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  3X3  



Piran win FIBA 3x3 World Tour Chengdu Masters 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Piran (SLO) won their first FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters since 2014 after edging out Zemun Master (SRB) in a 19-18 thriller in the final of the Chengdu Masters on September 23-24 2017. Two months after suffering a heart-breaking overtime loss in the final of the Utsunomiya Masters, Piran this time finished on the winning end of a nail-biter. With his team down by 1 with 0.4 second to go, tournament top scorer and MVP Simon Finzgar (196-F-80) aka 'The Sphinx' showed he was human but with the heart of a lion. He iced the 2 free throws for the title - their first since the Lausanne Masters 2014 - and the automatic qualification for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final on October 28-29. The former number one player in the world wowed the Chinese crowd, who came in numbers in a stunning temporary venue set right in the center of Chengdu. He scored 9 of his 40 points in the final. His teammate 25-year-old Anze Srebovt had a game-high 10 points. Buckets, Lazar Rasic had plenty. His back-to-back-to-back 2-pointers completely changed the momentum of the final. The sharpshooter tallied 8 points, just like teammate Bogdan Dragovic (191-G/F-90). These 2 finished third and second in scoring respectively. Piran become the 4th team to win a Masters this season and therefore clinch their spot for the Final, after Ljubljana (SLO), Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) and Liman (SRB). The top 12 teams in the World Tour standings after the last Masters of the season will travel to Beijing. With their fine performance in Chengdu, Zemun (SRB), 3rd place Riga (LAT) and 4th place Kranj (SLO) also secured their presence in the Chinese capital. With just one Masters to go in Mexico City on September 30 - October 1, Saskatoon (CAN), Krakow R8 Basket (POL) and also Belgrade (SRB) - who will compete in Mexico - are guaranteed to make the Top 12 as well. Lausanne (SUI) and Humpolec (CZE) currently rank 10th and 12th in the World Tour standings. They will both make it to Beijing unless a team currently out of the Top 12 wins or finishes 2nd at the Mexico City Masters or if Hamamatsu (JPN) finish at least 7th in the Mexican capital. In the individual contests, Marko Savic (Novi Sad Al Wahda, UAE) redeemed himself by winning the Laoshan Shoot-Out Contest. The number 1 team in the World finished 6th overall in Chengdu, their worst performance at the World Tour in 2 years. The Chengdu Masters was filled with upsets with Beijing (CHN)'s win against World Tour 2016 runner-ups Hamamatsu or Riga (LAT)'s success versus Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE). However none were more stunning than first-time World Tour participant David Carlos (PHI)'s victory at the Bloomage Dunk Contest against FIBA 3x3 Dunk World Champ Rafal 'Lipek' Lipinski (POL).
Final Standings
1. Piran (SLO)
2. Zemun Master (SRB)
3. Riga (LAT)
4. Kranj (SLO)
5. Ljubljana (SLO)
6. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
7. Tokyo (JPN)
8. Beijing (CHN)
9. Hamamatsu (JPN)
10. Shenzhen (CHN)
11. Qing Dao (CHN)
12. Haidian (CHN).
Courtesy of: fiba.basketball



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 J.J. MOORE
  Comunica.
  (198-F/G-91)
  Avg: 29
 1. Moore, Comunica.29.0 
 2. Tucker, San Lorenzo26.0 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.25.0 
 4. Espinoza, Salta B.25.0 
 5. Fjellerup, Weber B.25.0 
 6. Goldwire, Regat.25.0 
 7. Davis, Instituto23.5 
 8. Swann, Comunica.23.0 
 9. Johnson, GECR I.23.0 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariano FIERRO
  Boca Jrs
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Fierro, Boca Jrs14.0 
 2. Francis, Quimsa14.0 
 3. Glenn, Penarol14.0 
 4. Famous, GECR I.13.0 
 5. Williams, Olimpico.13.0 
 6. Clancy, Instituto12.5 
 7. Wood, San M.10.5 
 8. Bortolin, Argentino10.0 
 9. Espinoza, Salta B.10.0 
 10. Gadson, Quimsa10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Barral, Obras B.10.0 
 2. Parodi, Weber B.10.0 
 3. Figueroa, Comunica.9.0 
 4. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.0 
 5. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.0 
 6. Sims, Atenas6.0 
 7. Konsztadt, La Union6.0 
 8. Whelan, Instituto5.5 
 9. Barrera, GECR I.5.0 
 10. Kemp, Obras Basket5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Isaiah SWANN
  Comunica.
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Swann, Comunica.4.0 
 2. Thomas, Regatas C.4.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.3.5 
 4. Fjellerup, Weber B.3.0 
 5. Espinoza, Salta B.3.0 
 6. Goldenberg, Salta B.3.0 
 7. Clancy, Instituto2.5 
 8. Massarelli, Argentino2.0 
 9. Ramirez, Regat.2.0 
 10. Valdelicio, Obras B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Torin FRANCIS
  Quimsa
  (210-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Francis, Quimsa3.0 
 2. Acuna, Quimsa3.0 
 3. Williams, Olimpico.2.0 
 4. Giorgetti, GECR I.2.0 
 5. Kemp, Obras Basket2.0 
 6. Kent, Argentino2.0 
 7. Crawford, La Union1.5 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 9. Gadson, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Clancy, Instituto1.0 


Centro Espanol Plottier inks Dida Pereira - by Eurobasket News

Centro Espanol Plottier (TNA) signed 25-year old Brazilian center Dida Pereira (203-92, college: Sequoias CC). He played last summer at Cordon in Uruguayan Metropolitan. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. The last season Pereira played at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres in Spanish EBA where in 20 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.2ppg and 7.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Brazilian National League in 2013. Pereira was also voted All-State Northern CA 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Pereira represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Pereira has played previously professionally in Brazil (Universo/Salvador) and Spain (Novaschool).
He attended College of the Sequoias until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pablo Espinoza claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international Forward Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Salta Basket and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Atenas (#4, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-66. Salta Basket is placed at 2nd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Salta Basket won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Espinoza had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Salta Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Espinoza has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 25.0ppg) and averages solid 3.0spg,88.9% FGP and 60.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of second-ranked San Martin C.. Keenan impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course San Martin C. cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over La Union (0-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Keenan is a newcomer at San Martin C. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of second-ranked San Lorenzo. Tucker scored 26 points. He was a key player of San Lorenzo, leading his team to a 81-79 win against Obras Basket (#5, 0-1). San Lorenzo 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. Tucker also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Tucker as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91) of Obras Basket - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Franco Balbi (185-PG-89) of Ferrocarril - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Torin Francis (210-C-83) of Quimsa - 13 points and 14 rebounds
7. J.J. Moore (198-F/G-91) of Comunicaciones - 29 points and 5 rebounds
8. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Estudiantes C. - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mariano Fierro (200-F-86) of Boca Jrs - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Novar Gadson (201-G-89) of Quimsa - 19 points, 10 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael SINGLETARY
  USA
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 35
 1. Singletary, Mono V.35.0 
 2. Adams, Xinjiang FT24.3 
 3. Ravena, Pilipinas23.3 
 4. Warren, Petrochimi21.0 
 5. Alshabebi, Ahli S.21.0 
 6. Douby, Al Riyadi20.0 
 7. OBrien, Seraeyett19.7 
 8. Austin, Pilipinas19.0 
 9. Brickman, Mono V.18.0 
 10. Daniels, Al Riyadi18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 15
 1. Austin, Pilipinas15.0 
 2. OBrien, Seraeyett12.7 
 3. Daniels, Al Riyadi12.0 
 4. Singletary, Mono V.11.0 
 5. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers11.0 
 6. Kazemi, Petrochimi10.5 
 7. Yadwinder, ONGC10.0 
 8. Haidar, Al Riyadi10.0 
 9. Zhigulin, Astana8.0 
 10. Abdel-Nour, Al Ri.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jason BRICKMAN
  PHI
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Brickman, Mono V.10.0 
 2. Arakji, Al Riyadi7.5 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.5 
 4. Sun, Xinjiang FT6.0 
 5. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.0 
 6. Muhtar, Xinjiang.5.0 
 7. Revilla, Pilipinas4.7 
 8. Singletary, Mono V.4.5 
 9. Weeden, Seraeyett4.3 
 10. OBrien, Seraeyett4.0 
Steals Per Game
 TongLin SUN
  (208-F/C-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sun, Xinjiang FT5.0 
 2. Adams, Xinjiang FT4.0 
 3. Douby, Al Riyadi4.0 
 4. Arakji, Al Riyadi3.5 
 5. Brickman, Mono V.3.5 
 6. Alshabebi, Ahli S.3.0 
 7. Muhtar, Xinjiang.2.7 
 8. Balabed, Ahli Shabab2.5 
 9. Mashayekhi, Petro.2.5 
 10. Singletary, Mono V.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Austin, Pilipinas4.0 
 2. Abudurexiti, Xinjiang.2.0 
 3. Alshabebi, Ahli S.1.5 
 4. Carter, Astana1.5 
 5. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers1.3 
 6. Anoop, ONGC1.0 
 7. Saoud, Al Riyadi1.0 
 8. Tabet, Al Riyadi1.0 
 9. Kazemi, Petrochimi1.0 
 10. Begic, Petrochimi1.0 


Overview of Day 3 in Chenzhou - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Seraeyett - Petrochimi 45-108
Petrochimi recovered from the slow start to their Asia Champions Cup campaign and knocked down Seraeyett for the opening win. Willie Warren (193-PG-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 25 points to lead the winners. Petrochimi posted a 48:23 halftime lead. They unloaded 60 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Meisam Mirzaei (210-C-92) and Nadiv Niktash contributed 16 points each for Petrochimi. Todd O'Brien (211-C-89, college: UAB) replied with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Seraeyett.

Mono Vampire - Pilipinas 102-115
Chooks-To-Go recorded the second victory in Group A. They overcame Mono Vampire in a high-scoring affair to climb at 2-1 record. Carl Bryan Cruz (193-PF-91) scored 28 points to lead the winners. Chooks-To-Go unloaded 31 points in the first period to take a 9-point lead. Mono Vampire narrowed the gap in the next two quarters. They pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Chooks-To-Go unleashed 34 points in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the win. Michael Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) replied with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Mono Vampire.

Group B
ONGC - Xinjiang FT 47-92
Xinjiang accounted for the third straight win in Group B. The Flying Tigers overcame ONGC for 3-0 record. Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis) nailed 25 points to lead the effort. Xinjiang accumulated a 50:28 halftime advantage. They ignited a 42:19 second half rally to cruise to the victory. Zirui Wang (190-G-93) had 13 points in the win. Arjun Singh (186-G-92) answered with 17 points for ONGC.

Dacin Tigers - Al Riyadi 71-89
Al Riyadi claimed the second straight win in Chenzhou. They cruised past Dacin Tigers to stay undefeated. Quincy Douby (190-G-84, college: Rutgers) scored 20 points to pace the Lebanese team. Al Riyadi posted a 29:16 lead after ten minutes. They unloaded 29 points in the third term to stretch the margin at 20-point mark and never looked back en route to the victory. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Sim Bhullar (226-C-92, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the Tigers.




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Adelaide 36ers warm up for NBL season by winning Merlion Cup in Singapore - by Eurobasket News

ADELAIDE completed a clean sweep of the Merlion Cup in a flawless pre-season tournament in Singapore on the weekend. The 36ers beat the Shanghai Sharks 101-81 in Sunday's final led by a standout performance from new Boomer Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) who had 21 points and seven rebounds. Fellow Boomer Matt Hodgson (211-C-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) also starred with 13 points and Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming) hit 14 as Adelaide continued its dominant performances against international rivals. 'I think we may have gotten more than we expected out of this tournament,' 36ers assistant coach Kevin Brooks said. 'We definitely identified some areas to work on so we're happy. 'We were very pleased with Hodgy (Hodgson) today, they had some big guys and I think he played very well.' Brooks also had high praise for US import Shannon Shorter (193-G-89, college: N.Texas) after his first hitout with his new team. 'Shorter has shown he's for real. He is a player and can make plays and he's going to get even better when he understands our offence a little more,' Brooks said. The 36ers now return home to prepare for their NBL season-opener against Melbourne United in Adelaide on Thursday, October 5.
Courtesy of: adelaidenow.com.au



36ers 'go jumanji' on Jeonju - by Eurobasket News

ADELAIDE tonight survived its first real test at the Merlion Cup in Singapore, finally putting away Korea's Jeonju KCC Egis 94-72 behind an 18-point final quarter by Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming). Sobey finished with 20 points and was Batman to Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92)'s Superman, who came off the bench for game highs in points (27 at 79 per cent) and rebounds (11). The plucky Jeonju outfit gave the 36ers their first real test of the tournament - appropriate for a semi final - but could not stop Adelaide from keeping its playoff appointment with defending champion Shanghai Sharks in tomorrow's final. The final scoreline gave no hint of the contest it was for three torrid quarters before the Sixers unleashed their decisive 36-17 final period. Clinging to a hard-won 58-55 lead with a quarter to complete, the 36ers' relentless game-long pressure finally cracked the Koreans' resolve. Creek opened the term with a three-point play before Sobey threw down the first of three super-powered dunks for the quarter. In between, he hit consecutive 3-pointers as Adelaide ran all over Jeonju with nine points in 90 seconds. Sobey's putback slam dunk with 3:11 left would have brought fans at Titanium Security Arena out of their seats but even drew huge appreciative gasps from the polite crowd at OCBC Arena. Adelaide went into the game down import power forward Ronald Roberts (203-F-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Pensack Sports) who hurt his knee against Singapore Slingers and is questionable for tomorrow's final. That put enormous pressure on Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88, college: Pepperdine) and Matt Hodgson (211-C-91, college: St.Mary's, CA), going head-to-head with 221cm Seung-Jin Ha (221-C-85), a 2004 draft pick by the Portland Trail Blazers and still the only South Korean to ever play in the NBA. Johnson fouled out and had a frustrating night generally, but Hodgson put together a double-double with 13 points at 86 per cent and 10 boards. Jeonju sat in a zone all night and challenged Adelaide's ball movement, interior passing and ability to consistently hit perimeter shots. Having scouted Adelaide's relentless upcourt pressure, it also moved the ball quickly and often successfully. "We knew we had to execute our D and move the ball on offence," import playmaker Shannon Shorter (193-G-89, college: N.Texas) (14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) said. Creek had 16 points and six rebounds at halftime but the Koreans refused to relent, moving the ball with a plan against the 36ers' extended pressure. Jeonju's passing was the perfect counter and resulted in numerous fast-break baskets which only served to further embolden the Korean crew. The Sixers knew they were in for a contest right from the get-go when Kyochang Song stuck a jumper, then a finger-roll before Ha stuck two free throws. Inserted into the game, Creek immediately got the offence ticking, the score tied at 6-6 and order restored. With Sobey feeding Creek on consecutive plays, the lead was on its way to 21-13 before Sejin Park scored against the press to make it a six-point game at the first break. Creek kept Adelaide ahead at 24-19 before a tip-in by Ha and a jumper by Hyunmin Lee reinforced the Koreans were playing high on self-belief. A 3-pointer by Chang Young Song gave Jeonju back the lead and a three by Lee made the bulge 33-29. It was further clear at 39-34 before Hodgson and Creek trimmed it to 38-39 at halftime. As Ramone Moore (193-G-89, college: Temple, agency: Two Points) began to assert himself, Adelaide took back the lead before successive threes again had the Koreans excited, ahead 45-40. Moore enjoyed a 10-point quarter though as the 36ers maintained their pressure to be 58-55 clear at the last break. Then it was Sobey and Creek time, the latter with 11 points in the run home as Jeonju ran out of options. "That was probably the fright we needed to have," Sixers chairman Grant Kelley said. The last quarter made it "fright night" for Jeonju instead.
Courtesy of: adelaide36ers.com



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Qualifying Round 2 First Leg Best Performance: Keith Clanton - by Eurobasket News

American Keith Clanton (205-C/F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lukoil Acad. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for First Leg (Qualifying Round 2).
The 27-year old had a double-double of 26 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Benfica 91-82. Clanton turned to be Lukoil Acad.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Central Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clanton is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.0ppg. Clanton is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 73.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93, agency: 3Eye) of Kalev/Cramo. Joesaar impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Kalev/Cramo cruised to a 78-71 relatively comfortable win over Alba.

The third best performed player last round was American Coty Clarke (201-F-92, agency: BeoBasket). Clarke showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Avtodor, leading his team to an 88-70 easy win against Mornar Bar. Clarke has a very solid season. In 3 games in Basketball Champions League he scored 13.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hans Vanwijn (205-PF-95) of Antwerp - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. David Kravish (208-F/C-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Artur Drozdov (199-SF-80) of Budivelnyk - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of N.Novgorod - 23 points and 8 rebounds
9. Aleksandr Zakharov (203-SF-93) of N.Novgorod - 24 points and 2 rebounds
10. Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Ludwigsburg - 17 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)



Qualifying Round 2. Opening Leg - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor - Mornar Bar 88-70

Avtodor cruised past Mornar Bar in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Avtodor. Mornar Bar managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Avtodor dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Mornar Bar's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Mornar Bar's players. It was a great evening for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard Branden Frazier (190-92, college: Fordham) helped adding 13 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Nemanja Vranjes (187-88) with 24 points and American forward Karviar Shepherd (211-95, college: TCU) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Mornar Bar's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: C.Clarke 21+5reb+7ast, B.Frazier 13+3reb+4ast, M.Sheleketo 11+5reb, A.Klimenko 11+1reb+2ast, E.Morris 9+3reb+4ast, I.Hummer 7+2reb+1ast
Mornar Bar: N.Vranjes 24+1reb, B.Bakic 13+4reb+2ast, K.Shepherd 10+9reb+2ast, D.Needham 9+1reb+4ast, S.Micovic 6+7reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 575690


Joventut - Kataja Basket 75-79

Kataja Basket shocked Joventut in Badalona in the opening leg. Joventut was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of Joensuun Kataja, which allowed them to win the game. Joensuun Kataja made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Wesley Saunders (196-93, college: Harvard) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Jamaican center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Xabier Lopez-Arostegui (198-97) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Joventut. Joventut's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: D.Pitts 18+4reb+5ast, A.Marzette 11+4reb+2ast, W.Saunders 11+7reb+3ast, I.Seppala 11+3reb+1ast, T.Huolila 10+6reb, M.Hezekiah 8+1reb
Joventut: J.Jordan 15+8reb, S.Birgander 12+5reb, O.Gudul 10+2reb, N.Dimitrijevic 9+2reb+2ast, X.Lopez-Arostegui 9+6reb+2ast, P.Richard 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 575697


Tsmoki-Minsk - Budivelnyk 69-64

Tsmoki-Minsk held off Budivelnyk in the Belarusian capital to take a 5-point lead before the return leg. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Strangely Budivelnyk outrebounded Tsmoki-Minsk 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88) accounted for 10 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Four Tsmoki-Minsk players scored in double figures. Artur Drozdov (199-80) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for Budivelnyk in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk: D.Kravish 17+9reb, A.Kudrautsau 13+2reb+1ast, M.Meshcharakou 11+3reb+3ast, F.Adamovic 10+1reb+9ast, C.Czerapowicz 8+3reb, D.Paliashchuk 5+1reb+1ast
Budivelnyk: A.Drozdov 16+9reb+3ast, M.Anisimovas 12+5reb, H.Dugat 11+1reb+2ast, B.Fields 7+6reb+9ast, R.Otverchenko 6+2reb+1ast, K.Bristol 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 575696


Groningen - Bakken 78-80

Bakken upset Groningen in Netherlands to step closer to the Third Qualifying Round. Groningen trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-80 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. American-Trinidad and Tobago forward Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 22 points. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. Bakken's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandyn Curry (187-91, college: Harvard) who recorded 15 points and American-Dutch swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 22+2reb+1ast, J.Crockett 14+7reb+1ast, M.Diouf 14+16reb+1ast, A.Darboe 13+2reb+4ast, D.Wiggins 7+2reb+1ast, S.Berg 4+1reb+1ast
Groningen: B.Curry 15+3reb+3ast, S.Cunningham 10+1reb+2ast, J.Dourisseau 10+6reb+3ast, S.Domingo 10+3reb+1ast, E.Bruinsma 10+8reb, A.Slagter 9+3reb+7ast
gschID: 575695


Ludwigsburg - UBT Cluj Napoca 78-72

Ludwigsburg beat UBT Cluj Napoca at home court. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UBT Cluj Napoca won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to UBT Cluj Napoca's 26. They outrebounded UBT Cluj Napoca 42-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Johannes Thiemann (204-94) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) who recorded 20 points and American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four UBT Cluj Napoca players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: D.Evans 17+11reb, J.Thiemann 14+7reb+3ast, K.Johnson 13+1reb+3ast, D.McCray 8+3reb+2ast, E.Cook 6+2reb, A.Waleskowski 6+6reb+2ast
UBT Cluj Napoca: L.Kromah 20+3reb+2ast, G.Watson 12+5reb+3ast, Z.Sakic 10+7reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 10+1reb+2ast, A.Olah 8+4reb+1ast, R.Torok 3
gschID: 575694


Antwerp - N.Novgorod 90-87

Antwerp survived a tough test versus visiting Nizhny Novgorod to snatch a narrow win in the opener. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Hans Vanwijn (205-95) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Paris Lee (183-95, college: Illinois St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and Aleksandr Zakharov (203-93) added 24 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: H.Vanwijn 17+8reb+2ast, Y.Schoepen 11+3reb, A.Marelja 11+3reb, T.Kalinoski 9+1reb, D.Dudzinski 9+6reb+2ast, D.Donkor 9+1reb+2ast
N.Novgorod: A.Zakharov 24+2reb, S.Jelovac 23+8reb+1ast, I.Strebkov 16+2ast, A.Komolov 8+2reb+1ast, I.Popov 6+3reb+1ast, V.Panin 4+6reb
gschID: 575693


Benfica - Lukoil Acad. 82-91

Lukoil ensured a strong start to their Qualifying Round 2 campaign as they stormed past Benfica in Lisbon. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Benfica won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Acad. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. American-Italian point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) added 11 points and 7 assists respectively. Benfica's coach gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: K.Clanton 26+12reb+1ast, B.Wesley 15+5reb+1ast, A.Raffa 12+5reb+5ast, D.Pepper 12+2reb+3ast, J.Knox 8+2reb+1ast, P.Ivanov 8+2ast
Benfica: A.Robinson 19+7reb+2ast, R.Barber 13+2reb, N.Oliveira 11+2reb+7ast, T.Barroso 9, J.Silva 7+1reb, C.Andrade 6+2ast
gschID: 575692


Kalev/Cramo - Alba 78-71

Kalev/Cramo topped Alba Fehervar in Tallinn today. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded Alba 45-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: 3Eye) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Dutch center Thomas vanderMars (208-90, college: Portland) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Alandise Harris (198-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Diamond Sports) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: J.Joesaar 22+9reb+2ast, E.Keedus 11+3reb, K.Kangur 9+3reb+5ast, T.vanderMars 9+11reb, C.Simmons 8+7reb, M.Mazeika 8+3reb+3ast
Alba: P.Lorant 16+11reb+1ast, A.Harris 14+6reb+2ast, K.Hill 11+1reb+5ast, E.Macon 9+5reb, A.Keller 8+5reb, D.Fenner 6+4reb
gschID: 575691





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kangoeroes
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. McNeaill, Kangoeroes24.0 
 2. Demps, Mons-Hai.23.0 
 3. Bojovic, Liege18.0 
 4. Zabas, Leuven17.0 
 5. Gibbs, Spirou16.0 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.16.0 
 7. Tofi, Aalstar16.0 
 8. Badji, Kangoeroes16.0 
 9. Sapp, Kangoeroes15.0 
 10. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Mons-Hainaut
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut12.0 
 2. Amis, Aalstar11.0 
 3. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.10.0 
 4. Simmons, Brussels9.0 
 5. Mwema, Oostende9.0 
 6. Gorgemans, Spirou8.0 
 7. Fieler, Oostende8.0 
 8. Cebasek, Liege7.0 
 9. Thomas, Spirou7.0 
 10. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Liege
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Larson, Liege7.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou7.0 
 3. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut6.0 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.0 
 5. Troisfontain., Aalst.5.0 
 6. Thomas, Spirou5.0 
 7. Channels, Aalstar5.0 
 8. McNeaill, Kangoeroes4.0 
 9. Muya, Brussels4.0 
 10. Camphor, Leuven4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Scott THOMAS
  Spirou
  (198-SF-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, Spirou3.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou3.0 
 3. Larson, Liege3.0 
 4. Gibbs, Spirou3.0 
 5. McNeaill, Kangoeroes3.0 
 6. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.2.0 
 7. Mwema, Oostende2.0 
 8. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.2.0 
 9. Simmons, Brussels2.0 
 10. Harrell, Brussels2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Amis, Aalstar2.0 
 2. Peterson, Brussels1.0 
 3. Reddic, Mons-Hai.1.0 
 4. Robinson, Leuven1.0 
 5. Chrabascz, Aalstar1.0 
 6. Simmons, Brussels1.0 
 7. Grant, Spirou1.0 
 8. Taylor, Aalstar1.0 
 9. Lhoest, Liege1.0 
 10. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut1.0 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sigfredo CASERO-ORTIZ
  Spirou B.
  (185-PG-97)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.20.5 
 2. Maesen, Houthalen19.8 
 3. Vermoessen, Gent H.19.7 
 4. Goetgeluck, Soba18.8 
 5. Perez, Melsele18.7 
 6. Gorremans, Soba18.5 
 7. Kotrulja, Gistel O.16.5 
 8. Collette, Ninane16.3 
 9. Allemand, Ninane16.3 
 10. Fassotte, Ninane16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leigh ENOBAKHARE
  Royal B.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Enobakhare, Royal B.13.0 
 2. Dobbelaere, Ieper10.0 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.0 
 4. Buysschaert, Gistel O.8.7 
 5. Leten, Melsele8.3 
 6. Gorremans, Soba8.3 
 7. Tuluka-M., Royal B.7.5 
 8. Van-Hoey, Oxaco7.3 
 9. Celis, Oxaco7.3 
 10. De-Meyer, Oxaco7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Celis, Oxaco5.7 
 2. De-Vreught, Gistel O.4.7 
 3. Moray, Ninane4.5 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.0 
 5. Maio, Ninane3.7 
 6. Van-d., Melsele3.7 
 7. Goetgeluck, Soba3.5 
 8. van-Kempen, Soba3.3 
 9. Benzouien, Spirou B3.3 
 10. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas LAMOT
  Melsele
  (190-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lamot, Melsele3.7 
 2. Moray, Ninane3.5 
 3. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 4. Perez, Melsele2.7 
 5. Collette, Ninane2.7 
 6. Buysse, Gistel O.2.5 
 7. Van-d., Melsele2.3 
 8. Goetgeluck, Soba2.3 
 9. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 10. De-Vreught, Gistel O.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fusek, Spirou B2.3 
 2. Moray, Ninane1.0 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 4. Marion, Royal B.1.0 
 5. Delplancq, Gistel O.1.0 
 6. Tuluka-M., Royal B.1.0 
 7. Nau, Oxaco0.7 
 8. Buysschaert, Gistel O.0.7 
 9. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.0.7 
 10. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.7 


Telenet Giants Antwerp versus Nizhny Novogord at Champions League - by Patrick Ceulemans

Telenet Giants Antwerp works today (17.30) in the Lotto Arena the first game of the second qualifying round of the Champions League. The Giants play against the Russian Nizhny Novgorod. Novgorod plays with ten Russians, Serbian Jelovac and the American Gibbs. Tuesday is the return in Novgorod. The winner of this duel is qualified for the decisive preliminary round (against the Polish Rosa Radom) of the Champions League. The home game of the Giants against Limburg United is postponed.


