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  ABA LEAGUE  



Rondovic is back at Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) signed 26-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Rondovic (207-91). It is actually his comeback to Tivat as he has played here before. Rondovic played last season at Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga). In 24 games he had 14.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5apg.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Rondovic spent at OKK Beograd in Serbian KLS where in 6 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg. Rondovic also spent pre-season at Tamis (KLS) in Serbian league that year. In 5 games he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4spg.
Rondovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg.
Rondovic has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Mornar Bar) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda, Crnokosa, Superfund BP and Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd U19 team).

KK Teodo Tivat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Djurisic
Filip Bakic

Forwards:
Igor Radonjic
Nikola Rondovic
Milos Popovic
Marko Andelic
Vladan Kaludjerovic
Pavle Danilovic

Center:
Milovan Savic

Coach: Miodrag Kadija

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  


Melvin comes back to Quimsa, ex Guaiqueries - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old American forward Marcus Melvin (206-110kg-82, college: North Carolina State). It is actually his comeback to Santiado Estero as he has played here before. Melvin played last season at Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB league. In 39 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Melvin also played that season for KL Dragons in Malaysian league where in 9 ASEAN League games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.2apg. Melvin also spent pre-season at Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (SBL) in Taiwanese league that year.
In 2004 he was drafted by Florence Flyers (USBL) in third round (33rd overall).
Melvin attended North Carolina State and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2015. Melvin was selected to Chinese NBL All-Star Game in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Melvin's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in fourteen different countries. Melvin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Iran, Italy, Kuwait (Al Jahraa), Lebanon, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania (Giurgiu), Turkey, Uruguay (Aguada and Bigua), Venezuela (Marinos), Argentina (Argentino and Sionista), NBA G League (Texas Legends) and China (Fujian).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Quimsa.
On Melvin: Not so athletic, lefthanded PF, who fills the paint with his big body; has a great timing for the rebounds, good hands and shoots well, even behind the 3pts arch;.

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carlos Schattmann
Nicolas De_los_Santos
Juan Brussino
Novar Gadson
Nicolas Kalalo
Sebastian Lugo

Forwards:
Marcus Melvin
Sebastian Vega
Dennis Horner
Luciano Pagani
Jose Montero

Centers:
Torin Francis
Roberto Acuna

Coach: Fabio Demti

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Ferrocarril tabs Pablo Bandeo - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Ferrocarril Concordia (TFB) inked 20-year old swingman Pablo Bandeo (195-97). He has played for the last two years at Union de Santa Fe in the TNA. TNA was a little too high level for him, where in 12 games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg last season. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Bandeo helped them to win the regular season.

Atletico Ferrocarril Concordia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bruno Oprandi
Alejandro Ivetich

Forward:
Pablo Bandeo

Center:
David Fric

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Lorenzo nip Real Madrid in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - San Lorenzo 81:84

San Lorenzo de Almagro took on Real Madrid in the exhibition clash in Arganda del Rey. Dar Tucker (193-SG-88, college: De Paul) stepped up with 25 points to lead the Argentinean team to the victory.
San Lorenzo dropped 26 points in the opening quarter to secure a 6-point lead. Real Madrid denied the deficit in the second stanza. The Spanish side accumulated a 42:41 halftime lead. Real went on a 26:18 rally in the third term to secure a 9-point lead. But San Lorenzo managed to bounce back. They used a 25:13 run in the fourth quarter to secure the winning outcome. Carlos Matias Sandes (201-F-84) notched 14 points in the victory. Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) answered with 12 points for Real Madrid. Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85) tossed in 11 points in the loss.



Interview with Sam Clancy - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Sam Clancy (202-C-80, college: USC) player of Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba (Argentina-LigaA) in an old interview:

Why you decided to be a pro basketball player and not follow your fathers steps in NFL?

Sam Clancy (202-C-80, college: USC): I chose basketball because it was always my love. I played one year of high school football but it was just too cold growing up in cleveland, oh. I was much better at basketball.

You were drafted by Philadelphia 76ers ( (NBA,2rd (45)) in 2002, you had few attempts to play a full season in NBA but you did not make it. Do you prefer to play in Europe and be the star in a team or do you have in your mind to try again for NBA?

Sam Clancy (202-C-80, college: USC): I would love to play in the NBA but I dont want to be the last guy on the team. Its hard to turn down european offers just to try out for a team. If one NBA team was offering a contract i would go but I enjoying playing overseas for now.

Your first European team was Iraklis but you left shortly and joined a CBA team and after Valladolid in ACB, where you had very good games. What happened in Thessaloniki?

Sam Clancy (202-C-80, college: USC): In Thessaloniki was my first time experiencing the european style of game. The coaches didn't have confidence in me there and they let me go. Later that year i became the CBA MVP and Defensive player of the year. I also played in ACB and had some good games. They just didn't believe in me.

You played in Spain, in Russia and in France, which European league was better for you and why?

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Obera Tennis Club adds Jenkins to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Obera Tennis Club (TNA) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Romond Jenkins (201-100kg-93). He just graduated from Tarleton State University (NCAA2). In 26 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.4spg and 2.2bpg last season. Jenkins helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Lone Star Conference. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected All-LSC Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-LSC 1st Team and voted to LSC All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Jenkins played in the final of NJCAA D1 Region XVI in 2014.

Obera Tennis Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lucas Gornatti
Sergio Rupil
Santiago Luduena
Lisandro Quinteros

Forwards:
Mauricio Corzo
Romond Jenkins
Abednego Lufile
Leonardo Ruiz_Diaz

Center:
Fernando Calvi

Coach: Sebastian Torre

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRALIA  


Melbourne United win 2017 NBL Blitz - by Eurobasket News

CAIRNS have rained on Brisbane's parade with a 102-90 victory in Melbourne to deny the Bullets the 2017 NBL Blitz title. Brisbane were in the box seat to claim the pre-season tournament after convincing wins over Sydney and Adelaide. The Bullets were four points clear in the standings heading into the final day on Sunday with teams awarded three points for a win and a point for every quarter won over the four-day event. However, the previously winless Taipans played the role of spoilers to perfection with a sharpshooting 12-point win over Brisbane at Werribee. Brisbane led 24-23 at quarter-time but the Snakes put the foot down in the second quarter and took a 53-46 buffer into halftime. Cairns went on with the job in the third quarter and opened up a 12-point advantage by the last change. The win allowed Melbourne United and Illawarra to surge past Brisbane in the standings. United smashed Perth 93-67 while the Hawks easily beat Sydney 96-80 to finish on 14 points, half a point ahead of Brisbane in third. Melbourne were handed the Loggins-Bruton Cup as United had a superior for-and-against compared with Illawarra. The Bullets did not leave empty-handed as US import Travis Trice (183-PG-93, college: Michigan St.) won the Ray Borner Medal for the tournament MVP. Trice had 16 points, five assists and seven rebounds in the win over Sydney and backed it up with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists against the 36ers. The livewire point guard rounded out his Blitz tournament with 15 points, three rebounds and a steal against his old side yesterday. Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said his side was 'exposed'' in defence against the Taipans who hit 62.5 per cent of their field-goal attempts. But overall, the tournament produced more positive than negatives with valuable court time for younger members of the squad and quality time together as a squad on the road. 'It's been good for us in terms of the stuff we are trying to grow. We got a lot of things done that we wanted,'' Lemanis said. Cairns captain Cameron Gliddon (196-G/F-89, college: Concordia Irvine) (24 points), Michael Carrera (196-SF-93, college: S.Carolina) (26 points, four rebounds), Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92, college: Metro St.) (13 points, three assists) and Alexander Loughton (206-F/C-83, college: ODU) (12 points, three rebounds) were the chief architects of the win for the Taipans. It was the first NBL pre-season tournament since 1987 where no team went undefeated and no team went without a victory, underlining how tight the competition should be in the 2017-18 regular season.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com.au



Harrison Goodrick signs at Cergy-Pontoise - by Eurobasket News

Entente Cergy Osny Pontoise BB (NM2) landed 23-year old Australian power forward Harrison Goodrick (203-102kg-94, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He just graduated from Metropolitan State of Denver (NCAA2). Goodrick has played there for the last three years. In 23 games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-SSC 2nd Team.
Goodrick's team made it to the SSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He has played previously for Norths Soul Sports Bears and Spiders.
As mentioned above Goodrick is just out of the college and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Entente Cergy Osny Pontoise BB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sebastien Michineau
Morgan Durand
Corentin Desnos

Forwards:
Raphael Wilson
Gregory Filet

Center:
Harrison Goodrick

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Brose Baskets topple Swans Gmunden in test game - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Swans Gmunden 82:71

Brose Baskets faced Swans Gmunden in the latest test game. The German powerhouse claimed a tough victory at the end. Elias Harris (203-SF-89, college: Gonzaga) delivered 18 points to lead the winning side.
Gmunden jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 23:13 advantage ten minutes into this one. The Austrian team entered the second half up by 9 points 46:37. Brose Baskets managed to cut the distance at 3 points 57:60 at the final intermission. They went on a strong rally in the fourth term and stole the win. Nikolaos Zisis (197-PG-83, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points, while Augustine Rubit (201-PF-89, college: S.Alabama) had 17 points for Bamberg. Enis Murati (194-F-88, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 24 points for Gmunden. Daniel Friedrich (181-PG-92) had 19 points in the losing effort.



Raiders add Gspandl to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Villach Raiders (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 20-year old forward Christof Gspandl (194-97) from Piraten. Gspandl has played there for the last four years.
Despite young age Gspandl had impressive career. He helped his team to make it to the 2.Bundesliga Semifinals in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mensud Julevic (ex Terme Olimia) agreed terms with Raiders - by Eurobasket News

Villach Raiders (2.Bundesliga) inked 32-year old Slovenian-Montenegrin power forward Mensud Julevic (200-85). He played most recently at Terme Olimia in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 32 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg last season.
Among other achievements Julevic's team made it to the Slovenian Cup final in 2016. He was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2016.
Julevic was a member of Slovenian U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has played also professionally for other Slovenian teams like Triglav, LTH Castings, Elektra, KK Primorska and Grosuplje.
Julevic's game is described as: An interesting project. He is equipped with a very strong frame and plays with great intensity and passion. A fierce competitor. Has already some nice moves around the basket and can also hit from midrange.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  


Mitchel Gorremans claims Belgian Top Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Mitchel Gorremans (191-F/G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Soba and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 32-year old swingman had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Soba in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Ninane (#5, 1-1) 82-79. It allowed Soba to jump to the first place in the Belgian Top Division I. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Soba won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Gorremans' second year at Soba and it's hard to imagine this team without him.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old forward Bart Maesen (198-F-89) of Houthalen. Maesen impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Houthalen lost that game 83-92 to Melsele (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Maesen is one of the most experienced players at Houthalen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#1). He also registered 5.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nick Celis (196-G-88) of Oxaco (#12). Celis showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Celis' great performance Oxaco lost 62-81 to Ieper (#6, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Oxaco can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Celis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Celis as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-PG-97) of Spirou B - 22 points
5. Thomas Lamot (190-F-87) of Melsele - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Anthony Vermeersch (202-C-90) of Gembo BBC - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Aaron Van Vooren (200-C/F-94) of Waregem - 13 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ivan Perez (185-PG-90) of Melsele - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Xavier Colette (185-PG-85) of Ninane - 21 points and 2 assists
10. Anthony Goetgeluck (182-PG-92) of Soba - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Top Division I Round 2: Soba keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

Soba edged Ninane in Antwerpen 82-79. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-22. But Ninane won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Soba won last quarter 17-16. The best player for the winners was swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Xavier Colette (185-85) produced 21 points for the guests. Ninane will play next round against Houthalen trying to get back on the winning streak. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against Spirou B on the road.
Oxaco (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Ieper. Visitors were rolled over by Ieper 81-62. Point guard Kjell Devacht (185-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Alexander Schepens contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Oxaco. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ieper will play against Gembo BBC (#10) in Borgerhout in the next round where they are favorite. Oxaco will play at home against Gent Hawks to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game where Spirou B (#4) beat host Gent Hawks (#1) 93-84 on Saturday evening. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz scored 22 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Spirou B's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Laurent Lhote responded with 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Spirou B will meet at home Soba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gent Hawks will play against Oxaco in Boechout and hope to win that game.
The game in Borgerhout was also worth to mention about. Waregem (2-0) played at the court of Gembo BBC (0-1). Waregem defeated Gembo BBC 83-70. Aaron Van Vooren notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Waregem's next round opponent will be Royal Brussels (#13) at home which should be an easy win for them. Gembo BBC will play against Ieper and hope to win that game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Brussels, where Royal Brussels (0-1) lost at home to Neufchateau (1-1) 70-86 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Alexis Pierre who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Neufchateau will face Gistel Oostende (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Royal Brussels will play against Waregem in Waregem and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 winless Houthalen were defeated by Melsele in a road game 92-83.
The best stats of 2nd round was 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe of Royal Brussels.

Ieper - Oxaco 81-62

Oxaco (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Ieper. Visitors were rolled over by Ieper 81-62. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Oxaco's players. Oxaco was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Kjell Devacht (185-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Alexander Schepens (191-93) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Ieper players scored in double figures. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Mark De-Meyer (194-88) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Oxaco. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ieper will play against Gembo BBC (#10) in Borgerhout in the next round where they are favorite. Oxaco will play at home against Gent Hawks to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 20+7reb+5ast, M.De Meyer 16+8reb, S.Van Hoey 11+7reb+1ast, B.Van Sande 8+7reb, D.De Hoon 3+2reb, C.Pegg 3+1reb+1ast
Ieper: R.Spaens 15+4reb+3ast, J.Vandermeersch 14+1reb+2ast, K.Devacht 12+6reb+6ast, A.Schepens 11+8reb+5ast, R.Mestdagh 8+5reb+3ast, W.Dobbelaere 8+11reb+1ast
gschID: 568702


Soba - Ninane 82-79

Soba edged Ninane in Antwerpen 82-79. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-22. But Ninane won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Soba won last quarter 17-16. The best player for the winners was swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Xavier Colette (185-85) produced 21 points and Yannick Moray (199-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Ninane players scored in double figures. Ninane will play next round against Houthalen trying to get back on the winning streak. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against Spirou B on the road.
Top scorers:
Ninane: X.Colette 21+1reb+2ast, Y.Moray 14+5reb+2ast, G.Henrard 12+8reb, R.Fassotte 12+2reb+1ast, J.Kaluanga 8+2reb+1ast, S.Maio 5+4reb+2ast
Soba: A.Goetgeluck 22+5reb+5ast, M.Gorremans 21+9reb+4ast, R.Haerbos 9+1reb+5ast, J.Balanga 8+1reb, K.van Kempen 8+2reb+2ast, S.Ronge 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 568703


Melsele - Houthalen 92-83

Melsele used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Houthalen 92-83 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Houthalen won fourth quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Houthalen 42-29 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was point guard Ivan Perez (185-90) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Thomas Lamot (190-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Melsele players scored in double figures. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) produced 30 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Houthalen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Melsele will face Giants B (#9) in Antwerp in the next round where they are favorite. Houthalen will play on the road against Ninane (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: B.Maesen 30+7reb+1ast, C.Koonings 16+3reb+3ast, D.Snyers 12+3reb+1ast, V.Jatulevicius 9+1reb+1ast, D.Clemente 4+9reb+2ast, K.Bormans 4+2reb
Melsele: I.Perez 23+5reb+2ast, T.Lamot 17+5reb+2ast, Y.Schoepen 16+5reb, N.Dhooge 10+2reb+2ast, A.Kabeya 7+3reb+1ast, S.Caron 6+2reb
gschID: 568701


Gembo BBC - Waregem 70-83

The game in Borgerhout was also worth to mention about. Waregem (2-0) played at the court of Gembo BBC (0-1). Waregem defeated Gembo BBC 83-70. The game was mostly controlled by Waregem. Gembo BBC was better in third quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Gembo BBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Aaron Van Vooren (200-94) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Waregem players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) did not help to save the game for Gembo BBC. Guard Tomas Goethaert (183-83) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Waregem's next round opponent will be Royal Brussels (#13) at home which should be an easy win for them. Gembo BBC will play against Ieper and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: A.Vermeersch 19+6reb, J.Bouckaert 15+4reb+1ast, P.Peeters 11+3reb+3ast, T.Goethaert 9+7reb+5ast, B.De Valck 8+3reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 7+1reb+1ast
Waregem: S.Naudts 17+2reb+1ast, B.Guillemyn 15+5reb+3ast, A.Van Vooren 13+10reb+1ast, A.Steinbach 12+1reb+2ast, B.Willy Samaey 9+9reb+2ast, L.De Lepeleire 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 568699


Gent Hawks - Spirou B 84-93

An interesting game where Spirou B (#4) beat host Gent Hawks (#1) 93-84 on Saturday evening. Gent Hawks trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 29-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-93 at the end of the game. Spirou B shot 68.1 percent from the field and made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Naturalized Cuban point guard Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-97) scored 22 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Spirou B's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) responded with 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Gregory De Pooter (197-84) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spirou B will meet at home Soba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gent Hawks will play against Oxaco in Boechout and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: L.Lhote 20+4ast, G.De Pooter 16+3reb+1ast, J.Vermoessen 15+3reb, J.Vermoessen 12+4reb+2ast, M.Verspeeten 8+4ast, S.Gesquiere 7+2ast
Spirou B: S.Casero-Ortiz 22+1reb+1ast, H.Delalic 18, S.Demirtas 15, W.Robeyns 11, Y.Diop 9, C.Goffin 6
gschID: 568700


Royal Brussels - Neufchateau 70-86

We should mention about the upset which took place in Brussels, where Royal Brussels (0-1) lost at home to Neufchateau (1-1) 70-86 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. Strangely Royal Brussels outrebounded Neufchateau 40-25 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was point guard Alexis Pierre (178-92) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Center Alexandre Billot (192-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe (193-89, college: Missouri Western, agency: PEPI SPORT) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Faycal Lait (190-88, agency: Promotex) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Neufchateau will face Gistel Oostende (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Royal Brussels will play against Waregem in Waregem and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Royal Brussels: A.Tuluka-Mfumupembe 14+9reb+4ast, A.Hall 14+3reb+3ast, J.Kohajda 12+3reb, F.Lait 11+9reb+2ast, L.Enobakhare 9+9reb+1ast, A.Marion 5+4reb+1ast
Neufchateau: A.Pierre 17+5reb+2ast, M.Dekeyser 15+1reb, A.Billot 14+5reb, G.Hulsen 10+3reb+3ast, T.Boxus 8+3reb+3ast, N.Sturam 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 568704





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Goran Sehovac returns to OKK Slavija Istocno Sarajevo - by Miljan Veskovic

Goran Sehovac takes over OKK Slavija 1996 Sarajevo, the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina D2. After 6 years he returns to the club where he started his coaching career and the place of his biggest coaching success. With KK Slavija he was a champion of D2 and won the promotion to D1, also he was a cup winner with the same club. Goran Sehovac spent his last season in Bijeljina with KK Gradjanski Bobar Osiguranje Bijeljina helping them to avoid the relegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina top division. Beside these two teams Sehovac was assistant and also a head coach of KK Bosna-Royal Sarajevo winning one national cup. In 2008 he was Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 NT coach.


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Joinville inks Lucas de Souza - by Paulo Freire

Basquete Joinville/AABJ (Liga Ouro) agreed terms with 21-year old power forward Lucas de Souza (211-96, college: San Bernardino CC). He played last summer at Paulistano in the Paulista.
Despite young age de Souza had impressive career. He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian Carioca League Center of the Year back in 2014 at his college time.
He represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Salto (Uruguay) four years ago. de Souza's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-3 (2.3bpg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 73.3%.
de Souza has played previously professionally in Brazil (Macae and Sao Jose/Vinac).
He try to attended San Bernardino Valley College until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

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Paulista Round 6: Vivo/Franca edges Paschoalotto/Bauru by one point - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Paulista took place in Bauru. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (4-5) to first ranked Vivo/Franca (8-1) 65-64 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. Paschoalotto/Bauru was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Vivo/Franca, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Paschoalotto/Bauru helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Antonio Fereira (200-94) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. International point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Paschoalotto/Bauru's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vivo/Franca maintains first position with 8-1 record. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#4) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play on the road against Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Sao Paolo: Paulistano (#4) and Pinheiros (#4). Paulistano (5-3) won against visiting Pinheiros (5-4) 69-62. It was a good game for power forward Victor Camilo (203-97) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Kyle Fuller contributed with 16 points for the winners. The former international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-86) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Pinheiros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulistano have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Mogi. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Paulistano will play against league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pinheiros will play on the road against America in Rio Preto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Osasco B. can celebrate finally their first win this season after eight consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Liga Sorocaba (4-4) 82-65 on Tuesday. Luiz-Paulo Dos-Santos scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Anton Cook with 21 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Osasco B. maintains eighth position with 1-8 record. Loser Liga Sorocaba dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Osasco B. will meet at home higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liga Sorocaba will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sorocabana supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Pinheiros (5-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-4). Liga Sorocaba smashed Pinheiros 89-54. Anton Cook notched 21 points to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liga Sorocaba moved-up to fifth place. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Liga Sorocaba's next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) at home. Pinheiros will play against America in Rio Preto and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 6 bottom-ranked Osasco B. was defeated by Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes 72-58. Bauru smashed America at home 104-81.

Bauru - Franca 64-65

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Paulista took place in Bauru. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (4-5) to first ranked Vivo/Franca (8-1) 65-64 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. Paschoalotto/Bauru was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Vivo/Franca, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Paschoalotto/Bauru helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Antonio Fereira (200-94) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. International point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Argentinian point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98) added 7 points respectively. Paschoalotto/Bauru's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vivo/Franca maintains first position with 8-1 record. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#4) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play on the road against Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Franca: A.Ferreira 16+6reb+1ast, H.Coelho 15+2reb+1ast, A.Borges 11+3reb+2ast, P.Lima 7+5reb+2ast, W.Antonio 6+6reb+1ast, R.de Souza 5+9reb+2ast
Bauru: A.Garcia 28+13reb+5ast, R.Hettsheimer 8+1reb, S.Pierotti 7+3ast, R.Lenz 6+4reb, K.Anthony 5+1ast, M.Uchendu 4+5reb
gschID: 558387


L.Sorocaba - Pinheiros 89-54

The game in Sorocabana supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Pinheiros (5-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-4). Liga Sorocaba smashed Pinheiros 89-54. The game without a history. Liga Sorocaba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pinheiros' players. American guard Anton Cook (188-95, college: SE Oklahoma) notched 21 points to lead the effort and forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Liga Sorocaba players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) by forward Arthur Bernardi (206-90, college: Houston Baptist) did not help to save the game for Pinheiros. The former international forward Marcus-Vinicius Toledo (201-86) added 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liga Sorocaba moved-up to fifth place. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Liga Sorocaba's next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) at home. Pinheiros will play against America in Rio Preto and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: A.Cook 21+4reb, C.Gradnigo 16+1reb+2ast, C.Araujo 16+6reb+3ast, L.Moraes 14+7reb, R.Rodrigues 7+5reb, J.Da Silva 6+2reb+3ast
Pinheiros: A.Bernardi 19+5reb+1ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 11+4reb, G.Do Carmo 6, R.Ansaloni 6+4reb, C.Ware 4+2reb, J.de Oliveira 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 558385


Mogi - Osasco B. 72-58

There was no surprise in Mogi das Cruzes where 8th ranked Osasco B. (1-8) was defeated by fourth ranked Mogi (5-3) 72-58. The game without a history. Mogi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Osasco B. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) notched 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) supported him with 11 points. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Luiz-Paulo Dos-Santos (210-89, college: Slippery Rock) did not help to save the game for Osasco B.. Guard Rodrigo Italo (193-94) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mogi moved-up to second place, which they share with Paulistano. Osasco B. at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Mogi's next round opponent will be Paulistano (#3) in Sao Paolo, which may be the game of the day. Osasco B. will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mogi: L.Taylor 11+2reb+3ast, W.Sena 10+4reb, P.Vieira 10+4reb+1ast, T.Curnell 8+8reb+5ast, J.Oliveira 8+6reb+2ast, G.Filipin 7+1reb+1ast
Osasco B.: L.Paulo Dos Santos 11+11reb+1ast, A.Ferros 10+6reb, C.Murilo 9+2reb+3ast, L.Fernandes 7+2reb+1ast, R.Italo 6+5reb+6ast, V.Oliveira 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558386


Paulistano - Pinheiros 69-62

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Sao Paolo: Paulistano (#4) and Pinheiros (#4). Paulistano (5-3) won against visiting Pinheiros (5-4) 69-62. Pinheiros was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Paulistano, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for power forward Victor Camilo (203-97) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with 16 points for the winners. The former international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-86) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pinheiros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulistano have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Mogi. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Paulistano will play against league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pinheiros will play on the road against America in Rio Preto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: V.Camilo 17+4reb+3ast, K.Fuller 16+4reb+1ast, Y.Dos Santos 12+3reb+4ast, G.Hubner 7+8reb, E.Sommer 6+9reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 6+4reb+1ast
Pinheiros: M.Vinicius Toledo 18+5reb, C.Bennett 12+4reb+4ast, A.Bernardi 9+6reb+1ast, L.Pereira 7+5reb+1ast, R.Ansaloni 6+5reb+1ast, C.Ware 4+2reb
gschID: 558383


Bauru - America 104-81

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (4-5) smashed at home 7th ranked America (2-6) 104-81. The game was mostly controlled by Paschoalotto/Bauru. America was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while America only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded America 49-23 including a 36-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Paschoalotto/Bauru players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by America's players. 26 personal fouls committed by America helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Renan Lenz (206-90, college: Utah) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Gabriel Galvanini (203-98) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 4 assists by American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) did not help to save the game for America. Power forward Willian Pessoa (202-96) added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Paschoalotto/Bauru went down to sixth position due to points difference. America lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru's next round opponent will be higher ranked Liga Sorocaba (#5) in Sorocabana and it may be quite challenging game. America will play at home against Pinheiros and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bauru: G.Galvanini 21+6reb, R.Lenz 21+7reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 17+4reb+1ast, A.Garcia 11+2reb+4ast, M.Uchendu 10+4reb+2ast, G.Santos 8+4reb+9ast
America: D.Artis 16+4reb+4ast, W.Pessoa 11+5reb+1ast, G.Andrade 10+1reb+3ast, L.Rubens 9+2reb, V.Garcia 8, Y.Viana 7+5reb
gschID: 558384


Osasco B. - L.Sorocaba 82-65

Osasco B. can celebrate finally their first win this season after eight consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Liga Sorocaba (4-4) 82-65 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-65. Osasco B. dominated on the defensive end, holding Liga Sorocaba to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game. Osasco B. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Power forward Luiz-Paulo Dos-Santos (210-89, college: Slippery Rock) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Osasco B. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Anton Cook (188-95, college: SE Oklahoma) with 21 points and center Lucao Moraes (210-94) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Osasco B. maintains eighth position with 1-8 record. Loser Liga Sorocaba dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Osasco B. will meet at home higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liga Sorocaba will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osasco B.: L.Paulo Dos Santos 22+5reb+4ast, W.Drudi 14+8reb+2ast, L.De Souza 12+2reb+2ast, V.Oliveira 11+3reb+2ast, L.Fernandes 8+4reb+3ast, A.Ferros 8+2reb+3ast
L.Sorocaba: A.Cook 21+2reb+1ast, L.Moraes 17+6reb, L.Farina 7+3reb+5ast, D.Brite 7+1reb+3ast, R.Rodrigues 5+8reb+2ast, J.Da Silva 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 558382





Alex Garcia claims Brazilian Paulista weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced International Guard Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bauru and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 37-year old guard had a double-double of 28 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Franca (#1, 8-1) 65-64. Bauru moved-up to the 6th position in Brazilian Paulista. Bauru is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 9 games. In the team's last game Garcia had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Bauru, through which he has constantly improved. Alex Garcia averages just after two games 19.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 4.5apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Bauru's star - young swingman Gabriel Galvanini (203-G/F-98). Galvanini impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Of course together with Garcia he helped Bauru with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked America (#7, 2-6) 104-81. Despite this victory Bauru slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Galvanini is one of the most experienced players at Bauru and similarly like Alex Garcia has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Bauru's star - international forward Renan Lenz (206-F-90). Lenz scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Bauru, helping his team with a 104-81 easy win against slightly lower-ranked America (#7, 2-6). The chances of Bauru ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lenz could help Bauru to bring them higher in the standings. Lenz has a very solid season. In 5 games in Brazil he scored 11.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luiz Paulo Dos Santos (210-F/C-89) of Osasco B. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lucao Moraes (210-C-94) of L.Sorocaba - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-F-86) of Pinheiros - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. Dontrell Brite (175-PG) of L.Sorocaba - 4 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
8. William Drudi (206-F/C-81) of Osasco B. - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Victor Camilo (203-F/C-97) of Paulistano - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tyrone Curnell (203-F-88) of Mogi - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Tristan Spurlock (ex Chongqing) joins Byblos !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Tristan Spurlock (203-104kg-91, college: Cent.Florida). He played last summer at Chongqing in Chinese NBL league. Spurlock managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In only one NBL game he recorded very impressive stats: 32 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. He also played that season for Rayos de Hermosillo in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 12 games he had also remarkable stats: 21.2ppg, 7.3rpg and 3.1apg.
Three years ago Spurlock was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in second round (29th overall).
He attended University of Central Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Spurlock has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Spurlock tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Quimsa), Hungary (Alba) and Puerto Rico (Leones and Santeros).

