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  ABA  



Siroki Primorka defeat Mladost in Pre-Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Siroki Primorka got to the winning start of ABA League 2 Pre-Qualifying Tournament. They edged Mladost for 1-0 record. Siroki, Mladost and Sloboda are fighting for one available slot in the Second Qualifying Tournament of the League.
Mateo Dreznjak (6'6''-PF-99) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Siroki eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They extended the lead at 5-point mark at the interval 38:33. Siroki started to get away in the third term. They established a 58:46 lead heading into the fourth period. Siroki maintained the lead throughout the final quarter and raced to the win. George Marshall (6'1''-PG-92, college: S.Dakota St.) chipped in 14 points, while Dario Dreznjak (6'8''-F-98) added 13 points for Siroki. Mladost answered with 18 points from Sreten Knezevic (6'9''-F/C-94). Vladimir Aleksic (6'6''-F/G-87) had 16 points in the defeat.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


2017 AfroBasket: Tunisia see off Morocco, march into Final - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - Morocco 60:52

Tunisia became the first AfroBasket finalists. The hosts rallied past Morocco in the first semifinal clash in Tunis. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86, agency: 011 Sports) posted 22 points to lead the winners.
Tunisia accumulated an 18:9 lead after the opening frame. Morocco narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. The visitors got within 3 points at the big break 30:27. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Tunisia eked out a 47:44 lead at the final intermission. They though limited Morocco to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and got away with the victory. Radhouane Slimane (205-F-80) notched 11 points, while Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) had 10 points for the hosts. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Morocco. John Wilkins (207-F/C-89, college: Illinois St., agency: Promotex) tossed in 10 points in the defeat.

Tunisia: Mohamed Hadidane 22, Radhouane Slimane 11, Mourad El Mabrouk 10
Morocco: Abderrahim Najah 12, John Wilkins 10



2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria hand Senegal semifinal loss - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - Senegal 76:71

Nigeria continue their AfroBasket title defence. The defending champions beat Senegal in the semifinal clash tonight. Nigeria will try to repeat as champions in the title game versus Tunisia tomorrow. Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 19 points and grabbed 7 boards to pace the winners.
Nigeria eked out a 15:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Nigeria accumulated a 34:29 halftime lead. D'Tigers stayed in front in the third period. Alex Nwora's crew arrived at the final break up by 7 points. Senegal dropped 26 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss as Nigeria drove to yet another AfroBasket Final. Ike Iroegbu (188-G-95) dropped 18 points, while Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) added 17 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) and Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) answered with 14 points apiece in the defeat.

Nigeria: Bryant Mbamalu 19, Ike Iroegbu 18, Ikechukwu Diogu 17+14 boards
Senegal: Maurice Ndour 14, Gorgui Dieng 14



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  ARGENTINA  


San Lorenzo edge FC Barcelona in test game - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona - San Lorenzo 85:95

San Lorenzo took on FC Barcelona in the preseason game. The Argentinean champions claimed victory. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) delivered 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
San Lorenzo got to a quick start. They unloaded 31 points in the first period to take a 12-point lead. San Lorenzo added 25 points in the second period to ensure a 17-point halftime lead. FC Barcelona picked up the tempo in the second half. The Catalan side narrowed the deficit but could not avoid the loss. Dar Tucker (193-SG-88, college: De Paul) recorded 19 points, while Javier Justiz (205-C-92, agency: Pro Sports) and Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) accounted for 14 points each for the winners. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) answered with 21 points for FC Barcelona. Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) and Aleksander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) banked in 12 points each in the loss.

FC Barcelona: Adrien Moerman 21, Thomas Heurtel 12, Aleksander Vezenkov 12
San Lorenzo: Gabriel Deck 23+14 boards, Dar Tucker 19, Javier Justiz 14, Marcos Mata 14



Lonzie inks at Estudiantes Olavarria at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Olavarria (TNA) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Tyler Lonzie (198-104kg-94). Lonzie just graduated from SE Oklahoma (NCAA2). He has played there for the last four years. Lonzie played 22 games where he recorded 11.4ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4bpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

Estudiantes Olavarria roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patricio Rodriguez
Luciano Tantos
Alejo Montes_Cardozo
Andres Lugli
Agustin Brocal

Forwards:
Santiago Arese
Joaquin Gamazo
Tyler Lonzie

Center:
Ignacio Galardo

Coach: Alvaro Castineira

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA  


Joel Spear (ex Albury W.B.) joins Nidaros Jets - by Eurobasket News

Nidaros Jets Trondheim (BLNO) agreed terms with 23-year old Australian point guard Joel Spear (190-84kg-94, college: S.Oregon). He played last summer at Albury Wodonga Bandits in Australian SEABL-East. In 24 games he had 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spear's team was regular season runner-up in Cascade in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted All-NAIA D2 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Spear was a member of Australian U18 National Team back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Australia for West Adelaide Bearcats.
Spear attended Southern Oregon University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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L Alfas ink Reed Ridder, ex Razzle S. - by Eurobasket News

L Alfas - P.N. Serra Gelada (EBA) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Reed Ridder (190-82kg-93, college: Embry Riddle). He played last summer at Razzle Storm in Australian DBA league. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 30.5ppg in 2016 season.
Ridder's college team won TSC Tournament in 2015.
He graduated from Embry Riddle University in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season as a professional player.

L Alfas - P.N. Serra Gelada roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jaime Ivars
Reed Ridder
German Kasanzi

Forwards:
Alejandro Young
Alejandro Rivas

Center:
Diego Perez

Coach: Iker Benzazoua

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



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  AUSTRIA  


Puente Alto lands Jemal Farmer, ex Gmunden - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportes Puente Alto (Liga Nacional) landed 28-year old American swingman Jemal Farmer (195-98kg-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Blacktop Management). He played most recently at Basket Swans Gmunden in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 31 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Farmer played at Tokyo Cinq (BJ League) in Japan where in 41 games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.4apg.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Farmer has played previously professionally in Finland (Oulun NMKY), IBA-PBL (Cent.Illinois D.) and MPBA (Bloomington Express).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Farmer's outlook: Jemal Farmer is a multiposition guard/wing with excellent outside shooting skills paired with good size and athletism, which allows him to be an above average rebounder for his position. Defensively he can also be used at multiple positions. Farmer does not shy away from taking the shot in clutch moments of the game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Chile



Traiskirchen Lions sign Kevin Payton and Aleksandar Andjelkovic - by Stefan Prager

The Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions announced two signings for the upcoming season. Kevin Payton is coming from Wels where he played for the former WBC since 2015. Payton had to deal with a couple of injuries in the last years. He was limited to just three games during the 15/16 campaign. Last season he appeared in 36 games for Wels posting averages of 8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 3.3 apg. Payton was named Supercup MVP at the beginning of the season. After a troubled season Wels made it to the league semis but lost to Oberwart in a decisive game 5.

Meanwhile forward/center Aleksandar Andjelkovic is coming from BC Hallmann Vienna. The young prospect had a year of his contract remaining but practiced with the Lions in summer when he returned from his first stint with the Austrian national team. He got cut when NBA player Jakob Poeltl was added to the team. Last season Andjelkovic played in 33 games for the capital city ball club and averaged 3.4 ppg along with 3.0 rpg.



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  BAHRAIN  


Premier League Round 2: Leader Al-Ittihad loses to Sitra - by Eurobasket News

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

Al-Ittihad (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Sitra on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Sitra 62-56. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 26 rebounds. Iraqi Ali Abdulla chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Sitra is looking forward to face Al-Ahli (#6) in Manama in the next round. Al-Ittihad will play against Al-Riffa and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between Al-Muharraq and Al-Riffa where Al-Muharraq (2-0) beat Al-Riffa (1-1) on the road 76-69. Ali Abbas orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Bader Abdulla contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Al-Riffa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Al-Muharraq will play against Al-Bahrain (#10) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al-Riffa will play at home against Al-Ittihad (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Al-Ahli (1-1) outscored Hidd (0-2) 111-71 on Thursday night. Quinton Doggett had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Hussain Lulu responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Al-Ahli will meet at home Sitra (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hidd will play against Isa Town (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 2 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Isa Town was defeated by Al-Nweidrat in Nuwaidrat 74-58. Winless Samaheej lost to undefeated Al-Hala at home 56-74. Al-Najma won against Al-Bahrain on the opponent's court 106-93.

Sitra - Al-Ittihad 62-56

Al-Ittihad (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Sitra on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Sitra 62-56. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Kaiser) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 26 rebounds. Iraqi Ali Abdulla chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Ali Ghadeer added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sitra is looking forward to face Al-Ahli (#6) in Manama in the next round. Al-Ittihad will play against Al-Riffa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Al-Ittihad: A.Wilkerson 17+14reb+3ast, A.Ghadeer 11+5reb+1ast, H.Helal 11+2reb+3ast, S.Hameed 10+5reb+2ast, A.Helal 4+2reb, S.Ghuloom 3+2reb+2ast
Sitra: A.Okosun 20+26reb+2ast, M.Abdullah 12+2reb+6ast, A.Abdulla 11+10reb+1ast, M.Abdulredha 10+3reb, A.Eid 6+1ast, I.Abdulameer 3+1ast
gschID: 570310


Al-Ahli - Hidd 111-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Manama. Local Al-Ahli (1-1) outscored Hidd (0-2) 111-71 on Thursday night. Al-Ahli dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hidd's 40 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Al-Ahli forced 24 Hidd turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Hesham Sarhan (-92) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Hussain Lulu responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Nooraldeen Mohamed produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five Al-Ahli and four Hidd players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Al-Ahli will meet at home Sitra (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hidd will play against Isa Town (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hidd: H.Lulu 20+9reb+4ast, Y.Abdulla 13+2reb+3ast, N.Mohamed 10+11reb+3ast, A.Moaweya 10+6reb+3ast, S.Mohamed 6+2reb, A.Alromaihi 4+4reb
Al-Ahli: K.Majed 20+3reb+2ast, S.Hussain 17+4reb+1ast, H.Sarhan 16+4reb+5ast, H.Shaker 15+2reb+6ast, Q.Doggett 15+11reb, A.Aqeel 12+3reb+2ast
gschID: 570309


Al-Nweidrat - Isa Town 74-58

Al-Nweidrat used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Issa Town 74-58 on Wednesday night. Al-Nweidrat outrebounded Isa Town 48-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mohammed Buti chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Mahmood Aziz responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Yousif Hashem scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Al-Nweidrat will meet Al-Hala in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Isa Town will play against Hidd (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Isa Town: M.Aziz 24+8reb+2ast, Y.Hashem 10+5reb+4ast, M.Jaber 6+1ast, M.Habib 5+2reb, H.Ramadhan 3+5reb+1ast, T.Hasan 3+2reb
Al-Nweidrat: E.Albasri 14+1reb, M.Buti 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ilic 14+10reb+2ast, H.Hasan 8+1reb+1ast, A.Hassan 7+9reb+2ast, J.Abdulla 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 570307


Samaheej - Al-Hala 56-74

No shocking result in a game in Manama where Al-Hala (2-0) defeated Samaheej (0-2) 74-56 on Wednesday. They outrebounded Samaheej 62-38 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Ahmed Haji (175, college: Highland CC, IL) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ali Jaffar chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Sydney Coleman (204-93, college: Xavier, LA) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Jassim Mohamed scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Al-Hala will meet at home Al-Nweidrat (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samaheej will play against Al-Manama (#4) in Manama and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Samaheej: M.Busafwan 15+2reb, S.Coleman 12+12reb, J.Mohamed 10+7reb+1ast, H.Busafwan 8+3reb+2ast, B.Adel 6+3reb, M.Ismaeel 3+6reb+1ast
Al-Hala: A.Haji 17+10reb+1ast, A.Jaffar 13+5reb+1ast, H.Gerashi 10+5reb+3ast, L.Woods 9+7reb+1ast, S.Alqallaf 6+4reb, A.Abbas 4+5reb
gschID: 570308


Al-Bahrain - Al-Najma 93-106

Very expected game in Manama where Al-Bahrain (0-2) was defeated by Al-Najma (2-0) 106-93 on Tuesday. Al-Najma looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Haminn Quantance had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 21 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Abbas Jawadi (178-90) chipped in 27 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Al-Najma players scored in double figures. Senegalese forward Sidy Sall (206, college: Christian Brothers, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and Ali Jalil scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Al-Bahrain's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Al-Najma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al-Bahrain will play against Al-Muharraq (#2) in Al Muharraq and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Al-Bahrain: S.Sall 25+12reb+2ast, S.Shams 11+4reb+1ast, K.Ali 10+2reb+1ast, M.Khalili 9+3reb+2ast, M.Abdulnabi 9+4reb+2ast, F.Abbas 8+3reb+3ast
Al-Najma: H.Quantance 30+21reb+7ast, A.Jawadi 27+4reb+2ast, Q.Hassan 18+9reb+4ast, M.Bullay 18+5reb+4ast, M.Alboosta 7+1reb, H.Taqi 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 570305


Al-Riffa - Al-Muharraq 69-76

Another exciting game was between Al-Muharraq and Al-Riffa where Al-Muharraq (2-0) beat Al-Riffa (1-1) on the road 76-69. Al-Muharraq shot 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Al-Riffa only scored four points from the stripe. Al-Muharraq forced 26 Al-Riffa turnovers. Al-Riffa was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Ali Abbas orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Bader Abdulla contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mohammed Hakeem added 13 points in the effort for Al-Riffa. Four Al-Riffa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Al-Muharraq will play against Al-Bahrain (#10) in Manama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Al-Riffa will play at home against Al-Ittihad (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Al-Riffa: C.Godfrey 15+10reb+1ast, M.Hakeem 13+4reb+2ast, S.Mahdi 12+1reb+2ast, A.Ghali 12+5reb, A.Asghar 6+4reb+1ast, H.Almoosawi 6+3reb+6ast
Al-Muharraq: A.Abbas 29+2reb+2ast, B.Abdulla 15+5reb+1ast, M.Alderazi 14+4reb+2ast, A.Hassan Shukralla 8+12reb, A.Salman 6+1reb, A.Motawa 2+3reb
gschID: 570306





Haminn Quantance claims Bahrain Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Haminn Quantance put on an amazing game in the last round for Al-Najma and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The had a double-double of 30 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Al-Bahrain (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 106-93. Al-Najma is placed at 3rd position in Bahrain Premier League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Al-Najma won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Quantance had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 12 attempts. It's his second year at Al-Najma and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Quantance has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 23.5rpg) and averages solid 4.0bpg,4.0spg and 66.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Nigerian center Augustine Okosun (210-C-86) of Sitra. Okosun impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 26 rebounds. It was enough for Sitra to edge Al-Ittihad (1-1) by 6 points 62-56. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Okosun is a newcomer at Sitra 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 20.0ppg (#6). He also registered 26.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Antwan Wilkerson (201-F-91) of Al-Ittihad (#7). Wilkerson scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Wilkerson's great performance Al-Ittihad lost 56-62 to Sitra (#5, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Al-Ittihad needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Wilkerson has a great season in Bahrain. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 16.0rpg (5th best) and assists with 4.0apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ali Abbas) of Al-Muharraq - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mahmood Aziz) of Isa Town - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of Al-Nweidrat - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Quinton Doggett (206-F-90) of Al-Ahli - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Abbas Jawadi (178-F-90) of Al-Najma - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ahmed Haji (175-PG) of Al-Hala - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Sidy Sall (206-F) of Al-Bahrain - 25 points, 12 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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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Tirana keeps Hysenagolli and Shima for another season - by Dren Shporta

Sport Klub Tirana that confirmed the participation for the second year in a row at Balkan League has managed to keep its best Albanian players actually.

Endrit Hysenagolli (206-C-88) and Gerti Shima (204-PF-86), have signed a new contracts with their club, which means that they will be for another season a part of Sport Klub Tirana.

Two members of Albanian national team have previously made career in different Kosovan teams, before coming back to KB Tirana last season.

They managed to help their team to be champion of Albania last season. Sport Klub Tirana's journey in Balkan League will start this season vs KK Blokotehna Gevgelija from Gevgelija on October 11th as a guest.



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Bandja Sy (ex ASVEL) joins AEK Athens - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 27-year old French ex-international forward Bandja Sy (204-97kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also Mali passport. Sy was about to sign at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. The last season he played also at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket (also in ProA) where in 40 games he had 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Sy helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Sy also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2013. Sy was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy) and Canada (High School).
Sy attended New Mexico State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Bandja Sy
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anthony GOETGELUCK
  Soba
  (182-PG-92)
  Avg: 21
 1. Goetgeluck, Soba21.0 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks20.0 
 3. Celis, Oxaco20.0 
 4. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.19.0 
 5. Vermeersch, Gembo B.19.0 
 6. Delalic, Spirou B18.0 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen18.0 
 8. Colette, Ninane17.0 
 9. Pierre, Neufchateau17.0 
 10. Perez, Melsele17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thibault VANDERHAEGEN
  Gistel O.
  (201-F/C-98)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.12.0 
 2. Dobbelaere, Ieper11.5 
 3. Enobakhare, Royal B.9.0 
 4. Lait, Royal Brussels9.0 
 5. Tuluka-M., Royal B.9.0 
 6. Bleijenbergh, Giants B.8.0 
 7. De-Meyer, Oxaco8.0 
 8. Henrard, Ninane8.0 
 9. Leten, Melsele7.5 
 10. Schepens, Ieper7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Celis, Oxaco5.0 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.5.0 
 3. Goetgeluck, Soba4.5 
 4. Moray, Ninane4.5 
 5. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.0 
 6. Verspeeten, Gent H.4.0 
 7. Tuluka-M., Royal B.4.0 
 8. Van-D., Giants B4.0 
 9. Haerbos, Soba3.5 
 10. Deridder, Giants B3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas LAMOT
  Melsele
  (190-F-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Lamot, Melsele4.5 
 2. Van-d., Melsele3.5 
 3. Perez, Melsele3.5 
 4. Moray, Ninane3.5 
 5. Van-Vooren, Wareg.3.0 
 6. Peeters, Gembo BBC3.0 
 7. Goetgeluck, Soba3.0 
 8. Bleijenbergh, Giants B.3.0 
 9. Guillemyn, Waregem2.5 
 10. Naudts, Waregem2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vrenz BLEIJENBERGH
  Giants B.
  (202-SF-0)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bleijenbergh, Giants B.3.0 
 2. Tuluka-M., Royal B.2.0 
 3. Bouckaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 4. Fusek, Spirou B1.5 
 5. Enobakhare, Royal B.1.0 
 6. Hall, Royal Brussels1.0 
 7. Gielen, Giants B1.0 
 8. Moray, Ninane1.0 
 9. Nau, Oxaco1.0 
 10. Celis, Oxaco1.0 



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  BOLIVIA  


Calero Potosi triumph at Liga Boliviana Finals - by Eurobasket News

Calero Potosi - Pichincha Potosi 71:68

Calero Potosi overcame Pichincha Potosi 71:68 in the decisive fifth game to seal the trophy. Calero Potosi started with a 24-15 surge, but could not dominate the whole first half. Pichincha Potosi replied with an 18-8 run to take a narrow lead at the halftime. The second half was a real thriller in the court as both teams looked great in the game. Calero Potosi notched a 24-20 rally in the third period to get the final victory.
Ronald Arze (175-PG-93) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Cristhian Camargo (194-F-92) netted 21. Louis Munks (190-G-90, college: Prairie View A&M) followed them with 9 points and 7 assists. Rene Calvo (193-F/G-93) and Jon Cathey-Macklin (206-F/C-91, college: Tarleton St.) replied with 13 points each in a loss.



