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  3X3  



Trilogy Wins the First Big3 Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Putting together a great team is difficult in any sport, but at least there are blueprints for established leagues. Acquire great players, emphasize the fundamentals, maybe try to copy a championship team from the past. But what about a brand new league, playing a variation on a standard sport? The Big3 started in June as a three-on-three basketball league of eight traveling teams filled with former N.B.A. players and governed by some quirky rules. Its coaches and athletes had to learn how to create a winner from scratch. Trilogy, which capped an 8-0 regular season with a 51-46 win over the Three-Headed Monsters in the final here on Saturday, found the best answers. How was this team assembled? The captains Kenyon Martin (206-F-77, college: Cincinnati) and Al Harrington (206-F-80), big men who played a combined 33 seasons in the N.B.A., were assigned to Trilogy by the league. They worked with Coach Rick Mahorn to choose the remaining three players through the draft. They were lucky enough to get the No. 1 overall pick. History has shown that does not guarantee success, and their choice of shooting guard Rashad McCants (193-SG-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: Haylett Sports) seemed risky. A first-round pick out of North Carolina in 2005, McCants washed out of the N.B.A. after four seasons and blamed, in part, a relationship with Khloe Kardashian. Martin was confident in his selection process. 'I know basketball and I know how to win,' he said last week. McCants proved him right, complementing both Martin, 39, and Harrington, 37, and finishing No. 2 in the league in steals and No. 3 in scoring. The draft was snake format, so Trilogy did not pick again until No. 16. But the team made another strong choice: James White (201-F/G-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: 3Eye), a swingman who briefly played for three N.B.A. teams, including the Knicks. He became one of the Big3's best shooters and the team's assists leader. Both Mahorn and Harrington called him the glue guy. 'He can play multiple positions, he can check a guard, a forward, a big man,' Mahorn said. Harrington said White had covered the toughest opponent to guard in each game. He did it well enough to be named defensive player of the year. Trilogy chose another shooting guard, Dion Glover (196-G-78, college: Georgia Tech), at No. 19. He became the fifth man on the five-man roster. Added to Harrington ('Al's basketball I.Q. is off the charts,' Mahorn said) and Martin, the drafted players gave Trilogy a high-quality roster. 'We have two versatile bigs,' Martin said. 'Al can play perimeter and post, and I can hit open jump shots.' Though team members emphasized that three-on-three basketball was not very different from five-on-five, some elements required adjustments. But, for Trilogy, not necessarily intricate strategies. "A lot of the teams have plays,' Harrington said. 'We don't do that. We don't call set plays. You've got to throw out that N.B.A. mentality.' It is understood that correct spacing is vital in three-on-three. 'Attack the basket on offense,' Harrington said. 'Three-on-three opens the court up so much.' Versatility, the players said, is equally important. 'In the N.B.A.,' Harrington, 'you've got guys who can do one thing well. In three-on-three, you can't get away with it.' Mahorn said that hiding a defensive liability was impossible in three-on-three. 'In the N.B.A., you've got to have two and a half guys who play offense, two and a half who play defense,' he said. 'That doesn't work in this league.' Harrington said catch-and-shoot players could not succeed in the Big3, while also pointing out that some N.B.A. players had been instructed to play that way even if they might have more skills to offer. 'It's all hands on deck,' Martin said of the Big3. 'You've got to switch guys, post different guys. Dion might post up,' he said of the 6 foot 5 inch Glover. Trilogy has mostly stayed away from one of the new league's innovations, a 4-point shot from 30 feet or more. In the last five regular-season games, Trilogy took just one per game, making two of them. 'It's a desperation shot,' Mahorn said. And Trilogy was seldom in a desperate situation. 'Can't nobody top us with 2s, so we don't need 4s,' Harrington said. "It's first to 50,' Martin said, referring to the league's unusual scoring system, 'not first to 50 by 3s and 4s.'
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



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

Team Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) won their 3rd consecutive Masters after beating local heroes Lausanne (SUI) in a thrilling final of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters on August 25-26 2017. It is a familiar sight to have the number one 3x3 team in the world Novi Sad Al Wahda in the final of a World Tour Masters. However, it was a first for the two-time World Tour winners without their star Dusan Bulut. Novi Sad Al Wahda avenged a Day 1 pool game loss against Lausanne in one of the most spectacular finals in the history of the World Tour (20-15). Lausanne star Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95) brought the massive crowd to its feet with a series of blocks and monster dunks but in money time, tournament MVP Dejan Majstorovic (200-F-88) caught fire and scored a game-high 11 points. In the individual contests, the best shooter in US college basketball history Steve Sir won the Nebuleuse Shoot-Out Contest. 'Miller' Vadim Poddubchenko (195-F-93) (UKR) won the Pemsa Dunk Contest in a spectacular battle against 2016 dunk world champ Dmitry 'Smoove' Krivenko (UKR).
Final Standings
1. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
2. Lausanne (SUI)
3. Riga Ghetto Basket (LAT)
4. Krakow R8 Basket (POL)
5. Kranj (SLO)
6. Cergy (FRA)
7. Zemun Master (SRB)
8. Split (CRO)
9. Saskatoon (CAN)
10. Mestre (ITA)
11. Paide (EST)
12. Logatec (SLO).
Courtesy of: fiba.basketball



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  ARGENTINA  


Alianza Viedma keeps Tabieres for another season - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) re-signed 28-year old power forward Maximiliano Tabieres (198-89). He played there last season. In 42 TNA games he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.7rpg. Tabieres helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Tomas de Rocamora where in 39 TNA games he had 10.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements Tabieres received Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He was a member of Argentinian U18 National Team back in 2006.
Tabieres has played previously for seven other teams: Boca Juniors, Estudiantes Olavarria, P.Echague, Almagro, San Martin de Junin, Firmat FC Santa Fe and Almagro.

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Franco
Alexis Knecht
Federico Grun

Forward:
Federico Mariani

Center:
Maximiliano Tabieres

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Gilas wins gold in SEA Games - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas asserted its mastery against Indonesia, 94-55, to capture gold in the finals of men's basketball of the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The win is the Philippines' 17th SEA Games crown.

Mike Tolomia (191-G-93) provided the needed push in the second quarter as Gilas raced to a 45-27 halftime lead from a close 19-15 lead in the first canto and never looked back.

Tolomia dropped 11 points in the first half capped with two triples and finished with 20 points, leading all scorers.

Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) provided highlights including an emphatic alley-oop play from a pass from Tolomia.

Paras added 14 points and forward Raymar Jose (193-F) scored 12.

Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) and Sandy Kurniawan (190-SG-86) paced the silver medallists with 10 points apiece.

Thailand snatched bronze with a win over Singapore in the battle for third.

The scores:

Philippines (94) - Tolomia 20, Paras 14, Jose 12, Standhardinger 11, Rosario 8, Ravena 7, Cruz 6, Ferrer 5, Pessumal 5, Amer 4, Parks 2, Vosotros 0.

Indonesia (55) - Pratama 10, Kurniawan 10, Wisnu 6, Enguio 5, Sitepu 4, Nugroho 4, Kosaslh 4, Dhyaksa 4, Lakudu 2, Wuysang 2, Grahita 2, Sitorus 2.

Quarterscores: 19-15, 45-27, 67-38, 94-55.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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  AUSTRALIA  


Uhud inks Tre Nichols, ex SW Slammers !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Uhud Medina (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise State, agency: SDJ Sports). He played this summer at SW Slammers in Australian SBL. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 25.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. Great season as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nichols played in the final of Australian SBL in 2015. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian SBL 1st Team in 2016.
Nichols has played previously professionally in ABA (W.Texas W.) and UBL (Central Texas R.).
He attended Boise State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
Nichols could be described: A very good point guard, who passes the ball very well, keeps all teammates involved and has huge leadership. Plus, he can score.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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McGrew joins Saint-Chamond, ex SW Metro P. - by Eurobasket News

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (ProB) signed 24-year old American forward Tanner McGrew (203-113kg-93, college: West Virginia Wesleyan, agency: Duran International). McGrew played this summer at South West Metro Pirates in Australian QBL. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. McGrew was voted Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Forward of the Year in 2017. He was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.
McGrew has played also professionally in Denmark (SISU Copenhagen).
He attended West Virginia Wesleyan until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Hoyaux
Matthieu Guichard
Juwan Staten
Matteo Legat

Forwards:
Sinisa Bilic
Jean-Stephane Rinna
Tanner McGrew
Lucas Hergott
Baba Samake

Centers:
Grismay Paumier
Mohamed Queta

Coach: Alain Thinet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Oberwart land Buay Tuach - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart Gunners bolstered their roster. They added Buay Tuach (198-G/F-95, college: Loyola Mary) for the upcoming season. The Ethiopian swingman has just graduated from Loyola Mary. He tallied 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in his senior season. Buay Tuach received All-WCC Honorable Mention.



Jan Razdevsek (ex Dravograd) signs at KOS Posojilnica-Bank Celovec/Klagenfurt - by Eurobasket News

KOS Posojilnica-Bank Celovec/Klagenfurt (2.Bundesliga) landed Slovenian Jan Razdevsek. He played most recently at Dravograd in Slovenian 4SKL.
Razdevsek's team was Runner-Up of Slovenian 4SKL Group East 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHRAIN  


Al-Ittihad welcomes back Wilkerson, ex Al Karkh !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Ittihad (Premier League) tabbed 26-year old American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-100kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Wilkerson played most recently at Al Karkh in Iraqi Superleague. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Al Noor (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league. A very impressive season as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Saudi Arabian SBL Honorable Mention.
Wilkerson's team was regular season runner-up in CIAA Southern Division in 2012.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Omonia), Bolivia (Bolmar) and Saudi Arabia (Al Salam).
He attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sitra signs Karim York, ex Al Nizwa !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Sitra Club (Premier League) signed American forward Karim York (206-102kg, college: Prairie View A&M). He played last season at Al Nizwa in Omani D1 league.
York's team made it to the SWAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Dzukija lands Domagoj Samac - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) tabbed 24-year old Croatian forward Domagoj Samac (206-98kg-93, college: Ft.Hays State, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Parma in Russian league. Samac managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 VTB United League games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for KK Hermes Analitica Zagreb in Croatian A1 where in 5 games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.8apg. The other team Samac played shortly was Cibona (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 6 A1 games he recorded 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Samac also played 1 game in ABA League where he got just 2 points and 2 rebounds. He also played 1 game in Basketball Champions League where he got only 2 points and 3 rebounds.
Among other achievements Samac's team made it to the MIAA Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He received also All-MIAA 3rd Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Samac represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 66.7%.
Samac graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Dzukija Alytus roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Alejandro Hernandez

Forward:
Domagoj Samac

Centers:
Anatoly Kashirov
Andrejs Selakovs
Egor Gontarev

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  


Carl Montgomery (ex Liepaja/Triobet) joins Liege - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) added to their roster American forward Carl Montgomery (203, college: Chicago State). He played last season at Liepaja/Triobet in Latvian LBL league. In 23 games he had 9.7ppg and 7.2rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Montgomery also played 8 games in Baltic League where he recorded 8.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (2016) summer Montgomery was tested by Canarios (Liga MB) in Salvadorean league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2015. Montgomery was also voted All-GWC 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Montgomery has played also professionally in IBA (Kankakee S.), PBL (Chicago T., Gary Splash and Racine S.) and MPBA (Bloomington Express).
He graduated from Chicago State in 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Jakob Cebasek
Terry Deroover
Tyler Larson

Forwards:
Carl Montgomery
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELIZE  


Halcones sign Tahj Wells, ex Dangriga W. - by Eurobasket News

Halcones de Zonzacate (Liga MB) signed 28-year old American center Tahj Wells (208-102kg-89, college: Edward Waters). He played this summer at Dangriga Warriors in Belizean NEBL. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Belizean NEBL All-Star Game.
Wells has played previously professionally in ABA (Atlanta Wildcats) and CBA (Middle Tennessee Storm).
He attended Edward Waters College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Daly is back at Naestved, ex Belmopan B. - by Eurobasket News

Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen) agreed terms with 23-year old Belizean forward Devin Daly (195-91kg-94, college: L.Superior, agency: Duran International). It is actually his comeback to Naestved as he has played here before. Daly played this summer at Belmopan Red Bandits in Belizean NEBL. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. The last season Daly played at Team FOG Naestved where in 31 Ligaen games he had 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
Daly was voted All-GLIAC 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Daly was a member of Belizean U17 National Team in 2011.
He graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Team FOG Naestved roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Troy Franklin
Conner Washington
Ray Sanders

Forwards:
Devin Daly
Kazembe Abif
Zygimantas Riauka

Center:
Christopher Gabriel

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOLIVIA  


Pichincha Potosi wins decisive game 5, reaches the Finals - by Eurobasket News

CAN Oruro - Pichincha Potosi 77-88

Pichincha Potosi won decisive game 5 over CAN Oruro 88-77. They won the semifinal series 3-2 and will face Calero in the Final game. CAN Oruro looked better in the first half and took a 20-16 lead with 10 minutes to go. They led 4 points at the halftime due to 20-20 in the second period. Pichincha Potosi however dominated the second half and posted 24-19 and 26-16 respectively in the third and the last quarters.



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  BOSNIA  


Kerim Dragolj is a newcomer at Bosnjak - by Eurobasket News

KK Bosnjak Hadzici (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old power forward Kerim Dragolj (200-97) from the junior team of Bosna-Royal. Dragolj has played there for the last four years. In 10 Division I games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Dragolj helped them to make it to the cup final.
He won Bosnian A1 Liga championship title in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jure Brajkovic signs at Bosnjak - by Eurobasket News

KK Bosnjak Hadzici (Division I) landed 23-year old swingman Jure Brajkovic (199-94) from HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar. Brajkovic has played there for the last five years. But in four Division I games he averaged just 1.5ppg last season. He also played that season for Zrinjski where in four Division I games he had only 1.5ppg.
Brajkovic helped his team to make it to the Cup Semifinals in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tunovic is back at Bosnjak - by Eurobasket News

KK Bosnjak Hadzici (Division I) signed 22-year old Bosnian center Nedim Tunovic (207-115kg-95). It is actually his comeback to Hadzici as he has played here before. Tunovic played last season at FP Sport Messina in Italian Serie C Silver.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Bosnjak (A1 Liga FBIH) where in 25 games he had 4.3ppg and 2.7rpg.
Tunovic's team made it to the U16 Championships Semifinals in 2011.
He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.0ppg, 1.1rpg.
Tunovic has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Zlatorog and Hrastnik) and Bosnia (Bosna-Royal, Mostar and Kos).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Artis, America24.3 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.21.0 
 3. Anthony, Bauru19.7 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba18.2 
 5. Uchendu, Bauru15.0 
 6. Avelino, Osasco B.14.8 
 7. Galvanini, Bauru14.3 
 8. Coelho, Franca13.8 
 9. Demetrio, Franca13.8 
 10. Ruivo, Pinheiros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 11
 1. Uchendu, Bauru11.0 
 2. Galvanini, Bauru8.0 
 3. Rodrigues, L.Sor.8.0 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros6.6 
 5. Sommer, Paulistano6.3 
 6. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.3 
 7. Brite, L.Sorocaba6.2 
 8. Hubner, Paulistano6.0 
 9. Demetrio, Franca6.0 
 10. Dos-Santos, Osasco B.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Corazza, Paulistano8.2 
 2. Anthony, Bauru6.0 
 3. Lersch, Mogi5.5 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.0 
 5. Ruivo, Pinheiros4.8 
 6. Borges, Franca4.5 
 7. Taylor, Mogi4.2 
 8. Coelho, Franca4.2 
 9. Pierotti, Bauru3.8 
 10. Artis, America3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rosa, America2.5 
 2. Anthony, Bauru2.0 
 3. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.0 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros1.8 
 5. Artis, America1.8 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.8 
 7. Aleo, Osasco B.1.7 
 8. Fernandes, Osasco B.1.6 
 9. Galvanini, Bauru1.5 
 10. Lersch, Mogi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru3.5 
 2. Sena, Mogi1.7 
 3. Pereira, Pinheiros1.4 
 4. Demetrio, Franca1.2 
 5. Hubner, Paulistano1.0 
 6. Galvanini, Bauru0.8 
 7. Sommer, Paulistano0.8 
 8. Carlos, Mogi0.8 
 9. Bernardi, Pinheiros0.7 
 10. Curnell, Mogi0.7 


Paulista Round 4: Vivo/Franca beats Paschoalotto/Bauru by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (2-3) was very close to win a game against top-ranked Vivo/Franca (6-0) in Sao Paulo on Wednesday. Vivo/Franca managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Paschoalotto/Bauru won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vivo/Franca looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Antonio Ferreira (200-94) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Joao-Pedro Demetrio (208-95) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Undefeated Vivo/Franca have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Paulistano. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face America (#7) in Rio Preto in the next round where they are favorite. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against the league's second-placed Mogi and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liga Sorocaba (3-3) against fifth ranked Paulistano (2-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Liga Sorocaba was crushed by Paulistano in Sao Paolo 89-68. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Yago Dos-Santos (178-99) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Jhonatan Luz-dos-Santos who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Dontrell Brite (175, college: Mount Olive) responded with 25 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Paulistano maintains fifth position with 2-3 record, which they share with Bauru. Liga Sorocaba at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Paulistano will play against bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) at home in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play against Pinheiros (#3) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Paulista top team - Vivo/Franca (6-0) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Osasco B. (0-5) in Sao Paulo 73-60. The winners were led by Lucas Cipolini who scored that evening 12 points and 7 rebounds. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by Igor Avelino did not help to save the game for Osasco B.. Undefeated Vivo/Franca have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser Osasco B. still closes the standings with five games lost. Vivo/Franca will meet America (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Osasco B. will play against Paulistano in Sao Paolo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Osasco B. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked America (2-4) 90-86. Darnell Artis fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. America's coach Marininho Zacarias allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Despite that victory America went down to seventh position due to points difference. Osasco B. at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. America's next round opponent will be league's leader Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Osasco B. will play on the road against Paulistano (#6) in Sao Paolo and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 4 Paulistano was beaten by Mogi on the road 86-79. Pinheiros won against America on its own court 83-72.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Vithor Lersch of Mogi.

Mogi - Paulistano 86-79

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Mogi (4-2) beat 5th ranked Paulistano (2-3) in Mogi das Cruzes 86-79. It looked good early as Paulistano took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mogi had a 19-13 second period charge getting the lead and Paulistano was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-86. Mogi made 31-of-35 charity shots (88.6 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Paulistano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) fired 22 points for the winners. Point guard Vithor Lersch (184-95) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Elio Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international Jhonatan Luz-dos-Santos (196-87) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mogi maintains second position with 4-2 record having just two points less than leader Franca. Paulistano at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Mogi's next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) on the road. Paulistano will play against Osasco B. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: E.Corazza 18+8reb+7ast, J.Luz dos Santos 14+7reb+3ast, E.Sommer 10+6reb+3ast, G.Hubner 9, Y.Dos Santos 8+3reb+4ast, A.Doria 8+3reb
Mogi: S.Stallworth 22+4reb+3ast, V.Lersch 15+7reb+5ast, C.Silveira 12+6reb+1ast, L.Taylor 12+4reb+4ast, T.Curnell 8+9reb, P.Vieira 5
gschID: 558375


Franca - Osasco B. 73-60

Paulista top team - Vivo/Franca (6-0) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Osasco B. (0-5) in Sao Paulo 73-60. The game was mostly controlled by Vivo/Franca. Osasco B. managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by the former international Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) who scored that evening 12 points and 7 rebounds and Guilherme Abreu (200-99) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by forward Igor Avelino (196-93) did not help to save the game for Osasco B.. Power forward Luiz-Paulo Dos-Santos (210-89, college: Slippery Rock) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser Osasco B. still closes the standings with five games lost. Vivo/Franca will meet America (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Osasco B. will play against Paulistano in Sao Paolo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Osasco B.: I.Avelino 15+6reb+1ast, P.Sousa 11+5reb, V.Oliveira 11+5reb+1ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 10+7reb+2ast, B.Felipe Viana 7+3reb+1ast, L.Fernandes 2+11reb+3ast
Franca: P.Lima 14+4reb, L.Cipolini 12+7reb+2ast, G.Abreu 12+7reb, H.Coelho 11+1reb+3ast, C.Bueno 7+4reb+2ast, A.Borges 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 558374


Pinheiros - America 83-72

Rather expected game when 6th ranked America (2-4) lost to fourth ranked Pinheiros (3-2) in Sao Paolo 72-83. The game was mostly controlled by Pinheiros. America was better in fourth quarter 30-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding America to just 4 points in second quarter. They outrebounded America 47-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Pinheiros players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The former international forward Marcus-Vinicius Toledo (201-86) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Felipe Ruivo (189-98) chipped in 25 points. American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) produced 24 points and 7 assists and Radames Santos (204-91) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinheiros moved-up to third place. America at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be Liga Sorocaba (#4) in Sorocabana. America will play at home against the league's leader Vivo/Franca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
America: D.Artis 24+2reb+7ast, R.Santos 19+5reb+1ast, J.Knight 9+8reb+2ast, F.Souza 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Viana 6+6reb, G.Andrade 3+2reb+1ast
Pinheiros: F.Ruivo 25+3reb+2ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 19+8reb+4ast, J.de Oliveira 10+5reb, A.Bernardi 9+8reb+4ast, R.Ansaloni 8+3reb+1ast, V.Pinto 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 558373


Osasco B. - America 86-90

Bottom-ranked Osasco B. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked America (2-4) 90-86. American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Kleiton Torres (201-89) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. America's coach Marininho Zacarias allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Luiz Paulo Dos Santos (210-89, college: Slippery Rock) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory America went down to seventh position due to points difference. Osasco B. at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. America's next round opponent will be league's leader Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Osasco B. will play on the road against Paulistano (#6) in Sao Paolo and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Osasco B.: I.Avelino 13+3reb+1ast, V.Oliveira 13+7reb+2ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 11+9reb+2ast, L.De Souza 11+5reb+2ast, A.Ferros 8+2reb+2ast, W.Drudi 8+2reb+1ast
America: D.Artis 18+7reb+4ast, R.Santos 17+1reb+1ast, K.Torres 12+8reb+3ast, J.Knight 10+3reb+3ast, F.Souza 8+3reb+2ast, L.Rubens 7+1ast
gschID: 558372