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Tristan Spurlock
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jared Sullinger agreed terms with Leopards - by Eurobasket News

Shenzhen Leopards (CBA) inked 25-year old American forward Jared Sullinger (206-127kg-92, college: Ohio State). He played most recently at Toronto Raptors in the NBA. In 11 games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Sullinger helped them to make it to the conference semifinals.
In 2012 he was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (21st overall). The former Ohio State staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Sullinger played in the final of Big Ten Tournament in 2012. He received also NABC Division I All-District 7 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Sullinger has played also professionally in NBA G League (Raptors 905 Missisauga).
His game is described as: (by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Soft touch, finishing ability, boardwork, wide frame and great hands. He's a dual threat from there, either comfortably popping a mid-range jumper or attacking off the bounce with skilled handle. Undersized for the center position, a shortcoming he does not make up for in length
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jazine adds Woods to their roster, ex Bisons Loimaa - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar (A1) added to their roster 31-year old American guard Giovonne Woods (191-85kg-86, college: Cent.Washington). He played last season at Bisons Loimaa in Finnish 2nd Division.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Woods spent at ES Sahel (Division I) in Tunisian league where in 16 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.2apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Woods also spent pre-season at Al Arabi (D1) in Qatari league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2013 Import Player of the Year back in 2013.
Woods is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Woods has played previously professionally in Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls), Iraq (Al Shurtah), Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar and Al Wehda), Spain (Tenerife) and Venezuela (Yaracuyanos).
He attended Central Washington University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Goran Fodor
Giovonne Woods
Dino Butorac
Mario Pesut

Coach: Neven Plantak

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Ylli hire coach Denis Bajramovic - by Eurobasket News

Golden Eagle Ylli (SuperLeague) inked Croatian coach Denis Bajramovic. The last time (8-11) he worked at KK Zagreb in Croatian A1 league. Bajramovic has coached there for the last three years.
Among other achievements his team made it to the A1 League Semifinals for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Bajramovic was selected to Head Coach: Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Croatian League All National Team back in 2010.
Bajramovic has coached previously professionally also in Slovenia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Sebastian signs Walter Sharpe - by Eurobasket News

San Sebastian (Moca Reg.League) signed 31-year old American power forward Walter Sharpe (206-111kg-86, college: UAB). The last time (16) he played at Reales de La Vega in LNB league in Dominican Republic. Sharpe missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
In 2008 Sharpe was drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sharpe's team won Chinese NBL Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LPB All-Imports Team in 2015.
Sharpe is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Sharpe has played previously professionally in Philippines (Globalport), Puerto Rico (Leones and Brujos), Saudi Arabia (Al Nasr), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), Dominican Republic (Soles de Santo Domingo, Dosa and JH Rodriguez), NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) and China (Fly Dragons and Shaanxi Wolves).

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Recap of National League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Portoviejo - Barcelona 62-83

Barcelona overcame Portoviejo to take the lead in the series. It was a great shooting night for Barcelona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Barcelona made 18 blocks. The former international guard Raul Cardenas (190-82, college: Faulkner) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists for the winners. American guard Sam Prescott (190-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Five Barcelona players scored in double figures. Adriano Barredas (-92) produced 28 points and 7 assists and international guard Jonathan Arboleda (190-95) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Portoviejo: A.Barredas 28+4reb+7ast, J.Arboleda 14+1reb+5ast, R.Roldan 9+6ast, F.Bedoya 3, J.Chavez 2+2ast, B.Geraldo 2
Barcelona: M.Cairo 19+2reb+3ast, K.Bowman 15+3reb+3ast, R.Cardenas 13+3reb+11ast, S.Prescott 13+3reb+8ast, D.Henry 10+3reb+2ast, E.Bernal 7+1reb
gschID: 570381


Leones - Importadora 63-72

Importadora knocked down Leones on the road in the opener. Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Venezuelan point guard Alexander Morillo (180-92) came up with 20 points and 4 assists and American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) added 14 points respectively for Leones in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leones' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Leones: A.Morillo 20+4ast, C.Jackson 14+4reb, J.Vargas 11+5reb+1ast, J.Ante 11+3reb, W.Daniel Guayaquil 3+1reb, F.Perez 2+1ast
Importadora: J.Romero 22+6reb, J.Blocker 18+1reb, T.Sledge 12+8reb, N.Mina 10+4reb+1ast, C.Orozco 8+1ast, M.Almeida 2
gschID: 570379


Juvenil - Piratas 77-80

Piratas snatched a narrow road win over Juvenil to surge ahead in the quarterfinal series. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 31-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Piratas well out of reach of Juvenil shooting 71.4 percent from the field. The former international power forward Engels Tenorio-Parales (197-87) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) chipped in 25 points. At the losing side Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) scored 20 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Juvenil players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Juvenil: N.Palacios 20+2reb+1ast, J.Diaz 19+5reb+7ast, J.Liberio 16+2reb, L.Lopez 13+1reb+2ast, A.Guerra 5+2reb+4ast, L.Aviles 3
Piratas: C.Delgado 25, E.Tenorio Parales 21+1reb+4ast, R.Perez 13, C.Malatay 9+2ast, P.Cano 6+2reb+3ast, W.Clayton 5+1reb
gschID: 570382


Triple E-Uda - Iccan 73-110

Iccan thumped Triple E-Uda to take 1-0 lead in the series. Iccan dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Triple E-Uda's 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Iccan players scored in double figures. Venezuelan Yolvier Romero (-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Venezuelan power forward Jean Pierre (205-91) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Triple E-Uda. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Triple E-Uda: J.Pierre 19+9reb+2ast, Y.Romero 19+10reb+4ast, M.Romo 10+5ast, J.Cordero 6+2reb, C.Ramon 5+1reb+1ast, S.Tamariz 4+3reb+1ast
Iccan: J.Herrera 19+6reb+3ast, E.Caicedo 18+5reb, J.Centeno 16+4reb+8ast, V.Peralvo 16+1reb+1ast, J.Porozo 14+4reb+2ast, C.Silva 10+8reb+11ast
gschID: 570380





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

28-year old guard Cliff Duran (191-G-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Halcones and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Quezaltepeque (#3, 12-5) 90-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Halcones maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They are still close to the very top. Halcones would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 13-3 record. In the team's last game Duran had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Halcones' top player in his first season with the team. Cliff Duran averages this season 22.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 6.8apg.

Second best performed player last round was Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of El Rapido. He is Cuban guard in his first season at El Rapido. In the last game Oliva recorded impressive 32 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he led El Rapido to another comfortable win 94-78 over slightly lower-ranked Arcense (#10, 3-10) being unquestionably team leader. El Rapido's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Oliva is a newcomer at El Rapido and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.9ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 6.2apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Joshua White (191-G-88) of 11 Lobos (#12). White got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and six assists. Despite White's great performance 11 Lobos lost 86-90 to the higher-ranked Cojute (#9, 8-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. 11 Lobos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for White he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. White has a very solid season. In 8 games in El Salvador he scored 20.3ppg. He also has 10.9rpg and 4.1apg. White attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slim Magee (211-C-89) of Isidro Metapan - 22 points and 15 rebounds
5. Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191-G) of Giants - 31 points and 3 assists
6. Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of Halcones - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Elder Gimenez (186-F-91) of Isidro Metapan - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Eliezer Montano (206-F/C-91) of El Rapido - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Demontrez Austin (201-F) of Cojute - 20 points and 22 rebounds
10. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Liga MB Round 21: Halcones defeat Quezaltepeque in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Halcones (13-3) which hosted in Sonzacate 4th placed Quezaltepeque (11-5). Second ranked Halcones managed to get a 12-point victory 90-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Quezaltepeque's 38. They outrebounded Quezaltepeque 46-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Puerto Rican guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) contributed with 29 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) answered with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Quezaltepeque. Halcones have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Canarios (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Isidro Metapan (10-6) and 13th ranked Giants (1-15) in Metapan ended with biggest points difference. Isidro Metapan beat guests from San Salvador 90-72. Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) stepped up and scored 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Edwin Mijares chipped in 21 points and 12 assists. The best for the losing side was Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) with 31 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Isidro Metapan. They maintain sixth place with 10-6 record. Giants lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play against Santiagueno (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 Arcense were beaten by El Rapido on the road 94-78. 11 Lobos lost to Cojute on its own court 86-90.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 22 points and 15 rebounds by Slim Magee of Isidro Metapan.

Isidro Metapan - Giants 90-72

The game between sixth ranked Isidro Metapan (10-6) and 13th ranked Giants (1-15) in Metapan ended with biggest points difference. Isidro Metapan beat guests from San Salvador 90-72. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 26 and made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Giants 38-27 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) stepped up and scored 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) chipped in 21 points and 12 assists. The best for the losing side was Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) with 31 points and point guard Carlos Sandoval (180-92) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Isidro Metapan. They maintain sixth place with 10-6 record. Giants lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play against Santiagueno (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 31+1reb+3ast, C.Flores 14+5reb, C.Sandoval 14+7reb+2ast, L.Escoto 8+3reb+2ast, G.Sosa 5+3reb, W.Davontae 0
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 28+9reb+3ast, S.Magee 22+15reb, E.Mijares 21+4reb+12ast, M.Artiga 8+3reb, A.Regalado 5+2reb+2ast, J.Colorado 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 553770


El Rapido - Arcense 94-78

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked El Rapido (8-9) beat 10th ranked Arcense (3-10) in La Union 94-78. El Rapido had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) stepped up and scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Venezuelan power forward Eliezer Montano (206-91) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. El Rapido's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American Michael Wilson (-92) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds and Mauricio Lahud scored 22 points and 5 assists. El Rapido maintains eighth place with 8-9 record, which they share with Cojute. Arcense lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. El Rapido will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Arcense will play on the road against Cojute (#9) in Cojutepeque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arcense: M.Wilson 30+13reb+1ast, M.Lahud 22+4reb+5ast, J.Austin 15+8reb, J.Tochez 5+2reb+3ast, R.Cardona 4+8reb+1ast, M.Rivas 2+1reb+2ast
El Rapido: O.Oliva 32+6reb+9ast, E.Montano 23+10reb+3ast, J.Avila 13+3reb+5ast, M.Aguilar 11+2reb, Y.Cubillas 5+10reb+1ast, O.Coreas 4+4reb
gschID: 553719


11 Lobos - Cojute 86-90

Rather expected game when 12th ranked 11 Lobos (2-14) lost to ninth ranked Cojute (8-9) in Chalchuapa 86-90. American players dominated the game. Forward Demontrez Austin (201, college: Jacksonville) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) chipped in 31 points and 10 rebounds. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC) with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Cojute moved-up to eighth place, which they share with El Rapido. 11 Lobos at the other side keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Cojute will play against Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round. 11 Lobos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: J.White 31+13reb+6ast, M.Jackson 30+10reb+5ast, P.Smith 9+11reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 9+4reb+2ast, K.Campos 7+1reb+2ast, V.Sandoval 0
Cojute: S.Howard 31+10reb, J.Hudges 23+5reb+3ast, D.Austin 20+22reb+1ast, L.Quintanilla 10+3reb+1ast, B.Reyes 6+5reb+2ast, W.Mercado 0
gschID: 553704


Halcones - Quezaltepeque 90-78

An interesting game for Halcones (13-3) which hosted in Sonzacate 4th placed Quezaltepeque (11-5). Second ranked Halcones managed to get a 12-point victory 90-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Quezaltepeque's 38. They outrebounded Quezaltepeque 46-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Puerto Rican guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) answered with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Douglas Bairez (180-88) added 18 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Quezaltepeque. Halcones have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Canarios (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 28+9reb+5ast, A.Cacho 19+7reb+2ast, D.Bairez 18+4reb+7ast, R.Miller 6+6reb+1ast, H.Landaverde 3+2reb, L.Portal 2+2reb
Halcones: J.Ruiz 29+12reb+3ast, C.Duran 25+12reb+9ast, T.Wells 17+11reb, M.Flores 10+4reb+5ast, J.Angulo 5+2reb, M.Orellana 4+2reb
gschID: 553727





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

American Eddie Ishman (196-F) had a very impressive game in the last round for Canarios and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 20.
The forward had a double-double of 41 points and twenty eight rebounds, while his team crushed Santiagueno (#11, 2-13) with 23-point margin 127-104. Canarios is placed at 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Canarios will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Ishman had a remarkable 76.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Canarios' top player in his first season with the team. Miles College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ishman is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 17.5rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg,2.7spg and 64.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of Santiagueno. Brackett impressed basketball fans with 50 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Santiagueno lost that game 104-127 to the higher-ranked Canarios (#3, 11-4). Santiagueno is still second from the bottom in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Santiagueno managed to get this year. Brackett is a newcomer at Santiagueno and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.7ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.2rpg and 4.8apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Canarios' star - American David Lawson (185-PG-89). Lawson got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and eleven assists. He was another key player of Canarios, helping his team with a 127-104 easy win against the lower-ranked Santiagueno (#11, 2-13). Canarios needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Lawson has a great season in El Salvador. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 37.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 6.7apg (3rd best). Lawson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 32 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Eliezer Montano (206-F/C-91) of El Rapido - 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jovany Austin (201-F-92) of Arcense - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Oreste Torres (204-PF-87) of Santa Tecla - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Malik Jackson (198-F-92) of 11 Lobos - 36 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joshua White (191-G-88) of 11 Lobos - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Alexander Ruano (170-PG-85) of Santa Ana - 23 points

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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Jamar Smith: My goal is to be one of the most competitive teams in Eurocup - by Thomas Jones


After leading Unicaja Malaga to the victory and, of course, the Euroleague. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) will return to the Eurocup with Unics Kazan. Jamar thanks for talking to Eurobasket.com

1.- How has Kazan been so far?
Kazan has been very nice so far. The team has a good chemistry and is growing in a good way even though it is only preseason. And the city is very nice as well the only thing that could make it better was if my family was here already.

2.- After a great season with Unicaja Malaga, big teams were after you. Why did you choose Russia?
Russia has a lot of big teams and I consider Kazan to be a big club. I understand what they are trying to build here and I wanted to be a part of that.

3.- What expectations do you have for next season. What are your goals?
My goal is to be one of the most competitive teams in Eurocup and VTB. I want our team to be known for how competitive we are no matter who and where we are playing.

4.- What can you tell us about your experience in Malaga?
Malaga will always have a special place in my heart. My daughter was born there, I played there for two years and we won Eurocup. I'm grateful I was able to play there with such good players and staff.

5.- What's been the most memorable moment of your basketball career so far?
Winning Eurocup was amazing. My wife surprised me and flew my mother in to Malaga so she could see the finals. And it was her first time seeing me win a championship. I will always remember that and couldn't thank my wife enough for it.



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Arturas Gudaitis (ex Lietuvos rytas) is a newcomer at EA7 Armani - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) added to their roster 24-year old Lithuanian international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-116kg-93). He played last season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 41 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg. Gudaitis helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Gudaitis also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.2ppg, 8.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.9bpg.
Two years ago Gudaitis was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Lithuanian Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Gudaitis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
Gudaitis also represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2spg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.3%.
Gudaitis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Zalgiris II Kaunas, Gargzdai Bremena and Klaipedos LCC TU.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising center, who is yet abole to spend time on the court at Euroleague level, grabbing rebounds, blocking the veteran opponents' shots and scoring. He seems very solid minded and has nice upside.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Benjamin Ortner
Vladimir Micov
Marco Cusin
Mantas Kalnietis
Andrea Cinciarini
Zoran Dragic
Dairis Bertans
Jordan Theodore
Andrew Goudelock
Amath M'Baye
Davide Pascolo
Cory Jefferson
Patric Young
Awudu Abass
Simone Fontecchio
Arturas Gudaitis
Lorenzo Bartoli
Andrea La Torre
Kaleb Tarczewski
Manuel Pastori
Simone Vecerina
Brane Ratkovica

Coach: Simone Pianigiani

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alexey SHVED
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Shved, RUS23.7 
 2. Schroeder, GER23.7 
 3. Porzingis, LAT23.6 
 4. Bogdanovic, CRO22.5 
 5. Dragic, SLO21.9 
 6. Markkanen, FIN19.5 
 7. Bogdanovic, SRB19.3 
 8. Shengelia, GEO18.8 
 9. Belinelli, ITA17.8 
 10. Howell, ISR17.8 
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. Doncic, SLO8.0 
 5. Vucevic, MNT7.7 
 6. Shengelia, GEO7.6 
 7. Gasol, ESP7.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP7.3 
 9. Moldoveanu, ROM7.3 
 10. Ponitka, POL7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  LTU
  (195-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.2 
 2. Rodriguez, ESP6.7 
 3. Shved, RUS6.7 
 4. Satoransky, CZE6.4 
 5. Strelnieks, LAT6.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN6.2 
 7. Jovic, SRB6.0 
 8. Schroeder, GER5.4 
 9. Bogdanovic, SRB5.3 
 10. Bertans, LAT5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  USA
  (203-C/F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Jovic, SRB2.5 
 3. Lukashov, UKR2.0 
 4. Osman, TUR2.0 
 5. Mandache, ROM2.0 
 6. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 7. Rubio, ESP1.9 
 8. Sastre-Morro, ESP1.9 
 9. Dragic, SLO1.9 
 10. De-Colo, FRA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (221-C/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Porzingis, LAT1.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR1.7 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.7 
 4. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 5. Vidmar, SLO1.3 
 6. Randolph, SLO1.3 
 7. Bender, CRO1.2 
 8. Barovic, MNT1.2 
 9. Vucevic, MNT1.2 
 10. Antetokounmp., GRE1.0 


2017 EuroBasket: Spain outlast Germany, enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Germany 84:72

Spain advanced into the semifinal stage at 2017 EuroBasket. They saw off Germany in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Marc Gasol (216-C-85) scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winning side.
Germany got to a perfect start. They posted an 11:2 lead early in the game. Germany arrived at the first break up by 3 points 19:16. Spain surged ahead in the second term. They established a 34:33 halftime lead. Marc Gasol unloaded 16 points in the third quarter to help Spain open a 12-point lead heading into the final term. Spain kept Germany at safe distance throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) produced 19 points, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) added 11 points and 7 assists for Spain. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) replied with 27 points and 8 assists for Germany. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Spain: Marc Gasol 28+10 boards, Pau Gasol 19, Sergio Rodriguez 11
Germany: Dennis Schroeder 27, Daniel Theis 15



2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia enter semifinals, win shootout with Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Latvia 103:97

Slovenia continued their perfect run at 2017 EuroBasket. They beat Latvia in a high-scoring heated quarterfinal battle in Istanbul tonight. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) and Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) teamed up for 53 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia set the tone in the first period. They dropped impressive 34 points in the first ten minutes to take an 11-point lead. Latvia however responded in a same fashion. They matched the tempo scoring 32 points in the second period and ensuring a 55:51 halftime lead. Slovenia were back in control in the second half. Kokoskov's crew held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to take a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) carried Latvia within 2 points with under three minutes to go 89:91. Then he made it 92:93 with under two minutes remaining. But Muric sank two free throws and then Goran Dragic converted a layup to give Slovenia breathing room. Luka Doncic then sealed the deal from the stripe. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) accounted for 17 points in the victory. Kristaps Porzingis responded with game-high 34 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans (208-F-92) nailed 23 points in the defeat.

Slovenia: Luka Doncic 27, Goran Dragic 26, Klemen Prepelic 17
Latvia: Kristaps Porzingis 34, Davis Bertans 23



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Isaiah Austin eyed by Gilas for naturalization - by Aris Ignacio

Former National Basketball Association (NBA) prospect Isaiah Austin is being considered by Gilas Pilipinas (Philippine National Team) as its next naturalized player.

Austin, played college ball at Baylor, will be brought as an import for Gilas to boost the squad in its campaign in the upcoming FIBA-Asia Champions Cup which will be held at Chenzhou, China from September 22-30, 2017.

Gilas will be bannering the Chooks-to-go name in the tournament.

The 23-year-old former NBA draftee was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome in 2014 was a ceremonial pick by Commissioner Adam Silver, fulfilling Austin's dream of being drafted.

Just recently, Austin was cleared by doctors to play and resumed his professional basketball career with FMP in Serbia in 2016.

He just finished a stint in China playing for Guangxi Rhinos.

Austin will take the place of former NBA forward Andray Blatche for the tournament.

Blatche, who played for the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets in the NBA, was naturalized by the Philippines in 2014 and played for various FIBA sanctioned tournaments.

He will also be playing in the upcoming Champions Cup but will be representing his Chinese club Xinjiang Fliying Tigers.


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



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Byblos add Holsey to their roster, ex Kauhajoki !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Kammeon Holsey (203-104kg-90, college: Georgia Tech). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg. Holsey helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season he played at another team Drive in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 47 games he recorded 5.4ppg and 3.7rpg. Holsey contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
Three years ago he was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in third round (47th overall).
Holsey attended Georgia Tech until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in Colombia (Guerreros).
On Holsey: Power forward who has a thin, but strong build ... Has great length and athletic ability ... Quick jumper who can defend a wing player as well as his own position ... Runs the court effortlessly and has great stamina.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

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Abell re-signs at Helsinki Seagulls - by Eurobasket News

Helsinki Seagulls (Korisliiga) confirmed in their roster 25-year old American guard Remy Abell (193-88kg-92, college: Xavier, agency: Inception Sports). He played there last season. In 45 Korisliiga games he recorded 7.0ppg and 2.2rpg. Abell helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He graduated from Xavier University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Helsinki Seagulls roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antti Kanervo
Antti Niskanen
Derek Jackson
Remy Abell
Sakari Laakso
Jyri Eboreime

Forwards:
Tuukka Kotti
Jesper Granlund

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Jazine adds Woods to their roster, ex Bisons Loimaa - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar (A1) added to their roster 31-year old American guard Giovonne Woods (191-85kg-86, college: Cent.Washington). He played last season at Bisons Loimaa in Finnish 2nd Division.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Woods spent at ES Sahel (Division I) in Tunisian league where in 16 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.2apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Woods also spent pre-season at Al Arabi (D1) in Qatari league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2013 Import Player of the Year back in 2013.
Woods is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Woods has played previously professionally in Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls), Iraq (Al Shurtah), Saudi Arabia (Al Ansar and Al Wehda), Spain (Tenerife) and Venezuela (Yaracuyanos).
He attended Central Washington University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Goran Fodor
Giovonne Woods
Dino Butorac
Mario Pesut

Coach: Neven Plantak

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Limoges prevail against Boulazac for fifth preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac - Limoges 87:91

Limoges improved at 5-1 record in preseason action. They defeated Boulazac in Poitiers. Six player scored in double digits for the winners. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-C-94) posted 15 points for Limoges.
Limoges eked out a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. Boulazac levelled things up at 38 at the big break. Limoges though picked up the tempo in the third term. They unloaded 24 points to take a 6-point lead. Boulazac bounced back once again. They used a 19:13 run in the final period to force overtime. However Limoges knocked down 16 points in the extra period and got away with the victory. William Howard (201-SF-93) notched 14 points, while Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana) added 13 points in the win. Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 19 points for Boulazac. Giovan Oniangue (198-SF-91) and Dustin Ware (183-PG-90, college: Georgia) tossed in 13 points each in the loss.



