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  ABA LEAGUE  



Veljko Mrsic is no longer Cedevita head coach - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Several days after the end of the season in which KK Cedevita Zagreb have once more participated in the ABA League Finals, it has been agreed for Veljko Mrsic to end his post as the club's head coach.

Director and Sports Director of the club Davor Uzbinec and Matej Mamic, have held a meeting with now former head coach and agreed to terminate their agreement on mutual consent. For now Veljko Mrsi has no agreement in place with any other club, but he might take over a new team soon.

Matej Mamic has confirmed the beginning of negotiations with Mrsic's successor, but for now there are no eventual names that could be named. 'We are beginning the negotiations and believe that we would agree on the best possible option for the club. We will know more about the eventual roster reinforcements and new head coach in two weeks at most and this is the general time frame in which we wish to present the new KK Cedevita Zagreb head coach, which will lead the club in the forthcoming seasons. Concerning Veljko, we have said goodbye to each other as friends and I honestly wish him lots of luck, while thanking him for everything what he has done for the club in the previous years and he did plenty.'



Interview with Igor Kokoskov, Serbian coach in Utah Jazz and Head coach of Slovenian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Question: You are second season in Utah Jazz. What is you impression of the last season?

Answer: After 8 years of not playing in playoff Utah had primary focus to qualified and
we made it. We passed Clippers in the first round and that is also serious success.Everybody are really satisfied. Team is growing, players are showing improvements and potential. Jazz team is based on young players which we pick up on Draft and with veterans like Diaw, Hill and Johnson we get experience which we needed for the next steps. Fans, media, owners, management are satisfied and now focus and ambitions are changed - how to stay on this level and make additional step to become one of the candidates for winning championship. This summer will be very interesting and important for us, because we are expecting to sigh Gordon Hayward and few more players, so we'll keep backbone of the team.


Question: The teams is selected mostly of young players, as you said with experienced Johnson, Diaw, Hil. Do you have a plan to stay on the same course and strategy?

Answer: I agree with you. Rudy Gober is central part of our team and he made huge progress last season. We are working on in to keep George Hill and Diaw as our main players. We have good synergy of experienced players and energy of young players. Jazz have ambition. Coach Snyder is working great job. We need good summer and to be honest I can't see good reason why this team can't continue go in good direction.


Question: Utah team has international character. Except US players there are players from France, Australia, Canada... Do you have some interesting scouting reports and
interests for some Serbian players?

Answer: I didn't know that Jazz has the most international players before I read that in the media. That is probably experience which our GM Denis Lindsay bring from San Antonio. Also the fact is that coach Snyder had that experience from Europe and period when he was assistant coach of Messina in CSKA. We believe in good players, it doesn't matter are they US or international players. We believe that our Management respect Serbian players and we'll not be surprised if they decide to sign some of them.


Question: Last season lot of rumors was related for Milos Teodosic and Utah interest for him. Is there real chances to Milos Teodosic become Utah player?

Answer: That option is real. Milos is one of the names always present in basketball media. He has experience and quality to be in NBA. I believe that Utah is not the only one team in NBA interested for Teodosic. In upcoming years for Milos is very important to find the best solution for him, team and coach who will know how to use all his potential and finally to make good and long term cooperation in that team. I wish him all the best, I hope his dream to play in NBA will become real next season and much more happy I'll be if he decide to be in Utah.


Question: Nikola Jokic shines his second consecutive season in NBA? Could you describe us his growing and improvements in his first and sophomore season? How do you see his further development?

Answer: I am sure that nobody had prediction for great season which Jokic had. For sure he is one of the players who made biggest progress last season in NBA. We must be happy in which way is going his career and development. Organization, management, coach, Denver...All of them are believe in Nikola. He is definitely future of Denver team Nikola well know what he needs to improve and he needs good summer. I believe in another Serbian player in All Star match.


Question: Boban Marjanovic had small role in his team. Do you think his role and number of minute on the court will goes in positive direction?

Answer: Boban is great man and last few games of the season tell me that something will be different in Detroit, when we speak about his status. He has long term contract with Detroit. He had mental strength to survive turbulent season with less minutes and role in his team. He can make much more in NBA and I believe that some things will change for him. Also, President of Detroit how is in the same time his coach definitely has concept for him.



Question: What is your impression about the roles and improvements in the game for the players from former Yugoslavian republic (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia...)?

Answer: Croatian players makes significant progress last season. Pretty season for Saric, Bogdanovic and Bender. Bender had some injuries, but I think they had pretty good season. Goran Dragic with lot of success representing Slovenian basketball nation. There is lot of respect about Yugoslavian basketball school. Lot of great players from former Yugoslavia left Indelible mark in NBA. Also, the fact is that before every Draft teams are following our countries. Personally, I am very proud on my basketball roots.


Question: National team of Slovenia is in the group with Montenegro, Spain and national team from qualifications. First 12 national teams will ensure their participation on World championship 2019. It is to early for estimation, but what is your expectation from your and other teams from the group?

Answer: To be honest, I am not thinking about qualification for World championship. We'll have very serious competition and challenge. We must be well prepared and play good this summer to reach our target. About qualification we'll speak after this summer. Our group is hard and also there is unknown fact who'll be ready and available to play this games. I hope we'll very fast resolve it in interest of basketball...

We'll definitely keep continuity from previous years, invite some young players who deserve to be on the list of candidates. Personally, I like young players and believe in them, but also in the same time there is no excuse for the lost games.



Question: Your former team, National team of Georgia is in the group with Serbia. Do you think that Georgia could surprise Serbia or other teams from the group?

Answer: From Georgia I have very nice coach experience. We build that program from division B until the participation on three European championships. I have lot of respect for Georgian basketball, but I am not sure they can surprise Serbia an makes them problems. Of course, the most important is with which team will Serbia play. Tbilsi could be hard court for the guests, but if Serbian team play equal with their quality I can't see the way how Georgia can surprise them.



Question: You are definitely very busy on position of assistant coach. Do you have time to follow ABA and Serbian league?

Answer: Yes, I am following games and results on daily base. That is not a part of my job description, but however I have personal and professional interest for basketball in my country, also in European leagues. Economic situation is very important all around the world, so our country is not exception. As much we wants to recover Serbian basketball league that is a part of financial and organization side almost impossible. So, that means we must be focus or producing young players, which will continue career in some other and richer leagues in the world when they come on higher level of development.


Question: Serbian basketball association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players which are on Universities in US. What is your opinion about that action of association?

Answer: I follow that idea and complete action. I think that idea is great. I had a
chance to spoke with Vladimir Kuzmanovic during the camp. Personally, my congratulation them on this enthusiastic project. If this project recognize only one player which will play in the future for National team that will be great success.


Question: You think that some of this players could be potential NBA prospect?

Answer: To be honest I don't know lot about them. I have very booked daily schedule and that is not scope of my work here in NBA.


Question: We still have huge difference between NBA an European basketball, it doesn't matter on some victories of European teams during the pre-season. Do you think that this trend could be changed?

Answer: Globalization of basketball is already existing and long term process. I think that some of victories are not real situation. Domination is definitely confirmed here in NBA. Centralization of world basketball is here. Financial aspect is primary and quality of NBA teams. All the best in the world will be definitely here and in the future. From the other side on European market are lot of young and talented players. Also lot of top coaches. Yes, style of basketball is closer. Now the basketball is playing will less isolation for the players if we compare situation 10 years ago. Trend of international basketball has influence on NBA improvement. Coach Greg Popovic lot of times speak about that. In the era of hi-tech technologies is very hard to hide some information, almost impossible. Basketball trends and way of playing are closer, but from the economic side pretty far away.

Question: What is your opinion about Serbian basketball and generation with are coming?

Answer: Serbian basketball have tradition and standards build through decades and producing great players, coaches, referees and results. That can't just disapere. But economic and financial trends are reflected on sport. Our young players are very ambition, hungry for success and challenges. Sport still can open some new door for further prospect in life. I am very optimistic when we speak about future of Serbian basketball. We must accept reality, as Serbian basketball school. Our local market must continue with development of young players which are staying in Serbia or trying to searching some leagues which can follow their ambition and potential. That is not negative. That can only be positive way.



Igor Kokoskov, Serbian coach in Utah Jazz and Head coach of Slovenian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian coach Igor Kokoskov is Serbian coach in NBA with experience of 15 seasons as assistant coach of Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah. During the career he was assistant coach in Serbia and Montenegro National team, head coach of Georgia National team and now is head coach of Slovenia National team. Mr Kokoskov NBA references are impressive:

1st Non-American Coach in NCAA History (University of Missouri)
1st Non-American Coach in NBA History (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who an NBA Champion Title in 2004 with Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who was a member of NBA All-Stars Coaching Staff in 2006 (Houston, TX)


Question: You are second season in Utah Jazz. What is you impression of the last season?

Answer: After 8 years of not playing in playoff Utah had primary focus to qualified and we made it. We passed Clippers in the first round and that is also serious success.Everybody are really satisfied. Team is growing, players are showing improvements and potential. Jazz team is based on young players which we pick up on Draft and with veterans like Diaw, Hill and Johnson we get experience which we needed for the next steps. Fans, media, owners, management are satisfied and now focus and ambitions are changed - how to stay on this level and make additional step to become one of the candidates for winning championship. This summer will be very interesting and important for us, because we are expecting to sigh Gordon Hayward and few more players, so we'll keep backbone of the team.

Question: The teams is selected mostly of young players, as you said with experienced Johnson, Diaw, Hil. Do you have a plan to stay on the same course and strategy?

Answer: I agree with you. Rudy Gober is central part of our team and he made huge progress last season. We are working on in to keep George Hill and Diaw as our main players. We have good synergy of experienced players and energy of young players. Jazz have ambition. Coach Snyder is working great job. We need good summer and to be honest I can't see good reason why this team can't continue go in good direction.

Question: Utah team has international character. Except US players there are players from France, Australia, Canada... Do you have some interesting scouting reports and
interests for some Serbian players?

Answer: I didn't know that Jazz has the most international players before I read that in the media. That is probably experience which our GM Denis Lindsay bring from San Antonio. Also the fact is that coach Snyder had that experience from Europe and period when he was assistant coach of Messina in CSKA. We believe in good players, it doesn't matter are they US or international players. We believe that our Management respect Serbian players and we'll not be surprised if they decide to sign some of them.

Question: Last season lot of rumors was related for Milos Teodosic and Utah interest for him. Is there real chances to Milos Teodosic become Utah player?

Answer: That option is real. Milos is one of the names always present in basketball media. He has experience and quality to be in NBA. I believe that Utah is not the only one team in NBA interested for Teodosic. In upcoming years for Milos is very important to find the best solution for him, team and coach who will know how to use all his potential and finally to make good and long term cooperation in that team. I wish him all the best, I hope his dream to play in NBA will become real next season and much more happy I'll be if he decide to be in Utah.

Question: Nikola Jokic shines his second consecutive season in NBA? Could you describe us his growing and improvements in his first and sophomore season? How do you see his further development?

Answer: I am sure that nobody had prediction for great season which Jokic had. For sure he is one of the players who made biggest progress last season in NBA. We must be happy in which way is going his career and development. Organization, management, coach, Denver...All of them are believe in Nikola. He is definitely future of Denver team Nikola well know what he needs to improve and he needs good summer. I believe in another Serbian player in All Star match.

Question: Boban Marjanovic had small role in his team. Do you think his role and number of minute on the court will goes in positive direction?

Answer: Boban is great man and last few games of the season tell me that something will be different in Detroit, when we speak about his status. He has long term contract with Detroit. He had mental strength to survive turbulent season with less minutes and role in his team. He can make much more in NBA and I believe that some things will change for him. Also, President of Detroit how is in the same time his coach definitely has concept for him.

Question: What is your impression about the roles and improvements in the game for the players from former Yugoslavian republic (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia...)?

Answer: Croatian players makes significant progress last season. Pretty season for Saric, Bogdanovic and Bender. Bender had some injuries, but I think they had pretty good season. Goran Dragic with lot of success representing Slovenian basketball nation. There is lot of respect about Yugoslavian basketball school. Lot of great players from former Yugoslavia left Indelible mark in NBA. Also, the fact is that before every Draft teams are following our countries. Personally, I am very proud on my basketball roots.

Question: National team of Slovenia is in the group with Montenegro, Spain and national team from qualifications. First 12 national teams will ensure their participation on World championship 2019. It is to early for estimation, but what is your expectation from your and other teams from the group?

Answer: To be honest, I am not thinking about qualification for World championship. We'll have very serious competition and challenge. We must be well prepared and play good this summer to reach our target. About qualification we'll speak after this summer. Our group is hard and also there is unknown fact who'll be ready and available to play this games. I hope we'll very fast resolve it in interest of basketball...

We'll definitely keep continuity from previous years, invite some young players who deserve to be on the list of candidates. Personally, I like young players and believe in them, but also in the same time there is no excuse for the lost games.

Question: Your former team, National team of Georgia is in the group with Serbia. Do you think that Georgia could surprise Serbia or other teams from the group?

Answer: From Georgia I have very nice coach experience. We build that program from division B until the participation on three European championships. I have lot of respect for Georgian basketball, but I am not sure they can surprise Serbia an makes them problems. Of course, the most important is with which team will Serbia play. Tbilsi could be hard court for the guests, but if Serbian team play equal with their quality I can't see the way how Georgia can surprise them.

Question: You are definitely very busy on position of assistant coach. Do you have time to follow ABA and Serbian league?

Answer: Yes, I am following games and results on daily base. That is not a part of my job description, but however I have personal and professional interest for basketball in my country, also in European leagues. Economic situation is very important all around the world, so our country is not exception. As much we wants to recover Serbian basketball league that is a part of financial and organization side almost impossible. So, that means we must be focus or producing young players, which will continue career in some other and richer leagues in the world when they come on higher level of development.

Question: Serbian basketball association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players which are on Universities in US. What is your opinion about that action of association?

Answer: I follow that idea and complete action. I think that idea is great. I had a
chance to spoke with Vladimir Kuzmanovic during the camp. Personally, my congratulation them on this enthusiastic project. If this project recognize only one player which will play in the future for National team that will be great success.

Question: You think that some of this players could be potential NBA prospect?

Answer: To be honest I don't know lot about them. I have very booked daily schedule and that is not scope of my work here in NBA.

Question: We still have huge difference between NBA an European basketball, it doesn't matter on some victories of European teams during the pre-season. Do you think that this trend could be changed?

Answer: Globalization of basketball is already existing and long term process. I think that some of victories are not real situation. Domination is definitely confirmed here in NBA. Centralization of world basketball is here. Financial aspect is primary and quality of NBA teams. All the best in the world will be definitely here and in the future. From the other side on European market are lot of young and talented players. Also lot of top coaches. Yes, style of basketball is closer. Now the basketball is playing will less isolation for the players if we compare situation 10 years ago. Trend of international basketball has influence on NBA improvement. Coach Greg Popovic lot of times speak about that. In the era of hi-tech technologies is very hard to hide some information, almost impossible. Basketball trends and way of playing are closer, but from the economic side pretty far away.

Question: What is your opinion about Serbian basketball and generation with are coming?

Answer: Serbian basketball have tradition and standards build through decades and producing great players, coaches, referees and results. That can't just disapere. But economic and financial trends are reflected on sport. Our young players are very ambition, hungry for success and challenges. Sport still can open some new door for further prospect in life. I am very optimistic when we speak about future of Serbian basketball. We must accept reality, as Serbian basketball school. Our local market must continue with development of young players which are staying in Serbia or trying to searching some leagues which can follow their ambition and potential. That is not negative. That can only be positive way.



Ivanovic may be back at Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) is about to agree terms with 23-year old Montenegrin international point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, agency: BeoBasket) who played last time at Betaland Capo d'Orlando in Italy. It will actually be his comeback to Podgorica as he has played here before. In 19 Serie A games he had 12.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Ivanovic also played that season for AEK Athens in Greek A1 where in 11 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ivanovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2011.
He has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Ivanovic has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2014.
He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg.
Ivanovic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Mega Leks) and Montenegro (Mornar Bar).
He could be described: One of the best players in Europe of his age. Nikola is one of those rare players that can play point guard and shooting guard positions equally well. Very quick with excellent balance. Plays with tremendous energy on the floor. Permanent danger for opponent's basket. Slices the defense with great quickness and creates advantage. Very agressive and steady defensively. Reminds of a young Vassilis Spanoulis. He has been also the second top scorer in the European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 Lorenzo18.1 
 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. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 9. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
 10. Wood, San M.7.9 
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. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 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. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 7. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.4 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


TFB Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Deportivo Norte A. and Ramos Mejia reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Deportivo Norte A. - Talleres TV 81-78

Deportivo Norte Armstrong held off Talleres TV to advance into Finals. They dominated early in the game and built a decisive lead in the opening quarter. Talleres TV cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to three at the end of the game. Rodrigo Gallegos (PG) scored 21 points and issued 9 assists to lead the winners. Gaston Garcia (177-PG-84) responded with 19 points for Talleres TV.
gschID: 547898


Ameghino - Ramos Mejia 52-62

Ramos Mejia upset Ameghino on the road and sealed their TFB Finals appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Ramos Mejia. Ameghino was better in second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ameghino to just 6 points in first quarter.
gschID: 547897





TNA Round 3 of Finals. Estudiantes O. take 2-1 advantage - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes O. - Comunicaciones 70-58

Estudiantes O. edged Comunicaciones to take 2-1 lead in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Estudiantes O. made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) contributed with 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds and forward Cristian Romero (190-79) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Comunicaciones. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: J.Gamazo 12+1reb, S.Arese 12+9reb+2ast, A.Brocal 11+4reb, D.Figueredo 10+3reb+2ast, E.Dominguez 10+4reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 8+11reb+2ast
Comunicaciones: C.Romero 13+6reb+1ast, G.Torres 11+2reb+2ast, A.Pau 9+3ast, G.Essengue 8+2reb+1ast, N.Lauria 8+12reb+1ast, N.Gimenez 6+6reb
gschID: 547873





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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.2 
 6. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 7. Stazic, Vienna16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.0 
 9. Maresch, UBSC G.15.4 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.0 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 4. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 5. Jackson, Oberwart5.0 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.4 
 9. Friedrich, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 7. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Payton, Wels1.4 
 10. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 5. Chan, Wels0.9 
 6. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 9. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


Kapfenberg Bulls crowned A Bundesliga champions - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - Kapfenberg 64-73

Kapfenberg outgunned Oberwart to be crowned A Bundesliga champions. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-9. But Redwell Gunners Oberwart won second period 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Kapfenberg Bulls especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) answered with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) added 15 points in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 15+4reb+2ast, A.Cumberbatch 12+4reb+2ast, J.Traylor 11+8reb+1ast, D.Jackson 10+6reb+5ast, B.Blazevic 7+3reb+2ast, S.Kaeferle 5+1reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 17+4reb, C.Baptiste 16+5reb+1ast, B.Vujosevic 13+8reb+7ast, N.Krstic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Woschank 8+2ast, F.Kramer 6+8reb
gschID: 547899





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  AZERBAIJAN  


Niklas Caner-Medley joins Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes secured the services of Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket). The forward penned a two-year deal with the Spanish team. Niklas Caner-Medley spent the last season in France. He played for Monaco. The forward notched 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ProA. In Champions League he averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds per appearance. Niklas Caner-Medley is not new to Madrid. He played for Estudiantes back in 2009/11 seasons.



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  BELGIUM  


Euromillions League Round 1 of Finals. Oostende gain opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Brussels 78-70

Oostende dropped Brussels in Game 1 of the title series. Oostende made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Basic-Fit Brussels helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) contributed with 18 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-84) added 14 points in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels. Five Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 26+4reb, C.Walden 18+4reb+2ast, D.Newbill 13+5reb+2ast, J.Mwema 7+5reb, D.Djordjevic 5+2reb+1ast, P.Gillet 3+8reb+1ast
Brussels: A.Lichodzijewski 14+2reb+2ast, J.Simmons 12+4reb, D.Loubry 12+5reb+4ast, T.Bray 11+2reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 11+4reb+3ast, B.Ubel 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 547794





Jordan Heath (ex Monthey) agreed terms with Limburg United - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) inked 26-year old American power forward Jordan Heath (208-109kg-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In 31 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5bpg last season. Heath helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) where in 26 games he averaged 8.4ppg and 4.8rpg. Heath contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. Heath also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 5.6ppg and 2.7rpg.
Heath has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He has played previously for another Belgian team Kangoeroes.
Heath attended Canisius College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Abel Baptista

Center:
Jordan Heath

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ChetErvin)

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  BELIZE  


Belmopan Bandits crowned Pepsi NEBL 2017 champions!!! - by David Magana

The Pepsi NEBL season closed with a huge bang in San Pedro on Saturday night, as two-time champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted Belmopan Bandits in game 3 of the Finals. San Pedro High School was packed to capacity, with standing room only, as the intensity of the game surely depicted a championship game with everything on the line. The first quarter got the jitters out of both teams, as Belmopan Bandits finished with an 18 - 17 lead. In the second quarter, the visiting team jumped out to an 18 point lead, going into intermission with a comfortable 44 - 30 lead. However, San Pedro Tiger Sharks went on a run of their own at the end of the third quarter and mid-way through the fourth quarter, and in the process grabbing a 5 point lead with 4 minutes remaining in the game. Belmopan Bandits was able to regain their composure, coming up with some key shots down the stretch, while getting crucial defensive stops, to register the 75 - 67 victory, claiming the NEBL championship.
Belmopan Bandits was led by Devin Daly (195-F-94, college: L.Superior, agency: Duran International) who had the game high with 25 points to go with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist, while Edgar Mitchell (G/F)l had a solid game with 12 points, 7 assists and 4 boards. Richard Smith III (201-C/F-89) III and Stephen 'Muerte' Williams both sealed the win with 11 points and 7 rebounds each. Jamal Kelly had a great game for San Pedro Tiger Sharks with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 dimes, while George Williams (198-G-90, college: Wayland Baptist) tallied 19 points and 4 rebounds. Raul 'Thumpy' Roches finished the night with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the finals was awarded to Devin Daly (195-F-94, college: L.Superior, agency: Duran International) who averaged 25 points in the two wins.
The NEBL would like to congratulate the San Pedro Tiger Sharks for reaching the NEBL finals in all four years, while extending kudos to Belmopan Bandits on their first championship in franchise history. Special thanks to The National Channel (TNC) for being our corporate sponsor and airing the games live, and to Pepsi for partnering with the NEBL this season. Most importantly, our sincerest gratitude to all our fans country wide who have supported our league for the past four years. Lastly, special mention to all the players, coaches, managers, table officials, referees, Belize Association of Basketball Officials (BAB), police officers, media and others who were integral in the continued development of our league.



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  BOLIVIA  


AND1 La Paz inks Milos Petkovic - by Francisco Vega

AND1 La Paz (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old Serbian power forward Milos Petkovic (204-100kg-91, agency: Aspire Sports). The last time (16) he played at Penarol in Bolivian Libobasquet. Petkovic missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

Petkovic won Romanian Liga I championship title in 2013.

He is quite experienced player. Petkovic has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Bahrain (Issa Town), Bosnia (KK HEO Bileca), Montenegro (Ulcinj), Serbia (Vrsac), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca, Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti, CSA Steaua II CSM EximBank Bucuresti and Concordia) and FYR Macedonia (Kozuv).

Petkovic could be described: Milos is a dominant offensive post player who can score with his back to the bucket, face up and shoot high percentages, or drive to the rim and finish strong. He can also shoot the 3 point shot and stretch defenses. Very fast in transition and runs the floor fast. Very aggressive rebounder and shot blocker. Strong finisher in the paint. So strong that clubs have used Milos solely in the paint and have not needed his 3 point shooting ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


Radnik celebrate Liga RS title - by Eurobasket News

Radnik celebrated Liga RS title as they won the Final series against Sutjeska 3-2. In the decisive 5th game Radnik posted a 66-53 win for their triumph. Trailing 12-13 at the end of the first period, Radnik needed a strong second and then third quarters to seal the victory. Ceranic top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Dejan Kokorus (196-G-93) posted 12. Srdan Gavric (195-F-95) delivered 11, whilst Kecman notched 10. Goran Bodiroga (193-G-90) ended up with 12 points in a loss and Dejan Radovic (G/F) netted 11.


