other American import guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) added 4 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Brujos 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. Vaqueros moved-up to seventh place. Loser Brujos dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Vaqueros will meet higher ranked Capitanes (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brujos will play against Piratas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guayama: A.Thornton 23+2reb, K.Penn 10+2reb, D.Hinson 6+4ast, K.Vinales 5+2ast, D.Wilkins 4+6reb+5ast, M.Fillyaw 4+3reb+3ast
Bayamon: J.Villegas 18+4reb+3ast, J.Soto 14+2reb+10ast, J.Akindele 12+12reb+7ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 11+6reb+1ast, D.Stephens 10+2reb+1ast, I.Romero 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540179





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

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

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

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

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

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



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  RUSSIA  


Evgeny Chebanenko agreed terms with Rusichi Kursk - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Novosybirsk inks Alexey Nesterov - by Eurobasket News

BC Novosybirsk (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 29-year old power forward Alexey Nesterov (204-109kg-88) from Sakhalin. In 28 Superleague 1 games he had 8.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season Nesterov played at Avtodor where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played 5 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.2ppg.
Nesterov won Russian Superleague 1 championship title in 2016.
He represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Nesterov's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 3.0ppg, 2.8rpg.
Nesterov has played previously for seven other teams: Enisey, Dynamo-CBK Stavropol, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Lokomotiv Rostov U23, Zenit, Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team and Lokomotiv Rostov U23.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khartchenkov leaves Schalke - by Eurobasket News

30-year old naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-92kg-87) left FC Schalke 04 (ProB). In 25 ProB games he averaged 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements he won German Regionalliga (West Group) championship title in 2016. Khartchenkov received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2009.
He was a member of German U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Khartchenkov has played also professionally in Romania (CSU Sibiu), Germany (Duesseldorf Baskets, Braunschweig, Mitteldeutscher BC, ETB Wohnbau and USC Freiburg) and Russia (BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team and Lobnya Moscow Region).
His game is described as: The Russian small forward is an amazingly good three point shooter and upon not serious defence he can score as many as 15 three pointers (in a juniors game in Russia he did it). His is very fast shooter and his shot is not the easiest one as he uses specific technicalities including a fine vertical leap which makes his shot even more difficult to guard, at the same time is very good in the penetration against both smaller and larger opponents. Nikita is an athletic guy with a very athletic body.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Latavius Williams (ex Unics) is a newcomer at Bucaneros - by Francisco Vega

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American power forward Latavius Williams (203-102kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two years at Unics in Russian VTB league. In 24 VTB United League games he recorded 8.1ppg and 5.3rpg last season.

In 2009 Williams was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (16th overall).

Among other achievements he played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. Williams received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention award in 2016.

He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Williams' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Williams has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Brose Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Spain (Joventut, Sevilla and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).

The scouts describe him the following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Very explosve attacking the basket Despite a lack of great bulk, shows a willingness to play physical and bang with bigger players inside Runs the floor well, good foot speed, a very fluid athlete who plays with boundless energy Owns a big wingspan. Plays much bigger than 6-8 An excellent rebounder.
Shows some touch on his shot but needs to work on post moves and add range Shows some ability to face the basket and use the dribble, but won't be confused for a small forward. Lacks the ball handling, passing ability, and outside shot to play strictly on the perimeter
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SAN MARINO  


Luxembourg cruise past San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - San Marino 99:44

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

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



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  SERBIA  


Partizan, Spartak and Vrsac suspended by the Serbian Superleague - by Eurobasket News

The financial woes of Serbian clubs continue and Partizan also did not escape them. The traditional powerhouse of Serbian basketball was suspended by the Serbian Superleague just hours before the final round of the regular season. To be exact three clubs, Partizan, Spartak and Vrsac are suspended due to their debts, according to the financial rules of the league. Numbers were not announced about the debts, not until when they have to be settled, or how this suspension will affect the league. Partizan is scheduled to play tomorrow against Mega Leks, while Spartak and Vrsac are scheduled to play each other.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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

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

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

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

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

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



Roda JLS - quarterfinal - by Nenad Ilijev

Quarterfinal

Mega Bemax - Radnicki Kragujevac 92-69 (Miskovic 31pts 14rebs, Matic 18pts - Glisovic 27pts 8 rebs, Popovic 23pts)
Dinamik - Mladost Cacak 109-107 2OT (Mihajloski 33pts, Kojadinovic 23pts 12rebs - Radulovic 27pts, Ocokoljic 26pts 17rebs)
Crvena Zvezda m:ts - Vojvodina 92-72 (Uskokovic 16pts, Djordjevic S. 14pts - Birovljev 15pts, Stojanovic 11pts 4ast)
Partizan NIS - Zarkovo 72-64 (Tadic 15pts 7ast, Hadzic 13pts - Jokic 21pts 8rebs, Gasic 17pts 7rebs)

