EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/6/2017 4:04:07 AM

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  ANGOLA  



Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - by Eurobasket News

Paul Henare 's 'Baby' Tall Blacks are now officially battle hardened for the looming Asia Cup in Lebanon. The New Zealand men's basketballers wrapped up their buildup for Lebanon with a battling 60-53 defeat at the hands of dual tournament winners Angola in Chengdu, China. They pushed the full-strength African nation all the way, though weren't able to repeat their upset victory from the previous tournament in Kunshan. With the team travelling less than 24 hours later to Beirut and playing their sixth game in seven days in China, a drop in intensity from the young Tall Blacks would have been understandable. But they hustled hard the entire night, won the final quarter 18-14 and got as close as a couple of buckets to the Angolans. Henare, who has given all his senior players and most of his US-based collegians the campaign off, was happy with the last fortnight from his young team of largely untried international players as he looks to build depth in the national programme. "I am really proud of the effort the guys have put in over the past few weeks," Henare said. "It has culminated in a good performance tonight - not a perfect performance, but the Angolan side has been the class of the two tournaments and no one has gotten close to them. "We are the only team to have beaten them and again tonight we competed with a very good team. That is what we must take into Beirut, knowing we can compete against very good sides." Canterbury shooting guard Ethan Rusbatch (196-G/F-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) led the Tall Blacks with a game-high 16 points (6/13 FG, 4/8 3PT), backed up by some excellent defence and four rebounds in a performance that might help garner some ANBL interest for the free-agent sharpshooter. New Zealand started slowly and were still looking for their first bucket midway through the opening quarter, but kept Angola within reach, at 14-15 down by the first break. The offence continued to splutter thoughout, with a final shooting percentage of 38 from two-point range and 24 from deep reflecting the team's shooting struggles. With Angola edging out to an 11-point lead at three-quarter time, the Tall Blacks' response came, with a Rusbatch corner three and an Ili drive to the basket establishing some momentum. But the experienced Angolans responded to keep the New Zealanders at arm's length down the stretch. Henare is confident the games in China have toughened his young charges for what they will face in Beirut, starting with Kazakhstan in three days' time. "In Beirut we are going to have a day off in between games, and it is going to feel like a holiday for these guys," said Henare. "That is one of the great things about this schedule - six games in seven days with a decent travel day in between. They will be as game ready and game hardened as they can be in Beirut. "This will be another useful experience for these guys. They will be playing against high-quality basketballers. I know for a fact they will walk away from this experience in China all the better for it." New Zealand travel to Beirut on Saturday, arriving on Sunday afternoon to put the finishing touches on preparations ahead of their opening pool game against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz



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  ARGENTINA  


Argentino keeps Cangelosi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) re-signed experienced 36-year old naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (197-81). He has played there for the last seven seasons. In 57 LigaA games he recorded 10.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Cangelosi's team made it to the LigaA Semifinals in 2014.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Cangelosi has played previously professionally also in Spain (Basquet_Mallorca) and Argentina (Weber Bahia, C.Entrerriano, Quilmes Mar del Plata and Ciclista).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Argentino.

Atletico Argentino Junin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan Cangelosi
Luis Cequeira
Luciano Massarelli
Genaro Lorio

Forwards:
Rodrigo Sanchez
Guido Mariani

Center:
Matias Bortolin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Albacete keeps Fox for another season - by Eurobasket News

Arcos Albacete Basket (LEB Silver) re-signed experienced 40-year old French-Argentinian point guard Diego Fox (177-77). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 26 LEB Silver games he recorded just 2.1ppg last season.
Fox won Spanish EBA Final Stage 4 championship title in 2016.
He another Spanish team C.A.B.A..
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Albacete.

Arcos Albacete Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Fox
Garret Covington

Forwards:
Javier Marin
Eugenio Gomez
David Maldonado

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Salta Basket inks Pablo Bruna - by Eurobasket News

Salta Basket (TNA) signed 30-year old point guard Pablo Bruna (185-87). He has played for the last five seasons at Instituto in the LigaA. In 56 games he had 4.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bruna won Argentinian TNA championship title in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Argentinian TNA All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Bruna has played previously for two other teams: San Martin Marcos Juarez and Huracan.

Salta Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Gerbaudo
Pablo Bruna
Rodrigo Haag

Forwards:
Pablo Espinoza
Lucas Goldenberg

Center:
Alejandro Zilli

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ruiz Moreno comes back to Echague - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) added to their roster 28-year old guard Lisandro Ruiz Moreno (183-89). It is actually his comeback to Parana as he has played here before. Ruiz Moreno played last season at Huracan in Argentinian TNA league. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention. Ruiz Moreno also played that season for Echague where in 12 LigaA games he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg.
Ruiz Moreno's team made it to the TNA Semifinals in 2016.
He is a very experienced player.

Atletico Echague Parana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lisandro Ruiz_Moreno
Mateo Gaynor
Jeremias Sandrini
Carlos Buemo
Eugenio Zustovich

Forwards:
Sebastian Cabello
Mariano Garcia
Emilio Stucky

Center:
Franco Barroso

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alianza Viedma keeps Knecht for another season - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) re-signed 30-year old point guard Alexis Knecht (183-87). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 39 TNA games he averaged 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg last season. Knecht helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
His team won Argentinian TNA South Regular Season in 2016.
Knecht has played previously for three other teams: Obera Tennis Club, Perfora and Union Alem.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Franco re-signs at Alianza Viedma - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old point guard Pedro Franco (187-81). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 41 TNA games he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg last season. Franco helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Argentinian TNA South Regular Season in 2016. Franco was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention in 2015.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for seven other teams: Weber Bahia, GECR Indalo, C.Entrerriano, Sionista, MH Basket, Union de Santa Fe and Sionista.
Franco is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Alianza Viedma.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata keeps La Bella for another season - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (TNA) re-signed 31-year old point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 37 TNA games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.9apg (leader !!!) and 1.5spg last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Honorable Mention.
La Bella has played previously for five other teams: Independiente Neuquen, Weber Bahia, Echague, Obera Tennis Club and Rosario Central.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aaron Harper agreed terms with Ferrocarril - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old American small forward Aaron Harper (203-94kg-81, college: Mississippi) from Quimsa. In 36 LigaA games in Argentina he recorded very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Harper played at Al Riyadi (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league where in 36 games he averaged 12.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also played in the Supercup final (twice).
In 2004 Harper was drafted by Gary Steelheads (CBA) in second round (14th overall).
He attended University of Mississippi and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Harper received Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Best Player of the Year award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Harper's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Harper has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Chorale de Roanne), Ukraine (Azovmash), Venezuela (Panteras, Marinos and Trotamundos), Italy (Imola), Iceland (KR Reykjavik), Lebanon (Sagesse) and Paraguay (San Jose).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ferrocarril.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A guard with good size ... Could also see time at small forward ... a very talented player ... An "old school" type player ... Has great range from the perimeter. Complete scorer inside and out. Total team player, Great three point shooter and nice midrange game. Athletic and can finish well in the paint. Hard match up for two guards because of his length and quickness, also a tough matchup for SF because of his quickness and guard skills. Defensively superior..gets a lot of steals and block shots…Led every team he has played for to championship. Winner on and off the court..

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Walter Baxley
Franco Balbi
Diego Figueredo
Tomas Spano

Forwards:
Aaron Harper
Jazwin Cowan
Ariel Ramos

Coach: Ariel Rearte

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRIA  


Jozo Rados inks with Kapfenberg, Bulls also resign Bogic Vujosevic - by Stefan Prager

Austrian champion ece Bulls Kapfenberg is starting to shape it's roster for the upcoming season. At first the Bulls resigned finals MVP Bogic Vujosevic, then the club announced a big time aquisition in signing national team center Jozo Rados. Rados played for the Klosterneuburg Dukes since February of 2013. He dominated the league last season on an individual level posting career highs of 17.0 ppg and 11.8 rpg which made him the league leading rebounder. Kapfenberg has signed the big man on a two year contract.

The Bulls have also resigned last seasons finals MVP Bogic Vujosevic who was a key part of the successfull Bulls team. The point guard appeared in 41 games last season putting up 14.7 ppg along with 5.5 apg and 3.8 rpg. His 5.5 apg ranked third in the league only behind Benedikt Danek and Marko Car. He even propelled his apg to 6.1 during the ABL playoffs.

Kapfenberg will try to qualify for the Champions League this season. The first opponent in the qualifiers will be Benfica Lisboa.



Carlos Novas Mateo joins Wels - by Eurobasket News

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels (A Bundesliga) agreed terms with 25-year old Austrian forward Carlos Novas Mateo (197-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played this summer at Indios de San Francisco in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 11 games he had 4.3ppg. The last season Novas Mateo played at SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz in German Regionalliga where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg and 3.9rpg.
His team made it to the Austrian final in 2013.
Novas Mateo represented Austria at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 50.0%.
Novas Mateo's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Novas Mateo has played previously professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions, Redwell Gunners Oberwart, Gmunden Swans and Vienna), Dominican Republic (Plaza) and Germany (Nuernberg).

BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Csebits
Oscar Schmit
Elijah Wilson

Forwards:
Davor Lamesic
Carlos Novas_Mateo
Erwin Zulic

Coach: Sebastian Waser

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @marcocalise)

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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Strasbourg inks Michael Dixon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) agreed terms with 27-year old Georgian international guard Michael Dixon (186-85kg-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Dixon was about to sign at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season he played also at AEK Athens (also in A1) where in 32 games he had 11.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg. Dixon helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dixon also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dixon won Czech Republic League championship title in 2016. He was also voted All-AAC Sixth Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Dixon represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 55.2%.
Dixon has played also professionally in Italy (Basket Barcellona), Lithuania (Dzukija and P.Zvaigzdes) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
He attended University of Memphis until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
David Logan
Michael Dixon
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Darion Atkins
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Besiktas add Lima to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old Brazilian international center Augusto Lima (207-104kg-91). He played last season at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. In 42 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 4.5rpg. Lima helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Lima also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 18 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. Lima contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Lima also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Lima played that season for was UCAM Murcia (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 17 games he got 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 2nd Team in 2015.
Lima has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2011 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2007.
Lima represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 62.5%.
Lima has played previously professionally in Italy and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and CB Granada).
The scouts decsribe him following way: An inside player with huge upside. He's long, has great body (Dwight Howard type), he's a great leaper. Intense and aggressive, Augusto can be very dominant inside, and very active on both boards, snatching rebounds and blocking shots. He understands the game very well and knows how to position himself on the court. A great 1 on 1 defender, has good mobility, runs the court like a guard and finishes every play aggressively. Offensively, he has good post moves, decent outside shot and good presence inside to receive passes. Needs to add some weight and polish his offensive skills, but future is bright.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Muratcan Guler
Erkan Veyseloglu
D.J. Strawberry
Can Mutaf
Earl Clark
Sertac Sanli
Jon Diebler
Kyle Weems
Augusto Lima
Kenan Sipahi
Samet Geyik
Ryan Boatright
Enes Taskiran
Omer Al
Bekir Sabri Karli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Juventus welcome back Samenas - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) tabbed 29-year old Lithuanian guard Laurynas Samenas (192-82kg-88). It is actually his comeback to Utena as he has played here before. Samenas played most recently at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division. In 32 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Samenas played at Juventus where in 31 LKL games he had 7.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Samenas also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. The other team Samenas played that season for was Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys. In 9 LKL games he got 6.9ppg. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Samenas received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
He was a member of Lithuanian U19 National Team in 2007.
Samenas has played previously professionally in Germany (Gladiators) and Lithuania (Siauliai, Sakalai and MRU Vilnius).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  


Besiktas add Lima to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old Brazilian international center Augusto Lima (207-104kg-91). He played last season at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. In 42 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 4.5rpg. Lima helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Lima also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 18 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. Lima contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Lima also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Lima played that season for was UCAM Murcia (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 17 games he got 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 2nd Team in 2015.
Lima has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2011 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2007.
Lima represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 62.5%.
Lima has played previously professionally in Italy and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and CB Granada).
The scouts decsribe him following way: An inside player with huge upside. He's long, has great body (Dwight Howard type), he's a great leaper. Intense and aggressive, Augusto can be very dominant inside, and very active on both boards, snatching rebounds and blocking shots. He understands the game very well and knows how to position himself on the court. A great 1 on 1 defender, has good mobility, runs the court like a guard and finishes every play aggressively. Offensively, he has good post moves, decent outside shot and good presence inside to receive passes. Needs to add some weight and polish his offensive skills, but future is bright.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Muratcan Guler
Erkan Veyseloglu
D.J. Strawberry
Can Mutaf
Earl Clark
Sertac Sanli
Jon Diebler
Kyle Weems
Augusto Lima
Kenan Sipahi
Samet Geyik
Ryan Boatright
Enes Taskiran
Omer Al
Bekir Sabri Karli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Second win for Bulgaria in World qualifications - by Valentin Anguelov

Mens Bulgarian national basketball team recorded a second victory in the preliminary qualifying for the World Cup in 2019, with 78-68 win over Belarus.

In front of about 2,500 spectators in Arena Botevgrad, the players of Lyubomir Minchev showed very good basketball and even had a chance for bigger win.

The next match for Bulgaria is on August 12 when they play at home versus Portugal and on August 16 Bulgaria will return the visit to Belarus.

Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88) was the most successful with 22 points for Bulgaria, Alexander Vesenkov added 15 points and 15 rebounds while Alexander Yanev and Dee Bost managed 11 points apiece.

Vitali Liutych was the best scorer for Belarus with 19 points.



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  CANADA  


Leicester Riders add Douse to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (BBL) added to their roster 25-year old Canadian guard Kiefer Douse (190-79kg-92). He just graduated from Canisius (NCAA). In 34 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.7apg last season.
As mentioned above Douse is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


NBL Round 18: Leader Henan gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Henan delivered the fifteenth win on Friday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Luoyang (11-7) 123-98. The game without a history. Henan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 26 Luoyang turnovers and outrebounded them 52-30 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 48 points (!!!) and 4 steals. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) chipped in 28 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Henan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Luoyang at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Anhui. Henan are looking forward to face Hunan (#4) in Changsha in the next round. Luoyang will play at home against Beijing and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 110-89 loss to tenth ranked Fujian (9-9) in Nanjin. It was a good game for Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Brandon Bowman contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Dongbu. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fujian moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lhasa and Chongqing. Dongbu at the other side still closes the standings. Fujian will play against higher ranked Anhui (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Guangxi was also quite interesting. Second ranked Shaanxi W. (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Guangxi (10-8). Shaanxi W. defeated Guangxi 109-96 on Friday. Charles Gaines had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Le Ji with 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guangxi's coach Dazong Qiu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shaanxi W. maintains second position with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Henan, which they share with Guizhou and Hunan. Guangxi lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Shaanxi W. will meet at home Lhasa (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Guangxi will play against Hebei X. and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Hebei X. (5-13) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Hunan (13-5) in Changsha. Hunan managed to secure only three-point victory 117-114. However their fans expected much easier game. Dar Tucker notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Hunan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Guizhou and Shaanxi W. Hebei X. lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Hunan's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Guangxi (#7) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Beijing defeated Jiangsu L. in a road game 94-80. Chongqing beat Lhasa at home 119-109. Anhui was destroyed by Guizhou on the opponent's court 118-98.

Dongbu - Fujian 89-110

Bottom-ranked Dongbu (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 110-89 loss to tenth ranked Fujian (9-9) in Nanjin. The game was mostly controlled by Fujian. Dongbu was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu's 44. Fujian forced 19 Dongbu turnovers. It was a good game for Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Yi Jiang (195-93) added 18 points in the effort for Dongbu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fujian moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lhasa and Chongqing. Dongbu at the other side still closes the standings. Fujian will play against higher ranked Anhui (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dongbu will play against Jiangsu L. (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Fujian: B.Brandon 20+9reb+1ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 18+10reb+6ast, H.Yan 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Jinshuai 10+2ast, Z.Yairen 10+9reb, L.Ming-Yu 10+3reb
Dongbu: S.Tujun 22+7reb+5ast, J.Yi 18+4reb+1ast, Z.MengLong 16+2reb+1ast, C.Ziran 12+5reb+1ast, W.Chen 7+5reb, S.Boyin 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 548571


Hunan - Hebei X. 117-114

Twelfth-ranked Hebei X. (5-13) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Hunan (13-5) in Changsha. Hunan managed to secure only three-point victory 117-114. However their fans expected much easier game. Hebei X. cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. They outrebounded Hebei X. 51-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Hebei X. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) supported him with 25 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists. Even a triple-double of 22 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists by American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Hebei X.. His fellow American import guard Kenny Gaines (190-94, college: Georgia, agency: 3Eye) added 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Five Hunan and four Hebei X. players scored in double figures. Hunan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Guizhou and Shaanxi W. Hebei X. lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Hunan's next round opponent will be league's leader Henan on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei X. will play against Guangxi (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hunan: T.Dar 41+17reb+6ast, O.Arinze 25+20reb+7ast, X.HaiBin 18+1reb+2ast, Z.Yaosheng 12+1reb, Z.Wei 10+10reb+2ast, P.Jiaxin 6
Hebei X.: G.Kenny 26+5reb+4ast, W.Zixu 24+2reb+2ast, S.Shannon 22+13reb+14ast, C.Qi 17+4reb, S.Xuepeng 9+2reb, Y.Heng 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 548570


Jiangsu L. - Beijing 80-94

There was no surprise in He Fei where 13th ranked Jiangsu L. (1-17) was defeated by eleventh ranked Beijing (7-11) 94-80. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing. Jiangsu L. was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jiangsu L. 54-41 including 19 on the offensive glass. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) notched a double-double by scoring 31 points and 31 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Yunan Liu (205-94) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Beijing's coach ShuMin Gao allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds by American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu L.. Point guard Peng Wang (183-94) added 18 points. Four Jiangsu L. players scored in double figures. Beijing maintains eleventh position with 7-11 record. Jiangsu L. lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Beijing's next round opponent will be higher ranked Luoyang (#6) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu L. will play against Dongbu (#14) in Nanjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing: H.Michael 31+31reb+1ast, L.Yunan 17+8reb+2ast, C.Zexu 16+2reb+2ast, L.Bo 8+3reb, Z.Wei 8+1reb+1ast, Z.JunXiong 6+3reb
Jiangsu L.: N.Michael 22+18reb, W.Peng 18+4reb+1ast, G.Wei 14+1reb+7ast, X.Shiwei 12+8reb+1ast, W.Xing Chen 6+4reb+1ast, Z.PengFei 5
gschID: 548569


Guangxi - Shaanxi W. 96-109

The game in Guangxi was also quite interesting. Second ranked Shaanxi W. (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Guangxi (10-8). Shaanxi W. defeated Guangxi 109-96 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Guangxi managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Guangxi 39-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Shaanxi W. shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard XiaoHang Yu (193-89) chipped in 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Le Ji (203-83) with 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Indian-Canadian center Sim Bhullar (226-92, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Shaanxi W. and four Guangxi players scored in double figures. Guangxi's coach Dazong Qiu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shaanxi W. maintains second position with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Henan, which they share with Guizhou and Hunan. Guangxi lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Shaanxi W. will meet at home Lhasa (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Guangxi will play against Hebei X. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: Y.XiaoHang 27+4reb, G.Charles 20+15reb+1ast, G.Troy 17+6reb+1ast, G.Yan 17+7reb+2ast, M.Daqiang 17+3reb+3ast, L.XiaoPeng 6+3reb
Guangxi: J.Le 28+6reb+2ast, B.Sim 19+10reb+2ast, M.Kevin 18+4reb+3ast, Y.Kai 13+1reb+3ast, L.Jiawei 8+2reb+6ast, Z.Yupeng 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548568


Henan - Luoyang 123-98

Leader Henan delivered the fifteenth win on Friday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Luoyang (11-7) 123-98. The game without a history. Henan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 26 Luoyang turnovers and outrebounded them 52-30 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 48 points (!!!) and 4 steals. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Shuai Liu (196-95) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Henan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Luoyang at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Anhui. Henan are looking forward to face Hunan (#4) in Changsha in the next round. Luoyang will play at home against Beijing and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 48+4reb+2ast, O.Chris 28+22reb+1ast, W.Longfei 24+5reb+2ast, J.Yuxing 17+5reb+1ast, L.PengPeng 4+2reb, M.Qingfei 2+8reb
Luoyang: M.Ater 30+10reb+3ast, Q.Wenhan 18+3reb+3ast, L.Shuai 17+9reb+3ast, Z.Ye 16+2reb+1ast, Q.Daoqing 6+2reb, G.Han 5+1reb
gschID: 548567


Chongqing - Lhasa 119-109

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Lanling where ninth ranked Chongqing (9-9) defeated 8th ranked Lhasa (9-9) 119-109. Lhasa was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 35-21 third quarter run of Chongqing. They shot 62.7 percent from the field and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) notched 40 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Even 23 points and 5 rebounds by forward Yuxiang Gao (195-93) did not help to save the game for Lhasa. Jinlong Chen added 25 points. Four Chongqing and five Lhasa players scored in double figures. Chongqing moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lhasa and Fujian. Chongqing's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guizhou (#3) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Chongqing: M.Tony 40+5reb+4ast, K.Vladyslav 24+5reb+1ast, G.Yaoyang 22+5reb+2ast, W.Yang 11+4reb+1ast, L.Yao 8+1ast, L.JinYang 6
Lhasa: C.Jinlong 25+3reb+1ast, G.Yuxiang 23+5reb+3ast, D.ZhiMing 17+2reb+2ast, H.DangJian 15+3reb+1ast, K.Jonathan 14+12reb+1ast, Z.Zhennan 11+7reb+2ast
gschID: 548566


Guizhou - Anhui 118-98

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Anhui (11-7) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Guizhou (13-5) 118-98. The game was mostly controlled by Guizhou. Anhui was better in fourth quarter 31-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Anhui helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) notched a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) supported him with 30 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds by American Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) did not help to save the game for Anhui. His fellow American import swingman Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guizhou have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shaanxi W. and Hunan. Anhui at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Guizhou's next round opponent will be Chongqing (#9) in Lanling and are hoping to win another game. Anhui will play at home against Fujian (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Guizhou: M.James 39+13reb+2ast, L.Mark 30+3reb+5ast, L.MingHao 17+4reb+4ast, L.Xu 9+4reb+2ast, Z.Zihua 8+3reb+1ast, S.Rongxiao 5+4reb+4ast
Anhui: J.Chris 35+16reb, H.Manny 15+8reb+1ast, L.Jun 11+3reb, Z.Yong 9+3reb+1ast, G.Shunjie 9+2reb+1ast, L.Qingxiang 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548565