Renfroe leaves FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 23 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. He also played last season for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 9 games he had 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg.
Among other achievements Renfroe's team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Renfroe represented Bosnia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 25.0%.
Renfroe is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (Enisey), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Brose Baskets) and Spain (Baskonia and Blancos de Rueda).
Renfroe attended Belmont University until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Arnaldinho FILHO
  Botafogo.
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Filho, Botafogo.14.7 
 2. Vezaro, Joinville14.0 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.13.9 
 4. Sena, Contagem13.9 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.5 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau12.1 
 8. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau11.8 
 10. Maistro, Contagem11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 3. Silva, Blumenau7.4 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.2 
 5. Sena, Contagem6.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.4 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville6.2 
 8. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.7 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.6 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville3.9 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau3.6 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Semmke, Blumenau2.9 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.6 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.9 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 5. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 6. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.5 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 10. Vezaro, Joinville1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.9 
 3. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 7. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 8. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 



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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Suero, Indios SFM30.2 
 2. Santana, Titanes .22.8 
 3. Guzman, Soles SD20.6 
 4. Gaines, Metros S.20.2 
 5. Rembert, Titanes .19.3 
 6. Carter, Huracane.18.8 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD18.2 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM18.0 
 9. Rose, Huracanes PP17.8 
 10. Bailey, Reales LV17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Araujo, Leones SD11.5 
 2. Santana, Titanes .10.0 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM9.0 
 4. Horford, Titanes .8.8 
 5. McCombs, Soles SD8.8 
 6. Jones, Caneros LR8.8 
 7. Mitchell, Metros S.8.8 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD8.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.8.3 
 10. Louis, Soles SD7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.0 
 2. Glenn, Metros S.4.7 
 3. Dicent, Metros S.4.5 
 4. Ruiz, Soles SD4.4 
 5. Carter, Huracane.4.2 
 6. Miller, Leones SD4.2 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD4.2 
 8. De-Leon, Metros S.4.0 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM3.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Weyinmi ROSE
  Huracanes PP
  (196-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Rose, Huracanes PP2.6 
 2. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.2.0 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 5. Fortuna, Leones SD1.7 
 6. Louis, Soles SD1.6 
 7. Scott, Caneros LR1.6 
 8. Dicent, Metros S.1.5 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.1.5 
 10. Perez, Titanes .1.4 
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. McCombs, Soles SD1.2 
 6. Garcia, Indios SFM1.2 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD1.0 
 8. Freeman, Caner.1.0 
 9. Garcia, Caneros LR0.8 
 10. Salas-Flores, Indios S.0.8 


Dominican Rep. LNB round 4 best performance: Maurice Carter - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Guard Maurice Carter (183-G-83) had a great game in the last round for Huracanes PP, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (24 points and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Reales LV (#8, 1-4) 112-108. Huracanes PP is placed at 4th position in Dominican Rep. LNB. Huracanes PP 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 2-2 record. In the team's last game Carter had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Huracanes PP, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Robert Morris University star has very solid stats this year. Carter is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.3ppg) and averages impressive 51.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Miguel Evangelista (91) of Caneros LR. Evangelista had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Caneros LR cruised to a 77-66 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Titanes Licey (#6, 2-3). This victory allowed Caneros LR to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 7th position in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Caneros LR managed to get this year. Evangelista is one of the most experienced players at Caneros LR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Spanish forward Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey (#6). Santana scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Santana's great performance Titanes Licey lost 66-77 to slightly lower-ranked Caneros LR (#7, 1-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Titanes Licey ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Santana could help Titanes Licey to bring them higher in the standings. Santana has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best). Edward Santana has also Dominican Rep. passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86) of Reales LV - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Tony Mitchell (203-F-92) of Metros STGO - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Reales LV - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jason Siggers (194-SF-85) of Titanes Licey - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ramon Ruiz (188-G-83) of Soles SD - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Indios de San Francisco lands Terrence Shannon - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) tabbed experienced 38-year old American forward Terrence Shannon (203-93kg-79, college: Elgin CC). He played in the summer at CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago in Santiago League in Dominican Republic. Shannon helped them to win the Santiago League title. He also played that season for Los Prados (District National).
In 2001 (two years after he left the college) Shannon was drafted by Maryland Mustangs (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
The former Elgin Community College (JUCO) staris in his 19th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Shannon received Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team award in 2017.
He is a very experienced player. Shannon has played also in Argentina (La Union and 9 de Julio), Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Philippines, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Leones), Spain, Uruguay (Defensor), Venezuela (Gaiteros), Dominican Republic (Huracanes del Atlantico, Plaza and Leones de Santo Domingo) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Indios de San Francisco.
Let's have closer look into Shannon's outlook: The Thornwood graduate can create shots around the basket and fly high above the rim. He will rely heavily on athletic ability. Shannon is a 6'8 versitle forward with a big time motor! He is an athlete who plays with great energy and always above the rim. Can Defend the 3 or 4 without any problem. Always a fan favorite because of his ability to finish dunks on or over defeners.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EGYPT  


Hamad Fathy signs 2-yr deal with Smouha SC - by Eurobasket News

Smouha Sporting Club signed Egyptian national basketball team player Hamad Fathy (225-C) on a two-year deal Wednesday. The 2.29-meter player Fathy went to Smouha after his contract with the Eastern Company Club ended this season. Fathy is famous for playing more than one sport on a professional level. He started off his career playing basketball at Sporting. Then Marwan Ragab, the Egyptian National Handball Team's manager, recruited Fathy in to play for the team at the African Games Tournament, held in Congo's Brazzaville on 2015. Although Fathy won a gold medal in the tournament, he returned basketball when he never received a call to officially join the national handball team. Fathy is now in a closed camp with the Egyptian National Basketball Team preparing for the upcoming African Cup of Nations that will be held in Angola in August.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


Overview of Liga Superior Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Thunder - ExSAL ST 70-80

ExSAL upset Thunder to sweep the quarterfinal series. ExSAL ST players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks. Guard Wilber Melendez (180-94) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ExSAL ST's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Marlon Aguilera replied with 32 points and 9 rebounds and Daniel Aguilar added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Thunder. Four Thunder players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Thunder: M.Aguilera 32+9reb+3ast, C.Rivera 14+4reb+4ast, F. Mojica 12+10reb+2ast, D.Aguilar 11+14reb+1ast, O.Ayala 1+7reb, S.Diaz 0
ExSAL ST: J.Hill 32+16reb+4ast, W.Melendez 17+6reb+2ast, R.Rivas 11+5reb+4ast, J.Villalobos 5+1ast, B.Marroquin 4+8reb, E.Cabrera 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547867


Izalco - ADB 102-77

Izalco cruised past ADB to secure the semifinal appearance. Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to ADB's 40. They outrebounded ADB 65-36 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who had a triple-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 13 assists. Guard Samuel Leon (173-93) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Hector Landaverde (-92) produced 40 points (!!!) and Heriberto Pacas (-83) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 40+4reb, H.Pacas 15+7reb+1ast, C.Rodriguez 10+7reb+3ast, F.Pineda 9+7reb+3ast, M.Marroquin 3+11reb+6ast, R.Ruiz 0
Izalco: M.Thomas 46+20reb+13ast, S.Leon 16+5reb+2ast, J.Crespin 15+4reb+1ast, E.Valdez 6+5reb, C.Toledo 6+6reb+1ast, H.Vigil 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 547870


Marquense - Chalchuapa 81-68

Marquense held off Chalchuapa to ensure the semifinal birth. Marquense forced 20 Chalchuapa turnovers. Strangely Chalchuapa outrebounded Marquense 43-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Point guard Julio Barrera (173-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 assists and 8 steals. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Marquense players scored in double figures. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) replied with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds and David Paiz added 2 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Chalchuapa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: M.Montavious 38+18reb, C.Mejia 11+3reb, F.Carcamo 10+2reb, R.Rodriguez 5+6reb+3ast, D.Paiz 2+8reb+8ast, J.Villalobos 2+2reb
Marquense: J.Barrera 18+1reb+5ast, M.Artiga 12+7reb+2ast, A.Moe 11+9reb+3ast, J.Hernandez 10+2reb, M.Mendoza 6+2ast, R.Guevara 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547869


San Marcos - ABA 79-88

ABA dropped San Marcos to even the series at 1-1. Strangely San Marcos outrebounded ABA 69-40 including a 28-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. San Marcos were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Jamaican-American forward Devin Thompson (199-80, college: St.Peter's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Jonathan Zometa contributed with 32 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four ABA players scored in double figures. Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks and Leonardo Gomez added 13 points in the effort for San Marcos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: V.Artiga 13+2reb+2ast, B.Lopez 13+19reb, L.Gomez 13+1reb+3ast, F.Escobar 9+4reb+2ast, K.Martinez 8+2reb+2ast, M.Sosa 5+8reb+2ast
ABA: J.Zometa 32+8reb+2ast, D.Thompson 30+10reb+3ast, E.Sosa 16+6reb+3ast, J.Roque 10+7reb+3ast, T.Alfaro 0+2ast, M.Vasquez 0+4reb+4ast
gschID: 547868





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  EUROCUP  


Veljko Mrsic is no longer Cedevita head coach - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Several days after the end of the season in which KK Cedevita Zagreb have once more participated in the ABA League Finals, it has been agreed for Veljko Mrsic to end his post as the club's head coach.

Director and Sports Director of the club Davor Uzbinec and Matej Mamic, have held a meeting with now former head coach and agreed to terminate their agreement on mutual consent. For now Veljko Mrsi has no agreement in place with any other club, but he might take over a new team soon.

Matej Mamic has confirmed the beginning of negotiations with Mrsic's successor, but for now there are no eventual names that could be named. 'We are beginning the negotiations and believe that we would agree on the best possible option for the club. We will know more about the eventual roster reinforcements and new head coach in two weeks at most and this is the general time frame in which we wish to present the new KK Cedevita Zagreb head coach, which will lead the club in the forthcoming seasons. Concerning Veljko, we have said goodbye to each other as friends and I honestly wish him lots of luck, while thanking him for everything what he has done for the club in the previous years and he did plenty.'



Diez re-signs at Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 24-year old international power forward Daniel Diez (202-96kg-93). He played there last season. In 38 Liga Endesa games he had 5.6ppg and 3.8rpg.
Two years ago Diez was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa final in 2016. Diez was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Diez has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Diez's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: Score-1 (18.7ppg), 8.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 69.4%.
Diez has played previously for three other teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid II and Gipuzkoa.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nemanja Nedovic

Forward:
Jeffrey Brooks

Centers:
Daniel Diez
Ignacio Rosa

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Munford leaves FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American guard Xavier Munford (188-82kg-92, college: Rhode Island) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). In 6 games he averaged just 2.0ppg. Munford also played for another team Greensboro Swarm in U.S. semi-pro league D-League that season where in 30 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (51st overall).
Munford attended Rhode Island University until 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements Munford's team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016.
Munford has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).

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Janis Timma (ex Zenit) is a newcomer at Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92). He has played for the last two years at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 28 VTB United League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2013 Timma was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. Timma received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Timma has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He 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.
The scouts decsribe him following way: 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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Renfroe leaves FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 23 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. He also played last season for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 9 games he had 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg.
Among other achievements Renfroe's team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Renfroe represented Bosnia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 25.0%.
Renfroe is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (Enisey), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Brose Baskets) and Spain (Baskonia and Blancos de Rueda).
Renfroe attended Belmont University until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

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Igor Kokoskov, Serbian coach in Utah Jazz and Head coach of Slovenian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian coach Igor Kokoskov is Serbian coach in NBA with experience of 15 seasons as assistant coach of Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah. During the career he was assistant coach in Serbia and Montenegro National team, head coach of Georgia National team and now is head coach of Slovenia National team. Mr Kokoskov NBA references are impressive:

1st Non-American Coach in NCAA History (University of Missouri)
1st Non-American Coach in NBA History (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who an NBA Champion Title in 2004 with Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who was a member of NBA All-Stars Coaching Staff in 2006 (Houston, TX)


Question: You are second season in Utah Jazz. What is you impression of the last season?

Answer: After 8 years of not playing in playoff Utah had primary focus to qualified and we made it. We passed Clippers in the first round and that is also serious success.Everybody are really satisfied. Team is growing, players are showing improvements and potential. Jazz team is based on young players which we pick up on Draft and with veterans like Diaw, Hill and Johnson we get experience which we needed for the next steps. Fans, media, owners, management are satisfied and now focus and ambitions are changed - how to stay on this level and make additional step to become one of the candidates for winning championship. This summer will be very interesting and important for us, because we are expecting to sigh Gordon Hayward and few more players, so we'll keep backbone of the team.

Question: The teams is selected mostly of young players, as you said with experienced Johnson, Diaw, Hil. Do you have a plan to stay on the same course and strategy?

Answer: I agree with you. Rudy Gober is central part of our team and he made huge progress last season. We are working on in to keep George Hill and Diaw as our main players. We have good synergy of experienced players and energy of young players. Jazz have ambition. Coach Snyder is working great job. We need good summer and to be honest I can't see good reason why this team can't continue go in good direction.

Question: Utah team has international character. Except US players there are players from France, Australia, Canada... Do you have some interesting scouting reports and
interests for some Serbian players?

Answer: I didn't know that Jazz has the most international players before I read that in the media. That is probably experience which our GM Denis Lindsay bring from San Antonio. Also the fact is that coach Snyder had that experience from Europe and period when he was assistant coach of Messina in CSKA. We believe in good players, it doesn't matter are they US or international players. We believe that our Management respect Serbian players and we'll not be surprised if they decide to sign some of them.

Question: Last season lot of rumors was related for Milos Teodosic and Utah interest for him. Is there real chances to Milos Teodosic become Utah player?

Answer: That option is real. Milos is one of the names always present in basketball media. He has experience and quality to be in NBA. I believe that Utah is not the only one team in NBA interested for Teodosic. In upcoming years for Milos is very important to find the best solution for him, team and coach who will know how to use all his potential and finally to make good and long term cooperation in that team. I wish him all the best, I hope his dream to play in NBA will become real next season and much more happy I'll be if he decide to be in Utah.

Question: Nikola Jokic shines his second consecutive season in NBA? Could you describe us his growing and improvements in his first and sophomore season? How do you see his further development?

Answer: I am sure that nobody had prediction for great season which Jokic had. For sure he is one of the players who made biggest progress last season in NBA. We must be happy in which way is going his career and development. Organization, management, coach, Denver...All of them are believe in Nikola. He is definitely future of Denver team Nikola well know what he needs to improve and he needs good summer. I believe in another Serbian player in All Star match.

Question: Boban Marjanovic had small role in his team. Do you think his role and number of minute on the court will goes in positive direction?

Answer: Boban is great man and last few games of the season tell me that something will be different in Detroit, when we speak about his status. He has long term contract with Detroit. He had mental strength to survive turbulent season with less minutes and role in his team. He can make much more in NBA and I believe that some things will change for him. Also, President of Detroit how is in the same time his coach definitely has concept for him.

Question: What is your impression about the roles and improvements in the game for the players from former Yugoslavian republic (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia...)?

Answer: Croatian players makes significant progress last season. Pretty season for Saric, Bogdanovic and Bender. Bender had some injuries, but I think they had pretty good season. Goran Dragic with lot of success representing Slovenian basketball nation. There is lot of respect about Yugoslavian basketball school. Lot of great players from former Yugoslavia left Indelible mark in NBA. Also, the fact is that before every Draft teams are following our countries. Personally, I am very proud on my basketball roots.

Question: National team of Slovenia is in the group with Montenegro, Spain and national team from qualifications. First 12 national teams will ensure their participation on World championship 2019. It is to early for estimation, but what is your expectation from your and other teams from the group?

Answer: To be honest, I am not thinking about qualification for World championship. We'll have very serious competition and challenge. We must be well prepared and play good this summer to reach our target. About qualification we'll speak after this summer. Our group is hard and also there is unknown fact who'll be ready and available to play this games. I hope we'll very fast resolve it in interest of basketball...

We'll definitely keep continuity from previous years, invite some young players who deserve to be on the list of candidates. Personally, I like young players and believe in them, but also in the same time there is no excuse for the lost games.

Question: Your former team, National team of Georgia is in the group with Serbia. Do you think that Georgia could surprise Serbia or other teams from the group?

Answer: From Georgia I have very nice coach experience. We build that program from division B until the participation on three European championships. I have lot of respect for Georgian basketball, but I am not sure they can surprise Serbia an makes them problems. Of course, the most important is with which team will Serbia play. Tbilsi could be hard court for the guests, but if Serbian team play equal with their quality I can't see the way how Georgia can surprise them.

Question: You are definitely very busy on position of assistant coach. Do you have time to follow ABA and Serbian league?

Answer: Yes, I am following games and results on daily base. That is not a part of my job description, but however I have personal and professional interest for basketball in my country, also in European leagues. Economic situation is very important all around the world, so our country is not exception. As much we wants to recover Serbian basketball league that is a part of financial and organization side almost impossible. So, that means we must be focus or producing young players, which will continue career in some other and richer leagues in the world when they come on higher level of development.

Question: Serbian basketball association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players which are on Universities in US. What is your opinion about that action of association?

Answer: I follow that idea and complete action. I think that idea is great. I had a
chance to spoke with Vladimir Kuzmanovic during the camp. Personally, my congratulation them on this enthusiastic project. If this project recognize only one player which will play in the future for National team that will be great success.

Question: You think that some of this players could be potential NBA prospect?

Answer: To be honest I don't know lot about them. I have very booked daily schedule and that is not scope of my work here in NBA.

Question: We still have huge difference between NBA an European basketball, it doesn't matter on some victories of European teams during the pre-season. Do you think that this trend could be changed?

Answer: Globalization of basketball is already existing and long term process. I think that some of victories are not real situation. Domination is definitely confirmed here in NBA. Centralization of world basketball is here. Financial aspect is primary and quality of NBA teams. All the best in the world will be definitely here and in the future. From the other side on European market are lot of young and talented players. Also lot of top coaches. Yes, style of basketball is closer. Now the basketball is playing will less isolation for the players if we compare situation 10 years ago. Trend of international basketball has influence on NBA improvement. Coach Greg Popovic lot of times speak about that. In the era of hi-tech technologies is very hard to hide some information, almost impossible. Basketball trends and way of playing are closer, but from the economic side pretty far away.

Question: What is your opinion about Serbian basketball and generation with are coming?

Answer: Serbian basketball have tradition and standards build through decades and producing great players, coaches, referees and results. That can't just disapere. But economic and financial trends are reflected on sport. Our young players are very ambition, hungry for success and challenges. Sport still can open some new door for further prospect in life. I am very optimistic when we speak about future of Serbian basketball. We must accept reality, as Serbian basketball school. Our local market must continue with development of young players which are staying in Serbia or trying to searching some leagues which can follow their ambition and potential. That is not negative. That can only be positive way.



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Matias Suvanto Signs With Augusta Men's Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Augusta University head men's basketball coach Dip Metress announced the signing of Matias Suvanto (6'4''-SF-97), an incoming freshman from Finland, who will join the Jaguars for the 2017-18 season. Matias Suvanto (Helsinki, Finland) is a 6-2 guard who competed with Helsinki Basketball Academy. Suvanto played for Helinski from 2013-2017 and also for the Finland national team during his high school career. "Matias is an international experienced player who has played for his country on numerous occasions," Metress said. "He gained invaluable experience playing with the best players in Finland and was able to fine tune his game to be able to make an impact as an incoming freshman." Suvanto averaged 8.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game during his senior year at HBA. The Jaguars return to official competition in November for the 2017-18 season.
Courtesy of: augustajags.com



Lampen re-signs at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) confirmed in their roster 18-year old point guard Eemeli Lampen (172-99). He played there last season. In two 1st Division games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.0rpg.
Lampen was selected to U16 National Team in 2015.
He has played previously for Namika Lahti.

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BC Nokia lands Vincent Council, ex Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia (Korisliiga) landed 27-year old American point guard Vincent Council (188-82kg-90, college: Providence). He played most recently at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 17 games he averaged 5.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Council played at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (also in A1) where in 29 games he had 10.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.8apg (top 5) and 1.2spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Council has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv).
He attended Providence College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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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, Nantes15.8 
 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, Nantes8.2 
 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. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 6. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 9. Turner, Blois1.8 
 10. Williams, Boulazac1.6 
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. Ekperigin, Nantes0.9 
 10. Kone, Charleville0.9 


ProB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Nantes claim Finals appearance - by Eurobasket News

Provence Basket - Nantes 74-85

Nantes outgunned Provence Basket to seal their ProB Finals appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Nantes. Provence Basket managed to win third quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) who scored 23 points. American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) added 15 points respectively. Five Nantes and four Provence Basket players scored in double figures. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 17+6reb+1ast, J.Burrows 15+4reb+2ast, B.Waldow 10+4reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 10+3reb+3ast, R.Desroses 8+2reb+1ast, M.Dia 6+3reb+1ast
Nantes: V.Bigote 23+2reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 15+3reb+5ast, H.Kahudi 15+2reb+5ast, C.McKnight 13+3reb, R.Kuksiks 11+6reb+2ast, V.Fofana 6+7reb
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Rouen signs coach Alexandre Menard - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) signed 41-year old coach Alexandre Menard. He has coached for the last eight seasons at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the ProA. Menard helped them to make it to the cup final.
His team won French Cup in 2016.
Menard has coached previously Vendee Challans.

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Orleans keep Sommerville for another season - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) re-signed experienced 35-year old American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-102kg-82, college: Bradley). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 ProA games he recorded 13.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg last season.
In 2006 Sommerville was drafted by Atlanta Krunk Wolverines (CBA) in second round (15th overall).
He attended Bradley University and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Sommerville played in the final of French ProA in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention award in 2008, 2013 and 2016.
Sommerville is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Sommerville has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Regatas Corrientes), Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Hungary and Turkey (Aliaga) and France (Cholet Basket, Paris Levallois, Le Mans, Chorale de Roanne and Sluc Nancy).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Orleans.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Experienced Player, excellent versatility inside/outside player. Creates tough match-ups for opponents can play multiple positions 3 and 4. Aggressive defensively and very competitive, loves the challenge of guarding opponents best guard/forward. Team Player has the ability to play one on one. Great 3pt shooter and good decision maker. Good rebounder and very physical inside player.

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Angers BC lands Jimmy Lupot - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 (NM1) tabbed experienced 34-year old forward Jimmy Lupot (190-83). He played most recently at Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard in the NM2.
The previous (15-16) season Lupot played at Dax-Gamarde (also in NM2).
His team made it to the NM2 Semifinals in 2013.
Lupot has played previously professionally also in Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster) and France (Berck, Saint Brieuc, Etendard de Brest, Lorient and Feurs Enfants du Forez).

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McAlarney re-signs at Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) confirmed in their roster 30-year old American point guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 26 ProA games he had 12.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others McAlarney's team won French Supercup in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention back in 2014.
McAlarney is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Israel (Ironi Nahariya) and D-League (Springfield A. and Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
McAlarney attended University of Notre Dame until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Labeled too tiny and too slow to play the 2 position, he showed game after game that he can play. If he won' t be able to play in NBA (but not bet on this..), his great outside shooting touch and hustle will grant him a long professional career abroad.

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Brian Conklin agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) inked 28-year old American forward Brian Conklin (198-109kg-89, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at JSF Nanterre (ProA). In 34 games he recorded 8.9ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Conklin helped them to win the cup.
He 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. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention. But the most of that year Conklin 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. It was a very successful 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.
He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to 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.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Axel Bouteille

Forwards:
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Center:
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

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Vitre land coach Mike Gonsalves - by Eurobasket News

Aurore de Vitre (NM1) agreed on terms of contract with experienced 58-year old naturalized American coach Mike Gonsalves. He coached most recently at Boulogne in the ProB. Gonsalves helped them to make it to the cup final.
He has coached previously two other teams: Chorale de Roanne and Flammes.

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.7 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.3 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.4 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 6. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 9. Knight, Jena6.5 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.6 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.4 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
 10. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 
 10. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 


Ratiopharm Ulm Reel In Birthday Boy Ryan Thompson Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

ratiopharm Ulm didn't let the semi-final loss to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg effect their quick planning for next season and have gotten active signing Ryan Thompson (198-F/G-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) Thompson is a 198cm forward from Mt Laurel, New Jersey that turned 29 today. He has vast professional experience in Europe having played in countries like Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Turkey and Germany where he played for teams like the Telekom Baskets Bonn and Brose Bamberg. Last season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn, he played 35 games averaging 13,7ppg, 2,1rpg and 3,1apg. In the FIBA Europe Cup, he played 12 games averaging 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.9apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 72.7%. "Ryan is a very versatile player that has shown that he can be a top player in the BBL. He has great one on one abilities and is a good creator for a small forward", explained head coach Thorsten Leibenath. Last season the American scored in double figures in 26 games and had some serious explosions against Bamberg with 33 points, 32 points against FC Bayern Munich and 27 points against Bremerhaven. "My friends Will Clyburn and Da'Sean Butler told me only good things about the coach, organization and city. I am looking forward to being a part of it in the next 2 years. I will do all I can to continue to carry the winner mentality that the team has established in the last years. I am also looking forward to playing for probably the best fans in Germany"; stressed Ryan Thompson.

Thompson began his basketball career in 2006 with Rider (NCAA where he played until 2010 playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior palyed 33 games averaging 17.2ppg, 5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 81.8%. In 2010, he started his professional career with the Utah Flash (D-League) playing 45 games averaging 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 74.8%. In the 22011-2012 season he played for Centrale del Latte Brescia (Italy-Lega2) playing 30 games averaging 14.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-2 (2.6spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 79.3%. In the 2012-2013 season he played with Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Ethias League) playing 31 games: Score-3 (18.3ppg), 3.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 80.1%; EuroChallenge: 10 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 52.0%, FT: 78.9%. In the 2013-2014 season he moved to Telenet Oostende (Belgium-Ethias League) playing 15 Eurocup games averaging 12.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 88.9%; Ethias League: 43 games: 16.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 79.3%;. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Brose Bamberg (Germany-BBL) playing 40 games averaging 12.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 17 games: 10.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 78.4%. Two seasons ago he played for Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd (Serbia-KLS): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg; Euroleague: 10 games: 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg, in Dec.'15 moved to Trabzonspor Basketbol (Turkey-BSL): playingg 5 games averaging 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.7%; Eurocup: 6 games averaging 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 6.7%, FT: 62.5%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS MVP of Group IV and was the Burlington County Player of the Year -06, HS First Team All-South Jersey selection -06, MAAC Regular Season Champion -08, MAAC Tournament Finalist -08, All-MAAC 2nd Team -08, NABC Division I All-District 1 First Team -09, MAAC Tournament Semifinals -09, All-MAAC 1st Team -09, 10, NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -12, Belgian Cup Finalist -13, Belgian League Semifinals -13, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Forward of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team -13, 14, Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports Team -13, 14, Belgian Supercup Finalist -14, Belgian Cup Winner -14, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -14, Belgian League Champion -14, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Finals MVP -14, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Import Player of the Year -14, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -15, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -15, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -15, German Bundesliga Champion -15, German BBL -17 (Player of the Week: 2 times), German Bundesliga All-Star Game -17, German Bundesliga All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout -17 (Winner), and FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals -17.

Source:ratiopharm Ulm









Timo Volk Moves TO FC Schalke - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Timo Volk (204-F-93) may only be 23 years old, but has already gathered a lot of basketball experience at a young age as he has played for seven teams and will join his eighth with FC Schalke. Volk is a 204cm forward that last season played with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (ProA) playing 26 games averaging 2.3ppg, 1.6rpg. "We were looking for a center that would fullfil the local player qualification. An agent friend recommended Timo and I invited him to a try-out. I saw him play a few times last season with Essen and liked him in the try-out. He is very athletic and mobile for his size and plays mostly at the power forward position. He has a good shot and I feel that he can grow into a key player", stressed head coach Raphael Wilder.

Volk started his basketball career with SG TVD-BIS Speyer (Regionalliga) playing 10 games averaging 2.4ppg. In the 2012-2013 season he played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern (2.Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 13.9ppg, played also at Baskets 98 Volklingen-Warndt (Regionalliga) playing 11 games averaging 14.5ppg. In the 2013-2014 season he moved to the Weissenhorn Youngstars (ProB) playing 25 games averaging 3.9ppg, 2.7rpg. In the 2014-2015 season he remained with the Weissenhorn Youngstars (ProB) playing 25 games averaging 4.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg, played also ratiopharm Basketballakademie Ulm (2.Regionalliga) playing 5 games averaging 8.4ppg. In the 2015-2016 season he helped Team Ehingen Urspring (ProB) move up to the Pro A playing 28 games averaging 3.8ppg, 3.5rpg. "I am looking forward to the upcoming season with Schalke and chose a professional organization. I see myself being able to develop further here and to reach new goals", warned Timo Volk.

