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  ABA LEAGUE  



MZT Skopje Aerodrom extended with Jure Lalic - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-C-86) will continue to wear KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom jersey next season. He agreed to extend cooperation with the team from the Jane Sandanski Arena.

The experienced center used to play for KK Zadar, KK Cibona VIP Zagreb, Krka Novo Mesto, Union Olimpija Ljubljana, Lukoil Academic Sofia, Stelmet Zielona Gora and Proximus Spirou Charleroi before. He had a solid previous season, when he led his MZT towards trophies in the domestic cup and championship.

The fighting spirit is, besides the experience, the greatest advantage of the Croatian center, which was evident, as he broke his nose no less than twice last season, playing for MZT. In the ABA League he appeared 23 times. He averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.




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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Review of Day 2 in Tunis and Dakar - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Mali - Nigeria 67-90
Nigeria secured the second straight win in Tunis. They cruised past Mali to stay perfect. Ike Nwamu (196-G-93, college: UNLV) recorded 22 points to lead the winners. Nigeria accumulated a 39:33 halftime lead. They dropped 51 points in the second half to ease to the victory. Ike Iroegbu (188-G-95) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Ibrahim Djambo (208-F-92, college: Hofstra) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Mali.

Ivory Coast - DR Congo 60-81
DR Congo earned the first victory in Group A. They stormed past Ivory Coast to improve at 1-1 record. Myck Kabongo (191-G-92, college: Texas) scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 5 assists for the winners. DR Congo grabbed an 18:10 lead ten minutes into the game. They followed with a 48:29 second half run to seal the victory. Maxi Munanga (185-G-93) and Pitchou Kambuy (201-F-98) provided 15 points each in the win. Didier Tape (197-F-81) netted 19 points for Ivory Coast.

Group B
Morocco - Angola 60-53
Morocco topped Angola for 2-0 record in Group B. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Morocco grabbed a 25:22 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:15 run in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Adil El Makssoud (193-G/F-85) netted 14 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winners. Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) replied with 13 points for Angola.

Uganda - Central Africa 54-57
Central Africa topped Uganda for 1-1 record in Group B. Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) chipped in 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. Central Africa posted an 18:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Uganda cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval. Uganda erased the deficit and tied things up at 41 heading into the fourth quarter. Central Africa went on a 16:13 run in the final period to snatch the win. Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Robinson Odoch Opong (190-G-89, college: Rogers St.) replied with 15 points for Uganda.

Group C
Rwanda - Tunisia 60-78
Tunisia captured the second consecutive win in Group C. They outgunned Rwanda to remain perfect. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86, agency: 011 Sports) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Tunisia ensured a 30:25 halftime lead. They sank 22 points in the third term to take an 8-point lead. Tunisia then ignited a 26:16 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Makram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89) netted 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory. Olivier Shyaka (197-G/F-95) replied with 17 points for Rwanda.

Cameroon - Guinea 96-54
Cameroon opened win count in Tunis. They cruised past Guinea for 1-1 record in Group C. Mbala Benoit (200-F-95) netted 24 points to lead the winners. Cameroon established a 51:26 halftime lead. Cameroon went on a 24:11 run in the third term to clear off for good. Felix Bogmis (192-G-92) tossed in 18 points for the winning side. Daouda Conde (210-C-92) had 15 points and 9 boards for Guinea.

Group D
Egypt - Senegal 52-87
Senegal coasted past Egypt to climb at 2-0 record on top of Group D. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) and Cheikh Mbodj (208-C-87, college: Cincinnati, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points each for the winners. Senegal dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 47:20 halftime lead. Senegal sank 40 points in the second half to coast to the victory. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91, college: St.Bonaventure) netted 12 points for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (189-SG-88) and Ahmed Bakr (194-F/G-95) answered with 8 points each for Egypt.

South Africa - Mozambique 61-67
Mozambique outgunned South Africa for the first win in Group D. Helton Ubisse (201-C-95) delivered 13 points to lead the charge. Mozambique accounted for a 34:29 halftime lead. Mozambique followed with a 21:18 run in the fourth term to ice the win. David Canivete (193-F-89) tallied 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Pieter Prinsloo (208-F-92, college: Marist) banked in 15 points for South Africa.




Review of Day 1 in Tunis and Dakar - by Eurobasket News

Group A
DR Congo - Mali 82-87 OT
Mali prevailed against DR Congo in overtime. Mahamadou Kante (192-G-92) stepped up with 22 points and 6 steals to pace the winners. Mali recorded a 34:23 halftime advantage. DR Congo however unloaded 48 points in the second half to force overtime. Mali bounced back unleashing 16 points in the extra period and snatching the win. Ibrahim Djambo (208-F-92, college: Hofstra) netted 16 points for the winners. Herve Kabasele (208-C-96) provided 25 points and 8 rebounds for DR Congo.

Nigeria - Ivory Coast 78-77
Nigeria survived a tough challenge from Ivory Coast before eking out a narrow one-point victory. Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) posted 31 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Nigeria enjoyed a 42:33 halftime lead. Ivory Coast took over in the second half. They pulled within striking distance late in regulation but Nigeria hung on to snatch a tough win. Ike Iroegbu (188-G-95) netted 15 points in the victory. Salim Kone (92) and Didier Tape (197-F-81) responded with 12 points each for Ivory Coast.

Group B
Central Africa - Morocco 66-76
Morocco claimed the first win in Group B. They topped Central Africa in the opener. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. John Wilkins (207-F/C-89, college: Illinois St., agency: Promotex) delivered 15 points in the victory. Central Africa recorded a 33:30 halftime lead. Morocco went on a 24:12 run in the third term to secure a 9-point lead. They added 22 points in the fourth frame to ensure the win. Abdelali Lahraichi (190-G/F-93) had 11 points in the victory. Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) replied with 12 points for Central Africa.

Angola - Uganda 94-89 OT
Angola held off Uganda in overtime to open win count at AfroBasket. Carlos Morais (200-G-85, agency: Duran International) tallied 21 points to lead the charge. Uganda jumped to a 44:29 halftime lead. But Uganda stepped on the gas in the second half. They erupted for 55 points in the second half and sent the game into overtime. However Angola overwhelmed Uganda in the extra period to ensure the first win at the tournament. Yanick Moreira (211-C-91, college: SMU) had 13 points for Angola. Robinson Odoch Opong (190-G-89, college: Rogers St.) netted 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Uganda.

Group C
Tunisia - Cameroon 68-51
Ziyed Chennoufi (201-F-88) scored 16 points to lead Tunisia past Cameroon. Tunisia trailed by 3 points at the interval 28:31. But Tunisia used a 13:10 run in the third quarter to even things up at the final break. Tunisia fueled a 27:10 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Makran Ben Romdhane had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Tunisia. Mbala Benoit (178-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Cameroon.

Guinea - Rwanda 55-75
Rwanda outgunned Guinea for the first win at the championship. Kami Kabangu (203-C-84) notched 20 points to lead the winning effort. Guinea enjoyed an 11:7 lead after ten minutes. But Rwanda erased the deficit in the next two quarters. They claimed a 43:41 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Rwanda unloaded 32 points in the final period and got away with the win. Hamza Ruhezamihigo (193-F/G-85) produced 13 points and 10 rebounds for Rwanda. Cedric Mansare (198-F-85) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Guinea.

Group D
Mozambique - Egypt 47-75
Egypt cruised past Mozambique behind 14 points and 8 boards from Haytham Kamal (206-C/F-87). Egypt registered a 33:22 halftime lead. They went on an 18:10 run in the third quarter to secure a 19-point lead at the final break. Egypt sank 24 points in the fourth stanza to race to the win. Ibrahim El Gamal (189-SG-88) and Moustafa Almekawy (204-F/C-94) delivered 13 points each in the victory. Helton Ubisse (201-C-95) posted 9 points for Mozambique.

Senegal - South Africa 83-44
Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) nailed 16 points to pace Senegal past South Africa in the opener. Senegal piled up a 42:18 halftime advantage. They controlled the tempo throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) notched 15 points in the win. Pieter Prinsloo (208-F-92, college: Marist) replied with 11 points for South Africa.




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  ANGOLA  


Angolan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
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Yanick Moreira
Moreira
Armando Costa
Costa
Carlos Morais
Morais
Leonel Paulo
Paulo
Felizardo Ambrosio
Ambrosio
#e#5
2Yanick Moreira 211-C-91 Parma Russia
3Gerson Goncalves 193-F/G-96 Petroleos Angola
4Olimpio Cipriano 194-F-82 Libolo Angola
5Armando Costa 192-G-83 1 De Agosto Angola
6Carlos Morais 200-G-85 Benfica Portugal
7Roberto Fortes 193-G-84 Libolo Angola
9Leonel Paulo 197-F-89 Petroleos Angola
12Felizardo Ambrosio 202-F-87 1 De Agosto Angola
15Eduardo Mingas 200-F/C-79 Libolo Angola
22Silvio de Sousa 204-PF-98 IMG Academy USA
23Reggie Moore 203-PF-81 Petroleos Angola
37Jaques Conceicao 190-G-89 1 De Agosto Angola

Manuel Silva Head Coach
Miguel Lutonda Assistant



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  ARGENTINA  


Obras Sanitarias snatch win over Gipuzkoa - by Eurobasket News

Gipuzkoa - Obras 57:59

Obras Sanitarias snatched a narrow win over Gipuzkoa in the test game in Bergara. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) scored 15 points to lead the Argentinean team.
Gipuzkoa claimed a 15:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Obras denied the deficit in the second term. The Argentinean side evened things up 26 heading into the second half. Obras snatched a narrow lead in the third term. They secured a single-point lead at the final break. Obras managed to maintain the lead throughout the fourth term and got away with a narrow win. Quinton Campbell (201-G/F-93, college: S.Mississippi) delivered 13 points, while Tomas Zanzottera (192-SG-93) had 11 points in the victory. Miquel Salvo Llambrich (205-C/F-94) notched 11 points for Gipuzkoa. Henk Norel (213-C-87) topscored with 15 points in the defeat.



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  BAHRAIN  


Bahrain Premier League round 1 best performance: Loren Woods - by Eurobasket News

American-Lebanese Center Loren Woods (218-C-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Al-Hala, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 39-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 20 rebounds, while his team edged out Al-Ahli (#8, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 82-80. It allowed Al-Hala to take over top position in the Bahrain Premier League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Al-Hala won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Woods' second year at Al-Hala and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Arizona star has very solid stats this year. Woods is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.0ppg. Woods is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 20.0rpg) and averages impressive 3.0bpg and 92.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Antwan Wilkerson (201-F-91) of league's second-best Al-Ittihad. Wilkerson had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he led Al-Ittihad to another comfortable win outscoring Samaheej (0-1) 90-56. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Wilkerson is a newcomer at Al-Ittihad, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-F-90) of Al-Riffa (#6). Godfrey scored 25 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Al-Riffa, leading his team to a 65-50 easy win against Al-Bahrain (#9, 0-1). Al-Riffa has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Godfrey also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Godfrey as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Haminn Quantance) of Al-Najma - 10 points, 26 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Aleksandar Maric (211-C-84) of Al-Muharraq - 13 points and 17 rebounds
6. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of Al-Nweidrat - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ashraf Moaweya) of Hidd - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hussain Lulu) of Hidd - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Quinton Doggett (206-F-90) of Al-Ahli - 22 points and 12 rebounds
10. Sidy Sall (206-F) of Al-Bahrain - 21 points, 23 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BOLIVIA  


Calero Potosi wins Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Calero Potosi won Game 3 of the Finals beating Pichincha Potosi 90-80. Calero posted a narrow win in the opening period and then added a 23-15 rally in the second frame. Pichincha Potosi came back into the game with a massive 26-16 surge in the third frame, but lost the last stanza 18-29. Louis Munks (190-G-90, college: Prairie View A&M) top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Agustin Ambrosino (203-PF-90, college: BYU, agency: Dynamics Global Management) posted 24. Ronald Arze (175-PG-93) scored 17, while Cristhian Camargo (194-F-92) delivered 11. Warren Jones (190-G-94, college: Green Bay) produced 26 points in a loss and Rene Calvo added 16.


Pichincha Potosi force the decider - by Eurobasket News

Pichincha Potosi - Calero Potosi 113-103

Pichincha Potosi overcame Calero Potosi 113-103 to tie the Final series at 2-2. Trailing the whole first half, Pichincha needed a strong third period as they nailed 33 points to take a 4-point lead with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Pichincha Potosi finished the game with a final 34-28 run to seal the victory. Fernando Cadario (184-G-89) stepped up with 26 points and Jon Cathey-Macklin (206-F/C-91, college: Tarleton St.) added 16. Warren Jones (190-G-94, college: Green Bay) and Carlos Romero (190-G/F-84) netted 15 points in a win.



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  CAMEROON  


Cameroonian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
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Arnaud-William Adala Moto
Adala Moto
Mbala Benoit
Benoit
Felix Bogmis
Bogmis
Seidou Njoya
Njoya
Franck Yangue
Yangue
#e#5
4Arnaud-William Adala Moto 198-F-93 Towson USA
5Ngijol Songolo 190-G-94 Detroit USA
6Mbala Benoit 200-F-95
7Felix Bogmis 192-G-92 Nzui Manto Cameroon
9Pierre Essome 195-F/G-89 BEAC Cameroon
10Seidou Njoya 188-PG-89 Le Havre France
11Brylle Kamen 201-F-88 Liege Belgium
12Kevin Ngwese 197-F-83 Yaounde G. Cameroon
13Francois Affia Ambadiang 211-C-93 Slovan Slovenia
14Franck Yangue 200-F-90
15Arnold Kome 195-F-92 Yaounde G. Cameroon

Antonio Barbosa Head Coach
Jean Claude Ntep Assistant



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  CAPE VERDE  


Anwil inks Ivan Almeida - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (PLK) agreed terms with 28-year old Portuguese-Cape Verdean small forward Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill). He played last season at Cholet Basket in French ProA. In 19 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Almeida played at Chorale de Roanne (ProB) in French league where in 34 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg (in top 4) and 1.1bpg.
His team won Portuguese Cup in 2013.
Almeida represented Portugal at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.4ppg, Reb-5 (8.4rpg), Assists-4 (4.4apg), Steals-3 (2.8spg), 1.2bpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 19.2%, FT: 66.7%.
Almeida has played on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense, Sampaense, Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. and Ovar) and Cape Verde (AS Bairro and Seven Stars).
Almeida attended Stonehill College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: An aggressive scorer, good rebounder and versatile player. Has an incredible athleticism and ability to attack the rim. Probaly not yet at the top of his career, has a great self-confidence which makes him believe that sooner or later he will make it to the NBA.

Anwil Wloclawek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ante Delas
Kamil Laczynski

Forwards:
Pawel Leonczyk
Michal Nowakowski
Ivan Almeida
Jaroslaw Zyskowski
Jaylin Airington

Centers:
Szymon Szewczyk
Josip Sobin

Coach: Igor Milicic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Poland



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  CENTRAL AFRICA  


Central African National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Michael Mokongo
Mokongo
William Kossangue-Toro
Kossangue-Toro
Johan Grebongo
Grebongo
Max Kouguere
Kouguere
Jimmy Djimrabaye
Djimrabaye
#e#5
4Tanguy Samedi 180-PG-92
5Lawrence Nganafio 188-G-96
6Michael Mokongo 180-PG-86 Vitre France
7William Kossangue-Toro 198-F/G-86 Sceaux France
8Johan Grebongo 204-F/C-94 Pfastatt France
9Privat Koyamba 198-F-97
10Sydney Pehoua 195-F-88 Besancon France
11Eddy Ngoy 198-F-97 Lyon-Villeurbanne France
12Max-Severin Febou 193-F/G-87
13Max Kouguere 198-SF-87 Antibes France
14Philippe Djada 199-F-94
15Jimmy Djimrabaye 202-C/F-92 Orleans France

Gabin Marida Head Coach



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  COSTA RICA  


LBS Round 2 of Finals. ARBA celebrate the title - by Eurobasket News

Barva - ARBA 70-79

ARBA celebrated the National League title. They beat Barva in Game 2 to complete the sweep of the championship series. The best player for the winners was American guard Dashaun Wiggins (188-91, college: Portland St.) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four ARBA players scored in double figures. ARBA's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panamanian Amir Alvarado (198-84, college: Marshalltown CC) produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international center Carlos Quesada (198-85) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Barva: A.Alvarado 18+5reb+4ast, I.Mack 13+3reb+2ast, C.Quesada 11+7reb+6ast, J.Davis 9+1reb+1ast, B.Lopez 8+11reb+1ast, D.Shedden 7+9reb
ARBA: D.Wiggins 21+4reb+5ast, I.Conejo 16+7reb+1ast, A.Ripool 13+10reb, T.Armstrong 12+1reb, J.Anderson 6+12reb+3ast, J.Harris 4+2reb
gschID: 565492





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  CROATIA  


Umana Reyer Venezia celebrate Torneo di Jesolo title - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia - KK Sibenik 85-58

Umana Reyer Venezia celebrate Torneo di Jesolo title beating KK Sibenik 85-58 in the Final game. The latter looked better in the first half and led throughout the majority of the first two quarters. KK Sibenik posted an 18-16 lead in the first period and then had a 35-34 halftime advantage. Umana Reyer Venezia however dominated the third period that was decisive in the game. Thy erupted with a 32-9 surge to take full control f the court. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Marquez Haynes (191-PG-86, college: Texas Arlington) poured in 13. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85), Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) and Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) followed them with 12 each. Filip Bundovic (205-C/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) and Pavic replied with 11 points each in a loss.



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  DR CONGO  


DR Congolese National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Myck Kabongo
Kabongo
Mohamed Ntumba
Ntumba
Docta Mutombo
Mutombo
Eric Kibi
Kibi
Herve Kabasele
Kabasele
#e#5
4Myck Kabongo 191-G-92 Hermosillo Mexico
5Johnny Buzangu 190-PG-88 Mazembe DR Congo
6Chadrack Lufile 206-F-90 Cape Breton H. Canada
7Maxi Munanga 185-G-93
8Chiza Aristote 203-F-92 Jamestown J. USA
9Evariste Shonganya 204-F/C-92 Koroivos Greece
10Mohamed Ntumba 200-C-85 Albury W.B. Australia
11Pitchou Kambuy 201-F-98 ES Sahel Tunisia
12Docta Mutombo 198-F-81 B.C.Onatra K. DR Congo
13Eric Kibi 198-F-90 L'Hospitalet Spain
14Herve Kabasele 208-C-96
15Rolly Fula 198-F-93 Mazembe DR Congo

Papy Kiembe Head Coach B.C.Onatra K. DR Congo
Charly Kashala Assistant



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  EBL  


Flight keep the perfect record at the start of EBL season - by Eurobasket News

Flight keep the perfect record at the start of EBL season posting the 3rd straight win. They beat Lightning 94-56 in their latest game. City Outlaws meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record after a 65-72 loss from Lions. Jalen Mackey replied with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Holup edged Bears 64-61 and Mountain Men overcame Kings 83-79.