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Zlatorog celebrate Karavank Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Zlatorog - Spars 79:68

Zlatorog clinched the Karavank Cup preseason tournament title. They edged Spars Sarajevo in the Final. Nejc Baric (183-PG-97, agency: PEPI SPORT) tossed in 20 points and issued 8 assists to lead the Slovenian side.
The teams were all tied at 20 heading into the second period. Zlatorog surged ahead in the second term. They snatched a 41:37 halftime advantage. Spars denied the deficit in the third quarter. The Bosnian team entered the fourth period up by a single point 56:57. But Zlatorog quickly regained the control and raced to the victory in the final frame. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Kenan Bajramovic (206-C/F-81) answered with game-high 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Spars.



KK Dynamic BG Beograd tabs Bozo Djurasovic, ex Zrinjski HT - by Ivan Milenkovic

KK Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) inked 30-year old Bosnian ex-international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87). He played most recently at HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 20 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.8ppg and recorded 7.4rpg and 2.0apg last season. Djurasovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team. He also played that season for Leotar (also in Division I) where in 8 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Djurasovic's team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup final in 2011.
He was also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Djurasovic played for Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago.
Djurasovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Giessen 46ers), Romania (Craiova and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), Ukraine (Halychyna), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal and Vogosca) and Switzerland (Monthey).
Djurasovic's game is described as: Bozo Djurasovic is athletic small forward with great attitude. True fighter, playing hard on both sides of the floor. He is formidable defender, average shooter and good rebounder. Because of his athleticism can be also used as power forward although he is not that skilled in a low post. In youth selections and at the start of his pro career he was playing only position 4 which affected his small forward skills.

KK Dynamic BG Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Capin
Milos Milisavljevic
Nikola Cirkovic
DK Eldridge
Vuk Vulikic

Forwards:
Bozo Djurasovic
Nemanja Krstic
Aurimas Majauskas
Dusan Beslac
Aleksandar Tornjanski

Centers:
Filip Zekavicic
Quadir Welton

Coach: Oliver Popovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Bauru
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Anthony, Bauru18.7 
 2. Cook, L.Sorocaba18.6 
 3. Artis, America17.9 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.15.5 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.5 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi14.1 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros12.3 
 9. Toledo, Pinheiros12.1 
 10. Ruivo, Pinheiros11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Uchendu, Bauru8.6 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.7.1 
 3. Drudi, Osasco B.6.9 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros6.8 
 5. Viana, America6.5 
 6. Sommer, Paulistano6.4 
 7. Galvanini, Bauru6.2 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros6.1 
 9. de-Souza, Franca6.0 
 10. Silveira, Mogi5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Corazza, Paulistano7.0 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.5 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.4 
 4. Anthony, Bauru4.9 
 5. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.3 
 7. Borges, Franca4.0 
 8. Coelho, Franca3.8 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros3.7 
 10. Artis, America3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Andrade, America2.6 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.0 
 3. Knight, America1.9 
 4. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 5. Rosa, America1.7 
 6. Artis, America1.6 
 7. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.6 
 8. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.5 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.3 
 10. Coelho, Franca1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.8 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.3 
 3. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 4. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 5. Hubner, Paulistano1.0 
 6. Curnell, Mogi1.0 
 7. Demetrio, Franca0.9 
 8. Lenz, Bauru0.9 
 9. Sommer, Paulistano0.7 
 10. Corazza, Paulistano0.7 


Caue Borges dos Santos agreed terms with Caxias do Sul - by Paulo Freire

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB) inked 26-year old guard Caue Borges dos Santos (180-91). He has played for the last two years at Franca in the Paulista. In 33 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 1.8rpg last season.
dos Santos' team made it to the Paulista League Semifinals in 2013.
He was a member of Brazilian University National Team in 2013.
dos Santos has played previously for two other teams: Minas and Liga Sorocaba.
His game is described as: An amazing player to watch, he has a average size but can play in both guard position and is very intelligent. He scores when is needed and control the game with efficiency, has great mentality and maturity, yet a general on the floor. Knows how to drive to the basket finishing or to dish to an open teammate. Has a good body for his age and knows how to use it against defenders. Still need more consistency on his outside shot, but has really a bright future.

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Caue Freitas
Caue_Borges dos_Santos
Fernando Buboltz

Forwards:
Alex Oliveira
Dida Bellato

Centers:
Marcao Vinicius
Jonathan Muller

Coach: Rodrigo Barbosa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jonathan Muller comes back to Caxias do Sul - by Paulo Freire

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old center Jonathan Muller (207-96). It is actually his comeback to Caxias do Sul as he has played here before. Muller played last summer at S.Jose/Unimed in Brazilian Paulista. He also spent pre-season at Mogi that year.
Despite young age he had impressive career. Muller won Paulista League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Caue Freitas
Fernando Buboltz

Forwards:
Alex Oliveira
Dida Bellato

Centers:
Marcao Vinicius
Jonathan Muller

Coach: Rodrigo Barbosa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Centro Espanol Plottier inks Dida Pereira - by Eurobasket News

Centro Espanol Plottier (TNA) signed 25-year old Brazilian center Dida Pereira (203-92, college: Sequoias CC). He played last summer at Cordon in Uruguayan Metropolitan. In 17 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. The last season Pereira played at Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres in Spanish EBA where in 20 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.2ppg and 7.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Brazilian National League in 2013. Pereira was also voted All-State Northern CA 1st Team in 2016 at his college time.
Pereira represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Trinidad (Uruguay) eight years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Pereira has played previously professionally in Brazil (Universo/Salvador) and Spain (Novaschool).
He attended College of the Sequoias until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Adelaide 36ers warm up for NBL season by winning Merlion Cup in Singapore - by Eurobasket News

ADELAIDE completed a clean sweep of the Merlion Cup in a flawless pre-season tournament in Singapore on the weekend. The 36ers beat the Shanghai Sharks 101-81 in Sunday's final led by a standout performance from new Boomer Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) who had 21 points and seven rebounds. Fellow Boomer Matt Hodgson (211-C-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) also starred with 13 points and Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming) hit 14 as Adelaide continued its dominant performances against international rivals. 'I think we may have gotten more than we expected out of this tournament,' 36ers assistant coach Kevin Brooks said. 'We definitely identified some areas to work on so we're happy. 'We were very pleased with Hodgy (Hodgson) today, they had some big guys and I think he played very well.' Brooks also had high praise for US import Shannon Shorter (193-G-89, college: N.Texas) after his first hitout with his new team. 'Shorter has shown he's for real. He is a player and can make plays and he's going to get even better when he understands our offence a little more,' Brooks said. The 36ers now return home to prepare for their NBL season-opener against Melbourne United in Adelaide on Thursday, October 5.
Courtesy of: adelaidenow.com.au



Chiba Jets roll past Zhejiang to conquer Super 8 tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets - Zhejiang 83:73

Chiba Jets won the international Super 8 preseason tournament. They beat Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the Final in Macau tonight. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) had another massive performance with 26 points for the Jets.
The Lions snatched a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Chiba pulled ahead in the second term. The Japanese side accumulated a 44:37 halftime lead. The margin grew at 15-point mark at the final intermission. Chiba protected the lead in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Ryumo Ono (197-F/C-88) posted 16 points, while Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) added 15 points in the win. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88, college: Arkansas, agency: 3Eye) replied with 18 points for Zhejiang. Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) and Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) netted 11 points each in the loss.



NBL Round 1 of Finals. Anhui register opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Shaanxi W. - Anhui 87-96

Anhui outgunned Shaanxi to open win count in NBL Finals. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-16. But Shaanxi W. won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Shaanxi W. outrebounded Anhui 46-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. American swingman Manny Harris (196-89, college: Michigan) fired 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Delong Han (194-95) chipped in 29 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Han is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) added 24 points and 16 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Shaanxi W.: G.Troy 34+12reb+3ast, G.Charles 24+16reb, M.Daqiang 12+7reb, G.Yan 8+4reb, Y.DaPeng 6+2reb, F.Jiawei 2+4reb
Anhui: H.Delong 29+3reb+1ast, H.Manny 26+6reb+4ast, J.Chris 19+13reb, L.Jun 7+2reb+6ast, L.Jian 7+5reb+2ast, L.Qingxiang 5+1reb
gschID: 572717





Shanghai Sharks edge out Singapore Slingers, will face Adelaide 36ers in Merlion Cup final - by Eurobasket News

Despite an inspired performance by American import Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene), who scored the most points (26) and rebounds (9) in the game, the Singapore Slingers were defeated 73-67 by defending champions Shanghai Sharks in the semi-finals of the Merlion Cup on Saturday (Sept 23). There was little to separate the two sides at the OCBC Arena, as the hosts trailed 16-18 in the first period and entered the half-time break three points down at 33-36. Both teams scored 21 points in the third quarter of what was proving to be a tense last-four clash. But the Chinese team pulled cleared in the final quarter with 16 points to 13 from the Slingers to seal their spot in the final. In the Adelaide 36ers-Jeonju KCC Egis clash, Australian forward Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) starred for the 36ers with a double-double (27 points and 11 rebounds) in their 94-72 victory. The Sharks will face the Australian side while the Slingers, who finished fourth last year after a defeat by Seoul Samsung Thunders, will once again play a South Korean side - this time Jeonju - in the third-place match on Sunday. When asked about the prospect of facing the 36ers in the final, Sharks forward Nick Minnerath (207-PF-88, college: Detroit Mercy) said: "They're a tough team and we were trying to make it to the final, that was our goal, so we'll get it done tomorrow."
Courtesy of: straitstimes.com



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Duren comes back to Petrolina AEK Larnaca, ex Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Tyreek Duren (183-86kg-91, college: La Salle). It is actually his comeback to Larnaca as he has played here before. Duren played most recently at Boulogne in French ProB. In 17 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.2apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
Duren ended the previous (2015-16) season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca where in 10 Division A games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.4apg and 2.4spg. Duren contributed to his team winning the Cyprus League title (twice). But the most of that year he spent at Trefl in Polish TBL. In 22 games he had 14.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Duren received Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team award in 2015.
He graduated from La Salle University in 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Tyreek is an outstanding point guard with exceptional instincts and poise.

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Shane Gibson
Tyreek Duren
Michalis Motitis
Ioannis Pasiali
Themis Pallikaridis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Trisokkas
Tomislav Petrovic
Tyrell Biggs
Danilo Tasic
Roberto Mantovani
Sotiris Papagiannis

Centers:
JoJo Garcia
Devin Searcy

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Cyprus



AEK roll past APOEL at Zivanario tournament - by Eurobasket News

AEK - APOEL 97:85

Petrolina AEK claimed the first victory at the Zivanario international friendly tournament. They beat their Cypriot rivals APOEL for 1-1 record. Shane Gibson (188-G-90, college: Sacred Heart) nailed 20 points to lead the winners.
AEK recorded a 24:16 lead after the opening quarter. They unloaded 28 points in the second period to ensure an 18-point halftime advantage. APOEL cut the distance at 13-point mark at the final break. They sank 26 points in the fourth stanza but APOEL hung on to ensure the victory. Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89, college: Dayton) netted 19 points, while Tyreek Duren (183-PG-91, college: La Salle) and Andreas Sizopoulos (192-G-83) added 16 points each for AEK. Justin Baker (201-F, college: Chatham) replied with game-high 27 points for APOEL.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marek WELSCH
  GBA Sparta
  (180-G-99)
  Avg: 33
 1. Welsch, GBA Sparta33.0 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK30.0 
 3. Janik, Novy Jicin26.0 
 4. Honomichl, Loko Plzen26.0 
 5. Vyroubal, USK P.24.0 
 6. Englicky, Sokol Pisek24.0 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B23.0 
 8. Slechta, Sokol Pisek20.0 
 9. Kereselidze, Zlin19.0 
 10. Jakubu, Novy Jicin18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marek SEHNAL
  BCM Orli
  (196-F/G-96)
  Avg: 12
 1. Sehnal, BCM Orli12.0 
 2. Voslajer, Zlin10.0 
 3. Slechta, Sokol Pisek10.0 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek10.0 
 5. Bele, Sokol Pisek9.0 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.0 
 7. Samoura, USK P.9.0 
 8. Jedovnicky, Zlin8.0 
 9. Vana, BCM Orli8.0 
 10. Novak, Olomouc SK8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simon BELE
  Sokol Pisek
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bele, Sokol Pisek8.0 
 2. Vyroubal, USK P.7.0 
 3. Nabelek, BCM Orli7.0 
 4. Goga, BCM Orli6.0 
 5. Voslajer, Zlin6.0 
 6. Nalevanko, Pardu.5.0 
 7. Welsch, GBA Sparta5.0 
 8. Sehnal, BCM Orli5.0 
 9. Samoura, USK P.5.0 
 10. Vecera, Pardubice3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matej STRNISTE
  Olomo.
  (177-PG-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Strniste, Olomo.5.0 
 2. Nehoda, Zlin4.0 
 3. Petric, Pardubice3.0 
 4. Welsch, GBA Sparta3.0 
 5. Zeman, Loko Plzen3.0 
 6. Jilek, Olomouc SK3.0 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen3.0 
 8. Farsky, USK P.3.0 
 9. Jedovnicky, Zlin2.0 
 10. Samoura, USK P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan SZABO
  BCM Orli
  (205-PF-98)
  Avg: 3
 1. Szabo, BCM Orli3.0 
 2. Vlcek, Opava B2.0 
 3. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.0 
 4. Madera, BCM Orli1.0 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK1.0 
 6. Dombek, GBA Sparta1.0 
 7. Sidibe, GBA Sparta1.0 
 8. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 
 9. Siler, GBA Sparta1.0 
 10. Nemec, Pardubice1.0 


NH Ostrava inks Anton Shoutvin - by Greg

BK Nova Hut Ostrava (NBL) signed 28-year old Israeli center Anton Shoutvin (206-95kg-89). He played last season at Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League. But in four games he had just 0.8ppg. Shoutvin also played that season for Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL where in 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention.

BK Nova Hut Ostrava roster for 2017-2018:

Petr Bohacik
Anton Shoutvin
Milan Stanojevic
Milic Blagojevic
Strahinja Stojacic
Patrick Johnson
Michael Medvecky
Daniel Klimek
Brian Bernardi
Russell Woods
Stepan Svoboda
Jan Kelar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thomas is back at Silute, ex Titanes Licey - by Eurobasket News

Silute (NKL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Ulysses Thomas (190-86kg-92, college: Kentucky State). It is actually his comeback to Silute as he has played here before. Thomas played last summer at Titanes Licey in LNB league in Dominican Republic, but left. In 8 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. The last season Thomas played at Silute where in 31 NKL games he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thomas' team made it to the SIAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted All-SIAC Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time.
Thomas has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres).
He attended Kentucky State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tre DEMPS
  Mons-Hai.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 27
 1. Demps, Mons-Hai.27.0 
 2. Perry, Szolnok26.0 
 3. Wright, Demir IBB25.0 
 4. Kent, BK Pardubice25.0 
 5. Gaines, Parma23.0 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Trabzons.23.0 
 7. Green, Mons-Hai.23.0 
 8. Eldridge, Trabzons.23.0 
 9. Dziuba, Dnipro22.0 
 10. Kostov, Rabotnicki22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 16
 1. Jenkins, KR16.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut13.0 
 3. Smith, Boras12.0 
 4. Riley, CSU Sibiu11.0 
 5. Brooks, Balkan10.0 
 6. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.0 
 8. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 9. Tuoyo, Kormend9.0 
 10. Loncar, Wuerzburg9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Szolnok
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Perry, Szolnok9.0 
 2. Miller-M., Parma9.0 
 3. Brooks, Balkan9.0 
 4. Wright, Rilski7.0 
 5. Hammonds, Wuerz.7.0 
 6. Walker, Demir IBB7.0 
 7. Mishula, Dnipro7.0 
 8. Person, Boras6.0 
 9. Green, Bnei H.6.0 
 10. Wright, Kormend6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jure SKIFIC
  BM Slam .
  (202-F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Skific, BM Slam .4.0 
 2. Reddic, Mons-Hai.3.0 
 3. Simpson, Demir IBB3.0 
 4. Taylor, Rilski3.0 
 5. Csorvasi, Kormend3.0 
 6. Ukhov, Parma3.0 
 7. Bisping, Boras3.0 
 8. Hammonds, Wuerz.3.0 
 9. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 10. Lapeta, BM Slam .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Caleb GREEN
  Trabzonspor
  (203-PF-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Green, Trabzonspor4.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut3.0 
 3. Dawson, Bnei H.3.0 
 4. Moldoveanu, Demir I.3.0 
 5. Tibirna, Oradea3.0 
 6. Mornar, Boras3.0 
 7. Loncar, Wuerzburg2.0 
 8. Riley, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 9. Volkus, Nevezis2.0 
 10. Washington, Balkan1.0 


FIBA Europe Cup Qualifying Round Opening Leg best performance: Kendrick Perry - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Szolnok, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Qualifying Round).
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, five rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Trabzonspor 108-98. In the team's last game Perry had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Szolnok's top player in his first season with the team. Former Youngstown State University star has very solid stats this year. Perry is in league's top in points (2nd best: 26.0ppg) and averages impressive 90.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Jalen Jenkins (201-F) of KR. Jenkins had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as KR lost that game 67-88 to Mons-Hainaut. His team has extremely good start of the Qualifying Round. They won their first game. Jenkins is a newcomer at KR, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Garlon Green (201-G/F-91) of Mons-Hainaut. Green showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Mons-Hainaut, leading his team to an 88-67 easy win against KR. Green also has a very good start of the Qualifying Round with very strong stats. The season just started for Green as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Demir IBB - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Travis Taylor (203-F-90) of Rilski - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Diamon Simpson (204-F-87) of Demir IBB - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Codi Miller-McIntyre (191-G-94) of Parma - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Shawn Dawson (198-G/F-93) of Bnei Hertzeliya - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Matt Tiby (203-F/C-92) of Mons-Hainaut - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Anton Dziuba (204-F-95) of Dnipro - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FINLAND  


FoKoPo adds Juwan Howard Jr. to their roster - by Greg

Forssan Koripojat (1st Division) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Juwan Howard Jr. (197-105kg-92, college: Detroit Mercy). He played last summer at Garra Canera de Navolato in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left. In only one game he recorded 5 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. The last season Howard was tested by BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) in Swiss league.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015 and 2016.
He attended University of Detroit Mercy until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  Antibes
  (205-PF-84)
  Avg: 29
 1. Blue, Antibes29.0 
 2. Peacock, Bourg22.0 
 3. Prepelic, Paris-Le.21.0 
 4. Cowels-III, Hyeres-.20.0 
 5. Michineau, Cholet19.0 
 6. Howard, Limoges18.0 
 7. Ubel, Boulazac18.0 
 8. Arnold, Hyeres-T.18.0 
 9. Dixon, Strasbourg18.0 
 10. Kikanovic, Monaco17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouphtaou YAROU
  Antibes
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 17
 1. Yarou, Antibes17.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Stras.14.0 
 3. Travis, Le Mans11.0 
 4. Evans, Cholet11.0 
 5. Blue, Antibes10.0 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.9.0 
 7. Watkins, AS.9.0 
 8. Tolbert, Hyeres-T.8.0 
 9. Rigot, Antibes8.0 
 10. Cornelie, Paris-Le.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Cooper, Gravelines13.0 
 2. Lacombe, Monaco10.0 
 3. Cobbs, Le Mans9.0 
 4. Blassingame, Antibes9.0 
 5. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.8.0 
 6. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.7.0 
 7. Riley, Le Mans7.0 
 8. Sim, Bourg7.0 
 9. Carter, Le Portel6.0 
 10. Roberson, AS.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Craft, Monaco4.0 
 2. Pearson, Dijon4.0 
 3. Prepelic, Paris-Le.3.0 
 4. Smith, Hyeres-T.3.0 
 5. Ware, Boulazac3.0 
 6. Lacombe, Monaco3.0 
 7. Eliezer-V., Paris-Le.3.0 
 8. Allen, Gravelines3.0 
 9. Fofana, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 10. Kahudi, AS.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Petr CORNELIE
  Paris-Le.
  (211-F/C-95)
  Avg: 0
 1. Cornelie, Paris-Le.0.0 
 2. Alingue, Dijon0.0 
 3. Cooper, Gravelines0.0 
 4. Harper, AS.0.0 
 5. Conklin, Limoges0.0 
 6. Gotcher, Cholet0.0 
 7. Cobbs, Le Mans0.0 
 8. Gladyr, Monaco0.0 
 9. Chathuant, Le Po.0.0 
 10. Gibson, Limoges0.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Drake REED
  Saint Vallier
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reed, Saint Vallier24.0 
 2. Temgoua, Boulogne24.0 
 3. Vaty, Lourdes23.0 
 4. Davis, Saint-Quentin22.0 
 5. Tresnak, RAC Basket22.0 
 6. Cisse, Brissac-.21.0 
 7. Watkins, Boulogne21.0 
 8. Zivkovic, SAP V.21.0 
 9. Faroux, Lorient20.0 
 10. Clark, ALS Basket19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Brissac-.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Diame, Brissac-.12.0 
 2. Watt, Gries/Ob.12.0 
 3. Negrobar, Gries/Ob.10.0 
 4. Tresnak, RAC Basket10.0 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket10.0 
 6. Walker, Saint-Quentin10.0 
 7. Chupin, Brissac-.10.0 
 8. Jones, Chartres10.0 
 9. Staniulis, Souffel10.0 
 10. Craion, Saint Vallier9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  RAC B.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Rathieuville, RAC B.8.0 
 2. Temgoua, Boulogne8.0 
 3. Diame, Brissac-.8.0 
 4. Bichard, Chartres8.0 
 5. Forcada, Gries/Ob.8.0 
 6. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 7. Clark, ALS Basket7.0 
 8. Siegwarth, SAP V.7.0 
 9. Craion, Saint Vallier6.0 
 10. Bichard, RAC Basket6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ralph TEMGOUA
  Boulogne
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Temgoua, Boulogne4.0 
 2. Boundy, Boulogne4.0 
 3. Diehl, Souffel4.0 
 4. Craion, Saint Vallier4.0 
 5. Clark, ALS Basket3.0 
 6. Robin, Brissac-.3.0 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket3.0 
 8. Rigaux, Brissac-.3.0 
 9. Kovanusic, ALS B.3.0 
 10. Walker, Saint-Quentin2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Gries/Ob.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Watt, Gries/Ob.3.0 
 2. Staniulis, Souffel2.0 
 3. Zengotitaben., Gries/Ob.2.0 
 4. Craion, Saint Vallier2.0 
 5. Milosevic, La Charite2.0 
 6. Fandelet, La Ch.1.0 
 7. Jones, Chartres1.0 
 8. Boateng, Saint V.1.0 
 9. Mendy, Souffel1.0 
 10. Correia, Souffel1.0 


Duren comes back to Petrolina AEK Larnaca, ex Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Tyreek Duren (183-86kg-91, college: La Salle). It is actually his comeback to Larnaca as he has played here before. Duren played most recently at Boulogne in French ProB. In 17 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.2apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
Duren ended the previous (2015-16) season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca where in 10 Division A games he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.4apg and 2.4spg. Duren contributed to his team winning the Cyprus League title (twice). But the most of that year he spent at Trefl in Polish TBL. In 22 games he had 14.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Duren received Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team award in 2015.
He graduated from La Salle University in 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Tyreek is an outstanding point guard with exceptional instincts and poise.

Petrolina AEK Larnaca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Palalas
Iakovos Panteli
Andreas Sizopoulos
Shane Gibson
Tyreek Duren
Michalis Motitis
Ioannis Pasiali
Themis Pallikaridis

Forwards:
Panagiotis Trisokkas
Tomislav Petrovic
Tyrell Biggs
Danilo Tasic
Roberto Mantovani
Sotiris Papagiannis

Centers:
JoJo Garcia
Devin Searcy

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Cyprus



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Keevin Tyus is a newcomer at Strumica - by Mario Divanisov

KK Strumica (Prva Liga) straightened their roster with the addition of American shooting guard Keevin Tyus (196-SG). The young guard spent his previous seasons at Lee University (NCAA2) where he averaged 16.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1apg in 28 games in the 2015/16 season, while managing to average 17.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg in the previous (2016/17) season.

For Tyus this will be his first experience in overseas basketball.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Corban COLLINS
  Kirchheim
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 26
 1. Collins, Kirchheim26.0 
 2. Dranginis, Trier25.0 
 3. Morgan, Koeln R.24.0 
 4. McGaughey, Heide.24.0 
 5. Taras, Baunach23.0 
 6. Fowler, Baunach21.0 
 7. Ziegenhagen, Chemn.20.0 
 8. Maier, Nuernberg19.0 
 9. Barton, Kirchheim19.0 
 10. Seiferth, Heidelberg18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andreas KRONHARDT
  Kirch.
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Kronhardt, Kirch.11.0 
 2. Ramsey, Koeln R.10.0 
 3. Lodders, Chemnitz10.0 
 4. Albrecht, Hanau10.0 
 5. Herrera, Phoenix .9.0 
 6. Raffington, Hambu.9.0 
 7. Joenke, Hanau9.0 
 8. Girard II, Nuern.9.0 
 9. Alston, Trier8.0 
 10. Seiferth, Heidelberg8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andy MAZURCZAK
  Chemn.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mazurczak, Chemn.12.0 
 2. Kovacevic, Hamburg9.0 
 3. McDowell-W., Bauna.7.0 
 4. Wade, Nuernberg6.0 
 5. Hewitt, Heidelberg5.0 
 6. Reischel, Karlsruh.5.0 
 7. Wuerzner, Heide.5.0 
 8. Barton, Kirchheim5.0 
 9. Bradshaw, Karlsruh.5.0 
 10. Joenke, Hanau5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Leon BAECK
  Koeln R.
  (187-PG-96)
  Avg: 7
 1. Baeck, Koeln R.7.0 
 2. Razis, Vechta4.0 
 3. McDowell-W., Bauna.4.0 
 4. Collins, Kirchheim3.0 
 5. Reischel, Karlsruh.3.0 
 6. Christen, Vechta2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Hamburg2.0 
 8. Noeres, Ehingen2.0 
 9. Bradshaw, Karlsruh.2.0 
 10. Wade, Nuernberg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin SEIFERTH
  Heidelberg
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Seiferth, Heidelberg3.0 
 2. Reischel, Karlsruh.2.0 
 3. Smith, Vechta2.0 
 4. Herrera, Phoenix .2.0 
 5. Brady, Hanau2.0 
 6. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Ely, Heidelberg1.0 
 8. Kovacevic, Hamburg1.0 
 9. Albrecht, Hanau1.0 
 10. Kronhardt, Kirch.1.0 


The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Don't Find Themselves Yet Go From The Photo Shoot To The Court Losing To Giessen 69-66 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It seemed like ages ago when the Fraport Skyliners Juniors last played an official Pro B home game as one has to go back more than six months ago where they actually beat Lok Bernau 76-61, but didn't return back home as they were unable to move on in the playoffs as they were manhandled 88-59 in the do or die game in Bernau thus ending their season. The loss in Bernau also happened to be the last games for some key players last season as sniper sharp shooter Travis Thompson went east to the Dresden Titans getting a more lucrative offer and will face his ex-team twice this season, Stefan Ilzhoefer was unable to make his breakthrough in the BBL with the Fraport Skyliners and moved south west to the Gladiators Trier and will attempt his mission back to the BBL with a strong pro A season, Rilwan Bakare went back home to Chicago and is waiting by the phone for his next opportunity and the team identity figure Tim Oldenburg who had been with the club since 2010 and gotten a few minutes in the BBL, Eurochallenge and Fiba Europe Cup decided to hang up his jersey and retire to focus on his other career on the German police force. With the new season started, there were some new faces that fans had to get used as Isaac Bonga was still on board as he is continuing to develop into a top basketball professional, but some new faces included Richard Freudenberg who had won the 2015 NBBL title against Frankfurt with FC Bayern Munich and won MVP hitting his future team for 24 points and played 2 BBL games with the Bavarian side and last season had an uneventful season in the NCAA with St Johns as the club was stocked with too many shooters thus keeping him at the end of the bench. Another new face was American rookie Alex Fountain who takes the place of Bakare in the front court and played 104 NCAA games at Houston Baptist (NCAA) and as a senior averaged 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 73.2%.Fountain didn't suit up because he hadn't been cleared to play by the league yet. Another new face was club Giessen who took the place of Lich who closed up shop and now is the official new farm team of BBL club Giessen 46ers. With some Fraport Skyliners like Quantez Robertson, Shawn Huff and Philip Scrubb on hand on break from a practice session gave support and witnessed a very entertaining season opener that showcased a tale of two halves as Frankfurt controlled the first half and then fell apart in the second half as Giessen stormed back winning 69-66 with great team defense. After the victory, Pro B rookie and ex Sacramento St. (NCAA) forward Nick Hornsby (201-F-95, college: Sacramento St.) was all smiles after his monster game scoring 12 points, hauling down 10 boards, dishing out five assists and getting three steals. 'We played aggressive and together and played with a lot of intensity and exceled at what we knew we were good at. We executed very well in the second half', stressed Giessen rookie Nick Hornsby. For Frankfurt newbie and German veteran Tobias Jahn who played for teams like Hanau, Langen and Ehingen and spent 5 years in California in the NCAA2 with Cal Poly Pomona found some time to reflect why they were unable to play better in the second half. 'This was our first time together tonight. We literally had our photo shooting and then our first game. We played ok in the first half, but in the second half us not knowing each other showed. We had many open three's in the first half, but none more in the second half. When they figured us out in the second half, we were unable to find a solution. We didn't collapse, but Giessen did a good job taking away our strengths and we didn't find right decisions', warned Tobias Jahn.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors didn't waste any time in the first quarter jumping all over Giessen going out on a quick 11-2 lead. They demonstrated their fierce defense in the first three minutes stopping Giessen's first four possessions before they finally got on the board. Frankfurt did all their damage inside as young German Armin Trtovac who is playing his third season in the Pro B scored twice inside, ex St Johns forward Richard Freudenberg opened up the scoring with a pretty reverse lay up and German wunder boy Isaac Bonga got to the free throw line twice connecting successfully. The Giessen American rookies Taylor and Hornsby were over anxious taking bad shots and other players had some easy misses adding to the big Frankfurt lead. The Americans then finally broke the ice getting on the board as ex S.Indiana (NCAA2) guard and 2013 NCAA2 champion Jeril Taylor scored two buckets apiece, but two timely trey's from ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb kept Frankfurt in front 17-8. Giessen got some heads up play from 2013 JBBL (U-16 league) rookie of the year Bjarne Kraushaar who got a loose ball and made a put back and ex RheinStar Leon Okpara made free throws, but the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had the 17-12 advantage. 'We started off very nervous and had a few good looks, but shot badly. Lischka had an easy miss. Frankfurt played good team basketball at both ends. Giessen couldn't come to terms with the aggressive Frankfurt offense', stressed Giessen 46er Marco Voeller.

