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  3X3  



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

Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) won their second World Tour Masters in 2 weeks after defeating archrivals Ljubljana (SLO) 21-11 in the final of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Prague Masters, in Prague, Czech Republic on August 5-6 2017. Dejan Majstorovic (200-F-88) scored his team's first 5 points and gave them an early 5-1 lead. Novi Sad Al Wahda never looked back to earn their third title (in 5 editions) at the Prague Masters. The sharpshooter had a game-high 9 points in the final while his team-mate Dusan Bulut added 8, including the game-winning lay-up. The number one 3x3 player in the world was named MVP of the tournament, his 7th MVP award in World Tour history. Zelimir Zagorac had a team-high 5 points for Ljubljana, who lost their opener and only made it to the quarter-finals on overall points scored after a three-way tie. Ljubljana won the first Masters of the season in Saskatoon, Canada and are the only other team not named Novi Sad Al Wahda to have their ticket to the World Tour Final in Beijing.
Zeljko Palavra (194-F/G-82) (Vitez) was the leading scorer with 41 points on Wenceslas Square, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage where the event was played over two days.
In the individual contests, the pocket-sized (5ft 9in, 1.75m) Gediminas Zitlinskas from Lithuania wowed the massive crowd and won the Dunk Contest on his first appearance at a World Tour event.
Ljubljana's captain Ales Kunc (208-C-73, college: Missouri St.) won a thrilling StreetSportLine Shoot-Out Contest after he clocked the fastest time in a three-way tie.
The fourth Masters of the season will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on August 25-26. Novi Sad Al Wahda will make their first ever appearance in the Olympic Capital and attempt to claim a third consecutive Masters this year.
FINAL STANDINGS
1. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
2. Ljubljana (SLO)
3. Zemun Master (SRB)
4. Vitez (BIH)
5. Saskatoon (CAN)
6. Krakow R8 Basket (POL)
7. Humpolec (CZE)
8. Belgrade (SRB)
9. Ostrava (CZE)
10. Zagreb (CRO)
11. Kolobrzeg (POL)
12. Athens (GRE).
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Karpos Sokoli signs rookie Jaylon Brown in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of American point guard Jaylon Brown (183-84kg). Brown just graduated from Evansville (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded All-MVC Most Improved Player of the Year and voted to All-MVC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Brown is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2016.

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darko Sokolov
Jaylon Brown

Centers:
Dragan Labovic
Kiril Nikolovski

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  


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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Ignacio Ochoa signs at Matera - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Olimpia Matera (Serie B) landed experienced 38-year old naturalized Argentinian power forward Ignacio Ochoa (202-79) from Air Fire Valmontone. In 14 Serie B games he averaged 8.1ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Ochoa also played that season for Independiente Neuquen (TFB) in Argentinian league where in 14 games he had 8.1ppg and 2.6rpg.
His team won Italian Nazionale B Group A Regular Season in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball Ochoa experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Ochoa has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Deportivo Roca de Rio Negro, Estudiantes Olavarria and Perfora) and Italy (Latina Basket, Lumezzane, FCM Ferentino and Brusati).
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 Matera.
Let's have closer look into Ochoa's outlook: Great coordination, quick feet, started his career at center position, but he is quickly adapting to the 4 position, wher he can take advantage from his good shootinbg touch and his passing skills. Prefers to play at the 5 position, but is a little undersized (true height is around 2 metres..).

Bawer Olimpia Matera roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcello Cozzoli
Leonardo Battistini
Samuele Pasqualini

Forwards:
Ignacio Ochoa
Franco Migliori

Center:
Nicolo Ravazzani

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Federico Mariani agreed terms with Alianza Viedma - by Eurobasket News

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro (TNA) inked 25-year old forward Federico Mariani (190-92). He played most recently at Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA. In 41 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.6apg last season. TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Mariani also played for Universidad de Concepcion in Chilean Liga Nacional that season where in four games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg.
He has played previously for five other Argentina teams: Regatas Corrientes, Barrio Parque, Obera Tennis Club, Rocamora and Regatas CU.

Alianza Viedma Rio Negro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Franco
Alexis Knecht
Federico Grun

Forward:
Federico Mariani

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  


Tigers Men Book Date to Premier League Big Dance - by Eurobasket News

With the winner heading into the biggest night of the year for the Premier League, the Southern Tigers travelled across town to face the North Adelaide Rockets. The contest was anticipated to have some hard-hitting defence and stellar offense and both were seen right through the entire contest. With the game being highly competitive throughout, the scores were 15-14 in favour of the Rockets at the first break. In what was a hard night from the field for the Rockets, they finished the game shooting just under 28% from the field and 20% from deep. Despite this negative for the Rockets, the Tigers too struggled on the floor finishing with 14 turnovers compared to the Rockets' 5. The Tigers did a fantastic job on the defensive end of the floor specifically trying to contain Alexander Starling (198-F-89, college: Beth.-Cookman). Despite finishing with a tied game high of 26-points, he shot 10-26 from the field and struggled at the free throw line finishing with 5-14. On the other end of the floor, despite holding Robert Linton (193-G) to under 9-points, the Rockets struggled to contain the breakout performance of Jordan Dodman (206-C-88). Dodman finished with 18-points, 14- rebounds (6-offensive) and a block. Adelaide 36er, Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St.) also finished with 26-points off 45% shooting although struggled a little from deep finishing 2-9. The second quarter was very much like the first, with the contest quite close and eventually the half finishing with a 2-point Tiger lead. With the scores reaching more than 20-points (21-21) with just over a 5-minutes remaining, the game looked to be close and potentially go down to the wire. Despite the slow building of the score-line, the tempo soon grew and the half finished at 32-34 after Dodman beating the buzzer for the slender lead after a Staude assist (8 assists). With the game continuing after the break, both sides continued to jostle for momentum with big plays on both ends of the floor. These big plays came in diverse ways for both sides including some extra hustle under the rim from Brad Jonnek, after grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring the second chance opportunity. Anthony Drmic also showed some of his dazzling moves by scoring off a pretty spin move. Both clubs missing their final possessions of the quarter helped show that it was still anybody's game with the Tigers leading by 1 (51-52) at Three Quarter Time. In what was a low scoring contest, the amount of hustle displayed the precision needed with every possession being crucial. During the final term, Alexander Starling's impact on the game was limited as he was pushed out of the contest. He was limited to 3-points in the final term which took its toll on the scoreboard. Miller too was also contained for the Rockets scoring contributing 5-points in the final term. Overall, the final quarter saw the Tigers outscoring their hosts 26-15 in what was the biggest differential of the night, with the previous quarters being a 1-possession game. With the Tigers beginning to take a relatively sturdy lead late in the contest, Michael Nwelue put an exclamation mark on what was a tough victory. Nwelue was on the receiving end of Staude's alley-oop pass resulting in an emphatic dunk. Nwelue notched his own double-double recording 13-points and 13 rebounds (5 offensive) in the Tigers-Rockets 3rd meeting. The final buzzer sounding less than 30 seconds of game time after the dunk saw the Tigers take the victory by what was the largest lead of the night, 12-points. The victory gives the Tigers the next week off resting up for the Grand Final, while the Rockets battle the West Adelaide Bearcats for the chance of a potential Tigers rematch in the biggest dance of the year.
Courtesy of: Premier League



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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.



World Cup Qualifiers: Netherlands pip Austria in Schwechat - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands edged Austria in Schwechat at their start of the World Cup Qualifiers. The Dutch team grabbed a 79-72 win as Austria fell at 1-1.
Austria won the opening period 18-15, but Netherlands took control in the rest of the game. They posted a 23-14 run in the second period to take a 38-32 halftime advantage. Moreover the guests added a 17-16 rally in the third period to increase the lead.
Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 17. Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95, college: Utah) replied with 24 points for the home side and Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 16.



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  BULGARIA  


Peristeri GS Athens tab Keydren Clark - by Eurobasket News

Peristeri GS Athens (B) inked 33-year old American (has also Bulgarian passport) point guard Keydren Clark (180-84kg-84, college: St.Peter's). He played most recently at Promitheas (A1), but left the team in Jan.'17. In 13 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Clark played at Acibadem in Turkish BSL where in 29 games he had very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Honorable Mention.
Clark has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2011.
Clark is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, VL Pesaro and Umana Venezia), Greece (Aris and Egaleo) and Latvia (Ventspils).
Clark attended St. Peter's College until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: An undersized guard who can really score at any level. Has also good passing skills that could enable him to play stably at the point, the problem is that he needs to add a quarterbacking mentality to his game.

Peristeri GS Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Spyros Magounis
Keydren Clark
Igor Milosevic
Thanasis Konstantakopoulos
Devon Van_Oostrum
Alkis Pappas
Georgios Angelou
Fokionas Fotopoulos

Forwards:
Alexandros Sigounas
Dimitrios Fotopoulos
Athanasios Domprogiannis
Nikolaos Chougaz
Antonis Mantzaris

Centers:
Vassilis Symtsak
Gaios Skordilis
Tasos Dimitriadis
Costis Gontikas

Coach: Nikos Karagiannis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adriyan Sekulov is a newcomer at Academik Plovdiv - by Eurobasket News

Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old point guard Adriyan Sekulov (179-70kg-96). He played last season at Rilski (NBL). Sekulov managed to play in three leagues last year. But in 24 NBL games he recorded just 1.4ppg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Sekulov also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged only 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Sekulov played at Spartak Pleven. In 23 NBL games he got 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team.
He played in the final of Bulgarian U16 Championships in 2012.
Sekulov represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-3 (3.0spg), FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 52.9%.

Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasil Bachev
Shakir Smith
Adriyan Sekulov
Rob Davis

Forwards:
Vasil Mihaylov
Martin Durchev

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bulgaria



Georgi Sirakov signs at Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) landed 25-year old naturalized Bulgarian guard Georgi Sirakov (187-80kg-92, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Firenze All Foods in Italian Serie B. Sirakov received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 3rd Team award in 2017.
He represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.5ppg.
Sirakov has played previously professionally in Italy (Rimini, Taranto, Montecatiniterme, San Severo and Fiat Torino) and Bulgaria (Yambol).

Enel Basket Brindisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milenko Tepic
Marco Giuri
Georgi Sirakov
Anthony Barber

Forwards:
Scott Suggs
Obinna Oleka

Coach: Sandro Dell Agnello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Jahii Carson (ex Island S.) agreed terms with Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (A1) inked 25-year old American point guard Jahii Carson (178-82kg-92, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Island Storm in Canadian NBL. In 49 NBL Canada games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 20.9ppg and had 4.1rpg, 6.6apg and 1.6spg last season. Carson helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Newcomer of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Adanaspor in Turkish TBL where in 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg.
Carson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.4apg.
Carson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Carson has played previously professionally in Australia (Illawarra Hawks), Puerto Rico and Serbia (Metalac).
He attended Arizona State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jahii Carson
Alexandros Spyridonidis
Marcus Posley

Forwards:
Aaron Rountree_III
Stathis Papadionysiou

Center:
Yannis Sahpatzidis

Coach: Nikos Kalabakos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  


Libcentro Pro Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Sportiva Italiana and Arturo Prat - by Eurobasket News

Puente Alto - Sportiva Italiana 79-80

Sportiva Italiana snatched a narrow win over Puente Alto to even the semifinal series. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 21-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Gaspar Hernandez (-99) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Gustavo Araya (-96) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Exequiel Munoz responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Alvaro Guzman scored 21 points.
Top scorers:
Puente Alto: A.Guzman 21+2reb+2ast, E.Munoz 19+5reb+4ast, A.Pinedo 10+5reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Collao 9+9reb+3ast, S.Silva 9+7reb+4ast, M.Sepulveda 7+4reb+4ast
Sportiva Italiana: G.Hernandez 17+6reb+3ast, G.Araya 14+4reb+2ast, C.Rios 11+3reb+2ast, F.Diaz 9+6reb+4ast, M.Lubiano 9+5reb+1ast, C.Bustamante 7+3reb
gschID: 554985


Liceo Curico - Arturo Prat 76-79

Arturo Prat edged Liceo Curico to level things up in the semifinal series. 26 personal fouls committed by Liceo Curico helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Ramiro Galvez (-96) contributed with 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Sergio Chialva replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Mohunir Zerene (187-94) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Liceo Curico.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: M.Zerene 19+5reb+1ast, S.Munoz 15+1reb+3ast, S.Chialva 14+10reb+2ast, B.Acuna 9+3reb+6ast, M.Rebolledo 9+8reb+1ast, V.Cerda 4+5reb
Arturo Prat: R.Galvez 29+5reb+1ast, P.Andrade 23+7reb+5ast, B.Guerra 14+6reb+4ast, R.Rojas 7+1ast, M.Santander 4+4reb, F.Ortega 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 554986





Brandon Robinson re-signs at Osorno - by Greg

Osorno Basquetbol (Liga Nacional) confirmed in their roster 28-year old American forward Brandon Robinson (198-91kg-89, college: Clayton & State). He was a team leader there last season. In 55 Liga Nacional games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 23.0ppg and averaged 6.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Robinson helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com Chilean Liga Nacional All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
He is quite experienced player. Robinson has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax_Rainmen, The Storm, Power and Windsor Express), Germany (Chemnitz and Crailsheim Merlins), SEBL (Marietta O.) and UBA (Gem City S.).
Robinson attended Clayton & State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


NBL Round 19: Henan defeats Hunan in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Henan (16-3) which hosted in Henan 4th placed Hunan (13-6). First ranked Henan managed to get a 14-point victory 103-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hunan. The game was mostly controlled by Henan. Hunan managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Yuxing Jiang (195-95) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Henan's coach Weigang Li used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward QiPeng Wang (200-93) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Hunan. Henan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Hunan at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Henan are looking forward to face Guangxi (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hunan will play against Luoyang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 19th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Jiangsu L. (2-17) 91-90. It was a great evening for forward Xing-Chen Wang (196-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 6 rebounds. Michael Nunnally helped adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Jiangsu L. maintains thirteenth place with 2-17 record. Dongbu at the other side still closes the standings. Jiangsu L. will play against higher ranked Anhui (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu will play against Beijing (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between second ranked Shaanxi W. (14-5) and 8th ranked Lhasa (9-10) in Xian on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Shaanxi W. outscored guests from Lhasa 122-87. It was a quality performance for Charles Gaines who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Shaanxi W.'s coach ZhengXiu Jiang felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. DangJian Han came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for Lhasa in the defeat. Shaanxi W. maintains second place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Henan, which they share with Guizhou. Lhasa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Fujian and Chongqing. Shaanxi W. will meet at home league's second-placed Guizhou in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lhasa will play against Hebei X. (#12) and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Beijing was beaten by Luoyang on the road 117-107. Anhui won against Fujian on its own court 118-110. Hebei X. unfortunately lost to Guangxi in a road game 96-104. Chongqing recorded a loss to Guizhou at home 103-117.

Dongbu - Jiangsu L. 90-91

Bottom-ranked Dongbu is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 19th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Jiangsu L. (2-17) 91-90. It looked good early as Dongbu took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jiangsu L. had a 31-24 second period charge getting the lead and Dongbu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-91. Dongbu was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Xing-Chen Wang (196-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 6 rebounds. American-Palestinian forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) helped adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Jiangsu L. players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Tujun Shen (185-92) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Yi Jiang (195-93) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Jiangsu L. maintains thirteenth place with 2-17 record. Dongbu at the other side still closes the standings. Jiangsu L. will play against higher ranked Anhui (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu will play against Beijing (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu L.: W.Xing Chen 32+6reb+2ast, W.Peng 15+4reb+2ast, G.Wei 15+6reb+4ast, N.Michael 11+13reb+1ast, Z.PengFei 7+4reb+4ast, X.Shiwei 7+1reb
Dongbu: S.Tujun 27+8reb+3ast, J.Yi 20+6reb, W.Chen 18+6reb+1ast, Z.MengLong 8+7reb, D.QinShuo 6+1reb, S.Shengyue 6+12reb+2ast
gschID: 548578


Luoyang - Beijing 117-107

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Luoyang (12-7) beat at home 11th ranked Beijing (7-12) 117-107 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 117-107. Luoyang made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Beijing outrebounded Luoyang 48-28 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Russ Smith (183-91, college: Louisville) who led the winners and scored 73 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists. South Sudanese-Lebanese center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Luoyang's coach Nan Huo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Michael Holyfield (211-92, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds and power forward Yunan Liu (205-94) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Beijing in the defeat. Five Beijing players scored in double figures. Luoyang moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Anhui. Loser Beijing keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Luoyang will meet at home higher ranked Hunan (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beijing will play against Dongbu (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Luoyang: S.Russ 73+7reb+7ast, M.Ater 15+9reb+3ast, Q.Wenhan 6+5reb+9ast, G.Han 6+1ast, L.Wei 5, Z.Ye 5+1reb+2ast
Beijing: H.Michael 37+24reb+3ast, L.Ziming 20+3reb+2ast, L.Yunan 20+11reb, Z.Wei 12+2reb+1ast, C.Zexu 11+1reb+7ast, Z.JunXiong 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 548577


Anhui - Fujian 118-110

Very expected game when 10th ranked Fujian (9-10) lost on the road to fifth ranked Anhui (12-7) 118-110 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 38-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Anhui dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian's 58 and made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Anhui made 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American Chris Johnson (210-85, college: LSU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 16-of-19 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) accounted for 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Anhui players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) came up with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 6 assists and Ivorian-French point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) added 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) respectively for Fujian in the defeat. Fujian's coach Jiulong Liu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Anhui maintains fifth place with 12-7 record, which they share with Luoyang. Loser Fujian dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Lhasa and Chongqing. Anhui will meet at home Jiangsu L. (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fujian will play against Chongqing (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anhui: J.Chris 41+17reb+2ast, H.Manny 36+6reb+4ast, Z.Yong 14+3reb+5ast, H.Delong 10+3reb+2ast, L.Jian 7+2reb, R.Kai 4+9reb
Fujian: B.Brandon 35+22reb+6ast, D.Mouloukou Souleyman 33+2reb+7ast, X.Huajun 13+2reb, Z.Shu 8+4reb+1ast, L.Ming-Yu 6, D.Jian 4
gschID: 548576