Shaanxi Wolves tab Troy Gillenwater, ex Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Shaanxi Wolves (NBL) inked 29-year old American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-104kg-88, college: New Mexico State). He played most recently at Eskisehir Basket in Turkish TBL league. In 5 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg last season. Gillenwater also played that season for Toyota Alvark (B League) in Japan where in 26 games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg. His team was regular season runner-up in Turkish TBL.
Among other achievements Gillenwater received Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Gillenwater has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gillenwater has played previously professionally also in Cyprus, Israel, Puerto Rico (Piratas), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Venezuela (Bucaneros) and South Korea (LG Sakers and Goyang Orions).
He attended New Mexico State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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China beats Lithuania at Basketball Friendly - by Eurobasket News

A 27-8 second quarter helped Team Red of Chinese men's basketball national team win over Lithuania at 70-53 here on Friday at the Chengdu Basketball Championship. Both teams tied 15-15 after the first quarter. The host took a 15-0 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter to build a 15-point lead while the Lithuania team failed to score until Donatas Tarolis (202-F-94, agency: Interperformances) made in their first field goal with four minutes and 23 seconds to the halftime. China outscored Lithuania 27-8 in that quarter. The visiting team had a 7-0 run in the beginning of the second half, which forced the Chinese team coach to call a timeout. The Lithuania team beat China 22-14 in the third quarter and headed in to the final period trailing by 11. Thomas Dimsa's three-pointer cut China's lead to only eight but then the host answered with a 13-0 run to secure the victory and finished the championship with a record of 2-1. Rui Zhao (193-F-96) led China with a team-high 20 while Abdusalam added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Courtesy of: xinhuanet.com



Cedevita inks Kevin Murphy - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) signed 27-year old American guard Kevin Murphy (196-84kg-90, college: Tenn Tech). He plays this summer at Guangxi Rhinos in Chinese NBL league. In 14 games he had very impressive stats: 45.2ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. The last season Murphy played at another team Drive in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 44 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (47th overall). The former Tennessee Tech University standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2012. Murphy was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Murphy has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in France (Strasbourg IG), Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers), NBA (Orlando Magic) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns).
Murphy could be described: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Explosive scorer that possesses a wide offensive skill-set ... Good length for either wing position ... Active runner ... Quick feet ... Gets himself squared up to the hoop almost instantly ... Volume shooter. Not a very strong finisher at the rim, due in large part to his slight frame ... Does most of his scoring outside the paint, so it's hard for him to establish a good scoring rhythm if his shot isn't falling
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KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Demetris Nichols
Ivan Ramljak

Center:
Andrija Stipanovic

Coach: Jure Zdovc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dar Tucker claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hunan and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 29-year old shooting guard had a double-double of 41 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Hebei X. (#12, 5-13) 117-114. Hunan maintains the 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hunan will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Tucker had a remarkable 52.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hunan's top player in his first season with the team. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tucker is in league's top in points (4th best: 39.4ppg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 60.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing. Holyfield impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 31 rebounds. Of course he led Beijing to another comfortable win 94-80 over slightly lower-ranked Jiangsu L. (#13, 1-17) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Beijing keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Holyfield is a newcomer at Beijing and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Hunan's star - American Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87). Onuaku showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, twenty rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Hunan, helping his team with a 117-114 win against the lower-ranked Hebei X. (#12, 5-13). Hunan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Onuaku has a great season in China. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Henan - 28 points and 22 rebounds
5. James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Guizhou - 39 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chris Johnson (210-PF-85) of Anhui - 35 points and 16 rebounds
7. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) of Henan - 48 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X. - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Luoyang - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mark Lyons (185-PG-89) of Guizhou - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Moore, Aguilas26.9 
 2. Givens, Piratas25.7 
 3. Crawford, Aguilas22.5 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break21.6 
 5. Smith, Sabios21.0 
 6. Roberson, Condores19.1 
 7. Coombs, Sabios19.0 
 8. Rodriguez, Cimar.16.5 
 9. McCoy, Condores16.5 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Moore, Aguilas13.8 
 2. Romero, Piratas10.3 
 3. Hernandez, Cimar.10.1 
 4. Almanza, Condores10.1 
 5. Rodriguez, Cimar.9.8 
 6. Sandidge, Aguilas9.8 
 7. Perez, Academia9.6 
 8. Romero, Piratas8.7 
 9. Quinones, Academia8.3 
 10. Coombs, Sabios7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan MCCOY
  Condores
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. McCoy, Condores5.8 
 2. Murray, Academia5.6 
 3. Velandia, Aguilas5.0 
 4. Smith, Sabios5.0 
 5. Medina, Piratas4.9 
 6. Granados, Academia4.9 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones4.5 
 8. Coombs, Sabios4.4 
 9. Wormely, Caciques4.4 
 10. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.7 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.2 
 3. Rodriguez, Cimar.1.9 
 4. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 6. Ortiz, Fast Break1.7 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.6 
 8. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
 9. Crawford, Aguilas1.5 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Perez, Academia1.5 
 2. Jones, Sabios1.4 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas1.3 
 4. Rodriguez, Cimar.1.2 
 5. Quinones, Academia1.1 
 6. Crawford, Aguilas1.1 
 7. Romero, Piratas0.9 
 8. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 9. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 10. Givens, Piratas0.8 


Jhornan Zamora MVP of the 2017 Colombian Professional Basketball League finals. - by Victor Garcia

Just 6 games were enough to let Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) enter in the comunity of Choco soul and mind forever.
The venezuelan forward was foundamental , the key player in the offensive of Cimarrones averaging 20 ppg 3 rpg and 2 apg in the playoffs but specially making the big plays in the finals to lead the Cimarrones to its second championship in the PBD.
Zamora was very emotive after the game with his eyes full of joy tears sent his support to the people of Venezuela.



Cimarrones is the champion of the 2017 Colombian Professional Basketball League. - by Victor Garcia

Against all odds, reaching the finals in the middle of a controversy the Cimarrones team won the game 3 as visitor and the final playoff to become the champion of the Colombian Professional League.

Fast Break was the big favorite, the Cali team won 29 out of 30 games during the season including the semifinal playoff, had the best defense and the second offensive of the season but forgot that each playoff is a new story.

The game 3 began at the Cimarrones rhythm but slowly Fast Break were imposing the game pace reaching a 4 points lead at the half, in the third quarter each coach made key moves, Plinio Rosero the Cimarrones coach sent to the hardwood an unprecedented line up in the series which meant his best scoring quarter in the game , good enough to reach his rival, Abimael Palacios by his side again use two big men at the same time, Julio and Hinestroza, limiting his own scoring in the quarter.

With the game tied both teams become very anxious in the last quarter falling easy shots , Cimarrones reach a 8 points lead with 3:22 in the last quarter thanks to a Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) layup, but since then Fast Break had a 8-0 run that finished with a couple of free throws of Michael Sneed (196-G-82, college: Texas Southern) with 2 seconds left to send the game to over time, Fast Break Henry Uhegwu (191-G-82, college: S.Utah) fall injured in the last play of the regulation and did not come back to the game.

The overtime started with a 8-2 partial of Fast Break but then Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91, college: Chico St.) and Zamora took the game on their shoulders to reach a 3 points lead with 19 seconds remaining in the clock, Sneed made two three throws to cut the gap to 1 and , 7 seconds remaining, John Hernandez (207-C-84) sealed the victory making 2 of 2 free throws with 6 seconds left, a desperate late shot of Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89, college: Bemidji St.) did not reach the goal and Cimarrones start to celebrate its second professional championship.

FAST BREAK 79 - Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) 25 pts, Michael Sneed 19 pts, Henry Uhegwu 9 pts, Dermaine Crockrell 8 pts, Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR) 7 pts, Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) 7 pts, Cesar Ordonez (196-F-82) 4 pts, Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81) 2 pts, Rafael Rodriguez (187-G-86) 2 pts

CIMARRONES 82 - Jhornan Zamora 25 pts, Amir Carraway 21 pts, Jose Rodriguez (197-PF-94) 14 pts, Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) 12 pts, Edgar Moreno (190-G-81, college: UTEP) 4 pts, John Hernandez 4 pts, Larry Cardona 2 pts



Cimarrones claim League title - by Eurobasket News

Fast Break - Cimarrones 79-82

Cimarrones are Liga DirecTV champions. They snatched a narrow road win over Fast Break in the decisive third game of the title series. Cimarrones made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Cimarrones had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Venezuelan-Spanish guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. He was named the MVP. Venezuelan Jose Rodriguez (197-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Cimarrones players scored in double figures. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Fast Break.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 25+4reb+4ast, M.Sneed 15+8reb+1ast, H.Uhegwu 9+4reb+1ast, D.Crockrell 8+4reb+2ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 7+4reb, L.Julio 7+6reb
Cimarrones: J.Zamora 25+5reb+8ast, A.Carraway 21+3reb, J.Rodriguez 14+13reb, E.Renteria 12+5reb, E.Moreno 4+2reb, J.Hernandez 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 557505





PBD Round 2 of Finals. Fast Break force decider versus Cimarrones - by Eurobasket News

Fast Break - Cimarrones 84-74

Fast Break held off Cimarrones to level the title series at 1-1. Fast Break forced 20 Cimarrones turnovers. Strangely Cimarrones outrebounded Fast Break 36-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sneed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Fast Break players scored in double figures. Fast Break's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Venezuelan-Spanish guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89) replied with 33 points (!!!) and Venezuelan Jose Rodriguez (197-94) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Cimarrones.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: H.Uhegwu 26+1reb+2ast, S.Ortiz 17+1reb+4ast, M.Sneed 16+6reb+1ast, D.Crockrell 13+5reb+2ast, C.Ordonez 6+3reb, L.Julio 6+2reb+1ast
Cimarrones: J.Zamora 33+3reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 12+9reb+2ast, J.Hernandez 10+11reb, A.Carraway 6+5reb+2ast, E.Moreno 6+5reb+5ast, E.Renteria 4+2reb
gschID: 554990





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Split re-signs Mateo Kedzo for two more years - by Zeljko Zule

Split re-signed experienced Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) for another two season. Kedzo averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.2 blocks in 29 Croatian A1 League games last season, all off the bench. He already played for Split from 2002 through 2007 and during the 2014-15 season.
Kedzo has already played for Solin in A2 League plus Kalev/Cramo Tallin in Estonia, Atomeromu SE Paks in Hungary, Energa Czarni Slupsk in Poland, Aliaga Petkim in Turkey, Ventpils and Barons Riga in Latvia, Girona, Burgos and Ourense in Spain, Mykolaiv in Ukraine and Doxa Lefkadas in Greece.
Kedzo was a member of Croatian national team that won the gold medal at the Juniori European Championship in Germany in 2002.



Cedevita inks Kevin Murphy - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) signed 27-year old American guard Kevin Murphy (196-84kg-90, college: Tenn Tech). He plays this summer at Guangxi Rhinos in Chinese NBL league. In 14 games he had very impressive stats: 45.2ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. The last season Murphy played at another team Drive in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 44 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (47th overall). The former Tennessee Tech University standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2012. Murphy was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Murphy has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in France (Strasbourg IG), Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers), NBA (Orlando Magic) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns).
Murphy could be described: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Explosive scorer that possesses a wide offensive skill-set ... Good length for either wing position ... Active runner ... Quick feet ... Gets himself squared up to the hoop almost instantly ... Volume shooter. Not a very strong finisher at the rim, due in large part to his slight frame ... Does most of his scoring outside the paint, so it's hard for him to establish a good scoring rhythm if his shot isn't falling
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KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Demetris Nichols
Ivan Ramljak

Center:
Andrija Stipanovic

Coach: Jure Zdovc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vrijednosnice Osijek signs Domagoj Vrkic to multi-year deal - by Zeljko Zule

Vrijednosnice Osijek fortified its roster with an eye on the future with the signing of prospect Domagoj Vrkic (204-PF-97) on a three-year deal.
Vrkic started last season with Zadar and in January moved to Alkar, for whom he averaged 7.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocks in 11 Croatian A1 League games. Vrkic spent last month representing the Croatian national team at U20 European Championship Division B, posted 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.6 blocks in eight games, helped Croatia win silver medal.
Vrkic grew up with Zadar and has already played for Sukosan and Puntamika in A2 League and GKK Sibenik.



Newcastle Eagles add Gunjina to their roster - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) added to their roster 25-year old Croatian forward Jure Gunjina (203-93kg-92, college: Georgia SW). He played last season at Seguros Soliss Alcazar Basket in Spanish LEB Silver. In 8 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. Gunjina also played that season for Magia_Huesca (LEB Gold) in Spanish league where in 22 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 1.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Southern Conference championship title in 2014. Gunjina was also voted All-Southern Conference 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Gunjina has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cedevita and Bosco.
He attended Georgia Southwestern State University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Saah Nimley

Forwards:
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tre Bussey signs at Keravnos - by Chris Mammides

Defending champion Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) landed 26-year old American guard Tre Bussey (190-78kg-91, college: Georgia South). He played most recently at Apoel (Division A). In 24 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 4.0apg last season. Bussey helped them to make it to the Supercup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Co-Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Bussey also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 15.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Bussey played at Bashkimi (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. In 25 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Bussey also played 14 games in Balkan League where he got impressive 15.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.5apg and 2.1spg. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team.
Three years ago he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (7th overall).
Bussey attended Georgia Southern University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
His team was regular season runner-up in Southern Conference South Division in 2012.
Bussey has played previously professionally in NBA (Utah Jazz) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars).

Keravnos Strovolou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Neophytou
Kenny Barker
Tre Bussey
Michael Simon
Panagiotis Markou

Forwards:
Mohamed Abukar
George Theocharides

Centers:
Anthony King
Christos Loizidis
Terell Parks

Coach: Christoforos Livadiotis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cade Davis (ex Chieti) agreed terms with Keravnos - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Proger BLS Chieti in Italian Serie B. In 31 Serie A2 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Davis played at Kauhajoen Karhu in Finnish Korisliiga where in 41 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements Davis won Macedonian League championship title for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014). He received also Eurobasket.com Macedonian League All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Davis has played previously professionally in Greece (Nea Kifisia) and FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Keravnos Strovolou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aristides Koronides
Georgios Neophytou
Kenny Barker
Tre Bussey
Michael Simon
Panagiotis Markou

Forwards:
Mohamed Abukar
George Theocharides
Cade Davis

Centers:
Anthony King
Christos Loizidis
Terell Parks

Coach: Christoforos Livadiotis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bergamo tabs Jonas Bergstedt - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) inked 26-year old Danish international center Jonas Bergstedt (210-110kg-91). He played most recently at 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno in Swiss LNA league. In 24 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.6apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Bergstedt played at Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 38 games he had 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Bosmans Team.
Bergstedt has been also a member of Danish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Danish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Bergstedt also represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, Blocks-5 (1.2bpg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Bergstedt is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha), Lithuania (Nevezis), Spain (Torrelodones) and Denmark (Horsholm, Horsens IC and Bakken).

Bergamo Basket 2014 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Giulio Mascherpa

Forwards:
Giovanni Fattori
Luigi Sergio
Massimiliano Sanna

Centers:
Jonas Bergstedt
Davide Bozzetto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Miller's 30-point game gives him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Leones SD (they play in South-East) and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and seven assists for Leones SD in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Titanes Licey (#3, 4-4) 89-85. It allowed Leones SD to consolidate first place in the Dominican Rep. league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Leones SD has a very solid 5-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Leones SD's top player in his first season with the team. Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.4ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 54.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey. He is naturalized Spanish forward in his first season at Titanes Licey. In the last game Santana recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Titanes Licey cruised to a 97-90 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Caneros LR (#2, 3-5). Despite this victory Titanes Licey slide down in the standings to the very bottom in South-East. His team's 4-4 record is not bad at all. Santana is a newcomer at Titanes Licey and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#6). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of South-East second-best Caneros LR. Gilder scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Gilder's great performance Caneros LR lost 90-97 to #3 ranked Titanes Licey. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Caneros LR not to end season at such low position in South-East, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gilder could try to bring Caneros LR's a little bit higher in the standings. Gilder has individually a great season in Dominican Republic. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.2ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 6.9rpg (8th best). He also has FGP: 57.7% and 3PT: 51.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miguel Evangelista (91) of Caneros LR - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Titanes Licey - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Scott Rodgers (191-G-87) of Caneros LR - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) of Leones SD - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lavell Payne (203-F-85) of Caneros LR - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kelvin Perez) of Titanes Licey - 20 points
10. Benjamin Colon (201-F-84) of Titanes Licey - 20 points and 4 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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  ECUADOR  


Barcelona lands Keith Bowman, ex Costa d'Orlando - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) tabbed 26-year old American power forward Keith Bowman (201-102kg-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports). He played most recently at Costa d'Orlando in Italian Serie C Gold.
Among other achievements Bowman's team made it to the CalPac Tournament Semifinals in 2014. He received also All-CalPac Player of the Year award and All-CalPac 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Bowman has played also professionally in Bosnia (Gorazde).
He attended Menlo College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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National League Round 6: Portviejo is defeated by Leones - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Portviejo between second ranked Portviejo (3-2) and fourth ranked Leones (4-2) on Thursday night. Portviejo was crushed by Leones at home 84-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Portviejo. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Leones dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Portviejo's 24 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) scored 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican point guard Jose Acosta (185-92) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Adriano Barredas (-92) with 12 points and 4 assists. Portviejo's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leones have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Defending champion Portviejo dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Importadora. Leones are looking forward to face Importadora (#4) in Ambato in the next round. Portviejo will play on the road against Triple E-Uda in Gualaceo and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ibarra. 3rd ranked host Piratas (3-3) lost to first ranked Iccan (5-1) 94-86. Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) notched 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Zapata Jackson supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) did not help to save the game for Piratas. Piratas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Iccan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Piratas at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Iccan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guayaquil Barcelona.
Bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to seventh ranked Juvenil (2-3) 44-21 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Brandon Thompson who scored 13 points. Juvenil's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Yolvier Romero who recorded 10 points. Juvenil moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Barcelona. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with six games lost. Juvenil will meet at home higher ranked Piratas (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Triple E-Uda will play against Portviejo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Ambato was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Barcelona (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Importadora (3-2). Importadora managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71. It was a good game for Jerel Blocker who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Barcelona's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Importadora moved-up to third place, which they share with Portviejo. Barcelona at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Importadora's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Leones in Riobamba and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barcelona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Guayaquil to the arena Iccan.

Portviejo - Leones 61-84

The most important game in the last round took place in Portviejo between second ranked Portviejo (3-2) and fourth ranked Leones (4-2) on Thursday night. Portviejo was crushed by Leones at home 84-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Portviejo. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Leones dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Portviejo's 24 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) scored 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican point guard Jose Acosta (185-92) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Leones players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Adriano Barredas (-92) with 12 points and 4 assists and Francisco Bedoya (-98) scored 16 points. Portviejo's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leones have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Defending champion Portviejo dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Importadora. Leones are looking forward to face Importadora (#4) in Ambato in the next round. Portviejo will play on the road against Triple E-Uda in Gualaceo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Leones: C.Jackson 25+9reb+1ast, J.Acosta 24+2reb+5ast, J.Vargas 19+5reb+1ast, A.Conchambay 10, F.Perez 4+1ast, C.Cortez 2+1reb+1ast
Portviejo: F.Bedoya 16+2reb, J.Arboleda 13, A.Barredas 12+3reb+4ast, D.Terrell 8+5reb+1ast, D.Avila 6+6reb, J.Chavez 3+1reb
gschID: 548222


Juvenil - Triple E-Uda 44-21

Bottom-ranked Triple E-Uda (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to seventh ranked Juvenil (2-3) 44-21 on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Juvenil. Triple E-Uda managed to win fourth quarter 9-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juvenil well out of reach of Triple E-Uda shooting 94.1 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Juvenil especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 90.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Thompson (193-92, college: Huston-Tillotson) who scored 13 points. Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) chipped in 8 points. Juvenil's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan Yolvier Romero (-95) who recorded 10 points and Carlos Ramon (-85) added 8 points respectively. Juvenil moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Barcelona. Newly promoted Triple E-Uda still closes the standings with six games lost. Juvenil will meet at home higher ranked Piratas (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Triple E-Uda will play against Portviejo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Juvenil: B.Thompson 13, N.Palacios 8+2ast, J.Diaz 6+3ast, M.Martinez 5, A.Capurro 4+1reb+3ast, S.Bajana 3+4ast
Triple E-Uda: Y.Romero 10+2ast, C.Ramon 8+1ast, J.Pierre 3+3ast, J.Gonzalez 0, J.Cordero 0, J.Medina 0
gschID: 548221


Importadora - Barcelona 75-71

The game in Ambato was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Barcelona (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Importadora (3-2). Importadora managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71. It was a good game for American swingman Jerel Blocker (193-88, college: Lee) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Cuban swingman Marvin Cairo (201-91, agency: Pro Sports) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Barcelona. Barcelona's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Importadora moved-up to third place, which they share with Portviejo. Barcelona at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Importadora's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Leones in Riobamba and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barcelona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Guayaquil to the arena Iccan.
Top scorers:
Importadora: J.Blocker 26+7reb+4ast, C.Orozco 21+1reb+4ast, T.Sledge 16+5reb+5ast, J.Castillo 6+3reb+1ast, J.Romero 4+3reb+1ast, J.Sanmiguel 2+1reb+2ast
Barcelona: M.Cairo 21+6reb+4ast, K.Bowman 19+11reb+3ast, D.King 14+7reb+1ast, R.Cardenas 6+4reb+12ast, M.Hurtado 4+1ast, E.Bernal 3+2reb
gschID: 548224


Piratas - Iccan 86-94

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ibarra. 3rd ranked host Piratas (3-3) lost to first ranked Iccan (5-1) 94-86. It looked good early as Piratas took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Iccan had a 30-20 second period charge getting the lead and Piratas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-94. Iccan made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Piratas only scored six points from the stripe. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) notched 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Colombian-Venezuelan forward Zapata Jackson (198-85) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) did not help to save the game for Piratas. The former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) added 21 points. Five Iccan and four Piratas players scored in double figures. Piratas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Iccan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Piratas at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Iccan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guayaquil Barcelona.
Top scorers:
Iccan: J.Centeno 26+9reb+7ast, Z.Jackson 15+8reb+3ast, C.Carcelen 14+2reb, C.Silva 11+7reb+6ast, V.Peralvo 10+1reb+2ast, E.Caicedo 9+1ast
Piratas: C.Delgado 21+4reb+3ast, W.Clayton 20+12reb+2ast, E.Tenorio Parales 13+1reb+4ast, Y.Fundora 11+3reb, P.Cano 5+1reb+9ast, C.Malatay 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 548223





