EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/13/2017 4:04:05 AM

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  ARGENTINA  



Plasencia inks Franco Acosta - by Eurobasket News

Plasencia Extremadura (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 19-year old Argentinian forward Franco Acosta (201-98). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Menorca in the EBA. In 14 games he had 4.5ppg and 3.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Acosta was tested by Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa).
He represented Argentina at the FIBA Americas Championships U18 in Valdivia (Chile) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 4.0rpg.

Plasencia Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Adrian Fuentes

Forwards:
Erik Kinney
David Atkinson
Franco Acosta

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



Jones re-signs at Hindu - by Eurobasket News

Hindu Club de Resistencia Chaco (TNA) confirmed in their roster American Kenneth Jones. He played there last season.
Jones has played previously professionally in ABA (S.Coast F.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Hindu keeps Coronel for another season - by Eurobasket News

Hindu Club de Resistencia Chaco (TNA) re-signed experienced 34-year old guard Mauro Coronel (185-83). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 47 TNA games he averaged 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Coronel helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for three other teams: Regatas Corrientes, Almagro and Villa Angela.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


Lee Roberts (ex Perth R.) signs at Roma Virtus - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (Serie A2) landed 30-year old American power forward Lee Roberts (201-103kg-87, college: Findlay, OH). He played in the summer at Perth Redbacks in Australian SBL. In 14 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 10.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg. The last season Roberts played at Ironi Nes Ziona (National League) in Israel where in 35 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to win the Israeli National League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Roberts received Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Roberts experienced life on five different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Roberts has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Olimpico de La Banda and Estudiantes Concordia), Germany (SG Braunschweig), Japan (Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano) and Venezuela (Bucaneros).
He attended Findlay, OH until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Roberts' outlook: Athletic big post player that loves to clean up the offensive glass and look for easy dunk put backs. Undertands his role well and will set screens and impact a game in so many ways. Improving jump shot out to the 3pt line.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Wels sign Chambers just out of college - by Eurobasket News

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels (A Bundesliga) signed 24-year old American point guard Siyani Chambers (183-77kg-93). He just graduated from Harvard (NCAA). Chambers has played there for the last five years. In 26 games he had 9.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.0apg and 1.2spg last season. Chambers helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Ivy League. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to All-Ivy League 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Chambers won Ivy League championship title for three years in a row (between 2013 and 2015).

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels roster for 2017-2018:

Davor Lamesic
Thomas Csebits
Carlos Novas Mateo
Jasmin Marevac
Erwin Zulic
Oscar Schmit
Siyani Chambers
Elijah Wilson
Petar Nemcec
Timo Axmann

Coach: Sebastian Waser

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @scorers1st)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Austria



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Terry Whisnant joins Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Terry Whisnant (190-84kg-92, college: E.Carolina). He has played for the last two seasons at Iowa Energy (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 45 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Two years ago Whisnant was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fourth round (65th overall).
The former East Carolina University staris in his third season in pro basketball.
Whisnant won ACC Tournament in 2012.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Whisnant
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


AEK Athens to land Manny Harris - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) to add to their roster 28-year old American swingman Manny Harris (196-96kg-89, college: Michigan) who plays at Anhui Wenyi in China. In 6 NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 31.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.7apg and 2.7spg last season. The last season Harris played at another team Texas Legends in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 42 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 25.6ppg and had 7.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Chinese NBL championship title in 2016. Harris was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Harris has played also professionally in Turkey (Turk Telekom and Eskisehir Basket), Ukraine, NBA (Dallas Mavericks and LA Lakers) and NBA G League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
He attended University of Michigan until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic
Delroy James
Dionysis Skoulidas
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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  BELGIUM  


Kingsley starts his pro career at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 23-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) forward Moses Kingsley (208-104kg-94). Kingsley just graduated from Arkansas (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg last season. Kingsley helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 6 1st Team, All-SEC 2nd Team and to the Reese's College All-Star Game.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Port of Antwerp Giants roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dennis Donkor
Jason Clark
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili
Paris Lee

Forwards:
Dave Dudzinski
Hans Vanwijn
Moses Kingsley

Center:
Ismael Bako

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



Matt Lojeski is a newcomer at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Belgian international guard Matt Lojeski (198-87kg-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Lojeski played most recently at Olympiacos in the A1, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 20 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg last season. Lojeski also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. Lojeski played in the final of Euroleauge.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lojeski also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 63.6%.
Lojeski has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Okapi Aalstar and Oostende.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
K.C. Rivers
Matt Lojeski
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Marcus Denmon
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Lukas Lekavicius
Georgios Kalaitzakis
Marios Tsellos
Karolos Alvertis
Vasileios Stavrakoukas
Efstratios Politopoulos

Forwards:
James Gist
Chris Singleton
Kenny Gabriel
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Konstantinos Mitoglou
Panagiotis Zervas
Athanasios Amvrazis
Eirinaios Balos
Ioannis Chatziveroglou
Giannis Hatziveroglou

Centers:
Ian Vougioukas
Zach Auguste
Stamatios Koulouris
Athanasios Tsirimpasis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOLIVIA  


Calero Potosi and CAN Oruro win semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Calero Potosi and CAN Oruro won semifinal openers beating their opponents last night. Calero Potosi overcame Universidad San Simon 114-84 as they posted a 26-11 surge in the start. Calero managed also to post a comfortable 32-27 and 34-21 rallies in the second half.
CAN Oruro meanwhile beat Pichincha Potosi 98-86. The latter won the second period 28-20, but CAN Oruro dominated the rest of the game.



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  BOSNIA  


Loncar is back at Borac Banja Luka - by Eurobasket News

Borac Banja Luka (1. Liga RS) agreed terms with 26-year old point guard Srdjan Loncar (185-91). It is actually his comeback to Banja Luka as he has played here before. Loncar played last season at KK Student Mostar in Division I. However his team was relegated to A1 Liga KSHB. 1. Liga RS will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Loncar's team made it to the Bosnian 1.Liga RS Semifinals in 2015.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.3ppg, 2.4rpg.
Loncar has played previously for Igokea.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bosnia



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Bauru
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lenz, Bauru19.0 
 2. Uchendu, Bauru18.0 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano15.5 
 4. Avelino, Osasco B.15.5 
 5. Meindl, Franca15.0 
 6. Coelho, Franca15.0 
 7. Barbosa, Pinheiros15.0 
 8. Cipolini, Franca14.5 
 9. Pessoa, America14.0 
 10. Brite, L.Sorocaba13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 15
 1. Uchendu, Bauru15.0 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.10.7 
 3. Barbosa, Pinheiros9.0 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano8.5 
 5. Lenz, Bauru8.0 
 6. Santos, Bauru8.0 
 7. Sena, Mogi8.0 
 8. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.5 
 9. Toledo, Pinheiros7.5 
 10. Brite, L.Sorocaba7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Corazza, Paulistano8.0 
 2. Ruivo, Pinheiros7.0 
 3. Coelho, Franca6.0 
 4. Pierotti, Bauru5.5 
 5. Lersch, Mogi5.0 
 6. Souza, America4.0 
 7. Aleo, Osasco B.4.0 
 8. Farina, L.Sorocaba3.7 
 9. Brite, L.Sorocaba3.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rosa, America4.0 
 2. Souza, America4.0 
 3. de Souza, Franca2.0 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.0 
 6. Fernandes, Osasco B.2.0 
 7. Da-Silva, L.Sor.1.7 
 8. Avelino, Osasco B.1.5 
 9. Lersch, Mogi1.5 
 10. Aleo, Osasco B.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Mogi
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sena, Mogi3.0 
 2. Lenz, Bauru3.0 
 3. Demetrio, Franca2.0 
 4. Galvanini, Bauru2.0 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.5 
 6. Hubner, Paulistano1.5 
 7. Pereira, Pinheiros1.0 
 8. Carlos, Mogi1.0 
 9. Viana, America1.0 
 10. Uchendu, Bauru1.0 


Hettsheimer comes back to Bauru - by Paulo Freire

Paschoalotto/Bauru (Paulista) added to their roster 31-year old Brazilian international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-118kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Paschoalotto/Bauru as he has played here before. Hettsheimer is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. He played this summer at Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 15 games he recorded 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 1st Team in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Hettsheimer played in the final of Paulista League in 2016.
Hettsheimer has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
Hettsheimer represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg.
Hettsheimer's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Hettsheimer has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas), Spain (Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Vic and Blusens Monbus) and Brazil (COC Ribeirao).
On Hettsheimer: Not so tall to play at center, he manages to keep the position thanks to powerful body and athletic skills. He could became a good PF, because he knows how to step out and hit the basket from mid-range. Has defensive mentality, but needs to improve this part of the game. Has yet upside, however.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Terry Whisnant joins Beroe - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Terry Whisnant (190-84kg-92, college: E.Carolina). He has played for the last two seasons at Iowa Energy (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 45 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Two years ago Whisnant was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in fourth round (65th overall).
The former East Carolina University staris in his third season in pro basketball.
Whisnant won ACC Tournament in 2012.

BC Beroe roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Terry Whisnant
Boris Voykov

Forwards:
Aleksandar Yanev_Georgiev
Adam Kemp
Alex Davis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



Adams re-signs at Xinjiang Flying Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Bulgarian international point guard Darius Adams (188-84kg-89, college: Indianapolis). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Adams was a team leader there last season. In 50 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 31.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.9apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Adams played at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 41 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Adams also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Adams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. He has been regularly called to Bulgarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Adams is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Adams has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France (Sluc Nancy and Entente Orleans 45), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Ukraine (Kryvbas), Venezuela (Guaiqueries) and Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega).
He attended University of Indianapolis until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Adams could be described: One of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation's seventh-best scorer in D II.
Adams said. "The main thing is proving yourself. I know if I just keep going hard and putting in the work, that's where I want to be."
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @gerardcdg)

Check also Complete Transfers List in China



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  CANADA  


Soest inks Michael Smith - by Eurobasket News

BC Soest (2.Regionalliga) signed 28-year old Italian-Canadian guard Michael Smith (188-89, college: UNBC). He played last season at Westfalen Mustangs in NBBL. Smith helped his team get promotion to Regionalliga. 2.Regionalliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Smith contributed to his team winning the group title.
He has played also professionally for other Canadian teams like Cougars and Bobcats.
Smith attended University of Northern British Columbia until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


AEK Athens to land Manny Harris - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) to add to their roster 28-year old American swingman Manny Harris (196-96kg-89, college: Michigan) who plays at Anhui Wenyi in China. In 6 NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 31.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.7apg and 2.7spg last season. The last season Harris played at another team Texas Legends in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 42 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 25.6ppg and had 7.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Chinese NBL championship title in 2016. Harris was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Harris has played also professionally in Turkey (Turk Telekom and Eskisehir Basket), Ukraine, NBA (Dallas Mavericks and LA Lakers) and NBA G League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
He attended University of Michigan until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic
Delroy James
Dionysis Skoulidas
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



Russ Smith to sign with Sturgeons - by Eurobasket News

Fujian Sturgeons (CBA) to land 26-year old American point guard Russ Smith (183-75kg-91, college: Louisville) who plays at Luoyang in n NBL. In 18 games he averaged impressive 59.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 5.2apg and 4.2spg last season. The last season Smith played at another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 25 games he had very remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.2apg and 2.0spg (in top 5). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in D-League Atlantic Division.
Three years ago Smith was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (47th overall). He attended University of Louisville until 2014 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Smith won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2015. He received also USBWA All-District IV Player of the Year award and All-AAC 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Smith has played also professionally in Turkey (Galatasaray), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in China



Adams re-signs at Xinjiang Flying Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Bulgarian international point guard Darius Adams (188-84kg-89, college: Indianapolis). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Adams was a team leader there last season. In 50 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 31.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.9apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season Adams played at Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 41 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. Adams also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
Adams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. He has been regularly called to Bulgarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Adams is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Adams has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., France (Sluc Nancy and Entente Orleans 45), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Ukraine (Kryvbas), Venezuela (Guaiqueries) and Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega).
He attended University of Indianapolis until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Adams could be described: One of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation's seventh-best scorer in D II.
Adams said. "The main thing is proving yourself. I know if I just keep going hard and putting in the work, that's where I want to be."
.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @gerardcdg)

Check also Complete Transfers List in China



NBL Round 21: Luoyang edges Guangxi by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the NBL took place in Luoyang. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Guangxi (11-10) to fourth ranked Luoyang (14-7) 120-117 on Friday evening. Luoyang made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Luoyang outrebounded Guangxi 49-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Guangxi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who had a double-double by scoring 72 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) who recorded a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Luoyang have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record, which they share with Anhui and Hunan. Guangxi at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Chongqing. Luoyang is looking forward to face Lhasa (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guangxi will play against Hunan in Changsha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Henan delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Lhasa (10-11) 119-109. It was a good game for Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!). Chris Otule contributed with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) answered with 24 points and 9 assists for Lhasa. Henan (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Lhasa at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Guizhou (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lhasa will play against Luoyang (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 109-91 loss to sixth ranked Anhui (14-7) in Nanjin on Friday evening. Bernard James stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Yi Jiang with 30 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anhui. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hunan and Luoyang. Dongbu lost their twenty first game in a row. They still close the standings. Anhui will meet at home Beijing (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu will play against Chongqing in Lanling and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Hebei. Local Hebei X. (5-16) was outscored by third ranked Guizhou (15-6) 130-102. James Mays nailed a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds for the winning side. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guizhou maintains third place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Henan. Hebei X. lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Guizhou's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chongqing defeated Jiangsu L. in Lanling 132-122. Fujian was smashed by Shaanxi W. at home 100-121. Hunan won against Beijing on the opponent's court 106-100.

Dongbu - Anhui 91-109

Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 109-91 loss to sixth ranked Anhui (14-7) in Nanjin on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Anhui. Dongbu managed to win third quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu's 36. Anhui forced 24 Dongbu turnovers. American power forward Bernard James (208-85, college: Florida St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Jian Li chipped in 21 points. The best for the losing side was guard Yi Jiang (195-93) with 30 points and point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anhui. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hunan and Luoyang. Dongbu lost their twenty first game in a row. They still close the standings. Anhui will meet at home Beijing (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu will play against Chongqing in Lanling and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dongbu: J.Yi 30+2reb, S.Tujun 21+4reb+3ast, S.Shengyue 11+6reb+5ast, Y.Qin 10+2reb+2ast, A.LiPeng 7+4reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 6+5reb+3ast
Anhui: L.Jian 21+3reb, J.Bernard 17+10reb+1ast, Z.Yong 14+3reb, L.Qingxiang 13+2reb+4ast, G.Shunjie 13+1reb+1ast, H.Delong 10+2reb
gschID: 548592


Luoyang - Guangxi 120-117

The most exciting game of round 21 in the NBL took place in Luoyang. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Guangxi (11-10) to fourth ranked Luoyang (14-7) 120-117 on Friday evening. Luoyang made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Luoyang outrebounded Guangxi 49-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Guangxi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who had a double-double by scoring 72 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) who recorded a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import guard Marcus Thornton (193-93, college: William & Mary) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Luoyang have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record, which they share with Anhui and Hunan. Guangxi at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Chongqing. Luoyang is looking forward to face Lhasa (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guangxi will play against Hunan in Changsha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangxi: A.Isaiah 49+10reb, T.Marcus 23+7reb+5ast, D.ChengLong 20+3reb+2ast, J.Le 8+6reb+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 7+2reb+3ast, C.Keliang 5+1reb+2ast
Luoyang: S.Russ 72+10reb+6ast, M.Ater 21+18reb+3ast, Q.Wenhan 8+7reb+9ast, S.Jianguo 6+3reb, L.Shuai 5, Q.Daoqing 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 548591


Jiangsu L. - Chongqing 122-132

There was no surprise in He Fei where 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (2-19) was defeated by eighth ranked Chongqing (11-10) 132-122. It looked good early as Jiangsu L. took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chongqing had a 36-18 second period charge getting the lead and Jiangsu L. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 122-132. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) nailed 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 26 points and 12 rebounds. Chongqing's coach Shu Trist Spurl allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 20 rebounds and forward MingYang Gao (196-88) added 30 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Jiangsu L. in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Chongqing moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guangxi. Jiangsu L. at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Chongqing's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu L. will play at home against the league's second-placed Shaanxi W. where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu L.: N.Michael 30+20reb, G.MingYang 30+7reb+2ast, W.Peng 19+2reb+2ast, G.Wei 17+4reb+2ast, W.Xing Chen 12+12reb+7ast, X.Shiwei 6+1reb
Chongqing: M.Tony 33+8reb+4ast, K.Vladyslav 26+12reb, W.Xin 22+10reb+2ast, G.Yaoyang 18+6reb+8ast, W.Yang 14+2ast, C.YuNan 9+2reb
gschID: 548590


Fujian - Shaanxi W. 100-121

No shocking result in a game in Fuzhou where second ranked Shaanxi W. (16-5) smashed 10th ranked Fujian (9-12) 121-100. The game without a history. Shaanxi W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Shaanxi W. outrebounded Fujian 47-32 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Fujian helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) accounted for 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Four Shaanxi W. players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) came up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Fujian in the defeat. Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Shaanxi W.. They maintain second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Henan. Fujian lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Shaanxi W.'s next round opponent will be Jiangsu L. (#13) in He Fei which should be another easy win for them. Fujian will play at home against Hebei X. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fujian: B.Brandon 34+12reb+2ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 24+5reb+6ast, H.Yan 11+3reb, Z.Yairen 7+4reb, L.Ming-Yu 7+3ast, Z.Xiaobo 6+3reb+2ast
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 46+11reb+4ast, G.Charles 36+15reb+3ast, Y.XiaoHang 14+2reb, G.Yan 12+3reb+2ast, M.Daqiang 5+7reb+4ast, S.Heyu 4+1ast
gschID: 548589


Lhasa - Henan 109-119

Leader Henan delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Lhasa (10-11) 119-109. It looked good early as Lhasa took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Henan had a 33-27 second period charge getting the lead and Lhasa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 109-119. Henan players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!). American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) answered with 24 points and 9 assists and American center Jonathan Kreft (213-86, college: Florida St.) added 17 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Lhasa. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Henan (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Lhasa at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Henan will play against Guizhou (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lhasa will play against Luoyang (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lhasa: G.Yuxiang 24+3reb+9ast, C.Jinlong 17+2reb+4ast, K.Jonathan 17+15reb, Z.Zhennan 14+3reb+2ast, H.DangJian 10+3reb+2ast, S.Xinyue 10+4reb+2ast
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 41+4reb+3ast, O.Chris 19+15reb+3ast, J.Yuxing 18+4reb+5ast, C.Yuhan 12+3reb+7ast, M.Qingfei 12+7reb, W.Longfei 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 548588


Hebei X. - Guizhou 102-130

The game with biggest result difference took place in Hebei. Local Hebei X. (5-16) was outscored by third ranked Guizhou (15-6) 130-102. It looked good early as Hebei X. took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Guizhou had a 34-28 second period charge getting the lead and Hebei X. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 102-130. Guizhou dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei X.'s 48. Guizhou forced 20 Hebei X. turnovers and outrebounded them 61-43 including a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) nailed a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds for the winning side and forward MingHao Li (200-92) accounted for 28 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guizhou's coach Guodong Zhang felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mengchao Dong came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds and American guard Kenny Gaines (190-94, college: Georgia, agency: 3Eye) added 22 points respectively for Hebei X. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guizhou maintains third place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Henan. Hebei X. lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Guizhou's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hebei X.: D.Mengchao 32+17reb+2ast, G.Kenny 22+2reb+3ast, C.Qi 15+3reb, Z.Zhao 14+5reb+1ast, L.Yannan 8+5reb+2ast, H.Haibin 5+1reb
Guizhou: M.James 47+23reb+1ast, L.MingHao 28+11reb+5ast, L.Mark 19+5reb+7ast, S.Rongxiao 16+7reb+2ast, S.Haijiang 8+3reb, Z.ZhenHu 6+1ast
gschID: 548587


Beijing - Hunan 100-106

Very expected game when 11th ranked Beijing (8-13) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Hunan (14-7) 106-100. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 30-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hunan forced 19 Beijing turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Beijing helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) nailed a double-double by scoring 56 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Hunan's coach Wenlong Huang used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 26 rebounds and Zexu Chen added 19 points and 10 assists respectively for Beijing in the defeat. Five Beijing players scored in double figures. Hunan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anhui and Luoyang. Beijing at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Hunan's next round opponent will be Guangxi (#8) at home. Beijing will play against Anhui and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Beijing: H.Michael 24+26reb, Z.Wei 20+2reb+2ast, C.Zexu 19+4reb+10ast, L.Yunan 13+5reb+1ast, L.Ziming 10+3reb+3ast, Z.JunXiong 10+3reb+2ast
Hunan: T.Dar 56+12reb+9ast, O.Arinze 10+12reb+1ast, Z.ChaoLong 10+2reb+1ast, W.Junjie 7, Z.Wei 7+7reb+5ast, X.HaiBin 5+1reb
gschID: 548586





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Jure Skific moves from Torun to Stal - by Zeljko Zule

Jure Skific (202-F-88) will remain in the Poland next season, after signing a one-year deal with Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski.
Skific played the 2016-17 season for Polski Cukier Torun, where he averaged 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks in 43 TBL games, helped the team reach the finals.
Skific grew up with Zadar and has already played for Dubrovnik, Borik and Kvarner plus for Zlatorog in Slovenia and Novosybirsk, with whom he won Russian Superleague in 2015.



