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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



Afrobasket.com All-Afrobasket Championships Awards 2017 - by Greg

Afrobasket.com All-Afrobasket Championships 1st Team 2017
Ike Iroegbu
Iroegbu
Mourad El Mabrouk
El Mabrouk
Mohamed Hadidane
Hadidane
Ikechukwu Diogu
Diogu
Gorgui Dieng
Dieng

Best Player: Ikechukwu Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Nigeria
Best Guard: Ike Iroegbu (6'2''-G-95) of Nigeria
Best Forward: Ikechukwu Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Nigeria
Best Center: Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90) of Senegal

1st Team
G: Ike Iroegbu (6'2''-G-95) of Nigeria
SG: Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) of Tunisia
PF: Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) of Tunisia
F/C: Ikechukwu Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Nigeria
C: Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90) of Senegal

2nd Team
SG: Bryant Mbamalu (191-SG-91) of Nigeria
G: Myck Kabongo (191-G-92) of DR Congo
F: Mbala Benoit (200-F-95) of Cameron
PF: Makram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89) of Tunisia
F/C: Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) of Morocco

Honorable Mention
Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85) of Senegal
Ike Nwamu (6'5''-G-93) of Nigeria
Herve Kabasele (208-C-96) of DR Congo
Ibrahim Djambo (208-F-92) of Mali
Amr El Gendy (192-G-91) of Egypt
Carlos Morais (200-G-85) of Angola
Mbala Benoit (200-F-95) of Cameron
Mahamadou Kante (192-G-92) of Mali
Kenneth Gasana (6'5''-G-84) of Rwanda
Daouda Conde (210-C-92) of Guinea
Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80) of Uganda



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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Rieker Komarno open season with victory over Tajfun - by Eurobasket News

Rieker Komarno - Tajfun 85:74

Rieker Komarno celebrated the opening victory in the Alpe Adria Cup season. The defending champions overcame Tajfun in the opener. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) scored 20 points to lead the charge.
Tajfun posted a 22:19 lead after the opening frame. But Rieker Komarno picked up the tempo in the next periods. They unloaded 31 points in the second stanza to ensure a 50:42 halftime lead. Rieker Komarno kept Tajfun at bay throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Vuk Djordjevic (193-G-91) netted 18 points, while Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84) added 16 points in the win. David Gabrovsek (201-F-94, college: Missouri Baptist) answered with 23 points for Tajfun. Marko Popadic (189-G-89) had 17 points in the loss.



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  ARGENTINA  


Chris Johnson (ex Boca Jrs) is a newcomer at Cactus Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

BC Cactus Tbilisi (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Chris Johnson (190-88kg-91, college: St.Catharine). He played most recently at Boca Jrs in Argentinian LigaA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. In 9 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. He was also voted All-MSC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Johnson's team won MSC Regular Season in 2012.
Johnson graduated from St.Catharine College in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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  BELARUS  


Valentin Iurchik joins Zenit-Farm - by Alex Rovenskyi

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg (Superleague) agreed terms with 30-year old naturalized Belarusian power forward Valentin Iurchik (210-115kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) from BC Ryazan. In 14 Superleague 1 games he had 8.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Iurchik's team made it to the A Superleague Semifinals in 2010.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow, Unics Kazan, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Unics Kazan 2nd team, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Grigory Motovilov

Forwards:
Oleg Bartunov
Andrey Petukhov
Ruslan Tumanov

Center:
Valentin Iurchik

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luka KOTRULJA
  Gistel O.
  (196-F-98)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kotrulja, Gistel O.19.0 
 2. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.19.0 
 3. Celis, Oxaco18.5 
 4. Goetgeluck, Soba18.3 
 5. Gorremans, Soba18.3 
 6. Buysse, Gistel O.18.0 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen18.0 
 8. Colette, Ninane17.0 
 9. Perez, Melsele17.0 
 10. Allemand, Ninane16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leigh ENOBAKHARE
  Royal B.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Enobakhare, Royal B.13.0 
 2. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.10.5 
 3. Dobbelaere, Ieper10.0 
 4. Celis, Oxaco8.5 
 5. Henrard, Ninane8.0 
 6. Bleijenbergh, Giants B.8.0 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele7.5 
 8. Tuluka-M., Royal B.7.5 
 9. Leten, Melsele7.5 
 10. Piette, Neufchateau7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Celis, Oxaco5.5 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.5.0 
 3. Moray, Ninane4.5 
 4. Van-D., Giants B4.0 
 5. Goetgeluck, Soba4.0 
 6. Verspeeten, Gent H.3.5 
 7. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.3 
 8. van-Kempen, Soba3.3 
 9. Demirtas, Spirou B3.3 
 10. Kotrulja, Gistel O.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas LAMOT
  Melsele
  (190-F-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Lamot, Melsele4.5 
 2. Moray, Ninane3.5 
 3. Van-d., Melsele3.5 
 4. Perez, Melsele3.5 
 5. De Vreught, Gistel O.3.0 
 6. Buysse, Gistel O.3.0 
 7. Bleijenbergh, Giants B.3.0 
 8. Goetgeluck, Soba3.0 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 10. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vrenz BLEIJENBERGH
  Giants B.
  (202-SF-0)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bleijenbergh, Giants B.3.0 
 2. Fusek, Spirou B2.3 
 3. Moray, Ninane1.0 
 4. Tuluka-M., Royal B.1.0 
 5. Delplancq, Gistel O.1.0 
 6. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.1.0 
 7. Marion, Royal B.1.0 
 8. Gielen, Giants B1.0 
 9. Nau, Oxaco1.0 
 10. Bouckaert, Gembo B.1.0 


BC Oostende clinch SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

BC Oostende - Hubo Limburg United 92-91

BC Oostende overcame Hubo Limburg United 92-91 to clinch SuperCup title in Belgium. They grabbed a narrow 28-25 at the end of the first period and led 3 points at the halftime. Hubo Limburg United dominated the third quarter and came up with a massive 24-17 surge, however could not win the game. Mike Myers (206-F-92, college: Md-E Shore) Michael drove a lay-up at the end of the game for the final success. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Tonye Jekiri (213-C-94, college: Miami, FL) as well as Jean Salumu (193-F-90) scored 12 each. Mike Myers Michael followed them with 10 points in a win. Jordan Heath (208-F/C-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) netted 28 in defeat and Tate Unruh (193-G-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports) poured in 20.



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  BOSNIA  


Cibona edge Zrinjski to win Mostar preseason tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Zrinjski 89:65

Cibona celebrated victory at the Mostar preseason tournament. They drubbed Zrinjski for the trophy. Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91, college: De Paul) netted 19 points to lead the Croatian team.
Cibona dropped 31 points in the first period to take a 15-point lead. They maintained the pressure throughout the second term. Cibona claimed a 48:29 halftime lead. The visitors unloaded 41 points in the second half to ease to the win. Marin Rozic (201-F-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) provided 15 points, while Ivan Novacic (201-F-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 14 points in the victory. Aleksandar Sokolovic (193-F/G-93) replied with 15 points for Zrinjski. Vedran Princ (190-PG-82) had 10 points for the hosts.



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Artis, America19.4 
 2. Cook, L.Sorocaba18.9 
 3. Anthony, Bauru18.0 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.14.6 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.5 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Uchendu, Bauru12.5 
 8. Coelho, Franca12.4 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi12.4 
 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. Toledo, Pinheiros6.5 
 5. Drudi, Osasco B.6.3 
 6. Dos-Santos, Osasco B.6.2 
 7. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.2 
 8. Cipolini, Franca6.0 
 9. Galvanini, Bauru5.9 
 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, Bauru5.3 
 5. Lersch, Mogi4.9 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.4 
 7. Artis, America3.8 
 8. Borges, Franca3.7 
 9. Taylor, Mogi3.6 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Andrade, America2.1 
 2. Knight, America2.0 
 3. Rosa, America1.9 
 4. Artis, America1.8 
 5. Toledo, Pinheiros1.8 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.6 
 7. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.5 
 8. Lersch, Mogi1.4 
 9. Taylor, Mogi1.4 
 10. Anthony, Bauru1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uchendu, Bauru2.0 
 2. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 3. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.1 
 4. Demetrio, Franca1.0 
 5. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 6. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 7. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.9 
 9. Corazza, Paulistano0.8 
 10. Sommer, Paulistano0.8 


Paulista Round 7: Paschoalotto/Bauru beats Osasco B. by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Osasco B. (1-9) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-5) on Thursday. The visitors from Bauru managed to secure only one-point victory 67-66. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Osasco B. won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Osasco B. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. point guard Guilherme Santos (189-97) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Osasco B.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pinheiros. Osasco B. at the other side stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru is looking forward to face higher ranked Paulistano (#3) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Osasco B. will play on the road against America (#7) in Rio Preto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Vivo/Franca (9-1) which hosted in Sao Paulo 4th placed Pinheiros (6-5). First ranked Vivo/Franca managed to get a 12-point victory 95-83. It was a great evening for Antonio Ferreira (200-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. Luis Felipe Gruber helped adding 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side Jonatan de-Oliveira responded with 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vivo/Franca maintains first place with 9-1 record. Pinheiros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Bauru. Vivo/Franca will play against league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pinheiros will play at home against Osasco B. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Sorocabana was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-6). Paschoalotto/Bauru managed to secure a 4-point victory 83-79 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Kendall Anthony who led the winners and scored 21 points and 7 assists. Paschoalotto/Bauru's coach Demetrius Ferraciu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Anton Cook came up with 29 points for Liga Sorocaba in the defeat. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pinheiros. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will meet at home higher ranked Paulistano (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against the league's leader Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rio Preto was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Pinheiros (6-5) played at the court of 7th ranked America (2-8). Pinheiros managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78. Desmond Holloway fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pinheiros maintains fourth place with 6-5 record, which they share with Bauru. America lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) at home. America will play against Osasco B. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sorocabana was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mogi (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-6). Mogi defeated Liga Sorocaba 78-68 on Thursday. It was a very good performance for Caio Silveira who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mogi's coach Jorge Guerra allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Mogi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Franca. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Mogi will face league's leader Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against the league's leader Vivo/Franca (#1) in Sao Paulo and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 7 America was smashed by Paulistano on the road 109-58.

L.Sorocaba - Bauru 79-83

The game in Sorocabana was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-6). Paschoalotto/Bauru managed to secure a 4-point victory 83-79 on Saturday. Liga Sorocaba was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-13 charge of Paschoalotto/Bauru, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Strangely Liga Sorocaba outrebounded Paschoalotto/Bauru 47-35 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 7 assists. The former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Paschoalotto/Bauru's coach Demetrius Ferraciu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Anton Cook (188-95, college: SE Oklahoma) came up with 29 points and the other American import point guard Dontrell Brite (175, college: Mount Olive) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for Liga Sorocaba in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pinheiros. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will meet at home higher ranked Paulistano (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against the league's leader Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bauru: K.Anthony 21+4reb+7ast, R.Hettsheimer 21+3reb, A.Garcia 10+5reb+4ast, I.Goncalves 10+6reb+3ast, R.Lenz 9+6reb, G.Galvanini 6+2reb
L.Sorocaba: A.Cook 29+4reb+1ast, C.Araujo 14+8reb, J.Da Silva 13+1reb+2ast, D.Brite 12+8reb+9ast, L.Moraes 6+10reb, R.Rodrigues 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 558393


America - Pinheiros 78-87

The game in Rio Preto was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Pinheiros (6-5) played at the court of 7th ranked America (2-8). Pinheiros managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78. It looked good early as America took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pinheiros took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They also forced 21 America turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by America helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Marcus-Vinicius Toledo (201-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Ygor Viana (208-86) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Pinheiros and four America players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pinheiros maintains fourth place with 6-5 record, which they share with Bauru. America lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Osasco B. (#8) at home. America will play against Osasco B. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 19+8reb+2ast, C.Bennett 12+2reb+4ast, A.Bernardi 12+7reb+3ast, C.Ware 11+9reb+1ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 10+11reb+4ast, R.Ansaloni 8+6reb
America: Y.Viana 17+13reb+1ast, J.Knight 14+5reb, D.Artis 13+6reb+5ast, G.Andrade 12+1reb+5ast, L.Rubens 9+3reb, F.Souza 6
gschID: 558392


Osasco B. - Bauru 66-67

Eighth-ranked Osasco B. (1-9) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-5) on Thursday. The visitors from Bauru managed to secure only one-point victory 67-66. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Osasco B. won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Osasco B. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Point guard Guilherme Santos (189-97) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Luiz-Paulo Dos-Santos (210-89, college: Slippery Rock) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Osasco B.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pinheiros. Osasco B. at the other side stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru is looking forward to face higher ranked Paulistano (#3) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Osasco B. will play on the road against America (#7) in Rio Preto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bauru: K.Anthony 22+2reb+3ast, G.Santos 10+6reb+5ast, R.Lenz 8+4reb+1ast, I.Goncalves 7+2reb, R.Hettsheimer 5+5reb+1ast, G.Galvanini 5+3reb
Osasco B.: W.Drudi 21+9reb+1ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 8+9reb+3ast, L.Fernandes 8+2reb, R.Italo 7+3ast, B.Felipe Viana 5+3reb+1ast, C.Murilo 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 558389


L.Sorocaba - Mogi 68-78

The game in Sorocabana was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mogi (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-6). Mogi defeated Liga Sorocaba 78-68 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 30-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Mogi's coach Jorge Guerra allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Anton Cook (188-95, college: SE Oklahoma) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Liga Sorocaba. Mogi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Franca. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Mogi will face league's leader Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against the league's leader Vivo/Franca (#1) in Sao Paulo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 19+6reb+2ast, C.Silveira 18+10reb+2ast, L.Taylor 13+3reb+3ast, J.Oliveira 9+4reb+1ast, T.Curnell 8+4reb+1ast, G.Filipin 7
L.Sorocaba: A.Cook 21+7reb, D.Brite 12+4reb+3ast, C.Araujo 12+6reb+3ast, L.Farina 7+2reb+2ast, L.Moraes 5+5reb, R.Rodrigues 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558390


Franca - Pinheiros 95-83

An interesting game for Vivo/Franca (9-1) which hosted in Sao Paulo 4th placed Pinheiros (6-5). First ranked Vivo/Franca managed to get a 12-point victory 95-83. The game was mostly controlled by Vivo/Franca. Pinheiros was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vivo/Franca players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Pinheiros was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Antonio Ferreira (200-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Luis Felipe Gruber (206-85) helped adding 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side Jonatan de-Oliveira responded with 16 points and forward Arthur Bernardi (206-90, college: Houston Baptist) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vivo/Franca maintains first place with 9-1 record. Pinheiros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Bauru. Vivo/Franca will play against league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pinheiros will play at home against Osasco B. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Franca: A.Ferreira 15+6reb+2ast, A.Ferreira 15+3reb+2ast, L.Meindl 12+3reb+4ast, L.Felipe Gruber 11+7reb+3ast, P.Lima 11+4ast, L.Cipolini 10+5reb
Pinheiros: J.de Oliveira 16+2reb+1ast, D.Holloway 12+1reb+5ast, A.Bernardi 12+5reb+2ast, L.Pereira 10+4reb, C.Bennett 10+2reb+3ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 558391


Paulistano - America 109-58

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Paulistano (6-4) crushed 7th ranked America (2-8) in Sao Paolo 109-58 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Paulistano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Paulistano shot 20 for 27 from the free-throw line, while America only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded America 58-29 including a 44-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Paulistano looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by America's players. America was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. International forward Lucas Dias Silva (209-95) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) answered with 14 points and center Ygor Viana (208-86) added 10 points in the effort for America. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Paulistano have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 6-4 record having just three points less than leader Franca. America lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Paulistano will face Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) on the road in the next round. America will play against Osasco B. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: K.Fuller 27+4reb+3ast, L.Dias Silva 21+5reb+4ast, E.Sommer 16+14reb, G.Hubner 11+6reb+3ast, J.Luz dos Santos 9+3reb+1ast, A.Doria 8+6reb
America: D.Artis 14+2reb+2ast, Y.Viana 10+3reb+1ast, J.Knight 9+1reb+2ast, W.Pessoa 8+3reb, R.Santos 6+4reb+1ast, V.Garcia 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558388





Londrina lands Ulisses Lima - by Eurobasket News

Londrina Esporte Clube (Parana State) landed 32-year old small forward Ulisses Lima (198-85). He played in the summer at Santos/Macapa in the Liga Ouro. In 15 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Parana State will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Lima's team made it to the Brazilian final in 2013.
He has played previously for six other teams: Automovel C.F. - Campos Dos Goytacazes, Macae, Jacarei, Campo Mourao, Ponta Grossa Basquete and Remo.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Beroe pip Lukoil Academic in SuperCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Beroe - Lukoil Academic 86-85

Beroe overcame Lukoil Academic 86-85 in SuperCup 2017. Both teams showed completely different two quarters of the first half, Lukoil Academic taking a 31-19 lead after the first 10 minutes and then Beroe responding with 23-11 surge in the second frame. Beroe nailed 22 points in the third and then the last stanza for the final success.
Alex Davis (206-F-92, college: Fresno St.) was named MVP of the game as he nailed 33 points for Beroe. Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) collected 23 points and 10 boards, while Adonte Parker (186-PG-89, college: Dayton) added 14. Anthony Raffa (185-PG-89, college: Co.Carolina) answered with 33 points in the losing effort.



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The Storm keeps States for another season - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) re-signed forward Bradley States (198, college: UPEI). He played there last season. In 38 NBL Canada games he averaged 3.1ppg and 2.5rpg. States helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he played in the final of AUS in 2013 and 2016. States received also All-Atlantic 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
States previously for Axemen.
He graduated from University of Prince Edward Island in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
States is described as: An explosive leaper and shot blocker.

Island Storm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kemy Osse
Aric Dickerson

Forwards:
Bradley States
Julius Barton

Center:
Nick Evans

Coach: Tim Kendrick

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Mael Lebrun is a newcomer at Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Chadian forward Mael Lebrun (198-91) from STB Le Havre. In 31 ProB games he recorded 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lebrun played at Saint Quentin where in 7 ProB games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2012. Lebrun was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team back in 2009.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. Lebrun's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.0ppg, 2.1rpg.
Lebrun has played previously for another French team Entente Orleans 45.