Harrison Goodrick signs at Cergy-Pontoise - by Eurobasket News

Entente Cergy Osny Pontoise BB (NM2) landed 23-year old Australian power forward Harrison Goodrick (203-102kg-94, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He just graduated from Metropolitan State of Denver (NCAA2). Goodrick has played there for the last three years. In 23 games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-SSC 2nd Team.
Goodrick's team made it to the SSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He has played previously for Norths Soul Sports Bears and Spiders.
As mentioned above Goodrick is just out of the college and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Entente Cergy Osny Pontoise BB roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sebastien Michineau
Morgan Durand
Corentin Desnos

Forwards:
Raphael Wilson
Gregory Filet

Center:
Harrison Goodrick

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Chalons-Reims overcome Charleville in test game - by Eurobasket News

Charleville - Chalons-Reims 81:96

Chalons-Reims celebrated the second preseason victory. They fired past Charleville behind 18 points from Ben Bentil (206-F-95, college: Providence). Chalons-Reims notched 35 points in the first period to open an 11-point advantage. Charleville narrowed the distance at 6 points at the big break. But Chalons-Reims went on a 31:20 run in the third term to clear off for good. LaMonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS) chipped in 17 points, while Paul Carter (205-F-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 15 points in the win. Corentin Carne (195-PG-96) answered with 16 points for Charleville. Darel Poirier (208-C-97, agency: Octagon Europe) had 14 points in the losing case.



Blois top Vichy in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Blois - Vichy 94:86

Tyren Johnson (202-F-88, college: La-Lafayette) scored 23 points to pace Blois past Vichy in the preseason clash. Blois sank 37 points in the opening quarter to take a 17-point lead. Blois followed with a 25:15 run in the second stanza to take a 27-point halftime lead. Vichy responded with a 28:17 rally in the third term to cut the deficit at 16-point mark. Vichy pulled closer in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Benjamin Monclar (191-SG-88) netted 18 points, while Jonathan Augustin had 14 points in the victory. Chris Smith netted 23 points for Vichy. David Denave (193-SG-85) and Kwamain Mitchell (178-PG-89, college: St.Louis) tossed in 19 points each in the defeat.



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Rustavi tabs Tyrell Nelson - by Eurobasket News

BC Rustavi 1991 (Superleague) inked American forward Tyrell Nelson (201-107kg, agency: Interperformances). He just graduated from Gardner-Webb (NCAA). Nelson has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg last season. Nelson helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Big South Conference 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Nelson's team was regular season runner-up in Big South Conference South Division in 2014.
He has played previously for another Georgian team Olympic.

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Andrew Jones Has Always Had A Scoring Gene But In The Pro A Can Put More Energy Into Defense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Andrew Jones (191-SG-83, college: Miles) is a 34 year old 191cm shooting guard that has been a professional basketball player since 2007. He played at Miles (NCAA2) and has played in Germany for most of his professional career with four seasons with the Dresden Titans and three seasons with the BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga). He also gained experience playing with teams like Marietta Storm (SEBL), BC Celtics (SEBL), C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) and Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito (Ecuador-National League). He last played with the Dresden Titans (Germany-ProB) playing 28 games averaging 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 23.7%, FT: 63.6%. Currently he is practicing with the German Pro A team Chemnitz. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

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

What's up Miles! I'm living in Dresden with my wife and daughter. The summer was very relaxing.


Did you experience anything really cool this summer, an experience that you had never had before that made your summer extra special?

Being able to wake up every day healthy and strong was coolest thing I did this summer. This summer was more about rest and family. There were no big vacations.


After a solid 2015-2016 season with the Dresden Titans where you averaged 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 23.7%, FT: 63.6%, you didn't play last season. Did you want to take a year off to experience new things or did the right offer not come about?

Actually that was a terrible performance that year, lol. I played in Bolivia for four months right after that season. I had a few offers in South America, but I would have been gone too long from the family. So I chose to stay close. My daughter was going to kindergarten for the first time. I wanted to be there for her and my wife.


Did you follow your ex team Dresden Titans? Were you surprised that they totally fell apart last season in the Pro A. The talent was there, but was possibly that experienced guy like yourself missing that could have kept the team together better in tough times?

Yes, I was very close to the team last year. It did surprise me that they didn't remain in Pro A. The team was young, but I think they were ok. The first 6 or 7 games of the season was close ones that they lost. If they had a better start of the season, then all the changes made would have not happened I think.


How tough was it not playing last season. How quickly did you get that itch back to want to compete and weren't able to. What did you miss most about the game besides the urge to compete week in and week out?

It wasn't tough at all. I really took a break from basketball because I needed it. I would practice from time to time to keep my body in shape. I really wanted to be there for my daughter and wife. They had my full attention. I missed the daily training most of all. I had times where I did not train for a few weeks. I could tell the difference in my body. I didn't like that feeling.


Now your back and have been training with German Pro A team Chemnitz. What kind of experience has that been for you and how thankful are you for getting this experience?

This experience is more than I expected! The club has been great. Coach Rodrigo has a very high coaching I.Q. I'm learning every day. I thank God for putting me in this situation.


Has your overall training and work out regime that you had in the last year helped you be successful with Chemnitz in pre season. How has your training had to have changed with age?

I was worried when I knew I would train with them. I was not in the best shape, however I put my best foot forward. Taking the year off from basketball affected me a little as well. Getting some of the plays down took some time. My basketball brain did not kick in until the third week. My training has stayed the same. It's the preparation and regeneration that changes. Taking care of your body after practices and games are the keys to staying in it.

You played in the Pro B and Regionaliga as a professional in Germany and now at age 34 in the Pro A. How have you been coping with the speed of the game? Is this one of the biggest differences between the Pro A and Pro B?

Honestly depending on who you play for there is no difference. However, Coach Rodrigo wants things done the right way. His style of play makes you create more opportunities for the next teammate. I compare it to styles of the euroleague teams. The speed for me is no difference. Playing with a group of guys with a pass first mentality, is something new for me. It's a better brand of basketball.

In our last interview after losing to Frankfurt in the playoffs in 2016, you stated you hadn't been too happy with your season as you could have done more offensively. What do you feel would be your biggest strength on the court in the Pro A?

I would say attacking the basket and defending. Most Pro A teams have stronger rosters than a Pro B. I would have to do less offensively on a Pro A team. I will be able to put more energy into defense. Of course, scoring has always been my strength. But, when your on a strong team everyone has their job.


A good fit for you would be to be active with the Chemnitz youth program as a type of mentor. How do you feel could you help young players best on the court?

My overall experience with the game would help. It's not just about dribbling, defending, shooting and whatever physical thing that's done on the court. The mental side of the game is just as important. Teaching them how to deal with adversity as well as the game itself would be my main focus.


You have been playing with some talented guys like Jajuan Johnson , Andy Mazurchak and Daniel Mixich at the guard position. The competition level must be very high. How pleased have you been with your effort and efficiency to keep up with these kids?

Andy always jokes with me about them letting me win if we have run, lol. If I have to chase guys who are 10 years or more younger than me, it keeps me in shape. I enjoy it a lot.


It doesn't matter who I talk with but players are always lauding head coach Rodrigo Pastore. What has impressed you with his coaching style and knowledge of the game.

He was so close to leading the team to the BBL last season. From the first day I trained with him he expected high level performance. With everything! That means footwork, setting screens, making the right reads and so much more. He prepares very well and really knows the game. He treats every player from young to old the same. If anyone makes a mistake he let's them know quickly.

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

Shaq, Jordan, Lebron and Iverson


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?

People give so much hate to Lebron it's crazy. Jordan and Lebron are two different players at two different positions. No one compares Kareem and Jordan, but hey what do I know lol. Lebron will shatter all statistical records, but It's hard to say right now. Ask me in 3 years.


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?

People should just allow guys to play and not worry about if he should do certain things. If his coach allows him to play like that, then that's all that matters.


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

I barely keep up with college these days. But I hope Lonzo Ball does something good.


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?

They both like the ball in there hands, we will see how that works lol


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?

They both got a good deal. Hard to play with guys if they are not happy


What was the last movie that you saw?

Before The Bough Breaks.

Thanks Andrew for the chat.



The Giessen 46ers Land Big Country John Bryant - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It was not long ago that John Bryant (210-C-87, college: Santa Clara) was living the glitz life in Munich while also visiting FC Bayern Munich soccer games and playing the game he loves for their basketball department, but times have changed and now the big man will be living the more tranquil life in Giessen and swap the isar river for a calm walk along the Lahn river. The Giessen 46ers have made a transfer coup by signing ex EasyCredit MVP John Bryant. Bryant is a 30 year old 201cm center from San Pablo, California that was the BBL's best rebounder for three years in a row from 2010-2013 with ratiopharm Ulm and has recieved a one year deal. "We are happy that we could get a known BBL player with a lot of experience", stressed Giessen head coach Ingo Freyer. Last season Bryant split time last season with Valencia Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 2 games averaging 1.0ppg; BCL: 7 games: 6.3ppg, released in Oct.'16, in Nov.'16 moved to AS Monaco Basket (France-ProA) playing 6 games averaging 6.5ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 50.0%, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 58.3%.It will be interesting to see exactly how well he fits into the Freyer system of run and gun. Bryant brings 245 BBL games to Giessen and 44 Euroleague games.

Bryant started his basketball career in 2005 with Santa Clara (NCAA) where he stayed until 2009 playing a total of 123 games and really sparkled as a junior and senior. As a senior he averaged 18.1ppg, RebNCAA-2 (14.2rpg), 1.1apg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 78.7%. In 2009 he started his rookie season as a professional with Erie Bay Hawks (D-League) playing 48 games averaging 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010 he moved to ratiopharm Ulm as then head coach Mike Taylor believed in his abilities and helped him become the best center in the BBL as he averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds in his three seasons there. In 2013 he made the jump to FC Bayern Munich where he played three season. He couldn't match his stats of Ulm in Munich simply because he had a lot more talent around him and wasn't the number one option anymore. he still put up excellent stats as he was the third and fifth best rebounder in the BBL in two of his three seasons there.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been WCC All-Freshman Team -06, WCC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, WCC Tournament Finalist -07, WCC Tournament Semifinals -08, 09, NABC Division I All-District 9 First Team -09, WCC All-Tournament Team -09, All-WCC 1st Team -08, 09, WCC Player of the Year -09, NCAA DI All-Star Game -09, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Center of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -11, 12,, 13, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -11, 13, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -12 (MVP), 13, 14, 15, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -12, 14, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Center of the Year -12, 13, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -12
German Bundesliga Finalist -12, 15, German Bundesliga Supercup Finalist -13, 15, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Import of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team -13, Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -13, EuroCup Quarterfinals -13
German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -13, 16, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -13, German Bundesliga Semifinals -13, 16, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -14, German Bundesliga Champion -14
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -15, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -15, Eurocup Quarterfinals -16, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -16, Basketball Champions League Final Four -17.

Source:Giessen 46ers



The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Sign Alex Fountain - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last years the Fraport Skyliners Juniors have made it a habit to get college players as they brought in Kyle Fossman and Travis Thompson to help bolster their scoring and this season they have done it again, but instead of bringing in a guard sniper,they have added a forward with Alex Fountain (201-F-95). Fountain is a 22 year old 201 cm player from Wartburg, Tennesse that can be inserted at the position three and four. He played at Houston Baptist (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 104 NCAA games and was able to improve his scoring each season and as s enior played 27 games averaging 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 73.2%. "We looked a long time for the right player. We hope that Alex is that player. He plays and trains with a lot of energy. He is a team player that will stablize our play at both ends of the court with his athlecism. He has a lot of potential and are happy to give him his start in Europe", stressed Fraport Skyliners Juniors head coach Sebastian Gleim

Fountain started his basketball career at Wartburg Central High School and in 2013-2014 played as a freshman with Houston Baptist (NCAA) playing 23 games averaging 2.6ppg, 1.3rpg. In his second season at Houston Baptist (NCAA) he played 22 games averaging 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg. In his junior season at Houston Baptist (NCAA) he played 32 games averaging 5.1ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 83.0%. "I am looking forward to play for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. I want to help my team at every spot and bring my team into position to be successful. I want to play a successful season and be injury free. My strength is my athlectism and versatility on defense that allows me to defend various positions. I am expecting a great first professional season and want to thank Domenico Pezzella for supporting me this summer", stressed Alex Fountain.Some of his best games at school was a 18 point game against Eccelsia, and 16 points against Incarnate Word. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Southland Conf. Tournament Semifinals -16
and Southland Conf. Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -17.

Source:Fraport Skyliners Juniors








Chris Hortman (EN Baskets Schwelm) It's Not About Height Or Size But About Heart And Pride - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Hortman (190-G-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) is a 28 year old 190cm guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that will be playing his second season in Germany and first with the EN Baskets Schwelm. Last season he played for the TVI Basketball SWAP Ballers Ibbenbueren (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: Score-1 (25.0ppg), 9.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.9%. He got vast experience in the states before turning professional playing at various schools like Milwaukee Area Tech JC (JUCO), Missouri Valley (NAIA), Wisc.-Stout (NCAA3) where as a senior he played 27 games averaging 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 85.5%. He also played with the Gold Coast Rollers (Australia-SBL) in 2014 averaging 28,6ppg. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

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

Hey miles thanks for the opportunity to talk. Rght now I am in Schwelm, Germany and had a really successful summer with working out with my trainer and building my own training company swish dreams elite in Denver Colorado.

Usually Americans are still in the States in July enjoying the last weeks of summer with family and friends before heading back to Germany. You were already in Germany in July. Was it difficult leaving everyone so early and what really brought you back so early even if your Regionalliga season ended on April ist.

Yes it is difficult every time leaving family and friends to come to a new land with new customs, but I felt it was very necessary to leave early and get a head start on the season learning the plays, building a relationship with the head coach and meeting the staff and the city to prepare for this next major step in my career.


Congrats on signing with the EN Baskets Schwelm. How excited are you to be playing in the Pro B with this club and what is your biggest goal on and off the court?

Thank you. and yes I am very excited to have moved up leagues with the EN Baskets Schwelm into the Pro B league. My biggest goal on the court is to just show my skills as a basketball player and show that I belong. Also on the court continue to learn the European style of play and off the court I'm currently working on learning more German so I can more effetely communicate and express myself with my teammates and members of the community.


Last season with Ibbenbueren you split the season series losing the first game badly by 46 points, but you scored 17 points, but in the second game you got revenge winning 96-86 scoring 26 points, getting 12 rebounds and getting six assists. Would you have ever in your wildest dreams that you would be playing with this team the next season?

Yes last season we split games. The first of the two very one sided and the second actually one of the toughest/emotional games of my life. It came down to execution in the last couple of minutes and the better team was able to prevail. They pushed me to a mental high with an extreme physical and high i.q level played game. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined that I would later sign with them, but in hind sight it only makes sense to because of how high quality level of basketball the team and the coaching staff was able to produce


Do you feel like Schwelm management noticed you in these games, especially in the second game where you really were all over the court and they made a note of you in their notebook?

Yes I feel that they noticed me in the last game which at the time was my goal. I didn't know they would move up but I surly wanted to win the game. I wanted to be a force not only on the offense end but defensively and on the boards and finding my teammates unlike the first game where we were undermanned. The second game we had a full roster and a new addition of Rishi Kakad plus a new coaching staff with a new team philosophy and with these new additional factors and me playing at a high level we were able to get a Big win Not only was it a big personal win for me, but also a big win for the Ibbebbueren program.


The EN Baskets Schwelm are a very traditional team that played in the BBL back in 2004 and have been up and down in the second leagues the last 10 years. What was the most important thing that convinced you that this club was the perfect fit for you?

Last year playing against Schwelm two times, it was clear that the players and the minds of the coaching staff were levels ahead of the rest though of the two games they were able to apply a level of intense defensive pressures on me the entire 40 minutes and no matter what happened during the game they stuck to their plan offensively and continued to run their sets with a level of discipline I had not seen before and after talking to the coach and the gm Omar who is a great guy during the recruiting process. who made it clear I would have a leader role not only offensively but overall for this type of high caliber program. It was a no brainer. I knew this was exactly the situation that I needed to help propel my basketball career in the right direction. It was a perfect fit!


You have been in Schwelm from early on. How has your early relationship been with head coach Falk Moeller and what is the feeling of head coach and star player about the chances of the team this season?

Coach Falk Moeller has been great. He shows a level of confidence in me that every player wants to see in their head coach. Its honestly great being in the gym with him. He just has so much knowledge that I am eager to soak up during the season and as every coach and player we have high exceptions for the season, but right now the main focus is just getting in doing the reps and building team chemistry and not jumping ahead but doing the process and focus on building foundation that we can work on throughout the season!


You dominated the German Regionalliga and most likely saw some Pro B games last season. How confident are you that not only you will be able to make the transition, but be a serious impact player in the Pro B this season?

I was defiantly able to catch a few Pro B games. There is a clear difference than Regionalliga. Plain and simple the players are just better, the game is faster with more organization and with me, I'm a true believer in hard work so we will see where I fit it the league, but like all players I do want to be a top dog in the league. I have complete confidence in my work ethic and my determination to get better as a player and make adjustments

You have had to always prove yourself in school and now you are working yourself up the professional ladder and are used to it. How do you feel have you mentally grown as a player and person having had to go through your basketball life the hard way instead of having everything go easy for you?

Mentally I feel I've grown in leaps and bounds coming from Milwaukee Wisconsin. The tough only survive but coming out here in Germany you need more than toughness excluding basketball. Your on a new land with a new language and completely different customs. I learned quickly that culture shock is real. Mentally I learned with my way of coming up patiently not only with others but with myself. We all have visions on where we want to be and with me taking the non-traditional route I've had to have more patience with the process and trusting my skill and a little luck form the big man to get where I feel I should be

Schwelm have some very good talent, but also experience with Germans Sebastian Schroeter, Thomas Reuter and Dario Fiorentino and Matthias Perl. You already averaged an amazing 5,1apg last season, but do you feel like you can become a high assist man playmaker this season with this unending talent?

The talent that is here is amazing. The bigs can shoot and dribble the ball. Basically all the guards can shoot the three and have the will to hold defense plus great movement without the ball. I feel it will be easy to find an open player and even easier to make the pass with confidence knowing the player can get yo u the easy assist. I'm very excited to show that side of my game even more this year


Let's talk about your game. You are 190cm, but have big man stats having 25 and 9 last season and in school with three different schools 14 and 8, 13 and 7 and 14 and 5. How proud are you of your rebounding ability?

I am very proud of my rebounding ability. Growing up I wasn't always the biggest or the strongest and really never tried to rebound. I had a coach call me out on it. He told me it wasn't about height or size but about heart and pride so I took coach Bell of the Wisconsin Wizards (AAU) advice and every game I try and go show how much pride I do have for rebounding


I personally love strong rebounding guards. Has a Russell Westbrook become more of a role model in the last year simply because of how he has somewhat evolutionized the art of rebounding on his own terms?

That is a tough question. I wouldn't be able to pin point one player. The first one that comes to mind is a Russel Westbrook. Just do the facts I rebound, but if I shot his percentages I don't think me and you would be having this conversation. For rebounding I would choose him. For finding my teammates and ability to get to the lane I would choose a Tony Parker a smooth ball handler with a keen eye to see open players and play development with shooting/shot selection I would say a Jamal Crawford with some nice crossovers with the ability to catch n shoot from deep and shoot off the dribble from three with a nice percentage


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


A hidden strength that I feel doesn't get noticed right away and really can't is my work ethic and my ability to adjust. In the beginning of the season last year I struggled badly with the refs. I constantly got in foul trouble and even fouled out of a few games, which really hurt my team. I spent countless hours working on my defense learning how to play under the standards here I'm not sure if anyone noticed but eventually I was able to make the adjustment and stay in the game to help my team get some W's


Last season as a rookie in Germany you played for TVI Basketball SWAP Ballers Ibbenbueren (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: Score-1 (25.0ppg), 9.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.9%. Did it at times feel like you were a man playing with boys?


I honestly never had that feeling. At first it was really tough. I had good numbers but just were not winning games. Once we started to win games and win games in row my only focus was just the next game. I didn't care to much about the stats and just wanted to keep winning and show I wasn' t just an American putting up numbers but a leader and a winner. I would rest Sunday and then get back to work on Monday figuring out what I could have done better and making the adjustment and really only focusing on keeping our win streak alive!!


Last season you had many great games including a 45 point game against Frintrop and a triple double against Herten just to mention a few. What was your personal best and favorite game last season?

Truly my favorite game was the second against Schwelm. They were on a crazy win streak and proved to be the best team in the league. We were on a win streak to prove we could play to and I just wanted to step up to the play and show who I was as a player and as a man. I was not happy the way they handled us the first time and we had beat a few decent teams before them and it was really important for me to show that I'm not the guy who can only play against weaker opponents, but more the man who shows up and shows out regardless of the opposing team

Last season what was your wake up call to being a rookie in Germany where you knew that you were very far away from home Milwaukee?

The first and major wake up call that I was not at home. I was oddly the red lights. Not one person jay walked. Its was the craziest thing I've ever seen with no car in miles we all stood there and waited for the green. I instantly thought 'Dorthery we not in Kanas anymore.

You finished school in 2013 and except for a short stint in Australia with the Gold Coast Rollers (Australia-SBL) where you 28.6ppg, you didn't return to playing until 2016. Did you have other career choices or just having problems finding the right fit as a professional the last years before Ibbenbueren?

There were some tough years for me. I got to Australia through on of those tours and found a team but was a very low level and with me coming from a D3 I had a hard time with teams and agents taking my game serious. Luckily I stayed in faith and worked and grinded day in and day out until I was about to get the opportunity to play in Ibbenbueren.


You played at three schools with Milwaukee Area Tech JC (JUCO), Missouri Valley (NAIA) and Wisc.-Stout (NCAA3) How important was it for you having this experience of playing at three different schools. How do you feel did you develop as a player that you might not have become had you been only been to one school?


Playing at these three school was major in my development. I went from a very amazing coach in Milwaukee who put a lot of pressure on me but also gave me complete freedom to a very controlling coach in Missouri Valley who wanted everything done his way down to the T. Then next to a division 3 coach who would only use me to score once behind in a game. Besides that I didn't play. Mentally I had to grow in all these situation I had to learn how to handle these different coaching styles but continue to put in my house in the gym playing or not happy or not but just continue and focus on the future which happened to be the time I'm living out now!


How important was head coach Chad Lance for you at Missouri Valley (NAIA). You were coming from Milwaukee Area Tech JC (JUCO). How did he help you make the transition best?

Chad Lance was all about control with being on his team. I had to learn how to manage my game with his system which started with learning the system and then learning when and where the scoring/passing options were. His aggressive style of coaching help me develop quicker as a man more than a player


You finished at Wisc.-Stout (NCAA3)27 games: 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 85.5%. What was the deciding factor that convinced you that you could become a professional basketball player?

There really wasn't a deciding factor at Stout about playing professional basketball. It has been the goal of mine since I was a little kid. and I continually worked on it regardless of the situation just kept working for it and believed it would happen


How did your head coach at Wisc.-Stout (NCAA3) give you the final touches to helping you be groomed and prepared best for a professional basketball career?

The head coach Eddie Andrist at UW stout helped me in an unusual way. He did not start me. I only played half the game averaged 22 minutes. even though I was one of top if the best player in the division 3 at the time. It was a very frustrating time period for me. I felt I wasn't getting my fair share and really the question was if this was the route that I wanted to take in life. After a few weeks of depression I made the choice that this is what I wanted and really locked in mentally turned my daily grind up to a new level I had never had and really developed my skills.. I Became way more efficient and was able to produce stats with half of the game that most players couldn't do while playing the whole game. I also was the first player in d3 history to get the all conference award coming off the bench. It was one of the hardest years of my life, but I wouldn't change it for nothing. It really help me turn my work ethic to the professional level


Who won a one on one in practice you or Aaron Jenny?

hahahah Arron Jenny. He is a really great guy and was one of my favorite team mates.. He was more of an American football player. I honestly don't remember practices from years ago, but I'm sure nothing has changed. I will win them now and won them then


You played at Milwaukee Area Tech JC (JUCO) as a freshman in the 2009-10 season playing 30 games averaging 14.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 41%, 3PT: 29%, FT: 78%. As a guy from Milwaukee, do you remember hearing about the murder of Lavell Felton in 2009. He had a stellar professional career and his last team before his death was Paderborn in Germany. Did you have any dealings with him?


Sadly being from Milwaukee you hear of murders every other day and it becomes to the point where its just part of life. I don't not remember this guy, but if he grew up in Milwaukee I'm sure he was a heck of a player. Milwaukee is a breeding ground for players just waiting to get a chance to show the world


You played against many great players in school, but who was the toughest that you played against that is in the NBA now?


Playing Juco in Milwaukee I had the opportunity to go Marquette and play with the team hoping I could land a spot on their roster. This was during the Wes Matthews and Jimmy Butler years. I would say Westly Matthews, but he was on my team so Jimmy Butler wins by default. He was so strong and solid not a specialist in one area, but just a dominant force that was really good at everything. How he has developed himself to now is purely amazing.


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

Workout play was intense. 6am -8 on the court 8-830 hot tub and streaming
2-5 weight room and on the court. 6-7 either jump training with a trainer or stretching with a yoga trainer matters the day. The second ones were pm .. the first was in the am. Massages every weekend. I did my best to stay true and rested when really tired


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


Top 4 Wilt, Larry Bird, Kobe, Jordan in no particular order


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?

For me Lebrun stands as the great athlete of all time. 6.8, fast and big as a horse, can handle the ball, shoot the ball with great vision, but he's just doesn't have that monster in him to be considered the greatest. His IQ hinders him in my opinion. He's so smart and does the right play every time which I feel doesn't cut it. You have to say something I'm going to score this ball regardless of what happens which is what the Michael Jordans and Kobe Bryant's did. That is why for me he's not where near the best of all time list.


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?

With Russel Westbrook people can say whatever they want. If it was easy to just want to go get rebound and do it everyone in the league would do it. The fact he wanted to do it and did it is beyond amazing and for anyone to make an excuse about what he did doesn't know what it takes to do that


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

The NBA draft was probably the best it's been in years. The real ballers are here and I was so excited about it. I myself went to Vegas to watch the summer league. I think this class is bringing back some excitement that is needed. I think the biggest sleeper is Dennis Smith Jr. It's is a joke this kid wasn't in the top 5 and will prove all the teams that passed on him to be wrong.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Oddly last night I watched love and basketball an American classic


Thanks Chris for the chat.