Ecuadorian National League round 6 best performance: Jesus Centeno - by Eurobasket News

Venezuelan Guard Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Iccan, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Piratas (#5, 3-3) 94-86. It allowed Iccan to consolidate first place in the Ecuadorian National League. Iccan have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Centeno had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Iccan's top player in his first season with the team. Jesus Centeno has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.5ppg) and averages impressive 70.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Willie Clayton (203-F-92) of Piratas. Clayton had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Piratas lost that game 86-94 to the higher-ranked Iccan (#1, 5-1). This loss caused Piratas to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clayton is a newcomer at Piratas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Corbin Jackson (203-F-92) of league's second-best Leones. Jackson scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Leones, leading his team to a 84-61 easy win against #3 ranked Portviejo in a game of the week. Leones needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Jackson has a great season in Ecuador. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 6.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerel Blocker (193-G/F-88) of Importadora - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jose Acosta (185-PG-92) of Leones - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Keith Bowman (201-F/C-91) of Barcelona - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Christian Orozco (182-PG-94) of Importadora - 21 points and 4 assists
8. Tavares Sledge (203-F-92) of Importadora - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Marvin Cairo (201-G/F-91) of Barcelona - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Zapata Jackson (198-F-85) of Iccan - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Liga MB Round 7: Santa Tecla keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Santa Tecla as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Santa Tecla smashed 7th ranked Cojute at home 99-70. Santa Tecla forced 20 Cojute turnovers and outrebounded them 50-29 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Cojute's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Alejandro Arias-Serrano (188-92) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Santa Tecla's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jernell Hudges answered with 28 points and 6 assists for Cojute. Undefeated Santa Tecla (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Cojute at the other side dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Cojute will play next round against Giants trying to get back on the winning streak. Santa Tecla will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked 11 Lobos in Chalchuapa.
Undefeated Santa Ana (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of eighth ranked Isidro Metapan. Visitors were edged by Isidro Metapan 76-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Santa Ana. It was a great evening for Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 8 rebounds. Slim Magee helped adding 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the losing side American swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. Isidro Metapan (3-3) moved-up to seventh place. Santa Ana at the other side keeps the sixth position with one game lost. Isidro Metapan will play against El Rapido (#10) in La Union in the next round. Santa Ana will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Santa Tecla (6-0) which played road game in Izalco against 3rd placed Brujos Izalco (4-3). Leader Santa Tecla managed to get a 6-point victory 67-61. It was an exceptional evening for Carlos Arias who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Anthony Brown came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for Brujos Izalco in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Santa Tecla. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Brujos Izalco dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Santa Tecla will meet at home 11 Lobos (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brujos Izalco will have a break next round.
Liga MB top team - Halcones (5-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked 11 Lobos (0-5) in Chalchuapa 94-87. Jared Ruiz fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Halcones' coach let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Halcones. Despite that victory Halcones went down to second position due to points difference. 11 Lobos lost their fifth game in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Halcones' next round opponent will be Santiagueno (#11) and are hoping to win another game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Giants is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Arcense (2-4) 85-68 on Saturday evening. It was a very good performance for Joe Reid who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Arcense moved-up to ninth place, which they share with El Rapido. Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They still close the standings with six games lost. Arcense will have a break next round. Giants will play against Cojute (#8) in Cojutepeque and look forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 7 El Rapido was beaten by Quezaltepeque on the road 93-83. Canarios destroyed Quezaltepeque on its own court 121-91.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 46 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds by Malik Jackson of 11 Lobos.

Isidro Metapan - Santa Ana 76-73

Santa Ana (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of eighth ranked Isidro Metapan. Visitors were edged by Isidro Metapan 76-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Santa Ana. Isidro Metapan made 29-of-33 charity shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while Santa Ana only scored twelve points from the stripe. Isidro Metapan forced 19 Santa Ana turnovers. Santa Ana was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 8 rebounds. American center Slim Magee (211-89, college: Missouri So.) helped adding 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the losing side American swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Martin Ramos (170-92) scored 23 points and 4 assists. Four Santa Ana players scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan (3-3) moved-up to seventh place. Santa Ana at the other side keeps the sixth position with one game lost. Isidro Metapan will play against El Rapido (#10) in La Union in the next round. Santa Ana will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 32+8reb+3ast, S.Magee 16+13reb+2ast, E.Mijares 12+5reb+4ast, A.Regalado 6+4reb+2ast, H.Navas 6+2reb, J.Flores 3
Santa Ana: M.Ramos 23+3reb+4ast, K.White 20+2reb+2ast, M.Daniels 17+5reb+5ast, D.Tabb 11+18reb+4ast, D.Pena 2+4reb, K.Mejia 0+2reb+1ast
gschID: 553654


Quezaltepeque - El Rapido 93-83

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Quezaltepeque (4-2) beat at home 8th ranked El Rapido (2-4) 93-83 on Saturday. Strangely El Rapido outrebounded Quezaltepeque 53-33 including a 27-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Douglas Bairez (180-88) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Cuban center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 27 rebounds and Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) added 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for El Rapido. Quezaltepeque moved-up to third place, which they share with Canarios. Loser El Rapido dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Quezaltepeque will have a break next round. El Rapido will play against Isidro Metapan (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 32+6reb+4ast, A.Cacho 16+6reb+1ast, D.Bairez 15+7reb+5ast, R.Miranda 12+4reb+2ast, J.Maria Rivas 9+4reb+2ast, L.Portal 6+5reb+6ast
El Rapido: O.Oliva 27+6reb+5ast, Y.Cubillas 27+27reb+1ast, J.Avila 11+6reb+1ast, M.Aguilar 8+3reb+3ast, A.Alorda 6+7reb, C.Marquina 2+3reb
gschID: 553661


Giants - Arcense 68-85

Bottom-ranked Giants is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Arcense (2-4) 85-68 on Saturday evening. It was a very good performance for American forward Joe Reid (200, college: Shaw) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. American Watson Davontae (-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks and Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) added 23 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Giants. Arcense moved-up to ninth place, which they share with El Rapido. Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They still close the standings with six games lost. Arcense will have a break next round. Giants will play against Cojute (#8) in Cojutepeque and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arcense: J.Reid 38+15reb+1ast, J.Austin 17+19reb+3ast, M.Wilson 16+4reb+2ast, M.Lahud 7+2reb+8ast, M.Rivas 3+3ast, C.Pineda 2+1reb+2ast
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 23+12reb+3ast, W.Davontae 19+21reb, L.Escoto 7+4reb+3ast, C.Flores 6+2reb+3ast, C.Sandoval 5+5reb+3ast, J.Lopez 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 553664


Brujos Izalco - Santa Tecla 61-67

An interesting game for Santa Tecla (6-0) which played road game in Izalco against 3rd placed Brujos Izalco (4-3). Leader Santa Tecla managed to get a 6-point victory 67-61. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 26. Santa Tecla forced 27 Brujos Izalco turnovers and outrebounded them 57-35 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Santa Tecla made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for center Carlos Arias (200-89) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Alejandro Arias-Serrano (188-92) accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-90, college: Imperial Valley JC) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and the other American import guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) added 17 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for Brujos Izalco in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Santa Tecla. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Brujos Izalco dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Santa Tecla will meet at home 11 Lobos (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Brujos Izalco will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: C.Arias 15+17reb+4ast, O.Torres 13+8reb+1ast, O.Rivera 12+4reb+3ast, A.Arias Serrano 10+11reb+3ast, L.Valdez 9+1reb+4ast, E.Escalante 4+5reb+1ast
Brujos Izalco: A.Brown 21+5reb+3ast, C.Blake 17+8reb+3ast, S.Sill 7+12reb+2ast, R.Mendez 6, A.Alas 6+4reb+1ast, J.Loucel 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 553662


11 Lobos - Halcones 87-94

Liga MB top team - Halcones (5-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked 11 Lobos (0-5) in Chalchuapa 94-87. Halcones players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Dominican-Venezuelan power forward Jhoyfer Diaz (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Halcones' coach let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) produced a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds and the other American import guard David Haye (188-94, college: Ramapo) added 31 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Halcones. Despite that victory Halcones went down to second position due to points difference. 11 Lobos lost their fifth game in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Halcones' next round opponent will be Santiagueno (#11) and are hoping to win another game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 30+14reb+5ast, J.Diaz 22+12reb+3ast, J.Angulo 20+2reb+1ast, M.Flores 8+1reb+3ast, M.Banos 6, M.Tejada 4+3reb+1ast
11 Lobos: M.Jackson 46+21reb+2ast, D.Haye 31+7reb+5ast, M.Gonzalez 8+2reb+2ast, R.Aguiar 2+2reb, V.Sandoval 0, M.Baltrons 0+1reb
gschID: 553666


Santa Tecla - Cojute 99-70

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Santa Tecla as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Santa Tecla smashed 7th ranked Cojute at home 99-70. Santa Tecla forced 20 Cojute turnovers and outrebounded them 50-29 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Cojute's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Alejandro Arias-Serrano (188-92) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Santa Tecla's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jernell Hudges answered with 28 points and 6 assists and American guard Leo Svete (195, college: IUPUI) added 18 points in the effort for Cojute. Santa Tecla (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Cojute at the other side dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Cojute will play next round against Giants trying to get back on the winning streak. Santa Tecla will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked 11 Lobos in Chalchuapa.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 25+4reb, O.Rivera 13+2reb+3ast, O.Torres 11+10reb+1ast, J.Mancia 10+3reb+2ast, E.Escalante 9+3reb+1ast, C.Arias 8+9reb+4ast
Cojute: J.Hudges 28+3reb+6ast, L.Svete 18+4reb, J.Cruz 8+2reb, R.Melendez 5+4reb+2ast, R.Kenteh 4+8reb, B.Garcia 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 553657


Canarios - Quezaltepeque 121-91

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Quezaltepeque (4-2) was smashed by sixth ranked Canarios (4-2) in Ahuachapan 121-91 on Friday. Canarios outrebounded Quezaltepeque 55-34 including a 40-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Quezaltepeque's players. Quite impressive performance for American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) contributed with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) answered with 41 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) added 10 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Quezaltepeque. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Canarios. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Quezaltepeque. Canarios will face 11 Lobos (#12) in Chalchuapa in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 46+5reb+10ast, E.Ishman 29+20reb+5ast, M.Montavious 20+15reb+3ast, A.Gross Ruano 11+7reb+3ast, W.Molina 9+1reb+4ast, J.Lima 6+3reb+2ast
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 41+8reb+3ast, L.Portal 16+4reb+1ast, R.Miranda 10+1reb+2ast, A.Cacho 10+14reb+3ast, D.Bairez 9+1reb+2ast, C.Sanchez 5+3reb
gschID: 553655





Christopher Blake claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Christopher Blake (196-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Brujos Izalco and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 29-year old guard had a double-double of 40 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Arcense (#11, 1-4) 91-83. Brujos Izalco is placed at 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Brujos Izalco will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Blake had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brujos Izalco and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Detroit Mercy graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blake is in league's top in points (6th best: 29.2ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,3.3spg and 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Jovany Austin (201-F-92) of Arcense. Austin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 27 rebounds. Bad luck as Arcense lost that game 83-91 to the higher-ranked Brujos Izalco (#3, 4-2). This loss caused Arcense to drop to 11th position in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Arcense managed to get this year. Austin is a newcomer at Arcense and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of Canarios (#4). Ishman showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Canarios, leading his team to a 101-65 easy win against Giants (#13, 0-5). Canarios needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Ishman has a great season in El Salvador. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.0ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 18.0rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.5spg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 62.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slim Magee (211-C-89) of Isidro Metapan - 16 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jernell Hudges) of Cojute - 35 points and 11 assists
6. Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of Halcones - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists
7. Leo Svete (195-G) of Cojute - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 37 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Alvin Cacho (189-G-87) of Quezaltepeque - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Edwin Mijares (186-G-94) of Isidro Metapan - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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Cedevita inks Kevin Murphy - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) signed 27-year old American guard Kevin Murphy (196-84kg-90, college: Tenn Tech). He plays this summer at Guangxi Rhinos in Chinese NBL league. In 14 games he had very impressive stats: 45.2ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. The last season Murphy played at another team Drive in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 44 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (47th overall). The former Tennessee Tech University standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2012. Murphy was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Murphy has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in France (Strasbourg IG), Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers), NBA (Orlando Magic) and NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns).
Murphy could be described: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Explosive scorer that possesses a wide offensive skill-set ... Good length for either wing position ... Active runner ... Quick feet ... Gets himself squared up to the hoop almost instantly ... Volume shooter. Not a very strong finisher at the rim, due in large part to his slight frame ... Does most of his scoring outside the paint, so it's hard for him to establish a good scoring rhythm if his shot isn't falling
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KK Cedevita Zagreb roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Demetris Nichols
Ivan Ramljak

Center:
Andrija Stipanovic

Coach: Jure Zdovc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Williams re-signs at Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) confirmed in their roster 33-year old American point guard Lorenzo Williams (190-86kg-84, college: Rice). He played there last season. In 46 LKL games he had 7.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg (top 5) and 1.4spg (in top 5). Williams helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.4apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (15-16) season Williams played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL. In 22 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Anaheim Arsenal (D-League) in ninth round (121th overall).
Williams attended Rice University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Latvian League championship title in 2014. Williams was also voted Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played also professionally in Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK and Atomeromu), Slovakia (Pezinok), Ukraine, Germany (Giessen 46ers and OrangeAcademy) and Latvia (Ventspils).

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gintaras Leonavicius
Lorenzo Williams
Adas Juskevicius

Forwards:
Simas Jasaitis
Zanis Peiners
Zygimantas Skucas

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Sani CAMPARA
  BIH
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 21
 1. Campara, BIH21.0 
 2. Sanon, UKR19.0 
 3. Simonovic, MNT18.5 
 4. Atar, TUR17.5 
 5. Moraitis, GRE16.8 
 6. Kralj, SLO15.7 
 7. Saybir, TUR15.7 
 8. Velicka, LTU15.2 
 9. Martinez, ESP14.7 
 10. Fevrier, FRA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikael JANTUNEN
  (200-F-0)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Jantunen, FIN11.8 
 2. Simonovic, MNT8.3 
 3. Zeliznak, SVK8.2 
 4. Atar, TUR8.0 
 5. Pecarski, SRB7.8 
 6. Ehigitor, ESP7.6 
 7. Shashkov, RUS7.3 
 8. Kadasi, SVK7.3 
 9. Velicka, LTU7.3 
 10. Herkenhoff, GER7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Arnas VELICKA
  LTU
  (192-PG-99)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Velicka, LTU6.7 
 2. Pajola, ITA5.5 
 3. Akay, TUR5.5 
 4. Vulikic, SRB4.3 
 5. Heinonen, FIN4.3 
 6. Titic, MNT4.0 
 7. Moraitis, GRE4.0 
 8. Molins, ESP3.8 
 9. Atelbauers, LAT3.8 
 10. Klavzar, SLO3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yusuf SANON
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sanon, UKR3.8 
 2. Moraitis, GRE2.8 
 3. Trapani, ITA2.7 
 4. Heinonen, FIN2.7 
 5. Grytsak, UKR2.7 
 6. Kamperidis, GRE2.5 
 7. Pajola, ITA2.3 
 8. Khomenko, RUS2.3 
 9. Blanc, FRA2.3 
 10. Jantunen, FIN2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Guglielmo CARUSO
  (205-PF-99)
  Avg: 2
 1. Caruso, ITA2.0 
 2. Kadasi, SVK2.0 
 3. Vigori, ITA1.7 
 4. Grytsak, UKR1.3 
 5. Atar, TUR1.3 
 6. Sanon, UKR1.3 
 7. Simonovic, MNT1.2 
 8. Voinalovych, UKR1.2 
 9. Sarr, FRA1.2 
 10. Mballa, FRA1.2 


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Ben KOVAC
  (195-SG-0)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Kovac, LUX25.9 
 2. Jenkins, IRL23.9 
 3. Alipiev, BUL20.3 
 4. Brajkovic, AUT19.0 
 5. Ilhan, AZE19.0 
 6. Persson, SWE18.0 
 7. Odiah, BLR17.3 
 8. Mammadov, AZE16.4 
 9. Henry, ENG16.3 
 10. Ryuny, BLR15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ben KOVAC
  (195-SG-0)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kovac, LUX11.7 
 2. Brajkovic, AUT11.3 
 3. Buysschaert, BEL10.6 
 4. Massalski, BLR10.3 
 5. Krstevski, MKD10.0 
 6. Bogucki, POL9.7 
 7. Metskhvarish., GEO9.3 
 8. Zoccoletti, SUI9.1 
 9. Ryuny, BLR9.1 
 10. Demuth, LUX9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Amit EBO
  (182-PG-99)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Ebo, ISR5.9 
 2. Lemetti, SWE5.9 
 3. Russell, ENG5.3 
 4. Welsch, CZE4.9 
 5. Somogyi, HUN4.7 
 6. Kolenda, POL4.4 
 7. Kullamae, EST4.4 
 8. Kravits, ISR4.3 
 9. Van-D., NED4.1 
 10. Dimitrov, BUL4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mert ILHAN
  AZE
  (180-PG-99)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Ilhan, AZE4.3 
 2. Persson, SWE3.0 
 3. Welsch, CZE3.0 
 4. Safra, SUI2.9 
 5. Hysa, ALB2.9 
 6. Dimitrov, BUL2.9 
 7. Rosenthal, EST2.7 
 8. Ryuny, BLR2.7 
 9. Fofana, SUI2.6 
 10. Van-D., NED2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yauhen MASSALSKI
  BLR
  (207-F-99)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Massalski, BLR2.6 
 2. Tass, EST2.6 
 3. Brajkovic, AUT1.9 
 4. Boachie-Y., ENG1.6 
 5. Donat, AZE1.6 
 6. Ryuny, BLR1.4 
 7. Samanic, CRO1.4 
 8. Bogucki, POL1.3 
 9. Nikoci, ALB1.2 
 10. Eelmae, EST1.0 


Serbia and Spain to clash for title in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Lithuania - Serbia 77-83
Serbia became finalists in Slovakia. They overcame Lithuania in the semifinal clash today. Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99) and Andrija Marjanovic (203-F-99) tallied 15 points each for the winners. Serbia accounted for 39:35 halftime lead. Lithuania snatched a one-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame to steal the victory. Vuk Vulikic (187-G-99) tossed in 11 points for the winners. Lukas Kisunas (206-C-99) had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania.

Turkey - Spain 69-71
Spain nipped Turkey to reach the title game in Slovakia. Sergi Martinez (203-PF-99) knocked down 13 points in the victory. Turkey enjoyed a 25:12 lead after ten minutes. But Spain bounced back with a 25:11 rally in the second term to surge ahead. They followed with a 23:14 run in the final quarter to secure the winning outcome. Didac Cuevas (177-G-00) had 9 points for Spain. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) provided 21 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey.
5-8 Place
Italy - Bosnia 77-59
Italy prevailed against Bosnia in the classification round clash. Mattia Palumbo (196-SG-00) accounted for 26 points for the Azzurri. Italy recorded a 25:13 lead after ten minutes. They used a 22:12 run in the fourth term to ensure the winning outcome. Alessandro Vigori (210-C-99) notched 11 points in the win. Stefan Adzic (197-G-99) delivered 15 points for Bosnia.

Greece - France 53-81
France fired past Greece in the classification round. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) stepped up with 21 points and 6 boards for les Bleues. France piled up a 40:24 halftime lead. They went on a 41:29 second half run to seal the win. Sofiane Briki (193-G-99) tossed in 19 points for the winners. Georgios Kalaitzakis (198-PG-99) delivered 10 points for Greece.

9-12 Place
Russia - Germany 70-69 OT
Russia outscored Germany in overtime today. Alexandr Khomenko (190-G-99, agency: Alti Sport) tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists to lead the winners. Russia accumulated a 42:29 halftime lead. But Germany held their opponents to just 21 points in the second half to force overtime. Russia though sank 7 points in the extra period to snatch the win. Vladislav Sharapov (198-C-99) had 11 pointss for the winners. Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) tossed in 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Germany.

Ukraine - Finland 56-70
Finland outgunned Ukraine in the classification round. Tomas Pihajamaki recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Ukraine and Finland were tied at 31 at the interval. But Finland went on a 20:8 run in the fourth quarter to secure the winning outcome. Eety Villa produced 13 points in the win. Yusuf Sanon (190-G-99) notched 18 points for Ukraine.
13-16 Place
Slovakia - Slovenia 57-62
Slovenia edged Slovakia in the relegation round clash. David Kralj (191-G-99) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Slovenia established a 35:22 halftime advantage. Slovakia cut the distance at 4-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Slovenia limited the hosts to just 11 points to snatch the win. Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) netted 12 points for the winners. Jakub Kadasi responded with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Slovakia.

Latvia - Montenegro 55-66
Montenegro outgunned Latvia in the relegation round. Marko Simonovic (210-C-99) posted 31 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Balkan team to a crucial win. Montenegro posted a 19:4 lead after ten minutes. Latvia pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. But Montenegro went on an 18:13 rally to snatch the victory. Andrija Slavkovic (199-F/G-99, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 14 points in the win. Francis Gustavs Lacis (200-F-99) replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia.



Division B. Croatia and Great Britain advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Croatia - Israel 75-69
Croatia clinched Division A promotion. They fired past Israel to advance into Division B Final in Tallinn. Antonio Jordano (191-PG-99, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Israel eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia sank 27 points in the second term to take a 44:34 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 11-point mark. Israel poured in 23 points in the final frame but could not avoid the loss. Toni Nakic (203-G/F-99, agency: BeoBasket) netted 13 points for the winners. Tomer Levinson (206-F/C-00) responded with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Israel.

United Kingdom - Estonia 75-61
Great Britain clinched Division A birth. They outgunned Estonia in Division B semifinal clash. Romario Spence (201-F-99) provided 18 points and 19 rebounds in the win. Great Britain ensured a 40:31 halftime lead. They sank 21 points in the fourth quarter to rally to the crucial victory at the end. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (204-F-99) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Estonia.