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Mael Lebrun
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mihailo Sekulovic
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @oliviermazet)

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Cibona edge Zrinjski to win Mostar preseason tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Zrinjski 89:65

Cibona celebrated victory at the Mostar preseason tournament. They drubbed Zrinjski for the trophy. Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91, college: De Paul) netted 19 points to lead the Croatian team.
Cibona dropped 31 points in the first period to take a 15-point lead. They maintained the pressure throughout the second term. Cibona claimed a 48:29 halftime lead. The visitors unloaded 41 points in the second half to ease to the win. Marin Rozic (201-F-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) provided 15 points, while Ivan Novacic (201-F-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 14 points in the victory. Aleksandar Sokolovic (193-F/G-93) replied with 15 points for Zrinjski. Vedran Princ (190-PG-82) had 10 points for the hosts.



Jazine adds Dino Cinac (ex-KFUM Jamtland) - by Zeljko Zule

Jazine continued building a roster for the upcoming season by signing Dino Cinac (201-F-88) on a one-year contract.
Cinac arrives from KFUM Jamtland, where he averaged 16.0 points (ranked fifth), 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 28 Sweden Basketligan games last season.
Cinac has already played for Sanac Karlovac, Kraljevica, Kvarner 2010, Jolly JBS Sibenik nad Zagreb. In his last Croatian A1 League's season, 2015-16 with Zagreb, Cinac averaged 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 games.



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Rhamel Brown (ex Sameji) is a newcomer at Halifax Hurricanes - by Eurobasket News

Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Rhamel Brown (201-104kg-92, college: Manhattan). He played last summer at Sameji in Santiago League in Dominican Republic. The last season Brown played at Swiss Central in Swiss LNA where in 17 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4spg and 2.2bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won MAAC Tournament in 2014. Brown was also voted All-MAAC Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Hasharon).
Brown attended Manhattan College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Halifax Hurricanes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Clifford Clinkscales
Malik Boothe
Mike Poole
Ta'Quan Zimmerman

Forwards:
Billy White
Tyrone Watson
Rhamel Brown
C.J. Washington

Center:
Renaldo Dixon

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Riobamba will go to the semifinals - by Roberto Dorta

Leones de Riobamba took the last ticket to the semifinal of the Ecuador LNB with a victory over Importadora Alvarado 61x70 in match that was played in Ambato this Saturday night.
Until the 3rd quarter the actions was close, but the offensive reaction of the Carlos Gorosito 's team reach the pace to over the Importadora's defensive strategies and took the advantage of the scoreboard without to lose it by the rest of the match.
The keys for the Riobamba coach was the intensity with that their players jumped to the court in the last minutes of the match.
Javinger Vargas (202-C-90) went out of the match with an injury in his finger, but they think that he Will be ready for to play the next Tuesday in Macas, when Leones will be going to play the 1st match of the Semifinals against ICCAN.
Alexander Morillo (180-PG-92) has had big matches in the last weeks, but yesterday has been the best performance in the defensive field. And the support on the boards of Corbyn Jackson (198-F) and Reggie Charles (201-F-81) was mandatory for win in front to one of the best defensive teams in the league. The constant input of Andres Cochambay (191-F-87) and his effective input in the rush time was another key for the victory.
Importadora had trouble in all the season with the pointguard player rotation. Luciano Martinez coach had great contribution for offensive from Tavarez Sledge and Jarret Blocker. Add the Jhon Romero (199-F-85) great behaviour in the pivot tasks ( defensive and offensive ). But the lost ball in the critical moments were the weakness that showed the Ambatos team in the two lastest games and Riobamba took advantage of it.
I would have liked to play against Pepe in the finals, but the basketball is like that said Gorosito.We got to focus. They have many changes and we have to defend them well said Pidal.
The challenge for Riobamba in this semifinals will be stop of a great offensive team like ICCAN; with players who have had great experience in finals like Juan Herrera (197-F-81), Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) and Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81), add Juan Alvarez with his local experience give more depth to the Juan Jose Pidal l's team. ICCAN's team need to show their offensive power and with the great experience for their players they are favorite over the Leones.
In the regular season they divided. ICCAN won the 1st match of the tournament casually over Leones 73x52, where Alexander Morillo got injured. And in the 2nd match Leones won 81x74. In this series each team won his game on the way.ICCAN didn't have Juan Herrera in the 1st match.
This serie will begin next tuesday in Macas. It playing Tuesday and Wednesday in ICCAN's home, and will travel to Riobamba Friday, and if necessary Saturday and next Tuesday will come and next tuesday will go to macas to play at 5th game if necessary.




National League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Leones and Piratas complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Importadora - Leones 61-70

Leones upset Importadora to advance into the semifinal stage. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leones looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for Andres Conchambay (-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Venezuelan point guard Alexander Morillo (180-92) helped adding 7 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Leones' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Tavares Sledge (203-92, college: USC Aiken, agency: Interperformances) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Importadora players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leones: A.Conchambay 17+4reb+5ast, C.Jackson 16+5reb+2ast, R.Luis 13+2reb+1ast, J.Vargas 9+3reb+2ast, A.Morillo 7+6reb+11ast, J.Ante 6+1reb
Importadora: J.Blocker 17+4reb+4ast, J.Romero 15+9reb+4ast, T.Sledge 14+8reb+7ast, N.Mina 10+2reb+1ast, J.Sanmiguel 2+2reb+1ast, C.Orozco 2+4reb+4ast
gschID: 571806


Piratas - Juvenil 99-70

Piratas cruised past Juvenil to secure the semifinal birth. The game was mostly controlled by Piratas. Juvenil was better in fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Piratas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Juvenil's 30. They outrebounded Juvenil 42-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Piratas players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a quality performance for Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Five Piratas players scored in double figures. Piratas' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Venezuelan guard Jovanni Diaz (195-92) came up with 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and Venezuelan Nelson Palacios (192-92) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Juvenil in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Piratas: R.Perez 24+5reb+2ast, W.Clayton 15+10reb+1ast, C.Malatay 14+3reb, J.Luis Mejia 13+4reb+3ast, E.Tenorio Parales 10+1reb+3ast, P.Cano 10+11reb+1ast
Juvenil: J.Diaz 38+7reb+1ast, N.Palacios 11+6reb+2ast, L.Lopez 10+4reb+1ast, M.Martinez 6+5reb+4ast, J.Liberio 2+2reb+4ast, L.Aviles 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 571805





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Liga MB Round 23: Leader Santa Tecla gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The round 23 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Leader Santa Tecla delivered the sixteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Cojute (9-10) 82-67 in Cojutepeque. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cojute. The game was mostly controlled by Santa Tecla. Cojute managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Oscar Rivera (190-80) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jernell Hudges produced 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Santa Tecla (16-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Cojute at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in San Salvador. Local Giants (2-16) were outscored by third ranked Quezaltepeque (13-5) 105-58. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 24 rebounds. Quincy Scates contributed with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) answered with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Giants. Quezaltepeque maintains third place with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Giants at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Quezaltepeque will play against El Rapido (#9) in La Union in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Giants will have a break next round.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Isidro Metapan defeated Canarios in a road game 98-88. Brujos Izalco beat Santiagueno at home 103-86. 11 Lobos lost to Halcones on the opponent's court 81-89.

Canarios - Isidro Metapan 88-98

There was a minor upset in Ahuachapan where 4th placed Canarios (11-6) were defeated by sixth ranked Isidro Metapan (11-6) 98-88. Canarios were ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 38-18 charge of Isidro Metapan, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Isidro Metapan outrebounded Canarios 52-39 including 21 on the offensive glass. American center Slim Magee (211-89, college: Missouri So.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 24 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eddie Ishman (196, college: Miles) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) added 28 points and 9 assists in the effort for Canarios. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Isidro Metapan. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Canarios and Brujos Izalco. Isidro Metapan will play against league's second-placed Halcones in Sonzacate in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Canarios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: S.Magee 22+24reb, E.Gimenez 22+10reb+3ast, E.Mijares 19+5reb+6ast, J.Colorado 18+3reb+1ast, M.Artiga 6+3reb+1ast, H.Navas 6+5reb+1ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 28+9ast, E.Ishman 25+14reb, M.Montavious 15+19reb+2ast, A.Gross Ruano 12+1reb+3ast, W.Molina 5+4reb+2ast, M.Amaya 3
gschID: 553743


Brujos Izalco - Santiagueno 103-86

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (11-6) defeated at home 11th ranked Santiagueno (2-15) 103-86. It looked good early as Santiagueno took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Brujos Izalco had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Santiagueno was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-103. Brujos Izalco forced 25 Santiagueno turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Ricardo Mendez (184-84) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. American Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds and the other American import point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) added 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds in the effort for Santiagueno. Brujos Izalco moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Canarios and Isidro Metapan. Santiagueno lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with 11 Lobos. Brujos Izalco will play against Santa Ana (#7) on the road in the next round. Santiagueno will play against Arcense (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 32+13reb+7ast, R.Mendez 20+5reb+3ast, J.Loucel 15+8reb+3ast, C.Coleman 12+8reb, R.Palma 11+5reb+8ast, M.Lopez 7+1reb+4ast
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 34+9reb+3ast, M.Williams 22+22reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 14+3reb+1ast, M. Amaya 8+6reb+1ast, V.Sanchez 4+1reb+2ast, E.Amaya 2+2reb+5ast
gschID: 553746


Giants - Quezaltepeque 58-105

The game with biggest result difference took place in San Salvador. Local Giants (2-16) were outscored by third ranked Quezaltepeque (13-5) 105-58. The game without a history. Quezaltepeque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 32. They outrebounded Giants 56-27 including a 42-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quezaltepeque players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 24 rebounds. His fellow American import Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) answered with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Luis Escoto (180-96) added 16 points in the effort for Giants. Quezaltepeque maintains third place with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Giants at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Quezaltepeque will play against El Rapido (#9) in La Union in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Giants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: R.Miller 24+24reb, Q.Scates 22+12reb+5ast, D.Bairez 21+2reb+3ast, H.Landaverde 12+6reb, L.Portal 12+5reb+1ast, I.Urrutia 10+2reb+3ast
Giants: L.Escoto 16+2reb+3ast, S.Gwanyanya 10+7reb+5ast, C.Flores 8+7reb+4ast, D.Urias 7+5reb, G.Sosa 6+5reb, J.Lopez 5
gschID: 553763


Cojute - Santa Tecla 67-82

Leader Santa Tecla delivered the sixteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Cojute (9-10) 82-67 in Cojutepeque. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cojute. The game was mostly controlled by Santa Tecla. Cojute managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Oscar Rivera (190-80) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jernell Hudges produced 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American swingman Simeon Howard (193-92, college: Greensboro) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Santa Tecla (16-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Cojute at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 20+6reb+3ast, O.Rivera 13+8reb+7ast, O.Torres 12+7reb+2ast, R.Martinez 10+2reb+7ast, C.Arias 9+6reb+1ast, D.Thompson 9+8reb
Cojute: J.Hudges 25+7reb+6ast, D.Austin 12+9reb+1ast, S.Howard 12+9reb+3ast, B.Garcia 8+12reb+3ast, B.Reyes 6+5reb+1ast, L.Quintanilla 4+2ast
gschID: 553735


Halcones - 11 Lobos 89-81

Very expected game in Sonzacate where 12th ranked 11 Lobos (2-15) were defeated by second ranked Halcones (14-3) 89-81. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-14. But 11 Lobos won third quarter 27-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to 11 Lobos' 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Halcones brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Tahj Wells (208-89, college: Edward Waters) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winners. Halcones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) answered with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Preston Smith (187, college: Dominican, NY) added 7 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for 11 Lobos. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Halcones. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. 11 Lobos at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Santiagueno. Halcones will play against Isidro Metapan (#5) on the road in the next round. 11 Lobos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 35+11reb+7ast, T.Wells 19+15reb+1ast, C.Duran 11+9reb+7ast, M.Orellana 8+4reb+1ast, M.Tejada 4+1reb+1ast, M.Flores 3+2reb+1ast
11 Lobos: M.Jackson 44+10reb+2ast, J.White 17+7reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 10+5reb+2ast, P.Smith 7+15reb+5ast, E.Rojas 3+1reb, R.Aguiar 0
gschID: 553744





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alexey SHVED
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Shved, RUS24.3 
 2. Schroeder, GER23.7 
 3. Porzingis, LAT23.6 
 4. Dragic, SLO22.6 
 5. Bogdanovic, CRO22.5 
 6. Bogdanovic, SRB20.4 
 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, SLO8.3 
 5. Vucevic, MNT7.7 
 6. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 7. Shengelia, GEO7.6 
 8. Mozgov, RUS7.4 
 9. Moldoveanu, ROM7.3 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  LTU
  (195-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.2 
 2. Rodriguez, ESP6.6 
 3. Satoransky, CZE6.4 
 4. Strelnieks, LAT6.3 
 5. Koponen, FIN6.2 
 6. Shved, RUS5.9 
 7. Schroeder, GER5.4 
 8. Jovic, SRB5.4 
 9. Lukashov, UKR5.3 
 10. Bertans, LAT5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  USA
  (203-C/F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Lukashov, UKR2.0 
 3. Osman, TUR2.0 
 4. Mandache, ROM2.0 
 5. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 6. Jovic, SRB1.9 
 7. Satoransky, CZE1.8 
 8. Rubio, ESP1.8 
 9. De-Colo, FRA1.8 
 10. Dragic, SLO1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (221-C/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Porzingis, LAT1.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR1.7 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.6 
 4. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 5. Vidmar, SLO1.3 
 6. Randolph, SLO1.3 
 7. Barovic, MNT1.2 
 8. Bender, CRO1.2 
 9. Vucevic, MNT1.2 
 10. Saric, CRO1.0 


2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia top Serbia to celebrate title in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Serbia 93:85

Slovenia are the 2017 EuroBasket champions. They prevailed against Serbia in the dramatic clash to claim the historic title in Istanbul. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) was pivotal for the champions with stellar performance of 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He was trumped the MVP.
Serbia led throughout the bigger part of the first period. They ensured a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia led by Goran Dragic went firing from all guns in the second term. They erupted for 36 points and posted a 56:47 halftime lead. Serbia managed to slow their opponents down in the third term. Moreover Luka Doncic got sidelined with an injury. Stimac put Serbia within 2 points midway through the quarter. Goran Dragic however allowed Slovenia to enter the final frame up by 4 points 71:67. The teams went toe to toe in the final frame. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) gave Serbia an 82:80 lead with under four minutes remaining. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) answered with 8 straight points as Slovenia ensured an 88:82 advantage. Nikolic then made it 90:82 and Slovenia marched to the victory at the end. Klemen Prepelic delivered 21 points, while Anthony Randolph produced 11 points for the champions. Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with 22 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan had 18 points in the defeat. .

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 35, Klemen Prepelic 21, Anthony Randolph 11
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 22, Milan Macvan 18



Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2017
Goran Dragic
Dragic
Luka Doncic
Doncic
Alexey Shved
Shved
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic
Pau Gasol
Gasol

Best Player: Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) of Slovenia
Best Guard: Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) of Slovenia
Best Forward: Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) of Latvia
Best Center: Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of Spain
Best Coach: Igor Kokoskov of Slovenia

1st Team
PG: Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) of Slovenia
G: Luka Doncic (201-G-99) of Slovenia
G: Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Russia
G/F: Bogdan Bogdanovic (6'6''-G/F-92) of Serbia
F/C: Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93) of Germany
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SF-89) of Croatia
F: Lauri Markkanen (216-PF-97) of Finland
C/F: Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) of Latvia
C: Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) of Spain

3rd Team
PG: Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) of Greece
PG: Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) of Spain
G: Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) of Italy
F: Janis Timma (201-F-92) of Latvia
C: Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92) of Lithuania

Honorable Mention
Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94) of Croatia
Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86) of Russia
Davis Bertans (6'10''-F-92) of Latvia
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (6'9''-F-89) of Lithuania
Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89) of France
Zaza Pachulia (6'11''-C-84) of Georgia
Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Greece
Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Hungary
Sam Van-Rossom (188-PG-86) of Belgium
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) of Poland
Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Iceland
Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) of Serbia
Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Serbia
Cedi Osman (6'9''-F-95) of Turkey
Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92) of Ukraine
Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) of Georgia
Boban Marjanovic (7'4''-C-88) of Serbia
Nikola Vucevic (7'0''-C-90) of Montenegro
Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91) of Montenegro
Tomas Satoransky (6'7''-PG-91) of Czech Rep.
Richard Howell (203-C/F-90) of Israel
Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Slovenia
Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89) of Slovenia
Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91) of United Kingdom
Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88) of Romania
Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) of Latvia



2017 EuroBasket: Spain capture Bronze medals with win over Russia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Russia 93:85

Spain stepped onto the podium in Istanbul. They overcame Russia in the consolation final to celebrate the Bronze medals. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain dominated in the first half. They claimed a 21:13 lead after the opening quarter. Spain extended the lead in the second period. They ensured a 45:28 halftime advantage. But Russia did not surrender. They unloaded 27 points in the third term to pull within 11 points at the final break. Russia got closer in the fourth frame. They used an 11:2 run to pull within three points 73:76 with under four minutes to go. Zubkov helped Russia within two points inside the final three minutes of regulation. But Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (216-C-85) stepped up for Spain to restore a 7-point cushion. Spain kept Russia in check throughout the reminder of the contest and drove to the pedestal. Marc Gasol notched 25 points, while Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) added 8 points in the victory. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 18 points for Russia. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 14 points and 10 boards in the defeat.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26+10 boards, Marc Gasol 25, Fernando San Emeterio 8
Russia: Alexey Shved 18, Timofey Mozgov 14+10 boards



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Paris-Levallois add Francisco to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) added to their roster 20-year old French point guard Sylvain Francisco (188-97, college: High School). He played last season at West Oaks Academy in the U.S.
Francisco represented France at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg.
Francisco graduated from High School in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Paris-Levallois roster for 2017-2018:

Florent Pietrus
Boris Diaw
Louis Campbell
Maleye N'Doye
Daniel Nwaelele
Remi Lesca
Klemen Prepelic
Roderick Odom
Petr Cornelie
Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot
Gavin Ware
Maxime Roos
Frederic Loubaki
Ivan Fevrier
Sylvain Francisco
X Benjamin

Coach: Frederic Fauthoux

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bourg clinch ninth straight preseason win - by Eurobasket News

Provence - Bourg 83:92

Bourg kept on piling up victories in preseason. They overcame Provence for the ninth consecutive success. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 38 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for the winners.
Provence recorded a 26:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Bourg narrowed the distance in the second frame. They got within 4 points at the interval 39:43. Bourg sank 26 points in the third period to surge ahead. They added 27 points in the fourth stanza to roll to the victory. Garrett Sim (188-PG-90, college: Oregon) and Mathieu Wojciechowski (203-F-92) contributed 14 points apiece in the win. Charles Abouo (196-G/F-89, college: BYU) netted 14 points for Provence. Edouard Choquet (188-PG-88) delivered 12 points in the defeat.



