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  ABA LEAGUE  



Desi Washington (ex Uhud) signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) landed 25-year old American guard Desi Washington (188-83kg-92, college: St.Peter's, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Uhud in Saudi Arabian SBL league.
Among other achievements Washington's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He received also NABC Division I All-District 15 2nd Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Washington graduated from St. Peter's College in 2015 and actually missed last season. It is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A scoring PG with ankle-breaking ball handling skills and deep shooting range with a quick stroke. Washington is a floor general that is a scoring threat at all times with the ability to score from all positions on the floor. His moves are quick and concise and when driving to the basket, he does not shy away
from contact at both sides of the court
.

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikola Gajic
Djordje Milosevic
Desi Washington

Forwards:
Danilo Sibalic
Stefan Glogovac

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Standings

1
Regular Season: Round 1

A

Sep. 8: NGR - IVO
Sep. 8: COD - MLI

B

Sep. 8: ANG - UGA
Sep. 8: CAF - MOR

C

Sep. 8: TUN - CMR
Sep. 8: GUI - RWA

D

Sep. 8: SEN - RSA
Sep. 8: MOZ - EGY



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Mauritius - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Mali - Mauritius 108-38
Mali recorded the fourth consecutive victory at the championship. They bruised Mauritius to remain undefeated. Siriman Kanoute (01) stepped up with 27 points to pace the winners. Mali accumulated a 63:4 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Adama Sanogo (02) chipped in 16 points and collected 9 boards for the winners. Hermann Camal (01) responded with 11 points for Mauritius.

Tunisia - Mozambique 46-30
Tunisia held off Mozambique to gain 3-1 record in Group A. Zied Mehrez (01) posted 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Tunisia accumulated a 27:14 halftime lead. They held Mozambique to just 16 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Fares Kacem (01) netted 8 points in the victory. Ndzengo Buvana (01) responded with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Mozambique.

Group B
Algeria - Egypt 49-65
Egypt knocked down Algeria to ensure the fourth consecutive success in Mauritius. Momen Hassan (01) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Egypt. They grabbed a 33:23 halftime lead. Egypt followed with a 21:10 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Aly Khalifa (201-F-01) posted 18 points and 9 boards for Egypt. Amir Bouzidi (01) responded with 14 points for Algeria.

Rwanda - Madagascar 73-70
Rwanda held off Madagascar to open win count in Port Louis. Elias Ngoga (01) recorded 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Rwanda ensured a 36:26 halftime lead. Madagascar erupted for 44 points in the second half but came up short of victory. Theirry Nkundwa delivered 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Olivier Jaoravo (01) netted 19 points for Madagascar.




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  ALGERIA  


Boulogne welcomes back Cheriet - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) inked 30-year old naturalized Algerian power forward Mehdi Cheriet (204-100kg-87, college: San Diego State). It is actually his comeback to SO Maritime Boulogne as he has played here before. Cheriet was about to sign at Chorale de Roanne Basket in the ProB. He has played there for the last three years. The last season Cheriet played also at Chorale de Roanne where in 12 ProB games he averaged 3.2ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to win the cup.
Among other achievements Cheriet received Afrobasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
He represented France at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 11.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Cheriet has played previously for two other teams: Le Portel and Boulazac Basket.
He attended San Diego State until 2011 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

SO Maritime Boulogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ralph Temgoua
Hugo Dumortier

Forwards:
Mehdi Cheriet
Namory Boundy

Center:
Adolphe_Michel Jean-Baptiste

Coach: Frederic Brouillaud

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  


Principe comes back to UBC - by Eurobasket News

Udine Basket Club (Serie C Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old naturalized Argentinian power forward Matias Principe (202-107kg-85). It is actually his comeback to UBC as he has played here before. Principe played most recently at Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo in the Serie C Gold. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Principe played at Pallacanestro Vis Spilimbergo (Serie C).
He has played previously for four other teams: Catanzaro, Agrigento, Caorle and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Damian Pineda is a newcomer at BHY Tiro Federal - by Eurobasket News

BHY Tiro Federal y Deportivo Morteros (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old swingman Damian Pineda (194-88) from Petr.Argentino. In 33 TNA games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pineda played at Regatas CU (TFB).
He has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Osasco Basquete) and Argentina (La Union, Lanus, Ciclista, Regatas Corrientes and Asociacion Italiana).

BHY Tiro Federal y Deportivo Morteros roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Ignacio Rodriguez_Suppi
Mauro Araujo
Maximiliano Martinez

Forward:
Damian Pineda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Temperley keeps Ibanez Paz for another season - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Temperley (TNA) re-signed 28-year old forward Leopoldo Ibanez Paz (192-89). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 36 TNA games he averaged 11.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.4apg last season.
Ibanez Paz won Argentinian Torneo Federal (Metropolitana) championship title in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Sport Club, P.Echague, Atletico Brown de San Vicente and La Union.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ciclista hire coach Guillermo Tasso - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Juninense (TNA) hired coach Guillermo Tasso. The last time (14-15) he worked at Independiente Tandil in Argentinian TFB league.
Tasso was coaching Argentinian U17 National Team back in 2011.
He has coached previously professionally also in Mexico (Huracanes).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rodney Green joins Olimpico de La Banda - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) agreed terms with 29-year old American swingman Rodney Green (196-95kg-88, college: La Salle) from Instituto. In 59 LigaA games in Argentina he had very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Green spent at Lanus where in 40 LigaA games he was third best scorer with remarkable 19.0ppg and averaged 4.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He also played that season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. In 5 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg. Green also played 4 games in Eurocup where he got 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.8apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Green's team made it to the Italian Lega Due Semifinals in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Green's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Green tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (JL Bourg), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Ironi Ashkelon), Poland (Wilki Morskie), Ukraine (Mykolaiv) and Italy (Novipiu Casale and FCM Ferentino).
Green attended La Salle University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Green: He can spend time at all the positions from 1 to 3, but gives his best as SG. Great scorer and 1-vs-1 player, he needs to have the ball in his hands very often, but he uses it well.

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Rodney Green

Forwards:
Justin Williams
Facundo Giorgi
Ramon Clemente

Center:
Damian Tintorelli

Coach: Hernan Laginestra

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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San Martin Corrientes sign Jonatan Treise - by Eurobasket News

San Martin Corrientes (LigaA) signed 32-year old point guard Jonatan Treise (185-85). He played last season at Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos in the. In 55 TNA games he had 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Treise played at Boca Juniors where in 46 LigaA games he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Argentinian Super 8 Cup final in 2014. Treise was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He was a member of Argentinian U21 National Team in 2004.
Treise has played previously for three other teams: Libertad Sunchales, Deportivo Puerto Madryn-Brown and Quimsa.
He could be described: A young point guard with very good skills; seems yet ready for higher level leagues;.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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Jonathan Ledesma signs at Atletico Pilar - by Eurobasket News

Club Atletico Pilar Buenos Aires (TFB) landed 28-year old point guard Jonathan Ledesma (182-89) from Argentino de Pergamino.
The previous (15-16) season Ledesma played at Regatas CU.
His team was regular season runner-up in Argentinian Liga B Norte in 2010.
Ledesma has played previously for six other teams: Penarol, Estudiantes Olavarria, Bragado, Firmat FC Santa Fe, Estudiantes Concordia and Sportivo San Salvador.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @buddingmartin)

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Jerel Blocker (ex Weber Bahia) signs at Importadora - by Francisco Vega

Importadora Alvarado Ambato (National League) landed 29-year old American swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee). He played most recently at Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA. In 23 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Blocker played in the final of Liga Americas.
He received All-NAIA D1 2nd Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Blocker has played previously professionally in Romania (CS Dinamo Bucuresti) and ABL (Heartland E.).
He attended Lee University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Importadora Alvarado Ambato roster for 2017-2018:

Jerel Blocker
Tavares Sledge
John Alvarado
Johu Castillo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian State League round 20 best performance: Desmond Simmons - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Desmond Simmons (198-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Waverley F., receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 18 rebounds, while his team outclassed Hume City (#10, 5-14) with 38-point margin 107-69. Waverley F. maintains the 3rd position in their group in Australian State League. They are still close to the very top. Waverley F. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-4 record. In the team's last game Simmons had a remarkable 88.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Waverley F., through which he has constantly improved. Desmond Simmons averages this season 19.3ppg and 10.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P.. Davis had a very good evening with a double-double of 47 points and 10 assists. It was enough for S.Adelaide P. to edge the lower-ranked Eastern M. (#10, 2-15) 97-91. S.Adelaide P.'s 7th position in Premier League has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Davis is one of the most experienced players at S.Adelaide P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.9rpg and 7.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward James Padgett (203-F-91) of Lakeside L. (#9). Padgett got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Lakeside L., leading his team to a 114-100 easy win against the lower-ranked Kalamunda E.S. (#13, 6-19). The chances of Lakeside L. ranking at the top of SBL, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Padgett could help Lakeside L. to bring them higher in the standings. Padgett has a great season in Australia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.6rpg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Courtney Belger (187-G-89) of Kalamunda E.S. - 36 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92) of Southern T. - 41 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83) of McKinnon C. - 27 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists
7. C.J. Aiken (206-C/F-90) of Bendigo B. - 33 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tom Jervis (211-C-87) of Brisbane S. - 30 points and 12 rebounds
9. Corey Shervill (197-G/F) of Lakeside L. - 34 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ray Willis (198-G-89) of Gladstone P. - 36 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
McKinnon C. - Whittlesea City 111-91

Very expected game when 12th ranked Whittlesea City (1-18) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked McKinnon C. (10-9) 111-91 on Sunday. McKinnon C. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Whittlesea City's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Whittlesea City's players. Whittlesea City was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) who added 25 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Dominic Bruno responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Aidan Zeverona scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. McKinnon C. maintains sixth position in League with 10-9 record. Loser Whittlesea City keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. McKinnon C. will face league's leader Knox Raiders in Wantirna South in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Whittlesea City will play at home against Devils (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: I.Platenik 27+14reb+11ast, D.Stith 25+9reb+3ast, N.Mueller 11+6reb+5ast, M.Cody 11+1reb+2ast, A.Dench 10+1reb+5ast, D.Walker 10+1reb
Whittlesea City: D.Bruno 25+6reb+1ast, A.Zeverona 18+6reb+6ast, J.Maybank 15+4reb+2ast, E.Potts-Broughton 12+8reb+1ast, S.Kalistu 9+1reb+1ast, T.Watson 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 541391


Eltham W. - Diamond V.E. 95-79

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Eltham Wildcats (15-5) defeated at home 8th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (7-13) 95-79 on Sunday. Eltham Wildcats made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Eltham Wildcats outrebounded Diamond Valley Eagles 46-28 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Diamond Valley Eagles were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Justin Aver (190-89) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds and center Simon Bradbury (215-89) who added 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Guard Matt Reynolds (183) responded with 24 points and American guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Eltham Wildcats maintains fourth position in League with 15-5 record. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Eltham Wildcats will face Casey C. (#5) in the next round. Diamond Valley Eagles will play against the league's second-placed Ringwood Hawks in Heathmont and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eltham W.: J.Aver 25+5reb+3ast, S.Bradbury 14+8reb+1ast, C.Cameron 12+3reb+2ast, S.Grant 11+10reb+2ast, B.Waldren 10+2reb+1ast, J.Canovan 7+4reb+3ast
Diamond V.E.: M.Reynolds 24+3reb+3ast, R.Sanders 19+5reb+5ast, B.Conley 15+6reb+1ast, G.Page 11+1reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 6+5reb, L.Kafritsas 2+1reb
gschID: 541392


Waverley F. - Hume City 107-69

Not a big story in a game in Mount Waverley where 9th ranked Hume City Broncos (5-14) were rolled over by third ranked Waverley Falcons (16-4) 107-69 on Sunday. Waverley Falcons dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hume City Broncos' 40. They outrebounded Hume City Broncos 58-19 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Waverley Falcons looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hume City Broncos' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) and forward Chris Arkell (198-90) who added 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Naturalized British guard Lee Jeka (193-83) responded with 21 points and American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Waverley Falcons maintains third position in League with 16-4 record having just ten point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Hume City Broncos dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. Waverley Falcons will face Devils (#7) in Werribee in the next round. Hume City Broncos will play on the road against Magic in Hawthorn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: D.Simmons 38+18reb+2ast, C.Arkell 25+10reb+4ast, J.Reardon 14+9reb+6ast, B.Kelleher 14+1reb+7ast, T.Liesting 8+3reb+1ast, D.Neville 6+7reb+3ast
Hume City: L.Jeka 21+2reb+1ast, L.Egan 15+2reb+1ast, S.Prendergast 14+1reb+2ast, M.Rose 12+5reb+6ast, M.Berezdecky 4+5reb+1ast, P.Renteria 3+4reb
gschID: 541393


Knox R. - Eltham W. 89-76

Everything could happen in Wantirna South at the game between two tied teams. Both first ranked Knox Raiders and one of their biggest challengers Eltham Wildcats had identical 15-4 record. This time Knox Raiders used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Eltham 89-76 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in League. The game was mostly controlled by Knox Raiders. Eltham Wildcats was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, college: Georgia SW, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and American forward Christopher Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) who added 23 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Jordan Canovan responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Chris Cameron (210-82, college: La-Lafayette) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. Eltham Wildcats' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Knox Raiders maintains first position in League with 16-4 record. Loser Eltham Wildcats keep the fourth place with five games lost. Knox Raiders will face McKinnon C. (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Eltham Wildcats will play against Casey C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: A.Thoseby 28+4reb+3ast, C.Kaba 23+9reb+3ast, D.Hare 18+6reb+5ast, A.Nyok 8+6reb, M.Hodgson 7+7reb, A.Tomada 5+3reb+5ast
Eltham W.: J.Canovan 22+6reb+1ast, J.Malvaso 11+2reb, J.Aver 10+2reb+2ast, C.Cameron 10+5reb+1ast, J.Todd 9+5reb+1ast, B.Waldren 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541390


Hawthorn M. - McKinnon C. 61-77

There was no surprise in Hawthorn where 9th ranked Magic (5-13) was defeated by sixth ranked McKinnon C. (10-9) 77-61 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 16 points. McKinnon C. dominated on the defensive end, holding Magic to just 6 points in second quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) who added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American swingman Joshua Morrison (198-91, college: NC-Wesleyan) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Luke Sist scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. McKinnon C. maintains sixth position in League with 10-9 record. Loser Magic keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. McKinnon C. will face league's leader Knox Raiders in Wantirna South in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Magic will play at home against Hume City Broncos (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: I.Platenik 23+14reb+1ast, D.Stith 22+8reb+4ast, D.Walker 11+2reb+2ast, N.Mueller 9+11reb+2ast, B.Gallatly 9+3reb+1ast, A.Dench 3+1reb+1ast
Hawthorn M.: J.Morrison 23+5reb+3ast, K.Smith 10+2reb+3ast, P.Chelvan 8+7reb, L.Sist 7+10reb, D.Mareels 5+6reb+2ast, R. Johnson 4+1reb
gschID: 541387


Whittlesea City - Ringwood H. 78-115

No shocking result in a game in Mill Park where second ranked Ringwood Hawks (16-4) outleveled 12th ranked Whittlesea City (1-18) 115-78 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ringwood Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ringwood Hawks outrebounded Whittlesea City 53-26 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Trevor Latham (203) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and forward Matthew Fennell who added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Ringwood Hawks players scored in double figures. Aidan Zeverona responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds and Dominic Bruno scored 25 points and 5 assists. Ringwood Hawks maintains second position in League with 16-4 record having just ten point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Whittlesea City keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Ringwood Hawks will face Diamond Valley Eagles (#8) in Greensborough in the next round where they are favorite. Whittlesea City will play at home against Devils (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: N.Truman 25+2reb, M.McCahey 19+4reb+3ast, M.Fennell 17+6reb+5ast, J.Gibson 15+2ast, T.Latham 12+15reb+1ast, M.Snowball 11+4reb+4ast
Whittlesea City: A.Zeverona 31+10reb+3ast, D.Bruno 25+2reb+5ast, J.Maybank 14+5reb+2ast, T.Watson 4+2ast, S.Kalistu 3+1reb, E.Potts-Broughton 1+5reb+1ast
gschID: 541389


Diamond V.E. - Corio Bay S. 103-68

Rather expected game in Greensborough where 11th ranked Stingrays (4-14) were crushed by eighth ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (7-13) 103-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Diamond Valley Eagles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Stingrays' players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sam Reynolds (184) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 assists and guard Matt Reynolds (183) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Diamond Valley Eagles players scored in double figures. Diamond Valley Eagles' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American power forward Jordan Latham (206-91, college: Loyola, MD) responded with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Quentin Walker scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. Diamond Valley Eagles maintains eighth position in League with 7-13 record. Loser Stingrays keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Diamond Valley Eagles will face league's second-placed Ringwood Hawks in Heathmont in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stingrays will play against Casey C. (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Diamond V.E.: B.Conley 23+5reb+2ast, S.Reynolds 21+3reb+6ast, R.Sanders 20+8reb+2ast, M.Reynolds 18+9reb+3ast, G.Page 8+2reb+1ast, M.Lee 5+6reb+1ast
Corio Bay S.: J.Latham 38+11reb+2ast, J.Mcfall 9+4reb+1ast, C.Blythe 5+2reb+2ast, J.Headlam 4+3reb, Q.Walker 4+8reb+2ast, P. Goodier 4+7reb
gschID: 541388


Group Premier League
Eastern M. - C.District L. 95-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Mt. Barker where tenth ranked Eastern Mavericks (2-15) smashed 9th ranked Central District Lions (3-14) 95-76 on Sunday. Eastern Mavericks dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Central District Lions' 30. Eastern Mavericks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Central District Lions were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Michael Hundley (206-93, college: Ashland) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds and Devon Mcgee who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Eastern Mavericks players scored in double figures. Eastern Mavericks' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Ricardo Martin (203-92, college: Lander) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard David Humphries (193-91, college: Loyola Mary) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Eastern Mavericks maintains tenth position in League with 2-15 record. Loser Central District Lions keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Eastern Mavericks will face league's second-placed Noarlunga City Southern Tigers in Morphett Vale in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Eastern M.: D.Mcgee 18+5reb, M.Hundley 17+8reb+2ast, L.Barker 15+4reb+1ast, R.Aktanarowicz 13+3reb+3ast, S.Vozzo 10+2reb, T.Cioffi 8+5reb+5ast
C.District L.: R.Martin 16+7reb+2ast, N.Larkins 14+2reb+2ast, D.Humphries 13+7reb+1ast, B. Skuce 9+1reb, S.Stone 8+4reb+1ast, B.Nathan 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 541494


Norwood F. - Sturt S. 82-51

Everything could happen in Marden at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Norwood Flames and 5th ranked Sturt Sabres had identical 10-6 record. This time Norwood Flames used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Pasadena 82-51 on Saturday night. Norwood Flames looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Sturt Sabres' players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Daniel Webber (191-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Matthew Lycett (194-90) who added 19 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Norwood Flames players scored in double figures. Forward Jacob Rigoni (198-98) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international forward Jan Warbout (201-91) scored 10 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. Norwood Flames (11-6) moved-up to third place in League. Loser Sturt Sabres keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Norwood Flames will face Central District Lions (#9) in Gawler in the next round where they are favorite. Sturt Sabres will play at home against South Adelaide Panthers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Norwood F.: M.Lycett 19+8reb+1ast, A.Webber 15+5reb+6ast, D.Webber 14+12reb+4ast, M.Long 13+6reb, N.Wurm 10+6reb+6ast, K.Smith 7+4reb+4ast
Sturt S.: J.Rigoni 18+12reb, C.McMath 10+4reb+1ast, J.Warbout 10+6reb, J.Turnbull 5+1reb, H.Burns 4+3reb+2ast, T.Klaosen 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 541493


Woodville W. - C.District L. 78-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Flinders Park where ninth ranked Central District Lions (3-14) beat 8th ranked Woodville Warriors (6-11) 83-78 on Saturday. Central District Lions forced 22 Woodville Warriors turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Woodville Warriors were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ricardo Martin (203-92, college: Lander) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and guard David Humphries (193-91, college: Loyola Mary) who added 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Central District Lions players scored in double figures. Center Daniel Carlin (206-93, college: Westmont) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Darren Ng (189-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Central District Lions maintains ninth position in League with 3-14 record. Loser Woodville Warriors keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Central District Lions will face higher ranked Norwood Flames (#3) in Marden in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
C.District L.: R.Martin 24+12reb+3ast, B.Nathan 19+2reb, D.Humphries 19+13reb+6ast, N.Larkins 12+3reb+5ast, M.Makoi 4+4reb, S.Stone 2+7reb+4ast
Woodville W.: D.Carlin 24+10reb+2ast, L.Stanbridge 18+8reb+1ast, D.Ng 12+11reb+7ast, D.McKee 8+6reb+5ast, C.Clausen 7+5reb+1ast, A.Miller 3+3reb
gschID: 541492


S.Adelaide P. - Eastern M. 97-91

There was no surprise in Park Holme where 10th ranked Eastern Mavericks (2-15) were defeated by seventh ranked South Adelaide Panthers (8-9) 97-91 on Saturday. South Adelaide Panthers made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Eastern Mavericks turnovers. Eastern Mavericks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Eian Davis (185-90, college: Albertus Magnus) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Caleb Davis (206-95, college: Saginaw Valley) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Dylan Shorne responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Lachlan Barker (179-96) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five Eastern Mavericks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. South Adelaide Panthers maintains seventh position in League with 8-9 record. Loser Eastern Mavericks keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. South Adelaide Panthers will face higher ranked Sturt Sabres (#5) in Pasadena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Eastern Mavericks will play at home against the league's second-placed Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
S.Adelaide P.: E.Davis 47+5reb+10ast, C.Davis 17+6reb+2ast, A.Brown 8+3reb+1ast, J.Reid 8+6reb+1ast, S.Boal 7+3reb+4ast, J. Hoppo 6+1reb
Eastern M.: L.Barker 19+5reb+3ast, D.Shorne 16+9reb+3ast, M.Stock 14+4reb+9ast, Z.Lovell 13+1ast, M.Hundley 12+4reb, D.Mcgee 11+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541490


Southern T. - N.Adelaide R. 101-85

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked North Adelaide Rockets (13-4) in Morphett Vale on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (12-5) 101-85. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and center Jordan Dodman (206-88) who added 15 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard Aric Miller (190-90, college: Armstr.Atlantic) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and swingman Luke Mapunda (194-85) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers maintains second position in League with 12-5 record having just three point less than leader Mackay M. North Adelaide Rockets at the other side still keep top place with four games lost. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers are looking forward to face Eastern Mavericks (#10) in Mt. Barker in the next round and are hoping to win another game. North Adelaide Rockets will play at home against West Adelaide Bearcats (#4) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Southern T.: A.Drmic 41+16reb+2ast, D.Jones 17+1reb+1ast, J.Dodman 15+4reb+4ast, M.Nwelue 13+7reb+1ast, R.Linton 9+3reb+4ast, H.Staude 4+5reb+10ast
N.Adelaide R.: A.Miller 19+4reb+4ast, L.Mapunda 19+4reb+2ast, D.Aistrope 17+1reb+1ast, B.Jonnek 10+9reb+2ast, R.Harding 9+3reb+4ast, J.Wernham 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541491


QBL
Sunshine CR - Brisbane C. 72-79

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Brisbane Capitals (10-2) won against on the road 4th ranked Sunshine CR (8-4) 79-72 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 31-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Sunshine CR outrebounded Brisbane Capitals 47-31 including 35 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Aaron Anderson (178, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Greek guard Anthony Kopcikas (189-92) who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Brisbane Capitals players scored in double figures. Guard Isaih Tueta (187-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized New Zealand guard Zeke Meehl (181-88) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Brisbane Capitals maintains second position in League with 10-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Mackay M. Loser Sunshine CR keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Brisbane Capitals will face Rockhampton Rockets (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sunshine CR will play against Brisbane Spartans (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisbane C.: A.Anderson 22+8reb+1ast, Z.Carter 14+4reb+2ast, P.Onwas 13+4reb, A.Kopcikas 10+5reb+5ast, C.Lam 8+1reb, J.Davis 7+2reb+1ast
Sunshine CR: I.Tueta 24+11reb+4ast, Z.Meehl 14+9reb+3ast, L.Hurdle 8+6reb+3ast, Z.Meehl 7+1reb+1ast, J.Tueta 6+8reb+1ast, L.Ilton 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 541591


Gold Coast R. - Brisbane S. 76-83

Rather expected game in Gold Coast where 12th ranked Rollers (3-10) were defeated by ninth ranked Brisbane Spartans (6-7) 83-76 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rollers won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brisbane Spartans dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rollers' 20. Brisbane Spartans forced 20 Rollers turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Tom Jervis (211-87, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and center Ben Volkman (206, college: Maryville, MO) who added 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Thalo Green (200-78) responded with 16 points and 6 assists and point guard Adam Darragh (181-79, college: Martin Methodist) scored 15 points. Four Rollers players scored in double figures. Brisbane Spartans moved-up to eighth place in League. Loser Rollers dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Brisbane Spartans will face higher ranked Sunshine CR (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rollers will play against South West Metro Pirates (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: T.Jervis 30+12reb+1ast, D.McDowell-White 18+3reb+3ast, B.Volkman 14+8reb+3ast, A.Graham 6, M.Philp 6+6reb+4ast, N.Dickinson 6+3ast
Gold Coast R.: T.Green 16+2reb+6ast, A.Darragh 15+4reb+2ast, D.Vale 14+3reb+3ast, S.McGregor 11+3reb+2ast, T.Cameron 8+6reb+3ast, J.Patton Croker 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 541592


Gladstone P. - Rockhampton 99-77

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Gladstone Port City Power (4-7) smashed at home 8th ranked Rockhampton Rockets (6-8) 99-77 on Saturday. Gladstone Port City Power shot 63.1 percent from the field. Gladstone Port City Power outrebounded Rockhampton Rockets 38-25 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Gladstone Port City Power especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ray Willis (198-89, college: N.C.Central, agency: HMS) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Willie Shackleford (198-85, college: Martin Methodist) who added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. Four Gladstone Port City Power players scored in double figures. American power forward Rashad Hassan (203-89, college: Savannah St.) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jack Lopez (196-94, college: Montana) scored 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gladstone Port City Power maintains tenth position in League with 4-7 record. Loser Rockhampton Rockets dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. Gladstone Port City Power will face higher ranked Cairns Marlins (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Gladstone P.: R.Willis 36+9reb+5ast, R.Lawyer 16+4reb+1ast, W.Shackleford 16+9reb+10ast, N.Musters 12+12reb+3ast, P.Ciganovic 8+1reb+1ast, T.Allen 8+1ast
Rockhampton: J.Lopez 19+2reb, R.Hassan 18+5reb+4ast, D.Wagner 11+8reb+1ast, J.Mitchell 9+4reb+4ast, C.Fowler 9+1reb+3ast, T.Corrigan 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541589


Townsville H. - Mackay M. 96-81

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Mackay Meteors (12-2) against fourth ranked Townsville Heat (9-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Mackay Meteors were defeated by Townsville Heat in Hermit Park 96-81. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 7 assists. British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Townsville Heat's coach Rod Anderson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Chris Cedar (188-88) produced 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Lukass Blicavs (192-93) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Townsville Heat moved-up to third place in League. Loser Mackay Meteors still keep top position with two games lost. Townsville Heat will meet at home Gladstone Port City Power (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mackay Meteors will play against the league's second-placed Brisbane Capitals (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Townsville H.: J.Wilcher 36+2reb+7ast, J.Anderson 22+10reb+4ast, J.Baker 16+7reb+1ast, J.Spiers 9+3ast, K.Tudehope 8+4reb+2ast, B.McCully 2+4reb+2ast
Mackay M.: C.Cedar 29+8reb+4ast, L.Blicavs 17+5reb, T.Diop 11+5reb, B.Rasmussen 7+8reb, C.Tragardh 5+6reb+2ast, M.Gange 4+2reb
gschID: 541590


SW Metro P. - Ipswich F. 105-97

Not a big story in a game in Runcorn where 12th ranked Ipswich Force (3-10) was defeated by seventh ranked South West Metro Pirates (8-5) 105-97 on Saturday. South West Metro Pirates looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and forward Jarred Bairstow (201-92, college: Cent.Oklahoma) who added 12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Guard Ben Wilson (198, college: Idaho St.) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Josh Derksen (206-95, college: Ky Wesleyan) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Ipswich Force players scored in double figures. South West Metro Pirates moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Ipswich Force keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. South West Metro Pirates will face Rollers (#13) in Gold Coast in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ipswich Force will play on the road against Logan T. in Loganholme and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SW Metro P.: T.McGrew 29+12reb+2ast, J.Allen 15+7reb+4ast, J.Bairstow 12+7reb+7ast, R.Vines 9+1reb+4ast, V.Williams Jr. 7+3reb+3ast, W.Sinclair 2+3reb+1ast
Ipswich F.: B.Wilson 17+7reb+4ast, J.Legan 16+3reb+1ast, J.Ralph 13+2reb+5ast, J.Derksen 13+6reb+3ast, K.Harvey 13+7reb+2ast, J.Eustace 12+1reb+3ast
gschID: 541588


Suncoast PC - Brisbane C. 87-93

Everything went according to plan in Cotton Tree where second ranked Brisbane Capitals (10-2) beat 11th ranked Maroochydore Clippers (3-8) 93-87 on Saturday. Brisbane Capitals forced 25 Maroochydore Clippers turnovers. Strangely Maroochydore Clippers outrebounded Brisbane Capitals 44-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Maroochydore Clippers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Aaron Anderson (178, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Dusty Rychart (201-78, college: Minnesota) who added 21 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Tom Fullarton (200-99) responded with 20 points and 8 assists and American guard CJ Massingale (191-82, college: Metro St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Four Maroochydore Clippers players scored in double figures. Brisbane Capitals maintains second position in League with 10-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Mackay M. Loser Maroochydore Clippers keep the eleventh place with eight games lost. Brisbane Capitals will face Rockhampton Rockets (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maroochydore Clippers will play against Brisbane Spartans and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisbane C.: A.Anderson 29+4reb+4ast, D.Rychart 21+10reb, Z.Carter 8+6reb+4ast, J.Davis 8+3reb+1ast, P.Onwas 8+2reb+1ast, A.Kopcikas 6+1reb
Suncoast PC: T.Fullarton 20+3reb+8ast, J.Hill 19+7reb+1ast, C.Massingale 16+13reb+1ast, M.Kenyon 13+10reb+7ast, T.Zaremba 10+2reb+1ast, B.Hogan 5+8reb+4ast
gschID: 541587


Cairns M. - Mackay M. 108-115

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Cairns Marlins (8-5) were defeated at home by first ranked Mackay Meteors (12-2) 115-108 on Friday. Mackay Meteors made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Cairns Marlins were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Lucas Walker (202-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) who added 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Guard Kuany Kuany (201, college: Chaminade) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Mackay Meteors and four Cairns Marlins players scored in double figures. Cairns Marlins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mackay Meteors maintains first position in League with 12-2 record. Loser Cairns Marlins keep the fifth place with five games lost. Mackay Meteors will face league's second-placed Brisbane Capitals at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cairns Marlins will play against Gladstone Port City Power and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mackay M.: S.Bruce 29+7reb+4ast, L.Walker 22+10reb+11ast, C.Tragardh 21+10reb+4ast, C.Cedar 12+4reb+5ast, B.Rasmussen 12+7reb, T.Diop 10+9reb+3ast
Cairns M.: D.Heuir 24+2reb+3ast, K.Kuany 23+13reb+4ast, J.Weeks 19+5reb+9ast, T.Jackson 15+9reb+1ast, S.Weigh 9+7reb, A.Bin Tahal 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541586


Toowoomba M. - Logan T. 84-103

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Logan T. (8-6) outleveled on the road 14th ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers (1-12) 103-84 on Friday. Logan T. forced 25 Toowoomba Mountaineers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Toowoomba Mountaineers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Mitch Young (206-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian forward Keanau Post (211-92, college: Missouri) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (193, college: Oregon) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Manylok Malek (201-94) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Logan T. maintains seventh position in League with 8-6 record. Loser Toowoomba Mountaineers keep the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Logan T. will face Ipswich Force (#12) in Booval in the next round where they are favorite. Toowoomba Mountaineers will play at home against Ipswich Force and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: M.Young 23+7reb+1ast, K.Post 18+7reb, T.Ammar 13+2reb+3ast, S.Johns 13+1reb+1ast, S.Carroll 9+6ast, B.Johnson 8+1reb+3ast
Toowoomba M.: J.Abdul-Bassit 27+5reb+4ast, C.Weber 20+2reb+4ast, M.Malek 13+14reb, M.Nolen 13+1reb+1ast, J.Seaby 4+4reb, M.Adams 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541585


SBL
Joondalup Wolves - Geraldton B. 94-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers Buccaneers' (17-6) road loss to second ranked Wanneroo (19-6) 89-94 on Sunday. Wanneroo looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Wanneroo's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) responded with 30 points and his fellow American import forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Buccaneers players scored in double figures. Wanneroo maintains second position in League with 19-6 record having just eighteen point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Buccaneers keep the third place with six games lost. Wanneroo will face league's leader Tigers in Willetton in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Buccaneers will play on the road against Cougars in Hamilton Hill and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Joondalup Wolves: T.Iliadis 25+2reb+1ast, R.Wright 19+6reb, R.Huntington 11+7reb+4ast, R.Maxwell 9+3reb, S.Salinas 9+5reb+5ast, B.Ironmonger 8+7reb+9ast
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 30+3reb+2ast, M.Barrow 17+5reb+4ast, J.Hussey 14+4reb+7ast, M.Hancock 10+4reb+2ast, M.Wundenberg 7+8reb+1ast, J.Paringatai 6+1reb
gschID: 541781


Perry Lakes H. - Goldfields G. 98-76

Rather predictable result in Floreat where eighth ranked Hawks (12-11) smashed 12th ranked Giants (6-16) 98-76 on Sunday. Hawks made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Hawks outrebounded Giants 46-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Matthew Adekponya (194-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Ben Purser (201-90, college: Augusta) who added 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Hawks' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Jerome Reid (195-96) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Hawks maintains eighth position in League with 12-11 record. Loser Giants keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Hawks will face Lightning (#9) in North Lake in the next round. Giants will play on the road against Magic in Mandurah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: M.Adekponya 28+10reb+6ast, R.Waters 22+5reb+2ast, B.Purser 21+9reb+6ast, B.Carlwell 10+12reb+2ast, B.Cole-Heath 7+1reb, R.Smith 4+2reb+2ast
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 18+8reb+4ast, J.Reid 14+5reb+1ast, A.Atem 11+4reb, D.Goodluck 10+4reb+6ast, J.Pillard 9+7reb+1ast, B.Holloway 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 541780


Perth R. - Geraldton B. 96-90

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Buccaneers (17-6) against sixth ranked Redbacks (14-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Buccaneers were defeated by Redbacks in a tough game in Northbridge 90-96. Buccaneers were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-41 second half run of Redbacks. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Redbacks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jackson Hussey (190-92, college: Pikeville) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists and American forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Buccaneers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Redbacks moved-up to fifth place in League. Buccaneers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Redbacks' next round opponent will be Magic (#14) in Mandurah and are hoping to win another game. Buccaneers will play on the road against Cougars (#6) in Hamilton Hill and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perth R.: L.Roberts 29+7reb+4ast, S.Redhage 21+10reb+5ast, B.Smith 14+4reb+4ast, M.Nelson 11+2reb+3ast, J.Wagner 10+1reb+4ast, M.Vigor 7+4reb+4ast
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 22+2reb, A.Ralph 19+3reb, J.Hussey 16+5reb+14ast, M.Barrow 15+9reb+3ast, M.Hancock 8+2reb+2ast, J.Paringatai 6+4reb
gschID: 541775


Mandurah M. - East Perth E. 122-129

Not a big story in a game in Mandurah where 14th ranked Magic (4-18) was defeated by eleventh ranked Eagles (8-16) 129-122 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 129-122. Eagles shot 30 for 43 from the free-throw line, while Magic only scored fourteen points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for Eagles especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Magic was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Mason Bragg (182-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) who added 31 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Eagles players scored in double figures. American forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) scored 27 points and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Eagles maintains eleventh position in League with 8-16 record. Loser Magic keeps the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Eagles will face higher ranked Cougars (#6) in Hamilton Hill in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Magic will play at home against Giants (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: K.Davis 31+7reb+2ast, K.Anthony 29+7reb+1ast, M.Bragg 28+11reb+7ast, D.Williamson 22+2reb+6ast, C.Easley 12+7reb+2ast, A.Murphy 2+1reb+1ast
Mandurah M.: T.Mullenax 31+8reb+1ast, W.McNeill 27+4reb+8ast, F.Klasztorny 17+4reb+3ast, C.Van Sambeeck 8+8reb+3ast, D.Ballantyne 8+3reb+2ast, P.Ruot 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 541778