Source:FC Schalke




The Dresden Titans Hold Helge Baues - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German talent Helge Baues (205-PF-94) will remain with the Dresden Titans this upcoming season in the Pro B. Baues is a 22 year old 205cm forward/center that will carry 12 BBL games experience with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and 89 Pro A games experience with Cuxhaven, Hamburg and Dresden into the Pro B. Last season with Dresden, Baues proved that he could be a consistent contributer despite the club having a very dissappointing season as he played 30 games averaging 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 86.7%. "Helge is one of our key players. By being able to keep him shows that there is potential in Dresden", stressed CEO Peter Krautwald. Last season the German scored in double figures 19 times and registered three double doubles. His best scoring games were 26 points against Essen, 22 points and 11 rebounds against Nurnberg and 18 points against Gotha and Paderborn. "A reason for staying was the good combination with school and basketball. I also like the Titans organization. I will work on gaining leadership qualities in the next months so we can ahve a successful season. I am looking forward to another season with the fans", stressed Helge Baues.

Source:Dresden Titans






Martin Bogdanov Remains With The Crailsheim Merlins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Crailsheim Merlins have announced the contract extension with Martin Bogdanov (186-PG-92). Bogdanov is a 24 year old 186cm point guard that played 55 BBL games in three seasons with Braunschweig and will go into his second season with the Merlins. Last season the German played 34 games averaging 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.4%. "We are able to accopany another young German talent. He has developed well and hope he will continue and reach the next level", stressed Ingo Enskat. Last season the German scored in double figures in six games and his best scoring games were 17 points in a win against Hamburg and 14 points in a victory against Nurnberg.

Source:Crailsheim Merlins




The Giessen 46ers Add Dee Davis - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

THe Giessen 46ers have gotten busy on the transfer market and signed Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier, agency: Inception Sports). Davis is a 24 year old 183cm point guard from Bloomington, Indiana that brought the world NBA talent like Calbert Cheaney and Sean May will be heading into his third professional season after playing his first two in Slovenia. As a rookie he played for Rogaska Crystal (Slovenia-Telemach League) playing 18 games averaging 13.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 76.9%. He was able to heighten his stats in hs second season with Rogaska Crystal (Slovenia-Liga NovaKBM) playing 35 games: Score-3 (16.3ppg), 2.9rpg, Assists-4 (5.0apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 75.6%. He tore up teh Telematch league scoring in double figures in 32 of 35 games. Some of his best games included a 29 and 26 point games against top team Union Olympija and a 24 point game against ex BBL player Brandyn Curry with Helios.

It looks like fans won't see Cameron Wells this season with the arrival of Davis, but head coach Ingo Freyer is thrilled with his new player. "I am happy that we can present a player that has 2 years of experience in Europe. He is quick, dyamic and has a good shot. He brings that what we want to have as a team. He isn't only a scorer, but a real point guard that can steer his team", stressed head coach Ingo Freyer. Davis played at Xavier from 2011-2015 and as a senior played Xavier (NCCA) played 35 games averaging 9.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 70.4%. At Xavier he played with future BBL players like Kenny Frease and Isaiah Philmore. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Big East Tournament Semifinals -14, Big East Tournament Finalist -15, NCAA Sweet 16 -15, Slovenian Liga Nova KBM -17 (Player of the Week Rd.5)
Alpe Adria Cup Semifinals -17, Slovenian League Regular Season Runner-Up -17, Slovenian League Finalist -17, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Guard of the Year -17, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 1st Team -17, Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team -17, and Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Defensive Team -17.

Source:Giessen 46ers



Taevaunn Prince (I Am Excited And Obsessed With The Process Of Getting Better) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Toronto, Canada that completed his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) averaging 17,1ppg, 5,4rpg and 1,9apg. He started his basketball career in 2011 with S.Dakota St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 59 NCAA games. He then moved to Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2014 and as a junior played 16 games averaging 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.8%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 26.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 84.8%. He spoke to eurobasket at the end of the season.

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

It's been hard to digest but overall you have to give thanks to God on how far we came and how well we did this season. But now its time to look back and see what I can improve on and look at the mistakes I made and become a better player and the offseason will be huge, I will be attacking it hard.


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

We are professional basketball players and are built for the season plus playoffs so as a team we should be ready to go all the way so that will never be an excuse. I think PSK is a well coached team and have good players with a great coach.


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


As we know basketball is a game of runs and PSK went on a run in the second quarter that really decided the game, we were playing catch up from that point on and it was difficult to claw back.


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


Yes I think their team chemistry was their biggest strength and you can tell that they trust each other and each player knows their role and excels at them. They all bought into the team system and it paid off in the end for sure.


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


I am very proud of ScanPlus Baskets. This season was a huge accomplishment for this organization and great stepping stone for the future. I would summarize this season as a successful one because we were an underdog team and proved our selves in league play and the playoffs. We definitely exceeded expectations and attacked our goals one at a time.


You had overall a 1-4 record against PS Karlsruhe this season. You played 5 times against Jordan Talbert who played at the same school that you played at with Missouri SO. In our last interview you Jordan was just that smooth individual and always a hard worker who took the game of basketball serious'. What did you notice about his game this season that showed you that he has come a long way from school?

Jordan plays the game of basketball the right way, he makes the extra pass, plays defense at a high level, hits the open shot, rebounds and does whatever the team needs and he is the ultimate glue guy and the heart and soul of that team and he is a winner. He has come along way from school and has shown more of his ability to score now that he is a professional.


You had stated very positive words for your teammate Brandon Lockhart in our last interview saying 'Brandon is a great point guard and I am happy to be playing with him on the court, he's always looking for others and making the best play possible for our team. I appreciate his vision the most , he see's everything on the court which is huge for our team. How did he help you become a better player in your rookie season?

Brandon has helped me become a better player due to his high IQ on the floor it forces you to also elevate your play because he is always thinking ahead. He has made my rookie season easier by providing pointers and suggestions in times when I needed them the most. He is a clutch player who can fill the stat sheet when needed and also a proven winner from his college days until now. He's a great guy off the floor as well and has a bright future ahead of him


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

We all know Filmore Beck is a great German Talent from Frankfurt, from August he has proved that he is a great player, As the season progressed he came into form showing that he is a big time German Talent. He can shoot with the best of them with deep range and can penetrate also, he is a sound defender on the other end. He is like the German J.R Smith from my perspective.


What was your personal season highlight? You had quite a few great games. Perhaps your big scoring games against FC Schalke in game one and two?


I think my season highlight was just proving myself once again that I can be a big time efficient scorer at the professional level. Game 1 and 2 vs FC Schalke was definitely an example of how I can score big time at an efficient clip.


You had a very strong rookie season in Germany averaging 17,1ppg, 5,4rpg and 1,9apg. After two months you said this about your game in Germany. 'I feel I have played ok , still have plenty more in the tank I think I'm just showing flashes of what I can do but haven't displayed it all, I will be working on every aspect of my game because I am not perfect and I can always improve. How do you feel were you able to improve your game?

Yes it was a very strong rookie season for me. I stuck by my same comments as I made earlier in season. Yes I have improved as the season went on but I still have a lot of work to do in the off season and I am excited and obsessed with the process of getting better and adding to my game. I have not even scratched the surface, my goal is to maximize my potential and looking back I made plenty of mistakes and can be so much better as a player.


You are a guy that likes to play above the rim like your teammate Brian Butler. How did it help your game playing with an athletic guy like him? Do you feel your game around the rim improved?

Playing with Brian was great as it helped my game. It was great playing with a guy like him because he's such a gifted athletic player that forces you to play above the rim as well. I believe my game above the rim has improved from college, more dunks etc.

What is the next step for Taevaunn Prince? You are much more than a good Pro B player. Do you feel like you can make the next step already next season possibly in the Pro A?

The next for me is getting back in the gym and perfecting my craft, I feel this year was decent and ok but I know I can do more and this was just the first step for bigger and better things. Pro B was a test to see if I can hang professional and I displayed that, I think I can play at the Pro A level and prove myself once again. My goal is always to play at the highest level so I will continue to push myself until I get there

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

When I get back to Toronto I will hang out and chill with family and friends for the first couple weeks, then after that it's back in the gym and being obsessed with my skill development and pushing myself to the next level. I will make a trip to Jamaica and spend a little time there, that's my background and is where my parents were born and raised before moving to Canada.

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

I will be focusing on the NBA playoffs basketball and getting better myself for the most part , The NBA playoffs should be good , so I will be tuning in.

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

NBA Playoffs is always full of surprises but I think the Rockets will surprise a lot of teams when it comes to the later rounds and I have Cleveland going in the east and the Rockets going in the west.

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?


That was amazing performance for Devin Booker and surprised me but he is a in a great situation where the team and coaching staff believes in him so he is able to take and make those shots with extreme confidence.


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?

That was a great run for SC and it shows how the underdog team thrive in the big moments of college basketball, I feel like that was the story of the NCAA tournament this year.


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?

As long as Lonzo Ball puts in the work and continues not to pay to much attention to the media he should be fine. Yes his father is adding some excitement and 'pressure' but once you put in the work and is confident because of the work you are putting in the illusion of pressure diminishes.

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 far from a fair assessment, Russell does everything to help his team win , who would of thought a guard trying to help out the big men and grab 10 plus rebounds was a bad thing haha, Russell Westbrook is an amazing player and it takes effort to chase down those rebounds on the offensive end and defensive end ,effort that nobody wants to give every night in the NBA.


Thanks Taevaunn for the chat.




The Fraport Skyliners Send Isaac Bonga And Richard Freudenberg to Adidas Eurocamp In Treviso Italy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is that time of the year again where the biggest basketball talents meet and show their abilities on the court in Trevisio, Italy at the 2017 Adidas Eurocamp. Germany is in good company as it will be represented by guys like Karim Jallow of FC Bayern Munich, Louis Olinde of the Brose Baskets Bamberg and Kosja Mushidi of Mega Leks, but also from two other huge talents with Isaac Bonga (203-F/G-99) and Richard Freudenberg from the Fraport Skyliners will also be present. At the 3 day camp from June 9-11, the young hopeful talents will play in front of current and former coaches and players like Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks) and Russian legend Andrei Kirilenko. The players will be able to showcase their skills in drills as well as compete against each other in games. Well known players that played at the Adidas Eurocamp in the past have been 93 first and second round draft picks, including NBA standouts Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) (Toronto Raptors), Danilo Gallinari (208-SF-88) (Denver Nuggets), Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) (Miami HEAT), Brandon Ingram (206-SF-97, college: Duke) (Los Angeles Lakers), Jaylen Brown (201-F-96, college: California) (Boston Celtics), Dragan Bender (213-PF-97) (Phoenix Suns) and Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School) (Milwaukee Bucks). Forty-three former EUROCAMP participants currently hold NBA contracts and 64 currently play in EuroLeague Basketball.

Isaac Bonga comes into the camp as one of the biggest talents in Europe at the moment from the year 1999 and at only 17 years of age and 205cm still has a huge upside in his development and could use this camp as another opportunity to raise his NBA draft stock for 2018 as he is already for many experts seen as a top 10 draft pick. Last season, the ambitious German who started to play soccer at a young age and then switched to basketball started his career at Koblenz before coming to the Fraport Skyliners in 2016. Last season besides playing in the youth competition NBBL, he also played 14 BBL games averaging 1,5ppg and 1,2rpg. He got increased playing time at the end of the season when the playoffs were out of reach and he produced a 8 point game against Science City jena and a six point game against ratiopharm Ulm. He also played 3 Champions League games and was able to get good minutes in the Pro B where he played 20 games averaging 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 71.4%. He had some huge games including a 26 point game in Leverkusen and registered his first professional triple double as a professional scoring 10 points, hauling down 15 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in a win against Nordlingen. His long summer will continue soon when he will play at various competitions with the German youth national teams.

Richard Freundenberg is a 18 year old 206cm forward that also is a huge German prospect who ended his short NCAA journey at ST Johns and has returned back to Germany and signed with the Fraport Skyliners. Last season with ST Johns he played for NBA legend Chris Mullin and didn't get the minutes that he was promised and played only 26 games averaging 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg. Not only was getting suitable minutes a problem, but coming to terms with the mentality of his American teammates was also not an easy task. The German started his basketball career at FC Bayern Munich and got his first BBL experience there playing 2 games in the 2015-016 season and won the U-19 NBBL title in 2015. One guy who has seen Richard Freudenberg play much in the past is current TSV Oberhaching Tropics head coach Mario Matic who last coached Pro B team Nordlingen and visited the 2017 NBBL Top 4 in Frankfurt recently. "He is a very talented player, but still needs to work a lot on his game. Moving to Frankfurt was the right decision. Frankfurt is the only team that gives young German's a chance to play in the BBL. I don't see Freudenberg playing an important role this season in the BBL, but the season after. One can't forget that last season he hardly played at ST Johns and only sat on the bench.He lost a year in the states, but definitly got stronger physically. He was already a very good shooter and had a good drive with FC Bayern Munich. He still needs to work on his pick and roll game", warned Mario Matic.



Sid-MarlonTheis Moving To The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to Newspaper and online outlet Gea.de, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen have added Sid-Marlon Theis (205-F/C-93). The club will make the official announcement today that Theis will wear the Tigers jersey this upcoming season. Theis is a 24 year old 205cm forward that started his basketball career with the SC Ottensen junior team. He played two seasons with BBL team Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (BBL) as well as playing with their farm team and last season only with the BBL team playing 31 games averaging 5,0ppg and 2,0rpg and shot an impressive 37,4% from outside. He brings 81 BBL games to Tuebingen. Last season he scored in double figures five times including a 16 point game against Science City Jena. and 12 points against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Before coming to the Braunschweig organization, Theis spent 5 seasons in the Urspring system and played three seasons in the Pro Awith Erdgas Ehingen playing 75 games. In the 2014-2015 season he played 16 games for the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (BBL) and also at DRUFF! Baskets Braunschweig (ProB) playing 22 games averaging 8.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 23.9%, FT: 72.7%. Two seasons ago with the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (BBL) he played 34 games averaging 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, also a license for MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB): 19 games: 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 72.2%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Belgrade International Junior Tournament -11, German U18 National Team -11, European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg, German NBBL Championships Semifinals -12, German U20 National Team -13, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Runner-Up -16



BBL Round 2 of Finals. Brose Baskets celebrate second straight win - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Brose Bask. 76-88

Brose Baskets outgunned EWE Baskets on the road to take 2-0 lead in the Finals. Brose Baskets shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. French Fabien Causeur (195-87) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) responded with 19 points and his fellow American import swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) scored 18 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: B.Qvale 19+4reb+1ast, R.Paulding 18+1reb+4ast, F.Massenat 11+3ast, M.De Zeeuw 9+13reb, D.Kramer 8+3reb, C.Kramer 5+3reb+8ast
Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 21+6reb+3ast, N.Melli 18+6reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 14+2reb+4ast, D.Miller 12+7reb+2ast, E.Harris 6+1reb, D.Theis 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 547780





Ryan Thompson agreed terms with Ratiopharm - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 28-year old American swingman Ryan Thompson (198-98kg-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Telekom Bsk (BBL). In 35 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The previous (15-16) season Thompson was tested by Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL where in 5 games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.0spg. The other team Thompson played that season for was Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In 10 Euroleague games he got 4.8ppg and 1.6rpg. He also played 17 games in ABA League where he got 4.4ppg and 1.6rpg.
Thompson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thompson has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar and Oostende), Italy (Brescia) and D-League (Utah F.).
He attended Rider University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Ratiopharm Ulm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ismet Akpinar
Marcell Pongo

Forward:
Ryan Thompson

Centers:
Tim Ohlbrecht
Till Pape

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stefan Ilzhoefer is a newcomer at Trier - by Eurobasket News

ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old forward Stefan Ilzhoefer (202-93kg-95). He has played for the last two seasons at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in the BBL. BBL was a little too high level for him, where in 28 games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 1.1rpg last season. ProA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Ilzhoefer's team made it to the InterContinental final.
He was selected to NBBL All-Star Game back in 2013.
Ilzhoefer represented Germany at the European Championships U18 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 40.0%.
Ilzhoefer has played previously for BSG Basket Ludwigsburg.

ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Dranginis
Lucien Schmikale

Forwards:
Justin Alston
Stefan Ilzhoefer

Center:
Kilian Dietz

Coach: Marco van den Berg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. 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.5.4 
 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. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 4. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 8. Moore, 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. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Kavvadas, Aris1.0 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 7. Jackson, Aris0.9 
 8. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 10. Cobbins, Apollon .0.8 


BC Nokia lands Vincent Council, ex Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia (Korisliiga) landed 27-year old American point guard Vincent Council (188-82kg-90, college: Providence). He played most recently at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 17 games he averaged 5.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Council played at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (also in A1) where in 29 games he had 10.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.8apg (top 5) and 1.2spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year, selected to All-Imports Team and selected to 2nd Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Council has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv).
He attended Providence College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A1 Round 4 of Finals. Panathinaikos draw things level - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 71-58

Panathinaikos outgunned Olympiacos to even the Finals at 2-2. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Olympiacos managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Olympiacos turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) replied with 20 points in the effort for Olympiacos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 14+9reb+1ast, N.Calathes 14+1reb+4ast, M.James 13+3reb+5ast, I.Bourousis 12+3reb, J.Gist 8+4reb+1ast, K.Gabriel 5+3reb+1ast
Olympiacos: E.Green 20+1reb+2ast, P.Young 7+1reb+1ast, G.Printezis 6+3reb+1ast, K.Birch 5+2reb, V.Spanoulis 3+5ast
gschID: 547832





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  HOLLAND  


Koenis comes back to Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Donar Groningen (Eredivisie) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old international center Thomas Koenis (211-89, agency: Court Side). It is actually his comeback to Groningen as he has played here before. Koenis has played for the last two years at Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden in the Eredivisie. In 36 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 9.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.7apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg last season. Koenis helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Dutch Eredivisie in 2010 and 2016. Koenis received also Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2009.
He has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Koenis has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
He represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.8ppg, 1.5rpg.
Koenis has played previously for two other teams: Den Helder and Bergen op Zoom.

Donar Groningen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arvin Slagter
Sean Cunningham
Aaron Roye
Brandyn Curry

Forward:
Jason Dourisseau

Centers:
Drago Pasalic
Thomas Koenis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darrin GOVENS
  Falco KC
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Govens, Falco KC21.3 
 2. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.3 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.4 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 8. Szabo, ZTE K.7.7 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.3 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
 10. Petty, Kormend5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Kromah, Kormend1.9 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 4. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 6. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 7. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 


A Division Round 1 of Finals. Falco KC open win count - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Alba - Falco KC 76-77

Falco KC nipped Alba on the road to take the lead in the Finals. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 18-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import point guard Lester Medford (178-93, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Alba. Four Alba players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alba: J.Edwards 18+6reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 18+2ast, B.Taylor 13+3reb+4ast, P.Lorant 10+9reb+1ast, J.Farr 7+5reb, W.Shepard 6+6reb+2ast
Falco KC: D.Govens 25+3reb+7ast, L.Medford 16+2reb+4ast, A.Pustahvar 13+5reb+2ast, D.Barham 8+9reb, I.Zigeranovic 8+8reb, B.Varadi 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 547838

3-4 Place
Kormend - ZTE KK 94-107

ZTE KK outgunned Kormend to take the lead in the consolation final. The game without a history. ZTE KK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ZTE KK outrebounded Kormend 30-19 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. ZTE KK players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 9 assists. At the losing side American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) responded with 19 points and 8 assists and American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kormend: P.Petty 19+4reb+8ast, T.Allen 18+3reb+4ast, M.Csorvasi 18+6reb, S.Gibbs 16+2ast, C.Ferencz 14+4reb, L.Kromah 7+2reb+4ast
ZTE KK: A.Drungilas 26+8reb, Z.Szabo 18+6reb+2ast, J.Norfleet 17+2reb+6ast, E.Ubilla 17+3reb+9ast, S.Benke 14+4reb+4ast, J.Wright 9+3reb



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  IRELAND  


Top European Coaches to Participate in upcoming GBSL - by Patrick Maher


Top European Coaches to Participate in upcoming GBSL

London----- Manu Schmitt of Hyeres Toulon Var Basket (France Pro A) will coach French Select Team in the 2017 GBSL. Manu Schmitt will manage France Select, one of the featured international teams competing in the quarter-final tournament in Las Vegas. The international clubs will use the event to evaluate ten (10) free agent imports of their choice over a (4) day period. The event format is similar to the NBA Summer League. Hyeres Toulon Var Basket is a member of one of the top leagues in Europe (France Pro A). They won the France (Pro B) and were promoted to France Pro A in the 2016-17 season.

Manu Schmitt of Hyeres Toulon Var Basket is looking to sign a couple of players for his club and will be providing scouting information to coaching associates in Switzerland and France.

Meet Manu Schmitt:
Manu Schmitt, the Head Coach of the Hyeres Toulon Var Basket is one of the top professional coaches in France who gained a reputation in Switzerland. He is a former player who played professionally in France for 18 years. Manu has been a professional coach since 2002 in France (Pro A) which is considered one of the top leagues in Europe. He is also the former Swiss National Team Head Coach (2004-2008). He landed his head coaching job of Union Neuchatel in 2013 and has had immediate success. Manu Schmitt led the team to the Swiss League Cup Winner Championship in 2013-14 and a Swiss LNA Championship Finalist in the 2014-15 season. Schmitt accepted a head coaching position with Hyeres Toulon Var Basket after reaching the quarterfinals of the Swiss League Cup in the 2016-17 season.

Tim Fanning the assistant of Maccabi Tel Aviv will manage Team Oceania that will compete in the quarter-final tournament in Las Vegas. Tim will use the event to evaluate ten (10) free agent imports of his choice over a (4) day period. The event format is similar to the NBA Summer League. Maccabi Tel Aviv has established a reputation as one of the biggest teams in Europe. Maccabi Tel Aviv competes with some of the best talent of Europe, facing teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos.

Meet Tim Fanning
Tim Fanning is a young upcoming American coach that is making an impact in International basketball. Tim is currently an assistant coach for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv is currently tied for third place in its domestic league and also competes in a Euro League. His past experiences include coaching the Nelson Giants in New Zealand. In his first season as the head coach of the Nelson Giants, he guided the team to a 2nd place finish in the NBL. They were predicted to finish 7th place and were the surprise of the league. Tim is the former assistant coach for the New Zealand National Team in the 2014 World Cup in Spain. He previously served as the assistant coach for the Nelson Giants in the 2014-15 season. Tim also coached in the NBA D League for the Delaware 87ers and played professionally in Spain. Tim has a bright future in International basketball and his success as a young coach has been phenomenal.

Helsinki Seagulls Head Coach Mikko Larkas to Manage Team in GBSL

Mikko Larkas is one of the top upcoming coaches in Finnish professional basketball and will be managing a free agent team in the upcoming Global Basketball Summer League in Las Vegas. Mikko is a young coach that has a lot of experience in Finnish basketball. This upcoming year is his fourth season as the head coach of the Helsinki Seagulls, a Finnish 1st Division team. The Seagulls finished this past season tied for second place in their league and finished in third place in the playoffs. In the past he served as an assistant coach for Finnish powerhouse Tapiolan Honka and also worked with their youth programs. Mikko has been part of the National Team of Finland and has helped developed some of the top young players in the country.

GBSL Opportunity:
Mikko will use the GBSL platform to scout for new imports for the Helsinki Seagulls and network with the International basketball community. The Finnish league is an excellent league for American players to begin their careers and they are allowed to have (3) imports per team. Top leagues in Europe typically recruit American imports that have excelled in Finland.
This is an excellent opportunity for GBSL players to work with a European professional coach and showcase their talent. The GBSL provides players with (4) practices and (3) official games with NBA referees that will be televised with professional broadcasting on GBTV.

About Helsinki Seagulls

Helsinki Seagulls was established in 2013 and it acquired its place on the second level of Finnish basketball in Division I A after the dissolution of the Torpan Pojat team. The license of Torpan Pojat was then transferred to the Seagulls, along with the remaining players. The Seagulls opened their 2013-2014 season in the Division I A with winning 10 matches in a row. The team won a total of 25 of their 28 regular season games placing first in their division. Seagulls earned the promotion to Korisliig, the top league in Finland after dismissing first Tampereen Pyrintoe II and then BC Nokia in the division playoffs. In the 2016-17 season, the Seagulls finished with a 25-11 record and finished in third place in the playoffs.

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London Lions Summer League Team enters the 2017 GBSL Las Vegas Event

The London Lions of the British Basketball League (BBL) is a confirmed participant of the 2017 Global Basketball Summer League

The London Lions are one of the top teams in the BBL (United Kingdom) and they have a very ambitious future. In the 2016-17 season, the London Lions finished with an 18-15 record and finished sixth in the league. In the 2013 season the Lions moved into the Cooper Box, a 7,500-seat arena, which was known as the 'box that rocks' during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The London Lions Chief Executive Vincent Macaulay-Razaq stated that the Lions have plans to become the premire club in the BBL and use their state of the art venue to develop high level basketball events. His immediate objectives are to recruit a few high level American imports from the 2017 GBSL to help win the BBL Championship and to build a European powerhouse club.

The Cooper Box is one the finest basketball venues in Europe and has the potential to be the home of a variety of top notch sports entertainment events.

Meet the Chief Executive

Vincent Macaulay-Razaq the Chief Executive and head coach of the Lions has been a leading figure in British Basketball for the past (15) years. He is a former player that once played for the London Docklands Basketball Club in 1990 and was a teammate of Global Basketball's Executive Director. Vincent Razaq is a former BBL League Chairman and has owned his particular franchise since 1998.

GBSL Selection and Registration Process
Players, agents and coaches that are interested in securing a spot on one of the GBSL teams should contact our office immediately. All participants are required to register on the GBSL site for consideration. If an applicant is selected by the club they will be required to pay the GBSL registration fee. Only high-level prospects that played in the 2016-17 season at a NCAA Division 1 program, 2016-17 Small College All Americans or players with professional experience in the NBA D League or other quality overseas leagues will be considered.