Gran Canaria prevail against ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria - ALBA Berlin 85:73

Gran Canaria defeated ALBA Berlin in the exhibition clash in Puertollano. Albert Oliver (187-PG-78), Marcus Eriksson (201-G/F-93) and Anzejs Pasecniks (218-C-95, college: VEF skola) netted 13 points each for the winners.
ALBA Berlin posted a 26:21 lead after the opening quarter. Gran Canaria narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 4 points at halftime 37:41. Gran Canaria unloaded 29 points in the third quarter to open a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Gran Canaria held ALBA to just 16 points in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Bennet Hundt (181-PG-98) chipped in 13 points for ALBA. Dennis Clifford (216-C-92, college: Boston Coll.) had 12 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Albert Oliver 13, Marcus Eriksson 13, Anzejs Pasecniks 13
ALBA Berlin: Bennet Hundt 13, Dennis Clifford 12



Brose Baskets topple Swans Gmunden in test game - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Swans Gmunden 82:71

Brose Baskets faced Swans Gmunden in the latest test game. The German powerhouse claimed a tough victory at the end. Elias Harris (203-SF-89, college: Gonzaga) delivered 18 points to lead the winning side.
Gmunden jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 23:13 advantage ten minutes into this one. The Austrian team entered the second half up by 9 points 46:37. Brose Baskets managed to cut the distance at 3 points 57:60 at the final intermission. They went on a strong rally in the fourth term and stole the win. Nikolaos Zisis (197-PG-83, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points, while Augustine Rubit (201-PF-89, college: S.Alabama) had 17 points for Bamberg. Enis Murati (194-F-88, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 24 points for Gmunden. Daniel Friedrich (181-PG-92) had 19 points in the losing effort.



Vechta signs Jannik Freese - by Eurobasket News

SC Rasta Vechta (ProA) signed 31-year old power forward Jannik Freese (211-113kg-86). He played last season at EWE Baskets in German BBL league. Freese helped them to make it to the final. He also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded only 1.0ppg. The other team Freese played that season for was Braunschweig (also in BBL). In 12 games he averaged 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg.
He represented Germany at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 83.3%.
Freese has played previously for six other teams: ALBA Berlin, Giessen 46ers, Licher Basket, Crailsheim Merlins, Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and SG Braunschweig.
He could be described: Jannik is a big man, that plays with his back to the basket, but who can also step out and shoot the mid-range jump shot. He is an inside force, who makes it extremely hard for any big man to score inside. He is not the typical shot blocker, that blocks the shot into the third row, but due to his length and timing alters many opponents shots. Although he is 211 cm tall, he runs the floor very well.

SC Rasta Vechta roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Christopher Razis
David Gonzalvez
Joshua Young
Jeremy Dunbar
Chris Carter

Forwards:
Robin Christen
Seth Hinrichs
Andrew Smith
Philipp Herkenhoff
Radii Caisin
Luc Van_Slooten

Centers:
Dirk Madrich
Jannik Freese

Coach: Douglas Spradley

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2017 EuroBasket: Spain outlast Germany, enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Germany 84:72

Spain advanced into the semifinal stage at 2017 EuroBasket. They saw off Germany in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Marc Gasol (216-C-85) scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winning side.
Germany got to a perfect start. They posted an 11:2 lead early in the game. Germany arrived at the first break up by 3 points 19:16. Spain surged ahead in the second term. They established a 34:33 halftime lead. Marc Gasol unloaded 16 points in the third quarter to help Spain open a 12-point lead heading into the final term. Spain kept Germany at safe distance throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) produced 19 points, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) added 11 points and 7 assists for Spain. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) replied with 27 points and 8 assists for Germany. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Spain: Marc Gasol 28+10 boards, Pau Gasol 19, Sergio Rodriguez 11
Germany: Dennis Schroeder 27, Daniel Theis 15



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Nick Russell (ex Apollon Patras) agreed terms with Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Nick Russell (193-95kg-91, college: SMU). He played most recently at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 15 games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Russell played at Walter Tigers in German BBL where in 26 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg.
He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha).
Russell attended Southern Methodist University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

BCM U Pitesti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Kostoski
Porter Troupe
Nick Russell

Forwards:
Andriy Agafonov
Matti Nuutinen

Center:
Laszlo Lazar

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Aris hold off Lukoil in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Aris - Lukoil 72:67

Aris Thessaloniki beat Lukoil Academic in the exhibition clash. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 12 points to lead the Greek side. Aris snatched an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Lukoil grabbed the lead in the second term. They established a 37:29 halftime advantage. Lukoil stayed in front throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 59:44. But Aris shifted the gear in the fourth quarter. They unloaded 28 points to snatch victory. Michalis Tsairelis (206-F/C-88) and Spyros Mourtos (198-G-90) produced 10 points apiece for the winners.



Petros Noeas joins Psychiko - by Chris Mammides

AE Psychiko Athens (A2) agreed terms with 30-year old forward Petros Noeas (204-87) from Doukas. The last season Noeas played at Panionios where in 30 A2 games he had 5.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He helped them to win the A2 title (twice).
Noeas represented Greece at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
He has played previously for seven other teams: AEK Athens, Marousi, Koroivos, Trikalla, Egaleo, Arkadikos and Trikalla.

AE Psychiko Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Papadionysioy
Anastasios Priskomatis
Christos Iordanou
Andreas Papandreou

Forwards:
Petros Noeas
Yiannis Psathas
Dimitris Papadimitriou
Ioannis Anagnostakis
Nikos Houhoumis
Konstantinos Roumeliotis
Petros Magoulas

Center:
Nikos Tsiokos

Coach: Nikos Remendelas

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Konstantinos Kadras signs at Peristeri GS Athens - by Chris Mammides

A2 newcomer Peristeri GS Athens landed 16-year old center Konstantinos Kadras (203-1). He played most recently at Greek U16 National Team in Greek league.
Kadras represented Greece at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) this year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 73.9%.
Kadras is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Peristeri GS.

Peristeri GS Athens roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Vassilis Symtsak
Gaios Skordilis
Tasos Dimitriadis
Konstantinos Kadras

Coach: Nikos Karagiannis

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Roeland Schaftenaar (ex Baskonia) is a newcomer at G.Larissa-Faros - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted G.Larissa-Faros BC (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Dutch international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-109kg-88, college: Oregon State). He moved there from Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where he trained this season. The last season Schaftenaar played at Cretan Kings. In 20 A1 games he recorded 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2014. Schaftenaar received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award back in 2013 and 2014.
He has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Schaftenaar has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 70.6%.
Schaftenaar has played previously professionally in Holland (ABC Amsterdam).
He attended Oregon State until 2010 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

G.Larissa-Faros BC roster for 2017-2018:

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Roeland Schaftenaar
Giannis Vavatsikos
Paris Maragkos
Perry Petty
Kevin Ware
Kenny Hall
Anastasios Spyropoulos
Georgios Diamantakos
Vasileios Mouratos
Daniel Dingle
Willie Conner
Raheem Watts
Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis
Panos Chatzoglou
Paris Liadis

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

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Kostas Stratakis (ex Srem) agreed terms with Farsalon - by Chris Mammides

B newcomer GS Farsalon strengthened their roster with addition of Greek Kostas Stratakis. He played most recently at Srem in Serbian 2MLS, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 17 games he recorded 12.8ppg and 7.6rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Stratakis played at Beko Beograd (also in 2MLS) where in 21 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.6rpg.
Among other achievements he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS Honorable Mention in 2017.

GS Farsalon roster for 2017-2018:

Christos Anagnostopoulos
Giorgos Anagnostopoulos
Angelos Papakostas
Asterios Kourgias
Giorgos Makris
Kostas Stratakis
Aristides Synetos
Lazaros Heretidis
Andreas Dinos

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Jalen Jackson joins Panionios - by Chris Mammides

According to Greek sports media, Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) agreed terms with 23-year old American swingman Jalen Jackson (198-98kg-94). He just graduated from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (NCAA). In 32 games he had 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season.
As mentioned above Jackson is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2016. Jackson was also voted All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team in 2015.

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Nikos Michalos
Vagel Sakellariou
Tony Woods
Jalen Jackson
Fotis Kapris
Giannis Karakechagias
Giorgos Kamperidis
Iosif Kopakakis

Coach: Giorgos Kalafatakis

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Jalen Jackson joins Panionios - by Chris Mammides

According to Greek sports media, Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) agreed terms with 23-year old American swingman Jalen Jackson (198-98kg-94). He just graduated from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (NCAA). In 32 games he had 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg last season.
As mentioned above Jackson is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2016. Jackson was also voted All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team in 2015.

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Nikos Michalos
Vagel Sakellariou
Tony Woods
Jalen Jackson
Fotis Kapris
Giannis Karakechagias
Giorgos Kamperidis
Iosif Kopakakis

Coach: Giorgos Kalafatakis

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Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana round 4 best performance: Bernie Diaz - by Eurobasket News

Center Bernie Diaz (200-C-81) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked ELOHIM, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Villa Nueva (#4, 3-1) with 42-point margin 89-47. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed ELOHIM to take over top position in the Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but ELOHIM already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Diaz had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be ELOHIM's top player in his first season with the team. Bernie Diaz has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Diaz is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 3.0spg,75.0% FGP and 80.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Erick Palma of Tencored. Palma had a very good evening with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Tencored cruised to a 70-58 relatively comfortable win over URL (#10, 0-4). This victory allowed Tencored to move up to 7th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Tencored managed to get this year. Palma is a newcomer at Tencored, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another ELOHIM's star - former international forward Oscar Salguero (198-F/C-87). Salguero scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of ELOHIM, helping his team with a 89-47 easy win against #4 ranked Villa Nueva in a game of the week. ELOHIM started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Salguero turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Salguero has a great season in Guatemala. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eustorgio Sopalda (81) of Tencored - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Mynor Maldonado (95) of Millonarios - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Emanuel Sinnott (192-G/F-79) of You Bet - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Victor Sosa (190-F-88) of USAC - 21 points and 5 rebounds
8. Diego Villagran (G/F-93) of Amatitlan - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rudy Morales) of URL - 25 points and 3 rebounds
10. Walter Ramirez (97) of Amatitlan - 13 points, 10 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)



Liga Metropolitana Round 4: Villa Nueva loses their first game against ELOHIM - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Villa Nueva (3-1) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were rolled over by ELOHIM (4-0) 89-47. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Villa Nueva. It was a key game for the top position in the league. ELOHIM dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Villa Nueva's 30. They outrebounded Villa Nueva 38-26 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Oscar Salguero (198-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and center Bernie Diaz (200-81) who added 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Walter Gasparico responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. ELOHIM have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with USAC. Villa Nueva at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Club Force. ELOHIM is looking forward to face Bantrab (#6) in Guatemala in the next round where they are favorite. Villa Nueva will play on the road against the league's second-placed USAC in Guatemala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was USAC's (#3) 18-point road victory against top-ranked Club Force 70-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Club Force. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The winners were led by the former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) who scored that evening 8 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals and Victor Sosa supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by Alexis Hengstenberg (-98) did not help to save the game for Club Force. USAC have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with ELOHIM. Club Force at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Villa Nueva. USAC will play against Villa Nueva (#4) at home in the next round. Club Force will play against the league's leader ELOHIM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tencored has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat URL (0-4) 70-58 on Monday. Eustorgio Sopalda fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Rudy Morales produced 25 points for lost side. URL's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tencored (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with You Bet. It was URL's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Millonarios. Tencored will meet at home Millonarios (#9) in the next round. URL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Guatemala to the arena USAC.
You Bet has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Millonarios (0-4) 55-52. It was a very good performance for Emanuel Sinnott who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. You Bet's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. You Bet (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Tencored. It was Millonarios' fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. You Bet's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guatemala Bantrab.

In the last game of round 4 Amatitlan won against Bantrab on the opponent's court 70-61.

Tencored - URL 70-58

Tencored has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat URL (0-4) 70-58 on Monday. Tencored shot 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while URL only scored three points from the stripe. Eustorgio Sopalda (-81) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Erick Palma chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Rudy Morales produced 25 points and forward Luis Perez (191-97) added 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. URL's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tencored (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with You Bet. It was URL's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Millonarios. Tencored will meet at home Millonarios (#9) in the next round. URL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Guatemala to the arena USAC.
Top scorers:
URL: R.Morales 25+3reb, L.Perez 12+9reb+1ast, E.Mejia 11+1reb+3ast, I.Calderon 6+2reb, E.Tobias 2+1reb, E.Garcia 2+1reb
Tencored: E.Sopalda 24+7reb+1ast, E.Palma 23+6reb+3ast, R.Quintero 8+2reb, J.Arenales 7+3reb, M.Vasquez 4, R.Reinoso 2+4reb
gschID: 564562


Villa Nueva - ELOHIM 47-89

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Villa Nueva (3-1) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were rolled over by ELOHIM (4-0) 89-47. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Villa Nueva. It was a key game for the top position in the league. ELOHIM dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Villa Nueva's 30. They outrebounded Villa Nueva 38-26 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Oscar Salguero (198-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and center Bernie Diaz (200-81) who added 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four ELOHIM players scored in double figures. At the losing side Walter Gasparico responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Enrique Samayoa (193-82) scored 12 points. ELOHIM have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with USAC. Villa Nueva at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Club Force. ELOHIM is looking forward to face Bantrab (#6) in Guatemala in the next round where they are favorite. Villa Nueva will play on the road against the league's second-placed USAC in Guatemala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Villa Nueva: W.Gasparico 14+7reb, E.Samayoa 12+4reb+1ast, M.Zetina 6+2reb+1ast, D.Vaughn 6+7reb, J.Unbico 5+3reb, A.Carrillo 2+2reb
ELOHIM: B.Diaz 25+6reb+2ast, O.Salguero 22+12reb+2ast, P.Cano 14+5reb+2ast, D.Monterroso 12+3reb, M.Arriola 7+3reb, R.Amaya 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 564563


You Bet - Millonarios 55-52

You Bet has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Millonarios (0-4) 55-52. You Bet forced 19 Millonarios turnovers. It was a very good performance for swingman Emanuel Sinnott (192-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Javier Chavez (190-89) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. You Bet's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Mynor Maldonado (-95) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Lino Lino (-83) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Millonarios. You Bet (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Tencored. It was Millonarios' fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. You Bet's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guatemala Bantrab.
Top scorers:
Millonarios: M.Maldonado 15+11reb+1ast, L.Lino 12+8reb, G.Zarco 10+1reb+2ast, S.Guillen 7+7reb+4ast, O.Rodriguez 4, E.Avendano 2+9reb
You Bet: E.Sinnott 16+10reb+2ast, H.Vandeveire 12, J.Chavez 10+6reb, J.Galvez 7+6reb, E.Rosales 5+5reb+2ast, L.Chinchilla 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 564559


Bantrab - Amatitlan 61-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Guatemala where 5th ranked Bantrab (2-2) was defeated by sixth ranked Amatitlan (2-2) 70-61. Amatitlan outrebounded Bantrab 45-27 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Amatitlan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Quite impressive performance for swingman Diego Villagran (-93) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 steals. Walter Ramirez (-97) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Amatitlan's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jeferson Urrutia replied with 19 points and Cesar-Del Cid added 16 points in the effort for Bantrab. Amatitlan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Bantrab. Amatitlan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Villa Nueva (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Bantrab will play against the league's leader ELOHIM and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bantrab: J.Urrutia 19+3reb+1ast, C.Del Cid 16+4reb+1ast, M.Aquino 10+4reb+2ast, S.Barillas 9+4reb+3ast, V.Furlon 3+6reb, G.Veliz 2+3reb+2ast
Amatitlan: D.Villagran 22+3reb+2ast, M.Reyes 16+6reb, W.Ramirez 13+10reb+2ast, J.Godoy 9+5reb, A.Estrada 7+6reb+2ast, L.Arias 1+5reb+1ast
gschID: 564560


Club Force - USAC 52-70

Very significant was USAC's (#3) 18-point road victory against top-ranked Club Force 70-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Club Force. It was a key game for the top position in the league. USAC forced 29 Club Force turnovers. The winners were led by the former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) who scored that evening 8 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals and forward Victor Sosa (190-88) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by Alexis Hengstenberg (-98) did not help to save the game for Club Force. Kevin Garcia (-96) added 4 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. USAC have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with ELOHIM. Club Force at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Villa Nueva. USAC will play against Villa Nueva (#4) at home in the next round. Club Force will play against the league's leader ELOHIM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Club Force: A.Hengstenberg 19+6reb, J.Sandoval 10+3reb+3ast, R.Castro 9+3reb+2ast, B.Rivera 6+3reb+1ast, K.Garcia 4+10reb+2ast, G.Escobar 4+2reb+1ast
USAC: V.Sosa 21+5reb+1ast, A.Guerra 11+9reb+3ast, L.Menendez 11+1reb, O.Centeno 9+1reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 8+12reb+7ast, L.Cuevas 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 564561



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Top high school basketball recruit considering playing for Louisiana - by Eurobasket News

Top 100 high school basketball player, Jordan Brown (6'11''-C-99), is a four-star recruit from Roseville, California. He is a 6-foot-10-inch power forward, and is set to graduate from Woodcreek High School in 2018. His decision on where to play collegiate basketball remains up in the air. Brown took to Twitter to announce his final seven college considerations, one of which is the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The other six teams are west-coast colleges: University of California; University of California, Los Angeles; Gonzaga University; University of Nevada; University of Oregon and St. John's University. His father, Dion Brown, played for the Ragin' Cajuns basketball program from 1982-84. According to espn.com, one of his strengths listed on his scouting report is that he is 'loaded with physical tools and upside.' In his junior season at Woodcreek High School, Brown averaged 26.2 points, 15.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game in 20 games played. Brown currently ranks as the 30th high school basketball prospect in ESPN's top 100.
Courtesy of: thevermilion.com



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Elite basketball recruit Jordan Henry enrolls at Western - by Eurobasket News

One of the top basketball prospects in Canada will be heading to London to join the Western Mustangs program. Jordan Henry (5'10''-PG-98), who played his high school basketball at Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering, was one of the elite players in the nation this past season. The 19-year-old point guard earned a spot on Canada's gold medal winning squad at the FIBA Under-19 Championships in Cairo, Egypt in July. After receiving offers from several National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I programs, including the Creighton Blue Jays of the Big East and the Virginia Tech Hokies of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Henry initially committed to Ryerson University to be close to his family. But as per Jordan Henry, play by play announcer for the Ryerson basketball program and an insider for the Canadian University Sport Network (not the 19-year-old elite basketball player), Henry has announced he will instead by enrolling at Western to play under Brad Campbell this season. Although there are still details forthcoming, the transfer spells big things for the Mustangs program. With a young and athletic roster headlined by second-year guard Omar Shiddo and third-year guard Eriq Jenkins, adding a high-end point guard like Henry is a vital inclusion to the backcourt. The Mustangs were widely expected to make major strides this season after a summer of development for their young core. Now, with Henry, the ceiling of what they can achieve just got much higher.
Courtesy of: westerngazette.ca



Veteran B.C. high school basketball coach ends career after complaints - by Eurobasket News

Veteran high school basketball coach Rich Goulet admits he always had a tough love approach to coaching, but says he never would have expected it to lead to the investigation that ended his career over the summer. Goulet resigned as a result of what is being called a bungled investigation by Pitt Meadows Secondary into complaints about his coaching style, including 'negativity' and yelling at players. Since 1979, Goulet had coached the Pitt Meadow Marauders senior and junior boys basketball teams, leading them to more than 1,000 wins and a trio of B.C. provincial championships. He was awarded the Prime Minister's Volunteer Award for Community Leadership and inducted into the B.C. Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. But, according to Goulet, he was forced to resign in July for the second time in 2017 after the school's principal and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district administrators acted on complaints from one or more players' parents. Goulet, 70, said the past two years - which included his diagnosis with kidney disease and a stroke - have been the most challenging for the Marauders, with more uncommitted players and attitude problems than ever. Goulet said he retired from teaching at the school in the spring. In April, he said, Pitt Meadows Secondary principal Mike Keenan told him parents had complained. He said he was then asked how much longer he hoped to coach - another year or two - and it was implied that he should instead resign. So he did. But after a public meeting where players' parents voiced their disappointment about the resignation, Goulet was asked to return, he said. Meanwhile, the school district had launched an investigation into his conduct. Goulet went on to coach about 150 spring games. Then when the investigation concluded in July, he was told to tender his resignation again, he said. He went to the final game of the season, wished his players good luck, and that was the end of his 39-year career. Goulet has been left bitter by the complaint process, which he believes was a cowardly move by the complaining parents. In previous seasons, parents have always spoken with him directly to resolve issues, he said. 'Not one has come forward, even after that meeting with the public where people were upset with parents who did things behind peoples' backs,' he said. 'This is a sign of the times. Somebody's upset, we've got to take care of that one upset person before anything else.' Asked whether his coaching style could be viewed as bullying, Goulet said he's always been loud, 'in your face,' and rougher on his players than other coaches. 'I've had a certain style,' he said. 'You can't come and play for me and not know this.' In an emailed statement, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District confirmed Goulet's July resignation but did not answer emailed questions asking for details about the decision, citing privacy laws. 'As a school district, we have an obligation to take seriously and thoroughly review any concerns that are presented to us,' the statement said. 'This obligation pertains equally to new and longtime employees/volunteers.' Paul Eberhardt, president of the B.C. High School Boys' Basketball Association, slammed the administrators' treatment of Goulet. 'They just kind of bungled it from the very beginning,' he said. Eberhardt said he met with Pitt Meadow Secondary administrators to discuss a solution, to no avail. He warned them of the backlash they could face, particularly after he heard from coaches who said they will no longer play their teams in Pitt Meadows, he said. Eberhardt said he finds that parents are now more often inserting themselves into or interfering with their child's sports. 'It's kind of unfortunate,' Eberhardt said. 'One of the things I think student athletes learn from their sport experiences is to be accountable for making mistakes - and responsible. I think nowadays a lot of parents are taking it out of their hands.' A trio of NBA stars took to Twitter to express their disappointment at Goulet's resignation, including former L.A. Lakers centre Robert Sacre. 'There is a problem when one of B.C's best high school coaches gets fired for being a coach. Nothing but love for the Great Goulet,' Sacre said. Victoria native and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash retweeted Sacre's message, adding, 'Lucky I got to play for coach Goulet!' 'Learned a ton from coach Goulet, wouldn't trade the opportunity to have played for him ever, helped me immensely on my path to where I am,' wrote Miami Heat centre Kelly Olynyk.
Courtesy of: vancouversun.com



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Roeland Schaftenaar (ex Baskonia) is a newcomer at G.Larissa-Faros - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted G.Larissa-Faros BC (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Dutch international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-109kg-88, college: Oregon State). He moved there from Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa where he trained this season. The last season Schaftenaar played at Cretan Kings. In 20 A1 games he recorded 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2014. Schaftenaar received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award back in 2013 and 2014.
He has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Schaftenaar has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He also represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 70.6%.
Schaftenaar has played previously professionally in Holland (ABC Amsterdam).
He attended Oregon State until 2010 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

G.Larissa-Faros BC roster for 2017-2018:

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Roeland Schaftenaar
Giannis Vavatsikos
Paris Maragkos
Perry Petty
Kevin Ware
Kenny Hall
Anastasios Spyropoulos
Georgios Diamantakos
Vasileios Mouratos
Daniel Dingle
Willie Conner
Raheem Watts
Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis
Panos Chatzoglou
Paris Liadis

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Elijah Macon agreed with ALBA - by Tamas Deri

The management of ALBA published some hours that they agreed with rookie big man, Elijah Macon (206-F) for the coming season as a replacement of injured Chris Horton.
The 206 cm tall, 23 years old Macon played college basketball at the West Virginia University located in Morgantown, but decided not to return for his final season of eligibility and pursue a professional career. He played 16 minutes per game as a senior and averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 55.3% from the field and 62.9% from the free throw line. He played his best game on 18th of February, 2017 against Texas Tech adding a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court.
You can watch his best moments playing as a Mountaineer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzPJIwGVdpI



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Hapoel Holon welcomes back Holloway, ex Quebradillas - by Eurobasket

Hapoel Unet Holon (Winner League) inked 28-year old American guard Tu Holloway (182-86kg-89, college: Xavier). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Holon as he spend the summer in Puerto Rico playing at Piratas de Quebradillas in BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 21 BSN games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.0ppg and recorded 3.3rpg, 8.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg (in top 5). Holloway helped them to win the league title (twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team.
The most of last season he spent at Hapoel Holon where in 19 Winner League games he averaged remarkable 16.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg. Holloway contributed to his team winning the regular season. He also played that season for Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A. In 17 games he had high stats: 15.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg.
Holloway has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Holloway 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). Holloway has played previously professionally in Belgium, Mexico (Halcones Rojos), Turkey, Venezuela (Guaros and Caciques), NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
He attended Xavier University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Holloway's game is described as: A tiny PG who is extremely quick and has a strong body despite his size. He's very effective when he goes inside to create or score. He draws lots of fouls and plays with ferocius determination and winning mentality. Great upside at the point, above all at European leagues level, but needs to improve his outside shooting.

Hapoel Unet Holon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chanan Colman
Shlomi Harush
Tu Holloway
Corey Walden
Jabril Trawick
Tamir Blatt

Forwards:
Guy Pnini
Joe Alexander
Tashawn Thomas
Tom Sapir

Coach: Dan Shamir

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arturas Gudaitis (ex Lietuvos rytas) is a newcomer at EA7 Armani - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) added to their roster 24-year old Lithuanian international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-116kg-93). He played last season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 41 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg. Gudaitis helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Gudaitis also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.2ppg, 8.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.9bpg.
Two years ago Gudaitis was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Lithuanian Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Gudaitis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
Gudaitis also represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2spg, Blocks-3(1.4bpg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.3%.
Gudaitis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Zalgiris II Kaunas, Gargzdai Bremena and Klaipedos LCC TU.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising center, who is yet abole to spend time on the court at Euroleague level, grabbing rebounds, blocking the veteran opponents' shots and scoring. He seems very solid minded and has nice upside.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Benjamin Ortner
Vladimir Micov
Marco Cusin
Mantas Kalnietis
Andrea Cinciarini
Zoran Dragic
Dairis Bertans
Jordan Theodore
Andrew Goudelock
Amath M'Baye
Davide Pascolo
Cory Jefferson
Patric Young
Awudu Abass
Simone Fontecchio
Arturas Gudaitis
Lorenzo Bartoli
Andrea La Torre
Kaleb Tarczewski
Manuel Pastori
Simone Vecerina
Brane Ratkovica

Coach: Simone Pianigiani

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Umana Reyer Venezia clinch Trofeo Citta di Cittadella - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia - Pallacanestro Cantu 91:68

Umana Reyer Venezia claimed yet another preseason trophy. They outgunned Cantu to celebrate Trofeo Citta di Cittadella. Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) scored 28 points to lead the winners.
Venezia eked out a 23:21 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Venezia ensured a 53:35 halftime advantage. Umana Reyer built a 71:52 lead heading into the fourth frame. They did not slow down in the final quarter and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) delivered 19 points, while Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 15 points for the winners. Charles Thomas (203-F/C-86, college: Arkansas) answered with 19 points for Cantu. Giacomo Maspero (204-C/F-92) and Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) tossed 15 points each in the loss.