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  ECUADOR  


Extranjeros win All Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Extranjeros - Nacionales 127-107

Extranjeros won All Star Game at the Coliseo Teodoro Gallegos Borja. They overcame Nacionales 127-107 on Friday night. Extranjeros dominated the end of the game and clinched the comfortable win. Daniel Guayaquil won the three-point contest.



Everybody ready to the Playoff - by Roberto Dorta

The Playoff begins in their first stage with the Quarterfinals. Club Iccan de Macas, Barcelona Sporting Club, Importadora Alvarado Ambato and Piratas de Los Lagos will have the advantage to play in their home two of the three matches of this stage. The format is the best of three matches, and obviously the health, focus and pace of each teams will be the key to keep advancing in the tournament.
Club Iccan de Macas who had the best record of the regular season, start their series againts Triple E-Uda, the only team that did not win games in the regular season. Club Iccan de Macas have a strong offensive weapons, and with health is highly probable that wont have problem to settle this series. Juan Herrera (197-F-81), Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81) and Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) have a lot experience in Venezuelan Playoff, and in another Leagues, for this reason, to Juan Jose Pidal it must be easy. The previously match was 101x64 and 97x75 both matches in favor of the Macas team.
Barcelona Sporting Club surprised for all the health troubles. At the end of the regular seasons finished in the 2nd place and right now have a dangerous teamwork. The health of Marvin Cairo (201-G/F-91, agency: Pro Sports) and Manuel Hurtado (198-F/C-90) will be the key of the Barcelonas performance. If Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) is kept with his good step ( despite of the health trouble), and the new sensation, Sam Prescott (190-G-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) follow his good perfomance, will be hard to HR Portoviejo defend it. HR had have good nights and slightly promising presentations. But they have Adriano Barreras (184-PG-92) who has have the offensive reference of the individual perfomance in the league. HR won in re Schedule match where Barcelona did not have all their roster ( 81-77), and three days before Barcelona had won to HR 88x53.This series not shown easy, but a Little advantage to Barcelona.
Piratas went down in the last weeks, they lose their matches with Club Iccan de Macas and Importadora, but won their last match of the regular season in front Triple E-Uda. For many of the league coachs this is the must complete roster, and the most experience player : Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports). They have a good point guard skills with Anibal Malatay and Perez, and the defensive contribution with Willye Clayton. But sometimes the bench had not good performance, and when the starting lineup had have trouble, the headache start to Lucas Gil coach. Juvenil de Vinces had showed a spectacular offensive triangle: Lenin Lopez (198-F-91), Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92) and Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92), but the point guard player are their main weaknes. Add up they did not show depth bench options and sometimes they lose the concentration into the game. The series remained levelled, Juvenil de Vinces won his match at home 67x62, and Piratas won their last match 79x57.
The series that shines must exciting should be Importadora against Leones. Leones had have differents trouble with injury and irregular deffensive yields. Some matches their long shot worked but another at all. The Corbin Jackson (203-F-92, college: Florida Tech) performance has been the safe card to Carlos Gorosito outline. Javinger Vargas (202-C-90), Daniel Guayaquil, Andres Cochambay (191-F-87) and Jose Acosta (185-PG-92) must wake up to make progress in this series. Importadora has been a great performance of Jerel Blocker (193-G/F-88, college: Lee) and Tavarez Sledge. With the Nixon Mina (205-F/C-90) penalty, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) has have to take a defensive responsabilty. Importadora has many Young players whose performance going to be important for the Luciano Martinez coach. Christian Orozco (182-PG-94) has not good health in this season, and next to Nixon Mina will go to be the key for the Importadora chance. In the first of his series Leones took advantage winning 68x62, and in their last confrontation Importadora won 80x67.
The cards are on the table. It is a new stage and a surprise is not unlikely. Club Iccan de Macas and Barcelona show more arguments and their series looks more affordable.



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  EGYPT  


Egyptian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Amr El Gendy
El Gendy
Ibrahim El Gamal
El Gamal
Motaz Okasha
Okasha
Haytham Kamal
Kamal
Ramy Ibrahim
Ibrahim
#e#5
5Amr El Gendy 192-G-91 Al Gezira Egypt
6Ramy Ibrahim 205-F/C-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
7Ahmed Soliman 202-F/C-95 Al Ahly Egypt
9Ibrahim El Gamal 189-SG-88 Al Ahly Egypt
10Mouhanad Elsabagh 182-PG-88 Al Ahly Egypt
11Moustafa Almekawy 204-F/C-94 Zamalek Egypt
12Youssef Shousha 192-G/F-93 Sporting Egypt
14Ramy Abdallah 204-C-98
20Motaz Okasha 186-PG-90 Al Gezira Egypt
44Romeh Elsadani 185-G/F-94 Al Gezira Egypt
66Haytham Kamal 206-C/F-87 Al Ittihad Egypt
95Ahmed Bakr 194-F/G-95

Amr Abouelkhir Head Coach
Sabry Saleh Assistant



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Liga MB Round 19: No surprise as #1 Santa Tecla defeats Giants - by Eurobasket News

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (13-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Giants (1-14) 100-61. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 34. They outrebounded Giants 49-29 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Giants' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Santa Tecla made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for center Carlos Arias (200-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Giants lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giants will have a break next round.
The game in Izalco was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Halcones (12-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Brujos Izalco (9-5). Halcones managed to secure a 6-point victory 81-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. It was an exceptional evening for Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Cliff Duran accounted for 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for Brujos Izalco in the defeat. Halcones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Brujos Izalco at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brujos Izalco will play at home against El Rapido (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 19 Cojute was destroyed by El Rapido on the opponent's court 93-66. Quezaltepeque outscored Santa Ana in a home game 101-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 10 points and 7 rebounds by Devin Thompson of Santa Tecla.

El Rapido - Cojute 93-66

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in La Union where 8th ranked Cojute (7-9) was crushed by ninth ranked El Rapido (7-8) 93-66. El Rapido dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. El Rapido brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for Venezuelan power forward Eliezer Montano (206-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) accounted for 31 points and 10 assists for the winning side. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. American forward Demontrez Austin (201, college: Jacksonville) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds and Jernell Hudges added 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for Cojute in the defeat. El Rapido moved-up to eighth place. Cojute at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. El Rapido will play against higher ranked Brujos Izalco (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: O.Oliva 31+3reb+10ast, E.Montano 26+16reb+4ast, J.Avila 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Cubillas 10+18reb, N.Manzanarez 8+2ast, C.Marquina 4+1reb
Cojute: J.Hudges 21+6reb+5ast, S.Howard 20+5reb+1ast, D.Austin 16+20reb+1ast, L.Quintanilla 5+3reb+2ast, J.Cruz 3+1reb+1ast, R.Melendez 1+1reb+2ast
gschID: 553729


Santa Tecla - Giants 100-61

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (13-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Giants (1-14) 100-61. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 34. They outrebounded Giants 49-29 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Giants' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Santa Tecla made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for center Carlos Arias (200-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Giovanni Sosa (189-95) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Giants lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 20+3reb+4ast, C.Arias 14+14reb+1ast, L.Valdez 12+1reb+1ast, J.Mancia 11+8reb, D.Thompson 10+7reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 7+5reb+3ast
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 23+7reb+1ast, C.Sandoval 12+2reb+3ast, G.Sosa 11+12reb+1ast, C.Flores 10+4reb+1ast, J.Lopez 3+1reb+5ast, C.Duran 2+2reb
gschID: 553730


Brujos Izalco - Halcones 75-81

The game in Izalco was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Halcones (12-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Brujos Izalco (9-5). Halcones managed to secure a 6-point victory 81-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 32. Halcones forced 23 Brujos Izalco turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Puerto Rican guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) accounted for 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Halcones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and the other American import forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) added 17 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Brujos Izalco in the defeat. Halcones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Brujos Izalco at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brujos Izalco will play at home against El Rapido (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 33+12reb+8ast, C.Duran 26+9reb+4ast, T.Wells 16+16reb+2ast, R.Figueroa 4+4reb+1ast, A.Merino 2+4reb+1ast, I.Andaluz 0
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 24+10reb+4ast, S.Sill 17+15reb, R.Mendez 17+7reb+2ast, C.Coleman 9+13reb, M.Lopez 4+2reb+1ast, R.Palma 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 553722


Quezaltepeque - Santa Ana 101-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Quezaltepeque's (11-4) home victory over 5th ranked Santa Ana (9-6) 101-76. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Ana's 44. They outrebounded Santa Ana 51-34 including 40 on the defensive glass. Quezaltepeque players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists. Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) accounted for 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Quezaltepeque's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for Santa Ana in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quezaltepeque have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Santa Ana at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Isidro Metapan. Quezaltepeque will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Santa Ana will play on the road against 11 Lobos (#12) in Chalchuapa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: A.Cacho 30+8reb+3ast, R.Miller 23+21reb+4ast, H.Landaverde 14+3reb+2ast, Q.Scates 13+10reb+7ast, I.Urrutia 6+3reb+2ast, D.Bairez 4+3reb+3ast
Santa Ana: T.Dowdell 22+12reb+4ast, M.Daniels 19+4reb+5ast, K.White 15+3reb+2ast, M.Ramos 13+2reb+5ast, I.Sandoval 5+1reb, K.Mejia 2+6reb
gschID: 553721





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Justin Coleman (ex Bipa Basket) is a newcomer at TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn (Alexela KML) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Justin Coleman (203-94, college: Charleston). He was about to sign at Bipa Basket in Ukrainian Superleague.
Coleman just graduated from University of Charleston, WV and it is his first season in pro basketball.
He was voted to All-MEC 2nd Team in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Salon Vilpas cruise past TTU in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas - TTU 101:74

Salon Vilpas coasted past TTU Tallinn in the international friendly tournament in the Estonian capital. Tobin Carberry (193-G-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) and Canyon Barry (198-G-94, college: Florida) scored 26 points each to lead the Finnish side.
TTU eked out a 21:20 lead after the opening frame. Salon Vilpas though surged ahead in the second period. They built a 48:35 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 18-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Salon Vilpas then cruised to the win in the fourth stanza. Javontae Hawkins netted 14 points in the win. Justin Coleman (203-F-94, college: Charleston) responded with 17 points and 11 rebounds for TTU. Oliver Metsalu (196-F/G-93) chipped in 13 points in the loss.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dennis SCHROEDER
  GER
  (181-PG-93)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Schroeder, GER23.2 
 2. Shved, RUS23.0 
 3. Porzingis, LAT22.4 
 4. Bogdanovic, CRO21.4 
 5. Dragic, SLO21.2 
 6. Bogdanovic, SRB19.8 
 7. Markkanen, FIN19.5 
 8. Shengelia, GEO18.8 
 9. Howell, ISR17.8 
 10. Belinelli, ITA17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Valanciunas, LTU11.8 
 2. Olaseni, ENG11.4 
 3. Pachulia, GEO9.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP8.5 
 5. Hernangomez, ESP8.2 
 6. Doncic, SLO7.8 
 7. Shengelia, GEO7.6 
 8. Mozgov, RUS7.4 
 9. Vucevic, MNT7.4 
 10. Saric, CRO7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  LTU
  (195-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.2 
 2. Satoransky, CZE6.4 
 3. Rodriguez, ESP6.2 
 4. Koponen, FIN6.2 
 5. Jovic, SRB5.8 
 6. Strelnieks, LAT5.6 
 7. Shved, RUS5.6 
 8. Lukashov, UKR5.3 
 9. Bertans, LAT5.2 
 10. Bogdanovic, SRB5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  USA
  (203-C/F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Jovic, SRB2.2 
 3. Sastre-Morro, ESP2.0 
 4. Rubio, ESP2.0 
 5. Lukashov, UKR2.0 
 6. Mandache, ROM2.0 
 7. Osman, TUR2.0 
 8. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 9. Dragic, SLO2.0 
 10. Satoransky, CZE1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (221-C/F-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Porzingis, LAT2.0 
 2. Gasol, ESP1.8 
 3. Pustovyi, UKR1.7 
 4. Randolph, SLO1.5 
 5. Vucevic, MNT1.4 
 6. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 7. Bender, CRO1.2 
 8. Saric, CRO1.2 
 9. Hernangomez, ESP1.0 
 10. Antetokounmp., GRE1.0 


2017 EuroBasket: Konstantinos Sloukas leads Greece past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Lithuania 77:64

Greece reached the 2017 EuroBasket quarterfinal stage. They fired past Lithuania behind 21 points from Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90).
Greece entered the game firing on all cylinders. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) nailed 8 points in the opening quarter to give Greece a 25:17 lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the second term. The Baltic side pulled within 7 points at halftime 30:37. Greece however took over once again in the third term. The Hellenes unloaded 24 points as Konstantinos Sloukas got on fire. Greece entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points. Lithuania narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the fourth term. However Greece replied with 14:2 run to clear off for good. Calathes had 14 points, while Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) and Kostas Papanikolaou (205-F-90) had 11 points each for the Hellenes. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) replied with 20 points for Lithuania. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) chipped in 13 points and collected 15 rebounds in the loss.

Greece: Konstantinos Sloukas 21, Nick Calathes 14, Ioannis Bourousis 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11
Lithuania: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 20, Jonas Valanciunas 13+15 boards



2017 EuroBasket: Italy rally past Finland in Round of 16 clash - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Finland 70:57

Italy advanced into the EuroBasket quarterfinal stage. They saw off Finland following a comfortable Round of 16 victory. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) nailed 22 points to pace the Azzurri.
Italy stormed into the game. They poured in 30 points in the first period to take a 13-point lead. Italy held Finland to just 12 points in the second frame to build a 48:29 halftime lead. Finland slowed their opponents down in the third term and managed to cut the distance to 16 points. Finland got as close as 9 points with just over three minutes remaining. However Daniel Hackett (199-G-87, college: USC) scored 4 points late in regulation and helped Italy seal the win. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) posted 15 points, while Daniel Hackett and Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) contributed 10 points each for the Azzurri. Petteri Koponen (194-SG-88) responded with 13 points for Finland. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 22, Luigi Datome 15, Daniel Hackett 10, Nicolo Melli 10
Finland: Petteri Koponen 13, Sasu Salin 11



2017 EuroBasket: Germany survive thriller against France - by Eurobasket News

Germany - France 84:81

Germany moved on to the quarterfinal stage at 2017 EuroBasket. They nipped France in the thrilling Round of 16 clash in Istanbul. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
France jumped to an early lead. They posted a 19:10 lead after the opening quarter. However Germany slowly picked up the tempo. They sank 24 points in the second term to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at halftime. Germany added 21 points in the third term to cut the deficit at a single point heading into the fourth quarter. Daniel Theis and Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) helped Germany to a 72:65 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) though kept France in the game. He carried les Bleues within two points 79:81 with a three-pointer. Maodo Lo sank just one free throw, while Evan Fournier added two points from the stripe to put France within one 81:82 with 7 seconds to go. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) sank two free throws to restore a three-point lead. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) had a chance to send the game into overtime but missed a triple as Germany got away with the win. Dennis Schroeder chipped in 21 points, while Robin Benzing had 12 points in the victory. Evan Fournier answered with 27 points for France. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) accounted for 15 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Germany: Daniel Theis 22, Dennis Schroeder 21, Robin Benzing 12
France: Evan Fournier 27, Boris Diaw 15



2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia ease past Ukraine, enter quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Ukraine 79:55

Slovenia became the first 2017 EuroBasket quarterfinalists. They knocked down Ukraine in the first Round of 16 clash in Istanbul. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia dominated from start to finish. They posted a 26:17 lead at the first break. Slovenia held Ukraine to just 10 points in the second period to open a 42:27 halftime lead. Slovenia sank 26 points in the third quarter to secure a 25-point advantage. Ukraine managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth period to sweeten the pill at the end. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) and Luka Doncic (201-G-99) netted 14 points each for Slovenia. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) banked in 11 points for Ukraine. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia: Anthony Randolph 21, Klemen Prepelic 14, Luka Doncic 14
Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 11, Denys Lukashov 9



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2017 EuroBasket: Italy rally past Finland in Round of 16 clash - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Finland 70:57

Italy advanced into the EuroBasket quarterfinal stage. They saw off Finland following a comfortable Round of 16 victory. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) nailed 22 points to pace the Azzurri.
Italy stormed into the game. They poured in 30 points in the first period to take a 13-point lead. Italy held Finland to just 12 points in the second frame to build a 48:29 halftime lead. Finland slowed their opponents down in the third term and managed to cut the distance to 16 points. Finland got as close as 9 points with just over three minutes remaining. However Daniel Hackett (199-G-87, college: USC) scored 4 points late in regulation and helped Italy seal the win. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) posted 15 points, while Daniel Hackett and Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) contributed 10 points each for the Azzurri. Petteri Koponen (194-SG-88) responded with 13 points for Finland. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 22, Luigi Datome 15, Daniel Hackett 10, Nicolo Melli 10
Finland: Petteri Koponen 13, Sasu Salin 11



Salon Vilpas cruise past TTU in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas - TTU 101:74

Salon Vilpas coasted past TTU Tallinn in the international friendly tournament in the Estonian capital. Tobin Carberry (193-G-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) and Canyon Barry (198-G-94, college: Florida) scored 26 points each to lead the Finnish side.
TTU eked out a 21:20 lead after the opening frame. Salon Vilpas though surged ahead in the second period. They built a 48:35 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 18-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Salon Vilpas then cruised to the win in the fourth stanza. Javontae Hawkins netted 14 points in the win. Justin Coleman (203-F-94, college: Charleston) responded with 17 points and 11 rebounds for TTU. Oliver Metsalu (196-F/G-93) chipped in 13 points in the loss.



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Caen wins Le Havre tournament, Thomas Cornely MVP - by Eurobasket News

Le Havre - Caen 74:87

Caen won Le Havre tournament beating the hosts 87-74 in the Final game. Caen grabbed a 24-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 6 points at the halftime. In the second half Caen dominated the court posting a 25-22 and 19-15 rallies respectively in the third and the last quarters. Thomas Cornely (190-PG-91) was named MVP of the tournament.
Earlier STB Le Havre beat Rouen MB 83-77 as Omar Krayem (186-PG-88, college: Cal.Baptist) stepped up with 25 points and Stacy Davis (198-F-94, college: Pepperdine) netted 22.