GBSL Contact
Darryl Reshaw
Global Basketball Inc.
Executive Director
USA: Tel: 877-209-2220
marketing@globalbasketball.com
www.globalbasketball.com



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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.6 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.0 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 10. Hopson, Ironi N.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.3 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 8. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.6 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
 10. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron LONG
  Maccabi .
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Long, Maccabi .2.1 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 4. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 6. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 10. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.0 
 7. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 8. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


Winner League Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Rishon complete Final Four picture - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel J-M - Ironi Nahariya 71-60

Hapoel Jerusalem overcame Ironi Nahariya to secure the semifinal stage birth. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Ironi Nahariya was better in second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Jerusalem brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) nailed 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) accounted for 13 points. Swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) came up with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Dyson 16+6reb+3ast, T.Peterson 13+3reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 10+2reb+2ast, T.Kinsey 7+3reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 6+3reb, R.Howell 6+5reb
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 14+4reb+1ast, S.Hopson 11+7reb+2ast, T.Nash 11+6reb+2ast, N.Berkowitz 9+3reb+5ast, D.Kitchen 8+4reb+4ast, N.Faust 7+6reb
gschID: 547887


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 77-82

Maccabi Rishon upset Hapoel Eilat on the road to advance into Final Four. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Eilat won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon's coach Shmuel Brenner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 17+5reb, P.Richard 16+8reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 12+2reb+4ast, E.Kadir 11+3reb+2ast, C.Long 8+5reb+3ast, I.Zalmanson 8+5reb
Hapoel Eilat: L.Milbourne 16+5reb, R.Buckner 16+8reb+1ast, P.Henry 12+6reb+5ast, A.Nissim 9+2reb, W.Daniels 8+4reb, C.Colman 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 547860





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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Jesi
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 2. Smith, Roseto23.6 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.7 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
 10. Lawson, Virtus B.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 6. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 9. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
 10. Perry, Treviso .9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.8 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Golden, Chieti4.5 
 10. Ferguson, Angelico.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Green, Alma T.2.5 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 4. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 5. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 6. Spissu, Virtus B.1.8 
 7. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 8. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 9. Smith, Ravenna1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.3 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.2 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Buford, Agrigento1.0 


Serie A2 Round 5 of Semifinals. Alma Trieste enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alma Trieste - F.Kontatto BO 80-60

Alma Trieste cruised past F.Kontatto Bologna to advance into Serie A2 Finals. Alma Trieste forced 26 F.Kontatto BO turnovers. Strangely F.Kontatto BO outrebounded Alma Trieste 37-25 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 33 personal fouls committed by F.Kontatto BO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 26+2reb+3ast, D.Cavaliero 12+3ast, M.Da Ros 11+5reb+5ast, J.Parks 10+7reb+5ast, R.Prandin 9+1reb, S.Bossi 7+3reb+1ast
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 22+11reb+1ast, N.Italiano 14+2reb, J.Knox 8+9reb, D.Cinciarini 8+6reb+1ast, L.Candi 3+2reb+4ast, S.Mancinelli 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547901





Eurobasket Roma lands Alessandro Piazza - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Gas & Power Eurobasket Roma tabbed 30-year old point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-70kg-87) from Moncada Solar Agrigento. Piazza has played there for the last four years. In 32 Serie A2 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg last season.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2015. Piazza received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Piazza has played previously for eight other teams: Unieuro Forli, Fabriano, Rimini, Imola, Enel Brindisi, BancaTercas, Vanoli Cremona and Basket Barcellona.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A promising point guard who defends well and who has yet enough maturity to run a pro team offense; needs to improve his shooting from the distance;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mantova signs Matteo Montano - by Eurobasket News

Stings Mantova (Serie A2) signed 25-year old point guard Matteo Montano (188-80kg-92) from Fortituto Kontatto Bologna. Montano has played there for the last three years. In 42 Serie A2 games he had 8.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Montano helped them to win the Supercup.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg.
Montano has played previously for Napoli Basket.
He could be described: A very talented young guard, with a great future at the point. Needs to improve his game reading and decision making, and to add a reliable outside shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Porto S.Elpidio keep Massimiliano Domizioli at helm - by Eurobasket News

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio (Serie B) confirmed on their bench head coach Massimiliano Domizioli. He took over the team at the start of the previous season.
Domizioli has coached previously two other teams: Sutor Montegranaro and Officine Creative Supernova Montegranaro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Betaland Cdo may tab Matteo Fantinelli - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Orvieto welcomes back Marcante - by Eurobasket News

Telematica Orvieto (Serie C Silver) landed experienced 37-year old swingman Fabio Marcante (197-80, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Orvieto as he has played here before. Marcante has played for the last three years at Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo in the Serie B. In 19 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg last season. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Marcante's team was regular season runner-up in Italian Nazionale B Group C in 2013.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Pavia Basket, Firenze Enic, Pesaro Loreto, Latina Basket, Roseto, Castelfiorentino, Omegna and FCM Ferentino.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Orvieto.
Marcante is described as: An hard nosed player who gives his best in defense and in rebounding; he is improving his shooting, and his offensive skills;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Guiness-29 post win in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Guiness-29 posted the win in Game 1 of the Finals. They overcame Alga 72-51 in the opener. Guiness-29 looked better in the start of the game and took a 24-7 lead after the first 10 minutes. Alga replied with two narrow wins in the second and the third periods, but could not catch up with the opponents. Guiness-29 pushed the tempo in the last stanza to close the game with a 28-17 rally.
Game 2 is scheduled for June 11th.



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Janis Timma (ex Zenit) is a newcomer at Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92). He has played for the last two years at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 28 VTB United League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2013 Timma was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. Timma received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Timma has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He 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.
The scouts decsribe him following way: 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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Darussafaka (23-7) in their last game. Despite Bertans' good performance Darussafaka was badly defeated 90-74 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. He scored 13 points in 24 minutes on the court. This year Bertans averages: 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 84.0% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks led Brose Baskets to a victory against the seventh-ranked EWE Baskets (18-14) 88-76 in the German BBL last Wednesday. He scored 14 points and added 4 passes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Strelnieks has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(50-86), 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Ricmonds Vilde
Ricmonds Vilde
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international center Ricmonds Vilde (211-90, college: Houston Baptist, currently plays in France). Vilde was not able to help ALM Evreux in their game against Boulazac Basket (19-15) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points in only 6 minutes. ALM Evreux lost 67-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Boulazac Basket. It's Vilde's first season with the team. This year Vilde's overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 63.2% in 17 games. He played for the Latvian U20 national team seven years ago.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #4. Small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Nantes (10-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite Kuksiks' good performance the league leader Nantes was edged 67-66 at home by the second-ranked Provence Basket. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Kuksiks' total stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2013.

Other top Latvian players, who play abroad:

Janis Timma (201-SF-92) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Arturs Kurucs (189-SG-0) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) plays for Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa
Anzejs Pasecniks (216-C-95) plays for Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa
Rodions Kurucs (206-SF-98) plays for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa
Zanis Peiners (203-F/G-90) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian VTB
Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Ojars Silins (203-PF-93) plays for Telekom Baskets in German BBL
Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Anrijs Miska (201-F-0) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Davis Bertans (208-F-92) plays for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA

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



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Champville keeps Assi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Pepsi LBL) re-signed 23-year old forward John Assi (193-94). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 24 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 4.3ppg and 1.3rpg last season.
Assi played at the WABA Club Championships last year.
He has played previously for Tadamon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


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

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

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (22-10) crushing them 101-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night's game. Maciulis scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (25-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. This year Maciulis averages: 4.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 84.0% in 33 games he played so far. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #2. Second place goes to former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary). He led ZTE KK to a victory over the fourth-ranked Kormend (22-15) 107-94 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. Drungilas was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (23-15) is placed third in Places 1-5 group. Drungilas has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 64.1%(227-354), 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 65.0%. Former Naglis Palangos starter played for the Lithuanian university national team in 2013.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Armani Milano (23-7) to beat Dolomiti En. TR (18-12). Kalnietis scored 5 points in 13 minutes. The league leader Armani Milano was badly defeated 102-82 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. This year Kalnietis' overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 68.2% in 30 games. Ex-B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas player is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #4. An experienced guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Energa Czarni in their game against BM Slam Stal (21-11) in the Polish PLK. His contribution was not very remarkable in Friday's game. Cesnauskis scored only 3 points. Energa Czarni was edged 86-83 in Ostrow Wlkp. by the higher-ranked BM Slam Stal (#3). Cesnauskis' total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Polish. Cesnauskis used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

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

   #1. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Palencia Baloncesto (22-12) to beat Burgos (24-10). Maldunas did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Palencia Baloncesto was edged 80-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Burgos. This year Maldunas' total stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg in 45 games he played so far.

Other top Lithuanian players, who play abroad:

Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) plays for CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa
Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) plays for Banvit in Turkish BSL
Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
John Shurna (204-F-90) plays for Cedevita in Croatian A1
Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C-83) plays for Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A
Danielius Lavrinovicius (206-SF-99) plays for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL
Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) plays for Ventspils in Latvian LBL
Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) plays for Budivelnyk in Ukrainian Superleague
Arnas Labuckas (206-F-87) plays for VEF Riga in Latvian LBL
Martynas Pocius (197-SG-86) plays for UCAM Murcia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-PF-93) plays for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish PLK

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



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  LUXEMBOURG  


Black Star lands Elisio Delgado - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) tabbed experienced 35-year old power forward Elisio Delgado (193-82). He has played for the last two years at Arantia in the Total League, but left the team in Feb.'17. Total League was a little too high level for him, where in 15 Total League games he averaged just 1.6ppg and 2.1rpg last season. N2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Delgado's team was Runner-Up of Nationale 2 2016.
He Diekirch.
Delgado is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Black Star.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Records Are Made To Be Broken - by Charles Hickman

Joe Thomasson (6'4''-G-93, college: Wright St.) Thomasson (#1 M.V.P. Candidate) made it a point to get everyone involved. Thomasson who is averaging 30.2 pts. per game (3rd in the league). Had a stellar all around performance against the Indiana Dream. Mr Do it All on top of scoring 27 pts. added 15 rebs. and set up his teammates time and time again dishing out 19 ast. to break the all time league record previously (16) set by Chris McHenry in the first season of the league in 2016.. Thomasson was the game changer for the Airstrikers, Thomasson was relentless and unstoppable and once he got to the lane whenever he wanted, It opened up the game for his teammates. The Airstrikers was victorious 134-109 behind Thomassons performance. The Airstrikers moved to 7-3. and 2nd in the MBL east. The Dayton Airstrikers are 7-0 when Thomasson has played and 0-3 without him.


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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.3 
 3. Franklin, Guasave25.2 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.5 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Glover, Obregon21.4 
 7. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Ledbetter, Mazat.21.1 
 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, Guaymas8.5 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis7.7 
 9. Smith, Durango7.4 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.7 
 3. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.7 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.1 
 6. Howard, Mazatlan5.1 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.1 
 8. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 9. Crawford, Culiacan4.9 
 10. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.6 
 2. Early, Los Mochis2.4 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 4. Murphy, Los Mochis2.0 
 5. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 6. Henry, Hermosillo1.4 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
 8. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 9. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Motley, Los Mochis1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 9. Smith, Durango0.9 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 


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

Guasave - Los Mochis 81-92

Los Mochis upset Guasave to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Jeff Early (190-88, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 31 points and 6 assists and power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) added 24 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Five Pioneros Los Mochis and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guasave: S.Yeager 31+4reb+6ast, D.Keller 24+12reb+2ast, L.Davis 11+2reb, T.Franklin 10+7reb+2ast, A.Cervantes 5+3reb+4ast, R.Soto 0
Los Mochis: J.Early 23+4reb+2ast, T.Motley 20+8reb+5ast, M.Hernandez 17+2reb+1ast, N.Murphy 16+5reb+8ast, T.Miller 14+6reb, D.Leal 2
gschID: 547977


Hermosillo - Navolato 71-72

Navolato beat Hermosillo to even the series at 1-1. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: E.Little 24+10reb+3ast, S.Monreal 14+2reb+5ast, M.Henry 13+8reb+4ast, J.Wilson 9+5reb, J.Camacho 9+4reb+3ast, J.Hiram Lopez 2+1reb+1ast
Navolato: K.Rogers 25+10reb+2ast, M.Ammons 16+9reb, D.Mitchell 13+1reb+3ast, J.David Estrada 7+1reb+1ast, B.Heredia 6+5reb+5ast, J.Horton 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547978


Obregon - Mazatlan 95-103

Mazatlan knocked down Obregon on the road to draw things level. Lobos UAD Mazatlan shot 62.5 percent from the field. Lobos UAD Mazatlan outrebounded Halcones de Ciudad Obregon 40-24 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) notched 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) supported him with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) did not help to save the game for Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Guard Kevin Capers (188-93, college: Florida Southern) added 23 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 28+10reb+1ast, K.Capers 23+2reb+4ast, I.Alvarado 16+4reb+3ast, G.Rice Jr. 14+4reb+2ast, R.Delgado 8+1reb+1ast, L.Atterberry 2+1reb
Mazatlan: J.Ledbetter 28+6reb+4ast, O.Thomas 27+8reb, D.White 18+8reb+3ast, P.Howard 11+4reb+6ast, D.Onofre 5+3reb, M.Lizarraga 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547976


Tijuana - Guaymas 87-84

Tijuana rallied past Guayamas to level things up in the series. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Ostioneros de Guaymas' 44. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: P.Marigney 23+5reb+4ast, R.Woods 21+5reb+1ast, C.Jones 14+1reb+4ast, P.Reyes 11+2reb+1ast, J.Salcedo 8+2reb+2ast, B.West 5+8reb+3ast
Tijuana: C.Tate 27+8reb+3ast, K.Rodriguez 18+5reb+1ast, R.Williams 14+6reb+8ast, M.Morrison 13+3reb+3ast, G.Smith 10+9reb+2ast, J.Cesar del Campo 3+1reb
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Recap of CIBACOPA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Obregon - Mazatlan 126-124

Obregon outgunned Mazatlan to secure 1-0 lead in the series. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon shot 64.8 percent from the field. Lobos UAD Mazatlan was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lobos UAD Mazatlan. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mazatlan: O.Thomas 34+8reb+1ast, D.White 22+4reb+1ast, J.Ledbetter 22+4reb+4ast, M.Lizarraga 16+5reb+3ast, P.Howard 15+6reb+8ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 10+2reb+2ast
Obregon: M.Glover 33+10reb+2ast, G.Rice Jr. 30+7reb+7ast, K.Capers 23+1reb+7ast, L.Atterberry 15+8reb+3ast, I.Alvarado 10+5reb, R.Delgado 8
gschID: 547972


Hermosillo - Navolato 83-73

Hermosillo opened win count versus Navolato. Rayos de Hermosillo forced 19 Garra Canera de Navolato turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) responded with 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Navolato: D.Mitchell 25+3reb+5ast, M.Ammons 16+11reb+2ast, K.Rogers 10+2reb+3ast, B.Heredia 7, E. Zuniga 6+3reb+2ast, J.David Estrada 4+1reb+1ast
Hermosillo: M.Henry 21+9reb+2ast, E.Little 16+5reb+2ast, J.Wilson 15+11reb+2ast, S.Monreal 13+3reb+5ast, M.Kabongo 5+3reb+7ast, J.Camacho 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547974


Guasave - Los Mochis 76-84

Los Mochis rallied past Guasave to surge ahead in the quarterfinal series. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Jeff Early (190-88, college: S.Illinois) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St.) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 26+5reb+2ast, L.Davis 18+1reb+6ast, D.Keller 18+5reb+2ast, S.Yeager 8+6reb+5ast, A.Cervantes 4+2reb, G.Mondragon 2+4reb+6ast
Los Mochis: N.Murphy 20+6reb+4ast, J.Early 18+6reb+3ast, T.Motley 17+6reb+2ast, T.Miller 15+8reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 12+3reb, R.Berrelleza 2+3reb
gschID: 547973


Tijuana - Guaymas 86-103

Guaymas dropped Tijuana on the road in the opener. American point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and his fellow American import forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Greg Smith (198-91, college: Colorado St.) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and swingman Kareem Rodriguez (192) scored 24 points. Five Ostioneros de Guaymas and four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: K.Rodriguez 24+2reb+3ast, G.Smith 22+4reb+5ast, C.Tate 14+7reb+3ast, R.Williams 12+5reb+2ast, T.Lathan 7+3reb+4ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 5
Guaymas: C.Jones 28+4reb+3ast, B.West 22+9reb, P.Reyes 15+4reb+2ast, P.Marigney 13+8reb+6ast, R.Woods 13+5reb+2ast, D.Giron 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547971





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Ivanovic may be back at Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Erste Liga) is about to agree terms with 23-year old Montenegrin international point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, agency: BeoBasket) who played last time at Betaland Capo d'Orlando in Italy. It will actually be his comeback to Podgorica as he has played here before. In 19 Serie A games he had 12.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Ivanovic also played that season for AEK Athens in Greek A1 where in 11 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ivanovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2011.
He has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Ivanovic has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2014.
He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg.
Ivanovic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Mega Leks) and Montenegro (Mornar Bar).
He could be described: One of the best players in Europe of his age. Nikola is one of those rare players that can play point guard and shooting guard positions equally well. Very quick with excellent balance. Plays with tremendous energy on the floor. Permanent danger for opponent's basket. Slices the defense with great quickness and creates advantage. Very agressive and steady defensively. Reminds of a young Vassilis Spanoulis. He has been also the second top scorer in the European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kevin Durant's dagger stuns Cavs, lifts Warriors to 118-113 Game 3 win - by Eurobasket News

It's not over. But it's over, right? Has to be. The unstoppable Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 118-113 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas)'s three-pointer with 45 seconds left gave Golden State a 114-113 lead, and Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) and Durant secured the victory with four free throws. " (Durant) took over. You can tell, he knows this is his moment," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "He's been an amazing player in this league for a long time, and I think he's - he senses this is his time, his moment, his team. When I say his team, I mean it's not literally just his team, it's we got a group around him that can help him and create space for him with the shooting and the play making, and I think he's having the time of his life out there. With Golden State leading 116-113, Cleveland had a chance to tie the game, but LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) turned the ball over by stepping out of bounds with 10.4 seconds remaining. Cleveland took a 113-107 lead on J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85)'s three-pointer with 3:09 left in the fourth quarter, but Golden State finished the game on an 11-0 run. The Cavs missed their final eight shots, including five three-pointers, and Durant scored seven of the Warriors' last 11 points. The Warriors set a Finals record for three-pointers made in a quarter (nine in the first) and in a half (12) and finished 16-for-33 from beyond the arc. Durant (31 points), Curry (26 points) and Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) (30 points) combined for 87 points. James can do a lot of everything at a high level, but he can't do it all. He scored 27 of his game-high 39 points in the first half, and Kyrie Irving rediscovered his shooting touch to finish with 38 points. James also had 11 rebounds and nine assists. 'I gave everything that I had to this game, so I don't look at it saying I wish I could have did this or I would have did that," James said. "I left it out on the floor.' It was Cleveland's best effort of the three games, and it still didn't yield a victory. The Cavs' 27.3% shooting on three-pointers didn't help their cause. The Warriors can finish off the Cavaliers on Friday (9 p.m. ET, ABC). The previous 12 times a team has taken a 3-0 lead in the Finals, eight series ended in sweeps. Golden State is on the verge of history. Unbeaten at 15-0 in the playoffs, the Warriors can become the first team to sweep all four rounds and finish with a perfect playoff record. The Cavaliers are staring at a dire sporting situation: No team in any round of the playoffs has come back from a 3-0 deficit. Granted no team had come back from a 3-1 Finals deficit until Cleveland did it last season, but this is different and everyone from the smartest basketball mind to the casual fan knows that. Cleveland threw a flurry of punches, and Golden State withstood them. Now, the Warriors are one victory from one of the most impressive championships in NBA history.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Kings looking for deal to move up to draft De'Aaron Fox - by Eurobasket News

When the Sacramento Kings infamously traded DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) to the New Orleans Pelicans before February's trade deadline, it signaled to the fans -- and the players -- that the franchise was entering full rebuilding mode. Cousins had failed to lead the team to a playoff appearance in his first six seasons, and a looming massive extension meant it was decision time for the Kings' front office. In the trade, Sacramento acquired the Pelicans' 2017 first-round draft pick, and because they kept their own pick they now hold the No. 5 and No. 10 selections in the upcoming draft. Rather than keep both picks, however, ESPN's Chad Ford reports that the Kings are exploring options to trade up so they can select point guard De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97),, whom the Sacramento front office has apparently fallen in love with. From Ford: Fox came in to work out with the Kings this week, and there is a strong impulse to get him. They think he's a nice complement to Buddy Hield and he would really ramp up the rebuilding of their culture. The problem is that Sacramento has become his floor, not his ceiling. There's talk inside the organization about combining picks Nos. 5 and 10 to move up in the draft to secure Fox. If they found a taker, that would be a high price to pay to move up two to three spots. Fox has been shooting up draft boards since he thoroughly dominated Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) -- the point guard who had long been considered the second-best prospect in the draft -- in the NCAA Tournament game between Kentucky and UCLA. The Kings are likely fearful that Fox won't be around at No. 5, so they could try to get up to the No. 2 or No. 3 spot, since it appears that Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) will go first overall. Ironically enough, the Kings actually won the No. 3 pick in this draft lottery -- but Philadelphia exercised the pick swap it received from the Kings in the 2015 trade for Nik Stauskas. Some might say it's crazy for a rebuilding franchise to trade two top-10 picks for a player that's not a surefire superstar, but if the Kings think he's their guy then they might as well go for him -- it's not like they're going to contend any time soon either way. The problem is that the Kings have a catastrophic draft history since taking Cousins in 2010. The only drafted players remaining who have had somewhat of an impact are Ben McLemore (6'5''-G-93, college: Kansas), who has underwhelmed throughout his career, and Willie Cauley-Stein (7'0''-F-93, college: Kentucky), who played well this season after the Cousins trade. Papagiannis and Labissiere showed promise in limited minutes toward the end of the season. The Kings have desperately been looking for a point guard since dealing Isaiah Thomas to the Suns in a sign-and-trade back in 2014, and it appears they think Fox is the answer.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Joe Salerno no longer coach of Island Storm, team to continue: league commissioner - by Eurobasket News

For the first time in the Island Storm's six-year history, the team is looking for a new coach. "Joe Salerno is no longer with the Storm," said Dave Magley , the National Basketball League of Canada's commissioner. "Both parties let me know they're looking for a new coach and looking for a new job." Storm owner Duncan Shaw declined to comment Wednesday, and Salerno couldn't be reached. "From what I've gotten, there isn't just one reason," said Dave Magley . "There's multiple things that factored in for everybody. But [Salerno] won't be unemployed for long ... He's our winningest coach in our league history, and he's run a great team." "And you know what? There's a lot of people that would love to come to that Island and coach that Storm team," Dave Magley added. "It's a good environment, great crowd. You're an important part of the city when you're with the Storm. It's a pretty good gig to have."
The commissioner said he met with Shaw and the league's president last week. Dave Magley said the league is waiting for Shaw to say what will happen with the team next season. "But I don't think the Storm's on the table ... The Storm's a near break even business, and he's worked really hard to get there. Most people would say 'we're absolutely in.' But that's not who Duncan is. He's not going to confirm something that's not 100 per cent," said Dave Magley . The commissioner said whatever Shaw decides to do with the Storm, the league is committed to ensuring the team continues to play in Charlottetown next season. "In Moncton, the league's had to step in and financially fund [the team] for the last three years quite frankly ... You do what you have to do keep it going," said Dave Magley . "So all options are on the table to keep basketball in Charlottetown, in one of our best markets. We're very cognizant about how important Charlottetown is to the growth of this league." Dave Magley said he hopes to have more answers from Shaw by July at the latest. That's when the league will start scheduling its 2017-18 season.
Courtesy of: cbc.ca



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Cam Johnson Granted Release to Transfer to UNC from Pitt - by Eurobasket News

The North Carolina Tar Heels added talented depth to their backcourt Thursday. Cameron Johnson (6'7''-G-96) told ESPN's Jeff Goodman he was released from the Pittsburgh Panthers and cleared to play for the defending champions next season as a graduate transfer. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports confirmed the news, citing a source. This comes after Johnson said, "North Carolina is the best fit for me," following other visits to Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon, per Goodman. However, this was a trickier situation than a straightforward graduate transfer. Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News detailed the proceedings, noting the Pittsburgh athletics department said it wouldn't allow Johnson to gain immediate eligibility if he transferred within the ACC. Johnson then released a statement after he "contacted the NCAA to see if there was an applicable association statute that would forbid him, a graduate transfer, from being immediately eligible," DeCourcy wrote. "Per Johnson, the NCAA stated there was none." Now Johnson will reportedly join the Tar Heels this upcoming season and should help them challenge for another deep NCAA tournament run alongside returnees Theo Pinson and 2017 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry. Johnson was fairly quiet in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and averaged fewer than five points and one assist a night but turned the corner in 2016-17 with plenty of career-best numbers, including points (11.9), assists (2.3), rebounds (4.5), steals (0.9), field-goal percentage (44.7) and three-point percentage (41.5).
Courtesy of: bleacherreports.com



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Matias Suvanto Signs With Augusta Men's Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Augusta University head men's basketball coach Dip Metress announced the signing of Matias Suvanto (6'4''-SF-97), an incoming freshman from Finland, who will join the Jaguars for the 2017-18 season. Matias Suvanto (Helsinki, Finland) is a 6-2 guard who competed with Helsinki Basketball Academy. Suvanto played for Helinski from 2013-2017 and also for the Finland national team during his high school career. "Matias is an international experienced player who has played for his country on numerous occasions," Metress said. "He gained invaluable experience playing with the best players in Finland and was able to fine tune his game to be able to make an impact as an incoming freshman." Suvanto averaged 8.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game during his senior year at HBA. The Jaguars return to official competition in November for the 2017-18 season.
Courtesy of: augustajags.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.1 
 2. Jones, Canterbury22.8 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.22.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.3 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.18.9 
 7. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.6 
 10. Tait, SC Rangers17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amir WILLIAMS
  Taylor H.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Williams, Taylor H.9.7 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.6 
 3. Kay, Southland S.9.4 
 4. Pledger, Southlan.9.3 
 5. Jones, Canterbury9.2 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.7.9 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.7.9 
 9. Egwu, SC Rangers7.7 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.9 
 3. Norton, Southlan.5.8 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury5.6 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 6. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.2 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.8 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.4 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.1.9 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.7 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers1.7 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.1.6 
 7. Whippy, Canterbury1.6 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Amir WILLIAMS
  Taylor H.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Grim, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 8. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 9. Jones, Canterbury0.7 
 10. Kay, Southland S.0.7 



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Lagos City Stars win CBL May Madness Tourney - by Eurobasket News

Champions of the Continental Basketball League (CBL), Lagos City Stars, have stated that the defensive system they adopted gave them trophy especially going by their approach to their last two games of the CBL May Madness Tournament. City Stars defeated Abidjan Raiders 73-59 Sunday night at the Teslim Balogun Stadium as Africa celebrated the birth of a great league. On a night of glitz and style City Stars Coach Godwin Owinje said at early stages of the tournament he determined they would not lay their hands on the trophy if they didn't approach each match with the tightest of defences. The former Nigeria international said, 'I played under a coach who placed great emphasis on defence. We worked elaborately under him learning the best ways to defend. Starting out here I knew they were quite a number of talented players that could shoot you down and so we kept working and improving on our defence and that has helped us tonight.' City Stars lost their last preliminary game in Yaounde to original title favourites Eko Kings in a match basketball fans would love to watch over again a hundredth time. They were up by eight points with less than two minutes to the buzzer but still lost the match. It was the same Kings they met in the second semi-finals on Saturday but the story was different this time as they cut down the Kings to the astonishment of basketball faithful who had crowned the Kings even before the championship match. On Sunday their new posture made City Stars the team to beat and they did not let down their fans as they kept the team from Ivory Coast at bay from the first quarter to the end of the match. 'Deep in our hearts we also believe we are champions and that's why we are not sad tonight. We put in our best and that made it a very entertaining game,' Denise Ebikoro of the Raiders said. 'Any team that won this trophy did well and that's why we have congratulated City Stars from the depth of our hearts. We are proud to have played in the final game and also happy that the fans got the kind of basketball they have also wanted in this part of the world.' Jordin Mayes (190-G-91, college: Arizona) of City Stars who made shooting look so easy all through the seven matches he played was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He scored 191 points in seven matches and was followed Ikenna Mbamalu of the Lagos Warriors with 113 points. Mayes had 24 assists to stand at the 6th place in the final table of selected stars. Skilful Freddy Obame (198-C-86, college: Md-E Shore) of the Libreville Izobe Dragons who played only five matches was the best assist giver with 26. Mayes said: 'Getting this MVP award is the highlight of this tournament for me. I just played to get my team this far but I have been so touched receiving such a huge award from amongst so many talented players.' The basketball challenge tagged the 'May Madness' was put together in celebration of 50 years of Lagos State. It featured six teams: Eko Kings, Lagos City Stars, and Lagos Warriors from Lagos; the other African teams were Libreville Izobe Dragons from Gabon; Abidjan Raiders from Abidjan and Yaounde Giants from Cameroon.
Courtesy of: pmexpressng.com/



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LBL Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LBL. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The biggest surprise of round 20 was guest San Marcos' (8-12) road victory over 5th ranked Circolo (7-13) 66-61 on Wednesday evening. San Marcos moved-up to fifth place. Circolo lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
Important game to mention about took place in Lima. Seventh ranked Ejercito (5-15) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Regatas (15-5) 99-97 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Ejercito maintains seventh position with 5-15 record. Regatas lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with five games lost. Ejercito's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima La Family.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 36 points 55-91 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Real Club (17-3) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. La Family at the other side stay dead last with 18 lost games. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and Inmaculada (#3). Inmaculada was defeated at home 64-68 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Inmaculada. EOFap (13-7) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Inmaculada. EOFap's next round opponent will be Circolo (#6). Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.

