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  ARGENTINA  


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.5 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo17.9 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.17.3 
 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: 11.7
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.7 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Vargas, GECR I.8.3 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 10. Wood, San M.8.0 
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.5.2 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Perez, Boca Jrs4.3 
 10. Solano, Echague4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.8 
 4. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. De-l., GECR I.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. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Recap of LigaA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril - Quilmes MP 78-76

Ferrocarril held off Quilmes MP to even the series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 25-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) produced 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) added 20 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: R.Clemente 18+15reb+3ast, F.Balbi 17+9reb+6ast, M.Aguiar 10+2reb+2ast, L.Tantos 8+3reb+1ast, M.Cuello 8+2ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 8+3reb
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 33+5reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 20+2reb, L.Vildoza 9+3reb+5ast, T.Robinson 5, I.Basualdo 4+12reb+1ast, I.Clark 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547789


Estudiantes C. - Regatas C. 86-89

Regatas Corrientes rallied past Estudiantes to knot things up at 1-1. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) replied with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes C.Five Regatas Corrientes and four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 26+2reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 15+10reb+4ast, P.Quinteros 14+4reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 12+4reb+3ast, C.Troutman 11+9reb, S.Vidal 7+1reb+2ast
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 21+7reb+4ast, J.Justiz 17+12reb+1ast, A.Marin 14+5reb+3ast, J.Glynn 12+6reb+1ast, J.Slider 11+2reb, S.Orresta 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 547788


San Martin C. - Olimpico LB 86-73

San Martin Corrientes defeated Olimpico LB to celebrate the first win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by San Martin Corrientes. Olimpico de La Banda managed to win third quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Martin Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpico de La Banda's 34. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) scored 26 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) chipped in 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. The former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) responded with 12 points and 5 assists and American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Wood 26+4reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 19+4reb, F.Aguerre 11+2reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 10+3reb, L.Faggiano 8+3reb+4ast, J.Pablo Cantero 7+2reb+3ast
Olimpico LB: F.Van Lacke 12+2reb+5ast, D.Nesbitt 11+5reb, M.Stanic 10+2reb+5ast, C.Buendia 8+1ast, J.Williams 7+10reb, A.Boccia 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547787


San Lorenzo - GECR Indalo 98-64

San Lorenzo eased past GECR Indalo to secure 2-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. GECR Indalo was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Lorenzo forced 19 GECR Indalo turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. San Lorenzo players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by GECR Indalo's players. International forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) notched 21 points to lead the effort and the former international point guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) supported him with 13 points and 9 assists. Four San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by Uruguayan forward Federico Haller (198-88) did not help to save the game for GECR Indalo. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) added 7 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 21+1reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 13+2reb+9ast, S.Safar 11+1reb+4ast, C.Matias Sandes 11+5reb+4ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 10+4reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 8+2reb
GECR Indalo: F.Haller 14+9reb, D.Romero 10+3reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 8+2reb+1ast, S.Johnson 7+4reb+2ast, M.Relphorde 7+3reb, E.Vargas 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 547786





TFB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Deportivo Norte A. and Ramos Mejia - by Eurobasket News

Deportivo Norte A. - Talleres TV 78-77

Deportivo Norte A. held off Talleres to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-15. But Talleres TV won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 547605


Ameghino - Ramos Mejia 83-90

Ramos Mejia beat Ameghino on the road to restore the lead in the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ameghino won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 547604





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  AUSTRALIA  


South rally past North in SBL All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

South - North 129:126

South selection celebrated victory in the SBL All-Star Game. Ray Turner (206-F-90, college: Texas A&M) came up with 39 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. He was named the MVP.
North eked out a 28:27 lead after the opening quarter. But South sank 38 points in the second term to gain a 65:55 halftime lead. North unloaded 55 points in the second half to force overtime. But South responded with a 19:16 run in the extra period and iced the victory. Julius Bowie delivered 15 points, while Tre Nichols (180-G-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) accounted for 16 points in the win. Benjamin Smith (204-C/F-88, college: Concordia Irvine) responded with 26 points for North. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.) tossed in 25 points in the loss.

South: Ray Turner 39, Tre Nichols 16, Julius Bowie 15
North: Benjamin Smith 26, Shawn Redhage 25



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  AUSTRIA  


Johnny Griffin leaves BC Hallmann Vienna - by Stefan Prager

John Griffin leaves BC Hallmann Vienna. He announced his farewell on facebook and is moving on to Luxemburg where he already has coaching experience from 2007 to 2010 working for Heffingen, Steinsel and Ettelbruck. Griffin came to BC Vienna from Kapfenberg last summer. He faced a very difficult situation in Vienna operating with just 6 to 7 players throughout the season. Nevertheless Griffin and his team managed to secure a 18-14 record and the fourth spot for the ABL playoffs where the capital city ball club fell to WBC Wels in a best of three series.


BK Klosterneuburg Dukes captain Romed Vieider retires - by Stefan Prager

BK Klosterneuburg Dukes captain Romed Vieider (195-SF-91) has to retire from pro basketball. He announced his decision today. Injuries forced him to quit his career. The last of many was a cartilage in his knee. He suffered the injury during the warm up of a late january game in Fuerstenfeld. Vieider was limited to just 18 games this season which was his second as a Duke. Overall he appeared in 51 ABL games for the Dukes, he played in 224 total ABL games for Kapfenberg, Wels and Klosterneuburg. He had his longest run with Wels appearing in 167 games for the WBC.

Vieider is a two time ABL All Star and was known as a dead shooter winning the 3PT contest twice in his career. He played for Austrian national teams for 12 years. His biggest success was winning the gold medal at the u18 B Euro Championships in Austria in 2010. Vieider went on to play for the Austrian mens national team since 2011.



A Bundesliga Round 4 of Finals. Kapfenberg celebrate third straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg - Oberwart 73-72

Kapfenberg celebrated the third straight win in the championship series. They nipped Oberwart at home court to take 3-1 lead. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-11. But Redwell Gunners Oberwart won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Redwell Gunners Oberwart helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 24+6reb+3ast, B.Vujosevic 19+2reb+1ast, F.Kramer 12+7reb, C.Baptiste 7+1reb, A.Woschank 5+2reb+3ast, T.Schrittwieser 3+1reb
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 18+10reb+4ast, D.Jackson 16+5reb+3ast, J.Traylor 14+7reb+1ast, C.McNealy 12+1reb+2ast, C.Kuakumensah 5+3reb+1ast, S.Kaeferle 4+2reb
gschID: 547511





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Doornekamp re-signs at CB Canarias - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Canadian international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-96kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He is a dual citizen owning also Dutch passport. Doornekamp played there last season. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL where in 39 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. Doornekamp helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 17 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0apg. Doornekamp contributed to his team winning the Cup.
He was voted CIS All-Canadian Player of the Year back in 2008.
Doornekamp was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team in 2005.
Doornekamp represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 3.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg.
Doornekamp has played also professionally in Italy (Juvecaserta), Germany (Braunschweig) and Canada (Ravens).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  


Spirou keeps Fusek for another season - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) re-signed 22-year old Slovakian international center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 28 Euromillions League games he recorded 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Fusek helped them to win the group title (twice). He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged just 1.0ppg. Fusek has been regularly called to Slovakian Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played previously for another Belgian team Essor Charleroi.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans
Michael Fusek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Delalic is back at Spirou, ex Bosna-Royal - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) signed 23-year old Bosnian international small forward Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group). It is actually his comeback to Spirou Charleroi as he has played here before. Delalic played last season at Bosna-Royal in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 33 games he had 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention. Delalic also spent pre-season at Spirou Charleroi that year.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. Delalic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP-1 (88.2%), 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Delalic has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Bosnia for Kakanj Play Off.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Scott Thomas agreed terms with Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) inked 28-year old American small forward Scott Thomas (198-89, college: Bowling Green) from Limburg United. In 34 Euromillions League games in Belgium he recorded 14.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) in 2015-16 season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Thomas' team was regular season runner-up in MAC East Division in 2009.
He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats).
Thomas attended Bowling Green State University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spirou signs Seth Tuttle - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) signed 25-year old American forward Seth Tuttle (203-109kg-92, college: N.Iowa). He played last season at Limburg United (Euromillions League). In 39 games he had 14.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg. Tuttle helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at s Oliver Baskets in German BBL where in 37 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.0apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention.
Tuttle has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won MVC Tournament in 2015. Tuttle was also voted USBWA All-District VI Player of the Year and NABC All-District 16 1st Team in 2015.
He graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forward:
Seth Tuttle

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spirou keeps Grant for another season - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) re-signed 31-year old American shooting guard Keaton Grant (193-90kg-86, college: Purdue). He played there last season. In 10 Euromillions League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.9spg. Grant helped them to win the group title (twice). He also played that season for JDA Dijon in French ProA where in 18 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg.
In 2010 Grant was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in fourth round (6th overall).
He attended Purdue University and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Grant is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig and EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Apollon Patras), Italy (Dolomiti Energia Trento), Slovakia (Levice) and Czech Republic (Levice).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


Coach Nenad Markovic leaves Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

49-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic (agency: BeoBasket) left Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic coached at Trabzonspor.
Among other achievements his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. Markovic was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team back in 2013.
Markovic is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Greece (Panionios and KAO Dramas).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Delalic is back at Spirou, ex Bosna-Royal - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) signed 23-year old Bosnian international small forward Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group). It is actually his comeback to Spirou Charleroi as he has played here before. Delalic played last season at Bosna-Royal in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 33 games he had 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention. Delalic also spent pre-season at Spirou Charleroi that year.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. Delalic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP-1 (88.2%), 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Delalic has played also professionally for other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams like Bosnia for Kakanj Play Off.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans

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  BRAZIL  


Demetrio re-signs at Franca - by Eurobasket News

Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (NBB) confirmed in their roster 22-year old forward Joao Pedro Demetrio (208-95). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 28 NBB games he had 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
Demetrio helped his team to make it to the Paulista League Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gradnigo re-signs at L.Sorocaba - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) confirmed in their roster 28-year old American forward Christopher Gradnigo (200-89, college: Co.Carolina). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 19 NBB games he had 6.8ppg and 2.2rpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Gradnigo was tested by IR Reykjavik (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 5 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Big South Conference in 2012. Gradnigo was also voted All-Big South Conference 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Gradnigo is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gradnigo has played previously professionally in Argentina (9 de Julio), Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart), Bahrain (Al Ittihad) and Luxembourg (T71 Dudelange).
He attended Coastal Carolina College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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L.Sorocaba tabs rookie Dontrell Brite - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) landed American point guard Dontrell Brite (175-79kg). He has only college experience so far playing last time for Mount Olive (NCAA2). Brite has played there for the last four years. In 26 games he averaged impressive 17.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg in 2015-16 season. Brite helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements his team won Conference Carolinas Regular Season in 2015. Brite received also All-Conf.Carolinas Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.
So his pro career will start in Brazil.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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L.Sorocaba tabs rookie Anton Cook in his first year in pro basketball - by Paulo Freire

Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (NBB) inked 22-year old American guard Anton Cook (188-88kg-95). Cook just graduated from SE Oklahoma (NCAA2). He has played there for the last four years. In 22 games he averaged impressive 20.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.4apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to All-GAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Cook is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

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Liga Ouro Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Joinville and Botafogo - by Eurobasket News

Contagem - Joinville 53-62

Joinville beat Contagem on the road to even the series at 1-1. Joinville held Contagem to an opponent 23.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Rafa Oliveira (200-93) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds and guard Thiago Perez (191-82) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Contagem. Contagem's coach Leo Alves rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Joinville: F.Vezaro 16+2reb+3ast, M.Dias 12+3reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 11+6reb+2ast, A.Mendes 8+1reb+3ast, A.Pereira 6+5reb+4ast, J.Burger 5+1reb
Contagem: T.Perez 9+3reb+4ast, R.Oliveira 9+7reb+3ast, E.Romualdo 8+1reb+4ast, W.Sena 6+3reb+1ast, A.Alves 6+2reb+1ast, V.De Gusmao 5+2reb
gschID: 547706


Botafogo F.R. - Blumenau 75-67

Botafogo overcame Blumenau to open 2-0 lead in the series. Botafogo F.R. outrebounded Blumenau 37-26 including 30 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Power forward Douglas Correa (202-91) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Luiz Semmke (197-92) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Blumenau players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: D.Correa 15+6reb+7ast, A.Filho 14+2reb+1ast, R.Bahia Bispo 10+5reb, F.Perez 8+2reb+1ast, A.Moreira 7+8reb+2ast, J.Smith 7+5reb+5ast
Blumenau: L.Semmke 15+4reb+4ast, D.Stocks 14+6reb+5ast, T.Gaines 10+4reb, B.Lazzaris 10+5reb+2ast, L.Henrique Moreira 5+1reb, D.Silva 5+4reb+2ast
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  CANADA  


Kyle Landry selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Zenit (21-3) in their last game. Despite Landry's very good performance the second-placed Zenit (21-3) lost 84-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Khimki in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Landry also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 22 minutes on the court. It's Landry's sixth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(99-179), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 86.4% in 30 games he played so far. Landry played for the Canadian senior national team four years ago.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania). He was not able to help Zalgiris (33-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Pangos' good performance the league leader Zalgiris was edged 86-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Lietkabelis (#3). He scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It's Pangos' first season with the team. This year Pangos averages: 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 79.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Slovenian. Pangos played for the Canadian national team in 2009.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 1-point Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 84-83 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. Ejim scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. 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. This season Ejim has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 67.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Myck Kabongo
Myck Kabongo
   #4. Guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas, currently plays in Mexico) led Rayos de Hermosillo to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (21-16) 104-103 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Monday. He scored 19 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Rayos de Hermosillo (30-8) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Kabongo has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg in 12 games. He has both DR Congolese and Canadian nationalities. Kabongo used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Greg Surmacz
Greg Surmacz
   #5. Former University international forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Energa Czarni (19-13) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Energa Czarni was defeated 76-67 on their home court in Slupsk by the higher-ranked BM Slam Stal (#3). Surmacz was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Surmacz's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Polish. Surmacz used to play for the Canadian university national team eight years ago.

Grandy Glaze
Grandy Glaze
   #6. Forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Caballeros de Culiacan (13-25) in their game against Pioneros Los Mochis (19-19) in the Mexican CIBACOPA, despite his very good performance on Friday night. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Glaze also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. But Caballeros de Culiacan lost 80-88 in Los Mochis to the higher-ranked (#5) Pioneros. It was Caballeros de Culiacan's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Glaze has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg in 38 games. Glaze is a former U18 international player as he played for the Canadian team seven years ago.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #7. International center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Olympiacos (22-0) in their game against Panathinaikos (14-8) in the Greek A1. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Birch scored only one point and grabbed 7 rebounds. The league leader Olympiacos was defeated 84-80 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Panathinaikos (#3). Birch's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 5.3rpg. He is also Canadian national team player.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #8. Forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (67-15) in the NBA. Thompson scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) were badly defeated 132-113 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. It was Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Thompson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Cavaliers' roster. He averaged so far 8.2ppg and 9.1rpg in 93 games. Thompson plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Justin Edwards
Justin Edwards
   #9. Former University international guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Hungary) was the major contributor in Alba's victory against the third-ranked ZTE KK (23-15) 79-74 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. He recorded 16 points (made all of his six free throws); not bad, considering it's only Edwards' third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-5. TLI-Alba Fehervar (27-11) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Semifinals. So now every game will be critical. Edwards averaged so far 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team four years ago.

David Wagner
David Wagner
   #10. Forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Rockhampton Rockets (2-4) in their game against Mackay Meteors (7-0) in the Australian State League (second division). He scored 5 points. Rockhampton Rockets (#9) were badly defeated 114-96 in Mackay by the leading Meteors in the QBL group. It was Rockhampton Rockets' third consecutive loss in a row. This season Wagner has very high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.0apg. Wagner is a former U17 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Tyler Murray (195-PG-90, college: Wagner, currently plays in Colombia) led Academia to a 2-point victory over the league outsider Patriotas (2-6) 83-81 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Murray scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. Academia de la Montana (3-3) is placed fifth in the Liga DirecTV. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Murray has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.2apg and 2.2spg in six games he played so far.

   #2. Shamar Coombs (185-G-86, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Colombia) led Sabios to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Piratas (3-5) 86-75 in the Colombian PBD on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Coombs recorded 26 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sabios de Manizales (4-4) is placed fourth in the PBD. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Coombs has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.7apg.

   #3. Ashton Smith (187-G-89, college: Indiana, PA, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shamar Coombs and both played together in the last Colombian PBD game. Smith contributed to Sabios' victory against one of league's weakest teams Piratas (3-5) 86-75. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 12 passes. Smith also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Smith has very impressive stats this year: 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg in seven games.

   #4. Dallin Bachynski (213-C-91, college: Utah, currently plays in Poland). Bachynski could not help Energa Czarni (19-13) to beat BM Slam Stal (21-11). He scored 6 points in only 8 minutes. Energa Czarni lost 67-76 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) BM Slam Stal. This year Bachynski's overall stats are: 3.2ppg and 1.8rpg in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Polish.

   #5. Keanau Post (211-F-92, college: Missouri, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Logan Thunder (5-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Post's good performance Logan Thunder (#3) was defeated 98-90 on the road by the much lower-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (#12) in the QBL group. He scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots. Post's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 5.8rpg.

   #6. Philip Fournier (193, college: Toronto, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to secure a victory for Indios in their game against Leones in the Puerto Rican BSN. He recorded 5 points in 8 minutes. His team lost 86-97. This year Fournier's overall stats are: 1.2ppg and 1.4rpg in 11 games.

   #7. Blake Gallatly (193-G/F, college: Cape Breton, currently plays in Australia) managed to help McKinnon Cougars in a 1-point victory against the 11th-ranked Diamond Valley Eagles 90-89 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. This year Gallatly's overall stats are: 1.5ppg and 1.3rpg in four games.



Doornekamp re-signs at CB Canarias - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Canadian international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-96kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He is a dual citizen owning also Dutch passport. Doornekamp played there last season. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL where in 39 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. Doornekamp helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 17 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0apg. Doornekamp contributed to his team winning the Cup.
He was voted CIS All-Canadian Player of the Year back in 2008.
Doornekamp was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team in 2005.
Doornekamp represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 3.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg.
Doornekamp has played also professionally in Italy (Juvecaserta), Germany (Braunschweig) and Canada (Ravens).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

29-year old power forward Karl Moore (203-PF-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aguilas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Fast Break (#1, 5-1) 76-87. Aguilas moved-up to the 8th position in Colombian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 6 games and recorded just two victories. Moore just recently signed at Aguilas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Culver Stockton College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moore is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.5ppg and leads league in rebounds with 15.1rpg. Moore is in league's top in and averages solid 54.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91) of Cimarrones. He is American swingman in his first season at Cimarrones. In the last game Carraway recorded impressive 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Cimarrones was edged by slightly lower-ranked Academia (#5, 3-3) 65-63. This loss caused Cimarrones to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Carraway is one of the most experienced players at Cimarrones and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Beicar Quinones of Academia (#5). He scored 11 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Academia, leading his team to a 65-63 win against slightly higher-ranked Cimarrones (#3, 4-2). Academia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. The season just started for as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mark Cornelius (190-G-88) of Caciques - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Henry Uhegwu (191-G-82) of Fast Break - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ricardo Rivera (190-G-91) of Sabios - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Freddy Asprilla (208-F-88) of Caciques - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Adonis Nunez (191-G-96) of Piratas - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90) of Fast Break - 12 points and 6 rebounds
10. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Hrvoje Peric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 84-83 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. Peric was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes on the court. 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 Peric's fourth season with the team. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 66.1% in 39 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Zizic could not help Darussafaka (23-7) to beat Fenerbahce (28-2). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Darussafaka was crushed 94-72 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. This season Zizic averages: 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 69.8%(74-106) and FT: 71.2%. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked EWE Baskets (18-14) crushing them 96-60 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Radosevic recorded 10 points in 22 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.8%(82-121) and FT: 57.7% in 28 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Oliver Lafayette
Oliver Lafayette
   #4. An experienced point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Houston, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (22-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lafayette's good performance Unicaja Malaga was crushed 101-72 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. It's Lafayette's first season with the team. Lafayette's total stats this year are: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Lafayette is also Croatian national team player. Strangely he has never played in Croatia.

Jure Skific
Jure Skific
   #5. Former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Twarde Pierniki (21-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Twarde Pierniki was badly defeated 88-69 in Zielona Gora by the second-ranked Stelmet. Skific recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Skific has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team eleven years ago.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #6. Point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Oliver Lafayette in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Draper managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (22-10) crushing them 101-72. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. This year Draper's total stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.3apg in 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Filip Toncinic
Filip Toncinic
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 1-point Burgos' victory against the closely-ranked Palencia Baloncesto (22-12) 80-79 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (24-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Toncinic has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.7rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team fourteen years ago.

Karlo Vragovic
Karlo Vragovic
   #8. Guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Bursaspor's victory against the bottom-ranked Acibadem (1-5) 87-80 in the Turkish TBL (second division) last Sunday. Vragovic scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Bursaspor (3-3) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in Final Four group. The Final Four already ended. Vragovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg. Vragovic used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) led Noarlunga City Southern Tigers to a victory over the leader Eastern Mavericks (9-1) crushing them 100-68 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Drmic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Drmic also added 5 assists in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in League Premier. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (6-4) are placed third in Premier League. Drmic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 26.3ppg, 8.5rpg and 3.0apg in eight games he played so far. Drmic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Experienced Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 1-point McKinnon Cougars' victory against the 11th-ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (4-10) 90-89 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Platenik scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. McKinnon Cougars (6-6) are placed seventh in Big V group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This season Platenik has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg. Platenik is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) managed to help ECE Bulls Kapfenberg in a victory against the league leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) 66-56 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Wednesday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (21-11) is placed third in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Stegnjaic has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.9rpg in 39 games. He has both Croatian and Austrian nationalities.

   #4. Goran Veg (205-C/F, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Hills Hornets' victory against the sixth-ranked Newcastle Hunters (4-6) 83-76 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Veg recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Hills Hornets (1-8) are placed eighth in WARATAH group. Veg has reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6bpg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #5. Daniel Thomas (180-G-85, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 2-point Cougars' victory against the tenth-ranked Flames (6-10) 88-86 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday. Thomas scored 9 points in 22 minutes. Cockburn Cougars (9-9) are placed in SBL group. Thomas has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.8apg in 13 games. He holds both Croatian and Australian passports.

   #6. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Switzerland). Barac could not help Monthey to beat Geneve Lions. He scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 95-90. Barac has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg.