Cockburn C. - Joondalup Wolves 64-71

Everything went according to plan in Hamilton Hill where second ranked Wanneroo (19-6) beat 4th ranked Cougars (13-9) 71-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Wanneroo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) who added 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Lochlan Cummings (183, college: Hope International) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Wanneroo maintains second position in League with 19-6 record having just eighteen point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Cougars dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Wanneroo will face league's leader Tigers in Willetton in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cougars will play at home against Buccaneers (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Joondalup Wolves: R.Wright 25+10reb, T.Iliadis 21+2reb+4ast, B.Ironmonger 8+5reb+4ast, S.Easther 5+4reb, S.Salinas 4+4reb+2ast, R.Huntington 4+5reb+2ast
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 22+9reb+1ast, L.Cummings 14+5reb+4ast, R.Della Maddalena 11+6reb, J.Holmes 6+6reb+1ast, S.Chan 4+6reb+5ast, S.Van Lit 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541779


SW Slammers - Stirling S. 95-105

There was no surprise in Bunbury where 7th ranked Slammers (12-9) were defeated by fifth ranked Stirling S. (14-9) 105-95 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Stirling S.. Slammers was better in second period 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Stirling S. won last quarter 30-22. They made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Stirling S. outrebounded Slammers 48-30 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slammers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, college: St.Louis) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 assists and the former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Stirling S.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) responded with 28 points and his fellow American import guard Michael Lay (180-83, college: Concordia, OR) scored 24 points. Five Stirling S. and four Slammers players scored in double figures. Stirling S. moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Slammers keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Stirling S. will face higher ranked Buccaneers (#3) in Wonthella in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Slammers will play at home against Giants (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stirling S.: C.Ellis 23+3reb+7ast, C.Wroe 23+4reb+2ast, R.Vague 18+10reb+3ast, A.Naymick 14+9reb+2ast, A.Litterick 10+12reb+2ast, J.Dixon 9+1reb+1ast
SW Slammers: T.Nichols 28+3ast, M.Lay 24+2reb+2ast, C.Weeden 13+10reb+1ast, T.Harrelson 12+3reb+2ast, B.Voelkel 8+6reb+2ast, T.Puot 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541777


Lakeside L. - Goldfields G. 91-85

No shocking result in a game in North Lake where tenth ranked Lightning (10-15) won against 12th ranked Giants (6-16) 91-85 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Lightning dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 32 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Lightning looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Corey Shervill (197) who added 22 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Lightning and five Giants players scored in double figures. Lightning moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Giants keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Lightning will face higher ranked Hawks (#8) in Floreat in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will play on the road against Magic (#14) in Mandurah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 29+15reb+2ast, C.Shervill 22+6reb+2ast, D.Atkinson 14+4reb+9ast, D.Morgan 10+4reb+1ast, R.Mackenzie 6+2reb+7ast, M.Garbellini 6
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 22+12reb+5ast, J.Pillard 14+12reb+4ast, B.Holloway 13+3reb+7ast, A.Atem 11+6reb, M.Exell 10+5reb+2ast, J.Reid 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 541776


Rockingham F. - Perry Lakes H. 73-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Flames' (9-14) home loss to eighth ranked Hawks (12-11) 73-88 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hawks. Flames was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Brian Carlwell (211-87, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Matthew Adekponya (194-90) who added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Hawks' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Vincent Zollo (206-92, college: Cleveland St.) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Dexter Kernich-Drew (201-91, college: Washington St.) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hawks maintains eighth position in League with 12-11 record. Loser Flames dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. Hawks will face Lightning (#9) in North Lake in the next round. Flames will play at home against Suns and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: R.Waters 20+4reb+4ast, B.Carlwell 19+10reb+3ast, M.Adekponya 19+7reb+5ast, B.Purser 10+10reb+8ast, R.O'Sullivan 8+2reb, B.Cole-Heath 6+1reb+1ast
Rockingham F.: V.Zollo 24+9reb, D.Kernich-Drew 19+7reb+4ast, D.Jack 10+6reb+1ast, R.Godfrey 10+5reb+4ast, J.Griffin 5+7reb+1ast, B.Samuelson 3+3ast
gschID: 541772


Willetton T. - Perth R. 73-82

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Tigers (19-4) against sixth ranked Redbacks (14-11) on Friday night. Host Tigers were defeated by Redbacks in a tough game in Willetton 73-82. Tigers were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-8 charge of Redbacks, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Tigers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds and guard Marshall Nelson (188-94, college: Wayland Baptist) who added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Redbacks players scored in double figures. American forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Redbacks moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Tigers still keep top position with four games lost. Redbacks will face Magic (#14) in Mandurah in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tigers will play at home against the league's second-placed Wanneroo (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perth R.: L.Roberts 29+9reb+2ast, B.Smith 17+2reb+1ast, M.Nelson 16+6reb+5ast, M.Vigor 11+7reb+3ast, J.Wagner 6+3reb+7ast, S.Redhage 3+9reb+1ast
Willetton T.: R.Turner 23+14reb+3ast, D.Scott 18+4reb, J.Bowie 12+8reb+6ast, A.Black 9+4reb+3ast, L.Evans 3+1reb+1ast, M.Clarke 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541774


Kalamunda E.S. - Lakeside L. 100-114

Rather predictable result in Kalamunda where tenth ranked Lightning (10-15) defeated 13th ranked Suns (6-19) 114-100 on Friday. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. Lightning made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Lightning outrebounded Suns 45-30 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lightning especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. Suns were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Corey Shervill (197) who added 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds during the contest. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) responded with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import guard Rob Brandenberg (188-92, college: VCU) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lightning moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Suns keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Lightning will face higher ranked Hawks (#8) in Floreat in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Suns will play on the road against Flames (#10) in Rockingham and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: C.Shervill 34+14reb+2ast, J.Padgett 31+16reb+5ast, D.Atkinson 25+1reb+6ast, R.Mackenzie 9+5reb+1ast, N.Palleschi 5+2reb+3ast, T.Parkinson 4+2reb
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 36+8reb+8ast, K.Horn 20+1reb, R.Brandenberg 15+6reb+5ast, R.Blanchett 9+1reb, B.Grey 6+4reb, J.Lewis 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 541773


SEABL
BA CoE - Mt Gambier 63-94

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked BA CoE (2-10) was rolled over at home by first ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (16-3) 94-63 on Sunday. Mount Gambier Pioneers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BA CoE's 34. Mount Gambier Pioneers forced 20 BA CoE turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Luke Jamieson (200-94) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) who added 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Mount Gambier Pioneers players scored in double figures. Center Mate Colina (208-99) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and swingman Daniel Grida (195) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first position in League with 16-3 record. Loser BA CoE keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face Bandits (#5) in Albury in the next round. BA CoE will play on the road against Tigers in Melbourne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mt Gambier: L.Jamieson 24+8reb+1ast, T.Daly 13+5reb+6ast, D.Alexander 11+12reb+2ast, B.Hill 11+2reb+4ast, J.Jones 10+3reb, J.Madgen 8+4reb+2ast
BA CoE: M.Colina 16+18reb+2ast, D.Grida 12+5reb+1ast, O.Hulland 8+9reb, A. Ducas 7+2reb+1ast, J. Tchamwa 6+1reb+1ast, H. Clarke 5+2reb
gschID: 541875


Ballarat M. - Dandenong R. 100-87

Everything could happen in Wendouree at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Ballarat Miners and one of their biggest challengers Dandenong Rangers had identical 12-7 record. This time Ballarat Miners used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Dandenong 100-87 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Ballarat Miners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Dandenong Rangers' 34. They outrebounded Dandenong Rangers 45-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ballarat Miners looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marvin King-Davis (201-93, college: Delaware) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists and New Zealand forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) who added 12 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Garrett Jackson (201-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and point guard Lucas Barker (183-93, college: Indianapolis) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dandenong Rangers' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ballarat Miners maintains second position in League with 13-7 record having just seven point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Dandenong Rangers keep the third place with eight games lost. Ballarat Miners will face Bendigo Braves (#5) on the road in the next round. Dandenong Rangers will play against Frankston Blues and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ballarat M.: M.King-Davis 33+9reb+4ast, A.Constable 20+3reb+2ast, D.Usher 17+6reb+6ast, L.Henry 12+14reb+6ast, C.McCallum 7+9reb+7ast, T.Fisher 7+1reb+1ast
Dandenong R.: G.Jackson 27+7reb+3ast, L.Barker 13+5reb+8ast, J.Page 11+1reb+1ast, J.Oswald 10+3reb, C.Orr 9+4reb+2ast, F.Von Hofe 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 546599


Kilsyth C. - Frankston 75-88

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Kilsyth Cobras (8-13) were defeated at home by seventh ranked Frankston Blues (8-13) 88-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Frankston Blues led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alex Francis (198-91, college: Bryant, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Nate Buss (206-92, college: N.Iowa) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Frankston Blues' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Auryn MacMillan (204-87, college: Gardner-Webb) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Chris Patton (208-91, college: Cal-Riverside) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Frankston Blues and five Kilsyth Cobras players scored in double figures. Frankston Blues moved-up to sixth place in League. Frankston Blues will face higher ranked Dandenong Rangers (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kilsyth Cobras will play against Tigers (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Frankston: A.Francis 26+11reb+2ast, T.Dyson 18+5reb, N.Buss 12+10reb+2ast, B.Lewis 10+3reb+1ast, J.Macaulay 9+7reb, O. Hayes-brown 0+2reb
Kilsyth C.: A.MacMillan 17+8reb+2ast, C.Patton 16+6reb+2ast, B.Ursich 13+3reb+4ast, T.Naqqash 13+5reb+4ast, O.Odigie 10+4reb+2ast, D.Schaffert 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 541874


Geelong S. - Melbourne T. 72-100

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Tigers (6-12) outleveled on the road 4th ranked Geelong Supercats (12-9) 100-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-72. Strangely Geelong Supercats outrebounded Tigers 49-31 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ari Stewart (200-90, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The former international swingman Nathan Herbert (192-84) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Geelong Supercats players scored in double figures. Tigers maintains sixth position in League with 6-12 record. Loser Geelong Supercats keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Tigers will face BA CoE (#8) in the next round. Geelong Supercats will play against Sabres (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Melbourne T.: A.Stewart 31+7reb+5ast, D.Corletto 17+5reb+4ast, B.Dixon 8+1reb+2ast, N.Tomlinson 6+5reb+5ast, R.Oirbans 6+9reb+2ast, S.Sykes 2+3reb+1ast
Geelong S.: N.Herbert 35+5reb+3ast, K.Blicavs 14+5reb+2ast, J.Medved 11+2ast, D.Gatlin 10+11reb+6ast, M.Hicks 10+10reb+4ast, A.Cannan 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541873


NW Tasmania - Hobart C. 88-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Ulverstone where second-ranked Chargers (11-8) were crushed by third ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (11-9) 88-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by NW Tasmania Thunder. Chargers was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and guard Daniel Sepokas (190-90, college: Lees-McRae) who added 11 points during the contest. Naturalized South Sudanese swingman Mathiang Muo (196-87, college: Charleston So.) responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American swingman Robert Heyer (190, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Four Chargers players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. NW Tasmania Thunder maintains third position in League with 11-9 record behind leader Mackay M. Loser Chargers keep the second place with eight games lost. NW Tasmania Thunder will face Canberra Gunners (#7) in Belconnen in the next round. Chargers will play at home against Canberra Gunners (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
NW Tasmania: J.Ingram 24+14reb+3ast, D.Sepokas 11+2reb+2ast, A.Starks 9+2ast, B.Simpson 8+1reb, J.Chilcott 7+3reb+2ast, C.Pal 4+3reb+1ast
Hobart C.: M.Muo 30+9reb+1ast, R.Heyer 18+12reb+2ast, C.Whitehead 14+1reb+3ast, B.Radcliffe 10+5reb+1ast, L.Thomas 7+2reb+1ast, T.Masunda 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 546597


Dandenong R. - Nunawading S. 75-87

Rather predictable result when first ranked Spectres (15-5) defeated on the road 3rd ranked Dandenong Rangers (12-8) 87-75 on Saturday. Dandenong Rangers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Sam McDonald (-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists and American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) who added 20 points during the contest. American swingman Chauncey Orr (193-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Lucas Barker (183-93, college: Indianapolis) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dandenong Rangers' coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spectres maintains first position in League with 15-5 record. Loser Dandenong Rangers keep the third place with eight games lost. Spectres will face Bandits (#5) in Albury in the next round. Dandenong Rangers will play at home against Frankston Blues and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nunawading S.: D.Swetalla 20+4reb+1ast, S.McDonald 12+3reb+11ast, T.Wright 12+2reb+5ast, S.Conn 10+10reb+1ast, A.Steel 9+5reb, D.King-Hawea 6+3reb+2ast
Dandenong R.: J.Page 20+3reb+1ast, C.Orr 17+10reb+2ast, G.Jackson 15+4reb, L.Barker 11+11reb+6ast, J.Oswald 8+3reb+1ast, T.Lang 7+6reb
gschID: 546596


Canberra G. - Mt Gambier 113-69

There was an upset in Belconnen where top-ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (16-3) were rolled over by seventh ranked Canberra Gunners (4-15) 113-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. Canberra Gunners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Mount Gambier Pioneers outrebounded Canberra Gunners 41-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Daniel Joyce (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists and center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) who added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Canberra Gunners' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jack Madgen (196-93, college: Delta St.) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Mount Gambier Pioneers players scored in double figures. Canberra Gunners maintains seventh position in League with 4-15 record. Loser Mount Gambier Pioneers still keep top place with three games lost. Canberra Gunners will face higher ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (#3) in Ulverstone in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mount Gambier Pioneers will play at home against Bandits and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Canberra G.: D.Joyce 24+2reb+4ast, G.Morison 16+5reb+2ast, B.Allen 12+8reb+4ast, B.Doran 6+2reb+1ast, B.Kearins 6+1reb, R.Kaye 3
Mt Gambier: D.Alexander 26+6reb+1ast, J.Madgen 20+7reb+2ast, B.Hill 17+7reb+3ast, K.DeWit 12+4reb+1ast, L.Jamieson 10+4reb+1ast, T.Daly 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541872


Bendigo B. - Sandringham S. 82-92

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Sabres (9-10) beat on the road one of their biggest challengers Bendigo Braves (9-12) 92-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sabres. Bendigo Braves was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Bendigo Braves outrebounded Sabres 41-26 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Ethan O'Day (206, college: Vermont) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American power forward C.J. Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Adam Doyle (176-91) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Sabres and four Bendigo Braves players scored in double figures. Sabres moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Bendigo Braves dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Sabres will face BA CoE (#8) in the next round. Bendigo Braves will play against the league's second-placed Ballarat Miners and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sandringham S.: J.Evans 25+12reb, I.Hadziomerovic 15+4reb+2ast, A.Macdonald 14+2ast, E.O'Day 13+6reb+3ast, J.Batish 12+1reb+2ast, N.Crosswell 3+3reb+3ast
Bendigo B.: C.Aiken 33+14reb+4ast, A.Doyle 25+5reb+9ast, M.Andronicos 10+11reb+1ast, D.Starks 10+2reb+5ast, C.Hogan 5+3reb+2ast, D.Hansen 5
gschID: 546598


Albury W.B. - Ballarat M. 104-93

There was a minor upset in Albury where second-ranked Ballarat Miners (13-7) were defeated by fifth ranked Bandits (9-11) 104-93 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 36-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of James Terrell who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and American forward T.J. Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) who added 21 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Guard Peter Hooley (193-92, college: Albany) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 4 steals and New Zealand forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Five Bandits and four Ballarat Miners players scored in double figures. Bandits maintains fifth position in League with 9-11 record. Loser Ballarat Miners keep the second place with seven games lost. Bandits will face league's leader Spectres in East Burwood in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ballarat Miners will play on the road against Bendigo Braves and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Albury W.B.: J.Terrell 35+5reb, T.Robinson 21+12reb+1ast, D.George 16+4reb+9ast, D.Harding 15+11reb+1ast, J.Duck 14+2reb+2ast, J.Spear 3+1reb
Ballarat M.: P.Hooley 39+3reb+2ast, M.King-Davis 12+5reb, L.Henry 12+10reb+2ast, C.Moller 12+8reb+1ast, A.Constable 9+3reb, S.Short 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 541871


Frankston - Bendigo B. 102-95

There was a small surprise in Seaford where seventh ranked Frankston Blues (8-13) won against one of their biggest challengers Bendigo Braves (9-12) 102-95 on Friday. Frankston Blues dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Bendigo Braves' 44. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alex Francis (198-91, college: Bryant, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American swingman Bennie Lewis (203-87, college: Benedict) who added 28 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Lewis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Dyami Starks (188-92, college: Bryant) responded with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Adam Doyle (176-91) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Frankston Blues moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Bendigo Braves dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Frankston Blues will face higher ranked Dandenong Rangers (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bendigo Braves will play against the league's second-placed Ballarat Miners and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Frankston: B.Lewis 28+5reb+2ast, A.Francis 21+11reb+5ast, T.Dyson 17+4reb, T.Smith-Milner 14+5reb+2ast, N.Buss 13+10reb+1ast, J.Macaulay 6+2reb+2ast
Bendigo B.: A.Doyle 25+5reb+3ast, D.Starks 22+5reb+7ast, C.Aiken 18+12reb+2ast, C.Hogan 11+7reb+5ast, C.Adkins 11+5reb+1ast, M.Andronicos 4+2reb
gschID: 546595


Waratah
Illawarra H. - Sydney Comets 70-92

Very expected game when 9th ranked Hawks (5-13) were crushed at home by first ranked Sydney City Comets (16-1) 92-70 on Sunday. Sydney City Comets dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 30. They outrebounded Hawks 48-27 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sydney City Comets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Louis Brandt who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and guard Sam Hyman (190, college: Mayville St.) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Sydney City Comets players scored in double figures. Guard Alexander Beagley responded with 15 points and guard Tyson Demos (191-88) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Sydney City Comets maintains first position in League with 16-1 record. Loser Hawks keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. Sydney City Comets will face Hills Hornets (#8) in Baulkham Hills in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hawks will play on the road against Spiders in Hornsby and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sydney Comets: S.Hyman 16+7reb+2ast, L.Brandt 13+6reb+7ast, C.Jurlina 13+5reb+1ast, R.Craigie 12+8reb+3ast, J.Jovine 10+3reb, A.Overs 9+4reb+3ast
Illawarra H.: A.Beagley 15+2reb+2ast, J.Sorenson 10+5reb, S.Hunter 8+2reb+2ast, T.Demos 8+7reb+1ast, P.Lancaster 6+3reb, B.O'Brien 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 539518


Maitland M. - Newcastle H. 79-85

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Newcastle Hunters (3-15) defeated on the road higher ranked Maitland Mustangs (10-8) 85-79 on Saturday. Strangely Maitland Mustangs outrebounded Newcastle Hunters 50-38 including a 24-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Newcastle Hunters made 10 blocks. Maitland Mustangs were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dane Suttle (198-89, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and Jacob Foy who added 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Newcastle Hunters players scored in double figures. American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 27 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Joshua Clifford (196-88) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Newcastle Hunters moved-up to tenth place in League. Loser Maitland Mustangs dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Newcastle Hunters will face higher ranked Crusaders (#7) in Terrigal in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: D.Suttle 23+8reb+1ast, J.Foy 21+2reb+4ast, M.Wilson 11+3reb, B.Hawkesley 10+10reb+1ast, J.Dorricott 8+6reb+1ast, J.Rauch 7+3reb
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 24+27reb, J.Clifford 15+6reb, D.Millburn 11+6reb+1ast, T.Turner 9+3reb+4ast, V.Foketi 4+4reb+1ast, S.Huggins 0+3reb
gschID: 539517


Sutherland S. - Bankstown B. 95-98

Tenth-ranked Sutherland Sharks (2-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Bankstown Bruins (13-5). The visitors from Condell Park managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by the former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) who scored that evening 28 points and 5 assists and Svetomir Gavrilovic supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Even 28 points and 5 assists by American Isaac Turner (191-92, college: St.Vincent) did not help to save the game for Sutherland Sharks. Swingman Jake Wilson (193-88) added 25 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Five Bankstown Bruins and four Sutherland Sharks players scored in double figures. Bankstown Bruins maintains second position in League with 13-5 record having just five point less than leader Mackay M. Sutherland Sharks at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Bankstown Bruins will play against Norths Soul Sports Bears (#4) in Crows Nest in the next round. Sutherland Sharks will play at home against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bankstown B.: S.Markovic 28+1reb+5ast, M.Franco 19+4reb, N.Pozoglou 13+3reb+1ast, S.Gavrilovic 13+9reb+3ast, A.Boykin 10+9reb+1ast, N.Kovacina 6+5reb+2ast
Sutherland S.: I.Turner 28+4reb+5ast, J.Wilson 25+6reb+3ast, D.Marjanovic 17+7reb+2ast, J.Biber 13+5reb+2ast, B.Musulin 9+4reb+3ast, E.Laudato 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 539516


Manly Warr. - Hills H. 88-77

Not a big story in a game in Narrabeen where 8th ranked Hills Hornets (8-10) were defeated by sixth ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (10-8) 88-77 on Saturday. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hills Hornets turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Luke Cooper (183-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) who added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players scored in double figures. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Croatian power forward Goran Veg (205) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Hills Hornets keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will face Sutherland Sharks (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hills Hornets will play against the league's leader Sydney City Comets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr.: S.Blaszczynski 22+10reb+3ast, L.Cooper 21+5reb+7ast, A.Bulgin 16+1reb+1ast, S.Bresnik 11+1reb+1ast, C.Bulgin 6+5reb+7ast, C.Wilks 6+2reb+1ast
Hills H.: P.Brotherson 15+8reb+6ast, G.Veg 11+11reb+4ast, B.Graham 8+3ast, E.Duselis 8+6reb+3ast, M.Brown 8+5reb, M.Hodgins 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539515


Sydney Comets - Norths Bears 93-85

Everything went according to plan in Alexandria where first ranked Sydney City Comets (16-1) beat 3rd ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (11-7) 93-85 on Saturday. Sydney City Comets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sydney City Comets made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Indiana Faithfull (193-91, college: W.Liberty St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists and power forward Tom Dawson (197) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Sydney City Comets' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and James Maccann scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Sydney City Comets and five Norths Soul Sports Bears players scored in double figures. Sydney City Comets maintains first position in League with 16-1 record. Loser Norths Soul Sports Bears dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Sydney City Comets will face Hills Hornets (#8) in Baulkham Hills in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Norths Soul Sports Bears will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bankstown Bruins (#2) in Condell Park and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sydney Comets: I.Faithfull 18+3reb+4ast, S.Hyman 13+1reb+3ast, W.McPhee 12+3reb+2ast, T.Dawson 11+8reb+2ast, L.Brandt 11+2reb+2ast, L.Overs 8+3reb+3ast
Norths Bears: D.Trist 31+10reb, J.Maccann 13+3reb+4ast, L.Smith-Hyde 13+3reb+4ast, B.Rymer 12+2reb+3ast, N.Blair 11+4reb+2ast, D.Young 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539514





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  AUSTRIA  


Carl Baptiste leaves ece Bulls Kapfenberg, inks with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Stefan Prager

Austrian champion ECE Bulls Kapfenberg is losing one of it's key players. Forward/Center Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) is leaving the club and has inked a one year contract with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven of Germanys BBL. Baptiste played in 39 games for the Bulls last season averaging 13.8 ppg along with 6.6 rpg. He propelled his scoring to 15.7 ppg during the playoffs. Over the long run of the season Baptiste shot 53% from the field and exceptionally well from beyond the arc with 46.5%. He even shot better during the Bulls playoff run when he shot 57% from the field and an outstanding 58.1% from three point land. Baptiste cam to the Bulls in 2014. He has played in 53 ABL games and 6 cup games for Kapfenberg. He has won the championship and the cup last season. Baptoste was voted Eurobasket.com All Austrian Forward of the Year and earned nominations for All Austrian 1st Team and All Imports Team.


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  BARBADOS  


Lakers one win away - by Eurobasket News

HEY DIDN'T BLOW a lead this time. Lumber Company Lakers just blew out the champs instead. Keefe Birkett (183-G-88) dropped a career finals-best 44 points to put Lakers within one win of another title via Saturday's 81-59 Game 3 rout of Orange 3 Pinelands in the Co-operators General Insurance Premier League basketball finals at the Barbados Community College.
It was the first time Lakers managed to hold on to a big double-digit advantage all postseason long, having surrendered leads of 17 points or more in five straight playoff contests, including the first two games of this series.
Courtesy of: nationnews.com



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Gladyr re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Ukrainian international swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 ProA games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gladyr helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game. Gladyr also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
In 2009 Gladyr was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. Gladyr was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 78.4%.
Gladyr is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Ukraine (Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2), France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 … He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots … Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders … When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Billy Ouattara
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Besiktas keep Sipahi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 22-year old Turk international point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-85kg-95). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Kosovan passport. Sipahi played there last season. In 36 BSL games he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge. Sipahi also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sipahi played at Pinar Karsiyaka. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 BSL games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.5apg. Sipahi contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game. Sipahi also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Sipahi's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2013.
Sipahi has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Sipahi represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 86.4%.
Sipahi has played previously for two other teams: Tofas and Fenerbahce.
He is described as: A tall PG with great playmaking skills and court vision. Has yet great leadership on the court and a very bright future.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Strasbourg may land Darion Atkins, ex Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American forward Darion Atkins (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia) who played last time at Hapoel Unet Holon in Israel. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Atkins helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Knicks in NBA. But the most of that year Atkins spent at another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 52 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Atlantic Division.
Atkins won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015.
He graduated from University of Virginia in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Blake Hamilton joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Blake Hamilton (198-93kg-94). He just graduated from Buffalo (NCAA). In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.0spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to All-MAC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Hamilton is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His college team won MAC Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Libobasquet Round 11: Pichincha defeats La Salle Cochabamba in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked La Salle Cochabamba (3-8) gave a tough game to first ranked Pichincha (8-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Pichincha managed to secure only three-point victory 101-98. However their fans expected easier game. Pichincha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-3 record. La Salle Cochabamba at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Tarija. Second ranked Vikingos (6-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Penarol (4-7) 90-88 on Saturday evening. Vikingos maintains second place with 6-3 record having 2 victories less than leader Calero. Penarol at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with UAGRM.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Univ. San Simon (5-5) against sixth ranked Amistad (4-5) on Saturday night. Host Univ. San Simon was defeated by Amistad in a tough game in Cochabamba 89-96. Amistad have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CAN Oruro. Univ. San Simon lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with five games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Oruro. Third ranked host Carl A-Z (6-5) defeated second-ranked La Salle Tarija (7-4) 87-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Salle Tarija. Carl A-Z maintains third place with 6-5 record having just two points less than leader Calero. La Salle Tarija at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost.
Fifth ranked UAGRM (4-7) crushed at home 6th ranked AND1 La Paz (2-9) by 35 points 91-56, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. UAGRM moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Penarol. AND1 La Paz lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost.

UAGRM - AND1 La Paz 91-56

Fifth ranked UAGRM (4-7) crushed at home 6th ranked AND1 La Paz (2-9) by 35 points 91-56, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. UAGRM moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Penarol. AND1 La Paz lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost.
gschID: 550346


La Salle Cochabamba - Pichincha 98-101

Fourth-ranked La Salle Cochabamba (3-8) gave a tough game to first ranked Pichincha (8-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Pichincha managed to secure only three-point victory 101-98. However their fans expected easier game. Pichincha have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-3 record. La Salle Cochabamba at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost.
gschID: 550344


Carl A-Z - La Salle Tarija 87-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Oruro. Third ranked host Carl A-Z (6-5) defeated second-ranked La Salle Tarija (7-4) 87-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Salle Tarija. Carl A-Z maintains third place with 6-5 record having just two points less than leader Calero. La Salle Tarija at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost.
gschID: 550345


Vikingos - Penarol 90-88

Important game to mention about took place in Tarija. Second ranked Vikingos (6-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Penarol (4-7) 90-88 on Saturday evening. Vikingos maintains second place with 6-3 record having 2 victories less than leader Calero. Penarol at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with UAGRM.
gschID: 550343


Univ. San Simon - Amistad 89-96

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Univ. San Simon (5-5) against sixth ranked Amistad (4-5) on Saturday night. Host Univ. San Simon was defeated by Amistad in a tough game in Cochabamba 89-96. Amistad have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CAN Oruro. Univ. San Simon lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with five games lost.
gschID: 550342





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Desi Washington (ex Uhud) signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) landed 25-year old American guard Desi Washington (188-83kg-92, college: St.Peter's, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Uhud in Saudi Arabian SBL league.
Among other achievements Washington's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He received also NABC Division I All-District 15 2nd Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Washington graduated from St. Peter's College in 2015 and actually missed last season. It is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A scoring PG with ankle-breaking ball handling skills and deep shooting range with a quick stroke. Washington is a floor general that is a scoring threat at all times with the ability to score from all positions on the floor. His moves are quick and concise and when driving to the basket, he does not shy away
from contact at both sides of the court
.

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikola Gajic
Djordje Milosevic
Desi Washington

Forwards:
Danilo Sibalic
Stefan Glogovac

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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Latinbasket.com All-Liga Ouro Awards 2017 - by Paulo Freire

Latinbasket.com All-Liga Ouro 1st Team 2017
Jamaal Smith
Smith
Deonta Stocks
Stocks
Felipe Vezaro
Vezaro
Maxwell Dias
Dias
Wesley Sena
Sena

Player of the Year: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
Guard of the Year: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
Forward of the Year: Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville
Center of the Year: Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) of Mogi
Import Player of the Year: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
Domestic Player of the Year: Felipe Vezaro (193-G-92) of Joinville
Defensive Player of the Year: Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90) of Blumenau
Coach of the Year: Marcio Andrade of Botafogo F.R.

1st Team
PG: Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R.
G: Deonta Stocks (185-G-88) of Blumenau
G: Felipe Vezaro (193-G-92) of Joinville
SF: Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville
C: Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) of Mogi

2nd Team
PG: Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) of Joinville
G: Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78) of Botafogo F.R.
SF: Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) of Contagem
F: Andre Pereira (206-PF-79) of Joinville
F/C: Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau

Honorable Mention
Eric Romualdo (185-PG-83) of Contagem
Thiago Perez (191-G-82) of Contagem
Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) of Contagem
Wesley Russell (193-G-93) of Botafogo F.R.
Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90) of Blumenau
Luiz Semmke (197-SF-92) of Blumenau
Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville



Paulistano welcomes back Corazza - by Paulo Freire

Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (NBB) landed 28-year old former international point guard Elio Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC). It is actually his comeback to Paulistano as he has played here before. Corazza has played for the last three years at Mogi in the NBB. In 33 games he averaged just 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg last season. Corazza helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements he won Liga Sudamericana championship title in 2016. Corazza received also Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He represented Brazil at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Corazza has played previously for two other teams: Minas and Sao Caetano.
He attended Miami Dade College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elio Corazza
Yago Dos_Santos

Forwards:
Lucas Dias_Silva
Eduardo Sommer
Lucas de_Souza

Center:
Guilherme Hubner

Coach: Gustavo Conti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nikolov comes back to Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old former Bulgarian international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-102kg-85, agency: 011 Sports). It is actually his comeback to Sofia as he has played here before. Nikolov has played for the last two years at Stal Ostrow in Polish PLK league. In 40 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg last season. Nikolov helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Levski where in 8 NBL games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg. Nikolov also played 3 games in Balkan League where he had 9.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.7apg. Nikolov also spent pre-season at BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league that year.
Among other achievements he won Hungarian League championship title in 2012. Nikolov received also Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team award back in 2012.
He was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Nikolov played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
Nikolov is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Hungary (Szolnok), Bulgaria (BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia) and Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti).

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Balkan lands Igor Kesar, ex Spartak Subotica - by BGbasket

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) tabbed 25-year old Serbian center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played most recently at Spartak in the Serbian KLS league. In 12 games there he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg last season. Kesar also played that season for Tamis (also in KLS), where in 22 games he had 11.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He can count that year as a very successful, as he was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 3rd Team.
Besides his native Serbia (Sloga, Napredak, Polet Ratina and Velika Plana), Kesar has also previously played professionally in Bosnia (Igokea).

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Earl Rowland (ex Khimki) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old Bulgarian ex-international point guard Earl Rowland (188-86kg-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Rowland played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 16 Eurocup games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Rowland also played 34 games in VTB United League where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.8apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
He received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Rowland played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 40 games he had 11.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Rowland also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.9apg and 1.2spg.
Rowland represented Bulgaria at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 18.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 53.8%, FT: 68.0%.
Rowland is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Rowland has played previously professionally in Australia (Kings and Townsville Crocodiles), Germany (Telekom Baskets and Artland Dragons), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Latvia (Barons Riga and VEF Riga), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Banvit) and D-League (Florida F.).
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A good point guard who always find the open man. Very intelligent ball player and good athlete. A tireless defender that steals lots of balls to the opponents. Rebounds well because of his size. Can guard both guard positions in defense, at the offensive side is better penetrator than shooter but can knock down the open shot.

Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Caner Erdeniz
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Josep Berrocal

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The Rockets land Luc Mbah a Moute - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-104kg-86, college: UCLA) from LA Clippers. In 87 NBA games in USA he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0spg last season.
In 2008 Mbah a Moute was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (37th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Mbah a Moute's college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2006 and 2008. He received also Pac-10 All-Defensive Honorable Mention award back in 2008.
Mbah a Moute represented Cameroon at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 67.6%.
Mbah a Moute has played previously for two other teams: Phi.76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Houston Rockets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Paul
Luc Mbah_a_Moute
James Harden
Deandre Liggins
Tim Quarterman
LJ Peak

Forwards:
P.J. Tucker
Ryan Kelly
Tarik Black
Jarrod Uthoff
Cameron Oliver

Centers:
Nene Hilario
Qi Zhou

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  CANADA  


ETB Wohnbau inks Nick Tufegdzich - by Eurobasket News

ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (ProB) agreed terms with 25-year old Canadian power forward Nick Tufegdzich (203-95kg-92). He has played for the last two seasons at Uni Baskets in the ProA. In 25 games he had 8.5ppg and 3.8rpg last season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Tufegdzich was voted All-OUA 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Canada (Lions).
On Tufegdzich: Strengths: A very athletic forward who is also a strong shot blocker. Mobile and active big man. Comfortable with back to basket or face up. Can stretch out to FIBA three point line. Shot blocker. Strong basketball IQ. Can finish with either hand around the basket.

ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Montrael Scott
Tim Van_der_Velde
Dilhan Durant
Till Hornscheidt

Forwards:
Nick Tufegdzich
Jacob Albrecht

Coach: Igor Krizanovic

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Canadian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Roster for William Jones Cup

Starting five
#s#
Dwayne Smith
Smith
Joey Haywood
Haywood
Joel Friesen
Friesen
Garrett Williamson
Williamson
Michale Kyser
Kyser
#e#5
2Dwayne Smith 198-F-89 Olimpo BB Argentina
3Shaquille Keith 196-F-93 Windsor Exp. Canada
4Joey Haywood 185-PG-84 Halifax H. Canada
5Diego Kapelan 190-G-87 Ourense Spain
6Joel Friesen 193-G-90 London L. Canada
7Tramique Sutherland 183-PG-93 KW Titans Canada
8Garrett Williamson 196-G-88 London L. Canada
9Conor Morgan 203-G/F-94 UBC Canada
10Connor Wood 201-G-93 Carleton Canada
11Dallin Bachynski 213-C-91 Energa Czarni Poland
12Michale Kyser 208-F-91 Salt Lake City S.

Kyle Julius Head Coach London L. Canada
Jamal Lynch Assistant
Devin Robbins Assistant
Teddy Tochev Manager Toronto 3D Canada



TEAM SASKATOON FINISHES 2ND AT FIBA 3X3 WORLD TOUR MASTERS - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM Team Saskatoon put on a show for the home crowd at this weekends FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters stop, making an insipired run to the final and earning 2nd place at the event. World Tour regining champions Ljublana SLO won their first masters of the season with a 21-14 victory in the final.Team Saskatoon, Nolan Brudehl, Michael Lieffers, Michael Linklater and Steve Sir, went 2-0 in group play on Saturday defeatinh Gurabo of Puerto Rico 21-10 in the semi-finals on Sunday afternoon. The squad is currently 5th in FIBAS 3X3 RANKINGS. Team Hamilton, Vadmin Halimov, Igor lebow, Victor Raso, and Sean Koughnett, was a late addition to the tournament replacing Monta. The last minute arrangements didn't seem to hinder the squads performance as they advanced all the way to the semi-finals en route to a 4th 0place finish. TEAM MONTREAL, SEBASTIAN BECKETT, KYLE DESMAR, KEVIN LOISELLE, MAKIYA WILLIA ROSE and Team Winnipeg, Wyatt Andes, Neil Gordon, Malkew KOENIG and JELORE Pryce both finished 0-2 in group play on Saturday. The teams qualified via last weekends 3x3 Canada Quest Finals in Edmonton AB, with Montreal defeating Winnipeg 18-14 in the championchip game.


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

18-year old guard Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Liceo Curico and receives a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 31 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Liceo Curico in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sergio Ceppi (#8, 1-11) with 28-point margin 104-76. Liceo Curico maintains the 2nd position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. They are still close to the very top. Liceo Curico would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 10-2 record. In the team's last game Perez had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Liceo Curico, through which he has constantly improved. Perez has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.3ppg. Perez is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 2.7spg.