Gravelines celebrate DLSI Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Le Portel 74:60

Gravelines celebrate DLSI Cup title as in the Final game they edged Le Portel 74:60. The home side took an early 16-13 lead and added a 22-16 run in the second quarter. Both teams nailed 21 points in the third frame, while Gravelines closed the game with a final 15-10 surge. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Taylor Smith (199-F/C-91, college: SF Austin) posted 17. Allen delivered 15, while William Buford (196-G-90, college: Ohio St., agency: Two Points) had 13.
Belfius Mons-Hainaut overcame Chalons-Reims 74:58 in the game for the third place.



Mael Lebrun is a newcomer at Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Chadian forward Mael Lebrun (198-91) from STB Le Havre. In 31 ProB games he recorded 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lebrun played at Saint Quentin where in 7 ProB games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2012. Lebrun was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team back in 2009.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. Lebrun's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 3.0ppg, 2.1rpg.
Lebrun has played previously for another French team Entente Orleans 45.

Lille Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Florent Tortosa
Mael Lebrun
Thomas Ceci-Diop
Rakeem Buckles

Centers:
Nicolas Taccoen
Mihailo Sekulovic
Matoure Toure

Coach: Jean-Marc Dupraz

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @oliviermazet)

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Chris Johnson (ex Boca Jrs) is a newcomer at Cactus Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

BC Cactus Tbilisi (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Chris Johnson (190-88kg-91, college: St.Catharine). He played most recently at Boca Jrs in Argentinian LigaA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. In 9 games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. He was also voted All-MSC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Johnson's team won MSC Regular Season in 2012.
Johnson graduated from St.Catharine College in 2016 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HartSportsAgent)

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TSVE 1890 Bielefeld is looking for a big guy with EU passport. - by Eurobasket

Bielefeld is looking for an import player at the position 4-5 with EU passport to complete its squat. The young team from 2.Regionalliga in NRW, Germany would like to fill its only import position with a big player who can rebound well, a good pick-n-roll player and a good defender against 5 position.

TSVE 1890 Bielefeld has a very young team with home-grown players and a few veterans. The beautiful city has a solid youth program. TSVE plays mens 2.Regionalliga and womens 1.Regionalliga with both mostly home-grown and regioal players.

The season has just started this week and it end end of March.

What is included:
An above average salary , accomodation and insurance.

For details please contact us at:
Emre Atsuer
TSVE 1890 Bielefeld
emreatsur@gmail.com
0521-32700110
0176-10427990



Henrik Roedl is the new national team coach of Germany - by Eurobasket News

Henrik Roedl is the new of the German men's national team. In November 2017, The 48-year-old former assistant will lead the team in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Since January 1st, 2016, Henrik Roedl has already been a full-time trainer at the German Basketball Federation. He was responsible for the national team B and the U20 national team. In addition, the former national team player (178 games) was also an assistant coach of the national team under Chris Fleming who has to leave his position due to his obligations with the Brooklyn Nets. Roedl was also a member of the German national team which won the Eurobasket in 1993 and now he will lead the team in a new era which includes the four-year cycle until Eurobasket 2021.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net




Bayreuth beat PAOK to clinch Jakob Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Bayreuth - PAOK 66-65

Bayreuth beat PAOK to clinch Jakob Cup 2017 in Frankfurt. The German side trailed 21-23 at the end of the first period and remained behind at the halftime. Bayreuth posted an 18-15 rally in the third period and grabbed a narrow win at the very end. Gabe York (190-G-93, college: Arizona) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92, college: Davidson) followed him with 16. Nate Linhart (201-SF-86, college: Akron) and Assem Marei (206-F-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) followed them with 8 points in a win. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-SF-92) answered with 18 points in defeat and Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) poured in 12.
In the game for the third place Brose Bamberg beat FRAPORT SKYLINERS 83:64 as Quincy Miller netted 25 points.



Dennis Clifford (Alba Berlin) Pat Heckman Would Always Talk Trash Germany VS America - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dennis Clifford (216-C-92, college: Boston Coll.) is a 25 year old 216cm center from Boston that is going into his second professional season and first in Germany with Alba Berlin. Last season as a rookie he played with the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) playing 38 games averaging 11.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.2%, FT: 64.5%. He played at Boston College (NCAA) from 2011-2016 playing a total of 124 games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 9.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 61.6%. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

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


At the moment I am in Boston. my summer has been great! I like being in Boston because that is where I workout and I also get to see my friends on the weekends.


Congrats on signing with top German team Alba Berlin. After a season in the D-League are you ready for a career in Europe or is the route back to the States and NBA still high on your list?

My dream ever since I picked up a basketball has always been to play in the NBA but having said that if the NBA doesn't work out I would love to have a long and prosperous career in Germany.

You have signed with Germany's second most winningest team Alba Berlin. What do you know about Germany and it's basketball? Do you remember BC teammate Patrick Heckman telling you about his homeland?

I have heard that the German BBL is one of the best leagues in the world so I am very excited to be a part of it! Pat Heckman was my roommate in college so we would always talk trash about Germany vs America. haha but on a serious note he has told me a lot about Germany- how the people are very kind and they love their basketball! He also said the BBL is a very competitive league and has a lot of great players

Did you converse with Patrick Heckman before making this decision to come to Alba Berlin? What kind of advice did he give you?

Heckman was the first to tell me about certain teams having interest in me, and he said it would be a great fit for me because of the style of play. He told me he talked to the coaches at Alba Berlin and thought I would have a great year playing for them

How excited are you to be battling your ex Boston College teammate Ryan Anderson this season? You guys made any friendly wagers yet as to who will win? Alba Berlin will be favored in every game to win against Wurzburg.

I am really excited to play against both Heckman and Ryan Anderson! I haven't seen those guys in a while and I look forward to showing them how much better I got!! it will definitely be very competitive during the game but after the game it will be all laughs! and we haven't made any friendly wagers yet but I am sure we will come up with something closer to game time!


This will be your first season in the EasyCredit BBL which belongs to the top 5 best leagues in Europe. How confident are you that your game will be compatible to the European game and do you believe that you could be an impact player?

I am confident in my abilities wherever I play, and even though the BBL is a top league, I think the way I play will certainly help my team win


Let's talk a bit about your game. You are a 216cm big man that can score and rebound. To what NBA player would you compare your game to and what other assets does your game have?

I want to play like Steven Adams from OKC- he is a physical big that works hard and likes to fight for position. on top of that I am a good shooter and I can move really well for a 7 footer.


You have picked up your defensive game in your last two seasons at Boston College and took it with you to the D-League. How do you feel have you matured as a defensive player in the last few years?

I have always loved playing defense because no matter if youre having a bad day on offense, you can always play good defense. In the last few years I have added a lot of strength and I think that has helped me a lot with my defense and physicality.


You can score, rebound and block shots, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?

I think my hidden strength is the way I move and run the floor and my basketball IQ. So in transition, offense and defense I think I can really help the team by being quick and making good decisions.

Last season you played in the D-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) playing 38 games averaging 11.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.2%, FT: 64.5%. What kind of experience was this for you and did the positives outweigh the negatives that you experienced?

My experiences in Santa Cruz were all positive!Ii was kind of an unknown player when I arrived in Santa Cruz, and my teammates and coaches really helped me develop into the player I am today. I still talk to the gms and the coaches and my teammates from the team and I am really blessed to have played with them this past year


How vital was it for your game having a guy like Damian Jones on the floor in practice and in games? How did you benefit from his presence on a daily basis?


Being around Damian Jones for a part of the season was really cool. He is a very gifted player and above that he is a great person. It was awesome to practice against him daily and also to see how he conducted himself even though he was in the NBA and I was just a D league player!


You had some monster games in the D_League last season like your 26 point against Northern Arizona or Salt Lake City and registered seven double doubles. The talent is unending in the D-league, but if you compare your game to others just how far away are you from an NBA call up and what is still missing for a team to call you?

I like to believe that I was really close to a call up this year. I heard rumors of almost getting one before my injury, but I think I still need to be more of a physical presence on offense and defense in order to get to the next level.

You played for Steve Donahue for three years and for Jim Christian your last two seasons. How did each guy help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Boston College?

Both coach Donahue and coach Christian helped me a lot with my game at Boston College. Coach Donahue helped me a lot on offense and how to think the game from a team standpoint, and coach Christian helped my defensive tenacity.


You had many good individual performances like against North Carolina and North Carolina State as a senior, but when looking back at your NCAA career which was your most memorable win?

My most memorable win at Boston College was at Syracuse as they were number 1 in the country, I was injured so I didn't play in the game but it was a great experience for me and my team.

What was your most fond memory of Patrick Heckman and how did you observe his development as a player


My fondest memory of Heckman is being his roommate senior year and battling him in fifa! I would say I came out with more wins! Heckman has always been an extremely skilled player, I would say he has improved the most by becoming more solid as an athlete and a player.


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


I think the toughest player I played while in college was jahlil okafor.


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

This summer I have been lifting weights 4 times a week and practicing my on court skills at least 5 times a week and then doing yoga 3 or 4 times a week.


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

My nba rushmore would be Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Lebron James.


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


I think the debate will never end because there will always be a standout player in every era of the game. I think there are things that Michael Jordan did that Lebron could never do, but I am also a big Lebron fan and think there are things that Lebron does that nobody else can do.


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

I think its tough as someone watching the game to make that criticism of Russell Westbrook. I think Westbrook is a tenacious player and helps his team in a lot of ways.


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

I like Jayson Tatum of the Celtics. I think he looked really sharp in the summer league and hopefully he has a good career for the Celtics.


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


I think the rockets will be a very good this year, they seem to have all the pieces to make a run!


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was the new planet of the apes movie! it was a very cool movie.


Thanks Dennis for the chat.



Bayern topple Real Madrid in test game - by Eurobasket News

Bayern - Real Madrid 80:72

Bayern Munich claimed a tough win over Real Madrid in the preseason action. Jared Cunningham (193-G-91, college: Oregon St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points to lead the winning side.
Bayern jumped to a 19:11 lead after ten minutes. The German side piled up a 40:29 halftime advantage. Real Madrid narrowed the distance in the third term. The Spanish powerhouse pulled within six points at the final break. But Bayern sank 22 points in the fourth period and got away with the win. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 17 points, while Reggie Redding (195-F/G-88, college: Villanova) added 15 points for Bayern. Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) replied with 17 points for Real. Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) had 15 points in the loss.



Kevin Dillard (PAOK) I Have Always Played Well Against Euroleague Teams And Getting There Is A Reachable Goal For Me - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) is a 27 year old 183cm point guard from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his fifth professional season and first with PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). He started his basketball career at S Illinois in 2008 playing a total of 60 NCAA games. In 2010 he moved to Dayton and played 63 NCAA games in the period between 2011-2013 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 15.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 89.2%. He started his professional basketball career in 2013 with Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-DNA Gold) playing 29 games averaging 15.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 77.9%. In the 2014-2015 season he played with VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL) and in December 14 moved to Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA) playing 23 games averaging 11.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 78.9%. In the 2015-2016 season he started with Cholet Basket (France-ProA) and then moved to AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) playing 11 games averaging 18.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 40.5%, FT: 89.7%, In Apr.'16 agreed terms with Port of Antwerp Giants (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 6 games averaging 16.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 88.9%. In the 2016-2017 season he started the season with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-BSL) playing 9 games averaging 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.9apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 51.9%, FT: 81.8%; In the Basketball Champions League: he played 7 games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 77.8%, In Jan.'17 he moved to the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL) playing 9 games averaging 18.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.1%, 3FGP: 38.2%, FT: 85.7%, In Feb.'17 signed at Maccabi Ashdod (Israel-Winner League) playing 13 games averaging 8.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 58.8%. He spoke to eurobasket after the victory against Brose Bamberg in an exhibition meeting in Bayreuth

Kevin thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. Its only September, but already so cold in Germany something you haven't seen the last weeks in Greece. Does this weather remind you back of home in Illinois?


The weather in Germany did remind me of home. When I got off the plane my fellow American teammates were saying that this weather was more like it. In Greece it is sometimes too hot.


Your playing your fifth professional season and first with PAOK have never played a professional game in Germany. Your ex Dayton teammates Josh Parker, Vee Sanford and Matt Kavanaugh all played here. Did the country first become a topic for you with the emergence of Dennis Schroeder or did you know about it before?



I actually have played in Germany before. I think it was my second season and it was a qualifying game. All I really knew about the basketball in Germany is that it is very physical. They have a lot of very good physical bigs and a couple good guards.


I will quiz you now. You play so many games, but let's see how good your memory is. In your junior season you beat Boston College 87-71 and you had 14 points. BC German Patrick Heckman had 13 points in 17 minutes. Do you remember him? He recently was a member of Team Germany at the 2017 European championships.


I have to be honest, but I didn't remember him. He will have had to have done something remarkably good for me to have remembered him. I am so competitive that players in general are all the same to me.


You are playing in a weekend tournament in Bayreuth against Germany's top team Brose Bamberg. What kind of experience was it playing against Germany's best basketball club and beating them 75-74

It was a pretty good game. I was content with my 20 point game. It seemed like everyone counted us out of this game and Bamberg have many good players and have very much depth, but we proved that we are a pretty good team as well. We have been working very hard this pre season on our chemistry and developing it further. This was a very good test for us and we passed. I feel that we sent a message today to everyone.

In your last game in Israel last season you defeated top Euroleague team Macabbi Tel Aviv 80-70 and held new Bamberg player Quincy Miller-Scott to 0 points. He has bounced around and feels the need to have to prove himself all over again. Do you feel he could become an impact player with Bamberg?


Of course he can. With his size and skill level, the sky is the limit for him. I don't know why he bounced around so much, maybe because it is part of the business, but if he can stay focused and keep his head on straight then I see him being an impact player. He wasn't in the NBA for nothing.


This is your second tour of duty in Greece after playing briefly with AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) in the 2015-2016 season playing 11 games averaging 18.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 40.5%, FT: 89.7%. You had very good stats then. Do you feel like the expectations are very high for you to perform like that or better this time around?


Yes I think that the expectations are very high for me in Greece this season. They all remember in Greece what I did the last time. I have been on a wave the last years and have played well wherever I was. There is this sense of urgency to bring that winning tradition at PAOK and that motivates me very much and I feel that nothing can get in our way this season. I feel like we will be able to make a push in the Greek and Champions League.


That season you lost twice to top Euroleague team Olympiacos once badly and the second time only by five points as you netted 16 points. You held your own against Europes best players like top guard Vasillis Spanoulis. Do you feel like at age 27 that you are still getting into your prime and will play for a Euroleague team one day?



I hope that through God's grace that this opportunity will come next season. I have always played well against Euroleague teams and I feel getting there is a reachable goal for me. All I need is to have someone that believes in me so I can prove myself further on that type of stage. I want to be in the Euroleague.


You continue to display your talent against better teams and top players like when you hit Maccabi Tel Aviv for 10 points in 15 minutes in a 80-70 win beating top players like Andrew Goudelock, Devin Smith or DJ Seely. Do these results motivate you more each time and is it just luck and being in the right place for landing with a top club?


In the summer I am always in different gyms working on my game and competing against many top level players. I don't put any team I beat if it was a Euroleague team or team at the bottom on a pedestal. I am a competitor and stay focused and just be prepared for the next opponent. I am the type of player that is never satisfied and am always achieving to get better. I am not happy where I am. I still have many goals to achieve.


You have put up mostly very solid stats no matter where you have played. What is your secret to be able to adapt so well wherever you go in a season?


It is two things that belongs to my secret. One is having faith in God and second is having trust in the work I put in. Some guys come to their teams and second guess about what they worked on the last summer. If you work on something 10,000 times during the summer and then have that situation five or six times in a game it is something natural. I trust myself and the work I put in.


PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1) is a very traditional team and last won a title in 1999 being the cup. In a league that has a lot of talented teams what is your impression of this years team?. Reaching the playoffs is an expectation with this club. Can the team do more than just reach the playoffs, but annoy the top teams?



It isn't unrealistic that we could achieve more than just reach the playoffs. We have a good group of guys that understand the importance of this season for themselves and the organization. I feel that we are more than a playoff team, but a team that can win the Greek league and be a top 4 Champions League team. If we stay focused and build on our chemistry then we have all the tools to have a great season. This is the most complete team I have ever played with and with the most weapons and that is exactly what I need as a point guard.


When you were a rookie in Italy you split the season series against Trento and dueled against new teammate and ex Syracuse player Brandon Triche who has had a stellar career in Europe. How excited are you to be his teammate and could you and him become a top 1-2 guard duo in Greece?


I was really surprised that they were able to pull this deal off. My dad called me and told me it and I couldn't believe it. It is great that he is here and I can't wait until he is on the floor. He will be very dangerous for us and will give fans hope. It shows how much potential we have when we were able to beat a very good Bamberg team without Brandon Triche.


You have played on many professional teams, but are still chasing that first professional title. Are your leadership skills something that you feel are there or something that you continue to develop?


I learn more each day about myself and how to connect my teammates more. The leadership is there, but you are a fool if you think that you know all. I gather new information each day and the coaching staff has helped me with that. People will still see us as a long shot this season, but don't count us out.


Last season you also played with the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL) playing 9 games averaging 18.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.1%, 3FGP: 38.2%, FT: 85.7. In only your third game there you hit a memorable buzzer beater. Where does rank with your all-time game winning shots?