Dario Saric paces Croatia over Slovenia in Opatija - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Slovenia 85-81

Croatia outscored Slovenia 85-81 in Opatija at the start of the International tournament with 3 participating teams.
The guests grabbed a 25-19 early lead, but Croatia managed to reply with a 27-20 surge to take a 1-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added a 21-18 rally in the third period for a bigger advantage. Both teams scored final 18 points for 85-81 result in the game.
Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) was unstoppable with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) netted 23 and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) scored 11. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) answered with 27 points in a loss and Edo Muric (202-F-91) poured in 20.



Betaland Cdo keeps Delas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) re-signed 27-year old Croatian ex-international power forward Mario Delas (207-100kg-90). He played there last season. In 32 Serie A games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Delas played at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML where in 16 games he had 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Delas also played 17 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He also spent pre-season at Cedevita (A1) in Croatian league that year.
Among other achievements Delas was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game back in 2012 and 2013.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Delas played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Delas' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.3ppg.
Delas has played also professionally in Spain (Blusens Monbus), Croatia (KK Split and Cibona) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Siauliai).

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mirza Alibegovic
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Vojislav Stojanovic
Mario Ihring
Matteo Lagana
Giorgio Galipo

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Mario Delas
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia rout Czech Republic in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Georgia - Czech Republic 87-76

Georgia rout Czech Republic 87-76 in Tbilisi in their preparation for Eurobasket 2017. Both teams scored 20 points in the first period, while the hosts posted a 25-18 rally in the second frame to take a 45-38 halftime advantage. Moreover the home side added a 24-21 rally in the third frame to increase the lead to 10 points with 10 minutes to go. Georgia closed the game with a final 18-17 run to seal the victory.
Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) stepped up with 22 points for Georgia, while Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) and Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) scored 14 each. The latter also added 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Martin Peterka (205-C-95) replied with 19 points for the guests and Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15.



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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.7 
 7. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 8. Miller, Leones SD18.1 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.17.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Williams, Titanes .9.8 
 2. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 3. Araujo, Leones SD8.6 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.5 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.0 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR6.9 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.6.7 
 10. Evangelista, Caner.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD6.1 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 4. De-Leon, Metros S.5.0 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.7 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 9. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 3. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.7 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 7. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
 10. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Guerrero, Leones SD0.9 
 7. Nunez, Metros S.0.9 
 8. Williams, Titanes .0.8 
 9. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 


LNB Round 3 of Finals. Metros STGO earn third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Metros STGO - Leones SD 119-112

Metros STGO outgunned Leones SD to post the third consecutive win in LNB Finals. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Metros STGO made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Metros STGO outrebounded Leones SD 34-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. Metros STGO looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Leones SD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Victor Liz (193-86) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Donte Greene (206-88, college: Syracuse) with 33 points (!!!) and the other American import point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 assists. 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:
Metros STGO: V.Liz 20+5reb, A.De Leon 20+3ast, J.Hamilton 18+6reb+3ast, R.Glenn 16+2reb+4ast, E.Vargas 13+3reb+2ast, J.Akindele 10+9reb+1ast
Leones SD: D.Greene 33+4reb+3ast, M.Rhett 20+5reb+3ast, S.Rojas 17+5reb+1ast, P.Miller 15+1reb+16ast, J.Araujo 15+3reb, E.Fortuna 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 558171





Bergamo lands Gelvis Solano - by Andrea Centenari

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) tabbed 23-year old Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-82kg-94, college: Merrimack). He played in the summer at Hunan in Chinese NBL league. In 8 games he averaged impressive 31.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 6.8apg and 3.6spg. The last season Solano played at Echague in Argentinian LigaA where in 36 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg.
He received All-Northeast-10 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Solano represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Solano has played also professionally for other Dominican Rep. teams like Sameji, Enriquillo and Reales de La Vega.
He attended Merrimack College until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Solano's outlook: A guard with many points in their hands and went top 5 guard throughout the NCAA2 , someone who is going to notice your prensencia where show your professionalism by its easy offensive and intelligence on both sides of the court , is also great passer and key in the last moments of the game player.

Bergamo Basket 2014 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giulio Mascherpa
Gelvis Solano

Forwards:
Giovanni Fattori
Luigi Sergio
Massimiliano Sanna

Centers:
Jonas Bergstedt
Davide Bozzetto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga MB Round 9: Quezaltepeque hands first defeat to Halcones - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated Halcones (6-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Quezaltepeque on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Quezaltepeque 82-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Halcones. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones' 38. The best player for the winners was Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 20 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Quezaltepeque (5-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Canarios. Halcones at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Quezaltepeque is looking forward to face Cojute (#7) in Cojutepeque in the next round. Halcones will play on the road against Canarios (#3) in Ahuachapan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Izalco. Fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (5-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Cojute (4-5) 78-75 on Wednesday evening. It was a good game for American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Anthony Brown contributed with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Robert Kenteh answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 26 rebounds and 5 blocks for Cojute. Brujos Izalco maintains fifth place with 5-3 record. Cojute at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Brujos Izalco will play against league's second-placed Halcones in Sonzacate in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will play at home against Quezaltepeque (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the eighth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Santiagueno (1-5) 71-53. Oreste Torres stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Shahmel Brackett with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Santa Tecla (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Santiagueno lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Santa Tecla will meet Isidro Metapan (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santiagueno will play against Canarios and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 9 Arcense was defeated by Santa Ana in a road game 94-81.
The best stats of 9th round was 22 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists by Demarquelle Tabb of Santa Ana.

Santa Ana - Arcense 94-81

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Arcense (2-5) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Santa Ana (4-1) 94-81 on Friday. Santa Ana looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners and guard Khiry White (190-91, college: Savannah St.) chipped in 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 20 rebounds and Michael Wilson (-92) scored 30 points and 4 assists. Santa Ana moved-up to sixth place. Loser Arcense keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Santa Ana will meet El Rapido (#8) in the next round. Arcense will play against Quezaltepeque and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arcense: M.Wilson 30+4reb+4ast, J.Austin 21+20reb+3ast, J.Reid 20+7reb, C.Pineda 8+2reb, M.Rivas 2+1ast, R.Cardona 0+2reb
Santa Ana: K.White 29+9reb+4ast, D.Tabb 22+15reb+5ast, M.Daniels 18+10reb+5ast, M.Ramos 9+2reb+5ast, D.Pena 6+3reb, K.Mejia 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 553700


Santiagueno - Santa Tecla 53-71

Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the eighth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Santiagueno (1-5) 71-53. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Santiagueno's 30. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and center Carlos Arias (200-89) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) with 30 points and 9 rebounds and Wlliam Brown produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Santiagueno lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Santa Tecla will meet Isidro Metapan (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santiagueno will play against Canarios and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 30+9reb+3ast, W.Brown 11+19reb, C.Hernandez 6+5reb, C.King 4+10reb+2ast, M.Amaya 2+2reb+1ast, V.Sanchez 0+1reb+1ast
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 21+9reb+2ast, C.Arias 15+10reb+1ast, A.Arias Serrano 8+6reb+3ast, R.Martinez 8+2reb+7ast, O.Rivera 4+1reb, D.Thompson 4+6reb
gschID: 553642


Quezaltepeque - Halcones 82-77

Undefeated Halcones (6-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Quezaltepeque on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Quezaltepeque 82-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Halcones. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones' 38. The best player for the winners was Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and Dominican-Venezuelan power forward Jhoyfer Diaz (200-87) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Quezaltepeque (5-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Canarios. Halcones at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Quezaltepeque is looking forward to face Cojute (#7) in Cojutepeque in the next round. Halcones will play on the road against Canarios (#3) in Ahuachapan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 25+12reb+2ast, J.Diaz 24+9reb+2ast, M.Tejada 8+6reb, R.Figueroa 7+3reb, M.Flores 6+1reb+3ast, J.Angulo 5+1reb+2ast
Quezaltepeque: A.Cacho 26+8reb+4ast, Q.Scates 24+10reb+1ast, R.Miller 20+16reb+1ast, D.Bairez 10+1reb+6ast, R.Miranda 2+3reb+2ast, L.Portal 0+1reb
gschID: 553649


Brujos Izalco - Cojute 78-75

Important game to mention about took place in Izalco. Fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (5-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Cojute (4-5) 78-75 on Wednesday evening. Brujos Izalco forced 26 Cojute turnovers and outrebounded them 63-52 including a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brujos Izalco brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import point guard Anthony Brown (193-90, college: Imperial Valley JC) contributed with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Robert Kenteh answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 26 rebounds and 5 blocks and American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) added 29 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cojute. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco maintains fifth place with 5-3 record. Cojute at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Brujos Izalco will play against league's second-placed Halcones in Sonzacate in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will play at home against Quezaltepeque (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cojute: L.Svete 29+8reb+2ast, R.Melendez 14+7reb+3ast, R.Kenteh 14+26reb+2ast, J.Hudges 13+4reb+10ast, B.Reyes 5+4reb+2ast, W.Mercado 0
Brujos Izalco: A.Brown 25+8reb+6ast, C.Blake 22+15reb+6ast, R.Mendez 13+5reb+3ast, S.Sill 7+11reb+2ast, R.Palma 5+3reb, A.Alas 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 553686





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Valga signed Sander Saare - by Greg

BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (Alexela KML) agreed terms of 2-year deal with 23-year old point guard Sander Saare (184-80kg-94). He played last season at TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn in Estonian Alexela KML. In 18 games he had 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg. Saare also played 6 games in Baltic League where he recorded 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.7apg.
Saare has played previously for four other Estonia teams: BC Rakvere, Rapla, KK Hito and Noorteliiga.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Raadik re-signs at Valga - by Greg

BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (Alexela KML) confirmed in their roster 28-year old international center Rain Raadik (208-107kg-89). He played there last season. In 30 Alexela KML games he had 6.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Raadik has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2010.
Raadik represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.2ppg.
Raadik has played previously for seven other teams: Tartu Ulikool, Triobet/Dalkia, Kalev/Cramo, BC Rakvere, TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn, BC Tartu and BC Rakvere.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Josh Carter (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American ex-international forward Josh Carter (200-100kg-88, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 25 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. Carter contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Carter had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 BSL games he got 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Carter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Carter attended Texas A&M University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic fluid swingman who is very skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ. Top-level shooter from all spots on the floor (FG, 3 FG) who has rapidly developed into a capable scorer off the dribble and attacking and finishing at the basket. Josh is also a lock-down defender able to guard multiple positions given his intelligence, length, mobility and strength.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenneth Hayes
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille
A.J. English

Forwards:
Josh Carter
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Matt Lojeski is a newcomer at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Belgian international guard Matt Lojeski (198-87kg-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Lojeski played most recently at Olympiacos in the A1, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 20 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg last season. Lojeski also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. Lojeski played in the final of Euroleauge.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lojeski also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 63.6%.
Lojeski has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Okapi Aalstar and Oostende.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
K.C. Rivers
Matt Lojeski
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Marcus Denmon
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Lukas Lekavicius
Georgios Kalaitzakis
Marios Tsellos
Karolos Alvertis
Vasileios Stavrakoukas
Efstratios Politopoulos

Forwards:
James Gist
Chris Singleton
Kenny Gabriel
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Konstantinos Mitoglou
Panagiotis Zervas
Athanasios Amvrazis
Eirinaios Balos
Ioannis Chatziveroglou
Giannis Hatziveroglou

Centers:
Ian Vougioukas
Zach Auguste
Stamatios Koulouris
Athanasios Tsirimpasis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Group A

Points Per Game
 Kerr KRIISA
  (187-PG-1)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Kriisa, EST20.5 
 2. Vlahovic, MNT18.0 
 3. Pazin, SRB18.0 
 4. Hayun, ISR17.0 
 5. Hayes, FRA16.5 
 6. Avdija, ISR16.5 
 7. Radovic, SLO16.0 
 8. Kurtuldum, TUR16.0 
 9. Glas, SLO16.0 
 10. Kilps, LAT15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deni AVDIJA
  (198-SF-1)
  Avg: 12
 1. Avdija, ISR12.0 
 2. Pradilla, ESP11.0 
 3. Blazevic, LTU11.0 
 4. Exaucia, FIN9.0 
 5. Fernandez, ESP8.5 
 6. Kirciman, TUR8.5 
 7. Tomasevic, MNT8.0 
 8. Amzil, FIN8.0 
 9. Kall, SWE8.0 
 10. Kadoshnikov, RUS8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir MARKOVICH
  (183-PG-1)
  Avg: 6
 1. Markovich, RUS6.0 
 2. Kljajic, MNT5.5 
 3. Avdija, ISR5.5 
 4. Marsenic, MNT4.5 
 5. Mannion, ITA4.5 
 6. Karapandzic, SRB4.5 
 7. Gizdavic, CRO4.0 
 8. Aharoni, ISR4.0 
 9. Aldama, ESP3.5 
 10. Samar, SLO3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roko GIZDAVIC
  (186-PG-1)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gizdavic, CRO3.5 
 2. Herzog, GER3.0 
 3. Bergstrom, SWE3.0 
 4. Narusevicius, LTU3.0 
 5. Hayes, FRA3.0 
 6. Kucuk, TUR2.5 
 7. Sahar, ISR2.5 
 8. George, SWE2.5 
 9. Samar, SLO2.5 
 10. Kall, SWE2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TOMASEVIC
  MNT
  (201-PF-1)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tomasevic, MNT3.0 
 2. Blazevic, LTU2.5 
 3. Radovic, SLO1.5 
 4. Lootus, EST1.5 
 5. Krumins, LAT1.0 
 6. Tanaskovic, SRB1.0 
 7. Hukporti, GER1.0 
 8. Zakharov, RUS1.0 
 9. Avdija, ISR1.0 
 10. Federiko, FIN1.0 


Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Sholla, KOS23.7 
 2. Jonsson, ISL20.3 
 3. Hlynsson, ISL18.0 
 4. Jakimovski, MKD17.3 
 5. Okros, ENG17.0 
 6. Klonaras, GRE16.0 
 7. Rogkavopoulo., GRE15.7 
 8. Ulczynski, POL15.7 
 9. Mikeladze, GEO15.3 
 10. Horvath, SVK15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erhan SHOLLA
  (197-SF-1)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sholla, KOS11.7 
 2. Ratkoceri, KOS11.7 
 3. Krupalija, BIH11.7 
 4. Bratanovic, BEL10.7 
 5. Mast, NED9.7 
 6. Cherneha, UKR9.7 
 7. Tsetserukou, BLR9.0 
 8. Erben, SVK9.0 
 9. Fajana, IRL8.7 
 10. Huurman, NED8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marek VYROUBAL
  (195-PG-1)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vyroubal, CZE6.0 
 2. Gomes, POR5.0 
 3. Kelly, IRL4.7 
 4. Gashi, KOS4.7 
 5. Dibongue, BEL4.3 
 6. Jonsson, ISL4.3 
 7. Pandza, ENG4.0 
 8. Van-D., NED4.0 
 9. Stoimenov, BUL4.0 
 10. Dedajic, BIH4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mateusz KASZOWSKI
  (182-G-1)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kaszowski, POL4.3 
 2. Tigkas, CYP4.0 
 3. Klonaras, GRE4.0 
 4. Sulaiman, ENG3.7 
 5. De Ridder, BEL3.3 
 6. Jonsson, ISL3.0 
 7. Alexandersso., ISL3.0 
 8. Langura, SUI3.0 
 9. Veraszto, HUN2.7 
 10. Jakimovski, MKD2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Timur KRUPALIJA
  (204-F-1)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Krupalija, BIH2.7 
 2. Cherneha, UKR2.3 
 3. Bolshakov, CYP2.3 
 4. Sekushenka, BLR2.0 
 5. Gislason, ISL1.7 
 6. Martina, SUI1.7 
 7. Serheiev, UKR1.7 
 8. Bratanovic, BEL1.7 
 9. Enaruna, NED1.7 
 10. Kostadinov, BUL1.7 


Div. B Day: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Switzerland - Belgium 52-98
Belgium recorded the second victory in Group A. They crushed Switzerland for 2-1 record. Niels De Ridder came up with 35 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Belgium piled up a 46:22 halftime lead. They unloaded 52 points in the second half to ease to the win. Aaron Verstraete had 15 points in the victory. Marco Mouron had 13 points for Switzerland.