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Russia edge Finland at the start of Kondrashin and Belov Cup - by Eurobasket News

Russia edged Finland 91-75 at the start of Kondrashin and Belov Cup in Saint Petersburg. The hosts of the tournament had a slow start and trailed 21-25 at the end of the first period. Russia however scored another 21 points in the second frame that was enough to take a 2-point lead at the halftime. Russia posted 22-17 and then 27-18 wins in the third and the fourth quarters respectively for the final success.
Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 16. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-F-87) followed them with 13 points and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) scored 12. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) replied with 23 points in the losing effort, whilst Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) added 17.



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Mihailo Sekulovic (ex Balkan) is a newcomer at Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-97kg-91). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. Sekulovic helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sloboda Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 23 games he averaged remarkable 18.1ppg and 8.2rpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention.
Sekulovic represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.9ppg, 2.4rpg.
Sekulovic has played also professionally in Hungary (Kaposvari), Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Mogren, Zeta and KK Zeta 2011 Golubovci) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mihailo Sekulovic
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bourg lands Mathieu Wojciechowski - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted JL Bourg Basket (ProA) tabbed 25-year old Polish international forward Mathieu Wojciechowski (203-92) from Limoges CSP Elite. In 34 ProA games he averaged 3.4ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
Wojciechowski's team made it to the French Cup final in 2015.
He also represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Wojciechowski has played previously for three other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, Le Portel and Lille Metropole.

JL Bourg Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Meredis Houmounou
Garrett Sim
Lance Jeter

Forwards:
Gilvydas Biruta
Chase Simon
Maxime Courby
Mathieu Wojciechowski
Kevin Dinal

Centers:
Zachery Peacock
Youssou Ndoye

Coach: Savo Vucevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aaron Cel (ex Gravelines) signs at Torun - by Eurobasket News

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) landed 30-year old French power forward Aaron Cel (203-87). He was about to sign at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in French ProA. The last season Cel played also at Gravelines Dunkerque (also in ProA) where in 25 games he averaged 5.9ppg and 3.6rpg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.5ppg and 4.5rpg.
Among other achievements Cel's team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2013 and 2015.
Cel represented France at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Cel has played previously professionally also in Poland (Stelmet and PGE Turow) and France (Le Mans, Nantes, Monaco, Etendard de Brest and Boulazac Basket).

Polski Cukier Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karol Gruszecki
Tomasz Snieg

Forwards:
Aaron Cel
Aleks Perka

Centers:
Krzysztof Sulima
Cheikh Mbodj

Coach: Dejan Mihevc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Strasbourg inks Michael Dixon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) agreed terms with 27-year old Georgian international guard Michael Dixon (186-85kg-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Dixon was about to sign at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season he played also at AEK Athens (also in A1) where in 32 games he had 11.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg. Dixon helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dixon also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dixon won Czech Republic League championship title in 2016. He was also voted All-AAC Sixth Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Dixon represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 55.2%.
Dixon has played also professionally in Italy (Basket Barcellona), Lithuania (Dzukija and P.Zvaigzdes) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
He attended University of Memphis until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
David Logan
Michael Dixon
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Darion Atkins
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Rennes ink Bojan Pelkic - by Eurobasket News

Union Rennes Basket 35 (NM2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83). He has played for the last three seasons at Leotar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 7.8rpg (#4 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Pelkic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Pelkic has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Greece (Irakleio), Poland (Anwil) and Montenegro (Lovcen, Ibon Niksic, Buducnost and Ulcinj) and Bosnia (Capljina Lasta and KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Karpos Sokoli ink Jaylon Brown (ex Evansville Univeristy) - by Mario Divanisov

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje straightened their roster with the addition of young combo guard Jaylon Brown (183-PG) who impressed in his last Univeristy season for Evansville by averaging 20.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.1apg in 33 games while shooting with 46.3% from the field.

For Jaylon Brown this will be his first season in Europe as the American comes in Skopje to fill in Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92, college: Youngstown St.)'s shoes who decided to move from Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje to Hungarian side Szolnoki Olajbanyasz earlier last month.

Brown will only be the second acquisition of the Skopje side for the upcoming season as the team previously added Macedonian national member Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) who straightened the center position alongside Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport) who decided to continue the cooperation.
The Falcons are expected to sign new players in the upcoming days as negotiations with Darko Sokolov (189-G-86) and Igor Penov (203-SF-84) are undergoing.



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Strasbourg inks Michael Dixon - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG Basket (ProA) agreed terms with 27-year old Georgian international guard Michael Dixon (186-85kg-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Dixon was about to sign at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season he played also at AEK Athens (also in A1) where in 32 games he had 11.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg. Dixon helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Dixon also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dixon won Czech Republic League championship title in 2016. He was also voted All-AAC Sixth Player of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
Dixon represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 55.2%.
Dixon has played also professionally in Italy (Basket Barcellona), Lithuania (Dzukija and P.Zvaigzdes) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
He attended University of Memphis until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

Strasbourg IG Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zack Wright
Pape Sy
David Logan
Michael Dixon
Ludovic Beyhurst

Forwards:
Jeremy Leloup
Darion Atkins
Olivier Cortale

Centers:
Louis Labeyrie
Marc Kwedi

Coach: Vincent Collet

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Tyson Hinz Is Like A Montreal Canadian Minus Skates But Just A Tad Better - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There was a time in the 70's where the Montreal Canadians owned the hockey world establishing a special dynasty similar to what the Chicago Bulls mastered in the 90's winning six NBA championships, but outlasting the Jordan's and Pippen's with their brilliance of hockey talent and sheer eloquence on the ice with the names of Lafleur, Gainey, Robinson and Dryden producing 8 titles and made these Gentlemen household names in Canada. Even if Ice Hockey isn't the most played sport in Canada, it just seems like the countries most popular sport with the success of teams like the Montreal Canadians having a total of 24 Stanley Cups and the success rate of the Canadian national team that has won 26 Gold medals at World Championships and their biggest win of 47-0 against Denmark would be like the Cavs and Lebron James pouring in 350 points against the hapless Brooklyn Nets. Even if basketball has made strides in the last 7-8 years in Canada as it has sent more and more guys to the NBA with Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Ennis, Andrew Nicholson or Jamaal Murray just to name a few, it is out of fashion for the country to develop rare talent like a Rick Fox or a Steve Nash back in the day as nowadays it seems like a few new players reach the NBA each year. Currently it fields 354,000 kids playing the sport in the 3-17 age group, Ice Hockey is still king in comparison to basketball as 543,390 people lace up the skates which is 1,64% of the Canadian population. Canadian national basketball player Tyson Hinz (201-F-91) could easily stroll down Rideau street in downtown Ottawa undetected where he hails from while Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson might have a hard time dodging some autograph collectors and gawkers in cafes and even a more older Guy Lafleur would be recognized more than a HInz, but the basketball player is like a Montreal Canadian without skates, but just a tad better. Whereas the Montreal Caandians won 8 Stanley Cup titles in the 70's, Hinz has accomplished his on impressive feat at only the age of 25 as he has also won 8 titles at Carleton (CIS), plus a Silver medal at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) in 2011 in only 8 years and with his special lady luck and knack pf knowing how to mesh well with new teammates and teams and win titles, there will surely be new hardware added to his collection soon. He would have had even more had he been able to win in his first two professional seasons in Holland where he reached the semi's and final, but he finally won his first professional title recently winning the German Pro A with 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC:

Tyson Hinz is a 201cm forward that learned his basketball trade at the well known Carleton University in Ottawa and in a span of five years won 7 titles including four CIS titles which is the equivalent of the NCAA title in Canada and three OUA championships. Of course it didn't hurt Hinz that he joined a winning tradition as the school has won 13 of the last 15 CIS championships under the guidance of their Phil Jackson like success magnate in head coach Dave Smart. Despite playing alongside some serious talent like the Scrubb brothers Phil who won his first professional title as a rookie with the Fraport Skyliners with the Fiba Europe Cup and has a brilliant basketball Eye-q and Tommy who had a stellar rookie season in Finland and has that versatile inside out game. Hinz quietly was able to find consistency at Carleton and felt like he was never in the shadow of the Scrubb's at school. 'Phil and Tommy are exceptional teammates as well as incredible players on the court. We worked well off each other and played to each other strengths. If Phil was playing well, he would draw more attention helping me to get great looks and vice versa. All three of us always have winning as a team as our end goal, not to get noticed individually. We were fortunate enough to win the National Championship each year we played together', stressed Tyson Hinz. In his senior year the Canadian played 27 games averaging 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.1%. Hinz knew that being able to have had so much success not only on the court, but also developing the correct character traits has helped him to let it carry over to his professional career would not have been possible without the guidance of head coach Dave Smart. 'For all the things I learned on the court from Dave, I learned just as much off the court. Coming into Carleton at the age of 17 I had lots to learn basketball wise, but even more personally. Through Dave I learned how to develop a proper work ethic, what it means to always give 100% and how to be responsible. Things that all sound very simple at first glance, but take many hours of practice and diligence to truly excel', warned Tyson Hinz.Hinz started his professional basketball career in 2014 with Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie) playing two seasons there and being an important contributor to the teams success as it reached the playoffs twice. In his rookie season he played 38 games averaging 12.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-4 (2.2spg), FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 75.3%. He was able to heighten his stats in his sophomore campaign as he played 35 games averaging 13.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. He quickly proved that he had no problems coming from Canadian basketball to the European game as his consistent stats proved. 'To a certain degree basketball is the same everywhere. There are obviously some differences from country to country, but I think playing 5 years at Carleton University under Dave Smart and his phenomenal coaching staff has best prepared me for adjusting to different styles of play. Many of the things I learned at Carleton, such as discipline and toughness, can help me as a player regardless of what offense or defense is being used', warned Tyson Hinz. Despite scoring 23 points in game three of the finals in a win against Groningen, Zwolle and Hinz just couldn't keep American Lance Jeter and Co in check as he suffered his second year in a row as a professional without a title. Hinz who got on the bike band wagon in Holland taking a bike to practice each day so he could immerse himself in the Dutch culture and get a view of his surroundings felt as if those first two years in Holland weren't lost. 'I have learned many things about the professional basketball world on and off the court since leaving Carleton, but I think the biggest thing I have improved on is being able to play well against high level professionals who are often bigger, faster or stronger. In Canada, all of my competition ranged from guys aged roughly 17-24, overseas the age gap is much wider and there are guys who have spent 10+ years as professionals. Each year I try to learn from veterans on what helped them be successful and apply it to my game', warned Tyson Hinz. Even if Hinz was unable to add hardware to his collection in his first two professional seasons in Holland, his understanding of the game something that surely rubbed off of Philipp Scrubb at Carleton and always having that will to want to win something that he learned at Carleton helped him achieve his goals when he came to Germany in his third professional season. 'I think my biggest strength on the court is a combination of my basketball IQ as well as my competitive drive. I am always trying to learn and improve my knowledge of the game. The great thing about basketball is that there is always something to learn and something to work on. I also take pride in my relentless attitude on the court, in my two years in Holland I tried to always make the extra effort to get that one extra rebound, take a charge or come up with a 50-50 ball. These two qualities have really helped me develop as a player and have helped me get to where I am today', added Tyson Hinz.

Hinz came into a positive situation when he signed with the Mitteldeutscher BC in the summer in 2016 in that like Carleton, they were a very traditional club in that winning didn't come second, but first and they had also gathered titles over the years with the 2004 FIBA Europe Cup and the 2009 and 2012 Pro A titles. Hinz was coming into a situation where it was expected to win the 2017 Pro A title as the team was yearning to move back up to the top league EasyCredit BBL after having been demoted the season before. Like at Carleton, Hinz arrived in the small 40,000 town Weissenfels with very high expectations of winning something that was as normal for him like Russell Westbrook notching triple doubles on a regular basis last season. The Canadian came to Germany already with the correct frame of mind that knowing that not only winning would be beneficial to his development. 'Earning my way through promotion into the BBL was a great challenge for me and gave me the chance to prove that I am ready as a player to compete at the next level. I looked forward to the challenge, to improve and to grow as a player with the club', stressed Tyson Hinz. One of the biggest problems that Hinz encountered with his new team MBC would be keeping his consistent stats from Holland in Germany as there was so much more talent with the German team and more firepower. Hinz wasn't able to produce as high stats with MBC, but only one thing counted in his book and that was winning and growing as a player and he not only was able to make that a reality, but also got a feel of winning a title again. 'I am always trying to learn and grow as basketball player. Being in a new country and a new league will be a great opportunity to do just that. As previously mentioned my goal has always been to play in the BBL, but I also wanted to be ready to play at that level when the opportunity showed itself. Playing for a team that was just in the BBL and hungry to get back was a great test for me as a player to prove to myself and others that I was ready for the next step. Every year, no matter which country I am in, I always try to bring a winning attitude to each team's roster. Winning is hard, it never comes easy and I enjoy that challenge and try to push my teammates to reach the ultimate goal of basketball - to win', warned Tyson Hinz.

In his third professional season with the Mitteldeutscher BC, Hinz was back to his dominant self like in his Carleton days as the club dominated the German Pro A from day one and in the end compiled a 27-3 regular season record and cleaned up and left their opponents out to dry going 8-0 in the playoffs as they swept the RheinStars, Kirchkeim and Gotha to get back to the EasyCredit BBL. 'We really came together as a team and played the style of basketball we wanted to play. The key to making playoff runs is to be playing your best basketball at that time and we saw that with us and Gotha', added Tyson Hinz. In the final the Mitteldeutscher BC met a very capable opponent in Gotha that had a deep roster, but in the end the Mitteldeutscher BC was able to overpower them. 'Gotha had an incredible season. They ran into countless challenges with roster and coaching changes and managed to play their best basketball in the end. They unfortunately ran into some injury problems for the finals but their team as a whole still battled and fought hard which was admirable. In game 1, we really got beat badly on the boards. They crashed hard on both ends as a team and we weren't ready to respond to that. I thought in the second game we played with much better team spirit and energy while doing so, took care of the rebounding battle', said Tyson Hinz.

The Mitteldeutscher BC just played the way they were capable of with the unending talent they had and the way they simply had to as they were simply a class or two above the rest. It took Hinz a bit more than three years to finally capture that eighth title and first as a professional, but it was a moment he really was used to even if it took a bit longer to occur again. 'It was an amazing feeling. With how the Pro A works we had our first celebration when we qualified for promotion, which was fantastic but we all knew there was still something left to accomplish. I am glad the team was able to get the final two wins and finish the season knowing we accomplished our goal from the start', said Tyson Hinz. Sometimes you have to wonder if after having got used to winning so many titles, if a favorite can actually stand out from the rest. But Hinz like a champion knows that each one has it's special own significance. 'Every championship is special, it doesn't matter how many you have won. Every year is unique as you are with a different group of guys or a different club entirely. To celebrate the accomplishment as a team and to see the excitement on your teammates feelings who you've battled with all year is a wonderful feeling. Being the favourite to win put a target on our backs all year as everyone wanted to take us down but I thought we handled that as a team', warned Tyson Hinz. MBC had a Golden State Warriors type of season and of course the team thought about the three loses that held them from a perfect season. 'Finishing the year as champions and setting the total wins record (35-3) in the history of Pro A makes for quite a spectacular season. Obviously we would like to have those 3 losses back but they were part of our growth as a team. We learned from those losses and got better from them. The organization as a whole did an outstanding job putting together a championship caliber team from top to bottom', stressed Tyson Hinz.

In his third professional season, Hinz didn't have the overwhelming stats, but he didn't have to when he had scoring machines like Andrew Warren, Marcus Hatten and Sergio Kerusch alongside and with Warren, Hinz met a type of competitive player that he had been used to interacting with at Carleton. ' He was always the guy trying to motivate his teammates to help them play at the highest level and when as a team we were lacking energy or focus he would always get us back on the right track. I am fortunate to have played with him this year', stressed Tyson Hinz. In 38 games Hinz averaged 8.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 81.5%. . For a guy who has always been a scorer in school and in Holland, he saw his experience with the Mitteldeutscher BC more of a different kind of role than a different type of role. 'I learned a lot this year in my 3rd year as a pro. At the beginning of the year I did see it as less of a role but I think that was my problem. It is much more a different role than less of a role. Each player when they step on the floor has a role that is vital to the teams success. Not everyone can score 25+ a game, you need guys to defend, rebound and keep our rhythm in the game. As the year went on I tried to do all the little things to help our team win while still being aggressive looking for opportunities to score', stressed Tyson Hinz. Hinz scored in double figures in 14 of 38 games including big games in the playoffs against the RheinStars and Kirchheim. Three months into his season in Germany, the Canadian stressed the importance of being as efficient as possible on the court and improve as a defensive player and seemed to have met those goals. 'The great thing about basketball is there is always room for improvement, always something to improve. I think I reached those goals but as the season ends and the off season approaches the goals don't fade away. I have a couple months to work on my game and prepare for next season', warned Tyson Hinz.

It will be interesting to see what the next step for Hinz will be. The Mitteldeutscher BC decided not to reward him and take him to the EasyCredit. The summer is winding down and Hinz is still unsigned as he continues to seek that next golden opportunity. He has a few months time to keep working on his game and knows where his game needs improvement. 'There is always room for improvement in all aspects of my game but two things I would like to work on is my overall strength and foot speed. Throughout the year most of the weight lifting is done to maintain your body so that you are ready for games. Now that it is the off season I can have more time to recover', expressed Tyson Hinz. Hinz will never forget that unending competitive spirit of the Scrubb brothers at Carleton, but with both missing almost the whole last season, Hinz knows that when they meet again this summer in Ottawa, they will be overflowing with spirit which in turn will help him get a tad better once again over the summer. 'It is truly unfortunate that both of them weren't able to play much or at all this season. I am looking forward to seeing them healthy this summer. Since they have been out for a while I am sure their competitive side has had them dying to get back on the court so they will be fun to play with or against', warned Tyson Hinz. At least they won't be quarreling about the Montreal Canadians since all three reside in Ottawa and don't need to be jealous of all the Le Habs 24 Stanley Cup titles since combined the three have 24 titles as players and give them those very special bragging rights over Canada's team the Montreal Canadians in Ottawa.



James Milliken (Lok Bernau) I Always Had A Chip On My Shoulder Playing against Kris Dunn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

James Milliken (188-G-93, college: Creighton, agency: SDJ Sports) is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Siler, North Carolina that will be playing his rookie season in Germany with the Lok Bernau. He started his basketball career with Cowley County CC (JUCO). He then made the jump to the NCAA to Creighton and played 65 games from 2014-2016. In his junior year he played 30 games averaging 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 77.6%. In his senior year he played 35 game averaging 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 70.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball earlier this summer.

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

I am in Raleigh North Carolina at the moment and it's been going pretty good!


Congrats on signing with SSV Lok Bernau. How relived are you finally be a professional basketball player. Were the last 16 months from your last NCAA game against BYU were you scored 10 points an eternity?

Yes it felt like the longest I've been away from basketball in my life so I was definitely relieved


How difficult were the last 16 months? Last summer you were let down by an agent and had to sit out the season. Were there ever moments were you wanted to quit? What kept you positive?

No I never thought about quitting I knew it was going be a process to go out finding agents on my own so it was a learning experience and I think that having that year off it made me better and more aggressive

How did you go about looking for a team this summer. Did you have more than one offer or did you jump at the first offer from SSV Lok Bernau?

I had other calls but after they called I knew that's where I wanted to be!


What was the deciding factor that convinced you that signing with the Rostock Seawolves was the correct thing to do?

Just after talking with the GM, the coach and my agent we all felt it was a good fit for me!


What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball. Ex Creighton players like Anthony Tolliver, Rodney Buford and Dane Watts played in Germany. Did you get some advice from ex teammates Geoffrey Groselle or Ricky Kreklow who played in Germany last season?

I actually didn't get much info on Germany basketball but one of my good friends was stationed in Germany and he told me great things about it.


Despite not knowing for 16 months if you would ever be a professional player, with what kind of attitude will you go into your rookie season. With all the hardship that you experienced, do you feel like you will have self confidence going in?

Yes I feel that going into my rookie season I will have the upmost confidence and will be ready to lead this team!


The Rostock Seawolves were impressed of your defensive game in that you were able to handle the other teams best player. How high on your list of strengths is your defense?

It's at the top because my dad harped on defense all my life so I knew I wanted to be the guy to shut down or slow down the other teams best player and I took pride in it.


You had solid scoring stats in your last two seasons at Creighton. What do you feel is your biggest offensive strength that you have that will help Rostock most this season?

My best offensive attribute I would say is my ability to shoot the ball and find spots on the court I'm comfortable with.


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

I feel my hidden strength is my passing ability I see the floor very well and hopefully I can show that off a little more.


You started your basketball career at Cowley County CC (JUCO) before making the jump to Creighton (NCAA).How humbling an experience was starting at the bottom and then reaching the NCAA?

It was very humbling I wouldn't take those Juco years back at all! I loved the way Cowley matured me and got me mentally and physically prepared for division 1


You played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2014-2016. In your junior season you were suspended for a while in December after the St Marys loss, but came back for the Providence game where you nailed home 22 points. What did you learn from this experience that you felt made you stronger as a whole?

I just knew how much I needed this team and how much they needed me and it made me realize how much harder I needed to work to get my teammates trust back.


How did head coach Greg Mcdermott groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career? He may have been tough at times, but in the end was probably the best?

Coach Mac is a father figure! He is much more than a basketball coach but a life coach! He groomed me to be a great person off the court and on the court and I can't thank him enough for the opportunity he gave me at Creighton, and yes he pushed on me hard but we had many sit downs and he told me the kind of player I could be if I listened to and trusted the process.


You had some very good games including hitting Seton Hall for 21 and 20 points in loses. Do you still remember the 67-66 loss to Seton Hall?

Yes I play that Seton Hall game back from when I missed the game winner at home and missed the game winner at their place! It was a memory that I like to keep in my head for motivation!


I saw Maurice Watson Play at Boston University back in 2014 and really liked his play. He then transferred to Creighton and you were able to play with him for a season. Last season he got a serious injury that curtailed his career as he probably would have been an NBA draft pick. What do you remember most about him and how did you both benefit from each other?

Man playing with Mo was an honor he pushed me everyday and became my roommate and best friend! He is incredible and a strong leader who had a minor setback but is going to have a major comeback!


Who won a one on one in practice you or Maurice Watson?

We actually never played one on one but we battled before in pick up and I'd like to say with us both being competitive he would respond this way as well but I think I would beat him one on one!

You hit Providence and Kris Dunn with 26 points while he had 17 points, but you lost a nail bitter 70-66. When you see a guy like a Kris Dunn and remember how you preformed, do you feel like there is a big difference between your games?

I used to hear this all the time about Kris Dunn! But the thing about him was that I always had a chip on my shoulder going into playing him because he was the best player in the big east so I wanted to prove that he wasn't the only good player on the floor when we saw each other. But Kris is unbelievable he is a great leader and a great defender so yes I agree with his position in the NBA!