Nanterre and FC Barcelona reach AppartCity Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre and FC Barcelona advanced into the annual AppartCity Cup pre-season tournament Final.
Nanterre defeated Monaco in the semifinal clash 88:83. Jamal Shuler (192-SG-86, college: VCU) poured in 23 points to lead the winners. Monaco enjoyed a 24:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Nanterre stepped on the gas in the next quarters. They unleashed 76 points in the reminder of the contest and got away with the win. Terran Petteway (198-F-92, college: Nebraska) and Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: 3Eye) posted 15 points each for Nanterre. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 24 points for Monaco.
FC Barcelona outlasted Valencia 69:63 in another semifinal clash. They picked up a 34:27 halftime lead. Valencia narrowed the distance in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Phil Pressey (180-PG-91, college: Missouri) and Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 12 points apiece in the win. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) topscored with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Valencia.



2017 EuroBasket: Germany survive thriller against France - by Eurobasket News

Germany - France 84:81

Germany moved on to the quarterfinal stage at 2017 EuroBasket. They nipped France in the thrilling Round of 16 clash in Istanbul. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
France jumped to an early lead. They posted a 19:10 lead after the opening quarter. However Germany slowly picked up the tempo. They sank 24 points in the second term to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at halftime. Germany added 21 points in the third term to cut the deficit at a single point heading into the fourth quarter. Daniel Theis and Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) helped Germany to a 72:65 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) though kept France in the game. He carried les Bleues within two points 79:81 with a three-pointer. Maodo Lo sank just one free throw, while Evan Fournier added two points from the stripe to put France within one 81:82 with 7 seconds to go. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) sank two free throws to restore a three-point lead. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) had a chance to send the game into overtime but missed a triple as Germany got away with the win. Dennis Schroeder chipped in 21 points, while Robin Benzing had 12 points in the victory. Evan Fournier answered with 27 points for France. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) accounted for 15 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Germany: Daniel Theis 22, Dennis Schroeder 21, Robin Benzing 12
France: Evan Fournier 27, Boris Diaw 15



Provence Basket top Hyeres-Toulon in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Provence Basket - Hyeres-Toulon 74:70

Provence Basket outgunned Hyeres-Toulon in the test game. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, college: IPFW) knocked down 20 points to pace the winners.
Provence Basket secured a strong start. They grabbed a 21:14 lead at the first break. Hyeres-Toulon narrowed the deficit at 2 points at the interval 35:33. Provence Basket though responded with a 25:18 run in the third term to take a 9-point lead. Hyeres-Toulon cut the distance in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Charles Abouo (196-G/F-89, college: BYU) had 11 points, while Mbaye added 10 points in the victory. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) replied with 13 points for Hyeres-Toulon. Alexandre Chassang (204-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points in the defeat.



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The Flexx Pistoia tabs Duda Sanadze - by Igor Obradovic

The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) inked 25-year old Georgian international guard Duda Sanadze (196-95kg-92, college: San Diego). He played most recently at KK Primorska in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 25 games he was the best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and recorded 2.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg last season.
Among other achievements Sanadze received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Most Improved Player of the Year award and was selected to Georgian League All-Star Game back in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Sanadze has been also a member of Georgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Georgian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Sanadze also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 35.0%.
Sanadze has played also professionally for other Georgian teams like Dinamo Tbilisi, Energy Invest, Dinamo-2 Tbilisi and Batumi.
He attended University of San Diego until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

The Flexx Pistoia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Riccardo Romano
Ronald Moore
Duda Sanadze
Tommaso Laquintana
Tyrus McGee
Cesare Barbon

Forwards:
Fabio Mian
Aleksander Czyz
Tommaso Bianchi
Naigel Onuoha

Centers:
Daniele Magro
Raphael Gaspardo
Markus Kennedy
Asen Popov

Coach: Vincenzo Esposito

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Real Madrid breeze past ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - ALBA Berlin 79:51

Real Madrid cruised past ALBA Berlin at the Torneo de la Costa del Sol. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) nailed 16 points to lead the Spanish side.
ALBA snatched a 15:12 lead ten minutes into the game. However Real stepped on the gas in the second frame. They used a 26:7 run to ensure a 38:22 halftime lead. Real maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter and boosted the gap at 17-point mark. They never looked back afterwards. Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) had 12 points, while Jeffery Taylor (201-SF-89, college: Vanderbilt) and Jaycee Carroll (188-SG-83) added 9 points each for the winners. Luke Sikma (203-F-89, college: Portland) answered with 16 points for ALBA. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) had 10 points in the loss.



2017 EuroBasket: Germany survive thriller against France - by Eurobasket News

Germany - France 84:81

Germany moved on to the quarterfinal stage at 2017 EuroBasket. They nipped France in the thrilling Round of 16 clash in Istanbul. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
France jumped to an early lead. They posted a 19:10 lead after the opening quarter. However Germany slowly picked up the tempo. They sank 24 points in the second term to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at halftime. Germany added 21 points in the third term to cut the deficit at a single point heading into the fourth quarter. Daniel Theis and Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) helped Germany to a 72:65 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) though kept France in the game. He carried les Bleues within two points 79:81 with a three-pointer. Maodo Lo sank just one free throw, while Evan Fournier added two points from the stripe to put France within one 81:82 with 7 seconds to go. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) sank two free throws to restore a three-point lead. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) had a chance to send the game into overtime but missed a triple as Germany got away with the win. Dennis Schroeder chipped in 21 points, while Robin Benzing had 12 points in the victory. Evan Fournier answered with 27 points for France. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) accounted for 15 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Germany: Daniel Theis 22, Dennis Schroeder 21, Robin Benzing 12
France: Evan Fournier 27, Boris Diaw 15



Antwerpen's Paris Lee Ruins The Scrubb Three Point Comeback icing Free Throws downing The Fraport Skyliners 86-85 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

That basketball is first and foremost a business is something that repeatedly proved season in and season out in Europe when one observes the fluctuations of players coming and going just like what we have been seeing with the presidential cabinet of Donald Trump in his first year of office. With teams shaping up in the German leagues for the beginning of the regular season, one is able to see how much teams have changed in only a matter of a few seasons. The Fraport Skyliners met Belgium team Antwerpen in an exhibition game in Frankfurt and two players form the visiting squad had had ties to the Frankfurt club in that one player Jason Clark battled against them in the 2014-015 season in the Eurochallenge while American Tyler Kalinoski has never played against them, but witnessed the Skyliners accomplish something that the club has only done three times in club history Clark who learned his basketball trade at the renowned Georgetown University where he never had a shortage of flinging the ball to big men like Greg Monroe, Henry Sims or Hollis Thompson who would later go on to the NBA has played in Turkey since facing Frankfurt, but at least hasn't bounced around form team to team like many do in the last two seasons as he is going into his second season with the Belgium side. In the 2014-2015 season Clark played for Belgium side Aalstar and faced Frankfurt twice helping crush Frankfurt at home 94-59 where he steered 20 points in 21 minutes for the win, but in the return game was annihilated 80-58 as he managed only 7 points. When looking at the Fraport Skyliners roster now only Quantez Robertson is still there as every other player since the 2014-2015 season has departed. Tyler Kalinoski played his first time against Frankfurt as he was a spectator in 2016 at the Fiba Europe Cup final 4 in Chalon as his team fell in the semi-finals thus not being able to meet Frankfurt who disposed of Italian squad Varese winning their third club title. With many new Skyliners on the floor, Clark surely still remembered Quantez Robertson who has been a menace on both ends of the court since he entered the BBL in 2009 as he filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, seven boards and five assists. After the contest, Clark was stretching and after a short chat with Skyliner Mike Morrison who he knew from battles in Belgium years ago, he reflected how valuable a guy like Robertson is in this day and age where playing for the same organization for many years isn't typical. 'It's crazy how much basketball is a business. It just shows how much the club and city loves Tez for him to be playing here since 2009. A club doesn't always keep a player that long like with him, but it shows that Frankfurt is like home for him and the club value him as a good person', warned Antwerpen Giants guard Jason Clark.

Fraport Skyliner fans saw their team for the first time on their home court at the training facility and got their money's worth as they saw a hard fought contest that had a certain pattern until crunch-time where they just couldn't get over the hump as Antwerpen controlled the game. Then the Fraport Skyliners staged a miraculous comeback only to be denied a win at the end by free throws as the dramatic end couldn't have been scripted better as the excitement and disappointment just rose as there was no time on the clock as Frankfurt was leading 85-83, but then on account of three free throws lost 86-85 as the BCM gym grew so quiet even after giving their best to make Paris Lee (183-PG-95, college: Illinois St., agency: Interperformances) totally uncomfortable, but he nailed the free throws sending the Skyliner fans unhappy into the weekend. After the loss, Philip Scrubb had his usual expression on his face, but like the loss to Giessen the weekend before, he felt like the club made progress once more in their preparation for the regular season. 'I thought that we did a good job battling back in the second half, but we had defensive shut downs in the first and second halves. We are still a new team that is getting used to each other. I saw good signs today and we know how to get better', added Canadian national player Philip Scrubb. One could see for the whole 40 minutes that the Antwerp Giants were further in their pre-season development as their ball movement was excellent and despite almost losing a game that they controlled, Jason Clark was pleased with the play of the team. 'We played a well rounded game. I feel that we are catching on faster as a team than last year. The key tonight was sharing the ball. You don't often see that kind of ball movement by a team in pre-season. That helped us in the end. We were also solid on defense and have many weapons that makes us hard to play against', warned Jason Clark.

The Fraport Skyliners got on the board first as ex Alba Berlin center Jonas Wolfarth Botterman hit a turn around shot showing his active side quickly. However the Antwerpen Giants showed rapidly how they could get their offense going taking a 9-0 run to lead 9-2. In the run they got heavy production from Americans ex Davidson sniper Tyler Kalinoski and ex Holy Cross forward Dave Dudzinski knock down three's and 20 year old 206cm beast Roby Rogiers made a tap in. Despite a Scrubb off balance jumper, the Belgium side continued to overpower Frankfurt as 20 year old 205cm Belgium center Hans Vanwijn hit a trey and 20 year old Serb Alexsandar Marelja who last played with Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Spain-Liga Endesa) made a dunk as the Belgium side displayed fine inside out basketball leading 14-4. The good team basketball and intensity coupled with extreme physicality was something Frankfurt was unable to cope with. Frankfurt took a time out and came back recharged and went on their first run of the game scoring 13 unanswered points to take the 17-16 lead. Frankfurt decided it was time to match the physicality of the Antwerpen Giants and got their front court much more involved as Florida native Mike Morrison scored twice with a lay in and hard dunk as the other two big men Germans Niklas Kiel and Richard Freundenberg supplied him with the passes. Freudenberg then knocked down a trey and made a free throw for the 17-16 Frankfurt lead. Frankfurt couldn't hold the lead as 23 year old 196cm forward Youeri Schoepen made a tip in as the Antwerpen Giants led 18-17 after 10 minutes.

In the second quarter the Antwerpen Giants took control leading by as much as 11 points, but the Fraport Skyliners were never totally out of the game, but always on the comeback trail. Clark open up the second quarter with a trey which was matched by a Wolfarth-Bottermann tip in as Frankfurt trailed 21-19. Antwerpen then went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 30-19. In the run, the Belgium club that have won 10 league titles with their last in 2000 got some serious production from 26 year old 193cm sniper Dennis Donkor who played with all the Belgium youth national teams and was the second best three point shooter in the Belgium league last year hit some two clutch jumpers, Paris Lee who is a rookie and played at Illinois State (NCAA) showed his quickness making a lay up and 19 year old Belgium guard Thibault Vervoort also scored inside. Antwerpen was profiting from their consistent defense and versatile scoring from many players while Frankfurt had lost a little intensity. However Frankfurt showed nerves of steel not to get down, but to fight back as they raced on a 8-0 run to close the gap to 30-27 as Freudenberg and Scrubb nailed three's and ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb used his quickness to sneak in the lane for a lay in. Frankfurt finally calmed down a bit on offense getting back to basics and upped their shot selection while Philip Scrubb showed why he has been the anker of the team in pre-season keeping the ship afloat. The Antwerpen Giants recovered from the Frankfurt run keeping the lead and getting their offense going again as Kalinoski, Marelja and Vanwijn scored to lead 38-32. Antwerpen were doing much damage inside as Frankfurt just couldn't clog the paint area better. In the last minute, Frankfurt got a bucket from Wohlfarth-Bottermann, but Antwerpen closed out the second quarter strong as Donkor and Kalinowski scored to give the Belgium side the 45-37 advantage. The Antwerpen Giants were shooting 55% from the field and 38% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 42% from outside. Frankfurt had the 17-12 rebound edge, but 10 turnovers while Antwerpen only had three turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Antwerpen Giants always had an answer on offense when the Fraport Skyliners were threatening to retake the lead, but just couldn't get over the hump as the Belgium side retained the lead after 30 minutes. The Fraport Skyliners got ex George Mason center Mike Morrison involved early again as he scored twice easily in the paint as Isaac Bonga and Quantez Robertson supplied him with perfect passes as Frankfurt trailed 47-43. Antwerpen did a superb job just finding every guy on the team. In this phase it was Dave Dudinski who scored in bunches keeping more distance again between Frankfurt and Antwerpen 51-43. However Frankfurt fought and fought as Frankfurt identity figure Robertson got in the lane and at 32 showed he still has the turbo in him scoring on a lay up and then made a trey and then made a heads up quick touch down pass to Morrison who had recived the big mans block on Jason Clark as Frankfurt was right back in the thick of things trailing only 52-50. Antwerpen continued to execute on offense getting a bucket from Clark and Marelja and Frankfurt stayed on their heels as Bonga scored inside cutting the Antwerpen lead to 56-55. Antwerpen came right back going on a 5-0 run as Schoepen hit a three and Marelja made free throws as Frankfurt trailed 60-57. All eyes had been on new Skyliner Tai Webster from New Zealand who had only had one practice in the morning. He had had a difficult time in the first half not finding his shot and seemingly wanting to do nothing wrong. One could see his good eye for his teammates as he wanted to find them first before displaying his own craft. His big strength is his drive which he did well and with 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter scored his first bucket. Frankfurt is looking for that double luck with Webster as they had luck last season finding Shavon Shields and now with Webster have another ex Nebraska player that was teammates with Shields from 2013-2016. Webster finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes. 'Webster was really good. I played against him in an Olympic qualifying game in 2015. I see him creating a lot for us this season. He just takes what the defense gives him. I feel that he will be really big for us', warned Philip Scrubb. Lee closed out the third quarter with free throws as the Antwerpen Giants led 62-57. 'We were executing really well and getting defensive stops. Frankfurt got some good shots as well, but just weren't knocking them down', stressed Jason Clark. 'They got a lot of easy three's and offensive rebounds and that really hurt us', stressed Philip Scrubb.

In the fourth quarter it looked like the Antwerpen Giants wanted to decide the game quickly leading by 12 points, but the Fraport Skyliners never quit and came back to take the lead only to be denied with no time on the clock. Antwerpen jumped on Frankfurt going on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 69-57 while making four defensive stops. In the Antwerpen run, they got production from Marelja with four points and got a big trey from Schoepen. Frankfurt responded with a much needed 6-0 run to cut the Antwerpen lead to 69-63 as Morrison scored inside and Scrubb and Webster made free throws. However Donkor came up and did what snipers do nailing a catch and pop jumper for the Antwerpen 71-63 lead. Frankfurt had to make a move and did going on a 8-2 run to suddenly be back in the game trailing only 73-71. They were aided a bit by a technical foul against Antwerpen coach Christophe Beghun and getting a flagrant foul where Webster made two of three free throws. Kiel also buried free throws while Quantez Robertson saved a NBA show time moment going coast to coast with the hard lay in demonstrating that his turbo boost is still present. Webster showed some valuable crunch time production making a lay in cutting the Antwerpen lead to 75-74. Then it was time for Scrubb to make his three point entrance as he nailed two three's back to back to give Frankfurt the 82-81 advantage. Scrubb has been the motor of the Fraport Skyliners in pre season in that when the club needs instant production he is the man for the points. 'We became more aggressive on offense and got into transition more getting easy lay ups. Even though my shot wasn't falling well today, I thought that I had two good looks on my two three's. I decided just to keep shooting even if it wasn't my best day', added Philip Scrubb. After Robertson free throws for the 84-81 lead, Kalinoski made free throws cutting the Frankfurt lead to 84-83. Webster made one more free throws with Frankfurt holding on to the 85-83 lead with 7,3 seconds to go. The Antwerpen Giants had one last play and got fortune as Paris Lee was fouled behind the three point line by Niklas Kiel. There was no time to play, but Lee had three free throws that he iced with nothing but net securing the 87-86 win for the Belgium side. 'Frankfurt executed amazingly in their comeback. Scrubb executed well at the end He is a great shooter. Lee did a good job at the end keeping his nerves and making the free throws. He has a lot of routine and it showed at the end on the three and his free throws', said Jason Clark. The Antwerpen Giants were led by Alexander Marelja with 13 points. Dennis Donkor added 11 points and Paris Lee and Hans Vanwijn produced 10 points apiece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Philip Scrubb with 17 points. And Mike Morrison added 14 points. The Antwerpen Giants shot 52% from the field and 32% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners shot 50% from the field and 32% from the three point line. Frankfurt won the rebound battle 32-27 and had 13 turnovers while Antwerpen coughed up the ball nine times.



Tyler Kalinoski (Antwerpen Giants) My Family Roots In Sports Taught Me The Importance Of Work Ethic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tyler Kalinoski (193-G-92, college: Davidson) is a 24 yer old 193cm guard that was born in Cincinnati and is playing his third professional season and first in Belgium with the Antwerpen Giants. Last season he played with AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) playing 25 games averaging 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 78.7%. As a rookie he played with ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) playing 36 games averaging 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 82.8%;In the FIBA Europe Cup he played 19 games averaging 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 51.1%, FT: 50.0%. He played at Davidson from 2011-2015 playing a total of 129 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 16.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 78.9%. He spoke to eurobasket while playing a tournament in Frankfurt Germany against the Fraport Skyliners and Telekom Baskets Bonn

Tyler thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. Your in Frankfurt playing exhibition games against Frankfurt and Bonn. You didn't play against German teams in France or Greece. Have you ever been in Germany before or played here?


I have been in Germany before. We traveled through Frankfurt a number of times in my rookie season with Chalon. I also visited last season as my friend Brian Sullivan who was my teammate at Davidson was playing with the Hebeisen White Wings.