Semifinal

Dinamik - Mega Bemax June 3rd
Crvena Zvezda m:ts - Partizan NIS June 3rd




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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.1 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.7 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia13.9 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja13.5 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.7 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.4 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
 9. Voigtmann, Basko.5.6 
 10. Jordan, Joventut5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.2 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.4 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.0 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.6 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.3 
 10. Diot, Valencia3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 3. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Sikma, Valencia1.2 
 8. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 9. Diot, Valencia1.1 
 10. Mumbru, RE.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Unicaja
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 2. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 5. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 8. Eric, RE.0.8 
 9. Ayon, Real Madrid0.8 
 10. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Zaid HEARST
  Araberri
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hearst, Araberri20.2 
 2. Berhanemeske., Arabe.18.9 
 3. Derksen, Marin18.2 
 4. Nevels, Forca Lleida16.4 
 5. Pena, Coruna16.0 
 6. Carlson, Gipuzkoa.15.7 
 7. Rakocevic, Caceres15.0 
 8. Ortega, Prat14.6 
 9. Bivia, Palma14.3 
 10. Huskic, Burgos14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordi TRIAS
  FC Barc.
  (208-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Trias, FC Barc.10.2 
 2. Marcius, Caceres7.8 
 3. Huskic, Burgos7.2 
 4. Fakuade, Breogan6.9 
 5. Stainbrook, Breogan6.8 
 6. Gerun, CB Clavijo6.7 
 7. Cruz-Uceda, Breogan6.7 
 8. Slezas, Gipuzkoa.6.5 
 9. Guerra, Ourense6.4 
 10. Ortega, Prat6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  Araberri
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Alvarado, Araberri5.4 
 2. Perez, Oviedo5.2 
 3. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC4.7 
 4. Forcada, Prat4.7 
 5. Faner, Castello4.6 
 6. Monaghan, Coruna4.5 
 7. Diaz, Ourense4.2 
 8. Franch, Breogan4.1 
 9. Gintvainis, Huesca4.1 
 10. Arevalo, Castello3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier FORCADA
  Prat
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Forcada, Prat2.1 
 2. Nevels, Forca Lleida1.9 
 3. Arevalo, Castello1.8 
 4. Pena, Coruna1.7 
 5. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC1.6 
 6. Diaz, Ourense1.6 
 7. Faner, Castello1.6 
 8. Simeon, Marin1.6 
 9. Ott, Melilla1.5 
 10. Alvarado, Araberri1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alberto FONTET
  Huesca
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Fontet, Huesca1.5 
 2. Gatell, Melilla1.1 
 3. Mbaye, Forca L.1.1 
 4. Samb, Palencia1.0 
 5. Marcius, Caceres1.0 
 6. Marti, Prat1.0 
 7. Dos-Anjos, Oviedo1.0 
 8. Nguirane, Castello0.9 
 9. Gerun, FC Barc.0.9 
 10. Diagne, FC Barc.0.8 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Sergio DE LA FUENTE
  Valladol.
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.16.7 
 2. Hansen, Zamorano16.4 
 3. Diaz-Morera, L''Hospit.16.4 
 4. Narros, Navarra16.2 
 5. Beranek, Avila16.1 
 6. Davis, Albacete15.9 
 7. Vucetic, Zornotza15.7 
 8. Wade-Chatman, Valladol.15.4 
 9. Mbamalu, Agustino.15.1 
 10. Nkaloulou, Camba.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergio DE LA FUENTE
  Valladol.
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.9.5 
 2. Crook, Agustino.9.5 
 3. Torres, Tarragona9.0 
 4. Salazar, Zornotza8.0 
 5. Beranek, Avila7.6 
 6. Solarin, Zamorano7.5 
 7. Conde, Gandia7.0 
 8. Dezelski, Sammic I.6.9 
 9. De-L., Granada6.9 
 10. Rejon, Lucentum6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lamonte THOMAS
  Alcazar
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Thomas, Alcazar4.8 
 2. Niang, Zamorano4.3 
 3. Rejon, Lucentum3.8 
 4. Marzo, Lucentum3.3 
 5. Guia, L''Hospitalet3.2 
 6. Fuentes, Navarra3.2 
 7. Chapela, Cambados3.1 
 8. Medina, Agustino.3.1 
 9. Marin, Moron3.0 
 10. Maiza, Sammic ISB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik QUINTELA
  Cambados
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Quintela, Cambados2.0 
 2. Fuentes, Navarra1.9 
 3. Chapela, Cambados1.6 
 4. Gonzalez, Tarragona1.5 
 5. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.1.5 
 6. Marin, Moron1.5 
 7. Graham, Valladolid1.5 
 8. Reina, L''Hospitalet1.4 
 9. Gil, Gandia1.4 
 10. Salazar, Zornotza1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boubacar SIDIBE
  Valladolid
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sidibe, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Miller, Gandia1.1 
 3. Martinez, Agustino.1.1 
 4. Keshinro, Moron1.1 
 5. Kasse, Moron1.1 
 6. De-L., Granada1.1 
 7. Elias, Albacete1.0 
 8. Graham, Valladolid1.0 
 9. Conde, Gandia0.9 
 10. Nathanaelsso., Albac.0.9 


LEB Gold Round 1 of Finals. Burgos claim first win - by Eurobasket News

Burgos - Palencia 80-79

Burgos nipped visiting Palencia to open the lead in the title series. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 1 point. Serbian center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col., TX) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Alejandro Lopez (189-91) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Marc Blanch (195-82) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Burgos: G.Huskic 21+8reb+3ast, A.Lopez 20+5reb, J.Vega 9+7reb+2ast, J.Garcia 8+6reb, F.Toncinic 7+1reb, A.Barrera 6+3reb+1ast
Palencia: M.Samb 16+3reb, M.Blanch 14+2reb+5ast, U.Otegui 10+9reb+2ast, J.Zamora 9+2reb, R.Bas 8+2reb, D.Rodriguez 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 547697





LEB Silver Round 3 of Finals. Valladolid grab the lead - by Eurobasket News

Valladolid - Zornotza 61-54

Valladolid beat Zornotza to take 2-1 lead in the Finals. Blancos de Rueda dominated on the defensive end, holding Zornotza to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a great evening for power forward Daniel Astilleros (196-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Miguel Gonzalez (201-99) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Blancos de Rueda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Bahamas swingman JR Cadot (196-87, college: TCU, agency: Dynamics Global Management) with 8 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Daniel De-La-Rua (181-97) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Valladolid: M.Gonzalez 16+5reb+1ast, H.Wade-Chatman 14+2reb+3ast, S.De La Fuente 11+9reb+1ast, D.Astilleros 10+11reb+3ast, R.Graham 6+5reb+1ast, B.Sidibe 4+2reb
Zornotza: D.De La Rua 13+3reb+2ast, J.Cadot 8+12reb, I.Orue-mazaga 8+4reb+1ast, K.Mutakabbir 7+2reb+1ast, J.Martin Orellano 6+1reb+1ast, V.Vucetic 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 547422





Liga Endesa Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Real Madrid and Baskonia post wins - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Unicaja 101-72

Real Madrid fired past Unicaja to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Unicaja Malaga managed to win fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid had a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Unicaja Malaga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Azerbaijani guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) replied with 12 points and his fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) added 9 points in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. 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:
Real Madrid: J.Carroll 29+1reb, S.Llull 13+3reb+2ast, L.Doncic 11+5reb+6ast, A.Randolph 11+4reb+2ast, J.Taylor 9+1reb+2ast, G.Ayon 8+4reb+2ast
Unicaja: K.Fogg 12+1ast, O.Lafayette 10+1reb, J.Smith 9+1reb+3ast, D.Musli 9+2reb, J.Brooks 6+2reb+1ast, D.Diez 5+6reb
gschID: 547682


Baskonia - Valencia 90-70

Baskonia outgunned Valencia to even the series at 1-1. The game without a history. Baskonia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Valencia Basket's 28. They outrebounded Valencia Basket 41-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Baskonia players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American Ricky Ledo (201-92, college: Providence) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. Central African swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and French point guard Antoine Diot (193-89) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: R.Ledo 24+5reb+3ast, A.Hanga 18+5reb+5ast, T.Shengelia 13+7reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 10+1reb+4ast, K.Tillie 7+6reb, R.Beaubois 5
Valencia: R.Sato 18+7reb+2ast, A.Diot 16+4reb+6ast, J.Sastre Morro 7+1ast, B.Dubljevic 6+1reb+1ast, F.San Emeterio 6+3reb, W.Thomas 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547681





Castelldefels ink Aitor Gomez - by Eurobasket News

CB Castelldefels (EBA) agreed terms with 24-year old center Aitor Gomez (210-93) from JAC Sants. In 25 EBA games he had 6.1ppg and 4.8rpg last season.
Gomez's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group C in 2015.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. Gomez's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.8rpg.
Gomez has played previously for six other teams: FC Barcelona, Barca II, Cornella, Santfeliuenc, Badajoz and L'Hospitalet.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



MCC2017: GIE Maile Matrix add Chuck Guy and Jermaine Barnes for Mediterranean Cup (Spain) - by Mike Amico

Barcelona, Spain
MCC2017 News
6/2/2017

Barcelona, Spain.- The general management of GIE Maile Matrix announced the signings of Point Guard Daylon Guy (183-PG-92, college: Tarleton St.) and SF Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) as foreign reinforcement players for their upcoming participation in the 2017 edition of Mediterranean Cup of Champions (MCC), as part of Group A, against B.C. Martorell Solvay and the hosts, Feimat Mataro in Barcelona, Spain, September 1-6th.

