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  ABA  



Team Trouble a late entry into ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that "Team Trouble" located in Stockton CA has been added to the record-setting roster of teams set to begin play in November. "We are very excited about adding this team," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman. "It is a well organized existing team with excellent players and outstanding leadership. Their feeling and ours was why wait until next year?"
The team will be owned by James Paul, who played football and basketball for Bear Creek High School in Stockton. After earning his BS in International Business Management from the College of Agriculture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and working with multiple corporations in fresh produce representation, he is currently a Senior Category Manager for Grower Direct Marketing, a large scale international freshy produce supplier.
James is also a very competitive race driver in NASA's Super Unlimited and SCCA's Prototype 1 where he won the SFR SCCA Championship and will be competing for a National Championship Title in 2018 in a no rules, no restrictions format of Extreme Sports Car Racing.
"I am eager and excited to bring my passion to the ABA and the Stockton Community, allowing multitudes of basketball fans in the community an amazing opportunity to enjoy a fast-paced, high Octane professional basketball experience here in their hometown."
For more information, email james@growerdirect.net or call 209 479 8668 or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Zadar inks Luka Bozic - by Eurobasket News

KK Zadar (A1) agreed terms with 21-year old international point guard Luka Bozic (199-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) from KK Zagreb. Bozic has played there for the last three years. In 24 A1 games he was the best scorer with impressive 22.2ppg and averaged 6.8rpg (#4 in the league), 6.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.5spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
His team made it to the Alpe Adria Cup Final Four in 2016.
Bozic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2016 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Bozic represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year.
He has played previously for three other teams: Split, KK_Bjelovar and KK Pula 1981.

KK Zadar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakov Vladovic
Preston Knowles
Mislav Brzoja
Lovre Basic
Luka Bozic
Luka Tomas
Toni Jelenkovic

Forwards:
Ive Ivanov
Filip Kraljevic
Domagoj Vukovic

Centers:
Sime Spralja
Kristijan Krajina

Coach: Aramis Naglic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Croatia



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  AUSTRALIA  


NZ Breakers' coach Paul Henare slams team's performance in 39-point loss - by Eurobasket News

NZ Breakers coach Paul Henare would like to make a public apology to the people of Taranaki for his side's performance against Melbourne United on Tuesday night. New Plymouth's TSB Stadium hosted an Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) pre-season game between the two sides, with Melbourne cruising to a 101-62 win. While he said earlier in the week that the result wasn't their top priority, after the match Henare said the way the team played was a huge concern. "That was unacceptable, and hopefully this team never puts anything close to that on the floor again," he said. The Breakers came into the game after beating Melbourne in Napier on Sunday, but were no match for the league favourites this time around. "Melbourne played well tonight, they came out and made some change defensively and they got after it. But in terms of us turning up, not one of us did and that's a real shame considering the good support we've had here." Led by import guard Casper Ware (178-PG-90, college: Long Beach St.) and big man Josh Boone (208-F/C-84, college: Connecticut), the visitors were a step ahead of the Breakers for much of the game to take a convincing, and rare, victory on New Zealand soil. Boone opened the scoring going 1-2 from the charity stripe after Vukona's first foul, however a hot start from Breakers import guards Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville) and D.J. Newbill (193-G-92, college: Penn St.) putting the home side ahead. It didn't last long though, as Melbourne were able to claim a number of second chance points on largely uncontested offensive rebounds - much to Henare's dismay. From there, it was one-way traffic as the Breakers slumped to a 39-point thrashing. "We got schooled, and hopefully these guys remember that." The Kiwi side were only able to convert on 29 per cent of their shots, had twice as many turnovers as Melbourne, with the visitors also posting 20 more assists than their hosts. Henare said there was not a single positive to take out of Tuesday's game, aside from being able to take the team to a different part of the country. "Maybe the one good thing is that we got our a*** kicked and it is the pre-season. We've got an opportunity to turn a few things around, but they'll be hurting." The Breakers will now look to sort themselves out before their final pre-season game in Tauranga against the Brisbane Bullets on September 27. Their first game of the ANBL season is against the Cairns Taipans in Auckland on October 8.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz




LA Lakers add Bogut to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) added to their roster 33-year old Australian international center Andrew Bogut (213-118kg-84, college: Utah). He played last season at Cleveland Cavaliers. Bogut also played for the Mavericks. In 26 NBA games he recorded 3.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg.
In 2005 Bogut was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks as #1 pick overall. The former University of Utah standoutis in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bogut was voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 2nd Team in 2016.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Bogut has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2004 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Australia at the World Championships U18 in Greece fourteen years ago.
Bogut has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Golden State Warriors) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
On Bogut: A hard worker with a strong commitment to improving his skills. An excellent passer, Andrew will focus on developing his body.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
The MVP of the championship. His parents are from Croatia, which is some sort of explanation to how such talent grew up down under. If for some reason something will go wrong on his route to the NBA, the Croatian passport will surely help him find a good spot in one of the top European teams. Next season he will go to Utah University, in the championship itself he was simply unstoppable, posting double-double already after one half in both Semi Finals and Finals game.
He knows how to use his size in the PF. Very tall and athletic, and although there's no doubt he's the best player in the team, on court he fights like a bull, work with his teammates and make them look much much better. There's no doubt that Bogut was the difference between a nice Australian NT and a gold winning team that routed everyone on the way to the top. All teams focused and tried to stop Bogut. All failed and paid even more because of Bogut's unselfishness.
He got a great mobility in the low post, box him out and he can go out to the high post and the Swish will arrive in less than a second. His shot selection is very good, can hit the three pointer when there's a chance, but he doesn't force it. If you try to stop his outside shot, he can penetrate, on both sides, and mostly finish with 2 points. His rebounding skill is bigger than life, on both ends of the floor, and it's not only a matter of good position. His leap and struggle helps him a lot.
Let's try to impress with titles: 3rd best scorer, best rebounder with 3.7 more rebounds than the runner up, drawn more fouls and made free throws more than anyone else, 10th in blocks, 2nd in 2FG% and first, again by a big margin, in the TENDEX ranking. 22 pts, 18 rbs and 5 assists vs. the USA in the Semi Finals qualifying match, 39 pts & 25 (!!!) rbs in the Semi Finals vs. Croatia and 35 pts & 14 rbs in the finals. What do you say about that?
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Los Angeles Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Corey Brewer
Vander Blue
Jordan Clarkson
Tyler Ennis
Briante Weber
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso
Josh Hart
Lonzo Ball

Forwards:
Luol Deng
Larry Nance_Jr.
Julius Randle
Thomas Bryant
V.J. Beachem
Stephen Zimmerman
Kyle Kuzma
Brandon Ingram

Centers:
Andrew Bogut
Brook Lopez
Ivica Zubac

Coach: Luke Walton

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBA



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Anrijs Miska (ex Viten Fuen.) joins Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) agreed terms with Latvian forward Anrijs Miska (203). He played last season at Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada in Spanish EBA league. In 16 games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.5rpg.
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Miska was tested by Real Madrid (Spain) in Spanish league.
Miska represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP-1 (75.0%), 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 40.0%.
Miska Valmiera/ORDO-2.
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Valmiera.

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Janis Kaufmanis

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons
Anrijs Miska

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



Valmiera inks Eduards Hazners - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) signed 20-year old guard Eduards Hazners (192-97). He played last season at VEF Riga in the LBL. In 14 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Hazners helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Hazners also played 11 games in VTB United League where he recorded just 1.0ppg.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 31.8%, 3PT: 30.2%.
Hazners has played previously for Riga/Pardaugava/Turiba.

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Janis Kaufmanis
Eduards Hazners

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons
Anrijs Miska

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Qualifying Round 1 Best Performance: Egidijus Dimsa - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Egidijus Dimsa (205-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vytautas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Qualifying Round).
He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds for Vytautas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Groningen 77-75. In the team's last game Dimsa had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vytautas' top player in his first season with the team. Dimsa has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Dimsa is in league's top in and averages solid 81.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) of Kalev/Cramo. He is Montenegrin forward in his first season at Kalev/Cramo. In the last game Subotic recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Kalev/Cramo cruised to a 87-79 relatively comfortable win over Karpos Sokoli. Subotic is a newcomer at Kalev/Cramo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) of Dinamo Tbilisi. Tskitishvili scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Tskitishvili's great performance Dinamo Tbilisi lost 60-72 to Joventut.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Oliver (201-G/F-90) of Kapfenberg - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (208-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 14 points and 9 rebounds
6. Patrick Richard (196-G/F-90) of Joventut - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87) of BC Lulea - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Thaddus McFadden (188-G-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nikola Gacesa (206-F-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of Kalev/Cramo - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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)



Review of Opening Leg of Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Groningen - Vytautas 75-77

Vytautas snatched a narrow road win over Groningen in the opener. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-75. Vytautas made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (205-92) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American-Dutch swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) answered with 12 points and 5 assists and American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Groningen. Four Groningen players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Groningen: E.Bruinsma 14+4reb+2ast, B.Curry 12+4reb+4ast, T.Koenis 12+6reb, J.Dourisseau 12+4reb+5ast, D.Pasalic 9+1reb, A.Slagter 5+4ast
Vytautas: E.Dimsa 24+6reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 22+3reb+3ast, J.Sinica 8+3reb+1ast, B.Tinsley 7+3reb+5ast, T.Dimsa 6+2reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 5+4reb
gschID: 550265


Dinamo Tbilisi - Joventut 60-72

Joventut made a big step towards the Second Qualifying Round with a comfortable victory in Tbilisi. Joventut forced 20 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers. American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and FYR Macedonian point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. At the losing side power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Interperformances) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: N.Tskitishvili 23+8reb+1ast, N.Gacesa 17+7reb, L.Patsatsia 5+4reb, I.Londaridze 4+3reb, L.Boyd 3+2reb+4ast, N.Gogodze 2+1reb+1ast
Joventut: P.Richard 20+3reb+2ast, N.Dimitrijevic 13+4reb+4ast, A.Ventura 10+3reb+1ast, S.Birgander 9+7reb, S.Vidal 7+2reb+2ast, J.Jordan 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 550261


Kapfenberg - Benfica 72-75

Benfica topped Kapfenberg on the road for the opening victory. Kapfenberg Bulls trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 30-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. Swingman Jose Silva (194-89) nailed 18 points for the winning side and American point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) accounted for 11 points and 5 rebounds. Benfica's coach used entire bench in such tough game. American swingman Brian Oliver (201-90, college: Seton Hall) came up with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92) added 16 points respectively for Kapfenberg Bulls in the defeat. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: B.Oliver 23+5reb, B.Vujosevic 16+4reb+3ast, J.Rados 10+7reb, M.Stegnjaic 10+9reb+2ast, K.Jamar 9+4reb+4ast, M.Coffin 4+1reb+2ast
Benfica: J.Silva 18+2reb, T.Barroso 12+1reb+3ast, J.Sanders 11+5reb+2ast, A.Robinson 9+2reb+2ast, J.Soares 5+3reb+3ast, A.Slutej 4
gschID: 550267


BC Lulea - Antwerp 79-81

Antwerp inched closer to the next round with a narrow tough road win in Sweden. BC Lulea was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 25-20 charge of Antwerp Giants, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Antwerp Giants especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Hans Vanwijn (205-95) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dennis Donkor (193-91, agency: 3Eye) chipped in 14 points. Antwerp Giants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian forward Yannick Anzuluni (205-87, college: Houghton) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Four BC Lulea players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Lulea: B.Rozzell 20+1reb+1ast, Y.Anzuluni 18+11reb+4ast, A.Ronnqvist 12+3reb, Q.Upshur 11+3reb+1ast, D.Andersson 8+5reb, T.Liden 4+2reb+3ast
Antwerp: D.Donkor 14+2reb+2ast, H.Vanwijn 14+7reb+2ast, Y.Schoepen 10+3reb+2ast, P.Lee 9+1reb+4ast, J.Clark 8+3reb+6ast, A.Marelja 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 550268


Sigal Prishtina - Tsmoki-Minsk 50-57

Tsmoki-Minsk knocked down Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo in the opening leg of the series. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 57-50. Tsmoki-Minsk dominated on the defensive end, holding Sigal Prishtina to just 3 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sigal Prishtina 45-28 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Swedish-American guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91, college: Davidson) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (208-93) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Polish-Kosovan Dardan Berisha (191-88) answered with 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Fisnik Rugova (208-89) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sigal Prishtina. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: D.Berisha 14+4reb+7ast, M.Esho 11+4reb, F.Rugova 8+8reb, A.Veseli 6+5reb, J.Mann 3+1reb+1ast, W.Martin 3+1reb
Tsmoki-Minsk: C.Czerapowicz 18+6reb+1ast, A.Semianiuk 14+9reb, D.Kravish 10+9reb, S.Wiggs 9+2reb, F.Adamovic 4+5reb+5ast, D.Saddler 2+2reb
gschID: 550266


Bosna-Royal - Ludwigsburg 59-85

Ludwigsburg cruised past Bosna-Royal in Game 1. The game without a history. EnBW Ludwigsburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bosna-Royal to just 7 points in second quarter. EnBW Ludwigsburg dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna-Royal's 28 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) who helped to win the game recording 23 points (made all of his seven free throws). Canadian guard Adika Peter-McNeilly (190-93, college: Ryerson) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. American forward DeVon Walker (198-94, college: Troy, agency: AproK Sports Group) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Cory Bradford (191-78, college: Illinois) added 12 points in the effort for Bosna-Royal. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: D.Walker 12+6reb+1ast, C.Bradford 12+2reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 7+1reb+1ast, G.Ikonic 6+1reb, M.Pasajlic 6+1reb+1ast, M.Sturanovic 6+6reb
Ludwigsburg: D.Evans 23+4reb, A.Peter-McNeilly 15+1reb+2ast, D.McCray 11+4reb+1ast, J.Thiemann 10+6reb+1ast, E.Cook 6+1reb+1ast, T.Walkup 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 550263


Karpos Sokoli - Kalev/Cramo 79-87

Kalev/Cramo upset Karpos Sokoli on the road in the opener. Karpos Sokoli was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Kalev/Cramo, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin forward Bojan Subotic (203-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: 3Eye) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 23 points and 6 assists and power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Karpos Sokoli.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: T.McFadden 23+3reb+6ast, K.Nikolovski 16+6reb+2ast, N.Delic 14+4reb, J.Brown 9+6reb+3ast, D.Labovic 5+3reb, Z.Comagic 5+2reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: M.Mazeika 19+2reb+1ast, J.Joesaar 18+7reb+1ast, B.Subotic 15+13reb+5ast, K.Kangur 10+3reb+4ast, S.Sokk 8+7ast, C.Simmons 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 550264


Keravnos - Avtodor 72-83

Avtodor overcame Keravnos to step closer to the next round. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Avtodor looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for guard Branden Frazier (190-92, college: Fordham) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Avtodor's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch., agency: SportsVision-Service) answered with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) added 17 points in the effort for Keravnos. Four Keravnos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: M.Abukar 19+3reb, T.Bussey 17+3reb+2ast, K.Barker 12+6reb+5ast, S.Michail 11+1reb, A.King 8+6reb, C.Davis 3+4reb+1ast
Avtodor: B.Frazier 19+1reb+2ast, M.Downs 10+2reb+4ast, A.Klimenko 9+1reb+1ast, A.Zabelin 9, I.Hummer 9+4reb+1ast, C.Clarke 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 550262





Monaco adds Joseph to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw State) from Entente Orleans 45. In 23 ProA games he recorded 4.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Joseph played at JL Bourg (ProB) where in 21 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the cup.
Joseph has spent his entire career in France playing for five other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Paris Levallois, ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Aix Maurienne and Stade Clermont.
Joseph is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Monaco.
Joseph attended Kennesaw State until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki
Kevin Cham

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Georgi Joseph
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou
Christopher Evans

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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  BELGIUM  


Allemand's 30-point game gives him Top Division I Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Raphael Allemand (185-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ninane and receives a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Ninane in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Houthalen (#14, 0-3) with 25-point margin 95-70. Ninane is placed at 3rd position in Belgian Top Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Ninane will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Allemand had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Ninane and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Raphael Allemand averages just after two games 16.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) of Royal Brussels. He is naturalized Nigerian center in his first season at Royal Brussels. In the last game Enobakhare recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Royal Brussels lost that game 51-69 to Waregem (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Enobakhare is a newcomer at Royal Brussels and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-F/G-85) of league's leader Soba. Gorremans showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Soba, leading his team to a 89-83 win against #4 ranked Spirou B in a game of the week. Soba started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Gorremans turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Gorremans has a great season in Belgium. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Melsele - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Arnaud Piette (206-C-86) of Neufchateau - 19 points and 14 rebounds
6. Nick Celis (196-G-88) of Oxaco - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-PG-97) of Spirou B - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Simon Buysse (193-SF-97) of Gistel Oostende - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robin Mestdagh (195-G/F-88) of Ieper - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Bryan Van Sande (G) of Oxaco - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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



Top Division I Round 3: Soba hands first loss to Spirou B - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in Top Division I and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spirou B (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Soba (3-0) 89-83. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Spirou B won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Soba looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Cuban point guard Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-97) answered with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Spirou B. Soba is looking forward to face Giants B (#12) in Antwerp in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Spirou B will play at home against Houthalen (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Ieper. Gembo BBC (1-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Ieper (1-2) 67-65 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Jens Bouckaert (-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Philippe Peeters helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gembo BBC will play against Gistel Oostende (#7) on the road in the next round. Ieper will have a break next round.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Neufchateau (1-2) and Gistel Oostende (1-1), which took place in Neufchateau. Neufchateau lost at home to Gistel Oostende 64-76 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Luka Kotrulja who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Arnaud Piette came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for Neufchateau in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gistel Oostende will meet at home Gembo BBC (#6) in the next round. Neufchateau will play against Melsele and hope to win that game.
Another upset was a game between Gent Hawks (1-2) and Oxaco (1-1), which took place in Boechout. Gent Hawks lost to Oxaco in a road game 72-90. The best player for the winners was Nick Celis who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Oxaco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Oxaco's next round opponent will be Ninane (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gent Hawks will play against Waregem (#2) and hope to win that game.
The game between Ninane (2-1) and Houthalen (0-3) in Ninane on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Ninane outscored guests from Houthalen 95-70. It was a good game for Raphael Allemand who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 4 assists. Houthalen's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ninane will face Oxaco (#8) in Boechout in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Houthalen will play against Spirou B (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 winless Royal Brussels lost to undefeated Waregem on the road 51-69. Winless Giants B lost to Melsele on its own court 59-75.

Spirou B - Soba 83-89

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Spirou B (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Soba (3-0) 89-83. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Spirou B won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Soba looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Cuban point guard Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-97) answered with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Slovakian center Michal Fusek (224-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Spirou B. Five Soba and four Spirou B players scored in double figures. Soba is looking forward to face Giants B (#12) in Antwerp in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Spirou B will play at home against Houthalen (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Soba: M.Gorremans 29+7reb+4ast, J.Balanga 13+6reb+1ast, A.Goetgeluck 13+11reb+3ast, L.Anthonis 11+2reb, K.van Kempen 10+4reb+8ast, S.Ronge 7+2reb+2ast
Spirou B: S.Casero-Ortiz 25+5reb+4ast, Y.Diop 13+1reb+1ast, M.Fusek 11+9reb, R.Benzouien 11+2reb+5ast, S.Demirtas 9+4ast, W.Robeyns 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 568710


Neufchateau - Gistel Oostende 64-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Neufchateau (1-2) and Gistel Oostende (1-1), which took place in Neufchateau. Neufchateau lost at home to Gistel Oostende 64-76 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 33-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gistel Oostende made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian forward Luka Kotrulja (196-98) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Simon Buysse (193-97) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Gistel Oostende players scored in double figures. Center Arnaud Piette (206-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Nicolas Sturam (180-91) added 15 points respectively for Neufchateau in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gistel Oostende will meet at home Gembo BBC (#6) in the next round. Neufchateau will play against Melsele and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gistel Oostende: L.Kotrulja 19+7reb+3ast, S.Buysse 18+6reb+2ast, T.Vanderhaegen 13+9reb, S.De Vreught 10+5reb+4ast, S.Buysschaert 5+7reb, S.Huurman 5+5reb+1ast
Neufchateau: A.Piette 19+14reb+1ast, M.Dekeyser 16+3reb, N.Sturam 15+3reb+1ast, H.Deneve 4+4reb+2ast, A.Billot 4+4reb, T.Boxus 3+1ast
gschID: 568711


Waregem - Royal Brussels 69-51

No shocking result in a game when Waregem (3-0) beat at home Royal Brussels (0-2) 69-51 on Saturday. The game without a history. Waregem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Royal Brussels outrebounded Waregem 41-23 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) who led his team to a victory with 12 points. Point guard Arne Steinbach (180-92, agency: Court Side) contributed with 7 points for the winners. Waregem's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Nigerian center Leigh Enobakhare (206-86, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds and swingman Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe (193-89, college: Missouri Western, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Royal Brussels. Waregem will face Gent Hawks (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Waregem: B.Guillemyn 12+2reb+1ast, S.Naudts 9+2reb+1ast, T.Bruyneel 8+2reb, D.Daens 8+4reb, L.De Lepeleire 7+4ast, A.Steinbach 7+4reb+3ast
Royal Brussels: L.Enobakhare 21+17reb, T.Beaujean 11+3reb, A.Tuluka-Mfumupembe 8+6reb+1ast, A.Marion 6+3reb+1ast, N.Botuli 3, A.Hall 2+3reb
gschID: 568707


Oxaco - Gent Hawks 90-72

Another upset was a game between Gent Hawks (1-2) and Oxaco (1-1), which took place in Boechout. Gent Hawks lost to Oxaco in a road game 72-90. Gent Hawks were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 33-13 charge of Oxaco, which allowed them to win the game. They made 31-of-41 charity shots (75.6 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Gent Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Nick Celis (196-88) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Bryan Van Sande chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Oxaco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) added 11 points respectively. Five Oxaco and four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Oxaco's next round opponent will be Ninane (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gent Hawks will play against Waregem (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: B.Van Sande 21+7reb+1ast, N.Celis 17+10reb+6ast, M.De Meyer 14+6reb+2ast, M.Van Gelder 11+2reb, S.Van Hoey 11+3reb+3ast, C.Pegg 9+2ast
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 20+5reb, J.Vermoessen 11+4reb+2ast, R.Van den Berghe 10+3reb+1ast, G.De Pooter 10+5reb+1ast, M.Verspeeten 9+2reb+3ast, V.Haerbos 6+5ast
gschID: 568708


Ieper - Gembo BBC 65-67

Important game to mention about took place in Ieper. Gembo BBC (1-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Ieper (1-2) 67-65 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ieper won fourth quarter 29-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gembo BBC forced 22 Ieper turnovers. Ieper was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Jens Bouckaert (-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Swiss center Stan Leemans (205-92, agency: Promotex) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Ieper players scored in double figures. Gembo BBC will play against Gistel Oostende (#7) on the road in the next round. Ieper will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: J.Bouckaert 16+4reb, P.Peeters 12+7reb, B.De Valck 8+6reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 7+3reb+3ast, P.Van Rillaer 7+2reb, A.Vermeersch 7+6reb
Ieper: R.Mestdagh 20+10reb+3ast, R.Spaens 14+2reb+1ast, W.Dobbelaere 13+7reb+1ast, S.Leemans 10+10reb+1ast, A.Schepens 8+6reb+3ast, L.Lambermont 0+4reb+3ast
gschID: 568709


Giants B - Melsele 59-75

Rather expected game when Giants B (0-1) lost to Melsele (2-1) in Antwerp 59-75 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Melsele. Giants B was better in second period 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Melsele forced 25 Giants B turnovers. It was a good game for Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Thomas Lamot (190-87) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Melsele players scored in double figures. Melsele's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Vrenz Bleijenbergh (202-0) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Vincent Peeters (199-99) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Giants B. Melsele will face Neufchateau (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giants B will play against Soba in Antwerpen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Melsele: P.Hilliman 21+10reb+1ast, D.Van den Brande 15+5reb+1ast, I.Perez 11+1reb+4ast, T.Lamot 11+8reb+3ast, S.Caron 7+4reb+1ast, W.Leten 6+9reb+1ast
Giants B: V.Bleijenbergh 15+8reb+1ast, V.Peeters 14+6reb, V.Gielen 10+6reb+1ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 9+2reb+3ast, Y.Braet 6+6reb+1ast, B.Van Den Broek 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 568706


Ninane - Houthalen 95-70

The game between Ninane (2-1) and Houthalen (0-3) in Ninane on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Ninane outscored guests from Houthalen 95-70. The game without a history. Ninane led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 29 Houthalen turnovers. Strangely Houthalen outrebounded Ninane 47-28 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Houthalen's players. It was a good game for point guard Raphael Allemand (185-93) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 4 assists. Romain Fassotte (190-91) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Center Toon Ceyssens (205-97) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and Leander Dedroog added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Houthalen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Houthalen's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ninane will face Oxaco (#8) in Boechout in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Houthalen will play against Spirou B (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ninane: R.Allemand 30+4reb+4ast, R.Fassotte 17+6reb+4ast, X.Colette 13+5reb+2ast, S.Maio 10+1reb+4ast, J.Dedave 9+2reb, Y.Moray 8+6reb+7ast
Houthalen: K.Bormans 15+3reb, L.Dedroog 13+6reb+1ast, T.Ceyssens 11+12reb, C.Koonings 10+3reb+2ast, B.Maesen 6+6reb+3ast, V.Jatulevicius 4+3reb
gschID: 568705





Staphon Blair (ex Aalstar) signs at Ibar Rozaje - by Darko Pekic

KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) landed 24-year old American forward Staphon Blair (206-118kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He played most recently at Crelan Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Euromillions League. In 31 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Blair has played also professionally in ABL (Orlando Whalers).
He attended University of Central Florida until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

KK Ibar Rozaje roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Christavious Gill

Forwards:
Staphon Blair
Vladimir Tomasevic

Center:
Boris Jeknic

Coach: Mladen Ostojic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Prijedor adds Vujmilovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

KK Prijedor (1. Liga RS) added to their roster 19-year old guard Nemanja Vujmilovic (193-98). He has played for the last three seasons at the junior team of Rookie in the D2 Bosnian League.

KK Prijedor roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Srdjan Stakic
Aleksandar Ivetic
Nemanja Vujmilovic

Forward:
Nemanja Bilanovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ivetic is back at Prijedor - by Eurobasket News

KK Prijedor (1. Liga RS) signed 23-year old guard Aleksandar Ivetic (196-94). It is actually his comeback to Prijedor as he has played here before. Ivetic has played for the last two seasons at Mladost in the Division I. In 24 games he had 4.7ppg and 1.0rpg last season. 1. Liga RS will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ivetic's team was regular season runner-up in Bosnia and Herzegovina League in 2016.
He has played previously for Borac Banja Luka.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina adds Baricanin to their roster - by Eurobasket News

KK Radnik Bn Basket Bijeljina (1. Liga RS) added to their roster 21-year old Bosnian center Aleksandar Baricanin (208-96). The last time (15) he played at Formia Meta in Italian Serie C Gold.
Baricanin has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Bosna-Royal).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Oliveira comes back to Caxias do Sul - by Paulo Freire

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old small forward Alex Oliveira (196-83). It is actually his comeback to Caxias do Sul as he has played here before. Oliveira played last season at Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (NBB). In 28 games he recorded 5.8ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Oliveira played at Caxias do Sul where in 31 NBB games he averaged 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Oliveira's team was regular season runner-up in Paulista League in 2013. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League 2nd Team back in 2013.
Oliveira has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for seven other teams: Minas, Paschoalotto/Bauru, Paulistano, Sao Caetano, Sao Caetano, Sao Jose/Vinac and Sao Caetano.

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Caue Freitas
Fernando Buboltz

Forwards:
Alex Oliveira
Dida Bellato

Coach: Rodrigo Barbosa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sommer's double-double lands him Paulista Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Eduardo Sommer (204-F-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for Paulistano and receives a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed America (#7, 2-8) with 51-point margin 109-58. Paulistano maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian Paulista. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Paulistano will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Sommer as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Sommer has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 6.6rpg).