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Svitavy keeps Smithson for another season - by Eurobasket News

Turi Svitavy (NBL) re-signed 32-year old American point guard Bryan Smithson (183-85, college: NC-Asheville, agency: HMS). He played there last season. In 14 NBL games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season Smithson played at MLP Academics Heidelberg in German ProA where in 28 games he had 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.7apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup final in 2009. Smithson received also All-Big South Conference 1st Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Smithson has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka) and Germany (Kirchheim Knights).
He attended University of North Carolina - Asheville until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Svitavy tabs Lubos Stria - by Eurobasket News

Turi Svitavy (NBL) inked experienced 36-year old Czech swingman Lubos Stria (197-95kg-81). He played most recently at Handlova in Slovakian SBL league. In 40 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Stria played at BK Decin where in 49 NBL games he had 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.6apg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Czech Republic League for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Stria was selected to Czech Republic NBL All-Star Game in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Czech Republic playing for four other teams: BK Pardubice, Levharti Chomutov, BK Kolin and Podebrady.
Stria is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Svitavy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 31.5
 1. Suero, Indios SFM31.5 
 2. Santana, Titanes .22.8 
 3. Gaines, Metros S.20.2 
 4. Rembert, Titanes .19.3 
 5. Foster, Huracane.19.3 
 6. Guzman, Soles SD19.0 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD18.8 
 8. Carter, Huracane.18.3 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM17.8 
 10. Bailey, Reales LV17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 12
 1. Araujo, Leones SD12.0 
 2. Santana, Titanes .10.0 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM9.3 
 4. McCombs, Soles SD8.8 
 5. Mitchell, Metros S.8.8 
 6. Horford, Titanes .8.8 
 7. Jones, Caneros LR8.8 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD8.6 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.8.3 
 10. Guzman, Soles SD6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.0 
 2. Ruiz, Soles SD4.8 
 3. Glenn, Metros S.4.7 
 4. Dicent, Metros S.4.5 
 5. Miller, Leones SD4.2 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD4.2 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD4.0 
 8. De-Leon, Metros S.4.0 
 9. Maye, Reales LV3.7 
 10. Siggers, Titanes .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Weyinmi ROSE
  Huracanes PP
  (196-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rose, Huracanes PP2.8 
 2. Valdez, Huracane.2.7 
 3. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 4. Scott, Caneros LR1.6 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM1.5 
 6. Gaines, Metros S.1.5 
 7. Dicent, Metros S.1.5 
 8. Siggers, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Perez, Titanes .1.4 
 10. Fortuna, Leones SD1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.8 
 2. Okosun, Reales LV2.0 
 3. Horford, Titanes .1.4 
 4. Evangelista, Caner.1.3 
 5. Garcia, Indios SFM1.3 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD1.0 
 7. Rose, Huracanes PP1.0 
 8. Salas-Flores, Indios S.1.0 
 9. McCombs, Soles SD1.0 
 10. Freeman, Caner.1.0 


LNB Round 4: Titanes Licey loses to Caneros LR in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the LNB and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most shocking disappointment of round 4 was a road defeat of 4th ranked Titanes Licey (2-3) to eighth ranked Caneros LR (1-4) 77-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caneros LR made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Miguel Evangelista (-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and American guard Ryan Scott (191-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) who added 11 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caneros LR left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Reales LV. Titanes Licey at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Caneros LR is looking forward to face higher ranked Soles SD (#5) in Santo Domingo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Titanes Licey will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in La Vega was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Huracanes PP (2-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Reales LV (1-4). Huracanes PP managed to secure a 4-point victory 112-108. The winners were led by naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) who scored that evening 24 points and 9 assists and Kevin Foster supported him with 20 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Even 18 points and 7 assists by the former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) did not help to save the game for Reales LV. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Huracanes PP moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Soles SD. Reales LV lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Caneros LR. Huracanes PP will play against league's second-placed Metros STGO in Santiago in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Reales LV will play at home against Indios SFM (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Third ranked Metros STGO (4-2) crushed at home 7th ranked Reales LV (1-4) by 17 points 90-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Robert Glenn fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Augustine Okosun produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Metros STGO moved-up to second place. Reales LV lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Caneros LR. Metros STGO will meet Huracanes PP (#4) in the next round. Reales LV will play against Indios SFM (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 4 Soles SD won against Titanes Licey on the opponent's court 85-77.

Metros STGO - Reales LV 90-73

Third ranked Metros STGO (4-2) crushed at home 7th ranked Reales LV (1-4) by 17 points 90-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Reales LV was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Metros STGO looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Reales LV's players. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. The other American import Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Metros STGO players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Metros STGO moved-up to second place. Reales LV lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Caneros LR. Metros STGO will meet Huracanes PP (#4) in the next round. Reales LV will play against Indios SFM (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Reales LV: A.Okosun 21+7reb, A.Pena 18+2reb+3ast, O.Bailey 8+2ast, J.Maye 6+3reb+3ast, V.Martinez 5+2reb+1ast, R.Beato 5
Metros STGO: F.Gaines 19+5reb+2ast, R.Glenn 15+7reb+12ast, T.Mitchell 14+6reb+2ast, N.Morillo 13+5reb+2ast, A.Filion 8+4reb+3ast, A.De Leon 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 546038


Caneros LR - Titanes Licey 77-66

The most shocking disappointment of round 4 was a road defeat of 4th ranked Titanes Licey (2-3) to eighth ranked Caneros LR (1-4) 77-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caneros LR made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Miguel Evangelista (-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and American guard Ryan Scott (191-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) who added 11 points and 4 assists during the contest. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Caneros LR players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caneros LR left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Reales LV. Titanes Licey at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Caneros LR is looking forward to face higher ranked Soles SD (#5) in Santo Domingo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Titanes Licey will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 24+13reb+2ast, J.Siggers 18+5reb+2ast, C.Perez 11+6reb+4ast, K.Perez 5+4reb+1ast, J.Horford 4+9reb, J.Fortuna 2+2reb+3ast
Caneros LR: M.Evangelista 17+16reb+1ast, R.Scott 11+2reb+4ast, A.Freeman 11+3reb, E.Soliman 10+1reb+4ast, A.Williams 8+1reb+1ast, O.Sanchez 8+5reb
gschID: 546039


Titanes Licey - Soles SD 77-85

There was a minor upset in San Cristobal where 4th ranked Titanes Licey (2-3) was defeated by sixth ranked Soles SD (2-2) 85-77 on Monday. Soles SD looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Ramon Ruiz (188-83) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) chipped in 20 points. Four Soles SD players scored in double figures. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) added 20 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Titanes Licey's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles SD moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Huracanes PP. Loser Titanes Licey dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Soles SD will meet at home Caneros LR (#7) in the next round. Titanes Licey will play against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 20+10reb+3ast, J.Siggers 20+4reb+6ast, P.Rembert 15+2reb+5ast, C.Perez 8+2reb+2ast, D.Moquete 8+4reb, C.Paniagua 4+3reb
Soles SD: M.Guzman 20+4reb+2ast, R.Ruiz 19+4reb+4ast, B.Martinez 11+6reb, A.Louis 10+5reb+2ast, D.McCombs 9+9reb+1ast, R.Tamarez 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 546037


Reales LV - Huracanes PP 108-112

The game in La Vega was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Huracanes PP (2-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Reales LV (1-4). Huracanes PP managed to secure a 4-point victory 112-108. Huracanes PP players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Reales LV was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) who scored that evening 24 points and 9 assists and Jamaican Kevin Foster (203-89, college: Fresno St., agency: Haylett Sports) supported him with 20 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Even 18 points and 7 assists by the former international swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) did not help to save the game for Reales LV. American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) added 20 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Huracanes PP moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Soles SD. Reales LV lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Caneros LR. Huracanes PP will play against league's second-placed Metros STGO in Santiago in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Reales LV will play at home against Indios SFM (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Reales LV: O.Bailey 20+7reb+1ast, J.Maye 18+3reb+7ast, A.Pena 15+7reb+5ast, Y.Minaya 15+1reb+4ast, A.Okosun 10+8reb, J.Bonilla 8+3reb
Huracanes PP: M.Carter 24+1reb+9ast, L.Jacobo 22+6reb+1ast, K.Foster 20+9reb+1ast, B.Polanco 15+5reb+1ast, W.Rose 14+6reb+1ast, M.Martinez 10+8reb
gschID: 546036





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

27-year old guard Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Indios SFM and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 47 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Metros STGO (#3, 3-2) 109-105. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Indios SFM is placed at 2nd position in Dominican Rep. league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Indios SFM will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Suero had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He just recently signed at Indios SFM, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University at Albany graduate has very impressive stats this year. Suero is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.5ppg. Suero is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 62.2% FGP and 46.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tony Mitchell (203-F-92) of Metros STGO. He is American forward in his first season at Metros STGO. In the last game Mitchell recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Metros STGO to another comfortable win 112-99 over Indios SFM (3-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Mitchell is one of the most experienced players at Metros STGO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Metros STGO's star - forward Robert Glenn (203-PF-89). Glenn scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Glenn's great performance Metros STGO lost 105-109 to #2 ranked Indios SFM. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Metros STGO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Glenn has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jhonatan Araujo (208-C-96) of Leones SD - 30 points and 13 rebounds
5. Elias Soliman) of Caneros LR - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) of Indios SFM - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Titanes Licey - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV - 26 points and 8 rebounds
10. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Leones SD - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Taiwan and South Korea to clash for title in Nagano - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Japan - Taiwan 73-78
Taiwan secured their Final birth in Nagano. They upset hosting Japan in the semifinal clash tonight. Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) was unstoppable for the winners accounting for 29 points and 17 rebounds. Taiwan dominated in the first half. They registered a 40:26 halftime advantage. Japan came back to life after the long break. The hosts got within striking distance in the fourth period but could not deliver the final blow as Taiwan got away as the winners. Yi-Hsiang Chou (190-G-91) and Chiang Yu-An (174-PG-91) provided 10 points each for Taiwan. Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) responded with 20 points for Japan.

China - South Korea 104-106
South Korea advanced into the title game in Nagano. They held off China in the semifinal thriller today. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. South Korea secured a 45:36 halftime lead. But China poured in 32 points including a late bucket from MingHui Sun (192-SG-96) to force overtime. South Korea though answered with 13 points in the extra period to eke out victory. Jong-Hyun Lee (206-C-94) delivered 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. MingHui Sun responded with 28 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for China.
5-6 Place
Macau - Hong Kong 81-96
Hong Kong finished their tournament's campaign on a winning note. They beat Macau to claim the fifth position. Leung Shiu Wah (189-SF-94) provided 19 points to lead the winners. Hong Kong used a massive 29:9 surge in the second term to build a 26-point halftime lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Reid Duncan (206-C-89) and Chun Wai Wong (196-C-85) accounted for 14 points each for the winners. Kam Chi Un (200-C-93) responded with 26 points for Macau.




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El Gezira celebrate Premier League 2016/2017 title - by Eurobasket News

El Gezira celebrated Premier League 2016/2017 title in Egypt. They finished the Final round with a 7-1 record on top. In the last game El Gezira posted a 73-63 win against Sporting. The latter ended up on the second position with a 4-3 record. El Zamalek has the same record, finishing third after the win over Smouha 70-68.
El Ettehad El Sakandary finished the Final Stage with a 2-5 record.



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Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa signs Devin Thompson - by Eurobasket News

Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa (Liga Superior) signed experienced 37-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) forward Devin Thompson (199-80, college: St.Peter's). He played this summer at Brujos Izalco in the Liga MB. In 34 games he had 7.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thompson's team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Clausura Honorable Mention in 2016.
Thompson has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins), Entertainment team (Harlem Globetrotters) and El Salvador (Denver-FAS San Salvador, Cosmos and Canarios).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa.
Thompson attended St. Peter's College until 2003 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Marcos sign Barthel Lopez, ex Leones - by Eurobasket News

San Marcos (Liga Superior) signed 28-year old Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89). He played this summer at Leones in Nicaraguan LNB league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lopez's team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Clausura 2nd Team in 2016.
Lopez has played previously professionally in El Salvador (Isidro Metapan).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Results and Stats from Liga Superior Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Chalchuapa - Marquense 49-69

Marquense overcame Chalchuapa in the opener. Marquense forced 28 Chalchuapa turnovers. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Julio Barrera (173-90) chipped in 13 points. Four Marquense players scored in double figures. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: M.Montavious 21+13reb+3ast, F.Carcamo 10+2ast, L.Castillo 6+1reb+1ast, F.Ramos 4+3reb+1ast, C.Mejia 2+3reb, F.Garcia 2+2reb
Marquense: A.Moe 24+10reb+3ast, J.Barrera 13+3reb+2ast, M.Artiga 12+3reb+3ast, H.Salazar 10+2reb, C.Sorto 5+2reb+1ast, R.Guevara 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547864


ExSAL ST - Thunder 86-67

ExSAL coasted past Thunder in Game 1 of the series. It looked good early as Thunder took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ExSAL ST had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and Thunder was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-86. ExSAL ST forced 20 Thunder turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Eduardo Cabrera (174-94) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Mauricio Montes answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 22 rebounds and Marlon Aguilera added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Thunder. Thunder's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Thunder: M.Montes 20+22reb+1ast, M.Aguilera 16+6reb, D.Ferrin 9+5reb+2ast, C.Rivera 8+5reb+3ast, O.de Leon 8+6reb+4ast, D.Aguilar 4+4reb+1ast
ExSAL ST: J.Hill 21+14reb+3ast, E.Cabrera 15+6reb+4ast, B.Marroquin 14+7reb, C.Garcia 9+3reb, W.Melendez 9+5reb+7ast, W.Sanchez 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 547866


ADB - Izalco 86-109

Izalco beat ADB to take 1-0 lead in the series. Izalco outrebounded ADB 58-43 including a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 21 rebounds, 19 assists and 5 steals for the winners and forward Julio Crespin (184-97) chipped in 32 points. Four Izalco players scored in double figures. Izalco's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Hector Landaverde (-92) responded with 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Cesar Canizales (-81) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 35+6reb+5ast, C.Canizales 21+7reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 20+6reb+4ast, H.Pacas 4+9reb+1ast, M.Marroquin 2+5reb+3ast, C.Rodriguez 2+4reb+1ast
Izalco: M.Thomas 36+21reb+19ast, J.Crespin 32+3reb+1ast, G.Galdamez 12+11reb+4ast, S.Leon 10+4reb+2ast, V.Maya 8+5reb+1ast, H.Vigil 5+3reb
gschID: 547863


ABA - San Marcos 61-77

San Marcos overwhelmed ABA on the road to open win count. San Marcos brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winning side and guard Emilio Abullarade (187-89) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five San Marcos players scored in double figures. Jamaican-American forward Devin Thompson (199-80, college: St.Peter's) came up with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Jonathan Roque added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for ABA in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
ABA: D.Thompson 27+6reb+4ast, J.Roque 14+10reb, J.Zometa 5+2reb+1ast, M.Vasquez 4+2reb+2ast, A.Ojeda 3, I.Martinez 2
San Marcos: R.Diaz 15+1reb+3ast, B.Lopez 15+11reb+3ast, E.Abullarade 14+5reb+3ast, M.Martinez 12+5reb+2ast, L.Gomez 10+3reb+4ast, E.Recinos 6+1reb
gschID: 547865





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Baskonia keeps Shengelia through 2020 - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) re-signed 26-year old Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-100kg-91) to a new three-year deal. He has played there for the last three seasons. In 31 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Shengelia helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2012 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements Shengelia received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Shengelia is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and VOO Verviers Pepinster), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets), Spain (Valencia Basket and Valencia 2) and D-League (Springfield A.).
Let's have closer look into Shengelia's outlook: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona and Giorgos Barzokas to split ways - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona are set to part ways with head coach Giorgos Bartzokas . The Greek specialist spent a forgettable season with the Spanish powerhouse. FC Barcelona failed to make it into the playoffs in EuroLeague. They also lost to Valencia in the first round of ACB playoffs. Previously Bartzokas worked with Larissa, Panionios, Olympiacos and Lokomotiv Kuban. He was named All-EuroLeague Coach of the Year back in 2013.



Printezis jumps on the radar for FC Barcelona - by Thomas Jones

Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) could return to Spain, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.

He played most recently at Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in the Euroleague. In 32 games Printezis recorded 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to make it to the Final Four.

Printezis has prior experience in the ACB League. He played two seasons for Unicaja de Malaga.

Printezis is a PF who plays with great energy and hustle. Really has a great attitude and knows no other way than giving full effort




Panathinaikos in talks with Keith Langford, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is eyeing 34-year old American ex-international shooting guard Keith Langford (193-91kg-83, college: Kansas) who played last time at Unics Kazan in Russia. Langford has played there for the last three years. In 25 VTB United League games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (39th overall).
The former University of Kansas staris in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. Langford was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year in 2016.
He represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago.
Langford is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Armani Milano, Angelico Biella, Vanoli Cremona and Virtus Bologna), USBL (Kansas C.) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Ft.Worth F.).
On Langford: A smooth, left-handed wing player who should contribute at the shooting guard and small forward slots. Possesses good range on his outside jumper... Also has the ability to take his man off the dribble and go strong to the rim... Can put up big numbers in the scoring column... Shows impressive ability to drive and hit pull-up jumpers from medium range... A solid perimeter defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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St.Pete Tide demolish Bradenton - by Eurobasket News

St.Pete Tide demolished Bradenton in one of the latest games in FBA. They dominated the whole game posting 134-76 win. St.Pete Tide improved to a 5-1 record one win away from Palm Beach that is on top with a 6-1 record. The latter survived a thriller against SE Royals beating them 76-74. The Royals fell at 2-4 record.


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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Clark, Chalon18.2 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.6 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.2 
 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: 8.8
 1. Fall, Chalon8.8 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.6 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.0 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 8. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Chalon2.2 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Jean-Charles, AS.1.0 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 8. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 9. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.0.8 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.1 
 3. Burton, Roanne16.8 
 4. Henry, Evreux16.1 
 5. Jones, Lille16.0 
 6. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 7. Williams, Boulazac15.9 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.7 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.2 
 10. Bronchard, Vichy C.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.4 
 6. Traore, Lille7.6 
 7. Morin, Le Havre7.4 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Fairell, Rouen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.9 
 2. King, Le Havre6.1 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.5.8 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 5. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Turner, Blois5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.3 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 2. Burton, Roanne2.3 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.0 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 5. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 9. Turner, Blois1.8 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Traore, Lille1.1 
 8. Jones, Lille1.0 
 9. Boateng, Blois0.9 
 10. Diame, Blois0.9 


ProB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Boulazac advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Evreux - Boulazac 67-82

Boulazac beat Evreux on the road to complete the sweep of the series. It looked good early as ALM Evreux took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Boulazac Basket had a 27-20 second period charge getting the lead and ALM Evreux was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-82. Boulazac Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. American-Jamaican guard TJ Sapp (190-92, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Corin Henry (178-88, college: Tarleton St., agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ALM Evreux. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Henry 19+4reb+5ast, A.Anagonye 12+7reb+2ast, C.Walker 10+5reb+3ast, B.Pinault 10+3reb+1ast, R.Vilde 7+2reb, T.Dolomingo 3
Boulazac: T.Sapp 16+4ast, J.Williams 14+6reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 10+3reb, A.Kerckhof 9+1reb+3ast, J.Sanchez 8+3reb+2ast, M.Zianveni 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547773


Nantes - Provence Basket 66-67

Provence Basket forced the decider versus Nantes as they eked out a tough road win in Game 2. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 1 point. The best player for the winners was American center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The other American import swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) chipped in 28 points. American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and Alexis Desespringalle (192-91) added 10 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Nantes: L.Ekperigin 16+18reb+3ast, R.Kuksiks 12+1reb+1ast, A.Desespringalle 10+4reb+3ast, V.Bigote 7+4reb+2ast, C.McKnight 7+6reb, V.Fofana 6+2reb+2ast
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 28+3reb, D.Obasohan 12+4reb+2ast, B.Waldow 10+19reb+4ast, J.Burrows 4+8reb+3ast, M.Dia 4+1reb, R.Desroses 4
gschID: 547772





ProA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Paris-Levallois and Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Chalon 86-69

Paris-Levallois celebrated the first victory in the semifinal series. They edged Chalon to narrow the deficit. It looked good early as Chalon/Saor took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paris-Levallois took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Chalon/Saor's 36. Paris-Levallois forced 19 Chalon/Saor turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Rich (191-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) with 20 points and the other American import point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 24+4ast, L.Labeyrie 13+6reb, T.Harris 11+5reb, L.Sane 10+4reb+1ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+4reb+2ast, L.Campbell 8+3reb+8ast
Chalon: C.Clark 20+4reb+2ast, J.Roberson 15+1reb+5ast, L.Harris 10+4reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 7+3reb, M.Fall 6+1reb, J.Nzeulie 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547579


ASVEL - Strasbourg 64-67

Strasbourg stayed alive in the series. They upset ASVEL on the road to cut the distance at 1-2. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Walker 21+1reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 16+2reb+3ast, M.Howard 12+4reb, E.Murphy 4+6reb, F.Ntilikina 3+2reb+2ast, P.Lacombe 3+3reb
ASVEL: D.Watkins 14+6reb, C.Ware 14+4ast, L.Jean-Charles 9+7reb+1ast, D.Andersen 7+5reb, C.Kahudi 6+2reb+3ast, A.Noua 6+3reb
gschID: 547578





Nanterre inks Lahaou Konate - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre (ProA) signed 26-year old shooting guard Lahaou Konate (196-80kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the ProA. In 34 games he had 6.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season. Konate helped them to make it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention in 2015.
Konate represented France at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4spg, FGP-3 (72.7%), 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 72.7%.
Konate has played previously for three other teams: ALM Evreux, Hyeres-Toulon and Denek.

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Hugo Dumortier joins Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) added to their roster 24-year old shooting guard Hugo Dumortier (195-93) from BC Orchies. In 32 NM1 games he had 8.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dumortier played at Boulazac Basket where in 29 ProB games he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Dumortier was a member of French U18 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for two other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque and Monaco.

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Shuler left Monaco - by Eurobasket News

31-year old American shooting guard Jamal Shuler (192-91kg-86, college: VCU) left AS Monaco Basket (ProA). In 26 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.5apg. He helped them to win the cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Shuler was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Import Player of the Year in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Germany (Gladiators), Ukraine (Khimik) and France (Sluc Nancy, JA Vichy and JSF Nanterre).
Shuler attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.

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Brian Conklin may join Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) is close to sign 28-year old American forward Brian Conklin (198-109kg-89, college: St.Louis) who played last time at JSF Nanterre. In 34 ProA games he recorded 8.9ppg and 3.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the cup.
Conklin ended the previous (2016) season at Leones in Dominican Rep. LNB where in 31 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8apg in 2016 season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention. But the most of that year he spent at Piratas in Puerto Rican BSN. In 40 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg in 2016 season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Conklin received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Forward of the Year award in 2015.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Conklin has played previously professionally in New Zealand (Sharks), Australia (Townsville Crocodiles) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).
He attended Saint Louis University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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ALS Basket signs coach Romain Tillon - by Eurobasket News

Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket (NM1) signed 35-year old coach Romain Tillon. He has coached for the last two seasons at St Chamond in the ProB. Romain Tillon has ended his player's career back in 2015. He helped the team to NM1 championship back in 2015.

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Dax-Gamarde inks Geoffrey Bourcier - by Eurobasket News

Union Dax-Gamarde (NM2) signed 29-year old point guard Geoffrey Bourcier (180-88). He played most recently at Fougeres in NM3. Bourcier helped his team get promotion to NM2.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Aurore de Vitre. Bourcier contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
He won French NM2 Group C championship title in 2013.
Bourcier has played previously for Saint Brieuc.

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Aymeric Benon agreed terms with Gardonne - by Eurobasket News

ES Gardonne (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old center Aymeric Benon (206-93). He played most recently at Real Chalossais in French NM3 league. Benon also spent pre-season at CEP Lorient that year.
He played in the final of French NM2 in 2016.
Benon represented France at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Benon has played previously for two other teams: Cholet Basket and Paris Levallois.

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Chikoko re-signs at Pau-Lacq-Orthez - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) confirmed in their roster 26-year old Zimbabwean international power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91). He played there last season. In 27 ProA games he had 10.1ppg and 4.8rpg.
Chikoko ended the previous (2015-16) season at Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 15 games he recorded 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Chikoko helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Tezenis Verona in Italian Serie A. In 24 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4bpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Chikoko was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team in 2015.
He also represented Zimbabwe at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.4ppg, Reb-4 (8.8rpg), 1.2apg, Blocks-1 (3.2bpg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 64.7%.
Chikoko has played previously professionally in Germany (Gladiators, BG Goettingen and ASC 46 Goettingen) and Italy (Grissin Bon RE).
On Chikoko: A talented, lanky forward/center who has a huge upside. Even stanging almost 6-10, he can spend yet time at the PF position, thanks to enormous athletic skills, versatility, and good feel for the game. His long arms allow him to be a good defender and shot blocker.