With these signings, there's only four roster spot left available for another player, to be announced in the upcoming days, according to Travis McAvene . Barnes is a 33 year-old SF with pro experience in leagues of Japan, Uruguay, Cyprus, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Taiwan and Costa Rica. In 2014 he signed a non guarantee contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves (training camp). Barnes was later set back with an career ending injury and forced to retire. He has now returned this season with the GE Maile Matrix of the UBA. In his return he is averaging a league best 29.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

Meanwhile, Guy is 23 years old, point guard, has become the talk of US Minor leagues.

Guy is currently playing for the Fort Worth F.I.R.M. of the Universal Basketball Association. In 18 games he is averaging an impressive 22.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and a league best 6.2 assists per game. Guy attended Tarleton State University. As a senior Guy was named NABC Division II Player of the Year along with Daktronics NCAA All-American honors.

The GIE Maile Matrix are no strangers to international and FIBA tournaments. The Matrix participated in the 2017 Copa Mitchell Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic for the third time. They were again named Cup Champions. Jermaine Barnes was named LatinBasket.com All-CMC MVP for his efforts.

For more information on the 2017 International Mediterranean Cup Invitational Tournament just follow us @ www.mcceuropebasket.com.



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Geneve Lions sign Dominykas Milka - by Luca Maffioli

Lions de Geneve (LNA) signed 25-year old Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-118kg-92, college: St.Rose, NY). He played last season at Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. Milka managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 34 Alexela KML games he had 12.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Milka also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. And finally Milka contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Milka played at TLU/Kalev (also in Alexela KML). In 29 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 17.3ppg and got 7.8rpg and 2.0apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Milka also played 5 games in Baltic League where he got high stats: 18.8ppg, 9.6rpg and 3.0apg. The other team Milka played that season for was Dragonflies in Japanese NBL. In 12 games he was fourth best scorer with 9.1ppg and got 6.7rpg.
Milka was voted NABC NCAA D2 All-East Region 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Milka has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Lietkabelis and Vytautas.
He attended College of Saint Rose until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jonathan Kazadi left Orleans - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Swiss international guard Jonathan Kazadi (193-91) left Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). Kazadi played there also last season. In 21 games in France he had 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Fribourg Olympic in Swiss LNA where in 39 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. Kazadi helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. He also spent pre-season at Academie Fribourg (LNA) in Switzerland that year. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Kazadi has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2009 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kazadi represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 75.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

Experienced American Avery Scharer (188-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Hitech and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 30-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 22 points adding also eleven rebounds and thirteen assists, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team OSK (#8, 0-6) with 49-point margin 129-80. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand TBL. They are still close to the very top. Hitech would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Scharer just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Shoreline Community College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Scharer is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 9.0apg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 61.3% FGP. Worth to mention Scharer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK. Hill impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as OSK lost that game 80-129 to the higher-ranked Hitech (#2, 5-1). OSK are still at the very bottom. 6 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Hill is one of the most experienced players at OSK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#8). He also registered 18.8 boards per game.

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

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

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



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Theodore, Banvit BK18.4 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.0 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.1 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. James, Best Balikesir15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.5 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.1 
 4. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 5. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.9 
 9. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 10. Summers, Pinar K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.2 
 2. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.8 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Granger, Anadolu .5.1 
 7. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Roll, Besiktas4.7 
 10. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SHORTER
  TED K.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 2. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 5. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 6. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
 9. Osman, Anadolu .1.6 
 10. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.7 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 10. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 


Orman Genclik celebrate 2 Liga title - by Eurobasket News

Orman Genclik celebrated 2 Liga title with a 7-3 record on top of the Final stage. In the last game they overcame Mersin BSB 87-77. Cagil Topbas (90) brought 24 points for the winners in the game.
Karesispor meanwhile overcame Antalyaspor 68-56 in the last game to finish also with a 7-3 record. Sezgin Eris (185-G/F-85) posted 17 points and Enver Ekmen (207-C-83) had 16.



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

Besiktas - Anadolu Efes 74-72

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


Fenerbahce - Darussafaka 95-81

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





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NBL Round 4: Pemba Warriors beat UCU Canons in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Top-ranked Pemba Warriors faced 4th ranked UCU Canons. Host Pemba Warriors (2-0) defeated guests from (1-2) 65-60. 24 personal fouls committed by UCU Canons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Michael Buzangu (-82) fired 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Philip Amenyi (-89) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Pemba Warriors' coach used entire bench in such tough game. Tanzanian forward Fadhili Chuma (-95) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Pemba Warriors keep a position of league leader, which they share with Power and KIU Titans. UCU Canons at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sharing Youth can celebrate their first win this season after one consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they edged Ndejje (0-2) 67-66. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tong Gatwech (-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Stephan Otoa contributed with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Innocent Ochera (-97) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds for Ndejje. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Sharing Youth (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with City Oilers and JKL Dolphins. Ndejje at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Sharing Youth will play against league's leader KIU Titans in Kampala in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ndejje will play against UPDF (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Pemba Warriors - UCU Canons 65-60

Top-ranked Pemba Warriors faced 4th ranked UCU Canons. Host Pemba Warriors (2-0) defeated guests from (1-2) 65-60. 24 personal fouls committed by UCU Canons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Michael Buzangu (-82) fired 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Philip Amenyi (-89) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Pemba Warriors players scored in double figures. Pemba Warriors' coach used entire bench in such tough game. Tanzanian forward Fadhili Chuma (-95) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Tanzanian guard Joas Maheta (-89) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Pemba Warriors keep a position of league leader, which they share with Power and KIU Titans. UCU Canons at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UCU Canons: F.Chuma 18+10reb+2ast, J.Maheta 14+9reb+3ast, S.Wundi 10+3reb+1ast, B.Namake 8+5reb+4ast, D.Isiko 4+2reb, J.Egau 3+10reb+3ast
Pemba Warriors: M.Buzangu 16+3reb+5ast, M.Opiyo 13+2reb+5ast, S.Kiviiri 12+3reb+1ast, P.Amenyi 11+8reb+2ast, A.Saidi 9+5reb, S.Mugerwa 3+10reb+2ast
gschID: 547436