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Artis, America20.3 
 2. Anthony, Bauru17.6 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba17.4 
 4. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.7 
 5. Dos-Santos, Pauli.14.6 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Uchendu, Bauru12.5 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi12.4 
 9. Coelho, Franca12.4 
 10. Bernardi, Pinheiros12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Uchendu, Bauru9.4 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.7.0 
 3. Sommer, Paulistano6.6 
 4. Galvanini, Bauru6.3 
 5. Drudi, Osasco B.6.3 
 6. Dos-Santos, Osasco B.6.2 
 7. Toledo, Pinheiros6.1 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.1 
 9. Cipolini, Franca6.0 
 10. Silveira, Mogi5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Corazza, Paulistano7.7 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.6.0 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.4 
 4. Anthony, Bauru5.0 
 5. Lersch, Mogi4.9 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba3.9 
 7. Borges, Franca3.7 
 8. Artis, America3.6 
 9. Taylor, Mogi3.6 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rosa, America2.1 
 2. Knight, America1.8 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros1.8 
 4. Artis, America1.7 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.6 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.5 
 7. Anthony, Bauru1.4 
 8. Taylor, Mogi1.4 
 9. Lersch, Mogi1.4 
 10. Torres, America1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uchendu, Bauru2.0 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.3 
 3. Lenz, Bauru1.2 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 5. Demetrio, Franca1.0 
 6. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 7. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.9 
 9. Corazza, Paulistano0.8 
 10. Knight, America0.8 


Caxias do Sul welcomes back Freitas - by Paulo Freire

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB) tabbed 29-year old guard Caue Freitas (192-88). It is actually his comeback to Caxias do Sul as he has played here before. Freitas played most recently at Campo Mourao (NBB). In 31 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Freitas played at Sao Jose/Vinac where in 23 NBB games he had 4.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.3apg.
Freitas won Paulista League championship title in 2015.
He represented Brazil at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 72.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 71.4%.
Freitas has played previously for four other teams: Vivo/Franca, Lajeado, Assis Basket and Lins.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


AZS Koszalin tabs Melsahn Basabe, ex Lukoil Acad. - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) inked 25-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. In only one game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal last season. Basabe also played that season for Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 where in 11 games he averaged 12.0ppg and 8.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at BG Goettingen (BBL) in German league that year. Basabe's team made it to the Bulgarian final.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Siarka).
Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Melsahn Basabe
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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  CHILE  


Puente Alto lands Jemal Farmer, ex Gmunden - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportes Puente Alto (Liga Nacional) landed 28-year old American swingman Jemal Farmer (195-98kg-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Blacktop Management). He played most recently at Basket Swans Gmunden in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 31 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Farmer played at Tokyo Cinq (BJ League) in Japan where in 41 games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.4apg.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Farmer has played previously professionally in Finland (Oulun NMKY), IBA-PBL (Cent.Illinois D.) and MPBA (Bloomington Express).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Farmer's outlook: Jemal Farmer is a multiposition guard/wing with excellent outside shooting skills paired with good size and athletism, which allows him to be an above average rebounder for his position. Defensively he can also be used at multiple positions. Farmer does not shy away from taking the shot in clutch moments of the game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


NBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Shaanxi sweep semifinal series against Hunan - by Eurobasket News

Shaanxi W. - Hunan 116-84

Shaanxi overcame Hunan to complete the sweep of the semifinal series. The game without a history. Shaanxi W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Shaanxi W. shot 25 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Hunan only scored two points from the stripe. Shaanxi W. forced 26 Hunan turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Hunan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. Five Shaanxi W. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Junjian He who recorded 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard ChaoLong Zhang (190-88) added 13 points respectively. 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:
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 29+11reb+3ast, G.Charles 24+8reb, B.Jiguang 18+1reb+3ast, M.Daqiang 14+3reb+1ast, G.Yan 12+2reb+2ast, Y.XiaoHang 9+1reb+2ast
Hunan: H.Junjian 15+3reb, Z.ChaoLong 13+2reb+2ast, C.Chen 10+1ast, L.Hansheng 9+2reb+2ast, S.Terrell 8+1ast, Q.Shouwei 6+5reb
gschID: 570398





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  CROATIA  


Jazine adds Zrnic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar (A1) added to their roster 29-year old forward Marin Zrnic (201-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) from KK Zabok. In 22 A1 games he recorded 11.7ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zrnic played at Gorica where in 34 A1 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg.
He won Croatian A2 League North Group championship title in 2011.
Zrnic has played previously for three other teams: Krizevci, Borik Puntamika and Vostarnica.

KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Goran Fodor
Giovonne Woods
Dino Butorac
Mario Pesut

Forward:
Marin Zrnic

Coach: Neven Plantak

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ECUADOR  


National League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Barcelona and Iccan enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Piratas - Juvenil 83-94

Juvenil edged Piratas to even the quarterfinal series at 1-1. The game without a history. Juvenil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Venezuelan forward Lenin Lopez (198-91) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) supported him with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for Piratas. American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Juvenil: N.Palacios 27+6reb+5ast, J.Diaz 23+10reb+5ast, L.Lopez 23+16reb+1ast, M.Martinez 9+1reb+2ast, J.Liberio 7+2ast, A.Guerra 5+4reb+1ast
Piratas: R.Perez 19+5reb+4ast, P.Cano 17+7reb+2ast, W.Clayton 15+13reb, E.Tenorio Parales 9+1reb+1ast, C.Delgado 7+7reb, C.Malatay 7+2reb+8ast
gschID: 570385


Iccan - Triple E-Uda 91-76

Iccan outgunned Triple E-Uda to sweep the quarterfinal series. Iccan unloaded 35 points in the first period to take an 18-point lead. They never looked back in the reminder of the contest and cruised to the victory.
gschID: 570386


Barcelona - Portoviejo 82-59

Barcelona overcame Portoviejo to complete the sweep of the series. Portoviejo was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Sam Prescott (190-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) supported him with 19 points. Four Barcelona players scored in double figures. Barcelona's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds by Venezuelan Braulis Barrios (199-85) did not help to save the game for Portoviejo. International guard Jonathan Arboleda (190-95) added 12 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: K.Bowman 20+7reb+3ast, S.Prescott 19+2reb+3ast, D.Henry 16+7reb, R.Cardenas 14+5reb+1ast, M.Cairo 6+6reb+2ast, F.Corozo 3
Portoviejo: B.Barrios 19+8reb+2ast, J.Arboleda 12+4reb+2ast, R.Roldan 8+5reb+2ast, B.Geraldo 6+4reb+1ast, A.Sabando 5+2reb, C.Cedeno 5+1ast
gschID: 570384


Importadora - Leones 63-68

Leones upset Importadora on the road to force the decisive third game in the series. Importadora trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-68 at the end of the game. Venezuelan point guard Alexander Morillo (180-92) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rafael Luis chipped in 13 points during the contest. Leones' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leones: A.Morillo 15+8reb+5ast, J.Vargas 14+1reb+2ast, R.Luis 13+4reb+2ast, C.Jackson 12+1ast, A.Conchambay 5+5reb+6ast, J.Ante 4+3reb
Importadora: J.Romero 19+8reb+3ast, N.Mina 12+3reb, J.Blocker 12+2reb+2ast, T.Sledge 12+9reb+6ast, C.Orozco 3+3reb+2ast, J.Sanmiguel 3
gschID: 570383





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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga MB round 22 best performance: Raymond Miller - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Quezaltepeque, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 25 rebounds, while his team outclassed Canarios (#4, 11-5) with 43-point margin 119-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Quezaltepeque 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. Quezaltepeque will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. Miller turned to be Quezaltepeque's top player in his first season with the team. Former California State University, Fullerton star has very solid stats this year. Miller is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 16.1rpg) and averages impressive 2.8bpg and 51.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Joe Reid (200-F) of Arcense. Reid had a very good evening with a double-double of 45 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Arcense lost that game 90-95 to slightly higher-ranked Cojute (#8, 9-9). Arcense is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Arcense managed to get this year. Reid is a newcomer at Arcense, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Arcense's star - American forward Jovany Austin (201-F-92). Austin scored 26 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). Despite Austin's great performance Arcense lost 90-95 to slightly higher-ranked Cojute (#8, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Arcense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Austin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Austin has individually a great season in El Salvador. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of Santiagueno - 38 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191-G) of Giants - 37 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
6. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 42 points and 3 rebounds
7. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Demontrez Austin (201-F) of Cojute - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Simeon Howard (193-G/F-92) of Cojute - 34 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Maurice Williams (196-PF) of Santiagueno - 20 points, 15 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 MB Round 22: Canarios are defeated by Quezaltepeque - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Quezaltepeque between third ranked Canarios (11-5) and fourth ranked Quezaltepeque (12-5) on Tuesday night. Canarios were crushed by Quezaltepeque on the road 119-76. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 42. Quezaltepeque forced 28 Canarios turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Canarios' players. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 25 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) chipped in 28 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) responded with 42 points (!!!) and 5 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quezaltepeque moved-up to third place. Canarios at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Quezaltepeque are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Canarios will play at home against Isidro Metapan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a second victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Santiagueno in San Salvador 100-91. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) notched a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Luis Escoto supported him with 27 points and 6 assists. Even 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists by American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) did not help to save the game for Santiagueno. Giants maintains thirteenth position with 2-15 record. Santiagueno lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Giants will play against higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santiagueno will play against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (15-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (10-6) 108-61. Oscar Rivera fired 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Christopher Blake produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. 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. Santa Tecla have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Loser Brujos Izalco keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Isidro Metapan. Santa Tecla will meet Cojute (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brujos Izalco will play against Santiagueno and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 22 Arcense lost to Cojute on the opponent's court 90-95.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 22 rebounds by Jovany Austin of Arcense.

Cojute - Arcense 95-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Arcense's (3-11) road loss to ninth ranked Cojute (9-9) 90-95 on Thursday. Cojute looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Demontrez Austin (201, college: Jacksonville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Forward Joe Reid (200, college: Shaw) produced a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) added 26 points and 22 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cojute moved-up to eighth place. Arcense lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Cojute will meet at home league's leader Santa Tecla in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Arcense will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cojute: S.Howard 34+13reb+2ast, J.Hudges 19+3reb+8ast, D.Austin 16+14reb+6ast, B.Garcia 12+8reb+2ast, L.Quintanilla 8+1reb+6ast, B.Reyes 6+3reb+1ast
Arcense: J.Reid 45+16reb+1ast, J.Austin 26+22reb+3ast, M.Wilson 17+6reb+10ast, J.Tochez 2+2reb+1ast, R.Cardona 0, M.Rivas 0+1ast
gschID: 553747


Santa Tecla - Brujos Izalco 108-61

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (15-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (10-6) 108-61. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 38. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Brujos Izalco's players. Oscar Rivera (190-80) fired 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jorge Loucel (186-90) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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. Santa Tecla have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Loser Brujos Izalco keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Isidro Metapan. Santa Tecla will meet Cojute (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brujos Izalco will play against Santiagueno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 20+5reb+1ast, O.Rivera 17+4reb+6ast, L.Valdez 13+8reb+1ast, J.Mancia 12+5reb+2ast, R.Martinez 10+1reb+10ast, E.Escalante 10+2reb+1ast
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 19+5reb+2ast, J.Loucel 14+6reb+3ast, C.Coleman 10+6reb+3ast, R.Mendez 8+2reb+1ast, S.Sill 5+5reb+1ast, R.Palma 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 553740


Giants - Santiagueno 100-91

Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a second victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Santiagueno in San Salvador 100-91. Giants players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) notched a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Luis Escoto (180-96) supported him with 27 points and 6 assists. Even 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists by American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) did not help to save the game for Santiagueno. His fellow American import Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) added 20 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Giants maintains thirteenth position with 2-15 record. Santiagueno lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Giants will play against higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santiagueno will play against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 37+15reb+5ast, L.Escoto 27+3reb+6ast, C.Flores 20+11reb+4ast, J.Lopez 6+2reb+3ast, G.Sosa 6+12reb, C.Sandoval 4+4reb+2ast
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 38+7reb+8ast, M.Williams 20+15reb+2ast, C.Hernandez 11+8reb, B.Castellon 8, S.Esperanza 6+7reb+1ast, E.Amaya 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 553736


Quezaltepeque - Canarios 119-76

The most important game in the last round took place in Quezaltepeque between third ranked Canarios (11-5) and fourth ranked Quezaltepeque (12-5) on Tuesday night. Canarios were crushed by Quezaltepeque on the road 119-76. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 42. Quezaltepeque forced 28 Canarios turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Canarios' players. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 25 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) chipped in 28 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) responded with 42 points (!!!) and 5 steals and forward Eddie Ishman (196, college: Miles) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quezaltepeque moved-up to third place. Canarios at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Quezaltepeque are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Canarios will play at home against Isidro Metapan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 28+3reb+6ast, R.Miller 26+25reb+1ast, H.Landaverde 21+3reb+1ast, A.Cacho 21+8reb+5ast, L.Portal 10+1reb+1ast, J.Maria Rivas 5+1ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 42+3reb+1ast, E.Ishman 21+8reb, W.Molina 7+3reb+8ast, C.Quevedo 2+2reb+1ast, J.Lima 2+2reb, J.Martinez 1
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Baskonia adds Janning to their roster, ex Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Matt Janning (195-99kg-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He played last season at Lokomotiv in Russian VTB league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 17 Eurocup games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.8apg. Janning also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Janning played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 16 games he had 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he got 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. Janning also spent pre-season at the Nuggets in NBA that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-CAA 1st Team back in 2009 and 2010 at his college time.
Janning is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Italy (Novipiu Casale), Turkey, NBA (Phoenix Suns) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Maine Red Claws).
Janning attended Northeastern University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Janning: A very fundamentally sound, athletic white guard. An elite shooter at Serie A level in Italy, Matt is comfortable in a combo guard role and is very effective playing on the ball and facilitating an offense. A solid spot shooter, but also excellent at creating shots coming off a pick and roll and slashing to the basket along the baseline. Matt plays every game with the right attitude, and is always one of the toughest guys on the court. An excellent help defender with above-average instincts. Every indication is that Matt is on his way to a successful career in the NBA or Europe.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelinho Huertas
Jayson Granger
Rodrigue Beaubois
Matt Janning
Luca Vildoza
Vanja Marinkovic

Forwards:
Tornike Shengelia
Janis Timma
Vincent Poirier
Patricio Garino
Jordan McRae

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Daniel Bordignon

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alexey SHVED
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Shved, RUS25.1 
 2. Schroeder, GER23.7 
 3. Porzingis, LAT23.6 
 4. Bogdanovic, CRO22.5 
 5. Dragic, SLO21.0 
 6. Bogdanovic, SRB20.3 
 7. Markkanen, FIN19.5 
 8. Shengelia, GEO18.8 
 9. Belinelli, ITA17.9 
 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, SLO8.5 
 5. Vucevic, MNT7.7 
 6. Shengelia, GEO7.6 
 7. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 8. Moldoveanu, ROM7.3 
 9. Gasol, ESP7.3 
 10. Mozgov, RUS7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  LTU
  (195-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.2 
 2. Satoransky, CZE6.4 
 3. Shved, RUS6.3 
 4. Rodriguez, ESP6.3 
 5. Strelnieks, LAT6.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN6.2 
 7. Jovic, SRB5.9 
 8. Schroeder, GER5.4 
 9. Bertans, LAT5.3 
 10. Dragic, SLO5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  USA
  (203-C/F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Jovic, SRB2.1 
 3. Lukashov, UKR2.0 
 4. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 5. Osman, TUR2.0 
 6. Rubio, ESP2.0 
 7. Mandache, ROM2.0 
 8. Sastre-Morro, ESP1.9 
 9. De-Colo, FRA1.8 
 10. Satoransky, CZE1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (221-C/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Porzingis, LAT1.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR1.7 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.5 
 4. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 5. Vucevic, MNT1.2 
 6. Bender, CRO1.2 
 7. Barovic, MNT1.2 
 8. Vidmar, SLO1.1 
 9. Randolph, SLO1.1 
 10. Valanciunas, LTU1.0 


2017 EuroBasket: Serbia hang on to defeat Russia, enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Russia 87:79

Serbia joined Slovenia in 2017 EuroBasket championship game. They defeated Russia in an exciting semifinal clash at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul.
Serbia relied heavily on Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) effort in the first half. They posted a 25:20 lead at the first intermission. Serbia dominated throughout the second quarter. Marjanovic and Bogdanovic teamed up for 26 points in the half to carry Serbia to a 48:34 halftime lead. Russia picked up the tempo in the third term. They reduced the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) helped Russia cut the deficit at 2-point mark midway through the fourth frame 73:75. However Micic and Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with three-pointers as Serbia regained a 7-point lead. Milosavljevic and Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) went perfect from the stripe in the final minute and Serbia got away with the victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic nailed 24 points to pace the winning side. Boban Marjanovic delivered 18 points for Serbia. Alexey Shved answered with game-high 33 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-PF-87) had 14 points in the losing case.

Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 24, Boban Marjanovic 18, Vladimir Lucic 13
Russia: Alexey Shved 33, Andrey Vorontsevich 14



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Robin Benzing (ex Zaragoza) signs at Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) landed 28-year old German international forward Robin Benzing (208-89). He has played for the last three years at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Among other achievements Benzing played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2015. He was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Benzing has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Benzing also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Benzing has played previously for four other Germany teams: ratiopharm Ulm, Bayern Muenchen, TV Langen and TV Langen II.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Clifford Hammonds
Andrej Mangold
Stefon Jackson-Cartwright
Maurice Stuckey
Abdul Gaddy
D.J. Richardson
Alexander Lauts

Forwards:
Kresimir Loncar
Robin Benzing
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Felix Hoffmann
Osvaldas Olisevicius
Ryan Anderson
Dejan Kovacevic
Lukas Wank

Centers:
Leon Kratzer
David Berberich

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Njardvik tabs Terrell Vinson, ex Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) inked 27-year old American forward Terrell Vinson (201-100kg-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 5 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 4.6rpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Vinson was tested by Universidad Catolica (Libcentro Pro) in Chilean league.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
Vinson has played previously professionally in Romania (Timba Timosoara) and Spain (Lleida_Basquet).
He attended University of Massachusetts until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Vinson's game is described as: He handles the ball well, shoots it well, can play everything from the point guard to the power forward and defend those positions as well.

UMFN Njardvik roster for 2017-2018:

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Terrell Vinson
Hilmar Hafsteinsson
Maciej Baginski
Brynjar Thor Gudnason
Gabriel Moller
Snjolfur Stefansson
Jon Sverrisson
Elvar Robertsson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oliveirense adds Coleman to their roster, ex Denain - by Joao Santos

U.D. Oliveirense (LPB) added to their roster 32-year old American center Eric Coleman (200-113kg-85, college: N.Iowa). He played most recently at Denain ASC Voltaire in French ProB. In 9 games he had 5.2ppg and 3.2rpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Coleman played at Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (Division I) in Angolan league. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Coleman won Angolan League championship title in 2014. He was also voted Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention back in 2013 and 2014.
Coleman represented USA at the World University Championships in Bangkok ten years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Coleman's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Coleman tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Poland (Polpharma), Spain (Leche Rio Breogan) and Ukraine (Mykolaiv and Hoverla).
Coleman attended University of Northern Iowa until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

U.D. Oliveirense roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Abreu
Jose Barbosa
Eduardo Guimaraes
Rui Franca
Raijon Kelly

Forwards:
Arnette Hallman
Joao Balseiro
Joao Guerreiro
Renato Azevedo

Center:
Eric Coleman

Coach: Norberto Alves

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bandja Sy (ex ASVEL) joins AEK Athens - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 27-year old French ex-international forward Bandja Sy (204-97kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also Mali passport. Sy was about to sign at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. The last season he played also at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket (also in ProA) where in 40 games he had 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Sy helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Sy also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2013. Sy was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy) and Canada (High School).
Sy attended New Mexico State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Bandja Sy
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AEK Athens may land Bandja Sy, ex ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) is close to add to their roster 27-year old French forward Bandja Sy (204-97kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: BeoBasket) who currently played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in France. He is a dual citizen owning also Mali passport. The last season he played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket (also in ProA) in French where in 40 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Sy helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Sy also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2013. Sy was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy) and Canada (High School).
Sy attended New Mexico State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Galatasaray fire past Cholet at Pro Stars Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 63:75

Galatasaray captured the first victory at the Pro Starts preseason tournament. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) nailed 18 points to lead the winning case.
Cholet recorded a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The French team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:36 halftime lead. Galatasaray narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Turkish team pulled within a single point at the final break. Galatasaray went on a 19:6 rally in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points, while Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 12 points for the Turkish side. Jonathan Rousselle (187-PG-90) provided 15 points for Cholet. Toddrick Gotcher (193-SG-93, college: Texas Tech) dropped 14 points in the defeat.



Strasbourg roll past Trento - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Trento 70:64

SIG Strasbourg defeated Trento in pre-season game in Cholet. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 13 points to lead the French team.
Trento jumped to a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The Italian team boosted the gap at 7-point mark at the interval 36:29. But Strasbourg stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Trento to just 5 points and grabbed a 48:41 lead at the final break. Trento knocked down 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Olivier Cortale (207-F/C-97) tossed in 12 points, while David Logan and Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette) had 10 points each for Strasbourg. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) replied with 15 points for Trento. Yannick Franke (194-G-96, agency: Court Side) had 14 points in the loss.



Dinamo Sassari enter Citta di Cagliari tournament Final - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Sassari - ASVEL 88:80

Dinamo Sassari will play in the Final of the preseason Citta di Cagliari tournament. They beat ASVEL in the semifinal clash. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the Italian team.
Sassari cleared off to a 24:12 lead at the first break. ASVEL picked up the tempo in the second term. The French side dropped 31 points to narrow the gap at 5-point mark. Dinamo Sassari maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth stanza up by six points. Sassari held ASVEL to just 15 points in the fourth period and secured the winning outcome. Levi Randolph (196-G-92, college: Alabama) accounted for 18 points in the victory. John Roberson (180-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) banked in 23 points for ASVEL.



Chalon outscore Galatasaray at Pro Stars tournament - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Galatasaray 98:94

Chalon celebrated victory at the preseason Pro Stars tournament. They overcame Galatasaray in a high-scoring affair. Adam Smith (185-PG-92, college: Georgia Tech) scored 24 points to pace the French team. Chalon grabbed a 49:43 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 9-point mark at the final break. Galatasaray unloaded 28 points in the fourth quarter but could not rescue the game. Jeremy Nzeulie (188-SG-91) netted 21 points, while Lance Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) added 20 points for the winners. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) chipped in 18 points for Galatasaray. Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) had 15 points in the loss.