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Bnei Hertzeliyya keeps Green for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) re-signed 32-year old Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-80kg-85, college: Florida). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Green played there last season. In 36 Winner League games he recorded 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at AEK Athens in Greek A1 where in 13 games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. Green helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for Scandone in Italian Serie A. In 6 games he had 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.8apg and 1.2spg.
In 2007 Green was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (52nd overall). He attended University of Florida and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Green also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 80.6%.
Green is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Spain (Gran Canaria and Zaragoza), Turkey (Tofas), NBA (Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks), Italy (Basket Barcellona) and D-League (Texas Legends).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Shows a high level of toughness. Constantly looks to penetrate and take the ball to the basket or drive and kick. Very aggressive guard who gets to the line a lot and converts at a high rate: 85% ... Pushes the ball quickly up the court. Has solid vision and passing ability
Lacks the innate feel for running a team. Can get sloppy with the ball, making careless turnovers or poor decisions passing the ball. His ball handling ability is decent but not great for a point guard
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Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 1st Team 2017
Giorgi Tsintsadze
Tsintsadze
Deonta Vaughn
Vaughn
Mikheil Berishvili
Berishvili
Beka Bekauri
Bekauri
John Florveus
Florveus

Finals MVP: Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Dinamo Tbilisi
Player of the Year: Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi
Guard of the Year: Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi
Forward of the Year: Mikheil Berishvili (204-SF-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi
Center of the Year: John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi
Defansive Player of the Year: Beka Bekauri (207-PF-91) of Kutaisi
Import Player of the Year: John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi
Domestic Player of the Year: Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi
Coach of the Year: Irakli Khoshtaria of Dinamo Tbilisi

1st Team
PG: Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi
G: Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Dinamo Tbilisi
SF: Mikheil Berishvili (204-SF-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi
PF: Beka Bekauri (207-PF-91) of Kutaisi
C: John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi

2nd Team
G: Terik Bridgeman (198-G) of Cactus Tbilisi
PG: Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi
G: Tre Burnette (196-G) of Olimpi
C: Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85) of Rustavi
C: Nikola Maravic (212-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi

Honorable Mention
Casey Kasperbauer (185-G) of Rustavi
Dwayne Lathan (190-G-89) of Sokhumi
Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-SG-93) of Batumi
Illya Shemosiuk (188-PG-85) of Batumi
Kaheem Ransom (185-PG) of Mgzavrebi
Otari Buliava (202-PF-94) of Sokhumi
Beqa Chikviladze (196-F/G-91) of Cactus Tbilisi
Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-F/C-89) of Sokhumi
Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi
F/G: Beqa Chikviladze (196-F/G-91) of Cactus Tbilisi
SF: Mikheil Berishvili (204-SF-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi
PF: Beka Bekauri (207-PF-91) of Kutaisi
C: Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85) of Rustavi

All-Imports Team
G: Terik Bridgeman (198-G) of Cactus Tbilisi
PG: Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi
G: Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Dinamo Tbilisi
C: Nikola Maravic (212-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi
C: John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi



Baskonia keeps Shengelia through 2020 - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) re-signed 26-year old Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-100kg-91) to a new three-year deal. He has played there for the last three seasons. In 31 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Shengelia helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2012 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements Shengelia received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Shengelia is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and VOO Verviers Pepinster), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets), Spain (Valencia Basket and Valencia 2) and D-League (Springfield A.).
Let's have closer look into Shengelia's outlook: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
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Ratiopharm adds Akpinar to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) added to their roster 22-year old point guard Ismet Akpinar (190-79kg-95, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last three seasons at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 37 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg last season. Akpinar helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. He also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Akpinar's team won German Bundesliga Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Newcomer of the Year back in 2014.
Akpinar represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 30.2%, 3PT: 14.8%, FT: 86.7%.
Akpinar has played previously for three other teams: SC Rist Wedel, Hamburg Tigers and Hamburg Piraten.

Ratiopharm Ulm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ismet Akpinar
Marcell Pongo

Centers:
Tim Ohlbrecht
Till Pape

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Phoenix Hagen Sign Jannik Lodders - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jannik Lodders (198-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) has made the move from Essen to Hagen and will continue his career there. Lodders is a 24 year old 198cm forward that comes from a basketball family as his father Eckhard was a national player and brother Robin was his teammate last season with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. Last season the Hannover native played 28 games averaging 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 83.7%. ""Despite his 24 years, he already has a lot of Pro A experience and will help us with his all-around qualities at the position three. He is an important puzzle piece for us at both ends and am happy that he decided to come here after his excellent season in Essen", stressed head coach Matthias Grothe. Last season with Essen he scored in double figures in 12 games and had some superb games scoring 24 points in a win against Dresden and 23 in a win against Hanau.

Lodders started his basketball career in 2010 with TK Hannover (2.Regionalliga). He then played three seasons in the Pro B from 2011-2014 with UBC Hannover playing a total of 64 games and in his last season played 25 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.0%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA) playing 30 games averaging 6.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 76.0%. Two season ago he played for the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA averaging 37 games: 3.3ppg, 2.6rpg. Lodders has proved that he can be a solid player at the Pro A level and is happy that he will play in Hagen. "I am thrilled to play for such a traditional team and am happy to stay in the area. I have heard a lot about the basketball enthusiasm and am looking forward to the first game", stressed Jannik Lodders. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Co-Champion -14, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -16.

Source: Phoenix Hagen





K K Simmons (Knowing How To Make The Correct Reads With The Pick And Rolls Can Take You A Long Way In The Game) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville) is a 23 year old 190cm combo guard from Marietta, Georgia that completed his first professional season with German Pro B team Licher Basket Baeren averaging 20,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 3,4apg. He played at three schools with NC-Wilmington (NCAA), Kent St. (NCAA) and Pikeville (NAIA). Last season he finished his college basketball career with Pikeville (NAIA) playing 31 games and averaging 16.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 78.5%. Simmons is an amazing shooter and shot 48% from outside in his junior season at Pikeville, but can also mix it up getting to the hole. In his first season with Pikeville, he played 25 games averaging 20.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 78.4%. He spoke to eurobasket at the end of the season.

Congrats KK on helping save the Licher Basket Baeren this season. What kind of overall experience was it for you playing with pressure having to keep the team in the Pro B?

To be honest, the overall experience was a really good one. There were a lot of moments and possessions that felt like I was in a playoff situation. Playing to stay in the Pro-B league was a lot of pressure but nothing we couldn't accomplish as a team.


You stated in our last interview in January 'I'm extremely confident that I can help Lich stay in the league. The key thing for us is sharing the ball on offense and playing team defense and everything will work out for the best. Did these things come true in the playdowns for Lich?


Yes, a lot of these things came true for us as a team during this play-down stretch. We had a lot of really good practices coming into the play-downs, and as a team we performed pretty well on both ends of the court.


The Licher Basket Baeren took care of business early winning the first 4 playdown games to stay in the league. Does this accomplishment dim your feeling a bit by the way you ended the season losing your last two games?

Winning the first four games of the play-downs was how we responded to the end of our regular season. By us accomplishing this, the last two games weren't as important as the first couple. We are happy that we took care of business early.

The Dragons Rhondorf had to win the game and played well for 40 minutes, possibly their best game of the season. You had played against them three times earlier having a 3-1 record, but now lost to them where they only had one import player. Do you tip their hat for their do or die effort on enemy territory in Lich?

Again, Rhondorf has a lot of talented players that play hard on both ends of the floor. They needed to beat us to stay in the league, and we could tell this from the start of the jump ball.


What was your season summary this season. Lich had another talented team that missed the playoffs, but came together in the playdowns to stay in the league. What positives can you take out of the season?

I could take a lot of positives out of this season. What I like the most is that we didn't let us not making the playoffs affect us, and we still handled our business in the play-downs. We stuck together as a team and accomplished our goal

The Licher Basket Baeren once again played many young and older Germans. If you had to choose one German who you feel developed and improved the most from day one to the last game against Rhondorf who would you pick?


Kevin Strangmeyer aka "Baby Dirk". I gave him that nickname the first time I ever saw him play. This kid is very talented, works hard, and competes to get better every day. For him to be only 15-16 years old, he's a special talent. Watch out for this kid.


You played together with Lamar Mallory. How important was it having him as a teammate for the success of Lich and for you having such an impressive rookie season?

Having him as a teammate was very important for the team. Like I've said before, I would hate to play against him. Walking on to the court and knowing that I have him by my side is a big confidence booster because I know he's always ready to battle. He played a big part in my success in my rookie season.


You had a sensational rookie season averaging 20,8ppg and had some big 30 plus point games. What was your personal season highlight?


There's so many to choose from. It can go from Lamar catching alley-oops from me to me stepping up and hitting big shots for my team and everything in between. All in all, it was a great season.


You had the opportunity on playing together with ex German national player Johannes Lischka. He doesn't play your position, but has a lot of experience. What tips did you gain from his play on and off the court?


Like you said, he doesn't play the same position as me so it's hard to say. On the court, I can admire his post game because, as a guard, if I could increase my post presence, it would add a whole lot more value to my game. Off the court, he just conducts himself as a pro. He has the experience, and you can tell that he's played at the highest level.


In January you stated 'Yes, I feel like I have had a great rookie season. Throughout my entire basketball career, I've lived up to team and personal expectations. I believe that this year has been no different' What was your secret to being able to have no need to get adjusted as you took off right from the start?

There is no secret. I'm just confident in all the hard work that I've put in to compete at the highest level. Every move that I make or shot that I take is like second nature. I work extremely hard on my craft every day.


You battled against many tough guards like Kerry Carter or Terrence Smith, but who was the toughest guy that you had to match up against?

I would have to say Kerry Carter. The two times we went head to head were both very exciting games to watch.


How do you feel that you were able to develop your game in your rookie season that will help you make the next step in your second professional season?

I felt like I took a bigger step in mastering an even better pick and roll game. Knowing how to play and make the correct reads with the pick and rolls can take you a long way in the game of basketball.

What is the next step for KK Simmons? Great guards in the Pro B are like apples on a tree in Florida, but your game speaks volumes. Do you see yourself being able to make an impact at the German Pro A level?


The next step for KK Simmons is a chapter that hasn't been opened yet. What I can tell you is that I will be working extremely hard this summer and will remain in the gym every chance that I get. I can see myself being able to play and make an impact on any level in any country. If German Pro A is what God has planned for my calling next year, then that's what I'm going to do. We shall see what happens.


What are your plans for the summer basketball wise. What will be the most vital things that you will be working on to help define your game even more?


This summer I will be gym-rat. I will be working on each and every aspect of my game. I see tons of room for improvement, and I want to become so much better.


Now that the NCAA tournament is history, what sports do you concentrate on in the summer to watch?

The NBA finals. I'm a huge fan of Lebron James and Kyrie Irving, and I have the Cavs going all the way.


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?

Yes, I was very surprised. 70 points!!! He did damage that night. I had the privilege of playing against him in college, and I always knew he'd be a great scorer on the NBA level. But wow.


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?


The run that South Carolina made in the NCAA tournament was amazing. Much respect for them and their program. The players worked very hard and were well-coached. The story was about Roy Williams winning another championship at North Carolina. He's one of the greatest coaches in NCAA history.


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?

Lonzo Ball is a really good player, but I wouldn't say he's the real thing. If he continues to work hard, he should have no problem at the next level. No comment on his father.


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?

No, it's not fair at all. This man averages a triple double. People always try to find something wrong with being great. I love Russell Westbrook's attitude. He doesn't really care about what people think about him, and he lets his game speak for himself.

What was the last movie that you saw?

More Than a Game. Lebron James.

Thanks KK for the chat.



Simon is back at ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) reportedly agreed terms with 30-year old shooting guard Nicolai Simon (190-89kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to ALBA Berlin as he has played here before. Simon has played for the last three seasons at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in the BBL. In 28 games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Simon won German Bundesliga championship title in 2008. He was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2013.
Simon was also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Simon also represented Germany at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 57.1%.
Simon has played previously for six other teams: BBC Bayreuth, Uni Baskets, Walter Tigers, Lichterfelde, Ehingen/Urspringschule and Urspring.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kaposvari welcomes back Dunn, ex Crailsheim - by Eurobasket News

Kaposvari KK (A Division) tabbed experienced 34-year old American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-91kg-83, college: West Virginia State, agency: Inception Sports). It is actually his comeback to Kaposvar as he has played here before. Dunn played most recently at Crailsheim Merlins in German ProA. In 33 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Dunn played at Atomeromu where in 43 A Division games he had 14.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.6apg (top 4) and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team.
Dunn is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Dunn has played previously professionally in Austria (Gussing Knights), Belgium (Colfontaine), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca), Dominican Rep., France (Aix Maurienne and JSA Bordeaux), Romania (Ploiesti), Spain (Alcazar), Switzerland (Geneve Lions) and Dominican Republic (Capitanes).
He attended West Virginia State until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Dunn's outlook: If needed, Chris can score by driving to the basket with authority or by taking the high percentage 3-point shot capable of playing both backcourt positions without any problem at both sides of the floor great rebounder for his size natural leader on the court, always leads by example first highly motivated player who works hard every day to improve his game.
Chris is ranked in the top 10 in the all-time history of NCAA Division II basketball in career assists !!!
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jermaine Bucknor Remains A Gladiator In Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ex Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond) has been around the basketball globe playing in countries like France, Canada, Argentina and Belgium, but it has been Germany that has remained his second basketball home as he has played parts of six seasons there and will play a seventh in germany next season and fifth in Trier with the Romerstrom Gladiatirs. The club announced today the contract extension with the 33 year old 201cm forward that In August 2007 received Jamaican citizenship. Last season he came back to Trier in February after having started the season with Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (Argentina-LigaA) playing 7 gamesn averaging 8.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 29.4%, 3FGP: 39.3%, FT: 65.0%.

When returning back to Germany and joined Trier, he helped the team reach the playoffs playing 14 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 73.3%. The club is thrilled to have been able to hold the experienced player. "He is important for the young players having so much experience and is an enrichment to the team life off the court. Our goal was it to bind him to the club long term and offering him various perspectives for the future. We have come a little closer to this goal", stressed CEO Achim Schmitz. With Trier he scored in double figures five times and contributed 16 points in wins against Hanau and Chemnitz. "My family and I feel very comfortable in Trier. I always said that I wanted to stay here and am pleased to pla for the Romerstrom Gladiators again", stressed Jermaine Bucknor.

Source:Romerstrom Gladiators




Max Rockmann Remains With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ex BBL player Max Rockmann (198-F-88, college: UMKC) who had early experience playing with Phoenix Hagen and Crailsheim will remain with the Artland Dragons. Rockmann is a 28 year old 198cm forward that started his career with Marzahn Basket Baeren (2. Regionalliga) in 2003 got a contract extension from the Dragons. Last season he played 25 games averaging 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 76.3%. "Max was one of the players that we wanted to go into the new season with. He came to terms well when we changed our game philosophy. He heigthened his game in the playoffs. He fits well into our system. He is very versatile and can help at position 4 with his physicality and athleticism. Last season showed that he can be a leader. He has the complete package", stressed Christian Greve. Last season Rockmann scored in double figures in 10 games and had a 14 point game against Oldenburg and 13 points against Wedel.

Source:Artland Dragons.



Rene Kindzeka Remains A Hamburg Tower - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Hamburg Towers have announced the contract extension with Rene Kindzeka (185-G-95, college: Hamburg BC) Rene Kindzeka is a 22 year old 185cm guard that recently completed his third season with Hamburg and also played with farm team SC Rist Wedel. With the Hamburg Towers (ProA) he played 22 games averaging 5.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 82.4%, played also at SC Rist Wedel (ProB) playing14 games averaging 13.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 82.2%. "This was his first real season in the Pro A as he fought injuries in his first two seasosn here. He had good games last season and if he can bring more consistency this season then he could take a great development", stressed head coach Hamed Attarbashi. In the Pro A he scored in double figures twice including a 22 point game against Nurnburg and a 14 point game against Kirchheim. "I want to continue to develop and have another successful season with my team", stressed Rene Kindzeka In the Pro B with SC Rist wedel he scored in double figures 14 times including 19 point games against Artland and Itzehoe. "

Source:Hamburg Towers



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
 10. Robert, AGOR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.6.0 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.8 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 7. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 3. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 6. Kavvadas, Aris1.0 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 8. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 
 10. Jackson, Aris0.9 


Lavrio lands Doron Lamb - by Eurobasket News

GS Lavrio (A1) tabbed 26-year old American guard Doron Lamb (193-95kg-91, college: Kentucky). He played most recently at Westchester Knicks (D-League) in the U.S. In 42 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Lamb spent at JSF Nanterre in French ProA where in 15 games he had 6.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.1apg. He also played that season for Buducnost in Montenegrin league. But in two Eurocup games he did not score anything. Lamb also played 1 game in ABA League where he recorded very impressive stats: 17 points and 3 rebounds.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). The former University of Kentucky staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won NCAA championship title in 2012. Lamb received also SEC All-Freshman Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Lamb has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic) and D-League (Texas Legends and Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2012)
His jumpshot mechanics are clean and he gets solid elevation ... Shows the ability to put the ball on the deck with either hand, and his aggression level is on the uptick (4.5 FT attempts) ... His go to move off the dribble is a cross over + step back to create space for a mid-range J ... Plays at a controlled pace in congruency with his calm and cool demeanor. Not overly inclined to attack the bucket or finish at the rim ... Will struggle to get his own shot against premiere athletes, reliant on an offensive set or someone to create for him
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panathinaikos in talks with Keith Langford, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is eyeing 34-year old American ex-international shooting guard Keith Langford (193-91kg-83, college: Kansas) who played last time at Unics Kazan in Russia. Langford has played there for the last three years. In 25 VTB United League games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (39th overall).
The former University of Kansas staris in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. Langford was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year in 2016.
He represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago.
Langford is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Armani Milano, Angelico Biella, Vanoli Cremona and Virtus Bologna), USBL (Kansas C.) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Ft.Worth F.).
On Langford: A smooth, left-handed wing player who should contribute at the shooting guard and small forward slots. Possesses good range on his outside jumper... Also has the ability to take his man off the dribble and go strong to the rim... Can put up big numbers in the scoring column... Shows impressive ability to drive and hit pull-up jumpers from medium range... A solid perimeter defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Groningen lands Brandyn Curry, ex Helios - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Donar Groningen (Eredivisie) tabbed 26-year old American guard Brandyn Curry (187-88kg-91, college: Harvard). He played most recently at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 13 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.7spg last season. Curry helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg (top 3) and 1.3spg (in top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Curry played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL. In 27 games he recorded 3.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he received All-Ivy League 2nd Team award back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Curry has played previously for another Dutch team Den Bosch.
He attended Harvard University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rotterdam keeps Stolk for another season - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) re-signed 20-year old forward Coen Stolk (195-97). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 30 Eredivisie games he averaged 6.7ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
Stolk represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 34.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 61.1%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KTE-Duna welcomes back Wittmann - by Eurobasket News

KTE-Duna Aszfalt (A Division) tabbed 32-year old international point guard Krisztian Wittmann (184-75kg-85). It is actually his comeback to Kecskemet as he has played here before. Wittmann has played for the last three years at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in the A Division. In 37 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg last season. Wittmann helped them to make it to the cup final.
Among other achievements he won Hungarian League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Wittmann received also Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian B Division 1st Team award back in 2013.
He has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. Wittmann has regularly played for Hungarian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
He represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.7ppg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 29.6%.
Wittmann has played previously for three other teams: Fehervar, PVSK Pannon and Kecskemeti.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: One of the best point guard of the Hungarian League, international prospect. Great scoring and passing abilities. Typical clutch player, a cold blooded "silent killer", exceptional competitor. Great vision on the court with significant shooting touch from everywhere. Top skills. Plays shooting guard too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kaposvari welcomes back Dunn, ex Crailsheim - by Eurobasket News

Kaposvari KK (A Division) tabbed experienced 34-year old American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-91kg-83, college: West Virginia State, agency: Inception Sports). It is actually his comeback to Kaposvar as he has played here before. Dunn played most recently at Crailsheim Merlins in German ProA. In 33 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Dunn played at Atomeromu where in 43 A Division games he had 14.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.6apg (top 4) and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team.
Dunn is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Dunn has played previously professionally in Austria (Gussing Knights), Belgium (Colfontaine), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca), Dominican Rep., France (Aix Maurienne and JSA Bordeaux), Romania (Ploiesti), Spain (Alcazar), Switzerland (Geneve Lions) and Dominican Republic (Capitanes).
He attended West Virginia State until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Dunn's outlook: If needed, Chris can score by driving to the basket with authority or by taking the high percentage 3-point shot capable of playing both backcourt positions without any problem at both sides of the floor great rebounder for his size natural leader on the court, always leads by example first highly motivated player who works hard every day to improve his game.
Chris is ranked in the top 10 in the all-time history of NCAA Division II basketball in career assists !!!
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


Stjarnan tabs Collin Pryor - by Igor Obradovic

Stjarnan (Dominos League) inked 27-year old American forward Collin Pryor (200-86kg-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates). He has played for the last two years at Fjolnir in the D1. In 27 games he averaged impressive 21.2ppg, 12.0rpg (#5 in the league), 3.2apg and 1.7spg last season. Pryor helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 2nd Team.
He played in the final of Icelandic D1 Playoff in 2016.
Pryor has played previously for another Icelandic team FSU Selfoss.
He attended Northern St. until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Winner League Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Maccabi Haifa pave their way into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel J-M 72-74

Hapoel Jerusalem snatched a narrow road win over Ironi Nahariya to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Hapoel Jerusalem shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and the other American import swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) who added 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) scored 12 points. Five Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 20+1reb+3ast, T.Kinsey 19+2reb+2ast, J.Dyson 9+2reb+5ast, R.Howell 6+10reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 5+4reb, B.Timor 5+1reb
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 18+8reb+5ast, N.Berkowitz 13+1reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 12+4reb+1ast, I.Nesterenko 12+2reb+2ast, N.Faust 10+4reb, T.Nash 5+4reb
gschID: 547811


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Eilat 91-94

Hapoel Eilat surprised Maccabi Rishon away from home to secure the second victory in the series. It looked good early as Maccabi Rishon took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Eilat had a 25-13 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Rishon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 91-94. Maccabi Rishon was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) who scored that evening 34 points (!!!), 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Even 15 points and 5 assists by guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Rishon. Swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: P.Henry 34+3reb+5ast, L.Milbourne 23+8reb, R.Buckner 11+2reb+1ast, N.Sharon 8+3reb+1ast, W.Daniels 5+6reb, R.Rothbart 4+3reb
Maccabi Rishon: P.Richard 16+5reb+2ast, C.Long 15+4reb+5ast, C.Thomas 14+3reb, O.Brandwein 13+6ast, E.Kadir 12+8reb+2ast, J.Moore 7
gschID: 547810


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon 99-82

Maccabi Haifa beat Hapoel Holon and advanced into the semifinal stage. Maccabi Haifa made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American power forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada, agency: Pro Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). DiBartolomeo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Jordan Taylor (188-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: J.DiBartolomeo 24+4reb+4ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 24+3reb+4ast, K.Pinkney 19+12reb+3ast, O.Blayzer 12+1reb+1ast, G.Vargas 11+2reb+3ast, W.Workman 5+6reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Taylor 23+9reb+5ast, D.Atkins 17+3reb, J.Bell 16+7reb, G.Israeli 11+2reb+6ast, T.Holloway 10+1reb+4ast, S.Harush 3+3reb
gschID: 547809





Bnei Hertzeliyya keeps Green for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) re-signed 32-year old Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-80kg-85, college: Florida). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Green played there last season. In 36 Winner League games he recorded 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at AEK Athens in Greek A1 where in 13 games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. Green helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for Scandone in Italian Serie A. In 6 games he had 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.8apg and 1.2spg.
In 2007 Green was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (52nd overall). He attended University of Florida and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Green also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 80.6%.
Green is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Spain (Gran Canaria and Zaragoza), Turkey (Tofas), NBA (Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks), Italy (Basket Barcellona) and D-League (Texas Legends).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Shows a high level of toughness. Constantly looks to penetrate and take the ball to the basket or drive and kick. Very aggressive guard who gets to the line a lot and converts at a high rate: 85% ... Pushes the ball quickly up the court. Has solid vision and passing ability
Lacks the innate feel for running a team. Can get sloppy with the ball, making careless turnovers or poor decisions passing the ball. His ball handling ability is decent but not great for a point guard
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Bnei Hertzeliyya keeps Kanacevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) re-signed 26-year old American (has also Montenegrin passport) forward Halil Kanacevic (203-117kg-91, college: St.Joseph's). He played there last season. In 35 Winner League games he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg.
Kanacevic ended the previous (2015-16) season at Buducnost in Montenegrin league where in 8 ABA League games he had 5.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. But the most of that year he spent at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 13 games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 2.8rpg. Kanacevic also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 5.3ppg and 4.5rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Kanacevic won Montenegrin League championship title in 2016. He received also All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Kanacevic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.8ppg, 4.8rpg.
Kanacevic has played previously professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija).
He attended Saint Joseph's University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Kanacevic's outlook: A double dimension front court player with great team mentality. He plays with great energy and can spend time in 4 and 5 positions as well. He can grab lots of rebounds and passes the ball very well, could have a great future at European league level, thanks to his Bosman status.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Auxilium Torino could add Antonio Iannuzzi - by Eurobasket News

Auxilium Torino (Serie A) is about to agree terms with 26-year old power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (208-103kg-91, agency: Two Points) who played last time at Capo d'Orlando.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Iannuzzi's team made it to the LNP Silver Playoffs Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian LNP Silver All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Iannuzzi represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg.
Iannuzzi has played previously for five other teams: Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Matera, Omegna, FCM Ferentino and Quid CUS Siena.
On Iannuzzi: A powerful and tough inside player, who fights on every ball and is very effective at the rebounding department. Needs to add a reliable mid-range shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Achille Polonara joins Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) agreed terms with 26-year old international forward Achille Polonara (203-90kg-91) from Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Polonara has played there for the last three years. In 33 Serie A games he had 10.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5apg last season. Polonara helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian Supercup in 2016. Polonara was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team 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.
On Polonara: 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.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giacomo DeVecchi
Rok Stipcevic
Scott Bamforth

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Achille Polonara

Coach: Federico Pasquini

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Legnano keeps Maiocco for another season - by Eurobasket News

Legnano Basket Knights (Serie A2) re-signed experienced 34-year old swingman Federico Maiocco (200-95kg-83). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 34 Serie A2 games he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.1apg last season.
Maiocco's team was regular season runner-up in Italian DNB Group B in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for six other teams: Alma Trieste, Pavia Basket, Imola, Brescia, Fidenza and Omegna.
Maiocco's game is described as: Basically a streak shooter, he is improving his ball handling and his defensive skills; has also great athletic skills, and rebounds well;.