Ndejje - Sharing Youth 66-67

Sharing Youth can celebrate their first win this season after one consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they edged Ndejje (0-2) 67-66. Sharing Youth forced 23 Ndejje turnovers. Ndejje was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tong Gatwech (-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Center Stephan Otoa (-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Innocent Ochera (-97) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Gauthier Baderha added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ndejje. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Sharing Youth (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with City Oilers and JKL Dolphins. Ndejje at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Sharing Youth will play against league's leader KIU Titans in Kampala in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ndejje will play against UPDF (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ndejje: I.Ochera 23+5reb, G.Baderha 16+6reb+4ast, D.Katumba 10+13reb, K.Nunda 9+2reb+2ast, J.Chaka 3+6reb, M.Deng 2+7reb
Sharing Youth: T.Gatwech 18+11reb+1ast, S.Otoa 15+14reb, E.Okumu 12+4reb+1ast, N.Jakisa 6+1reb+1ast, A.Ndikuriyo 6+1reb, E.Bakara 4+3reb
gschID: 547435





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Dnipro keeps Mishula through 2019 - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Superleague) re-signed 25-year old international shooting guard Olexandr Mishula (192-74kg-92). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 40 Superleague games he recorded 13.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg last season. Mishula helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2016. Mishula received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Mishula has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 78.6%.
Mishula has played previously for BK Dnipro-2 Dnepropetrovsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  

Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Anthony YOUNG
  Larre Borges
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Young, Larre Borges25.4 
 2. Danridge, Sayago22.8 
 3. Alexander, Olimpia22.7 
 4. Garcia-M., Hebra.21.1 
 5. Guerrero, Cordon20.2 
 6. Kent, Welcome19.4 
 7. Lamonte, Olimpia19.4 
 8. Drye, Sayago19.3 
 9. Jennings, Cordon19.2 
 10. Canton, U Atletica18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUERRERO
  Cordon
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Guerrero, Cordon13.8 
 2. Alexander, Olimpia12.5 
 3. Glenn, Bigua12.3 
 4. Drye, Sayago11.6 
 5. Lloreda, Hebraica11.0 
 6. Feeley, U Univer.10.6 
 7. Kent, Welcome10.6 
 8. Rutty, U Atletica10.4 
 9. Passos, Malvin10.4 
 10. Smith, Aguada10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Defensor
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Osimani, Defensor7.1 
 2. Parodi, Hebraica6.6 
 3. Barrera, Aguada6.5 
 4. Mazzarino, Malvin5.2 
 5. Lado, Sayago5.2 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.1 
 7. Osimani, Bigua4.5 
 8. Jennings, Cordon4.4 
 9. Smith, Aguada4.4 
 10. Romero, Trouville4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Luciano PARODI
  Hebraica
  (182-G-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Parodi, Hebraica2.3 
 2. Lamonte, Olimpia2.0 
 3. Garcia-M., Hebra.1.8 
 4. Nesbitt, Goes1.8 
 5. Nicoletti, Larre B.1.8 
 6. Barrera, Aguada1.7 
 7. Alexander, Olimpia1.7 
 8. Shellman, Sayago1.7 
 9. Lado, Sayago1.6 
 10. Drye, Sayago1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Larre B.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jackson, Larre B.1.9 
 2. Feeley, U Univer.1.8 
 3. Guerrero, Cordon1.7 
 4. Kent, Welcome1.4 
 5. Carter, Welcome1.2 
 6. Warner, Goes1.1 
 7. Moultrie, Defensor1.1 
 8. Newsome, Trouville1.1 
 9. Chaney, Bigua1.0 
 10. Haller, Defensor1.0 


Hebraica Macabi won the Uruguayan League championship - by Hector Lopez

Hebraica Macabi won for the second year in a row the Uruguayan League championship after beating Aguada 82-56 winning 4 games for the best of seven. Hebraica took the lead during the second quarter with a 16-5 points and increase the advantage to 18 poiints during the third quarte. For Hebraica, Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) scored 29 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) finshed with 26 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) added 10 points with 14 rebounds. and Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) finished with 10 point sand 4 rebounds. For Aguada, Demian Alvarez (192-G-84, agency: Pro Sports) scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 9 points and 12 rebounds.


Andres Dotti is a newcomer at Defensor - by Eurobasket News

Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (LUB) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old guard Andres Dotti (185-93) from Larre Borges. In 32 LUB games he recorded 14.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg last season.
Dotti's team made it to the Uruguay LUB Regular Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for three other teams: Aguada, Larranaga and Allavena.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros20.0 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.6 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 8. Swann, Marinos17.6 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.17.6 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.3 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.0 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.2 
 5. Guerrero, Toros8.2 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.6 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Echenique, Guaros7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.6 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Guillent, Guaros4.9 
 4. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 5. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 6. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 7. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 8. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.8 
 9. Pena, Toros3.5 
 10. Cazorla, Gigantes3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 2. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 3. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 4. Silva, Guaiqueries1.6 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.1.4 
 6. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.4 
 7. Sucre, Gigantes1.3 
 8. Chourio, Trotamun.1.3 
 9. Robinson, Guaros1.3 
 10. Powell, Trotamun.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Carrera, Marinos1.4 
 3. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Gay, Bucaneros1.0 
 7. Johnson, Toros0.9 
 8. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 10. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 


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

Guaros - Trotamundos 87-75

Guaros topped Trotamundos to gain 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Guaros. Trotamundos managed to win fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Trotamundos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Heissler Guillent (186-86) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 assists for the winners and American Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Guaros players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) responded with 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guaros: H.Guillent 19+2reb+8ast, L.Bethelmy 14+4reb+1ast, N.Colmenares 13+5reb+2ast, L.Hayward 13+5reb+2ast, J.Vargas 13+5reb+1ast, E.Baez 9
Trotamundos: R.Powell 22+2reb+1ast, D.Cubillan 12+6ast, D.Lewis 11+2reb, D.Simpson 10+5reb, A.Perez 9+3reb+2ast, J.Powell 6+8reb
gschID: 547720


Cocodrilos - Toros 88-80

Cocodrilos gained the winning start to their quarterfinal series versus Toros. Cocodrilos dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Toros' 38. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) accounted for 20 points and 14 rebounds. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 21 points and international guard Elder Gimenez (186-91) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Toros in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 20+14reb, C.Garcia 19+5reb+1ast, C.Elliott 18+7reb+10ast, J.Rodriguez 14+9reb+2ast, Y.Palacios 8+2reb+5ast, G.Forbes 5
Toros: K.Fuller 21+3reb+3ast, K.Pena 15+3reb+3ast, E.Gimenez 14+8reb+3ast, A.Barrios 10+4reb+5ast, H.Bayona 9+13reb+1ast, P.Brito 7+2ast
gschID: 547721