Second best performed player last round was William Drudi (206-F/C-81) of Osasco B.. He is former international forward in his first season at Osasco B.. In the last game Drudi recorded impressive 21 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Osasco B. was edged by the higher-ranked Bauru (#5, 6-5) 67-66. Osasco B. are still at the very bottom. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Osasco B. managed to get this year. Drudi is a newcomer at Osasco B. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Paulistano's star - guard Kyle Fuller (185-PG-92). Fuller scored 27 points. He was another key player of Paulistano, helping his team with a 109-58 easy win against the lower-ranked America (#7, 2-8). Paulistano needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Fuller has a very solid season. In 4 games in Brazil he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lucas Dias Silva (209-F-95) of Paulistano - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Caio Silveira (211-C-87) of Mogi - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Yago Dos Santos (178-PG-99) of Paulistano - 5 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Anton Cook (188-G-95) of L.Sorocaba - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Ygor Viana (208-C-86) of America - 17 points and 13 rebounds

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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Tofas sign Andrew Rautins - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tofas Bursa (BSL) signed 31-year old Canadian ex-international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86kg-86, college: Syracuse). He has played for the last two seasons at Gaziantep Basketbol in the BSL. In 30 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Rautins also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 he was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (38th overall). The former Syracuse University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Big East Regular Season in 2010. Rautins was also voted Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention in 2016.
He was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Rautins played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg.
Rautins is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Spain (HLA Alicante), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Rautins could be described: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
He is always active without the ball, constantly running through and around screens to free himself open More than just a 3 point specialist, it's his play making abilities that make him a well rounded player He has an excellent basketball IQ, along with tremendous court vision, his passing skills can sometimes go overlooked When he does have an open lane to penetrate, Andy has the ability to take it, and set up his teammates for easy baskets.
He lacks athleticism, size and strength, which hurt him on both ends when comparing him to other shooting guards at the next level He does not have the quickest first step, which really makes him nothing more than catch and shoot threat when it comes to scoring
.

Tofas Bursa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sammy Mejia
Baris Ermis
Andrew Rautins
Pierria Henry
Kadir Bayram
Yigit Arslan

Forwards:
Caner Topaloglu
Raymar Morgan
Tony Crocker
Kenny Kadji
Berkan Durmaz

Centers:
Josh Owens
Muhsin Yasar

Coach: Orhun Ene

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Trevante Drye (ex Stockolmo) is a newcomer at CD Castro - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportes Castro (Liga Nacional) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Trevante Drye (199-102kg-93, college: Tulane). He played last summer at Stockolmo in Uruguayan Metropolitan. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 14.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.1spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention.
The most of last season Drye spent at Sayago (LUB) in Uruguayan league where in 25 games he averaged remarkable 19.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention. Drye also played that season for Union in Argentinian LUB. In 7 games he had 7.4ppg and 4.0rpg.
Drye has played previously professionally also in Finland (Oulun NMKY).
He attended Tulane University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Latinbasket.com All-Costa Rican LBS Awards 2017 - by Mike Amico

Latinbasket.com All-Costa Rican LBS 1st Team 2017
Dashaun Wiggins
Wiggins
Cory Bradford
Bradford
Amir Alvarado
Alvarado
Amaurys Ripool
Ripool
Duelle Gore
Gore

Finals MVP: Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91) of ARBA
Player of the Year: Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91) of ARBA
Guard of the Year: Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Liberia
Forward of the Year: Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) of Barva
Center of the Year: Ty Armstrong (206-F-91) of ARBA
Domestic Player of the Year: Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) of Barva
Import Player of the Year: Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91) of ARBA

1st Team
PG: Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91) of ARBA
G: Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Liberia
G: Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) of Barva
PF: Amaurys Ripool (196-F-86) of ARBA
F/C: Duelle Gore (196-G/F) of Grecia

Honorable Mention
Kay Martinez (198-G-84) of Escazu
Marquis Aaron (196-F) of Grecia
Georgio Milligan (187-PG-90) of Grecia
Daniel Shedden (190-PF-96) of Liberia
Ty Armstrong (206-F-91) of ARBA
Isaac Conejo (182-G-94) of ARBA
Mike Jackson (190-G-87) of Escazu
Julius Brooks (206-F/C-90) of Escazu
Issac Mack (184-G-92) of Barva
Rohel Wilson (197-F/C-89) of Escazu

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Kay Martinez (198-G-84) of Escazu
PG: Georgio Milligan (187-PG-90) of Grecia
PF: Daniel Shedden (190-PF-96) of Liberia
G: Isaac Conejo (182-G-94) of ARBA
G: Mike Jackson (190-G-87) of Escazu
F/C: Rohel Wilson (197-F/C-89) of Escazu

All-Imports Team
G: Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91) of ARBA
F: Amaurys Ripool (196-F-86) of ARBA
G: Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Liberia
G/F: Duelle Gore (196-G/F) of Grecia
SF: Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) of Barva



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  CROATIA  


Zadar inks versatile Luka Bozic (ex-Zagreb) - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar added fire power to its backcourt by inking versatile Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) to a two-year deal, the club announced.
Bozic arrives from Zagreb, where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one, Bozic averaged league-leadings 22.2 points and 6.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds (ranked fourth) and 1.5 steals in 24 Croatian A1 League games. Bozic grew up with Bjelovar, where he played before moving to Zagreb. He was a member of all youth Croatian National teams and won bronze medal at U18 European Championship in Turkey in 2014 and silver medal at U19 World Championship in Greece in 2015.



Zadar inks Luka Bozic - by Eurobasket News

KK Zadar (A1) agreed terms with 21-year old international point guard Luka Bozic (199-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) from KK Zagreb. Bozic has played there for the last three years. In 24 A1 games he was the best scorer with impressive 22.2ppg and averaged 6.8rpg (#4 in the league), 6.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.5spg last season. Quite impressive year as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
His team made it to the Alpe Adria Cup Final Four in 2016.
Bozic has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2016 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Bozic represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year.
He has played previously for three other teams: Split, KK_Bjelovar and KK Pula 1981.

KK Zadar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakov Vladovic
Preston Knowles
Mislav Brzoja
Lovre Basic
Luka Bozic
Luka Tomas
Toni Jelenkovic

Forwards:
Ive Ivanov
Filip Kraljevic
Domagoj Vukovic

Centers:
Sime Spralja
Kristijan Krajina

Coach: Aramis Naglic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CYPRUS  


Michalis Mythillos (ex Apoel) signs at Apollon Kalamarias - by Chris Mammides

MGS Apollon Kalamarias (C) landed 19-year old Cypriot guard Michalis Mythillos (190-98). He was about to sign at Apoel in Cypriot Division A. Mythillos has played there for the last three years. The last season he played also at Apoel (also in Division A). But in 8 games he averaged just 1.0ppg. Mythillos helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Despite young age Mythillos had impressive career. Mythillos' team won Cypriot Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Newcomers Team award in 2016.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg.

MGS Apollon Kalamarias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michalis Mythillos
Dimitris Kesidis

Forward:
Polys Georgiadis

Center:
Christos Hatzidis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Apoel adds Fleming to their roster, ex Iskra Svit - by Eurobasket News

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) added to their roster American forward Josh Fleming (198, college: Ferris State). He played last season at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league. In 43 games he had 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2apg. Fleming helped them to make it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won GLIAC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Fleming was also voted All-GLIAC 2nd Team in 2015 and 2016.
He graduated from Ferris State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Michalis Mythillos
Victor Ieronymides

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Champions League: Avtodor open campaign with win in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - Avtodor 72:83

Avtodor Saratov got to the winning start of their Basketball Champions League campaign. They beat Keravanos in Nicosia in the Qualifying Round opener. Branden Frazier (190-G-92, college: Fordham) scored 19 points to lead the Russian team.
Keravnos sank 25 points in the first term to take a 3-point lead. But Avtodor quickly erased the deficit in the second period. The Saratov team ensured a 45:43 halftime lead. Keravnos pulled within a single point at the final intermission. But Avtodor used a 19:9 run in the fourth period and sealed the road win at the end. Micah Downs (195-G/F-86, college: Gonzaga) produced 10 points, while Hummer, Klimenko and Artem Zabelin (215-F/C-88) delivered 9 points each for the winners. Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) replied with 19 points for Keravnos. Tre Bussey (190-G-91, college: Georgia South) had 17 points in the loss.



Apoel announces American players - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

With Antonis Konstantinides on the bench and in an effort to make a strong comeback this year, Apoel announces 4 promising American players.

Harris Diamontre.
Harris was born in 1991, is 2.09 cm tall and plays the Center position.

Josh Fleming.
Josh plays the guard position and was born in 1993. He is 1.98 cm tall.

Ashton Moore.
Ashton was also born in 1993, is 1.83 cm tall and also plays the guard position.

Justin Baker.
Justin is 2.01 cm tall, was born in 1989 and plays the power forward and center position.

Along with Vasilis Kounas, Tolis Kaskiris, Grigoris Pantouris, Andreas Pilavas, Victor Ieronymides and Chris Karapatakis Apoel's team will definitely battle for the title.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


CEZ Nymburk and Jindrichov Hradec celebrate latest victories - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk edged Steauu Bukurest 100-84 in the tournament in Poland. Kendrick Ray (188-G-94, college: Kennesaw St., agency: Pensack Sports) was unstoppable with 32 points, while Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) nailed 19. Martin Peterka (205-C-95) poured in 13 and Barac followed them with 10. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 23 in a loss and Taylor scored 16.
Jindrichov Hradec overcame Iskra Svit 93:84. The team from Czech Republic posted a 20-15 lead in the start of the game and added a 22-19 rally in the second frame. Moreover they won the third stanza 21-19 as both teams nailed 31 points each in the last period for the final result. Marko Radonjic (191-PG-93) scored 23 points in the losing effort and Jackson posted 17.



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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Wolfpac.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Stanionis, Wolfpac.21.0 
 2. Akoon-P., Bakken17.0 
 3. Wiggins, Bakken16.0 
 4. Vinson, Wo.16.0 
 5. Darboe, Bakken13.0 
 6. Crockett, Bakken9.0 
 7. Thomann, Bakken8.0 
 8. Moss, Wo.7.0 
 9. Jukic, Bakken6.0 
 10. Iversen, Bakken5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Wo.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Vinson, Wo.10.0 
 2. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 3. Berg, Bakken7.0 
 4. Stroeh, Wo.5.0 
 5. Darboe, Bakken5.0 
 6. Moss, Wo.5.0 
 7. Diouf, Bakken5.0 
 8. Stanionis, Wolfpac.4.0 
 9. Crockett, Bakken4.0 
 10. Wiggins, Bakken4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sylvester BERG
  Bakken
  (201-F-98)
  Avg: 5
 1. Berg, Bakken5.0 
 2. Wiggins, Bakken4.0 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken3.0 
 4. Hansen, Wo.2.0 
 5. Darboe, Bakken2.0 
 6. Moss, Wo.2.0 
 7. Stroeh, Wo.1.0 
 8. Martin, Wo.1.0 
 9. Ishoi, Wo.1.0 
 10. Vaskys, Wo.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Wolfpac.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stanionis, Wolfpac.3.0 
 2. Vinson, Wo.2.0 
 3. Jukic, Bakken2.0 
 4. Brooks, Wo.1.0 
 5. Hansen, Wo.1.0 
 6. Tamjidi, Wo.1.0 
 7. Akoon-P., Bakken1.0 
 8. Berg, Bakken1.0 
 9. Darboe, Bakken1.0 
 10. Diouf, Bakken0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Bakken
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diouf, Bakken2.0 
 2. Jukic, Bakken0.0 
 3. Iversen, Bakken0.0 
 4. Vinson, Wo.0.0 
 5. Ishoi, Wo.0.0 
 6. Thomann, Bakken0.0 
 7. Hoeier, Wo.0.0 
 8. Stroeh, Wo.0.0 
 9. Hansen, Wo.0.0 
 10. Sahlertz, Bakken0.0 



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Partizan lands Patrick Miller, ex Leones SD - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed 25-year old American point guard Patrick Miller (185-86kg-92, college: Tennessee State). He played in the summer at Leones de Santo Domingo in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 24 games he averaged impressive 18.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 6.3apg (top 2). Miller helped them to make it to the final. The last season he played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 42 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Miller was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in second round (28th overall).
The former Tennessee State standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Miller won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Miller has played previously professionally in Turkey (Besiktas and Yesilgiresun Bld) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Miller
Slobodan Jovanovic
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Nigel Williams-Goss
Aleksandar Aranitovic

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Novica Velickovic
Strahinja Gavrilovic
Mihajlo Andric
Nikola Tanaskovic

Centers:
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ECUADOR  


National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Iccan and Barcelona record victories - by Eurobasket News

Iccan - Leones 79-64

Iccan toppled Leones to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Iccan. Leones managed to win fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Leones' 30 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The former international center Carlos Carcelen (202-81) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) chipped in 17 points. Four Iccan players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Corbin Jackson (203-92, college: Florida Tech) responded with 14 points and international guard William-Daniel Guayaquil (183-93) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Iccan: C.Carcelen 25+2reb, J.Centeno 17+1reb+1ast, C.Silva 15+2ast, J.Herrera 10+4reb+1ast, E.Caicedo 5+1reb, J.Porozo 5+3reb
Leones: C.Jackson 14+2reb, W.Daniel Guayaquil 11+1ast, A.Conchambay 10+2reb, J.Vargas 9+3reb, M.Gordon 8, C.Cortez 6+1ast
gschID: 572327


Barcelona - Piratas 93-70

Barcelona overcame Piratas in the opener. It looked good early as Piratas took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Barcelona had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Piratas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-93. Barcelona made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Piratas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Raul Cardenas (190-82, college: Faulkner) nailed 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Sam Prescott (190-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) accounted for 24 points and 5 rebounds. Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) added 15 points respectively for Piratas in the defeat. Four Piratas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: R.Cardenas 27+6reb+3ast, S.Prescott 24+5reb+3ast, M.Cairo 15+11reb+2ast, K.Bowman 9+4reb+2ast, D.Henry 7+2reb, E.Bernal 6+4reb
Piratas: R.Perez 18+9reb+1ast, C.Delgado 15+2reb+1ast, W.Clayton 11+6reb+1ast, P.Cano 11+4reb+2ast, C.Malatay 7+2reb+1ast, A.Torres 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 572326





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  EL SALVADOR  


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

Forward Joe Reid (200-F) had a great game in the last round for Arcense and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 50 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Santiagueno (#13, 2-16) with 22-point margin 129-107. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Arcense maintains the 10th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Reid had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Arcense's top player in his first season with the team. Shaw University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Reid is in league's top in points (9th best: 27.5ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of league's second-best Halcones. He is Puerto Rican guard in his first season at Halcones. In the last game Ruiz recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Halcones cruised to a 101-94 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Isidro Metapan (#6, 11-7). Halcones' second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 15 matches. Ruiz is a newcomer at Halcones and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 11.1rpg and 6.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Arcense's star - forward Jovany Austin (201-F-92). Austin showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Arcense, helping his team with a 129-107 easy win against the lower-ranked Santiagueno (#13, 2-16). Arcense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Austin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Austin has individually a great season in El Salvador. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Williams (196-PF) of Santiagueno - 27 points and 19 rebounds
5. Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of El Rapido - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of Santiagueno - 42 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tahj Wells (208-C-89) of Halcones - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Elder Gimenez (186-F-91) of Isidro Metapan - 36 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Raymond Miller claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Quezaltepeque and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 24 points and twenty four rebounds, while his team outclassed Giants (#12, 2-16) with 47-point margin 105-58. Quezaltepeque maintains the 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quezaltepeque will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. Miller turned to be Quezaltepeque's top player in his first season with the team. California State University, Fullerton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 16.2rpg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 51.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-G-92) of second-ranked Halcones. Ruiz impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 35 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Halcones cruised to a 89-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked 11 Lobos (#11, 2-15). Halcones' second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 15 matches. Ruiz is a newcomer at Halcones and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 11.1rpg and 6.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco (#5). Blake got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Brujos Izalco, leading his team to a 103-86 easy win against the lower-ranked Santiagueno (#13, 2-16). Brujos Izalco needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 7 lost games. Blake has a great season in El Salvador. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.6ppg (8th best). He also has 3.1spg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slim Magee (211-C-89) of Isidro Metapan - 22 points and 24 rebounds
5. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of Canarios - 15 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Eddie Ishman (196-F) of Canarios - 25 points and 14 rebounds
8. Edwin Mijares (186-G-94) of Isidro Metapan - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Tahj Wells (208-C-89) of Halcones - 19 points and 15 rebounds
10. Maurice Williams (196-PF) of Santiagueno - 22 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Liga MB Round 24: Quezaltepeque lose to El Rapido - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets.

The most important game in the last round took place in La Union between third ranked Quezaltepeque (13-6) and ninth ranked El Rapido (9-9) on Sunday night. Quezaltepeque was defeated by El Rapido on the road 78-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. El Rapido looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for Cuban center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) contributed with 29 points and 4 assists for the winners. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) replied with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Quezaltepeque. El Rapido moved-up to eighth place. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. El Rapido will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Arcense and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Santa Ana (10-7) which hosted 4th ranked Brujos Izalco (11-7). Seventh ranked Santa Ana crushed visitors 93-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and Alexander Ruano who added 33 points (!!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Santa Ana maintains seventh position with 10-7 record. Brujos Izalco at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Isidro Metapan. Santa Ana will play against league's second-placed Halcones in Sonzacate in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Brujos Izalco will play on the road against Arcense in San Salvador and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Metapan was also quite interesting. Second ranked Halcones (15-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Isidro Metapan (11-7). Halcones managed to secure a 7-point victory 101-94 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. The winners were led by Jared Ruiz who had that evening a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Elder Gimenez did not help to save the game for Isidro Metapan. Halcones have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Loser Isidro Metapan keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Brujos Izalco. Halcones will meet Santa Ana (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Isidro Metapan will play against Santiagueno and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 24 Arcense smashed Santiagueno on the road 129-107.

El Rapido - Quezaltepeque 89-78

The most important game in the last round took place in La Union between third ranked Quezaltepeque (13-6) and ninth ranked El Rapido (9-9) on Sunday night. Quezaltepeque was defeated by El Rapido on the road 78-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. El Rapido looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for Cuban center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) contributed with 29 points and 4 assists for the winners. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) replied with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Luis Portal (186-86) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Quezaltepeque. El Rapido moved-up to eighth place. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. El Rapido will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Arcense and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 34+7reb+4ast, L.Portal 14+4reb+4ast, R.Miller 10+11reb, R.Miranda 7+1reb+1ast, H.Landaverde 6+1reb+1ast, J.Maria Rivas 5+1reb+1ast
El Rapido: O.Oliva 29+3reb+4ast, E.Montano 22+8reb+4ast, Y.Cubillas 19+14reb+4ast, M.Aguilar 8+6reb+6ast, M.Benavides 7+1reb+3ast, J.Avila 4+6reb
gschID: 553739


Isidro Metapan - Halcones 94-101

The game in Metapan was also quite interesting. Second ranked Halcones (15-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Isidro Metapan (11-7). Halcones managed to secure a 7-point victory 101-94 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Isidro Metapan's 36. The winners were led by Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Puerto Rican guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) supported him with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) did not help to save the game for Isidro Metapan. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) added 23 points, 8 assists and 6 steals. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. Halcones have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Loser Isidro Metapan keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Brujos Izalco. Halcones will meet Santa Ana (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Isidro Metapan will play against Santiagueno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 36+8reb+2ast, E.Mijares 23+4reb+8ast, J.Colorado 23+3reb+3ast, S.Magee 10+9reb, M.Artiga 2+7reb+4ast, H.Navas 0
Halcones: J.Ruiz 36+10reb+7ast, C.Duran 27+8reb+5ast, T.Wells 26+10reb+2ast, A.Merino 4, M.Flores 3+1ast, J.Angulo 2+3reb
gschID: 553737


Santa Ana - Brujos Izalco 93-68

Another interesting game for Santa Ana (10-7) which hosted 4th ranked Brujos Izalco (11-7). Seventh ranked Santa Ana crushed visitors 93-68. Santa Ana players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Alexander Ruano (170-85) who added 33 points (!!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) with 28 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Carleton Coleman (203, college: La Sierra) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Santa Ana maintains seventh position with 10-7 record. Brujos Izalco at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Isidro Metapan. Santa Ana will play against league's second-placed Halcones in Sonzacate in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Brujos Izalco will play on the road against Arcense in San Salvador and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 28+6reb+2ast, R.Mendez 16+6reb+3ast, C.Coleman 14+15reb, J.Loucel 4+4reb+1ast, A.Alas 4+5reb, R.Palma 2+3reb+6ast
Santa Ana: A.Ruano 33+1reb+3ast, T.Dowdell 26+12reb+3ast, M.Ramos 10+6reb+11ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 9+19reb+2ast, I.Sandoval 5+2reb+2ast, E.Guevara 2
gschID: 553716


Santiagueno - Arcense 107-129

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Arcense's (4-11) road victory over bottom-ranked Santiagueno (2-16) 129-107 on Sunday. Arcense shot 60.2 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Santiagueno turnovers and had a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Arcense looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by forward Joe Reid (200, college: Shaw) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and forward Jovany Austin (201-92, college: W.Georgia) supported him with 29 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 42 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) did not help to save the game for Santiagueno. Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) added 27 points and 19 rebounds. Five Arcense and four Santiagueno players scored in double figures. Santiagueno's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Arcense maintains tenth position with 4-11 record. Santiagueno lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Giants. Arcense will meet higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santiagueno will play against Isidro Metapan (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 42+6reb+5ast, M.Williams 27+19reb+1ast, S.Esperanza 18+4reb+3ast, B.Castellon 16+3reb+4ast, E.Amaya 3+1reb+3ast, M. Amaya 1+7reb+1ast
Arcense: J.Reid 50+12reb+1ast, J.Austin 29+18reb+5ast, M.Lahud 18+6reb+6ast, J.Tochez 15+7reb+4ast, M.Wilson 15+5reb+11ast, M.Rivas 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553731





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  ESTONIA  


RETAbet Bilbao Basket tabs Mickell Gladness, ex Kalev/Cramo - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) inked 31-year old American center Mickell Gladness (211-104kg-86). He played most recently at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. Gladness managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 28 Alexela KML games he averaged 6.2ppg and 5.4rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Estonian All-Star Game. Gladness also played 7 games in Baltic League where he had 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Gladness contributed to 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5bpg.
Gladness ended the previous (2015-16) season at San Lorenzo in Argentinian LigaA. In three games he got 6.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0bpg. But the most of that year he spent at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel. In 21 games he got 5.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6bpg.
Gladness has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he received All-SWAC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2007 and 2008.
Gladness is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Gladness has played previously professionally in Australia (Townsville Crocodiles), Holland (M.Magixx), New Zealand (Rams), NBA (Orlando Magic) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Reno Bighorns).

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Javier Salgado
Ricardo Fischer
Shane Hammink
Agustin Sans
Aitor Zubizarreta
Lucio Redivo
Jon Betolaza
Joseba Estalayo

Forwards:
Alex Mumbru
Axel Hervelle
Pere Tomas
Dejan Todorovic
Vasilije Vucetic
Jameel McKay
Borja Mendia
Unai Mendikote

Centers:
Mickell Gladness
Tim Kempton

Coach: Carles Duran

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROCUP  


Tofas sign Andrew Rautins - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tofas Bursa (BSL) signed 31-year old Canadian ex-international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86kg-86, college: Syracuse). He has played for the last two seasons at Gaziantep Basketbol in the BSL. In 30 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Rautins also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 he was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (38th overall). The former Syracuse University staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Big East Regular Season in 2010. Rautins was also voted Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention in 2016.
He was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Rautins played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg.
Rautins is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Spain (HLA Alicante), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Rautins could be described: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
He is always active without the ball, constantly running through and around screens to free himself open More than just a 3 point specialist, it's his play making abilities that make him a well rounded player He has an excellent basketball IQ, along with tremendous court vision, his passing skills can sometimes go overlooked When he does have an open lane to penetrate, Andy has the ability to take it, and set up his teammates for easy baskets.
He lacks athleticism, size and strength, which hurt him on both ends when comparing him to other shooting guards at the next level He does not have the quickest first step, which really makes him nothing more than catch and shoot threat when it comes to scoring
.

Tofas Bursa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sammy Mejia
Baris Ermis
Andrew Rautins
Pierria Henry
Kadir Bayram
Yigit Arslan

Forwards:
Caner Topaloglu
Raymar Morgan
Tony Crocker
Kenny Kadji
Berkan Durmaz

Centers:
Josh Owens
Muhsin Yasar

Coach: Orhun Ene

By Eurobasket Data Center

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RETAbet Bilbao Basket tabs Mickell Gladness, ex Kalev/Cramo - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) inked 31-year old American center Mickell Gladness (211-104kg-86). He played most recently at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. Gladness managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 28 Alexela KML games he averaged 6.2ppg and 5.4rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Estonian All-Star Game. Gladness also played 7 games in Baltic League where he had 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Gladness contributed to 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5bpg.
Gladness ended the previous (2015-16) season at San Lorenzo in Argentinian LigaA. In three games he got 6.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0bpg. But the most of that year he spent at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel. In 21 games he got 5.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6bpg.
Gladness has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he received All-SWAC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2007 and 2008.
Gladness is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Gladness has played previously professionally in Australia (Townsville Crocodiles), Holland (M.Magixx), New Zealand (Rams), NBA (Orlando Magic) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Reno Bighorns).

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Javier Salgado
Ricardo Fischer
Shane Hammink
Agustin Sans
Aitor Zubizarreta
Lucio Redivo
Jon Betolaza
Joseba Estalayo

Forwards:
Alex Mumbru
Axel Hervelle
Pere Tomas
Dejan Todorovic
Vasilije Vucetic
Jameel McKay
Borja Mendia
Unai Mendikote

Centers:
Mickell Gladness
Tim Kempton

Coach: Carles Duran

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Partizan lands Patrick Miller, ex Leones SD - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed 25-year old American point guard Patrick Miller (185-86kg-92, college: Tennessee State). He played in the summer at Leones de Santo Domingo in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 24 games he averaged impressive 18.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 6.3apg (top 2). Miller helped them to make it to the final. The last season he played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 42 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Miller was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in second round (28th overall).
The former Tennessee State standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Miller won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Miller has played previously professionally in Turkey (Besiktas and Yesilgiresun Bld) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Miller
Slobodan Jovanovic
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Nigel Williams-Goss
Aleksandar Aranitovic

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Novica Velickovic
Strahinja Gavrilovic
Mihajlo Andric
Nikola Tanaskovic

Centers:
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Egidijus Mockevicius signs at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) landed 25-year old Lithuanian international center Egidijus Mockevicius (208-102kg-92, college: Evansville). He played most recently at Long Island Nets (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 35 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.5apg last season. Mockevicius also spent pre-season at the Nets in NBA that year.
Among other achievements he played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2016. Mockevicius received also All-MVC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Mockevicius has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian senior team this year and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Mockevicius represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 42.9%.
Mockevicius has played previously for four other Lithuania teams: Zalgiris, Dailes Akademija, S.Marciulionio KA-Himeja-Caparol Vilnius and Siaures Lietuva.
He attended University of Evansville until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mindaugas Lukauskis
Jimmy Baron
Chris Kramer
Margiris Normantas
Domantas Vilys

Forwards:
Rokas Giedraitis
Robert Carter
Arnas Berucka
Deividas Sirvydis
Arturas Jomantas
Marc_Antonio Carter
Ben Madgen

Centers:
Travis Peterson
Egidijus Mockevicius
Martynas Echodas

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Navarro signs new ten-year contract with Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona officially announced that longtime team captain Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80) signed a new, ten-year deal with the club. 'La Bomba' will continue hooping in the upcoming season and with the completion of 2017/2018, the club and himself will agree on whether he will continue as a player or assume a new role within the organization. Navarro, 37, debuted with Barcelona's senior squad back in 1997 and has been playing for the team ever since, excluding a one-year stint in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies during 2007-2008. He's been a two-time EuroLeague winner (2003, 2010), eight-time Spanish League champion and six-time Spanish Copa Del Rey winner with the Blaugrana. Last Sunday, Navarro announced his retirement from the Spanish national team after 17 years full of distinctions and no less than ten medals in international competitions.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Ivan Martinez agreed terms with Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old swingman Ivan Martinez (192-90). The last season Martinez played at CB Granada (LEB Silver). In 15 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg (in top 5).
Among other achievements his team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2013 and 2015.
Martinez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Martinez has played previously for five other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Tarragona, Palencia_Baloncesto, Promobys Tijola and Clinicas Rincon.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Daniel Bordignon

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Heat's Goran Dragic retiring from Slovenia team - by Eurobasket News

NBA guard Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) has confirmed he is retiring from the Slovenia team that won the European basketball championship. Dragic says on Tuesday, "I achieved what I wanted, the gold medal, and this is the right time to bid farewell." The 31-year-old Dragic led Slovenia with 35 points to beat Serbia 93-85 in the final on Sunday in Istanbul, earning the MVP award. He says Slovenia's qualifying campaign for the 2019 world championship will start in November, and it would be impossible for him to play due to his professional duties with the Miami Heat in the NBA. Tens of thousands of jubilant Slovenes greeted the new European champions on Monday in the capital of Ljubljana.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tre DEMPS
  Mons-Hai.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 27
 1. Demps, Mons-Hai.27.0 
 2. Green, Mons-Hai.23.0 
 3. Jenkins, KR22.0 
 4. Stefansson, KR15.0 
 5. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut13.0 
 6. Reddic, Mons-Hai.12.0 
 7. Bjornsson, KR11.0 
 8. Ermolinskij, KR10.0 
 9. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut9.0 
 10. Thorvaldsson, KR5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 16
 1. Jenkins, KR16.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut13.0 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR9.0 
 4. Green, Mons-Hai.7.0 
 5. Demps, Mons-Hai.6.0 
 6. Stefansson, KR5.0 
 7. Thorvaldsson, KR4.0 
 8. Reddic, Mons-Hai.3.0 
 9. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut2.0 
 10. Francois, Mons-Hai.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Mons-Hainaut
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
 2. Stefansson, KR5.0 
 3. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
 4. Green, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 5. Ermolinskij, KR4.0 
 6. Hilmarsson, KR3.0 
 7. Kristjansson, KR2.0 
 8. Jenkins, KR2.0 
 9. Mortant, Mons-Hai.2.0 
 10. Thorvaldsson, KR1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Juvonte REDDIC
  Mons-Hai.
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Reddic, Mons-Hai.3.0 
 2. Lemaire, Mons-Hai.2.0 
 3. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut1.0 
 4. Stefansson, KR1.0 
 5. Mortant, Mons-Hai.1.0 
 6. Hilmarsson, KR1.0 
 7. Bjornsson, KR1.0 
 8. Houdart, Mons-Hai.1.0 
 9. Jenkins, KR0.0 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Mons-Hainaut
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut3.0 
 2. Reddic, Mons-Hai.1.0 
 3. Jenkins, KR1.0 
 4. Green, Mons-Hai.0.0 
 5. Ermolinskij, KR0.0 
 6. Lemaire, Mons-Hai.0.0 
 7. Demps, Mons-Hai.0.0 
 8. Kristjansson, KR0.0 
 9. Bjornsson, KR0.0 
 10. Hilmarsson, KR0.0 



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  FINLAND  


Marcus Van (ex Korihait) signs at Terceira - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Terceira Basket SUSIARTE (LPB) landed 30-year old American power forward Marcus Van (201-100kg-87, college: Cent.Michigan). He has played for the last three years at Korihait in Finnish Korisliiga. In 35 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 10.5rpg (leader !!!), 1.2apg and 1.1bpg last season.
Among other achievements Van won Finnish 1st Division Division A championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Van is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (ALS Basket), Germany (ETB Wohnbau), Iceland (Njardvik), Ireland (UCC Demons) and Spain (Cordoba).
Van attended Central Michigan University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

Terceira Basket SUSIARTE roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nuno Morais
Dillon Graham
Isaiah Johnson
Joshua Davis
Filipe von_Hafe
Vasco Pereira

Forwards:
Marcus Van
David Tavares
Fernando Ferreira
Joao Teixeira
Pedro Rodrigues

Center:
Joao Torrie

Coach: Daniel Brandao

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nanterre beat Chalon in Match des Champions - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Chalon 95:69

Nanterre celebrated the first trophy of the new season. They rallied past Chalon to win Match des Champions. Terran Petteway (198-F-92, college: Nebraska) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Nanterre unloaded 28 points in the opening frame to take a 10-point lead. They stayed red hot offensively in the second period. Nanterre unleashed 30 points in the quarter to secure a 58:33 halftime lead. Nanterre dropped 20 points in the third term to record a 27-point lead at the final break. Chalon could not overcome the deficit in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Lahaou Konate (196-SG-91) tossed in 16 points, while Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points in the win. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) replied with 20 points and 13 rebounds for Chalon. Lance Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) had 18 points in the losing case.