Legnano Basket Knights roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikolas Raivio
Simone Tomasini

Forward:
Federico Maiocco

Center:
William Mosley

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mussini is back at Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 21-year old Italian guard Federico Mussini (188-155kg-96). It is actually his comeback to Grissin Bon RE as he has played here before. Mussini just graduated from St.John's (NCAA). In 30 games he had 8.2ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
As mentioned above Mussini is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Despite young age Mussini had impressive career. He played in the final of Italian SerieA in 2015. Mussini was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention in 2016 at his college time.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year.
On Mussini: A very promising PG, who is very fundamentally sound and sees the court very well. Needs to improve his stregth and defensive skills, has a great upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Scott Bamforth (ex RETAbet BB) signs at Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) landed 28-year old Kosovan international swingman Scott Bamforth (188-86kg-89, college: Weber State, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Bamforth played most recently at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 23 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bamforth played at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (also in Liga Endesa) where in 30 games he had 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Bamforth played in the final of Big Sky Conference Tournament for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He received also All-Big Sky Conference 1st Team award back in 2011 and 2013 at his college time.
Bamforth represented Kosovo at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.
He has played also professionally in Spain for UCAM Murcia.
Bamforth attended Weber State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giacomo DeVecchi
Rok Stipcevic
Scott Bamforth

Forward:
Brian Sacchetti

Coach: Federico Pasquini

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DraganJankovski)

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Serie A2 Round 4 of Semifinals. F.Kontatto Bologna force decider against Alma Trieste - by Eurobasket News

F.Kontatto BO - Alma Trieste 76-74

F.Kontatto Bologna secured a narrow home win over Alma Trieste and drew things level in the series. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) who added 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 24+6reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 12+6reb+3ast, L.Candi 10+1reb+5ast, M.Montano 9+2reb+1ast, L.Campogrande 7+3reb+1ast, J.Knox 6+5reb
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 14+7reb+1ast, J.Green 14+5reb+2ast, D.Cavaliero 14+1reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 12+8reb+6ast, R.Prandin 6+2reb+2ast, A.Pecile 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547837





Grissin Bon RE target Samardo Samuels - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) is considering to land 28-year old Jamaican international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville) who played last time at Enel Basket Brindisi. In 7 Serie A games in Italy he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.6rpg last season. Samuels also played that season for Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA where in 22 games he had very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Samuels won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014.
He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) five years ago. Samuels' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samuels has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Spain (FC Barcelona), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks, Reno Bighorns and Canton Charge).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Grissin Bon RE target Samardo Samuels - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) is considering to land 28-year old Jamaican international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville) who played last time at Enel Basket Brindisi. In 7 Serie A games in Italy he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.6rpg last season. Samuels also played that season for Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA where in 22 games he had very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Samuels won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014.
He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) five years ago. Samuels' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samuels has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Spain (FC Barcelona), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks, Reno Bighorns and Canton Charge).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa signs Devin Thompson - by Eurobasket News

Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa (Liga Superior) signed experienced 37-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) forward Devin Thompson (199-80, college: St.Peter's). He played this summer at Brujos Izalco in the Liga MB. In 34 games he had 7.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thompson's team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Clausura Honorable Mention in 2016.
Thompson has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins), Entertainment team (Harlem Globetrotters) and El Salvador (Denver-FAS San Salvador, Cosmos and Canarios).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa.
Thompson attended St. Peter's College until 2003 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Scott Bamforth (ex RETAbet BB) signs at Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) landed 28-year old Kosovan international swingman Scott Bamforth (188-86kg-89, college: Weber State, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Bamforth played most recently at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 23 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bamforth played at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (also in Liga Endesa) where in 30 games he had 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Bamforth played in the final of Big Sky Conference Tournament for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He received also All-Big Sky Conference 1st Team award back in 2011 and 2013 at his college time.
Bamforth represented Kosovo at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.
He has played also professionally in Spain for UCAM Murcia.
Bamforth attended Weber State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giacomo DeVecchi
Rok Stipcevic
Scott Bamforth

Forward:
Brian Sacchetti

Coach: Federico Pasquini

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DraganJankovski)

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Janis Timma left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). In 28 VTB United League games he had 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma's team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016.
Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank.
On Timma: A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.

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Liepaja/Triobet signs Valdis Senkans - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) signed 19-year old guard Valdis Senkans (183-98). He has played for the last three seasons at Ezerzeme in the LBL3.
Senkans helped his team to make it to the LBL3 Final in 2017.

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Liepaja/Triobet lands Girts Lazdans - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) tabbed 22-year old Latvian swingman Girts Lazdans (203-95). He just graduated from Central Arizona College (JUCO). In 28 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 4.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lazdans played at BJBS Riga/DSN/Sporta Bode where in 11 games he had 8.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.5apg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first full season in pro basketball.
Lazdans has played previously for Valmiera Glass/Vidzemes Augstskola, Jugla and ViA/Valmiera Glass 2.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.0 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.1 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.7 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.5 
 9. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
 10. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.1 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.3 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Fisher, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 4. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.5 
 7. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 8. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 9. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 10. Lofton, Neptunas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Lietuvos.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 7. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 8. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 


LKL Round 4 of Finals. Zalgiris celebrate third victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Lietkabelis - Zalgiris 59-72

Zalgiris dropped Lietkabelis on the road to open 3-1 advantage in the championship series. It looked good early as Lietkabelis took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Lietkabelis was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-72. Zalgiris dominated on the defensive end, holding Lietkabelis to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 Lietkabelis turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists and Australian power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and the former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) scored 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: K.Lavrinovic 16+3reb, M.Lukauskis 14+4reb+4ast, D.Lavrinovic 9+1reb, Z.Skucas 5+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 5+2reb+3ast, D.Tarolis 4+1reb+1ast
Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 16+4reb+8ast, B.Motum 16+6reb, P.Jankunas 10+5reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 7+4reb+4ast, A.Lima 6+5reb, A.Milaknis 6+3reb
gschID: 547844

3-4 Place
Lietuvos rytas - Neptunas 71-54

Lietuvos Rytas overcame Neptunas to take 2-1 lead in the Bronze medals series. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Neptunas managed to win third quarter 12-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Margiris Normantas (194-96) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. The former international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) replied with 12 points and 4 assists and American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke) added 8 points in the effort for Neptunas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Girdziunas 12+4reb+4ast, J.Grant 9+2reb+1ast, D.Ewing 8+1reb+3ast, A.Siksnius 7+3reb, C.Lofton 7+3reb+1ast, M.Jucikas 5
Lietuvos rytas: A.Gudaitis 17+2reb+1ast, M.Normantas 14+5reb+6ast, R.Giedraitis 13+3reb+4ast, L.Kisielius 11+5reb+5ast, J.Baron 7+4reb+3ast, A.Lapeta 7+2reb+1ast



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sammy YEAGER
  Guasave
  (193-F-89)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Yeager, Guasave25.7 
 2. Franklin, Guasave25.6 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.6 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 7. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 8. Glover, Obregon20.9 
 9. Ammons, Navolato20.5 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato10.3 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.2 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. West, Guaymas8.4 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis7.9 
 9. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.4 
 10. Smith, Durango7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.8 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.2 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.0 
 6. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 7. Crawford, Culiacan4.9 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 9. Howard, Mazatlan4.8 
 10. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.5 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.2 
 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. Maxwell, Culiacan1.3 
 10. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 6. Smith, Durango0.9 
 7. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 8. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 9. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 10. Edwards, Mazatlan0.7 


Henry number one in Mexico for round 39 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Myke Henry (198-F-92) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Hermosillo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Guaymas (#4, 19-19) 93-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Hermosillo to consolidate first place in the Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hermosillo has a very solid 30-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Henry had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Hermosillo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Myke Henry averages this season 15.8ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Landon Atterberry (198-F-93, agency: Aspire Sports) of league's second-best Obregon. Atterberry had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Obregon to edge the lower-ranked Mazatlan (#7, 18-20) 106-104. Obregon's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 25-13 record is not bad at all. Atterberry is one of the most experienced players at Obregon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Tijuana (#3). Smith scored 22 points and passed five assists. Despite Smith's great performance Tijuana lost 103-104 to #1 ranked Hermosillo. 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 Tijuana needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 16 lost games. Smith has a very solid season. In 9 games in Mexico he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 64.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kareem Rodriguez (192-G/F) of Tijuana - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jeremiah Wilson (205-PF-88) of Hermosillo - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jeff Early (190-G-88) of Los Mochis - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Pe'shon Howard (190-PG-90) of Mazatlan - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. D.J. White (206-PF-86) of Mazatlan - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  MONTENEGRO  


Bnei Hertzeliyya keeps Kanacevic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) re-signed 26-year old American (has also Montenegrin passport) forward Halil Kanacevic (203-117kg-91, college: St.Joseph's). He played there last season. In 35 Winner League games he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg.
Kanacevic ended the previous (2015-16) season at Buducnost in Montenegrin league where in 8 ABA League games he had 5.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. But the most of that year he spent at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 13 games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 2.8rpg. Kanacevic also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 5.3ppg and 4.5rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Kanacevic won Montenegrin League championship title in 2016. He received also All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Kanacevic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.8ppg, 4.8rpg.
Kanacevic has played previously professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija).
He attended Saint Joseph's University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Kanacevic's outlook: A double dimension front court player with great team mentality. He plays with great energy and can spend time in 4 and 5 positions as well. He can grab lots of rebounds and passes the ball very well, could have a great future at European league level, thanks to his Bosman status.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NABL  


San Antonio Lions take 8-1 record on top - by Eurobasket News

S.Antonio Lions took an 8-1 record on top after the win over Knights 100-80. Earlier they overcame DFW United 142-133. The latter meanwhile posted a 105-94 win over Aztecs on June 4th.
Vulcans meanwhile overcame Pirahnas 123-85 to take a 7-4 record, while Pirahnas fell at 1-9. Pharaohs are with 6-1 record beating Kings 98-62.



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  NBA  


Pelicans Hire Chris Finch As Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News

The Pelicans have officially hired Chris Finch as an assistant, the team announced today in a press release. 'I'm very excited to welcome Chris to the Pelicans organization,' Alvin Gentry said in a statement. 'He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our coaching staff, and will be an integral part of our program as we move forward.' According to ESPN's Marc Stein, New Orleans has also offered a front office role to former assistant coach Phil Weber.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Won't Play In Summer League - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers will keep Benjamin Simmons (6'10''-F-96, college: LSU) and Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas) out of Summer League as expected. Simmons played in Summer League last year but sat out the entire 16-17 season. Embiid played in 31 games before undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NBLCANADA  


Lightning Top Hurricanes To Win NBLC Championship - by Eurobasket News

The London Lightning are the 2017 NBL Canada Champions after defeating the Halifax Hurricanes 129-116 in Game 6 on Friday. At the end of the first period, the Lightning held a 36-25 advantage over Halifax, and extended their lead to 69-51 at halftime. The Lightning continued to lead 97-85 in the third, but things got close for London when Halifax came within seven points with just over 7:03 left in the final frame. However, London quickly brushed off the advance to earn the win with a 12 point advantage. Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) led London with 34 points and 15 rebounds, while Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) put up 32 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Johnson (6'5''-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) also had 15 points and three rebounds. The Lightning won the best-of-seven series 4-2.
Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com



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  NCAA1  


Deontae Hawkins commits to Boston College - by Eurobasket News

Boston College got some much-needed help up front on Monday night. According to Jon Rothstein, former Illinois State forward Deontae Hawkins (6'8''-F-93) will transfer to Boston College. The 6-foot-8 Hawkins is a graduate transfer, meaning he is eligible to play next season for the Eagles. Hawkins led the Redbirds, one of the top teams that did not reach the NCAA Tournament, in scoring and rebounding averaging 14.0 points and 6.5 boards per game. This is the second season in a row Jim Christian has tapped into the transfer market to fill his frontline. Mo Jeffers (Delaware) and Connar Tava (Western Michigan), the team's two top rebounders during the 2016-17 season both elected to use their final seasons of eligibility at Chestnut Hill. Hawkins began his career at Illinois State. He was part of the program for four seasons but only played three after he was ruled a non-qualifier by the NCAA as a freshman. He'll be the focal point of the frontline while Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman make up a quality backcourt for the Eagles. Boston College has finished last in the ACC standings in each of Christian's two seasons at the helm.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson commits to UNC - by Eurobasket News

Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson (6'7''-G-96) committed to North Carolina in Tuesday afternoon despite the fact that his former school has refused to release him to any ACC program. Johnson is a 6-foot-8 forward that averaged 12 points and shot 42 percent from three for the Panthers as a redshirt sophomore last season. He's a perfect piece for a North Carolina team that lacks shooting and may need to play quite a bit of small ball this year. He was one of six Pitt players to leave the school this spring, but what makes him unique is that he graduated in three years while taking a redshirt. In other words, Johnson has two years of eligibility remaining and, in theory, is eligible to play immediately. Except that Pitt is not going to let him go without a fight. Pitt and head coach Kevin Stallings did not grant Johnson a release to transfer to another ACC school, a move that had our Scott Phillips calling him a 'tone-deaf clown'. This is where it gets complicated: Pitt has the right to block a player from transferring to any program they wish - it's, in theory, a mechanism to dissuade from tampering - which would force that transfer to pay their own way during their redshirt year. But graduate transfers aren't required to take redshirt years. They are, by rule, allowed to transfer without penalty, which may mean that the NCAA can override Pitt's lame attempt at blocking Johnson's transfer. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and whether or not the NCAA will do the right thing and tell Stallings where he can stick Johnson's release. Johnson even told ESPN that he and his family would be willing to make this a legal issue. What that means is the only guarantee here is that Pitt and Stallings are going to be the ones to look bad here. Blocking a student-athlete from transferring to the school they want to transfer to is always, always, always going to end up being a black mark on the school and that coach's reputation.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Five-star point guard picks Arizona - by Eurobasket News

Arizona just landed the first five-star of its 2018 class and its potential starting point guard for that season. Brandon Williams (6'2''-PG), a top-20 recruit, chose the Wildcats on Tuesday over the likes of Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas and USC. The 6-foot-1 Los Angeles-area native missed much of his junior season after a knee injury required surgery. He's optimistic, though, that he'll return to the court this summer and have a full year to prepare before starting his tenure in the collegiate ranks. Williams will be arriving on campus as current starter Parker Jackson-Cartwright exhausts his eligibility, meaning the Wildcats will an opportunity for Williams to step right in on Day 1. Arizona previously received a commitment from four-star forward Shareef O'Neal (6'9''-C),, son of NBA legend Shaquille, in its 2018 class. Five-star wing Emmanuel Akot (6'7''-G-99) was slated to be part of this Wildcat group, but he re-classed to 2017 in order to join Arizona for this season. Beyond any joy that comes with landing a five-star recruit, Arizona fans are likely breathing even easier regarding Sean Miller's potential interest in the Ohio State opening. Miller leaving Arizona, a potential preseason No. 1 team, to take the recently vacated Buckeyes job seemed unlikely immediately after the announcement that Thad Matta would not be retained, but getting a 2018 commitment the caliber of Williams the following day seems to be a pretty strong indicator that the conventional wisdom regarding Miller and the Buckeyes is probably close to being on the money.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NCAA3  


York (NY) vacates 2014 CUNYAC title due to violations - by Joan Sanchez

The NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions found that the York (N.Y.) men's basketball program committed three major violations related to the use of ineligible athletes and failed to monitor that process over a four year-period when Ronald St.John was the head coach and athletic director.

York men's basketball received two years of probation, a $4,000 fine and will be required to vacate the wins in any games those athletes played, including the Cardinals' run to the 2014 CUNYAC title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. St. John, who was removed from his position in April 2015, received a three-year show-clause provision that will limit his ability to land another coaching job over that period.

According to the report, York certified the eligibility for two athletes during the 2011-12 academic year who did not attain the 2.0-minimum grade point average (GPA) that the CUNYAC requires for participation. The next year the College certified the eligibility for one athlete who did not reach the minimum GPA and another who did not enroll in the minimum number of credit hours to allow participation in athletic events. In 2013-14 St. John certified the eligibility of two student athletes whose GPA fell below the minimum GPA. The following season the College failed to certify the eligibility of two student athletes who participated in one game with GPA's below the 2.0-minimum.

While the NCAA found that St. John certified six of the eight athletes without knowledge of their ineligibilty, the report indicates more deliberation violations of rules during 2013-14. According to the report, York's compliance coordinator and an assistant coach told St. John that four players were ineligible according to the minimum GPA position. He removed two of the four athletes, but left two "who had considerably more playing time than the two student-athletes he removed from the roster." The NCAA does not release the names of the ineligible athletes in its report.

During the investigation, St. John denied that he deliberately certified the eligibility of two ineligible student athletes. According to the NCAA's report, York College removed St. John from his head coaching position in April 2015. In October 2015 the College announced that St. John had voluntarily stepped down to focus on his job as Athletic Director. The College moved to terminate St. John from his position in November 2015, which is pending in arbitration.

St. John coached the Cardinals for 27 seasons and won three CUNYAC titles in 1997, 2006 and 2007. The Cardinals' will vacate the 2014 title and the NCAA Tournament first round victory over Rhode Island College. York lost to Amherst 63-51 in the second round of the Tournament.

Penalties and corrective measures include:

Public reprimand and censure for the college.
Two years of probation for the college from May 17, 2017 through May 18, 2019.
A three-year show-cause order for the former head coach from May 19, 2017, through May 18, 2020. If the former head coach is employed by an NCAA member school and an NCAA school hires him in an athletically related position, he and the school have an opportunity to appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the former coach's athletically related duties should be limited
A vacation of wins in which men's basketball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The college will identify the games impacted following the release of the public report.
Attendance by the athletics director, the chief compliance administrator and the athletics director's supervisor at an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar at least once during the probation period.
A $4,000 fine.
Members of the Division III Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Amy Hackett, committee chair and director of athletics at Puget Sound; Effel Harper, associate professor and faculty representative at Mary Hardin-Baylor; Brian Halloran, private attorney; Nancy Meyer, director of women's athletics at Calvin; and Gerald Young, athletics director at Carleton.

York is the second CUNYAC program to receive punishment for NCAA violations in the last 12 months. The Baruch women's program received similar sanctions, plus a two-year post-season ban, in June 2016.



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  NICARAGUA  


San Marcos sign Barthel Lopez, ex Leones - by Eurobasket News

San Marcos (Liga Superior) signed 28-year old Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89). He played this summer at Leones in Nicaraguan LNB league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lopez's team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Clausura 2nd Team in 2016.
Lopez has played previously professionally in El Salvador (Isidro Metapan).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NIGERIA  


Mbakwe left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Nigerian international power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-111kg-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He played there also last season. In 26 VTB United League games he had 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg. Mbakwe also spent pre-season at Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Mbakwe also represented Nigeria at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Mbakwe has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Italy (Roma Virtus).
He attended University of Minnesota until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PARAGUAY  


Libertad beats SOL in overtime - by Santiago Maciel

Libertad Asuncion beats SOL in overtime after great and very competitive 4 quarters.
Sol de America Asuncion imposed a very fast pace since the beginning of the game while Libertad Asuncion pretended
to go strong underneath the basket.

Unfortunaletely for Reggie Okosa (207-C-80, college: La Salle) and Gibson both were not feed properly by Libertad Asuncion s perimeter players.
They struggled putting the ball inside, however Gibson and Reggie Okosa kept fighting to get garbage points.

Javonte Douglas (203-F, college: Montevallo) isolation game damaged inmediately to Libertad Asuncion , fast pace in offense and changing
permanently the defesense from zone to man to man.

By the end of the game Libertad Asuncion s power men imposed their presence while also started to clinch shots
from the outside.

Sol de America Asuncion could not have a great game close out to take the game. In overtime everythting went very similar, however Libertad Asuncion
kind of outmuscled Sol de America Asuncion in different positions of the game.

87 to 86 ended up an interesting game which had no variables towards the FINAL FOUR considering both have qualified
already. Olimpia de Asuncion beat Deportivo San Jose Asuncion 86 to 49, and Luque took over San Lorenzo 112 to 57.

