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  ABA LEAGUE  



Partizan welcomes back Salic - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) tabbed 22-year old center Djoko Salic (213-95). It is actually his comeback to Partizan as he has played here before. The last season Salic played at Sutjeska in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 15 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He also played 13 games in Balkan League where he had 14.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
Salic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Salic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg.
Salic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Spars Sarajevo).

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Djoko Salic
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski
Dimitrije Nikolic

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Serbia



Dimitrije Nikolic (ex Canarias Bball Ac.) signs at Partizan - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed 20-year old Serbian center Dimitrije Nikolic (206-97). The last time (14-15) he played at the junior team of Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish 1 Div..

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski
Dimitrije Nikolic

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Serbia



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  ALBANIA  


Phil Hawkins (ex Pelister Bitola) agreed terms with SK Tirana - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) inked 27-year old American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-91kg-90, college: Texas State at San Marcos). He played most recently at Pelister Bitola in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 4.2apg last season.
Hawkins received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Hawkins played at Bastia Umbra (Serie C Silver) in Italian league.
His team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
He has played also professionally in ABA (Baltimore Hawks).
Hawkins attended Texas State at San Marcos until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Sport Klub Tirana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jalil Abdul-Bassit
Phil Hawkins

Forwards:
Gerti Shima
Balsa Krivokapic

Center:
Endrit Hysenagolli

Coach: Nikola Milatovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Albania



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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Osijek defeat Brno for opening win - by Eurobasket News

Osijek - Brno 90:84

Vrijednosnice Osijek earned the first win in the Alpe Adria Cup season. They beat Mmcite Brno in Group C. Jimmie Taylor (193-G-94, college: Rider) nailed 27 points to lead the winners.
Osijek claimed a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. The Croatian team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Osijek accumulated a 45:41 halftime lead. They boosted the gap in the third term. Osijek posted a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Brno could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Jakov Sarac (182-PG-96) had 18 points, while Bruno Markulin (194-SF-92) and Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington) added 12 points each for Osijek. Brian Sullivan (183-PG-93, college: Davidson) answered with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Brno. Jan Tomanec (205-C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 21 points in the loss.



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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. Goldwire, Regat.25.0 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.25.0 
 4. Espinoza, Salta B.25.0 
 5. Fjellerup, Weber B.25.0 
 6. Davis, Instituto23.5 
 7. Johnson, GECR I.23.0 
 8. Swann, Comunica.23.0 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.22.0 
 10. Tucker, San Lorenzo21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Glenn, Penarol14.5 
 2. Francis, Quimsa14.0 
 3. Fierro, Boca Jrs14.0 
 4. Famous, GECR I.13.0 
 5. Williams, Olimpico.13.0 
 6. Clancy, Instituto12.5 
 7. Wood, San M.10.5 
 8. Espinoza, Salta B.10.0 
 9. Gadson, Quimsa10.0 
 10. Crawford, La Union10.0 
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. Ciorciari, Hispano .8.0 
 5. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.0 
 6. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.0 
 7. Sims, Atenas6.0 
 8. Konsztadt, La Union6.0 
 9. Whelan, Instituto5.5 
 10. Kemp, Obras Basket5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik THOMAS
  Regatas C.
  (196-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thomas, Regatas C.4.0 
 2. Swann, Comunica.4.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.3.5 
 4. Ciorciari, Hispano .3.0 
 5. Fjellerup, Weber B.3.0 
 6. Espinoza, Salta B.3.0 
 7. Tabarez, Hispano .3.0 
 8. Goldenberg, Salta B.3.0 
 9. Garcia, Argentino2.5 
 10. Clancy, Instituto2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Torin FRANCIS
  Quimsa
  (210-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Francis, Quimsa3.0 
 2. Acuna, Quimsa3.0 
 3. Giorgetti, GECR I.2.0 
 4. Kemp, Obras Basket2.0 
 5. Williams, Olimpico.2.0 
 6. Kent, Argentino2.0 
 7. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 8. Crawford, La Union1.5 
 9. Swann, Comunica.1.0 
 10. Famous, GECR I.1.0 


Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata lands Brandon Nazione, ex Bayer Giants - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (TNA) landed 23-year old American forward Brandon Nazione (202-101kg-94, college: E.Michigan). He played most recently at Bayer Giants in German ProB. In 25 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.3apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Nazione won NJCAA D2 Region XI championship title in 2014. He received also All-NJCAA D2 Region XI 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Nazione graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leonardo La_Bella
Esteban Rusconi
Juan Lancieri

Forwards:
Matias Sesto
Matias Rodriguez
Brandon Nazione

Centers:
Lisandro Villa
Rafael Rosende

Coach: Cesar Adriani

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Donovan Johnson-Marshall (ex Olimpia) agreed terms with AB Ancud - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud (Liga Nacional) inked 25-year old Argentinian forward Donovan Johnson-Marshall (201-94kg-92, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: DTMones). He played in the summer at Olimpia in Paraguayan Metropolitan League. Johnson-Marshall helped them to win the league title. The last season he played at Comunicaciones in Argentinian TNA where in 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015-16 season.
Johnson-Marshall has played previously professionally in Chile (Puente Alto) and Argentina (Obera Tennis Club).
He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Chile



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

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael SINGLETARY
  USA
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Singletary, Mono V.27.3 
 2. Alshabebi, Ahli S.26.3 
 3. Adams, Xinjiang FT24.3 
 4. Ravena, Pilipinas23.3 
 5. Douby, Al Riyadi20.7 
 6. Warren, Petrochimi20.7 
 7. OBrien, Seraeyett19.3 
 8. Austin, Pilipinas19.0 
 9. Carter, Astana19.0 
 10. Salem, Ahli Shabab16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 15
 1. Austin, Pilipinas15.0 
 2. Alshabebi, Ahli S.12.3 
 3. OBrien, Seraeyett11.8 
 4. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers9.8 
 5. Mirzaei, Petrochimi9.7 
 6. Singletary, Mono V.9.0 
 7. Daniels, Al Riyadi9.0 
 8. Yadwinder, ONGC8.7 
 9. Anoop, ONGC8.3 
 10. Tabet, Al Riyadi8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jason BRICKMAN
  PHI
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Brickman, Mono V.8.3 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi7.0 
 3. Arakji, Al Riyadi7.0 
 4. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.0 
 5. Muhtar, Xinjiang.5.0 
 6. Revilla, Pilipinas4.7 
 7. Wang, Xinjiang FT4.0 
 8. Warren, Petrochimi4.0 
 9. Ravena, Pilipinas4.0 
 10. Singletary, Mono V.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Darius ADAMS
  USA
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Adams, Xinjiang FT4.0 
 2. Douby, Al Riyadi4.0 
 3. Arakji, Al Riyadi3.7 
 4. Brickman, Mono V.3.0 
 5. Davarpanah, Petro.2.7 
 6. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.7 
 7. Abdel-Nour, Al Ri.2.7 
 8. Muhtar, Xinjiang.2.7 
 9. Kazemi, Petrochimi2.3 
 10. Alshabebi, Ahli S.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Austin, Pilipinas4.0 
 2. Abudurexiti, Xinjiang.2.0 
 3. Carter, Astana1.7 
 4. OBrien, Seraeyett1.5 
 5. Tabet, Al Riyadi1.3 
 6. Alshabebi, Ahli S.1.3 
 7. Saoud, Al Riyadi1.0 
 8. Begic, Petrochimi1.0 
 9. Daniels, Al Riyadi1.0 
 10. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers1.0 


Overview of Day 4 in Chenzhou - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Petrochimi - Mono Vampire 111-60
Petrochimi overcame Mono Vampire to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Willie Warren (193-PG-89, college: Oklahoma) posted 20 points and issued 7 assists for the Iranian powerhouse. Petrochimi claimed a 47:37 halftime lead. Petrochimi unleashed 64 points in the second half to cruise to the win. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91) and Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) tossed in 16 points each for the Iranian side. Michael Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) replied with 12 points for Mono Vampire.

Astana - Seraeyett 69-51
Astana outscored Seraeyett for the second win in Group A. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) posted 23 points to lead the Kazakh champions. Astana used a 23:9 run in the second period to open an 18-point halftime lead. Astana extended the lead at 22-point mark and never looked back en route to the victory. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94, college: Iowa) and Anatoly Kolesnikov (201-G/F-88, college: Nicholls St.) had 9 points each for the winners. Todd O'Brien (211-C-89, college: UAB) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Seraeyett.

Group B
Ahli Shabab - Dacin Tigers 75-93
Dacin Tigers fired past Al Ahli en route to the second win at the tournament. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) accounted for 22 points to pace the Taiwanese team. Al Ahli enjoyed a 14:13 lead ten minutes into the game. But Dacin Tigers sank 27 points in the second period to snatch a 40:37 halftime advantage. They added 53 points in the second half to coast to the victory. Wang Tzu-Kang (183-G-93) delivered 20 points in the win. Qais Alshabebi (200-C-91) tossed in 37 points and collected 22 rebounds for Al Ahli.

Al Riyadi - ONGC 127-51
Al Riyadi stayed perfect in Chenzhou. They coasted past ONGC for the third straight win. Quincy Douby (190-G-84, college: Rutgers) nailed 22 points to lead the effort. Riyadi piled up a 72:24 halftime lead. They added 55 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Amir Saoud (186-G-91) delivered 21 points for Riaydi. Mukkanniyil Anoop (198-F/C-86) had 13 points and 10 rebounds for ONGC.




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  AUSTRALIA  


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



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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)



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  BELGIUM  

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 


Top Division I Round 4: Soba keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Top Division I and who belongs to weaker ones.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Soba as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Soba defeated bottom-ranked Giants B in Antwerpen 82-72. Giants B was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-10 charge of Soba, which allowed them to win the game. Soba outrebounded Giants B 34-19 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Lenny Coppens (195-99) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Giants B's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Waregem. Giants B at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Royal Brussels. Giants B will play next round against Houthalen trying to get back on the winning streak. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Neufchateau on the road.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Ninane (2-2) against eighth ranked Oxaco (2-1) on Friday night. Host Ninane was defeated by Oxaco in a tough game in Ninane 82-90. The winners were led by Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Maarten Van-Gelder supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Oxaco's coach Raf Vervoort allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points by Romain Fassotte (190-91) did not help to save the game for Ninane. Oxaco moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gembo BBC. Ninane at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Melsele and Neufchateau. Oxaco will play against Melsele (#8) at home in the next round. Ninane will play against Spirou B in Charleroi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Houthalen (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Spirou B (3-1) 109-78 on Friday evening. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz fired 25 points for the winners. Bart Maesen produced 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou B moved-up to third place. Loser Houthalen still closes the standings with four games lost. Spirou B will meet at home Ninane (#7) in the next round. Houthalen will play against Giants B (#12) in Antwerp and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 4: Gembo BBC won against Gistel Oostende on the opponent's court 92-80. Gent Hawks lost to undefeated Waregem in a home game 84-91. Neufchateau managed to beat Melsele on the road 82-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 14 rebounds by Servaas Buysschaert of Gistel Oostende.

Soba - Giants B 82-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Soba as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Soba defeated bottom-ranked Giants B in Antwerpen 82-72. Giants B was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-10 charge of Soba, which allowed them to win the game. Soba outrebounded Giants B 34-19 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Lenny Coppens (195-99) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and center Roby Rogiers (206-97, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points. Giants B's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soba have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Waregem. Giants B at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Royal Brussels. Giants B will play next round against Houthalen trying to get back on the winning streak. Soba will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Neufchateau on the road.
Top scorers:
Soba: A.Goetgeluck 20+3reb+2ast, M.Gorremans 19+14reb+1ast, R.Haerbos 9+1reb, J.Balanga 8+4reb, K.van Kempen 8+5reb+3ast, L.Anthonis 6+2reb
Giants B: L.Coppens 19+5reb+2ast, R.Rogiers 18+4reb, T.Vervoort 13+3reb+1ast, V.Peeters 6+3reb, K.Van Den Langenbergh 6, V.Gielen 4
gschID: 568716


Gistel Oostende - Gembo BBC 80-92

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Gembo BBC and 9th ranked Gistel Oostende had identical 1-1 record. But Gistel Oostende was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Borgerhout 92-80 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Gembo BBC. Gistel Oostende managed to win third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gembo BBC dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Gistel Oostende's 30 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Gembo BBC had a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) fired 18 points for the winners. Jens Bouckaert (-91) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Gembo BBC's coach Glenn De Boeck used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Servaas Buysschaert (204-99, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and point guard Sacha De-Vreught (180-0) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gembo BBC (2-1) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oxaco. Loser Gistel Oostende keeps the ninth position with two games lost. They share it with Ieper. Gembo BBC will meet at home Royal Brussels (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gistel Oostende will play against the league's second-placed Waregem (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: P.Peeters 18+3reb+2ast, J.Bouckaert 12+8reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 12+4reb+1ast, P.Van Rillaer 11+4reb, A.Vermeersch 10+3reb, B.Iliaens 9+5reb
Gistel Oostende: S.Buysschaert 25+14reb+3ast, L.Kotrulja 14+3reb+1ast, S.Buysse 11+4reb+4ast, T.Vanderhaegen 10+1reb, S.De Vreught 9+6reb+9ast, E.Fundi 6
gschID: 568717


Gent Hawks - Waregem 84-91

Very predictable result when top-ranked Waregem (4-0) defeated on the road 9th ranked Gent Hawks (1-3) 91-84 on Saturday. Waregem made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Gent Hawks outrebounded Waregem 26-12 including a 20-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) fired 22 points for the winners. Power forward Aaron Van-Vooren (200-94) chipped in 18 points. Power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds and forward Gregory De-Pooter (197-84) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Waregem and four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Waregem have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Soba. Gent Hawks lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. Waregem will meet at home Gistel Oostende (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gent Hawks will play against Ieper and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waregem: B.Guillemyn 22+1reb+2ast, A.Van Vooren 18+3reb+2ast, A.Steinbach 15+3reb+3ast, B.Willy Samaey 14+1reb, S.Naudts 11+2reb+2ast, D.D'Haens 8+2reb+1ast
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 27+7reb+2ast, G.De Pooter 18+3reb+4ast, J.Vermoessen 17+4reb+3ast, M.Verspeeten 13+2reb+2ast, S.Gesquiere 4+2reb+2ast, R.Van den Berghe 4+5reb
gschID: 568714