Second best performed player last round was Emiliano Marquez (96) of Brisas. He is a in his second season at Brisas. In the last game Marquez recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Brisas lost that game 56-63 to the higher-ranked Sportiva Italiana (#1, 10-2). This loss caused Brisas to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Marquez is one of the most experienced players at Brisas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Liceo Curico's star - center Sergio Chialva (C). Chialva showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Liceo Curico, helping his team with a 104-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Sergio Ceppi (#8, 1-11). Liceo Curico is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 10-2 record is not that bad... Chialva has a great season in Chile. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (4th best) and assists with 3.1apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mauricio Rebolledo (94) of Liceo Curico - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Diego Valenzuela (185-G/F-94) of Puente Alto - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. N Alba) of Stadio Italiano - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Francoise Diaz (87) of Sportiva Italiana - 23 points and 5 rebounds
8. Sebastian Munoz (90) of Liceo Curico - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Patrick Montecinos (202-F-94) of Aleman - 10 points and 10 rebounds
10. Piero Simonetti (93) of Stadio Italiano - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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NBL Round 10: Guizhou loses to Luoyang - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Luoyang between third ranked Guizhou (6-4) and ninth ranked Luoyang (6-4) on Sunday night. Guizhou was defeated by Luoyang in a tough game on the road 105-109. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guizhou won third quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Luoyang made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Luoyang made 14 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 60 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks for the winners. American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Guizhou. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Luoyang moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Guizhou. Luoyang is looking forward to face Fujian (#6) in Fuzhou in the next round. Guizhou will play at home against Hunan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Henan (8-2) which played road game in Fuzhou against 4th ranked Fujian (6-4). First ranked Henan managed to get a 11-point victory 125-114. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Josh-Emmanuel Akognon chipped in 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) during the contest. At the losing side American forward LaQuinton Ross (203-92, college: Ohio St.) responded with 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Henan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Fujian at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Henan will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fujian will play at home against Luoyang (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to second ranked Shaanxi W. (7-3) 98-77 on Sunday evening. Von Wafer notched 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Shaanxi W.'s coach ZhengXiu Jiang felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by Boyin Sui did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Shaanxi W. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader Henan, which they share with Hunan. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings with ten games lost. Shaanxi W. will meet Anhui (#4) on the road in the next round. Dongbu will play against Hebei X. (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Anhui was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Chongqing (5-5) played at the court of seventh ranked Anhui (6-4). Anhui defeated Chongqing 130-115. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chongqing. Jonathan Gibson fired 45 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Anhui's coach Yong Zhang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Anhui moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Chongqing at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Anhui's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Shaanxi W. in Xian and it may be the game of the week. Chongqing will play at home against Beijing (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between twelfth ranked Hebei X. (4-6) and 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-9) in Hebei on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Hebei X. outscored guests from He Fei 122-94. It was a very good performance for Shannon Shorter who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hebei X. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Beijing and Lhasa. Jiangsu L. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Hebei X. will face bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin in the next round. Jiangsu L. will play at home against the league's leader Henan having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last two games of round 10 Hunan beat Lhasa on the road 103-96. Beijing lost to Guangxi on its own court 103-111.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 20 points and 17 rebounds by Charles Gaines of Shaanxi W..

Dongbu - Shaanxi W. 77-98

Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to second ranked Shaanxi W. (7-3) 98-77 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Dongbu managed to win third quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dongbu 49-37 including 35 on the defensive glass. American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) notched 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) supported him with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Shaanxi W.'s coach ZhengXiu Jiang felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by forward Boyin Sui (202-95) did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) added 22 points for lost side. Shaanxi W. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader Henan, which they share with Hunan. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings with ten games lost. Shaanxi W. will meet Anhui (#4) on the road in the next round. Dongbu will play against Hebei X. (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dongbu: S.Tujun 22+2reb+2ast, S.Boyin 20+6reb+2ast, J.Yi 13+9reb, L.Sheng 6+1reb, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 4+1reb, C.Ziran 4+2reb+1ast
Shaanxi W.: W.Von 27+8reb+6ast, G.Charles 20+17reb, G.Yan 18+3reb, F.Jiawei 8+3reb, J.JunQi 6+6reb+1ast, M.Daqiang 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 548515


Luoyang - Guizhou 109-105

The most important game in the last round took place in Luoyang between third ranked Guizhou (6-4) and ninth ranked Luoyang (6-4) on Sunday night. Guizhou was defeated by Luoyang in a tough game on the road 105-109. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guizhou won third quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Luoyang made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Luoyang made 14 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 60 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks for the winners. American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) added 24 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Guizhou. Four Guizhou players scored in double figures. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Luoyang moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Guizhou. Luoyang is looking forward to face Fujian (#6) in Fuzhou in the next round. Guizhou will play at home against Hunan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guizhou: L.Mark 41+6reb+6ast, M.James 24+17reb, L.MingHao 17+2reb, S.Rongxiao 10+1reb, Z.Bo 7+1reb+2ast, Z.Zihua 3+1ast
Luoyang: S.Russ 60+7reb+6ast, M.Ater 18+12reb+2ast, Q.Wenhan 11+9reb+9ast, Z.Ye 9+2reb+3ast, Q.Daoqing 4+4reb, M.Weilong 4+1reb
gschID: 548514


Anhui - Chongqing 130-115

The game in Anhui was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Chongqing (5-5) played at the court of seventh ranked Anhui (6-4). Anhui defeated Chongqing 130-115. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chongqing. The game was mostly controlled by Anhui. Chongqing was better in second period 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anhui players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St.) fired 45 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The other American import Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 31 points and 17 rebounds. Anhui's coach Yong Zhang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and Yaoyang Guo added 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five Chongqing players scored in double figures. Anhui moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Chongqing at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Anhui's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Shaanxi W. in Xian and it may be the game of the week. Chongqing will play at home against Beijing (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chongqing: G.Yaoyang 31+9reb+7ast, K.Vladyslav 30+18reb+4ast, W.Yang 19+2reb+1ast, L.Yao 13+4reb+4ast, W.Xin 11+5reb+5ast, Z.Yuanbo 10+8reb+2ast
Anhui: G.Jonathan 45+2reb+5ast, J.Chris 31+17reb+1ast, G.Shunjie 12+1reb+2ast, H.Delong 12+2reb+2ast, L.Jian 9+9reb+3ast, Z.Yong 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548513


Fujian - Henan 114-125

An interesting game for Henan (8-2) which played road game in Fuzhou against 4th ranked Fujian (6-4). First ranked Henan managed to get a 11-point victory 125-114. The game was mostly controlled by Henan. Fujian was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Henan brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Fujian was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) during the contest. At the losing side American forward LaQuinton Ross (203-92, college: Ohio St.) responded with 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 9 steals. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Henan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Fujian at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Henan will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fujian will play at home against Luoyang (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fujian: R.LaQuinton 35+9reb+5ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 25+10reb+7ast, Y.Wenbo 20+7reb, L.Ming-Yu 12+3reb+2ast, H.Yan 10+2reb, Z.Jinshuai 5+3reb
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 34+7reb+5ast, O.Chris 34+13reb+3ast, W.Longfei 24+5reb+2ast, T.Jian 12+3reb+1ast, J.Yuxing 10+3reb+3ast, C.Yuhan 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 548512


Lhasa - Hunan 96-103

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Hunan (7-3) beat on the road 11th ranked Lhasa (4-6) 103-96 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 31-26. But Lhasa won second period 30-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hunan won last quarter 24-19. It was a very good performance for American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Wei Zhang (203-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 27 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and Jinlong Chen added 28 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lhasa. Four Hunan and five Lhasa players scored in double figures. Lhasa's coach Feng Chen gave the chance to play for twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hunan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shaanxi W. Lhasa lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Hunan will face Guizhou (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lhasa will play against Guangxi and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: C.Jinlong 28+3reb+4ast, J.Dominique 27+4reb+5ast, S.DeShuai 16+4reb+4ast, H.DangJian 10+8reb+2ast, K.Jonathan 10+10reb, Y.Zhiyong 3+1ast
Hunan: O.Arinze 28+16reb+4ast, Z.Wei 22+11reb+3ast, Z.Yaosheng 12+3reb+1ast, C.Chen 11+3reb+1ast, S.Gelvis 10+3reb+2ast, Z.ChaoLong 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 548511


Hebei X. - Jiangsu L. 122-94

The game between twelfth ranked Hebei X. (4-6) and 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-9) in Hebei on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Hebei X. outscored guests from He Fei 122-94. The game without a history. Hebei X. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu L.'s 56 and made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jiangsu L. 59-36 including a 47-30 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Forward MingYang Gao (196-88) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 24 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu L.Five Hebei X. and four Jiangsu L. players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hebei X. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Beijing and Lhasa. Jiangsu L. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Hebei X. will face bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin in the next round. Jiangsu L. will play at home against the league's leader Henan having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu L.: G.MingYang 33+5reb+3ast, N.Michael 24+9reb, W.Peng 15+7reb+1ast, W.Xing Chen 14+12reb+3ast, J.Shichao 6+3ast, G.Wei 2+1ast
Hebei X.: S.Shannon 27+17reb+7ast, C.Brandon 27+16reb+3ast, Y.Heng 21+10reb, S.Xuepeng 15+3reb+1ast, L.Yannan 14+2reb, P.YuLe 6
gschID: 548510


Beijing - Guangxi 103-111

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Beijing (4-6) lost at home to eighth ranked Guangxi (6-4) 111-103 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 61-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guangxi forced 19 Beijing turnovers. Strangely Beijing outrebounded Guangxi 65-39 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangxi made 12 blocks. American players dominated the game. Quite impressive performance for guard Kevin Murphy (196-90, college: Tenn Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 52 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks for the winners. Center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 34 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Marquis Weddle (185-88, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) added 21 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Beijing. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beijing's coach ShuMin Gao gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Guangxi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Beijing keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Guangxi will face Lhasa (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beijing will play against Chongqing in Lanling and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing: C.Zexu 24+3reb+3ast, H.Michael 23+34reb+2ast, W.Marquis 21+12reb+3ast, Z.Wei 18+3reb+4ast, L.Yunan 6+10reb+2ast, S.Xiaoyan 3
Guangxi: M.Kevin 52+13reb+7ast, A.Isaiah 25+10reb+1ast, Y.Kai 14+3reb+2ast, J.Le 13+8reb+3ast, C.Keliang 5+1reb+1ast, L.Jiawei 2+2reb+7ast
gschID: 548509





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

27-year old guard Kevin Murphy (196-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Guangxi and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 52 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Beijing (#10, 4-6) 111-103. Guangxi is placed at 5th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guangxi will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. In the team's last game Murphy had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 22 attempts. He has many years of experience at Guangxi, through which he has constantly improved. Tennessee Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Murphy is in league's top in points (2nd best: 47.6ppg) and averages solid 58.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang. He is American guard in his first season at Luoyang. In the last game Smith recorded impressive 60 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Luoyang to edge Guizhou (6-4) by 4 points 109-105. This victory allowed Luoyang to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Luoyang and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 58.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 8.2rpg and 3.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Chris Otule (211-C-90) of league's leader Henan. Otule got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . He was a key player of Henan, leading his team to a 125-114 win against the lower-ranked Fujian (#6, 6-4). Henan confirms their top position in the standings. Otule has a great season in China. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.1rpg (6th best). He also has 4.7bpg and FGP: 68.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing - 23 points, 34 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of Hunan - 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X. - 27 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Chongqing - 30 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
8. LaQuinton Ross (203-F-92) of Fujian - 35 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87) of Anhui - 45 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mark Lyons (185-PG-89) of Guizhou - 41 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Leopards tab Keith Langford, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Shenzhen Leopards (CBA) inked experienced 34-year old American ex-international shooting guard Keith Langford (193-91kg-83, college: Kansas). He was about to sign at Unics in Russian VTB league. Langford has played there for the last four years. In 28 Euroleague games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.7apg last season. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. Langford also played 25 games in VTB United League where he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.6ppg and recorded 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2005 Langford was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (39th overall).
He attended University of Kansas and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Langford played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Langford represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Langford has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Armani Milano, Angelico Biella, Vanoli Cremona and Virtus Bologna), USBL (Kansas C.), NBA G League (Austin Spurs) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
His game is described as: A smooth, left-handed wing player who should contribute at the shooting guard and small forward slots. Possesses good range on his outside jumper... Also has the ability to take his man off the dribble and go strong to the rim... Can put up big numbers in the scoring column... Shows impressive ability to drive and hit pull-up jumpers from medium range... A solid perimeter defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Colombian Liga DirecTV round 24 best performance: Ryan McCoy - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87, agency: Haylett Sports) had a great game in the last round for Condores, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sabios (#6, 9-15) with 21-point margin 98-77. Condores maintains the 4th position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. Condores 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 12-12 record. In the team's last game McCoy had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He has many years of experience at Condores, through which he has constantly improved. Former University Louisiana at Lafayette star has very solid stats this year. McCoy is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.3ppg) and assists (2nd best: 5.4apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old former international swingman Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) of Cimarrones. Renteria had a very good evening with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Cimarrones to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Aguilas (#8, 5-19) 92-69. Cimarrones' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-7 record is not bad at all. Renteria is one of the most experienced players at Cimarrones and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Cimarrones' star - former international center John Hernandez (207-C-84). Hernandez scored 14 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Cimarrones, helping his team with a 92-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Aguilas (#8, 5-19). Cimarrones needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 7 lost games. Hernandez has a great season in Colombia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Fast Break - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92) of Condores - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) of Academia - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-F/C-88) of Academia - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) of Condores - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. John Velez (202-F-83) of Sabios - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Piratas - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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



PBD Round 24: No surprise as #1 Fast Break defeats Caciques - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

Liga DirecTV top team - Fast Break (21-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Caciques (8-14) in Valleduparnga 82-71. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) who added 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Miguel Bermudez with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fast Break have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 21-1 record. Caciques lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Fast Break are looking forward to face Piratas (#5) in Bogota in the next round. Caciques will play on the road against Patriotas in Boyaca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Liga DirecTV top team - Fast Break (21-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Caciques (8-14) in Valleduparnga 71-63. The winners were led by the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and Dermaine Crockrell supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) did not help to save the game for Caciques. Fast Break have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 21-1 record. Caciques lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Fast Break will play against Piratas (#5) in Bogota in the next round. Caciques will play on the road against Patriotas in Boyaca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Academia (15-9) crushed at home 6th ranked Piratas (9-15) by 34 points 107-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Simon Granados who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. Academia's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Brandon Givens who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Defending champion maintains second position with 15-9 record having four points less than leader Fast Break. Piratas at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Sabios. Academia will meet Sabios (#6) in the next round. Piratas will play against the league's leader Fast Break and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Sabios lost to Condores on the opponent's court 65-78. Condores outscored Sabios in a home game 98-77. Bottom-ranked Aguilas were rolled over Cimarrones on the road 92-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 12 points and 9 rebounds by Beyckar Aguaslimpias of Academia.

Condores - Sabios 78-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Sabios' (9-15) road loss to fourth ranked Condores (12-12) 65-78 on Sunday. Condores made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interlace Hoops) who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Venezuelan forward Eduardo Torres (195-81) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Condores' coach Tomas Diaz used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Ricardo Rivera (190-91, college: Voorhees) who recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Santiago Betancur added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Condores have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-12 record. Sabios lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Piratas. Condores will meet higher ranked Cimarrones (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sabios will play against the league's second-placed Academia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Condores: E.Torres 18+5reb+3ast, L.Roberson 16+8reb+5ast, R.McCoy 13+5ast, L.Almanza 12+11reb+3ast, S.Morgan 10+2reb, H.Diaz 6+6reb
Sabios: S.Betancur 18+5reb+2ast, R.Rivera 14+7reb+6ast, J.Velez 13+8reb+2ast, M.Garces 11+11reb, D.Castro 7+10reb, E.Naranjo 2+3reb
gschID: 547281


Caciques - Fast Break 71-82

Liga DirecTV top team - Fast Break (21-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Caciques (8-14) in Valleduparnga 82-71. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) who added 18 points during the contest. Crockrell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was Miguel Bermudez with 20 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Venezuelan point guard Fernando Lucena (185-86) scored 17 points and 4 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. Fast Break have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 21-1 record. Caciques lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Fast Break are looking forward to face Piratas (#5) in Bogota in the next round. Caciques will play on the road against Patriotas in Boyaca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 20+8reb+4ast, D.Crockrell 18+4reb+2ast, L.Julio 14+8reb, M.Sneed 12+6reb+3ast, L.Salazar 8+6reb+1ast, A.Mosquera 4+1reb
Caciques: M.Bermudez 20+6reb+1ast, F.Lucena 17+4reb+4ast, H.Wormely 12+5reb+4ast, B.Provost 10+7reb+3ast, M.Story 5+3reb, J.Jaimes 4+1reb
gschID: 547280


Caciques - Fast Break 63-71

Liga DirecTV top team - Fast Break (21-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Caciques (8-14) in Valleduparnga 71-63. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The winners were led by the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Crockrell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) did not help to save the game for Caciques. His fellow American import point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Fast Break have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position with 21-1 record. Caciques lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Fast Break will play against Piratas (#5) in Bogota in the next round. Caciques will play on the road against Patriotas in Boyaca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 24+11reb+2ast, D.Crockrell 13+5reb+2ast, H.Uhegwu 11+3reb+3ast, M.Sneed 8+8reb, L.Salazar 7+3reb, L.Grueso 3+2reb+1ast
Caciques: B.Provost 20+5reb+1ast, H.Wormely 13+7reb+4ast, M.Story 10+10reb, M.Parra 6+2reb, F.Asprilla 6+11reb, M.Bermudez 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547276


Condores - Sabios 98-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Condores' (12-12) home victory over 5th ranked Sabios (9-15) 98-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Condores. Sabios managed to win fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sabios 47-28 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Condores looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Sabios' players. The best player for the winners was American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) who scored 27 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Venezuelan forward Eduardo Torres (195-81) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Condores players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward John Velez (202-83, college: TCU) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Condores have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-12 record. Sabios lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Piratas. Condores will meet higher ranked Cimarrones (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sabios will play against the league's second-placed Academia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Condores: R.McCoy 27+3reb+7ast, E.Torres 19+5reb+4ast, H.Diaz 16+5reb+7ast, L.Roberson 14+6reb+4ast, S.Morgan 7+3reb, L.Almanza 6+18reb+3ast
Sabios: J.Velez 24+6reb, R.Rivera 13+4reb+1ast, S.Coombs 12+7reb+3ast, K.Jones 9+3reb+2ast, A.Smith 8+2ast, M.Garces 3+5reb
gschID: 547277


Cimarrones - Aguilas 92-69

Not a big story in a game in Quibdo-Choco where 8th ranked Patriotas (5-19) were rolled over by third ranked Cimarrones (13-7) 92-69 on Saturday. Cimarrones outrebounded Patriotas 51-38 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Patriotas' players. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Eleutherio Renteria (194-81) who scored 31 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds. Four Cimarrones players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Robert Crawford (201-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American guard Julio Velandia (188-90, college: Missouri Baptist) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cimarrones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-7 record having ten points less than leader Fast Break. Patriotas lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Cimarrones will meet at home Condores (#4) in the next round. Patriotas will play against Caciques (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: E.Renteria 31+5reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez 14+10reb+3ast, J.Hernandez 14+19reb+1ast, A.Carraway 14+4reb+8ast, T.Williams 7+3reb, A.Bejarano 6+1reb
Aguilas: R.Crawford 19+6reb+3ast, J.Velandia 11+6reb+3ast, J.Pardo 10+4reb+1ast, K.Moore 8+5reb+1ast, C.Balaguera 7+5reb, F.Sandidge 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547279


Academia - Piratas 107-73

Second ranked Academia (15-9) crushed at home 6th ranked Piratas (9-15) by 34 points 107-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Academia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Piratas' 30. Academia had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Piratas' players. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Five Academia players scored in double figures. Academia's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and point guard David Hernandez (172-96) added 16 points respectively. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-9 record having four points less than leader Fast Break. Piratas at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Sabios. Academia will meet Sabios (#6) in the next round. Piratas will play against the league's leader Fast Break and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Academia: S.Granados 21+2reb+10ast, D.Perez 21+7reb+3ast, G.Diaz 18+5reb+3ast, J.Fajardo 15+3reb+1ast, B.Aguaslimpias 12+9reb+2ast, O.Balbuena 9+3reb+3ast
Piratas: B.Givens 20+7reb+5ast, D.Hernandez 16+4reb+1ast, V.Lans 12+5reb+1ast, C.Rodriguez 8+8reb+2ast, J.Medina 5+5reb, N.Lozano 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 547282





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LBS Round 16: Last-ranked Abogados beat Liberia - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Bottom-ranked Abogados managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Liberia 75-72. Abogados maintains ninth position with 3-10 record. Liberia at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Abogados are looking forward to face league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liberia will play against the league's leader ARBA (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked U Costa Rica (4-11) 104-33 in San Jose. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dashaun Wiggins (188-91, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. Amaurys Ripool contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. ARBA's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jay Allen (-97) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds for U Costa Rica. Undefeated ARBA (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. U Costa Rica at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. ARBA will play against Liberia (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. U Costa Rica will play against Perez Zeledon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Abogados - Liberia 75-72

Bottom-ranked Abogados managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Liberia 75-72. Abogados maintains ninth position with 3-10 record. Liberia at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Abogados are looking forward to face league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liberia will play against the league's leader ARBA (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
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ARBA - U Costa Rica 104-33

Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked U Costa Rica (4-11) 104-33 in San Jose. ARBA held U Costa Rica to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 51.2 percent accuracy of the winners. ARBA forced 31 U Costa Rica turnovers and outrebounded them 60-23 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by U Costa Rica's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dashaun Wiggins (188-91, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. International forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five ARBA players scored in double figures. ARBA's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jay Allen (-97) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds and center Andres Flohr (195-94) added 10 points in the effort for U Costa Rica. ARBA (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. U Costa Rica at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. ARBA will play against Liberia (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. U Costa Rica will play against Perez Zeledon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ARBA: D.Wiggins 23+9reb+3ast, A.Ripool 17+7reb+2ast, J.Dixon 13+9reb, I.Conejo 11+4reb+10ast, D.Lynch 10+8reb+4ast, L.Conejo 8+2reb+1ast
U Costa Rica: A.Flohr 10+4reb, J.Allen 9+7reb+1ast, J.Vargas 6+4reb+2ast, J.Solano 4+1reb, J.Palma 2+2reb+5ast, F.Sequeira 2+3reb+2ast
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  CROATIA  


Apollon Patras tab Goran Vrbanc - by Chris Mammides

AS Apollon Patras (A1) inked 33-year old Croatian ex-international shooting guard Goran Vrbanc (193-84). He played most recently at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Vrbanc managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 9 ABA League games he averaged 4.7ppg and 1.1rpg. He also played 3 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. Vrbanc also spent pre-season at Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo that year. In two games he recorded 4.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 1 game in Balkan League where he got 4 points and 2 rebounds.
Among other achievements Vrbanc received Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Vrbanc played for Croatian Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg.
Vrbanc is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Hungary (Szolnok), Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Poland (AZS Koszalin) and Croatia (KK Zagreb, Cibona, KK_Zadar and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djordje Malbasa is a newcomer at Piombino - by Eurobasket News

Basket Golfo Piombino (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old naturalized Croatian small forward Djordje Malbasa (198-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He has played for the last five seasons at Treviso Basket in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 31 games he recorded just 1.4ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Malbasa helped them to win the regular season.
He has played previously for another Italian team Benetton Treviso.

Basket Golfo Piombino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alessandro Procacci
Edoardo Fontana

Forwards:
Alessio Iardella
Camillo Bianchi
Djordje Malbasa

Center:
Edoardo Persico

Coach: Marco Andreazza

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017-18 Premijer Liga with 13 teams, A1 League with 14 teams - by Zeljko Zule

The draw for the 2017-18 Premijer Liga (the new name for the first tier; ex A1 League) has been released, getting underway with an opening round starting first weekend in October.
The regular season is scheduled to start on 6 October 2017 and finish on 5 May 2018.
Cedevita are the defending champions. Jazine and Ribola Kastela have entered as the promoted team from the 2016-17 A2 League.
There are only 13 teams after Jolly JBS withdraw from the League.
Round 1 (October 6): Alkar-Ribola Kastela, Cedevita-Zadar, Zagreb-VROS Osijek, Zabok-Sibenik, Skrljevo-Hermes Analitica, Jazine-Cibona, Split bye.

In A1 League (second tier, ex A2 League) will play 14 teams.
A1 League - Round 1 (October 6): Graficar-Gorica, Pula 1981-Bosco, Belisce-VERN, Kvarner 2010-Podravac, Agrodalm-Istrauni, Rudes-Borovo, Sanac Karlovac-AKK Universitas.



Goran Vrbanc moves from Karpos Sokoli to Apollon Patras - by Zeljko Zule

Goran Vrbanc (193-SG-84) will continue his career in Grece with Apollon Patras. He signed a one-year deal.
Vrbanc started last season with Kosovari side Sigal Prishtina and in October moved to Karpos Sokoli, for whom he averaged 4.7 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.1 assists and 0.1 steals in 9 Adriatic ABA League. Those number increased into 14.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 3 Balkan League games.
Vrbanc grew up with Sava Osiguranje Rijeka and has already played for Cibona, Zadar and Zagreb in his native Croatia plus, Siroki in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Panevezys Lietkabelis in Lithuania, AZS Koszalin in Poland and Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungary.



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  CUBA  


Ismael Romero (ex Bayamon) agreed terms with Indios de San Francisco - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) inked 26-year old Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-100kg-91, agency: Paris Global Sports). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 31 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game.
Two years ago Romero was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in fourth round (63rd overall).
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
Romero is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Romero has played previously professionally in Israel (Hap.Haifa), Mexico (Panteras) and Cuba (Villa Clara and Villa Clara).
His game is described as: A power forward with an NBA body and the quickness, jumping ability and strength to play in the NBA. This young man will be heard of after playing one year of International basketball. Former member of the Cuban National Team. 2014 University of Turabo, Puerto Rico scored 20 ppg 15 rpg and led team to undefeated championship title.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marvin Cairo (ex CAN Oruro) signs at Barcelona - by Francisco Vega

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) landed 26-year old Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-95kg-91, agency: Pro Sports). He played in the summer at CAN Oruro in Bolivian Libobasquet.
Cairo's team made it to the Ecuadorian National League Semifinals in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Cairo has played also professionally in Argentina (Lanus), Mexico (Fuerza Regia and Soles), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Importadora) and Cuba (Capitalinos).

Barcelona Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Raul Cardenas
Junior Valencia
Manuel Hurtado
Marvin Cairo
Luis Landazuri
Felipe Vargas
Luis Estupinan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tomas Vyoral Signs with CEZ Nymburk - by Surujh Roopnarine

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) last week signed 25-year old ex-international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-89kg-92). Vyoral has played for the last four seasons at BK Decin in the NBL. In 44 games he had 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League 2nd Team. Vyoral played in the final of Czech Republic League for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017).
He was also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. Vyoral played for Czech Republic Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. Vyoral's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 16.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 72.1%.
Vyoral has played previously for four other teams: BK Kolin, CEZ Nymburk, Podebrady and CEZ Basketball Nymburk B.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eugene Lawrence
Tomas Vyoral
Quincy Diggs

Forwards:
Jaromir Bohacik
Hunter Mickelson



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BC Nokia signs Thomas Laerke, ex Bakken - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia (Korisliiga) signed 26-year old Danish ex-international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-90kg-91, agency: Blacktop Management). He has played for the last four seasons at Bakken in Danish Ligaen. In 37 games he had 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Laerke helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention. Laerke also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Laerke was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.
He was also a member of Danish international program for some years. Laerke played for Danish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 83.3%.
Laerke has played previously professionally also in Spain (Magia_Huesca, Pielagos, Araberri and Opentach Pla).
He could be described: A very athletic swingman, able to attack the basket and finish, but also shoot from long range.

BC Nokia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Laerke
Vincent Council

Forwards:
Lawrence Gilbert
Leyton Hammonds

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.9 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR24.0 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.6 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.8 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.18.5 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 9. Miller, Leones SD17.7 
 10. Freeman, Caner.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.0 
 2. Williams, Titanes .9.7 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.6 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Rhett, Leones SD7.6 
 7. Vargas, Metros S.7.4 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR7.2 
 9. Evangelista, Caner.6.7 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.3 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.3 
 4. Soliman, Caner.5.2 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM5.1 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.9 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.3.6 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.6 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM3.5 
 10. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.1 
 2. Suero, Indios SFM1.9 
 3. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 4. Valdez, Huracane.1.8 
 5. Beidler, Huracane.1.6 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.5 
 7. De-Leon, Metros S.1.5 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR1.4 
 9. Santana, Titanes .1.4 
 10. Fortuna, Titanes .1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.6 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.4 
 3. Nunez, Metros S.1.3 
 4. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.1.1 
 7. Santana, Titanes .0.9 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 9. Williams, Titanes .0.9 
 10. Garcia, Indios SFM0.9 


Robert Glenn claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Metros STGO and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old power forward had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Metros STGO in his team's victory, helping them to crush Huracanes PP (#2, 1-1) with 16-point margin 100-84. It allowed Metros STGO to jump to the first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Metros STGO won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Glenn had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Metros STGO, through which he has constantly improved. Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glenn is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.5ppg), assists (7th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 66.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American center Brian Williams (208-C-87) of South-East best team Titanes Licey. Williams impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 21 rebounds. It was enough for Titanes Licey to edge Caneros LR (1-1) by 3 points 93-90. His team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won both games so far. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Titanes Licey and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of second-ranked Caneros LR. Gilder scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Caneros LR, leading his team to a 75-70 win against #3 ranked Leones SD in a game of the week. Caneros LR needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in South-East. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Gilder has a great season in Dominican Republic. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (8th best). He also has FGP: 57.9% and 3PT: 60.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kelvin Perez) of Titanes Licey - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adris De Leon (180-PG-84) of Metros STGO - 24 points and 7 rebounds
6. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Titanes Licey - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88) of Metros STGO - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Angel Nunez (203-F-91) of Metros STGO - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jaison Valdez (188-PG-95) of Huracanes PP - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aaron Jones (206-F-93) of Huracanes PP - 17 points and 9 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)



Reggie Charles is a newcomer at Leones - by Francisco Vega

Newly promoted Leones de Riobamba (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Dominican forward Reggie Charles (201-81) from Juvenil.
Charles' team made it to the National League Semifinals in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Charles' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Charles has played previously professionally also in Chile, Dominican Rep., Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela (Gaiteros), Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Caneros de La Romana, La Villa, Indios de San Francisco and Leones de Santo Domingo), FYR Macedonia (Vardar) and Ecuador (Mavort, Importadora and ComuniKT).

The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful and explosive player with inside-outside dimesion. Impressive slasher and scorer. Dominates the game and has been top-scorer on almost every team he has played for. Played Junior college in Florida and was selected to the McDonald's All America. Gained some professional experiance from playing as import in Brazil.

Leones de Riobamba roster for 2017-2018:

Reggie Charles
Javinger Vargas
Alexander Morillo
William Daniel Guayaquil
Eric McKnight
Jhon Ante
Andres Conchambay

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Juvenil adds Charles to their roster - by Francisco Vega

Juvenil de Vinces (National League) added to their roster experienced 36-year old Dominican forward Reggie Charles (201-81) from Importadora. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Charles won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in 2010 and 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Charles' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in eight different countries. Charles has played previously professionally also in Chile, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela (Gaiteros), Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Caneros de La Romana, La Villa, Indios de San Francisco and Leones de Santo Domingo), FYR Macedonia (Vardar) and Ecuador (Mavort and ComuniKT).

The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful and explosive player with inside-outside dimesion. Impressive slasher and scorer. Dominates the game and has been top-scorer on almost every team he has played for. Played Junior college in Florida and was selected to the McDonald's All America. Gained some professional experiance from playing as import in Brazil.

Juvenil de Vinces roster for 2017-2018:

Reggie Charles
Jovanni Diaz
Jhon Ante
Nelson Palacios
Brandon Thompson
Alexaner Guerra
Serafin Bajana
Cesar Carriel
Omar Yanez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ismael Romero (ex Bayamon) agreed terms with Indios de San Francisco - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) inked 26-year old Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-100kg-91, agency: Paris Global Sports). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 31 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game.
Two years ago Romero was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in fourth round (63rd overall).
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
Romero is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Romero has played previously professionally in Israel (Hap.Haifa), Mexico (Panteras) and Cuba (Villa Clara and Villa Clara).
His game is described as: A power forward with an NBA body and the quickness, jumping ability and strength to play in the NBA. This young man will be heard of after playing one year of International basketball. Former member of the Cuban National Team. 2014 University of Turabo, Puerto Rico scored 20 ppg 15 rpg and led team to undefeated championship title.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LNB Round 1 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in LNB just started.

Metros STGO defeated Huracanes PP in Santiago 100-84. Metros STGO dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Huracanes PP's 48. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) fired 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes PP will play next round against strong Indios SFM trying to get back on the winning streak. Metros STGO will try to continue on its current victory against Indios SFM in San Francisco.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Indios SFM (0-1) in San Francisco. Hosts were rolled over by Metros STGO (2-0) 87-62. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Angel Nunez contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) answered with 16 points for Indios SFM. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Metros STGO will play against Huracanes PP (#3) in Puerto Plata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Indios SFM will play again on the road against Metros STGO in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was played in Santo Domingo where Caneros LR (#1) beat host Leones SD (#3) 75-70 on Friday evening. Trey Gilder stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Caneros LR's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side MJ Rhett responded with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Caneros LR will meet Titanes Licey in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones SD will play again against Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss the game which took place in La Romana where Titanes Licey (2-0) edged by three points Caneros LR (1-1) 93-90. Brian Williams nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side. Caneros LR's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Titanes Licey's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Cristobal to the arena .
An exciting game was played in San Cristobal. Titanes Licey faced Leones SD. Host Titanes Licey (2-0) defeated guests from Santo Domingo (0-2) 89-76. Kelvin Perez fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Titanes Licey will face Caneros LR in La Romana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones SD will play on the road against Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Titanes Licey - Leones SD 89-76

An exciting game was played in San Cristobal. Titanes Licey faced Leones SD. Host Titanes Licey (2-0) defeated guests from Santo Domingo (0-2) 89-76. The game without a history. Titanes Licey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Titanes Licey forced 23 Leones SD turnovers. Leones SD was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Kelvin Perez fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Sadiel Rojas (197-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Titanes Licey will face Caneros LR in La Romana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones SD will play on the road against Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: K.Perez 21+7reb+2ast, T.Woodbury 16+3reb+2ast, E.Santana 15+5reb+1ast, R.Hamilton 14+6reb, B.Williams 9+5reb+2ast, R.Crisostomo 4
Leones SD: S.Rojas 18+11reb, Y.Flores 13+2reb+2ast, E.Fortuna 11+5reb+3ast, J.Guerrero 8+10reb+3ast, J.Corporan 6+2reb+3ast, D.Downey 5+1ast
gschID: 550365


Indios SFM - Metros STGO 62-87

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Indios SFM (0-1) in San Francisco. Hosts were rolled over by Metros STGO (2-0) 87-62. Indios SFM was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Indios SFM 42-31 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Angel Nunez (203-91, college: S.Florida) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) answered with 16 points and Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Indios SFM. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Metros STGO will play against Huracanes PP (#3) in Puerto Plata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Indios SFM will play again on the road against Metros STGO in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: A.De Leon 24+7reb+1ast, A.Nunez 19+6reb+1ast, E.Vargas 9+5reb+1ast, N.Morillo 8+2reb+3ast, A.Filion 7+2reb, J.Hamilton 6+4reb+1ast
Indios SFM: G.Suero 16+3reb, J.Miguel Suero 10+4reb+4ast, J.Vaughn 8+4reb, F.Garcia 7+4reb, A.Salas Flores 7+4reb, C.Ruiz 6
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Leones SD - Caneros LR 70-75

An interesting game was played in Santo Domingo where Caneros LR (#1) beat host Leones SD (#3) 75-70 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Four Caneros LR players scored in double figures. Caneros LR's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) responded with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and Jose Corporan (-88) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Caneros LR will meet Titanes Licey in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones SD will play again against Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 25+6reb+2ast, H.Graham 12+2reb, A.Freeman 11+4ast, E.Soliman 10+1reb+2ast, M.Evangelista 6+7reb, L.Payne 4+6reb+1ast
Leones SD: M.Rhett 17+8reb+2ast, J.Corporan 10+6reb+3ast, S.Rojas 10+8reb, J.Araujo 9+5reb+3ast, E.Fortuna 8+1reb+7ast, G.Acosta 5+4reb+1ast
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Caneros LR - Titanes Licey 90-93

We should not miss the game which took place in La Romana where Titanes Licey (2-0) edged by three points Caneros LR (1-1) 93-90. Titanes Licey players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) accounted for 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and naturalized American forward Lavell Payne (203-85, college: Cent.Florida) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Caneros LR in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Caneros LR's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Titanes Licey's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Cristobal to the arena .
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: R.Hamilton 25+4reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 24+5reb+8ast, B.Williams 19+21reb+5ast, E.Santana 14+5reb+4ast, J.Fortuna 5+4reb+5ast, K.Perez 4+1reb+1ast
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 22+8reb+3ast, L.Payne 19+5reb, A.Freeman 14+2reb+5ast, E.Soliman 10+7reb+5ast, M.Evangelista 6+5reb+1ast, A.Williams 5+5reb+1ast
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Metros STGO - Huracanes PP 100-84

Metros STGO defeated Huracanes PP in Santiago 100-84. Metros STGO dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Huracanes PP's 48. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) fired 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Jaison Valdez (188-95) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. 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. Huracanes PP will play next round against strong Indios SFM trying to get back on the winning streak. Metros STGO will try to continue on its current victory against Indios SFM in San Francisco.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: R.Glenn 30+8reb+5ast, E.Vargas 18+6reb, J.Hamilton 14+8reb+7ast, A.Filion 11, J.Akindele 10+8reb, A.De Leon 9+1reb+4ast
Huracanes PP: A.Jones 17+9reb, J.Valdez 15+5reb+4ast, K.Beidler 13+2reb+1ast, M.Carter 11+2ast, J.Young 9+2ast, L.Jacobo 9+2reb+2ast
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Barcelona tabs Daniel King - by Francisco Vega

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) inked 30-year old Panamanian power forward Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern). He played in the summer at El Rapido in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 26 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 14.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.8spg and 1.7bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura Honorable Mention. King also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he had 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
King won Liga Centroamericana championship title in 2016.
He represented Panama at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. King's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP-1 (87.5%), FT: 57.1%.
King is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Costa Rica, Uruguay (Maldonado), El Salvador (Denver-FAS San Salvador), Panama (Rio Abajo, Canguros de Parque Lefevre, Correcaminos and Panteras) and Nicaragua (Vikingos de Valentis Pizza).
King attended Texas Southern University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Athletic Power forward who has the potential to develop perimeter game. Not a three point threat but works adequately in the midrange. Needs to bulk up to be a true power forward but has the frame to do it.