1) Olimpia de Asuncion 8 points

2) Libertad Asuncion y Sol de America Asuncion de America 7 points

4) Sportivo Luqueno 6 points

5) Deportivo San Jose Asuncion y San Lorenzo 4 points




Metropolitan League Round 4 (Second Stage): #1 Sol de America is defeated by Libertad - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sol de America (3-1) in Asuncion on Monday night. Hosts were edged by first ranked Libertad (2-2) 87-86. Despite that victory Libertad went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Luqueno. Sol de America at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Libertad is looking forward to face Luqueno (#4) at home in the next round. Sol de America's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena Olimpia.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Olimpia (#3) and San Jose (#4). San Jose was smashed at home by 37 points 49-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Olimpia have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion (4-0) keeps a position of league leader. San Jose at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Olimpia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Sol de America.
Second ranked Luqueno (2-2) crushed at home 5th ranked San Lorenzo (1-3) by 55 points 112-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. Despite that victory Luqueno went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Libertad. Loser San Lorenzo keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Luqueno will meet Libertad (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Lorenzo will play against San Jose in Asuncion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Luqueno - San Lorenzo 112-57

Second ranked Luqueno (2-2) crushed at home 5th ranked San Lorenzo (1-3) by 55 points 112-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. Despite that victory Luqueno went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Libertad. Loser San Lorenzo keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Luqueno will meet Libertad (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Lorenzo will play against San Jose in Asuncion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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San Jose - Olimpia 49-86

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Olimpia (#3) and San Jose (#4). San Jose was smashed at home by 37 points 49-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Olimpia have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion (4-0) keeps a position of league leader. San Jose at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Olimpia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Sol de America.
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Sol de America - Libertad 86-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sol de America (3-1) in Asuncion on Monday night. Hosts were edged by first ranked Libertad (2-2) 87-86. Despite that victory Libertad went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Luqueno. Sol de America at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Libertad is looking forward to face Luqueno (#4) at home in the next round. Sol de America's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena Olimpia.
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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.29.2 
 3. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 4. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.2 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
 10. Romeo, Globalport20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .20.5 
 3. McKay, Phoenix17.3 
 4. Wright, Mahindra15.3 
 5. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 6. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 9. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ross, SM Beermen7.7 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.9 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.5 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.4 
 5. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 8. Wright, Phoenix4.8 
 9. Lee, Star Hotshots4.6 
 10. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.5 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.3 
 3. Lassiter, SM Be.2.0 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.1.9 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.6 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .1.3 
 10. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.3 
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. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 6. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 7. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.5 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 


Kings Reign Over Batang Pier, Claim Semifinal Spot - by Eurobasket News

Barangay Ginebra asserted its might as the playoff top seed and crushed GlobalPort, 96-85, to secure a berth in the PBA Commissioner's Cup best-of-five semifinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) wrought havoc on both ends, with Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) and LA Tenorio also doing significant damage as the Kings tore the Batang Pier apart to advance to the Final Four versus the winner of the TNT KaTropa-Meralco quarters matchup. The Batang Pier put up pockets of resistance before the Kings unleashed their most decisive run to pull away for good at 76-51 in the third period. The Kings made another key step towards a possible third straight finale on their 11-point drubbing of the Batang Pier marred by a flagrant infraction by Terrence Romeo on LA Tenorio with 3:28 left to play. Ejected from the game, Romeo still engaged Tenorio and even the Ginebra crowd in a taunting duel on his way to the dugout. Both players are likely to draw sanction from the Commissioner's Office. 'It's about two tough guys going at it. LA is a feisty player who won't back down against anybody. He's defending Romeo very well in the stretch, and Romeo won't back down either,' said Ginebra coach Tim Cone . 'They're two interesting personalities. It came from two competitive spirits,' added Cone of the fracas. The Kings breezed through nonetheless, preserving the tremendous efforts of Brownlee and Aguilar. The former churned out 39 points and nine rebounds while the latter collected 21 markers and eight boards. 'The turning point came when Japeth started dominating the paint in the third. He blocked shots and turned their shots. It also hurt when Justin started hitting his shots,' said Cone. 'And we moved on. We're going up against hulking import as both TNT and Meralco have their hulks. It will be tough for us to defend. We have problems dealing with huge import, and we have to figure that out,' Cone also said. The Ginebra mentor also pointed to their defense on Romeo and Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St., agency: Pensack Sports) as a big key. The Kings employed no-nonsense defense from the get go, holding the Batang Pier to a 29-percent clip in the opening quarter and to an even worse 26-percent shooting in the second period. Brownlee took on Romeo and limited the PBA reigning scoring champ to a 2-of-10 shooting as the Kings led 46-33 at the turn. Aguilar nailed a bank shot and an uncontested jam then LA Tenorio drained a trey to highlight a run that opened a 40-26 spread for the Kings in the second period.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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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 Ostrow10.4 
 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: 7.2
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 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. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 3. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 6. Lewis, Energa C.1.7 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 8. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 9. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh MBODJ
  Torun
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mbodj, Torun1.8 
 2. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 3. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 4. King, Stal Ostrow1.4 
 5. Kravish, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 7. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 8. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 9. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


PLK Round 3 of Finals. Torun cut the deficit - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Torun - Stelmet ZG 84-74

Torun snapped two-game losing skid and edged Stelmet ZG to cut the deficit in the title series. Twarde Pierniki dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Stelmet's 26. They outrebounded Stelmet 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. Twarde Pierniki looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Twarde Pierniki made 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Stelmet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Senegalese center Cheikh Mbodj (208-87, college: Cincinnati, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists. Five Twarde Pierniki players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, college: Washington St., agency: BeoBasket) with 25 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: T.Kelati 25+1reb+3ast, J.Florence 12+2reb+4ast, V.Dragicevic 9+4reb+4ast, K.Gruszecki 9+3reb, L.Koszarek 8+4reb+3ast, J.Mokros 5+4reb+1ast
Torun: C.Mbodj 21+10reb, K.Weaver 14+8reb+3ast, J.Skific 12, L.Wisniewski 12+5reb+5ast, O.Trotter 11+5reb+14ast, A.Perka 7+4reb
gschID: 547713

3-4 Place
Energa Czarni - Stal Ostrow 67-76

Stal Ostrow celebrated PLK Bronze medals. They outgunned Energa Czarni in the decider. BM Slam Stal outrebounded Energa Czarni 41-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Marc-Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU, agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winning side. BM Slam Stal's coach Emil Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Energa Czarni in the defeat. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: C.Lewis 15+5reb+5ast, D.Kravish 13+9reb+1ast, G.Surmacz 13+4reb+3ast, A.Goods 11+2reb+3ast, D.Bachynski 6, M.Ginyard 6+5reb+2ast
Stal Ostrow: M.Antonio Carter 18+6reb+2ast, A.Johnson 12+2reb+9ast, H.Nikolov 10+4reb, S.King 9+14reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 9+8reb+1ast, K.Chanas 8+3reb



Zolnierewicz re-signs at Asseco - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Gdynia (PLK) confirmed in their roster 22-year old swingman Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (196-95). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 32 PLK games he had 12.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.4apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zolnierewicz played in the final of Polish U20 Championships in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Youth Player of the Year in 2016.
Zolnierewicz represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago.
He has played previously for two other teams: GTK Gdynia and GTK II Gdynia.

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Liz, Ponce21.3 
 2. Rosario, Quebradillas18.9 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama18.8 
 4. Huertas, Arecibo18.8 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 7. Laury, Mayaguez17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo17.0 
 9. Martinez, Humacao16.8 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.5 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.7 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 5. James, Fajardo8.9 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.7 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez8.5 
 8. James, Fajardo8.5 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.4 
 2. Browne, San German6.9 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.8 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 9. Garcia, Quebradillas4.9 
 10. Torres, Ponce4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Liz, Ponce1.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.5 
 3. Browne, San German1.4 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 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, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 6. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.9 
 7. Akindele, Bayamon0.9 
 8. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 9. Fells, San German0.7 
 10. Romero, Bayamon0.7 


BSN Round 29: Leader Santeros lose to Atleticos - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Santeros (18-6) recorded its sixth loss in Coamo on Monday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Atleticos (13-14) 77-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Santeros won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atleticos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Santeros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-90, college: UNLV, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 8 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Isaac Sosa-Carrion (190-90, college: Canisius) chipped in 23 points. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Atleticos have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-14 record. Santeros at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Atleticos are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santeros will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quebradillas. Second ranked Fajardo faced 3rd placed Piratas. Guests from (17-7) defeated host Piratas (16-9) 89-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Piratas. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. Shawn James contributed with 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) answered with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Piratas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Fajardo. They maintain second place with 17-7 record behind leader Aguada. Piratas at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Fajardo will play against Atleticos (#5) in San German in the next round. Piratas will play on the road against Leones in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Bayamon, where higher ranked Vaqueros (12-17) lost at home to tenth ranked Indios (8-16) 72-86 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaqueros. Tony Mitchell stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jeleel Akindele responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Vaqueros' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Indios maintains tenth place with 8-16 record. Loser Vaqueros keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Indios will meet at home higher ranked Brujos (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vaqueros will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 29 Guayama were defeated by Ponce in Juana Diaz 97-87.

Bayamon - Mayaguez 72-86

We should mention about the upset which took place in Bayamon, where higher ranked Vaqueros (12-17) lost at home to tenth ranked Indios (8-16) 72-86 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaqueros. The game was mostly controlled by Indios. Vaqueros managed to win second period 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Indios had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Indios players scored in double figures. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Vaqueros' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Indios maintains tenth place with 8-16 record. Loser Vaqueros keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Indios will meet at home higher ranked Brujos (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vaqueros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 23+8reb+4ast, C.Duran 16+8reb+6ast, D.Laury 14+9reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez 11+4reb+1ast, D.Collier 8+9reb+3ast, N.Butler Lind 7+3reb+1ast
Bayamon: I.Romero 18+4reb, J.Pellot-Rosa 15+7reb+2ast, J.Akindele 13+11reb+2ast, C.Dalmau 8+1reb+1ast, J.Soto 5+2reb+7ast, B.Santiago 5+2reb
gschID: 540191


Quebradillas - Fajardo 77-89

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quebradillas. Second ranked Fajardo faced 3rd placed Piratas. Guests from (17-7) defeated host Piratas (16-9) 89-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Piratas. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Piratas was better in third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fajardo players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) answered with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) added 10 points and 9 assists in the effort for Piratas. 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Fajardo. They maintain second place with 17-7 record behind leader Aguada. Piratas at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Fajardo will play against Atleticos (#5) in San German in the next round. Piratas will play on the road against Leones in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: C.Arroyo 21+1reb+10ast, S.James 16+13reb, D.James 16+9reb+3ast, A.Colon 11+1reb+2ast, M.Ali Berdiel 8+1ast, N.Peavy 7+6reb
Quebradillas: A.Carmona 19+7reb+5ast, M.Rosario 15+2ast, L.Hernandez 13+6reb+1ast, D.Smith 10+2reb+9ast, J.Bryan Diaz 6+6reb+2ast, R.Chaney 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540190


Ponce - Guayama 97-87

There was no surprise in Juana Diaz where 8th ranked Brujos (10-16) were defeated by fifth ranked Leones (13-13) 97-87 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Leones. Brujos managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86) stepped up and scored 37 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners and American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) chipped in 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) responded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 18 points. Leones moved-up to fourth place. Brujos lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Leones will meet at home higher ranked Piratas (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brujos will play against Indios (#10) in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 37+3reb+7ast, M.Harris 25+9reb+5ast, E.Dawson 18+12reb+4ast, C.Emory 6+2reb+1ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 5+1ast, A.Torres 3+3reb+8ast
Guayama: D.Wilkins 27+6reb+8ast, K.Vinales 18+1reb, D.Hinson 13+1reb+1ast, A.Thornton 8+4reb, J.Nieves 8+3reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540189


Aguada - San German 75-77

Top ranked Santeros (18-6) recorded its sixth loss in Coamo on Monday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Atleticos (13-14) 77-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Santeros won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atleticos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Santeros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-90, college: UNLV, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 8 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Isaac Sosa-Carrion (190-90, college: Canisius) chipped in 23 points. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and American-Dominican forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93, college: Manhattan) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Atleticos have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-14 record. Santeros at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Atleticos are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santeros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
San German: I.Sosa Carrion 23+2ast, D.Ebanks 21+1reb, C.Lopez-Sosa 8+14reb+5ast, A.Franklin 8+6reb+2ast, G.Browne 8+5reb+6ast, O.Branch 6+3reb+1ast
Aguada: G.Clavell 24+6reb, R.Mendoza 14+3reb+3ast, O.Samhan 13+3reb+1ast, E.Andujar 9+8reb+5ast, C.Gaston 7+9reb+1ast, M.Lopez 2+1reb
gschID: 540188





Browne number one in Puerto Rico for week 28 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Guard Gary Browne (185-G-93, agency: Inception Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for San German, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 28.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Guayama (#8, 10-15) 74-69. San German is placed at 4th 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 13-14 record. In the team's last game Browne had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former West Virginia University star has very solid stats this year. Browne is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.9apg).

The second best player in last week's games was 30-year old former international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Ponce. Vassallo had a very good evening with 31 points and 3 rebounds. Of course Ponce cruised to a 97-86 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Mayaguez (#10, 7-16). Ponce's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-13 record. Vassallo is one of the most experienced players at Ponce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, agency: BeoBasket) of Bayamon (#6). Akindele scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bayamon, leading his team to a 84-82 win against slightly lower-ranked Arecibo (#7, 11-14). The chances of Bayamon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve 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 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.1rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Quebradillas - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Angel Alamo (206-F-85) of Arecibo - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mike Harris (198-SF-83) of Ponce - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Victor Liz (193-SG-86) of Ponce - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Quebradillas - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Al Thornton (203-F-83) of Guayama - 22 points and 7 rebounds
10. Coty Clarke (201-F-92) of Arecibo - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Barro re-signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 33-year old Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-111kg-84, college: Marquette). He played there last season. Barro managed to play in three leagues last year. In 39 Liga Nationala games he had 12.1ppg, 7.9rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.4apg. Barro helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Barro also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 12.2ppg and 7.3rpg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Barro played at Targu Mures. In 44 Liga Nationala games he got 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Barro played at the WABA Club Championships six years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Barro has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in France (JL Bourg, Entente Orleans 45 and Denain Voltaire), Hungary (Szolnok), Iran (Zob Ahan and Foolad Mahan), Japan (Tochigi Brex) and Poland (Gornik).
Barro attended Marquette University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Ousmane's size and athleticism is very exciting to all of us, but his commitment, personality and work ethic are what we believe will eventually help him become an excellent player. Ousmane understands the value of hard work and has made a commitment to getting better. What he lacks in game experience, he makes up for in his willingness and desire to learn and improve. Some of the skills that standout for him basketball-wise are his incredible ability to run the floor, his 6-10 height and 7-2 wingspan, a desire and willingness to rebound and score inside, as well as continued improvement facing the basket.

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Kalnichenko is back at UBT Cluj Napoca, ex Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) signed 31-year old Ukrainian-Moldovan small forward Andrii Kalnichenko (201-95kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Cluj Napoca as he has played here before. Kalnichenko played last season at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in Ukrainian Superleague. In 36 games he had 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kalnichenko's team won Romanian Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team in 2015.
Kalnichenko represented Ukraine at the World University Games in Beograd (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg.
Kalnichenko has played also professionally in Moldova (Fireball), Ukraine (BC Odessa, Khimik, BC Donetsk and BK Khimik-2 Yuzhny) and Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca).

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Rasic re-signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 33-year old Serbian ex-international point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-90kg-84, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. Rasic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 33 Liga Nationala games he recorded 13.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Rasic also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 3rd Team. And finally Rasic contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (15-16) season Rasic played at Mega Leks in Serbian KLS. In 13 games he got 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.0apg and 1.7spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. The other team Rasic played that season for was Turk Telekom in Turkish BSL. But in 18 games he got just 1.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got only 2.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg. Another team Rasic played that season for was Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti. In 9 Liga Nationala games he got 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg.
Rasic represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg.
Rasic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Greece (Olympiacos), Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Dynamo Moscow), Serbia (Partizan) and Turkey (Trabzonspor, TED Kolejliler and Konyaspor).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good PG who has great leadership and passing skills. Like many other Serbian players, he wants the ball in clutch moments, and makes the right thing almost everytime. Good scorer, he knows also how to limit the opponent PG at the defensive side of the court.

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Janis Timma left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). In 28 VTB United League games he had 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma's team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016.
Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank.
On Timma: A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.

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Mbakwe left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Nigerian international power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-111kg-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He played there also last season. In 26 VTB United League games he had 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg. Mbakwe also spent pre-season at Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Mbakwe also represented Nigeria at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Mbakwe has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Italy (Roma Virtus).
He attended University of Minnesota until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

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Panathinaikos in talks with Keith Langford, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) is eyeing 34-year old American ex-international shooting guard Keith Langford (193-91kg-83, college: Kansas) who played last time at Unics Kazan in Russia. Langford has played there for the last three years. In 25 VTB United League games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2005 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (39th overall).
The former University of Kansas staris in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. Langford was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year in 2016.
He represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago.
Langford is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Armani Milano, Angelico Biella, Vanoli Cremona and Virtus Bologna), USBL (Kansas C.) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Ft.Worth F.).
On Langford: A smooth, left-handed wing player who should contribute at the shooting guard and small forward slots. Possesses good range on his outside jumper... Also has the ability to take his man off the dribble and go strong to the rim... Can put up big numbers in the scoring column... Shows impressive ability to drive and hit pull-up jumpers from medium range... A solid perimeter defender.

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Artem Komolov agreed terms with N.Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) inked 24-year old international shooting guard Artem Komolov (194-87kg-93). He played most recently at Sakhalin in the Superleague 1. In 19 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.0apg last season. Komolov helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague) where in 20 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.1apg (top 5) and 1.5spg (in top 5). Komolov contributed to his team winning the Superleague 1 title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 2nd Team.
He has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Komolov has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Russia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Komolov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 39.5%.
Komolov has played previously for five other teams: CSKA Moscow, Avtodor, Zenit 2, CSKA Moscow 2nd team and Zenit.

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TEMP SUMZ Revda signs Dmitriy Zlobin - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) signed 29-year old point guard Dmitriy Zlobin (186-75kg-88) from Irkut. In 36 Superleague 1 games he had 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg (in top 4) last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Zlobin played at AltajBasket (Superleague 2) where in 47 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!). He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 Defensive Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
Zlobin won Russian Higher League championship title in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Neftekhimik Tobolsk and Sogdiana-Skif.

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexandr Varnakov
Dmitriy Zlobin

Forward:
Aleksandr Lavnikov

Center:
Sergey Karaulov

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Alexandr Varnakov is a newcomer at TEMP SUMZ Revda - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-84kg-92) from Irkut. In 36 Superleague 1 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Varnakov played at Samara SGEU (Superleague) where in 35 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Varnakov's team won Russian Superleague Regular Season in 2015.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%.
Varnakov has played previously for four other teams: BC Nizhny Novgorod, Zenit 2, Ruskon Mordovia and Zenit.

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Kurtsevich re-signs at Novosybirsk - by Eurobasket News

BC Novosybirsk (Superleague 1) confirmed in their roster 28-year old center Alexey Kurtsevich (210-107kg-89). He played there last season. In 36 Superleague 1 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 7.4rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.4bpg. Kurtsevich helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Samara SGEU (Superleague) where in 12 games he averaged 7.8ppg and 4.0rpg. Kurtsevich contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
He represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Kurtsevich's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg.
Kurtsevich has played previously for five other teams: Ryazan, Zenit 2, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg, Zenit and Ataman.

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Barro re-signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 33-year old Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-111kg-84, college: Marquette). He played there last season. Barro managed to play in three leagues last year. In 39 Liga Nationala games he had 12.1ppg, 7.9rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.4apg. Barro helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Barro also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 12.2ppg and 7.3rpg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 11.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Barro played at Targu Mures. In 44 Liga Nationala games he got 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Barro played at the WABA Club Championships six years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Barro has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in France (JL Bourg, Entente Orleans 45 and Denain Voltaire), Hungary (Szolnok), Iran (Zob Ahan and Foolad Mahan), Japan (Tochigi Brex) and Poland (Gornik).
Barro attended Marquette University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Ousmane's size and athleticism is very exciting to all of us, but his commitment, personality and work ethic are what we believe will eventually help him become an excellent player. Ousmane understands the value of hard work and has made a commitment to getting better. What he lacks in game experience, he makes up for in his willingness and desire to learn and improve. Some of the skills that standout for him basketball-wise are his incredible ability to run the floor, his 6-10 height and 7-2 wingspan, a desire and willingness to rebound and score inside, as well as continued improvement facing the basket.

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Ognjen Jaramaz gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian KLS (Superliga) - by Eurobasket News

Talented International Guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for Mega Leks and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Mega Leks in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Partizan (#2, 12-2) 102-98. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. 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 9-5 record. Jaramaz has many years of experience at Mega Leks, through which he has constantly improved. Ognjen Jaramaz averages this season 14.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old center Igor Kesar (210-C-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of Spartak. Kesar impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Spartak lost that game 83-88 to slightly higher-ranked Vrsac (#7, 3-11). Spartak are still at the very bottom. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Spartak managed to get this Second Stage. Kesar is one of the most experienced players at Spartak and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Mega Leks' star - German Kostja Mushidi (195-G/F-98, agency: BeoBasket). Mushidi scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Mega Leks, helping his team with a 102-98 win against #2 ranked Partizan in a game of the week. Mega Leks needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Mushidi has a very solid season. In 11 games in Serbia he scored 10.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Jeftic (205-C/F-87) of Vrsac - 15 points and 5 rebounds
5. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Dynamic BG - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Vrsac - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Partizan - 20 points and 2 rebounds
8. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) of Vrsac - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) of Mega Leks - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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)



Rasic re-signs at UBT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 33-year old Serbian ex-international point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-90kg-84, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. Rasic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 33 Liga Nationala games he recorded 13.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Rasic also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 3rd Team. And finally Rasic contributed to 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (15-16) season Rasic played at Mega Leks in Serbian KLS. In 13 games he got 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.0apg and 1.7spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. The other team Rasic played that season for was Turk Telekom in Turkish BSL. But in 18 games he got just 1.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got only 2.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg. Another team Rasic played that season for was Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti. In 9 Liga Nationala games he got 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg.
Rasic represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg.
Rasic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Greece (Olympiacos), Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Dynamo Moscow), Serbia (Partizan) and Turkey (Trabzonspor, TED Kolejliler and Konyaspor).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good PG who has great leadership and passing skills. Like many other Serbian players, he wants the ball in clutch moments, and makes the right thing almost everytime. Good scorer, he knows also how to limit the opponent PG at the defensive side of the court.

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KLS Round 14 (Superliga): FMP edges Borac by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in KLS just ended. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Sixth-ranked Borac (4-10) made lots of trouble for third ranked FMP (9-5) in Cacak on Saturday. The visitors from Beograd managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Borac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FMP maintains third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Mega Leks. Borac lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#1) and Dynamic BG (#5). Dynamic BG was smashed at home by 16 points 69-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. International guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Branko Lazic contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) replied with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Dynamic BG. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crvena Zvezda (13-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Partizan (12-2) against fourth ranked Mega Leks (9-5) on Saturday night. Host Partizan was defeated by Mega Leks in a tough game in Beograd 98-102. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Partizan. Kostja Mushidi scored 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Stefan Bircevic responded with 20 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Partizan's coach Aleksandar Dzikic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mega Leks have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with FMP. Partizan at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost.
The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Vrsac (3-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak (1-13). Vrsac managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83. Bojan Krstovic notched 16 points and 8 assists to lead the effort. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Vrsac maintains seventh position with 3-11 record. Spartak lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.

Spartak - Vrsac 83-88

The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Vrsac (3-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak (1-13). Vrsac managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83. It looked good early as Spartak took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vrsac had a 19-8 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-88. Vrsac players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and forward Marko Stojadinovic (204-89) supported him with 17 points and 6 assists. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) did not help to save the game for Spartak. Hungarian forward Nemanja Miscevic (200-94, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Vrsac maintains seventh position with 3-11 record. Spartak lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Spartak: I.Kesar 22+7reb+2ast, N.Miscevic 12+6reb+1ast, M.Nikolic 12+5ast, I.Jelenic 11+2reb+4ast, P.Prlja 10+8reb+1ast, S.Matic 8+2reb+1ast
Vrsac: M.Stojadinovic 17+6ast, S.Fundic 16+7reb, B.Krstovic 16+2reb+8ast, N.Jeftic 15+5reb+1ast, K.Jovovic 10+5reb+4ast, M.Pavkovic 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 544656


Partizan - Mega Leks 98-102

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Partizan (12-2) against fourth ranked Mega Leks (9-5) on Saturday night. Host Partizan was defeated by Mega Leks in a tough game in Beograd 98-102. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Partizan. The game without a history. Mega Leks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Partizan 36-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Mega Leks especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. German swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 22 points during the contest. International power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) responded with 20 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) scored 20 points. Five Mega Leks and four Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach Aleksandar Dzikic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mega Leks have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with FMP. Partizan at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost.
Top scorers:
Partizan: W.Hatcher 20+2ast, S.Bircevic 20+2reb, V.Marinkovic 16+1reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 11+2reb+5ast, M.Koprivica 10+3reb, S.Pot 9+1reb+5ast
Mega Leks: K.Mushidi 24+6reb+1ast, O.Jaramaz 22+4reb+2ast, A.Kaba 13+8reb, S.Lesic 13+4reb+4ast, N.Rebic 10+4reb+7ast, P.Samardziski 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 544655


Dynamic BG - Crvena Zvezda 69-85

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#1) and Dynamic BG (#5). Dynamic BG was smashed at home by 16 points 69-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Crvena Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Crvena Zvezda players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. International guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Branko Lazic (195-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) replied with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Aleksandar Radulovic (190-88, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Dynamic BG. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crvena Zvezda (13-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Dynamic BG: M.Cakarevic 17+8reb+5ast, S.Gavrilovic 15+2reb, A.Radulovic 13+3reb+5ast, K.Ffriend 9+6reb, D.Brooks 5+7reb+5ast, M.Milisavljevic 4+5reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: B.Lazic 16+5reb, O.Kuzmic 12+5reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 10+2reb+2ast, M.Guduric 9+1reb, M.Simonovic 8+3reb+4ast, M.Bjelica 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 544657


Borac - FMP 71-73

Sixth-ranked Borac (4-10) made lots of trouble for third ranked FMP (9-5) in Cacak on Saturday. The visitors from Beograd managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Borac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Borac players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FMP maintains third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Mega Leks. Borac lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Borac: M.Milovanovic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 12+2reb+6ast, N.Todorovic 12+8reb, I.Djokovic 10+2reb+1ast, A.Todorovic 9+6reb+1ast, D.Micic 8+1ast
FMP: J.Bolden 18+7reb, D.Apic 12+3reb+2ast, A.Bursac 8+4reb+3ast, M.Ljubicic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Davidovac 8+8reb+7ast, F.Covic 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544654





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Peter Sedmak (ex Dynamic BG) is a newcomer at Kosice - by Michal Duchovic

KB Kosice (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Slovakian ex-international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-111kg-85, agency: 011 Sports). He played last season at Dynamic BG Beograd in Serbian 2MLS. In 13 games he recorded 5.4ppg and 1.6rpg. Sedmak also played that season for Handlova where in 45 SBL games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League 3rd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Slovakian League championship title in 2013. Sedmak was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2012.
He represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 17.2%, FT: 73.3%.
Sedmak is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Sedmak has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Balkan), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava and Chemosvit), Czech Republic (USK Praha, Novy Jicin, BK Decin and MMCITE Brno) and United Arab Emirates (Banijas).