Melsele - Neufchateau 71-82

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Melsele (2-2) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Neufchateau (2-2) 82-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 30-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Melsele outrebounded Neufchateau 45-21 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Alexis Pierre (178-92) fired 16 points and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Center Arnaud Piette (206-86) chipped in 16 points. Four Neufchateau players scored in double figures. Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Ivan Perez (185-90) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Neufchateau moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melsele and Ninane. Neufchateau will meet at home league's leader Soba in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Melsele will play against Oxaco (#5) in Boechout and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neufchateau: G.Hulsen 16+5reb, A.Piette 16+4reb+1ast, A.Pierre 16+4reb+2ast, A.Billot 12, S.Chapelle 8+4reb, T.Boxus 7+1reb+3ast
Melsele: I.Perez 22+1reb+3ast, Y.Schoepen 16+9reb, P.Hilliman 13+12reb+2ast, N.Dhooge 6+5reb, D.Van den Brande 6+3reb+6ast, T.Lamot 4+4reb
gschID: 568715


Ninane - Oxaco 82-90

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Ninane (2-2) against eighth ranked Oxaco (2-1) on Friday night. Host Ninane was defeated by Oxaco in a tough game in Ninane 82-90. Oxaco made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Oxaco outrebounded Ninane 46-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and forward Maarten Van-Gelder (194-83) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Oxaco players scored in double figures. Oxaco's coach Raf Vervoort allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points by Romain Fassotte (190-91) did not help to save the game for Ninane. Point guard Raphael Allemand (185-93) added 16 points and 4 assists for lost side. Oxaco moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gembo BBC. Ninane at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Melsele and Neufchateau. Oxaco will play against Melsele (#8) at home in the next round. Ninane will play against Spirou B in Charleroi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: S.Van Hoey 19+12reb+3ast, M.Van Gelder 16+8reb+1ast, C.Pegg 15+3reb+2ast, B.Van de Broek 15+8reb+2ast, N.Celis 11+5reb+6ast, G.Nau 10+1reb
Ninane: R.Fassotte 19+3reb+3ast, R.Allemand 16+4reb+4ast, X.Collette 15+4reb+1ast, J.Kaluanga 10+3reb, R.Nicaise 8+9reb+1ast, S.Maio 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 568712


Spirou B - Houthalen 109-78

Bottom-ranked Houthalen (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Spirou B (3-1) 109-78 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Spirou B led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Houthalen's 40. Spirou B forced 22 Houthalen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Houthalen's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spirou B made 7 blocks. Naturalized Cuban point guard Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-97) fired 25 points for the winners. Forward Sami Demirtas (190-96) chipped in 19 points. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) produced 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) added 19 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou B moved-up to third place. Loser Houthalen still closes the standings with four games lost. Spirou B will meet at home Ninane (#7) in the next round. Houthalen will play against Giants B (#12) in Antwerp and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Spirou B: S.Casero-Ortiz 25+1reb, S.Demirtas 19+4reb+2ast, C.Goffin 9+5reb+1ast, R.Benzouien 9+2reb+6ast, H.Delalic 8+1ast, W.Robeyns 7+1reb+5ast
Houthalen: B.Maesen 25+6reb+4ast, C.Koonings 19+2reb, V.Jatulevicius 13+1reb+2ast, D.Clemente 6+4reb, G.Deferm 4+2reb, T.Ceyssens 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 568713





Euromillions League Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Euromillions League just started.

Okapi Aalstar defeated Liege Basket at home 88-80. Okapi Aalstar dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Liege Basket's 30. They outrebounded Liege Basket 34-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Okapi Aalstar looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Bill Amis (206-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian swingman Jakob Cebasek (200-91) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Liege Basket. Liege Basket will play next round against Belfius Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Okapi Aalstar will try to continue on its current victory against Limburg United on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Belfius Mons-Hainaut (0-1) in Jemappes. Hosts were defeated by Oostende (1-0) 85-74. International forward Jean-Marc Mwema (195-89, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Chase Fieler chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Matt Tiby (203-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Oostende will play against Leuven Bears (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Liege Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also home loss of Leuven Bears in a game versus undefeated Kangoeroes 85-76. Kenyon McNeaill nailed 24 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Evaldas Zabas came up with 17 points for Leuven Bears in the defeat. Leuven Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kangoeroes will meet at home Basic-Fit Brussels (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leuven Bears will play against Oostende and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Brussels. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Basic-Fit Brussels (0-1) to Spirou Charleroi (1-0) 66-65 on Saturday evening. American players dominated the game. Scott Thomas fired 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi's next round opponent will be Antwerp Giants (#5) at home. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and hope to win that game.

Mons-Hainaut - Oostende 74-85

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Belfius Mons-Hainaut (0-1) in Jemappes. Hosts were defeated by Oostende (1-0) 85-74. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. International forward Jean-Marc Mwema (195-89, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Oostende players scored in double figures. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Matt Tiby (203-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) scored 23 points and 4 assists. Oostende will play against Leuven Bears (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Liege Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 23+1reb+4ast, M.Tiby 15+12reb+2ast, I.Lasisi 11+6ast, G.Green 8+7reb+1ast, X.Francois 8+3reb, J.Reddic 6+4reb
Oostende: J.Mwema 14+9reb, J.Salumu 14+1reb+2ast, C.Fieler 11+8reb+2ast, T.Jekiri 11+7reb+2ast, V.Kesteloot 9+3reb, E.Lasisi 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 568515


Brussels - Spirou 65-66

A very interesting game took place in Brussels. It ended with only one-point home defeat of Basic-Fit Brussels (0-1) to Spirou Charleroi (1-0) 66-65 on Saturday evening. Spirou Charleroi players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American players dominated the game. Scott Thomas (198-89, college: Bowling Green) fired 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard K.T. Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi's next round opponent will be Antwerp Giants (#5) at home. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brussels: A.Lichodzijewski 13+1reb+1ast, K.Harrell 10+6reb+2ast, G.Muya 10+4ast, D.Loubry 9+4ast, J.Simmons 7+9reb+1ast, M.Depuydt 5
Spirou: J.Gibbs 16+1reb+2ast, S.Thomas 13+7reb+5ast, S.Tuttle 12+5reb+7ast, M.Fusek 8+4reb+1ast, A.Gorgemans 6+8reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 568516


Aalstar - Liege 88-80

Okapi Aalstar defeated Liege Basket at home 88-80. Okapi Aalstar dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Liege Basket's 30. They outrebounded Liege Basket 34-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Okapi Aalstar looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Bill Amis (206-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian swingman Jakob Cebasek (200-91) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81) added 18 points in the effort for Liege Basket. Five Okapi Aalstar and four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Liege Basket will play next round against Belfius Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Okapi Aalstar will try to continue on its current victory against Limburg United on the road.
Top scorers:
Liege: M.Bojovic 18+3reb+1ast, D.Harris 14+3reb, J.Cebasek 13+7reb+3ast, T.Larson 11+3reb+7ast, B.Penninck 9+1ast, T.Deroover 8+2reb+2ast
Aalstar: J.Tofi 16+7reb+1ast, O.Troisfontaines 16+2reb+5ast, B.Amis 12+11reb+4ast, A.Chrabascz 11+4reb+1ast, W.Channels 11+5reb+5ast, V.Taylor 8+2ast
gschID: 568517


Leuven - Kangoeroes 76-85

An interesting game was also home loss of Leuven Bears in a game versus undefeated Kangoeroes 85-76. American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) nailed 24 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American-Jamaican guard T.J. Sapp (190-92, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) accounted for 15 points and 4 assists. Canadian-Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) came up with 17 points and American swingman Sanjay Lumpkin (198-94, college: Northwestern) added 14 points respectively for Leuven Bears in the defeat. Four Kangoeroes and five Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kangoeroes will meet at home Basic-Fit Brussels (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leuven Bears will play against Oostende and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Leuven: E.Zabas 17+2reb+2ast, S.Lumpkin 14+3reb+3ast, J.van Zegeren 12+6reb+2ast, A.Lambot 11+6reb+3ast, M.Gaudoux 10+3reb+2ast, R.Camphor 8+2reb+4ast
Kangoeroes: K.McNeaill 24+2reb+4ast, P.Badji 16+7reb, T.Sapp 15+4reb+4ast, K.Cheatham Jr. 13+10reb, I.Vranes 7+3reb, N.El Khounchar 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 568514





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Bermuda Elite City Basketball League Round Up - by Eurobasket News

The 2017/18 Bermuda Basketball Elite City League resumed inside the Somersfield Academy Gymnasium with a double header that produced 228 points scored. Game 1 saw the Lions defeated the Marksmen by a score of 70-54. Kariim O'Connor led the Lions with a game high 25 points, while Dean Jones scored 21 points for the Marksmen. The Warriors defeat the Renegades 65-39 in Game 2. The Warriors got a game high 17 points from Jonique Hogan, while Jermayne Dears scored 9 points for the Renegades.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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Darious Moten (ex La Salle Tarija) signs at Espoo United - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Espoo United (Korisliiga) landed 25-year old American forward Darious Moten (199-96kg-92, college: Mercer). He played in the summer at La Salle Tarija in Bolivian Libobasquet. The last season Moten played at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen where in 33 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Moten received also All-SoCon 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Moten graduated from Mercer University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Espoo United roster for 2017-2018:

Jeb Ivey
Samuel Haanpaa
Lauri Toivonen
Jouko Jarvinen
Ville Wuorenjuuri
Tuomas Ebeling
Darious Moten
Okko Jarvi
Omar Calhoun
Topi Halme
Lauri Hattula
Filemon Halmesmaki

Coach: Ville Neva

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 


Paulista Round 8: #1 Vivo/Franca is defeated by Mogi - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Vivo/Franca (10-2) in Mogi das Cruzes on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Mogi (9-3) 85-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Mogi forced 22 Vivo/Franca turnovers. Strangely Vivo/Franca outrebounded Mogi 40-28 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Vivo/Franca helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) who added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mogi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Franca. Vivo/Franca at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Mogi are looking forward to face Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home in the next round. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#3) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Paulista top team - Vivo/Franca (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-7) in Sao Paulo 89-71. The winners were led by Pedro Lima (191-87) who scored that evening 20 points and 4 assists and Henrique Coelho supported him with 12 points and 7 assists. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 15 points and 4 assists by American point guard Dontrell Brite (175, college: Mount Olive) did not help to save the game for Liga Sorocaba. Vivo/Franca have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Liga Sorocaba lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#3) in Sao Paolo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Liga Sorocaba will play at home against Paulistano and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bauru was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Paulistano (7-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-6). Paulistano managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. The best player for the winners was Yago Dos-Santos who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Kendall Anthony produced 24 points for the hosts. Paulistano moved-up to third place. Loser Paschoalotto/Bauru keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Paulistano will meet Liga Sorocaba (#6) in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against the league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rio Preto supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Mogi (9-3) played at the court of 7th ranked America (3-9). Mogi smashed America 92-62. Wesley Sena orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mogi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Franca. America lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Mogi's next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home. America will play against Liga Sorocaba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 bottom-ranked Osasco B. lost to America on the opponent's court 66-75. Pinheiros outscored Osasco B. in a home game 83-62.

Mogi - Franca 85-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Vivo/Franca (10-2) in Mogi das Cruzes on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Mogi (9-3) 85-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Mogi forced 22 Vivo/Franca turnovers. Strangely Vivo/Franca outrebounded Mogi 40-28 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Vivo/Franca helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) who added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Mogi and four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Mogi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Franca. Vivo/Franca at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Mogi are looking forward to face Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home in the next round. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#3) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 22+3reb+3ast, T.Curnell 16+6reb+5ast, C.Silveira 13+6reb, J.Oliveira 12+4reb+1ast, L.Taylor 11+3reb+3ast, W.Sena 8+4reb+1ast
Franca: J.Andrade 18+10reb, L.Meindl 14+8reb+2ast, P.Lima 12+1reb+3ast, A.Borges 11+4reb+8ast, L.Felipe Gruber 10+3reb+1ast, R.de Souza 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 558400


Bauru - Paulistano 73-79

The game in Bauru was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Paulistano (7-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (6-6). Paulistano managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-73. Paulistano made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Yago Dos-Santos (178-99) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 11 points. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) produced 24 points and swingman Gabriel Galvanini (203-98) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Paulistano moved-up to third place. Loser Paschoalotto/Bauru keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Paulistano will meet Liga Sorocaba (#6) in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against the league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: Y.Dos Santos 22+5reb+2ast, G.Hubner 11+4reb, K.Fuller 11+4reb+1ast, L.Dias Silva 9+5reb+2ast, J.Luz dos Santos 7+1ast, E.Sommer 6+5reb
Bauru: K.Anthony 24+3reb+2ast, G.Galvanini 13+9reb+2ast, R.Lenz 13+5reb+1ast, R.Hettsheimer 11+6reb+2ast, A.Garcia 6+8reb+3ast, G.Santos 4+1reb
gschID: 558398


America - Osasco B. 75-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Osasco B.'s (1-11) road loss to seventh ranked America (3-9) 66-75. Osasco B. was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 47-37 second half run of America. They also forced 19 Osasco B. turnovers. American point guard Darnell Artis (175, college: Gwynedd-Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 assists. Center Ygor Viana (208-86) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. America's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Osasco B.America maintains seventh position with 3-9 record. Osasco B. lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. America's next round opponent will be higher ranked Liga Sorocaba (#6) in Sorocabana and it may be quite challenging game. Osasco B. will play at home against the league's leader Vivo/Franca and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
America: D.Artis 16+2reb+6ast, Y.Viana 14+9reb, J.Knight 11+2reb+3ast, W.Pessoa 9+5reb+1ast, L.Rosa 7+5reb+3ast, L.Rubens 7+1reb
Osasco B.: W.Drudi 14+9reb+3ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 12+1reb, V.Oliveira 10+11reb+2ast, B.Felipe Viana 9+4reb+1ast, I.Avelino 6+6reb+2ast, L.Fernandes 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 558399


America - Mogi 62-92

The game in Rio Preto supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Mogi (9-3) played at the court of 7th ranked America (3-9). Mogi smashed America 92-62. They made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while America only scored seven points from the stripe. Mogi forced 20 America turnovers and had a 31-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by America helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. Center Ygor Viana (208-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Gabriel Andrade (185-93, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 10 points and 7 steals in the effort for America. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mogi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Franca. America lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Mogi's next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home. America will play against Liga Sorocaba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 21+4reb+3ast, W.Sena 16+12reb+1ast, J.Oliveira 16+7reb+1ast, G.Filipin 10+4reb, R.Da Silva 8+3reb+1ast, P.Vieira 6+4reb+1ast
America: Y.Viana 17+11reb+3ast, G.Andrade 10+4reb+1ast, D.Artis 8+1reb+1ast, W.Pessoa 6+1reb+1ast, J.Knight 6+2reb+1ast, K.Torres 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558397