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Radnicki hire coach Zoran Todorovic - by Eurobasket News

KKK Radnicki Kragujevac (KLS) agreed terms with FYR Macedonian coach Zoran Todorovic. The last time (12-14) he worked at Smederevo 1953 in Serbian KLS league.
Todorovic has coached previously professionally also in FYR Macedonia (Pelister Bitola).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rodnerius Lewis (ex Arena-76) signs at AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) landed 24-year old American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman). He played most recently at Arena-76 in Georgian A League. In 15 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and recorded 6.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian A League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Lewis' college team won SIAC Tournament in 2016. He received also All-SIAC Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lewis graduated from Stillman College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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Fuenlabrada top ALBA Berlin for Trofeo Fiestas - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - ALBA Berlin 66:62

Fuenlabrada captured the Trofeo Fiestas. They overcame ALBA Berlin behind 13 points from Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports).
ALBA snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening frame. Fuenlabrada eked out a 25:23 halftime advantage. The seesaw action continued in the second half. ALBA spurred ahead in the third term. The German team piled up a 45:40 lead at the final break. But Fuenlabrada picked up the tempo in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports) and Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) tossed in 12 points each for the winning side. Luke Sikma (203-F-89, college: Portland) answered with 10 points for ALBA. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) had 9 points in the defeat.



Robin Benzing (ex Zaragoza) signs at Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) landed 28-year old German international forward Robin Benzing (208-89). He has played for the last three years at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 32 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Among other achievements Benzing played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2015. He was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Benzing has been also a member of German international program for some years. He has regularly played for German senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Benzing also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.3%.
Benzing has played previously for four other Germany teams: ratiopharm Ulm, Bayern Muenchen, TV Langen and TV Langen II.

s.Oliver Wuerzburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Clifford Hammonds
Andrej Mangold
Stefon Jackson-Cartwright
Maurice Stuckey
Abdul Gaddy
D.J. Richardson
Alexander Lauts

Forwards:
Kresimir Loncar
Robin Benzing
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Felix Hoffmann
Osvaldas Olisevicius
Ryan Anderson
Dejan Kovacevic
Lukas Wank

Centers:
Leon Kratzer
David Berberich

Coach: Dirk Bauermann

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Green Basket 99 Palermo signs Raphael Strotz - by Eurobasket News

Green Basket 99 Palermo (Serie C Silver) signed 24-year old naturalized German power forward Raphael Strotz (204-95kg-93). He has played for the last two seasons at ForEnergy Vigevano 1955 in the Serie C Gold. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Strotz played in the final of Italian Serie C Gold Group Lombardia B in 2016.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. Strotz's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 0.2ppg.
Strotz has played previously for three other teams: Novipiu Casale, Bertram Tortona and Il Canestro Alessandria Basket.
He could be described: An inside player who excels at the rebounding department. Scores almost all his points in the paint.

Green Basket 99 Palermo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tindaro Gullo
Davide Marchini
Mirko Carella

Center:
Raphael Strotz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michael Smith (Crailsheim Merlins) I Believe That We Can Do Something Special This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Michael Smith (193-G-95, college: Cal.Baptist) is a 22 year old 193cm guard from California that is starting his professional career in Germany with the Crailsheim Merlins. He played at Cal.Baptist (NCAA2) from 2013-2017 and set the NCAA 2 on fire in his last two seasons as a junior he averaged 21.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 83.6%. In his senior year at Cal.Baptist (NCAA2) he played 25 games averaging 24.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 83.5%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Michael thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your from San Francisco, went to school in Riverside and now your in Crailsheim. Has it been kind of a culture shock concerning the geography? What kind of early beauty have you been able to take from Germany?

It has definitely been some what of a culture shock dealing with the time change and the language barrier of living in Germany but over the past few weeks I have come accustomed to the living.

Your starting your professional basketball career in Germany in the pro A with the Crailsheim Merlins. You were a lethal scorer in the NCAA2 and had a work out with the Los Angeles Lakers. How did you land with the Crailsheim Merlins? Did you get any advice from German teammate Kalidou Diouf?

I was able to land the job through the help of my agent Scott Nichols.


How did you experience your first summer transfer period coming from school. I can imagine that many professional teams were enticed by your scoring like from a team in Mexico where you had an offer. What was the deciding factor that made you chose the Crailsheim Merlins?


The deciding factor for me picking the Crailsheim Merlins was the type of culture that the organization presented. They are hard working and family based team. I also wanted to make sure that I started my career on a team that is fighting for a championship and with the Merlins I believe that we can do something special this season.


Head coach Tuomas Lisalo is impressed also with your team play and energy that you bring to the court. How have you grown to become a better team player in the last few years despite having had the big load of scoring at Cal Baptist?

My energy and team play comes directly from the coaching at Cal Baptist under Rick Croy. I was engraved to not only work hard but as well play as hard as I possibly can. Obviously I put in extra work but they definitely pushed me to my limits to help me become the player I am today. But regardless of the scoring, I have become a better player from a leadership standpoint and vocal leader.

How has it been in the early going playing in the back court with experienced Americans Michael Cufee and Chase Griffin? How have they helped you on the court most so far?

It's been a blessing to be able to learn from Chase and Michael these past weeks. Both of them are ridiculous shooters that have been pushing me to compete at a higher level every day. I think they've helped me the most by being professionals and showing a young guy like myself how a professional basketball player presents themselves.


You shot 43% form outside as a sophomore and under 40% in your last two seasons with 39% as a senior. How confident are you that you can be a 40% shooter from downtown at the professional level?

I feel very confident that my shooting percentage will do fine in a professional level just because of the work I've been putting in every day.


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


A hidden strength that I have is definitely the way that I compete. Regardless of the kind of night I am having on the scoring sheet, I'm always going to compete to the highest level and play harder than my opponent.


You had a pre draft work out with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. What kind of experience was that for you playing against Markelle Fultz and in front of the eyes of NBA legend Magic Johnson and head coach Luke Walton?

I did have a pre draft workout with the LA Lakers but didn't play against Markelle Fultz. I did learn a lot from a talk with coach Walton and feel as if I can compete at that level given the next opportunity I get.

You had a sensational career at Cal Baptist and really stepped it up in your last two seasons averaging more than 10 points more to your sophomore season. How do you feel did your game develop in your last two years? You stated once 'I feel like I left a legacy that you don't have to be the guy who's highly recruited or even be a guy who was very good when he starts in college, or even high school'. In other words hard work on the court was a big reason for your huge leap in play?

I felt the success that I got from the court was from the extra work that I put in during the summer of my junior and senior year at CBU. I wanted to make sure that I trained like a professional and outwork everyone else.

You are the Lancers all-time leading scorer was All Pac West player of the year twice and won the All Pac West tournament in 2016. How do you forever want to be remembered as a player and person at Cal Baptist?


I want to be remembered as the hardest working and most driven player at Cal Baptist.


Thanks Michael for the chat.



The Wiha Panthers Add Christian Behrens - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German Regionalliga team Wiha Panthers have added Christian Behrens (206-F-92, college: California) to help bolster thier front court. Christian Behrens is a 24 year old 206cm forward that was born in Renton, Washington and grew up in Kent and played at Tacoma high school. The American will be playing his first season in Germany and venturing into his third professional season. Last season he played with the Newcastle Eagles Esh Group (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 31 games averaging 4.5ppg, 3.3rpg. He won the BBL cup with Newcastle. He scored in double figures once last season against Leicester scoring 10 points.

He played his rookie season with WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 4 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg, left in Oct.'15, later that month moved to Surrey Scorchers (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 15 games averaging 12.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 66.7%, in Feb.'16 signed at San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 8 games averaging 0.4ppg. He played at California (NCAA) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 70 NCAA games. There he played with illustrious players like Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Harper Kamp and Jabari Bird. His best game at Calirfornia was a 20 point eight rebound effort against E Washington. Other fine games were against Princenton and Wyoming where he scored 12 points apiece and a 10 point game against Alcorn State. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Pac-12 Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -12, Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals -12, NIT Elite Eight -14, British National Team -15, Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals -16, British BBL Cup Winner -17, British BBL Regular Season Runner-Up -17, and British BBL Finalist -17.

Source:Wiha Panthers



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Rafail-Kyriakos Begos agreed terms with Polygirou - by Chris Mammides

AO Polygirou (C) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old point guard Rafail-Kyriakos Begos (188-96). He played most recently at AS Kastoria in B. Begos helped his team get promotion to A2. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Begos contributed to his team winning the group title (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at EAK Fes/nikis Kalamarias (also in B).
Begos was a member of Greek U16 National Team back in 2012.

AO Polygirou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Asterios Noukaris
Pavlos Pipiliaris
Lazaros Apostolidis
Sarandos Pavleas
Rafail-Kyriakos Begos
Giannis Chatzikyriakidis

Forwards:
Andreas Karagiannakis
Aris Zagoritis
Aristidis Tsioundos
Petros Dimitsas

Coach: Stelios Halkias

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G.S. Ermis Shimatariou keeps Flotsios for another season - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer G.S. Ermis Shimatariou re-signed experienced 36-year old guard Giorgos Flotsios (194-81). has played there for the last twelve seasons. Flotsios missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Flotsios is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ermis S.

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giorgos Thomas
Giannis Griniaris
_Giorgos Flotsios
Alexis Pantazis

Forwards:
Nikos Manolas
Antreas Psarianos

Center:
Giorgos Gyftonikolos

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G.S. Ermis Shimatariou signs Nikos Manolas - by Chris Mammides

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou (C) signed experienced 37-year old power forward Nikos Manolas (205-80). The last time (11-12) he played at Doukas in Greek A2 league. Manolas missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Manolas won A2 in 2001.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for five other teams: KAO Dramas, Alimos, P.Faliro, Keravnos Aigio and Akrata Achaias.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at G.S. Ermis Shimatariou.

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giorgos Thomas
Giannis Griniaris
Alexis Pantazis

Forwards:
Nikos Manolas
Antreas Psarianos

Center:
Giorgos Gyftonikolos

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Antreas Psarianos is a newcomer at G.S. Ermis Shimatariou - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer G.S. Ermis Shimatariou strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 41-year old forward Antreas Psarianos (200-76). The last time (8-9) he played at Asvestochoriou in Greek D league. Psarianos missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Psarianos is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ermis S.

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giorgos Thomas
Giannis Griniaris
Alexis Pantazis

Forward:
Antreas Psarianos

Center:
Giorgos Gyftonikolos

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G.S. Ermis Shimatariou signs Giorgos Gyftonikolos - by Chris Mammides

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou (C) signed experienced 39-year old center Giorgos Gyftonikolos (205-78). The last time (13-14) he played at GS Kymis in Greek A1 league. Gyftonikolos missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Gyftonikolos won C Division (South-Group 2) in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Ermis S.

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giorgos Thomas
Giannis Griniaris
Alexis Pantazis

Center:
Giorgos Gyftonikolos

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G.S. Ermis Shimatariou inks Alexis Pantazis - by Chris Mammides

G.S. Ermis Shimatariou (C) signed 27-year old guard Alexis Pantazis (186-90) from ES Kadmos Thivas.
Pantazis' team was Runner-Up of C Division (South-Group 2) 2012.
He has played previously for Halkidas.

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Giorgos Thomas signs at G.S. Ermis Shimatariou - by Chris Mammides

C newcomer G.S. Ermis Shimatariou landed 30-year old guard Giorgos Thomas (186-87). He was about to sign at Ermionis in D. However his team was relegated to D.
Thomas has played previously for two other teams: Alimos and Keravnos Aigio.

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Unics nip Panathinaikos in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Unics 63:65

Unics clinched the fifth preseason victory. They topped Panathinaikos in Athens. Joaquin Colom (188-PG-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Unics jumped to a 16:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts denied the deficit in the second period. Panathinaikos secured a 34:34 halftime draw. Unics regained the lead in the third term. The Russian team eked out a 47:45 advantage at the final break. They managed to stay in front in the fourth period and marched to the victory. Melvin Ejim (200-F-91, college: Iowa St.) connected for 10 points for the winners. Marcus Denmon (191-G-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 14 points for Panathinaikos. K.C. Rivers (196-SG-87, college: Clemson) chipped in 12 points in the loss.



Bandja Sy (ex ASVEL) joins AEK Athens - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 27-year old French ex-international forward Bandja Sy (204-97kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: BeoBasket). He is a dual citizen owning also Mali passport. Sy was about to sign at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. The last season he played also at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket (also in ProA) where in 40 games he had 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Sy helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Sy also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2013. Sy was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy) and Canada (High School).
Sy attended New Mexico State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Bandja Sy
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

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AEK Athens may land Bandja Sy, ex ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) is close to add to their roster 27-year old French forward Bandja Sy (204-97kg-90, college: New Mexico State, agency: BeoBasket) who currently played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in France. He is a dual citizen owning also Mali passport. The last season he played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket (also in ProA) in French where in 40 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Sy helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Sy also played 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sy's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2013. Sy was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Sluc Nancy) and Canada (High School).
Sy attended New Mexico State until 2013 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

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Njardvik tabs Terrell Vinson, ex Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) inked 27-year old American forward Terrell Vinson (201-100kg-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS). He played most recently at Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 5 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 4.6rpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Vinson was tested by Universidad Catolica (Libcentro Pro) in Chilean league.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
Vinson has played previously professionally in Romania (Timba Timosoara) and Spain (Lleida_Basquet).
He attended University of Massachusetts until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Vinson's game is described as: He handles the ball well, shoots it well, can play everything from the point guard to the power forward and defend those positions as well.

UMFN Njardvik roster for 2017-2018:

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Terrell Vinson
Hilmar Hafsteinsson
Maciej Baginski
Brynjar Thor Gudnason
Gabriel Moller
Snjolfur Stefansson
Jon Sverrisson
Elvar Robertsson

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BI weekend Preview / Donnie Green Memorial Tnmnt / CCBB u 18 Tnmnt - by Patrick Maher


PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

Sep 14,2017
UCC Demons and Tralee to do battle in opening game of men's season this Friday
All roads lead to Cork this coming Friday evening as UCC Demons and Garvey's Tralee Warriors will get the Men's Super League 2017/18 season underway at the Mardyke Arena from 8pm.
This is set to be a tough test for both sides, with the home side missing key players from last year's squad including Ciaran O'Sullivan, Ronan O'Sullivan and Roy Downey. They will, however, be hailing the return of Lehmon Colbert into their roster this season, while Colin O'Reilly will be back at the helm once more.
'We are under no illusions as to how difficult it is going to be for us to get back up amongst the top teams in the League,' O'Reilly stated. 'Playing our first game at home against one of the League favourites is a tough task, but is one we will have to embrace as a group and see if we can put in a performance that puts us in a position to steal the game in the fourth.'

Player Adrian O'Sullivan was also looking forward to the new season: "It's always nice to be able to start the season off with a home game and we're excited to get the season underway. Having said that, Tralee have added more to their Champions Trophy winning team last year, so a tough task lies ahead. It's important that we start our campaign in with winning ways and, despite losing some key players from last year, Colin has put us through our paces the last number of weeks and preparation has been going well.
"There have been some big moves around the country," he continued, "And with a club like Maree coming into the League, I think it's set up to be an exciting year and I can't wait to get going."
Tralee will go into the game without the services of a number of their squad due to injury, while guard Ryan Leonard has moved to the USA to play basketball.
'Ryan Leonard is a huge loss,' Head Coach, Mark Bernsen acknowledged. 'He worked so hard for us last year, he picked up the slack around the court and all of a sudden, you would look up and he would have 16 points, six rebounds and three steals.
'Demons is going to be a very tough test for us,' he continued. 'Expectations are high now after last year, but that's the way you want it. I think the League overall has got better this year, so it will be tough.'

KUBS and Belfast Star meanwhile will also go head-to-head on Friday evening with a new-look KUBS taking to the court, while Belfast Star count Conor and Aidan Quinn and Ryan Oliver amongst their new additions.
Elsewhere, all eyes will be on Galway on Saturday evening for the first Super League Galway derby as newly promoted Maree welcome neighbours SSE Airtricity Moycullen to Oranmore.
'We're really looking forward to competing in the Super League,' said Maree's John Finn. 'The first game against Moycullen should attract a good crowd and should be a great atmosphere.'
Pyrobel Killester will face off against Griffith Swords Thunder on Saturday evening in what is set to be a very interesting clash. Killester will be hoping that newcomer Royce Williams will be able to fill the shoes of Jermaine Turner, while Swords will be without a number of last year's players including Jose Maria Gil Narbon and Alex Calvo, but also welcome some new players on board.
Meanwhile, reigning Regular Season champions Black Amber Templeogue will be hoping to get the defense of their title off on the right foot when they travel to a new-look DCU Saints on Saturday.

It's also a busy weekend of fixtures in the Men's Division One as games get underway from 1pm on Saturday. It's a double-header weekend for two teams, as BFG Neptune travel to IT Carlow Basketball on Saturday before welcoming LYIT Donegal to Cork on Sunday, while LYIT Donegal will go into that game off the back of a Saturday tip off away to Ballincollig.
Neptune will be welcoming Roy Downey back into the fold as he returns from a stint with neighbours, UCC Demons. They will be without the services of Adam Drummond and Sean Jenkins however, as both players have moved to the USA.
Ballincollig - who are one of four new teams to the Division One league this year - will welcome veterans Ciaran O'Sullivan and Ronan O'Sullivan back into the fold while elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will welcome Fr Mathews for their first game of the year.
Ej Sligo All-Stars are home to LIT Celtics and will be without Aidan O'Shea for their opening game as he prepares for the All Ireland final on Sunday while Dublin Lions will make the trip to Kerry without the services of guard, Kevin Anyanwu (who has also moved to the States) to face St Paul's Killarney.

Basketball Ireland Fixtures September 15-17th, 2017
Friday, September 15th
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League
UCC Demons v Garvey's Tralee Warriors, Mardyke Arena, 20:00;
KUBS BC v Belfast Star, Greendale, 20:30;

Saturday, September 16th
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League
Pyrobel Killester v Griffith Swords Thunder, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00;
DCU Saints v Black Amber Templeogue, DCU Complex, 19:00;
Maree v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Calsanctius College, 19:45;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1
IT Carlow Basketball v BFG Neptune, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 13:00;
Ballincollig v LYIT Donegal, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;
Portlaoise Panthers v Fr Mathews, St Mary's Sports Hall, 19:00;
St Paul's Killarney v Dublin Lions, Killarney Sports Centre, 19:30;
EJ Sligo All-Stars v LIT Celtics, Mercy College, 19:30;

Sunday, September 17th
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1
BFG Neptune v LYIT Donegal, Neptune Stadium, 15:00;
From :www.basketballireland.ie

Donnie Greene Memorial tournament :

A huge thank you to Maree Basketball club for having us at their Donnie Greene Memorial Tournament this weekend. A good weekend ended with us defeating Moycullen, Tempelouge BC, on Saturday then Star in the semifinals Sunday followed by another meeting with TBC in the final. It was a great honour to win the tournament and with Isaac Westbrooks picking up the tournament MVP it gets us even more focused for our opening Superleague game this coming Saturday night v Killester BC.
Go Thunder : From Dublin Thunder FB page.

Michael heffernan under 18 Tournament :


Moycullen's U18 team has won Cork Men's Basketball Board Boys U18 Michael Heffernan Tournament after defeating Ballincollig in the final 55-40 in Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher on 9-Sep-2017.

CCBB pre season tournament:

Cork Men D2 Pre-Season Tournament
Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher, Cork
Cork Celts vs E.C. Glenmary 7.15 pm Cork Celts fb page for details on JD Scaffolding and Ziggys Rock and Blues Bard New and renewed playing apparell sponsorship (https://www.facebook.com/corkcelts09/) (https://www.facebook.com/ziggys.bar1/?ref=br_rs) (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008889166516&hc_ref=ARTWhws6V0hxe3YKv17RgUGKtfWqjlj32fLjNFGhh4Dlq18QoCkW5R_QDXn9b-3bPfA)
Roy Downey (191-G, college: Lindsey Wilson)



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  ISRAEL  


Estudiantes and Fuenlabrada to play for title at Ciudad de Getafe tourney - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes and Fuenlabrada will play for the title at the preseason Ciudad de Getafe tournament.
Estudiantes overcame Hapoel Jerusalem 106:76 in the first semifinal battle. Hapoel grabbed a 26:21 lead at the first break. But Estudiantes went on a 34:12 run in the second term to take a comfortable halftime lead. They added 51 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) had 22 points for the Madrid team. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points for the winners. Alen Omic (216-C-92) answered with 19 points for Hapoel Jerusalem.
Fuenlabrada held off Baskonia 85:82. Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) notched 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed 14 points for Fuenlabrada. Miguel Gonzalez replied with 20 points for Baskonia.



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  ITALY  


Aleksander Czyz left the Flexx Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Polish international power forward Aleksander Czyz (201-109kg-90, college: Nevada) left The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A).
The last season Czyz played at Juvecaserta where in 14 Serie A games he had 7.4ppg and 3.5rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Czyz's team won Polish League Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Czyz has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Czyz represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 88.9%.
Czyz is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in NBA (Milwaukee Bucks), Italy (Virtus Roma and New Basket Brindisi), Poland (PGE Turow) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge).
Czyz attended University of Nevada until 2012 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A big bodied inside player, he's very aggressive and plays hard at the both sides of the court. Can hit a mid-range shot, he's enough quick to guard forwards.