Guaiqueries - Gigantes 92-81

Guaiqueries held off Gigantes in the opener. Guaiqueries made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 23 points and 8 assists for the winners. The former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) chipped in 20 points. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 23+3reb+8ast, M.Flores 20+3reb+1ast, M.Melvin 11+8reb+4ast, D.Ramirez 11+2reb+1ast, C.Silva 10+2reb+3ast, K.Gransberry 10+6reb
Gigantes: A.Sucre 17+9reb+4ast, A.Feeley 14+7reb+2ast, H.Cazorla 13+3reb+1ast, H.Wormely 11+2ast, O.Reed 11+8reb+3ast, F.Lucena 10+1ast
gschID: 547722


Marinos - Bucaneros 91-68

Marinos beat Bucaneros for 1-0 lead. Marinos outrebounded Bucaneros 48-29 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Carlos Cedeno (193-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Bucaneros. Five Marinos and four Bucaneros players scored in double figures. Bucaneros' coach Fernando Calero gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Marinos: I.Swann 24+6reb+2ast, M.Marriaga 16+7reb, C.Massie 13+16reb+3ast, R.Perez 11+4reb+5ast, M.Carrera 10+7reb+2ast, J.Herrera 7+4reb+2ast
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 18+8reb+1ast, C.Cedeno 17+3reb+4ast, J.Anderson 15+3reb+1ast, W.Graterol 10+8reb+4ast, S.Gay 6+4reb, K.Nino 2+2ast
gschID: 547723





Latavius Williams (ex Unics) is a newcomer at Bucaneros - by Francisco Vega

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American power forward Latavius Williams (203-102kg-91, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two years at Unics in Russian VTB league. In 24 VTB United League games he recorded 8.1ppg and 5.3rpg last season.

In 2009 Williams was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (16th overall).

Among other achievements he played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. Williams received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention award in 2016.

He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Williams' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Williams has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Brose Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Spain (Joventut, Sevilla and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).

The scouts describe him the following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Very explosve attacking the basket Despite a lack of great bulk, shows a willingness to play physical and bang with bigger players inside Runs the floor well, good foot speed, a very fluid athlete who plays with boundless energy Owns a big wingspan. Plays much bigger than 6-8 An excellent rebounder.
Shows some touch on his shot but needs to work on post moves and add range Shows some ability to face the basket and use the dribble, but won't be confused for a small forward. Lacks the ball handling, passing ability, and outside shot to play strictly on the perimeter
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trotamundos welcome back Ruiz - by Francisco Vega

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) tabbed 27-year old Venezuelan international forward Miguel Ruiz (197-90kg-90, agency: Pro Sports). It is actually his comeback to Valencia as he has played here before. Ruiz played most recently at Libertad Sunchales in Argentinian LigaA. In 58 games he averaged 5.1ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1spg last season.

The previous (15-16) season Ruiz played at Trotamundos where in 10 LPB games he had 4.9ppg and 5.7rpg. Ruiz also played that season for Sarmiento (TNA) in Argentinian league. In 16 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 13.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg and 1.3bpg.

He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com Argentinian TNA All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The other team Ruiz played that season for was Regatas Corrientes (also in LigaA). In 23 games he got 6.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.0spg. A very impressive season as he was selected to Latinbasket.com Argentinian TNA All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.

Ruiz played in the final of Venezuelan LNB in 2014.

He also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2spg.

Ruiz has played previously professionally in Uruguay (Sayago) and Venezuela (Miranda and Aduaneros).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

Khimki - Zenit 73-71

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






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Women News


Rollers tab Ashli Payne - by Igor Obradovic

Gold Coast Rollers (QBL) inked 22-year old American forward Ashli Payne (183-95, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She just graduated from E.Washington (NCAA). In 31 games she averaged 12.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg last season. Payne helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at another team Eagles in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 30 games she had 11.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. Payne contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in .
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first full season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @gamblesportsman)

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Lyon adds Allen to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) added to their roster 25-year old Australian international guard Rebecca Allen (185-92, agency: LBM Management). She plays this summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In four games she recorded just 2.0ppg and 3.8rpg. The last season Allen played at Good Angels in Slovakian league where in 12 Eurocup games she was fifth best scorer with 11.5ppg and had 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg (in top 3) and 1.6bpg. She also played 21 games in Slovakian Extraliga where she averaged 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg and 1.1bpg. Allen helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
Allen has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2014 and previously for U19 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Allen also represented Australia at the World Championships for Women in Turkey three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg.
Thanks to Allen's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Allen has played previously professionally in Boomers, Dandenong Rangers, Australian Institute of Sport, Knox Raiders and SEQ.
The scouts decsribe her following way: A big-bodied guard with amazing physical tools and great defensive skills. She's very effective in guard both forwards and guards.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand

Center:
Djene Diawara

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Canberra adds Hooper to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Canberra Capitals (WNBL) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Jordan Hooper (188-92, college: Nebraska). She plays this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). But in two games she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. The last season Hooper played at Istanbul Uni in Turkish league where in two Eurocup games she recorded 9.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0bpg. She also played 26 games in Turkish KBSL where she averaged 12.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg.
Three years ago Hooper was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former University of Nebraska standoutis in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hooper's team was regular season runner-up in Puerto Rican BSNF in 2015. She was also voted All-Big Ten Player of the Year, WBCA All-NCAA D1 Team and All-Big Ten 1st Team back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at her college time.
Hooper represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
She is quite experienced player. Thanks to Hooper's pro career she managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Hooper has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Homentmen Antelias), WNBA (Dallas Wings), Turkey (Besiktas), Puerto Rico (Atenienses) and Australia (SEQ).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lyon signs Julie Allemand, ex Castors Braine - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) signed 21-year old Belgian international point guard Julie Allemand (173-96, agency: LBM Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 6 Eurocup games she had 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.2apg and 1.3spg last season.
Last year Allemand was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in third round (33rd overall).
She has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Allemand has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2016 and for U22 National Team last year.
She represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0apg.
Allemand has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Point Chaud, Young Cats and Walloon 3 Team.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand

Center:
Djene Diawara

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Belfius Namur inks Elena Bestagno - by Eurobasket News

BC Belfius Namur Capitale (Top Division Women) signed 26-year old Italian point guard Elena Bestagno (177-91, agency: Two Points) from Spirou Monceau. Bestagno has played there for the last three years. In 10 Top Division Women games in Belgium she had 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg last season.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 31.4%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 60.0%.
Bestagno has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Parma, Comense, Priolo, San Martino and Genova.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spain beat Belgium in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News

Belgium - Spain 59:69

Spain rallied past Belgium in the friendly encounter in Wevelgem. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) scored 19 points to lead the visitors.
Spain fired 23 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. The visitors extended the lead in the second term. Spain established a 38:28 halftime advantage. Belgium however narrowed the gap in the third term. The hosts pulled within five points at the final break 48:53. But Spain held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth period to race to the win. Laura Gil (190-C-92) provided 12 points, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 20 points for Belgium. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points in the defeat.