Guangxi - Hebei X. 104-96

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Guangxi (11-8) won against at home 12th ranked Hebei X. (5-14) 104-96 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-16. But Hebei X. won second period 31-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangxi made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Guangxi outrebounded Hebei X. 53-42 including 41 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangxi made 11 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 6 blocks (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). His fellow American import guard Marcus Thornton (193-93, college: William & Mary) accounted for 29 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 9 assists and center Heng Yu (210-91) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Hebei X. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guangxi maintains seventh place with 11-8 record. Hebei X. lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Guangxi will meet league's leader Henan on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei X. will play against Lhasa (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guangxi: A.Isaiah 41+18reb+1ast, T.Marcus 29+11reb+7ast, J.Le 14+9reb+1ast, L.Jiawei 6+4reb+2ast, Z.Yupeng 5+4reb, D.ChengLong 5+1reb+2ast
Hebei X.: S.Shannon 33+16reb+9ast, G.Kenny 23+5reb, Y.Heng 19+9reb, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 7+1reb, P.YuLe 4+1reb, W.Zixu 4+2reb
gschID: 548575


Henan - Hunan 103-89

An interesting game for Henan (16-3) which hosted in Henan 4th placed Hunan (13-6). First ranked Henan managed to get a 14-point victory 103-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hunan. The game was mostly controlled by Henan. Hunan managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Yuxing Jiang (195-95) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Henan's coach Weigang Li used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward QiPeng Wang (200-93) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Junjian He added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hunan. Five Henan and four Hunan players scored in double figures. Henan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Hunan at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Henan are looking forward to face Guangxi (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hunan will play against Luoyang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Henan: O.Chris 25+14reb+1ast, W.Longfei 19+1reb, J.Yuxing 16+3reb+4ast, C.Yuhan 14+4reb+3ast, T.Jian 11+2reb, L.PengPeng 6+2reb+1ast
Hunan: W.QiPeng 16+8reb+1ast, W.Junjie 14+2reb, H.Junjian 13+6reb+1ast, Z.Yaosheng 13+3reb, P.Jiaxin 10+2reb, F.Bo 10+4reb+3ast
gschID: 548574


Chongqing - Guizhou 103-117

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Chongqing (9-10) lost to third ranked Guizhou (14-5) in Lanling 103-117 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Guizhou. Chongqing managed to win second period 30-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) accounted for 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Guizhou players scored in double figures. American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) came up with 52 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and guard Yang Wang (198-90) added 20 points respectively for Chongqing in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guizhou have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Shaanxi W. Loser Chongqing dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Lhasa and Fujian. Guizhou will meet Shaanxi W. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chongqing will play against Fujian (#10) in Fuzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guizhou: M.James 32+12reb+2ast, L.Mark 28+6reb+6ast, L.MingHao 26+8reb+2ast, S.Rongxiao 14+2reb, L.Xu 6+3reb+1ast, Z.Zihua 6+2ast
Chongqing: M.Tony 52+7reb+7ast, W.Yang 20+4reb+2ast, K.Vladyslav 14+7reb+1ast, L.Yao 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Yuanbo 6+11reb, G.Yaoyang 2+1ast
gschID: 548573


Shaanxi W. - Lhasa 122-87

The game between second ranked Shaanxi W. (14-5) and 8th ranked Lhasa (9-10) in Xian on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Shaanxi W. outscored guests from Lhasa 122-87. The game was mostly controlled by Shaanxi W.. Lhasa managed to win third quarter 29-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shaanxi W. dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Lhasa's 64. They outrebounded Lhasa 45-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a quality performance for American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Jiawei Feng accounted for 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Shaanxi W.'s coach ZhengXiu Jiang felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center DangJian Han (208-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American center Jonathan Kreft (213-86, college: Florida St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Lhasa in the defeat. Four Shaanxi W. and five Lhasa players scored in double figures. Shaanxi W. maintains second place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Henan, which they share with Guizhou. Lhasa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Fujian and Chongqing. Shaanxi W. will meet at home league's second-placed Guizhou in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lhasa will play against Hebei X. (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: G.Charles 31+11reb+1ast, W.Von 30+2reb+1ast, F.Jiawei 24+5reb+4ast, B.Jiguang 19+5reb, M.Daqiang 6+9reb+3ast, L.Yunbin 4+2reb
Lhasa: G.Yuxiang 17+2reb+1ast, K.Jonathan 14+6reb+1ast, S.Xinyue 13+1ast, D.ZhiMing 12+1reb, H.DangJian 11+10reb, C.Jinlong 11+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548572





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 


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





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BK Kolin keeps Horak for another season - by Eurobasket News

BK Geosan Kolin (NBL) re-signed 31-year old power forward Ladislav Horak (205-105kg-86). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 22 NBL games he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg last season.
Among other achievements Horak's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup Final Four in 2006 and 2016.
He has played previously for five other teams: BK Pardubice, BK Usti nad Labem, CEZ Nymburk, Podebrady and Basketbal Svitavy.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Ladislav is a great athlete for a player with 205 cm. He is a player with fair exposiveness, dunamics and speed. Very hardworking player, who practised in the best Czech basketball program - Nymbur for 3 years. Thanks to his body, he is able to build up respect under both baskets. He enjoys physical game. Good sense for deflecetion of the ball, timing and jump make him a great rebounder. He also has a good mid distance and three-point shot. He can alternate on SF, as well as center spots. His second sport is kick-box.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Svitavy Inks Simon Pursl - by Surujh Roopnarine

Turi Svitavy (NBL) signed 20-year old Czech forward Simon Pursl (203-97).
Pursl spent most of the 2016-17 season playing for Simply Olivar Zaragoza in the Spanish EBA. In 21 games he averaged a solid 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 60.4% on two-point attempts and 26.9% from three. He also made brief appearances in two games for Zaragoza in the Spanish top-league (Endesa). For his exploits in the SBA Pursl was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention.

After five seasons in Spain the 6-8 Pursl will return to the Czech Republic where he will make his NBL debut next season.

Pursl represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 12.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 59.1%.

Turi Svitavy roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lubos Stria
Pavel Slezak
Bryan Smithson
Roman Marko
Tomas Teply
Eduard Kotasek

Forwards:
Jiri Jelinek
Garret Kerr
Simon Pursl
Kovar Lubos

Center:
Brett Roseboro

Coach: Lubomir Ruzicka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.7 
 7. Miller, Leones SD18.4 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.18.0 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Williams, Titanes .9.8 
 2. Araujo, Leones SD9.0 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.6 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.1 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR6.9 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.6.7 
 10. Evangelista, Caner.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.6 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.2 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.7 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 9. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD1.9 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.6 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Santana, Titanes .1.3 
 10. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Miguel EVANGELISTA
  Caner.
  (--91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.3 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Guerrero, Leones SD1.0 
 7. Nunez, Metros S.0.9 
 8. Williams, Titanes .0.8 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 
 10. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 


LNB Round 1 of Finals. Metros STGO gain opening win - by Eurobasket News

Metros STGO - Leones SD 103-91

Metros STGO outgunned Leones SD to ensure 1-0 lead in the LNB Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Metros STGO. Leones SD managed to win third quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Leones SD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Metros STGO's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds and guard Elpidio Fortuna (188-85) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Metros STGO: R.Glenn 26+15reb+3ast, J.Hamilton 19+6reb+2ast, A.De Leon 11+5ast, V.Liz 11+4reb+3ast, R.Soliver 9+3reb+1ast, A.Nunez 8+2reb
Leones SD: M.Rhett 28+5reb+1ast, E.Fortuna 15+5reb+3ast, G.Acosta 10+4reb+4ast, J.Araujo 10+4reb+1ast, J.Corporan 9+1reb+8ast, Y.Flores 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 557482





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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
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Lawson's double-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard David Lawson (185-PG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canarios and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 7.
He got a double-double of 46 points and 10 assists, while his team outclassed Quezaltepeque (#4, 4-2) with 30-point margin 121-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Canarios maintains the 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. Canarios will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Lawson had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 18 attempts. He turned to be Canarios' top player in his first season with the team. Reinhardt College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawson is league's best scorer averaging so far 39.3ppg. Lawson is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 7.6apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 60.0% FGP. Worth to mention Lawson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Malik Jackson (198-F-92) of 11 Lobos. He is American forward in his first season at 11 Lobos. In the last game Jackson recorded impressive double-double of 46 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as 11 Lobos lost that game 87-94 to league's leader Halcones (#1, 6-0). 11 Lobos is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. 6 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Jackson is a newcomer at 11 Lobos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#7). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joe Reid (200-F) of Arcense (#10). Reid got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . He was a key player of Arcense, leading his team to a 85-68 easy win against Giants (#13, 0-7). The chances of Arcense not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Reid could try to bring Arcense's a little bit higher in the standings. Reid has a very solid season. In 6 games in El Salvador he scored 25.3ppg. He also has 14.7rpg and 1.2bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of El Rapido - 27 points and 27 rebounds
5. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of Canarios - 29 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 41 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Watson Davontae (93) of Giants - 19 points and 21 rebounds
8. Carlos Arias (200-C-89) of Santa Tecla - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of Halcones - 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of Canarios - 20 points, 15 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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World Cup Qualifiers: Estonia outgunned FYR Macedonia - by Eurobasket News

Estonia outgunned FYR Macedonia for 1-0 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.


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Limoges ink A.J. English, ex Fraport SKY - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 25-year old American guard A.J. English (192-86kg-92, college: Iona). He played last season at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in German BBL league. English managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 BBL games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.6ppg and averaged 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. He also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. The other team English played that season for was Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 8 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others English's college team won MAAC Tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He was also voted Division I All-ECAC 1st Team in 2016.
English has played also professionally in .
He attended Iona College until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
English could be described: English is a 6-3 shooting guard and a perimeter scoring threat who has the ability to put points on the board in bunches. According to ESPN.com''s Recruiting Nation, he has a good stroke from behind the three-point line and can shoot it equally well off a bounce in the mid-range area. English has a good feel for attacking close-outs and can get it to the rim if necessary. English''s father - A.J., II - was an All-American at Virginia Union University and played two seasons with the Washington Bullets from 1990-1992 where he averaged just under 10.0 points per game.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lokomotiv lands Ivan Nelyubov - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) landed 29-year old center Ivan Nelyubov (207-107kg-88, agency: Alti Sport). He has played for the last two years at Parma in the. In 23 VTB United League games he averaged 7.7ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Nelyubov's team made it to the Russian Final Four.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Nelyubov represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 14.1ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 78.9%.
Nelyubov is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Tartu Ulikool), Latvia (VEF LSPA Riga), Russia (CSKA Moscow, BC Nizhny Novgorod and CSKA Moscow 2nd team) and Lithuania (Lietkabelis and Neptunas).
Let's have closer look into Nelyubov's outlook: A dominant center at junior level, who is yet well muscled and big sized, He's a very promising inside player, and could become a star at 4 position thanks to his good mid-range shooting.

Lokomotiv Kuban roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Babb
Joe Ragland
Trevor Lacey

Forwards:
Pavel Antipov
Stanislav Ilnitskiy

Centers:
Frank Elegar
Ivan Nelyubov
Brian Qvale

Coach: Sasa Obradovic

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, UKR19.3 
 3. Simonovic, MNT17.7 
 4. Moraitis, GRE16.8 
 5. Saybir, TUR16.4 
 6. Atar, TUR16.4 
 7. Martinez, ESP15.9 
 8. Velicka, LTU15.3 
 9. Fevrier, FRA15.0 
 10. Kralj, SLO14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikael JANTUNEN
  (200-F-0)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jantunen, FIN12.6 
 2. Zeliznak, SVK8.4 
 3. Simonovic, MNT8.4 
 4. Pecarski, SRB8.3 
 5. Atar, TUR7.9 
 6. Kadasi, SVK7.4 
 7. Herkenhoff, GER7.4 
 8. Ehigitor, ESP7.2 
 9. Shashkov, RUS7.1 
 10. Velicka, LTU7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Arnas VELICKA
  LTU
  (192-PG-99)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Velicka, LTU6.4 
 2. Pajola, ITA5.0 
 3. Akay, TUR5.0 
 4. Vulikic, SRB4.9 
 5. Heinonen, FIN4.4 
 6. Klavzar, SLO4.0 
 7. Moraitis, GRE4.0 
 8. Cuevas, ESP3.7 
 9. Uskokovic, SRB3.7 
 10. Atelbauers, LAT3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yusuf SANON
  (190-G-99)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanon, UKR3.4 
 2. Trapani, ITA3.1 
 3. Moraitis, GRE2.8 
 4. Kamperidis, GRE2.6 
 5. Grytsak, UKR2.6 
 6. Heinonen, FIN2.4 
 7. Khomenko, RUS2.4 
 8. Zampini, ITA2.3 
 9. Jantunen, FIN2.3 
 10. Heine, SLO2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Guglielmo CARUSO
  (205-PF-99)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Caruso, ITA1.9 
 2. Kadasi, SVK1.7 
 3. Vigori, ITA1.4 
 4. Jantunen, FIN1.3 
 5. Pavelka, SVK1.3 
 6. Atar, TUR1.3 
 7. Voinalovych, UKR1.3 
 8. Grytsak, UKR1.3 
 9. Sarr, FRA1.2 
 10. Simonovic, MNT1.1 


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Ben KOVAC
  (195-SG-0)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Kovac, LUX25.1 
 2. Jenkins, IRL23.0 
 3. Alipiev, BUL20.5 
 4. Brajkovic, AUT18.6 
 5. Ilhan, AZE18.1 
 6. Odiah, BLR16.9 
 7. Mammadov, AZE16.8 
 8. Persson, SWE16.4 
 9. Ryuny, BLR15.8 
 10. Tonev, BUL14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ben KOVAC
  (195-SG-0)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Kovac, LUX12.1 
 2. Brajkovic, AUT10.6 
 3. Metskhvarish., GEO10.4 
 4. Buysschaert, BEL10.4 
 5. Massalski, BLR10.0 
 6. Krstevski, MKD9.5 
 7. Bogucki, POL9.5 
 8. Zoccoletti, SUI9.3 
 9. Spence, ENG9.0 
 10. Demuth, LUX9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Amit EBO
  (182-PG-99)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Ebo, ISR5.6 
 2. Welsch, CZE5.5 
 3. Lemetti, SWE5.5 
 4. Somogyi, HUN4.9 
 5. Russell, ENG4.8 
 6. Kolenda, POL4.5 
 7. Kullamae, EST4.3 
 8. Van-D., NED4.3 
 9. Kravits, ISR4.1 
 10. Hysa, ALB4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mert ILHAN
  AZE
  (180-PG-99)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Ilhan, AZE4.1 
 2. Persson, SWE3.0 
 3. Ryuny, BLR3.0 
 4. Hysa, ALB3.0 
 5. Welsch, CZE2.8 
 6. Safra, SUI2.8 
 7. Dimitrov, BUL2.6 
 8. Russell, ENG2.6 
 9. Rosenthal, EST2.5 
 10. Kovac, LUX2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthias TASS
  (208-F/C-99)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tass, EST2.6 
 2. Massalski, BLR2.4 
 3. Brajkovic, AUT2.1 
 4. Nikoci, ALB1.7 
 5. Samanic, CRO1.6 
 6. Donat, AZE1.6 
 7. Ryuny, BLR1.5 
 8. Boachie-Y., ENG1.5 
 9. Queta, POR1.3 
 10. Bogucki, POL1.3 


Serbia clinch Gold in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Spain - Serbia 62-74
Serbia celebrated Gold medals in Slovakia. They topped Spain in the title game. Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99) posted 23 points to lead the champions. The victory marked the first Gold for Serbia since 2009. Spain eked out a 29:28 halftime lead. But Serbia stepped on the gas in the second half. They used a 21:11 run in the third term to take a 9-point lead. Serbia poured in 25 points in the fourth quarter to rally to the win. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Sergi Martinez (203-PF-99) tallied 23 points and 7 rebounds for Spain. Joel Parra (202-F-00) had 10 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Turkey - Lithuania 88-97 OT
Lithuania outgunned Turkey in overtime to step onto the pedestal. Erikas Venskus (203-C-00) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Turkey posted a 45:43 halftime advantage. They stretched the lead at 7-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. The Baltic team ignited a 23:16 run in the fourth period to force overtime. They went on a 13:4 run in the extra period to ice the win. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) had 16 points in the victory. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) notched 21 points and 8 rebounds for Turkey.

5-6 Place
France - Italy 55-79
Italy overcame France to clinch the fifth position at the championship. Guglielmo Caruso (205-PF-99) provided 18 points in the victory. Italy established a 39:30 halftime advantage. The Azzurri went on a 21:9 run in the third quarter to clear off for good. Emanuele Trapani (188-PG-99) and Mattia Palumbo (196-SG-00) netted 12 points apiece in the victory. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) knocked down 17 points for les Bleues.

7-8 Place
Greece - Bosnia 77-55
Greece earned the 7th place at the tournament as they fired past Bosnia. Georgios Kalaitzakis (198-PG-99) notched 16 points for the Hellenes. Greece accumulated a 35:29 halftime advantage. They ignited a 24:12 run in the third term to run to the victory. Panagiotis Kalaitzakis (197-G/F-99) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Vojin Ilic (202-G/F-00) replied with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

9-10 Place
Finland - Russia 69-75
Russia claimed the ninth position in Slovakia. They overcame Finland in the last day of action. Alexandr Khomenko (190-G-99, agency: Alti Sport) tallied 17 points for the winners. Russia recorded a 34:29 halftime lead. Finland narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth term. Russia sank 24 points in the final stanza to ice the win. Aleksandr Ershov (196-SG-00, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 18 points for the winning team. Miika Heinonen (193-G-99) topscored with 21 points for Finland.
11-12 Place
Ukraine - Germany 71-89
Germany finished 11th in Slovakia. They stormed past Ukraine today. Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) came up with 20 points and 9 boards in the victory. Germany accumulated a 45:28 halftime advantage. They unloaded 44 points in the second half to run to the win. Aaron Kayser had 16 points for the winners. Yusuf Sanon (190-G-99) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine.