Pinheiros - Osasco B. 83-62

Rather predictable result in Sao Paolo where fourth ranked Pinheiros (7-5) smashed bottom-ranked Osasco B. (1-11) 83-62. Osasco B. was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 31-8 charge of Pinheiros, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 25 Osasco B. turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Osasco B. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The former international forward Marcus-Vinicius Toledo (201-86) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Osasco B.Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Pinheiros maintains fourth position with 7-5 record. Osasco B. lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) at home. Osasco B. will play against the league's leader Vivo/Franca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 21+2reb+3ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 15+9reb+2ast, A.Bernardi 14+5reb+1ast, R.Ansaloni 13+7reb, C.Bennett 9+3reb+7ast, V.Pinto 4+1ast
Osasco B.: V.Oliveira 14+5reb+1ast, W.Drudi 14+10reb, L.Paulo Dos Santos 9+2reb+1ast, L.Fernandes 6+2reb+5ast, A.Ferros 5+1reb, R.Italo 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 558395


Franca - L.Sorocaba 89-71

Paulista top team - Vivo/Franca (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-7) in Sao Paulo 89-71. It looked good early as Liga Sorocaba took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vivo/Franca had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead and Liga Sorocaba was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-89. Vivo/Franca players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Liga Sorocaba's players. The winners were led by Pedro Lima (191-87) who scored that evening 20 points and 4 assists and international point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) supported him with 12 points and 7 assists. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 15 points and 4 assists by American point guard Dontrell Brite (175, college: Mount Olive) did not help to save the game for Liga Sorocaba. Forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Four Vivo/Franca and five Liga Sorocaba players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Liga Sorocaba lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#3) in Sao Paolo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Liga Sorocaba will play at home against Paulistano and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Franca: P.Lima 20+1reb+4ast, H.Coelho 12+1reb+7ast, L.Cipolini 11+6reb+1ast, L.Felipe Gruber 11+4reb+4ast, A.Ferreira 10+1reb+3ast, J.Pedro Demetrio 8
L.Sorocaba: A.Cook 16+2reb+1ast, D.Brite 15+4reb+4ast, C.Araujo 13+8reb, L.Moraes 12+7reb, R.Rodrigues 10+8reb, C.Gradnigo 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 558396





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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Caxias do Sul signs Alexandre de Souza - by Paulo Freire

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches (NBB) signed 25-year old small forward Alexandre de Souza (202-94kg-92). He played last summer at Paysandu in the NLB Northern Div.. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com Brazilian League All-Defensive Team. The last season de Souza played at Liga Sorocaba where in 28 NBB games he had 8.1ppg and 7.7rpg (#3 in the league). Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com Brazilian League All-Defensive Team.
de Souza has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He won Carioca League championship title in 2012.
de Souza has played previously for four other teams: Flamengo, Pinheiros, Osasco Basquete and SKY/Basquete.

Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Caue Freitas
Caue_Borges dos_Santos
Fernando Buboltz

Forwards:
Alex Oliveira
Dida Bellato
Alexandre de_Souza

Centers:
Marcao Vinicius
Jonathan Muller

Coach: Rodrigo Barbosa

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Cherno More welcomes back Bocka - by Eurobasket News

Cherno More Ticha (NBL) tabbed experienced 35-year old Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82). It is actually his comeback to Cherno More as he has played here before. Bocka played most recently at Mladost in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 8 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.4apg and 2.6spg last season. Bocka also played that season for Gradjanski (also in Division I) where in 10 games he had 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Bocka won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Bocka has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Montenegro (Teodo Tivat), Romania, Serbia (Zdravlje, KK Vojvodina Novi Sad II, Vrsac and Crnokosa), Bulgaria (Yambol) and Bosnia (Igokea and KK HEO Bileca).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Cherno More.

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Isiah Umipig (ex KW Titans) is a newcomer at Academic Plovdiv - by BGbasket

Academic Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) strengthened their roster with the addition of 25-year old American point guard Isiah Umipig (183-88kg-92, college: Seattle). Last season he played at KW Titans in the Canadian NBL. In 16 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.6apg and 1.1spg. Umipig also played that season for Mayrouba in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in three games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. He also spent the pre-season in Belgium at Limburg United.

Last year (a year after he graduated from college) Umipig was drafted by the Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the third round (46th overall).

The former Seattle University standoutis in his third season of pro basketball.
The list of his college achievements is quite long, as among others he played in the final of the WAC Tournament in 2015. Umipig was also voted All-WAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.

He also played professionally in Slovakia, in his first professional season back in 2015-16, for MBK Rieker Komarno and Iskra Svit.

On Academic's roster, Umipig replaces Rob Davis, who parted ways with the club on a mutual agreement.

Academic Bultex 99 Plovdiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasil Bachev
Isiah Umipig
Shakir Smith
Adriyan Sekulov

Forwards:
Vasil Mihaylov
Martin Durchev

Center:
Maodo Nguirane

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Isiah Umipig (ex KW Titans) is a newcomer at Academic Plovdiv - by BGbasket

Academic Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) strengthened their roster with the addition of 25-year old American point guard Isiah Umipig (183-88kg-92, college: Seattle). Last season he played at KW Titans in the Canadian NBL. In 16 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.6apg and 1.1spg. Umipig also played that season for Mayrouba in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL where in three games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. He also spent the pre-season in Belgium at Limburg United.

Last year (a year after he graduated from college) Umipig was drafted by the Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the third round (46th overall).

The former Seattle University standoutis in his third season of pro basketball.
The list of his college achievements is quite long, as among others he played in the final of the WAC Tournament in 2015. Umipig was also voted All-WAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.

He also played professionally in Slovakia, in his first professional season back in 2015-16, for MBK Rieker Komarno and Iskra Svit.

On Academic's roster, Umipig replaces Rob Davis, who parted ways with the club on a mutual agreement.

Academic Bultex 99 Plovdiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasil Bachev
Isiah Umipig
Shakir Smith
Adriyan Sekulov

Forwards:
Vasil Mihaylov
Martin Durchev

Center:
Maodo Nguirane

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Donovan Johnson-Marshall (ex Olimpia) agreed terms with AB Ancud - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud (Liga Nacional) inked 25-year old Argentinian forward Donovan Johnson-Marshall (201-94kg-92, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: DTMones). He played in the summer at Olimpia in Paraguayan Metropolitan League. Johnson-Marshall helped them to win the league title. The last season he played at Comunicaciones in Argentinian TNA where in 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 2015-16 season.
Johnson-Marshall has played previously professionally in Chile (Puente Alto) and Argentina (Obera Tennis Club).
He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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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



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Osijek defeat Brno for opening win - by Eurobasket News

Osijek - Brno 90:84

Vrijednosnice Osijek earned the first win in the Alpe Adria Cup season. They beat Mmcite Brno in Group C. Jimmie Taylor (193-G-94, college: Rider) nailed 27 points to lead the winners.
Osijek claimed a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. The Croatian team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Osijek accumulated a 45:41 halftime lead. They boosted the gap in the third term. Osijek posted a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Brno could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Jakov Sarac (182-PG-96) had 18 points, while Bruno Markulin (194-SF-92) and Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington) added 12 points each for Osijek. Brian Sullivan (183-PG-93, college: Davidson) answered with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Brno. Jan Tomanec (205-C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 21 points in the loss.



Khimki finish Zadar tournament on winning note - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Khimki 58:72

Khimki wrapped up their Zadar international tournament campaign with victory. They upset Zadar in the game for the fifth position. James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) nailed 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Russian team.
Khimki held the hosts to just 9 points in the second term to open a 35:26 halftime lead. Khimki followed with an 18:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) notched 15 points, while Egor Vyaltsev (193-PG-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points in the win. Luka Bozic (201-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 17 points for Zadar. Lovre Basic (190-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) provided 14 points in the defeat.



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Ronald Ross (ex Keravnos) is a newcomer at Trikalla - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) added to their roster experienced 34-year old American point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech). He played last season at Keravnos in Cypriot Division A. In 27 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg (top 5) and 2.1spg (leader !!!). Ross helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 23 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg.
Ross is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Jolly), France (Le Portel), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg, Mitteldeutscher BC and Artland Dragons), Israel (B.C. Habikaa and Maccabi Haifa), Italy, Greece (Apollon Patras), CBA (Albany P. and Butte D.) and D-League (N.Mexico T.).
Ross attended Texas Tech University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Ronald Ross
Panagiotis Karagiorgos
Diamantis Slaftsakis
Filippos Kalogiannidis
Diamantis Sflatsakis
Ioannis Chatzinikolas
Raheem Appleby
Sakis Tataris
Shannon Hale Jr
Lamond Murray Jr.
Shawndre' Jones
Michail Lountzis
Stefanos Skouloudis
Kentan Facey
Dionysios Tataris
Panagiotis Karagiorgos

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

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Osijek defeat Brno for opening win - by Eurobasket News

Osijek - Brno 90:84

Vrijednosnice Osijek earned the first win in the Alpe Adria Cup season. They beat Mmcite Brno in Group C. Jimmie Taylor (193-G-94, college: Rider) nailed 27 points to lead the winners.
Osijek claimed a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. The Croatian team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Osijek accumulated a 45:41 halftime lead. They boosted the gap in the third term. Osijek posted a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Brno could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Jakov Sarac (182-PG-96) had 18 points, while Bruno Markulin (194-SF-92) and Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington) added 12 points each for Osijek. Brian Sullivan (183-PG-93, college: Davidson) answered with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Brno. Jan Tomanec (205-C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 21 points in the loss.



Lavrio signs Tony Meier, ex CEZ Nymburk - by Chris Mammides

GS Lavrio (A1) signed 27-year old American forward Tony Meier (204-100kg-90, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). He played last season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 38 games he had 10.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Meier also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Meier won Czech Republic League championship title and the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Apollon Patras. In 26 A1 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.0apg.
He was voted CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America All-District 6 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Meier has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Frankston Blues), Poland (Polpharma) and Portugal (Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda.).
Meier attended University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

GS Lavrio roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dionysios Giannakopoulos
Dimitris Verginis
Zamal Nixon
Doron Lamb
Giorgos Papadimitriou
McKenzie Moore

Forwards:
Antwaine Wiggins
Tony Meier
Ioannis Kouzeloglou
D.J. Johnson
Cole Huff
Dimitris Legkikas

Centers:
Michalis Perakis
Dimitrios Kaklamanakis

Coach: Christos Serellis

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National League Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Iccan advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Piratas - Barcelona 89-67

Piratas outgunned Barcelona to force the decisive fifth game in the semifinal series. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international center Carlos Delgado (202-90) who added 25 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Piratas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Sam Prescott (190-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Barcelona players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: K.Bowman 19+14reb+2ast, S.Prescott 18+7reb+5ast, E.Bernal 10+2reb, M.Cairo 10+6reb+4ast, R.Cardenas 4+3reb+7ast, D.Henry 3+4reb
Piratas: C.Delgado 25+9reb+2ast, W.Clayton 20+13reb+4ast, R.Perez 19+6ast, A.Torres 9+3reb+3ast, P.Zamora 4+1reb, J.Luis Mejia 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 575689


Leones - Iccan 73-84

Iccan overcame Leones to seal their National League Final berth. Iccan dominated on the defensive end, holding Leones to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Leones' 36. The winners were led by Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) who scored that evening 22 points and Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-81) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Even 27 points and 5 assists by Venezuelan point guard Alexander Morillo (180-92) did not help to save the game for Leones. Venezuelan center Javinger Vargas (202-90) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Leones' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Leones: A.Morillo 27+2reb+5ast, J.Vargas 19+6reb+1ast, C.Jackson 9+5reb+1ast, R.Luis 8+2reb+1ast, F.Perez 5+1reb+1ast, J.Ante 3
Iccan: C.Silva 22+4reb+2ast, C.Carcelen 21+4reb, J.Herrera 19+7reb, J.Centeno 9+1reb+1ast, J.Pablo Alvarez 7+1reb, J.Porozo 4+2ast
gschID: 575688





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Liga MB Round 26: Halcones defeat El Rapido in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds.

Ninth-ranked El Rapido (9-10) gave a tough game to second ranked Halcones (17-3) in La Union on Sunday. The visitors from Sonzacate managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of El Rapido. Puerto Rican guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Tahj Wells (208-89, college: Edward Waters) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Halcones' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. Halcones have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Santa Tecla. El Rapido at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. El Rapido will play on the road against Isidro Metapan (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Santiagueno managed to get a third victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Santiagueno won against eleventh-ranked 11 Lobos 122-116. American Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort and Carlos Hernandez supported him with 23 points and 25 rebounds. Even a double-double of 58 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 7 assists by American forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) did not help to save the game for 11 Lobos. Santiagueno (3-18) moved-up to eleventh place. 11 Lobos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Santiagueno will play against higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (17-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Isidro Metapan (12-8) 101-83. The best player for the winners was Oreste Torres who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elder Gimenez produced 30 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with Halcones. Loser Isidro Metapan keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Santa Tecla will meet at home Santa Ana (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Isidro Metapan will play against El Rapido and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked Santa Ana (11-8) crushed at home 12th ranked Giants (2-18) by 43 points 110-67, which is the biggest margin this round. John Tatum orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Santa Ana's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Santa Ana moved-up to seventh place. Giants lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Santa Ana's next round opponent will be league's leader Santa Tecla on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Giants will play against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hope to win that game.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 12 rebounds by Eliezer Montano of El Rapido.