In the first few minutes of the second quarter, the starting first quarter nervousness seemed to come back not only haunting Giessen, but also Frankfurt, but the home team were able to extend their lead to 21-13 as ex USC Freiburg German Cosmo Gruehn sunk a 20 footer and Armin Trtovac connected on a baby hook shot. Giessen remained in the game mainly because Frankfurt was too lethargic on offense, but Giessen couldn't make much ground on offense because they made bad decisions and coughed up the ball too many times. With the two American boys on the bench, Giessen got some much needed production from ex Tuebingen forward Johannes Lischka who as usual was extra aggressive on the offensive glass making a tap in and Kraushaar finished with a floater cutting the Frankfurt lead to 23-19. However then out of nothing the Fraport Skyliners Juniors totally opened up the game going on a lethal 11-2 run to extend their lead to 34-21. In the run, the Frankfurt guns finally connected from downtown as German Konstantin Schubert connected twice and Zeeb once and Jahn made a lay in off a beautiful spin move by Zeeb who some how got the German the ball. Frankfurt was able to hold their lead until the break nailing two more three's as Freudenberg and Zeeb connected for the 40-28 lead at half-time. 'Giessen played ok without their Americans on the court. Giessen with too many turnovers that helped Frankfurt in their run. Frankfurt hit many three's at the end showing that they have some good shooters', stressed Marco Voeller. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 45% from the field and 41% from outside while Giessen was shooting 37% from the field and 11% from outside. Both teams had 17 rebounds at the break and Frankfurt had six turnovers and Giessen had nine turnovers.

The beginning of the third quarter looked very fruitful for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors as they started off the way they ended in the second quarter, but Giessen would retaliate and make basketball life extremely difficult for Frankfurt until the buzzer sounded after 40 minutes. Frankfurt started off hot going on a 6-2 run to extend their lead to 46-30 their biggest lead of the contest. In the run, Frankfurt got important production from Armin Trtovac who showed in the first game that he is on his way to becoming a consistent Pro B contributor as he finished with a hook shot after retrieving an offensive rebound, Freudenberg made free throws and Schubert snuck inside for an easy lay up after being set up perfectly from Isaac Bonga with the precise bounce pass underneath. However then came the turning point of the game as Giessen rattled off a 17-4 run to suddenly trail Frankfurt only 50-47. In the run, Giessen stepped up their defense playing very aggressive and trying to bother the Frankfurt offensive rhythm sneaking in zone defense or throwing a full court press which all worked. This was Frankfurt's worst phase in the game with taking care of the ball as they produced turnover after turnover and Giessen snuck back getting vital contribution from their German players. Giessen played big and dominated inside as ex Hanau beast Marian Schick scored inside as did Lischka and young German talent Alen Pjanic. Back to back three's from Kraushaar and Horsnby put added salt on the Frankfurt wound. Frankfurt didn't relinquish the lead yet as a timely Zeeb trey kept Frankfurt up 55-52 after 30 minutes. 'We have come out slow in the third quarter in other pre-season games and we wanted to come out stronger this time and did. Our defensive strength helped our offense. We communicated better on defense and were very aggressive while they stayed timid. We got a lot of support from everyone', added Nick Hornsby. 'Giessen got some transition baskets and played with three big men that hurt us on the rebound. They simply overpowered us on offense and defense', added Tobias Jahn.

Giessen had the momentum coming into the fourth quarter and it didn't take long until they would capture their first lead of the ball game. Giessen kept up their defensive pressure and stifled Frankfurt on their first four possessions helping them gain their first lead as Hornsby went coast to coast for the easy lay in and Schick scored inside getting Giessen their first lead of the game 57-55 and they would never trail again. Bonga finally scored Frankfurt's first field goal of the fourth quarter at the 6.28 minute mark. Giessen continued to use their fine-tuned offense doing continued damage in the paint as Schick and Hornsby scored giving Giessen the 63-57 advantage. Giessen continued to bully Frankfurt in the paint and annoy them with their pesky defense with great switching as Frankfurt had hardly any time to breathe before the next Giessen player was breathing down their back and could hardly ever get into their sets the way they wanted to. After Bonga and Lischka exchanged free throws, it was Zeeb who drained another trey at the 2.23 minute mark cutting Giessen's lead to 65-62. Just when you thought that maybe the Zeeb trey was what Frankfurt needed to break the Giessen momentum and come back, Kraushaar dropped a timely three at the 2.03 minute mark breaking Frankfurt's back and extending the Giessen lead to 68-62. Frankfurt then had some big fortune as they crept back as Trtovac made back to back buckets with a hook shot and tip in and then with 21 seconds remaining, Giessen made a turnover on the inbounds pass and suddenly Frankfurt had real basketball life again. Zeeb went for the win and missed and then Frankfurt got another break with two seconds getting rewarded with the ball, but Zeeb made a beginner mistake that can always happen, but shouldn't happen to a guy like him who is aspiring to become a regular BBL player as he coughed up the ball taking his eye of the ball and already setting and looking at the rim before he even had control of the ball giving Giessen the very hard fought 69-66 victory.

'We got the win because we played smart basketball. We didn't take any bad shots at the end, had less turnovers and just attacked the basket. Lischka's three offensive rebounds were game changing', stressed Nick Hornsby. 'Lischka's offensive rebounds were big, but maybe we were a bit tired at the end. We didn't lose because Giessen was that much better, but moreover because we had not all been together and first need to find each other. We functioned well in the first half, but in the second half when they took away our strengths, we were unable to find that second open player', stressed Tobias Jahn. Giessen was led by Bjarne Kraushaar with 16 points. Johannes Lischka added 15 points and nine boards including six offensive rebounds. Marian Schick added 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Gara Zeeb with 20 points, four assists and three steals. Armin Trtovac added 14 points and 12 boards. Giessen shot 37% from the field and 22% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 38% from the field and 30% from the three point line. Giessen won the rebound duel 42-41 and both clubs had 17 turnovers apiece.




CSKA rally past Bayern, enter Final in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Bayern 80:70

CSKA Moscow will play for the title at the international friendly tournament in Zadar. They beat Bayern Munich to set up the Final versus Fenerbahce. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: BeoBasket) produced 17 points to lead the winners.
CSKA dropped 27 points in the opening quarter to race to a 10-point lead. Bayern pulled within three points at the big break 40:37. The German powerhouse narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But CSKA ignited a 23:15 run in the final period to seal the victory. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) delivered 16 points, while Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) added 15 points in the win. Devin Booker (205-C-91, college: Clemson) replied with 18 points for Bayern.



The Longevity Of Justin Gray (U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca) Is Credited To Doing What He Does Best And Not Proving Something He Can't Do - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) is a 33 year old 188cm guard from Charlotte, North Carolina that is playing his 12th professional season and first with U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala). He is versatile enough to excel at point guard as well as big guard. An enthusiastic, high-energy guard who brings a swagger to the team. Gray is one of the team's vocal leaders, possesses great quickness, and is an exceptional perimeter shooter. He started his basketball career at Wake Forest where he played with NBA superstar Chris Paul. Gray played at Wake Forest from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 33 games: ScoreACC-4 (18.2ppg), 3.6rpg, AssistsACC-5 (4.3apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PTACC-4 (36.1%), FTACC-5 (83.4%): Finished career ranked 8th in Wake Forest history in scoring (1,946 points), 1st in three-point attempts (860), 2nd in three-point field goals (319) and 8th in assists (382). His 319 career three-point field goals are 7th best in ACC history. In 2006-2007, he started his professional basketball career and in 11 seasons has been the ultimate basketball globetrotter as he played in 13 countries like Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Ukraine, China, Germany, France, Turkey, Lebanon, Bulgaria and Belarus. He won two titles with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL) and three titles with Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus-Premier League). Six years after last having played in Germany with the Fraport Skyliners, he sat down with Eurobasket before a Champions League qualifying game in Ludwigsburg.

Justin thanks for talking to Eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Germany. You are in Ludwigsburg preparing for a Champions League qualifying game. You never played against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. How excited are you to be back in Germany?

I am excited to be back in Germany. I had a good start with the Fraport Skyliners in 2011, but then got injured. I remember Germany as being a place where I was always treated well and fans were always in the arena's. I am happy to play against Ludwigsburg tonight. It's another new adventure.


It has been six years since you last played for a German club the Fraport Skyliners. Since then you have played in eight countries for eight teams. Before you landed in Frankfurt you had already played for seven teams in four countries. Do you feel like a basketball globetrotter at times?

Yeh you could say that. But nowadays it isn't so typical for a player to be in one place for a long time. I am blessed that I have received so many opportunities from so many clubs in different countries. Teams wanting me is a testament to my skill and staying healthy. I will just continue to do what I do and hope teams continue to call my number.


You have a tough hurdle with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg who are the heavy favorite. They have a lot of depth. How do you feel will you be able to compete with them and come out with a win on the road?


It is a 2 games series so anything is possible. We have many new guys, but we simply need to play hard, compete and come together. At the end of the day it doesn't matter who the coach, players or organization is, but how you play as a team for 40 minutes.


Your new team U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca have won 9 club tiles since early 90's and are defending league champions. You also have 2 ex BBL players on the roster with Giordan Watson and Alexander Rasic. How is the club shaping up and can you defend the title?



We played some friendly games against Romanian teams and so far everything worked out well for us. Key is to stay healthy and win all we can with the cup and league title. We basicly have to perform well and if we can do that then we feel comfortable that our chances will be good.


You have played with so many veterans in your career not only Americans, but also guys from Europe. What has it been playing with Aleksander Rasic. He came up in the Alba Berlin organization How have you been meshing with him on the court?

He has been injured, but it is always good to have a veteran around that knows the organization. He has been helping everyone out. We will be an important part to our success this season.


What besides winning three titles did you enjoy most in your time with Tsmoki-Minsk. How was the whole experience different for you being one of the lone Americans on the team?


I played two and a half seasons there. The organization treated me well and we won the league title and cup. For me the biggest thing with this team was being able to play in the VTB league, playing against all the big Russian teams and being a VTB league allstar. The tough part was how cold it was and all the traveling. However what was great was that your teammates counted on you a lot and that was a good feeling. I just did what I do well and had to be a leader. Teammates looked to me to make plays and be successful. I remember that we weren't in the games in Moscow, but we were in some at home. What really stood out with CSKA Moscow was how well the organization was run. It was like a well-oiled team. That is the kind of team that you always want to be on.


Antonio Graves came in the stretch run. Did he tell any Frankfurt stories as that had been his last team before coming to Belarus?

Yes Antonio told about his experience in Frankfurt with the good and bad. He talked a lot about the organization and their Frankfurt lifer Quantez Robertson as well as the state of the league and how much it has grown since I was there. I helped him adjust to the team and we won some big games when he was there. Antonio really helped us out a lot.


In the 2013-2014 season you played briefly for Homenetmen Beirut (Lebanon-Division A). What kind of experience was it playing in the middle east? Did you have any memorable experiences in a palace?


Playing in the Middle East was definitely different.The club counted on you a lot more than European teams do, because there are less imports playing there. It was a fun experience as well as fans are always chanting during games and know a lot more about basketball than I was aware of. The club also treated me very well as they know that you aren't in your home country and just try to make your stay as most comfortable as possible. Beirut is a very beautiful city something that I didn't know until I got there. I had a beautiful place with a view on the mountains and water. I didn't have a palace visit.


You have put up consistent stats your whole career. What has been your secret to not losing anything on your craft over the years?


It comes down to doing what I do best. I never have gone out and tried to prove something that I can't do. Being consistent and always being able to give coach another option is important. Also important is knowing that you won't always make shots, but continue to be willing and not run away from the big moments, but always believe in being successful.


You only had a short time in Frankfurt and suffered a serious injury. Do you ever think back what could have been had you stayed healthy?

Yes I do think about what could have been had I stayed healthy in Frankfurt. Even though I did get injured what still stands out in my mind was the group of guys we had who were talented and hungry to be successful. We had some successful guys like Jermario Davidson who had come from the NBA and guys like Tez and Jimmy Mckinney and a young Michael Thompson. All went on to have good careers. At the end of the day each guy wanted to do well and get better. Even after I was injured, the team didn't give up, but did the best that they could and worked hard every day. Each player got better individually and moved on to be successful.

A lot has changed since then in that Jacob Burtschi, Jimmy Mckinney and Jermario Davidson have retired, but your still around, but so is Quantez Robertson. With his wild athleticism and quickness and terrorizing defense, he probably could of played in the NBA had he had a reliable shot. How do you remember him best?

Tez is still the guy that he was then. A guy that was super aggressive on defense, a good offensive rebounder, could go coast to coast or block shots. He made a career with the Fraport Skyliners. He is also one of those players that does what he does bestl and coach can trust him. Tez has found his niche and been consistent with it. He also has been very healthy and been a real iron man.


In our last interview in November 2011 you said this about Michael Thompson. 'He has the tools to be a great point guard. He is getting a lot of confidence now with his extended playing time with my injury'. How have you followed his career over the years?

I have followed Juice since I left to when he played in France to Turkey. I haven't talked as much with him, but I continue to keep an eye on him. I continue to follow him and at the end of the day I am always a fan and am always cheering for my ex teammates.

I still have your buzzer beater against Wurzburg in my mind today. Where does that rank in your all-time best game winning shots?

That game winner is always exciting to watch. The funny thing is when I walked in the Ludwigsburg arena yesterday for shoot around, head coach John Patrick saw me and joked 'Hey the last time I saw you, you beat us with a buzzer beater'. I remember hitting a nice buzzer beater in the VTB league against Russian team Unics. That was a big win for us since we were a lot smaller club. You have to be confident to take a shot like that and making it. You won't always make that big shot, but one shouldn't be afraid to try.

Your ex teammate Petr Bender is still playing and has collected 18 titles with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL). Was winning those two titles your sweetest simply since it was your first?


Yes they were the sweetest, but I remember taking those first titles with Nymburk for granted. We were something like 30-1 that season and swept everyone in the playoffs. I thought Europe was going to be a breeze and that I would win everything, but that changed when I came to Greece and started losing against the big teams. I enjoy all the titles that I have won and all are special. I always tell my friends that when I come home you will call me a champ.


I remember your son being very young in Frankfurt. Is your son taking your footsteps with basketball or is he going in a different direction with sports?


Basketball has always been second nature to him. He has seen it all since being a toddler from the locker rooms, being at games, workouts and hanging out with NBA players. I believe that he wants to follow in my footsteps. I will help him anyway possible, but it will always be his decision. If he suddenly decides to want to play baseball or football or become a doctor or scientist then that is ok. I want to guide him as best I can through life being the best dad possible and helping him find his dreams and encouraging him. I don't want to be like a coach, but just help him if he asks for advice, but not push him.


Who was the toughest player that you faced in the NCAA that made it to the NBA?



I have played against so many. Rashad Mccants was always tough to play. I hated chasing J J Reddick around screens. I played with Carmelo Anthony in high school. I was teammates with Chris Paul at Wake Forest and he is the best point guard that ever played the game. I just have been blessed to always be around good coaches, players and teams. I am in my 12th season. There aren't many guys that haven't lasted that long. I just go out and play and enjoy it


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

Jordan, Lebron, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul


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?

Jordan is the best of all-time and Lebron still has a way to go. One also can't forget Kobe. Each one of these players were big in their time. These guys demand so much respect. Then there are other greats like Wilt Chamberlain or Oscar Robertson, but that was also another era. Jordan has been such an influence to the game off the court, but Lebron also continues to make strides. But on the court rings just don't lie.

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?


No I don't. At the end of the day he averaged a triple double. This season will be crazy when he plays with Paul George and Melo. He deserved the MVP last season. He always played with some edge, but since Kevin Durant left he has really played with a chip on his shoulder.


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

My NBA sleeper is Dennis Smith Jr. I have seen him play and really like his game. His first step is so quick. I think that he will benefit from Dirk as he has played with some good point guards and will teach him some things. I think that he will have the opportunity there to play free and work through his mistakes.


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?


It will be interesting to see how successful Houston will be this season in Mike Dantoni's system. I know that Chris Paul is really looking forward to this season being able to play with another superstar like James Harden as well as not always have to create on every play.


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?

Only time will tell. I think at the moment the Cavs got the better deal. They got some good offensive pieces including a Jeff Green and losing Avery Bradley really hurt Boston. But then again if Boston gets some guys to step up like Marcus Smart and the new kid from Louisville then it could work out to their benefit. The first game will be exciting between the Celts and Cavs. Lebron has been in 6 NBA finals so it is hard to bet against him.

What will the Oklahoma Thunder be capable with their trio of all-stars Westbrook, George and Melo?


The NBA is changing as the league is stretching out. It will be fun to watch this team. I hope that everyone stays healthy and I hope they can show how they can mesh together. It's not too bad a job for Coach Billy Donovan when you have players like that.


What was the last movie that you saw?


The Khalief Boarder documentary


Thanks Justin for the chat.



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Bentil pours 12 points in Reims loss to Dijon in France - by Yaw Mintah

Ben Bentil recorded 12 points in Champagne Chalons Reims 61-86 loss to Dijon in the opening round of the French Pro A. The loss is the third straight year, Reims has failed to register a win in its first outing of the new season.

The result was disappointing considering Reims could not put up a fight through the game with the exception of the third quarter where it topped Dijon 18-15. Champagne lost 16-23, 13-25 and 14-23 at the end of the first, second and fourth quarters respectively.

This comes as a major letdown considering Reims offseason acquisition of Bentil and 2016-2017 Pro B Coach of the Cedric Heitz promised a lot of upside for the team based in Northern France.

Bentil signed a one year deal with the French side after suiting up for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Summer League. For its next matchup, Reims plays Antibes Sharks in front of its home fans at the Palais Des Sports Pierre de Coubertin. Antibes won its game by beating Strasbourg 79-57.




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AEK Athens roll past Rethymno for second straight win in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News

AEK - Rethymno 93:82

AEK Athens clinched the second consecutive win at the Zivanario Tournament in Nicosia. They edged their Greek rivals Rethymno to gain 2-0 record. Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds in the win.
Rethymno grabbed an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They extended the margin at 7-point mark at the interval 37:44. Rethymno kept the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points. But AEK fuelled a massive 31:12 run in the final period to ensure the winning outcome. Mike Green (185-PG-85, college: Butler) netted 14 points, while Kelsey Barlow (196-G-91, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 13 points in the victory. Stefan Moody (179-PG-93, college: Mississippi) answered with 19 points for Rethymno. Hugh Robertson (195-G-89, college: S.Florida) chipped in 15 points in the losing case.



Kirills re-signs at Agriniou - by Chris Mammides

A.O. Agriniou (B) confirmed in their roster 20-year old guard Dimitris Kirills (193-97). He has played there for the last two seasons.

A.O. Agriniou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Babis Mouratidis
Grekas
Giorgos Bereris
Petros Argyros
Christos Stamoulis
Theodoros Kyrilis
Georgios Kokkios
Dimitris Kirills
Dimitris Stankovic

Forwards:
Christos Tassopoulos
Dimitris Mitsou
Dimitrios Siologkas
Kostas Stavrou
Fotis Tassos
Vassilis Retntzios

Center:
Tasos Kasabalis

Coach: Christos Myriounis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou lands Antreas Gyftakis - by Chris Mammides

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou (B) tabbed 32-year old Antreas Gyftakis (183-85). The last time (5-9) he played at Sporting in Greek D league. Gyftakis has played there for the last four years. Gyftakis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
He was selected to League All-Star Game in 2009.
Gyftakis is a very experienced player.

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou roster for 2017-2018:

Dimitris Mouratoglou
Antreas Gyftakis
Giannis Karagiolidis
Michalis Politis
Giorgos Asimakis
Stavros Georgiadis
Nasos Perrotis
Gerasimos Adamopoulos
Sotiris Dovas
Nikos Xiros
Ioannis Patseas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Egis Kormend beat Boras in the first game of the EC qualification - by Tamas Deri

Head coach Gasper Potocnik 's team could win the first game 78:61 in Sweden and made a big step to get into the next round of the qualificiaton stage.
Rookie swingman Eric Fanning (196-G-92, college: Boston U.) was the leading scorer of the game with 22 points, he also collected 6 rebounds in almost 30 minutes on the court. Rookie playmaker Marquis Wright (185-G-95, college: Siena) lead the winners with 15 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Justin Tuoyo (208-F-94, college: Chattanooga) came from the bench and was very close to a double-double with 16 points and 9 rebounds in only 24 minutes. Andre Hollins (186-G-92, college: Minnesota, agency: 3Eye) added 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, while domestic center Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88, agency: HMS) finished the game with 8 points and 7 rebounds.



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Iraqi Airways ink Akeem Caddell, ex Messina FPS - by Ahmad Madwar

Iraqi Airways (Superleague) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Akeem Caddell (201-98kg-91, college: Blue Mountain, agency: Aspire Sports). He played last season at FP Sport Messina in Italian Serie C Silver.
The previous (15-16) season Caddell played at ASD Virtus Basket Canicatti (also in Serie C Silver).
His team made it to the TSAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
Caddell has played previously professionally also in Palestine (AlBireh).
He attended Blue Mountain College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
Caddell could be described: Multilingual (espanol),fundamentally sound, high basketball IQ, scores well in the mid range, scores with either hand, very active, hard-nosed player, excellent mid range shooter, outstanding passer, strong rebounder, solid defender, loves to run the floor and finish with either hand around the basket, plays well with back to basket, good face up game, great work ethic, Solid 3 point range.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FIBA Europe Cup: Bnei Hertzeliya overcome Slam Stal - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliya - Slam Stal Ostrow 84:74

Bnei Hertzeliya got to a confident start of their FIBA Europe Cup campaign. They held off Slam Stal Ostrow in the opening leg of the Qualifying Round. Shawn Dawson (198-G/F-93) posted 22 points and 8 boards in the win.
The teams were tied at 21 after ten minutes. Bnei Hertzeliya eked out a 41:39 halftime lead. The hosts started to mount the pressure in the third term. Bnei Hertzeliya recorded a 9-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The hosts protected the lead and finished with an important 10-point victory at the end. Xavier Thames (191-G-91, college: San Diego St.) delivered 18 points for the Israeli side. Aaron Johnson (173-PG-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) responded with 14 points for Slam Stal Ostrow.



NH Ostrava inks Anton Shoutvin - by Greg

BK Nova Hut Ostrava (NBL) signed 28-year old Israeli center Anton Shoutvin (206-95kg-89). He played last season at Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League. But in four games he had just 0.8ppg. Shoutvin also played that season for Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL where in 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention.

BK Nova Hut Ostrava roster for 2017-2018:

Petr Bohacik
Anton Shoutvin
Milan Stanojevic
Milic Blagojevic
Strahinja Stojacic
Patrick Johnson
Michael Medvecky
Daniel Klimek
Brian Bernardi
Russell Woods
Stepan Svoboda
Jan Kelar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trapani overcome Massagno in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Trapani - Massagno 84:76 (OT)

Pallacanestro Trapani outgunned Massagno Basket in overtime in the latest test game. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) and Jesse Perry (200-F-89, college: Arizona) knocked down 22 points to lead the winners.
Massagno Basket eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening frame. Trapani erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 37:31 halftime advantage. The Italian team stayed in front in the third term. They entered the fourth period up by three points 58:55. But Massagno Basket erased the deficit and forced overtime. Trapani unloaded 16 points in the extra period and got away with the win. Andrea Renzi (207-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Justin Roberson (186-PG-93, college: La-Monroe) answered with 23 points for Massagno. Keon Moore (196-G/F-92, college: Winthrop, agency: Two Points) topscored with 24 points for the Swiss side.



EA7 Milano celebrate SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Milano - Umana Reyer Venezia 82:77

EA7 Milano claimed the SuperCoppa 2017 title. They overcame Umana Reyer Venezia for the trophy. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) nailed 29 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 5 assists to lead the winners.
EA7 Milano posted a 26:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Umana Reyer narrowed the deficit in the second term. Venezia pulled within a single point at halftime 39:40. The Milan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They entered the final period up by three points 58:55. EA7 Milano kept Umana Reyer at distance throughout the final period and rallied to a well-deserved win at the end. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) and Amath M'Baye (206-F-89, college: Oklahoma) delivered 14 points each for the winners. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports), Michael Jenkins (192-SG-86, college: Winthrop) and Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) replied with 14 points each for Umana Reyer.