The Flexx Pistoia roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Fabio Mian
Jaylen Bond
Tommaso Bianchi
Naigel Onuoha
Cesare Barbon

Centers:
Daniele Magro
Raphael Gaspardo
Markus Kennedy
Asen Popov

Coach: Vincenzo Esposito

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Avtodor and Varese reach the Final in Caorle - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor and Varese reached the Final at the International tournament in Caorle. Avtodor overcame Umana Venezia 97-87 although they trailed 14 points in the first period. The Russian side pulled the tempo back and reduced to 6 points due to 31-23 rally in the second period. Moreover Avtodor fully dominated the second half to ensure the win. Micah Downs (195-G/F-86, college: Gonzaga) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) poured in 16. Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) ended up wth 16 points in a loss and Tomas Ress (208-F/C-80, college: Texas A&M) as well as Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) added 14 apiece.
Varese meanwhile edged Treviso 77-65 as Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91, college: VMI) led the way with 19 points. Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn) scored 12 and Giancarlo Ferrero (196-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) notched 11 points.



Dinamo Sassari enter Citta di Cagliari tournament Final - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Sassari - ASVEL 88:80

Dinamo Sassari will play in the Final of the preseason Citta di Cagliari tournament. They beat ASVEL in the semifinal clash. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the Italian team.
Sassari cleared off to a 24:12 lead at the first break. ASVEL picked up the tempo in the second term. The French side dropped 31 points to narrow the gap at 5-point mark. Dinamo Sassari maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth stanza up by six points. Sassari held ASVEL to just 15 points in the fourth period and secured the winning outcome. Levi Randolph (196-G-92, college: Alabama) accounted for 18 points in the victory. John Roberson (180-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) banked in 23 points for ASVEL.



Matera inks Lorenzo Varaschin - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Olimpia Matera (Serie B) signed 19-year old power forward Lorenzo Varaschin (98, agency: Octagon Europe) from Rucker Sanve San Vendemiano. In 32 Serie B games he had 3.7ppg and 2.6rpg last season.

Bawer Olimpia Matera roster for 2017-2018:

Ignacio Ochoa
Franco Migliori
Marcello Cozzoli
Nicolo Ravazzani
Leonardo Battistini
Alessandro Marra
Samuele Pasqualini
Lorenzo Varaschin

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Linton Johnson agreed terms with San Nicola - by Eurobasket News

Basket San Nicola La Strada (Serie C Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 37-year old American power forward Linton Johnson (203-93kg-80, college: Tulane, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He is not a newcomer in Italian League as he played most recently at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A2. In 13 games he recorded just 1.6ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Johnson also played that season for Givova Scafati (Serie A). In 11 games he averaged 11.0ppg and 7.5rpg.
Among other achievements Johnson's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Imports Team award back in 2012.
Johnson has played also professionally in Spain and NBA (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA, The Flexx Pistoia, Banco di Srd and Scandone Avellino).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at San Nicola.
Johnson attended Tulane University until 2002 and it will be his 16th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Linton Johnson was phenomenal on the glass. He didn't shoot well, but he did a lot of things well. They're things that don't necessarily show up in the box score. Has that kind of hard-working mentality that is loved by all the coaches and team managers.

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Green Basket 99 Palermo signs Raphael Strotz - by Eurobasket News

Green Basket 99 Palermo (Serie C Silver) signed 24-year old naturalized German power forward Raphael Strotz (204-95kg-93). He has played for the last two seasons at ForEnergy Vigevano 1955 in the Serie C Gold. Serie C Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Strotz played in the final of Italian Serie C Gold Group Lombardia B in 2016.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) six years ago. Strotz's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 0.2ppg.
Strotz has played previously for three other teams: Novipiu Casale, Bertram Tortona and Il Canestro Alessandria Basket.
He could be described: An inside player who excels at the rebounding department. Scores almost all his points in the paint.

Green Basket 99 Palermo roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tindaro Gullo
Davide Marchini
Mirko Carella

Center:
Raphael Strotz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cuore Napoli tabs Gennaro Sorrentino - by Andrea Centenari

Serie A2 newcomer Generazione Vincente Cuore Napoli inked 32-year old point guard Gennaro Sorrentino (190-80kg-85) from Ambalt Recanati. In 28 Serie A2 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Sorrentino played at Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A) where in 46 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Sorrentino was a member of Italian U20 National Team back in 2003.
He has played previously for six other teams: Imola, Givova Scafati, Cecina, Basket Barcellona, Napoli Basket and Met.Extra Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.
Sorrentino's game is described as: A good shooting guard, but a little embarrassed if asket to quarterback a team; great offensive skills and 1-on-1 offense, needs to improve his passing and his decision making.

Generazione Vincente Cuore Napoli roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roberto Maggio
Gennaro Sorrentino
Domenico Marzaioli
Antonio Lepre
Alessio Ronconi
Kerry Carter
Bruno Mascolo

Forwards:
Tommaso Ingrosso
Stefan Nikolic
Mattia Mastroianni
Matteo Fioravanti

Centers:
Hrvoje Vucic
Nikolai Vangelov

Coach: Ciccio Ponticiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cleveland Thomas leaves Cantu - by Andrea Centenari

MIA-Red October Cantu announced that Cleveland Thomas (190-G-93, college: Hartford) has left the team. He signed a contract with the club only one week ago.
He has only college experience while playing for Hartford (NCAA).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thomas' college team won MWC Tournament for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).



Strasbourg roll past Trento - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Trento 70:64

SIG Strasbourg defeated Trento in pre-season game in Cholet. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 13 points to lead the French team.
Trento jumped to a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The Italian team boosted the gap at 7-point mark at the interval 36:29. But Strasbourg stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Trento to just 5 points and grabbed a 48:41 lead at the final break. Trento knocked down 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Olivier Cortale (207-F/C-97) tossed in 12 points, while David Logan and Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette) had 10 points each for Strasbourg. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) replied with 15 points for Trento. Yannick Franke (194-G-96, agency: Court Side) had 14 points in the loss.



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  JAPAN  


Nidaros Jets land Evan Harris, ex Saitama Bron. - by Eurobasket News

Nidaros Jets Trondheim (BLNO) landed 31-year old American power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard). He played most recently at Saitama Broncos in Japanese B League D3. In 51 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg and 1.1bpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Harris played at Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA where in 38 games he had 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team.
Harris is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Quimper UJAP), Portugal (Illiabum), Romania (Craiova), Slovakia (Prievidza) and Germany (Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and Cuxhaven BasCats).
Harris attended Harvard University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

Nidaros Jets Trondheim roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Mjos
Joel Spear
Edgar Tandberg

Center:
Evan Harris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KOSOVO  


Ylli tabs Arif Mehmetaj - by Eurobasket News

Golden Eagle Ylli (SuperLeague) inked 23-year old Kosovan international forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-100kg-94). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Mehmetaj just graduated from Daemen (NCAA2). He has played there for the last three years. In 25 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1bpg last season. Mehmetaj helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-ECC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Mehmetaj played in the final of ECC Tournament in 2016. He has been regularly called to Kosovan Senior National Team since 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LEBANON  


Marcus Hall (ex Bucaneros) signs at Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 32-year old American guard Marcus Hall (185-86kg-85, college: Colorado, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played most recently at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league, but left the team in March'17. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
Three years ago (six years after he left the college) Hall was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in fourth round (61st overall).
The former University of Colorado standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hall's team made it to the Turkish TB2L Semifinals in 2011 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Hall is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (BC Levski 2014 Sofia), Cyprus (Apoel), Germany, Italy (Novipiu Casale), Turkey (Darussafaka, Kepez Bld, Yesilgiresun Bld and Afyon Bld) and NBA G League (Iowa Wolves).
Hall's game is described as: A very athletic guard who outstood in track & field at level. Can change direction and pace very easily. Has great maturity about his game and displays a great level of confidence. Marcus can really run a team and he shoots the ball well. De doesn't over-handle the ball. He just runs the team.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcus Hall
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Tristan Spurlock
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Vytis land Elliott Cole - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) tabbed American point guard Elliott Cole (180). He just graduated from Charleston (NCAA2). In 22 games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.5apg last season.
As mentioned above Cole is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He was selected to All-MEC 2nd Team in 2017.

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paulius Beliavicius
Sarunas Vingelis
Elliott Cole

Forwards:
Marijus Uzupis
Gytis Radzevicius

Center:
Edvinas Jezukevicius

Coach: Aurimas Jasilionis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lietuvos Rytas top Parma for fifth preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Parma 86:79

Lietuvos Rytas earned the fifth preseason victory. They overcame Parma behind 11 points from Marc Antonio Carter (192-G/F-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances).
Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They unloaded 30 points in the second period to take a 10-point halftime lead. Parma cut the deficit in the third term. The Russian team got within three points at the final intermission. But Lietuvos Rytas were back in control in the fourth stanza. They went on a 19:14 run to ice the win. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79), Martynas Echodas (206-C/F-97) and Travis Peterson (208-C/F-85, college: Samford) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90, college: IPFW) answered with 22 points for Parma. Cody Miller (196-G) chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.



Zalgiris beat Tofas at Gloria Cup - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Tofas 78:71

Zalgiris clinched another victory at the Gloria Cup in Antalya. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) notched 14 points to lead the Lithuanian champions.
Zalgiris dropped 30 points in the first period to take a 15-point lead. Tofas narrowed the distance in the second frame. The Turkish team cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the interval. Zalgiris slowed their opponents down in the third term. The Kaunas side secured a 10-point lead at the final break. Tofas managed to limit Zalgiris to 13 points in the fourth period but could not avert the defeat. Brandon Davies (208-C-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 12 points, while Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) had 11 points for the winning side. Baris Ermis (194-PG-85) answered with 18 points for Tofas. Kenny Kadji (211-F/C-88, college: Miami, FL) had 13 points in the loss.



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  MONTENEGRO  


Teodo Tivat lands Robert Abramovic - by Darko Pekic

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) tabbed 29-year old Slovenian point guard Robert Abramovic (185-88, agency: PEPI SPORT). He was about to sign at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. The last season Abramovic played at Peja (SuperLeague) in Kosovo where in 11 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 2nd Team. Abramovic also played 6 games in Balkan League where he had 13.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.7apg. The other team Abramovic played shortly was LTH Castings in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In only one game he recorded very remarkable stats: 16 points, 2 assists and 4 steals. Abramovic also spent pre-season at KK_Zabok (A1) in Croatian league earlier that year. Another team he played briefly was Kozuv in FYR Macedonian league. In three Balkan League games he got high stats: 19.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg.
Abramovic has played previously professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers and UBSC Graz) and Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela, Zlatorog, Grosuplje, Jance Prit and Geoplin Slovan II).

KK Teodo Tivat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Robert Abramovic
Aleksandar Radulovic
Milos Djurisic
Filip Bakic

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

Center:
Milovan Savic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Teodo Tivat lands Aleksandar Radulovic, ex Dynamic BG - by Darko Pekic

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) tabbed 29-year old Serbian guard Aleksandar Radulovic (190-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at KK Dynamic BG Beograd in Serbian KLS league. In 35 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Radulovic was tested by KK Velika Plana (2MLS) in Serbian league where in 5 games he had 13.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg (top 3) and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements he won Serbian 2MLS championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Radulovic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in Serbia (Masinac, KK Mladost Z Admiral Zemun, The Ere, Crnokosa and Zeleznicar Indjija) and Montenegro (Ulcinj and Ibar Rozaje).
Let's have closer look into Radulovic's outlook: Aleksandar is a true team leader. He can do it all, he can play as a power forward-center. Has alot of experience in basketball. He can shoot from outside and play in low post. He is a fantastic rebounder and shot blocker...he is known as a man of steel.

KK Teodo Tivat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Radulovic
Milos Djurisic
Filip Bakic

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

Center:
Milovan Savic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aleksandar Ilic (ex Napredak) agreed terms with Ulcinj - by Darko Pekic

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj (Erste Liga) inked 22-year old Serbian forward Aleksandar Ilic (197-95). He has played for the last three years at Napredak in Serbian 2MLS. In 23 games he recorded 6.1ppg and 2.4rpg last season.
Ilic has played also professionally in Serbia for Nibak Nis.

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kasey Shepherd

Forwards:
Marko Milosevic
Zdravko Boskovic
Aleksandar Ilic

Center:
Aleksandar Milic

Coach: Darko Vujacic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ulcinj inks Aleksandar Milic - by Darko Pekic

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj (Erste Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old Montenegrin center Aleksandar Milic (207-93). He was about to sign at SK Tirana in Albanian Superliga.
Milic helped his team to make it to the Montenegrin League Semifinals in 2012.
He has played previously for Lovcen.

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kasey Shepherd

Forwards:
Marko Milosevic
Zdravko Boskovic

Center:
Aleksandar Milic

Coach: Darko Vujacic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ulcinj welcomes back Boskovic - by Darko Pekic

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj (Erste Liga) tabbed 21-year old small forward Zdravko Boskovic (200-96). It is actually his comeback to Ulcijn as he has played here before. Boskovic played most recently at Sutjeska (Erste Liga). In 21 games he averaged 7.3ppg and 2.3rpg last season. He also played 14 games in Balkan League where he had 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Boskovic played at Ulcinj. In 24 Erste Liga games he recorded 8.1ppg and 2.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Despite young age Boskovic had impressive career. Boskovic played in the final of Montenegrin U19 Championships in 2013. He was selected to Montenegrin U18 Championships All-Star Game back in 2013.
He represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. Boskovic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg, 5.0rpg.
Boskovic has played previously for Anagastum.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MOROCCO  


2017 AfroBasket: Tunisia see off Morocco, march into Final - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - Morocco 60:52

Tunisia became the first AfroBasket finalists. The hosts rallied past Morocco in the first semifinal clash in Tunis. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86, agency: 011 Sports) posted 22 points to lead the winners.
Tunisia accumulated an 18:9 lead after the opening frame. Morocco narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. The visitors got within 3 points at the big break 30:27. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Tunisia eked out a 47:44 lead at the final intermission. They though limited Morocco to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and got away with the victory. Radhouane Slimane (205-F-80) notched 11 points, while Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) had 10 points for the hosts. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Morocco. John Wilkins (207-F/C-89, college: Illinois St., agency: Promotex) tossed in 10 points in the defeat.

Tunisia: Mohamed Hadidane 22, Radhouane Slimane 11, Mourad El Mabrouk 10
Morocco: Abderrahim Najah 12, John Wilkins 10



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  NBA  


Nuggets Hire David Adelman As Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News

The Denver Nuggets have hired David Adelman to join Head Coach Michael Malone 's staff as an assistant coach. Adelman comes to Denver after serving as assistant coach for the Orlando Magic during the 2016-17 season. He spent the previous five seasons (2011-16) with Minnesota, including the final three as an assistant coach. His NBA career began in 2011 as a player development coach. He also served as head coach for the Timberwolves summer league team for three seasons. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, Adelman spent five seasons as head basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. Adelman went 83-53 (.610) during his five seasons at Lincoln, leading the Cardinals to three Portland Interscholastic district championships (2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11). He also guided Lincoln to the Oregon Class 6A state championship final in 2009. Adelman was named PIL Coach of the Year three times.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Terry re-signs at the Bucks - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks confirmed in their roster experienced 40-year old ex-international point guard Jason Terry (188-82kg-77, college: Arizona). He played there last season. In 80 NBA games he had 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Terry played at the Rockets where in 77 NBA games he recorded 5.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Terry's team made it to the NBA Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted All-NBA Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009. Terry was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
He has spent his entire career in NBA playing for five other teams: Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at the Bucks.
Terry attended University of Arizona until 1999 and it will be his 19th (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Terry: He seemed really undersized to play the 2 position at the beginning, but his athletic skills and shooting range have made him one of the most explosive scoring guards of the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee Bucks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jason Terry
Matthew Dellavedova
Malcolm Brogdon
Gary Payton_II
Sterling Brown
Bronson Koenig
JeQuan Lewis
Rashad Vaughn

Forwards:
Mirza Teletovic
John Henson
Khris Middleton
Jabari Parker
Thon Maker
D.J. Wilson
Tony Snell
Giannis Antetokounmpo
James Young

Center:
Greg Monroe

Coach: Jason Kidd

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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The Trail Blazers land Anthony Morrow - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) tabbed 32-year old guard Anthony Morrow (196-95kg-85, college: Georgia Tech). He played most recently at Chicago Bulls. In 12 NBA games he averaged 4.4ppg last season. Morrow also played for the Thunder where in 39 NBA games he had 5.9ppg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Morrow's team made it to the NBA Semifinals in 2016. He received also All-ACC Honorable Mention award back in 2006 and 2008 at his college time.
Morrow has played previously professionally in Ukraine (Budivelnyk) and other NBA teams (New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets).
He attended Georgia Tech until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Morrow is described as: Wing player who is an excellent shooter from both mid- and long range Long, wiry player with good athletic ability and a quick release.

Portland Trail Blazers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Anthony Morrow
Damian Lillard
C.J. McCollum
Shabazz Napier
Isaiah Briscoe

Forwards:
Al-Farouq Aminu
Ed Davis
Noah Vonleh
Caleb Swanigan
Zach Collins
Evan Turner
Maurice Harkless
Pat Connaughton
Jake Layman

Centers:
Meyers Leonard
Jusuf Nurkic

Coach: Terry Stotts

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


Utah signs guard Devante Doutrive, plans to redshirt - by Eurobasket News

Utah has signed shooting guard Devante Doutrive (6'5''-SG) to a letter of intent. He plans to redshirt during the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Woodland Hills, California, averaged 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.7 steals and won a state title at Birmingham High School last season. Doutrive was ranked a four-star prospect by Scout and ESPN. Scout reported he received offers from Oregon, Arizona State, Gonzaga and UTEP. Utah lost four of its top six scorers from the 2016-17 season. Kyle Kuzma was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers No. 27 overall in the NBA Draft and Lorenzo Bonam graduated. Devon Daniels and JoJo Zamora both left the program. The Utes open the season by hosting Prairie View A&M on Nov. 10.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



N.C. State lands first Class of 2018 commitment - by Eurobasket News

Immanuel Bates, one of the best shot-blockers in the high school ranks, announced that he has committed to N.C. State at a press conference on Friday afternoon. Bates is a 6-foot-9, 200 pound center that is regarded as one of the best shot-blockers in the high school ranks and a borderline top 100 prospect. He is the first commitment for N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts in the Class of 2018, picking the Wolfpack over Georgetown, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NIGERIA  


Umar applauds Pillars as they retain Kwese League title - by Eurobasket News

Kano Pillars at the weekend successful defended their Nigerian basketball premier league title, when they defeated Gombe Bulls in the final 8 of the Kwese Premier League concluded at the Kofar Mata in Kano. Pillars defeated Bulls by 20 points 74-54 to confirm superiority in the Nigerian league. They took home the N20 million champions' grand prize. The factional president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijjani Umar, was full of praises for the Nigerian champions, which he described as very consistent in the past years. "Pillars gave their best in the Kwese Premier League throughout the season, so retaining the league title was not a big surprise. We don't have any doubt in our mind that Pillars would represent Nigeria well at the next edition of the FIBA Africa Club Championship, together with the runner's up, Gombe Bulls." For finishing second place, Gombe Bulls got N15 million, While Hoops and Read of Lagos that defeated Kwara Falcons 61-52 in the loser's final took home N10 million. Kano Pillars' Celestine Nwafor Peter, was voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Kwese Premier League. He was also voted the league's Highest Scorer. Pillars' Abubakar Usman (191-G-86) was voted the Best Scorer, Gombe Bulls' Timothy Kapon got the Best Offensive Player award, while Hoops and Read's Mustapha Oyebanji was voted as the Best Shooter.
The Kwese Premier League Best Five were David Godwin (195-SG) of Kwara Falcons, Dele Ademola (199-F-89) of Pillars, Mustapha Oyebanji of Hoops and Read, Abubakar Usman Nda and Celestine Nwafor Peter.
Some of the top sports personalities that presented prizes and individual awards to winners at the grand finale of the Final 8 include: Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association and chairman Kano State Sports Commission, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, former President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Senator U.K Umar, former President of the NBBF, Alhaji Aliyu Bappa, Treasurer of the NOC, Alhaji Abba Yola, former Director, National Sports Commission and Prince Ado Bayero.
Courtesy of: Ikuesan Olusegun



2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria hand Senegal semifinal loss - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - Senegal 76:71

Nigeria continue their AfroBasket title defence. The defending champions beat Senegal in the semifinal clash tonight. Nigeria will try to repeat as champions in the title game versus Tunisia tomorrow. Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 19 points and grabbed 7 boards to pace the winners.
Nigeria eked out a 15:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Nigeria accumulated a 34:29 halftime lead. D'Tigers stayed in front in the third period. Alex Nwora's crew arrived at the final break up by 7 points. Senegal dropped 26 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss as Nigeria drove to yet another AfroBasket Final. Ike Iroegbu (188-G-95) dropped 18 points, while Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) added 17 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) and Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) answered with 14 points apiece in the defeat.