Santa Ana - Giants 110-67

Eighth ranked Santa Ana (11-8) crushed at home 12th ranked Giants (2-18) by 43 points 110-67, which is the biggest margin this round. Santa Ana outrebounded Giants 60-31 including a 26-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American guard John Tatum (190-92, college: Elizabeth City) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Santa Ana's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zimbabwean guard Simbarahe Gwanyanya (191, college: Holy Names) replied with 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and guard Carlos Flores (184-85) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Giants. Santa Ana moved-up to seventh place. Giants lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Santa Ana's next round opponent will be league's leader Santa Tecla on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Giants will play against Brujos Izalco (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: J.Tatum 40+10reb+4ast, T.Dowdell 23+15reb+4ast, A.Ruano 20+2reb+2ast, E.Guevara 8+2reb+2ast, M.Ramos 8+4reb+9ast, D.Pena 6+14reb+1ast
Giants: S.Gwanyanya 34+6reb+2ast, C.Flores 14+11reb+1ast, G.Sosa 6+2reb+2ast, C.Duran 6+2reb+1ast, D.Urias 6+2reb+4ast, C.Sandoval 1+3reb+1ast
gschID: 553705


El Rapido - Halcones 72-74

Ninth-ranked El Rapido (9-10) gave a tough game to second ranked Halcones (17-3) in La Union on Sunday. The visitors from Sonzacate managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of El Rapido. Puerto Rican guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Tahj Wells (208-89, college: Edward Waters) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Halcones' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Cuban point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 assists and 5 steals and Venezuelan power forward Eliezer Montano (206-91) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Halcones have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Santa Tecla. El Rapido at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. El Rapido will play on the road against Isidro Metapan (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Halcones: C.Duran 22+6reb+3ast, T.Wells 16+12reb, J.Ruiz 16+9reb+2ast, I.Andaluz 8+4reb, M.Orellana 5+3reb+1ast, M.Flores 3+3reb+4ast
El Rapido: O.Oliva 25+4reb+10ast, E.Montano 20+12reb+3ast, Y.Cubillas 12+16reb+2ast, N.Manzanarez 6+1reb+1ast, O.Coreas 3+2reb+4ast, R.Granados 2+3reb
gschID: 553768


Santiagueno - 11 Lobos 122-116

Bottom-ranked Santiagueno managed to get a third victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Santiagueno won against eleventh-ranked 11 Lobos 122-116. Santiagueno players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 11 Lobos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort and center Carlos Hernandez (198-97) supported him with 23 points and 25 rebounds. Four Santiagueno players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 58 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 7 assists by American forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) did not help to save the game for 11 Lobos. His fellow American import guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC) added 35 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Santiagueno (3-18) moved-up to eleventh place. 11 Lobos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Santiagueno will play against higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Santiagueno: S.Brackett 37+3reb+8ast, M.Williams 29+22reb+1ast, B.Castellon 29+8reb+7ast, C.Hernandez 23+25reb+2ast, E.Amaya 4+3reb+4ast, R.Santos 0
11 Lobos: M.Jackson 58+22reb+7ast, J.White 35+15reb+7ast, K.Campos 11+4reb+3ast, M.Gonzalez 6+10reb+7ast, J.Ramirez 2+2reb, J.Cuestas 2+4reb
gschID: 553766


Santa Tecla - Isidro Metapan 101-83

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (17-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Isidro Metapan (12-8) 101-83. Santa Tecla had a 41-29 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Santa Tecla made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) chipped in 24 points and 8 assists. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) produced 30 points and 8 rebounds and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) added 10 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with Halcones. Loser Isidro Metapan keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Santa Tecla will meet at home Santa Ana (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Isidro Metapan will play against El Rapido and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 25+12reb+2ast, R.Martinez 24+3reb+8ast, L.Valdez 23+3reb+5ast, C.Arias 13+12reb+1ast, D.Thompson 7+5reb+3ast, O.Rivera 6+10reb+10ast
Isidro Metapan: E.Gimenez 30+8reb+3ast, A.Regalado 18+2reb+2ast, J.Colorado 10+4reb+1ast, E.Mijares 10+8reb+13ast, D.Vasquez 6+9reb+1ast, H.Navas 6+4reb
gschID: 553754





John Tatum joins Santa Ana - by Eurobasket News

MC El Brasil Santa Ana (Liga MB) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard John Tatum (190-82kg-92). just graduated from Elizabeth City (NCAA2).
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Tatum was named to SWAC All-Rookie Team in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Loukas Mavrokefalidis (ex AEK) joins Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) agreed terms with 33-year old Greek ex-international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-118kg-84). He played last season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. Mavrokefalidis managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 A1 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Mavrokefalidis also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. The other team he played that season for was Eagles in Chinese CBA. In 20 games he averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg.
In 2006 Mavrokefalidis was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Mavrokefalidis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year in 2016.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Mavrokefalidis played for Greek Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Greece at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Mavrokefalidis is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Mavrokefalidis tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Italy (Virtus Roma), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Spain (FC Barcelona and Valencia Basket).
On Mavrokefalidis: (by Vagelis Kotsifis for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Excellent feel for the center position ... A good rebounder and great moves around the basket ... Can play back to the rim or facing the basket with the same efficiency ...
Lacks great athletic ability ... Not a huge leaper or tremendous foot speed ..
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Travis Peterson
Egidijus Mockevicius
Martynas Echodas

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Levell Sanders: I prefer to focus more on the process of being a champion - by Thomas Jones

Last season, BK JIP Pardubice was one the most fun to watch teams in Europe due their mixture of young guys and older players with experience. The kind of basketball that they showed in Czech Republic League and in the Fiba Europe Cup helped coach Levell Sanders to be named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Coach of the Year 2017.

1.- How has Parduvice been so far?

I have been in BK JIP Pardubice for a few years now as a player and now as a coach and I like the city. I have adjusted well. It has that metropolitan feel to it. It's not such a big city but it feels like it. It has a mall here which reminds me of being in the states and I like that. It's close to Prague which I like. The team is ok we had a lot of injuries during the preseason but we finally have our team together. I'm looking forward to the practice so we can get a chance to know each and start to build something.

2.- As a coach.Who's been the biggest influence?

It's an interesting question because I haven't coached under anyone to really get a style from another coach. As a player I didn't really pay much attention to how coaches where conducting practices and that type of thing. Of course I was aware but I didn't take notes or anything like that. As I got older I noticed more once I realized I wanted to coach. My coaching style is basically how I feel the game and what I think my team can do to be successful. When I started to coach I wanted my teams to be aggressive on defense. Try to create turnovers so we can go in transition and get easy baskets. I want to limit teams to one contested shot and rebound the ball and again go in transition. I am a big believer in rebounding because for me it determines the out come of a lot of games. Offensively I want to play fast and score a lot of points. I want to play attractive basketball they people like to see and players like to play. But I think the most important is to make sure you have the type of players that fit your style. You will have to adjust your style from time to time depending on the type of players you have. I speak to Tommy Amaker a lot. He coached me my last year at Seton Hall University. He was the first person I called and spoke to when I was offered this job. So he has a big influence on my but not just as a coach but also as a human. There are a lot of coaches I like from a far. For example Chris Mack from Xavier University. I like his style being that he is a big believer in rebounding. Also the greats like Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski or European Coaches like Zeljko Obradovic and Andrea Trinchieri

3.- What is your goal for the season?

I don't have a lot of the 'I want to win the championship' type of goals. I prefer to focus more on the process of being a champion! And to me it means coming everyday with a commitment to getting better, working hard, working smart, competing, taking care and doing your job every single day! So I rather focus on that. I still have the same mentality I had as a player. I always thought that if I did my best and the other guy did his best I would still come out on top. So I feel the same as a coach. If we prepare properly then I believe if we play our best it's good enough for whoever we are playing against.

4.-Your team is young but you are always in the top positions. What is the key?

BK JIP Pardubice is well known for their youth teams. They are able to get kids from all over the Czech Republic so it's the advantage they have. I think it's great to be able to work with these young guys. It's also good that since Dusan Bouhanicky started coaching the A-Team a few years ago he started to give these young kids a chance. It's important because giving these young guys a chance well help them and also the quality of the league. We have a mixture of young and older guys. I think having the older guys cause help the younger players know what it means to be professional. Having some of the foreigners on the team also can help these guys. I know on our team some younger guys go to the gym for extra work with the foreigners. So it's good we have the mixture. And I don't mind working with young players. I think I have a lot of information I can give them about the game and life.

5.- What can you tell us about your experience in the FIBA Europe Cup?

The experience in the Fiba Europe Cup last season was a good one. It was the first time in I think 5 years that the team competed in a international tournament. I hope the way we played and competed we represented Czech Basketball in a good light. We went 4-2 in the first stage to advance to the 2nd round. Then we went 2-4 but had a bunch of close games that could have gone either way. So again a really good experience for our team and club. I'm looking forward to this year even though it's a little different system. We have to go through 2 rounds of qualification which will be tough but hey it is what it is.




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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Darious Moten (ex La Salle Tarija) signs at Espoo United - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Espoo United (Korisliiga) landed 25-year old American forward Darious Moten (199-96kg-92, college: Mercer). He played in the summer at La Salle Tarija in Bolivian Libobasquet. The last season Moten played at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen where in 33 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Moten received also All-SoCon 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Moten graduated from Mercer University in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Espoo United roster for 2017-2018:

Jeb Ivey
Samuel Haanpaa
Lauri Toivonen
Jouko Jarvinen
Ville Wuorenjuuri
Tuomas Ebeling
Darious Moten
Okko Jarvi
Omar Calhoun
Topi Halme
Lauri Hattula
Filemon Halmesmaki

Coach: Ville Neva

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 


Boulogne inks Warren Niles - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (NM1) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also British passport) guard Warren Niles (196-88kg-89, college: ORU). He played last season at Massagno in Swiss LNA league. In 20 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and averaged 5.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer Niles played at Caballeros de Culiacan in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 6 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.5apg in 2016 season.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Niles was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in fourth round (69th overall).
The former Oral Roberts University standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Niles has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Summit League Regular Season in 2012. Niles was also voted NABC Division I All-District 23 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Niles has played previously professionally in Italy (Imola) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs).

SO Maritime Boulogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ralph Temgoua
Warren Niles
Diante Watkins
Hugo Dumortier
Timothe Vergiat

Forwards:
Mehdi Cheriet
Namory Boundy
Kahlil Thomas
Cedric Andre
Roman Huger

Center:
Adolphe_Michel Jean-Baptiste

Coach: Frederic Brouillaud

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Charleville adds Anderson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (ProB) added to their roster 28-year old American power forward Ron Anderson (205-104kg-89, college: S.Florida, agency: Octagon Europe). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played last season at RAC Basket in the NM1. In 39 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4apg. Anderson helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Berck/Rang du Fliers (also in NM1) where in 33 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 10.3rpg (leader !!!), 1.4apg and 1.2spg.
In 2012 Anderson was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in fourth round (54th overall).
The former University of South Florida standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
He won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2013.
Anderson has played previously professionally in Argentina (Estudiantes Concordia) and NBA G League (Oklahoma City Blue, Texas Legends and Westchester Knicks).

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Stefan Nikolic
Steven Ricard
Alexandre Moisy
Lucas Dussoulier
Corentin Carne

Forwards:
Wesley Wilkinson
Darius Tarvydas
Dom Morris
Seraphin Saumont

Center:
Ron Anderson

Coach: Alex Casimiri

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ProA Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Chalons-Reims (0-1) on the court of JDA Dijon on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by JDA Dijon 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Chalons-Reims managed to win third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Nigerian-American guard Rasheed Sulaimon (193-94, college: Maryland) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American power forward Ed Daniel (203-90, college: Murray St.) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds for Chalons-Reims. Chalons-Reims' coach Cedric Heitz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face Gravelines-Dunkerque (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Olympique Antibes (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Le Portel (1-0) which hosted in Le Portel Cholet Basket (0-1). Le Portel managed to get a 11-point victory 73-62. American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Franklin Hassell chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side point guard David Michineau (191-94) responded with 19 points. Le Portel will play against JL Bourg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cholet Basket will play against Hyeres-Toulon to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game for Olympique Antibes (1-0) which hosted in Antibes Strasbourg IG (0-1). Olympique Antibes had an easy win 79-57. Tim Blue nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Louis Labeyrie came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for Strasbourg IG in the defeat. Strasbourg IG's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olympique Antibes will meet Chalons-Reims (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Strasbourg IG will play against Paris-Levallois (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Villeurbanne. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Limoges CSP Elite (0-1) to ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (1-0) 71-68 on Sunday evening. David Lighty fired 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's next round opponent will be Boulazac Basket (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Chalon/Saor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between JL Bourg (0-1) and JSF Nanterre (1-0), which took place in Nanterre. JL Bourg lost to JSF Nanterre in a road game 86-92 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Jamal Shuler who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JL Bourg will play against Le Portel and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant. Gravelines lost to Le Mans on the road 63-103. Hyeres-Toulon won against Boulazac on its own court 70-63. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outscored Chalon in a road game 82-62. Paris-Levallois lost to Monaco at home 71-77.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Klemen Prepelic of Paris-Levallois.

Dijon - Chalons-Reims 86-61

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Chalons-Reims (0-1) on the court of JDA Dijon on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by JDA Dijon 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Chalons-Reims managed to win third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Nigerian-American guard Rasheed Sulaimon (193-94, college: Maryland) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. American power forward Ed Daniel (203-90, college: Murray St.) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds and Ghanian-American forward Ben Bentil (206-95, college: Providence) added 12 points in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Chalons-Reims' coach Cedric Heitz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face Gravelines-Dunkerque (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Olympique Antibes (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: B.Bentil 12+3reb+1ast, M.Hermannsson 10+1ast, L.Ulmer 8+3reb, E.Daniel 8+7reb+1ast, R.Duport 7+2reb, W.Deane 6+4reb+3ast
Dijon: J.Alingue 16+6reb, R.Pearson 15+1reb, R.Sulaimon 12+2reb+2ast, S.Taylor Jr. 10+5reb+1ast, V.Bigote 9+3reb+1ast, R.Brown 8
gschID: 550931


ASVEL - Limoges 71-68

A very interesting game took place in Villeurbanne. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Limoges CSP Elite (0-1) to ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (1-0) 71-68 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Limoges CSP Elite took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket had a 19-7 second period charge getting the lead and Limoges CSP Elite was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-71. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Limoges CSP Elite to just 7 points in second quarter. American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) fired 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. William Howard (202-93) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Axel Bouteille (200-95) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Limoges CSP Elite's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's next round opponent will be Boulazac Basket (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Chalon/Saor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: W.Howard 18+8reb, A.Bouteille 16+7reb, B.Conklin 9+3reb+2ast, K.Hayes 9+1reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 8+4reb+1ast, D.Gibson 5+1reb+1ast
ASVEL: J.Roberson 14+5ast, A.Noua 14+2reb+2ast, D.Watkins 12+9reb, D.Lighty 8+8reb+5ast, N.Lang 7+1reb, D.Nelson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 550935


Nanterre - Bourg 92-86

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between JL Bourg (0-1) and JSF Nanterre (1-0), which took place in Nanterre. JL Bourg lost to JSF Nanterre in a road game 86-92 on Saturday. JL Bourg was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of JSF Nanterre, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American Jamal Shuler (191-86, college: VCU) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 5 assists. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Garrett Sim (188-90, college: Oregon) added 11 points and 7 assists in the effort for JL Bourg. Four JSF Nanterre and five JL Bourg players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JL Bourg will play against Le Portel and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: Z.Peacock 22+8reb+1ast, C.Simon 13+4reb+1ast, M.Wojciechowski 12+5reb+1ast, Y.Ndoye 11+2reb+1ast, G.Sim 11+2reb+7ast, G.Biruta 9+2reb+1ast
Nanterre: H.Schaffartzik 15+4ast, L.Konate 13+3reb+1ast, A.Aminu 12+5reb, E.Murphy 11+3reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 11+3reb+1ast, J.Shuler 11+4reb+5ast
gschID: 550936


