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  3X3  



Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3x3 World Tour Utsunomiya Masters 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) won the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Utsunomiya Masters 2017 and secured their ticket to the Bloomage Beijing Final after edging out Piran (SLO) (17-16) in an overtime thriller in the title game on July 29-30. With the two teams tied at 15 after 10 minutes, the game went to overtime. The first team to score two points wins but Novi Sad Al Wahda star Dusan Domovic-Bulut (191-PG-85) chose to drive to the basket for 1 point. Piran's Simon Finzgar (196-F-80) aka 'The Sphinx' imitated him on the next possession. With the game on the line, Bulut dove for the loose ball and found Savic trailing for the winning lay-up. 'The Maestro' Dejan Majstorovic (200-F-88) had a game-high 8 points in the final, that cemented his 1st place in the scoring list and helped him win MVP honors in Japan. Finzgar had a team-high 7 points for Piran in the rematch of last year's Utsunomiya Masters final, which was a lot more thrilling this year (Novi Sad Al Wahda won 21-13 in 2016). Team Ulaanbaatar (MGL) made history at the Utsunomiya Masters. For the first appearance of a Mongolian team at the World Tour, they first knocked out the reigning World Tour champions Ljubljana (SLO) in the pool phase before going all the way to the semi-finals.
In the individual contests, Justin Darlington (193-G-88) (CAN) wowed the massive Japanese crowd in front of the iconic Futaarayama Jinja shrine and won his second dunk contest of the season in 2 weeks. Krakow R8 Basket (POL) star Michael 'Money in the Bank' Hicks stole the show at the the Shoot-Out Contest with 13 points, including two money balls from the 3x3 logo. The third Masters of the season will be staged in Prague, Czech Republic on August 5-6 and feature 6 of the top 10 teams in the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking, including Novi Sad Al Wahda and Ljubljana. Both these teams have already clinched their spot in the Bloomage Beijing Final after winning the first two Masters of the season.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
2. Piran (SLO)
3. Liman (SRB)
4. Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
5. Zemun (SRB)
6. Okayama (JPN)
7. Krakow (POL)
8. St Petersburg (RUS)
9. Hsinchu (TPE)
10. Seoul (KOR)
11. Ljubljana (SLO)
12. Auckland (NZL).
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ANGOLA  


1 De Agosto signs Jaques Conceicao, ex Galitos-Barreiro - by Eurobasket News

Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (Division I) signed 28-year old Portuguese guard Jaques Conceicao (190-89). He has played for the last two seasons at Galitos-Barreiro in Portuguese LPB league. In 37 games he had 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg last season. Conceicao helped them to make it to the Portuguese Hugo dos Santos Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
His team was regular season runner-up in NJAC in 2015.
Conceicao has played also professionally in Portugal for Alges.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  


Ariel Svoboda signs at Vicenza - by Eurobasket News

Banca Popolare Vicenza (Serie B) landed 32-year old naturalized Argentinian guard Ariel Svoboda (192-85, agency: Interperformances) from Rimadesio Desio. In 13 Serie B games he averaged 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.8apg and 1.1spg last season. Svoboda also played that season for We're Basket Ortona where in 11 Serie B games he had 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Svoboda has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Ferrocarril) and Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Angelico Biella, Osimo, Scauri and Cerignola Udas).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A lefthanded combo guard with a great outside shooting ability. Can win the game by himself tha night he's hot. Also, he has the personality and the court vision to serve as the team point guard if needed.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Echague lands Jeremias Sandrini - by Ivan Milenkovic

Atletico Echague Parana tabbed 24-year old point guard Jeremias Sandrini (184-93). The last season Sandrini played at La Union where in 55 LigaA games he averaged 3.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg.
He has played previously for Sionista. In 2015-1016 he averaged 4.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 56 LigaA games. Echague was relegated and will play in TNA next season.

Atletico Echague Parana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremias Sandrini
Eugenio Zustovich

Forward:
Mateo Gaynor

Center:
Sebastian Cabello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Boca Jrs ink Eduardo Gamboa - by Ivan Milenkovic

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) agreed terms with 33-year old shooting guard Eduardo Gamboa (188-84) from La Union. In 55 LigaA games he had 8.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gamboa played in the final of Argentinian LigaA in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention back in 2013.
Gamboa has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Islanders) and Argentina (Deportivo Puerto Madryn-Brown, Bragado, Obera Tennis Club, Alberdi and Estudiantes Concordia).

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eduardo Gamboa
Novar Gadson
Matias Aristu

Forward:
Fotios Lampropoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Diego Figueredo signs at Ferrocarril - by Ivan Milenkovic

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (LigaA) landed 26-year old point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91). He has played for the last two years at Estudiantes Olavarria in the TNA. In 50 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg last season. Figueredo helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
He has played previously for three other teams: Sport Club, San Martin Marcos Juarez and Huracan. It is expected that Figueredo will be backup to Franco Balbi.

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Matias Aristu joins Boca Jrs - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) agreed terms with 22-year old shooting guard Matias Aristu (193-95). He played last season at Comunicaciones in the TNA. In 53 games he had 7.6ppg and 2.6rpg. Aristu helped them to win the TNA title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The previous (15-16) season he played at San Isidro (also in TNA) where in 38 games he recorded 4.2ppg and 1.6rpg. Aristu contributed to his team winning the regular season.
He represented Argentina at the World Championships U17 in Kaunas (Lithuania) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg.
Aristu has played previously for two other teams: Libertad Sunchales and Instituto.

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Cabello is back at Echague - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82). It is actually his comeback to Parana as he has played here before. Cabello played last season at Barrio Parque in the TNA. In 40 games he had 7.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (15-16) season Cabello played at Echague (also in TNA) where in 52 games he recorded 7.3ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Cabello was a member of Argentinian U18 National Team in 2000.
He has played previously professionally also in Paraguay (San Jose) and Argentina (C.Entrerriano, San Martin de La Rioja, Ben Hur, MH Basket and Quimsa).
Cabello is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Echague.
On Cabello: Born as a forward thanks to his good outside shot, he started playing in center position two seasons ago; even if he is a little undersized, he is an hard nose defender in the paint and an incredible leaper and slasher, who excels at the offensive rebounding;.

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Salta Basket tabs Diego Gerbaudo - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket inked 28-year old former Argentinian international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Gerbaudo has played for the last two years at Atenas in the LigaA. In 42 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg last season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Gerbaudo played in the final of Argentinian LigaA in 2011.
He was a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Gerbaudo was called to Argentinian Senior National Team back in 2008 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Gerbaudo has played previously professionally also in Spain (Real Madrid II) and Argentina (Weber Bahia, La Union, Automovil Club, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Quimsa).

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State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Waverley F. - Ringwood H. 75-88

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Ringwood Hawks (18-4) beat 3rd ranked Waverley Falcons (16-5) in Mount Waverley 88-75 on Sunday. Ringwood Hawks made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Mike McCahey (196, college: St.Anselm) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Shaun Clarke (204) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Ringwood Hawks players scored in double figures. American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds and forward Chris Arkell (198-90) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Waverley Falcons. Waverley Falcons' coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ringwood Hawks maintains first position in League with 18-4 record. Loser Waverley Falcons keep the third place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: D.Simmons 25+19reb+1ast, M.Harper 14+3reb, C.Arkell 9+6reb+5ast, B.Kelleher 9+3ast, D.Neville 6+5reb, J.Reardon 5+5reb+4ast
Ringwood H.: M.McCahey 31+12reb+1ast, S.Clarke 18+7reb, M.Fennell 16+6reb, J.Gibson 13+3reb+3ast, M.Snowball 7+5reb+8ast, N.Truman 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541409


Corio Bay S. - McKinnon C. 74-134

Very expected game when 11th ranked Stingrays (4-18) were smashed by sixth ranked McKinnon C. (11-11) in Geelong 134-74 on Sunday. McKinnon C. dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Stingrays' 42. McKinnon C. forced 31 Stingrays turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Stingrays' players. Stingrays were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five McKinnon C. players scored in double figures. McKinnon C.'s coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Joel Mcfall (189-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Jordan Latham (206-91, college: Loyola, MD) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Stingrays. McKinnon C. maintains sixth position in League with 11-11 record. Loser Stingrays keep the eleventh place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Corio Bay S.: J.Latham 22+7reb+1ast, C.Eichler 15+9reb+1ast, J.Mcfall 13+15reb+6ast, G. Erray 9+4reb+2ast, C.Walsh 8+1reb+1ast, J.Headlam 6+6reb+2ast
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 26+13reb+3ast, C.Charge 24+3reb+1ast, B.Tamir 24+4reb+2ast, I.Platenik 21+7reb+4ast, M.Cody 13+4reb+6ast, N.Mueller 11+3reb+3ast
gschID: 541408


Whittlesea City - Corio Bay S. 105-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Whittlesea City (3-19) rolled over 11th ranked Stingrays (4-18) in Mill Park 105-81 on Saturday. Whittlesea City forced 20 Stingrays turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. It was a very good performance for Dominic Bruno who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 assists. Jonathan Maybank contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Whittlesea City players scored in double figures. Whittlesea City's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Jordan Latham (206-91, college: Loyola, MD) replied with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Christopher Eichler added 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Stingrays. Whittlesea City maintains twelfth position in League with 3-19 record. Loser Stingrays keep the eleventh place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Corio Bay S.: J.Latham 30+6reb+4ast, J.Mcfall 17+8reb+4ast, C.Eichler 13+13reb+4ast, Q.Walker 9+5reb+3ast, H.Goodier 8+3reb+2ast, B.Armstrong 4+4reb+1ast
Whittlesea City: D.Bruno 28+3reb+7ast, J.Maybank 22+6reb+2ast, T.Watson 12+13reb+3ast, A.Zeverona 12+6reb+5ast, E.Potts-Broughton 11+7reb+5ast, R.Smith 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 541407


McKinnon C. - Eltham W. 89-110

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked McKinnon C. (11-11) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Eltham Wildcats (16-6) 110-89 on Saturday. Eltham Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for Benjamin Waldren who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 steals. Forward Simon Grant (195-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. Eltham Wildcats' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and Maximilian Cody (, college: Minot St.) added 13 points and 6 assists in the effort for McKinnon C.Eltham Wildcats maintains fourth position in League with 16-6 record. Loser McKinnon C. keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 34+12reb+1ast, M.Cody 13+4reb+6ast, N.Mueller 9+3reb+4ast, D.Walker 8+1reb, B.Tamir 8+2reb, J.Maybank 7+2reb+1ast
Eltham W.: B.Waldren 28+3reb+3ast, J.Canovan 17+5reb+1ast, S.Whelan 13+1reb+1ast, S.Grant 13+11reb, C.Cameron 12+3reb+4ast, S.Bradbury 9+10reb+2ast
gschID: 541406


Hume City - Diamond V.E. 76-84

Everything could happen in Tullamarine at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Diamond Valley Eagles and 9th ranked Hume City Broncos had identical 7-14 record. But Hume City Broncos were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Greensborough 84-76 on Saturday night. Diamond Valley Eagles shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Matt Reynolds (183) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) replied with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Luke Egan (200-74, college: E.Washington) added 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Hume City Broncos. Five Hume City Broncos players scored in double figures. Diamond Valley Eagles maintains eighth position in League with 8-14 record. Loser Hume City Broncos dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hume City: M.Rose 26+7reb+7ast, L.Egan 16+7reb+4ast, J.O'Rieley 11+7reb+3ast, T.Clayton 11+10reb+2ast, S.Prendergast 10+3reb+5ast, H.Pinder 2+2reb+1ast
Diamond V.E.: R.Sanders 30+11reb+4ast, B.Conley 11+7reb, M.Reynolds 11+5reb+6ast, M.Lee 9+4reb+2ast, G.Page 8+1reb+4ast, S.Reynolds 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 541405


Hawthorn M. - Werribee D. 85-63

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Devils (9-12) were outleveled by tenth ranked Magic (7-14) in Hawthorn 85-63 on Saturday. Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Devils' 30. They outrebounded Devils 47-25 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for point guard Kirk Smith (178) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Alex Bogart-King (200) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Magic's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jordan Hughes (192-92, college: Dakota St.) replied with 17 points and Adetomi Ayilara added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Devils. Magic moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Devils keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Werribee D.: J.Hughes 17+4reb+2ast, A.Ayilara 14+8reb, J.Smith 11+5reb+4ast, N.Wilson 9+3reb+1ast, D.Herbert 6+1reb+1ast, J.Ward 4+2reb+1ast
Hawthorn M.: K.Smith 25+6reb+4ast, A.Bogart-King 17+3reb+2ast, J.Morrison 9+4reb+2ast, L.Sist 8+6reb+2ast, R. Johnson 6+7reb+1ast, C.Dent 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541404


Knox R. - Casey C. 75-77

Leading Knox Raiders (17-5) recorded its fifth loss in Wantirna South on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Casey C. (14-7) 77-75. Power forward Brent Hobba (205-82, college: Colorado Christian) notched 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Casey C. players scored in double figures. Even 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks by American forward Christopher Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) did not help to save the game for Knox Raiders. Adrian Tomada added 23 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Knox Raiders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Casey C. maintains fifth position in League with 14-7 record. Loser Knox Raiders dropped to the second place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: C.Kaba 26+8reb+2ast, A.Tomada 23+6reb, D.Hare 11+3reb+7ast, L.Carroll 5+6reb+1ast, N.Stamatopoulos 5+5reb, A.Thoseby 3+3reb+1ast
Casey C.: B.Hobba 18+7reb, C.Polk 13+9reb+3ast, M.McInnes 13+2reb+3ast, B.Louis 10+6reb+6ast, N.Guscott 9+3reb+3ast, R.Lemons 8+3reb
gschID: 541403


QBL
SW Metro P. - Toowoomba M. 116-82

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked South West Metro Pirates (10-5) crushed 14th ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers (1-15) in Runcorn 116-82 on Sunday. South West Metro Pirates made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Toowoomba Mountaineers turnovers and outrebounded them 57-35 including a 40-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. South West Metro Pirates looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Toowoomba Mountaineers' players. It was a very good performance for 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 26 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The other American import guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) contributed with 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four South West Metro Pirates players scored in double figures. South West Metro Pirates' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (193, college: Oregon) replied with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Manylok Malek (201-94) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Toowoomba Mountaineers. South West Metro Pirates maintains sixth position in League with 10-5 record. Loser Toowoomba Mountaineers keep the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. South West Metro Pirates will face Brisbane Spartans (#9) on the road in the next round. Toowoomba Mountaineers will play against Rollers (#10) in Gold Coast and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toowoomba M.: J.Abdul-Bassit 30+8reb+5ast, C.Weber 17+5reb+2ast, M.Malek 11+12reb+2ast, A.Gehrig 7, J.Seaby 6+3reb, M.Nolen 5+2reb+3ast
SW Metro P.: J.Kendle 33+6reb+7ast, T.McGrew 26+15reb+5ast, J.Allen 25+9reb+1ast, J.Bairstow 13+11reb+7ast, M.Kerle 8+1reb, R.Vines 6+3reb+8ast
gschID: 541610


Gladstone P. - Sunshine CR 83-101

Very expected game when 11th ranked Gladstone Port City Power (4-10) lost at home to fifth ranked Sunshine CR (10-4) 101-83 on Saturday. Gladstone Port City Power was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Isaih Tueta (187-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized New Zealand guard Zane Meehl (188-86, college: Mid-Continent) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Ray Willis (198-89, college: N.C.Central, agency: HMS) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and center Nathaniel Musters (208-93, college: Lafayette) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Gladstone Port City Power. Sunshine CR moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Gladstone Port City Power keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Sunshine CR will face league's second-placed Brisbane Capitals on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Gladstone Port City Power will play against Cairns Marlins (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gladstone P.: R.Willis 34+5reb+3ast, N.Musters 16+10reb+1ast, T.Allen 13+3reb, R.Lawyer 6+5reb+2ast, P.Ciganovic 5+1ast, W.Shackleford 4+13reb+6ast
Sunshine CR: I.Tueta 26+10reb+4ast, Z.Meehl 22+6reb+3ast, L.Hurdle 19+7reb+1ast, L.Ilton 9+3reb, Z.Meehl 7, J.Tueta 7+3reb
gschID: 541607


Townsville H. - Logan T. 100-75

Rather predictable result when third ranked Townsville Heat (11-3) rolled over 7th ranked Logan T. (9-8) in Hermit Park 100-75 on Saturday. Townsville Heat looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 assists. American power forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Townsville Heat's coach Rod Anderson felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Nelson Kahler (206, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Bijan Johnson (185, college: N.Mex.Military) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Logan T.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Townsville Heat maintains third position in League with 11-3 record having 2 victories less than leader Mackay M. Loser Logan T. keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Townsville Heat will face Maroochydore Clippers (#12) in Cotton Tree in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: N.Kahler 15+10reb+1ast, K.Post 14+8reb, B.Johnson 14+2reb+6ast, C.Salecich 12+3reb+4ast, S.Johns 8+4reb+1ast, M.Cedar 6+5reb+1ast
Townsville H.: J.Baker 17+6reb+3ast, P.Crawford 17+2reb+4ast, J.Wilcher 17+4reb+9ast, J.Anderson 16+8reb+1ast, J.Spiers 9+6reb+1ast, J.Figg 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 541609


Brisbane C. - Brisbane S. 116-91

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Brisbane Spartans (7-9) were outscored on the road by second ranked Brisbane Capitals (12-3) 116-91 on Saturday. Brisbane Capitals made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Brisbane Spartans turnovers. Brisbane Capitals looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brisbane Capitals made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American point guard Aaron Anderson (178, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. American-Nigerian guard Princeton Onwas (198-93, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 36 points (!!!) and 4 blocks for the winners. Brisbane Capitals' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Tom Jervis (211-87, college: Troy) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and guard Mitch Philp (184-89) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Brisbane Spartans. Five Brisbane Capitals and four Brisbane Spartans players scored in double figures. Brisbane Capitals maintains second position in League with 12-3 record behind leader Mackay M. Loser Brisbane Spartans dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Brisbane Capitals will face Sunshine CR (#4) in the next round. Brisbane Spartans will play against South West Metro Pirates (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: M.Philp 24+5reb+7ast, T.Jervis 22+14reb+2ast, G.Scott 13+10reb+1ast, R.Jeffries 12+3reb+3ast, B.Volkman 10+1reb+3ast, D.McDowell-White 8+5reb+3ast
Brisbane C.: P.Onwas 36+3reb+2ast, A.Anderson 26+9reb+7ast, D.Rychart 25+9reb+5ast, Z.Carter 13+6reb+2ast, J.Davis 11+1reb+2ast, C.Lam 3
gschID: 541608


Toowoomba M. - Gold Coast R. 77-117

Everything went according to plan when twelfth ranked Rollers (5-11) outplayed on the road 14th ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers (1-15) 117-77 on Saturday. Rollers forced 23 Toowoomba Mountaineers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Toowoomba Mountaineers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for New Zealand guard Tobias Cameron (193-99) who helped to win the game recording 19 points (made all of his seven free throws). American forward Thalo Green (200-78) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Rollers players scored in double figures. American guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (193, college: Oregon) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Manylok Malek (201-94) added 15 points and 19 rebounds in the effort for Toowoomba Mountaineers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rollers moved-up to tenth place in League. Loser Toowoomba Mountaineers keep the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Rollers will have a break next round. Toowoomba Mountaineers will play again against Rollers (#10) in Gold Coast and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toowoomba M.: J.Abdul-Bassit 28+10reb+9ast, M.Malek 15+19reb+2ast, C.Weber 12+1reb+1ast, A.Gehrig 7+5reb+2ast, M.Nolen 5+1ast, J.Seaby 4+3reb+2ast
Gold Coast R.: J.Morris 20+2ast, T.Green 19+3reb+3ast, T.Cameron 19+4reb+3ast, D.Vale 16+5reb+4ast, D.Sullivan 12+8reb+1ast, K.Marks 10+1ast
gschID: 541606


Mackay M. - Suncoast PC 115-104

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Maroochydore Clippers (4-10) lost on the road to first ranked Mackay Meteors (13-3) 115-104 on Saturday. Mackay Meteors dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Maroochydore Clippers' 42. Mackay Meteors looked well-organized offensively handing out 39 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Maroochydore Clippers' players. It was a very good performance for guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 21 assists. The former international forward Lucas Walker (202-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Mackay Meteors players scored in double figures. Mackay Meteors' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Breland Hogan (185, college: Grand Valley St.) replied with 41 points (!!!) and 4 assists and the former international forward Jeromie Hill (203-91, college: UTSA) added 23 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Maroochydore Clippers. Mackay Meteors maintains first position in League with 13-3 record. Loser Maroochydore Clippers dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. Mackay Meteors will have a break next round. Maroochydore Clippers will play against Townsville Heat (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Suncoast PC: B.Hogan 41+4reb+4ast, J.Hill 23+9reb+2ast, C.Massingale 20+5reb+4ast, M.Kenyon 9+12reb+4ast, M.Donaldson 8+3reb+1ast, B.Hooper 3
Mackay M.: L.Walker 25+10reb+4ast, C.Tragardh 23+4reb+2ast, C.Cedar 22+8reb+7ast, T.Diop 22+7reb+3ast, S.Bruce 15+5reb+21ast, L.Harvey 4+3reb
gschID: 541605


Cairns M. - Logan T. 94-88

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Cairns Marlins (10-5) beat at home 7th ranked Logan T. (9-8) 94-88 on Friday. Cairns Marlins looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for point guard Damon Heuir (191-91, college: S.Utah) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Tevin Jackson (201-94, college: McNeese St.) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Michael Cedar (190-86) replied with 35 points (!!!) and center Nelson Kahler (206, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 14 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for Logan T.Five Cairns Marlins and four Logan T. players scored in double figures. Cairns Marlins maintains fifth position in League with 10-5 record. Loser Logan T. keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Cairns Marlins will face Gladstone Port City Power (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: M.Cedar 35+3reb+3ast, N.Kahler 14+12reb, B.Johnson 12+1reb+4ast, K.Post 10+5reb+2ast, S.Carroll 7+3reb+10ast, C.Salecich 6+6reb+1ast
Cairns M.: D.Heuir 34+5reb+6ast, T.Jackson 18+8reb+4ast, S.Weigh 15+8reb+2ast, K.Kuany 12+5reb+1ast, A.Fisher 11+4reb+5ast, K.Stattmann 3+1reb
gschID: 541604


Ipswich F. - Gold Coast R. 94-97

Everything could happen in Booval at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Rollers and 11th ranked Ipswich Force had identical 4-11 record. But Ipswich Force was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Gold Coast 97-94 on Friday night. Rollers outrebounded Ipswich Force 50-37 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ipswich Force was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for New Zealand guard Tobias Cameron (193-99) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. American swingman Devon Sullivan (201-86, college: S.Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Worth to mention Sullivan played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. American forward Kyle Harvey (196-91, college: Williams Baptist) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard Jaryd Eustace (201-94, college: Miami, OH) added 31 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ipswich Force. Five Rollers and four Ipswich Force players scored in double figures. Rollers (5-11) moved-up to tenth place in League. Loser Ipswich Force dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Rollers will face Toowoomba Mountaineers (#14) at home in the next round. Ipswich Force will play against South West Metro Pirates and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ipswich F.: K.Harvey 35+8reb+3ast, J.Eustace 31+10reb+3ast, J.Ralph 11+2reb+6ast, B.Wilson 10+6reb+5ast, J.Derksen 3+8reb, M.Poulain 2+3reb
Gold Coast R.: T.Cameron 20+6reb+9ast, A.Darragh 18+2reb+1ast, D.Vale 18+4reb+2ast, T.Green 17+8reb+4ast, D.Sullivan 14+17reb+1ast, L.Frankland 4
gschID: 541603


Rockhampton - Suncoast PC 108-111

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Maroochydore Clippers (4-10) edged on the road 8th ranked Rockhampton Rockets (7-9) 111-108 on Friday. Maroochydore Clippers forced 21 Rockhampton Rockets turnovers. Rockhampton Rockets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Jeromie Hill (203-91, college: UTSA) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds. American guard CJ Massingale (191-82, college: Metro St.) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and swingman James Mitchell (194-91) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Rockhampton Rockets. Four Maroochydore Clippers and five Rockhampton Rockets players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Maroochydore Clippers went down to twelfth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Rockhampton Rockets keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Maroochydore Clippers will face higher ranked Townsville Heat (#3) in Hermit Park in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Rockhampton: D.Wagner 30+11reb+2ast, C.Fowler 22+8reb+5ast, J.Mitchell 18+9reb+8ast, J.Lopez 14+3reb+6ast, R.Hassan 14+3reb+1ast, T.Corrigan 8+6reb
Suncoast PC: J.Hill 29+9reb, C.Massingale 20+6reb+2ast, M.Donaldson 17+3reb+1ast, B.Hogan 16+9reb+2ast, H.Reed 13+4reb+1ast, M.Kenyon 9+10reb+4ast
gschID: 541602


SBL
Lakeside L. - Willetton T. 93-81

State League round 22 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader Tigers (20-6) against ninth ranked Lightning (12-15) 93-81 was the most important game of the last round. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Corey Shervill (197) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Lightning players scored in double figures. Guard Damien Scott (190-92) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and American swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Tigers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lightning maintains ninth position in League with 12-15 record. Tigers at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Mackay M.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Willetton T.: D.Scott 22+4reb+4ast, J.Bowie 18+5reb+5ast, R.Turner 17+8reb, N.Cody 9+2reb, A.Black 5+2reb+4ast, K.Armour 4+1reb+2ast
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 21+8reb, R.Mackenzie 19+4reb+3ast, C.Shervill 19+8reb+3ast, D.Atkinson 17+6reb+12ast, M.Vinci 10+3reb+2ast, T.Parkinson 5+3reb
gschID: 541793


East Perth E. - Perth R. 107-116

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Eagles (8-18) lost to fifth ranked Redbacks (16-11) in Morley 107-116 on Saturday. Redbacks made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. It was a very good performance for American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) for the winners. Redbacks' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) added 25 points and 6 assists in the effort for Eagles. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Redbacks moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Eagles dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: K.Davis 35+11reb+1ast, D.Williamson 25+3reb+6ast, M.Bragg 15+7reb+10ast, K.Anthony 11+4reb, J.Tupaea 10+3reb+2ast, D.Tawhiti 6+3reb+2ast
Perth R.: S.Redhage 37+6reb+3ast, L.Roberts 36+5reb+7ast, M.Vigor 14+4reb+3ast, M.Nelson 12+3reb+4ast, J.Wagner 10+6reb+11ast, B.Smith 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 541799


Mandurah M. - Stirling S. 72-90

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Stirling S. (15-11) defeated 14th ranked Magic (4-21) in Mandurah 90-72 on Saturday. Stirling S. made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Stirling S. outrebounded Magic 51-29 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Stirling S. made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, college: St.Louis) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) replied with 32 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sam Julitz (198) added 12 points in the effort for Magic. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stirling S. moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Magic keeps the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: W.McNeill 32+7reb+1ast, S.Julitz 12+3reb+1ast, C.Simpson 12+2reb+1ast, A.Deng 7+7reb+1ast, C.Kyle 5+2reb+1ast, D.Ballantyne 4+2reb+4ast
Stirling S.: R.Vague 32+12reb, C.Ellis 20+9reb+1ast, A.Litterick 12+4reb+1ast, A.Bruton 8+1reb+2ast, J.Thwaites 4+3reb+1ast, J.Coburn 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541798


Joondalup Wolves - SW Slammers 89-86

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Wanneroo as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Wanneroo edged 6th ranked Slammers in Joondalup 89-86. Wanneroo players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Wanneroo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American-Irish forward Brian Voelkel (198-92, college: Vermont, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Four Slammers players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Slammers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
SW Slammers: T.Nichols 24+6reb+3ast, B.Voelkel 16+20reb+4ast, T.Puot 15+5reb, M.Lay 11+1reb+4ast, T.Durnin 9+2reb+1ast, T.Vogel 6+3reb
Joondalup Wolves: R.Wright 23+13reb, T.Iliadis 17+5reb+6ast, B.Ironmonger 12+4reb+6ast, R.Huntington 9+7reb+1ast, D.Matacz 8+7reb+1ast, R.Smyth 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 541797


Goldfields G. - Rockingham F. 88-79

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Flames (10-15) lost to twelfth ranked Giants (8-17) in Kalgoorlie 79-88 on Saturday. Giants made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Flames were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Giants' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) replied with 32 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ryan Godfrey (187-90, college: W.Georgia) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Flames. Giants moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Flames keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rockingham F.: D.Jack 32+6reb, R.Godfrey 11+10reb+8ast, V.Zollo 10+7reb+3ast, J.Griffin 9+7reb+1ast, J.Beard 8+9reb+4ast, L.Roberts 5
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 34+10reb+4ast, J.Pillard 15+9reb+4ast, J.Reid 14+5reb+4ast, B.Holloway 8+1reb+5ast, R.Hurst 7+3reb, A.Atem 5+4reb
gschID: 541796


Geraldton B. - Perry Lakes H. 78-77

Eighth-ranked Hawks (12-14) were very close to win a game against third ranked Buccaneers (19-7) in Wonthella on Saturday. Buccaneers managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a very good performance for American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Aaron Ralph (200-89) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center Brian Carlwell (211-87, college: San Diego St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Matthew Adekponya (194-90) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hawks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hawks' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Buccaneers maintains third position in League with 19-7 record having just sixteen point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Hawks keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: R.Smith 19+2reb+1ast, B.Carlwell 18+12reb+2ast, M.Adekponya 17+4reb+4ast, R.Waters 12+2reb+3ast, B.Purser 7+6reb+3ast, M.Clarke 2+2reb+1ast
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 26+7reb+2ast, A.Ralph 15+8reb+2ast, J.Hussey 12+3reb+8ast, M.Barrow 11+4reb+1ast, M.Wundenberg 6+10reb+2ast, M.Hancock 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541795


Cockburn C. - Kalamunda E.S. 101-107

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Suns (7-20) beat higher ranked Cougars (15-10) in Hamilton Hill 107-101 on Friday. Cougars were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Rob Brandenberg (188-92, college: VCU) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Suns' coach Michael Clarke used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and guard Seva Chan (187-94) added 21 points and 8 assists in the effort for Cougars. Four Suns and five Cougars players scored in double figures. Suns maintains thirteenth position in League with 7-20 record. Loser Cougars dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 30+16reb+1ast, S.Chan 21+2reb+8ast, G.Field 16+8reb+4ast, R.Della Maddalena 12+2reb+1ast, L.Cummings 10+8reb+6ast, J.Holmes 6+4reb
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 26+6reb+6ast, K.Horn 21+6reb, R.Brandenberg 18+6reb+5ast, J.Lewis 11+4reb+3ast, B.Grey 8+8reb, C.Lowe 6+2reb
gschID: 541794


SEABL
BA CoE - Dandenong R. 58-81

Very expected game when 8th ranked BA CoE (2-13) was smashed at home by third ranked Dandenong Rangers (15-8) 81-58 on Sunday. Dandenong Rangers made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 BA CoE turnovers. Strangely BA CoE outrebounded Dandenong Rangers 44-26 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. BA CoE was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Chauncey Orr (193-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Felix Von-Hofe (196-93, college: E.Washington) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Dandenong Rangers players scored in double figures. Matthew Johns (-99) replied with 7 points and 9 assists and center Mate Colina (208-99) added 11 points in the effort for BA CoE. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dandenong Rangers maintains third position in League with 15-8 record having just nine point less than leader Mackay M. Loser BA CoE keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Dandenong Rangers will face NW Tasmania Thunder (#3) in Ulverstone in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BA CoE will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ballarat Miners (#2) in Wendouree and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BA CoE: M.Colina 11+4reb+1ast, M.Johns 7+3reb+9ast, D.Grida 7+2reb+1ast, O.Hulland 6+9reb, C.Dalton 6+3reb+3ast, K.Bowen 6+7reb+2ast
Dandenong R.: C.Orr 20+2reb+5ast, F.Von Hofe 12+6reb, T.Lang 11+4reb+2ast, L.Barker 10+2reb+2ast, L.Gibcus 7+2reb+1ast, M.Riggs 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541887


Melbourne T. - Mt Gambier 83-110

Very predictable result when first ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (19-3) rolled over 6th ranked Tigers (7-15) in Melbourne 110-83 on Sunday. Mount Gambier Pioneers dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Tigers' 44. Quite impressive performance for American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Tom Daly (182-91) contributed with 28 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Ari Stewart (200-90, college: USC) replied with 22 points and naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) added 18 points in the effort for Tigers. Five Mount Gambier Pioneers and four Tigers players scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first position in League with 19-3 record. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face league's second-placed Chargers in Hobart in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tigers will play at home against Bendigo Braves (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Melbourne T.: A.Stewart 22+4reb, D.Corletto 18+3reb+3ast, N.Tomlinson 11+5reb+7ast, B.Dixon 10+1reb+1ast, S.Sykes 10+3reb+2ast, R.Oirbans 5+10reb+3ast
Mt Gambier: T.Daly 28+1reb+1ast, D.Alexander 21+9reb+4ast, J.Madgen 19+6reb+1ast, J.Jones 14+5reb, B.Hill 11+9reb+4ast, E.Burdon 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 546608


Ballarat M. - NW Tasmania 98-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers NW Tasmania Thunder's (13-10) road loss to second ranked Ballarat Miners (15-8) in Wendouree 79-98 on Sunday. Ballarat Miners dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to NW Tasmania Thunder's 34. They outrebounded NW Tasmania Thunder 48-25 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ballarat Miners looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Quite impressive performance for New Zealand forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Craig Moller (206-94, agency: MKP Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Ballarat Miners' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Ben Richmond (194-93) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for NW Tasmania Thunder. Four Ballarat Miners and five NW Tasmania Thunder players scored in double figures. Ballarat Miners maintains second position in League with 15-8 record having just nine point less than leader Mackay M. Loser NW Tasmania Thunder keeps the third place with ten games lost. Ballarat Miners will face BA CoE (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. NW Tasmania Thunder will play against Dandenong Rangers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NW Tasmania: B.Richmond 18+5reb+1ast, D.Sepokas 16+2reb+3ast, J.Ingram 14+7reb+3ast, A.Starks 14+1reb+5ast, B.Simpson 10+2reb+5ast, J.Chilcott 5+4reb
Ballarat M.: M.King-Davis 22+4reb, L.Henry 21+12reb+2ast, C.Moller 14+12reb+7ast, P.Hooley 13+3reb+6ast, A.Constable 8+2reb, D.Usher 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 546607


Albury W.B. - Kilsyth C. 93-103

We should not miss a road victory of sixth ranked Kilsyth Cobras (10-13) over 5th ranked Bandits (9-14) 103-93. Kilsyth Cobras shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Guard Tariq Naqqash (185, college: East Central) fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Chris Patton (208-91, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Point guard Deba George (183-85) produced 23 points and 8 assists and American forward TJ Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) added 16 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Kilsyth Cobras and four Bandits players scored in double figures. Kilsyth Cobras maintains sixth position in League with 10-13 record. Bandits at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Kilsyth Cobras' next round opponent will be league's leader Mount Gambier Pioneers in Mt Gambier and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bandits will play on the road against Geelong Supercats (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albury W.B.: D.George 23+4reb+8ast, J.Terrell 22+4reb+3ast, D.Harding 19+3reb+2ast, T.Robinson 16+13reb+1ast, J.Duck 7+1reb+3ast, S.Dearborn 5+2reb+1ast
Kilsyth C.: T.Naqqash 22+7reb+5ast, O.Odigie 18+2reb+3ast, B.Ursich 17+3ast, A.MacMillan 15+10reb+4ast, C.Patton 14+7reb+9ast, D.Schaffert 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541886


Frankston - Ballarat M. 82-89

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Ballarat Miners (15-8) defeated 7th ranked Frankston Blues (8-15) in Seaford 89-82 on Saturday. Quite impressive performance for New Zealand forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Peter Hooley (193-92, college: Albany) contributed with 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Ballarat Miners players scored in double figures. American forward Alex Francis (198-91, college: Bryant, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Nate Buss (206-92, college: N.Iowa) added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Frankston Blues. Ballarat Miners maintains second position in League with 15-8 record having just nine point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Frankston Blues keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. Ballarat Miners will face BA CoE (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Frankston Blues will play against the league's second-placed Chargers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Frankston: A.Francis 24+11reb+3ast, N.Buss 21+8reb+4ast, B.Lewis 19+4reb+4ast, J.Macaulay 9+4reb+5ast, T.Lloyd 7+4reb, H.Cheverly 2+1ast
Ballarat M.: M.King-Davis 20+8reb, P.Hooley 18+4reb+6ast, L.Henry 18+9reb+3ast, C.Moller 16+8reb+2ast, D.Usher 10+2reb+3ast, A.Constable 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546606