Iraqi Airways ink Akeem Caddell, ex Messina FPS - by Ahmad Madwar

Iraqi Airways (Superleague) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Akeem Caddell (201-98kg-91, college: Blue Mountain, agency: Aspire Sports). He played last season at FP Sport Messina in Italian Serie C Silver.
The previous (15-16) season Caddell played at ASD Virtus Basket Canicatti (also in Serie C Silver).
His team made it to the TSAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
Caddell has played previously professionally also in Palestine (AlBireh).
He attended Blue Mountain College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
Caddell could be described: Multilingual (espanol),fundamentally sound, high basketball IQ, scores well in the mid range, scores with either hand, very active, hard-nosed player, excellent mid range shooter, outstanding passer, strong rebounder, solid defender, loves to run the floor and finish with either hand around the basket, plays well with back to basket, good face up game, great work ethic, Solid 3 point range.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Forli 2.015 win Iesi tournament, Bonacini MVP - by Eurobasket News

Forli 2.015 won Iesi tournament with 4 teams at the event. In the Final game they overcame Poderosa Montegranaro 80-70. Forli allowed the opponents to score 18 points in the first and then second quarters to take a 5-point halftime advantage. Moreover Forli closed the game with a final 19-14 run to seal the victory. Darryl Jackson (190-SG-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Davide Bonacini (190-G-90, agency: Octagon Europe) and Dane DiLiegro (204-C-88, college: New Hampshire) added 17 each. LaMarshall Corbett (189-SG-88, college: Angelo St.) replied with 16 points in a loss and Valerio Amoroso (204-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) had 14.
In the game for the third place Victoria Libertas beat Aurora Jesi 86-85 in overtime.



DeAndre Daniels (ex Dinamica MNV) is a newcomer at Yesilgiresun - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-88kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played last season at Dinamica Mantova in Italian Serie A2. In 35 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1bpg.
He played in the final of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.
The previous (15-16) season Daniels played at another team Raptors 905 in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 8 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.3rpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Daniels was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Perth Wildcats).
The scouts decsribe him following way: He has great speed and is able to get up and down the floor quickly in transition faster than most players his size.
Offensively, Daniels has struggled to find one definitive skill he can hang his hat on to allow him to put up points on a nightly basis, besides filling the lane in transition. Daniels can be tough to matchup against, as he can shoot over smaller defenders in the post from the small forward position and beat bigger defenders off the dribble in isolation situations as a power forward. At this point in his career, his ball handling skills are merely average and he is not strong enough to back down post defenders, so it remains to be seen if he can find sustained success in either of these areas
.

Yesilgiresun Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Tomislav Gabric
DeAndre Daniels
Efe Besok

Centers:
Dusan Cantekin
Djordje Gagic
Ivan Marinkovic

Coach: Mihailo Uvalin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chiba Jets roll past Zhejiang to conquer Super 8 tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets - Zhejiang 83:73

Chiba Jets won the international Super 8 preseason tournament. They beat Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the Final in Macau tonight. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) had another massive performance with 26 points for the Jets.
The Lions snatched a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Chiba pulled ahead in the second term. The Japanese side accumulated a 44:37 halftime lead. The margin grew at 15-point mark at the final intermission. Chiba protected the lead in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Ryumo Ono (197-F/C-88) posted 16 points, while Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) added 15 points in the win. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88, college: Arkansas, agency: 3Eye) replied with 18 points for Zhejiang. Ioannis Bourousis (214-C-83) and Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) netted 11 points each in the loss.



Goyang Orions capture third position at Super 8 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Goyang Orions - Ryukyu Golden Kings 88:71

Goyang Orions clinched the third position at the international Super 8 tournament in Macau. They overcame Ryukyu in the consolation final. Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and Jin-Soo Choi (202-C/F-89, college: Maryland) posted 17 points each for the Korean side.
The Orions posted an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The Korean side maintained the lead throughout the second term. Goyang accumulated a 42:28 halftime advantage. The Orions stretched the gap at 25-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Kim Kang-Sun (190-G-86) accounted for 13 points in the win. Hassan Martin (201-F-95, college: Rhode Island) answered with 19 points for the Golden Kings. Ira Brown (193-F-82, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points in the loss.




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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 James WOODARD
  Nevezis
  (191-G-94)
  Avg: 22
 1. Woodard, Nevezis22.0 
 2. Palacios, Neptunas20.0 
 3. Carter, Lietuvos.17.5 
 4. Valinskas, Zalgiris16.0 
 5. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.16.0 
 6. Kupsas, Juventus16.0 
 7. Girdziunas, Neptu.16.0 
 8. Echodas, Lietuvos.15.0 
 9. Klimavicius, Vytautas14.0 
 10. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Vytautas
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dimsa, Vytautas9.0 
 2. Birutis, Siauliai9.0 
 3. Linkevicius, Vytautas8.0 
 4. Selakovs, Dzukija7.5 
 5. Carter, Lietuvos.7.5 
 6. Petrileviciu., Dzuki.7.5 
 7. Kupsas, Juventus7.5 
 8. Palacios, Neptunas7.5 
 9. Apsitis, Vytautas7.0 
 10. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan HARROW
  P.Zvaigz.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.7.0 
 2. Williams, Lietkabelis7.0 
 3. Girdziunas, Neptu.6.5 
 4. Kramer, Lietuvos.6.5 
 5. Dimsa, Vytautas6.0 
 6. Normantas, Lietuvos.5.0 
 7. Ireland, Juventus4.5 
 8. Palacios, Neptunas4.5 
 9. Grant, Nevezis4.0 
 10. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Paulius IVANAUSKAS
  Vytau.
  (195-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ivanauskas, Vytau.4.0 
 2. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.3.0 
 3. Butkevicius, Neptu.2.5 
 4. Ireland, Juventus2.5 
 5. Lekunas, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 6. Jomantas, Lietuvos.2.0 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.2.0 
 8. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes2.0 
 9. Kramer, Lietuvos.2.0 
 10. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas DIMSA
  Vytautas
  (198-F/G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dimsa, Vytautas2.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris2.0 
 3. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.5 
 4. Kupsas, Juventus1.5 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris1.0 
 6. Milaknis, Zalgiris1.0 
 7. Echodas, Lietuvos.1.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.1.0 
 9. Susinskas, Dzukija1.0 
 10. Klimavicius, Vytautas1.0 


Thomas is back at Silute, ex Titanes Licey - by Eurobasket News

Silute (NKL) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Ulysses Thomas (190-86kg-92, college: Kentucky State). It is actually his comeback to Silute as he has played here before. Thomas played last summer at Titanes Licey in LNB league in Dominican Republic, but left. In 8 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. The last season Thomas played at Silute where in 31 NKL games he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thomas' team made it to the SIAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted All-SIAC Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time.
Thomas has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres).
He attended Kentucky State until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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N2 Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in N2 just started. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Arantia defeated Grengewald in Larochette 86-74. Grengewald will play next round against strong BC Mess trying to get back on the winning streak. Arantia will try to continue on its current victory against Bascharage in Kaerjeng.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Avanti (0-1) in Belvaux. Visitors were rolled over by Soleuvre (1-0) 98-62. Soleuvre will play against Black Star (#8) in Mersch in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Avanti will play at home against Kordall Steelers to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hesperange. Host T.Hesperange (1-0) edged Bascharage (0-1) 69-67. T.Hesperange will meet Wiltz (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bascharage will play against Arantia (#1) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the Total League just one year after relegation.
Kordall Steelers (1-0) crushed at home Wiltz (0-1) by 37 points 88-51, which is the biggest margin this round. Kordall Steelers' next round opponent will be Avanti (#6) in Mondorf which should be theoretically another easy game. Wiltz will play at home against T.Hesperange (#5) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 winless Black Star lost to undefeated BC Mess on the opponent's court 67-85.

Soleuvre - Avanti 98-62

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Avanti (0-1) in Belvaux. Visitors were rolled over by Soleuvre (1-0) 98-62. Soleuvre will play against Black Star (#8) in Mersch in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Avanti will play at home against Kordall Steelers to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 559072


Kordall Steelers - Wiltz 88-51

Kordall Steelers (1-0) crushed at home Wiltz (0-1) by 37 points 88-51, which is the biggest margin this round. Kordall Steelers' next round opponent will be Avanti (#6) in Mondorf which should be theoretically another easy game. Wiltz will play at home against T.Hesperange (#5) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 559076


BC Mess - Black Star 85-67

BC Mess used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Mersch 85-67. BC Mess' next round opponent will be Grengewald (#9) in Niederanven and are hoping to win another game. Black Star will play at home against Soleuvre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 559073


Arantia - Grengewald 86-74

Arantia defeated Grengewald in Larochette 86-74. Grengewald will play next round against strong BC Mess trying to get back on the winning streak. Arantia will try to continue on its current victory against Bascharage in Kaerjeng.
gschID: 559074


T.Hesperange - Bascharage 69-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hesperange. Host T.Hesperange (1-0) edged Bascharage (0-1) 69-67. T.Hesperange will meet Wiltz (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bascharage will play against Arantia (#1) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the Total League just one year after relegation.
gschID: 559075





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FoKoPo adds Juwan Howard Jr. to their roster - by Greg

Forssan Koripojat (1st Division) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Juwan Howard Jr. (197-105kg-92, college: Detroit Mercy). He played last summer at Garra Canera de Navolato in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left. In only one game he recorded 5 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. The last season Howard was tested by BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) in Swiss league.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015 and 2016.
He attended University of Detroit Mercy until 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sutjeska inks Vjekoslav Vucinovic - by Darko Pekic

KK Sutjeska Niksic (Erste Liga) signed Montenegrin forward Vjekoslav Vucinovic (201-90kg, college: Harris-Stowe State). He played last season at KK Dubrovnik in Croatian A2 league.
Vucinovic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Sabac) and Montenegro (Teodo Tivat).
He graduated from Harris-Stowe State in 2015 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

KK Sutjeska Niksic roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brandon Johnson
Nikola Djokovic
Milos Krivokapic
Stefan Vukovic
Robert Hubbs_III
Ilija Goranovic

Forwards:
Vjekoslav Vucinovic
Igor Cvorovic
Milos Vujovic

Centers:
Boris Lalovic
Igor Bijelic
Marko Tejic

Coach: Vladimir Todorovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBA  


Trey Burke to remain a free agent - by Eurobasket News

Free-agent guard Trey Burke (6'1''-PG-92, college: Michigan) has changed course on a non-guaranteed deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder and will remain a free agent, league sources told The Vertical. Burke, 24, was expected to compete with Semaj Christon in training camp for the Thunder's third point guard spot but made the last-second decision to change his mind. Burke spent last season with the Washington Wizards, averaging five points and 1.8 assists in 57 games. Burke was the No. 9 overall pick in 2013 out of Michigan, where he led the program to the national championship game in his final season as a sophomore. Burke was traded to the Wizards last offseason after spending three seasons in Utah, which acquired him in a draft-day deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 assists per game for his career. The Thunder on Saturday reached agreement to acquire New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



The Thunder inks Isaiah Canaan - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) signed 26-year old point guard Isaiah Canaan (183-85kg-91, college: Murray State). He played last season at Chicago Bulls. In 41 NBA games he had 5.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Canaan played at the 76ers where in 77 NBA games he recorded 11.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Houston Rockets in second round (34th overall). Canaan attended Murray State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won OVC Regular Season West Division championship title in 2013. Canaan was also voted All-OVC Co-Player of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Canaan has played previously for Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Oklahoma City Thunder roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Raymond Felton
Russell Westbrook
Paul George
Isaiah Canaan
Trey Burke
Semaj Christon
Terrance Ferguson
Bryce Alford
Daniel Hamilton

Forwards:
Nick Collison
Patrick Patterson
Kyle Singler
Alex Abrines
Andre Roberson
Doug McDermott
Josh Huestis
Jerami Grant
Rashawn Thomas

Centers:
Enes Kanter
Yannis Morin
Steven Adams
Dakari Johnson

Coach: Billy Donovan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mirotic re-signs at the Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls confirmed in their roster 26-year old Spaniard international power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-105kg-91). He is a dual citizen owning also Montenegrin passport. Mirotic has played there for the last three seasons. In 76 NBA games he had 10.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg last season.
In 2011 he was drafted by Houston Rockets in first round (23rd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mirotic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Mirotic has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Mirotic's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 87.5%.
Mirotic has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Real Madrid, Real Madrid II and Palencia_Baloncesto.
He could be described: (by Nico Van den Bogaerd for NBADraft.net in 2011)
He's got pretty good hands and a soft shooting touch, offering good reliability from beyond the arch up to the foul line. Shot selection is really excellent ... He's also willing to take the big shots to help win games ... Might not be the quickest shooter, but his release and rhythm are good and he can create shots off the dribble when necessary. Able to score from the outside, able to penetrate and also a skilled low post player with a variety of moves
.

Chicago Bulls roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dwyane Wade
Justin Holiday
Jerian Grant
Jarell Eddie
David Nwaba
Denzel Valentine
Kris Dunn
Zach LaVine
Cameron Payne

Forwards:
Quincy Pondexter
Nikola Mirotic
Lauri Markkanen
Bobby Portis
Jaylen Johnson
Paul Zipser

Centers:
Robin Lopez
Cristiano Felicio
Diamond Stone

Coach: Fred Hoiberg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Clippers trade DeAndre Liggins to Hawks for trade exception - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers traded guard Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) and cash to the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told ESPN. The Clippers created a $1.67 million trade exception with the move. They'll have one year to use the exception. The Hawks are sending the Clippers the draft rights of an immediately undetermined player, league sources said. The Hawks will waive Liggins, who will be owed $26,000 on his 2017-18 contract, league sources said. The Clippers acquired Liggins, 29, as part of the blockbuster Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) deal with the Houston Rockets in June. The move leaves the Clippers with 19 players on roster for the start of training camp in Hawaii this week. It also drops the Clippers $122,000 below the luxury tax level. Liggins has had NBA stops with Orlando, Oklahoma City, Miami, Cleveland and Dallas.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) has agreed upon a contract buyout with the Chicago Bulls. The Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are considered the leaders for Wade once he clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Oklahoma City Thunder could also express interest in Wade. Wade gave up $8 million of his $23.8 million salary to leave the Bulls.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Jenkins is back at the Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks signed 26-year old guard John Jenkins (193-98kg-91, college: Vanderbilt). It is actually his comeback to the Hawks as he has played here before. Jenkins played last season at Westchester Knicks. In 16 NBA G League games he had very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.9apg. Jenkins also spent pre-season at the Suns. But in four NBA games he recorded just 1.8ppg.
In 2012 Jenkins was drafted by the Hawks in first round (23rd overall). He has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jenkins was voted NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team back in 2011 and 2012.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 90.9%.
Jenkins has played previously for four other teams: Dallas Mavericks, Salt Lake City Stars, Northern Arizona Suns and Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
He could be described: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Has a natural, fundamentally sound jumper that allows him to be nearly equally effective spotting up, coming off screens, and off the dribble Always shoots the same shot, and keeps his shoulders and feet squared at all times Quick release. He struggles off the dribble to create much offense for himself because he simply doesn't have the quickness to be more than a sporadic slasher to the rim Doesn't have many moves when handling the ball, and only does handle the ball when a jumper is simply out of the question
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Atlanta Hawks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Belinelli
Malcolm Delaney
Kent Bazemore
Josh Magette
Quinn Cook
John Jenkins
Dennis Schroeder
Jordan Mathews
Tyler Dorsey

Forwards:
Ersan Ilyasova
Luke Babbitt
Jeremy Evans
Miles Plumlee
Mike Muscala
Nicolas Brussino
Tyler Cavanaugh
Taurean Prince
DeAndre' Bembry
John Collins

Center:
Dewayne Dedmon

Coach: Mike Budenholzer

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Pelicans land Cliff Alexander - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) landed 22-year old power forward Cliff Alexander (206-107kg-95, college: Kansas). He played most recently at Long Island Nets. In 18 NBA G League games he averaged impressive 20.6ppg, 9.9rpg and 1.8apg last season. Alexander also played that season for another team Erie Bay Hawks where in 22 games he had 11.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2bpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Alexander's team won Big 12 Regular Season in 2015.
He represented USA at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Alexander has played previously for three other NBA teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and Santa Cruz Warriors.
He attended University of Kansas until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Alexander is described as: A low-post scoring presence who can anchor the rebounding effort but won't be much of a threat, at least initially, anywhere except the block.

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
Cliff Alexander
Jalen Jones

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

Coach: Alvin Gentry

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Nets add Mitchell to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets added to their roster 25-year old naturalized Panamanian forward Akil Mitchell (206-106kg-92, college: Virginia). He played last season at Long Island Nets. In four NBA G League games he recorded 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0bpg. Mitchell also played that season for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL where in 25 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.2apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mitchell's college team won ACC Tournament in 2014. He was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team back in 2014.
Mitchell represented USA at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg.
Thanks to Mitchell's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Mitchell has played previously professionally in France (Olympique Antibes), NBA (Houston Rockets) and other NBA G League teams (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended University of Virginia until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Brooklyn Nets roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Timofey Mozgov

Coach: Kenny Atkinson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NORWAY  

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nikolas SKOUEN
  Froya B.
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 38
 1. Skouen, Froya B.38.0 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.30.5 
 3. Bolinz, Asker Aliens26.0 
 4. Cugini, Gimle BBK24.5 
 5. Spear, Nidaros Jets24.0 
 6. Nisavic, Fyllinge.24.0 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso24.0 
 8. Ferrales, Kongsberg20.5 
 9. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .20.0 
 10. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brage VEJLGAARD
  Nidaros .
  (205-C-97)
  Avg: 14
 1. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .14.0 
 2. Sumskis, Fyllinge.12.0 
 3. Sommerfeldt, Asker A.12.0 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso12.0 
 5. Fivelstad, Gimle B.10.5 
 6. Cugini, Gimle BBK10.0 
 7. Thomas, Kongsberg10.0 
 8. Bolinz, Asker Aliens9.0 
 9. Hart, Asker Aliens9.0 
 10. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ognjen NISAVIC
  Fyllinge.
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nisavic, Fyllinge.11.0 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.11.0 
 3. Skouen, Froya B.8.0 
 4. Ferrales, Kongsberg7.5 
 5. Toefte, Nidaros .7.0 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso7.0 
 7. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.6.0 
 8. Vangen, Ammerud .5.5 
 9. Fredheim, Nidaros .5.0 
 10. Granath, Gimle BBK5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Magnus ELGMORK
  Fyllinge.
  (181-PG-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Elgmork, Fyllinge.4.0 
 2. Samuelsen, Tromso3.0 
 3. Skouen, Froya B.3.0 
 4. Malto, Ammerud .3.0 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.3.0 
 6. Berg, Asker Aliens3.0 
 7. Nisavic, Fyllinge.3.0 
 8. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .3.0 
 9. Clarke, Gimle BBK2.0 
 10. Bolinz, Asker Aliens2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roy NWACHUKWU
  Ammerud .
  (196-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .3.0 
 2. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .2.0 
 3. Thomas, Kongsberg1.5 
 4. Krivokapic, Kongs.1.5 
 5. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.1.5 
 6. Yele, Asker Aliens1.0 
 7. Fredheim, Nidaros .1.0 
 8. Vangen, Ammerud .1.0 
 9. Gjerde, Kongsberg1.0 
 10. Bolinz, Asker Aliens1.0 


Best players of Norwegian BLNO round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Nikolas Skouen (190-G-90, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Froya Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 38 points adding five rebounds and eight assists for Froya Basket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nidaros Jets (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 98-87. Thanks to this victory Froya Basket moved-up to the 6th position in Norwegian BLNO. Froya Basket 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. In the team's last game Skouen had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Froya Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Pepperdine University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Skouen is league's best scorer averaging so far 38.0ppg. Skouen is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 8.0apg) and averages solid 3.0spg,60.0% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Aksel Bolinz (201-F-90) of league's best team Asker Aliens. Bolinz impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Asker Aliens to another comfortable win outscoring Baerum Basket (0-2) 102-62. His 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. Bolinz is a newcomer at Asker Aliens 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 26.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 9.0rpg and 5.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Magne Fivelstad (198-G-89) of Gimle BBK (#4). Fivelstad scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Gimle BBK, leading his team to a 75-66 win against Tromso (1-1). Gimle BBK 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. Fivelstad has a great season in Norway. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.5rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hani Issalhi (187-G-84) of Tromso - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Brage Vejlgaard (205-C-97) of Nidaros Jets - 20 points and 14 rebounds
6. Ognjen Nisavic (195-G-92) of Fyllingen BBK - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Juan Ferrales (187-G-91) of Kongsberg - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Brede Ellingsen (189-G-88) of Fyllingen BBK - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Lorenzo Cugini (198-F-93) of Gimle BBK - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Edmunds Gabrans (188-G-79) of Froya Basket - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 11 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)



BLNO Round 1: Nidaros Jets lose to Froya Basket - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BLNO just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Nidaros Jets (0-1) in Laksevag on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Froya Basket (1-0) 98-87. Froya Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Nidaros Jets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nikolas Skouen (190-90, college: Pepperdine, agency: Duran International) fired 38 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Arne Ingebrigtsen (197-90, college: Cuesta JC) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Brage Vejlgaard (205-97) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Froya Basket is looking forward to face Asker Aliens on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nidaros Jets will play against Tromso (#10) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was played in Oslo between Fyllingen BBK and Ammerud Bskt where Fyllingen BBK (1-0) crushed Ammerud Bskt (0-1) on the road with 40-point difference 102-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Ognjen Nisavic (195-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Brede Ellingsen contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Latvian forward Karlis Helmanis (200-97) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Ammerud Bskt. Ammerud Bskt's coach Mustafa Mahnin gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Fyllingen BBK will play against Centrum (#8) in Oslo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ammerud Bskt will play on the road against Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was played in Oslo where Kongsberg (#8) crushed host Centrum (#4) with 20-point difference 92-72 on Friday evening. Juan Ferrales stepped up and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. At the losing side Magnus Midtvedt responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kongsberg will meet at home Gimle BBK (#4) in the next round. Centrum will play against Fyllingen BBK and hope to win that game.
We should not miss the game where Asker Aliens (1-0) against Baerum Basket (0-1) where guest Asker Aliens crushed their opponents by 40 points 102-62. Aksel Bolinz nailed 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Asker Aliens' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Asker Aliens' next round opponent will be Froya Basket in Laksevag and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baerum Basket will play at home against Ammerud Bskt (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 1 winless Tromso lost to undefeated Gimle BBK in Bergen 66-75.
The best stats of 1st round was 21 points and 11 rebounds by Magne Fivelstad of Gimle BBK.

Froya Basket - Nidaros Jets 98-87

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Nidaros Jets (0-1) in Laksevag on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Froya Basket (1-0) 98-87. Froya Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Nidaros Jets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nikolas Skouen (190-90, college: Pepperdine, agency: Duran International) fired 38 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Arne Ingebrigtsen (197-90, college: Cuesta JC) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Brage Vejlgaard (205-97) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and Australian guard Joel Spear (192-94, college: S.Oregon) added 24 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Froya Basket and four Nidaros Jets players scored in double figures. Froya Basket is looking forward to face Asker Aliens on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nidaros Jets will play against Tromso (#10) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Nidaros Jets: J.Spear 24+3reb+4ast, B.Vejlgaard 20+14reb+1ast, E.Skjellaug 11+5reb+1ast, J.Bjorke 11+5reb+1ast, J.Kjesbu 8+1reb+2ast, C.Toefte 6+4reb+7ast
Froya Basket: N.Skouen 38+5reb+8ast, N.Phillip 18+6reb, A.Ingebrigtsen 13+9reb+6ast, E.Gabrans 11+6reb+11ast, D.Clark 11+7reb+1ast, L.Rakner 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 563321


Ammerud Bskt - Fyllingen BBK 62-102

Another exciting game was played in Oslo between Fyllingen BBK and Ammerud Bskt where Fyllingen BBK (1-0) crushed Ammerud Bskt (0-1) on the road with 40-point difference 102-62. Fyllingen BBK outrebounded Ammerud Bskt 47-31 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Ammerud Bskt's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Ognjen Nisavic (195-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Guard Brede Ellingsen (189-88) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Fyllingen BBK players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Karlis Helmanis (200-97) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Andreas Xepapadakis (185-94) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ammerud Bskt. Ammerud Bskt's coach Mustafa Mahnin gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Fyllingen BBK will play against Centrum (#8) in Oslo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ammerud Bskt will play on the road against Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: K.Helmanis 12+7reb, P.Mukoko 9+3reb, A.Xepapadakis 8+5reb, R.Nwachukwu 8+2reb+1ast, S.Malto 7+1reb, N.Okoroafor 5+1reb+4ast
Fyllingen BBK: O.Nisavic 24+6reb+11ast, B.Ellingsen 20+7reb+1ast, O.Stenquist 17, N.Blatancic 16+4reb+3ast, S.Enge 13+8reb+3ast, V.Sumskis 10+12reb+3ast
gschID: 563320


Gimle BBK - Tromso 75-66

Gimle BBK used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tromso 75-66. Gimle BBK made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward Lorenzo Cugini (198-93, college: High Point) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and guard Magne Fivelstad (198-89, college: Barry) accounted for 21 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Hani Issalhi (187-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and Aron Finstad (188-98) added 13 points respectively for Tromso in the defeat. Gimle BBK's next round opponent will be Kongsberg (#5) on the road. Tromso will play against Nidaros Jets (#9) in Tromdheim and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tromso: H.Issalhi 24+12reb+7ast, A.Finstad 13+3ast, A.Solem 9+4reb, H.Lange 7+5reb+4ast, A.Smalas 6+2reb+2ast, J.Imenickas 5+3reb
Gimle BBK: L.Cugini 23+13reb+2ast, M.Fivelstad 21+11reb+3ast, A.Ouakkaha 17+6reb+2ast, J.Clarke 5+3reb, L.Oskar Granath 5+5reb+5ast, J.Odfjell 4+1reb
gschID: 563322


Centrum - Kongsberg 72-92

An interesting game was played in Oslo where Kongsberg (#8) crushed host Centrum (#4) with 20-point difference 92-72 on Friday evening. Kongsberg outrebounded Centrum 42-31 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cuban-American guard Juan Ferrales (187-91, college: Barry) stepped up and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American guard Fred Thomas (196-93, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side guard Magnus Midtvedt (182-90) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ahmed Haddad (190-93) scored 14 points. Four Centrum players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kongsberg will meet at home Gimle BBK (#4) in the next round. Centrum will play against Fyllingen BBK and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Centrum: M.Midtvedt 18+7reb+2ast, A.Haddad 14+4reb+3ast, M.Larsson 13+6reb+1ast, M.Selboe 11+1reb, J.Flaa 7+3reb, S.Aslesen 6+5reb+3ast
Kongsberg: J.Ferrales 25+8reb+7ast, N.Oestbye 20+2reb, F.Thomas 15+9reb+1ast, T.Rotegard 9+5reb+1ast, H.McCarthy 6+4reb+1ast, M.Gjerde 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 563318


Baerum Basket - Asker Aliens 62-102

We should not miss the game where Asker Aliens (1-0) against Baerum Basket (0-1) where guest Asker Aliens crushed their opponents by 40 points 102-62. Asker Aliens dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Baerum Basket's 38. They outrebounded Baerum Basket 42-21 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Asker Aliens players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Aksel Bolinz (201-90, college: N.Illinois) nailed 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American guard Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-89, college: Manhattan) accounted for 18 points and 12 rebounds. Five Asker Aliens players scored in double figures. Asker Aliens' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Stian Mjos (183-89) came up with 22 points and guard Gaute Haugen (190-97) added 14 points respectively for Baerum Basket in the defeat. Asker Aliens' next round opponent will be Froya Basket in Laksevag and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baerum Basket will play at home against Ammerud Bskt (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 22+2reb+3ast, G.Haugen 14, U.Stranger-Johannessen 7, P.Frantzvaag 4+5reb+1ast, B.Cox 4+2reb+6ast, J.Bohn 4+1reb+4ast
Asker Aliens: A.Bolinz 26+9reb+5ast, T.Sommerfeldt 18+12reb+2ast, J.Hart 13+9reb+2ast, S.Berg 13+3reb+2ast, D.Yele 10+3reb+3ast, H.Blekeli Spiten 9+3reb
gschID: 563319





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  PANAMA  


The Nets add Mitchell to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets added to their roster 25-year old naturalized Panamanian forward Akil Mitchell (206-106kg-92, college: Virginia). He played last season at Long Island Nets. In four NBA G League games he recorded 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0bpg. Mitchell also played that season for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL where in 25 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.2apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mitchell's college team won ACC Tournament in 2014. He was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team back in 2014.
Mitchell represented USA at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg.
Thanks to Mitchell's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Mitchell has played previously professionally in France (Olympique Antibes), NBA (Houston Rockets) and other NBA G League teams (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended University of Virginia until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Brooklyn Nets roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Timofey Mozgov

Coach: Kenny Atkinson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 34.8
 1. Brown, Phoenix34.8 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.32.9 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 4. Durham, Meralco .27.8 
 5. Walker, Blackwater27.5 
 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.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Durham, Meralco .19.4 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.6 
 3. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 4. Brown, Phoenix17.7 
 5. Walker, Blackwater16.8 
 6. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 7. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 8. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.5 
 10. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Durham, Meralco .7.1 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Thompson, B.Gin.6.3 
 4. Newsome, Meralco .5.5 
 5. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 6. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 7. Walker, Blackwater5.0 
 8. Rice-Jr, TNT K.4.9 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.4.9 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.3.0 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 3. Brown, Phoenix2.8 
 4. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 5. Walker, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.9 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
 9. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
 10. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.2 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 3. Erram, Blackwater2.3 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 6. Fajardo, SM Be.2.0 
 7. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.8 
 8. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.7 
 10. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.5 



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  POLAND  


FIBA Europe Cup: Bnei Hertzeliya overcome Slam Stal - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliya - Slam Stal Ostrow 84:74

Bnei Hertzeliya got to a confident start of their FIBA Europe Cup campaign. They held off Slam Stal Ostrow in the opening leg of the Qualifying Round. Shawn Dawson (198-G/F-93) posted 22 points and 8 boards in the win.
The teams were tied at 21 after ten minutes. Bnei Hertzeliya eked out a 41:39 halftime lead. The hosts started to mount the pressure in the third term. Bnei Hertzeliya recorded a 9-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The hosts protected the lead and finished with an important 10-point victory at the end. Xavier Thames (191-G-91, college: San Diego St.) delivered 18 points for the Israeli side. Aaron Johnson (173-PG-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) responded with 14 points for Slam Stal Ostrow.