KB Kosice roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Eric Palm

Forwards:
Igor Maric
Stanislav Baldovsky
Richard Korner

Center:
Peter Sedmak



Spirou keeps Fusek for another season - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) re-signed 22-year old Slovakian international center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 28 Euromillions League games he recorded 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Fusek helped them to win the group title (twice). He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged just 1.0ppg. Fusek has been regularly called to Slovakian Senior National Team since 2016.
He has played previously for another Belgian team Essor Charleroi.

Proximus Spirou Charleroi roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Keaton Grant

Forwards:
Scott Thomas
Seth Tuttle
Haris Delalic

Centers:
Rasko Katic
Amaury Gorgemans
Michael Fusek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Groningen lands Brandyn Curry, ex Helios - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Donar Groningen (Eredivisie) tabbed 26-year old American guard Brandyn Curry (187-88kg-91, college: Harvard). He played most recently at Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 13 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.7spg last season. Curry helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 12 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg (top 3) and 1.3spg (in top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Curry played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL. In 27 games he recorded 3.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he received All-Ivy League 2nd Team award back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Curry has played previously for another Dutch team Den Bosch.
He attended Harvard University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Printezis jumps on the radar for FC Barcelona - by Thomas Jones

Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) could return to Spain, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.

He played most recently at Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in the Euroleague. In 32 games Printezis recorded 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to make it to the Final Four.

Printezis has prior experience in the ACB League. He played two seasons for Unicaja de Malaga.

Printezis is a PF who plays with great energy and hustle. Really has a great attitude and knows no other way than giving full effort




Baskonia keeps Shengelia through 2020 - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) re-signed 26-year old Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-100kg-91) to a new three-year deal. He has played there for the last three seasons. In 31 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Shengelia helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2012 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements Shengelia received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Shengelia is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and VOO Verviers Pepinster), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets), Spain (Valencia Basket and Valencia 2) and D-League (Springfield A.).
Let's have closer look into Shengelia's outlook: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Doornekamp re-signs at CB Canarias - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Canadian international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-96kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He is a dual citizen owning also Dutch passport. Doornekamp played there last season. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL where in 39 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. Doornekamp helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 17 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0apg. Doornekamp contributed to his team winning the Cup.
He was voted CIS All-Canadian Player of the Year back in 2008.
Doornekamp was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team in 2005.
Doornekamp represented Canada at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 3.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg.
Doornekamp has played also professionally in Italy (Juvecaserta), Germany (Braunschweig) and Canada (Ravens).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona and Giorgos Barzokas to split ways - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona are set to part ways with head coach Giorgos Bartzokas . The Greek specialist spent a forgettable season with the Spanish powerhouse. FC Barcelona failed to make it into the playoffs in EuroLeague. They also lost to Valencia in the first round of ACB playoffs. Previously Bartzokas worked with Larissa, Panionios, Olympiacos and Lokomotiv Kuban. He was named All-EuroLeague Coach of the Year back in 2013.



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Rashad WHACK
  Winterthur
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Whack, Winterthur21.5 
 2. Cochran, Lausanne21.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings19.8 
 4. Niles, Massagno19.6 
 5. Day, Massagno18.7 
 6. Wilson, Lausanne18.6 
 7. Williams, Boncourt17.6 
 8. Downing, Winte.17.6 
 9. Ballard, Geneve Lions17.6 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Starwings
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Vinson, Starwings12.6 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt12.5 
 3. Bergstedt, Massa.9.1 
 4. Sheldon, Winte.9.0 
 5. Ballard, Geneve Lions8.7 
 6. Brown, Swiss C.8.5 
 7. Heath, Monthey8.5 
 8. Krstanovic, Neuch.8.1 
 9. Taylor, Fribourg8.0 
 10. Dubas, Monthey7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Lugano T.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Everett, Lugano T.6.5 
 2. Young, Monthey5.9 
 3. Kovacevic, Swiss C.5.8 
 4. Cochran, Lausanne4.6 
 5. Williams, Geneve L.4.6 
 6. Jones, Starwings4.6 
 7. Magnani, Massagno4.4 
 8. Wright, Fribourg4.2 
 9. Savoy, Neuchatel4.1 
 10. Timberlake, Geneve L.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Lausanne
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cochran, Lausanne2.7 
 2. Wright, Fribourg2.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings2.3 
 4. Wilson, Lausanne2.0 
 5. Jurkovitz, Fribourg1.9 
 6. James, Neuchatel1.6 
 7. Carter, Boncourt1.6 
 8. Veselinov, Swiss C.1.5 
 9. Whack, Winterthur1.5 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Swiss C.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brown, Swiss C.2.2 
 2. Heath, Monthey1.5 
 3. James, Neuchatel1.0 
 4. Swannegan, Lausa.1.0 
 5. Cotture, Fribourg0.9 
 6. Monteiro, Winte.0.8 
 7. Bergstedt, Massa.0.8 
 8. Voss, Swiss C.0.6 
 9. Mladjan, Geneve L.0.6 
 10. Sheldon, Winte.0.5 


LNA Round 4 of Finals. Monthey even championship series - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Monthey 64-78

Monthey upset Geneve Lions on the road to even the championship series at 2-all. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Geneve Lions managed to win fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Jonathan Dubas (204-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Markel Humphrey (198-86, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) who added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Antonio Ballard (196-88, college: Miami, OH) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. Geneve Lions' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: C.Timberlake 11+3reb+2ast, M.Mladjan 9+7reb+1ast, J.Kozic 8+4reb, C.Braswell 8+3reb, R.Grueninger 6+3reb+1ast, A.Ballard 6+9reb+1ast
Monthey: J.Dubas 20+15reb+1ast, J.Heath 17+5reb+1ast, M.Humphrey 12+12reb+4ast, M.Maruotto 9+5reb, J.Sinclair 9+3reb+2ast, B.Young 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 547560





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  THAILAND  


Scharer number one in Thailand for round 8 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Hitech, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass TGE (#6, 2-6) with 27-point margin 118-91. 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 7-1 record. Scharer just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Shoreline Community College star has very solid stats this year. Scharer is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.0ppg), rebounds (9th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 2.8spg and 60.2% FGP. Worth to mention Scharer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was another Hitech's star - 26-year old American Daniel Orton (208-F-90). Orton had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds. Of course together with Scharer he helped Hitech with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked TGE (#6, 2-6) 118-91. Hitech's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 7 matches. Orton is one of the most experienced players at Hitech and similarly like Avery Scharer has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Jaman Johnson of Dunkin' Raptors (#7). Johnson showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Johnson's great performance Dunkin' Raptors lost 91-93 to the higher-ranked Mad Goat (#4, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dunkin' Raptors can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has individually a great season in Thailand. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.8rpg (6th best) and assists with 4.8apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. James Matinez) of Dunkin' Raptors - 35 points and 5 rebounds
6. Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) of Mad Goat - 23 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jan Jamon (191-F) of OSK - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA - 9 points and 13 rebounds
9. Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew - 12 points and 9 rebounds
10. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80) of Mad Goat - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists

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



TBL Round 8: Mad Goat defeats Dunkin' Raptors in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-7) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Mad Goat (5-3) in Nakorn Phantom on Sunday. Mad Goat managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Israeli point guard Frederick Jones (178-88, college: S.Alabama) who added 23 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Mad Goat's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jaman Johnson responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Mad Goat moved-up to fourth place. Dunkin' Raptors lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in . 4th ranked host Mono Thew (4-4) was smashed by first ranked Mono Vampire (7-1) 104-79. The winners were led by international swingman Chitchai Ananti (196-90) who scored that evening 18 points and Reginald Johnson supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Tawatchai Suktub did not help to save the game for Mono Thew. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Hitech. Mono Thew at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost.
Bottom-ranked OSK (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to third ranked PEA (6-2) 118-98 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Joshua Munzon who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Jan Jamon produced 27 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PEA have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. Loser OSK still closes the standings with eight games lost.
Second ranked Hitech (7-1) crushed at home 6th ranked TGE (2-6) by 27 points 118-91, which is the biggest margin this round. Daniel Orton orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitech have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. TGE at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost.

PEA - OSK 118-98

Bottom-ranked OSK (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to third ranked PEA (6-2) 118-98 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by PEA. OSK managed to win second period 34-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to OSK's 52 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded OSK 54-35 including a 41-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) produced 27 points and American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. 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. PEA have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-2 record behind leader Mono Vampire. Loser OSK still closes the standings with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
PEA: J.Munzon 29+7reb+3ast, R.Lingganay 18+4reb+7ast, K.Allen 14+12reb, R.Reyes 14+3reb+3ast, S.Deguara 9+13reb, R.Suteeniyorndat 9+2reb+1ast
OSK: J.Jamon 27+4reb+2ast, K.Panyaparu 20+1reb+1ast, N.Barfield 15+11reb+1ast, K.Hill 14+8reb, S.Wachiraphong 7+5reb+1ast, A.Dokkaew 7+1ast
gschID: 547848


Mono Thew - Mono Vampire 79-104

The game between Top Four teams took place in . 4th ranked host Mono Thew (4-4) was smashed by first ranked Mono Vampire (7-1) 104-79. The game without a history. Mono Vampire led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by international swingman Chitchai Ananti (196-90) who scored that evening 18 points and American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Tawatchai Suktub did not help to save the game for Mono Thew. American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Four Mono Vampire and five Mono Thew players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Hitech. Mono Thew at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Mono Vampire: C.Ananti 18+4reb+2ast, R.Johnson 16+5reb+2ast, C.Klahan 14+5reb+3ast, M.Singletary 14+5reb+4ast, A. Phuangla 9+4reb, S.Sunthonsiri 8+1reb+2ast
Mono Thew: T.Suktub 16+5reb+2ast, A.McClain 12+9reb, P.Cabahug 12+1ast, N.Sangtong 11+1reb+1ast, T.Laudermill 10+6reb+3ast, P.Zamar 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547847


Hitech - TGE 118-91

Second ranked Hitech (7-1) crushed at home 6th ranked TGE (2-6) by 27 points 118-91, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Hitech led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to TGE's 52 and had 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while TGE only scored six points from the stripe. Hitech forced 20 TGE turnovers and outrebounded them 49-33 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. American forward Daniel Orton (208-90, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) contributed with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Hitech players scored in double figures. Jeff Dumelod replied with 17 points and American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TGE. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitech have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. TGE at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 29+8reb+9ast, D.Orton 20+19reb+9ast, C.Jakrawan 17+3reb, P.Klahan 14+4reb+1ast, W.Dasom 12+3reb+1ast, K.Lertlaokul 7+3reb+3ast
TGE: M.Wongsawangtham 18+1ast, J.Dumelod 17+2reb+1ast, J.Collins 13+6reb+1ast, A.Mandani 9+1reb+2ast, K.Dasom 8+1ast, N.Kupadit 8+5ast
gschID: 547849


Mad Goat - Dunkin' Raptors 93-91

Seventh-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-7) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Mad Goat (5-3) in Nakorn Phantom on Sunday. Mad Goat managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Israeli point guard Frederick Jones (178-88, college: S.Alabama) who added 23 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Mad Goat players scored in double figures. Mad Goat's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jaman Johnson responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and James Matinez scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Mad Goat moved-up to fourth place. Dunkin' Raptors lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: F.Goldstein 23+5reb+1ast, M.Douthit 18+10reb+6ast, M.Van Pelt 15+2reb+4ast, G.Korsah-Dick 11+2reb+2ast, R.Latham 6+6reb, W.Tongsri 6+1reb
Dunkin' Raptors: J.Matinez 35+5reb, J.Johnson 21+13reb+6ast, M.Fey 18+7reb+2ast, A.Kongpui 9+6reb, J.Foronda 4+10reb+1ast, C.Limsuwan 2+3reb
gschID: 547846





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  TURKEY  

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 .6.7 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 7. Granger, Anadolu .4.9 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Sloukas, Fenerbahce4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Banvit BK
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 2. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 5. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 6. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
 7. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 8. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 9. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.7 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 10. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 


BSL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Besiktas join Fenerbahce in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Besiktas 65-91

Besiktas fired past Anadolu Efes in Game 4 to seal their BSL Finals appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Besiktas. Anadolu Efes managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) produced 15 points and 5 assists and American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 15+2reb+5ast, B.Dunston 13+7reb+1ast, C.Osman 12+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 11+4reb+1ast, B.Paul 9+7reb, D.Thomas 3+3reb
Besiktas: M.Roll 22+1reb+4ast, V.Stimac 18+12reb+1ast, M.Thompson 12+1ast, S.Sanli 10+5reb, E.Veyseloglu 8+3reb+3ast, D.Strawberry 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 547833





Coach Nenad Markovic leaves Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

49-year old Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic (agency: BeoBasket) left Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (BSL) He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Markovic coached at Trabzonspor.
Among other achievements his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015. Markovic was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team back in 2013.
Markovic is a very experienced player. He has coached also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Greece (Panionios and KAO Dramas).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Likely NBA first-round pick John Collins had a remarkable jump last season at Wake Forest. Now he's aiming even higher. - by David Edole

On the occasions that John Collins (208-F-97) has visited family from his mother's side in the U.S. Virgin Islands, it has always been easy to identify the region's most beloved sports hero.

'As soon as you come out of the airport, there's a flag of Tim Duncan,' Collins, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Wake Forest, said after working out with the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Monday. 'They let you know immediately.'

Collins, voted the most improved player in the Atlantic Coast Conference as a sophomore this past season, isn't exactly fielding comparisons to Duncan, the player he calls 'the greatest power forward of all-time,' even if the two share a connection to the same islands, school and position. But Collins also has proved during his improbable basketball rise - from lightly recruited high school player to earning All-American honors as a sophomore and becoming a likely first-round draft pick - that he's not about to set limits for himself.

'As you saw how he improved from his freshman to sophomore year at Wake, he pretty much did the same thing here,' said Jay Lower, the athletic director at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., who was the dean of students when Collins attended the school. 'As the years went by, he got better and better at what he was doing. He has a tremendous work ethic.'

Collins was a relative unknown following his freshman season at Wake Forest. He averaged 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 54.7 percent from the field. The Deacons went just 2-16 in the ACC during Collins' freshman season, when he made a limited contribution. The losses stung. He knew he had to do more.

Collins chose Wake Forest largely to play for Danny Manning, the 1988 Naismith Award winner out of Kansas who has forged a reputation as a college coach for his ability to sculpt big men. So Collins listened as Manning challenged him during a summer that became a springboard for an impending NBA career. The 19-year old forward added muscle to his lengthy frame, took control of workouts and prepared himself to be a leader.

His transformation was nothing short of remarkable. He averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds this past season while shooting 62.2 percent from the floor. He had a streak of 12 consecutive 20-plus games. His player efficiency rating, a formula that evaluates players on a per-minute basis, adjusted for pace and other factors, was 35.9 - the highest mark in the country. His performance helped Wake Forest to an eight-win turnaround and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years.

'He's a great player, athletic, has a shot,' said Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten player of the year out of Purdue, who also worked out with the Nuggets on Monday. 'You can see why people think (Collins is a first-round talent). He gets off the ground quick. He goes hard, and that's the biggest thing. He has a motor at 6-10.'

Though he never shot the ball from long range at Wake Forest, Collins has shown an ability to do so throughout the pre-draft process, including during Monday's workout, that his range can extend to the 3-point line.

'It's been a combination of different focuses, but that's been one of them, obviously,' Collins said of showcasing his long-range shot. 'I didn't get a chance to shoot any threes at all in the offense we ran at Wake. I think I've always had the ability to shoot. Now it's just about me coming out here and staying calm and showing my stroke.'

The Nuggets have the No. 13 pick in the June 22 draft. That spot would be on the high end of where Collins is projected. If he isn't chosen that high, Denver could have its eye on Collins should it decide to trade back in the draft. Collins is determined, wherever he lands, to show he is still only scratching the surface of his potential.

'I think it's always been that way from high school to college,' Collins said. 'I wasn't a very highly recruited guy out of high school. It's always a chip I've had on my shoulder. I've got to keep in there going to the next level and use it to show I belong in that conversation. That's big for me.'

By NICK KOSMIDER



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  UGANDA  


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

23-year old forward Ndikumana Landry (F-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for City Oilers and receives a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Our Saviour (#12, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 63-59. City Oilers maintains the 4th position in Ugandan league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. City Oilers will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Landry just recently signed at City Oilers, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ndikumana Landry averages just after three games 10.3ppg and 8.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Omanye (183-G-94) of top-ranked KIU Titans. He is a guard in his 4th season at KIU Titans. In the last game Omanye recorded impressive 9 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led KIU Titans to another comfortable win 72-53 over the lower-ranked Sharing Youth (#7, 1-2) being unquestionably team leader. Of course KIU Titans still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Omanye is one of the most experienced players at KIU Titans and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour (#12). Mwesigye scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Mwesigye's great performance Our Saviour lost 59-63 to the higher-ranked City Oilers (#4, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Our Saviour can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Mwesigye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mwesigye has individually a great season in Uganda. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Lumanyika (C-92) of KIU Titans - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Joseph Wacha (G-91) of Our Saviour - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) of City Oilers - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Daniel Juuko (187-G-89) of City Oilers - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ethienne Kazungu (80) of KIU Titans - 8 points and 10 rebounds
9. Collin Kasujja (183-G-94) of KIU Titans - 9 points
10. Tonny Okello (G-90) of Sharing Youth - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  UKRAINE  


Ukrainian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Ukrainian National Team 2017
#s#
Denys Lukashov
Lukashov
Oleksandr Lypovyy
Lypovyy
Sergii Gladyr
Gladyr
Olexandr Mishula
Mishula
Oleksandr Ryabchuk
Ryabchuk
#e#5
Denys Lukashov 190-PG-89 Enisey Russia
Oleksandr Lypovyy 200-G-91 Trikalla Greece
Sergii Gladyr 196-F/G-88 Monaco France
Olexandr Mishula 192-SG-92 Dnipro Ukraine
Oleksandr Ryabchuk 188-G-89 Khimik Ukraine
Ruslan Otverchenko 192-SG-90 Budivelnyk Ukraine
Pavlo Krutous 196-G/F-92 Budivelnyk Ukraine
Klym Artamonov 185-PG-93 Bipa Basket Ukraine
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 203-G-97 Kansas USA
Eugene Jeter 180-PG-83 Besiktas Turkey
Maksym Pustozvonov 200-SF-87 UBT Cluj Napoca Romania
Vyacheslav Bobrov 201-F-92 Quimper France
Volodymyr Koniev 203-F-89 Khimik Ukraine
Viacheslav Petrov 204-F/C-94 Khimik Ukraine
Joel Bolomboy 206-F-94 Utah Jazz USA
Volodymyr Gerun 208-F/C-94 FC Barcelona II Spain
Bogdan Bliznyuk 198-F-95 E.Washington USA
Oleksandr Kolchenko 195-G/F-88 Cherkasy Ukraine
Igor Zaytsev 210-C/F-89 Rosa Radom Poland
Maxym Korniyenko 205-F/C-87 Lukoil Acad. Bulgaria
Stanislav Tymofeyenko 202-F-89 Dnipro Ukraine
Viacheslav Kravtsov 212-C-87 Valencia Spain
Kyrylo Fesenko 216-C-86 Scandone AV Italy
Artem Pustovyi 218-C-92 Obradoiro Spain
Alex Len 216-C-93 Phoenix Suns USA




Kalnichenko is back at UBT Cluj Napoca, ex Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) signed 31-year old Ukrainian-Moldovan small forward Andrii Kalnichenko (201-95kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Cluj Napoca as he has played here before. Kalnichenko played last season at SK Cherkasy Monkeys in Ukrainian Superleague. In 36 games he had 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kalnichenko's team won Romanian Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team in 2015.
Kalnichenko represented Ukraine at the World University Games in Beograd (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg.
Kalnichenko has played also professionally in Moldova (Fireball), Ukraine (BC Odessa, Khimik, BC Donetsk and BK Khimik-2 Yuzhny) and Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Higher League Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Higher League 1st Team 2017
Andriy Kobets
Kobets
Evgeni Sergeychik
Sergeychik
Artem Kovalov
Kovalov
Kyrylo Podkovyrov
Podkovyrov
Roman Gumeniuk
Gumeniuk

Finals MVP: Kyrylo Podkovyrov (180-PG-96) of Hoverla
Player of the Year: Artem Kovalov (202-F-97) of Khimik
Guard of the Year: Andriy Kobets (192-PG-93) of Politekhn.Lvov
Forward of the Year: Artem Kovalov (202-F-97) of Khimik
Center of the Year: Roman Gumeniuk (220-C-87) of Hoverla
Domestic Player of the Year: Artem Kovalov (202-F-97) of Khimik
Defensive Player of the Year: Mykhailo Horobchenko (182-PG-98) of Kryvbas
Coach of the Year: Pavel Piskarev of Hoverla

1st Team
PG: Andriy Kobets (192-PG-93) of Politekhn.Lvov
G: Evgeni Sergeychik (185-G-94) of Krivbas-2
F: Artem Kovalov (202-F-97) of Khimik
PG: Kyrylo Podkovyrov (180-PG-96) of Hoverla
C: Roman Gumeniuk (220-C-87) of Hoverla

2nd Team
G: Oleksandr Shostuha (192-G-84) of Hoverla
PG: Mykhailo Horobchenko (182-PG-98) of Kryvbas
G: Maxim Balashov (190-G-80) of Kremen
F: Dmytro Khodov (203-F-87) of Politekhn.Lvov
C/F: Andriy Kulish (205-C/F-92) of Zolotoi Vek

Honorable Mention
Yevgen Koroviyakov (197-F-88) of Hoverla
Kyrylo Marchenko (196-F/G-97) of Khimik
Roman Novikov (204-C-92) of Politekhn.Lvov
Sergey Startsev (190-PG-97) of Kryvbas
Olexandr Drobiazko (196-F-93) of Zolotoi Vek
Bogdan Sosoi (182-PG-92) of Zolotoi Vek
Kirilo Zuev (193-G-93) of Azovmash
Oleksandr Zahozhiy (186-G-86) of BC-93 RSzVSM
Maksym Ozhegov (190-G/F-90) of Niko-Basket
Olexandr Tarasenko (199-F-96) of Dnipro
Sergiy Vershinin (195-F-95) of Niko-Basket
Andrij Shapovalov (187-G-93) of Ternopil-TNEU
Sergei Glinchak (F-89) of SumDU
Yevgen Balaban (200-PF-96) of Cherkasy
Oleksandr Kuznetsov (196-F-78) of KPZO DYUSH
Anton Mikhailenko (185-G-94) of Kremen-2
Kyrylo Meshheryakov (197-F-95) of Khimik