13-14 Place
Montenegro - Slovenia 73-61
Montenegro avoided relegation from Division A as they nipped Slovenia. Danilo Brnovic (200-F-00) scored 20 points to lead Montenegro to the crucial win. Montenegro accumulated a 42:25 halftime lead. Montenegro kept Slovenia at distance throughout the fourth term and rallied to the win. Marko Simonovic (210-C-99) had 13 points and 9 boards in the victory. Nikolas Susa (193-F/G-99) dropped 20 points for Slovenia.

15-16 Place
Latvia - Slovakia 57-69
Slovakia overcame Latvia to finish the tournament on a high note. Dominik Kubala (182-SG-00) tallied 15 points for the hosts. Slovakia posted a 36:31 halftime lead. They followed with a 22:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Alex Ondrus (190-SF-99) had 13 points in the victory. Rainers Hermanovskis (191-G-00) nailed 11 points for Latvia.



Division B. Croatia, Great Britain and Estonia clinch promotion - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
United Kingdom - Croatia 84-90 OT
Croatia gunned Great Britain down in overtime to capture Division B title. Mateo Dreznjak (197-PF-99) came up with 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Great Britain stayed in front throughout the first half. They established a 44:31 halftime lead. But Croatia turned things around in the second half and eventually forced overtime. Croatia sank 17 points in the extra period to secure the trophy. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) netted 21 points for Croatia. Oluwasesan Russell (188-G-99) had 20 points for Great Britain. Romario Spence (201-F-99) had 17 points and 14 boards in the loss.
3-4 Place
Estonia - Israel 90-71
Estonia earned Division A promotion. They knocked down Israel in the consolation final in Tallinn today. Kristian Kullamae (194-PG-99) tallied 29 points for the hosts. Estonia accumulated a 46:36 halftime advantage. They followed with a 30:16 run in the third term to clear off for good. Hugo Erkmaa (194-PG-99) produced 18 points for the Baltic team. Yair Kravits (193-SG-99) and Amit Ebo (182-PG-99) delivered 15 points each for Israel.

5-6 Place
Poland - Holland 76-68
Poland overcame Netherlands to clinch the fifth position. Dominik Wilczek (193-G/F-99) was responsible for 12 points in the win. Netherlands accumulated a 35:32 halftime lead. Poland however went on a 44:33 run in the second half to ice the win. Kacper Makowski (193-F-99) had 11 points in the victory. Calvin Poulina (202-F/C-99) chipped in 13 points for Netherlands.

7-8 Place
Bulgaria - Denmark 76-51
Bulgaria held off Denmark to finish 7th. Ivan Alipiev (200-F/G-99) recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Bulgaria registered a 32:26 halftime advantage. They fueled a massive 44:25 run in the second half to secure the winning outcome. Krastan Krastanov (204-C-99) and Tsvetomir Chernokozhev (206-C-00) chipped in 13 points each for Bulgaria. Tomas Bjarkason (205-F/C-99) responded with 12 points for Denmark.

9-10 Place
Belgium - Iceland 87-78
Belgium prevailed against Iceland to finish the campaign on a winning note. Thomas Van Ounsem (206-F/C-99) produced 20 points for the winners. Belgium ensured a 27:16 lead after the opening frame. But Iceland erased the deficit to eke out a 40:39 halftime lead. Belgium unloaded 48 points in the second half to rally to the win. Vincent Peeters (199-SF-99) had 19 points for the winning side. Gabriel Moller (182-PG-99) netted 22 points for Iceland.
11-12 Place
Hungary - Portugal 65-71
Portugal finished 11th at the championship. They beat Hungary in the final day. Vladyslav Voytso (200-PF-99) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Hungary claimed a 30:27 halftime lead. But Portugal responded with a 23:13 run in the third term to spur ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the final term and raced to the win. Pedro Lanca (184-PG-99) and Neemias Queta (208-C-99) had 13 points each for the winners. Andras Dancsecs (186-SG-00) answered with 21 points for Hungary.

13-14 Place
Czech Republic - Sweden 84-60
Czech Republic fired past Sweden today. Jakub Slavik (200-F-99) delivered 13 points to lead the winning side. Czech Republic accounted for a 35:20 halftime lead. They unloaded 49 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Radek Farsky (193-G-99) tossed in 12 points in the win. Beni Fungula (190-G-99) and Amin El Amrani (180-G-00) posted 11 points each for Sweden.

15-16 Place
Romania - FYR Macedonia 74-61
Romania outscored FYR Macedonia in the clash for the 15th place. Antonio Nasturescu (189-SG-99) had 16 points in the victory. Romania led by two points at the interval 34:32. They sank 40 points in the second half to rally to the victory. Dimitri Georgiadis (202-F-99) and Botond Solyom (195-SG-99) produced 11 points each in the win. Pavle Mihajloski (195-SF-99) replied with 16 points for FYR Macedonia.

17-18 Place
Georgia - Austria 82-86
Austria finished the tournament on a high note. They nipped Georgia in the classification round. Jonas John (185-SG-99) provided 17 points in the victory. Austria accumulated a 49:43 halftime lead. Austria kept Georgia at distance in the second half and raced to the victory. Luka Brajkovic (206-F/C-99) and Nico Kaltenbrunner (192-SF-00) tallied 16 points apiece in the win. Otar Pertaia (180-PG-00) and Nikoloz Metskhvarishvili (200-PF-99) replied with 19 points each for Georgia.

19-20 Place
Switzerland - Belarus 98-88
Eric Koludrovic (194-F-99) tallied 25 points to lead Switzerland past Belarus. Switzerland eked out a 53:52 halftime advantage. They extended the margin at 8-point mark. They unloaded 25 points in the final quarter to cruise to the victory. Brandon Brivio (196-SF-00) had 16 points for the winners. Yauhen Massalski (207-F-99) chipped in 16 points for Belarus.

21-22 Place
Azerbaijan - Albania 56-69
Albania toppled Azerbaijan in the game for the 21st position. Nikolla Haruni (200-PF-99) and Huljo Berati (192-G/F-00) sank 17 points each for the winning side. Albania registered a 32:20 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Eldi Hysa (192-G-99) had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory. Kamran Mammadov (183-PG-00) banked in 19 points for Azerbaijan.

23-24 Place
Luxembourg - Ireland 72-63
Luxembourg held off Ireland to end up in the 23rd position. Ben Kovac (195-SG-00) notched 20 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Luxembourg accumulated a 37:31 halftime lead. Ireland pulled within 2 points at the final intermission. Luxembourg replied with a 21:14 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Lou Demuth (212-C-00) had 18 points for the winners. Sean Jenkins (185-G-99) had 17 points for Ireland.



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  FINLAND  


Israel beat Finland in Day 2 of Kondrashin and Belov Cup - by Eurobasket News

Israel beat Finland 97-92 in Day 2 of Kondrashin and Belov Cup. Israel will now face Russia in the final of the tournament.
The Israeli team took an early 27-23 lead and added a 26-22 run in the second frame. Both teams scored 21 points each in the third period as Israel enjoyed an 8-point advantage with 10 minutes to go. Finland managed to win the third period 26-23, but could not win the game.
Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) ended up with 18 points, while Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) posted 16. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 14. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) and Oz Blayzer (199-PF-92) followed them with 12 points each.



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  FRANCE  


Limoges ink A.J. English, ex Fraport SKY - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 25-year old American guard A.J. English (192-86kg-92, college: Iona). He played last season at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in German BBL league. English managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 BBL games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.6ppg and averaged 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. He also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. The other team English played that season for was Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 8 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others English's college team won MAAC Tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He was also voted Division I All-ECAC 1st Team in 2016.
English has played also professionally in .
He attended Iona College until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
English could be described: English is a 6-3 shooting guard and a perimeter scoring threat who has the ability to put points on the board in bunches. According to ESPN.com''s Recruiting Nation, he has a good stroke from behind the three-point line and can shoot it equally well off a bounce in the mid-range area. English has a good feel for attacking close-outs and can get it to the rim if necessary. English''s father - A.J., II - was an All-American at Virginia Union University and played two seasons with the Washington Bullets from 1990-1992 where he averaged just under 10.0 points per game.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center

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France overcame Tunisia in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News

France won over Tunisia 67-53 in a friendly game. France allowed the opponents to take a control in the start of the game as Tunisia posted a 20-16 rally. The favorites however replied with a 17-9 surge in the second period and then closed the game with a final 16-6 burst.
Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 20 points to lead France and Kevin Seraphin (208-C-89) added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) poured in 10, whilst Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) brought 6. Macram BEN ROMDHANE and Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) answered with 16 points in the losing effort.



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World Cup Qualifiers: Estonia outgunned FYR Macedonia - by Eurobasket News

Estonia outgunned FYR Macedonia for 1-0 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.


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  GEORGIA  


Georgia wins Kidy Tour Cup - by Eurobasket News

Georgia have won Kidy Tour Cup with 4 participating teams. In the semifinal they edged Latvia 73-69, while Lithuania posted a 59-58 narrow win over Poland. In the Final game Georgia overcame Lithuania 81-70.
The guests grabbed a 25-21 lead at the end of the first period, but the Baltic state replied with a 19-8 surge to take the lead at the halftime. In the second half Georgia dominated the court and came up with two victories in the third and the last quarters. They posted 25-19 and then 2311 respectively to seal the win.
Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) nailed 17. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) replied with 17 points in a loss and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) poured in 10.



Levan Babilodze signs at Salerno - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Virtus Arechi Salerno landed 19-year old Georgian swingman Levan Babilodze (197-98). He is not a newcomer in Italian League as he played most recently at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in Italian Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 14 games he averaged just 1.0ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Babilodze also played that season for Sport e Cultura Patti (also in Serie A2). In 12 games he had 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg. Babilodze also spent pre-season at Betaland Cdo (Serie A) that year.
His team made it to the Georgian Cup Final Four in 2015.
Babilodze represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 44.4%.
Babilodze has played also professionally in Georgia (Batumi).

Virtus Arechi Salerno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Onorio Petrazzuoli
Ernesto Beatrice
Marco Cucco
Levan Babilodze

Forwards:
Gianmarco Leggio
Daniel Datuowei

Centers:
Paolo Paci
Riccardo Bartolozzi

Coach: Antonio Paternoster

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Maccabi Rishon adds Crawford to their roster, ex Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Drew Crawford (196-98kg-90, college: Northwestern). He played last season at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. In 26 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg. Crawford helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. He also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. Crawford contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Crawford was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2016.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors), Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).
Crawford attended Northwestern University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Avi Ben-Chimol
Nitzan Hanochi
Oded Brandwein
Drew Crawford

Forwards:
Jason Siggers
Yaniv Solomon

Center:
Idan Zalmanson

Coach: Shmuel Brenner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Larry Gordon (ex Vechta) signs at Astana - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) landed 30-year old American forward Larry Gordon (196-98kg-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona). He played most recently at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. In 15 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. Gordon also played that season for Sonic Boom in South Korean KBL where in 19 games he had 14.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals in 2012. Gordon received also CCAA Player of the Year award and NCAA D2 All-America 1st Team (by Division II Bulletin) award back in 2009 at his college time.
Gordon has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Gordon has played previously professionally also in Holland (Zwolle) and Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls).
He attended California State Polytechnica Un. Pomona until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Anthony Clemmons

Forwards:
Larry Gordon
Ike_Joseph Udanoh

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ricky Easterling's Second Home Will Always Be Saarlouis - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After three seasons in the Pro B where he was the leading scorer two years in a row, Ricky Easterling (189-G-83, college: Bridgewater) was unable to find a Pro B team for the upcoming season and will retrun home to his basketball home in Germany in Saarlouis. Easterling is a 33 year old 189cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that will be entering his 13th professional season and 12th in Germany. Last season the American left Saarlouis to play for playoff team BG Karlsruhe and suddenly wasn't the only scoring option, but one of many and despite playing 12 minutes less than in the previous season with Saarlouis, he still had a very efficient season averaging 14.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 88.2%. He scored in double figures 19 times and 20 points or more seven times. His best scoring games was 29 points against PS Karlsruhe and 24 points against Leipzig.

Now Easterling returns back to an old stomping ground Saarlouis where he played from 2007-2015 and made a name for himself in the Regionaliga being the best player year and year out and averaged 34ppg and 32ppg and in other seasons 29ppg and 28ppg. In his two seasons in the Pro B with Saarlouis he averaged 22.9ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 86.1% and 23.1ppg), 4.0rpg, 4.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 81.2%. He played his rookie season in Germany with TSG Reutlingen (Germany-Oberliga) and Bergheim Bandits (Germany-Regionalliga). He played his college ball at Bridgewater (NCAA3). Awards and acheivements in his basketball career have been Old Dominion Athletic Conference First Team -05, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-West Second Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-West First Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 1st Team -11, 12, 14, German Regionalliga (South-West Group) Runner-Up -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-West Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-West 1st Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Player of the Year -14, German Regionalliga (Southwest Group) Champion -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -15, 17, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -16,and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16.

Source: SG Saarlouis-Dillingen Basketball



After 40 Minutes There Will Only Winners As Iowa (NCAA) And The Basketball Aid Allstars Play For Cancer Stricken Kids - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isn't like Jordan Bohannon isn't engulfed by special basketball vibes each weekend when he enters into huge basketball buildings in the States when he is on NCAA duty battling the likes of Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State or Seton Hall, but even during the dog days of summer and approximately 4,532 miles away from Iowa, the American will be presented with some NBA and brotherly vibes even if he doesn't know it. When the American who hails from Marion, Iowa and could have called the University of Wisconsin a second home when he was younger sets foot in the tiny size OSP Rhein-Necker arena in Heidelberg, Germany that seats 2,000 on Tuesday it may seem like just any other ordinary gym with one side showcasing stands and the other side where the team's benches are only a wall behind it, but in reality it will be more than that. The 20 year old 183cm point guard will be at the first stop of a summer basketball tour that will also take him and the Iowa Hawkeyes to the mountains and chocolate of Switzerland and to the pasta and wine of Italy. The first stop in Germany is a very special one as Iowa is taking part in a special event for the Basketball Aid organization that has been fighting against cancer that effects children since 2007 by giving awareness and having events where the proceeds go to cancer aid. As Bohannon and his teammates clash against a special put together Basketball Aid roster of mostly German professional players, the sophomore will have that special brotherly vibe following him all around the court as his brother Jason played for the then USC Heidelberg second division team that played in the OSC gym. He also will taste that NBA flair that is in the arena as current Chicago Bull Paul Zipser learned his basketball trade in this gym when he was a youth and actually was teammates with his brother Jason in the 2010-2011 season and played two games together at the end of the season where the German played two minutes scoring two points and the American tallied a total of 14 points in the two games. Another NBA aspect to this arena is that German basketball legend Pascal Roller will be coaching the Basketball Aid team. He had a stellar career winning 2 titles in Germany with the Frankfurt Skyliners and like Zipser started his career in this gym, but even better was a long time teammate of Dirk Nowitzki in the German national team that fed the Dallas Maverick in the post more times than Tyler Cook will ever dunk at Iowa. Now more than 6 years later Zipser is in the NBA, Jason Bohannon has retired from professional basketball and Jordan Bohannon is on the verge of continuing a very solid NCAA career. Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth was able to get a Maik Zirbes German national team jersey that was autographed by every member of the team and will be auctioned off at halftime.