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  PORTUGAL  


Oliveirense clinch Azemeis Cup - by Eurobasket News

Oliveirense clinched Azemeis Cup beating Illiabum Clube 82-75 in the Final. Oliveirense took a 24-17 lead at the end of the first period and scored the same number of points in the second frame for a 10-point halftime advantage. Illiabum Club replied with a 23-20 run in the third quarter, but could not win the game as both sides notched 14 points in the last stanza. Travante Williams (197-F-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) stepped up with 15 points, while Arnette Hallman (200-F-88) and Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) brought 13 each. Eric Coleman (200-C-85, college: N.Iowa) meanwhile followed them with 12 points. Aleksandar Danilovic (202-F-93) replied with 19 in defeat and Ronnie Boggs (192-G-91, college: Jacksonville St.) posted 18.
In the game for the third place Vitoria edged Ovarense 83-55. Trailing 18-21 at the end of the first quarter, Vitoria dominated the rest of the game.



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  RUSSIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Artjoms BUTJANKOVS
  Spartak-.
  (205-F/C-91)
  Avg: 29
 1. Butjankovs, Spartak-.29.0 
 2. Krivosheev, Spartak-.16.0 
 3. Tumanov, Zenit.14.0 
 4. Razumov, Spartak-.11.0 
 5. Petukhov, Zenit.11.0 
 6. Zaryazhko, Spartak-.11.0 
 7. Samsonov, Spartak-.9.0 
 8. Shevchuk, Zenit.8.0 
 9. Savrasov, Zenit.8.0 
 10. Bykov, Zenit-Farm8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Artjoms BUTJANKOVS
  Spartak-.
  (205-F/C-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Butjankovs, Spartak-.10.0 
 2. Razumov, Spartak-.6.0 
 3. Petukhov, Zenit.6.0 
 4. Krivosheev, Spartak-.5.0 
 5. Bykov, Zenit-Farm5.0 
 6. Bartunov, Zenit.5.0 
 7. Tumanov, Zenit.4.0 
 8. Fornalev, Spartak-.4.0 
 9. Zaryazhko, Spartak-.4.0 
 10. Savrasov, Zenit.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrey MATEYUNAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mateyunas, Spartak-.7.0 
 2. Savelyev, Spartak-.4.0 
 3. Bartunov, Zenit.4.0 
 4. Butjankovs, Spartak-.3.0 
 5. Zaryazhko, Spartak-.3.0 
 6. Bykov, Zenit-Farm2.0 
 7. Tumanov, Zenit.2.0 
 8. Babaylov, Spartak-.2.0 
 9. Smygin, Spartak-.2.0 
 10. Iurchik, Zenit.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Artjoms BUTJANKOVS
  Spartak-.
  (205-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Butjankovs, Spartak-.2.0 
 2. Smygin, Spartak-.2.0 
 3. Krivosheev, Spartak-.1.0 
 4. Klyundikov, Zenit.1.0 
 5. Iurchik, Zenit.0.0 
 6. Denisov, Spartak-.0.0 
 7. Savelyev, Spartak-.0.0 
 8. Bykov, Zenit-Farm0.0 
 9. Razumov, Spartak-.0.0 
 10. Bartunov, Zenit.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxim KRIVOSHEEV
  Spartak-.
  (207-F/C-88)
  Avg: 0
 1. Krivosheev, Spartak-.0.0 
 2. Konovalov, Zenit.0.0 
 3. Zaryazhko, Spartak-.0.0 
 4. Klyundikov, Zenit.0.0 
 5. Smygin, Spartak-.0.0 
 6. Iurchik, Zenit.0.0 
 7. Savrasov, Zenit.0.0 
 8. Getmanov, Spartak-.0.0 
 9. Samsonov, Spartak-.0.0 
 10. Fornalev, Spartak-.0.0 


Banvit edge Lokomotiv Kuban in Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - Lokomotiv Kuban 88:80

Banvit claimed the second straight win at the Gloria Cup international friendly tournament in Antalya. They raced past Lokomotiv Kuban. Jake Odum (193-G-91, college: Indiana St.) posted 25 points to lead the Turkish side.
Banvit unloaded 49 points in the first half to secure a 12-point halftime lead. Lokomotiv Kuban narrowed the distance in the third term. The Russian team got within 3 points at the final break. But Banvit poured in 24 points in the final period and rolled to the victory. Tony Taylor (185-PG-90, college: G.Washington) accounted for 21 points for the winners. Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) answered with 19 points for Lokomotiv.



Fenerbahce beat Khimki in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Khimki 76:65

Fenerbahce advanced into the Final at the international friendly tournament in Zadar. They outgunned Khimki behind 14 points from Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90).
Fenerbahce jumped to a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team stretched the lead at 8-point mark at the interval 42:34. Fenerbahce and Khimki traded baskets throughout the third term. The Turkish team entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points. They held Khimki to 11 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) provided 11 points, while Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 10 points in the win. Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) answered with 18 points for Khimki.



CSKA rally past Bayern, enter Final in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Bayern 80:70

CSKA Moscow will play for the title at the international friendly tournament in Zadar. They beat Bayern Munich to set up the Final versus Fenerbahce. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: BeoBasket) produced 17 points to lead the winners.
CSKA dropped 27 points in the opening quarter to race to a 10-point lead. Bayern pulled within three points at the big break 40:37. The German powerhouse narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But CSKA ignited a 23:15 run in the final period to seal the victory. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) delivered 16 points, while Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) added 15 points in the win. Devin Booker (205-C-91, college: Clemson) replied with 18 points for Bayern.



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  SCOTLAND  


National League Round 4: Edinburgh Kings hand first defeat to St.Mirren S. - by Eurobasket News

St.Mirren S. (2-1) recorded its first loss on the court of sixth ranked Edinburgh Kings on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Edinburgh Kings 72-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of St.Mirren S.. Edinburgh Kings moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated St.Mirren S. Edinburgh Kings is looking forward to face league's leader Sony Centre Fury in Falkirk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. St.Mirren S. will play on the road against Edinburgh U. and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Boroughmuir (2-1) against sixth ranked Dunfermline Reign (2-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Boroughmuir was defeated by Dunfermline Reign in a tough game in Dunfermline 65-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boroughmuir. Dunfermline Reign maintains sixth position with 2-2 record. Boroughmuir at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Dunfermline Reign will play against higher ranked Pleasance (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boroughmuir will play against Stirling K. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Edinburgh U. can celebrate their first win this season after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Glasgow, where they edged Glasgow (0-3) 58-55 on Saturday. Edinburgh U. (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Glasgow's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Edinburgh U. will meet at home higher ranked St.Mirren S. (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Glasgow's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Glasgow Glasgow Storm.
Undefeated leader Sony Centre Fury delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Stirling K. (1-3) 95-63. Sony Centre Fury have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Stirling K. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Sony Centre Fury's next round opponent will be Edinburgh Kings (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Stirling K. will play against the league's second-placed Boroughmuir (#2) in Edinburgh and hope to win that game.

Edinburgh K. - St.Mirren S. 72-62

St.Mirren S. (2-1) recorded its first loss on the court of sixth ranked Edinburgh Kings on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Edinburgh Kings 72-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of St.Mirren S.. Edinburgh Kings moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated St.Mirren S. Edinburgh Kings is looking forward to face league's leader Sony Centre Fury in Falkirk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. St.Mirren S. will play on the road against Edinburgh U. and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 553809


Dunfermline R. - Boroughmuir 73-65

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Boroughmuir (2-1) against sixth ranked Dunfermline Reign (2-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Boroughmuir was defeated by Dunfermline Reign in a tough game in Dunfermline 65-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boroughmuir. Dunfermline Reign maintains sixth position with 2-2 record. Boroughmuir at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Dunfermline Reign will play against higher ranked Pleasance (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boroughmuir will play against Stirling K. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 553812


Glasgow Univ. - Edinburgh U. 55-58

Edinburgh U. can celebrate their first win this season after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Glasgow, where they edged Glasgow (0-3) 58-55 on Saturday. Edinburgh U. (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Glasgow's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Edinburgh U. will meet at home higher ranked St.Mirren S. (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Glasgow's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Glasgow Glasgow Storm.
gschID: 553811


Stirling K. - Sony Centre F. 63-95

Undefeated leader Sony Centre Fury delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Stirling K. (1-3) 95-63. Sony Centre Fury have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Stirling K. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Sony Centre Fury's next round opponent will be Edinburgh Kings (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Stirling K. will play against the league's second-placed Boroughmuir (#2) in Edinburgh and hope to win that game.
gschID: 553808





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  SERBIA  


KK Dynamic BG Beograd tabs Bozo Djurasovic, ex Zrinjski HT - by Ivan Milenkovic

KK Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) inked 30-year old Bosnian ex-international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87). He played most recently at HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 20 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.8ppg and recorded 7.4rpg and 2.0apg last season. Djurasovic helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team. He also played that season for Leotar (also in Division I) where in 8 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Djurasovic's team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup final in 2011.
He was also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Djurasovic played for Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago.
Djurasovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Giessen 46ers), Romania (Craiova and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti), Ukraine (Halychyna), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal and Vogosca) and Switzerland (Monthey).
Djurasovic's game is described as: Bozo Djurasovic is athletic small forward with great attitude. True fighter, playing hard on both sides of the floor. He is formidable defender, average shooter and good rebounder. Because of his athleticism can be also used as power forward although he is not that skilled in a low post. In youth selections and at the start of his pro career he was playing only position 4 which affected his small forward skills.

KK Dynamic BG Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aleksandar Capin
Milos Milisavljevic
Nikola Cirkovic
DK Eldridge
Vuk Vulikic

Forwards:
Bozo Djurasovic
Nemanja Krstic
Aurimas Majauskas
Dusan Beslac
Aleksandar Tornjanski

Centers:
Filip Zekavicic
Quadir Welton

Coach: Oliver Popovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shanghai Sharks edge out Singapore Slingers, will face Adelaide 36ers in Merlion Cup final - by Eurobasket News

Despite an inspired performance by American import Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene), who scored the most points (26) and rebounds (9) in the game, the Singapore Slingers were defeated 73-67 by defending champions Shanghai Sharks in the semi-finals of the Merlion Cup on Saturday (Sept 23). There was little to separate the two sides at the OCBC Arena, as the hosts trailed 16-18 in the first period and entered the half-time break three points down at 33-36. Both teams scored 21 points in the third quarter of what was proving to be a tense last-four clash. But the Chinese team pulled cleared in the final quarter with 16 points to 13 from the Slingers to seal their spot in the final. In the Adelaide 36ers-Jeonju KCC Egis clash, Australian forward Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) starred for the 36ers with a double-double (27 points and 11 rebounds) in their 94-72 victory. The Sharks will face the Australian side while the Slingers, who finished fourth last year after a defeat by Seoul Samsung Thunders, will once again play a South Korean side - this time Jeonju - in the third-place match on Sunday. When asked about the prospect of facing the 36ers in the final, Sharks forward Nick Minnerath (207-PF-88, college: Detroit Mercy) said: "They're a tough team and we were trying to make it to the final, that was our goal, so we'll get it done tomorrow."
Courtesy of: straitstimes.com



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  SLOVENIA  


Zlatorog celebrate Karavank Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Zlatorog - Spars 79:68

Zlatorog clinched the Karavank Cup preseason tournament title. They edged Spars Sarajevo in the Final. Nejc Baric (183-PG-97, agency: PEPI SPORT) tossed in 20 points and issued 8 assists to lead the Slovenian side.
The teams were all tied at 20 heading into the second period. Zlatorog surged ahead in the second term. They snatched a 41:37 halftime advantage. Spars denied the deficit in the third quarter. The Bosnian team entered the fourth period up by a single point 56:57. But Zlatorog quickly regained the control and raced to the victory in the final frame. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Kenan Bajramovic (206-C/F-81) answered with game-high 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Spars.



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  SOUTH KOREA  


36ers 'go jumanji' on Jeonju - by Eurobasket News

ADELAIDE tonight survived its first real test at the Merlion Cup in Singapore, finally putting away Korea's Jeonju KCC Egis 94-72 behind an 18-point final quarter by Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming). Sobey finished with 20 points and was Batman to Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92)'s Superman, who came off the bench for game highs in points (27 at 79 per cent) and rebounds (11). The plucky Jeonju outfit gave the 36ers their first real test of the tournament - appropriate for a semi final - but could not stop Adelaide from keeping its playoff appointment with defending champion Shanghai Sharks in tomorrow's final. The final scoreline gave no hint of the contest it was for three torrid quarters before the Sixers unleashed their decisive 36-17 final period. Clinging to a hard-won 58-55 lead with a quarter to complete, the 36ers' relentless game-long pressure finally cracked the Koreans' resolve. Creek opened the term with a three-point play before Sobey threw down the first of three super-powered dunks for the quarter. In between, he hit consecutive 3-pointers as Adelaide ran all over Jeonju with nine points in 90 seconds. Sobey's putback slam dunk with 3:11 left would have brought fans at Titanium Security Arena out of their seats but even drew huge appreciative gasps from the polite crowd at OCBC Arena. Adelaide went into the game down import power forward Ronald Roberts (203-F-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Pensack Sports) who hurt his knee against Singapore Slingers and is questionable for tomorrow's final. That put enormous pressure on Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88, college: Pepperdine) and Matt Hodgson (211-C-91, college: St.Mary's, CA), going head-to-head with 221cm Seung-Jin Ha (221-C-85), a 2004 draft pick by the Portland Trail Blazers and still the only South Korean to ever play in the NBA. Johnson fouled out and had a frustrating night generally, but Hodgson put together a double-double with 13 points at 86 per cent and 10 boards. Jeonju sat in a zone all night and challenged Adelaide's ball movement, interior passing and ability to consistently hit perimeter shots. Having scouted Adelaide's relentless upcourt pressure, it also moved the ball quickly and often successfully. "We knew we had to execute our D and move the ball on offence," import playmaker Shannon Shorter (193-G-89, college: N.Texas) (14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) said. Creek had 16 points and six rebounds at halftime but the Koreans refused to relent, moving the ball with a plan against the 36ers' extended pressure. Jeonju's passing was the perfect counter and resulted in numerous fast-break baskets which only served to further embolden the Korean crew. The Sixers knew they were in for a contest right from the get-go when Kyochang Song stuck a jumper, then a finger-roll before Ha stuck two free throws. Inserted into the game, Creek immediately got the offence ticking, the score tied at 6-6 and order restored. With Sobey feeding Creek on consecutive plays, the lead was on its way to 21-13 before Sejin Park scored against the press to make it a six-point game at the first break. Creek kept Adelaide ahead at 24-19 before a tip-in by Ha and a jumper by Hyunmin Lee reinforced the Koreans were playing high on self-belief. A 3-pointer by Chang Young Song gave Jeonju back the lead and a three by Lee made the bulge 33-29. It was further clear at 39-34 before Hodgson and Creek trimmed it to 38-39 at halftime. As Ramone Moore (193-G-89, college: Temple, agency: Two Points) began to assert himself, Adelaide took back the lead before successive threes again had the Koreans excited, ahead 45-40. Moore enjoyed a 10-point quarter though as the 36ers maintained their pressure to be 58-55 clear at the last break. Then it was Sobey and Creek time, the latter with 11 points in the run home as Jeonju ran out of options. "That was probably the fright we needed to have," Sixers chairman Grant Kelley said. The last quarter made it "fright night" for Jeonju instead.
Courtesy of: adelaide36ers.com



Goyang Orions capture third position at Super 8 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Goyang Orions - Ryukyu Golden Kings 88:71

Goyang Orions clinched the third position at the international Super 8 tournament in Macau. They overcame Ryukyu in the consolation final. Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) and Jin-Soo Choi (202-C/F-89, college: Maryland) posted 17 points each for the Korean side.
The Orions posted an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The Korean side maintained the lead throughout the second term. Goyang accumulated a 42:28 halftime advantage. The Orions stretched the gap at 25-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Kim Kang-Sun (190-G-86) accounted for 13 points in the win. Hassan Martin (201-F-95, college: Rhode Island) answered with 19 points for the Golden Kings. Ira Brown (193-F-82, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points in the loss.




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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfonso ORTIZ
  Casvi
  (190-SG-99)
  Avg: 27
 1. Ortiz, Casvi27.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Lanza.26.0 
 3. Gomez, Rivas26.0 
 4. Griso, Mollet25.0 
 5. Serra, Sant Adria24.0 
 6. Bustamante, Palma I.21.0 
 7. Faye, Gran C.21.0 
 8. Serra, Palma II21.0 
 9. Jimenez, Quart20.0 
 10. Pradilla, Olivar18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angel GOMEZ
  Rivas
  (197-F/C-87)
  Avg: 17
 1. Gomez, Rivas17.0 
 2. Faye, Gran C.15.0 
 3. Bustamante, Palma I.13.0 
 4. Ngomo, Valls Nutrion11.0 
 5. Manes, Castellbisbal11.0 
 6. Garcia, Tenerife.10.0 
 7. Diatta, Villarrobledo10.0 
 8. Catalan, Vive E.9.0 
 9. Rodriguez, Tenerife.8.0 
 10. Tena, Cerdanyola8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Javier BALASTEGUI
  JAC S.
  (187-SG-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Balastegui, JAC S.9.0 
 2. Rivas, Pardinyes-L.8.0 
 3. Grau, Arenys7.0 
 4. Garcia, Palma II7.0 
 5. Garcia-Tora, Menor.6.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Lanza.6.0 
 7. Valle-Vives, Vive E.6.0 
 8. Montiel, Casvi5.0 
 9. Aguilar, Andorra II5.0 
 10. Pantzar, Real M.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pau VILA
  Quart
  (190-PG-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vila, Quart6.0 
 2. Colinas, Sant Adria5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, JAC S.4.0 
 4. McCarter, Villarro.3.0 
 5. Pilan, Cornella3.0 
 6. Andreu, Valls Nutrion3.0 
 7. Ramon, Vive E.3.0 
 8. Gabriel, Andorra II3.0 
 9. Reyes, Sant Adria3.0 
 10. Jacas, AEC C.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaime PRADILLA
  Olivar
  (207-C-1)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pradilla, Olivar3.0 
 2. Boronat, Castelld.2.0 
 3. Ngomo, Valls Nutrion1.0 
 4. Omeragic, Tenerife.1.0 
 5. Pico, AEC Collblanc1.0 
 6. Cabrera, Mataro F.1.0 
 7. Ramon, Vive E.1.0 
 8. de-la-Rosa, Tenerife.1.0 
 9. Raya, Cornella1.0 
 10. Fortes, Alcobendas1.0 


Mirotic re-signs at the Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls confirmed in their roster 26-year old Spaniard international power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-105kg-91). He is a dual citizen owning also Montenegrin passport. Mirotic has played there for the last three seasons. In 76 NBA games he had 10.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg last season.
In 2011 he was drafted by Houston Rockets in first round (23rd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mirotic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year in 2015.
He has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Mirotic has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Mirotic's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 87.5%.
Mirotic has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Real Madrid, Real Madrid II and Palencia_Baloncesto.
He could be described: (by Nico Van den Bogaerd for NBADraft.net in 2011)
He's got pretty good hands and a soft shooting touch, offering good reliability from beyond the arch up to the foul line. Shot selection is really excellent ... He's also willing to take the big shots to help win games ... Might not be the quickest shooter, but his release and rhythm are good and he can create shots off the dribble when necessary. Able to score from the outside, able to penetrate and also a skilled low post player with a variety of moves
.

Chicago Bulls roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dwyane Wade
Justin Holiday
Jerian Grant
Jarell Eddie
David Nwaba
Denzel Valentine
Kris Dunn
Zach LaVine
Cameron Payne

Forwards:
Quincy Pondexter
Nikola Mirotic
Lauri Markkanen
Bobby Portis
Jaylen Johnson
Paul Zipser

Centers:
Robin Lopez
Cristiano Felicio
Diamond Stone

Coach: Fred Hoiberg

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Iberostar Tenerife defeat Guaros de Lara for Intercontinental Cup - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tenerifa - Guaros de Lara 76:71

Iberostar Tenerife captured the Intercontinental Cup trophy. The Basketball League champions overcame FIBA Americas League winners Guaros de Lara for the title. Mike Tobey (213-C-94, college: Virginia) recorded 21 points and 9 boards to pace the Spanish team.
Guaros de Lara snatched a 17:14 lead after ten minutes of action in La Laguna. The Venezuelan team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Guaros established a 39:36 halftime advantage. But Iberostar Tenerife took over in the second half. The Spanish side erased the deficit in the third term and eked out a 56:55 lead at the final break. Iberostar Tenerife added 20 points in the fourth period and ran away with the victory. Davin White (185-PG-81, college: CS Northridge) produced 14 points, while Nicolas Richotti (183-PG-86) added 11 points for the champions. Mario Little (198-F/G-87, college: Kansas) replied with 23 points for Guaros. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) had 11 points in the defeat.

Iberostar Tenerife: Mike Tobey 21, Davin White 14, Nicolas Richotti 11
Guaros: Mario Little 23, Gregory Echenique 11



Benidorm keeps Closset for another season - by Eurobasket News

Servigroup Benidorm (EBA) re-signed Didier Closset. He played there last season. But in four EBA games he recorded just 1.0ppg.

Servigroup Benidorm roster for 2017-2018:

Jaume Valles
Francisco Solsona
Ruben Ballester
Alvaro Martin
Billy McDonald
Luis Enrique Rodriguez
Didier Closset

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kyree Marshall joins Culleredo - by Eurobasket News

CB Culleredo (EBA) agreed terms with American forward Kyree Marshall (198-86kg). He just graduated from Elizabeth City (NCAA2). Marshall has played there for the last three years. He played 14 games where he had 7.0ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
As mentioned above Marshall is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

CB Culleredo roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Dallas Searles

Forwards:
Kyree Marshall
Miles Burnside

Center:
Mario Cabanas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Inan's double-double lands him Superettan Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old guard Serkan Inan (201-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team AIK Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Superettan Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat IK Eos (#6, 1-1) 94-80. It allowed AIK Basket to take over top position in the Swedish Superettan. But it's just the very beginning of the season and AIK Basket won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Inan had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at AIK Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Inan has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 21.0ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.0rpg), assists (2nd best: 9.0apg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Oladapo Ayuba (198-PF-86) of league's second-best Djurgarden. He is British-Nigerian forward in his 2nd season at Djurgarden. In the last game Ayuba recorded impressive 25 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Djurgarden cruised to a 78-67 relatively comfortable win over Hogsbo (1-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Ayuba is well-known at Djurgarden and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#1). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) of IK Eos (#6). Sundstrom showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of IK Eos, leading his team to a 78-68 win against LF Future (#8, 0-1). IK Eos needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Sundstrom has a great season in Sweden. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guim Exposito (197-G-94) of Wetterbygden - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jermelle Fraser (186-PG-87) of Malbas - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Erkan Inan (195-G-89) of AIK Basket - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Brandon Barton (192-G-88) of Djurgarden - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michiel Petersen (204-C/F-94) of Koping Stars - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. Mikael Axelsson (207-C-94) of Koping Stars - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Lukas Brehm (191-G-91) of Hogsbo - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 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)



Superettan Round 1: Djurgarden defeats Hogsbo - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superettan just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hogsbo (0-1) in Goteborg on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Djurgarden (1-0) 78-67. Worth to mention a great performance of British-Nigerian Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Brandon Barton (192-88, agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Guard Lukas Brehm (191-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for Hogsbo. Hogsbo's coach Yannick Trott rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Djurgarden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hogsbo will play on the road against Alvik Basket (#5) in Stockholm and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for IK Eos (1-0) which played in Lulea against LF Future (0-1). IK Eos had an easy win 78-68. Guard Gustav Sundstrom (197-91) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Marcus Dahlqvist chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. IK Eos' coach Jovan Zdravevski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Robel Gebremeskel (185-95) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. IK Eos will play against AIK Basket (#4) in Solna in the next round. LF Future will have a break next round.
The game between Koping Stars (1-0) and Malbas (0-1) in Koping on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Koping Stars beat guests from Malmo 94-78. Sean Smith nailed 17 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Jermelle Fraser came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Malbas in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Hogsbo - Djurgarden 67-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hogsbo (0-1) in Goteborg on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Djurgarden (1-0) 78-67. Worth to mention a great performance of British-Nigerian Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Brandon Barton (192-88, agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Guard Lukas Brehm (191-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hogsbo. Four Hogsbo players scored in double figures. Hogsbo's coach Yannick Trott rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Djurgarden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hogsbo will play on the road against Alvik Basket (#5) in Stockholm and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Djurgarden: O.Ayuba 25+8reb, B.Barton 23+3reb+3ast, L.Radosavljevic 12+5reb, A.Von Uthmann 7+8reb+1ast, A.Benediktsson 5+10reb+3ast, D.Damjanovic 2+7reb
Hogsbo: M.Ringstrom 14+7reb+2ast, L.Brehm 14+12reb+6ast, F.Sjostrom 12+4reb, J.Johansson 11+6reb+3ast, M.Johansson 4+6reb, O.Lennartsson 4
gschID: 557818


Koping Stars - Malbas 94-78

The game between Koping Stars (1-0) and Malbas (0-1) in Koping on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Koping Stars beat guests from Malmo 94-78. Koping Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Malbas' players. The former international swingman Sean Smith (198-87, college: NC-Asheville) nailed 17 points and 8 assists for the winning side and French Julien Delmas (189-92) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. Antiguan-American point guard Jermelle Fraser (186-87, college: SUNY Maritime) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Kasper Hagberg (185-98) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for Malbas in the defeat. Five Koping Stars and four Malbas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Koping Stars: J.Delmas 19+2reb+5ast, M.Axelsson 17+6reb, S.Smith 17+3reb+8ast, M.Petersen 15+8reb, A.Solevic 13+3reb+9ast, R.Duric 7+6reb+1ast
Malbas: J.Fraser 22+7reb+2ast, K.Hagberg 19+4reb+5ast, B.Kelmeni 17+7reb+1ast, G.Claesson 12+5reb+1ast, S.Alavuk 5+2reb, L.Sjostrom 3
gschID: 557816


LF Future - IK Eos 68-78

Another interesting game for IK Eos (1-0) which played in Lulea against LF Future (0-1). IK Eos had an easy win 78-68. IK Eos dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to LF Future's 24. Guard Gustav Sundstrom (197-91) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Marcus Dahlqvist (191-96) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four IK Eos players scored in double figures. IK Eos' coach Jovan Zdravevski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Robel Gebremeskel (185-95) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Iraqi forward Samir Ali-Hussein (200-92) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. IK Eos will play against AIK Basket (#4) in Solna in the next round. LF Future will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
IK Eos: M.Dahlqvist 16+7reb, G.Sundstrom 16+6reb+6ast, O.Karlsson 10+3reb+3ast, D.Terins 10+1reb+1ast, A.Karovic 7+2reb+3ast, M.Moracanin 6+6reb+1ast
LF Future: R.Gebremeskel 23+6reb+3ast, S.Ali Hussein 13+11reb+2ast, B.Curry 12+7reb+3ast, E.Sjoli 7+2reb, E.Sandberg 6+3reb+1ast, P.Maudsley 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 557817





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  SWITZERLAND  


Trapani overcome Massagno in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Trapani - Massagno 84:76 (OT)

Pallacanestro Trapani outgunned Massagno Basket in overtime in the latest test game. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) and Jesse Perry (200-F-89, college: Arizona) knocked down 22 points to lead the winners.
Massagno Basket eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening frame. Trapani erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 37:31 halftime advantage. The Italian team stayed in front in the third term. They entered the fourth period up by three points 58:55. But Massagno Basket erased the deficit and forced overtime. Trapani unloaded 16 points in the extra period and got away with the win. Andrea Renzi (207-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Justin Roberson (186-PG-93, college: La-Monroe) answered with 23 points for Massagno. Keon Moore (196-G/F-92, college: Winthrop, agency: Two Points) topscored with 24 points for the Swiss side.