La Family - Real Club 55-91

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and La Family (#8). La Family was smashed at home by 36 points 55-91 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Real Club (17-3) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. La Family at the other side stay dead last with 18 lost games. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.
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Inmaculada - EOFap 64-68

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and Inmaculada (#3). Inmaculada was defeated at home 64-68 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Inmaculada. EOFap (13-7) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Inmaculada. EOFap's next round opponent will be Circolo (#6). Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
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Regatas - Ejercito 97-99

Important game to mention about took place in Lima. Seventh ranked Ejercito (5-15) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Regatas (15-5) 99-97 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Ejercito maintains seventh position with 5-15 record. Regatas lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with five games lost. Ejercito's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima La Family.
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Circolo - San Marcos 61-66

The biggest surprise of round 20 was guest San Marcos' (8-12) road victory over 5th ranked Circolo (7-13) 66-61 on Wednesday evening. San Marcos moved-up to fifth place. Circolo lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
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  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. Lewis, Energa C.14.6 
 9. Michalak, PGE T.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.5.5 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 3. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 4. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 5. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 6. Lewis, Energa C.1.7 
 7. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 9. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 10. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Mbodj, Torun1.8 
 3. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 4. King, Stal Ostrow1.4 
 5. Kravish, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 7. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 8. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 9. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 10. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 


PLK Round 4 of Finals. Stelmet Zielona Gora claim 3-1 advantage - by Eurobasket News

Torun - Stelmet ZG 78-81
Stelmet Zielona Gora upset Torun on the road to step closer to PLK title. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who added 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Stelmet players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Twarde Pierniki's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Torun: K.Weaver 20+8reb+3ast, A.Perka 12+3reb+1ast, O.Trotter 9+5reb+9ast, K.Sulima 9, C.Mbodj 9+6reb, L.Wisniewski 8+2reb+2ast
Stelmet ZG: J.Florence 29+4reb+1ast, P.Zamojski 17+4reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 14+11reb+2ast, L.Koszarek 12+4reb+6ast, T.Kelati 5+2reb+2ast, A.Hrycaniuk 4+3reb+1ast
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Brek leaves Krosno - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Dawid Brek (188-89) left Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK). Brek played there also last season. In 31 games he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
Among other achievements Brek won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2014 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 2nd Team award in 2016.
Brek has played previously for four other teams: Kotwica, SKK Siedlce, Sokol Lancut and Polfarmex.

Miasto Szkla Krosno roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Marcin Sroka
Anton Gaddefors

Center:
Seid Hajric

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Start Lublin adds Dutkiewicz to their roster - by Eurobasket News

TBV Start Lublin (PLK) added to their roster 31-year old small forward Marcin Dutkiewicz (198-86) from King Szczecin. In 30 PLK games he recorded 7.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dutkiewicz played at Trefl (TBL) where in 30 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Polish Cup in 2011. Dutkiewicz was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
He was a member of Polish U18 National Team in 2004.
Dutkiewicz has played previously for five other teams: Polonia W-wa, AZS Koszalin, Energa Czarni, Polpharma and KK Warszawa.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Flieger re-signs at Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) confirmed in their roster 33-year old point guard Marcin Flieger (185-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 PLK games he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Flieger won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention back in 2013 and 2014.
Flieger has spent his entire career in Poland playing for seven other teams: Slask, Poznan PBG Basket, Stelmet, Kotwica, Energa Czarni, Wilki Morskie and Kotwica.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Marcin is an extraordinarily dynamic and fast player. It is very difficult to stop him in offense because his a great one-on-one player which is his biggest trump next to his excellent technical skills. In defense he takes advantage of his fast hands which perfectly illustrate the number of obtained steals per game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Liz, Ponce21.1 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.8 
 3. Huertas, Arecibo18.8 
 4. Wilkins, Guayama18.8 
 5. Rosario, Quebradillas18.7 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Laury, Mayaguez17.8 
 9. Arroyo, Fajardo17.2 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.6 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.7 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 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: 7.3
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 2. Browne, San German7.0 
 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. Torres, Ponce5.0 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Liz, Ponce1.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.5 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Browne, San German1.4 
 5. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 9. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 10. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. James, Fajardo2.5 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.2 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 8. Akindele, Bayamon0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Fells, San German0.7 


Victor Liz gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Dominican Rep. Victor Liz (193-SG-86) had a great game in the last week for Ponce and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 29.
The 30-year old shooting guard had the game-high 37 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Ponce in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guayama (#8, 10-16) 97-87. Ponce is placed at 4th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Ponce is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-13 record. In the team's last game Liz had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Liz has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.3ppg. Liz is in league's top in and averages solid 41.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 36-year old American guard Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama. Wilkins impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Guayama lost that game 87-97 to the higher-ranked Ponce (#4, 13-13). Guayama is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Wilkins is one of the most experienced players at Guayama and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.6rpg and 4.1apg.

The third best performed player last week was another Ponce's star - American Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, agency: Haylett Sports). Dawson showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last week. He was another key player of Ponce, helping his team with a 97-87 win against the lower-ranked Guayama (#8, 10-16). Ponce needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Dawson has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.5rpg (#1 in league). Dawson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn James (208-C-83) of Fajardo - 16 points and 13 rebounds
5. Mike Harris (198-SF-83) of Ponce - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) of Mayaguez - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Gilberto Clavell (200-F-89) of Aguada - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Quebradillas - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-F-90) of San German - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Fajardo - 21 points and 10 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)



League approves relocation of Humacao to Isabela - by Luis Modestti


BSN approved the relocation of Caciques de Humacao to Isabela in the middle of the 2017 season due to financial hardship.

Humacao owed money to the players and league since last season. The franchise holder, Daniel Maes, gave the team back to the previous owner Jose Casillas. After that, Casillas sold the team to Jose Perez and asked to move the team to Isabela which was approved by the BSN Board of Directors.

Isabela is expected to start playing this Saturday against Ponce and on Sunday they host Quebradillas. The team is going to be coached by veteran Flor Melendez.

The team announced the signing of Edwin Ubiles (198-F/G-86, college: Siena) and Steven Burtt (189-G-84, college: Iona). The league is going to approve Burtt as soon as Isabela settles the debt from last season with Johwen Villegas and Luis Villafane.



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  RUSSIA  


Voytyuk leaves Zenit - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Evgeny Voytyuk (200-98kg-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). But in 6 VTB United League games he averaged just 0.7ppg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr where in 7 Eurocup games he had 4.6ppg and 2.0rpg. Voytyuk also played 19 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
He played in the final of Russian U23 League in 2011.
Voytyuk was a member of Russian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for five other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Severstal, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and Khimky Podmoskoye.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avtodor lands Fedor Klyuchnikov - by Alex Rovenskyi

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) landed 27-year old guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-92kg-90). He played most recently at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in the Superleague 1. In 27 games he averaged impressive 20.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.7apg last season. Klyuchnikov helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
Klyuchnikov ended the previous (2015-16) season at BC Ryazan (also in Superleague 1) where in only one game he had 11 points, 2 assists and 4 steals. But the most of that year he spent at Dynamo Moscow (Superleague). In 10 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg.
Klyuchnikov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 18.4%, FT: 72.2%.
Klyuchnikov has played previously for six other teams: Enisey, BC Nizhny Novgorod, NGU Novosybirsk, Enisey Krasnoyarsk 2nd team, Ural Ekaterinburg and Ruskon Mordovia.

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Sergey Bykov leaves Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 34-year old international guard Sergey Bykov (190-95kg-83) left Avtodor Saratov (VTB). In 13 VTB United League games he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Lokomotiv where in 26 Euroleague games he had 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg. Bykov helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 28 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. Bykov contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements his team won Russian Cup in 2014. Bykov received also Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Bykov has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 80.0%.
Bykov has spent his entire career in Russia playing for five other teams: CSKA Moscow, Spartak Vidnoye, Dynamo Moscow, Unics Kazan and Universitet Yugra.
Bykov's game is described as: An SG who made a succesful transition to the point some years ago. He's very quick on the open court, passes the ball very well, and, of course, can finish by himself and shoot from the distance.

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Kirdyachkin comes back to Novosybirsk - by Eurobasket News

BC Novosybirsk (Superleague 1) inked 27-year old power forward Andrey Kirdyachkin (208-105kg-90). It is actually his comeback to Novosybirsk as he has played here before. Kirdyachkin played most recently at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in Russian Superleague 1. In 18 games he recorded 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kirdyachkin also played that season for BC Nizhny Novgorod. But in three VTB United League games he averaged just 1.7ppg.
Among other achievements Kirdyachkin's team won Russian Superleague Regular Season in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team award in 2015.
Kirdyachkin represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago.
He has played previously for three other teams: Ryazan, NGU Novosybirsk and Samara SGEU.

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Ivanov is back at TEMP SUMZ Revda - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) signed 33-year old ex-international swingman Andrei Ivanov (197-95kg-84, agency: Alti Sport). It is actually his comeback to TEMP SUMZ Revda as he has played here before. Ivanov played last season at Univ.Surgut in the Superleague 1. In 22 games he had 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. Ivanov helped them to win the Superleague 1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sakhalin (Superleague) where in 34 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg. Ivanov contributed to his team winning the regular season.
He was a member of Russian international program for some years. Ivanov was called to Russian Senior National Team between 2005 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Russia playing for eight other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Avtodor, Dynamo Moscow, Krasnie Krilya, Khimik Engels, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Alians and Dynamo St.Petersburg.

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

Guards:
Andrei Ivanov
Alexandr Varnakov
Dmitriy Zlobin

Forward:
Aleksandr Lavnikov

Center:
Sergey Karaulov

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Toolson left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

32-year old American guard Ryan Toolson (193-92kg-85, college: Utah Valley) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). In 29 VTB United League games he recorded 14.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. Toolson was also voted Eurobasket.com VTB League All-Imports Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso and Sutor Montegranaro), Spain (Unicaja Malaga and Gran Canaria) and Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka and Aliaga).
Toolson attended Utah Valley University until 2009 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.

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  RWANDA  


Espoir stun REG to claim Genocide Memorial tourney - by Eurobasket News

Tournament organisers Espoir basketball club stunned favourites Rwanda Energy Group (REG) to retain this year's Genocide Memorial tournament (local edition) that concluded on Sunday at Rafiki courts in Nyamirambo. The former league champions were drawn in a tough group that comprised REG, who currently lead league table, and the reigning Heroes' Day tournament champions, IPRC-Kigali. However, Maxime Mwiseneza's side defied odds at their home ground by not only reaching the final but also winning it 61-58 against REG which is coached by the former Espoir trainer Jean Bahufite . During the group stages, REG defeated Espoir 69-59 to advance to the semi-finals as table leaders while Espoir qualified in second place. At a fully covered Rafiki ground, the highly contested game saw REG claim the first quarter 16-14 before Espoir recovered to take the second quarter 19-15 to go into the half time break leading 33-31. REG dominated the third quarter and claimed it comfortably 18-10, but Mwiseneza's side showed great character in the final quarter, which they won 18-9 hence wrapping up the game 61-58. Pascal Niyonkuru (PF) was Espoir's top scorer with 17 points while his teammate Emmanuel Iyakaremye contributed 12 points to guide their side to victory, while REG's Kami Kabange dropped a game high 18 points.
Meanwhile, IPRC-South stunned reigning league champions Patriots 65-58 in the third-place playoff. The regional edition of the annual event meant to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is scheduled for June 9-11-it attracts teams from Uganda, DR Congo, Tanzania, Kenya and hosts Rwanda.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SERBIA  


Igor Kokoskov, Serbian coach in Utah Jazz and Head coach of Slovenian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian coach Igor Kokoskov is Serbian coach in NBA with experience of 15 seasons as assistant coach of Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah. During the career he was assistant coach in Serbia and Montenegro National team, head coach of Georgia National team and now is head coach of Slovenia National team. Mr Kokoskov NBA references are impressive:

1st Non-American Coach in NCAA History (University of Missouri)
1st Non-American Coach in NBA History (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who an NBA Champion Title in 2004 with Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who was a member of NBA All-Stars Coaching Staff in 2006 (Houston, TX)


Question: You are second season in Utah Jazz. What is you impression of the last season?

Answer: After 8 years of not playing in playoff Utah had primary focus to qualified and we made it. We passed Clippers in the first round and that is also serious success.Everybody are really satisfied. Team is growing, players are showing improvements and potential. Jazz team is based on young players which we pick up on Draft and with veterans like Diaw, Hill and Johnson we get experience which we needed for the next steps. Fans, media, owners, management are satisfied and now focus and ambitions are changed - how to stay on this level and make additional step to become one of the candidates for winning championship. This summer will be very interesting and important for us, because we are expecting to sigh Gordon Hayward and few more players, so we'll keep backbone of the team.

Question: The teams is selected mostly of young players, as you said with experienced Johnson, Diaw, Hil. Do you have a plan to stay on the same course and strategy?

Answer: I agree with you. Rudy Gober is central part of our team and he made huge progress last season. We are working on in to keep George Hill and Diaw as our main players. We have good synergy of experienced players and energy of young players. Jazz have ambition. Coach Snyder is working great job. We need good summer and to be honest I can't see good reason why this team can't continue go in good direction.

Question: Utah team has international character. Except US players there are players from France, Australia, Canada... Do you have some interesting scouting reports and
interests for some Serbian players?

Answer: I didn't know that Jazz has the most international players before I read that in the media. That is probably experience which our GM Denis Lindsay bring from San Antonio. Also the fact is that coach Snyder had that experience from Europe and period when he was assistant coach of Messina in CSKA. We believe in good players, it doesn't matter are they US or international players. We believe that our Management respect Serbian players and we'll not be surprised if they decide to sign some of them.

Question: Last season lot of rumors was related for Milos Teodosic and Utah interest for him. Is there real chances to Milos Teodosic become Utah player?

Answer: That option is real. Milos is one of the names always present in basketball media. He has experience and quality to be in NBA. I believe that Utah is not the only one team in NBA interested for Teodosic. In upcoming years for Milos is very important to find the best solution for him, team and coach who will know how to use all his potential and finally to make good and long term cooperation in that team. I wish him all the best, I hope his dream to play in NBA will become real next season and much more happy I'll be if he decide to be in Utah.

Question: Nikola Jokic shines his second consecutive season in NBA? Could you describe us his growing and improvements in his first and sophomore season? How do you see his further development?

Answer: I am sure that nobody had prediction for great season which Jokic had. For sure he is one of the players who made biggest progress last season in NBA. We must be happy in which way is going his career and development. Organization, management, coach, Denver...All of them are believe in Nikola. He is definitely future of Denver team Nikola well know what he needs to improve and he needs good summer. I believe in another Serbian player in All Star match.

Question: Boban Marjanovic had small role in his team. Do you think his role and number of minute on the court will goes in positive direction?

Answer: Boban is great man and last few games of the season tell me that something will be different in Detroit, when we speak about his status. He has long term contract with Detroit. He had mental strength to survive turbulent season with less minutes and role in his team. He can make much more in NBA and I believe that some things will change for him. Also, President of Detroit how is in the same time his coach definitely has concept for him.

Question: What is your impression about the roles and improvements in the game for the players from former Yugoslavian republic (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia...)?

Answer: Croatian players makes significant progress last season. Pretty season for Saric, Bogdanovic and Bender. Bender had some injuries, but I think they had pretty good season. Goran Dragic with lot of success representing Slovenian basketball nation. There is lot of respect about Yugoslavian basketball school. Lot of great players from former Yugoslavia left Indelible mark in NBA. Also, the fact is that before every Draft teams are following our countries. Personally, I am very proud on my basketball roots.

Question: National team of Slovenia is in the group with Montenegro, Spain and national team from qualifications. First 12 national teams will ensure their participation on World championship 2019. It is to early for estimation, but what is your expectation from your and other teams from the group?

Answer: To be honest, I am not thinking about qualification for World championship. We'll have very serious competition and challenge. We must be well prepared and play good this summer to reach our target. About qualification we'll speak after this summer. Our group is hard and also there is unknown fact who'll be ready and available to play this games. I hope we'll very fast resolve it in interest of basketball...

We'll definitely keep continuity from previous years, invite some young players who deserve to be on the list of candidates. Personally, I like young players and believe in them, but also in the same time there is no excuse for the lost games.

Question: Your former team, National team of Georgia is in the group with Serbia. Do you think that Georgia could surprise Serbia or other teams from the group?

Answer: From Georgia I have very nice coach experience. We build that program from division B until the participation on three European championships. I have lot of respect for Georgian basketball, but I am not sure they can surprise Serbia an makes them problems. Of course, the most important is with which team will Serbia play. Tbilsi could be hard court for the guests, but if Serbian team play equal with their quality I can't see the way how Georgia can surprise them.

Question: You are definitely very busy on position of assistant coach. Do you have time to follow ABA and Serbian league?

Answer: Yes, I am following games and results on daily base. That is not a part of my job description, but however I have personal and professional interest for basketball in my country, also in European leagues. Economic situation is very important all around the world, so our country is not exception. As much we wants to recover Serbian basketball league that is a part of financial and organization side almost impossible. So, that means we must be focus or producing young players, which will continue career in some other and richer leagues in the world when they come on higher level of development.

Question: Serbian basketball association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players which are on Universities in US. What is your opinion about that action of association?

Answer: I follow that idea and complete action. I think that idea is great. I had a
chance to spoke with Vladimir Kuzmanovic during the camp. Personally, my congratulation them on this enthusiastic project. If this project recognize only one player which will play in the future for National team that will be great success.

Question: You think that some of this players could be potential NBA prospect?

Answer: To be honest I don't know lot about them. I have very booked daily schedule and that is not scope of my work here in NBA.

Question: We still have huge difference between NBA an European basketball, it doesn't matter on some victories of European teams during the pre-season. Do you think that this trend could be changed?

Answer: Globalization of basketball is already existing and long term process. I think that some of victories are not real situation. Domination is definitely confirmed here in NBA. Centralization of world basketball is here. Financial aspect is primary and quality of NBA teams. All the best in the world will be definitely here and in the future. From the other side on European market are lot of young and talented players. Also lot of top coaches. Yes, style of basketball is closer. Now the basketball is playing will less isolation for the players if we compare situation 10 years ago. Trend of international basketball has influence on NBA improvement. Coach Greg Popovic lot of times speak about that. In the era of hi-tech technologies is very hard to hide some information, almost impossible. Basketball trends and way of playing are closer, but from the economic side pretty far away.

Question: What is your opinion about Serbian basketball and generation with are coming?

Answer: Serbian basketball have tradition and standards build through decades and producing great players, coaches, referees and results. That can't just disapere. But economic and financial trends are reflected on sport. Our young players are very ambition, hungry for success and challenges. Sport still can open some new door for further prospect in life. I am very optimistic when we speak about future of Serbian basketball. We must accept reality, as Serbian basketball school. Our local market must continue with development of young players which are staying in Serbia or trying to searching some leagues which can follow their ambition and potential. That is not negative. That can only be positive way.



KLS Round 1 of Semi-Finals. FMP and Crvena Zvezda earn victories - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - FMP 91-96

FMP overcame Partizan on the road to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 31-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. FMP outrebounded Partizan 36-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. 34 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Filip Covic (178-89) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists. Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds and international power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) added 19 points in the effort for Partizan. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
FMP: F.Covic 23+5ast, J.Bolden 18+7reb+3ast, A.Radanov 16+3reb+1ast, D.Apic 9+6reb+3ast, R.Seslija 8+8reb+1ast, S.Lazarevic 7+3reb+1ast
Partizan: N.Velickovic 27+5reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 19+3reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 11+3reb+6ast, V.Marinkovic 10+4reb, M.Andric 9+2reb+2ast, U.Lukovic 6+3reb
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Crvena Zvezda - Mega Leks 85-70

Crvena Zvezda outgunned Mega Leks in the opener. Crvena Zvezda made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Mega Leks were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Montenegrin power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Mega Leks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Kuzmic 20+5reb, M.Bjelica 18+5reb+1ast, N.Wolters 8+2reb+3ast, S.Jovic 7+2reb+5ast, M.Guduric 6+3reb+2ast, C.Jenkins 6+1reb+2ast
Mega Leks: P.Samardziski 15+8reb+4ast, J.Novak 15+3reb+4ast, R.Spasojevic 12+5reb+1ast, O.Jaramaz 12+3reb+3ast, K.Mushidi 7+1ast, N.Rebic 4+2reb+2ast
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AND1 La Paz inks Milos Petkovic - by Francisco Vega

AND1 La Paz (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old Serbian power forward Milos Petkovic (204-100kg-91, agency: Aspire Sports). The last time (16) he played at Penarol in Bolivian Libobasquet. Petkovic missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

Petkovic won Romanian Liga I championship title in 2013.

He is quite experienced player. Petkovic has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Bahrain (Issa Town), Bosnia (KK HEO Bileca), Montenegro (Ulcinj), Serbia (Vrsac), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca, Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti, CSA Steaua II CSM EximBank Bucuresti and Concordia) and FYR Macedonia (Kozuv).

Petkovic could be described: Milos is a dominant offensive post player who can score with his back to the bucket, face up and shoot high percentages, or drive to the rim and finish strong. He can also shoot the 3 point shot and stretch defenses. Very fast in transition and runs the floor fast. Very aggressive rebounder and shot blocker. Strong finisher in the paint. So strong that clubs have used Milos solely in the paint and have not needed his 3 point shooting ability.

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Dee Davis moves from Rogaska to Germany - by Zeljko Zule

Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) will continue his career in Germany. American guard signed a one-year contract with Giessen 46ers.
Davis spent last two seasons with Rogaska. He averged 16.4 points (ranked third), 2.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists (ranked fourth) and 1.5 steals in 35 Slovenian League games last season, helped them to reach play-off finals.
Quite impressive season as he was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Guard of the Year.



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Niklas Caner-Medley joins Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes secured the services of Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket). The forward penned a two-year deal with the Spanish team. Niklas Caner-Medley spent the last season in France. He played for Monaco. The forward notched 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ProA. In Champions League he averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds per appearance. Niklas Caner-Medley is not new to Madrid. He played for Estudiantes back in 2009/11 seasons.



Renfroe leaves FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 23 Liga Endesa games he averaged 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. He also played last season for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL where in 9 games he had 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg.
Among other achievements Renfroe's team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Renfroe represented Bosnia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 25.0%.
Renfroe is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (Enisey), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Brose Baskets) and Spain (Baskonia and Blancos de Rueda).
Renfroe attended Belmont University until 2009 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Diez re-signs at Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) confirmed in their roster 24-year old international power forward Daniel Diez (202-96kg-93). He played there last season. In 38 Liga Endesa games he had 5.6ppg and 3.8rpg.
Two years ago Diez was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa final in 2016. Diez was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Diez has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Diez's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: Score-1 (18.7ppg), 8.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 69.4%.
Diez has played previously for three other teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid II and Gipuzkoa.

Unicaja Malaga roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Nemanja Nedovic

Forward:
Jeffrey Brooks

Centers:
Daniel Diez
Ignacio Rosa

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Munford leaves FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American guard Xavier Munford (188-82kg-92, college: Rhode Island) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). In 6 games he averaged just 2.0ppg. Munford also played for another team Greensboro Swarm in U.S. semi-pro league D-League that season where in 30 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (51st overall).
Munford attended Rhode Island University until 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements Munford's team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016.
Munford has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).