Paulistano - L.Sorocaba 89-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liga Sorocaba (3-3) against fifth ranked Paulistano (2-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Liga Sorocaba was crushed by Paulistano in Sao Paolo 89-68. The game was mostly controlled by Paulistano. Liga Sorocaba was better in second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Liga Sorocaba 50-28 including a 35-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Paulistano players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Yago Dos-Santos (178-99) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Jhonatan Luz-dos-Santos (196-87) who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Dontrell Brite (175, college: Mount Olive) responded with 25 points and his fellow American import guard Anton Cook (188-95, college: SE Oklahoma) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Paulistano maintains fifth position with 2-3 record, which they share with Bauru. Liga Sorocaba at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Paulistano will play against bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) at home in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play against Pinheiros (#3) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: D.Brite 25+4reb+3ast, A.Cook 17+3reb+1ast, L.Moraes 9+5reb+1ast, R.Rodrigues 6+1ast, C.Araujo 3+3reb, M.Pereira 3+3reb+3ast
Paulistano: Y.Dos Santos 32+6reb+5ast, J.Luz dos Santos 20+2reb+3ast, L.Fernando Sacco 10+1reb, A.Doria 8+4reb, D.Andre 6+6reb, G.Hubner 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558370


Franca - Bauru 90-88

Fifth-ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (2-3) was very close to win a game against top-ranked Vivo/Franca (6-0) in Sao Paulo on Wednesday. Vivo/Franca managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Paschoalotto/Bauru won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vivo/Franca looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Antonio Ferreira (200-94) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Joao-Pedro Demetrio (208-95) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists and swingman Gabriel Galvanini (203-98) added 24 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Vivo/Franca have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Paulistano. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face America (#7) in Rio Preto in the next round where they are favorite. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against the league's second-placed Mogi and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bauru: G.Galvanini 24+8reb+1ast, K.Anthony 21+3reb+10ast, M.Uchendu 18+5reb+3ast, G.Santos 8+2reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 7+1ast, H.Cerimelli 6+1reb+1ast
Franca: A.Ferreira 23+8reb+1ast, J.Pedro Demetrio 19+8reb+2ast, A.Borges 15+2reb+8ast, H.Coelho 10, M.Silva 8+3reb+2ast, L.Cipolini 8+1reb+6ast
gschID: 558371





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Georgi Barzakov signs at Spartak Pleven - by Eurobasket News

BC Spartak Pleven (NBL) landed 23-year old swingman Georgi Barzakov (202-83kg-94). He played most recently at Rilski Sportist Samokov 2 in the Division A.
Among other achievements Barzakov's team won Bulgarian Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Barzakov was a member of Bulgarian U18 National Team back in 2012.
He has played previously for six other teams: Academik Plovdiv, Lukoil Academic Sofia, Academic Blagoevgrad, Overgas, Champion 2006 Sofia and Thrace University Stara Zagora.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Jordan Bachynski (ex Hokkaido L.) joins Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-117kg-89, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in Japanese B League. In 19 games he had 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3bpg. Bachynski also played that season for Diamond Dolphins (also in B League) where in 28 games he recorded 5.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando in 2015. Bachynski was also voted USBasket.com D-League All-Defensive Team in 2016.
He represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Bachynski is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Bachynski tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Turkey (Eskisehir Basket), NBA (Detroit Pistons), Australia (Giants) and NBA G League (Westchester Knicks).
Bachynski attended Arizona State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Sabat
David Navarro
Jose Pozas
Matt Thomas

Forwards:
Alberto Corbacho
Martins Laksa
Nemanja Radovic
Eimantas Bendzius
Benjamin Simons

Centers:
Nacho Llovet
Artem Pustovyi
Adam Pechacek
Jordan Bachynski

Coach: Moncho Fernandez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Puente Alto celebrate Libcentro Pro title - by Eurobasket News

Arturo Prat - Puente Alto 63-78

Puente Alto celebrated Libcentro Pro title. They overcame Arturo Prat on the road to sweep the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Puente Alto. Arturo Prat managed to win fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Puente Alto dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Arturo Prat's 24. Puente Alto forced 22 Arturo Prat turnovers. It was a good game for Exequiel Munoz who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Jose-Ignacio Collao (194-87) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Puente Alto players scored in double figures. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) answered with 17 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Carlos Ubillo (-90) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Arturo Prat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 17+2reb+1ast, B.Guerra 14+1ast, C.Ubillo 12+6reb, R.Galvez 9+5reb, R.Rojas 5+5reb, E.Garrido 4+3reb
Puente Alto: A.Pinedo 13+1reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Collao 12+4reb+2ast, E.Munoz 10+6reb+2ast, F.Ibarra 10+1reb+4ast, A.Guzman 8+1reb, S.Silva 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 562618





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  CHINA  


Jilin Tigers ink Carl Landry - by Eurobasket News

Jilin Northeast Tigers (CBA) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American forward Carl Landry (206-112kg-83, college: Purdue). He played most recently at Phi.76ers in the NBA.
The previous (15-16) season Landry played at the 76ers in NBA where in 36 games he had 9.8ppg and 4.1rpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Seattle SuperSonics (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former Purdue University staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He was voted NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2008.
Landry has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets.
He could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Shows good mobility running the court. Tough nosed player who fights hard every game. Does an excellent job of obtaining space in the post where he gets his body wide for guards to make easy passes. Post footwork, shooting touch and soft hands enable him to convert most opportunities in the paint. Offensively Landry is crafty as he will use a number of fakes to get his defender off balance and draw fouls
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COLOMBIA  


COLOMBIA A DEBUT THAT BRINGS HOPES - by Victor Garcia

BRASIL 76 VS COLOMBIA

Colombia made their debut in front of their fans with an unprecedented and highly expected roster, including the best of the national talent that plays abroad and challenged Brazil that had to use the best of their repertoire to win the game.



Colombia started according to the identity that Guillermo Moreno has been promoting, intense in the defense and fighting the boards but with the plus of scoring in the frontcourt from Juan Diego Tello Palacios Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85) and Tonny Trocha-Morelos (208-C-94), Brazil for its part began trying to find Bruno Caboclo (206-SF-95) in areas where he could take advantage of his size over Mike Jackson (190-G-87) but the adjustment of the Colombian defense was adequate, the national team in the first quarter used 9 players in search to maintain the rigor in defense and to conserve energy.



In the second quarter Brazil closed the spaces better conceding to Colombia open shots that could not convert while in offense the brasilians with good execution took advantage of some mistakes in the Colombian defensive rotation to score near the hoop , Leonardo Meindl (201-SF-93) began to lead the Brazil thanks to his versatility.



In the second half coach Moreno sent a starting 5 that included Tony Trocha in the small forward to have a better match over Caboclo and the strategy worked as he not only limited Caboclo but took pressure off Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) allowing him to score 8 of his 10 points until a strong blow in the right thigh took him out of the game, however closing the quarter Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) just entered getting a couple of offensive rebounds kept Brazil ahead, the third quarter partial was for Colombia 15-14.



The last quarter was very exciting, Braian Angola-Rodas (198-SG-94) and Juan Diego Tello assumed the offensive load of Colombia, especially Angola with a pair of triples and attacking the rim, on the other hand the Brazilians took advantage of Colombia distractions that pass some high screens behind gave them open shots to Fulvio and Meindl, the game came to be decided during the last minutes in the line of the free throw, with the game quite closed Colombia failed 4 of 9 tries.



In the press conference both coaches show their satisfaction about the effort of their players, the coach Guidetti pondered the level of the Colombian players especially the one of Juan Diego Tello.



Coach Moreno pondered the fact despite the few practices they had, the talent of his selected gives him variants to face the upcoming games.



Best players in Brazil: Leon Meindl 19 pts (2/3 triples) 7 rebounds, Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) 14 pts (2/4 triples) 6 assists Bruno Caboclo 11 pts, 11 rebs



Best players in Colombia: Juan Diego Tello 17 pts, 9 rebs, Tonny Trocha-Morelos 12 pts, Braian Angola-Rodas 12 pts, 12 rebs




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Jermaine Barnes agreed terms with Mataro Parc Boet - by Mike Amico

EBA newcomer Mataro Parc Boet strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American ex-international swingman Jermaine Barnes (193-95kg-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management). The last summer Barnes was signed by Liberia (LBS) in Costa Rican league. In 3 matches he average an impressive 26.0 points per game. His team won Mitchell Americas Cup for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017). Barnes was later named Latinbasket.com All-Copa Mitchell Cup MVP. He was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.

Barnes is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to twelve different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Barnes has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Yenicami), Dominican Rep., Japan, Mexico (Frayles de Guasave), Saudi Arabia (Al Ahli Jeddah), Taiwan, Uruguay, NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dominican Republic (CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Pueblo Nuevo), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and SEBL (Phoenix).

Barnes has agreed to play in a few games of the LIGA EBA before reporting to Lebanon.



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Dzukija lands Domagoj Samac - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) tabbed 24-year old Croatian forward Domagoj Samac (206-98kg-93, college: Ft.Hays State, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Parma in Russian league. Samac managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 VTB United League games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for KK Hermes Analitica Zagreb in Croatian A1 where in 5 games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.8apg. The other team Samac played shortly was Cibona (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 6 A1 games he recorded 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Samac also played 1 game in ABA League where he got just 2 points and 2 rebounds. He also played 1 game in Basketball Champions League where he got only 2 points and 3 rebounds.
Among other achievements Samac's team made it to the MIAA Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He received also All-MIAA 3rd Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Samac represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 66.7%.
Samac graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Dzukija Alytus roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Alejandro Hernandez

Forward:
Domagoj Samac

Centers:
Anatoly Kashirov
Andrejs Selakovs
Egor Gontarev

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Daly is back at Naestved, ex Belmopan B. - by Eurobasket News

Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen) agreed terms with 23-year old Belizean forward Devin Daly (195-91kg-94, college: L.Superior, agency: Duran International). It is actually his comeback to Naestved as he has played here before. Daly played this summer at Belmopan Red Bandits in Belizean NEBL. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. The last season Daly played at Team FOG Naestved where in 31 Ligaen games he had 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup.
Daly was voted All-GLIAC 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Daly was a member of Belizean U17 National Team in 2011.
He graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Team FOG Naestved roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Troy Franklin
Conner Washington
Ray Sanders

Forwards:
Devin Daly
Kazembe Abif
Zygimantas Riauka

Center:
Christopher Gabriel

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Stevnsgade tabs Soren Morkeberg - by Eurobasket News

Stevnsgade BBK (Ligaen) inked 21-year old forward Soren Morkeberg (96) from Horsholm 79ers.
Morkeberg helped his team to make it to the League Semifinals in 2016.

Stevnsgade BBK roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Salman Khan

Forwards:
Mathias Seilund
Matao de_Souza
Soren Morkeberg
Mathias Linder

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  ECUADOR  


National League Round 11: Leones lose to Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Leones (6-5) and sixth ranked Barcelona (6-4) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Leones were defeated by Barcelona in a tough game in Guayaquil 55-60. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-9. But Leones won third quarter 26-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barcelona dominated on the defensive end, holding Leones to just 7 points in second quarter. Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-91, agency: Pro Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for Leones. Barcelona have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Leones lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Importadora and Juvenil. Barcelona are looking forward to face Portoviejo (#7) in Portviejo in the next round. Leones will play at home against Triple E-Uda and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Juvenil (6-5) against sixth ranked Importadora (6-5) on Friday night. Visiting Juvenil was crushed by Importadora in Ambato 83-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Juvenil. It was a great evening for American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Jerel Blocker helped adding 23 points and 5 rebounds. Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Importadora moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Juvenil and Leones. Importadora will play against league's second-placed Piratas in Ibarra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Juvenil will play at home against the league's leader Iccan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
National League top team - Iccan (8-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Triple E-Uda (0-11) in Gualaceo 97-75. It was a quality performance for Cesar Silva who led the winners and scored 25 points. Jean Pierre came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for Triple E-Uda in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Iccan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-3 record. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Iccan will meet Juvenil (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Triple E-Uda will play against Leones in Riobamba and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 11 Portoviejo was beaten by Piratas on the road 94-76.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 22 points and 17 rebounds by Willie Clayton of Piratas.

Barcelona - Leones 60-55

The game between third ranked Leones (6-5) and sixth ranked Barcelona (6-4) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Leones were defeated by Barcelona in a tough game in Guayaquil 55-60. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-9. But Leones won third quarter 26-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barcelona dominated on the defensive end, holding Leones to just 7 points in second quarter. Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-91, agency: Pro Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks and Andres Conchambay (-87) added 15 points in the effort for Leones. Barcelona have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Leones lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Importadora and Juvenil. Barcelona are looking forward to face Portoviejo (#7) in Portviejo in the next round. Leones will play at home against Triple E-Uda and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: M.Cairo 21+6reb+4ast, S.Prescott 12+2reb+2ast, E.Bernal 9+6reb, D.King 6+12reb, B.Moran 5, R.Cardenas 4+2reb+4ast
Leones: A.Conchambay 15+3reb, J.Vargas 11+3reb+1ast, C.Jackson 11+10reb, J.Acosta 9+5reb+1ast, R.Luis 7+5reb+2ast, J.Ante 2+3reb
gschID: 548242


Triple E-Uda - Iccan 75-97

National League top team - Iccan (8-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Triple E-Uda (0-11) in Gualaceo 97-75. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-75. Iccan made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game, while Triple E-Uda only scored ten points from the stripe. Iccan looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a quality performance for Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) who led the winners and scored 25 points. The former international center Eduard Caicedo (196-90) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Iccan players scored in double figures. Venezuelan power forward Jean Pierre (205-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds and Carlos Ramon (-85) added 22 points respectively for Triple E-Uda in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Iccan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-3 record. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Iccan will meet Juvenil (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Triple E-Uda will play against Leones in Riobamba and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Iccan: C.Silva 25+4reb+2ast, J.Herrera 15+4reb+1ast, V.Peralvo 13+6reb+3ast, E.Caicedo 13+8reb+2ast, J.Porozo 8+8reb+4ast, C.Perez 8+1reb+4ast
Triple E-Uda: C.Ramon 22, J.Pierre 15+18reb+3ast, M.Romo 12+2reb+7ast, Y.Romero 9+5reb+4ast, S.Tamariz 5+6reb+2ast, R.Gonzalez 4+1reb
gschID: 548241


Piratas - Portoviejo 94-76

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Piratas (7-4) beat 7th ranked Portoviejo (4-6) in Ibarra 94-76 on Friday. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Portoviejo's players. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Center Jose-Luis Mejia (200-88) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Piratas' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Adriano Barredas (-92) came up with 29 points and international guard Jonathan Arboleda (190-95) added 17 points respectively for Portoviejo in the defeat. Piratas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Portoviejo lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Piratas will meet at home Importadora (#4) in the next round. Portoviejo will play against Barcelona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Piratas: W.Clayton 22+17reb+2ast, P.Cano 16+2reb+1ast, C.Malatay 12+6reb+3ast, J.Luis Mejia 10+12reb+1ast, R.Perez 9+4reb+6ast, C.Delgado 9+3reb+5ast
Portoviejo: A.Barredas 29+4reb+3ast, J.Arboleda 17+3reb+3ast, D.Terrell 14+7reb, D.Javier Ferrin 8+7reb, F.Bedoya 8+6reb+2ast, D.Morales 0+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548244


Importadora - Juvenil 83-64

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Juvenil (6-5) against sixth ranked Importadora (6-5) on Friday night. Visiting Juvenil was crushed by Importadora in Ambato 83-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Juvenil. The game was mostly controlled by Importadora. Juvenil was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Importadora dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Juvenil's 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Juvenil's players. It was a great evening for American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee) helped adding 23 points and 5 rebounds. Four Importadora players scored in double figures. Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) scored 21 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Importadora moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Juvenil and Leones. Importadora will play against league's second-placed Piratas in Ibarra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Juvenil will play at home against the league's leader Iccan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Importadora: T.Sledge 24+7reb+8ast, J.Blocker 23+5reb+3ast, J.Castillo 17+2reb+1ast, J.Romero 13+7reb+4ast, P.Recalde 2+1reb+3ast, C.Orozco 2+3reb+4ast
Juvenil: J.Diaz 22+14reb+1ast, N.Palacios 21+1reb+1ast, L.Lopez 13+4reb+4ast, J.Quinonez 2+2ast, M.Martinez 2+3reb+2ast, O.Yanez 2+1reb
gschID: 548243





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Liga MB Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in Quezaltepeque was quite interesting. 4th placed Brujos Izalco (7-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Quezaltepeque (8-4). Quezaltepeque defeated Brujos Izalco 107-92 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Brujos Izalco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for Brujos Izalco. Quezaltepeque moved-up to fourth place. Brujos Izalco at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Santa Ana and Isidro Metapan. Quezaltepeque are looking forward to face 11 Lobos (#12) in Chalchuapa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brujos Izalco will play on the road against Isidro Metapan (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 13th ranked Giants (1-11) and ninth ranked El Rapido (5-7) in San Salvador ended with biggest points difference. Guests from La Union outscored Giants 92-61. Worth to mention a quality performance of Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Yoel Cubillas helped adding 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. El Rapido's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) with 25 points and 5 rebounds. El Rapido maintains ninth place with 5-7 record. Giants lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. El Rapido will play against league's leader Santa Tecla at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play against the league's second-placed Canarios (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 15 Isidro Metapan beat Santiagueno on the road 110-97. Halcones won against Cojute on its own court 76-66.

Santiagueno - Isidro Metapan 97-110

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Isidro Metapan (7-4) beat on the road 11th ranked Santiagueno (2-9) 110-97. Isidro Metapan made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Santiagueno turnovers and had a 36-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Isidro Metapan players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. It was a great evening for Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American center Slim Magee (211-89, college: Missouri So.) helped adding 26 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Chris King produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Isidro Metapan and four Santiagueno players scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Santa Ana and Brujos Izalco. Newly promoted Santiagueno keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. Isidro Metapan will play against Brujos Izalco (#5) at home in the next round. Santiagueno will play against Santa Ana (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 34+7reb+6ast, C.King 23+19reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 19+4reb+5ast, B.Castellon 16+7reb+7ast, C.Hernandez 5+4reb+2ast, V.Sanchez 0
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 38+10reb+6ast, S.Magee 26+17reb+1ast, E.Mijares 18+5reb+12ast, M.Artiga 12+4reb+3ast, A.Regalado 10+2reb+5ast, H.Navas 4+1reb
gschID: 553681


Quezaltepeque - Brujos Izalco 107-92

The game in Quezaltepeque was quite interesting. 4th placed Brujos Izalco (7-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Quezaltepeque (8-4). Quezaltepeque defeated Brujos Izalco 107-92 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Brujos Izalco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and point guard Anthony Brown (193-90, college: Imperial Valley JC) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Brujos Izalco. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quezaltepeque moved-up to fourth place. Brujos Izalco at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Santa Ana and Isidro Metapan. Quezaltepeque are looking forward to face 11 Lobos (#12) in Chalchuapa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brujos Izalco will play on the road against Isidro Metapan (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 38+11reb+7ast, A.Brown 18+7reb+4ast, S.Sill 14+9reb+1ast, J.Loucel 13+5reb+2ast, R.Palma 9+3reb+4ast, R.Mendez 0+1reb+1ast
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 49+10reb+2ast, R.Miller 25+17reb+5ast, H.Landaverde 11, A.Cacho 11+12reb+5ast, D.Bairez 8+4reb+8ast, R.Miranda 2+4reb
gschID: 564815


Halcones - Cojute 76-66

Very expected game when 8th ranked Cojute (6-8) lost to third ranked Halcones (9-3) in Sonzacate 66-76. Halcones outrebounded Cojute 56-32 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Halcones brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. It was a great evening for Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Tahj Wells (208-89, college: Edward Waters) helped adding 7 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks. Halcones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Jernell Hudges scored 21 points and 4 assists. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Halcones maintains third place with 9-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Cojute at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cojute: S.Howard 22+8reb+1ast, J.Hudges 21+4reb+4ast, R.Melendez 13+4reb+1ast, R.Kenteh 10+11reb+1ast, W.Mercado 0, N.Cordero 0
Halcones: J.Ruiz 36+13reb+7ast, D.Santiago 15+11reb+1ast, T.Wells 7+19reb+2ast, J.Angulo 6+1reb+1ast, I.Andaluz 5+1ast, M.Flores 3+1reb+8ast
gschID: 553717


Giants - El Rapido 61-92

The game between 13th ranked Giants (1-11) and ninth ranked El Rapido (5-7) in San Salvador ended with biggest points difference. Guests from La Union outscored Giants 92-61. El Rapido dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 34. They outrebounded Giants 43-24 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. El Rapido players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Giants' players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Cuban center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) helped adding 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. El Rapido's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American Watson Davontae (-93) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. El Rapido maintains ninth place with 5-7 record. Giants lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. El Rapido will play against league's leader Santa Tecla at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play against the league's second-placed Canarios (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 25+5reb+1ast, W.Davontae 10+6reb+1ast, C.Duran 6+1reb+2ast, C.Sandoval 6+3reb+2ast, J.Lopez 5+4reb+4ast, G.Sosa 5+2reb
El Rapido: O.Oliva 32+2reb+10ast, Y.Cubillas 21+12reb+3ast, J.Avila 13+3reb+3ast, N.Manzanarez 11+3reb+3ast, E.Montano 9+15reb+1ast, E.Contreras 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 553724





Eddie Ishman claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Canarios and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team edged out Santa Tecla (#1, 10-2) 84-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Canarios maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They are still close to the very top. Canarios would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. In the team's last game Ishman had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Canarios' top player in his first season with the team. Miles College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ishman is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 16.5rpg), assists (7th best: 5.1apg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,2.8spg and 66.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Malik Jackson (198-F-92) of 11 Lobos. Jackson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 41 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as 11 Lobos lost that game 79-88 to the higher-ranked Santa Ana (#6, 7-4). 11 Lobos is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory 11 Lobos managed to get this year. Jackson is a newcomer at 11 Lobos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.1ppg (#6). He also registered 13.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco (#5). Blake got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. He was a key player of Brujos Izalco, leading his team to a 86-79 win against the lower-ranked Giants (#13, 1-11). Brujos Izalco needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Blake has a great season in El Salvador. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.5ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.1apg (9th best). He also has 3.4spg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demarquelle Tabb (196-G/F-90) of Santa Ana - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Elder Gimenez (186-F-91) of Isidro Metapan - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Simeon Howard (193-G/F-92) of Cojute - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Maliek Daniels (193-SG-88) of Santa Ana - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191-G) of Giants - 34 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Robert Kenteh) of Cojute - 21 points and 15 rebounds
10. Anthony Brown (193-PG-90) of Brujos Izalco - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists

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



Halcones sign Tahj Wells, ex Dangriga W. - by Eurobasket News

Halcones de Zonzacate (Liga MB) signed 28-year old American center Tahj Wells (208-102kg-89, college: Edward Waters). He played this summer at Dangriga Warriors in Belizean NEBL. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Belizean NEBL All-Star Game.
Wells has played previously professionally in ABA (Atlanta Wildcats) and CBA (Middle Tennessee Storm).
He attended Edward Waters College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga MB Round 14: Leader Santa Tecla loses to Canarios - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Santa Tecla (10-2) recorded its second loss in Ahuachapan on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Canarios (9-2) 84-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Canarios made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Canarios outrebounded Santa Tecla 45-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds. The other American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) chipped in 34 points (!!!) (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the guests. Santa Tecla's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Canarios have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Canarios are looking forward to face Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santa Tecla will have a break next round.
The game in Cojutepeque was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Santa Ana (7-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Cojute (6-7). Cojute defeated Santa Ana 74-62. American swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Robert Kenteh contributed with 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) replied with 30 points and 5 rebounds for Santa Ana. Cojute maintains eighth position with 6-7 record. Santa Ana at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Quezaltepeque. Cojute will play against higher ranked Halcones (#3) in Sonzacate in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santa Ana will have a break next round.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
11 Lobos was defeated by Santa Ana in a road game 88-79. Bottom-ranked Giants were beaten by Brujos Izalco at home 79-86. Arcense lost to Isidro Metapan on the opponent's court 68-78.