Xavier Munford (ex FC Barcelona) could agree terms with Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) target 25-year old American international guard Xavier Munford (188-82kg-92, college: Rhode Island) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Munford managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 6 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 2.0ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Munford also played 5 games in Euroleague where he had only 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was another team Greensboro Swarm in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-FIBA AmeriCup Honorable Mention.
Three years ago Munford was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (51st overall).
He attended Rhode Island University until 2014 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Munford's team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. He received also USBWA All-District I 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time. Munford was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Dominique Johnson
Tomas Kyzlink
Modestas Kumpys
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Mihajlo Jerkovic
Gediminas Orelik
Bruno Cerella
Michael Bramos
Edvinas Seskus

Centers:
Karolis Petrukonis
Paul Biligha

Coach: Walter De Raffaele

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Flexx Pistoia inks Gianluca Della Rosa - by Eurobasket News

The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) signed 21-year old guard Gianluca Della Rosa (185-72kg-96). The last season Della Rosa played at NPC Rieti. In 29 Serie A games he had just 2.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg.
He was named to U19 National Team in 2015.
Della Rosa has played previously for two other teams: Livorno DBosco and Bottegone.

The Flexx Pistoia roster for 2017-2018:

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

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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  JAPAN  


The Nuggets ink Josh Childress, ex San-en - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets (NBA) signed experienced 34-year old American ex-international swingman Josh Childress (203-95kg-83, college: Stanford). He played last season at San-en in Japanese B League. In 40 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and averaged 9.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2bpg. Childress helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League Central Division. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com Japanese B League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at another team Texas Legends where in 8 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
In 2004 Childress was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in first round (6th overall). The former Stanford University standoutis in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2010. Childress was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Import Player of the Year back in 2010. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2003.
Childress has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Kings), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards) and Greece (Olympiacos).
Childress could be described: Very gifted offensively .... Has great touch, scores the ball, can shoot it deep, puts it on the floor, and can play above the rim. Josh has the talent, the grades, the manners, the morals, the ethics. You really couldn't ask for more out of Josh. He's polite. Nothing gets to his head.
Strengths - Josh Childress is an extremely versatile wing player. He is a great rebounder because of his athleticism and incredible wingspan. A very smooth offensive player with good ball handling and shooting ability. He has good range and can shoot the three. He is also a good passer. A great athlete who is quick and explosive. Has the potential to become a great defender in the NBA because of his long arms and mobility.
Weaknesses - Needs to gain weight and get stronger. Is a twig at 6'8 yet barely 200 pounds. Must get stronger and tougher in order to compete with NBA players. His jumpshot is good but not great. Outside jumper could use some work. Might need to become more assertive and aggressive
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Denver Nuggets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jameer Nelson
Will Barton
Gary Harris
Monte Morris
Emmanuel Mudiay
Malik Beasley

Forwards:
Josh Childress
Paul Millsap
Wilson Chandler
Darrell Arthur
Kenneth Faried
Torrey Craig
Juancho Hernangomez
Trey Lyles
Jamal Murray
Tyler Lydon

Center:
Nikola Jokic

Coach: Michael Malone

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBallInsiders)

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Chiba Jets ink Gavin Edwards - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets (B League) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-104kg-88, college: Connecticut) from SeaHorses. Edwards has played there for the last four years. In 64 B League games in Japan he had 14.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg last season. Edwards helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League Honorable Mention.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Edwards won Japanese NBL championship title in 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese NBL Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
Edwards is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Edwards has played previously professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Korea (Anyang KGC), Malaysia (KL Dragons), Ukraine (Khimik) and D-League (Springfield A.).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Edwards could be described: A big man who runs the floor very well. In the post he is effective, relying mainly on hook shots with either hand. Edwards gets the job done with very good footwork and awareness in combination with a great sense of where to be without the ball, leading to a lot of open looks around the rim and good positioning when he catches entry passes. He shows good touch on his hook shots when he is able to create separation with his man, though he struggles with accuracy, sometimes significantly, when his shot is contested, something that is concerning in projecting to the next level. Edwards is an outstanding finisher in transition, due primarily to his very high level of coordination and body control, as he often catches the ball on the move and still makes the adjustment around the rim. He has also a good mid-range jumper, which allows him to become a threat face to the basket as well. Defensively in the post, Edwards does a very good job off the ball, manning up and denying strong position to his man.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MarkDeeksNBA)

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  KAZAKHSTAN  


Astana overcome Juventus in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Juventus Utena - BC Astana 79:83

BC Astana clinched a narrow win over Juventus in the friendly encounter in Lithuania. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up with impressive 35 points for the Kazakh champions.
BC Astana opened an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 14-point mark at halftime. Juventus picked up the tempo in the second half. They pulled within 9 points at the final break. The Utena team got closer in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Mindaugas Kupsas (217-C-91, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 20 points for Juventus. Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 12 points in the defeat.



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  KOSOVO  


Zenelaj is back at Bashkimi - by Eurobasket News

KB Bashkimi Prizren (SuperLeague) signed 26-year old international center Urim Zenelaj (213-135kg-91, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Prizren as he has played here before. Zenelaj played last season at Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague. In 16 games he had 5.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Honorable Mention. Zenelaj also played 4 games in Balkan League where he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.3rpg. The other team Zenelaj played that season for was Xhebrailat. In 13 SuperLeague games he was third best scorer with remarkable 21.3ppg and averaged 14.5rpg (leader !!!), 1.5apg and 1.6bpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zenelaj was voted Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. He has been regularly called to Kosovan Senior National Team since 2013.
Zenelaj has played previously professionally also in Italy (Vanoli Cremona).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ylli hire coach Denis Bajramovic - by Eurobasket News

Golden Eagle Ylli (SuperLeague) inked Croatian coach Denis Bajramovic. The last time (8-11) he worked at KK Zagreb in Croatian A1 league. Bajramovic has coached there for the last three years.
Among other achievements his team made it to the A1 League Semifinals for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Bajramovic was selected to Head Coach: Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Croatian League All National Team back in 2010.
Bajramovic has coached previously professionally also in Slovenia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


Jekabpils add Kanbergs to their roster - by Eurobasket News

BK Jekabpils (LBL) added to their roster 29-year old Latvian guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88). He played last season at BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits in Estonian Alexela KML. In 26 games he recorded 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kanbergs' team won Latvian League Regular Season in 2009 and 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.
Kanbergs represented Latvia at the 3x3 World Championships in Greece five years ago.
He has played previously for five other Latvia teams: Jelgava, Ventspils, Ventspils Augstskola, Variants and Saldus.

BK Jekabpils roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oskars Virsis
Kristaps Kanbergs
Edgars Stelmahers
Toms Upe

Forwards:
Renars Magone
Arturs Vitins

Center:
Jurijs Aleksejevs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Toms Upe is a newcomer at Jekabpils - by Eurobasket News

BK Jekabpils (LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old point guard Toms Upe (188-98). He has played for the last five seasons at VEF skola in the LBL2. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
Upe represented Latvia at the European Championships U16 in Latvia three years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.2ppg, 1.2rpg.

BK Jekabpils roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oskars Virsis
Edgars Stelmahers
Toms Upe

Forwards:
Renars Magone
Arturs Vitins

Center:
Jurijs Aleksejevs

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia enter semifinals, win shootout with Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Latvia 103:97

Slovenia continued their perfect run at 2017 EuroBasket. They beat Latvia in a high-scoring heated quarterfinal battle in Istanbul tonight. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) and Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) teamed up for 53 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia set the tone in the first period. They dropped impressive 34 points in the first ten minutes to take an 11-point lead. Latvia however responded in a same fashion. They matched the tempo scoring 32 points in the second period and ensuring a 55:51 halftime lead. Slovenia were back in control in the second half. Kokoskov's crew held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to take a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) carried Latvia within 2 points with under three minutes to go 89:91. Then he made it 92:93 with under two minutes remaining. But Muric sank two free throws and then Goran Dragic converted a layup to give Slovenia breathing room. Luka Doncic then sealed the deal from the stripe. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) accounted for 17 points in the victory. Kristaps Porzingis responded with game-high 34 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans (208-F-92) nailed 23 points in the defeat.

Slovenia: Luka Doncic 27, Goran Dragic 26, Klemen Prepelic 17
Latvia: Kristaps Porzingis 34, Davis Bertans 23



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  LEBANON  


Tristan Spurlock (ex Chongqing) joins Byblos !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Tristan Spurlock (203-104kg-91, college: Cent.Florida). He played last summer at Chongqing in Chinese NBL league. Spurlock managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In only one NBL game he recorded very impressive stats: 32 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. He also played that season for Rayos de Hermosillo in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 12 games he had also remarkable stats: 21.2ppg, 7.3rpg and 3.1apg.
Three years ago Spurlock was drafted by Canton Charge (D-League) in second round (29th overall).
He attended University of Central Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Spurlock has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Spurlock tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Quimsa), Hungary (Alba) and Puerto Rico (Leones and Santeros).

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Tristan Spurlock
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Byblos add Holsey to their roster, ex Kauhajoki !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Kammeon Holsey (203-104kg-90, college: Georgia Tech). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 34 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg. Holsey helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season he played at another team Drive in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 47 games he recorded 5.4ppg and 3.7rpg. Holsey contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
Three years ago he was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in third round (47th overall).
Holsey attended Georgia Tech until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in Colombia (Guerreros).
On Holsey: Power forward who has a thin, but strong build ... Has great length and athletic ability ... Quick jumper who can defend a wing player as well as his own position ... Runs the court effortlessly and has great stamina.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moutahed adds Wade to their roster, ex Guayama !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 32-year old American forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-103kg-85, college: San Diego State, agency: Interperformances). He played last summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. Wade managed to play in five leagues in five countries last year (!!!). In 7 BSN games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Ferrocarril in Argentinian LigaA where in four games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0apg. Wade also played that season for Malvin in Uruguayan LUB. In 8 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. The other team he played that season for was Toros in Mexican LNBP. In 8 games he got remarkable 19.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. Another team Wade played that season for was another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 15 games he got 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Wade was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in fifth round (12th overall).
The former San Diego State staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Argentinian Super 4 Cup final in 2016. Wade was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Wade has played also professionally in Greece, Israel, Philippines, Venezuela, Argentina (Obras Basket, Lanus and Sionista), Puerto Rico (Manati), Mexico (Abejas and Soles) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

Al Moutahed Tripoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ramel Curry
Jad Khalil
Travis Releford
Omar El_Ayoubi

Forwards:
Bachir Ammoury
Nikola Kuga
Lorrenzo Wade
Bilal Tabbara

Center:
Shevon Thompson

Coach: Alen Abaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arturas Gudaitis (ex Lietuvos rytas) is a newcomer at EA7 Armani - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) added to their roster 24-year old Lithuanian international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-116kg-93). He played last season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 41 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg. Gudaitis helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Gudaitis also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.2ppg, 8.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.9bpg.
Two years ago Gudaitis was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Lithuanian Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Gudaitis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
Gudaitis also represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2spg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.3%.
Gudaitis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Zalgiris II Kaunas, Gargzdai Bremena and Klaipedos LCC TU.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising center, who is yet abole to spend time on the court at Euroleague level, grabbing rebounds, blocking the veteran opponents' shots and scoring. He seems very solid minded and has nice upside.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Benjamin Ortner
Vladimir Micov
Marco Cusin
Mantas Kalnietis
Andrea Cinciarini
Zoran Dragic
Dairis Bertans
Jordan Theodore
Andrew Goudelock
Amath M'Baye
Davide Pascolo
Cory Jefferson
Patric Young
Awudu Abass
Simone Fontecchio
Arturas Gudaitis
Lorenzo Bartoli
Andrea La Torre
Kaleb Tarczewski
Manuel Pastori
Simone Vecerina
Brane Ratkovica

Coach: Simone Pianigiani

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Astana overcome Juventus in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Juventus Utena - BC Astana 79:83

BC Astana clinched a narrow win over Juventus in the friendly encounter in Lithuania. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up with impressive 35 points for the Kazakh champions.
BC Astana opened an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 14-point mark at halftime. Juventus picked up the tempo in the second half. They pulled within 9 points at the final break. The Utena team got closer in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Mindaugas Kupsas (217-C-91, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 20 points for Juventus. Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 12 points in the defeat.



Arturas Gudaitis (ex Lietuvos rytas) could sign at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) is about to tab 24-year old Lithuanian international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-116kg-93) who played last time at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in Lithuania. In 41 LKL games he averaged 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Gudaitis also played 9 games in Eurocup where he had 13.2ppg, 8.3rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.9bpg.
Two years ago Gudaitis was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (47th overall).
Among other achievements his team won Lithuanian Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Gudaitis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
Gudaitis also represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 11.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2spg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.3%.
Gudaitis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Nafta-Uni-Akvaservis Klaipeda, Zalgiris II Kaunas, Gargzdai Bremena and Klaipedos LCC TU.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A very promising center, who is yet abole to spend time on the court at Euroleague level, grabbing rebounds, blocking the veteran opponents' shots and scoring. He seems very solid minded and has nice upside.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano roster for 2017-2018:

Benjamin Ortner
Vladimir Micov
Marco Cusin
Mantas Kalnietis
Andrea Cinciarini
Zoran Dragic
Dairis Bertans
Jordan Theodore
Andrew Goudelock
Amath M'Baye
Davide Pascolo
Cory Jefferson
Patric Young
Awudu Abass
Simone Fontecchio
Lorenzo Bartoli
Andrea La Torre
Kaleb Tarczewski
Manuel Pastori
Simone Vecerina
Brane Ratkovica

Coach: Simone Pianigiani

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MONTENEGRO  


Rondovic is back at Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) signed 26-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Rondovic (207-91). It is actually his comeback to Tivat as he has played here before. Rondovic played last season at Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga). In 24 games he had 14.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5apg.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Rondovic spent at OKK Beograd in Serbian KLS where in 6 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg. Rondovic also spent pre-season at Tamis (KLS) in Serbian league that year. In 5 games he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4spg.
Rondovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg.
Rondovic has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Mornar Bar) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda, Crnokosa, Superfund BP and Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd U19 team).

KK Teodo Tivat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Djurisic
Filip Bakic

Forwards:
Igor Radonjic
Nikola Rondovic
Milos Popovic
Marko Andelic
Vladan Kaludjerovic
Pavle Danilovic

Center:
Milovan Savic

Coach: Miodrag Kadija

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBA  


Muhammad re-signs at the Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) confirmed in their roster 25-year old small forward Shabazz Muhammad (198-101kg-92, college: UCLA). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 78 NBA games he recorded 9.9ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
In 2013 Muhammad was drafted by Utah Jazz in first round (14th overall). He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Muhammad played in the final of Pac-12 Tournament in 2013. He was also voted All-Pac12 Co-Freshman of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Muhammad has played previously for Iowa Wolves.

Minnesota Timberwolves roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jamal Crawford
Jeff Teague
Jimmy Butler
Andrew Wiggins
Tyus Jones
Melo Trimble

Forwards:
Nemanja Bjelica
Taj Gibson
Karl-Anthony Towns
Shabazz Muhammad
Amile Jefferson
Marcus Georges-Hunt

Centers:
Cole Aldrich
Gorgui Dieng
Justin Patton

Coach: Tom Thibodeau

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Utah Jazz to land Nate Wolters, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) reportedly agreed terms with 26-year old point guard Nate Wolters (193-88kg-91, college: South Dakota State, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Wolters managed to play in three leagues last year. In 13 KLS games he had 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to win the league title. Wolters also played 27 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg. And finally he contributed to 25 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.3apg.
In 2013 Wolters was drafted by Washington Wizards in second round (38th overall). He attended South Dakota State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Wolters was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 3rd Team in 2017.
He has played also professionally in Turkey (Besiktas), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).

Utah Jazz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joe Johnson
Thabo Sefolosha
Ricky Rubio
Raul Neto
Alec Burks
Nate Wolters
Dante Exum
Donovan Mitchell

Forwards:
Joe Ingles
Jonas Jerebko
Ekpe Udoh
Derrick Favors
Rodney Hood
Royce O'Neale
Joel Bolomboy
Tony Bradley

Center:
Rudy Gobert

Coach: Quin Snyder

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Nuggets ink Josh Childress, ex San-en - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets (NBA) signed experienced 34-year old American ex-international swingman Josh Childress (203-95kg-83, college: Stanford). He played last season at San-en in Japanese B League. In 40 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and averaged 9.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2bpg. Childress helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League Central Division. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com Japanese B League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at another team Texas Legends where in 8 games he had 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
In 2004 Childress was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in first round (6th overall). The former Stanford University standoutis in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2010. Childress was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Import Player of the Year back in 2010. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2003.
Childress has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Kings), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards) and Greece (Olympiacos).
Childress could be described: Very gifted offensively .... Has great touch, scores the ball, can shoot it deep, puts it on the floor, and can play above the rim. Josh has the talent, the grades, the manners, the morals, the ethics. You really couldn't ask for more out of Josh. He's polite. Nothing gets to his head.
Strengths - Josh Childress is an extremely versatile wing player. He is a great rebounder because of his athleticism and incredible wingspan. A very smooth offensive player with good ball handling and shooting ability. He has good range and can shoot the three. He is also a good passer. A great athlete who is quick and explosive. Has the potential to become a great defender in the NBA because of his long arms and mobility.
Weaknesses - Needs to gain weight and get stronger. Is a twig at 6'8 yet barely 200 pounds. Must get stronger and tougher in order to compete with NBA players. His jumpshot is good but not great. Outside jumper could use some work. Might need to become more assertive and aggressive
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Denver Nuggets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jameer Nelson
Will Barton
Gary Harris
Monte Morris
Emmanuel Mudiay
Malik Beasley

Forwards:
Josh Childress
Paul Millsap
Wilson Chandler
Darrell Arthur
Kenneth Faried
Torrey Craig
Juancho Hernangomez
Trey Lyles
Jamal Murray
Tyler Lydon

Center:
Nikola Jokic

Coach: Michael Malone

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Stephon Marbury announces he's attempting an NBA comeback at the age of 40 - by Eurobasket News

A Starbury born again? Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury (6'2''-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) is looking to make an NBA comeback. The former Knick posted on social media Tuesday morning announcing his next move is to get back into the league. Marbury shared a video on Instagram confirming his desire to return to the NBA. "I'm making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought," Marbury's post read. The point guard has recently been playing in the Chinese Basketball League for the Beijing Ducks. His contract was terminated in April following a dispute over his role and salary with the team. His contract included an option for Marbury to be a part of the Ducks as either a player or assistant coach for the upcoming season, according to Sports Illustrated. Marbury didn't want to be a coach so he and the team decided to part from one another. Marbury averaged 21.4 points, 5.5 assists and four rebounds in 36 games. In July, Marbury announced he'd be joining the Beikong Fly Dragons. Marbury spent five seasons with the Knicks from 2004-2008 and was not well-liked in his time in New York. The 40-year-old was consistently a problem off the court, often feuding with coaches and the front office. There was also an incident where he ate Vaseline straight out of a jar. He also played for the Nets, Timberwolves, Suns and Celtics between 1996-2009. The last time he was in the NBA was 2009 when played in 23 games for the Celtics.
Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



Hunter is back at the Grizzlies, ex Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) signed 23-year old power forward Vince Hunter (203-93kg-94, college: UTEP). It is actually his comeback to the Grizzlies as he has played here before. Hunter played last season at Avtodor in Russian VTB league. In 17 VTB United League games he had 14.7ppg, 7.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg. Hunter also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg and 1.6bpg. Hunter also spent pre-season at the Grizzlies that year. He was also tried-out by the Bulls.
Hunter has never been drafted by the NBA.
He was voted NABC All-District 11 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Hunter has played also professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), other NBA teams (Sacramento Kings) and NBA G League (Reno Bighorns).
He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Memphis Grizzlies roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mario Chalmers
Mike Conley
Tyreke Evans
Troy Daniels
Ben McLemore
Rade Zagorac
Andrew Harrison
Jeremy Morgan
Wade Baldwin_IV
Kobi Simmons

Forwards:
Brandan Wright
Chandler Parsons
James Ennis
Wayne Selden
Jarell Martin
Vince Hunter
Dillon Brooks
Deyonta Davis

Center:
Marc Gasol

Coach: David Fizdale

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Tony Allen to sign with the Pelicans - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) are about to bolster their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old guard Tony Allen (193-97kg-82, college: Oklahoma State) from Memphis Grizzlies. Allen has played there for the last seven years. In 71 NBA games he recorded 9.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg last season. he got njured in Apr.'17 and was off for the rest of the season. Great year indeed as he was voted to NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team.
In 2004 Allen was drafted by Boston Celtics in first round (25th overall). He attended Oklahoma State and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Allen received NBA All-Defensive 1st Team award in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
He is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at N.Orleans P..

New Orleans Pelicans roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tony Allen
Rajon Rondo
Jrue Holiday
E'Twaun Moore
Jordan Crawford
Darius Miller
Ian Clark
Charles Cooke
Frank Jackson

Forwards:
Perry Jones_III
Solomon Hill
Jalen Jones

Centers:
Alexis Ajinca
Omer Asik
DeMarcus Cousins
Anthony Davis
Cheick Diallo

Coach: Alvin Gentry

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Spurs land Darrun Hilliard - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) tabbed 24-year old international guard Darrun Hilliard (198-98kg-93, college: Villanova). He played most recently at Detroit Pistons. In 38 NBA games he averaged 3.3ppg last season. Hilliard also played that season for another team Drive where in four games he had very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.5apg.
Two years ago he was drafted by the Pistons in second round (38th overall). The former Villanova University staris in his third season in pro basketball. Hilliard received also Latinbasket.com All-FIBA AmeriCup 1st Team award in 2017.
His college team won Big East Tournament in 2015. He was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
Let's have closer look into Hilliard's outlook: A quality athlete with an ability to move without the basketball ... Versatile enough to handle the basketball if needed ... Has range to 3-point territory with a smooth lefthanded stroke.

San Antonio Spurs roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Manu Ginobili
Tony Parker
Patrick Mills
Brandon Paul
Darrun Hilliard
Bryn Forbes
Derrick White
London Perrantes
Dejounte Murray

Forwards:
Rudy Gay
Joffrey Lauvergne
Davis Bertans
Kawhi Leonard
Jaron Blossomgame
Matt Costello
Danny Green
Kyle Anderson

Centers:
Pau Gasol
LaMarcus Aldridge

Coach: Gregg Popovich

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Tyler Zeller agreed terms with the Nets - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets inked 27-year old power forward Tyler Zeller (213-100kg-90, college: N.Carolina) from Boston Celtics. Zeller has played there for the last three years. In 62 NBA games he recorded 3.4ppg and 2.3rpg last season. Zeller helped them to win the Atlantic Division title.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Dallas Mavericks in first round (17th overall). Zeller attended University of North Carolina and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
He received NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2013.
Zeller has played previously for Cleveland Cavaliers.
His game is described as: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Runs the floor as well as any C prospect out there, and has a high level of speed for a guy his size … Offensively, Zeller demonstrates the ability to play well down low and already has a right-hand jump hook in his arsenal that he utilizes as a go-to move. When he faces strong big men down low, they can easily seal and establish position on him for pretty easy shots … He's also not the toughest guy down low, and struggles with defensive rebounding and physical play inside on both ends
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Brooklyn Nets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jeremy Lin
Billy Ouattara
Sean Kilpatrick
Allen Crabbe
Joe Harris
Isaiah Whitehead
Spencer Dinwiddie
Caris LeVert
Milton Doyle
Jeremy Senglin
D'Angelo Russell

Forwards:
DeMarre Carroll
Trevor Booker
Quincy Acy
Tyler Zeller
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Jacob Wiley
Jarrett Allen

Center:
Timofey Mozgov

Coach: Kenny Atkinson

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The Pelicans land Perry Jones III - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) tabbed 26-year old forward Perry Jones III (211-107kg-91, college: Baylor). He played most recently at Iowa Wolves, but left. In 24 NBA G League games he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg last season.
In 2012 Jones III was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder in first round (28th overall). The former Baylor University staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Jones III won NBA Northwest Division championship title for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He received also NABC Division I All-District 8 2nd Team award back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Jones III has played also professionally in Russia (Khimki), NBA (Boston Celtics) and other NBA G League teams (Oklahoma City Blue).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Excellent ball-handling skills, can go coast to coast, defensive rebound to transition layup ... Presents a serious mismatch on the perimeter against slower footed big men who lack the lateral quickness to stay in front. Frustratingly inconsistent, and can disappear throughout stretches of a game ... Skinny frame, not comfortable or strong enough defending the low post... Struggles to create easy shots for himself
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New Orleans Pelicans roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rajon Rondo
Jrue Holiday
E'Twaun Moore
Jordan Crawford
Darius Miller
Ian Clark
Charles Cooke
Frank Jackson

Forwards:
Perry Jones_III
Solomon Hill
Jalen Jones

Centers:
Alexis Ajinca
Omer Asik
DeMarcus Cousins
Anthony Davis
Cheick Diallo

Coach: Alvin Gentry

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LNB Round 2 of Finals. Toros even title series - by Eurobasket News

Toros - Bufalos 90-83

Toros topped Bufalos to even the Finals at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Toros forced 23 Bufalos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Thomas Vansdell (185-86) who scored 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Aramie Brooks (203-87, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Brooks is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) added 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Bufalos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Toros: T.Vansdell 24+9reb+4ast, A.Brooks 18+5reb+2ast, D.Toruno 15+4reb+5ast, M.Castrillo 10+4reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 8+8reb+4ast, R.Abraham 7+5reb+4ast
Bufalos: R.Brown 25+10reb, D.James 16+12reb+5ast, C.Gonzalez 14+5reb+9ast, H.Barberena 12+3reb, D.Olivas 10+3reb+1ast, J.Jaca 4+7reb+2ast
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Metropolitan League Round 10: San Jose loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Round 10 in Metropolitan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Asuncion where host Olimpia (7-2) edged league's leader San Jose (7-2) 76-74 on Monday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with San Jose and Sol de America. San Jose will play next round against Dep.Capiata trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olimpia will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Ciudad Nueva at home.
Bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-73 loss to sixth ranked Felix Perez (2-6) in Asuncion. Felix Perez maintains sixth position with 2-6 record. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Felix Perez will play against higher ranked Luqueno (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dep.Capiata will play against San Jose in Asuncion and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Sol de America (7-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciudad Nueva (1-7). Sol de America smashed Ciudad Nueva 93-44 on Monday. Sol de America have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with San Jose and Olimpia. Loser Ciudad Nueva keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Sol de America's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena Libertad.
The game in Luque supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Libertad (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Luqueno (4-6). Libertad smashed Luqueno 123-57. Libertad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-2 record. Luqueno at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Libertad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Sol de America.