Nanterre: Terran Petteway 17, Lahaou Konate 16, Hugo Invernizzi 15
Chalon: Ousmane Camara 20+13 boards, Lance Harris 18



Galatasaray edge Cholet in preseason game - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 65:78

Galatasaray overcame Cholet in the test game in Mouilleron-le-Captif. Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) stepped up with 19 points to lead the Turkish side.
Galatasaray opened the game on a 20:9 run. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The visitors ensured a 44:27 halftime advantage. Galatasaray arrived at the final break up by as many as 20 points 64:44. Cholet managed to narrow the distance in the final period. Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse) netted 16 points, while Dwight Hardy (188-SG-87, college: St.John's) added 15 points for Galatasaray. Jonathan Rousselle answered with 14 points for Cholet. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) had 13 points in the defeat.



Monaco adds Joseph to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (ProA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw State) from Entente Orleans 45. In 23 ProA games he recorded 4.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Joseph played at JL Bourg (ProB) where in 21 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the cup.
Joseph has spent his entire career in France playing for five other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Paris Levallois, ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Aix Maurienne and Stade Clermont.
Joseph is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Monaco.
Joseph attended Kennesaw State until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

AS Monaco Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dru Joyce
Gerald Robinson
Paul Lacombe
Aaron Craft
Luc Loubaki
Kevin Cham

Forwards:
Amara Sy
Georgi Joseph
Sergii Gladyr
Jordan Aboudou
Christopher Evans

Centers:
Elmedin Kikanovic
Bangaly Fofana

Coach: Zvezdan Mitrovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aris cruise past MZT Skopje in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Aris - MZT Skopje 72:54

Aris Thessaloniki drubbed MZT Skopje in the preseason encounter. Ioannis Athineou (194-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 18 points to lead the Greek side.
Aris posted an 18:16 lead after the first period. The Greek side ensured a 44:34 halftime lead. Aris held MZT Skopje to just 9 points in the third term to take a 17-point lead at the final break. Aris limited MZT Skopje to just 11 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the win. Kwame Vaughn (190-PG-90, college: CS Fullerton) and Demetris Morant (206-F-92, college: FGCU, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 8 points each in the victory. Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 16 points for MZT Skopje. Brett Bailey (200-F-94, college: San Diego) delivered 11 points in the defeat.



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  GERMANY  


Marcellus Barksdale Has Improved His Mental Focus So When He Gets Good Looks He Knocks Them Down - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Marcellus Barksdale (196-G-93, college: IUPUI) is a 24 year old 196cm guard from Lexington, Kentucky that recently completed his first professional season in Germany with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) averaging 17,0ppg, 6,0rpg and 3,3apg.He played at IUPUI (NCAA) form 2011-2016 playing a total of 131 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 73.1%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

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

I'm back home in Lexington, Kentucky. I've had a great summer spending time with my family and friends.


What was the coolist non basketball event that you did this summer that you hadn't done before in your life?

I got the opportunity to fly to New York City this summer and work as a basketball choreographer for a basketball theatre musical called BOUNCE. It was by far the most random thing I've done in my life but I enjoyed working closely with talented actors and singers.


It's September and teams around the globe are slowly filled and you are still unsigned. After playing your rookie season you must be extremely hungry to keep the basketball journey going. How tough is it for you at the moment sitting at home and waiting by the phone?

Surprisingly, it all feels very similar to last year for me. Last year I didn't sign until the end of September so it feels normal. I just have faith that the right opportunity will come soon.


You had a very strong rookie season in the German Pro B, but still are without a team. What have you learned about the business side of basketball in the last year that doesn't always make sense to how the whole process works for players finding that right fit?

The business of basketball is a crazy and unpredictable process but I have learned that you have to stay ready at all times because the phone could ring at any time.


How was your second summer transfer period? Did you have some offers that just weren't the right fit? How did you experience this whole process? I don't understand how a guy like you had a good rookie Pro B season couldn't at least have found a Pro B team in Germany?

I had one offer for a Pro B team in Germany but I felt it was a similar situation as my rookie season. I feel I played great basketball all last season and proved that I can compete and be effective at a higher level.

You became a real leader with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) averaging 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 85.4%. How do you feel did your leadership qualities raise your game last season?

My leadership abilities really stood out last season. I was an older guy on a younger team and had to lead by example at all times. I feel I was able to raise all of teammates individual games and it really showed towards the end of the season.


Stats don't lie as you shot 27% last season, but you're a way better shooter than what that stats showed. Was shooting something that you worked on the last months?

Shooting is something that I constantly work on. I had a couple of big shooting slumps last season that really killed my shooting numbers. However, I'm a confident player and work extremely hard so I never allow the numbers to dictate my confidence.

On what other things did you work on in the lab this summer to help prepare you best for that next opportunity?

I really emphasized my finishing ability all offseason. More so than anything, I worked hard to improve my mental focus so that when I get good looks and open shots, I knock them down. In the past I feel like I had a tendency to rush shots-not anymore.

Would you consider playing semi-pro basketball in the States to just keep your resume active and stay basketball fit?

I've pondered the idea of playing semi-pro basketball in the States. It's not my first choice but I would rather do that than take an entire season off from basketball.


If you could describe your game in a few sentences as to why you could help any team now how would you do it?

I can help any team on any level right now because I have a complete game. I'm a leader that knows how to play good solid basketball on both ends of the court. I play at my own pace and take pride in being a physical guard that plays intense defense. My game is versatile so I can fit a variety of roles. Whatever a team needs-defense, passing, scoring, rebounding, leadership, or anything else, I feel I can come in and add value right away.

How proud are you of your ex teammate Vincent Sanford that made his breakthrough from the Pro B to the German BBL and this season will play Pro A in France. Does his journey give you hope that there is faith in the basketball process if you just stay positive?

I'm super proud of Vee. I told him before we teamed up last year that he would get his chance to play BBL by the end of the season. He's a very talented guard and he's only getting better. His journey gives me faith and reassurance that the right situation will come my way. I just have to stay patient and ready.


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?

In my opinion, Michael Jordan stands alone as the GOAT of basketball. LeBron is definitely a top-five player all-time.


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

I think the biggest sleeper of the draft was Donovan Mitchell for the Utah Jazz. He immediately proved in summer league that he is ready to come into the league and be effective. I think the departure of Gordon Hayward will give him a chance to come in right away and be a leader. He's my early pick for Rookie of the Year.


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 eliminated in the second round. I don't think Chris Paul and James Harden will play that well together. They both play their best basketball at the PG position. Also, they don't have enough of a defensive mentality to be a real threat in the West.


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 Celtics got the better deal in the long run. With LeBron's free agency situation, you never know where he might end up after this season. Thomas health is a small concern as well but their depth will be a huge problem for teams. However, neither team will be good enough to beat Golden State four times in a playoff series. Warriors might win the next five titles!


What was the last movie that you saw?

Narcos.

Thanks Marcellus for the chat.



Gladiators Trier clinch AB Contern tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Gladiators Trier claim AB Contern international tournament title. They outgunned the hosts 103:57 for the trophy. Kyle Dranginis (195-SG-92, college: Gonzaga) scored 29 points to lead the charge.
Gladiators Trier unleashed 60 points in the first half to clear off. They piled up a comfortable 83:43 advantage at the final intermission. Trier never looked back and cruised to the victory in the fourth stanza. Simon Schmitz (188-PG-90) produced 15 points, while Lucien Schmikale (194-G/F-97) provided 14 points in the victory.



The Telekom Baskets Bonn Complete Roster With Malcolm Hill - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have completed their roster for this season with Malcolm Hill (198-G-95, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) Hill is a 21 near old 198cm forward that was born in St Louis, Missouri, but grew up in Belleville, Illinois. He had a stellar college career at Illinois (NCAA) and recently sampled his first professional experience with the Purefoods Star Hotshots (Philippines-PBA) averaging 26,0ppg, 11,7rpg and 3,0apg. His best game was a 26 point 20 rebound effort against Rain Or Shine. He also played NBA Summer League in Orlando, FL (Oklahoma City Thunder) playing 4 games averaging 1.8ppg. "We have a versatile player in Malcolm Hill He is dangerous from outside, but can also attack the basket dynamically. We are variable on the outside positions", stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn manager Michael Wichterich.

Hill started his basketball career at Belleville East High School averaging 21.3ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.5bpg as a junior. In his senior year at Belleville East High School he averaged 25.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3spg, 1.9bpg and finished as the all-time leading scorer with 2,067 career points. In 2013-2014 he started his college career at Illinois (NCAA) and as a freshman played 35 games averaging 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg. In his second year at Illinois (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 78.1%. In his junior year at Illinois (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 17.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 81.7%. In his senior year, he was able to improve his stats once more playing 35 games averaging 17.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.4%. Some of his best games in the NCAA was a 40 point, 12 rebound explosion against N Kentucky, 34 points and 11 rebounds against S Dakota, 32 points against Rutgers and 30 points against Purdue. Last spring he took part at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games averaging 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS First-team All-State by AP, News-Gazette and IBCA -12, HS Finished third in voting for Illinois Mr. Basketball -13, HS First-team All-State by the Associated Press, Champaign News Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association -13, NIT Sweet 16 -14, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -15, USBWA All-District V Team -16, 17, All-Big Ten 2nd Team -16, 17, NABC All-District 7 2nd Team -16, Nike Skills Academy in Los Angeles, CA -16, Big Ten All-Sportsmanship Team -17, and NIT Elite Eight -17.

Source:Telekom Baskets Bonn






Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (RheinStars) A Personal Goal This Season Will Be Breaking The 40 Percent Mark From Outside - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (201-F-94, college: Texas St.) is a 201cm forward from Houston, Texas that is starting his professional basketball career in Germany with the RheinStars Cologne. He played at Texas St. (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 128 games and as a senior played 36 games averaging 15.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 65.7%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Did you do anything out of the ordinary this summer?

I am currently in my home town Houston Texas. My summer has been good. I just been training all summer getting ready for the next level.

When you look back at your life, have there been more benefits to having the name Kavin than not? At least you have a unique name and it isn't written Kevin which is a household name.

I haven't had any benefits for having the name. But I definitely been told it was unique and different.

Congrats on signing with Pro A team RheinStars Cologne. How did you experience your first summer testing the transfer market. Did you notice just how competitive it is when there are so many players trying to land a job somewhere in the world?

It has been a new experience for me. I've been learning the process on how things go and what It takes to play at the next level. It's all about working hard and waiting for an opportunity to present itself and also have the right people in your corner. That's what I did to get to this point. It's definitely been a competitive summer. Every work out or training session I've been to all the guys were competing making each other better which is the biggest goal.

What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? Do you have any friends balling overseas?

I don't really know much about German basketball. I've been told there is some competition there and if I work hard I would have a chance to show my talents.

How key was it in your decision to join to have that added bonus of getting your contract extended if the club moves up?

That was very important. At the end of the day it's a job and to have that insurance to play somewhere my second season is big.

What impressed you most about the RheinStars organization. They are high on your length which will open up many more options for them on offense.

I don't really know much about the team or the organization but my goal is to win. I am willing to do whatever the coaches ask me to do whether it be score the ball or doing the little things to help my team win.

You stated in 2016 that after your career at Texas State, you want to start a new chapter. What would be the title of your chapter after a season in Germany?

That's a good question. I haven't really thought of a title for next season.

Talk a little about your game. You are a versatile player that can light up the scoreboard, and are athletic. What other strengths do you possess that you will showcase as a rookie?

I feel like I am very versatile. I can play 2-4, guarding multiple positions. I can shoot at a high clip, rebound at a high level and I believe I have a good IQ for the game. A great decision maker. I feel I can do a little bit of everything. I don't want to limit my game.

A big strength in your game is your leadership. You wore the #1 on your jersey at Texas State. You told yourself that you wanted to be a key player for the program. You chose that number just to have that self motivation for when you played each game. Do you feel you can step it up as a leader right away as a professional rookie and will you get the #1 with the RheinStars?

Yes playing college ball for 4 years I seen a lot of basketball. Once I learned the ins and outs of Germany basketball, I believe I can become a great leader for them. Yes I will be wearing #1 for the RheinStars.

Your big inspiration and favorite player is Lebron James. Comparing yourself might be a bit much, but if you had to compare your game to an NBA player which players fits your game most?

I'm not really sure to be honest. I try to study different guards in the NBA like Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and even Kawhi Leonard. That's ultimately where I want to get to.

You have improved your three point shooting a tad more each season at Texas State. Could you imagine breaking the 40% mark as rookie?

Yes that will be a personal goal for me.

You're a guy that can really fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is still a hidden strength in your game that you feel doesn't get noticed enough on the court?

I feel I just have a thing on reading players whether I'd be cutting for a back door layup or stealing a pass.

You played at Texas State from 2013-2017 for head coach Danny Kasper. How did he groom and prepare you best for a professional career?

I would say he made me into a good defender. I feel confident I can guard 2-4.

After your professional career, you want to get into coaching. If you could choose one coaching ability of Danny Kasper that you would like to inherit when you coach what would it be?

I would choose his ability to coach defense. He knew what he was talking about and we won a lot of games because we played defense.

How important was Joel Wright for you in your freshman year. Wright was a senior and would go on to play in the D-League, NBA Summer League and this season will play for Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Euromillions League). How did you profit from his game when you were a young buck at Texas State?

I used to love competing with him in practice. He was much bigger and stronger than me but I knew at the end of the day it was getting me better. He just showed me how tough you have to be to play this game. I hope nothing but the best for him.

You were able to improve a bit each season especially in your scoring average. How do you feel has your game grown at Texas State and what part of your game do you see continuing to mature as a professional?

I feel my game has grown a lot over the years. Even since this past season till now I feel I have gotten much better. I've been working on my shooting and ball handling all summer trying to become the best player I can be. I feel my potential is still high going into my professional career.

One of your biggest personal achievements was winning MVP in Hawaii. Talk a little about that time. What do you look back most fondly about this time concerning what you did on the court?

The Hawaii trip was very important for me. First it was the start of my senior season and I wanted to make sure I started off strong and confident. Second my mom and family were born and raised in Hawaii so I had an opportunity to play in front of family which was a blessing. Winning MVP was just the icing on the cake

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA2 that made it to the NBA?

I played against RJ Hunter my sophomore year from Georgia State. He was on Boston for a little I believe. I had a pretty good game and defended him well.

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

My summer workout plan consists of 2 basketball workouts a day. A lot of cardio and weights twice a week. Off the court the plan is just making sure I'm eating the proper food and relaxing on my down time.

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

All time Magic, bird, MJ, Lebron.

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 MJ is still the goat but I'll put Lebron second. Looking past the number of rings and looking at Accolades.

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 feel he has to do those things in order for his team to win. I would fault the coach before Russell.

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

Did not really watch the draft. I was rooting for D Fox. I believe he was the best guard in the draft.

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 feel that got better picking up Chris Paul. I feel they will compete in the west for many 2-3 playoff spot. They are still missing a piece to beat the Warriors.

What was the last movie that you saw ?

The last movie I saw was called vantage point on Netflix. If you like action movies, I recommend it.

Thanks Kavin for the chat.




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Kymis land Marios Sakellariou - by Chris Mammides

GS Kymis (A1) tabbed 25-year old small forward Marios Sakellariou (202-102kg-92, college: High School). He has played for the last two years at Psychiko in the A2, but left the team in Apr.'17. In 28 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg last season.
Sakellariou has played previously for two other teams: Irakleio and Periko/Arhelaos.
He attended High School until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

GS Kymis roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Angelo Tsagarakis
Chavdar Kostov
Cameron Jones
Mario Edwards
Teddy Okereafor
Lenzelle Smith_Jr.

Forwards:
Sotirios Manolopoulos
Kostas Ezomo
Jake O'Brien
Jamari Traylor
Marios Sakellariou
Lefteris Mitsibonas

Center:
Andreas Glyniadakis

Coach: Giannis Kastritis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Michalis Mythillos (ex Apoel) signs at Apollon Kalamarias - by Chris Mammides

MGS Apollon Kalamarias (C) landed 19-year old Cypriot guard Michalis Mythillos (190-98). He was about to sign at Apoel in Cypriot Division A. Mythillos has played there for the last three years. The last season he played also at Apoel (also in Division A). But in 8 games he averaged just 1.0ppg. Mythillos helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
Despite young age Mythillos had impressive career. Mythillos' team won Cypriot Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Newcomers Team award in 2016.
He represented Cyprus at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg.

MGS Apollon Kalamarias roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michalis Mythillos
Dimitris Kesidis

Forward:
Polys Georgiadis

Center:
Christos Hatzidis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anastasios Konstantonis agreed terms with AS Diagoras Dryopideon - by Chris Mammides

B newcomer AS Diagoras Dryopideon strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old guard Anastasios Konstantonis (193-81). He was about to sign at KAP Agia Paraskevis in C.
Konstantonis has spent his entire career in Greece playing for four other teams: Amyntas Dafnis, Ionikos Neas Filadelfeias, Aris Petropoulis and Holargos.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at AS Diagoras Dryopideon.

AS Diagoras Dryopideon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikos Pettas
Efthimis Karalis
Giorgos Koukas
Ilias Emiris
Anastasios Konstantonis
Leonidas Vaidakis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Mavroidakos
Michalis Karastamatis
Chris Likogiannis
Leonidas Papadolias
Kostas Biboudis

Centers:
Panagiotis Karavanas
Dimitris Katiakos
Giorgos Galiotos
Kostas Difantis
Dimitris Karampapas

Coach: Spyros Samolis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AS Diagoras Dryopideon lands Panagiotis Karavanas - by Chris Mammides

B newcomer AS Diagoras Dryopideon landed 33-year old power forward Panagiotis Karavanas (213-84) from Nea Kifisia. Karavanas also spent pre-season at Irakleio OAA (A2) that year.
He was a member of Greek U21 National Team back in 2005.
Karavanas has spent his entire career in Greece playing for seven other teams: Peristeri GS Athens, Aris, Esperos Patras, Ilysiakos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Doukas and Ilysiakos.

AS Diagoras Dryopideon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nikos Pettas
Efthimis Karalis
Giorgos Koukas
Ilias Emiris
Leonidas Vaidakis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Mavroidakos
Michalis Karastamatis
Chris Likogiannis
Leonidas Papadolias
Kostas Biboudis

Centers:
Panagiotis Karavanas
Dimitris Katiakos
Giorgos Galiotos
Kostas Difantis
Dimitris Karampapas

Coach: Spyros Samolis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Callistus Eziukwu (ex Trikalla) signs at Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Nacional (LUB) landed 32-year old American center Callistus Eziukwu (208-100kg-85, college: Grand Valley State). He played most recently at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In 15 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Eziukwu also played that season for Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel where in 7 games he had 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg.
His team won Estonian Cup in 2011.
Eziukwu is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Eziukwu has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apoel), France, Italy (Virtus Roma), Mexico (Rayos de Hermosillo), Poland (AZS Koszalin and Czarni), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Turkey, Ukraine (Mykolaiv and Kryvbas) and Estonia (Tartu Ulikool).
He attended Grand Valley State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Eziukwu's outlook: A true 6-10 inside player who is very athletic and has long arms. Set new records in rebounding and shot-blockin in college, also he's a great kid who can play for his team. Can score inside, thanks to a good jump hook.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA edge Lavrio in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Lavrio - CSKA 71-93

CSKA edged Lavrio in preseason clash in Greece. The Russian powerhouse grabbed a 26-13 lead and never looked behind after. They added a 22-18 run in the second period for a 48-31 halftime advantage. Moreover CSKA posted a 28-19 rally in the third period and did not mind a 17-21 loss in the last stanza. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 15 points, while Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) netted 12. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) posted 11 apiece, whilst Othello Hunter (203-C/F-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) and Alan Makiev (210-C-91) added 10 each.



Aris cruise past MZT Skopje in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Aris - MZT Skopje 72:54

Aris Thessaloniki drubbed MZT Skopje in the preseason encounter. Ioannis Athineou (194-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 18 points to lead the Greek side.
Aris posted an 18:16 lead after the first period. The Greek side ensured a 44:34 halftime lead. Aris held MZT Skopje to just 9 points in the third term to take a 17-point lead at the final break. Aris limited MZT Skopje to just 11 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the win. Kwame Vaughn (190-PG-90, college: CS Fullerton) and Demetris Morant (206-F-92, college: FGCU, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 8 points each in the victory. Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 16 points for MZT Skopje. Brett Bailey (200-F-94, college: San Diego) delivered 11 points in the defeat.



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Leiden beat Basketball Academie Limburg - by Eurobasket News

ZZ Leiden - Basketball Academie Limburg 67:62

ZZ Leiden overcame BA Limburg in the pre-season Contern tournament. Carrington Love (186-G-94, college: Green Bay) nailed 21 points to pace the Dutch team.
Leiden accumulated a 21:16 lead after the opening frame. The Dutch side posted a 46:35 halftime lead. The gap grew at 14-point mark at the final break. BA Limburg cut the deficit in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. Mohamed Kherrazi (200-F-90) netted 16 points, while Jessey Voorn (197-SG-90, agency: Court Side) added 9 points for the winners. Daan Rosenmuller (193-G/F-95) responded with 13 points for Basketball Academie Limburg.



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IR Reykjavik inks Ryan Taylor - by Eurobasket News

IR Reykjavik (Dominos League) signed American forward Ryan Taylor (196-103kg). He just graduated from Marshall (NCAA). Taylor has played there for the last three years. In 31 games he had 14.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6bpg last season. Taylor helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to All-C-USA 3rd Team and C-USA All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Colin O''REILLY
  UCC D.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 31
 1. O''Reilly, UCC D.31.0 
 2. Williams, Killester31.0 
 3. Bogdanovic, Tralee20.0 
 4. Rockall, Maree19.0 
 5. Loughnane, Moycu.18.0 
 6. McGuire, Moycullen18.0 
 7. Baltimore, Swords T.17.0 
 8. Pantovic, Tralee16.0 
 9. Pemberton, Tralee15.0 
 10. Burke, Maree14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth HANSBERRY
  Maree
  (--)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hansberry, Maree13.0 
 2. O''Reilly, UCC D.13.0 
 3. Tummon, Moycullen12.0 
 4. Baltimore, Swords T.12.0 
 5. Donaghy, Tralee11.0 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee11.0 
 7. McGuire, Moycullen10.0 
 8. Bogdanovic, Tralee10.0 
 9. Goldsborough, Swords T.9.0 
 10. Cuff, UCC Demons9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.11.0 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.10.0 
 3. Donaghy, Tralee8.0 
 4. Lyons, Moycullen6.0 
 5. McCarthy, Tralee5.0 
 6. Loughnane, Moycu.5.0 
 7. Cuff, UCC Demons5.0 
 8. Rockall, Maree4.0 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.4.0 
 10. Roe, Killester4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Black, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.0 
 3. Quigley, Tralee3.0 
 4. Burke, Maree3.0 
 5. Dolenko, Swords T.2.0 
 6. Lacey, Swords T.2.0 
 7. O''Reilly, UCC D.2.0 
 8. Cuff, UCC Demons2.0 
 9. Williams, Killester2.0 
 10. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Tummon, Moycullen3.0 
 3. Jovicic, Swords T.2.0 
 4. Cunningham, Moycullen2.0 
 5. Goldsborough, Swords T.1.0 
 6. Kiernan, Killester1.0 
 7. Lacey, Swords T.1.0 
 8. Burke, Maree1.0 
 9. O''Brien, Killester1.0 
 10. Cunningham, Moycullen1.0 


Super League Round 1: Killester lose to Swords Thunder - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Super League just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Killester (0-1) in Dublin on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Swords Thunder (1-0) 90-72. Swords Thunder made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Swords Thunder made 9 blocks. American forward Conroy Baltimore (198, college: Lehigh) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international point guard Isaac Westbrooks (189-85) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. American guard Royce Williams (196, college: Ft.Hays State) produced 31 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swords Thunder's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Eanna.
Another exciting game was played in Galway between Moycullen and Maree where Moycullen (1-0) crushed Maree (0-1) on the road with 25-point difference 88-63. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Brandon McGuire (193, college: Moravian) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. James Loughnane contributed with 18 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Eoin Rockall (185-98) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Maree. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Moycullen will play against DCU Saints (#8) in Dublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play on the road against Belfast Star to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was played in Dublin where Templeogue crushed host DCU Saints with 20-point difference 96-76 on Saturday evening. Templeogue will meet at home Killester (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DCU Saints will play against Moycullen in Galway and hope to win that game.
We should not miss the game where Belfast Star (1-0) against KUBS (0-1) where guest Belfast Star crushed their opponents by 40 points 89-49. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be Maree (#11) in Galway and are hoping to win another game. KUBS will play on the road against Tralee and hope to win that game.
An exciting game was played in Cork. UCC Demons faced Tralee. Host UCC Demons (1-0) edged guests from Tralee (0-1) 79-77. Colin O'Reilly fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. UCC Demons will face UCD Marian (#7) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tralee will play at home against KUBS (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Killester - Swords Thunder 72-90

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Killester (0-1) in Dublin on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Swords Thunder (1-0) 90-72. Swords Thunder made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Swords Thunder made 9 blocks. American forward Conroy Baltimore (198, college: Lehigh) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international point guard Isaac Westbrooks (189-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Five Swords Thunder players scored in double figures. American guard Royce Williams (196, college: Ft.Hays State) produced 31 points and 6 rebounds and Portuguese Rodrigo Garcia added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swords Thunder's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Eanna.
Top scorers:
Swords Thunder: C.Baltimore 17+12reb, I.Westbrooks 12+5reb+11ast, C.Coombes 12+1reb, O.Dolenko 12+1reb, T.Black 12+1reb+3ast, J.Goldsborough 10+9reb
Killester: R.Williams 31+6reb+2ast, A.McGeever 12+1reb, K.O'Brien 7+4reb, R.Garcia 6+7reb+1ast, C.Roe 5+2reb+4ast, A.Casey 4+3reb
gschID: 571877


UCC Demons - Tralee 79-77

An exciting game was played in Cork. UCC Demons faced Tralee. Host UCC Demons (1-0) edged guests from Tralee (0-1) 79-77. Strangely Tralee outrebounded UCC Demons 53-39 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for UCC Demons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Kyle Hosford (175-89) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Croatian-Serbian center Dusan Bogdanovic (211-93) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian forward Goran Pantovic (208-91, college: Drexel) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. UCC Demons will face UCD Marian (#7) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tralee will play at home against KUBS (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: C.O'Reilly 31+13reb+3ast, D.Bucan 12+5reb+3ast, A.O'Sullivan 11+1reb+4ast, C.Cuff 9+9reb+5ast, K.Hosford 8+5reb+10ast, J.O'Mahony 8+6reb+3ast
Tralee: D.Bogdanovic 20+10reb+1ast, G.Pantovic 16+11reb+3ast, T.Pemberton 15+8reb+2ast, K.Donaghy 9+11reb+8ast, P.McCarthy 9+7reb+5ast, E.Quigley 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 571879


Maree - Moycullen 63-88

Another exciting game was played in Galway between Moycullen and Maree where Moycullen (1-0) crushed Maree (0-1) on the road with 25-point difference 88-63. Moycullen outrebounded Maree 50-38 including a 43-30 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Brandon McGuire (193, college: Moravian) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard James Loughnane (175-89) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Eoin Rockall (185-98) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international Kenneth Hansberry added 8 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Maree. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Moycullen will play against DCU Saints (#8) in Dublin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play on the road against Belfast Star to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Moycullen: B.McGuire 18+10reb+3ast, J.Loughnane 18+1reb+5ast, P.Lyons 12+3reb+6ast, K.Cunningham 11+2reb, C.Nihill 9+7reb+1ast, J.Tummon 7+12reb+1ast
Maree: E.Rockall 19+8reb+4ast, P.Burke 14+2reb+2ast, C.Finn 11+4reb+1ast, K.Hansberry 8+13reb+2ast, S.Commins 6+1reb, C.Crowley 3+4reb
gschID: 571875


DCU Saints - Templeogue 76-96

An interesting game was played in Dublin where Templeogue crushed host DCU Saints with 20-point difference 96-76 on Saturday evening. Templeogue will meet at home Killester (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DCU Saints will play against Moycullen in Galway and hope to win that game.
gschID: 571876


KUBS - Belfast Star 49-89

We should not miss the game where Belfast Star (1-0) against KUBS (0-1) where guest Belfast Star crushed their opponents by 40 points 89-49. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be Maree (#11) in Galway and are hoping to win another game. KUBS will play on the road against Tralee and hope to win that game.
gschID: 571878





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Hapoel Jerusalem top Zaragoza to clinch Trofeo Ibercaja - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza - Hapoel Jerusalem 70:81

Hapoel Jerusalem celebrated Trofeo Ibercaja-Ciudad de Zaragoza. They upset hosting Zaragoza for the title. Six players scored in double digits for the Israeli champions. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) led the effort with 14 points.
Hapoel Jerusalem jumped to a 23:15 lead after the opening frame. They boosted the lead at 14-point mark at the big break 51:37. Hapoel stayed in charge throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 72:57. Zaragoza narrowed the distance in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Austin Daye (211-F-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 13 points, while Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points for the winners. Sergi Garcia (193-PG-97) responded with 16 points for Zaragoza. Jarvis Varnado (206-C-88, college: Mississippi St.) had 14 points in the defeat.