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Janis Timma (ex Zenit) is a newcomer at Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92). He has played for the last two years at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 28 VTB United League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2013 Timma was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. Timma received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Timma has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
He 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.
The scouts decsribe him following way: 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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Nassjo keeps Ternell for another season - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Nassjo Basket (Basketligan) re-signed 25-year old forward Kristian Ternell (199-95kg-92). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 35 Basketligan games he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.2rpg last season.
Ternell's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish BasketEttan Group South in 2012.
He was a member of Swedish U18 National Team back in 2010.
Ternell has played previously for Sanda Basket.

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Jordan Heath (ex Monthey) agreed terms with Limburg United - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) inked 26-year old American power forward Jordan Heath (208-109kg-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In 31 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5bpg last season. Heath helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) where in 26 games he averaged 8.4ppg and 4.8rpg. Heath contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. Heath also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 5.6ppg and 2.7rpg.
Heath has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He has played previously for another Belgian team Kangoeroes.
Heath attended Canisius College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Abel Baptista

Center:
Jordan Heath

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

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Mugla Orman inks Baris Erlim - by Eurobasket News

Mugla Ormanspor (TBL) signed 27-year old point guard Baris Erlim (182-90, agency: Diamond Sportsman Agency). He played last season at Istanbulspor in TB2L. Erlim helped his team get promotion to TBL. In 34 games he had 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Akhisar Bld where in 24 TBL games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1apg.
Erlim won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2012.
He has played previously for six other teams: TED Kolejliler, Balikesir, Pertevniyal, Istanbul BBSK, Maliye Milli and Asut Mersin.

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Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Awards 2017 - by Baha Kurtulus

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL 1st Team 2017
T.J. Campbell
Campbell
Aubrey Coleman
Coleman
Sean Marshall
Marshall
Josh Duncan
Duncan
Dejan Borovnjak
Borovnjak

Player of the Year: Josh Duncan (203-F/C-86) of Eskisehir Basket
Guard of the Year: T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88) of Socar Petkim
Forward of the Year: Josh Duncan (203-F/C-86) of Eskisehir Basket
Center of the Year: Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Bursaspor
Defensive Player of the Year: Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) of Sakarya BSB
Domestic Player of the Year: Hakan Yapar (202-C-84) of Sakarya BSB
Import Player of the Year: Josh Duncan (203-F/C-86) of Eskisehir Basket
Bosman Player of the Year: Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Bursaspor
Coach of the Year: Selcuk Ernak of Sakarya BSB

1st Team
PG: T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88) of Socar Petkim
G: Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Yalova Bld
G/F: Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Eskisehir Basket
F/C: Josh Duncan (203-F/C-86) of Eskisehir Basket
F/C: Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Bursaspor

2nd Team
PG: Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90) of Sakarya BSB
G: Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Acibadem
G: Quincy Douby (190-G-84) of Afyon
PF: Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) of Sakarya BSB
C: Hakan Yapar (202-C-84) of Sakarya BSB

3rd Team
G: Karlo Vragovic (192-G-89) of Bursaspor
F/G: Kaan Sariaslan (193-F/G-97) of Mamak DSI
G/F: Polat Kaya (197-G/F-86) of Socar Petkim
F: Tyler Smith (200-F-86) of Akhisar Bld
C/F: Darryl Monroe (201-C/F-86) of Turk Telekom

Honorable Mention
Kenan Bajramovic (206-C/F-81) of Socar Petkim
Reginald Holmes (193-G-87) of Mamak DSI
Cemal Nalga (213-C-87) of Eskisehir Basket
Fikret Can Akin (190-G-83) of Sakarya BSB
Brandon Brown (201-PF-85) of Istanbulspor
Nezih Ozbakir (206-F/C-80) of Mamak DSI
Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) of Bandirma Kir.
Elijah Johnson (192-G-90) of Istanbulspor
Kyle Hunt (208-F/C-89) of Yalova Bld
Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of Pertevniyal

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Yunus Sonsirma (192-G-92) of Eskisehir Basket
: Ibrahim Ahmet Pinarer of Turk Telekom
G/F: Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) of Turk Telekom
F: Hadi Ozdemir (203-F-83) of Afyon
C: Hakan Yapar (202-C-84) of Sakarya BSB

All-Imports Team
PG: T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88) of Socar Petkim
G: Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) of Mamak DSI
G/F: Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Eskisehir Basket
F/C: Josh Duncan (203-F/C-86) of Eskisehir Basket
C/F: Sharrod Ford (206-C/F-82) of Acibadem



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NBL Round 6: Undefeated Nkumba M. loses their first game against JKL Dolphins - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Nkumba M. (0-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by fifth ranked JKL Dolphins (2-1) 94-57. JKL Dolphins dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Nkumba M.'s 20. JKL Dolphins forced 22 Nkumba M. turnovers and outrebounded them 54-28 including a 40-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Ferdinand Odama (-95) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jeane-Phillipe Pemha (-93) chipped in 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Malvin Midaki (-90) with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JKL Dolphins moved-up to fourth place, which they share with City Oilers. Nkumba M. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with UPDF. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top-ranked Power blasted bottom-ranked Falcons (0-2) in 86-51 keeping the perfect record after 6 rounds. Falcons is still unable to win any game. International power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Paul Odong supported him with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Power's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by forward Benard Okumu did not help to save the game for Falcons. Power have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with KIU Titans. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Ndejje and Our Saviour. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Power - Falcons 86-51

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Nkumba M. (0-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by fifth ranked JKL Dolphins (2-1) 94-57. JKL Dolphins dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Nkumba M.'s 20. JKL Dolphins forced 22 Nkumba M. turnovers and outrebounded them 54-28 including a 40-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Ferdinand Odama (-95) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jeane-Phillipe Pemha (-93) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Five JKL Dolphins players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Malvin Midaki (-90) with 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Wilson Otweyo (-89) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JKL Dolphins moved-up to fourth place, which they share with City Oilers. Nkumba M. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with UPDF. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
JKL Dolphins: J.Phillipe Pemha 20+3reb+3ast, F.Odama 18+10reb+3ast, M.Libe 12+7reb+2ast, D.Orenga 11+4reb+3ast, F.Ogola 10+5reb+1ast, I.Ocakacon 6+5reb
Nkumba M.: M.Midaki 13+7reb+2ast, L.Marcus 12+2reb, S.Makutwa 11+3reb, W.Otweyo 7+9reb+3ast, U.Walugembe 5, W.Kigobe 3
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Nkumba M. - JKL Dolphins 57-94

Top-ranked Power blasted bottom-ranked Falcons (0-2) in 86-51 keeping the perfect record after 6 rounds. Falcons is still unable to win any game. Power forced 27 Falcons turnovers and outrebounded them 55-34 including a 24-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. International power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Paul Odong (-91) supported him with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Power's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by forward Benard Okumu did not help to save the game for Falcons. Center Navi Owori added 12 points and 4 assists. Power have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with KIU Titans. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Ndejje and Our Saviour. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Power: M.Makiadi 25+11reb+4ast, S.Fahmy 15+3reb+1ast, I.Afridra 8+4reb, K.Micheal 8+5reb+1ast, J.Ikong 8+4reb+4ast, P.Odong 6+8reb+8ast
Falcons: B.Okumu 19+7reb, N.Owori 12+3reb+4ast, E.Aupal 8+7reb+1ast, F.Karoro 7+4reb+1ast, A.Ntale 3+9reb+4ast, O.Moses 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 547440





Makiadi number one in Uganda for round 6 - by Eurobasket News

International Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Power, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Falcons (#10, 0-2) with 35-point margin 86-51. Power is placed at 2nd position in Ugandan NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Power already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Makiadi has many years of experience at Power, through which he has constantly improved. Mickeal Makiadi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.7ppg), assists (9th best: 3.7apg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Ferdinand Odama (F-95) of JKL Dolphins. Odama had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led JKL Dolphins to another comfortable win outscoring Nkumba M. (#8, 0-1) 94-57. JKL Dolphins' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Odama is one of the most experienced players at JKL Dolphins and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another JKL Dolphins' star - guard Jeane Phillipe Pemha (G-93). Pemha scored 20 points. He was another key player of JKL Dolphins, helping his team with a 94-57 easy win against Nkumba M. (#8, 0-1). JKL Dolphins needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Pemha has a great season in Uganda. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Odong (G-91) of Power - 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Sebaindira Fahmy (G-91) of Power - 15 points and 3 rebounds
6. Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kojo Micheal (C-87) of Power - 8 points and 5 rebounds
8. Joseph Ikong (193-F-85) of Power - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Makala Libe (F-95) of JKL Dolphins - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Francis Ogola (C-91) of JKL Dolphins - 10 points and 5 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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Phoenix go with Gettys - by Paul Nilsen

Cheshire Phoenix are pleased to announce the signing of C.J. Gettys (213-C), who joins from top NCAA Division I Rutgers University, where he started all 33 games in the Big Ten Conference.

The 7 foot centre averaged 8ppg and 5rbs during the 16/17 season for Rutgers Scarlet Knights and is delighted to join up with the club in September.

On joining the Phoenix, Gettys stated: "First and foremost, I would like to thank God and my family for everything that is happening; secondly, I would like to thank Cheshire Phoenix for believing in me and I cannot wait to get to work."

Phoenix Head Coach, Ben Thomas added, 'This is a huge signing for us. We have been looking to get a quality big for next season and as soon as CJ was on our radar, we had to get him.

"He is coming from a top college playing in one of, if not the best conference, in division one basketball'.

C.J. Gettys joins Raheem May-Thompson and Andrew Bachman on the roster for the upcoming season, with the early bird season ticket deadline ending on 30 June 30.



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Ascenso Round 1: Colon defeats Sayago - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Ascenso just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sayago (0-1) on the court of Colon on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Colon 84-67. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Sayago's 36. Colon looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Sayago's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Facundo Ferreira (192-88) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for Sayago. Colon is looking forward to face Marne (#11) in Montevideo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sayago will play at home against Tabare and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game for Miramar (1-0) which played on the court of Stockolmo (0-1). Miramar eked out just a narrow 1-point road win over Stockolmo 67-66. Stockolmo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and Marcelo Nessi chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Miramar will play against Union Atletica (#5) in Montevideo in the next round. Stockolmo will play on the road against Atenas (#1) in Montevideo to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also tough home loss of Cordon in a game in Montevideo versus undefeated Atenas (#2) 80-76. Anthony Danridge nailed 22 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side. Facundo Medina came up with 35 points (!!!) for Cordon in the defeat. Atenas will meet at home Stockolmo (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cordon will have a break next round.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Verdirrojo (1-0) over 25 de Agosto (0-1) 68-62. Gerel Simmons fired 32 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Verdirrojo's next round opponent will be Auriblanco and it will be for sure the game of the week. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Capitol.
Auriblanco (1-0) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging Marne (0-1) 77-75 on Wednesday evening. It was a very good performance for Rodrigo Goncalvez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Auriblanco will face Verdirrojo (#6) in Montevideo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Marne will play against Colon and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 Capitol lost to U Atletica on the road 68-79.

Colon - Sayago 84-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sayago (0-1) on the court of Colon on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Colon 84-67. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Sayago's 36. Colon looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Sayago's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Facundo Ferreira (192-88) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Colon players scored in double figures. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and forward Emiliano Gonzalez (198-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sayago. Colon is looking forward to face Marne (#11) in Montevideo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sayago will play at home against Tabare and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Colon: F.Ferreira 19+5reb+3ast, T.Brown 18+10reb+4ast, F.Della Mea 16+7reb+2ast, L.Lepiani 13+4reb+6ast, M.Botta 11+3reb+2ast, A.Rodriguez 3
Sayago: P.Harrison 27+11reb+2ast, E.Gonzalez 14+8reb+3ast, J.Garbarino 7+3reb+2ast, G.Fernandez 7+2reb+2ast, M.Perdomo 6+6reb+3ast, E.Elhordoy 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547953


Auriblanco - Marne 77-75

Auriblanco (1-0) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging Marne (0-1) 77-75 on Wednesday evening. Auriblanco made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Marne turnovers. It was a very good performance for Rodrigo Goncalvez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Emiliano Suarez (182-91) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bruno Ingratta answered with 22 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Marne. Auriblanco will face Verdirrojo (#6) in Montevideo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Marne will play against Colon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 30+10reb+1ast, C.Colman 14+2reb+2ast, A.Taibo 9+2reb+1ast, E.Suarez 8+6reb+5ast, A.Jones 6+1reb+1ast, F.Sanchez 6+3reb+4ast
Marne: B.Ingratta 22+4reb+1ast, A.Pineiro 16+2reb+5ast, S.Pereira 15+5ast, J.Crocano 7+7reb+4ast, L.Blazina 5+2reb+2ast, J.Borallo 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 547954


Stockolmo - Miramar 66-67

Another exciting game for Miramar (1-0) which played on the court of Stockolmo (0-1). Miramar eked out just a narrow 1-point road win over Stockolmo 67-66. Stockolmo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Stockolmo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and guard Marcelo Nessi (188-94) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and guard Juan Viana (189-97) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Miramar will play against Union Atletica (#5) in Montevideo in the next round. Stockolmo will play on the road against Atenas (#1) in Montevideo to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Miramar: J.Fahnbulleh 22+3reb+2ast, M.Nessi 11+4reb+5ast, F.Masner 9+6reb+1ast, I.Asaravicius 8+5reb+4ast, M.Trelles 7+3reb+3ast, R.Blankson 6+5reb+1ast
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 26+13reb, J.Viana 19+1reb+4ast, M.Counago 6+2reb, O.Medina 5+5reb+4ast, L.De Leon 5+5reb+2ast, F.Grolla 3+6reb+4ast
gschID: 547957


U Atletica - Capitol 79-68

Union Atletica used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Montevideo 79-68 on Tuesday night. Capitol was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Point guard Ignacio Cambon (181-92) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Juan Wenzel (190-89) answered with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Hector Silva (192-90) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Capitol. Union Atletica will face Miramar (#4) in the next round. Capitol's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo 25 de Agosto.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: G.Semiglia 27+9reb+8ast, I.Cambon 18+1reb+4ast, F.Alonso 11+7reb+1ast, F.Trusich 9+4reb+1ast, M.Brock 6+1reb, M.Martinez 4+7reb
Capitol: H.Silva 14+8reb, J.Andres Galleto 14+2reb+3ast, J.Wenzel 13+6reb+5ast, F.Soto 6+4reb, A.Lecona 6+5reb+1ast, L.Bosca 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 547956


Cordon - Atenas 76-80

An interesting game was also tough home loss of Cordon in a game in Montevideo versus undefeated Atenas (#2) 80-76. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) nailed 22 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side and guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) accounted for 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Guard Facundo Medina (190-94) came up with 35 points (!!!) and guard Luca Magnone (187-97) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Cordon in the defeat. Atenas will meet at home Stockolmo (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cordon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Atenas: A.Danridge 22+4reb+5ast, M.Zubiaurre 20+6reb+5ast, T.Girbau 15+8reb+1ast, F.Pomoli 10+10reb+2ast, M.Pose 6, O.Galeano 3
Cordon: F.Medina 35+4reb+2ast, L.Magnone 8+7reb+3ast, A.Zuvich 8+8reb, T.Hopewell 7+9reb+1ast, A.Amaral 7+1reb+3ast, N.Ibarra 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 547958


25 de Agosto - Verdirrojo 62-68

We should not miss anothera road victory of Verdirrojo (1-0) over 25 de Agosto (0-1) 68-62. Verdirrojo made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) fired 32 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Federico Cholaquides chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Verdirrojo's next round opponent will be Auriblanco and it will be for sure the game of the week. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Capitol.
Top scorers:
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 32+7reb+2ast, F.Cholaquides 14+5reb+1ast, P.Makanskas 8+4reb, M.Monteverde 7+5reb+2ast, S.Massa 4+2reb, M.Parreno 2+7reb+3ast
25 de Agosto: G.Johnson 27+12reb+1ast, N.Alvarez 12+9reb+1ast, B.Barrera 10+3reb+1ast, R.Cardozo 4+8reb+4ast, J.Alvarez 3, A.Bernini 3+1reb
gschID: 547955





Simmons' 32-point game gives him Ascenso Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Verdirrojo and receives a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 32 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Verdirrojo in his team's victory, helping them to beat 25 de Agosto (#6, 1-1) 68-62. It's just the very beginning of the season and Verdirrojo won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Simmons just recently signed at Verdirrojo and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Lincoln Memorial University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Simmons is in league's top in points (2nd best: 32.0ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of 25 de Agosto. He is American forward in his first season at 25 de Agosto. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as 25 de Agosto lost that game 62-68 to Verdirrojo (1-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Johnson is one of the most experienced players at 25 de Agosto and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#5). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Facundo Medina (190-G-94) of Cordon (#9). Medina got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. Despite Medina's great performance Cordon lost 76-80 to Atenas (#2, 1-0). The season just started for Medina as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Rodrigo Goncalvez) of Auriblanco - 30 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rashaun Stimage (202-F) of Stockolmo - 26 points and 13 rebounds
8. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bruno Ingratta) of Marne - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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.18.8 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.1 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.2 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.7 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.2 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.9 
 6. Hamilton, Bucan.7.6 
 7. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.6 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.3 
 10. Echenique, Guaros7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 6. Wormely, Gigantes4.4 
 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, Gigantes1.7 
 3. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 4. Cazorla, Gigantes1.6 
 5. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 6. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 9. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
 10. Sucre, Gigantes1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Carrera, Marinos1.3 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 


LPB Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Guaros reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Toros - Cocodrilos 88-79

Toros took 3-2 lead against Cocodrilos following three wins at home court. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Cocodrilos won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros had a 36-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and international guard Elder Gimenez (186-91) chipped in 21 points. American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 21+7reb, C.Elliott 13+2reb+7ast, C.Garcia 13+5reb, L.Lopez 12+7reb+1ast, Y.Palacios 8+4reb, K.Caraballo 6+6reb
Toros: E.Gimenez 21+4reb+1ast, J.Guerrero 15+7reb+2ast, K.Fuller 15+7reb+5ast, K.Pena 15+5reb+1ast, P.Brito 9+1reb, E.Mijares 8+1ast
gschID: 547951


Trotamundos - Guaros 92-97

Guaros secured the fourth win against Trotamundos and advanced into the semifinal stage. Trotamundos were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Guaros, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Guaros players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) nailed 29 points and 4 assists for the winning side and international center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) came up with 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Trotamundos in the defeat. Five Guaros and four 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:
Trotamundos: A.Morillo 25+1reb, R.Powell 23+3reb+4ast, D.Simpson 13+13reb+2ast, J.Powell 11+7reb+4ast, D.Lewis 5+4reb+1ast, D.Cubillan 5+5ast
Guaros: N.Robinson 29+2reb+4ast, L.Hayward 15+4reb+3ast, G.Echenique 14+13reb+1ast, H.Guillent 11+1reb+6ast, E.Baez 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vargas 10+3reb+7ast
gschID: 547952


Gigantes - Guaiqueries 68-79

Guaiqueries upset Gigantes on the road to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Guaiqueries. Gigantes managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guaiqueries dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Gigantes' 20. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Guaiqueries players scored in double figures. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Leonardo Cappare (186-80) produced 21 points and the former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: L.Cappare 21+1reb+1ast, H.Wormely 12+2reb+5ast, O.Reed 10+7reb+2ast, A.Sucre 9+8reb+3ast, A.Feeley 8+10reb+1ast, H.Cazorla 6+6reb+2ast
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 21+2reb+4ast, F.Centeno 16+1reb+1ast, M.Melvin 13+13reb+2ast, K.Gransberry 12+10reb+1ast, M.Flores 8+3reb+1ast, D.Ramirez 6+1reb
gschID: 547950


Bucaneros - Marinos 75-82

Marinos edged Bucaneros on the road to open 3-2 advantage in the series. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Bucaneros won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Marinos won last quarter 29-24. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Bucaneros outrebounded Marinos 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. The former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bucaneros. Four Marinos and five Bucaneros players scored in double figures. Bucaneros' coach Ivan Deniz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: S.Gay 18+7reb, E.Hernandez 16+1reb, C.Cedeno 13+3reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 13+8reb+13ast, L.Williams 11+11reb, W.Graterol 4+8reb+1ast
Marinos: M.Carrera 21+2reb+1ast, R.Perez 20+1reb+3ast, C.Massie 16+16reb+1ast, J.Centeno 11+4reb+5ast, I.Swann 7+2reb+1ast, J.Herrera 3
gschID: 547949





Recap of LPB Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos - Guaros 87-96

Guaros upset Trotamundos to take 3-1 lead. American Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Five Guaros players scored in double figures. American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) produced 26 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) added 21 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Guaros: N.Robinson 22+3reb+4ast, L.Hayward 20+12reb+5ast, J.Vargas 18+1reb+3ast, G.Echenique 12+4reb+1ast, N.Colmenares 12+5reb, H.Guillent 10+1reb+2ast
Trotamundos: R.Powell 26+4reb+4ast, D.Cubillan 21+2reb+7ast, J.Powell 15+11reb, A.Perez 9+5reb+2ast, D.Lewis 8+4reb+2ast, M.Ruiz 5+2reb
gschID: 547829


Toros - Cocodrilos 102-80

Toros edged Cocodrilos to even the series at 2-2. Toros made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican guard Kelvin Pena (193-80, college: Southeastern CC) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) who added 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) scored 18 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 27+2reb+7ast, K.Fuller 22+4reb+6ast, J.Guerrero 17+12reb+1ast, D.Johnson 9+10reb+1ast, A.Barrios 7+3reb, E.Gimenez 6+1reb+1ast
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 18+6reb, C.Elliott 17+5reb+3ast, C.Garcia 15+4reb, G.Forbes 9+3reb, J.Rodriguez 8+4reb, K.Caraballo 6+6reb
gschID: 547828


Gigantes - Guaiqueries 98-91

Gigantes overcame Guaiqueries to level things up at 2-all. Gigantes shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by the former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and international point guard Harold Cazorla (175-91) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds by the former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) did not help to save the game for Guaiqueries. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) added 17 points and 6 assists for lost side. Five Guaiqueries players scored in double figures. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: A.Sucre 27+10reb+4ast, F.Lucena 21, H.Cazorla 19+9reb+3ast, A.Feeley 13+1reb+1ast, O.Reed 9+8reb+4ast, H.Wormely 8+7reb+8ast
Guaiqueries: M.Flores 20+6reb+2ast, D.Downey 17+2reb+6ast, F.Centeno 14+6reb+1ast, M.Melvin 13+2reb, D.Ramirez 11+4reb+2ast, C.Silva 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 547827


Bucaneros - Marinos 92-74

Bucaneros recorded the second straight victory at home court and caught up with Marinos in the series. Bucaneros shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 assists. American-Mexican forward Juan Anderson (198-93, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 22 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Marinos. Five Marinos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 23+4reb+8ast, J.Anderson 22+5reb, S.Gay 20+7reb, K.Nino 9+1reb, C.Cedeno 7+4reb+6ast, W.Graterol 4+7reb+4ast
Marinos: C.Massie 19+22reb, I.Swann 13+5reb+4ast, R.Perez 13+5reb, J.Centeno 11+3reb+4ast, J.Herrera 11+1reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 5
gschID: 547826





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Voytyuk leaves Zenit - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Evgeny Voytyuk (200-98kg-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). But in 6 VTB United League games he averaged just 0.7ppg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr where in 7 Eurocup games he had 4.6ppg and 2.0rpg. Voytyuk also played 19 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
He played in the final of Russian U23 League in 2011.
Voytyuk was a member of Russian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for five other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Severstal, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and Khimky Podmoskoye.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA denies David Blatt link and interested in Wannamaker - by Anton Levov

CSKA Moscow has won tonight in the first game of the VTB final series against Khimky but already in preparations for next season.
In the last couple of days it was published that the Red Army team is looking to bring former Russia head coach David Blatt,but tonight team officials have denied any interest in the Darussafaka head coach.
According to a team official, Demitris Itoudis,who has a guaranteed contract for the next two seasons will remain and there are no plans to replace him.
A team official has told us after tonight's game that no contact has been made with Blatt:"These are silly season roumors,We haven't talked or offered anything to Blatt or other coaches,Itoudis will remain at CSKA Moscow".
In the players front,CSKA Moscow are interested in Darussafaka American guard Brad Wannamaker if Milos Teodosic will leave to the NBA.Wannamaker had an excellent season at the Turkish outfit and led the team to the Euroleague Top8 and to the Turkish league Semi finals series.



Round 1 of Finals. CSKA claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Khimki 94-88

CSKA overcame Khimki in the championship series opener. Khimki trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 27 after three quarters before a 37-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 88-94 at the end of the game. CSKA made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. French Nando De-Colo (196-87) fired 21 points for the winners. American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four CSKA players scored in double figures. Guard Vyacheslav Zaytsev (191-89, agency: Alti Sport) produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and American-Bulgarian point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: N.De Colo 21+2reb+3ast, K.Hines 16+5reb, S.Antonov 16+3reb, C.Higgins 10+2reb+3ast, A.Jackson 9+3reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 7+5ast
Khimki: A.Shved 18+1reb+2ast, V.Zaytsev 15+5reb+6ast, E.Rowland 15+2reb+5ast, V.Likhodey 10+1reb, R.Hummel 9+6reb, E.Vyaltsev 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547856





Toolson left Zenit - by Eurobasket News

32-year old American guard Ryan Toolson (193-92kg-85, college: Utah Valley) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). In 29 VTB United League games he recorded 14.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2016. Toolson was also voted Eurobasket.com VTB League All-Imports Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso and Sutor Montegranaro), Spain (Unicaja Malaga and Gran Canaria) and Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka and Aliaga).
Toolson attended Utah Valley University until 2009 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Argentinian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Victoria Gauna
Gauna
Rocio Cejas
Cejas
Lucia Operto
Operto
Candela Gentinetta
Gentinetta
Florencia Chagas
Chagas
#e#5
4Victoria Gauna 185-PF-01
5Ariana Rugna 163-PG-01
6Rocio Cejas 171-SF-01
7Dalma Piri 175-SG-01
8Rocio Bereilh 165-G-01 Penarol Argentina
9Sofia Acevedo 167-PG-01
10Malvina D'Agostino 184-C-01
11Lucia Operto 191-C-01
12Martina Torres 180-SF-02
13Candela Gentinetta 181-SF-01
14Florencia Chagas 174-G-01 Berazategui Argentina
15Brenka Fontana 185-C-01

Laura Cors Head Coach Lanus Argentina



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Ukraine outgun Belarus in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Belarus 84:82

Ukraine narrowly defeated Belarus in the second game of the Patras Tournament in Greece. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) came up with 27 points to lead the winning side.
Ukraine got to a strong start. They built a 22:13 advantage after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Ukraine ensured a 43:38 halftime lead. Belarus however erased the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 66:65 advantage heading into the final stanza. But Ukraine managed to survive a tough challenge and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) had 14 points, while Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed 10 points for the winners. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 19 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (189-F-94) tossed in 13 points in the defeat.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 27, Taisia Udodenko 14, Olesia Malashenko 10
Belarus: Alex Bentley 19, Maryia Papova 13



Greece outscore Belarus at Patras tournament - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Belarus 65:58

Greece secured the opening victory at the Patras tournament. They held off Belarus in the opener. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) provided 17 points to pace the winners.
Greece jumped to a 22:12 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term. The hosts accumulated a 34:28 halftime lead. Belarus pulled within three points at the final break 49:52. But Greece stayed in charge throughout the final stanza and marched to the win. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 12 points, while Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) added 8 points in the victory. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 12 points for Belarus. Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88), Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) and Yuliya Rytsikava (181-F-86, agency: LBM Management) had 8 points each in the loss.