Nigeria: Bryant Mbamalu 19, Ike Iroegbu 18, Ikechukwu Diogu 17+14 boards
Senegal: Maurice Ndour 14, Gorgui Dieng 14



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  NORWAY  


Nidaros Jets land Evan Harris, ex Saitama Bron. - by Eurobasket News

Nidaros Jets Trondheim (BLNO) landed 31-year old American power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard). He played most recently at Saitama Broncos in Japanese B League D3. In 51 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg and 1.1bpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Harris played at Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA where in 38 games he had 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team.
Harris is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Quimper UJAP), Portugal (Illiabum), Romania (Craiova), Slovakia (Prievidza) and Germany (Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and Cuxhaven BasCats).
Harris attended Harvard University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

Nidaros Jets Trondheim roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Thomas Mjos
Joel Spear
Edgar Tandberg

Center:
Evan Harris

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joel Spear (ex Albury W.B.) joins Nidaros Jets - by Eurobasket News

Nidaros Jets Trondheim (BLNO) agreed terms with 23-year old Australian point guard Joel Spear (190-84kg-94, college: S.Oregon). He played last summer at Albury Wodonga Bandits in Australian SEABL-East. In 24 games he had 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spear's team was regular season runner-up in Cascade in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted All-NAIA D2 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Spear was a member of Australian U18 National Team back in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Australia for West Adelaide Bearcats.
Spear attended Southern Oregon University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PARAGUAY  


Metropolitan League Round 11: San Jose keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked San Jose as it allowed them to take a leadership position. San Jose smashed bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata in Asuncion 104-37. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Olimpia. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Libertad (#4) and Sol de America (#2). Libertad (7-2) won against visiting Sol de America (7-3) 99-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sol de America. Libertad have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Sol de America at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost.
Metropolitan top team - Olimpia (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ciudad Nueva (1-8) in Asuncion 90-38. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-2 record, which they share with San Jose. Loser Ciudad Nueva keeps the seventh position with eight games lost.

In the last game of round 11 Felix Perez was beaten by Luqueno on the road 72-64.

Olimpia - Ciudad Nueva 90-38

Metropolitan top team - Olimpia (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ciudad Nueva (1-8) in Asuncion 90-38. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-2 record, which they share with San Jose. Loser Ciudad Nueva keeps the seventh position with eight games lost.
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Luqueno - Felix Perez 72-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Luqueno's (5-6) home victory over 6th ranked Felix Perez (2-7) 72-64 on Thursday. Luqueno maintains fifth place with 5-6 record. Loser Felix Perez keeps the sixth position with seven games lost.
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San Jose - Dep.Capiata 104-37

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked San Jose as it allowed them to take a leadership position. San Jose smashed bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata in Asuncion 104-37. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Olimpia. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost.
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Libertad - Sol de America 99-93

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Libertad (#4) and Sol de America (#2). Libertad (7-2) won against visiting Sol de America (7-3) 99-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sol de America. Libertad have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Sol de America at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost.
gschID: 571208





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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. Brown, Phoenix35.8 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.30.7 
 3. Walker, Blackwater30.0 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces28.9 
 5. Durham, Meralco .27.7 
 6. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 7. Holloway, Globalport26.9 
 8. McKines, SM Be.26.2 
 9. Hill, Star Hotshots26.0 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.24.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Durham, Meralco .19.8 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.8 
 3. Walker, Blackwater18.0 
 4. Brown, Phoenix17.8 
 5. Holloway, Globalport17.0 
 6. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 7. Henton, Alaska Aces12.2 
 8. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.4 
 10. Bullock, Rain o.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Earl THOMPSON
  B.Gin.
  (--)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Thompson, B.Gin.6.8 
 2. Durham, Meralco .6.7 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen6.6 
 4. Newsome, Meralco .5.4 
 5. Romeo, Globalport5.3 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.3 
 7. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 8. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.0 
 9. Castro-W., TNT K.4.5 
 10. Ahanmisi, Rain o.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.3.0 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen2.6 
 4. Brown, Phoenix2.6 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.2.0 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 7. Bullock, Rain o.1.8 
 8. Walker, Blackwater1.7 
 9. Henton, Alaska Aces1.7 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.2 
 2. Holloway, Globalport3.0 
 3. Erram, Blackwater2.6 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 5. Santos, SM Beermen2.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.0 
 7. Henton, Alaska Aces2.0 
 8. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.8 
 9. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.8 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.7 



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  POLAND  


Aleksander Czyz left the Flexx Pistoia - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Polish international power forward Aleksander Czyz (201-109kg-90, college: Nevada) left The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A).
The last season Czyz played at Juvecaserta where in 14 Serie A games he had 7.4ppg and 3.5rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Czyz's team won Polish League Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Czyz has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Czyz represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 88.9%.
Czyz is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in NBA (Milwaukee Bucks), Italy (Virtus Roma and New Basket Brindisi), Poland (PGE Turow) and NBA G League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge).
Czyz attended University of Nevada until 2012 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A big bodied inside player, he's very aggressive and plays hard at the both sides of the court. Can hit a mid-range shot, he's enough quick to guard forwards.

The Flexx Pistoia roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Fabio Mian
Jaylen Bond
Tommaso Bianchi
Naigel Onuoha
Cesare Barbon

Centers:
Daniele Magro
Raphael Gaspardo
Markus Kennedy
Asen Popov

Coach: Vincenzo Esposito

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BM Slam Stal adds Lapeta to their roster - by Eurobasket News

BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (PLK) added to their roster 30-year old Polish international center Adam Lapeta (217-130kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He was about to sign at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. The last season Lapeta played also at Lietuvos rytas (also in LKL) where in 38 games he recorded 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Lapeta also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.3ppg and 4.1rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lapeta's team won Lithuanian Cup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention in 2016.
Lapeta has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Lapeta represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg.
Lapeta has played also professionally in Italy and Poland (Anwil, Stelmet, Asseco, Asseco Prokom 3 Gdynia and GTK Asseco II Gdynia) and Lithuania (Dzukija).

BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michal Chylinski
Tomasz Ochonko
Aaron Johnson
Duane Notice
Michal Kierlewicz

Forwards:
Lukasz Majewski
Greg Surmacz
Mateusz Kostrzewski
Jure Skific
Grzegorz Kulka

Centers:
Adam Lapeta
Szymon Lukasiak

Coach: Emil Rajkovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AZS Koszalin tabs Melsahn Basabe, ex Lukoil Acad. - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) inked 25-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. In only one game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal last season. Basabe also played that season for Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 where in 11 games he averaged 12.0ppg and 8.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at BG Goettingen (BBL) in German league that year. Basabe's team made it to the Bulgarian final.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Siarka).
Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Melsahn Basabe
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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Rodnerius Lewis (ex Arena-76) signs at AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin (PLK) landed 24-year old American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman). He played most recently at Arena-76 in Georgian A League. In 15 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and recorded 6.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian A League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Lewis' college team won SIAC Tournament in 2016. He received also All-SIAC Player of the Year award in 2016.
Lewis graduated from Stillman College in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

AZS Koszalin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Dloniak
Aleksander Lenczuk
Igor Wadowski
Rodnerius Lewis
Dusty Hannahs
Diante Baldwin
Tra-Deon Hollins

Forwards:
Piotr Stelmach
Kacper Mlynarski
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Damian Jeszke
Szymon Kiwilsza
Simon Kucharewicz
Brandon Watkins
Artur Pabianek

Coach: Dariusz Szczubial

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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  PORTUGAL  


Oliveirense adds Coleman to their roster, ex Denain - by Joao Santos

U.D. Oliveirense (LPB) added to their roster 32-year old American center Eric Coleman (200-113kg-85, college: N.Iowa). He played most recently at Denain ASC Voltaire in French ProB. In 9 games he had 5.2ppg and 3.2rpg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Coleman played at Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (Division I) in Angolan league. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Coleman won Angolan League championship title in 2014. He was also voted Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention back in 2013 and 2014.
Coleman represented USA at the World University Championships in Bangkok ten years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Coleman's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Coleman tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Poland (Polpharma), Spain (Leche Rio Breogan) and Ukraine (Mykolaiv and Hoverla).
Coleman attended University of Northern Iowa until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

U.D. Oliveirense roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Abreu
Jose Barbosa
Eduardo Guimaraes
Rui Franca
Raijon Kelly

Forwards:
Arnette Hallman
Joao Balseiro
Joao Guerreiro
Renato Azevedo

Center:
Eric Coleman

Coach: Norberto Alves

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LaceDarius Dunn signs at Vitoria SC - by Joao Santos

Vitoria SC (LPB) landed 30-year old American shooting guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: 3Eye) from Sport Lisboa Benfica.
The previous (15-16) season Dunn was tested by Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo.
Among other achievements he won Portuguese League championship title in 2013. Dunn received also Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Poland (AZS Koszalin) and Turkey (Sakarya BSB).
Dunn attended Baylor University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A complete package for the SG position. Has great shooting range, can easily beat his man out of the dribble, is a good penetrator inside thanks to good athletic skills. Can help his team at the defensive side too, he's always spectacular.

Vitoria SC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
LaceDarius Dunn
Miguel Cardoso
Rui Coelho
Francisco Santos
Devaugntah Williams

Forwards:
Paulo Cunha
Roderick Nealy
Rui Quintino
Stefan Djukic
Filipe Lima

Center:
Nikola Tadic

Coach: Fernando Sa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Luka Nikolic (ex Lucentum) agreed terms with Oliveirense - by Joao Santos

U.D. Oliveirense (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Serbian power forward Luka Nikolic (209-94). He played most recently at Lucentum in Spanish LEB Silver. In 36 games he recorded 8.4ppg and 4.1rpg last season. Nikolic helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Fontedoso Carrefour (also in LEB Silver) where in 33 games he averaged 9.2ppg and 8.5rpg (#4 in the league). Nikolic contributed to his team making it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
He was a member of Serbian U19 National Team in 2013.
Nikolic has played also professionally in Bosnia (KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina), Spain (CB Guadalajara, Cocinas.com and Araberri) and Serbia (Vrsac and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

U.D. Oliveirense roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Abreu
Jose Barbosa
Renato Azevedo
Eduardo Guimaraes
Rui Franca
Raijon Kelly

Forwards:
Arnette Hallman
Joao Balseiro
Joao Guerreiro
Luka Nikolic

Center:
Eric Coleman

Coach: Norberto Alves

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Lietuvos Rytas top Parma for fifth preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Parma 86:79

Lietuvos Rytas earned the fifth preseason victory. They overcame Parma behind 11 points from Marc Antonio Carter (192-G/F-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances).
Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They unloaded 30 points in the second period to take a 10-point halftime lead. Parma cut the deficit in the third term. The Russian team got within three points at the final intermission. But Lietuvos Rytas were back in control in the fourth stanza. They went on a 19:14 run to ice the win. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79), Martynas Echodas (206-C/F-97) and Travis Peterson (208-C/F-85, college: Samford) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90, college: IPFW) answered with 22 points for Parma. Cody Miller (196-G) chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.



Baskonia adds Janning to their roster, ex Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Matt Janning (195-99kg-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He played last season at Lokomotiv in Russian VTB league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 17 Eurocup games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.8apg. Janning also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Janning played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 16 games he had 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he got 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. Janning also spent pre-season at the Nuggets in NBA that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-CAA 1st Team back in 2009 and 2010 at his college time.
Janning is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Italy (Novipiu Casale), Turkey, NBA (Phoenix Suns) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Maine Red Claws).
Janning attended Northeastern University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Janning: A very fundamentally sound, athletic white guard. An elite shooter at Serie A level in Italy, Matt is comfortable in a combo guard role and is very effective playing on the ball and facilitating an offense. A solid spot shooter, but also excellent at creating shots coming off a pick and roll and slashing to the basket along the baseline. Matt plays every game with the right attitude, and is always one of the toughest guys on the court. An excellent help defender with above-average instincts. Every indication is that Matt is on his way to a successful career in the NBA or Europe.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelinho Huertas
Jayson Granger
Rodrigue Beaubois
Matt Janning
Luca Vildoza
Vanja Marinkovic

Forwards:
Tornike Shengelia
Janis Timma
Vincent Poirier
Patricio Garino
Jordan McRae

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Daniel Bordignon

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unics nip Panathinaikos in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Unics 63:65

Unics clinched the fifth preseason victory. They topped Panathinaikos in Athens. Joaquin Colom (188-PG-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Unics jumped to a 16:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts denied the deficit in the second period. Panathinaikos secured a 34:34 halftime draw. Unics regained the lead in the third term. The Russian team eked out a 47:45 advantage at the final break. They managed to stay in front in the fourth period and marched to the victory. Melvin Ejim (200-F-91, college: Iowa St.) connected for 10 points for the winners. Marcus Denmon (191-G-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 14 points for Panathinaikos. K.C. Rivers (196-SG-87, college: Clemson) chipped in 12 points in the loss.



Avtodor and Varese reach the Final in Caorle - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor and Varese reached the Final at the International tournament in Caorle. Avtodor overcame Umana Venezia 97-87 although they trailed 14 points in the first period. The Russian side pulled the tempo back and reduced to 6 points due to 31-23 rally in the second period. Moreover Avtodor fully dominated the second half to ensure the win. Micah Downs (195-G/F-86, college: Gonzaga) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) poured in 16. Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) ended up wth 16 points in a loss and Tomas Ress (208-F/C-80, college: Texas A&M) as well as Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) added 14 apiece.
Varese meanwhile edged Treviso 77-65 as Stan Okoye (198-G/F-91, college: VMI) led the way with 19 points. Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn) scored 12 and Giancarlo Ferrero (196-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) notched 11 points.



2017 EuroBasket: Serbia hang on to defeat Russia, enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Russia 87:79

Serbia joined Slovenia in 2017 EuroBasket championship game. They defeated Russia in an exciting semifinal clash at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul.
Serbia relied heavily on Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) effort in the first half. They posted a 25:20 lead at the first intermission. Serbia dominated throughout the second quarter. Marjanovic and Bogdanovic teamed up for 26 points in the half to carry Serbia to a 48:34 halftime lead. Russia picked up the tempo in the third term. They reduced the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) helped Russia cut the deficit at 2-point mark midway through the fourth frame 73:75. However Micic and Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with three-pointers as Serbia regained a 7-point lead. Milosavljevic and Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) went perfect from the stripe in the final minute and Serbia got away with the victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic nailed 24 points to pace the winning side. Boban Marjanovic delivered 18 points for Serbia. Alexey Shved answered with game-high 33 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-PF-87) had 14 points in the losing case.

Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 24, Boban Marjanovic 18, Vladimir Lucic 13
Russia: Alexey Shved 33, Andrey Vorontsevich 14



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  SENEGAL  


2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria hand Senegal semifinal loss - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - Senegal 76:71

Nigeria continue their AfroBasket title defence. The defending champions beat Senegal in the semifinal clash tonight. Nigeria will try to repeat as champions in the title game versus Tunisia tomorrow. Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 19 points and grabbed 7 boards to pace the winners.
Nigeria eked out a 15:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Nigeria accumulated a 34:29 halftime lead. D'Tigers stayed in front in the third period. Alex Nwora's crew arrived at the final break up by 7 points. Senegal dropped 26 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss as Nigeria drove to yet another AfroBasket Final. Ike Iroegbu (188-G-95) dropped 18 points, while Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) added 17 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Maurice Ndour (206-F-92, college: Ohio) and Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) answered with 14 points apiece in the defeat.

Nigeria: Bryant Mbamalu 19, Ike Iroegbu 18, Ikechukwu Diogu 17+14 boards
Senegal: Maurice Ndour 14, Gorgui Dieng 14



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  SERBIA  


Aleksandar Ilic (ex Napredak) agreed terms with Ulcinj - by Darko Pekic

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj (Erste Liga) inked 22-year old Serbian forward Aleksandar Ilic (197-95). He has played for the last three years at Napredak in Serbian 2MLS. In 23 games he recorded 6.1ppg and 2.4rpg last season.
Ilic has played also professionally in Serbia for Nibak Nis.

KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kasey Shepherd

Forwards:
Marko Milosevic
Zdravko Boskovic
Aleksandar Ilic

Center:
Aleksandar Milic

Coach: Darko Vujacic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Teodo Tivat lands Aleksandar Radulovic, ex Dynamic BG - by Darko Pekic

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) tabbed 29-year old Serbian guard Aleksandar Radulovic (190-88, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at KK Dynamic BG Beograd in Serbian KLS league. In 35 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Radulovic was tested by KK Velika Plana (2MLS) in Serbian league where in 5 games he had 13.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg (top 3) and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements he won Serbian 2MLS championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Radulovic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in Serbia (Masinac, KK Mladost Z Admiral Zemun, The Ere, Crnokosa and Zeleznicar Indjija) and Montenegro (Ulcinj and Ibar Rozaje).
Let's have closer look into Radulovic's outlook: Aleksandar is a true team leader. He can do it all, he can play as a power forward-center. Has alot of experience in basketball. He can shoot from outside and play in low post. He is a fantastic rebounder and shot blocker...he is known as a man of steel.

KK Teodo Tivat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Radulovic
Milos Djurisic
Filip Bakic

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

Center:
Milovan Savic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Serbia hang on to defeat Russia, enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Russia 87:79

Serbia joined Slovenia in 2017 EuroBasket championship game. They defeated Russia in an exciting semifinal clash at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul.
Serbia relied heavily on Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) effort in the first half. They posted a 25:20 lead at the first intermission. Serbia dominated throughout the second quarter. Marjanovic and Bogdanovic teamed up for 26 points in the half to carry Serbia to a 48:34 halftime lead. Russia picked up the tempo in the third term. They reduced the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) helped Russia cut the deficit at 2-point mark midway through the fourth frame 73:75. However Micic and Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with three-pointers as Serbia regained a 7-point lead. Milosavljevic and Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) went perfect from the stripe in the final minute and Serbia got away with the victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic nailed 24 points to pace the winning side. Boban Marjanovic delivered 18 points for Serbia. Alexey Shved answered with game-high 33 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-PF-87) had 14 points in the losing case.

Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 24, Boban Marjanovic 18, Vladimir Lucic 13
Russia: Alexey Shved 33, Andrey Vorontsevich 14



Radnicki hire coach Zoran Todorovic - by Eurobasket News

KKK Radnicki Kragujevac (KLS) agreed terms with FYR Macedonian coach Zoran Todorovic. The last time (12-14) he worked at Smederevo 1953 in Serbian KLS league.
Todorovic has coached previously professionally also in FYR Macedonia (Pelister Bitola).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Luka Nikolic (ex Lucentum) agreed terms with Oliveirense - by Joao Santos

U.D. Oliveirense (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Serbian power forward Luka Nikolic (209-94). He played most recently at Lucentum in Spanish LEB Silver. In 36 games he recorded 8.4ppg and 4.1rpg last season. Nikolic helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Fontedoso Carrefour (also in LEB Silver) where in 33 games he averaged 9.2ppg and 8.5rpg (#4 in the league). Nikolic contributed to his team making it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
He was a member of Serbian U19 National Team in 2013.
Nikolic has played also professionally in Bosnia (KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina), Spain (CB Guadalajara, Cocinas.com and Araberri) and Serbia (Vrsac and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

U.D. Oliveirense roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joao Abreu
Jose Barbosa
Renato Azevedo
Eduardo Guimaraes
Rui Franca
Raijon Kelly

Forwards:
Arnette Hallman
Joao Balseiro
Joao Guerreiro
Luka Nikolic

Center:
Eric Coleman

Coach: Norberto Alves

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cordobasket lands Ishmael Sanders, ex Iskra Svit - by Eurobasket News

C.D. Cordobasket (EBA) tabbed American guard Ishmael Sanders (188-82kg, college: Carson-Newman). The last time (15) he played at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league.
Among other achievements Sanders' team was regular season runner-up in SAC in 2014. He received also All-SAC 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Sanders has played also professionally in Kosovo (Vellaznimi).
He graduated from Carson-Newman College in 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

C.D. Cordobasket roster for 2017-2018:

Albert Arias
Ishmael Sanders
Jose Gutierrez
Angel Lopez
Carlos Garcia
Roberto Cubero
Javi Sanchez

Coach: Rafael Sanz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Teodo Tivat lands Robert Abramovic - by Darko Pekic

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) tabbed 29-year old Slovenian point guard Robert Abramovic (185-88, agency: PEPI SPORT). He was about to sign at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. The last season Abramovic played at Peja (SuperLeague) in Kosovo where in 11 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 2nd Team. Abramovic also played 6 games in Balkan League where he had 13.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.7apg. The other team Abramovic played shortly was LTH Castings in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. In only one game he recorded very remarkable stats: 16 points, 2 assists and 4 steals. Abramovic also spent pre-season at KK_Zabok (A1) in Croatian league earlier that year. Another team he played briefly was Kozuv in FYR Macedonian league. In three Balkan League games he got high stats: 19.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg.
Abramovic has played previously professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers and UBSC Graz) and Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela, Zlatorog, Grosuplje, Jance Prit and Geoplin Slovan II).