Greece - Romania 111-60
Greece knocked down Romania to post the third straight win in Group A. Andreas Tsoumanis tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Hellenes. Greece unleashed 62 points in the first half to clear off for good. Nikolaos Rog produced 17 points for the winners. Constantin Gavriloaia had 14 points for Romania.

Belarus - Iceland 78-77
Belarus nipped Iceland to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Nikita Matsal came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Iceland enjoyed a 41:34 halftime lead. But Belarus unloaded 44 points in the second half to snatch the win. Jan Marynin delivered 13 points in the victory. Veigar Hlynsson responded with 26 points for Iceland.

Group B
Bulgaria - Holland 50-69
Netherlands overcame Bulgaria for the third consecutive win in Sofia. Rienk Mast came up with 15 points for the Dutch side. Netherlands dominated in the first half. They recorded a 40:26 halftime lead. Netherlands maintained the lead throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Jonas Visser dropped 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandar Stoykov chipped in 10 points for Bulgaria.

Poland - Ukraine 59-57
Poland held off Ukraine for the second win in Group B. Mateusz Kasz came up with 18 points and 7 steals in the victory. Poland and Ukraine were tied at 31 at the interval. Poland jumped to a 4-point lead at the final intermission. Ukraine cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Jakub Ulczynski had 13 points in the victory. Illia Zaiets poured in 16 points for Ukraine.

Denmark - Cyprus 81-69
Denmark opened win count in Sofia. They topped Cyprus in Group B. Patrick Pederson delivered 19 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Denmark used a 24:14 rally in the fourth frame to secure the winning outcome. August Blinkenberg had 14 points in the victory. Aineas Jung posted 17 points for Cyprus.

Group C
Hungary - Czech Republic 56-66
Czech Republic overcame Hungary to remain unbeaten in Group C. Tadeas Manas came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Hungary recorded a 30:26 halftime lead. But Czech Republic went on a 22:12 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Hungary to 14 points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Nikolaos Noumeros finished with 18 points for Czech Republic. Tamas Pallai tossed in 12 points for Hungary.

Bosnia - Slovakia 76-69
Bosnia improved at 2-1 record following a tough win over Slovakia. Djordje Topolovic accounted for 17 points for the winners. Slovakia enjoyed a 43:39 halftime lead. But Bosnia stiffened defensively in the second half. They held Slovakia to only 26 points after the big break and snatched the victory. Haris Dedajic chipped in 16 points for Bosnia. Samuel Horvath tossed in 17 points for Slovakia.

Norway - Ireland 56-98
Ireland trounced Norway in Group C action. Six players scored in double digits for the winners. Paul Kelly recorded 15 points to lead the Irish side. Ireland went on a 36:16 run in the second quarter to clear off. They held Norway to just 25 points in the second half and coasted to the win. Christopher Fulton had 13 points for the winning side. Marcus Barnett had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Norway.

Group D
Portugal - Georgia 59-80
Georgia outgunned Portugal for 2-1 record in Group D. Irakli Sulkh stepped up with 17 points in the victory. Georgia opened a 49:33 halftime advantage. They kept Portugal at bay throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Lasha Mikeladze netted 16 points in the victory. Diogo Gomes and Miguel Alves banked in 9 points each for Portugal.

United Kingdom - FYR Macedonia 94-52
Great Britain clinched the third victory in a row as they breezed past FYR Macedonia. Mate Okros stepped up with 22 points for the winning side. Great Britain accumulated a 47:22 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the win. Eric Donaldson posted 15 points in the victory. Viktor Isajloski netted 12 points for FYR Macedonia.

Luxembourg - Kosovo 51-61
Kosovo defeated Luxembourg for the opening win in Group D. Erhan Sholla came up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Kosovo established a 29:25 halftime lead. They went on a 19:9 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Nderim Ratkoceri had 12 points and 14 boards for the winners. Noe Melchior came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Luxembourg.



Recap of Day 2 in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Serbia - Israel 71-79
Israel registered the second straight win in Podgorica. They toppled Serbia behind 18 points from Raziel Hayun (194-SG-01). Israel went on a 24:13 run in the second frame to take a 37:29 halftime lead. Israel used a 24:19 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Deni Avdija (198-SF-01) had 17 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory. Djordje Pazin (200-SF-01) chipped in 27 points for Serbia.

Croatia - Lithuania 42-63
Lithuania posted the first win in Group A. They fired past Croatia for 1-1 record. Modestas Kancleris (199-F-01) scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Lithuania recorded a 37:24 halftime lead. They held Croatia to just 18 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Tomas Zubrys (182-PG-01) netted 13 points in the win. Matej Rudan (204-C-01) and Sandro Rasic (190-SG-01) had 9 points each for Croatia.

Group B
Germany - Slovenia 56-68
Slovenia claimed the second straight win in Montenegro. They held off Germany to stay undefeated. Ziga Samar (191-G-01) provided 21 points to lead the charge. Slovenia established a 41:26 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 19-point mark heading into the fourth frame and secured the win at the end. Rok Radovic (198-F/G-01) chipped in 13 points for Slovenia. Radii Caisin (200-F/G-01) banked in 15 points and 10 rebounds for Germany.

Finland - Turkey 73-84
Turkey edged Finland for the opening win in Group B. Mustafa Kurtuldum (193-G-01) netted 19 points in the win. Turkey unloaded 50 points in the first half to secure an 18-point lead. They boosted the gap at 22-point mark heading into the fourth frame and drove to the win. Ismail Karabilen (205-PF-01) had 13 points in the victory. Mustapha Amzil (203-PF-01) had 10 points and 9 boards for Finland.

Group C
Italy - Estonia 70-64
Italy outgunned Estonia to open win count in Podgorica. Sasha Grant (198-SF-02) tallied 17 points and 6 rebounds for the Azzurri. Estonia enjoyed an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But Italy went on a 40:29 run in the next two quarters to spur ahead. They held Estonia to only 17 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Nicolo Mannion (187-PG-01) and Lorenzo Deri (185-PG-01) had 11 points apiece for Italy. Kaspar Lootus (202-F-01) chipped in 12 points for Estonia.

Russia - France 61-63
France narrowly defeated Russia to improve at 2-0 record in Group C. Killian Hayes (194-G-01) stepped up with 18 points for les Bleues. France trailed by six points after ten minutes. They entered the fourth frame down by three points but France went on an 18:13 run in the final term to snatch the victory. Theo Maledon (192-G-00) had 15 points for the winners. Denis Kovalev (192-SG-01) produced 14 points for Russia.

Group D
Montenegro - Spain 77-76
Montenegro nipped Spain to gain the second consecutive win in Group D. Stefan Vlahovic (193-F/G-01) delivered 20 points to lead the hosts. Spain posted a comfortable 44:28 halftime lead. But Montenegro used a strong 32:9 run in the third term to spur ahead. Spain tried hard to avoid an upset but the home side hung on to secure the victory. Jovan Kljajic (198-F/G-01) and Djordje Marinovic (201-PF-01) netted 12 points each in the win. Santiago Aldama (207-SF-01) provided 18 points for Spain.

Latvia - Sweden 58-48
Latvia defeated Sweden for the opening win in Group D. Ojars Berzins (191-G-01) netted 14 points for the winners. Latvia accumulated a 31:19 halftime lead. They protected the advantage throughout the second half and marched to the win. Jekabs Beks (204-C-01) and Kristaps Kilps (194-SG-01) tossed in 8 points each in the victory. Alan Brzezinski (186-PG-01) had 10 points for Sweden.




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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ailun GUO
  (192-SF-93)
  Avg: 24
 1. Guo, CHN24.0 
 2. El-Khatib, LEB22.3 
 3. Romeo, PHI21.5 
 4. Saad, QAT21.0 
 5. Galloway, IRQ19.5 
 6. Alawadi, JOR19.0 
 7. Aljabi, SYR18.5 
 8. Jamshidi, IRI17.0 
 9. Yakhchali, IRI17.0 
 10. Chou, TAI16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  USA
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Galloway, IRQ11.0 
 2. Erfan, QAT9.5 
 3. Alhamarsheh, JOR9.5 
 4. Hu, CHN9.5 
 5. Abuwazaneh, JOR9.5 
 6. Reid, HKG8.7 
 7. Haddadi, IRI8.5 
 8. Sahakian, IRI8.0 
 9. Delany, NZL7.7 
 10. Hodgson, AUS7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Haddadi, IRI8.5 
 2. Park, KOR7.3 
 3. Abdeen, JOR6.0 
 4. Castro-W., PHI6.0 
 5. Newley, AUS6.0 
 6. Jamshidi, IRI5.5 
 7. El-Khatib, LEB4.7 
 8. Galloway, IRQ4.5 
 9. Guo, CHN4.5 
 10. Liu, CHN4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sajjad MASHAYEKHI
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Mashayekhi, IRI3.5 
 2. El-Hadary, QAT2.5 
 3. Galloway, IRQ2.5 
 4. Jamshidi, IRI2.5 
 5. Hamad, IRQ2.5 
 6. Liu, TAI2.3 
 7. Madanly, SYR2.0 
 8. Kim, KOR2.0 
 9. Saad, QAT2.0 
 10. Kazemi, IRI2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Aguilar, PHI3.5 
 2. Hameed, IRQ3.5 
 3. Hu, CHN3.5 
 4. Hussein, JOR2.0 
 5. Haddadi, IRI1.5 
 6. Todorovic, SYR1.5 
 7. Al-Khafaji, IRQ1.5 
 8. Norwood, PHI1.5 
 9. Zaghab, JOR1.5 
 10. Singh, IND1.5 


Review of Day 5 in Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Group C
Kazakhstan - Lebanon 74-96
Lebanon claimed the second win in Group C. They stormed past Kazakhstan for 2-1 record. Wael Arakji (194-PG-94, agency: 24 Sec Basketball) scored 20 points to lead the hosts. Lebanon unleashed 56 points in the first half to post a 23-point lead. They never looked back in the second half marching to the win. Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) had 18 points in the victory. Rustam Yargaliyev (195-G/F-86) netted 23 points for Kazakhstan.

South Korea - New Zealand 76-75
South Korea nipped New Zealand to clinch 2-1 record in Group C. Jong-Hyun Lee (206-C-94) produced 16 points to lead the winners. South Korea established a 41:30 halftime lead. The Tall Blacks used a 27:12 run in the third term to surge ahead. But South Korea bounced back with a 23:18 run in the final period to snatch the win. Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) and Finn Delany (198-F-95, college: SW Baptist) posted 14 points each for the Tall Blacks.

Group D
Taiwan - Australia 50-90
Australia coasted past Taiwan to claim the third victory in Beirut. Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) stepped up with 22 points for the Boomers. Australia accounted for a 45:23 halftime lead. They sank 45 points in the second half to race to the victory. Angus Brandt (208-C-89, college: Oregon St.) netted 12 points in the win. Cheng Liu (192-F-90) answered with 17 points for Taiwan.

Japan - Hong Kong 92-59
Japan finished second in Group D. They rallied past Hong Kong to improve at 2-1 record. Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) scored 15 points to lead the winners. Japan got to a strong start. They recorded a 46:24 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half and rallied to the victory. Yudai Baba (193-SF-95), Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) and Ryumo Ono (197-F/C-88) had 12 points each for the winners. Ki Lee (178-PG-87) replied with 20 points for Hong Kong.




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Coin adds Blanford to their roster, ex Oulun NMKY - by Eurobasket News

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados (EBA) added to their roster American forward Sherman Blanford (198-98kg, college: E.Illinois). He played most recently at Oulun NMKY in Finnish 1st Division. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.3apg in 2015-16 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season Blanford was tested by Sparta (Total League) in Luxembourg.
He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his fourth season as a professional player.

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisco Robles
Germinal Cabrita

Forward:
Sherman Blanford

Center:
Jaylen Larry

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Charles Galliou joins Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 22-year old forward Charles Galliou (203-95). He was about to sign at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA). ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Galliou played at Olympique Antibes (also in ProA) where in 29 games he had just 2.7ppg and 1.3rpg.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Galliou's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 10 games: 1.8ppg, 1.2rpg.

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcos Suka-Umu
Maurice Acker
Alexis Desespringalle
Elias Kherzane

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles
Charles Galliou

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mihailo Sekulovic
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

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Poitiers add Tarrant to their roster, ex Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Ricky Tarrant (188-86kg-93, college: Memphis). He played last season at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also played that season for Titans in Canadian NBL Canada where in 15 games he averaged remarkable 18.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also spent pre-season at s Oliver Baskets (BBL) in German league that year.
Last year he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (63rd overall).
Tarrant attended University of Memphis until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of AAC Tournament in 2016. Tarrant was also voted All-C-USA Freshman of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.

Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arnaud Thinon
Ricky Tarrant
Yanik Blanc
Pierre Cellerier

Forwards:
Pierre-Yves Guillard
Christophe Leonard
Devon Collier
Sekou_Omar Doumbouya

Coach: Rudy Nelhomme

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Josh Carter (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American ex-international forward Josh Carter (200-100kg-88, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 25 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. Carter contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Carter had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 BSL games he got 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Carter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Carter attended Texas A&M University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic fluid swingman who is very skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ. Top-level shooter from all spots on the floor (FG, 3 FG) who has rapidly developed into a capable scorer off the dribble and attacking and finishing at the basket. Josh is also a lock-down defender able to guard multiple positions given his intelligence, length, mobility and strength.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenneth Hayes
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille
A.J. English

Forwards:
Josh Carter
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeurope)

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Sadio Doucoure signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 25-year old small forward Sadio Doucoure (200-92). He was about to sign at Vichy Clermont in the ProB. The last season Doucoure was tested by ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale.
His team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2013.
Doucoure was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2012.
He has played previously for three other teams: Chorale de Roanne, Cognac BB and Orchesien BC.

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Willie Deane
Gedeon Pitard
Martin Hermannsson
Alexandre Karolak
Arthur Leboeuf

Forwards:
LaMonte Ulmer
Ed Daniel
Sadio Doucoure
Louis Cassier

Centers:
Romain Duport
Jules Rambaut

Coach: Cedric Heitz

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Shota Gelazonia signs at L'Hospitalet - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old Georgian center Shota Gelazonia (205-94) from Xuven Cambados. In 34 LEB Silver games in Spain he averaged 9.8ppg and 4.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gelazonia played at Blancos de Rueda where in 16 LEB Silver games he had 11.4ppg and 7.3rpg.
He represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Gelazonia has played previously professionally also in Georgia (Dinamo Tbilisi and MIA) and Spain (Zamorano and Innova Chef).

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Edgar San_Epifanio
Xavier Guia
Devin Schmidt

Forwards:
Ivan Garcia
Mauricio Cheda

Centers:
Shota Gelazonia
Johan Bitjaa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia rout Czech Republic in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Georgia - Czech Republic 87-76

Georgia rout Czech Republic 87-76 in Tbilisi in their preparation for Eurobasket 2017. Both teams scored 20 points in the first period, while the hosts posted a 25-18 rally in the second frame to take a 45-38 halftime advantage. Moreover the home side added a 24-21 rally in the third frame to increase the lead to 10 points with 10 minutes to go. Georgia closed the game with a final 18-17 run to seal the victory.
Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) stepped up with 22 points for Georgia, while Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) and Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) scored 14 each. The latter also added 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Martin Peterka (205-C-95) replied with 19 points for the guests and Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15.



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Germany dominate Iceland at the International tournament - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Germany 66-90

Germany outgunned Iceland 90-66 in their opener of Kazan International tournament. Germany trailed 7 points in the first period, but controlled the rest of the game. They replied with a 27-18 run in the second period and won the third quarter 23-11. Moreover Germany closed the game with a final 27-17 win to seal the victory.
Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) added 15. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) notched 13, while Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) posted 11. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 15 points in a loss and Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) poured in 10.



Russia edge Germany for the second win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Russia 60-89

Russia edge Germany 89-60 for the second win in Kazan at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Russia pulled a slow 11-10 lead, but then the guests replied with a 31-29 run to rake a 1-point advantage at the halftime. Russia meanwhile dominated the court in the second half and posted two comfortable wins in the third and the last stanzas. They needed a 29-16 burst in the third period and then allowed Germany to score only 3 points in the last period.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) scored 11 in a loss, whilst Patrick Heckmann (197-G-92, college: Boston Coll.) posted 10.



Soest inks Michael Smith - by Eurobasket News

BC Soest (2.Regionalliga) signed 28-year old Italian-Canadian guard Michael Smith (188-89, college: UNBC). He played last season at Westfalen Mustangs in NBBL. Smith helped his team get promotion to Regionalliga. 2.Regionalliga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Smith contributed to his team winning the group title.
He has played also professionally for other Canadian teams like Cougars and Bobcats.
Smith attended University of Northern British Columbia until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ron Howard Ready To Open New Doors Again With Howard Hoops Showcasing Fresh Faces Ready To Be Discovered - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



In the dog days of summer there are always people playing basketball and even in the grueling Midwest heat where the only time to find a comfortable hour of basketball outside is possibly at 9.00pm when the sun is down and the air is a little bit more relieving, but then again if you are a player that is going after their basketball dream, there is no distance or conditions too unbearable. For seven players of one of the 2017 Howard Hoops teams in Germany, there was no 100 degree heat and steamy gym to contend with, but rather 62 degree weather and pouring rain and a 30 minute train ride from the international city of Frankfurt to the small town of Idstein that has a population of 24,000 and about as far away from the NBA as Puerto Rico is to ever winning the soccer World Cup. There isn't much really too memorable about Idtsein except like so many small towns in Germany presents a breathtaking landscape similar to upstate New York as the most known athlete from Idstein is Max Hopp who is a dart player and where any non- resident could really get lost trying to find the A-3 highway in the pouring rain as finding the right turn was given with a small A-3 sign instead of the normal routine big sign that would make the drive a lot easier. Basketball players will do a lot on a Friday night in the hopes of being discovered in any way or impressing a manager a coach with their basketball skills. The Howard Hoops international tour has been a mainstay for a few years now as founder Ronald Howard (181-PG-84, college: Mayville St.) has developed it further step by step. This summer he already had a camp in Atlanta, Georgia as well as games in Germany this weekend in Idstein and Neu-Isenburg and games in England in September. Howard has been able to place numerous players in Europe and especially in Germany in the last years like Chris Miller, Chris Neal and Christopher Davis as his contact list grows day by day. It will be interesting to see where his track record will stand after this weekend?