Barcelona Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Raul Cardenas
Daniel King
Junior Valencia
Manuel Hurtado
Marvin Cairo
Luis Landazuri
Felipe Vargas
Luis Estupinan

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Marvin Cairo (ex CAN Oruro) signs at Barcelona - by Francisco Vega

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) landed 26-year old Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-95kg-91, agency: Pro Sports). He played in the summer at CAN Oruro in Bolivian Libobasquet.
Cairo's team made it to the Ecuadorian National League Semifinals in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Cairo has played also professionally in Argentina (Lanus), Mexico (Fuerza Regia and Soles), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Importadora) and Cuba (Capitalinos).

Barcelona Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Raul Cardenas
Junior Valencia
Manuel Hurtado
Marvin Cairo
Luis Landazuri
Felipe Vargas
Luis Estupinan

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Reggie Charles is a newcomer at Leones - by Francisco Vega

Newly promoted Leones de Riobamba (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Dominican forward Reggie Charles (201-81) from Juvenil.
Charles' team made it to the National League Semifinals in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Charles' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Charles has played previously professionally also in Chile, Dominican Rep., Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela (Gaiteros), Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Caneros de La Romana, La Villa, Indios de San Francisco and Leones de Santo Domingo), FYR Macedonia (Vardar) and Ecuador (Mavort, Importadora and ComuniKT).

The scouts decsribe him following way: A powerful and explosive player with inside-outside dimesion. Impressive slasher and scorer. Dominates the game and has been top-scorer on almost every team he has played for. Played Junior college in Florida and was selected to the McDonald's All America. Gained some professional experiance from playing as import in Brazil.

Leones de Riobamba roster for 2017-2018:

Reggie Charles
Javinger Vargas
Alexander Morillo
William Daniel Guayaquil
Eric McKnight
Jhon Ante
Andres Conchambay

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Jhon Ante signs at Leones - by Francisco Vega

Newly promoted Leones de Riobamba (National League) landed 27-year old former international swingman Jhon Ante (192-85kg-90) from Juvenil.
Among other achievements Ante's team won Ecuadorian National League Regular Season for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
He also represented Ecuador at the ODESUR Games in Santiago (Chile) three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 2.5rpg.
Ante has played previously for Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito.

Leones de Riobamba roster for 2017-2018:

Javinger Vargas
Alexander Morillo
William Daniel Guayaquil
Eric McKnight
Jhon Ante
Andres Conchambay

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Centeno comes back to Iccan, ex Marinos - by Francisco Vega

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) added to their roster 32-year old Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85). It is actually his comeback to Guayaquil as he has played here before. Centeno played last season at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 50 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.4apg.

He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Centeno won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2013.

He was a member of Venezuelan U21 National Team in 2004.

Centeno is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Colombia, Mexico (Angeles), Panama (Caballos), Venezuela (Cocodrilos, Guaros, Bucaneros, Cacaoteros and Araguenos) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Importadora).

On Centeno: He is yet an experienced player, despite the green age; has god passing skills and court vision, defends well on the opposite guards, has the athletic strength to go inside and to score; neeeds to add a reliable outside shot; A very talented point guard, whose dream is to play in NBA: He is very quick and determinated on the court, very soft speaking and polite out of the court.

Club Iccan de Macas roster for 2017-2018:

Carlos Carcelen
Jesus Centeno
Cesar Silva
Eduard Caicedo
Juan Pablo Alvarez
Darol Hernandez
Vilo Peralvo
Michael Moncayo

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Portviejo adds Abakah to their roster - by Francisco Vega

Defending champion H.R. Portviejo Manabi (National League) added to their roster American forward Kwesi Abakah (203-96kg). He just graduated from Richmond (NCAA). But in 34 games he recorded only 0.3ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Abakah helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NIT Elite Eight.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

H.R. Portviejo Manabi roster for 2017-2018:

Ronaldo Bermudez
Kwesi Abakah
Adriano Barreras
Erick Cobena
Francisco Bedoya
Rodrigo Roldan
Jordan Cardenas
Alioxi Ponce
Jonathan Arboleda
Christian Cedeno

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Leones sign Sovine just out of college - by Francisco Vega

Leones de Riobamba (National League) agreed terms with 23-year old American power forward Kyle Sovine (206-107kg-94, agency: Aspire Sports). He just graduated from University of Saint Francis (IN) (NAIA).

Sovine has played there for the last five years. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. Sovine helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NAIA D2 Sweet 16. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-NAIA D2 Honorable Mention.

As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Sovine's team was regular season runner-up in Crossroads League in 2015.

He could be described: Kyle is a very skilled player that has great footwork and touch around the basket. He has the ability to stretch the floor with a high 3pt shooting percentage. He can post with back to bucket, face up and shoot, and drive and finish and is often double teamed by opposing defenses. Defensively, Kyle has the ability to keep players in front and with his length does a great job of walling up and forcing his opponents into tough contested shots. Good at hedging ballscreens making it difficult for guards to turn the corner. Kyle will rebound out of his area and is a strong offensive and defensive rebounder. Kyle can play up tempo in transition both offensively and defensively.

Leones de Riobamba roster for 2017-2018:

Reggie Charles
Mario Gordon
Javinger Vargas
Alexander Morillo
William Daniel Guayaquil
Eric McKnight
Carlos Cortez
Jhon Ante
Kyle Sovine
Andres Conchambay
Rafael Barthelemy
Fernando Perez
Omar Vasco

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Piratas add Pitts to their roster - by Francisco Vega

Piratas de Los Lagos (National League) added to their roster 29-year old American forward Ashton Pitts (201-88, college: So.Poly State). He played last season at Georgia Vipers (UBA) in the U.S.
The previous (2016) summer Pitts played at Garra Canera de Navolato in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg in 2016 season.
He has played previously professionally in Mexico (Gigantes) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).
Pitts attended Southern Polytechnic State University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Piratas de Los Lagos roster for 2017-2018:

Engels Tenorio Parales
Peter Zamora
Carlos Malatay
Ashton Pitts
Willie Clayton
Yasmany Fundora
Paul Cano
Alfredo Salgado
Santiago Vallejos
Alain Rey

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Jerel Blocker (ex Weber Bahia) signs at Importadora - by Francisco Vega

Importadora Alvarado Ambato (National League) landed 29-year old American swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee). He played most recently at Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA. In 23 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Blocker played in the final of Liga Americas.
He received All-NAIA D1 2nd Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Blocker has played previously professionally in Romania (CS Dinamo Bucuresti) and ABL (Heartland E.).
He attended Lee University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Importadora Alvarado Ambato roster for 2017-2018:

Jerel Blocker
Tavares Sledge
John Alvarado
Johu Castillo

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Importadora lands Tavares Sledge - by Francisco Vega

Importadora Alvarado Ambato (National League) tabbed 25-year old American forward Tavares Sledge (203-102kg-92, agency: Interperformances). He has only college experience while playing for USC Aiken (NCAA2). In 13 games he averaged impressive 18.4ppg, 10.5rpg and 3.8apg in 2015-16 season.
Sledge played at the Horizon League Tournament Finalist in 2014.
So his pro career will start in Ecuador.

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Importadora adds Romero to their roster - by Francisco Vega

Importadora Alvarado Ambato (National League) added to their roster 32-year old Venezuelan ex-international forward Jhon Romero (199-85). He played this summer at Piratas in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In 13 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 10.3rpg and 1.5apg.
The most of last season Romero spent at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB where in 32 games he averaged 6.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He also played that season for Bucaneros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In only one game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Romero won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2005 and 2009. He was a member of Venezuelan Senior National Team back in 2011.
Romero has played also professionally in Venezuela (Marinos, Trotamundos, Gaiteros, Graneros and Estudiantes), Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro and Halcones) and Ecuador (Iccan).
On Romero: He's an up and coming talent at the 4 position who's size and height is more proper to play the 3, but he hasn't worked in a long distance shot or the transition from playing in the paint to doing so outside. Has been a member of big rosters and despites that, he's always found a way to contribute.

Importadora Alvarado Ambato roster for 2017-2018:

Jhon Romero
Jerel Blocker
Nixon Mina
Tavares Sledge
Christian Orozco
John Alvarado
Johu Castillo

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Iccan adds Zapata to their roster, ex Guaiqueries - by Francisco Vega

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) added to their roster 32-year old Venezuelan-Colombian forward Jackson Zapata (198-85). He played last season at Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB league. In 37 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.4rpg. Zapata helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Araguenos (LNB) in Venezuelan league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zapata was voted Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LPB All-Newcomers Team back in 2009.
He was a member of Venezuelan U21 National Team in 2004.
Zapata has played also professionally for other Venezuelan teams like Tiburones, Bucaneros, Guacharos, Piratas and Caciques.

Club Iccan de Macas roster for 2017-2018:

Carlos Carcelen
Jesus Centeno
Jackson Zapata
Cesar Silva
Eduard Caicedo
Juan Pablo Alvarez
Darol Hernandez
Vilo Peralvo
Michael Moncayo
Cristian Riera

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Estonia wins Torneio da Mealhada - by Eurobasket News

Estonia won Torneio da Mealhada beating Romania and Portugal. Estonia posted a 74-60 win against Portugal in the opener as they needed a strong 23-15 spurt at the end. Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90, agency: Octagon Europe) top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Janar Talts (206-PF-83) netted 10. Miguel Queiroz (202-PF-91) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
In the second game Estonia overcame Romana 87-55. Kristjan Kitsing and Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with 12 points each, while Erik Keedus (198-F-90, agency: Players Group) netted 11. Watson posted 15 points in a loss and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) added 12.



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Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Unics sign Jamar Smith, ex Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 30-year old American guard Jamar Smith (191-84kg-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 38 games he had 10.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 21 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith's team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa final in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team in 2015.
Smith is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), France (Limoges CSP Elite), NBA (Boston Celtics), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Southern Indiana until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Roderick Odom (ex Astana) agreed terms with Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) inked 26-year old American forward Roderick Odom (206-105kg-91, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.5apg last season. Odom helped them to win the league title. He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Odom played at Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2. In 30 games he had 10.0ppg and 4.9rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Odom received All-SEC 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Odom has played also professionally in Greece (KAO Dramas).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Paris-Levallois roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Louis Campbell
Daniel Nwaelele
Remi Lesca
Klemen Prepelic

Forwards:
Maleye N'Doye
Roderick Odom
Petr Cornelie
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot
Maxime Roos
Ivan Fevrier

Center:
Gavin Ware

Coach: Frederic Fauthoux

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DeShaun Thomas (ex Anadolu Efes) may be added to Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to ink 26-year old American forward DeShaun Thomas (201-104kg-91, college: Ohio State) who played last time at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. In 29 BSL games he averaged 10.3ppg and 3.2rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Thomas also played 35 games in Euroleague where he had 7.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
In 2013 Thomas was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former Ohio State staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Thomas played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He received also NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Thomas has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre) and Spain (FC Barcelona).

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

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Will Cummings (ex Aris) signs at Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American guard Will Cummings (188-84kg-92, college: Temple). He played most recently at Aris in Greek A1 league. In 31 games he was the best scorer with 14.5ppg and recorded 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg last season. Cummings helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team. Cummings also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Cummings ended the previous (2015-16) season at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A. In four games he had 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 52 games he got remarkable 20.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. Cummings contributed to his team winning the D-League Soutwest Division title (twice). Impressive indeed as was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Rookie Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Cummings has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets).
He attended Temple University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Will Cummings
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Former MVP Rodriguez retuns to EuroLeague, joins CSKA - by Eurobasket News

A former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague MVP returned to the competition, as CSKA Moscow announced the arrival of star playmaker Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86), who inked a two-year deal with an option for another season on Monday. Rodriguez (1.91 meters, 31 years old) earned EuroLeague MVP honors in the 2013-14 season, averaging 14 points and 4.9 assists in 31 games. He arrives from Philadelphia of the NBA, where he averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 assists in 68 games last season. He started his career with Spanish side Estudiantes and also played for Portland, Sacramento and New York of the NBA before joining Real Madrid before the start of the 2010-11 season. In his six seasons with Madrid, Rodriguez led his team to four Final Four appearances in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, playing three consecutive finals and lifting the trophy in 2015 - the club's first EuroLeague crown in 20 years. He also helped Madrid win three Spanish League and four Spanish Copa del Rey titles, as well as lifting the Intercontinental Cup trophy in 2015. Rodriguez has also been very successful with the Spanish national team, helping it win respective gold medals at the 2006 FIBA World Cup and EuroBasket 2015. He also won two Olympic medals - silver in 2012, bronze in 2016 -, as well as getting a silver one at EuroBasket 2007 and another bronze at EuroBasket 2013. Rodriguez also led the Spanish U18 national team to a gold medal at the 2004 European Championships, earning MVP honors. In 163 EuroLeague career games with Estudiantes and Madrid, Rodriguez has accumulated 1,574 points and 756 assists, ranking 10th overall in that category. He also ranks fourth all-time in assists per 40 minutes (8.95). "El Chacho" is now set to continue his outstanding career in the Russian capital. "I am very happy and excited for this new stage in my life. Playing for an important team like CSKA is a big challenge," Rodriguez said after the agreement. "A challenge so important in my career that I take it with a lot of eagerness. I will go to Moscow and give it all to compete for all the titles that we will play for. It will be a great personal experience to live in Moscow with my family, and get to know its culture."
Courtesy of: euroleague.net



Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv inks DeShaun Thomas, ex Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward DeShaun Thomas (201-104kg-91, college: Ohio State). He played last season at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. In 29 games he had 10.3ppg and 3.2rpg. Thomas helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Thomas also played 35 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
In 2013 Thomas was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thomas played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Thomas has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre) and Spain (FC Barcelona).

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
DeShaun Thomas
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

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Micheal Eric (ex RETAbet BB) to join Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) agreed terms with 29-year old Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-109kg-88, college: Temple). He played last season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 30 games he had 9.5ppg and 5.6rpg. Eric also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at AEK Athens in Greek A1. In 9 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.4rpg. Eric helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Eric's team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2013.
Eric is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Enel Brindisi), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks), Greece (Panelefsiniakos) and NBA G League (Texas Legends and Canton Charge).
Eric attended Temple University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Eric: Often compared to Serge Ibaka thanks to his defensive skills, for sure he's a great help defender and a great one-on-one defender, while offensive game has yet to be developed. However, with his athleticism and the way he jumps and blocks shots, he can quickly move to the top level.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Will Cummings
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
Micheal Eric
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Nunnally re-signs at Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American forward James Nunnally (201-93kg-90, college: UCSB). He played there last season. In 30 BSL games he recorded 11.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg. Nunnally helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Nunnally also played 34 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Scandone in Italian Serie A. In 40 games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.4ppg and had 4.2rpg and 2.5apg. Nunnally contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
In 2012 he was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in second round (27th overall).
The former Univ. of California-Santa Barbara staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Nunnally is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Nunnally tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Kavala), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers), NBA G League (Texas Legends and Northern Arizona Suns) and IBL (Santa Barbara B.).

Fenerbahce Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sinan Guler
Bobby Dixon
Melih Mahmutoglu
Konstantinos Sloukas
Marko Guduric

Forwards:
Luigi Datome
Baris Hersek
Nicolo Melli
James Nunnally
Nikola Kalinic

Center:
Ahmet Duverioglu

Coach: Zeljko Obradovic

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tamir BLATT
  (180-PG-97)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Blatt, ISR22.7 
 2. Mykhailiuk, UKR22.3 
 3. Marinkovic, SRB21.3 
 4. Zoosman, ISR20.7 
 5. Popovic, MNT19.0 
 6. Echodas, LTU18.7 
 7. Yusta, ESP18.7 
 8. Birgander, SWE18.0 
 9. Birutis, LTU15.7 
 10. Varnas, LTU15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simon BIRGANDER
  SWE
  (211-F/C-97)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Birgander, SWE14.3 
 2. Popovic, MNT14.3 
 3. Yurtseven, TUR12.7 
 4. Hlinason, ISL12.7 
 5. Birutis, LTU9.3 
 6. Echodas, LTU9.0 
 7. Okeke, ITA8.3 
 8. Noua, FRA8.0 
 9. Tkachenko, UKR7.7 
 10. Pavlov, UKR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tamir BLATT
  (180-PG-97)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Blatt, ISR9.3 
 2. Beliauskas, LTU7.7 
 3. Garcia, ESP7.3 
 4. Sisko, SLO5.7 
 5. Beyschlag, GER5.7 
 6. Birkans, LAT5.3 
 7. Caroti, ITA4.3 
 8. Havsa, TUR4.0 
 9. Koniaris, GRE4.0 
 10. Okobo, FRA4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antonios KONIARIS
  (196-PG-97)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Koniaris, GRE3.3 
 2. Zotov, UKR3.3 
 3. Wagner, GER2.7 
 4. Diplaros, GRE2.3 
 5. Flionis, GRE2.3 
 6. Beliauskas, LTU2.0 
 7. Marti, ESP2.0 
 8. Zoosman, ISR2.0 
 9. Beyschlag, GER2.0 
 10. Grabliauskas, LTU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  ISL
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Hlinason, ISL3.3 
 2. Yurtseven, TUR2.3 
 3. Simanic, SRB2.3 
 4. Durmaz, TUR2.3 
 5. Birgander, SWE2.0 
 6. Cekic, MNT2.0 
 7. Okeke, ITA1.7 
 8. Birutis, LTU1.3 
 9. Tkachenko, UKR1.3 
 10. Echodas, LTU1.3 


The End of Preliminary Round in Crete - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Germany - Greece 77-86
Greece topped Germany to improve at 3-0 record in Group A. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) came up with 18 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Germany enjoyed a 25:18 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the next two periods. But Greece used a massive 36:22 run in the fourth stanza to get away with the victory. Antonios Koniaris (196-PG-97) tossed in 17 points for the winners. Georg Beyschlag (182-G-97) and David Kramer (191-PG-97) responded with 16 points each for Germany.

Czech Republic - Sweden 56-70
Sweden edged Czech Republic to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Simon Birgander (211-F/C-97, agency: Dynamics Global Management) posted 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden recorded a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic surged ahead for a 36:34 halftime lead. But Sweden stiffened defensively in the second half. They held the Czech counterparts to just 20 points in the second half and marched to the win. John Brandmark (200-F-97) tossed in 15 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Martin Roub (206-C-97) replied with 13 points for Czech Republic.

Group B
France - Turkey 71-54
France finished the preliminary round unbeaten. They rallied past Turkey to gain 3-0 record on top of Group B. Elhadji-Digue Diawara (206-F-98) recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. France piled up a 42:21 halftime lead. les Bleues went on a 16:9 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Lucas Hergott (200-F/G-97) and Elie-Franck Okobo (191-PG-97) notched 9 points each for the winners. Egehan Arna (202-G/F-97, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 16 points for Turkey.

Montenegro - Iceland 50-60
Iceland opened win count at the tournament. They beat Montenegro in Group B action. Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) registered 19 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Montenegro enjoyed a 21:7 lead ten minutes into the game. But Iceland bounced back with a 22:6 run in the second quarter. They followed with a 15:6 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) accounted for 12 points in the victory. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) answered with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Montenegro.

Group C
Latvia - Lithuania 61-89
Lithuania clinched the second place in Group C. They stormed past Latvia for 2-1 record. Martynas Echodas (204-C/F-97) posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Latvia jumped to a 26:18 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania quickly tuned in offensively. They unloaded 71 points in the next three quarters to ease to the victory. Arnas Berucka (195-F-97, agency: Octagon Europe) and Mykolas Dieninis (197-F-97) had 15 points each for the winners. Verners Kohs (203-F-97) responded with 17 points for Latvia.

Ukraine - Israel 83-91
Israel secured the third consecutive victory in Crete. They topped Ukraine to remain undefeated. Tamir Blatt (180-PG-97) and Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) recorded 23 points each to lead the winners. Ukraine led by a single point after ten minutes 17:16. But Israel stepped on the gas in the next periods. Israel grabbed a 40:33 halftime lead. They poured in 24 points in the third term to secure an 11-point lead. Ukraine erupted for 30 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss. Netanel Artzi (198-F-97) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Sergiy Pavlov (203-PF-97, agency: AproK Sports Group) answered with 24 points and 10 boards for Ukraine.

Group D
Spain - Serbia 88-87
Spain nipped Serbia for the third consecutive victory in Group D. Santiago Yusta (200-F/G-97) came up with 26 points to lead the winners. Serbia eked out a 44:43 halftime lead. Spain responded with a 25:15 rally in the third term to surge ahead. Serbia sank 28 points in the final stanza but came up short of victory at the end. Jaume Sorolla (211-C-97) chipped in 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 16 points for Serbia.

Italy - Slovenia 63-82
Slovenia outscored Italy for the first victory at the championship. Nejc Martincic (182-PG-97) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 43:29 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) notched 19 points for the winners. Leonardo Tote (209-C/F-97) responded with 15 points for Italy.




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  FINLAND  


Jamsa re-signs at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) confirmed in their roster 24-year old point guard Mikko Jamsa (177-78kg-93). He played there last season. In 14 1st Division games he had 7.6ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.3apg. Jamsa helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at HyPo where in 26 1st Division games he recorded 13.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg.
Jamsa won Finnish 1st Division Division A championship title in 2014.
He represented Finland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Portugal eight years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.0%.
Jamsa has played previously for three other teams: Helsinki Seagulls, HBA-Marsky and Uusimaa.

Lahti Basketball roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mikko Jamsa
Jordan Jacks
Eemeli Lampen

Forward:
Hannes Koskinen

Center:
Robert Barlund

Coach: Mike Oppland

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BC Nokia signs Thomas Laerke, ex Bakken - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia (Korisliiga) signed 26-year old Danish ex-international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-90kg-91, agency: Blacktop Management). He has played for the last four seasons at Bakken in Danish Ligaen. In 37 games he had 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Laerke helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention. Laerke also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Laerke was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Bosman Player of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.
He was also a member of Danish international program for some years. Laerke played for Danish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 83.3%.
Laerke has played previously professionally also in Spain (Magia_Huesca, Pielagos, Araberri and Opentach Pla).
He could be described: A very athletic swingman, able to attack the basket and finish, but also shoot from long range.

BC Nokia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Laerke
Vincent Council

Forwards:
Lawrence Gilbert
Leyton Hammonds

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Kenny Manigault (ex AZS Koszalin) joins Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 26-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played last season at AZS Koszalin in Polish PLK league. In 32 games he had 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (2016) summer Manigault played at Giants in Australian SBL where in 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg (in top 3) in 2016 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Manigault was also voted All-NAIA D1 Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Andre Williamson (ex Maurienne) signs at Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) landed 28-year old American forward Andre Williamson (202-107kg-89, college: Appalachian State). He played most recently at Maurienne in French ProB. In 33 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. Williamson helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Williamson played at Fribourg Olympic where in 38 LNA games he had 14.1ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Swiss LNA title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team.
Williamson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Finland (Kouvot and Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) and Israel (Hapoel Afula).
Williamson attended Appalachian State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Andre Williamson
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Gladyr re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Ukrainian international swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 ProA games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gladyr helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game. Gladyr also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
In 2009 Gladyr was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. Gladyr was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 78.4%.
Gladyr is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Ukraine (Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2), France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 … He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots … Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders … When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Billy Ouattara
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Strasbourg may land Darion Atkins, ex Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American forward Darion Atkins (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia) who played last time at Hapoel Unet Holon in Israel. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Atkins helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Knicks in NBA. But the most of that year Atkins spent at another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 52 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Atlantic Division.
Atkins won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015.
He graduated from University of Virginia in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Migdal Haemek signs Jordan Semple - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Migdal Haemek (National League) signed 25-year old American (has also French passport) forward Jordan Semple (201-98kg-92, college: Cal State - Chico, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv in Bulgarian NBL league. In 26 games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.0ppg and averaged 12.0rpg (leader !!!), 3.5apg, 2.2spg (leader !!!) and 2.0bpg. Semple helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia in Spanish LEB Silver where in 29 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 15.5ppg and had 9.4rpg (#2 in the league), 2.3apg, 1.9spg (in top 5) and 1.0bpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Semple's team won CCAA Regular Season in 2012 and 2015.
He graduated from Cal State - Chico in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ironi Nes-Ziona signs Elishay Kadir - by Nir Luna

Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) signed 30-year old Israeli international power forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Kadir played last season at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League). In 38 games he had 8.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kadir also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Hapoel Eilat. In 31 Winner League games he averaged 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Kadir contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was named to Israeli League All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Kadir was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Co-Forward of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Kadir has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg.
Kadir has played previously for five other teams: Galil Gilboa, Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, Ironi Ramat Gan and Maccabi Haifa.
He could be described: A small Forward, who can play also Power Forward. A big time Athlete. A great leaping ability. Can score from outside-3 points range, and inside. Can create is own shot in many ways. Big time Scorer. Very strong body. Very aggressive.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cholet tabs Toddrick Gotcher, ex Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) inked 24-year old American shooting guard Toddrick Gotcher (193-91kg-93, college: Texas Tech). He played most recently at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 26 games he was fifth best scorer with 12.9ppg and recorded 5.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg (in top 4) last season.
Gotcher received All-Big 12 Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Gotcher graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Cholet Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Rousselle
Toddrick Gotcher
Johan Clet
Corentin Lopez

Forwards:
Ilian Evtimov
Pierre-Etienne Drouault
Haukur Palsson
Rigo Edzata

Centers:
Jerry Boutsiele
Warren Woghiren

Coach: Philippe Herve

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Boulogne welcomes back Cheriet - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) inked 30-year old naturalized Algerian power forward Mehdi Cheriet (204-100kg-87, college: San Diego State). It is actually his comeback to SO Maritime Boulogne as he has played here before. Cheriet was about to sign at Chorale de Roanne Basket in the ProB. He has played there for the last three years. The last season Cheriet played also at Chorale de Roanne where in 12 ProB games he averaged 3.2ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to win the cup.
Among other achievements Cheriet received Afrobasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
He represented France at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 11.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Cheriet has played previously for two other teams: Le Portel and Boulazac Basket.
He attended San Diego State until 2011 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

SO Maritime Boulogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ralph Temgoua
Hugo Dumortier

Forwards:
Mehdi Cheriet
Namory Boundy

Center:
Adolphe_Michel Jean-Baptiste

Coach: Frederic Brouillaud

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Young (ex Chalons-Reims) signs at Ironi Nahariya - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) landed 28-year old American swingman Alex Young (198-96kg-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points). He has played for the last two years at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 32 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg last season.
Young has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2011. Young was selected to Israeli League All-Star Game in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (Betaland Cdo and Basket Barcellona) and Israel (Galil Gilboa).
Young attended Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Very techincally skilled player, he knows how to move on the court and how to defend. Can score a lot, he's very athletic and has a solid body. Great upside, could become a star at European level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roderick Odom (ex Astana) agreed terms with Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) inked 26-year old American forward Roderick Odom (206-105kg-91, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.5apg last season. Odom helped them to win the league title. He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Odom played at Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2. In 30 games he had 10.0ppg and 4.9rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Odom received All-SEC 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Odom has played also professionally in Greece (KAO Dramas).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Paris-Levallois roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Louis Campbell
Daniel Nwaelele
Remi Lesca
Klemen Prepelic

Forwards:
Maleye N'Doye
Roderick Odom
Petr Cornelie
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot
Maxime Roos
Ivan Fevrier

Center:
Gavin Ware

Coach: Frederic Fauthoux

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Other JaJuan Johnson Starts Professional Career With BV Chemnitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The name speaks volumes, but when looking at JaJuan Johnson (196-G-94) at first glance one notices that it isn't the 208cm ex NBA player, but at second glance this JaJuan Johnson is 196cm and from Marquette that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany with pro A club BV Chemnitz. Johnson is a 23 year old guard that hails from Memphis, Tennessee and had a stellar career at Marqueet (NCAA) playing a total of 113 games and was able to improve his scoring, rebounding and assist average each year. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 12.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 79.3%.

BV Chemnitz is more than convinced that this Johnson will be able to come in and carve his own special identity as a rookie in Germany. "He is a very versatile player that fits perfect to our team with his athleticism, game understanding and effort. He knows how to play in big arenas and to have that certan pressure. However he decided to come to Europe. We hope he can make the quick adjustment and use his total talent. The philosophies of our game and Marquette are similar. Both teams play offense with al ot of tempo, like to pass the ball and play inside out giving the ball to many players. Jajuan brings all these qualities. He can attack the rim with his athleticism, but also has a very good outside shot and is a strong passer", stressed BV Chhemnitz head coach Rodrigo Pastore.

Last season as a senior at Marquette, the American scored in double figures in 21 games. His best scoring games included a 22 point effort against Houston Baptist, 21 points against Vanderbilt and a 20 point game against Creighton. "It is exciting to be playing overseas for the first time. I have heard some things about the club frpm coach Pastore and Joe Lawson. I found out the team has been successful and is very ambitious. I want to help reach these goals", warned Jajuan Johnson. In his jun ior season he played 32 games averaging 10.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 38%. He scored in double figures 17 times including a 23 point game against ST Johns, a 22 point effort against Stetson and a 20 point game against Grambling State. In his second season at Marquette, he played 31 games averaging 7.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 74.5%. He scored in double figures seven times including a 22 point game in a win against Arizona State and 20 point games against Tennessee-Martin and Villanova. In his freshman season at Marquette he played 19 games avergaing 4.6ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg.

Source:BV Chmenitz













Anton Geretzki Remains With The Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf continue to do a good job keeping a majority of their talented youth players including Anton Geretzki (194-SG-98). Geretki is a 18 year old 194cm guard that was rewarded with a contract extension. He continues to do a splended job developing as last season he got more minutes in the Pro B and showed many times that he could make the right plays and hit buckets in cruccial moments and was an absolute beast in the NBBL (U-19) league. His stats last season were solid as in the Pro B he played 21 games averaging 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg. With the U19 team (NBBL) team he played 12 games avergaing 12.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 5.1apg, 2.1spg, 2PT: 51.8%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 67.7%. He made his Pro B debut in 2014 at age 16, Pro A debut at age 17 and last season had some strong games in the Pro B as he scored in double figures three times including a 16 point game against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and a 14 point effort against the ScanPlus baskets.

Source:Dragons Rhondorf



BBC Coburg Adds Rebounding Guard Ace Byron Sanford - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Usually it's the big men that clean up around the rim when shot's aren't falling, but it is always a delight to observe guards help out under the basket as there are always those strong rebounding guards around like a Russell Westbrook who has made this ability fashion recently. Another one of these strong rebounding guards is Byron Sanford (183-G, college: Trevecca Naz.) who will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany. New Pro B team BBC Coburg gave him a contract for the following season,Sanford is a 180cm guard from Louisville, Kentucky that comes from the NCAA 2 and will attempt to make an impact right away with other import Jordan Burris who had a fantastic first season with BBC Coburg. In his senior year at Trevecca Naz. (NCAA2) he played 32 games averaging 18.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 69.5%

"He is a very physical player built like a running back. That is why he is always able to compete with longer players. He will find holes with his quickness and he has the baility to find his teammates and finish. He fits to our team with his charachter as he is a humble guy that can infect players with his energy", stressed BBC Coburg head coach Simon Bertram. In his senior season he scored in double figures in 26 games and scored 20 points or more 16 times. Some of his best scoring games included 32 point games against Salem International and Cedarville as well as well as a 30 point effort against Davis &Elkins a 29 point game against Ohio Valley. In his junior season at Trevecca Naz. (NCAA2) he played 17 games avergaing 17.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.9spg), FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 72.0%. In his junior season he scored in double figures 14 times including a 34 point outburst against Cedarville and a 32 point game against Missouri So. In his first season at Trevecca Naz. (NCAA2) he played 25 games averaging 12.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 71.4%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been G-MAC Tournament Semifinals -15, All-G-MAC 2nd Team -15, G-MAC Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -16, G-MAC Tournament Finalist -16, All-G-MAC Player of the Year -16, and All-G-MAC 1st Team -16.

Source: np-coburg.de






Max Landis Lands With The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

EasyCredit BBL team Giessen 46ers have shored up their guard rotation with Max Landis (188-PG-93, college: IPFW). Landis is a 24 year old 188cm point guard from Indianapolis, Indiana that will be going into his second professional season. Last season as a rookie he got valuable experience with Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Euromillions LLeague) playing 24 games averaging 7.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 89.1%. "Max can play both guard positions. He will help us give a lot on offense and defense with his energy", stressed head coach Ingo Freyer. Last season he scored in double figures in nine games and scored 20 points against Leuven, 19 points against Spirou and 18 points against Liege.

Landis started his basketball career at Perry Meridian High School and then in 2011 moved to Gardner-Webb (NCAA) and as a freshman played 31 games averaging 9.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 67.9%. In his second season with Gardner-Webb (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 7.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 86.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he moved to IPFW (NCAA), but sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. In his junior season with IPFW (NCAA) he played 30 games averaging 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 86.4%. The American really bolstered his stats as a senior at IPFW (NCAA) playing 33 games averaging 19.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 81.2%. Some of his best games in school was a 44 point game against South Dakota, 37 point game against Omaha, 28 point game against Austin Peay and a 27 point game against ORU with Gardner Webb.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Big South Conf. South Division Regular Season Runner-Up -13, Big South Conf. Tournament Semifinals -13, Summit League All-Newcomer Team -15, Summit League Regular Season Co-Champion -16, Summit League Tournament Semifinals -16
All-Summit League Player of the Year -16, All-Summit League 1st Team -16, Summit League All-Tournament Team -16, and NABC All-District 12 1st Team -16.

Source:Giessen 46ers



ETB Wohnbau inks Nick Tufegdzich - by Eurobasket News

ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (ProB) agreed terms with 25-year old Canadian power forward Nick Tufegdzich (203-95kg-92). He has played for the last two seasons at Uni Baskets in the ProA. In 25 games he had 8.5ppg and 3.8rpg last season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Tufegdzich was voted All-OUA 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Canada (Lions).
On Tufegdzich: Strengths: A very athletic forward who is also a strong shot blocker. Mobile and active big man. Comfortable with back to basket or face up. Can stretch out to FIBA three point line. Shot blocker. Strong basketball IQ. Can finish with either hand around the basket.

ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Montrael Scott
Tim Van_der_Velde
Dilhan Durant
Till Hornscheidt

Forwards:
Nick Tufegdzich
Jacob Albrecht

Coach: Igor Krizanovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SlanSports)

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Baunach Look Down Under Getting Huge Talent William McDowell-White - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Baunach have looked down under and reeled in big talent William McDowell-White (195-G-98, college: Fresno St.) William McDowel-White is a 18 year old 198cm forward that was born in South Brisbane, Australia and is a big-sized combo guard with good court vision and passing skills, and yet a good personality. In the last year, he has brought his basketball talent to Fresno St. (NCAA), in Dec.'16 signed at Sydney Kings (NBL) playing 7 games avergaing 2.1ppg, 1.1apg and in 2017 wa sa member of the Brisbane Spartans (QBL) playing 5 games avergaing 16,6ppg, 8,0rpg, 6,2apg and 1,8spg. "I am really looking forward to moving to the Bamberg organization. I have only heard good things about the club. I can hardly wait to continue my career here and develop as best as possible", stressed William McDowell-White

William McDowell-White started his basketball career with the Queensland South U16 team. In 2014-2015 he moved to the Brisbane Spartans (SEABL-East) playing 4 games avergaing 2.5ppg, 2.0rpg. In 2015 he was with Ignatius Park College, Townsville, Queensland and in 2016 back with the Brisbane Spartans (SEABL) playing 20 games averaging 11.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.7apg, 2.0spg, FGP-3 (66.2%), 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 75.6%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Australian U16 National Team -12-13, Pacific Youth Championships in Churchill, Victoria (Australia) -12, Australian U16 Championships -13 (All-Tournament Team): 8 games: Score-4 (16.9ppg), 9.6rpg, Ast-1 (6.4ap, FIBA Oceania U16 Championships -13: 3 games: 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, Australian U17 National Team -13-14, FIBA U17 Oceania Championships -13, Australian U19 National Team -15
World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) -15: 7 games: 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 78.6%
NBA Basketball without Borders Global Camp in Toronto (Canada) -16, and Australiabasket.com All-Australian SEABL Youth Player of the Year -16.