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VL Pesaro win Memorial Alphonso Ford - by Eurobasket News

VL Pesaro won 13th Memorial Alphonso Ford beating GrissinBon RE 74-63. Dallas Moore (185-G-94, college: N.Florida, agency: 3Eye) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Emmanuel Omogbo (203-F-95, college: Colorado St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) delivered 19. Eric Mika (208-F, college: BYU) posted 12, whilst Pablo Bertone (193-SG-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Interperformances) added 9. Cervi and Nevels replied with 13 points each in the losing effort.
Umana Reyer rolled over Inter Bratislava 101-69. The Italian side dominated from the start of the game and never looked behind after. Umana Reyer won the first period 26-16 and enjoyed a 55-29 halftime advantage. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Orelik, Johnson and Watt netted 14 each. Stefan Matovic (203-SF-91, agency: BeoExcell) and Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-PG-90, agency: 011 Sports) ended up with 16 points each in the losing case.



Stefano Borsato is a newcomer at Dinamica Mantova - by Eurobasket News

Dinamica Mantova (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old guard Stefano Borsato (193-85kg-86, agency: Two Points) from UCC Piacenza. In 28 Serie A2 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Borsato played at Soundreef Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Serie A) where in 35 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg.
He was a member of Italian U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004.
Borsato has played previously for six other teams: Benetton Treviso, Unieuro Forli, Kleb Ferrara, Aurira Jesi, Roseto Sharks and Riva del Garda.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A skilled combo guard, with great offensive instincts and shooting. Needs to improve his decision making and court vision to play stably at the point.

Dinamica Mantova roster for 2017-2018:

Lorenzo Gergati
Stefano Borsato
Robert Jones
Riccardo Moraschini
Francesco Candussi
Valerio Cucci
Luca Vencato
Marco Timperi
Jared Brownridge
Matteo Ferrara
Daniele Constanzelli

Coach: Davide Lamma

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Simon Anumba (ex Manchester M.) signs at Battipaglia - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Pol. Battipagliese Battipaglia landed 21-year old Italian guard Simon Anumba (190-96). He has played for the last three years at Manchester Magic in British NBL D1. In 21 games he averaged 14.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. Anumba helped them to win the NBL Division One title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British NBL Division One 2nd Team.
Anumba has played previously for Grissin Bon RE.

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Zak Irvin leaves VL Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

23-year old American swingman Zak Irvin (198-98kg-94, college: Michigan) left Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Serie A).
Irvin just graduated from University of Michigan and it is his first season in pro basketball. His team won Big Ten Tournament.
Irvin received All-Big Ten Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Irvin has played also in NBA (Miami Heat).

Consultinvest VL Pesaro roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pablo Bertone
Diego Monaldi
Dallas Moore

Forwards:
Eric Mika
Emmanuel Omogbo

Center:
Andrea Ancellotti

Coach: Spiro Leka

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Sestu inks Andrea Pompianu - by Eurobasket News

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu (Serie B) agreed terms with 18-year old point guard Andrea Pompianu (186-99). He played last season at the junior team of Banco di Srd in the Serie A. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicola Elia
Mirko Pilo
Mauro Graviano
Daniele Locci
Andrea Pompianu

Forwards:
Manuel Vanuzzo
Romeo Trionfo
Giuseppe Floridia
Luigi Cabriolu

Center:
Edoardo Melis

Coach: Giuseppe Caboni

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Simone Lasagni signs at Libertas Liburnia - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno landed 23-year old point guard Simone Lasagni (184-94) from GR Service Cecina. In 29 Serie B games he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg last season.
Lasagni helped his team to make it to the U19 Championships Semifinals in 2011.
He has played previously for three other teams: Grissin Bon RE, Omegna and Firenze All Foods.
Lasagni is described as: A promising SG with great offensive talent and good athletic skills.

Libertas Liburnia Basket Livorno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Giampaoli
Tommaso Tempestini
Edoardo Nesti
Simone Lasagni

Forwards:
Luca Bolletta
Giacomo Dell'Agnello

Center:
Luca Benini

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Obi Agu signs to Western Wyoming College - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey forward Obinna Agu (6'6''-F-97) has signed to Western Wyoming College for the 2017-18 season. The 6'5 Agu has completed 3 years at BA after joining from Newham Youngbloods, in particular taking a leadership role during the 2016-17 season whilst helping BA to an undefeated season in the EABL and the National League Division 2 league and playoff title. 'I'm delighted for Obi, that he's able to continue his basketball career moving onto the US,' BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner commented. 'There hasn't been many players that have maximised their ability coming through our programme the way Obi has. He's been one of the hardest workers that we've had in his three years with us.' Agu becomes the third BA player who will be on the Mustangs' roster for this season, joining Amin Adamu and alumnus Calvin Nevill-Kintu. 'I think that moving onto a place like Western Wyoming, where he'll be able to continue alongside two other Barking Abbey students is truly deserved for a player like Obi,' added Gardner. 'On the floor he's a very versatile athlete and I think he'll be able to help Western Wyoming, not just with his skill set and offensive and defensive ability,but through his leadership. 'He was a major factor in our success last year in both the EABL and National League season because of the leadership he was able to provide within games and in practice, he was a role model to some of the other players within our programme.' Agu averaged 9.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the EABL last season and represented the Great Britain Under-20s at the Division B European Championships this summer - his first call up to a National Team - where he helped them to Division A promotion.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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Valmiera inks Eduards Hazners - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) signed 20-year old guard Eduards Hazners (192-97). He played last season at VEF Riga in the LBL. In 14 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Hazners helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Hazners also played 11 games in VTB United League where he recorded just 1.0ppg.
He represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 31.8%, 3PT: 30.2%.
Hazners has played previously for Riga/Pardaugava/Turiba.

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Janis Kaufmanis
Eduards Hazners

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons
Anrijs Miska

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

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Anrijs Miska (ex Viten Fuen.) joins Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) agreed terms with Latvian forward Anrijs Miska (203). He played last season at Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada in Spanish EBA league. In 16 games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.5rpg.
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Miska was tested by Real Madrid (Spain) in Spanish league.
Miska represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP-1 (75.0%), 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 40.0%.
Miska Valmiera/ORDO-2.
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Valmiera.

Valmiera/ORDO roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Janis Kaufmanis

Forwards:
Rihards Adins
Niks Jansons
Anrijs Miska

Center:
Viktors Iljins

Coach: Kristaps Valters

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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Ksistof LAVRINOVIC
  Lietkabe.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.19.0 
 2. Tarolis, Lietkabelis16.0 
 3. Siksnius, Juventus16.0 
 4. Ireland, Juventus15.0 
 5. Peineris, Lietkabelis14.0 
 6. Juskevicius, Lietkabe.13.0 
 7. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.10.0 
 8. Kupsas, Juventus9.0 
 9. Dendy, Juventus8.0 
 10. Flowers, Juventus7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donatas TAROLIS
  Lietkabelis
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tarolis, Lietkabelis7.0 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.7.0 
 3. Kupsas, Juventus7.0 
 4. Dendy, Juventus5.0 
 5. Ireland, Juventus5.0 
 6. Guscikas, Juventus4.0 
 7. Jasaitis, Lietkabelis4.0 
 8. Talton, Lietkabelis4.0 
 9. Leonavicius, Lietkabe.3.0 
 10. Flowers, Juventus3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony IRELAND
  Juventus
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ireland, Juventus7.0 
 2. Williams, Lietkabelis7.0 
 3. Samenas, Juventus5.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Lietkabe.5.0 
 5. Guscikas, Juventus3.0 
 6. Peineris, Lietkabelis3.0 
 7. Bickauskis, Juven.3.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.3.0 
 9. Jasaitis, Lietkabelis3.0 
 10. Dendy, Juventus1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony IRELAND
  Juventus
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ireland, Juventus3.0 
 2. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.2.0 
 3. Peineris, Lietkabelis1.0 
 4. Williams, Lietkabelis1.0 
 5. Juskevicius, Lietkabe.1.0 
 6. Siksnius, Juventus1.0 
 7. Flowers, Juventus1.0 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.0.0 
 9. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.0 
 10. Leonavicius, Lietkabe.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Lietkabe.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.0 
 2. Kupsas, Juventus1.0 
 3. Juskevicius, Lietkabe.0.0 
 4. Ireland, Juventus0.0 
 5. Talton, Lietkabelis0.0 
 6. Guscikas, Juventus0.0 
 7. Samenas, Juventus0.0 
 8. Flowers, Juventus0.0 
 9. Lindbom, Juventus0.0 
 10. Dendy, Juventus0.0 


Povilas Cukinas (ex Chemidor) joins ES Sahel - by Ahmad Madwar

Etoile du Sahel (Division I) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Lithuanian ex-international power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-103kg-83). He played last season at Chemidor in Iranian Superleague. In 20 games he had 11.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention.
Cukinas ended the previous (2015-16) season at Aix Maurienne in French NM1 where in 9 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at Samen (also in Superleague). In 26 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 18.3ppg and averaged 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team.
Cukinas played in the final of Baltic League (Challenge Cup) in 2011.
He was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Cukinas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2006 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
He played at the WABA Club Championships this year. Cukinas' team got to the Semifinals.
He is quite experienced player. Cukinas' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Cukinas tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Walter Tigers), Italy (MIA-RO Cantu), Latvia (Barons Riga and Jekabpils), Switzerland (Starwings), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Vytautas) and France (Vendee Challans).
On Cukinas: Goos size and moves. Still improving. Good turn around jumper. Controls the game. Smart player. Very soft hands for a man his size, has yet to improve the intensity of his game.

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Myers leaves Siauliai - by Eurobasket News

23-year old American guard Teyvon Myers (188-84kg-94, college: W.Virginia) left BC Siauliai (LKL).
Myers just graduated from West Virginia University and it is his first season in pro basketball. He played in the final of Big 12 Tournament for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
Myers received NJCAA D1 Honorable Mention award in 2015 at his college time.

BC Siauliai roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Evaldas Saulys
Nick Zeisloft
Tautvydas Kliucinykas
Omar Prewitt
Mantvydas Zukauskas

Forwards:
Sarunas Beniusis
Ignas Vaitkus
Rytis Pipiras
Donatas Sabeckis
Giedrius Stankevicius

Centers:
Vytautas Sarakauskas
Arminas Urbutis
Laurynas Birutis

Coach: Antanas Sireika

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Gydra re-signs at CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News

CAB Madeira (LPB) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Lithuanian forward Arvydas Gydra (206-102kg-89, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 31 LPB games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. Gydra helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Ereliai Mazeikiai in Lithuanian LKL where in 40 games he averaged 9.4ppg and 4.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gydra won Lithuanian NKL championship title for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Gydra represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0spg.
Gydra has played previously for three other Lithuanian teams: Sakalai, Dailes Akademija and S.Marciulionio KA-Himeja-Caparol Vilnius.

CAB Madeira roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mario Fernandes
Diogo Gameiro
Khalen Cumberlander

Forwards:
Frederick Gentry
Bobby Madison
Fabio Lima
Arvydas Gydra
Joao Gallina

Center:
Michael Mendes

Coach: Joao Paulo Silva

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Egidijus Mockevicius signs at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) landed 25-year old Lithuanian international center Egidijus Mockevicius (208-102kg-92, college: Evansville). He played most recently at Long Island Nets (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 35 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.5apg last season. Mockevicius also spent pre-season at the Nets in NBA that year.
Among other achievements he played in the final of MVC Tournament in 2016. Mockevicius received also All-MVC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Mockevicius has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian senior team this year and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Mockevicius represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 42.9%.
Mockevicius has played previously for four other Lithuania teams: Zalgiris, Dailes Akademija, S.Marciulionio KA-Himeja-Caparol Vilnius and Siaures Lietuva.
He attended University of Evansville until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mindaugas Lukauskis
Jimmy Baron
Chris Kramer
Margiris Normantas
Domantas Vilys

Forwards:
Rokas Giedraitis
Robert Carter
Arnas Berucka
Deividas Sirvydis
Arturas Jomantas
Marc_Antonio Carter
Ben Madgen

Centers:
Travis Peterson
Egidijus Mockevicius
Martynas Echodas

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

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  MALTA  


Kyle Meyer signs at Bupa - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Bupa Luxol (Division 1) landed 24-year old American center Kyle Meyer (208-104kg-93, agency: KMG Sports Management). He just graduated from Houston (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged only 2.3ppg and 3.6rpg last season.
As mentioned above Meyer is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of NJCAA D1 District VIII in 2015. Meyer received also USbasket.com All-MPBA 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paskolas add Rice to their roster, ex Los Trinis - by Eurobasket News

Paskolas de Navojoa (CIBACOPA) added to their roster 25-year old American guard G'mitri Rice (191-91kg-92). The last time (16) he played at Los Trinis in Nicaraguan ACB league.
Rice's team won Nicaraguan ACB Regular Season in 2016.
He has played previously professionally also in Peru (Inmaculada).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @soulwinning101)

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Staphon Blair (ex Aalstar) signs at Ibar Rozaje - by Darko Pekic

KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) landed 24-year old American forward Staphon Blair (206-118kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He played most recently at Crelan Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Euromillions League. In 31 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Blair has played also professionally in ABL (Orlando Whalers).
He attended University of Central Florida until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

KK Ibar Rozaje roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Christavious Gill

Forwards:
Staphon Blair
Vladimir Tomasevic

Center:
Boris Jeknic

Coach: Mladen Ostojic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBA  


Bulls Hire Doug Collins As Senior Advisor Of Basketball Ops - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls have hired Doug Collins as a Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations. In his new role with the club, Collins will report to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. One of the most respected figures in all of basketball, Collins returns to the Bulls with more than 40 years of experience in the NBA. In this capacity, he will serve as an expert resource for the front office and coaching staff. 'Doug will be great in this capacity for our organization. The position of 'senior advisor' has proven to work well around the NBA in recent years, and I am confident the same will hold true with the Bulls,' said Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. 'The fact that our relationship goes back more than 30 years certainly helps, but he is especially qualified to assist our leadership in rebuilding the Bulls.' 'People who know me know the respect that I have for Jerry, Michael, and the Chicago Bulls organization. I am looking forward to getting started and helping everyone,' said Collins. 'To be able to stay involved in the NBA and work with John, Gar, Fred and their respective staffs, while not having to leave my family and continuing to live in one of the greatest cities in the world-the fit couldn't be any better for me at this point in my life.'
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Heat Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Justise Winslow - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat have exercised their fourth-year team option on Justise Winslow (6'6''-F-96, college: Duke). Winslow, who was originally selected by the Heat in the first round (10th overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft, has appeared in 96 career games (23 starts) with Miami averaging 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 29.8 minutes while shooting 40 percent from the field. Winslow was one of eight Heat players to average double-figures in points (10.9) last season, marking the most for any team in the NBA. The former NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection appeared in 78 games in 2015-16, becoming just the fifth rookie to lead the HEAT in games played during a single-season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



LA Lakers add Bogut to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) added to their roster 33-year old Australian international center Andrew Bogut (213-118kg-84, college: Utah). He played last season at Cleveland Cavaliers. Bogut also played for the Mavericks. In 26 NBA games he recorded 3.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg.
In 2005 Bogut was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks as #1 pick overall. The former University of Utah standoutis in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bogut was voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 2nd Team in 2016.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Bogut has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2004 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Australia at the World Championships U18 in Greece fourteen years ago.
Bogut has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Golden State Warriors) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
On Bogut: A hard worker with a strong commitment to improving his skills. An excellent passer, Andrew will focus on developing his body.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
The MVP of the championship. His parents are from Croatia, which is some sort of explanation to how such talent grew up down under. If for some reason something will go wrong on his route to the NBA, the Croatian passport will surely help him find a good spot in one of the top European teams. Next season he will go to Utah University, in the championship itself he was simply unstoppable, posting double-double already after one half in both Semi Finals and Finals game.
He knows how to use his size in the PF. Very tall and athletic, and although there's no doubt he's the best player in the team, on court he fights like a bull, work with his teammates and make them look much much better. There's no doubt that Bogut was the difference between a nice Australian NT and a gold winning team that routed everyone on the way to the top. All teams focused and tried to stop Bogut. All failed and paid even more because of Bogut's unselfishness.
He got a great mobility in the low post, box him out and he can go out to the high post and the Swish will arrive in less than a second. His shot selection is very good, can hit the three pointer when there's a chance, but he doesn't force it. If you try to stop his outside shot, he can penetrate, on both sides, and mostly finish with 2 points. His rebounding skill is bigger than life, on both ends of the floor, and it's not only a matter of good position. His leap and struggle helps him a lot.
Let's try to impress with titles: 3rd best scorer, best rebounder with 3.7 more rebounds than the runner up, drawn more fouls and made free throws more than anyone else, 10th in blocks, 2nd in 2FG% and first, again by a big margin, in the TENDEX ranking. 22 pts, 18 rbs and 5 assists vs. the USA in the Semi Finals qualifying match, 39 pts & 25 (!!!) rbs in the Semi Finals vs. Croatia and 35 pts & 14 rbs in the finals. What do you say about that?
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Los Angeles Lakers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Corey Brewer
Vander Blue
Jordan Clarkson
Tyler Ennis
Briante Weber
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso
Josh Hart
Lonzo Ball

Forwards:
Luol Deng
Larry Nance_Jr.
Julius Randle
Thomas Bryant
V.J. Beachem
Stephen Zimmerman
Kyle Kuzma
Brandon Ingram

Centers:
Andrew Bogut
Brook Lopez
Ivica Zubac

Coach: Luke Walton

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rabb starts his pro career at Memphis Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) agreed terms with 20-year old forward Ivan Rabb (211-100kg-97). Rabb just graduated from California (NCAA). In 30 games he had 13.9ppg, 10.3rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Pac-12 1st Team.
This summer Rabb was drafted by Orlando Magic in second round (35th overall). He just graduated from California and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Despite young age Rabb had great career. He was voted HS San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 at his college time.
He represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Dubai (UAE) three years ago. Rabb's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.8ppg, 3.3rpg.

Memphis Grizzlies roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Marc Gasol

Coach: David Fizdale

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Erik McCree (ex N.Novgorod) signs at Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat landed 24-year old forward Erik McCree (203-102kg-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Pensack Sports). He was about to sign at N.Novgorod in Russian VTB league.
McCree has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Louisiana Tech University and it is his first season in pro basketball. McCree's team was regular season runner-up in C-USA. He received All-C-USA 1st Team award in 2017 at his college time.

Miami Heat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Goran Dragic
Wayne Ellington
Larry Drew_II
Rodney McGruder
Dion Waiters
Tyler Johnson
Josh Richardson
Derrick Walton
Matt Williams

Forwards:
Udonis Haslem
James Johnson
Kelly Olynyk
Sebastian Saiz
Okaro White
Justise Winslow
Erik McCree
Jordan Mickey
Bam Adebayo

Centers:
Hassan Whiteside
A.J. Hammons

Coach: Erik Spoelstra

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cunningham re-signs at the Pelicans - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) confirmed in their roster 30-year old forward Dante Cunningham (203-104kg-87, college: Villanova). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 66 NBA games he had 6.6ppg and 4.2rpg last season.
In 2009 Cunningham was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in second round (33rd overall). He attended Villanova University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Cunningham's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in 2006 and 2009. He was also voted Big East Most Improved Player of the Year and All-Big East 2nd Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Cunningham has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets) and United Kingdom (London Lions).
He could be described: (by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2009)
The standard bearer for development over the length of a collegiate career. His work ethic and desire to improve cannot be questioned ... He transformed himself from a scrappy, hustle, workingman's player into a polished offensive player and top scoring option on a final four team.
Doesn't possess the offensive skill set to play on the wing ... His ball handling is subpar for a wing player ... Needs to add more variety to his face up game
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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:
Dante Cunningham
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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Magic promote Jay Hernandez and Matt Hill, hire Randy Wittman - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have promoted Jay Hernandez and Matt Hill to assistant coach, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. In addition, Randy Wittman has been added to the staff as a coaching consultant.
Hernandez enters his fourth season with the Orlando Magic and first as assistant coach. He originally joined the Magic as assistant coach/player development prior to the 2014-15 campaign, where he was responsible for on-court skill development, as well as game scouts. Hernandez established and collaborated with various departments to implement a return from injury protocol that incorporates analytics with an on-court simulation. He has also been responsible for organizing and running on court pre-draft workouts for the last three seasons. Hernandez played one season at the University of New Hampshire (1996-97) and three seasons at Hofstra University (1998-2001). He helped Hofstra to a berth in the NIT in 1999, then back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001 as team captain. Hernandez went on to play professionally in Puerto Rico for three seasons. Hernandez has a dual MBA in both marketing and management from Hofstra. He and his wife, Allison, have three children, McKayla (20), Michael (14) and Morgan (12). McKayla currently plays basketball at Molloy College.
Hill begins his sixth season with the Orlando Magic and first as an assistant coach. He began his career in 2012, joining the Magic as a video analyst/opposition. Hill was later promoted in 2015 to manager of advanced scouting/player development. Hill starred at Southeast High School in Lincoln, Neb., where he was named Nebraska's 'Mr. Basketball' and the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nebraska as a senior in 2006. He left as the school's all-time leader in career points (1,242), rebounds (755) and blocked shots (244). Hill then played at the University of Texas from 2006-11, where he was teammates with several current NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson and current Magic guard D.J. Augustin. During his senior campaign (2010-11), he served as team captain and appeared in all 36 games (two starts). A native of Lincoln, Neb., Hill has a bachelor's degree in corporate communications from the University of Texas. He was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
A 25-year NBA coaching veteran, Randy Wittman was named consultant for the Orlando Magic in September 2017. Wittman has served as head coach with Cleveland (1999-01), Minnesota (2006-09) and Washington (2011-16), compiling a record of 278-406 (.406). While at Washington, he guided the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Semifinals twice (2013-14 and 2014-15). This marks Wittman's second stop in Orlando. He served as an assistant coach under Brian Hill during the 2005-06 season. Wittman has also been an assistant coach with Indiana (1992-93), Dallas (1993-94), Minnesota (1994-99, 2001-05) and Washington (2009-11). Originally selected in the first round (22nd overall) by Washington in the 1983 NBA Draft, Wittman played nine seasons in the NBA. He appeared in 543 career regular season games with Atlanta, Sacramento and Indiana, averaging 7.4 ppg., 2.2 apg. and 1.4 rpg. in 21.4 minpg., while shooting .501 from the field. Wittman was a two-time academic All-American while at Indiana University. He helped the Hoosiers capture the 1981 NCAA Championship and was named co-Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior in 1983. Wittman was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 1995 and was named to Indiana's Silver Anniversary Basketball Team in March of 1996.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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Four-star forward commits to Ohio State - by Eurobasket News

Ohio State is on the board with regards to the 2018 recruiting class, as Chris Holtmann 's program received a much-needed verbal commitment from four-star forward Jaedon LeDee. The 6-foot-9 Houston native announced his decision via his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. In receiving a verbal commitment from LeDee, Ohio State beat out California, Houston, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA. The Buckeyes hosted LeDee for his official visit the weekend of September 9, which coincided with the football team's matchup with Oklahoma. Originally scheduled to visit Cal this past weekend, LeDee instead visited Texas A&M. With LeDee's commitment to Ohio State, visits to LSU (September 30) and UCLA (October 6) are likely off the board. Currently attending the Kincaid School, LeDee played for the Texas PRO grassroots program on the adidas Uprising circuit this summer. The four-star prospect will likely be a combo forward for Ohio State, playing either the three or the four depending on the matchup. With Jae'Sean Tate beginning his senior season and Keita Bates-Diop being a redshirt junior, Ohio State had a need to address in the front court. In landing a verbal pledge from Jaedon LeDee, the Buckeyes have done just that. Among the front court players who will have eligibility remaining beyond the 2017-18 season are Bates-Diop, current sophomores Micah Potter and Andre Wesson, and freshmen Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Four-star forward commits to Wake Forest - by Eurobasket News

Danny Manning added another four-star recruit to his 2018 recruiting class. Isaiah Mucius (6'7''-F), a 6-foot-7 forward, committed to Wake Forest on Monday evening, giving the Demon Deacons another top-rated prospect alongside top-25 prospect Jaylen Hoard in 2018. 'I'd like to thank my family and my friends for having my back throughout all the tough times and good times,' Mucius said in a social media post. 'I'd like to thank all the college coaches that recruited me through this process and believed in me and my talents. 'I'll be attending Wake Forest University.' Mucius, a consensus top-100 recruit, visited Wake Forest, which he visited this past weekend, over Xavier, which he visited earlier this month. The Brewster Academy product also had offers from the likes of Connecticut, Minnesota and LSU, among others. Manning's 2018 class now includes Mucius, three-star guard Sharone White and Hoard, a 6-foot-8 four-star forward who committed to the Demon Deacons last month. 'I am trying to win an NCAA Championship,' Mucius told Scout.com, 'and I think having Jaylen (Hoard) on the wing with me, and we are trying to help get a point guard, and I think we can win a championship.'
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Vanderbilt lands commitment from Aaron Nesmith - by Eurobasket News