Bendigo B. - NW Tasmania 73-112

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Bendigo Braves (10-13) were outleveled at home by third ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (13-10) 112-73 on Saturday. NW Tasmania Thunder had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Quite impressive performance for forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Ahmad Starks (175-92, college: Illinois) contributed with 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five NW Tasmania Thunder players scored in double figures. Guard Dyami Starks (188-92, college: Bryant) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and power forward CJ Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Bendigo Braves. Bendigo Braves' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. NW Tasmania Thunder maintains third position in League with 13-10 record having just seven point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Bendigo Braves keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. NW Tasmania Thunder will face Dandenong Rangers (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bendigo Braves will play against Tigers in Melbourne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bendigo B.: D.Starks 35+6reb+2ast, C.Aiken 12+10reb, A.Doyle 8+1reb+2ast, C.Hogan 8+5reb+1ast, M.Andronicos 5+2reb, T.Rayner 3+1reb
NW Tasmania: J.Ingram 26+16reb+4ast, A.Starks 23+2reb+5ast, D.Sepokas 20+6reb, B.Richmond 20+7reb+1ast, B.Simpson 15+8reb+2ast, T.Armostrong 5+2reb
gschID: 546605


Nunawading S. - Melbourne T. 79-63

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Spectres (17-6) beat 6th ranked Tigers (7-15) in East Burwood 79-63 on Saturday. Spectres looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Quite impressive performance for power forward Simon Conn (206-83, college: Gardner-Webb) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Spectres' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Ari Stewart (200-90, college: USC) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Tigers. Spectres maintains first position in League with 17-6 record. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Spectres will face Canberra Gunners (#7) in Belconnen in the next round where they are favorite. Tigers will play at home against Bendigo Braves and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Melbourne T.: D.Corletto 19+1reb+5ast, A.Stewart 11+11reb+4ast, J.Todd 9+1reb+1ast, N.Tomlinson 9+7reb+5ast, B.Dixon 7+3reb, R.Oirbans 6+5reb
Nunawading S.: S.Conn 23+15reb+4ast, D.Swetalla 20+7reb+1ast, S.McDonald 11+4reb+12ast, T.Wright 9+4reb+3ast, A.Steel 6+3reb+1ast, J.Saunders 5
gschID: 541885


Canberra G. - Dandenong R. 79-89

Very expected game when 7th ranked Canberra Gunners (4-18) lost to third ranked Dandenong Rangers (15-8) in Belconnen 79-89 on Saturday. Quite impressive performance for American forward Garrett Jackson (201-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import swingman Chauncey Orr (193-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Daniel Joyce (194-87) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Canberra Gunners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dandenong Rangers maintains third position in League with 15-8 record having just nine point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Canberra Gunners keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Dandenong Rangers will face NW Tasmania Thunder (#3) in Ulverstone in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Canberra Gunners will play on the road against the league's leader Spectres (#1) in East Burwood and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Canberra G.: B.Allen 24+13reb+4ast, D.Joyce 11+6reb+4ast, B.Doran 8+2reb+1ast, I.Morison 8+2reb+1ast, N.Brown 7+4reb+2ast, G.Morison 7+4reb+1ast
Dandenong R.: G.Jackson 19+9reb+3ast, C.Orr 17+9reb+3ast, M.Riggs 12+1reb+2ast, T.Lang 12+1reb+2ast, F.Von Hofe 8+8reb, L.Barker 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 541884


Sandringham S. - Hobart C. 83-98

Rather predictable result when second ranked Chargers (13-9) won against 4th ranked Sabres (10-12) in Cheltenham 98-83 on Saturday. Chargers outrebounded Sabres 40-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Robert Heyer (190, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized South Sudanese swingman Mathiang Muo (196-87, college: Charleston So.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Alister Macdonald (186-92) added 21 points in the effort for Sabres. Four Sabres players scored in double figures. Chargers maintains second position in League with 13-9 record having just six point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Sabres keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Chargers will face Frankston Blues (#7) in Seaford in the next round where they are favorite. Sabres will play at home against Canberra Gunners and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sandringham S.: J.Evans 30+17reb+5ast, A.Macdonald 21, I.Hadziomerovic 11+3reb+2ast, E.O'Day 10+3reb+2ast, N.Crosswell 6+4ast, J.Batish 3+1reb
Hobart C.: R.Heyer 31+9reb+4ast, C.Whitehead 28+8reb+3ast, M.Muo 27+11reb+2ast, L.Thomas 7+6reb+2ast, T.Masunda 3+1reb+2ast, C.Brown 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 541883


Geelong S. - Nunawading S. 96-76

There was a minor upset when top-ranked Spectres (17-6) were outscored on the road by fourth ranked Geelong Supercats (14-9) 96-76 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Geelong Supercats. Spectres was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spectres 44-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. Geelong Supercats looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. The former international swingman Nathan Herbert (192-84) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Thomas Wright replied with 13 points and Sam McDonald (-84) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spectres. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Geelong Supercats maintains fourth position in League with 14-9 record. Loser Spectres still keep top place with six games lost. Geelong Supercats will face Bandits (#5) in Albury in the next round. Spectres will play at home against Canberra Gunners (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nunawading S.: T.Wright 13+1reb+3ast, S.Conn 12+2reb+1ast, A.Steel 10+3reb, S.McDonald 9+2reb+4ast, J.Cooke 8+6reb+1ast, J.Saunders 6
Geelong S.: D.Gatlin 27+3reb+4ast, N.Herbert 18+6reb+2ast, J.Medved 12+3ast, K.Blicavs 10+3reb+2ast, M.Hicks 9+5reb+3ast, L.McInerney 7+12reb+2ast
gschID: 541882


Mt Gambier - Hobart C. 99-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers' (19-3) home victory over their biggest opponent Chargers (13-9) in Mt Gambier 99-89 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 54-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mount Gambier Pioneers looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Chargers' players. Quite impressive performance for American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international swingman Brad Hill (196-86) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Naturalized British forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and American point guard Chris Whitehead (175-92, college: Bellarmine) added 24 points in the effort for Chargers. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first position in League with 19-3 record. Loser Chargers keep the second place with nine games lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face again league's second-placed Chargers in Hobart in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chargers will play on the road against Frankston Blues in Seaford and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hobart C.: C.Whitehead 24+3reb+3ast, M.Muo 19+6reb+2ast, L.Thomas 18+16reb, T.Garlepp 12+6reb+5ast, R.Heyer 11+4reb+2ast, C.Brown 4+1reb
Mt Gambier: E.Burdon 20+1ast, L.Jamieson 17+10reb+1ast, B.Hill 16+5reb+8ast, T.Daly 13+4reb+9ast, J.Madgen 12, D.Alexander 12+10reb+9ast
gschID: 541881


Waratah
Norths Bears - Newcastle H. 107-76

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Newcastle Hunters (3-17) were outleveled by fourth ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (13-7) in Crows Nest 107-76 on Saturday. Norths Soul Sports Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Newcastle Hunters' 38. Norths Soul Sports Bears forced 20 Newcastle Hunters turnovers and outrebounded them 53-31 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Norths Soul Sports Bears looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Quite impressive performance for forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. A Bose contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Norths Soul Sports Bears players scored in double figures. Norths Soul Sports Bears' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jakob Dorricott replied with 23 points and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and American swingman Dane Suttle (198-89, college: Pepperdine) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Newcastle Hunters. Norths Soul Sports Bears moved-up to third place in League. Loser Newcastle Hunters keep the tenth position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: J.Dorricott 23+3reb+4ast, D.Suttle 17+8reb, M.Wilson 9+7reb+6ast, J.Rauch 9+6reb+8ast, B.Hawkesley 7+6reb+1ast, B. Eather 4+1reb
Norths Bears: D.Trist 29+11reb+3ast, A. Bose 23+12reb+2ast, N.Blair 18+2reb+5ast, J.Maccann 12+1reb+7ast, L.Smith-Hyde 10+1reb+3ast, S.Albert 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 539528


Sydney Comets - Sutherland S. 70-58

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Sydney City Comets (18-1) beat 11th ranked Sutherland Sharks (3-17) in Alexandria 70-58 on Saturday. Sydney City Comets outrebounded Sutherland Sharks 50-35 including 35 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for naturalized American guard Indiana Faithfull (193-91, college: W.Liberty St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Tom Dawson (197) contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Sydney City Comets' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Dejan Marjanovic (183) replied with 18 points and Bailey Musulin added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Sutherland Sharks. Sydney City Comets maintains first position in League with 18-1 record. Loser Sutherland Sharks keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sutherland S.: D.Marjanovic 18+3reb+1ast, J.Wilson 12+4reb, P.Williamson 8+2reb, B.Musulin 7+7reb+5ast, D.Berends 5+5reb, E.Apolony 3+3reb
Sydney Comets: I.Faithfull 20+8reb+5ast, A.Overs 13+2reb+2ast, C.Jurlina 11+5reb+1ast, T.Dawson 8+12reb+1ast, W.McPhee 6+4reb, J.Jovine 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539529


Illawarra H. - Hills H. 78-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Hawks' (5-15) home loss to eighth ranked Hills Hornets (9-11) 78-87 on Saturday. Hills Hornets looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Quite impressive performance for naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Naturalized Croatian power forward Goran Veg (205) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bailey OBrien replied with 15 points and 4 assists and Jarrod Sorenson added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Hills Hornets maintains eighth position in League with 9-11 record. Loser Hawks keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Illawarra H.: T.Demos 16+1reb+1ast, B.O'Brien 15+3reb+4ast, A.Beagley 14+2reb, J.Sorenson 9+10reb+1ast, P.Lancaster 7+7reb, S.Hunter 2+6reb+6ast
Hills H.: P.Brotherson 29+4reb+3ast, G.Veg 19+11reb+3ast, K.Carlos 15+2reb+1ast, M.Claus 9+5reb+2ast, E.Duselis 4+4reb+3ast, M.Brown 3+6reb+6ast
gschID: 539527


Manly Warr. - Maitland M. 86-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (11-9) won against 5th ranked Maitland Mustangs (11-9) in Narrabeen 86-74 on Saturday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Manly Warringah Sea Eagles made 9 blocks. Quite impressive performance for point guard Luke Cooper (183-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. 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 rest. American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and Daniel Millburn added 20 points in the effort for Maitland Mustangs. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles moved-up to fifth place in League. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 26+17reb, D.Millburn 20+2reb+1ast, T.Turner 6+1reb+3ast, S.Huggins 4+6reb+4ast, J.Clifford 4+4reb+1ast, T.Cantor 2+1reb
Manly Warr.: L.Cooper 28+3reb+5ast, C.Bulgin 17+5reb+3ast, S.Blaszczynski 14+11reb+3ast, A.Bulgin 12+7reb, K.Painter 5+3reb+1ast, S.Bresnik 4+5reb
gschID: 539526


Hornsby S. - Cent.Coast C. 69-88

There was an upset when higher ranked Spiders (12-8) were outscored by seventh ranked Crusaders (10-8) in Hornsby 88-69 on Saturday. Crusaders forced 24 Spiders turnovers. Quite impressive performance for forward Thomas Akamarmoi (191-96) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Mitchell Rueter (198, college: Cent.Arkansas) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Scottish guard Patrick Emery (185, college: Coker) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Joshua Chapman added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Spiders. Five Spiders players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Crusaders maintains seventh position in League with 10-8 record. Loser Spiders dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hornsby S.: P.Emery 16+5reb+3ast, J.Chapman 14+4reb+6ast, D.Moser 12+8reb+2ast, K.Grewal 12+6reb+4ast, N.Cleur 10+5reb+2ast, J.De Botton 4+1reb
Cent.Coast C.: T.Akamarmoi 24+5reb+1ast, M.Rueter 17+5reb+2ast, T.McGann 10+4reb+1ast, J.Trustum 9+2reb, S.Mackay 6+5reb+9ast, O.Robilliard 4+3reb
gschID: 539525





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  AUSTRIA  


Austria outgun Georgia in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Austria - Georgia 87:77

Austria overcame Georgia in the friendly encounter. Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95, college: Utah) provided 22 points to lead the winners. Georgia sank 28 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead. Austria cut the deficit at one-point mark at the interval 46:47. Georgia stretched the lead at 2 points at the final break. However Austria used a 22:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Rashid Mahalbasic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) provided 19 points, while Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC) had 15 points in the victory. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) responded with 22 points for Georgia. Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) had 18 points in the loss.

Austria: Jakob Poeltl 22, Rashid Mahalbasic 19, Bryce Douvier 15
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 22, Giorgi Shermadini 18



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  BAHRAIN  


Dejan Tomic is the new head coach of Al Ittihad !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ittihad Bahraini club has agreed terms with the specialist Serbian Coach Dejan Tomic to be the head coach of senior team, Dejan suppose to arrive to the kingdom by began of August to start the preparations with the team season 2017-2018 which will start by 3rd of September.
Al Ittihad club has one of most promising young teams in Bahrain Kingdom, they won Bahraini youth championship last season and the senior team has many of young talents, Coach Dejan has worked last season in Morocco as head coach of Maghreb de Fes, beside of his experience in Morocco he has long experience in Middle east in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar beside his coaching experience in Europe in Serbia and Cyprus, new experience for the Serbian coach will add to his book this year.
During his long experience in Middle east he has won the Qatari league title and Gulf Championship title with Al Sadd club season 2012-2013, and Kuwaiti Cup Winner season 2010-2011 with Kuwait SC club. coach Dejan also coached Saudi Senior and Youth National teams where he won Gold Medal of Youth Arab Nation U20 in 2004 and the gold medal of GCC U17 in 2007, Kuwaiti youth National Team and Yugoslavia youth national team.



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Oostende adds Jekiri to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) added to their roster 23-year old Nigerian center Tonye Jekiri (213-111kg-94, college: Miami, FL). He played last season at Bandirma Kirmizi in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
Jekiri 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 his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2016. Jekiri was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Jekiri graduated from University of Miami, Florida in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Can play with his back to the basket or step out for a 10-12-foot shot … Runs the floor like a guard and has an unstoppable motor.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Djordjevic
Elias Lasisi
D.J. Newbill

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Javon McCrea
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot
Luka Kotrulja
Tim Lambrecht

Center:
Tonye Jekiri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ousman Krubally (ex Astana) joins PAOK Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) agreed terms with 29-year old American (has also Gambian passport) forward Ousman Krubally (202-101kg-88, college: Georgia State). He played last season at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 2.0spg. Krubally helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he recorded 12.5ppg and 7.6rpg.
Krubally ended the previous (2015-16) season at Umana Venezia in Italian Serie A. In 10 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg. But the most of that year he spent at GS Lavrio. In 25 A1 games he got 10.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Krubally was voted Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Krubally has played also professionally in Holland (Den Helder), Slovenia (Grosuplje), United Kingdom (London Leopards) and Italy (Legnano).
He attended Georgia State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

PAOK Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Thodoris Zaras
Apollonas Tsochlas
Ousman Krubally
Kevin Dillard
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Lucky Jones
Giannis Giannaras
Avgoustinos Spourgitis
Emmanouil Plakogiannakis
Rafail Papaioannou
Dimitris Karamanolis

Coach: Ilias Papatheodorou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sean Armand joins Gaziantep - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Sean Armand (196-91kg-91, college: Iona) from Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi. In 29 BSL games in Turkey he had 14.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Armand's team made it to the EuroChallenge Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Armand has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners).
He attended Iona College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Armand: Pure scorer with one of the purest shooting touches on the roster... Possesses NBA range that is capable of attacking in the open floor or off the dribble... Extremely hard worker showed improvement on defense as a rookie in addition to his talented offensive skills.

Gaziantep Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erolcan Cinko
Can_Ugur Ogut
Sean Armand
Cameron Clark

Forwards:
Jure Balazic
Marcus Haislip
D.J. White
Orhan Haciyeva

Coach: Stefanos Dedas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELARUS  


Italy demolish Belarus at the Trentino Basket Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Italy demolished Belarus at the Trentino Basket Cup 2017 to enter the Final against Holland. Italy posted a confident 96-36 win as Luigi Datome (203-F-87) scored 14 points.
Italy was too good for the opponent from the first minutes of the game and took a 28-13 lead after 10 minutes. They added a narrow 12-9 run for a 40-22 halftime advantage. Moreover Italy won the third quarter 29-5 and finished the game with a 27-9 surge.
Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) scored 11 points, whilst Marco Belinelli (196-G-86), Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances), Danilo Gallinari (208-SF-88) and Stefano Tonut (194-G/F-93) each added 10. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) answered with 14 points in the losing effort.



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  BELGIUM  


Oostende adds Jekiri to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) added to their roster 23-year old Nigerian center Tonye Jekiri (213-111kg-94, college: Miami, FL). He played last season at Bandirma Kirmizi in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
Jekiri 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 his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2016. Jekiri was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Jekiri graduated from University of Miami, Florida in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Can play with his back to the basket or step out for a 10-12-foot shot … Runs the floor like a guard and has an unstoppable motor.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Djordjevic
Elias Lasisi
D.J. Newbill

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Javon McCrea
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot
Luka Kotrulja
Tim Lambrecht

Center:
Tonye Jekiri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOLIVIA  


Quarterfinal round 1 results - by Eurobasket News

Carl A-Z Oruro, Universidad San Simon, Calero Potosi and Vikingos won the first games of the quarterfinals. The latter posted an overtime win over Pichincha Potosi 108-98.
Calero Potosi beat Universidad Santa Cruz 89-68, while Universidad San Simon edged La Salle Tarija 88-81. Carl A-Z Oruro won over CAN Oruro 98-93. Carl A-Z Oruro managed to win the first two quarters of the game and closed it with the final 30-29 rally.



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  BOSNIA  


Amar Balic is a newcomer at Costa d'Orlando - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Costa d'Orlando strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Bosnian point guard Amar Balic (178-96, agency: Interperformances) from Nuova Pallacanestro Monteroni. In 30 Serie B games in Italy he recorded 11.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Balic played at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs where in 17 Serie B games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.2rpg.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg.
Balic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Real Way).

Costa d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Sorrentino
Salvatore Forte
Amar Balic
Luca Munastra

Forward:
David Paunovic

Center:
Giuseppe Caronna

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Wins for And One & Mystics as Summer League Playoffs underway - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Playoffs in the BVI Basketball Federation's summer league got underway on Wednesday July 26 2017, with the referee pay dispute resolved and wins for And One and Mystics.
The Summer League has not been without its problems in 2017, but the excitement is finally beginning to build as the Tournament comes down to the wire.
And One blew away the Junior Mystics, 90-69, in game one of their best of three series, led by 21 points and 13 rebounds from Dillon Etienne.
Malachy Payne added 17 points, Jonoi Levons 11 and Kemoi Walters 10 points and 7 rebounds.
The Junior Mystics got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Kasean Wylie, 10 points, 9 rebounds from Samory Romney, whilst both Eliann O'Neal and Stephan Caul scored 9.
Meanwhile, the senior Mystics got the early ascendancy in their series with Go Hard, scrapping to a 102-94 victory., with Killven Samuel notching 32 points and 7 rebounds, Caul scoring 30 points, Kimron Telemaque 12 and Kimani Stevens 11.
Steve Parillon finished with 7 points and 8 rebounds, whilst Travis Isaac grabbed 9 rebounds.
For Go Hard, Demoi Hodge recorded a triple double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals, Bodean Samuel scored 21 points with 6 rebounds and Devante Brewley finished with 11 points.
Playoff games continue thisweekendfrom July 28, 2017 to July 30, 2017, at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, in Road Town.
Friday 28, July 2017: 6:00 P.M. - Jr East vs Mavs, 7:30 P.M. - Mega Guns vs Legs.
Saturday 29, July 2017: 6:00 P.M. - And One vs Jr Mystics, 7:30 P.M. - Go Hard vs Mystics
9:00 P.M. - Jr East vs Mavs,10:30 P.M. -Mega Guns vs Legs.
Sunday 30, July 2017: 6:00 P.M. - And One vs Jr. Mystics, 7:30 P.M. - Go Hard vs Mystics 9:00 P.M. - Jr East vs Mavs,10:30- P.M. Mega Guns vs Legs.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevon WIGGINS
  (182-PG-0)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Wiggins, GUY25.2 
 2. Bridgewater, BAH24.8 
 3. Andriassi, MEX23.0 
 4. Lindo, PAN22.5 
 5. Gonzalez, MEX19.6 
 6. Frink, DOM18.2 
 7. Menzies, JAM14.8 
 8. Goodman, BAH14.6 
 9. Hunter, BAH14.6 
 10. Torres, PUR14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo LINDO
  (200-F-0)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Lindo, PAN12.3 
 2. Crandon, GUY11.2 
 3. Greene, BAH10.8 
 4. Reid, JAM10.4 
 5. Torres, PUR10.0 
 6. Lombardo, PAN9.2 
 7. Bridgewater, BAH8.4 
 8. Frink, DOM8.4 
 9. Torres, DOM8.2 
 10. Downer, JAM8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jonathan ANDRADE
  PAN
  (165-PG-0)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Andrade, PAN4.6 
 2. Rolon, PUR4.5 
 3. Rubel, DOM3.6 
 4. Bridgewater, BAH3.6 
 5. Quintana, PUR3.6 
 6. Williams, JAM3.4 
 7. Zayas, PUR2.8 
 8. Nunez, DOM2.8 
 9. Nesbitt, ISV2.8 
 10. Goodman, BAH2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dominick BRIDGEWATER
  (180-PG-0)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bridgewater, BAH4.2 
 2. Rubel, DOM3.4 
 3. Jones, ISV3.4 
 4. Torres, PUR2.8 
 5. Goodman, BAH2.6 
 6. Zayas, PUR2.6 
 7. Andrade, PAN2.2 
 8. Bowen, GUY2.2 
 9. Williams, JAM2.0 
 10. Dagou, ISV2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricardo LINDO
  (200-F-0)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Lindo, PAN3.8 
 2. Crandon, GUY3.0 
 3. Reid, JAM2.8 
 4. Elisee, BAH2.0 
 5. Lombardo, PAN1.8 
 6. Torres, PUR1.8 
 7. Reynoso, MEX1.8 
 8. Dyall-R., JAM1.4 
 9. Downer, JAM1.4 
 10. Pascual, DOM1.3 


Dominican Republic celebrate title in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 80-81
Dominican Republic claimed Centrobasket U17 Gold. They topped Puerto Rico in the Final. Alanzo Frink (203-F-00) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the win. Dominican Republic stayed in charge throughout the first half. The hosts grabbed a 35:26 halftime lead. Puerto Rico denied the deficit in the third term. They tied things up at 58 heading into the fourth quarter. But Dominican Republic sank 23 points in the final term to capture the trophy. Rafael Rubel (177-F-00) chipped in 18 points in the victory. Luis Rolon (185-G-01) answered with 21 points for Puerto Rico.
3-4 Place
Panama - Mexico 85-80
Panama knocked down Mexico to step onto the pedestal in Santo Domingo. They also clinched U18 FIBA Americas Championship birth with the win. Ricardo Lindo (200-F-00) stepped up with 39 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners. Mexico stayed in front in the first half. They recorded a 42:29 halftime lead. But Panama went on a strong 36:20 rally in the fourth term to snatch the victory. John Gunn (193-SG-00) and Jonathan Andrade (165-PG-00) had 11 points each in the victory. Moises Andriassi (185-F-00) answered with 28 points for Mexico.

5-6 Place
U.S. Virgin Islands - Jamaica 70-58
US Virgin Islands toppled Jamaica to earn the fifth position in Santo Domingo. Jaz Farrell and Zedy Lake (185-G-00) tossed in 14 points each for the winners. Virgin Islands recorded a 24:11 lead after the opening frame. They followed with a 30:14 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Zion Jones (187-G-00) had 13 points in the victory. Jalen Menzies (177-PG-00) provided 23 points for Jamaica.

7-8 Place
Bahamas - Guyana 91-63
Bahamas finished the tournament on a high note. They topped Guyana to earn the 7th position. Raschad Greene (190-G-00) notched 21 points and 17 rebounds in the victory. Bahamas clinched a 45:21 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the win. Samuel Hunter (203-F/C-00) delivered 19 points in the victory. Kevon Wiggins (182-PG-00) topscored with 34 points for Guyana.



Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico enter Final in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Dominican Republic - Mexico 106-71
Dominican Republic outgunned Mexico to race into the Final. Alanzo Frink (203-F-00) posted 21 points to lead the hosts. Dominican Republic established a 52:38 halftime advantage. They erupted for 33 points in the third term to clear off for good. Antonio Bonilla (187-SG-00) netted 19 points for the winners. Moises Andriassi (185-F-00) replied with 32 points for Mexico.

Puerto Rico - Panama 59-56
Puerto Rico held off Panama to advance into the championship game. Luis Rolon (185-G-01) and James De Jesus (187-G-00) provided 12 points each for the winners. Panama grabbed a 29:26 halftime lead. They extended the lead at 5-point mark at the final break. But Puerto Rico used a 17:9 run in the fourth stanza to snatch the win. Jeriel Zayas (185-G-00) had 10 points in the victory. Ricardo Lindo (200-F-00) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Panama.




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Libcentro Pro Round 14: Sportiva Italiana is upset by Stadio Italiano - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Santiago between second ranked Sportiva Italiana (10-4) and sixth ranked Stadio Italiano (6-8) on Saturday night. Sportiva Italiana was defeated by Stadio Italiano in a tough game on the road 75-81. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 29-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Stadio Italiano dominated on the defensive end, holding Sportiva Italiana to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was Goran Vukasovic (-94) who scored 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) chipped in 17 points. Matias Lubiano (-99) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadio Italiano moved-up to fifth place. Sportiva Italiana at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Puente Alto.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Curico. First ranked Liceo Curico faced 4th ranked Arturo Prat. Host Liceo Curico (12-2) defeated guests from San Felipe (7-7) 80-73. Center Sergio Chialva orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Mauricio Rebolledo contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Boris Guerra (-87) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Arturo Prat. Arturo Prat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liceo Curico have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Arturo Prat at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
The game in Santiago was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Aleman (5-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Sergio Ceppi (1-13). Aleman defeated Sergio Ceppi 58-42 on Saturday. Marko Castro had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Angelo Olivares responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aleman moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Brisas. Sergio Ceppi lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Puente Alto. Local Puente Alto (10-4) outscored 5th ranked Brisas (5-9) 79-47. Antonio Pinedo notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Puente Alto have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sportiva Italiana. Brisas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost.

The best stats of 14th round was 17 points and 8 rebounds by Francisco Garrido of Aleman.

Sergio Ceppi - Aleman 42-58

The game in Santiago was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Aleman (5-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Sergio Ceppi (1-13). Aleman defeated Sergio Ceppi 58-42 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aleman. Sergio Ceppi managed to win third quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sergio Ceppi to just 7 points in first quarter. Aleman forced 34 Sergio Ceppi turnovers. Forward Marko Castro (192-88) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Francisco Garrido (-88) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Guard Angelo Olivares (185-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jose Parra (-91) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aleman moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Brisas. Sergio Ceppi lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Aleman: M.Castro 21+10reb+2ast, F.Garrido 17+8reb+2ast, M.Villagran 8+2reb+1ast, R.Caceres 4+6reb+1ast, F.Campos 4+6reb+1ast, H.Arriagada 2+4reb+1ast
Sergio Ceppi: A.Olivares 12+10reb+1ast, M.Farias 8+2reb+1ast, J.Parra 8+5reb+1ast, C.Silva 6+4reb+2ast, E.Donoso 4+6reb+1ast, J.Cabrera 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544594


Puente Alto - Brisas 79-47

The game with biggest result difference took place in Puente Alto. Local Puente Alto (10-4) outscored 5th ranked Brisas (5-9) 79-47. It looked good early as Brisas took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Puente Alto had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Brisas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 47-79. Puente Alto dominated on the defensive end, holding Brisas to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Brisas 40-28 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Puente Alto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. The former international forward Antonio Pinedo (195-94) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Francisco Pena (187-89) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points by guard Felipe Oyarzun (187-89) did not help to save the game for Brisas. Felipe Gutierrez (-92) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Puente Alto have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sportiva Italiana. Brisas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Puente Alto: A.Pinedo 24+10reb+2ast, M.Sepulveda 14+2reb+2ast, F.Pena 13+6reb+3ast, E.Munoz 8+2reb, S.Silva 7+7reb+4ast, M.Riveros 6+3reb+2ast
Brisas: F.Oyarzun 20+1reb+1ast, F.Gutierrez 9+7reb+3ast, S.Fuentes 7+3reb+3ast, P. Tobar 5+4reb, E.Marquez 2+8reb+6ast, S.Roa 2+3reb
gschID: 544593


Stadio Italiano - Sportiva Italiana 81-75

The most important game in the last round took place in Santiago between second ranked Sportiva Italiana (10-4) and sixth ranked Stadio Italiano (6-8) on Saturday night. Sportiva Italiana was defeated by Stadio Italiano in a tough game on the road 75-81. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 29-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Stadio Italiano dominated on the defensive end, holding Sportiva Italiana to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was Goran Vukasovic (-94) who scored 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) chipped in 17 points. Four Stadio Italiano players scored in double figures. Matias Lubiano (-99) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Gaspar Hernandez (-99) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadio Italiano moved-up to fifth place. Sportiva Italiana at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Puente Alto.
Top scorers:
Stadio Italiano: G.Vukasovic 27+3reb+1ast, J.Martin Cardenas 17+4reb+2ast, J.Ulloa 15+4reb+1ast, S.Alvarez 10+4reb, C.Castillo 4+5reb+4ast, N.Alba 4+4reb
Sportiva Italiana: M.Lubiano 23+9reb, G.Hernandez 21+1reb+1ast, C.Bustamante 9+2reb+2ast, G.Araya 7+6reb+1ast, G.Sanino 5+6reb+1ast, C.Rios 5+2ast
gschID: 544592


Liceo Curico - Arturo Prat 80-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Curico. First ranked Liceo Curico faced 4th ranked Arturo Prat. Host Liceo Curico (12-2) defeated guests from San Felipe (7-7) 80-73. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-13 Arturo Prat's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-73 at the end of the game. Center Sergio Chialva orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Mauricio Rebolledo (-94) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Boris Guerra (-87) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds and Felipe Ortega (-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Arturo Prat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arturo Prat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liceo Curico have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Arturo Prat at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: S.Munoz 21+3reb+2ast, M.Rebolledo 21+5reb+1ast, S.Chialva 13+10reb+4ast, M.Zerene 12+3reb+3ast, J.Cofre 8+1reb+1ast, B.Acuna 3+1ast
Arturo Prat: B.Guerra 24+6reb+2ast, L.Saez 13+3reb, F.Ortega 12+5reb+1ast, R.Rojas 10+3reb+3ast, R.Galvez 7+6reb+1ast, P.Carvallo 3+1reb
gschID: 544591





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NBL Round 16: Shaanxi W. defeats Luoyang in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Shaanxi W. (12-4) which hosted in Xian 4th ranked Luoyang (10-6). Second ranked Shaanxi W. had an easy win 107-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Luoyang. The game without a history. Shaanxi W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Shaanxi W. outrebounded Luoyang 56-41 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. The other American import guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. Shaanxi W.'s coach ZhengXiu Jiang felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) replied with 38 points (!!!) for Luoyang. Shaanxi W. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Henan. Luoyang at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Anhui and Guangxi. Shaanxi W. are looking forward to face Hunan (#4) in Changsha in the next round. Luoyang will play on the road against Hebei X. and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
NBL top team - Henan (13-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hebei X. (5-11) 125-116. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Chris Otule who added 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 blocks during the contest. At the losing side American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Hebei X.'s coach JunPei Zhao rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Henan maintains first position with 13-3 record. Hebei X. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Beijing (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hebei X. will play against Luoyang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to eighth ranked Lhasa (9-7) 96-78 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Jinlong Chen who scored that evening 17 points. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by Yi Jiang did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lhasa have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-7 record. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Lhasa will meet at home higher ranked Anhui (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu will play against Guizhou (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Anhui was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Guangxi (10-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Anhui (10-6). Anhui defeated Guangxi 101-89. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guangxi. American players dominated the game. Chris Johnson fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guangxi's coach Dazong Qiu tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anhui moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guangxi and Luoyang. Anhui's next round opponent will be Lhasa (#8) on the road. Guangxi will play against Chongqing and hope to win that game.
The game between 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-15) and sixth ranked Guizhou (11-5) in He Fei on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Guizhou outscored Jiangsu L. 141-111. It was a very good performance for MingHao Li who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 54 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Coach Guodong Zhang's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Guizhou have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hunan. Jiangsu L. lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Guizhou will face bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jiangsu L. will play on the road against Fujian in Fuzhou and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 16 Chongqing was beaten by Hunan on the road 119-106. Beijing destroyed Fujian on its own court 121-101.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 56 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 6 assists by Dar Tucker of Hunan.