On Tuesday August 8th, the University of Iowa will meet the Basketball Aid allstars and the American team led by head coach Fran Mccaffery at Iowa since 2010 are coming off a season ending loss in the NIT Sweet 16 to TCU 94-92 and embarking on the 2017-2018 season with many returning players, some interesting new freshmen and needing to compensate the loss of top scorer Peter Jok. The biggest milestones in Iowa's basketball history was being a 1956 NCAA finalist and 2013 NIT finalist and winning the Big 10 tournament in 2001-2006. They have played in the NCAA tournament 25 times, been in the Final four three times, Elite 8 four times and the Sweet 16 eight times. They have sent many players on to great professional careers and many have balled in Germany like Aaron White, Jared Reiner, Kurt Looby, Jacob Jaacks or Sean Sonderleiter just to name a few. This season's club has unending potential once again with the biggest questions being who will step up for the departed Peter Jok, will the team spread the love more consistently on offense or develop two high class starters that will always give you good production and will Tyler Cook be able to take the next step as he has the most upside. The key players to watch in Heidelberg will be Tyler Cook, Jordan Bohannon, Nicholas Baer, Isaiah Moss and German Dominique Uhl. Cook is a 19 year old 206cm center from St Louis that will be a sophomore this season. Last season as a freshman he played 27 games averaging 12.3ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 59.8%. His best games were against Seton Hall with 24 points and 21 points against Maryland. He came to Iowa with high expectations being 38Th on ESPN's 100 list and despite solid stats had to battle injuries last season and foul trouble showed him time on the bench more than he had liked. He likes to pattern his game after Lebron James and is looking to heighten his game even more this season and take more responsibility with the departure of Jok. Bohannon will also be a sophomore this season and also had a solid freshman campaign playing 34 games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.1apg, FGP: 32.2%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 85.5%. He had some huge games against Iowa and Maryland with 24 points apiece and also a 23 point game against Notre Dame. He finished the season strong with three double doubles and averaged 11 assists in his last three games. Not only his playmaking is strong, but he is a lethal and feared shooter already as he hit Maryland with eight trey's and seven against Notre Dame. Last season he belonged to top company as he was one of two players to tally at least 65 three's and 125 assists and the other was new Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball. He will be another key factor for the success of Iowa this season. Nicolas Baer is a 21 year old 201cm forward with the German sounding name from Bettendorf, Iowa that is going into his junior season and was able to heighten his stats each season and last season played 34 games averaging 7.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 61.4%. teammate Cook may call him a nerd as his shirt 'Straight out of cookies' made waves recently, but there is nothing nerdy about his game. His best games last season was a 20 and 10 game against Penn State and a 15 and 10 effort in the season ending loss to TCU. He can do it all and is simply everywhere on the court. Coach Mccaffery loves the game of Baer and not only teammate Bohannon was in great company with Lonzo Ball, but Baer also made a record last season. Last season he was the only player in the NCAA and one of two players in the Big 10 in the last 20 years together with Golden State Warrior Draymond Greene to reach 235 points, 45 steals, 40 three pointers and 35 plus blocks in a season. He may not be in the same universe as a Larry Bird, but his versatility sure reminds one of a Bird and like Bird back in 1991 with 32 points in a playoff win against Indiana made a famous exit to the locker room and return back to lead the team to a win against Purdue with 9 points. Dominique Uhl is a 22 year old 206cm forward that doesn't have the stats of the players listed before him, but the returning senior has been a vital role player for Iowa in his three years there. Last season the German played 32 games averaging 3.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg. He has had some great games like his 15 points in a win against W Illinois or his 14 points against UMKC. Uhl is from Frankfurt, Germany and played in the Frankfurt Skyliners organization before coming to the states in 2012 to go to high school and then go to Iowa. He likes to compare his game to Paul George and will be very motivated to come home and play in front of family and friends. Coach Mcaffery has helped him slow down his game and the German wants to be more consistent in his last year before he will embark on a professional career in Germany.Other interesting players to watch from Iowa will be Isaiah Moss, Cordell Pemsl as well as incoming freshman Jack Nunge and Slovenian/Bosnian Luka Garza who brings 25/12 stats from Maret high school and is already seen as a very talented youngster as he took part at the Nike Elite 100 Skill Academy in St.Louis, Missouri in 2015, NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA in 2016 and the HS McDonald's All-American Game in 2017.

The Basketball Aid Allstars have reeled in 10 very interesting players for their roster that are mostly Germans and young, but there are also some veterans that will suit up like Alexandar Nadjfeji who is the best known of the bunch. He is a 40 year old 206cm forward that was retired and came back in the 2015-2016 season to play in Germany's highest league EasyCredit BBL with the Walter tIgers Tuebingen. He is also on the Tuebingen coaching staff and can look back at a stellar career where he played 16 seasons in Germany for teams like the Telekom Baskets Bonn, Cologne, Alba Berlin, Fc Bayern Munich and Tuebingen winning 4 titles. The Serb in his prime belonged to the best passing forwards in the BBL. The team also presents 3 players from the Fraport Skyliners. Recently acquired Tobias Jahn is a 31 year old 204cm center that played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 113 games and as a professional played for teams like TV Langen, Ehingen and Hanau. Last season with Ehingen Jahn averaged 10.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.9rpg), 1.0apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 70.0%. Richard Freundenberg also has NCAA experience, but less than Jahn and is a young buck at age 18 and 206cm.He already has seen a lot in his young years as he won the German NBBL (U-19) title) in 2015 with FC Bayern Munich leading then charge with 24 points in the final. After playing 2 BBL games with FC Bayern Munich two seasons ago and also playing Regionalliga and for the NBBL team, he made the jump last season across the pond to St.John's (NCAA), but never was able to crack the rotation the way he had wished for NBA legend head coach Chris Mullin as he played 26 games averaging 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg. He belongs to Germany's biggest talents from the year 1998 and will be looking to bounce back from ST Johns with the Fraport Skyliners. The third player for Frankfurt on board is Garai Zeeb who is a 20 year old 187cm point guard that will be playing his third season for Frankfurt. He started his career with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven youth teams and played 7 BBL games as a 17 year old in the 14-15 season. He is still tryiing to break the BBL roster as in his first 2 seasons with Frankfurt he played only 7 games, but played for their Farm team Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the Pro B averaging 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 78.0%. The other center on board is Robert Oehle who is 29 and is 209cm tall. He is a solid big man that likes to play with the back to the basket, but also can face up and shoot. He has played for German teams like Paderborn, Giessen, Tuebingen, Nurnberg and last season helped Gotha move up to the BBL from the second division Pro A averaging 10.8ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 75.6%. He will go into his fourth BBL season and first with Gotha having 83 BBL games experience. The team will feature small forwards Albert Kuppe and Lukas Wank. Kuppe is a 28 year old 200cm forward that was born in Russia, but also has the German citizenship. He can look back at a solid career having started with the SG Mannheim junior team. He made the jump to the Pro B league (third division) in 2009 with the BIS Baskets Speyer and then played with Gotha from 2010-2015 where he helped the team move up to the Pro A in 2013. This charity game will be like a home game for him as he will lace up his sneakers for his third season with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) and last season averaged 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.1%, FT: 75.0%. Lukas Wank is a 20 year old 197cm forward that is highly talented that started his career with the Altenburger Basketball Club 1996 and then moved to Science City Jena (ProA) where he played from 2013-2016. Last season he made the jump to s.Oliver Wuerzburg playing 4 BBL games, but played mostly for their farm team TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (ProB) averaging 11.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 76.8%. He recently took part at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) playing 7 games averaging 3.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1apg. The point guard position will be filled with Radi Tomasevic and Mauro Veljacic. Tomasevic is a 39 year old 181cm guard that possesses the German/Serbian citizenship and recently retired. He will always be remembered as a left handed guard with a feathery soft shooting touch and sneaky spring in his step. If he hasn't seen every gym in Germany than he must have seen most as he played for teams like Landshut, Ludwigsburg, Hannover, Bayreuth, Tuebingen, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Geneva, Kirchheim and Ehingen. Even though he saw so much, he did last 7 seasons with Kirchheim, played a season abroad in Switzerland and in the 2004-2005 season played a season in the BBL with Tuebingen. He played the last two seasons with Ehingen and last season averaged 25 games: 4.8ppg, 1.1apg. Mauro Veliacic is a 24 year old 183cm Croatian that is in Germany at the moment and has played in his homeland his whole career. He began his career with KK Crikvenica (A2) and then moved to KK Kvarner 2010 Rijeka (A1) where he played from 2012-2017. Last season he was the fourth best scorer in the Croatian league averaging 17.2ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), Steals-1 (2.3spg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 77.9%.Last but not least the team also will feature Sebastian Herrera who is a 19 year old 193cm guard that has the German/Chilean citizenship. He started his basketball career with Vitacura in Chile and also sampled experience with CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago. He came to Germany in 2014 and played with the TBB Trier Regionaliga and NBBL team and palyed the last two seasons with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA): and last season played 34 games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 60.0%. This upcoming season he will suit up with the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-ProA). In 2016 he played with the Chilean National Team at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) playing 5 games averaging 2.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg




Limoges ink A.J. English, ex Fraport SKY - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 25-year old American guard A.J. English (192-86kg-92, college: Iona). He played last season at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in German BBL league. English managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 BBL games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.6ppg and averaged 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. He also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. The other team English played that season for was Enel Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 8 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others English's college team won MAAC Tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He was also voted Division I All-ECAC 1st Team in 2016.
English has played also professionally in .
He attended Iona College until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
English could be described: English is a 6-3 shooting guard and a perimeter scoring threat who has the ability to put points on the board in bunches. According to ESPN.com''s Recruiting Nation, he has a good stroke from behind the three-point line and can shoot it equally well off a bounce in the mid-range area. English has a good feel for attacking close-outs and can get it to the rim if necessary. English''s father - A.J., II - was an All-American at Virginia Union University and played two seasons with the Washington Bullets from 1990-1992 where he averaged just under 10.0 points per game.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Centers:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mardracus Wade is a newcomer at Nuernberg - by Eurobasket News

Nuernberg Falcons BC (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Mardracus Wade (188-81kg-91, college: Arkansas). He played most recently at Greensboro Swarm (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 6 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Wade played at another team Iowa Energy in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 35 games he averaged 5.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win China Four Nations Tournament. Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-CBA Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention.
Wade has played also professionally in ABA (Laredo Swarm).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He has that desire, he doesn't want anyone to beat him and that goes a long way.

Nuernberg Falcons BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Matthew Gibson
Sebastian Schroeder
Mardracus Wade
Malo Valerien

Forwards:
Dan Oppland
Marvin Omuvwie

Center:
Jonathan Maier

Coach: Ralph Junge

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



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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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Peristeri GS Athens tab Keydren Clark - by Eurobasket News

Peristeri GS Athens (B) inked 33-year old American (has also Bulgarian passport) point guard Keydren Clark (180-84kg-84, college: St.Peter's). He played most recently at Promitheas (A1), but left the team in Jan.'17. In 13 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Clark played at Acibadem in Turkish BSL where in 29 games he had very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Honorable Mention.
Clark has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2011.
Clark is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Sluc Nancy and JSF Nanterre), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, VL Pesaro and Umana Venezia), Greece (Aris and Egaleo) and Latvia (Ventspils).
Clark attended St. Peter's College until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: An undersized guard who can really score at any level. Has also good passing skills that could enable him to play stably at the point, the problem is that he needs to add a quarterbacking mentality to his game.

Peristeri GS Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Spyros Magounis
Keydren Clark
Igor Milosevic
Thanasis Konstantakopoulos
Devon Van_Oostrum
Alkis Pappas
Georgios Angelou
Fokionas Fotopoulos

Forwards:
Alexandros Sigounas
Dimitrios Fotopoulos
Athanasios Domprogiannis
Nikolaos Chougaz
Antonis Mantzaris

Centers:
Vassilis Symtsak
Gaios Skordilis
Tasos Dimitriadis
Costis Gontikas

Coach: Nikos Karagiannis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jahii Carson (ex Island S.) agreed terms with Koroivos - by Eurobasket News

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (A1) inked 25-year old American point guard Jahii Carson (178-82kg-92, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Island Storm in Canadian NBL. In 49 NBL Canada games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 20.9ppg and had 4.1rpg, 6.6apg and 1.6spg last season. Carson helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Newcomer of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Adanaspor in Turkish TBL where in 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg.
Carson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.4apg.
Carson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Carson has played previously professionally in Australia (Illawarra Hawks), Puerto Rico and Serbia (Metalac).
He attended Arizona State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

ASA Koroivos Amaliadas roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jahii Carson
Alexandros Spyridonidis
Marcus Posley

Forwards:
Aaron Rountree_III
Stathis Papadionysiou

Center:
Yannis Sahpatzidis

Coach: Nikos Kalabakos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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World Cup Qualifiers: Netherlands pip Austria in Schwechat - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands edged Austria in Schwechat at their start of the World Cup Qualifiers. The Dutch team grabbed a 79-72 win as Austria fell at 1-1.
Austria won the opening period 18-15, but Netherlands took control in the rest of the game. They posted a 23-14 run in the second period to take a 38-32 halftime advantage. Moreover the guests added a 17-16 rally in the third period to increase the lead.
Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 17. Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95, college: Utah) replied with 24 points for the home side and Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 16.



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  IRELAND  


Will Hanley (ex Iberostar Tener.) joins FC Porto - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto (LPB) agreed terms with 27-year old American (has also Irish passport) swingman Will Hanley (201-93kg-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International). He has played for the last two seasons at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he had 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg last season. Hanley also played 20 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 3.8ppg and 4.4rpg. He helped them to win the Basketball Champions League championship (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hanley was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year back in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Valencia Basket, Gipuzkoa and Oviedo_CB.
Hanley attended Bowdoin College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Hanley: Will runs the floor very well. He is always a double- double threat on the court. He is really intense and hard mentality. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.

FC Porto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Pinto
Andre Bessa
Will Hanley
Pedro Bastos
Ferran Ventura
Pedro Baptista

Forwards:
Miguel Miranda
Miguel Queiroz
Antonio Monteiro
Will Sheehey
Vladyslav Voytso

Center:
Sasa Borovnjak

Coach: Moncho Lopez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Rishon adds Crawford to their roster, ex Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Drew Crawford (196-98kg-90, college: Northwestern). He played last season at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. In 26 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg. Crawford helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. He also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. Crawford contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Crawford was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2016.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors), Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks).
Crawford attended Northwestern University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Avi Ben-Chimol
Nitzan Hanochi
Oded Brandwein
Drew Crawford

Forwards:
Jason Siggers
Yaniv Solomon

Center:
Idan Zalmanson

Coach: Shmuel Brenner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Israel beat Finland in Day 2 of Kondrashin and Belov Cup - by Eurobasket News

Israel beat Finland 97-92 in Day 2 of Kondrashin and Belov Cup. Israel will now face Russia in the final of the tournament.
The Israeli team took an early 27-23 lead and added a 26-22 run in the second frame. Both teams scored 21 points each in the third period as Israel enjoyed an 8-point advantage with 10 minutes to go. Finland managed to win the third period 26-23, but could not win the game.
Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) ended up with 18 points, while Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) posted 16. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 14. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) and Oz Blayzer (199-PF-92) followed them with 12 points each.



Yaniv Solomon agreed terms with Maccabi Rishon - by Nir Luna

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) inked 23-year old American small forward Yaniv Solomon (201-94). He played most recently at Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim in the National League. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Solomon ended the previous (2015-16) season at Hapoel Beer Sheva (also in National League) where in 11 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 4.1rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Elitzur Yavne (also in National League). In 15 games he had also remarkable stats: 15.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg.
Solomon represented Israel at the European Championships U18 Division B in Varna (Bulgaria) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9spg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 28.6%.

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Avi Ben-Chimol
Nitzan Hanochi
Oded Brandwein

Forwards:
Jason Siggers
Yaniv Solomon

Center:
Idan Zalmanson

Coach: Shmuel Brenner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nimrod Levi agreed terms with Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old center Nimrod Levi (208-95). He played most recently at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. Levi managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 9 Winner League games he recorded just 2.7ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Levi also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 2.8ppg. The other team he played that season for was Maccabi Rishon. In 12 Winner League games he had 3.3ppg and 2.2rpg. Levi also played 13 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 4.8ppg and 2.8rpg.
He represented Israel at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg.
Levi has played previously for five other teams: Ironi Ramat Gan, Hapoel Kfar Saba, Galil Elion, Beer Yaakov and Wingate Academy Netanya.

Maccabi Ashdod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Guni Israeli
Sek Henry
Cameron Long

Forwards:
Adam Ariel
David Laury

Centers:
Gerald Lee
Nimrod Levi

Coach: Brad Greenberg

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  ITALY  


Georgi Sirakov signs at Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) landed 25-year old naturalized Bulgarian guard Georgi Sirakov (187-80kg-92, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Firenze All Foods in Italian Serie B. Sirakov received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Serie B 3rd Team award in 2017.
He represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.5ppg.
Sirakov has played previously professionally in Italy (Rimini, Taranto, Montecatiniterme, San Severo and Fiat Torino) and Bulgaria (Yambol).

Enel Basket Brindisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milenko Tepic
Marco Giuri
Georgi Sirakov
Anthony Barber

Forwards:
Scott Suggs
Obinna Oleka

Coach: Sandro Dell Agnello

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Mirza Alibegovic may join Betaland Cdo - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) is close to sign 25-year old naturalized American guard Mirza Alibegovic (197-85kg-92) who played last time at Fiat Torino from In 30 Serie A games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Alibegovic played at Germani where in 49 Serie A games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
Alibegovic has played previously for six other teams: VL Pesaro, The Flexx Pistoia, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, UBC, Enel Brindisi and Mantova.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Mirza has become definitely extremely physical and Athletic what helped him become the most complete wing player of the team. He is defensive stopper often coaches choice to play on ball defense on the best wing players, he has margine to improve his defense away from the ball. He became also very good rebounder ,often between top two rebounders of the team. And on the offensive side his talent fully came thru this year since he become a real 'microwave' scoring the most points, in his ball club from Mantova, per minute played, even not being involved much in offensive schemes, good also in the back to the basket. Excellent reserve what he will have to improve in the near future is in the offensive side beating opponent of the dribble and using pick and roll going to the goal all the way.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Mario Ihring

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka

Center:
Andrea Donda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Levan Babilodze signs at Salerno - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Virtus Arechi Salerno landed 19-year old Georgian swingman Levan Babilodze (197-98). He is not a newcomer in Italian League as he played most recently at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in Italian Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 14 games he averaged just 1.0ppg last season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Babilodze also played that season for Sport e Cultura Patti (also in Serie A2). In 12 games he had 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg. Babilodze also spent pre-season at Betaland Cdo (Serie A) that year.
His team made it to the Georgian Cup Final Four in 2015.
Babilodze represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 44.4%.
Babilodze has played also professionally in Georgia (Batumi).

Virtus Arechi Salerno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Onorio Petrazzuoli
Ernesto Beatrice
Marco Cucco
Levan Babilodze

Forwards:
Gianmarco Leggio
Daniel Datuowei

Centers:
Paolo Paci
Riccardo Bartolozzi

Coach: Antonio Paternoster

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Treviglio lands Mattia Palumbo - by Eurobasket News

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (Serie A2) tabbed shooting guard Mattia Palumbo (196). He has played for the last two years at Roma S.Azzurra in the Serie B. In 23 games he averaged 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Among other achievements Palumbo received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U16 in Radom (Poland) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-3 (4.8apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 80.0%.

Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Alan Voskuil
Luca Cesana
Mattia Palumbo

Forwards:
Bryce Douvier
Andrea Pecchia

Center:
Jacopo Borra

Coach: Adriano Vertemati

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jovan Zdravkovic signs at Piombino - by Eurobasket News

Basket Golfo Piombino (Serie B) landed Jovan Zdravkovic. He played most recently at Valdicornia Basket in the Serie D.