Le Mans - Gravelines 103-63

Le Mans used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Gravelines 103-63 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Le Mans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Le Mans outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 46-22 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American players dominated the game. Quite impressive performance for Mykal Riley (196-85, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Justin Cobbs (190-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Le Mans' coach Eric Bartecheky felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 5 points and 13 assists and power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) added 10 points in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Five Le Mans and four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Le Mans will face Monaco (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against JDA Dijon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: W.Buford 13+2reb, T.Allen 13+2reb, T.Smith 10+4reb+2ast, B.Sene 10+3reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 8+5reb, D.Cooper 5+3reb+13ast
Le Mans: J.Jeanne 17+7reb, P.Amagou 16+1reb+1ast, M.Riley 16+6reb+7ast, Y.Fall 13+6reb, J.Cobbs 11+6reb+9ast, R.Travis 10+11reb+4ast
gschID: 550933


Le Portel - Cholet 73-62

An interesting game for Le Portel (1-0) which hosted in Le Portel Cholet Basket (0-1). Le Portel managed to get a 11-point victory 73-62. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Cholet Basket was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cholet Basket 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Le Portel players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Franklin Hassell (205-88, college: ODU) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side point guard David Michineau (191-94) responded with 19 points and American Toddrick Gotcher (190-93, college: Texas Tech) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Le Portel will play against JL Bourg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cholet Basket will play against Hyeres-Toulon to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Cholet: D.Michineau 19+1reb+2ast, T.Gotcher 13+2reb+4ast, R.Evans 8+11reb, J.Boutsiele 7+7reb+3ast, I.Evtimov 7+3ast, H.Palsson 4+1reb+1ast
Le Portel: F.Hassell 16+7reb+1ast, T.Golden 14+6reb+3ast, J.Donaldson 13+9reb+3ast, B.Mangin 11+4ast, D.Odiakosa 5+4reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 5+1reb
gschID: 550934


Hyeres-Toulon - Boulazac 70-63

Hyeres-Toulon used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Boulazac 70-63 on Saturday night. Boulazac Basket was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American players dominated the game. Quite impressive performance for swingman Raymond Cowels-III (192-90, college: Santa Clara, agency: SportsVision-Service) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Reggie Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St., agency: SportsVision-Service) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Brandon Ubel (208-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Dustin Ware (183-90, college: Georgia) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Boulazac Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hyeres-Toulon will face Cholet Basket (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: B.Ubel 18+6reb, D.Jackson 12+2reb+1ast, D.Ware 12+8reb+3ast, A.Salmon 6+3reb+2ast, S.Gauthier 5+2reb+2ast, E.Vargas 3+2reb
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Cowels III 20+7reb+3ast, R.Arnold 18+7reb, F.Prenom 10+3reb, T.Smith 8+6reb+5ast, V.Fofana 7+4reb+1ast, L.Asceric 3
gschID: 550932


Chalon - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 62-82

Chalon/Saor was not able to use a home court advantage and was rolled over by the opponent from Pau 82-62 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Pau-Lacq-Orthez led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. Quite impressive performance for point guard Elie-Franck Okobo (188-97) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 assists. The former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. American forward James Farr (208-92, college: Xavier) answered with 8 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91) added 11 points in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face JSF Nanterre (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chalon/Saor will play against Limoges CSP Elite and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: A.Smith 14+1reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 11+3reb+3ast, R.Putney 8+5reb+1ast, J.Farr 8+8reb+2ast, O.Camara 7+7reb, A.Rozenfeld 6+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: E.Okobo 14+3reb+8ast, A.Koffi 13+4reb+1ast, K.Boukichou 12+2reb+1ast, T.Pinero 10+5reb, K.Horton 10+5reb+3ast, C.Dowe 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 550930


Antibes - Strasbourg 79-57

An interesting game for Olympique Antibes (1-0) which hosted in Antibes Strasbourg IG (0-1). Olympique Antibes had an easy win 79-57. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Olympique Antibes outrebounded Strasbourg IG 46-31 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) accounted for 14 points and 9 assists. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. International power forward Louis Labeyrie (208-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Strasbourg IG in the defeat. Strasbourg IG's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olympique Antibes will meet Chalons-Reims (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Strasbourg IG will play against Paris-Levallois (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: M.Dixon 18+1reb+2ast, D.Logan 13+6reb+4ast, L.Labeyrie 11+14reb+1ast, D.Atkins 6+3reb+1ast, J.Leloup 3+1reb+1ast, C.Otule 2+2reb
Antibes: T.Blue 29+10reb, J.Blassingame 14+2reb+9ast, V.Sanford 13+2reb+2ast, P.Rigot 10+8reb, M.Yarou 6+17reb+2ast, J.Tornato 6+6reb
gschID: 550929


Paris-Levallois - Monaco 71-77

Paris-Levallois was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Monaco 77-71 on Saturday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Paris-Levallois won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monaco looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Monaco will face Le Mans (#5) at home in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against Strasbourg IG (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: K.Prepelic 21+5reb+5ast, L.Campbell 13+3reb+4ast, G.Ware 12+8reb+1ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 11+1ast, P.Cornelie 4+8reb, D.Nwaelele 3+3reb
Monaco: E.Kikanovic 17+8reb+2ast, A.Sy 17+4reb+1ast, A.Craft 9+3reb+1ast, G.Robinson 9+1reb+2ast, C.Evans 8+4reb, P.Lacombe 6+3reb+10ast
gschID: 550937





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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Phil Hawkins (ex Pelister Bitola) agreed terms with SK Tirana - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) inked 27-year old American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-91kg-90, college: Texas State at San Marcos). He played most recently at Pelister Bitola in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 4.2apg last season.
Hawkins received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention award in 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Hawkins played at Bastia Umbra (Serie C Silver) in Italian league.
His team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.
He has played also professionally in ABA (Baltimore Hawks).
Hawkins attended Texas State at San Marcos until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Sport Klub Tirana roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jalil Abdul-Bassit
Phil Hawkins

Forwards:
Gerti Shima
Balsa Krivokapic

Center:
Endrit Hysenagolli

Coach: Nikola Milatovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. Pongo, OrangeAc.26.0 
 3. Dranginis, Trier25.0 
 4. Morgan, Koeln R.24.0 
 5. McGaughey, Heide.24.0 
 6. Brown, Uni Baskets24.0 
 7. Taras, Baunach23.0 
 8. Fowler, Baunach21.0 
 9. Ziegenhagen, Chemn.20.0 
 10. Barton, Kirchheim19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andreas KRONHARDT
  Kirch.
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Kronhardt, Kirch.11.0 
 2. Lodders, Chemnitz10.0 
 3. Ramsey, Koeln R.10.0 
 4. Albrecht, Hanau10.0 
 5. Gay, Crailsheim10.0 
 6. Herrera, Phoenix .9.0 
 7. Raffington, Hambu.9.0 
 8. Rohwer, OrangeAc.9.0 
 9. Joenke, Hanau9.0 
 10. Girard II, Nuern.9.0 
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. Pongo, OrangeAc.6.0 
 5. Bogdanov, Crailsheim6.0 
 6. Wade, Nuernberg6.0 
 7. Hewitt, Heidelberg5.0 
 8. Schmitt, Ehingen5.0 
 9. Turner, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Barton, Kirchheim5.0 
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. Ferner, OrangeAc.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Hamburg2.0 
 8. Bekteshi, Koeln R.2.0 
 9. Kramer, OrangeAc.2.0 
 10. Bradshaw, Karlsruh.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bjoern ROHWER
  OrangeAc.
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rohwer, OrangeAc.3.0 
 2. Seiferth, Heidelberg3.0 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 4. Reischel, Karlsruh.2.0 
 5. Smith, Vechta2.0 
 6. Herrera, Phoenix .2.0 
 7. Gay, Crailsheim2.0 
 8. Brady, Hanau2.0 
 9. Flomo, Crailsheim1.0 
 10. Keppeler, Baunach1.0 


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 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 (201-F-95, college: Sacramento St.) 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.




ProA Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Chemnitz defeated Nuernberg at home 82-64. Chemnitz looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Guard Malte Ziegenhagen (198-91, college: Kaiser) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. Chemnitz's coach Rodrigo Pastore used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Jonathan Maier (210-92) produced 19 points for lost side. Nuernberg will play next round against Baunach trying to get back on the winning streak. Chemnitz will try to continue on its current victory against Crailsheim Merlins on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Uni Baskets (0-1) in Paderborn. Hosts were defeated by Crailsheim Merlins (1-0) 83-67. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Frank Turner contributed with 15 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Uni Baskets. Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Chemnitz at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Uni Baskets will play against Hamburg (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was played in Hanau where Hamburg (#6) beat host White Wings (#7) 70-58 on Saturday evening. Justin Raffington stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Till-Joscha Joenke responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Hamburg will meet at home Uni Baskets (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. White Wings will play against OrangeAcademy (#6) in Ulm and hope to win that game.
Very important is a home loss of Baunach (0-1) against Kirchheim Knights (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Baunach was defeated by Kirchheim Knights in Baunach 87-72. Corban Collins nailed 26 points for the winning side. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Gladiators (#15) in Trier which should be an easy win for them. Baunach will play on the road against Nuernberg (#14) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta (1-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Gladiators (0-1) 83-80 on Friday evening. Jannik Freese fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SC Rasta Vechta will face MLP Academics Heidelberg (#4) at home in the next round. Gladiators will play against Kirchheim Knights (#5) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 1 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Ehingen lost to undefeated OrangeAcademy in Ulm 69-78. Winless Koeln Rh.Stars lost to undefeated Phoenix Hagen at home 69-83. Winless Karlsruhe PS lost to undefeated Heidelberg on the opponent's court 76-92.
The best stats of 1st round was 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by Marcell Pongo of OrangeAcademy.

Uni Baskets - Crailsheim 67-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Uni Baskets (0-1) in Paderborn. Hosts were defeated by Crailsheim Merlins (1-0) 83-67. Crailsheim Merlins players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Uni Baskets' players. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Five Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St., agency: SportsVision-Service) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Uni Baskets. Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Chemnitz at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Uni Baskets will play against Hamburg (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: S.Gay 15+10reb+1ast, F.Turner 15+3reb+5ast, M.Bogdanov 15+2reb+6ast, C.Griffin 11+3reb+3ast, M.Jost 10+4reb+2ast, M.Cuffee 6+5reb+2ast
Uni Baskets: D.Brown 24+8reb, M.Grim 14+6reb+1ast, D.Wolf 8+2reb+2ast, I.Buntic 6+5reb, M.Kuhle 4+2ast, P.Daubner 4+3reb
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OrangeAcademy - Ehingen 78-69

OrangeAcademy used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Allmendingen 78-69 on Sunday night. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) fired 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Power forward Till Pape (204-97) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four OrangeAcademy players scored in double figures. OrangeAcademy's coach Daniel Jansson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized DR Congolese Jonathan Malu (200-93) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Sebastian Schmitt (184-96) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. OrangeAcademy will face White Wings (#11) in Hanau in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play at home against Koeln Rh.Stars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
OrangeAcademy: M.Pongo 26+5reb+6ast, D.Kramer 14+6reb, J.Ferner 11+1reb+1ast, T.Pape 10+8reb+4ast, N.Mittmann 8+2reb+1ast, B.Rohwer 7+9reb+1ast
Ehingen: J.Malu 15+9reb, D.Lacy 10+2ast, S.Bonifant 10+3ast, S.Schmitt 10+3reb+5ast, B.Hayes 8+4reb+2ast, M.Noeres 8+4reb+1ast
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Koeln Rh.Stars - Phoenix Hagen 69-83

But Koeln Rh.Stars were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Hagen 83-69 on Saturday night. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Derreck Brooks (198-94, college: Cent.Arkansas) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Alex Herrera (206-92, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Two Points) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen's coach Matthias Grothe allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jesse Morgan (196-91, college: Temple) produced 24 points and power forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Phoenix Hagen will face Karlsruhe PS (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Koeln Rh.Stars will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.Brooks 17+5reb+2ast, A.Herrera 14+9reb+1ast, D.Spohr 13+4reb+2ast, J.Reid 13+2reb+3ast, J.Grof 9+5reb+4ast, J.Guenther 7+2reb+2ast
Koeln Rh.Stars: J.Morgan 24+2reb+3ast, M.Vest 14+2ast, K.Ramsey 13+10reb+1ast, A.Foster 5+2reb, K.Gilder-Tilbury 5+5reb+3ast, L.Baeck 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 553127


Chemnitz - Nuernberg 82-64

Chemnitz defeated Nuernberg at home 82-64. Chemnitz looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Guard Malte Ziegenhagen (198-91, college: Kaiser) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Chemnitz players scored in double figures. Chemnitz's coach Rodrigo Pastore used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Jonathan Maier (210-92) produced 19 points and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsVision-Service) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Nuernberg will play next round against Baunach trying to get back on the winning streak. Chemnitz will try to continue on its current victory against Crailsheim Merlins on the road.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: M.Ziegenhagen 20+5reb+4ast, R.Lodders 15+10reb+2ast, J.Johnson 14+2reb+4ast, J.Richter 12+1reb+2ast, M.Fleischmann 10+2reb+2ast, D.Mixich 6+4reb+3ast
Nuernberg: J.Maier 19+4reb, D.Oppland 13+8reb+2ast, M.Gibson 9+4reb+2ast, M.Meredith 7+2reb, M.Sanders 5+3reb+1ast, M.Omuvwie 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 553125


Baunach - Kirchheim 72-87

Very important is a home loss of Baunach (0-1) against Kirchheim Knights (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Baunach was defeated by Kirchheim Knights in Baunach 87-72. They outrebounded Baunach 41-24 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Corban Collins (190-94, college: Alabama) nailed 26 points for the winning side and center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Chris Fowler (185-93, college: Cent.Michigan) came up with 21 points and swingman Tibor Taras (197-97) added 23 points respectively for Baunach in the defeat. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Gladiators (#15) in Trier which should be an easy win for them. Baunach will play on the road against Nuernberg (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: C.Collins 26+4reb+2ast, C.Barton 19+2reb+5ast, A.Kronhardt 14+11reb+2ast, E.Allen 9+5reb, K.Rendleman 9+7reb, T.Koch 5+1reb+2ast
Baunach: T.Taras 23+2reb+1ast, C.Fowler 21+2reb+3ast, W.McDowell-White 11+7reb+7ast, E.Edigin 6+5reb+1ast, F.Edwardsson 6+1ast, G.Gomila 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 553124