Source:Baunach



Alba Berlin Secures Kresimir Nikic Until 2022 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isn't often that a EasyCredit BBL team will sign a young talented player for 5 years, but Alba Berlin have gone against the norm and seem to be extremly high on Kresimir Nikic (215-C-99) giving him a deal until 2022. Kresimir Nikic is a 18 year old 215cm center from Croatia that comes from KK Cibona VIP Zagreb. With Alba Berlin the 215cm center who was born in Zagreb will mainly get minutes and develop further with Pro B team Lok Bernau, but also have a license to practice and play with the BBL team Alba Berlin. "Many top European teams tried to get him, but we were able to convnice him to come here with our total package of our promotion, support, coaching team and integration. He has uge talent that we want to sharpen in the next years to help lead him to the pro team", stressed Himar Ojeda.

The young Croatian has already turned heads at a young age as he won the Croatian U-12, U-14 and U-16 national titles with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb and in 2014 scored 50 points, hauled down 24 boards and swatted away 9 shots. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Croatian U16 National Team -14-15, Kaunas Adidas Next Generation Tournament (Qualifications to ANGT Finals) -16 (Bronze): 4 games: 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8bpg, 2PT: 38.1%, FT: 80%, Croatian U18 Championships Winner -16, and Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Coin (Qualifications to ANGT Finals) -17 (All-Tournament Team): 4 games: 13.8ppg, 7.0rpg, Ast-3 (3.3apg), Blocks-1 (2.8bpg), 2FGP-3 (52.1%), FT: 62.5%.

Source:Alba Berlin




Steven Bennett (Dresden Titans) I Don't Feel Pressure But I'm Always Challenging Myself To Be Better Than I Was Before - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Steven Bennett (170-PG-88, college: Chaminade) is a 29 year old 173cm point guard from Los Angeles that is playing his sixth professional basketball season and first with the Dresden Titans. As a rookie he played for the Spot Up Medium Baskets Braunschweig. With Braunschweig he played 10 games averaging 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 76.6% He is one of the few special players that has a tenacity and will to win that is unmatched; it is impossible to judge him based upon height alone because he can compete with anyone in the world. He has proven this in the Maui Invitational division I tournament in 2010, and was recognized as one of the top players (All-Maui Award) from a field of other top US point guards such as Kemba Walker, Kailin Lucas and Brandon Knight. Bennett is known for his great court vision and passing ability, and is able to get in the lane at will and finish against anyone with either left or right hand. Every team bases their defensive strategy around Bennett and is forced to take create his own shot and take his three point shots off the dribble. He is an excellent shooter, but wants to continue to improve his already respectable 40% three point percentage. Steven is known for having excellent leadership skills, and is highly respected by all of his peers and coaches. He played at Citrus JC (JUCO) from 2007-2009 and then played at Chaminade (NCAA2). In the summer of 2013 he also found experience playing for the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL) He played three games with 2013 NBA draft pick Dennis Schroeder as a rookie in the Pro B. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-ProA) playing 37 games averaging 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.7%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL) playing 5 games: 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 31.3%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 87.5%; VTB United League: 1 game: 0pts, 1ast, left in Jan.'15, later that month moved to JBC MMCITE Brno (Czech Republic-NBL) playing 12 games averaging 14.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT: 74.1%. He last played in Germany for the Finke Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA) playing 13 games averaging 10.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 71.8%He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Steven thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been going?

I'm currently in Toronto, Canada. My summer has been great, just training and getting ready for the upcoming season.


Welcome back to Germany. I was happy to hear that you recently signed with German Pro B Dresden Titans. How happy and excited are you to be back in Germany?

I am very excited to be back in Germany. I have played the majority of my career there and it feels like home. The fans have always been great to me there.


Last season I kept waiting to read about where you had signed, but nothing came. You sat out last season. What exactly happened last season? Did you need some time to refocus and get away or did the right offer just not surface?

I actually did sign and play for a team in North Cyprus, but I broke my wrist and didn't get to finish the season. I'm looking forward to playing a full season with Dresden.


What things did you do with your game in the last year that enabled you not to lose a step, but be able to come back strong, motivated and confident to make an impact again as a professional player. How tough was it being at home and not playing while many of your friends were balling worldwide? What kept you focused in the last year and kept you mentally stable?

If there's one thing I've learned over the past few years, it's been how to train and take care of my body. How hard I work in the off season directly translates to how well I'll do in season, so that's always motivation for me.

How was the summer transfer period for you this summer? Did you have ample offers and what was key for you signing with Dresden?

I did have some opportunities in the works, but what made me sign to Dresden was that both sides talked about a possible signing last year and that energy just carried over into this upcoming season.

You come to a very ambitious club Dresden Titans that had a very tough season in the Pro A, but will fight to get back there this season. Did you sense that this is a very ambitious club that has goals?

Definitely, the team's main goal is to get back to Pro A and that is what we will be working towards.


How excited are you to be playing with American sharp shooter Travis Thompson? He is a guy that can light up the scoreboard and hit Lich for 36 points in the Pro B. Do you see yourself having a very high assist count coupled with being able to score at ease?


I always look forward to playing with new teammates, especially shooters. They make what I do easier.


Obviously your leadership will be key as well as being the best playmaker possible so the team will garner many wins. What do you expect from your own game this season.? You averaged in double figures in scoring in the Pro B with Giessen and Paderborn and in your only other Pro B season with Braunschweig 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg. Do you feel pressure to have to live up to what you did in the past?

I don't feel pressure, but I'm always challenging myself to be better than I was before.


You may play against double license player Isaac Bonga of the Fraport Skyliners who at age 17 is a projected 2018 NBA draft pick and some see him becoming better than Dennis Schroeder. Could this be one of the ultimate challenges this season guarding a 205cm point guard with a wingspan of 2.19 meters?

I'm always excited to compete against great competition.


When I interviewed you in September 2013 when you had only been a short while with your then new team you stated this about TJ DiLeo. 'He is out of Temple and a tough player. I think his experience at Temple will help him and us this season. He has a good guard body and shot. How proud have you been of his development to a solid EasyCredit BBL player?

TJ was always a hard worker, and I knew that he would have solid pro career.


You were teammates with Dennis Schroeder for four months in 2013 and four months before he was drafted, I asked you if Schroeder was NBA material and you said this. 'He could go to the NBA. He has a very tough mentality and is so quick. He has a great IQ for a young guard. We go at it in practice. We pressure each other in the pick and role'. How have you seen his development over the years? Could he become a top 5 NBA point guard down the road?

He's developed into a good NBA player. He's gotten more confidence each year.


If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?

MJ, Lebron, Allen Iverson, and Kobe.


Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?

He's number 2 to Jordan with potential left in his career to tie or beat him.


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?

Russell just is a competitor, and does whatever his team needs to win.


Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?

They definitely have enough talent to make a serious run, but I would argue that they do need more to get by the Warriors.


What was the last movie that you saw?

War for the Planet of the Apes.


Thanks Steven for the chat.



The BASKETBALL AID-All-STAR-Team meet The University Of Iowa - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber




It was one of the sporting highlights of the last years and it was for a good cause. In the summer of 2016, the BASKETBALL AID International Tour toured through Germany and Luxemburg. They demonstrated attractive basketball at 6 places playing 9 exciting games against EasyCredit BBL, Pro A, Pro B teams as well as against the Luxemburg national team in front of thousands of fans gathering money for children stricken with cancer. 30,000 Euro and a huge wave of enthusiasm and support was the result of the project.

The BASKETBALL AID International Tour will continue at the start of August. During the University of Iowa's European tour at the beginning of August, they will come to Germany on August eighth. The Hawkeyes who play in the highest American college league division one will meet a BASKETBALL AID All-STAR team at the Heidelberger arena at the Olympic base Rhein-Neckar (Im Neuenheimer Feld 710) at 20.00. The organizer of the game are German Pro A team MLP Academics Heidelberg with their CEO Matthias Lautenschlager.
This will be the University of Iowa's only game in Germany as they will play other games in Switzerland against the Swiss national team and in Italy.

'We are very proud to have been able to win such a top university for the continuation of our project. The talks have been running since months', stressed Hans Beth who is the chairman of the BASKETBALL AID International Tour. Beth and German basketball legend Pascal Roller who won a silver at the 2005 European championships with Germany will look after the opponent of the University of Iowa. 'At the moment we are putting together an All-Star team from Germany and it will be an attractive game', stressed Hans Beth . The game also has a very special meaning for the ex German national player Pascal Roller. I have been a member of BASKETBALL AID for many years and I am looking forward to being a part of this great event.

The University of Iowa play in the very strong Big Ten conference and have reached the NCAA Final 4 three times. German Dom Uhl who was born in Frankfurt and grew up there belongs to the team of head coach Fran McCaffery.

As the finishing touches for this special event are still being made as the German team roster is being constructed, BASKETBALL AID International Tour chairman Hans Beth will be in the United States in the next weeks as usual taking care of basketball business, grooming current basketball contacts as well as building new ones. He will be spending time in cities Boston, New York and Philadelphia. One of his highlights will be taking part at the 4th annual Elite pro Camp in Hannover, Massachusetts where he has been a part of the last summers. There Beth will serve as a coach together with many other well known coaches including Chris Rojik who balled at Holy Cross and had a 13 year professional career in Germany. At this camp, Beth will help unproved players looking to improve their skills in hopes of landing that professional job somewhere as well as making further contacts with basketball persons

You can book tickets now by sending an email to info@mlp-academics.de Tickets will be 8 Euro for adults and 4 Euro for kids until 18 years of age, students and senior citizens. All proceeds from the game and everything else concerning the event will go to BASKETBALL AID that support children with cancer. A Live Stream is planned so that fans that can't attend will be able to follow the action. Especially the fans in the United States and people associated with the University of Iowa will get to follow the action without any language barrier as it will be offered in English.

Game committee BASKETBALL AID International Tour 2017
Hans Beth (Chairman BASKETBALL AID International Tour)
Matthias Lautenschlager (CEO MLP Academics Heidelberg)
Bernd Kater (CFO BASKETBALL AID e.V.)
Malte Pohl (Managing Director BASKETBALL AID International Tour)
Thomas Schaarschmidt (President Basketball-Verband Sachsen-Anhalt)
Max Wolf (GM Volkswagen Automobile Rhein-Neckar GmbH)

BASKETBALL AID International Tour on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/basketballaidtour2014
Media contact

Chairman BASKETBALL AID International Tour 2017
Hans Beth
Mobil0049 (0) 1467151 234 73 404
Mailhans.beth@hb-basketballcoach.de
Webwww.hb-basketballcoach.de
english: http://hb-basketballcoach.de/en/index.html

Matthias Lautenschlager (Geschaftsfuehrer MLP Academics Heidelberg)
Mobil0049 (0) 171 447 1467
Mailml@mlp-academics.de
Webhttp://www.mlp-academics-heidelberg.de



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Apollon Patras tab Goran Vrbanc - by Chris Mammides

AS Apollon Patras (A1) inked 33-year old Croatian ex-international shooting guard Goran Vrbanc (193-84). He played most recently at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Vrbanc managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 9 ABA League games he averaged 4.7ppg and 1.1rpg. He also played 3 games in Balkan League where he had 14.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. Vrbanc also spent pre-season at Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo that year. In two games he recorded 4.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 1 game in Balkan League where he got 4 points and 2 rebounds.
Among other achievements Vrbanc received Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Vrbanc played for Croatian Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg.
Vrbanc is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), Hungary (Szolnok), Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Poland (AZS Koszalin) and Croatia (KK Zagreb, Cibona, KK_Zadar and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka).

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Cholet tabs Toddrick Gotcher, ex Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) inked 24-year old American shooting guard Toddrick Gotcher (193-91kg-93, college: Texas Tech). He played most recently at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 26 games he was fifth best scorer with 12.9ppg and recorded 5.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg (in top 4) last season.
Gotcher received All-Big 12 Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Gotcher graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Cholet Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Rousselle
Toddrick Gotcher
Johan Clet
Corentin Lopez

Forwards:
Ilian Evtimov
Pierre-Etienne Drouault
Haukur Palsson
Rigo Edzata

Centers:
Jerry Boutsiele
Warren Woghiren

Coach: Philippe Herve

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Aiolos Astakou keeps Douroukis for another season - by Eurobasket News

AMS Aiolos Astakou (A2) re-signed Dimitris Douroukis. He has played there for the last three seasons. In three A2 games he averaged just 2.0ppg last season.
Douroukis won Greek B Division North Group championship title in 2016.

AMS Aiolos Astakou roster for 2017-2018:

Vassilios Moutsios
Dimitris Liberis
Andreas Vournas
Zaharias Pournaras
Dimitris Douroukis
Alexandros Bekatoros

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Will Cummings (ex Aris) signs at Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American guard Will Cummings (188-84kg-92, college: Temple). He played most recently at Aris in Greek A1 league. In 31 games he was the best scorer with 14.5ppg and recorded 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg last season. Cummings helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team. Cummings also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Cummings ended the previous (2015-16) season at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A. In four games he had 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 52 games he got remarkable 20.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. Cummings contributed to his team winning the D-League Soutwest Division title (twice). Impressive indeed as was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Rookie Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Cummings has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets).
He attended Temple University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Will Cummings
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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  HOLLAND  


Leiden keeps Butter for another season - by Eurobasket News

Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Eredivisie) re-signed 21-year old point guard Rens Butter (189-96). He played there last season. In 7 Eredivisie games he averaged just 2.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0apg.
Despite young age Butter had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-5 (2.8spg), FGP: 35.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 44.8%.
Butter has played previously for Lokomotief.

Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jessey Voorn
Worthy de_Jong
Rens Butter

Forwards:
Sergio de_Randamie
Mohamed Kherrazi

Center:
Floris Versteegh

Coach: Paul Vervaeck

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Netherlands and Sweden exchange wins in Weert - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands and Sweden exchanged wins in Weert in the friendly campaign. The Scandinavian side won the first encounter, 79-63, in Den Helder after having five players reach double digits in scoring. Viktor Gaddefors (201-SF-92, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (201-SG-93) poured in 14 apiece. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) came up with 11 points for Netherlands.
In game 2 Netherlands replied with a 69-62 win. The Swedish side started strong and grabbed a 16-9 lead, but then Netherlands replied with three wins in the rest of the quarters. Henk Norel (213-C-87) and Roeland Schaftenaar paced the Lions with 13 points each. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points for Sweden and Carl Engstrom (216-C-91, college: Alabama) brought 9.



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  HUNGARY  


Marquis Wright agreed with EGIS Kormend - by Tamas Deri

The management of EGIS Kormend just published some minutes ago, that they agreed with rookie guard, Marquis Wright (185-G-95) for the coming season.

The 183 cm tall playmaker graduated on the University of Siena and played four seasons with the Saints in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Ahtletic Conference). As a sophomore he already was a key player of his team averaging 12.5 points, 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals. As a junior he missed several games because of a foot injury, however he helped his team with 14.5 points, 4.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 19 games. He was the leading scorer of the Saints with 16.8 points as a senior, but he also put up 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebound and 1.1 steals per game.

Watch the highlights of his senior season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh9mB5tEQKI



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  INDIA  


The NBA Academy in full swing at New Delhi - by Anil Kumar

Morning practice has ended for the 21 elite prospects at the NBA Academy India in Greater Noida, a city in the suburbs of the capital city New Delhi. The 13- to 17-year-old young men-chosen from a competitive evaluation stage that included hundreds of players from six cities around the country-now pair up for a few minutes to stretch, cooling down after a tiring session.

There are no more sounds of basketballs bouncing on the wood court, no rims clanging, no instructions from the coaches, and no squeaking from the soles of the royal blue Nike KD 9s that the 21 young players have laced up over their feet.

It's a state of peace rarely found in the culture that created Yoga in its never-ending quest for tranquility. India is expected to overtake China as the world's largest population in a few years, and every hectic moment in the country is a full-court press of pressure, from competing for the highest grades in the cutthroat national examination systems, jostling for space in Mumbai local trains, to queuing up in desperate masses outside ATMs when the currency was de-monetized. We Indians are in a constant state of squeezing in together and fighting to make our space.

Which is why the first class of recruits into the Academy-launched in May as the NBA's biggest investment in India yet-enjoy the luxury of being free from the tougher distractions of life. They are in a world of their own, a secluded lagoon of basketball, where international coaches are training India's best young prospects to make the next big jump and inspire a nation of young Indians to be devoted to the sport.

Despite a population of over one billion, not a single Indian has played in an NBA game. In 2015, the Mavs made 7-2 big man Satnam Singh the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA, but he has since only played for the Texas Legends, the organization's G League affiliate. Last year, Palpreet Singh Brar was drafted by the G League's Long Island Nets but never made the roster. India has a long yet largely unsuccessful basketball history, but there is potential in the grassroots to unearth a player capable of participating in NBA basketball.

Robin Banerjee, a 6-3 14-year-old, is one of those young players with hoop dreams. Banerjee's father owns a small printing business in Patna, Bihar, a poor state that has rarely produced basketball talent in the country. Banerjee, however, had passion and aptitude for the sport early in his life. At 12, he left Patna to attend a specialized coaching center in Varanasi, another small town in a neighboring state. Last year, he heard about the ACG NBA Jump program that scouted the best prospects for the Academy, so he traveled about 430 miles southeast all alone on a train to take part in the event in Kolkata. He and two others were chosen from among over 600 aspiring ballers. A few months later, he qualified as one of the final 21 prospects. [As of presstime, the NBA Academy was planning to invite three more prospects for a total of 24, but they hadn't been selected yet.

The Academy's location at the Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Center in Greater Noida is secluded from 'real' India. Here, Banerjee and the other young prospects play, live in large dormitory-style rooms, eat their meals, and have access to exclusive club gym and swimming facilities. Twice a day, Banerjee takes part in training with coaches from Spain, Belgium, the United States and India

'We practice all the time,' Banerjee says, 'and when we're done, there is nothing else to do but more basketball. There is a TV in our room where we watched the playoffs together.'

To spread the game in the grassroots, the NBA has been making inroads in India for several years. Their most concentrated efforts have come through the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program, a strategy that has been introducing basketball curriculum to schools since 2013 and has reached over six million kids and five thousand coaches.

'No development programs can work on their own-there has to be an entire ecosystem,' says Yannick Colaco, the Managing Director of NBA India. 'We had to start at the base of the pyramid, the bottom. To get kids to have fun playing basketball.'

Once the game is more ingrained in the culture, the Academy hopes to find the diamonds in the rough. India's tussle against a large, competitive population is also the country's undeniable advantage.

The NBA's Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum was in India for the launch of the Academy. Tatum was previously part of Indian basketball history when he called out Singh's name with the 52nd pick for the Mavericks at the 2015 NBA Draft. Now, he is hopeful that a successor can rise from the Academy.

'There will be a lot of divergent pathways,' Tatum told us in an interview from Mumbai on the day before the Academy's launch. 'Some kids will play at DI colleges in the US. Some will play in the G League. Some in other leagues around the world. We're hopeful that in the next five to 10 years or so that we'll see an NBA talent coming through.'

Potential NBA talent in India has been squandered too often. Skilled players have either been scouted too late or not provided the correct infrastructure to raise their games to be more competitive at the international level. The most poignant case is of Amritpal Singh, a powerful, 6-10 center. Amritpal is the son of a farmer, born in the tiny Punjabi farming village of Fattuwal. He didn't know what a basketball was until he was 18 years old. By 22, he was the captain of the Indian national team, leading the group to surprising victories over China. The now-26-year-old has also played professionally in Japan and India.

Amritpal's story can be seen as encouraging. But from another perspective, Amritpal's case is a sobering reminder that a great number of young players weren't getting the guidance and training at an early age to make the most of their potential.

With the Academy, there is now some hope the next generation of Amritpals can be scouted and taught the game earlier. Colaco says the Academy hopes to employ a holistic, 360-degree approach to player development with focuses on education, leadership, character development and life skills. The NBA will provide education for those selected at the public school in Jaypee Greens. The Academy has already hired a technical director to customize a future woman's program.

There are similar NBA Academies in China (in Hangzhou, Jinan and Urumqi) and in Senegal (in Thies). India is a unique culture, however, and Tatum understands both the challenges and the opportunities that this program presents for the League's ambitions.

'I think the opportunity is that in a short amount of time, there are kids here who have been identified through a national scouting network,' Tatum says. 'What's so positive is the level of talent we're seeing from young kids in a market where basketball infrastructure hasn't been great. It is a huge opportunity that we're excited about.'

For now, the millions of young players who are beginning a relationship with the sport can have a realistic goal in mind, an aim to be among the chosen few at the NBA Academy India, to find breathing space for themselves from the cacophony of the country with the calm of basketball. For recruits at the Academy, like Banerjee, the promise is now of a brighter future beyond their wildest dreams, of earning a scholarship in a college abroad, of playing in a foreign professional league, and, of course, in the holy grail of hoops.

It's simple, really, as the young Banerjee says: 'I want to play in the NBA.'

Courtesy - Karan Madhok




China Blues down India 101-80 on 3rd day - by Anil Kumar

The Indian men's basketball team continued to shoot the ball well against Republic of China 'Blue' (Chinese Taipei National Team A), but eventually lost 80-101 on the third day of the William Jones Cup.

In a see-saw game that saw both teams seize the initiative intermittently, the standout performance was Anil Kumar Gowda who dropped 27 points. The guard from Karnataka put on a shooting clinic, shooting 80% from two-point range and hitting five of seven from beyond the arc.

Young forward Muin Bek Hafeez (12 points) continued where he left off in the last game, shooting the ball well from the paint; while Amjyot Singh had a quiet game compared to his lofty standards, but still managed to notch up 13 points.

In the end, the Indian men were overcome by an all-round performance from the Chinese Taipei team, as they had five players scoring in double figures.

Despite the loss, the Indian team will take heart from the fact that they were competitive on the boards, and managed to keep the turnovers down to only fifteen.

The Indians will be hoping to keep improving when they come up against the mighty Iran on 18th July at 1500 hrs CST (1230 IST). The Indian team had lost all its first 3 matches in the championship.

Republic of China Blue (Zheng-Ru Lu 17 pts, Huan-Ya Yu 13 pts, Po-Chen Chou 12 pts) bt India (Anil Kumar Gowda 27 pts, Amjyot Singh Gill 13 pts, Muin Bek Hafeez 12 pts) 101-80 [25-15, 14-19, 35-20, 27-26]



India lose to South Korea 67-92 in Day 2 - by Anil Kumar

The Indian men's basketball team lost to South Korea's National Team 67-92 in their second game of the William Jones Cup 2017 in Taipei. The Indians matched the South Korean firepower initially and stuck close, ending the first quarter down 15 to 19. The second and third quarters, however, have proved to be tough terrain for India, as they stumbled and watched South Korea pull away.

There were bright spots for India despite the loss. The team outrebounded South Korea 34 to 29, which included 11 offensive rebounds. Youngster Muin Bek Hafeez put up a good all-round performance with 12 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds. As many as four Indian players scored in double digits, led by veteran guard Anil Kumar's 13 points.

India also had 10 fewer turnovers than their previous game and its two-point shooting percentage was respectable at 47%.

That said, South Korea was clearly superior, as the trigger happy side converted 19 of their 37 attempts from beyond the arc.

India will be hoping to bring it all together in its next game against Republic of China Blue on 17th July at 1900 hrs CST (1630 IST).
South Korea (Ung Heo 22 pts, Daesung Lee 16 pts, Lee Junghyun 12 pts) bt India (Anil Kumar BK Gowda 13 pts, Muin Bek Hafeez 12 pts 4 ast, Amjyot Singh Gill 10 pts, Prasanna Venkatesh Sivakumar 10 pts) 92-67 [19-15, 31-13, 29-20, 13-19]



India Lose to Iraq in Day 1 of William Jones Cup - by Anil Kumar

The Indian men's basketball team lost to Iraq's National Team 68-86 on the first day of the William Jones Cup, but there were many positives to draw from the performance. The Indians raced to an early lead after the end of the first quarter, but relinquished it after being outscored 28-13 in the second quarter.

Forward Amjyot Singh Gill continued his good form from the BRICS Games, with 22 points and 6 rebounds. He was also money from downtown making 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

There were also enthusing displays from youngsters Gurvinder Singh Gill (10 points and 5 rebounds) and Ambati Prudhvishwar Reddy (11 points and 4 assists). Collectively, the Indian team's shooting from three point range was very impressive, as they made 12 three pointers on a 55% conversion rate.

India though will need to work on reducing its turnovers (33) as it takes on South Korea's National Team on 16th July at 1100 hrs CST (0830 IST).

Iraq (Demaro Aquan Mayfield 19 pts, Ali Hamad 17 pts, Omar Alazawi 15 pts) bt India (Amjyot Singh Gill 22 pts, Ambati Prudhvishwar Reddy 11 pts, Gurvinder Singh Gill 10 pts) 86-68 [11-19, 28-13, 32-24, 15-12]
About the William Jones Cup

The William Jones Cup is a basketball tournament that has been held annually in Taipei since 1977. The tournament was named in honour of Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). One team represents each country, and that team could be the national team, a professional club, or a college team. The tournament will be played in a single round-robin format, and the final points tally will determine the placing of the teams.

This is the 39th edition of the tournament, and all the games will be played at the Basketball Stadium of Heping Elementary School, Taipei City.

The William Jones Cup will serve as excellent competitive exposure for India ahead of the FIBA Men's Asia Cup to be held in Lebanon from 8th to 20th August 2017.

Last year, Phillipines' Mighty Sports club team took gold in the men's tournament, while South Korea and Republic of China (i.e. Chinese Taipei) - Blue finished second and third respectively. India finished 1-7 in this edition.
List of participating teams

1. Canada 3D Global Sports

2. India National Team

3. Iran National Team

4. Iraq National Team

5. Japan National Team

6. Korea National Team

7. Lithuania Atletas Team

8. Philippines National Team

9. Chinese Taipei National Team A

10. Chinese Taipei National Team B

India's full schedule

15th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Iraq

16th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus South Korea

17th July, 1700 hrs CST (or 1430 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China - Blue

18th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Iran

19th July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Lithuania

20th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China - White

21st July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Canada

22nd July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Philippines

23rd July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Japan



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  ISRAEL  


Strasbourg may land Darion Atkins, ex Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old American forward Darion Atkins (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia) who played last time at Hapoel Unet Holon in Israel. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.3rpg (#3 in the league) last season. Atkins helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at the Knicks in NBA. But the most of that year Atkins spent at another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen where in 52 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Atlantic Division.
Atkins won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015.
He graduated from University of Virginia in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Migdal Haemek signs Jordan Semple - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Migdal Haemek (National League) signed 25-year old American (has also French passport) forward Jordan Semple (201-98kg-92, college: Cal State - Chico, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv in Bulgarian NBL league. In 26 games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.0ppg and averaged 12.0rpg (leader !!!), 3.5apg, 2.2spg (leader !!!) and 2.0bpg. Semple helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia in Spanish LEB Silver where in 29 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 15.5ppg and had 9.4rpg (#2 in the league), 2.3apg, 1.9spg (in top 5) and 1.0bpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Semple's team won CCAA Regular Season in 2012 and 2015.
He graduated from Cal State - Chico in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shawn Dawson signs at Bnei Hertzeliyya - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) landed 24-year old international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93). He played most recently at Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League. In 26 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Dawson helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Israeli League All-Star Game. Dawson also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Dawson also spent pre-season at the Pelicans in NBA that year.
Among other achievements he won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2016. Dawson received also Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team award in 2016.
He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Dawson has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.3ppg.
Let's have closer look into Dawson's outlook: An explosive winger, really exciting to watch. He's very athletic, almost unstoppable when he drives to the basket, and seems to have huge upside yet.

Bnei Hertzeliyya roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Taurean Green
Tom Maayan
Sam Singer
Orr Leumi
D.J. Sharp

Forwards:
Dominique Archie
Halil Kanacevic
Shawn Dawson

Center:
Yariv Amiram

Coach: Mickey Gorke

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ironi Nes-Ziona signs Elishay Kadir - by Nir Luna

Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) signed 30-year old Israeli international power forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Kadir played last season at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League). In 38 games he had 8.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kadir also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Hapoel Eilat. In 31 Winner League games he averaged 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Kadir contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was named to Israeli League All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Kadir was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Co-Forward of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Kadir has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg.
Kadir has played previously for five other teams: Galil Gilboa, Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, Ironi Ramat Gan and Maccabi Haifa.
He could be described: A small Forward, who can play also Power Forward. A big time Athlete. A great leaping ability. Can score from outside-3 points range, and inside. Can create is own shot in many ways. Big time Scorer. Very strong body. Very aggressive.

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv inks DeShaun Thomas, ex Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward DeShaun Thomas (201-104kg-91, college: Ohio State). He played last season at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. In 29 games he had 10.3ppg and 3.2rpg. Thomas helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Thomas also played 35 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
In 2013 Thomas was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former Ohio State standout is in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thomas played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Thomas has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre) and Spain (FC Barcelona).

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
DeShaun Thomas
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

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Maccabi Haifa signs rookie Spencer Weisz - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) inked 22-year old American forward Spencer Weisz (193-95kg-95). He just graduated from Princeton (NCAA). Weisz has played there for the last four years. In 30 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.2apg and 1.5spg last season. Weisz helped them to win Ivy League Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. A very good season in his career as he was awarded All-Ivy League Player of the Year and voted to All-Ivy League 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Weisz represented USA at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.1ppg, 4.4rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Young (ex Chalons-Reims) signs at Ironi Nahariya - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) landed 28-year old American swingman Alex Young (198-96kg-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points). He has played for the last two years at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 32 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg last season.
Young has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2011. Young was selected to Israeli League All-Star Game in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (Betaland Cdo and Basket Barcellona) and Israel (Galil Gilboa).
Young attended Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Very techincally skilled player, he knows how to move on the court and how to defend. Can score a lot, he's very athletic and has a solid body. Great upside, could become a star at European level.

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DeShaun Thomas (ex Anadolu Efes) may be added to Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to ink 26-year old American forward DeShaun Thomas (201-104kg-91, college: Ohio State) who played last time at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. In 29 BSL games he averaged 10.3ppg and 3.2rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Thomas also played 35 games in Euroleague where he had 7.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
In 2013 Thomas was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former Ohio State staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Thomas played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He received also NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Thomas has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre) and Spain (FC Barcelona).

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

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Israeli U18 National Team 2017 - by Greg

Israeli U18 National Team 2017
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Amit Ebo
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Tomer Levinson
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Noam Avivi
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Tomer Porat
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Eidan Alber
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Amit Ebo 182-PG-99 Maccabi T-A Israel
Tomer Levinson 203-F-00 Ironi Nes-Ziona Israel
Yarden Willis High School USA
Noam Avivi 99 Wingate Acad. Israel
Tomer Porat 201-PF-99 Maccabi T-A Israel
Gabriel Chitashvili 206-C Hapoel E/Y Israel
Yotam Hanochi 203-F/C Galil Gilboa Israel
Dvir Ringwald 200-F Hapoel J-M Israel
Eidan Alber 194-G-00 Maccabi T-A Israel
Ofek Malka 175-SG-00 Wingate Acad. Israel
Shahar Amir 190-G Hapoel T-A Israel
Razali Adam
Yair Kravitz 183-SG-99 Wingate Acad. Israel




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Chris Roberts is a newcomer at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News

Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Chris Roberts (193-93kg-88, college: Bradley). He is not a newcomer in Italian League as he played last season at The Flexx Pistoia in Italian Serie A. In 15 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Roberts helped them to win the Supercup. He also spent pre-season at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (also in Serie A) that year where in three games he averaged 14.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0bpg.
In 2010 Roberts was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) as #1 pick overall.
The former Bradley University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Roberts has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Roberts' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Roberts has played previously professionally in France (JL Bourg), Mexico (Fuerza Regia), Italy (Juvecaserta and Mens Sana 1871 Siena) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars, Austin Spurs and Texas Legends).

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Milano Hikkaduwa keeps Ferrarese for another season - by Eurobasket News

Hikkaduwa Milano Wildcats (Serie B) re-signed 30-year old point guard Simone Ferrarese (184-87). He was a team leader there last season. In 29 Serie B games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements Ferrarese's team won Italian DNB Group B Regular Season in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian DNB 2nd Team award back in 2014.
Ferrarese represented Italy at the World University Games in Beograd (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.9%.
Ferrarese has played previously for seven other teams: Verona, Treviglio, Latina Basket, Lumezzane, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Ticino and Lumezzane.
His game is described as: A lefty shooter who can play in both guard positions; neds to improve his quarterbacking if he wants to become a solid pro player;.

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Michele Peroni is a newcomer at Crema - by Eurobasket News

Erogasmet Crema (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old guard Michele Peroni (188-94) from Basket Lecco. In 36 Serie B games he recorded 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Peroni played at Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo where in 29 Serie B games he averaged 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg.
He was selected to U20 National Team in 2014.
Peroni has played previously for three other teams: Sangiorgese, Oleggio and Viterbo Favi.

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Codroipo keeps Nobile for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bluenergy Codroipo (Serie C Gold) re-signed 24-year old guard Umberto Nobile (188-93). He played there last season.
Nobile has played previously for Oderzo.

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Principe comes back to UBC - by Eurobasket News

Udine Basket Club (Serie C Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old naturalized Argentinian power forward Matias Principe (202-107kg-85). It is actually his comeback to UBC as he has played here before. Principe played most recently at Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo in the Serie C Gold. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Principe played at Pallacanestro Vis Spilimbergo (Serie C).
He has played previously for four other teams: Catanzaro, Agrigento, Caorle and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.

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Djordje Malbasa is a newcomer at Piombino - by Eurobasket News

Basket Golfo Piombino (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old naturalized Croatian small forward Djordje Malbasa (198-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He has played for the last five seasons at Treviso Basket in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 31 games he recorded just 1.4ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Malbasa helped them to win the regular season.
He has played previously for another Italian team Benetton Treviso.

Basket Golfo Piombino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alessandro Procacci
Edoardo Fontana

Forwards:
Alessio Iardella
Camillo Bianchi
Djordje Malbasa

Center:
Edoardo Persico

Coach: Marco Andreazza

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Civitanova inks Riccardo Coviello - by Eurobasket News

Rossella Civitanova Marche (Serie B) agreed terms with 29-year old forward Riccardo Coviello (197-89kg-88) from PMS Moncalieri/San Mauro. In 36 Serie B games he had 7.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0apg last season. He helped them to win the regular season.
The previous (15-16) season Coviello played at Oleggio Magic Basket where in 29 Serie B games he recorded 14.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg.
He was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2006.
Coviello has played previously for six other teams: Roma Virtus, Novipiu Casale, Basket Barcellona, Porto S.Elpidio, Pallacanestro Alto Sebino Volpino and Montegrano.

Rossella Civitanova Marche roster for 2017-2018:

Gennaro Tessitore
Francesco Amoroso
Matteo Marinelli
Mario Tessitore
Riccardo Coviello
Matteo Felicioni
Filippo Cognigni

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Rotondo comes back to Agrigento - by Eurobasket News

Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old power forward Paolo Rotondo (204-89, agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Agrigento as he has played here before. Rotondo has played for the last two years at Unieuro Forli in the Serie A2. In 37 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg last season.
Among other achievements Rotondo's team won Italian Serie B Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian DNB 1st Team award back in 2014.
Rotondo represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 59.3%.
Rotondo has played previously for six other teams: Napoli Megaride, Angelico Biella, Latina Basket, Tortona, Francavilla and Jesolo S.Dona.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skilled inside player, who is working to the transition to PF. He's smart and knows ho to do inside, needs of playing time and to improve his athletic skills.

Moncada Solar Agrigento roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Evangelisti
Pendarvis Williams
Lorenzo Ambrosin
Ruben Zugno
Giuseppe Cuffaro

Forwards:
Jalen Cannon
Isacco Lovisotto

Centers:
Paolo Rotondo
Tommaso Guariglia

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USE Basket keeps Giannini for another season - by Eurobasket News

USE Basket Empoli (Serie B) re-signed 26-year old guard Filippo Giannini (180-91). He played there last season. In 31 Serie B games he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Giannini spent at Valentinas Bottegone Pistoia where in 30 Serie B games he had 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.2apg. He also spent pre-season at The Flexx (Serie A) that year.

USE Basket Empoli roster for 2017-2018:

Gianni Terrosi
Daniele Sesoldi
Filippo Giannini
Marco Giancarli
Alessandro Antonini
Lorenzo Raffaelli

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Utah Jazz inks Eric Griffin - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) signed 27-year old forward Eric Griffin (203-88kg-90, college: Campbell). He was about to sign at MIA-RO Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Griffin played at Galil Gilboa (Winner League) in Israel where in 33 games he had 14.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg and 1.8bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Griffin is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Griffin has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Leones), Venezuela (Guaros), NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat), Italy (Jesi), United Arab Emirates (Al Naser), Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
He attended Campbell University until 2012 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
Griffin could be described: A slim forward, who is very athletic. Has impressive leaping ability and great timing for shot blocking end grabbing rebounds at both sides of the court. Played a great last season of college ball but all observers tell for him of a further upside, above all if he will be given playing time at professional level and if he will beef up a little.
Offensively, he is a great player in open court situations, but needs to add shooting range. Defensively, he's so quick and agile that he can guard all players from 2 to 5 positions
.