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  TURKEY  


Banvit edge Lokomotiv Kuban in Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - Lokomotiv Kuban 88:80

Banvit claimed the second straight win at the Gloria Cup international friendly tournament in Antalya. They raced past Lokomotiv Kuban. Jake Odum (193-G-91, college: Indiana St.) posted 25 points to lead the Turkish side.
Banvit unloaded 49 points in the first half to secure a 12-point halftime lead. Lokomotiv Kuban narrowed the distance in the third term. The Russian team got within 3 points at the final break. But Banvit poured in 24 points in the final period and rolled to the victory. Tony Taylor (185-PG-90, college: G.Washington) accounted for 21 points for the winners. Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) answered with 19 points for Lokomotiv.



Fenerbahce beat Khimki in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Khimki 76:65

Fenerbahce advanced into the Final at the international friendly tournament in Zadar. They outgunned Khimki behind 14 points from Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90).
Fenerbahce jumped to a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team stretched the lead at 8-point mark at the interval 42:34. Fenerbahce and Khimki traded baskets throughout the third term. The Turkish team entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points. They held Khimki to 11 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) provided 11 points, while Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 10 points in the win. Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) answered with 18 points for Khimki.



DeAndre Daniels (ex Dinamica MNV) is a newcomer at Yesilgiresun - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-88kg-92, college: Connecticut). He played last season at Dinamica Mantova in Italian Serie A2. In 35 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1bpg.
He played in the final of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.
The previous (15-16) season Daniels played at another team Raptors 905 in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 8 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.3rpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former University of Connecticut staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Daniels was voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Perth Wildcats).
The scouts decsribe him following way: He has great speed and is able to get up and down the floor quickly in transition faster than most players his size.
Offensively, Daniels has struggled to find one definitive skill he can hang his hat on to allow him to put up points on a nightly basis, besides filling the lane in transition. Daniels can be tough to matchup against, as he can shoot over smaller defenders in the post from the small forward position and beat bigger defenders off the dribble in isolation situations as a power forward. At this point in his career, his ball handling skills are merely average and he is not strong enough to back down post defenders, so it remains to be seen if he can find sustained success in either of these areas
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Yesilgiresun Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Tomislav Gabric
DeAndre Daniels
Efe Besok

Centers:
Dusan Cantekin
Djordje Gagic
Ivan Marinkovic

Coach: Mihailo Uvalin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Landry number one in Uganda for round 28 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Ndikumana Landry (F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for City Oilers, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Sharing Youth (#8, 5-13) with 21-point margin 73-52. City Oilers maintains the 6th position in Ugandan NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. City Oilers will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Landry had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be City Oilers' top player in his first season with the team. Ndikumana Landry has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.4rpg) and averages impressive 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Philip Amenyi (C-89) of league's leader Pemba Warriors. Amenyi had a very good evening with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Pemba Warriors lost that game 69-80 to the lower-ranked KIU Titans (#4, 10-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Pemba Warriors still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 2nd loss this season, while they won 12 other games. Amenyi is a newcomer at Pemba Warriors, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Pemba Warriors' star - forward Amisi Saidi (F-87). Saidi scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Saidi's great performance Pemba Warriors lost 69-80 to #4 ranked KIU Titans. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Pemba Warriors had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Saidi's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Saidi has a great season in Uganda. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samuel Agutu (193-F-92) of KIU Titans - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Micheal Bwanga (G) of KIU Titans - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tong Gatwech (F-92) of Sharing Youth - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chris Omanye (183-G-94) of KIU Titans - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. James Okello (193-F-90) of City Oilers - 13 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) of City Oilers - 16 points and 3 assists
10. Ethienne Kazungu (80) of KIU Titans - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Arrival of Haley adds even more depth to Wildcats - by Paul Nilsen

Nottingham Wildcats have added further depth to their squad with the acquisition of Swedish guard, Alex Haley.

Born in Sweden, Haley has spent most of her formative basketball years in the United States, where she received a 4-year basketball scholarship.

The 5ft 8in guard is a graduate of Lindenwood University, were she started most of the games in in her final year, averaging over 24 minutes per game and recording 8.5 points per contest.

Haley, who majored in Exercise Science, is looking forward to furthering her basketball career in her adopted city of Nottingham.

She stated: 'I am beyond excited for the opportunity to play for the Nottingham Wildcats this upcoming season.

'After playing four seasons of collegiate basketball in the United States, it has been a dream of mine to play professionally overseas. It is an honor to be apart of such a successful team and I hope to help the Wildcats continue their winning tradition'.

Head Coach, Dave Greenaway was pleased about his latest pick-up which he feels will add needed depth to a squad that should be completed in the next few days.

'Alex's toughness and assertive playing style is a welcome addition to our basketball roster,' commented the play-caller.

'We are lucky to have her playing for us this coming season and she has been great integrating herself into our team philosophies.

'Her ability as a combo guard will give us some versatility in our backcourt rotation and expand our perimeter shooting options.

'I have also been extremely pleased with her positive character within the team - something that will assist in influencing great chemistry.'



Lions take All-Stats title in thriller - by Dave Ryan

London Lions hung on to win the inaugural Betway British Basketball All-Stars Championship, beating Newcastle Eagles 26-25 in the final at The O2, on Sunday.

The London outfit were 26-20 up entering the final minute before Jaysean Paige landed a huge five pointer with 20 seconds remaining to give Eagles hope, but the took advantage of the rles which didn't allow Eagles to foul to stop the clock and ran it down to take the title.

Justin Robinson (185-PG-87, college: Rider) landed the MVP award, and said the title and 25,000 winners' cheque felt like destiny for the team playing in their home city.

'We are happy and I felt like we were meant to win this,' said Robinson, who has signed for Lions ahead of the 2017/18 season.

'This was our destiny, we came here to win, nothing less, and it is huge to land the title. I am enjoying the moment. To be player of the tournament is a great honour. There were a lot of great players here today, so I am happy to be MVP.

'Thank you to our fans, we appreciate them coming to support us. We will play hard and fight for them all season and we hope they will be behind us.'

Head coach Mariusz Karol added: 'It was really important for us to win this tournament because it was in London, and we were the home team. This is the first step on the new season and we would like to be back here in May for the BBL Play-Offs. But you could see today, there are so many strong teams in the BBL.'



Lions saw off Bristol Flyers 18-16 in their semi-final, despite Flyers' frantic last-ditch efforts to find the winning points. Eagles then squeezed through 27-26 over Leicester Riders, taking the lead in the dying seconds thanks to Terry Martin

Justin Robinson (185-PG-87, college: Rider)



Betway second stage - by Dave Ryan

London Lions became the first team to reach the Betway All-Stars semi-final as they overpowered Bristol Flyers 24-6, and they were joined in the last four by Leicester Riders who overcame a disappointing golden buzzer period to defeat Sheffield Sharks 21-15 - the Yorkshire side not helped by Zak Gashette getting sin binned and being forced to play with four players for 30 seconds.

Surrey Scorchers became the first side to be eliminated, going down 33-20 against Worcester Wolves, and they were also the first side to fail to take their powerplay. A badly explained rule meant they ran out of time to take their two minutes of double points as it would've encroached into the final two minutes when powerplay wasn't allowed
The second elimination game proved to be a double overtime thriller as Newcastle Eagles edged out old rivals Glasgow Rocks 45-41, Ali Fraser had the chance to win it for the Rocks in the regulation 12 minutes while Saah Nimley rimmed out a buzzer-beat for the Eagles in the first extra minute. But, it mattered not as Nimley and Paige who had led Eagles throughout came through in that final 60 seconds and the win was sealed with an emphatic Terry Martin dunk to send Fab Flournoy's men into the quarter-finals.
Flyers then met Wolves in their second quarter-final of the day, and dominated throughout to win 36-21.
But there was no successful second chance for Sharks as 16 Niimly points - including two six pointers - during the golden time helped Eagles to a 43-33 win.




Edgar for five! - by Dave Ryan

Edgar McKnight's five point basket was the highlight of the Betaway All-Star Basketball tournament at the O2, on Sunday.
1Mcknight sent his Sheffield Sharks team into the quarter finals with a 37-35 win against Worcester Wolves.
The Wolves had been the first team to really take advantage of the powerplay, seeing their 11 points in two minutes doubled to 22 thanks mainly to a ten-point effort from Elvisi Dusha.
London Lions, Bristol Flyers and Leicester Riders also progressed while losers have to win their next two games to stay alive.

BBL champions Leicester Riders opened the competition against Suurey Scorchers, and comfortably progressed to the quarter-final with a 31-16 victory.
Rob Paternostro's side won the tip but it was the Surrey side who scored the first basket in the tournament. Paternostro pressed the buzzer for the first power play, with his side getting ten points during the two minutes, while Scorchers failed to take advantage of their golden time to leave Riders able to comfortably see things out.
While Riders beating Scorchers was fairly predictable, Bristol Flyers showed that the competition wouldn't run to form as they defeated Newcastle Eagles 41-20 in the second game.
Eagles' Saah Nimley hit the first five pointer of the day, but Flyers were in control for most of the game, and helped by a better golden period, comfortably held on for the win.
Game three also provided an upset as London Lions defeated the much-fancied Glasgow Rocks 27-10. The Rocks were held scoreless in the two minutes of golden period and were also reduced to four players for 30 seconds when GB international Gareth Murray was sin binned after collecting his third foul.




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Stats Leaders - LNB

Points Per Game
 Jorge LEON
  Comuna
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Leon, Comuna18.5 
 2. Aguilera, Aduaneros16.0 
 3. Ramos, Atleticos15.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Aduan.14.0 
 5. Alvarez, Aduaneros13.0 
 6. Calderon, Comuna11.5 
 7. Sierralta, Cangreje.11.0 
 8. Palacios, Comuna10.0 
 9. Farias, Aduaneros10.0 
 10. Larriba, Atleticos9.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Cangrejeros
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 12
 1. Sucre, Cangrejeros12.0 
 2. Chourio, Aduaneros10.0 
 3. Aguilera, Aduaneros10.0 
 4. Bayona, Cangrejeros9.0 
 5. Umbria, Aduaneros9.0 
 6. Calderon, Comuna7.0 
 7. Kvietek, Cangreje.7.0 
 8. Marquez, Atleticos6.5 
 9. Larriba, Atleticos5.5 
 10. Cedeno, Cangrejeros5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Morris SIERRALTA
  Cangreje.
  (190-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sierralta, Cangreje.4.0 
 2. Berroteran, Comuna3.5 
 3. Palacios, Comuna3.5 
 4. Aguilera, Aduaneros3.0 
 5. Cedeno, Cangrejeros3.0 
 6. Ramos, Atleticos3.0 
 7. Leon, Comuna2.0 
 8. Alvarez, Aduaneros2.0 
 9. Albarran, Atleticos2.0 
 10. Olmedo, Comuna2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas AGUILERA
  Aduaneros
  (198-F-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aguilera, Aduaneros3.0 
 2. Ramos, Atleticos2.5 
 3. Chourio, Aduaneros2.0 
 4. Alvarez, Aduaneros2.0 
 5. Perdomo, Aduaneros1.0 
 6. Palacios, Comuna1.0 
 7. Herrera, Cangreje.1.0 
 8. Albarran, Atleticos1.0 
 9. Manzanilla, Aduaneros1.0 
 10. Berroteran, Comuna1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Heberth BAYONA
  Cangrejeros
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bayona, Cangrejeros3.0 
 2. Lucena, Cangrejeros1.0 
 3. Umbria, Aduaneros1.0 
 4. Angulo, Aduaneros1.0 
 5. Omana, Comuna0.5 
 6. Bolivar, Comuna0.5 
 7. Herrera, Cangreje.0.0 
 8. Correa, Atleticos0.0 
 9. Chourio, Aduaneros0.0 
 10. Rada, Comuna0.0 


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

We bring you last week's top performances from Venezuelans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Juan Herrera
Juan Herrera
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Juan Herrera (197-81, currently plays in Ecuador). He led Iccan to a victory over the fifth-ranked Leones (8-6) 83-66 in the Ecuadorian National League in Wednesday night's game. Herrera was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) in 37 minutes on the court. Club Iccan de Macas (10-4) is placed first in the National League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Herrera's first season with the team. Herrera has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 61.2%(60-98), 3FGP: 47.7%(21-44) and FT: 80.6% in 12 games he played so far. Former Cangrejeros de Maturin starter played for the Venezuelan senior national team seven years ago.

Cesar Silva
Cesar Silva
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Herrera. But that was another game of his team in Ecuadorian National League which we would like to mention. Silva was the main contributor in Iccan's victory against the fifth-ranked Leones (8-6) 84-73. He was the best player in that game. Silva recorded 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Club Iccan de Macas (10-4) is placed first in the National League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Silva has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(50-89), 3FGP: 33.1% and FT: 79.4%. Silva has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Former Guaiqueries de Margarita starter played for the Venezuelan national team in 2013.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Ecuador). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Juvenil (7-7) crushing them 99-70 in the Ecuadorian National League on Saturday night. Perez was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Piratas de Los Lagos (8-6) is placed third in the National League. Perez has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(70-120), 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 67.9% in 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and Venezuelan. Former Trotamundos de Carabobo starter played for the Venezuelan national team three years ago.

Jesus Centeno
Jesus Centeno
   #4. Guard Jesus Centeno (190-85, currently plays in Ecuador) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Herrera. However that was another game of his team in Ecuadorian National League which brought him to that list. Centeno could not help Iccan (10-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Iccan was defeated 90-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Leones (#5). Centeno was the second best scorer with 18 points. Centeno has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg. He used to play for the Venezuelan U21 national team back in 2004.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #5. Former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Ecuador) was not able to help Importadora (8-6) in their last game. Despite Romero's very good performance Importadora lost 61-70 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Leones. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Romero also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. Romero has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team six years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Venezuelan passport:

   #1. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in El Salvador) could not help Santa Ana (10-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite Hinestroza Javes' good performance Santa Ana was defeated 77-65 at home by the second-ranked Halcones. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hinestroza Javes also added 4 assists and 8 blocks. This season Hinestroza Javes has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 14.7rpg, 2.7apg and 4.3bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

Other top Venezuelan players, who play abroad:

Jose Materan (196-G/F-96) plays for Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA
David Cubillan (181-PG-87) plays for Flamengo in Brazilian NBB
Michael Carrera (196-SF-93) plays for Cairns Taipans in Australian NBL
Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Luis Carrillo (206-C-93) plays for Universidad de Concepcion in Chilean Liga Nacional
John Cox (194-G-81) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Elvis Baez (189-PG-89) plays for San Isidro in Argentinian TNA
Emiro Hernandez (188-PG-94) plays for Parque Sur in Argentinian TNA
Francisco Centeno (201-F/G-85) plays for Deportivo Viedma in Argentinian TNA
Harold Cazorla (175-PG-91) plays for Fontedoso Carrefour in Spanish LEB Silver
Luis Valera (202-F-88) plays for Azuqueca in Spanish EBA
Michael Flores (192-G-85) plays for CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in Chilean Liga Nacional
Albert Arias (194-F-89) plays for Cordobasket in Spanish EBA
Carlos Paez (180-PG-0) plays for Sunrise Christian Academy in the
Luis Mora (188-G-99) plays for Redemption Christian Prep in the

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Venezuelan playing currently abroad. Go to Venezuelan Abroad Page to see completed list.



LNB Round 1: Comuna beats Atleticos in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LNB just started.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Caracas: Comuna (#2) and Atleticos (#6). Atleticos were defeated at home 66-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Naturalized Colombian point guard Jorge Leon (188-79) fired 19 points for the winners. Swingman Victor Calderon (195) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Endreso Ramos (185-95) produced 15 points and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Comuna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play on the road against Guaros 2 (#3) in Barquisimeto and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Caracas: Comuna (#2) and Atleticos (#6). Atleticos were defeated at home 63-78 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Colombian point guard Jorge Leon (188-79) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Victor Calderon contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Endreso Ramos (185-95) answered with 15 points for Atleticos. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Comuna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play on the road against Guaros 2 (#3) in Barquisimeto to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 1 winless Aduaneros lost to undefeated Cangrejeros in Maturin 73-78. Cangrejeros beat Aduaneros at home 85-71.
The best stats of 1st round was 16 points and 10 rebounds by Tomas Aguilera of Aduaneros.

Atleticos - Comuna 66-71

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Caracas: Comuna (#2) and Atleticos (#6). Atleticos were defeated at home 66-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Naturalized Colombian point guard Jorge Leon (188-79) fired 19 points for the winners. Swingman Victor Calderon (195) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Endreso Ramos (185-95) produced 15 points and 4 steals and Christian Marquez added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Comuna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play on the road against Guaros 2 (#3) in Barquisimeto and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Comuna: J.Leon 19+1reb+2ast, V.Calderon 10+7reb, A.Morales 9+1reb, C.Olmedo 8+2reb+1ast, L.Palacios 7+1reb+4ast, L.Berroteran 6+6reb+2ast
Atleticos: E.Ramos 15+1reb+3ast, J.Larriba 11+5reb, C.Marquez 10+8reb+1ast, J.Mendoza 7+1reb+2ast, L.Diaz 6+2reb+1ast, K.Albarran 6+3ast
gschID: 575707


Atleticos - Comuna 63-78

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Caracas: Comuna (#2) and Atleticos (#6). Atleticos were defeated at home 63-78 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Atleticos were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Colombian point guard Jorge Leon (188-79) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Swingman Victor Calderon (195) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Comuna players scored in double figures. Guard Endreso Ramos (185-95) answered with 15 points and Jefferson Larriba added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Atleticos. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Comuna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play on the road against Guaros 2 (#3) in Barquisimeto to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Comuna: J.Leon 18+1reb+2ast, M.Bolivar 16+3reb, V.Calderon 13+7reb, L.Palacios 13+1reb+3ast, A.Morales 6+3reb+1ast, D.Pino 4
Atleticos: E.Ramos 15+4reb+3ast, J.Almeida 11+1reb, J.Larriba 8+6reb, L.Diaz 7+4reb+1ast, G.Correa 5, K.Albarran 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 575708


Cangrejeros - Aduaneros 78-73

There was no surprise in Maturin where Aduaneros (0-2) were defeated by Cangrejeros (2-0) 78-73. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Aduaneros were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) who helped to win the game recording 6 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Heberth Bayona (210-78, college: St.Francis, NY) contributed with 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Tomas Aguilera (198-77) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Osman Alvarez (174-93) added 13 points in the effort for Aduaneros. Four Aduaneros players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Cangrejeros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aduaneros will play at home against Metropolitanos (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cangrejeros: M.Sierralta 11+2reb+4ast, F.Lucena 9+2reb+1ast, P.Kvietek 8+7reb, H.Bayona 7+9reb+1ast, A.Sucre 6+12reb+1ast, C.Cedeno 4+5reb+3ast
Aduaneros: T.Aguilera 16+10reb+3ast, G.Rodriguez 14+1ast, O.Alvarez 13+4reb+2ast, R.Farias 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Umbria 6+9reb, P.Chourio 4+10reb
gschID: 575709


Cangrejeros - Aduaneros 85-71

No shocking result in a game in Maturin where Cangrejeros (2-0) defeated Aduaneros (0-2) 85-71. Cangrejeros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aduaneros will play at home against Metropolitanos (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 575706





Iberostar Tenerife defeat Guaros de Lara for Intercontinental Cup - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tenerifa - Guaros de Lara 76:71

Iberostar Tenerife captured the Intercontinental Cup trophy. The Basketball League champions overcame FIBA Americas League winners Guaros de Lara for the title. Mike Tobey (213-C-94, college: Virginia) recorded 21 points and 9 boards to pace the Spanish team.
Guaros de Lara snatched a 17:14 lead after ten minutes of action in La Laguna. The Venezuelan team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Guaros established a 39:36 halftime advantage. But Iberostar Tenerife took over in the second half. The Spanish side erased the deficit in the third term and eked out a 56:55 lead at the final break. Iberostar Tenerife added 20 points in the fourth period and ran away with the victory. Davin White (185-PG-81, college: CS Northridge) produced 14 points, while Nicolas Richotti (183-PG-86) added 11 points for the champions. Mario Little (198-F/G-87, college: Kansas) replied with 23 points for Guaros. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) had 11 points in the defeat.

Iberostar Tenerife: Mike Tobey 21, Davin White 14, Nicolas Richotti 11
Guaros: Mario Little 23, Gregory Echenique 11



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VBA Round 5: Saigon Heat keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Saigon Heat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Saigon Heat defeated 4th placed Hanoi B. at home 84-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saigon Heat looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Ngoc Tu-Le (179-90) chipped in 30 points and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) responded with 20 points and 9 assists. Saigon Heat have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Hanoi B. at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Hochiminh CW. Hanoi B. will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Saigon Heat will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Hanoi B. on the road.
Leading Thang Long W. (4-2) recorded its second loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Hochiminh CW (2-3) 67-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Thang Long W.. Hochiminh CW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hanoi B. Newly promoted Thang Long W. dropped to the second position with two games lost. Hochiminh CW will play against higher ranked Can Tho CF (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Thang Long W. will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Danang Dragons (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Can Tho CF (3-2) 93-74 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Tan Dinh-Duy who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 steals. Rudolphe Joly produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF maintains third place with 3-2 record behind leader Saigon H. Defending champion Danang Dragons still closes the standings with five games lost. Can Tho CF will meet at home Hochiminh CW (#5) in the next round. Danang Dragons will have a break next round.

Thang Long W. - Hochiminh CW 56-67

Leading Thang Long W. (4-2) recorded its second loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Hochiminh CW (2-3) 67-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Thang Long W.. The game without a history. Hochiminh CW led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hochiminh CW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hanoi B. Newly promoted Thang Long W. dropped to the second position with two games lost. Hochiminh CW will play against higher ranked Can Tho CF (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Thang Long W. will have a break next round.
gschID: 571231


Saigon H. - Hanoi B. 84-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Saigon Heat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Saigon Heat defeated 4th placed Hanoi B. at home 84-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saigon Heat looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Ngoc Tu-Le (179-90) chipped in 30 points and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) responded with 20 points and 9 assists and American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saigon Heat have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Hanoi B. at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Hochiminh CW. Hanoi B. will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Saigon Heat will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Hanoi B. on the road.
Top scorers:
Hanoi B.: V.Nguyen 20+3reb+9ast, J.Collins 18+6reb+3ast, C.Dinh Tien 12+5reb+2ast, D.Nguyen 10+2reb+5ast, H.Dang Thai 7+4reb+3ast, H.Nguyen Phu 5+1reb+1ast
Saigon H.: N.Tu Le 30+3reb+5ast, D.Lewis 20+19reb+3ast, G.Lan Hong 16+6reb+7ast, H.Hai Nguyen 15+3reb+3ast, D.Arnold 3+3reb+8ast, T.Cao Qucc 0
gschID: 571232


Danang Dragons - Can Tho CF 74-93

Bottom-ranked Danang Dragons (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Can Tho CF (3-2) 93-74 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Can Tho CF. Danang Dragons managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Can Tho CF forced 26 Danang Dragons turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Tan Dinh-Duy (192-95) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 steals. Dinh Thanh chipped in 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Canadian center Rudolphe Joly (208-92, college: Sheridan JC) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) and American point guard Horace Nguyen (178, college: Bristol) added 30 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF maintains third place with 3-2 record behind leader Saigon H. Defending champion Danang Dragons still closes the standings with five games lost. Can Tho CF will meet at home Hochiminh CW (#5) in the next round. Danang Dragons will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Danang Dragons: H.Nguyen 30+4reb+4ast, R.Joly 29+10reb+4ast, T.Le 7+2reb+1ast, W.Tim 2+6reb+1ast, D.Huy Dai 2+4reb+3ast, K. Nguycn Ba Nam 2+1reb+3ast
Can Tho CF: T.Dinh Duy 33+4reb+3ast, D.Thanh 27+5reb+5ast, D.Hamilton 17+10reb+7ast, N.Le 4+1reb+1ast, N. Ticp 4+3reb+1ast, H.Thanh 3+4ast
gschID: 571230






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Women News

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vreny VAN DRIEL
  B.Willeb.
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Van Driel, B.Willeb.28.0 
 2. Resimont, Sint K.27.0 
 3. Nared, Waregem20.3 
 4. Steinberga, Castors .19.5 
 5. Trahan-Davis, Castors .19.5 
 6. Henket, Liege19.0 
 7. Williams, Belfius .18.0 
 8. Bourlioux, Liege17.0 
 9. Foucart, Deerlijk17.0 
 10. Malashenko, Castors .17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaleesa MAES
  Liege
  (188-C-92)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Maes, Liege13.7 
 2. Nared, Waregem13.3 
 3. Capoen, Deerlijk13.0 
 4. Van Driel, B.Willeb.11.0 
 5. Boel, B.Willebroek10.0 
 6. Massey, Sint K.9.5 
 7. Starling, Kango.9.0 
 8. Henket, Liege8.7 
 9. Lentacker, Jeugd G.8.5 
 10. Mukeba, Deerlijk8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Castors .
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Carpreaux, Castors .7.5 
 2. Devliegher, Wareg.5.7 
 3. Van Driel, B.Willeb.5.0 
 4. Raman, Kangoeroes4.0 
 5. Ortiz, Belfius Namur4.0 
 6. Ramette, Sint K.3.7 
 7. Crelot, Verviers.3.3 
 8. Goyvaerts, Kango.3.3 
 9. Barache, Verviers.3.0 
 10. Malashenko, Castors .3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sien DEVLIEGHER
  Wareg.
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Devliegher, Wareg.4.7 
 2. Roekens, B.Willebroek4.0 
 3. Beaurang, B.Willeb.3.0 
 4. Celus, Waregem3.0 
 5. Ortiz, Belfius Namur2.7 
 6. Resimont, Sint K.2.3 
 7. Ramette, Sint K.2.3 
 8. Hamaide, Spirou M.2.3 
 9. Van Driel, B.Willeb.2.0 
 10. Hambursin, Liege2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jackie NARED
  Waregem
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Nared, Waregem1.3 
 2. Boel, B.Willebroek1.0 
 3. Aizsila, Waregem1.0 
 4. Massey, Sint K.1.0 
 5. Jones, Castors .1.0 
 6. Vesterberg, Belfius .1.0 
 7. Kimpe, Laarne0.7 
 8. Colson, Verviers.0.7 
 9. Hendrickx, Belfius .0.7 
 10. Williams, Belfius .0.7 



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Pantazi is back at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou - by Chris Mammides

GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou (A2) signed experienced 34-year old Cypriot guard Eleana Pantazi (177-83). It is actually her comeback to Kronos as she has played here before. Pantazi will still stay in Greece where she played last season at PAOK Thessalonikis in the A1. In 21 games she had 4.3ppg and 1.1rpg. A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Pantazi played at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou. In 16 A2 games she recorded 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pantazi won Greek A2 League Group South championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Co-Guard of the Year in 2015.
Pantazi has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (AEL Limassol and Anagennises) and Greece (Panathinaikos, Kastoria, M.Aleksandros, Aris Holargos and Paghiakos).

GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eleana Pantazi
Konstantina Ouzouni
Eleni Routsi

Forwards:
Athina Mitsi
Sofia Sigala
Vassiliki Daskalopoulou
Anna-Maria Stefanou

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Dana KUSLITOVA
  Karlovy .
  (182-F-90)
  Avg: 34
 1. Kuslitova, Karlovy .34.0 
 2. Zitkova, MK Te.28.0 
 3. Tarasava, Nymburk28.0 
 4. Bazoukou, USK Praha27.0 
 5. Vaughn, Nymburk24.0 
 6. Sujanova, Valosun .21.0 
 7. Hausknechtov., Zabiny B.20.0 
 8. Linskens, Nymburk20.0 
 9. Bellock, BLK Praha19.0 
 10. Petruskova, U19 C.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyara LINSKENS
  Nymburk
  (189-C-96)
  Avg: 16
 1. Linskens, Nymburk16.0 
 2. Kuslitova, Karlovy .11.0 
 3. Bellock, BLK Praha10.0 
 4. Rezan, USK Praha9.0 
 5. Jenistova, U19 C.9.0 
 6. Stehlikova, MK Te.8.0 
 7. Felixova, BLK Praha8.0 
 8. Sivrova, MK Te.7.0 
 9. Miszkiel, MK Te.7.0 
 10. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Karolina MALECKOVA
  Karlovy .
  (159-PG-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Maleckova, Karlovy .9.0 
 2. Tarasava, Nymburk8.0 
 3. Romero, USK Praha6.0 
 4. Elhotova, USK Praha6.0 
 5. Svrdlikova, Zabiny B.5.0 
 6. Vaughn, Nymburk5.0 
 7. Hunkova, Nymburk4.0 
 8. Pohunkova, Karlovy .4.0 
 9. Kuslitova, Karlovy .4.0 
 10. Buzov, Zabiny Brno4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristyna TOMSOVICOVA
  U19 C.
  (169-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tomsovicova, U19 C.5.0 
 2. Krivankova, Zabiny B.4.0 
 3. Hausknechtov., Zabiny B.4.0 
 4. Elhotova, USK Praha4.0 
 5. Maleckova, Karlovy .3.0 
 6. Zuzakova, Karlovy .3.0 
 7. Bellock, BLK Praha3.0 
 8. Stehlikova, MK Te.3.0 
 9. Satoranska, Valosun .3.0 
 10. Selucka, MK Te.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandra KHOMENCHUK
  Nymbu.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.4.0 
 2. Sujanova, Valosun .2.0 
 3. Linskens, Nymburk2.0 
 4. Kuslitova, Karlovy .1.0 
 5. Russell, BLK Praha1.0 
 6. Felixova, BLK Praha1.0 
 7. Svrdlikova, Zabiny B.1.0 
 8. Buzov, Zabiny Brno1.0 
 9. Jindrova, Karlovy .1.0 
 10. Rokosova, Karlovy .1.0 



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  EEWBL  


EEWBL round 2 best performance: Michelle Snow - by Eurobasket News

American Center Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Bornova, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Royal Eagles (#15, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 91-79. It allowed Bornova to consolidate first place in the EEWBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Bornova won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Snow turned to be Bornova's top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Tennessee star has very solid stats this year. Snow is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Laura Westerik (176-F-98) of Royal Eagles. Westerik had a very good evening with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Royal Eagles lost that game 79-91 to Bornova (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. Westerik is a newcomer at Royal Eagles, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#5). Her other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 4.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Bornova's star - Serbian forward Adrijana Knezevic (183-F-87). Knezevic scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was another key player of Bornova, helping her team with a 91-79 win against Royal Eagles (#15, 0-2). Bornova has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Knezevic also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Knezevic has a great season in EEWBL. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jessica Thomas (168-G-94) of Lulea Basket - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Shanece McKinney (193-F-92) of Al Riyadi - 17 points and 9 rebounds
6. Anna Barthold (185-F-80) of Lulea Basket - 16 points and 13 rebounds
7. Danielle Boiago (170-G-94) of Royal Eagles - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) of Good Angels - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82) of Al Riyadi - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Laura Juskaite (187-F-97) of Kibirkstis - 17 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)



Round 2: Kibirkstis lose to Good Angels - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Lithuanian Kibirkstis (1-1) on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Slovakian Good Angels (2-0) 73-64. Center Anna Jurcenkova (195-85) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian center Daugile Sarauskaite (196-96) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Forward Laura Juskaite (187-97) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Good Angels is looking forward to face Royal Eagles (#15) in Apeldoorn in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kibirkstis will play at home against Vega 1 (#16) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Swedish Lulea Basket (2-0) crushed Belarusian Gorizont (0-2) by 31 points 75-44, which is the biggest margin this round. Forward Anna Barthold (185-80, college: St.Peter's) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Jessica Thomas supported her with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by guard Volha Gromik (183-93) did not help to save the game for Gorizont. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lulea Basket will play against Bornova on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gorizont will play against Al Riyadi (#5) in Beirut to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 2 Al Riyadi won against Vega 1/Liepaja 72-62. Royal Eagles lost to Bornova 79-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 9 rebounds by Shanece McKinney of Al Riyadi.

Vega 1/Liepaja - Al Riyadi 62-72

Vega 1 was defeated by the opponent from Beirut 72-62. Al Riyadi made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American guard Roneeka Hodges (180-82, college: Florida St.) notched 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Shanece McKinney (193-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management) supported her with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Belarusian center Maryna Ivashchanka (190-93) did not help to save the game for Vega 1. Forward Ieva Veinberga (187-84) added 13 points for the hosts. Al Riyadi will play against Gorizont (#14) in Minsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vega 1 will play on the road against Kibirkstis in Vilnius to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Vega 1/Liepaja: I.Vitola 14+3reb, I.Veinberga 13+3reb+2ast, S.Lipe 9+4reb+2ast, L.Purina 9+2reb+4ast, I.Jakobsone 8+5reb+5ast, M.Ivashchanka 6+9reb+4ast
Al Riyadi: R.Hodges 24+5reb+3ast, S.McKinney 17+9reb, K.Sartori 15+2reb+1ast, B.Denson 7+6reb+1ast, C.Dewitt 4+6reb+3ast, M.Mokdad 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 561322


Kibirkstis - Good Angels 64-73

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Lithuanian Kibirkstis (1-1) on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Slovakian Good Angels (2-0) 73-64. Center Anna Jurcenkova (195-85) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian center Daugile Sarauskaite (196-96) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Forward Laura Juskaite (187-97) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Good Angels is looking forward to face Royal Eagles (#15) in Apeldoorn in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kibirkstis will play at home against Vega 1 (#16) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Kibirkstis: L.Juskaite 17+7reb+1ast, D.Donskichyte 15+1reb+2ast, S.Landry 14+6reb, L.Jurciute 8+5reb+2ast, G.Meskonyte 6+1reb, U.Slavickaite 2+2reb
Good Angels: A.Jurcenkova 18+4reb+1ast, B.Balintova 11+2reb+4ast, D.Sarauskaite 10+8reb, D.Peters 8+6reb+1ast, D.Morris 8+2reb+5ast, R.Stehlikova 8+4reb
gschID: 561321


Lulea Basket - Gorizont 75-44

Swedish Lulea Basket (2-0) crushed Belarusian Gorizont (0-2) by 31 points 75-44, which is the biggest margin this round. Lulea Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Gorizont's 30. Lulea Basket forced 21 Gorizont turnovers and outrebounded them 51-31 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Anna Barthold (185-80, college: St.Peter's) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Jessica Thomas (168-94, college: Miami, FL, agency: Two Points) supported her with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Lulea Basket players scored in double figures. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by guard Volha Gromik (183-93) did not help to save the game for Gorizont. Russian center Anna Nuzhnaya (194-92) added 12 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. Lulea Basket will play against Bornova on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gorizont will play against Al Riyadi (#5) in Beirut to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Gorizont: A.Nuzhnaya 12+4reb+1ast, V.Gromik 10+9reb, A.Holubeva 7+1reb+4ast, O.Sivakova 6+2reb+1ast, V.Ziuzkova 4+5reb+3ast, E.Yalchik 3+2reb+1ast
Lulea Basket: A.Barthold 16+13reb+1ast, A.Motley 16+4reb+4ast, K.Frerking 15+7reb, J.Thomas 14+8reb+3ast, C.Nnamaka 10+10reb+1ast, F.Visscher 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 561320


Royal Eagles - Bornova 79-91

Very predictable result asTurkish Bornova (2-0) defeated Dutch Royal Eagles (0-2) 91-79. Bornova forced 23 Royal Eagles turnovers and outrebounded them 38-22 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian forward Adrijana Knezevic (183-87) supported her with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by forward Laura Westerik (176-98) did not help to save the game for Royal Eagles. Canadian guard Danielle Boiago (170-94, college: McMaster) added 20 points and 5 steals for the hosts. Bornova will play against Lulea Basket (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Royal Eagles will play against Good Angels (#2) in Kosice to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Royal Eagles: L.Westerik 26+5reb+6ast, D.Boiago 20+3reb+3ast, M.De Kleijn 12+5reb+5ast, A.van Vlijmen 9+1reb+3ast, M.Peek 4+3reb, M.Koelman 3+2reb
Bornova: M.Snow 21+10reb+2ast, K.Erat 17+1reb+2ast, A.Knezevic 17+8reb+2ast, S.Ivegin 9+1reb+1ast, E.Turkyilmaz 8+9reb+2ast, O.Karatas 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 561319





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

37-year old center Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Bornova and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
She had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while her team outclassed Gorizont (#14, 0-1) with 30-point margin 71-41. It allowed Bornova to take over top position in the EEWBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Bornova won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Snow turned to be Bornova's top player in her first season with the team. University of Tennessee graduate has very impressive stats this year. Snow is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg,3.0spg and 60.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82) of Al Riyadi. She is American guard in her first season at Al Riyadi. In the last game Hodges recorded impressive 27 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Al Riyadi was edged by Kibirkstis (1-0) 69-67. 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. Hodges is a newcomer at Al Riyadi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#1). She also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Anna Barthold (185-F-80) of Lulea Basket (#4). Barthold scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was a key player of Lulea Basket, leading her team to a 85-64 easy win against Royal Eagles (#15, 0-1). Lulea 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. Barthold also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Barthold as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Laura Juskaite (187-F-97) of Kibirkstis - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chioma Nnamaka (183-F-85) of Lulea Basket - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marleen Peek (194-C) of Royal Eagles - 13 points and 12 rebounds
7. Adrienne Motley (175-G-95) of Lulea Basket - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Anna Nuzhnaya (194-C-92) of Gorizont - 15 points and 6 rebounds
9. Shenita Landry (188-F-87) of Kibirkstis - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Darxia Morris (172-G-89) of Good Angels - 16 points, 2 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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  FRANCE  


French LF2 round 2 best performance: Johanna Cortinovis - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Johanna Cortinovis (190-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Charnay, receiving a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team SIG (#12, 0-2) with 19-point margin 85-66. It allowed Charnay to take over top position in the French LF2. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Charnay won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Cortinovis has many years of experience at Charnay, through which she has constantly improved. Johanna Cortinovis has solid league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 11.0rpg), assists (8th best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 65.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Ukrainian Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) of Montbrison. Maznichenko had a very good evening with 25 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Montbrison to edge Arras (1-1) 57-51. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Maznichenko is well-known at Montbrison and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#2). She also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Soana Lucet (185-F-87, agency: LBM Management) of Angers (#4). Lucet scored 15 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Angers, leading her team to a 60-43 easy win against Avenir (1-1). Angers 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. Lucet has a great season in France. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elodie Mendy (163-PG-94) of COB Calais - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Natasa Popovic (192-C-82) of Reims - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) of SIG - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kany Kouyate (178-F-90) of Reze - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-F-95) of Angers - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Melanie Devaux (170-PG-92) of Charnay - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Kariata Diaby (192-C-95) of Charnay - 17 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen 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)



LF2 Round 2: Arras lose to Montbrison - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LF2.

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Arras (1-1). They were defeated by Montbrison (1-1) 57-51 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Montbrison had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (187-91, agency: LBM Management) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Emilie Duvivier (165-84) chipped in 5 points and 10 assists during the contest. Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (172-95) responded with 16 points. Arras will play next round against strong Angers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Montbrison will try to continue on its current victory against Bretagne Basket in Pleyber-Christ.
Bretagne Basket (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Toulouse. Visitors were defeated by Toulouse 78-72. Guard Sylvie Gruszczynski (173-86) notched 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Amelie Pochet supported her with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Asia Logan (184-92, college: Pittsburgh) did not help to save the game for Bretagne Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toulouse will play against Charnay in Charnay-les-Macon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bretagne Basket will play at home against Montbrison to get more than just one victory in their record.
SIG (0-2) was outscored at home by Charnay (2-0) with the biggest margin this round 85-66 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Johanna Cortinovis who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Amina NJonkou produced 14 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Charnay will meet at home Toulouse (#5) in the next round. SIG will play against CFBB (#11) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: Avenir lost to Angers on the opponent's court 43-60. Reims managed to outperform CFBB in a home game 59-42. Reze lost to undefeated COB Calais on the road 52-70.

Toulouse - Bretagne Basket 78-72

Bretagne Basket (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Toulouse. Visitors were defeated by Toulouse 78-72. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Toulouse forced 31 Bretagne Basket turnovers. Guard Sylvie Gruszczynski (173-86) notched 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the former international Amelie Pochet (180-84) supported her with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Toulouse players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Asia Logan (184-92, college: Pittsburgh) did not help to save the game for Bretagne Basket. Point guard Pauline Lithard (168-94) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toulouse will play against Charnay in Charnay-les-Macon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bretagne Basket will play at home against Montbrison to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Toulouse: S.Gruszczynski 20+2reb+7ast, L.Carlier 19+4reb, A.Pochet 17+6reb+2ast, A.Traore 11+10reb+2ast, C.Cabaton 6+2reb+5ast, E.Prugnieres 3+1reb+1ast
Bretagne Basket: A.Logan 16+7reb+1ast, A.Brumermane 13+5reb+2ast, A.Le Bruchec 9+2reb, V.Majekodunmi 8+1reb+2ast, E.Naigre 7+6reb, K.Corre 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 558922


Angers - Avenir 60-43

There was a minor upset when Avenir (1-1) was defeated on the road by Angers (1-1) 60-43 on Saturday. The game without a history. Angers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Avenir turnovers and outrebounded them 45-24 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-95) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Soana Lucet (185-87, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Angers' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-91, college: Vanderbilt) produced 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and center Mathilde Combes (184-96) added 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Angers will meet Arras (#7) on the road in the next round. Avenir will play against COB Calais (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angers: S.Lucet 15+15reb, C.Djaldi-Tabdi 15+12reb+6ast, L.Lokoka 8+4reb+1ast, I.Arrondo 5+2reb+1ast, K.Williams 5+1reb+1ast, C.Aubert 5+5reb+4ast
Avenir: T.Clarke 15+2reb+1ast, T.Gandega 8+2reb+1ast, M.Combes 6+5reb+4ast, E.Marie 6+5reb+4ast, A.Nayo 5+4reb+1ast, J.Belleka 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558918


Montbrison - Arras 57-51

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Arras (1-1). They were defeated by Montbrison (1-1) 57-51 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Montbrison had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (187-91, agency: LBM Management) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Emilie Duvivier (165-84) chipped in 5 points and 10 assists during the contest. Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (172-95) responded with 16 points and swingman Elise Cammas (178-97) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Arras will play next round against strong Angers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Montbrison will try to continue on its current victory against Bretagne Basket in Pleyber-Christ.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: O.Maznichenko 25+8reb+1ast, P.Bright 12+3reb, A.Foisse 7+3reb+1ast, E.Duvivier 5+3reb+10ast, C.Venditti 4+9reb+4ast, V.Adjutor 2+7reb+1ast
Arras: B.Dinga-Mbomi 16+3reb+3ast, E.Cammas 13+3reb+4ast, S.Reghaissia 11+1reb+3ast, M. Mulumba 5+6reb+4ast, A.Dabo 2+5reb+2ast, P. Colombo 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 558923


SIG - Charnay 66-85

SIG (0-2) was outscored at home by Charnay (2-0) with the biggest margin this round 85-66 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Charnay. SIG managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded SIG 38-25 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Charnay looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Johanna Cortinovis (190-86) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Point guard Melanie Devaux (170-92) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Charnay players scored in double figures. Cameroonian Amina NJonkou (185-88, college: Arizona) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and Louise Dambach (175-96) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Charnay will meet at home Toulouse (#5) in the next round. SIG will play against CFBB (#11) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charnay: J.Cortinovis 26+10reb+6ast, K.Diaby 17+8reb+1ast, M.Devaux 14+6reb+9ast, C.Michel 14+4reb+3ast, L.Belleville 6+5reb+8ast, C.Legrand 5
SIG: L.Dambach 14+4reb+2ast, A.N'Jonkou 14+6reb+2ast, C.Schmitt-Sender 11+8reb+1ast, M.Bienvenu 8+2reb+1ast, J.Wintz 7+2ast, K.Bourdin 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 558921


Reims - CFBB 59-42

Reims used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Paris 59-42 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 59-42. The best player for the winners was American power forward Patrice Butler (188-94, college: Georgia South) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Montenegrin center Natasa Popovic (192-82) chipped in 7 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Center Nabala Fofana (186-0) produced 6 points and 14 rebounds and center Iliana Rupert (193-1) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Reims will meet Reze (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. CFBB will play against SIG (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Reims: F.Devillers 17+2reb+1ast, P.Butler 16+7reb+1ast, S.Ousfar 10+8reb+4ast, N.Popovic 7+10reb+5ast, C.Morateur 5+5reb+1ast, L.Guapo 2+1reb+1ast
CFBB: I.Rupert 14+6reb, M.Fauthoux 9+3reb+4ast, N.Fofana 6+14reb+1ast, K.Chery 5+11reb+1ast, F. Djoumoi 4+2reb, J. Salaun 2+1reb
gschID: 558920


COB Calais - Reze 70-52

COB Calais used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Reze 70-52 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by COB Calais. Reze managed to win third quarter 18-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Reze 41-28 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Chandra Harris (185-89, college: Georgia St.) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Elodie Mendy (163-94) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four COB Calais players scored in double figures. Ivorian forward Kany Kouyate (178-90) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. COB Calais will meet Avenir (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Reze will play against Reims (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
COB Calais: A.Pagnier 18+4reb, E.Mendy 15+2reb+6ast, E.Gorjeu 13+1reb+4ast, C.Harris 11+15reb, M.Vrdoljak 7+7reb, A.Turmel 4+5reb+1ast
Reze: K.Kouyate 16+6reb, H.Sunley-Paisley 15+7reb, C.Samson 7+9reb+2ast, M.Hatchi 6+1reb+2ast, J.Digbeu 4+3reb+4ast, L.Mallivet 4+1reb
gschID: 558919





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  FYR MACEDONIA  


ZKK Badel 1862 had finished the tournament in Bor - by Natasha Kostovska


Yesterday, an international memorial tournament "Zikajlo" was held in Bor, Serbia, where basketball players from the KK Badel 1862 Skopje took part. Badel's players played against the Bor team, where their former member, Nena Trajchevska (182-F/G-94, agency: BeoBasket), is playing. The match ended in favor of the home team, ie 78:48 (27:16 24:10 13:10 18:12). A few hours later, Badel played against the team of ZKK Student Nis, Nis and won the third place in the tournament.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Sabine NIEDOLA
  Saarlouis
  (184-F-91)
  Avg: 28
 1. Niedola, Saarlouis28.0 
 2. Pierre-Louis, Donau-Ri.25.0 
 3. Slim, Herner23.0 
 4. Sherbert, Bad Aibling20.0 
 5. Asoro, Chemnitz20.0 
 6. Schaake, Marburg19.0 
 7. Hill, Donau-Ries19.0 
 8. Noble, Chemnitz18.0 
 9. Barnert, Keltern18.0 
 10. Tobin, Wasserburg17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Verdine WARNER
  Goettingen
  (196-C-92)
  Avg: 21
 1. Warner, Goettingen21.0 
 2. Tobin, Wasserburg15.0 
 3. Jones, Heidelberg15.0 
 4. Pierre-Louis, Donau-Ri.14.0 
 5. Jeltema, Hannover10.0 
 6. Ilmberger, Saarlouis8.0 
 7. Shumpert, Halle8.0 
 8. Hrynko, Halle8.0 
 9. Young, Heidelberg8.0 
 10. Kranzhoefer, Heide.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Haiden PALMER
  Wasserburg
  (173-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Palmer, Wasserburg7.0 
 2. Schlott, Donau-Ries6.0 
 3. Barnert, Keltern6.0 
 4. Mihalyi, Hannover5.0 
 5. Sherbert, Bad Aibling4.0 
 6. Thimm, Hannover4.0 
 7. Ciappina, Keltern4.0 
 8. Slim, Herner4.0 
 9. Hrynko, Halle4.0 
 10. Deura, Wasserburg4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shalethia STRINGFIELD
  Saarl.
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stringfield, Saarl.5.0 
 2. Noble, Chemnitz4.0 
 3. Karic, Herner4.0 
 4. Asoro, Chemnitz4.0 
 5. Quinn, Halle3.0 
 6. Sherbert, Bad Aibling3.0 
 7. Smith, Goettingen3.0 
 8. Markovic, Keltern3.0 
 9. Young, Heidelberg3.0 
 10. Schlott, Donau-Ries3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tiffany JONES
  Heidelberg
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jones, Heidelberg5.0 
 2. Tobin, Wasserburg4.0 
 3. Jeltema, Hannover4.0 
 4. Djukic, Halle4.0 
 5. Geiselsoeder, Donau-Ri.3.0 
 6. Stringfield, Saarl.2.0 
 7. Young, Heidelberg2.0 
 8. Hill, Donau-Ries1.0 
 9. Vente, Hannover1.0 
 10. Warner, Goettingen1.0 


DBBL Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in DBBL just started.

First defeat of league's leader Fireballs (0-1) against TSV 1880 Wasserburg (1-0) 96-66 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-66. TSV 1880 Wasserburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rebecca Tobin (195-88, college: Arizona St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lithuanian point guard Santa Okockyte (175-92) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Lindsay Sherbert (184, college: Gonzaga) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Fireballs. Fireballs will play next round against strong Herner TC trying to make it back to the top of the standings. TSV 1880 Wasserburg will try to continue on its current victory against BasCats Heidelberg on the road.
TH Wohnbau Angels defeated ChemCats Chemnitz in Noerdlingen 82-64. Canadian forward Kim Pierre-Louis (183-93, college: Massachusetts) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Samantha Hill chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Swedish forward Abigail Asoro (183-93, college: Iowa Western CC) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. ChemCats Chemnitz will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. TH Wohnbau Angels will try to continue on its current victory against TV Saarlouis Royals on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of SV Halle Lions (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Gruner Stern Keltern (1-0) 78-66. Stina Barnert nailed 18 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Brittany Hrynko came up with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for SV Halle Lions in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gruner Stern Keltern will meet BC Pharmaserv Marburg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SV Halle Lions will play against Goettingen (#2) and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Hannover. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of BC Pharmaserv Marburg (0-1) to Hannover (1-0) 66-63 on Sunday evening. Dragana Gobeljic fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Hannover's coach Rodger Battersby allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Hannover will have a break next round. BC Pharmaserv Marburg will play at home against Gruner Stern Keltern (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 1 winless Saarlouis lost to undefeated Herner on the road 68-75. Goettingen won against Heidelberg on its own court 74-60.