Heidelberg - Karlsruhe PS 92-76

MLP Academics Heidelberg used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Karlsruhe 92-76 on Saturday night. MLP Academics Heidelberg looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Evan McGaughey (203-94, college: Quincy) fired 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Martin Seiferth (208-90, college: E.Washington) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Naturalized American forward Jarelle Reischel (199-92, college: E.Kentucky) produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Maurice Pluskota (208-92) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Five MLP Academics Heidelberg and four Karlsruhe PS players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. MLP Academics Heidelberg will face SC Rasta Vechta (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karlsruhe PS will play against Phoenix Hagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: E.McGaughey 24+8reb+4ast, M.Seiferth 18+8reb, A.Kuppe 11+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 10+1reb+4ast, N.Wuerzner 10+5ast, J.Hewitt 10+3reb+5ast
Karlsruhe PS: M.Pluskota 16+3reb+1ast, O.Parker 15+4reb, C.Tate 14+4reb+2ast, J.Reischel 11+6reb+5ast, R.Nyama 7+2reb, C.Bradshaw 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 553129


Hanau - Hamburg 58-70

An interesting game was played in Hanau where Hamburg (#6) beat host White Wings (#7) 70-58 on Saturday evening. Hamburg made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Center Justin Raffington (205-91, college: Florida Atlantic) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American forward Greg Logins (203-88, college: Canisius) chipped in 15 points. Four Hamburg players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Paul Albrecht (205-93) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hamburg will meet at home Uni Baskets (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. White Wings will play against OrangeAcademy (#6) in Ulm and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hamburg: G.Logins 15+4reb+2ast, J.Raffington 14+9reb, J.Williams 12+6reb, A.Canty 12+1reb+3ast, H.Kovacevic 8+2reb+9ast, R.Kindzeka 6+2reb
Hanau: C.Brady 14+7reb, T.Joenke 13+9reb+5ast, P.Albrecht 10+10reb+2ast, C.von Fintel 9+1reb, L.Choice 7+5reb+2ast, J.Eichler 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553126


Vechta - Trier 83-80

Important game to mention about took place in Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta (1-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Gladiators (0-1) 83-80 on Friday evening. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Gladiators' 36. Power forward Jannik Freese (211-86) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) chipped in 14 points. American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Justin Alston (203-94, college: Boston U.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SC Rasta Vechta will face MLP Academics Heidelberg (#4) at home in the next round. Gladiators will play against Kirchheim Knights (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vechta: J.Freese 16+4reb+4ast, D.Gonzalvez 14+4reb+3ast, C.Razis 10+2ast, J.Dunbar 10+1reb, R.Christen 10+1reb+1ast, S.Hinrichs 8+8reb+3ast
Trier: K.Dranginis 25+5reb+3ast, J.Alston 13+8reb, S.Schmitz 11+3ast, J.Joos 8+4reb, S.Ilzhoefer 8+1reb, J.Bucknor 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 553123





Bayern rally past Brose Baskets for third position in Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Bayern - Brose Baskets 71:58

Bayern Munich clinched the third position at the Zadar international tournament. They overcame their archrivals Brose Baskets in the consolation final. Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89, agency: BeoBasket) notched 17 points to pace the winners.
Bayern accumulated a 21:11 lead after the opening frame. They extended the margin at 15-point mark at the interval. Bayern stayed in charge throughout the third term. Bayern entered the final period up by 17 points. The Munich kept their opponents at distance in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Devin Booker (205-C-91, college: Clemson) chipped in 14 points, while Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) added 12 points in the win. Maodo Lo (191-G-92, college: Columbia) answered with 12 points for Brose Baskets. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) delivered 9 points in the defeat.



Hortman's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Chris Hortman (190-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Schwelm and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Coburg (#7, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 80-71. Schwelm is placed at 6th position in their group in German ProB. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Schwelm 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 Hortman had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Schwelm's top player in his first season with the team. University of Wisconsin at Stout graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hortman is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.0ppg. Hortman is in league's top in assists (9th best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 4.0spg,72.7% FGP and 57.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tarique Thompson (196-F-94) of Wolfenbuettel. He is American forward in his first season at Wolfenbuettel. In the last game Thompson recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Wolfenbuettel lost that game 81-87 to Stahnsdorf (1-0). 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. Thompson is a newcomer at Wolfenbuettel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#6). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Julian Scott (203-F/C-90) of Iserlohn (#5). Scott scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Iserlohn, leading his team to a 77-73 win against Dresden (#8, 0-1). Iserlohn 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. Scott also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Scott as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Smith (206-PF-94) of Stahnsdorf - 25 points and 12 rebounds
5. Kameron Taylor (198-G-94) of Dragons - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. R.J. Slawson (203-F/C-92) of Schalke - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Amar Gegic (200-PG-98) of FC Bayern II - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Alexander Angerer (203-F-96) of Bochum - 18 points and 16 rebounds
9. Nick Tufegdzich (203-PF-92) of ETB Wohnbau - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Soeren Fritze (190-PG-94) of Iserlohn - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata lands Brandon Nazione, ex Bayer Giants - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (TNA) landed 23-year old American forward Brandon Nazione (202-101kg-94, college: E.Michigan). He played most recently at Bayer Giants in German ProB. In 25 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.3apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Nazione won NJCAA D2 Region XI championship title in 2014. He received also All-NJCAA D2 Region XI 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Nazione graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Leonardo La_Bella
Esteban Rusconi
Juan Lancieri

Forwards:
Matias Sesto
Matias Rodriguez
Brandon Nazione

Centers:
Lisandro Villa
Rafael Rosende

Coach: Cesar Adriani

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ProB Round 1: RSV Eintracht defeats Herzoege Wolfenbuettel - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (0-1) in Stahnsdorf on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by RSV Eintracht (1-0) 87-81. 27 personal fouls committed by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Mike Holton Jr. (185-90, college: St.Michael's) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Smith (206-94, college: Clemson) contributed with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tarique Thompson (196-94, college: High Point) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. RSV Eintracht is looking forward to face SC Rist Wedel (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against Itzehoe (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for ETB Wohnbau (1-0) which played on the court of Oldenburg (0-1). ETB Wohnbau had an easy win 81-70. American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) stepped up and scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Nick Tufegdzich chipped in 22 points. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side naturalized Bosnian point guard Robert Drijencic (190-96) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. ETB Wohnbau will play against Rostock (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oldenburg will play against SSV Lok Bernau (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also tough home loss of Cuxhaven in a game versus undefeated SSV Lok Bernau (#2) 68-58. Dexter Werner nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Terence Smith came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Cuxhaven in the defeat. Cuxhaven's coach Markus Roewenstrunk rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. SSV Lok Bernau will meet at home Oldenburg (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven will play against Dragons Rhoendorf and hope to win that game.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Rostock (1-0) over AstroStars (0-1) 72-67. Jordan Talbert fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rostock's next round opponent will be ETB Wohnbau in Essen and it will be for sure the game of the week. AstroStars will play on the road against Schalke (#4) and hope to win that game.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Giessen 46ers II's very close three-point victory over Fraport Skyliners II 69-66. Fraport Skyliners II was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. It was a very good performance for Nick Hornsby who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Giessen 46ers II will face Wuerzburg (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Coburg (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant.
In North Schalke beat Itzehoe on the road 88-77.
In South winless Dresden lost to undefeated Iserlohn on its own court 73-77. Winless FC Bayern II lost to undefeated Elchingen in a road game 73-74. Winless Wuerzburg lost to undefeated Dragons at home 55-72. Winless Coburg lost to undefeated Schwelm on the opponent's court 71-80. Bayer Giants beat Karlsruhe SC in a home game 77-69.

North
Stahnsdorf - Wolfenbuettel 87-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (0-1) in Stahnsdorf on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by RSV Eintracht (1-0) 87-81. 27 personal fouls committed by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Mike Holton Jr. (185-90, college: St.Michael's) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Smith (206-94, college: Clemson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tarique Thompson (196-94, college: High Point) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and guard Demetrius Ward (188-90, college: W.Michigan) added 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. RSV Eintracht is looking forward to face SC Rist Wedel (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against Itzehoe (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: M.Holton Jr. 28+6reb+4ast, J.Smith 25+12reb+1ast, T.Decker 11+1reb+1ast, C.Craven 7+2reb+1ast, J.Stahl 7+6reb, O.Drews 4+1reb
Wolfenbuettel: T.Thompson 25+14reb, D.Ward 21+9reb+4ast, C.Ebert 18+2reb, L.Figge 7+3reb, T.Alte 5+3reb+1ast, E.Gueldenhaupt 3+2reb
gschID: 553499


Oldenburg - ETB Wohnbau 70-81

Another interesting game for ETB Wohnbau (1-0) which played on the court of Oldenburg (0-1). ETB Wohnbau had an easy win 81-70. ETB Wohnbau dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Oldenburg's 30. ETB Wohnbau forced 19 Oldenburg turnovers. American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) stepped up and scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Canadian Nick Tufegdzich (203-92) chipped in 22 points. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side naturalized Bosnian point guard Robert Drijencic (190-96) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. ETB Wohnbau will play against Rostock (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oldenburg will play against SSV Lok Bernau (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: N.Tufegdzich 22+4reb+1ast, A.Touray 16+4reb, M.Scott 12+8reb+8ast, N.Gaurina 9+1reb+3ast, T.Van der Velde 9+9reb+1ast, D.Durant 6+2reb+3ast
Oldenburg: R.Drijencic 14+5reb+3ast, M.Kessen 13+7reb, M.Bacak 11+5reb+2ast, H.Hujic 9+3ast, P.Niehus 9+3reb+2ast, P.Zwiener 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 553497


Itzehoe - Schalke 77-88

But Itzehoe was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Schalke 88-77 on Saturday night. It was a very good performance for naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward R.J. Slawson (203-92, college: Jacksonville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Australian center Nelson Kahler (206, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and British-Australian point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Itzehoe. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Itzehoe's coach Patrick Elzie let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Schalke will face AstroStars (#8) in Bochum in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Itzehoe will play on the road against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schalke: S.Gulley 22+10reb+3ast, C.Belger 22+3reb+2ast, R.Slawson 17+10reb+3ast, L.Friederici 11+4reb+3ast, T.Szewczyk 5+3reb, P.Carney 4+3reb+4ast
Itzehoe: J.Konrad 17+1reb, J.Wilcher 14+3reb+4ast, F.Henningsen 13+3reb+3ast, N.Kahler 12+12reb+2ast, K.Pruitt 6+5reb+6ast, N.Tienarend 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 553498


Cuxhaven - Bernau 58-68

An interesting game was also tough home loss of Cuxhaven in a game versus undefeated SSV Lok Bernau (#2) 68-58. SSV Lok Bernau forced 21 Cuxhaven turnovers. American forward Dexter Werner (198-94, college: N.Dakota St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Bennet Hundt (181-98, college: High School) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. Four SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. American guard Terence Smith (193-91, college: Mississippi) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import center Coreontae DeBerry (208-94, college: Cincinnati, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Cuxhaven in the defeat. Cuxhaven's coach Markus Roewenstrunk rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. SSV Lok Bernau will meet at home Oldenburg (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven will play against Dragons Rhoendorf and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bernau: B.Hundt 16+2reb+4ast, D.Werner 15+10reb+1ast, S.Fuelle 12+2reb+2ast, J.Boehm 12+3reb+1ast, K.Brown 6+3reb, J.Knauf 5+6reb
Cuxhaven: T.Smith 13+5reb+3ast, C.DeBerry 10+7reb, M.Huebner 10+3reb+1ast, O.Kyei 9+5reb+1ast, F.Wendeler 5+10reb+2ast, A.Triginer 4+1reb
gschID: 553495


Bochum - Rostock 67-72

We should not miss anothera road victory of Rostock (1-0) over AstroStars (0-1) 72-67. Strangely AstroStars outrebounded Rostock 41-28 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Bill Borekambi (198-92, college: Sequoias CC) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and American forward Davon Roberts (197-86, college: Azusa Pacific) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rostock's next round opponent will be ETB Wohnbau in Essen and it will be for sure the game of the week. AstroStars will play on the road against Schalke (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rostock: J.Talbert 16+6reb+1ast, B.Borekambi 16+6reb, D.Lopez 12+3reb+1ast, J.Martin 8+2ast, B.Lockhart 6+5reb+7ast, C.Frazier 6+1reb
Bochum: A.Angerer 18+16reb+1ast, D.Roberts 11+7reb+1ast, A.Smith 9+2reb+5ast, R.Howard 8+6reb, N.Meesmann 6+1reb+1ast, F.Engel 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 553496


South
Fraport SKY II - Giessen 46ers II 66-69

And finally the game worth to mention about is Giessen 46ers II's very close three-point victory over Fraport Skyliners II 69-66. Fraport Skyliners II was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. It was a very good performance for American forward Nick Hornsby (201-95, college: Sacramento St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Johannes Lischka (203-87) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Giessen 46ers II players scored in double figures. Serbian center Armin Trtovac (210-97) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Garai Zeeb (187-97) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. Giessen 46ers II will face Wuerzburg (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Coburg (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers II: B.Kraushaar 16+2reb, J.Lischka 15+9reb+1ast, N.Hornsby 12+10reb+5ast, M.Schick 10+3reb+2ast, J.Taylor 7+3reb, A.Pjanic 4+6reb
Fraport SKY II: G.Zeeb 20+2reb+4ast, A.Trtovac 14+12reb, I.Bonga 8+3reb+8ast, K.Schubert 8+4reb+1ast, R.Freudenberg 8+6reb, T.Jahn 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 553368


Dresden - Iserlohn 73-77

But Titans were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Iserlohn 77-73 on Sunday night. Quite impressive performance for point guard Soeren Fritze (190-94) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Julian Scott (203-90, college: Adams St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marc Nagora (203-93) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Janek Schmidkunz (183-90, college: Amer.Internat.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Titans. Four Titans players scored in double figures. Iserlohn will face Elchingen (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Titans will play against FC Bayern II (#9) in Muenchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iserlohn: S.Fritze 26+6reb+4ast, J.Scott 21+12reb, N.Khartchenkov 11+4reb+1ast, D.Nicholas 9+10reb+5ast, S.Kutzschmar 6+1reb+1ast, G.de Oliveira 2+3reb
Dresden: M.Nagora 21+5reb+1ast, J.Schmidkunz 13+6reb+6ast, H.Baues 13+4reb+1ast, T.Thompson 11+5reb+2ast, S.Heck 6+9reb+4ast, S.Bennett 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 553367