Hunan - Chongqing 119-106

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Hunan (11-5) beat 9th ranked Chongqing (7-9) in Changsha 119-106 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hunan. Chongqing was better in second period 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hunan had a 36-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 56 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Wei Zhang (203-84) contributed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hunan's coach Wenlong Huang used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) replied with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 28 points and 15 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) in the effort for Chongqing. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hunan maintains third position with 11-5 record having just two points less than leader Henan, which they share with Guizhou. Chongqing lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. Hunan will face league's second-placed Shaanxi W. in Xian in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chongqing will play on the road against Guangxi (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hunan: T.Dar 56+17reb+6ast, Z.Wei 21+8reb+4ast, Z.Yaosheng 17+3reb+3ast, X.HaiBin 16+6reb+1ast, H.Junjian 5+7reb, W.QiPeng 4+3reb+1ast
Chongqing: M.Tony 35+12reb+2ast, K.Vladyslav 28+15reb+2ast, W.Yang 19+4reb+1ast, W.Xin 11+3reb+1ast, G.Yaoyang 7+3reb+2ast, Z.Yuanbo 4+4reb
gschID: 548557


Anhui - Guangxi 101-89

The game in Anhui was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Guangxi (10-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Anhui (10-6). Anhui defeated Guangxi 101-89. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guangxi. The game without a history. Anhui led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Guangxi turnovers and outrebounded them 52-30 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Swingman Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Anhui players scored in double figures. Center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 blocks and guard Marcus Thornton (193-93, college: William & Mary) added 28 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Guangxi's coach Dazong Qiu tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anhui moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guangxi and Luoyang. Anhui's next round opponent will be Lhasa (#8) on the road. Guangxi will play against Chongqing and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Anhui: J.Chris 30+15reb+4ast, H.Manny 24+7reb+5ast, Z.Yong 16+8reb+6ast, R.Kai 15+12reb+2ast, G.Shunjie 8+2reb+1ast, H.Delong 5+4reb+1ast
Guangxi: A.Isaiah 40+16reb, T.Marcus 28+3reb+4ast, J.Le 7+6reb+2ast, Y.Dian Hong 3+1ast, C.Keliang 3+1reb+1ast, Y.Kai 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548556


Jiangsu L. - Guizhou 111-141

The game between 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-15) and sixth ranked Guizhou (11-5) in He Fei on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Guizhou outscored Jiangsu L. 141-111. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 141-111. Guizhou dominated down low during the game scoring 94 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu L.'s 72. Guizhou had a 44-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a very good performance for forward MingHao Li (200-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 54 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Coach Guodong Zhang's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward MingYang Gao (196-88) added 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Jiangsu L.Five Guizhou and four Jiangsu L. players scored in double figures. Guizhou have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hunan. Jiangsu L. lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Guizhou will face bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jiangsu L. will play on the road against Fujian in Fuzhou and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guizhou: L.MingHao 54+11reb+4ast, L.Mark 30+6reb+12ast, M.James 22+22reb+4ast, Y.Mingfang 19+2reb+2ast, S.Rongxiao 13+4reb+2ast, S.Haijiang 3+2reb
Jiangsu L.: G.MingYang 31+7reb+4ast, W.Peng 23+5reb+4ast, N.Michael 21+20reb+5ast, J.Shichao 11+2reb+4ast, W.Xing Chen 9+2reb+2ast, G.Wei 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 548555


Lhasa - Dongbu 96-78

Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to eighth ranked Lhasa (9-7) 96-78 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Lhasa. Dongbu managed to win third quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lhasa had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lhasa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Dongbu's players. The winners were led by Jinlong Chen who scored that evening 17 points and QI Liu supported him with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by guard Yi Jiang (195-93) did not help to save the game for Dongbu. Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lhasa have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-7 record. Loser Dongbu still closes the standings. Lhasa will meet at home higher ranked Anhui (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu will play against Guizhou (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: C.Jinlong 17+3ast, D.ZhiMing 13+1reb+3ast, H.DangJian 13+3reb+1ast, L.QI 10+9reb+1ast, S.Xinyue 10+6reb+2ast, Z.Zhennan 8+4reb+5ast
Dongbu: J.Yi 17+8reb+2ast, S.Shengyue 12+7reb, Y.Qin 11+1reb+1ast, S.Boyin 10+4reb, L.Sheng 9+1reb+2ast, S.Tujun 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548554


Hebei X. - Henan 116-125

NBL top team - Henan (13-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hebei X. (5-11) 125-116. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-29 Hebei X.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 125-116 at the end of the game. Henan made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Hebei X. was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) who added 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 blocks during the contest. Four Henan players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals and his fellow American import forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Hebei X.'s coach JunPei Zhao rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Henan maintains first position with 13-3 record. Hebei X. lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Beijing (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hebei X. will play against Luoyang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 50+17reb+7ast, O.Chris 37+12reb+2ast, J.Yuxing 12+3reb, C.Yuhan 11+3reb, M.Qingfei 7+4reb+3ast, T.Jian 5+5ast
Hebei X.: C.Brandon 35+6reb+1ast, S.Shannon 33+17reb+8ast, C.Qi 24+1reb+1ast, W.Zixu 6+8reb, Z.Zhao 5+2reb+3ast, F.Weijian 5+1reb
gschID: 548553


Shaanxi W. - Luoyang 107-86

An interesting game for Shaanxi W. (12-4) which hosted in Xian 4th ranked Luoyang (10-6). Second ranked Shaanxi W. had an easy win 107-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Luoyang. The game without a history. Shaanxi W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Shaanxi W. outrebounded Luoyang 56-41 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. The other American import guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Shaanxi W. players scored in double figures. Shaanxi W.'s coach ZhengXiu Jiang felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) replied with 38 points (!!!) and South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) added 22 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Luoyang. Shaanxi W. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Henan. Luoyang at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Anhui and Guangxi. Shaanxi W. are looking forward to face Hunan (#4) in Changsha in the next round. Luoyang will play on the road against Hebei X. and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: W.Von 36+9reb+3ast, G.Charles 36+19reb, G.Yan 18+2reb+1ast, M.Daqiang 11+10reb, Y.XiaoHang 2+2reb+5ast, J.JunQi 2+5reb+1ast
Luoyang: S.Russ 38+4reb+3ast, M.Ater 22+15reb+1ast, Q.Wenhan 10+7reb, S.Jianguo 9+4reb+1ast, M.Weilong 5+4reb, G.Han 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548552


Beijing - Fujian 121-101

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Fujian (7-9) was smashed on the road by eleventh ranked Beijing (6-10) 121-101 on Sunday. The game without a history. Beijing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Beijing outrebounded Fujian 52-24 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 27 rebounds (on 17-of-19 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Marquis Weddle (185-88, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) contributed with 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward LaQuinton Ross (203-92, college: Ohio St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Jian Dong added 23 points in the effort for Fujian. Four Beijing and five Fujian players scored in double figures. Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu gave the chance to play for eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Beijing maintains eleventh position with 6-10 record. Fujian lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Beijing will face league's leader Henan at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing: H.Michael 40+27reb+1ast, W.Marquis 38+6reb+5ast, L.Bo 11+3reb, C.Zexu 11+2reb, L.Yunan 9+6reb+3ast, Z.Wei 5+5reb+3ast
Fujian: D.Jian 23+2reb+1ast, H.Yan 20+2reb+2ast, R.LaQuinton 19+11reb+4ast, Z.Shu 17+2reb, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 11+5reb+8ast, Z.Jinshuai 6
gschID: 548551





Tony Mitchell (ex Mayaguez) is a newcomer at Chongqing - by Eurobasket News

Chongqing Sanhai Lanling (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He played in the summer at Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican BSN league. Mitchell managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 19 BSN games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.2apg.
Part of last season he spent at Cairns Taipans in NBL where in 10 games he averaged 8.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Mitchell helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He also played that season for Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) in Israel. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg.
Mitchell has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he won D-League championship title in 2014. Mitchell received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Mitchell's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Mitchell has played previously professionally in Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings), Italy (Banco di Srd and Dolomiti Energia Trento), China (Jilin Tigers and Hebei Xianglan) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
He attended University of Alabama until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good scorer, with great athletic abilities and all-around playing skills. He can easily beat his man and create for his own and teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Terrence Jones is a newcomer at Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Qingdao Eagles (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Terrence Jones (206-111kg-92, college: Kentucky). He played most recently at Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. But in three games he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. Jones also played that season for the Pelicans in NBA where in 51 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg last season.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Houston Rockets (NBA) in first round (18th overall). Jones attended University of Kentucky and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the NBA Semifinals in 2015. Jones received also NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Jones has played also professionally in NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Jones is a versatile threat who can score in different ways and has the skill set to play in many types of schemes … He is a big threat as a face-up PF, as he has the handle and athleticism to give many bigger PF off the dribble and put pressure on the D … Looks real fluid athletically, which is impressive for his size … Very good finisher around the rim, and makes good use of his 7'2 wingspan and nice reactive athletic ability
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Russ Smith's triple-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Russ Smith (183-PG-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Luoyang and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old playmaker recorded a triple-double of 52 points adding also ten rebounds and twelve assists, while his team outclassed Chongqing (#9, 7-8) with 27-point margin 126-99. Luoyang is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Luoyang will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 72.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Luoyang, through which he has constantly improved. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 59.1ppg. Smith is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 4.4spg and 58.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing. Holyfield impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 28 rebounds. Of course he led Beijing to another comfortable win 128-110 over Hebei X. (5-10) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Beijing managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Holyfield is one of the most experienced players at Beijing and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Hunan (#3). Tucker got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds and six assists. Despite Tucker's great performance Hunan lost 110-114 to the lower-ranked Anhui (#7, 9-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hunan needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Tucker has a great season in China. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 36.4ppg (5th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 57.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Guizhou - 39 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Johnson (210-PF-85) of Anhui - 36 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of Hunan - 35 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Manny Harris (196-F/G-89) of Anhui - 41 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Luoyang - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shaanxi W. - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sim Bhullar (226-C-92) of Guangxi - 22 points, 11 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)



China overwhelms New Zealand in 2017 Men's International Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Team Blue of the Chinese men's national squad crushed New Zealand 77-53 at the 2017 Kunshan Men's International Basketball Championship here on Saturday.
Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) and Han Dejun (215-C-89) each socored 13 points for China, Zhou Peng (210-F-89) finished with 10 points and 4 steals. New Zealand committed a staggering 31 turnovers and none of their players scored in double figures.
"We just concluded our training camp in Australia and New Zealand, and our players are exhausted and some of them have a cold right now. I think we played very well in the match except the 3-pointers shooting," said Du Feng , head coach of the Team Blue.
Han Dejun opened the match with six points in-a-row, helping China lead 22-10 in the first quarter, and heading into the second half with a lead of 15 points.
After New Zealand cut it to six points with a 10-0 run midway through the third, China's Ren JunFei (203-F/C-90) and Zhou Peng stepped forward with their jumpers to put the game away again and New Zealand never recovered from.
China will play against Angola, who beat Lithuania in the late match, on Sunday.
Courtesy of: xinhuanet.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Moore, Aguilas26.9 
 2. Givens, Piratas25.7 
 3. Crawford, Aguilas22.5 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break21.9 
 5. Smith, Sabios21.0 
 6. Roberson, Condores19.1 
 7. Coombs, Sabios19.0 
 8. McCoy, Condores16.5 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.15.9 
 10. Torres, Condores15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Moore, Aguilas13.8 
 2. Romero, Piratas10.3 
 3. Hernandez, Cimar.10.3 
 4. Almanza, Condores10.1 
 5. Sandidge, Aguilas9.8 
 6. Perez, Academia9.6 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.7 
 8. Quinones, Academia8.3 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.2 
 10. Julio, Fast Break7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan MCCOY
  Condores
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. McCoy, Condores5.8 
 2. Murray, Academia5.6 
 3. Velandia, Aguilas5.0 
 4. Smith, Sabios5.0 
 5. Medina, Piratas4.9 
 6. Granados, Academia4.9 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones4.7 
 8. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 9. Wormely, Caciques4.4 
 10. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.7 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.2 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break1.7 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 6. Carraway, Cimar.1.6 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 8. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
 9. Crawford, Aguilas1.5 
 10. Velandia, Aguilas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Perez, Academia1.5 
 2. Jones, Sabios1.4 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.3 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.1 
 5. Crawford, Aguilas1.1 
 6. Romero, Piratas0.9 
 7. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 8. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 9. Givens, Piratas0.8 
 10. Mendoza, Piratas0.7 


PBD Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Fast Break advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Academia - Cimarrones 58-73

Cimarrones fired past Academia to force the decisive third game in the series. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 37-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Venezuelan Jose Rodriguez (197-94) contributed with 16 points for the winners. The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) replied with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Simon Granados (182-93) added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Academia.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: J.ZAMORA 22+5reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez 16+4reb, A.Carraway 12+5reb+4ast, E.Renteria 10+6reb+1ast, E.Moreno 8+2reb+2ast, S.Mosquera 3
Academia: S.Granados 16+2reb+6ast, B.AGUALIMPIA QUINONES 14+11reb+2ast, D.Perez 12+9reb+4ast, O.Balbuena 8+2reb+1ast, G.Diaz 8+6reb+1ast, A.Arango 0
gschID: 552804


Fast Break - Condores 96-84

Fast Break outgunned Condores to sweep the semifinal series. Fast Break outrebounded Condores 41-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Crockrell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with 22 points and 9 assists and Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: D.Crockrell 25+9reb+4ast, S.Ortiz 20+8reb+5ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 17+7reb, M.Sneed 13+3reb+2ast, L.Julio 10+6reb+2ast, C.Ordonez 5+3reb+1ast
Condores: R.McCoy 22+1reb+9ast, J.Herrera 17+7reb+2ast, L.Roberson 17+4reb, L.Almanza 13+8reb+3ast, E.Torres 12+3reb+1ast, H.Diaz 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 552803





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  CROATIA  


Cedevita adds Nichols to their roster, ex Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Demetris Nichols (202-98kg-84, college: Syracuse). He played last season at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league, but left the team in Jan.'17. In 7 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Nichols also played 32 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Nichols played at CSKA Moscow in Russian league. In 22 Euroleague games he had 4.2ppg and 1.5rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship (twice) (in both Euroleague and VTB United League !!!). Nichols also played 34 games in VTB United League where he got 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2007 Nichols was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). He attended Syracuse University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nichols was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Nichols' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Nichols tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Cholet Basket, Gravelines Dunkerque and JA Vichy), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Iowa Energy), Russia (Krasnie Krilya) and Ukraine (Azovmash).
On Nichols: Demetris Nichols is versatile small forward who is able to shoot the ball with excellence. He is an amazing three-point shooter who always plays and scores within the team's system. His shooting touch is perfect, he is able to score on his defender from any given situation. Nichols is great when it comes to shooting the ball of the dribble or just going for a layup where he uses his strong body as an advantage. He can be also used as power forward. Coaches like him because he can also easily defend power forward position due to his strong body and athleticism.

KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roko-Leni Ukic
Filip Kruslin
Toni Katic
Will Cherry
Mateo Vidovic
Dzanan Musa

Forwards:
Demetris Nichols
Ivan Ramljak

Coach: Jure Zdovc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Virtus Bologna inks Oliver Lafayette - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) signed 33-year old Croatian international point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-86kg-84, college: Houston, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Lafayette played last season at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he had 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Lafayette also played 18 games in Eurocup where he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Armani Milano. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Lafayette was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 44 Serie A games he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team. Lafayette also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg (in top 5). He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg. Lafayette contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2007 he was drafted by Kansas Cagerz (USBL) in second round (15th overall).
Lafayette attended University of Houston and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. He has been regularly called to Croatian Senior National Team since 2014.
Lafayette is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Mexico, Poland (Asseco), Serbia (Partizan), Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Besiktas), NBA (Boston Celtics) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Erie Bay Hawks).
Lafayette could be described: A very athletic player who gives his best in penetration from the dribble. Can finish inside with great percentages.

Virtus Segafredo Bologna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pietro Aradori
Oliver Lafayette

Forward:
Olaseni Lawal

Center:
Kenny Lawson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Garret Kerr Agreed to Terms with Svitavy - by Surujh Roopnarine

Turi Svitavy (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Garret Kerr (194-101kg-92, college: Univ.Sciences). Kerr has spent the entirety of his professional career playi8ng in Czech Republic, first with Ostrava in 2015-16 and then lastseason with Kolin. In 36 games with Kolin the 6-5 Kerr averaged 12.6 points, led the NBL in rebounding with a 9.1 per game average, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals (#5). A powerful, though undersized forward, Kerr does his best work inside the arc and is a stingy defender across multiple positions. A rebounding machine as a professional as well as during his collegiate career, Kerr has never averaged less than 9 rebounds per contest in any season. For his efforts with Kolin, Kerr received All-NBL Honorable Mention consideration from EuroBasket.com

Turi Svitavy roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pavel Slezak
Bryan Smithson
Roman Marko
Tomas Teply

Forwards:
Jiri Jelinek
Garret Kerr
Kovar Lubos
Lubos Stria
Eduard Kotasek

Center:
Brett Roseboro

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.4 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.8 
 7. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.17.7 
 9. Miller, Leones SD17.6 
 10. Freeman, Caner.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Williams, Titanes .9.7 
 2. Araujo, Leones SD9.3 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.2 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.8 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.4 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR7.0 
 9. Evangelista, Caner.6.6 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.5 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.2 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.8 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .3.6 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.3.5 
 10. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.7 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .1.3 
 9. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
 10. Montas, Caneros LR1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Miguel EVANGELISTA
  Caner.
  (--91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Guerrero, Leones SD1.2 
 5. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 6. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 7. Nunez, Metros S.1.0 
 8. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 
 10. Williams, Titanes .0.8 


Jordan Hamilton claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jordan Hamilton (201-F-90) had a great game 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 4 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 37 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Metros STGO in his team's victory, helping them to beat Indios SFM (#3, 2-4) 105-93. It allowed Metros STGO to consolidate first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. Metros STGO have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Hamilton had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 18 attempts. He has many years of experience at Metros STGO, through which he has constantly improved. Jordan Hamilton averages this season 13.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American power forward Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR. Gilder impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Caneros LR lost that game 87-97 to slightly higher-ranked Leones SD (#1, 4-2). This loss caused Caneros LR to slide to the very bottom (3) position in South-East. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Gilder is one of the most experienced players at Caneros LR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#2). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Juan Guerrero (201-F-93) of South-East top-ranked Leones SD. Guerrero scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Leones SD, leading his team to a 103-81 easy win against #2 ranked Titanes Licey in a game of the week. Leones SD confirms their top position in South-East. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Guerrero has a very solid season. In 13 games in Dominican Republic he scored 8.6ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 63.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of Indios SFM - 26 points and 11 rebounds
5. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 29 points and 9 rebounds
6. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Huracanes PP - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Adris De Leon (180-PG-84) of Metros STGO - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of Indios SFM - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) of Indios SFM - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
10. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Leones SD - 17 points, 4 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)



De Paula is back at Den Helder - by Eurobasket News

The Bright Kings Den Helder (Eredivisie) signed experienced 36-year old naturalized Dominican point guard Tjoe de Paula (185-81, agency: Court Side). It is actually his comeback to Den Helder as he has played here before. de Paula played last season at Donar Groningen in the Eredivisie. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 34 Eredivisie games he had 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg. Eredivisie will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. de Paula helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). de Paula also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 1.8ppg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist.
de Paula is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). de Paula has played previously professionally in Belgium (Basic Fit Brussels), Dominican Rep., Holland (Leeuwarden, Almere and De Hoppers) and Dominican Republic (Gregorio Urbano Gilbert).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Den Helder.
de Paula could be described: Left-handed guard who can play either back court position. Very creative player with excellent one-on-one skills. Exciting player to watch in the open court because of his athletic ability. Has a strong drive to the basket. Not afraid of contact and likes to be in traffic. Very good 3-point shooter with a good feeling to get open. Can shoot off the dribble as well but does a better job "catch-and-shoot". Needs to work on his right hand. Has good overall skills and fundamentals. Improved dramatically on the defensive side of the floor. Can still improve at this end, especially at his foot speed at times. Nice rebounder for his size and his position and not afraid to make contact. Draws a lot of fouls at the offensive end because he players with no fear.

The Bright Kings Den Helder roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tjoe de_Paula
LaVonte Dority

Forward:
Alex Laurent

Centers:
Tom Koopman
Dyon Halman
Quinterian McConico

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LNB Round 4 (Second Stage): Caneros LR loses to Leones SD - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise took place in Santo Domingo where host Leones SD (4-2) beat league's leader Caneros LR (2-3) 97-87 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Leones SD. Caneros LR managed to win third quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Leones SD won last quarter 27-18. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Caneros LR only scored seven points from the stripe. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) fired 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. The other American import swingman Omar Reed (200-87, college: Bluefield, agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) produced 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for lost side. Caneros LR's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leones SD have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-2 record. Caneros LR at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Titanes Licey. They were replaced at the leadership position by Leones SD. Caneros LR will play next round against strong Titanes Licey trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Leones SD will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Caneros LR in La Romana.
An exciting game was played in Puerto Plata. Third ranked Huracanes PP faced their biggest opponent Indios SFM. Host Huracanes PP (2-4) defeated guests from San Francisco (2-4) 97-90. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Jarvis Williams contributed with 23 points for the winners. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Indios SFM. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes PP moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Indios SFM. Huracanes PP will play against league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Indios SFM will play on the road against the league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Santo Domingo. First ranked Leones SD faced their biggest opponent Titanes Licey. Host Leones SD (4-2) smashed guests from San Cristobal (2-3) 103-81. Worth to mention a great performance of Juan Guerrero who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). At the losing side Edward Santana responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leones SD have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-2 record. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Caneros LR. Leones SD will meet league's second-placed Caneros LR in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Titanes Licey will play against the league's second-placed Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in San Francisco. First ranked Metros STGO faced their biggest opponent Indios SFM. Guests from Santiago (5-1) defeated host Indios SFM (2-4) 105-93. The winners were led by Jordan Hamilton who scored that evening 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Metros STGO maintains first position with 5-1 record. Indios SFM at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Metros STGO's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it will be for sure the game of the week. Indios SFM will play again on the road against the league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Huracanes PP - Indios SFM 97-90

An exciting game was played in Puerto Plata. Third ranked Huracanes PP faced their biggest opponent Indios SFM. Host Huracanes PP (2-4) defeated guests from San Francisco (2-4) 97-90. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Indios SFM won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes PP dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Indios SFM's 40. Indios SFM was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American Jarvis Williams (198-89, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Indios SFM. 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 moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Indios SFM. Huracanes PP will play against league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Indios SFM will play on the road against the league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Indios SFM: G.Suero 21+6reb+1ast, F.Garcia 17+5reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 15+7reb, J.Miguel Suero 14+9reb+8ast, I.Romero 9+4reb, R.Suarez 6+1reb
Huracanes PP: J.Williams 23+4reb, K.Beidler 17+8reb+4ast, M.Carter 15+3reb+3ast, J.Valdez 10+3reb+3ast, D.Nunez 8+1ast, L.Cabrera 7+6reb
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Leones SD - Titanes Licey 103-81

An exciting game was played in Santo Domingo. First ranked Leones SD faced their biggest opponent Titanes Licey. Host Leones SD (4-2) smashed guests from San Cristobal (2-3) 103-81. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Leones SD's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-15 extending their advantage to 22 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Titanes Licey's 34 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Leones SD forced 22 Titanes Licey turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) who added 16 points during the contest. Five Leones SD players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds and American-Hungarian forward Rashad Bell (203-82, college: Boston U.) scored 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leones SD have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-2 record. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Caneros LR. Leones SD will meet league's second-placed Caneros LR in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Titanes Licey will play against the league's second-placed Caneros LR in La Romana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: E.Santana 29+9reb+1ast, R.Bell 18+2reb+1ast, B.Colon 15+5reb, B.Williams 9+5reb+1ast, H.Valdez 4+4reb, J.Fortuna 3+4reb+7ast
Leones SD: J.Guerrero 23+11reb+2ast, P.Miller 16+4reb+2ast, O.Reed 15+3reb+2ast, E.Fortuna 12+2reb+3ast, G.Acosta 10+6reb+2ast, J.Araujo 8+1reb
gschID: 550377


Indios SFM - Metros STGO 93-105

An exciting game was played in San Francisco. First ranked Metros STGO faced their biggest opponent Indios SFM. Guests from Santiago (5-1) defeated host Indios SFM (2-4) 105-93. The game was mostly controlled by Metros STGO. Indios SFM was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Metros STGO forced 20 Indios SFM turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by American forward Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who scored that evening 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and point guard Adris De-Leon (180-84, college: E.Washington) supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Five Metros STGO players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds by Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for Indios SFM. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) added 29 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Metros STGO maintains first position with 5-1 record. Indios SFM at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Metros STGO's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata and it will be for sure the game of the week. Indios SFM will play again on the road against the league's leader Metros STGO in Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Indios SFM: G.Suero 29+3reb+3ast, I.Romero 26+11reb, F.Garcia 17+1reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 7+6reb+2ast, C.Ruiz 6, J.Miguel Suero 5+5reb+4ast
Metros STGO: J.Hamilton 37+8reb+2ast, A.De Leon 17+5reb+7ast, V.Liz 16+3reb+7ast, R.Glenn 13+2reb+3ast, E.Vargas 10+5reb, A.Nunez 8+5reb
gschID: 550376


Leones SD - Caneros LR 97-87

The biggest surprise took place in Santo Domingo where host Leones SD (4-2) beat league's leader Caneros LR (2-3) 97-87 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Leones SD. Caneros LR managed to win third quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Leones SD won last quarter 27-18. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Caneros LR only scored seven points from the stripe. American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) fired 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. The other American import swingman Omar Reed (200-87, college: Bluefield, agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Leones SD players scored in double figures. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) produced 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and Elias Soliman added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Caneros LR's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leones SD have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-2 record. Caneros LR at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Titanes Licey. They were replaced at the leadership position by Leones SD. Caneros LR will play next round against strong Titanes Licey trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Leones SD will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Caneros LR in La Romana.
Top scorers:
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 30+5reb+4ast, A.Freeman 13+3reb+1ast, E.Soliman 12+5ast, A.Williams 9+1reb, L.Payne 6+7reb+2ast, H.Graham 6+2reb
Leones SD: J.Guerrero 19+4reb+1ast, O.Reed 17+8reb, M.Rhett 17+4reb+2ast, P.Miller 16+2reb+8ast, E.Fortuna 10+1reb+3ast, J.Araujo 7+3reb
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National League Round 4: Iccan keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Iccan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Iccan smashed bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda in Guayaquil 101-64. The game without a history. Iccan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Triple E-Uda's 30. The former international center Eduard Caicedo (196-90) fired 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Carlos Carcelen (202-81) chipped in 15 points and 4 steals. Venezuelan power forward Jean Pierre (205-91) produced 13 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Portviejo. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with four games lost. Triple E-Uda will play next round against Leones trying to get back on the winning streak. Iccan will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Juvenil in Vinces.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Barcelona (2-2) against sixth ranked Leones (2-2) on Friday night. Visiting Barcelona was defeated by Leones in a tough game in Riobamba 70-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barcelona. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan center Javinger Vargas (202-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Corbin Jackson contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Puerto Rican point guard Omar Alvarado (180-83) replied with 22 points for Barcelona. Leones moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Barcelona and Piratas. Leones will play against bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (#8) in Gualaceo in the next round. Barcelona will play at home against the league's second-placed Portviejo (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Portviejo was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Piratas (2-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Portviejo (3-1). Portviejo managed to secure a 8-point victory 88-80 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Jonathan Arboleda who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Portviejo's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Willie Clayton responded with 27 points. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Iccan. Piratas at the other side keep the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Barcelona and Leones. Portviejo will meet Barcelona (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Piratas will play against Importadora in Ambato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Iccan - Triple E-Uda 101-64

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Iccan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Iccan smashed bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda in Guayaquil 101-64. The game without a history. Iccan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Triple E-Uda's 30. The former international center Eduard Caicedo (196-90) fired 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Carlos Carcelen (202-81) chipped in 15 points and 4 steals. Four Iccan players scored in double figures. Venezuelan power forward Jean Pierre (205-91) produced 13 points and Carlos Ramon (-85) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Portviejo. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with four games lost. Triple E-Uda will play next round against Leones trying to get back on the winning streak. Iccan will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Juvenil in Vinces.
Top scorers:
Iccan: E.Caicedo 16+4reb+1ast, C.Carcelen 15+2reb+3ast, J.Centeno 15, V.Peralvo 13, C.Silva 11+4reb+4ast, J.Porozo 9+1reb+1ast
Triple E-Uda: J.Pierre 13+3reb, C.Ramon 11+2reb+2ast, C.Espinoza 8+2ast, R.Gonzalez 8+1ast, J.Andrade 7+1reb, M.Romo 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548213


Portviejo - Piratas 88-80

The game in Portviejo was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Piratas (2-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Portviejo (3-1). Portviejo managed to secure a 8-point victory 88-80 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-80. Portviejo shot 63.3 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 80.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Jonathan Arboleda (190-95) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and Adriano Barredas (-92) who added 25 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. Portviejo's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) responded with 27 points and Alfredo Salgado (-95) scored 23 points. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Iccan. Piratas at the other side keep the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Barcelona and Leones. Portviejo will meet Barcelona (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Piratas will play against Importadora in Ambato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Portviejo: J.Arboleda 29+3reb, A.Barredas 25+2ast, E.Drew 8+1ast, R.Roldan 8+1reb+1ast, K.Abakah 7+1reb+1ast, A.Ponce 6+1reb
Piratas: W.Clayton 27+3reb+1ast, A.Salgado 23+1ast, C.Malatay 11, A.Pitts 7+2reb, E.Tenorio Parales 6+1reb+2ast, J.Luis Mejia 5+1reb
gschID: 548216


Leones - Barcelona 78-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Barcelona (2-2) against sixth ranked Leones (2-2) on Friday night. Visiting Barcelona was defeated by Leones in a tough game in Riobamba 70-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barcelona. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan center Javinger Vargas (202-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Leones players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican point guard Omar Alvarado (180-83) replied with 22 points and Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-91, agency: Pro Sports) added 21 points in the effort for Barcelona. Leones moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Barcelona and Piratas. Leones will play against bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (#8) in Gualaceo in the next round. Barcelona will play at home against the league's second-placed Portviejo (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leones: J.Vargas 22+7reb+4ast, C.Jackson 17+4reb, A.Conchambay 14+1reb+3ast, J.Acosta 12+1reb+8ast, F.Perez 9+1reb, C.Cortez 2
Barcelona: O.Alvarado 22+1reb+3ast, M.Cairo 21+3reb+1ast, D.King 10+3reb, F.Corozo 8+1reb, M.Hurtado 7+5reb, F.Vargas 2+1ast
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Liga MB Round 5: Halcones defeat Cojute in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Liga MB and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Liga MB took place in Cojutepeque. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Cojute (2-3) to leader Halcones (3-0) 93-90 on Sunday evening. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 32. Halcones forced 20 Cojute turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and guard Mario Flores (183-85) chipped in 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) responded with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Cojute at the other side dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Halcones is looking forward to face Isidro Metapan (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cojute will play against El Rapido and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Brujos Izalco (3-2) against eleventh ranked El Rapido (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Brujos Izalco was defeated by El Rapido in La Union 73-57. Cuban power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and Osmel Oliva accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Brujos Izalco in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. El Rapido moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Canarios and Isidro Metapan. Brujos Izalco at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. El Rapido will play against Cojute (#9) in Cojutepeque in the next round. Brujos Izalco will play at home against Arcense (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked 11 Lobos (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Isidro Metapan (2-2) 93-72 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Elder Gimenez who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). David Haye produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the hosts. 11 Lobos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Isidro Metapan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with El Rapido and Canarios. Loser 11 Lobos still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Giants. Isidro Metapan will meet league's leader Halcones in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 11 Lobos will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Giants (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to leader Santa Ana (3-0) 81-69. Khiry White orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Santa Ana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Santa Ana will have a break next round. Giants will play at home against Canarios (#8) and hope to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Ahuachapan where 7th ranked Arcense (1-3) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Canarios (2-2) 132-84 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. Eddie Ishman stepped up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 20 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Canarios moved-up to sixth place, which they share with El Rapido and Isidro Metapan. Arcense lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Canarios will face bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Arcense will play on the road against Brujos Izalco and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 5 Santiagueno lost to Cojute on the opponent's court 70-74. Quezaltepeque outscored Santiagueno in a home game 78-56.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 11 points, 8 assists and 6 steals by Douglas Bairez of Quezaltepeque.

Cojute - Santiagueno 74-70

Rather expected game in Cojutepeque where 9th ranked Santiagueno (1-3) was defeated by sixth ranked Cojute (2-3) 74-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cojute made 8 blocks. Jernell Hudges stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Wlliam Brown responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Chris King produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Santiagueno's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Cojute went down to ninth position due to points difference. Newly promoted Santiagueno dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. Cojute will face higher ranked El Rapido (#7) in La Union in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cojute: J.Hudges 34+5reb+5ast, L.Quintanilla 12+3ast, L.Svete 11+12reb+1ast, R.Kenteh 10+10reb+1ast, B.Reyes 4+3reb+4ast, W.Mercado 3
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 24+1reb+5ast, W.Brown 23+16reb+4ast, C.King 11+17reb+3ast, A.Esperanza 7, B.Castellon 2, C.Hernandez 2+1reb+1ast
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Cojute - Halcones 90-93

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Liga MB took place in Cojutepeque. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Cojute (2-3) to leader Halcones (3-0) 93-90 on Sunday evening. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 32. Halcones forced 20 Cojute turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and guard Mario Flores (183-85) chipped in 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) responded with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Jernell Hudges scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Halcones have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Cojute at the other side dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Halcones is looking forward to face Isidro Metapan (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cojute will play against El Rapido and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halcones: M.Flores 30+8reb+4ast, J.Ruiz 26+12reb+9ast, J.Diaz 16+7reb+1ast, J.Angulo 9+2reb+2ast, A.Merino 4+3reb+3ast, I.Andaluz 2
Cojute: L.Svete 34+8reb+4ast, J.Hudges 27+7reb+9ast, R.Kenteh 14+19reb, L.Quintanilla 11+5reb+2ast, W.Mercado 4+2reb+2ast, L.Cruz 0
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Canarios - Arcense 132-84

An interesting game took place in Ahuachapan where 7th ranked Arcense (1-3) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Canarios (2-2) 132-84 on Sunday. Canarios outrebounded Arcense 63-42 including a 42-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Arcense's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Canarios made 11 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 20 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) chipped in 43 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Michael Wilson (-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jerome Simmons (203-93, college: Winston Salem) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Canarios moved-up to sixth place, which they share with El Rapido and Isidro Metapan. Arcense lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Canarios will face bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Arcense will play on the road against Brujos Izalco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 43+8reb+8ast, E.Ishman 38+20reb+4ast, M.Montavious 24+21reb+3ast, W.Molina 8+4reb+3ast, J.Linares 8+5reb+1ast, A.Gross Ruano 7+4reb+6ast
Arcense: M.Wilson 29+11reb, J.Reid 21+7reb, J.Simmons 16+14reb+1ast, M.Lahud 8+4reb+4ast, J.Tochez 4+1reb, R.Cardona 4+3reb
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11 Lobos - Isidro Metapan 72-93

Bottom-ranked 11 Lobos (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Isidro Metapan (2-2) 93-72 on Sunday evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Isidro Metapan made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American center Slim Magee (211-89, college: Missouri So.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 21 rebounds and 6 blocks. American guard David Haye (188-94, college: Ramapo) produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Darell Combs (188-93, college: IUPUI) added 18 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. 11 Lobos' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Isidro Metapan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with El Rapido and Canarios. Loser 11 Lobos still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Giants. Isidro Metapan will meet league's leader Halcones in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 11 Lobos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 39+12reb+3ast, E.Mijares 23+6reb+5ast, S.Magee 21+21reb+2ast, M.Artiga 4+5reb, J.Flores 4+3reb, H.Navas 2+4reb
11 Lobos: D.Haye 40+11reb+3ast, D.Combs 18+14reb+1ast, R.Aguiar 4+8reb+1ast, M.Baltrons 4+3reb+2ast, J.Cuestas 2+5reb+2ast, M.Jackson 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 553648


Quezaltepeque - Santiagueno 78-56

Rather predictable result when leader Quezaltepeque (3-0) smashed at home 9th ranked Santiagueno (1-3) 78-56 on Sunday. Quezaltepeque forced 27 Santiagueno turnovers. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 14 points and 20 rebounds. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Wlliam Brown responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and Chris King scored 8 points and 16 rebounds. Santiagueno's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Quezaltepeque have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Santiagueno dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. Quezaltepeque will face Santa Tecla (#4) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 24+10reb+3ast, R.Miller 14+20reb+2ast, D.Bairez 11+4reb+8ast, A.Cacho 10+4reb+3ast, L.Portal 9+5reb+2ast, A.Martinez 5+1reb+1ast
Santiagueno: W.Brown 19+14reb, S.Brackett 14+2reb+3ast, C.King 8+16reb+1ast, C.Hernandez 5+2reb+4ast, B.Castellon 4+1ast, A.Esperanza 2+1reb
gschID: 553673


El Rapido - Brujos Izalco 73-57

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Brujos Izalco (3-2) against eleventh ranked El Rapido (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Brujos Izalco was defeated by El Rapido in La Union 73-57. El Rapido dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 32. They outrebounded Brujos Izalco 53-30 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cuban power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Anthony Brown (193-90, college: Imperial Valley JC) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Brujos Izalco in the defeat. 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. El Rapido moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Canarios and Isidro Metapan. Brujos Izalco at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. El Rapido will play against Cojute (#9) in Cojutepeque in the next round. Brujos Izalco will play at home against Arcense (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: A.Alorda 21+15reb+1ast, O.Oliva 16+7reb+8ast, J.Avila 15+5reb+4ast, Y.Cubillas 13+16reb, M.Aguilar 6+4reb+6ast, O.Coreas 2+2reb
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 15+9reb+3ast, A.Brown 13+6reb+1ast, J.Loucel 12+1reb+1ast, M.Lopez 10+3reb, R.Palma 6+4reb+2ast, J.Perez 1
gschID: 553656


Giants - Santa Ana 69-81

Bottom-ranked Giants (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to leader Santa Ana (3-0) 81-69. Santa Ana forced 19 Giants turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Santa Ana brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Khiry White (190-91, college: Savannah St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) answered with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Luis Escoto (180-96) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Giants. Santa Ana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Giants at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Santa Ana will have a break next round. Giants will play at home against Canarios (#8) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: K.White 25+10reb+5ast, M.Daniels 23+5reb+3ast, K.Mejia 14+11reb, M.Ramos 6+1reb+8ast, D.Tabb 6+16reb+5ast, D.Pena 5+5reb
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 13+7reb+4ast, L.Escoto 13+3reb+4ast, C.Flores 10+8reb, G.Sosa 8+7reb+1ast, W.Davontae 7+11reb+2ast, C.Duran 6+1reb
gschID: 553627





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Cedevita adds Nichols to their roster, ex Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Demetris Nichols (202-98kg-84, college: Syracuse). He played last season at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league, but left the team in Jan.'17. In 7 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Nichols also played 32 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Nichols played at CSKA Moscow in Russian league. In 22 Euroleague games he had 4.2ppg and 1.5rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship (twice) (in both Euroleague and VTB United League !!!). Nichols also played 34 games in VTB United League where he got 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2007 Nichols was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). He attended Syracuse University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nichols was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Nichols' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Nichols tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Cholet Basket, Gravelines Dunkerque and JA Vichy), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Iowa Energy), Russia (Krasnie Krilya) and Ukraine (Azovmash).
On Nichols: Demetris Nichols is versatile small forward who is able to shoot the ball with excellence. He is an amazing three-point shooter who always plays and scores within the team's system. His shooting touch is perfect, he is able to score on his defender from any given situation. Nichols is great when it comes to shooting the ball of the dribble or just going for a layup where he uses his strong body as an advantage. He can be also used as power forward. Coaches like him because he can also easily defend power forward position due to his strong body and athleticism.

KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roko-Leni Ukic
Filip Kruslin
Toni Katic
Will Cherry
Mateo Vidovic
Dzanan Musa

Forwards:
Demetris Nichols
Ivan Ramljak

Coach: Jure Zdovc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Washington re-signs at Fiat Torino - by Armando Caporaso

Fiat Torino (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 32-year old American swingman Deron Washington (201-95kg-85, college: Virginia Tech). He played there last season. In 23 Serie A games he had 13.1ppg, 8.6rpg (#4 in the league), 2.3apg and 1.3spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Washington played at Vanoli Cremona where in 34 Serie A games he recorded 11.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-Defensive Team.
In 2008 Washington was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (59th overall). The former Virginia Tech standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Washington's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish LEB Gold in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Washington has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Holon, Bnei Hasharon and GreenTops Netanya), Spain (Blusens Monbus) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue and Los Angeles D-Fenders).

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett
Andre Jones

Forwards:
Deron Washington
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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How Marcus Denmon's game translate to Panathinaikos? - by Dimitris Katsionis

Marcus Denmon: from the so-called '40 minutes of hell'of Missouri to Europe and now Panathinaikos.. Denmon came from the production process of Missouri (he grew up there), when coach Mike Anderson presented us with one of the most fun to watch styles of basketball, called '40 minutes of hell', due to its nature, which needed up tempo basketball, fast-paced offense with quick execution and a strong tendency for transition and spread defenses on the entire court, aiming at pressuring their opponent, which could lead to fast pace, i.e. exactly the environment the Tigers had been trained to play and execute. After playing in some of the top European leagues, Denmon is before the great challenge of Panathinaikos and the Euroleague, which he was waiting for quite some time now. However, this is the Panathinaikos of Xavi Pascual, the master of the half court…. It will certainly be very interesting. Let's take a look at our notes…

AST/TO Rati: 1.84 (2.27 in the Europe Cup)

USG%: 22.51

eFG%: 54.6

TS%: 58.7

PPS: 1.32

FT/FGA: 0.27

High Efficient Scorer = A good basis for what Panathinaikos wants to play n offense.

- Marcus Denmon (1.88-G-1990) stands out among a huge tank of shooting scorers of this financial status for the efficiency of his choices on the offensive end, and in particular, execution. In his career so far, he bears the golden label 'scorer with good numbers'. His shot selection is great. He is always under control, and he recognises immediately the good execution condition, which leads to a low mistake behaviour, a very attractive asset for the basketball of coach Pascual.

Of course, what we are all expecting to see is how the Greens will integrate in their offensive arsenal the outside execution of Marcus Denmon, which is the main firepower of the player. He is an excellent shooter, which, combined with his ability to choose the right shots, impressed coach Popovic, who picked him for the 2002 draft, when Denmon was leaving Missouri. This is the organisation that developed the Greens/Gary Neals of this world, the one that picked the Spartan Bryn Forbes etc. His execution mechanics are perfect. He arms properly (his arm positioning is correct, the well-known three fingers between the palm and the ball, as is taught by the Yugoslavians and the school programs that produce shooter in the USA), ideal lifting and follow through (also note the 'elbow above the eye level' rule he follows religiously in the continuity process of his shots, which shows good education). His choice leads us to expect that this year the Catalan coach will change the direction of his offense, and present us with more movement away from the ball, and work for his shooters, based on the proper movement of the ball, starting from perfect spacing. Denmon can function well in this environment, as he is a guard with great confidence in his shooting, who can be constant in scoring from behind the arc, putting the pressure on defenses and increasing the available spaces for his team's offense.

-Denmon will be a very good choice for Panathinaikos' weak side offense, as he is the kind of guard that can be efficient without having the ball in his hands. He is a controlled player, which is a great asset for someone who waits in the weak side, aiming at producing from there. He knows how to handle himself in close out offense, and his ability to pass the ball (mainly late, after he puts the ball on the floor and goes inside) is an important weapon (in Gaziantep's post up offense for Balazic, he put much pressure on defenses). He also is a very efficient spot shooter, which is interpreted in an excellent manner in the Greens' backcourt, next to players such as Calathes and Lecavicius.

Note: He is a player that can shoot after dribble quite effectively, and he has the following peculiarity in this situation. He shoots very well after spot dribble, but he is not as effective after speed dribble. The deep squat (before executing) he uses after a mini reverse will remind you of Ramel Curry (and in general his behaviour in set conditions I dare say)…

I will agree with coach Deddas in his assessment that 'Denmon is an upgrade compared to Feldeine', even though the Dominical player had assets that opened up a good prospect at the highest level (bigger, longer, better on team defense). It's not an exaggeration to say that Feldeine played his money's worth at OAKA (a not so expensive contract), but he didn't have the required character that could have given him this extra push. Denmon has assets that justify the optimism for 'upgrade'. He is a player with far better intangibles, a very important asset for this level of European basketball, especially for a player that come to play for our teams. We will take his chances in a close game, he will 'shoot the ball and go to sleep on the way every night', as Pat Riley eloquently says about the mentality of a great shooter in the US. The second main difference has to do with the way the two players approach contact when they attack. Feldeine avoided it (it was almost impossible for him to score through contact), whereas Denmon is not afraid of it, and he is able to score though such situations.

Important note: Even coaches who had certain players in their teams may not assess them properly (of course they only have 10 lines in an interview for a mini report, and are not allowed to make an in-depth analysis). For example, it had been said that Dominic Waters would have given great help as a creator to Olympiacos last year, but Hoopfellas had focused on the player's weakness, interpreting his game in the demanding EL environment.

So, Denmon has references of a good 1 on 1 corer, but the most important variable in this equation is the level of defense, as this year in the Euroleague the Spurs draftee will be up against the hardest to break defenses he has ever faced in his career. My opinion is that the new Panathinaikos guard will find it difficult to score inside the paint in one on one frequently. Most 1 on 1 situations will finish with execution from the perimeter (where you will be able to enjoy execution after a side step). Yes, he is not afraid of contact and he has shown that he can finish in the paint. However, he is not the slasher that guarantees the creation of a breach.

His ballhandling is not of the level that allows him to make his defender loose his balance with a series of dribbles, and his athletic package is not one of an explosive guard. In the Italian league (of the lighter big men) with the Brindidi shirt, he had more chances to score from the paint, but these chances became fewer in Turkey, where the level was higher and the approach was different. This condition directly affects his visits to the free throw line (a great shooter from the charity stripe). Last year in the TBL he shot 101 free throws in 31 games (3.25 average).

The ratio (as you saw above) of free throw shots compared to the rest of his shots is 0.27. How will this be affected in the next level…? It's logical to assume that it will be fairly affected. However, this is where the type of offense Xavi Pacual will choose to play in the new season comes into play. Basketball is a complex sport. This is why we are allowed to have Hoopfellas.

-What cost Denmon a real chance in the big American league was his weakness to run the offensive playbook as the main ballhandler from the '1' position. He is a good passer (not just when he attacks 'pulling' the defense on him, but also in static offense executing introductory passes to the paint quite safely), he never developed playmaking skills in order to be able orchestrate the offense and get his teammates involved in it. He is clearly an off guard and, let's not kid ourselves, this is the kind of player the Greens coach wanted at his moment. He is not known for his advanced ballhandling and he a shoot-first player, but he has a high degree of perception, which is reflected in the way he handles himself against defenses that are adjusted to him, where he remains aggressive, without making risky plays. This is a good basis for his transition to the very demanding EL level. It does not guarantee success, but it's a good start.

-The defensive part will be an important test and evaluation criterion for his playing minutes and in general for Denmon's propect within a team that plays at the top level of Euroleague. Whereas the 27year old guard was part of the Missouri program, with the prediction of an above average defender, due to the way he used his quick hands and in general his behaviour defending on the ball, he never worked on this aspect of his game, playing in offense-oriented leagues, and in teams that never pressured him to make the extra effort on the defensive end. He will need to work on this, as for the first time he will be pressured to improve his performance and reach certain standards that are required for the Euroleague and the Panathinaikos level. Starting from his effort… Denmon has been in the Hoopfellas database for years now, and our constant updates in terms of notes include the word 'preservation'.

Being the main offensive choice on offense each time, and he was obligated to manage his fatigue and his opponent's pressure, he was caught several times 'preserving' himself on defense, defending away from the ball, which resulted in him conceding aggressive cuts of the player he was guarding (failure to act on time, improper body positioning) leaving an impression of looseness. Denmon is indeed a more efficient defender on the ball that away from it. Xavi Pascual will be the first coach that will undertake to pressure him and make him improve his concentration level and his total effort in this area. He is able to respond mentally, but it is of crucial importance how this change of habit will be interpreted in relation to his presence on the offensive end against defenses of the highest European level. Another advantage is that he is a good (defensive) rebounder for his physical/athletic package.

Summing up…

I 'll be frank… I really like seeing Xavi Pascual taking this direction in his choice and signing affordable players with an eye in his system. For better or worse Denmon is a 'gamble' for Panathinaikos. He doesn't have the background or the star quality or bigger names with experience in the elite European level, who guarantee certain things in terms of individual performance. But the main focus is the team. A few days ago I wrote…

Panathinaikos needs to find the right 'piece'. Not the super hero. The 'system' itself will take up this role. And if we get 'there' (not an easy task), I guarantee that you're going to like it…

I must say that I was expecting a guard of a different financial status (I am not saying a more quality player, as in Hoopfellas we have a different view of how often this belief is confirmed). Hoopfellas' yearly MADE IN USA list, which included Denmon, is usually not about players of the highest EL level, where the 'eternals' belong. To be honest, I had this player on my mind for the lower EL level, for teams like Zalgiris, Cverna Zvedza, or Brose. However, as I said before, the Greens would probably not find the superhero that would lead them to the Promised Land, even if they paid for a much larger contract. Marcus Denmon's functionality in this year's Panathinaikos largely depends on the way the team will choose to be structured, especially on offense. In an one on one offense (like last year's) the Missouri shooter will be inadequate and we 'll be hearing complaints soon. On the other hand, in a cooperation offense, similar to the one Xavi Pascual presented us in his years in Barcelona, Denmon has the prospect to be a very useful weapon for the 'Clover'. These choices are always risky. Is there the knowledge to develop him in your environment…?




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Division C. Armenia celebrate title in Andorra la Vella - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Armenia - Gibraltar 88-70
Armenia toppled Gibraltar for the Division C trophy. Georgii Shakhnazarov (186-SG-01) stepped up with 27 points to lead the champions. Armenia got to a very strong start. They established a 50:32 halftime lead. Armenia stretched the gap at 24-point mark at the final intermission. Gibraltar narrowed the distance in the fourth term but could not rescue the game as Armenia marched to the glory. Aleksey Chizhenok (196-C-01) delivered 20 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. Alejandro Garcia (186-G-01) banked in 28 points and 12 rebounds for Gibraltar. Jamie Mesilio (169-F-01) netted 15 points in the defeat.
3-4 Place
Azerbaijan - Andorra 75-55
Azerbaijan stepped onto the pedestal in Andorra. They crushed the hosts in the consolation final to clinch the Bronze medals. Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-01) delivered 31 points for the winning side. Azerbaijan opened a 23:9 lead after the opening frame. They stretched the margin at 17-point mark at the interval 39:22. Andorra cut the distance in the third term but conceded a 13:24 blow in the fourth term to surrender. Tsotne Nodia (197-C-01) and Ravan Aliyev (176-SG-01) had 11 points each in the victory. Marti Obiols (171-PG-02) and Albert Pons (187-G-01) notched 10 points apiece for Andorra.

5-6 Place
Monaco - Albania 79-71
Monaco outgunned Albania to secure the fifth position at the tournament. Vincent Vermillac (181-F-01) posted 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Monaco recorded a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 8-point mark at the final break and rallied to the win in the final term. Nicolas Vanel (168-SG-03) had 18 points for the winners. Ergys Muhametaj (197-G/F-01) responded with 19 points and 9 boards for Albania.

7-8 Place
Moldova - Wales 60-65
Wales prevailed against Moldova to earn the 7th position in Andorra. Wales registered a 35:29 halftime advantage. Moldova erased the deficit in the third term. They tied things up at 46 heading into the fourth quarter. Wales held Moldova to just 14 points in the final period and raced to the win. Sion Gordon (193-SF-01) delivered 16 points and 11 rebounds for Wales. Luke Gordos (180-PG-02) notched 11 points for the winners. Ivan Hmirov (193-F/G-01) replied with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Moldova.

9-10 Place
Malta - San Marino 65-69
San Marino overcame Malta to finish their championship campaign in the 9th place. Tommaso Felici (196-F/C-01) posted 22 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Malta grabbed a 37:32 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 8-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. San Marino ignited a 24:12 run in the final term to secure the victory. Giacomo Nicolini (178-PG-01) netted 15 points in the win. Matthew Scerri (175-SG-02) replied with 25 points and 12 rebounds for Malta.



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Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Sani CAMPARA
  BIH
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 26
 1. Campara, BIH26.0 
 2. Simonovic, MNT20.0 
 3. Gustavson, FIN20.0 
 4. Moraitis, GRE19.0 
 5. Pecarski, SRB18.0 
 6. Kalaitzakis, GRE17.5 
 7. Sanon, UKR17.0 
 8. Saybir, TUR15.5 
 9. Heinonen, FIN15.5 
 10. Gonzalez, ESP15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikael JANTUNEN
  (200-F-0)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Jantunen, FIN11.5 
 2. Ehigitor, ESP11.0 
 3. Zeliznak, SVK9.5 
 4. Khaldeev, RUS9.0 
 5. Sanon, UKR8.0 
 6. Cerkezovic, BIH8.0 
 7. Simonovic, MNT8.0 
 8. Kalaitzakis, GRE8.0 
 9. Martinez, ESP7.5 
 10. Pecarski, SRB7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pavle TITIC
  MNT
  (182-PG-0)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Titic, MNT6.5 
 2. Velicka, LTU5.5 
 3. Molins, ESP5.5 
 4. Moraitis, GRE4.5 
 5. Uskokovic, SRB4.5 
 6. Khomenko, RUS4.0 
 7. Sanon, UKR4.0 
 8. Zampini, ITA4.0 
 9. Javorsky, SVK4.0 
 10. Atelbauers, LAT4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yusuf SANON
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sanon, UKR4.0 
 2. Uskokovic, SRB3.5 
 3. Kamperidis, GRE3.0 
 4. Trapani, ITA3.0 
 5. Ebeling, ITA3.0 
 6. Molins, ESP3.0 
 7. Blanc, FRA3.0 
 8. Grytsak, UKR2.5 
 9. Tahvanainen, FIN2.5 
 10. Cuevas, ESP2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Yusuf SANON
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sanon, UKR2.5 
 2. Koprivica, SRB2.0 
 3. Kadasi, SVK2.0 
 4. Gargalis, GRE2.0 
 5. Mustafa, TUR1.5 
 6. Caruso, ITA1.5 
 7. Matych, SVK1.5 
 8. Vigori, ITA1.5 
 9. Sikiras, BIH1.5 
 10. Brnovic, MNT1.0 


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Ben KOVAC
  (195-SG-0)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Kovac, LUX26.7 
 2. Odiah, BLR20.0 
 3. Alipiev, BUL18.7 
 4. Persson, SWE18.5 
 5. Ryuny, BLR18.3 
 6. Jenkins, IRL18.0 
 7. Mammadov, AZE16.7 
 8. Lemetti, SWE16.7 
 9. Wilczek, POL16.3 
 10. Haruni, ALB16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adrian BOGUCKI
  (213-F/C-99)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Bogucki, POL13.7 
 2. Kravits, ISR13.0 
 3. Buysschaert, BEL13.0 
 4. Massalski, BLR12.0 
 5. Demuth, LUX11.3 
 6. Kovac, LUX11.3 
 7. Brajkovic, AUT11.0 
 8. Krastanov, BUL10.3 
 9. Ryuny, BLR9.7 
 10. Krstevski, MKD9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Felix LEMETTI
  (185-PG-99)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Lemetti, SWE7.7 
 2. Ebo, ISR6.7 
 3. Kullamae, EST5.7 
 4. Kravits, ISR5.3 
 5. Van-D., NED4.7 
 6. Kolenda, POL4.7 
 7. Texeira, POR4.7 
 8. Russell, ENG4.7 
 9. Van-D., NED4.3 
 10. Petursson, ISL4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jacques SAFRA
  (185-SG-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Safra, SUI4.0 
 2. Welsch, CZE4.0 
 3. Ilhan, AZE3.7 
 4. Persson, SWE3.5 
 5. Van-D., NED3.3 
 6. Krstevski, MKD3.3 
 7. Ryuny, BLR3.0 
 8. Russell, ENG3.0 
 9. Fofana, SUI3.0 
 10. Zoccoletti, SUI2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yauhen MASSALSKI
  BLR
  (207-F-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Massalski, BLR4.0 
 2. Tass, EST3.3 
 3. Donat, AZE2.0 
 4. Brajkovic, AUT2.0 
 5. Fungula, SWE1.3 
 6. Werner, HUN1.3 
 7. Krejci, CZE1.3 
 8. Buysschaert, BEL1.3 
 9. Demuth, LUX1.0 
 10. Gehrke, SWE1.0 


Division B. Day 3 in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group A
United Kingdom - Sweden 67-69
Sweden sneaked past Great Britain to remain undefeated in Group A. Erik Persson (190-G-00) delivered 25 points and 7 rebounds for the Scandinavian side. Great Britain and Sweden were tied at 28 heading into the second half. Great Britain secured a one-point lead before the fourth quarter but Sweden sank 20 points in the final period and got away with a narrow win. Felix Lemetti tossed in 14 points and issued 8 assists in the victory. Caleb Fuller (198-G/F-99) answered with 11 points for Great Britain.

Albania - Luxembourg 69-72
Luxembourg narrowly defeated Albania for the first win in Group A. Ben Kovac (195-SG-00) posted 35 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Luxembourg went on a 24:9 run in the second term to take a 10-point halftime lead. Albania cut the distance in the second half but came up short of victory at the end. Julien Lessel (188-SG-99) notched 16 points and 9 boards in the win. Nikolla Haruni (200-PF-99) delivered 27 points and 11 rebounds for Albania.

Holland - Czech Republic 67-52
Netherlands improved at 2-1 record in Group A following a comfortable win over Czech Republic. Calvin Poulina (202-F/C-99) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds for the Dutch team. Czech Republic eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands went on a furious 39:17 rally in the next two periods to spur ahead. Netherlands protected the advantage throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Boyd Van Der Vuurst (188-PG-99) and Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99) had 11 points each for the winners. Vit Krejci (193-PG-00) replied with 12 points for Czech Republic.

Group B
Belarus - Iceland 71-78
Iceland beat Belarus to stay perfect in Group B. Hilmar Henningsson (194-G-00) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Iceland recorded a 39:29 halftime advantage. Belarus dropped 25 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Hilmar Petursson (187-G-00) knocked down 15 points and issued 7 assists in the win. David Odiah (195-G/F-00) responded with 19 points for Belarus.

Croatia - Georgia 62-49
Croatia kept on winning in Slovakia. They held off Georgia for the third straight win in Group B. Antonio Jordano (191-PG-99, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up with 16 points for the winners. Croatia recorded a 41:26 halftime advantage. They held Georgia to just 23 points in the second half to rally to the win. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) notched 12 points and 9 boards for Croatia. Nika Chechelashvili (196-F-99) netted 16 points for Georgia.

Bulgaria - Hungary 84-78
Bulgaria held off Hungary to snap two-game losing skid in Group B. Ivan Alipiev (200-F/G-99) posted 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Bulgaria. Hungary enjoyed a 48:44 halftime lead. Bulgaria went on a 22:11 run in the third term to take the lead. They protected the advantage throughout the fourth stanza and rolled to the win. Krastan Krastanov (204-C-99) had 19 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Balasz Ratvay tossed in 20 points for Hungary.

Group C
Israel - Poland 88-85 OT
Israel topped Poland in overtime to gain the third straight win in Group C. Ofek Malka (180-SG-00) notched 19 points in the win. Israel and Poland were tied at 46 at the interval. Israel pulled ahead for a 2-point lead at the third break. But Poland held their opponents to just 14 points in the fourth term and forced overtime. Israel then went on an 8:5 run in the extra period to snatch the victory. Tomer Levinson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Israel. Dominik Wilczek (193-G/F-99) netted 29 points for Poland.

Portugal - Austria 87-65
Portugal outscored Austria to take the second win in Group C. Henrique Barros and Pedro Lanca tallied 13 points each for the winners. Portugal ensured a 44:37 halftime lead. They held Austria to just 28 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Gustavo Texeira netted 11 points in the victory. Luka Brajkovic responded with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Austria.

Azerbaijan - Romania 50-68
Romania outgunned Azerbaijan to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Dimitri Georgiadis secured 15 points to pace the winners. Azerbaijan snatched a narrow 33:32 halftime lead. But Romania ignited a 36:17 run in the second half to seal the win. Tudor Fometescu had 11 points in the victory. Kamran Mammadov (183-PG-00) answered with 22 points for Azerbaijan.

Group D
Estonia - Belgium 70-68
Estonia held off Belgium for the third straight win in Tallinn. They topped Belgium for 3-0 record in Group D. Kristian Kullamae (194-PG-99) recorded 18 points in the win. Estonia claimed a 40:24 halftime lead. Belgium took over in the second half. They pulled within striking distance late in regulation but could not overcome the deficit and had to yield at the end. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) netted 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Vrenz Bleijnbergh tossed in 21 points for Belgium.

FYR Macedonia - Ireland 73-55
FYR Macedonia opened win count at the tournament. They bruised Ireland for 1-2 record in Group D. Martin Trsunov (175-PG-99) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. FYR Macedonia ensured a comfortable 37:26 halftime advantage. They went on a 21:11 run in the fourth period to secure the victory. Luka Stojanovski (189-G-00) tallied 18 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds for FYR Macedonia. Sean Jenkins (185-G-99) produced 24 points for Ireland.

Denmark - Switzerland 53-54
Switzerland registered the second win in Tallinn. They nipped Denmark in Group D action. Eric Koludrovic (194-F-99) notched 13 points for the winners. Denmark registered a 32:31 halftime advantage. They extended the lead at 3-point mark heading into the final term. But the Swiss juniors held their counterparts to just 7 points in the fourth quarter and pulled away with a narrow victory. Selim Fofana (190-PG-99) posted 11 points in the win. Aleksandar Nedic (193-SF-99) responded with 14 points for Denmark.




Recap of Day 2 in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Montenegro - Germany 81-73
Montenegro edged Germany to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Pavle Titic was responsible for 16 points and 8 assists for the Balkan team. Montenegro secured a 39:33 halftime advantage. Germany surged ahead in the third term but not for long. Montenegro drained 30 points in the fourth quarter to secure the winning outcome. Andrija Slavkovic (199-F/G-99, agency: BeoBasket) produced 14 points and 8 boards for Montenegro. Badu Buck (196-SG-99) notched 17 points for Germany.

Turkey - Russia 90-77
Turkey toppled Russia for 2-0 record in Group A. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) delivered 16 points in the victory. Russia posted a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Turkey erased the deficit in the second frame. They ensured a 44:42 halftime lead. Turkey went on a strong 25:11 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Muhaymin Mustafa (196-SG-99) provided 17 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Alexander Shashkov (206-C-00) netted 13 points for Russia.

Group B
Spain - Ukraine 84-72 OT
Spain survived a tough challenge from Ukraine to claim an overtime victory. Sergi Martinez (203-PF-99) scored 20 points to lead the winners to the second straight success in Group B. Spain posted a 40:33 halftime lead. But Ukraine used a 14:4 third quarter run to surge ahead. Spain picked up the tempo in the fourth period. They sank 23 points in the fourth term to force overtime. Spain ignited a 17:5 rally in the extra period to seal the win. Miguel Gonzalez chipped in 14 points for the winners. Yusuf Sanon (190-G-99) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Ukraine.

Italy - Serbia 46-63
Serbia bounced back from the losing start in Group B as they edged Italy today. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Balkan team. Italy dominated in the first half. They posted a 35:26 halftime advantage. But Serbia used an 18:7 run in the third quarter to gain a 2-point lead. Serbia finished off their opponents with a 19:4 rally in the final period. Nikola Miskovic had 11 points in the victory. Michele Ebeling (205-PF-99) replied with 15 points for Italy.

Group C
Lithuania - Slovenia 75-57
Lithuania defeated Slovenia for the first win at the tournament. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Slovenia used a 21:8 run in the second term to take a 38:30 halftime advantage. But Lithuania went on a furious 45:19 second half run to secure the victory. Grantas Vasiliauskas (204-PF-99) had 14 points for the Baltic state. Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) answered with 13 points for Slovenia.

Greece - Finland 81-78
Greece held off Finland to gain the second straight win in Group C. Georgios Kalaitzakis (198-PG-99) dropped 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Hellenes. Greece accounted for a 46:30 halftime advantage. Finland though pulled within just 6 points at the final intermission. Finland sank 26 points in the fourth frame to stop just short of victory at the end. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) delivered 14 points in the win. Andre Gustavson (190-SG-99) led all scorers with 27 points for Finland.

Group D
Bosnia - Slovakia 73-68
Bosnia earned the second consecutive win in Bratislava. They held off the hosts for 2-0 record in Group D. Sani Campara (190-G-99) was pivotal with 20 points for the winners. Bosnia secured a 36:31 halftime advantage. They kept Slovakia at distance throughout the second half to rally to the win. Emir Cerkezovic (196-SF-99) notched 15 points and 9 boards in the victory. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) replied with 23 points for Slovakia.

Latvia - France 49-93
France fired past Latvia to ensure the first win in Group D. Babacar Niasse (194-G/F-00) netted 14 points for the winners. les Bleues secured a 45:22 halftime lead. France unleashed 48 points in the second half to cruise to the win. Sofiane Briki (193-G-99) had 12 points for the winners. Anrijs Miska (203-F-00) replied with 10 points for Latvia.




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U-18: Macedonia outplayed Ireland - by Natasha Kostovska

After two defeats from Belgium (85-65) and Denmark (88-92), the players of the coach Gjorgji Kochov finally won the first EC match in Tallinn and outplayed Ireland.
The first half of the match ended in favor of the Macedonian basketball players with a score of (37-26). The third quarter started with a great rhythm.
The Irish team was hopeless for the first 5 minutes of the quarter because they had not scored a single basket, but the last five minutes the Macedonian basketball players seemed to relax and allow the difference to be reduced, and the quarter ended with (52-44).
Last quarter continued at the same pace, so Macedonia won the match (73-55).

The performance of the shot for three points was 27%, for 2 points 46% and for free throws 54%. The most effective player from the Macedonian team was Martin Trsunov (175-PG-99) with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 stolen ball.

The next game is played tomorrow against the Swiss national team.



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Ousman Krubally (ex Astana) joins PAOK Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) agreed terms with 29-year old American (has also Gambian passport) forward Ousman Krubally (202-101kg-88, college: Georgia State). He played last season at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 2.0spg. Krubally helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he recorded 12.5ppg and 7.6rpg.
Krubally ended the previous (2015-16) season at Umana Venezia in Italian Serie A. In 10 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg. But the most of that year he spent at GS Lavrio. In 25 A1 games he got 10.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Krubally was voted Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Krubally has played also professionally in Holland (Den Helder), Slovenia (Grosuplje), United Kingdom (London Leopards) and Italy (Legnano).
He attended Georgia State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

PAOK Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Thodoris Zaras
Apollonas Tsochlas
Ousman Krubally
Kevin Dillard
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Lucky Jones
Giannis Giannaras
Avgoustinos Spourgitis
Emmanouil Plakogiannakis
Rafail Papaioannou
Dimitris Karamanolis

Coach: Ilias Papatheodorou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Austria outgun Georgia in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Austria - Georgia 87:77

Austria overcame Georgia in the friendly encounter. Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95, college: Utah) provided 22 points to lead the winners. Georgia sank 28 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead. Austria cut the deficit at one-point mark at the interval 46:47. Georgia stretched the lead at 2 points at the final break. However Austria used a 22:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Rashid Mahalbasic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) provided 19 points, while Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC) had 15 points in the victory. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) responded with 22 points for Georgia. Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) had 18 points in the loss.

Austria: Jakob Poeltl 22, Rashid Mahalbasic 19, Bryce Douvier 15
Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 22, Giorgi Shermadini 18



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Toni Orlovic Remains in Karlsruhe Joining PS Karlsruhe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After playing the last two seasons with Pro B team BG Karlsruhe, Toni Orlovic (198-F-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) made about the best possible jump considering his situation as with his ex team not remaining in the Pro B on account of license problems, he moved to ambitious team PS Karlsruhe who will play in the Pro A this season. Toni Orlovic is a 19 year old 198cm forward that brings only 15 Pro B games experience to the Pro A along with Regionaliga 2 experience with PS Karlsruhe. Last season the German played seven games for BG Karlsruhe. The German started his basketball career with VfB Gaggenau, then went to the BG Karlsruhe junior team and then played two seasosn with PS Karlsruhe (2.Regionalliga) playing 22 games. Awards and achievements in his basketball career ahve been German 2.Regionalliga (Southwest-South Group) Champion -15, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -16.

Source:PS Karlsruhe




Michael Cuffee Returns Back To Germany Joining The Crailsheim Merlins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After two years away balling in France and Finland, Michael Cuffee (195-G-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) is back in Germany and will wear the jersey of Pro A team Crailsheim Merlins. Cuffee is a 34 year old 195cm guard from Philadelphia that brings 48 BBL games experience back to Germany and has had the opportunity to play in 8 different countries besides the States and Germany in his 12 professional seasons. Cuffee played with MBC and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and last season played for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 26 games:averaging 13.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT-2 (49.1%), FT: 81.4%. "Michael is an efficient offensive player, but that also plays for the team. He was exactly what we were looking for. He is a good shooter, but makes a good shot to a very good shot with the extra pass. We want players like him that watch for the small details", stressed head coach Tuomas Lisalo.Last season he scored in double figures in Finland in 20 games including a 26 and 24 point games against the Helsinki Gulls. He also registered five double doubles last season.

He started his basketball career at Middle Tennessee St. (NCAA) and as senior played 31 games averaging 14.3ppg, RebSunBelt-5 (7.4rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 73.6%. After gaining brief experience in the States as a professional in the WBA league, he made the trek to Europe in 2005 to start his long career abroad and started with the Skovbakken Bears (Denmark-Basketliga) playing 4 EuroCup Challenge games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 54.5%; In the Danish League, he played 20 games averaging 19.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 44.4%. In the 2006-2007 season he moved to Lappeenranta NMKY (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 44 games averaging 18.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 71.9%. In the 2007-2008 season he got experience back in the States with the Utah Flash (D-League) playing 17 games averaging 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 76.9%; in Jan.'08 was acquired by Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 29 games averaging 11.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 78.1%. In the 2008-2009 season he came to Italy to Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2) playing 34 games averaging 15.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.8spg, FGP: 62.1%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 74.0%. In the 2009-2010 season, he made his first stop in Turkey with Erdemirspor Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL) which was short only in only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to UCC Casalpusterlengo (Italy-Lega2) playing 18 games averaging 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 70.3%. In the 2010-2011 season, he went to the middle east to Al Arabi Club Doha (Qatar-D1, starting five) playing 12 games: Score-1 (26.0rpg), 10.6rpg, Assist-5 (5.3apg), 0.6spg, FGP-2 (53.0%), 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 75.0%, in May'11 moved to Al Rayyan Doha (Qatar-D1): Asian Club Championships: 5 games: 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 27.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.7%. In the 2011-2012 season he came to Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 12 games averaging 10.4ppg, in Mar.'12 moved to Al Gharrafah Doha (Qatar-D1). In the 2012-2013 season he went to Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 46 games averaging 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 83.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he finally made his debut for a German team with the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL) playing 25 games averaging 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 86.0%. In the 2014-2015 season he stayed in Germany with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-BBL) playing 23 games averaging 10.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 71.0%. Two seasons ago he played with JL Bourg Basket (France-ProB) playing 10 games averaging 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 94.7%,

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-Sun Belt 3rd Team -05, WBA Semifinals -05, Danish Cup Finalist -06, Danish League Regular Season Champion -06, Danish League Finalist -06, Danish League All-Star Game -06, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team -06
Finnish Cup Winner -06, USBL All-Tournament Team -07, Qatar Emir Cup Semifinals -11, 12, Gulf Club Championships Finalist -11, Asian Club Championships -11 (Bronze), Qatar League Regular Season Champion -11, Qatar League Champion -11, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention -12, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -13, Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Champion -13, and Swedish Basketligan Finalist -13

Source:Crailsheim Merlins




Ricky Easterling Wants And Deserves Another Pro B Gig This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ricky Easterling (189-G-83, college: Bridgewater) is a 33 year old 190cm guard from Baltimore that completed his 11th professional season in Germany and first with BG Karlsruhe (Pro B) averaging 14,4ppg, 3,5rpg and 2,5apg. Over the years, he made a name for himself in the German Regionalliga being crowned Mr Regionaliga as he averaged over 30 points three times with TV Saarlouis belonged to the the top 3 players in the Pro B the last two seasons. Before moving to Saarlouis in 2007 he played at Bridgewater (NCAA3) and then as a rookie played with TSG Reutlingen (Germany-Oberliga and Bergheim Bandits (Germany-Regionalliga). Last season with TV Saarlouis, he played 28 games: Score-1 (23.1ppg), 4.0rpg, 4.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 81.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about the next step in his basketball career.

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

My summer has been good up to this point. I spent most of my time this summer working at Kutshers Sports Academy where I teach basketball to the youth, and also have the opportunity to stay in shape and work on my game. I am now finished at KSA and am currently in Baltimore visiting my family.


We did a season ending interview in April and almost four months later your still unsigned. Did the whole BG Karlsruhe mess interfere with your summer transfer period and in what direction you were going to go in?

I don't think the BGK situation held me up. I feel the situation or Role I had on the that team messed up my transition process this summer. I had to deal with some ups and downs that were not my fault and I guess teams are second guessing me for some reason.


BG Karlsruhe didn't get their Pro B license renewed and most likely will play in the Regionaliga. 10 years ago they were in the BBL. You only played a season with them, but do you feel for the fans who just have suffered for years with the club moving down a league?

Yes I feel for the fans in this situation. For true fans it is hard to see the team you support fall off. But they got some good people involved and I think they will make there way back up to the 1.Bundesliga or 2.Bundesliga one day.

You're a guy that can be labelled as one of the best Regionalliga players not only in the last 10 years, but ever and you put up two amazing seasons with Saarlouis where you led the league in scoring and last season was still solid playing for a team that had 4-5 other scoring options averaging14.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. Do you feel a bit let down by the basketball process as you have no interest from other Pro B teams?

Yeah it is very disappointing that I have not received any 2.Bundesliga offers so far. I always did what I needed to do for my team. Whatever role that was asked of me I did it at a high level. And to now not to have many options is kind of hard to understand.

I have stated often that you probably have the best and most mechanical mid distance shot in the Pro B in the last years. Do you feel that never having a reliable three point shot as perhaps held you back a bit being able to play at a higher level?

That could be true. I'm not really sure if it did hold me back from Pro A or BBL. Or it could have been decision making earlier on in my career. I had a couple chances to move to the Pro A in the past, but the money offer was so low that I decided not to take those offers. Now looking back maybe I should have made that sacrifice.


When I asked you in our last interview what the next step is I added that I could see you playing into your 40's. You answered with. 'I appreciate that comment! I hope coaches see that as well! Haha! In my case my age is just a number. I still feel good and I have been lucky to stay injury free. I have proven year after year that I still play at a high level and I hope I have the opportunity to continue playing for at least a couple more years! Do you feel like age is shielding/hiding your still consistent stats that you continue to put up as a professional player?

I hope my age is not overshadowing my stats. I mean 33 is not that old. Jordan was 35 when he won his last championship and was no question still the best player in the world. He could have kept going but he chose to stop. Jason Kid was 38 when he locked up LeBron and won the finals with Dallas in 2011. There are also many more examples I could use. In my case I'm 33 just helped a 6th seed team advance to the quarter finals of the playoffs and have been lucky to stay injury free missing only 1 game in 10 years. Then if you take a look at my numbers they speak for themselves.

I feel that one of the most important things that you proved last season with BG Karlsruhe was that you played 13 less minutes than the two seasons before with Saarlouis in the Pro B. Not only did you play way less, you stayed consistent scoring in double figures in 19 of 25 games and accepted a lesser role. How did you grow mentally as a player last season where you had a role that you had never seen before in Germany as a professional?

Thanks for noticing that Miles. Accepting this new role was not easy. It took some real soul searching to stay focused and still go out there and get the job done. At the end of the day I am a team player. Whatever role is giving to me I am going to do and I will do it to the best of my abilities.