Ciudad Nueva - Sol de America 44-93

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Sol de America (7-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciudad Nueva (1-7). Sol de America smashed Ciudad Nueva 93-44 on Monday. Sol de America have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with San Jose and Olimpia. Loser Ciudad Nueva keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Sol de America's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena Libertad.
gschID: 571206


Felix Perez - Dep.Capiata 84-73

Bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-73 loss to sixth ranked Felix Perez (2-6) in Asuncion. Felix Perez maintains sixth position with 2-6 record. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Felix Perez will play against higher ranked Luqueno (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dep.Capiata will play against San Jose in Asuncion and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 571207


Luqueno - Libertad 57-123

The game in Luque supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Libertad (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Luqueno (4-6). Libertad smashed Luqueno 123-57. Libertad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-2 record. Luqueno at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Libertad's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Sol de America.
gschID: 571204


Olimpia - San Jose 76-74

Round 10 in Metropolitan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Asuncion where host Olimpia (7-2) edged league's leader San Jose (7-2) 76-74 on Monday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with San Jose and Sol de America. San Jose will play next round against Dep.Capiata trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olimpia will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Ciudad Nueva at home.
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Isaiah Austin eyed by Gilas for naturalization - by Aris Ignacio

Former National Basketball Association (NBA) prospect Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) is being considered by Gilas Pilipinas (Philippine National Team) as its next naturalized player.

Austin, played college ball at Baylor, will be brought as an import for Gilas to boost the squad in its campaign in the upcoming FIBA-Asia Champions Cup which will be held at Chenzhou, China from September 22-30, 2017.

Gilas will be bannering the Chooks-to-go name in the tournament.

The 23-year-old former NBA draftee was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome in 2014 was a ceremonial pick by Commissioner Adam Silver, fulfilling Austin's dream of being drafted.

Just recently, Austin was cleared by doctors to play and resumed his professional basketball career with FMP in Serbia in 2016.

He just finished a stint in China playing for Guangxi Rhinos.

Austin will take the place of former NBA forward Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) for the tournament.

Blatche, who played for the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets in the NBA, was naturalized by the Philippines in 2014 and played for various FIBA sanctioned tournaments.

He will also be playing in the upcoming Champions Cup but will be representing his Chinese club Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

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



PBA Round 7: #1 B.Ginebra is defeated by SM Beermen - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in PBA.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked B.Ginebra (7-2) in Manila on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked SM Beermen (5-3) 107-103. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of B.Ginebra. It was a great evening for American forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St., agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Chris Ross (185-85, college: Marshall) helped adding 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Justin Brownlee (197-88, college: St.John's) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TNT Ka Tropa. B.Ginebra at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. SM Beermen is looking forward to face bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (#12) in Makati City in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.Ginebra's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Rain or Shine.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Meralco Bolts (6-2) against sixth ranked TNT Ka Tropa (5-3) on Wednesday night. Host Meralco Bolts were defeated by TNT Ka Tropa in a tough game in Manila 107-113. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Jayson Castro-William accounted for 27 points (made all of his eight free throws). American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) came up with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 24 rebounds and 4 assists for Meralco Bolts in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TNT Ka Tropa moved-up to fourth place, which they share with SM Beermen. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with NLEX RW. TNT Ka Tropa will play against league's second-placed NLEX RW in Makati City in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Meralco Bolts will play at home against Alaska Aces and hope to get back on the winning track.
PBA top team - B.Ginebra (7-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Blackwater (4-5) in Manila 98-81. Justin Brownlee fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Henry Walker produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Blackwater's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. B.Ginebra have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Loser Blackwater keeps the eighth position with five games lost. B.Ginebra's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Rain or Shine.
Bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (0-9) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Alaska Aces (3-6) 102-94. Worth to mention a great performance of Calvin Abueva who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Alaska Aces. They moved-up to ninth place. KIA Picanto lost their ninth game in a row. They still close the standings with nine games lost. Alaska Aces' next round opponent will be higher ranked Meralco Bolts (#3) in Manila and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KIA Picanto will play at home against SM Beermen (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7: Star Hotshots lost to Meralco Bolts on the opponent's court 90-96. Globalport unfortunately lost to Alaska Aces in a home game 88-101. SM Beermen managed to beat Rain or Shine on the road 103-96.

SM Beermen - B.Ginebra 107-103

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked B.Ginebra (7-2) in Manila on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked SM Beermen (5-3) 107-103. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of B.Ginebra. It was a great evening for American forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St., agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Chris Ross (185-85, college: Marshall) helped adding 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Justin Brownlee (197-88, college: St.John's) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks and point guard Lewis Tenorio (177-84) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TNT Ka Tropa. B.Ginebra at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. SM Beermen is looking forward to face bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (#12) in Makati City in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.Ginebra's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Rain or Shine.
Top scorers:
B.Ginebra: J.Aguilar 18+7reb, L.Tenorio 17+7reb+6ast, G.Slaughter 16+7reb+1ast, J.Devance 15+5reb+3ast, J.Brownlee 14+12reb+7ast, K.Ferrer 11+3reb+1ast
SM Beermen: T.Watson 28+17reb+4ast, A.Santos 23+2reb+1ast, C.Ross 20+4reb+5ast, A.Cabagnot 16+3reb+5ast, J.Mar Fajardo 10+15reb+2ast, M.Lassiter 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 558147


Alaska Aces - KIA Picanto 102-94

Bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (0-9) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Alaska Aces (3-6) 102-94. Alaska Aces dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to KIA Picanto's 32. They outrebounded KIA Picanto 54-41 including 19 on the offensive glass. Alaska Aces players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by KIA Picanto's players. 32 personal fouls committed by KIA Picanto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Calvin Abueva (190-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds. American forward LaDontae Henton (198-92, college: Providence) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American-Lebanese guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) answered with 39 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Philip Paniamogan (185) added 12 points and 4 steals in the effort for KIA Picanto. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Alaska Aces. They moved-up to ninth place. KIA Picanto lost their ninth game in a row. They still close the standings with nine games lost. Alaska Aces' next round opponent will be higher ranked Meralco Bolts (#3) in Manila and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KIA Picanto will play at home against SM Beermen (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KIA Picanto: G.Johnson 39+9reb+7ast, P.Paniamogan 12+2reb+2ast, M.Yee 11+4reb, N.Elorde 11+2reb, G.Khobuntin 10+4reb, J.Ballesteros 4+7reb
Alaska Aces: C.Abueva 26+15reb+3ast, J.Casio 20+1reb+7ast, L.Henton 20+13reb+7ast, C.Exciminiano 14+4reb+3ast, C.Banchero 11+5reb+4ast, J.Thoss 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 558148


Meralco Bolts - Star Hotshots 96-90

Rather expected game in Manila where 6th ranked Star Hotshots (4-3) were defeated by third ranked Meralco Bolts (6-2) 96-90. Meralco Bolts made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Meralco Bolts outrebounded Star Hotshots 53-39 including 39 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a very good performance for American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 27 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Chris Newsome (187, college: N.Mexico Highlands) contributed with 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Five Meralco Bolts players scored in double figures. American guard Malcolm Hill (198-95, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Jiovani Jalalon (175) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Star Hotshots. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Meralco Bolts moved-up to second place, which they share with NLEX RW. Star Hotshots lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Meralco Bolts' next round opponent will be Alaska Aces (#9) in Makati and are hoping to win another game. Star Hotshots will play at home against Globalport and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Star Hotshots: M.Hill 28+10reb+2ast, J.Jalalon 15+9reb+7ast, I.Paul Sangalang 11+3reb, P.Lee 9+3reb+3ast, A.Maliksi 7+2reb, J.Aldrech Ramos 7+1ast
Meralco Bolts: A.Durham 29+27reb+7ast, C.Newsome 17+4reb+7ast, C.Hodge 15+7reb+1ast, B.Amer 13+5reb+3ast, G.Lanete 11+2reb+4ast, C.Michael Tolomia 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558149


Globalport - Alaska Aces 88-101

There was a small surprise in Pasig where eleventh ranked Alaska Aces (3-6) defeated 9th ranked Globalport (2-5) 101-88. Alaska Aces made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Globalport turnovers and outrebounded them 57-43 including 23 on the offensive glass. Alaska Aces players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Globalport helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward LaDontae Henton (198-92, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Point guard Jayvee Casio (178-86) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American forward Sean Anthony (193-86) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Globalport. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Alaska Aces. They moved-up to ninth place. Globalport at the other side dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Alaska Aces' next round opponent will be higher ranked Meralco Bolts (#3) in Manila and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Globalport will play on the road against Star Hotshots (#7) in Pasig City and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Globalport: M.Holloway 25+9reb+1ast, S.Anthony 19+9reb+3ast, M.Cardona 12+2reb+2ast, B.Guinto 10+6reb+1ast, M.Cortez 9+5reb+1ast, T.Bill Romeo 5+4ast
Alaska Aces: L.Henton 36+21reb+4ast, C.Abueva 12+5reb+1ast, J.Casio 11+2reb+5ast, J.Thoss 10+2reb+1ast, S.Baclao 8+3reb, S.Enciso 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 558151


B.Ginebra - Blackwater 98-81

PBA top team - B.Ginebra (7-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Blackwater (4-5) in Manila 98-81. B.Ginebra dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Blackwater's 32. They outrebounded Blackwater 56-44 including a 46-33 advantage in defensive rebounds. B.Ginebra looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when B.Ginebra made 10 blocks. American forward Justin Brownlee (197-88, college: St.John's) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Center Greg Slaughter (216-88) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five B.Ginebra players scored in double figures. American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Shej-Roi Sumang (177-91) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Blackwater's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. B.Ginebra have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Loser Blackwater keeps the eighth position with five games lost. B.Ginebra's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Rain or Shine.
Top scorers:
Blackwater: H.Walker 26+17reb+4ast, S.Roi Sumang 12+2reb+5ast, M.Digregorio 12+4reb+2ast, J.Pinto 8+5reb+4ast, N.Canaleta 6+2reb+1ast, J.Paul Erram 6+3reb+1ast
B.Ginebra: G.Slaughter 22+8reb+2ast, J.Brownlee 17+13reb+6ast, L.Tenorio 16+3reb+5ast, J.Devance 15+8reb+4ast, J.Aguilar 10+6reb+2ast, K.Ferrer 7+2reb
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Meralco Bolts - TNT Ka Tropa 107-113

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Meralco Bolts (6-2) against sixth ranked TNT Ka Tropa (5-3) on Wednesday night. Host Meralco Bolts were defeated by TNT Ka Tropa in a tough game in Manila 107-113. Meralco Bolts were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Jayson Castro-William (180-86) accounted for 27 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side. Four TNT Ka Tropa players scored in double figures. American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) came up with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 24 rebounds and 4 assists and Baser Amer added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Meralco Bolts in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TNT Ka Tropa moved-up to fourth place, which they share with SM Beermen. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with NLEX RW. TNT Ka Tropa will play against league's second-placed NLEX RW in Makati City in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Meralco Bolts will play at home against Alaska Aces and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Meralco Bolts: A.Durham 39+24reb+4ast, B.Amer 21+5reb+4ast, C.Michael Tolomia 9+1reb, G.Lanete 9, J.Dillinger 8+1ast, R.Hugnatan 7+5reb+1ast
TNT Ka Tropa: G.Rice Jr. 32+11reb+3ast, J.Castro William 27+3reb+3ast, K.Williams 16+14reb, R.Ray Pogoy 11+2reb+1ast, J.Troy Rosario 7+8reb+1ast, R.deOcampo 6+3reb+1ast
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Rain or Shine - SM Beermen 96-103

There was a minor upset in Manila where 5th ranked Rain or Shine (4-2) was defeated by seventh ranked SM Beermen (5-3) 103-96. 26 personal fouls committed by Rain or Shine helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for center June-Mar Fajardo (210-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Chris Ross (185-85, college: Marshall) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American forward JNathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: SDJ Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Maverick Ahanmisi (188-91, college: Minnesota) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Rain or Shine. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TNT Ka Tropa. Rain or Shine at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. SM Beermen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (#12) in Makati City and are hoping to win another game. Rain or Shine will play against Phoenix (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rain or Shine: J.Bullock 22+13reb+7ast, M.Ahanmisi 12+6reb+4ast, M.Borboran 10+9reb+2ast, G.Norwood 10+5reb+3ast, E.Daquioag 8+1reb, J.Yap 8+1ast
SM Beermen: C.Ross 27+3reb+3ast, M.Lassiter 22+2reb+3ast, A.Santos 18+6reb, J.Mar Fajardo 17+14reb+2ast, A.Cabagnot 8+4reb+3ast, M.Allen Ganuelas-Rosser 5+5reb
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Durham number one in Philippines for round 7 - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Meralco Bolts, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 24 rebounds, while his team Meralco Bolts maintains the 3rd position in Filipino PBA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Meralco Bolts will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Durham had a remarkable 52.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Meralco Bolts' top player in his first season with the team. Former Grace Bible College star has very solid stats this year. Durham is in league's top in points (6th best: 27.9ppg) and assists (2nd best: 6.8apg). Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Terrence Watson (200-F-87, agency: Octagon Europe) of SM Beermen. Watson had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for SM Beermen to edge the higher-ranked B.Ginebra (#1, 7-2) 107-103. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. SM Beermen consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Watson is a newcomer at SM Beermen, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward LaDontae Henton (198-F-92) of Alaska Aces (#9). Henton got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for twenty one rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Alaska Aces, leading his team to a 101-88 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Globalport (#10, 2-5). The chances of Alaska Aces not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Henton could try to bring Alaska Aces' a little bit higher in the standings. Henton has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.6ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) of Alaska Aces - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Rain or Shine - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Malcolm Hill (198-G-95) of Star Hotshots - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of Blackwater - 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of TNT Ka Tropa - 32 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Greg Slaughter (216-C-88) of B.Ginebra - 22 points, 8 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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Moutahed adds Wade to their roster, ex Guayama !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 32-year old American forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-103kg-85, college: San Diego State, agency: Interperformances). He played last summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. Wade managed to play in five leagues in five countries last year (!!!). In 7 BSN games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Ferrocarril in Argentinian LigaA where in four games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0apg. Wade also played that season for Malvin in Uruguayan LUB. In 8 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. The other team he played that season for was Toros in Mexican LNBP. In 8 games he got remarkable 19.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. Another team Wade played that season for was another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 15 games he got 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Wade was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in fifth round (12th overall).
The former San Diego State staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Argentinian Super 4 Cup final in 2016. Wade was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Wade has played also professionally in Greece, Israel, Philippines, Venezuela, Argentina (Obras Basket, Lanus and Sionista), Puerto Rico (Manati), Mexico (Abejas and Soles) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

Al Moutahed Tripoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ramel Curry
Jad Khalil
Travis Releford
Omar El_Ayoubi

Forwards:
Bachir Ammoury
Nikola Kuga
Lorrenzo Wade
Bilal Tabbara

Center:
Shevon Thompson

Coach: Alen Abaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Holon welcomes back Holloway, ex Quebradillas - by Eurobasket

Hapoel Unet Holon (Winner League) inked 28-year old American guard Tu Holloway (182-86kg-89, college: Xavier). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Holon as he spend the summer in Puerto Rico playing at Piratas de Quebradillas in BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 21 BSN games he was third best scorer with impressive 20.0ppg and recorded 3.3rpg, 8.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.3spg (in top 5). Holloway helped them to win the league title (twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team.
The most of last season he spent at Hapoel Holon where in 19 Winner League games he averaged remarkable 16.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg. Holloway contributed to his team winning the regular season. He also played that season for Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A. In 17 games he had high stats: 15.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg.
Holloway has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He received All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Holloway 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). Holloway has played previously professionally in Belgium, Mexico (Halcones Rojos), Turkey, Venezuela (Guaros and Caciques), NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).
He attended Xavier University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Holloway's game is described as: A tiny PG who is extremely quick and has a strong body despite his size. He's very effective when he goes inside to create or score. He draws lots of fouls and plays with ferocius determination and winning mentality. Great upside at the point, above all at European leagues level, but needs to improve his outside shooting.

Hapoel Unet Holon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chanan Colman
Shlomi Harush
Tu Holloway
Corey Walden
Jabril Trawick
Tamir Blatt

Forwards:
Guy Pnini
Joe Alexander
Tashawn Thomas
Tom Sapir

Coach: Dan Shamir

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Borac lands Tyrone Johnson, ex Al Shamal - by Eurobasket News

KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (KLS) tabbed 25-year old American guard Tyrone Johnson (190-88kg-92, college: S.Carolina). He played most recently at Al Shamal in Qatari D1 league, but left. In three games he averaged impressive 18.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 23 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg.
He has played also professionally in PBL (Grand Rapids C.).
Johnson attended University of South Carolina until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

KK Borac Mozzart Cacak roster for 2017-2018:

Marko Marinovic
Djordje Micic
Nemanja Todorovic
Nikola Pesakovic
Predrag Prlja
Tyrone Johnson
Matija Popovic
Ivan Gavrilovic
Uros Carapic
Stojadinovic
Curcic

Coach: Rasko Bojic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nick Russell (ex Apollon Patras) agreed terms with Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Nick Russell (193-95kg-91, college: SMU). He played most recently at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league, but left the team in Feb.'17. In 15 games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Russell played at Walter Tigers in German BBL where in 26 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg.
He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Etha).
Russell attended Southern Methodist University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

BCM U Pitesti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Kostoski
Porter Troupe
Nick Russell

Forwards:
Andriy Agafonov
Matti Nuutinen

Center:
Laszlo Lazar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hunter is back at the Grizzlies, ex Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) signed 23-year old power forward Vince Hunter (203-93kg-94, college: UTEP). It is actually his comeback to the Grizzlies as he has played here before. Hunter played last season at Avtodor in Russian VTB league. In 17 VTB United League games he had 14.7ppg, 7.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg. Hunter also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 14.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg and 1.6bpg. Hunter also spent pre-season at the Grizzlies that year. He was also tried-out by the Bulls.
Hunter has never been drafted by the NBA.
He was voted NABC All-District 11 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Hunter has played also professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), other NBA teams (Sacramento Kings) and NBA G League (Reno Bighorns).
He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Memphis Grizzlies roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mario Chalmers
Mike Conley
Tyreke Evans
Troy Daniels
Ben McLemore
Rade Zagorac
Andrew Harrison
Jeremy Morgan
Wade Baldwin_IV
Kobi Simmons

Forwards:
Brandan Wright
Chandler Parsons
James Ennis
Wayne Selden
Jarell Martin
Vince Hunter
Dillon Brooks
Deyonta Davis

Center:
Marc Gasol

Coach: David Fizdale

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lokomotiv Kuban enter Bemax Cup final, Nizhny Novgorod beat Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban entered Bemax Cup final as they overcame Partizan NIS 97-75. The Russian side took an early 28-20 lead and posted all the wins in the rest of the quarters. Joe Ragland (182-PG-89, college: Wichita St.) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) had 16. Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) posted 12, whilst Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) added 11.
Nizhny Novgorod edged Olimpija 83-66. Both teams nailed 21 points in the first period, while the Russian team grabbed a 9-point lead after a 20-11 surge in the second frame.
Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 20 points and Aleksandr Zakharov (203-SF-93) netted 17. Maxim Kolyushkin (192-G-90) produced 12, whilst Gubanov had 9. For Olimpija the top scorers were Gregor Hrovat (196-SF-94) and Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) as each of them contributed 13 points.



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National League Round 2: Glasgow Storm lose to Sony Centre Fury - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Glasgow Storm (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Sony Centre Fury (2-0) 84-65. Sony Centre Fury are looking forward to face Dunfermline Reign (#4) at home in the next round. Glasgow Storm will play against Boroughmuir (#2) in Edinburgh and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
An interesting game took place in where Edinburgh U. (0-2) was upset on the court of Pleasance (1-1) 76-71. Pleasance will play against Glasgow (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Edinburgh U.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Edinburgh Kings.

In the last game of round 2 Edinburgh K. won against Stirling K. on the opponent's court 70-57.

Pleasance - Edinburgh U. 76-71

An interesting game took place in where Edinburgh U. (0-2) was upset on the court of Pleasance (1-1) 76-71. Pleasance will play against Glasgow (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Edinburgh U.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Edinburgh Kings.
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Glasgow Storm - Sony Centre F. 65-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Glasgow Storm (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Sony Centre Fury (2-0) 84-65. Sony Centre Fury are looking forward to face Dunfermline Reign (#4) at home in the next round. Glasgow Storm will play against Boroughmuir (#2) in Edinburgh and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
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Stirling K. - Edinburgh K. 57-70

There was a minor upset when Stirling K. (1-1) was defeated at home by Edinburgh Kings (1-1) 70-57. Edinburgh Kings' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Edinburgh to the arena Edinburgh U..
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  SERBIA  


Crvena Zvezda rout Steaua, Mega reach the Final in Bemax Cup - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda overcame Steaua 100-70 in a preseason campaign. The Serbian powerhouse trailed 22-25 after the first 10 minutes of the game, but took a full control of the court in the rest of the game. They produced a 26-13 surge in the second period and closed the game with a massive 31-13 burst. James Feldeine (193-SG-88, college: Quinnipiac) was the top scorer with 24 points, while Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) added 19. Lesor scored 14, while Stefan Jankovic (211-F/C-93, college: Hawaii) poured in 11.
Mega Bemax beat Telenet Giants of Antwerp with the score of 85-83.Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91, college: Oregon) stepped up wth 27 points and Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 14. Clark poured in 21 in a loss and Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) scored 16.



Sora adds Jancic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

NB Sora 2000 (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 20-year old naturalized Serbian guard Danilo Jancic (195-97). He played last season at Il Globo Basket Isernia in the Serie B. Serie B was a little too high level for him, where in three games he did not score anything. Serie C Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Jancic has played previously professionally also in Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Knjazevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Borac lands Tyrone Johnson, ex Al Shamal - by Eurobasket News

KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (KLS) tabbed 25-year old American guard Tyrone Johnson (190-88kg-92, college: S.Carolina). He played most recently at Al Shamal in Qatari D1 league, but left. In three games he averaged impressive 18.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 23 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg.
He has played also professionally in PBL (Grand Rapids C.).
Johnson attended University of South Carolina until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

KK Borac Mozzart Cacak roster for 2017-2018:

Marko Marinovic
Djordje Micic
Nemanja Todorovic
Nikola Pesakovic
Predrag Prlja
Tyrone Johnson
Matija Popovic
Ivan Gavrilovic
Uros Carapic
Stojadinovic
Curcic

Coach: Rasko Bojic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djordje Simeunovic joins Vrsac - by Eurobasket News

KK Vrsac Swisslion (KLS) added to their roster 22-year old forward Djordje Simeunovic (200-95, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two seasons at Mega Bemax in Serbian KLS league. Simeunovic's team made it to the Radivoj Korac ( Cup) Semifinals.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U16 in Czech Republic six years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3spg.
Simeunovic has played previously for Smederevo.

KK Vrsac Swisslion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Savovic
Dusan Kutlesic
Mirko Djeric

Forwards:
Djordje Simeunovic
Milos Glisic
Marko Uzelac
Nikola Kocovic
Danilo Ostojic
Stefan Mitrovic
Milan Munizaba
Vuk Dordevic

Center:
Djoko Salic

Coach: Vladimir Djokic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Utah Jazz to land Nate Wolters, ex Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) reportedly agreed terms with 26-year old point guard Nate Wolters (193-88kg-91, college: South Dakota State, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS league. Wolters managed to play in three leagues last year. In 13 KLS games he had 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to win the league title. Wolters also played 27 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg. And finally he contributed to 25 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.3apg.
In 2013 Wolters was drafted by Washington Wizards in second round (38th overall). He attended South Dakota State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Wolters was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 3rd Team in 2017.
He has played also professionally in Turkey (Besiktas), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks) and NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive).

Utah Jazz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joe Johnson
Thabo Sefolosha
Ricky Rubio
Raul Neto
Alec Burks
Nate Wolters
Dante Exum
Donovan Mitchell

Forwards:
Joe Ingles
Jonas Jerebko
Ekpe Udoh
Derrick Favors
Rodney Hood
Royce O'Neale
Joel Bolomboy
Tony Bradley

Center:
Rudy Gobert

Coach: Quin Snyder

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rondovic is back at Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) signed 26-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Rondovic (207-91). It is actually his comeback to Tivat as he has played here before. Rondovic played last season at Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga). In 24 games he had 14.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5apg.
Part of previous (2015-16) season Rondovic spent at OKK Beograd in Serbian KLS where in 6 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg. Rondovic also spent pre-season at Tamis (KLS) in Serbian league that year. In 5 games he averaged 4.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4spg.
Rondovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg.
Rondovic has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Mornar Bar) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda, Crnokosa, Superfund BP and Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd U19 team).

KK Teodo Tivat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Djurisic
Filip Bakic

Forwards:
Igor Radonjic
Nikola Rondovic
Milos Popovic
Marko Andelic
Vladan Kaludjerovic
Pavle Danilovic

Center:
Milovan Savic

Coach: Miodrag Kadija

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia enter semifinals, win shootout with Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Latvia 103:97

Slovenia continued their perfect run at 2017 EuroBasket. They beat Latvia in a high-scoring heated quarterfinal battle in Istanbul tonight. Luka Doncic (201-G-99) and Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) teamed up for 53 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia set the tone in the first period. They dropped impressive 34 points in the first ten minutes to take an 11-point lead. Latvia however responded in a same fashion. They matched the tempo scoring 32 points in the second period and ensuring a 55:51 halftime lead. Slovenia were back in control in the second half. Kokoskov's crew held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to take a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) carried Latvia within 2 points with under three minutes to go 89:91. Then he made it 92:93 with under two minutes remaining. But Muric sank two free throws and then Goran Dragic converted a layup to give Slovenia breathing room. Luka Doncic then sealed the deal from the stripe. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) accounted for 17 points in the victory. Kristaps Porzingis responded with game-high 34 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans (208-F-92) nailed 23 points in the defeat.