You won a thriller against the Fraport Skyliners 86-85 on Paris Lee free throws. That was a wild end. What was the wildest game that you ever played in at the college or professional level?


The most wild game that I played in college was when we beat La Salle in a conference game where we were down by 18 and won on a buzzer beater. As a professional my most wild game was when we were playing Le Mans at home with Chalon and won on a buzzer beater alley-op from out of bounds from Illian Evtimov to Devin Booker


As a rookie two seasons ago you played with Chalon that lost a heart breaker at home to Varese. You then watched Frankfurt win the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup final. What memories did you have of Frankfurt then and what was your impression of them today?

I don't have too much memories of Frankfurt at the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup final 4 in Chalon except that they were well coached and executed well. I saw a bit of the same in Frankfurt this weekend. They executed very well and were never out of the game and came back and almost won. They were a very good team that was well coached.


Your playing your third professional season and first in Belgium with the Antwerpen Giants. After two solid seasons in France and Greece, what are your goals as a player besides winning in your third professional season?

After not winning a title as a rookie and not making the playoffs in Greece, my main goal is to win a championship. Personally I just want to get better and continue to grow as a player. I want to take little steps and never become stagnant.


Antwerpen has a very talented team with some skilled Americans with veterans Jason Clark and Dave Dubzinski, rookie Paris Lee and many talented Belgium players. Where do you see being your role? Clark is the team leader. What do you see yourself giving the team?



I think my shooting will help us spread the defense and I will be able to give my teammates open looks. I am also one of the players that does the important things on the court that people don't always recognize like rebounding and passing.


When looking at your game your shooting obviously stands out as you shot 48% and 42% in your last two seasons at Davidson. But you also have other qualities. How do you prove on the court best that you aren't a one-dimensional player?

I can see how people can feel that I could be a one-dimensional player. People simply overlook my rebounding and making the extra pass. People just see me as a shooter, but I give so much more to the game.


Last season you played with Michael Stockton with AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) playing 25 games averaging 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 78.7%. Did any of his dad and NBA stories wet your appetite for giving the NBA another shot?

Mike is a great guy and it was nice being teammates with him last season in Greece. Every player wants to play at the highest level and playing in the NBA has always been a goal of mine. I just want to keep getting better and push to reach my goal. I hung out a lot with Mike and he gets asked a lot about his dad and he told stories, but I didn't push him too much to talk about his dad.

As a rookie you played for Chalon in France. You were teammates with one of my favorite guys that I covered in Frankfurt 10 years ago with Ilian Evtimov who played at North Carolina State. How did he help you best in your rookie year?

Evtimov was a great leader. He taught me many of the important little things about being a professional. He is the type of player that plays the game in a smart way. He taught me reads and just to conduct me in a professional way. He was a good mentor for me as a rookie.


After the 2015-2016 season David Micheau was drafted, Devin Booker was one f the best centers in the Pro A and John Roberson led Chalon the next year to the Pro A title. How did all this talent enrich your game?

Their different skill set and their experience of what they have seen and where they have been really taught me a lot about how important work ethic is. Their games helped my game evolve further as a rookie.

After coming out of Davidson you played NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat. Dan Green of the Miami heat said you could be a 14th or 15th guy on an NBA team. You stated '"It's a game of chess, of making the right moves. You never know what is going to be the right decision'. When looking back at the last few years do you feel like you should maybe have stayed in the states and seen what could of happened?

I am content with taking the route to Europe. I have no regrets. I don't dwell about what could have happened had I stayed in the States. I am happy with my decision.


There have been numerous examples of guys coming to the NBA late like a Malcolm Delaney who played at Chalon a few years before you of a Brian Roberts. Are you content with staying in Europe forever or are you leaving a side door open?


The side door is big. My dream is to play in the NBA, but everyone's route is different. Ultimately my end goal is the NBA and I hope that my route will take me there.


You played four years at Davidson. Do you feel like your game and approach of playing the game was effected by how Steph Curry's career had developed in the NBA or has the rise of Curry of becoming one of the best players in the world not effect you as you were at Davidson and beyond?

It wasn't much on my mind. The great thing about playing basketball at Davidson is that you get better each season. No matter what level you came from, you just get better at Davidson. It has shown with Steph Curry as he got better at Davidson and has continued to get better in the NBA. I worked the best I could at Davidson to get better and I thought I got the best out of that experience at Davidson.

Your ex Davidson teammate Demon Brooks was impressed by the way Steph Curry held himself in 2011 when he went back to Davidson to finish his classes. What memories do you have of that as you were a freshman?

I remember Steph Curry coming back and playing pick-up basketball with us. I remember guarding him in pick up. As a freshman coming in this was a very cool experience for me. For Curry to come back to school and finish his classes just shows what kind of guy he is to have taken that step.


How excited are you to be playing against your ex teammate Jack Gibbs. He averaged an unbelievable 23ppg in his last two seasons. If he had played at North Carolina or Duke would he have been drafted?

I am very excited that he is playing in the same country as me and am looking forward to be playing him this season. He is a great player and put up great stats at Davidson. He had a great opportunity in the NBA Summer League and it just didn't work out for him. There are a lot of what if's had he played at North Carolina or Duke that he would have been drafted.


You come from an unbelievable athletic family as Scott Kalinoski played football at Purdue; uncle Dave Ford played baseball for the Baltimore Orioles; grandfather Ron Ward played hockey for the Toronto Maple Leafs; aunt Pamela Kalinoski won four NCAA soccer championships with North Carolina alongside Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly; and another grandfather, Ken Kalinoski, ran track at Ohio State. How do you feel has the family roots helped shape who you have become on and off the court?

Having these family roots has been a big help being raised by unbelievable parents and being around unbelievable relatives. They taught me to always work hard and that you need good work ethic in sport and life. They taught me that if you want to reach your goals, you always have to work hard. I have always worked hard for everything I have gotten.


Your ex teammate Brooks said this about head coach Bob Mckillop 'There is no better coach in the world. He is the reason why I am here today. From the time I stepped foot on Davidson he prepared me for this journey on and off the court. One of the many lesson that stays with me is with freedom comes from responsibility. This is one lesson, especially playing professional basketball in Europe, that is very important for a player to abide if you want to have a long promising career. How did he groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?



I agree with what Demon said. He is the best coach in the world. He always stressed to us that you have to get a little better each day. He brought so much toughness to practice and that translated over to what I could do on the court and in life. That toughness really affected me and I wouldn't be where I am today without him.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Jack Gibbs?


I always won. I can't remember a time that he beat me.


Who was the toughest player that you battled ever that is in the NBA now?


I get asked this a lot, but it is hard to answer because there have been so many great players that I played against in the NCAA. I just can't chose one.


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



Lebron, Kobe, Jordan and Kyrie Irving


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


I am such a Lebron fan. I didn't get to watch too much of Michael Jordan because I was too young. In my eyes Lebron is the best to have played the game. He doesn't have as many rings as Jordan, but he has done so much with every team he he has played with. It is just unbelievable what he has done.


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


It isn't a fair assessment of Russel Westbrook. He is such an unbelievable competitor that just wants to win each game, not try to inflate his stats.


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

I didn't pay too much attention to this years draft, but I think that Lauri Markkanan of Finland will be really good. I really like his game.


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


That backcourt of Harden and Paul is tough. It will be interesting to see how they will mesh together. The Golden State Warriors are too tough for the Rockets and have that battle won.


How do you rate the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade? Who got the better deal and which team will profit better in the long run?

I think in the long term that Boston has the better of the deal. Irving and Hayward will stay there for a while while with the Cavs your not 100% sure if Lebron will stay. But at face value, the Cavs got the better of the deal.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The TV series Power.


Thanks Tyler for the chat.




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Accra Basketball League elect new executives into office - by Yaw Mintah

Old Executives of the Accra Basketball League will make way for newly elected candidates in the coming days following elections conducted earlier today at the Lebanon House Forecourt in Tudu.

The voting process began at 8:00 GMT and ended at 16:00 GMT with expectations high for the new group of leaders to shake up the stale system in Ghana's premier club basketball division.

Andrew Okoe Bulley has been elected Chairman of the league and will be assisted by Andrew Ackah who beat Aurora Toppar to the seat. Marvell Avadu is the new Secretary General and renowned Coach Emmanuel 'Rubberman' Quaye is the new Organizing Secretary. The Tema Youth head trainer's ascension into an administrative role has been coming for a while.

Bulley replaces Benjamin Baafi as Chairman; Baafi passed away a few months ago after a long battle with illness and doubled as Greater Accra Regional Chairman.
An All Star Game involving several current and retired players will be played on September 14 in his honor; the honorary match has been dubbed 'CAP 7' which represents Baafi's nickname 'Capito' and jersey number in his playing days (7).

However, the elections did not affect games in the ABL Men's Division II as Dunks Knight lost 68-72 to Tudu Galaxy and CYO beat DC Aspirants 75-56.



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  GREECE  


2017 EuroBasket: Konstantinos Sloukas leads Greece past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Lithuania 77:64

Greece reached the 2017 EuroBasket quarterfinal stage. They fired past Lithuania behind 21 points from Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90).
Greece entered the game firing on all cylinders. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) nailed 8 points in the opening quarter to give Greece a 25:17 lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the second term. The Baltic side pulled within 7 points at halftime 30:37. Greece however took over once again in the third term. The Hellenes unloaded 24 points as Konstantinos Sloukas got on fire. Greece entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points. Lithuania narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the fourth term. However Greece replied with 14:2 run to clear off for good. Calathes had 14 points, while Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) and Kostas Papanikolaou (205-F-90) had 11 points each for the Hellenes. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) replied with 20 points for Lithuania. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) chipped in 13 points and collected 15 rebounds in the loss.

Greece: Konstantinos Sloukas 21, Nick Calathes 14, Ioannis Bourousis 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11
Lithuania: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 20, Jonas Valanciunas 13+15 boards



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  GUINEA  


Guinean National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Abdoulaye Sy
Sy
Yacouba Sylla
Sylla
Cedric Mansare
Mansare
Ismael Conde
Conde
Malick Kone
Kone
#e#5
4Malick Kone 196-G/F-91 Rutgers USA
5Abdoulaye Sy 200-F-95 Marseille France
6Yamoussa Camara 202-F-95 Oilers Liberia
7Mohamed Youla 202-F-87
8Yacouba Sylla 183-G-89 BBC Nyon Switzerland
9Mohamed Souare 200-F/C-92 Meyrin Basket Switzerland
10Cedric Mansare 198-F-85 Feurs EF France
11Ismael Conde 201-F-92
12Cheick Sekou Conde 203-F-92 Moron Spain
13Alpha Diallo 201-SG-97 Providence USA
14Daouda Conde 210-C-92
15Bachir Diallo 195-F/G-93

Ousmane Camara Head Coach
Ansoumane Toure Assistant



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  ITALY  


New Basket Brindisi wins Memorial Pentassuglia - by Eurobasket News

New Basket Brindisi won Memorial Pentassuglia in Italy. In the Final game they overcame Mens Sana Siena 76-50. Brindisi took control from the first minutes and grabbed a 21-16 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they increased to 15 points having 38-23 halftime advantage. Marco Giuri (194-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Barber netted 14. Milenko Tepic (202-G-87, agency: BeoBasket), Obinna Oleka (201-PF-93, college: Arizona St.) and Cady Lalanne (208-C-92, college: Massachusetts) followed them with 9 points in a win. Devin Ebanks (206-F-89, college: W.Virginia) replied with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Dario Masciarelli (197-SF-98, agency: Two Points) and Lorenzo Saccaggi (189-PG-92, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 apiece.


2017 EuroBasket: Italy rally past Finland in Round of 16 clash - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Finland 70:57

Italy advanced into the EuroBasket quarterfinal stage. They saw off Finland following a comfortable Round of 16 victory. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) nailed 22 points to pace the Azzurri.
Italy stormed into the game. They poured in 30 points in the first period to take a 13-point lead. Italy held Finland to just 12 points in the second frame to build a 48:29 halftime lead. Finland slowed their opponents down in the third term and managed to cut the distance to 16 points. Finland got as close as 9 points with just over three minutes remaining. However Daniel Hackett (199-G-87, college: USC) scored 4 points late in regulation and helped Italy seal the win. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) posted 15 points, while Daniel Hackett and Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) contributed 10 points each for the Azzurri. Petteri Koponen (194-SG-88) responded with 13 points for Finland. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 22, Luigi Datome 15, Daniel Hackett 10, Nicolo Melli 10
Finland: Petteri Koponen 13, Sasu Salin 11



The Flexx Pistoia adds Bond to their roster - by Eurobasket News

The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Jaylen Bond (203-109kg-93, college: Temple). He played last season at Westchester Knicks (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 45 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bond's team won AAC Regular Season in 2016. He was also voted All-AAC Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time.
Bond graduated from Temple University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

The Flexx Pistoia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Riccardo Romano
Ronald Moore
Duda Sanadze
Tommaso Laquintana
Tyrus McGee
Cesare Barbon

Forwards:
Fabio Mian
Aleksander Czyz
Jaylen Bond
Tommaso Bianchi
Naigel Onuoha

Centers:
Daniele Magro
Raphael Gaspardo
Markus Kennedy
Asen Popov

Coach: Vincenzo Esposito

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Umana Reyer Venezia celebrate Torneo di Jesolo title - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia - KK Sibenik 85-58

Umana Reyer Venezia celebrate Torneo di Jesolo title beating KK Sibenik 85-58 in the Final game. The latter looked better in the first half and led throughout the majority of the first two quarters. KK Sibenik posted an 18-16 lead in the first period and then had a 35-34 halftime advantage. Umana Reyer Venezia however dominated the third period that was decisive in the game. Thy erupted with a 32-9 surge to take full control f the court. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Marquez Haynes (191-PG-86, college: Texas Arlington) poured in 13. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85), Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) and Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) followed them with 12 each. Filip Bundovic (205-C/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) and Pavic replied with 11 points each in a loss.



Mens Sana and Brindisi reach Memorial Pentassuglia Final - by Eurobasket News

Mens Sana and Brindisi reached Memorial Pentassuglia Final with 4 participating teams. Soundreef Mens Sana overcame Scandone Avellino 80-74. Trailing 6 points at the halftime, Mens Sana needed a decisive 22-12 surge to seal the victory. Devin Ebanks (206-F-89, college: W.Virginia) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Alessandro Cappelletti (186-PG-95) netted 12. Giovanni Vildera (205-F-95) and Sandri produced 11 points each in a win. Weels and Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) replied with 18 points each in the losing effort.
New Basket Brindisi beat MetExtra Viola Reggio Calabria 65-59. Anthony Barber (188-PG-94, college: N.Carolina St.) stepped up with 19 points and Cady Lalanne (208-C-92, college: Massachusetts) notched 13. Scott Suggs (197-F/G-89, college: Washington, agency: GFSG) delivered 12 and Tepic followed them with 11. Roberts ended up with 19 points in a loss, whilst A.J. Pacher (208-F-92, college: Wright St.) had 10.



The Flexx Pistoia tabs Duda Sanadze - by Igor Obradovic

The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) inked 25-year old Georgian international guard Duda Sanadze (196-95kg-92, college: San Diego). He played most recently at KK Primorska in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 25 games he was the best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and recorded 2.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg last season.
Among other achievements Sanadze received Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Most Improved Player of the Year award and was selected to Georgian League All-Star Game back in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Sanadze has been also a member of Georgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Georgian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Sanadze also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 35.0%.
Sanadze has played also professionally for other Georgian teams like Dinamo Tbilisi, Energy Invest, Dinamo-2 Tbilisi and Batumi.
He attended University of San Diego until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

The Flexx Pistoia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Riccardo Romano
Ronald Moore
Duda Sanadze
Tommaso Laquintana
Tyrus McGee
Cesare Barbon

Forwards:
Fabio Mian
Aleksander Czyz
Tommaso Bianchi
Naigel Onuoha

Centers:
Daniele Magro
Raphael Gaspardo
Markus Kennedy
Asen Popov

Coach: Vincenzo Esposito

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Olimpia won over Galatasaray while making strides - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia returns from Bormio's training camp after another win, a convincing one, 79-69, over a very competitive Galatasaray team, showing a lot of progress defensively and rebounding the ball after struggling a little bit in the previous game against Tofas. Olimpia led most of the game, built a consistent margin in the second half and was good attacking the zone too. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) and Amath M'Baye (206-F-89, college: Oklahoma) combined for 36 points. The french gunman was perfect from the arc, 5 for 5. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) did a great job driving into the lane and Cory Jefferson was very active especially in the first half showing an array of different ways to score.
Andrew Goudelock recorded 19 points, while Amath M'Baye added 17 points for the Italian powerhouse. Dwight Hardy (188-SG-87, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points for Galatasaray. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) netted 15 points in the loss.
Courtesy of: olimpiamilano.com



Cleveland Thomas is a newcomer at MIA-RO Cantu - by Eurobasket News

MIA-Red October Cantu (Serie A) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Cleveland Thomas (190-88kg-93). He has only college experience while playing for Hartford (NCAA).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thomas' college team won MWC Tournament for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Of course it will be his first season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Quick strong guard who is very physical on the court.