Vanderbilt landed their first commitment in the Class of 2018 with four-star wing Aaron Nesmith. Nesmith is a native of South Carolina, and the Commodores beat out South Carolina for his services. At 6-foot-6, Nesmith is the kind of defensive presence and athlete that Vandy will need to replace Jeff Roberson, who will be graduating this season. This is a critical class for Bryce Drew, who is squarely in the mix for five-star guards Darius Garland and Romeo Langford. Nesmith isn't on that level, but he will be a nice piece for Vandy for four years.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NCAA2  


Dan Hays Joins Central Oklahoma Men's Basketball Staff - by Eurobasket News

The University of Central Oklahoma men's basketball team has added coaching legend Dan Hays to its staff ahead of the 2017-18 season, head coach Tom Hankins announced Tuesday. Hays will serve in a volunteer assistant role. 'We are extremely excited to have Coach Hays join our team,' Hankins said. 'He brings a great wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. Coach Hays is highly respected in the basketball world as well as the Edmond/Oklahoma City community. Our coaches and players are looking forward to all that Coach Hays will add to our program.' That wealth of experience includes more than 700 wins as a head coach at the college level. He won 653 games at nearby Oklahoma Christian University, which stands as the most wins at one school in state history. Hays is in the NAIA Hall of Fame, and this year was awarded the prestigious Guardians of the Game Award, a national award given by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to a coach making a considerable impact on players and their communities. It's widely considered to be one of the highest coaching honors given by the NABC. Central Oklahoma begins its season this November, opening with the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association/Great American Conference Crossover in Alva, Okla. on Nov. 10-11. UCO will play at Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The Eagles play their home basketball games on Dan Hays Court.
Courtesy of: bronchosports.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


NZ Breakers' coach Paul Henare slams team's performance in 39-point loss - by Eurobasket News

NZ Breakers coach Paul Henare would like to make a public apology to the people of Taranaki for his side's performance against Melbourne United on Tuesday night. New Plymouth's TSB Stadium hosted an Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) pre-season game between the two sides, with Melbourne cruising to a 101-62 win. While he said earlier in the week that the result wasn't their top priority, after the match Henare said the way the team played was a huge concern. "That was unacceptable, and hopefully this team never puts anything close to that on the floor again," he said. The Breakers came into the game after beating Melbourne in Napier on Sunday, but were no match for the league favourites this time around. "Melbourne played well tonight, they came out and made some change defensively and they got after it. But in terms of us turning up, not one of us did and that's a real shame considering the good support we've had here." Led by import guard Casper Ware (178-PG-90, college: Long Beach St.) and big man Josh Boone (208-F/C-84, college: Connecticut), the visitors were a step ahead of the Breakers for much of the game to take a convincing, and rare, victory on New Zealand soil. Boone opened the scoring going 1-2 from the charity stripe after Vukona's first foul, however a hot start from Breakers import guards Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville) and D.J. Newbill (193-G-92, college: Penn St.) putting the home side ahead. It didn't last long though, as Melbourne were able to claim a number of second chance points on largely uncontested offensive rebounds - much to Henare's dismay. From there, it was one-way traffic as the Breakers slumped to a 39-point thrashing. "We got schooled, and hopefully these guys remember that." The Kiwi side were only able to convert on 29 per cent of their shots, had twice as many turnovers as Melbourne, with the visitors also posting 20 more assists than their hosts. Henare said there was not a single positive to take out of Tuesday's game, aside from being able to take the team to a different part of the country. "Maybe the one good thing is that we got our a*** kicked and it is the pre-season. We've got an opportunity to turn a few things around, but they'll be hurting." The Breakers will now look to sort themselves out before their final pre-season game in Tauranga against the Brisbane Bullets on September 27. Their first game of the ANBL season is against the Cairns Taipans in Auckland on October 8.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz




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Paskolas add Rice to their roster, ex Los Trinis - by Eurobasket News

Paskolas de Navojoa (CIBACOPA) added to their roster 25-year old American guard G'mitri Rice (191-91kg-92). The last time (16) he played at Los Trinis in Nicaraguan ACB league.
Rice's team won Nicaraguan ACB Regular Season in 2016.
He has played previously professionally also in Peru (Inmaculada).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @soulwinning101)

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Latinbasket.com All-Nicaraguan LNB Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Latinbasket.com All-Nicaraguan LNB 1st Team 2017
Carlos Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Ryann Abraham
Abraham
Jordany Jaca
Jaca
Adalberto Rojas
Rojas
Reginald Brown
Brown

Finals MVP: Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Bufalos
Player of the Year: Ryann Abraham (182-PG-87) of Toros
Guard of the Year: Ryann Abraham (182-PG-87) of Toros
Forward of the Year: Jordany Jaca (196-F-83) of Bufalos
Center of the Year: Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Bufalos

1st Team
PG: Carlos Gonzalez (177-PG-80) of Bufalos
PG: Ryann Abraham (182-PG-87) of Toros
F: Jordany Jaca (196-F-83) of Bufalos
F: Adalberto Rojas (198-F-86) of Leones
C: Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Bufalos

Honorable Mention
Noel Mackenzie (188-G-78) of Bufalos
Duane James (196-F-83) of Bufalos
Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87) of Toros
Marcos Castrillo (201-F) of Toros
Thomas Vansdell (185-SG-86) of Toros
Serbio Abea (191-F-78) of Leones
Mamadou Diakite (196-F-93) of Costa Caribe
Dayton Cacho (G) of Costa Caribe
Sharlon Hodgson (183-PG-94) of Costa Caribe



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Metropolitan League Round 12: Olimpia keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olimpia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Olimpia defeated 4th ranked Libertad in Asuncion 110-99. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Libertad. The game without a history. Olimpia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Olimpia have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Libertad at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost.
Bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sol de America (8-3) 110-28. Sol de America moved-up to third place. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost.

Olimpia - Libertad 110-99

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olimpia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Olimpia defeated 4th ranked Libertad in Asuncion 110-99. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Libertad. The game without a history. Olimpia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Olimpia have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Libertad at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost.
gschID: 571704


Dep.Capiata - Sol de America 28-110

Bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sol de America (8-3) 110-28. Sol de America moved-up to third place. Dep.Capiata at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost.
gschID: 573019





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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 Hotshots26.0 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.24.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Durham, Meralco .19.8 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.8 
 3. Brown, Phoenix17.8 
 4. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 5. Walker, Blackwater17.3 
 6. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 7. Henton, Alaska Aces12.2 
 8. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 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. Ross, SM Beermen6.6 
 3. Thompson, B.Gin.6.6 
 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 Hotshots2.0 
 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 


PBA Round 8: B.Ginebra beats Rain or Shine in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in PBA.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Manila: B.Ginebra (#2) and Rain or Shine (#5). Rain or Shine was defeated at home 82-89 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. B.Ginebra dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rain or Shine's 34. B.Ginebra forced 19 Rain or Shine turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Brownlee (197-88, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Center Greg Slaughter (216-88) chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds. American forward JNathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Rain or Shine's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. B.Ginebra (8-2) keeps a position of league leader. Rain or Shine at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. B.Ginebra are looking forward to face TNT Ka Tropa (#3) in Makati in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rain or Shine will play on the road against Alaska Aces in Makati and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked NLEX RW (6-3) against fourth ranked TNT Ka Tropa (7-3) on Wednesday night. Host NLEX RW was defeated by TNT Ka Tropa in a tough game in Makati City 107-112. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NLEX RW. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 blocks. Jeth-Troy Rosario contributed with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American-Mexican forward Aaron Fuller (198-89, college: USC, agency: Haylett Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds for NLEX RW. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TNT Ka Tropa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. NLEX RW at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with SM Beermen. TNT Ka Tropa will play against league's leader B.Ginebra in Manila in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NLEX RW will play at home against Star Hotshots and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 118-112 loss to seventh ranked SM Beermen (6-3) in Makati City on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of June Mar Fajardo who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Geron Johnson responded with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SM Beermen have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with NLEX RW. Loser KIA Picanto still closes the standings with ten games lost. SM Beermen will meet at home Phoenix (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KIA Picanto will play against Star Hotshots in Pasig City and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Manila. Local Meralco Bolts (7-2) outscored 9th ranked Alaska Aces (3-7) 106-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Alaska Aces. The winners were led by Allen Durham who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Meralco Bolts maintains second position with 7-2 record behind leader B.Ginebra. Alaska Aces at the other side keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Meralco Bolts' next round opponent will be Globalport (#10) in Pasig and are hoping to win another game. Alaska Aces will play at home against Rain or Shine and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Star Hotshots was defeated by TNT Ka Tropa in Makati 104-99. Globalport were beaten by Blackwater at home 107-118. Globalport was destroyed by Star Hotshots on the opponent's court 109-83. Phoenix unfortunately lost to Rain or Shine in a home game 111-116.
The best stats of 8th round was 33 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 assists by Brandon Brown of Phoenix.

TNT Ka Tropa - Star Hotshots 104-99

There was no surprise in Makati where 7th ranked Star Hotshots (5-4) were defeated by fourth ranked TNT Ka Tropa (7-3) 104-99. TNT Ka Tropa made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 9 assists and point guard Jayson Castro-William (180-86) supported him with 12 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds by American-Icelandic forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, college: Furman) did not help to save the game for Star Hotshots. Power forward Ian-Paul Sangalang (201-91) added 17 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. TNT Ka Tropa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Star Hotshots at the other side keep the seventh position with four games lost. TNT Ka Tropa's next round opponent will be league's leader B.Ginebra in Manila and it will be for sure the game of the week. Star Hotshots will play at home against KIA Picanto (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Star Hotshots: K.Acox 18+18reb+3ast, I.Paul Sangalang 17+6reb+2ast, P.Lee 17+4reb+3ast, J.Jalalon 13+1reb+8ast, J.Aldrech Ramos 11+1reb, M.Pingris 8+6reb
TNT Ka Tropa: G.Rice Jr. 43+19reb+9ast, R.Ray Pogoy 12+2reb+2ast, J.Troy Rosario 12+4reb+1ast, J.Castro William 12+2reb+5ast, K.Williams 8+9reb, A.Semerad 7+3reb
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Globalport - Blackwater 107-118

No shocking result in a game in Pasig where eighth ranked Blackwater (5-5) defeated 10th ranked Globalport (2-7) 118-107. Strangely Globalport outrebounded Blackwater 52-35 including a 21-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Blackwater brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 blocks and forward Allein Maliksi (190-87) supported him with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Five Blackwater players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 28 points and 23 rebounds by American forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) did not help to save the game for Globalport. Naturalized American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 27 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Blackwater maintains eighth position with 5-5 record. Globalport lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with seven games lost. Blackwater's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rain or Shine (#6) in Manila and it may be quite challenging game. Globalport will play on the road against the league's second-placed Meralco Bolts (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Globalport: M.Holloway 28+23reb+1ast, S.Pringle 27+7reb+3ast, T.Bill Romeo 13+2reb+4ast, M.Baracael 11+1reb+1ast, S.Anthony 8+4reb+6ast, M.Cortez 6+6reb+2ast
Blackwater: A.Maliksi 22+5reb+1ast, S.Roi Sumang 21+2reb+4ast, H.Walker 19+13reb+9ast, M.Digregorio 16+1reb+2ast, D.Marcelo 13+4reb, J.Paul Erram 11+4reb+1ast
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KIA Picanto - SM Beermen 112-118

Bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 118-112 loss to seventh ranked SM Beermen (6-3) in Makati City on Saturday evening. They made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game, while KIA Picanto only scored eight points from the stripe. SM Beermen looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SM Beermen made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of center June Mar Fajardo (210-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and American forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) who added 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five SM Beermen players scored in double figures. American-Lebanese guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) responded with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Mark Yee (191-82) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SM Beermen have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with NLEX RW. Loser KIA Picanto still closes the standings with ten games lost. SM Beermen will meet at home Phoenix (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KIA Picanto will play against Star Hotshots in Pasig City and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KIA Picanto: G.Johnson 42+10reb+8ast, M.Yee 18+9reb+2ast, J.Corpuz 15+7reb+1ast, P.Paniamogan 14+3reb, R.Celda 9+5reb+4ast, N.Elorde 7+5reb+6ast
SM Beermen: J.Mar Fajardo 41+17reb+3ast, T.Watson 16+14reb+4ast, M.Lassiter 16+3reb+3ast, A.Santos 15+9reb+1ast, C.Ross 15+1reb+6ast, A.Cabagnot 11+3reb+8ast
gschID: 558157


Rain or Shine - B.Ginebra 82-89

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Manila: B.Ginebra (#2) and Rain or Shine (#5). Rain or Shine was defeated at home 82-89 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. B.Ginebra dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rain or Shine's 34. B.Ginebra forced 19 Rain or Shine turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Brownlee (197-88, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Center Greg Slaughter (216-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four B.Ginebra players scored in double figures. American forward JNathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and center Raymond Almazan (206-89) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Rain or Shine's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. B.Ginebra (8-2) keeps a position of league leader. Rain or Shine at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. B.Ginebra are looking forward to face TNT Ka Tropa (#3) in Makati in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rain or Shine will play on the road against Alaska Aces in Makati and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Rain or Shine: R.Almazan 20+8reb+1ast, J.Bullock 15+11reb+4ast, J.Cruz 13+6reb+4ast, C.Tiu 11+3reb, G.Norwood 9+10reb+2ast, B.Belga 6+7reb+7ast
B.Ginebra: J.Brownlee 28+10reb+2ast, L.Tenorio 16+3reb+4ast, G.Slaughter 12+13reb+3ast, E.Thompson 12+9reb+5ast, S.Mercado 9+2reb+5ast, J.Devance 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 558156


Star Hotshots - Globalport 109-83

Rather expected game in Pasig City where 10th ranked Globalport (2-7) was rolled over by seventh ranked Star Hotshots (5-4) 109-83. Star Hotshots dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Globalport's 48. Star Hotshots forced 19 Globalport turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Malcolm Hill (198-95, college: Illinois, agency: Pensack Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and power forward Ian-Paul Sangalang (201-91) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks by American forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) did not help to save the game for Globalport. Naturalized American forward Sean Anthony (193-86) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Five Globalport players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Star Hotshots maintains seventh position with 5-4 record. Globalport lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with seven games lost. Star Hotshots' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KIA Picanto (#12) in Makati City where they are favorite. Globalport will play on the road against the league's second-placed Meralco Bolts and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Globalport: M.Holloway 20+17reb+3ast, S.Anthony 12+9reb+2ast, B.Guinto 11+6reb, T.Bill Romeo 11+2reb+8ast, M.Baracael 10+3reb, M.Cardona 5+2reb+1ast
Star Hotshots: M.Hill 32+12reb+5ast, I.Paul Sangalang 17+10reb, J.Aldrech Ramos 9+4reb, P.Lee 9+5reb+3ast, M.Abundo 8+3ast, G.Mendoza 7+1ast
gschID: 558158


Meralco Bolts - Alaska Aces 106-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Manila. Local Meralco Bolts (7-2) outscored 9th ranked Alaska Aces (3-7) 106-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Alaska Aces. Meralco Bolts made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game, while Alaska Aces only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Alaska Aces 53-39 including a 44-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Cris-Michael Tolomia (191-93) supported him with 24 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!). Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Meralco Bolts players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by American forward LaDontae Henton (198-92, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for Alaska Aces. Point guard Jayvee Casio (178-86) added 18 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Meralco Bolts maintains second position with 7-2 record behind leader B.Ginebra. Alaska Aces at the other side keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Meralco Bolts' next round opponent will be Globalport (#10) in Pasig and are hoping to win another game. Alaska Aces will play at home against Rain or Shine and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alaska Aces: L.Henton 23+10reb+2ast, J.Casio 18+2ast, V.Manuel 10+3reb, C.Abueva 8+11reb+1ast, K.Racal 8+2reb+2ast, S.Enciso 3+1ast
Meralco Bolts: A.Durham 26+18reb+6ast, C.Michael Tolomia 24+4reb+2ast, B.Amer 17+3reb+2ast, R.deOcampo 10+2reb+1ast, C.Newsome 10+6reb+3ast, C.Hodge 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 558159


Phoenix - Rain or Shine 111-116

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Rain or Shine (5-3) beat on the road 11th ranked Phoenix (2-7) 116-111. Rain or Shine players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The winners were led by American forward JNathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: SDJ Sports) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and center Raymond Almazan (206-89) supported him with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rain or Shine players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 33 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 assists by American Brandon Brown (201-85, college: CS San Bernar.) did not help to save the game for Phoenix. Naturalized Canadian guard Matthew Wright (193-91, college: St.Bonaventure) added 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Despite that victory Rain or Shine went down to sixth position due to points difference. Phoenix lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with seven games lost. Rain or Shine's next round opponent will be Alaska Aces (#9) in Makati. Phoenix will play on the road against SM Beermen in Manila and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Phoenix: M.Wright 36+7reb, B.Brown 33+20reb+4ast, R.Jazul 9+4reb+3ast, W.Wilson 8+3reb+2ast, D.Kramer 8+6reb+2ast, J.Intal 7+1ast
Rain or Shine: J.Bullock 33+8reb+4ast, R.Almazan 25+11reb, G.Norwood 17+6reb+3ast, J.Cruz 14+4reb+5ast, J.Yap 9+1reb, M.Borboran 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558161


NLEX RW - TNT Ka Tropa 107-112

Very important is a home loss of second ranked NLEX RW (6-3) against fourth ranked TNT Ka Tropa (7-3) on Wednesday night. Host NLEX RW was defeated by TNT Ka Tropa in a tough game in Makati City 107-112. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NLEX RW. TNT Ka Tropa players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. NLEX RW was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 blocks. Jeth-Troy Rosario (201-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five TNT Ka Tropa players scored in double figures. American-Mexican forward Aaron Fuller (198-89, college: USC, agency: Haylett Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Alex Mallari (193-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for NLEX RW. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TNT Ka Tropa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. NLEX RW at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with SM Beermen. TNT Ka Tropa will play against league's leader B.Ginebra in Manila in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NLEX RW will play at home against Star Hotshots and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NLEX RW: A.Fuller 28+18reb+3ast, A.Mallari 19+9reb+5ast, L.Fonacier 10+3reb+2ast, K.Alas 9+6reb+5ast, C.Lastimosa 7, C.Baguio 7+2ast
TNT Ka Tropa: G.Rice Jr. 25+15reb+10ast, K.Williams 19+8reb+2ast, J.Troy Rosario 17+12reb, J.Castro William 13+5reb+7ast, M.Tautuaa 12+8reb+2ast, A.Semerad 10+2reb
gschID: 558160





Glen Rice Jr. gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News

American Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TNT Ka Tropa and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 26-year old swingman had a double-double of 43 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Star Hotshots (#7, 5-4) 104-99. TNT Ka Tropa is placed at 3rd position in Filipino PBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TNT Ka Tropa will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Rice Jr. had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be TNT Ka Tropa's top player in his first season with the team. Glen Rice Jr. averages this season 32.4ppg, 11.6rpg and 5.6apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of SM Beermen. Fajardo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 41 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for SM Beermen to edge KIA Picanto (#12, 0-10) by 6 points 118-112. This victory allowed SM Beermen to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fajardo is one of the most experienced players at SM Beermen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) of second-ranked Meralco Bolts. Durham showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Meralco Bolts, leading his team to a 106-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Alaska Aces (#9, 3-7). Meralco Bolts needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Durham has a great season in Philippines. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.7ppg (5th best), rebounds with 19.8rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 6.7apg (best passer). Durham attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Brown (201-PF-85) of Phoenix - 33 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Globalport - 28 points and 23 rebounds
6. Malcolm Hill (198-G-95) of Star Hotshots - 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Aaron Fuller (198-F-89) of NLEX RW - 28 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Henry Walker (198-G/F-87) of Blackwater - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Raymond Almazan (206-C-89) of Rain or Shine - 25 points and 11 rebounds

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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Angra adds Afonso to their roster - by Eurobasket News

AngraBasket/Vaquinha (Proliga) added to their roster experienced 34-year old forward Pedro Afonso (198-83). The last time (7-15) he played at Electrico FC in Portuguese LPB league. Afonso has played there for the last eight years.
He played in the final of Portuguese Proliga in 2015.
Afonso has spent his entire career in Portugal playing for two other teams: Ginasio and Queluz.

AngraBasket/Vaquinha roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rodrigo Laranjo
Darius Jones-Gibson
Luca Silvestri

Forwards:
Pedro Afonso
Carlos Dias
Diogo Duarte
Tiago Diniz

Coach: Nuno Rodrigues

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marcus Van (ex Korihait) signs at Terceira - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Terceira Basket SUSIARTE (LPB) landed 30-year old American power forward Marcus Van (201-100kg-87, college: Cent.Michigan). He has played for the last three years at Korihait in Finnish Korisliiga. In 35 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 10.5rpg (leader !!!), 1.2apg and 1.1bpg last season.
Among other achievements Van won Finnish 1st Division Division A championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Van is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (ALS Basket), Germany (ETB Wohnbau), Iceland (Njardvik), Ireland (UCC Demons) and Spain (Cordoba).
Van attended Central Michigan University until 2009 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

Terceira Basket SUSIARTE roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nuno Morais
Dillon Graham
Isaiah Johnson
Joshua Davis
Filipe von_Hafe
Vasco Pereira

Forwards:
Marcus Van
David Tavares
Fernando Ferreira
Joao Teixeira
Pedro Rodrigues

Center:
Joao Torrie

Coach: Daniel Brandao

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gydra re-signs at CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News

CAB Madeira (LPB) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Lithuanian forward Arvydas Gydra (206-102kg-89, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 31 LPB games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. Gydra helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Ereliai Mazeikiai in Lithuanian LKL where in 40 games he averaged 9.4ppg and 4.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gydra won Lithuanian NKL championship title for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Gydra represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0spg.
Gydra has played previously for three other Lithuanian teams: Sakalai, Dailes Akademija and S.Marciulionio KA-Himeja-Caparol Vilnius.

CAB Madeira roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mario Fernandes
Diogo Gameiro
Khalen Cumberlander

Forwards:
Frederick Gentry
Bobby Madison
Fabio Lima
Arvydas Gydra
Joao Gallina

Center:
Michael Mendes

Coach: Joao Paulo Silva

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Shamal adds Pecherov to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Al Shamal Doha (D1) added to their roster 32-year old Ukrainian international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-106kg-85). He played last summer at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in March. In 5 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.0bpg in 2016 season. The last season Pecherov was tested by the Nuggets in NBA.
In 2006 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in first round (18th overall). Pecherov won Dubai International Tournament championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
Pecherov has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
Pecherov also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg.
Pecherov is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), France (Paris Levallois), Italy (Armani Milano), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Spain (Valencia Basket), NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Ukraine (Politekhnik, BC Kyiv and Azovmash).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Very skilled big man. Knows how to play close to the basket, but excels outside ... His coordination and height are a great combination ... Plays very well on the perimeter, jump shot out past 20 feet is consistent ... Even knocks down the three point shot ... A real offensive threat with great form and confidence in his jump shot ...
Lacks the foot speed to defend small forwards ... Must become better defensively ... Lacks a great back to the basket game ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Erik McCree (ex N.Novgorod) signs at Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat landed 24-year old forward Erik McCree (203-102kg-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Pensack Sports). He was about to sign at N.Novgorod in Russian VTB league.
McCree has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Louisiana Tech University and it is his first season in pro basketball. McCree's team was regular season runner-up in C-USA. He received All-C-USA 1st Team award in 2017 at his college time.

Miami Heat roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Goran Dragic
Wayne Ellington
Larry Drew_II
Rodney McGruder
Dion Waiters
Tyler Johnson
Josh Richardson
Derrick Walton
Matt Williams

Forwards:
Udonis Haslem
James Johnson
Kelly Olynyk
Sebastian Saiz
Okaro White
Justise Winslow
Erik McCree
Jordan Mickey
Bam Adebayo

Centers:
Hassan Whiteside
A.J. Hammons

Coach: Erik Spoelstra

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Champions League: Avtodor open campaign with win in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - Avtodor 72:83

Avtodor Saratov got to the winning start of their Basketball Champions League campaign. They beat Keravanos in Nicosia in the Qualifying Round opener. Branden Frazier (190-G-92, college: Fordham) scored 19 points to lead the Russian team.
Keravnos sank 25 points in the first term to take a 3-point lead. But Avtodor quickly erased the deficit in the second period. The Saratov team ensured a 45:43 halftime lead. Keravnos pulled within a single point at the final intermission. But Avtodor used a 19:9 run in the fourth period and sealed the road win at the end. Micah Downs (195-G/F-86, college: Gonzaga) produced 10 points, while Hummer, Klimenko and Artem Zabelin (215-F/C-88) delivered 9 points each for the winners. Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) replied with 19 points for Keravnos. Tre Bussey (190-G-91, college: Georgia South) had 17 points in the loss.



Samara SGEU signs Aleksey Golyahov - by Alex Rovenskyi

BC Samara-SGEU (Superleague 1) signed 33-year old point guard Aleksey Golyahov (190-86kg-84, agency: AproK Sports Group). He has played for the last two seasons at Sakhalin in Superleague. However his team withdrew from the league. In 25 Superleague 1 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.7apg last season. Golyahov helped them to make it to the cup final.
He won Russian Superleague 1 championship title in 2016.
Golyahov was a member of Russian U21 National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously professionally also in Ukraine (BC Odessa, Poltava and DniproAzot) and Russia (Avtodor, Khimki, Sojuz Zaretchny, Ryazan and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok).

BC Samara-SGEU roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksey Golyahov
Linas Lekavicius
Dmitriy Golovin
Artem Chevarenkov

Forwards:
Aleksei Zozulin
Alexander Savenkov
Evgeny Fidiy
Maksim Chislov
Aleksey Chilikin
Daniil Sinegubov

Centers:
Nikita Ivanov
Ievgen Minchenko

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA edge Lavrio in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

Lavrio - CSKA 71-93

CSKA edged Lavrio in preseason clash in Greece. The Russian powerhouse grabbed a 26-13 lead and never looked behind after. They added a 22-18 run in the second period for a 48-31 halftime advantage. Moreover CSKA posted a 28-19 rally in the third period and did not mind a 17-21 loss in the last stanza. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 15 points, while Cory Higgins (196-G/F-89, college: Colorado) netted 12. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) posted 11 apiece, whilst Othello Hunter (203-C/F-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) and Alan Makiev (210-C-91) added 10 each.



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Taylor Brown (ex Real Betis) is a newcomer at Al Ahli Jeddah - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli Jeddah (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Taylor Brown (200-89, college: Bradley). He was tested by Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. Brown ended the last season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL where in 17 games he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.5rpg. Brown helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL. In 20 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements Brown received Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Brown's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Brown has played previously professionally in Belgium (Basic Fit Brussels), Germany (Fraport Skyliners II), Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Mexico (Halcones de Ciudad Obregon), Turkey (Darussafaka) and Sweden (Nassjo).
He attended Bradley University until 2012 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great shooter, very aggressive in the paint. Loves to play inside-outside and is able to score in very different ways. Athletic player, who goes after the rebounds. Led the team with 14.8ppg and 6.4rpg his senior year in Bradley University. Was nominated All-MVC Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dusan Katnic (ex MZT Skopje) signs at Monthey - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BBC Monthey (LNA) landed 28-year old Serbian point guard Dusan Katnic (193-85kg-89). He played most recently at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 6 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Katnic also played that season for Dynamic in Serbian KLS where in 16 games he had 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg and 2.1spg. He won Macedonian League championship title.
Among other achievements Katnic received Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team award back in 2009.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. Katnic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 86.7%.
Katnic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Bosnia (Igokea), Poland (Anwil), Slovenia (Krka) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

BBC Monthey roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Katnic
Gilles Martin
Jonathan Kazadi
Thomas Fritschi
Jerry Kuba
Divin Zayadiaku

Forwards:
Markel Humphrey
Rodrigue Maza
Bijanu Kashama
Terrance Henry
Kevin Blaser
Yoan Granvorka

Center:
Jonathan Dubas

Coach: Branko Milisavljevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vuk Jovanovic (ex Sloga) is a newcomer at Politekhnik - by Eurobasket News

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov (Superleague) added to their roster 22-year old Serbian point guard Vuk Jovanovic (183-95). He played last season at Sloga in Serbian KLS league. In 15 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. Jovanovic also played that season for The Ere (also in KLS) where in 11 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.2apg.
His team made it to the Radivoj Korac ( Cup) Semifinals in 2014.
Jovanovic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Crvena Zvezda, Tamis and FMP Beograd.