In Idtsein there was a coach in the stands with Danny Stallbohm who also had his son Justin with him who will fire away from downtown like no other when he is on the court as they took in the action. The Stallbohms are a basketball institution in Limburg which is a 20 minute drive from Idstein as they play in the German Regionaliga, the fourth division in Germany. In 2012, Stallbohm led Limburg into the Regionaliga from the Regionalliga 2 and have been a consistent team in the Regionaliga since then. Four years ago Ronald Howard played for Stallbohm, so the coach was in Idstein mainly for two reasons to support his ex player as well as scoping out the talent and possibly finding a gem for his team as there are still roster spots to be filled. The seven players that Ronald Howard picked for this team are mainly guys from the states but also had a Canadian and player from Balkan country Georgia who played at lower league schools and have minimal to no professional experience. They landed in Frankfurt, Germany in the morning and played their first game against Regionaliga 2 team TV Idstein. Idstein had played in the Oberliga (6th division) last season and moved up to the Regionaliga 2 this season. TV Idstein hadn't touched the ball as a team since last season and the new formed Howard Hoops team had never played together before, but after 40 minutes the lopsided score of 107-66 in their favor showed that these guys got on the same page very quickly and produced a very untypical American basketball style in that they actually shared the ball more than played for their own stats considering what was at stake as getting that basketball job was their number one priority, but the players actually were looking out for each other in the best way they could in basketball terms. 'I noticed right away that we have a great group of guys. We all played together and helped each other out. Everybody is trying to help the other get a job and not thinking only of themselves', stressed Jamal Curry who averaged 10,1ppg and 10,3rpg at Apprentice (USCAA) and reached the USCAA D1 Final Four in 2014.

The Howard Hoops gang jumped all over TV Idstein in the first quarter playing stellar defense as the Howard trap and pressure was working to perfection as they denied their opponent any points in their first six possessions and cruised out on a 8-0 lead. They were gelling on offense in the first four minutes as Canadian Ian Tevis of Red Deer College (CCAA) who recently finished there and won All-ACAC Player of the Year was all over TV Idstein scoring 12 quick points. After the big win, he was the most talkative and expressed his versatility on the court. 'If the coach wants to I'll play the five. It doesn't matter where coach puts me, but I am a combo guard. I like to play point guard, but I am a good scorer so I usually play off the ball. I try to mold my game after Paul George in that I always want to be efficient and can adjust my game to wherever I play. But my game comes from my defense. I just love to be efficient and play defense', stressed Ian Tevis. The Howard Hoops defensive pressure continued to rattle TV Idsten and Howard Hoops kept their offensive flow going and extended their lead to 30-10 and Tevis was just all over the court and continued to score ending the first quarter with 17 points. Another guy that slowly was letting his presence be felt was Khalil Keel of Philadelphia who started his career at Lackawanna College and then moved to Goldey-Beacom (NCAA2). The American who likes to pattern his game after Monta Ellis didn't get going until later in the game, but produced a massive dunk and hit a pull up jumper in the first quarter. He finished the game with 21 points, but still wasn't content with his game displaying his never being satisfied demeanor. 'I feel like I could have been more consistent and got more rebounds. I had many fingers on balls and like to get to the line, but that didn't happen today. I need to improve my foot work and be more consistent with my jump shot', warned Kahlil Keel who finished with 21 points. The Howard Hoops team lost a bit on concentration in the latter stage of the first quarter relinquishing a 10-2 run by TV Idstein, but still led big 32-20.

In the second quarter the Howard Hoops team continued to control the game and even when TV Idstein threatened somewhat and cut the lead down to 10 points, the international squad was able to quickly heighten their lead up to 20 points quicker than Ronald Howard could glide down his long goatee with his hand and at halftime had the overwhelming 55-39 lead. Limburg head coach Danny Stalbohm was still watching the game like a hawk, and here and there giving his five cents to certain players performances and how tall certain guys were. He did add that he is looking for a big man something that Howard Hoops didn't really have on that night, but moreover were playing small ball with a small lineup. One player that only contributed four points including a pretty runner for the 43-31 Howard Hoops lead that got them back on track to getting that 20 plus lead again was 26 year old 207cm Davit Isoleiani of Georgia who had the only real extended European experience on the team having played with teams like Maccabi Brinkford Tbilisi (Highest League), Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) and Mgzavrebi-Armia Tbilisi (Superleague). The ex Georgian U 16 and U18 National Team player last played two seasons ago professionally and before that a few seasons sporadically. He knows that he isn't getting any younger and just needs a full season to show any team what he is capable of. 'I just need that chance. I play the small forward/power forward position inside out and play smart', stressed Davit Isoleiani. Tevis had a huge first quarter and scored two quick buckets at the start of the second quarter, but then seemingly turned off his scoring switch as he could easily have gone for 40, but instead showed another quality in his game something that is seen less in the States and much more than appreciated in Europe, but expected more often than not. 'I take what the defense gives me. I had many openings at the start and got easy lay ups. The defense then started to focus on me so I shared the ball more and they collapsed on me so I knew that I would find many open guys', stressed Ian Tevis. The role model like play of Tevis definitely was noticed by his new teammates. 'Tevis impressed me the most. He was a lot better than I had expected. He scored the ball always being in the right place, but also knew when to pass the ball. He was a real good team player', stressed Corey Lewis.

In the third quarter, Howard Hoops not only continued to control the contest, but totally dominated as they led by as much as 31 points. Despite having only a seven man rotation, the Howard Hoops players were playing as if jet lag and fatigue was erased from their brain and body as they just looked straight ahead blocking out any body pain and had an offensive arsenal that was far above anything that TV Idstein had to offer on the defensive end to stop. Another Howard Hoops player that was quietly doing his thing was Corey Lewis who couldn't have been more than 180cm and looked like a stronger version of Ronald Howard, but definitely shorter finished with 22 points tied with Tevis as the teams leading scorer. Despite his stocky frame, the American who played at Wells college and played in Mexico and the semi pro league PBL in the States had the quickness that got him splitting the defense time in and time out and getting easy buckets, but also had a nice shooting touch dropping trey's when left open. Lewis likes to compare his game between a mix of Steph Curry and Kyre Irving, but more like the Cav player because of the dribbling that makes him more explosive. He was impressed by the way the Howard Hoops team played. 'We played really good defense considering we had never played together before. It's all about chemistry and we had good rotations for the first time playing together and found a good rhythm and shared the ball well', added Corey Lewis. When you come across guys looking for a job and going long lengths to pursue their dreams, each guy has their own unique story and one of those was Andy Harrel. At first glance close up the Montana native reminded me of Canadian Michael Lucier who played his rookie season in Germany last season for Pro B team Rhondorf. He might not have passed as his brother, but a close relative would have been fitting as both were sporting a long goatee. Harrel's was a ZZ Top in the making and still in the junior stage. The American played at Stillwater Christian and Crown (NCAA3) while at the professional level with South Florida Spartans (CBDL) and in Ireland and England. He took a year off to teach, but his big dream to pursue that professional basketball job was too much to keep him in the classroom. If the basketball gig doesn't happen, then he will return back to the classroom. He finished the game with 13 points and explained his role which came out of his mouth like a shot gun. 'I am a three and D. I just run around and play defense. I missed too many shots early, but I felt that I finished strong', stressed Andy Harrel. The American also doesn't make anything too difficult mentally concerning his basketball game, but has that typical teacher approach with basketball also. 'It's all about improving. You have to take the opportunities as they come and learn from the bad and acknowledge the bad', warned Andy Harrel. The Howard Hoops team led 75-46 after 30 minutes.

The Howard Hoops team had no mercy in the fourth quarter and just continued to pour it on and one never really doubted that they wouldn't reach 100 points as scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter was a piece of cake as they had averaged that the three quarters before. Howard Hoops continued to show pride on defense continuing to trap very well and get in passing lanes which created more transition opportunities and easy buckets while on offense they played excellent inside out basketball hitting at a very high percentage especially Harrel who had his best moments in the fourth quarter. The Stallbohm men left with three minutes to go and if head coach Danny had found a player was unknown, but he only had kind words for Howard as he lauded him in the best way. 'Ron was a great player played Pro B in Germany. But what he is doing now is fantastic giving so many players the chance to be seen and getting them chances to be signed', said Danny Stallbohm. The duo left from the stands waved to Howard who was on the sidelines and were off in the night and into the pouring rain which could be heard from time to time pounding down on the gym roof. Corey Lewis gave the Howard Hoops the 100-62 lead with a lay in. He was fortunate that he wasn't on a professional team at that moment in Germany as he would have had to buy a case of Beer for the whole team as that is the norm in Germany when scoring 100. But then again, Lewis probably would have bought 10 cases if only he had that signed contract to a German team that he desires so much. The night had some pretty dunks and massive blocks, but also an alley-oop that got the most applause of the night. Half way through the fourth quarter and Howard Hoops leading 90-59, Arnim Alexander who played with the Jamestown Jackals (PBL) made a steal and went coast to coast unharmed, but instead of dunking himself threw the ball off the back board letting Jamal Curry take it in mid air and slam it into the hoop. The game was more than decided, but instead of going down the court and attempting a windmill dunk or something out of the ordinary to satisfy his own ego, Alexander showed his unselfish side something which had been the norm on that night. 'I have been a little surprised how that everyone has been helping each other instead of one's self, but it's just nice how we all have come together trying to help each other's career's', added Arnim Alexander who finished with nine points. He also showed another unselfish side to himself not only wanting to profit from Howard Hoops, but also hoping to be able to give back. 'I hope to get a contract, but the biggest thing is helping Howard Hoops become more successful with another guy getting signed', warned Arnim Alexander. At first glance, you want to shove 10 big mac's into Jamal Curry's mouth as he gives the name tooth pick a new name, but then again his unique size makes him the player he is as being vocal and adding on to his frame belong to his basketball mentality at the moment. 'I am a stretch four that likes to take the 15 footer, rebound the ball and block shots. I would compare my game to a Kevin Garnett and I like to communicate on the court. I feel if I can lift another week, I'll be ok. My mentality really helps me. I don't get pushed around easily', smiled Jamal Curry who finished with 15 points.

A big joy is seeing how the Howard Hoops players play with so much heart on the court trying to not only be the best that they can, but help make their teammates better as they all are fighting for the same goal. But what is even nicer is hearing each guy's praise of their discoverer and mentor Ronald Howard as you see that glow in their eyes as they explain what it has meant to them having him give new basketball life and hope into a seemingly almost impossible dream. 'I am really thankful for Ronald Howard. I have only known him a few days, but already is one of the best guys I know. He keeps you honest. If you do what your supposed to do then so does he', stressed Jamal Curry. 'Ron is the man. He has opened so many doors and I know that he will continue to open even more doors', warned Ian Tevis. 'Ronald Howard is a trustworthy and a dependent guy. He has lied about nothing. He is very truthful and I really appreciate that', warned Khalil Keel. Ronald Howard was content about the first of four games this weekend. 'Tonight's game for my Howard Hoops team was solid. I felt that my guys came together as a unit and put being selfish to the side. The Guard play was a lot better than I expected we were able to put consistent pressure on Idstein for 40 minutes', stressed Ronald Howard. On Saturday three games are on the slate for the Howard Hoops team and that will be a test for the seven man roster as playing press might be put a little on back burner as 120 minutes could seem like an eternity for the player's bodies even with that never ending dream looming on their minds. It isn't always easy for Howard Hoops players to perform well in only a short period of time including all the obstacles, but if they can stick to Ronald Howards motto, more times than not, having had all the rigors could pay off. ''If you can play I can get you paid. But you have to trust the process My process my way if you don't have a Division one Resume', warned Ronald Howard.



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Stephen Bardo-headlined Basketball Clinic ends in Accra - by Yaw Mintah

Former NBA Player turned Broadcaster Stephen Bardo was the main attraction at a one day basketball clinic organized earlier today at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu with players from Galaxy Basketball Academy participating. Tagged 'Bardo's Breakdown', the ex Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks Guard who played 10 years of professional basketball in the US and Italy, led participants through numerous basketball drills aimed at developing fundamental skills of players.

Bardo who is a renowned motivational speaker, tutored players on life lessons like sacrifice, hard work and discipline that make players better on the court and off the court.

Participants ages ranged between 10 and 18 and Bardo was joined by 2017 Miss United Nations Rebecca Asamoah who gave a talk to empower the youth to become better players and people in society.

The former ESPN Analyst who works with TBN (The Big Ten Network)praised the level of commitment and skills from participants and was quoted saying 'his expectations had been exceeded'.

The program is the first of a busy week in Ghana as NBA Champion David West of Golden State Warriors touches down in Ghana for the third straight year.His visit this time around is to headline a camp of his own with current and former NBA players TJ Warren, Rasual Butler and Pops Mensah-Bonsu.



Accra Basketball League Men's Division II fixtures released - by Yaw Mintah

Games in the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division II will commence on Wednesday August 16 at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu with a game between DC Dynamics Aspirants and Novas Academy. The opening tie is scheduled for tipoff at 17:00 GMT with Panthers tie against Reformers of Prisons set to follow immediately afterwards.

Junior Rangers play Spartans and Akatsi Rifles take on Junior Reformers on the second day of competition on Friday August 19.The opening round will be concluded following games between Ghana Police and Navy Warriors and CYO and Tudu Galaxy on Saturday August 19 at the same venue.

13 teams have registered to compete in this year's Division II campaign for a spot in the elite division which is on a hiatus after regular season games ended a few weeks ago.The 2017 season ends with CYO playing against Akatsi Rifles and Police and playing against Tudu Galaxy in the final round ahead of Christmas Festivities in the West African nation.




Navy record second straight win as Fire Service register easy win - by Yaw Mintah

Ghana Navy is riding on a high following back to back to wins in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division. The side beat Tudu Galaxy 45-39 in an exciting game that mirrors Navy's previous game against Fire Service which the side won 43-36.

The latest win caps off a fine run of form for the Mariners as it maintains its hold on second place in the division after beating Galaxy and dethroning the latter in the process. Navy held a 29-28 lead with 4:24 minutes remaining in the third quarter but finished strong to stretch the lead to 38-29 with Memuna Mumuni and Maria Mensah converting layups.

Galaxy started the final quarter strong closing the deficit to two (36-38) but a Mumuni jumper ended the run and Galaxy's hopes of a comeback as Navy finished strong again to see
out the game.

The follow up game barely thrilled fans gathered at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu as University of Ghana (UG) fell flat losing 11-64 to Fire Service. Aside a few baskets from
Ewoenam Seward, UG performed poorly and found it difficult to generate any kind of offense.

The drab encounter was worth watching because of the shooting exploits of Fire Guard Juliana Cudjoe who torched the tertiary side with a flurry of three point shots and Euro Step Moves.




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  GREECE  


Giorgos Vainderlis is a newcomer at Panathlitikos - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer AES Panathlitikos Sykeon strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old forward Giorgos Vainderlis (199-98) from Pefkohori.
The previous (15-16) season Vainderlis played at Mantoulidis (D).

AES Panathlitikos Sykeon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michalis Koimtzoglou
Iordanis Arnidis
Giorgos Kaloutsikos
Dimitris Hatzimichailidis
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis
Kiriakos Fotiadis
Vangelis Tsiakiris

Forwards:
Spyros Bakos
Giorgos Vainderlis

Center:
Gianis Kasouras

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Serbia pummels Greece at the Beograd Trophy 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Greece 93:61

Serbia fired past Greece 93-61 at the Beograd Trophy 2017. Serbia will face Montenegro in the final game of the competition.
The home side of the tournament fully dominated the start of the game and took a 23-15 lead after 10 minutes. Moreover they added a 22-7 surge in the second frame and then posted a 21-14 run in the third period. Serbia continued their dominance at the end of the game as well as came up with a 27-25 rally in the fourth period.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) stepped up with 14 points, while Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) posted 13. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 8 points, whilst Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) and Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 apiece. Ioannis Bourousis replied with 13 points in the losing effort.



AEK Athens to land Manny Harris - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) to add to their roster 28-year old American swingman Manny Harris (196-96kg-89, college: Michigan) who plays at Anhui Wenyi in China. In 6 NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 31.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.7apg and 2.7spg last season. The last season Harris played at another team Texas Legends in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 42 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 25.6ppg and had 7.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Chinese NBL championship title in 2016. Harris was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Harris has played also professionally in Turkey (Turk Telekom and Eskisehir Basket), Ukraine, NBA (Dallas Mavericks and LA Lakers) and NBA G League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
He attended University of Michigan until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Milan Milosevic
Delroy James
Dionysis Skoulidas
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

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Greece outscore Montenegro at Beograd Trophy opener - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Greece 81-83

Greece outscored Montenegro 83-81 at Beograd Trophy opener in Serbia. Both teams won two of four quarters of the game as Greece grabbed a total narrow win. Montenegro started with a 20-18 lead, but the Greece replied with a 20-16 rally. The latter pulled another 21-17 run, while Montenegro won the fourth period 28-24.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) netted 17. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) delivered 11. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) ended up wth 22 points in a loss, whilst Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) notched 18.



Matt Lojeski is a newcomer at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Belgian international guard Matt Lojeski (198-87kg-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Lojeski played most recently at Olympiacos in the A1, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 20 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg last season. Lojeski also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. Lojeski played in the final of Euroleauge.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lojeski also represented Belgium at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 63.6%.
Lojeski has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Okapi Aalstar and Oostende.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Panathinaikos Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
K.C. Rivers
Matt Lojeski
Nikos Pappas
Nick Calathes
Marcus Denmon
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Lukas Lekavicius
Georgios Kalaitzakis
Marios Tsellos
Karolos Alvertis
Vasileios Stavrakoukas
Efstratios Politopoulos

Forwards:
James Gist
Chris Singleton
Kenny Gabriel
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Konstantinos Mitoglou
Panagiotis Zervas
Athanasios Amvrazis
Eirinaios Balos
Ioannis Chatziveroglou
Giannis Hatziveroglou

Centers:
Ian Vougioukas
Zach Auguste
Stamatios Koulouris
Athanasios Tsirimpasis

Coach: Xavier Pascual

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Russia beat Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Hungary 84-69

Russia beat Hungary 84-69 at the International tournament with 4 participating teams in Kazan. The hosts took control from the first minutes and led 27-16 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Russia added a 22-19 rally in the second frame for a 14-point halftime advantage. Hungary managed to stay tough in the second half as both teams scored 19 points in the third quarter. Russia pulled the last 16-15 rally in the end of the game to win the opener.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 14 each. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) scored 18 points for Hungary and Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) netted 12.



Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Iceland 56-60

Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan for a 1-1 record at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Iceland grabbed a 60-56 win and will play against Russia in the third game.
Iceland took a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, while Hungary replied with a massive 24-14 surge in the second period. Iceland pulled back with a 23-12 burst in the third period and managed to seal the win.
Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Kristofer Acox (198-F-93, college: Furman) and Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) added 13 each. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) answered with 17 points in a loss and Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 8.



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  ICELAND  


Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Iceland 56-60

Iceland pip Hungary in Kazan for a 1-1 record at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Iceland grabbed a 60-56 win and will play against Russia in the third game.
Iceland took a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, while Hungary replied with a massive 24-14 surge in the second period. Iceland pulled back with a 23-12 burst in the third period and managed to seal the win.
Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Kristofer Acox (198-F-93, college: Furman) and Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) added 13 each. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) answered with 17 points in a loss and Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 8.



Germany dominate Iceland at the International tournament - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Germany 66-90

Germany outgunned Iceland 90-66 in their opener of Kazan International tournament. Germany trailed 7 points in the first period, but controlled the rest of the game. They replied with a 27-18 run in the second period and won the third quarter 23-11. Moreover Germany closed the game with a final 27-17 win to seal the victory.
Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) added 15. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) notched 13, while Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) posted 11. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 15 points in a loss and Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) poured in 10.