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  CANADA  


Canadian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Sarah Te-Biasu
Te-Biasu
Donna Ntambue
Ntambue
Aaliyah Edwards
Edwards
Merissah Russell
Russell
Brynn Masikewich
Masikewich
#e#5
4Sarah Te-Biasu 159-PG-01 High School Canada
5Kaillie Hall 173-SG-01 High School Canada
6Aerial Wilson 172-PG-01 High School Canada
7Kenya Cote-Lysius 172-SG-01 High School Canada
8Makayla Ennis 179-SF-01 High School Canada
9Donna Ntambue 175-SF-01 High School Canada
10Aaliyah Edwards 184-F-02 High School Canada
11Yvonne Ejim 182-PF-02 High School Canada
12Merissah Russell 180-F-02 High School Canada
13Brynn Masikewich 186-PF-01 High School Canada
14Deanna Tuchscherer 182-PF-01 High School Canada
15Olivia Morgan-Cherchas 197-C-01 High School Canada

Jodi Gram Head Coach Ryerson Canada
Dani Sinclair Assistant Victoria Canada



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  COLOMBIA  


Colombian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Dayana Fuentes
Fuentes
Maria Diaz
Diaz
Hamileth Ulloa
Ulloa
Esperanza Morales
Morales
Daniela Gonzalez
Gonzalez
#e#5
4Dayana Fuentes 156-PG-01
5Luisa Torres 167-SF-01
6Maria Diaz 166-SF-01
8Laura Ayala 174-PG-01
9Naylee Cortes 174-PF-03
11Maria Escobar 185-C-03
12Stephanny Orozco 165-PG-01
14Luisa Quesada 172-SG-01
16Hamileth Ulloa 176-SG-01
17Carolina Rojas 168-PG-02
18Esperanza Morales 181-C-02
19Daniela Gonzalez 179-C-02

Guillermo Moreno Head Coach



Colombia fall against USA in the Fiba Americas U16 opener - by Victor Garcia

Colombia loss against USA in the Fiba Americas women U16 opener 33-91.
The difference in size between the USA women U16 team and the Colombian team was too much, the Colombian national team began trying to put defensive pressure against the USA but full court press is always a bet and against a team as athletic as USA is a risky bet, the first quarter was painfull finishing 4-30, the northamericans always found a way to the rim specially through fast breaks or finding A. Boston, a giant, in the paint, Colombias offense were limited to the external shooting of Hamileth Ulloa.
Coach Moreno from the second quarter adjust the Colombian defense to close the paint and change the game pace, in the offense Colombia had its better quarter scoring 15 pts, but from the third quarter USA took again the control in both sides of the court to close the game with a wide lead.
For Colombia Hamileth Ulloa score 7 points with 2 of 14 FG and 2 of 6 3 pointers, Daniela Gonzalez grabbed 6 rebounds.

Colombia 33- H. Ulloa 7 pts, L. Quesada 5 pts, N. Cortes 4 pts, D. Fuentes 4 pts, L. Ayala 3 pts, S. Orozco 3 pts, D. Gonzalez 3 pts, E. Morales 2 pts, M. Escobar 2 pts.
USA 91- A. Boston 17 pts, S. Brunelle 13 pts, C. Clark 11 pts, K. Watson 10 pts, P. Bueckers 10 pts, A Fudd 8 pts, Z. Cooke 7 pts, C. Taylor 6 pts, J. Horston 4 pts, J. Oliver 3 pts, D.Miller 2 pts.



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Croatia lost to Czech, 51-75 - by Zeljko Zule

Croatia lost to Czech 51-75 in friendly game. Lea Miletic (185-PF-95) scored 12 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double and Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) 11, bit she commited 8 turnovers. After trailing by one point midway through the first quarter, the next five minutes was not kind to Croatia, as Czech outscored its opponent 13-0 and led 42-21 at the halftime break. Croatia shot just 33-percent (16-of-49) from 2-point land.

Czech-Croatia 75-51 (25-15, 17-6, 13-17, 20-13)

Czech: Vaughn 14, Stejskalova 8, Elhotova 7, Hanusova 8, Zaplatova 2, Vorackova, Elhotova 15, Vyoralova 6, Kulichova 8, Kopecka, Svrdlikova 5, Burgrova 2. Coach: Benes.
Croatia: Blazevic, Begic 2, Buzov 7, Mamic 2, Todoric 4, Dzankic 11, Majstorovic 5, Rados 2, Bura 4, Packovski 2, Perisa, Miletic 12. Coach: Jelavic



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Dominican Republic U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Katiana Benitez
Benitez
Yendri Acosta
Acosta
Naomy Cueva
Cueva
Ashley Baez
Baez
Maria Manzano
Manzano
#e#5
4Yisbel German 171-G-01 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
5Katiana Benitez 172-F-01 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
6Yendri Acosta 168-G-01 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
7Angela Jimenez 179-F-03 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
8Chelsy Santana 180-F/C-02 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
9Tiffanny Martinez 171-F-02 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
10Brianne Alcantara 169-G-01 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
11Naomy Cueva 176-F-01 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
12Angela Pena 164-G-01 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
13Ashley Baez 163-G-02 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
14Maria Manzano 185-C-01 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic
15Yirsy Queliz 158-PG-04 DOM U16 NT Dominican Republic

Ariel Portuondo Head Coach



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  EEWBL  


Best from Lithuania - welcome the Hoptrans Sirenos! - by Eurobasket News

We continue our journey into the summer and welcome the 2016 champions and the 2017 runners-up of Lithuania - Hoptrans Sirenos! Lithuania is a country of basketball for 80 years now. Lithuanian men won the EuroBasket 1937 in Riga and since then it's the hotbed of hoops. It didn't took long for the Lithuanian women to follow in the footsteps of their men. Lithuania won the silver medal in the inaugural EuroBasket Women 1938 held in Rome trailing only to the hosts - Italy. Fifty nine years later the Lithuanians went all the way to become the EuroBasket Women 1997 champions in Budapest, Hungary. A team from Vilnius - Lietuvos Telekomas - flourished in club scene, playing in the EuroLeague Women for 12 seasons in a row (2000-2012) and reaching the Final Four twice (2005, 2006). Jurgita Streimikyte-Virbickiene had a brilliant career in club level, becoming the second best scorer in the EuroLeague Women history. The tide of ebb followed the tide of flood - Lithuania didn't qualified for the EuroBasket Women for the first time since 2003. No worries - the Lithuanians will be back! Hoptrans Sirenos won the 2016 Lithuanian championship and last season represented country in the EuroCup Women, going up against CEKK Cegled from Hungary, Sparta&K from Russia and Maccabi Ashdod from Israel.
Tournaments 2017/2018: LMKL, EEWBL.
Star players 2016/2017: Rasa Zemantauskaite-Matla (176-G-81), Volha Ziuzkova (172-PG-83), Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-PG-90, agency: LBM Management), Victoria Jarosz, Dalia Belickaite (177-SG-96).
Head coach: Linas Salkus (since 2011).
Courtesy of: eewbl.eu



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  EGYPT  


Egyptian women U16 basketball team going to African Nations - by Eurobasket News

Egyptian women under 16 Basketball team finished the qualifying round of the 5th zone, and qualified for the African Nations Cup scheduled in August. The team is supposed to arrive in Egypt Thursday morning from Kenya after winning the first place in the African Zone number 5 and qualified for the African Championship in Mozambique next August. The women's basketball team won the qualifying tournament and the first place after winning the three matches against Kenya (the hosting country), Rwanda and Tanzania with a big difference between the Egyptian team and the other teams.
The basketball team consists of 14 players: Injy Salah, Jana Haitham, Hana Nabil, Salma Hisham, Fatima Hany, Yara Usama, Jannat Allah Medhat, Sali Omar, Noor Sharif, Malak Khaled, Habiba Hatem, Nouran Khaled, Reem Ali, Nada Yasser and head of the Egyptian team Nabil Hafez as member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Basketball Union along with Coach Mohamed Hamid . Egypt will host the World Youth Cup July 1-9 at the Cairo Stadium, with the participation of 16 teams.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Coach Pierre Vincent takes over at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (Serie A1) will be led by experienced 53-year old French coach Pierre Vincent. He has coached for the last two years at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vincent's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2011 and 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Coach of the Year award back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Vincent was coaching French U18 National Team between 1998 and 2002.
She has coached also professionally for other French teams like ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and Bourges.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Day 2 in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Argentina - Venezuela 71-42
Argentina bruised Venezuela to remain undefeated in Buenos Aires. The hosts got 18 points from Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01). Argentina accounted for a 40:19 halftime lead. They went on a 20:11 run in the third term to secure an unassailable lead. Florencia Chagas (174-G-01) had 15 points for the winners. Jairennys Arias (170-G-01) responded with 16 points for Venezuela.

Dominican Republic - Canada 48-89
Canada cruised past Dominican Republic for the second straight win in Group A. Brynn Masikewich (186-PF-01) scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Canada used a 48:19 first half run to clear off for good. Yvonne Ejim (182-PF-02) provided 14 points and 10 boards, while Sarah Te-Biasu (159-PG-01) added 13 points in the victory. Naomy Cueva (176-F-01) responded with 12 points and 8 boards for Dominican Republic.

Group B
USA - Mexico 100-37
The USA registered the second consecutive victory at the tournament. Samantha Brunelle (187-C-01) posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace them past Mexico. The USA sank 33 points in the second frame to ensure a 20-point halftime lead. They held Mexico to just 10 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Paige Bueckers (180-F) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Karina Esquer (170-F-00) responded with 15 points for Mexico.

Puerto Rico - Colombia 52-68
Colombia registered the first victory in Group B. They rallied past Puerto Rico for 1-1 record. Daniela Gonzalez (179-C-02) stepped up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Puerto Rico jumped to an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. But Colombia responded with a 25:9 run in the second term to secure a 40:27 halftime advantage. They followed with a 20:13 rally in the third term to extend the gap to 20 points and never looked back en route to the win. Esperanza Morales (181-C-02) had 11 points for Colombia. Sherly Garcia (170-SF-02) answered with 17 points and 9 boards for Puerto Rico.




Day 1 in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Dominican Republic - Argentina 42-77
Argentina outscored Dominican Republic to take the opening victory at the championship. Lucia Operto (191-C-01) and Brenka Fontana (185-C-01) stepped up with 15 points each for the hosts. Argentina accounted for a 39:19 halftime lead. They went on a 23:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01) delivered 13 points in the win. Ashley Baez (163-G-02) responded with 11 points for Dominican Republic.

Venezuela - Canada 38-89
Canada got to a flying start to their campaign in Buenos Aires. They thumped Venezuela in the opener. Brynn Masikewich (186-PF-01) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Canada piled up a 51:14 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and marched to the win. Merissah Russell (180-F-02) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Isabella Anes (168-G-01) responded with 11 points for Venezuela.

Group B
Mexico - Puerto Rico 76-49
Mexico raced past Puerto Rico for the opening win at the tournament. Karina Esquer (170-F-00) was pivotal for Mexico with 34 points. Mexico registered a 28:14 halftime advantage. They dropped 48 points in the second half and eased to the win. Gloria Garcia (168-SF-01) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Marieliz Martinez (170-SF-01), Keysha Santiago (162-PG-01) and Sherly Garcia (170-SF-02) responded with 10 points each for Puerto Rico.

Colombia - USA 33-91
The USA secured the first victory in Buenos Aires. They dropped Colombia in the opener. Aliyah Boston (190-C) recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the USA. The North American side used a 32:4 run in the opening quarter to take a comfortable lead. They erupted for 45 points in the second half and raced to the win. Samantha Brunelle (187-C-01) chipped in 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists for the winning side. Hamileth Ulloa (176-SG-01) replied with 7 points for Colombia.




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  FINLAND  


McFarland re-signs at Catz - by Eurobasket News

Catz Lappeenranta (SM-sarja) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American international point guard Valencia McFarland (163-54kg-91, college: Mississippi). She played there last season. In 19 SM-sarja games she had 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.9apg (top 4) and 1.8spg. McFarland helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 2nd Team.
McFarland played in the final of Latvian-Estonian LSBL.
The previous (15-16) season she was tested by SBS Ostrava in Czech Republic where in three games she recorded very remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg.
She also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) six years ago.
McFarland has played also professionally in Romania (Alba Iulia).
She attended University of Mississippi until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Catz keeps Kalin for another season - by Eurobasket News

Catz Lappeenranta (SM-sarja) re-signed guard Johanna Kalin (173). She played there last season. But in 7 SM-sarja games she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Catz keeps Kosonen for another season - by Eurobasket News

Catz Lappeenranta (SM-sarja) re-signed small forward Roosa Kosonen (179). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 22 SM-sarja games she averaged 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season. Kosonen helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. She played in the final of Latvian-Estonian LSBL.
Kosonen represented Finland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Oradea (Romania) last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 7.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 37.1%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 62.5%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Frimodig re-signs at Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) confirmed in their roster 26-year old point guard Roosa Frimodig (166-91). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 SM-sarja games she had 3.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg last season.
Frimodig played in the final of Finnish 1st Division in 2016.
She has played previously for S-Hameenmaa.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Avenir adds Gandega to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Avenir Basket Chartres (LF2) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Touty Gandega (170-91). She played most recently at Landes (LFB), but left. LFB was a little too high level for her, where in only one game she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 block. LF2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Gandega played at Toulouse Metropole Basket (also in LFB). In 21 games she recorded 8.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.0apg.
Her team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2012.
Gandega represented France at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 46.2%.
Gandega has played previously for two other teams: Mondeville and Flammes.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Pierre Vincent takes over at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (Serie A1) will be led by experienced 53-year old French coach Pierre Vincent. He has coached for the last two years at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vincent's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2011 and 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Coach of the Year award back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Vincent was coaching French U18 National Team between 1998 and 2002.
She has coached also professionally for other French teams like ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and Bourges.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Zamarat tabs Ivana Kmetovska - by Eurobasket News

Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (LFB) inked 22-year old FYR Macedonian international forward Ivana Kmetovska (190-95). She just graduated from Washington State University (NCAA). Kmetovska has played there for the last four years. In 35 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Final Four. and they also made it to the WNIT Final Four.
As mentioned above Kmetovska is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Kmetovska received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Kmetovska has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. She has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Kmetovska also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 34.8%, FT: 62.5%.
Kmetovska has played previously for Vigor Skopje and Klubski Junior.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Karin Kuijt (ex Lekdetec.nl) is a newcomer at Herner - by Eurobasket News

Herner TC (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Dutch international guard Karin Kuijt (175-90). She played most recently at Lekdetec.nl in Dutch Eredivisie. In 34 games she was fourth best scorer with 13.3ppg and had 2.9rpg, 4.7apg (top 3) and 1.3spg last season. Kuijt helped them to win the Eredivisie title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. She also played that season for CTO Amsterdam in Dutch league where in two Eurocup games she recorded 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Kuijt has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Kuijt represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3apg.
Kuijt has played also professionally for other Dutch teams like Grasshoppers and Blizzards.
The scouts decsribe her following way: Karin is a 175cm Dutch Combo Guard with big experience from the Dutch League and also with the National Team of Netherlands. She is a player that can organise, score and play good defence for her team. She runs the floor well, is an excellent passer, a good teammate and a very coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Marburg keeps Baker for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) re-signed 27-year old American guard Tonisha Baker (173-90, college: Campbell). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 29 DBBL games she averaged 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Baker helped them to make it to the semifinals.
She received All-Big South Conference 1st Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Baker has played previously for another German team Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel.
She attended Campbell University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

BC Pharmaserv Marburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Katlyn Yohn
Tonisha Baker
Paige Bradley

Forwards:
Finja Schaake
Marie Bertholdt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chemnitz keeps McQuade for another season - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) re-signed 24-year old American forward Valeria McQuade (183-93, college: Niagara). She played there last season. In 21 DBBL games she averaged 8.2ppg and 3.6rpg.
Among other achievements McQuade's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
She graduated from Niagara University in 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Margot Vidal-Geneve
Kendall Noble

Forward:
Valeria McQuade

Center:
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

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Kazanochka tabs Merritt Hempe, ex Chemnitz - by Eurobasket News

Kazanochka Kazan (PBL) inked 23-year old American forward Merritt Hempe (190-94, college: Georgia). She played most recently at ChemCats Chemnitz in German DBBL. In 22 games she was third best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and recorded 8.6rpg and 1.1spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Honorable Mention.
Hempe's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
She graduated from University of Georgia in 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

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  GHANA  


Vigarano signs Batabe Zempare - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Vigarano (Serie A1) signed 23-year old American (has also Ghanian passport) forward Batabe Zempare (188-94, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Huima in Finnish SM-sarja. In 13 games she had very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 12.6rpg (leader !!!), 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Great season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention. Zempare also played that season for Neftochimic in Bulgarian NBL where in three games she recorded 14.0ppg, 15.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zempare's team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). She was also voted All-WAC 1st Team in 2016 at her college time.
Zempare graduated from Cal State - Bakersfield in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.

Meccanica Nova Vigarano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Benedetta Bagnara
Rosa Cupido
Erica Reggiani
Giulia Natali
Alice Prisco

Forwards:
Irene Cigliani
Batabe Zempare
Rebecca Ferraro
Caterina Gilli

Centers:
Emilia Bove
Giulia Vanin
Silvia Nativi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Greece outscore Belarus at Patras tournament - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Belarus 65:58

Greece secured the opening victory at the Patras tournament. They held off Belarus in the opener. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) provided 17 points to pace the winners.
Greece jumped to a 22:12 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term. The hosts accumulated a 34:28 halftime lead. Belarus pulled within three points at the final break 49:52. But Greece stayed in charge throughout the final stanza and marched to the win. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) accounted for 12 points, while Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) added 8 points in the victory. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 12 points for Belarus. Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88), Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) and Yuliya Rytsikava (181-F-86, agency: LBM Management) had 8 points each in the loss.



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  HOLLAND  


Karin Kuijt (ex Lekdetec.nl) is a newcomer at Herner - by Eurobasket News

Herner TC (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Dutch international guard Karin Kuijt (175-90). She played most recently at Lekdetec.nl in Dutch Eredivisie. In 34 games she was fourth best scorer with 13.3ppg and had 2.9rpg, 4.7apg (top 3) and 1.3spg last season. Kuijt helped them to win the Eredivisie title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. She also played that season for CTO Amsterdam in Dutch league where in two Eurocup games she recorded 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Kuijt has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Kuijt represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3apg.
Kuijt has played also professionally for other Dutch teams like Grasshoppers and Blizzards.
The scouts decsribe her following way: Karin is a 175cm Dutch Combo Guard with big experience from the Dutch League and also with the National Team of Netherlands. She is a player that can organise, score and play good defence for her team. She runs the floor well, is an excellent passer, a good teammate and a very coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  HONG KONG  


Qixi and Jun An share the top - by Eurobasket News

Qixi and Jun An share the top of the ladder with 5-0 record each. Both teams remain undefeated in the League after five rounds played. In the latest game Jun An overcame Fujian 72-64 as the latter fell at 3-2 record. Qixi meanwhile outscored Weibang 65-58. Weibang suffered their third loss and dropped at 2-3 record.


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  IRELAND  


Scannell announces Irish Senior Women panels for Mardyke Series - by Patrick Maher

Scannell announces Irish Senior Women panels for Mardyke Series

Ireland Senior Women's Head Coach, Mark Scannell, has today announced two panels of players who will represent Ireland at this weekend's Mardyke Series.
The two-game series will see Ireland welcome Iceland to the Mardyke Arena, UCC, Co. Cork on Friday, June 9th, with a 7.30pm tip off, before facing them once more in the second game on Saturday, June 10th at 5pm at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Coach Scannell stated: 'We are really looking forward to this weekend and welcoming Iceland for the Mardyke Series. We know we have a very tough challenge ahead of us, Iceland are a quality side and will not be easy opposition by any means. We have been working hard since returning from Luxembourg and these games will be a great opportunity for all of the named players to show they have what it takes to represent Ireland at this level.'
Tickets are available on the door of both arenas, with a 5 admission charge for adults, while children under 16 go free.

Mardyke Series fixtures:
Friday, June 9th, 2017
Ireland v Iceland, Mardyke Arena UCC, 19.30

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Ireland v Iceland, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 17.00

Ireland Senior Women's Team - Panel 1, Game 1
(Friday, June 9th, Mardyke Arena UCC, Cork. Tip off: 7.30pm)
Aine McKenna (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Amy Waters (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Cathy Kavanagh (Maxol WIT Wildcats)
Claire Melia (Portlaoise Panthers)
Claire Rockall (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Danielle O'Leary (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Edel Thornton (Quinnipiac/Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Emma Sherwood (Pyrobel Killester)
Fiona Dwyer (A.S.D. Basket Femminile Stabia)
Grainne Dwyer (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Katy Keating (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Michelle Clarke (Pyrobel Killester)
Orlaith Woods (UL Huskies)
Sarah Kenny (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)

Ireland Senior Women's Team - Panel 2, Game 2
(Saturday, June 10th - National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Tip off: 5pm)
Aine McKenna (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Aine O'Connor (Courtyard Liffey Celtics)
Amy Waters (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Aoibheann Byrne (Pyrobel Killester)
Aoife Whelan (Meteors)
Cathy Kavanagh (Maxol WIT Wildcats)
Claire Melia (Portlaoise Panthers)
Claire Rockall (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Danielle O'Leary (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Edel Thornton (Quinnipiac/Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Emma Sherwood (Pyrobel Killester)
Fiona Dwyer (A.S.D. Basket Femminile Stabia)
Grainne Dwyer (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Michelle Clarke (Pyrobel Killester)
Sorcha Tiernan (Courtyard Liffey Celtics)

Ireland Senior Women's backroom team:
Head Coach: Mark Scannell
Assistant Coach: Francis O'Sullivan and Paul Kelleher
Team Manager: Grace O'Sullivan
Team Physio: Maura Murphy



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  ITALY  


Carugate lands coach Andrea Piccinelli - by Eurobasket News

Castel Carugate (Serie A2) tabbed coach Andrea Piccinelli from Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano. Piccinelli has coached there for the last three years.
He has coached previously Biassono.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cinili re-signs at Napoli - by Eurobasket News

Dike Napoli (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 28-year old international forward Sabrina Cinili (190-89). She played there last season. In 25 Serie A1 games she had 7.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg and 3.1spg (in top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Cinili played at Zamarat in Spanish LFB where in 11 games she recorded 8.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Defensive Team back in 2012.
Cinili has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Cinili also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg.
Cinili has played previously professionally also in Turkey (Abdullah Gul) and Italy (Ragusa, Umbertide and Pomezia).
She could be described: An elegant wing player with coordination and outside scoring ability who can be very effective at the defensive side too.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Vigarano signs Batabe Zempare - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Vigarano (Serie A1) signed 23-year old American (has also Ghanian passport) forward Batabe Zempare (188-94, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Huima in Finnish SM-sarja. In 13 games she had very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 12.6rpg (leader !!!), 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Great season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention. Zempare also played that season for Neftochimic in Bulgarian NBL where in three games she recorded 14.0ppg, 15.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zempare's team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). She was also voted All-WAC 1st Team in 2016 at her college time.
Zempare graduated from Cal State - Bakersfield in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.

Meccanica Nova Vigarano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Benedetta Bagnara
Rosa Cupido
Erica Reggiani
Giulia Natali
Alice Prisco

Forwards:
Irene Cigliani
Batabe Zempare
Rebecca Ferraro
Caterina Gilli

Centers:
Emilia Bove
Giulia Vanin
Silvia Nativi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Pierre Vincent takes over at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (Serie A1) will be led by experienced 53-year old French coach Pierre Vincent. He has coached for the last two years at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vincent's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2011 and 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Coach of the Year award back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Vincent was coaching French U18 National Team between 1998 and 2002.
She has coached also professionally for other French teams like ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and Bourges.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


CCC Polkowice lands Elina Babkina - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice (TBLK) landed 28-year old Latvian international point guard Elina Babkina (173-89). She played most recently at CREF Hola in Spanish LFB league. In 6 games she averaged 13.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg last season. Babkina also played that season for Canik Belediyesi Samsun in Turkish league where in 8 Eurocup games she had 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg.
In 2011 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in third round (29th overall).
Babkina won Spanish LFB championship title in 2015.
She has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Babkina has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2009.
She also represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Babkina is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Croatia (Lupa Promotion), France (Challes les Eaux), Hungary (PINKK Pecsi), Romania (CSM Targoviste), Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg), Poland (Basket Gdynia), Czech Republic (USK Praha), Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Latvia (Cesis).