Utah Jazz roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Thabo Sefolosha

Forwards:
Jonas Jerebko
Eric Griffin
Royce O'Neale

Center:
Ekpe Udoh

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Bergamo adds Sanna to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) added to their roster 29-year old small forward Massimiliano Sanna (195-88). He played last season at Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona in the Serie A2. In 39 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 3.2rpg. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Sanna helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Italian Serie B in 2016. Sanna was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian DNB Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He has played previously for five other teams: Firenze Enic, Cecina, Fossombrone, Valenza and Montegrano.

Bergamo Basket 2014 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Giulio Mascherpa

Forwards:
Giovanni Fattori
Massimiliano Sanna

Center:
Davide Bozzetto

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Marko Micevic agreed terms with Milano Hikkaduwa - by Eurobasket News

Hikkaduwa Milano Wildcats (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old naturalized Serbian power forward Marko Micevic (201-89). He played most recently at Eurobasket Roma in Italian Serie A2. In 8 games he recorded just 2.0ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Micevic also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in 18 games he averaged 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Italian Serie B Group C in 2015.
Micevic has played previously for eight other teams: Armani Milano, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Chieti, Latina Basket, San Severo, Piacenza, Falconara and Fidenza.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising SG, with a good outside shooting touch and interesting athletic skills; his future can be even at the PG, if he improves his passing and his court vision;.

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Recanati tabs Yande Fall - by Eurobasket News

Ambalt Recanati (Serie B) inked 27-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Yande Fall (200-90, agency: Octagon Europe) from Pallacanestro Senigallia. In 16 Serie B games he averaged 10.7ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. Fall also played that season for Tezenis Verona (Serie A). But in 5 games he had just 0.6ppg and 2.6rpg.
He played in the final of Italian DNC Group G in 2014.
Fall has played previously for five other teams: Latina Basket, Catanzaro, CZG Veroli, Ostuni and Napoli Basket.

Ambalt Recanati roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vincenzo Di_Viccaro
Andrea Gurini
Daniele Merletto

Forwards:
Giorgio Broglia
Davide Raponi

Center:
Yande Fall

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Gianluca Di Carmine agreed terms with Campli - by Eurobasket News

Campli Basket (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old power forward Gianluca Di Carmine (200-86) from We're Basket Ortona. Di Carmine has played there for the last three years. In 29 Serie B games he recorded 13.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
He won Italian Serie C Group F championship title in 2015.
Di Carmine has played previously for two other teams: Pescara and Vasto.

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Barcellona keeps Stefanini for another season - by Eurobasket News

Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Serie B) re-signed 24-year old swingman Fabio Stefanini (196-93). He played there last season. In 34 Serie B games he averaged 6.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. Stefanini helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Banca Popolare Vicenza where in 32 Serie B games he had 6.5ppg and 3.7rpg.
Stefanini has played previously for five other teams: Umana Venezia, Recanati, Senigallia, Piombino and Piacenza.
His game is described as: A promising perimetral player who is now moving to the 2 position. Has great athletic skills, he can easily guard smaller opponents thanks to his quick legs. Very good in open court situations, needs to improve his game reading and shooting selection.

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Matera lands Samuele Pasqualini - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Olimpia Matera (Serie B) tabbed 19-year old guard Samuele Pasqualini (190-98, agency: Players Group). He played most recently at the junior team of Angelico Biella in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he averaged just 0.7ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Pasqualini played at Torino Crocetta (Serie C Gold).
He helped his team to make it to the Serie C Gold Group Piemonte Semifinals in 2016.

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Lighthouse Conad Trapani lands Filippo Testa - by Eurobasket News

Lighthouse Conad Trapani (Serie A2) tabbed 20-year old guard Filippo Testa (193-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played most recently at Oleggio Magic Basket in the Serie B. In 32 games he averaged 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Testa played at Openjobmetis VA (Serie A). But in two games he did not score anything. He also played 1 game in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything. The other team Testa played shortly was 7 Laghi Gazzada (also in Serie B) where in two games he had just 0.0ppg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U16 Division A in Kyiv (Ukraine) four years ago. Testa's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg.

Lighthouse Conad Trapani roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefano Bossi
Filippo Testa

Forward:
Marco Mollura

Center:
Stefano Spizzichini

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Grissin Bon RE keeps Reynolds for another season - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) re-signed 25-year old American forward Jalen Reynolds (208-105kg-92, college: Xavier). He played there last season. In 17 Serie A games he recorded 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg. Reynolds helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. He also played that season for Ambalt Recanati (Serie A2) where in 18 games he averaged impressive 18.2ppg, 12.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.7bpg.
Reynolds' team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2016.
He has played also professionally in .
Reynolds attended Xavier University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: MACK ON REYNOLDS: "Jalen is an explosive finisher who can rebound the ball at a very high level. His commitment level to our program has never wavered. He plays with a huge chip on his shoulder and backs down to no one.".

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Federico Mussini
Leonardo Candi

Forwards:
Mike Moser
Niccolo De_Vico
Jalen Reynolds

Coach: Massimiliano Menetti

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Virtus Bologna signs Olaseni Lawal - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) agreed terms with 31-year old Nigerian international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-102kg-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa.
Lawal has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. Lawal was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015.
He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
Lawal is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Lawal has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Astana), Qatar (Al Arabi), Italy (Verona and Banco di Srd) and Spain (CB Guadalajara and Cocinas.com).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Lawal attended Wayne State University, MI until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: He is 6'9' and is very athletic and has very long arms. He is an excellent shot blocker and defensive player who rebounds extremely well and plays above the rim. He runs the floor like a deer and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court. Offensively he has nice skills around the basket and will dunk on someone in a flash.

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Roderick Odom (ex Astana) agreed terms with Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) inked 26-year old American forward Roderick Odom (206-105kg-91, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.5apg last season. Odom helped them to win the league title. He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Odom played at Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2. In 30 games he had 10.0ppg and 4.9rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Odom received All-SEC 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Odom has played also professionally in Greece (KAO Dramas).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Paris-Levallois roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Louis Campbell
Daniel Nwaelele
Remi Lesca
Klemen Prepelic

Forwards:
Maleye N'Doye
Roderick Odom
Petr Cornelie
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot
Maxime Roos
Ivan Fevrier

Center:
Gavin Ware

Coach: Frederic Fauthoux

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Besiktas keep Sipahi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 22-year old Turk international point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-85kg-95). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Kosovan passport. Sipahi played there last season. In 36 BSL games he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge. Sipahi also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sipahi played at Pinar Karsiyaka. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 BSL games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.5apg. Sipahi contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game. Sipahi also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Sipahi's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2013.
Sipahi has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Sipahi represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 86.4%.
Sipahi has played previously for two other teams: Tofas and Fenerbahce.
He is described as: A tall PG with great playmaking skills and court vision. Has yet great leadership on the court and a very bright future.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

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Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Blake Hamilton joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Blake Hamilton (198-93kg-94). He just graduated from Buffalo (NCAA). In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.0spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to All-MAC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Hamilton is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
His college team won MAC Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Budivelnyk keeps Anisimovas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) re-signed 33-year old naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-116kg-84). He played there last season. In 36 Superleague games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9apg. Anisimovas helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year, selected to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Dynamo (SL Favorit Sport) where in 18 games he had 13.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. Anisimovas contributed to his team making it to the final. He also played that season for BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL. In 5 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
Anisimovas was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietuvos rytas and Siauliai) and Latvia (Barons Riga).
Anisimovas' game is described as: A wide-bodied center who fills the paint and has soft hands. A late bloomer, is yet improving and can become a force inside soon.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Ruslan Otverchenko
Brandon Fields

Forwards:
Maksim Sandul
Pavlo Krutous

Center:
Michailis Anisimovas

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Miljanic is back at Fribourg - by Luca Maffioli

Fribourg Olympic (LNA) agreed terms with 27-year old Montenegrin forward Slobodan Miljanic (201-95kg-90, college: Lynn, agency: AproK Sports Group). It is actually his comeback to Fribourg as he has played here before. Miljanic played last season at Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague. He managed to play in six leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 8 SuperLeague games he had 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.8apg. Miljanic helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 5 games in Balkan League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg. The other team Miljanic played shortly was KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In four games he averaged impressive 19.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 5.3apg. Another team Miljanic played that season for was BC Prievidza in Slovakian SBL. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 13 SBL games he got 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0apg. Miljanic also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Miljanic was voted Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Newcomers Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Miljanic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Miljanic has played also professionally in Montenegro (Mediteran).
He attended Lynn University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Fribourg Olympic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chad Timberlake
Jeremy Jaunin

Forwards:
Slobodan Miljanic
Natan Jurkovitz

Coach: Petar Aleksic

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The Rockets land Luc Mbah a Moute - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-104kg-86, college: UCLA) from LA Clippers. In 87 NBA games in USA he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0spg last season.
In 2008 Mbah a Moute was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (37th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Mbah a Moute's college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2006 and 2008. He received also Pac-10 All-Defensive Honorable Mention award back in 2008.
Mbah a Moute represented Cameroon at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 67.6%.
Mbah a Moute has played previously for two other teams: Phi.76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Houston Rockets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Paul
Luc Mbah_a_Moute
James Harden
Deandre Liggins
Tim Quarterman
LJ Peak

Forwards:
P.J. Tucker
Ryan Kelly
Tarik Black
Jarrod Uthoff
Cameron Oliver

Centers:
Nene Hilario
Qi Zhou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paul Pierce signs with Boston Celtics, then retires - by Eurobasket News

Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team where he spent his first 15 seasons in the NBA. Pierce helped bring Boston a championship in 2008 as part the "Big Three" of Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut). Pierce previously said that last season would be his final one in the NBA. Drafted by Boston as the 10th overall pick in 1998, Pierce started a 15-season run that is behind only John Havlicek's 16 seasons for the most played in a Celtics uniform. "It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic," Pierce said in a statement. "The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way. I'm a Celtic for life." Celtics manager partner Wyc Grousbeck said the franchise was "honored" that Pierce had chosen to retire as a Celtic. "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden," Grousbeck said. The 39-year-old retires atop the franchise's lists in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583). He is also Boston's second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 points, trailing only Havlicek. Pierce was traded to Brooklyn in 2013, spent the 2014-15 season in Washington and the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. But Pierce never hid his affinity for the Celtics even after he and Garnett were dealt away in 2013, ending the Big Three's run in Boston a year after Allen left to join the Miami Heat. Allen retired in 2014 at age 41. Garnett was also 41 when he retired in 2016. Now Pierce, who had the longest tenure in green and white of the three, will make his exit. The 2008 NBA Finals MVP was showered with cheers whenever he returned to the Garden, including in what turned out to be his final game there in February. Pierce had just one basket in the Clippers' 107-102 loss, but it was just as memorable as many of the buzzer-beating shots that earned him folk hero status during his time in Boston. Current Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas backed off Pierce in the closing seconds, with the game out of reach, to let Pierce knock down one more basket on the parquet floor that he made his personal playground so many times. As the ball fell through the net, fans erupted. "I'm glad I was able to cap it off," Pierce said afterward. "At least I can say I put one last bucket in."
Courtesy of: nba.com



Carmelo Anthony, Rival Teams Dismayed By Knicks Pulling Him From Trade Talks - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks' decision to pull Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) off the trade block has led all sides to be frustrated. The Knicks were involved in four-team trade talks with Anthony expected to be dealt to the Houston Rockets. Steve Mills is having second thoughts about a trade now that they're on the verge of hiring Scott Perry as general manager. Mills wants to give Perry a chance to settle into his new job before a decision is made on Anthony. "That's crazy," a source told the News. "From what I understand Carmelo is under the belief that he's going to the Rockets. That's what the Knicks have been telling us; that they're trading him. I can't imagine that after all he went though last season with Phil (Jackson) he's happy with this." Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and has been preparing for that move for nearly two weeks. Anthony is said to be dismayed over the events of the past 24 hours. According to a source, Anthony went to the Knicks prior to the NBA Draft and requested a buyout. With that request denied, Phil Jackson said they would try to accommodate a trade. The parameters of a deal are in place but there are some details that need to be finalized.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Leslie Alexander selling Rockets - by Eurobasket News

After signing the largest contract extension in NBA history - projected to be worth $169 million over four years - James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) said, 'Everything is going to happen in Houston, and that's the reason I'm here forever.' But the man who agreed to pay Harden all that money won't be around anywhere near that long. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is selling the franchise, team president Tad Brown announced today. Forbes valued the Rockets at $1.65 billion earlier this year. It has never been a better time to own an NBA team, with new national TV deals in effect and the league's popularity soaring. This is a pivotal time for Houston, even with Harden locked up. Chris Paul will be a free agent next summer, eligible for a max contract worth about $207 million over five years. The Rockets are trying to trade for Carmelo Anthony, another high-priced star. Alexander has long empowered general manager Daryl Morey to take big swings. But with the franchise's future in flux, will Morey get to keep spending? Will the next owner sign off on paying Paul the max through age 37?
It was already an exciting time in Houston with the Rockets' sky-high ceiling. It's still exciting, but far less certain, with the ceiling just as high but the floor suddenly much lower.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Utah Jazz inks Eric Griffin - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) signed 27-year old forward Eric Griffin (203-88kg-90, college: Campbell). He was about to sign at MIA-RO Cantu in Italian Serie A. The last season Griffin played at Galil Gilboa (Winner League) in Israel where in 33 games he had 14.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg and 1.8bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Griffin is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Griffin has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Leones), Venezuela (Guaros), NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat), Italy (Jesi), United Arab Emirates (Al Naser), Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
He attended Campbell University until 2012 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
Griffin could be described: A slim forward, who is very athletic. Has impressive leaping ability and great timing for shot blocking end grabbing rebounds at both sides of the court. Played a great last season of college ball but all observers tell for him of a further upside, above all if he will be given playing time at professional level and if he will beef up a little.
Offensively, he is a great player in open court situations, but needs to add shooting range. Defensively, he's so quick and agile that he can guard all players from 2 to 5 positions
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Utah Jazz roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Thabo Sefolosha

Forwards:
Jonas Jerebko
Eric Griffin
Royce O'Neale

Center:
Ekpe Udoh

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Jerome Hunter commits to Indiana basketball - by Eurobasket News

Jerome Hunter (6'9''-F-91, college: E.Michigan), a 4-star 2018 recruit, committed to Indiana basketball on Monday. The commitment was first reported by Zach Fleer of 270Hoops.com. Hunter, from Pickerington, Ohio, is Ohio's No. 2 recruit, according to 247 Sports. In late June, Hunter included Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt and Xavier in his top-5 list. 'I truly appreciate all the schools that have recruited me, the relationships with coaching staffs and everyone who have supported me to this point,' Hunter shared in a note on Twitter. 'After long consideration and talks with my family I've decided to commit to Indiana University.' Hunter's commitment is a huge win for first-year Hoosiers coach Archie Miller . Hunter is Ohio State's top in-state target for 2018. Nationally, the 247 Sports composite ranks Hunter No. 60 for all positions. He's listed at 6-foot-7 and 195 pounds.
Courtesy of: landof10.com



Former Ozen guard to transfer to Lamar - by Eurobasket News

Former Ozen guard Jordan Hunter (5'11''-PG) is coming home to finish his college basketball career. Hunter committed to Lamar on Monday, just over a month after he announced his intention to transfer from New Mexico. Hunter has two years of eligibility remaining and must sit out the 2017-18 season because of Division I transfer rules. The junior started 12 games and averaged 5.6 points per game last season for the Lobos.
Courtesy of: beaumontenterprise.com



Mississippi State lands commitment from Reggie Perry, former Arkansas recruit - by Eurobasket News

It didn't take long for five-star, top 15 prospect Reggie Perry (6'9''-F) to make his decision. Less than two weeks after decommitting from Arkansas, the Thomasville, Georgia, native announced that he will be committing to Mississippi State. Perry's father played for the Bulldogs in the 1970's. 'I believe that Ben Howland and the coaching staff can help me achieve my goals as a student-athlete and become a pro,' he said. The Bulldogs currently have a talented young nucleus, and the expectation is that the 6-foot-10 Perry will be joining the team as an instant impact front court weapon.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NICARAGUA  


LNB Round 1: Toros defeat Leones - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LNB just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Leones (0-1) in Managua on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Toros (1-0) 68-53. Toros is looking forward to face Costa Caribe (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Leones will play against Bufalos and are hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Bufalos (1-0) which played on the court of Costa Caribe (0-1). Bufalos won 79-73. Bufalos will play against Leones (#4) in Managua in the next round. Costa Caribe will play against Toros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Leones - Toros 53-68

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Leones (0-1) in Managua on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Toros (1-0) 68-53. Toros is looking forward to face Costa Caribe (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Leones will play against Bufalos and are hoping to win this game.
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Costa Caribe - Bufalos 73-79

Another exciting game for Bufalos (1-0) which played on the court of Costa Caribe (0-1). Bufalos won 79-73. Costa Caribe was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Bufalos, which allowed them to win the game. Bufalos will play against Leones (#4) in Managua in the next round. Costa Caribe will play against Toros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  NIGERIA  


Virtus Bologna signs Olaseni Lawal - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) agreed terms with 31-year old Nigerian international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-102kg-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa.
Lawal has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. Lawal was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015.
He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
Lawal is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Lawal has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Astana), Qatar (Al Arabi), Italy (Verona and Banco di Srd) and Spain (CB Guadalajara and Cocinas.com).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Lawal attended Wayne State University, MI until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
He could be described: He is 6'9' and is very athletic and has very long arms. He is an excellent shot blocker and defensive player who rebounds extremely well and plays above the rim. He runs the floor like a deer and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court. Offensively he has nice skills around the basket and will dunk on someone in a flash.

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Micheal Eric (ex RETAbet BB) to join Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) agreed terms with 29-year old Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-109kg-88, college: Temple). He played last season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 30 games he had 9.5ppg and 5.6rpg. Eric also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at AEK Athens in Greek A1. In 9 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.4rpg. Eric helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Eric's team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2013.
Eric is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Enel Brindisi), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks), Greece (Panelefsiniakos) and NBA G League (Texas Legends and Canton Charge).
Eric attended Temple University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Eric: Often compared to Serge Ibaka thanks to his defensive skills, for sure he's a great help defender and a great one-on-one defender, while offensive game has yet to be developed. However, with his athleticism and the way he jumps and blocks shots, he can quickly move to the top level.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Will Cummings
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
Micheal Eric
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Barcelona tabs Daniel King - by Francisco Vega

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) inked 30-year old Panamanian power forward Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern). He played in the summer at El Rapido in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 26 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 14.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.8spg and 1.7bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura Honorable Mention. King also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he had 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
King won Liga Centroamericana championship title in 2016.
He represented Panama at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. King's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP-1 (87.5%), FT: 57.1%.
King is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Costa Rica, Uruguay (Maldonado), El Salvador (Denver-FAS San Salvador), Panama (Rio Abajo, Canguros de Parque Lefevre, Correcaminos and Panteras) and Nicaragua (Vikingos de Valentis Pizza).
King attended Texas Southern University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Athletic Power forward who has the potential to develop perimeter game. Not a three point threat but works adequately in the midrange. Needs to bulk up to be a true power forward but has the frame to do it.

Barcelona Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Raul Cardenas
Daniel King
Junior Valencia
Manuel Hurtado
Marvin Cairo
Luis Landazuri
Felipe Vargas
Luis Estupinan

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Gilas PH whips Chinese Taipei B, 93-82 - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Ferrer (194-F-93)'s hot hands after the halftime break fueled a scoring attack that powered Gilas Pilipinas to a 93-82 demolition of Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, Monday in the 39th William Jones Cup basketball tournament at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall, Taipei. Ferrer scored off Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93)'s assist at the start of the third, touching off 9-0 run to open the third period and sending the Philippines on their way to their second win in three games. His basket forced a 44-all tie, and from there, Gilas went on nurse a 53-44 edge. Gilas has a 2-1 win-loss record to share second place with Lithuania and Iraq. The team is behind unbeaten Canada (3-0) in the league standings. Jiovani Jalalon (175-PG) tallied 13 points and five assists, while Ravena contributed 10 points, seven assists, and two steals.
Courtesy of: manilastandard.net



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  POLAND  


Davis re-signs at Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American forward Thomas Davis (198-90kg-91, college: SW Oklahoma State). He played there last season. In 35 PLK games he had 4.9ppg and 3.3rpg.
Davis' team made it to the Lithuanian NKL Semifinals in 2014.
He has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Nevezis and Ezerunas-Karys.
Davis attended SW Oklahoma State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Milan Milovanovic
Przemyslaw Szymanski
Szymon Rduch
Andrija Bojic
Thomas Davis

Center:
Filip Pruefer

Coach: Milija Bogicevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kotwica keeps Bodych for another season - by Eurobasket News

MUKS Kotwica 50 Kolobrzeg (1Liga) re-signed 27-year old power forward Lukasz Bodych (201-90). He played there last season. In 30 1Liga games he averaged 12.4ppg, 8.3rpg (#2 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Bodych played at GTK where in 35 1Liga games he had 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg.
Bodych's team made it to the Polish PZKosz Cup Final Four in 2014.
He represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria seven years ago. Bodych's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.4rpg.
Bodych has played previously for two other teams: Spojnia and GKS Tychy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kenny Manigault (ex AZS Koszalin) joins Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto Tampere (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 26-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played last season at AZS Koszalin in Polish PLK league. In 32 games he had 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (2016) summer Manigault played at Giants in Australian SBL where in 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg (in top 3) in 2016 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Manigault was also voted All-NAIA D1 Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wojciech Barycz signs at Weegree AZS KU Politechnika Opolska - by Greg

Weegree AZS KU Politechnika Opolska (2Liga) landed 33-year old former international power forward Wojciech Barycz (208-107kg-84, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at GKS Tychy in the 1Liga. In 24 games he averaged 9.3ppg and 2.9rpg last season.
Among the achievements Barycz made it to 1Liga Semifinals in 2013 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Barycz has played previously professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions), Italy (Benetton Treviso, Rimini and Napoli J.News) and Poland (Anwil, Siarka, AZS Koszalin, Twarde Pierniki and PGE Turow).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Karol Majchrzak (ex GBA Sparta) agreed terms with PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) inked 20-year old Polish small forward Karol Majchrzak (195-95kg-97). He played most recently at GBA Sparta in 1Liga in Czech Republic. In 18 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Majchrzak played at Asseco (2Liga) where in 32 games he averaged 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Majchrzak has played previously for other Polish teams: Trefl Sopot, SMS PZKosz, MKK-MDK Kielce and Pomerania Gdansk.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
David Jackson
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski
Jakub Patoka
Karol Majchrzak

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jakub Patoka is a newcomer at PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jakub Patoka (200-94) from Siarka. Patoka has played there for the last four years. In 24 PLK games he recorded 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Patoka has played previously for two other teams: Trefl Sopot and Gimbasket 2 Przemysl.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bartosz Bochno
David Jackson
Myles Mack
Michal Lichnowski

Forwards:
Denis Ikovlev
Jacek Jarecki
Kacper Borowski
Jakub Patoka

Center:
Paul Egwuonwu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zaragoza inks Michal Michalak - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) signed 24-year old Polish international swingman Michal Michalak (197-93). He played last season at Germani Basket Brescia in Italian Serie A. In only one game he recorded 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Michalak also played that season for PGE Turow in Polish TBL where in 32 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Michalak's team won Polish Supercup in 2014.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Michalak has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg.
Michalak has played also professionally for other Polish teams like Twarde Pierniki, LKS MG13 Lodz, AZS Politechnika Warszawska, KK Warszawa and Trefl.

Tecnyconta Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Michal Michalak
Michal Michalak
Lovro Mazalin
Torian Graham

Coach: Jose Ramon Cuspinera

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  PORTUGAL  


Benfica lands Jose Silva - by Joao Santos

Defending champion Sport Lisboa Benfica (LPB) tabbed 28-year old international swingman Jose Silva (194-89). He has played for the last two years at FC Porto in the LPB. In 41 LPB games he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 1st Team, All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team. Silva also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 11.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded just 1.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg.
Silva won Portuguese League championship title in 2016.
He has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. Silva has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2009.
He also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 78.6%.
Silva has played previously for two other teams: Barreirense and Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda..

Sport Lisboa Benfica roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carlos Morais
Tomas Barroso
Nuno Oliveira

Forward:
Jose Silva

Center:
Raven Barber

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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Damien WILKINS
  Guayama
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Wilkins, Guayama20.3 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.2 
 3. Liz, Ponce19.9 
 4. Harris, Ponce19.5 
 5. Rosario, Quebradillas18.5 
 6. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo17.1 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
 10. Hodge, Arecibo16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce9.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.5 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. Romero, Bayamon8.9 
 6. James, Fajardo8.8 
 7. Jefferson, Arecibo8.7 
 8. Clarke, Arecibo8.5 
 9. James, Fajardo8.0 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gary BROWNE
  San German
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Browne, San German7.7 
 2. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.0 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 6. Soto, Bayamon5.2 
 7. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 8. Hodge, Arecibo4.7 
 9. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
 10. Clarke, Arecibo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Arecibo
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hodge, Arecibo1.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.7 
 3. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Harris, Ponce1.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Romero, Bayamon1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.9 
 4. Jefferson, Arecibo1.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 8. Franklin, San G.1.0 
 9. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Gaston, Aguada0.9 


BSN Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Quebradillas and Arecibo record wins - by Eurobasket News

Quebradillas - Fajardo 77-76

Quebradillas nipped Fajardo at home court to take 2-0 lead in the series. Cariduros were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Piratas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Cariduros were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) responded with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Piratas and four Cariduros players scored in double figures. Cariduros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: T.Holloway 21+9reb+10ast, M.Rosario 16+2reb+1ast, W.Daniels 12+6reb+1ast, A.Carmona 12+5reb+3ast, J.Mojica 11+6reb+2ast, J.Bryan Diaz 4+5reb+1ast
Fajardo: C.Arroyo 19+3ast, R.Buckner 17+7reb, M.Ali Berdiel 14+5reb+4ast, E.Ayuso 11+2reb+1ast, D.James 7+10reb+7ast, R.Melendez 5+1reb
gschID: 550477


Arecibo - Aguada 86-77

Arecibo defeated visiting Aguada to open win count in the series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 54-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Capitanes made 7 blocks. The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Capitanes players scored in double figures. The former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Lamar Patterson (196-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) added 14 points in the effort for Santeros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 18+6reb+3ast, W.Hodge 18+2reb+6ast, D.Clemente 13+3reb+2ast, D.Jefferson 11+9reb+3ast, G.Diaz 10+2reb, C.Clarke 8+9reb+2ast
Aguada: G.Clavell 20+5reb, L.Patterson 14+4reb+1ast, C.Gaston 9+5reb+4ast, F.Jonathan Han 8+3reb+5ast, J.Rodriguez 8+3reb+2ast, A.Abreu 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 550476





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  ROMANIA  


Neuchatel signs Tayloe Taylor, ex Craiova - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) signed 31-year old American guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone). He played last season at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 17 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Taylor played at Loimaan Korikonkarit in Finnish Korisliiga where in 8 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He also played 3 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team Taylor played that season for was Ruvo (Serie C) in Italian league. In 14 games he got remarkable 22.6ppg.
Taylor has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Mexico (Pioneros Los Mochis), MBL (Dayton Air Strikers) and CBA (Memphis SK).
Taylor attended Livingstone College until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Tibirna re-signs at Oradea - by Eurobasket News

CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international center Bogdan Tibirna (210-91). He has played there for the last five seasons. Tibirna managed to play in three leagues last year. In 40 Liga Nationala games he had 5.9ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Tibirna also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.0ppg and 2.0rpg. And finally he contributed to 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tibirna won Romanian League championship title in 2016. He was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Tibirna has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Tibirna also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Tibirna has played previously for two other teams: Otopeni and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti.

CSM CSU Oradea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhamed Pasalic
Andrei Mandache

Forward:
Goran Gajovic

Center:
Bogdan Tibirna

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Unics sign Jamar Smith, ex Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 30-year old American guard Jamar Smith (191-84kg-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 38 games he had 10.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 21 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith's team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa final in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team in 2015.
Smith is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), France (Limoges CSP Elite), NBA (Boston Celtics), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Southern Indiana until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Leopards tab Keith Langford, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Shenzhen Leopards (CBA) inked experienced 34-year old American ex-international shooting guard Keith Langford (193-91kg-83, college: Kansas). He was about to sign at Unics in Russian VTB league. Langford has played there for the last four years. In 28 Euroleague games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.7apg last season. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. Langford also played 25 games in VTB United League where he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.6ppg and recorded 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
In 2005 Langford was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) in fifth round (39th overall).
He attended University of Kansas and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Langford played in the final of VTB United League in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Langford represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Langford has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy (Armani Milano, Angelico Biella, Vanoli Cremona and Virtus Bologna), USBL (Kansas C.), NBA G League (Austin Spurs) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
His game is described as: A smooth, left-handed wing player who should contribute at the shooting guard and small forward slots. Possesses good range on his outside jumper... Also has the ability to take his man off the dribble and go strong to the rim... Can put up big numbers in the scoring column... Shows impressive ability to drive and hit pull-up jumpers from medium range... A solid perimeter defender.

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Former MVP Rodriguez retuns to EuroLeague, joins CSKA - by Eurobasket News

A former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague MVP returned to the competition, as CSKA Moscow announced the arrival of star playmaker Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86), who inked a two-year deal with an option for another season on Monday. Rodriguez (1.91 meters, 31 years old) earned EuroLeague MVP honors in the 2013-14 season, averaging 14 points and 4.9 assists in 31 games. He arrives from Philadelphia of the NBA, where he averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 assists in 68 games last season. He started his career with Spanish side Estudiantes and also played for Portland, Sacramento and New York of the NBA before joining Real Madrid before the start of the 2010-11 season. In his six seasons with Madrid, Rodriguez led his team to four Final Four appearances in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, playing three consecutive finals and lifting the trophy in 2015 - the club's first EuroLeague crown in 20 years. He also helped Madrid win three Spanish League and four Spanish Copa del Rey titles, as well as lifting the Intercontinental Cup trophy in 2015. Rodriguez has also been very successful with the Spanish national team, helping it win respective gold medals at the 2006 FIBA World Cup and EuroBasket 2015. He also won two Olympic medals - silver in 2012, bronze in 2016 -, as well as getting a silver one at EuroBasket 2007 and another bronze at EuroBasket 2013. Rodriguez also led the Spanish U18 national team to a gold medal at the 2004 European Championships, earning MVP honors. In 163 EuroLeague career games with Estudiantes and Madrid, Rodriguez has accumulated 1,574 points and 756 assists, ranking 10th overall in that category. He also ranks fourth all-time in assists per 40 minutes (8.95). "El Chacho" is now set to continue his outstanding career in the Russian capital. "I am very happy and excited for this new stage in my life. Playing for an important team like CSKA is a big challenge," Rodriguez said after the agreement. "A challenge so important in my career that I take it with a lot of eagerness. I will go to Moscow and give it all to compete for all the titles that we will play for. It will be a great personal experience to live in Moscow with my family, and get to know its culture."
Courtesy of: euroleague.net



Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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  RWANDA  


Patriots beat REG in Game 2 to level playoff finals series - by Eurobasket News

PATRIOTS Basketball Club bounced back from Friday's Game1 defeat to beat rivals Rwanda Energy Group (REG) 83-77 in Game 2 on Saturday night to level the best of five playoff finals series 1-1. Henry Mwinuke's men led by skipper Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) and Elie Kaje (G) looked supercharged against regular season league champions REG at Amahoro Indoor Stadium. Patriots won the first quarter 25-20 but lost the second 17-14 to go into halftime with a narrow 39-37 lead. Returning for the second half, Patriots, already 1-0 down having lost Game I 75-82 on Friday night at the same venue, showed more energy to take the third quarter 25-17 and moved to 9 points. Jean Bahufite 's REG bounced back and claimed the fourth quarter 23-19 but it was a case of too little too late to salvage the game as Patriots, last year's regular season league champions, won to level the series 1-1. Game 3 in scheduled for Friday evening.
In men's third-place playoffs, former competition winners Espoir beat IPRC- Kigali 89-84 in Game 1 on Saturday. In a fairly balanced game, the former won the opening quarter 22-17 while IPRC-Kigali narrowly claimed the second quarter 23-21. IPRC-Kigali also took the third quarter 17-16 but Maxime Mwiseneza's troops romped to a 20-27 win in the fourth quarter, which helped them snatch a hard fought 89-84 victory.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SAUDI ARABIA  


Desi Washington (ex Uhud) signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) landed 25-year old American guard Desi Washington (188-83kg-92, college: St.Peter's, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Uhud in Saudi Arabian SBL league.
Among other achievements Washington's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He received also NABC Division I All-District 15 2nd Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Washington graduated from St. Peter's College in 2015 and actually missed last season. It is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A scoring PG with ankle-breaking ball handling skills and deep shooting range with a quick stroke. Washington is a floor general that is a scoring threat at all times with the ability to score from all positions on the floor. His moves are quick and concise and when driving to the basket, he does not shy away
from contact at both sides of the court
.

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikola Gajic
Djordje Milosevic
Desi Washington

Forwards:
Danilo Sibalic
Stefan Glogovac

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)

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  SENEGAL  


Recanati tabs Yande Fall - by Eurobasket News

Ambalt Recanati (Serie B) inked 27-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Yande Fall (200-90, agency: Octagon Europe) from Pallacanestro Senigallia. In 16 Serie B games he averaged 10.7ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. Fall also played that season for Tezenis Verona (Serie A). But in 5 games he had just 0.6ppg and 2.6rpg.
He played in the final of Italian DNC Group G in 2014.
Fall has played previously for five other teams: Latina Basket, Catanzaro, CZG Veroli, Ostuni and Napoli Basket.

Ambalt Recanati roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vincenzo Di_Viccaro
Andrea Gurini
Daniele Merletto

Forwards:
Giorgio Broglia
Davide Raponi

Center:
Yande Fall

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


U20 European championship: Spain Vs Serbia 87:88 - by Zoran Popovic

In the last match in group D Serbian U20 National team lost against Spain 87:88 (20:24, 24:19, 15:25, 28:20). Spanish team better open the match and makes advantage of +8 points, but coach Djokic players starts with more aggressive defense and until the end of the period decrease Spanish advantage on +4 points. During the second period Serbian team continue in good rhythm, in the middle of the quarter make slightly advantage and finish first half with 43-44. After halftime break Serbian team makes break and +5 points advantage, but after time out Spanish team strikes back and until of the period have +9 points more then Serbian team. In the last quarter Serbian team lead by Kapetanovic, Simanic, Jovanovic and Kenic decrease result on only -3 point, but at the end Spanish team save result and win this match for the first place in the group. The most efficient players in Serbian team are Vanja Marinkovic with 16 points, Nemanja Kapetanovic (195-G-97, agency: BeoBasket) and Slobodan Jovanovic per 15 points, Borisa Simanic with 13 points.


Marko Micevic agreed terms with Milano Hikkaduwa - by Eurobasket News

Hikkaduwa Milano Wildcats (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old naturalized Serbian power forward Marko Micevic (201-89). He played most recently at Eurobasket Roma in Italian Serie A2. In 8 games he recorded just 2.0ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Micevic also played that season for Viola (Serie A) where in 18 games he averaged 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Italian Serie B Group C in 2015.
Micevic has played previously for eight other teams: Armani Milano, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Chieti, Latina Basket, San Severo, Piacenza, Falconara and Fidenza.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising SG, with a good outside shooting touch and interesting athletic skills; his future can be even at the PG, if he improves his passing and his court vision;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Balkan lands Igor Kesar, ex Spartak Subotica - by BGbasket

Balkan Botevgrad (NBL) tabbed 25-year old Serbian center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played most recently at Spartak in the Serbian KLS league. In 12 games there he averaged 13.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg last season. Kesar also played that season for Tamis (also in KLS), where in 22 games he had 11.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He can count that year as a very successful, as he was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 3rd Team.
Besides his native Serbia (Sloga, Napredak, Polet Ratina and Velika Plana), Kesar has also previously played professionally in Bosnia (Igokea).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


Rogaska adds Marko Pajic - by Zeljko Zule

Rogaska announced that it has signed Marko Pajic for the coming season.
Paji arrives from Sencur GGD, for whom he averaged 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.4 assists in 27 Slovenian League gameas last season. He has already played for Slovan, Triglav, Krka and Tajfun Sentjur in his native Slovenia. He also inked for MZT Skopje for the 2014-15 season, but he never played for the Macedonian team due to back injury.
Pajic was a member of Slovenian national team at U18 and U20 European Champiomship from 2009 through 2012.



Vladimir Rizman is a new coach of Komarno - by Zeljko Zule

Vladimir Rizman has been appointed as the head coach of Slovakian runner-up MBK Rieker Com-Thern Komarno, replacing Richard Duris.
Rizman starting his coaching career in 2011 with Slovenian League Three side Slovenj Gradec. Ha also led Parklji and Elektra.
During his playing days he played for Cibona in his native Croatia plus Koper, Elektra, Hopsi, Maribor and Rudar Zasavje in Slovenia and UBSC Graz in Austria.