KK Teodo Tivat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Robert Abramovic
Aleksandar Radulovic
Milos Djurisic
Filip Bakic

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

Center:
Milovan Savic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cordobasket lands Ishmael Sanders, ex Iskra Svit - by Eurobasket News

C.D. Cordobasket (EBA) tabbed American guard Ishmael Sanders (188-82kg, college: Carson-Newman). The last time (15) he played at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league.
Among other achievements Sanders' team was regular season runner-up in SAC in 2014. He received also All-SAC 1st Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Sanders has played also professionally in Kosovo (Vellaznimi).
He graduated from Carson-Newman College in 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

C.D. Cordobasket roster for 2017-2018:

Albert Arias
Ishmael Sanders
Jose Gutierrez
Angel Lopez
Carlos Garcia
Roberto Cubero
Javi Sanchez

Coach: Rafael Sanz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leon signs Marquis Cunningham - by Eurobasket News

ULE ALN Fundacion CB Leon (EBA) signed American power forward Marquis Cunningham (203-91kg). He just graduated from Ark.-Pine Bluff (NCAA). But in 25 games he had only 1.9ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
As mentioned above Cunningham is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

ULE ALN Fundacion CB Leon roster for 2017-2018:

Colby Taylor
Marquis Cunningham
Enrique Florez
Marcos Garcia
Alejandro Fernandez

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Leon signs rookie Colby Taylor in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

ULE ALN Fundacion CB Leon (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Colby Taylor (198-86kg-94, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Taylor just graduated from Central (NCAA3). He has played there for the last four years. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.7ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.9apg last season. Taylor helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-IIAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Taylor's college team won IIAC Tournament in 2014 and 2016.

ULE ALN Fundacion CB Leon roster for 2017-2018:

Colby Taylor
Enrique Florez
Marcos Garcia
Alejandro Fernandez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San Lorenzo edge FC Barcelona in test game - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona - San Lorenzo 85:95

San Lorenzo took on FC Barcelona in the preseason game. The Argentinean champions claimed victory. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) delivered 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
San Lorenzo got to a quick start. They unloaded 31 points in the first period to take a 12-point lead. San Lorenzo added 25 points in the second period to ensure a 17-point halftime lead. FC Barcelona picked up the tempo in the second half. The Catalan side narrowed the deficit but could not avoid the loss. Dar Tucker (193-SG-88, college: De Paul) recorded 19 points, while Javier Justiz (205-C-92, agency: Pro Sports) and Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) accounted for 14 points each for the winners. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) answered with 21 points for FC Barcelona. Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) and Aleksander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) banked in 12 points each in the loss.

FC Barcelona: Adrien Moerman 21, Thomas Heurtel 12, Aleksander Vezenkov 12
San Lorenzo: Gabriel Deck 23+14 boards, Dar Tucker 19, Javier Justiz 14, Marcos Mata 14



Estudiantes and Fuenlabrada to play for title at Ciudad de Getafe tourney - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes and Fuenlabrada will play for the title at the preseason Ciudad de Getafe tournament.
Estudiantes overcame Hapoel Jerusalem 106:76 in the first semifinal battle. Hapoel grabbed a 26:21 lead at the first break. But Estudiantes went on a 34:12 run in the second term to take a comfortable halftime lead. They added 51 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) had 22 points for the Madrid team. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points for the winners. Alen Omic (216-C-92) answered with 19 points for Hapoel Jerusalem.
Fuenlabrada held off Baskonia 85:82. Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) notched 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed 14 points for Fuenlabrada. Miguel Gonzalez replied with 20 points for Baskonia.



Obradoiro and Burgos reach Torneo EncestaRias Final - by Eurobasket News

Obradoiro and Burgos advanced into Torneo EncestaRias Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinal clashes on Friday.
Obradoiro topped Bilbao Basket 106:98. Matt Thomas (196-G-94, college: Iowa St.) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Obradoiro trailed by one point heading into the fourth quarter. But they went on a 32:23 fourth quarter rally to secure the winning outcome. Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Dejan Todorovic (197-F-94) answered with 19 points for Bilbao Basket.
Burgos rallied past Joventut 93:83 in another semifinal clash. Alejandro Barrera (198-F/G-92, agency: Interperformances) delivered 18 points for the winning side. Joventut enjoyed a 40:35 halftime lead. But Burgos used a 38:22 second half run to seal the victory. Javier Vega (205-C-88) netted 14 points for the winners. Patrick Richard (196-G/F-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) led all scorers with 22 points for Joventut.



Menorca signs Carlos Sintes - by Eurobasket News

Club Basquet Menorca (EBA) signed 22-year old guard Carlos Sintes (176-95) from AEC Collblanc.
The previous (14-15) season Sintes played at B.C. Martorell Solvay. But in 10 EBA games he had just 0.8ppg and 1.4apg.

Club Basquet Menorca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jorge Jimenez
Daniel Garcia_Tora
Ciceron Mercadal
Carlos Sintes

Forwards:
Gabriel Torres
Ismael Fernandez
Sergi Llufriu
Quim Salvans
Ismael Segui

Center:
Jan Orfila

Coach: Oriol Pages

By Eurobasket Data Center

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L Alfas ink Reed Ridder, ex Razzle S. - by Eurobasket News

L Alfas - P.N. Serra Gelada (EBA) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Reed Ridder (190-82kg-93, college: Embry Riddle). He played last summer at Razzle Storm in Australian DBA league. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 30.5ppg in 2016 season.
Ridder's college team won TSC Tournament in 2015.
He graduated from Embry Riddle University in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season as a professional player.

L Alfas - P.N. Serra Gelada roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jaime Ivars
Reed Ridder
German Kasanzi

Forwards:
Alejandro Young
Alejandro Rivas

Center:
Diego Perez

Coach: Iker Benzazoua

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Baskonia adds Janning to their roster, ex Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Matt Janning (195-99kg-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He played last season at Lokomotiv in Russian VTB league, but left the team in Jul.'17. In 17 Eurocup games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.8apg. Janning also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season Janning played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 16 games he had 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he got 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. Janning also spent pre-season at the Nuggets in NBA that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-CAA 1st Team back in 2009 and 2010 at his college time.
Janning is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Italy (Novipiu Casale), Turkey, NBA (Phoenix Suns) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Maine Red Claws).
Janning attended Northeastern University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Janning: A very fundamentally sound, athletic white guard. An elite shooter at Serie A level in Italy, Matt is comfortable in a combo guard role and is very effective playing on the ball and facilitating an offense. A solid spot shooter, but also excellent at creating shots coming off a pick and roll and slashing to the basket along the baseline. Matt plays every game with the right attitude, and is always one of the toughest guys on the court. An excellent help defender with above-average instincts. Every indication is that Matt is on his way to a successful career in the NBA or Europe.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcelinho Huertas
Jayson Granger
Rodrigue Beaubois
Matt Janning
Luca Vildoza
Vanja Marinkovic

Forwards:
Tornike Shengelia
Janis Timma
Vincent Poirier
Patricio Garino
Jordan McRae

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Daniel Bordignon

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Albert Arias (ex Gigantes) joins Cordobasket - by Eurobasket News

C.D. Cordobasket (EBA) agreed terms with 28-year old Venezuelan forward Albert Arias (194-89). He has played for the last two seasons at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 39 games he had 3.3ppg and 4.1rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Arias' team was regular season runner-up in Venezuelan LNB East Conference in 2014. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LNB 2013 All-Newcomers Team back in 2013.
Arias has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Halcones) and Venezuela (Rojos and Acereros).

C.D. Cordobasket roster for 2017-2018:

Albert Arias
Jose Gutierrez
Angel Lopez
Carlos Garcia
Roberto Cubero
Javi Sanchez

Coach: Rafael Sanz

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Real Madrid prevail against Burgos in test game - by Eurobasket News

Burgos - Real Madrid 73:86

Real Madrid celebrated another win in the preseason campaign. They defeated San Pablo Burgos on the road on Thursday. Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) scored 25 points to lead the winners.
Real jumped to a 24:13 lead after the opening frame. Burgos narrowed the deficit in the second term. They pulled within two points at halftime 36:38. Real Madrid gained some breathing room in the third term. The visitors ensured an 8-point lead at the final intermission. They kept Burgos at safe distance in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) tossed in 13 points, while Jaycee Carroll (188-SG-83) chipped in 12 points in the victory. Eduardo Martinez (202-F-90) and Corey Fisher (186-PG-88, college: Villanova) answered with 9 points each for Burgos.



Fuenlabrada top ALBA Berlin for Trofeo Fiestas - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - ALBA Berlin 66:62

Fuenlabrada captured the Trofeo Fiestas. They overcame ALBA Berlin behind 13 points from Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports).
ALBA snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening frame. Fuenlabrada eked out a 25:23 halftime advantage. The seesaw action continued in the second half. ALBA spurred ahead in the third term. The German team piled up a 45:40 lead at the final break. But Fuenlabrada picked up the tempo in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports) and Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) tossed in 12 points each for the winning side. Luke Sikma (203-F-89, college: Portland) answered with 10 points for ALBA. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) had 9 points in the defeat.



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2017 AfroBasket: Tunisia see off Morocco, march into Final - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - Morocco 60:52

Tunisia became the first AfroBasket finalists. The hosts rallied past Morocco in the first semifinal clash in Tunis. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86, agency: 011 Sports) posted 22 points to lead the winners.
Tunisia accumulated an 18:9 lead after the opening frame. Morocco narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. The visitors got within 3 points at the big break 30:27. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Tunisia eked out a 47:44 lead at the final intermission. They though limited Morocco to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and got away with the victory. Radhouane Slimane (205-F-80) notched 11 points, while Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) had 10 points for the hosts. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Morocco. John Wilkins (207-F/C-89, college: Illinois St., agency: Promotex) tossed in 10 points in the defeat.

Tunisia: Mohamed Hadidane 22, Radhouane Slimane 11, Mourad El Mabrouk 10
Morocco: Abderrahim Najah 12, John Wilkins 10



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  TURKEY  


Chalon outscore Galatasaray at Pro Stars tournament - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Galatasaray 98:94

Chalon celebrated victory at the preseason Pro Stars tournament. They overcame Galatasaray in a high-scoring affair. Adam Smith (185-PG-92, college: Georgia Tech) scored 24 points to pace the French team. Chalon grabbed a 49:43 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 9-point mark at the final break. Galatasaray unloaded 28 points in the fourth quarter but could not rescue the game. Jeremy Nzeulie (188-SG-91) netted 21 points, while Lance Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) added 20 points for the winners. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) chipped in 18 points for Galatasaray. Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) had 15 points in the loss.



Zalgiris beat Tofas at Gloria Cup - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Tofas 78:71

Zalgiris clinched another victory at the Gloria Cup in Antalya. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) notched 14 points to lead the Lithuanian champions.
Zalgiris dropped 30 points in the first period to take a 15-point lead. Tofas narrowed the distance in the second frame. The Turkish team cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the interval. Zalgiris slowed their opponents down in the third term. The Kaunas side secured a 10-point lead at the final break. Tofas managed to limit Zalgiris to 13 points in the fourth period but could not avert the defeat. Brandon Davies (208-C-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 12 points, while Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) had 11 points for the winning side. Baris Ermis (194-PG-85) answered with 18 points for Tofas. Kenny Kadji (211-F/C-88, college: Miami, FL) had 13 points in the loss.



Galatasaray fire past Cholet at Pro Stars Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 63:75

Galatasaray captured the first victory at the Pro Starts preseason tournament. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89, college: Tennessee) nailed 18 points to lead the winning case.
Cholet recorded a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The French team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:36 halftime lead. Galatasaray narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Turkish team pulled within a single point at the final break. Galatasaray went on a 19:6 rally in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) had 13 points, while Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 12 points for the Turkish side. Jonathan Rousselle (187-PG-90) provided 15 points for Cholet. Toddrick Gotcher (193-SG-93, college: Texas Tech) dropped 14 points in the defeat.



Turk Telekom wins Ankara Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turk Telekom - TED Ankara 75-67

Turk Telekom wins Ankara Tournament as in the Final they overcame TED Ankara 75-67. Trailing 16-19 at the end of the first period, Turk Telekom posted a 27-17 rally to take a half-time advantage. They also scored 16 points in the third and then the last stanzas that was enough to win the game and triumph at the tournament.
Ankara DSI Era clinched third place beating Ormanspor 75-60. Keifer Sykes (183-PG-93, college: Green Bay) and Caner Ercan (205-PF-86) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Xavier Rey (210-C-87) netted 12. Atakan Denk (191-F-91) posted 20 in a loss and Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) ended up with 18.



TBL Federation Cup 2017 - by Baha Kurtulus

TBL Federation Cup will be held in Ataturk Sport Hall, Kepez Turgut Ozal Sport Hall and Antalya Sport Hall-Antalya on 18th-23rd September 2017

GROUP A
Akhisar BLD.
Samsun BSB. Anakent
Bakirkoy Basket
Karesi Basketbol
Ankara DSI
HE TED Kolejliler

GROUP B
Turk Telekom
Duzce Belediye
PETKIM Spor
Selcuklu Belediye
Bahcesehir Koleji
Bandirma Kirmizi

GROUP C
Antalyaspor
OGM Orman Spor
Yalova Group BLD.
Istanbulspor B.
Bursaspor Durmazlar
Afyon Belediyesi

18th September 2017
Akhisar Belediye - Samsun BSB. Anakent
Bakrkoy Basket - Karesi Basketbol
Ankara DSI - HE TED Kolejliler

Turk Telekom - Duzce Belediye
PETKIM Spor - Selcuklu Belediye
Bahcesehir Koleji - Bandirma Kirmizi

Antalyaspor - OGM Orman Spor
Yalova Group Belediye - Istanbulspor Beylikduzu
Bursaspor Durmazlar - Afyon Belediyesi

19th September 2017
Samsun BSB. Anakent - Bakirkoy Basket
Karesi Basketbol - Ankara DSI
HE TED Kolejliler - Akhisar Belediye

Duzce Belediye - PETKIM Spor
Selcuklu Belediye - Bahcesehir Koleji
Bandrma Krmz - Tuerk Telekom

OGM Orman Spor - Yalova Group Belediye
Istanbulspor Beylikduzu - Bursaspor Durmazlar
Afyon Belediyesi - Antalyaspor

20th September 2017
Ankara DSI - Bakirkoy Basket
Samsun BSB. Anakent - HE TED Kolejliler
Akhisar Belediye - Karesi Basketbol

Bahcesehir Koleji - PETKIM Spor
Duezce Belediye - Bandirma Kirmizi
Tuerk Telekom - Selcuklu Belediye

Bursaspor Durmazlar - Yalova Group Belediye
OGM Orman Spor - Afyon Belediyesi
Antalyaspor - Istanbulspor Beylikduzu

22nd September 2017
Karesi Basketbol - Samsun BSB. Anakent
Bakirkoy Basket - HE TED Kolejliler
Akhisar Belediye - Ankara DSI

Selcuklu Belediye - Duzce Belediye
PETKIM Spor - Bandirma Kirmizi
Turk Telekom - Bahcesehir Koleji

Istanbulspor Beylikduzu- OGM Orman Spor
Yalova Group Belediye - Afyon Belediyesi
Antalyaspor - Bursaspor Durmazlar

23rd September 2017
HE TED Kolejliler - Karesi Basketbol
Bakirkoy Basket - Akhisar Belediye
Samsun BSB. Anakent - Ankara DSI

Bandirma Kirmizi - Selcuklu Belediye
PETKIM Spor - Turk Telekom
Duzce Belediye - Bahcesehir Koleji

Afyon Belediyesi - Istanbulspor Beylikduzu
Yalova Group Belediye - Antalyaspor
OGM Orman Spor - Bursaspor Durmazlar



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  UKRAINE  


Dnipro celebrate Govorunov and Taskitskiy Memorial title - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro celebrated Govorunov and Taskitskiy Memorial title beating Budyvelnik 91-65 in the Final game. The home side easily took a 25-12 lead in the start and never looked behind after. Dnipro also scored 25 points in the second frame for a 50-29 halftime advantage. Moreover Dnipro added two more victories in the second half for the final success. Pavel Revzin (194-F/G-83) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) notched 15. Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
In the game for the third place Bipa Odessa needed an 85-76 overtime win over Mykolaiv to take a higher position. Bipa Odessa closed the game with a 13-4 run to seal the victory.



Budivelnyk tabs Olexandr Misyats - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) inked 25-year old small forward Olexandr Misyats (200-89kg-92) from Dnipro. Misyats has played there for the last six years. In 31 Superleague games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Misyats helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals.
He won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2016.
Misyats represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT-3 (60.0%), FT: 70.0%.

Budivelnyk Kyiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henry Dugat
Brandon Fields
Pavlo Krutous
Vitaliy Zotov

Forwards:
Maksim Sandul
Olexandr Misyats

Centers:
Michailis Anisimovas
Igor Chumakov
Kervin Bristol

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kennedy back with Wolf Pack after impressive debut year - by Paul Nilsen

Worcester Wolves are delighted to confirm that Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, agency: HMS), who impressed in his debut season with the team, will be returning for a second season.

The 6ft 7in forward featured in 41 games for the Wolves last year in the wake of his switch from Spanish team CB Clavijo Logrono, averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 boards per game. With some tough competition from his own teammates, when the Wolves went on a 16-game winning streak, he also won the Molten BBL player of the month for March.

Paul James, Wolves Head Coach, said: 'I'm delighted that we have been able to secure Jermel for another season.

"He was a player that last season, I thought had the qualities to have an impact in the league and help us be a very good team on his way to averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds a game. These are numbers that I fully expect him to improve upon this time around.

'Jermel contributes in many different ways, giving us some great options with his all round game, which I believe is perfect for the BBL.

"He had an outstanding March, which lead to him being awarded Player of the Month, so more of the same would be great. I'm expecting him to have a dominant season having had the experience of the last campaign," added the play-caller.

Worcester Wolves play their first friendly game together as a team away at Bristol Flyers this Saturday 16th September before returning home to the University of Worcester Arena play them on Monday 18th September.

They then play their final friendly against Sheffield Sharks on Friday 22nd September ahead of their first league game against London Lions on Friday 29th September also at the University of Worcester Arena.



Hart signs on the dotted line for Rocks - by Paul Nilsen

Glasgow Rocks have made their tenth signing of the summer after adding Great Britain international Joseph Hart (194-F-93) to the roster.

The 6ft 5in shooting guard featured 41 times for Newcastle in all competitions last season, averaging over 17 minutes per game.

At 24 years of age, Hart already has four years of professional basketball under his belt having spent three seasons in Spain.

His first two spells were with Penas Huesca and ServiGroup Benidorm, but Hart was instrumental in Araberri Basket Club securing the championship in 2015-16, shooting 18 points in the final game to clinch victory in the Play-Offs.

The Southend-born guard also won silverware at Newcastle last season, where they triumphed over the Rocks in the BBL Cup final, before losing to Leicester in the BBL Play-Off Final.

Graduating from Lakehead University in Canada, Hart gained his first full international cap in 2015 against New Zealand and captained Great Britain Under-20s at the European Championships in 2013.

He featured in Rocks colours last Sunday where he scored seven points against USA Select, and is hoping that a fruitful season in Glasgow will lead him back into international reckoning.

'I'm happy to be here in Scotland and am looking forward to playing with the guys on the team," commented Hart.

Coach Garbelotto was delighted to find what he sees as the last piece of the jigsaw and believes that the capture of someone of Joe's calibre presents him with a squad brimming with options.

He stated: 'I am very happy to have secured Joe to play for us this season. He is one of the very best shooters we have in the UK and along with his size and basketball IQ, he is a perfect fit for our team here in Glasgow.

"The players are excited that he is here and we look forward to working with him on a daily basis.'



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  URUGUAY  


Cordon and Tabare won for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Cordon defeated Verdirrojo 88-77 to take a 2-1 lead for the best of five playoffs to get a promotion to the Uruguayan League. For Cordon, Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Facundo Medina (190-G-94) added 26 points and Agustin Zuvich (200-F-95) finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds. For Verdirrrojo, Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds and Pablo Makanskas (196-F-90) added 16 points and 9 rebounds. For the other playoff also for a promotion to the Uruguayan League Tabare defeated Sayago 69-65. Sayago is now 2-1. Emiliano Serres (205-F-97) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winner, while Agustin Cabillon (196-F-95) finished with 13 points and Felipe Rech (208-C-94) with 2 points and 8 rebounds.For Sayago, Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) scored 23 points and added 14 rebounds.


Double-Double for Trevante Drye - by Hector Lopez

Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) scored 26 points and added 19 rebolunds leading Stockolmol to beat Colon 79-71, after an overtime (64-64) and his team won 2-1 the playoff to play the Metro League 2018. Octavio Medina (195-F-96) added 22 points for the winner. For Colon, Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) finished with 15 points and 24 rebounds, while Facundo Ferreira (192-F-88) added 15 points. Capitol also classified to play the Metro 2018 after beating Aurfiblanco 92-74. Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) netted 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, and Juan Andres Galleto (181-G-96) finished with 16 points. For Auriblanco, Rodrigo Goncalves (203-F-87) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.