Basket Golfo Piombino roster for 2017-2018:

Edoardo Persico
Alessio Iardella
Camillo Bianchi
Alessandro Procacci
Djordje Malbasa
Edoardo Fontana
Jovan Zdravkovic

Coach: Marco Andreazza

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marcus Gilbert (ex Viola RC) joins FC Porto - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto (LPB) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Marcus Gilbert (198-84kg-93, college: Fairfield). He played last season at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in Italian Serie A2. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.4apg. Gilbert also played that season for FCM Ferentino (also in Serie A2) where in 21 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013 and 2016. Gilbert was also voted All-MAAC 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Gilbert graduated from Fairfield University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

FC Porto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Pinto
Andre Bessa
Will Hanley
Pedro Bastos
Ferran Ventura
Pedro Baptista

Forwards:
Miguel Miranda
Miguel Queiroz
Antonio Monteiro
Will Sheehey
Marcus Gilbert
Vladyslav Voytso

Center:
Sasa Borovnjak

Coach: Moncho Lopez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Betaland Cdo lands Andrea Mezzanotte - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) tabbed 19-year old power forward Andrea Mezzanotte (202-98). He has played for the last four years at the junior team of Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio in the Serie A2. But in 18 games he averaged just 1.0ppg last season.
Mezzanotte represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 2.2rpg.

Betaland Capo d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gary Talton
Justin Edwards
Mario Ihring

Forwards:
Jakub Wojciechowski
Damien Inglis
Arturs Strautins
Arnoldas Kulboka
Andrea Mezzanotte

Center:
Andrea Donda

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Vendemiano adds Mediss to their roster, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

Rucker Sanve San Vendemiano (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 28-year old Latvian guard Kristaps Mediss (188-89kg-89). He played last season at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 41 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg. Mediss helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 16 games in Baltic League where he averaged 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg. Mediss contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Jurmalas Sports / Fenikss (also in LBL). In 39 games he had 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg. Mediss also played 14 games in Baltic League where he got 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He won Latvian League championship title in 2011.
Mediss has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Aluksne, LU/BS Riga, Turiba, Jekabpils and VEF skola.

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Reggio C. Vis keep Warwick for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vis Reggio Calabria (Serie C Silver) re-signed 32-year old British small forward James William Warwick (198-6kg-85, college: Grayson County CC). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 27 Serie C Silver games he averaged impressive 18.9ppg last season.
Warwick won Italian Serie C Group I championship title in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Warwick has played also professionally in Austria, Germany (Herzoege Wolfenbuettel, Hannover Tigers and Hannover Korbjaeger) and United Kingdom (Leicester Riders and Manchester Magic).
He attended Grayson County College until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panzieri re-signs at Valdiceppo - by Eurobasket News

Basket Academy Valdiceppo Perugia (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 22-year old center Alessandro Panzieri (201-95kg-95, college: High School). He played there last season. In 31 Serie B games he had 8.8ppg and 6.3rpg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Panzieri spent at CUS Torino where in 21 Serie B games he recorded 9.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg. He also played that season for Cus Jonico Basket Taranto. In three Serie B games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 3.7rpg.
Panzieri was named to U18 National Team in 2013.
He has played previously for Pisaurum 2000 Bk Club Pesaro.
Panzieri attended High School until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Zaid Hearst (ex Araberri) is a newcomer at Rieti - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Zaid Hearst (193-98kg, college: Quinnipiac). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. He played most recently at Araberri in Spanish LEB Silver. In 34 LEB Gold games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.2ppg and had 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Hearst played at Oviedo_CB (also in LEB Gold) where in 29 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 3.9rpg.
Hearst's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He graduated from Quinnipiac College in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

NPC Rieti roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forward:
Giovanni Carenza

Center:
Angelo Gigli

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Senigallia adds Tortu to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Senigallia (Serie B) added to their roster 25-year old forward Lorenzo Tortu (200-90kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe) from Urania Milano. In 24 Serie B games he recorded 10.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Tortu played at Malloni Basket Porto S.Elpidio where in 26 Serie B games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2spg.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro, Recanati and Pisaurum 2000 Bk Club Pesaro) and Germany (SG Schwelmer Baskets).
On Tortu: A complete package for a front court player, because he started his career inside and moved out. Good rebounder and scorer, has interesting upside as a combo forward.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Serafini re-signs at Campli - by Eurobasket News

Campli Basket (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 24-year old forward Alberto Serafini (197-87kg-93). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 37 Serie B games he had 7.6ppg and 5.0rpg last season.
Serafini has played previously for two other teams: BancaTercas and Cassino.

Campli Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gianni Cantagalli
Federico Burini
Valerio Miglio

Forward:
Alberto Serafini

Center:
Gianluca Di_Carmine

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Andrea Rovatti is a newcomer at Cagliari Academy - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Cagliari Dinamo Academy strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old forward Andrea Rovatti (197-96) from Tezenis Verona. But in 9 Serie A2 games he recorded just 0.9ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Rovatti played at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A) where in 6 games he averaged only 0.8ppg.
He helped his team to make it to the Serie A2 Final in 2016.
Rovatti has played previously for Grissin Bon RE.

Cagliari Dinamo Academy roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Rullo
Marcus Keene

Forwards:
Marco Allegretti
Ferdinando Matrone
Deshawn Stephens
Andrea Rovatti

Coach: Riccardo Paolini

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Ignacio Ochoa signs at Matera - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Olimpia Matera (Serie B) landed experienced 38-year old naturalized Argentinian power forward Ignacio Ochoa (202-79) from Air Fire Valmontone. In 14 Serie B games he averaged 8.1ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Ochoa also played that season for Independiente Neuquen (TFB) in Argentinian league where in 14 games he had 8.1ppg and 2.6rpg.
His team won Italian Nazionale B Group A Regular Season in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball Ochoa experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Ochoa has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Deportivo Roca de Rio Negro, Estudiantes Olavarria and Perfora) and Italy (Latina Basket, Lumezzane, FCM Ferentino and Brusati).
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 Matera.
Let's have closer look into Ochoa's outlook: Great coordination, quick feet, started his career at center position, but he is quickly adapting to the 4 position, wher he can take advantage from his good shootinbg touch and his passing skills. Prefers to play at the 5 position, but is a little undersized (true height is around 2 metres..).

Bawer Olimpia Matera roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcello Cozzoli
Leonardo Battistini
Samuele Pasqualini

Forwards:
Ignacio Ochoa
Franco Migliori

Center:
Nicolo Ravazzani

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  KAZAKHSTAN  


Larry Gordon (ex Vechta) signs at Astana - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) landed 30-year old American forward Larry Gordon (196-98kg-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona). He played most recently at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. In 15 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. Gordon also played that season for Sonic Boom in South Korean KBL where in 19 games he had 14.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals in 2012. Gordon received also CCAA Player of the Year award and NCAA D2 All-America 1st Team (by Division II Bulletin) award back in 2009 at his college time.
Gordon has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Gordon has played previously professionally also in Holland (Zwolle) and Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls).
He attended California State Polytechnica Un. Pomona until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Anthony Clemmons

Forwards:
Larry Gordon
Ike_Joseph Udanoh

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KOSOVO  


Michael Glover (ex Obregon) signs at Sigal Prishtina - by Kate

Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) landed 30-year old American power forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona). He played in the summer at Obregon in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 54 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 21.6ppg and recorded 10.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.4apg. Glover helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. The last season Glover was tested by Los Leones (Liga Nacional) in Chilean league.
He is a very experienced player. Glover 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). Glover has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia and Villa Angela), Canada (Halifax Hurricanes), Dominican Rep., Philippines (Globalport), Turkey (Hacettepe) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Metros de Santiago and Parque Hostos).
He attended Iona College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Glover's game is described as: Extremely strong performer that also possesses great quickness in the post... Possesses good leaping ability and an excellent touch around the basket... Expanded his game in the offseason by working hard on his ball-handling and outside shooting ability.

Sigal Prishtina roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dardan Berisha
Patrick Cole
Zeek Woodley

Center:
Michael Glover

Coach: Ahmet Kandemir

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


Poland edge Latvia to seal third place in Kidy Tour Cup - by Eurobasket News

Poland edged Latvia 80-76 to seal third place in Kidy Tour Cup, while Georgia overcame Lithuania in the Final. Poland dominated the first half of the game and managed to win the first half 40-31. Moreover the Polish side added a 19-13 rally in the third period to take a 15-point advantage. Latvia however replied with a 32-21 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 14 points for Poland and A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) added 13. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) nailed 14 points for the Baltic state and Janis Blums (191-SG-82) scored 13.



San Vendemiano adds Mediss to their roster, ex Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

Rucker Sanve San Vendemiano (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 28-year old Latvian guard Kristaps Mediss (188-89kg-89). He played last season at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 41 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg. Mediss helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 16 games in Baltic League where he averaged 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg. Mediss contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Jurmalas Sports / Fenikss (also in LBL). In 39 games he had 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg. Mediss also played 14 games in Baltic League where he got 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He won Latvian League championship title in 2011.
Mediss has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Aluksne, LU/BS Riga, Turiba, Jekabpils and VEF skola.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MEXICO  


Michael Glover (ex Obregon) signs at Sigal Prishtina - by Kate

Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) landed 30-year old American power forward Michael Glover (203-98kg-87, college: Iona). He played in the summer at Obregon in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 54 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 21.6ppg and recorded 10.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.4apg. Glover helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. The last season Glover was tested by Los Leones (Liga Nacional) in Chilean league.
He is a very experienced player. Glover 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). Glover has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia and Villa Angela), Canada (Halifax Hurricanes), Dominican Rep., Philippines (Globalport), Turkey (Hacettepe) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Metros de Santiago and Parque Hostos).
He attended Iona College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Glover's game is described as: Extremely strong performer that also possesses great quickness in the post... Possesses good leaping ability and an excellent touch around the basket... Expanded his game in the offseason by working hard on his ball-handling and outside shooting ability.

Sigal Prishtina roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dardan Berisha
Patrick Cole
Zeek Woodley

Center:
Michael Glover

Coach: Ahmet Kandemir

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBBL  


Groom for Men wins NBBL SuperCup - by Eurobasket News

Groom for Men celebrated NBBL SuperCup 2017. In a matchup of undefeated rivals, Groom for Men were victorious in the Rec. Division SuperCup 58-52 over PDN. Kevaughn Ellis (6'5''-G) stepped up with 16 points and 4 rebounds for the winners being named earlier Finals MVP.
Earlier Groom the Men celebrated Recreational Wednesday title beating Flint Tropics 63-56 in the Final game. PDN posted an 80-66 win over United Nations in the Final game of Men's Recreational, NBBL.



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Oklahoma University Sooners too strong for NZ Premiers - by Mike Lacey

The University of Oklahoma Sooners may have only been in the country for 24 hours but they still proved far too good for the New Zealand Premier team winning 133-91 at Auckland Grammar School on Sunday.

The premier team put up a good showing early on but were overpowered in the second half by the 2016 NCAA Tournament semi-finalists. Kiwi Matt Freeman (208-F-97) scored 8 points for the Sooners who got their four game tour of Australasia off to a winning start.

The Canterbury Under 23 Championship winning trio of Sam Smith, Joe Cook-Green and Taylor Britt combined well in the opening stages as they, Nick Barrow and Dominique Kelman-Poto gave the Premiers a rather unexpected 12-0 start.

Lightning quick point guard Trae Young exhibited his penetrative powers and Brady Manek his three point prowess as Oklahoma found their scoring rhythm at the back end of the first period.

Finnish forward Hannes Polla, along with Freeman the only other none American on the Sooners roster, capped the strong visitors comeback to snatch a 33-30 quarter time lead.

A drive and basket from hometown favourite Freeman drew applause from both sets of supporters.

Texas Wesleyan University bound Smith continued to impress for the hosts, as did Brady Manek for the Sooners.

Local Auckland Grammar seniors Thomas Whyte and Tom Higgins joined the fray - Higgins finishing nicely in the paint but the Premiers down 66-55 in an entertaining first half.

American College teams are permitted 10 practices before overseas tours but that was ten more than the Premier team had had but the first half showing belied that fact, Sooners coach Lon Kruger complimentary of the Premiers effort.

'It was a very good to battle early, I thought New Zealand opened the ball game very well, very sharp and obviously well coached and knew how to play. I thought our guys got a little more confident as the game went on but a really good first game for us and really appreciate the great crowd, great atmosphere and great opponents, said Kruger.

Joe Cook-Green and Taylor Britt combined for scores to open the second half but a spectacular drive from Young countered that.

Denhym Brooke scored with a put back before the big Finn Polla stretched the Sooners lead beyond twenty points.

The third schoolboy in the Premier team, Rosmini's Kruz Perrott-Hunt, nailed a corner three - Thomas Whyte connected from the head of the key - but the Prems trailed 100-76 at three-quarter time.

Nick Barrow and Kelman-Poto continued to do sterling work in the paint but the Sooners got rolling in the fourth entertaining the crowd of over 600 with an impressive display that showcased their speed and athleticism.

Freeman finished with 8 points in a performance that pleased his coach.

'Very happy for Matt, a terrific young guy, great great family, they have been so supportive and for Matt to come home to Auckland and to have family and friends here and to then go out and play well, make shots. I'm very pleased for him,' added Kruger.

After reaching the NCAA Tournament final four in 2016 the Sooners struggled last season going 5-13 in Conference play and 11-20 overall. Kruger feels the tour is timely for his team.

'The timing for this group is especially good with new guys coming in (three freshmen) and guys returning who will have enhanced roles over a year ago.'

'Culturally for the guys to travel to different parts of the world and see the hospitality and the friendliness of the people here. After the game on the court mingling with the young people especially is a big part of the trip.'

The Sooners will get to do some sightseeing in Auckland on Monday before heading to Sydney with games lined up against Sutherland Sharks, Sydney Kings and Cairns Taipans to complete their four game tour.

NZ Premiers 91 - Smith 24, Kelman-Poto 18p/8r, Britt 13, Cook-Green 10p/7r/8a, Whyte 6, Pierantoni 6, Brooke 4, Barrow 4, Perrott-Hunt 4, Higgins 2
Oklahoma Sooners 133 - Young 21, Manek 17, Khadeem 16, James 13, Odomes 11, Freeman 8



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  NIGERIA  


Zaid Hearst (ex Araberri) is a newcomer at Rieti - by Eurobasket News

NPC Rieti (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of American (has also Nigerian passport) guard Zaid Hearst (193-98kg, college: Quinnipiac). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. He played most recently at Araberri in Spanish LEB Silver. In 34 LEB Gold games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.2ppg and had 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Hearst played at Oviedo_CB (also in LEB Gold) where in 29 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 3.9rpg.
Hearst's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He graduated from Quinnipiac College in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

NPC Rieti roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forward:
Giovanni Carenza

Center:
Angelo Gigli

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  PANAMA  


Adalberto Rojas is the Nicaragua's player of the week - by Robert OConnell

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.



Manuel Hussein is the Panamanian team new coach - by Robert OConnell

The spanish Manuel Hussein is new Panamanian senior team headcoach, he has coach the Gran Canaria team from 1996 thru 2002, then he went to C B Caceres from 2002 to 2003,

Then he moved to Alerta Cantabria in the LEB 1, after that he went for 4 years to the Polaris World Murcia in the ACB League.

He was born in Valencia on the 21st of October 1962.

He will be in charge of the Panamanian squad for the Americup that will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay against Dominican Republic, Team USA and local Uruguay. After that he will remain for the World Cub qualifiers starting on Nov 2017.



Panama won the bronze against Mexico - by Robert OConnell

The Bronze Medal Match was a spectacle from Ricardo Lindo (200-F/C-00), who led the Panamanians to the last step on the podium after putting up a 39-point and 19-rebound double-double in the win. Panama had to come from behind after finding itself down on the scoreboard in the beginning of the last quarter.

The Panamanians showed great heart to win the last quarter 36-20. The Panamanians secured the medal and the last ticket available to the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018.

The best from Panama:

Ricardo Lindo 39pts 19reb 1ast 2stl 2blk
Jonathan Andrade (165-PG-00) 11pts 3ast 3reb 2stl
John Gunn (193-SG-00) 11pts 7reb 2ast 2stl 2blk



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

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


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  


Poland edge Latvia to seal third place in Kidy Tour Cup - by Eurobasket News

Poland edged Latvia 80-76 to seal third place in Kidy Tour Cup, while Georgia overcame Lithuania in the Final. Poland dominated the first half of the game and managed to win the first half 40-31. Moreover the Polish side added a 19-13 rally in the third period to take a 15-point advantage. Latvia however replied with a 32-21 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 14 points for Poland and A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) added 13. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) nailed 14 points for the Baltic state and Janis Blums (191-SG-82) scored 13.



Bilbao inks at Legia W-wa at the beginning of his pro career - by Greg

Newly promoted Legia Warszawa (PLK) added to their roster 22-year old Spaniard forward Jorge Bilbao (203-110kg-95). Bilbao just graduated from Texas Arlington (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he recorded 9.1ppg and 6.7rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Legia Warszawa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Grzegorz Kukielka
Lukasz Wilczek
Piotr Robak

Forward:
Jorge Bilbao

Centers:
Mateusz Jarmakowicz
Adam Linowski

Coach: Piotr Bakun

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  


Marcus Gilbert (ex Viola RC) joins FC Porto - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto (LPB) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Marcus Gilbert (198-84kg-93, college: Fairfield). He played last season at Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria in Italian Serie A2. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.4apg. Gilbert also played that season for FCM Ferentino (also in Serie A2) where in 21 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013 and 2016. Gilbert was also voted All-MAAC 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Gilbert graduated from Fairfield University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

FC Porto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Pinto
Andre Bessa
Will Hanley
Pedro Bastos
Ferran Ventura
Pedro Baptista

Forwards:
Miguel Miranda
Miguel Queiroz
Antonio Monteiro
Will Sheehey
Marcus Gilbert
Vladyslav Voytso

Center:
Sasa Borovnjak

Coach: Moncho Lopez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Will Hanley (ex Iberostar Tener.) joins FC Porto - by Eurobasket News

FC Porto (LPB) agreed terms with 27-year old American (has also Irish passport) swingman Will Hanley (201-93kg-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International). He has played for the last two seasons at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he had 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg last season. Hanley also played 20 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 3.8ppg and 4.4rpg. He helped them to win the Basketball Champions League championship (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hanley was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year back in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Valencia Basket, Gipuzkoa and Oviedo_CB.
Hanley attended Bowdoin College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Hanley: Will runs the floor very well. He is always a double- double threat on the court. He is really intense and hard mentality. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.