Slovenia: Luka Doncic 27, Goran Dragic 26, Klemen Prepelic 17
Latvia: Kristaps Porzingis 34, Davis Bertans 23



Petrol Olimpija top Karsiyaka in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Petrol Olimpija - Karsiyaka 91:86

Petrol Olimpija earned a narrow win over Karsiyaka in the test game. Devin Oliver (204-PF-92, college: Dayton) scored 23 points to lead the winning side.
Petrol Olimpija sank 26 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Karsiyaka erased the gap in the second term. The Turkish side levelled things up at 39 heading into the locker room. Petrol Olimpija poured in 27 points in the third quarter to eke out a 2-point lead. They added 25 points in the fourth stanza to get away with the win. Gregor Hrovat (196-SF-94) posted 20 points, while Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) added 17 points for the winners. Jarrod Jones (207-F/C-90, college: Ball St.) answered with 28 points for Karsiyaka. Scott Wood (198-SF-90, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) delivered 22 points in the loss.



Mensud Julevic (ex Terme Olimia) agreed terms with Raiders - by Eurobasket News

Villach Raiders (2.Bundesliga) inked 32-year old Slovenian-Montenegrin power forward Mensud Julevic (200-85). He played most recently at Terme Olimia in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In 32 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg last season.
Among other achievements Julevic's team made it to the Slovenian Cup final in 2016. He was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2016.
Julevic was a member of Slovenian U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has played also professionally for other Slovenian teams like Triglav, LTH Castings, Elektra, KK Primorska and Grosuplje.
Julevic's game is described as: An interesting project. He is equipped with a very strong frame and plays with great intensity and passion. A fierce competitor. Has already some nice moves around the basket and can also hit from midrange.

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Oviedo adds Fernandez to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (LEB Gold) added to their roster 22-year old shooting guard Arturo Fernandez (193-95). He has played for the last two seasons at CBA Gran Canaria B in Spanish EBA league. In 30 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg last season. Fernandez also played that season for Gran Canaria (also in EBA) where in 30 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg.

Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Francisco Cardenas
Fabio Santana
Davis Geks
Arturo Fernandez

Forwards:
Drew Maynard
Mouhamed Barro
Judicael Belemene
Victor Perez
Tadas Rinkunas

Centers:
Oliver Arteaga
Kenan Karahodzic

Coach: Carles Marco

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San Lorenzo nip Real Madrid in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - San Lorenzo 81:84

San Lorenzo de Almagro took on Real Madrid in the exhibition clash in Arganda del Rey. Dar Tucker (193-SG-88, college: De Paul) stepped up with 25 points to lead the Argentinean team to the victory.
San Lorenzo dropped 26 points in the opening quarter to secure a 6-point lead. Real Madrid denied the deficit in the second stanza. The Spanish side accumulated a 42:41 halftime lead. Real went on a 26:18 rally in the third term to secure a 9-point lead. But San Lorenzo managed to bounce back. They used a 25:13 run in the fourth quarter to secure the winning outcome. Carlos Matias Sandes (201-F-84) notched 14 points in the victory. Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) answered with 12 points for Real Madrid. Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85) tossed in 11 points in the loss.



Gran Canaria prevail against ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria - ALBA Berlin 85:73

Gran Canaria defeated ALBA Berlin in the exhibition clash in Puertollano. Albert Oliver (187-PG-78), Marcus Eriksson (201-G/F-93) and Anzejs Pasecniks (218-C-95, college: VEF skola) netted 13 points each for the winners.
ALBA Berlin posted a 26:21 lead after the opening quarter. Gran Canaria narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 4 points at halftime 37:41. Gran Canaria unloaded 29 points in the third quarter to open a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Gran Canaria held ALBA to just 16 points in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Bennet Hundt (181-PG-98) chipped in 13 points for ALBA. Dennis Clifford (216-C-92, college: Boston Coll.) had 12 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Albert Oliver 13, Marcus Eriksson 13, Anzejs Pasecniks 13
ALBA Berlin: Bennet Hundt 13, Dennis Clifford 12



Wintering's pro career starts at Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri landed 22-year old American point guard Alec Wintering (183-75kg-95). He just graduated from Portland (NCAA). Wintering has played there for the last four years. In 18 games he averaged impressive 19.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.6apg and 2.0spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-WCC Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Wintering is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Wintering received also All-WCC 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.

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Xavier Munford (ex FC Barcelona) could agree terms with Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) target 25-year old American international guard Xavier Munford (188-82kg-92, college: Rhode Island) who played last time at FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain. Munford managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 6 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 2.0ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Munford also played 5 games in Euroleague where he had only 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was another team Greensboro Swarm in U.S. NBA-G-League. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-FIBA AmeriCup Honorable Mention.
Three years ago Munford was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (51st overall).
He attended Rhode Island University until 2014 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Munford's team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. He received also USBWA All-District I 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time. Munford was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (Northern Arizona Suns).

Umana Reyer Venezia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marquez Haynes
Andrea De_Nicolao
Dominique Johnson
Tomas Kyzlink
Modestas Kumpys
Riccardo Bolpin

Forwards:
Tomas Ress
Hrvoje Peric
Mitchell Watt
Mihajlo Jerkovic
Gediminas Orelik
Bruno Cerella
Michael Bramos
Edvinas Seskus

Centers:
Karolis Petrukonis
Paul Biligha

Coach: Walter De Raffaele

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Estudiantes overcome Baskonia in Logrono - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes - Baskonia 91:85

Estudiantes prevailed against Baskonia in preseason action in Logrono. Alec Brown (216-C-92, college: Green Bay) and Victor Arteaga (212-C-92) scored 17 points each for the winners.
Baskonia led by a single point ten minutes into the game 22:21. They stretched the gap at 3-point mark at the interval 43:40. Estudiantes used a 25:19 run in the third term to gain a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Estudiantes used a 26:23 rally in the final quarter to race to the victory. Edgar Vicedo (203-F-94) notched 14 points for the winners. Jordan McRae (197-G/F-91, college: Tennessee) answered with 13 points for Baskonia. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) had 12 points in the defeat.



Quart inks Xavier Montalat - by Eurobasket News

CB Quart-Germans Cruz (EBA) signed 25-year old center Xavier Montalat (202-92) from Multiopticas CB Salt. Montalat has played there for the last four years. In 25 EBA games he had 5.8ppg and 6.3rpg last season.

CB Quart-Germans Cruz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marti Serra
Eric Jimenez
Pau Vila

Forwards:
Eduard Camos
Moises Martorell

Center:
Xavier Montalat

Coach: Carles Ribot

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AEC Collblanc tabs Marc Pages - by Eurobasket News

Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (EBA) inked 22-year old point guard Marc Pages (178-95) from BBA Castelldefels. In 23 EBA games he recorded 9.3ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Pages played at JAC Sants where in 28 EBA games he averaged 14.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
He represented Spain at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.

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2017 EuroBasket: Spain outlast Germany, enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Germany 84:72

Spain advanced into the semifinal stage at 2017 EuroBasket. They saw off Germany in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Marc Gasol (216-C-85) scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winning side.
Germany got to a perfect start. They posted an 11:2 lead early in the game. Germany arrived at the first break up by 3 points 19:16. Spain surged ahead in the second term. They established a 34:33 halftime lead. Marc Gasol unloaded 16 points in the third quarter to help Spain open a 12-point lead heading into the final term. Spain kept Germany at safe distance throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) produced 19 points, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) added 11 points and 7 assists for Spain. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) replied with 27 points and 8 assists for Germany. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Spain: Marc Gasol 28+10 boards, Pau Gasol 19, Sergio Rodriguez 11
Germany: Dennis Schroeder 27, Daniel Theis 15



Castelldefels add Gonzalvez to their roster - by Eurobasket News

BBA Castelldefels (EBA) added to their roster 24-year old swingman Gerard Gonzalvez (191-93) from CB Sitges. In 22 EBA games he recorded 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg last season.

BBA Castelldefels roster for 2017-2018:

Jordi Boronat
Cristian Oliva
Jaume Torres
David Haro
Antonio Carrasco
Albert Olmedo
Aitor Gomez
Alex Blanco
Andreu Sese
Gerard Gonzalvez
Jaume Zanca

Coach: Alex Artigot

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Castelldefels welcome back Blanco - by Eurobasket News

BBA Castelldefels (EBA) landed 23-year old power forward Alex Blanco (200-94). It is actually his comeback to Castelldefels as he has played here before. Blanco played most recently at B.C. Martorell Solvay in EBA. He helped his team get promotion to LEB Silver.
The previous (15-16) season Blanco played at BBA Castelldefels where in 25 EBA games he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.9rpg.
Blanco has played previously for L'Hospitalet.

BBA Castelldefels roster for 2017-2018:

Jordi Boronat
Cristian Oliva
Jaume Torres
David Haro
Antonio Carrasco
Albert Olmedo
Aitor Gomez
Alex Blanco
Andreu Sese
Jaume Zanca

Coach: Alex Artigot

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AEC Collblanc lands Gerard Galbete - by Eurobasket News

Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (EBA) landed 29-year old center Gerard Galbete (204-88) from Castellbisbal. In 23 EBA games he averaged 12.2ppg and 6.5rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Galbete played at JAC Sants where in 28 EBA games he had 5.9ppg and 3.1rpg.
He is a very experienced player.

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AEC Collblanc adds Alvarez to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (EBA) added to their roster 22-year old point guard Bernat Alvarez (176-95) from CB Cornella. Alvarez has played there for the last three years. In 26 EBA games he recorded 13.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg last season.
He has played previously for two other teams: Girona FC and Girona Basquet.

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Daniel Tugores signs at Tarragona - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Tarragona (EBA) landed 22-year old shooting guard Daniel Tugores (185-95) from DKV San Fernando de Henares. In 20 EBA games he averaged 12.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg last season.
Tugores has played previously for Palma.

C.B. Tarragona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
David Fernandez
Adria Duch
Daniel Tugores
Daniel Fernandez

Forwards:
Mihajlo Zvonar
Michael Balkovic
David Shepard

Centers:
David Mesa
Guido Villamil

Coach: Bernardo Alvarez

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Girona Basquet lands David Cuellar - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer Basquet Girona tabbed 20-year old shooting guard David Cuellar (192-97) from Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada. Cuellar has played there for the last three years. In 18 EBA games he averaged 9.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg last season.
He has played previously for CB Pardinyes-Lleida.

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Buesa re-signs at Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) confirmed in their roster 29-year old power forward Martin Buesa (204-88). He has played there for the last five seasons. In 30 LEB Gold games he recorded 4.8ppg and 2.4rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Buesa won Spanish LEB Silver Play-Off championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Buesa has played previously for three other teams: Baskonia, Fundacion 5+11 and Alava.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid inside player, with yet some interesting offesive moves and fakes; good rebounder, he's improving his game face to the basket and his shooting range;.

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Lucas Hausman signs at Marbella - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer CB Marbella la Canada landed 24-year old American guard Lucas Hausman (190-79kg-93, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) from Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres. In 22 EBA games in Spain he averaged 14.0ppg and 2.7rpg last season.
Among other achievements Hausman's team was regular season runner-up in NESCAC in 2015. He received also Division III New England All-ECAC 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Hausman graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

CB Marbella la Canada roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Lucas Hausman
Fernando Ferruz

Forwards:
Pape Sow
Alejandro Romero
Juan_Pedro Jimenez

Centers:
Ricardo Guillen
Evan Maxwell

Coach: Francis Tome

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Lugano Tigers keep Carey for another season - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers (LNA) re-signed 26-year old American guard Tristan Carey (193-84kg-91, college: Longwood). He was a team leader there last season. In 33 LNA games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg. Carey helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL where in 34 games he had 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4spg. Carey contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Carey also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2spg.
Three years ago Carey was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in second round (32nd overall).
He attended Longwood College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Carey has played also professionally in Hungary (Marso Nyiregyhazi KK).

Lugano Tigers roster for 2017-2018:

Westher Molteni
Antonio Ballard
Florian Steinmann
James Padgett
Dominique Rambo
Tristan Carey
Fernando Mussongo
Dusko Lukic
Isaiah Williams
Christian Bianchi
Brian Piantini

Coach: Thibaut Petit

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Pre-season game: 8/9/10 september - by Luca Maffioli

Lions de Geneve - Riviera Lakers 74:60
Geneve: PYTHOUD Lucas (0), KUBA Brandon (0), GRAVET Paul (9), Lester Medford (20), COTTURE Arnaud (8), KUEBLER Eliott (3), KOVAC Roberto (6), MLADJAN Marko (13), GRUENINGER Randon (0), ELLIOTT Dominique (10), ADDISON Marquis (5)
Riviera: LOUISSAINT Gardner (4), BONGA Cedric (0), LOUISSAINT Steeve (10), PESSOA Pedro (0), ZIVANOVIC Stefan (3), RAJIC Milos (0), Eric Katenda (16), N'DIAYE Ismael (3), KASSE Mansour (12), RAVENEL Lucas (5), LOUISSAINT Axel (7)

Pully Basket - Lions de Geneve 72:68

Pully: WAELTI Julien (1), POLI Victor (3), BUGNON Thomas (0), ASASE Mawuli-Kplim (1), PETIGNAT Thomas (3), WADE Jonathan (5), Shaquille Cleare (18), BROWN Tony (16), DE LATTIBEAUDIERE Tyran (25), WILKINSON Travis (0)
Geneve: PYTHOUD Lucas (1), KUBA Brandon (0), GRAVET Paul (4), Lester Medford (17), COTTURE Arnaud (11), KUEBLER Eliott (0), KOVAC Roberto (11), MLADJAN Marko (7), GRUENINGER Randon (3), ELLIOTT Dominique (4), ADDISON Marquis (10)

Swiss Central Basket Luzern - 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno 72:79
Swiss Central: MORANDI Sebastiano (3), ZENKA Genti (0), BIRBOUTSAKIS Alexios (2), TOMIC Branko (6), Martynas Kairavicius (15), MANDIC Luka (1), THOMPSON Eric (19), CHATMAN Austin (26)
SAM Massagno: ISHIODU Peter (5), Alexander Martino (13), BRACELLI Andrea (6), MAGNANI Marco (12), MOORE Keon (8), HUETTENMOSER Oliver (4), ANDJELKOVIC Daniel (10), APPAVOU Fabio (3), JANKOVIC Milos (10), ROBERSON Justin (8)

Raiffeisen Dornbirn Lions - BC Winterthur 87:82
Winterthur: Jona Hoffmann (15), MIAVIVULULU Jeyvi (9), WELSH Alex (18), HENRICI Cristian (0), PRICE Ricky (15), MADIAMBA Kevin (7), HULLIGER Nicolas (3), STEVANOVIC Nikola (0), MARCHAND Leonard (3), DOWNEY Sam (12)

Riviera Lakers - BBC Monthey 75:78
Riviera: BONGA Cedric (4), RAJIC Milos (0), PESSOA Pedro (0), N'DIAYE Ismael (7), LOUISSAINT Axel (10), LOUISSAINT Gardner (0), ZIVANOVIC Stefan (7), RAVENEL Lucas (2), LOUISSAINT Steeve (15), Eric Katenda (17), KASSE Mansour (13)
Monthey: Markel Humphrey (24), MAZA Rodrigue (6), BLASER Kevin (2), SOLIOZ Dan (2), GRANVORKA Yoan (4), DUBAS Jonathan (11), HENRY Terrance (18), KAZADI Jonathan (9), KASHAMA Bijanu (2)

Gries/Oberhoffen BC - BC Boncourt Red Team 81:72
Boncourt: KOZIC Juraj (7), BROWN Brandon (21), DARAMOLA Michael (0), M'PUTU Djo Berthi (0), KESSLER Marlon (3), SEYLAN Marc (3), DANYS Raimundas (5), SAVON Amir (2), Amir Williams (31)

Starwings Basket Regio Basel - Union Neuchatel Basket 64:89
Starwings: Nemanja Calasan (11), BABIC Stefan (11), KOSTIC Branislav (4), HESS Allyn (14), DEVCIC Robert (0), GREDY Guillaume (8), STREICH Luca (4), HERRMANN Alexis (0), SCHOO Bjoern (12)
Neuchatel: TAYLOR Tayloe (11), PARKER Spencer (15), Brian Savoy (189-G-92) (9), COLON Bryan (8), RAMSEIER David (11), OSMONAJ Ardit (0), MONTEIRO Kevin (5), WILLIAMSON Andre (16), MARUOTTO Mikael (10), MARTIN Killian (4)

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket - Fribourg Olympic 64:81
Aix-Maurienne: ATAMINA Karim (12), Akeem Williams (10), DOMINIQUE Marvin (3), CORRE Kevin (3), NDIAYE Madiop (0), NKOUNKOU Karl-David (4), SUHARD Hugo (0), GASTON Rashid (18), SWEETNEY Devin (5), TURAM-ULLIEN Tony (3), MENDY Kevin (6)
Fribourg: JAUNIN Jeremy (0), TIMBERLAKE Chad (14), FOSSERAT David (2), HALL Warren (0), STIMAC Andrej (5), MILJANIC Slobodan (11), Dusan Mladjan (16), EBENDA Jeremy (0), TOURE Babacar (16), SCHOMMER Dylan (0), BURNATOWSKI Murphy (17), DESPONDS Victor (0)

Raiffeisen Dornbirn Lions - BC Winterthur 76:102
Winterthur: Jona Hoffmann (8), MIAVIVULULU Jeyvi (1), WELSH Alex (25), HENRICI Cristian (0), PRICE Ricky (22), RAMIREZ Yonedis (0), MADIAMBA Kevin (5), HULLIGER Nicolas (0), OPPLIGER Leroy (0), STEVANOVIC Nikola (14), MARCHAND Leonard (9), DOWNEY Sam (18)

BBC Nyon - Morges-Saint-Prex BBC 73:66
Nyon: BULLOCK Theren (2), WINSTON Derek (9), DUFOUR Jeff (10), KOLOMOISKY Israel (3), IVANOVIC Stefan (9), JOTTERAND Nicolas (2), OWENS Marwin (9), CLAUDE Gregory (2), ROMAN Luis (12), ZANINETTI Valentin (12), EYENGA Philippe (3)
Morges-Saint-Prex: MORTAGUI Chady (0), ATEMENGUE Yannick (17), DEVELEY Julien (2), SMIT Timo (6), GOZZO Yves (0), ANDREOLI Andrea (2), PITTET Simon (0), SOKOLOV Tomcho (2), WALTHER Lionel (6), ROMAN Lucio (2), ATCHO Evrard (5), DIARRA Dramane (24)

Meyrin Basket Geneve - Pully Lausanne Basket Espoirs 49:46
Meyrin: HABERSAAT Sylvain (6), BURKHARDT Alexis (6), BURRELL Jeremy (5), KALUMBA Bryan (4), TUKAMA Christian (4), BIETENHADER Alan (0), OUERGHI Fares (7), GUSCETTI Luca (4), DI MARZIO Xavier (12), FITSUM Maikel (0), MARGOT Scott (0), STEINER Jonas (0)
Lausanne Espoirs: LAHACHE Kevin (0), ENYEGUE J. (0), DEL ROSARIO J. (1), HOXHA Arben (5), FALK Tanguy (9), MOBILIA Stefano (2), N'DEURBELAOU Nodji (6), BENKLEY Tyler (2), VANNAY Titouan (0), NOTARI Lionel (15), LAHACHE Kim (2), THEVOZ Julien (2)

ifm Baskets Konstanz - Grasshopper Club Zurich 85:83

Martigny Basket - Villars Basket 57:96
Martigny: GILLIERON Nicolas (6), SAUTHIER Alexandre (3), OLIVEIRA Alberto (7), POINTET Lucas (13), DORSAZ Arnaud (6), CRETTON Thomas (3), GOMEZ Cedric (15), BRUNELL Roald (4)
Villars: WILDI Mike (2), BROWN Troran (10), SPAETIG Benhur (9), SCHWAB Jeffrey (23), CHKARNAT Leandre (13), JURKOVITZ Thomas (20), REY Florian (8), DIBRANI Etrit (8), REGHIF Nicolas (0), MILI Eloi (3)

Morges-Saint-Prex BBC - Pully Lausanne Basket Espoirs 70:58
Morges-Saint-Prex: MORTAGUI Chady (3), ATEMENGUE Yannick (11), DEVELEY Julien (0), SMIT Timo (2), GOZZO Yves (0), ANDREOLI Andrea (1), SOKOLOV Tomcho (11), WALTHER Lionel (4), ROMAN Lucio (2), ATCHO Evrard (23), DIARRA Dramane (13)
Pully Lausanne Basket Espoirs: LAHACHE Kevin (4), ENYEGUE J. (0), DEL ROSARIO J. (0), HOXHA Arben (12), FALK Tanguy (4), MOBILIA Stefano (2), N'DEURBELAOU Nodji (5), BENKLEY Tyler (8), DUCRAY Arnaud (2), NOTARI Lionel (16), LAHACHE Kim (1), THEVOZ Julien (4)

Meyrin Basket Geneve - BBC Nyon 72:76

Meyrin: HABERSAAT Sylvain (4), BURKHARDT Alexis (9), BURRELL Jeremy (8), KALUMBA Bryan (7), TUKAMA Christian (0), BIETENHADER Alan (2), OUERGHI Fares (4), GUSCETTI Luca (4), DI MARZIO Xavier (19), DISANAYAKE Vidura (6), MARGOT Scott (3), STEINER Jonas (6)
Nyon: BULLOCK Theren (4), WINSTON Derek (19), KOLOMOISKY Israel (2), IVANOVIC Stefan (7), OWENS Marwin (27), CLAUDE Gregory (4), ROMAN Luis (8), ZANINETTI Valentin (5), EYENGA Philippe (0)

Sion Basket - BBC Collombey-Muraz 89:57

Sion: BORGEAT Romain (7), FOLLONIER Baptiste (0), SALMAN Thomas (11), JOVANOVIC Damjan (7), MARCARIO Domenico (20), MOULLET Eric (0), IMWIEKELRIED Jeremie (2), DUBUIS Samuel (29), BORGES Kelton (13)
Collombey-Muraz: NIDECKER Mael (10), METRAILLER Baptiste (9), EMERY Gilles (4), LHERMITTE Chris (16), DONNET Theodmir (2), DUPUIS Jeremie (3), SCHMITTER David (0), LHERMITTE Jonathan (0), CUTRUZZOLA Guiseppe (10), AMACKER Vincent (3)



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  TURKEY  


Petrol Olimpija top Karsiyaka in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Petrol Olimpija - Karsiyaka 91:86

Petrol Olimpija earned a narrow win over Karsiyaka in the test game. Devin Oliver (204-PF-92, college: Dayton) scored 23 points to lead the winning side.
Petrol Olimpija sank 26 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Karsiyaka erased the gap in the second term. The Turkish side levelled things up at 39 heading into the locker room. Petrol Olimpija poured in 27 points in the third quarter to eke out a 2-point lead. They added 25 points in the fourth stanza to get away with the win. Gregor Hrovat (196-SF-94) posted 20 points, while Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) added 17 points for the winners. Jarrod Jones (207-F/C-90, college: Ball St.) answered with 28 points for Karsiyaka. Scott Wood (198-SF-90, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) delivered 22 points in the loss.



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  UGANDA  


Amenyi number one in Uganda for round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Center Philip Amenyi (C-89) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Pemba Warriors, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Falcons (#10, 3-8) with 20-point margin 78-58. It allowed Pemba Warriors to consolidate first place in the Ugandan NBL. Pemba Warriors has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. In the team's last game Amenyi had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Philip Amenyi averages this season 10.5ppg and 10.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Maker Deng (94) of Ndejje. Deng had a very good evening with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Ndejje to edge the lower-ranked JKL Dolphins (#9, 4-10) 81-75. Ndejje's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Deng is a newcomer at Ndejje, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.3ppg (#6). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Pemba Warriors' star - forward Amisi Saidi (F-87). Saidi showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Pemba Warriors, helping his team with a 78-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Falcons (#10, 3-8). Many experts and fans count Pemba Warriors as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Saidi has a great season in Uganda. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ndikumana Landry (F-93) of City Oilers - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Baraka Mopele) of Sharing Youth - 22 points and 4 rebounds
6. Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Emmanuel Okumu (F-97) of Sharing Youth - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Micheal Otieno (193-G-93) of Ndejje - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ferdinand Odama (158-F-95) of JKL Dolphins - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 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)



NBL Round 25: KIU Titans crush UPDF by record 48 points - by Eurobasket News

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kampala. Local UPDF (3-10) was outscored by fourth ranked KIU Titans (9-3) 94-46 on Sunday night. The game without a history. KIU Titans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UPDF to just 5 points in first quarter. KIU Titans dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UPDF's 30. Guard Micheal Bwanga fired 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Ethienne Kazungu (-80) chipped in 5 points and 12 rebounds. KIU Titans' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Felix Mukunzi produced 10 points for lost side. KIU Titans maintains fourth place with 9-3 record. UPDF at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. KIU Titans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UPDF will play against Sharing Youth (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.

In the last two games of round 25 Ndejje was defeated by UCU Canons in a road game 64-56. Power beat Our Saviour at home 70-65.
The best stats of 25th round was 15 points and 10 rebounds by Fadhili Chuma of UCU Canons.