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  VENEZUELA  

Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.9 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 8. Powell, Trotamun.17.7 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.4 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.3 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.4 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.2 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 6. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 7. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.5 
 8. Graterol, Bucaneros7.3 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.6 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.3 
 3. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 6. Wormely, Gigantes4.3 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 9. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
 10. Pena, Toros3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 2. Wormely, Gigantes1.8 
 3. Cazorla, Gigantes1.6 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 6. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.4 
 7. Chourio, Trotamun.1.4 
 8. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.3 
 10. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Carrera, Marinos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Johnson, Toros0.9 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 


Overview of LPB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos - Guaros 87-88

Guaros snatched a narrow road win over Trotamundos to take 2-1 lead. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 27-24 run, which allowed them to win the game. Guaros players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Trotamundos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 8 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) accounted for 23 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side. The former international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Trotamundos in the defeat. Five Trotamundos players scored in double figures. Trotamundos' coach Ruben Magnano tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guaros: N.Robinson 23+2reb+8ast, L.Bethelmy 23+7reb+3ast, Z.Graham 10+2reb+1ast, L.Hayward 8+6reb+4ast, G.Echenique 8+3reb+1ast, E.Baez 6+1reb
Trotamundos: D.Cubillan 19+5reb+9ast, R.Powell 14+7reb+2ast, P.Chourio 13+5reb+5ast, J.Powell 13+3reb+1ast, A.Perez 10+4reb+2ast, J.Vildoza 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 547825


Toros - Cocodrilos 95-66

Toros cruised past Cocodrilos to narrow the deficit in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Cocodrilos managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros had a 35-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Dominican guard Kelvin Pena (193-80, college: Southeastern CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) with 11 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Toros: K.Pena 23+5reb+7ast, K.Fuller 16+3reb+5ast, E.Gimenez 15+3reb+1ast, D.Johnson 14+2reb, H.Bayona 8+12reb+3ast, J.Guerrero 7+8reb+1ast
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 14+6reb, C.Elliott 11+7reb+3ast, K.Caraballo 10+7reb, G.Forbes 8+4reb+2ast, C.Garcia 6+1reb+2ast, N.Palacios 5
gschID: 547824


Gigantes - Guaiqueries 96-85

Gigantes dropped Guaiqueries to celebrate the first win in the series. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Five Gigantes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) who recorded 26 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: H.Wormely 19+1reb+5ast, O.Reed 17+4reb, A.Feeley 16+5reb+3ast, A.Sucre 11+11reb+4ast, H.Cazorla 10+5reb+6ast, L.Cappare 6
Guaiqueries: M.Flores 26+8reb+3ast, F.Centeno 11+4reb+1ast, D.Ramirez 8+4reb+2ast, J.Coronado 8+3reb, D.Downey 7+1reb+2ast, C.Musset 6
gschID: 547823


Bucaneros - Marinos 108-59

Bucaneros dropped Marinos to open win count. Bucaneros outrebounded Marinos 40-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 23 long-distance shots on high 53.5 percentage. Bucaneros players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Marinos' players. It was a good game for American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. International center Windi Graterol (204-86, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Bucaneros players scored in double figures. The former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) answered with 10 points and 5 assists and American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) added 15 points in the effort for Marinos. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 25+13reb+10ast, W.Graterol 16+11reb, J.Silvera 13+3reb+1ast, J.Anderson 12+2reb+1ast, E.Hernandez 11+3reb+6ast, E.Torres 10+2reb
Marinos: I.Swann 15+3reb, J.Centeno 10+3reb+5ast, J.Herrera 9+5reb, D.Sweetney 8+3reb+1ast, C.Massie 8+5reb+1ast, M.Marriaga 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 547822





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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Artem Komolov agreed terms with N.Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) inked 24-year old international shooting guard Artem Komolov (194-87kg-93). He played most recently at Sakhalin in the Superleague 1. In 19 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.0apg last season. Komolov helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague) where in 20 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.1apg (top 5) and 1.5spg (in top 5). Komolov contributed to his team winning the Superleague 1 title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 2nd Team.
He has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Komolov has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Russia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Komolov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 39.5%.
Komolov has played previously for five other teams: CSKA Moscow, Avtodor, Zenit 2, CSKA Moscow 2nd team and Zenit.

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Janis Timma left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). In 28 VTB United League games he had 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma's team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016.
Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank.
On Timma: A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.

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Mbakwe left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Nigerian international power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-111kg-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He played there also last season. In 26 VTB United League games he had 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg. Mbakwe also spent pre-season at Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Mbakwe also represented Nigeria at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Mbakwe has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Italy (Roma Virtus).
He attended University of Minnesota until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

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Chikoko re-signs at Pau-Lacq-Orthez - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) confirmed in their roster 26-year old Zimbabwean international power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91). He played there last season. In 27 ProA games he had 10.1ppg and 4.8rpg.
Chikoko ended the previous (2015-16) season at Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 15 games he recorded 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Chikoko helped them to make it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Tezenis Verona in Italian Serie A. In 24 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4bpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Chikoko was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team in 2015.
He also represented Zimbabwe at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.4ppg, Reb-4 (8.8rpg), 1.2apg, Blocks-1 (3.2bpg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 64.7%.
Chikoko has played previously professionally in Germany (Gladiators, BG Goettingen and ASC 46 Goettingen) and Italy (Grissin Bon RE).
On Chikoko: A talented, lanky forward/center who has a huge upside. Even stanging almost 6-10, he can spend yet time at the PF position, thanks to enormous athletic skills, versatility, and good feel for the game. His long arms allow him to be a good defender and shot blocker.

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Women News


Boquete's 19 points and 7 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Andrea Boquete (183-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Estrella Berisso and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
She had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Estrella Berisso in her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Penarol (#6, 0-6) with 39-point margin 100-61. Estrella Berisso maintains the 3rd position in their group in Argentinian Superliga. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Estrella Berisso will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Boquete had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. She turned to be Estrella Berisso's top player in her first season with the team. Boquete has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.0ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Isabella Sangali of Rocamora. She is a in her first season at Rocamora. In the last game Sangali recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Rocamora was edged by slightly higher-ranked Velez S. (#4, 3-4) 56-54. Rocamora managed to keep the same 5th spot in SUR. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Rocamora managed to get this year. Sangali is one of the most experienced players at Rocamora and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#1). She also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Rocamora's star - guard Liliana Tamburlini (PG-81). Tamburlini scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Tamburlini's great performance Rocamora lost 64-78 to the higher-ranked Lanus (#2, 6-1). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Rocamora can only dream about fighting for top spots in SUR. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tamburlini she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Tamburlini has a very solid season. In 7 games in Argentina she scored 9.6ppg. She also has 6.1rpg, 2.6spg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ariel Edwards (190-F-92) of Obras Basket - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Florencia Llorente (180-F-94) of Lanus - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Gisela Vega (188-C-82) of Quimsa - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Agostina Burani (184-F/C-91) of Lanus - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Luciana Delabarba (167-PG-97) of Berazategui - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ana Suarez (170-PG-87) of Berazategui - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ronni Williams (183-F) of Union Florida - 21 points and 10 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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Mandurah's Nici Gilday wins all-star game MVP - by Eurobasket News

Mandurah Magic star Nici Gilday (170-G, college: Santa Clara) put on a scintillating display for fans at the Women's State Basketball League all-star game on her way to claiming MVP honours for the day. Gilday tallied a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the South as they trampled the Northern all-stars 106-66. Her all-around performance comes in the midst of what has been a stellar season for the former Santa Clara University basketballer, who has been a huge part in helping the Magic to a 12-1 record through their first 13 games. Gilday is averaging 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists on the regular season. But she was not the only Magic star to shine at the all-star game, with teammates Carly Boag (188-F-95, college: Minot St.) and Casey Mihovilovich (173-G-82) putting in strong performances. Boag started at the centre position and notched 18 points, 12 rebounds and three steals for the match. She was the leading scorer for the match, along with teammate Ali Schwagmeyer (180-F-90, college: Quincy) and the North's Natalie Burton (194-C/F-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: LBM Management) who also poured in 18 points. Mihovilovich came off the bench in her seventh all-star appearance, playing just under 19 minutes for six points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals. The trio was coached by a familiar face, with Mandurah's Randy Miegel leading the South all-stars. The game is used to raise funds for Lifeline WA.
Courtesy of: mandurahmail.com.au



Leilani Mitchell joins Hatay - by Eurobasket News

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) agreed terms with 32-year old Australian international point guard Leilani Mitchell (165-59kg-85, college: Utah). She plays this summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). Mitchell managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 7 WNBA games she had 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg. She ended the last season at Girne Universitesi where in four games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.0apg and 1.5spg. But the most of that year Mitchell spent at Sydney Uni Flames in Australian WNBL. In 28 games she averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg (in top 3). She helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Quite impressive season as she was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
In 2008 Mitchell was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in second round (25th overall).
The former University of Utah staris in her tenth season in pro basketball.
Mitchell was voted All-WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2010.
She also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
Mitchell is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Mitchell tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Croatia (Lupa Promotion), France, WNBA (Washington Mystics and New York Liberty) and Australia (Adelaide Lightning and Dandenong Rangers).
On Mitchell: A very good player, who plays with a lot of composure, can shoot the three-pointer and sees the court well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHAMAS  


Jr Women's National Basketball Team In The Centrobasket - by Eurobasket News

THE Bahamas Basketball Federation Junior Women's National Basketball team learned their path toward qualification to more prestigious tournaments in the region, beginning with this year's Centrobasket. Yesterday, the draw was revealed at the Regional Offices of FIBA Americas for Centrobasket Under-17 Women's Championship, to be hosted August 15-19 in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Participating teams include the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Suriname. The Bahamas was placed in Group B along with Suriname, Costa Rica, and the hosts Puerto Rico. Group A includes El Salvador, the British Virgin Islands, Guatemala and Mexico. The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to FIBA Under-18 Women's Americas Championship 2018. The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight (8) participating teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) teams. Teams will play in a round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first place of Group A will play against the second place in Group B and vice versa. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Gold Medal Match, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event. 'Sports in Puerto Rico are for everyone and the Departamento de Recreacion y Deportes de Puerto Rico is proud to have the opportunity of supporting such initiatives as the Centrobasket U17 Women's Championship, where more than eight countries including Puerto Rico will be part of an event that will mark precedents in the western side of our Island. We feel extremely honored to be able to collaborate with the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation for these purposes and to promote the development of women, who in the past years have played a leading role in all the professional areas in our country and are part of the public policy of our honorable Governor Ricardo Rossello and this new administration. Thus, our commitment is with Puerto Rico and with the Puerto Rican and foreign women who will be embellishing the history of our sport,' said the Director of the Sports and Recreation Department of Puerto Rico, Hon. Waldemar Volmar Mendez. The Bahamas qualified for the Centrobasket 2017 tournament after they claimed the 2016 Caribbean Basketball Confederation's Under-16 title. The Bahamas won the title with a 55-50 win over Suriname in the title game at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana. Tanea Bowleg (01) capped an MVP performance for the Bahamas with19 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds while Valicia Demeritte (00) contributed 14 points and nine rebounds. Many of the players from that team will compete for roster spots as the Bahamas seeks to advance. Bowleg led the Bahamas with 15.7 points per game over the course of the tournament while Demeritte scored 15 per game and Briontae Riley scored 9.7 per game. The Bahamas opened with a 59-54 win over Surinam, followed by an 89-36 win over Trinidad and Tobago and qualified for the final with a 55-26 win over Antigua and Barbuda. With the focus of the region now shifting to Puerto Rico, the mayor of Aguada said his city is ready to host the top national team programmes, their fans and supporters. 'I feel privileged and honored that Aguada is selected as the venue for these games nationwide. We have seen how our people have been an alternative to the development of the Puerto Rican sport. We have excellent facilities, with the human resource specialized in sports and more than anything else the will and commitment to the sports development of our people and an example of this is our team of Santeros, who enjoys having one of the best fan bases of all Puerto Rico. As we have supported that team we will also support this event, and are looking forward to the month of July to welcome all the participants,' said the Honorable Mayor of Aguada, Manuel' Gabina 'Santiago.
Courtesy of: tribune242.com



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  CANADA  


Bembibre tabs rookie Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder - by Eurobasket News

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM (LFB) landed 22-year old Canadian international center Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder (193-95). She just graduated from Arizona State University (NCAA). Urbaniak-Dornstauder has played there for the last four years. In 33 games she averaged 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1bpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Urbaniak-Dornstauder's team was regular season runner-up in Pac-12 in 2015. She received also CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team award in 2016 at her college time.
Urbaniak-Dornstauder has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Urbaniak-Dornstauder represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.5ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 56.8%, FT: 53.8%.

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Jovana Pasic
Elin Gustavsson
Kristina Rakovic

Centers:
Bineta Ndoye
Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder

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Canadian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Miah-Marie Langlois
Langlois
Shaylisha Colley
Colley
Bridget Carleton
Carleton
Katherine Plouffe
Plouffe
Michelle Plouffe
Plouffe
#e#5
4Miah-Marie Langlois 173-PG-91 Enisey Russia
5Laura Dally 183-G-92 BG 89 Avides Germany
6Shaylisha Colley 173-G-96 Michigan St.
8Samantha Hill 178-G-94 Virginia Tech
9Alyssa Jerome 185-C-99 Western Canada
10Bridget Carleton 185-G-97 Iowa St.
11Ruth Hamblin 198-C-94 Perth Australia
12Jamie Weisner 178-PG-94 Flying Foxes Austria
13Laeticia Amihere 185-C-01
14Katherine Plouffe 190-F-92 Nantes France
15Michelle Plouffe 193-F-92 Mondeville France

Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Saskatchewan Canada
Stephen Baur Assistant
Fabian McKenzie Assistant Cape Breton Canada



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  EGYPT  


Sporting SC wins Egypt's Super Cup - by Eurobasket News

Sporting SC basketball women squad closed out the season with Egypt's Super Cup after a victory over their female peers 84-82 in the knockout tie played on the field of Al-Sharqya Club on Sunday. The Alexandria-based squad held the advantage over Al-Ahly throughout the game; with the sets were consecutively consigned for Sporting SC females (27-11) (46-30) (67-63.) In April, Al-Ahly won Egypt's Cup from Sporting SC, and continues to cement its position on the top of the Super League after beating El-Gezira on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  FRANCE  


Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 1st Team 2017
Magali Mendy
Mendy
Aminata Konate
Konate
Shawnta Dyer
Dyer
Tiffany Clarke
Clarke
Bernadette Ngoyisa
Ngoyisa

Finals MVP: Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Roche
Player of the Year: Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Roche
Guard of the Year: Magali Mendy (178-PG-90) of Girona
Forward of the Year: Tiffany Clarke (183-F-91) of Avenir
Center of the Year: Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Roche
Import Player of the Year: Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Roche
Domestic Player of the Year: Magali Mendy (178-PG-90) of Girona
Bosman Player of the Year: Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91) of Montbrison
Defensive Player of the Year: Magali Mendy (178-PG-90) of Girona
Coach of the Year: Emmanuel Body of Roche

1st Team
PG: Magali Mendy (178-PG-90) of Girona
G: Aminata Konate (169-G-90) of Arras
F: Shawnta Dyer (185-F-91) of COB Calais
F: Tiffany Clarke (183-F-91) of Avenir
C: Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Roche

2nd Team
PG: Kathleen Bourdin (162-PG-87) of SIG
G: Johana Tayeau (173-G-89) of Roche
F: Mariame Dia (185-F-78) of Roche
F: Maud Medenou (189-F-90) of Nantes
F/C: Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91) of Montbrison

3rd Team
G: D'lesha Lloyd (179-G-86) of Brisbane C.
G/F: Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) of Limoges
F: Amanda Dowe (193-F-91) of Bretagne Basket
C/F: Oumou Toure (190-C/F-88) of Toulouse
C: Natasa Popovic (192-C-82) of Reims

Honorable Mention
Sarah Ousfar (183-PF-93) of Reims
Camille Cabaton of Montbrison
Amina N'Jonkou (185-PF-88) of Montbrison
Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) of Toulouse
Lorraine Lokoka (184-F-89) of Aulnoye
Aija Brumermane (192-C-86) of Dunkerque
Anais Viale (188-F-91) of Dunkerque
Marie Butard (174-G-86) of Bretagne Basket
Kekelly Elenga (186-F-91) of Bretagne Basket
Pauline Lithard (168-PG-94) of Bretagne Basket
Ana Radovic (190-C-90) of COB Calais
Tima Pouye (176-F/G-99) of CFBB
Kadiatou Sissoko (180-F-99) of CFBB
Amandine Toi (179-F-98) of Roannais

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Magali Mendy (178-PG-90) of Girona
G: Aminata Konate (169-G-90) of Arras
F: Mariame Dia (185-F-78) of Roche
F: Maud Medenou (189-F-90) of Nantes
C: Celine Schmitt-Sender (185-C-80) of SIG

All-Imports Team
G: D'lesha Lloyd (179-G-86) of Brisbane C.
G/F: Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) of Limoges
F: Shawnta Dyer (185-F-91) of COB Calais
F: Tiffany Clarke (183-F-91) of Avenir
C: Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Roche



Avenir tabs Axel Rousseau - by Eurobasket News

Avenir Basket Chartres (LF2) inked 20-year old small forward Axel Rousseau (178-97). She played most recently at Landes in the LFB. LFB was a little too high level for her, where in three Eurocup games she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 2 steals. LF2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Rousseau played at Union Lyon Basket Feminin. LFB was a little too high level for her, where in 15 games she averaged just 0.9ppg.
She represented France at the European Championships U18 for Women in Celje (Slovenia) two years ago. Rousseau's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 4.0rpg.

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Avenir keeps Marjanovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Avenir Basket Chartres (LF2) re-signed 26-year old Serbian ex-international center Milena Marjanovic (193-91). She played there last season. In only one LF2 game she had 3 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
The previous (15-16) season Marjanovic played at Montbrison Feminines BC where in 9 LF2 games she averaged 14.3ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg.
Her team made it to the Serbian Cup Final Four in 2013. Marjanovic was a member of Serbian Senior National Team in 2014.
She has played previously professionally in Romania (Timisoara) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac, ZKK Kraljevo and Radnicki Kragujevac).

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Nice keeps Strunc for another season - by Eurobasket News

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) re-signed 26-year old guard Isabelle Strunc (180-91). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 8 Eurocup games she averaged just 2.4ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.1spg last season.
Among other achievements Strunc won French LF2 championship title in 2012 and 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Strunc represented France at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 31.3%.
And here thanks to pro basketball Strunc experienced life on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Strunc has played previously professionally also in Australia (Canberra Capitals) and France (Pays d'Aix, Centre Federal BB, Perpignan and Centre Federal BB II).

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Hainaut adds Bruner to their roster, ex Torino - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Ashley Bruner (183-91, college: S.Carolina, agency: Two Points). She played last season at Fixi Piramis Torino in Italian Serie A1. In 24 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 9.2rpg (#3 in the league), 2.2apg and 2.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Bruner played at Uniao Sportiva in Portuguese Liga Feminina where in 25 games she was second best scorer with remarkable 16.8ppg and had 13.2rpg (#3 in the league), 2.0apg, 3.1spg (in top 4) and 1.1bpg. She helped them to win the Portuguese League title and the Supercup. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Bruner also played 8 games in Eurocup where she averaged high stats: 20.8ppg, 14.9rpg, 2.5apg and 2.8spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bruner was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year in 2016.
She is quite experienced player. Bruner's career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Bruner tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Pollitas), Spain (IF Air Europa), Portugal (CAB Madeira) and Ecuador (Santa Maria).
Bruner attended University of South Carolina until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Garcia
Bintou Dieme-Marizy
Elise Deprez

Forwards:
Egle Sulciute
Katarina Tetemondova
Jenny Fouasseau
Marie Mbuyamba
Ashley Bruner

Coach: Fabrice Fernandes

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Loon L.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Broering, Loon L.18.1 
 2. Essenstam, Binne.14.3 
 3. Klein, Den Helder14.3 
 4. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl13.3 
 5. Guijt, Binnenland12.3 
 6. Beld, Grasshoppers11.4 
 7. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.11.2 
 8. Klerx, Lekdetec.nl11.0 
 9. Ligthart, Loon L.11.0 
 10. van-Veen, Den H.10.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jill BETTONVIL
  Lekdetec.
  (188-F-92)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.7.9 
 2. Jongeling, Lekdetec.7.4 
 3. Pruijs, Amazone7.3 
 4. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.7.3 
 5. Broering, Loon L.7.0 
 6. Van-der-Plas, Grasshop.7.0 
 7. Ligthart, Loon L.6.9 
 8. Essenstam, Binne.6.8 
 9. Jez, Royal Eagles6.7 
 10. Hoveling, Amazone6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Maaike KLEIN
  Den Helder
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Klein, Den Helder5.0 
 2. van-Veen, Den H.4.8 
 3. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl4.7 
 4. Broering, Loon L.4.5 
 5. van-Vlijmen, Royal E.4.1 
 6. Dobner, Royal E.3.6 
 7. Hoveling, Amazone3.5 
 8. van-Hulsen, Binne.3.3 
 9. Van-Den-Adel, Binnenla.3.0 
 10. Ligthart, Loon L.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Danielle PRUIJS
  Amazone
  (184-PF-97)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Pruijs, Amazone3.5 
 2. Broering, Loon L.2.9 
 3. Hoveling, Amazone2.6 
 4. Klein, Den Helder2.4 
 5. Van-D., Binnenland2.3 
 6. van-Hulsen, Binne.2.3 
 7. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.2.3 
 8. Ligthart, Loon L.2.1 
 9. van-Veen, Den H.1.9 
 10. Dobner, Royal E.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marieke VAN SCHIE
  Grasshop.
  (178-SG-97)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. van-Schie, Grasshop.1.1 
 2. Jongeling, Lekdetec.1.0 
 3. Lutje, Rotterdam0.9 
 4. Jong, Amazone0.9 
 5. Steggink, Royal E.0.8 
 6. Zappeij, Den Helder0.6 
 7. de-Jonge, Lekdetec.0.6 
 8. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.0.6 
 9. Peek, Royal Eagles0.6 
 10. Schoen, Lekdetec.nl0.6 


Lekdetec.nl celebrate Eredivisie title - by Eurobasket News

Lekdetec.nl - Grasshoppers 57-46

Lekdetec.nl celebrated Eredivisie title. They came back from 1-3 deficit in the championship series to top Grasshoppers. Lekdetec.nl held Grasshoppers to a 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Lekdetec.nl had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lekdetec.nl made 10 blocks. International power forward Loyce Bettonvil (185-93) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Jill Bettonvil (188-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Fleur Kuyt (178-96) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Sharon Beld (186-88) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Grasshoppers' coach Rick Driessen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lekdetec.nl: K.Kuijt 14+4reb+5ast, L.Bettonvil 13+13reb+3ast, J.Bettonvil 12+10reb+3ast, R.Jongeling 8+8reb, J.Klerx 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Kathmann 5+1ast
Grasshoppers: F.Kuyt 12+6reb, S.Beld 8+6reb, N.Driessen 7+2reb+1ast, I.Kuijt 7+2reb, I.Sanchez 6+5reb, M.van Schie 4+4reb
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  HUNGARY  


PEAC-Pecs sign Roberson just out of college - by Eurobasket News

PEAC-Pecs (A Division) signed American point guard Briana Roberson (170). She just graduated from Stanford (NCAA). Roberson has played there for the last four years. In 38 games she had 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to win Pac-12 Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference.
As mentioned above Roberson is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted HS All-CIF Southern Section 1st Team back in 2013 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dorina Zele is a newcomer at Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (A Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old international forward Dorina Zele (185-92). She has played for the last two seasons at PEAC-Pecs in the A Division. In 9 Eurocup games she recorded 12.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg last season. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention in 2017.
Zele's team made it to the Hungarian Cup final in 2014.
Zele has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Hungarian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Zele also represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 55.6%.
Zele has played previously for three other teams: ZTE Noi Kosarlabda Klub, Szolnok and Atomeromu.