You battled against many top guards in the NCAA like future NBA players Kris Dunn and Buddy Hield, but was there a player even better that you battled against in the NCAA?

Kris Dunn had to be the best I would say!


How does a normal summer work out day look like for you in the summer of 2017?

I wake up eat breakfast hit the gym get some cardio in then go get some shots up about 300 then hit the weight room and come back to get 300 in then start my drills!


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

Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Allen Iverson

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and has three to Michael Jordan. There are so many experts that keep proclaiming that Lebron is the best of all-time. Where do you rate him in the neverending debate about who the best of all-time is?

I would say he is the third best behind Kobe and Jordan


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?

Russ is an amazing player and I think he should keep doing what he is doing to help his team win!


What do you feel will the Houston Rockets be able to achieve with an allstar backcourt with James Harden and Chris Paul?

I think they will be a top team because cp is such a great leader!


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

I want my brother Justin Patton to get the rookie of the year and prove how good the kid really is.


What was the last movie that you saw?

All Eyez on me

Thanks James for the chat.



The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Add Kris Richard - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Shortly before the start of training camp, EasyCredit BBL team Walter Tigers Tuebingen have brought in experienced Kris Richard (196-G-89, college: Tulane, agency: KMG Sports Management). Richard is a 28 year old 190cm guard that can also play the small forward position and will be going into his seventh professional season and brings vital experience having played in countries like Mexico, Kazakhstan,and Latvia, After six seasons of putting up very solid stats, he got rewarded by being able to strut his talent in Germany in one of the top leagues in Europe. Last season he played for VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL) playing 26 VTB United League games averaging 9.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 87.1%; In the Latvian LBL league he played 24 games: averaging 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-3 (1.8spg), FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 80.8%. "He proved himself the last years in Europe and will play a vital role with us with his versatility. With Richard and Robert Zinn, we have good guys to come in when Jared Jordan needs a rest. Richard also has a good charachter which was important for us", stressed manager Robert Wintermantel. Last season he scored in double figures in the VTB league 14 times and showed his strong game hitting top team CSKA Moscow for 23 points. In the Latvian league the American scored in double figures in 15 games including a 29 point gand 23 point game against Valmiera.

Richard started his basketball career in 2007 with Tulane (NCAA) and as a freshman played 31 games averaging 3.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg. In his second season at Tulane (NCAA) he played 31 games averaging 10.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3Pts: 28.2%, FT: 67.0%. In his junior season at Tulane (NCAA, starting five) he played 28 games averaging 11.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 70.8%. In his senior year at Tulane (NCAA) he played 30 games averaging 11.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 71.0%. He started his professional career in 2011 with Halcones UV Xalapa (Mexico-LNBP) playing 16 games averaging 4.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg. He then played three seasons with BK Kaspiy Aktau (Kazakhstan-D1). In hiss econd season he played 14 games: Score-4 (13.9ppg), 3.9rpg, Assists-5 (3.1apg), Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 72.7%; In the Baltic League: he played 12 games averaging 12.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 79.2%. Two seasons ago he played with Liepaja/Triobet (Latvia-LBL) playing 41 games: Score-5 (14.8ppg), 4.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 44.8%, FT: 72.0%; In the Baltic League: he played 15 games: Score-4 (16.8ppg), 4.4rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 25.4%, FT: 78.0%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Kazakhstan League Semifinals -13, 14, 15, Kazakhstan Cup Semifinals -14, 15, Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League 2nd Team -14, Latvian League All-Star Game -16, 17, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention -16, Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team -16, Baltic League Quarterfinals -16, Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team -16, Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team -16, Latvian League Semifinals -16, Latvian League Regular Season Runner-Up -17, and Latvian League Champion -17.

Source:Walter Tigers Tuebingen



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Team Africa loses exhibition game without representation from Ghana - by Yaw Mintah

No player represented Ghana in this year's NBA Africa Game which has taken place at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa with Team World beating Team Africa 108-97. Unlike the maiden edition in 2015 which had American-born NBA player Nazr Mohammed featuring, Team Africa played the game with no player from the rising West African nation.

Mohammed joined fellow African NBA stars and first generation Africans playing in the NBA to make the team a couple of years ago which it lost 101-97 to a Team World side headlined by Chris Paul and Marc and Pau Gasol.

Nazr last played for Oklahoma City Thunder after making stops at Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs; he won the 2005 NBA Championship with San Antonio.This year's exhibition matchup which had players like Dirk Nowitzki, Kyle Lowry, CJ McCollum, Luol Deng, Thabo Sefolosha and Joel Embiid compete had Nigerian-American Guard

Victor Oladipo crowned Most Valuable Player after registering 22 points and nine rebounds.Team World's win is the second straight victory in the headline game after winning 101-97 in 2015.

Democratic Republic of Congo native Emmanuel Mudiay of Denver Nuggets almost recorded a triple double following a 22 point, nine assist and eight rebound performance with DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond of Team World post double-double figures.





Accra League Division II sides get green light for league commencement - by Yaw Mintah

13 teams registered to compete in the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division II will begin the long road to Division I later this month as games are set to begin on August 16.

League executives made the announcement following several weeks of rumored start dates which failed to materialize. However, in the aftermath of a general meeting following the closure of regular season games in Division I, stakeholders have settled on a date which brings relief to teams set to compete.

The likes of Reformers of Prisons, Novas Academy, Ghana Police, Teshie Juniors, Navy Warriors and Akatsi Rifles have registered to slug it out for a chance to play in Ghana's elite club basketball competition.

In the aftermath of the meeting, September 8 has been agreed by stakeholders for ABL Executive leaders to be held. Positions interested candidates can contest include Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary and Organizing Secretary.

All teams registered in the 2017 season from the Men's Divisions I and II, Women's Division and Veteran's Division are to nominate three representatives to vote cast votes in the election.

Elections are expected to be held at the Lebanon House Forecourt in Tudu, Accra.



Braves extend dominance in Accra League as Fire wins thriller - by Yaw Mintah

Braves of Customs continue to dominate the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division extending its winning run to four following another demolition exercise in the campaign.The reigning league champions beat University of Ghana (90-27) in the latest round of games played at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

The tie opened the round which had Ghana Navy beat Fire Service 43-36 in an action packed encounter that had players from both side clash several times particularly in the final quarter.

Braves got things going in the opening game by easily overpowering the tertiary side which was short of bodies for the tie. 2015 Ghana Basketball Awards Most Valuable Player nominee Grace Martina Doe combined effectively with Center Gloria Gyampoh to wreck havoc on UG's defense.

Matters were closer in the second and final game as Fire squared off against Navy in the All Security Service matchup which produced a lot of fireworks.Fire trailed 15-24 heading into the second half after struggling to generate points aside Point Guard Carlyn Adjei.

However, she got help from Theresa Dodoo, Nafisa Alhassan and Juliana Cudjoe in the third quarter as the side threatened Navy's lead.

With 3:59 remaining in the game and Navy leading by four (38-34), Annabel Dsane dished out assists for Memuna Mumuni and Maria Mensah to score stretching Navy's lead. Tempers threatened to flare up several times in the latter part of the game as stakes heightened forcing umpire Anthony Annane to halt the game to talk to players.

Ghana Navy will be inaction again on August 10 as competition continues in the next round with an opener against Tudu Galaxy. University of Ghana need to recover fast from the heavy loss to Braves to play Fire Service.

After losing the hard fought contest against rivals Ghana Navy, Fire Service are fancied to register a win against a University of Ghana that has failed to live up to the promise it showed earlier in the season.




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Aris welcome back Sarikopoulos - by Chris Mammides

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) landed 27-year old former international center Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-90, college: Ohio State). It is actually his comeback to Thessaloniki as he has played here before. Sarikopoulos played most recently at Promitheas (A1). In 22 games he averaged 5.1ppg and 3.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Sarikopoulos played at AEK Athens where in 21 A1 games he had just 2.3ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Sarikopoulos also played 5 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg.
Sarikopoulos' team made it to the Greek Cup final in 2014.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Sarikopoulos played for Greek Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. Sarikopoulos' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 60.5%, FT: 66.7%.
Sarikopoulos has played previously for three other teams: Olympiacos, Panionios and Marousi.
He attended Ohio State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Aris Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Weaver
Spyros Mourtos
Dimitrios Flionis
Nikolaos Diplaros
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
Ioannis Patsiavaouras
Giannis Sidiroilias

Forwards:
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Vangelis Dimitrakas
Konstantinos Lazarou
Fotis Gounaropoulos
Dimitris Lysselis
Antreas Tretiakov
Konstantinos Altinis

Centers:
Zisis Sarikopoulos
Vasileos Christidis

Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Javion Ogunyemi starts his pro carreer in Paks - by Tamas Deri

The management of Paks agreed with rookie big man Javion Ogunyemi (208-F) for the coming season, so the roster of head coach Teo Cizmic's team is full for the coming season.
The 208 cm tall rookie big man is coming from NY and played college basketball on Siena College. He was a key player of the Saints having great stats as a junior and senior as well, as a junior he got voted to the Defensive Player of the year in the MAAC.
2015-2016: Siena (NCAA, starting five): 33 games: 15.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 68.2%
2016-2017: Siena (NCAA, starting five): 34 games: 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 63.0%

You can watch his highlights as a senior:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u8gStgnY6k



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Maccabi Ashdod adds David Laury to their roster, ex Mayaguez - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) added to their roster 27-year old American forward David Laury (206-111kg-90, college: Iona). He played this summer at Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 9.2rpg and 2.9apg. The last season Laury played at another team Windy City Bulls in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 10 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.6apg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Delaware 87ers (D-League) in first round (8th overall).
Laury attended Iona College until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won MAAC Tournament in 2013 and 2015. Laury was also voted All-MAAC Player of the Year and NABC All-District 1 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Turkey (Yesilgiresun Bld).
On Laury: A 6-8 power forward, Laury has tremendous skill for his size including the ability to lead the offense as a virtual point forward. He is described as a strong rebounder and a great passer with an excellent basketball IQ. Laury also has good range on his jumper and can step out and make a three-pointer.

Maccabi Ashdod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guni Israeli
Sek Henry
Cameron Long

Forwards:
Adam Ariel
David Laury

Center:
Gerald Lee

Coach: Brad Greenberg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Zefat tabs Amitay Levi - by Netanel Dahan

Hapoel Zefat (Artzit) inked 20-year old guard Amitay Levi (188-97) from Hapoel Lod. Levi also played that season for Elitzur Maccabi Ashkelon.
He was selected to U18 National Team in 2015.

Levi has played previously for Maccabi Rishon, and will rejoin the northern team which is looking to have a strong season up ahead.

One of the league's stars last season and was Andrew Salop (196-F-83, college: Westchester CC), who is now looking for a new team.




Ido Kozikaro signs at Hapoel Acre - by Netanel Dahan

Hapoel Acre (Artzit) landed experienced 39-year old former international center Ido Kozikaro (203-115kg-78) from Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin. He helped them to win the group title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
Among other achievements Kozikaro received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention award back in 2010 and 2012.
He also represented Israel at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.8rpg.
Kozikaro has played previously professionally also in France (Le Mans) and Israel (Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Jerusalem, Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Haifa).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Hapoel Acre.



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Cade Davis (ex Chieti) agreed terms with Keravnos - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Proger BLS Chieti in Italian Serie B. In 31 Serie A2 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Davis played at Kauhajoen Karhu in Finnish Korisliiga where in 41 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements Davis won Macedonian League championship title for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014). He received also Eurobasket.com Macedonian League All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Davis has played previously professionally in Greece (Nea Kifisia) and FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Keravnos Strovolou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aristides Koronides
Georgios Neophytou
Kenny Barker
Tre Bussey
Michael Simon
Panagiotis Markou

Forwards:
Mohamed Abukar
George Theocharides
Cade Davis

Centers:
Anthony King
Christos Loizidis
Terell Parks

Coach: Christoforos Livadiotis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bergamo tabs Jonas Bergstedt - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo Basket 2014 (Serie B) inked 26-year old Danish international center Jonas Bergstedt (210-110kg-91). He played most recently at 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno in Swiss LNA league. In 24 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.6apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Bergstedt played at Okapi Aalstar (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 38 games he had 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Bosmans Team.
Bergstedt has been also a member of Danish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Danish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Bergstedt also represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, Blocks-5 (1.2bpg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Bergstedt is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha), Lithuania (Nevezis), Spain (Torrelodones) and Denmark (Horsholm, Horsens IC and Bakken).

Bergamo Basket 2014 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Giulio Mascherpa

Forwards:
Giovanni Fattori
Luigi Sergio
Massimiliano Sanna

Centers:
Jonas Bergstedt
Davide Bozzetto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MIA-RO Cantu welcomes back Maspero - by Eurobasket News

MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A) inked 25-year old power forward Giacomo Maspero (204-94kg-92). It is actually his comeback to Cantu as he has played here before. Maspero has played for the last two years at Ambalt Recanati in Serie A2. However his team was relegated to Serie B. In 30 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
Among other achievements Maspero's team made it to the Italian Cup final in 2011. He was selected to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game in 2016.
Maspero represented Italy at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago.
He has played previously for four other teams: MIA-RO Cantu, Germani Basket Brescia, Treviglio and Sangiorgese.
Maspero's game is described as: A tough inside player who plays with intensity and has good attitude. His limit could be the height, now he is not enough tall to play stably teh 5 position.

MIA-Red October Cantu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Chappell
Randy Culpepper
Salvatore Parrillo
Jaime Smith

Forwards:
Charles Thomas
Davide Raucci
Eric Griffin

Centers:
Andrea Crosariol
Giacomo Maspero

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Barcelona lands Keith Bowman, ex Costa d'Orlando - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona Sporting Club (National League) tabbed 26-year old American power forward Keith Bowman (201-102kg-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports). He played most recently at Costa d'Orlando in Italian Serie C Gold.
Among other achievements Bowman's team made it to the CalPac Tournament Semifinals in 2014. He received also All-CalPac Player of the Year award and All-CalPac 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Bowman has played also professionally in Bosnia (Gorazde).
He attended Menlo College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Argentino keeps Cangelosi for another season - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) re-signed experienced 36-year old naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (197-81). He has played there for the last seven seasons. In 57 LigaA games he recorded 10.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Cangelosi's team made it to the LigaA Semifinals in 2014.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Cangelosi has played previously professionally also in Spain (Basquet_Mallorca) and Argentina (Weber Bahia, C.Entrerriano, Quilmes Mar del Plata and Ciclista).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Argentino.

Atletico Argentino Junin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan Cangelosi
Luis Cequeira
Luciano Massarelli
Genaro Lorio

Forwards:
Rodrigo Sanchez
Guido Mariani

Center:
Matias Bortolin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Juventus welcome back Samenas - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) tabbed 29-year old Lithuanian guard Laurynas Samenas (192-82kg-88). It is actually his comeback to Utena as he has played here before. Samenas played most recently at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division. In 32 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Samenas played at Juventus where in 31 LKL games he had 7.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Samenas also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 9.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. The other team Samenas played that season for was Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys. In 9 LKL games he got 6.9ppg. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Samenas received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
He was a member of Lithuanian U19 National Team in 2007.
Samenas has played previously professionally in Germany (Gladiators) and Lithuania (Siauliai, Sakalai and MRU Vilnius).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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China beats Lithuania at Basketball Friendly - by Eurobasket News

A 27-8 second quarter helped Team Red of Chinese men's basketball national team win over Lithuania at 70-53 here on Friday at the Chengdu Basketball Championship. Both teams tied 15-15 after the first quarter. The host took a 15-0 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter to build a 15-point lead while the Lithuania team failed to score until Donatas Tarolis (202-F-94, agency: Interperformances) made in their first field goal with four minutes and 23 seconds to the halftime. China outscored Lithuania 27-8 in that quarter. The visiting team had a 7-0 run in the beginning of the second half, which forced the Chinese team coach to call a timeout. The Lithuania team beat China 22-14 in the third quarter and headed in to the final period trailing by 11. Thomas Dimsa's three-pointer cut China's lead to only eight but then the host answered with a 13-0 run to secure the victory and finished the championship with a record of 2-1. Rui Zhao (193-F-96) led China with a team-high 20 while Abdusalam added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Courtesy of: xinhuanet.com



Williams re-signs at Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) confirmed in their roster 33-year old American point guard Lorenzo Williams (190-86kg-84, college: Rice). He played there last season. In 46 LKL games he had 7.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg (top 5) and 1.4spg (in top 5). Williams helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.4apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (15-16) season Williams played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL. In 22 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Anaheim Arsenal (D-League) in ninth round (121th overall).
Williams attended Rice University and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Latvian League championship title in 2014. Williams was also voted Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played also professionally in Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK and Atomeromu), Slovakia (Pezinok), Ukraine, Germany (Giessen 46ers and OrangeAcademy) and Latvia (Ventspils).

Panevezys Lietkabelis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gintaras Leonavicius
Lorenzo Williams
Adas Juskevicius

Forwards:
Simas Jasaitis
Zanis Peiners
Zygimantas Skucas

Centers:
Darjus Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
Vaidas Cepukaitis

Coach: Arturs Stalbergs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Szczecin lands Jimmy Gavin, ex Dzukija - by Eurobasket News

King Szczecin (PLK) tabbed 26-year old American guard Jimmy Gavin (190-86kg-91, college: Winthrop). He played most recently at Dzukija in Lithuanian LKL league. In 38 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg last season.
Gavin has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big South Conference Tournament in 2016. Gavin received also All-Big South Conference 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Gavin graduated from Winthrop University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

King Szczecin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maciej Majcherek
Sebastian Kowalczyk
Jimmy Gavin

Forwards:
Lukasz Diduszko
Pawel Kikowski

Center:
Mateusz Bartosz

Coach: Mindaugas Budzinauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @plkpl)

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  MONTENEGRO  


Rennes ink Bojan Pelkic - by Eurobasket News

Union Rennes Basket 35 (NM2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83). He has played for the last three seasons at Leotar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 7.8rpg (#4 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Pelkic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Pelkic has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Greece (Irakleio), Poland (Anwil) and Montenegro (Lovcen, Ibon Niksic, Buducnost and Ulcinj) and Bosnia (Capljina Lasta and KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mihailo Sekulovic (ex Balkan) is a newcomer at Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-97kg-91). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. Sekulovic helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sloboda Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 23 games he averaged remarkable 18.1ppg and 8.2rpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention.
Sekulovic represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.9ppg, 2.4rpg.
Sekulovic has played also professionally in Hungary (Kaposvari), Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Mogren, Zeta and KK Zeta 2011 Golubovci) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mihailo Sekulovic
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBLCANADA  


London Lightning keeps Anderson for another season - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) re-signed 30-year old American guard Ryan Anderson (193-88kg-87, college: Nebraska). He was a team leader there last season. In 52 NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Anderson was tested by Moncton Miracles. He helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention.
In 2011 (a year after he left the college) Anderson was drafted by Texas Legends (D-League) in sixth round (12th overall).
He attended University of Nebraska until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Anderson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Crailsheim Merlins), Holland (Leiden), NBA G League (Sioux Falls Skyforce and Erie Bay Hawks), PBL (Rochester RazorSharks), Canada (Power, Windsor Express and Ottaway SkyHawks) and MPBA (Bloomington Express).
Anderson attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
His game is described as: Ryan Anderson is a high quality forward who simply has some nice offensive skills with a very high basketball IQ. He can post up around the basket; he can slash and go past slower big men easily and he has a nice mid range jump shot and posesses a long range threat.
Good court vision. Lots of passes
.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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  NEW ZEALAND  


Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - by Eurobasket News

Paul Henare 's 'Baby' Tall Blacks are now officially battle hardened for the looming Asia Cup in Lebanon. The New Zealand men's basketballers wrapped up their buildup for Lebanon with a battling 60-53 defeat at the hands of dual tournament winners Angola in Chengdu, China. They pushed the full-strength African nation all the way, though weren't able to repeat their upset victory from the previous tournament in Kunshan. With the team travelling less than 24 hours later to Beirut and playing their sixth game in seven days in China, a drop in intensity from the young Tall Blacks would have been understandable. But they hustled hard the entire night, won the final quarter 18-14 and got as close as a couple of buckets to the Angolans. Henare, who has given all his senior players and most of his US-based collegians the campaign off, was happy with the last fortnight from his young team of largely untried international players as he looks to build depth in the national programme. "I am really proud of the effort the guys have put in over the past few weeks," Henare said. "It has culminated in a good performance tonight - not a perfect performance, but the Angolan side has been the class of the two tournaments and no one has gotten close to them. "We are the only team to have beaten them and again tonight we competed with a very good team. That is what we must take into Beirut, knowing we can compete against very good sides." Canterbury shooting guard Ethan Rusbatch (196-G/F-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) led the Tall Blacks with a game-high 16 points (6/13 FG, 4/8 3PT), backed up by some excellent defence and four rebounds in a performance that might help garner some ANBL interest for the free-agent sharpshooter. New Zealand started slowly and were still looking for their first bucket midway through the opening quarter, but kept Angola within reach, at 14-15 down by the first break. The offence continued to splutter thoughout, with a final shooting percentage of 38 from two-point range and 24 from deep reflecting the team's shooting struggles. With Angola edging out to an 11-point lead at three-quarter time, the Tall Blacks' response came, with a Rusbatch corner three and an Ili drive to the basket establishing some momentum. But the experienced Angolans responded to keep the New Zealanders at arm's length down the stretch. Henare is confident the games in China have toughened his young charges for what they will face in Beirut, starting with Kazakhstan in three days' time. "In Beirut we are going to have a day off in between games, and it is going to feel like a holiday for these guys," said Henare. "That is one of the great things about this schedule - six games in seven days with a decent travel day in between. They will be as game ready and game hardened as they can be in Beirut. "This will be another useful experience for these guys. They will be playing against high-quality basketballers. I know for a fact they will walk away from this experience in China all the better for it." New Zealand travel to Beirut on Saturday, arriving on Sunday afternoon to put the finishing touches on preparations ahead of their opening pool game against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz



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  NICARAGUA  


Rojas' double-double lands him LNB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Adalberto Rojas (198-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leones and receives a Latinbasket.com LNB Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Toros (#2, 4-2) 82-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Leones maintains the 4th position in Nicaraguan LNB. Leones is bottom ranked team in the standings. They need more victories to leave last spot and improve bad 2-4 record. In the team's last game Rojas had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leones' top player in his first season with the team. Rojas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 95.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ryann Abraham (182-PG-87) of league's second-best Toros. He is Puerto Rican guard in his first season at Toros. In the last game Abraham recorded impressive 36 points. Bad luck as Toros lost that game 73-82 to slightly lower-ranked Leones (#4, 2-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Toros still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Abraham is a newcomer at Toros and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#2). He also recorded 5.3 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jordany Jaca (196-F-83) of league's leader Bufalos. Jaca scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Bufalos, leading his team to a 71-67 win against #2 ranked Toros. Bufalos confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Jaca has a great season in Nicaragua. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.3rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Serbio Abea (191-F-78) of Leones - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Noel Mackenzie (188-G-78) of Bufalos - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Marcos Castrillo (201-F) of Toros - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87) of Toros - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Bufalos - 15 points and 13 rebounds
9. Carlos Gonzalez (177-PG-80) of Bufalos - 7 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Joan Luis) of Leones - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  NIGERIA  


Top six teams in the Atlantic Conference clinch playoff spots as Delta Force and NAF Rockets battle relegation - by Eurobasket News

The regular season of the Kwese Premier Basketball League comes to an end this weekend and the top six teams in the Atlantic Conference have all clinched playoff spots ahead of the Conference Six Playoffs scheduled to tip off on Sunday 13 August 2017.
The top six teams are;
1. Rivers Hoopers
2. Kwara Falcons
3. Customs
4. Hoops & Read
5. Oluyole Warriors
6. Police Baton
The future of Delta Force and NAF Rockets in the league hinges on their last two games of the season. A major decider will be the game between the two teams in Lagos on Thursday 3 August. Delta Force (31pts) is only one point above the Rockets (30pts). Delta Force's last game will be against Hoops & Read while NAF will play their last game against Conference leaders Rivers Hoopers. It is very probable that the last game of the season will determine which team gets relegated.
Courtesy of: bballnaija.com



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  PERU  


Regatas posts 4 wins at the start of Clausura 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Regatas posts 4 wins at the start of Clausura 2017. In the latest game they overcame Inmaculada 81-76. Regatas trailed 3 points at the half-time, but managed to win the third and the last stanzas to seal the victory. Maximiliano Rios (185-G-81, college: Clayton St.) scored 35 points in defeat and Jose Fuentes (197-G/F-90) netted 19.
EOFAP is second with a 3-1 record, while Inmaculada is third with a 1-3.