UPDF - KIU Titans 46-94

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kampala. Local UPDF (3-10) was outscored by fourth ranked KIU Titans (9-3) 94-46 on Sunday night. The game without a history. KIU Titans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UPDF to just 5 points in first quarter. KIU Titans dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UPDF's 30. Guard Micheal Bwanga fired 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Ethienne Kazungu (-80) chipped in 5 points and 12 rebounds. Four KIU Titans players scored in double figures. KIU Titans' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Felix Mukunzi produced 10 points and Andrew Okot (201) added 9 points respectively for lost side. KIU Titans maintains fourth place with 9-3 record. UPDF at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. KIU Titans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UPDF will play against Sharing Youth (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
KIU Titans: K.Mwalimu 16+4reb, S.Ulanga 13+3reb+1ast, M.Bwanga 13+2reb+7ast, O.Muge 12+4reb+1ast, C.Omanye 9+2reb+3ast, C.Kasujja 8+1ast
UPDF: F.Mukunzi 10+4reb+2ast, A.Okot 9+3reb+3ast, E.Okello 7+5reb+2ast, S.Ajo 6+3reb, H.Okoth 5+5reb+1ast, D.Ogwang 5+1reb
gschID: 570408


UCU Canons - Ndejje 64-56

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Ndejje (8-5) was defeated on the road by third ranked UCU Canons (11-4) 64-56 on Sunday. Tanzanian forward Fadhili Chuma (-95) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Lual Titus (-98) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Maker Deng (-94) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Innocent Ochera (-97) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UCU Canons moved-up to second place, which they share with Power. Loser Ndejje keeps the fifth position with five games lost. UCU Canons is again looking forward to face Ndejje (#5) in the next round. Ndejje will play against Our Saviour and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
UCU Canons: F.Chuma 15+10reb+1ast, S.Wundi 13+1reb+1ast, L.Titus 11+8reb, A.Gang 7+4reb+3ast, J.Maheta 6+2reb, W.Ater 5+1reb
Ndejje: M.Deng 16+5reb+1ast, I.Ochera 9+5reb+1ast, D.Katumba 8+4reb+1ast, S.Ajack 6+3reb+1ast, S. Kisily 4+5reb+2ast, M.Mugisha 3
gschID: 570410


Power - Our Saviour 70-65

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Power (11-4) defeated at home 8th ranked Our Saviour (4-9) 70-65 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. 29 personal fouls committed by Our Saviour helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Paul Odong (-91) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward David Opolot (-89) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Wilberforce Pirwoth (-95) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Power maintains second place with 11-4 record having just ten point less than leader Pemba Warriors, which they share with UCU Canons. Loser Our Saviour keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Power will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Our Saviour will play against Ndejje (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Power: M.Makiadi 23+12reb+3ast, P.Odong 13+8reb+4ast, A.Isaac 8+7reb+2ast, N.Guddi 6+8reb+1ast, W.Nijimbere 6+1reb+1ast, F. Sebatindira 6+3reb+2ast
Our Saviour: W.Pirwoth 16+5reb, D.Opolot 16+6reb+5ast, S.Mwesigye 9+9reb+2ast, J.Wacha 6+3reb, M.Nkumbi 4+3reb+2ast, R.Balemwa 3+1reb
gschID: 570409





Mickeal Makiadi gets MVP of the Week award for Ugandan NBL - by Eurobasket News

Kenyan Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Power and that's him to receive a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 28-year old had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Our Saviour (#8, 4-9) 70-65. Power maintains the 2nd position in Ugandan NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Power will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Makiadi has many years of experience at Power, through which he has constantly improved. Makiadi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.5ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Tanzanian forward Fadhili Chuma (F-95) of UCU Canons. Chuma impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Of course UCU Canons cruised to a 64-56 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Ndejje (#5, 8-5). UCU Canons' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-4 record is not bad at all. Chuma is one of the most experienced players at UCU Canons and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Maker Deng (94) of Ndejje (#5). Deng scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Deng's great performance Ndejje lost 56-64 to slightly higher-ranked UCU Canons (#3, 11-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ndejje needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Deng has a great season in Uganda. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 65.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Micheal Bwanga (G) of KIU Titans - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. David Opolot (F-89) of Our Saviour - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kijogoo Mwalimu (G) of KIU Titans - 16 points and 4 rebounds
7. Oscar Muge (C-93) of KIU Titans - 12 points and 4 rebounds
8. Lual Titus (C-98) of UCU Canons - 11 points and 8 rebounds
9. Paul Odong (G-91) of Power - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Felix Mukunzi) of UPDF - 10 points, 4 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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  UKRAINE  


Zaporizhya tabs Oleksii Shchepkin - by Eurobasket News

BC Zaporizhya-ZOG (Superleague) inked 28-year old former international guard Oleksii Shchepkin (191-85kg-89) from Kryvbas. In 26 Superleague games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in 2015-16 season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The other team Shchepkin played that season for was Samara SGEU in where in 14 Superleague games he had 6.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.0apg.
Shchepkin's team won Russian Superleague Regular Season in 2015.
He was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Shchepkin played for Ukrainian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He also represented Ukraine at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.1ppg, 1.0apg.
Shchepkin has played previously for three other Ukraine teams: BC Odessa, Dnipro and BC Donetsk.

BC Zaporizhya-ZOG roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oleksii Shchepkin
Andriy Kozhemiakin

Forwards:
Anton Buts
Maksym Lukyanov
Bogdan Yasinenko

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ashby returns to Leopards - by Dave Ryan

Levett Leopards have strengthened their roster ahead of Sunday's opener against Nottingham Hoods at the Brentwood Centre with the addition of guard Will Ashby (185-G-92).
The Brentwood-based player joins the Big Cats for the third time having started last season with BBL side London Lions before moving on to Spanish club Roquette Benifaio.
The 25-year-old started his career as a junior with Brentwood Fire, playing a season on dual registration terms with the Big Cats. After season in Division Four with Newham Nepturnes' B team he helped their first team win Division Two and reach the play-offs in their first season in the top flight. He rejoined the Leopards in the summer of 2014 and won the club's Most Valuable Player award as the Big Cats stormed to the Division One title.
Coach Thomas Baker is delighted to add Ashby to his squad: "Adding someone of Will's quality is something I'm really pleased with. I know he has been part of this club before and everyone is excited to have him back" he said.
"In pre-season Will demonstrated his ability to shoot the three and play relentless defence on numerous occasions, adding to the quality we already have in the team.
"Having had conversations with Will over the past few weeks he is 100 percent invested in bringing success to the team and we are in for an exciting season ahead and I am looking forward to starting this weekend."
Ashby is pleased to be back with his hometown club: "I'm excited to be coming back to Leopards after a year away. It's great to be a part of a really strong young team who have their goals set on silverware and promotion. It will be a great year and I look forward to be playing in front of the Essex fans again in my hometown."
The Big Cats are hopeful that Ashby's international clearance will be received in time for Sunday's Patron's Cup game against Nottingham at Brentwood,



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  URUGUAY  


Gerel Simmons netted 39 points - by Hector Lopez

Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) scored 39 points, including 19/21 free throws, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 7 assists, leading Verdirrrojo to beat Cordon 100-80 to tie 1-1 the best of five playoffs for a promotion to the Uruguayan League. Cordon have one point because they had a better position during the regular season, Also for Verdirrrojo Martin Mayora (181-G-95) added 21 points. For Cordon, Facundo Medina (190-G-94) netted 28 points and Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) added 16 points and 9 rebounds. Sayago defeated Tabare 80-65, to take a 2-0 lead for a promotion to the Uruguayan League. For Sayago, Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) scored 16 and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) added 19 points and 7 rebounds, and Rodrigo Brause (194-F-95) finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds. For Tabare, Agustin Cabillon (196-F-95) netted 16 points.


Results for the Metro playoffs - by Hector Lopez

Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) scored 42 points and added 8 assists leading Union Atletica to defeat Auriblanco 107-93. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winner. For Auriblanco Rodrigo Goncalves (203-F-87) finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Camilo Colman (191-G-90) netted 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Union Atletica will continue playing the Metro League next season.. Colon tied 1-1 the playoff games defeating Stockolmo 75-65. For Colon, Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) netted 23 points and added 9 rebounds, while Federico DellaMea finished with 22 points. For Stockolmo, Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) scored 12 points and added 11 rebounds.


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  VENEZUELA  


Melvin comes back to Quimsa, ex Guaiqueries - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old American forward Marcus Melvin (206-110kg-82, college: North Carolina State). It is actually his comeback to Santiado Estero as he has played here before. Melvin played last season at Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB league. In 39 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Melvin also played that season for KL Dragons in Malaysian league where in 9 ASEAN League games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.2apg. Melvin also spent pre-season at Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (SBL) in Taiwanese league that year.
In 2004 he was drafted by Florence Flyers (USBL) in third round (33rd overall).
Melvin attended North Carolina State and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2015. Melvin was selected to Chinese NBL All-Star Game in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Melvin's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in fourteen different countries. Melvin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Iran, Italy, Kuwait (Al Jahraa), Lebanon, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania (Giurgiu), Turkey, Uruguay (Aguada and Bigua), Venezuela (Marinos), Argentina (Argentino and Sionista), NBA G League (Texas Legends) and China (Fujian).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Quimsa.
On Melvin: Not so athletic, lefthanded PF, who fills the paint with his big body; has a great timing for the rebounds, good hands and shoots well, even behind the 3pts arch;.

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carlos Schattmann
Nicolas De_los_Santos
Juan Brussino
Novar Gadson
Nicolas Kalalo
Sebastian Lugo

Forwards:
Marcus Melvin
Sebastian Vega
Dennis Horner
Luciano Pagani
Jose Montero

Centers:
Torin Francis
Roberto Acuna

Coach: Fabio Demti

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  VIETNAM  


Lewis number one in Vietnam for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Darius Lewis (211-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Saigon H., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Thang Long W. (#4, 1-1) 86-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Saigon H. is placed at 2nd position in Vietnamese VBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Saigon H. won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Lewis turned to be Saigon H.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Duquesne star has very solid stats this year. Lewis is in league's top in points (6th best: 21.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 3.0bpg,4.0spg and 63.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Canadian Rudolphe Joly (208-C-92) of Danang Dragons. Joly had a very good evening with a double-double of 36 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Danang Dragons was edged by Hochiminh CW (1-0) 77-74. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Joly is a newcomer at Danang Dragons, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.5ppg (#5). He also registered 16.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jaywuan Hill (203-F/C-89) of Thang Long W. (#4). Hill got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Thang Long W., leading his team to a 96-65 easy win against Danang Dragons (#6, 0-2). Thang Long W. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Hill has a great season in Vietnam. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.5ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 9.5rpg (6th best) and assists with 4.5apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeAngelo Hamilton (203-F/C-90) of Can Tho CF - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bilal Richardson (203-F) of Hochiminh CW - 25 points and 12 rebounds
6. Ngoc Tu Le (179-PG-90) of Saigon H. - 24 points and 5 rebounds
7. Tan Dinh Duy (192-G/F-95) of Can Tho CF - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Vincent Nguyen (178-PG-95) of Hanoi B. - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Justin Young (201-F/C) of Thang Long W. - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jordan Collins (208-PF-82) of Hanoi B. - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 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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Women News


Lanay Montgomery joins Waregem - by Peter Buyse

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Top Division Women) strengthened their roster with addition of American center Lanay Montgomery (196, college: W.Virginia, agency: LBM Management). She played in the summer at Seattle Storm (WNBA). But in 7 games she recorded 0.9ppg.
Her team won Big 12 Tournament.
The previous (16-17) season Montgomery played at West Virginia in U.S. NCAA1 where in 35 games she averaged 10.6ppg, 8..9rpg and 2.8bpg with an impressive shooting percentage of 66.5
Montgomery helped them to win the Big 12 championship. Lanya earned All Big 12 honorable mention and was selected to the Big 12 All-defensive team for the second year in a row.
This summer she was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former West Virginia University staris in her first season in pro basketball.
She is scheduled to arrive in Belgium next week.



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  CROATIA  


Handicap Brno welcomes back Buzov - by Eurobasket News

BK Handicap Brno (ZBL) landed 27-year old Croatian international guard Tea Buzov (176-90). It is actually her comeback to Handicap as she has played here before. Buzov played most recently at Visby Ladies in Swedish Damligan. In 21 games she averaged 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Buzov played at GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC in German DBBL where in 7 games she had 7.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements Buzov's team made it to the Croatian Cup Final Four in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Buzov has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
Buzov represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg.
Buzov has played previously professionally in Spain (Conquero) and Croatia (Sibenik, ZKK Split, Splicanka, ZKK Omis and Pula C.Tours).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Handicap Brno welcomes back Buzov - by Eurobasket News

BK Handicap Brno (ZBL) landed 27-year old Croatian international guard Tea Buzov (176-90). It is actually her comeback to Handicap as she has played here before. Buzov played most recently at Visby Ladies in Swedish Damligan. In 21 games she averaged 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Buzov played at GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck SC in German DBBL where in 7 games she had 7.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements Buzov's team made it to the Croatian Cup Final Four in 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Buzov has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2008.
Buzov represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg.
Buzov has played previously professionally in Spain (Conquero) and Croatia (Sibenik, ZKK Split, Splicanka, ZKK Omis and Pula C.Tours).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FINLAND  


Espoo Team adds Salatera to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Espoo Basket Team (SM-sarja) added to their roster 20-year old Finn guard Venla Salatera (176-97). She just graduated from Midland College (JUCO).
The previous (15-16) season Salatera played at TuRi (1st Division).
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


UNI Gyor and PEAC on home court - by Adam Patonay

The pre-season continues with two games on tuesday in Hungary. CMB Cargo UNI Gyor will host romanian champion ASC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe while also romanian team BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad will visit PEAC-Pecs in Pecs. The romanian teams have to keep one domestic player on the court during the game, one 96' borned or younger on the first quarter and they can use 5 foreginers but only 3 can be import status. The hungarian rules stayed the same, they can use 4 foreginers - 2 import, 2 bosman - but only 3 can be on the court on the regular season and also one 97' borned or younger have to play during the first half.

The two green-white teams Gyor and Sepsi also signed a cooperation agreement for help eachothers youth programs. Before the PEAC-Pecs-BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad game the teams and basketball fans of Pecs will remember legendary point guard Judit Horvath who passed away 20 years ago in a tragedic accident. Pecs Legends Team will be coached by Laszlo Ratgeber while the Hungarian Legend Team will be handled by other coach legend Sandor Tursics .



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  ISRAEL  


Maccabi Raanana inks Liraz Kenig - by Lior Hai

Maccabi Raanana (D1) signed 32-year old swingman Liraz Kenig (175-85) from Hap.Petah Tikva. In 18 D1 games she had 5.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kenig played in the final of Israeli League in 2011 and 2015.
She has played previously for six other teams: Maccabi Ashdod, Elitzur Ramla, M.Tel Kabir, ASA Jerusalem, Elitzur Holon and Elitzur Netanya.

Maccabi Raanana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Moran Sapir
Bria Goss
Yaara Yizchaki
Shir Tirosh

Forwards:
Shely Sirkis
Shira Ben_David
Liraz Kenig
Lihi Doron

Center:
Karisma Penn

Coach: Liron Sherf

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LEBANON  


Jennifer Ammoury agreed terms with Chabibeh Sporting Club - by Ghassan Abousamra

Chabibeh Sporting Club (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old swingman Jennifer Ammoury Maalouf (180-89) from Antranik Beirut. Ammoury Maalouf has played there for the last nine years. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.

"Jennifer will be our captain", said head coach J.D. Barnes. She was the player I wanted and management got me my wish. It will take time but we will build a new culture and a championship club at Chabibeh.

Ammoury Maalouf won Lebanese League championship title in 2009.

She has played previously for Champville.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PARAGUAY  


Metropolitan League Round 3: Sol de Amer. lose their first game against Libertad - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sol de Amer. (1-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Libertad (3-0) 73-58. Libertad are looking forward to face Olimpia A. (#5) in Asuncion in the next round. Sol de Amer. will play against Ciudad Nueva and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Felix Perez (#6) and Olimpia A. (#4). Olimpia A. was defeated at home 67-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Felix Perez will play against San Jose in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpia A. will play against Libertad to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. San Jose (2-0) played at the court of Ciudad Nueva (0-3). San Jose smashed Ciudad Nueva 78-38 on Tuesday. San Jose will meet Felix Perez (#4) in the next round. Ciudad Nueva will play against Sol de Amer. and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Ciudad Nueva - San Jose 38-78

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. San Jose (2-0) played at the court of Ciudad Nueva (0-3). San Jose smashed Ciudad Nueva 78-38 on Tuesday. San Jose will meet Felix Perez (#4) in the next round. Ciudad Nueva will play against Sol de Amer. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Sol de Amer. - Libertad 58-73

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sol de Amer. (1-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Libertad (3-0) 73-58. Libertad are looking forward to face Olimpia A. (#5) in Asuncion in the next round. Sol de Amer. will play against Ciudad Nueva and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
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Olimpia A. - Felix Perez 67-73

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Felix Perez (#6) and Olimpia A. (#4). Olimpia A. was defeated at home 67-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Felix Perez will play against San Jose in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpia A. will play against Libertad to get more than just one victory in their record.
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  RUSSIA  


Yulia Kozik joins Inventa - by Eurobasket News

Inventa Kursk (PBL) agreed terms with 20-year old shooting guard Yulia Kozik (176-97) from MBA Moscow. But in two PBL games she had just 0.5ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Kozik's team made it to the Superleague 1 Semifinals. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 1st Team in 2017.
Kozik represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos seventeen years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-2 (3.0spg), FGP: 52.5%, 3PT-1 (68.8%), FT-3 (92.3%).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kseniia Nesterova agreed terms with Inventa - by Eurobasket News

PBL newcomer Inventa Kursk strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old center Kseniia Nesterova (193-98). She played most recently at Sparta&K Vidnoe 2nd team in Russian Superleague 1. In 36 games she recorded 6.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg last season. Nesterova also spent pre-season at Spartak Vidnoye that year.
She represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) last year. Nesterova's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 4.5rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Polina Fedorova signs at Inventa - by Eurobasket News

PBL newcomer Inventa Kursk landed 22-year old power forward Polina Fedorova (189-95) from Dynamo Novosibirsk Region. But in 10 PBL games she averaged just 1.9ppg and 3.0rpg last season. Fedorova also played that season for MBA Moscow where in 10 games she had 3.2ppg and 3.4rpg. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 4.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Fedorova received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team award back in 2013.
She represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Fedorova's team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 71.4%.
Fedorova has played previously for three other teams: Kazanochka, Gloria Moscow and Energy Ivanovo.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


Katarina Ristic (ex-PINKK-Pecsi 424) returns to France - by Zeljko Zule

Former Slovenian National team member Katarina Ristic (170-G-84) returned to France to play for Le Havre in the coming 2017-18 season. Ristic had previously played in France for Villeneuve D'Ascq during the 2014-15 season, averaging 2.4 points in 27 LFB (Ligue Feminine de Basketball) games.
Ristic arrives from PINKK-Pecsi 424, where she averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 13 Hungaria A Division games last season and 16.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals in 5 EuroCup games.
Ristic grew up with Odeja Skofja Loka and has already played in Poland (Gorzow, Jelenia Gora, Torun), Italy (Livorno, Parma, Costa Masnaga)), Hungary (Szolnoki), Greece (Asteras Exarheion Athens), Israel (Hapoel Petah Tikva), Turkey (Botasspor Adana), Sweden (Solna Vikings), Slovakia (Ruzomberok), Switzerland (Alte Kanti Aarau),




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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Great Britain playmaker Jones back to pull the strings for Mystics - by Paul Nilsen

Manchester Mystics will once again rely on the backcourt leadership of Georgia Jones (172-G-90, college: ORU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) after the Great Britain guard agreed to play a second season with her hometown club.

One of the leading stars of the WBBL, Jones had been a standout performer for a number of seasons with Leicester before transferring her talents to Mystics for 2016-17.

Since last summer's move to the club, she has lit it up in a big way for Manchester, guiding them to the 2017 WBBL Cup and completing a memorable father-daughter success with head coach Jeff Jones.

"It feels great to be back in Manchester for another season,' said the guard.

'I think last year we surprised a few people, but this year people will be expecting more from us so we will be facing a different kind of challenge.

'Obviously the Cup Final win was a huge highlight for us last season, but our aim is to bring more trophies to Manchester this year. We have a great core group returning, along with a few new faces and the chemistry is already starting to build.'

She continued: 'Every team seems to have strengthened their roster this year which is exciting and will only increase the overall standard of the league.

'As for our team, we are all just looking forward to getting the season underway and seeing what this years team is capable of.'

Meanwhile Coach Jones is thrilled to get his point guard back for another term.

'Georgia did what she has always done - she led the side and put any nepotism aside,' commented the play-caller.

'Her contribution to the team last year was vital to our success and she is one of the best point guards around.

'She played with the freedom she needed and was able to run the team on the floor exceptionally well.

'This season is going to be tough again in terms of minutes on the floor and if we are able to reduce that, then I believe her performances can get even better,' added the Coach.

Jones was included in the prestigious Molten WBBL Team of the Year for 2016-17 and led the WBBL Championship in assists with almost seven per game.



Influential Bailey back on board with Mystics - by Paul Nilsen


Manchester Mystics have been handed a boost ahead of the new WBBL season with the news that the highly influential Rheanne Bailey (174-G/F-92) is back.

As head coach Jeff Jones starts to reveal his plans for the 2017-18 campaign, there is a strong suggestion that there will be plenty of continuity and chemistry to build upon.

One of the fundamental pillars of the team's breakthrough season last year when they landed the WBBL Cup at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, Mystics will be hoping for more trademark contributions from Bailey.

'Obviously Rheanne was an integral part of our success and progression last season and we are delighted she will be part of the continued growth of the team,' enthused Coach Jones.

'There is also the added dimension that Rheanne is very much central to the partnership we have with Manchester Metropolitan University - both through her education and responsibilities of coaching the first team.

'All the intangibles Rheanne brings to the team is paramount to us progressing as a club. She always demonstrates to our younger players the wider aspects of being in a team and all that entails,' reiterated the play-caller.

Bailey has previous WBBL experience with Leicester Riders and averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for Mystics last season in the WBBL Championship.

Further player announcements will be made by the club each day this week.



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  WNBA  


Sparks rally to beat Phoenix 79-66 in playoff opener - by Eurobasket News

The Sparks were rusty to start the playoffs. Coming in off an eight-day layoff, they fell behind early before rallying to beat the Phoenix Mercury 79-66 to open defense of their WNBA championship on Tuesday night. Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) scored 19 points to lead five starters in double figures in Game 1 of the best-of-5 series. Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) added 15 points while playing with five fouls. Ogwumike overcame four fouls. Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) had 13 points, Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor) 12 and Alana Beard 11. "Their chemistry you can tell is pretty strong right now," Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) said. "They seem a lot more sure of themselves and they showed that tonight." Leilani Mitchell (5'5''-PG-85, college: Utah) led the Mercury with 19 points and made five 3-pointers, both career playoff highs. Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) added 18 points - but just four in the second half - before fouling out with 4:44 left in the game. "Some of the calls just didn't go our way," Griner said. "Next game we're going to have to be on our front foot a little bit more and hope we get some of those calls." Beard's defense helped limit Taurasi to 2 of 10 shooting for a career playoff low six points. "In the first half, she got hit, knocked down and got right up and went and found D," Parker said of her teammate. "She's persistent." After trailing much of the first half, the Sparks pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Phoenix 14-6 to lead 56-48. "If it was one-and-done, we'd be going on vacation tomorrow pretty (ticked) off," Taurasi said. "We'll take this game in stride. We didn't play great in large stretches of the game and we still had an opportunity." Things got testy with 28 seconds left in the period. Phoenix's Emma Cannon and the Sparks' Essence Carson (6'0''-G/F-86, college: Rutgers) were called for double technicals after exchanging words. Before that, Phoenix's Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) was called for a blocking foul, with Parker on the floor with her legs in the air and her arms protecting her face. Parker's 3-pointer in the fourth gave Los Angeles its first double-digit lead of the game at 61-50. The Mercury closed to 70-63 on Little's basket. "I'm proud of how we adjusted," Parker said. "I'm proud of our team and how we settled down coming out of halftime." Ogwumike completed a three-point play sandwiched around Parker's free throw on a technical to Little that pushed the Sparks' lead to 74-63. The Mercury had to win back-to-back elimination games in order to make the semifinals for the eighth time in nine years. The Sparks came in well-rested, having had the last eight days off. Los Angeles, which won the final seven games of the regular season, appeared rusty to start, falling behind by eight while Griner scored her first six points. The Sparks didn't take their first lead of the game until late in the second quarter on Parker's 3-pointer. It was short-lived, and the teams went into halftime tied 42-all.
Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com



Minnesota Lynx route Mystics 101-81 in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Lynx showed no signs of rust from a nine-day layoff. Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter, and the Lynx offense was nearly unstoppable as Minnesota routed the Washington Mystics 101-81 in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Lynx shot 59.4 percent from the field and made 12 of 17 3-point attempts. After Minnesota took a 30-19 lead early in the second quarter, Washington went on an 8-0 run to get within three. The Lynx responded with a 15-4 run and were never seriously threatened again. Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and guard Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) each added 18 points. Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) led Washington with 17 points. Kristi Tolliver, two days after hitting a WNBA-record nine 3-pointers in the Mystics' second-round win in New York, was held to three points. She made just 1 of 7 from the field and missed both 3-point attempts. Minnesota point guard Lindsay Whalen saw her first action since breaking a bone in her hand on Aug. 4. The Minnesota point guard, who missed the final 12 games of the regular season, had two points and two assists in 17 minutes. Montgomery made three 3-pointers in the third quarter, including one at the buzzer that put the Lynx up 84-56. Fowles scored 16 points in the first half for Minnesota, which shot 56.4 percent from the field. The Lynx were 10-for-10 during the final six minutes of the second quarter and led 53-38 at halftime. They made their first three shots of the third quarter to run their streak to 13 straight. Emma Meesseman (6'4''-C-93, agency: LBM Management), Delle Donne and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (5'10''-G-91, college: N.Carolina) scored 31 of Washington's 38 points in the first half. The Lynx closed out the first quarter with a 16-4 run to lead 26-18. This was the Lynx's first game at Williams Arena after playing the regular season at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Barn, as Minnesotans call it, was retrofitted with air-conditioning units to be WNBA-ready. Game 2 is Thursday in Minneapolis.
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Los Angeles Sparks re-sign head coach Brian Agler to a multi-year contract extension - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Sparks head coach Brian Agler signed a a multi-year contract extension announced the team's executive vice president/general manager Penny Toler on Monday. 'I am extremely excited that head coach Brian Agler will have a long future with the Sparks Organization,' said Toler. ' As I stated back in 2015 when we first signed him, he is a proven winner and continues to demonstrate this repeatedly. Not many organizations can say that they have a coach that has won four championships in three different professional destinations (two ABL Columbus Quest, one with Seattle Strom and one with the Sparks). In addition to the players, coach Agler is a huge piece of the Sparks success. I look forward to working with him for years to come, said Toler.' Agler has led the Sparks to the 2017 WNBA playoffs for the third consecutive season. On June 6, 2017, Agler won his 300th regular season career win as a head coach. In addition, he is the all-time winningest coach in women's professional basketball history in the U.S. with 296 regular-season victories. 'I'm very excited to continue to coach the LA Sparks,' said Agler, 'I've appreciated working for the ownership group, led by five-time NBA Champion Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Mark Walter, Stan Kasten, Todd Boehly, Robert L. Patton Jr. and Eric Holoman. Additionally, Penny Toler and I have a great working relationship which I've enjoyed and glad we are going to work together in the future. Most importantly, I love how our team and its core group have grown together and the relationships and the winning culture that we have developed. I am fortunate to be a part of this' The Sparks finished the regular season 26-8 and will play against the Phoenix Mercury in game one of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday, September 12.
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