MIA-Red October Cantu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Chappell
David Cournooh
Randy Culpepper
Maurizio Tassone
Salvatore Parrillo
Jaime Smith
Cleveland Thomas

Forwards:
Charles Thomas
Christian Burns
Davide Raucci
Eric Griffin
Federico Vai

Centers:
Andrea Crosariol
Giacomo Maspero

Coach: Kiril Bolshakov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IVORY COAST  


Ivory Coast National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Aboubacar Hima
Hima
Cedric Bah
Bah
Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue
Karaboue
Tiegbe Bamba
Bamba
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Diabate
#e#5
4Michael Toti 182-PG-87 CSMF Paris France
5Aboubacar Hima 207-C-94 Plasencia Spain
6Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue 185-PG-96 Don Bosco Ivory Coast
7Tiegbe Bamba 204-F-91 Timba Timis. Romania
8Serge Pohohoulou 200-F-96
9Diabate Mouloukou Souleyman 181-PG-87 Fujian China
10Romeo Enan 208-F/C-93 Kano Pillars Nigeria
11Cedric Bah 198-C-94 W.O.S.B. France
12Salim Kone 92
13Didier Tape 197-F-81 Abidjan R. Ivory Coast
14Stephane Toure 91 Ivestp Ivory Coast
15Fode Traore 190-G-85 OBC Ivory Coast

Hugues Occansey Head Coach MAS Fes Morocco
Seydou Sanogo Assistant
Olivier Tea Assistant



D'Tigers Narrowly escapes Cote D'Ivoire, 78-77 - by Eurobasket News

Defending champions of the FIBA Afrobasket for Men made their presence known with the victory over Cote D'Ivoire 78-77, but not with a serious fight. An expected-unexpected result it turned out to be, with the notable change of 95% percent of players who brought the championship trophy to Nigeria. Only captain of the team Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) returned to represent his country, leaving the former players absent and replaced with new ones. Current head coach of team Nigeria, Alex Nwora led the team all he could, putting the pieces together, came out victorious, but realized that there is a lot to be done. Most experienced player and captain Ikechukwu Diogu finished with 31 points and eight rebounds while Ike Iroegbu came up with 15 points, one rebound, seven assists and three steals. Okaro Akakume scored the decisive shot with 17 seconds remaining at the fourth quarter to turn the table in favour to Nigeria. Fans are looking forward to a better performance for the D'Tigers on their way to reclaiming the trophy. Nigeria would face Mali today.
Courtesy of: titanbasketbal.com




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  JAPAN  


Reyshawn Terry (ex Ryukyu GK) signs at Mobis Phoebus - by Eurobasket News

Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (KBL) landed 33-year old American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-109kg-84, college: N.Carolina). He played most recently at Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa in Japanese B League. In 44 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg last season. Terry helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League West Division. He also played that season for LG Sakers where in only one KBL game he had very remarkable stats: 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
In 2007 Terry was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (44th overall). He attended University of North Carolina and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Terry won Dominican Rep. LNB South Division championship title in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Player of the Year award and Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Import player of the Year award in 2015.
Terry represented USA at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Tehran (Iran) four years ago. His team won Silver.
Terry is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Terry has played previously professionally in France (Le Mans), Germany (Brose Baskets), Greece, Italy, Lebanon (Tadamon, Champville and Al Moutahed), Puerto Rico (Santeros), Spain, Ukraine (Khimik), Venezuela (Trotamundos) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana, La Villa and JH Rodriguez).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Terry has a good amount of quickness to create separation from his defender. Athletically he is among the elite level athletes at his position in the college game. Physically he has all the tools one looks for in a defender. Long arms, quickness, and size Underrated ball handler who can take opposing players off the dribble. Great help defender who gets a number of shot blocks by rotating over.
Has always been a bit of an inconsistent player who goes through periods of streaky play. Has a tendency to gamble too much on steals which can leave him out of position giving his man the open look
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LEBANON  


Sagesse lands Dewayne Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Pepsi LBL) tabbed 27-year old American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-95kg-90, college: Morgan State, agency: Higher Vision Sports) from Homenetmen. In 36 Pepsi LBL games in Lebanon he averaged impressive 21.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.8apg and 2.5spg (in top 2) last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Jackson's college team won MEAC Tournament in 2010. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
Jackson has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Beroe).
He attended Morgan State until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Jackson's outlook: Jackson is one of the fastest, strongest, and best ball handling wings in Europe. He has high stats in every category, and with his height, cannot be guarded 1-on-1 on perimeter. He is also able to shoot from 3 consistently, and can defend at any position.Very similar style of game with Kevin Durant.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lebanon



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  LITHUANIA  


2017 LOC Cup: Enisey outgun Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Enisey - Lietkabelis 88:74

Enisey defeated Lietkabelis at the 2017 LOC Cup in Liepaja. Suleiman Braimoh (203-F/C-89, college: Rice) produced 16 points to lead the winners.
Enisey got to a strong start. They poured in 31 points in the first period to open a 14-point lead. Lietkabelis narrowed the gap in the second term. The Lithuanian team pulled within 7 points at halftime. But Enisey unleashed 48 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Octavius Ellis (208-C-93, college: Cincinnati), Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Anthony Hilliard (195-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) netted 12 points each for Enisey. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) tossed in 14 points for Lietkabelis.



2017 EuroBasket: Konstantinos Sloukas leads Greece past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Lithuania 77:64

Greece reached the 2017 EuroBasket quarterfinal stage. They fired past Lithuania behind 21 points from Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90).
Greece entered the game firing on all cylinders. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) nailed 8 points in the opening quarter to give Greece a 25:17 lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the second term. The Baltic side pulled within 7 points at halftime 30:37. Greece however took over once again in the third term. The Hellenes unloaded 24 points as Konstantinos Sloukas got on fire. Greece entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points. Lithuania narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the fourth term. However Greece replied with 14:2 run to clear off for good. Calathes had 14 points, while Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) and Kostas Papanikolaou (205-F-90) had 11 points each for the Hellenes. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) replied with 20 points for Lithuania. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92) chipped in 13 points and collected 15 rebounds in the loss.

Greece: Konstantinos Sloukas 21, Nick Calathes 14, Ioannis Bourousis 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11
Lithuania: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 20, Jonas Valanciunas 13+15 boards



Zalgiris nip Khimki in test game - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Khimki 78:76

Zalgiris celebrated a tough narrow win over Khimki in the friendly encounter. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Lithuanian powerhouse.
Khimki unleashed 31 points in the first period to take a 3-point lead. The Russian side maintained the lead throughout the second frame. But Zalgiris managed to pull in front in the third term. The hosts accounted for a 63:60 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final quarter but Zalgiris managed to eke out a narrow win at the end. Dee Bost posted 13 points, while Brandon Davies (208-C-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) and Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) had 9 points each for the winners. James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with 18 points for Khimki. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) and Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) netted 14 points each in the loss.



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  MALI  


D'Tigers Blow Out Mali In Second Men's AfroBasket Game - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria's D'Tigers Saturday night put up a better performance in their second game of the 2017 FIBA Men's AfroBasket Championship in Tunisia as they defeated Mali 90-67points to remain the Group A leaders with four points, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The defending champions who had a tough game against Cote d'Ivoire on Friday were impressive on Saturday as they ended the first quarter with a 20-16 points lead.
The performance also boosted their confidence in the second quarter which helped them to score 19-17 points against the Malians and finished the first half with 39-33 points.
The Malians came out stronger in the third quarter but could not stop the Nigerians who again dominated the quarter and went into the last quarter with another impressive performance to end the game with 90-67 victory.
Nigeria will face Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday in their third game of the FIBA Africa tournament.
Courtesy of: completesportsnigeria.com



Mali National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Boubacar Moungoro
Moungoro
Mahamadou Kante
Kante
Ibrahim Djambo
Djambo
Papa Tandina
Tandina
Boubacar Sidibe
Sidibe
#e#5
1Boubacar Moungoro 196-SF-94 Oklahoma City B USA
3Mahamadou Kante 192-G-92 FUS Rabat Morocco
7Ibrahim Djambo 208-F-92 Alcazar Spain
8Mahamadou Drame 188-SG-86 Lourdes France
9Papa Tandina 187-G-93
10Mamadou Keita 192-G-93 Cegep de Thetford Canada
11Sekou Dembele 202-C-98
12Boubacar Sidibe 205-C-94 Lucentum Spain
13Sambou Traore 198-PF-79 Roanne France
14Badara Bagayoko 201-F-96
16Al-Hassan Fall 192-G/F-92
99Boubacar Coulibaly 185-PG-95

Moussa Sogore Head Coach
Alhadji Dicko Assistant



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  MOROCCO  


Morocco National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Abderrahim Najah
Najah
Soufiane Kourdou
Kourdou
Zakaria El Masbahi
El Masbahi
Abdelali Lahraichi
Lahraichi
Mohamed Choua
Choua
#e#5
4Abderrahim Najah 198-F/C-84 ASS Sale Morocco
5Mustapha Khalfi 177-PG-80 ASS Sale Morocco
6Soufiane Kourdou 211-C-85 ASS Sale Morocco
7Zakaria El Masbahi 192-F/G-79 ASS Sale Morocco
8Abdelali Lahraichi 190-G/F-93 WAC Morocco
9Mohamed Aboussalam 198-C-96 Rouen France
10Mohamed Choua 202-F/C-92 ASS Sale Morocco
11Jihad Benchlikha 186-SG-92 FAR Rabat Morocco
12John Wilkins 207-F/C-89 CRA Hoceima Morocco
13Adil El Makssoud 193-G/F-85 CRA Hoceima Morocco
14Nadim Soufiane 185-PG-88 FUS Rabat Morocco
15Reda Rhalimi 212-C-82 CRA Hoceima Morocco

Said El Bouzidi Head Coach ASS Sale Morocco
Hamrani Labib Assistant



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  MOZAMBIQUE  


Mozambique National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Baggio Chimondzo
Chimondzo
David Canivete
Canivete
Ermelindo Novela
Novela
Alfonso Machave
Machave
Custodio Muchate
Muchate
#e#5
4Hugo Martins 190-F-95 Maxaquene Mozambique
5Baggio Chimondzo 178-PG-90 Costa do Sol Mozambique
6David Canivete 193-F-89 Desp.Maputo Mozambique
7Ermelindo Novela 184-G-91 Fer.Maputo Mozambique
8Alfonso Machave 188-G-92
9Helton Ubisse 201-C-95 Fer.Maputo Mozambique
10Francisco Macaringue 183-PG-87 Fer.Maputo Mozambique
11Custodio Muchate 199-C-82 Fer.Maputo Mozambique
12Octavio Magolico 199-F/C-84 Fer.Beira Mozambique
13Milton Caifaz 198-G-92 Imortal Portugal
14Inelcio Chire 201-F-91
15Ronaldo Geneto 185-G-87 Desp.Maputo Mozambique

Joseba Martin Head Coach
Cesar Mujui Assistant



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  NBA  


Carrick Felix signs at the Wizards - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards landed 27-year old swingman Carrick Felix (198-89kg-90, college: Arizona State). He played most recently at Long Island Nets. In 34 NBA G League games he averaged 9.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg last season.
In 2013 Felix was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers in second round (33rd overall). He attended Arizona State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Felix received USBWA All-District IX 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time.
Felix has played previously for three other NBA teams: Utah Jazz, Santa Cruz Warriors and Canton Charge.

Washington Wizards roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Donald Sloan
Tomas Satoransky
Jodie Meeks
Bradley Beal
John Wall
Tim Frazier
Sheldon McClellan
Carrick Felix
Kelly Oubre

Forwards:
Jason Smith
Ian Mahinmi
Mike Scott
Markieff Morris
Otto Porter
Daniel Ochefu
Michael Young
Kris Jenkins
Chris McCullough
Devin Robinson

Center:
Marcin Gortat

Coach: Scott Brooks

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sacramento Kings sign Jones just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) signed 23-year old guard Matt Jones (196-93kg-94). He just graduated from Duke (NCAA). Jones has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he had 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg last season. Jones helped them to win ACC Tournament. A very impressive season as he was named to ACC All-Defensive Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Jones is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He won NCAA championship title in 2015.

Sacramento Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vince Carter
George Hill
Garrett Temple
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Buddy Hield
Matt Jones
Frank Mason_III
De'Aaron Fox

Forwards:
Jack Cooley
Justin Jackson
JaKarr Sampson
Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles
Skal Labissiere
Malachi Richardson

Centers:
Zach Randolph
Kostas Koufos
Georgios Papagiannis

Coach: Dave Joerger

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NICARAGUA  


LNB Round 1 of Finals. Bufalos clinch first victory - by Eurobasket News

Bufalos - Toros 85-74

Bufalos outgunned Toros in the LNB Finals opener. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 11 points. Bufalos looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Cuban forward Jordany Jaca (196-83) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bufalos' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Costa Rican forward Marcos Castrillo (201, college: W.New Mexico) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Toros players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bufalos: J.Jaca 26+17reb+6ast, R.Brown 22+10reb+2ast, D.James 16+3reb+2ast, C.Gonzalez 8+9reb+3ast, D.Olivas 5+1ast, H.Barberena 4
Toros: M.Castrillo 14+9reb+3ast, R.Mendoza 14+3reb+2ast, R.Abraham 14+2reb+4ast, A.Brooks 12+13reb+4ast, T.Vansdell 11+1reb+2ast, D.Toruno 4+1reb
gschID: 570292





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  NIGERIA  


D'Tigers Blow Out Mali In Second Men's AfroBasket Game - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria's D'Tigers Saturday night put up a better performance in their second game of the 2017 FIBA Men's AfroBasket Championship in Tunisia as they defeated Mali 90-67points to remain the Group A leaders with four points, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The defending champions who had a tough game against Cote d'Ivoire on Friday were impressive on Saturday as they ended the first quarter with a 20-16 points lead.
The performance also boosted their confidence in the second quarter which helped them to score 19-17 points against the Malians and finished the first half with 39-33 points.
The Malians came out stronger in the third quarter but could not stop the Nigerians who again dominated the quarter and went into the last quarter with another impressive performance to end the game with 90-67 victory.
Nigeria will face Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday in their third game of the FIBA Africa tournament.
Courtesy of: completesportsnigeria.com



Nigerian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Bryant Mbamalu
Mbamalu
Ike Iroegbu
Iroegbu
Ikechukwu Diogu
Diogu
Jeleel Akindele
Akindele
Ike Nwamu
Nwamu
#e#5
0Bryant Mbamalu 191-SG-91 Lagos W. Nigeria
1Ike Iroegbu 188-G-95 Washington St. USA
2Kelechi Anuna 193-G-89 Eko K. Nigeria
3Anthony Odunsi 193-G-92 Stjarnan Iceland
4Azuoma Dike 188-PG-89 Kano Pillars Nigeria
5Akinlolu Akingbala 208-C-83 Araberri Spain
6Diogu Ikechukwu 204-C/F-83 Jiangsu TX MK China
7Jeleel Akindele 216-C-83 Metros STGO Dominican Republic
11Abdul Yahaya 203-F-90 Kano Pillars Nigeria
15O'Karo Akamune 201-F-92 Horsholm Denmark
32Daniel Ochefu 211-F-93 Washington W. USA
34Ike Nwamu 196-G-93 Sioux Falls S. USA

Alex Nwora Head Coach Erie CC USA



D'Tigers Narrowly escapes Cote D'Ivoire, 78-77 - by Eurobasket News

Defending champions of the FIBA Afrobasket for Men made their presence known with the victory over Cote D'Ivoire 78-77, but not with a serious fight. An expected-unexpected result it turned out to be, with the notable change of 95% percent of players who brought the championship trophy to Nigeria. Only captain of the team Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) returned to represent his country, leaving the former players absent and replaced with new ones. Current head coach of team Nigeria, Alex Nwora led the team all he could, putting the pieces together, came out victorious, but realized that there is a lot to be done. Most experienced player and captain Ikechukwu Diogu finished with 31 points and eight rebounds while Ike Iroegbu came up with 15 points, one rebound, seven assists and three steals. Okaro Akakume scored the decisive shot with 17 seconds remaining at the fourth quarter to turn the table in favour to Nigeria. Fans are looking forward to a better performance for the D'Tigers on their way to reclaiming the trophy. Nigeria would face Mali today.
Courtesy of: titanbasketbal.com




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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 36.5
 1. Brown, Phoenix36.5 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.31.8 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces30.8 
 4. Walker, Blackwater30.0 
 5. Holloway, Globalport28.0 
 6. Durham, Meralco .27.7 
 7. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 8. Phelps, Phoenix26.5 
 9. McKines, SM Be.26.2 
 10. Hill, Star Hotshots24.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Durham, Meralco .19.0 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.9 
 3. Walker, Blackwater18.0 
 4. Brown, Phoenix17.3 
 5. Holloway, Globalport17.0 
 6. Phelps, Phoenix15.8 
 7. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 8. Henton, Alaska Aces12.4 
 9. Hill, Star Hotshots12.0 
 10. Bullock, Rain o.12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Earl THOMPSON
  B.Gin.
  (--)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Thompson, B.Gin.7.4 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.9 
 3. Durham, Meralco .6.7 
 4. Revilla, KIA P.5.7 
 5. Newsome, Meralco .5.6 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.1 
 7. Romeo, Globalport4.8 
 8. McKines, SM Be.4.4 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix4.4 
 10. Walker, Blackwater4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.3.6 
 2. Brown, Phoenix3.3 
 3. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 4. Ross, SM Beermen2.4 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.2.3 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces2.0 
 7. Rios, NLEX R.1.8 
 8. Walker, Blackwater1.7 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.6 
 10. Jazul, Phoenix1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.5 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 3. Erram, Blackwater2.6 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 5. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.0 
 6. Santos, SM Beermen2.0 
 7. Slaughter, B.Gin.2.0 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.0 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.8 
 10. Fajardo, SM Be.1.5 


2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup competition schedule confirmed - by Enzo Flojo

BEIRUT (FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017) - The finalized competition schedule for Group Phase and Final Phase of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 has been announced.

Asia's premier club basketball competition will tip off in Chenzhou-Hunan, China at 14:30 local time on September 22 with Chinese Taipei Champions Dacin Tigers taking on India's ONGC in Group B action. The day will also saw Group A action take place.

The Group Phase concludes on 26 September, with the top four teams from Groups A and B advancing to the Quarter-Finals. The competition schedule concludes with the Final taking place at 17:15 local time on Saturday September 30.

Click here for the full competition schedule of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017

*This first appeared from basketball.



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  POLAND  


Anwil inks Ivan Almeida - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (PLK) agreed terms with 28-year old Portuguese-Cape Verdean small forward Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill). He played last season at Cholet Basket in French ProA. In 19 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Almeida played at Chorale de Roanne (ProB) in French league where in 34 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg (in top 4) and 1.1bpg.
His team won Portuguese Cup in 2013.
Almeida represented Portugal at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.4ppg, Reb-5 (8.4rpg), Assists-4 (4.4apg), Steals-3 (2.8spg), 1.2bpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 19.2%, FT: 66.7%.
Almeida has played on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Ovarense, Sampaense, Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. and Ovar) and Cape Verde (AS Bairro and Seven Stars).
Almeida attended Stonehill College until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: An aggressive scorer, good rebounder and versatile player. Has an incredible athleticism and ability to attack the rim. Probaly not yet at the top of his career, has a great self-confidence which makes him believe that sooner or later he will make it to the NBA.