Garcia Morales, MVP for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) (Hebraica Macabi) was voted as the MVP for the Uruguayan League 2016/17, it was announced by the local organization. Other players voted for the All Star team were: Luciano Parodi (182-PG-94) (Hebraica Macabi), Demian Alvarez (192-G-84, agency: Pro Sports) (Aguada) , Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) (Aguada) and Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) (Hebraica Macabi). The best HC was Fernando Cabrera (Aguada) and the best U23 was Luciano Parodi (182-PG-94). The next Uruguayan League tournament will begin Sept. 28.


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  VENEZUELA  


Marcus Hall (ex Bucaneros) signs at Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 32-year old American guard Marcus Hall (185-86kg-85, college: Colorado, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played most recently at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league, but left the team in March'17. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
Three years ago (six years after he left the college) Hall was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in fourth round (61st overall).
The former University of Colorado standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hall's team made it to the Turkish TB2L Semifinals in 2011 and 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Hall is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (BC Levski 2014 Sofia), Cyprus (Apoel), Germany, Italy (Novipiu Casale), Turkey (Darussafaka, Kepez Bld, Yesilgiresun Bld and Afyon Bld) and NBA G League (Iowa Wolves).
Hall's game is described as: A very athletic guard who outstood in track & field at level. Can change direction and pace very easily. Has great maturity about his game and displays a great level of confidence. Marcus can really run a team and he shoots the ball well. De doesn't over-handle the ball. He just runs the team.

Byblos Sporting Club roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marcus Hall
Rodrigue Akl
Elie Stephan
Tarek Ammoury

Forwards:
Kammeon Holsey
Tristan Spurlock
Mark Khoury

Center:
Ali Kanaan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Albert Arias (ex Gigantes) joins Cordobasket - by Eurobasket News

C.D. Cordobasket (EBA) agreed terms with 28-year old Venezuelan forward Albert Arias (194-89). He has played for the last two seasons at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 39 games he had 3.3ppg and 4.1rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Arias' team was regular season runner-up in Venezuelan LNB East Conference in 2014. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LNB 2013 All-Newcomers Team back in 2013.
Arias has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Halcones) and Venezuela (Rojos and Acereros).

C.D. Cordobasket roster for 2017-2018:

Albert Arias
Jose Gutierrez
Angel Lopez
Carlos Garcia
Roberto Cubero
Javi Sanchez

Coach: Rafael Sanz

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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  VIETNAM  


VBA Round 2: Can Tho CF 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 VBA.

Can Tho CF defeated Danang Dragons at home 76-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Danang Dragons will play next round against strong Thang Long W. trying to get back on the winning streak. Can Tho CF will try to continue on its current victory against Saigon Heat on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hochiminh CW (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Thang Long W. (2-1) 79-71. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Quang To contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. Thang Long W.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 27 rebounds for Hochiminh CW. Thang Long W. will play against Danang Dragons (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hochiminh CW will play against Hanoi B. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Can Tho CF - Danang Dragons 76-68

Can Tho CF defeated Danang Dragons at home 76-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Danang Dragons will play next round against strong Thang Long W. trying to get back on the winning streak. Can Tho CF will try to continue on its current victory against Saigon Heat on the road.
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Hochiminh CW - Thang Long W. 71-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hochiminh CW (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Thang Long W. (2-1) 79-71. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-24 Hochiminh CW's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-71 at the end of the game. Thang Long W. forced 23 Hochiminh CW turnovers. Strangely Hochiminh CW outrebounded Thang Long W. 50-29 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Quang To (180-84) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. Thang Long W.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 27 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Henry Nguyen (, college: Orange Coast CC) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hochiminh CW. Four Hochiminh CW players scored in double figures. Thang Long W. will play against Danang Dragons (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hochiminh CW will play against Hanoi B. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hochiminh CW: B.Richardson 27+27reb, H.Nguyen 14+2reb+5ast, H.Minh Trieu 11+6reb+2ast, T.Le Cong 10+5reb+1ast, M.Luong Chi 9+4reb+1ast, D.Nguyen Lam Anh 0
Thang Long W.: J.Hill 25+8reb+2ast, Q.To 24+1reb+4ast, J.Young 16+6reb+2ast, H.Nguyen Van 5+8reb+1ast, R.Le 4+3reb, Q.Nguyen Xuan 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 559683






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Women News


Robyn Parks (ex Inter-Clube) is a newcomer at KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec - by Eurobasket News

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Robyn Parks (183-92, college: VCU). She was about to sign at Inter-Clube in Angolan D1 league. The last season Parks played at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB where in 26 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. She won Angolan League championship title.
Parks was voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2014 at her college time.
Parks has played previously professionally in Hungary (PEAC Pecs) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
She attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2014 and it is her fourth season as a professional player.

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ketia Swanier
Michaela Stara
Robyn Parks

Forwards:
Stephany Skrba
Paulina Antczak
Marta Dobrowolska
Katarzyna Kosalka

Centers:
Egle Siksniute
Malgorzata Misiuk
Paulina Rozwadowska

Coach: Miroslaw Orczyk

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Roth comes back to Basket Flames - by Eurobasket News

Basket Flames Vienna (AWBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Hungarian center Agnes Roth (185-86). It is actually her comeback to Vienna as she has played here before. Roth has played for the last seven seasons at BC Vienna in Austrian AWBL. She also played that season for Basket Flames.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Roth's team made it to the Austrian Cup final in 2008 and 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian AWBL 2nd Team back in 2012.
Roth has played previously for another Austrian team BK Duchess.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  


Vreny Van Driel claims Belgian Top Division Women weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international Guard Vreny Van Driel (175-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader B.Willebroek and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 29-year old guard had a double-double of 28 points and eleven rebounds, while her team beat Liege (#10, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 75-69. It allowed B.Willebroek to jump to the first place in the Belgian Top Division Women. But it's just the very beginning of the season and B.Willebroek won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Van Driel had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's her second year at B.Willebroek and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Van Driel has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.0rpg), assists (6th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Jackie Nared (183-G-90, agency: LBM Management) of Waregem. Nared impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she led Waregem to another comfortable win outscoring Verviers-Pep. (0-1) 111-56. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Nared is a newcomer at Waregem and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.0ppg (#3). Her other stats are also decent: 14.0rpg and 6.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Latvian Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, agency: LBM Management) of second-ranked Castors Braine. Steinberga scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Castors Braine, leading her team to a 122-51 easy win against Laarne (#9, 0-1). Castors Braine has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Steinberga also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Steinberga as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miete Celus (173-F-91) of Waregem - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Celeste Trahan-Davis (186-C-85) of Castors Braine - 22 points and 10 rebounds
6. Laura Henket (183-C-98) of Liege - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Andjelina Radic (187-F-94) of Spirou Monceau - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Brittany Starling (183-C-94) of Kangoeroes - 11 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ronni Williams (183-F) of Belfius Namur - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Lara Gaspar (190-C-90) of Waregem - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Ana Dabovic (ex Dynamo M.) joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) added to their roster 28-year old Serbian international shooting guard Ana Dabovic (183-89). She is a dual citizen owning also Montenegrin passport. Dabovic played last season at Dynamo Moscow in Russian PBL league. In 21 games she was fourth best scorer with 11.2ppg and averaged 2.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention. Dabovic also played 8 games in EEWBL where she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-EEWBL European Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (2016) summer she played at another team Sparks in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA. In 28 games she recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.5apg in 2016 season. Dabovic contributed to her team winning the WNBA title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very good season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year 2016, Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year 2016 and named to Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team 2014, 2015, 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year in 2015.
Dabovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Dabovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 42.9%.
Dabovic has played also professionally in Greece, Poland (Wisla Krakow) and Turkey (TED Ankara, Ormanspor and Girne Universitesi).
On Dabovic: A natural scorer, she can simply explode in a big way dominating a quarter. She is great in the open floor, adept at slicing to the hoop taking opponents off the dribble and generally being creative in her shot selection. Needs to add continuity to her game.

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Birsel Vardarli
Ana Dabovic
Ayse Cora
Pelin Bilgic
Melisa Korkmaz
Kelsey Plum

Forwards:
Kia Vaughn
Tugce Canitez
Aerial Powers
Merve Ari

Centers:
Anastasiya Veremeenko
Esra Ural
Tilbe Senyurek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FINLAND  


Forssan Alku keeps Johnson for another season - by Greg

Forssan Alku (SM-sarja) re-signed 24-year old American guard Kiana Johnson (168-93, college: Virginia Union). She was a team leader there last season. In 29 SM-sarja games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.0ppg and had 5.7rpg, 5.8apg (leader !!!) and 2.2spg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 2nd Team.
Johnson graduated from Virginia Union University in 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Haukar signs Cherise Daniel, ex Atomeromu - by Eurobasket News

Haukar (Dominos League) signed 30-year old American guard Cherise Daniel (180-87, college: Ohio State). She played last season at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division. In 13 games she had 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Daniel helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. She also played that season for Sirius Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 18 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. Great season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Daniel's college team won Big Ten Tournament for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team back in 2014.
Daniel is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Germany (ChemCats Chemnitz and Quakenbrueck Dragons), Greece (Athinaikos), Portugal (Montijobanda), Sweden (Sallen) and Romania (Phoenix Galati).
Daniel attended Ohio State until 2010 and it will be her eighth season as a professional player.
She could be described: Cherise is a tall combo guard, a very effective offensive weapon that can handle the ball and penetrate very well. She is an excellent shooter out of the arc and very strong and reliable rebounder. She is coming from a big NCAA program Ohio State and got a lot of European Experience from Germany and Portugal.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Uniqa Sopron surprise Nadezhda at UMMC Cup - by Eurobasket News

Uniqa Sopron - Nadezhda 57:56

Uniqa Sopron surprised Nadezhda 57-56 in UMMC Cup to reach the Final. The Hungarian side trailed 2 points at the end of the first quarter and then also lost the second frame 13-14. Uniqa Sopron however replied with two narrow win in the second half to seal the victory. They needed a 16-13 run in the third quarter and closed the game with a 15-14 rally.
Jelena Milovanovic (189-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Aleksandra Crvendakic (186-F-96) scored 11. Maria Cherepanova (190-PF-87) replied with 13 points and 10 boards in a loss and Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) added 11.



Roth comes back to Basket Flames - by Eurobasket News

Basket Flames Vienna (AWBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Hungarian center Agnes Roth (185-86). It is actually her comeback to Vienna as she has played here before. Roth has played for the last seven seasons at BC Vienna in Austrian AWBL. She also played that season for Basket Flames.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Roth's team made it to the Austrian Cup final in 2008 and 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian AWBL 2nd Team back in 2012.
Roth has played previously for another Austrian team BK Duchess.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard - by Eurobasket News

Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard at the international tournament with 4 participating teams.
Romanian Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe overcame PINKK-Pecsi 424 84-65. Adrienne Webb (175-G/F-90, college: LSU) stepped up with 27 points and Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) delivered 14. Marina Kress (196-C-80) poured in 13, whilst Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Georgia Tech) ended up with 8. Olena Samburska (175-G-89) replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Nora Rujak (174-G-90) scored 10 and Ivey Slaughter (186-F-94, college: Florida St.) had 9.
Atomeromu Szekszard edged ZKK Celje 89-63. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) stepped up with 15 points and Sara Krnjic (191-C-91) delivered 14. Andjela Delic (184-G-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



Bettina Bozoki (ex PINKK-Pecsi) is a newcomer at MBK Ruzomberok - by Nagy Szilveszter

MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Hungarian ex-international power forward Bettina Bozoki (191-89). She played last season at PINKK-Pecsi in Hungarian A Division. In 20 games she recorded 9.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.4apg. Bozoki also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 8.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at PEAC Pecs in A Division. In 18 games she had 3.4ppg and 2.7rpg. Bozoki also played 6 games in Eurocup where she got 7.2ppg and 2.8rpg.
She played in the final of Central Europe Women League in 2013.
Bozoki was also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She played for Hungarian Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Bozoki also represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) eight years ago.
She has played previously professionally in Hungary (Miskolc, Atomeromu and Cegledi EKK) and Slovakia (Samorin).

MBK Ruzomberok roster for 2017-2018:

Bettina Bozoki
Beata Janoscikova
Cassandra Brown
Petra Bartanusova
Melissa Diawakana
Taijah Campbell
Alica Moravcikova
Nevena Markovic
Miroslava Mistinova
Olga Yatskovets
Nikola Kovacikova
Patricia Prazenicova
Alexandra Belusova
Natalia Uramova

Coach: Juraj Suja

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


Haukar signs Cherise Daniel, ex Atomeromu - by Eurobasket News

Haukar (Dominos League) signed 30-year old American guard Cherise Daniel (180-87, college: Ohio State). She played last season at Atomeromu in Hungarian A Division. In 13 games she had 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Daniel helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. She also played that season for Sirius Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 18 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. Great season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Daniel's college team won Big Ten Tournament for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team back in 2014.
Daniel is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Germany (ChemCats Chemnitz and Quakenbrueck Dragons), Greece (Athinaikos), Portugal (Montijobanda), Sweden (Sallen) and Romania (Phoenix Galati).
Daniel attended Ohio State until 2010 and it will be her eighth season as a professional player.
She could be described: Cherise is a tall combo guard, a very effective offensive weapon that can handle the ball and penetrate very well. She is an excellent shooter out of the arc and very strong and reliable rebounder. She is coming from a big NCAA program Ohio State and got a lot of European Experience from Germany and Portugal.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  NEW ZEALAND  


Paalvast inks with Canberra - by Mike Lacey

News that Chevannah Paalvast (180-G/F-91, college: Monmouth) has signed a one-year deal with the University of Canberra Capitals takes the number of New Zealand internationals that will play in the 2017-18 Australian WNBL season to five.

Paalvast has joined the Capitals after a two-year stint with Townsville Fire winning a championship with the North Queensland club in 2016.

During the WNBL off-season Paalvast played alongside fellow Tall Fern Micaela Cocks in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) for Mackay Meteorettes. The Meteorettes reached the QBL grand final series before going down to the Brisbane Spartans in the best of three series. The former Waitakere standout averaged 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for Mackay.

The 26 year old Kiwi guard told the WNBL website, 'I have heard nothing but positive stories about the Capitals and this was reinforced by the way they have welcomed me in.'

Canberra coach Paul Gorris is delighted with the signing, 'What always stood out for me was her defensive ability and her athleticism.'

'For me, it was about personal development as I wanted to keep playing and I had heard so many wonderful things about Gorrie. I thought he would be a really good coach for my development,' said Paalvast.

The signing is also good news for the Tall Ferns programme with five players that recently featured in the Asia Cup campaign now signed with WNBL clubs. The quintet are likely to form the backbone of the New Zealand team when the Commonwealth Games are played on the Gold Coast and in Cairns next April.

In addition to Paalvast, Micaela Cocks (Townsville Fire), Toni Farnworth (Perth Lynx), Kalani Purcell and Rebecca Ott (both Melbourne Boomers) will be on duty when the new season tips-off on October 5th.



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  POLAND  


Robyn Parks (ex Inter-Clube) is a newcomer at KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec - by Eurobasket News

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec (BLK) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Robyn Parks (183-92, college: VCU). She was about to sign at Inter-Clube in Angolan D1 league. The last season Parks played at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB where in 26 games she recorded 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. She won Angolan League championship title.
Parks was voted All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2014 at her college time.
Parks has played previously professionally in Hungary (PEAC Pecs) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
She attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2014 and it is her fourth season as a professional player.

KS JAS FBG Sosnowiec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ketia Swanier
Michaela Stara
Robyn Parks

Forwards:
Stephany Skrba
Paulina Antczak
Marta Dobrowolska
Katarzyna Kosalka

Centers:
Egle Siksniute
Malgorzata Misiuk
Paulina Rozwadowska

Coach: Miroslaw Orczyk

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Tierra HENDERSON
  Yauco
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Henderson, Yauco24.0 
 2. Brown, Isabela23.0 
 3. Rosado, Morovis21.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Morovis20.0 
 5. Greene, Morovis18.0 
 6. Martucci, Isabela18.0 
 7. Wampler, Aguada14.0 
 8. Velazquez, Aguada13.0 
 9. Salaman, Aguada13.0 
 10. Perry, Aguada11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Morovis
  (183-SF-87)
  Avg: 19
 1. Greene, Morovis19.0 
 2. Henderson, Yauco11.0 
 3. Perry, Aguada10.0 
 4. Blazejewski, Morovis9.0 
 5. Wampler, Aguada9.0 
 6. Placido, Aguada8.0 
 7. Rosado, Morovis8.0 
 8. Brown, Isabela8.0 
 9. Martucci, Isabela8.0 
 10. Bough, Isabela8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dayshalee SALAMAN
  Aguada
  (163-PG-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Salaman, Aguada10.0 
 2. Rosado, Morovis8.0 
 3. Luciano, Yauco6.0 
 4. Bough, Isabela4.0 
 5. Placido, Aguada4.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Morovis3.0 
 7. Quinones-Noa, Agu.3.0 
 8. Gomez, Morovis3.0 
 9. Rosa, Isabela3.0 
 10. Henderson, Yauco3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tierra HENDERSON
  Yauco
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Henderson, Yauco6.0 
 2. Melendez, Aguada4.0 
 3. Harris, Yauco3.0 
 4. Brown, Isabela3.0 
 5. Rosado, Morovis3.0 
 6. Alequin, Morovis2.0 
 7. Martucci, Isabela2.0 
 8. Greene, Morovis2.0 
 9. Gonzalez, Aguada2.0 
 10. Blazejewski, Morovis1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Morovis
  (183-SF-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Greene, Morovis7.0 
 2. Melendez, Aguada4.0 
 3. Martucci, Isabela2.0 
 4. Irizarry, Isabela1.0 
 5. Blazejewski, Morovis1.0 
 6. Perry, Aguada1.0 
 7. Henderson, Yauco0.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Morovis0.0 
 9. Gomez, Morovis0.0 
 10. Rosado, Morovis0.0 



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  ROMANIA  


Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard - by Eurobasket News

Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe and Atomeromu reach the Final in Szekszard at the international tournament with 4 participating teams.
Romanian Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe overcame PINKK-Pecsi 424 84-65. Adrienne Webb (175-G/F-90, college: LSU) stepped up with 27 points and Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) delivered 14. Marina Kress (196-C-80) poured in 13, whilst Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Georgia Tech) ended up with 8. Olena Samburska (175-G-89) replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Nora Rujak (174-G-90) scored 10 and Ivey Slaughter (186-F-94, college: Florida St.) had 9.
Atomeromu Szekszard edged ZKK Celje 89-63. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) stepped up with 15 points and Sara Krnjic (191-C-91) delivered 14. Andjela Delic (184-G-96, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



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  RUSSIA  


UMMC rout Umea Udominate to reach Final in Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

UMMC - Umea Udominate 74-54

UMMC rout Umea Udominate 74-54 to reach the Final in Ekaterinburg preseason tournament. The Russian side grabbed a 24-14 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game and added a defensive 13-6
rally in the second frame. The Swedish opponents replied with 21-18 run in the third period, while UMMC closed the game with a 19-13 rally in the last stanza.
Alba Torrens (188-G/F-89) stepped up with 16 points, while Raisa Musina (191-F/C-98) notched 11. Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82) and Nika Baric (169-PG-92) netted 10 points apiece in a win. Hollie Mershon (178-G-90, college: Drexel, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 16 points for the guests and Gintare Mazionute posted 11 points and had 11 boards.



Uniqa Sopron surprise Nadezhda at UMMC Cup - by Eurobasket News

Uniqa Sopron - Nadezhda 57:56

Uniqa Sopron surprised Nadezhda 57-56 in UMMC Cup to reach the Final. The Hungarian side trailed 2 points at the end of the first quarter and then also lost the second frame 13-14. Uniqa Sopron however replied with two narrow win in the second half to seal the victory. They needed a 16-13 run in the third quarter and closed the game with a 15-14 rally.
Jelena Milovanovic (189-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Aleksandra Crvendakic (186-F-96) scored 11. Maria Cherepanova (190-PF-87) replied with 13 points and 10 boards in a loss and Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) added 11.



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  SERBIA  


Ana Dabovic (ex Dynamo M.) joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) added to their roster 28-year old Serbian international shooting guard Ana Dabovic (183-89). She is a dual citizen owning also Montenegrin passport. Dabovic played last season at Dynamo Moscow in Russian PBL league. In 21 games she was fourth best scorer with 11.2ppg and averaged 2.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention. Dabovic also played 8 games in EEWBL where she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-EEWBL European Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (2016) summer she played at another team Sparks in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA. In 28 games she recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.5apg in 2016 season. Dabovic contributed to her team winning the WNBA title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very good season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year 2016, Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year 2016 and named to Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team 2014, 2015, 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year in 2015.
Dabovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Dabovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 42.9%.
Dabovic has played also professionally in Greece, Poland (Wisla Krakow) and Turkey (TED Ankara, Ormanspor and Girne Universitesi).
On Dabovic: A natural scorer, she can simply explode in a big way dominating a quarter. She is great in the open floor, adept at slicing to the hoop taking opponents off the dribble and generally being creative in her shot selection. Needs to add continuity to her game.