Elchingen - FC Bayern II 74-73

Elchingen used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Muenchen 74-73 on Saturday night. Elchingen forced 27 FC Bayern II turnovers and had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for forward Brian Butler (196-91) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Hayden Lescault (196-92, college: Point Loma) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Elchingen's coach Dario Jerkic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian point guard Amar Gegic (200-98) answered with 25 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Austrian forward Marvin Ogunsipe (204-96) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for FC Bayern II. Elchingen will face Iserlohn (#5) on the road in the next round. FC Bayern II will play against Titans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: B.Butler 16+7reb+1ast, H.Lescault 13+5reb+4ast, K.Kuhn 10+8reb, G.Graves 9+8reb+2ast, F.Beck 8+1reb+2ast, J.Vucica 6+7reb+2ast
FC Bayern II: A.Gegic 25+3reb+5ast, M.Ogunsipe 18+6reb+1ast, N.Markovic 12+5reb+1ast, N.Weidemann 6+3reb+4ast, K.Matthias Binapfl 6+3reb, J.Jebens 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 553364


Wuerzburg - Dragons 55-72

But Wuerzburg was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Rhoendorf 72-55 on Saturday night. Dragons Rhoendorf dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Wuerzburg's 30. Dragons Rhoendorf forced 21 Wuerzburg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Wuerzburg's players. Quite impressive performance for American guard Kameron Taylor (198-94, college: Seton Hill) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Viktor Frankl-Maus (186-93) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. Swingman Lukas Wank (198-97) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Miles Jackson-Cartwright (190-92, college: Pennsylvania) added 11 points in the effort for Wuerzburg. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragons Rhoendorf will face Bayer Giants in Leverkusen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wuerzburg will play on the road against Giessen 46ers II (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dragons: K.Taylor 24+8reb+3ast, V.Frankl-Maus 9+7reb+13ast, K.Thomas 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Kneesch 7+3reb, T.Michel 6+2reb+2ast, V.Blass 5+4reb
Wuerzburg: L.Wank 13+8reb+2ast, M.Jackson-Cartwright 11+4reb+2ast, J.Albus 8+2reb, D.Kovacevic 7+10reb, P.Hadenfeldt 7+1ast, M.Kunz 3+1reb
gschID: 553366


Schwelm - Coburg 80-71

SG Schwelmer Baskets used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Coburg 80-71 on Saturday night. SG Schwelmer Baskets forced 19 Coburg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American guard Chris Hortman (190-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Croatian power forward Sasha Cuic (208-83, college: Oregon St.) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Christopher Wolf (199-95) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Byron Sanford (183-93, college: Trevecca Naz.) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Coburg. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Karlsruhe SC (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coburg will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: C.Hortman 32+10reb+6ast, M.Jean-Louis 12+2reb, A.Mikutis 10+3reb+1ast, S.Cuic 8+10reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 7+2reb, T.Reuter 6+8reb+3ast
Coburg: C.Wolf 16+8reb+1ast, B.Sanford 11+6reb+2ast, S.Walde 10+1reb+4ast, J.Burris 9+5reb, E.Molosciakas 7+3ast, D.Stawowski 7+6reb
gschID: 553365


Bayer Giants - Karlsruhe SC 77-69

Bayer Giants used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Karlsruhe 77-69 on Saturday night. Bayer Giants made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Quite impressive performance for guard Alexander Blessig (188-93, college: Rollins) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds and Croatian swingman Luka Drezga (196-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 13 points in the effort for Karlsruhe SC. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayer Giants will face Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Karlsruhe SC will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Blessig 16+7reb+5ast, D.Jack 13+6reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 13+3reb+2ast, T.Schonborn 9+1reb+1ast, C.Oldham 6+9reb, G.Twiehoff 6+3reb+5ast
Karlsruhe SC: J.Black 13+18reb+2ast, L.Drezga 13+3reb+1ast, F.Rothenberg 8+8reb, C.Wellian 8+2reb, N.Maisel 8+3reb+2ast, A.Schmitz 7+2reb
gschID: 553363





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  GHANA  


Amida Brimah agreed terms with the Spurs - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) inked 23-year old Ghanian center Amida Brimah (213-104kg-94, college: Connecticut). He is not a newcomer in League as he played most recently at Chicago Bulls.
Brimah has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Connecticut and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Brimah's team made it to the AAC Tournament Semifinals.
He received All-AAC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.

San Antonio Spurs roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Amida Brimah

Coach: Gregg Popovich

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spartans clinch first win in 2017 Division II - by Yaw Mintah

Spartans have registered its first win of the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division II season after piping Dunk Knights 58-57 in a closely contested game between two of the young sides in this year's competition.

Heading to the game, neither team had registered a win in four games for Spartans and three games for Knights. the loss is the second consecutive miss for Knights following a 43-66 loss to Navy Warriors in a postponed game played after the original game was cancelled due to rains.

Leaders Reformers of Prisons and CYO continue to streak away in the league by bagging another set of wins courtesy a 64-37 win over DCD Aspirants and 57-46 win over Junior Rangers respectively. With fellow unbeaten side Ghana Police inactive for the round, CYO and Reformers have usurped Police in the top three spots.

The past round also proved to be a good one for Navy Warriors as the team registered its second straight win by beating sixth placed Panthers 58-43 in stunning fashion; prior to the loss, Panthers had won three games on the bounce.

Unfortunately, the game between Novas Academy and Junior Reformers had to be cancelled due to rains that affected Ghana's capital, Accra. Rain showers fell heavily on the exposed court at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu forcing officials to call off the game following the conclusion of the Panthers-Warriors tie.



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Trikalla signs Marko Tejic - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) signed 22-year old Serbian power forward Marko Tejic (209-95, agency: BeoBasket). He was about to sign at Sutjeska in Montenegrin Erste Liga. The last season Tejic played at Mega Bemax in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 7 KLS games he recorded 4.9ppg and 2.7rpg. Tejic helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 17 games in ABA League where he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg. Tejic also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 6.8ppg and 4.6rpg. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 2nd Team in 2017.
Tejic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Taipei (Taiwan) this year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 14.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 61.4%.
Tejic has played previously professionally in Italy and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and FMP Beograd).

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Ronald Ross
Panagiotis Karagiorgos
Diamantis Slaftsakis
Filippos Kalogiannidis
Marko Tejic
Diamantis Sflatsakis
Ioannis Chatzinikolas
Raheem Appleby
Sakis Tataris
Shannon Hale Jr
Lamond Murray Jr.
Shawndre' Jones
Michail Lountzis
Stefanos Skouloudis
Kentan Facey
Dionysios Tataris
Panagiotis Karagiorgos

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ronald Ross (ex Keravnos) is a newcomer at Trikalla - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) added to their roster experienced 34-year old American point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech). He played last season at Keravnos in Cypriot Division A. In 27 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg (top 5) and 2.1spg (leader !!!). Ross helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 23 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg.
Ross is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Jolly), France (Le Portel), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg, Mitteldeutscher BC and Artland Dragons), Israel (B.C. Habikaa and Maccabi Haifa), Italy, Greece (Apollon Patras), CBA (Albany P. and Butte D.) and D-League (N.Mexico T.).
Ross attended Texas Tech University until 2005 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Ronald Ross
Panagiotis Karagiorgos
Diamantis Slaftsakis
Filippos Kalogiannidis
Diamantis Sflatsakis
Ioannis Chatzinikolas
Raheem Appleby
Sakis Tataris
Shannon Hale Jr
Lamond Murray Jr.
Shawndre' Jones
Michail Lountzis
Stefanos Skouloudis
Kentan Facey
Dionysios Tataris
Panagiotis Karagiorgos

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Loukas Mavrokefalidis (ex AEK) joins Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) agreed terms with 33-year old Greek ex-international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-118kg-84). He played last season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. Mavrokefalidis managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 A1 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Mavrokefalidis also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. The other team he played that season for was Eagles in Chinese CBA. In 20 games he averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg.
In 2006 Mavrokefalidis was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Mavrokefalidis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year in 2016.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Mavrokefalidis played for Greek Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Greece at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Mavrokefalidis is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Mavrokefalidis tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Italy (Virtus Roma), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Spain (FC Barcelona and Valencia Basket).
On Mavrokefalidis: (by Vagelis Kotsifis for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Excellent feel for the center position ... A good rebounder and great moves around the basket ... Can play back to the rim or facing the basket with the same efficiency ...
Lacks great athletic ability ... Not a huge leaper or tremendous foot speed ..
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Travis Peterson
Egidijus Mockevicius
Martynas Echodas

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lavrio signs Tony Meier, ex CEZ Nymburk - by Chris Mammides

GS Lavrio (A1) signed 27-year old American forward Tony Meier (204-100kg-90, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). He played last season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 38 games he had 10.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Meier also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Meier won Czech Republic League championship title and the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Apollon Patras. In 26 A1 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.0apg.
He was voted CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America All-District 6 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Meier has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Australia (Frankston Blues), Poland (Polpharma) and Portugal (Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda.).
Meier attended University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

GS Lavrio roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dionysios Giannakopoulos
Dimitris Verginis
Zamal Nixon
Doron Lamb
Giorgos Papadimitriou
McKenzie Moore

Forwards:
Antwaine Wiggins
Tony Meier
Ioannis Kouzeloglou
D.J. Johnson
Cole Huff
Dimitris Legkikas

Centers:
Michalis Perakis
Dimitrios Kaklamanakis

Coach: Christos Serellis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Olympiacos edge Maccabi to clinch title in Heraklion - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Maccabi 90:82

Olympiacos won the international friendly tournament in Crete. They beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final. Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) posted 18 points to lead the Reds. Maccabi recorded a 49:44 halftime advantage. But Olympiacos used a 12:5 run in the third term the Reds surged ahead. They arrived at the final break up by 8 points 68:60. Olympiacos maintained the lead throughout the final term and raced to the victory. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) provided 17 points, while Hollis Thompson (203-SF-91, college: Georgetown) added 12 points in the victory. Pierre Jackson (180-PG-91, college: Baylor) responded with 20 points for Maccabi. Michael Roll (198-SG-87, college: UCLA) notched 10 points in the loss.



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Prom.Divisie Round 2: Grasshoppers keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

Grasshoppers smashed Red Giants in Katwijk 97-49. Red Giants will play next round against Harlemlakers trying to get back on the winning streak. Grasshoppers will try to continue on its current victory against Akrides in Ijmuiden.
Racing Beverwijk (1-1) recorded a loss in Delft. Visitors were defeated by Punch (1-1) 70-59. Punch will play against UBALL (#9) in Utrecht in the next round. Racing Beverwijk will play at home against Groningen (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: CobraNova won against Harlemlakers on the opponent's court 68-57. Winless Lions lost to undefeated Groningen in a home game 64-77. Winless Akrides lost to undefeated Lokomotief on the road 60-90. De Groene defeated UBALL on its own court 82-68.

Harlemlakers - CobraNova 57-68

But Harlemlakers were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Leidschendam 68-57. CobraNova will play against De Groene (#5) in Groningen in the next round. Harlemlakers will play on the road against Red Giants (#13) in Meppel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 571646


Grasshoppers - Red Giants 97-49

Grasshoppers smashed Red Giants in Katwijk 97-49. Red Giants will play next round against Harlemlakers trying to get back on the winning streak. Grasshoppers will try to continue on its current victory against Akrides in Ijmuiden.
gschID: 571650


Punch - Racing Beverwijk 70-59

Racing Beverwijk (1-1) recorded a loss in Delft. Visitors were defeated by Punch (1-1) 70-59. Punch will play against UBALL (#9) in Utrecht in the next round. Racing Beverwijk will play at home against Groningen (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 571649


Lions - Groningen 64-77

Very predictable result in Landsmeer where Groningen (2-0) defeated Lions (0-2) 77-64. Groningen will play against Racing Beverwijk (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lions will have a break next round.
gschID: 571647


Lokomotief - Akrides 90-60

Not a big story in a game in Rijswijk where Akrides (0-1) were rolled over by Lokomotief (2-0) 90-60. Lokomotief will play against Leiden 2 (#4) on the road in the next round. Akrides will play against Grasshoppers (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 571648


De Groene - UBALL 82-68

There was a small surprise in Groningen where De Groene (1-1) beat UBALL (1-1) 82-68. De Groene will play against CobraNova (#7) in Leidschendam in the next round. UBALL will play at home against Punch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 571645





Greg Mays (ex Rotterdam) agreed terms with Plymouth Raiders - by Eurobasket News

Plymouth University Raiders (BBL) inked 24-year old American forward Greg Mays (203-100kg-93, college: Green Bay). He played most recently at Rotterdam Challengers in Dutch Eredivisie. In 12 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2spg last season. Mays also played that season for another team Northern Arizona Suns in U.S. NBA-G-League where in four games he averaged 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
Last year (a year after he left the college) Mays was drafted by Northern Arizona Suns (D-League) in second round (30th overall).
He attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Mays played in the final of Horizon League Tournament in 2015. He received also All-Horizon League 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Mays has played also professionally in Australia (Bandits).

Plymouth University Raiders roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Neil Watson
Dylan Costelloe
Eddie Matthew
Brandon Norfleet
Ron Mvouika

Forwards:
Brandon Penn
Louis Sayers
Joonas Jarvelainen
Greg Mays

Center:
Zak Wells

Coach: Gavin Love

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @marcocalise)

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Hapoel Maboim / Merchavim tabs Evan Conti - by Netanel Dahan

Artzit newcomer Hapoel Maboim / Merchavim inked 24-year old American guard Evan Conti (190-94kg-93, college: Quinnipiac). He spent his 2-year professional career in Israel. He is not a newcomer in Israeli League as he played most recently at Hapoel Migdal Haemek in the National League.
The previous (15-16) season Conti played at Hapoel Beer Sheva (also in National League) where in 21 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 1.7rpg.
Conti's team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He graduated from Quinnipiac College in 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Baskonia cruise past Hapoel Jerusalem for Trofeo Alava - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - Hapoel Jerusalem 97:75

Baskonia celebrated Trofeo Alava-Araba title. They beat Hapoel Jerusalem in Vitoria. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83) nailed 20 points and dished out 10 assists to lead the charge.
Baskonia sank 24 points in the first period to take a 2-point lead. They stretched the margin at 4-point mark at the big break. Baskonia dominated in the third quarter. They ensured a 9-point lead at the final break. The hosts unleashed 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Janis Timma (201-F-92) delivered 16 points, while Vincent Poirier (210-F/C-93) added 14 points in the victory. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87, college: Baylor) answered with 18 points for Hapoel Jerusalem. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) had 16 points in the loss.