FC Porto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pedro Pinto
Andre Bessa
Will Hanley
Pedro Bastos
Ferran Ventura
Pedro Baptista

Forwards:
Miguel Miranda
Miguel Queiroz
Antonio Monteiro
Will Sheehey
Vladyslav Voytso

Center:
Sasa Borovnjak

Coach: Moncho Lopez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
gschID: 555017





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  ROMANIA  


Martin Zeno re-signs at Oradea - by Greg

CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 32-year old American guard Martin Zeno (196-95kg-85, college: Texas Tech). He was a team leader there last season. Zeno managed In 32 Liga Nationala games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Zeno also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg.
The former Texas Tech University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.

CSM CSU Oradea roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Obadiah Trotter
Martin Zeno
Muhamed Pasalic

Forwards:
Goran Gajovic
Andrei Mandache

Center:
Bogdan Tibirna

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Panin is back at N.Novgorod - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) signed 33-year old ex-international forward Vadim Panin (203-99kg-84, agency: Alti Sport). It is actually his comeback to BC Nizhny Novgorod as he has played here before. Panin has played for the last three seasons at Unics in the VTB. In 26 Euroleague games he had just 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Panin also played 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded only 2.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Panin played in the final of VTB United League in 2014 and 2016.
He was a member of Russian international program for some years. Panin was called to Russian Senior National Team back in 2004 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Russia playing for six other teams: Ural Great, Khimki, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Unics Kazan 2nd team, Lokomotiv and Zenit.
Panin could be described: A 6-7 point guard from Russia who must develop a lot, but who has yet some very interesting quarterbacking skills (leadeship, court vision); needs of playing experience, but has huge potential.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Artem Komolov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Aleksandr Zakharov
Ivan Viktorov

Center:
Stevan Jelovac

Coach: Zoran Lukic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gleb Goldyrev signs at Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) landed 24-year old swingman Gleb Goldyrev (200-94kg-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played most recently at BC Novosybirsk in the Superleague 1. In 36 games he averaged 9.6ppg and 4.3rpg last season. Goldyrev helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Dynamo Moscow (Superleague).
Among other achievements Goldyrev received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Goldyrev has played previously for Spartak Vidnoye.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Zavoruev
Zabian Dowdell
Vitali Liutych
Denis Zakharov
Tekele Cotton

Forwards:
Aleksandr Pavlov
Suleiman Braimoh
Gleb Goldyrev
Igor Kanygin

Center:
Octavius Ellis

Coach: Oleg Okulov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spartak Primorie Vladivostok adds Samsonov to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) added to their roster 28-year old forward Igor Samsonov (202-93kg-89) from Kupol-Rodniki. In 26 Superleague 1 games he recorded 5.3ppg and 2.6rpg last season.
Samsonov's team won Russian Superleague Regular Season in 2015.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Samsonov tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Tobol) and Russia (TEMP SUMZ Revda, Samara 2nd team, Sogdiana-Skif and Samara SGEU).

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Babaylov
Ivan Savelyev
Andrey Mateyunas
Viktor Zaryazhko
Maksim Sakharov
Sergey Rasskazov
Maksim Branitsky

Forwards:
Igor Smygin
Igor Samsonov
Stepan Getmanov

Centers:
Maxim Krivosheev
Artjoms Butjankovs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Daniil Solovev is a newcomer at Univ.Surgut - by Eurobasket News

Universitet-Yugra Surgut (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old center Daniil Solovev (210-108kg-87) from Sakhalin. In 16 Superleague 1 games he recorded 5.4ppg and 4.4rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season Solovev played at Zenit. But in only one Eurocup game he had just 1 point, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. He also played 4 games in VTB United League, but he averaged only 0.5ppg and 1.0rpg. The other team Solovev played shortly was Zenit 2 (U23 League) where in only one game he got impressive 20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks. Another team he played that season for was Ural Ekaterinburg (VTB). In 12 games he got 10.0ppg and 7.1rpg.
Solovev has played previously for two other teams: Irkut Irkutsk and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.

Universitet-Yugra Surgut roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Iliya Syrovatko

Forward:
Evgeny Karpeko

Centers:
Aleksey Fedorchuk
Daniil Solovev

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lokomotiv lands Ivan Nelyubov - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) landed 29-year old center Ivan Nelyubov (207-107kg-88, agency: Alti Sport). He has played for the last two years at Parma in the. In 23 VTB United League games he averaged 7.7ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Nelyubov's team made it to the Russian Final Four.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Nelyubov represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 14.1ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 78.9%.
Nelyubov is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Tartu Ulikool), Latvia (VEF LSPA Riga), Russia (CSKA Moscow, BC Nizhny Novgorod and CSKA Moscow 2nd team) and Lithuania (Lietkabelis and Neptunas).
Let's have closer look into Nelyubov's outlook: A dominant center at junior level, who is yet well muscled and big sized, He's a very promising inside player, and could become a star at 4 position thanks to his good mid-range shooting.

Lokomotiv Kuban roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Babb
Joe Ragland
Trevor Lacey

Forwards:
Pavel Antipov
Stanislav Ilnitskiy

Centers:
Frank Elegar
Ivan Nelyubov
Brian Qvale

Coach: Sasa Obradovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mamadou Samb is a newcomer at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Samb (210-102kg-89) from Quesos Cerrato de Palencia. In 36 LEB Gold games he recorded 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention. Samb also played that season for Tindastoll (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 6 games he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.3bpg.
Samb represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 81.6%.
Samb has played previously for six other Spain teams: FC Barcelona, Leche Rio Breogan, CB Granada, RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Cornella and AB Esplugues-Portes.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An incredible leaper, with immense upside. He's yet very green at the tehcnical side, but can dominate a game only with his unbelieveble athletic skills. Great shotblocker, has a good outside shooting, but he is not enough continous on the court.

Melilla Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Rodriguez
Filip Djuran
Eduardo Duran

Forwards:
Javier Lucas
Pablo Almazan

Center:
Mamadou Samb

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @guibermejo)

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Burgos keep Huskic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) re-signed 25-year old Serbian center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col., TX). He played there last season. In 42 LEB Gold games he recorded 14.1ppg, 7.1rpg (#3 in the league), 3.0apg and 1.0spg. Huskic helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Player of the Year, Bosman Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Magia_Huesca (also in LEB Gold) where in 41 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Huskic contributed to his team making it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2012.
Huskic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Radnicki Obrenovac).
He attended Howard College, TX until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Schreiner
Corey Fisher

Forwards:
Deividas Gailius
Alejandro Barrera

Center:
Goran Huskic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serbin U18 National team European champion! - by Zoran Popovic

Serbia U18 National team blasts Spain in final match of European championship 62-74. Spanish team better open the match and make +7 points advantage after first quarter. Serbian team starts second quarter with much stronger defense and at the end of first half decrease Spanish advantage on only +1 point. After the half time break coach Jovanovic players starts third period very aggressive and after great serie finish third quarter with +9 points advantage. In the last period of the match Serbian team makes +17 points advantage in the middle of the quarter, but Spanish team made break, decrease Serbian advantage on +8 points, but Serbian team saves result and routinely and win final match of European championship. The most efficient player in Serbian team is Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99) with 21 points, Marko Pecarski add 14 points, Stefan Momirov and Aleksa Uskokovic scores per 12 points.


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  SLOVENIA  


Ziga Fifolt part ways with Tajfun Sentjur for returning to Krka - by Zeljko Zule

Ziga Fifolt (211-C-93) has parted ways with Tajfun Sentjur after just one season to join Krka for the 2017-18 season, the club announced.
Fifolt averaged 7.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 blocks in 32 Slovenian League games last season. He grew up with Krka, but made his debut in Slovenian League in 2012-2013 with Grpusplje. The following season he signed a 3-year contract with Estonian side TYCO Rapla. In December 2014 he returned to Slovenia at Helios Suns and two month later joined Elektra. In the next season 2015-16 Fifolt played for Slovan in 2SKL.
He was a member of U20 Slovenian national team at the European Championship in 2013 in Estonia.



Rogaska tabs Rashun Davis (ex-MBK Lucenec) - by Zeljko Zule

Rogaska announced a deal that makes American Rashun Davis (180-PG, college: Radford) club's newest member. He has signed a one-year contract.
Davis arrives from MBK Lucenec, where he averaged 14.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 32 Slovakian Eurovia SBL games last season. He played college basketball at Radford and after that he continued his career in Europe. In his last NCAA's season, 2015-16, Davis averaged 14.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.9 steals in 31 NCAA games.



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  SPAIN  


Mamadou Samb is a newcomer at Melilla - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Samb (210-102kg-89) from Quesos Cerrato de Palencia. In 36 LEB Gold games he recorded 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention. Samb also played that season for Tindastoll (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 6 games he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.3bpg.
Samb represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 81.6%.
Samb has played previously for six other Spain teams: FC Barcelona, Leche Rio Breogan, CB Granada, RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Cornella and AB Esplugues-Portes.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An incredible leaper, with immense upside. He's yet very green at the tehcnical side, but can dominate a game only with his unbelieveble athletic skills. Great shotblocker, has a good outside shooting, but he is not enough continous on the court.

Melilla Baloncesto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Daniel Rodriguez
Filip Djuran
Eduardo Duran

Forwards:
Javier Lucas
Pablo Almazan

Center:
Mamadou Samb

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @guibermejo)

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Burgos keep Barrera for another season - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) re-signed 25-year old swingman Alejandro Barrera (198-92, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 42 LEB Gold games he averaged 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. Barrera helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at La ICL Manresa where in 19 Liga Endesa games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.0rpg.
Barrera represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Barrera has played previously for Joventut.

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Schreiner
Corey Fisher

Forwards:
Deividas Gailius
Alejandro Barrera

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bilbao inks at Legia W-wa at the beginning of his pro career - by Greg

Newly promoted Legia Warszawa (PLK) added to their roster 22-year old Spaniard forward Jorge Bilbao (203-110kg-95). Bilbao just graduated from Texas Arlington (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he recorded 9.1ppg and 6.7rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Legia Warszawa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Grzegorz Kukielka
Lukasz Wilczek
Piotr Robak

Forward:
Jorge Bilbao

Centers:
Mateusz Jarmakowicz
Adam Linowski

Coach: Piotr Bakun

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Burgos keep Huskic for another season - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Liga Endesa) re-signed 25-year old Serbian center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col., TX). He played there last season. In 42 LEB Gold games he recorded 14.1ppg, 7.1rpg (#3 in the league), 3.0apg and 1.0spg. Huskic helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Player of the Year, Bosman Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Magia_Huesca (also in LEB Gold) where in 41 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Huskic contributed to his team making it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2012.
Huskic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Radnicki Obrenovac).
He attended Howard College, TX until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Schreiner
Corey Fisher

Forwards:
Deividas Gailius
Alejandro Barrera

Center:
Goran Huskic

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Valera re-signs at Azuqueca - by Eurobasket News

Isover Basket Azuqueca (EBA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Venezuelan ex-international forward Luis Valera (202-102kg-88, college: UTRGV, agency: Duran International). He played there last season. In 29 EBA games he had 11.8ppg and 6.2rpg.
The previous (2016) summer Valera played at Cangrejeros (LNB) in Venezuelan league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Venezuelan LNB East Conference Regular Season in 2014. Valera was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2014 2nd Team back in 2014.
He represented Venezuela at the South American Championships in Colombia seven years ago. Valera's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg.
Valera has played previously professionally in Chile (CD Tinguiririca San Fernando) and Venezuela (Marinos, Gaiteros, Gigantes, Aduaneros and Guacharos).
He attended University of Texas Rio Grande Valley until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Valera could be described: He is a versatile forward that can score inside as well as an excellent face up shooter. Luis is an extremely hard worker and was successful in a very competitive Iowa Junior College Conference.

Isover Basket Azuqueca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bobby Harris
Alvaro Rojas
Carlos Hidalgo

Forwards:
Carlos Garcia
Luis Valera
Julian Lewis

Center:
Daniel Yusta

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  TUNISIA  


France overcame Tunisia in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News

France won over Tunisia 67-53 in a friendly game. France allowed the opponents to take a control in the start of the game as Tunisia posted a 20-16 rally. The favorites however replied with a 17-9 surge in the second period and then closed the game with a final 16-6 burst.
Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 20 points to lead France and Kevin Seraphin (208-C-89) added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) poured in 10, whilst Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) brought 6. Macram BEN ROMDHANE and Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) answered with 16 points in the losing effort.



Semir Giotto Mathlouthi ( Ex : Latina Basket ) signs at Air Fire valmontone Seria B Italy - by Ahmed Abderrahim

Air Fire Valmontone ( Seria B ) agreed terms with 21-years old Italian - Tunisian small forward Semir Giotto (197-SF-96). He played the last season at Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket in Italy Seria A2 , in 21 games he had 2.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg .
Giotto first professional team is Favi Viterbo in 2015-2014 he was one of starting five and he had 13.4ppg , 7.6rpg . Giotto choice to play for another season in Italy after refusing a good offer from a team in Tunisia D1 League .



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John Isenbarger is a newcomer at London Lions - by Eurobasket News

London Lions (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard John Isenbarger (188-82kg-91, college: Elon) from Leeds Force. In 25 BBL games in United Kingdom he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Isenbarger played at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres in Spanish EBA where in 11 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Southern Conference Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Isenbarger received also All-Southern Conference 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Isenbarger graduated from Elon University in 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)

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Reggio C. Vis keep Warwick for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vis Reggio Calabria (Serie C Silver) re-signed 32-year old British small forward James William Warwick (198-6kg-85, college: Grayson County CC). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 27 Serie C Silver games he averaged impressive 18.9ppg last season.
Warwick won Italian Serie C Group I championship title in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Warwick has played also professionally in Austria, Germany (Herzoege Wolfenbuettel, Hannover Tigers and Hannover Korbjaeger) and United Kingdom (Leicester Riders and Manchester Magic).
He attended Grayson County College until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.

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

Experienced American Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Atenas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 45 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Atenas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Auriblanco (#8, 8-9) 98-87. It allowed Atenas to jump to the first place in the Uruguayan Ascenso. Atenas have a solid 14-2 record. In the team's last game Danridge had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Atenas' top player in his first season with the team. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Danridge is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.9ppg. Danridge is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 60.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Rodrigo Goncalvez of Auriblanco. Goncalvez impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Auriblanco lost that game 87-98 to the higher-ranked Atenas (#1, 14-2). This loss caused Auriblanco to drop to 8th position in the standings. 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 and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.7ppg (#6). He also registered 10.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon (#13). Brown scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Brown's great performance Colon lost 87-88 to the higher-ranked Miramar (#5, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player 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. Nicholas Waddell (200-C-89) of Miramar - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Imanol Asaravicius (193-F/G-95) of Miramar - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Facundo Medina (190-G-94) of Cordon - 34 points
7. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84) of U Atletica - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) of Tabare - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Bernardo Barrera) of 25 de Agosto - 28 points, 2 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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Valera re-signs at Azuqueca - by Eurobasket News

Isover Basket Azuqueca (EBA) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Venezuelan ex-international forward Luis Valera (202-102kg-88, college: UTRGV, agency: Duran International). He played there last season. In 29 EBA games he had 11.8ppg and 6.2rpg.
The previous (2016) summer Valera played at Cangrejeros (LNB) in Venezuelan league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Venezuelan LNB East Conference Regular Season in 2014. Valera was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2014 2nd Team back in 2014.
He represented Venezuela at the South American Championships in Colombia seven years ago. Valera's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 2 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg.
Valera has played previously professionally in Chile (CD Tinguiririca San Fernando) and Venezuela (Marinos, Gaiteros, Gigantes, Aduaneros and Guacharos).
He attended University of Texas Rio Grande Valley until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Valera could be described: He is a versatile forward that can score inside as well as an excellent face up shooter. Luis is an extremely hard worker and was successful in a very competitive Iowa Junior College Conference.

Isover Basket Azuqueca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bobby Harris
Alvaro Rojas
Carlos Hidalgo

Forwards:
Carlos Garcia
Luis Valera
Julian Lewis

Center:
Daniel Yusta

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Jhornan Zamora's 33 points make him top Venezuelan player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jhornan Zamora
Jhornan Zamora
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89, currently plays in Colombia). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Cimarrones (17-11) in their last game. Despite Zamora's very good performance Cimarrones lost 74-84 on the road to the leading Fast Break. He was the top scorer with 33 points in 37 minutes on the court. It's Zamora's first season with the team. Zamora has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 63.6%(28-44), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 74.4% in six games he played so far. Zamora has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Spanish. Former Broncos de Caracas starter played for the Venezuelan senior national team two years ago.

Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez
   #2. Second place goes to former U17 international power forward Jose Rodriguez (197-94, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jhornan Zamora. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Rodriguez. He was not able to help Cimarrones (17-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Rodriguez's very good performance Cimarrones was defeated 74-65 in Montana by the lower-ranked Academia (#3). He was the top scorer with 27 points. Rodriguez also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. This season Rodriguez has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2bpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 48.6%. Rodriguez played for the Venezuelan U17 national team in 2011.