One things that also doesn't lie are stats. You were always around 60% from the field in the Regionaliga, but in the Pro B had your best shooting season from the field in the Pro B shooting 58%. This is another positive showing your not a ball hog, selfish player or guy that just shoots, but demonstrated precise shot selection. How proud does this stat make you?

I am very proud of that stat. When I played for Chris Cummings we spent a lot of time together working on my game, breaking down film, and he helped me become mentally better at the game. One of the things we always talked about was get better everyday! Practice new things or other things that you are not good at and turn them into skills to use in the game. Then in games we want to stick to what we know we can do. Playing with that mentality helped me stay true to my game and take good open shots. As many jumpers as I put up on the daily basis I better go out there and shoot well. If not then I might need to reconsider my profession haha!

If you don't find a Pro B team, you will most likely return to Saarlouis. In Oldenburg Ricky Paulding is known as Pauldingburg. How does the name Easterlinglouis? How special is the Saarlouis organization for you?

Haha I don't know about that nickname! We might have to think about something else! Haha! But yes Saarlouis is very special to me. I spent most of my career there because I got a lot of love for everyone I met and worked for in Saarlouis. I could definitely see myself there again at some point if they would take me.


After three years in the Pro B, you battled against many tough guards. Who was the toughest that you encountered in your time?

Ummm! That is a hard one! I'm gonna have to get back to you on that one. This is a question I have to take to the lab and think on it a little bit. So in our next interview I will have a answer for you.

How does a summer work out look for you in 2017 at age 33. What are you concentrating most on this summer and what do you tone it down a bit to help rest your body?

My workouts are looking the same for the most part. I always get up a lot of shots. The way I do my fitness training and conditioning always changes because I like to keep that interesting. Then I break the game down and work on everything trying to become a better all around player. I also read about the game, and players and exercise my mind to pick up on things that can help me mentally.

How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?

Well I can't go too deep in the draft and find sleepers because all my attention is on Lonzo Ball. I like him because he reminds me of my brothers and I back in the day. When we were young coming up playing ball. I also like how he plays the game. I hope he helps the Lakers become a good franchise again.


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 got to go through the Warriors and the Spurs. Changes aren't looking too good for the Rockets. I think they won't make it any further then they did this season. Chris Paul should have went to the Spurs if he is trying to get a ring. That's just my opinion. I think Harden did a good job at the point. I think it would benefit more if the Rockets got a beast big man instead of CP3.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I seen was "Get Out"

Thanks Ricky for the chat.



Maik Zirbes Remains With FC Bayern Munich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After having most of the summer contemplating what will happen to Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: BeoBasket), will he continue to wear the red of FC Bayern Munich, or will he go elsewhere, the question mark was finally lifted today as the German club announced that he will remain in Munich. Zirbes is a 27 yera old 208 cm center that started last season with Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Israel-Winner League) playing 9 games averaging 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, FT: 63.0%; In the Euroleague he played 15 games averaging 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 68.2%, FT: 78.0%, in Jan.'17 moved to FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL): where he played 18 games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 62.8%, FT: 77.8%; In the Eurocup, he played 3 games averaging 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg. Last season the German big man who won titles in Germany with Brose Bamberg and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd had some memorable games with Maccabi and Munich like three 13 point games in the Euroleage against Milan, Efes and Darussafaka with the Israeli team and with FC Bayern Munich had a 20 point game against teh Telekom Baskets Bonn and a 18 and 10 effort against Rasta Vechta and a 15 point game against Malaga in Eurocup action.

Source:FC Bayern Munich



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Psychiko inks Anastasios Priskomatis - by Chris Mammides

AE Psychiko Athens (A2) signed 21-year old point guard Anastasios Priskomatis (182-96). He was about to sign at G.S. Apollon Smyrnis in the B. The last season Priskomatis played at Panerythraikos (also in B).
His team was Runner-Up of B Division South Group 2016.
Priskomatis has played previously for four other teams: Panionios, KAP Agia Paraskevis, Periko/Arhelaos and Holargos.

AE Psychiko Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anastasios Priskomatis
Christos Iordanou
Andreas Papandreou

Forwards:
Ioannis Anagnostakis
Nikos Houhoumis
Petros Magoulas

Coach: Nikos Remendelas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Christodoulopoulos comes back to Keravnos Aigio - by Chris Mammides

AGS Keravnos Aigio Athens Airways (C) inked 24-year old forward Giorgos Christodoulopoulos (203-93). It is actually his comeback to Athens as he has played here before. The last time (13-14) he played at Ethnikos in Greek A2 league. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Christodoulopoulos' team was Runner-Up of B Division South Group 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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How Marcus Denmon's game translate to Panathinaikos? - by Dimitris Katsionis

Marcus Denmon: from the so-called '40 minutes of hell'of Missouri to Europe and now Panathinaikos.. Denmon came from the production process of Missouri (he grew up there), when coach Mike Anderson presented us with one of the most fun to watch styles of basketball, called '40 minutes of hell', due to its nature, which needed up tempo basketball, fast-paced offense with quick execution and a strong tendency for transition and spread defenses on the entire court, aiming at pressuring their opponent, which could lead to fast pace, i.e. exactly the environment the Tigers had been trained to play and execute. After playing in some of the top European leagues, Denmon is before the great challenge of Panathinaikos and the Euroleague, which he was waiting for quite some time now. However, this is the Panathinaikos of Xavi Pascual, the master of the half court…. It will certainly be very interesting. Let's take a look at our notes…

AST/TO Rati: 1.84 (2.27 in the Europe Cup)

USG%: 22.51

eFG%: 54.6

TS%: 58.7

PPS: 1.32

FT/FGA: 0.27

High Efficient Scorer = A good basis for what Panathinaikos wants to play n offense.

- Marcus Denmon (1.88-G-1990) stands out among a huge tank of shooting scorers of this financial status for the efficiency of his choices on the offensive end, and in particular, execution. In his career so far, he bears the golden label 'scorer with good numbers'. His shot selection is great. He is always under control, and he recognises immediately the good execution condition, which leads to a low mistake behaviour, a very attractive asset for the basketball of coach Pascual.

Of course, what we are all expecting to see is how the Greens will integrate in their offensive arsenal the outside execution of Marcus Denmon, which is the main firepower of the player. He is an excellent shooter, which, combined with his ability to choose the right shots, impressed coach Popovic, who picked him for the 2002 draft, when Denmon was leaving Missouri. This is the organisation that developed the Greens/Gary Neals of this world, the one that picked the Spartan Bryn Forbes etc. His execution mechanics are perfect. He arms properly (his arm positioning is correct, the well-known three fingers between the palm and the ball, as is taught by the Yugoslavians and the school programs that produce shooter in the USA), ideal lifting and follow through (also note the 'elbow above the eye level' rule he follows religiously in the continuity process of his shots, which shows good education). His choice leads us to expect that this year the Catalan coach will change the direction of his offense, and present us with more movement away from the ball, and work for his shooters, based on the proper movement of the ball, starting from perfect spacing. Denmon can function well in this environment, as he is a guard with great confidence in his shooting, who can be constant in scoring from behind the arc, putting the pressure on defenses and increasing the available spaces for his team's offense.

-Denmon will be a very good choice for Panathinaikos' weak side offense, as he is the kind of guard that can be efficient without having the ball in his hands. He is a controlled player, which is a great asset for someone who waits in the weak side, aiming at producing from there. He knows how to handle himself in close out offense, and his ability to pass the ball (mainly late, after he puts the ball on the floor and goes inside) is an important weapon (in Gaziantep's post up offense for Balazic, he put much pressure on defenses). He also is a very efficient spot shooter, which is interpreted in an excellent manner in the Greens' backcourt, next to players such as Calathes and Lecavicius.

Note: He is a player that can shoot after dribble quite effectively, and he has the following peculiarity in this situation. He shoots very well after spot dribble, but he is not as effective after speed dribble. The deep squat (before executing) he uses after a mini reverse will remind you of Ramel Curry (and in general his behaviour in set conditions I dare say)…

I will agree with coach Deddas in his assessment that 'Denmon is an upgrade compared to Feldeine', even though the Dominical player had assets that opened up a good prospect at the highest level (bigger, longer, better on team defense). It's not an exaggeration to say that Feldeine played his money's worth at OAKA (a not so expensive contract), but he didn't have the required character that could have given him this extra push. Denmon has assets that justify the optimism for 'upgrade'. He is a player with far better intangibles, a very important asset for this level of European basketball, especially for a player that come to play for our teams. We will take his chances in a close game, he will 'shoot the ball and go to sleep on the way every night', as Pat Riley eloquently says about the mentality of a great shooter in the US. The second main difference has to do with the way the two players approach contact when they attack. Feldeine avoided it (it was almost impossible for him to score through contact), whereas Denmon is not afraid of it, and he is able to score though such situations.

Important note: Even coaches who had certain players in their teams may not assess them properly (of course they only have 10 lines in an interview for a mini report, and are not allowed to make an in-depth analysis). For example, it had been said that Dominic Waters would have given great help as a creator to Olympiacos last year, but Hoopfellas had focused on the player's weakness, interpreting his game in the demanding EL environment.

So, Denmon has references of a good 1 on 1 corer, but the most important variable in this equation is the level of defense, as this year in the Euroleague the Spurs draftee will be up against the hardest to break defenses he has ever faced in his career. My opinion is that the new Panathinaikos guard will find it difficult to score inside the paint in one on one frequently. Most 1 on 1 situations will finish with execution from the perimeter (where you will be able to enjoy execution after a side step). Yes, he is not afraid of contact and he has shown that he can finish in the paint. However, he is not the slasher that guarantees the creation of a breach.

His ballhandling is not of the level that allows him to make his defender loose his balance with a series of dribbles, and his athletic package is not one of an explosive guard. In the Italian league (of the lighter big men) with the Brindidi shirt, he had more chances to score from the paint, but these chances became fewer in Turkey, where the level was higher and the approach was different. This condition directly affects his visits to the free throw line (a great shooter from the charity stripe). Last year in the TBL he shot 101 free throws in 31 games (3.25 average).

The ratio (as you saw above) of free throw shots compared to the rest of his shots is 0.27. How will this be affected in the next level…? It's logical to assume that it will be fairly affected. However, this is where the type of offense Xavi Pacual will choose to play in the new season comes into play. Basketball is a complex sport. This is why we are allowed to have Hoopfellas.

-What cost Denmon a real chance in the big American league was his weakness to run the offensive playbook as the main ballhandler from the '1' position. He is a good passer (not just when he attacks 'pulling' the defense on him, but also in static offense executing introductory passes to the paint quite safely), he never developed playmaking skills in order to be able orchestrate the offense and get his teammates involved in it. He is clearly an off guard and, let's not kid ourselves, this is the kind of player the Greens coach wanted at his moment. He is not known for his advanced ballhandling and he a shoot-first player, but he has a high degree of perception, which is reflected in the way he handles himself against defenses that are adjusted to him, where he remains aggressive, without making risky plays. This is a good basis for his transition to the very demanding EL level. It does not guarantee success, but it's a good start.

-The defensive part will be an important test and evaluation criterion for his playing minutes and in general for Denmon's propect within a team that plays at the top level of Euroleague. Whereas the 27year old guard was part of the Missouri program, with the prediction of an above average defender, due to the way he used his quick hands and in general his behaviour defending on the ball, he never worked on this aspect of his game, playing in offense-oriented leagues, and in teams that never pressured him to make the extra effort on the defensive end. He will need to work on this, as for the first time he will be pressured to improve his performance and reach certain standards that are required for the Euroleague and the Panathinaikos level. Starting from his effort… Denmon has been in the Hoopfellas database for years now, and our constant updates in terms of notes include the word 'preservation'.

Being the main offensive choice on offense each time, and he was obligated to manage his fatigue and his opponent's pressure, he was caught several times 'preserving' himself on defense, defending away from the ball, which resulted in him conceding aggressive cuts of the player he was guarding (failure to act on time, improper body positioning) leaving an impression of looseness. Denmon is indeed a more efficient defender on the ball that away from it. Xavi Pascual will be the first coach that will undertake to pressure him and make him improve his concentration level and his total effort in this area. He is able to respond mentally, but it is of crucial importance how this change of habit will be interpreted in relation to his presence on the offensive end against defenses of the highest European level. Another advantage is that he is a good (defensive) rebounder for his physical/athletic package.

Summing up…

I 'll be frank… I really like seeing Xavi Pascual taking this direction in his choice and signing affordable players with an eye in his system. For better or worse Denmon is a 'gamble' for Panathinaikos. He doesn't have the background or the star quality or bigger names with experience in the elite European level, who guarantee certain things in terms of individual performance. But the main focus is the team. A few days ago I wrote…

Panathinaikos needs to find the right 'piece'. Not the super hero. The 'system' itself will take up this role. And if we get 'there' (not an easy task), I guarantee that you're going to like it…

I must say that I was expecting a guard of a different financial status (I am not saying a more quality player, as in Hoopfellas we have a different view of how often this belief is confirmed). Hoopfellas' yearly MADE IN USA list, which included Denmon, is usually not about players of the highest EL level, where the 'eternals' belong. To be honest, I had this player on my mind for the lower EL level, for teams like Zalgiris, Cverna Zvedza, or Brose. However, as I said before, the Greens would probably not find the superhero that would lead them to the Promised Land, even if they paid for a much larger contract. Marcus Denmon's functionality in this year's Panathinaikos largely depends on the way the team will choose to be structured, especially on offense. In an one on one offense (like last year's) the Missouri shooter will be inadequate and we 'll be hearing complaints soon. On the other hand, in a cooperation offense, similar to the one Xavi Pascual presented us in his years in Barcelona, Denmon has the prospect to be a very useful weapon for the 'Clover'. These choices are always risky. Is there the knowledge to develop him in your environment…?




How MJarcus Denmon's game translate to Panathinaikos? - by Dimitris Katsionis

Marcus Denmon: from the so-called '40 minutes of hell'of Missouri to Europe and now Panathinaikos.. Denmon came from the production process of Missouri (he grew up there), when coach Mike Anderson presented us with one of the most fun to watch styles of basketball, called '40 minutes of hell', due to its nature, which needed up tempo basketball, fast-paced offense with quick execution and a strong tendency for transition and spread defenses on the entire court, aiming at pressuring their opponent, which could lead to fast pace, i.e. exactly the environment the Tigers had been trained to play and execute. After playing in some of the top European leagues, Denmon is before the great challenge of Panathinaikos and the Euroleague, which he was waiting for quite some time now. However, this is the Panathinaikos of Xavi Pascual, the master of the half court…. It will certainly be very interesting. Let's take a look at our notes…



AST/TO Rati: 1.84 (2.27 in the Europe Cup)

USG%: 22.51

eFG%: 54.6

TS%: 58.7

PPS: 1.32

FT/FGA: 0.27

High Efficient Scorer = A good basis for what Panathinaikos wants to play n offense.



- Marcus Denmon (1.88-G-1990) stands out among a huge tank of shooting scorers of this financial status for the efficiency of his choices on the offensive end, and in particular, execution. In his career so far, he bears the golden label 'scorer with good numbers'. His shot selection is great. He is always under control, and he recognises immediately the good execution condition, which leads to a low mistake behaviour, a very attractive asset for the basketball of coach Pascual.


Of course, what we are all expecting to see is how the Greens will integrate in their offensive arsenal the outside execution of Marcus Denmon, which is the main firepower of the player. He is an excellent shooter, which, combined with his ability to choose the right shots, impressed coach Popovic, who picked him for the 2002 draft, when Denmon was leaving Missouri. This is the organisation that developed the Greens/Gary Neals of this world, the one that picked the Spartan Bryn Forbes etc. His execution mechanics are perfect. He arms properly (his arm positioning is correct, the well-known three fingers between the palm and the ball, as is taught by the Yugoslavians and the school programs that produce shooter in the USA), ideal lifting and follow through (also note the 'elbow above the eye level' rule he follows religiously in the continuity process of his shots, which shows good education). His choice leads us to expect that this year the Catalan coach will change the direction of his offense, and present us with more movement away from the ball, and work for his shooters, based on the proper movement of the ball, starting from perfect spacing. Denmon can function well in this environment, as he is a guard with great confidence in his shooting, who can be constant in scoring from behind the arc, putting the pressure on defenses and increasing the available spaces for his team's offense.




-Denmon will be a very good choice for Panathinaikos' weak side offense, as he is the kind of guard that can be efficient without having the ball in his hands. He is a controlled player, which is a great asset for someone who waits in the weak side, aiming at producing from there. He knows how to handle himself in close out offense, and his ability to pass the ball (mainly late, after he puts the ball on the floor and goes inside) is an important weapon (in Gaziantep's post up offense for Balazic, he put much pressure on defenses). He also is a very efficient spot shooter, which is interpreted in an excellent manner in the Greens' backcourt, next to players such as Calathes and Lecavicius.

Note: He is a player that can shoot after dribble quite effectively, and he has the following peculiarity in this situation. He shoots very well after spot dribble, but he is not as effective after speed dribble. The deep squat (before executing) he uses after a mini reverse will remind you of Ramel Curry (and in general his behaviour in set conditions I dare say)…



I will agree with coach Deddas in his assessment that 'Denmon is an upgrade compared to Feldeine', even though the Dominical player had assets that opened up a good prospect at the highest level (bigger, longer, better on team defense). It's not an exaggeration to say that Feldeine played his money's worth at OAKA (a not so expensive contract), but he didn't have the required character that could have given him this extra push. Denmon has assets that justify the optimism for 'upgrade'. He is a player with far better intangibles, a very important asset for this level of European basketball, especially for a player that come to play for our teams. We will take his chances in a close game, he will 'shoot the ball and go to sleep on the way every night', as Pat Riley eloquently says about the mentality of a great shooter in the US. The second main difference has to do with the way the two players approach contact when they attack. Feldeine avoided it (it was almost impossible for him to score through contact), whereas Denmon is not afraid of it, and he is able to score though such situations.

Important note: Even coaches who had certain players in their teams may not assess them properly (of course they only have 10 lines in an interview for a mini report, and are not allowed to make an in-depth analysis). For example, it had been said that Dominic Waters would have given great help as a creator to Olympiacos last year, but Hoopfellas had focused on the player's weakness, interpreting his game in the demanding EL environment.


So, Denmon has references of a good 1 on 1 corer, but the most important variable in this equation is the level of defense, as this year in the Euroleague the Spurs draftee will be up against the hardest to break defenses he has ever faced in his career. My opinion is that the new Panathinaikos guard will find it difficult to score inside the paint in one on one frequently. Most 1 on 1 situations will finish with execution from the perimeter (where you will be able to enjoy execution after a side step). Yes, he is not afraid of contact and he has shown that he can finish in the paint. However, he is not the slasher that guarantees the creation of a breach.



His ballhandling is not of the level that allows him to make his defender loose his balance with a series of dribbles, and his athletic package is not one of an explosive guard. In the Italian league (of the lighter big men) with the Brindidi shirt, he had more chances to score from the paint, but these chances became fewer in Turkey, where the level was higher and the approach was different. This condition directly affects his visits to the free throw line (a great shooter from the charity stripe). Last year in the TBL he shot 101 free throws in 31 games (3.25 average).

The ratio (as you saw above) of free throw shots compared to the rest of his shots is 0.27. How will this be affected in the next level…? It's logical to assume that it will be fairly affected. However, this is where the type of offense Xavi Pacual will choose to play in the new season comes into play. Basketball is a complex sport. This is why we are allowed to have Hoopfellas.




-What cost Denmon a real chance in the big American league was his weakness to run the offensive playbook as the main ballhandler from the '1' position. He is a good passer (not just when he attacks 'pulling' the defense on him, but also in static offense executing introductory passes to the paint quite safely), he never developed playmaking skills in order to be able orchestrate the offense and get his teammates involved in it. He is clearly an off guard and, let's not kid ourselves, this is the kind of player the Greens coach wanted at his moment. He is not known for his advanced ballhandling and he a shoot-first player, but he has a high degree of perception, which is reflected in the way he handles himself against defenses that are adjusted to him, where he remains aggressive, without making risky plays. This is a good basis for his transition to the very demanding EL level. It does not guarantee success, but it's a good start.




-The defensive part will be an important test and evaluation criterion for his playing minutes and in general for Denmon's propect within a team that plays at the top level of Euroleague. Whereas the 27year old guard was part of the Missouri program, with the prediction of an above average defender, due to the way he used his quick hands and in general his behaviour defending on the ball, he never worked on this aspect of his game, playing in offense-oriented leagues, and in teams that never pressured him to make the extra effort on the defensive end. He will need to work on this, as for the first time he will be pressured to improve his performance and reach certain standards that are required for the Euroleague and the Panathinaikos level. Starting from his effort… Denmon has been in the Hoopfellas database for years now, and our constant updates in terms of notes include the word 'preservation'.




Being the main offensive choice on offense each time, and he was obligated to manage his fatigue and his opponent's pressure, he was caught several times 'preserving' himself on defense, defending away from the ball, which resulted in him conceding aggressive cuts of the player he was guarding (failure to act on time, improper body positioning) leaving an impression of looseness. Denmon is indeed a more efficient defender on the ball that away from it. Xavi Pascual will be the first coach that will undertake to pressure him and make him improve his concentration level and his total effort in this area. He is able to respond mentally, but it is of crucial importance how this change of habit will be interpreted in relation to his presence on the offensive end against defenses of the highest European level. Another advantage is that he is a good (defensive) rebounder for his physical/athletic package.



Summing up…




I 'll be frank… I really like seeing Xavi Pascual taking this direction in his choice and signing affordable players with an eye in his system. For better or worse Denmon is a 'gamble' for Panathinaikos. He doesn't have the background or the star quality or bigger names with experience in the elite European level, who guarantee certain things in terms of individual performance. But the main focus is the team. A few days ago I wrote…

Panathinaikos needs to find the right 'piece'. Not the super hero. The 'system' itself will take up this role. And if we get 'there' (not an easy task), I guarantee that you're going to like it…

I must say that I was expecting a guard of a different financial status (I am not saying a more quality player, as in Hoopfellas we have a different view of how often this belief is confirmed). Hoopfellas' yearly MADE IN USA list, which included Denmon, is usually not about players of the highest EL level, where the 'eternals' belong. To be honest, I had this player on my mind for the lower EL level, for teams like Zalgiris, Cverna Zvedza, or Brose. However, as I said before, the Greens would probably not find the superhero that would lead them to the Promised Land, even if they paid for a much larger contract. Marcus Denmon's functionality in this year's Panathinaikos largely depends on the way the team will choose to be structured, especially on offense. In an one on one offense (like last year's) the Missouri shooter will be inadequate and we 'll be hearing complaints soon. On the other hand, in a cooperation offense, similar to the one Xavi Pascual presented us in his years in Barcelona, Denmon has the prospect to be a very useful weapon for the 'Clover'. These choices are always risky. Is there the knowledge to develop him in your environment…?




Ousman Krubally (ex Astana) joins PAOK Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) agreed terms with 29-year old American (has also Gambian passport) forward Ousman Krubally (202-101kg-88, college: Georgia State). He played last season at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In two games he had 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 2.0spg. Krubally helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 27 games in VTB United League where he recorded 12.5ppg and 7.6rpg.
Krubally ended the previous (2015-16) season at Umana Venezia in Italian Serie A. In 10 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg. But the most of that year he spent at GS Lavrio. In 25 A1 games he got 10.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Krubally was voted Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Krubally has played also professionally in Holland (Den Helder), Slovenia (Grosuplje), United Kingdom (London Leopards) and Italy (Legnano).
He attended Georgia State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

PAOK Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Thodoris Zaras
Apollonas Tsochlas
Ousman Krubally
Kevin Dillard
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Lucky Jones
Giannis Giannaras
Avgoustinos Spourgitis
Emmanouil Plakogiannakis
Rafail Papaioannou
Dimitris Karamanolis

Coach: Ilias Papatheodorou

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Cedevita adds Nichols to their roster, ex Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Demetris Nichols (202-98kg-84, college: Syracuse). He played last season at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league, but left the team in Jan.'17. In 7 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Nichols also played 32 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season Nichols played at CSKA Moscow in Russian league. In 22 Euroleague games he had 4.2ppg and 1.5rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship (twice) (in both Euroleague and VTB United League !!!). Nichols also played 34 games in VTB United League where he got 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2007 Nichols was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). He attended Syracuse University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nichols was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Nichols' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Nichols tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Cholet Basket, Gravelines Dunkerque and JA Vichy), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Iowa Energy), Russia (Krasnie Krilya) and Ukraine (Azovmash).
On Nichols: Demetris Nichols is versatile small forward who is able to shoot the ball with excellence. He is an amazing three-point shooter who always plays and scores within the team's system. His shooting touch is perfect, he is able to score on his defender from any given situation. Nichols is great when it comes to shooting the ball of the dribble or just going for a layup where he uses his strong body as an advantage. He can be also used as power forward. Coaches like him because he can also easily defend power forward position due to his strong body and athleticism.

KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roko-Leni Ukic
Filip Kruslin
Toni Katic
Will Cherry
Mateo Vidovic
Dzanan Musa

Forwards:
Demetris Nichols
Ivan Ramljak

Coach: Jure Zdovc

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Ionikos Nikaias ink Andreas Kanonidis - by Chris Mammides

Ionikos Nikaias (B) agreed terms with 26-year old forward Andreas Kanonidis (200-91). He was about to sign at Kolossos H Hotels (A1). B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Kanonidis played at Doukas (A2) where in 29 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Kanonidis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.3ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 30.3%.
Kanonidis has played previously for seven other teams: Peristeri GS Athens, Panionios, Ilysiakos, Marousi, Koroivos, Cretan Kings and Marousi.

Ionikos Nikaias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marios Batis
Fotis Vasilopoulos
Antreas Papadopoulos
Vangelis Palaiohoritis
Giorgos Kountouras

Forwards:
Thodoris Sioutis
Vaggelis Karaboulas
Sotiris Katoufas
Andreas Kanonidis
Thodoros Vasilopoulos

Center:
Alex Vougioukas

Coach: Marios Gounaris

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Thodoris Sioutis agreed terms with Ionikos Nikaias - by Chris Mammides

Ionikos Nikaias (B) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old forward Thodoris Sioutis (200-80) from Papagou.
The previous (14-15) season Sioutis played at Faros. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B Division.
Sioutis won Greek A2 championship title in 2013.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for six other teams: Amyntas Dafnis, Ilysiakos, P.Faliro, Doukas, Cretan Kings and Nea Kifisia.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ionikos Nikaias.

Ionikos Nikaias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marios Batis
Fotis Vasilopoulos
Antreas Papadopoulos
Vangelis Palaiohoritis
Giorgos Kountouras

Forwards:
Thodoris Sioutis
Vaggelis Karaboulas
Sotiris Katoufas
Thodoros Vasilopoulos

Center:
Alex Vougioukas

Coach: Marios Gounaris

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Faros land Willie Conner - by Chris Mammides

AO Faros Keratsiniou (A2) tabbed 24-year old American forward Willie Conner (196-91kg-93). He just graduated from Buffalo (NCAA). In 31 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
As mentioned above Conner is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won MAC Tournament in 2016. Conner received also MAC All-Defensive Team award in 2016.

AO Faros Keratsiniou roster for 2017-2018:

Giannis Vavatsikos
Kevin Ware
Anastasios Spyropoulos
Dimitrios Stamatis
Willie Conner
Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis
Panos Chatzoglou
Paris Liadis

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

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Andreas Kanonidis joins Kolossos H Hotels - by Chris Mammides

Kolossos H Hotels (A1) agreed terms with 26-year old forward Andreas Kanonidis (200-91). He played last season at Doukas in the A2. In 29 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg. Kanonidis helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Doxa Lefkadas (also in A2) where in 27 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 9.2rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Most Improved Player of the Year and named to 3rd Team.
Kanonidis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.3ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 30.3%.
Kanonidis has played previously for six other teams: Peristeri GS Athens, Panionios, Ilysiakos, Marousi, Koroivos and Cretan Kings.

Kolossos H Hotels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Justin Robinson
Steven Gray
Konstantinos Papadakis
Giannis Otheitis
Panagiotis Papadopoulos

Forwards:
Giannis Georgalis
Andreas Kanonidis
Stavros Schizas

Center:
Marvin Jones

Coach: Aris Likogiannis

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De Paula is back at Den Helder - by Eurobasket News

The Bright Kings Den Helder (Eredivisie) signed experienced 36-year old naturalized Dominican point guard Tjoe de Paula (185-81, agency: Court Side). It is actually his comeback to Den Helder as he has played here before. de Paula played last season at Donar Groningen in the Eredivisie. He managed to play in three leagues last year. In 34 Eredivisie games he had 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg. Eredivisie will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. de Paula helped them to win the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). de Paula also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 1.8ppg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist.
de Paula is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). de Paula has played previously professionally in Belgium (Basic Fit Brussels), Dominican Rep., Holland (Leeuwarden, Almere and De Hoppers) and Dominican Republic (Gregorio Urbano Gilbert).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Den Helder.
de Paula could be described: Left-handed guard who can play either back court position. Very creative player with excellent one-on-one skills. Exciting player to watch in the open court because of his athletic ability. Has a strong drive to the basket. Not afraid of contact and likes to be in traffic. Very good 3-point shooter with a good feeling to get open. Can shoot off the dribble as well but does a better job "catch-and-shoot". Needs to work on his right hand. Has good overall skills and fundamentals. Improved dramatically on the defensive side of the floor. Can still improve at this end, especially at his foot speed at times. Nice rebounder for his size and his position and not afraid to make contact. Draws a lot of fouls at the offensive end because he players with no fear.

The Bright Kings Den Helder roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tjoe de_Paula
LaVonte Dority

Forward:
Alex Laurent

Centers:
Tom Koopman
Dyon Halman
Quinterian McConico

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Leeuwarden inks Earl Brown, ex Cheshire P. - by Eurobasket News

Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Earl Brown (198-93kg-92, college: St.Francis, PA). He played last season at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 8.1rpg (#5 in the league), 2.4apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at Keflavik (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 15 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 25.4ppg and averaged 12.1rpg (#2 in the league), 2.7apg, 1.0spg and 1.7bpg. Brown helped them to make it to the Icelandic Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Brown was also voted All-NEC Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Brown graduated from St. Francis University (PA) in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Aris Leeuwarden roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Mladenovic
Emile Blackman
Leroy Peterson

Forwards:
Earl Brown
Meshack Lufile
Niels Bunschoten

Center:
Nathaniel Musters

Coach: Tony van den Bosch

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Netherlands outscore Ukraine in Trentino - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands outscore Ukraine in Trentino to enter the Final of the friendly tournament in Italy. The Dutch side posted a 23-13 lead in the start and had 7 points advantage at the halftime. Ukraine tried hard to recover and managed to pull back in the second half. They won the last quarter 20-18, but reduced to final 5 points.
Yannick Franke (194-G-96) stepped up with 20 points and Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 11. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-SG-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) ended up with 15 points and Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) netted 10 in a loss.



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Sarlija is back at PVSK Pannon - by Eurobasket News

PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (A Division) agreed terms with 28-year old Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89, agency: PEPI SPORT). It is actually his comeback to Pecs as he has played here before. Sarlija played last season at BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 30 games he had 14.5ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.0apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Sarlija played at KK Zagreb in Croatian A1 where in 31 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 5 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
Sarlija's team made it to the Alpe Adria Cup Final Four in 2016.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 59.0%, FT: 56.0%.
Sarlija has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK_Zadar, Slavonski Brod, Jazine and Borik Puntamika) and FYR Macedonia (Kumanovo).

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Estudiantes land Sylven Landesberg, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) tabbed 27-year old American (has also Israeli passport) swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia). He has played for the last five years at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 30 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. Landesberg helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 23 games in Euroleague where he had 7.0ppg and 1.1rpg.
Landesberg has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. His team won Israeli Cup in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Among other achievements Landesberg received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention award in 2012 and 2016.
He has played also professionally in Israel for Maccabi Haifa.
Landesberg attended University of Virginia until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley
Dagoberto Pena
Sylven Landesberg

Centers:
Goran Suton
Alec Brown

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Danilo Gallinari Suffers Broken Right Thumb - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-SF-88) has suffered a broken right thumb. Gallinari was injured when trying to punch Jito Kok of the Dutch national team during a friendly on Sunday. Gallinari took exception to Kok aggressively trying to get position for a rebound. Gallinari will miss this summer's Eurobasket but is expected to be ready for training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers. Gallinair won't need surgery on the injury.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Salta Basket tabs Diego Gerbaudo - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket inked 28-year old former Argentinian international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Gerbaudo has played for the last two years at Atenas in the LigaA. In 42 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg last season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Gerbaudo played in the final of Argentinian LigaA in 2011.
He was a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Gerbaudo was called to Argentinian Senior National Team back in 2008 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Gerbaudo has played previously professionally also in Spain (Real Madrid II) and Argentina (Weber Bahia, La Union, Automovil Club, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Quimsa).

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Cerignola Udas keep Tredici for another season - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Udas Cerignola re-signed 25-year old forward Gianluca Tredici (200-92). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Robur Basket Osimo (Serie C Silver).
Tredici helped his team to make it to the Nazionale B Group C Play-Off Semifinals in 2013.
He has played previously for three other teams: Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Napoli J.News and Magic Team Benevento.

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Washington re-signs at Fiat Torino - by Armando Caporaso

Fiat Torino (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 32-year old American swingman Deron Washington (201-95kg-85, college: Virginia Tech). He played there last season. In 23 Serie A games he had 13.1ppg, 8.6rpg (#4 in the league), 2.3apg and 1.3spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Washington played at Vanoli Cremona where in 34 Serie A games he recorded 11.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg (in top 2). He helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-Defensive Team.
In 2008 Washington was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (59th overall). The former Virginia Tech standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Washington's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish LEB Gold in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Washington has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Holon, Bnei Hasharon and GreenTops Netanya), Spain (Blusens Monbus) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue and Los Angeles D-Fenders).

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett
Andre Jones

Forwards:
Deron Washington
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

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Firenze All Foods tab Niccolo Mencherini - by Eurobasket News

All Foods Firenze (Serie B) inked 20-year old point guard Niccolo Mencherini (177-97, agency: Players Group). He has played for the last five years at Empoli Lai in the Serie C Gold.

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Fiat Torino signs Lamar Patterson, ex Aguada - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) signed 26-year old American swingman Lamar Patterson (196-100kg-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports). He played this summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. Patterson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 14 BSN games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.4apg and 1.1spg. He ended the last season at the Hawks in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. But the most of that year Patterson spent at another team Bighorns in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 28 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 24.0ppg and averaged 6.3rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg (in top 5).
Three years ago he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (48th overall). Patterson attended University of Pittsburgh until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
He was voted ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Patterson has played also professionally in Turkey (Tofas), NBA (Sacramento Kings) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Canton Charge).

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett
Andre Jones
Lamar Patterson

Forwards:
Deron Washington
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

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Italy wins Trentino Basket Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Italy won Trentino Basket Cup 2017 in home town Trento. They posted a 66-57 win over Holland in the Final game to seal the title. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) nailed 14 points to receive MVP award.
Italy grabbed a narrow 16-14 lead at the end of the first frame and added a 14-10 run in the second period. Holland replied with a 20-17 rally in the third period, but could not upset the favorites. The home team needed a final 19-13 surge to win the game.
Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) poured in 8 points, while Vitali and Paul Biligha (200-C/F-90, agency: Players Group) netted 7 each. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Yannick Franke (194-G-96) scored 11.



Scandone Avellino keeps Fesenko for another season - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) re-signed 31-year old Ukrainian international center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-131kg-86). He played there last season. In 33 Serie A games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.0bpg. Fesenko helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Fesenko also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 9.7ppg and 8.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Fesenko played at Monaco in French ProA. In two games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0bpg. The other team Fesenko played that season for was MIA-Red October Cantu (previous name AV Cantu). In 13 Serie A games he got 12.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg and 2.1bpg. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got impressive 15.3ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. Another team Fesenko played that season for was Lokomotiv in Russian league. In 10 Euroleague games he got 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. He also played 9 games in VTB United League where he got 5.7ppg and 3.8rpg.
In 2007 Fesenko was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (38th overall).
Among other achievements he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2008. Fesenko received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Center of the Year award in 2015.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Fesenko has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2005.
He represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 58.8%, FT: 47.6%.
Fesenko is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Poland (Slask), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers), Russia (Avtodor), Ukraine (BC Donetsk) and NBA G League (Canton Charge and Delaware 87ers).
Let's have closer look into Fesenko's outlook: A very talented seven footer who has perimeter skills, jump shooting ability and is very strong inside. He is an aggressive shot blocker and rebounder with enormous upside potential.
He needs yet to refine his game, especially at the offensive end
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Scandone Avellino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Filloy
Jason Rich
Bruno Fitipaldo
Dezmine Wells

Forwards:
Maarten Leunen
Salvatore Parlato
Andrea Zerini
Thomas Scrubb

Center:
Kyrylo Fesenko

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Catania Alfa adds Florio to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Polisportiva Alfa Catania (Serie C Silver) added to their roster 21-year old swingman Alessandro Florio (195-96). He played last season at Zannella Basket Cefalu in Serie B. However his team was relegated to Serie C Gold. In 27 Serie B games he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.6rpg. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Florio played at Pallacanestro San Michele Maddaloni (also in Serie B) where in 26 games he averaged 7.0ppg and 2.6rpg.
He has played previously for Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.