Sencur inks Dino Muric, part ways with Marko Pajic - by Zeljko Zule

Sencur GGD inked Dino Muric (200-F-90) on a one year-deal and have parted ways with Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) on a mutual agreement, the club announced today.
Muric had not played since finishing the 2014-15 season with Union Olimpija, due to knee surgery. In his last Slovenian A1 League's season, Muric averaged 7.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals in 10 games. Muric grew up with Parklji and has already played for Skofja Loka.
Pajic joined Sencur GGD last season and averaged 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.4 steals in 27 Slovenian League games last season.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17  


Overview of Day 2 in Lima - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Chile - Peru 100-35
Chile rallied past Peru to open win count in Lima. Chile stunned the hosts with a 42:19 first half run. They followed with a 27:3 run in the third term to clear off for good. Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd (208-F-00) posted 19 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Sebastian Contreras (182-PG-00) had 12 points in the win. Luis Rodriguez (178-G-00) responded with 24 points for Peru.

Colombia - Venezuela 59-58
Colombia held off Venezuela for the opening victory in Group A. Octavio Munoz (178-PG-01) recorded 16 points to lead the winners. Venezuela registered a 28:25 halftime lead. But Colombia spurred ahead in the third term to ensure a 2-point lead at the final intermission. Colombia managed to hold on to the lead and ensured the winning outcome. Juan Pablo Cardona (190-G-00) provided 13 points in the victory. Fernando Fyenmayor responded with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Venezuela.

Group B
Argentina - Paraguay 77-43
Argentina cruised past Paraguay for 2-0 record in Group B. Leandro Bolmaro (198-F-00) delivered 14 points to lead the effort. Argentina accumulated a 28:19 halftime advantage. They used a 21:11 run in the third term to clear off for good. Francisco Farabello (188-G-00) delivered 12 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in the victory. Fabricio Ruiz (187-G-02) and Jose Rolon (00) answered with 8 points apiece for Paraguay.

Uruguay - Ecuador 52-58
Ecuador upset Uruguay to ensure the opening victory in Lima. Edward Sanchez (188-G-00) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Uruguay accounted for 25:24 halftime lead. Ecuador however sank 34 points in the second half and got away with the victory. Luis Riascos (193-F/G-00) tossed in 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win. Franco Villalba responded with 14 points for Uruguay.




Overview of Day 3 in Lima - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Colombia - Peru 85-34
Colombia cruised past Peru to take 2-0 record in Group A. Leyder Moreno (193-SG-00) accounted for 12 points in the win. Colombia piled up a comfortable 52:15 halftime lead. They ignited a 24:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. Juan Lombana (183-SG-00) notched 11 points for the winners. Tomas Huanca (183-SF-01) responded with 10 points for Peru.

Venezuela - Chile 58-71
Chile posted the second straight victory in Lima. They rallied past Venezuela to stay perfect in Group A. Kevin Rubio (189-G-00) posted 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Chile established a 38:17 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 22-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd (208-F-00) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Isaac Gelves (00) responded with 10 points for Venezuela.

Group B
Paraguay - Uruguay 66-57
Paraguay improved at 2-1 record in Group B following victory over Uruguay. Nestor Lopez (00) and Jose Rolon (00) banked in 18 points each to lead the winners. Uruguay jumped to an 18:5 lead after the opening frame. But Paraguay unloaded 43 points in the next two quarters to gain a 6-point lead. They went on an 18:14 run in the fourth period to seal the win. Santiago Vescovi (184-SG-01) responded with 18 points for Uruguay.

Bolivia - Argentina 29-91
Argentina cruised past Bolivia to secure the third straight win in Lima. Julian Eydallin (195-F/G-00) stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Argentina established a 38:11 halftime advantage. They poured in 53 points in the second half and coasted to the win. Juan Hierrezuelo (203-F/C-00) tossed in 13 points for Argentina. Lazaro Chappottin (F-00) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Bolivia.




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Ruiz re-signs at Alcobendas - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (EBA) confirmed in their roster 22-year old guard Guillermo Ruiz (185-75kg-95, college: Newberry). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 19 EBA games he recorded 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg last season.
Ruiz's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played previously for two other teams: Real Madrid and Real Madrid II.
Ruiz attended Newberry College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Fundal Alcobendas roster for 2017-2018:

Roberto Malpede
Alejandro Fortes
Guillermo Ruiz
Nicolas Bermudez
Daniel Trachsel
Jorge Parra

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Ted Hinnenkamp joins Moron - by Eurobasket News

Aceitunas Fragata Moron (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 24-year old American small forward Ted Hinnenkamp (201-93, college: Dickinson, agency: Duran International). He played last season at ULE ALN Fundacion CB Leon in the EBA. In 29 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.2ppg and averaged 10.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg. Hinnenkamp helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Centennial Conference Tournament in 2013 and 2015. Hinnenkamp was also voted All-Centennial Conf. Player of the Year in 2016.
He graduated from Dickinson College in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Guadalajara welcomes back Avila - by Eurobasket News

Lujisa Guadalajara Basket (EBA) tabbed 22-year old guard David Avila (182-95). It is actually his comeback to CB Guadalajara as he has played here before. Avila played most recently at Basket Globalcaja Quintanar in the EBA. In 29 games he averaged 5.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Avila played at CB Castelldefels where in 25 EBA games he had 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg.
Avila has played previously for Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B.

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Unics sign Jamar Smith, ex Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 30-year old American guard Jamar Smith (191-84kg-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 38 games he had 10.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 21 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith's team made it to the Spanish Liga Endesa final in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team in 2015.
Smith is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), France (Limoges CSP Elite), NBA (Boston Celtics), Czech Republic (Prostejov) and NBA G League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Southern Indiana until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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Zaragoza inks Michal Michalak - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) signed 24-year old Polish international swingman Michal Michalak (197-93). He played last season at Germani Basket Brescia in Italian Serie A. In only one game he recorded 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Michalak also played that season for PGE Turow in Polish TBL where in 32 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Michalak's team won Polish Supercup in 2014.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Michalak has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg.
Michalak has played also professionally for other Polish teams like Twarde Pierniki, LKS MG13 Lodz, AZS Politechnika Warszawska, KK Warszawa and Trefl.

Tecnyconta Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Michal Michalak
Michal Michalak
Lovro Mazalin
Torian Graham

Coach: Jose Ramon Cuspinera

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Netherlands and Sweden exchange wins in Weert - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands and Sweden exchanged wins in Weert in the friendly campaign. The Scandinavian side won the first encounter, 79-63, in Den Helder after having five players reach double digits in scoring. Viktor Gaddefors (201-SF-92, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (201-SG-93) poured in 14 apiece. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) came up with 11 points for Netherlands.
In game 2 Netherlands replied with a 69-62 win. The Swedish side started strong and grabbed a 16-9 lead, but then Netherlands replied with three wins in the rest of the quarters. Henk Norel (213-C-87) and Roeland Schaftenaar paced the Lions with 13 points each. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points for Sweden and Carl Engstrom (216-C-91, college: Alabama) brought 9.



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Andre Williamson (ex Maurienne) signs at Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) landed 28-year old American forward Andre Williamson (202-107kg-89, college: Appalachian State). He played most recently at Maurienne in French ProB. In 33 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. Williamson helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Williamson played at Fribourg Olympic where in 38 LNA games he had 14.1ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Swiss LNA title (twice) and the cup (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team.
Williamson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Finland (Kouvot and Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) and Israel (Hapoel Afula).
Williamson attended Appalachian State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Andre Williamson
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Neuchatel signs Tayloe Taylor, ex Craiova - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket (LNA) signed 31-year old American guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone). He played last season at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 17 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Taylor played at Loimaan Korikonkarit in Finnish Korisliiga where in 8 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He also played 3 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The other team Taylor played that season for was Ruvo (Serie C) in Italian league. In 14 games he got remarkable 22.6ppg.
Taylor has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Mexico (Pioneros Los Mochis), MBL (Dayton Air Strikers) and CBA (Memphis SK).
Taylor attended Livingstone College until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

Union Neuchatel Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Cedric Mafuta
Tayloe Taylor
Brian Savoy
Bryan Colon

Forwards:
Eric Fongue
Kevin Monteiro
Ardit Osmanaj

Centers:
David Ramseier
Kaanu Olaniyi

Coach: Vladimir Ruzicic

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Miljanic is back at Fribourg - by Luca Maffioli

Fribourg Olympic (LNA) agreed terms with 27-year old Montenegrin forward Slobodan Miljanic (201-95kg-90, college: Lynn, agency: AproK Sports Group). It is actually his comeback to Fribourg as he has played here before. Miljanic played last season at Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague. He managed to play in six leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 8 SuperLeague games he had 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.8apg. Miljanic helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 5 games in Balkan League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg. The other team Miljanic played shortly was KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In four games he averaged impressive 19.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 5.3apg. Another team Miljanic played that season for was BC Prievidza in Slovakian SBL. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 13 SBL games he got 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0apg. Miljanic also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Miljanic was voted Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Newcomers Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Miljanic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Miljanic has played also professionally in Montenegro (Mediteran).
He attended Lynn University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Fribourg Olympic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chad Timberlake
Jeremy Jaunin

Forwards:
Slobodan Miljanic
Natan Jurkovitz

Coach: Petar Aleksic

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Gilas PH whips Chinese Taipei B, 93-82 - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Ferrer (194-F-93)'s hot hands after the halftime break fueled a scoring attack that powered Gilas Pilipinas to a 93-82 demolition of Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, Monday in the 39th William Jones Cup basketball tournament at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall, Taipei. Ferrer scored off Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93)'s assist at the start of the third, touching off 9-0 run to open the third period and sending the Philippines on their way to their second win in three games. His basket forced a 44-all tie, and from there, Gilas went on nurse a 53-44 edge. Gilas has a 2-1 win-loss record to share second place with Lithuania and Iraq. The team is behind unbeaten Canada (3-0) in the league standings. Jiovani Jalalon (175-PG) tallied 13 points and five assists, while Ravena contributed 10 points, seven assists, and two steals.
Courtesy of: manilastandard.net



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  TURKEY  


Earl Rowland (ex Khimki) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Eskisehir Basket (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old Bulgarian ex-international point guard Earl Rowland (188-86kg-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Rowland played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 16 Eurocup games he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Rowland also played 34 games in VTB United League where he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.8apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
He received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Rowland played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 40 games he had 11.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Rowland also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got impressive 15.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.9apg and 1.2spg.
Rowland represented Bulgaria at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 18.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 53.8%, FT: 68.0%.
Rowland is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Rowland has played previously professionally in Australia (Kings and Townsville Crocodiles), Germany (Telekom Baskets and Artland Dragons), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Latvia (Barons Riga and VEF Riga), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Turkey (Banvit) and D-League (Florida F.).
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A good point guard who always find the open man. Very intelligent ball player and good athlete. A tireless defender that steals lots of balls to the opponents. Rebounds well because of his size. Can guard both guard positions in defense, at the offensive side is better penetrator than shooter but can knock down the open shot.

Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Caner Erdeniz
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Josep Berrocal

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Nunnally re-signs at Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) confirmed in their roster 27-year old American forward James Nunnally (201-93kg-90, college: UCSB). He played there last season. In 30 BSL games he recorded 11.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg. Nunnally helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Nunnally also played 34 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Scandone in Italian Serie A. In 40 games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.4ppg and had 4.2rpg and 2.5apg. Nunnally contributed to his team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
In 2012 he was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in second round (27th overall).
The former Univ. of California-Santa Barbara staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Nunnally is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Nunnally tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Kavala), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers), NBA G League (Texas Legends and Northern Arizona Suns) and IBL (Santa Barbara B.).

Fenerbahce Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sinan Guler
Bobby Dixon
Melih Mahmutoglu
Konstantinos Sloukas
Marko Guduric

Forwards:
Luigi Datome
Baris Hersek
Nicolo Melli
James Nunnally
Nikola Kalinic

Center:
Ahmet Duverioglu

Coach: Zeljko Obradovic

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Besiktas keep Sipahi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) re-signed 22-year old Turk international point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-85kg-95). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Kosovan passport. Sipahi played there last season. In 36 BSL games he averaged 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game Skills Challenge. Sipahi also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he had just 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (15-16) season Sipahi played at Pinar Karsiyaka. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 31 BSL games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.5apg. Sipahi contributed to his team making it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game. Sipahi also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Sipahi's team won Turkish Supercup in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2013.
Sipahi has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
Sipahi represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 86.4%.
Sipahi has played previously for two other teams: Tofas and Fenerbahce.
He is described as: A tall PG with great playmaking skills and court vision. Has yet great leadership on the court and a very bright future.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
D.J. Strawberry
Jon Diebler
Kenan Sipahi

Forwards:
Erkan Veyseloglu
Earl Clark

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Ankara DSI agrees to terms with Hasan Ozmeric - by Baha Kurtulus

Ankara DSI has ended the sponsorship Mamak Belediye and now it signed with experienced head coach Hasan Ozmeric .
The specialist worked with Afyon Belediye last season.
Ozmeric has been head coach and assistant coach at TED Ankara Kolejliler for 18 years. After being a head coach, TED Ankara Kolejliler raised to primer league. He was very successful with his team and played playoffs. He struggled in final four with his team Selcuk Universitesi in 2010. In 2014, Ozmeric raised Trabzonspor from TBL to BSL as a champion of TBL. He worked as the assistant coach of Turkish National Team. Ozmeric was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL (ex TB2L ) Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2013.



Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv inks DeShaun Thomas, ex Anadolu Efes - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward DeShaun Thomas (201-104kg-91, college: Ohio State). He played last season at Anadolu Efes in Turkish BSL league. In 29 games he had 10.3ppg and 3.2rpg. Thomas helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Thomas also played 35 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
In 2013 Thomas was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former Ohio State standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thomas played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Thomas has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre) and Spain (FC Barcelona).

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
DeShaun Thomas
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

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Micheal Eric (ex RETAbet BB) to join Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) agreed terms with 29-year old Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-109kg-88, college: Temple). He played last season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 30 games he had 9.5ppg and 5.6rpg. Eric also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at AEK Athens in Greek A1. In 9 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.4rpg. Eric helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Eric's team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2013.
Eric is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Enel Brindisi), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks), Greece (Panelefsiniakos) and NBA G League (Texas Legends and Canton Charge).
Eric attended Temple University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Eric: Often compared to Serge Ibaka thanks to his defensive skills, for sure he's a great help defender and a great one-on-one defender, while offensive game has yet to be developed. However, with his athleticism and the way he jumps and blocks shots, he can quickly move to the top level.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Will Cummings
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
Micheal Eric
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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Yavuz re-signs at Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - by Eurobasket News

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (TB2L) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old guard Serdar Yavuz (184-82). He played there last season. In 28 TB2L games he had 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg. Yavuz helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Balikesir (TBL) where in 35 games he recorded just 2.3ppg. Yavuz contributed to his team making it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 1st Team back in 2009.
Yavuz has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for eight other teams: Tofas, Bursaspor, Kadikoy, Vestel, Bornova, Akhisar Bld, Afyon Bld and Meliksah.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi roster for 2017-2018:

Serdar Yavuz
Onur Calban
Tufan Findikli
Hidayet Civan

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Will Cummings (ex Aris) signs at Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American guard Will Cummings (188-84kg-92, college: Temple). He played most recently at Aris in Greek A1 league. In 31 games he was the best scorer with 14.5ppg and recorded 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg last season. Cummings helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team. Cummings also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
Cummings ended the previous (2015-16) season at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A. In four games he had 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 52 games he got remarkable 20.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. Cummings contributed to his team winning the D-League Soutwest Division title (twice). Impressive indeed as was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Rookie Team.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Cummings has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets).
He attended Temple University until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Muhammed Baygul
Will Cummings
Egehan Arna

Forwards:
JaJuan Johnson
James Bell

Center:
Emircan Kosut

Coach: David Blatt

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DeShaun Thomas (ex Anadolu Efes) may be added to Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to ink 26-year old American forward DeShaun Thomas (201-104kg-91, college: Ohio State) who played last time at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. In 29 BSL games he averaged 10.3ppg and 3.2rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Thomas also played 35 games in Euroleague where he had 7.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Thomas played at another team Austin Toros in U.S. semi-pro league G-Leaguen. In 53 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in D-League Soutwest Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
In 2013 Thomas was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (58th overall). The former Ohio State staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Thomas played in the final of Spanish Liga Endesa in 2015. He received also NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Thomas has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre) and Spain (FC Barcelona).

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Roll
Pierre Jackson
John DiBartolomeo

Forwards:
Karam Mashour
Jake Cohen

Center:
Alex Tyus

Coach: Arik Shivek

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Afidra Isaac gets MVP of the Week award for Ugandan NBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Afidra Isaac (F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Power and that's him to receive a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 20 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Power in his team's victory, helping them to beat JKL Dolphins (#7, 3-4) 77-67. Power maintains the 4th position in Ugandan NBL. They are still close to the very top. Power would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Isaac has many years of experience at Power, through which he has constantly improved. Afidra Isaac averages just after three games 15.7ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Makala Libe (F-95) of JKL Dolphins. Libe impressed basketball fans with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as JKL Dolphins lost that game 67-77 to the higher-ranked Power (#4, 5-1). JKL Dolphins managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Libe is one of the most experienced players at JKL Dolphins and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Emmanuel Okumu (F-97) of Sharing Youth (#9). Okumu scored 13 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Okumu's great performance Sharing Youth lost 42-45 to slightly higher-ranked Our Saviour (#8, 3-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sharing Youth can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Okumu he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Okumu has individually a great season in Uganda. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 11.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sivachi Makutwa (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Collin Kasujja (183-G-94) of KIU Titans - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Fadhili Chuma (F-95) of UCU Canons - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) of Power - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Nerbert Byamukama (G-93) of Nkumba M. - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Serge Kabangu) of Falcons - 11 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)



NBL Round 16: Last-ranked Falcons beat UPDF - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Falcons managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked UPDF in Kampala 55-51. Falcons forced 20 UPDF turnovers. Serge Kabangu fired a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Asiko Dickson chipped in 16 points. Forward Henry Okoth (-99) produced 14 points for lost side. UPDF's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falcons (2-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nkumba M. UPDF lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Falcons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kampala KIU Titans.
Leader KIU Titans delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Nkumba M. (2-6) 77-53. Worth to mention a great performance of Tanzanian guard Sudi Ulanga (181-88) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Collin Kasujja contributed with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. KIU Titans' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Malvin Midaki (-90) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Nkumba M.KIU Titans maintains first position with 7-1 record. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the tenth place with six games lost. They share the position with Falcons. KIU Titans' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kampala to the arena Falcons.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked UCU Canons (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Ndejje (4-4). UCU Canons did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Fadhili Chuma who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side Maker Deng responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ndejje's coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. UCU Canons have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Ndejje at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. UCU Canons will meet at home Nkumba M. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ndejje will play against Our Saviour (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Kampala. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Sharing Youth (2-5) to ninth ranked Our Saviour (3-5) 45-42 in the fight for the eighth place. The winners were led by Wilberforce Pirwoth who scored that evening 16 points. Our Saviour's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Our Saviour moved-up to eighth place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Our Saviour's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ndejje (#6) and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 16 JKL Dolphins was defeated by Power in a road game 77-67. Nkumba M. beat UPDF at home 72-63.
The best stats of 16th round was 12 points and 10 rebounds by Sivachi Makutwa of Nkumba M..

Ndejje - UCU Canons 59-76

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked UCU Canons (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Ndejje (4-4). UCU Canons did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59 on Sunday. UCU Canons forced 21 Ndejje turnovers and outrebounded them 46-30 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Tanzanian forward Fadhili Chuma (-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Jonathan Egau (190-93) who added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Maker Deng (-94) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and David Okello (-98) scored 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Ndejje's coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. UCU Canons have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Ndejje at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. UCU Canons will meet at home Nkumba M. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ndejje will play against Our Saviour (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCU Canons: F.Chuma 14+12reb, B.Namake 13+4reb+2ast, J.Maheta 12+1reb+4ast, J.Egau 9+9reb+5ast, S.Wundi 8+5reb+1ast, D.Isiko 7+8reb
Ndejje: D.Okello 16+4reb+1ast, M.Deng 13+8reb, I.Ochera 7+3ast, M.Otieno 7+4reb+1ast, K.Nunda 5+2reb+1ast, J.Chaka 4+2reb
gschID: 549475


Falcons - UPDF 55-51

Bottom-ranked Falcons managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked UPDF in Kampala 55-51. Falcons forced 20 UPDF turnovers. Serge Kabangu fired a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Asiko Dickson chipped in 16 points. Four Falcons players scored in double figures. Forward Henry Okoth (-99) produced 14 points and Herman Matovu added 8 points and 5 steals respectively for lost side. UPDF's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falcons (2-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nkumba M. UPDF lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Falcons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kampala KIU Titans.
Top scorers:
Falcons: A.Dickson 16+3reb, V.Jurua 12+2reb+3ast, S.Kabangu 11+10reb+4ast, B.Okumu 10+1reb+3ast, N.Owori 3+2reb, E.Aupal 2
UPDF: H.Okoth 14+2reb+2ast, M.Muhumuza 10+2reb+3ast, F.Mukunzi 8+6reb, H.Matovu 8+4reb+3ast, A.Mityero 6+6reb+1ast, D.Mutawe 3+6reb
gschID: 549472


Nkumba M. - KIU Titans 53-77

Leader KIU Titans delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Nkumba M. (2-6) 77-53. KIU Titans forced 30 Nkumba M. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Tanzanian guard Sudi Ulanga (181-88) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Guard Collin Kasujja (183-94) contributed with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. KIU Titans' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Malvin Midaki (-90) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nkumba M.KIU Titans maintains first position with 7-1 record. Newly promoted Nkumba M. keeps the tenth place with six games lost. They share the position with Falcons. KIU Titans' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kampala to the arena Falcons.
Top scorers:
KIU Titans: S.Ulanga 17+3reb+4ast, C.Kasujja 15+2reb+6ast, M.Bwanga 11+5reb, C.Omanye 9+5reb+3ast, E.Kazungu 8+8reb+1ast, G.Soro 6+3reb+2ast
Nkumba M.: M.Midaki 17+6reb+2ast, S.Makutwa 10+9reb+1ast, S.Chasimba 9+1reb+3ast, W.Otweyo 8+4reb+2ast, C.Karamagi 4+3reb+2ast, L.Marcus 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 549474


Our Saviour - Sharing Youth 45-42

A very interesting game took place in Kampala. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Sharing Youth (2-5) to ninth ranked Our Saviour (3-5) 45-42 in the fight for the eighth place. The winners were led by forward Wilberforce Pirwoth (-95) who scored that evening 16 points and forward Steven Mwesigye supported him with 6 points. Our Saviour's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by forward Emmanuel Okumu (-97) did not help to save the game for Sharing Youth. Guard Nasser Jakisa (-90) added 9 points for lost side. Our Saviour moved-up to eighth place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Our Saviour's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ndejje (#6) and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Our Saviour: W.Pirwoth 16, D.Opolot 9+2reb, S.Mwesigye 6+4reb+3ast, M.Okwera 5, P.Elungat 2+1reb+1ast, M.Nkumbi 2
Sharing Youth: E.Okumu 13+11reb+2ast, S.Otoa 11+1ast, N.Jakisa 9+1reb+2ast, M.Lino 4+3reb, T.Okello 3, I.Balita 2+1reb
gschID: 549473


Power - JKL Dolphins 77-67

There was no surprise when 7th ranked JKL Dolphins (3-4) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Power (5-1) 77-67. Power forced 19 JKL Dolphins turnovers. The winners were led by forward Afidra Isaac (-85) who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds and Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by forward Makala Libe (-95) did not help to save the game for JKL Dolphins. The former international swingman Norman Blick (199-83) added 11 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-1 record. JKL Dolphins lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the seventh place with four games lost. Power's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked UPDF (#12) and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Power: A.Isaac 20+6reb+3ast, M.Makiadi 17+9reb+1ast, S.Okot 13+2ast, D.Angemi 6+1reb+2ast, P.Mwaka 6+2reb, J.Ikong 4+5reb
JKL Dolphins: M.Libe 15+6reb+3ast, D.Orenga 11+5reb+2ast, N.Blick 11+8reb+2ast, B.Okello 9+3reb+4ast, D.Ogara 6+4reb+1ast, F.Odama 6+4reb
gschID: 549471


Nkumba M. - UPDF 72-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Nkumba M.'s (2-6) home victory over bottom-ranked UPDF (1-6) 72-63. They outrebounded UPDF 47-33 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by UPDF helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Charles Karamagi (-94) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Nkumba M.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 18 points by Felix Mukunzi did not help to save the game for UPDF. Forward Henry Okoth (-99) added 14 points for lost side. Newly promoted Nkumba M. maintains tenth position with 2-6 record, which they share with Falcons. UPDF lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. Nkumba M.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed UCU Canons and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UPDF will play against Power (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nkumba M.: N.Byamukama 14+2reb+4ast, C.Karamagi 12+5reb+3ast, S.Makutwa 12+10reb+2ast, S.Chasimba 9+5reb+1ast, W.Otweyo 8+9reb+2ast, U.Walugembe 5+5reb+2ast
UPDF: F.Mukunzi 18+4reb, H.Okoth 14+2reb+2ast, M.Muhumuza 9+8reb+1ast, H.Matovu 6+1reb+3ast, J.Dramaza 6+4reb+2ast, D.Ogwang 4+1reb
gschID: 549494





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Budivelnyk keeps Anisimovas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) re-signed 33-year old naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-116kg-84). He played there last season. In 36 Superleague games he averaged 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9apg. Anisimovas helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year, selected to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Dynamo (SL Favorit Sport) where in 18 games he had 13.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. Anisimovas contributed to his team making it to the final. He also played that season for BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL. In 5 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
Anisimovas was a member of Lithuanian U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has played previously professionally in Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietuvos rytas and Siauliai) and Latvia (Barons Riga).
Anisimovas' game is described as: A wide-bodied center who fills the paint and has soft hands. A late bloomer, is yet improving and can become a force inside soon.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Ruslan Otverchenko
Brandon Fields

Forwards:
Maksim Sandul
Pavlo Krutous

Center:
Michailis Anisimovas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gladyr re-signs at Monaco - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Ukrainian international swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88, agency: BeoBasket). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 ProA games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. Gladyr helped them to win the regular season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game. Gladyr also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four.
In 2009 Gladyr was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. Gladyr was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 78.4%.
Gladyr is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (La ICL Manresa and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Ukraine (Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2), France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre) and Italy (Enel Brindisi).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 … He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots … Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders … When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
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AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Billy Ouattara
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Otverchenko re-signs at Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) confirmed in their roster 27-year old international shooting guard Ruslan Otverchenko (192-82kg-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played there last season. In 33 Superleague games he had 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.3apg. Otverchenko helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very impressive season as he was named to Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 32 games he recorded 5.3ppg and 1.4rpg.
Otverchenko has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Otverchenko also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.8ppg, 1.2rpg, FGP: 68.8%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 90.9%.
Otverchenko has played previously for three other Ukraine teams: BC Kyiv, BC Donetsk and Kyiv Vovcha zgraya.
He could be described: A very good outside shooter, with a soft touch and perfect release. Stays on the perimeter and is ready to hit the basket when he's open. Should improve his 1-vs-1 game and his defense on the perimeter, the height allows him only a SG future.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Ruslan Otverchenko
Brandon Fields

Forward:
Pavlo Krutous

Center:
Maksim Sandul

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Budivelnyk keeps Krutous for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) re-signed 25-year old international swingman Pavlo Krutous (196-93kg-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 Superleague games he recorded 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg last season. Krutous helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Kalev/Cramo (Alexela KML) in Estonian league.
Krutous has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Krutous also represented Ukraine at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0.7ppg, 1.0rpg.
Krutous has played previously for two other Ukraine teams: BC Kyiv and Sportlitsey.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Brandon Fields

Forward:
Pavlo Krutous

Center:
Maksim Sandul

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zaporizhya lands Andriy Kozhemiakin - by Eurobasket News

BC Zaporizhya-ZOG (Superleague) tabbed 21-year old guard Andriy Kozhemiakin (190-85kg-96) from Kremen. In 29 Superleague games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kozhemiakin played at MBC Mykolaiv (SL Favorit Sport) where in 32 games he had 5.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg.
He has played previously for two other teams: Azovmash Mariupol 2nd team and DYUSH Azovmash.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bogdan Yasinenko joins Zaporizhya - by Eurobasket News

BC Zaporizhya-ZOG (Superleague) agreed terms with 22-year old power forward Bogdan Yasinenko (203-105kg-95) from Kremen. In 25 Superleague games he had 6.1ppg and 3.8rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Yasinenko played at MBC Mykolaiv. But in 5 Superleague games he recorded just 1.2ppg and 1.2rpg.
His team made it to the Superleague Semifinals in 2016.
Yasinenko was a member of Ukrainian U18 National Team in 2013.
He has played previously for three other teams: Azovmash, DniproAzot and Azovmash Mariupol 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rocks sign Scottish star Fraser - by Paul Nilsen

Glasgow Rocks have confirmed the signing of Scottish International, Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92, college: Maine, agency: Court Side), for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The signing will also initiate a two year sponsorship deal with UWS, who have come onboard as Fraser's official player sponsor

Fraser, who originates from Falkirk in Scotland, will play an integral role in the growth of the Rocks franchise after signing a 2 year deal which will see him committed to the only men's professional basketball team in Scotland until the end of the 2018/19 season.

"I am really looking forward to the next two seasons with the Rocks," enthused Fraser.

"This seemed like the perfect time to come home to play with the Rocks especially with them setting up a new partnership with the University of the West of Scotland.

"This will give me the opportunity to complete my Masters degree while playing in front of family and friends who have not been able to see as many games while I have been playing abroad.

"I'm looking forward to what will, hopefully, be a successful couple of years on and off court."

Rocks newly appointed Head Coach, Tony Garbelotto, said: 'I am really excited that we have been able to sign Ali for the next two years.

"He was my number one target when I took the job and I think we have added another high level player to our already talented Scottish core.

"He is an extremely hard working and effective player who can play both inside and out and I am really looking forward to working with him.'

Glasgow Rocks co-owner, Duncan Smillie, is looking forward to his first full season at the helm and added: 'We are delighted Ali is joining us at The Rocks for at least the next 2 seasons.

"I met Ali a couple of months ago and he made it clear he wanted to be here, in his own words he had 'unfinished business at The Rocks' and the fans 'hadn't seen the best of him' when he was here previously.

"Ali is an outstanding player and I'm sure he'll be one of the best British players in the BBL next season, I'm very excited he's joining our revolution!'

Fraser will be coming off the back of a season at German Pro A team, Erdgas Ehingen where he averaged 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Prior to his professional career he played for Sony Centre Falkirk Fury in Scotland, followed by a collegiate career at the University of Maine (NCAA) where he averaged an impressive 13.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his final season.

At 24 years of age, Fraser is highly regarded as the future of Scottish Basketball and Glasgow Rocks fans will now get the opportunity to see him in action week in week out at the Emirates Arena.
The Rocks 2017/18 BBL campaign will officially begin on the 1st October when they host the DBL Sharks Sheffield in what is sure to be a mouth watering opening round encounter.



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  URUGUAY  


Metropolitan Round 13: Derby game ends with Atenas' defeat of Miramar - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Atenas (#2) and Miramar (#5). Atenas (9-2) won against visiting Miramar (6-4) 107-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miramar. Atenas made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. point guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 assists for Miramar. Atenas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Sayago. Miramar at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Atenas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Cordon.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tabare (7-5) against eleventh ranked Auriblanco (4-8) on Monday night. Visiting Tabare was crushed by Auriblanco in Montevideo 98-78. Rodrigo Goncalvez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Joaquin Jones chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Auriblanco moved-up to ninth place. Tabare at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost.
Ascenso top team - Sayago (11-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (6-5) in Montevideo 73-62. Paul Harrison nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Nicolas Alvarez came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for 25 de Agosto in the defeat. Undefeated Sayago have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Loser 25 de Agosto keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Sayago will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 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 Marne.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Montevideo: Stockolmo (#8) and Verdirrojo (#9). Stockolmo (5-6) won against visiting Verdirrojo (3-7) 87-72. Rashaun Stimage fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Stockolmo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with U Atletica. Verdirrojo lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Stockolmo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Capitol.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Montevideo: Union Atletica (#7) and Marne (#13). Union Atletica (5-6) won against visiting Marne (2-8) 81-70. It was a very good performance for Gaston Semiglia who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Union Atletica maintains seventh place with 5-6 record, which they share with Stockolmo. Loser Marne stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Union Atletica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Verdirrojo.

Stockolmo - Verdirrojo 87-72

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Montevideo: Stockolmo (#8) and Verdirrojo (#9). Stockolmo (5-6) won against visiting Verdirrojo (3-7) 87-72. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Guard Martin Counago (182-97) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Stockolmo players scored in double figures. Forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds and American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Stockolmo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with U Atletica. Verdirrojo lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. Stockolmo'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:
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 30+18reb+1ast, J.Viana 13+2reb+3ast, M.Counago 13+8reb+5ast, L.De Leon 12+9reb, F.Grolla 12+7reb+4ast, G.Cavalli 4
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 19+5reb+2ast, P.Makanskas 19+18reb, S.Massa 13+7reb+2ast, M.Monteverde 8+16reb, M.Mayora 7+4reb+5ast, F.Cholaquides 4+1ast
gschID: 550464


25 de Agosto - Sayago 62-73

Ascenso top team - Sayago (11-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (6-5) in Montevideo 73-62. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and guard Juan Garbarino (185-89) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for 25 de Agosto in the defeat. Sayago have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Loser 25 de Agosto keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Sayago will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 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 Marne.
Top scorers:
Sayago: P.Harrison 20+12reb+2ast, J.Garbarino 18+6reb+6ast, M.Perdomo 13+2reb+1ast, R.Brause 7+11reb+5ast, E.Gonzalez 5+2reb+2ast, G.Fernandez 4+1reb
25 de Agosto: N.Alvarez 23+11reb+3ast, R.Cardozo 15+6reb+1ast, N.Koster 10+2reb, J.Trindade 6+6reb, J.Alvarez 5+6reb+1ast, D.Lipatin 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550469


Atenas - Miramar 107-94

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Atenas (#2) and Miramar (#5). Atenas (9-2) won against visiting Miramar (6-4) 107-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miramar. Atenas made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Point guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Imanol Asaravicius (193-95) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Miramar. Atenas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Sayago. Miramar at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Atenas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Cordon.
Top scorers:
Atenas: A.Danridge 39+6reb+2ast, M.Zubiaurre 24+5reb+4ast, J.Santiso 20+4reb+4ast, N.Catala 10+3reb+2ast, M.Pose 8+4reb+4ast, O.Galeano 3+4reb+3ast
Miramar: J.Fahnbulleh 36+22reb+4ast, I.Asaravicius 15+8reb+1ast, M.Nicoletti 14+3reb+2ast, R.Blankson 8+8reb, M.Trelles 8+6ast, F.Masner 6+1reb
gschID: 550468


U Atletica - Marne 81-70

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Montevideo: Union Atletica (#7) and Marne (#13). Union Atletica (5-6) won against visiting Marne (2-8) 81-70. Union Atletica forced 19 Marne turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Point guard Ignacio Cambon (181-92) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) added 21 points and 4 steals in the effort for Marne. Union Atletica maintains seventh place with 5-6 record, which they share with Stockolmo. Loser Marne stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Union Atletica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Verdirrojo.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: G.Semiglia 35+6reb+3ast, I.Cambon 15+2reb+4ast, H.Wilkerson 10+5reb+3ast, F.Ferro 9+1reb+2ast, M.Martinez 5+8reb+1ast, N.Santos 3+2reb
Marne: A.Pineiro 21+4reb+2ast, T.McNeal 20+15reb+4ast, S.Pereira 10+1reb+2ast, L.Blazina 9+1reb, J.Crocano 6+8reb+5ast, J.Borallo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 550466


Auriblanco - Tabare 98-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tabare (7-5) against eleventh ranked Auriblanco (4-8) on Monday night. Visiting Tabare was crushed by Auriblanco in Montevideo 98-78. Auriblanco made 37-of-47 charity shots (78.7 percent) during the game, while Tabare only scored seventeen points from the stripe. Auriblanco forced 21 Tabare turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Tabare was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Rodrigo Goncalvez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and center Joaquin Jones (202-97) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Gonzalo Rivas (179-95) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Five Auriblanco and four Tabare players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Auriblanco moved-up to ninth place. Tabare at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Auriblanco: J.Jones 21+8reb+2ast, R.Goncalvez 19+10reb+4ast, N.Gentini 19+4ast, C.Colman 17+4reb+1ast, F.Sanchez 10+4reb+4ast, A.Jones 8+1reb
Tabare: A.Cabillon 20+5reb+3ast, G.Rivas 17+3reb+4ast, C.McCann 12+8reb+3ast, R.Xavier 11+2reb+2ast, E.Serres 6+3reb+1ast, G.Diaz 5+1ast
gschID: 550465





Anthony Danridge gets MVP of the Week award for Uruguayan Ascenso - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Atenas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Atenas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Capitol (#10, 3-7) with 31-point margin 107-76. Atenas maintains the 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. They are still close to the very top. Atenas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. Danridge has many years of experience at Atenas, through which he has constantly improved. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Danridge is in league's top in points (5th best: 25.0ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Octavio Medina (195-F-96) of Stockolmo. Medina impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Stockolmo lost that game 82-89 to the lower-ranked Marne (#13, 2-8). Stockolmo managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Medina is one of the most experienced players at Stockolmo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Marne (#13). McNeal scored 24 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Marne, leading his team to an 89-82 win against the higher-ranked Stockolmo (#8, 5-6). Marne can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-8 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for McNeal he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McNeal has a very solid season. In 2 games in Uruguay he scored 22.0ppg. McNeal attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Joe Efese (198-F) of Capitol - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rodrigo Brause (194-F-95) of Sayago - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Hector Silva (192-F-90) of Capitol - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Dida Pereira (203-C-92) of Cordon - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Mauro Zubiaurre (181-PG-94) of Atenas - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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)



Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results and main scorers for the Metro league 12th round.
Atenas 107 - Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) 39 points 6 rebounds
Miramar 94 -. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) 36 points 22 rebounds.
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Stockolmo 87 - Rashaun Stimage (202-F, college: De Paul) 30 points 18 rebounds
Verdirrrojo 72 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 19 points 5 rebounds
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Auriblanco 90 - Rodrigo Goncalvez 19 points 10 rebounds
Tabare 78 - Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) 12 points 8 rebounds
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Sayago 73 - Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 23 points 11 rebounds
25 de Agosto 62 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville)n 20 points 12 rebounds
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Union Atletica 81 - Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) 35 points Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 10 points 5 rebounds
Marne 70 - Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) 20 points 15 rebounds
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Metropolitan Round 12: Tabare is upset by 25 de Agosto - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Tabare between third ranked Tabare (7-4) and sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (6-4) on Friday night. Tabare was defeated by 25 de Agosto in a tough game at home 66-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tabare. The best player for the winners was guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) who scored 18 points. Guard Manuel Mayora (181) chipped in 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Federico Alvarez (194-88) who recorded 18 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. 25 de Agosto maintains sixth position with 6-4 record. Tabare at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. 25 de Agosto are looking forward to face league's leader Sayago at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tabare will play against Auriblanco in Montevideo and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Marne managed to get a second victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against eighth-ranked Stockolmo in Montevideo 89-82. It was a good game for American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Leandro Blazina contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Octavio Medina (195-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Stockolmo. Marne maintains thirteenth position with 2-7 record. Stockolmo at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with U Atletica. Marne's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Union Atletica.
Undefeated leader Sayago delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Union Atletica (4-6) 95-74. Worth to mention a quality performance of Paul Harrison who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Howard Wilkerson with 21 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. Undefeated Sayago (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Loser Union Atletica keeps the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Stockolmo. Sayago will meet 25 de Agosto (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Union Atletica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Marne.
A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Verdirrojo (3-6) to fifth ranked Cordon (6-3) 74-71 on Friday evening. The winners were led by Dida Pereira who scored that evening 18 points and 9 rebounds. Cordon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Miramar. Verdirrojo lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Cordon's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Capitol.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Montevideo. Local Capitol (3-7) was outscored by second ranked Atenas (8-2) 107-76 on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Anthony Danridge who scored 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atenas maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader Sayago. Loser Capitol keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Atenas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Miramar.