I am not going to lie, but that buzzer beater was my all-time greatest winning shot. We have all been in the drive way as a kid counting down the clock with the buzzer and making that shot. I have hit some game winning shots with two or three seconds left on the clock, but none with zero seconds remaining. It is the best feeling to sink a shot like that.


As a rookie you played with Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-DNA Gold) playing 29 games averaging 15.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 77.9%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home in the States?



Being in the grocery store and knowing none of the food and just eating food that I usually wouldn't eat. There was also little English and I had no day to day conversations at the start. The beginning was tough, but my agent did a good job calming me down.


How important was American David Jackson for you as a rookie in Italy? Did you reminisce about your Illinois days as he went to Western and you southern?


Having that Illinois connection allowed us to connect from the start. He showed me the ropes and I am really grateful for that. He had a lot of experience and taught me what to be ready for in my career and now I am already prepared for it. He told me from the start that I would experience good and bad things and I am just thankful he prepared me for it.


You started your NCAA career at S Illinois before moving to Dayton (NCAA) in 2010. Despite going how did you benefit from your two years there?


I think that S Illinois helped my mind set and competitive nature benefited from my time there. I was taught to be competitive at all times and be ready for anything. I remember that in practices there would be no fouls and no out of bounds. It was all blood, sweat and tears. The whole experience gave me a dog mentality.


What do you remember from your battles in practice with Josh Parker? How did you make each other better best at Dayton?

I already knew Josh from high school as we are both from Chicago. I remember when I was visiting Dayton he showed me around. I told him right away that if he wanted to be the big man then I wouldn't come, but Josh told me right away that he wouldn't be like that and that we would be successful together. We were a good back court and he could really knock down shots. Being around a guy like Josh and Chris Johnson allowed me to develop being more of a fan of my teammates and be more of an encourager. Up to that point I had been more the quiet guy going to practice and home again. I learned to encourage my teammates at Dayton and it meant so much more to me when they encouraged me.


It took your teammate Vee Sanford a little longer than some to make it to a top league in Europe as this season he will play in the France pro A. Did you already notice at Dayton that he had the heart of a lion?

Yes I noticed that early on that Vee had the heart of a lion. He is another nice guy like Josh Parker. There is always going to be some guys that no matter how good they are, they just don't get that chance for whatever reason. Now he has that new opportunity in France and he is hungry and ready. He has waited so long and it's now or never. He will make the most out of his situation.


You always played very well against Xavier, but are the two tough loses in your junior season games that haven't been erased from your memory bank so quickly?


I remember those games against Xavier very well and especially the one's in their gym. When I was at Dayton the streak was something like 70 years that we hadn't won there. We always came so close to winning there. I can remember being in the huddle with two minutes to go knowing we were so close and thinking that finally we would win, but then for some reason something happened in their favor and they got lucky and won. Don't get me wrong they always had good players, but I always believed that we would come away with a win. I haven't watched much college basketball since.


How did Archie Miller groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Dayton?



Before having Archie Miller as a coach, I didn't have the confidence in my shot or knowing how to effect the game in some way with scoring or passing. When I came to Dayton, he taught me to find other ways to impact the game when I wasn't scoring


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



CJ Mccollum. Going into my senior year, I went to a Lebron camp with many other talented players like Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr, BJ Young and Miles Plumlee. BJ Young came out after his sophomore year thinking he could go to the NBA via the Lebron camp. There was a good group of guys, but CJ Mccollum stood out the most. He already had league moves and was doing stuff that you just didn't see in college.


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


Jordan, Lebron, Kobe, Magic


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


Lebron is second off all-time. There never will be another Jordan. I grew up in Chicago and watched him in 90's and carried us. Chicago became Chicago through the Bulls. Lebron will be number one in the stats.


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



It is very hard to average a triple double at the pro level. What he did last season was a milestone and historical. He played defense. Players weren't lighting him up.


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


Not many are talking about Jayson Tatum. I like him and he will be good. It will be interesting to see if he will start or come off the bench. The rookie of the year will be Dennis Smith. He is a mad athlete and his change of pace is crazy.


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

The Rockets will be lucky if they get to the second round. The west is so deep. Yes they did get Chris Paul, but gave up so much for him. They have no one coming off the bench. Paul and Harden can't play 48 minutes for the whole season.


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


I think the Cavs did. Boston got a good scorer in Irving who could score 30 a game. The Cavs got Thomas who could also score 30 and a good defender in Jae Crowder. Lebron now doesn't need to guard the three and could take Draymond Green and get a little rest.


What was the last movie that you saw?

A Channing Tatum movie.

Thanks Kevin for the chat.




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Bayreuth beat PAOK to clinch Jakob Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Bayreuth - PAOK 66-65

Bayreuth beat PAOK to clinch Jakob Cup 2017 in Frankfurt. The German side trailed 21-23 at the end of the first period and remained behind at the halftime. Bayreuth posted an 18-15 rally in the third period and grabbed a narrow win at the very end. Gabe York (190-G-93, college: Arizona) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92, college: Davidson) followed him with 16. Nate Linhart (201-SF-86, college: Akron) and Assem Marei (206-F-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) followed them with 8 points in a win. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-SF-92) answered with 18 points in defeat and Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) poured in 12.
In the game for the third place Brose Bamberg beat FRAPORT SKYLINERS 83:64 as Quincy Miller netted 25 points.



CSKA upset Panathinaikos in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - CSKA 60:68

CSKA celebrated preseason win over Panathinaikos at the OAKA. Kyle Hines (198-C/F-86, agency: BeoBasket) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Russian powerhouse.
CSKA dropped 25 points in the first period to record a 6-point lead. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The Moscow team piled up a 45:29 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts pulled within 13 points at the final intermission. The hosts held CSKA to just 11 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: BeoBasket) netted 12 points, while Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) added 9 points in the victory. K.C. Rivers (196-SG-87, college: Clemson) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. James Gist (206-PF-86) produced 10 points in the loss.



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  ICELAND  


Vestri tabs Nemanja Knezevic - by Eurobasket News

Vestri (D1) inked 30-year old Montenegrin forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87). The last time (14-15) he played at Mladost in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I.
Among other achievements Knezevic received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian B League Forward of the Year award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Knezevic has played also professionally in Spain (Association Baloncesto Pacense Badajoz), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, KK Vojvodina Novi Sad and Radnicki) and Montenegro (Jedinstvo and KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi) and Bosnia (KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad).

Vestri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ingimar Baldursson
Gunnlaugur Gunnlaugsson
Nokkvi Hardarson

Forward:
Nemanja Knezevic

Center:
Johann Fridriksson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Sakarya Buyuksehir conquer Maddaloni tournament title in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Avellino - Sakarya Buyuksehir Gelisim 77:81

Sakarya Buyuksehir conquered Maddaloni tournament title in Italy beating Avellino 81-77 in the Final game. The Turkish side looked better in the first half as they posted a 23-16 and then 23-19 rallies respectively in the first and second quarters. Avellino managed to respond with two narrow wins in the second half, but could not catch up with the opponents. Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Jones netted 11. Jason Rich (191-G-86) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) posted 13.
In the game for the 3rd place Brindisi lost to Virtus Bologna 48:64.



Dinamo Sassari capture Citta di Cagliari trophy - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Sassari - Auxilium Torino 90:81

Dinamo Sassari conquered the Citta di Cagliari preseason tournament title. They overcame Torino in the Final. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) posted 18 points to lead the effort.
Torino recorded a 26:23 lead at the first break. But Sassari used a 27:15 rally in the second term to ensure a 50:41 halftime lead. Torino erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 65. Sassari unloaded 25 points in the fourth stanza to ice the win. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86, agency: Alti Sport) netted 15 points, while Darko Planinic (211-C-90) had 16 points in the victory. Lamar Patterson (196-G/F-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) dropped 21 points for Torino. Antonio Iannuzzi (208-F/C-91, agency: Two Points) had 16 points in the loss.



Avtodor win Torneo Internazionale Caorle, Klimenko MVP - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor - Varese 71:66

Avtodor won Caorle preseason title as they overcame Varese 71:66. Artem Klimenko (214-C-94) scored 9 points and 4 rebounds to be named MVP of the tournament.
Avtodor took a 22-12 lead from the start of the game, while Varese replied with an 18-11 run in the second period. Moreover the Italian side posted a 20-19 rally in the third quarter to reduce to just 2 points with 10 minutes to go. Avtodor however needed a final 19-16 run to seal the victory. Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 14 points, while Justin Robinson (173-PG-95, college: Monmouth) netted 13. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 17 points and Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn) added 11.



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  KOSOVO  


Prowell inks at Rahoveci at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

KB Rahoveci (SuperLeague) added to their roster American guard Junious Prowell. just graduated from S.Crescent Tech (JUCO).
As mentioned above Prowell is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won GCAA DIII Tournament in 2015. Prowell was also voted All-GCAA DIII Player of the Year and NJCAA D3 All-Region XVII 1st Team in 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


VEF Riga tabs Andris Misters - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) inked 25-year old Latvian guard Andris Misters (196-91kg-92). He just graduated from Jacksonville (NCAA). Misters has played there for the last three years. In 26 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Misters received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Misters represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg.
Misters has played previously for LBAL.

VEF Riga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Artis Ate
Andris Misters
Antwan Scott
Alexander Perez_Kaufmann

Forward:
Kristaps Janicenoks

Center:
Klavs Cavars

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @elevationba)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  LEBANON  


Champville keeps Townes for another season - by Eurobasket News

Champville (Pepsi LBL) re-signed 33-year old American power forward Darian Townes (208-113kg-84). He was a team leader there last season. In 21 Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 13.2rpg (leader !!!), 2.6apg and 2.2bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Townes' team won Taiwanese SBL Regular Season in 2016. He received also Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
Townes is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Townes has played previously professionally in Holland, Hungary (Sopron KC), Japan (Tochigi Brex), Korea (Samsung Thunders, KCC Egis and Sonic Boom KT), Poland, Puerto Rico, Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile and Pauian) and D-League (Utah F.).

Champville roster for 2017-2018:

Justin Hawkins
Fadi El Khatib
Darian Townes
Johndre Jefferson
John Assi
Ali Farhat
Ahmad Sbeity

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lebanon



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  LITHUANIA  


Zalgiris edge Zenit to claim Gloria Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Zenit 79:78

Zalgiris captured the Gloria Cup title. They beat Zenit in the Final. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) posted 16 points to lead the Lithuanian team.
Zenit jumped to a 24:19 lead after the opening frame. Zalgiris however bounced back in the second term. The Kaunas team ignited a 29:13 run in the second stanza to secure a 48:37 halftime lead. Zenit slowed their opponents down in the third period. The Saint Petersburg team pulled within 6 points at the final break. Zenit got within striking distance in the final stanza but Zalgiris hung on to snatch the win. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) provided 15 points, while Pangos added 13 points in the victory. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) answered with 24 points for Zenit. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89, college: Louisville) had 18 points in the loss.



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  LUXEMBOURG  


Amicale clinch SuperCup trophy - by Eurobasket News

Amicale - Musel Pikes 88:68

Amicale conquered the first trophy of the new season. They topped Musel Pikes to earn the SuperCup trophy. Musel Pikes jumped to a 25:19 lead after ten minutes. But Amicale used a 25:12 run in the second term to take a 7-point halftime lead. They went on a 21:7 run in the fourth period to seal a comfortable victory. Shavon Coleman (196-F-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) led the charge for the winners.



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  MONTENEGRO  


Vestri tabs Nemanja Knezevic - by Eurobasket News

Vestri (D1) inked 30-year old Montenegrin forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87). The last time (14-15) he played at Mladost in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I.
Among other achievements Knezevic received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian B League Forward of the Year award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Knezevic has played also professionally in Spain (Association Baloncesto Pacense Badajoz), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, KK Vojvodina Novi Sad and Radnicki) and Montenegro (Jedinstvo and KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi) and Bosnia (KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad).

Vestri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ingimar Baldursson
Gunnlaugur Gunnlaugsson
Nokkvi Hardarson

Forward:
Nemanja Knezevic

Center:
Johann Fridriksson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBA  


The Pelicans tab Martell Webster - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) inked 31-year old guard Martell Webster (201-107kg-86). He has played for the last four years at Washington Wizards .
In 2005 Webster was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in first round (6th overall). He has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.

Webster has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Minnesota Timberwolves) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).

New Orleans Pelicans roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Perry Jones_III
Solomon Hill
Jalen Jones

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

Coach: Alvin Gentry

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rhamel Brown (ex Sameji) is a newcomer at Halifax Hurricanes - by Eurobasket News

Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Rhamel Brown (201-104kg-92, college: Manhattan). He played last summer at Sameji in Santiago League in Dominican Republic. The last season Brown played at Swiss Central in Swiss LNA where in 17 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4spg and 2.2bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won MAAC Tournament in 2014. Brown was also voted All-MAAC Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Hasharon).
Brown attended Manhattan College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Halifax Hurricanes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Clifford Clinkscales
Malik Boothe
Mike Poole
Ta'Quan Zimmerman

Forwards:
Billy White
Tyrone Watson
Rhamel Brown
C.J. Washington

Center:
Renaldo Dixon

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



The Storm keeps States for another season - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) re-signed forward Bradley States (198, college: UPEI). He played there last season. In 38 NBL Canada games he averaged 3.1ppg and 2.5rpg. States helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he played in the final of AUS in 2013 and 2016. States received also All-Atlantic 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
States previously for Axemen.
He graduated from University of Prince Edward Island in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
States is described as: An explosive leaper and shot blocker.

Island Storm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kemy Osse
Aric Dickerson

Forwards:
Bradley States
Julius Barton

Center:
Nick Evans

Coach: Tim Kendrick

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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  NCAA3  


CSAC restocks with two new schools - by Joan Sanchez

The Colonial States Athletic Conference Board of Directors has confirmed the acceptance of Bryn Athyn and Wilson as full members of the conference, effective July 1, 2018. The two will begin competition as members of the CSAC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year along with Cairn, Cedar Crest, Centenary (N.J.), Clarks Summit, Keystone, Notre Dame (Md.) and Rosemont.

Cabrini, Gwynedd Mercy, Immaculata, Neumann and Marywood are leaving the CSAC at that time, to form a new conference along with Marymount and Wesley. Arcadia's participation, already reported, is still pending the ratification of a new president.

'I am very excited to welcome Bryn Athyn College and Wilson College into the Colonial States Athletic Conference,' said David Haney, Centenary University president and chair of the CSAC board of directors. 'I know from speaking to the presidents of both institutions and from the results of the application process that they are firmly committed to CSAC's emphasis on the holistic development of the Division III student-athlete. They also share the student-centered mission of the other CSAC institutions.'

Both schools are currently member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Bryn Athyn is entering its first full year as an active member of NCAA Division III in the fall of 2017. Wilson, formerly members of the Atlantic Women's College Conference, will be in its fourth season offering men's sports this fall.

Bryn Athyn and Wilson will be the first new core members of the CSAC since 2008 when Clarks Summit (then Baptist Bible), Keystone and Cairn (then Philadelphia Bible) became full members. The announcement culminates the first phase of a reorganization of the conference's membership that will provide an appropriate balance of schools with similar missions and levels of competition.

'The CSAC is pleased to welcome Bryn Athyn and Wilson into the CSAC beginning in 2018-19,' said CSAC commissioner Adrienne Mullikin. 'Both institutions align with the CSAC's core values and mission. Bryn Athyn and Wilson impressed the board of directors with their institutional commitment to athletics and they bring a strong academic profile to an already robust conference.'

Bryn Athyn sponsors 14 intercollegiate varsity programs (seven men's, seven women's) at the NCAA Division III level, 13 of which align with current CSAC sponsorships. The Lions will compete in the CSAC in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. 'Bryn Athyn is excited to be joining the Colonial States Athletic Conference,' stated Bryn Athyn president Brian Blair. 'We are so proud of our athletic department, its staff and all of our student-athletes. We feel participating in the CSAC will be natural fit for our educational mission. This new conference will enable our teams and student-athletes to continue to thrive.'

Wilson sponsors 10 intercollegiate varsity programs (five men's, five women's) at the NCAA Division III level, nine of which are CSAC sponsored sports. The Phoenix will compete in the CSAC in baseball (spring 2019), men's and women's basketball, field hockey, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball. Wilson was founded in 1869 as a private liberal arts college for women but transitioned to a fully coeducational institution in 2014. 'The CSAC is a great fit for Wilson College,' said Wilson president Barbara K. Mistick. 'The conference consists of private colleges that share similar educational philosophies and are located nearby. Most importantly, our move to CSAC will have a positive impact our student-athlete experience - both in competition and in the classroom.'



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  NICARAGUA  


Bufalos clinch LNB title - by Eurobasket News

Toros - Bufalos 91-100

Bufalos upset Toros on the road to celebrate LNB title. They won the championship series 3-1. The game without a history. Bufalos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Toros' 52. Bufalos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) fired 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard David Toruno (-94) produced 22 points and 7 assists and the former international Thomas Vansdell (185-86) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Toros: D.Toruno 22+2reb+7ast, T.Vansdell 16+6reb+5ast, M.Castrillo 13+3reb, R.Mendoza 13+5reb+5ast, A.Brooks 10+13reb+2ast, R.Abraham 6+2reb+2ast
Bufalos: D.James 24+4reb+4ast, R.Brown 19+10reb+2ast, M.Mackenzie 16+5reb+3ast, C.Gonzalez 12+2reb+4ast, N.Mackenzie 11+4reb+10ast, D.Olivas 7+1reb
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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. Brown, Phoenix35.8 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.32.4 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces28.9 
 4. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 5. Durham, Meralco .27.7 
 6. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 7. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 8. McKines, SM Be.26.2 
 9. Hill, Star Hotshots25.0 
 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. Brown, Phoenix17.8 
 4. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 5. Walker, Blackwater17.3 
 6. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 7. Hill, Star Hotshots12.5 
 8. Henton, Alaska Aces12.2 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.6 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Durham, Meralco .6.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gin.6.6 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen6.6 
 4. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.6 
 5. Newsome, Meralco .5.4 
 6. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 7. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 8. Walker, Blackwater5.0 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.9 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen2.9 
 4. Brown, Phoenix2.6 
 5. Walker, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots1.9 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.8 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.8 
 9. Henton, Alaska Aces1.7 
 10. Bullock, Rain o.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.2 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 3. Erram, Blackwater2.4 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 5. Santos, SM Beermen2.0 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces2.0 
 7. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 8. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.7 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.7 
 10. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.6 



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Johnny Dee (ex Polpharma) is a newcomer at Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American point guard Johnny Dee (183-84kg-92, college: San Diego). He played most recently at Polpharma in Polish PLK league. In 27 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg in 2015-16 season. Dee also played that season for Siroki Primorka in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in four games he averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dee's team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Dee graduated from University of San Diego in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Center:
Martin Buesa

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TEMP SUMZ Revda adds Grachev to their roster - by Alex Rovenskyi

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) added to their roster 20-year old forward Vyacheslav Grachev (203-97, agency: AproK Sports Group). He played last season at Sakhalin in Superleague. However his team withdrew from the league. But in 10 Superleague 1 games he recorded just 0.7ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Grachev played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague) where in 11 games he averaged only 1.1ppg.
He helped his team to make it to the Cup Final in 2017.