Anwil Wloclawek roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ante Delas
Kamil Laczynski

Forwards:
Pawel Leonczyk
Michal Nowakowski
Ivan Almeida
Jaroslaw Zyskowski
Jaylin Airington

Centers:
Szymon Szewczyk
Josip Sobin

Coach: Igor Milicic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Norrkoping Dolphins and Anwil reach the Final in Wloclawek - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins and Anwil reached the Final in Wloclawek international tournament. Anwil Wloclawek overcame Asseco Gdynia 68:64 as they took an early 22-13 lead. Jaylin Airington (193-F-93, college: CSU Bakersfield) top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Josip Sobin (203-C-89, agency: Alti Sport) netted 11. Pawel Leonczyk (203-F/C-86) produced 10, and Szymon Szewczyk (209-C/F-82) as well as Jaroslaw Zyskowski (203-SF-92, agency: Promotex) had 9 apiece. Garbacz answered with 16 points in defeat and Szubarga notched 15.
Norrkoping Dolphins outscored Polski Cukier Torun 70-63. The Swedish team trailed 11 points at the halftime but battled back in the second half. They erupted with a 25-16 surge in the third period and closed the gam with a final 17-10 run. Gerry Blakes (193-G-93, college: Arizona St.) stepped up with 19 points for the winners, Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79, college: N.Arizona) netted 15 and Green posted 14. Krzysztof Sulima notched 22 points in defeat and Tomasz Snieg (190-PG-89) delivered 15.



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  PORTUGAL  


Vance starts his pro career at Ovarense - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Marquis Vance (201-102kg-94). Vance just graduated from Alcorn State University (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he had 10.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg last season. Vance helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-SWAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Ovarense Dolce Vita roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Anderson
Will Perry
Pedro Pinto
Rodrigo Gomes
Pedro Oliveira

Forwards:
Andre Pinto
Cristovao Cordeiro
Jose Miranda
Joao Grosso
Joao Fernandes
Emanuel Correia_de_Sa
Joaquim Soras
Marquis Vance

Coach: Nuno Manarte

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


U BT Cluj-Napoca celebrate Mures Cup title - by Eurobasket News

U BT Cluj-Napoca clinched the Mures Cup pre-season tournament title. They overcame the hosts 86:63 in the Final. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-PG-93) scored 23 points to lead the effort. U BT Cluj-Napoca dominated in the first half. They grabbed a comfortable 53:26 halftime lead. Cluj-Napoca extended the margin at 30-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) posted 20 points, while Lasan Kromah (198-G-91, college: Connecticut) added 12 points for Cluj-Napoca. Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for BC Mures.


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  RUSSIA  


Zalgiris nip Khimki in test game - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Khimki 78:76

Zalgiris celebrated a tough narrow win over Khimki in the friendly encounter. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Lithuanian powerhouse.
Khimki unleashed 31 points in the first period to take a 3-point lead. The Russian side maintained the lead throughout the second frame. But Zalgiris managed to pull in front in the third term. The hosts accounted for a 63:60 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final quarter but Zalgiris managed to eke out a narrow win at the end. Dee Bost posted 13 points, while Brandon Davies (208-C-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) and Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) had 9 points each for the winners. James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with 18 points for Khimki. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) and Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) netted 14 points each in the loss.



Unics roll past CSKA in test game - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Unics 71:89

Unics rallied past CSKA in the test game in Moscow. Melvin Ejim (200-F-91, college: Iowa St.) scored 17 points to lead the Kazan side.
The teams traded baskets in a high-flying first period. Unics eked out a 26:25 lead after ten minutes. Unics stretched the lead at 4-point mark at the interval 45:49. The Kazan team maintained the lead throughout the third term. They followed with a 21:7 run in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Vladislav Trushkin (201-SF-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 16 points, while Joaquin Colom (188-PG-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the victory. Cory Higgins (195-G/F-89, college: Colorado) answered with 24 points for CSKA. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 18 points in the losing case.



2017 LOC Cup: Enisey outgun Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Enisey - Lietkabelis 88:74

Enisey defeated Lietkabelis at the 2017 LOC Cup in Liepaja. Suleiman Braimoh (203-F/C-89, college: Rice) produced 16 points to lead the winners.
Enisey got to a strong start. They poured in 31 points in the first period to open a 14-point lead. Lietkabelis narrowed the gap in the second term. The Lithuanian team pulled within 7 points at halftime. But Enisey unleashed 48 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Octavius Ellis (208-C-93, college: Cincinnati), Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Anthony Hilliard (195-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) netted 12 points each for Enisey. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) tossed in 14 points for Lietkabelis.



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  RWANDA  


Tunisia beat Rwanda 78-60 - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia's Basketball team secured their second win at the Afrobasket after beating Rwanda's 78-60 (halftime: 30-25) at a Group C day-2 game played on Saturday evening in Rades. The national team had defeated Cameroon's 68-51, on Friday, at the opening game of the Afrobasket co-hosted by Senegal and Tunisia from September 8 to 16. In the other Group match played earlier this afternoon, Cameroon beat Guinea 96-54 (halftime: 51-26). Tunisia who have qualified for the quarter-finals will play Guinea on Sunday, while Rwanda will face Cameroon at the last day of the first round. The quarter-finals are scheduled for September 14 in Tunisia.
Courtesy of: tap.info.tn



Rwandan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Hamza Ruhezamihigo
Ruhezamihigo
Kenneth Gasana
Gasana
Kami Kabangu
Kabangu
Patjo Twagirayezu
Twagirayezu
Olivier Shyaka
Shyaka
#e#5
4Patjo Twagirayezu 198-F-94 Covenant USA
5Sedard Sagamba 188-PG-90 Patriots Rwanda
6Olivier Shyaka 197-G/F-95 Espoir Rwanda
7Adonis Rwabigwi 203-F-95 UTRGV USA
8Aristide Mugabe 183-PG-88 Espoir Rwanda
9Dan Manzi 204-F-95 Tampa Bay Christian USA
10Hamza Ruhezamihigo 193-F/G-85 Basketball SY Canada
11Steven Hagumintwari 198-SF-93 IPRC-Kigali Rwanda
12Kenneth Gasana 195-G-84 Texas Fuel USA
13Elie Kaje 195-G-95 Espoir Rwanda
14Kami Kabangu 203-C-84 REG Rwanda
15Walter Nkurunziza 196-SG-96 Patriots Rwanda

Moise Mutokambali Head Coach
Aime Nkusi Assistant



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  SENEGAL  


Senegalese National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Maurice Ndour
Ndour
Thierno Niang
Niang
Antoine Mendy
Mendy
Mouhammad Faye
Faye
Gorgui Dieng
Dieng
#e#5
1Maurice Ndour 206-F-92 New York K. USA
2Djibril Thiam 208-G/F-86 Al Fateh Saudi Arabia
4Thierno Niang 185-PG-90 Agustinos-Leclerc Spain
5Louis Adams 193-G-90 Wyoming USA
6Clevin Hannah 179-PG-87 UCAM Murcia Spain
8Antoine Mendy 198-F-83 Orleans France
9Maleye N'Doye 202-SF-80 Paris-Levallois France
11Mouhammad Faye 208-F-85 Promitheas Greece
12Cheikh Mbodj 208-C-87 Polski Cukier Poland
13Hamady N'Diaye 213-C-87 Scandone AV Italy
14Gorgui Dieng 211-C-90 Minnesota T. USA
15Youssou Ndoye 213-C-91 Bourg France

Porfirio Fisac Head Coach Gipuzkoa GBC Spain
Dame Diouf Assistant



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  SLOVENIA  


Simo Atanackovic moves from Helios Suns to Sorgues - by Zeljko Zule

Bosnian born with Slovenian citizenship Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) will continue his career in France. He signed a one-year contract with NM1 League side Sorgues.
Atanackovic arrives from Helios Suns, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one, he averaged 11.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.4 blocks in 32 Slovenian League games. Those number dropped to 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks in 14 FIBA Champions League games.
Atanackovic grew up with Kolpa Crnomelj and has already played for Zlatorog, Elektra and Hopsi Polzela.



2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia ease past Ukraine, enter quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Ukraine 79:55

Slovenia became the first 2017 EuroBasket quarterfinalists. They knocked down Ukraine in the first Round of 16 clash in Istanbul. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia dominated from start to finish. They posted a 26:17 lead at the first break. Slovenia held Ukraine to just 10 points in the second period to open a 42:27 halftime lead. Slovenia sank 26 points in the third quarter to secure a 25-point advantage. Ukraine managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth period to sweeten the pill at the end. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) and Luka Doncic (201-G-99) netted 14 points each for Slovenia. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) banked in 11 points for Ukraine. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia: Anthony Randolph 21, Klemen Prepelic 14, Luka Doncic 14
Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 11, Denys Lukashov 9



Andraz Kavas joins Agustinos-Leclerc - by Eurobasket News

CB Agustinos-Eras E. Leclerc Leon (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 25-year old Slovenian forward Andraz Kavas (208-107kg-92, college: Harding, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad in Spanish LEB Gold. In 14 games he had 4.7ppg and 2.4rpg. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kavas also spent pre-season at Rogaska in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM that year. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in only one Liga Nova KBM game he did not score anything and had only 4 rebounds.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of GAC Tournament in 2016. Kavas was also voted All-GAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Kavas has played previously for another Slovenian team Jance Prit.
He attended Harding University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

CB Agustinos-Eras E. Leclerc Leon roster for 2017-2018:

Andraz Kavas
Jose Medina
Juan Oliva
Andre Norris
Raul Fernandez
Anton Bouzan
Donovan Smith
Manuel Vazquez
Alvaro Sanz
Unai De La Red

Coach: Jorge Alvarez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SOUTH AFRICA  


South African National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Thabo Sithole
Sithole
Shane Fumani Marhanele
Marhanele
Neo Mothiba
Mothiba
Christopher Gabriel
Gabriel
Pieter Prinsloo
Prinsloo
#e#5
0Reece Prinsloo 203-C-91 Soweto P. South Africa
4Thabo Sithole 190-G-95 Zalgiris II Lithuania
7Lebesa Selepe 193-PG-91 Soweto P. South Africa
9Kagiso Ngoetjana 198-PF-89 Egoli Magic South Africa
10Shane Fumani Marhanele 198-G/F-82 Limpopo Pride South Africa
11Sakhile Sithole 198-F/G-90 Mpumalanga R. South Africa
12Neo Mothiba 200-F/G-82 Egoli Magic South Africa
13Jonathan Van-der-Bijl 202-F-92 Egoli Magic South Africa
14Tsakani Ngobeni 199-F-83 Duzi Royals South Africa
15Lehlogonolo Tholo 182-G-92 Egoli Magic South Africa
21Christopher Gabriel 210-C-88 Naestved Denmark
23Pieter Prinsloo 208-F-92 Lagos CS Nigeria

Craig Gilchrist Head Coach Kwazulu Marlins South Africa
Clemen Kock Assistant Free State W. South Africa



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  SOUTH KOREA  


Reyshawn Terry (ex Ryukyu GK) signs at Mobis Phoebus - by Eurobasket News

Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (KBL) landed 33-year old American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-109kg-84, college: N.Carolina). He played most recently at Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa in Japanese B League. In 44 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg last season. Terry helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League West Division. He also played that season for LG Sakers where in only one KBL game he had very remarkable stats: 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
In 2007 Terry was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (44th overall). He attended University of North Carolina and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Terry won Dominican Rep. LNB South Division championship title in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Player of the Year award and Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Import player of the Year award in 2015.
Terry represented USA at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Tehran (Iran) four years ago. His team won Silver.
Terry is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Terry has played previously professionally in France (Le Mans), Germany (Brose Baskets), Greece, Italy, Lebanon (Tadamon, Champville and Al Moutahed), Puerto Rico (Santeros), Spain, Ukraine (Khimik), Venezuela (Trotamundos) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana, La Villa and JH Rodriguez).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Terry has a good amount of quickness to create separation from his defender. Athletically he is among the elite level athletes at his position in the college game. Physically he has all the tools one looks for in a defender. Long arms, quickness, and size Underrated ball handler who can take opposing players off the dribble. Great help defender who gets a number of shot blocks by rotating over.
Has always been a bit of an inconsistent player who goes through periods of streaky play. Has a tendency to gamble too much on steals which can leave him out of position giving his man the open look
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Estudio lands Rogelio De Leon, ex Trouville - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer CD Estudio Madrid tabbed 28-year old Uruguayan center Rogelio De Leon (205-89). He played most recently at Trouville in Uruguayan LUB league. But in 22 games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer De Leon played at Verdirrojo (Ascenso) in Uruguayan league where in 23 games he had 9.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 2.6bpg in 2016 season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguayan Ascenso League Honorable Mention.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. De Leon has played previously professionally also in France (Le Cannet) and Uruguay (Aguada, Stockolmo, Sayago, Marne and Romis Nelimar).

CD Estudio Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Rogelio De Leon
Rodrigo Alvarez
Alvaro Nogueras
Juan Llorente
Francisco Goni

Coach: Borja Gonzalez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nanterre and FC Barcelona reach AppartCity Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre and FC Barcelona advanced into the annual AppartCity Cup pre-season tournament Final.
Nanterre defeated Monaco in the semifinal clash 88:83. Jamal Shuler (192-SG-86, college: VCU) poured in 23 points to lead the winners. Monaco enjoyed a 24:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Nanterre stepped on the gas in the next quarters. They unleashed 76 points in the reminder of the contest and got away with the win. Terran Petteway (198-F-92, college: Nebraska) and Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: 3Eye) posted 15 points each for Nanterre. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 24 points for Monaco.
FC Barcelona outlasted Valencia 69:63 in another semifinal clash. They picked up a 34:27 halftime lead. Valencia narrowed the distance in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Phil Pressey (180-PG-91, college: Missouri) and Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 12 points apiece in the win. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) topscored with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Valencia.



Real Madrid edge Unicaja to clinch Trofeo Costa del Sol - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Unicaja 82:74

Real Madrid celebrated victory at the Trofeo Costa del Sol. They beat Unicaja for the trophy. Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) and Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) provided 14 points each for the winners.
Real eked out a 22:19 lead after the opening quarter. Real maintained the pressure throughout the second term. They secured a 47:42 halftime advantage. The margin grew deeper in the third term. Real cleared off to a 66:52 advantage at the final intermission. They maintained the lead throughout the fourth period and rallied to the win. Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85) had 10 points for the winners. Ray McCallum (190-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 15 points for Unicaja. Daniel Diez (202-F-93) banked in 11 points in the loss.



Joseba Estalayo joins Santurtzi - by Eurobasket News

CB Santurtzi SK (EBA) agreed terms with 21-year old guard Joseba Estalayo (188-96) from Zornotza. Estalayo has played there for the last three years. In 39 LEB Silver games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.3rpg last season. Estalayo helped them to make it to the final.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ivan Saez de Cortazar signs at Santurtzi - by Eurobasket News

CB Santurtzi SK (EBA) landed 26-year old power forward Ivan Saez de Cortazar (198-91) from Mondragon Unibersitatea. Saez de Cortazar has played there for the last three years. In 21 EBA games he averaged 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.0spg last season.
His team made it to the LEB Silver Play-Off Semifinals in 2012.
Saez de Cortazar has played previously professionally also in Sweden (Eskilstuna) and Spain (Araberri and Goierri).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Andraz Kavas joins Agustinos-Leclerc - by Eurobasket News

CB Agustinos-Eras E. Leclerc Leon (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 25-year old Slovenian forward Andraz Kavas (208-107kg-92, college: Harding, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad in Spanish LEB Gold. In 14 games he had 4.7ppg and 2.4rpg. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kavas also spent pre-season at Rogaska in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM that year. LEB Gold was a little too high level for him, where in only one Liga Nova KBM game he did not score anything and had only 4 rebounds.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of GAC Tournament in 2016. Kavas was also voted All-GAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Kavas has played previously for another Slovenian team Jance Prit.
He attended Harding University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

CB Agustinos-Eras E. Leclerc Leon roster for 2017-2018:

Andraz Kavas
Jose Medina
Juan Oliva
Andre Norris
Raul Fernandez
Anton Bouzan
Donovan Smith
Manuel Vazquez
Alvaro Sanz
Unai De La Red

Coach: Jorge Alvarez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Obras Sanitarias snatch win over Gipuzkoa - by Eurobasket News

Gipuzkoa - Obras 57:59

Obras Sanitarias snatched a narrow win over Gipuzkoa in the test game in Bergara. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) scored 15 points to lead the Argentinean team.
Gipuzkoa claimed a 15:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Obras denied the deficit in the second term. The Argentinean side evened things up 26 heading into the second half. Obras snatched a narrow lead in the third term. They secured a single-point lead at the final break. Obras managed to maintain the lead throughout the fourth term and got away with a narrow win. Quinton Campbell (201-G/F-93, college: S.Mississippi) delivered 13 points, while Tomas Zanzottera (192-SG-93) had 11 points in the victory. Miquel Salvo Llambrich (205-C/F-94) notched 11 points for Gipuzkoa. Henk Norel (213-C-87) topscored with 15 points in the defeat.



Real Madrid breeze past ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - ALBA Berlin 79:51

Real Madrid cruised past ALBA Berlin at the Torneo de la Costa del Sol. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) nailed 16 points to lead the Spanish side.
ALBA snatched a 15:12 lead ten minutes into the game. However Real stepped on the gas in the second frame. They used a 26:7 run to ensure a 38:22 halftime lead. Real maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter and boosted the gap at 17-point mark. They never looked back afterwards. Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) had 12 points, while Jeffery Taylor (201-SF-89, college: Vanderbilt) and Jaycee Carroll (188-SG-83) added 9 points each for the winners. Luke Sikma (203-F-89, college: Portland) answered with 16 points for ALBA. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) had 10 points in the loss.



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Norrkoping Dolphins and Anwil reach the Final in Wloclawek - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins and Anwil reached the Final in Wloclawek international tournament. Anwil Wloclawek overcame Asseco Gdynia 68:64 as they took an early 22-13 lead. Jaylin Airington (193-F-93, college: CSU Bakersfield) top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Josip Sobin (203-C-89, agency: Alti Sport) netted 11. Pawel Leonczyk (203-F/C-86) produced 10, and Szymon Szewczyk (209-C/F-82) as well as Jaroslaw Zyskowski (203-SF-92, agency: Promotex) had 9 apiece. Garbacz answered with 16 points in defeat and Szubarga notched 15.
Norrkoping Dolphins outscored Polski Cukier Torun 70-63. The Swedish team trailed 11 points at the halftime but battled back in the second half. They erupted with a 25-16 surge in the third period and closed the gam with a final 17-10 run. Gerry Blakes (193-G-93, college: Arizona St.) stepped up with 19 points for the winners, Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79, college: N.Arizona) netted 15 and Green posted 14. Krzysztof Sulima notched 22 points in defeat and Tomasz Snieg (190-PG-89) delivered 15.