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Birsel Vardarli
Ana Dabovic
Ayse Cora
Pelin Bilgic
Melisa Korkmaz
Kelsey Plum

Forwards:
Kia Vaughn
Tugce Canitez
Aerial Powers
Merve Ari

Centers:
Anastasiya Veremeenko
Esra Ural
Tilbe Senyurek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vladinka Erak is a newcomer at Vrbas Medela - by Eurobasket News

ZKK Vrbas Medela (1 ZLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old center Vladinka Erak (192-84) from Radivoj Korac. In 7 1 ZLS games she recorded 7.7ppg and 4.9rpg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. The other team Erak played shortly was Abadan in Iranian league where in 7 games she averaged 7.6ppg and 4.9rpg. Another team she played that season for was Limoges ABC en Limousin in French LF2. In 11 games she had just 2.6ppg and 4.9rpg.
Among other achievements Erak received Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL 2nd Team award in 2016.
She is a very experienced player. Thanks to Erak's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Erak has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Celik), Bulgaria (Neftochimic) and Romania (Sp.Studentesc, Timisoara and Olimpia Brasov) and Serbia (Vojvodina, Spartak, Stara Pazova and Vozdovac).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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  SLOVAKIA  


Bettina Bozoki (ex PINKK-Pecsi) is a newcomer at MBK Ruzomberok - by Nagy Szilveszter

MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Hungarian ex-international power forward Bettina Bozoki (191-89). She played last season at PINKK-Pecsi in Hungarian A Division. In 20 games she recorded 9.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.4apg. Bozoki also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 8.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at PEAC Pecs in A Division. In 18 games she had 3.4ppg and 2.7rpg. Bozoki also played 6 games in Eurocup where she got 7.2ppg and 2.8rpg.
She played in the final of Central Europe Women League in 2013.
Bozoki was also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She played for Hungarian Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Bozoki also represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) eight years ago.
She has played previously professionally in Hungary (Miskolc, Atomeromu and Cegledi EKK) and Slovakia (Samorin).

MBK Ruzomberok roster for 2017-2018:

Bettina Bozoki
Beata Janoscikova
Cassandra Brown
Petra Bartanusova
Melissa Diawakana
Taijah Campbell
Alica Moravcikova
Nevena Markovic
Miroslava Mistinova
Olga Yatskovets
Nikola Kovacikova
Patricia Prazenicova
Alexandra Belusova
Natalia Uramova

Coach: Juraj Suja

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Bembibre edge Uni Ferrol at home court - by Eurobasket News

Bembibre - Uni Ferrol 73-60

Bembibre edge Uni Ferrol 73-60 at the home court last night. They took a 22-16 lead at the start of the game and added a narrow 15-13 rally in the second period. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts needed a 25-11 surge to seal the victory. Kristina Rakovic (186-F/C-94, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Quinn Dornstauder netted 14. Elin Gustavsson (190-F-93, college: Colorado St.) had 12 and Jovana Pasic (180-F-92) delivered 11. Jamie Scott replied with 19 points in the losing effort. Rachael Vanderwal (175-G-83, college: Boston U.) notched 9 and Patricia Cabrera (174-PG-91, agency: ProDep Management) poured in 8.



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  SWEDEN  


Jalen O'Bannon agreed terms with KFUM Uppsala - by Eurobasket News

Damligan newcomer KFUM Uppsala inked 23-year old American forward Jalen O'Bannon (185-94). She just graduated from E.Kentucky (NCAA). O'Bannon has played there for the last three years. In 31 games she recorded 14.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg last season. She helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was voted to All-OVC 1st Team and OVC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above O'Bannon is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Her team won Sun Belt Regular Season in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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UMMC rout Umea Udominate to reach Final in Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News

UMMC - Umea Udominate 74-54

UMMC rout Umea Udominate 74-54 to reach the Final in Ekaterinburg preseason tournament. The Russian side grabbed a 24-14 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game and added a defensive 13-6
rally in the second frame. The Swedish opponents replied with 21-18 run in the third period, while UMMC closed the game with a 19-13 rally in the last stanza.
Alba Torrens (188-G/F-89) stepped up with 16 points, while Raisa Musina (191-F/C-98) notched 11. Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82) and Nika Baric (169-PG-92) netted 10 points apiece in a win. Hollie Mershon (178-G-90, college: Drexel, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 16 points for the guests and Gintare Mazionute posted 11 points and had 11 boards.



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  TURKEY  


Ana Dabovic (ex Dynamo M.) joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) added to their roster 28-year old Serbian international shooting guard Ana Dabovic (183-89). She is a dual citizen owning also Montenegrin passport. Dabovic played last season at Dynamo Moscow in Russian PBL league. In 21 games she was fourth best scorer with 11.2ppg and averaged 2.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention. Dabovic also played 8 games in EEWBL where she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-EEWBL European Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (2016) summer she played at another team Sparks in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA. In 28 games she recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.5apg in 2016 season. Dabovic contributed to her team winning the WNBA title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very good season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year 2016, Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year 2016 and named to Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team 2014, 2015, 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year in 2015.
Dabovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Dabovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 42.9%.
Dabovic has played also professionally in Greece, Poland (Wisla Krakow) and Turkey (TED Ankara, Ormanspor and Girne Universitesi).
On Dabovic: A natural scorer, she can simply explode in a big way dominating a quarter. She is great in the open floor, adept at slicing to the hoop taking opponents off the dribble and generally being creative in her shot selection. Needs to add continuity to her game.

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Birsel Vardarli
Ana Dabovic
Ayse Cora
Pelin Bilgic
Melisa Korkmaz
Kelsey Plum

Forwards:
Kia Vaughn
Tugce Canitez
Aerial Powers
Merve Ari

Centers:
Anastasiya Veremeenko
Esra Ural
Tilbe Senyurek

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Istanbul Uni lands Hande Guven - by Nagy Szilveszter

Istanbul Universitesi SK (KBSL) tabbed Hande Guven. The last time (12-14) she played at Tosyali Toyo Osmaniye in Turkish KBSL. Guven missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Guven's team was Runner-Up of TKB2L Group A Regular Season 2014.

Istanbul Universitesi SK roster for 2017-2018:

Ayse Okul
Claudia Pop
Julie Vanloo
Ifunanya Ibekwe
Miray Sahin
Ilayda Guner
Hande Guven
Ceren Cetin
Eylul Minez
Irem Has
Cora Neslisah
Kardelen Gezgin
Topaloglu Meltem

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Istanbul Uni keeps Guner for another season - by Nagy Szilveszter

Istanbul Universitesi SK (KBSL) re-signed 18-year old center Ilayda Guner (186-99, agency: LBM Management). She has played there for the last two seasons. Guner managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 24 KBSL games she averaged just 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg. She also played 2 games in Eurocup, but she did not score anything and had only 6 rebounds. And finally Guner contributed to 7 games in EEWBL where she recorded 4.1ppg and 2.3rpg. She received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention award in 2017.
Guner represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Sopron (Hungary) this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-3 (17.1ppg), Reb-4 (9.7rpg), 1.6apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-2 (2.4bpg), FGP: 42.7%, FT: 84.2%.

Istanbul Universitesi SK roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ayse Okul
Julie Vanloo
Miray Sahin
Cora Neslisah
Kardelen Gezgin

Forwards:
Claudia Pop
Ifunanya Ibekwe
Ceren Cetin
Irem Has
Topaloglu Meltem

Centers:
Ilayda Guner
Eylul Minez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Istanbul Uni welcomes back Sahin - by Nagy Szilveszter

Istanbul Universitesi SK (KBSL) tabbed 24-year old guard Miray Sahin (168-93). It is actually her comeback to Istanbul Uni as she has played here before. Sahin played last season at Canik Belediye in the KBSL. In 26 games she had just 2.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded only 1.7ppg and 1.2apg.
Sahin's team made it to the EuroCup Semifinals in 2014.
She has played previously for two other teams: Orduspor and Dizdar.

Istanbul Universitesi SK roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ayse Okul
Julie Vanloo
Miray Sahin

Forwards:
Claudia Pop
Ifunanya Ibekwe
Ceren Cetin
Irem Has
Topaloglu Meltem

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Istanbul Uni keeps Meltem for another season - by Nagy Szilveszter

Istanbul Universitesi SK (KBSL) re-signed 18-year old forward Topaloglu Meltem (178-99). She played there last season. In three KBSL games she averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.7rpg. Meltem also played 4 games in EEWBL where she had 4.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.

Istanbul Universitesi SK roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Julie Vanloo

Forwards:
Claudia Pop
Ifunanya Ibekwe
Topaloglu Meltem

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hatay adds Ozaltin to their roster - by Nagy Szilveszter

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) added to their roster Berrak Ozaltin from Mersin Basketbol. Ozaltin has played there for the last three years. In 7 KBSL games she had just 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg in 2015-16 season. She helped them to win the regular season.

Hatay Bsb roster for 2017-2018:

Katerina Snytsina
Bahar Ozturk
Viktoria Mircheva
Devran Bostanci
Ozge Yavas
Merve Aydin
Hulya Coklar
Hind Ben Abdelkader
Seda Deniz
Berrak Ozaltin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hatay lands Ozge Yavas - by Nagy Szilveszter

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) tabbed 26-year old former international point guard Ozge Yavas (170-91) from Fenerbahce. The last season Yavas played at Girne Universitesi where in 24 games she averaged 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.6apg.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Turkish Cup Final Four for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Yavas received also Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Domestic Players Team award in 2015.
She was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Yavas played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
She also represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (14.8ppg), 4.1rpg, Assists-3 (3.0apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 68.8%.
Yavas has played previously for six other teams: Istanbul Uni, Burhaniye Bld, Galatasaray, Adana ASKI Mersin, Antalya Bld and TED Ankara.

Hatay Bsb roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ozge Yavas
Merve Aydin
Hind Ben_Abdelkader
Seda Deniz

Forwards:
Katerina Snytsina
Bahar Ozturk

Centers:
Viktoria Mircheva
Devran Bostanci
Hulya Coklar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Doran lands back with Wildcats - by Paul Nilsen

The basketball journey of Lana Doran (178-G-93) started at the Nottingham Wildcats and she is now returning to the club for the forthcoming WBBL season.

A native of Kettering, Doran was a junior with the Wildcats before moving on to Barking Abbey Academy and subsequently receiving a scholarship during 2012, to attend North Carolina Gardner Web University in America. In 2014, she then transferred to Pennsylvania, studying for a business and accounting degree at the California of Pennsylvania University.

Doran has represented GB U20s and will be joining an ever-growing list of players to have played junior basketball at the Wildcats and after completing their basketball scholarship in America, returned to represent the Nottingham club in the WBBL.

In her senior year in the States, she started all 27 games averaging over 30 minutes, with a stat line of: 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Commenting on her return, Doran stated: 'I am very pleased to be joining Wildcats and being a part of the WBBL. I enjoyed my time at Wildcats as a junior player and I am very thankful to Nottingham for giving me this opportunity and welcoming me back.

'Wildcats are a very successful club, and I look forward to contributing to a successful 2017-2018 season. The WBBL is a tough and competitive league and I am looking to build on the success I achieved whilst playing in America during the last 5 years.

'I know we have a very strong squad this year and I am really excited to be a part of this, and to compete at the highest level."

Meanwhile Head Coach, Dave Greenaway was equally enthusiastic about his new recruit and said: "Lana's commitment to return to the Wildcats is a positive boost for our team for the upcoming season.

"She has had an interesting and successful basketball journey in the States and that experience plus the challenges she's faced and overcome, will add a much-needed mental toughness to the core of our team make up.

"The intangibles that she will bring to the team and her contribution on both sides of the game will assist to enhance our performance."



Bunten Ovner the moon with new recruit - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria are sensing the Swede smell of success after landing yet another top class Scandinavian baller.

Evelyn Ovner (178-F-93) arrives on Tyneside on the back of four seasons with US Division Two college Bridgeport.

And the powerful forward will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Swede Abi Asoro - a big hit at Sport Central before she headed for Europe earlier this year.

"Evelyn captained her college and is a strong presence in the paint," said TN playcaller Chris Bunten.

"She hit seven from seven from the floor in our friendly against Edinburgh and top scored.

"I really like the look of her all-round game. She's a solid forward who's mobile and can cause a lot of problems in the WBBL."

Ovner suffered a cruciate ligament injury during her second year at Bridgeport.

But TN's new recruit took the decision to turn down surgery and now plays her basketball in a leg brace after making a full recovery.

Ovner is studying for an MSc in Digital Marketing at Northumbria University and will also play a key role in Northumbria's BUCS team.

"We've managed to strike a good balance throughout the team but there are still a couple of spots to finalise," added Bunten.

"I'm hoping to be in a position to announce another major signing very soon."



Hatters move for Blackpool born Ashton - by Paul Nilsen

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters have bolstered their ranks with the arrival of guard Jen Ashton, who has dual citizenship having moved to the USA at the age of 5 from Blackpool.

Harbouring ambitions to represent the country of her birth, Ashton will make her WBBL debut during the forthcoming 2017-18 season and will take on playmaking duties with Hatters now missing Georgia Gayle, who has went in the opposite direction across The Pond to attend Junior College in Florida.

Ashton is a former star of Westfield State, where she was a standout player. A great free-throw shooter and creative force, she left College with her name in the record books after scoring over 1500 points at Westfield - a number which put her second on the All-Time Leaders list at the school.

A complete player, Ashton has a coaches' basketball brain, something which will come in handy as she takes up her new role. She was an Assistant play-caller at Beverly High and accepted a position as an assistant coach at American International College in Springfield.

Ashton said: 'AIC went to the NCAA's so that was exciting as I didn't get there as a player. I really liked Westfield State, but was disappointed we never made the NCAA tournament.

'I wound up on the all-time scoring in second place by just one basket, but even in high school shooting was not my first priority. Anyone will tell you I pass too much. It's nice to now get back to playing again. I expect to have more of a point guard role and passing will be my first responsibility; to get the ball up court and set up somebody.

'I also love to play defence and steal the ball. I've been lucky to have a knack for the ball and coaches say I have a strong basketball IQ. I can tell what will happen before it actually does, and I can use that to my advantage.

'I know this will be a big change for me, but it's something I'm excited about playing professional basketball, and I'm looking forward to the challenge,' added Ashton, who will link up with Great Britain's Helen Naylor who re-signed for Hatters last month.



Quick signing for Archers - by Paul Nilsen

Cardiff Met Archers have bolstered their roster for the forthcoming WBBL season with the addition of post player Merissa Quick (190-C-93, college: Emporia St.).

Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the American has previously played professionally in Portugal, Turkey and Australia.

A graduate of Emporia State, Quick competed with Boa Viagem in Liga Feminina during 2015-16 and played in Turkey last season at Ferko Ilgaz Kastamonu. Those stints came either side of a spell last summer Down Under with Bundaberg Bears.

"I am extremely excited about playing in a competitive league that also gives players an opportunity to further their education by partnering with the university,' stated Quick.

'The programme in Cardiff seems to have a great school of sport and health sciences and I look forward to being able to learn from others with a different basketball/coaching background to mine.

'I can't wait to live in the capital of Wales and be able to explore and learn about not only the culture, but the history as well."

Meanwhile Archers' Player Coach, Stef Collins enthused: "We're really excited to have Merissa joins the Archers programme and I look forward to playing alongside her.

'She brings a physical presence inside and will inevitably be a great asset to our team with her previous playing experience."?



Mystics welcome back their WBBL Cup Final MVP - by Paul Nilsen

Great Britain frontcourt star and 2017 WBBL Cup Final MVP Dominique Allen (192-F/C-89, college: ORU) will be wearing the colours of Manchester Mystics again in 2017-18.

She joins fellow Brits Rheanne Bailey, Georgia Jones and Lauren Thomas-Johnson who have also been confirmed as returnees during recent days.

Allen had a brilliant first campaign in the WBBL and almost turned in a double-double season - one that was typified by being crowned MVP in Birmingham at the showpiece WBBL Final against Nottingham Wildcats.

'It is safe to say Dom had a break out year in her first season in the WBBL with some tremendous performances, but more importantly, she really seemed to enjoy her basketball and that was infectious on the others,' smiled Mystics Coach, Jeff Jones.

'She obviously had to carry the main load for us last year as far as our inside presence which she did extremely well. Our priority is getting her some help in that department which we are close to doing so.

'From our perspective, we will need Dom to continue to grow as a player and assume much more of a leadership role within the team structure. I am looking forward to continuing to develop her as a player.'

Meanwhile after confirming the backbone of his side are now signed up, Jones is ready to reveal further arrivals in coming weeks to keep Mystics competitive in what promises to be the best WBBL season yet.

He added: 'Managing to keep the core of the team together from last year has been important and we need to have some players step up.

'After last year, they have demonstrated the desire to do that and I am looking forward to their development.

'We will be adding 3 to 4 new players to the roster over the next few weeks and we have 2 players that will be coming in in October due to other playing commitments, so they will have to hit the ground running.

'I think some teams have really stepped up their playing talent and the league will be extremely competitive, but we are looking forward to the challenge,' concluded Jones.



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Malvin and Defensor Sporting win semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Malvin and Defensor Sporting won semifinal openers in Liga Femenina. Malvin overcame Nacional 73-61. The winner of the regular season dominated the majority of the game and grabbed a 1-0 lead. Defensor Sporting meanwhile left no chance for Goes. They posted a confident 74-33 victory in the opener.


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Sparks turn back Mercury to take 2-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News

You'll have to forgive the Sparks if they don't sense things are beginning to feel very familiar. And familiar, in this case, is a WNBA title. The Sparks ran their way to an 86-72 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lynx have taken the same lead in the other semifinal, leaving both teams one victory away from a rematch of last year's championship series that was won by the Sparks in five games. 'Everyone remembers us winning the world championship last year, but it was a struggle,' said Sparks center Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee). 'We stumbled into the play-offs.' Parker helped lead the way Thursday, scoring 19 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. To that she added a game-high 13 rebounds and six assists. And for much of the game she also defended Phoenix star Brittney Griner. Not that, once again, she did not have plenty of help. Point guard Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor) added 21 points and forward Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) had 18 points and nine rebounds. The Sparks led almost the entire game. They were up 43-35 at the half and then, paced by a solid defense, pushed their lead to 15 points late in the third quarter. Then came a stumble, the Mercury putting together a last-hurrah 13-2 run to close to within four points before the Sparks regained their focus, clamped down the defense and ran their way to a fairly easy victory. The series moves to Phoenix on Sunday, a victory giving the Sparks a sweep and possible rematch with the Lynx. Overall, the Sparks have won their last nine games. The Sparks are playing their best basketball at exactly the right moment. 'I think tonight we did resemble a little bit more of the way we finished the regular season,' Sparks coach Brian Agler said. 'Offensively we were more aggressive, moved the ball better. 'I do think we keep getting better. I envision that. And we're going to need to keep improving.' Unlike in the opener Tuesday, the Sparks were able to utilize their fastbreak. And despite the presence of the 6-foot-9 Griner, they dominated inside. They outscored the Mercury 50-36 on points in the paint and 20-6 on second-chance points. 'They're just too fast,' Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. 'Obviously their guard play in the second half really hurt us. Taking care of the ball is obviously something we can control. I thought we were a little impatient at times and we allowed them to get out and run on us.' Griner finished with 14 points but never really got her game going. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) overcame a sluggish opener to lead the Mercury with 21 points. 'Brittney is a phenomenal player,' Parker said. 'For her and Diana, you just try to make them uncomfortable. Sometimes they're going to hit an uncomfortable shot and we can live with that.'
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Fowles, Moore lift Lynx over Mystics, 93-83 - by Eurobasket News

In the precious few minutes newly crowned MVP Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) sat on the bench during Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals, she allowed herself to soak up the raucous atmosphere of the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena and marvel at just how loud 9,000 fans can get. "You know why it's loud, Syl?" said teammate Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota), a former Golden Gophers All-American. "Because it's 'The Barn.'" Fowles scored 25 points to lead the Lynx to a 93-83 victory over the Washington Mystics on Thursday night, putting Minnesota up 2-0 in the best-of-five series. Fowles made 12 of 16 shots and the Lynx shot 51 percent from the floor to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) had 22 points and five assists, and Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in a back-and-forth game at the old college arena affectionately nicknamed "The Barn," where the Lynx are playing while Target Center undergoes renovations. "When you sit on the bench, you definitely hear all the noise bouncing off the walls and the ceiling," she said. The fans had reason to cheer in Game 2. Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) each scored 25 points for the Mystics. Washington led by two with five minutes to go, but were outscored 20-8 the rest of the way by a Lynx team that has had the same core during their five trips to the WNBA Finals over the last six years. "You can tell the difference between Minnesota and us," Toliver said. "They're a well-oiled machine." Fowles was given the MVP trophy about two hours before tipoff, accepting it in a tearful press conference as she reflected on 10 years in the league. While some of her teammates had trouble finding the mark in the first half, Fowles powered her way to the basket over and over again to keep the Lynx in the game. She was never more impressive than on two straight possessions in the fourth after the Lynx fell behind 72-71. Fowles rose up to snatch two offensive rebounds in traffic, then scored through contact to put Minnesota back in front. Her second one jumpstarted a 9-0 run that put the Lynx up 82-75, and they never looked back. "That's why she's the MVP," Delle Donne said.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com