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrei Ivanov
Anton Brevnov
Alexandr Varnakov
Dmitriy Zlobin
Ivan Khramov

Forwards:
Dmitriy Arteshin
Aleksandr Lavnikov
Vadim Balyakin
Alexander Tikhonin
Vyacheslav Grachev

Centers:
Sergey Karaulov
Maksim Polyakov

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Ivan Khramov agreed terms with TEMP SUMZ Revda - by Alex Rovenskyi

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old guard Ivan Khramov (195-85kg-97). He played most recently at Uralmash in the Superleague 2. But in 24 games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 1.1rpg last season. Khramov helped them to win the Superleague 3 title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Zenit 2 (U23 League) where in 24 games he averaged only 1.1ppg.

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrei Ivanov
Anton Brevnov
Alexandr Varnakov
Dmitriy Zlobin
Ivan Khramov

Forwards:
Dmitriy Arteshin
Aleksandr Lavnikov
Vadim Balyakin
Alexander Tikhonin

Centers:
Sergey Karaulov
Maksim Polyakov

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CSKA upset Panathinaikos in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - CSKA 60:68

CSKA celebrated preseason win over Panathinaikos at the OAKA. Kyle Hines (198-C/F-86, agency: BeoBasket) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Russian powerhouse.
CSKA dropped 25 points in the first period to record a 6-point lead. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The Moscow team piled up a 45:29 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts pulled within 13 points at the final intermission. The hosts held CSKA to just 11 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: BeoBasket) netted 12 points, while Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) added 9 points in the victory. K.C. Rivers (196-SG-87, college: Clemson) answered with 15 points for Panathinaikos. James Gist (206-PF-86) produced 10 points in the loss.



Irkut signs Vitaliy Ionov - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) signed 31-year old power forward Vitaliy Ionov (201-100kg-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Sakhalin in Superleague. However his team withdrew from the league. In 28 Superleague 1 games he had 4.0ppg and 3.8rpg. Ionov helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BC Novosybirsk (Superleague) where in 28 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 5.9rpg. Ionov contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Russian Superleague championship title in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Ionov has played previously for four other teams: Ural Great, Ryazan, Ural Ekaterinburg and Ural Great Perm U23.

BC Irkut Irkutsk roster for 2017-2018:

Alexander Anisimov
Egor Muraviev
Vitaliy Ionov
Filip Samojlovic
Grigoriy Andreev
Alimdzhan Fedyushin
Mikhail Karpachev
Alexey Babushkin
Sergey Mikhalev
Dmitriy Bubnov

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Anisimov comes back to Irkut - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) added to their roster 31-year old point guard Alexander Anisimov (187-88kg-86, agency: Alti Sport). It is actually his comeback to Irkut Irkutsk as he has played here before. Anisimov played last season at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in the Superleague 1. In 16 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.2apg. Anisimov helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague) where in 11 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg.
Anisimov has played previously for three other teams: Novosybirsk, Krasnie Krilya and Enisey.

BC Irkut Irkutsk roster for 2017-2018:

Alexander Anisimov
Egor Muraviev
Filip Samojlovic
Alimdzhan Fedyushin
Mikhail Karpachev
Alexey Babushkin
Sergey Mikhalev
Dmitriy Bubnov

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Zalgiris edge Zenit to claim Gloria Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Zenit 79:78

Zalgiris captured the Gloria Cup title. They beat Zenit in the Final. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) posted 16 points to lead the Lithuanian team.
Zenit jumped to a 24:19 lead after the opening frame. Zalgiris however bounced back in the second term. The Kaunas team ignited a 29:13 run in the second stanza to secure a 48:37 halftime lead. Zenit slowed their opponents down in the third period. The Saint Petersburg team pulled within 6 points at the final break. Zenit got within striking distance in the final stanza but Zalgiris hung on to snatch the win. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) provided 15 points, while Pangos added 13 points in the victory. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) answered with 24 points for Zenit. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89, college: Louisville) had 18 points in the loss.



2017 EuroBasket: Spain capture Bronze medals with win over Russia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Russia 93:85

Spain stepped onto the podium in Istanbul. They overcame Russia in the consolation final to celebrate the Bronze medals. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain dominated in the first half. They claimed a 21:13 lead after the opening quarter. Spain extended the lead in the second period. They ensured a 45:28 halftime advantage. But Russia did not surrender. They unloaded 27 points in the third term to pull within 11 points at the final break. Russia got closer in the fourth frame. They used an 11:2 run to pull within three points 73:76 with under four minutes to go. Zubkov helped Russia within two points inside the final three minutes of regulation. But Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (216-C-85) stepped up for Spain to restore a 7-point cushion. Spain kept Russia in check throughout the reminder of the contest and drove to the pedestal. Marc Gasol notched 25 points, while Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) added 8 points in the victory. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 18 points for Russia. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 14 points and 10 boards in the defeat.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26+10 boards, Marc Gasol 25, Fernando San Emeterio 8
Russia: Alexey Shved 18, Timofey Mozgov 14+10 boards



Aleksandr Razumov joins Spartak Primorie Vladivostok - by Alex Rovenskyi

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 25-year old forward Aleksandr Razumov (203-102kg-92). He played last season at Zenit (VTB). VTB was a little too high level for him, where in four Eurocup games he had just 0.8ppg. Superleague 1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. His team made it to the quarterfinals. Razumov also played 6 games in VTB United League where he recorded only 1.0ppg.
Razumov's team was regular season runner-up in VTB United League.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BC Ryazan (Superleague). In 28 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 4.1rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League 1st Team back in 2014.
Razumov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg.
Razumov has played previously for Rossiya Novogorsk.

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Babaylov
Ivan Savelyev
Andrey Mateyunas
Viktor Zaryazhko
Alexander Martynov
Maksim Branitsky

Forwards:
Igor Smygin
Igor Samsonov
Aleksandr Razumov
Stepan Getmanov

Centers:
Anton Sayapin
Maxim Krivosheev
Artjoms Butjankovs

Coach: Milos Pavicevic

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Spartak Primorie Vladivostok signs Anton Sayapin - by Alex Rovenskyi

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) signed 31-year old power forward Anton Sayapin (204-99kg-86) from Irkut. In 31 Superleague 1 games he had 7.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season Sayapin played at Universitet Yugra (Superleague) where in 31 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 2.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Sayapin has played on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Barsy Atyrau) and Russia (Dynamo Moscow, Novosybirsk, Khimki, BC Khimki Moscow Region 2nd team and Lobnya Moscow Region).

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasili Babaylov
Ivan Savelyev
Andrey Mateyunas
Viktor Zaryazhko
Alexander Martynov
Maksim Branitsky

Forwards:
Igor Smygin
Igor Samsonov
Stepan Getmanov

Centers:
Anton Sayapin
Maxim Krivosheev
Artjoms Butjankovs

Coach: Milos Pavicevic

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Zenit-Farm signs Fedor Shpakov - by Alex Rovenskyi

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg (Superleague) signed 20-year old forward Fedor Shpakov (200-97). He played last season at Spartak St.Petersburg in Superleague 2. Shpakov helped his team get promotion to Superleague. In 33 Superleague 2 games he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Zenit (U23 League). But the most of that year Shpakov spent at Zenit 2 (U23 League) where in 39 games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg.

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Grigory Motovilov

Forwards:
Oleg Bartunov
Andrey Petukhov
Ruslan Tumanov
Fedor Shpakov

Center:
Valentin Iurchik

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Valentin Iurchik joins Zenit-Farm - by Alex Rovenskyi

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg (Superleague) agreed terms with 30-year old naturalized Belarusian power forward Valentin Iurchik (210-115kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) from BC Ryazan. In 14 Superleague 1 games he had 8.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Iurchik's team made it to the A Superleague Semifinals in 2010.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow, Unics Kazan, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Unics Kazan 2nd team, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and BC Nizhny Novgorod.

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Grigory Motovilov

Forwards:
Oleg Bartunov
Andrey Petukhov
Ruslan Tumanov

Center:
Valentin Iurchik

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Novosybirsk inks Azat Tukmakov - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Novosybirsk (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 21-year old shooting guard Azat Tukmakov (189-82kg-96). He has played for the last two seasons at Unics in the VTB. VTB was a little too high level for him, where in four VTB United League games he had just 1.0ppg last season. Superleague 1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Tukmakov played in the final of Russian U23 League in 2015.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida seventeen years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT-1 (92.3%).

BC Novosybirsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sergey Tokarev
Kirill Pisklov
Dmitriy Makeev
Azat Tukmakov

Forwards:
Evgeniy Shatokhin
Alexey Nesterov
Andrey Kirdyachkin
Konstantin Pomogalov
Artem Stepantsov

Centers:
Alexey Kurtsevich
Maksim Voytov

Coach: Vladimir Pevnev

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Crvena Zvezda top Lokomotiv in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Lokomotiv 87:82

Crvena Zvezda recorded the sixth consecutive preseason victory. They beat Lokomotiv in Belgrade. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) posted 24 points to lead the winners.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. Crvena Zvezda drained 47 points to eke out a one-point halftime lead. Lokomotiv Kuban erased the deficit in the third term. The Russian side snatched a one-point lead at the final intermission. Crvena Zvezda used a 20:14 rally in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. James Feldeine (193-SG-88, college: Quinnipiac) had 21 points in the win. Joe Ragland (182-PG-89, college: Wichita St.) banked in 23 points for Lokomotiv. Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) provided 19 points in the defeat.



Ruslan Tumanov agreed terms with Zenit-Farm - by Alex Rovenskyi

Superleague newcomer Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old swingman Ruslan Tumanov (195-85kg-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played most recently at BK Tambov (Superleague 2). In 42 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg last season. Tumanov helped them to win the Superleague 2 title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Spartak St.Petersburg (also in Superleague 2) where in 47 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg.
Tumanov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao seventeen years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT-1 (95.0%).
Tumanov has played previously for five other teams: Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd 2nd team, BC Khimki Moscow Region 2nd team, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg, Krasny Oktyabr and Khimky Podmoskoye.

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Grigory Motovilov

Forwards:
Oleg Bartunov
Andrey Petukhov
Ruslan Tumanov

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Andrey Petukhov signs at Zenit-Farm - by Alex Rovenskyi

Superleague newcomer Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg landed 31-year old forward Andrey Petukhov (207-105kg-86) from Kupol-Rodniki. In 23 Superleague 1 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 3.9rpg last season.
Petukhov's team made it to the Higher League Semifinals in 2011.
He was a member of Russian U18 National Team back in 2004.
Petukhov has played previously for eight other teams: Avtodor, Spartak Vidnoye, Krasnie Krilya, Ryazan, Samara 2nd team, Planeta-Universitet Ukhta, Ataman and MBA Moscow.

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Zenit-Farm signs Grigory Motovilov - by Alex Rovenskyi

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg (Superleague) signed 19-year old shooting guard Grigory Motovilov (194-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) from Ural Ekaterinburg. In 21 Superleague 1 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.6apg last season. Motovilov also spent pre-season at Zenit (U23 League) that year.
Despite young age he had impressive career. His team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2016. Motovilov was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention in 2016.
Motovilov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Oradea (Romania) this year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 57.9%.

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Oleg Bartunov joins Zenit-Farm - by Alex Rovenskyi

Zenit-Farm Saint Petersburg (Superleague) agreed terms with 32-year old forward Oleg Bartunov (197-86kg-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He played last season at Spartak St.Petersburg in Superleague 2. Bartunov helped his team get promotion to Superleague. In 35 Superleague 2 games he had 7.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg (in top 4).
The previous (15-16) season he played at TEMP SUMZ Revda where in 18 Superleague games he recorded 7.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bartunov's team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague 2nd Team back in 2010.
Bartunov was a member of Russian U18 National Team in 2002.
He has played previously for six other teams: Krasnie Krilya, Severstal, Ryazan, Samara 2nd team, Lagoda and Spartak-2 St.Petersburg.

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Avtodor win Torneo Internazionale Caorle, Klimenko MVP - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor - Varese 71:66

Avtodor won Caorle preseason title as they overcame Varese 71:66. Artem Klimenko (214-C-94) scored 9 points and 4 rebounds to be named MVP of the tournament.
Avtodor took a 22-12 lead from the start of the game, while Varese replied with an 18-11 run in the second period. Moreover the Italian side posted a 20-19 rally in the third quarter to reduce to just 2 points with 10 minutes to go. Avtodor however needed a final 19-16 run to seal the victory. Coty Clarke (201-F-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 14 points, while Justin Robinson (173-PG-95, college: Monmouth) netted 13. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 17 points and Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn) added 11.



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National League Round 3: Sony Centre Fury beats Dunfermline Reign in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in National League, but even now we can clearly see the difference between stronger teams and outsiders. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An exciting game was played in Falkirk. Sony Centre Fury faced Dunfermline Reign. Host Sony Centre Fury (3-0) defeated guests from Dunfermline (1-2) 84-75. Sony Centre Fury are looking forward to face Stirling K. (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dunfermline Reign will play against Boroughmuir and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Edinburgh. Local Boroughmuir (2-0) outscored Glasgow Storm (0-2) 95-68. Boroughmuir will play against Dunfermline Reign (#6) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Storm will play against Pleasance and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 winless Glasgow Univ. was crushed by Pleasance in a road game 85-64. St.Mirren S. beat Stirling K. at home 83-77.

Pleasance - Glasgow Univ. 85-64

There was no surprise when Glasgow (0-2) was crushed on the road by Pleasance (2-1) 85-64. Pleasance will play against Glasgow Storm (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Glasgow will play against Edinburgh U. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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St.Mirren S. - Stirling K. 83-77

No shocking result in a game in St Mirren where St.Mirren S. (2-0) defeated Stirling K. (1-2) 83-77. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. St.Mirren S. will play against Edinburgh Kings (#5) on the road in the next round. Stirling K. will play against Sony Centre Fury to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 553803


Sony Centre F. - Dunfermline R. 84-75

An exciting game was played in Falkirk. Sony Centre Fury faced Dunfermline Reign. Host Sony Centre Fury (3-0) defeated guests from Dunfermline (1-2) 84-75. Sony Centre Fury are looking forward to face Stirling K. (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dunfermline Reign will play against Boroughmuir and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 553807


Boroughmuir - Glasgow Storm 95-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Edinburgh. Local Boroughmuir (2-0) outscored Glasgow Storm (0-2) 95-68. Boroughmuir will play against Dunfermline Reign (#6) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Storm will play against Pleasance and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 553804





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Crvena Zvezda top Lokomotiv in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Lokomotiv 87:82

Crvena Zvezda recorded the sixth consecutive preseason victory. They beat Lokomotiv in Belgrade. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) posted 24 points to lead the winners.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. Crvena Zvezda drained 47 points to eke out a one-point halftime lead. Lokomotiv Kuban erased the deficit in the third term. The Russian side snatched a one-point lead at the final intermission. Crvena Zvezda used a 20:14 rally in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. James Feldeine (193-SG-88, college: Quinnipiac) had 21 points in the win. Joe Ragland (182-PG-89, college: Wichita St.) banked in 23 points for Lokomotiv. Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) provided 19 points in the defeat.



2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia top Serbia to celebrate title in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Serbia 93:85

Slovenia are the 2017 EuroBasket champions. They prevailed against Serbia in the dramatic clash to claim the historic title in Istanbul. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) was pivotal for the champions with stellar performance of 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He was trumped the MVP.
Serbia led throughout the bigger part of the first period. They ensured a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia led by Goran Dragic went firing from all guns in the second term. They erupted for 36 points and posted a 56:47 halftime lead. Serbia managed to slow their opponents down in the third term. Moreover Luka Doncic got sidelined with an injury. Stimac put Serbia within 2 points midway through the quarter. Goran Dragic however allowed Slovenia to enter the final frame up by 4 points 71:67. The teams went toe to toe in the final frame. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) gave Serbia an 82:80 lead with under four minutes remaining. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) answered with 8 straight points as Slovenia ensured an 88:82 advantage. Nikolic then made it 90:82 and Slovenia marched to the victory at the end. Klemen Prepelic delivered 21 points, while Anthony Randolph produced 11 points for the champions. Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with 22 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan had 18 points in the defeat. .