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Tunisia beat Rwanda 78-60 - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia's Basketball team secured their second win at the Afrobasket after beating Rwanda's 78-60 (halftime: 30-25) at a Group C day-2 game played on Saturday evening in Rades. The national team had defeated Cameroon's 68-51, on Friday, at the opening game of the Afrobasket co-hosted by Senegal and Tunisia from September 8 to 16. In the other Group match played earlier this afternoon, Cameroon beat Guinea 96-54 (halftime: 51-26). Tunisia who have qualified for the quarter-finals will play Guinea on Sunday, while Rwanda will face Cameroon at the last day of the first round. The quarter-finals are scheduled for September 14 in Tunisia.
Courtesy of: tap.info.tn



Tunisian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Omar Abada
Abada
Ziyed Chennoufi
Chennoufi
Mourad El Mabrouk
El Mabrouk
Mohamed Hadidane
Hadidane
Makram Ben Romdhane
Ben Romdhane
#e#5
4Omar Abada 189-G-93 ES Rades Tunisia
5Ziyed Chennoufi 201-F-88 C Africain Tunisia
7Mourad El Mabrouk 194-SG-86 ES Rades Tunisia
8Omar Mouhli 190-G-86 ES Sahel Tunisia
9Mohamed Hadidane 207-PF-86 WAC Morocco
10Bechir Hadidane 201-C-84 US Monastir Tunisia
11Mohamed Ghyaza 204-C-86 C Africain Tunisia
12Makram Ben Romdhane 204-PF-89 Homenetmen Lebanon
23Firas Lahiani 201-F-91 US Monastir Tunisia
28Mohamed Rassil 198-F-98 AS Hammamet Tunisia
45Radhouane Slimane 205-F-80 ES Sahel Tunisia
66Nizar Knioua 189-SF-83 ES Sahel Tunisia

Mario Leonel Palma Head Coach C Africain Tunisia
Ivan Kostourkov Assistant



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Olimpia won over Galatasaray while making strides - by Eurobasket News

Olimpia returns from Bormio's training camp after another win, a convincing one, 79-69, over a very competitive Galatasaray team, showing a lot of progress defensively and rebounding the ball after struggling a little bit in the previous game against Tofas. Olimpia led most of the game, built a consistent margin in the second half and was good attacking the zone too. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) and Amath M'Baye (206-F-89, college: Oklahoma) combined for 36 points. The french gunman was perfect from the arc, 5 for 5. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) did a great job driving into the lane and Cory Jefferson was very active especially in the first half showing an array of different ways to score.
Andrew Goudelock recorded 19 points, while Amath M'Baye added 17 points for the Italian powerhouse. Dwight Hardy (188-SG-87, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points for Galatasaray. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) netted 15 points in the loss.
Courtesy of: olimpiamilano.com



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Tim Duncan looking for donations toward Hurricane Irma relief effort - by David Edole

SAN ANTONIO -- Retired Spurs forward Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) penned an impassioned plea Friday in The Players' Tribune for donations toward Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and by Saturday he had reached more than half of his $1 million goal.

One of just four players from the U.S. Virgin Islands to have ever appeared in an NBA game, Duncan wrote of the importance of immediate and sustained aid learned from his own experiences in 1989 as a 13-year-old in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 5 storm. With Hurricane Jose also bearing down, Duncan writes: "Now time is of the essence."

As one of San Antonio's most revered figures, Duncan likely won't have to wait long for help from former teammates such as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, as well as coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford. Duncan still works out often with the Spurs at the team's facilities and even has a locker in the coaches' room next to vice president of operations Monty Williams.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which battered Houston in late August, the Spurs met as an organization to research the most efficient ways to assist those impacted by the storm, according to sources, and made plenty of contributions that weren't publicized. So there is a good chance the Spurs will handle this situation similarly.

Duncan promised that every dollar donated will go directly toward relief efforts on the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The forward started his fundraising effort with a YouCaring account and an immediate $250,000 contribution while pledging to match all donations up to the first $1 million.

He mentioned he is in the process of putting together a team to help with managing the relief effort and plans to charter a plane next week from San Antonio to St. Croix that is full of supplies.

For those unable to make monetary donations, Duncan is accepting physical goods to take on the flight. He explained how beneficial canned goods were to his family after Hurricane Hugo.

"I lived off that stuff after Hugo. Chef Boyardee was my guy," Duncan wrote. "A distribution center was set up in our neighborhood, and cans of Chef Boyardee were some of the only meals available to us. Tang was a treat, as well, if they had it in the latest shipment -- we'd boil water to make sure it was clean, and then mix in the Tang powder.

"So this week I've been thinking a lot about those cans," Duncan added. "Because they were a godsend. They were like magic to me. Someone had sent them -- I don't know who, or what organization, but someone had sent them. And I was so happy and grateful. Not because I loved them -- I probably haven't had Chef Boyardee since -- but because that food was a necessity. It got us through.

"Islands like ours tend to get forgotten after storms. We're remote, which makes it hard to deliver supplies quickly, cheaply and adequately. A lot of people don't think of the Virgin Islands as someone's home, but as more of a getaway -- it was only when I got older that I figured that out."

Hurricane Hugo played at least a small role in Duncan eventually putting together a Hall of Fame NBA career. Duncan didn't even start playing basketball until age 14.

Prior to that, he had earned recognition as a champion swimmer in St. Croix, where his sister, Tricia, had become a 1988 Olympian. Duncan broke the 50- and 100-meter freestyle records on the island, was ranked as the top 400-meter freestyler in the United States for his age group and endeavored to make the 1992 or 1996 Olympic teams, but when Hurricane Hugo hit, the damage from the storm destroyed his island's only Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Duncan tried to practice his craft swimming in the Caribbean but feared sharks, and the natural elements presented by the ocean weren't conducive to Olympic training. In addition, Duncan's mother, Ione, died from breast cancer one day before his 14th birthday.

He eventually lost interest in swimming and turned to basketball.

Still, Duncan isn't sure whether he would have picked up a basketball if not for Hugo. In 1995, Duncan was asked if he would have gravitated toward basketball had he made the 1992 Olympic team as a swimmer.

"Probably," Duncan told the Los Angeles Times. "Eventually. It just wouldn't have been sudden as it was. But slowly, I would have turned to basketball, I believe."



The Summer League story of John Collins - by David Edole

John Collins (208-F-97, college: Wake Forest) was not a top five pick. Not a top ten pick. Not even a lottery pick. But the buzz surrounding this rookie as we head toward the NBA regular season would lead you to believe he was picked much higher than the 19th spot where the Hawks selected him. A draft class rich in high-ceiling talent and the label of an explosive but flawed player dropped Collins to the bottom half of the first round where the Hawks were fortunate to find him still available.

Coming out of Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, Collins was part of a recruiting class headlined by Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere and Brandon Ingram. It is a draft class that after just two years has landed dozens of players in the NBA. By most ranking sites, Collins was not a top 100 player in that recruiting class. But by the time he completed his second season at Wake Forest, he far exceeded those expectations landing on the AP All-ACC team as a sophomore with three other sophomores who coincidentally entered the NBA draft and were selected ahead of him (Luke Kennard 12th, Donovan Mitchell 13th, Justin Jackson 15th). So, as he embarks on his second major jump in basketball levels in two years, Collins again seems ready to prove that scouts and talent evaluators had him scored lower than they should have.

Collins' freshman season at Wake Forest was unremarkable. He played behind upper classmen Devin Thomas and Konstantinos Mitoglou, started just one game and averaged 14.4 minutes per game. In limited playing time, he did average 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. But foul trouble frequently derailed his ability to stay on the floor. In the final game of his freshman season, he scored just three points and gathered just two rebounds in 16 minutes during a first round conference tournament loss to North Carolina State.

As a sophomore, Collins became a starter and the focal point of the Wake Forest offense. In 26.6 minutes per game, he averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds while shooting an impressive 62% from the floor. His off-the-charts PER of 35.93 led the NCAA. He led his team to the NCAA Tournament losing in a 'First Four' match-up with Kansas State. Personally, his final game of the season was infinitely better than a year earlier as he posted 26 points, 9 rebounds, shot 9/13 from the floor, 8/8 from the free-throw line while playing 36 minutes and committing just 2 fouls.

One game does not define a season or a college career. But the contrast between Collins' final games of his freshman and sophomore seasons are surely an indication of just how much he grew in basketball stature in just one calendar year.

Upon entering the evaluation process leading up to the NBA draft, every prospective draftee has a brand. His brand is not necessarily who he actually is as a player. Rather, its the perception of who he is. In this case, the familiar phrase 'perception is reality' is as true as ever. Though NBA teams heavily invest time and energy in observing and evaluating players, still, the labels seem to stick. During private workouts and during the combine, players can move the needle. But sometimes, redefining one's brand can be difficult, especially as part of a deep and talent-rich draft class.

The consensus as to John Collins, the brand, was (1) productive and efficient player with a solid game around the basket (2) limited perimeter game on offense (3) limited passing skills (4) undisciplined and foul prone on defense (5) lacking length for his height. If this was the short-story format, NBA teams had four reasons to down-grade Collins as a prospect despite being an explosive athlete coming off of a stellar sophomore season in arguably the most competitive NCAA basketball conference.

In today's NBA, teams covet stretch bigs who can shoot from the perimeter, can work in an up-tempo ball-movement offense and who have the length and quickness to defend in space. During his college career, Collins was 0 for 1 on three point attempts and dished out just 24 assists in 64 games. The result was the impression that John Collins lacks length, does not have a perimeter game and once the ball goes to him in the post, it never comes out. In prior eras, Collins might have been a top-5 or even the number 1 pick in the NBA draft. But it in today's NBA, he dropped to 19th.

So where did the buzz come from? When the Hawks arrived in Las Vegas for summer league action, it was difficult to know what to expect from Collins. After being selected 19th, his 'brand' was likely still driving the perception and the expectations. Thanks to the arrival of Lonzo Ball in a Lakers uniform and other high profile young players, the summer league packed well more than 10,000 fans into the Thomas and Mack Center to see the summer league versions of teams like the Lakers, Celtics and Sixers.

Typically, the summer league draws a sparse gate attendance. On the other end of the venue, the Hawks played all of their games in Cox Pavilion which seats just 2,500 for basketball games. Without the big stage that other teams played on, the Hawks took to the floor to play games equally as important, or unimportant, as any other team in summer league.

Collins' first game action in an NBA uniform came versus the Nets. He played a productive and efficient 24 minutes (8 points, 11 rebounds) making very few noticeable mistakes. On the offensive end, his assigned priority seemed to be getting comfortable in the high screen actions.

The Hawks didn't run a single play to get him the ball in the post which was the trademark of his college career- his brand. Still, he wowed the crowd by grabbing rebounds high, high above the rim. His only two field goals came on a put-back on the offensive glass and then a steal that resulted in an uncontested dunk.

Collins looked reasonably comfortable and super athletic without having the opportunities to put impressive offensive numbers on the stat sheet. Though the Nets put several NBA rotation players on the floor, Collins did not face a legitimate NBA big so it was difficult to draw any real conclusions, if any should be drawn after one summer league game.

In his second game, Collins would face a bigger test. The Pelicans' Cheick Diallo is the closest thing one will find to a legitimate NBA big during an NBA summer league game. One year earlier, Diallo, a 6-9 power forward, was the 33rd overall pick by the Pelicans out of the University of Kansas.

Diallo has developed into a decently-skilled player on the offensive end. But he is big, athletic and strong. In terms of body and athleticism, Diallo is a true NBA player. He didn't play big minutes during his rookie season, but when he did play, he produced (15.7 points and 13.2 rebounds per 36 minutes). Diallo would be a formidable test for Collins.

As the game opened, Collins was aggressive and took the action straight to the Pelicans. In the first 2:08 of the game, he drew 3 fouls (2 on Diallo), shot 4 free throws and assisted on a Richard Solomon bucket. On the offensive end, Collins was a problem for the Pelicans.

Midway through the first quarter, Collins exited the game having clearly made his presence known. He re-entered the game with 1:17 remaining in the first quarter and Diallo was more prepared to handle him.

With young players in any sport, sometimes as much is learned about the player during a struggle or a failure as is learned when they succeed. For the next several minutes, Cheick Diallo gave Collins everything he had been dealt earlier in the game. During the next 5 minutes, Diallo took over the game scoring 9 points on 4/5 shooting from the field. In the big picture, it was a nondescript stretch during a very nondescript summer league game. But it was important.

It was during this stretch that Collins got outplayed. But he didn't get out-hustled. He didn't get out-worked. His body language never changed. He even initiated communication with Hawks' summer league head coach Charles Lee to get feedback on his decision-making on defense.

This was a first look into the mental and emotional readiness of John Collins to play, learn and get coached at the NBA level, regardless of whether things were going well or going poorly. It was a small but important test, and he passed.

The Hawks went on to win a terrific, competitive basketball game 84-82. Collins finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds on 9/11 shooting in 24 minutes played. He finished +14 for the game in real plus/minus. He also logged 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 foul and 0 turnovers.

The John Collins line in the box score was stellar and almost mistake-free. He scored around the rim. He also scored from mid-range and made his one and only long jump shot attempt just inside the 3-point line.

Though Diallo finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, he played 34 minutes (10 more than Collins), missed 9 field goal attempts, committed 5 fouls and turned the ball over 3 times. The Hawks won the game and Collins won the head-to-head battle with Cheick Diallo.

While Collins is going to face bigger and more-skilled opponents once the NBA regular season comes around, this match-up in his second summer league game was a terrific indication that Collins has the physical skills and the mindset to contribute right away at the NBA level as well as the upside to perhaps become a solid, even spectacular player in the NBA.

It was during this game versus the Pelicans that Collins started getting attention. The mentions of his grabbing rebounds high above the rim, his impressive box score and his impressive, athletic play on the offensive end was noticed. As the summer league progressed, Collins continued to impress.

The day following the game versus the Pelicans, John Collins and the summer league Hawks dominated rookie Lauri Markkanen and the Bulls who selected Markkanen 12 spots ahead of where the Hawks took Collins. The Hawks won 75-55. In 25 minutes, Collins finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks with a real plus/minus of +20.

Markkanen struggled scoring 8 points on 1/13 shooting from the field with a real plus/minus of -19. In a match-up of first round draft choices, it was blowout on the scoreboard and a blowout in the box score - another stellar performance and more attention around the league for John Collins.

Collins finished summer league with an impressive 15.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in just 23.0 minutes of play. Looking back at the PER he posted during his sophomore season at Wake Forest, Collins might wonder why people were surprised or impressed.

Beyond the box score, Collins delivered some of the biggest highlights of the Las Vegas Summer League including several dunks that were impressive by any NBA standard. Collins was a first team All-Star on the All-NBA Summer League team with Lonzo Ball (Lakers), Josh Jackson (Suns), Dennis Smith Jr, (Mavericks) and Caleb Swanigan (Blazers). Cheick Diallo was a second-team All-Star.

While the summer-league Hawks left Las Vegas with a 3-2 record playing all 5 games in the tiny Cox Pavilion, the league had watched and taken note of John Collins.

About two months later, as training camp has now begun and the preseason schedule draws nearer, the summer league buzz has abated. Still, John Collins is routinely mentioned as one of the key rookies to watch during the up-coming season. Like most rookies, he will struggle at times. He will make mistakes. He may even work his way in, out and back in Coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation.

But as Collins rides the wave that is the learning curve for NBA newcomers, we can hope to see him evolve into the star player the Hawks need him to be for years to come. Along the way, we are likely to see flashes that take our minds back to the 2017 NBA Summer League when people began to really take notice of John Collins.

by gregwillis



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Ugandan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Jimmy Enabu
Enabu
Robinson Odoch Opong
Odoch Opong
Stephen Omony
Omony
A'Darius Pegues
Pegues
Stanley Ocitti
Ocitti
#e#5
4Syrus Kiviiri G-88 Pemba Warriors Uganda
5Jimmy Enabu 187-G-88 City Oilers Uganda
6Robinson Odoch Opong 190-G-89 St.John R. Canada
7James Okello 193-F-90 City Oilers Uganda
8Benjamin Komakech 187-G-86 City Oilers Uganda
9Jonathan Egau 190-F-93 UCU Canons Uganda
10Jonah Otim 193-G-94 City Oilers Uganda
11Samuel Kalwanyi 201-F/C-95 Wayland Baptist USA
12Stephen Omony 198-F-81 City Oilers Uganda
13A'Darius Pegues 208-F-89 Los Mochis Mexico
14Joseph Ikong 193-F-85 Power Uganda
15Stanley Ocitti 203-F/C-80 City Oilers Uganda

George Galanopoulous Head Coach Texas L. USA
Mandy Juruni Assistant City Oilers Uganda



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Justin Coleman (ex Bipa Basket) is a newcomer at TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn (Alexela KML) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Justin Coleman (203-94, college: Charleston). He was about to sign at Bipa Basket in Ukrainian Superleague.
Coleman just graduated from University of Charleston, WV and it is his first season in pro basketball.
He was voted to All-MEC 2nd Team in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia ease past Ukraine, enter quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Ukraine 79:55

Slovenia became the first 2017 EuroBasket quarterfinalists. They knocked down Ukraine in the first Round of 16 clash in Istanbul. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia dominated from start to finish. They posted a 26:17 lead at the first break. Slovenia held Ukraine to just 10 points in the second period to open a 42:27 halftime lead. Slovenia sank 26 points in the third quarter to secure a 25-point advantage. Ukraine managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth period to sweeten the pill at the end. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) and Luka Doncic (201-G-99) netted 14 points each for Slovenia. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) banked in 11 points for Ukraine. Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia: Anthony Randolph 21, Klemen Prepelic 14, Luka Doncic 14
Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 11, Denys Lukashov 9



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Double-double for Joe Efese - by Hector Lopez

Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) netted two free shots with 5 seconds to play and Capitol defeated Union Atletica 81-78. Both teams and Auriblanco finished the regular season for the Metro league tied with a 11-13 record and one of them should qualify to the play offs to maintain a place for the Metro 2018. Next week, Union Atletica will face Auriblanco. For Capitol Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, after playing the full 40 minutes, and Wenzel finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds. For Union Atletica, Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) fionishedf with 27 points and 11 rebounds.


Hebraica keeps Boston for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (LUB) re-signed experienced 40-year old American center Jimmy Boston (198-111kg-77, college: N.C.Central). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 38 LUB games he averaged 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Boston helped them to win the league title.
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League 2nd Team award back in 2014.
Boston is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Boston has played previously professionally also in Argentina (GECR Indalo and La Union), Austria, Chile, Ireland (Ballina), Sweden and Venezuela (Trotamundos) and Uruguay (Larre Borges, Union Atletica, Tabare, Nacional and Plaza).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Hebraica.
Boston attended N.Carolina Central until 2001 and it will be his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Estudio lands Rogelio De Leon, ex Trouville - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer CD Estudio Madrid tabbed 28-year old Uruguayan center Rogelio De Leon (205-89). He played most recently at Trouville in Uruguayan LUB league. But in 22 games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer De Leon played at Verdirrojo (Ascenso) in Uruguayan league where in 23 games he had 9.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 2.6bpg in 2016 season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguayan Ascenso League Honorable Mention.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. De Leon has played previously professionally also in France (Le Cannet) and Uruguay (Aguada, Stockolmo, Sayago, Marne and Romis Nelimar).