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bo Barnes
Brandon Peters
Shai Fields
Vuk Jovanovic

Center:
Almir Hadzisehovic

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Bojan Krstovic signs at Metalac - by Ivan Milenkovic

Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (KLS) landed experienced 37-year old guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80, agency: Interperformances) from KK Vrsac Swisslion. In 40 KLS games he averaged 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Krstovic played at Dynamic (2MLS) where in 23 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian 2MLS 2nd Team.
Krstovic has played also professionally in Italy (Remer Treviglio), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda, Borac, Pec Buducnost and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Metalac.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Partizan lands Patrick Miller, ex Leones SD - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed 25-year old American point guard Patrick Miller (185-86kg-92, college: Tennessee State). He played in the summer at Leones de Santo Domingo in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 24 games he averaged impressive 18.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 6.3apg (top 2). Miller helped them to make it to the final. The last season he played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 42 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Miller was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in second round (28th overall).
The former Tennessee State standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Miller won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Miller has played previously professionally in Turkey (Besiktas and Yesilgiresun Bld) and NBA G League (Texas Legends).

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Patrick Miller
Slobodan Jovanovic
Tom Wilson
Andreja Stevanovic
Nigel Williams-Goss
Aleksandar Aranitovic

Forwards:
Marko Cakarevic
Novica Velickovic
Strahinja Gavrilovic
Mihajlo Andric
Nikola Tanaskovic

Centers:
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

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Apoel adds Fleming to their roster, ex Iskra Svit - by Eurobasket News

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) added to their roster American forward Josh Fleming (198, college: Ferris State). He played last season at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league. In 43 games he had 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2apg. Fleming helped them to make it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won GLIAC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Fleming was also voted All-GLIAC 2nd Team in 2015 and 2016.
He graduated from Ferris State in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andreas Pilavas
Vassilis Kounas
Gavriel Kilaras
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Michalis Mythillos
Victor Ieronymides

Forwards:
Giorgos Karapatakis
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Josh Fleming
Rafaello Petsa
Christos Karampatakis

Center:
Damontre Harris

Coach: Antonis Konstantinides

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Inter Bratislava and Iskra Svit continue friendly campaigns - by Eurobasket News

Inter Bratislava and Iskra Svit continue friendly campaigns, however suffered the latest defeats. Umana Reyer rolled over Inter Bratislava 101-69. The Italian side dominated from the start of the game and never looked behind after. Umana Reyer won the first period 26-16 and enjoyed a 55-29 halftime advantage. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Orelik, Johnson and Watt netted 14 each. Stefan Matovic (203-SF-91, agency: BeoExcell) and Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-PG-90, agency: 011 Sports) ended up with 16 points each in the losing case.
Jindrichov Hradec overcame Iskra Svit 93:84. The team from Czech Republic posted a 20-15 lead in the start of the game and added a 22-19 rally in the second frame. Moreover they won the third stanza 21-19 as both teams nailed 31 points each in the last period for the final result. Marko Radonjic (191-PG-93) scored 23 points in the losing effort and Jackson posted 17.



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Heat's Goran Dragic retiring from Slovenia team - by Eurobasket News

NBA guard Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) has confirmed he is retiring from the Slovenia team that won the European basketball championship. Dragic says on Tuesday, "I achieved what I wanted, the gold medal, and this is the right time to bid farewell." The 31-year-old Dragic led Slovenia with 35 points to beat Serbia 93-85 in the final on Sunday in Istanbul, earning the MVP award. He says Slovenia's qualifying campaign for the 2019 world championship will start in November, and it would be impossible for him to play due to his professional duties with the Miami Heat in the NBA. Tens of thousands of jubilant Slovenes greeted the new European champions on Monday in the capital of Ljubljana.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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Navarro signs new ten-year contract with Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona officially announced that longtime team captain Juan Carlos Navarro (192-SG-80) signed a new, ten-year deal with the club. 'La Bomba' will continue hooping in the upcoming season and with the completion of 2017/2018, the club and himself will agree on whether he will continue as a player or assume a new role within the organization. Navarro, 37, debuted with Barcelona's senior squad back in 1997 and has been playing for the team ever since, excluding a one-year stint in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies during 2007-2008. He's been a two-time EuroLeague winner (2003, 2010), eight-time Spanish League champion and six-time Spanish Copa Del Rey winner with the Blaugrana. Last Sunday, Navarro announced his retirement from the Spanish national team after 17 years full of distinctions and no less than ten medals in international competitions.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Valls Nutrion signs Adria Baiget - by Eurobasket News

CB Valls Nutrion (EBA) signed 28-year old point guard Adria Baiget (190-89). He played last season at Cambados Cidade Europea do Vino 2017 in the LEB Silver. In 33 games he had 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Baiget played at Estela where in 21 EBA games he recorded 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg and 2.6spg (in top 5).
He won EBA Group C Regular Season in 2013.
Baiget has played previously professionally also in United Kingdom (Reading Rockets) and Spain (Tarragona, Vila-seca, Santa Cruz de La Palma and McDonald's).

CB Valls Nutrion roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Adria Baiget
Oriol Besora
Marc Navarro

Forwards:
Dionte Adams
Marc Gimenez
Pablo Fontanet

Coach: Francesc Canals

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Federico Ucles is a newcomer at Araberri - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old power forward Federico Ucles (204-93) from Castello. In 34 LEB Gold games he recorded 7.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Ucles played at Leche Rio Breogan where in 34 LEB Gold games he averaged 4.1ppg and 4.4rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group D in 2013. Ucles received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
He has played previously for five other teams: Blancos de Rueda, CB Granada, Plasencia, Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia and Guadix.

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Centers:
Martin Buesa
Federico Ucles

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Jerusalem top Zaragoza to clinch Trofeo Ibercaja - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza - Hapoel Jerusalem 70:81

Hapoel Jerusalem celebrated Trofeo Ibercaja-Ciudad de Zaragoza. They upset hosting Zaragoza for the title. Six players scored in double digits for the Israeli champions. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) led the effort with 14 points.
Hapoel Jerusalem jumped to a 23:15 lead after the opening frame. They boosted the lead at 14-point mark at the big break 51:37. Hapoel stayed in charge throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 72:57. Zaragoza narrowed the distance in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Austin Daye (211-F-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 13 points, while Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points for the winners. Sergi Garcia (193-PG-97) responded with 16 points for Zaragoza. Jarvis Varnado (206-C-88, college: Mississippi St.) had 14 points in the defeat.



Leyma Coruna edge Real Betis for Trofeo Teresa Herrera - by Eurobasket News

Leyma Coruna - Real Betis 76:69

Leyma Coruna clinched the Teresa Herrera Trophy. They beat Real Betis Energia Plus for the title. Trevor Cooney (193-G-92, college: Syracuse) delivered 25 points to lead the winners.
Coruna jumped to a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Coruna posted a 36:29 halftime lead. Real Betis though bounced back with a 24:12 run in the third quarter. Coruna managed to recover in the final stanza. They ignited a 28:16 run to snatch the victory. Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91, college: Arizona St.) provided 11 points, while Michael Torres (188-G-94) added 10 points for the winning side. Ryan Kelly (211-PF-91, college: Duke) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Real Betis. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, college: Siena, agency: Alti Sport) had 13 points and 16 rebounds in the defeat.



Ivan Martinez agreed terms with Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old swingman Ivan Martinez (192-90). The last season Martinez played at CB Granada (LEB Silver). In 15 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg (in top 5).
Among other achievements his team made it to the LEB Gold Play-Off Semifinals in 2013 and 2015.
Martinez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Martinez has played previously for five other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Tarragona, Palencia_Baloncesto, Promobys Tijola and Clinicas Rincon.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Johannes Voigtmann
Ilimane Diop
Daniel Bordignon

Coach: Pablo Prigioni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Taylor Brown (ex Real Betis) is a newcomer at Al Ahli Jeddah - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli Jeddah (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Taylor Brown (200-89, college: Bradley). He was tested by Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa. Brown ended the last season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL where in 17 games he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.5rpg. Brown helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL. In 20 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements Brown received Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Brown's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Brown has played previously professionally in Belgium (Basic Fit Brussels), Germany (Fraport Skyliners II), Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Mexico (Halcones de Ciudad Obregon), Turkey (Darussafaka) and Sweden (Nassjo).
He attended Bradley University until 2012 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great shooter, very aggressive in the paint. Loves to play inside-outside and is able to score in very different ways. Athletic player, who goes after the rebounds. Led the team with 14.8ppg and 6.4rpg his senior year in Bradley University. Was nominated All-MVC Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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12 Hours of Basketball in Utrera - by Juan Dominguez

The 11th edition of the 12 Hours of basketball is going to take place in Utrera on the 23rd of september, almost a thousand of players will be willing to play in the Pepe Alvarez sports centre. Also it is a solidary event because each player will have to get a kilo of non-perishable food. This food is going to be collected and they will donate it to some of the food banks that are in Utrera area. Pasts years they have accomplished the figure of ton of food.


In the sports section, and to give an order to the celebration, all teams can play three games at least, these are developed in different tournaments among teams participating. As a holiday party, Alba Ibis CB Utrera will face Dos Hermanas team which are in 1 National division in another preseason game, Agustn Moreno players will have their almost last game of the preseason before the season starts.




RETAbet Bilbao Basket tabs Mickell Gladness, ex Kalev/Cramo - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) inked 31-year old American center Mickell Gladness (211-104kg-86). He played most recently at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. Gladness managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 28 Alexela KML games he averaged 6.2ppg and 5.4rpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Estonian All-Star Game. Gladness also played 7 games in Baltic League where he had 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. And finally Gladness contributed to 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5bpg.
Gladness ended the previous (2015-16) season at San Lorenzo in Argentinian LigaA. In three games he got 6.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0bpg. But the most of that year he spent at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel. In 21 games he got 5.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6bpg.
Gladness has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he received All-SWAC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2007 and 2008.
Gladness is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). Gladness has played previously professionally in Australia (Townsville Crocodiles), Holland (M.Magixx), New Zealand (Rams), NBA (Orlando Magic) and NBA G League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Reno Bighorns).

RETAbet Bilbao Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Javier Salgado
Ricardo Fischer
Shane Hammink
Agustin Sans
Aitor Zubizarreta
Lucio Redivo
Jon Betolaza
Joseba Estalayo

Forwards:
Alex Mumbru
Axel Hervelle
Pere Tomas
Dejan Todorovic
Vasilije Vucetic
Jameel McKay
Borja Mendia
Unai Mendikote

Centers:
Mickell Gladness
Tim Kempton

Coach: Carles Duran

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Dusan Katnic (ex MZT Skopje) signs at Monthey - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BBC Monthey (LNA) landed 28-year old Serbian point guard Dusan Katnic (193-85kg-89). He played most recently at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 6 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. Katnic also played that season for Dynamic in Serbian KLS where in 16 games he had 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg and 2.1spg. He won Macedonian League championship title.
Among other achievements Katnic received Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team award back in 2009.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. Katnic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 86.7%.
Katnic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende), Bosnia (Igokea), Poland (Anwil), Slovenia (Krka) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

BBC Monthey roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dusan Katnic
Gilles Martin
Jonathan Kazadi
Thomas Fritschi
Jerry Kuba
Divin Zayadiaku

Forwards:
Markel Humphrey
Rodrigue Maza
Bijanu Kashama
Terrance Henry
Kevin Blaser
Yoan Granvorka

Center:
Jonathan Dubas

Coach: Branko Milisavljevic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hebraica inks Eric Williams, ex Lugano Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (LUB) agreed terms with 33-year old American center Eric Williams (206-128kg-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA league. In 27 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.7apg. Williams helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL where in 28 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 5.1rpg. Williams also spent pre-season at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league that year.
In 2006 he was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in sixth round (61st overall).
The former Wake Forest University standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Import of the Year back in 2012.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (Limoges CSP Elite), Italy (MIA-RO Cantu, VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta, Umana Venezia and New Basket Brindisi) and Kazakhstan (Astana).
On Williams: An extremely large and powerful post player that surprises opponents with his quickness and athletic ability. Can dominate games with his strength, intensity and ability to get good post position.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Povilas Cukinas (ex Chemidor) joins ES Sahel - by Ahmad Madwar

Etoile du Sahel (Division I) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Lithuanian ex-international power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-103kg-83). He played last season at Chemidor in Iranian Superleague. In 20 games he had 11.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention.
Cukinas ended the previous (2015-16) season at Aix Maurienne in French NM1 where in 9 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at Samen (also in Superleague). In 26 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 18.3ppg and averaged 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team.
Cukinas played in the final of Baltic League (Challenge Cup) in 2011.
He was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Cukinas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team back in 2006 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
He played at the WABA Club Championships this year. Cukinas' team got to the Semifinals.
He is quite experienced player. Cukinas' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Cukinas tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Germany (Walter Tigers), Italy (MIA-RO Cantu), Latvia (Barons Riga and Jekabpils), Switzerland (Starwings), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas and Vytautas) and France (Vendee Challans).
On Cukinas: Goos size and moves. Still improving. Good turn around jumper. Controls the game. Smart player. Very soft hands for a man his size, has yet to improve the intensity of his game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Taskiran is back at Yesilgiresun - by Eurobasket News

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) agreed terms with 20-year old shooting guard Enes Taskiran (190-97). The last season Taskiran played at Yesilgiresun Bld. In 27 BSL games he had 4.6ppg and 1.3rpg.
Taskiran represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 28.2%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 60.0%.

Yesilgiresun Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erkan Yilmaz
Kenny Boynton
Ra'shad James
Kristijan Nikolov
Enes Taskiran

Forwards:
Tomislav Gabric
Efe Besok

Centers:
Dusan Cantekin
Djordje Gagic
Ivan Marinkovic

Coach: Mihailo Uvalin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Galatasaray edge Cholet in preseason game - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Galatasaray 65:78

Galatasaray overcame Cholet in the test game in Mouilleron-le-Captif. Richard Hendrix (203-C-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) stepped up with 19 points to lead the Turkish side.
Galatasaray opened the game on a 20:9 run. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The visitors ensured a 44:27 halftime advantage. Galatasaray arrived at the final break up by as many as 20 points 64:44. Cholet managed to narrow the distance in the final period. Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse) netted 16 points, while Dwight Hardy (188-SG-87, college: St.John's) added 15 points for Galatasaray. Jonathan Rousselle answered with 14 points for Cholet. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) had 13 points in the defeat.



TBL Federation Cup 2017 Results - by Baha Kurtulus

Group A
Day 1
Akhisar Belediye - Samsun BSB. Anakent : 76-75
Bakrkoy Basket - Karesi Basketbol : 75-84
Ankara DSI - HE TED Kolejliler : 78-68

Day 2
Samsun BSB. Anakent - Bakirkoy Basket : 80-95
Karesi Basketbol - Ankara DSI : 62-80
HE TED Kolejliler - Akhisar Belediye : 88-94

Group B
Day 1
Turk Telekom - Duzce Belediye : 52-75
PETKIM Spor - Selcuklu Belediye : 64-74
Bahcesehir Koleji - Bandirma Kirmizi: 73-55

Day 2
Duzce Belediye - PETKIM Spor :77-81
Selcuklu Belediye - Bahcesehir Koleji: 65-87
Bandrma Kimizi - Turk Telekom : 49-78

Group C
Day 1
Antalyaspor - OGM Orman Spor :62-56
Yalova Group Belediye - Istanbulspor Beylikduzu : 59-94
Bursaspor Durmazlar - Afyon Belediyesi : 75-79

Day2
OGM Orman Spor - Yalova Group Belediye :71-77
Istanbulspor Beylikduzu - Bursaspor Durmazlar : 61-73
Afyon Belediyesi - Antalyaspor : 59-76




Tofas sign Andrew Rautins - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Tofas Bursa (BSL) signed 31-year old Canadian ex-international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86kg-86, college: Syracuse). He has played for the last two seasons at Gaziantep Basketbol in the BSL. In 30 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg last season. Rautins also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 he was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (38th overall). The former Syracuse University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Big East Regular Season in 2010. Rautins was also voted Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention in 2016.
He was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Rautins played for Canadian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg.
Rautins is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Spain (HLA Alicante), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Rautins could be described: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
He is always active without the ball, constantly running through and around screens to free himself open … More than just a 3 point specialist, it's his play making abilities that make him a well rounded player … He has an excellent basketball IQ, along with tremendous court vision, his passing skills can sometimes go overlooked … When he does have an open lane to penetrate, Andy has the ability to take it, and set up his teammates for easy baskets.
He lacks athleticism, size and strength, which hurt him on both ends when comparing him to other shooting guards at the next level … He does not have the quickest first step, which really makes him nothing more than catch and shoot threat when it comes to scoring
.

Tofas Bursa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sammy Mejia
Baris Ermis
Andrew Rautins
Pierria Henry
Kadir Bayram
Yigit Arslan

Forwards:
Caner Topaloglu
Raymar Morgan
Tony Crocker
Kenny Kadji
Berkan Durmaz

Centers:
Josh Owens
Muhsin Yasar

Coach: Orhun Ene

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NBL Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Ndejje (9-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Sharing Youth (5-12). Ndejje managed to secure a 4-point victory 67-63 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sharing Youth won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Innocent Ochera (-97) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 steals. Kenyan guard Micheal Otieno (193-93) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Tong Gatwech (-92) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Sharing Youth. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ndejje maintains fifth place with 9-5 record. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Ndejje will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sharing Youth will play against UCU Canons (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between ninth ranked JKL Dolphins (5-10) and 12th ranked Nkumba M. (2-13) in ended with biggest points difference. JKL Dolphins outscored guests from 91-47. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Ferdinand Odama (158-95) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Norman Blick helped adding 14 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JKL Dolphins moved-up to seventh place. Nkumba M. lost fifth consecutive game. Nkumba M. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. JKL Dolphins' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .

In the last game of round 27 Power beat UPDF on the road 68-52.

Sharing Youth - Ndejje 63-67

The game in was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Ndejje (9-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Sharing Youth (5-12). Ndejje managed to secure a 4-point victory 67-63 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sharing Youth won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Innocent Ochera (-97) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 steals. Kenyan guard Micheal Otieno (193-93) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Tong Gatwech (-92) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and center Stephan Otoa (-91) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sharing Youth. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ndejje maintains fifth place with 9-5 record. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Ndejje will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sharing Youth will play against UCU Canons (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Sharing Youth: T.Gatwech 20+6reb+2ast, S.Otoa 16+6reb, T.Okello 8+8reb+5ast, N.Jakisa 7+1reb+1ast, M.Sebi 5+2reb+1ast, G.Otim 3
Ndejje: I.Ochera 21+3reb+1ast, M.Otieno 17+2reb+3ast, G.Baderha 10+7reb, M.Deng 9+10reb+3ast, K.Nunda 8+2ast, S. Kisily 2+1reb
gschID: 570416


JKL Dolphins - Nkumba M. 91-47

The game between ninth ranked JKL Dolphins (5-10) and 12th ranked Nkumba M. (2-13) in ended with biggest points difference. JKL Dolphins outscored guests from 91-47. The game without a history. JKL Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JKL Dolphins forced 23 Nkumba M. turnovers and outrebounded them 47-26 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. JKL Dolphins players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Ferdinand Odama (158-95) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Norman Blick (199-83) helped adding 14 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) with 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Malvin Midaki (-90) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JKL Dolphins moved-up to seventh place. Nkumba M. lost fifth consecutive game. Nkumba M. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. JKL Dolphins' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Top scorers:
Nkumba M.: S.Makutwa 13+7reb+1ast, M.Midaki 13+6reb+2ast, M.Kayihura 8+3reb+1ast, I.Mulunda 5+2reb+1ast, S.Chasimba 4+2reb+2ast, U.Walugembe 2+1reb+1ast
JKL Dolphins: F.Odama 22+6reb, N.Blick 14+4reb+8ast, D.Orenga 12+3reb+1ast, D.Ogara 10+4reb+1ast, I.Enabu 9+5reb+3ast, B.Ochola 6+1ast
gschID: 570415


UPDF - Power 52-68

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Power (12-4) beat on the road 10th ranked UPDF (4-11) 68-52. The game was mostly controlled by Power. UPDF was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UPDF to just 7 points in first quarter. Power dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to UPDF's 30. Power forced 33 UPDF turnovers. It was a great evening for center Kojo Micheal (-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 steals. Kenyan power forward Mickeal Makiadi (199-89) helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Power's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Stephen Wokorach with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Joseph Dramaza scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Power have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-4 record having just eleven point less than leader Pemba Warriors. UPDF at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UPDF: S.Wokorach 14+12reb+2ast, J.Dramaza 12+5reb+1ast, F.Mukunzi 10+4reb+2ast, H.Okoth 4+2reb+1ast, E.Okello 4+3reb, D.Ogwang 3+1reb
Power: K.Micheal 20+4reb, P.Odong 12+1reb+2ast, M.Makiadi 11+9reb+2ast, F.Kasinde 10+2reb+1ast, F. Sebatindira 5+2reb+4ast, J.Ikong 3+5reb+6ast
gschID: 570414





FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships set for October - by Eurobasket News

The 2018 FIBA Africa Zone Five Club Championships will be held from October 1-7 at Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Kampala, organizers, Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) have confirmed. The competition for both women and men returns to Uganda after five years. The country hosted the 2012 edition when Rwanda's Espoir scooped the men's tourney while Kenya's Eagle Wings claimed the women's title. The regional club competition attracts the League champion teams from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi and Egypt. Uganda's City Oilers and Kenya's Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) are the defending champions in the men and women categories respectively. The annual regional basketball competition is staged by member countries on a rotational basis. Tanzania staged last year's edition while Rwanda organized the 2015 edition. Rwanda will be represented by three clubs, two (Patriots and IPRC-South) in the men's category and Ubumwe in the women's category. The regional clubs' flagship tournament will also serve as qualifiers for the FIBA Africa Club Championships finals to be hosted in Casablanca, Morocco in December.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



Odama's 22 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Ferdinand Odama (158-F-95) put on an amazing game in the last round for JKL Dolphins and receives a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds for JKL Dolphins in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Nkumba M. (#12, 2-13) with 44-point margin 91-47. JKL Dolphins is placed at 7th position in Ugandan league. JKL Dolphins is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Odama had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ferdinand Odama averages this season 11.9ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Tong Gatwech (F-92) of Sharing Youth. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Sharing Youth. In the last game Gatwech recorded impressive 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Sharing Youth was edged by the higher-ranked Ndejje (#5, 9-5) 67-63. This loss caused Sharing Youth to drop to 8th position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Sharing Youth managed to get this year. Gatwech is one of the most experienced players at Sharing Youth and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.7ppg (#8). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Innocent Ochera (G-97) of Ndejje (#5). Ochera scored 21 points. He was a key player of Ndejje, leading his team to a 67-63 win against the lower-ranked Sharing Youth (#8, 5-12). Ndejje needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Ochera has a very solid season. In 16 games in Uganda he scored 11.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Micheal Otieno (193-G-93) of Ndejje - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kojo Micheal (C-87) of Power - 20 points and 4 rebounds
6. Stephan Otoa (C-91) of Sharing Youth - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Maker Deng (94) of Ndejje - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivan Enabu (186-PG-85) of JKL Dolphins - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Norman Blick (199-F/G-83) of JKL Dolphins - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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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Malchevskiy is back at Khimik - by Eurobasket News

BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny (Superleague) signed 30-year old forward Vitali Malchevskiy (203-98kg-87). It is actually his comeback to Yuzhny as he has played here before. Malchevskiy played last season at Zaporizhya in Ukrainian Superleague. In 8 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. Malchevskiy also played that season for Kryvbas where in 20 Superleague games he recorded 9.3ppg and 3.9rpg.
Malchevskiy has played previously for four other teams: Budivelnyk, Dnipro, KNU Krivyi Rih and KDPU Kr.Rih.

BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Derrick Colter

Forwards:
Vitali Malchevskiy
Oleksandr Antypov
Austin Arians

Center:
Stanislav Zavadsky

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Vuk Jovanovic (ex Sloga) is a newcomer at Politekhnik - by Eurobasket News

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov (Superleague) added to their roster 22-year old Serbian point guard Vuk Jovanovic (183-95). He played last season at Sloga in Serbian KLS league. In 15 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. Jovanovic also played that season for The Ere (also in KLS) where in 11 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.2apg.
His team made it to the Radivoj Korac ( Cup) Semifinals in 2014.
Jovanovic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Crvena Zvezda, Tamis and FMP Beograd.

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bo Barnes
Brandon Peters
Shai Fields
Vuk Jovanovic

Center:
Almir Hadzisehovic

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Al Shamal adds Pecherov to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Al Shamal Doha (D1) added to their roster 32-year old Ukrainian international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-106kg-85). He played last summer at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in March. In 5 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.0bpg in 2016 season. The last season Pecherov was tested by the Nuggets in NBA.
In 2006 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in first round (18th overall). Pecherov won Dubai International Tournament championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
Pecherov has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
Pecherov also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg.
Pecherov is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), France (Paris Levallois), Italy (Armani Milano), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Spain (Valencia Basket), NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Ukraine (Politekhnik, BC Kyiv and Azovmash).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Very skilled big man. Knows how to play close to the basket, but excels outside ... His coordination and height are a great combination ... Plays very well on the perimeter, jump shot out past 20 feet is consistent ... Even knocks down the three point shot ... A real offensive threat with great form and confidence in his jump shot ...
Lacks the foot speed to defend small forwards ... Must become better defensively ... Lacks a great back to the basket game ..
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Worcester cruise past Bristol in preseason - by Eurobasket News

Worcester Wolves eased past Bristol Flyers 87-71 in pre-season action at the University of Worcester Arena on Monday. It was newly-appointed club captain Ashton Khan (183-PG, college: Tiffin) who started the scoreboard ticking with a basket and a bonus free throw. His backcourt companion Elvisi Dusha (188-G-94) made an immediate impact with a steal and a behind-the-head pass for Alex Navajas to convert, pushing Wolves 15-5 ahead. Newly-signed American forward Trayvon Palmer (198-G, college: Chicago St.) dived on the floor to set up a Khan triple before setting out on a nine-point burst of personal scoring, aiding a commanding 30-14 first quarter lead. By half-time the advantage had held firm at 47-32, with Trayvon Palmer doubling his points tally. The third quarter featured six three-pointers for the hosts, including a couple each for Trayvon Palmer and his countryman Brandon Parrish. A healthy 69-51 cushion entering the final quarter gave coach Paul James the opportunity to distribute court-time across his squad. At five minutes remaining, Bristol had slashed the lead to 71-51. Seven-foot centre Dallin Bachynski (213-C-91, college: Utah) made his presence felt with several inside baskets, rounding out his evening with a powerful dunk from a clever Navajas assist, re-establishing Worcester's superiority. Trayvon Palmer led the scoring with 28 points, followed by Khan with 23. Bachynski and Parrish totalled 15 points apiece. 'I liked what I saw tonight,' declared James. 'We worked hard. Bristol came back at us a couple of times but we kept our composure and kept our shape.' Wolves suit up again for another pre-season outing this Friday at the University of Worcester Arena, (tip off 7.30), when Sheffield Sharks visit the city. 'I'm really pleased that so many people come out to see us on a Monday evening. I felt the team put on a good show for them, so hopefully everyone will come back for more of the same on Friday', added James.
Courtesy of: worcesterwolves.org



Away teams on form in Patrons Cup - by Dave Ryan

Essex Leopards' Division Two debut ended in defeat as David Watts (206-F-83) led Nottingham Hoods to a 79-73 Patrons Cup victory at the Brentwood Centre, on Sunday.
Watts finished with 25 points and Delaney Powell 23 as the Hoods put themselves in the driving seat in Group Four.

There was nothing to choose between the two sides for the first three periods. Euan James gave Hoods an 18=17 lead at the first break but Wes Moore looked to have sent Leopards into the half time break with the lead but the young guard turned the ball over, and Kieran Wright beat the buzzer to tie the game at 34 going into the locker room.

Ruben Saiz Colon opened the second half scoring for the Big Cats but the teams were still tied at 46 going into the final three minutes of the third period, but although Hayes put Leopards ahead briefly with a dunk off Bennett's pass, it took three free-throws from Bennett to keep them within two as they went into the final break 53-51 ahead.

Hoods opened the fourth period with a 6-2 run to take a lead they would never lose. Korry Callum broke the run but a Powell trey made it a nine point game with three and half minutes remaining before Ashby and Shaq Lewis dragged Leopards back into the game.But it was Watts who sealed the win with a pair of three-pointers, and the Big Cats will travel to Ipswich on Saturday knowing they will need a much improved performance.

The Big Cats were without American guard AJ Roberts who is still waiting for the Home Office to issue his clearance to live in the UK, and they clearly missed him, but it was the lack of defensive intensity and too many turnovers that will worry coach Thomas Baker.

Dougie Bennett led the home side with 21 points, with new signing Callum adding 12 and Jamie Hayes nine.
Earlier on Sunday, Thames Valley Cavaliers showed why they are favourites to win Division Two this season with a 103-71 hammering of newly promoted Middlexex LTBC thanks to a rampant second half.