Belgium: Ann Wauters 20, Emma Meesseman 16
Spain: Alba Torrens 19, Laura Gil 12, Laura Nicholls 11



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  BOSNIA  


Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 stunned by Japan - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 National Team got to a losing start to Trofej Makedonije 2017. They lost to Japan 69:100 in the opener. Jovana Markovic (186-PF-97, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 20 points for the hosts. Japan unloaded 49 points in the first half to take a 7-point halftime lead. The Asian team went on a 29:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Milina Miseljic (186-PF-98, agency: BeoBasket) and Nedzla Kovacevic (185-F-97) produced 16 points each in the loss.



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  COSTA RICA  


The defending champions successfully start title defence - by Eurobasket News

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


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  CROATIA  


Another loss for Croatia - by Zeljko Zule

Croatia suffered another loss, 57-68 in a friendly match against Hungary. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) scored 21 points, Carmen Miloglav (170-G-91, college: FIU) and Klaudija Perisa (180-SG-96) both added 10 points. Croatia were outscored 6-20 in the quarter and trailed by as many as 30 points, 33-63, earyl in the fourth quarter.

Hungary-Croatia 68-57 (25-16, 12-11, 20-6,11-24)
Hungary: Hatar 2, Medgyesy 4, Nagy 8, Simon 15, Katona, D. Nagy 7, Denesne-Fegyverneky 10, Varga 2, Licskai 1, Krivacevic 10, Zele 7, Dubei Debora 2. Coach: Svitek.
Croatia: Premasunac 5, Begic 21, Mamic 2, Todoric 2, Miloglav 10, Miletic 2, Perisa 10, Buzov 2, Majstorovic, Packovski, Dzankic 3, Rados. Coach: Jelavic.



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  FINLAND  


Donau-Ries tab Anni Makitalo, ex HyPo - by Juliane Hoehne

TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries (DBBL) inked 26-year old Finn international forward Anni Makitalo (175-91). She played most recently at HyPo in Finnish SM-sarja. In 29 games she averaged 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.6apg (top 4) and 1.1spg in 2015-16 season. Makitalo helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (14-15) season she played at ZTE Noi Kosarlabda Klub in Hungarian A Division. But in 6 games she had just 0.7ppg.
Makitalo has been also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Finnish senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Makitalo also represented Finland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Makitalo has played previously professionally also in Czech Republic (LOKO Trutnov).

TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandra Racic
Jennifer Schlott

Forwards:
Anni Makitalo
Kim Pierre-Louis

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Sandell re-signs at Espoo Utd - by Eurobasket News

Espoo United (SM-sarja) confirmed in their roster 24-year old swingman Saara Sandell (175-93). She played there last season. In 40 SM-sarja games she recorded 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg. Sandell helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Tapiolan Honka where in 29 SM-sarja games she averaged 4.0ppg and 2.9rpg.
Sandell has played previously for two other teams: Espoo Team and Honka Akatemia.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Korisliiga)

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

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

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  FRANCE  


Lyon tabs Ingrid Tanqueray - by Eurobasket News

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

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Patrice Butler is a newcomer at Reims - by Eurobasket News

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

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Kaylon Williams (ex Athinaikos) agreed terms with Angers - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LFB) inked 25-year old American forward Kaylon Williams (189-91kg-92, college: Oklahoma). She played most recently at Athinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 23 games she recorded 14.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg last season. Williams helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Center of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team. She also spent pre-season at Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in Hungarian league that year.
Williams has played also professionally in WNBA (Los Angeles Sparks).
She attended University of Oklahoma until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

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Lyon signs Julie Allemand, ex Castors Braine - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) signed 21-year old Belgian international point guard Julie Allemand (173-96, agency: LBM Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 6 Eurocup games she had 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.2apg and 1.3spg last season.
Last year Allemand was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in third round (33rd overall).
She has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Allemand has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2016 and for U22 National Team last year.
She represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0apg.
Allemand has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Point Chaud, Young Cats and Walloon 3 Team.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand

Center:
Djene Diawara

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France wins Bordeaux tournament - by Eurobasket News

France have won Bordeaux tournament with 4 participating teams. In Day 1 they overcame Ukraine 78-70 as Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) stepped in with 19 points. Moss and Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) replied with 17 points in a loss.
In day 2 France edged Canada 74-65. Dumerc and Miyen netted 11 points each to pace all the winners. Scott and Michelle Plouffe (193-F-92, college: Utah) produced 14 points each in defeat.
Tonight France outscored Montenegro 66-60. Marine Johannes poured in 13 points to lead the pace and Alexia Chartereau (189-F/C-98) added 12. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83, agency: ProDep Management) and Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) nailed 17 points in the losing effort.



Coach Fabrice Fernandes remains with Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) confirmed in their bench 37-year old coach Fabrice Fernandes. Fernandes has coached there for the last four years.
He has coached previously Maurienne Aix.

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Lyon adds Allen to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) added to their roster 25-year old Australian international guard Rebecca Allen (185-92, agency: LBM Management). She plays this summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In four games she recorded just 2.0ppg and 3.8rpg. The last season Allen played at Good Angels in Slovakian league where in 12 Eurocup games she was fifth best scorer with 11.5ppg and had 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg (in top 3) and 1.6bpg. She also played 21 games in Slovakian Extraliga where she averaged 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg and 1.1bpg. Allen helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
Allen has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2014 and previously for U19 National Team between 2009 and 2011.
Allen also represented Australia at the World Championships for Women in Turkey three years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg.
Thanks to Allen's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Allen has played previously professionally in Boomers, Dandenong Rangers, Australian Institute of Sport, Knox Raiders and SEQ.
The scouts decsribe her following way: A big-bodied guard with amazing physical tools and great defensive skills. She's very effective in guard both forwards and guards.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand

Center:
Djene Diawara

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Hainaut lands Katarina Tetemondova - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) tabbed 29-year old Slovakian international forward Katarina Tetemondova (188-88). She played most recently at Mann Filter in Spanish LFB league. In 25 games she averaged 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Tetemondova played at MBK Ruzomberok in Slovakian Extraliga where in 31 games she had 13.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.5spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Domestic Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Tetemondova also played 6 games in CEWL where she recorded 10.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.5spg.
Tetemondova has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Tetemondova also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg.
Tetemondova has played also professionally in Hungary (UNIQA Sopron), Czech Republic (Handicap) and Slovakia (Poprad and Banska Bystrica).