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dora Nagy
Kirby Burkholder

Forwards:
Tereza Peckova
Dorina Zele

Center:
Zenta Melnika

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Maccabi R.Gan keeps Tzairi for another season - by Lior Hai

Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan (D1) re-signed 31-year old international point guard Shiran Tzairi (166-86). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 D1 games she recorded 6.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Tzairi helped them to win the cup.
She has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Tzairi has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
She also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg.
Tzairi has played previously for four other teams: Maccabi Ashdod, Elitzur Ramla, Bnot Hertzeliya and Elitzur Holon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Torino keeps Bocchetti for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fixi Piramis Torino (Serie A1) re-signed 24-year old former international guard Sara Bocchetti (175-93, agency: LBM Management). She played there last season. In 6 Serie A1 games she recorded 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg. Bocchetti also played that season for Carispezia La Spezia where in 18 games she averaged 5.9ppg and 1.7rpg.
Among other achievements her team made it to the A1 Semifinals in 2015. Bocchetti was selected to Italian League All-Star Game back in 2014.
She was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Bocchetti played for Italian Senior National Team in 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
She represented Italy at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 23.1%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 70.0%.
Bocchetti has played previously for Napoli.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hainaut adds Bruner to their roster, ex Torino - by Eurobasket News

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Ashley Bruner (183-91, college: S.Carolina, agency: Two Points). She played last season at Fixi Piramis Torino in Italian Serie A1. In 24 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 9.2rpg (#3 in the league), 2.2apg and 2.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Bruner played at Uniao Sportiva in Portuguese Liga Feminina where in 25 games she was second best scorer with remarkable 16.8ppg and had 13.2rpg (#3 in the league), 2.0apg, 3.1spg (in top 4) and 1.1bpg. She helped them to win the Portuguese League title and the Supercup. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Bruner also played 8 games in Eurocup where she averaged high stats: 20.8ppg, 14.9rpg, 2.5apg and 2.8spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bruner was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Player of the Year in 2016.
She is quite experienced player. Bruner's career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Bruner tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Pollitas), Spain (IF Air Europa), Portugal (CAB Madeira) and Ecuador (Santa Maria).
Bruner attended University of South Carolina until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Garcia
Bintou Dieme-Marizy
Elise Deprez

Forwards:
Egle Sulciute
Katarina Tetemondova
Jenny Fouasseau
Marie Mbuyamba
Ashley Bruner

Coach: Fabrice Fernandes

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Sofija Aleksandravicius (ex Vigarano) is a newcomer at Basket Gdynia - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Basket 90 Gdynia (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American (has also Lithuanian passport) forward Sofija Aleksandravicius (196-91, college: Davidson, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Meccanica Nova Vigarano in Italian Serie A1. In 26 games she recorded 14.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Aleksandravicius played at Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 in French LFB where in 26 games she averaged 10.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0apg. She also played 9 games in Eurocup where she had 10.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Aleksandravicius was voted All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year back in 2013 at her college time.
Aleksandravicius has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur) and Lithuania (Kibirkstis).
She attended Davidson College until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Basket 90 Gdynia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kamila Podgorna

Forwards:
Sofija Aleksandravicius
Amalia Rembiszewska
Marta Marcinkowska

Center:
Kristine Vitola

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MOLDOVA  


USEFS celebrate League title - by Eurobasket News

USEFS have been crowned the League champions. They beat Politeh-UTM 67:57 in Game 4 of the championship series to win it 3-1. Solopa provided 33 points to pace the winners.
USEFS got to a confident start. They held their opponents to just 6 points in the opening quarter and opened an 11-point lead. USEFS stretched the margin at 16-point mark at the interval. Politeh-UTM cut the deficit back to single digits in the third term. But USEFS regained control in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Olga Tirziman (183-F-91) accounted for 18 points for the champions. Alexandra Subernetcaia (177-F-93) responded with 33 points for Politeh-UTM. Ekaterina Kalinnikova (174-G-91) had 11 points in the loss.



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  NCAA1  


Te'a Cooper Transfers to South Carolina - by Eurobasket News

South Carolina head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Te'a Cooper (5'8''-G) (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern HS/Tennessee) has signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University and play for the Gamecocks. The transfer from Tennessee will sit out 2017-18 per NCAA rules and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2018-19 season. 'Adding a talent such as Te'a Cooper to our Gamecock family complements the players that we have,' Staley said. 'Her experience playing against top level competition will be a tremendous addition in sustaining our success.' Cooper was an SEC All-Freshman Team selection in 2015-16 after finishing fourth in scoring on that Tennessee team, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. She averaged 8.6 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals in her first collegiate season, drawing 15 starts among her 36 games played. Cooper suffered a knee injury in Summer 2016, which forced her to sit out the 2016-17 campaign. As a high school senior, Cooper was ranked as high as the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2014, and was the No. 12 overall recruit in the class according to espnW HoopGurlz. A McDonald's All-American, she also earned that status from USA Today, Parade and MaxPreps. She was the Georgia Sports Writers Association Miss Basketball in 2014 and 2015. Cooper is the sixth addition to the Gamecock roster, five of whom are immediately eligible to take the court - graduate transfer Lindsey Spann (Laurel, Md./Good Counsel/Penn State) and freshmen Bianca Jackson (Montgomery Ala./Brewbaker Tech Magnet), Elisia Grissett (Durham, N.C./Hillside), Haley Troup (Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden) and LaDazhia Williams (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch).
Courtesy of: gamecocksonline.com



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  POLAND  


Energa Torun tabs Miriam Uro-Nile, ex Tim-Scuf - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Energa Torun (TBLK) inked 23-year old Ukrainian ex-international center Miriam Uro-Nile (188-94, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Tim-Scuf in Ukrainian Superleague. In 16 games she averaged impressive 20.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg last season. Uro-Nile helped them to win the Superleague title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice). A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team. Uro-Nile also played 11 games in Baltic League where she had very remarkable stats: 19.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season Uro-Nile played at Gorizont in Belarusian Premier League. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and she had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 28 games she recorded 6.7ppg and 5.9rpg. Uro-Nile contributed to her team winning the Belarusian League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). She also played 7 games in Baltic League where she got 10.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.1spg. Uro-Nile also played 7 games in EEWBL where she got 6.6ppg and 5.4rpg.
Uro-Nile was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. She played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Uro-Nile also represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (18.0ppg), 6.2rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 19.4%, FT: 72.7%.
Uro-Nile has played also professionally in France (Dunkerque).

Energa Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agnieszka Skobel
Darxia Morris
Dalia Belickaite

Forward:
Emilia Tlumak

Center:
Miriam Uro-Nile

Coach: Algirdas Paulauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sofija Aleksandravicius (ex Vigarano) is a newcomer at Basket Gdynia - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Basket 90 Gdynia (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American (has also Lithuanian passport) forward Sofija Aleksandravicius (196-91, college: Davidson, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Meccanica Nova Vigarano in Italian Serie A1. In 26 games she recorded 14.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Aleksandravicius played at Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 in French LFB where in 26 games she averaged 10.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.0apg. She also played 9 games in Eurocup where she had 10.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Aleksandravicius was voted All-Southern Conf. Player of the Year back in 2013 at her college time.
Aleksandravicius has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur) and Lithuania (Kibirkstis).
She attended Davidson College until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Basket 90 Gdynia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kamila Podgorna

Forwards:
Sofija Aleksandravicius
Amalia Rembiszewska
Marta Marcinkowska

Center:
Kristine Vitola

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Diana Moraru agreed terms with Cluj Napoca - by Greg

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old small forward Diana Moraru (181-93) from ICIM Arad. In 19 Liga Nationala games she recorded 3.6ppg and 1.2rpg last season.
Among other achievements her team won Romanian Cup in 2011 and 2014.
Moraru has played previously for two other teams: Olimpia and Timisoara.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Enisey keeps Dorovskikh for another season - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarski kraj (PBL) re-signed 27-year old forward Natalya Dorovskikh (186-90). She played there last season. In two Eurocup games she averaged 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Dorovskikh played at Dynamo where in 28 games she had 12.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.9apg.
Her team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2014.
Dorovskikh was a member of Russian U20 National Team back in 2010.
She has played previously for four other teams: Vologda Chevakata, Kazanochka, Energy Ivanovo and Vologda-Chevakata 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


Avenir keeps Marjanovic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Avenir Basket Chartres (LF2) re-signed 26-year old Serbian ex-international center Milena Marjanovic (193-91). She played there last season. In only one LF2 game she had 3 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
The previous (15-16) season Marjanovic played at Montbrison Feminines BC where in 9 LF2 games she averaged 14.3ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg.
Her team made it to the Serbian Cup Final Four in 2013. Marjanovic was a member of Serbian Senior National Team in 2014.
She has played previously professionally in Romania (Timisoara) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac, ZKK Kraljevo and Radnicki Kragujevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


King Named 2017 LIGA Mediterranean Cup MVP - by Mike Amico

MCC2017
Barcelona, Spain
6/7/2017

Kristina King (180-G/F-92, college: Richmond) of champions GIE Lady Matrix was voted the MVP of the 2017 edition of the LIGA Mediterranean Cup, which took place in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday.

The 24-year-old American guard earned the vote of the accredited journalists to the event, who selected the MVP during the big Final between the Spanish team and Final Four hosts Unio Esportiva Mataro.

King had 32 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor, 10 rebounds and six assists in the title game, to help GIE prevail 94-44 and lift the trophy.

In the Semi-Final win over JE Terrassa she had contributed 21 points on 7-for-18 shooting, a game-high seven assists and eight rebounds.

King entered Sunday's Final averaging 23.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game in the MCC2017 and completed it with 26 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and a team-best 3.0 steals per game.

The 1.80m American guard was the MCC2017 leading scorer throughout this triumphant campaign.

She played last season for Esperance Sportive Pully in the Switzerland LNA. King was named Eurobasket.com All-LNA 2nd Team and All-Import honors. In 19 games she averaged an impressive 20.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.4 steals per game.



KING NAMED LIGA MEDITERRANEAN CUP MVP - by Mike Amico

MCC2017
Barcelona, Spain
6/7/2017

Kristina King of champions GIE Lady Matrix was voted the MVP of the 2017 edition of the LIGA Mediterranean Cup, which took place in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday.

The 24-year-old American guard earned the vote of the accredited journalists to the event, who selected the MVP during the big Final between the Spanish team and Final Four hosts UE Mataro.

King had 32 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor, 10 rebounds and six assists in the title game, to help GIE prevail 94-44 and lift the trophy.

In the Semi-Final win over JE Terrassa, she had contributed 21 points on 7-for-18 shooting, a game-high seven assists and eight rebounds.

King entered Sunday's Final averaging 23.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game in the MCC2017 and completed it with 26 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and a team-best 3.0 steals per game.

The 1.80m American guard was the MCC2017 leading scorer throughout this triumphant campaign.

She played last season for Pully in the Switzerland LNA. King was named Eurobasket.com All-LNA 2nd Team and All-Import honors. In 19 games she averaged an impressive 20.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.4 steals per game.



Kraker inks at Cadi La Seu at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

Cadi La Seu D'urgell (LFB) added to their roster American forward Mehryn Kraker (183, agency: LBM Management). Kraker just graduated from Green Bay (NCAA). She has played there for the last five years. In 33 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg last season. Kraker helped them to win Horizon League Tournament. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected All-Horizon League Player of the Year and voted to All-Horizon League 1st Team and voted to Horizon League All-Tournament Team.
This summer she was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
Kraker just graduated from Green Bay and it is her first season in pro basketball.

Cadi La Seu D'urgell roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yurena Diaz
Ariadna Pujol

Forwards:
Mehryn Kraker
Caitlyn Ramirez

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Al-Qazeres keep coach Carbajal at helm - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) confirmed on their bench 37-year old head coach Jacinto Carbajal. Carbajal has coached there for the last five years.
He won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bembibre tabs rookie Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder - by Eurobasket News

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM (LFB) landed 22-year old Canadian international center Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder (193-95). She just graduated from Arizona State University (NCAA). Urbaniak-Dornstauder has played there for the last four years. In 33 games she averaged 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1bpg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Urbaniak-Dornstauder's team was regular season runner-up in Pac-12 in 2015. She received also CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team award in 2016 at her college time.
Urbaniak-Dornstauder has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Urbaniak-Dornstauder represented Canada at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.5ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 56.8%, FT: 53.8%.

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Jovana Pasic
Elin Gustavsson
Kristina Rakovic

Centers:
Bineta Ndoye
Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adareva signs Ainara Ramasco - by Eurobasket News

CD Adareva (LF2) signed 28-year old point guard Ainara Ramasco (172-89) from GDKO Bizkaia. Ramasco has played there for the last nine years. In 23 LF2 games she had 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 2.1spg last season.
Her team won Spanish LF2 Group A Regular Season in 2015.
Ramasco is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Leilani Mitchell joins Hatay - by Eurobasket News

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) agreed terms with 32-year old Australian international point guard Leilani Mitchell (165-59kg-85, college: Utah). She plays this summer at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). Mitchell managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 7 WNBA games she had 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg. She ended the last season at Girne Universitesi where in four games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.0apg and 1.5spg. But the most of that year Mitchell spent at Sydney Uni Flames in Australian WNBL. In 28 games she averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg (in top 3). She helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Quite impressive season as she was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
In 2008 Mitchell was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in second round (25th overall).
The former University of Utah staris in her tenth season in pro basketball.
Mitchell was voted All-WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2010.
She also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
Mitchell is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Mitchell tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Croatia (Lupa Promotion), France, WNBA (Washington Mystics and New York Liberty) and Australia (Adelaide Lightning and Dandenong Rangers).
On Mitchell: A very good player, who plays with a lot of composure, can shoot the three-pointer and sees the court well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hatay tabs Hulya Coklar - by Eurobasket News

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) inked 22-year old international center Hulya Coklar (188-95, agency: 1x1 Sports). She played most recently at Canik Belediyesi Samsun in the KBSL. In 6 Eurocup games she recorded 3.3ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Coklar played at Fenerbahce where in 8 games she averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.5rpg. She helped them to win the KBSL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention. Coklar also played 1 game in Euroleague, but she did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds and 1 assist. The other team Coklar played that season for was Fenerbahce (TKBL). In 16 games she got 12.3ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Coklar received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team award back in 2011.
She has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Coklar has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
She also represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 10.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 75.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lavender comes back to Fenerbahce - by Lior Hai

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American international center Jantel Lavender (191-88, college: Ohio State). It is actually her comeback to Istanbul as she has played here before. Lavender played this summer at Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA). She managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In three WNBA games she recorded 6.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg. The last season Lavender played at Fenerbahce where in 23 games she averaged 14.7ppg, 7.8rpg and 2.7apg. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Lavender also played 18 games in Euroleague where she had 13.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4apg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
In 2011 Lavender was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) as #5 pick overall.
The former Ohio State standoutis in her seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lavender won WNBA championship title in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
Lavender has been also a member of USA international program for some years. She has regularly played for USA senior team since 2016 and previously for University National Team in 2009.
Lavender represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 10.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, FT: 86.2%.
Lavender has played also professionally in Italy (Familia Schio), Poland (Wisla Can-Pack and CCC Polkowice) and Turkey (Besiktas).
The scouts decsribe her following way: A strong inside player, she can shoot the ball and play back to the basket, and loves top ne the go-to player in her team. Showed to be able to fit well into the European systems, and that increased a lot her playing experience.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hatay welcomes back Paris - by Lior Hai

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) tabbed 30-year old American ex-international center Courtney Paris (191-113kg-87, college: Oklahoma). It is actually her comeback to Hatay as she has played here before. Paris played in the summer at Dallas Wings (WNBA). In three games she averaged 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0bpg. The last season Paris played at Hatay where in four Eurocup games she had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 12.8rpg and 1.8apg. She also played 28 games in Turkish KBSL where she recorded also remarkable stats: 15.0ppg, 13.5rpg and 2.7apg. Paris helped them to win the Supercup. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
In 2009 she was drafted by Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) in first round (7th overall).
Paris attended University of Oklahoma and it is her ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Center of the Year award in 2016.
Paris was a member of USA international program for some years. She was called to USA Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007.
Paris is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Spain, WNBA (Sacramento M. and Atlanta Dream) and Turkey (Mersin BSB, Istanbul Uni and Botas).

Hatay Bsb roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Hind Ben_Abdelkader

Forward:
Bahar Ozturk

Centers:
Viktoria Mircheva
Hulya Coklar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hatay keeps Ozturk for another season - by Lior Hai

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) re-signed 33-year old naturalized American swingman Bahar Ozturk (183-84, college: Connecticut, agency: 1x1 Sports). She has played there for the last two seasons. In four Eurocup games she averaged 10.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg last season. Ozturk also played 28 games in KBSL where she had 13.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 4.3apg. She helped them to win the Supercup. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
In 2006 Ozturk was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in first round (11th overall).
She attended University of Connecticut and it is her twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ozturk received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Domestic Player of the Year award in 2016.
She is a very experienced player. Ozturk has played also professionally in Croatia (Sibenik), Israel (Maccabi Ramat Gan), WNBA (Connecticut Sun and Houston C.) and Turkey (Fenerbahce, Mersin BSB, Botas, Galatasaray and Abdullah Gul).

Hatay Bsb roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Hind Ben_Abdelkader

Forward:
Bahar Ozturk

Centers:
Viktoria Mircheva
Hulya Coklar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 1st Team 2017
Esen Ozdemir
Ozdemir
Shay Selby
Selby
Danaejah Grant
Grant
Sharon Houston
Houston
Aisha Mohammed
Mohammed

Player of the Year: Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88) of Elazig
Guard of the Year: Shay Selby (175-G-90) of Bodrum
Forward of the Year: Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88) of Elazig
Center of the Year: Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85) of Ormanspor
Defensive Player of the Year: Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88) of Elazig
Domestic Player of the Year: Esen Ozdemir (PG-89) of Elazig
Import of the Year: Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88) of Elazig

1st Team
PG: Esen Ozdemir (PG-89) of Elazig
G: Shay Selby (175-G-90) of Bodrum
G: Danaejah Grant (175-G-94) of Edremit
F/C: Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88) of Elazig
C: Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85) of Ormanspor

2nd Team
G: Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) of Ormanspor
G: Tugce Kanat (173-G-85) of Orduspor
F: Betul Pehlivan (178-F-88) of Edremit
C: Sasha Goodlett (195-C-90) of Mersin Univ.
C: Nadia Parker (191-C-87) of Mersin Gelisim

Honorable Mention
Chanita Jordan (196-C-87) of Bornova
Arhonda Covington (185-F-85) of Edirne
Olena Staschuk (192-C-85) of Urla BLD
Whitney Jones (183-C-87) of Izmit
Yanique Gordon (193-F/C-91) of Orduspor
Saynur Tozlu (189-PF-86) of Edremit
Hande Celebi (90) of Cankaya
Tugce Kanat (173-G-85) of Orduspor
Derin Yaya (174-C-97) of TED Ankara
Gulsah Akkaya (181-F-77) of Bornova
Corinne Costa (193-F) of Mersin Kurtulus
Fahriye Bayraktar (185-SF-95) of Mersin BSB
Ebru Torun (F-87) of Yalova Vip

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Esen Ozdemir (PG-89) of Elazig
G: Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) of Ormanspor
G: Tugce Kanat (173-G-85) of Orduspor
PF: Saynur Tozlu (189-PF-86) of Edremit
F: Betul Pehlivan (178-F-88) of Edremit

All-Imports Team
G: Shay Selby (175-G-90) of Bodrum
G: Danaejah Grant (175-G-94) of Edremit
F/C: Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88) of Elazig
C: Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85) of Ormanspor
C: Nadia Parker (191-C-87) of Mersin Gelisim



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  UKRAINE  


Energa Torun tabs Miriam Uro-Nile, ex Tim-Scuf - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Energa Torun (TBLK) inked 23-year old Ukrainian ex-international center Miriam Uro-Nile (188-94, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Tim-Scuf in Ukrainian Superleague. In 16 games she averaged impressive 20.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg last season. Uro-Nile helped them to win the Superleague title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice). A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team. Uro-Nile also played 11 games in Baltic League where she had very remarkable stats: 19.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season Uro-Nile played at Gorizont in Belarusian Premier League. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and she had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 28 games she recorded 6.7ppg and 5.9rpg. Uro-Nile contributed to her team winning the Belarusian League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). She also played 7 games in Baltic League where she got 10.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.1spg. Uro-Nile also played 7 games in EEWBL where she got 6.6ppg and 5.4rpg.
Uro-Nile was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. She played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Uro-Nile also represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (18.0ppg), 6.2rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 19.4%, FT: 72.7%.
Uro-Nile has played also professionally in France (Dunkerque).

Energa Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Agnieszka Skobel
Darxia Morris
Dalia Belickaite

Forward:
Emilia Tlumak

Center:
Miriam Uro-Nile

Coach: Algirdas Paulauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


British U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

British U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Jessica Davies
Davies
Georgia Gayle
Gayle
Melanie George
George
Abigail Johnson
Johnson
Molly Taylor
Taylor
#e#5
Samantha Clement 175-G Cornell USA
Jessica Davies 185-F-97 Lipscomb USA
Georgia Gayle 170-PG-97 Sheffield Hatters United Kingdom
Melanie George 183-F-97 Newman USA
Gina Brierley 170-G-97 St.Leo USA
Abigail Johnson 183-C-97 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Amelia Stevens 182-PF-97 Sevenoaks Suns United Kingdom
Molly Taylor 175-G-97 Loyola, MD USA
Shanice Norton 173-G-97 LSU USA
Gabriele Nikitinaite 178-SG-98 Sevenoaks Suns United Kingdom
Hannah Robb 168-SG-98 Caledonia P United Kingdom
Abby Lowe 180-G San Diego St. USA
Imani Whittington 178-SF-98 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Chloe Gaynor 182-F/C-98 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Megan Sheret C Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Harriet Welham Ipswich B. United Kingdom
Victoria Gray 175-SG-97 Nottingham United Kingdom

Jose Buceta Head Coach



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  USA  


USA U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

USA U16 National Team 2017
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Fran Belibi
Belibi
Samantha Brunelle
Brunelle
Paige Bueckers
Bueckers
Caitlin Clark
Clark
Zia Cooke
Cooke
#e#5
Fran Belibi 6'1''-C High School USA
Aliyah Boston 6'3''-C High School USA
Samantha Brunelle 6'2''-C-01 High School USA
Paige Bueckers 5'11''-F High School USA
Caitlin Clark 5'11''-F High School USA
Zia Cooke 5'9''-G/F High School USA
Azzi Fudd 5'11''-F High School USA
Jordan Horston 6'0''-F/C High School USA
Diamond Miller 5'11''-F N.Iowa Area CC USA
Jordyn Oliver 5'11''-F High School USA
Celeste Taylor 5'11''-F High School USA
Kylee Watson 6'4''-C High School USA

Carla Berube Head Coach Tufts USA
Steve Gomez Assistant Lubbock Christian USA
Vanessa Nygaard Assistant



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  WNBA  


Storm win 1st road game of year to keep Stars winless 85-76 - by Eurobasket News

Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94, college: Connecticut) scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Alysha Clark (5'10''-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 17 points, and the Seattle Storm beat the winless San Antonio Stars 85-76 on Tuesday night. Seattle had a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter but San Antonio pulled to 75-69 with 2:49 left after Moriah Jefferson (5'7''-PG-94, college: Connecticut)'s back-to-back jumpers. Seattle responded with six straight points - four by Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) - for an 81-69 lead. Langhorne scored 14 points, and Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd each added 10 for Seattle (5-2), which won its first road game this season. Seattle had 12 assists on 15 field goals in the first half and shot 53.6 percent to build a 43-33 lead. Loyd went coast-to-coast to end the third for a 66-49 lead as the Storm outscored San Antonio 23-16 in the quarter. Kayla McBride (5'11''-G-92, college: Notre Dame) led San Antonio (0-8) with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Jefferson and Isabelle Harrison (6'3''-C-93, college: Tennessee) had 10 apiece, and former Washington Husky Kelsey Plum (5'8''-G-94, college: Washington) was held to six points.
Courtesy of: seattlepi.com