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  ITALY  


Cagliari Academy tabs Michele Ebeling - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cagliari Dinamo Academy landed 18-year old power forward Michele Ebeling (205-100kg-99) on loan from Sassari. He played most recently at Banco di Srd in the Serie A. Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in four games he averaged just 0.5ppg last season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Ebeling also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Virtus Bologna. But the most of that year Ebeling spent at Kleb Basket Ferrara (also in Serie A). Serie A was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he had only 0.7ppg. His team made it to the Italian final.
Ebeling represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 9.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Ebeling has played previously for Roma S.Azzurra.

Cagliari Dinamo Academy roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Rullo
Mirco Turel
Marcus Keene

Forwards:
Marco Allegretti
Ferdinando Matrone
Deshawn Stephens
Andrea Rovatti
Michele Ebeling

Coach: Riccardo Paolini

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Andrea Marusic joins Oleggio - by Eurobasket News

Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) agreed terms with 28-year old forward Andrea Marusic (200-89) from USE Basket. In 31 Serie B games he had 5.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Marusic played at Fulgor Omegna (Serie A2) where in 5 games he recorded 4.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0spg.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. Marusic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 1.6rpg.
Marusic has played previously for five other teams: Openjobmetis VA, Treviglio, Sangiorgese, Ticino and Firenze All Foods.
On Marusic: Very talented player who needs to play everytime under control. Thanks to his good 1-vs-1 can score a lot, and his athletic skills can make him a good defender. Can spend time in both forward positions, has great timing for the offensive rebounds.

Oleggio Magic Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Andrea Marusic
Edoardo Gallazzi
Alessandro Spatti
Matteo Lo_Biondo
Gianmarco De_Vita
Marco Calzavara

Centers:
Marco Corti
Stefano Colombo

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Dario Farabegoli joins Valsesia - by Eurobasket News

Gessi Valsesia Basket (Serie B) agreed terms with 19-year old forward Dario Farabegoli (98) from Benedetto XIV Cento. But in 5 Serie B games he had just 1.0ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Farabegoli played at Bertinoro (Serie C Gold).

Gessi Valsesia Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicolo Gatti
Renato Quartuccio
Guglielmo Sodero
Matteo Martina
Enrico Gobbato

Forwards:
Dario Farabegoli
Mattia Magrini

Coach: Domenico Bolignano

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Green Basket 99 Palermo adds Carella to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Green Basket 99 Palermo added to their roster 19-year old guard Mirko Carella (196-98). He played last season at the junior team of Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2. Carella also played that season for For Pontevecchio Bologna (Serie B).

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Rieti signs rookie Chris Davenport - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) inked 23-year old American forward Chris Davenport (203-102kg-94). He just graduated from N.Florida (NCAA). Davenport has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3bpg last season. Davenport helped them to make it to the final.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

NPC Rieti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcos Casini
Norman Hassan
Claudio Tommasini
Zaid Hearst
Nicola Savoldelli

Forwards:
Giovanni Carenza
Chris Davenport

Center:
Angelo Gigli

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Valdiceppo tabs Lorenzo Petrosino - by Eurobasket News

Basket Academy Valdiceppo Perugia (Serie B) inked 25-year old center Lorenzo Petrosino (203-110kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe) from Oleggio Magic Basket. In 27 Serie B games he averaged 6.5ppg and 5.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Petrosino played at IMO Saronno (Serie C). He helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice).
Petrosino has played previously for four other teams: Cantu Gorla, Racalmuto, Oasi di Kufra Fondi and Montegrano.

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Josh Carter (ex Banco di Srd) agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American ex-international forward Josh Carter (200-100kg-88, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 25 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. Carter contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Carter had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 BSL games he got 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Carter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg.
Carter has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (EWE Baskets), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Carter attended Texas A&M University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic fluid swingman who is very skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ. Top-level shooter from all spots on the floor (FG, 3 FG) who has rapidly developed into a capable scorer off the dribble and attacking and finishing at the basket. Josh is also a lock-down defender able to guard multiple positions given his intelligence, length, mobility and strength.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kenneth Hayes
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille
A.J. English

Forwards:
Josh Carter
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

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Lee Roberts (ex Perth R.) signs at Roma Virtus - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (Serie A2) landed 30-year old American power forward Lee Roberts (201-103kg-87, college: Findlay, OH). He played in the summer at Perth Redbacks in Australian SBL. In 14 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 10.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg. The last season Roberts played at Ironi Nes Ziona (National League) in Israel where in 35 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to win the Israeli National League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Roberts received Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Roberts experienced life on five different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American, Australian and of course North American leagues. Roberts has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Olimpico de La Banda and Estudiantes Concordia), Germany (SG Braunschweig), Japan (Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano) and Venezuela (Bucaneros).
He attended Findlay, OH until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Roberts' outlook: Athletic big post player that loves to clean up the offensive glass and look for easy dunk put backs. Undertands his role well and will set screens and impact a game in so many ways. Improving jump shot out to the 3pt line.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bergamo lands Gelvis Solano - by Andrea Centenari

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) tabbed 23-year old Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-82kg-94, college: Merrimack). He played in the summer at Hunan in Chinese NBL league. In 8 games he averaged impressive 31.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 6.8apg and 3.6spg. The last season Solano played at Echague in Argentinian LigaA where in 36 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg.
He received All-Northeast-10 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Solano represented Dominican Republic at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Solano has played also professionally for other Dominican Rep. teams like Sameji, Enriquillo and Reales de La Vega.
He attended Merrimack College until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Solano's outlook: A guard with many points in their hands and went top 5 guard throughout the NCAA2 , someone who is going to notice your prensencia where show your professionalism by its easy offensive and intelligence on both sides of the court , is also great passer and key in the last moments of the game player.

Bergamo Basket 2014 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giulio Mascherpa
Gelvis Solano

Forwards:
Giovanni Fattori
Luigi Sergio
Massimiliano Sanna

Centers:
Jonas Bergstedt
Davide Bozzetto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Betaland Cdo keeps Delas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) re-signed 27-year old Croatian ex-international power forward Mario Delas (207-100kg-90). He played there last season. In 32 Serie A games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Delas played at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML where in 16 games he had 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Delas also played 17 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He also spent pre-season at Cedevita (A1) in Croatian league that year.
Among other achievements Delas was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game back in 2012 and 2013.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Delas played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
He also represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. Delas' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.3ppg.
Delas has played also professionally in Spain (Blusens Monbus), Croatia (KK Split and Cibona) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Siauliai).

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mirza Alibegovic
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Vojislav Stojanovic
Mario Ihring
Matteo Lagana
Giorgio Galipo

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Mario Delas
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fabriano lands James Cummings - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Janus Basket Fabriano tabbed 19-year old British guard James Cummings (188-79kg-98). He just graduated from Lander (NCAA2).
As mentioned above Cummings is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He played at the PeachBelt Tournament Semifinals in 2017.
Cummings has played previously for another Italian team Ascoli Basket.

Janus Basket Fabriano roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
James Cummings

Forwards:
Marko Jovancic
Sergio Quercia
Joseph Vita_Sadi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jeff Ayres (ex Toyota Alvark) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Eskisehir Basket (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League. In 27 games he recorded 12.4ppg and 7.1rpg. Ayres helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League East Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He also played that season for another team D Fenders in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 22 games he averaged 12.8ppg and 7.2rpg. Ayres contributed to his team winning the Cup.
In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA championship title in 2014. Ayres was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active … His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country … Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces … Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses … Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders
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Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Sean Marshall
Caner Erdeniz
Josh Duncan
Viacheslav Kravtsov
Jeff Ayres
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Billy Baron
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Miguel Angel Hoyo

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nikolaosspanos)

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  LATVIA  


Kristaps Porzingis leads Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Poland 77-65

Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) led Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga as the hosts celebrated a 77-65 win. Kristaps scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Poland had a better 23-21 start, but Latvia limited them to just 9 points in the second period. The Baltic state took a 37-32 halftime advantage and led also 5 points with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Latvia added a final 20-13 run in the last stanza for the final success.
Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) poured in 18 points and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) brought 14. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points in the losing effort.



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  LEBANON  


Galatasaray may sign Norvel Pelle - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) is close to sign 24-year old Lebanese international forward Norvel Pelle (208-105kg-93, college: Iona) who currently played Openjobmetis Varese in Italy. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. The last season he played also at Openjobmetis VA (also in Serie A) in Italian where in 29 games he had 7.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1bpg. Pelle also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.7bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Delaware 87ers (D-League) in first round (6th overall).
Pelle attended Iona College and it may be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pelle's team was regular season runner-up in Lebanese League in 2016. He was also voted Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Honorable Mention in 2015. Pelle was called to Lebanese Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously professionally in Taiwan (Dacin Tigers) and Lebanon (Homenetmen).

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mehmet Yagmur
Alex Renfroe
Dwight Hardy
Goksenin Koksal

Forwards:
Emir Preldzic
DaJuan Summers
Scotty Hopson
Ege Arar
T.J. Cline

Center:
Richard Hendrix

Coach: Erman Kunter

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MONTENEGRO  


Sutjeska tabs rookie Robert Hubbs III in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

KK Sutjeska Niksic (Erste Liga) inked 22-year old American guard Robert Hubbs III (193-94kg-95). Hubbs III just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to All-SEC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Hubbs III is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)

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Greece outscore Montenegro at Beograd Trophy opener - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Greece 81-83

Greece outscored Montenegro 83-81 at Beograd Trophy opener in Serbia. Both teams won two of four quarters of the game as Greece grabbed a total narrow win. Montenegro started with a 20-18 lead, but the Greece replied with a 20-16 rally. The latter pulled another 21-17 run, while Montenegro won the fourth period 28-24.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) netted 17. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) delivered 11. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) ended up wth 22 points in a loss, whilst Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) notched 18.



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  NBA-G-LEAGUE  


Lakeland Magic Hire Anthony Parker As GM, Stan Heath As Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

The Lakeland Magic have hired Anthony Parker as general manager and Stan Heath as head coach. Lakeland is the G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic. 'With Anthony (Parker) and Stan (Heath), we have established solid basketball leadership for our G League team in Lakeland,' said Jeff Weltman. 'Having our G League team closely aligned and in unison with the parent club is vital to our success. Bringing Anthony and Stan on board to guide those operations and lead that group will be of great value to us.' Parker has spent the last five seasons as a scout with the Orlando Magic. Heath has spent the last two seasons (2015-17) as an assistant coach at Boston College. He served as head coach at Kent State University, the University of Arkansas and the University of South Florida, compiling a record of 209-206 (.504) from 2001-14.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NBLCANADA  


Day inks at Moncton Miracles at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) added to their roster American guard Ashanti Day (198-100kg). Day just graduated from Union University, TN (NCAA2). He has played there for the last four years. Day played 25 games where he recorded 10.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.3apg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Day played at the GSC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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  NICARAGUA  


Icevic wins LMB Torneo Apertura 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Icevic wins LMB Torneo Apertura 2017 beating Nacional Ingenieros in the second game and sweeping the final series.
Alex Alfaro was the top-scorer of the tournament. Rony Palacios was the top-scorer of the three-pointers. Atlantida clinched the third place of the tournament.
Earlier Icevic won LMB Final opener against Nacional Ingenieros as needed a strong comeback to win 72-65.



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  NIGERIA  


Kingsley starts his pro career at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 23-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) forward Moses Kingsley (208-104kg-94). Kingsley just graduated from Arkansas (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 35 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg last season. Kingsley helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 6 1st Team, All-SEC 2nd Team and to the Reese's College All-Star Game.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Port of Antwerp Giants roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dennis Donkor
Jason Clark
Tyler Kalinoski
Thomas Akyazili
Paris Lee

Forwards:
Dave Dudzinski
Hans Vanwijn
Moses Kingsley

Center:
Ismael Bako

Coach: Roel Moors

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NORWAY  


Asker Aliens welcome back Sommerfeldt - by Eurobasket News

Asker Aliens BC (BLNO) landed 28-year old American small forward Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-89, college: Manhattan). It is actually his comeback to Asker as he has played here before. Sommerfeldt has played for the last two years at Centrum in the BLNO. In 19 games he averaged impressive 19.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Sommerfeldt helped them to win the league title (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Sommerfeldt represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously professionally also in Holland (Leeuwarden) and Norway (Baerum Basket and Kongsberg).
Sommerfeldt attended Manhattan College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Asker Aliens sign Stian Berg - by Eurobasket News

Asker Aliens BC (BLNO) signed 26-year old guard Stian Berg (188-82kg-91, college: Nova SE, agency: Dynamics Global Management) from Baerum Basket. In two BLNO games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (2015) summer Berg played at Chicago in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket Summer League in Indianapolis where in three games he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.7apg in 2015 season.
His team made it to the SSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
Berg represented Norway at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 74.2%.
Berg graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2012 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  


Phoenix adds Chan to their roster - by Igor Obradovic

Phoenix Fuel Masters (PBA) added to their roster experienced 34-year old forward Jeffrei Chan (188-84kg-83). He played this summer at Rain or Shine in the PBA. Chan has played there for the last five years. In two games he had 7.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Philippines PBA All-Star Game. Chan also played 13 games in PBA for the same team last season where he recorded 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg. Great season indeed as he was named to Philippines PBA All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Chan won PBA Commissioner's Cup championship title in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Philippine Cup 2nd Team in 2015 and 2016.
Chan represented Philippines at the Asian Games in Incheon (South Korea) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.3ppg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Chan has spent his entire career in Philippines playing for five other teams: Barako Bull, Harbour Centre Batang Pier, Magnolia Purewater Wizards, Philippine Youth Team and Smart Gilas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Kristaps Porzingis leads Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Poland 77-65

Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) led Latvia over Poland at Arena Riga as the hosts celebrated a 77-65 win. Kristaps scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Poland had a better 23-21 start, but Latvia limited them to just 9 points in the second period. The Baltic state took a 37-32 halftime advantage and led also 5 points with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Latvia added a final 20-13 run in the last stanza for the final success.
Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) poured in 18 points and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) brought 14. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points in the losing effort.



Start Lublin inks Uros Mirkovic - by Greg

TBV Start Lublin (PLK) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-102kg-82, agency: BeoExcell) from Polpharma. In 35 PLK games in Poland he had 11.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mirkovic's team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2012 and 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Mirkovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Romania (Targu Mures), Poland (Stelmet and Rosa), Serbia (BKK Radnicki, Masinac, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Crvena Zvezda and Sloga) and Montenegro (Bar).

TBV Start Lublin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
James Washington
Mateusz Dziemba
Michael Gospodarek
Bartlomiej Pelczar

Forwards:
Uros Mirkovic
Pawel Kowalski
Marcin Dutkiewicz
Bartosz Ciechocinski

Center:
Roman Szymanski

Coach: David Dedek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Marek Lukomski agreed terms with Energa Czarni - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) will be lead by 37-year old coach Marek Lukomski who comes from King Szczecin. He was a head coach there in last two seasons reaching playoffs in 2016.
Lukomski has coached previously Rosa Radom (assistant coach).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  


Jose Miranda is a newcomer at Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old small forward Jose Miranda (189-94) from Illiabum. In 24 LPB games he recorded 3.2ppg last season.
Miranda ended the previous (2015-16) season at FC Porto_Ferpinta. But in two LPB games he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds and 2 steals. But the most of that year he spent at Dragon Force where in 20 LPB games he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
Miranda won Portuguese Proliga championship title in 2014.
He represented Portugal at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg.
Miranda has played previously for Sampaense.

Ovarense Dolce Vita roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pedro Pinto

Forwards:
Andre Pinto
Cristovao Cordeiro
Jose Miranda
Joao Grosso
Joao Fernandes

Center:
Pedro Oliveira

Coach: Nuno Manarte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ovarense tabs Pedro Oliveira - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) inked center Pedro Oliveira (204). He played most recently at FC Porto in the LPB. But in 9 games he averaged just 1.6ppg last season. Oliveira helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Oliveira also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.
Oliveira represented Portugal at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg.

Ovarense Dolce Vita roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Pedro Pinto

Forwards:
Andre Pinto
Cristovao Cordeiro
Joao Grosso
Joao Fernandes

Center:
Pedro Oliveira

Coach: Nuno Manarte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Interview with Joel Almeida - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Joel Almeida (195-F-85, college: Brockport St.) former player of Coviran Granada (Spain-LEB Silver) gave an interview:

Why you decided to be a pro player.

Since I began playing basketball I always knew I would play professionally one day. This desire drove me everyday to be a better player and take that chance when the door opened. After I finished with college I had an opportunity to play pro , so I figured why not get paid while doing something you love. Playing pro overseas allowed me through these years to live in different countries , explore new cultures , meet new people , which taught me many real life lessons. The pursuit and drive to win titles at a high level motivates me to keep on pushing forward. This is the true beauty of playing pro basketball.

There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.

The wait for a new deal is always hardest part of this business given that is a very competitive job market. I think the best approach is stay focused and wait for a deal that will best suit your future goals.

Which was the best game you had in your career so far?

Portugal 1st Division
Sampaense vs Lusitnia
Box Scorer: 31pts, 9reb, 4ast, 4stl

My best game of my career I had an all around great game. I shot the ball well , rebounded the ball pretty good , created shots for my teammates , played good defense and got some steals pressuring the passing lanes.

Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.

Im an effective and efficient scorer with great 3PT and Field Goal percentage. Scoring transition 3s , creating my own shoot on the perimeter and hitting the mid range of pick and rolls. I rebound the ball well and use my length to get in the passing lanes and use my quick hands to get steals. Im always hungry and motivated to improve in every aspect of my game, on offense and defense. One area of my game that I need to improve is my overall defensive consistency. I spent alot of time watching game film to evaluate my defensive positioning and consistency , and work on figuring how can I adjust myself in preventing it from happening. I strive to be a 2 way player , thats why I put in alot of hours working out in the summer and during the season to be the best version of myself . My motto is " make your weakness your strength "

Which player was the hardest opponent to play against?


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  ROMANIA  


Pop re-signs at Oradea - by Eurobasket News

CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 26-year old forward Sergiu Pop (198-91). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 7 Liga Nationala games he had just 2.3ppg last season. Pop also played 1 game in Basketball Champions League, but he did not score anything. His team made it to the Romanian final.
Pop represented Romania at the European Championships U18 Division B in Debrecen (Hungary) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%.
Pop has played previously for two other teams: CS Farul Constanta and Miercurea Ciuc.