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 35, Klemen Prepelic 21, Anthony Randolph 11
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 22, Milan Macvan 18



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  SINGAPORE  


New boys out to get Slingers shot at Merlion Cup - by Eurobasket News

After losing back-to-back Asean Basketball League (ABL) Finals, the Singapore Slingers are hoping a pair of potential signings will provide that winning edge. Filipino guard Mikee Reyes and Canadian Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) have been added to the Slingers' 12-man squad for this month's Merlion Cup, which head coach Neo Beng Siang will use as an audition for the duo. Besides the hosts, the Sept 20-24 invitational tournament at the OCBC Arena features the Shanghai Sharks (China), Adelaide 36ers (Australia), Satria Muda Pertamina (Indonesia), Yulon Luxgen Dinos (Chinese Taipei), Jeonju KCC Egis (South Korea) and NLEX-SCTEX (Philippines). Reyes, 26, averaged 12.1 points and 2.1 assists in his final year at the University of Philippines in 2014 and has played in several semi-professional leagues back home. But it is fellow triallist Wright that Neo is pinning his hopes on. Neo said of the 2.06m centre: "He's quick and athletic, so hopefully this can help our team which plays the running game." With last season's starting centre Justin Howard, 36, out of contract, Neo sees the 30-year-old Wright as an ideal replacement. Wright played in the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association finals for the University of California, Los Angeles - albeit in a limited role - and was a starter for Hungarian top division club Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. Neo said: "Our players will feel more confident to have a rim protector." Both Reyes and Wright will arrive in the coming days. Slingers captain Desmond Oh is looking forward to integrating them into the team. He said: "We always do our best to help the imports out, both on and off the court." Added forward Leon Kwek: "After seven seasons, we and Saigon Heat are the only teams that have not won a championship yet. "Hopefully Ryan is going to come in, play at a high level and deliver our first championship."
Courtesy of: straitstimes.com



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2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia top Serbia to celebrate title in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Serbia 93:85

Slovenia are the 2017 EuroBasket champions. They prevailed against Serbia in the dramatic clash to claim the historic title in Istanbul. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) was pivotal for the champions with stellar performance of 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He was trumped the MVP.
Serbia led throughout the bigger part of the first period. They ensured a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia led by Goran Dragic went firing from all guns in the second term. They erupted for 36 points and posted a 56:47 halftime lead. Serbia managed to slow their opponents down in the third term. Moreover Luka Doncic got sidelined with an injury. Stimac put Serbia within 2 points midway through the quarter. Goran Dragic however allowed Slovenia to enter the final frame up by 4 points 71:67. The teams went toe to toe in the final frame. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) gave Serbia an 82:80 lead with under four minutes remaining. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) answered with 8 straight points as Slovenia ensured an 88:82 advantage. Nikolic then made it 90:82 and Slovenia marched to the victory at the end. Klemen Prepelic delivered 21 points, while Anthony Randolph produced 11 points for the champions. Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with 22 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan had 18 points in the defeat. .

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 35, Klemen Prepelic 21, Anthony Randolph 11
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 22, Milan Macvan 18



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  SOUTH AFRICA  


BNL Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BNL just started.

The game in Limpopo was quite interesting. Suns (2-0) played at the court of Limpopo Pride (0-2). Suns defeated Limpopo Pride 49-35 on Sunday. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Magic (2-0) crushed at home Rhinos (0-2) by 37 points 75-38, which is the biggest margin this round. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1: Soweto P. destroyed NW Eagles on the opponent's court 85-53. Winless Mpumalanga R. lost to defending champion Egoli Magic in a home game 58-72. Winless NW Eagles lost to undefeated Soweto P. on the road 63-73. Tshwane S. defeated Limpopo Pride on its own court 53-48.

Limpopo Pride - Tshwane S. 35-49

The game in Limpopo was quite interesting. Suns (2-0) played at the court of Limpopo Pride (0-2). Suns defeated Limpopo Pride 49-35 on Sunday. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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NW Eagles - Soweto P. 53-85

Very expected game in Potchefstroom where Eagles (0-2) were crushed by Panthers (2-0) 85-53. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Mpumalanga R. - Egoli Magic 58-72

Very predictable result in Mbombela where Magic (2-0) defeated Rhinos (0-2) 72-58. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Soweto P. - NW Eagles 73-63

Not a big story in a game in Johannesburg where Eagles (0-2) were defeated by Panthers (2-0) 73-63. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Tshwane S. - Limpopo Pride 53-48

Everything went according to plan in Tshwane where Suns (2-0) beat Limpopo Pride (0-2) 53-48. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Egoli Magic - Mpumalanga R. 75-38

Magic (2-0) crushed at home Rhinos (0-2) by 37 points 75-38, which is the biggest margin this round. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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2017 EuroBasket: Spain capture Bronze medals with win over Russia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Russia 93:85

Spain stepped onto the podium in Istanbul. They overcame Russia in the consolation final to celebrate the Bronze medals. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain dominated in the first half. They claimed a 21:13 lead after the opening quarter. Spain extended the lead in the second period. They ensured a 45:28 halftime advantage. But Russia did not surrender. They unloaded 27 points in the third term to pull within 11 points at the final break. Russia got closer in the fourth frame. They used an 11:2 run to pull within three points 73:76 with under four minutes to go. Zubkov helped Russia within two points inside the final three minutes of regulation. But Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (216-C-85) stepped up for Spain to restore a 7-point cushion. Spain kept Russia in check throughout the reminder of the contest and drove to the pedestal. Marc Gasol notched 25 points, while Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) added 8 points in the victory. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 18 points for Russia. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 14 points and 10 boards in the defeat.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26+10 boards, Marc Gasol 25, Fernando San Emeterio 8
Russia: Alexey Shved 18, Timofey Mozgov 14+10 boards



DKV San Fernando defeated Utrera - by Juan Dominguez

DKV San Fernando overcame Utrera in an intense preseason game. Juan Toledo (190-G-96) scored 38 points and 8 steals, but it wasn't enough to win the game.
Utrera went the hole first period winning, and they actually had 14 points difference on the second quarter but the away team, regained strenght after this period.
The fourth quarter was a great pushback for both teams trying to get the lead but certain shots for players of DKV San Fernando make them win the game.
Best players in the game were; just named Juan Toledo (190-G-96) with 41 of efiicience on Utrera and Cesar Heras (195-F-97) with 14 points and 3 rebounds in 12:37 minutes.



Gran Canaria overcome Guaros de Lara - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria - Guaros 87:73

Gran Canaria defeated Guaros de Lara at the Circuito Movistar. Marcus Eriksson (201-G/F-93) scored 16 points to lead the Spanish side.
Guaros jumped to a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. Gran Canaria erased the deficit in the second period. The Spanish side accumulated a 38:36 halftime lead. Gran Canaria used a 22:19 run in the third term to ensure a 5-point lead. Gran Canaria unloaded 27 points in the fourth stanza to secure the victory. DJ Seeley (193-SG-89, college: CS Fullerton) accounted for 13 points, while Pablo Aguilar (202-PF-89) added 12 points in the win. Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87, college: Campbellsville, agency: Pro Sports) and Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) delivered 15 points each for the Venezuelan team.



Fuenlabrada topple Estudiantes for Ciudad de Getafe trophy - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - Estudiantes 84:75

Fuenlabrada celebrated the Ciudad de Getafe trophy. They overcame Estudiantes in the Final. Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
Estudiantes jumped to a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. But Fuenlabrada unloaded 31 points in the second term to take a 45:38 halftime lead. They used a 26:16 run in the third term to clear off. Estudiantes worked hard for a comeback in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) tossed in 17 points, while Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 16 points in the victory. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) responded with 22 points for Estudiantes. Dario Brizuela (191-PG-94) had 13 points in the loss.



Johnny Dee (ex Polpharma) is a newcomer at Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American point guard Johnny Dee (183-84kg-92, college: San Diego). He played most recently at Polpharma in Polish PLK league. In 27 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg in 2015-16 season. Dee also played that season for Siroki Primorka in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in four games he averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dee's team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District 8 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Dee graduated from University of San Diego in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Center:
Martin Buesa

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



Burgos celebrate Torneo EncestaRias title - by Eurobasket News

Burgos - Obradoiro 83:79

Burgos clinched the Torneo EncestaRias title. They overcame Obradoiro for the preseason trophy. Alejandro Barrera (198-F/G-92, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points to lead the winners.
Obradoiro posted a 25:24 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Obradoiro ensured a 40:35 halftime advantage. They extended the lead in the third term. Obradoiro recorded a 63:56 advantage at the final intermission. But Burgos went on a determined run in the fourth stanza to snatch a tough win at the end. Javier Vega (205-C-88) netted 16 points, while Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) added 15 points in the victory. Nemanja Radovic (208-F/C-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 15 points for Burgos. David Navarro (189-G/F-83) had 10 points in the loss.



Bayern topple Real Madrid in test game - by Eurobasket News

Bayern - Real Madrid 80:72

Bayern Munich claimed a tough win over Real Madrid in the preseason action. Jared Cunningham (193-G-91, college: Oregon St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points to lead the winning side.
Bayern jumped to a 19:11 lead after ten minutes. The German side piled up a 40:29 halftime advantage. Real Madrid narrowed the distance in the third term. The Spanish powerhouse pulled within six points at the final break. But Bayern sank 22 points in the fourth period and got away with the win. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 17 points, while Reggie Redding (195-F/G-88, college: Villanova) added 15 points for Bayern. Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) replied with 17 points for Real. Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) had 15 points in the loss.



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Borg is back at Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) added to their roster 24-year old Swedish international point guard Tobias Borg (184-74kg-93). It is actually his comeback to Sodertalje Kings as he has played here before. Borg has played for the last three seasons at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 31 games he had 3.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg last season. Borg also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 4.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Borg's team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013 and 2014.
Borg has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Borg represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 16.7%.

Sodertalje Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Martin Pahlmblad
Tobias Borg
Mario Blazevic
Valter Lindstrom
Derrick Wilson
Henrik Sjolin
Dimitris Agathangelidis

Forwards:
Toni Bizaca
Aaron Anderson
Adam Ramstedt
Oskar Holm
Adam Karahmetovic

Center:
Nicholas Spires

Coach: Ludwig Degernas

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Sweden



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  TURKEY  


Sakarya Buyuksehir conquer Maddaloni tournament title in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Avellino - Sakarya Buyuksehir Gelisim 77:81

Sakarya Buyuksehir conquered Maddaloni tournament title in Italy beating Avellino 81-77 in the Final game. The Turkish side looked better in the first half as they posted a 23-16 and then 23-19 rallies respectively in the first and second quarters. Avellino managed to respond with two narrow wins in the second half, but could not catch up with the opponents. Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Jones netted 11. Jason Rich (191-G-86) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) posted 13.
In the game for the 3rd place Brindisi lost to Virtus Bologna 48:64.



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Sheffield Sharks land Dirk Williams - by Jeff King

DBL Sharks Sheffield (BBL) tabbed 23-year old American guard Dirk Williams (196-82kg-94). He just graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham (NCAA). In 33 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg last season.

As mentioned above Williams is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements his team won C-USA Regular Season in 2016. Williams received also All-C-USA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.

DBL Sharks Sheffield roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Chris Alexander
Colin Sing
Zachariah Gachette
Mackey McKnight
Edward Brownell
Dirk Williams

Forwards:
Mike Tuck
Rob Marsden
Marko Backovic
Ryan Wilson

Center:
Tony Wroblicky

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in United Kingdom



Noel Adds To Scorchers Heat - by Jeff King

COURTESY OF WWW.SURREYSCORCHERS.CO.UK

Surrey Scorchers is delighted to announce the signing of Levi Noel (197-G-91, college: E.Illinois) for the 2017/18 BBL season.

The 6'5" guard is Creon Raftopoulos's 8th signing of the season represented Leicester Riders in the BBL and Loughborough Student Riders in the NBL division 1. Spending four seasons with Leicester Riders, Noel won back-to-back BBL league titles as well as the BBL play-offs, two BBL trophies and a BBL cup.

Noel believes he can bring a winning mentality to Surrey Scorchers, he said, "At Leicester Riders they have a very successful team and I've learnt a bunch when I've been there. I feel as though what I've learnt I can bring to this team. As a team we look good. We have the different pieces you need to have a good team in this league so I'm excited to get started."

Joining Scorchers was "a very easy decision" for Noel and coach Creon Raftopoulos was a huge part of that.

"I've known Creon for a long time, I've been following the club for a while so it's perfect for me. He's a real players coach, everyone that I've spoke to about him has positive things to say."



Storm to the rescue - by Dave Ryan

Hemel Storm came to Leicester Riders' rescue on Saturday night as the midlands side avoided having to cancel their final pre-season friendly.
Rob Paternsotr's team were due to host Plymouth Raiders but the West Country side were stuck on the M5 after a fatal crash saw the motorway closed and Raiders unable to get to Leicester.
Storm had successfully made it to Leicester and had opened their National Trophy campaign with a 72-60 victory against Warriors, and the majority of their side stayed to face the reigning BBL champions.
David Ajumobi and Courtney van Beest, who led Storm with 19 and 11 points respectively, missed the evening game, and Rider ran out comfortable 94-54 winners.
Eric Robertson (193-G-94, college: Chattanooga) lead the Riders' scoring with 21 points whilst J.R. Holder poured in 20 points of his own. Chuck Duru led Storm with 15 points while Bode Adelulo add 11. 48-year-old Storm coach Robert Youngblood made a five minute cameo appearance against his former club.



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  VENEZUELA  


Gran Canaria overcome Guaros de Lara - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria - Guaros 87:73

Gran Canaria defeated Guaros de Lara at the Circuito Movistar. Marcus Eriksson (201-G/F-93) scored 16 points to lead the Spanish side.
Guaros jumped to a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. Gran Canaria erased the deficit in the second period. The Spanish side accumulated a 38:36 halftime lead. Gran Canaria used a 22:19 run in the third term to ensure a 5-point lead. Gran Canaria unloaded 27 points in the fourth stanza to secure the victory. DJ Seeley (193-SG-89, college: CS Fullerton) accounted for 13 points, while Pablo Aguilar (202-PF-89) added 12 points in the win. Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87, college: Campbellsville, agency: Pro Sports) and Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) delivered 15 points each for the Venezuelan team.



Juan Herrera selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Juan Herrera
Juan Herrera
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Juan Herrera (197-81, currently plays in Ecuador). He led Iccan to a victory over the league outsider Triple E-Uda (0-14) crushing them 110-73 in the Ecuadorian National League in Tuesday night's game. Herrera was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Club Iccan de Macas (10-4) is placed first in the National League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Herrera has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 67.2%(43-64), 3FGP: 40.6% and FT: 86.4% in eight games he played so far. Former Cangrejeros de Maturin starter played for the Venezuelan senior national team seven years ago.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Ecuador). Perez was the main contributor in Piratas' victory against the closely-ranked Juvenil (7-7) crushing them 99-70 in the Ecuadorian National League last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Perez scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Piratas de Los Lagos (8-6) is placed third in the National League. This season Perez has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(51-88), 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 73.8%. Perez has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and Venezuelan. Former Trotamundos de Carabobo starter played for the Venezuelan national team in 2014.

Jesus Centeno
Jesus Centeno
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former U21 international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Herrera and both played together in the last Ecuadorian National League game. Centeno contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Triple E-Uda (0-14) crushing them 110-73. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. This season Centeno has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 63.5%(61-96), 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 90.6%(29-32). Centeno played for the Venezuelan U21 national team thirteen years ago.

Cesar Silva
Cesar Silva
   #4. Swingman Cesar Silva (190-81, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Herrera. He played also in the last Ecuadorian National League game facing Jesus Centeno (above) in the other team. Silva contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Triple E-Uda (0-14) crushing them 110-73. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and making 11 passes. Silva also added 8 rebounds. This season Silva has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.7apg. Silva is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2013.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #5. Former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Ecuador) contributed to Importadora's victory against the closely-ranked Leones (8-6) 72-63 in the Ecuadorian National League in Tuesday night's game. Romero was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 37 minutes. Importadora Alvarado Ambato (8-6) is placed fourth in the National League. Romero has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team six years ago.

Lenin Lopez
Lenin Lopez
   #6. Forward Lenin Lopez (198-91, currently plays in Ecuador) was the major contributor in Juvenil's victory against the closely-ranked Piratas (8-6) 94-83 in the Ecuadorian National League on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 16 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Juvenil de Vinces (4-5) is placed fourth in the National League. It's Lopez's first season with the team. Lopez has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.5apg in 10 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Venezuelan senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Braulis Barrios (199-PF-85, currently plays in Ecuador) could not help Portoviejo (6-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Portoviejo was crushed 82-59 on the road by the second-ranked Barcelona. Barrios was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. It's Barrios' first season with the team. Barrios has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games he played so far.

   #2. Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92, currently plays in Ecuador) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Juvenil (4-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Juvenil was crushed 99-70 in Ibarra by the higher-ranked (#3) Piratas. Diaz was the top scorer with 38 points. He also added 7 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 38 minutes. Diaz has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg in 16 games.

   #3. Nelson Palacios (192-SF-92, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jovanni Diaz. But that was another game of his team in Ecuadorian National League which we would like to mention. Palacios led Juvenil to a victory over the closely-ranked Piratas (8-6) 94-83. He was the top player that evening. Palacios scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 6 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Juvenil de Vinces (4-5) is placed fourth in the National League. It's Palacios' first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Palacios averages: 20.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg.

   #4. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in El Salvador) was not able to secure a victory for Santa Ana (9-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hinestroza Javes' very good performance Santa Ana was defeated 96-90 in Chalchuapa by the one of league's weakest teams 11 Lobos (#12). He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. Hinestroza Javes also added 2 blocks. It was his first game for Santa Ana this season. Hinestroza Javes has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.



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  VIETNAM  


VBA Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in VBA, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The biggest surprise of round 3 in VBA took place in Saigon where host Saigon Heat (2-0) beat Can Tho CF (2-2) 72-59 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Saigon Heat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Saigon Heat forced 26 Can Tho CF turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds. Forward Gia Lan-Hong chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. Saigon Heat will try to continue on its current victory against Hochiminh CW on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Hanoi. Hanoi B. (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Hochiminh CW (1-2) 57-55 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Jordan Collins contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds for Hochiminh CW. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hanoi B. will play against Thang Long W. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hochiminh CW will play against Saigon Heat (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Danang was also quite interesting. Thang Long W. (3-1) played at the court of Danang Dragons (0-4). Thang Long W. defeated Danang Dragons 79-64 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Jaywuan Hill who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Rudolphe Joly with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Thang Long W. will meet Hanoi B. (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Danang Dragons will have a break next round.