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  PHILIPPINES  


Tempered Expectation For Gilas In FIBA Asia Cup - by Ariel Ian Clarito


Undersized. Undermanned. Underprepared.

From lofty ambitions to tempered expectations. This is the story of Gilas Pilipinas as they go to battle in the FIBA Asia Cup which will start on August 8 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Up until the deadline of submission of line-ups for the tournament, the Gilas coaching staff was still hoping they could get a confirmation that naturalized player Andray Blatche was joining the team. When it became evident that no commitment from Blatche was forthcoming, Gilas decided to go with Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger as its naturalized player for the tournament.

When Gilas finally started its training for the FIBA Asia Cup, the team would face another challenge in practice attendance. Gilas players had to juggle their schedule between joining the national team trainings and playing for their mother teams in the on-going PBA Governor's Cup. The national quintet had a grand total of 12 days to work out as a team. Of those 12 days, the only time the team had all 12 players together was last August 1, so Gilas had only a day of complete attendance in training.

As if these obstacles and limitations were not daunting enough, Gilas would be thrown another monkey wrench in its FIBA Asia Cup bid when 6'10 Junmar Fajardo suffered a calf injury. Fajardo, a 3-time MVP and the most dominant player in the PBA, was expected to play a major role in the Gilas campaign and was poised to finally have a breakout campaign in the international stage. Fajardo was not only the team's best frontliner, he was also the only one who had the height, the heft, and the skill-set to match-up against the top bigs of other countries.

In Fajardo's absence, Gilas will have to settle with a frontline of 6'9 Japeth Aguilar, 6'8 Raymond Almazan, and 6'8 Standhardinger. They will be terribly undersized in their first game when they go up against China which will parade its great wall made up of 7'2 Li Muhao, 7'1 'Shaq of China' Dejun Han, and 19 year old 6'11 Jinqui Hu. Things do not get easier for Gilas in their two other games in the first round. Qatar will parade US NCAA-honed 6'10 Nasser Al-Rayes, 6'9 Omer Salem, 6'9 Yehia Abdelhaleem, and 6'8 veteran Mohd Yousuf Mohammed. Iraq will be bannered by 6'10 Ali Hameed, 6'9 Mohammed Al-Khafaji, and 6'9 Hussein Hasan Algburi.

Despite all the hurdles the team has faced even prior to the tournament, Coach Chot Reyes has vowed the players will be fighting tooth and nail and showcase 'Puso', the Gilas fighting heart that carried them through in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Asia where the Philippines placed 2nd and in the 2014 FIBA World Cup where Gilas beat Senegal and almost pulled off upset wins versus Argentina, Croatia, and Puerto Rico. It remains to be seen if 'Puso' alone will be enough to overcome Gilas's lack of height and preparation.



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  POLAND  


Aaron Cel (ex Gravelines) signs at Torun - by Eurobasket News

Polski Cukier Torun (PLK) landed 30-year old French power forward Aaron Cel (203-87). He was about to sign at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in French ProA. The last season Cel played also at Gravelines Dunkerque (also in ProA) where in 25 games he averaged 5.9ppg and 3.6rpg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 7.5ppg and 4.5rpg.
Among other achievements Cel's team won French Leaders Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2013 and 2015.
Cel represented France at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Cel has played previously professionally also in Poland (Stelmet and PGE Turow) and France (Le Mans, Nantes, Monaco, Etendard de Brest and Boulazac Basket).

Polski Cukier Torun roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Karol Gruszecki
Tomasz Snieg

Forwards:
Aaron Cel
Aleks Perka

Centers:
Krzysztof Sulima
Cheikh Mbodj

Coach: Dejan Mihevc

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Szczecin lands Jimmy Gavin, ex Dzukija - by Eurobasket News

King Szczecin (PLK) tabbed 26-year old American guard Jimmy Gavin (190-86kg-91, college: Winthrop). He played most recently at Dzukija in Lithuanian LKL league. In 38 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg last season.
Gavin has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big South Conference Tournament in 2016. Gavin received also All-Big South Conference 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Gavin graduated from Winthrop University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

King Szczecin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maciej Majcherek
Sebastian Kowalczyk
Jimmy Gavin

Forwards:
Lukasz Diduszko
Pawel Kikowski

Center:
Mateusz Bartosz

Coach: Mindaugas Budzinauskas

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @plkpl)

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Bourg lands Mathieu Wojciechowski - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted JL Bourg Basket (ProA) tabbed 25-year old Polish international forward Mathieu Wojciechowski (203-92) from Limoges CSP Elite. In 34 ProA games he averaged 3.4ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
Wojciechowski's team made it to the French Cup final in 2015.
He also represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Wojciechowski has played previously for three other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, Le Portel and Lille Metropole.

JL Bourg Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Meredis Houmounou
Garrett Sim
Lance Jeter

Forwards:
Gilvydas Biruta
Chase Simon
Maxime Courby
Mathieu Wojciechowski
Kevin Dinal

Centers:
Zachery Peacock
Youssou Ndoye

Coach: Savo Vucevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  


Terceira tabs Dillon Graham - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Terceira Basket SUSIARTE (LPB) inked 24-year old American guard Dillon Graham (190-82kg-93). He just graduated from Embry Riddle (NCAA2). In 21 games he averaged 13.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg last season.
As mentioned above Graham is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team won SEC Regular Season in 2013.

Terceira Basket SUSIARTE roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nuno Morais
Dillon Graham
Vasco Pereira

Center:
Joao Torrie

Coach: Daniel Brandao

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Tu HOLLOWAY
  Quebradi.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Holloway, Quebradi.20.5 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama20.3 
 3. Ebanks, San German20.2 
 4. Liz, Ponce19.9 
 5. Harris, Ponce19.5 
 6. Costner, Isabela18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Rosario, Quebradillas17.5 
 9. Huertas, Arecibo17.2 
 10. Laury, Mayaguez16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce9.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon9.5 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.2 
 4. Famous, Isabela9.1 
 5. Romero, Bayamon8.9 
 6. James, Fajardo8.8 
 7. Clarke, Arecibo8.5 
 8. Jefferson, Arecibo8.4 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez8.0 
 10. James, Fajardo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tu HOLLOWAY
  Quebradi.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Holloway, Quebradi.8.2 
 2. Browne, San German7.7 
 3. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.0 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas5.8 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Patterson, Aguada5.4 
 8. Soto, Bayamon5.2 
 9. Guzman, Isabela5.2 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Arecibo
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hodge, Arecibo1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.7 
 3. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 4. Abreu, Aguada1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Browne, San German1.3 
 7. Harris, Ponce1.3 
 8. Mendoza, Aguada1.2 
 9. Romero, Bayamon1.2 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas2.0 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Buckner, Fajardo1.1 
 6. Orozco, Isabela1.1 
 7. Jefferson, Arecibo1.1 
 8. Gaston, Aguada1.0 
 9. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Franklin, San G.1.0 


BSN Round 5 of Finals. Quebradillas regain the advantage - by Eurobasket News

Quebradillas - Arecibo 88-81

Quebradillas outscored Arecibo to take 3-2 lead in the championship series. Piratas made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Capitanes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). The former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Piratas players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Capitanes.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: T.Holloway 25+3reb+5ast, M.Rosario 18+5reb+2ast, J.Bryan Diaz 15+6reb+1ast, W.Daniels 11+6reb+2ast, A.Carmona 10+4reb+6ast, J.Mojica 4+6reb+2ast
Arecibo: C.Elonu 27+16reb+2ast, D.Clemente 17+3reb+3ast, W.Hodge 17+2reb+5ast, D.Huertas 9+5reb, D.Jefferson 7+4reb+3ast, A.Cruz 2+1reb+3ast
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Maccabi Ashdod adds David Laury to their roster, ex Mayaguez - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) added to their roster 27-year old American forward David Laury (206-111kg-90, college: Iona). He played this summer at Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 9.2rpg and 2.9apg. The last season Laury played at another team Windy City Bulls in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 10 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.6apg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Delaware 87ers (D-League) in first round (8th overall).
Laury attended Iona College until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won MAAC Tournament in 2013 and 2015. Laury was also voted All-MAAC Player of the Year and NABC All-District 1 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Turkey (Yesilgiresun Bld).
On Laury: A 6-8 power forward, Laury has tremendous skill for his size including the ability to lead the offense as a virtual point forward. He is described as a strong rebounder and a great passer with an excellent basketball IQ. Laury also has good range on his jumper and can step out and make a three-pointer.

Maccabi Ashdod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guni Israeli
Sek Henry
Cameron Long

Forwards:
Adam Ariel
David Laury

Center:
Gerald Lee

Coach: Brad Greenberg

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  RUSSIA  


Russia edge Finland at the start of Kondrashin and Belov Cup - by Eurobasket News

Russia edged Finland 91-75 at the start of Kondrashin and Belov Cup in Saint Petersburg. The hosts of the tournament had a slow start and trailed 21-25 at the end of the first period. Russia however scored another 21 points in the second frame that was enough to take a 2-point lead at the halftime. Russia posted 22-17 and then 27-18 wins in the third and the fourth quarters respectively for the final success.
Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 16. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-F-87) followed them with 13 points and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) scored 12. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) replied with 23 points in the losing effort, whilst Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) added 17.



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  SERBIA  


Nemanja Nenadic signs at FMP Beograd - by Igor Obradovic

FMP Beograd (KLS) landed 23-year old guard Nemanja Nenadic (197-94) from KK Dunav Stari Banovci. In 26 KLS games he averaged 12.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention.
Nenadic ended the previous (2015-16) season at Vojvodina where in 8 KLS games he had 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Honorable Mention. But the most of that year he spent at KK Pirot. In 14 KLS games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.9apg. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Honorable Mention.
He has played previously for two other teams: KK Mladost Z Admiral Zemun and Tamis.

FMP Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Pot
Nemanja Nenadic

Forward:
Maverick Rowan

Center:
Bozo Djumic

Coach: Vladimir Jovanovic

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  SINGAPORE  


Merlion Cup returns for a second year with six teams competing - by Eurobasket News

The Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) has announced the return of the Merlion Cup competition on Wednesday. The six-team tournament, which returned last year after a 20-year hiatus, will see four new teams take part. Korea's Jeonju KCC Egis, Philippines' Alab Pilipinas and Taiwan's Yulon Luxgen Dinos will join the Singapore Slingers as well as defending champions the Shanghai Sharks in this year's edition. The competition will also see an Australian team for the first time since its return, with the Adelaide 36ers slated for participation. With last year's Merlion Cup final between the Sharks and Philippine's Mighty Sports played in front of a sell-out crowd at the OCBC Arena, BAS president David Ong is hoping for a similarly strong turnout. Said Ong: "Last year's Merlion Cup saw strong fan support, with more than 8,800 fans attending over the five days. This year our goal is the same, to promote basketball across all ages and fill up the stadium." In addition to the tournament, a host of activities are also in the works, including coaching clinics by the visiting teams, as well as Meet-and-Greet sessions for fans to interact with the players. The build-up activities will culminate in a one-day Basketball Festival on Sept 17 at OCBC Square.
Courtesy of: straitstimes.com



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  SPAIN  


Albacete keeps Fox for another season - by Eurobasket News

Arcos Albacete Basket (LEB Silver) re-signed experienced 40-year old French-Argentinian point guard Diego Fox (177-77). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 26 LEB Silver games he recorded just 2.1ppg last season.
Fox won Spanish EBA Final Stage 4 championship title in 2016.
He another Spanish team C.A.B.A..
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Albacete.

Arcos Albacete Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Diego Fox
Garret Covington

Forwards:
Javier Marin
Eugenio Gomez
David Maldonado

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Plasencia adds Fuentes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Plasencia Extremadura added to their roster 30-year old point guard Adrian Fuentes (183-87) from Navarra. In 33 LEB Silver games he recorded 8.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg (top 5) and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season.
The previous (15-16) season Fuentes played at Meridiano Alicante where in 28 LEB Silver games he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.
His team made it to the LEB Silver Play-Off Semifinals in 2015.
Fuentes has played previously for seven other teams: Magia_Huesca, CB Canarias, Blusens Monbus, Melilla_Baloncesto, Palencia_Baloncesto, Unicaja B Malaga and Melilla_Baloncesto.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Huesca keeps Fontet for another season - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) re-signed 31-year old center Alberto Fontet (213-86). He played there last season. In 34 LEB Gold games he averaged 10.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Fontet played at FC Porto_Ferpinta in Portuguese LPB where in 40 games he had 5.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He helped them to win the Portuguese League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Fontet also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 3.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5spg.
Fontet has played previously for six other Spain teams: FC Barcelona, Valencia Basket, Leon, Zaragoza, Rosalia and Valencia 2.

Magia Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Carles Marzo

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

Center:
Alberto Fontet

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Quintero re-signs at Innova Chef - by Eurobasket News

CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef (EBA) confirmed in their roster 21-year old shooting guard Jose Quintero (190-96). He played there last season.
Quintero has played previously for two other teams: McDonald's and Venta de Banos.

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Real Canoe tabs Daniel De La Rua - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Real Canoe Madrid inked 20-year old point guard Daniel De La Rua (181-97) from Zornotza. In 43 LEB Silver games he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
De La Rua ended the previous (2015-16) season at Real Madrid (Liga Endesa). But in two games he had just 1.5ppg. But the most of that year he spent at Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) where in 26 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.0apg.
De La Rua's team won Spanish EBA Group B Regular Season in 2015.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. De La Rua's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.9apg.

Real Canoe Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Miguel Bustillo
Daniel De_La_Rua

Forwards:
Ander Martinez
Jose_Miguel Perez

Center:
Jose_Maria Gil

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Erik Kinney signs at Plasencia - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer Plasencia Extremadura landed 23-year old American forward Erik Kinney (196-100kg-94). He just graduated from Campbellsville (NAIA). In 27 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.1apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-MSC 1st Team and All-NAIA D1 Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Kinney is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the GNAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.

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Trevor Cooney is a newcomer at Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Trevor Cooney (193-88kg-92, college: Syracuse). He played most recently at Long Island Nets (NBA G League) in the U.S. Cooney managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 20 NBA G League games he recorded 3.9ppg and 1.1rpg. He also played that season for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL where in 8 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg. Cooney also spent pre-season at Baskonia (Liga Endesa) that year. In four games he had just 2.0ppg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague, but he did not score anything and 1 assist.
Cooney was selected to HS Delaware High School All-Star Game back in 2011 at his college time.
Cooney graduated from Syracuse University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Leyma Basquet Coruna roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Jonathan Gilling
Larry Abia

Center:
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca

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Menorca keeps Garcia Tora for another season - by Eurobasket News

Menorca Talaiotica CCE Sant Lluis (EBA) re-signed experienced 38-year old point guard Daniel Garcia Tora (192-79). He played there last season. In 22 EBA games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. Garcia Tora also played that season for CCE Sant Lluis where in 22 EBA games he had 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.2apg.
He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Garcia Tora has played previously professionally also in Paraguay (San Lorenzo) and Spain (Alaior and CD Alcazar).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Menorca.

Menorca Talaiotica CCE Sant Lluis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Jimenez
Daniel Garcia_Tora
Ciceron Mercadal

Forwards:
Gabriel Torres
Ismael Segui

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Besiktas add Lima to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old Brazilian international center Augusto Lima (207-104kg-91). He played last season at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL league. In 42 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 4.5rpg. Lima helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Lima also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 18 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. Lima contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Lima also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The other team Lima played that season for was UCAM Murcia (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 17 games he got 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games 2nd Team in 2015.
Lima has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Brazilian senior team since 2011 and previously for U17 National Team back in 2007.
Lima represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 62.5%.
Lima has played previously professionally in Italy and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and CB Granada).
The scouts decsribe him following way: An inside player with huge upside. He's long, has great body (Dwight Howard type), he's a great leaper. Intense and aggressive, Augusto can be very dominant inside, and very active on both boards, snatching rebounds and blocking shots. He understands the game very well and knows how to position himself on the court. A great 1 on 1 defender, has good mobility, runs the court like a guard and finishes every play aggressively. Offensively, he has good post moves, decent outside shot and good presence inside to receive passes. Needs to add some weight and polish his offensive skills, but future is bright.

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Muratcan Guler
Erkan Veyseloglu
D.J. Strawberry
Can Mutaf
Earl Clark
Sertac Sanli
Jon Diebler
Kyle Weems
Augusto Lima
Kenan Sipahi
Samet Geyik
Ryan Boatright
Enes Taskiran
Omer Al
Bekir Sabri Karli

Coach: Ufuk Sarica

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Shaanxi Wolves tab Troy Gillenwater, ex Eskisehir Basket - by Eurobasket News

Shaanxi Wolves (NBL) inked 29-year old American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-104kg-88, college: New Mexico State). He played most recently at Eskisehir Basket in Turkish TBL league. In 5 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg last season. Gillenwater also played that season for Toyota Alvark (B League) in Japan where in 26 games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg. His team was regular season runner-up in Turkish TBL.
Among other achievements Gillenwater received Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Gillenwater has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gillenwater has played previously professionally also in Cyprus, Israel, Puerto Rico (Piratas), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Venezuela (Bucaneros) and South Korea (LG Sakers and Goyang Orions).
He attended New Mexico State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UKRAINE  


Tonchenko re-signs at Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) confirmed in their roster 28-year old point guard Vladyslav Tonchenko (185-85kg-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 31 Superleague games he had 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 5.5apg (top 4) last season.
Tonchenko's team won Ukrianian Higher League Regular Season in 2014.
He represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 62.5%.
Tonchenko has played previously for five other teams: Halychyna, MBC Mykolaiv-2, Cherkasy, Kremen and SoyuzBasket.

MBC Mykolaiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vladyslav Tonchenko
Oleksandr Shostuha

Forwards:
Olexiy Onufriyev
Denis Noskov
Anton Davydiuk
Oleksandr Tsykalyuk

Center:
Oleksandr Kushnirov

Coach: Sergei Kirlan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Onufriyev re-signs at Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old ex-international forward Olexiy Onufriyev (202-96kg-82). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 32 Superleague games he recorded 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Onufriyev's team made it to the Ukrainian Cup Final Four in 2006 and 2013.
He was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Onufriyev played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2002.
He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Onufriyev has spent his entire career in Ukraine playing for two other teams: Budivelnyk and Dnipro.
Onufriyev is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Mykolaiv.