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Isernia inks Domenico Antonicelli - by Eurobasket News

Il Globo Basket Isernia (Serie B) agreed terms with 20-year old point guard Domenico Antonicelli (186-97) from the junior team of Proger BLS Chieti.
The previous (15-16) season Antonicelli was tested by Planet Basket Catanzaro (Serie A2).
He has played previously for Francavilla.

Il Globo Basket Isernia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ferdinando Smorra
Domenico Antonicelli

Forward:
Fabio Riccio

Centers:
Klaudio Patani
Stefano Saletti

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Oleggio lands Marco Corti - by Eurobasket News

Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) landed 19-year old center Marco Corti (203-98) from the junior team of Rimadesio Desio. Corti has played there for the last three years. But in only one Serie B game he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds.

Oleggio Magic Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Edoardo Gallazzi
Alessandro Spatti
Matteo Lo_Biondo
Marco Calzavara

Centers:
Marco Corti
Stefano Colombo

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Beatrice comes back to Salerno - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Virtus Arechi Salerno added to their roster 27-year old guard Ernesto Beatrice (180-90). It is actually his comeback to Salerno as he has played here before. Beatrice played last season at Sarno Nuova in Italian Serie C Silver. He also played that season for Basket Sarno (also in Serie C Silver).
Beatrice has played previously for two other teams: Giugliano and Scafati Cesarano.

Virtus Arechi Salerno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Onorio Petrazzuoli
Ernesto Beatrice
Marco Cucco

Forward:
Gianmarco Leggio

Centers:
Paolo Paci
Riccardo Bartolozzi

Coach: Antonio Paternoster

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Manfredonia signs Fabio Sansone - by Eurobasket News

A.D.B. Giuseppe Angel Manfredonia (Serie C Silver) signed 21-year old point guard Fabio Sansone (174-96). He played last season at Pallacanestro San Michele Maddaloni in Serie B. However his team was relegated to Serie C Gold. In 27 Serie B games he had 10.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Sansone played at Scafati Cesarano (also in Serie B) where in 16 games he recorded 3.8ppg and 1.1apg.
His team made it to the U17 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
Sansone has played previously for Roma Virtus.

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Barcellona lands Flavio Gay - by Eurobasket News

Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Serie B) landed 19-year old guard Flavio Gay (183-98) from Gessi Valsesia Basket. In 28 Serie B games he averaged 6.4ppg and 2.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gay played at College (Serie C Gold).
He represented Italy at the 3x3 U18 World Championship (Bronze Medal) last year.

Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniele Grilli
Michael Teghini
Flavio Gay

Forward:
Fabio Stefanini

Center:
Luca Pedrazzani

Coach: Massimo Friso

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Italy demolish Belarus at the Trentino Basket Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Italy demolished Belarus at the Trentino Basket Cup 2017 to enter the Final against Holland. Italy posted a confident 96-36 win as Luigi Datome (203-F-87) scored 14 points.
Italy was too good for the opponent from the first minutes of the game and took a 28-13 lead after 10 minutes. They added a narrow 12-9 run for a 40-22 halftime advantage. Moreover Italy won the third quarter 29-5 and finished the game with a 27-9 surge.
Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) scored 11 points, whilst Marco Belinelli (196-G-86), Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances), Danilo Gallinari (208-SF-88) and Stefano Tonut (194-G/F-93) each added 10. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) answered with 14 points in the losing effort.



Elia Bravi joins Porto S.Elpidio - by Eurobasket News

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio (Serie B) agreed terms with 19-year old guard Elia Bravi (98) from Benedetto XIV Cento. But in 5 Serie B games he had just 0.4ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Bravi played at Bertinoro (Serie C Gold).

Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio roster for 2017-2018:

Andrea Maggiotto
Simone Zanotti
Stefano Cernivani
Francesco Cinalli
Diego Torresi
Elia Bravi
Niccolo Balilli

Coach: Massimiliano Domizioli

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Simone Gatti agreed terms with Palestrina - by Eurobasket News

Citysightseeing Palestrina (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old forward Simone Gatti (202-82) from Campli Basket. In 32 Serie B games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B Honorable Mention.
Gatti played in the final of Italian Serie B in 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for six other teams: Napoli Megaride, Chieti, FCM Ferentino, Napoli Basket, Lecco and Montegrano.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Palestrina.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An experienced PF who has shooting range even behind the 3pts arc. Not afraid to bang inside, he gives his best when he can go out to shot.

Citysightseeing Palestrina roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Barsanti
Gianmarco Rossi

Forwards:
Simone Gatti
Gianluca Lulli
Bruno Duranti

Centers:
Njegos Visnjic
Alessandro Paesano

Coach: Gianluca Lulli

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Virtus Bologna inks Oliver Lafayette - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A) signed 33-year old Croatian international point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-86kg-84, college: Houston, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Lafayette played last season at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he had 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Lafayette also played 18 games in Eurocup where he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Armani Milano. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Lafayette was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 44 Serie A games he averaged 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team. Lafayette also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg (in top 5). He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg. Lafayette contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2007 he was drafted by Kansas Cagerz (USBL) in second round (15th overall).
Lafayette attended University of Houston and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. He has been regularly called to Croatian Senior National Team since 2014.
Lafayette is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olympiacos), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Mexico, Poland (Asseco), Serbia (Partizan), Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Besiktas), NBA (Boston Celtics) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Erie Bay Hawks).
Lafayette could be described: A very athletic player who gives his best in penetration from the dribble. Can finish inside with great percentages.

Virtus Segafredo Bologna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pietro Aradori
Oliver Lafayette

Forward:
Olaseni Lawal

Center:
Kenny Lawson

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Mens Sana 1871 Siena lands Daniele Sandri - by Eurobasket News

Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A2) tabbed 27-year old swingman Daniele Sandri (197-90kg-90) from Roma Virtus. In 34 Serie A2 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.2apg last season.
Sandri's team made it to the LNP Gold Semifinals in 2014.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Sandri played for Italian Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 81.3%.
Sandri has played previously for three other teams: Benetton Treviso, Fiat Torino and Ticino.
He is described as: A swingman who puts a lot of energy on the court. He's a yet good defender on the perimeter and is working hard to improve his offensive skills.

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Matteo Neri is a newcomer at San Miniato - by Eurobasket News

Etrusca Basket San Miniato (Serie B) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old swingman Matteo Neri (98). He played last season at Mens Sana 1871 Siena in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in two games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Neri has played previously for Moncalieri.

Etrusca Basket San Miniato roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Zita
Ferdinando Nasello
Matteo Neri

Forwards:
Andrea Chiriatti
Olivier Giacomelli

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Cerignola Udas land Giuseppe Ippedico - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Udas Cerignola tabbed 20-year old point guard Giuseppe Ippedico (97) from Basket Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto. But in 24 Serie B games he averaged just 1.5ppg last season.
Ippedico's team was Runner-Up of Serie B Group C Regular Season 2017.
He has played previously for Roseto.

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Ariel Svoboda signs at Vicenza - by Eurobasket News

Banca Popolare Vicenza (Serie B) landed 32-year old naturalized Argentinian guard Ariel Svoboda (192-85, agency: Interperformances) from Rimadesio Desio. In 13 Serie B games he averaged 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.8apg and 1.1spg last season. Svoboda also played that season for We're Basket Ortona where in 11 Serie B games he had 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Svoboda has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Ferrocarril) and Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Angelico Biella, Osimo, Scauri and Cerignola Udas).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A lefthanded combo guard with a great outside shooting ability. Can win the game by himself tha night he's hot. Also, he has the personality and the court vision to serve as the team point guard if needed.

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Valsesia signs Mattia Magrini - by Eurobasket News

Gessi Valsesia Basket (Serie B) signed 24-year old swingman Mattia Magrini (190-93) from Bakery Piacentina. In 37 Serie B games he had 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg last season.
Magrini's team won Italian Serie B Group A Regular Season in 2016.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. Magrini's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 27.6%, FT: 61.5%.
Magrini has played previously for six other teams: Chieti, Ancona Stamura, Senigallia, Officine Creative Supernova Montegranaro, CUS Torino and Montegrano.

Gessi Valsesia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolo Gatti
Renato Quartuccio
Guglielmo Sodero

Forward:
Mattia Magrini

Coach: Domenico Bolignano

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Amar Balic is a newcomer at Costa d'Orlando - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Costa d'Orlando strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Bosnian point guard Amar Balic (178-96, agency: Interperformances) from Nuova Pallacanestro Monteroni. In 30 Serie B games in Italy he recorded 11.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Balic played at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs where in 17 Serie B games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.2rpg.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg.
Balic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Real Way).

Costa d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Sorrentino
Salvatore Forte
Amar Balic
Luca Munastra

Forward:
David Paunovic

Center:
Giuseppe Caronna

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Nunzio Sabbatino agreed terms with Cerignola Udas - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Udas Cerignola strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old point guard Nunzio Sabbatino (190-92, agency: Players Group) from Benedetto XIV Cento. In 18 Serie B games he recorded 4.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg last season. Sabbatino also played that season for FCM Ferentino (Serie A2) where in 18 games he averaged just 2.4ppg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago.
Sabbatino has played previously for seven other teams: Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Napoli Megaride, Palestrina, Napoli Basket, Agrigento, Quid CUS Siena and Napoli Basket.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A combo guard with a bruising first step and a 1-vs-1 offensive skills. Has almost ended his maturation as scoring PG, has great personality and good defensive mentality.

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Japan beats Uruguay to hand coach Lamas first win - by Eurobasket News

Slasher Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) racked up a game-high 16 points as the Japanese men's national team cruised past Uruguay 72-57 in the second game of a two-game exhibition series at Aoyama Gakuin University on Sunday. Japan, which lost 79-69 to the South Americans on Saturday, was able to pick up its first victory under new head coach Julio Cesar Lamas (agency: Duran International ). The 'Akatsuki Five' will soon depart for Spain to play a few more exhibition games leading up to the Aug. 8-20 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut. Japan gave a fine performance both offensively and defensively in bouncing back from the previous day's loss. 'We held them to 17 points or fewer every quarter,' said Lamas, who only arrived in Japan on July 20, through an interpreter. 'We had intensity defensively and I credit our players for that. Offensively, we were able to pass the ball better after halftime. Those were the biggest reasons for our win today.' Star point guard Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) agreed with Lamas, saying that the team made adjustments well both offensively and defensively. 'If not entirely, we made the necessary adjustments from yesterday,' the Chiba Jets Funabashi player said. 'We grew from yesterday and it was a good game for us and it will help our development going forward.' While all 12 players on the Japanese roster got to play in the game, Hiejima shined most, showcasing his signature drive-ins. Yet he also went 2-for-2 from behind the 3-point arc as well. 'We played our defense hard from the beginning having made adjustments from yesterday, and personally I was able to penetrate into the paint,' said Hiejima, who played just 17 minutes, 36 seconds. 'I think we were able to perform how coach Lamas asks us to a little bit today.' Guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-PG-88) followed Hiejima with 10 points for Japan. For Uruguay, which is ranked No. 26 in the world (Japan is No. 48), former NBA big man Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) had 13 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs. Japan entered halftime ahead 35-31. Japan outrebounded Uruguay 36-33. The hosts were sharp in 3-point shooting, going 10-for-22. Lamas emphasized that it was a little too early to comment on his new team and players as he has not been with the squad long enough. 'I saw little hints from these two games to form our Japanese style of basketball going forward,' said Lamas, who was previously a head coach of the Argentine men's national team. 'But we have not played enough games yet. Unless we play at least 10 games or so, we are not going to find our style.' Lamas is fond of Japanese players' work ethic and high basketball IQ, but he stressed that there is a long way to go for the team to fully develop and meet its high goal, which includes a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 'We are going to have to penetrate into the paint more, we are going to have to have better spacing, we are going to have to rotate the ball more,' Lamas said. 'We are going to have to work on these to get into our system more.'
Courtesy of: japantimes.co.jp



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  LEBANON  


Champville inks Johndre Jefferson, ex Afyon - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: 3Eye). He played last season at Afyon in Turkish TBL league. In 7 games he had 9.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg. Jefferson also played that season for Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A where in 11 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), Italy (Mantova), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Jefferson: An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.

Champville roster for 2017-2018:

Justin Hawkins
Johndre Jefferson
John Assi
Ali Farhat
Ahmad Sbeity

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San Antonio Lions are NABL 2017 Champs! - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Lions became the winners of the NABL 2017 season. They overcame Atlanta Show 103-82 at Life University.
2017 NABL Newcomer of the Year was named Lonnie Pearson Piper of Kitsap Admirals. 2017 Coach of the year became Justin Billings and Bernard Parks (6'3''-SG-90, college: Point, GA) received MVP award.
Earlier San Antonio overcame Kitsap Admirals 119-106. Atlanta Show beats Huntsville Force 116-112 n another semifinal.



S.Antonio Lions and Atlanta Show reach Final - by Eurobasket News

S.Antonio Lions and Atlanta Show reached the Final. S.Antonio Lions overcame Kitsap Admirals 119-106. Atlanta Show beats Huntsville Force 116-112 to advance to NABL Championship Series Finals for the 2nd time. Justin Billings received award NABL Coach of the Year. 2017 NABL MVP was named Bernard Parks (6'3''-SG-90, college: Point, GA).


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  NBA  


Kings hire Brandon D. Williams as Assistant General Manager - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings today hired Brandon Williams as Assistant General Manager, according to General Manager Vlade Divac . Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. In his new role with Sacramento, Williams will support all facets of the day-to-day operation of the Kings front office, including roster composition, player evaluation and development, contractual negotiations, free agency procurement, collegiate, G-League and NBA scouting processes and player personnel matters. 'We are so excited that Brandon is joining our front office team,' said Divac. 'He is an experienced and talented basketball executive. His knowledge of player development and basketball operations combined with his legal skills will be a strong addition to our team.' Williams joins the Kings organization after spending the previous four seasons as an executive with Philadelphia, most recently serving as Vice President of Basketball Administration and General Manager of the NBA G-League's Delaware 87ers. In addition to aiding the 76ers front office in matters regarding prospect evaluation, player development, staffing recruitment and contract negotiations, the former Davidson Wildcat standout helped facilitate several NBA call-ups and coaching promotions as the 87ers General Manager. Before working in basketball operations from a team perspective, Williams spent nine seasons in the league office as Director of NBA Player Development (2005-07) and Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations (2007-13), overseeing standards relating to on-court operations, quality of game play, monitoring conduct and discipline and officiating performance via the Standard Observers Program. During early development of the contemporary NBA minor league system thriving today, Williams was regularly consulted on various issues to improve synergy in the league's affiliation and assignment systems. In 2012, the Louisiana native obtained a law degree from Rutgers University. A veteran of nine professional seasons in the NBA, CBA, D-League and abroad, Williams' playing career was punctuated by championships with the San Antonio Spurs (1998-99) and Sioux Falls Skyforce (2004-05)-where he played for current Kings Head Coach Dave Joerger. His playing resume includes appearances with the Golden State Warriors (1997-98), San Antonio Spurs, Huntsville Flight (G-League), Atlanta Hawks (2002-03), Sioux Falls and significant experience oversees in France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Israel.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Danilo Gallinari Suffers Broken Right Thumb - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-SF-88) has suffered a broken right thumb. Gallinari was injured when trying to punch Jito Kok of the Dutch national team during a friendly on Sunday. Gallinari took exception to Kok aggressively trying to get position for a rebound. Gallinari will miss this summer's Eurobasket but is expected to be ready for training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers. Gallinair won't need surgery on the injury.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) landed 23-year old guard Bryce Alford (190-84kg-94). He just graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles (NCAA). Alford has played there for the last four years. In 34 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.6apg last season. Alford helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-Pac-12 1st Team and to the Reese's College All-Star Game.
Alford has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Alford's college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2014. He received also HS Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico award back in 2013.

Oklahoma City Thunder roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raymond Felton
Paul George
Terrance Ferguson
Bryce Alford

Forwards:
Nick Collison
Patrick Patterson
Andre Roberson
Rashawn Thomas

Centers:
Yannis Morin
Dakari Johnson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBBL  


2017 NBBL Summer Champions & MVP's - by Eurobasket News

Incredible night of games in the championship triple-header with each going down to the wire. Thank you to everyone who made the atmosphere awesome.
In the opening game of the night, Parlez De Nous completed their undefeated run in the Mondays Rec. Division picking up the chip' over United Nations. Moussa Taguina (6'0''-G) led the way with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. For the fist time in NBBL history we have CO-MVPs. In was simply too tough to choose between Jamar Coke (5'11''-PG) (21 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5 asp, 3.3 spg) and Moussa Taguina (24.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2 asp, 2.8 spg) who were both outstanding for their Parlez De Nous team leading them to an undefeated season.
In a back and forth battle that went into overtime, the Grizzlies were able to defeat the undefeated Parlez De Nous 77-76 and stop them from doubling up on the night. Zach Angelini (6'3''-SG-92) was clutch all game for his team leading them to victory. Angelini finished with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
The Advanced Division was incredibly tough to select an MVP thanks to brilliant play from several players. The NBBL committee kept circling back to Justin Andrew (6'0''-PG) 27.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.7 asp, 1.5 asp) from Made Men who put forth several sublime performances this season. Groom for Men and Flint Tropics squared off in a (1) vs (2) matchup in a thriller that went down to the wire with Groom for Men crowning their undefeated season with the win 63-56. Neil Santos (5'7''-PG) recorded 21 points. 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Neil Santos (16.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.4 asp, 1.7 spg) was the engine that made the Groom For Men team go and was instrumental in them going undefeated this season. This is Neil's second NBBL MVP honours. We still have one final game this season which will be played between two undefeated teams. The Monday Rec. Champs Parlez De Nous vs. the Wednesday Rec. Champs Groom For Men. Both of these teams are yet to lose a game all season. Talk has been swirling around the league about which team is better. We finally get the chance to see the two teams battle it out this upcoming Monday July 31st at 8:30PM at Hillfield Strathallan College in a matchup that is being called the seasons "Super Cup."
Courtesy of: northborderbasketball.ca




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  NEW ZEALAND  


China overwhelms New Zealand in 2017 Men's International Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Team Blue of the Chinese men's national squad crushed New Zealand 77-53 at the 2017 Kunshan Men's International Basketball Championship here on Saturday.
Ailun Guo (192-SF-93) and Han Dejun (215-C-89) each socored 13 points for China, Zhou Peng (210-F-89) finished with 10 points and 4 steals. New Zealand committed a staggering 31 turnovers and none of their players scored in double figures.
"We just concluded our training camp in Australia and New Zealand, and our players are exhausted and some of them have a cold right now. I think we played very well in the match except the 3-pointers shooting," said Du Feng , head coach of the Team Blue.
Han Dejun opened the match with six points in-a-row, helping China lead 22-10 in the first quarter, and heading into the second half with a lead of 15 points.
After New Zealand cut it to six points with a 10-0 run midway through the third, China's Ren JunFei (203-F/C-90) and Zhou Peng stepped forward with their jumpers to put the game away again and New Zealand never recovered from.
China will play against Angola, who beat Lithuania in the late match, on Sunday.
Courtesy of: xinhuanet.com



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  NICARAGUA  


Best players of Nicaraguan LNB round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rican Ryann Abraham (182-PG-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Toros and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNB Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 30-year old playmaker got a double-double of 18 points and ten assists, while his team beat Costa Caribe (#3, 2-4) 98-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Toros to consolidate first place in the Nicaraguan LNB. Toros have a solid 4-1 record. Abraham has many years of experience at Toros, through which he has constantly improved. Appalachian State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Abraham is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg), assists (5th best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 2.2spg,54.5% FGP and 41.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Toros' star - 30-year old American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87). Brooks impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Toros cruised to a 98-87 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Costa Caribe (#3, 2-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Toros consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Brooks is one of the most experienced players at Toros and similarly like Ryann Abraham has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#4). He also registered 6.4 boards per game. Northwestern State University alumni Brooks played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was another Toros' star - Costa Rican Marcos Castrillo (201-F). Castrillo scored 20 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Toros, helping his team with a 98-87 win against #3 ranked Costa Caribe. Toros confirms their top position in the standings. Castrillo has a great season in Nicaragua. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 13.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dalton Cacho (198-F-93) of Costa Caribe - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Adalberto Rojas (198-F-86) of Leones - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Raul Mendoza (F) of Toros - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Serbio Abea (191-F-78) of Leones - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mamadou Diakite (196-F-93) of Costa Caribe - 20 points and 12 rebounds
9. Isaiah Thomas (188-PG-93) of Leones - 15 points and 4 assists
10. Dayton Cacho (G) of Costa Caribe - 16 points and 3 rebounds

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



LNB Round 5: Toros beat Costa Caribe in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LNB.

Leader Toros faced 3rd placed Costa Caribe. Host Toros (4-0) defeated guests from (2-4) 98-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Costa Caribe. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 33-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Toros dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Costa Caribe's 48. Toros forced 22 Costa Caribe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The best player for the winners was Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 18 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toros have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Costa Caribe at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Toros are looking forward to face league's second-placed Bufalos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Costa Caribe will have a break next round.
Third ranked Costa Caribe faced 3rd placed Leones. Host Costa Caribe (2-4) defeated guests from Managua (1-4) 77-67. Forward Dalton Cacho (198-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. Dayton Cacho contributed with 16 points for the winners. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Leones. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Costa Caribe maintains third place with 2-4 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Toros. Leones at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Costa Caribe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leones will play against the league's leader Toros (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.

Toros - Costa Caribe 98-87

Leader Toros faced 3rd placed Costa Caribe. Host Toros (4-0) defeated guests from (2-4) 98-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Costa Caribe. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 33-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Toros dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Costa Caribe's 48. Toros forced 22 Costa Caribe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The best player for the winners was Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Puerto Rican point guard Ryann Abraham (182-87, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Mali-American forward Mamadou Diakite (196-93, college: Immaculata) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Sharlon Hodgson (183-94) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toros have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Costa Caribe at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Toros are looking forward to face league's second-placed Bufalos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Costa Caribe will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Brooks 22+5reb+3ast, M.Castrillo 20+16reb+1ast, R.Abraham 18+4reb+10ast, R.Mendoza 17+9reb+3ast, N.Lopez 8+2reb+2ast, D.Toruno 8+3reb+7ast
Costa Caribe: M.Diakite 20+12reb+1ast, R.Hawkings 11, D.Cacho 11+4reb+2ast, S.Hodgson 9+7reb+7ast, J.Campbell 9+3reb, D.Cacho 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 551238


Costa Caribe - Leones 77-67

Third ranked Costa Caribe faced 3rd placed Leones. Host Costa Caribe (2-4) defeated guests from Managua (1-4) 77-67. Costa Caribe forced 23 Leones turnovers. Forward Dalton Cacho (198-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Dayton Cacho contributed with 16 points for the winners. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Serbio Abea (191-78) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Leones. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Costa Caribe maintains third place with 2-4 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Toros. Leones at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Costa Caribe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leones will play against the league's leader Toros (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Costa Caribe: D.Cacho 18+7reb+3ast, D.Cacho 16+3reb+1ast, D.Moody 13+4reb, S.Hodgson 8+5reb+4ast, M.Diakite 8+6reb+1ast, M.Malone 4+3ast
Leones: A.Rojas 20+8reb+1ast, I.Thomas 15+1reb+4ast, S.Abea 13+12reb+3ast, J.Luis 8+2ast, A.Borge 5+2reb, R.Munoz 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 551237





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  NIGERIA  


Oostende adds Jekiri to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Telenet BC Oostende (Euromillions League) added to their roster 23-year old Nigerian center Tonye Jekiri (213-111kg-94, college: Miami, FL). He played last season at Bandirma Kirmizi in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
Jekiri 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 his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2016. Jekiri was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Jekiri graduated from University of Miami, Florida in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Can play with his back to the basket or step out for a 10-12-foot shot … Runs the floor like a guard and has an unstoppable motor.

Telenet BC Oostende roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Djordjevic
Elias Lasisi
D.J. Newbill

Forwards:
Jean Salumu
Javon McCrea
Chase Fieler
Vincent Kesteloot
Luka Kotrulja
Tim Lambrecht

Center:
Tonye Jekiri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PANAMA  


Panama lost in the semifinals against Puerto Rico - by Robert OConnell

Puerto Rico beat Panama 59-56 in a game where they ougunned by the Panamanian team in field goal percentage 44% to 29% and in the free thow line 76% to 59%. One thing the Puerto Rican team did good was taken care of the ball with only 12 turnovers against 26 of the Central American team.

The Puertorican bench was also better with 30 points, only one panamanian player escored 3 points coming of the bench. In general the game was closed the 40 minutes with the panamanian team winning the first half and the Puerto Rican team winning the second and most important half.

The stopped Ricardo Lindo (200-F-00)'s penetration when the doble him after the second quarter, knowing the weakness of the 3point shot of the team Panama.

Puerto Rico will go for the gold against the Dominican Republic and Panama will face Mexico for the bronce and the last slot for the U-18 Qualifier next year in Canada.

The best from Panama:

Ricardo Lindo 15pts 10reb 4ast 4stl 4blk
Jesus Lombardo (192-C-00) 11pts 8reb 2stl 2blk
John Gunn (193-SG-00) 11pts 8reb 3ast 1blk



Panama beat US Virgin Island and advances to the semifinals - by Robert OConnell

Panama beat the US VIrgin Islands and advanced to the semifinals, after losing the first two games, Panama got Ricardo Lindo (200-F-00) back and that was enough to get the win.
The first quarter was very close with ISV wining it by 2. The second quarter was good for team Panama getting an eight points edge.

In the second half the Central American team changed the defense from man to man to a two-three zone that took away the penetration game from the ISV.
The last quarter was also more of the same the Panamanian team taking advantage of the ISV turnovers.

At the end Panama was tied with Jamaica and ISV with a 1-2 record, but on the points recived and made the Panamanian team ended up with a plus 25, Jamaica with a
minus 5 and ISV -14.

Panama shot 53% from TC and 61% from FT line only 16 turnovers and 16 assists. It was the best game for Panama. Three panamanians players with triple-double.

The best from Panama:

John Gunn (193-SG-00) 17pts 15reb 2ast 2stl 1blk
Jesus Lombardo (192-C-00) 19pts 10reb 3blk
Ricardo Lindo 16pts 10reb 2ast 2stl and 6bkl




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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 36
 1. Holloway, Globalport36.0 
 2. Phelps, Phoenix31.0 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces30.3 
 4. Cummings, KIA P.30.0 
 5. Hill, Star Hotshots28.0 
 6. Romeo, Globalport26.5 
 7. Fuller, NLEX R.24.0 
 8. Durham, Meralco .23.7 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra22.5 
 10. Weatherspoon, Rain o.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Durham, Meralco .22.7 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.21.0 
 3. Holloway, Globalport18.0 
 4. Phelps, Phoenix15.3 
 5. Weatherspoon, Rain o.14.0 
 6. Craig, TNT K.13.0 
 7. Anthony, Globalport12.5 
 8. McKines, SM Be.12.0 
 9. Erram, Blackwater12.0 
 10. Cummings, KIA P.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Michael CRAIG
  TNT K.
  (196-G/F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Craig, TNT K.12.0 
 2. Durham, Meralco .7.0 
 3. Abundo, Star H.7.0 
 4. Romeo, Globalport7.0 
 5. Amer, Meralco .6.3 
 6. Thompson, B.Gin.6.0 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .5.7 
 8. Banchero, Alaska A.5.0 
 9. McKines, SM Be.5.0 
 10. Aguilar, B.Ginebra5.0 
Steals Per Game
 LaDontae HENTON
  Alaska Aces
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Henton, Alaska Aces2.7 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.5 
 3. Abundo, Star H.2.0 
 4. Castro-W., TNT K.2.0 
 5. Mamaril, Globalport2.0 
 6. Fuller, NLEX R.2.0 
 7. Elorde, KIA Picanto2.0 
 8. Fajardo, SM Be.2.0 
 9. Cabagnot, SM Be.2.0 
 10. Williams, TNT K.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John Paul ERRAM
  Blackwater
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Erram, Blackwater4.0 
 2. Craig, TNT K.3.0 
 3. Abueva, Alaska Aces3.0 
 4. Slaughter, B.Gin.2.5 
 5. Weatherspoon, Rain o.2.0 
 6. Holloway, Globalport2.0 
 7. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.0 
 8. Washington, Rain o.2.0 
 9. Al-Hussaini, NLEX R.1.7 
 10. Henton, Alaska Aces1.3 


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

29-year old power forward Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Meralco Bolts and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 23 rebounds, while his team crushed Rain or Shine (#7, 1-1) with 16-point margin 89-73. It allowed Meralco Bolts to consolidate first place in the Filipino league. The season is still on an early stage, but Meralco Bolts already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Durham has many years of experience at Meralco Bolts, through which he has constantly improved. Grace Bible College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Durham is in league's top in points (8th best: 23.7ppg) and assists (2nd best: 7.0apg). Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Globalport. He is American forward in his first season at Globalport. In the last game Holloway recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Globalport lost that game 108-124 to B.Ginebra (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Holloway is one of the most experienced players at Globalport and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 36.0ppg (#1). He also registered 18.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) of Phoenix (#4). Phelps got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eighteen rebounds and six assists. Despite Phelps' great performance Phoenix lost 91-95 to #2 ranked NLEX RW. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Phoenix needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Phelps has a great season in Philippines. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 15.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces - 34 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of B.Ginebra - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of TNT Ka Tropa - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists
7. James Weatherspoon (198-F-92) of Rain or Shine - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Aaron Fuller (198-F-89) of NLEX RW - 18 points and 24 rebounds
9. Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of SM Beermen - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 21 points, 12 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)



Tim Lewis Boosts Gilas Preparations - by Ariel Ian Clarito

Respected coach Timothy Charles Lewis has recently been seen in the practices of Gilas Pilipinas which is preparing for the FIBA Asia Cup which is scheduled on August 8-20 and the Southeast Asian Games which will run from August 18-31.

Lewis is a former lead assistant coach of the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League. He also has extensive experience in the international scene, serving as head coach of the British Under-20 national team and assistant coach of the British senior men's national team, assistant coach of the Panama national team, and head coach of the Thailand national team which unceremoniously cut ties with Lewis early this July.

After his disengagement from the Thailand national team, Lewis was hired by PBA team TNT KaTropa on a short-term one month contract. Lewis, whose specialty is zone offense and defense, was then invited to join Gilas practices where he has since regularly attended the trainings to provide insights and share his expertise on defensive principles which may be relevant to the Gilas system.

Lewis's inputs will be helpful for the two Gilas teams. For the FIBA Asia Cup, the team has had little time to prepare and will be playing without Andray Blatche. The lack of preparation and lack of offensive firepower will mean Gilas will have to tighten up its defense if it wants to keep up with the competition in the FIBA Asia Cup which will now feature Australia and New Zealand.

For the SEA Games, Lewis's knowledge of the Thailand team and Southeast Asian basketball will be critical in Gilas's drive to maintain its regional supremacy. Thailand stands as the biggest threat with the addition of Thai-Americans Tyler Lamb and Freddie Goldstein. Indonesia also remains a contender as shown by its strong 2nd place finish in the SEABA. Gilas wants nothing less than the Gold Medal in the SEA Games, and Lewis's exposure to Southeast Asian basketball will be valuable to the Gilas cause.



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  POLAND  


AZS Koszalin lands Kacper Mlynarski - by Greg

AZS Koszalin (PLK) landed 25-year old forward Kacper Mlynarski (202-92) from Anwil. In 35 PLK games he averaged 3.6ppg and 1.8rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season. They also played in the Cup final.
The previous (15-16) season Mlynarski played at Siarka (TBL) where in 29 games he had 11.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.1apg.
Mlynarski has played previously for five other teams: Resovia, Asseco, Polpharma, Sokol Lancut and GTK Asseco II Gdynia.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Igor Wadowski
Dusty Hannahs
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rosa Radom lands Jaroslaw Trojan - by Eurobasket News

Rosa Radom (PLK) tabbed 24-year old center Jaroslaw Trojan (207-93) from Start Lublin. Trojan has played there for the last three years. In 30 PLK games he averaged 3.4ppg and 3.2rpg last season.
He played in the final of Polish 1Liga in 2014.
Trojan represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.4ppg, 2.9rpg.
Trojan has played previously for four other teams: WKK Wroclaw, SMS PZKosz, GTK Gdynia and WKK II Wroclaw.

Rosa Radom roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Szymkiewicz
Marcin Piechowicz
Filip Zegzula
Kevin Punter

Forwards:
Robert Witka
Patrik Auda
Lukasz Bonarek
Michal Sokolowski
Szymon Szymanski
Maciej Bojanowski

Centers:
Igor Zaytsev
Jaroslaw Trojan

Coach: Wojciech Kaminski

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @plkpl)

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  PORTUGAL  


1 De Agosto signs Jaques Conceicao, ex Galitos-Barreiro - by Eurobasket News

Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (Division I) signed 28-year old Portuguese guard Jaques Conceicao (190-89). He has played for the last two seasons at Galitos-Barreiro in Portuguese LPB league. In 37 games he had 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg last season. Conceicao helped them to make it to the Portuguese Hugo dos Santos Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
His team was regular season runner-up in NJAC in 2015.
Conceicao has played also professionally in Portugal for Alges.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Tu HOLLOWAY
  Quebradi.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Holloway, Quebradi.20.3 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama20.3 
 3. Ebanks, San German20.2 
 4. Liz, Ponce19.9 
 5. Harris, Ponce19.5 
 6. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Rosario, Quebradillas17.6 
 9. Huertas, Arecibo17.3 
 10. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
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. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
 10. James, Fajardo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tu HOLLOWAY
  Quebradi.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Holloway, Quebradi.8.6 
 2. Browne, San German7.7 
 3. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.0 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Patterson, Aguada5.4 
 8. Soto, Bayamon5.2 
 9. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
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. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Harris, Ponce1.3 
 7. Browne, San German1.3 
 8. Holloway, Quebradi.1.3 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Fitch, Quebradillas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas2.0 
 4. Jefferson, Arecibo1.2 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Buckner, Fajardo1.1 
 7. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 8. Franklin, San G.1.0 
 9. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Gaston, Aguada1.0 


Azuqueca signs Bobby Harris, ex Isabela - by Eurobasket News

Isover Basket Azuqueca (EBA) signed 26-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) guard Bobby Harris (185-82kg-91, college: American International, agency: Duran International). He played this summer at Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rican BSN league. But in only one game he did not score anything and 1 assist. The last season Harris played at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres where in 15 EBA games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg and 3.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Northeast-10 Tournament in 2015. Harris was also voted All-Northeast-10 1st Team in 2015.
He graduated from American International in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Isover Basket Azuqueca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bobby Harris
Alvaro Rojas
Carlos Hidalgo

Forwards:
Carlos Garcia
Julian Lewis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fiat Torino signs Lamar Patterson, ex Aguada - by Eurobasket News

Fiat Torino (Serie A) signed 26-year old American swingman Lamar Patterson (196-100kg-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports). He played this summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. Patterson managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 14 BSN games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.4apg and 1.1spg. He ended the last season at the Hawks in NBA. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. But the most of that year Patterson spent at another team Bighorns in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 28 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 24.0ppg and averaged 6.3rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg (in top 5).
Three years ago he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (48th overall). Patterson attended University of Pittsburgh until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
He was voted ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Patterson has played also professionally in Turkey (Tofas), NBA (Sacramento Kings) and NBA G League (Austin Spurs and Canton Charge).