Danang Dragons - Thang Long W. 64-79

The game in Danang was also quite interesting. Thang Long W. (3-1) played at the court of Danang Dragons (0-4). Thang Long W. defeated Danang Dragons 79-64 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 46-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Danang Dragons outrebounded Thang Long W. 41-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. International point guard Quang To (180-84) helped adding 22 points. Four Thang Long W. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Rudolphe Joly (208-92, college: Sheridan JC) with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and Danish swingman Waale Tim (193) scored 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Thang Long W. will meet Hanoi B. (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Danang Dragons will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Danang Dragons: R.Joly 26+13reb+8ast, D.Huy Dai 12+2reb+1ast, W.Tim 8+11reb+4ast, T.Le 6+2reb+2ast, V.Van My 5+10reb+3ast, H.Nguyen 3+1reb+6ast
Thang Long W.: Q.To 22+3ast, J.Hill 17+8reb+6ast, R.Le 16+3reb+4ast, H.Nguyen Van 11+5reb+1ast, J.Young 7+6reb+5ast, N.Djo 4+2reb
gschID: 571227


Saigon H. - Can Tho CF 72-59

The biggest surprise of round 3 in VBA took place in Saigon where host Saigon Heat (2-0) beat Can Tho CF (2-2) 72-59 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Saigon Heat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Saigon Heat forced 26 Can Tho CF turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds. Forward Gia Lan-Hong chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks and swingman Tan Dinh-Duy (192-95) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest. Saigon Heat will try to continue on its current victory against Hochiminh CW on the road.
Top scorers:
Can Tho CF: D.Hamilton 27+20reb+2ast, N.Le 7, T.Dinh Duy 7+5reb+3ast, N.Ngcc 6+2reb+3ast, D.Thanh 5+2reb+2ast, H.Thanh 4+2ast
Saigon H.: D.Lewis 39+18reb+1ast, G.Lan Hong 15+4reb+2ast, N.Tu Le 5+4reb+7ast, H.Hai Nguyen 4+2ast, D.Arnold 4+3reb+3ast, T.Nguyen 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 571226


Hanoi B. - Hochiminh CW 57-55

Important game to mention about took place in Hanoi. Hanoi B. (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Hochiminh CW (1-2) 57-55 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hochiminh CW won third quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hanoi B. dominated on the defensive end, holding Hochiminh CW to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 22 Hochiminh CW turnovers. It was a good game for Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Henry Nguyen (, college: Orange Coast CC) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Hochiminh CW. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hanoi B. will play against Thang Long W. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hochiminh CW will play against Saigon Heat (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hochiminh CW: B.Richardson 26+15reb, H.Nguyen 11+11reb, T.Trung Ngo 7+2reb+2ast, H.Minh Trieu 6+5reb+4ast, T.Nguyen 3+4reb+1ast, T.Nguyen Quoc 2+2reb
Hanoi B.: V.Nguyen 15+11reb+5ast, J.Collins 13+8reb+2ast, D.Nguyen Thanh 10+2reb, C.Dinh Tien 7+2reb, D.Nguyen 6+3reb+1ast, H.Dang Thai 2+2reb
gschID: 571225



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


VEF Riga tabs Andris Misters - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) inked 25-year old Latvian guard Andris Misters (196-91kg-92). He just graduated from Jacksonville (NCAA). Misters has played there for the last three years. In 26 games he averaged 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Misters received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Misters represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg.
Misters has played previously for LBAL.

VEF Riga roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Artis Ate
Andris Misters
Antwan Scott
Alexander Perez_Kaufmann

Forward:
Kristaps Janicenoks

Center:
Klavs Cavars

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @elevationba)

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Women News


Tatsiana Likhtarovich (ex UNI Gyor) signs at Keltern - by Eurobasket News

Gruner Stern Keltern (DBBL) landed 29-year old Belarusian international swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88). She played most recently at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division. In 25 games she averaged 9.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Likhtarovich helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Likhtarovich also played 14 games in Euroleague where she had 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Likhtarovich played at Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in A Division. In 26 games she recorded 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team winning the Cup and end the regular season as the second best team in the league. Likhtarovich also played 12 games in Eurocup where she got 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg.
Among other achievements Likhtarovich won Lithuanian LMKL championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 1st Team award in 2015.
Likhtarovich has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belarusian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Likhtarovich also represented Belarus at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 16.7%.
Likhtarovich is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Neftochimic), France (Tarbes and Arras), Lithuania (VICI Aistes and Fortuna), Czech Republic (Sokol Hradec Kralove) and Belarus (Olimpia and Gorizont).
Likhtarovich's game is described as: Tatsiana Likhtarovich is a true little daredevil always hustling on defense, diving for loose balls and unsettling opponents with her energy outbursts and constant movement. The former youth competitions' star is quite athletic for her size and at the age of 21 is considered one of the top Belarusian prospects. It's possible that in several years Likhtarovich will become a bona fide national team starter. At the moment, though, she works hard to make the most of the scarce playing time she gets behind her more experienced backcourt teammates. This season Tatsiana won the Belarusian Premier League with her Olimpia Grodno side. She averaged 20.2 points, 2.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds for her club in 13 Baltic Women's Basketball League matches.

Gruner Stern Keltern roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stina Barnert
Carmen Miloglav
Jasmine Thomas
Amber Orrange
Leonie Elbert
Linn Schuler

Forwards:
Marina Markovic
Mailis Pokk
Katarina Vuckovic
Romina Ciappina
Tatsiana Likhtarovich

Centers:
Agnieszka Fikiel
Schaquilla Nunn

Coach: Christian Hergenroether

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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  BELGIUM  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anete STEINBERGA
  Castors .
  (190-C-90)
  Avg: 29
 1. Steinberga, Castors .29.0 
 2. Van Driel, B.Willeb.28.0 
 3. Trahan-Davis, Castors .22.0 
 4. Nared, Waregem21.0 
 5. Resimont, Sint K.21.0 
 6. Williams, Belfius .19.5 
 7. Strubbe, Jeugd G.19.0 
 8. Crelot, Verviers.19.0 
 9. Maes, Liege18.0 
 10. Celus, Waregem17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaleesa MAES
  Liege
  (188-C-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Maes, Liege15.0 
 2. Capoen, Deerlijk13.0 
 3. Van Driel, B.Willeb.11.0 
 4. Nared, Waregem11.0 
 5. Steinberga, Castors .10.0 
 6. Trahan-Davis, Castors .10.0 
 7. Boel, B.Willebroek10.0 
 8. Massey, Sint K.9.5 
 9. Lentacker, Jeugd G.9.0 
 10. Henket, Liege9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Castors .
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Carpreaux, Castors .11.0 
 2. Devliegher, Wareg.6.0 
 3. Van Driel, B.Willeb.5.0 
 4. Raman, Kangoeroes4.5 
 5. Ortiz, Belfius Namur4.5 
 6. Nared, Waregem4.5 
 7. Maes, Liege4.0 
 8. Malashenko, Castors .4.0 
 9. Crelot, Verviers.4.0 
 10. Devliegher, Wareg.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Antonia DELAERE
  Castors .
  (180-SG-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Delaere, Castors .4.0 
 2. Roekens, B.Willebroek4.0 
 3. Devliegher, Wareg.4.0 
 4. Hamaide, Spirou M.3.5 
 5. Beaurang, B.Willeb.3.0 
 6. Strubbe, Jeugd G.3.0 
 7. Celus, Waregem3.0 
 8. Hambursin, Liege3.0 
 9. Aizsila, Waregem3.0 
 10. Degels, Deerlijk2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Castors .
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jones, Castors .2.0 
 2. Vesterberg, Belfius .1.5 
 3. Nared, Waregem1.0 
 4. Malashenko, Castors .1.0 
 5. Hendrickx, Belfius .1.0 
 6. Colson, Verviers.1.0 
 7. Boel, B.Willebroek1.0 
 8. Maes, Liege1.0 
 9. Williams, Belfius .1.0 
 10. Bogaert, Waregem0.5 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


DSK Basketball Nymburk beat Sokol Hradec and Ruzomberok in Trutnov - by Eurobasket News

DSK Basketball Nymburk beat Sokol Hradec and Ruzomberok in Trutnov at the international tournament. Nymburk overcame Sokol Hradec Kralove 83:69 as they pushed the tempo in the second half. The teams were tied at 36-36, while Nymburk dominated the rest of the game.
DSK Basketball Nymburk edge MBK Ruzomberok 68-59. Kyara Linskens (189-C-96, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 17 points and Krystal Vaughn (185-G/F-86, college: VCU) posted 16. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89) followed them with 10 points in the winning effort. Melissa Diawakana (170-G-92) and Petra Bartanusova (173-PG-92) ended up with 14 points for Slovakian side.



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Keltern celebrate Champions Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Keltern - Wasserburg 93-75

Keltern celebrate Champions Cup title as they edged Wasserburg 93-75. Rutronik Stars Keltern grabbed a 26-21 lead with the first 10 minutes and increased to 10 points at the halftime. Moreover they never looked behind in the second half and took a 72-56 lead with 10 minutes to go.
Mailis Pokk (186-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Amber Orrange (170-G-93, college: Stanford, agency: LBM Management) posted 13. Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) netted 12, whilst Schaquilla Nunn (190-F/C-94, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) scored 11. Santa Okockyte (175-PG-92) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Margaux Galliou-Loko (183-F-93) brought 13.



Tatsiana Likhtarovich (ex UNI Gyor) signs at Keltern - by Eurobasket News

Gruner Stern Keltern (DBBL) landed 29-year old Belarusian international swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88). She played most recently at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division. In 25 games she averaged 9.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg last season. Likhtarovich helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Likhtarovich also played 14 games in Euroleague where she had 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Likhtarovich played at Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in A Division. In 26 games she recorded 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team winning the Cup and end the regular season as the second best team in the league. Likhtarovich also played 12 games in Eurocup where she got 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg.
Among other achievements Likhtarovich won Lithuanian LMKL championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 1st Team award in 2015.
Likhtarovich has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belarusian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
Likhtarovich also represented Belarus at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 16.7%.
Likhtarovich is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Neftochimic), France (Tarbes and Arras), Lithuania (VICI Aistes and Fortuna), Czech Republic (Sokol Hradec Kralove) and Belarus (Olimpia and Gorizont).
Likhtarovich's game is described as: Tatsiana Likhtarovich is a true little daredevil always hustling on defense, diving for loose balls and unsettling opponents with her energy outbursts and constant movement. The former youth competitions' star is quite athletic for her size and at the age of 21 is considered one of the top Belarusian prospects. It's possible that in several years Likhtarovich will become a bona fide national team starter. At the moment, though, she works hard to make the most of the scarce playing time she gets behind her more experienced backcourt teammates. This season Tatsiana won the Belarusian Premier League with her Olimpia Grodno side. She averaged 20.2 points, 2.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds for her club in 13 Baltic Women's Basketball League matches.

Gruner Stern Keltern roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stina Barnert
Carmen Miloglav
Jasmine Thomas
Amber Orrange
Leonie Elbert
Linn Schuler

Forwards:
Marina Markovic
Mailis Pokk
Katarina Vuckovic
Romina Ciappina
Tatsiana Likhtarovich

Centers:
Agnieszka Fikiel
Schaquilla Nunn

Coach: Christian Hergenroether

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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Crystal Langhorne joins Sopron Basket - by Nagy Szilveszter

Sopron Basket (A Division) added to their roster 31-year old American ex-international power forward Crystal Langhorne (188-86kg-86, college: Maryland). She played last summer at Seattle Storm (WNBA). In 35 games she had 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The most of last season Langhorne spent at Heilongjiang Chenneng in Chinese WCBA where in 31 games she recorded very impressive stats: 23.4ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Asia-Basket.com Chinese WCBA All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. She also played that season for Shenyang Golden Lions in Chinese WCBA. In only one game she averaged remarkable 28 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals.
In 2008 Langhorne was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
The former University of Maryland standoutis in her tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Slovakian Extraliga championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Langhorne was also voted Eurobasket.com All-BWBL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Import Player of the Year back in 2009.
She was a member of USA international program for some years. Langhorne was called to USA Senior National Team back in 2008 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007.
She is quite experienced player. Langhorne's career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Langhorne tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Russia (UMMC Ekaterinburg and Dynamo Moscow), Spain, Turkey (Istanbul Uni) and Slovakia (Good Angels).

Sopron Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Zsofia Fegyverneky
Virag Weninger
Angela Salvadores
Dominika Borondy
Dalma Czukor

Forwards:
Jelena Milovanovic
Crystal Langhorne
Tina Jovanovic
Aleksandra Crvendakic
Debora Dubei

Centers:
Bernadett Hatar
Patricia Bako

Coach: Roberto Iniguez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sopron Basket upset the hosts to seal UMMC Cup - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg - Sopron Basket 60-68

Sopron Basket upset the hosts to seal UMMC Cup in Ekaterinburg. The Hungarian side became the winner of the International tournament after a 68-60 victory. Both teams nailed the same number of points in the first two quarters, 15-15 and then 16-16 respectively. UMMC Ekaterinburg nailed an 18-14 run in the third period, while Sopron Basket replied with a massive 23-11 surge to win the game. Jelena Milovanovic (189-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Aleksandra Crvendakic (186-F-96) netted 16. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) scored 12 in a loss and Alba Torrens (188-G/F-89) poured in 10.



Atomeromu KSC Szekszard celebrate Sio Cup title - by Eurobasket News

ACS Sepsi-SIC - Atomeromu KSC Szekszard 57-71

Atomeromu KSC Szekszard celebrate Sio Cup title beating Romanian ACS Sepsi-SIC 71-57 in the Final. Trailing 19-22 at the end of the first period, ACS Sepsi-SIC posted a massive 22-13 surge and took 41-35 advantage at the halftime. The Hungarian side however dominated the second half and came up with two wins. They posted a 20-12 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 16-4 surge.
Erica McCall (190-F-95, college: Stanford, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Sara Krnjic (191-C-91) netted 14. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) brought 11, whilst Studer poured in 9. Adrienne Webb (175-G/F-90, college: LSU) replied with 9 points in the losing effort.



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Musel Pikes beat Amicale to capture SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Amicale - Musel Pikes 59:75

Musel Pikes earned the SuperCup title. They overcame Amicale for the trophy. Natalie Bastian produced 27 points to lead the winners.
Musel Pikes claimed a 20:15 lead at the first break. Amicale narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at the big break. But Musel Pikes used a 23:10 run in the third quarter to clear off. They controlled the tempo throughout the final period and raced to the win.



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Vanja Mudresa (ex Lovcen) signs at Vrbas Medela - by Darko Pekic

ZKK Vrbas Medela (1 ZLS) landed 21-year old Montenegrin power forward Vanja Mudresa (182-96). She played most recently at Lovcen in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL. She helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Mudresa also spent pre-season at Buducnost in Montenegrin league that year.
She won MZRKL championship title in 2016.
Mudresa represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wisla earn preseason tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Wisla - TTT Riga 75:65

Wisla Krakow clinched the Gdynia Super Team preseason tournament title. They beat TTT Riga for the trophy. Giedre Labuckiene (193-C/F-90) notched 19 points to lead the Polish team.
Wisla posted a 22:19 lead at t the first break. The Polish team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Wisla accumulated a 40:37 halftime advantage. They held TTT Riga to just 11 points in the third term to claim an 8-point advantage. Wisla recorded 19 points in the fourth frame to rally to the victory. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) provided 13 points, while Leonor Rodriguez Manso (180-G-91, college: Florida St.) and Maurita Reid (172-PG-85, college: Miami, FL) had 11 points each in the victory.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Monique REID
  Manati
  (185-PF-90)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reid, Manati24.0 
 2. Henderson, Yauco22.0 
 3. Rosado, Morovis20.5 
 4. Nyingifa, Manati20.0 
 5. Martucci, Isabela18.0 
 6. Brown, Isabela17.0 
 7. Winton, Carolina17.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Morovis16.5 
 9. Salaman, Aguada15.3 
 10. Blazejewski, Morovis13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Morovis
  (183-SF-87)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Greene, Morovis18.5 
 2. Nyingifa, Manati18.5 
 3. Reid, Manati11.5 
 4. Henderson, Yauco11.3 
 5. Jones, Carolina10.0 
 6. Bermudez, Manati9.5 
 7. Reynoso, Isabela9.0 
 8. Wampler, Aguada8.3 
 9. Winton, Carolina8.0 
 10. Bough, Isabela8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ashley PRIM
  Manati
  (170-G-91)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Prim, Manati7.5 
 2. Salaman, Aguada7.0 
 3. Rosado, Morovis6.5 
 4. Luciano, Yauco5.0 
 5. Henderson, Yauco4.0 
 6. Bough, Isabela4.0 
 7. Cabrera, Carolina4.0 
 8. Harris, Yauco3.7 
 9. Gonzalez, Morovis3.5 
 10. Nyingifa, Manati3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Atonye NYINGIFA
  Manati
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Nyingifa, Manati4.5 
 2. Henderson, Yauco4.0 
 3. Melendez, Aguada3.3 
 4. Rosado, Morovis3.0 
 5. Bough, Isabela2.7 
 6. Prim, Manati2.0 
 7. Jones, Carolina2.0 
 8. Brown, Isabela2.0 
 9. Harris, Yauco1.7 
 10. Martucci, Isabela1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Morovis
  (183-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Greene, Morovis4.5 
 2. Melendez, Aguada3.0 
 3. Blazejewski, Morovis2.0 
 4. Bermudez, Manati1.5 
 5. Jones, Carolina1.0 
 6. Poppens, Carolina1.0 
 7. Reynoso, Isabela1.0 
 8. Martucci, Isabela0.7 
 9. Crespo, Yauco0.7 
 10. Nyingifa, Manati0.5 


Carolina adds Kiesel to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gigantes de Carolina (BSNF) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Brianna Kiesel (170-93, college: Pittsburgh). She played last summer at Atlanta Dream (WNBA), but was released by the team in June. Kiesel managed to play in three leagues last year. But in 8 WNBA games she had just 1.5ppg and 1.1apg. The last season she played at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division where in 26 games she recorded 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.8spg. Kiesel helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Kiesel also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg.
Two years ago Kiesel was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in second round (13th overall).
She attended University of Pittsburgh until 2015 and it will be her third season in pro basketball.
Kiesel has played previously professionally in Israel (ASA Jerusalem) and WNBA (Dallas Wings).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @610Sportsusa)

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Mariesa Greene gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSNF - by Eurobasket News

American Mariesa Greene (183-SF-87) had an amazing evening in the last week for league's second-best Morovis and that's her to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 1.
The 30-year old had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while her team beat Yauco (#3, 1-1) 68-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Morovis is placed at 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSNF. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Morovis won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next week. Greene turned to be Morovis' top player in her first season with the team. Barry University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Greene is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 19.0rpg) and averages solid 7.0bpg and 70.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 27-year old Nigerian forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-F-90) of Manati. Nyingifa impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Manati was edged by Yauco (1-1) 68-65. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next week. Nyingifa is a newcomer at Manati 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 23.0ppg (#2). Her other stats are also decent: 21.0rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last week was American Tierra Henderson (178-G-87) of Yauco (#3). Henderson showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last week. She was a key player of Yauco, leading her team to a 68-65 win against Manati (#6, 0-1). Yauco needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Henderson has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 12.0rpg (3rd best) and assists with 4.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pamela Rosado (165-PG-86) of Morovis - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Tayra Melendez (180-G-93) of Aguada - 13 points and 8 rebounds
6. Adily Martucci (173-G-94) of Isabela - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Tabytha Wampler (188-F-90) of Aguada - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shayra Brown (175-G/F-92) of Isabela - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Shalonda Winton (180-PF-91) of Carolina - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Monique Reid (185-PF-90) of Manati - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Atomeromu KSC Szekszard celebrate Sio Cup title - by Eurobasket News

ACS Sepsi-SIC - Atomeromu KSC Szekszard 57-71

Atomeromu KSC Szekszard celebrate Sio Cup title beating Romanian ACS Sepsi-SIC 71-57 in the Final. Trailing 19-22 at the end of the first period, ACS Sepsi-SIC posted a massive 22-13 surge and took 41-35 advantage at the halftime. The Hungarian side however dominated the second half and came up with two wins. They posted a 20-12 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 16-4 surge.
Erica McCall (190-F-95, college: Stanford, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Sara Krnjic (191-C-91) netted 14. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) brought 11, whilst Studer poured in 9. Adrienne Webb (175-G/F-90, college: LSU) replied with 9 points in the losing effort.