MBC Mykolaiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Oleksandr Shostuha

Forwards:
Olexiy Onufriyev
Denis Noskov
Anton Davydiuk
Oleksandr Tsykalyuk

Center:
Oleksandr Kushnirov

Coach: Sergei Kirlan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Newcastle Eagles add Gunjina to their roster - by Jeff King

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (BBL) added to their roster 25-year old Croatian forward Jure Gunjina (203-93kg-92, college: Georgia SW). He played last season at Seguros Soliss Alcazar Basket in Spanish LEB Silver. In 8 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. Gunjina also played that season for Magia_Huesca (LEB Gold) in Spanish league where in 22 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 1.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Southern Conference championship title in 2014. Gunjina was also voted All-Southern Conference 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Gunjina has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cedevita and Bosco.
He attended Georgia Southwestern State University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Newcastle Eagles Esh Group roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Saah Nimley

Forwards:
Terry Martin_Jr.
Kai Williams
Jure Gunjina

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leicester Riders add Douse to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (BBL) added to their roster 25-year old Canadian guard Kiefer Douse (190-79kg-92). He just graduated from Canisius (NCAA). In 34 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.7apg last season.
As mentioned above Douse is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  


Atenas increased their leadership - by Hector Lopez

Atenas increased the leadership at the Metro League after beating Auriblanco 98-87 with 45 points scored by Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico), who added 4 rebounds and 6 assits. For Auriblanco., Rodrigo Goncalvez finished with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Atenas has now 15 wins while Sayago has 13 after the games for the 18th round.
Other results:
Verdirrrojo 76 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 21 points 10 rebounds
Sayago 73 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) 18 points 10 rebounds
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Cordon 90 - Agustin Zuvich (200-F-95) 18 points 13 rebounds and Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) 33 points and 9 rebounds
25 de Agosto 85 - Bernardo Barrera 28 points
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Union Atletica 80 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 24 points 11 rebounds,
Stockolmo 73 -- Juan Viana (189-G-97) 24 points
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Tabare 90 - Charles McCann (193-F, college: LIU Post) 16 points 5 rebounds
Capitol 58 - Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) 10 points and 7 rebounds
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Miramar 88 - Nick Wadell 34 points 4 rebounds
Colon 87 - Tirrell Brown (198-F-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) 24 poins 10 rebounds



McNeal number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 18 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Marne, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds, while his team Marne maintains the 12th position in Uruguayan Ascenso. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. McNeal turned to be Marne's top player in his first season with the team. Tyronne McNeal averages this season 23.3ppg and 13.7rpg. Worth to mention McNeal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Rodrigo Goncalvez of Auriblanco. Goncalvez had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Auriblanco cruised to a 97-88 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Miramar (#5, 8-8). Despite this victory Auriblanco slide down in the standings to 8th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Goncalvez is a newcomer at Auriblanco, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.1ppg (#6). He also registered 10.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon (#13). Brown got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and four assists. Despite Brown's great performance Colon lost 76-80 to slightly higher-ranked Capitol (#11, 6-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Colon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brown he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brown has individually a great season in Uruguay. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (9th best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 65.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84) of U Atletica - 30 points and 9 rebounds
7. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hector Silva (192-F-90) of Capitol - 23 points and 10 rebounds
9. Martin Trelles (187-F-96) of Miramar - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Terrel Thomas Glen (201-F-79) of 25 de Agosto - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Waddell is back at Miramar - by Eurobasket News

Miramar Montevideo (Metropolitan) added to their roster 28-year old American center Nicholas Waddell (200-89, college: Grand Valley State). It is actually his comeback to Montevideo as he has played here before. Waddell played last season at Kentucky Mavericks (PBL) in the U.S. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 8.7rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.2apg. Waddell helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected USBasket.com All-PBL Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. He also played that season for Atletico Welcome (LUB) where in 10 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 8.4rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.2apg.
Waddell has played also professionally in Argentina (La Union), IBA (Lansing C. and Grand Rapids Fusion) and PBL (Lake Michigan).
He attended Grand Valley State until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Uruguay



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  WORLD CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dardan BERISHA
  POL
  (191-SG-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Berisha, KOS28.0 
 2. Veideman, EST26.0 
 3. Musa, BIH24.5 
 4. Poeltl, AUT23.0 
 5. de-Jong, NED22.0 
 6. Stojanovski, MKD21.5 
 7. Eriksson, SWE20.0 
 8. Boatright, ARM19.5 
 9. Liutych, BLR19.0 
 10. Theodore, MKD17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 14
 1. Vezenkov, BUL14.0 
 2. Paliashchuk, BLR11.0 
 3. Fischer, ARM10.5 
 4. Talts, EST8.0 
 5. Vrabac, BIH7.5 
 6. Rugova, KOS7.0 
 7. Rancik, SVK7.0 
 8. Berisha, KOS6.0 
 9. Kastrati, KOS6.0 
 10. Boatright, ARM6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  NED
  (189-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, NED6.0 
 2. Ihring, SVK5.0 
 3. Lanegger, AUT5.0 
 4. Massamba, SWE5.0 
 5. Mekaj, KOS5.0 
 6. Sokk, EST5.0 
 7. Theodore, MKD4.5 
 8. Boatright, ARM4.5 
 9. Marinov, BUL4.0 
 10. Berisha, KOS4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vitali LIUTYCH
  BLR
  (198-SG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Liutych, BLR3.0 
 2. Moser, ALB3.0 
 3. Ihring, SVK2.5 
 4. Gaddefors, SWE2.0 
 5. Meshcharakou, BLR2.0 
 6. Massamba, SWE2.0 
 7. Queiroz, POR2.0 
 8. Hallman, POR2.0 
 9. Stojanovski, MKD2.0 
 10. Vezenkov, BUL2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Spires, SWE3.0 
 2. Fusek, SVK2.0 
 3. Shima, ALB2.0 
 4. Parakhouski, BLR2.0 
 5. Berisha, KOS1.0 
 6. Morina, KOS1.0 
 7. Meshcharakou, BLR1.0 
 8. Fischer, ARM1.0 
 9. Hallik, EST1.0 
 10. Chrabascz, ARM1.0 


European Pre-Qualifiers. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Bosnia - Slovakia 84-71
Bosnia and Herzegovina held off Slovakia for 1-1 record in Group A. Dzanan Musa (200-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) tallied 32 points to lead the effort. Bosnia posted a 38:33 halftime lead. They sank 26 points in the third quarter to boost the margin at 13-point mark and never looked back en route to the win. Aleksandar Lazic (201-F/G-96) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Slovakia.

Armenia - Sweden 82-69
Armenia registered the second straight win in the World Cup European pre-qualifiers. They held off Sweden in Yerevan. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) scored 23 points to lead the hosts. Armenia eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. Sweden secured a 58:56 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Armenia ignited a 26:11 run in the final term to seal the win. Andrew Chrabascz (203-F-94) netted 18 points in the victory. Marcus Eriksson (201-G/F-93) netted 15 points in the loss.

Group B
Austria - Holland 72-79
Netherlands opened win count in Group B. They upset Austria on the road in the opener. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) delivered 22 points to lead the charge. Austria grabbed an 18:15 lead after the first period. But Netherlands went on a 23:14 run in the second term to secure a 6-point halftime lead. They sank 41 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 17 points for the winning side. Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95, college: Utah) replied with 24 points for Austria.

Group C
FYR Macedonia - Estonia 76-80
Estonia outgunned FYR Macedonia for 1-o record in Group C. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) scored 26 points to lead the visitors. FYR Macedonia enjoyed a 29:17 lead at the first break. But Estonia went on a strong 26:13 rally in the second period to surge ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and managed to snatch a tough win at the end. Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) had 14 points for the Baltic team. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G/F-87, agency: BeoBasket) topscored with 26 points for the hosts.

Group D
Bulgaria - Belarus 78-68
Bulgaria knocked down Belarus to gain 2-0 record on top of Group D. Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88) delivered 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Bulgaria posted a 35:29 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 10-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Bulgaria marched to the win. Aleksander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) chipped in 15 points and collected 15 rebounds for the winners. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) netted 19 points for Belarus.





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Women News


Albanian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

4Xhensika Toska 171-PG-00 Skenderbeu Albania
5Marsida Shima 168-PG-99 Studenti Albania
6Sibora Kelleci 172-SF-00
8Sibora Lamaj 165-PG-00
9Dajana Baraj 160-PG-99 Goga Albania
10Sindi Bleta 178-C-00 Flamutari Albania
11Dea Hasanaj 177-F/G-99 Flamutari Albania
12Kristina Malesia 177-C-00
14Ketjona Fekollari 173-G-99 Permeti Albania
15Nadia Dalipaj 170-PG-99 Permeti Albania
16Paola Margilaj 166-PG-00
17Sabina Lisi 172-G-99

Viron Toska Head Coach Flamutari Albania



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  BELARUS  


Belarusian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Anhelina Kryshchyk
Kryshchyk
Mariya Vasilevko
Vasilevko
Ksenia Malashko
Malashko
Arina Masko
Masko
Tatyana Mikhnevich
Mikhnevich
#e#5
4Anhelina Kryshchyk 175-G/F-00 Victoria Belarus
5Natallia Harbachova 174-G/F-99 Gorizont Belarus
6Ekaterina Karpuk 180-F-99 Victoria Belarus
7Ulyana Skiba 167-PG-00
8Daryna Bachkarova 182-F-00 Gorizont Belarus
9Nastassia Siarchenia 180-F-00
10Mariya Vasilevko 183-F/C-99 Victoria Belarus
11Ksenia Malashko 182-C/F-00 Gorizont II Belarus
12Arina Masko 175-G/F-99 Olimpia Belarus
13Tatyana Mikhnevich 174-G/F-99 Olimpia Belarus
14Iryna Dziachek 175-F/G-00 Victoria Belarus
15Mariya Kryzhanouskaya 181-F-99 Victoria Belarus

Valentina Navoichyk Head Coach Victoria Belarus



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  BELGIUM  


Jackie Nared (ex Riva) signs at Waregem - by Peter Buyse

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Top Division Women) landed 27-year old American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Riva in Swiss LNA league. In 21 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.0ppg and recorded 11.8rpg (#4 in the league), 3.4apg, 2.3spg and 1.2bpg last season. Nared helped them to make it to the Supercup final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Nared graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2014.

Waregem lost Shanavia Dowdell (188-PF-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management)ll and Johnson to injuries this summer, both could be out for over 8 months.



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  BULGARIA  


Bulgarian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Yuliyana Valcheva
Valcheva
Gergana Ivanova
Ivanova
Yanina Todorova
Todorova
Karina Konstantinova
Konstantinova
Katrin Stoichkova
Stoichkova
#e#5
4Stefani Pendova 172-G-99 Levski Bulgaria
5Yuliyana Valcheva 184-F/C-99
8Preslava Koleva 189-C-99
9Radina Zhivachka 164-PG-00
10Gergana Ivanova 176-PG-99 Beroe Bulgaria
11Elena Dimova 190-C-00 Slavia (U19) Bulgaria
12Viktoria Ivanova 178-SF-00 Slavia (U19) Bulgaria
13Rositsa Mircheva 177-F/G-99 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
23Yanina Todorova 173-F-99 Cherno More Bulgaria
30Denitsa Petrova 176-G-00 Slavia (U19) Bulgaria
33Karina Konstantinova 163-PG-99 Beroe Bulgaria
35Katrin Stoichkova 182-F/C-99 La Spezia Italy

Tatyana Gateva Head Coach Beroe Bulgaria
Aleksandar Aleksiev Assistant



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  ESTONIA  


Estonian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Janne Pulk
Pulk
Johanna-Eliise Teder
Teder
Eleriin Vaino
Vaino
Sandra Reinvald
Reinvald
Berit-Annabel Loomagi
Loomagi
#e#5
6Janne Pulk 172-G-00 Audentes SG Latvia
7Johanna-Eliise Teder 166-G-00 Audentes SG Latvia
9Anella Otti 178-F-00 Audentes SG Latvia
10Eleriin Vaino 177-SF-99 Tartu U. Latvia
11Berit-Annabel Loomagi 172-G/F Audentes SG Latvia
12Jarve Eliise 178-F-00 Tartu U. Latvia
13Annabel Aer 179-PF-99 Audentes SG Latvia
14Sandra Reinvald 180-SF-99 Tartu U. Latvia
20Martha-Liisa Oinits 168-G-00 Audentes SG Latvia
21Marita Mardo 178-F-99 Audentese SK Estonia

Janne Rits Head Coach Tallina U. Latvia



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Kiril Bolshakov takes over Ukrainian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Kiril Bolshakov (agency: Octagon Europe ) takes over Ukrainian National Team. The experienced 55-year old Ukrainian coach Kiril Bolshakov (agency: Octagon Europe ) returns from Italy where he coached Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Italy-Serie A). Bolshakov replaced Holopov in the team. Earlier Kiril coached at Krasny Oktyabr, Dnipro and Zaporizhya. Bolshakov was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Coach of the Year back in 2010.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Marta GARCIA
  (189-C-2)
  Avg: 18
 1. Garcia, ESP18.0 
 2. Pavliuchenko, RUS17.0 
 3. Fitik, TUR15.0 
 4. Wadoux, FRA14.5 
 5. Meldere, LAT14.5 
 6. Hipp, POL14.0 
 7. Dombai, HUN13.5 
 8. Halatkova, CZE13.0 
 9. Van-la-Parra, NED13.0 
 10. Zeithammerov., CZE13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Veronika PAVLIUCHENKO
  (184-F/C-1)
  Avg: 15
 1. Pavliuchenko, RUS15.0 
 2. Meldere, LAT13.0 
 3. Kurach, POL11.5 
 4. Andreeva, RUS11.0 
 5. Semgady, CZE11.0 
 6. Rupert, FRA10.0 
 7. Visockaite, LTU9.0 
 8. Kowalska, POL9.0 
 9. Bayram, TUR9.0 
 10. Kord, RUS9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Helena PUEYO
  (182-F-1)
  Avg: 6
 1. Pueyo, ESP6.0 
 2. Kuznetsova, RUS5.0 
 3. Ondrouskova, CZE5.0 
 4. Rosemeyer, GER4.5 
 5. Hernandez, ESP4.5 
 6. Muhl, CRO4.5 
 7. Angyal, HUN4.5 
 8. Mendez, ESP4.5 
 9. Orsili, ITA4.5 
 10. Varga, HUN4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ekaterina VORONINA
  (173-G-2)
  Avg: 5
 1. Voronina, RUS5.0 
 2. Kolegarova, CZE5.0 
 3. Natali, ITA4.5 
 4. Hernandez, ESP4.0 
 5. Panzera, ITA3.5 
 6. Angyal, HUN3.5 
 7. Mendez, ESP3.5 
 8. Fitik, TUR3.5 
 9. Szirony, HUN3.5 
 10. Savic, CRO3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Raquel CARRERA
  (188-C-1)
  Avg: 4
 1. Carrera, ESP4.0 
 2. Cizauskaite, LTU2.0 
 3. Van-Zeijl, NED2.0 
 4. Bessoir, GER2.0 
 5. Soler, ESP1.5 
 6. Manyoky, HUN1.5 
 7. Curic, CRO1.5 
 8. Meldere, LAT1.5 
 9. Rupert, FRA1.5 
 10. Stefanovic, SRB1.5 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Claire MELIA
  (185-C-99)
  Avg: 21
 1. Melia, IRL21.0 
 2. Tirosh, ISR18.0 
 3. Gegeshidze, GEO18.0 
 4. Ghita, ROM17.5 
 5. Ellmore, ENG17.0 
 6. Otkhmezuri, GEO17.0 
 7. Mildestvedt, NOR16.5 
 8. Fastova, UKR16.0 
 9. Geiselsoeder, GER16.0 
 10. Kohl, GER16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlotta ELLENRIEDER
  (192-C-99)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ellenrieder, GER12.0 
 2. Sabally, GER11.0 
 3. Melia, IRL11.0 
 4. Jordao, POR10.0 
 5. Lutje, NED9.5 
 6. Huijsdens, IRL9.5 
 7. Ghita, ROM9.5 
 8. Todorova, BUL9.0 
 9. Parau, ROM9.0 
 10. Price, ENG8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anniken FREY
  (162-G-0)
  Avg: 6
 1. Frey, NOR6.0 
 2. Lahtinen, FIN5.0 
 3. Saar, ISR4.5 
 4. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.5 
 5. Ghita, ROM4.0 
 6. Price, ENG4.0 
 7. Harrison, ENG4.0 
 8. Strozyk, GER4.0 
 9. Finn, IRL4.0 
 10. Sailerova, SVK4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 8
 1. Lozzi, ENG8.0 
 2. Baraj, ALB6.0 
 3. Vargas, POR5.0 
 4. Fastova, UKR4.5 
 5. Svetlikova, SVK4.5 
 6. Kosaristanov., SVK4.5 
 7. Malashko, BLR4.0 
 8. Margilaj, ALB4.0 
 9. Spirovska, MKD4.0 
 10. Ellmore, ENG4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Beatriz JORDAO
  (185-C-99)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Jordao, POR3.5 
 2. Virjoghe, ROM2.5 
 3. Shima, ALB2.0 
 4. Malashko, BLR1.5 
 5. Liubinets, UKR1.5 
 6. Agyei, FIN1.5 
 7. Strozyk, GER1.0 
 8. Vasilevko, BLR1.0 
 9. Cecoi, MDA1.0 
 10. Viana, POR1.0 



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  FINLAND  


Finnish U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Sara Bejedi
Bejedi
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen
Lahtinen
Anna Kahelin
Kahelin
Elina Arike
Arike
Nea-Paula Kuisma
Kuisma
#e#5
3Sara Bejedi 160-G-00 Helmi Basket Finland
4Vera Maenpaa 166-PG-00 Helmi Basket Finland
5Lotta-Maj Lahtinen 173-G-99 Helmi Basket Finland
7Lotta Vehka-Aho 165-G-00 ViVe Finland
8Elli Salovaara 167-G-00 SB-Girls Finland
9Kia Vaalavirta 173-G-99 Espoo Utd Finland
10Anna Kahelin 180-F-99 Helmi Capitals Finland
11Fanny Hulmi 175-SF-99 Helmi Basket Finland
12Rosa Lehti 183-PF-00 PuHu Finland
13Elina Arike 180-PF-00 Helmi Basket Finland
14Magdalene Agyei 177-F/G-99 HNMKY MaHa Finland
15Nea-Paula Kuisma 180-F-99 Helmi Basket Finland

Tuomas Oja Head Coach Kataja Basket Finland
Niko Hellman Assistant Espoo Team Finland
Juha-Pekka Maennistoe Assistant



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


FYR Macedonian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Iskra Andonova
Andonova
Jovana Djugovska
Djugovska
Tea Mitreva
Mitreva
Anamarija Shekjeroska
Shekjeroska
Snezhana Serafimoska
Serafimoska
#e#5
4Natalija Beleska 175-G/F-00 Struga 2009 FYR Macedonia
5Iskra Andonova 174-G/F-99 Badel FYR Macedonia
6Jovana Djugovska 172-G-99 Badel FYR Macedonia
7Tea Mitreva 172-G-99 Badel FYR Macedonia
8Sandra Lalkova 174-G/F-00 Skupi FYR Macedonia
9Anamarija Shekjeroska 179-F-00
10Jovana Stoyanova 170-PG-99 Skupi FYR Macedonia
11Teodora Kuzmanovska 174-G/F-00 Pelister AD FYR Macedonia
12Jovana Petrushevska 184-F/C-00 Skupi FYR Macedonia
13Snezhana Serafimoska 191-C-00
14Sofia Stoyeva 172-G-99 Skupi FYR Macedonia
15Sara Spirovska 175-G/F-99 Pelister AD FYR Macedonia

Aneta Gligorova Head Coach
Jordan Cvetanovski Assistant



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  GEORGIA  


Georgian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

3Nino Bagauri 172-SF-00 GEO U16 NT Georgia
4Mariam Okropiridze 157-PG-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia
6Viktoria Gegeshidze 175-G/F-00 GEO U18 NT Georgia
7Natalia Otkhmezuri 175-G/F-00 GEO U18 NT Georgia
8Elene Iluridze 177-F/G-99 GEO U18 NT Georgia
9Ana Kavtaradze 182-F/C-99 GEO U18 NT Georgia
10Elene Mandaria 162-PG-99 GEO U18 NT Georgia
11Mariam Garishvili 182-F/C-00 GEO U18 NT Georgia
13Salome Kalandadze 172-SF-00 GEO U16 NT Georgia
15Gvantsa Bochorishvili 185-C-00 GEO U18 NT Georgia
17Ana Karseladze 188-C-99 GEO U18 NT Georgia
23Lia Mikiashvili 190-C-01 GEO U16 NT Georgia

Nino Kipshidze Head Coach GEO U16 NT Georgia
Valentin Deriougin Assistant GEO U16 NT Georgia
Zviad Didbaridze Assistant GEO U18 NT Georgia



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  GERMANY  


Smith starts her pro career at Osnabruecker TB - by Juliane Hoehne

Osnabruecker TB (2.Bundesliga) agreed terms with 22-year old American point guard Tianna Smith (171-95). Smith just graduated from Bloomfield (NCAA2). She has played there for the last three years. In 24 games she had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.1apg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was selected CACC Defensive Player of the Year-17.
As mentioned above Smith is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted CACC Player of the Year- in 2016 at her college time.

Osnabruecker TB roster for 2017-2018:

Katrin Sokoll-Potratz
Clara Schwartz
Birte Seyer
Julia Dzeko
Esther Borchers
Kira Doelle
Laura Hechler
Tianna Smith

Coach: Tobias Landwehr

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



Osnabruecker adds Borchers to their roster - by Juliane Hoehne

Osnabruecker TB (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 20-year old forward Esther Borchers (173-97). She has played for the last four seasons at ChemCats Chemnitz in the DBBL. DBBL was a little too high level for her, where in 10 games she recorded just 0.2ppg last season. 2.Bundesliga will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.

Osnabruecker TB roster for 2017-2018:

Katrin Sokoll-Potratz
Clara Schwartz
Birte Seyer
Julia Dzeko
Esther Borchers
Kira Doelle
Laura Hechler

Coach: Tobias Landwehr

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



Osnabruecker signs Kira Doelle - by Juliane Hoehne

Osnabruecker TB (2.Bundesliga) signed swingman Kira Doelle (175) from the junior team of GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC. Doelle has played there for the last three years. In two 2.Bundesliga games she had 3.5ppg and 1.0rpg last season.