Luis Bethelmy
Luis Bethelmy
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86, currently plays in Dominican Republic). He was not able to secure a victory for Indios SFM (2-4) in their last game. Despite Bethelmy's very good performance the third-placed Indios SFM (2-4) lost 90-97 in Puerto Plata to the second-ranked Huracanes PP in the North group. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Second Stage already ended. Bethelmy has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 3FGP: 52.9%(9-17) in four games. Former Cocodrilos de Caracas starter played for the Venezuelan national team one years ago.

Jesus Centeno
Jesus Centeno
   #4. Guard Jesus Centeno (190-85, currently plays in Ecuador) led Iccan to a victory over the fifth-ranked Piratas (3-3) 94-86 in the Ecuadorian National League in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Centeno scored 26 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Club Iccan de Macas (5-1) is placed first in the National League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Centeno has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg. Centeno used to play for the Venezuelan U21 national team back in 2004.

Cesar Silva
Cesar Silva
   #5. An experienced former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jesus Centeno. However that was another game of his team in Ecuadorian National League which brought him to that list. Silva was the main contributor in Iccan's victory against the sixth-ranked Juvenil (2-3) crushing them 91-67. He was the best player in that game. Silva scored 24 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes. Club Iccan de Macas (5-1) is placed first in the National League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Silva has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.5apg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Silva used to play for the Venezuelan national team four years ago.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #6. Forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Ecuador) couldn't help Importadora (3-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Importadora was edged 78-76 at home by the lower-ranked Piratas (#5). Romero was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Romero has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.4apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Venezuelan senior team six years ago.

Zapata Jackson
Zapata Jackson
   #7. Former U21 international forward Zapata Jackson (198-85, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jesus Centeno and both played together in the last Ecuadorian National League game. Jackson was the major contributor in Iccan's victory against the fifth-ranked Piratas (3-3) 94-86. He scored 15 points, had 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 39 minutes. This year Jackson's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.2apg in six games. He used to play for the Venezuelan U21 national team thirteen years ago.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #8. Power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Colombia) couldn't help Fast Break (27-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Julio's very good performance the league leader Fast Break was defeated 61-55 in Quibdo-Choco by the second-ranked Cimarrones. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Julio also added 6 rebounds. Julio's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 6.8rpg. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92, currently plays in Ecuador) could not help Juvenil (4-5) in their last game. Despite Palacios' very good performance Juvenil was crushed 91-67 on the road by the leading Iccan. He was the top scorer with 25 points in 36 minutes. Palacios has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.0ppg and 2.5rpg in four games he played so far.

   #2. Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nelson Palacios and both played together in the last Ecuadorian National League game. Diaz was not able to help Juvenil (4-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Juvenil was crushed 91-67 in Guayaquil by the leading Iccan. Diaz recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Diaz averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #3. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in Colombia) was not able to secure a victory for Fast Break (27-1) in their game against Cimarrones (17-11) in the Colombian Liga DirecTV. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The league leader Fast Break was edged 82-79 at home by the second-ranked Cimarrones. This year Hinestroza Javes' total stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #4. Rafael Rodriguez (187-G-86, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hinestroza Javes and both played together in the last Colombian Liga DirecTV game. Rodriguez couldn't help Fast Break (27-1) in their game against Cimarrones (17-11). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Rodriguez scored only 2 points. The league leader Fast Break was edged 82-79 on their home court in Bogota by the second-ranked Cimarrones. Rodriguez's total stats this season are: 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg.

   #5. Jhoyfer Diaz (200-C/F-87, currently plays in El Salvador) was the major contributor in Halcones' victory against one of league's weakest teams 11 Lobos (0-5) 94-87 in the Salvadorean Liga MB (second division) in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Diaz also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Halcones de Zonzacate (5-0) is placed second in the Liga MB. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Diaz has very impressive stats this year: 21.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg and 3.0spg in five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Venezuelan.



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Gleb Goldyrev signs at Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (VTB) landed 24-year old swingman Gleb Goldyrev (200-94kg-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played most recently at BC Novosybirsk in the Superleague 1. In 36 games he averaged 9.6ppg and 4.3rpg last season. Goldyrev helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Dynamo Moscow (Superleague).
Among other achievements Goldyrev received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Goldyrev has played previously for Spartak Vidnoye.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Zavoruev
Zabian Dowdell
Vitali Liutych
Denis Zakharov
Tekele Cotton

Forwards:
Aleksandr Pavlov
Suleiman Braimoh
Gleb Goldyrev
Igor Kanygin

Center:
Octavius Ellis

Coach: Oleg Okulov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Larry Gordon (ex Vechta) signs at Astana - by Eurobasket News

BK Astana (National League) landed 30-year old American forward Larry Gordon (196-98kg-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona). He played most recently at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. In 15 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg last season. Gordon also played that season for Sonic Boom in South Korean KBL where in 19 games he had 14.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals in 2012. Gordon received also CCAA Player of the Year award and NCAA D2 All-America 1st Team (by Division II Bulletin) award back in 2009 at his college time.
Gordon has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Gordon has played previously professionally also in Holland (Zwolle) and Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls).
He attended California State Polytechnica Un. Pomona until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

BK Astana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Anatoly Kolesnikov
Anthony Clemmons

Forwards:
Larry Gordon
Ike_Joseph Udanoh

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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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Overview of Day 2 in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Angola - Mozambique 64-57
Angola outgunned Mozambique for the first victory at the championship. Cristina Lourenco (164-G-01) and Conceicao Caetano (160-G-01) produced 14 points each for the winners. Mozambique claimed a 31:25 halftime lead. Angola however responded with a 25:9 run in the third term to pull ahead. The hosts tried hard to save the game in the final period but came up short at the end. Alexia Dizeko (175-G/F-01) netted 12 points in the victory. Noemia Massingue (01) delivered 18 points and 6 rebounds for Mozambique.

Egypt - Zimbabwe 55-46
Egypt rallied past Zimbabwe to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Fatma Kabil (178-F-02) recorded 11 points to lead the effort. Zimbabwe eked out a 23:22 halftime lead. Egypt went on a 17:10 run in the third term to surge ahead. They kept Zimbabwe at bay throughout the final stanza to race to the victory. Nada Mohamed (169-G-01) and Jana Abdullah delivered 10 points each for Egypt. Tadiwa Mabika responded with 16 points and 19 rebounds for Zimbabwe.




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Rockets Women soar into GF after outstanding final term - by Eurobasket News

North Adelaide are the first side in the Women's 2017 Premier League Grand Final, recording a Jo Hill (182-F/G-73)-inspired victory over an erratic Southern at Morphett Vale on Saturday Night. The former Opals star accumulated 18 points, 11 boards and 5 steals, and was at her commanding best in the final minutes as the Rockets made a vital late run to take the win. Up 56-49 with under 6:00 remaining in the fourth, the Tigers were left shell-shocked after Hill and Opal Mader (97) (11 points) pioneered an awesome four-minute 13-point run, completely reversing the score-line. Despite a drought-breaking jumper from Skinner, the match slipped away from Southern, eventually losing out by six. 'We just had to dig deep,' said Hill. 'You find things wherever you can. 'We hadn't beaten (Southern) all year and to beat them tonight and go straight into the grand final was fantastic.' It was an impressive start for the home side, who built a seven-point lead in the first term through strong transition plays and the presence of Mollie McKendrick (183-F-93, college: Boston U.) (12 points). North coach Brenton Johnstone was particularly livid on the sidelines, and the visitors responded accordingly, taking the lead late in the second before Norrisha Victrum (165-PG-93, college: Marshall) buried a crowd-taming layup as time expired. Victrum celebrated with a huge fist-pump and roar, knowing how much it meant to have a four-point lead at the half after a dominant quarter. The third term saw the margin chop-and-change, as Raynisha Washington (175-G/F-92, college: Northeastern JC) fired consecutive baskets to place the lead back in the hands of the hosts. Tayla Corrigan (190-C-93, college: Idaho) (11 points) restored the lead for the away side, before Hill ensured they entered the final term ahead, 41-44. Jemma Thacker (10 points, 8 boards) was the catalyst in a 13-2 run for the Tigers at the start of the final period, as they built that seemingly dominant seven-point lead. But a quality jumper from the brilliant veteran kick-started the match-winning streak that left the hosts in their wake, with a difficult Preliminary Final against an in-form Norwood outfit to suit up for.
Courtesy of: Premier League



Nici Gilday (ex Mandurah M.) agreed terms with Visby - by Eurobasket News

Visby Ladies (Damligan) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Nici Gilday (174, college: Santa Clara). She played in the summer at Mandurah Magic in Australian SBL. In 11 games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg.
Gilday received All-WCC 1st Team award in 2015 at her college time.
Gilday has played also professionally in Romania (Alba Iulia).
She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 and it will be her third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kreslina is back at TTT Riga - by Eurobasket News

TTT Riga (LSBL) agreed terms with 21-year old Latvian international guard Kate Karlina Kreslina (183-96). It is actually her comeback to Riga as she has played here before. Kreslina just graduated from Fordham (NCAA). In 27 games she had 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg last season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
As mentioned above Kreslina is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Despite young age Kreslina had great career. Her team made it to the NBL Semifinals in 2014. Kreslina was also voted Eurobasket.com Latvian-Estonian NBL 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
She has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Kreslina has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2013 and 2016.
She also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg.
Kreslina has played previously for RSU-Merks and Latvija U16 Riga.

TTT Riga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ieva Krastina
Sheylani Peddy
Kate_Karlina Kreslina

Forward:
Ally Malott

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16  

Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Kendra CHERY
  (184-F/C-1)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Chery, FRA16.3 
 2. Hipp, POL16.0 
 3. Pavliuchenko, RUS14.3 
 4. Wadoux, FRA13.7 
 5. Garcia, ESP13.3 
 6. Carrera, ESP13.3 
 7. Fitik, TUR13.0 
 8. Muhl, CRO12.3 
 9. Kuznetsova, RUS11.7 
 10. Visockaite, LTU11.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emily BESSOIR
  (192-PF-1)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Bessoir, GER12.7 
 2. Bayram, TUR12.0 
 3. Kurach, POL11.5 
 4. Stefanovic, SRB11.0 
 5. Meldere, LAT11.0 
 6. Visockaite, LTU10.3 
 7. Rupert, FRA10.0 
 8. Carrera, ESP9.7 
 9. Kowalska, POL9.0 
 10. Mandic, CRO9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nika MUHL
  (177-PG-1)
  Avg: 6
 1. Muhl, CRO6.0 
 2. Pueyo, ESP5.7 
 3. Rosemeyer, GER4.3 
 4. Hernandez, ESP4.3 
 5. Panzera, ITA4.3 
 6. Mendez, ESP4.3 
 7. Bobrik, RUS4.0 
 8. Orsili, ITA4.0 
 9. Hipp, POL3.7 
 10. Varga, HUN3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Goksen FITIK
  (170-SG-1)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Fitik, TUR4.3 
 2. Chery, FRA4.0 
 3. Muhl, CRO3.3 
 4. Mendez, ESP3.3 
 5. Natali, ITA3.3 
 6. Kulinska, POL3.0 
 7. Rupert, FRA3.0 
 8. Panzera, ITA3.0 
 9. Binta, FRA3.0 
 10. Angyal, HUN3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emily BESSOIR
  (192-PF-1)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bessoir, GER3.3 
 2. Carrera, ESP3.3 
 3. Curic, CRO2.0 
 4. Cizauskaite, LTU2.0 
 5. Visockaite, LTU2.0 
 6. Meldere, LAT1.7 
 7. Manyoky, HUN1.7 
 8. Van-Zeijl, NED1.7 
 9. Rupert, FRA1.5 
 10. Stefanovic, SRB1.3 


Round of 16 set in Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Spain - Russia 57-44
Spain cruised past Russia for the third straight win in Group A. Raquel Carrera (188-C-01) accounted for 17 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Spain recorded a 17:6 run in the first term. They ignited a 20:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Hermosa Nerea (194-C-01) had 10 points in the win. Veronika Pavliuchenko (184-F/C-01) tossed in 10 points for Russia.

Poland - Lithuania 68-65
Poland finished the preliminary round on a high note. They held off Lithuania for 1-2 record. Weronika Hipp (166-PG-01) stepped up with 20 points for the winners. Lithuania established a 35:33 halftime lead. Poland held Lithuania to just 30 points in the second half to race to the victory. Wiktoria Kuczynska (166-PG-01) had 13 points in the win. Brigita Sinickaite (174-SG-01) answered with 19 points for Lithuania.

Group B
Holland - Croatia 55-51
Netherlands held off Croatia to open win count in Group B. Lotte Sant (184-PF-01) tossed in 17 points for the Dutch team. Croatia ensured a 29:24 halftime lead. Netherlands went on an 18:9 run in the third quarter to spur ahead. They protected the lead throughout the final term and raced to the win. Maaike Van Zeijl (188-F-01) had 9 points in the victory. Nika Muhi accumulated 15 points and 9 assists for Croatia.

Czech Republic - Germany 46-68
Germany outgunned Czech Republic for the third consecutive win in Bourges. Emily Bessoir (192-PF-01) produced 18 points, 21 rebounds and 6 blocks in the victory. Germany accumulated a 35:18 halftime lead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Elea Gaba (187-PF-01) had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Andrea Ondrouskova (175-G/F-01) chipped in 11 points for Czech Republic.

Group C
Italy - Hungary 49-55
Barbara Angyal scored 14 points to lead Hungary past Italy in Bourges. Italy secured a 14:7 run at the first break. But Hungary turned things around late in regulation. They went on a strong 23:11 run in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Zita Vari (174-G-01) had 10 points in the victory. Caterina Gilli (181-SF-02) replied with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the Azzurri.

Romania - Serbia 45-82
Serbia snapped two-game losing skid and edged Romania in Group C. Nadezda Nedeljkov (171-SG-01, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Serbia dominated from start to finish. They registered a 43:25 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Nikolina Deuric (178-G/F-01, agency: BeoBasket) had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Anamaria Pop (170-PG-02) nailed 13 points for Romania.

Group D
Belarus - Turkey 59-75
Turkey overcame Belarus to gain the first win in Group D. Elif Bayram (181-F-01) secured 19 points and 18 rebounds in the victory. Turkey established a 40:31 halftime advantage. They held Belarus to just 28 points in the second half to march to the win. Nisa Yalchin tossed in 12 points in the victory. Yuliya Vasilevich (165-PG-01) had 14 points and 7 rebounds for Belarus.

France - Latvia 68-45
France cruised to the third straight win in Group D. They stormed past Latvia to enter the Round of 16 undefeated. Kendra Chery (184-F/C-01) provided 25 points and 7 rebounds for les Bleues. France secured a 38:25 halftime lead. They went on a 23:7 rally in the third quarter and eased to the victory. Zoe Wadoux (178-F-01) had 12 points in the win. Raivita Korenika (180-G-01) banked in 9 points for Latvia.




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18  

Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Elena TSINEKE
  (174-G/F-99)
  Avg: 28
 1. Tsineke, GRE28.0 
 2. Friskovec, SLO21.5 
 3. Lundquist, SWE21.5 
 4. Smutna, CZE18.0 
 5. Gereben, HUN17.0 
 6. Gulbe, LAT15.0 
 7. Alper, TUR14.5 
 8. Massey, BEL14.5 
 9. Naumcev, SRB14.5 
 10. Junio, ESP14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Veronika VORACKOVA
  (184-SF-99)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vorackova, CZE12.0 
 2. Massey, BEL11.0 
 3. Lelik, HUN10.0 
 4. Massey, BEL10.0 
 5. Junio, ESP9.5 
 6. Lundquist, SWE9.0 
 7. Heljic, BIH8.5 
 8. Guner, TUR8.5 
 9. Djordjevic, SRB8.0 
 10. Kovacs, HUN8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Petra PUSZTAI
  (177-F/G-99)
  Avg: 7
 1. Pusztai, HUN7.0 
 2. Tadic, CRO7.0 
 3. Katanic, SRB6.0 
 4. Sotolova, CZE5.5 
 5. Kroselj, SLO5.5 
 6. Septe, LAT5.0 
 7. Dimitrijevic, SRB4.5 
 8. Tzanetatou, GRE4.5 
 9. Azinovic, BIH4.5 
 10. Lelik, HUN4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Costanza VERONA
  (170-PG-99)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Verona, ITA5.5 
 2. Septe, LAT4.0 
 3. Lundquist, SWE4.0 
 4. Masionyte, LTU4.0 
 5. Tsineke, GRE3.0 
 6. Rodriguez, ESP3.0 
 7. Donskichyte, LTU3.0 
 8. Naumcev, SRB3.0 
 9. Sotolova, CZE2.5 
 10. Katanic, SRB2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kitti KOVACS
  (186-C-0)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kovacs, HUN3.0 
 2. Cubaj, ITA2.5 
 3. Massey, BEL2.5 
 4. Guner, TUR2.5 
 5. Vulovic, SRB2.0 
 6. Rodriguez, ESP2.0 
 7. Trucco, ITA2.0 
 8. Kazociunaite, LTU1.5 
 9. Anastasopoul., GRE1.5 
 10. Repnikova, RUS1.0 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Natalia OTKHMEZURI
  (175-G/F-0)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Otkhmezuri, GEO18.3 
 2. Sabally, GER17.0 
 3. Ellmore, ENG16.7 
 4. Melia, IRL16.0 
 5. Vasilevko, BLR15.3 
 6. Masko, BLR15.0 
 7. Ivanova, BUL15.0 
 8. Harrison, ENG14.5 
 9. Fastova, UKR14.3 
 10. Gegeshidze, GEO14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Evelien LUTJE
  (183-PF-0)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lutje, NED10.3 
 2. Sabally, GER9.5 
 3. Orban, ROM9.0 
 4. Ghita, ROM9.0 
 5. Parau, ROM9.0 
 6. Jordao, POR8.7 
 7. Melia, IRL8.7 
 8. Sheceroska, MKD8.0 
 9. Byrne, IRL7.7 
 10. Todorova, BUL7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Lozzi, ENG5.7 
 2. Strozyk, GER5.0 
 3. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.5 
 4. Winterburn, ENG4.3 
 5. Klimek, POL4.3 
 6. Todorova, BUL4.3 
 7. Lahtinen, FIN4.3 
 8. Saar, ISR4.3 
 9. Frey, NOR4.0 
 10. van-Vlijmen, NED4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniela LOZZI
  (178-G-99)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Lozzi, ENG7.3 
 2. Kosaristanov., SVK4.5 
 3. Hodge-Carr, ISL4.0 
 4. Fastova, UKR4.0 
 5. Malashko, BLR4.0 
 6. Masko, BLR4.0 
 7. Serranho, POR3.7 
 8. Strozyk, GER3.5 
 9. Karpuk, BLR3.3 
 10. Jordao, POR3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Beatriz JORDAO
  (185-C-99)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jordao, POR2.3 
 2. Liubinets, UKR1.7 
 3. Virjoghe, ROM1.7 
 4. Shima, ALB1.5 
 5. Kelleci, ALB1.5 
 6. Hasanaj, ALB1.5 
 7. Price, ENG1.3 
 8. Sill, AUT1.3 
 9. Malashko, BLR1.3 
 10. Jones, ENG1.0 


Division B. Day 3 in Dublin - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Luxembourg - Poland 45-60
Poland outscored Luxembourg for the third straight win in Group A. Karolina Szydlowska (181-C-99) provided 16 points in the victory. Poland held Luxembourg to only 17 points in the first half to open a 16-point lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and cruised to the win. Natalia Klimek had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Poland. Julija Vujakovic (177-SF-99) tossed in 18 points for Luxembourg.