Santa Ana - 11 Lobos 88-79

There was no surprise when 12th ranked 11 Lobos (1-10) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Santa Ana (7-4) 88-79. Santa Ana forced 21 11 Lobos turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) contributed with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) replied with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for 11 Lobos. Santa Ana moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Quezaltepeque. 11 Lobos at the other side keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. They share it with Giants. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: D.Tabb 26+16reb+2ast, M.Daniels 25+6reb+6ast, A.Ruano 16+2reb+2ast, M.Ramos 7, K.White 7+1reb+6ast, K.Mejia 3+4reb+3ast
11 Lobos: M.Jackson 41+11reb+3ast, J.White 17+11reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 10+7reb+4ast, J.Cuestas 6+4reb+1ast, K.Campos 3+4reb+2ast, R.Aguiar 2+1reb
gschID: 553660


Canarios - Santa Tecla 84-83

Top ranked Santa Tecla (10-2) recorded its second loss in Ahuachapan on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Canarios (9-2) 84-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Canarios made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Canarios outrebounded Santa Tecla 45-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds. The other American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) chipped in 34 points (!!!) (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Santa Tecla's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Canarios have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Canarios are looking forward to face Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santa Tecla will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 34+2reb+3ast, E.Ishman 25+21reb+3ast, M.Montavious 13+12reb+2ast, M.Amaya 4, A.Gross Ruano 4+2reb+1ast, W.Molina 4+3reb+5ast
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 25+7reb+1ast, R.Martinez 22+5ast, C.Arias 12+9reb+1ast, O.Rivera 9+3reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 4+6reb+2ast, L.Hernandez 3+1reb
gschID: 553702


Giants - Brujos Izalco 79-86

No shocking result in a game in San Salvador where sixth ranked Brujos Izalco (7-3) defeated bottom-ranked Giants (1-10) 86-79. Strangely Giants outrebounded Brujos Izalco 47-35 including 36 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Giants' players. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!), 7 assists and 5 steals. The other American import point guard Anthony Brown (193-90, college: Imperial Valley JC) contributed with 23 points and 9 assists for the winners. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American Watson Davontae (-93) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Giants. Brujos Izalco have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Giants at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with 11 Lobos. Brujos Izalco will play against Quezaltepeque (#6) on the road in the next round. Giants will play against El Rapido (#9) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 36+2reb+7ast, A.Brown 23+3reb+9ast, S.Sill 12+16reb+4ast, R.Palma 6+6reb+4ast, R.Mendez 3+1reb+1ast, A.Alas 2+3reb
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 34+10reb+5ast, W.Davontae 16+12reb+2ast, G.Sosa 9+2reb, J.Lopez 8+10reb+3ast, C.Sandoval 6+1reb+1ast, C.Orellana 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 553680


Cojute - Santa Ana 74-62

The game in Cojutepeque was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Santa Ana (7-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Cojute (6-7). Cojute defeated Santa Ana 74-62. Cojute players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Robert Kenteh contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) replied with 30 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) added 7 points and 20 rebounds in the effort for Santa Ana. Cojute maintains eighth position with 6-7 record. Santa Ana at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Quezaltepeque. Cojute will play against higher ranked Halcones (#3) in Sonzacate in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santa Ana will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cojute: S.Howard 26+12reb+6ast, R.Kenteh 21+15reb, J.Hudges 11+5reb+10ast, B.Reyes 4+3reb+2ast, B.Garcia 4+7reb, R.Melendez 3+4reb+3ast
Santa Ana: M.Daniels 30+5reb+3ast, K.White 15+10reb+3ast, D.Tabb 7+20reb+2ast, D.Pena 4+3reb+1ast, K.Mejia 4+3reb, I.Sandoval 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553711


Isidro Metapan - Arcense 78-68

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Arcense (3-7) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Isidro Metapan (6-4) 78-68. Isidro Metapan outrebounded Arcense 48-36 including 18 on the offensive glass. Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American center Slim Magee (211-89, college: Missouri So.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import Michael Wilson (-92) added 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Arcense. Isidro Metapan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 6-4 record. Arcense at the other side keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Isidro Metapan will play against Santiagueno (#11) in the next round. Arcense will play against the league's second-placed Canarios and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 30+7reb+4ast, E.Mijares 22+5reb+7ast, S.Magee 16+18reb+5ast, A.Regalado 4+2reb+1ast, M.Artiga 4+6reb+2ast, H.Navas 2+6reb
Arcense: J.Austin 21+14reb+1ast, J.Reid 21+8reb, M.Wilson 18+5reb+7ast, M.Lahud 5+3reb+3ast, C.Pineda 3+6reb+2ast, R.Cardona 0
gschID: 553687





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Oberwart land Buay Tuach - by Greg

Oberwart Gunners bolstered their roster. They added Buay Tuach (198-G/F-95, college: Loyola Mary) for the upcoming season. The Ethiopian swingman has just graduated from Loyola Mary. He tallied 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in his senior season. Buay Tuach received All-WCC Honorable Mention.



Oberwart land Buay Tauch - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart Gunners bolstered their roster. They added Buay Tuach (198-G/F-95, college: Loyola Mary) for the upcoming season. The Ethiopian swingman has just graduated from Loyola Mary. He tallied 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in his senior season. Buay Tuach received All-WCC Honorable Mention.



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Eurobasket Select Team Wins German Tour Opener in Overtime against Salzkotten! - by ESL News

The Eurobasket Select Team came from behind to get the win in overtime in the first game of the 2017 German Tour against TV 1864 Salzkotten. 'This was the first time these guys had a chance to play with each other and coming off of the long trip to Europe yesterday, I was proud how we came together as one unit to get the win,' Eurobasket Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. Eurobasket trailed for most of the game including trailing by 5 at halftime, by 9 mid way through the third, and 5 again to start the 4th quarter.

Spirited efforts by the second unit in Zach Gordon (203-F-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO), Luke Cochran (208-C), Marquis Marshall (196-F-93, college: Alvernia, PA), Quaderrick Shaw (191-G-93, college: Florida St.), and Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic) pulled the team back to 78-76 lead with 20 seconds remaining in the game. TV 1864 Salzkotten Head Coach Stefan Schettke drew up a perfect play out of a timeout to get a layup and send the game to overtime. However, Eurobasket would use a Bellinger three pointer, Killven Samuel (188-G-89, college: Northeastern St.) three pointer, and two separate steals from Ryan Burnett (196-G/F-92, college: Columbus St.) that transitioned into points. The final score ended in a double figure win for Eurobasket but the score does not do justice to the effort put forth by TV 1864 Salzkotten.

ESL marched out Isaiah Butler (188-G-92), Shaw, Burnett, Nick Trisko (203-C, college: Spalding), and Drew Sears (213-G) to start the tour. 'I felt the first few minutes took some time to find our rhythm. We took a lot of quick shots and honestly just had a lot of nervous energy to get out. This is the first time most of these players have played in a professional European game,' Mkrtychyan said. Burnett finished with a team high 14 points to go along with 2 rebounds and a pair of steals. Shaw added 10 points and three steals while Sears and Trisko each contributed valuable minutes in the overtime to seal the win.

'I felt that our second unit had the benefit of absorbing the flow of the game in the first few minutes from the bench, and they really came on strong for us not only in the first half but to close the end of regulation,' ESL Director Dustin Simcox said. 'Gordon and Samuel each had 6 steals for us tonight and really got us active that helped accumulate 22 total steals in the game. With the amount of turnovers we had in on offense that was really the difference between winning and losing tonight.' Gordon had the most impressive stat line across the board for ESL with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and the 6 steals. Other contributions off the Eurobasket bench consisted of Marshall's 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists and Cochran's all around performance on the block getting 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Jordan Stotts (203-F-93, college: Sioux Falls), Grant Prusator (183-PG-94, college: Arkansas Tech), Kris Bell (206-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.), and Arvel Atwater (196-F) all had their scheduled off days against TV 1864 Salzkotten and will make their debuts tomorrow as ESL will take on VfL AstroStars Bochum at 6 pm in Bochum. Stay tuned for those results.

Box Score for ESL:

Starters:
#12 Isaiah Butler: 4 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk
#9 Quaderrick Shaw: 10 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl (2 3pt FGs)
#30 Ryan Burnett: 14 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl
#33 Nick Trisko: 6 pts, 5 reb, 1 blk
#55 Drew Sears: 6 pts, 3 reb, 1 stl

Reserves:
#45 Luke Cochran: 12 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
#23 Marquis Marshall: 12 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast
#31 Zach Gordon: 9 pts, 9 reb, 6 stl
#3 Killven Samuel: 9 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast, 6 stl
#7 Kenny Bellinger: 11 pts, 3 ast (3 3pt FG)
#1 Grant Prusator: DNP (Rest)
#50 Kris Bell: DNP (Rest)
#15 Arvel Atwater: DNP (Rest)
#35 Jordan Stotts: DNP (Rest)



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  FIBA AMERICUP  


Overview of Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Brazil - Colombia 76-74
Brazil topped Colombia in the opener. Leonardo Meindl (201-SF-93) delivered 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Brazil accumulated a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Brazil ensured a 36:33 halftime lead. Colombia narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Brazil sank 26 points in the final period to snatch the victory. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) notched 14 points in the win. Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85) answered with 17 points and 9 boards for Colombia.

Puerto Rico - Mexico 66-69
Mexico nipped Puerto Rico at the start of the Fiba AmeriCup. Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-PG-93, agency: Pro Sports) produced 24 points to lead the winners. Mexico trailed by three points at the first break. However they sank 27 points in the second period to take a 39:31 halftime lead. Puerto Rico narrowed the distance in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) had 10 points in the win. Michael Rosario (190-SG-90, college: Florida) answered with 14 points for Puerto Rico.




Overview of Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Mexico - Brazil 99-76
Mexico clinched the semifinal birth after they crushed Brazil in Round 2. Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) and Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) delivered 17 points each to pace the hosts. Mexico recorded a 41:33 halftime lead. They unloaded 58 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) netted 14 points in the win. Leonardo Meindl (201-SF-93) tossed in 19 points for Brazil.

Colombia - Puerto Rico 72-91
Puerto Rico celebrated the first win in Group A. They overcame Colombia for 1-1 record. Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, college: Hofstra) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Puerto Rico accumulated a 47:36 halftime lead. Puerto Rico went on a 23:14 run in the third term to clear off for good. Emmanuel Andujar (198-F-93, college: Manhattan) notched 14 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Mike Jackson (190-G-87) responded with 20 points for Colombia.




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Rabotnicki and Korie Lucious (ex Moncton Miracles) agree terms - by Mario Divanisov

KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (Prva Liga) agreed terms with American international Korie Lucious (180-PG-89, college: Iowa St.). The 28-year old point guard played last season at Moncton Miracles (NBL) where he managed to average 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 7.0apg and 1.7spg in 24 games played. This is a comeback for Lucious in Europe where he previously played for Rosa Radom and KING Wilki Morskie Szczecin in Poland, as well as Sopron KC in Hungary and Keravnos Strovolou in Cyprus.
Coming from Iowa State University in the 2012/13 season he played 43 games at Rosa Radom while averaging 12.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg, but didn't stick to the team for the following season. Instead he started the 2013/14 season at Sopron KC (A Division) before moving to Cyprus and Keravnos Strovolou in November where he played 4 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg before leaving the club. He came back to Poland in the 2015/16 season where he played 14 games with KING Wilki Morskie Szczecin while averaging 9.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.9apg, but once again didn't finish the season. He had his second tryout in NBA Pro Summer League in 2016 after the one with Detroit Pistons in 2013 where in 5 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. This time with Golden State Warriors, but he only played 2 games for the defending champions where he averaged 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.5spg. He spent 2016 in China and Henan Shedianlaojiu where he impressed with 22.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg in 13 games before leaving in June.



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Russia overcame Finland in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Russia 91-100

Russia overcame Finland in Helsinki as they totaled 100 points. Russia took a 22-17 lead and ensured a 7-point halftime advantage due to 23-21 rally in the second period. Moreover the guests posted another 26-23 run in the third period, while Finland relied with a 30-29 rally for the final result.
Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Andrey Vorontsevich (207-PF-87) netted 17. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 14, whilst Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-SG-85, agency: Alti Sport) had 12 each. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) scored 26 for the hosts and Carl Lindbom (206-SF-91) posted 11.



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McGrew joins Saint-Chamond, ex SW Metro P. - by Eurobasket News

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (ProB) signed 24-year old American forward Tanner McGrew (203-113kg-93, college: West Virginia Wesleyan, agency: Duran International). McGrew played this summer at South West Metro Pirates in Australian QBL. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. McGrew was voted Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Forward of the Year in 2017. He was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.
McGrew has played also professionally in Denmark (SISU Copenhagen).
He attended West Virginia Wesleyan until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Hoyaux
Matthieu Guichard
Juwan Staten
Matteo Legat

Forwards:
Sinisa Bilic
Jean-Stephane Rinna
Tanner McGrew
Lucas Hergott
Baba Samake

Centers:
Grismay Paumier
Mohamed Queta

Coach: Alain Thinet

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rabotnicki and Korie Lucious (ex Moncton Miracles) agree terms - by Mario Divanisov

KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (Prva Liga) agreed terms with American international Korie Lucious (180-PG-89, college: Iowa St.). The 28-year old point guard played last season at Moncton Miracles (NBL) where he managed to average 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 7.0apg and 1.7spg in 24 games played. This is a comeback for Lucious in Europe where he previously played for Rosa Radom and KING Wilki Morskie Szczecin in Poland, as well as Sopron KC in Hungary and Keravnos Strovolou in Cyprus.
Coming from Iowa State University in the 2012/13 season he played 43 games at Rosa Radom while averaging 12.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg, but didn't stick to the team for the following season. Instead he started the 2013/14 season at Sopron KC (A Division) before moving to Cyprus and Keravnos Strovolou in November where he played 4 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg before leaving the club. He came back to Poland in the 2015/16 season where he played 14 games with KING Wilki Morskie Szczecin while averaging 9.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.9apg, but once again didn't finish the season. He had his second tryout in NBA Pro Summer League in 2016 after the one with Detroit Pistons in 2013 where in 5 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. This time with Golden State Warriors, but he only played 2 games for the defending champions where he averaged 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.5spg. He spent 2016 in China and Henan Shedianlaojiu where he impressed with 22.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg in 13 games before leaving in June.



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Anatoly Chelovan (ex Bipa Basket) joins Sokhumi - by Eurobasket News

Sokhumi Tbilisi (Superleague) agreed terms with 26-year old Ukrainian center Anatoly Chelovan (208-120kg-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Bipa Basket in Ukrainian Superleague. In 30 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Chelovan played at Dynamo (SL Favorit Sport) in Ukrainian league where in 43 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.2apg. Chelovan helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian SL Favorit Sport 2nd Team.
He represented Ukraine at the 3x3 European Championships in Bucharest last year.
Chelovan has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like BC Kyiv, Kryvbas, Hoverla, Kremen and Khartsyzsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia wins Akropolis International Tournament despite loss to Italy - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Georgia 73-65

Georgia won Akropolis International Tournament despite losing to Italy in Athens. The latter posted a 73-65 to finish with a 1-2 record. Georgia celebrated the total success as they beat Greece and Serbia in the first two games.
Italy opened the game with a 26-17 lead and posted a narrow 15-14 run in the second frame. Georgia came back into the game with a 24-17 surge in the third period, but could not win the third straight game. Italy closed the game with a final 15-10 rally to seal the victory.
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) stepped up with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) scored 18 points. Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.



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Telekom Baskets Bonn and BG Goettingen enter the Final in Giessen - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets Bonn and BG Goettingen enter the Final in Giessen at the 4-teams pre-season tournament. Telekom Baskets Bonn overcame Fraport Skyliners 82-76. Josh Mayo (181-PG-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL) and Parks added 11 each. Isaac Bonga (204-F/G-99) replied with 16 in a loss and Philip Scrubb (191-G-92) as well as Kiel had 15 each.
BG Goettingen meanwhile beat GIESSEN 46ers 92-56. Jamar Abrams (201-G/F-89, college: E.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) stepped up with 30 points, while Michael Stockton (185-PG-89, college: Westminster, UT) notched 18. Jamar Abrams answered with 16 points in defeat.



Davonte Lacy (Team Ehingen) Larry Bird Communicated To Me To Make The Most Of This Opportunity And Don't Take It For Granted - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Davonte Lacy (193-G-93, college: Washington St.) is a 24 year old 193cm guard from Tacoma, Washington that is going into his second professional season and first with German Pro A team Ehingen. Last season as a rookie he played with UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 11 FIBA Europe Cup:games averaging 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 37.8%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 80.6%; and 21 Austrian A Bundesliga games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 32.9%, FT: 80.2%, left in Feb.'16, later that month moved to BC Hallmann Vienna (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 15 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 66.7%. He started his basketball career with Washington St. (NCAA) in 2011 playing a total of 110 NCAA games. His best season was his junior season where he played 23 games: averaging 19.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 39%, FT: 83.5%. In his senior year he played 31 games averaging 16.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 77.0%. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

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

At the moment I am back home in the Tacoma/Seattle area just working on my game. And enjoying family before I leave.


Congrats on signing with German pro A team Ehingen. You didn't play last season. How thankful are you that you will be able to continue your professional career?

I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to continue my career I know I can still play at a high level I just need the opportunity and thanks to coach and the management at Ehingen for believing in me.


How tough was it for you being away from the professional game for so long? What was toughest in this time for you to accept?

It was extremely tough but I needed to heal my body and make sure that I am 100% and ready to make a team better. The hardest to accept was the fact I had to wait and not have the chance to play.

The Ehingen team are very excited to have landed you, but are being patient not wanting to raise the expectations too much. After a up and down rookie season and break after that, do you feel pressure going into your second professional season to show what you really have on the court?

I don't believe there is any pressure I do believe from what I been told that we should have an opportunity to be competitive in the league so I would like to do my part and help the team be the best we can be.

You stressed in the Ehingen press release that the main reason you chose Ehingen was because it will give you many opportunities to develop further. What else convinced you about joining Team Ehingen?

The coach plays a good system and believes in player development. Also I believe in Germany it will give me competition to be better and advance my career further.


You played in Austria and lived next door to Germany. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? Do you have any friends playing in Germany?

I just know the culture between Germany and Austria are similar. I know a few German words like please and thank you. I know there is a lot of history here in Germany. And the basketball culture keeps on growing into one of the biggest markets in the world. My friend I grew up with is Abdul Gaddy and he just signed in Wurzburg (I believe that's how you spell it), so it will be both our first times over there.


Let's talk about your game. Your shooting and scoring really stand out, but what other strengths do you have that prove that you aren't a one dimensional player?

Well ever since I became a professional I have focused on being more of a playmaker, making my teammates better, and setting them up to succeed. Also my defense has took a major step since college, and I take as much pride in that now as I do my offense.

You grew up looking up to NBA superstars Allen Iverson and Tracy Mcgrady, but if you had to pick an NBA player that most resembles how you play who would you chose?

I believe that I tried to mold my game after Carmelo Anthony in the sense I try to be proficient at every level in scoring but I can see comparisons to Damien Lillard in the playmaking and explosiveness sense


You're a guy that can flat out score, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?


I believe that my basketball IQ and passing ability has always been a strength of my game that has not always received a great amount of attention


As a rookie you played in Austria for two teams UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga): FIBA Europe Cup: 11 games: 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 37.8%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 80.6%; Austrian A Bundesliga: 21 games: 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 32.9%, FT: 80.2%, left in Feb.'16, later that month moved to BC Hallmann Vienna (Austria-A Bundesliga): 15 games: 5.9ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 66.7%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were far away from home in Tacoma?

I believe my wake up call was just being told I was a point guard and learning the position on the fly while learning how to play a different style of basketball. Because Europe plays a different way thea the states so learning a new position and new game was a little harder than expected.