Osnabruecker TB roster for 2017-2018:

Katrin Sokoll-Potratz
Clara Schwartz
Birte Seyer
Julia Dzeko
Kira Doelle
Laura Hechler

Coach: Tobias Landwehr

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



German U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Seraphina Asuamah-Kofoh
Asuamah-Kofoh
Laura Schinkel
Schinkel
Nyara Sabally
Sabally
Luisa Geiselsoeder
Geiselsoeder
Melissa Kolb
Kolb
#e#5
4Seraphina Asuamah-Kofoh 160-PG-99 Neuss Germany
5Jessika Schiffer 172-G-00 Wuerzburg Germany
6Laura Schinkel 173-G-99 Halle Germany
7Britta Daub 177-SG-99 Houston Baptist USA
8Nyara Sabally 185-C-00 TuSLi Berlin Germany
9Karolin-Ivonn Tzokov 180-SF-99 Neuss Germany
10Jenny Strozyk 166-G-00 Osnabruck SC Germany
12Carlotta Ellenrieder 192-C-99 Opladen Germany
13Lena Bueschel 185-G-99 Halle Germany
15Luisa Geiselsoeder 189-F-00 Donau-Ries Germany
21Melissa Kolb 178-F-99 Weiterstadt Germany
22Paula Kohl 192-SF-99 Gruenberg Germany

Hanna Ballhaus Head Coach Wolfenbuettel Germany
Pierre Hohn Assistant Freiburg Germany
Imre Szittya Assistant



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  HOLLAND  


Dutch U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Anne van Vlijmen
van Vlijmen
Robyn Bouwer
Bouwer
Epiphany Etienne
Etienne
Evelien Lutje
Lutje
Zoe Slagter
Slagter
#e#5
4Benthe Versteeg 178-G-00 Royal Eagles Holland
5Lindsay Pengel 172-F-99 Loon Lions Holland
6Linda Van Schaik 177-SF-00 Rotterdam Holland
7Anne van Vlijmen 162-PG-99 Royal Eagles Holland
8Julia Jorritsma 182-F/C-99 Den Helder Holland
9Noelle Droste 177-SF-99 Royal Eagles Holland
10Robyn Bouwer 178-F-00 Rotterdam Holland
11Epiphany Etienne 177-F/G-99 Loon Lions Holland
12Catharina Koenen 183-C-99
13Evelien Lutje 183-PF-00 Rotterdam Holland
14Zoe Slagter 185-C-00 Rotterdam Holland
15Cheryl Donk 180-F-99 Loon Lions Holland

Molly McDowell Head Coach Loon Lions Holland
Faizal Pasaribu Assistant
Chris Van Kampen Assistant Royal Eagles Holland



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  ICELAND  


Icelandic U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Ragnheidur Einarsdottir
Einarsdottir
Katla Gardarsdottir
Gardarsdottir
Thoranna Hodge-Carr
Hodge-Carr
Dagbjort Karlsdottir
Karlsdottir
Sigrun Agustsdottir
Agustsdottir
#e#5
5Ragnheidur Einarsdottir 185-C-99 Haukar Iceland
6Sigrun Agustsdottir 180-C-00 Grindavik Iceland
7Katla Gardarsdottir 166-G-99 Keflavik Iceland
8Thoranna Hodge-Carr 172-G-99 Keflavik Iceland
9Dagbjort Karlsdottir 160-PG-99 Valur Iceland
10Jonina Karlsdottir 166-G-99 Stjarnan Iceland
11Hulda Bergsteinsdottir 182-F/C-99 Njardvik Iceland
12Kamilla Viktorsdottir 171-G-00 Keflavik Iceland
13Thordis Jona Kristjansdottir 170-G-99 Haukar Iceland
14Elsa Albertsdottir 178-G-00 Keflavik Iceland
15Birna Benonysdottir 189-C-00 Keflavik Iceland

Finnur Jonsson Head Coach Skallagrimur Iceland
Saevaldur Bjarnason Assistant



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  IRELAND  


Irish U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Dayna Finn
Finn
Rachel Huijsdens
Huijsdens
Louise Scannell
Scannell
Bronagh Power
Power
Claire Melia
Melia
#e#5
4Margaret Byrne 182-F/C-99 NUIG Mystics Ireland
5Dayna Finn 177-F/G-00 Maree Ireland
6Annaliese Murphy 165-PG-00 Glanmire Ireland
7Sorcha Tiernan 177-F/G-99 Liffey Celtics Ireland
8Rachel Huijsdens 187-C-99 DCU Mercy Ireland
9Maeve Phelan 175-G/F-00 P.Panthers Ireland
10Ella McCloskey 188-C-00
11Louise Scannell 176-F/G-99 Glanmire Ireland
12Bronagh Power 180-PF-00 DCU Mercy Ireland
13Claire Melia 185-C-99 P.Panthers Ireland
14Maeve O'Seaghdha 183-PF-00 DCU Mercy Ireland
15Amy Murphy 179-F-99 Brunell Ireland

Thomas O'Malley Head Coach
Niall Berry Assistant
Ricardo Morales Assistant



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  ISRAEL  


Israeli U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Offir Kesten-Raz
Kesten-Raz
Shir Tirosh
Tirosh
Dor Saar
Saar
Shely Sirkis
Sirkis
Hadar Hadad
Hadad
#e#5
2Offir Kesten-Raz 174-PF-00
4Shir Tirosh 165-PG-99 Maccabi Raanana Israel
5Dor Saar 160-PG-99 Maccabi Raanana Israel
6Tamar Engel 177-F/G-00
7May Malkin 177-F/G-99
8Shely Sirkis 177-F/G-99 Maccabi Raanana Israel
9Reot Mesilaty 173-G-99
11Shirel Berman 162-SG-99
12Hadar Hadad 178-F-99 H.R. Le-Zion Israel
19Anna Schepovalov 182-F/C-00
23Nikol Mihailetz 170-PG-00
41Noa Sharvit 181-PF-00

Eliyahu Rabi Head Coach Maccabi Ashdod Israel
Armon Gilad Assistant
Yoav Heller Assistant



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  ITALY  


Milano keeps Taverna for another season - by Eurobasket News

Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano (Serie A2) re-signed 19-year old forward Alice Taverna (178-98). She has played there for the last five seasons. In only one Serie A2 game she had 9 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist last season.

Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giulia Rossi
Federica Pozzecco
Sara Canova
Roberta Martelliano

Forwards:
Martina Picotti
Alice Taverna
Stefania Guarneri
Giulia Trianti

Center:
Paola Novati

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



Francesca Fabbricini is a newcomer at Pordenone - by Eurobasket News

Sistema Rosa Pordenone (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old center Francesca Fabbricini (189-99). She played last season at the junior team of Treofan Battipaglia in the Serie A1. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Fabbricini played at Carpedil Salerno. Serie A1 was a little too high level for her, where in 24 Serie A2 games she recorded just 1.9ppg and 2.5rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  LITHUANIA  


Justina Matuzonyte is a newcomer at Suduva - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old international center Justina Matuzonyte (198-94) from Fortuna. Matuzonyte has played there for the last four years. In 30 LMKL games she recorded 12.2ppg, 9.5rpg (#2 in the league), 2.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 2nd Team.
Matuzonyte's team made it to the Lithuanian LMKL Cup final in 2014.
She has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Matuzonyte was a member of both Senior and University National Teams this year and previously for University National Team in 2017.
She also represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 Division B for Women in Sofia (Bulgaria) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, Blocks-1 (1.8bpg), FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 71.4%.
Matuzonyte has played previously for three other teams: Aistes-LSU-Paradis Kaunas, LAMMKK Marijampole and LKC-Kaunas.

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rita Milieskiene
Stephanie Gardner

Forwards:
Neringa Skadaite
Lina Mikeleviciene

Center:
Justina Matuzonyte

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



Suduva keeps Milieskiene for another season - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) re-signed experienced 39-year old point guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78). She played there last season. In 28 LMKL games she averaged 9.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg and 2.3spg (in top 4). Milieskiene helped them to win the LMKL title and the cup. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention. Milieskiene also played 12 games in Baltic League where she had 7.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (15-16) season Milieskiene played at BC Utenos. In 27 LMKL games she recorded 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Among other achievements Milieskiene received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 1st Team award back in 2011.
She has spent her entire career in Lithuania playing for two other teams: Fortuna and Dzukija.
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Suduva.

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rita Milieskiene
Stephanie Gardner

Forwards:
Neringa Skadaite
Lina Mikeleviciene

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



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  LUXEMBOURG  


Luxembourg U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Svenia Nurenberg
Nurenberg
Anne Simon
Simon
Jil Jeanpierre
Jeanpierre
Estelle Muller
Muller
Julija Vujakovic
Vujakovic
#e#5
4Svenia Nurenberg 176-F/G-00 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
5Anne Simon 172-G-00 AB Contern Luxembourg
6Jil Jeanpierre 166-PG-00 Residence Luxembourg
7Elisabeth Schmidt 173-SG-00 Residence Luxembourg
8Delia Sak 166-SG-00 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
9Lynn Schintgen 170-PG-99 Sparta Luxembourg
10Estelle Muller 166-PG-00 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
11Catherine Mreches 164-PG-00 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
12Franziska Wagner 178-F-00
13Lilli Wagner 176-SF-00 Basket Esch Luxembourg
14Catherine Max 178-F-99 Residence Luxembourg
15Julija Vujakovic 177-SF-99 Residence Luxembourg

Mariusz Dziurdzia Head Coach
Kamil Janiszewski Assistant



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  MOLDOVA  


Moldovan U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Victoria Vacaru
Vacaru
Veronica Dolinta
Dolinta
Natalia Prisacari
Prisacari
Maria Timbalari
Timbalari
Tatiana Cecoi
Cecoi
#e#5
4Victoria Vacaru 169-F-99 Riscani Moldova
5Alexandra Golovatii 163-PG-00
6Elena Gincu 164-G-99 Riscani Moldova
7Veronica Dolinta 165-G-99 Riscani Moldova
8Natalia Prisacari 184-F/C-99
9Maria Timbalari 185-C-00
10Anastasia Goncearuc 173-G-99
11Capitolina Rusu 188-C-00
13Victoria Lavric 170-PG-00
14Tatiana Cecoi 177-F/G-00

Natalia Dolgan Head Coach
Valeriu Ahtiarov Assistant



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  NEW ZEALAND  


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

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

   #1. This week's number one is U18 international Jayden Fuiava (99, currently plays in Australia). She managed to help Logan Thunder in a victory against the ninth-ranked Dolphins (7-8) 75-64 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. Fuiava scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes on the court. Logan Thunder (14-4) is placed second in QBL group. The Regular Season already ended. It's Fuiava's fifth season with the team. This year she averages: 5.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 76.0% in 15 games she played so far. Fuiava played for the New Zealand U18 national team one years ago.

   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international guard Shannon Perrett (175-93, currently plays in Australia). She was the major contributor in Sabres' victory against the fifth-ranked Nationals (6-15) 62-61 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday. Perrett scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Sandringham Sabres (11-12) are placed fourth in SEABL-South group. The Regular Season already ended. Perrett has been at the team for five years. Her overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 20.8% and FT: 66.7%. Perrett played for the New Zealand U18 national team in 2009.

Jessica Bygate
Jessica Bygate
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jessica Bygate (186-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shannon Perrett and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Bygate contributed to a 1-point Sabres' victory against the fifth-ranked Nationals (6-15) 62-61. She scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Bygate has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 41.7% and FT: 76.9% in 16 games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #4. Forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia) contributed to Redbacks' victory against the 12th-ranked Eagles (2-20) 61-50 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. She scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Perth Redbacks (12-6) are placed in SBL group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Wallbutton's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg in 20 games. She used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Aleesha Coulter
Aleesha Coulter
   #5. Former U18 international guard Aleesha Coulter (173-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Australia) contributed to Bruins' victory against the fourth-ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (11-5) 67-59 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Coulter scored 9 points and blocked 2 shots. Bankstown Bruins (12-4) are placed second in WARATAH group. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Coulter's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 1.7rpg. She used to play for the New Zealand U18 national team eight years ago.

   #6. Guard Jessica Renata (175-96, currently plays in Australia). She could not help Rollers (5-11) to beat Mountaineers (2-15). Renata cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The tenth-placed Rollers (5-11) were badly defeated 64-44 on the road by the lower-ranked Mountaineers (#13) in the QBL group. Renata's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Renata's first season with the team. Her total stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. Renata is a former U20 international player as she played for the New Zealand team three years ago.

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

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

   #2. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, college: Md-E Shore, currently plays in Australia) led Power to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked SC Rip (4-12) 100-85 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Subritzky scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only a mere 1 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her first season in pro basketball. Gladstone Port City Power (11-5) is placed fourth in QBL group. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Subritzky's first year with the team. This season Subritzky's total stats are: 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.1apg in 13 games she played so far.

   #3. 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 contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked SC Rip (4-12) 100-85. She scored 7 points and added 4 passes. It's Kiriau's first season with the team. This year Kiriau has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg.

   #4. 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 contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked SC Rip (4-12) 100-85. She had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Mellars also added 3 assists and 3 steals in only 1 minutes. This year Mellars' total stats are: 9.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.6spg in 13 games.

   #5. 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 led Power to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked SC Rip (4-12) 100-85. She scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only a mere 1 minutes. This year Carline's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 4.4rpg in 13 games.

   #6. Dalen Pilitati is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Alicia Carline (above) in the other team. Pilitati managed to help Gladstone Port City Power to win against the 12th-ranked SC Rip 100-85. She scored only 3 points. Pilitati's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 1.7rpg.



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  NORWAY  


Norwegian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Anniken Frey
Frey
Julie Skorpen
Skorpen
Julie Wilborn
Wilborn
Kaia Brendesaeter
Brendesaeter
Ulrikke Bentsen
Bentsen
#e#5
7Anniken Frey 162-G-00 Ullern Norway
8Julie Skorpen 165-G-99 Asker Norway
9Line Uggen 180-PF-99 Asker Norway
10Maren Mildestvedt 170-G-00 Gimle Pride Norway
11Astrid Doennem 180-PF-99
12Julie Wilborn 173-F-98 Asker Norway
15Kaia Brendesaeter 169-G-99 Bergen Norway
21Marte Moe 184-F/C-00 Ullern Norway
22Ulrikke Bentsen 182-F-99 Gimle Pride Norway
23Sofia Burkow 172-SG-00 Tromso Norway
33Hedwig Johansen 175-G/F-99 Asker Norway
35Victoria Gundersen 169-PG-99 Asker Norway

Axel Langaker Head Coach Persbraten Norway
Andre Wallace Assistant Froya Basket Norway



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  POLAND  


Polish U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Natalia Ryng
Ryng
Karolina Matkowska
Matkowska
Julia Nielacna
Nielacna
Alicja Falkowska
Falkowska
Alicja Grabska
Grabska
#e#5
1Alicja Grabska 170-PG-99 AZS Pol.Korona Poland
2Paula Duchnowska 173-G/F-99 AZS II PWSZ Poland
3Barbara Zieniewska 179-F-99 SMS Lomianki Poland
4Liliana Banaszak 182-PF-00 SMS Lomianki Poland
5Natalia Ryng 182-F-99 SMS Lomianki Poland
6Karolina Matkowska 170-PG-99 Gorzow Wlkp. Poland
7Karolina Szydlowska 181-C-99 SMS Lomianki Poland
8Natalia Klimek SMS II Lomianki Poland
9Julia Nielacna 182-F/C-99 SMS Lomianki Poland
10Martyna Leszczynska 188-C-00 Aleksandrow L. Poland
11Lucja Grzenkowicz SMS II Lomianki Poland
12Alicja Falkowska 192-C-99 SMS Lomianki Poland

Roman Skrzecz Head Coach SMS Lomianki Poland
Rafal Czyszpak Assistant SMS Lomianki Poland
Piotr Rozwadowski Assistant Widzew Poland



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  PORTUGAL  


Portuguese U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Ana Ramos
Ramos
Maryam Chermiti
Chermiti
Mariana Silva
Silva
Beatriz Jordao
Jordao
Catarina Jesus
Jesus
#e#5
4Ana Ramos 171-G-99 San Diego USA
5Catarina Jesus 185-PF-99 Coimbroes Portugal
6Claudia Viana 176-F/G-99 Lombos Quinta Portugal
7Maryam Chermiti 184-PF-99 Uniao Sportiva Portugal
9Mariana Silva 184-F-99 Olivais Portugal
10Eliana Cabral 177-SG-99 GDESSA Portugal
11Ana Jesus 187-C-00 GDESSA Portugal
13Beatriz Jordao 185-C-99 Lombos Quinta Portugal
14Susana Carvalheira 187-C-99 AD Vagos Portugal
15Luana Serranho 164-PG-99 GDESSA Portugal
24Mariana Carvalho 175-G-01 Lombos Quinta Portugal
31Marta Vargas 172-G-99 Benfica Portugal

Agostinho Pinto Head Coach
Teresa Barata Assistant



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  ROMANIA  


Romanian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Maria Tanase
Tanase
Maria Ferariu
Ferariu
Roberta Salatioan
Salatioan
Anamaria Virjoghe
Virjoghe
Irina Parau
Parau
#e#5
3Denisa Vati 168-PG-00 ICIM Arad Romania
5Nicolett Orban 190-C-00
6Maria Tanase 169-PG-99 Targoviste Romania
7Maria Ferariu 178-F-00 Olimpia Brasov Romania
8Roberta Salatioan 182-F/C-99
9Teodora Armanu 175-G/F-99 Olimpia Brasov Romania
10Anamaria Virjoghe 196-C-99 Targoviste Romania
11Sarah Dumitrescu 180-F-00
12Teodora Manea 160-PG-99 Alexandria Romania
13Nicoleta Ghita 186-C-00 Targoviste Romania
21Irina Parau 183-F/C-00 Cluj Napoca Romania
23Carla Popescu 168-PG-00 Targoviste Romania

Catalin Tanase Head Coach Targoviste Romania
Monika Boriga Assistant
Larisa Toma Assistant



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  SINGAPORE  


Basketballer Yoshida targets SEA Games glory for Singapore - by Eurobasket News

One name sticks out in Singapore's 12-strong women's basketball squad list for next month's SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. Yoshida Yukie (174-F-90), 27, was born in Singapore, but moved to her father's hometown in Kagoshima, Japan, when she was 10 months old. She had 21 years to choose between a Singaporean and Japanese citizenship, but when she was 19, she decided to return to her birthplace. The 1.75m-tall point guard could not string a sentence in English at first, but now speaks Singlish like a local born and bred. Yoshida, who has a Singaporean mother, told The New Paper: "I wanted to come back to Singapore because I didn't know what I want to do with 
my life then and Singapore seemed a better and less limited option. "If I were still living in Japan, I think I'd have stopped playing basketball by now as it'd be tough to balance (sport) with work there." Assimilating into the local culture proved tough at first, as she couldn't speak fluent English. Sport, however, transcends language, and her ability on the court certainly helped. Her talent saw her captain the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic teams of Nanyang Polytechnic and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Yoshida was also a part of the national women's team that finished second-last on home soil in the 2015 SEA Games. She is certainly loving life in Singapore.
Courtesy of: tnp.sg



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  SLOVAKIA  


Slovakian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Natalia Martiskova
Martiskova
Sona Svetlikova
Svetlikova
Viktoria Feherova
Feherova
Stella Tarkovicova
Tarkovicova
Alexandra Belusova
Belusova
#e#5
5Terezia Sailerova 173-SG-99 UKF Nitra Slovakia
6Stanislava Kosaristanova 173-SG-99 Piestanske C. Slovakia
8Natalia Martiskova 170-SG-99 UKF Nitra Slovakia
9Adriana Babejova 187-C-99 Rucon Slovakia
10Sara Majorosova 168-PG-00 Good Angels Slovakia
11Sona Svetlikova 184-C-99 UKF Nitra Slovakia
12Radoslava Ostadalova 182-SF-99 Slovan Slovakia
13Viktoria Feherova 175-PF-99 UKF Nitra Slovakia
14Sofia Bilikova 177-G/F-99 Good Angels Slovakia
15Stella Tarkovicova 183-SF-99 Slovan Slovakia
16Martina Machalova 172-PF-00
17Alexandra Belusova 177-SG-99 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia

Tomas Kacmarik Head Coach Samorin Slovakia
Jan Krajnak Assistant
Tomas Vencurik Assistant MK Technic Czech Republic



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  SWITZERLAND  


Swiss U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Marta Augugliaro
Augugliaro
Laure Margot
Margot
Dahlia Miranda Monteiro
Miranda Monteiro
Gabrielle McDowell
McDowell
Sarah Salman
Salman
#e#5
2Marta Augugliaro 165-G-00 Riva Switzerland
4Laure Margot 172-SF-99 Geneve Basket Switzerland
5Dahlia Miranda Monteiro 166-PG-96 Geneve Basket Switzerland
6Federica Ghidossi 163-G-00 Riva Switzerland
7El-Nissi Soki-Mafuta 173-G-99 Baden Switzerland
8Yelena Luap 180-F-01
10Gabrielle McDowell 181-F/C-99 Geneve Basket Switzerland
11Martina Guthauser 188-C-00 Aarau Switzerland
12Belinda Mensah 170-PG-00
13Sarah Salman 183-PF-99 Helios Switzerland
14Chloe Allen 183-F/C-00
15Maellys Mire 176-SG-99 Geneve Basket Switzerland

Fabio Fossati Head Coach
Gilles Bourquin Assistant Lausanne Switzerland



Jackie Nared (ex Riva) signs at Waregem - by Peter Buyse

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Top Division Women) landed 27-year old American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Riva in Swiss LNA league. In 21 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.0ppg and recorded 11.8rpg (#4 in the league), 3.4apg, 2.3spg and 1.2bpg last season. Nared helped them to make it to the Supercup final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Nared graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2014.

Waregem lost Shanavia Dowdell (188-PF-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management)ll and Johnson to injuries this summer, both could be out for over 8 months.



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  UKRAINE  


Kiril Bolshakov takes over Ukrainian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Kiril Bolshakov (agency: Octagon Europe ) takes over Ukrainian National Team. The experienced 55-year old Ukrainian coach Kiril Bolshakov (agency: Octagon Europe ) returns from Italy where he coached Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Italy-Serie A). Bolshakov replaced Holopov in the team. Earlier Kiril coached at Krasny Oktyabr, Dnipro and Zaporizhya. Bolshakov was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Coach of the Year back in 2010.


Ukrainian U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Viktoriia Kovalevska
Kovalevska
Oksana Fastova
Fastova
Kateryna Kononenko
Kononenko
Veronika Liubinets
Liubinets
Pasiko Gvichiani
Gvichiani
#e#5
1Pasiko Gvichiani 171-PG-00 DVUFK Ukraine
3Mariia Semenichenko 190-C-00 DVUFK Ukraine
6Viktoriia Kovalevska 170-PG-99 Suzirja Ukraine
7Anna Hvichiani 168-PG-99 SDYUSHOR-5 Ukraine
8Viktoriia Fedorenko SDYUSHOR-5 Ukraine
9Oksana Fastova 173-G/F-99 DVUFK Ukraine
10Daryna Zavertailo 177-G-99 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
11Daryna Dubrovska 190-F/C-99 DVUFK Ukraine
12Kateryna Kononenko 178-SF-99 DVUFK Ukraine
14Veronika Liubinets 188-C-99 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
15Tetiana Havrylchyk 193-C-00 Suzirja Ukraine
21Yana Rabchuk 180-F/C-00 DVUFK Ukraine

Sergei Petrenko Head Coach Krasny Oktyabr Russia
Oleksiy Davydov Assistant
Vyacheslav Kovaleskyy Assistant



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


British U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
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Mari Lozzi
Lozzi
Holly Winterburn
Winterburn
Jade Blackburn
Blackburn
Milly Knowles
Knowles
Shauna Harrison
Harrison
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4Megan Haines 188-C-00 Brixton Topcats United Kingdom
5Mari Lozzi 173-PG-99
6Alix Henderson 167-PG-00
7Holly Winterburn 175-SG-00 Leicester Riders United Kingdom
8Emily Stradling 168-G-00 Cardiff Archers United Kingdom
9Charlotte Ellmore 175-PG-00 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
10Flora Durgerian 178-F-99 Sevenoaks Suns United Kingdom
11Jade Blackburn 182-SF-99 Northeast CC USA
12Milly Knowles 182-F/C-99
13Megan Jones 182-F/C-00 Essex S. United Kingdom
14Maya Price 186-F/C-99
15Shauna Harrison 178-SG-00

Vanessa Ellis Head Coach Sheffield Hatters United Kingdom
James Dawe Assistant