CD Estudio Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Rogelio De Leon
Rodrigo Alvarez
Alvaro Nogueras
Juan Llorente
Francisco Goni

Coach: Borja Gonzalez

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Women News


Peterschofsky re-signs at BK Duchess - by Nagy Szilveszter

BK Duchess Klosterneuburg (AWBL) confirmed in their roster 21-year old point guard Lisa Peterschofsky (165-96). She has played there for the last four seasons. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Peterschofsky played in the final of Austrian AWBL in 2014.

BK Duchess Klosterneuburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Franziska Bauer
Michaela Macho
Michaela Wildbacher
Lisa Peterschofsky
Zoe Sonvilla
Lena Eichler
Anna Boruta
Pia Schlemmer

Forwards:
Nora Kampitsch
Johanna Maresch
Bettina Kunz
Ena Hamidovic
Nina Pettinger

Centers:
Anna Kadensky
Antonia Reissner

Coach: Stano Stelzhammer

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pia Schlemmer agreed terms with BK Duchess - by Nagy Szilveszter

BK Duchess Klosterneuburg (AWBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 16-year old shooting guard Pia Schlemmer (174-1). The last time (16) she played at Austrian Women U16 National Team in Austrian league. Schlemmer missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Schlemmer represented Austria at the European Championships U16 Division B in Oradea (Romania) last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 6.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 41.7%.
Schlemmer is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at BK Duchess.

BK Duchess Klosterneuburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michaela Macho
Pia Schlemmer

Forwards:
Nora Kampitsch
Ena Hamidovic

Coach: Stano Stelzhammer

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enns ink Petra Pammer - by Nagy Szilveszter

UBBC Lions Enns Ladys (AWBL) signed swingman Petra Pammer (176). The last time (15) she played at Austrian Women U16 National Team in Austrian league. Pammer missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Pammer represented Austria at the European Championships U16 Division B in Ohrid-Struga (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 1.9rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enns ink Lisa Ganhor - by Nagy Szilveszter

UBBC Lions Enns Ladys (AWBL) signed 16-year old point guard Lisa Ganhor (168-1). The last time (15-16) she played at Austrian Women U16 National Team in Austrian league. Ganhor missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Ganhor represented Austria at the European Championships U16 Division B in Oradea (Romania) last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 5.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 27.8%, 3PT: 7.1%, FT: 71.4%.
Ganhor is a very experienced player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Enns.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enns ink Selina Fuhrer - by Nagy Szilveszter

UBBC Lions Enns Ladys (AWBL) agreed terms with point guard Selina Fuhrer (162). The last time (16) she played at Austrian Women U16 National Team in Austrian league. Fuhrer missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Fuhrer represented Austria at the European Championships U16 Division B in Oradea (Romania) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jackie NARED
  Waregem
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 28
 1. Nared, Waregem28.0 
 2. Radic, Spirou M.22.0 
 3. Celus, Waregem22.0 
 4. Crelot, Verviers.18.0 
 5. Aizsila, Waregem17.0 
 6. Adams, Kangoeroes16.0 
 7. Gaspar, Waregem15.0 
 8. Raman, Kangoeroes15.0 
 9. Meylemans, Kango.13.0 
 10. Bastin, Spirou M.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jackie NARED
  Waregem
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 14
 1. Nared, Waregem14.0 
 2. Starling, Kango.9.0 
 3. Gaspar, Waregem9.0 
 4. Radic, Spirou M.6.0 
 5. Nauwelaers, Kango.6.0 
 6. Bonvoisin, Verviers.6.0 
 7. Bungaite, Verviers.5.0 
 8. Bastin, Spirou M.5.0 
 9. Celus, Waregem5.0 
 10. Adams, Kangoeroes4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sien DEVLIEGHER
  Wareg.
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Devliegher, Wareg.9.0 
 2. Nared, Waregem6.0 
 3. Goyvaerts, Kango.6.0 
 4. Devliegher, Wareg.6.0 
 5. Aizsila, Waregem4.0 
 6. Celus, Waregem4.0 
 7. Bastin, Spirou M.3.0 
 8. Kacperska, Verviers.3.0 
 9. Barache, Verviers.3.0 
 10. Crelot, Verviers.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sien DEVLIEGHER
  Wareg.
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Devliegher, Wareg.6.0 
 2. Celus, Waregem5.0 
 3. Aizsila, Waregem5.0 
 4. Maillard, Verviers.3.0 
 5. Hamaide, Spirou M.3.0 
 6. Meylemans, Kango.3.0 
 7. Crelot, Verviers.2.0 
 8. Starling, Kango.2.0 
 9. Adams, Kangoeroes2.0 
 10. Vnaubel, Verviers.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eva DEVLIEGHER
  Wareg.
  (172-SG-96)
  Avg: 1
 1. Devliegher, Wareg.1.0 
 2. Nared, Waregem1.0 
 3. Bogaert, Waregem1.0 
 4. Bastin, Spirou M.1.0 
 5. Colson, Verviers.1.0 
 6. Gaspar, Waregem0.0 
 7. Deneil, Spirou M.0.0 
 8. Crelot, Verviers.0.0 
 9. Patelli, Spirou M.0.0 
 10. Correal, Kangoeroes0.0 


Mithra Castors Braine defeats ZVVZ USK Praha on second day of BSCA Take-Off Trophy - by Bert Larsimont

Mithra Castors Braine vs. ZVVZ USK Praha: 76-70
Score evolution: 18-19, 32-36, 54-55 and 76-70.

Very few fans and supporters showed up at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium on Sep. 9th, 2017. The game between Mithra Castors Braine and 2015 EuroLeague champion ZVVZ USK Praha was nevertheless of high quality. The Czech team has been in reconstruction since two of the main players Laia Palau (177-G-79) and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: ProDep Management) decided to leave Prague last summer. Two new excellent Spanish players have come to reinforce the USK squad: Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) and Leticia Romero (173-G-95, college: Florida St.). In the first and second quarters, the Castorettes remained close and the Czech visitors of Head Coach Natalia Hejkova could not really dig a gap. Only at the end of the second quarter, Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) had two clutch plays to put her team on top by 4 points at the half! Previous to that, young Belgian talent Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (178-PF-01) had missed two free-throws, therefore also missing a chance for Mithra Castors Braine to tie the game. USK center of Croatia Marija Rezan (198-C-89) had been well present and efficient in the paint during the first half.

Marta Xargay, Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91), Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92), Katerina Elhotova and Marija Rezan made some great efforts in order to dig a larger gap but it was without counting on the great fighting spirit of Castorettes like Britney Jones (172-G-87, college: UAB, agency: LBM Management), Marjorie Carpreaux (165-PG-87, agency: LBM Management), Maxuella Lisowa, Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management). The Castorettes eventually took the lead at 63-62 in the third quarter. They managed to stay well in the race and, with a very efficient Merike Anderson (180-G-81, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko in offense, secured the win in the fourth quarter. A second win in a row for Mithra Castors Braine against a FIBA EuroLeague powerhouse in the pre-season!

You can re-watch the game on https://www.facebook.com/spiroucharleroi/videos/1572852989443395/

Best scorers:
Mithra Castors Braine: Anete Steinberga 20.
ZVVZ USK Praha: Marija Rezan 21; Karolina Elhotova 15; Marta Xargay 11.



ESB Villeneuve d'Ascq LM and Mithra Castors Braine are winners on first day of BSCA Take-Off Trophy in Charleroi - by Bert Larsimont

The first day of competition in the BSCA Take-Off Trophy held in Charleroi, Belgium ended with two excellent close games involving some of the best women's basketball teams from Europe.

ESB Villeneuve d'Ascq LM vs. ZVVZ USK Praha: 98-97 (after OT)
Score evolution: 23-31, 48-47, 63-69, 84-84 and 98-97.

The game between Villeneuve d'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole and ZVVZ USK Praha, two teams who will be involved in the 2017-18 FIBA EuroLeague, was quite spectacular. After a first quarter dominated by USK Praha with both Katerina and Karolina Elhotova as well as Spanish stars Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) and Leticia Romero (173-G-95, college: Florida St.), mainly playing in fastbreak, the French team of Villeneuve d'Ascq came back closer and closer and was even in front by the smallest margin at half-way in the game: 48-47.
After 40 minutes of excellent basketball action, the game was tied at 84-84. The French side of Coach Frederic Dusart (agency: LBM Management ) eventually edged the Czech team of USK Praha after a nail-biting end of game: 98-97. Special mention for Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) who had 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for ESBVA LM.

You can re-watch the game on https://www.facebook.com/spiroucharleroi/videos/1571877186207642/
Best scorers:
ESBVA LM: Nevena Jovanovic 19; Johanne Gomis 15; Virginia Bremont 14, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 11.
ZVVZ USK Praha: N/A

Mithra Royal Castors Braine vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg: 65-63
Score evolution: 10-17, 29-33, 44-43 and 65-63.

In the second and much awaited game of the evening between Royal Castors Braine of Belgium and the Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg with most of its stars like Alba Torrens (188-G/F-89), Raisa Musina (191-F/C-98), Nika Baric (169-PG-92), Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) or Deanna Nolan (183-G/F-79, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management), the Castorettes trailed behind most of the first half. They managed to challenge their hosts in the third and quarter and finished strongly, even edging UMMC Ekaterinburg after a thrilling end of game: 65-63.

You can re-watch this game on https://www.facebook.com/spiroucharleroi/videos/157187




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Valosun Brno lands Ilona Burgrova - by Eurobasket News

Valosun KP Brno (ZBL) landed 33-year old international center Ilona Burgrova (194-84, college: S.Carolina). She has played for the last six years at USK Praha in the ZBL. In 25 games she averaged 8.8ppg and 3.8rpg last season. Burgrova also played 11 games in Euroleague where she had 3.6ppg and 2.3rpg. She helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Burgrova won Czech Republic D1 championship title for five years in a row (between 2013 and 2017).
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. D1 All-Domestic Players Team award in 2016.
Burgrova has been also a member of Czech Republic international program for some years. She has regularly played for Czech Republic senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004.
Burgrova also represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, FT: 58.3%.
Burgrova has played also professionally in France (Bourges).
She attended University of South Carolina until 2008 and it will be her tenth season in pro basketball.
Burgrova is described as: A tough player who can defend hard in the paint. Has a good body contol and plays an hard nosed basketbakll at the opffensive side too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Villeneuve pip Prague in BSCA take-off trophy opener - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve pip Prague 98-97 in BSCA take-off trophy opener and will face Castors Braine in the Final game. The French side needed and overtime thriller to clinch the victory. They trailed 23-31 at the end of the first period and then posted a 25-16 in return. Prague won the third quarter 22-15, while Villeneuve tied it all at 84-84. Only due to 14-13 in overtime, the French team posted the total win.
Nevena Jovanovic (182-SG-90) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Johanne Gomis-Halilovic (179-SG-85) added 15. Virginie Bremont (177-G-87) poured in 14, while Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) netted 13.



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  EBL  


Bandits and Stingers won 2017/18 openers - by Eurobasket News

Bandits and Stingers won 2017/18 openers beating their opponents in the first games. Bandits overcame Dynasty 54-49. Ryven Jackson (5'10''-G/F, college: Talladega) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Tammy Heard replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Marianne Kursh led Stingers past Lady Elite. She scored 19 points for the winners in their opener.


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  FRANCE  


Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden inks Margaux Okou-Zouzouo - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden (LF2) signed 26-year old forward Margaux Okou-Zouzouo (184-91, agency: Two Points) from COB Calais. In 32 LF2 games she had 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.1apg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Okou-Zouzouo played at Limoges ABC en Limousin where in 23 LF2 games she recorded 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5apg.
She has played previously for three other teams: Nice, Toulouse and Perpignan.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Villeneuve pip Prague in BSCA take-off trophy opener - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve pip Prague 98-97 in BSCA take-off trophy opener and will face Castors Braine in the Final game. The French side needed and overtime thriller to clinch the victory. They trailed 23-31 at the end of the first period and then posted a 25-16 in return. Prague won the third quarter 22-15, while Villeneuve tied it all at 84-84. Only due to 14-13 in overtime, the French team posted the total win.
Nevena Jovanovic (182-SG-90) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Johanne Gomis-Halilovic (179-SG-85) added 15. Virginie Bremont (177-G-87) poured in 14, while Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) netted 13.



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  GERMANY  


Aguada tabs Tabytha Wampler, ex BG 89 Avides - by Eurobasket News

Santeras de Aguada (BSNF) inked 27-year old American forward Tabytha Wampler (188-79kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: Aspire Sports). She played most recently at BG 89 Avides in German DBBL. In 7 games she averaged 11.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Wampler played in the final of Romanian League in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Wampler has played previously professionally in Hungary (UNI Gyor) and Romania (CSM Targoviste, Sf.Gheorghe and Satu Mare).
She attended New Mexico State until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Cornelia Fondren joins Lekdetec.nl - by Eurobasket News

Lekdetec.nl Basketball (Eredivisie) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Cornelia Fondren (173-93, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances). She played last summer at Indianapolis in Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago, which is considered top international summer league on the market. In 38 ESL games she had 7.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 3.3apg in 2016 season. Fondren played in the final of NCAA. She was voted ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team in 2016 at her college time.
Fondren graduated from Syracuse University in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @IP_sport)

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  PARAGUAY  


Metropolitan League Round 2: San Jose defeats Olimpia A. - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Metropolitan League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Olimpia A. (1-1) on the court of San Jose on Friday night. Visitors were edged by San Jose 58-55. San Jose is looking forward to face Ciudad Nueva (#5) in the next round. Olimpia A.'s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Felix Perez.
The game in Asuncion supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sol de Amer. (1-0) played at the court of Felix Perez (0-2). Sol de Amer. smashed Felix Perez 71-50. Sol de Amer. will play against Libertad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Felix Perez's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena Olimpia A..
The game between Libertad (2-0) and Ciudad Nueva (0-2) in on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Libertad outscored guests from 81-14. Libertad will meet Sol de Amer. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ciudad Nueva will play against San Jose and hope to win that game.

Libertad - Ciudad Nueva 81-14

The game between Libertad (2-0) and Ciudad Nueva (0-2) in on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Libertad outscored guests from 81-14. Libertad will meet Sol de Amer. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ciudad Nueva will play against San Jose and hope to win that game.
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Felix Perez - Sol de Amer. 50-71

The game in Asuncion supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sol de Amer. (1-0) played at the court of Felix Perez (0-2). Sol de Amer. smashed Felix Perez 71-50. Sol de Amer. will play against Libertad in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Felix Perez's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena Olimpia A..
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San Jose - Olimpia A. 58-55

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Olimpia A. (1-1) on the court of San Jose on Friday night. Visitors were edged by San Jose 58-55. San Jose is looking forward to face Ciudad Nueva (#5) in the next round. Olimpia A.'s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Felix Perez.
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  PUERTO RICO  


Aguada tabs Tabytha Wampler, ex BG 89 Avides - by Eurobasket News

Santeras de Aguada (BSNF) inked 27-year old American forward Tabytha Wampler (188-79kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: Aspire Sports). She played most recently at BG 89 Avides in German DBBL. In 7 games she averaged 11.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Wampler played in the final of Romanian League in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Wampler has played previously professionally in Hungary (UNI Gyor) and Romania (CSM Targoviste, Sf.Gheorghe and Satu Mare).
She attended New Mexico State until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Castors Braine surprise UMMC in BSCA take-off trophy - by Eurobasket News

Castors Braine beat UMMC 65-63 in their opener of the BSCA take-off trophy. The Belgian side trailed 10-17 before a 19-6 run in the second period. Moreover Castors Braine posted a 15-10 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 21-20 run. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Antonia Delaere (180-SG-94), Celeste Trahan-Davis (186-C-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) and Nicolina Milic posted 8 each. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Alba Torrens (188-G/F-89) netted 12 and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) delivered 10.


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  SERBIA  


Abdullah Gul signs Maja Miljkovic - by Eurobasket News

Abdullah Gul University Kayseri (KBSL) signed 29-year old Serbian point guard Maja Miljkovic (175-88, agency: ProDep Management). She played last season at Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 19 games she had 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. Miljkovic helped them to win the League title and the cup. She also played 3 games in Eurocup where she recorded just 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Miljkovic played at Belfius Namur in Top Division Women. In 21 games she averaged 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Bosman Player of the Year and named to Honorable Mention. Miljkovic also played 5 games in Eurocup where she got 8.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg.
Miljkovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Miljkovic also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 nine years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg.
Miljkovic is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Bourges and Tarbes), Hungary (Sopron Basket), Romania (CSM Targoviste), Russia (Enisey Krasnoyarsk), Spain (Real Celta Vigo) and Serbia (Partizan, Dubocica and Usce).

Abdullah Gul University Kayseri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nilay Kartaltepe
Maja Miljkovic

Forwards:
Gabriela Marginean
Danielle Page
Melis Gulcan
Ilknur Yildizhan

Centers:
Marianna Tolo
Gizem Sezer

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Abdullah Gul signs Maja Miljkovic - by Eurobasket News

Abdullah Gul University Kayseri (KBSL) signed 29-year old Serbian point guard Maja Miljkovic (175-88, agency: ProDep Management). She played last season at Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 19 games she had 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. Miljkovic helped them to win the League title and the cup. She also played 3 games in Eurocup where she recorded just 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Miljkovic played at Belfius Namur in Top Division Women. In 21 games she averaged 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Bosman Player of the Year and named to Honorable Mention. Miljkovic also played 5 games in Eurocup where she got 8.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg.
Miljkovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Miljkovic also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 nine years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg.
Miljkovic is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Bourges and Tarbes), Hungary (Sopron Basket), Romania (CSM Targoviste), Russia (Enisey Krasnoyarsk), Spain (Real Celta Vigo) and Serbia (Partizan, Dubocica and Usce).

Abdullah Gul University Kayseri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nilay Kartaltepe
Maja Miljkovic

Forwards:
Gabriela Marginean
Danielle Page
Melis Gulcan
Ilknur Yildizhan

Centers:
Marianna Tolo
Gizem Sezer

By Eurobasket Data Center

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