Halle - Keltern 66-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of SV Halle Lions (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Gruner Stern Keltern (1-0) 78-66. The game was mostly controlled by Gruner Stern Keltern. SV Halle Lions managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Stina Barnert (173-89) nailed 18 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Estonian forward Mailis Pokk (186-92) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Brittany Hrynko (173-93, college: De Paul, agency: LBM Management) came up with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Khadijah Shumpert (188-93, college: N.Mexico) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for SV Halle Lions in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gruner Stern Keltern will meet BC Pharmaserv Marburg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SV Halle Lions will play against Goettingen (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Keltern: S.Barnert 18+4reb+6ast, M.Pokk 15+7reb+1ast, R.Ciappina 11+1reb+4ast, A.Orrange 10+3reb+2ast, C.Miloglav 8+1reb+2ast, M.Markovic 6+7reb
Halle: B.Hrynko 13+8reb+4ast, K.Shumpert 12+8reb, I.Henningsen 11+1ast, M.Quinn 11+6reb+1ast, K.Kiejdrowska 9+2reb, L.Schinkel 6
gschID: 568136


Hannover - Marburg 66-63

A very interesting game took place in Hannover. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of BC Pharmaserv Marburg (0-1) to Hannover (1-0) 66-63 on Sunday evening. BC Pharmaserv Marburg was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 21-9 third quarter run of Hannover. Hannover had a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian forward Dragana Gobeljic (188-88) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American Melissa Jeltema (175-88, college: Oakland) chipped in 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Hannover's coach Rodger Battersby allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International swingman Finja Schaake (179-92) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Tonisha Baker (173-90, college: Campbell) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Hannover will have a break next round. BC Pharmaserv Marburg will play at home against Gruner Stern Keltern (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hannover: D.Gobeljic 16+6reb, S.Colic 13+2ast, S.Grigoleit 8+5reb, I.Brajkovic 7+7reb+2ast, M.Jeltema 7+10reb+1ast, B.Thimm 6+4reb+4ast
Marburg: F.Schaake 19+5reb+2ast, T.Baker 12+4reb+3ast, K.Yohn 7+2reb+1ast, S.Greunke 7+2reb+1ast, M.Bertholdt 6+2reb, A.Wilke 5+7reb
gschID: 568135


Wasserburg - Bad Aibling 96-66

First defeat of league's leader Fireballs (0-1) against TSV 1880 Wasserburg (1-0) 96-66 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-66. TSV 1880 Wasserburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rebecca Tobin (195-88, college: Arizona St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lithuanian point guard Santa Okockyte (175-92) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five TSV 1880 Wasserburg players scored in double figures. American guard Lindsay Sherbert (184, college: Gonzaga) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and French guard Cyrielle Recoura (172-91) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Fireballs. Fireballs will play next round against strong Herner TC trying to make it back to the top of the standings. TSV 1880 Wasserburg will try to continue on its current victory against BasCats Heidelberg on the road.
Top scorers:
Wasserburg: R.Tobin 17+15reb+2ast, M.Galliou-Loko 16+5reb+2ast, M.Deura 15+2reb+4ast, S.Okockyte 14+6reb+4ast, P.Zaplatova 11+2reb+3ast, H.Palmer 10+3reb+7ast
Bad Aibling: L.Sherbert 20+8reb+4ast, C.Recoura 12+6reb+4ast, C.Waters 12+6reb, D.Young 6+6reb+3ast, A.Hartmann 6+6reb, L.Engeln 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 568134


Donau-Ries - Chemnitz 82-64

TH Wohnbau Angels defeated ChemCats Chemnitz in Noerdlingen 82-64. The game without a history. TH Wohnbau Angels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TH Wohnbau Angels outrebounded ChemCats Chemnitz 41-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. Canadian forward Kim Pierre-Louis (183-93, college: Massachusetts) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Canadian guard Samantha Hill (178-94, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Swedish forward Abigail Asoro (183-93, college: Iowa Western CC) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Kendall Noble (180, college: W.Kentucky) scored 18 points and 4 steals. ChemCats Chemnitz will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. TH Wohnbau Angels will try to continue on its current victory against TV Saarlouis Royals on the road.
Top scorers:
Donau-Ries: K.Pierre-Louis 25+14reb+1ast, S.Hill 19+6reb+1ast, J.Schlott 16+3reb+6ast, A.Racic 6+5reb+1ast, A.Makitalo 5+1ast, A.Obanor 4+3reb
Chemnitz: A.Asoro 20+6reb, K.Noble 18+4reb+2ast, M.Vidal-Geneve 9+2reb+2ast, J.Mandic 8+6reb, K.Flasarova 5+1reb, V.McQuade 4+4reb
gschID: 568133


Herner - Saarlouis 75-68

Herner TC used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Saarlouis 75-68. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 25-16 last quarter charge of TV Saarlouis Royals cut the lead to 75-68 at the end of the game. Herner TC forced 24 TV Saarlouis Royals turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by TV Saarlouis Royals helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dutch forward Isabella Slim (183-95, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) fired 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Courtney Range (190-95, college: California, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Herner TC players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Sabine Niedola (184-91) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws) and center Nadjeschda Ilmberger (190-96) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. TV Saarlouis Royals' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Herner TC's next round opponent will be Fireballs (#7) in Bad Aibling which should be theoretically an easy game. TV Saarlouis Royals will play at home against TH Wohnbau Angels (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Herner: I.Slim 23+5reb+4ast, K.Bussey 13+1reb, C.Range 11+7reb+2ast, E.Karic 10+3reb+1ast, K.Kuijt 6+1reb+2ast, J.Bettonvil 6+5reb+1ast
Saarlouis: S.Niedola 28+5reb+1ast, N.Ilmberger 12+8reb, J.Adams 12+1reb, S.Stringfield 5+1reb+1ast, L.Brodersen 4+1reb+3ast, M.Bratka 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 568132


Goettingen - Heidelberg 74-60

Goettingen used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Heidelberg 74-60. The game was mostly controlled by Goettingen. BasCats Heidelberg was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BasCats Heidelberg to just 7 points in first quarter. Trinidad and Tobago-Vincentian center Verdine Warner (196-92, college: Shaw) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Alissa Pierce (177-86) chipped in 16 points. Five Goettingen players scored in double figures. American forward Tiffany Jones (190-91, college: Seton Hall) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import Vee Young (186-89, college: Martin Methodist) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. BasCats Heidelberg's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Goettingen's next round opponent will be SV Halle Lions (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. BasCats Heidelberg will play against TSV 1880 Wasserburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Pierce 16+2reb+2ast, V.Warner 15+21reb+1ast, J.Crowder 14+3reb+1ast, M.Janning 12+3reb, C.Smith 10+7reb+1ast, V.Karambatsa 7+4reb
Heidelberg: T.Jones 15+15reb, R.Arthur 14, S.Kranzhoefer 9+8reb, V.Young 8+8reb+2ast, A.Meusel 6+1reb, M.Palenickova 3
gschID: 568131





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  GREECE  


Antoniadou re-signs at AS Aris Thessalonikis - by Chris Mammides

AS Aris Thessalonikis (A2) confirmed in their roster 22-year old power forward Maria Antoniadou (180-95). has played there for the last four seasons. Antoniadou missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
She has played previously for Kastoria.

AS Aris Thessalonikis roster for 2017-2018:

Loukia Vendoura
Maria Antoniadou
Dimitra Tsabakou
Kostanaki
Eftichia Grapsa
Eleni Sikalidou
Roxani Bountouka
Maria Vantsiouri
Efrouni Alexakou
Liana Gobejishvili
Sofia Gritzali

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AS Aris Thessalonikis add Kostanaki to their roster - by Chris Mammides

AS Aris Thessalonikis (A2) added to their roster 23-year old shooting guard Kostanaki (178-94). She played last season at Serron in the A2. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Kostanaki played at Panathlitikos. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Kostanaki won Greek A2 League Group North championship title in 2014.

AS Aris Thessalonikis roster for 2017-2018:

Loukia Vendoura
Dimitra Tsabakou
Kostanaki
Eftichia Grapsa
Eleni Sikalidou
Roxani Bountouka
Efrouni Alexakou
Liana Gobejishvili
Sofia Gritzali

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AE Pylaias land Stambi - by Chris Mammides

AE Pylaias Rodanthis (A2) landed Stambi from MGS Apollon Kalamarias.

AE Pylaias Rodanthis roster for 2017-2018:

Nikoleta Balla
Maria Lalou
Lydia Petridou
Maria Katsamouri
Stambi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Emilia Patmiou signs at Antagoras - by Chris Mammides

A2 newcomer Antagoras landed 29-year old swingman Emilia Patmiou (176-88). She played most recently at Piagos Kremastis in the B.
The previous (15-16) season Patmiou played at AS KOON Ippokratis (A1). But in 17 games she averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.1rpg.
She is a very experienced player.

Antagoras roster for 2017-2018:

Thaleia Kasapoglou
Maria Saragia
Katerina Balasa
Emilia Patmiou
Stella Kouzouka

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Antagoras ink Stella Kouzouka - by Chris Mammides

Antagoras (A2) agreed terms with Stella Kouzouka from the junior team of AS KOON Ippokratis. Kouzouka has played there for the last three years. But in two A1 games she had just 1.0ppg in 2015-16 season.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thaleia Kasapoglou agreed terms with Antagoras - by Chris Mammides

A2 newcomer Antagoras strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old former international guard Thaleia Kasapoglou (173-84). She played most recently at Piagos Kremastis in the B.
The previous (15-16) season Kasapoglou played at AS KOON Ippokratis (A1) where in 17 games she recorded 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.1apg and 2.2spg (in top 3).
Her team made it to the League Semifinals in 2014. Kasapoglou was a member of Greek Senior National Team back in 2011.
She has spent her entire career in Greece playing for four other teams: Sporting, Aris Thivas, Athinaikos and Proteas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mary Koulouri agreed terms with GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou - by Chris Mammides

GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou (A2) inked swingman Mary Koulouri (174). She played most recently at Rethymnou in the A2.
Among other achievements Koulouri was voted to Eurobasket.com All- A2 Honorable Mention in 2017.

GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eleana Pantazi
Konstantina Ouzouni
Eleni Routsi

Forwards:
Athina Mitsi
Sofia Sigala
Vassiliki Daskalopoulou
Anna-Maria Stefanou
Mary Koulouri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pantazi is back at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou - by Chris Mammides

GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou (A2) signed experienced 34-year old Cypriot guard Eleana Pantazi (177-83). It is actually her comeback to Kronos as she has played here before. Pantazi will still stay in Greece where she played last season at PAOK Thessalonikis in the A1. In 21 games she had 4.3ppg and 1.1rpg. A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Pantazi played at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou. In 16 A2 games she recorded 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pantazi won Greek A2 League Group South championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Co-Guard of the Year in 2015.
Pantazi has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (AEL Limassol and Anagennises) and Greece (Panathinaikos, Kastoria, M.Aleksandros, Aris Holargos and Paghiakos).

GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Eleana Pantazi
Konstantina Ouzouni
Eleni Routsi

Forwards:
Athina Mitsi
Sofia Sigala
Vassiliki Daskalopoulou
Anna-Maria Stefanou

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HOLLAND  


Solar-systemen Grasshoppers celebrate SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Lekdetec.nl - Solar-systemen Grasshoppers 72-77

Solar-systemen Grasshoppers celebrate SuperCup title as they beat Lekdetec.nl 77-72. Noortje Driessen (178-SG-99) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Deborah Vos (181-SF-96) had 17. Cornelia Fondren (173-G-93, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points in a loss, while Rowie Jongeling (187-C-93) netted 22.
Early in June Lekdetec.nl celebrated Eredivisie title. They came back from 1-3 deficit in the championship series to top Grasshoppers.



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  INDIA  


Ringwood Hawks Melbourne (Australia) to tour Kerala in November - by Anil Kumar


During the 125th birthday of World Basketball, Team Rebound & KBA joined hands to organise the Kerala Hoopathon wherein the game of Basketball was introduced to 12500 kids of 10-12 yr age by making them shoot 125000 points simultaneously across all districts of Kerala in 125 schools. The Kerala Hoopathon recieved tremendous response and the target surpassed with 159620 points scored. Now, Team Rebound has decided to extend the Hoopathon campaign for the sport across the entire state of Kerala with yet another new event.

Kerala State Womens Basketball team had for the 1st time in 35 years won the Womens National Basketball championship in 2016-17. Further, 3 players Jeena Scaria, Grima Merlin and Anjana.P.S were members of the winning Indian womens team at the recently concluded Level 2 Competition of the FIBA Asian Championships at Bangalore.
This has prompted Team Rebound to look at ways to help our women Basketballers with more exposure and competition at the international level.

Ringwood Hawks, Melbourne which plays in the BigV Basketball League in Australia will play 5 matches against Kerala All Star Women team at 5 cities in Kerala. During these match days, it is planned to involve all the Basketball loving schools /colleges with skill competitions in an entertainment format.

The events are being organised by Team Rebound under the auspices of the Kerala Basketball Association and approval of the Basketball Federation of India.

"It is our endeavour to organise this International Hoopathon Series as the beginning of the Roadmap for Team India to improve its standing at the Asian level" said Mohammed Iqbal , President Team Rebound.

Dates: 5-12 Nov 2017 & Venues:

Regional Sports Centre Kochi ( Nov 5)

VKK Menon Indoor Stadium Trichur ( Nov 7)

Indoor Stadium, Ktym ( Nov 9th)

Jimmy George Indoor Stadium ( Nov 11th)

VKN Menon Indoor Stadium Calicut ( Nov 12th)

According to Mr P.J.Sunny, President of the Kerala Basketball Association, " Such international matches will help the womens basketball to grow further in Kerala and KBA is extremely happy to be joining hands with Team Rebound".

This is the first time that Kerala is hosting an International Womens Basketball event and is expected to draw full capacity crowds at all venues.




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  ITALY  


Famila Wuber Schio conquer 2017 SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Lucca - Famila Wuber Schio 54-70

Famila Wuber Schio conquered 2017 SuperCup title leaving no chances for Gesam Gas Lucca. Schio team posted a 70-54 win for the first trophy in this season.
Famila Wuber Schio scored 15 points in the first and then in the second period that was enough to take a 4-point lead at the halftime. Later the winners posted 20 points in the third and the last stanzas to increase the final win to 16 points.
Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 18 points and Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) as well as Isabelle Yacoubou (190-C-86) had 12 each. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) nailed 9, whilst Marzia Tagliamento (182-F-96) poured in 8. Erika Striulli (170-G-90) answered with 15 points in a loss and Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) scored 13.



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  NORWAY  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ingrid GJERDEVIK
  Ullern
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Gjerdevik, Ullern22.0 
 2. Johansen, Asker15.0 
 3. Halvorsen, Ullern15.0 
 4. Nyegaarden, Asker14.0 
 5. Henriksen, Ullern13.0 
 6. Mellem, Asker13.0 
 7. Nesse, Hoybraten13.0 
 8. Brendesaeter, Ber.11.0 
 9. Andersen, Bergen11.0 
 10. Hanes, Bergen9.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ingrid SELVIK
  Asker
  (178-F-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Selvik, Asker15.0 
 2. Nesse, Hoybraten9.0 
 3. Hanes, Bergen8.0 
 4. Nyegaarden, Asker8.0 
 5. Davidsen, Hoybraten8.0 
 6. Kyrkjebo, Asker8.0 
 7. Andersen, Bergen8.0 
 8. Hannestad, Bergen5.0 
 9. Henriksen, Ullern5.0 
 10. Brendesaeter, Ber.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tina NESSE
  Hoybraten
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nesse, Hoybraten6.0 
 2. Skorpen, Asker4.0 
 3. Flaaten, Ullern4.0 
 4. Frey, Ullern3.0 
 5. Selvik, Asker3.0 
 6. Nyegaarden, Asker3.0 
 7. Brendesaeter, Ber.3.0 
 8. Uggen, Asker2.0 
 9. Kyrkjebo, Asker2.0 
 10. Henriksen, Ullern2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anniken FREY
  Ullern
  (165-G-0)
  Avg: 4
 1. Frey, Ullern4.0 
 2. Michael, Hoybraten4.0 
 3. Tallaksen, Bergen3.0 
 4. Uggen, Asker3.0 
 5. Ahmedi, Hoybraten3.0 
 6. Brendesaeter, Ber.3.0 
 7. Grotterud, Ullern2.0 
 8. Moe, Ullern2.0 
 9. Nyegaarden, Asker2.0 
 10. Andersen, Bergen2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ingrid HANNESTAD
  Bergen
  (174-G-99)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hannestad, Bergen2.0 
 2. Moe, Ullern2.0 
 3. Henriksen, Ullern1.0 
 4. Nyegaarden, Asker1.0 
 5. Eriksen, Hoybraten1.0 
 6. Oysted, Asker1.0 
 7. Hegerberg, Hoybr.1.0 
 8. Skorpen, Asker1.0 
 9. Kyrkjebo, Asker1.0 
 10. Blumberga, Bergen1.0 



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  PERU  


Liga de Lima Round 12: Naval is defeated by Circolo - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked Naval (4-6) and fourth ranked Circolo (4-6) on Sunday night. Naval was defeated by Circolo in a tough game at home 34-42. Circolo have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Naval. Circolo is looking forward to face league's leader Regatas in Lima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Naval will have a break next round.
Liga de Lima top team - Regatas (8-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked San Borja (1-9) in Lima 73-34. Regatas maintains first position with 8-1 record. San Borja lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Regatas will play against Circolo (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Borja will play against the league's second-placed Univer./Real Club to get more than just one victory in their record.



Naval - Circolo 34-42

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked Naval (4-6) and fourth ranked Circolo (4-6) on Sunday night. Naval was defeated by Circolo in a tough game at home 34-42. Circolo have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Naval. Circolo is looking forward to face league's leader Regatas in Lima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Naval will have a break next round.
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Regatas - San Borja 73-34

Liga de Lima top team - Regatas (8-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked San Borja (1-9) in Lima 73-34. Regatas maintains first position with 8-1 record. San Borja lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Regatas will play against Circolo (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Borja will play against the league's second-placed Univer./Real Club to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 571217



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  PORTUGAL  


AD Vagos clinch Vitor Hugo Cup - by Eurobasket News

AD Vagos - Uniao Sportiva 59-56

AD Vagos earned Vitor Hugo Cup in Portugal. In the Final game they overcame Uniao Sportiva 59-56. Uniao Sportiva grabbed a 12-11 lead with 10 minutes, while AD Vagos answered with a 16-10 rally in the second period. The latter added a 17-16 run in the third period, while Uniao Sportiva closed the game with an 18-15 rally, but could not seal the victory. Joana Canastra (174-F-94) made the free throw at the end of the game to bring the total success for her team. Joana Canastra top-scored for the winners with 14 points, whilst Ines Faustino (170-PG-92) notched 13. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) followed them with 9 points and 9 rebounds in a win. Monteiro produced 19 points in defeat, whilst Joanna Smith (173-G-95, college: Buffalo, agency: Gamble Sports Management) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds.



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  ROMANIA  


Phoenix Galati inks Alina Craciun - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 24-year old international center Alina Craciun (194-93) from CS Municipal Satu Mare. In 15 Liga Nationala games she had 4.3ppg and 2.2rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final. Quite impressive season as she was named to Romanian League All-Star Game. Craciun also played that season for Olimpia Brasov where in 21 games she recorded 5.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. It was another spectacular season as she was named to Romanian League All-Star Game. The other team Craciun played that season for was Olimpia. In 21 Liga Nationala games she averaged 5.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final. And one more great season too as she was named to Romanian League All-Star Game.
Craciun won CEWL championship title in 2015.
She has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Craciun has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2013.
She also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Craciun has played previously for ICIM Arad.
She could be described: Alina Craciun is a Romanian, 6'5" (1.94cm) that playing in position 5. In the past she was a member of Olimpia Bucuresti and the last four years she spent with Universitatea Vasile Goldis ICIM Arad. She was a constant presence of the youth Romanian National teams and right now she is a member of the senior Romanian National team. Alina is a strong center with great moves and agility inside the paint, also she is well know for her defending ability. Born in 1993, she is a very smart basketball player who can provide strength in defense and assists in offence. Alina is a team type player who puts more importance on defense, even she is a killer near the basket. In the last four years she gained a lot of experience, winning the Romanian Title in 2013 and the Romanian Cup in 2014. She is considered one of the most promising Romanian center.

CS Phoenix Galati roster for 2017-2018:

Alina Craciun
Miljana Dzombeta
Alexandra Dumitrache
Mariah King
Selena Kirberg
Carolee Dillard
Aliyah Kilpatrick
Florentina Grigoras

Coach: Eugenio Rodrigues

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


ZKK Bor win home tournament - by Eurobasket News

ZKK Bor won home tournament as they edge RMU Banovici 72-61. Jelena Jozic (164-PG-89) was the top-scorer of the tournament. Emese Vida received MVP award of the event. In the game for the third place Badel 1862 overcame UZKK 'Student'.
Earlier ZKK Bor won over ZKK Badel 1862 78-48.



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  SPAIN  


Perfumerias Avenida clinch Copa Castilla and Leon - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida - Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre 76-37

Perfumerias Avenida clinch Copa Castilla and Leon beating Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre 76-37. The favorites took a massive 29-7 lead in the start of the game and never looked behind after. They added another 24-8 surge in the second period for a comfortable 53-15 advantage at the halftime. Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre managed to produce a decent second half to match the opponents. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: ProDep Management) stepped up with 17 points, while Adaora Elonu (185-F-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: ProDep Management), Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87), D'Andra Moss (178-SG-88, college: VCU, agency: LBM Management) and Laura Gil had 10 each. Jovana Pasic (180-F-92) replied with 11 in a loss and Laura Aliaga (182-F/C-94, agency: ProDep Management) scored 9.



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  SWEDEN  

Stats Leaders - Damligan

Points Per Game
 Tayler MINGO
  Telge
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 32
 1. Mingo, Telge32.0 
 2. Wurtz, Telge18.0 
 3. Claesson, Norrk.17.0 
 4. Walton, IK Eos16.0 
 5. James, Norrkoping15.0 
 6. Hjern, Norrkoping13.0 
 7. Mosely, IK Eos13.0 
 8. Nilsson, Telge11.0 
 9. Ahlin, Telge10.0 
 10. Bartkova, IK Eos9.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taylor WURTZ
  Telge
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 14
 1. Wurtz, Telge14.0 
 2. Walton, IK Eos13.0 
 3. Mingo, Telge10.0 
 4. James, Norrkoping9.0 
 5. Jeng, Norrkoping6.0 
 6. Nilsson, Telge6.0 
 7. Mosely, IK Eos5.0 
 8. De-Leeuw, IK Eos4.0 
 9. Stern, Norrkoping4.0 
 10. Grant, Norrkoping4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tayler MINGO
  Telge
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mingo, Telge8.0 
 2. Mosely, IK Eos8.0 
 3. Stern, Norrkoping4.0 
 4. De-Leeuw, IK Eos4.0 
 5. Hjern, Norrkoping3.0 
 6. Odqvist, Mark2.0 
 7. Elias, Telge1.0 
 8. Nilsson, Telge1.0 
 9. Noaksson, IK Eos1.0 
 10. Ahlin, Telge1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lovisa HJERN
  Norrkoping
  (175-G-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hjern, Norrkoping4.0 
 2. Mosely, IK Eos3.0 
 3. Mingo, Telge3.0 
 4. Ahlin, Telge2.0 
 5. Filen-H., Telge2.0 
 6. Elias, Telge1.0 
 7. Stern, Norrkoping1.0 
 8. De-Leeuw, IK Eos1.0 
 9. Walton, IK Eos1.0 
 10. James, Norrkoping1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kajsa LUNDAHL
  IK Eos
  (181-PF-91)
  Avg: 1
 1. Lundahl, IK Eos1.0 
 2. Walton, IK Eos1.0 
 3. Gunnarsson, Mark0.0 
 4. Genell, IK Eos0.0 
 5. Stern, Norrkoping0.0 
 6. Filen-H., Telge0.0 
 7. Noaksson, IK Eos0.0 
 8. Elias, Telge0.0 
 9. Mosely, IK Eos0.0 
 10. Edren, IK Eos0.0 



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  WNBA  


Lynx rally after awful start but lose 85-84 in Game 1 of WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News

Euphoria turned into stunned silence in a heartbeat Sunday afternoon inside Williams Arena. Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) hit a jumper with 2 seconds left and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 85-84 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) scored on a fast-break layup with 6.5 seconds left to give the Lynx a one-point lead before Gray, who finished with 27 points, made her 14-foot shot to silence the roaring crowd of 11,823. 'I think all athletes dream of that moment, especially at this magnitude and at this stage,' Gray said. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday at Williams Arena. Playing in their sixth Finals in seven years, and looking for a fourth title, the Lynx trailed by 26 points in the first quarter, with the Sparks opening a 28-2 lead. Yet Minnesota kept chipping away, getting within five points midway through the third quarter. Los Angeles extended its lead to 78-66 midway through the final quarter, but Moore scored six points and Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) four in a 12-0 run to tie the score with 2:10 to play, and a deafening sound overtook The Barn. With the score tied at 79, Gray scored on a pull-up jumper with 59.7 seconds to go, Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) countered with a three-pointer for the Lynx. Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) scored on a short jumper for an 83-82 Sparks lead with 26.2 seconds left. Moore led Minnesota with 27 points, her 28th career 20-plus point playoff game. Fowles had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Augustus had 19 points. 'I know everybody is going to talk about what a great comeback it was, et cetera but that's not the world we live in,' said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve . 'That means absolutely nothing to us. It's more what we did in the early part of the game that we're focused on. That obviously was disappointing what happened.' Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) had nine points and Gray and Odyssey Sims seven each as the Sparks dominated at both ends en route to a 32-11 lead after an ugly opening 10 minutes for the home team. 'We gave ourselves a chance to win the game, but there's no question that the championship isn't going to be won with that kind of stretch that we allowed in that first quarter,' Moore said. Sims had 16 points for Los Angeles, which won its 11th straight game. Parker had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Moore had nine points and Fowles eight as the Lynx picked up their defensive intensity and countered with a 31-15 run to get within 10 points at the break. The Lynx shot 56 percent in the second quarter after a 5-for-16 effort in the first. 'Knowing that this is the playoffs how we started out was unacceptable. Just being focused and staying poised is what was the difference,' Fowles said. Minnesota lost two of three home games to the Sparks in last year's Finals: Game 1 and a heartbreaking, last-second Game 5 loss in what is often referred to as the best final series in league history. This one has a similar making. 'I don't think it really surprises anybody that's watched these two teams play over the last couple years,' said Los Angeles coach Brian Agler. 'It showed a lot of character how they put themselves back in the game and in a position to win.' 'It felt like we played two games; it was that long,' Reeve said. 'I'm sure L.A. felt that way as well.'
Courtesy of: twincities.com



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  WORLD CUP  


Tenerife to host FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 - by Eurobasket News

Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, will host the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018, the International Basketball Federation confirmed on Sunday. The Group Phase will be held across the Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin in San Cristobal de La Laguna and the Palacio Municipal de Deportes "Quico Cabrera" in Santa Cruz. The Final Phase will then take center stage in the Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin, which has a seating capacity of 5,100. The Quico Cabrera venue is set for reconstruction and once completed will be a 3,600-seater facility. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, the biggest international women's basketball competition, will bring together the 16 best teams from around the world from September 22-30, 2018. All participants are known following the conclusion of the 2017 FIBA Women's Continental Cups. Tenerife has experience of hosting high-level basketball competitions, most recently serving as the background for the Final Four of the inaugural season of the Basketball Champions League and the FIBA Intercontinental Cup. The announcement was made ahead of Sunday's FIBA Intercontinental Cup fixture between 2016-17 Basketball Champions League winners Iberostar Tenerife and 2017 DIRECTV Liga de las Americas champions Guaros de Lara. FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: "We look forward to hosting next year's FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, a region that has enjoyed great basketball growth, exposure and momentum lately. We are pleased to see the tremendous support put forward by the government to further the development of basketball in the Canary Islands as well as the strong desire of local organizers to invest in the women's game, as demonstrated by measures like the refurbishment of the Quico Cabrera facility. These initiatives are essential in order to have a lasting and effective legacy in place." Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) President Jorge Garbajosa said: "Getting to host the greatest women's basketball competition in our country is really important for us. Just like FIBA, the Spanish Basketball Federation is completely committed to growing the participation of women in sports and in our case this is tied in with our program 'Universo Mujer' which is dedicated to improving the economic benefits for the companies investing in the development of women in sports. Tenerife is a land of basketball and therefore is honored to host all of the teams and welcome all of the fans who will be travelling over for the Women's Basketball World Cup. For Spain's own fans, this will be the perfect opportunity to honor the Spanish team, the reigning European champions. We are very confident that the 2018 edition of the Women's Basketball World Cup will be the best one in FIBA's history." Joining Mr Muratore and Mr Garbajosa for this special occasion on the Road to Spain 2018 were: the Major of Lalaguna, Jose Alberto Diaz Dominguez; the President of the Canarian Basketball Federation, Manuel Gomez Padilla as well as former Spain internationals Nieves Anula, Yolanda Moline, Lidia Mirchandani, Miriam Henningsen, Maria Concepcion Barrero and Charo Borges, the first player born in the Canary Islands to have represented the Spanish national team.
Courtesy of: fiba.basketball