Fiat Torino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davide Parente
Diante Garrett
Andre Jones
Lamar Patterson

Forwards:
Deron Washington
Antonio Iannuzzi
Durand Scott

Center:
Trevor Mbakwe

Coach: Luca Banchi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BSN Round 2 of Finals. Arecibo claim opening win - by Eurobasket News

Arecibo - Quebradillas 93-74

Arecibo knocked down Quebradillas to even the Finals at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Capitanes. Piratas managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Capitanes players scored in double figures. American forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) added 16 points in the effort for Piratas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: W.Hodge 22+1reb+4ast, D.Jefferson 22+8reb+3ast, D.Huertas 20+5reb+2ast, C.Elonu 11+8reb+4ast, D.Clemente 9+2reb+3ast, A.Alamo 4+4reb+1ast
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 16+4reb+2ast, W.Daniels 14+8reb+2ast, R.Chaney 9+2reb, M.Rosario 9+1reb+1ast, A.Carmona 7+5reb+1ast, T.Holloway 7+2reb+10ast
gschID: 552816





Tony Mitchell (ex Mayaguez) is a newcomer at Chongqing - by Eurobasket News

Chongqing Sanhai Lanling (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He played in the summer at Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican BSN league. Mitchell managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 19 BSN games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.2apg.
Part of last season he spent at Cairns Taipans in NBL where in 10 games he averaged 8.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Mitchell helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He also played that season for Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) in Israel. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg.
Mitchell has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he won D-League championship title in 2014. Mitchell received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Mitchell's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America) in seven different countries. Mitchell has played previously professionally in Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings), Italy (Banco di Srd and Dolomiti Energia Trento), China (Jilin Tigers and Hebei Xianglan) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
He attended University of Alabama until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good scorer, with great athletic abilities and all-around playing skills. He can easily beat his man and create for his own and teammates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Slovenia edge Russia University NT - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Russia Uni 79:63

Slovenian National Team began their preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket. They faced Russian University National Team in Rogaska Slatina. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) provided 14 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
Russia eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia knocked down 20 points in the second term to secure a 35:31 halftime lead. The hosts dropped 26 points in the third term to claim a 12-point advantage. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the final term and rallied to the win. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) recorded 12 points, while Miha Lapornik (194-SG-93, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 10 points in the victory. Vyacheslav Brykin (194-G-95) replied with 13 points for Russia. Kirill Arkhipov (201-C-96) and Sergey Mitusov (193-PG-96, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Slovenia: Luka Doncic 14, Anthony Randolph 12, Miha Lapornik 10
Russia Uni: Vyacheslav Brykin 13, Kirill Arkhipov 11, Sergey Mitusov 11



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  RWANDA  


Patriots beat REG to win hoops playoff finals - by Eurobasket News

PATRIOTS were on Saturday night crowned champions of the 2017 basketball playoffs after overcoming rivals Rwanda Energy Group (REG) 3-1 in the best-of-five finals series at Amahoro Indoor Stadium. After failed attempts in 2015 and 2016, Patriots bounced back from losing Game 1 (82-75) on July 14 to win the next three Games; 83-77 (July 15), 64-54 (July 28) and 56-52 respectively. In Game 4 on Saturday, Rwanda international Kami Kabange scored a game high 21 points for REG, but it was not enough to save the day for Jean Bahufite 's side. Patriots' youngster, Sedar Sagamba (PG) scored 18 points, while Elie Kaje (G) and team captain Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) added 12 and 10 points respectively as Henry Mwinuke's team completed a 3-1 series victory. Last year's regular season league champions, Patriots, started off the game strongly taking the first quarter 16-14, but lost the second quarter 14-7 before recovering in second half to win the third and fourth quarters 15-11 and 18-15 respectively to wrap up a narrow 56-52 win. Former champions Espoir claimed the third place at the expense of IPRC- Kigali.
Men's team of the year: Aristide Mugabe (Patriots), Benjamin Mukengerwa (G) (REG), Dieudonne Ndizeye (SG) (IPRC- Kigali), Olivier Shyaka (197-G/F-95) (Espoir) and Kami Kabange.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SERBIA  


Anadolu Efes are considering to add Vladimir Stimac to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) is about to sign 30-year old Serbian international center Vladimir Stimac (210-118kg-87, agency: Interperformances) who played last time at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul. In 40 BSL games he had 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Stimac also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.3ppg, 9.5rpg (leader !!!) and 1.2apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Stimac played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 11 KLS games he averaged 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Stimac contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Stimac also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 6.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Stimac also played 24 games in ABA League where he got 7.0ppg and 4.6rpg. The other team Stimac played shortly was Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa. In three games he got 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
Stimac has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Stimac represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg.
Stimac is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen), Latvia (Valmiera and Ventspils), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Turkey (Banvit and Eskisehir Basket).
Stimac could be described: Stimac is another very rich skilled Serbian center with many prospects in the European (and not only) courts. Vladimir is the total definition of a newly "born" center. Has very good skills in the paint, Can defense much taller opponents, can dash down any rebound in both edges and can do all the dirty job that a coach might ask him.
Has many weaknesses in the fouling as he can easily fouled out as his opponent can easily predict his passion and obsession in the game so they can simply take him out in no time. In the last European championship he only played for 18 minutes per game and had 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4bpg. He needs to work hard in order to add some fantasy in his game, plus a lot of workout in his shots from the charity line, as his percentages are really poor, around 40% !!
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krunoslav Simon
Dogus Balbay
Birkan Batuk
Errick McCollum
Josh Adams

Forwards:
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Berk Demir
Ricky Ledo

Center:
Bryant Dunston

Coach: Velimir Perasovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


Slovenia edge Russia University NT - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Russia Uni 79:63

Slovenian National Team began their preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket. They faced Russian University National Team in Rogaska Slatina. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) provided 14 points to lead the hosts to the victory.
Russia eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia knocked down 20 points in the second term to secure a 35:31 halftime lead. The hosts dropped 26 points in the third term to claim a 12-point advantage. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the final term and rallied to the win. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) recorded 12 points, while Miha Lapornik (194-SG-93, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 10 points in the victory. Vyacheslav Brykin (194-G-95) replied with 13 points for Russia. Kirill Arkhipov (201-C-96) and Sergey Mitusov (193-PG-96, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Slovenia: Luka Doncic 14, Anthony Randolph 12, Miha Lapornik 10
Russia Uni: Vyacheslav Brykin 13, Kirill Arkhipov 11, Sergey Mitusov 11



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  SPAIN  


Gomez re-signs at Albacete - by Eurobasket News

Arcos Albacete Basket (LEB Silver) confirmed in their roster 28-year old forward Eugenio Gomez (197-89). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 30 LEB Silver games he recorded 6.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season.
Gomez won Spanish EBA Final Stage 4 championship title in 2016.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Azuqueca signs Bobby Harris, ex Isabela - by Eurobasket News

Isover Basket Azuqueca (EBA) signed 26-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) guard Bobby Harris (185-82kg-91, college: American International, agency: Duran International). He played this summer at Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rican BSN league. But in only one game he did not score anything and 1 assist. The last season Harris played at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres where in 15 EBA games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg and 3.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Northeast-10 Tournament in 2015. Harris was also voted All-Northeast-10 1st Team in 2015.
He graduated from American International in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Isover Basket Azuqueca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bobby Harris
Alvaro Rojas
Carlos Hidalgo

Forwards:
Carlos Garcia
Julian Lewis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lucentum lands Adrian Chapela - by Eurobasket News

HLA Lucentum Alicante (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old point guard Adrian Chapela (192-94) from Xuven Cambados. In 34 LEB Silver games he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg (in top 3) last season.
Chapela played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2015.
He represented Spain at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 1.3ppg.
Chapela has played previously for two other teams: Leche Rio Breogan and Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @guibermejo)

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Estudiantes land Sylven Landesberg, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Movistar Estudiantes (Liga Endesa) tabbed 27-year old American (has also Israeli passport) swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia). He has played for the last five years at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 30 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. Landesberg helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 23 games in Euroleague where he had 7.0ppg and 1.1rpg.
Landesberg has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. His team won Israeli Cup in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Among other achievements Landesberg received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention award in 2012 and 2016.
He has played also professionally in Israel for Maccabi Haifa.
Landesberg attended University of Virginia until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Movistar Estudiantes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Omar-Sharif Cook
Ignacio Arroyo

Forwards:
Sitapha Savane
Niklas Caner-Medley
Dagoberto Pena
Sylven Landesberg

Centers:
Goran Suton
Alec Brown

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Pielagos keep Palazuelos for another season - by Eurobasket News

Pas Pielagos (EBA) re-signed 18-year old shooting guard Alvaro Palazuelos (190-99). He played there last season. In 24 EBA games he averaged 4.9ppg and 1.8rpg.

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Arco re-signs at Breogan - by Eurobasket News

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 33-year old guard Jose Salvador Arco (196-94kg-84, agency: Duran International). He played there last season. In 37 LEB Gold games he had 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. Arco helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at CB Canarias (Liga Endesa) where in 27 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 1.2rpg. Arco also played that season for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL. In 6 games he averaged 4.2ppg and 1.0rpg. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he got 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg. Arco also spent pre-season at Fenerbahce (BSL) in Turkish league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2008 and 2015. Arco was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention in 2015.
He has spent his entire career in Turkey playing for six other teams: Ourense, La ICL Manresa, Vic, L'Hospitalet, Melilla_Baloncesto and Lleida_Basquet.

Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ricardo Uriz
Jose_Salvador Arco
Cristian Diaz
Sergi Quintela

Center:
Matt Stainbrook

Coach: Natxo Lezcano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carney inks at Algeciras at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

CB Ciudad Algeciras Cepsa added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Michael Carney (183-93). Carney has only college experience so far playing last time for University of Northwestern, MN (NCAA3). He has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg in 2015-16 season. Carney helped them to win UMAC Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-UMAC 1st Team.
He was voted All-UMAC Player of the Year in 2015 at his college time.
Of course it will be Carney's first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wright is back at Granada - by Eurobasket News

Coviran Granada (LEB Silver) signed 31-year old power forward Devin Wright (202-86). It is actually his comeback to CB Granada as he has played here before. Wright played last season at Ourense Termal in the LEB Gold. In 38 games he had 6.3ppg and 5.4rpg. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Wright played at Leche Rio Breogan (also in LEB Gold) where in 35 games he recorded 6.6ppg and 4.7rpg.
Wright played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2013.
He has played previously for five other teams: Andorra, Melilla_Baloncesto, Alcazar, Motril and Merida.

Coviran Granada roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Manuel Rodriguez
Carlos Corts

Forwards:
Eloy Almazan
Devin Wright

Center:
Ferran Torres

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hailey re-signs at La Roda - by Eurobasket News

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda confirmed in their roster 27-year old American guard DeAngelo Hailey (190-84kg-90, college: Northwest Missouri State). He played there last season. In 33 EBA games he had 14.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg. Hailey helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 1 title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Cantbasket where in 21 EBA games he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.3ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg.
Hailey has played previously for another Spanish team Estela.
He attended Northwest Missouri State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

Fundacion Globalcaja La Roda roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
DeAngelo Hailey

Forwards:
Norman Rey
Jose Blazquez

Center:
Placide Nakidjim

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arenys land Alejandro Galan - by Eurobasket News

Arenys Basquet Joventut (EBA) tabbed 18-year old center Alejandro Galan (204-99). He played most recently at Joventut in the Liga Endesa. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Galan represented Spain at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 3 games: 0.7ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Huelva signs Jeremiah Davis III - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) signed 24-year old American guard Jeremiah Davis III (190-91kg-93). He just graduated from Florida Southern (NCAA2). In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg last season.
As mentioned above Davis III is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2012.

Por Huelva roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Jeremiah Davis_III

Forwards:
Julian_Horacio Lopez
Colton Lewis
Pablo Hitos
Julio Granados

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Huelva tabs Colton Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Por Huelva (EBA) inked American forward Colton Lewis (206-100kg). He has only college experience while playing for Virginia Union (NCAA2). In 27 games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 2015-16 season. Lewis helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements he played in the final of NJCAA D1 Region VIII in 2014. Lewis received also All-Suncoast Conference Honorable Mention award back in 2014 at his college time.
Of course it will be Lewis' first season in professional basketball.

Por Huelva roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Julian_Horacio Lopez
Colton Lewis
Pablo Hitos
Julio Granados

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adekoya's pro career starts at Huesca - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) landed 23-year old American forward Jubril Adekoya (201-104kg-94). He just graduated from Valparaiso (NCAA). Adekoya has played there for the last four years. In 9 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2spg last season. Adekoya helped them to win the league title.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Adekoya received All-Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.

Magia Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Carles Marzo

Forwards:
Jorge Lafuente
Sergio Rodriguez
Matt O'Leary
Jubril Adekoya

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sevilla welcomes back Franch - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) landed 26-year old point guard Josep Franch (193-86kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Sevilla as he has played here before. Franch played most recently at Breogan in the LEB Gold. In 41 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg last season. Franch helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Franch played at Melilla_Baloncesto (also in LEB Gold) where in 41 games he had 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice).
Franch represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.0ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-1 (5.1apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 69.0%.
Franch has played previously for three other teams: Joventut, UCAM Murcia and Gipuzkoa.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A flashy guard with good court vision, playmaking expertise, shooting range, tight handle. Has yet a good basketball IQ and overall skill level. Great upside at the point.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Saul Blanco
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch

Forward:
Jordan Swing

Center:
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWITZERLAND  


Swiss National Team -17 - by Greg

Swiss National Team 2017
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Lucas Pythoud
Pythoud
Juraj Kozic
Kozic
Brian Savoy
Savoy
Roberto Kovac
Kovac
Marco Portannese
Portannese
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Lucas Pythoud 174-PG-93 Geneve Lions Switzerland
Juraj Kozic 198-SF-95 Boncourt Switzerland
Brian Savoy 189-G-92 Neuchatel Switzerland
Roberto Kovac 189-SG-90 Geneve Lions Switzerland
Marco Portannese 192-G-89 Vanoli CR Italy
Randon Grueninger 193-F-95 Geneve Lions Switzerland
Daniel Andjelkovic 199-PF-94 Massagno Switzerland
Marko Mladjan 205-PF-93 Geneve Lions Switzerland
Paul Gravet 204-PF-95 Geneve Lions Switzerland
Jonathan Dubas 204-F/C-91 Monthey Switzerland
Arnaud Cotture 203-PF-95 Geneve Lions Switzerland
Natan Jurkovitz 199-F-95 Fribourg Switzerland
Michel-Ofik Nzege 203-F-92 E.Carolina USA
Kaanu Olaniyi 206-C-98 Neuchatel Switzerland

Gianluca Barilari Head Coach
Riet Lareida Assistant



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  THAILAND  


Asia-Basket.com All-Thailand Basketball League Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-Thailand Basketball League 1st Team 2017
Rudy Lingganay
Lingganay
Avery Scharer
Scharer
Michael Singletary
Singletary
Reginald Johnson
Johnson
Samuel Deguara
Deguara

Finals MVP: Michael Singletary (198-F-88) of Mono Vampire
Player of the Year: Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of Hitech
Guard of the Year: Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of Hitech
Forward of the Year: Michael Singletary (198-F-88) of Mono Vampire
Center of the Year: Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA
Defensive Player of the Year: Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of Hitech
Import Player of the Year: Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of Hitech
Domestic Player of the Year: Chitchai Ananti (196-G/F-90) of Mono Vampire

1st Team
PG: Rudy Lingganay (178-PG-86) of PEA
G: Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of Hitech
F: Michael Singletary (198-F-88) of Mono Vampire
C: Reginald Johnson (208-C-89) of Mono Vampire
C: Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) of PEA

2nd Team
PG: Jason Brickman (181-PG-91) of Mono Vampire
G: Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA
: Jeff Dumelod of TGE
F: Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of SeaHorses
C: Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew

Honorable Mention
Chitchai Ananti (196-G/F-90) of Mono Vampire
Paul Zamar (180-PG-87) of Mono Thew
Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) of Mad Goat
Matt Van Pelt (178-PG-91) of Mad Goat
Alfred Mandani of TGE
James Matinez of Dunkin' Raptors
Jaman Johnson of Dunkin' Raptors
Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Dunkin' Raptors
Jan Jamon (191-F) of OSK
Kevin Hill (201-F-92) of OSK



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  TURKEY  


Sean Armand joins Gaziantep - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Sean Armand (196-91kg-91, college: Iona) from Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi. In 29 BSL games in Turkey he had 14.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Armand's team made it to the EuroChallenge Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Armand has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners).
He attended Iona College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Armand: Pure scorer with one of the purest shooting touches on the roster... Possesses NBA range that is capable of attacking in the open floor or off the dribble... Extremely hard worker showed improvement on defense as a rookie in addition to his talented offensive skills.

Gaziantep Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erolcan Cinko
Can_Ugur Ogut
Sean Armand
Cameron Clark

Forwards:
Jure Balazic
Marcus Haislip
D.J. White
Orhan Haciyeva

Coach: Stefanos Dedas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Champville inks Johndre Jefferson, ex Afyon - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: 3Eye). He played last season at Afyon in Turkish TBL league. In 7 games he had 9.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg. Jefferson also played that season for Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A where in 11 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), Italy (Mantova), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Jefferson: An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.

Champville roster for 2017-2018:

Justin Hawkins
Johndre Jefferson
John Assi
Ali Farhat
Ahmad Sbeity

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anadolu Efes are considering to add Vladimir Stimac to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (BSL) is about to sign 30-year old Serbian international center Vladimir Stimac (210-118kg-87, agency: Interperformances) who played last time at Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul. In 40 BSL games he had 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Stimac also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.3ppg, 9.5rpg (leader !!!) and 1.2apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Stimac played at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 11 KLS games he averaged 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Stimac contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Stimac also played 25 games in Euroleague where he got 6.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Stimac also played 24 games in ABA League where he got 7.0ppg and 4.6rpg. The other team Stimac played shortly was Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa. In three games he got 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
Stimac has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Stimac represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg.
Stimac is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen), Latvia (Valmiera and Ventspils), Lithuania (Zalgiris and Zalgiris II Kaunas), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Turkey (Banvit and Eskisehir Basket).
Stimac could be described: Stimac is another very rich skilled Serbian center with many prospects in the European (and not only) courts. Vladimir is the total definition of a newly "born" center. Has very good skills in the paint, Can defense much taller opponents, can dash down any rebound in both edges and can do all the dirty job that a coach might ask him.
Has many weaknesses in the fouling as he can easily fouled out as his opponent can easily predict his passion and obsession in the game so they can simply take him out in no time. In the last European championship he only played for 18 minutes per game and had 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4bpg. He needs to work hard in order to add some fantasy in his game, plus a lot of workout in his shots from the charity line, as his percentages are really poor, around 40% !!
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krunoslav Simon
Dogus Balbay
Birkan Batuk
Errick McCollum
Josh Adams

Forwards:
Derrick Brown
Brock Motum
Berk Demir
Ricky Ledo

Center:
Bryant Dunston

Coach: Velimir Perasovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UGANDA  


Kiviiri number one in Uganda for round 18 - by Eurobasket News

Guard Syrus Kiviiri (G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Pemba Warriors, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out KIU Titans (#1, 8-2) 75-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Pemba Warriors is placed at 2nd position in Ugandan NBL. They are still close to the very top. Pemba Warriors would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Kiviiri had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Pemba Warriors, through which he has constantly improved. Syrus Kiviiri averages this season 11.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Tong Gatwech (F-92) of Sharing Youth. Gatwech had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Sharing Youth lost that game 59-68 to the higher-ranked Pemba Warriors (#2, 7-1). Sharing Youth is still in a red zone at 9th spot in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Sharing Youth managed to get this year. Gatwech is one of the most experienced players at Sharing Youth and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Pemba Warriors' star - forward Michael Buzangu (F-82). Buzangu showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Pemba Warriors, helping his team with a 68-59 win against the lower-ranked Sharing Youth (#9, 2-6). Pemba Warriors is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 7-1 record is not that bad... Buzangu has a great season in Uganda. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ndikumana Landry (F-93) of City Oilers - 11 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ethienne Kazungu (80) of KIU Titans - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Samuel Agutu (193-F-92) of KIU Titans - 6 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) of City Oilers - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Amisi Saidi (F-87) of Pemba Warriors - 13 points and 6 rebounds
9. Micheal Bwanga (G) of KIU Titans - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Benjamin Komakech (187-G-86) of City Oilers - 5 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  UKRAINE  


Scandone Avellino keeps Fesenko for another season - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) re-signed 31-year old Ukrainian international center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-131kg-86). He played there last season. In 33 Serie A games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.0bpg. Fesenko helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Fesenko also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 9.7ppg and 8.1rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Fesenko played at Monaco in French ProA. In two games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0bpg. The other team Fesenko played that season for was MIA-Red October Cantu (previous name AV Cantu). In 13 Serie A games he got 12.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg and 2.1bpg. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got impressive 15.3ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. Another team Fesenko played that season for was Lokomotiv in Russian league. In 10 Euroleague games he got 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. He also played 9 games in VTB United League where he got 5.7ppg and 3.8rpg.
In 2007 Fesenko was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (38th overall).
Among other achievements he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2008. Fesenko received also Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Center of the Year award in 2015.
He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Fesenko has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2005 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2005.
He represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 58.8%, FT: 47.6%.
Fesenko is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Poland (Slask), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers), Russia (Avtodor), Ukraine (BC Donetsk) and NBA G League (Canton Charge and Delaware 87ers).
Let's have closer look into Fesenko's outlook: A very talented seven footer who has perimeter skills, jump shooting ability and is very strong inside. He is an aggressive shot blocker and rebounder with enormous upside potential.
He needs yet to refine his game, especially at the offensive end
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Scandone Avellino roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ariel Filloy
Jason Rich
Bruno Fitipaldo
Dezmine Wells

Forwards:
Maarten Leunen
Salvatore Parlato
Andrea Zerini
Thomas Scrubb

Center:
Kyrylo Fesenko

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Netherlands outscore Ukraine in Trentino - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands outscore Ukraine in Trentino to enter the Final of the friendly tournament in Italy. The Dutch side posted a 23-13 lead in the start and had 7 points advantage at the halftime. Ukraine tried hard to recover and managed to pull back in the second half. They won the last quarter 20-18, but reduced to final 5 points.
Yannick Franke (194-G-96) stepped up with 20 points and Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 11. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-SG-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) ended up with 15 points and Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) netted 10 in a loss.



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Hayes re-signs at London Leopards - by Eurobasket News

Essex Leopards London confirmed in their roster forward Jamie Hayes (200). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 20 NBL D1 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Hayes previously for three other teams: Eastside Eagles London, Neptunes and Univ.E.London.

Essex Leopards London roster for 2017-2018:

Ruben Saiz
Douglas Bennett
Jamie Hayes
Jamie Rodwell

Coach: Thomas Baker

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London Leopards tab Jamie Rodwell - by Eurobasket News

Essex Leopards London inked Jamie Rodwell. He has played for the last two years at Hemel Storm in the NBL D1. NBL D1 was a little too high level for him, where in 8 games he averaged just 0.9ppg and 1.4rpg last season.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leeuwarden inks Earl Brown, ex Cheshire P. - by Eurobasket News

Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Earl Brown (198-93kg-92, college: St.Francis, PA). He played last season at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 8.1rpg (#5 in the league), 2.4apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Brown played at Keflavik (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 15 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 25.4ppg and averaged 12.1rpg (#2 in the league), 2.7apg, 1.0spg and 1.7bpg. Brown helped them to make it to the Icelandic Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Brown was also voted All-NEC Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Brown graduated from St. Francis University (PA) in 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Aris Leeuwarden roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Mladenovic
Emile Blackman
Leroy Peterson

Forwards:
Earl Brown
Meshack Lufile
Niels Bunschoten

Center:
Nathaniel Musters

Coach: Tony van den Bosch

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  


Japan beats Uruguay to hand coach Lamas first win - by Eurobasket News

Slasher Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) racked up a game-high 16 points as the Japanese men's national team cruised past Uruguay 72-57 in the second game of a two-game exhibition series at Aoyama Gakuin University on Sunday. Japan, which lost 79-69 to the South Americans on Saturday, was able to pick up its first victory under new head coach Julio Cesar Lamas (agency: Duran International ). The 'Akatsuki Five' will soon depart for Spain to play a few more exhibition games leading up to the Aug. 8-20 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut. Japan gave a fine performance both offensively and defensively in bouncing back from the previous day's loss. 'We held them to 17 points or fewer every quarter,' said Lamas, who only arrived in Japan on July 20, through an interpreter. 'We had intensity defensively and I credit our players for that. Offensively, we were able to pass the ball better after halftime. Those were the biggest reasons for our win today.' Star point guard Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) agreed with Lamas, saying that the team made adjustments well both offensively and defensively. 'If not entirely, we made the necessary adjustments from yesterday,' the Chiba Jets Funabashi player said. 'We grew from yesterday and it was a good game for us and it will help our development going forward.' While all 12 players on the Japanese roster got to play in the game, Hiejima shined most, showcasing his signature drive-ins. Yet he also went 2-for-2 from behind the 3-point arc as well. 'We played our defense hard from the beginning having made adjustments from yesterday, and personally I was able to penetrate into the paint,' said Hiejima, who played just 17 minutes, 36 seconds. 'I think we were able to perform how coach Lamas asks us to a little bit today.' Guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-PG-88) followed Hiejima with 10 points for Japan. For Uruguay, which is ranked No. 26 in the world (Japan is No. 48), former NBA big man Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) had 13 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs. Japan entered halftime ahead 35-31. Japan outrebounded Uruguay 36-33. The hosts were sharp in 3-point shooting, going 10-for-22. Lamas emphasized that it was a little too early to comment on his new team and players as he has not been with the squad long enough. 'I saw little hints from these two games to form our Japanese style of basketball going forward,' said Lamas, who was previously a head coach of the Argentine men's national team. 'But we have not played enough games yet. Unless we play at least 10 games or so, we are not going to find our style.' Lamas is fond of Japanese players' work ethic and high basketball IQ, but he stressed that there is a long way to go for the team to fully develop and meet its high goal, which includes a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 'We are going to have to penetrate into the paint more, we are going to have to have better spacing, we are going to have to rotate the ball more,' Lamas said. 'We are going to have to work on these to get into our system more.'
Courtesy of: japantimes.co.jp



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  VENEZUELA  


Jose Rodriguez's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Venezuelans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez
   #1. This week's number one is former U17 international power forward Jose Rodriguez (197-94, currently plays in Colombia). Rodriguez could not help one of league's weakest teams Cimarrones (17-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Cimarrones was crushed 90-69 on the road by the leading Fast Break. Rodriguez recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Rodriguez has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 47.5%. Rodriguez played for the Venezuelan U17 national team six years ago.

Juan Herrera
Juan Herrera
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Juan Herrera (197-81, currently plays in Colombia). Herrera was not able to help Condores in their game against Fast Break (27-1) in the Colombian Liga DirecTV. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Herrera also added 7 rebounds. This season Herrera has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 3FGP: 44.4%. Former Cangrejeros de Maturin starter played for the Venezuelan national team in 2010.

Jhornan Zamora
Jhornan Zamora
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jose Rodriguez. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Zamora. He was not able to secure a victory for Cimarrones (17-11) in their game against Academia (18-10), despite his good performance last Wednesday. Zamora recorded 11 points and added 5 assists in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Cimarrones this season. But Cimarrones was edged 74-71 in Montana by the lower-ranked (#3) Academia. Zamora has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Spanish. Former Broncos de Caracas starter played for the Venezuelan national team two years ago.

Luis Bethelmy
Luis Bethelmy
   #4. Forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86, currently plays in Dominican Republic) couldn't help Indios SFM (2-4) in their game against Huracanes PP (2-4) in the Dominican Rep. LNB. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bethelmy's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Bethelmy has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg and 6.3rpg. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team last year.

Eduardo Torres
Eduardo Torres
   #5. Former international forward Eduardo Torres (195-81, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Herrera and both played together in the last Colombian Liga DirecTV game. Torres couldn't help Condores (14-14) in their game against Fast Break (27-1). Despite his good performance last Friday He scored 12 points. This season Torres has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.6apg. Torres is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Colombian. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team eight years ago.

Cesar Silva
Cesar Silva
   #6. Swingman Cesar Silva (190-81, currently plays in Ecuador) was the major contributor in Iccan's victory against the closely-ranked Portviejo (3-1) 87-75 in the Ecuadorian National League in Saturday night's game. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Club Iccan de Macas (3-1) is placed first in the National League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Silva has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.5apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Venezuelan senior team four years ago.

Jesus Centeno
Jesus Centeno
   #7. Former U21 international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cesar Silva and both played together in the last Ecuadorian National League game. Centeno led Iccan to a victory over the closely-ranked Portviejo (3-1) 87-75. He was MVP of the game. Centeno scored 22 points and blocked 2 shots in 37 minutes. Centeno has very impressive stats this year: 19.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg in four games he played so far. He used to play for the Venezuelan U21 national team thirteen years ago.

Zapata Jackson
Zapata Jackson
   #8. Forward Zapata Jackson (198-85, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cesar Silva. He played also in the last Ecuadorian National League game facing Jesus Centeno (above) in the other team. Jackson contributed to Iccan's victory against the closely-ranked Portviejo (3-1) 87-75. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots. Jackson's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Venezuelan U21 national team back in 2004.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #9. Former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Ecuador) contributed to a 2-point Importadora's victory against the league leader Iccan (3-1) 69-67 in the Ecuadorian National League last Tuesday. Romero scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Importadora Alvarado Ambato (2-1) is placed third in the National League. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Romero has reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team six years ago.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #10. Power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Colombia) faced previously mentioned Jose Rodriguez in the Colombian Liga DirecTV last game. Julio contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cimarrones (17-11) crushing them 90-69. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Julio's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 7.1rpg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Venezuelan senior national team.

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

   #1. Fernando Lucena (185-PG-86, currently plays in Colombia) could not help Caciques (11-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Caciques lost 71-77 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Academia. Lucena was the top scorer with 21 points in 33 minutes. It was Caciques' third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Lucena has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #2. Luis Almanza (196-F-91, currently plays in Colombia) led Condores to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Piratas (9-19) 99-96 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. Condores de Cundinamarca (14-14) is placed fourth in the Liga DirecTV. The Regular Season already ended. Almanza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.7apg in 30 games.

   #3. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luis Almanza. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Diaz led Condores to a victory against the closely-ranked Piratas (9-19) 111-107. He recorded 12 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. Condores de Cundinamarca (14-14) is placed fourth in the Liga DirecTV. This year Diaz has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.2spg in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #4. Dario Castro (206-C-91, currently plays in Colombia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Sabios in their game against Patriotas (7-21) in the Colombian PBD. Castro recorded 7 points in 16 minutes. The bottom-ranked Sabios lost 67-76 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Patriotas. It was Sabios' eighth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Castro's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.3rpg in 27 games.

   #5. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in Colombia) contributed to a Fast Break's victory against the closely-ranked Condores (14-14) 96-84 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV in Friday night's game. Hinestroza Javes scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fast Break (27-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. This year Hinestroza Javes' overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg in 25 games. He has both Venezuelan and Colombian nationalities.

   #6. Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92, currently plays in Ecuador) was not able to secure a victory for Juvenil (4-5) in their last game. Despite Palacios' very good performance Juvenil was edged 75-73 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Portviejo. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Palacios also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Palacios has very impressive stats this year: 27.5ppg and 4.0rpg in two games.

   #7. Rafael Rodriguez (187-G-86, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hinestroza Javes. However that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which brought him to that list. Rodriguez managed to help Fast Break in a victory against the closely-ranked Cimarrones crushing them 90-69. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Rodriguez's overall stats are: 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg in 22 games.

   #8. Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nelson Palacios and both played together in the last Ecuadorian National League game. Diaz couldn't help Juvenil in their game against Portviejo. He scored 6 points. His team was edged 75-73. Diaz averaged so far 15.0ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #9. Jhoyfer Diaz (200-C/F-87, currently plays in El Salvador) was the major contributor in Halcones' victory against the league outsider Giants 88-76 in the Salvadorean Liga MB (second division) in Thursday night's game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Diaz has very impressive stats this year: 21.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg in two games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Venezuelan.




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Women News


Jacinta Vandenberg signs at Wasserburg - by Eurobasket News

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) landed 24-year old Dutch-Australian forward Jacinta Vandenberg (196-93). She just graduated from Oregon (NCAA). Vandenberg has played there for the last three years. In 35 games she averaged only 2.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight.
As mentioned above Vandenberg is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her college team won MWC Tournament for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Vandenberg has played previously for another German team Rangers.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milica Deura
Petra Zaplatova
Santa Okockyte
Haiden Palmer

Forwards:
Annika Holopainen
Jacinta Vandenberg
Laura Hebecker

Center:
Rebecca Tobin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


France clinch Francophone Games title - by Eurobasket News

France - Canada-Quebec 73-53

France won Francophone Games as they won all the games at the tournament. In the Final game France overcame Canada-Quebec 73-53. France dominated the whole game and delivered the comfortable win.
Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) netted 15. Marie-Michelle Milapie (191-C-96, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 9 and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) notched 8. Julie Brosseau (173-G) replied with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Alexandria Kiss-Rusk (193-C-93, college: Virginia Tech) notched 11.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Division C. Armenia claim title in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Malta - Armenia 44-63
Armenia fired past Malta to claim Gold in Gibraltar. Anna Aslanian (188-C-01) stepped up with impressive triple-double of 22 points, 31 rebounds, 12 blocks and 7 assists for the champions. Armenia eked out a 26:25 halftime lead. They used an 18:7 run in the third period to clear off. Armenia went on a 19:12 rally in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Kristina Melikyan (182-PF-01) delivered 17 points in the victory. Michela Zammit (155-PG-01) responded with 15 points for Malta.
3-4 Place
Wales - Georgia 45-66
Georgia beat Wales to finish in the third position at the championship. Mariam Okropiridze (157-PG-01) secured 32 points, 7 steals, 5 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Georgia recorded a 16:5 lead at the first break. Georgia unloaded 27 points in the third term to take a comfortable 19-point lead. They controlled the tempo in the final term and rallied to the win. Tamar Gigauri (185-F-01) had 9 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Freya Williams (176-C-02) delivered 12 points for Wales.

5-7 Place
Kosovo - Gibraltar 95-44
Kosovo fired past Gibraltar to clinch the fifth position at the championship. Agnesa Rrahmani (167-PG-02) recorded 23 points to lead the charge. Kosovo established a 49:21 halftime lead. Kosovo dominated in the second half and coasted to the victory. Melisa Ibrahimi (167-PG-00) provided 22 points in the win. Mireya Benitez (165-PG-01) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Gibraltar.



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  FRANCE  


Wasserburg adds Galliou-Loko to their roster, ex Flammes - by Eurobasket News

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) added to their roster 24-year old French forward Margaux Galliou-Loko (183-93). She played last season at Flammes in French LFB league. In 23 games she recorded 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg. Galliou-Loko helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. She also played 7 games in Eurocup where she averaged 3.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Galliou-Loko played at Nantes Reze in LFB. In 29 games she had 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. She also played 9 games in Eurocup where she got 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Galliou-Loko's team won French LF2 Regular Season in 2013. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention back in 2011.
Galliou-Loko represented France at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.1ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 80.0%.
Galliou-Loko has played also professionally for other French teams like Bourges, Nice and Lyon.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milica Deura
Petra Zaplatova
Santa Okockyte
Haiden Palmer

Forwards:
Annika Holopainen
Jacinta Vandenberg
Margaux Galliou-Loko
Laura Hebecker

Center:
Rebecca Tobin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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France clinch Francophone Games title - by Eurobasket News

France - Canada-Quebec 73-53

France won Francophone Games as they won all the games at the tournament. In the Final game France overcame Canada-Quebec 73-53. France dominated the whole game and delivered the comfortable win.
Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) netted 15. Marie-Michelle Milapie (191-C-96, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 9 and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) notched 8. Julie Brosseau (173-G) replied with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Alexandria Kiss-Rusk (193-C-93, college: Virginia Tech) notched 11.



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  GERMANY  


Wasserburg adds Galliou-Loko to their roster, ex Flammes - by Eurobasket News

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) added to their roster 24-year old French forward Margaux Galliou-Loko (183-93). She played last season at Flammes in French LFB league. In 23 games she recorded 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg. Galliou-Loko helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. She also played 7 games in Eurocup where she averaged 3.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Galliou-Loko played at Nantes Reze in LFB. In 29 games she had 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. She also played 9 games in Eurocup where she got 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Galliou-Loko's team won French LF2 Regular Season in 2013. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention back in 2011.
Galliou-Loko represented France at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.1ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 80.0%.
Galliou-Loko has played also professionally for other French teams like Bourges, Nice and Lyon.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milica Deura
Petra Zaplatova
Santa Okockyte
Haiden Palmer

Forwards:
Annika Holopainen
Jacinta Vandenberg
Margaux Galliou-Loko
Laura Hebecker

Center:
Rebecca Tobin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jacinta Vandenberg signs at Wasserburg - by Eurobasket News

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) landed 24-year old Dutch-Australian forward Jacinta Vandenberg (196-93). She just graduated from Oregon (NCAA). Vandenberg has played there for the last three years. In 35 games she averaged only 2.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight.
As mentioned above Vandenberg is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her college team won MWC Tournament for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Vandenberg has played previously for another German team Rangers.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milica Deura
Petra Zaplatova
Santa Okockyte
Haiden Palmer

Forwards:
Annika Holopainen
Jacinta Vandenberg
Laura Hebecker

Center:
Rebecca Tobin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  INDIA  


India upset Kazhaksthan to claim Div B Title while Japan upsets Australia in Div A Finals - by Anil Kumar

In an exciting final day at the FIBA Women's Asia Cup, Japan achieved a 3-peat topping Australia. China clinched third place defeating South Korea.