The Lithuanians were given a rude awakening in the first quarter as the visitors rushed into a 32-16 lead, only for Middlesex to recover and outscore Thames Valley 32-15 in the second to lead 48-47 at half-time.

That was as good as it got for the hosts, though as, led by Martelle McLemore Thames Valley won the third period 30-10 and wrapped things up with a 26-13 final period.

Robert Banks jnr added 19 for Cavs, with Sylla chipping in with 17. Middlesex were led by M Krasauskas with 22

Saturday's only game in the competition saw a strong second half help Birmingham Elite to a 76-71 win at Liverpool.

A tight first quarter saw the visitors edge it 15-14 before Liverpool took control with a 27-19 second period to lead by seven going into the locker room.

That led was cut to three as Elite won the third period 22-18 before sealing the win with a 20-12 final stanza.

David Stevic led all scorers with 26 for the visitors with Lacitis and Damlies adding 17 apiece.

Gayle top scored for Liverpool with 18, while Dave Ulph marked his debut with 12.




National Trophy review - by Dave Ryan

he opening weekend of the National Trophy went to form, with a couple of close games and a couple of blowouts.
What turned into an eventful day in Leicester for Hemel Storm saw them open the campaign with a 72-60 win at visitors.
Debutants Dave Ajumobi (19) and Courtney Van Beest (198-F-88) (11) led the way for Robert Youngblood's side who put a 14-10 first period deficit behind them to take control in the second period, outscoring the hosts 21-9 to lead 31-23 going into the locker room.
With Elliott Sentance leading all scorers with 22 points, Warriors cut the deficit to 52-46 at the final break, but Storm closed out the win with a 20-14 fourth period.
Storm then hung around Leicester for a bit before providing the opposition for BBL champions Leicester Riders after Plymouth Raiders were forced to pull out of their pre-season meeting due to travel problems.
There was an even closer game at Bradford College Sports Hall, but the short-handed home side came up short as they lost 73-70 against Team Newcastle University.
The Division One debutants led 14-12 at the first break before Dragons recovered to lead 31-28 at half-time. A 20-14 third period gave Newcastle the separation they needed, before the sides split 50 fourth quarter points as the north east held on the for the win.
Veteran Dragons Raphael Saipe (21), Ricky Fetske (16) and Rihards Sulcs (13) led the way for Chris Mellor's side, while former Tees Valley Mohawk Roman Nelson led Newcastle with 21 points, Alei Wol and Fran Urli adding 13 and 11 respectively.
Things were a bit more clear-cut at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Centre as Derby Trailblazers romped to a 104-72 victory against Lancashire Spinners.
The two sides are expected to finish at opposite ends of the table, and there were no signs of an upset as the hosts led from tip to buzzer. Derby started the game strongly, with a three-pointer from Thompson after just nine seconds had elapsed. By the third minute, the lead had risen to nine points and it hovered around this mark for much of the first quarter. Trailblazers took the second period 31-11, effectively securing the outcome of the game at the half way stage. Runs of 14-2 and 9-2 either side of a Spinners time-out ensured there was no way back for the visitors.
Matt Ward-Hibbert bagged 24 points, sixteen of which came within a blistering second quarter. Ward-Hibbert produced a shooting masterclass, converting 67% from beyond the three-point line and 86% from the free-throw line, as well as capturing six rebounds.
All of Derby's new signings impressed, with Canadian Kadeem Thompson (183-PG) netting 21 points and four rebounds, Eric Benedick finishing with 19 points, five rebounds and six assists and Leome Francis dominating under the basket to provide twelve points and thirteen rebounds.
Spinners' Loick Pouale impressed with 24 four points and ten rebounds, while player-coach Anthony Purcell had seventeen and nine and Reiss Haggith finished with fifteen points, despite only managing to convert three of his seventeen long-range attempts.
Solent Kestrels also opened the season with a big victory, blowing away the new-look Worthing Thunder 107-85.
Despite strong performances from Zaire Taylor, Brendan Okoronkwo and James Grinham, Thunder were undone by Solent's inside presence with 56 points coming in the paint. The hosts were also dominant on the boards as they out-rebounded Worthing 48-36.
Taylor led all scorers with 30 points with captain Okoronkwo adding 27 and Grinham hitting 17 with five three-pointers.
Herm Senor II led Solent with 24 points and eight rebounds. J Tagarelli added 19 and E Dadds 16.
An 8-2 run gave Solent an early 8-6 advantage and that lead grew to 15-9 before back-to-back three-pointers from Grinham levelled the scores at 15-15. Solent though finished the stronger of the two sides and took a 25-19 lead going to the second quarter.
Back-to-back baskets from Taylor trimmed the hosts' lead to three points at the beginning of the period but the mini comeback was short-lived as numerous turnovers by Worthing led to easy points at the other end as Solent led 60-45 at the half-time break.
A score inside from Aiman Rezk followed by a three from Taylor narrowed the deficit to 14 points early in the third but Worthing's positive spell was again short-lived as the hosts scored frequently and finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to put Solent Thunder 82-61 ahead, and they closed out the win comfortably.



Obi Agu signs to Western Wyoming College - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey forward Obinna Agu (6'6''-F-97) has signed to Western Wyoming College for the 2017-18 season. The 6'5 Agu has completed 3 years at BA after joining from Newham Youngbloods, in particular taking a leadership role during the 2016-17 season whilst helping BA to an undefeated season in the EABL and the National League Division 2 league and playoff title. 'I'm delighted for Obi, that he's able to continue his basketball career moving onto the US,' BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner commented. 'There hasn't been many players that have maximised their ability coming through our programme the way Obi has. He's been one of the hardest workers that we've had in his three years with us.' Agu becomes the third BA player who will be on the Mustangs' roster for this season, joining Amin Adamu and alumnus Calvin Nevill-Kintu. 'I think that moving onto a place like Western Wyoming, where he'll be able to continue alongside two other Barking Abbey students is truly deserved for a player like Obi,' added Gardner. 'On the floor he's a very versatile athlete and I think he'll be able to help Western Wyoming, not just with his skill set and offensive and defensive ability,but through his leadership. 'He was a major factor in our success last year in both the EABL and National League season because of the leadership he was able to provide within games and in practice, he was a role model to some of the other players within our programme.' Agu averaged 9.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the EABL last season and represented the Great Britain Under-20s at the Division B European Championships this summer - his first call up to a National Team - where he helped them to Division A promotion.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



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Sayago won the promotion to the LUB - by Hector Lopez

Sayago won 3-2 the promotion to the Uruguaya League 2018 after beating Tabare 77-66. Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added 5 assists, while Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds, for Cordon and Emiliano Serres (205-F-97) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Santiago de Gouveia (187-G) scored 21 points, foe Tabare. Verdirrrojo defeatd Cordon 85-82 to tie 2-2 the other playoff. For Verdirrrojo, Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) scored 21 points and added 8 rebounds, while Federico Cholaquides (193-F-93) finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. For Cordon, Dida Pereira (203-C-92, college: Sequoias CC) scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds,


Callistus Eziukwu (ex Trikalla) signs at Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Nacional (LUB) landed 32-year old American center Callistus Eziukwu (208-100kg-85, college: Grand Valley State). He played most recently at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In 15 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Eziukwu also played that season for Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel where in 7 games he had 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg.
His team won Estonian Cup in 2011.
Eziukwu is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in ten different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Eziukwu has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apoel), France, Italy (Virtus Roma), Mexico (Rayos de Hermosillo), Poland (AZS Koszalin and Czarni), Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu), Turkey, Ukraine (Mykolaiv and Kryvbas) and Estonia (Tartu Ulikool).
He attended Grand Valley State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Eziukwu's outlook: A true 6-10 inside player who is very athletic and has long arms. Set new records in rebounding and shot-blockin in college, also he's a great kid who can play for his team. Can score inside, thanks to a good jump hook.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trevante Drye (ex Stockolmo) is a newcomer at CD Castro - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportes Castro (Liga Nacional) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Trevante Drye (199-102kg-93, college: Tulane). He played last summer at Stockolmo in Uruguayan Metropolitan. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 14.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.1spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention.
The most of last season Drye spent at Sayago (LUB) in Uruguayan league where in 25 games he averaged remarkable 19.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention. Drye also played that season for Union in Argentinian LUB. In 7 games he had 7.4ppg and 4.0rpg.
Drye has played previously professionally also in Finland (Oulun NMKY).
He attended Tulane University until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hebraica inks Eric Williams, ex Lugano Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (LUB) agreed terms with 33-year old American center Eric Williams (206-128kg-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA league. In 27 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.7apg. Williams helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL where in 28 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 5.1rpg. Williams also spent pre-season at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league that year.
In 2006 he was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in sixth round (61st overall).
The former Wake Forest University standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams won Kazakhstan League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Import of the Year back in 2012.
Williams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (Limoges CSP Elite), Italy (MIA-RO Cantu, VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta, Umana Venezia and New Basket Brindisi) and Kazakhstan (Astana).
On Williams: An extremely large and powerful post player that surprises opponents with his quickness and athletic ability. Can dominate games with his strength, intensity and ability to get good post position.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Darrius Garrett (ex Marinos) joins Malvin - by Eurobasket News

Malvin Montevideo (LUB) added to their roster 27-year old American center Darrius Garrett (206-96kg-90, college: Richmond). He played last season at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 13 games he had 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4bpg. Garrett also played that season for Hoops Club in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in 11 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 11.9rpg and 2.5bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Swiss LNA in 2013. Garrett was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Garrett's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Garrett tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Koroivos and Nea Kifisia), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Poland (BM Slam Stal), Turkey (Afyon Bld) and Switzerland (Fribourg).
Garrett attended University of Richmond until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Garrett: A very good low post operator, who has great leaping ability and athleticism. His career figures show that he is a true intimidator inside, great shot blocker and defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Darrius Garrett (ex Marinos) joins Malvin - by Eurobasket News

Malvin Montevideo (LUB) added to their roster 27-year old American center Darrius Garrett (206-96kg-90, college: Richmond). He played last season at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league. In 13 games he had 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4bpg. Garrett also played that season for Hoops Club in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in 11 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 11.9rpg and 2.5bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Swiss LNA in 2013. Garrett was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Garrett's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Garrett tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Koroivos and Nea Kifisia), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Poland (BM Slam Stal), Turkey (Afyon Bld) and Switzerland (Fribourg).
Garrett attended University of Richmond until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Garrett: A very good low post operator, who has great leaping ability and athleticism. His career figures show that he is a true intimidator inside, great shot blocker and defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Darius Lewis gets MVP of the Week award for Vietnamese VBA - by Eurobasket News

American Darius Lewis (211-C-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Saigon H. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 39 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat Can Tho CF (#4, 2-2) 72-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Saigon H. is placed at 2nd position in Vietnamese VBA. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Saigon H. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Lewis turned to be Saigon H.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Duquesne graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lewis is league's best scorer averaging so far 30.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 19.5rpg. Lewis is in league's top in and averages solid 2.0bpg,3.5spg and 61.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-F/C-90, agency: Inception Sports) of Can Tho CF. Hamilton impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Can Tho CF lost that game 59-72 to Saigon H. (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Hamilton is a newcomer at Can Tho CF and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#5). He also registered 14.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Rudolphe Joly (208-C-92) of Danang Dragons (#6). Joly showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. Despite Joly's great performance Danang Dragons lost 64-79 to Thang Long W. (#1, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Danang Dragons can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Joly he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Joly has individually a great season in Vietnam. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 15.3rpg (3rd best) and assists with 4.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vincent Nguyen (178-PG-95) of Hanoi B. - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Bilal Richardson (203-F) of Hochiminh CW - 26 points and 15 rebounds
6. Jaywuan Hill (203-F/C-89) of Thang Long W. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Ryan Le) of Thang Long W. - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Quang To (180-PG-84) of Thang Long W. - 22 points and 3 assists
9. Waale Tim (193-F/G) of Danang Dragons - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Justin Young (201-F/C) of Thang Long W. - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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




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Women News


Orlando Splash finishes with a 7-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Splash took a 7-0 record on top of the Southeast Division. Together with Middle GP they advanced to the semifinals from the group.
Top 2 teams from the Northeast and the top 2 teams from the Southeast made the WABA Championship semis. Jersey E. and Mt. Vernon S. advanced from the Northeast Division. The playoffs begin October 6-8.



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Top Division Women Round 2: Belfius Namur defeats Declercq Stortbeton - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Declercq Stortbeton (1-1) on the court of Belfius Namur on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Belfius Namur 70-65. The game without a history. Belfius Namur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Belfius Namur outrebounded Declercq Stortbeton 49-21 including a 32-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. International Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Declercq Stortbeton. Belfius Namur is looking forward to face Kangoeroes in Boom in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Declercq Stortbeton will play at home against Jeugd Gentson (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Jeugd Gentson (0-1) and R.Spirou Monceau (1-1), which took place in Gent. Jeugd Gentson lost at home to R.Spirou Monceau 50-63. Forward Marie Hamaide (173-91) scored 16 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Sarah Deneil chipped in 13 points during the contest. The former international power forward Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-90) responded with 19 points. Jeugd Gentson's coach Wesley Wauters rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Castors Braine (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jeugd Gentson will play against Declercq Stortbeton (#8) in Waregem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Verviers-Pep. (0-2) and Kangoeroes (2-0) in Verviers on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Boom outscored Verviers-Pep. 86-63. Brittany Starling notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Nina Crelot did not help to save the game for Verviers-Pep.. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kangoeroes will meet at home Belfius Namur (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Verviers-Pep. will play against Liege (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 2 Sint Katelijne beat Liege on the road 75-70. Winless Laarne lost to undefeated Deerlijk on its own court 74-85.

Verviers-Pep. - Kangoeroes 63-86

The game between Verviers-Pep. (0-2) and Kangoeroes (2-0) in Verviers on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Boom outscored Verviers-Pep. 86-63. The game was mostly controlled by Kangoeroes. Verviers-Pep. managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kangoeroes dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Verviers-Pep.'s 28. Kangoeroes forced 22 Verviers-Pep. turnovers. American-Cameroonian center Brittany Starling (183-94, college: USC Upstate) notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international Jana Raman (185-91) supported her with 12 points and 7 assists. Four Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. Even 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international Nina Crelot (169-87) did not help to save the game for Verviers-Pep.. Elise Vnaubel (174-98) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kangoeroes will meet at home Belfius Namur (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Verviers-Pep. will play against Liege (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: N.Crelot 20+6reb+5ast, J.Bungaite 9+3reb, E.Vanaubel 9+5reb+1ast, C.Van Bladel 5+3reb+4ast, N.Kacperska 5+4reb, N.Bonvoisin 4+3reb+1ast
Kangoeroes: B.Starling 14+8reb+4ast, E.Correal 12+2reb, J.Raman 12+3reb+7ast, H.Adams 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Mense 9+4reb+1ast, X.Smeets 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 549149


Belfius Namur - Waregem 70-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Declercq Stortbeton (1-1) on the court of Belfius Namur on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Belfius Namur 70-65. The game without a history. Belfius Namur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Belfius Namur outrebounded Declercq Stortbeton 49-21 including a 32-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. International Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Ronni Williams (183, college: Florida, agency: ProDep Management) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Sien Devliegher (177-93) added 17 points in the effort for Declercq Stortbeton. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Belfius Namur is looking forward to face Kangoeroes in Boom in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Declercq Stortbeton will play at home against Jeugd Gentson (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Waregem: S.Devliegher 17+2reb+3ast, J.Nared 14+8reb+3ast, M.Celus 13+1reb+1ast, A.Aizsila 12+1reb+1ast, E.Devliegher 5+2reb+1ast, L.Gaspar 4+6reb+1ast
Belfius Namur: R.Williams 19+7reb+2ast, S.Hendrickx 18+9reb+2ast, M.Ortiz 13+3reb+5ast, H.Mestdagh 10+2reb, J.Vesterberg 8+14reb, N.O'Sullivan 1+1reb+1ast
gschID: 549146


Liege - Sint Katelijne 70-75

No shocking result in a game when Sint Kateline Waver (2-0) beat on the road Liege (0-2) 75-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sint Kateline Waver made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Power forward Laure Resimont (185-98) notched 27 points to lead the effort and Billie Massey (184-0) supported her with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Sint Kateline Waver's coach Arvid Diels used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists by the former international center Jaleesa Maes (188-92, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Liege. Center Laura Henket (183-98, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Sint Kateline Waver will meet at home Laarne (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liege will play against Verviers-Pep. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: J.Maes 24+13reb+8ast, L.Henket 12+8reb+2ast, E.Hambursin 12+3reb+3ast, C.Borlee 8, A.Milanovic 7+1reb, N.Doppee 5+2ast
Sint Katelijne: L.Resimont 27+4reb+2ast, B.Massey 19+2reb+3ast, B.Massey 15+13reb, L.Mpoyi 4+2reb, S.Ouahabi 4+4reb+3ast, E.Ramette 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 549147


Jeugd Gentson - Spirou Monceau 50-63

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Jeugd Gentson (0-1) and R.Spirou Monceau (1-1), which took place in Gent. Jeugd Gentson lost at home to R.Spirou Monceau 50-63. Forward Marie Hamaide (173-91) scored 16 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Sarah Deneil (173-90) chipped in 13 points during the contest. The former international power forward Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-90) responded with 19 points and power forward Lien Lentacker (182-90) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Jeugd Gentson's coach Wesley Wauters rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Castors Braine (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jeugd Gentson will play against Declercq Stortbeton (#8) in Waregem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jeugd Gentson: A.Strubbe 19+3reb, E.Heyse 8+3reb, L.Lentacker 7+9reb+1ast, A.De Bondt 5+5reb+2ast, M.Versavel 3, A.Verelst 2+3reb+1ast
Spirou Monceau: M.Hamaide 16+4reb+2ast, S.Deneil 13+1reb+1ast, C.Pappalardo 9+5reb, V.Patelli 8+2reb+1ast, A.Radic 7+4reb, S.Bastin 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 549148


Laarne - Deerlijk 74-85

Rather expected game when Laarne (0-2) lost at home to Tulikivi (1-0) 85-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tulikivi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Tulikivi outrebounded Laarne 44-30 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Lisa Foucart (170-92) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Lisa Mukeba (184-96) supported her with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points by forward Ilse Deforche (173-92) did not help to save the game for Laarne. Spanish guard Victoria Vine (173-95, college: Eckerd) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Five Tulikivi and four Laarne players scored in double figures. Tulikivi will meet at home B.Willebroek (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Laarne will play against Sint Kateline Waver (#2) in Sint Katelijne and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Laarne: I.Deforche 18+4reb+2ast, V.Vine 18+5reb+1ast, B.Vanrenterghem 16+4reb+3ast, K.Beeckmans 15+1reb+2ast, T.Putman 6+7reb+2ast, E.De Stoop 1+5reb
Deerlijk: L.Foucart 17+6reb+1ast, L.Mukeba 16+8reb, S.Storme 13+7reb+3ast, L.Capoen 10+13reb, L.Delmulle 10+6reb, I.Degels 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 549145





Maes' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Jaleesa Maes (188-C-92, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Liege and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
She had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while her team lost the game against the league's best team Sint Katelijne (#2, 2-0) 70-75. Liege moved-up to the 11th position in Belgian Top Division Women. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 2 games and recorded no victories. Maes turned to be Liege's top player in her first season with the team. Maes has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.0ppg) and assists (7th best: 4.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Laure Resimont (185-F/C-98) of league's second-best Sint Katelijne. She is a forward in her 4th season at Sint Katelijne. In the last game Resimont recorded impressive 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Sint Katelijne to edge Liege (0-2) by 5 points 75-70. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Resimont is one of the most experienced players at Sint Katelijne and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#5). She also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sofie Hendrickx (186-PF-86) of Belfius Namur (#6). Hendrickx scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was a key player of Belfius Namur, leading her team to a 70-65 win against Waregem (1-1). Belfius Namur needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Hendrickx has a very solid season. In 2 games in Belgium she scored 10.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nina Crelot (169-SG-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Becky Massey (186-C) of Sint Katelijne - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lisa Mukeba (184-F/C-96) of Deerlijk - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-F/C-90) of Jeugd Gentson - 19 points and 3 rebounds
8. Billie Massey (184-PF) of Sint Katelijne - 15 points and 13 rebounds
9. Silke Storme (172-F-92) of Deerlijk - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Bieke Vanrenterghem (175-G/F-86) of Laarne - 16 points, 4 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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  BOSNIA  


Anela Alagic (ex Goga) joins Banovici - by Eurobasket News

KK Banovici (Division I) agreed terms with 22-year old Bosnian power forward Anela Alagic (182-95). She played last season at Goga in Albanian Superliga. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Supercup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Albanian League 2nd Team. The other team Alagic played shortly was Jedinstvo where in 7 games she had 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 3.0apg.
Alagic represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 2.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bosnia



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  CROATIA  


Lana Packovski moves from Italy to Poland - by Zeljko Zule

Croatian National team member Lana Packovski (170-G-94) will continue her career in Poland. She signed a one-year contract with JAS-FBG Zagebie Sosnowiec.
Packovski arrives from Italian side Fassi Albino, for whom she averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists (ranked fifth) and 2.3 steals in 27 Serie A2 League games last season.
Packovski grew up with Croatia 2006 and has already played for Medvescak, Lupa promotion Novi Zagreb, Pula and Tresnjevka 2009 before moving to Italy last summer.
Packovski was a member of Croatian National team that won silver meda at the U16 European Championship in Greece in 2010.



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  FINLAND  


Kiana Johnson Will Return to Finland for 2017-18 Season - by Eurobasket Center

Former NCAA Div. II Player of the Year, Kiana Johnson (168-G-93, college: Virginia Union), will return to Finland this month to play professionally for Tapiolan Honka (Espoo) of the top Finnish league for women. Kiana played for Forssan Alku (FoA club) in the same league in Finland last season.

When asked about the signing, Kiana said, "I'm ready to travel back to Finland and experience a new club, in a new city. I feel as though I have unfinished business and I'm excited for the challenge of bringing a championship to Tapiolan Honka."

In 2015-16, Kiana led all of NCAA women's basketball in scoring average at 29.2 points/game. She was also second in NCAA Div. II in total assists (268) and shot 40% from 3-point range. Kiana headlined the WBCA All America First Team, was CIAA Player of the Year, and was named the VaSID Player of the Year and the Virginia Player of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She led the Virginia Union Panthers to a 28-3 record and an Elite 8 appearance in the NCAA Div. II Tournament. Kiana played her first three years at Big Ten powerhouse Michigan State University, starting in 58 games. Kiana is a product of Whitney Young High School, Chicago, Illinois.

Check also Complete Transfers List in Finland



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  FRANCE  


Clarke's double-double lands her LF2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Tiffany Clarke (183-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Avenir and receives a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 1.
She had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while her team beat Montbrison (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 80-71. Avenir is placed at 2nd position in French league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Avenir won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Clarke's second year at Avenir and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Vanderbilt University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clarke is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 13.0rpg. Clarke is in league's top in and averages solid 80.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chandra Harris (185-F/C-89) of COB Calais. She is American forward in her first season at COB Calais. In the last game Harris recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she led COB Calais to another comfortable win 67-54 over CFBB (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Harris is a newcomer at COB Calais and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#3). She also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Asia Logan (184-F-92) of Bretagne Basket (#3). Logan scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of Bretagne Basket, leading her team to a 79-64 easy win against SIG (#11, 0-1). Bretagne Basket has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Logan also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Logan as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mathilde Combes (184-C-96) of Avenir - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Sylvie Gruszczynski (173-G-86) of Toulouse - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Laetitia Guapo (180-SF-95) of Reims - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Astan Dabo (203-C-92) of Arras - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Melanie Devaux (170-PG-92) of Charnay - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) of Reze - 24 points and 2 rebounds
10. Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91) of Montbrison - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Recap of LF2 Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LF2 just started.

Arras edged Toulouse at home 65-62. Toulouse was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 16-12 charge of Arras, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Mali center Astan Dabo (203-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Sabrina Reghaissia (188-83) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Sylvie Gruszczynski (173-86) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Toulouse. Toulouse will play next round against strong Bretagne Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Arras will try to continue on its current victory against Montbrison on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Angers (0-1) on the court of Reze. Visitors were defeated by Reze 66-55. Swingman Clementine Samson (181-91) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and Hannah Sunley-Paisley chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side forward Soana Lucet (185-87, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Reze will play against COB Calais (#5) on the road in the next round. Angers will play against Avenir to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also tough home loss of CFBB in a game in Paris versus undefeated COB Calais (#7) 67-54. Chandra Harris nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Nabala Fofana came up with 7 points and 12 rebounds for CFBB in the defeat. CFBB's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. COB Calais will meet at home Reze (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CFBB will play against Reims and hope to win that game.
The game between Bretagne Basket (1-0) and SIG (0-1) in Pleyber-Christ ended with biggest points difference. Bretagne Basket beat guests from llkirch-Graff. 79-64. Asia Logan fired 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bretagne Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bretagne Basket's next round opponent will be Toulouse (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. SIG will play against Charnay (#4) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 1 Reims lost to Charnay on the road 57-67. Avenir won against Montbrison on its own court 80-71.

Reze - Angers 66-55

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Angers (0-1) on the court of Reze. Visitors were defeated by Reze 66-55. The game was mostly controlled by Reze. Angers was better in third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Reze shot 20 for 28 from the free-throw line, while Angers only scored three points from the stripe. Swingman Clementine Samson (181-91) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and Canadian center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side forward Soana Lucet (185-87, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-95) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Reze will play against COB Calais (#5) on the road in the next round. Angers will play against Avenir to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Reze: C.Samson 24+2reb+1ast, H.Sunley-Paisley 11+12reb+1ast, K.Kouyate 11+6reb, J.Digbeu 7+3reb+2ast, L.Mallivet 7+5reb+1ast, M.Hatchi 4+2reb+2ast
Angers: C.Djaldi-Tabdi 15+6reb+1ast, C.Aubert 11+7reb+1ast, S.Lucet 11+9reb+4ast, I.Arrondo 9+6reb+3ast, K.Williams 6+3reb, L.Lokoka 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 558913


Charnay - Reims 67-57

Charnay used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Reims 67-57. Reims was ahead by 13 points at the halftime before a 46-23 second half run of Charnay. Point guard Melanie Devaux (170-92) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Laure Belleville (175-87) chipped in 17 points. Laetitia Guapo (180-95) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Fleur Devillers (181-95) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Charnay's next round opponent will be SIG (#11) in llkirch-Graff. and are hoping to win another game. Reims will play at home against CFBB (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charnay: M.Devaux 21+7reb+2ast, L.Belleville 17+3reb+3ast, K.Diaby 13+5reb+1ast, C.Mantelin 8+1reb, I.Rahmanovic 5+10reb+1ast, J.Cortinovis 3+12reb+4ast
Reims: L.Guapo 15+10reb+3ast, F.Devillers 13+3reb+1ast, N.Popovic 9+4reb+1ast, S.Ousfar 8+6reb, P.Butler 6+4reb+1ast, C.Morateur 4+1reb
gschID: 558915


Arras - Toulouse 65-62

Arras edged Toulouse at home 65-62. Toulouse was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 16-12 charge of Arras, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Mali center Astan Dabo (203-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Sabrina Reghaissia (188-83) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Sylvie Gruszczynski (173-86) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Australian forward Mikaela Ruef (190-90, college: Stanford) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Toulouse. Toulouse will play next round against strong Bretagne Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Arras will try to continue on its current victory against Montbrison on the road.
Top scorers:
Arras: A.Dabo 17+12reb+1ast, S.Reghaissia 14+8reb+5ast, B.Dinga-Mbomi 12+2reb+1ast, E.Cammas 9+1reb+1ast, M.Micaletto 5+1reb+1ast, R.Diakite 4+1reb
Toulouse: S.Gruszczynski 18+7reb+5ast, M.Ruef 17+9reb+2ast, A.Dumont 6+1reb, O.Toure 6+1reb, A.Pochet 5+2reb+1ast, L.Carlier 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 558917


Avenir - Montbrison 80-71

Avenir used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Montbrison 80-71. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 26-8 run, which allowed them to win the game. Avenir forced 21 Montbrison turnovers and outrebounded them 38-19 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Montbrison helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Mathilde Combes (184-96) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (187-91, agency: LBM Management) produced 18 points and the former international guard Emilie Duvivier (165-84) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Montbrison's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Avenir's next round opponent will be Angers (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Montbrison will play against Arras and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Avenir: T.Clarke 28+13reb+1ast, M.Combes 16+8reb+7ast, T.Gandega 12+3reb+5ast, E.Marie 9+4reb+4ast, M.Marjanovic 6+7reb, A.Nayo 4+1ast
Montbrison: O.Maznichenko 18+4reb+2ast, E.Duvivier 14+3reb+5ast, A.Bouillon 12+1reb+4ast, V.Adjutor 9+3reb+1ast, A.Foisse 8+4reb+1ast, P.Bright 8+1reb
gschID: 558912


Bretagne Basket - SIG 79-64

The game between Bretagne Basket (1-0) and SIG (0-1) in Pleyber-Christ ended with biggest points difference. Bretagne Basket beat guests from llkirch-Graff. 79-64. The game without a history. Bretagne Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Asia Logan (184-92, college: Pittsburgh) fired 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Marie Butard (174-86) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Bretagne Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Cameroonian Amina NJonkou (185-88, college: Arizona) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and center Celine Schmitt-Sender (185-80) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Bretagne Basket and four SIG players scored in double figures. Bretagne Basket's next round opponent will be Toulouse (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. SIG will play against Charnay (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bretagne Basket: A.Logan 17+8reb+2ast, K.Corre 13+2reb+2ast, D.Balayera 11+7reb, M.Butard 11+3reb+6ast, V.Majekodunmi 10+2reb+4ast, E.Naigre 7+5reb+3ast
SIG: M.Okou-Zouzouo 12+1reb+3ast, C.Schmitt-Sender 11+7reb+2ast, K.Bourdin 11+3reb+3ast, A.N'Jonkou 10+11reb+2ast, L.Dambach 8+3reb+5ast, M.Bienvenu 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 558916


CFBB - COB Calais 54-67

An interesting game was also tough home loss of CFBB in a game in Paris versus undefeated COB Calais (#7) 67-54. The game was mostly controlled by COB Calais. CFBB managed to win third quarter 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Chandra Harris (185-89, college: Georgia St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Anais Viale (188-91) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four COB Calais players scored in double figures. Center Nabala Fofana (186-0) came up with 7 points and 12 rebounds and forward Zoe Wadoux (178-1) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for CFBB in the defeat. CFBB's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. COB Calais will meet at home Reze (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CFBB will play against Reims and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
COB Calais: C.Harris 23+11reb, A.Viale 14+9reb+2ast, A.Pagnier 12+3reb+1ast, M.Vrdoljak 11+3reb+3ast, A.Turmel 5+3reb, L.Fischer 2+2reb+1ast
CFBB: Z.Wadoux 11+5reb+1ast, M.Fauthoux 10+2reb+1ast, K.Chery 7+3reb, N.Fofana 7+12reb+3ast, I.Rupert 6+8reb+1ast, K.Salgues 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558914





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  IRELAND  


Killester tabs Chantell Alford - by Greg

Pyrobel Killester Dublin (Super League) inked 26-year old American guard Chantell Alford (178-91, college: Boston, agency: Gamble Sports Management) from Glanmire. In 16 Super League games in Ireland she averaged 11.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.1apg, 2.5spg and 1.5bpg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
Among other achievements Alford won Irish Premier League championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Alford has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk) and Lebanon (Al Riyadi).
She attended Boston until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Rebeka Maria Kinkeviciute is a newcomer at Suduva - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 15-year old guard Rebeka Maria Kinkeviciute (173-2). She played most recently at Marijampoles Kolegija-Suduvis in the AMKL.
Kinkeviciute represented Lithuania at the European Championships U16 in Bourges (France) this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg.