CSM CSU Oradea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Obadiah Trotter
Martin Zeno
Muhamed Pasalic
Andrei Mandache

Forwards:
Goran Gajovic
Sergiu Pop

Center:
Bogdan Tibirna

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Parma signs rookie Tre McLean - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Newly promoted Parma Basket Perm (VTB) inked American point guard Tre McLean (183). He just graduated from William Peace (NCAA3). But in 22 games he recorded only 1.5ppg last season.
As mentioned above McLean is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre
Tre McLean

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pavel Aleksandrov is a newcomer at Ural Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old guard Pavel Aleksandrov (192-83kg-89) from TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda. In 12 Superleague 1 games he recorded 5.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg last season. Aleksandrov played in the final of Russian Superleague 1.
He has played previously for six other teams: Novosybirsk, Sojuz Zaretchny, Lipetsk, Ruskon Mordovia, Tula and Ataman.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Russia edge Germany for the second win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Russia 60-89

Russia edge Germany 89-60 for the second win in Kazan at the International tournament with 4 participating teams. Russia pulled a slow 11-10 lead, but then the guests replied with a 31-29 run to rake a 1-point advantage at the halftime. Russia meanwhile dominated the court in the second half and posted two comfortable wins in the third and the last stanzas. They needed a 29-16 burst in the third period and then allowed Germany to score only 3 points in the last period.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Mikhail Kulagin (191-G-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) scored 11 in a loss, whilst Patrick Heckmann (197-G-92, college: Boston Coll.) posted 10.



Dmitriy Flis agreed terms with Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) inked 33-year old naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-100kg-84) from Ourense Termal. In 38 LEB Gold games he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Flis played at La ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) where in 30 games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.1rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2014. Flis received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Andorra, Blusens Monbus and Lleida_Basquet) and Russia (Ural Ekaterinburg).

Leyma Basquet Coruna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Sanz
Angel Hernandez
Trevor Cooney
Michael Torres
Pablo Ferreiro

Forwards:
Dmitriy Flis
Jonathan Gilling
Larry Abia

Center:
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca

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Alexey Vzdykhalkin agreed terms with Parma - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old point guard Alexey Vzdykhalkin (191-85kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Enisey in the VTB. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg last season. Vzdykhalkin also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements he won Russian Superleague championship title in 2014. Vzdykhalkin received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He was a member of Russian U20 National Team in 2005.
Vzdykhalkin has played previously for seven other teams: Avtodor, Krasnodar, Ryazan, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Lokomotiv, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Russia beat Hungary in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Hungary 84-69

Russia beat Hungary 84-69 at the International tournament with 4 participating teams in Kazan. The hosts took control from the first minutes and led 27-16 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Russia added a 22-19 rally in the second frame for a 14-point halftime advantage. Hungary managed to stay tough in the second half as both teams scored 19 points in the third quarter. Russia pulled the last 16-15 rally in the end of the game to win the opener.
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 14 each. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) scored 18 points for Hungary and Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) netted 12.



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Fall re-signs at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Senegalese center Massine Fall (208-93). He played there last season. In 18 LEB Gold games he had 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg. Fall helped them to win the regular season. He also played for Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) that season where in 20 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg.
Fall has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, CB Fuenlabrada II, Albacete, San Isidro and Aridane).

Melilla Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Rodriguez
Filip Djuran
Eduardo Duran

Forwards:
Javier Lucas
Pablo Almazan

Centers:
Mamadou Samb
Massine Fall

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbia pummels Greece at the Beograd Trophy 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Greece 93:61

Serbia fired past Greece 93-61 at the Beograd Trophy 2017. Serbia will face Montenegro in the final game of the competition.
The home side of the tournament fully dominated the start of the game and took a 23-15 lead after 10 minutes. Moreover they added a 22-7 surge in the second frame and then posted a 21-14 run in the third period. Serbia continued their dominance at the end of the game as well as came up with a 27-25 rally in the fourth period.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) stepped up with 14 points, while Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) posted 13. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 8 points, whilst Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) and Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 apiece. Ioannis Bourousis replied with 13 points in the losing effort.



Start Lublin inks Uros Mirkovic - by Greg

TBV Start Lublin (PLK) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-102kg-82, agency: BeoExcell) from Polpharma. In 35 PLK games in Poland he had 11.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mirkovic's team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2012 and 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Mirkovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Romania (Targu Mures), Poland (Stelmet and Rosa), Serbia (BKK Radnicki, Masinac, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Crvena Zvezda and Sloga) and Montenegro (Bar).

TBV Start Lublin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
James Washington
Mateusz Dziemba
Michael Gospodarek
Bartlomiej Pelczar

Forwards:
Uros Mirkovic
Pawel Kowalski
Marcin Dutkiewicz
Bartosz Ciechocinski

Center:
Roman Szymanski

Coach: David Dedek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Navarra tabs Stefan Andelkovic - by Eurobasket News

KIA Sakimovil Navarra de Pamplona (LEB Silver) inked 23-year old Serbian forward Stefan Andelkovic (203-116kg-94, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He just graduated from Harding (NCAA2). In 25 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to All-GAC Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Andelkovic is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of GAC Tournament in 2016.
Andelkovic has played previously for another Spanish team Zdravlje Leskovac 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ryan Martin (ex Le Havre) joins Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) agreed terms with 26-year old British-Jamaican forward Ryan Martin (206-102kg-91, college: Tenn Tech). He played last season at STB Le Havre in French ProB. In 21 games he had 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg. Martin also played that season for Provence Basket (also in ProB) where in 16 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Banco di Srd (Serie A) in Italian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Martin's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2016. He was also voted All-OVC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Martin represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg.
Martin has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Hackney White Heat).
He attended Tennessee Tech University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska
Grant Sitton

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Ryan Martin
Jan Zorvan
Chris Perry
Jakub Mokran

Coach: Ryan Pannone



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Dario Saric paces Croatia over Slovenia in Opatija - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Slovenia 85-81

Croatia outscored Slovenia 85-81 in Opatija at the start of the International tournament with 3 participating teams.
The guests grabbed a 25-19 early lead, but Croatia managed to reply with a 27-20 surge to take a 1-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts added a 21-18 rally in the third period for a bigger advantage. Both teams scored final 18 points for 85-81 result in the game.
Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) was unstoppable with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) netted 23 and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) scored 11. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) answered with 27 points in a loss and Edo Muric (202-F-91) poured in 20.



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Navarra tabs Stefan Andelkovic - by Eurobasket News

KIA Sakimovil Navarra de Pamplona (LEB Silver) inked 23-year old Serbian forward Stefan Andelkovic (203-116kg-94, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He just graduated from Harding (NCAA2). In 25 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to All-GAC Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Andelkovic is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of GAC Tournament in 2016.
Andelkovic has played previously for another Spanish team Zdravlje Leskovac 2nd team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Interview with Joel Almeida - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Joel Almeida (195-F-85, college: Brockport St.) former player of Coviran Granada (Spain-LEB Silver) gave an interview:

Why you decided to be a pro player.

Since I began playing basketball I always knew I would play professionally one day. This desire drove me everyday to be a better player and take that chance when the door opened. After I finished with college I had an opportunity to play pro , so I figured why not get paid while doing something you love. Playing pro overseas allowed me through these years to live in different countries , explore new cultures , meet new people , which taught me many real life lessons. The pursuit and drive to win titles at a high level motivates me to keep on pushing forward. This is the true beauty of playing pro basketball.

There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.

The wait for a new deal is always hardest part of this business given that is a very competitive job market. I think the best approach is stay focused and wait for a deal that will best suit your future goals.

Which was the best game you had in your career so far?

Portugal 1st Division
Sampaense vs Lusitnia
Box Scorer: 31pts, 9reb, 4ast, 4stl

My best game of my career I had an all around great game. I shot the ball well , rebounded the ball pretty good , created shots for my teammates , played good defense and got some steals pressuring the passing lanes.

Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.

Im an effective and efficient scorer with great 3PT and Field Goal percentage. Scoring transition 3s , creating my own shoot on the perimeter and hitting the mid range of pick and rolls. I rebound the ball well and use my length to get in the passing lanes and use my quick hands to get steals. Im always hungry and motivated to improve in every aspect of my game, on offense and defense. One area of my game that I need to improve is my overall defensive consistency. I spent alot of time watching game film to evaluate my defensive positioning and consistency , and work on figuring how can I adjust myself in preventing it from happening. I strive to be a 2 way player , thats why I put in alot of hours working out in the summer and during the season to be the best version of myself . My motto is " make your weakness your strength "

Which player was the hardest opponent to play against?


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Fall re-signs at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Senegalese center Massine Fall (208-93). He played there last season. In 18 LEB Gold games he had 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg. Fall helped them to win the regular season. He also played for Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) that season where in 20 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg.
Fall has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, CB Fuenlabrada II, Albacete, San Isidro and Aridane).

Melilla Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Rodriguez
Filip Djuran
Eduardo Duran

Forwards:
Javier Lucas
Pablo Almazan

Centers:
Mamadou Samb
Massine Fall

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dmitriy Flis agreed terms with Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) inked 33-year old naturalized Russian power forward Dmitriy Flis (204-100kg-84) from Ourense Termal. In 38 LEB Gold games he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Flis played at La ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) where in 30 games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.1rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2014. Flis received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut, Andorra, Blusens Monbus and Lleida_Basquet) and Russia (Ural Ekaterinburg).

Leyma Basquet Coruna roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Sanz
Angel Hernandez
Trevor Cooney
Michael Torres
Pablo Ferreiro

Forwards:
Dmitriy Flis
Jonathan Gilling
Larry Abia

Center:
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shota Gelazonia signs at L'Hospitalet - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (LEB Silver) landed 23-year old Georgian center Shota Gelazonia (205-94) from Xuven Cambados. In 34 LEB Silver games in Spain he averaged 9.8ppg and 4.9rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gelazonia played at Blancos de Rueda where in 16 LEB Silver games he had 11.4ppg and 7.3rpg.
He represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Gelazonia has played previously professionally also in Georgia (Dinamo Tbilisi and MIA) and Spain (Zamorano and Innova Chef).

C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Edgar San_Epifanio
Xavier Guia
Devin Schmidt

Forwards:
Ivan Garcia
Mauricio Cheda

Centers:
Shota Gelazonia
Johan Bitjaa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Plasencia inks Franco Acosta - by Eurobasket News

Plasencia Extremadura (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 19-year old Argentinian forward Franco Acosta (201-98). He will still stay in Spain where he played last season at Menorca in the EBA. In 14 games he had 4.5ppg and 3.2rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Acosta was tested by Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa).
He represented Argentina at the FIBA Americas Championships U18 in Valdivia (Chile) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 4.0rpg.

Plasencia Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Adrian Fuentes

Forwards:
Erik Kinney
David Atkinson
Franco Acosta

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coin adds Blanford to their roster, ex Oulun NMKY - by Eurobasket News

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados (EBA) added to their roster American forward Sherman Blanford (198-98kg, college: E.Illinois). He played most recently at Oulun NMKY in Finnish 1st Division. In 25 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.3apg in 2015-16 season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season Blanford was tested by Sparta (Total League) in Luxembourg.
He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his fourth season as a professional player.

CB Coin Almoguera Abogados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisco Robles
Germinal Cabrita

Forward:
Sherman Blanford

Center:
Jaylen Larry

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Algeciras add Murray to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CB Ciudad Algeciras Cepsa added to their roster 26-year old American small forward Michael Murray (196-95kg-91, college: Coppin State). He is not a newcomer in Spanish League as he played last season at Isover Basket Azuqueca in Spanish EBA league. In 12 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. 1 Div. will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Murray also played that season for Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (also in EBA) where in 16 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Murray's team made it to the MEAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted All-MEAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Murray has played also professionally in Argentina (Echague).
He attended Coppin State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Faubel re-signs at Lliria - by Eurobasket News

Grupo Sanz Basquet Lliria (EBA) confirmed in their roster experienced 34-year old point guard Vicente Faubel (182-83). He has played there for the last twelve seasons. In 22 EBA games he had 12.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg last season.
Faubel used to play for Castello before.

Grupo Sanz Basquet Lliria roster for 2017-2018:

Vicente Faubel
David Guardia
Carlos Faubel
Matias Boho
Liam McGuirk

Coach: Ferran Pizcueta

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White comes back to Gandia - by Eurobasket News

Hispagan UPB Gandia (EBA) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Fitzgerald White (201-91, college: Union, KY). It is actually his comeback to Gandia as he has played here before. He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. White is not a newcomer in Spanish League where he played last season at Plasencia Extremadura, the newcomer in LEB Silver. In 9 EBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season White played at Hispagan UPB Gandia. In 29 EBA games he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 3 title.
White was voted All-AAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
White graduated from Union College, KY in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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De Schakel and Yellow Birds lead the semifinal series - by Eurobasket News

De Schakel and Yellow Birds lead the semifinal series against heir opponents in the best-of-five series. De Schakel beat SCVU 61-54 and then 72-51 as Jahmal Henar (F) stepped up with 19 points in the second game. SCVU replied with a 63-59 wi in game 3 as Watamaleo Gylan top-scored with 19 points.
Yellow Birds meanwhile overcame De Arend 76-74 and then 64-61 as Ewijk Bjorn poured in 16 points in the second game. De Arend grabbed a 57-55 win in game 3 as La Rose Emile stepped up with 18 points.



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Galatasaray may sign Norvel Pelle - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) is close to sign 24-year old Lebanese international forward Norvel Pelle (208-105kg-93, college: Iona) who currently played Openjobmetis Varese in Italy. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. The last season he played also at Openjobmetis VA (also in Serie A) in Italian where in 29 games he had 7.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1bpg. Pelle also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.7bpg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Delaware 87ers (D-League) in first round (6th overall).
Pelle attended Iona College and it may be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pelle's team was regular season runner-up in Lebanese League in 2016. He was also voted Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Honorable Mention in 2015. Pelle was called to Lebanese Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously professionally in Taiwan (Dacin Tigers) and Lebanon (Homenetmen).

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mehmet Yagmur
Alex Renfroe
Dwight Hardy
Goksenin Koksal

Forwards:
Emir Preldzic
DaJuan Summers
Scotty Hopson
Ege Arar
T.J. Cline

Center:
Richard Hendrix

Coach: Erman Kunter

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jeff Ayres (ex Toyota Alvark) is a newcomer at Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Eskisehir Basket (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League. In 27 games he recorded 12.4ppg and 7.1rpg. Ayres helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League East Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He also played that season for another team D Fenders in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 22 games he averaged 12.8ppg and 7.2rpg. Ayres contributed to his team winning the Cup.
In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Arizona State staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA championship title in 2014. Ayres was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active … His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country … Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces … Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses … Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders
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Eskisehir Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Earl Rowland
Sean Marshall
Caner Erdeniz
Josh Duncan
Viacheslav Kravtsov
Jeff Ayres
Berkay Candan
Yunus Sonsirma
Muhammed Senli
Billy Baron
Mehmet Alemdaroglu
Dorukhan Engindeniz

Coach: Miguel Angel Hoyo

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nikolaosspanos)

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Cherkasy Monkeys lands Marko Popovic - by Andy Dziuba

SK Cherkasy Monkeys signed Montenegrin forward Marko Popovic (200-F-85, agency: AproK Sports Group) for upcoming season.

Last season 31 years old Popovic played at Kosovan SuperLeague for KB Bashkimi Prizren. He averaged 12,0 ppg, 3,7 rpg and 2,1 apg in 25 games. Also he recorded 12,0 ppg, 5,4 rpg and 1,0 apg in Balcan League. Popovic became Kosovan SuperLeague runner-up and was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 2nd Team.

Popovic is very experienced player. He won Monenegrin League title with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica six times and also played for Montenegrin National Team.



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Fabriano lands James Cummings - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Janus Basket Fabriano tabbed 19-year old British guard James Cummings (188-79kg-98). He just graduated from Lander (NCAA2).
As mentioned above Cummings is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He played at the PeachBelt Tournament Semifinals in 2017.
Cummings has played previously for another Italian team Ascoli Basket.

Janus Basket Fabriano roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
James Cummings

Forwards:
Marko Jovancic
Sergio Quercia
Joseph Vita_Sadi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ryan Martin (ex Le Havre) joins Prievidza - by Michal Duchovic

BC Prievidza (SBL) agreed terms with 26-year old British-Jamaican forward Ryan Martin (206-102kg-91, college: Tenn Tech). He played last season at STB Le Havre in French ProB. In 21 games he had 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg. Martin also played that season for Provence Basket (also in ProB) where in 16 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Banco di Srd (Serie A) in Italian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Martin's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2016. He was also voted All-OVC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Martin represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg.
Martin has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Hackney White Heat).
He attended Tennessee Tech University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

BC Prievidza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Bilik
Marek Jass
Jaytornah Wisseh
Jaroslav Musil
Rodney Glasgow
Branislav Pipiska
Grant Sitton

Forwards:
Marko Batina
Ryan Martin
Jan Zorvan
Chris Perry
Jakub Mokran

Coach: Ryan Pannone



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Atenas, near to win the promotion to the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Atenas defeated Tabare 98-72 for the Metro league 20th round and now they need only one more win, with five games to play, to get the promotion to the Uruguayan League 2018/19. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) scored 24 points and added 7 assists while Mateo Pose (190-SG-95) added 20 points. For Tabare, Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Other results:
Colon 70 - Tirrell Brown (198-F-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) 23 points and 16 rebounds
Cordon 68 - Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 16 points 8 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 82 -Terrel Thomas Glen (201-F-79, college: Georgia St.) 22 points 10 rebounds
Union Atletica 97 - Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) 40 points 11 rebounds 2 assists
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Capitol 75 - Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) 18 points 8 rebounds, Hector Silva (192-F-90) 18 points 15 rebounds
Marne 70 -Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) 14 points 13 rebounds




Argentina defeated Uruguay 105-96 - by Hector Lopez

Argentina defeated Uruguay 105-96 as both NT are training to play the AmeriCup at the end of this month. For Argentina, Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) scored 25 points with 7/5 three points shots, while Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) added 13 points and 6 rebounds and Nicolas Brussino (202-G/F-93) scored 14 points with 4/5 threee points shots. For Uruguay, Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) netted 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) finished with 26 points and added 10 assists and Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91, agency: Pro Sports) scored 16 points and added 4 assists. Both NT will be playing a second game tomorrrow.


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  VENEZUELA  


Poitiers add Tarrant to their roster, ex Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Ricky Tarrant (188-86kg-93, college: Memphis). He played last season at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also played that season for Titans in Canadian NBL Canada where in 15 games he averaged remarkable 18.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also spent pre-season at s Oliver Baskets (BBL) in German league that year.
Last year he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (63rd overall).
Tarrant attended University of Memphis until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of AAC Tournament in 2016. Tarrant was also voted All-C-USA Freshman of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.

Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arnaud Thinon
Ricky Tarrant
Yanik Blanc
Pierre Cellerier

Forwards:
Pierre-Yves Guillard
Christophe Leonard
Devon Collier
Sekou_Omar Doumbouya

Coach: Rudy Nelhomme

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Parma signs rookie Tre McLean - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Newly promoted Parma Basket Perm (VTB) inked American point guard Tre McLean (183). He just graduated from William Peace (NCAA3). But in 22 games he recorded only 1.5ppg last season.
As mentioned above McLean is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre
Tre McLean

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Russia



Alexey Vzdykhalkin agreed terms with Parma - by Eurobasket News

Parma Basket Perm (VTB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old point guard Alexey Vzdykhalkin (191-85kg-85, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last two years at Enisey in the VTB. In 14 FIBA Europe Cup games he recorded 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg last season. Vzdykhalkin also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements he won Russian Superleague championship title in 2014. Vzdykhalkin received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He was a member of Russian U20 National Team in 2005.
Vzdykhalkin has played previously for seven other teams: Avtodor, Krasnodar, Ryazan, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Lokomotiv, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Parma Basket Perm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alexey Vzdykhalkin
Frank Gaines
Codi Miller-McIntyre

Forward:
Artem Yakovenko

Centers:
Yanick Moreira
Andrejs Grazulis
Aleksandr Vinnik

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Russia



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  WORLD CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan BOATRIGHT
  USA
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Boatright, ARM22.8 
 2. Musa, BIH22.3 
 3. Poeltl, AUT21.3 
 4. Theodore, MKD19.7 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD19.0 
 6. Veideman, EST19.0 
 7. Mahalbasic, AUT19.0 
 8. Liutych, BLR17.5 
 9. de-Jong, NED17.0 
 10. Vezenkov, BUL16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vezenkov, BUL12.0 
 2. Rancik, SVK9.0 
 3. Paliashchuk, BLR8.0 
 4. Fischer, ARM8.0 
 5. Ihring, SVK7.8 
 6. Talts, EST7.0 
 7. Mahalbasic, AUT6.7 
 8. Meshcharakou, BLR6.5 
 9. Parakhouski, BLR6.5 
 10. Yanev-G., BUL6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  NED
  (189-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, NED6.0 
 2. Lanegger, AUT5.7 
 3. Boatright, ARM5.3 
 4. Marinov, BUL5.0 
 5. Berisha, KOS5.0 
 6. Kangur, EST5.0 
 7. Massamba, SWE4.8 
 8. Vabishchevic., BLR4.5 
 9. Bost, BUL4.3 
 10. Theodore, MKD4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vojdan STOJANOVSKI
  MKD
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Stojanovski, MKD2.7 
 2. Hallman, POR2.7 
 3. Voorn, NED2.5 
 4. Gaddefors, SWE2.5 
 5. Parakhouski, BLR2.0 
 6. Veideman, EST2.0 
 7. de-Jong, NED2.0 
 8. Renfroe, BIH1.8 
 9. Boatright, ARM1.8 
 10. Lazic, BIH1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Spires, SWE2.0 
 2. Fusek, SVK1.7 
 3. Parakhouski, BLR1.5 
 4. Talts, EST1.5 
 5. Guerreiro, POR1.3 
 6. Shima, ALB1.0 
 7. Rados, AUT1.0 
 8. Fischer, ARM1.0 
 9. Poeltl, AUT0.7 
 10. Mahalbasic, AUT0.7 




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Women News


Coach Vincent optimistic about Nigeria Afrobasket chances - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Head coach of Nigeria Senior Women National team, Sam Vincent is optimistic about D'Tigress chances of making an impressive outing at the 2017 Afrobasket for Women holding in Bamako, Mali.

An impressed Vincent who arrived the team's camp on Wednesday night was at the team's second friendly game in two days against Raptors Basketball club at the Indoor Sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium, Surulere.

Despite suffering another defeat against Raptors with the game ending 78 - 65 points in favour of the men's team, the coach said there was a mark improvement in the way the team played as they were able to reduce the 16 points deficit in their earlier 71 - 55 points loss to just 13 in less than twenty-four hours.

'I feel great, the ladies are working hard, we got a good training camp in Florida. We have a solid local training camp and I feel we have good players here who are ready to compete. I feel good about our chances going into the tournament.'

On the areas in which to improve in the coming days, Vincent said, 'Defensively, we have to be better, offensively, we have to get a little bit sharper.

'The good thing is that the tournament is not starting tomorrow. We still have a couple of days and by the time we actually play the game, we will be a little bit sharper than we were tonight,' he said.

'I definitely feel we can do it again. I feel like this is a great team that we are putting together and now we just have to focus on the last four or five days before we head to Mali, so I feel good about our chances.' Ndidi Madu (188-PF-89, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management)



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  


Afrobasket.com All-African U16 Championships Awards 2017 - by Greg

Afrobasket.com All-African U16 Championships 1st Team 2017
Noemia Massingue
Massingue
Habiba Elgizawy
Elgizawy
Cacia Antonio
Antonio
Aissetou Coulibaly
Coulibaly
Sika Kone
Kone

Best Player: Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) of Mali
Best Guard: Noemia Massingue (01) of Mozambique
Best Forward: Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) of Mali
Best Center: Sika Kone (C-02) of Mali

1st Team
: Noemia Massingue (01) of Mozambique
G: Habiba Elgizawy (169-G-01) of Egypt
G: Cacia Antonio (162-G-01) of Angola
G/F: Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) of Mali
C: Sika Kone (C-02) of Mali

Honorable Mention
Jana Abdullah (182-C-01) of Egypt
Cristina Lourenco (164-G-01) of Angola
Tadiwa Mabika (01) of Zimbabwe



Mali celebrate title in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Mali - Angola 68-29
Mali celebrated Gold in Mozambique. They cruised past Angola in the championship game. Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-01) stepped up with another MVP performance as she tallied 25 points and 6 steals for the champions. Mali dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 33:15 halftime lead. They held Angola to just 14 points in the second half and eased to the victory. Sika Kone (02) produced 15 points and 9 boards in the win. Alexia Dizeko (175-G/F-01) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for Angola.
3-4 Place
Mozambique - Egypt 38-56
Egypt stepped onto the pedestal in Mozambique. They crushed the hosts in the consolation final today. Jana Abdullah (182-C-01) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Egypt recorded a 23:19 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:9 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Habiba Elgizawy (169-G-01) had 15 points and 7 steals in the victory. Sandra Magolico (02) replied with 9 points for Mozambique.



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  BARBADOS  


Pinelands improve to an 8-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Pinelands improved to an 8-0 record on top. In the latest game they overcame Clapham Bulls 81-43. The favorites dominated the whole game and clinched the 8th straight win.
Lady Cougars celebrated 4 more victories to take a 7-1 record on the second place. They also beat Clapham Bulls 62-30. The Cougars posted a 16-5 start in the start and never looked behind after.



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  EGYPT  


Egypt's women win Arab Championship - by Eurobasket News

Egypt's women Basketball team won over Tunisia 74-62 in Arab Championship final on Thursday at hall 3 of the covered halls complex of the Cairo International Stadium to achieve the title. Egypt started the match with a great desire to achieve the title in front of Egyptian fans; they dominated the game from the first moment, they won the four halves, 17-15, 18-13, 11-14 and 28-20 respectively to end the game 74-62. Egypt's women continued their amazing run in the tournament winning all games, they defeated Iraq in the first round with a score of 114-51, then beating Tunisia in the second round with a score of 65-60 and defeating Jordan with a score of 97-53 in the third round. They also won over Iraq in the semi-finals 110-61 to qualify for the final. Only four teams participated in this edition of the tournament after many Arab teams apologized from participating in the tournament. Arab Championship is held at hall 3 of the covered halls complex of the Cairo International Stadium from August 5 to 10 August.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


Santa Tecla and Guatemala won the semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla and Guatemala won the semifinal openers at the Liga Mayor De Baloncesto Feminina Apertura 2017. Santa Tecla beat Giants 75-49 as Zuleira Aties (190-F/C-80) stepped up with 27 points and 15 boards, while Raychel Shannon added 14. Adriana Garcia replied with 15 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Guatemala meanwhile beat San Salvador 64-61. Veronica Gutierrez top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cynthia Castillo added 20. Andrea Guatemala replied with 20 points in a loss.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Veronika PAVLIUCHENKO
  (184-F/C-1)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Pavliuchenko, RUS15.9 
 2. Wadoux, FRA15.8 
 3. Hipp, POL15.6 
 4. Fitik, TUR14.4 
 5. Meldere, LAT14.1 
 6. Rupert, FRA13.7 
 7. Carrera, ESP13.3 
 8. Bessoir, GER13.1 
 9. Nedeljkov, SRB12.6 
 10. Visockaite, LTU12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emily BESSOIR
  (192-PF-1)
  Avg: 14
 1. Bessoir, GER14.0 
 2. Meldere, LAT12.1 
 3. Bayram, TUR11.0 
 4. Visockaite, LTU10.6 
 5. Rupert, FRA10.5 
 6. Carrera, ESP10.3 
 7. Gilli, ITA8.9 
 8. Pavliuchenko, RUS8.9 
 9. Vaida, ROM8.4 
 10. Deuric, SRB8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nika MUHL
  (177-PG-1)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Muhl, CRO6.7 
 2. Rosemeyer, GER4.6 
 3. Pueyo, ESP4.1 
 4. Nulle, LAT4.0 
 5. Mendez, ESP4.0 
 6. Kulinska, POL3.7 
 7. Sinickaite, LTU3.6 
 8. Manyoky, HUN3.4 
 9. Angyal, HUN3.4 
 10. Bobrik, RUS3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nika MUHL
  (177-PG-1)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Muhl, CRO5.3 
 2. Venskaya, BLR3.4 
 3. Fitik, TUR3.1 
 4. Mandic, CRO3.0 
 5. Mendez, ESP3.0 
 6. Carrera, ESP2.9 
 7. Chery, FRA2.9 
 8. Pueyo, ESP2.6 
 9. Kulinska, POL2.6 
 10. Fiserova, CZE2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Raquel CARRERA
  (188-C-1)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Carrera, ESP3.1 
 2. Bessoir, GER2.7 
 3. Rupert, FRA1.7 
 4. Curic, CRO1.7 
 5. Pavliuchenko, RUS1.7 
 6. Visockaite, LTU1.6 
 7. Chery, FRA1.4 
 8. Vaida, ROM1.3 
 9. Meldere, LAT1.3 
 10. Kowalska, POL1.1 


France earn title in Bourges - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
France - Hungary 63-55
France earned the title in Bourges. The hosts outgunned Hungary in the championship game tonight. Zoe Wadoux (178-F-01) came up with 22 points to lead les Bleues. Hungary jumped to a 13:8 lead after ten minutes. But France went on an 18:11 run in the second term to ensure a 26:24 halftime lead. France fueled a 23:13 run in the third term to ensure a double-digit advantage. Hungary cut the distance in the fourth period but France held on to clinch Gold medals. Iliana Rupert (193-C-01) delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Reka Dombai (179-F-02) answered with 16 points for Hungary.
3-4 Place
Italy - Latvia 48-42
Italy stepped onto the pedestal in Bourges. They clinched the Bronze following a narrow win over Latvia in the consolation final. Alessandra Orsili (167-PG-01) netted 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Italy eked out a 21:20 halftime lead. They held Latvia to just 22 points in the second half and rolled to the victory. Caterina Gilli (181-SF-02) and Giulia Natali (176-G-02) netted 7 points each for the winners. Jete Nulle (168-PG-01) answered with 13 points for Latvia.

5-6 Place
Spain - Germany 54-49
Helena Pueyo (182-F-01) posted 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Spain past Germany. Germany jumped to a 30:23 halftime lead. Spain however went on a 19:9 run in the third term to surge ahead. They held Germany to just 10 points in the fourth quarter to roll to the win. Raquel Carrera (188-C-01) netted 11 points and collected 11 boards in the victory. Emily Bessoir (192-PF-01) produced 13 points and 13 rebounds for Germany.

7-8 Place
Poland - Russia 70-85
Russia outgunned Poland in the clash for the 7th place. Veronika Pavliuchenko (184-F/C-01) tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Russia grabbed a 26:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They went on a 22:7 run in the third period to clear off for good. Alexandra Andrushchenko (180-F-01) netted 17 points in the victory. Weronika Hipp (166-PG-01) led all scorers with 31 points for Poland.

9-10 Place
Czech Republic - Croatia 65-49
Czech Republic held off Croatia behind 18 points from Kristyna Holubcova (175-G/F-01). Czech Republic accounted for a 36:30 halftime lead. They held Croatia to just 19 points in the second half and marched to the win. Simona Fiserova (181-F-02) netted 10 points for the winners. Ana Mandic (180-F-01) delivered 12 points for Croatia.
11-12 Place
Turkey - Serbia 74-57
Turkey finished 11th in Bourges. They ended up beating Serbia today. Goksen Fitik (170-SG-01) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Turkey posted a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 41:30 run in the second half to seal the win. Zeynep Gul had 15 points for Turkey. Nikolina Deuric (178-G/F-01, agency: BeoBasket) and Marta Mitrovic (184-F/C-02) answered with 12 points each for Serbia.

13-14 Place
Holland - Lithuania 67-59
Netherlands secured their Division A stay as they edged Lithuania in the decisive battle. Maaike Can Zeijl delivered 21 points to lead the Dutch team. Lithuania led by two points at the big break 29:31. But Netherlands took over in the second half. They went on a 23:15 run in the fourth term to snatch the win. Emy Hayford (175-G/F-01) netted 15 points for Netherlands. Simona Visockaite (185-C-02) had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Baltic team.

15-16 Place
Romania - Belarus 33-57
Belarus capped their campaign with victory. They thumped Romania to claim the 15th place. Iryna Venskaya (168-PG-02) tallied 17 points to lead the winners. Belarus piled up a 32:14 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and raced to the win. Yana Haliakova (184-F-01) had 8 points in the victory. Laura Vaida (192-C-01) topscored with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Romania.




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Klara LUNDQUIST
  (171-PG-99)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Lundquist, SWE21.3 
 2. Tsineke, GRE20.8 
 3. Friskovec, SLO16.5 
 4. Guner, TUR14.8 
 5. Erjavec, CRO13.8 
 6. Juhasz, HUN13.0 
 7. Junio, ESP12.7 
 8. Donskichyte, LTU12.5 
 9. Madera, ITA12.2 
 10. Zaytseva, RUS12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 13
 1. Massey, BEL13.0 
 2. Lundquist, SWE10.0 
 3. Rozentale, LAT9.5 
 4. Vorackova, CZE9.3 
 5. Guner, TUR8.5 
 6. Massey, BEL8.3 
 7. Gorsic, SLO7.8 
 8. Heljic, BIH7.7 
 9. Djordjevic, SRB7.6 
 10. Cubaj, ITA7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ivana KATANIC
  (174-PG-99)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Katanic, SRB6.8 
 2. Vorackova, CZE4.7 
 3. Lelik, HUN4.7 
 4. Friskovec, SLO4.2 
 5. Gonzalez, ESP4.2 
 6. Dimitrijevic, SRB4.2 
 7. Sotolova, CZE4.0 
 8. Kroselj, SLO4.0 
 9. Tsineke, GRE4.0 
 10. Tadic, CRO4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Klara LUNDQUIST
  (171-PG-99)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lundquist, SWE3.3 
 2. Verona, ITA3.3 
 3. Donskichyte, LTU3.2 
 4. Masionyte, LTU2.5 
 5. Sotolova, CZE2.5 
 6. Friskovec, SLO2.3 
 7. Madera, ITA2.3 
 8. Septe, LAT2.3 
 9. Azinovic, BIH2.2 
 10. Gorsic, SLO2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  (186-G/F-0)
  Avg: 3
 1. Massey, BEL3.0 
 2. Guner, TUR2.2 
 3. Brabencova, CZE2.2 
 4. Cubaj, ITA1.3 
 5. Kozhukhar, RUS1.3 
 6. Kosulnikova, RUS1.3 
 7. Anastasopoul., GRE1.3 
 8. Turudic, SRB1.2 
 9. Sakeviciute, LTU1.2 
 10. Pendande, ESP1.2 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Natalia OTKHMEZURI
  (175-G/F-0)
  Avg: 20
 1. Otkhmezuri, GEO20.0 
 2. Ivanova, BUL18.9 
 3. Sabally, GER17.8 
 4. Geiselsoeder, GER16.8 
 5. Winterburn, ENG15.7 
 6. Benonysdotti., ISL15.2 
 7. Lahtinen, FIN15.0 
 8. Melia, IRL14.9 
 9. Tirosh, ISR14.4 
 10. Gegeshidze, GEO14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nyara SABALLY
  (185-C-0)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Sabally, GER13.2 
 2. Dolinta, MDA12.1 
 3. Melia, IRL9.6 
 4. Geiselsoeder, GER9.2 
 5. Hodge-Carr, ISL9.0 
 6. Lutje, NED8.9 
 7. Huijsdens, IRL8.6 
 8. Parau, ROM8.3 
 9. Jordao, POR8.0 
 10. Malashko, BLR7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Claire MELIA
  (185-C-99)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Melia, IRL5.1 
 2. Lozzi, ENG4.7 
 3. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.2 
 4. Saar, ISR4.0 
 5. Schinkel, GER4.0 
 6. Lahtinen, FIN4.0 
 7. Teder, EST3.7 
 8. Klimek, POL3.4 
 9. Simon, LUX3.3 
 10. Strozyk, GER3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Lozzi, ENG5.3 
 2. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.5 
 3. Winterburn, ENG3.3 
 4. Malashko, BLR3.0 
 5. Strozyk, GER3.0 
 6. Todorova, BUL3.0 
 7. Mitreva, MKD2.8 
 8. Fastova, UKR2.7 
 9. Otkhmezuri, GEO2.7 
 10. Lahtinen, FIN2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Veronika LIUBINETS
  (188-C-99)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Liubinets, UKR1.9 
 2. Virjoghe, ROM1.9 
 3. Sabally, GER1.8 
 4. Vasilevko, BLR1.7 
 5. Jordao, POR1.7 
 6. Malashko, BLR1.2 
 7. Price, ENG1.0 
 8. Jones, ENG1.0 
 9. Benonysdotti., ISL1.0 
 10. Slagter, NED1.0 


Division B. Ireland and Germany enter Final in Dublin - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Poland - Ireland 57-68
Ireland entered the championship game as they beat Poland in the semifinal clash. The hosts also booked Division A birth with the victory. Claire Melia (185-C-99) delivered 18 points for the home side. Poland enjoyed a 15:9 lead after ten minutes. Ireland responded with a 19:8 run in the second term to take a 28:23 halftime advantage. Ireland went on a 23:14 rally in the final period to claim the crucial victory. Dayna Finn (177-F/G-00) netted 17 points in the win. Julia Nielacna (182-F/C-99) dropped 16 points for Poland.

Germany - United Kingdom 64-55
Germany overcame Great Britain to clinch Division A birth. Nyara Sabally (185-C-00) recorded 21 points and 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Great Britain accumulated a 35:31 halftime lead. But Germany used a 19:7 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Great Britain to just 13 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Luisa Geiselsoeder (189-F-00) netted 18 points and grabbed 8 boards in the win. Shauna Harrison (178-SG-00) responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Holly Winterburn (175-SG-00) had 15 points in the loss.