Talk about your rookie season in Austria. After a stellar career in Washington State and taste of the NBA were your expectations a bit too high going into your rookie season? Were you expecting to put up huge numbers in Austria?


Well my rookie year I had huge expectations and in preseason it was going to plan. And then like I said previously my coach wanted me at the point guard and never playing that position before I struggled scoring like I used too because I was trying to get everyone involved. So I struggled finding balance between scoring and facilitating.


Before turning professional you played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Indiana Pacers): 4 games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg. What kind of experience was this for you? Larry Legend Bird was at every practice. Did you run into him and get some advice from him?


It was a great experience it showed me what I need to do basketball and body wise to compete at the highest level. Yea the few times we communicated was brief but he just expressed that I should make the most of this opportunity and don't take it for granted.


Your goal is still the NBA. What do you feel is still missing from your game? Defense has been a knock in your game. Is this something that you will continue to work on this season in Germany?


Just continuing to improve my all-around game is ideal for me to get back for another opportunity at the NBA. But like you said my defense is a huge key in my development. Along with just being a knock down shooter.


You played at Washington State finishing as the alltime leader in three pointers made and fifth all-time in scoring. How much does that three point record mean to you considering one of the worlds best shooters now Klay Thompson played there?


It means a lot because coming from where I was I wasn't known as a three point shooter. So to be known as one of the best ever after missing a lot of games my junior and sophomore yeasr means a lot. And to be mentioned with okay is an honor hopefully some day I can reach his level.


You played for head coach Ken Bone for three years and as a senior for Ernie Kent. How did these two guys groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

I believe both coaches help me with just how to be a professional. Also they helped me understand how to be coachable.


How do you remember Abe Lodwick in your freshman year. Was he a guy that inspired you in your first year? Are you surprised that he recently already retired from the game?

Abe was a good leader for me as a freshman, I talked to him today to congratulate him on his new job.


You had so many great games and memories, but was playing your arch rival Washington the biggest game and experience for you at Washington State? As a senior you won by three and lost by three pouring in 23 and 25 points. Do you think you will ever witness an atmosphere again like you did in those games?

Yea I believe the atmosphere will be the same at the higher level but the passion and just the dislike between the two teams I don't think can be matched.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Ike Iroegbu?

I beat Ike every time no question lol


Every night you played against the best in the NCAA. Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?


I would have to say that Allen Crabbe was the best because he was a senior when I was freshman so that was difficult to guard.


Your from Tacoma the same city where Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas comes from. How have you followed his career and does his story of how he elevated his game to a new level and put the Boston Celtics back on the map inspire you to take your game to the next level?


Yea I followed his career a lot since we went to the same high school. Of course seeing him being successful makes me believe I can also be successful.


How does your summer workout plan look like on and off the court in 2017?


Summer workout plan is I workout every morning doing skill work then play either 4v4 or 5v5. Then at night try to either lift weights or do hot yoga. Then play in the Jamal Crawford pro-am every weekend.


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

My own Mount Rushmore would consist of Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Shaquille O'Neal (in that order) lol


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

I believe right now Lebron is right behind Jordan and will surpass him when he becomes the all time leading scorers and top 5 in both rebounds and assists.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

I think he Does everything for his team to win and as long as they do that and get into the playoffs then I don't see anything wrong with it. Especially if his opponent is not an offensive threat.


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

This draft could end up being as good as the 2003 draft. But the biggest sleeper I think is Dennis smith jr. I think he has a chance to be as good as Derrick Rose pre injury


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


As long as Golden State has their core nucleus (KD Steph Klay Draymond) it's going to be hard for anyone to be a serious title contender in my opinion.


What was the last movie that you saw?

I just seen guardians of the galaxy yesterday and I highly recommend it. It was very funny and had great graphics.


Thanks Davonte for the chat.



Eurobasket Select Team Wins German Tour Opener in Overtime against Salzkotten! - by ESL News

The Eurobasket Select Team came from behind to get the win in overtime in the first game of the 2017 German Tour against TV 1864 Salzkotten. 'This was the first time these guys had a chance to play with each other and coming off of the long trip to Europe yesterday, I was proud how we came together as one unit to get the win,' Eurobasket Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. Eurobasket trailed for most of the game including trailing by 5 at halftime, by 9 mid way through the third, and 5 again to start the 4th quarter.

Spirited efforts by the second unit in Zach Gordon (203-F-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO), Luke Cochran (208-C), Marquis Marshall (196-F-93, college: Alvernia, PA), Quaderrick Shaw (191-G-93, college: Florida St.), and Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic) pulled the team back to 78-76 lead with 20 seconds remaining in the game. TV 1864 Salzkotten Head Coach Stefan Schettke drew up a perfect play out of a timeout to get a layup and send the game to overtime. However, Eurobasket would use a Bellinger three pointer, Killven Samuel (188-G-89, college: Northeastern St.) three pointer, and two separate steals from Ryan Burnett (196-G/F-92, college: Columbus St.) that transitioned into points. The final score ended in a double figure win for Eurobasket but the score does not do justice to the effort put forth by TV 1864 Salzkotten.

ESL marched out Isaiah Butler (188-G-92), Shaw, Burnett, Nick Trisko (203-C, college: Spalding), and Drew Sears (213-G) to start the tour. 'I felt the first few minutes took some time to find our rhythm. We took a lot of quick shots and honestly just had a lot of nervous energy to get out. This is the first time most of these players have played in a professional European game,' Mkrtychyan said. Burnett finished with a team high 14 points to go along with 2 rebounds and a pair of steals. Shaw added 10 points and three steals while Sears and Trisko each contributed valuable minutes in the overtime to seal the win.

'I felt that our second unit had the benefit of absorbing the flow of the game in the first few minutes from the bench, and they really came on strong for us not only in the first half but to close the end of regulation,' ESL Director Dustin Simcox said. 'Gordon and Samuel each had 6 steals for us tonight and really got us active that helped accumulate 22 total steals in the game. With the amount of turnovers we had in on offense that was really the difference between winning and losing tonight.' Gordon had the most impressive stat line across the board for ESL with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and the 6 steals. Other contributions off the Eurobasket bench consisted of Marshall's 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists and Cochran's all around performance on the block getting 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Jordan Stotts (203-F-93, college: Sioux Falls), Grant Prusator (183-PG-94, college: Arkansas Tech), Kris Bell (206-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.), and Arvel Atwater (196-F) all had their scheduled off days against TV 1864 Salzkotten and will make their debuts tomorrow as ESL will take on VfL AstroStars Bochum at 6 pm in Bochum. Stay tuned for those results.

Box Score for ESL:

Starters:
#12 Isaiah Butler: 4 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk
#9 Quaderrick Shaw: 10 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl (2 3pt FGs)
#30 Ryan Burnett: 14 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl
#33 Nick Trisko: 6 pts, 5 reb, 1 blk
#55 Drew Sears: 6 pts, 3 reb, 1 stl

Reserves:
#45 Luke Cochran: 12 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
#23 Marquis Marshall: 12 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast
#31 Zach Gordon: 9 pts, 9 reb, 6 stl
#3 Killven Samuel: 9 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast, 6 stl
#7 Kenny Bellinger: 11 pts, 3 ast (3 3pt FG)
#1 Grant Prusator: DNP (Rest)
#50 Kris Bell: DNP (Rest)
#15 Arvel Atwater: DNP (Rest)
#35 Jordan Stotts: DNP (Rest)



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Vassilatos re-signs at Akrata Achaias - by Chris Mammides

AO Akrata Achaias (C) confirmed in their roster 20-year old swingman Panagiotis Vassilatos (194-97). He has played there for the last two seasons.

AO Akrata Achaias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sakis Veskoukis
Giannis Thanopoulos
Giorgos Lafis
Dimitris Katopodis
Kostas Polyzogopoulos
Stelios Kalemtzakis

Forwards:
Konstantinos Stavropoulos
Adrianos Perdikaris
Vassilis Mallis
Antreas Oikonomopoulos
Panagiotis Vassilatos
Dimitris Liourdis
Gerasimos Giovas
Giorgos Zervas

Center:
Nikos Polyderas

Coach: Panagiotis Zontos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giannis Mandalakis agreed terms with Palama - by Chris Mammides

GS Titanes Palama (C) inked 32-year old guard Giannis Mandalakis (185-85). He played most recently at Xanthis in the B and he was among the top performers and top scorers in the division..
The previous (15-16) season Mandalakis played at Argos Orestiko (also in B).
He has played previously for eight other teams: Esperos Patras, Niki Volou, Koroivos, Olimpiada, Keravnos Aigio, EA Patron, Holargos and Agriniou.

GS Titanes Palama roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Charis Foros
Giannis Mandalakis
Christos Milionis
Sotriis Faliakis

Forwards:
Dimitris Makris
Antonis Moumoglou
Giorgos Tsoumas

Center:
Nikos Apostolakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ippokratis add Onasoglou to their roster - by Chris Mammides

ASK Ippokratis KO (C) added to their roster 30-year old guard Thodoris Onasoglou (190-87). He was about to sign at Iraklis in the A2. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Onasoglou played also at Iraklis (also in A2) where in 30 games he recorded just 2.0ppg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Onasoglou has played previously for four other teams: Ermis Lagkada, Galaxias, Anagennisi and Pefkohori.

ASK Ippokratis KO roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thodoris Onasoglou
Giorgos Skoufis

Forwards:
Antonis Asimakopoulos
Efthimios Tsakaleris
Iaonnis Lekakis
Christos Gerogiannis

Centers:
Kostas Charissis
Giorgos Trypas

Coach: Harris Koulouriotis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Govas comes back to Keravnos Aigio - by Chris Mammides




Filippos Veroias keep Potamopoulos for another season - by Chris Mammides

APS Filippos Veroias (B) re-signed 30-year old guard Christoforos Potamopoulos (187-87). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in four games he did not score anything.
Potamopoulos is a very experienced player.

APS Filippos Veroias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Efthimis Kothras
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis
Vassilis Vallios
Christoforos Potamopoulos
Pavlos Tokas
Alexandros Tokas
Ilias Moras

Forwards:
Dimitris Soutzopoulos
Ninos Kanellidis

Centers:
Kantarkos Rizos
Giorgos Tsimidis

Coach: Dimitrios Gimas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbia pip Greece in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Greece 69-67

Serbia edged Greece in Athens at the Akropolis International Tournament. Serbia posted a 69-67 win to finish second with a 2-1 record, while Greece ended up third with a 1-2 record.
The guests took the lead after the first period and had a 21-18 advantage. Both sides posted 18 points each as Serbia got 3 points halftime lead. They also notched a 16-9 run in the third frame for a 10 points lead, while Greece reduced the gap due to 23-15 surge in the last period.
Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G/F-89, agency: BeoBasket) netted 17 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) collected 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) delivered 13 points and 6 assists, Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) scored 11 and Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) 10 for Greece.



Lenzelle Smith Jr. (ex Kormend) signs at Kymis - by Eurobasket News

GS Kymis (A1) landed 26-year old American guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-95kg-91, college: Ohio State). He played most recently at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 40 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Smith also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 12.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg.
Smith ended the previous (2015-16) season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg. But the most of that year he spent at Basket Barcellona (Serie A2) in Italy. In 19 games he got remarkable 16.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg.
Three years ago Smith was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in third round (38th overall).
He attended Ohio State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Smith's college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2011 and 2013.
He has played also professionally in NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).

GS Kymis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Angelo Tsagarakis
Chavdar Kostov
Cameron Jones
Teddy Okereafor
Lenzelle Smith_Jr.

Forwards:
Sotirios Manolopoulos
Kostas Ezomo
Jake O'Brien
Jamari Traylor

Center:
Andreas Glyniadakis

Coach: Giannis Kastritis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GUATEMALA  


Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana round 1 best performance: Kevin Garcia - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Garcia (96) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Club Force, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds, while his team outclassed Tencored (#8, 0-1) with 29-point margin 92-63. Club Force is placed at 2nd position in Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Club Force won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Garcia turned to be Club Force's top player in his first season with the team. Kevin Garcia has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 5.0spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Jeferson Urrutia of league's leader Bantrab. Urrutia had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Bantrab to edge URL (0-1) 72-67. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Urrutia is a newcomer at Bantrab, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 34.0ppg (#2). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Oscar Salguero (198-F/C-87) of ELOHIM (#3). Salguero scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of ELOHIM, leading his team to an 84-61 easy win against Amatitlan (#6, 0-1). ELOHIM has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Salguero also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Salguero as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) of Villa Nueva - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) of Villa Nueva - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Joshua Sandoval (98) of Club Force - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Goddard (185-G-89) of Villa Nueva - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Anthony Guerra (178-G-97) of USAC - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Diego Villagran (G/F-93) of Amatitlan - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jorge Castaneda (189-F-82) of Tencored - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  HUNGARY  


Poland beat Hungary in Legionowo - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Hungary 74:64

Poland finished the international friendly tournament in Legionowo on a nigh note. They edged Hungary for 2-1 record. Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93, college: Gonzaga) produced 21 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts.
Poland eked out a 19:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. Poland and Hungary went into the dressing rooms tied at 33. The hosts however stepped on the gas in the third term. Poland surged ahead to accumulate a 59:44 lead at the final intermission. Poland kept Hungary at bay throughout the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) netted 13 points, while Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) and Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) notched 9 points each for the winners. Csaba Ferencz (194-SF-85) answered with 16 points for Hungary. Akos Keller (208-F/C-89) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Poland: Przemyslaw Karnowski 21+13 boards, Adam Waczynski 13, Aaron Cel 9, Damian Kulig 9
Hungary: Csaba Ferencz 16, Akos Keller 15



Israel fire past Hungary in Legionowo - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Hungary 85:70

Israel topped Hungary in Legionowo to improve at 2-0 record. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) netted 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 5 assists for the winning side.
Israel and Hungary went neck and neck throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. Israel spurred ahead in the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 9 points 47:38. Israel maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by 8 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) notched 10 points, while Bar Timor had 9 points in the win. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) tallied 17 points for Hungary. Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 14 points in the losing case.



MAFC strenghtened the roster with two imports and agreed with coach Arsic - by Tamas Deri

The management of MAFC Budapest was very active during the last couple of days and agreed with head coach Jovica Arsic , Bennet Davis (206-F-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) and Will Neighbour (210-F/C-90, college: UALR, agency: HMS) for the coming season. Jovica Arsic is a very experienced and well known coach on the european market as he used to work for clubs as SK Cherkasy Monkeys in Ukraine, Lukoil Sofia in Bulgaria and Pitesti in Romania. He has a quite long ist of different awards and achievements as three times champion of Bulgaria (2010, 2011 and 2015), Bulgarian Cup Winner (2011), got also voted to the Coach of the Year in 2015 in the same country. He worked as the Head Coach of the National Team of Serbia and Montenegro and also of FYR Macedonia attending the European Championship in 2009 in Poland.

He already took some imports on the roster of his new team as well, Will Neighbour (210-F/C-90, college: UALR, agency: HMS) can be the power forward of MAFC. The 210 cm tall UK national team member graduated on UALR in 2014 and had a great senior season averaging 16.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 77.0%. He was also invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. He spent his first professional season in Spain and Sweden before moving back to his home country and starting to play for Surrey Scorchers in the BBL. Last season he played 22 games and put up 16.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9spg before moving to New Zealand where he finished the season with Canterbury Rams, 8 games: 9.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 70.8%.

Bennet Davis (206-F-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) is a well known player in our country, as he already played for three teams in Hungary during his carreer: Kormend, Nyiregyhaza and Kaposvar. The 206 cm tall, 33 years old, very experienced big man played also in other leagues as Israel, Finland, Adriatic League, France, Japan and Mexico. The last time he played in our country for Kaposvar in 2014 and helped his team with 12.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg in 18 games. After leaving Hungary he signed and spent 2 seasons with Union Basket Chartres Metropole in France.
2014-2015: 33 games: Score-5 (15.8ppg), 7.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.7spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 80.8%
2015-2016: 35 games: 14.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 82.8%
He started the last season also in France with Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier, but moved to Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse in January and averaged 1.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 81.5% in 17 games.



Lenzelle Smith Jr. (ex Kormend) signs at Kymis - by Eurobasket News

GS Kymis (A1) landed 26-year old American guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-95kg-91, college: Ohio State). He played most recently at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 40 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Smith also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 12.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg.
Smith ended the previous (2015-16) season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg. But the most of that year he spent at Basket Barcellona (Serie A2) in Italy. In 19 games he got remarkable 16.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg.
Three years ago Smith was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in third round (38th overall).
He attended Ohio State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Smith's college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2011 and 2013.
He has played also professionally in NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).

GS Kymis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Angelo Tsagarakis
Chavdar Kostov
Cameron Jones
Teddy Okereafor
Lenzelle Smith_Jr.

Forwards:
Sotirios Manolopoulos
Kostas Ezomo
Jake O'Brien
Jamari Traylor

Center:
Andreas Glyniadakis

Coach: Giannis Kastritis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRAQ  


Al-Ittihad welcomes back Wilkerson, ex Al Karkh !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Ittihad (Premier League) tabbed 26-year old American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-100kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Wilkerson played most recently at Al Karkh in Iraqi Superleague. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Al Noor (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league. A very impressive season as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Saudi Arabian SBL Honorable Mention.
Wilkerson's team was regular season runner-up in CIAA Southern Division in 2012.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Omonia), Bolivia (Bolmar) and Saudi Arabia (Al Salam).
He attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al-Ittihad welcomes back Wilkerson, ex Al Karkh - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Ittihad (Premier League) tabbed 26-year old American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-100kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Wilkerson played most recently at Al Karkh in Iraqi Superleague. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Al Noor (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league. A very impressive season as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Saudi Arabian SBL Honorable Mention.
Wilkerson's team was regular season runner-up in CIAA Southern Division in 2012.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Omonia), Bolivia (Bolmar) and Saudi Arabia (Al Salam).
He attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Maccabi Kiryat Gat tabs Keddric Mays, ex Lighthouse TR - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (National League) inked 33-year old American point guard Keddric Mays (183-83kg-84). He has played for the last two years at Lighthouse Conad Trapani in Italian Serie A2. In 30 games he averaged impressive 17.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Mays played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Guard of the Year award back in 2014.
Mays is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Mays has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Igokea), Chile (Universidad Catolica), Finland (Espoo Honka), France (SO Maritime Boulogne), Poland (Jaroslaw), Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), Ukraine (Zaporizhya and Halychyna) and Italy (Scafati and Betaland Cdo).
His game is described as: Mays is an extremely explosive player and dreaded for his two fisted defense. His opponents say that he is as swift as an arrow. Keddric Mays is a high percentage 3-point-shooter and can fill out the requirements for the Point and Shooting Guard. His teammates admire his leadership qualities.

Maccabi Kiryat Gat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Keddric Mays
Idan Paz

Forwards:
Carmel Bouchman
Marshall Moses
Alon Sapir
Or Cornelius

Center:
Robert Rothbart

Coach: Roy Hagai

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Great Britain cruise past Israel in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Israel 85:64

Great Britain finished the Legionowo international friendly tournament with victory. They toppled Israel for 2-1 record. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) scored 25 points to lead the charge.
Great Britain cleared off to a 26:16 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Great Britain piled up a 45:30 halftime advantage. They kept Israel at distance throughout the third quarter. Great Britain entered the fourth stanza up by 14 points 65:51 and never looked back en route to the win. Luke Nelson (190-G-95, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: 3Eye) and Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) notched 9 points each in the victory. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 17 points for Israel. Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) had 14 points in the defeat.

Great Britain: Daniel Clark 25, Luke Nelson 9, Gabriel Olaseni 9
Israel: Richard Howell 17, Guy Pnini 14



Israel fire past Hungary in Legionowo - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Hungary 85:70

Israel topped Hungary in Legionowo to improve at 2-0 record. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) netted 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 5 assists for the winning side.
Israel and Hungary went neck and neck throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. Israel spurred ahead in the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 9 points 47:38. Israel maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by 8 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) notched 10 points, while Bar Timor had 9 points in the win. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) tallied 17 points for Hungary. Rosco Allen (207-PF-93, college: Stanford, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 14 points in the losing case.



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  ITALY  


Chieti Magic lands Audrius Povilaitis, ex Akmenes - by Eurobasket News

Magic Chieti (Serie C Silver) landed 30-year old Lithuanian power forward Audrius Povilaitis (197-87). He has played for the last four years at Akmenes in Lithuanian RKL league. The last summer Povilaitis played at Akmenes (also in RKL).
His team won Lithuanian RKL Regular Season in 2016.
Povilaitis has played also professionally in Lithuania for Pakruojis.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Castellaneta adds Sakalas to their roster, ex Gargzdu - by Eurobasket News

Valentino Basket Castellaneta (Serie C Silver) added to their roster 24-year old Lithuanian small forward Giedrius Sakalas (202-90kg-93). He has played for the last two seasons at Gargzdu in Lithuanian RKL league. Sakalas helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
He has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Neringa and Gargzdai Bremena.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Georgia wins Akropolis International Tournament despite loss to Italy - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Georgia 73-65

Georgia won Akropolis International Tournament despite losing to Italy in Athens. The latter posted a 73-65 to finish with a 1-2 record. Georgia celebrated the total success as they beat Greece and Serbia in the first two games.
Italy opened the game with a 26-17 lead and posted a narrow 15-14 run in the second frame. Georgia came back into the game with a 24-17 surge in the third period, but could not win the third straight game. Italy closed the game with a final 15-10 rally to seal the victory.
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) stepped up with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) scored 18 points. Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.



Maccabi Kiryat Gat tabs Keddric Mays, ex Lighthouse TR - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (National League) inked 33-year old American point guard Keddric Mays (183-83kg-84). He has played for the last two years at Lighthouse Conad Trapani in Italian Serie A2. In 30 games he averaged impressive 17.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Mays played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Guard of the Year award back in 2014.
Mays is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Mays has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Igokea), Chile (Universidad Catolica), Finland (Espoo Honka), France (SO Maritime Boulogne), Poland (Jaroslaw), Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), Ukraine (Zaporizhya and Halychyna) and Italy (Scafati and Betaland Cdo).
His game is described as: Mays is an extremely explosive player and dreaded for his two fisted defense. His opponents say that he is as swift as an arrow. Keddric Mays is a high percentage 3-point-shooter and can fill out the requirements for the Point and Shooting Guard. His teammates admire his leadership qualities.