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole roster for 2017-2018:

Rita Milieskiene
Neringa Skadaite
Greta Tamasauskaite
Simona Dobrovolskyte
Justina Matuzonyte
Stephanie Gardner
Danielle McCray
Ligita Tamutyte
Rebeka Maria Kinkeviciute
Lina Mikeleviciene
Gerda Statkeviciute

Coach: Tadas Stankevicius

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MALTA  


Hibernians ink Rachel Kehoe - by Greg

Hibernians (Women League) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Rachel Kehoe (192-93, college: E.Michigan, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played last season at Unio Esportiva Mataro in Spanish Liga Catalana. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Mediterranean Cup 1st Team in 2017.
Kehoe graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NAIA  


Cal Maritime Names Dennis Cox Head Women's Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

The California State Maritime Academy has named Dennis Cox as its new Head Women's Basketball Coach. Cox was the Division II National Coach of the Year in 2011 when his team won the National Championship. Cox spent the last three seasons in the same position at San Francisco State. Prior to his time with the Gators, he held the same position with Clayton State in Morrow, Georgia. He guided the Lakers to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship and a 267-57 overall record in his 10 years at Clayton State. 'I am thrilled to be named the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Cal Maritime,' Cox said. 'I'm grateful to President Thomas Cropper, Vice President of Student Affairs Stephen Kreta, and Athletic Director Marv Christopher for the privilege and opportunity to be a part of the Keelhauler family.' During his tenure at Clayton State, Cox guided the Lakers to 10 consecutive 20-plus win seasons including two 30-win seasons. Cox is a three-time winner of the Whack Hyder Award which is given to the state of Georgia's Women's College Coach of the Year. The Lakers went an incredible 96-6 and were ranked first in the nation during three seasons he won the award. During that span, Clayton State's six losses were the second-fewest losses in all of collegiate basketball behind only Baylor University's five. Athletic Director Marv Christopher is thrilled to add a coach with a record of success at the NCAA D-II level and experience in the bay area. 'Coach Cox brings a great deal of success and experience to our basketball program,' Christopher said. 'He has experience at many different levels and knowledge of what student athlete will best fit our university and be successful at a Maritime Academy. 'Dennis has been in the bay area for three years now, and has familiarized himself with the various aspects of California recruiting. This knowledge will allow him to recruit freshman as well as junior college players to initiate the rebuilding process and be competitive in the ever-improving Cal Pac Conference.' Cox really likes the group of student athletes he has inherited at Cal Maritime and is eager to put them to work. 'I would like to acknowledge the former staff and express my appreciation for the work they did in attracting so many fine student-athletes to the program,' Cox said. 'Our first goal with this group is to get them in really good shape physically, in order to give them the best chance to compete with confidence.' His teams won seven Peach Belt Conference championships (2005-07, 2012-14), four Peach Belt Conference tournament championships (2005, 2007, 2010, 2013), four NCAA Division II Regional Championships (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013), and the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship that saw the Lakers dominate throughout the tournament, winning six games by an average of more than 21 points. Coach Cox says knows it could take time for the Lady Keelhaulers to reach the level of wins his teams attained at Clayton State, but he is ready to instill a culture that will breed success. 'In this first year, our expectation is to work hard every day to become better than we were yesterday, as individuals and as a team,' Cox said. 'If we will do that, whatever the outcome, we will consider it a successful season, and a winning culture will begin to be established. For the future, we expect that winning attitude to continue to grow and flourish.' Along with being the named the Georgia College Coach of the Year three times, he has been Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year four times, NCAA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year three times and National Coach of the Year once. In 2016 The Peach Belt Athletic Conference celebrated its 25th anniversary, and Coach Cox was one of 25 members elected to the inaugural Hall of Fame class. Coach Cox embraces the role of mentor to student athletes and knows basketball is only part of the equation when it comes to preparing his students for their future. 'Our challenge will be to earn the trust of our players, so that they know we are here for their growth and development in all areas of their college experience,' Cox said. 'Certainly we want them to become the best basketball player that they can be, but equally important will be the expectation to become everything a Cal Maritime cadet should represent - a committed, hard-working student, pledged to serving our community, and ultimately becoming a key component to a workplace environment upon graduation.' In addition to his success at Clayton State, he also achieved similar success in his 14 years of coaching at the junior college level in Florida. He is a member of the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Hall of Fame for his coaching success at both Daytona Beach and Valencia. Coach Cox majored in Biology at Eckerd College and earned his Master's Degree in Physical Education from the University of Central Florida. He and his wife Ruth reside in Vallejo.
Courtesy of: cmakeelhaulers.com



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Metropolitan League Round 4: Felix Perez hands first defeat to San Jose - by Eurobasket News

San Jose (2-1) recorded its first loss in Asuncion on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Felix Perez (2-2) 79-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Jose. Felix Perez maintains fourth position with 2-2 record. San Jose at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Sol de Amer.. Felix Perez are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (#6) in the next round. San Jose will play against the league's leader Libertad (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Libertad delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Olimpia A. (1-3) 59-51. Libertad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Olimpia A. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Libertad will play against league's second-placed San Jose in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpia A. will play against Sol de Amer. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 146-12 loss to third ranked Sol de Amer. (2-1) in on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Sol de Amer. moved-up to second place, which they share with San Jose. Newly promoted Ciudad Nueva still closes the standings with four games lost. Sol de Amer. will meet Olimpia A. (#5) in the next round. Ciudad Nueva will play against Felix Perez and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Sol de Amer. - Ciudad Nueva 146-12

Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 146-12 loss to third ranked Sol de Amer. (2-1) in on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Sol de Amer. moved-up to second place, which they share with San Jose. Newly promoted Ciudad Nueva still closes the standings with four games lost. Sol de Amer. will meet Olimpia A. (#5) in the next round. Ciudad Nueva will play against Felix Perez and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 570060


Felix Perez - San Jose 79-60

San Jose (2-1) recorded its first loss in Asuncion on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Felix Perez (2-2) 79-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Jose. Felix Perez maintains fourth position with 2-2 record. San Jose at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Sol de Amer.. Felix Perez are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (#6) in the next round. San Jose will play against the league's leader Libertad (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 570059


Libertad - Olimpia A. 59-51

Leader Libertad delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Olimpia A. (1-3) 59-51. Libertad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Olimpia A. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Libertad will play against league's second-placed San Jose in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpia A. will play against Sol de Amer. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 570058





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Monique REID
  Manati
  (185-PF-90)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reid, Manati24.0 
 2. Henderson, Yauco22.3 
 3. Winton, Carolina22.0 
 4. Rosado, Morovis20.5 
 5. Nyingifa, Manati20.0 
 6. Martucci, Isabela18.0 
 7. Brown, Isabela17.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Morovis16.5 
 9. Salaman, Aguada15.3 
 10. Blazejewski, Morovis13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Atonye NYINGIFA
  Manati
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Nyingifa, Manati18.5 
 2. Greene, Morovis18.5 
 3. Jones, Carolina13.0 
 4. Reid, Manati11.5 
 5. Henderson, Yauco10.5 
 6. Winton, Carolina9.5 
 7. Bermudez, Manati9.5 
 8. Reynoso, Isabela9.0 
 9. Wampler, Aguada8.3 
 10. Murphy, Yauco8.3 
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, Yauco4.8 
 5. Bough, Isabela4.0 
 6. Jones, Carolina4.0 
 7. Cabrera, Carolina4.0 
 8. Henderson, Yauco3.8 
 9. Harris, Yauco3.8 
 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. Brown, Isabela2.0 
 8. Martucci, Isabela1.7 
 9. Greene, Morovis1.5 
 10. Reynoso, Isabela1.5 
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. Flores, Carolina1.0 
 6. Reynoso, Isabela1.0 
 7. Martucci, Isabela0.7 
 8. Jones, Carolina0.5 
 9. Poppens, Carolina0.5 
 10. Diaz, Manati0.5 


BSNF Round 2: Aguada defeats leader Montaneras - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Montaneras (1-1) in Morovis on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Aguada (3-0) 77-74. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 33-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Aguada made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Kourtni Perry orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Dayshalee Salaman (163-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Pamela Rosado (165-86) replied with 20 points and 5 assists for Montaneras. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aguada are looking forward to face Gigantes (#5) in Carolina in the next round. Montaneras will play against Yauco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Carolina was also worth to mention about. Yauco (3-1) played at the court of Gigantes (0-2). Yauco defeated Gigantes 76-63. American guard Tierra Henderson (178-87, college: UCLA) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Robin Murphy chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American Shalonda Winton (180-91, college: Cleveland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Gigantes' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Yauco will play against Montaneras (#4) in Morovis in the next round. Gigantes will play on the road against Aguada to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Isabela was also quite interesting. Yauco (3-1) played at the court of Pollitas (0-3). Yauco defeated Pollitas 78-65 on Sunday. Tierra Henderson notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) by Adily Martucci did not help to save the game for Pollitas. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yauco will meet Montaneras (#4) in the next round. Pollitas will play against Aguada and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 winless Isabela were smashed by Manati on the road 82-62.

Carolina - Yauco 63-76

The game in Carolina was also worth to mention about. Yauco (3-1) played at the court of Gigantes (0-2). Yauco defeated Gigantes 76-63. The game was mostly controlled by Yauco. Gigantes was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American guard Tierra Henderson (178-87, college: UCLA) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Robin Murphy (185-88, college: S.Mississippi, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American Shalonda Winton (180-91, college: Cleveland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Yolanda Jones (184-84, college: La-Lafayette) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Gigantes' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Yauco will play against Montaneras (#4) in Morovis in the next round. Gigantes will play on the road against Aguada to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Yauco: T.Henderson 23+8reb+3ast, R.Murphy 12+11reb, J.Batiz 10+3ast, J.Rosario 9+1reb, K.Luciano 6+5reb+4ast, E.Ventura 5+2reb
Carolina: S.Winton 27+11reb+2ast, Y.Jones 12+16reb+6ast, C.Poppens 8+4reb, C.Cortijo 6+3reb+4ast, F.Flores 3+4reb, D.Canales 2+3reb
gschID: 571416


Isabela - Yauco 65-78

The game in Isabela was also quite interesting. Yauco (3-1) played at the court of Pollitas (0-3). Yauco defeated Pollitas 78-65 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Yauco forced 21 Pollitas turnovers and had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Tierra Henderson (178-87, college: UCLA) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Krystal Luciano (165-96, college: Hofstra) supported her with 17 points and 7 assists. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) by international guard Adily Martucci (173-94, college: Quinnipiac, agency: Gamble Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Pollitas. U.S. Virgin Islands guard Lanese Bough (178-93, college: Omaha) added 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yauco will meet Montaneras (#4) in the next round. Pollitas will play against Aguada and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Yauco: T.Henderson 21+10reb+4ast, K.Luciano 17+4reb+7ast, R.Murphy 10+7reb+2ast, D.Franklin-Jordan 9+2reb, E.Ventura 7+2reb+2ast, J.Batiz 6+1reb
Isabela: A.Martucci 25+7reb+3ast, G.Rosa 12+2reb, S.Brown 10+2reb+1ast, L.Bough 8+7reb+5ast, G.Reynoso 5+8reb+1ast, G.Garriga 3+1reb
gschID: 571415


Manati - Isabela 82-62

There was a small surprise when Atenienses (1-1) crushed Pollitas (0-3) in Manati 82-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Atenienses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Atenienses outrebounded Pollitas 57-39 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Pollitas' players. American Monique Reid (185-90, college: Louisville, agency: Gamble Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Nigerian-American forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-90, college: UCLA) supported her with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Four Atenienses players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by Panamanian swingman Shayra Brown (175-92, college: Boston Coll.) did not help to save the game for Pollitas. American center Giocelis Reynoso (188, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Atenienses will meet Gigantes (#5) in the next round. Pollitas will play against Aguada and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Manati: M.Reid 27+11reb+3ast, A.Nyingifa 17+16reb+3ast, A.Prim 11+3reb+12ast, A.Bermudez 10+9reb+2ast, N.Diaz 7+7reb+2ast, K.Ruiz 4+2reb
Isabela: S.Brown 18+8reb+2ast, G.Reynoso 14+10reb+3ast, A.Martucci 11+1reb+2ast, G.Rosa 7+5reb, D.Irizarry 7+4reb, G.Garriga 3+1ast
gschID: 571414


Morovis - Aguada 74-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Montaneras (1-1) in Morovis on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Aguada (3-0) 77-74. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 33-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Aguada made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Kourtni Perry orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Dayshalee Salaman (163-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Pamela Rosado (165-86) replied with 20 points and 5 assists and American forward Maria Blazejewski (185-91, college: L.Superior) added 22 points in the effort for Montaneras. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aguada are looking forward to face Gigantes (#5) in Carolina in the next round. Montaneras will play against Yauco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aguada: D.Salaman 21+1reb+4ast, K.Perry 17+10reb, T.Melendez 15+6reb+4ast, T.Wampler 8+8reb, K.Quinones-Noa 4+1reb+2ast, M.Velazquez 3+2reb+5ast
Morovis: M.Blazejewski 22+4reb+1ast, P.Rosado 20+4reb+5ast, M.Gonzalez 13+3reb+4ast, M.Greene 7+18reb+1ast, A.Gomez 6+2reb, N.Alequin 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 571413



Raven Pentz's pro career starts at Aguada - by Greg

Santeras de Aguada (BSNF) landed American Raven Pentz, agency: Gamble Sports Management. just graduated from Old Westbury (NCAA3). She has played there for the last four years.
As mentioned above Pentz is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nyingifa's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Atonye Nyingifa (180-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last week for Manati and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 2.
She had a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Isabela (#6, 0-3) with 20-point margin 82-62. Manati is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSNF. Manati is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Nyingifa turned to be Manati's top player in her first season with the team. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nyingifa is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 4.5spg.

Second best performed player last week was Shalonda Winton (180-PF-91) of Carolina. She is American forward in her first season at Carolina. In the last game Winton recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Carolina lost that game 63-76 to Yauco (3-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next week. Winton is a newcomer at Carolina and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#3). She also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Manati's star - forward Monique Reid (185-PF-90, agency: Gamble Sports Management). Reid scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Manati, helping her team with a 82-62 easy win against Isabela (#6, 0-3). Manati needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Reid 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 24.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tierra Henderson (178-G-87) of Yauco - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kourtni Perry) of Aguada - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Tayra Melendez (180-G-93) of Aguada - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Maria Blazejewski (185-F-91) of Morovis - 22 points and 4 rebounds
8. Ashley Prim (170-G-91) of Manati - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Krystal Luciano (165-G-96) of Yauco - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Pamela Rosado (165-PG-86) of Morovis - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Sirius Targu Mures ink Sherise Williams - by Eurobasket News

Sirius Targu Mures (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 24-year old American power forward Sherise Williams (191-93, college: Mississippi State).
Williams played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2016.
She graduated from Mississippi State in 2016 and it is her second season as a professional player.
Williams could be described: Sherise Williams (191cm/6'3'') is an athletic forward/post that runs the floor well, has good post moves and a nice outside shoot from the high post. She can rebound well, is a good defender and is a real hardworker.

Sirius Targu Mures roster for 2017-2018:

Zorica Mitov
Kata Meszaros
Andjela Radovic
Emese Gal
Andreea Beldian
Sherise Williams
Alina Pop
Sune Swart
Alyssa Lawrence
Antonia Radu
Dorottya Imreh

Coach: Zakarias Steff

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Diaz re-signs at Distrito Olimpico - by Eurobasket News

Distrito Olimpico Plenilunio Madrid (LF2) confirmed in their roster 25-year old power forward Elena Diaz (188-92). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 26 LF2 games she had 8.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season.
Diaz won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2015.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Diaz's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Diaz has played previously for ASEFA Estudiantes.

Distrito Olimpico Plenilunio Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sara Gutierrez
Esther Molinero
Blanca Ruiz_de_Asin
Maria Villar

Forwards:
Ana Peredo
Maria_Jose Bolonio

Centers:
Elena Diaz
Daira Varas

Coach: Juan Manuel Ruiz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oviedo keeps Urdiales for another season - by Eurobasket News

Universidad de Oviedo (LF2) re-signed 28-year old power forward Silvia Urdiales (185-89). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 26 LF2 games she averaged 4.8ppg and 3.6rpg in 2015-16 season.
Urdiales is a very experienced player.

Universidad de Oviedo roster for 2017-2018:

Carolina Hernando
Anne Pedersen
Andrea Pujol
Tamara Labra Garcia
Silvia Urdiales
Andrea Sierra
Ana Fernandez
Maria Gonzalez
Carolina Ramos
Carmen Ortiz

Coach: Enrique Urrutia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hibernians ink Rachel Kehoe - by Greg

Hibernians (Women League) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Rachel Kehoe (192-93, college: E.Michigan, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played last season at Unio Esportiva Mataro in Spanish Liga Catalana. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Mediterranean Cup 1st Team in 2017.
Kehoe graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Barking Abbey push Estudiantes to edge in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey put in what Head Coach Mark Clark is calling their 'best performance ever' whilst in Spain for pre-season with a hard-fought 57-56 loss to Estudiantes on Sunday in Madrid. New addition Loren Christie (184-C-01) led BA with 23 points, returner Teresa Da Silva joined her in double digits with 10, whilst Megan Sheret (C) and Charlotte Ellmore (175-PG-00) added 7 and 6 points, respectively. 'This was our best performance ever on our Erasmus trips,' Clark commented. 'While we should have held onto win, our performance relative to our level of talent and experience and their level was exceptional. 'Our execution defensively was A Division level, Teresa (Da Silva) was different level, Loren (Christie) was very good. It was great to see British players making European-level decisions. It was BA who got the better of the early exchanges, taking a five point lead into the first quarter break, before Estudiantes responded to overturn the deficit in the second period and take a 1 point lead into halftime. The third quarter became a defensive slog, with both teams combining to score just 12 points, and in the fourth, despite BA mounting a comeback and outscoring the home side, they were unable to seal the victory. BA's female academy players remain in Spain until Friday, completing their pre-season experience.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



Mann Filter storm past Araski in test game - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter - Araski 70:51

Mann Filter secured a comfortable victory over Araski in the test clash. Shacobia Barbee (179-G/F-94, college: Georgia, agency: LBM Management) notched 18 points to lead the winners.
Mann Filter claimed a 23:13 lead after the opening frame. They extended the lead in the second term. Mann Filter accumulated a 44:29 halftime advantage. Araski got within 12 points at the final intermission. But Mann Filter used a 24:11 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Tamara Abalde (190-F-89, agency: ProDep Management) had 18 points, while Jaklin Zlatanova (190-PF-88) added 13 points in the victory. Julie Forster (185-F/C-91, college: Albany) answered with 15 points for Araski.



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Fong Lyew Quee a great fit for Durham - by Paul Nilsen

Durham Palatinates are turning heads after inking a deal with WBBL star and Great Britain international guard, Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee (165-G-92).

The exciting backcourt dynamo knows the north-east region well, having spent a hugely successful and productive time with Team Northumbria in Newcastle.

The player will also get to be reunited with Palatinates Head Coach, Lee Davie.

"I'm really excited to working again with Nicolette to further continue to her development and do everything we possibly can to help her achieve her national team goals - both with the GB Senior Women's programme and the England Commonwealth Games Team," stated the play-caller.

"Nicolette brings a lot of experiences with her, being a former WBBL Playoff Champion and representing both England age group teams and GB U20s - then this past summer, representing the GB seniors.

"Having coached against Nicolette, I know fine well the damage she can inflict on a team. Lightning quick with the ball, she is a force to be reckoned with when she's coming at you full speed. Once by her defender, she is an underrated finisher at the rim and she's constantly looking to find her teammates when the help comes. Nicolette and hew new colleagues are definitely going to bring out the best in each other this year."

He added: "Defensively, I can't imagine there is anyone excited about squaring up and having to face her 1 v 1. She will harass and hound the ball every step of the way and I'm looking forward to being able to send her out there and turn her loose on our opponents!"

Fong Lyew Quee is also looking forward to her new challenge and commented: "When I heard that Durham had entered the WBBL and would be coached under Lee, who I had previous experience with before, I believed it would be a good fit for me.

"It was important for me to enhance my professional career, as well as my basketball career and Durham has allowed me to do both. It's also exciting to join an expansion team and I feel it has potential to be a great program e and the challenge of helping to get it going on the right path is something I am looking forward to.

"My expectations are always to compete and to win, regardless of us being a new team in the league. We have just met as a team and there's a lot of excitement around those that are here. We just want to go out give 100% and be competitive.

"I personally hope to bring some experience to what will probably be a young team, and as a point guard, it's going to be my job to make sure we get the best out of each player and play well as a team. I will bring my hard work ethic and hope I can lead by example on and off the court.

"I've been really impressed with the work ethic of my new team mates, anytime you're in a situation where your teammates challenge you and require you to be better, is definitely a culture I want to be a part of. Already we have clicked as a group on and off the court, and I am excited to get the season started.

"Being involved with the GB Senior Squad last summer for the first time was an amazing experience, where I learnt a lot from senior players and gained more motivation to work on my game. My time at camp highlighted the areas I need to improve on, which I intend to do this year, always having Eurobasket Women 2019 Qualifiers and the Commonwealth Games in mind," concluded the guard



Barking Abbey push Estudiantes to edge in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Barking Abbey put in what Head Coach Mark Clark is calling their 'best performance ever' whilst in Spain for pre-season with a hard-fought 57-56 loss to Estudiantes on Sunday in Madrid. New addition Loren Christie (184-C-01) led BA with 23 points, returner Teresa Da Silva joined her in double digits with 10, whilst Megan Sheret (C) and Charlotte Ellmore (175-PG-00) added 7 and 6 points, respectively. 'This was our best performance ever on our Erasmus trips,' Clark commented. 'While we should have held onto win, our performance relative to our level of talent and experience and their level was exceptional. 'Our execution defensively was A Division level, Teresa (Da Silva) was different level, Loren (Christie) was very good. It was great to see British players making European-level decisions. It was BA who got the better of the early exchanges, taking a five point lead into the first quarter break, before Estudiantes responded to overturn the deficit in the second period and take a 1 point lead into halftime. The third quarter became a defensive slog, with both teams combining to score just 12 points, and in the fourth, despite BA mounting a comeback and outscoring the home side, they were unable to seal the victory. BA's female academy players remain in Spain until Friday, completing their pre-season experience.
Courtesy of: abbeybasketball.com



Palatinates snap up Ottewill-Soulsby - by Paul Nilsen

WBBL newbies Durham Palatinates continue to go to work in preparation for their first WBBL season by landing Great Britain international, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (190-F-95).

Having now graduated from Lafayette in the NCAA after four years Stateside and having also played for GB at EuroBasket Women 2015 Final Round during that time, the centre is ready to make her WBBL debut.

Her presence will help Durham compete under the hoop and Head Coach, Lee Davie is looking forward to coaching his new arrival.

He said: "It's great to welcome Harriet to both Durham University and the Durham Palatinates. We hope Harriet leads the way for many more British players over the years looking to continue their studies, while playing professional basketball here in Durham.

"Being involved in the National Teams programmes over the last ten years, I have followed the development of our nation teams players closely. Working with Harriet over this past month has shown me first hand how bright the future is for British Basketball.

"We are working very hard in preparation for both the start of the season & also Harriet's continued development ahead of the both GB Senior Women's programme and England Commonwealth Team.

"Harriet has developed physically and mentally since we last worked together," added Coach Davie.

"In her time at Lafayette, she has matured into confident out going young woman, who cares very much for her teammates both on and off the court. Her mobility and ability to change ends of the floor quickly will allows use her in a variety of situations. I've been really impressed with Harriet's work ethic and determination since arriving into training camp. Building upon the hard works she's put in over the summer, we've continued to add to her offensive game, which I'm sure will catch people off guard."

The player herself commented: "I first met Coach Davie in London during 2012. We had both been put forward by GB Basketball to be part of the Olympic Ambition programme in 2012 and found ourselves sharing an exciting experience. I didn't forget our conversations then, about having both athletic and academic ambitions, for example, and he remembered them too.

"The way Lee coaches, I know that he cares about the success of the team, but also that he wants me as an individual to develop into the best player I can possibly be. This feels like a wonderful opportunity at a great place of learning.

"To be in at the birth of something new is always exciting and I'm looking forward to getting started as part of Durham's first WBBL team! Clearly, it's going to be a process of learning and developing for us all. I hope a lot of people will be watching and wondering so that, despite our lack of experience in the league, we can show them that we are here to compete.

"First of all, I'm a very determined person and I want my team to know they can always rely on me to get out and do my best. I captained my college team and one thing I think this has taught me is to be a teammate who helps everyone work together. I also hope they'll enjoy my company and find the same things funny that I do," continued Ottewill-Soulsby.

"One great thing about basketball is that it brings people from all over the world to work together. My team mates are going to be important to me. They bring different experiences to the court, both as players and people, and it is good to see that we are already working out how that is going to gel as a team. We are challenging each other, but also looking out for each other, and that's a very healthy environment.

"My studies are important to me and I think that combining International Relations and basketball is a great fit. Obviously, that's going to be a challenge because I want to do proper justice to both. Universities are great places, though, for support and encouragement and I think that, once I've got my support network in place, I'll be able to make it work.

"Who wouldn't be excited about being back in Britain, playing under the eye of GB Basketball in the run up to the Commonwealth Games? I'm working hard with Lee to fight for my spot!"




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  URUGUAY  


Malvin and Defensor Sporting advance to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Malvin and Defensor Sporting advanced to the Finals. Both teams needed two games against their opponents in the semifinal clashes. Malvin edge Nacional 63-44 in game 2 to win the series 2-0.
Defensor Sporting won the series against Goes 2-0. In the second game they posted an 83-54 to reach the semis.