Serbia and Belgium advance into title game in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
France - Serbia 48-66
Serbia entered the championship game in Sopron. They defeated France in the semifinal clash. Ivana Katanic (174-PG-99) notched 22 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds for the winners. France eked out a 26:25 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 4-point mark at the final break. Serbia however replied with a strong 27:5 run in the final term to snatch the win. Mina Djordjevic (186-PF-99, agency: BeoBasket) provided 12 points in the victory. Tima Pouye (176-F/G-99) knocked down 19 points for France.

Czech Republic - Belgium 49-63
Belgium advanced into the Final in Sopron. They beat Czech Republic in the semifinal clash. Lore Devos (183-F-99) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic grabbed a 16:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Belgium went on a 20:7 run in the second frame to take a 28:23 halftime lead. Belgium held Czech Republic to just 26 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Becky Massey (186-G/F-00) provided 13 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Veronika Vorackova (184-SF-99) and Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) had 12 points each for Czech Republic.
5-8 Place
Sweden - Hungary 43-59
Hungary defeated Sweden behind 16 points and 14 rebounds from Livia Gereben (183-F-99). Hungary snatched a 26:25 halftime lead. They went on a 23:9 run in the fourth frame to run away with the win. Beatrix Meresz (184-F/C-99) had 15 points in the victory. Klara Lundquist (171-PG-99) came up with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Sweden.

Spain - Slovenia 63-62
Spain eked out a narrow win over Slovenia in the classification round. Iris Junio (185-G-99) posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Slovenia snatched a 27:26 halftime lead. But Spain used an 18:10 run in the third term to take a 7-point lead. Slovenia cut the distance in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Paloma Gonzalez (172-PG-99) had 13 points and 8 assists in the victory. Tjasa Kenda (170-F-00) netted 15 points for Slovenia.

9-12 Place
Bosnia - Croatia 52-80
Croatia rallied past Bosnia in the classification round. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) netted 22 points for the winners. Croatia accumulated a 40:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) delivered 21 points and 8 boards in the win. Gabriela Viskovic (175-PG-00) chipped in 16 points for Bosnia.

Russia - Italy 62-71
Italy knocked down Russia in the classification clash. Sara Madera (186-F/C-00) and Martina Fassina (180-F-99) posted 19 points each for the Azzurri. Russia enjoyed a 34:29 halftime lead. But Italy responded with a 42:28 run in the second half to ice the win. Lorela Cubaj (191-C-99) had 10 points in the victory. Anna Zaytseva (183-F/C-99) chipped in 13 points for Russia.
13-16 Place
Turkey - Latvia 63-67
Latvia held off Turkey in the relegation round. Marianna Klavina (175-G/F-99) tallied 17 points to lead the Baltic team to a vital win. Turkey grabbed a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia went on a 33:23 run in the next two quarters to surge ahead. Turkey unloaded 27 points in the fourth frame but could not escape the defeat. Aleksa Gulbe (184-F/C-00) added 14 points in the win. Ilayda Guner (186-C-99, agency: LBM Management) netted 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists for Turkey.

Greece - Lithuania 57-96
Lithuania overcame Greece in the relegation round. Karolina Kazociunaite (180-SF-99) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 44:23 halftime lead. They outgunned Greece in the next two periods and sealed the win. Dalia Donskichyte (168-SG-00) had 14 points in the victory. Elena Tsineke (174-G/F-99) responded with 17 points for Greece.



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Argentina and Canada enter Final in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Puerto Rico 48-44
Argentina will play for the title in Buenos Aires. They held off Puerto Rico to reach Final. Agostina Burani (184-F/C-91) was pivotal with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Argentina held Puerto Rico to only 4 points in the first term to take a 9-point lead. Puerto Rico pulled within 4 points at halftime 22:18. Argentina stretched the lead at 8-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Puerto Rico fought bravely in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Ornella Santana (183-F/C-90) delivered 6 points and 10 rebounds for the home side. Ali Gibson (180-G/F-93, college: Oregon St.) replied with 10 points for Puerto Rico.

Canada - Brazil 84-45
Canada cruised past Brazil in the semifinal clash. Nirra Fields (175-G-93, college: UCLA) and Kia Nurse (183-G-96) stepped up with 16 points each to pace the North American side. Canada jumped to a 41:22 halftime lead. They went on a 26:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) netted 15 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Isabela Lyra (180-F-94) responded with 14 points for Brazil.




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Halle lands Brittany Hrynko, ex La Spezia - by Juliane Hoehne

SV Halle Lions (DBBL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Brittany Hrynko (173-93, college: De Paul, agency: LBM Management). The Lions had to react fast after Monique Smalls (168-G-91, college: Texas Tech) decided to retire within the last minute. Hrynko played most recently at Carispezia La Spezia in Italian Serie A1, but left. In three games she averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg last season.
Hrynko ended the previous (2015-16) season at Good Angels in Slovakian Extraliga where in 6 games she had 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. But the most of that year she spent at Hapoel Petah Tikva in Israeli D1. In 19 games she recorded very remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.7apg and 1.8spg.
Two years ago Hrynko was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in second round (19th overall).
She attended De Paul University until 2015. It will be her third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hrynko's college team won Big East Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). She received also All-Big East Player of the Year award and All-Big East 1st Team award in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Hrynko has played also professionally for other WNBA teams like Dallas Wings, San Antonio Silver Stars and Atlanta Dream.

SV Halle Lions roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kimberly Pohlmann
Brittany Hrynko

Forwards:
Inken-Viktoria Henningsen
Tijana Djukic
Milan Quinn
Katarzyna Kiejdrowska

Center:
Khadijah Shumpert

Coach: Rene Spandauw

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Amojo is back at TuSLi Berlin - by Juliane Hoehne

TuS Lichterfelde (2.Bundesliga) gained 27-year old international swingman Ireti Amojo (176-90, college: Washington State) for the upcoming season. It is actually her comeback to Lichterfelde as she has played there before. Amojo has played for the last three seasons at Herner in the DBBL. In 25 games she had 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg last season. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Amojo's team made it to the DBBL Semifinals in 2014 and 2016.
She has been also a member of German international program for some years. Amojo has regularly played for German senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2010.
She represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5spg.
Amojo has played previously for three other teams: ChemCats Chemnitz, TuSLi Berlin and Berlin Baskets. She wants to start her career outside of Basketball and will be able to play all home games.

TuS Lichterfelde roster for 2017-2018:

Ireti Amojo
Marion Powilleit
Jenny Menz
Felicia Zeis
Kristin Greiner
Annalena Blume
Nyara Sabally
Doreen Fox
Meret Kleine-Beek
Blanca Stammer
Elisa Billepp
Victoria Poros
Leyla Ozturk
Mira Khan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Braunschweig lands Brianna Wright - by Juliane Hoehne

Eintracht Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) landed 23-year old American forward Brianna Wright (185-94, college: Memphis). She played most recently at Southern Lady Generals (WUBA) in the U.S.
Wright graduated from University of Memphis in 2016, where she played together with Ariel Hearn, who signed also with Braunschweig for this season. Wright averaged her senior year 9.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1spg, while shooting 50.2% from the floor. It will be her first season in pro basketball.

Eintracht Braunschweig roster for 2017-2018:

Mareike Mueller
Maj Vom Hofe
Ariel Hearn
Brianna Wright
Melody Haertle
Tessa Strompen
Morgana Soehn
Julina Meinhart

Coach: Juliane Hoehne

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Freiburg tabs Kelly Hughes - by Eurobasket News

Eisvogel USC Freiburg (2.Bundesliga) inked American guard Kelly Hughes (180, college: Boston). She just graduated from Boston (NCAA). Hughes has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she averaged 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg last season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Hughes was selected to ACC All-Academic Team in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Freiburg keeps Sabally for another season - by Eurobasket News

Eisvogel USC Freiburg (2.Bundesliga) re-signed 19-year old power forward Satou Sabally (189-98). She has played there for the last two seasons. Sabally managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 21 DBBL games she averaged 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.0apg. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time. Sabally also played 2 games in Eurocup where she had 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. And finally she contributed to 4 games in CEWL where she recorded 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg. Sabally received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team award in 2017.
She represented Germany at the European Championships U20 Division B in Eliat (Israel) this year. Sabally's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-3 (16.9ppg), 7.1rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.8%.
Sabally has played previously for TuSLi Berlin.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Navy win another thriller as UG gets pummeled again in ACCRA League - by Eurobasket News

Ghana Navy has won another exciting hard fought game in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division for the second straight week following a 45-39 win over Tudu Galaxy in the latest round played at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu. A week after beating Fire Service 43-46 in a headline game in the division, Navy wrapped up an impressive start to August with another win this time against former leaders of the division. A seven point at the start of the fourth quarter reduced Tudu Galaxy's deficit to two (36-38) with Selina Quaye and Barbara Amoah draining jump shots. However, Memunatu Mumuni ended the run and spark a Navy run to pull away from Galaxy despite a late three point shot from Amoah. Heading into the fixture, University of Ghana's (UG) Female side was on a bad run that had the team lose heavily to defending champions Braves of Customs. UG lost the first of two matchups against Braves 20-74 before faller further back following a 27-90 loss to the same side. The tertiary team's woes worsened as Fire Service delivered a dominant performance to win 64-11 with the first quarter ending 12-2 for Fire. Fire benefited from UG's poor performance as the side waltzed through the contest with little resistance from the young ladies from Ghana's premier university. Fire Service had several top level performances from its roster but Guard Julianna Cudjor stood out with a shooting exhibition coupled with a couple of eye catching Euro step moves.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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Morgan Tuck agreed terms with Elitzur Holon - by Lior Hai

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) inked 23-year old American forward Morgan Tuck (188-84kg-94, college: Connecticut). She playe this summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In 14 games she recorded 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg.
Last year Connecticut Sun selected her as third overall pick in WNBA draft.
She attended University of Connecticut until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Tuck won NCAA championship title for four years in a row (between 2013 and 2016). She received also ESPNW All-NCAA Division I 2nd Team award and All-AAC 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016 at her college time.
Tuck represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Lithuania four years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 13.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%.

Elitzur Maclaren Holon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Limor Peleg
Noa Zelivanski
Crystal Bradford

Forward:
Nofar Shalom

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Halle lands Brittany Hrynko, ex La Spezia - by Juliane Hoehne

SV Halle Lions (DBBL) tabbed 24-year old American guard Brittany Hrynko (173-93, college: De Paul, agency: LBM Management). The Lions had to react fast after Monique Smalls (168-G-91, college: Texas Tech) decided to retire within the last minute. Hrynko played most recently at Carispezia La Spezia in Italian Serie A1, but left. In three games she averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg last season.
Hrynko ended the previous (2015-16) season at Good Angels in Slovakian Extraliga where in 6 games she had 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. But the most of that year she spent at Hapoel Petah Tikva in Israeli D1. In 19 games she recorded very remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.7apg and 1.8spg.
Two years ago Hrynko was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in second round (19th overall).
She attended De Paul University until 2015. It will be her third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hrynko's college team won Big East Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). She received also All-Big East Player of the Year award and All-Big East 1st Team award in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Hrynko has played also professionally for other WNBA teams like Dallas Wings, San Antonio Silver Stars and Atlanta Dream.

SV Halle Lions roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kimberly Pohlmann
Brittany Hrynko

Forwards:
Inken-Viktoria Henningsen
Tijana Djukic
Milan Quinn
Katarzyna Kiejdrowska

Center:
Khadijah Shumpert

Coach: Rene Spandauw

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sant Adria lands Mariam Coulibaly - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Femeni Sant Adria tabbed 20-year old Mali center Mariam Coulibaly (193-97) from Gran Canaria. In 26 LFB games in Spain she averaged 10.1ppg and 10.0rpg (#2 in the league) last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
Despite young age Coulibaly had impressive career. She received Africabasket.com All-African U18 1st Team award back in 2014.
She represented Mali at the World Championships U19 in Chekhov (Russia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 11.0ppg, Reb-4 (10.0rpg), 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.5%.

Femeni Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Itziar Llobet

Forwards:
Mireia Vila
Belen Arrojo
Cristina Hurtado

Centers:
Marta Claret
Mariam Coulibaly

Coach: Fabian Tellez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia). She contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Pirates (8-9) 82-64 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. Taylor scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Brisbane Spartans (18-0) are placed first in QBL group. So far her team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Taylor's fourth season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 34.3% and FT: 60.9% in 13 games she played so far. Taylor is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Natalie Taylor and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Purcell led Brisbane Spartans to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Pirates (8-9) 82-64. She recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Purcell also added 8 assists. This season Purcell has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 9.9rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 67.4%. She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia). She could not help Redbacks (12-6) to beat Magic (19-3). Wallbutton cannot count it as her best performance. She recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. her team lost 59-66 on the road to the second-ranked Magic in the SBL group. This year Wallbutton averages: 5.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.2% and FT: 44.7% in 21 games. She played for the New Zealand national team one years ago.

   #4. Guard Jessica Renata (175-96, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Rollers in their game against Mountaineers (3-15) in the Australian State League (second division). Renata cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points. The tenth-placed Rollers (6-11) were edged 65-62 in Toowoomba by the lower-ranked Mountaineers (#13) in the QBL group. The Regular Season already ended. Renata's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. She used to play for the New Zealand U20 national team back in 2014.

   #5. International guard Rebecca Ott (94, currently plays in Australia) led Knox Raiders to a 1-point victory against the fifth-ranked Hawks (12-8) 60-59 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Ott recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Knox Raiders (15-5) are placed second in Big V group. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ott has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in 14 games. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #6. Guard Shannon Perrett (175-93, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in Sabres' victory against the sixth-ranked Nationals (6-16) 62-61 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. Perrett scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Sandringham Sabres (11-12) are placed fourth in SEABL-South group. The Regular Season already ended. Perrett has been at the team for five years. Her overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg. Perrett is a former U18 international player as she played for the New Zealand team eight years ago.

Jessica Bygate
Jessica Bygate
   #7. International forward Jessica Bygate (186-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shannon Perrett and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Bygate contributed to a 1-point Sabres' victory against the sixth-ranked Nationals (6-16) 62-61. She scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Bygate's stats this year are: 10.2ppg and 5.3rpg in 16 games. She is also New Zealand national team player.

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

   #1. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, college: Md-E Shore, currently plays in Australia) led Power to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. She scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Gladstone Port City Power (12-5) is placed fourth in QBL group. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Subritzky averages: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg.

   #2. Kayla Kiriau (173-G-93, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Kiriau was the major contributor in Power's victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79. She scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 40 minutes. This year Kiriau has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.2spg in 16 games she played so far.

   #3. Alicia Carline (190-F-93, college: Portland St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Kayla Kiriau (above) in the other team. Carline contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79. She had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Carline averages: 6.8ppg and 4.8rpg in 14 games.

   #4. Dalen Pilitati is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Alicia Carline (above) in the other team. Pilitati contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-10) 98-79. She scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Pilitati's overall stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #5. Shanice Swain (165-G-93, currently plays in Australia). Swain could not help Wanneroo (12-10) to beat Lightning (17-5). She recorded 5 points. Wanneroo (#6) were badly defeated 76-58 on the road by the higher-ranked Lightning (#3) in the SBL group. Swain's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg.



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Coach Vincent optimistic about Nigeria Afrobasket chances - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Head coach of Nigeria Senior Women National team, Sam Vincent is optimistic about D'Tigress chances of making an impressive outing at the 2017 Afrobasket for Women holding in Bamako, Mali.

An impressed Vincent who arrived the team's camp on Wednesday night was at the team's second friendly game in two days against Raptors Basketball club at the Indoor Sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium, Surulere.

Despite suffering another defeat against Raptors with the game ending 78 - 65 points in favour of the men's team, the coach said there was a mark improvement in the way the team played as they were able to reduce the 16 points deficit in their earlier 71 - 55 points loss to just 13 in less than twenty-four hours.

'I feel great, the ladies are working hard, we got a good training camp in Florida. We have a solid local training camp and I feel we have good players here who are ready to compete. I feel good about our chances going into the tournament.'

On the areas in which to improve in the coming days, Vincent said, 'Defensively, we have to be better, offensively, we have to get a little bit sharper.

'The good thing is that the tournament is not starting tomorrow. We still have a couple of days and by the time we actually play the game, we will be a little bit sharper than we were tonight,' he said.

'I definitely feel we can do it again. I feel like this is a great team that we are putting together and now we just have to focus on the last four or five days before we head to Mali, so I feel good about our chances.' Ndidi Madu (188-PF-89, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management)



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  POLAND  


TS Ostrovia adds Naczk to their roster - by Eurobasket News

TS Ostrovia Ostrow Wlkp. (BLK) added to their roster 22-year old ex-international point guard Monika Naczk (167-95, agency: Promotex) from MKK Siedlce. In 12 BLK games she recorded 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Naczk spent at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski where in 21 games she averaged 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0apg. She also played that season for AZS II PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.. In 7 BLK games she had 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1spg.
Naczk's team made it to the U18 Championships Semifinals in 2013.
She was also a member of Polish international program for some years. Naczk played for Polish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
She represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-3 (3.9apg), 1.6spg.
Naczk has played previously for four other teams: Basket Gdynia, SMS Lomianki, Zyrardow and Politechnika Gdanska.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Sant Adria lands Mariam Coulibaly - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Femeni Sant Adria tabbed 20-year old Mali center Mariam Coulibaly (193-97) from Gran Canaria. In 26 LFB games in Spain she averaged 10.1ppg and 10.0rpg (#2 in the league) last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
Despite young age Coulibaly had impressive career. She received Africabasket.com All-African U18 1st Team award back in 2014.
She represented Mali at the World Championships U19 in Chekhov (Russia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 11.0ppg, Reb-4 (10.0rpg), 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.5%.

Femeni Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Itziar Llobet

Forwards:
Mireia Vila
Belen Arrojo
Cristina Hurtado

Centers:
Marta Claret
Mariam Coulibaly

Coach: Fabian Tellez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SURINAM  


Yellow Birds reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Yellow Birds reached the Finals due to the technical win in the semifinal series against Rialto. Earlier Yellow Birds won the regular season with a 7-2 record.
In another series De Arend DH grabbed a lead in the series against SCVU DH. In game 1 they posted a 51-47 win as Marcella Sedoc top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Farida Zebeda posted 11 in a loss and Cyarah Kensmil brought 10.



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Ogwumike makes late baseline jumper, Sparks beat Lynx 70-64 - by Eurobasket News

Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 23 points, Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 70-64 on Friday night. Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) caught Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut)'s airball and put it in to get the Lynx within 66-63 with 49.3 seconds left. Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) answered with a baseline jumper for her first basket of the game with 28 seconds left. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) missed a shot in the lane and Gray made two free throws with 14.6 seconds remaining for a seven-point lead. Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor) added 14 points for Los Angeles (19-7) and Ogwumike scored three points to reach 3,000 for her career. Fowles had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota (21-4). Brunson added 14 points and nine rebounds, and Moore scored 12. The Lynx unveiled their new logo for next season at halftime.
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