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Lyon signs Haley Peters - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) signed 25-year old American forward Haley Peters (190-92, college: Duke, agency: ProDep Management). She played this summer at San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA), but got released. In two games she had 4.5ppg and 1.0rpg. The last season Peters played at Argon Uni Girona in Spanish league where in 10 Eurocup games she recorded 13.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8apg.
She has played previously professionally in WNBA (Washington Mystics) and Spain (Universitario de Ferrol and Conquero).
Peters attended Duke University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.
She could be described: One of the hardest working players ... very versatile and tough on the court ... can play the two, three and four positions ... a fierce competitor.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paoline Salagnac
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand

Forwards:
Marieme Badiane
Haley Peters

Center:
Djene Diawara

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Hainaut welcomes back Dieme-Marizy - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) tabbed 33-year old Senegalese international point guard Bintou Dieme-Marizy (164-84). It is actually her comeback to Saint-Amand as she has played here before. Dieme-Marizy played most recently at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre in the LFB. In 27 games she averaged 9.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.6apg (top 4) and 1.6spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
Dieme-Marizy's team made it to the French LFB Cup final in 2008.
She also represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.2apg.
Dieme-Marizy has played previously professionally also in Spain (Joventud Mariana) and France (Villeneuve D'Ascq, Toulouse, Lyon and Le Havre).

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Lyon welcomes back Badiane - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) tabbed 23-year old power forward Marieme Badiane (190-94). It is actually her comeback to Lyon as she has played here before. Badiane played most recently at USO Mondeville in the LFB. In 27 games she averaged 14.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention.
Badiane represented France at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, Reb-5 (8.9rpg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 66.7%.
Badiane has played previously for two other teams: Reims and Centre Federal BB.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paoline Salagnac
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand

Forward:
Marieme Badiane

Center:
Djene Diawara

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Charnay celebrate N1 title - by Eurobasket News

Charnay celebrate N1 title in France finishing the Final stage with a 4-2 record. In the decisive game they overcame Pays Rochelais 17 65-40. Arnita Ramata (179-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Majda netted 16. Johanna Cortinovis (190-F/C-86) followed them with 12 points.
Reze and La Tronche also finished with 4-2 records, however due to the basket difference finished second and third respectively.



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Stringfield's pro career starts at Saarlouis - by Juliane Hoehne

TV Saarlouis Royals (DBBL) tabbed American point guard Shalethia Stringfield (168). She has only college experience so far playing last time for S.Florida (NCAA). Stringfield has played there for the last five years. In 32 games she averaged 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg in 2015-16 season. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded All-AAC Sixth Player of the Year.
So her pro career will start in Germany.

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Chemnitz signs rookie Kendall Noble in her first year in pro basketball - by Juliane Hoehne

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Kendall Noble (180). Noble just graduated from W.Kentucky (NCAA). She has played there for the last five years. In 32 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 5.1apg and 2.4spg last season. Noble helped them to win C-USA Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Great season indeed as she All-C-USA All-Tournament MVP and voted to All-C-USA 1st Team and voted to C-USA All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Noble received All-C-USA Player of the Year award in 2016 at her college time.

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Donau-Ries tab Anni Makitalo, ex HyPo - by Juliane Hoehne

TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries (DBBL) inked 26-year old Finn international forward Anni Makitalo (175-91). She played most recently at HyPo in Finnish SM-sarja. In 29 games she averaged 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.6apg (top 4) and 1.1spg in 2015-16 season. Makitalo helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (14-15) season she played at ZTE Noi Kosarlabda Klub in Hungarian A Division. But in 6 games she had just 0.7ppg.
Makitalo has been also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Finnish senior team since 2010 and previously for University National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Makitalo also represented Finland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg.
Makitalo has played previously professionally also in Czech Republic (LOKO Trutnov).

TH Wohnbau Angels Donau-Ries roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandra Racic
Jennifer Schlott

Forwards:
Anni Makitalo
Kim Pierre-Louis

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  GREECE  


Kaylon Williams (ex Athinaikos) agreed terms with Angers - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LFB) inked 25-year old American forward Kaylon Williams (189-91kg-92, college: Oklahoma). She played most recently at Athinaikos in Greek A1 league. In 23 games she recorded 14.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg last season. Williams helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Center of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team. She also spent pre-season at Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in Hungarian league that year.
Williams has played also professionally in WNBA (Los Angeles Sparks).
She attended University of Oklahoma until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

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Greece surprise Italy in Rome - by Eurobasket News

Greece surprised Italy in Rome. Greek side posted a 70-56 win in game 1 of the friendly series dominating the majority of the game. Greece won the first period 15-10 and added two more narrow wins in the second half.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) erupted with 30 points for the winners and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) notched 13. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) scored 14 for the home side and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) had 10.



Ikaros keep Litsi for another season - by Eurobasket News

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

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  ITALY  


Belfius Namur inks Elena Bestagno - by Eurobasket News

BC Belfius Namur Capitale (Top Division Women) signed 26-year old Italian point guard Elena Bestagno (177-91, agency: Two Points) from Spirou Monceau. Bestagno has played there for the last three years. In 10 Top Division Women games in Belgium she had 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg last season.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 31.4%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 60.0%.
Bestagno has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Parma, Comense, Priolo, San Martino and Genova.

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Vigarano keeps Ferraro for another season - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Vigarano (Serie A1) re-signed forward Rebecca Ferraro (176). She played there last season. But in 8 Serie A1 games she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 2 steals.

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Greece surprise Italy in Rome - by Eurobasket News

Greece surprised Italy in Rome. Greek side posted a 70-56 win in game 1 of the friendly series dominating the majority of the game. Greece won the first period 15-10 and added two more narrow wins in the second half.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) erupted with 30 points for the winners and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) notched 13. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) scored 14 for the home side and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) had 10.



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  LITHUANIA  


Girona keeps Alminaite for another season - by Eurobasket News

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

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Magali Mendy

Forwards:
Shante Evans
Maria Conde

Center:
Kristina Alminaite

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  LUXEMBOURG  


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

Malta - Luxembourg 52:50

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

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



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  MALTA  


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

Malta - Luxembourg 52:50

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

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



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  MONTENEGRO  


Jelena Dubljevic will miss EuroBasket - by Zeljko Zule

Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) will not play at the European Championship for the Montenegrin national team. WNBA champion injured her foot during the warm-up game against Canada and will be sidelined eight weeks.
Dubljevic has spent the past three seasons playing in Turkey with Galatasaray and Abdullah Gul University Kayseri. She averaged 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 20 Turkey KBSL games last season and 11.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 14 Eurocup games.
Dubljevic averaged 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in five games played in EuroBasket Women 2015. She also ranked fourth in free-throw percentage among league-leaders, shooting 88-percent 15-17) from the free throw line.
Dubljevic helped Serbia and Montenegro to win a silver medal in the 2005 FIBA Europe U19 Championships and a gold medal in the 2003 U16 Championships.