Maccabi Kiryat Gat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Keddric Mays
Idan Paz

Forwards:
Carmel Bouchman
Marshall Moses
Alon Sapir
Or Cornelius

Center:
Robert Rothbart

Coach: Roy Hagai

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


Carl Montgomery (ex Liepaja/Triobet) joins Liege - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) added to their roster American forward Carl Montgomery (203, college: Chicago State). He played last season at Liepaja/Triobet in Latvian LBL league. In 23 games he had 9.7ppg and 7.2rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Montgomery also played 8 games in Baltic League where he recorded 8.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (2016) summer Montgomery was tested by Canarios (Liga MB) in Salvadorean league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2015. Montgomery was also voted All-GWC 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Montgomery has played also professionally in IBA (Kankakee S.), PBL (Chicago T., Gary Splash and Racine S.) and MPBA (Bloomington Express).
He graduated from Chicago State in 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Jakob Cebasek
Terry Deroover
Tyler Larson

Forwards:
Carl Montgomery
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Pau Gasol powers Spain past Lithuania in front of 11000 fans at Siemens Arena - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Spain 78-79

Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) led Spain past Lithuania in front of 11000 fans at Siemens Arena. He capped the regulation with two points to seal the outcome in a 79-78 win. Pau Gasol had in total 24 points and 7 rebounds and Alex Abrines (198-SF-93) scored 15 points.
Lithuania won the first period 27-20 and added a narrow 19-16 rally in the second netted. Spain however replied with a massive 23-12 surge to take a lead with 10 minutes to go. Both teams nailed 20 points in the last quarter for the final result.
Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) replied with 21 points for the hosts and 11 rebounds, while Jonas Maciulis (198-F-85) scored 12. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) notched 9 and Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) brought 8.



Castellaneta adds Sakalas to their roster, ex Gargzdu - by Eurobasket News

Valentino Basket Castellaneta (Serie C Silver) added to their roster 24-year old Lithuanian small forward Giedrius Sakalas (202-90kg-93). He has played for the last two seasons at Gargzdu in Lithuanian RKL league. Sakalas helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
He has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Neringa and Gargzdai Bremena.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dzukija lands Domagoj Samac - by Eurobasket News

Dzukija Alytus (LKL) tabbed 24-year old Croatian forward Domagoj Samac (206-98kg-93, college: Ft.Hays State, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Parma in Russian league. Samac managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 8 VTB United League games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for KK Hermes Analitica Zagreb in Croatian A1 where in 5 games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.8apg. The other team Samac played shortly was Cibona (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 6 A1 games he recorded 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Samac also played 1 game in ABA League where he got just 2 points and 2 rebounds. He also played 1 game in Basketball Champions League where he got only 2 points and 3 rebounds.
Among other achievements Samac's team made it to the MIAA Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He received also All-MIAA 3rd Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Samac represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 66.7%.
Samac graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Dzukija Alytus roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Alejandro Hernandez

Forward:
Domagoj Samac

Centers:
Anatoly Kashirov
Andrejs Selakovs
Egor Gontarev

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chieti Magic lands Audrius Povilaitis, ex Akmenes - by Eurobasket News

Magic Chieti (Serie C Silver) landed 30-year old Lithuanian power forward Audrius Povilaitis (197-87). He has played for the last four years at Akmenes in Lithuanian RKL league. The last summer Povilaitis played at Akmenes (also in RKL).
His team won Lithuanian RKL Regular Season in 2016.
Povilaitis has played also professionally in Lithuania for Pakruojis.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MALAYSIA  


SEA Games: Malaysia Men's team placed 5th after defeating Vietnam, 93-64 - by Eurobasket News

A second blowout win for the Malaysia in the same day. Our Malaysian men's national basketball team defeats Vietnam for the 5th placing in the 2017 SEA Games here in Malaysia, 93-64. All was well for the home team as Vietnam trailed behind them in points throughout the match. They (Malaysia) even had a 23 points scoring run during the third quarter (65-40). Some of the Malaysian players, namely Wong Yi Hou and Ivan Yeo were not placed in the game because they were unwell. Some of the national players including those visiting were hospitalized due to food poisoning from the day before. Despite having two of their first five on the bench, the home team still performed well offensively and defensively. Lim Perry Lee attained a double-double with 24 points and a huge number of rebounds, 18 - 11 offensive and 7 defensive rebounds. In the last quarter, Chee Li Wei made a poster styled dunk as the last 2 points for Malaysia (93-58). 'It has been a great run which our boys trained all summer for,' said Coach Goh. 'We played to our best against the biggest teams and I'm very proud of them for that.' 'We thank our fans and supporters who have filled the seats at all of our games. Playing for Malaysia only meant so much more with all of them cheering for us.'
Courtesy of: kldragons.com



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  MONTENEGRO  


Montenegro coast past Ukraine in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Montenegro 62:75

Montenegro celebrated the first win at the international friendly tournament in Istanbul. They edged Ukraine behind 12 points from Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.).
Montenegro eked out an 18:17 lead at the first break. The Balkan team went on a 25:10 run in the second term to take a 16-point halftime lead. Ukraine and Montenegro exchanged the baskets throughout the third term as the Balkan side ensured a 16-point advantage at the final break. Ukraine narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not threaten the opponents as Montenegro raced to the win. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Vladimir Mihailovic (193-SG-90, agency: BeoBasket) netted 9 points each for the winners. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 10 points for Ukraine. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 8 points in the defeat.



Rakocevic re-signs at Caceres - by Eurobasket News

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 26-year old Montenegrin guard Nikola Rakocevic (191-91). He was a team leader there last season. In 32 LEB Gold games he had very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Rakocevic played at Leche Rio Breogan where in 29 LEB Gold games he recorded 7.8ppg and 1.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rakocevic's team won Spanish EBA Group B Regular Season in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
Rakocevic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.3ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 70.0%.
Rakocevic has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Blancos de Rueda, Zaragoza, Real Madrid II and Cocinas.com) and Montenegro (KK Zeta 2011 Golubovci).

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Parejo
Nikola Rakocevic
Warren Ward
Guillermo Corrales
Pol Olivier

Forwards:
Sergio Perez
Daniel Martinez

Centers:
Robertas Grabauskas
Olajide Keshinro

Coach: Nete Bohigas

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Turkey beat Montenegro in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Montenegro 84-70

Turkey beat Montenegro 84-70 in Istanbul to complete the preparation for the upcoming EuroBasket 2017. Trailing 13 points after the first 10 minutes, the hosts took full control of the game in the rest of the game for the final 14-point advantage.
Montenegro enjoyed a 23-10 lead, while Turkey replied with a 33-14 surge in the second frame. Moreover the home side added massive 25-16 burst to seal the total win. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) stepped up with 19 points and Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) poured in 17. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) followed them with 16 points in the winning effort.
Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) replied with 12 points, 8 rebounds and Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) scored 10.



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  NBA  


Nerlens Noel Agrees To Sign With Mavs On One-Year, $4.1M QO - by Eurobasket News

Nerlens Noel (6'11''-F-94, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) has agreed to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks on the qualifying offer worth $4.1 million for one season. Noel will become an unrestricted free agent in 2018. The Mavericks traded for Noel at the 2017 trade deadline. The two sides remained far apart on talks for a multi-year deal.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Cavaliers, Celtics Set To Discuss Issues With Mega Trade - by Eurobasket News

With Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington)' troublesome hip holding up the blockbuster trade agreed upon earlier this week, the Cavaliers and Celtics will discuss the issue on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. On Tuesday, both teams agreed to a deal that would send Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) to Boston in exchange for Thomas, Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette), Ante Zizic (6'11''-F/C-97, agency: BeoBasket), and the Nets' unprotected first round pick. At the time, it was reported that Thomas' hip - which caused him to miss a portion of the NBA Playoffs - was a cause for concern and a reason why the Celtics decided to move him. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge spoke with reporters on a conference call after the deal was announced and mentioned that Thomas' hip played 'some' part in his decision to deal the beloved point guard. Wojnarowski reported at the time that the Cavaliers were 'anxious' to give Thomas his physical but had made the deal with the belief he would be healthy. Both sides have up until Thursday to come to a resolution. As Wojnarowski mentions, there are three possible outcomes to this current situation: the Cavaliers can pass Thomas on the physical and complete the deal as is; request additional compensation from Boston; or veto the deal altogether. Thomas took the physical in question on Friday in Cleveland and Irving is currently in Boston to take his physical, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. Thomas, 29, and Irving, 26, both had comparable seasons in 2016/17 but Thomas is a free agent after 2017/18 whereas Irving comes with two years of control. Boston was reportedly reluctant to give Thomas the maximum deal he desired and this trade not only brought in a younger All-Star point guard but eliminated the issue of having to pay Thomas. While several days remain before a final verdict is required, both sides will reportedly work to reach a determination sooner rather than later.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



James Michael McAdoo joins Phi.76ers - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers agreed terms with 24-year old forward James Michael McAdoo (206-104kg-93, college: N.Carolina). He has played for the last two seasons at Golden State Warriors. In 61 NBA games he had just 2.8ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season McAdoo played at another team Warriors where in 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg and 2.1bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and All-Rookie 1st Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others McAdoo was voted HS Gatorade Player of the Year back in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
McAdoo represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-5 (7.9rpg), 2.1spg, Blocks-5 (1.9bpg), FGP-3 (66.7%), FT: 60.0%.
McAdoo graduated from University of North Carolina in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Philadelphia 76ers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
J.J. Redick
Furkan Korkmaz
James Blackmon

Forwards:
James_Michael McAdoo
Markelle Fultz

Center:
Amir Johnson

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Brandon Knight Undergoes Successful ACL Surgery, Will Miss Entire 17-18 Season - by Eurobasket News

Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on Friday. The procedure was performed by Head Team Physician Dr. Tom Carter in Phoenix. Knight will remain out for the 2017-18 season. For his career, Knight holds averages of 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 382 games with Detroit, Milwaukee and the Suns. Knight averaged 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds over 54 appearances in 2016-17, his sixth NBA season and third with the Suns after initially being acquired by the team in February of 2015.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NCAA1  


Top 2018 Recruit Hoard Commits to Wake Forest - by Carl Berman

Jaylen Hoard (6'8''-SF-99), a 6-8 forward from France, currently at Wesleyan Christian (NC), has committed to Wake Forest. Hoard, a 5-star 2018 recruit and ranked No. 19 by ESPN in his class, chose the Demon Deacons over USC, NC State.and many others. Hoard was rated No. 2 of international recruits born in 1999 by NetScouts Basketball. He'll join 6-11 French center Olivier Sarr in Wake's 2018 class.

Hoard is a high level athlete and a good leaper. He's long with a solid frame and can flat out score. He has a very fluid jump shot with a quick release and 3-point range. Hoard excels at getting to the rim. He will drive right into the chest of defenders to draw fouls and uses his length to split defenders and extend all the way to the rim on drives. He's a very athletic finisher on drives and can score on floaters as well as cleaning up misses on the offensive boards. He's a willing passer that has solid vision and an efficient scorer that does not force the issue. He has the length and awareness to be a lockdown perimeter defender.

We saw Hoard quite a bit before he came to the USA. He was impressive in the international game at the 2015 Jordan Brand Class where he scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was also one of the best players at the 2015 FIBA U17 World Championships where he averaged 22.4 points and scored a tournament record 41 points against Korea.

It looks like Wake Forest is on track to become very competitive in the ACC in two years.

This article was written by Carl Berman, Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball.



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  NIGERIA  


Real Betis tab O.D. Anosike - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) inked 26-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward O.D. Anosike (203-109kg-91, college: Siena, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Openjobmetis Varese in Italian Serie A. In 28 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 11.1rpg (leader !!!) last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Anosike also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.5ppg and 8.5rpg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Anosike spent at Enel Brindisi (also in Serie A). In 14 games he had 5.8ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.0apg. Anosike also spent pre-season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 that year. But in four games he got just 1.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he got only 2.0ppg and 4.8rpg.
Anosike has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements his team won French ProA Regular Season in 2014. Anosike received also USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Anosike has played previously professionally in France (Strasbourg IG).
He attended Siena College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Anosike's game is described as: Tremendous rebounder...Possesses high basketball IQ and great hands... Exceptional vision for a big man...Solid low post moves...Long and rangy. Consistent and powerful finisher...Good at facing up and taking defender off the dribble.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Saul Blanco
Donnie McGrath
Alfonso Sanchez
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch

Forwards:
Samardo Samuels
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Taylor Brown
O.D. Anosike

Center:
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

Coach: Alejandro Martinez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sitra signs Karim York, ex Al Nizwa !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Sitra Club (Premier League) signed American forward Karim York (206-102kg, college: Prairie View A&M). He played last season at Al Nizwa in Omani D1 league.
York's team made it to the SWAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 40
 1. Brown, Phoenix40.0 
 2. Walker, Blackwater32.0 
 3. Holloway, Globalport30.0 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces29.0 
 5. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 6. Phelps, Phoenix26.5 
 7. Romeo, Globalport26.3 
 8. McKines, SM Be.25.8 
 9. Durham, Meralco .25.8 
 10. Hill, Star Hotshots22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henry WALKER
  Blackwater
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Walker, Blackwater20.7 
 2. Holloway, Globalport19.7 
 3. Durham, Meralco .18.2 
 4. Fuller, NLEX R.18.2 
 5. Brown, Phoenix17.0 
 6. Craig, TNT K.16.7 
 7. Phelps, Phoenix15.8 
 8. McKines, SM Be.14.3 
 9. Anthony, Globalport12.3 
 10. Abueva, Alaska Aces11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Earl THOMPSON
  B.Gin.
  (--)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Thompson, B.Gin.8.6 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen7.5 
 3. Durham, Meralco .7.2 
 4. Craig, TNT K.6.7 
 5. Revilla, KIA P.6.2 
 6. Romeo, Globalport6.0 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .5.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.0 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.3 
 3. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.8 
 4. Castro-W., TNT K.1.8 
 5. Rios, NLEX R.1.8 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces1.8 
 7. Newsome, Meralco .1.7 
 8. Walker, Blackwater1.7 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix1.6 
 10. Lassiter, SM Be.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.3 
 2. Erram, Blackwater2.7 
 3. Holloway, Globalport2.7 
 4. Santos, SM Beermen2.5 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces2.5 
 6. Slaughter, B.Gin.2.2 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 8. McKines, SM Be.1.8 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.7 
 10. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.5 


Gilas Pilipinas retains SEAG basketball crown - by Eurobasket News

The Philippines, composed mostly of young PBA players, kept its stranglehold of men's basketball in the Southeast Asian Games as it blasted Indonesia, 94-55, in the gold-medal game at the MABA Stadium here Saturday night. Meralco guard Cris Michael Tolomia (191-G-93) sparkled the most with a 5-of-8 three-point clip and a game-high total of 20 points as the Filipinos easily hurdled the Indons to complete a perfect ride to another SEAG crown. TNT KaTropa's Troy Rosario, Alaska Milk's Bryan Cruz (196-F), Ginebra's Kevin Ferrer (194-F-93) and Meralco's Baser Amer) had essential help as the Nationals nailed a 12th straight crown that they're defending in Manila in 2019. 'This is the best game we played in the tourney. We hit our shots and luckily it happened in the gold-medal game,' said Gilas coach Jong Uichico. 'Nobody wanted to lose, and it helped that coach Chot Reyes was there,' said Uichico, helped out in the final match by the Gilas program chief who flew in Friday fresh from their FIBA Asia Cup stint in Lebanon. The Filipinos scored a five-game sweep, with earlier victories over Thailand (81-74), Myanmar (129-34) and Malaysia (98-66) in the elims and over Singapore (68-60) in the semis. The Nationals slowly pulled away in the second period and refused to slow down even as the Indons had given up the fight as early as in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. In the course of putting the finishing touches in the win, young sensation Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) showcased highlight slams that sent the Filipino crowd on their feet. Paras fired 14 markers while PBA D-League MVP Raymar Jose (193-F) collected 12 markers just in 12 minutes of action as the Philippines stretched to 10 years a streak of unbeaten run in the Games. Team Phl hasn't dropped a game in the SEAG since Romel Adducul and his teammates lost one match before wrapping up the crown in Jakarta in 1997.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



Gilas wins gold in SEA Games - by Aris Ignacio

Gilas Pilipinas asserted its mastery against Indonesia, 94-55, to capture gold in the finals of men's basketball of the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The win is the Philippines' 17th SEA Games crown.

Mike Tolomia (191-G-93) provided the needed push in the second quarter as Gilas raced to a 45-27 halftime lead from a close 19-15 lead in the first canto and never looked back.

Tolomia dropped 11 points in the first half capped with two triples and finished with 20 points, leading all scorers.

Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97) provided highlights including an emphatic alley-oop play from a pass from Tolomia.

Paras added 14 points and forward Raymar Jose (193-F) scored 12.

Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) and Sandy Kurniawan (190-SG-86) paced the silver medallists with 10 points apiece.

Thailand snatched bronze with a win over Singapore in the battle for third.

The scores:

Philippines (94) - Tolomia 20, Paras 14, Jose 12, Standhardinger 11, Rosario 8, Ravena 7, Cruz 6, Ferrer 5, Pessumal 5, Amer 4, Parks 2, Vosotros 0.

Indonesia (55) - Pratama 10, Kurniawan 10, Wisnu 6, Enguio 5, Sitepu 4, Nugroho 4, Kosaslh 4, Dhyaksa 4, Lakudu 2, Wuysang 2, Grahita 2, Sitorus 2.

Quarterscores: 19-15, 45-27, 67-38, 94-55.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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  POLAND  


Asseco keeps Ponitka for another season - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Gdynia (PLK) re-signed 20-year old guard Marcel Ponitka (195-97). He played there last season. In 32 PLK games he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (15-16) season Ponitka played at Stelmet (TBL) where in 14 games he had 3.3ppg and 1.2rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Honorable MentionPolish U20 Championships. Ponitka also played 2 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg. The other team Ponitka played that season for was Muszkieterowie Nowa Sol (2Liga). In 14 games he got impressive 17.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.2apg and 2.8spg (leader !!!). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Honorable MentionPolish U20 Championships.
Ponitka represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 9.6ppg, 6.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.0apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Ponitka has played previously professionally also in Italy and Poland (Poznan Pyra, GTK Gdynia and GTK II Gdynia).

Asseco Gdynia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krzysztof Szubarga
Marcel Ponitka
Marcin Wielunski
Mariusz Konopatzki

Forwards:
Piotr Szczotka
Filip Put
Mikolaj Witlinski
Bartlomiej Pietras
Michal Kolodziej
Jakub Garbacz
Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz
Bartosz Jankowski
Karol Kaminski

Centers:
Dariusz Wyka
Mateusz Itrich

Coach: Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz

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Poland beat Hungary in Legionowo - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Hungary 74:64

Poland finished the international friendly tournament in Legionowo on a nigh note. They edged Hungary for 2-1 record. Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93, college: Gonzaga) produced 21 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts.
Poland eked out a 19:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. Poland and Hungary went into the dressing rooms tied at 33. The hosts however stepped on the gas in the third term. Poland surged ahead to accumulate a 59:44 lead at the final intermission. Poland kept Hungary at bay throughout the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) netted 13 points, while Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) and Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) notched 9 points each for the winners. Csaba Ferencz (194-SF-85) answered with 16 points for Hungary. Akos Keller (208-F/C-89) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Poland: Przemyslaw Karnowski 21+13 boards, Adam Waczynski 13, Aaron Cel 9, Damian Kulig 9
Hungary: Csaba Ferencz 16, Akos Keller 15



Poland beat Great Britain for first win in Legionowo - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Great Britain 86:76

Poland ensured the first win at the international friendly tournament in Legionowo. The hosts drubbed Great Britain to improve at 1-1 record. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) netted 13 points to lead the winners.
Great Britain eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But the hosts surged ahead in the second frame. Poland posted a 43:36 halftime advantage. The home side boosted the margin at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Poland kept Great Britain at distance throughout the final quarter and raced to the win. A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points, while Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) netted 10 points for Poland. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) netted 16 points for Great Britain. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) chipped in 14 points in the loss.




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Reggie Keely (ex Levice) joins Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 26-year old American power forward Reggie Keely (202-108kg-91, college: Ohio). He played last season at BK Levicki Patrioti in Slovakian SBL league. In 28 games he had 13.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Keely played at KB Kosice (also in SBL) where in 43 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Keely played in the final of MAC Tournament in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Holland (Den Helder and Amsterdam) and FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje and Strumica).
Keely attended Ohio University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi roster for 2017-2018:

Jermale Jones
Reggie Keely
Matei Nuna
Michail Liapis
Dejan Bjelic
Sinisa Cvetanovic
Mike Balogun
Daniel Popescu
Sebastian Buiciuc

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @VassilisKouros)

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  RUSSIA  


Russia overcame Finland in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Russia 91-100

Russia overcame Finland in Helsinki as they totaled 100 points. Russia took a 22-17 lead and ensured a 7-point halftime advantage due to 23-21 rally in the second period. Moreover the guests posted another 26-23 run in the third period, while Finland relied with a 30-29 rally for the final result.
Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Andrey Vorontsevich (207-PF-87) netted 17. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 14, whilst Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-SG-85, agency: Alti Sport) had 12 each. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) scored 26 for the hosts and Carl Lindbom (206-SF-91) posted 11.



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Uhud inks Tre Nichols, ex SW Slammers !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Uhud Medina (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise State, agency: SDJ Sports). He played this summer at SW Slammers in Australian SBL. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 25.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. Great season as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nichols played in the final of Australian SBL in 2015. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian SBL 1st Team in 2016.
Nichols has played previously professionally in ABA (W.Texas W.) and UBL (Central Texas R.).
He attended Boise State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
Nichols could be described: A very good point guard, who passes the ball very well, keeps all teammates involved and has huge leadership. Plus, he can score.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbia pip Greece in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Greece 69-67

Serbia edged Greece in Athens at the Akropolis International Tournament. Serbia posted a 69-67 win to finish second with a 2-1 record, while Greece ended up third with a 1-2 record.
The guests took the lead after the first period and had a 21-18 advantage. Both sides posted 18 points each as Serbia got 3 points halftime lead. They also notched a 16-9 run in the third frame for a 10 points lead, while Greece reduced the gap due to 23-15 surge in the last period.
Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G/F-89, agency: BeoBasket) netted 17 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) collected 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) delivered 13 points and 6 assists, Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) scored 11 and Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) 10 for Greece.