The Indian women's basketball team has been elevated to Division A after beating Kazakhstan in a thrilling finale.

BFI President K Govindaraj has announced a cash prize of INR 15,00,000/- to the Indian squad.

Australia's Kelsey Griffin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Cup. Japan's Manami Fujioka and Moeko Nagaoka, China's Li Yueru and Korea's Lim Yung Hui, along with Griffin were announced as the Asian All-Star five.

India tip Kazakhstan in thriller

The Division B final was a clash between two undefeated Division B teams, India and Kazakhstan. The two teams were meeting for the first time in the tournament. With the winner getting promoted to Division A for the next edition of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup, both teams came out hungry for the victory.

Kazakhstan held the size advantage over the Indian team and this was punctuated by the play of Kazakh centre Nadezhda Kondrakova. She was able to score from inside and outside to begin the game. For India, the scoring came from a balanced team effort. Shireen was aggressive on her drives to the basket, while guards Paul Durai and Raspreet created space to knock down their jumpers.

Kazakhstan held a slim 3-point lead entering the second quarter and the built on it immediately. Tamara Yagodkina hit a couple of big triples in the second period to build on the Kazakh lead. Centre Kondrakova and forward Kurazova were attacking the boards for Kazakhstan, leading to multiple second chance opportunities. Kazakhstan ended the first half with another buzzer-beating triple and extended their lead to 8 points (39 to 31).

In the third quarter, the Kazakh offense continued to flow from bigs Kondrakova and Kurazova. But India slowly started to find their offensive rhythm. Shireen and Raspreet hit a couple of jumpers to give India some momentum. Debutante Grima Merlin came off the bench to provide an offensive spark with her strong drives to the basket. Shireen punched in a triple to end the third quarter, holding the Kazakh lead to 8 points again.

In the fourth, India began with a 6-0 run, with Paul Durai and Raspreet hitting a triple each. Grima followed it up with another shot from beyond the arc and the Kazakhs were thrown off their game. With the lead finally down to just one point, Jeena stepped up to give India the lead with a nifty move in the post. But Kazakh centre Kondrakova continued to fire, playing to her strengths in the post against the smaller Indian defenders. It all came down to the final minutes, when Kazakhstan arrested a 5-point lead, with a bucket from Kondrakova followed by a huge triple from forward Oxana Ossipenko.

But the Kazakh lead was soon cut down by a Shireen layup followed by a Jeena and-1 drive to the hoop. With the game tied at 71 apiece, both teams exchange buckets - Shireen from India and Oxana from Kazakhstan. There was 19 seconds left in the game and possession belonged to India with the ball in the hands of India's MVP in the game, Shireen Limaye. Despite being a scambled play, Shireen managed to create space and hit a deep stepback jumper, putting India up with under a second left. The last ditch effort from Kazakhstan was to no avail and India secured a historic win, advancing to Division A of the FIBA Asia zone.

'All the hard work over the past 5 months paid off!' said India star Limaye after the thrilling victory.

India (Jeena Skaria 20 pts, Shireen Limaye 17 pts 10 rbs 6 asts, Grima Merlin Verghese 14 pts) bt Kazakhstan (Nadezhda Kondrakova 30 pts 18 rbs, Zalina Kurazova 17 pts, Oxana Ossipenko 8) 75-73 [16-19, 15-20, 19-19, 25-15]

Division A

Japan achieve 3-peat

The long awaited final of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup saw defending champions Japan take on powerhouse Australia in a clash of titans. While Japan has won the last two editions, this is the first time this event is also featuring the Oceania teams. World number 4 Australia had defeated Japan once before in the league stages and were looking for a repeat performance today.

Australia started the game shooting lights out from the field. A couple of triples and skilled post play by Kelsey Griffin gave Australia a 12-4 start early in the first period. But Japan quickly regrouped and began to find open shots. Captain Maki Takada contributed 7 points in the first and Japan evened things up. The first quarter ended with both teams at 17 points.

In the second period, Japan got their first lead of the game, thanks to a couple of triples from Yuki Miyazawa. The 'Japanese blur' Manami Fujioka continued to create for her teammates, racking up 5 assists in the first half. For Australia, Kelsey Griffin continued to dominate down low, pouring in 14 first-half points.

Entering the second half down by 6 points, Japan's Saki Mizushima caught fire, hitting three crucial triples. Australia continued to channel their offense through the post play of Griffin and captain Tolo. Griffin was especially effective, powering her way to the basket and displaying her bag of tricks in the post.

In the final period, Mizushima hit some unbelievable contested triples and provided the scoring impetus for her team. Down to the final minutes and the game tied at 71 apiece, Mizushima hit another clutch triple putting Japan up by 3. On the next possession, Australia's Griffin hit a layup off an offensive rebound, but Japan held on to a 1-point lead and clinched the nail-biter.

Mizushima was the star of the game for Japan with 26 points, including seven 3-pointers. Kelsey Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds in the loss and was named MVP of the tournament. Japan achieved the 3-peat downing the Australia challenge. Japan coach Hovasse was ecstatic after the victory, probably the biggest of his career as a head coach.

Japan (Saki Mizushima 26 pts, Yuki Miyazawa 11 pts, Moeko Nagaoka 10 pts) bt Australia (Kelsey Griffin 30 pts 15 rbs, Marianna Tolo 13 pts, Belinda Snell 9 pts) 74-73 [17-17, 16-22, 26-14, 15-20]

China clinch third place beating Korea

After losing out a place in the final in a heartbreaking loss against Japan, China was gunning for a third place finish. They took on South Korea in the third place game today afternoon. In the first half of the game, there was not much to separate the teams. The centres provided the scoring for both teams - Yueru Li for China and Jisu Park for Korea.

But in the second half, fatigue started to show for Korea. China showcased their superior fitness and kept attacking through multiple offensive options. China dominated the second half, outscoring Korea 34 to 17 and clinching a 75-51 blowout win. China centre Yueru Li had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, while Jisu Park also had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for Korea in the loss.

China (Yueru Li 16 pts 11 rbs, Sijing Huang 16 pts, Meng Li 9 pts) bt Korea (Jisu Park 14 pts 11 rbs, Leesul Kang 13 pts, Yung Hui Lim 12 pts) 75-51 [20-19, 21-15, 17-11, 17-6]
Chinese Taipei secure 5th place beating New Zealand

In the battle for 5th place, Chinese Taipei got the better of New Zealand. The Asians got off to a spectacular start, outscoring the Tall Ferns 20 to 4 in the first quarter. Thereafter, it was a matter of holding down the fort. Taipei capitalized on NZ's 20 turnovers in the game to score 21 points therefrom. NZ could not recover from the slow start and Chinese Taipei ended up blowing out the Ferns for a 65-45 victory. Ting-Jen Huang and Hsi-Li Bao had 10 points each for Taipei in the win.

Chinese Taipei (Ting-Jen Huang 10, Hsi-Le Bao 10, Yu-Ting Lin 9) bt New Zealand (Micaela Cocks 10, Kalani Purcell 8, Antonia Edmondson 8) 65-45 [20-4, 13-15, 15-13, 17-13]


DPR of Korea relegated after losing to Philippines

Newcomers to Division A, Philippines, retained their spot among the best in Asia with a win against DPR of Korea in their Division A relegation match. Philippines had a huge second quarter scoring 29 points compared to Korea's 10, which set the tone for the rest of the contest. Allana May Lim top scored for the Perlas with 16 points, while Cindy Resutay put up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Mi Hyang Kim had 20 points for Korea in the loss. After a winless campaign, Korea now see themselves relegated to Division B.

Philippines (Allana May Lim 16 pts, Analyn Almazan 13 pts, Jack Danielle Animam 10 pts, Cindy Resutay 10 pts 10 rbs) bt DPR of Korea (Mi Hyang Kim 20 pts, Suk Yong Ro 17 pts, Hyang Ok Kim 13 pts) 78-63 [18-13, 29-10, 17-16, 14-24]
Division B


Classification games

In the Division B classification games, Singapore beat Fiji 80-65 to secure 7th place. Zhi Lim's 26 points led Singapore. In the 3rd/4th place clash in Division B, Lebanon defeated Uzbekistan 59-55 to secure a top 3 Division B finish.

Lebanon (Rebecca Akl 20, El Charif Chirine 10) bt Uzbekistan (Elena Khusnitdinova 22) 59-55 [8-13, 17-11, 16-17, 18-14]

Singapore (Zhi Lim 26 pts, Cheryl Poon 11 pts) bt Fiji (Mili Koyamainavure 31 pts 11 rbs, Dale Wise 15 pts) 80-65 [24-7, 20-17, 16-16, 20-25]



Kazhaksthan to take on India in Div B Final - by Anil Kumar

Kazakhstan advance defeating Uzbekistan 77-51

The second Division B semi-final took place earlier in the day between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan have remained undefeated so far, and carried on their fine form into this game. After a largely even first quarter, Kazakhstan put their pedal to the gas in the second quarter, outscoring Uzbekistan 23 to 9. This opened up the game, giving the Kazakhs a comfortable double-digit lead.

Zalina Kurazova led the scoring for Kazakhstan with 24 points, while Kondrakova had a big double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kazakhstan sealed the deal with a strong fourth quarter (22-9), registering a 77-51 blowout win and qualifying for the Division B final tomorrow. Sevastyanova had 19 points for Uzbekistan in the loss.

Kazakhstan (Zalina Kurazova 24 pts, Nadezhda Kondrakova 18 pts 10 rbs) bt Uzbekistan (Anastasiya Sevastyanova 19 pts, Irina Averyanova 13 pts 15 rbs, Aliya Samatova 10 pts) 77-51 [17-13, 23-9, 15-20, 22-9]
Sri Lanka lose to Fiji 64-65

Sri Lanka and Fiji played out a nail-biting game in what was essentially a dead rubber, with Fiji narrowly edging the game 65 - 64. The teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 47, and the lead changed hands several times before Fiji went ahead for the final time in the last minute of the game. Mili Koyamainavure top scored with 22 points for Fiji, and made some crucial plays down the stretch.

Fiji (Mili Koyamainavure 22 pts; Bitila Tawake 11 pts, 13 rebs; Tiyana Kainamoli 10 pts, 10 rebs) bt Sri Lanka (SulochanaIddamalgoda 12 pts; Imesha Durage 10 pts; Nadeeshani Silva 12 rebs) 65 - 64 [16-13, 8-15, 23-19, 18-17]



Japan down China 74-71 - by Anil Kumar

The semifinals of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017 were played today, with the two Division A semifinals and one Division B semifinal at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru, and the other Division B semifinal at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium.

Division A

Japan bt China 74-71

Japan and China squared off in the second semi-final to decide who would face Australia in the gold medal game. China entered the game undefeated, trouncing most of their opponents on the way to the final four. Japan, on the other hand, dropped a game against Australia in the league stages, in an otherwise trouble-free run to the semi-finals.

The defending champions are known for their speed, rather than size. That is exactly what they showed the crowd today. Japan looked to push the tempo, right from the start, and play a fast paced game. Despite China fielding a bigger lineup, Japan stuck to their small ball strategy, led by dynamic point guard Manami Fujioka. Japan looked to put up their shots before China got their defense in place and the strategy paid off.

With Japan leading 18-15 to begin the second quarter, China went on a 6-0 run, taking the lead. Shao Ting carried the offensive load for China, connecting on all 3 of her 2-point attempts in the first half. Both teams exchanged buckets and ended the first half tied up at 32.

In the second half, China brought back their 6-foot-7-inch centre Yueru Li and she had an immediate impact on the game. There was no Japan defender who could contain her when she got deep post position and this worked to China's advantage. While Japan continued to work through their backcourt of Fujioka and Rui Machida, China relied on the shooting of Shao Ting and post play of Li. The third quarter ended with China up 55-54.

In the fourth, China began to pull away building a slim lead. This is when Japan went on a blistering run led by their fiery point guard Fujioka. She penetrated the China defense with ease and created multiple opportunities for her teammates. Japan went on an 11-0 run to take a 2-point lead (71-69) in the final minutes. But China managed to tie things up with 2 minutes to go. However, a clutch triple by Japan's Yuki Miyazawa in the penultimate minute game Japan a crucial 3-point lead. China hurried their opportunity to tie the game, which gave Japan possession in the final minute. Two offensive rebounds by Japan down the clock, forcing China to foul Fujioka. She had the opportunity to seal the game, but missed both freethrows, giving China life. China had a good look at a game-tying triple but Xiufeng Shi was unable to convert. Japan held on to clinch a thrilling victory.

'We just looked to get out and run. Forty minutes of pace!' said Japan coach Hovasse after the game. Japan will face Australia in the final, and will look to make amends this time around after losing to them in the league stages.

Japan (Manami Fujioka 19 pts 14 asts 8 rbs, Yuki Miyazawa 16 pts, Maki Takada 13 pts) bt China (Shao Ting 16 pts, Song Gao 13 pts, Yueru Li 13 pts)74-71 [18-15, 14-17, 22-23, 20-16]
Australia bt Korea 81-64

As the fourth ranked team in the world, Australia are favourites to go all the way and deny Japan their shot at the three-peat. They reached the semi-finals with ease, winning all their games in the group stages and brushing DPR of Korea aside in the quarterfinals. But Korea began today's game with a desire to upset the Australian canter, and by the end of the first quarter they were within range at 17 - 22.

As the game wore on, Korea continued to shoot the ball well. Their three point shooting (36%) kept them in the game early on, but the Australian offensive juggernaut proved impossible to stop. The Australian women shot the ball at a respectable 45% from the field, but were superior in passing the ball around to find the driving lane. They racked up 42 points in the paint, compared to only 14 points for Korea.

Australian bigs Sara Blicavs and Marianna Tolo dominated the backcourt, and did not allow Jisu Park the room to repeat her performance against New Zealand. She was limited to shooting one of eight from the field, and grabbed only 5 rebounds. At the other end of the floor, Blicavs and Tolo combined for 25 points.

Korea were further disadvantaged by the fact that Kim Danbi played no part in the first half, and was struggling at the start of the second before checking out within 2 minutes.

For Australia, Kelsey Griffin top scored with 21 points, shooting the ball at an impressive 64% from the field.

Australia (Kelsey Griffin 16 pts; Alanna Smith 12 pts; Sara Blicavs 10 pts) bt Korea (Leeseul Kang 14 pts; Sungyoung Sim 14 pts; Yung Hui Lim 12 pts) 81 - 64 [22 - 17, 23 - 13, 16 - 11, 20 - 23]

New Zealand defeat DPR of Korea 82-61

New Zealand beat DPR of Korea by a comfortable margin (82 - 61), securing their status in Division A. In the first quarter, the Tall Ferns shot the ball well, building up an early 23 point lead. DPR of Korea could not find their way back from there. New Zealand's women dominated in the middle, outrebounding Korea 53 - 27 and scoring 48 points in the paint. Kalani Purcell led the effort with a double-double (13 points and 14 rebounds), and Jillian Harmon chipped in with 15 points. DPR of Korea must now play Philippines tomorrow in a battle against relegation to Division B.

New Zealand (Jillian Harmon 15 pts, 9 rebs; Kalani Purcell 13 pts, 14 rebs; Georgina Agnew 10 pts) bt DPR of Korea (Jong Ok Ri 19 pts; Hyang Ok Kim 17 pts; Suk Yong Ro 11 pts) 82 - 61 [31 - 8, 18 - 17, 22 - 16, 11 - 20]
Philippines lose to Chinese Taipei 53-87

Philippines lost to Chinese Taipei in a one sided game that saw them go behind in the first quarter and trail throughout the game. Centre Hsi-Le Bao led her team with a double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds), as her team shot a healthy 44.3% from the field. For Philippines, France Mae Cabinbin led the scoring with 14 points, but did not find much offensive support from any of her teammates. Philippines must now battle DPR of Korea to avoid being relegated back to Division B.

Chinese Taipei (Hsi-Le Bao 16 pts, 11 rebs; Yu-Ting Lin 14 pts; Ying-Chieh Wu 14 pts) bt Philippines (France Mae Cabinbin 14 pts) 87 - 53 [25 - 17, 13 - 8, 21 - 17, 28 - 11]



India edge past Lebanon in a thriller 79-69 - by Anil Kumar



Hosts India took on Lebanon in their Division B semi-final in the last game of the day. India has had an untroubled run in Division B thus far, entering the game unconquered. Lebanon's only loss was against an impressive Kazakhstan side in the league stages.

In the first quarter, Lebanon was the more aggressive team. Despite none of their players touching 6 feet, Lebanon outrebounded India and created 6 second-chance points. Their shooting was on point as well, with guards Rebecca Akl and Lama Moukaddem combining for 3 triples, including a buzzer-beating three to end the first quarter. For India, veteran point guard Anitha Paul Durai connected on both her shots and Shireen Limaye found her way to the basket, for 5 points each.

Lebanon held a 4-point lead entering the second quarter, leading 20 to 16. In the second, Lebanon continued their good shooting and was also forceful on drives to the basket. For India, the scoring came from multiple players. Raspreet Sidhu found her touch, while IMG Academy graduates Barkha Sonkar and Kavita Akula contributed with a triple each. India entered halftime down by 5 (33 to 38).

The third quarter was an up-and-down affair with both teams finding the bottom of the bucket at regular intervals. Veteran guards Paul Durai and Raspreet continued to fire, knocking down shots with efficiency. Forward Jeena Skaria got her mid-range game going creating for her teammates from the post, while centre Rajapriyadarshini contributed with a couple of buckets in the paint. For Lebanon, the 3-point barrage continued from Lama Moukaddem and Rebecca Akl. Paul Durai hit a buzzer-beating triple to end the third, ensuring that the Lebanon lead remained at 2 points (58-56).

In the final period, both teams played good defense in the first five minutes. Lebanon continued to maintain a slim lead, until India forward Jeena Skaria caught fire, hitting three straight shots and knocking down a technical freethrow, putting India ahead by 6 points. India never looked back, holding off Lebanon and maintaining their lead in the final minutes. Late clutch freethrows from Jeena and Raspreet sealed the deal, giving India a memorable 79-69victory. They now advance to the Division B final where they will face Kazakhstan.

India (Jeena Skaria 20, Raspreet Sidhu 17, Anitha Paul Durai 13) bt Lebanon (Rebecca Akl 20, Lama Moukaddem 16, El Charif Chirine 15) 79-69 [16-20, 17-18, 23-20, 11-23]



Korea knock New Zealand out in Div A - by Anil Kumar



The first quarterfinal was a clash between South Korea and first-timers in the FIBA Asia Zone, New Zealand. This was a golden opportunity for New Zealand to qualify for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup next year after spending years falling short in the Oceania zone due to the mighty Australians.

The first quarter was a low scoring affair for both teams. Korea especially struggled while shooting from the field, with only 20% of their shots falling. As many as five New Zealand players got on the scoreboard in the first period, as they ended the quarter with a 14-8 lead.

The second quarter was pivotal in the scheme of the game: Korea fought back, dramatically improving their shooting percentage, and going on a huge 26-2 scoring run. Guards Han Byul Kum and Yung Hui Lim combined well with bigs Joo Yeong Kwak and 6-foot-4-inch Jisu Park. On the defensive end, Korea switched to a 3-2 zone and challenged New Zealand to knock down shots. Unfortunately, the outside shots were not falling for New Zealand and on the inside, Jisu Park made life difficult for the New Zealand slashers.

Starting the second half down 20 to 34, New Zealand's veteran point guard Micaela Cocks sparked the offense with back-to-back 3s. This kicked off a 12-2 run for New Zealand, as they cut the lead down to 4 points. But Korea continued to score down low through their bigs Park and Kwak. As many as 32 points were scored by Korea in the paint in the first three quarters, compared to New Zealand's 14.

In the final period, it all came down to making shots. Korea carried on their momentum, knocking down clutch buckets down the stretch. Jisu Park continued to hold the fort down low and was aggressive around the basket on offense. New Zealand's shooting woes continued and they were just not able to bridge the gap.

'The ball didn't go into the hoop enough!' said NZ coach, Kennedy Kereama after the game. Korea pulled away for a 64-49 win, sealing a semifinal berth tomorrow.

Korea (Jisu Park 10 pts 11 rbs, Yung Hui Lim 14 pts, Joo Yeong Kwak 11 pts) bt New Zealand (Jillian Harmon 13 pts 10 rbs, Antonia Edmondson 11 pts 9 rbs, Micaela Cocks 11 pts) 64-49 [8-14, 26-6, 11-18, 19-11]

Australia ease past DPR of Korea

Favourites Australia took on DPR of Korea in the second quarterfinal of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017. Both teams entered the game with contrasting records. While Australia are unbeatean, DPR of Korea came out of the league stages with no wins under their belt.

There was a stark size difference between the two teams. Australia, with the bigger lineup, ran their offense through the post, as usual. The Opals were able to score in the paint over the smaller Korean defenders with ease: 28 of Australia's points were scored in the paint. Australia held a significant rebounding advantage as well, outrebounding Korea 50 to 22. Their offensive rebounding led to 25 second-chance points.

DPR of Korea's players fought valiantly, but were outmatched in all departments. The superior Aussies held the lead from start to finish. They were led by Alanna Smith's 20 points, followed by Sara Blicavs' 13 points. Australia will now face South Korea in the semifinal.

Australia (Alanna Smith 20, Sara Blicavs 13, Stephanie Cumming 11) bt DPR of Korea (Suk Yong Ro 22, Ryu Jong Kim 7, Hyang Jong Pak 7) 81-48 [28-12, 21-11, 11-12, 21-13]


China blow out Philippines

China made light work of the Philippines in the third quarterfinal of the day, sealing a spot in the semifinals tomorrow. Just like the previous quarterfinal, size was the crucial difference between the two teams.

There was too much one-on-one play by the Philippines guards, which did not pay off against the bigger China lineup. China, on the other hand, executed their offense to perfection. On half court sets, their ball movement created easy open looks, which they were able to knock down at a high percentage. China also used their post players to run a lot of offensive possessions against the undersized Perlas.

6-foot-7-inch China centre Yueru Li led the way once again with 19 points and 12 rebounds. China was able to test their bench strength in today's game and they performed exceptionally well, contributing 62 points. China dominated in all departments and closed out on a massive 117-43 win, breaking the Cup scoring record thus far. Philippines remain winless in a disappointing welcome to Division A.

China (Yueru Li 19 pts 12 rbs, Sinjin Huang 15 pts, Shao Ting 12 pts 7 asts) bt Philippines (Afril Bernardino 11 pts, Camile Sambile 10 pts) 117-43 [33-13, 28-2, 25-16, 31-12]

Japan overcome Chinese Taipei

Defending champions Japan took the last semi-final spot with a gritty 73-57 victory over Chinese Taipei. The challengers came out of the blocks with a clear plan to stifle Japan's transition game, and it worked well in the first quarter. The Chinese Taipei offense also complemented their defensive effort, as they were hitting their shots. Hsi-Le Bao started strong with a block and a three pointer, as they ended the first quarter with a narrow lead (15 - 13).

But as the game wore on, their effort began to slacken. Japan's star point guard Asami Yoshida dished out some splendid passes to find her teammates in space, as the Japanese took the lead 33 - 30 into halftime. From there on, Japan's lead only continued to grow, and they eventually won by a comfortable 16 point margin.

Japan's offensive effort was led by Moeko Nagaoka, who shot at a remarkable 70% and top scored with 28 points; Asami Yoshida notched up 8 assists and 3 steals. Japan will now face China in the semifinals, in a rematch of last edition's final which Japan won comfortably.

Japan (Moeko Nagaoka 28 pts; Saki Mizushima 11 pts; Asami Yoshida 8 asts) bt Chinese Taipei (Ping-Jen Huang 17 pts; Hsi-Le Bao 16 rebs) 73 - 57 [13 - 15, 20 - 15, 19 - 15, 21 - 12]



India storm into Semi Finals - by Anil Kumar

Hosts India played Fiji in the last quarterfinal of the day, as they looked to continue their charge towards promotion. The Indian offense was on fire once again in the first half, as they raced to a 42 - 23 lead by halftime. Anitha Paul Durai and Jeena Skaria did the bulk of the scoring in the first half, with 24 points between them. Kavita Akula put in an assured performance at point guard, even knocking down a buzzer beater three at the stroke of halftime.

In the second half, Coach Zoran Visic gave his bench a run-out, allowing Grima to continue her run of good performances in this tournament (15 points). India's centres were offensively productive, as Rajapriyadharshini finished with 12 points and Poonam Chaturvedi had 10 points.

India was superior in almost every department, outrebounding the Fiji team 55 - 25. Fiji were also clumsy with their passing, allowing the Indian women to notch up 28 points from turnovers.

In the final analysis, the team shot the ball well, at a healthy 45% from the field. Anitha Paul Durai led the scoring for India with 19 points and Grima Merlin chipped in with 15 points. Mili Koyamainavure led the scoring for Fiji with 23 points.

India (Anitha Paul Durai 19 pts; Grima Merlin 15 pts; Rajapriyadharshini Rajaganapathy 10) bt Fiji (Mili Koyamainavure 23 pts) 93 - 51 [19 - 11, 23 - 12, 25 - 16, 26 - 12]



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  IRELAND  


Stephanie Schmid is a newcomer at P.Panthers - by Greg

Portlaoise Pathners (Super League) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Stephanie Schmid (178). She just graduated from Nevada (NCAA). In 30 games she recorded 12.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg last season.
As mentioned above Schmid is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted to All-MWC Honorable Mention in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Broni adds Wojta to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) added to their roster 28-year old American swingman Julie Wojta (183-89, college: Green Bay, agency: LBM Management) from Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca. In 31 Serie A1 games in Italy she recorded 8.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 2.1spg last season. She helped them to win the A1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice).
In 2012 Wojta was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in second round (18th overall).
The former University of Wisconsin - Green Bay staris in her sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wojta was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014.
She has played previously professionally in WNBA (Minnesota Lynx and San Antonio Silver Stars) and Belgium (Belfius Namur).

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Nina Premasunac
Elena Castello
Julie Wojta

Centers:
Chelsey Lee
Valentina Gatti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carugate tabs Ludovica Rossini - by Eurobasket News

Castel Carugate (Serie A2) inked 20-year old guard Ludovica Rossini (170-97). She was about to sign at Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano in the Serie A2. Rossini has played there for the last three years. The last season she played also at Milano. But in 24 Serie A2 games she averaged just 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
Rossini was selected to U18 National Team in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giulia Gombac agreed terms with Carugate - by Eurobasket News

Castel Carugate (Serie A2) inked 23-year old swingman Giulia Gombac (183-94) from Civitanova. In 15 Serie A2 games she recorded 7.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gombac played at C.U.S. Cagliari (Serie A1). But in 21 games she averaged just 2.0ppg and 2.3rpg.
She represented Italy at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 3.5ppg, 1.0rpg.
Gombac has played previously for four other teams: Venezia, C.U.S. Chieti, Trieste and College Italia.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Elephant Girls claim League title - by Eurobasket News

On Monday 24 July, the Elephant of First Bank tied their record from last season with longest winning streak in the regular season (21 games). Not only did they extend that record this year to 25 games, they went ahead to win the championship after an emphatic victory over First Deepwaters. The First Bank team brought to bear their experience as they dominated the game in all four quarters leading with as much as 37 points in the 3rd Quarter. Chidinma Nwakama (G) and Madgelene Uteko were both phenomenal on both ends of the court with the latter emerging as Finals MVP. The game ended 84 - 53.
In the third place game, IGP Queens stunned one time champions Dolphins by defeating them in one of the most thrilling games of the 2017 Season. Amaka's 3 pointer with 7secs left in the game gave the Queens the edge over Dolphins, one they held on to till the final buzzer. The Final Standings of the 2017 Season is as follow;
1. First Bank
2. First Deepwater
3. IGP Queens
4. Dolphins
5. GT 2000
6. Customs
7. Plateau Rocks
8. Delta Force
First Deepwater's Coach Sola Somala emerged the Coach of the tournament and Dolphins' Tokunbo Olaosebikan had the most 3 points in the entire tournament. The Top 5 for the tournament are;
Upe Atosu (165-PG-93) - First Bank
Kasham Emmanuel - First Deepwater
Tina Odion - First Bank
Magdelene Uteko - First Bank
Grace Okonkwo (C-86) - IGP Queens.
With this, the Elephant Girls have now won 46 consecutive league games. They will represent Nigeria along with First Deepwater during the FIBA African Club Champions for Women (FIBAACCW) qualifiers later this year.
Courtesy of: bballnaija.com




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APR seal playoff title - by Eurobasket News

In the women's category, Charles Mbazumutima 's APR sealed the title on Friday night after beating IPRC- South 68-66 in Game 4. Kabange of REG and Sandra Kantore of APR women's basketball club were named the playoffs Most Valuable Players (MVP). Nicole Urwibutso (169 points) of UR- Huye Campus were top scorers. Espoir's Armel Sangwa and The Hoops Rwanda's Hope Butera were voted most improved young players of the campaign. Both Patriots and APR walked away with a trophy, medals and Rwf 500,000 in prize money. Women's: Sandra Kantore (APR), Chloe Rothman (Ubumwe), Nicole Urwibutso (UR- Huye), Hope Butera (The Hoops Rwanda) and Charlotte Umugwaneza (APR).
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Senegal win Bronze at Francophone Games - by Eurobasket News

Senegal won Bronze at Francophone Games. In the game for the third place they grabbed a valuable 54-50 win over Fed. Wallonie-Brux. Senegal managed to win the first period 22-20 and then added a 13-8 rally in the second frame. Fed. Wallonie-Brux. replied with an 11-7 run in the third period, while Senegal closed the game with a final 12-11 rally to win the game. Ndeye Ndiaye (191-C-79, college: S.Nazarene) stepped up with 14 points and Marieme Diop (186-PF) added 10. Ndeye Ndiaye Fatou followed them with 7 points, whilst Couna Ndao (F-96) and Aminata Faye (192-C-94) had 5 apiece. Pauline Compere (170-PG-97) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Nora O'Sullivan (170-PG-97) notched 10.


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Cordon re-signs at Joventut Les Corts Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Joventut Les Corts Barcelona (LF2) confirmed in their roster Maria Cordon. She played there last season. In 29 LF2 games she had 7.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Hartley is back at Mersin BSB - by Eurobasket News

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Bria Hartley (173-65kg-92, college: Connecticut). It is actually her comeback to Mersin BSB as she has played here before. Hartley played this summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In 21 games she had 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg.
Three years ago Hartley was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in first round (7th overall).
The former University of Connecticut standoutis in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hartley's team made it to the Turkish KBSL Semifinals in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Hartley represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
She has played previously professionally in WNBA (Washington Mystics) and Hungary (Sopron Basket).

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Tugba Tasci
Deniz Colakoglu
Tugba Oral
Gulsah Gumusay
Sasa Cadjo
Betul Erkoyuncu
Gizem Kumandanoglu
Irem Kanberoglu

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WNBA  


WNBA All-Star Game 2017 Rosters - by Igor Obradovic

East All-Star Team
Jasmine Thomas
Thomas
Alyssa Thomas
Thomas
Tina Charles
Charles
Jonquel Jones
Jones
Tiffany Hayes
Hayes

1 Elizabeth Williams (6'3''-C/F-93) of Atlanta D.
4 Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84) of indiana F.
5 Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-PG-89) of Connecticut S.
14 Allie Quigley (5'10''-G-86) of Chicago S.
14 Sugar Rodgers (5'11''-G-89) of New York L.
15 Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89) of Atlanta D.
23 Layshia Clarendon (5'9''-G-91) of Atlanta D.
25 Alyssa Thomas (6'2''-F-92) of Connecticut S.
31 Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) of Chicago S.
31 Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of New York L.
35
Jonquel Jones (6'6''-C-94) of Connecticut S.

Head Coach: Curt Miller of Connecticut Sun

West All-Star Team
Candace Parker
Parker
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Sue Bird
Bird
Maya Moore
Moore
Sylvia Fowles
Fowles

3 Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86) of Los Angeles S.
3 Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82) of Phoenix M.
4 Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) of Dallas W.
10 Sue Bird (5'9''-PG-80) of Seattle S.
12 Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92) of Los Angeles S.
23 Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89) of Minnesota L.
30 Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90) of Los Angeles S.
30 Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) of Seatlle S.
32 Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81) of Minnesota L.
33 Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84) of Minnesota L.
34 Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) of Minnesota L.

Head Coach: Cheryl Reeve of Minnesota L.



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  WORLD CUP U19  


Russia beat USA to clinch title in Udine - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USA - Russia 82-86
Russia have been crowned U19 World Cup champions. They dethroned USA tonight. Raisa Musina (191-F/C-98) was unstoppable with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the champions. USA stayed in front throughout the first half. They built a 42:36 halftime lead. However Russia sank 26 points in the third term to secure a 2-point advantage at the final intermission. The teams went neck and neck throughout the fourth quarter. Chennedy Carter (175-G/F-98) put USA within two points 82:84 with 13 seconds remaining. However Viktoriia Zavialova (166-PG-98) sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Russia. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) produced 26 points and 18 rebounds for the champions. Chennedy Carter replied with 31 points for the USA. Crystal Dangerfield had 15 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Japan - Canada 60-67
Canada beat Japan to claim the Bronze medals at the championship. The North American side managed to pull together after a devastating loss to Russia a day before. Laeticia Amihere (185-C-01) registered 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Canada claimed a 14:10 lead after the opening quarter. They extended the gap at 6-point mark at halftime. Canada sank 34 points in the second half to rally to the victory. Hailey Brown (185-F-99, college: CAN NT U16) posted 12 points in the win. Himawari Akaho (181-C-98) and Haruki Takahara (173-PF-99) delivered 13 points each for Japan.

5-6 Place
France - Australia 47-45
France narrowly defeated Australia to claim the fifth position in Udine. Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi (187-C-98) posted 10 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Australia secured a 14:7 lead at the first intermission. France pulled within three points at the final break. les Bleues then went on an 11:6 run in the fourth period to ice the win. Tima Pouye (176-F/G-99) had 9 points in the victory. Chloe Bibby (184-F-98) netted 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss.

7-8 Place
Spain - China 56-74
China clinched the 7th place at the tournament after beating Spain today. Li Yuan (170-PG-00) and Han XU (200-C-99) tallied 18 points apiece for the Asian team. China eked out a 32:30 halftime lead. They sparked a 27:12 rally in the fourth term to seal the win. Jiaqi Wang (170-G-99) had 16 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Paula Ginzo (187-F-98) delivered 13 points for Spain.

9-10 Place
Hungary - Latvia 75-61
Hungary defeated Latvia to finish the tournament on a high note. Beatrix Meresz (184-F/C-99) delivered 16 points to lead the charge. Latvia recorded a 24:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Hungary though ignited a 27:11 surge in the third term to jump in front. They held Latvia to just 12 points in the final period to post the win. Dorka Juhasz (189-SG-99) and Veronika Kanyasi (173-G-99) had 14 points each for the winners. Ivanda Hudjakova (182-F-98) tossed in 17 points for Latvia.
11-12 Place
Italy - Mexico 72-54
Italy earned the 11th position at the championship. The hosts finished their campaign with a comfortable win over Mexico. Martina Fassina (180-F-99) delivered 17 points for the winners. Italy built a 42:27 halftime advantage. They held Mexico to just 27 points in the second half to seal the victory. Lorela Cubaj (191-C-99) notched 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Daniela Sanchez (180-PF-98) replied with 15 points for Mexico.

13-14 Place
Puerto Rico - Mali 58-61
Mali secured the 13th position at the championship. They held off Puerto Rico today. Foune Sissoko (168-PG-99) delivered 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the win. Puerto Rico recorded a 33:27 halftime lead. They secured an 8-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Mali went on a 22:11 run in the final period to snatch the win. Assetou Diakite (183-F/C-98) had 11 points for the winners. India Pagan (187-C-99) replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Puerto Rico.

15-16 Place
South Korea - Egypt 74-57
South Korea rallied past Egypt to earn the 15th overall place. Park Jihyun (180-F-00) tallied 27 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. South Korea secured a 30:28 halftime lead. They went on a 44:29 second half run to ice the victory. Juyeon Lee (168-PG-98) provided 24 points in the win. Meral Abdelgawad (181-F-98) tallied 16 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds for Egypt.