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

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

Sol de Amer. - Olimpia A. 51-37

Very significant was Sol de Amer.'s (#1, 4-0) victory against 3rd ranked Olimpia A. (1-3) 51-37. Sol de Amer. have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Olimpia A. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Sol de Amer. are looking forward to face Felix Perez (#3) in Asuncion in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpia A. will have a break next round.
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Felix Perez - San Jose 62-50

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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AD Vagos keep Carvalho for another season - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dynamo Moscow signs Lang just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) agreed terms with 22-year old American center Kelsey Lang (196-95). She just graduated from Texas (NCAA). Lang has played there for the last four years. In 34 games she had 9.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3apg and 2.3bpg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Big 12 Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 7 1st Team and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Lang is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of Big 12 Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

Dynamo Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Evgeniya Korotygina
Victoria Mazur

Forward:
Ekaterina Ryabova

Center:
Kelsey Lang

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hainaut welcomes back Dieme-Marizy - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) tabbed 33-year old Senegalese international point guard Bintou Dieme-Marizy (164-84). It is actually her comeback to Saint-Amand as she has played here before. Dieme-Marizy played most recently at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre in the LFB. In 27 games she averaged 9.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.6apg (top 4) and 1.6spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
Dieme-Marizy's team made it to the French LFB Cup final in 2008.
She also represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.2apg.
Dieme-Marizy has played previously professionally also in Spain (Joventud Mariana) and France (Villeneuve D'Ascq, Toulouse, Lyon and Le Havre).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hainaut lands Katarina Tetemondova - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) tabbed 29-year old Slovakian international forward Katarina Tetemondova (188-88). She played most recently at Mann Filter in Spanish LFB league. In 25 games she averaged 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Tetemondova played at MBK Ruzomberok in Slovakian Extraliga where in 31 games she had 13.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.5spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Domestic Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Tetemondova also played 6 games in CEWL where she recorded 10.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.5spg.
Tetemondova has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Tetemondova also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg.
Tetemondova has played also professionally in Hungary (UNIQA Sopron), Czech Republic (Handicap) and Slovakia (Poprad and Banska Bystrica).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spain beat Belgium in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News

Belgium - Spain 59:69

Spain rallied past Belgium in the friendly encounter in Wevelgem. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) scored 19 points to lead the visitors.
Spain fired 23 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. The visitors extended the lead in the second term. Spain established a 38:28 halftime advantage. Belgium however narrowed the gap in the third term. The hosts pulled within five points at the final break 48:53. But Spain held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth period to race to the win. Laura Gil (190-C-92) provided 12 points, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 20 points for Belgium. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points in the defeat.

Belgium: Ann Wauters 20, Emma Meesseman 16
Spain: Alba Torrens 19, Laura Gil 12, Laura Nicholls 11



MCC2017: Results and Stats from Day 1 in Barcelona - by Mike Amico

MCC2017
Game Results

GIE Lady Matrix - Club Natacio Terrassa 77-38
Matrix topped Terrassa to improve at 1-0 record in the MCC2017. Kristina King (180-G/F-92, college: Richmond) provided 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. The Lady Matrix grabbed a 48:26 halftime lead. They sank 28 points in the third quarter to stretch the gap at 20-point mark. Matrix continued to pull away from Terrassa throughout the fourth term to the victory. Denesha Stallworth (190-F-92, college: Kentucky, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Laura Garcia (170-G-93) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds for Terrassa in the loss.

Unio Esportiva Mataro - JE Terrassa Jets 70-58
Mataro gained the first win in MCC2017. They cruised past JE Terrassa 70-58. Rachel Kehoe (192-C-93, college: E.Michigan, agency: Gamble Sports Management) and Marquisha Harris (182-C-93, college: W.Michigan) nailed double-doubles each to lead the home team. Mataro grabbed a 35:24 halftime lead. They held Terrassa to just 25 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Kehoe had a game high 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the home team. Harris continues to dominate the glass with 11 rebounds (10 points). Marta Alorda (173-G-94) responded with 14 points and 5 assists for the Jets in a losing effort.



Rachael Vanderwal joins Ferrol - by Eurobasket News

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

Universitario de Ferrol roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Rachael Vanderwal

Forwards:
Ani Calvo
Maria Perez_Araujo

Center:
Beatriz Sanchez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Girona keeps Alminaite for another season - by Eurobasket News

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

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Magali Mendy

Forwards:
Shante Evans
Maria Conde

Center:
Kristina Alminaite

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ukraine posts initial win in Bordeaux - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine posted an initial win in Bordeaux at the friendly tournament with 4 participating teams. In Day 2 Ukraine overcame Montenegro 72-59. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Moss and Udodenko netted 13 each. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management) replied with 20 points in the losing effort.
In day 1 Ukraine lost to France 70-78 and then in Day 3 Canada edged Ukraine 76-59. Alina Iagupova posted 18 points in a loss, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) scored 17.



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Rachael Vanderwal joins Ferrol - by Eurobasket News

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

Universitario de Ferrol roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Rachael Vanderwal

Forwards:
Ani Calvo
Maria Perez_Araujo

Center:
Beatriz Sanchez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Star duo to return for Team Northumbria - by Paul Nilsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Charles' career game lifts Liberty to 93-89 win over Wings - by Eurobasket News

With New York down a few players for the next few weeks, Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, college: Connecticut) knew she'd have to raise her game. Charles scored a career-high 36 points and Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 27 to lead the Liberty to a 93-89 win Friday night. "I came out with a mentality that we were without two key players and I had to step up offensively," Charles said. She also got a lot of help. Zellous had a season-high, Kiah Stokes (6'3''-C-93, college: Connecticut) added 13 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. "I think we're at our best when everyone's involved when everyone's flowing," said Charles. "Everyone can leave the arena feeling good about themselves." New York (3-3) was missing Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) and Kia Vaughn (6'4''-F/C-87, college: Rutgers), who are both playing in the EuroBasket tournament this month. Zellous picked up the scoring in their absence. She had just 22 points total in the team's first five games. She surpassed that mark early in the fourth quarter. "I was being aggressive," Zellous said. "The first couple games I was a bit hesitant to be myself." Her 3-pointer gave New York an eight-point lead midway through the final period. The advantage increased to 87-78 on Charles' 3-pointer that gave her a scoring high. Dallas cut it to 87-84 with a minute left. After two free throws by Zellous extended the lead to five, Kaela Davis converted a three-point play. Dallas had a few chances to tie in the final 30 seconds, but Charles and Sugar Rodgers converted four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the win. "We left a lot of things on the boards, rebounding we gave them a lot of second opportunities," Dallas coach Fred Williams said. "When it came down to it, it came down to rebounding and boxing out." New York outrebounded Dallas 44-28. Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) scored 19 points and Theresa Plaisance (6'5''-F-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management) added 18 to lead Dallas (3-3). Bria Hartley got the start and had her best game of the young season since coming to the Liberty in a trade in the offseason. She had six points in the first six minutes and finished with 10. Despite the strong first half by Hartley and Zellous, New York trailed 50-45 at the break.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com