Bulgaria - Portugal 64-73
Portugal recorded the third win in a row in Group A. They toppled Bulgaria behind 15 points from Maryam Chermiti (184-PF-99) and Luana Serranho (164-PG-99) each. Bulgaria recorded a 33:26 halftime lead. But Portugal responded with a strong 29:11 rally in the third term to surge ahead for good. Ana Ramos (171-G-99) had 13 points in the victory. Gergana Ivanova (176-PG-99) answered with 23 points for Bulgaria.

Finland - Estonia 89-52
Finland outgunned Estonia for the second win in Group A. Sara Bejedi (160-G-00) stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Finland posted a 43:23 halftime lead. They never looked back en route to the victory in the second half. Lotta Vehka-Aho (165-G-00) delivered 12 points in the win. Janne Pulk (172-G-00) netted 18 points for Estonia.

Group B
Austria - Germany 35-73
Germany breezed past Austria for the third straight win in Ireland. Nyara Sabally tallied 18 points and 8 boards in the victory. Germany ensured a 41:19 halftime lead. They held Austria to just 16 points in the second half to coast to the win. Karolin Tzokov had 13 points in the victory. Rebekka Kalaydjiev (172-G-99) banked in 10 points for Austria.

Albania - Belarus 35-118
Belarus celebrated the third consecutive win in Group B. They thrashed Albania to remain undefeated. Ekaterina Karpuk (180-F-99) tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Belarus piled up a massive 50:17 halftime advantage and cruised to the victory in the second half. Mariya Vasilevko (183-F/C-99) and Ksenia Malashko (182-C/F-00) had 16 points each in the win. Xhensika Toska (171-PG-00) notched 10 points and 9 boards for Albania.

Group C
Norway - Romania 34-65
Romania kept on winning in Ireland. They stormed past Norway for 3-0 record in Group C. Romania went on a 17:4 run in the second frame to secure a 31:18 halftime lead. They held Norway to just 16 points in the second half to coast to the win. Irina Parau and Nicolett Orban (190-C-00) tossed in 14 points each for Romania. Maren Mildestvedt (170-G-00) notched 8 points for Norway.

Switzerland - Holland 41-82
Netherlands knocked down Switzerland to improve at 2-1 record in Group D ladder. Evelien Lutje (183-PF-00) provided 26 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Netherlands recorded a 40:26 halftime lead. They limited their opponents to just 15 points in the second half and marched to the win. Epiphany Etienne (177-F/G-99) had 10 points in the victory. Yelena Luap deposited 12 points for Switzerland.

Israel - Georgia 77-43
Israel claimed the third win in a row as they coasted past Georgia. Nikol Mihailetz provided 17 points in the win. Israel ensured a 41:14 halftime lead. They dominated in the second half and marched to the victory. Shely Sirkis tossed in 12 points for the winning side. Natalia Otkhmezuri (175-G/F-00) banked in 21 points and 8 boards for Georgia.

Group D
Ukraine - Slovakia 57-64
Slovakia recorded the second win in Group D as they edged Ukraine. Martina Machalova delivered 15 points for the winning side. Ukraine ensured a 28:25 halftime lead. But Slovakia responded with a 39:29 second half run to snatch the win. Viktoria Feherova (175-PF-99)a and Terezia Sailerova (173-SG-99) netted 11 points apiece for Slovakia.

Ireland - Moldova 116-25
Ireland stormed past Moldova to improve at 3-0 record in Group D. Seven players scored in double digits for the hosts. Louise Scannell had 17 points for the Irish side. Ireland built a 58:15 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Margaret Byrne tossed in 14 points and collected 11 rebounds in the victory. Veronica Dolinta (165-G-99) had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Moldova.

FYR Macedonia - United Kingdom 46-81
Great Britain eased past FYR Macedonia to clinch the third win in Group D. Shauna Harrison (178-SG-00) delivered 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Great Britain accumulated a 38:25 halftime lead. They followed with a 27:7 run in the final term to ice the win. Charlotte Ellmore (175-PG-00) posted 16 points in the victory. Anamarija Shekjeroska (179-F-00) delivered 12 points for FYR Macedonia.




Results and Stats from Day 2 in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Spain - Serbia 67-55
Spain defeated Serbia for the second win in Group A. Iris Junio (185-G-99) recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Spain established a 32:20 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 14-point mark heading into the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Natalia Rodriguez (173-G-99) had 11 points in the victory. Nevena Naumcev (173-G-99) scored 15 points for Serbia.

Croatia - Sweden 40-62
Sweden posted the first victory at the championship. They beat Croatia to open win count. Klara Lundquist (171-PG-99) posted 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Scandinavian team. Sweden posted a 33:24 halftime lead. They held Croatia to just 16 points in the second half to cruise to the win. Matilda Ahlberg (178-SF-00) chipped in 12 points in the victory. Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) responded with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia.

Group B
Turkey - Greece 57-62
Greece overcame Turkey for 1-1 record in Group B. Elena Tsineke (174-G/F-99) provided 23 points in the win. Greece piled up a 30:26 halftime lead. Turkey erased the deficit and eked out a single-point lead at the final intermission. However Greece erupted for 23 points in the fourth quarter to snatch the win. Aikatrini Tsineke (178-F-99) chipped in 15 points for the Hellenes. Doga Alper (178-SF-00) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Turkey.

Group C
Czech Republic - Russia 64-53
Czech Republic recorded the second straight win in Group C. They topped Russia to stay undefeated. Adela Smutna (183-G/F-99) had 22 points to lead the charge. Czech Republic accumulated a 38:29 halftime lead. They held Russia to just 24 points in the second half to rally to the victory. Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Anna Zaytseva (183-F/C-99) and Valentina Kozhukhar (188-C/F-99) connected for 12 points each in the loss.

Lithuania - Slovenia 67-72
Slovenia outscored Lithuania for 1-1 record in Group C. Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) stepped up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Slovenia stormed into the game. They recorded a 45:26 halftime lead. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second half but came up short of win at the end. Gala Kramzar (163-PG-99) produced 14 points in the win. Klaudija Serkeviciute (170-SG-99) posted 14 points for Lithuania.

Group D
Belgium - Bosnia 55-51
Belgium opened win count in Group D. They topped Bosnia and Herzegovina behind 15 points and 13 rebounds from Billie Massey (184-PF-00). Belgium accumulated a 30:16 halftime advantage. Bosnia held Belgium to just 25 points in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Marie Vervaet (186-C-00) had 12 points in the win. Sandra Azinovic (182-G-99) answered with 15 points for Bosnia.

Italy - France 55-36
Italy thumped France for the second straight win in Sopron. Costanza Verona (170-PG-99) came up with 15 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy jumped to a 27:18 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 15-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Lorela Cubaj (191-C-99) had 12 points in the victory. Caroline Germond (169-PG-00) tossed in 10 points for les Bleues.




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Halle tabs Tijana Djukic - by Eurobasket News

SV Halle Lions (DBBL) inked 24-year old Serbian forward Tijana Djukic (193-93). She has only college experience so far playing last time for Utah State University (NCAA). Djukic has played there for the last three years. In three games she averaged 7.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3bpg in 2015-16 season.
Her team made it to the Serbian League Semifinals in 2011.
Djukic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2012.
She has played previously for another German team Vojvodina.
As mentioned above Djukic is just out of the college and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: Tijana Djukic is a Serbian 194/6'4'' Forward/Post that can cover the power forward and post position. She has good moves close to the basket, a good mid range shoot and can rebound well. Tijana has been a member for several Serbian National Teams.

SV Halle Lions roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kimberly Pohlmann
Monique Smalls

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

Center:
Khadijah Shumpert

Coach: Rene Spandauw

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Kreslina is back at TTT Riga - by Eurobasket News

TTT Riga (LSBL) agreed terms with 21-year old Latvian international guard Kate Karlina Kreslina (183-96). It is actually her comeback to Riga as she has played here before. Kreslina just graduated from Fordham (NCAA). In 27 games she had 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg last season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
As mentioned above Kreslina is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Despite young age Kreslina had great career. Her team made it to the NBL Semifinals in 2014. Kreslina was also voted Eurobasket.com Latvian-Estonian NBL 2nd Team in 2015 at her college time.
She has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Kreslina has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2013 and 2016.
She also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg.
Kreslina has played previously for RSU-Merks and Latvija U16 Riga.

TTT Riga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ieva Krastina
Sheylani Peddy
Kate_Karlina Kreslina

Forward:
Ally Malott

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Halle tabs Tijana Djukic - by Eurobasket News

SV Halle Lions (DBBL) inked 24-year old Serbian forward Tijana Djukic (193-93). She has only college experience so far playing last time for Utah State University (NCAA). Djukic has played there for the last three years. In three games she averaged 7.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3bpg in 2015-16 season.
Her team made it to the Serbian League Semifinals in 2011.
Djukic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2012.
She has played previously for another German team Vojvodina.
As mentioned above Djukic is just out of the college and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: Tijana Djukic is a Serbian 194/6'4'' Forward/Post that can cover the power forward and post position. She has good moves close to the basket, a good mid range shoot and can rebound well. Tijana has been a member for several Serbian National Teams.

SV Halle Lions roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kimberly Pohlmann
Monique Smalls

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

Center:
Khadijah Shumpert

Coach: Rene Spandauw

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Maria Ylenia Manzanares joins Promete - by Eurobasket News

Campus Promete (LF2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old guard Maria Ylenia Manzanares (175-83) from RC Celta. In 26 LF2 games she had 9.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 3.8apg and 2.5spg last season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Manzanares played at CB Andratx where in 12 LF2 games she recorded 12.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.9apg and 3.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Manzanares won Spanish LF2 Group A championship title in 2010. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
Manzanares has spent her entire career in Spain playing for four other teams: Extrugasa, Zamarat, Socinsa Bembibre and Cortegada.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Distrito Olimpico adds Molinero to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Distrito Olimpico Plenilunio Madrid (LFB) added to their roster 24-year old point guard Esther Molinero (165-93) from Olimpico 64 Colegio Santa Gema. In 15 LF2 games she recorded 8.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg and 2.1spg last season.
Molinero has played previously for ASEFA Estudiantes.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Lahuerta re-signs at Mann Filter - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) confirmed in their roster 21-year old swingman Irene Lahuerta (173-96). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in 12 LFB games she had just 1.9ppg last season.
Lahuerta's team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2016.
She has played previously for Barca CBS.

Mann Filter Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paola Ferrari
Gabriela Ocete
Irene Lahuerta
Shacobia Barbee
Zoe Hernandez

Forwards:
Jaklin Zlatanova
Tamara Abalde
Leslie Knight
Vega Gimeno
Carolina Esparcia

Centers:
Lucila Pascua
Gisela Vega

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sant Adria inks Belen Arrojo - by Eurobasket News

Femeni Sant Adria (LFB) agreed terms with 22-year old international small forward Belen Arrojo (188-95) from AE Sedis. In 24 LFB games she had 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg last season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Arrojo's team made it to the Spanish LFB Cup Final Four in 2014. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team back in 2011.
Arrojo has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Arrojo also represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Arrojo has played previously for three other teams: Jopisa Burgos, Mann Filter and Segle XXI Bercelona.

Femeni Sant Adria roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Itziar Llobet

Forwards:
Mireia Vila
Belen Arrojo

Center:
Cristina Hurtado

Coach: Fabian Tellez

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Nici Gilday (ex Mandurah M.) agreed terms with Visby - by Eurobasket News

Visby Ladies (Damligan) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Nici Gilday (174, college: Santa Clara). She played in the summer at Mandurah Magic in Australian SBL. In 11 games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg.
Gilday received All-WCC 1st Team award in 2015 at her college time.
Gilday has played also professionally in Romania (Alba Iulia).
She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 and it will be her third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WBCBL  


2017 WBCBL National Champion Game - by Willie McCray

2017 WBCBL National Champion Game
St. Louis, MO

Wow, what a game!
It all came down to the wire with an unpredictable ending. The 2017 WBCBL National Championship game was between defending powerhouse champs, St. Louis Surge vs. second year prodigy, Georgia Soul.
From the tip-off, St. Louis Surge jumped out to an early lead, in which, they held for the duration of most of the game. The Surge lead by as many as 14 points, but once the 4th Quarter hit, the Georgia Soul started to get their groove going and went into a defensive and offensive frenzy. With 4 straight defensive blocked shots, the Soul started a huge momentum swing that renewed their fight. The Soul's defensive efforts lead to the Soul's Ebony Fields (5'5''-G) and Morgan Jennings (5'8''-G-89, college: Auburn) scoring on the offensive end.

With 1:45 left to play, the game was tied 60-60 with both teams fighting to survive. On the ensuing possession, the Surge took charge once again by nailing a big 3-point basket to retake the lead 63-60. Georgia Soul's LaCoya Terry (5'10''-F-87, college: E.Carolina) quickly answered by driving to the lane to cut the Surge's lead down to 1, 63-62.

Defense came up big again for the Soul to give them another scoring opportunity with the time winding down. Georgia Soul's Khadijiah Cave (6'3''-C-95) drew a fouled inside and was sent to the line for a pair of free throws. With only 17.2 seconds left to play, Cave swished both free throws, all net, and the Soul reclaims the lead 64-63.

Surge inbounded the ball and immediately put the ball in the hands of their sharp shooter Rebecca Harris (5'8''-G-86, college: Illinois). Harris takes the time to look for an opportunity to seal the deal with a final shot. With 6.0 seconds remaining in regulation, Harris made her move by driving to the elbow for a stop and pop pull-up jumper. The shot rims out and back into Harris' hands for a second attempt, with only 2 seconds left and the crowd on their feet. Harris gets off her shot over her defender as the buzzer sounds, the ball rolls around the rim for what seemed like minutes and slowly falls off the to the right. Georgia Soul Wins 64-63 and is crowned the 2017 champions of the WBCBL.

Congratulations to all 2017 National Tournament Participants, Officials, Host.... Job well done!

- WBCBL Staff



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  WMLBA  


Dallas Wins Inaugural WMLBA Championship - by Janell Burse

Dallas Lighting Win Inaugural WMLBA Championship

The stage was set and the lights were bright in Downtown Houston for the inaugural WMLBA Championship Game. The Tennessee Storm and Dallas Lightning tipped off at 7 pm at the Fonde Center. The game started off a close one, Dallas maintained control of the game early but Tennessee stayed within striking distance the entire first half only down 2 points at halftime. In the second half both teams came out ready to win in all, former WNBA Guard Ashley Shields led the charge for Tennessee (13 points and 7 rebounds) in the third quarter getting hot early in the second half. Aaliyah Whiteside (18 points and 2 rebounds) and Shonice Sprouce (16 points and 6 rebounds) also came out firing late in the fourth quarter striking fear in the hearts of Dallas fans who made the trip to Houston to root on their home team.

The Dallas Lighting had an answer every time down the court after a short lived offensive run by the Tennessee Storm. 'The key to our victory tonight was how hard we played and how well we stuck together down the stretch' -Dallas Lightning Head Coach Alicia Thompson
The Lighting were able to seal the deal with a stellar performance by WMLBA Finals MVP Shaunte Smith (31 points and 12 rebounds) and Antoinette Thompson (18 points and 5 rebounds). One of the keys to the Dallas victory tonight was simply how well they shot the basketball. The Dallas Lighting's field goal percentage was 61% compared to Tennessee only shooting 45%. Dallas also dominated the boards outrebounding Tennessee 39-22. 'Tonight was a tough loss for our team, we played well but just didn't do enough late in the game to come out with the victory' -Tennessee Storm Head Coach Tiffany Porter
Dallas was able to make Tennessee pay for every mistake they made late in the game and walked away with a 76-71 victory. Congratulations to both teams on an excellent season and extremely competitive game.

The Championship Game will be rebroadcast for fans who missed the action tonight on www.theWsportsnetwork.com. Special thanks to all the WMLBA Teams for making the 2017 inaugural season a success.

-J. Henderson
WMLBA Writer