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Reggie Keely (ex Levice) joins Politehnica Iasi - by Eurobasket News

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 26-year old American power forward Reggie Keely (202-108kg-91, college: Ohio). He played last season at BK Levicki Patrioti in Slovakian SBL league. In 28 games he had 13.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Keely played at KB Kosice (also in SBL) where in 43 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Keely played in the final of MAC Tournament in 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Holland (Den Helder and Amsterdam) and FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje and Strumica).
Keely attended Ohio University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi roster for 2017-2018:

Jermale Jones
Reggie Keely
Matei Nuna
Michail Liapis
Dejan Bjelic
Sinisa Cvetanovic
Mike Balogun
Daniel Popescu
Sebastian Buiciuc

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @VassilisKouros)

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Jan Razdevsek (ex Dravograd) signs at KOS Posojilnica-Bank Celovec/Klagenfurt - by Eurobasket News

KOS Posojilnica-Bank Celovec/Klagenfurt (2.Bundesliga) landed Slovenian Jan Razdevsek. He played most recently at Dravograd in Slovenian 4SKL.
Razdevsek's team was Runner-Up of Slovenian 4SKL Group East 2017.

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Union Olimpija beat Helios Suns in preseason opener - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija beat Helios Suns in preseason opener of 2017/18 season. Union Olimpija posted an 87-79 win over the opponents. Devin Oliver (204-PF-92, college: Dayton) stepped up with 13 points as 7 players reached double digits for the winners.
Drazen Bubnic (207-F/C-86), Span and Battle netted 11 points each, while Jordan Morgan (203-F-91, college: Michigan), Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) and Gregor Hrovat (196-SF-94) added 10 apiece. Shashkov replied with 23 points in a loss and Blaz Mahkovic (201-F-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 19.



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  SPAIN  


Rakocevic re-signs at Caceres - by Eurobasket News

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 26-year old Montenegrin guard Nikola Rakocevic (191-91). He was a team leader there last season. In 32 LEB Gold games he had very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (15-16) season Rakocevic played at Leche Rio Breogan where in 29 LEB Gold games he recorded 7.8ppg and 1.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rakocevic's team won Spanish EBA Group B Regular Season in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year back in 2014.
Rakocevic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.3ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 70.0%.
Rakocevic has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Blancos de Rueda, Zaragoza, Real Madrid II and Cocinas.com) and Montenegro (KK Zeta 2011 Golubovci).

Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Luis Parejo
Nikola Rakocevic
Warren Ward
Guillermo Corrales
Pol Olivier

Forwards:
Sergio Perez
Daniel Martinez

Centers:
Robertas Grabauskas
Olajide Keshinro

Coach: Nete Bohigas

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Estela keeps Sanchez for another season - by Eurobasket News

Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (EBA) re-signed experienced 36-year old small forward Pablo Sanchez (198-81). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 EBA games he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg last season. Sanchez helped them to win the regular season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention.
He won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2014.
Sanchez has spent his entire career in Spain playing for six other teams: Andorra, UCAM Murcia, Badajoz, HLA Alicante, Promobys Tijola and Cantbasket.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Estela.

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Burgos keep Liparteliani for another season - by Eurobasket News

Grupo de Santiago Automocion Burgos (EBA) re-signed 28-year old power forward Amiran Liparteliani (197-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 23 EBA games he recorded 4.3ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
Liparteliani has played previously for three other teams: Circulo, Innova Chef and Naron.

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Jermaine Barnes agreed terms with Mataro Parc Boet - by Mike Amico

EBA newcomer Mataro Parc Boet strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American ex-international swingman Jermaine Barnes (193-95kg-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management). The last summer Barnes was signed by Liberia (LBS) in Costa Rican league. In 3 matches he average an impressive 26.0 points per game. His team won Mitchell Americas Cup for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017). Barnes was later named Latinbasket.com All-Copa Mitchell Cup MVP. He was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.

Barnes is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to twelve different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Barnes has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Yenicami), Dominican Rep., Japan, Mexico (Frayles de Guasave), Saudi Arabia (Al Ahli Jeddah), Taiwan, Uruguay, NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dominican Republic (CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Pueblo Nuevo), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and SEBL (Phoenix).

Barnes has agreed to play in a few games of the LIGA EBA before reporting to Lebanon.



Pau Gasol powers Spain past Lithuania in front of 11000 fans at Siemens Arena - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Spain 78-79

Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) led Spain past Lithuania in front of 11000 fans at Siemens Arena. He capped the regulation with two points to seal the outcome in a 79-78 win. Pau Gasol had in total 24 points and 7 rebounds and Alex Abrines (198-SF-93) scored 15 points.
Lithuania won the first period 27-20 and added a narrow 19-16 rally in the second netted. Spain however replied with a massive 23-12 surge to take a lead with 10 minutes to go. Both teams nailed 20 points in the last quarter for the final result.
Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) replied with 21 points for the hosts and 11 rebounds, while Jonas Maciulis (198-F-85) scored 12. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) notched 9 and Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) brought 8.



Real Betis tab O.D. Anosike - by Eurobasket News

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) inked 26-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward O.D. Anosike (203-109kg-91, college: Siena, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Openjobmetis Varese in Italian Serie A. In 28 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 11.1rpg (leader !!!) last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Anosike also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 5.5ppg and 8.5rpg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Anosike spent at Enel Brindisi (also in Serie A). In 14 games he had 5.8ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.0apg. Anosike also spent pre-season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 that year. But in four games he got just 1.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he got only 2.0ppg and 4.8rpg.
Anosike has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements his team won French ProA Regular Season in 2014. Anosike received also USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Anosike has played previously professionally in France (Strasbourg IG).
He attended Siena College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Anosike's game is described as: Tremendous rebounder...Possesses high basketball IQ and great hands... Exceptional vision for a big man...Solid low post moves...Long and rangy. Consistent and powerful finisher...Good at facing up and taking defender off the dribble.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Saul Blanco
Donnie McGrath
Alfonso Sanchez
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch

Forwards:
Samardo Samuels
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Taylor Brown
O.D. Anosike

Center:
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

Coach: Alejandro Martinez

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Gandia keeps Vidal for another season - by Eurobasket News

Units Pel Basquet Gandia (EBA) re-signed 29-year old guard Sergio Vidal (194-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played there last season. In 30 LEB Silver games he averaged 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Vidal spent at Almassera where in 7 EBA games he had 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played that season for Leyma Basquet (LEB Gold). LEB Silver was a little too high level for him, where in 7 LEB Gold games he recorded just 1.0ppg.
Vidal has played previously for five other teams: CB Guadalajara, Calpe, HLA Alicante, Albacete and Universidad Politecnica Valencia.

Units Pel Basquet Gandia roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Sergio Vidal

Forwards:
Johnathan Murphy
Fitzgerald White
Faith Pope
Alan Kleinjan

Center:
Shalawn Miller

Coach: Victor Rubio

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CAM E.Soler adds Molina to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (EBA) added to their roster 27-year old center Marcos Molina (202-90) from Myrtia. In 26 EBA games he recorded 10.0ppg and 6.2rpg last season. He helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 2 title.
Molina represented Spain at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.6ppg, 2.0rpg.
Molina has played previously for seven other teams: Valencia Basket, Caceres_Basket, UCAM Murcia, L'Alfas, Caceres Ciudad del Baloncesto, UCAM Murcia II and L'Alfas.

Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler roster for 2017-2018:

Phillip Holm
Daniel Terron
Jose Martinez
Marcos Molina
Javier Gonzalez
Joe Graessle
Carlos Platero
Jose Ignacio Giraldez
Yusef Ahmed
Luis Garcia
Wasim El Otmani
Daniel Mateos
Cristian Mullor
Alejandro Sanchez

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Manresa adds Hamilton to their roster - by Eurobasket News

ICL Manresa (LEB Gold) added to their roster 29-year old British international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-95kg-88, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Court Side). He has played for the last two seasons at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In 28 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Hamilton played at Bawer Olimpia Matera in Italian Serie A2 where in 12 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hamilton's team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2013.
He also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
Hamilton is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Hamilton has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Sagesse), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Italy (VL Pesaro and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria) and Spain (Gran Canaria and Vecindario).
He attended Loyola Marymount University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Has great athletic skills, he's a good rebounder and gives his best near to the basket. This is why he's very effective at minor league level, where he can spend time even at 5 position.

ICL Manresa roster for 2017-2018:

Jordi Trias
Javier Mugica
Ashley Hamilton
Alvaro Munoz
Lluis Costa
Jokubas Gintvainis
Petar Aranitovic
Gabriel Lundberg
Noah Allen
Ahmed Khalaf
Guilliem Jou
Jordan Sakho
Romaric Belemene

Coach: Aleix Duran

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Jordan Bachynski (ex Hokkaido L.) joins Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-117kg-89, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in Japanese B League. In 19 games he had 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3bpg. Bachynski also played that season for Diamond Dolphins (also in B League) where in 28 games he recorded 5.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando in 2015. Bachynski was also voted USBasket.com D-League All-Defensive Team in 2016.
He represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Bachynski is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Bachynski tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Turkey (Eskisehir Basket), NBA (Detroit Pistons), Australia (Giants) and NBA G League (Westchester Knicks).
Bachynski attended Arizona State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Albert Sabat
David Navarro
Jose Pozas
Matt Thomas

Forwards:
Alberto Corbacho
Martins Laksa
Nemanja Radovic
Eimantas Bendzius
Benjamin Simons

Centers:
Nacho Llovet
Artem Pustovyi
Adam Pechacek
Jordan Bachynski

Coach: Moncho Fernandez

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De Schakel force the decider - by Eurobasket News

De Schakel force the decider in the Finals. They won the fourth game to tie the series at 2-2. De Schakel posted a 62-52 win as the teams will meet in August 29th to find out the winner. Jahmal Henar (F) top-scored for the winners with 22 points as they trailed 3 points at the halftime. Ewijk Bjorn replied with 18 points in the losing effort.


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Varese beat SAM Massagno - by Luca Maffioli

Openjobmetis Varese faced 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno in Chiavenna, Italy. Varese eked out a 22-14 lead after 1st period with Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn) who scored 8 points in 5 minutes. In 2nd period Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91, college: VMI) and defended hard (+11), but Milos Jankovic (206-C-94) kept Massagno at distance (40-29). Justin Roberson (186-PG-93, college: La-Monroe) and Keon Moore (196-G/F-92, college: Winthrop, agency: Two Points) scored -4 (44-40), but Varese, with Waller, Avramovic and Ferrero boosted the margin at 14-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Hollis and Avramovic scored the break in the final quarter and raced to the win.

Openjobmetis Varese - 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno: 81-53 (21-14; 40-29; 56-42)
Openjobmetis Varese: Parravicini, Avramovic 10, Bergamaschi, Natali 6, F. De Nicolao 2, Okoye 10, Tambone 6, Bryan, Ivanaj, Ferrero 11, Waller 20, Cain 2, Hollis 14. Head Coach: Caja.
SAM Massagno: Ishiodu 3, Martino, Jankovic 11, Bracelli, Veri, Magnani, Aw 7, Huttenmoser 3, Moore 15, Andjelkovic 4, Appavou 3, Roberson 7. Head Coach Gubitosa.
Referees: Boninsegna M., Spinello C., Spinello R.



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Turkey beat Montenegro in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Montenegro 84-70

Turkey beat Montenegro 84-70 in Istanbul to complete the preparation for the upcoming EuroBasket 2017. Trailing 13 points after the first 10 minutes, the hosts took full control of the game in the rest of the game for the final 14-point advantage.
Montenegro enjoyed a 23-10 lead, while Turkey replied with a 33-14 surge in the second frame. Moreover the home side added massive 25-16 burst to seal the total win. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) stepped up with 19 points and Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) poured in 17. Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) followed them with 16 points in the winning effort.
Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) replied with 12 points, 8 rebounds and Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) scored 10.



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Jermaine Barnes agreed terms with Mataro Parc Boet - by Mike Amico

EBA newcomer Mataro Parc Boet strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old American ex-international swingman Jermaine Barnes (193-95kg-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management). The last summer Barnes was signed by Liberia (LBS) in Costa Rican league. In 3 matches he average an impressive 26.0 points per game. His team won Mitchell Americas Cup for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017). Barnes was later named Latinbasket.com All-Copa Mitchell Cup MVP. He was a member of USA Senior National Team two years ago.

Barnes is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to twelve different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Barnes has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Yenicami), Dominican Rep., Japan, Mexico (Frayles de Guasave), Saudi Arabia (Al Ahli Jeddah), Taiwan, Uruguay, NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dominican Republic (CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Pueblo Nuevo), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and SEBL (Phoenix).

Barnes has agreed to play in a few games of the LIGA EBA before reporting to Lebanon.



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Montenegro coast past Ukraine in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Montenegro 62:75

Montenegro celebrated the first win at the international friendly tournament in Istanbul. They edged Ukraine behind 12 points from Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, college: Boston Coll.).
Montenegro eked out an 18:17 lead at the first break. The Balkan team went on a 25:10 run in the second term to take a 16-point halftime lead. Ukraine and Montenegro exchanged the baskets throughout the third term as the Balkan side ensured a 16-point advantage at the final break. Ukraine narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not threaten the opponents as Montenegro raced to the win. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Vladimir Mihailovic (193-SG-90, agency: BeoBasket) netted 9 points each for the winners. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 10 points for Ukraine. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 8 points in the defeat.



Anatoly Chelovan (ex Bipa Basket) joins Sokhumi - by Eurobasket News

Sokhumi Tbilisi (Superleague) agreed terms with 26-year old Ukrainian center Anatoly Chelovan (208-120kg-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Bipa Basket in Ukrainian Superleague. In 30 games he had 9.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Chelovan played at Dynamo (SL Favorit Sport) in Ukrainian league where in 43 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.2apg. Chelovan helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian SL Favorit Sport 2nd Team.
He represented Ukraine at the 3x3 European Championships in Bucharest last year.
Chelovan has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like BC Kyiv, Kryvbas, Hoverla, Kremen and Khartsyzsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Poland beat Great Britain for first win in Legionowo - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Great Britain 86:76

Poland ensured the first win at the international friendly tournament in Legionowo. The hosts drubbed Great Britain to improve at 1-1 record. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) netted 13 points to lead the winners.
Great Britain eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But the hosts surged ahead in the second frame. Poland posted a 43:36 halftime advantage. The home side boosted the margin at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Poland kept Great Britain at distance throughout the final quarter and raced to the win. A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points, while Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) netted 10 points for Poland. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) netted 16 points for Great Britain. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) chipped in 14 points in the loss.




Manresa adds Hamilton to their roster - by Eurobasket News

ICL Manresa (LEB Gold) added to their roster 29-year old British international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-95kg-88, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Court Side). He has played for the last two seasons at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league. In 28 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Hamilton played at Bawer Olimpia Matera in Italian Serie A2 where in 12 games he averaged impressive 16.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hamilton's team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2013.
He also represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago.
Hamilton is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Hamilton has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Sagesse), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Italy (VL Pesaro and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria) and Spain (Gran Canaria and Vecindario).
He attended Loyola Marymount University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Has great athletic skills, he's a good rebounder and gives his best near to the basket. This is why he's very effective at minor league level, where he can spend time even at 5 position.

ICL Manresa roster for 2017-2018:

Jordi Trias
Javier Mugica
Ashley Hamilton
Alvaro Munoz
Lluis Costa
Jokubas Gintvainis
Petar Aranitovic
Gabriel Lundberg
Noah Allen
Ahmed Khalaf
Guilliem Jou
Jordan Sakho
Romaric Belemene

Coach: Aleix Duran

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Great Britain cruise past Israel in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Israel 85:64

Great Britain finished the Legionowo international friendly tournament with victory. They toppled Israel for 2-1 record. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) scored 25 points to lead the charge.
Great Britain cleared off to a 26:16 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Great Britain piled up a 45:30 halftime advantage. They kept Israel at distance throughout the third quarter. Great Britain entered the fourth stanza up by 14 points 65:51 and never looked back en route to the win. Luke Nelson (190-G-95, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: 3Eye) and Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) notched 9 points each in the victory. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 17 points for Israel. Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) had 14 points in the defeat.

Great Britain: Daniel Clark 25, Luke Nelson 9, Gabriel Olaseni 9
Israel: Richard Howell 17, Guy Pnini 14



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SEA Games: Malaysia Men's team placed 5th after defeating Vietnam, 93-64 - by Eurobasket News

A second blowout win for the Malaysia in the same day. Our Malaysian men's national basketball team defeats Vietnam for the 5th placing in the 2017 SEA Games here in Malaysia, 93-64. All was well for the home team as Vietnam trailed behind them in points throughout the match. They (Malaysia) even had a 23 points scoring run during the third quarter (65-40). Some of the Malaysian players, namely Wong Yi Hou and Ivan Yeo were not placed in the game because they were unwell. Some of the national players including those visiting were hospitalized due to food poisoning from the day before. Despite having two of their first five on the bench, the home team still performed well offensively and defensively. Lim Perry Lee attained a double-double with 24 points and a huge number of rebounds, 18 - 11 offensive and 7 defensive rebounds. In the last quarter, Chee Li Wei made a poster styled dunk as the last 2 points for Malaysia (93-58). 'It has been a great run which our boys trained all summer for,' said Coach Goh. 'We played to our best against the biggest teams and I'm very proud of them for that.' 'We thank our fans and supporters who have filled the seats at all of our games. Playing for Malaysia only meant so much more with all of them cheering for us.'
Courtesy of: kldragons.com




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Women News


Senegal and Nigeria to clash for title in Mali - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Mozambique - Senegal 52-72
Senegal outscored Mozambique to enter the championship game in Mali. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: ProDep Management) delivered 22 points to lead the winners. Senegal piled up a 44:30 halftime lead. They went on a 28:22 run in the second half to secure the winning outcome. Ndeye Sene (167-G/F-88) chipped in 12 points in the win. Leia Dongue (185-F/C-91) replied with 20 points for Mozambique.

Nigeria - Mali 48-47
Nigeria survived thriller against hosting Mali to ensure the title game appearance. Ezinne Kalu (173-G-92, college: Savannah St., agency: GoaBasket) and Atonye Nyingifa (180-PF-90, college: UCLA) scored 11 points each to lead the winners. Nigeria accumulated a 23:12 halftime lead. Mali pulled within a striking distance in the dying seconds of the game but Nigeria hung on to secure the victory. Adaora Elonu (185-F-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: ProDep Management) had 7 points in the win. Meiya Tirera (186-F/C-86, agency: ProDep Management) notched 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Mali.
5-8 Place
Angola - Cameroon 66-54
Angola defeated Cameroon in the classification game. Luisa Tomas (193-C-83) had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Angola claimed a 37:21 halftime lead. They went on a 22:15 run in the fourth period to secure the winning outcome. Rosa Gala tallied 14 points in the win. Ramses Lonlack-Nimpa (172-SG-89, college: Memphis) accounted for 18 points for Cameroon.

Ivory Coast - Egypt 73-70
Ivory Coast held off Egypt in the classification round. Mamiky Cisse (180-F-91) netted 19 points to lead the charge. Egypt posted a 20:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Ivory Coast pulled within a single point at the interval 31:32. They sank 22 points in the third term to surge ahead. Ivory Coast netted 20 points in the final period to secure a tough win. Djefarina Diawara (179-F-94) produced 13 points and 9 boards in the victory. Hala Elshaarawy (181-F/G-93) answered with 19 points for Egypt.

9-10 Place
Guinea - DR Congo 38-69
DR Congo overwhelmed Guinea to claim the ninth overall position at the championship. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win. DR Congo accumulated a 33:15 halftime lead. They held Guinea to just 23 points in the second half to seal the win. Chanel Mokango (196-F-88, college: Mississippi St., agency: ProDep Management) had 11 points for DR Congo. Aicha Mara (96) topscored with 14 points for Guinea.
11-12 Place
Tunisia - Central Africa 73-63
Tunisia clinched the 11th overall position as they beat Central Africa. Houda Hamrouni (188-F-94) provided 14 points to lead the effort. Tunisia accumulated a 38:21 halftime lead. Central Africa narrowed the distance in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Maherzia Ksouri (183-F/C-83) notched 13 points for the winners. Abety Kossi (180-PF-89) chipped in 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Central Africa.



Mozambique, Senegal, Mali and Nigeria advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals
Cameroon - Senegal 58-71
Senegal outgunned Cameroon to enter the semifinal stage. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: ProDep Management) delivered 21 points to lead the winners. Senegal piled up a 32:20 halftime lead. They went on a 23:17 rally in the third term to clear off. Cameroon tried hard to narrow the deficit in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss. Oumoul Thiam (181-SG-90, college: S.Nazarene) delivered 14 points for the winners. Ramses Lonlack-Nimpa (172-SG-89, college: Memphis) netted 21 points and grabbed 9 boards for Cameroon.

Egypt - Mali 50-90
Mali outgunned Egypt to enter the semifinal stage at the championship. Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89) posted 16 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Mali recorded a 39:27 halftime lead. They went on a 26:8 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Fatoumata Bagayoko (170-G-88) delivered 14 points for the winners. Meral Abdelgawad (181-F-98) answered with 15 points for Egypt.

Mozambique - Angola 61-47
Leia Dongue (185-F/C-91) stepped up with 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead Mozambique to a surprisingly easy win over Angola in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Angola jumped to a 16:6 lead after ten minutes. Mozambique however bounced back with a 17:4 run in the next period to ensure a 23:20 halftime lead. They followed with a 22:14 run in the third term to boost the lead. Mozambique held Angola to just 13 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Elizabeth Pereira (170-PG-91) had 12 points for the winners. Italee Lucas (175-SG-89, college: N.Carolina) fired 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 6 steals for Angola.