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Sopron Basket upset the hosts to seal UMMC Cup - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg - Sopron Basket 60-68

Sopron Basket upset the hosts to seal UMMC Cup in Ekaterinburg. The Hungarian side became the winner of the International tournament after a 68-60 victory. Both teams nailed the same number of points in the first two quarters, 15-15 and then 16-16 respectively. UMMC Ekaterinburg nailed an 18-14 run in the third period, while Sopron Basket replied with a massive 23-11 surge to win the game. Jelena Milovanovic (189-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Aleksandra Crvendakic (186-F-96) netted 16. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) scored 12 in a loss and Alba Torrens (188-G/F-89) poured in 10.



Dynamo Kursk win Gubernator's Cup - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk won Gubernator;s Cup posting three victories at the tournament. In the last game they overcame Dynamo Novosibirsk 91-53. The hosts opened the game with a strong 22-12 start and added a 23-14 rally in the second frame. Moreover Dynamo Kursk posted a massive 26-10 surge in the third period and closed the game with a 20-17 run. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: ProDep Management) posted 19. Tatiana Vidmer (191-C/F-86) nailed 13, whilst Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) and Mariya Cheremisina (174-SG-92) notched 11 apiece. Veronika Dorosheva (190-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) replied with 20 points in a loss and Miah-Marie Langlois (173-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) notched 17.
Maria Vadeeva was named MVP of the tournament.



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National League Round 2: St.Mirren RKC 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 National League. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

St.Mirren RKC smashed Glasgow Fever in St Mirren 76-53. Glasgow Fever will play next round against strong Glasgow Un. trying to get back on the winning streak. St.Mirren RKC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Edinburgh Univ. (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Lady Rocks (2-0) 69-62. Lady Rocks will play against Sony Centre (#6) in Falkirk in the next round where they are favorite. Edinburgh Univ.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Edinburgh to the arena Polonia Phoenix.
Quite upsetting was Sony Centre's (#4) 21-point home defeat in a game versus Tayside who crushed hosts Tayside will meet Edinburgh Kool Kats on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sony Centre will play against Lady Rocks in Glasgow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Edinburgh: Edinburgh Kool Kats (#1) and Polonia Phoenix (#4). Polonia Phoenix was defeated at home 58-69 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Edinburgh Kool Kats' next round opponent will be Tayside (#3) in Dundee, which may be the game of the day. Polonia Phoenix's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Edinburgh Univ..
Very important is a home loss of Glasgow Un. (0-1) against Wolves (1-1) on Saturday night. Host Glasgow Un. was crushed by Wolves in 50-28. Wolves will face St.Andrews U. (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Glasgow Un. will play against Glasgow Fever and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Edinburgh Univ. - Lady Rocks 62-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Edinburgh Univ. (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Lady Rocks (2-0) 69-62. Lady Rocks will play against Sony Centre (#6) in Falkirk in the next round where they are favorite. Edinburgh Univ.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Edinburgh to the arena Polonia Phoenix.
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Sony Centre - Tayside 45-66

Quite upsetting was Sony Centre's (#4) 21-point home defeat in a game versus Tayside who crushed hosts Tayside will meet Edinburgh Kool Kats on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sony Centre will play against Lady Rocks in Glasgow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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St.Mirren RKC - Glasgow Fever 76-53

St.Mirren RKC smashed Glasgow Fever in St Mirren 76-53. Glasgow Fever will play next round against strong Glasgow Un. trying to get back on the winning streak. St.Mirren RKC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
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Polonia Phoenix - Edinburgh KK 58-69

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Edinburgh: Edinburgh Kool Kats (#1) and Polonia Phoenix (#4). Polonia Phoenix was defeated at home 58-69 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Edinburgh Kool Kats' next round opponent will be Tayside (#3) in Dundee, which may be the game of the day. Polonia Phoenix's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Edinburgh Univ..
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Glasgow Un. - Wolves 28-50

Very important is a home loss of Glasgow Un. (0-1) against Wolves (1-1) on Saturday night. Host Glasgow Un. was crushed by Wolves in 50-28. Wolves will face St.Andrews U. (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Glasgow Un. will play against Glasgow Fever and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Vanja Mudresa (ex Lovcen) signs at Vrbas Medela - by Darko Pekic

ZKK Vrbas Medela (1 ZLS) landed 21-year old Montenegrin power forward Vanja Mudresa (182-96). She played most recently at Lovcen in Montenegrin 1A ZCKL. She helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Mudresa also spent pre-season at Buducnost in Montenegrin league that year.
She won MZRKL championship title in 2016.
Mudresa represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avenida outscore Yakin Dogu to win the tournament in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Avenida - Yakin Dogu Universitesi 61:56

Avenida outscored Yakin Dogu 61-56 to win the tournament in Cyprus. The Spanish side trailed in the first half, but managed to produce a strong last quarter. Yakin Dogu Universitesi took a 12-10 lead and then added a 17-11 rally in the second frame. Avenida replied with a 16-14 run in the third quarter and then needed a final 24-13 push to seal the victory.
Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Maria Asurmendi (168-PG-86) poured in 10. Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) posted 19 points in a loss and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: ProDep Management) had 12.



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Williams inks at Fribourg at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket

BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (LNA) added to their roster 23-year old American center Kailyn Williams (193-94, agency: LBM Management). Williams just graduated from Beth.-Cookman (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she recorded 9.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg and 3.9bpg last season. Williams helped them to win the regular season and make it to the MEAC Tournament final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected All-MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-MEAC 1st Team and voted to MEAC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.

BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Marielle Giroud
Alexia Rol
Noemie Mayombo
Nancy Fora
Kailyn Williams
Kailyn Williams

Coach: Laurent Plassard

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avenida outscore Yakin Dogu to win the tournament in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Avenida - Yakin Dogu Universitesi 61:56

Avenida outscored Yakin Dogu 61-56 to win the tournament in Cyprus. The Spanish side trailed in the first half, but managed to produce a strong last quarter. Yakin Dogu Universitesi took a 12-10 lead and then added a 17-11 rally in the second frame. Avenida replied with a 16-14 run in the third quarter and then needed a final 24-13 push to seal the victory.
Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Maria Asurmendi (168-PG-86) poured in 10. Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) posted 19 points in a loss and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: ProDep Management) had 12.



Besiktas keep Albayrak for another season - by Nagy Szilveszter

Besiktas CT Istanbul (KBSL) re-signed 20-year old forward Beril Albayrak (180-97). She has played there for the last five seasons.
Albayrak represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Bucharest (Romania) two years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.2rpg.

Besiktas CT Istanbul roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Esra Atacan
Sera Ozelci
Sevgi Uzun

Forwards:
Bernice Mosby
Beril Albayrak
Burcu Cigil
Nur Dabakoglu

Center:
Kubra Eksi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cukurova inks Alina Iagupova - by Lior Hai

Cukurova Basketbol (KSBL) signed 25-year old Ukrainian international swingman Alina Iagupova (186-92, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole in French LFB league. Iagupova managed to play in three leagues last year. In 30 LFB games she had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. She helped them to win the LFB title (twice). Great season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Bosman Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Iagupova also played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. And finally Iagupova contributed to 2 games in Eurocup where she averaged remarkable 17.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Iagupova spent at Okzhetpes in Kazakhstan league. In 14 Baltic League games she got high stats: 31.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.1apg and 2.9spg. The other team Iagupova played shortly was Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 5 games she got 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg and 2.6spg. She also played 3 games in Euroleague where she got high stats: 16.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg.
In 2013 Iagupova was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in third round (34th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-BWBL Player of the Year in 2016.
Iagupova has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2012.
Iagupova also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: Score-1 (21.3ppg), 5.5rpg, Assists-2 (5.5apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 72.0%.
Iagupova has played on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). She has played previously professionally in USA, Kazakhstan (Astana Tigers) and Ukraine (Regina-Basket Bar and Elizabeth-Basket).
Iagupova could be described: An immense physical specimen, powerful and explosive when going to the hoop, rebounds really well, has an eye for a pass and is an awesome shooter. She has it all and the question is if she will be able to further develop her game to reach a top league level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cukurova adds Larkins to their roster - by Lior Hai

KSBL newcomer Cukurova Basketbol added to their roster 31-year old American ex-international center Erlana Larkins (185-95kg-86, college: N.Carolina). She played last summer at Indiana Fever (WNBA). Larkins managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 34 WNBA games she recorded 4.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. The last season she played at Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa in Italian Serie A1 where in 12 games she averaged 11.0ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg. Larkins helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she had 9.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg.
In 2008 Larkins was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in first round (14th overall).
The former University of North Carolina standout is in her tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Larkins played in the final of WNBA in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Import Player of the Year in 2013 and 2015.
Larkins was a member of USA international program for some years. She was called to USA Senior National Team back in 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
Larkins is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Greece, Israel (Maccabi Ramat Gan), WNBA (Phoenix Mercury), Italy (Familia Schio) and Turkey (Mersin BSB and Adana ASKI Mersin).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cukurova signs Diamond Deshields - by Lior Hai

Cukurova Basketbol (KSBL) signed 22-year old American guard Diamond Deshields (185-70kg-95, agency: LBM Management). She just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). Deshields has played there for the last three years. In 29 games she had very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg and 1.0bpg last season. Great year as she was named to All-SEC 1st Team and WBCA NCAA D1 All-American Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Deshields' team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2016. She was also voted ESPNW All-NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year back in 2014 at her college time.
Deshields represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Her team won Gold.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cukurova inks Alina Iagupova - by Lior Hai

Cukurova Basketbol (KSBL) signed 25-year old Ukrainian international swingman Alina Iagupova (186-92, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole in French LFB league. Iagupova managed to play in three leagues last year. In 30 LFB games she had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. She helped them to win the LFB title (twice). Great season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Bosman Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Iagupova also played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. And finally Iagupova contributed to 2 games in Eurocup where she averaged remarkable 17.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Iagupova spent at Okzhetpes in Kazakhstan league. In 14 Baltic League games she got high stats: 31.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.1apg and 2.9spg. The other team Iagupova played shortly was Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women. In 5 games she got 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg and 2.6spg. She also played 3 games in Euroleague where she got high stats: 16.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg.
In 2013 Iagupova was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in third round (34th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-BWBL Player of the Year in 2016.
Iagupova has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2012.
Iagupova also represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: Score-1 (21.3ppg), 5.5rpg, Assists-2 (5.5apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 72.0%.
Iagupova has played on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). She has played previously professionally in USA, Kazakhstan (Astana Tigers) and Ukraine (Regina-Basket Bar and Elizabeth-Basket).
Iagupova could be described: An immense physical specimen, powerful and explosive when going to the hoop, rebounds really well, has an eye for a pass and is an awesome shooter. She has it all and the question is if she will be able to further develop her game to reach a top league level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Palatinates start recruitment with Spanish veteran Quintas - by Paul Nilsen

The WBBL's newest entrants Durham Palatinates have turned to the familiar face of Noelia Quintas (185-G-87, college: ORU) to help guide them through the challenging waters of a first season in the top flight.

The Spanish veteran will be an anchor for the north-east franchise in their rookie Women's British Basketball League campaign and Head Coach, Lee Davie is thrilled to have her on board.

He enthused: "As we embark on our first season in the WBBL having veteran leadership from somebody that has both played professionally in Europe and is no stranger to British Basketball, will be huge for our programme.

'Noelia was one of our very first women's basketball student athletes here at Durham and we're all very excited to have her back in our programme for this coming season.

'She brings a lot of basketball knowledge and a number of skills that will allow us to use her in a variety of ways over the course of the season."

Meanwhile the player is delighted to be completing something of a circle at an exciting and historic time for the organisation, having also played in the WBBL last year at derby rivals, Team Northumbria where she averaged almost 10 points and 5 rebounds per game.

She commented: 'Durham being my first club after leaving home, will always be a special team to play for. I already have lots of good memories in Durham and I hope to make some more.

'Being near the end of my basketball career, I wanted to play for an ambitious programme that aimed at winning as many competitions as possible. Durham has one of the best basketball programmes in the country, so it makes sense to join a winning team.

'I am hoping to fit in well with the group both on and off the court, and to help in every aspect of the game I can. I will contribute whatever Coach Davie requires and to bring some experience to the court. '

Further player announcements will be made in coming days.



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Parker's layup helps Sparks sweep Mercury - by Eurobasket News

Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) hobbled into the postgame press conference with ice bags over both knees and slung over her left shoulder. But soreness was a small price to pay for a return trip to the WNBA Finals. Parker drove for a layup with 2.9 seconds to play, giving the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday. Parker, a two-time league Most Valuable Player, finished with 21 points and 11 assists. The Mercury's Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) missed a shot as time expired and the Sparks celebrated with shouts and embraces in front of their bench. "In Sparks fashion, we made things interesting down the stretch," Parker said. "They jumped, and I just saw the lane and took it to the basket." Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor) scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, tying a playoff career high. Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) added 14 points for the defending champion Sparks, who advanced to their second straight WNBA Finals and fifth overall. They will face Minnesota in a rematch of last year's championship, after the Lynx completed a sweep of Washington earlier Sunday. "We know that there's a lot of good teams in this league, so to be one of the final two standing, we feel like we're worthy of that, but we also feel fortunate to have the opportunity to go play," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) had tied the game at 87 with a 3-pointer from the wing with 10.8 seconds left. After a timeout, Parker scored the go-ahead basket. Taurasi's 22 points led the Mercury while Griner added 18. Griner made just 7 of 23 shots for the game. "Tough day for me," she said. "We kept getting good looks, I just wasn't finishing them." Leilani Mitchell (5'5''-PG-85, college: Utah)'s steal and layup with 1:21 left brought the crowd to its feet and cut the Sparks' lead to 85-82. Then Camille Little, who scored 18 points, stole an inbounds pass and drove for a layup to make the score 85-84 with 18.6 seconds to go. Sims sank a pair of free throws with 14.1 seconds left before Taurasi's shot tied it. The Sparks won all six meetings regular season and postseason, with the Mercury. "Look, they're defending champs for a reason," Taurasi said. "They make you pay anytime you make a mistake. That's the quality of players they have on that team right now." The Sparks trailed by as many as 11 points in the first quarter after Little's 3 with 3:43 left, part of her 12 points in the opening 10 minutes. The Mercury's 30-21 lead in the second quarter disappeared with a pair of Parker steals, two free throws and a nifty assist to Sims for a layup, and Los Angeles took its largest lead of the half, 43-35, on Alana Beard's jumper 36.3 seconds before halftime. "I just take what the defense gives us," Sims said. "Every game we executed a little bit more."
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Moore, Fowles help Lynx sweep Mystics, return to WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Lynx are back in the WNBA Finals after completing a semifinal sweep of the Washington Mystics on Sunday. That doesn't mean it was easy. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points, Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) added 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lynx sealed their place in a third straight finals after pulling away to an 81-70 win in Game 3. Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) added 18 points to help make sure Minnesota will have the chance to win a fourth WNBA title in seven years. "They challenged us in many ways that whoever comes out of the other series, Phoenix or LA, will challenge us in the same way," Augustus said. The Lynx will play Los Angeles in a rematch of the WNBA Finals. The Sparks won last season's championship round in five games. Despite winning all three semifinal games by double digits, the Lynx felt fortunate to escape Washington just as the Mystics seemed to be gaining their footing. "This is a team that didn't have most of their group together for a big stretch of the season," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said of Washington. "What concerned me was the longer they played, the better they were getting. And so we thought it was really important not to give them that life." Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) scored 15 points to lead the Mystics, who exit the playoffs after reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2002. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (5'10''-G-91, college: N.Carolina) added 14 points and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 13 for Washington, which forced the Lynx into a series-high 13 turnovers. But the Mystics scored only 31 second-half points in their sixth loss in as many games against Minnesota in 2017, including regular season and playoffs. "When you're matched up against a team like Minnesota, that's the kind of team that sets the bar," Toliver said. "And we got to play against the bar." After falling behind by seven late in the second quarter, the Lynx responded with a 17-0 run that stretched across halftime to build a 10-point lead. Augustus scored Minnesota's first seven points of the second half, including a transition 3-pointer off Moore's kickout. Moore added a technical free throw charged to the Mystics bench to make it 49-39 with 6:41 left in the third quarter. Washington closed back to within two. That's when Fowles scored twice in one possession, aided by her own offensive rebound and another from Rebekkah Brunson. That made it 63-57, and the lead grew again from there. "We just look at, when is the moment we can break a team," Fowles said. "We just keep going and we try to find those breaking points where we can get in there and get the job done."
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