CCC Polkowice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Weronika Gajda
Elina Babkina
Magdalena Idziorek
Angelika Stankiewicz

Center:
Magdalena Leciejewska

Coach: Georgios Dikeoulakos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MALAYSIA  


Schedule for Scotland Senior Women Malaysia Trip confirmed - by Eurobasket News

basketballscotland are excited to announce that the Scotland Senior Women will embark on an important trip to Malaysia later this Summer. The team will participate in an International Test Tournament to be hosted by the Malaysian Federation which will take place in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, and will run from 13th - 17th June. Scotland's Senior Women will go head-to-head with fellow Commonwealth Nation Malaysia, as well as two regional teams from China and another two regional teams from Taiwan. The team's trip to Asia will play a pivotal part in the Senior Women's preparations for next year's Commonwealth Games which will take place on the Gold Coast, Australia. Women's National Performance Coach, Bart Sengers , is excited about his side's upcoming trip and believes it will be a good test for his team: 'This is a great opportunity for our team to compete internationally. Trips like this always help to bring a team together and it will be a great test for all of the players that are selected. We're excited to start camp later this week with all eyes on securing qualification for next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.' Head of Basketball at basketballscotland Barry Lang added: 'We're delighted to be sending our Women's team to Malaysia for this tournament. The team at basketballscotland have been working hard in the background to secure competitive games for both our Men's and Women's programmes and this will be a really exciting opportunity for those players involved.' basketballscotland CEO, Kevin Pringle commented: "This is an important trip for the Senior Women programme. Everyone is aware of how important this summer is for Gold Coast qualification and I would like to thank sportscotland and Commonwealth Games Scotland for their continued support of our Performance programmes. This will be a memorable trip for all selected athletes and I wish them the best of luck."
The Scotland Senior Women's tournament schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 14th June
Shanghai vs Scotland Senior Women (7am BST tip-off)

Thursday 15th June
Scotland vs Nan Shan (7am BST tip-off)

Friday 16th June
Malaysia vs Scotland (1.30pm BST tip-off)

Saturday 17th June
Scotland vs Fo Guang (7am BST tip-off).
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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  MEXICO  


Mexican U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Mariann Cardoso
Cardoso
Alejandra Arreola
Arreola
Karina Esquer
Esquer
Irais Aguilera
Aguilera
Mariana Rodriguez
Rodriguez
#e#5
4Keyla Romo 168-SG-02
5Katia Gallegos 166-SF-01
6Martha Tapia 170-SF-01
7Ingrid Mendez 168-SG-01
8Mariann Cardoso 160-PG-01
9Adriana Salinas 181-PF-01
10Alejandra Arreola 181-G/F-01
11Aixchel Hernandez 182-C-03
12Gloria Garcia 168-SF-01
13Karina Esquer 170-F-00
14Irais Aguilera 179-PF-02
15Mariana Rodriguez 181-C-01

Pedro Ramos Head Coach



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  MONTENEGRO  


Montenegro finish EuroBasket preparation with a win - by Zeljko Zule

Montenegro once again defeated Slovenia, 70-62, in their last warm-up game before the European Championship in Czech. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) scored 25 points and Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia) added 18. Montenegro opened the game with nine straight points and led 16-4 midway through the first quarter. Slovenia used a 15-6 run in the second quarter to go ahead 35-32 and the game was very close until the last two minutes. At that point, Montenegro scored seven points in a row for a 70-59 lead with 30 seconds left.

Montenegro-Slovenia 70-62 (26-20, 14-18, 10-9, 20-15)
Montenegro: Matovic 5 (2-2), *Skerovic 3, Vucetic 2, Popovic, Milosev DNP, Aleksic 3, *Mujovic 5 (0-2), *Perovanovic 25 (5-7), Pasic DNP, *Jovanovic 9 (2-3), *Robinson 18 (2-4), Rakovic, Pejovic-Vucetic DNP. Coach Iniguez.
Slovenia: *Oblak 12, Zdolsek 7, *Erkic 2, Prezelj DNP, Abramovic 3, *Baric 17 (0-1), Jakovina, *Pirsic, *Lisec 9, Trebec 5 (0-2), Evans 7 (1-2), Ocvirk. Coach: Grgic.



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  NAIA  


LSU Alexandria Adds Four New Generals - by Stephan Ditgens

Alexandria, LA - In an effort to continue bulking up his squad for the 2017-18 season, LSUA women's basketball coach Bob Austin announced the signings of junior transfers Chantal Hill and Alexis Harris, along with incoming freshmen Madison Smith and Ciera Daniels.

Alexis Harris, a 5-7 shooting guard from Washington, Louisiana, heads to LSUA after two seasons at LSU Shreveport. She appeared in 26 games for the Pilots, hitting 33.3% of her shots while averaging just more than a point a game while mostly coming off the bench. Before attending LSUS, she played at Northwest High School in Opelousas, where she was named Offensive Player of the Year twice while being named to the All-Parish and All-District teams in both her junior and senior seasons. She plans on majoring in psychology while at LSUA.

Madison Smith, a 5-4 point guard from Alexandria, comes to LSUA from nearby Holy Savior Menard High School. One of the top scorers in Menard's history, she amassed nearly 1,600 points while on the floor for the Eagles. Smith was named All-District all four years of her high school career, being named to the second team as a freshman and sophomore, while making the first team in both her junior and senior campaigns. Smith plans on majoring in nursing while at LSUA.

Chantal Hill, a 5-5 shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas, comes to LSUA after time at both Highline College and Frank Phillips College. At Frank Phillips last season, Hill averaged 6.7 points on 35.1% shooting, including 30.5% from above the arc in 25 games played, including eight starts. In her freshman year, she averaged 8.7 points on 49% shooting at Highline. Hill prepped at James Madison High in San Antonio, where she averaged two points and two rebounds a game. She's undecided on her major at LSUA.

Ciera Daniels, a 5-8 forward from Mandeville, Louisiana, joins LSUA from Fontainebleau High School. With the Bulldogs, she was an All-State honorable mention as a junior, then as a senior, was named first team All-District. She plans on studying in the medical program at LSUA.

All four will join LSUA in the fall and be immediately eligible to join the Generals basketball team.

courtesy of LSUAGenerals.com



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  NCAA1  


Knee issues force UNT forward Mabodu to give up basketball - by Eurobasket News

Tosin Mabodu (6'1''-C), a forward who was entering her senior season with the North Texas women's basketball team, has been forced to give up the game due to knee injuries that have hampered her since the end of last season. The Murray State transfer averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds while starting 11 games last season. Mabodu missed the final eight games due to knee problems. UNT had hoped that offseason surgery would allow Mabodu to recover and play this fall. Those hopes went unrealized when doctors determined Mabodu needed microfracture surgery. UNT coach Jalie Mitchell confirmed Tuesday evening that Mabodu's career is over. "Her knee has degenerated to the point it will affect her for the rest of her life," Mitchell said. "It was going to cause more damage if she continued to play." Mabodu will remain with the program in a coaching role. UNT moved quickly to fill Mabodu's spot on its roster by signing Callie Owens. The sophomore transferred from Pacific last week. "It's disappointing," Mitchell said of losing Mabodu. "She received our most improved player award last year, but she will be around the program. "She will be like a graduate assistant and will be great at it." Mabodu posted the best games of her career last season. She recorded a double-double with a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds against Tulsa in December. Mabodu also grabbed 10 rebounds in a game against Charlotte. UNT will have several other post players returning who could help fill the void left by Mabodu. Micayla Buckner scored a season-high 10 points and blocked three shots in a Conference USA tournament game against UAB. Madison Townley showed potential as a freshman. Justis Szczepanski, a 6-3 forward, will be eligible this season after transferring from Baylor. "We have several returners whom we feel good about in the post," Mitchell said. "We have bodies at that position."
Courtesy of: dentonrc.com



Robyne Bostick rounds out UMKC women's basketball coaching staff - by Eurobasket News

UMKC head women's basketball coach Jacie Hoyt-Capra finalized her coaching staff on Tuesday with the hiring of Robyne Bostick as associate head coach. 'Robyne will be a great asset to our staff and team because she has a great basketball mind,' commented Hoyt. 'Her diverse background as a player and coach will have an immediate impact on the floor in practices and in games.' Bostick enters her first season at UMKC after leading the way as interim head coach at Northern Arizona University for the 2016-17 season. Overall, Bostick played a vital role on the Lumberjacks' coaching staff for five seasons, working primarily with the team's post players. She will continue post player development on Hoyt's staff, as well as work on the implementation of offensive and defensive strategies and scheduling. 'I am truly grateful for the opportunity to join Jacie's staff, the UMKC Athletics family and the Kansas City community,' commented Bostick. 'Jacie has a clear plan for turning the women's basketball program into a championship team and I am very excited to help make that happen.' While at Northern Arizona University, Bostick coached two players who earned the Big Sky Outstanding Freshman award, eight players who were named to the Academic All-Conference team, including a two time Academic All-American, as well as five players who earned all-conference recognition. Bostick has over 10 years of collegiate women's basketball coaching experience, all at the Division-I level, and joined the Lumberjacks coaching staff after serving as the associate coach at Long Island University. She has also served as an assistant coach at Princeton, Air Force, Vanderbilt, and James Madison. From 2004 to 2006, Bostick worked as a morale, welfare, and recreation supervisor on United States military bases in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bostick is a member of the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame after a storied playing career at Saint Joseph's University. As a senior, Bostick led the Hawks in scoring (15.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.6 rebounds per game). As SJU's captain, she earned a multitude of awards following that season, as she was named a Kodak District II All-American, first-team All-Atlantic 10 and Most Valuable Player of the Hawk Classic. She was the Big 5 Rookie of the Year in 1991 and currently ranks 10th on the all-time field goal percentage list (.494). Bostick helped lead Saint Joseph's to a Big 5 title during each of her four seasons and was inducted to the school's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. Bostick graduated from Saint Joseph's in 1993 with a bachelor's in Psychology and earned a master's degree in Sports and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sport Administration from Northern Colorado in 2009.
Courtesy of: umkckangaroos.com



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  POLAND  


Artego Bydgoszcz tabs Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej - by Grzegorz Ozog

Artego Bydgoszcz added to their roster next ex TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow player Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (186-F-82).

Last four seasons she played for Polish EuroLeague Women team TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow

Season 2016-2017: TS Wisla Krakow (BLK): 36 games: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 69.6%; Euroleague: 14 games: 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg; Eurocup: 2 games: 1.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg.





CCC Polkowice lands Elina Babkina - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice (TBLK) landed 28-year old Latvian international point guard Elina Babkina (173-89). She played most recently at CREF Hola in Spanish LFB league. In 6 games she averaged 13.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg last season. Babkina also played that season for Canik Belediyesi Samsun in Turkish league where in 8 Eurocup games she had 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg.
In 2011 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in third round (29th overall).
Babkina won Spanish LFB championship title in 2015.
She has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Babkina has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2009.
She also represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Babkina is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Croatia (Lupa Promotion), France (Challes les Eaux), Hungary (PINKK Pecsi), Romania (CSM Targoviste), Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg), Poland (Basket Gdynia), Czech Republic (USK Praha), Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Latvia (Cesis).

CCC Polkowice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Weronika Gajda
Elina Babkina
Magdalena Idziorek
Angelika Stankiewicz

Center:
Magdalena Leciejewska

Coach: Georgios Dikeoulakos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  


Dickey's pro career starts at Boa Viagem - by Eurobasket News

Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore (Liga Feminina) landed American guard Sara Dickey (180). She just graduated from Evansville (NCAA). Dickey has played there for the last four years. In 29 games she averaged 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to All-MVC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Dickey is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

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  PUERTO RICO  


Puerto Rican U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Keysha Santiago
Santiago
Sherly Garcia
Garcia
Jacqueline Vargas-Bines
Vargas-Bines
Angelee Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Giana Boulden
Boulden
#e#5
4Valeria Verdejo 177-SF-01
5Carla Colon 177-C-01
6Keysha Santiago 162-PG-01
7Marieliz Martinez 170-SF-01
8Sariana Rodriguez 177-F-01
9Abeliz Rodriguez 177-F-02
10Sherly Garcia 170-SF-02
11Maria Aviles 175-C-01
12Jacqueline Vargas-Bines 190-C-02
13Angelee Rodriguez 182-C-02
14Giana Boulden 177-PG-02
15Josiany Canales 167-PG-02

Luis Morillo Head Coach



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  RUSSIA  


Russia top Ukraine in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Ukraine 73:67

Russia victoriously opened their campaign at the friendly tournament in Greece. They edged Ukraine in the opener. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) posted 23 points to lead the winners.
Russia eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening frame. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second term. Russia secured a narrow 36:35 halftime lead. They extended the margin in the third term. Russia entered the fourth frame up by 6 points 58:52. They protected the lead throughout the final stanza and marched to the win. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) accounted for 12 points, while Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 10 points in the victory. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 23 points for Ukraine. Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Russia: Maria Vadeeva 23, Epiphanny Prince 12, Eugeniya Belyakova 10
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 23, Olesia Malashenko 12



Kazanochka tabs Merritt Hempe, ex Chemnitz - by Eurobasket News

Kazanochka Kazan (PBL) inked 23-year old American forward Merritt Hempe (190-94, college: Georgia). She played most recently at ChemCats Chemnitz in German DBBL. In 22 games she was third best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and recorded 8.6rpg and 1.1spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Honorable Mention.
Hempe's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
She graduated from University of Georgia in 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

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  RWANDA  


Sixteen teams for regional Genocide memorial tourney - by Eurobasket News

Sixteen teams, including eight from outside Rwanda, will compete in this year's regional edition of the Genocide Memorial basketball tournament that starts on Friday and runs until Sunday in Kigali. The eight foreign teams will come from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo-they include three that will compete in the men's category and three in the women's category, while the other two will participate in the veterans' fray. The three in the men's teams are; PJB Goma and Boundess from DR Congo and Dynamo basketball club from Burundi, while the women's include; PJB Goma and Scandinavia from DR Congo and defending champions Berco Stars from Burndi. The Veterans' category has VC Bakolo and VC Goma, all from DR Congo, along with Rwanda's Patriots and United Generation Basketball (UGB) Club. The three visiting teams in the men category will join the top four teams from the local edition that concluded last week - they include champions Espoir, Rwanda Energy Group (REG), IPRC-South and Patriots, who are also the regional defending champions. The women category will comprise five teams, which include the visiting three and the top two from the local edition, namely; the champions APR and IPRC-South. However, by press time, the organizers, Rwanda Basketball Federation (FERWABA) had not done the draws and fixtures of how the teams will play.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SCOTLAND  


Schedule for Scotland Senior Women Malaysia Trip confirmed - by Eurobasket News

basketballscotland are excited to announce that the Scotland Senior Women will embark on an important trip to Malaysia later this Summer. The team will participate in an International Test Tournament to be hosted by the Malaysian Federation which will take place in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, and will run from 13th - 17th June. Scotland's Senior Women will go head-to-head with fellow Commonwealth Nation Malaysia, as well as two regional teams from China and another two regional teams from Taiwan. The team's trip to Asia will play a pivotal part in the Senior Women's preparations for next year's Commonwealth Games which will take place on the Gold Coast, Australia. Women's National Performance Coach, Bart Sengers , is excited about his side's upcoming trip and believes it will be a good test for his team: 'This is a great opportunity for our team to compete internationally. Trips like this always help to bring a team together and it will be a great test for all of the players that are selected. We're excited to start camp later this week with all eyes on securing qualification for next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.' Head of Basketball at basketballscotland Barry Lang added: 'We're delighted to be sending our Women's team to Malaysia for this tournament. The team at basketballscotland have been working hard in the background to secure competitive games for both our Men's and Women's programmes and this will be a really exciting opportunity for those players involved.' basketballscotland CEO, Kevin Pringle commented: "This is an important trip for the Senior Women programme. Everyone is aware of how important this summer is for Gold Coast qualification and I would like to thank sportscotland and Commonwealth Games Scotland for their continued support of our Performance programmes. This will be a memorable trip for all selected athletes and I wish them the best of luck."
The Scotland Senior Women's tournament schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 14th June
Shanghai vs Scotland Senior Women (7am BST tip-off)

Thursday 15th June
Scotland vs Nan Shan (7am BST tip-off)

Friday 16th June
Malaysia vs Scotland (1.30pm BST tip-off)

Saturday 17th June
Scotland vs Fo Guang (7am BST tip-off).
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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  SERBIA  


Serbia roll past Japan in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Japan 90:73

Serbia clashed with Japan in the exhibition clash in Belgrade. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) recorded 23 points to lead the hosts.
Serbia sank 27 points in the opening frame to take a 7-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 50:41 halftime advantage. Serbia extended the gap in the third term. The hosts entered the fourth stanza up by 12 points. They limited Japan to just 14 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) delivered 17 points, while Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) added 12 points for the hosts.



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  SLOVENIA  


Coach Grgic cut Ljubenovic, Rupnik, reduce squad to 12 players - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian head coach Damir Grgic has announced the12 players who will have the honour to play for Slovenia in its first EuroBasket ever, commencing their campaign in Group C next Friday. The last two players cut are Ana Ljubenovic (185-F/C-88) and Eva Rupnik (177-G-92).
The Slovenia EuroBasket 2017 roster consists of: Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93), Nika Baric (169-PG-92), Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85), Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra), Tina Jakovina (183-F-92), Eva Lisec (192-C-95), Teja Oblak (172-PG-90), Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97), Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84), Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97), Tina Trebec (190-C-90) and Ziva Zdolsek (178-F/G-89).




Slovenia falls to Montenegro in last warm-up game - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia suffered a 62-70 loss to Montenegro in their last warm-up game before the European Championship in Czech. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) scored 17 points and Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) added 12.

Montenegro-Slovenia 70-62 (26-20, 14-18, 10-9, 20-15)
Montenegro: Matovic 5 (2-2), *Skerovic 3, Vucetic 2, Popovic, Milosev DNP, Aleksic 3, *Mujovic 5 (0-2), *Perovanovic 25 (5-7), Pasic DNP, *Jovanovic 9 (2-39, *Robinson 18 (2-4), Rakovic, Pejovic-Vucetic DNP. Coach Iniguez.
Slovenia: *Oblak 12, Zdolsek 7, *Erkic 2, Prezelj DNP, Abramovic 3, *Baric 17 (0-1), Jakovina, *Pirsic, *Lisec 9, Trebec 5 (0-2), Evans 7 (1-2), Ocvirk. Coach: Grgic.



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  SPAIN  


Alcobendas keep Cuevas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (LF2) re-signed 31-year old center Aitana Cuevas (187-86). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 30 LF2 games she averaged 13.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Cuevas helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Domestic Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Cuevas' team won Spanish LF2 Group B Regular Season in 2016.
She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Cuevas has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Union Florida) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos, ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles, Zamarat and Cortegada).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mediterranean Cup Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points:
1. K. King: 26.0, Matrix
2. D. Stallworth: 17.7, Matrix
3. E. Silva 16.5, JE Terrassa
4. M. Alorda 15.0, JE Terrassa
5. M. Harris 13.0, UE Mataro

Rebounds:
1. Carrie Washington 13.3, Matrix
2. M. Harris 12.3, UE Mataro
3. R. Kehoe 11.7, UE Mataro
4. D. Stallworth 10.3, Matrix
5. K. King 9.7, Matrix

Assists:
1. T. Johnson 6.7, Matrix
2. K. King 6.0, Matrix
3. E. Silva 4.5, JE Terrassa
4. F. Dacruz 4.0, UE Mataro
5. M. Alorda 4.0, JE Terrassa

Steals:
1. D. Stallworth 3.3, Matrix
2. K. King 3.0, Matrix
3. L. Garcia 2.0, Swimming Club Terrance
4. A. Vidal 2.0, Swimming Club Terrance
5. C. Washington 2.0, Matrix

Blocks:
1. C. Washington 3.0, Matrix
2. R. Kehoe 2.3, UE Mataro
3. D. Stallworth 2.0, Matrix
4. M. Harris 1.7, UE Mataro
5. A. Barkley 1.0, Matrix



Eurobasket.com All-Mediterranean Cup Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Mediterranean Cup 1st Team 2017
Toynetta Johnson
Johnson
Kristina King
King
Rachel Kehoe
Kehoe
Marquisha Harris
Harris
Denesha Stallworth
Stallworth

Final MVP: Kristina King (5'11''-G/F-92) of GIE Matrix
Best Player: Kristina King (5'11''-G/F-92) of GIE Matrix
Best Guard: Kristina King (5'11''-G/F-92) of GIE Matrix
Best Forward: Marquisha Harris (182-C-93) of Mataro
Best Center: Denesha Stallworth (190-F-92) of Artego Bydg.
Best Defender: Carrie Washington (6'0''-F/C-94) of GIE Matrix
Best Coach: J.D. Barnes of GIE Matrix

1st Team
PG: Toynetta Johnson (5'8''-PG-92) of GIE Matrix
G: Kristina King (5'11''-G/F-92) of GIE Matrix
C: Rachel Kehoe (192-C-93) of Mataro
F/C: Marquisha Harris (182-C-93) of Mataro
C: Denesha Stallworth (190-F-92) of GIE Lady Matrix

2nd Team
SG: Marta Alorda (173-G-94) of Terrassa
G: Laura Garcia (170-G-93) of Terrance
PG: Anna Vidal (175-F-95) of Terrance
G: Briana Williams (170-G-92) of GIE Lady Matrix
C: Carrie Washington (6'0''-F/C-94) of GIE Matrix

Honorable Mention
Felicia Dacruz (5'5''-PG) of GIE Matrix
Tiayra Green (5'10''-G/F-92) of GIE Matrix
Elena Silva (173-PG-92) of Terrassa
Ayesha Barkley (188-C/F-87) of GIE Lady Matrix
Emma Barcelo of Mataro
Anna Iglesias of Terrassa



Zamarat tabs Ivana Kmetovska - by Eurobasket News

Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (LFB) inked 22-year old FYR Macedonian international forward Ivana Kmetovska (190-95). She just graduated from Washington State University (NCAA). Kmetovska has played there for the last four years. In 35 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Final Four. and they also made it to the WNIT Final Four.
As mentioned above Kmetovska is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Kmetovska received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Kmetovska has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. She has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Kmetovska also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 34.8%, FT: 62.5%.
Kmetovska has played previously for Vigor Skopje and Klubski Junior.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Oral is back at Mersin BSB - by Lior Hai

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) added to their roster 31-year old ex-international guard Tugba Oral (175-86). It is actually her comeback to Mersin BSB as she has played here before. Oral has played for the last two seasons at Hatay Bsb in the KBSL. But in four Eurocup games she had just 1.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. She also played 28 games in KBSL where she recorded 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg. Oral helped them to win the Supercup.
She was selected to Turkish TKBL All-Star Game back in 2012.
Oral represented Turkey at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 10.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Oral has played previously for Adana ASKI Mersin.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tugba Oral
Sasa Cadjo

Forwards:
Deniz Colakoglu
Gulsah Gumusay

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Mersin BSB keeps Gumusay for another season - by Lior Hai

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) re-signed 28-year old former international forward Gulsah Gumusay (180-89, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency). She has played there for the last two seasons. Gumusay's team made it to the KBSL Semifinals.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team award back in 2009.
Gumusay was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. She played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2007.
Gumusay also represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 15.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 87.5%.
Gumusay has played previously for four other teams: Botas, Galatasaray, Samsun and Hatay.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UKRAINE  


Russia top Ukraine in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Ukraine 73:67

Russia victoriously opened their campaign at the friendly tournament in Greece. They edged Ukraine in the opener. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) posted 23 points to lead the winners.
Russia eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening frame. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second term. Russia secured a narrow 36:35 halftime lead. They extended the margin in the third term. Russia entered the fourth frame up by 6 points 58:52. They protected the lead throughout the final stanza and marched to the win. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) accounted for 12 points, while Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 10 points in the victory. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 23 points for Ukraine. Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Russia: Maria Vadeeva 23, Epiphanny Prince 12, Eugeniya Belyakova 10
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 23, Olesia Malashenko 12



Ukraine outgun Belarus in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Belarus 84:82

Ukraine narrowly defeated Belarus in the second game of the Patras Tournament in Greece. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) came up with 27 points to lead the winning side.
Ukraine got to a strong start. They built a 22:13 advantage after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Ukraine ensured a 43:38 halftime lead. Belarus however erased the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 66:65 advantage heading into the final stanza. But Ukraine managed to survive a tough challenge and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) had 14 points, while Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed 10 points for the winners. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 19 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (189-F-94) tossed in 13 points in the defeat.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 27, Taisia Udodenko 14, Olesia Malashenko 10
Belarus: Alex Bentley 19, Maryia Papova 13



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Team Northumbria go with the Flo - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria are going with the Flo after snapping up one of British basketball's fastest rising stars.

The 2016 WBBL playoff winners are rebuilding following a season seriously affected by key injuries and shock departures.

And head coach Chris Bunten is looking closer to home after bringing back US duo Ali Gorrell and Kara Bonenberger last week.

Flo Ward (173-G-94) is a familiar face to British hoops fans after representing her country at Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20 level.

And the point guard will take her WBBL bow after completing a spell at NCAA heavyweights Florida Southern College.

Ward will study for a two-year Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning at Northumbria University.

And Bunten said: 'I'm absolutely delighted to bring Flo to Sport Central. She's a player I've admired for some time and she will be the perfect fit for Team Northumbria.

'She arrives on Tyneside on the back of a brilliant college career in America and as one of the brightest prospects in the British game.

'I'm confident that we can help take her game to the next level and she will step straight into a team that's going to be pushing for honours.

'Flo is a very exciting signing but she's just the first of a few this summer. I'm hoping to build a seriously competitive roster this summer.'

Ward, from Salisbury, played for Solent Suns in Division Two before embarking on her college career.



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  WNBA  


Charles scores 18, leads Liberty to 76-61 win over Dream - by Eurobasket News

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, college: Connecticut) and Kiah Stokes (6'3''-C-93, college: Connecticut) have been dominating the boards lately, and that has translated into wins for the New York Liberty. Charles had 18 points and 15 rebounds while Stokes added a career-best 17 boards to help the Liberty beat the Dream 76-61 on Wednesday in the annual school day matinee game. It's the second time in three games that the Liberty held a double-digit advantage in rebounding. "Our coaches stress we have to box out and rebound to be a good defensive team," Stokes said. "The fact Tina and I both had a lot shows how important we are to this team in rebounding. As long as we keep it up, we'll be a good team." New York held Atlanta to just 27 percent shooting, including the Dream going 1-for-13 from behind the 3-point line. "We got killed on the boards and when you can't rebound you have less possession," Atlanta center Elizabeth Williams (6'3''-C/F-93, college: Duke) said. "We didn't shoot well, that was clear. When you're not rebounding the ball, it's hard." Sugar Rodgers (5'11''-G-89, college: Georgetown) added 16 points for the Liberty (5-3), who have won three straight games. New York jumped all over Atlanta (4-3), scoring the game's first seven points. After the Dream tied it at 7-all, the Liberty scored 15 of the next 21 points to take command. Charles scored 11 in the opening quarter and had 17 at halftime. The Liberty led 47-29 at the half. Atlanta cut its deficit to 10 heading into the final period but could get only within eight. Rookie Brittney Sykes (5'9''-G-94, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) and Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89, college: Connecticut) led the Dream with 14 points. "I came full circle and it was surreal," said Sykes, who grew up in Newark, New Jersey. "When the Liberty were in Newark playing at the Prudential Center, I used to go to every single game with my high school teammates. For summers I watched them play. To be in the league I watched growing up is crazy."
Courtesy of: hickoryrecord.com