Ivory Coast - Nigeria 43-98
Nigeria overwhelmed Ivory Coast to reach the semifinal stage. Evelyn Akhator (190-F-95, college: Kentucky) delivered 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Nigeria used a 23:2 run in the second term to take a 46:15 halftime lead. Nigeria unloaded 52 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Ezinne Kalu (173-G-92, college: Savannah St., agency: GoaBasket) added 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Solange Bognini (178-F-97) netted 11 points for Ivory Coast.




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Brisbane Spartans clinch 2016/17 QBL title - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Spartans - Mackay Meteorettes 70-66

Brisbane Spartans clinch 2016/17 QBL title as they swept the finals series against Mackay Meteorettes 2-0. In the second game they posted a 70-66 win to seal the title.
Trailing 5 points at the halftime, Brisbane Spartans needed a strong 23-13 surge in the second period. They could not however keep the lead as the Meteorettes won the third quarter 17-10 to take the lead back. Only due to 19-13 in the last stanza, Brisbane Spartans celebrated the victory.
Ashleigh Karaitiana (183-G-92, college: Hawaii) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) netted 17. Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) replied with 26 points in a loss, while Micaela Cocks (174-G-86, college: Oregon) and Jacqui Zelenka (169-F-92) nailed 11 apiece.



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Pinelands and Lady Cavs reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Fusions Boutique Lady Cavs became the Women's League finalists. They nipped Lady Cougars 61:59 in the semifinal clash. Lady Cougars enjoyed a 33:26 halftime lead. They secured a 47:41 advantage at the final intermission. But Lady Cavs went on a strong rally in the fourth term and snatched a valuable victory.
Pinelands took care of Lady Tridents 68:62 to enter the championship game. Pinelands dominated from start to finish. They established a 36:30 halftime lead. The gap grew at 16-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win.
The title game is now scheduled for August 30th.



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  BOSNIA  


Radenovic comes back to Mladi Krajisnik - by Eurobasket News

Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old ex-international swingman Milena Radenovic (179-86). It is actually her comeback to Banja Luka as she has played here before. Radenovic played most recently at Orlovi in the Division I. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Radenovic played at Mladi Krajisnik. But in only one game she did not score anything.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Radenovic received Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team award in 2011 and 2016. She was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team between 2007 and 2011.
Radenovic has played previously for four other teams: Zeljeznicar, Borac Zvonko, Rudar Sport and Mladost.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leticia Romero joins USK Praha - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL) added to their roster 22-year old Spaniard international guard Leticia Romero (173-95). She just graduated from Florida State University (NCAA). Romero has played there for the last three years. In 33 games she had 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Atlantic Coast Conference and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to All-ACC 1st Team and WBCA NCAA D1 All-American Honorable Mention.
This summer Romero was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
She just graduated from Florida State University and it is her first season in pro basketball.
Romero played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2015.
She has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Romero has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
She also represented Spain at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Romero's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg.
Romero has played previously for another Czech Republic team Gran Canaria.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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USK Praha keeps Krejzova for another season - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL) re-signed 19-year old forward Michaela Krejzova (178-98). She played there last season. In 12 ZBL games she averaged 3.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.0apg. Krejzova also played 1 game in Euroleague, but she did not score anything.
She won Czech Republic D1 championship title.
The previous (15-16) season she played at VS Praha where in 13 ZBL games she had just 2.2ppg and 1.3rpg. Krejzova also played 6 games in CEWL where she recorded only 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg.
Despite young age Krejzova had impressive career. She received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention award in 2016.
She represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 Division B in Eliat seventeen years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT-1 (95.2%).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ryder comes back to Horsholm - by Eurobasket News

Horsholm 79ers (Dameligaen) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Danish guard Gritt Ryder (178-92). It is actually her comeback to Horsholm as she has played here before. just graduated from Colorado State University (NCAA).
As mentioned above Ryder is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her team won MWC Regular Season for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Ryder received also All-MWC Co-Player of the Year award in 2015 at her college time.
Ryder represented Denmark at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Timisoara (Romania) seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-4 (16.1ppg), 7.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 37.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 79.1%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leticia Romero joins USK Praha - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL) added to their roster 22-year old Spaniard international guard Leticia Romero (173-95). She just graduated from Florida State University (NCAA). Romero has played there for the last three years. In 33 games she had 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Atlantic Coast Conference and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to All-ACC 1st Team and WBCA NCAA D1 All-American Honorable Mention.
This summer Romero was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
She just graduated from Florida State University and it is her first season in pro basketball.
Romero played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2015.
She has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Romero has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
She also represented Spain at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Romero's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg.
Romero has played previously for another Czech Republic team Gran Canaria.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Div B. - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Sam VAN BUGGENHOUT
  (175-F-1)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Van-B., BEL20.4 
 2. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL19.1 
 3. Sabel, SWE19.0 
 4. Kosmach, UKR17.9 
 5. Kuier, FIN17.4 
 6. Pedersen, DEN16.8 
 7. Kohler, SUI16.5 
 8. Garzon, ISR15.7 
 9. Mitreva, MKD15.7 
 10. Kiba, UKR15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Asta GRIMSDOTTIR
  (180-F-1)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Grimsdottir, ISL14.1 
 2. Kyrkjebo, NOR12.3 
 3. Kuier, FIN12.1 
 4. Jessen, DEN12.0 
 5. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL10.9 
 6. Okosun, DEN10.6 
 7. Christie, ENG9.7 
 8. Williamson, IRL9.5 
 9. Rostotska, UKR9.3 
 10. Chardon, SUI9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emma VAN THUYNE
  (165-G-1)
  Avg: 5
 1. Van-Thuyne, BEL5.0 
 2. Keseljevic, BIH4.9 
 3. Popova, UKR4.3 
 4. Mitric, BIH4.3 
 5. Karsh, ISR4.1 
 6. Pedersen, DEN3.6 
 7. Gull, SUI3.4 
 8. Krimili, GRE3.3 
 9. Meco, ALB3.1 
 10. Flynn, IRL3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marija KESELJEVIC
  (157-G-1)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Keseljevic, BIH4.8 
 2. Zubac, BIH3.9 
 3. Flynn, IRL3.6 
 4. Mitric, BIH3.4 
 5. Carvalho, POR3.4 
 6. Lisowa-Mbaka, BEL3.4 
 7. Timofejeva, EST3.3 
 8. Anna-Gret, EST3.3 
 9. Nikolova, BUL3.3 
 10. Ocvirk, SLO3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Awak KUIER
  (194-C-1)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Kuier, FIN4.7 
 2. Chardon, SUI2.9 
 3. Williamson, IRL1.8 
 4. Grimsdottir, ISL1.7 
 5. Jessen, DEN1.6 
 6. Rostotska, UKR1.5 
 7. Kohler, SUI1.5 
 8. Nikolikj, MKD1.4 
 9. Santos, POR1.1 
 10. Luap, SUI1.0 


Division B. Denmark capture title in Skopje - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Denmark - Belgium 74-73
Denmark conquered Division B title. They nipped Belgium in the championship game tonight. Malene Pedersen (176-G-01) notched 20 points to pace the Scandinavian team. Denmark went on a 26:10 run in the second quarter to take a 16-point halftime lead. Belgium sank 26 points in the third term to pull within 8 points at the final break. They added 24 points in the fourth frame but Denmark survived the challenge and captured the trophy. Caroline Gylstroff (178-F-01) accounted for 17 points in the win. Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (178-PF-01) replied with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Belgium.
3-4 Place
Ukraine - Greece 36-53
Germany captured Bronze medals in Division B. They stormed past Ukraine to clinch the third position and therefore Division A promotion. Danai Papadopoulou (193-C-03) accounted for 16 points in the win. Greece accumulated a 25:16 halftime lead. They held Ukraine to just 20 points in the second half and eased to a crucial victory. Eleni Bosgana (189-SF-03) had 8 points in the win. Veronika Kosmach (178-SG-01) notched 14 points and 8 boards for Ukraine.

5-6 Place
Portugal - Finland 46-63
Finland outgunned Portugal to clinch the fifth position in Skopje. Awak Kuier (194-C-01) tallied 11 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winning team. Finland piled up a 28:15 halftime advantage. They kept Portugal at distance throughout the second half and secured the win. Janette Aarnio (178-F-02) produced 10 points for Finland. Natalia Santos (180-F-02) netted 12 points for Portugal.

7-8 Place
Sweden - Bosnia 58-54
Sweden victoriously finished their campaign in Skopje. They held off Bosnia to end up in the seventh position. Tova Sabel (176-F/G-01) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge. Sweden and Bosnia were tied at 28 heading into the second half. They ignited a 30:26 rally after the long break to seal the win. Rebecka Ekstrom (173-G-01) and Fanny Hahne (172-G-01) had 6 points each for the winners. Dragana Zubac (179-PG-01) delivered 16 points for Bosnia.

9-10 Place
Ireland - Israel 54-66
Israel knocked down Ireland to secure the ninth position in Skopje. Lior Garzon (183-PF-01) connected for 20 points in the victory. Israel overcame an 8-point deficit after the opening period to take a 29:27 halftime lead. They followed with a 17:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. Danielle Karsh (175-SF-01) produced 14 points for the winners. Katie Walshe (178-F-01) fired 21 points for Ireland.
11-12 Place
Switzerland - Slovenia 47-53
Slovenia claimed the 11th position at the tournament following a narrow win over Switzerland. Dunja Novovic (165-SG-01) had 16 points to lead the winning side. Switzerland enjoyed a 12:9 lead ten minutes into the game. But Slovenia surged ahead in the second term. They ensured a 26:18 halftime lead. Slovenia stayed in front throughout the second half and rolled to the win. Lea Debeljak had 8 points in the victory. Emma Chardon (189-SF-02) netted 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Switzerland.

13-14 Place
Luxembourg - Bulgaria 47-51
Bulgaria finished 13th at the championship as they beat Luxembourg. Hristiyana Nikolova (180-SF-01) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Luxembourg recorded a 23:19 halftime lead. But Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second half. They held their opponents to just 24 points and raced to the win. Iliyana Georgieva (180-F-03) delivered 13 points in the victory. Tanja De Rond (186-C-01) netted 21 points and collected 9 rebounds for Luxembourg.

15-16 Place
Estonia - Slovakia 50-38
Estonia wrapped up their campaign with a comfortable win over Slovakia. Asi Anna-Gret (172-G-02) accounted for 15 points in the win. Estonia eked out a 19:16 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 8-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Ivetta-Elizaveta Okuneva (167-G-02) had 13 points in the victory. Tereza Podhradska (190-C-02) notched 16 points and 9 caroms for Slovakia.

17-18 Place
FYR Macedonia - United Kingdom 53-50
FYR Macedonia nipped Great Britain to earn the 17th overall position at the championship. Marija Dimitrijevic (172-G-03) accounted for 22 points to lead the charge. Great Britain accumulated a 17:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But FYR Macedonia went on a 21:9 run in the second term to take a 29:26 halftime advantage. FYR Macedonia used a 14:9 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Ilina Selcova (170-PG-02) had 10 points in the victory. Loren Christie (184-C-01) answered with 14 points and 16 rebounds for Great Britain.

19-20 Place
Norway - Iceland 41-50
Iceland overcame Norway to earn the 19th position. Asta Grimsdottir (180-F-01) accounted for 15 points and 9 boards in the win. Iceland eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. They went on an 11:3 run in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Sigrun Olafsdottir (170-G-01) had 13 points for the winners. Kari Kyrkjebo (180-F-01) answered with 13 points and 14 rebounds for Norway.

21-22 Place
Moldova - Albania 36-69
Albania knocked down Moldova to earn the 21st position at the tournament. Klea Verri (169-SG-01) notched 27 points to lead the winners. Albania accumulated a 36:18 halftime lead. Albania followed with a 33:18 run in the second half to ice the win. Joana Meco (175-G-01) produced 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in the victory. Milena Chiruta (173-SG-01) replied with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Moldova.




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Jelena Antic (Lulea Basket) is a newcomer at Wisla Can-Pack Krakow - by Darko Najdovski

Wisla Can-Pack Krakow announces that 26-year-old Macedonian Jelena Anti has been contracted for the 2017/2018 season.

Jelena Anti was born on June 17, 1991 in Skopje, height 187 centimeters and plays the position small forward. She will be a great asset for the team because she I a high player that can share the ball and with her versatility, commitment and determination will bring a lot for the team.

Jelena started her career in Macedonia in the local team Vardar Mladinec for one season. Her talent was recognized and she moved to Partizan from Belgrade for three seasons and later Radivoj Korac also from Belgrade, Serbia. These were the glory years for her winning 3x Serbian League champion (2012-2014), 3x Serbian Cup winner (2012-2014) and 3x Adriatic League Women champion (2012-2014). The next step was Macabi Ashdod from Israel and later Mann-Filter from Spain. The season 2015-2016 she spent in Romania in CSU Alba Iulia. Meanwhile she stopped playing for the national team of Macedonia but was reactivated this year and she is one of the best players.

Last season she spent in the Swedish Lulea Basket, and won the national championship. Played a total of 36 matches (32 Swedish League, 4 EuroCup), spending 28 minutes on average. At the time, she recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds.
In Wisla Can-Pack Krakow she will wear the jersey number 8.



FYR Macedonian U16 National Team 2017 finished as the 17th placed selection - by Natasha Kostovska

The European basketball championship under 16, Division B in Skopje,Macedonia just ended for the Macedonian team as they finished as 17th at the championship. The players of Stojna Vangelovska were in group B (Division B) consisting of Ireland, Ukraine, Belgium, Slovenia and Moldova.

In the match against Norway, the national team took the victory with a score of (55-62), despite Norway's fight to return and take the last quarter

Macedonia - Norway (62:55)

Top performers:

Macedonia:

Tijana Mitreva (174-PG-01)

Points 18
Rebounds 10
Assists 3
Steals 2
Blocks 0
Efficiency +18

Norway:

Kari Kyrkjebo (180-F-01)

Points22
Rebounds15
Assists1
Steals0
Blocks0
Efficiency+22

We started slowly against Great Britain .We led shortly, but then followed a period without almost any realization. In the meantime, our opponents have set an edge of 8-17 at the end of the first period. In the second period we managed to shock the opponent with two triples realized shortly, with which we quickly managed to annul the negative in front of us. At half-time we had an advantage of three points (29-26). In the second part of the match, the opponent made a turn, but did not retain it. We finished the match with 53-50.

Macedonia - Great Britain (53:50)

Top performers:

Marija Dimitrijevikj

Points22
Rebounds0
Assists3
Steals1
Blocks0
Efficiency+19

Loren Christie (184-C-01)

Points14
Rebounds16
Assists1
Steals2
Blocks0
Efficiency+18




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Ilioupolis land Koutalianou - by Chris Mammides

Ilioupolis GS (A2) tabbed Koutalianou from Faros Keratsiniou. Koutalianou has played there for the last four years.
Among other achievements she was selected to Eurobasket.com All- A2 Honorable Mention in 2016.

Ilioupolis GS roster for 2017-2018:

Eleni Georgousi
Vasiliki Petraki
Koutalianou
Christina Theodorou
Tzenifer Botsi
Ismini Prapa
Konstantina Frima
Stavriani Vintsilaiou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ilioupolis land Vasiliki Petraki - by Chris Mammides

Ilioupolis GS (A2) tabbed 29-year old guard Vasiliki Petraki (180-88) from Faros Keratsiniou.
The previous (14-15) season Petraki played at AO Paleo Faliro Pireus.
She represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Sofia (Bulgaria) ten years ago. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Petraki has played previously for four other teams: Esperides, Iviskos, Terpsithea and Nea Kifisia.

Ilioupolis GS roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eleni Georgousi
Vasiliki Petraki
Tzenifer Botsi
Ismini Prapa

Forwards:
Christina Theodorou
Konstantina Frima

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


Leganes ink Hildur Kjartansdottir - by Eurobasket News

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes (LF2) signed 23-year old Icelandic international forward Hildur Kjartansdottir (188-94). She just graduated from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (NCAA). Kjartansdottir has played there for the last three years. In 29 games she had 7.9ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.7apg last season. She helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
As mentioned above Kjartansdottir is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2016. Kjartansdottir was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2014 at her college time.
Kjartansdottir has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2011.
Kjartansdottir also represented Iceland at the WBI Championship Quarterfinals this year.
She has played previously for another Spanish team Snaefell.

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes roster for 2017-2018:

Marta Perez
Maria Espin
Esther Moreno
Hildur Kjartansdottir
Estela Rubio
Irene Goicoechea
Kiara Kudron
Irene San Andres

Coach: Nacho Garcia

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  INDONESIA  


Thailand still in contention for gold after beating Indonesia - by Eurobasket News

THE Malaysian women's basketball team have to put their celebrations on hold. This is because Thailand are still in contention for the gold after beating Indonesia 70-61 at the Maba Stadium yesterday. The Thais, who suffered a shock 69-67 loss to the Philippines on Wednesday, went into the match against Indonesia knowing that a defeat would automatically hand the gold to unbeaten Malaysia. And they just had enough in depth to edge the Indonesians for a nine-point win. Penphan Yothanan (170-C-83) led the scoring for the Thais with 16 points while Supira Klanbut (175-C-94) contributed 13 as Thailand head into the final round-robin match with Malaysia - the decider for the gold medal - today with confidence. Thai head coach Christopher Daleo believes that his team will be ready to wrest the gold away from Malaysia. 'We had a team talk after the loss to the Philippines. 'We talked about controlling the pace and closing off matches and the team responded well,' said Daleo. 'I have faith in my girls and I'm confident they are prepared to take the gold back from Malaysia.' Malaysia, on their part, warmed up for the crunch match in style by crushing Myanmar 145-53 for their fifth straight win in the competition. Forward Poh Yee Ooi (175-F-93), given a rare start, exploded to life with 34 points, including eight three-pointers. Back-up guard Tai Chia Qian also had a fine game with 26 points while pint-sized Wong Mei Chyn scored 23 points off the bench. In total, Malaysia knocked down 23 three-pointers with an impressive 52% conversion rate. 'We are ready to fight Thailand. They are a good team and we need to focus on our defence,' said head coach Sze Yuin Yoong . 'What's important is that my players need to be able to handle the pressure tomorrow (today). 'If they can do that, then we're in good hands.' In the men's competition, 16-time winners Philippines marched into the final after edging Singapore 68-60. They will take on either Thailand or Indonesia for the gold. Malaysia ended their campaign in fifth place after beating Vietnam 93-64.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



SEA Games: Thailand still in contention for gold after beating Indonesia - by Eurobasket News

THE Malaysian women's basketball team have to put their celebrations on hold. This is because Thailand are still in contention for the gold after beating Indonesia 70-61 at the Maba Stadium yesterday. The Thais, who suffered a shock 69-67 loss to the Philippines on Wednesday, went into the match against Indonesia knowing that a defeat would automatically hand the gold to unbeaten Malaysia. And they just had enough in depth to edge the Indonesians for a nine-point win. Penphan Yothanan (170-C-83) led the scoring for the Thais with 16 points while Supira Klanbut (175-C-94) contributed 13 as Thailand head into the final round-robin match with Malaysia - the decider for the gold medal - today with confidence. Thai head coach Christopher Daleo believes that his team will be ready to wrest the gold away from Malaysia. 'We had a team talk after the loss to the Philippines. 'We talked about controlling the pace and closing off matches and the team responded well,' said Daleo. 'I have faith in my girls and I'm confident they are prepared to take the gold back from Malaysia.' Malaysia, on their part, warmed up for the crunch match in style by crushing Myanmar 145-53 for their fifth straight win in the competition. Forward Poh Yee Ooi (175-F-93), given a rare start, exploded to life with 34 points, including eight three-pointers. Back-up guard Tai Chia Qian also had a fine game with 26 points while pint-sized Wong Mei Chyn scored 23 points off the bench. In total, Malaysia knocked down 23 three-pointers with an impressive 52% conversion rate. 'We are ready to fight Thailand. They are a good team and we need to focus on our defence,' said head coach Sze Yuin Yoong . 'What's important is that my players need to be able to handle the pressure tomorrow (today). 'If they can do that, then we're in good hands.' In the men's competition, 16-time winners Philippines marched into the final after edging Singapore 68-60. They will take on either Thailand or Indonesia for the gold. Malaysia ended their campaign in fifth place after beating Vietnam 93-64.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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  ISRAEL  


Natasha Lacy (ex Botas) agreed terms with Maccabi R.Gan - by Lior Hai

Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan (D1) inked 32-year old American point guard Natasha Lacy (178-75kg-85, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Botas in Turkish KBSL. In 22 games she recorded 11.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 7.5apg (top 3) and 2.2spg (in top 5) last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lacy played at Canik Belediye in KBSL where in 25 games she averaged 13.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 6.9apg (top 2) and 2.3spg (in top 2). A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
In 2008 she was drafted by Detroit Shock (WNBA) in second round (28th overall).
The former Univ.of Texas at El Paso staris in her tenth season in pro basketball.
She won Middle European League championship title in 2013.
Lacy is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Cyprus, Slovakia (Good Angels), Spain, WNBA (Connecticut Sun, Washington Mystics, New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks), Israel (Elitzur Ramla) and Turkey (Ceyhan Bld, Mersin BSB, Adana ASKI Mersin and Hatay).

Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shiran Tzairi
Natasha Lacy
Nof Kedem
Alyssa Baron
Ofir Lavy

Forwards:
Dannielle Diamant
Daniel Raber
Lior Halevi

Coach: Shira Haelion

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NEW ZEALAND  


Jayden Fuiava 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.

   #1. This week's number one is U18 international Jayden Fuiava (99, currently plays in Australia). She could not help Logan Thunder (14-4) to beat Meteorettes (14-4). Fuiava cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 1 minutes on the court. The second-placed Logan Thunder (14-4) lost 67-80 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Meteorettes in the QBL group. It's Fuiava's fifth season with the team. This year Fuiava averages: 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 75.9% in 17 games she played so far. She played for the New Zealand U18 national team one years ago.

Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia). Cocks was not able to help Meteorettes (13-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Meteorettes (#2) were defeated 70-66 in Brisbane by the leading Spartans in the QBL group. Cocks was the second best scorer with 11 points. She also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It's Cocks' first season with the team. Cocks has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 94.1%(48-51). She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Chevannah Paalvast
Chevannah Paalvast
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Micaela Cocks and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Paalvast. She was not able to secure a victory for Meteorettes (13-3) in their game against Brisbane Spartans (18-0). It was not Paalvast's best game last Saturday. She scored only 2 points in 34 minutes. Meteorettes (#2) lost 66-70 in Brisbane to the leading Spartans in the QBL group. This year Paalvast has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 68.6% in 16 games. Ex-55.1%, then moved to kere West Auckland Rangers player is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #4. An experienced forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Micaela Cocks in the Australian State League last game. Taylor contributed to a Brisbane Spartans' victory against the third-ranked Meteorettes (14-4) 70-66. She scored 9 points. Taylor is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Brisbane Spartans' roster. Taylor has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. She is also New Zealand national team player.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #5. 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 helped Brisbane Spartans win their game against the third-ranked Meteorettes (14-4) 70-66. She scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 4 shots in 40 minutes. Purcell's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in 14 games. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #6. Guard Sam Moodie (96, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Boomers (14-6) in their game against Sunbury (16-4) in the Australian State League (second division). Moodie did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. She recorded only 2 points. Boomers (#3) were defeated 71-65 by the leading Sunbury in the Big V group. Moodie's overall stats this season are: 1.9ppg and 3.7rpg. She is a former U20 international player as she played for the New Zealand team three years ago.

   #7. International guard Rebecca Ott (94, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Knox Raiders (15-5) in their game against Sunbury (16-4) in the Australian State League (second division). Ott recorded 7 points and had 3 steals in 39 minutes. Knox Raiders (#2) lost 59-67 to the leading Sunbury in the Big V group. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Ott averaged so far 14.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg in 18 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). Subritzky could not help Power (12-5) to beat Brisbane Spartans (18-0). She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Subritzky recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds. Power (#4) was crushed 89-67 on the road by the leading Brisbane Spartans in the QBL group. Subritzky's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg.

   #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 not able to help Power (12-5) in their last game. Despite her good performance Power (#4) was crushed 89-67 in Brisbane by the leading Spartans in the QBL group. Kiriau was the second best scorer with 10 points in only 1 minutes. Kiriau averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg and 2.0spg in 18 games she played so far.

   #3. Experienced Charmian Mellars (182-F-79, 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. Mellars was not able to secure a victory for Power (12-5) in their game against Brisbane Spartans (18-0). She recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Power (#4) was crushed 89-67 in Brisbane by the leading Spartans in the QBL group. Mellars averaged so far 10.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg and 2.5spg.

   #4. 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 Charmian Mellars (above) in the other team. Carline couldn't help Power (12-5) in their game against Brisbane Spartans (18-0). She recorded 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in only 1 minutes. Power (#4) was crushed 89-67 in Brisbane by the leading Spartans in the QBL group. This year Carline's overall stats are: 7.3ppg and 5.4rpg in 16 games.



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  PERU  


Liga de Lima Round 8: Naval loses to Circolo - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Liga de Lima.

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked Naval (1-4) and fifth ranked Circolo (2-6) on Saturday night. Naval was defeated by Circolo on the road 29-45. Circolo moved-up to third place. Naval at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Regatas (6-0) which played road game in against 4th ranked San Borja (1-5). Top-ranked Regatas had an easy win 71-31. Undefeated Regatas have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. San Borja lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with five games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Univer./Real Club.

San Borja - Regatas 31-71

An interesting game for Regatas (6-0) which played road game in against 4th ranked San Borja (1-5). Top-ranked Regatas had an easy win 71-31. Regatas have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. San Borja lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with five games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Univer./Real Club.
gschID: 559675


Circolo - Naval 45-29

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked Naval (1-4) and fifth ranked Circolo (2-6) on Saturday night. Naval was defeated by Circolo on the road 29-45. Circolo moved-up to third place. Naval at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 559674





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  PORTUGAL  


Uniao Sportiva adds Cardoso to their roster - by Joao Santos

Clube Uniao Sportiva Ponta Delgada (Liga Feminina) added to their roster 27-year old forward Aurea Cardoso (182-90) from Boa Viagem. In 23 Liga Feminina games she had 4.8ppg and 4.9rpg last season.
Cardoso's team made it to the Portuguese Federation Cup Final Four in 2016.
She represented Portugal at the African Championships in Maputo (Mozambique) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 3.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3spg.
Cardoso has played previously for three other teams: AD Vagos, Galitos and Calvao.

Clube Uniao Sportiva Ponta Delgada roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Felicite Mendes
Joanna Smith

Forwards:
Sara Djassi
Maria Ferreira
Raphaella Monteiro
Aurea Cardoso
Clara Rodrigues

Center:
Leticia Rodrigues

Coach: Ricardo Botelho

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AD Vagos welcome back Faustino - by Joao Santos

AD Vagos (Liga Feminina) landed 25-year old international point guard Ines Faustino (170-92). It is actually her comeback to Vagos as she has played here before. Faustino played most recently at Uniao Sportiva in the Liga Feminina. In 24 games she averaged 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg last season. She helped them to win the Supercup. Faustino also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had just 2.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Faustino played at Sporting. In 10 Liga Feminina games she recorded 10.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Portuguese Liga Feminina All-Star Game.
Faustino won Portuguese Division I championship title in 2015.
She has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. Faustino has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
She also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg.
Faustino has played previously professionally also in Spain (Real Celta Vigo) and Portugal (Esgueira and Alges).

AD Vagos roster for 2017-2018:

Daniela Domingues
Ines Faustino
Joana Canastra
Ines Pinto
Daniela Jesus
Susana Carvalheira
Mariana Mendes
Bruna Zagaria
Maria Carvalho
Cristiana Lopes

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  


Charity Harris signs at Yauco - by Eurobasket News

BSNF newcomer Yauco landed American point guard Charity Harris (163, college: Bluefield State). The last time (16) she played at Leonas in Puerto Rican BSNF.
Harris was selected to Puerto Rican BSNF All-Star Game in 2016.
She graduated from Bluefield State in 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Isabela signs Martucci just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Pollitas de Isabela (BSNF) agreed terms with 23-year old Puerto Rican international guard Adily Martucci (173-94, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Martucci just graduated from Quinnipiac (NCAA). She has played there for the last five years. In 36 games she had 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg last season. Martucci helped them to win MAAC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Quite impressive season as she All-MAAC All-Tournament MVP and named to All-MAAC 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season she played also at another team Bobcats in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 33 games she recorded 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. Martucci contributed to her team making it to the final.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first full season as a pro.
Martucci also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in St. Thomas (Virgin Islands) this year. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.2rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Leganes ink Hildur Kjartansdottir - by Eurobasket News

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes (LF2) signed 23-year old Icelandic international forward Hildur Kjartansdottir (188-94). She just graduated from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (NCAA). Kjartansdottir has played there for the last three years. In 29 games she had 7.9ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.7apg last season. She helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
As mentioned above Kjartansdottir is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2016. Kjartansdottir was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2014 at her college time.
Kjartansdottir has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2011.
Kjartansdottir also represented Iceland at the WBI Championship Quarterfinals this year.
She has played previously for another Spanish team Snaefell.

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes roster for 2017-2018:

Marta Perez
Maria Espin
Esther Moreno
Hildur Kjartansdottir
Estela Rubio
Irene Goicoechea
Kiara Kudron
Irene San Andres

Coach: Nacho Garcia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga Catalana: 2017-18 Preseason rankings and award race - by Mike Amico

Never in the existence of the Copa Catalana, nor really at any point since the city of Barcelona split, have two teams moved away from the rest of the league like today's Unio Esportiva Mataro and CBF Cerdanyola.

EDITOR'S PICKS

Final predictions: W-L record for the top Copa Catalana team

Who will make the final four playoffs? How many wins will the Unio Esportiva Mataro get? Let's look at our latest projections for the top 4 teams and players.

The cold reality on this first Power Rankings Monday of August is that it's hard to dream up a scenario for the 2017-18 season that doesn't end with the Unio Esportiva Mataro and CBF Cerdanyola hooking up in the Finals for the first time in both franchises history. Yet it's also true that there is so much unpredictability bubbling from the No. 3 spot on down that there will be plenty to discuss in this cyberspace when we convene here weekly with a new ladder.

There will be a fresh 1-to-4 order for the next 20 Mondays as we make our way through 20 games, relying on our trusty formula that weighs what's happening in the present against every team's big-picture outlook for the season -- while always allowing for a dash of subjective whim.


1. Unio Esportiva Mataro

2016-17 record: 13-7

Previous ranking: 1


Please stop to consider, before you write in the CBF Cerdanyola as 2018 champions, just how the Unio Esportiva Mataro ball club made its first Copa Catalana Final Four with Marquisha Harris (182-C-93, college: W.Michigan) leading the way as a force on the glass. But this offseason All-Star Head Coach Adria Castejon added Swiss League All-Star Kristina King (180-G/F-92, college: Richmond) and Carrie Washington. Kristina King has been the talk of Copa Catalana since she agreed to sign this summer. King was expected to join a big club in Spain or France, but shocked the country agreeing to a contract with Unio Esportiva Mataro. 'Our goal was to move up to LF2', said Coach Castejon. We had to invest the money into a star player to make this happen.

It became evident that Coach Castejon saw the blue print of Barca CBS after losing to them in the Copa Final Four last season. Of course, Barca has moved up to the LF2 and has now made the playing field open for the next great team. Kristina King has star power averaging 20.2 points per game and ranking in the top three in steals (3.2) for Esperance Sportive Pully.

'A lot of people say that I'm crazy for signing with Mataro', said King. But they also called me crazy the year I signed with GIE Lady Matrix of the WUBA instead of going back to Europe. I have goals to play in the LF1; so I'm committed to helping the club move to LF2 while they are committed to getting me the exposure I want in Spain.

The Unio Esportiva Mataro are now defiantly favored to win the 2018 Copa Catalana Final Four.


2. CBF Cerdanyola

2016-17 record: 14-6

Previous ranking: 2


The numbers going around about CBF Cerdanyola's Big Four and the damage they did in their preseason time together are frightening. My rules dictate that the favored Cerdanyola are pretty much guaranteed the top spot in the first two editions of the rankings, as long as they avoid catastrophes like early injuries, but the clubs fear factor is no joke. Think about it: So many of those scary lineups with Blanca Garcia (G-89) at the guard will now feature Marta Arbizu (187-C-91) at center. Garcia was first runner up for the Player of the Year award in 2017. She was later named Eurobasket.com All-Catalana 1st Team.

With two dominate players returning with so much experience. Its safe to say CBF could easily be crowned champions come May.

3. Unilever Viladecans BF

2015-16 record: 12-8

Previous ranking: 3


It is, without question, one of the most dangerous clubs in the 2017-18 division. Last season BF Villadecans made it to the Final Four to fall just points away from a title game. BF Villadecans are led by star guard Marta Guerrero. Last season Guerrero averaged a team best 17.8 points per game.

4. CB Basket Almeda

2015-16 record: 11-9

Previous ranking: 4


CB Basket Almeda, according to the Copa Catalana rankings, were just one game away from being in the 2017 Final Four. The club returns every player from the previous season looking to make the big push. The experience of CB Basket Almeda is what will be the thing clubs have to fear and respect about Basket Almeda. Look for them to make a big push in 2018.

**Preseason MVP Race**

As part of our 2017-18 season preview, Copa Catalana ranked their top-5 players heading into the new year. Here are the results of that collaboration.

5. Marquisha Harris (182-C-93, college: W.Michigan)

With the entire league focusing their energy on teammate Kristina King and the CBF Cerdanyola's star guard Blanca Garcia, Marquisha Harris quietly put together her best season as a pro, finishing as the Eurobasket.com All-Catalana Center of the Year, and collecting her first Final Four visit for Mataro.

While Harris' offensive game isn't nearly as complete as the rest of the players on this list, Mataro has found a way to capitalize on her strengths, with the 25-year-old finishing third in field goal shooting (54.3 percent) and second in rebounds (9.8) in 2016-17.

4. Marta Arbizu

One of the more dominate bigs in the Liga Catalana league has to be Marta Arbizu. Last season she stared for CBF Cerdanyola. Arbizu was also a big part of the playoff push for CBF last May.

The former MVP responded with one of her best seasons as a pro, finishing second in PER (16.2), first in rebounds (11.0), second in blocks (2.5), and fifth in points per game (18.2).

Arbizu was named Eurobasket.com All-Catalana 1stTeam.

3. Blanca Garcia

Garcia was the main reason for the CBF Cerdanyola club reaching the Final Four. The tandem of her and Marta Arbizu makes them almost impossible to match up with in the league.

Last season Garcia averaged a team best 17.0 points per game along with 5.8 assists. Her great play led to a Eurobasket.com All-Liga Catalana 1st Team honor. This will be an interesting battle between CBF and UE Mataro.

2. Olga Ruano (191-C-88)

By far the shock of the league is the announcement that 6'4 center Olga Ruano will be playing in the Liga Copa Catalana (Mataro Parc Boet) in 2017-18. Ruano will be by far the best local center in the league from day one. With her natural ability to post and shoot makes her a preseason MVP candidate from the start.

The 6-foot-4 center played last season in the LF2 for Femeni Sant Adria. She averaged a team best 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Ruano was later named Eurobasket.com Spanish LF2 2nd Team.

The Match up between city rival Mataro Parc Boet and Unio Esportiva Mataro should be very entertaining. Ruano matches up with Marquisha Harris and Kristina King. Don't miss that game!!!

1. Kristina King (180-G-92)

Kristina's decision to take her talents to Liga Catalana kills her LFB Super league chances, but one would be foolish to believe this to be true. This power move by Unio Esportiva Mataro will turn out to be the biggest signing in league history. Unio Esportiva Mataro locked up the Swiss LNA star in hopes to move up to the LF2 and King to the LFB. Last season for Esperance Sportive Pully (Swiss-LNA); King averaged 20.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. She has the ultimate all-around game as the league's newly crowned "LeBron James". She was later named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team and All-Star.

Spain has no recorded history of King until this summer where her name became legendary. This summer, Unio Esportiva Mataro hosted the FIBA Mediterranean Cup where teams from Liga Catalana, LF2, and America came to showcase their talent in front of general managers and scouts. King played for the GIE Lady Matrix of the USA. Her club would walk pass all Spanish clubs to be crowned champion. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Mediterranean Cup MVP along with 1st Team honors. King finished the event with a 28 point per game average. She also added 8 rebounds and 7 assists.



Leticia Romero joins USK Praha - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL) added to their roster 22-year old Spaniard international guard Leticia Romero (173-95). She just graduated from Florida State University (NCAA). Romero has played there for the last three years. In 33 games she had 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Atlantic Coast Conference and they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to All-ACC 1st Team and WBCA NCAA D1 All-American Honorable Mention.
This summer Romero was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
She just graduated from Florida State University and it is her first season in pro basketball.
Romero played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2015.
She has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Romero has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
She also represented Spain at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Romero's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg.
Romero has played previously for another Czech Republic team Gran Canaria.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SURINAM  


De Arend wins Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

De Arend have won the Finals opener as they overcame Yellow Birds. De Arend won the first half 22-20 and then posted a comfortable 57-38 win. Sedoc Marcella top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Chayenne Chantel Breinburg netted 10. Naarden Chayenne replied with 11 points in the losing effort. Onna Fang poured in 8, while Janine Tuart netted 7.


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  THAILAND  


SEA Games: Thailand still in contention for gold after beating Indonesia - by Eurobasket News

THE Malaysian women's basketball team have to put their celebrations on hold. This is because Thailand are still in contention for the gold after beating Indonesia 70-61 at the Maba Stadium yesterday. The Thais, who suffered a shock 69-67 loss to the Philippines on Wednesday, went into the match against Indonesia knowing that a defeat would automatically hand the gold to unbeaten Malaysia. And they just had enough in depth to edge the Indonesians for a nine-point win. Penphan Yothanan (170-C-83) led the scoring for the Thais with 16 points while Supira Klanbut (175-C-94) contributed 13 as Thailand head into the final round-robin match with Malaysia - the decider for the gold medal - today with confidence. Thai head coach Christopher Daleo believes that his team will be ready to wrest the gold away from Malaysia. 'We had a team talk after the loss to the Philippines. 'We talked about controlling the pace and closing off matches and the team responded well,' said Daleo. 'I have faith in my girls and I'm confident they are prepared to take the gold back from Malaysia.' Malaysia, on their part, warmed up for the crunch match in style by crushing Myanmar 145-53 for their fifth straight win in the competition. Forward Poh Yee Ooi (175-F-93), given a rare start, exploded to life with 34 points, including eight three-pointers. Back-up guard Tai Chia Qian also had a fine game with 26 points while pint-sized Wong Mei Chyn scored 23 points off the bench. In total, Malaysia knocked down 23 three-pointers with an impressive 52% conversion rate. 'We are ready to fight Thailand. They are a good team and we need to focus on our defence,' said head coach Sze Yuin Yoong . 'What's important is that my players need to be able to handle the pressure tomorrow (today). 'If they can do that, then we're in good hands.' In the men's competition, 16-time winners Philippines marched into the final after edging Singapore 68-60. They will take on either Thailand or Indonesia for the gold. Malaysia ended their campaign in fifth place after beating Vietnam 93-64.
Courtesy of: thestar.com.my



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  TURKEY  


Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. keeps Cakir for another season - by Lior Hai

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) re-signed 24-year old international point guard Olcay Cakir (182-93, agency: 1x1 Sports). She played there last season. In 36 KBSL games she averaged 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg. Cakir helped them to win the KBSL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). She also played 16 games in Eurocup where she had 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Cakir played at Fenerbahce. In 34 games she recorded 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.5apg. She also played 18 games in Euroleague where she got 3.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.4apg. Cakir contributed to her team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
In 2013 she was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
Among other achievements Cakir received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team award back in 2012 and 2013.
She has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Cakir has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
She also represented Turkey at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 62.5%.
Cakir has played previously for Pamukspor.
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: A very promising PG, who has plenty of skills to succeed. She has a big heart, is in perpetual motion when she is on the floor and can take it to the hoop impressively. If she can work on her outside shot, then she can be a big time player.

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kim Mestdagh
Olcay Cakir

Forwards:
Bahar Caglar
Gokce Dogan
Cansu Koksal

Centers:
Ann Wauters
Quanitra Hollingsworth

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Natasha Lacy (ex Botas) agreed terms with Maccabi R.Gan - by Lior Hai

Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan (D1) inked 32-year old American point guard Natasha Lacy (178-75kg-85, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Botas in Turkish KBSL. In 22 games she recorded 11.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 7.5apg (top 3) and 2.2spg (in top 5) last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lacy played at Canik Belediye in KBSL where in 25 games she averaged 13.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 6.9apg (top 2) and 2.3spg (in top 2). A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention.
In 2008 she was drafted by Detroit Shock (WNBA) in second round (28th overall).
The former Univ.of Texas at El Paso staris in her tenth season in pro basketball.
She won Middle European League championship title in 2013.
Lacy is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Cyprus, Slovakia (Good Angels), Spain, WNBA (Connecticut Sun, Washington Mystics, New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks), Israel (Elitzur Ramla) and Turkey (Ceyhan Bld, Mersin BSB, Adana ASKI Mersin and Hatay).

Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shiran Tzairi
Natasha Lacy
Nof Kedem
Alyssa Baron
Ofir Lavy

Forwards:
Dannielle Diamant
Daniel Raber
Lior Halevi

Coach: Shira Haelion

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES  


Australia and Japan to clash for title in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Taiwan - Australia 74-79
Australia upset hosting Taiwan to reach the title game at the World University Games. Lauren Scherf (196-C/F-96) notched 21 points and 17 boards to lead the Emerging Opals. Taiwan accumulated a 38:34 halftime advantage. Australia however unloaded 45 points in the second half and snatched a tough victory at the end. Abigail Wehrung (177-G-95) tossed in 19 points for the winning side. Huang Hsiang-Ting (180-F-93) and Cheng I-Hsiu (178-G-93) produced 13 points each for the home side.

Japan - Russia 84-63
Japan held off Russia to advance into the title clash in Taipei. Saki Hayashi (171-G-95) produced 22 points to lead the winners. Japan accumulated a 44:27 halftime lead. They sank 40 points in the second half to march to the victory. Tsumura Yuriko (172-G-95) had 12 points in the win. Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) topscored for Russia with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
5-8 Place
Sweden - Czech Republic 85-76
Sweden rallied past Czech Republic today. Nathalie Fontaine (188-G-93, college: Ball St.) delivered 31 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden piled up a 48:29 halftime lead. They stretched the lead at 24-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Paulina Hersler (190-F-94) netted 13 points for the winners. Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) replied with 16 points for Czech Republic.

Canada - USA 75-80
USA edged their North American rivals Canada in the classification round in Taipei. Ieshia Small (183-G-94) notched 25 points and 8 rebounds in the win. USA grabbed a 46:41 halftime lead. Canada pulled ahead in the third term. They eked out a 58:57 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But USA sank 23 points in the final period and snatched a tough win at the end. Kaila Charles (186-G) delivered 20 points for the winners. Paige Crozon (185-G-94, college: Utah) replied with 15 points for Canada.

9-12 Place
Hungary - Argentina 68-54
Hungary held off Argentina in the classification round clash. Palma Kaposi (185-F-96) delivered 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Hungary recorded a 30:18 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and rallied to the victory. Fanni Szabo (185-G/F-94, college: Dartmouth, agency: LBM Management) netted 13 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds in the win. Julieta Ale (176-G-95) answered with 12 points and 8 boards for Argentina.

Portugal - Lithuania 59-54
Portugal overcame Lithuania in Taipei. Josephine Filipe (177-G/F-95) provided 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lithuania eked out a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. However Portugal used a 25:12 run in the second quarter to take a 36:27 halftime lead. Portugal followed with a 16:12 rally in the final stanza to seal the win. Maianca Umabano (180-F-97) delivered 16 points in the victory. Dalia Belickaite (177-SG-96) answered with 16 points for Lithuania.