In the last game of round 12 Auriblanco was defeated by Colon in a road game 90-80.

Colon - Auriblanco 90-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked Auriblanco (3-8) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Colon (3-9) 90-80 on Friday. Colon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Federico Della-Mea (187-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Colon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Camilo Colman (191-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Rodrigo Goncalvez added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Colon maintains twelfth position with 3-9 record. Auriblanco lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with eight games lost. Colon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Auriblanco: C.Colman 19+10reb+1ast, R.Goncalvez 19+10reb, J.Jones 15+1ast, A.Taibo 7+2reb+2ast, E.Suarez 6+3reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 4+1reb+1ast
Colon: T.Brown 23+10reb+3ast, A.Rodriguez 19+2reb+2ast, F.Della Mea 15+12reb+5ast, F.Ferreira 12+3reb+4ast, L.Lepiani 9+1reb+1ast, N.Garcia 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 550434


Capitol - Atenas 76-107

The game with biggest result difference took place in Montevideo. Local Capitol (3-7) was outscored by second ranked Atenas (8-2) 107-76 on Friday night. Atenas made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Atenas had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) who scored 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Mateo Pose (190-95) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and forward Hector Silva (192-90) added 23 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atenas maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader Sayago. Loser Capitol keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Atenas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Miramar.
Top scorers:
Capitol: J.Efese 26+12reb+2ast, H.Silva 23+4reb, J.Andres Galleto 9+2reb+10ast, N.Comas 6+4reb+3ast, J.Wenzel 4+4reb+1ast, R.Pintos 3+5reb+2ast
Atenas: A.Danridge 30+7reb+4ast, M.Pose 16+5reb+6ast, M.Zubiaurre 15+4reb+8ast, F.Pomoli 12+11reb+2ast, O.Galeano 8+2reb+2ast, N.Catala 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 550438


Marne - Stockolmo 89-82

Bottom-ranked Marne managed to get a second victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against eighth-ranked Stockolmo in Montevideo 89-82. It was a great shooting night for Marne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Stockolmo was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Leandro Blazina contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. McNeal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Marne players scored in double figures. Forward Octavio Medina (195-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Juan Viana (189-97) added 20 points in the effort for Stockolmo. Marne maintains thirteenth position with 2-7 record. Stockolmo at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with U Atletica. Marne's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena Union Atletica.
Top scorers:
Stockolmo: O.Medina 33+11reb+5ast, J.Viana 20+1reb+2ast, R.Stimage 8+7reb+1ast, L.De Leon 8+6reb+1ast, M.Counago 6+3ast, F.Grolla 4+6reb+1ast
Marne: L.Blazina 24+5reb+1ast, T.McNeal 24+16reb+3ast, S.Pereira 19+4ast, A.Pineiro 15+6reb+3ast, J.Borallo 3+9reb+2ast, J.Pankoski 2+1reb
gschID: 550436


Verdirrojo - Cordon 71-74

A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Verdirrojo (3-6) to fifth ranked Cordon (6-3) 74-71 on Friday evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Verdirrojo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Brazilian center Dida Pereira (203-92, college: Sequoias CC) who scored that evening 18 points and 9 rebounds and Agustin Viotti (190-97) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Cordon players scored in double figures. Even 29 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Verdirrojo. Forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) added 8 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Cordon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Miramar. Verdirrojo lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Cordon's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Capitol.
Top scorers:
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 29+5reb+1ast, M.Mayora 12+4reb+1ast, F.Cholaquides 11+8reb, P.Makanskas 8+19reb+4ast, S.Massa 4+1reb+1ast, M.Monteverde 3+5reb
Cordon: D.Pereira 18+9reb+1ast, A.Viotti 15+7reb+6ast, A.Amaral 13+10reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 13+3reb+3ast, F.Medina 12+5reb+4ast, A.Zuvich 2
gschID: 550437


Sayago - U Atletica 95-74

Undefeated leader Sayago delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Union Atletica (4-6) 95-74. Sayago looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Rodrigo Brause (194-95) who added 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) with 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) scored 21 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. Sayago (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Loser Union Atletica keeps the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Stockolmo. Sayago will meet 25 de Agosto (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Union Atletica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Marne.
Top scorers:
U Atletica: H.Wilkerson 21+7reb+3ast, G.Semiglia 21+7reb+3ast, F.Alonso 9+5reb+4ast, N.Santos 6+2reb+2ast, A.Arrillaga 5+4reb, F.Ferro 4+3reb+2ast
Sayago: R.Brause 28+5reb+6ast, P.Harrison 22+14reb+4ast, J.Garbarino 21+1ast, M.Lado 6+2reb+2ast, M.Perdomo 6+3reb+2ast, N.Lemos 4+3reb
gschID: 550435


Tabare - 25 de Agosto 66-70

The most important game in the last round took place in Tabare between third ranked Tabare (7-4) and sixth ranked 25 de Agosto (6-4) on Friday night. Tabare was defeated by 25 de Agosto in a tough game at home 66-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tabare. The best player for the winners was guard Nicolas Alvarez (194-92) who scored 18 points. Guard Manuel Mayora (181) chipped in 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Federico Alvarez (194-88) who recorded 18 points and 6 assists and American forward Charles McCann (193, college: LIU Post) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. 25 de Agosto maintains sixth position with 6-4 record. Tabare at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. 25 de Agosto are looking forward to face league's leader Sayago at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tabare will play against Auriblanco in Montevideo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tabare: F.Alvarez 18+4reb+6ast, C.McCann 16+9reb, A.Cabillon 13+6reb+1ast, E.Serres 7+5reb+4ast, G.Rivas 6+4reb+1ast, R.Xavier 4
25 de Agosto: N.Alvarez 18+2reb+3ast, R.Cardozo 12+6reb+1ast, J.Alvarez 10+1reb+1ast, G.Johnson 9+5reb+2ast, B.Barrera 8+4reb, M.Mayora 6+8reb+6ast
gschID: 550433





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  VENEZUELA  


Centeno comes back to Iccan, ex Marinos - by Francisco Vega

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) added to their roster 32-year old Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85). It is actually his comeback to Guayaquil as he has played here before. Centeno played last season at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 50 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.4apg.

He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Centeno won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2013.

He was a member of Venezuelan U21 National Team in 2004.

Centeno is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Colombia, Mexico (Angeles), Panama (Caballos), Venezuela (Cocodrilos, Guaros, Bucaneros, Cacaoteros and Araguenos) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito and Importadora).

On Centeno: He is yet an experienced player, despite the green age; has god passing skills and court vision, defends well on the opposite guards, has the athletic strength to go inside and to score; neeeds to add a reliable outside shot; A very talented point guard, whose dream is to play in NBA: He is very quick and determinated on the court, very soft speaking and polite out of the court.

Club Iccan de Macas roster for 2017-2018:

Carlos Carcelen
Jesus Centeno
Cesar Silva
Eduard Caicedo
Juan Pablo Alvarez
Darol Hernandez
Vilo Peralvo
Michael Moncayo

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Iccan adds Zapata to their roster, ex Guaiqueries - by Francisco Vega

Club Iccan de Macas (National League) added to their roster 32-year old Venezuelan-Colombian forward Jackson Zapata (198-85). He played last season at Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB league. In 37 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.4rpg. Zapata helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Araguenos (LNB) in Venezuelan league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zapata was voted Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LPB All-Newcomers Team back in 2009.
He was a member of Venezuelan U21 National Team in 2004.
Zapata has played also professionally for other Venezuelan teams like Tiburones, Bucaneros, Guacharos, Piratas and Caciques.

Club Iccan de Macas roster for 2017-2018:

Carlos Carcelen
Jesus Centeno
Jackson Zapata
Cesar Silva
Eduard Caicedo
Juan Pablo Alvarez
Darol Hernandez
Vilo Peralvo
Michael Moncayo
Cristian Riera

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Importadora adds Romero to their roster - by Francisco Vega

Importadora Alvarado Ambato (National League) added to their roster 32-year old Venezuelan ex-international forward Jhon Romero (199-85). He played this summer at Piratas in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In 13 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 10.3rpg and 1.5apg.
The most of last season Romero spent at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB where in 32 games he averaged 6.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He also played that season for Bucaneros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In only one game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Romero won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2005 and 2009. He was a member of Venezuelan Senior National Team back in 2011.
Romero has played also professionally in Venezuela (Marinos, Trotamundos, Gaiteros, Graneros and Estudiantes), Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro and Halcones) and Ecuador (Iccan).
On Romero: He's an up and coming talent at the 4 position who's size and height is more proper to play the 3, but he hasn't worked in a long distance shot or the transition from playing in the paint to doing so outside. Has been a member of big rosters and despites that, he's always found a way to contribute.

Importadora Alvarado Ambato roster for 2017-2018:

Jhon Romero
Jerel Blocker
Nixon Mina
Tavares Sledge
Christian Orozco
John Alvarado
Johu Castillo

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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Unics sign Martins Meiers, ex VEF Riga - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Unics Kazan (VTB) signed 26-year old Latvian international center Martins Meiers (208-91kg-91). He has played for the last two seasons at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 25 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Meiers helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meiers also played 26 games in VTB United League where he recorded 13.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Meiers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Meiers has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Meiers has played previously professionally also in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Latvia (Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Jurmala, Ventspils Augstskola and Liepajas Lauvas-2).
He could be described: A completely skilled young player, who is very talended and is yet working to become a perimetral player, even keeping some inside game skills. Huge upside, he could become a star at both the forward positions.

Unics Kazan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anton Ponkrashov
Pavel Sergeev
Evgeny Kolesnikov
Joaquin Colom
Jamar Smith
Trent Lockett

Forwards:
Vladislav Trushkin
Melvin Ejim

Centers:
Stephane Lasme
Grigori Shukhovtsov
Martins Meiers

Coach: Dimitris Priftis

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  WILLIAM JONES CUP  


Day 3 in Taipei. South Korea and Canada keep perfect records - by Eurobasket News

South Korea and Canada keep the perfect records in the 39th William Jones Cup basketball tournament at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall, Taipei.
South Korea improved to a 3-0 record beating Iran 88-78 as Lee Junghyun (190-SF-99) and Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) stepped up with 16 points each.
Canada meanwhile destroyed Iraq 99-48. Connor Wood (201-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) produced 24.
Gilas Pilipinas posted a 93-82 win over Chinese Taipei B. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure) poured in 21 points to pace all the winners, while Roger Ray Pogoy (189-SG-92) netted 15 and Myers Michael J. had 14. Jio Jalalon tallied 13 points and five assists, while Ravena contributed 10 points, seven assists, and two steals.
Lithuania beat Japan 94-67. Eigirdas Zukauskas (205-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Zygimantas Jocys (190-SG-95) delivered 14. Shuta Hara (187-G-93) ended up with 21 points in a loss and Gen Hiraiwa (198-C-97) had 11.
In another game Republic of China Blue overcame India 101-80. Zheng-Ru Lu scored 17 points, while Huan-Ya Yu added 13.




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Women News


Vanessa Panousis joins Adelaide - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide Link Lightning (WNBL) agreed terms with 22-year old naturalized Greek guard Vanessa Panousis (170-95). She just graduated from Virginia Tech (NCAA). Panousis has played there for the last four years. In 33 games she had 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Elite Eight. and they also made it to the WNIT Elite Eight.
As mentioned above Panousis is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
Panousis represented Australia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg.
Panousis has played previously for Sydney Uni Flames, Comets and City of Sydney.

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  AUSTRIA  


UBI Graz hire coach Kuzma, ex Maribor - by Eurobasket News

UBI Graz (AWBL) hired Slovenian coach Andrej Kuzma. He has coached for the last five seasons at AJM Maribor in Slovenian SKL league. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Coach Assistant: Slovenian League All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kuzma's team made it to the SKL Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELARUS  


Belarusian U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Yuliya Vasilevich
Vasilevich
Iryna Krauchanka
Krauchanka
Daryna Bachkarova
Bachkarova
Yana Haliakova
Haliakova
Anastasiya Serchenya
Serchenya
#e#5
4Darya Semiletnikova F-01 Gorizont II Belarus
5Yuliya Vasilevich 165-PG-01 Victoria Belarus
6Daryna Bachkarova 182-F-00 Gorizont Belarus
7Veronika Samoiluk 178-F-01 Victoria Belarus
8Yana Haliakova 184-F-01 Victoria Belarus
9Anastasiya Serchenya 182-C-00 Victoria Belarus
10Iryna Krauchanka 182-F-01 Victoria Belarus
11Iryna Venskaya 02
12Dziyana Yarmusik 02
13Karalina Sedach 03
14Sabira Agaeva 170-F-00 Gorizont II Belarus
21Iryna Hryhoryeva 193-C-01 Victoria Belarus




Nadezhda Orenburg signs Alex Bentley - by Eurobasket News

Nadezhda Orenburg (PBL) signed 27-year old Belarusian international point guard Alex Bentley (170-90, college: Tarbes). She is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Bentley plays this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). She managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 16 WNBA games she had 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The most of last season Bentley spent at Adana ASKI Mersin in Turkish KBSL where in 22 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. She also played that season for KEB Hanabank in South Korean WKBL. In only one game she averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
In 2013 Bentley was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former Tarbes Gespe Bigorre standoutis in her fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bentley's team made it to the Turkish Cup Final Four in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team in 2015.
Bentley represented Belarus at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT-2 (91.7%).
Bentley has played previously professionally in Brazil (Recife) and Turkey (Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D.).

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  CENTROBASKET  


US Virgin Islands claim title in Saint Thomas - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico 58-60
Virgin Islands claimed Centrobasket title. They did so despite narrowly losing to Puerto Rico in the final day of the championship. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90, college: Portland) came up with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the champions. Virgin Islands recorded 31:26 halftime lead. They extended the lead at 8-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Puerto Rico ignited a 23:13 run in the final period to snatch the win. Ashley Perez (173-G-94) topscored with 15 points, while Dayshalee Salaman (163-PG-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) accounted for 12 points for Puerto Rico. Imani Tate (173-G-95, agency: LBM Management) deposited 16 points for Virgin Islands.

Jamaica - Mexico 43-74
Mexico clinch FIBA AmeriCup birth. They knocked down Jamaica to finish in the second position at the championship. Jacqueline Luna-Castro (188-F-93, college: Charleston) posted 18 points in the victory. Mexico established a 40:23 halftime lead. They held Jamaica to just 20 points in the second half and cruised to the win. Maria Orozco (176-PF-86, college: Buffalo) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Shenneika Smith (185-G/F-89, college: St.John's) answered with 22 points for Jamaica.

Bahamas - Guatemala 68-65
Bahamas finished the championship on a winning note. They held off Guatemala to end up in the 5th position. Leashja Grant (188-C-94) posted 14 points and 21 rebounds in the victory. Bahamas led by just one point at the interval 25:24 halftime lead. Guatemala pulled ahead in the third term but Bahamas sank 26 points in the fourth quarter and snatched the win. Valerie Nesbitt (167-G-98) netted 12 points for Bahamas. Alma Lopez (165-G-86) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Guatemela.




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  EUROLEAGUE  


Nadezhda Orenburg signs Alex Bentley - by Eurobasket News

Nadezhda Orenburg (PBL) signed 27-year old Belarusian international point guard Alex Bentley (170-90, college: Tarbes). She is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Bentley plays this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). She managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 16 WNBA games she had 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg.
The most of last season Bentley spent at Adana ASKI Mersin in Turkish KBSL where in 22 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. She also played that season for KEB Hanabank in South Korean WKBL. In only one game she averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
In 2013 Bentley was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
The former Tarbes Gespe Bigorre standoutis in her fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bentley's team made it to the Turkish Cup Final Four in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team in 2015.
Bentley represented Belarus at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT-2 (91.7%).
Bentley has played previously professionally in Brazil (Recife) and Turkey (Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D.).

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Elena Beglova is a newcomer at UMMC Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg (PBL) added to their roster 30-year old international guard Elena Beglova (176-66kg-87). She has played for the last three seasons at Nadezhda Orenburg in the PBL. In 27 games she recorded 5.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg last season. Beglova helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 17 games in Euroleague where she averaged 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. Beglova contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
She played in the final of Euroleague in 2016.
Beglova has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2015 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007.
Beglova represented Russia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 40.0%.
Beglova has played previously for three other teams: BC Moscow, Spartak SHVSM and Energy Ivanovo.

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20  

Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Melisa BRCANINOVIC
  BIH
  (185-PF-99)
  Avg: 23
 1. Brcaninovic, BIH23.0 
 2. Goncalves, POR20.0 
 3. Strautmane, LAT18.7 
 4. Nogic, SRB18.6 
 5. Bankole, FRA17.4 
 6. Uzun, TUR17.3 
 7. Prezelj, SLO16.9 
 8. Ndiba, NED16.4 
 9. Salvadores, ESP16.4 
 10. Juskaite, LTU16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olbis Futo ANDRE
  (190-C-98)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Andre, ITA15.5 
 2. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA12.1 
 3. Ndiba, NED11.6 
 4. Djordjevic, SRB11.0 
 5. Mununga, BEL9.9 
 6. Wadling, SWE9.7 
 7. Bankole, FRA9.6 
 8. Ocvirk, SLO9.3 
 9. Senicar, SLO8.9 
 10. Puc, POL8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Agnes STUDER
  (168-PG-98)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Studer, HUN7.3 
 2. Burovaya, RUS6.1 
 3. Ramette, BEL5.4 
 4. Katanic, SRB5.1 
 5. Aho, HUN4.7 
 6. Berkani, FRA4.1 
 7. Santucci, ITA4.0 
 8. Niemojewska, POL4.0 
 9. Domuzin, BIH4.0 
 10. Westerik, NED3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carolina GONCALVES
  (174-F-97)
  Avg: 3
 1. Goncalves, POR3.0 
 2. Kozik, RUS3.0 
 3. Foppossi, FRA2.6 
 4. Conde, ESP2.6 
 5. Katanic, SRB2.4 
 6. Ramette, BEL2.4 
 7. Berkani, FRA2.1 
 8. Ndiba, NED2.1 
 9. Kovacevic, BIH2.1 
 10. Ari, TUR2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marusa SENICAR
  (183-SF-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Senicar, SLO2.1 
 2. Stocklassa, SWE2.1 
 3. Dreimane, LAT2.0 
 4. Strautmane, LAT1.7 
 5. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.7 
 6. Perez-Araujo, ESP1.6 
 7. Meskonyte, LTU1.6 
 8. Camber, SWE1.3 
 9. Andre, ITA1.3 
 10. Parzenska, POL1.3 


Spain celebrate title in Matosinhos - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Slovenia - Spain 63-73
Spain celebrated the Gold medals in Matosinhos. They outscored Slovenia in the exciting Final. Angela Salvadores (178-PG-97, college: Duke, agency: ProDep Management) provided 19 points to lead the champions. The victory marked the fifth triumph for the Spanish team in the last six editions of the championship. Spain grabbed a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. Slovenia pulled within a single point at halftime 36:37. Spain however held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to boost the lead at 7-point mark. Spain dropped 19 points in the fourth period and got away with the win. Maria Perez delivered 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Maria Conde (187-F-97, college: Florida St.) added 14 points for Spain. Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) responded with 17 points for Slovenia. Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) had 14 points in the losing effort.
3-4 Place
France - Russia 59-80
Russia rallied past France to conquer Bronze medals in Matosinhos. Yulia Kozik (176-SG-97) came up with 18 points to pace the winners. France ensured an 18:11 lead after the opening frame. Russia however bounced back with a 26:16 rally in the second period. They followed with a 27:11 run in the third quarter to to boost the margin at 19-point mark. Russia controlled the tempo in the final quarter and marched to the podium. Evgeniya Frolkina (182-SF-97) netted 14 points in the win. Ornella Bankole (181-SF-97) responded with 17 points and 11 boards for les Bleues.

5-6 Place
Hungary - Italy 78-73
Hungary clinched the fifth overall position as they beat Italy in the final day of the championship. Debora Dubei (183-SF-97) scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the winners. Italy piled up a 36:31 halftime advantage. Hungary however responded with 47:37 second half run to sneak past their opponents. Nina Aho (177-PG-97) recorded 18 points for the winning side. Mariella Santucci (175-G-97) responded with 21 points for Italy.

7-8 Place
Belgium - Latvia 72-52
Belgium coasted past Latvia to end up in the seventh position. Betty Mununga (181-F/C-97) recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Belgium accumulated a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Latvia narrowed the gap at halftime 37:33. Belgium used an 18:3 run in the third term to clear off for good. Serena-Lynn Geldof (197-C-97) had 14 points and 17 rebounds in the victory. Paula Strautmane (185-PF-97) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Latvia.

9-10 Place
Serbia - Poland 67-59
Jovana Nogic posted 23 points and 7 assists to lead Serbia past Poland in Matosinhos. Poland secured a 17:11 lead after the opening frame. But Serbia went on a 21:10 rally in the second term to take a 32:27 halftime advantage. They protected the lead throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Snezana Bogicevic (177-SG-97) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Zuzanna Puc (187-PF-97) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Poland.
11-12 Place
Portugal - Sweden 48-52
Sweden held off Portugal to finish 11th in Matosinhos. Emilia Stocklassa (190-C-98) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian team. Portugal enjoyed a 28:23 halftime lead. Sweden pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. They used a 16:9 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Sofia Hagg (169-G-97) and Crystel Bittar (170-PG-98) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Carolina Goncalves (174-F-97) responded with 11 points for Portugal.

13-14 Place
Lithuania - Holland 56-74
Netherlands fired past Lithuania to stave off relegation. Ilse Kuijt (175-SG-99) stepped up with 26 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds to lead the Dutch team. Netherlands dominated throughout the bigger part of the game. They accounted for 42:23 halftime lead. Netherlands kept Lithuania at distance throughout the second half and marched to the vital victory. Janis Ndiba (183-F-97) posted 14 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. Laura Juskaite (187-C-97) responded with 17 points and 9 boards for Lithuania.

15-16 Place
Bosnia - Turkey 70-81
Turkey secured the 15th position at the championship as they rallied past Bosnia on the final day. Sevgi Uzun (170-PG-97, agency: LBM Management) recorded 34 points and 9 assists to pace the winners. Bosnia grabbed a 37:33 halftime lead. Turkey however erupted for 48 points in the second half and got away with a tough win. Ilayda Guner (186-C-99, agency: LBM Management) netted 27 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Milina Miseljic (186-PF-98, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 36 points for Bosnia.





Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team 2017
Agnes Studer
Studer
Annamaria Prezelj
Prezelj
Maria Conde
Conde
Elizaveta Shabanova
Shabanova
Maria Perez Araujo
Perez Araujo

Best Player: Maria Perez Araujo (182-C/F-97) of Spain
Best Guard: Agnes Studer (168-PG-98) of Hungary
Best Forward: Maria Conde (187-F-97) of Spain
Best Center: Maria Perez Araujo (182-C/F-97) of Spain

1st Team
PG: Agnes Studer (168-PG-98) of Hungary
SG: Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) of Slovenia
F: Maria Conde (187-F-97) of Spain
C: Elizaveta Shabanova (196-C-97) of Russia
C/F: Maria Perez Araujo (182-C/F-97) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Angela Salvadores (178-PG-97) of Spain
SG: Yulia Kozik (176-SG-97) of Russia
G: Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) of Slovenia
SF: Ornella Bankole (181-SF-97) of France
C: Olbis Futo Andre (190-C-98) of Italy

Honorable Mention
Francesca Pan (5'11''-SG-97) of Italy
Nina Aho (5'10''-PG-97) of Hungary
Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi (187-C-98) of France
Carolina Goncalves (174-F-97) of Portugal
Zuzanna Puc (6'2''-PF-97) of Poland
Janis Ndiba (183-F-97) of Holland
Jovana Nogic (5'11''-G-97) of Serbia
Sevgi Uzun (170-PG-97) of Turkey
Digna Strautmane (188-PF-98) of Latvia
Paula Strautmane (6'1''-PF-97) of Latvia
Betty Mununga (181-F/C-97) of Belgium
Melisa Brcaninovic (185-PF-99) of Bosnia
Laura Juskaite (187-C-97) of Lithuania
Fanny Wadling (6'1''-F-97) of Sweden



Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team 2017
Josipa Silov
Silov
Ana Petrak
Petrak
Miroslava Mistinova
Mistinova
Satou Sabally
Sabally
Maria Fasoula
Fasoula

Best Player: Satou Sabally (189-F/C-98) of Germany
Best Guard: Ana Petrak (163-G-98) of Croatia
Best Forward: Satou Sabally (189-F/C-98) of Germany
Best Center: Maria Fasoula (6'3''-C-97) of Greece

1st Team
PG: Josipa Silov (171-PG-98) of Croatia
G: Ana Petrak (163-G-98) of Croatia
F: Miroslava Mistinova (182-F-97) of Slovakia
F/C: Satou Sabally (189-F/C-98) of Germany
C: Maria Fasoula (6'3''-C-97) of Greece

2nd Team
PG: Evgenia Kollatou (172-PG-98) of Greece
SF: Lev Tal (179-SF-97) of Israel
F: Yanina Inkina (6'2''-F-97) of Belarus
C: Andrea Maric (195-C-97) of
C: Olga Yatskovets (183-C-97) of Ukraine

Honorable Mention
Hanna Brych (184-C-97) of Belarus
Radka Stasova (168-G-97) of Slovakia
Yaara Yizchaki (168-PG-98) of Israel
Gabriele Nikitinaite (178-SG-98) of England
Lenka Soukalova (177-PF-97) of Czech Rep.
Kristina Karp (196-C-98) of Ukraine
Patricia Brossmann (6'0''-F-97) of Germany
Ana Ferariu (5'9''-G-97) of Romania
Thelma Agustsdottir (179-F-98) of Iceland
Anna Kelly (5'6''-G-97) of Ireland



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Espoo Team keeps Erakangas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Espoo Basket Team (SM-sarja) re-signed 20-year old forward Lotta Erakangas (186-97). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 22 SM-sarja games she averaged 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Erakangas won Finnish 1st Division championship title in 2015.
She represented Finland at the European Championships U16 Division B in Tallin (Estonia) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.8ppg, 2.3rpg.
Erakangas has played previously for Honka Akatemia.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Korisliiga)

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Vanessa Panousis joins Adelaide - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide Link Lightning (WNBL) agreed terms with 22-year old naturalized Greek guard Vanessa Panousis (170-95). She just graduated from Virginia Tech (NCAA). Panousis has played there for the last four years. In 33 games she had 9.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Elite Eight. and they also made it to the WNIT Elite Eight.
As mentioned above Panousis is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
Panousis represented Australia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg.
Panousis has played previously for Sydney Uni Flames, Comets and City of Sydney.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FIBA Asia Cup 2017 - BFI ready - by Anil Kumar

The preparations for the prestigious FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017 are in full swing. At a press conference this afternoon at the Century Club, Bengaluru, BFI President K. Govindaraj and Secretary General Chander Mukhi Sharma scheduled an interaction with the media. They were joined by Mr Anupam Agrawal [IPS], Director, Youth Empowerment and Sports.

The Cup is all set to take place from July 23-29 at the Kanteraava Indoor Stadium and Koramangala stadium in Bengaluru. India first participated in this event in 1970, and has competed 17 times in total. The Indian women's team best finish in this tournament came in the year 2013, when it finished 5th, including a historic Level 1 victory. Prior to that, India's best finish had been 6th place at the 1992, 2009 and 2011 iterations.

India needs to top Division B to get elevated into Division A for the next edition.

Online ticketing is live

The city of Bengaluru last hosted a FIBA Championship back in 2004 (the U18 Championship for Men). The Championship is returning now at the senior level. Just like the Harlem Globetrotters' visit to the Kanteerava stadium back in 2006, which drew huge crowds, it is expected that the FIBA Women's Asia Cup too will be a big boost not just for the city but also the state of Karnataka and the country.

With the participation of Australia, the 2006 World champions, and Asian giants like holders Japan, China, South Korea and Chinese Taipei, this event is expected to provide immense inspiration to the young aspirants and the senior players as well.

Tickets are on sale in full swing online since 11th July (www.ticketgenie.in/fiba-tickets). Starting 22nd July, tickets will also be sold at the box office at the Kanteerava Stadium.

Full support provided to the Indian team

There are high hopes from the Indian team. India is ranked No 40 in the FIBA world rankings and is at No 5 in Asia. The BFI identified probables over two months ago and they have been in a coaching programme in Bengaluru itself so that they get acclimatized with the weather and playing conditions.

The team was given proper friendly games and also sent to Chinese Taipei for an exposure trip.

Serbia's much-acclaimed coach Zoran Visic has taken charge of the team. BFI is providing all facilities to enable them to put their best foot forward. Diet, medical requirements, proper accommodation in a good hotel, transport and exposure trips, whatever is needed has been provided in order to ensure that the team regains its due place in Level 1 again.

Support from the Government

The Karnataka State Basketball Association has been in the forefront of organizing major national and international events. It is impossible to host such a major event without the support from the State government and other government departments. Sri Siddaramaiah, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, is a sports lover himself and has always provided all support, whether financial and other logistical, as well. For this event, the CM himself is the Chief Patron of the Organising Committee.

The Sports Minister, Sri Pramod Madhwaraj, the Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning, Sri K J George and the Dept of Youth Empowerment & Sports have been working with BFI all along. The State government has given BFI all support and cooperation in every respect so that the event is successful and our foreign guests go back without any cause for complaints.



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Fusari re-signs at Broni - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 19-year old point guard Chiara Fusari (170-98). She played there last season. But in 13 Serie A1 games she had just 0.8ppg.

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Enrica Pavia
Ashley Ravelli
Giulia Moroni
Valentina Bonasia
Chiara Fusari

Forwards:
Nina Premasunac
Elena Castello

Centers:
Chelsey Lee
Valentina Gatti

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Alpo Basket VillaFranca tabs Arianna Zampieri - by Eurobasket News

Alpo Basket VillaFranca (Serie A2) inked 29-year old forward Arianna Zampieri (183-88). She has played for the last four years at Pallacanestro Femminile Broni in the Serie A1, but left the team in Jun.'17. In 23 games she averaged 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg last season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
Among other achievements Zampieri won Italian A2 championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Group B Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Zampieri represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) nine years ago.
She has played previously for six other teams: La Spezia, Venezia, Marghera, Udine, Pall.Pozzuoli and Lucca.

Alpo Basket VillaFranca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Elisa Mancinelli
Maria Zanella
Sofia Vespignani
Susanna Toffali
Anna Pusceddu

Forwards:
Arianna Zampieri
Elena Ramo
Silvia Zanardelli

Centers:
Veronica Dell'Olio
Marta Scarsi
Sofia Viviani

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Albino lands Shequila Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Fassi Albino (Serie A2) tabbed 22-year old British forward Shequila Joseph (190-95). She just graduated from Mississippi (NCAA). Joseph has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she averaged 4.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Joseph played in the final of English EBL in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-English EBL 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Joseph represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 54.5%.
Joseph has played previously for Crusaders and Harringey Angels.

Fassi Albino roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Chiara Lussana

Forwards:
Shequila Joseph
Emanuela Valente
Ilaria Bonvecchio

Center:
Elisa Silva

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Orvieto keeps Monaco for another season - by Eurobasket News

Ceprini Orvieto (Serie A2) re-signed 18-year old guard Margherita Monaco (170-99). She played there last season. But in three Serie A2 games she did not score anything.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Venezia keeps Sandri for another season - by Eurobasket News

Reyer Venezia Mestre (Serie A1) re-signed 29-year old international power forward Martina Sandri (184-88, agency: LBM Management). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 24 Serie A1 games she averaged 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season. Sandri helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she had just 1.9ppg and 2.1rpg.
Among other achievements Sandri won MZRKL championship title in 2015. She was selected to Italian League All-Star Game back in 2014.
Sandri also represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) nine years ago.
She has played previously for four other teams: Familia Schio, Reggio Emilia, San Martino and Lucca.

Reyer Venezia Mestre roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Martina Bestagno
Martina Sandri
Valeria De_Pretto

Center:
Marie Ruzickova

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Zach Wilde Named Head Women's Basketball Coach at Columbia Basin College - by Eurobasket News

Columbia Basin College Athletic Director Scott Rogers announced the hiring of Zach Wilde as the new head women's basketball coach. Wilde takes the reins of the storied women's basketball program at CBC following a successful two-year stint as the associate head coach at Everett CC, leading the team to a pair of NWAC postseason appearances. He also earned Coach of the Year honors while at Mountlake High School in Mountlake Terrace, WA, leading the team during 2013-15. 'We couldn't be more excited to have Zach on board,' said Scott Rogers. 'Zach brings a wealth of knowledge and success within the NWAC as a student-athlete and coach. He has strong character, is passionate about the sport, and carries a deep commitment to providing a quality student-athlete experience.' Wilde arrives with a tremendous track record of success as a player and coach. After a stellar career at Snohomish High School, he played one season at Clackamas CC for legendary coach Cliff Wegner, going 29-3 and winning the 2009 NWAC Championship. Wilde then received a scholarship to the University of Hawaii at Hilo under then head coach Jeff Law. Wilde started all three years for the Vulcans, earning Honorable mention his senior year and leaving as the schools 2nd all team leader in rebounds. 'Firstly, I would like to thank Mr. Scott Rogers and the CBC community for this opportunity to work at a first-class institution,' said Coach Wilde. 'I am very excited to be able to come into such a successful program, one that has set the bar very high. CBC has some of the best available resources of any of the schools in the NWAC, and I cannot wait to get started. CBC is such a unique and great place, that getting to call it our home gym is an honor. I hope to bring back championship caliber programs that Coach Holden had done previously.' 'I would also like to thank the players and staff at Everett CC for everything they have given to me. I especially want to thank Coach Hovde and Coach Amrine, Sue Snow, and Larry Walker.' Wilde earned a Bachelors of Arts in Administration of Justice and Communications from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2011, and also a Masters of Business Administration from City University in 2015.
Courtesy of: whoopdirt.com



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Wichita State women's coach moves fast to secure first recruiting class - by Eurobasket News

Wichita State women's basketball coach Keitha Adams knew the selling points that could help her in the frantic recruiting days of the spring. She told recruits that Wichita loves basketball, as evidenced by its rabid support of the men's team. She sold the chance to play in the American Athletic Conference against Connecticut, the nation's dominant women's program. Play in the AAC, she poin