Maccabi Haifa may sign Samardo Samuels - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) is close to sign 28-year old Jamaican power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville) who played last time at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spain. Samuels ended the last season at New Basket Brindisi in Italian Serie A where in 7 games he had 7.9ppg and 4.6rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg.
Samuels has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year in 2015.
Samuels also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samuels has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks, Reno Bighorns and Canton Charge).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.

Maccabi Hunter Haifa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dagan Yavzuri
Frederic Bourdillon
Angel Rodriguez
Luke Martinez
Roi Huber

Forwards:
Brandon Bowman
William Graves
Willy Workman
Oz Blayzer
Netanel Artzi

Center:
Daniel Koperberg

Coach: Ofer Rahimi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Olympiacos edge Maccabi to clinch title in Heraklion - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Maccabi 90:82

Olympiacos won the international friendly tournament in Crete. They beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final. Brian Roberts (187-PG-85, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) posted 18 points to lead the Reds. Maccabi recorded a 49:44 halftime advantage. But Olympiacos used a 12:5 run in the third term the Reds surged ahead. They arrived at the final break up by 8 points 68:60. Olympiacos maintained the lead throughout the final term and raced to the victory. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) provided 17 points, while Hollis Thompson (203-SF-91, college: Georgetown) added 12 points in the victory. Pierre Jackson (180-PG-91, college: Baylor) responded with 20 points for Maccabi. Michael Roll (198-SG-87, college: UCLA) notched 10 points in the loss.



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Trieste celebrate SuperCoppa LNP title - by Eurobasket News

Trieste - Treviso Basket 88:78

Trieste earned the SuperCoppa LNP title. They beat Treviso Basket in the Final at home court. Alessandro Cittadini (207-C-79) nailed 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Trieste sank 28 points in the first period to eke out a one-point lead. Treviso Basket held the hosts to just 12 points in the second period to open a 4-point halftime lead 40:47. Trieste unloaded 28 points in the third period to secure a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. They added 20 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Javonte Green (193-G-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) and Daniele Cavaliero (188-PG-84) chipped in 16 points each for the winners. John Brown III (201-F-92, college: High Point) replied with 28 points for Treviso Basket. Gherardo Sabatini (181-PG-94) tossed in 21 points in the loss.



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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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.



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Maccabi Haifa may sign Samardo Samuels - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) is close to sign 28-year old Jamaican power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville) who played last time at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spain. Samuels ended the last season at New Basket Brindisi in Italian Serie A where in 7 games he had 7.9ppg and 4.6rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg.
Samuels has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year in 2015.
Samuels also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samuels has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem) and NBA G League (Erie Bay Hawks, Reno Bighorns and Canton Charge).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.

Maccabi Hunter Haifa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dagan Yavzuri
Frederic Bourdillon
Angel Rodriguez
Luke Martinez
Roi Huber

Forwards:
Brandon Bowman
William Graves
Willy Workman
Oz Blayzer
Netanel Artzi

Center:
Daniel Koperberg

Coach: Ofer Rahimi

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ken Moses Named Assistant Basketball Coach at Missouri State University-West Plains - by Eurobasket News

Chris Popp , head coach of the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team, today announced the hiring of Ken Moses as the team's new assistant coach. Moses, a native of Honolulu, Hawai'i, began his new duties Monday. He comes to the Grizzlies following four years as a graduate assistant and assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK). 'Ken has proven himself as a worker in this business,' Popp said. 'He has been involved in highly successful programs, learning from coaches who I respect and who do things the right way. Ken is accomplished, organized and motivated. I am excited to get him here and plugged into what we are building.' Moses also is excited to join the Grizzly program. 'I'm familiar with the college and its history, the tradition it has and the way it has developed players for the next level. I'm extremely happy to be affiliated with a program of this caliber. I look forward to helping these young adults get a good education and become great basketball players,' he said.
During his tenure at UNK, Moses helped the Lopers win 53 games and reach the Mid-America Athletic Conference (MIAA) tournament in Kansas City three times. He also was instrumental in helping the team post back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in 10 years and make its 12th appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament. While at UNK, he coached one NJCAA Division II All-American, three first team All-MIAA selections, one second team All-MIAA selection, one third team All-MIAA selection, 1 All-MIAA defensive team selection, and three honorable mention All-MIAA selections.
Prior to joining the Lopers, Moses spent three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Colorado State University in Pueblo, a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. He helped the ThunderWolves win 39 games and place fourth in the league standings during the 2012-13 season. As a guard for the ThunderWolves, he appeared in 80 games and started 15, and helped the team earn 17 wins during the 2009-10 season. He was a four-year letter winner at CSU-Pueblo and served as a team captain during the 2009-10 season. 'I want to thank Coach Popp for everything he's done to give me this opportunity, and I want to thank UNK Athletics, especially Kevin Lofton, who's been a great mentor to me and helped me mature and grow as a coach,' Moses said.
Courtesy of: wp.missouristate.edu



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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. Girdziunas, Neptu.16.0 
 5. Kupsas, Juventus16.0 
 6. Valinskas, Zalgiris16.0 
 7. Echodas, Lietuvos.15.0 
 8. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes14.0 
 9. Klimavicius, Vytautas14.0 
 10. Ireland, Juventus13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Siauliai
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Siauliai9.0 
 2. Dimsa, Vytautas9.0 
 3. Linkevicius, Vytautas8.0 
 4. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes8.0 
 5. Selakovs, Dzukija7.5 
 6. Kupsas, Juventus7.5 
 7. Palacios, Neptunas7.5 
 8. Carter, Lietuvos.7.5 
 9. Petrileviciu., Dzuki.7.5 
 10. Apsitis, Vytautas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Lietkabelis
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Lietkabelis7.0 
 2. Micic, Zalgiris7.0 
 3. Kramer, Lietuvos.6.5 
 4. Girdziunas, Neptu.6.5 
 5. Dimsa, Vytautas6.0 
 6. Normantas, Lietuvos.5.0 
 7. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.5.0 
 8. Bost, Zalgiris4.5 
 9. Ireland, Juventus4.5 
 10. Palacios, Neptunas4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Paulius IVANAUSKAS
  Vytau.
  (195-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ivanauskas, Vytau.4.0 
 2. Butkevicius, Neptu.2.5 
 3. Ireland, Juventus2.5 
 4. White, Zalgiris2.0 
 5. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes2.0 
 6. Jomantas, Lietuvos.2.0 
 7. Kramer, Lietuvos.2.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.2.0 
 9. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
 10. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita BALASHOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.3.0 
 2. Dimsa, Vytautas2.0 
 3. Zhukanenko, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 4. Kupsas, Juventus1.5 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.5 
 6. Dimsa, Vytautas1.0 
 7. Normantas, Lietuvos.1.0 
 8. Echodas, Lietuvos.1.0 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 10. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.1.0 


Loukas Mavrokefalidis (ex AEK) joins Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) agreed terms with 33-year old Greek ex-international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-118kg-84). He played last season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. Mavrokefalidis managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 A1 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Mavrokefalidis also played 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 11.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. The other team he played that season for was Eagles in Chinese CBA. In 20 games he averaged impressive 20.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg.
In 2006 Mavrokefalidis was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (57th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Greek Cup in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Mavrokefalidis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year in 2016.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Mavrokefalidis played for Greek Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented Greece at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.7%, FT: 50.0%.
Mavrokefalidis is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Mavrokefalidis tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Italy (Virtus Roma), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Spain (FC Barcelona and Valencia Basket).
On Mavrokefalidis: (by Vagelis Kotsifis for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Excellent feel for the center position ... A good rebounder and great moves around the basket ... Can play back to the rim or facing the basket with the same efficiency ...
Lacks great athletic ability ... Not a huge leaper or tremendous foot speed ..
.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Travis Peterson
Egidijus Mockevicius
Martynas Echodas

Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LKL Round 1: Neptunas defeat Nevezis - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LKL just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Nevezis (0-1) in Klaipeda on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Neptunas (2-0) 92-73. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Nevezis managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Neptunas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Colombian-Spanish power forward Juan Palacios (206-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) contributed with 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard James Woodard (191-94, college: Tulsa) answered with 22 points for Nevezis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Neptunas is looking forward to face Vytautas (#8) in Prienai in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nevezis will play at home against Zalgiris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Neptunas (2-0) which played on the court of Siauliai (1-1). Neptunas won 82-73. Colombian-Spanish power forward Juan Palacios (206-85) stepped up and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Renaldas Seibutis chipped in 17 points. At the losing side American guard Nick Zeisloft (193-92, college: Indiana) responded with 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Neptunas will play against Vytautas (#8) in Prienai in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siauliai will play on the road against Lietkabelis in Panevezys to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Prienai between Siauliai and Vytautas. Siauliai (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over Vytautas (0-1). Siauliai managed to escape with a 2-point win 61-59 in the fight for the fifth place. Laurynas Birutis nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Tomas Dimsa came up with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Vytautas in the defeat. Siauliai will meet Lietkabelis in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vytautas will play against Neptunas (#3) and hope to win that game.
The game in Alytus was also worth to mention about. Lietkabelis (2-0) played at the court of Dzukija (0-2). Lietkabelis defeated Dzukija 69-55. Lorenzo Williams fired 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietkabelis' next round opponent will be Siauliai (#5) at home. Dzukija will play against Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and hope to win that game.
The game in Utena was also quite interesting. Lietuvos rytas (2-0) played at the court of Juventus (0-2). Lietuvos rytas managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Chris Kramer who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 assists. Juventus' coach Gediminas Petrauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lietuvos rytas will face Dzukija (#9) in Alytus in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Juventus will play on the road against Siauliai and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant. Zalgiris smashed Dzukija on the road 89-70. Lietuvos rytas won against P.Zvaigzdes on its own court 102-90. Winless Juventus lost to undefeated Lietkabelis in Panevezys 85-92.

Neptunas - Nevezis 92-73

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Nevezis (0-1) in Klaipeda on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Neptunas (2-0) 92-73. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Nevezis managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Neptunas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Colombian-Spanish power forward Juan Palacios (206-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) contributed with 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard James Woodard (191-94, college: Tulsa) answered with 22 points and the other American import guard Malcolm Grant (185-88, college: Miami, FL) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Nevezis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Neptunas is looking forward to face Vytautas (#8) in Prienai in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nevezis will play at home against Zalgiris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: J.Palacios 25+7reb+6ast, M.Girdziunas 20+3reb+6ast, R.Seibutis 9+2reb+3ast, E.Zelionis 9+3reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 9+3reb+1ast, L.Beliauskas 8+3reb+3ast
Nevezis: J.Woodard 22+4reb+3ast, M.Grant 9+4ast, G.Matulis 8+3reb+1ast, M.Veljacic 7+1ast, V.Likhodey 7+2reb+1ast, G.Maldunas 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 568381


Vytautas - Siauliai 59-61

A very close game took place in Prienai between Siauliai and Vytautas. Siauliai (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over Vytautas (0-1). Siauliai managed to escape with a 2-point win 61-59 in the fight for the fifth place. Vytautas trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 59-61 at the end of the game. International power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-97) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Arminas Urbutis (206-86, college: Hofstra, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Tomas Dimsa (198-94) came up with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and international forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (205-92) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Vytautas in the defeat. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Siauliai will meet Lietkabelis in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vytautas will play against Neptunas (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: L.Birutis 16+11reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 16+6reb, V.Sarakauskas 8+4reb, N.Zeisloft 5+3reb+2ast, D.Sabeckis 4+4reb+4ast, K.Zemaitis 3+1reb+2ast
Vytautas: T.Klimavicius 14+2reb+1ast, T.Dimsa 11+6reb+6ast, B.Tinsley 10+1reb+2ast, E.Zukauskas 10+6reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 4+9reb, M.Linkevicius 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 568380


Dzukija - Lietkabelis 55-69

The game in Alytus was also worth to mention about. Lietkabelis (2-0) played at the court of Dzukija (0-2). Lietkabelis defeated Dzukija 69-55. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Dzukija was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Dzukija outrebounded Lietkabelis 49-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (187-84, college: Rice) fired 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Paulius Danisevicius (178-95) produced 11 points and 4 assists and forward Paulius Petrilevicius (200-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietkabelis' next round opponent will be Siauliai (#5) at home. Dzukija will play against Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: L.Williams 13+6reb+7ast, V.Cepukaitis 12+8reb, G.Talton 9+4reb+3ast, D.Lavrinovic 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Peineris 6+2reb+2ast, G.Leonavicius 6+2reb+2ast
Dzukija: P.Danisevicius 11+4reb+4ast, G.Zalalis 8+6reb, M.Susinskas 8+3reb+1ast, P.Petrilevicius 7+10reb+1ast, K.Reinhardt 7+5reb, A.Kashirov 4
gschID: 568379


Juventus - Lietuvos rytas 75-82

The game in Utena was also quite interesting. Lietuvos rytas (2-0) played at the court of Juventus (0-2). Lietuvos rytas managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 assists. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Center Mindaugas Kupsas (217-91, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American center LaRon Dendy (205-88, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: David Lee Services) added 15 points in the effort for Juventus. Five Lietuvos rytas and four Juventus players scored in double figures. Juventus' coach Gediminas Petrauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lietuvos rytas will face Dzukija (#9) in Alytus in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Juventus will play on the road against Siauliai and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: C.Kramer 14+3reb+7ast, B.Madgen 14+4reb+3ast, M.Echodas 13+6reb+1ast, R.Giedraitis 11+6reb+3ast, R.Carter 10+9reb, T.Peterson 10+4reb+3ast
Juventus: M.Kupsas 23+8reb, L.Dendy 15+3reb, A.Ireland 12+1reb+2ast, L.Samenas 11+2reb+2ast, K.Guscikas 6+3reb+2ast, A.Siksnius 6+2ast
gschID: 568378


Siauliai - Neptunas 73-82

Another interesting game for Neptunas (2-0) which played on the court of Siauliai (1-1). Neptunas won 82-73. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-21 Siauliai's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-73 at the end of the game. Neptunas forced 19 Siauliai turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Colombian-Spanish power forward Juan Palacios (206-85) stepped up and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) chipped in 17 points. Five Neptunas players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Nick Zeisloft (193-92, college: Indiana) responded with 20 points and Ignas Vaitkus (196-93, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Neptunas will play against Vytautas (#8) in Prienai in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siauliai will play on the road against Lietkabelis in Panevezys to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: R.Seibutis 17+3reb+3ast, J.Palacios 15+8reb+3ast, E.Zelionis 15+2reb, M.Girdziunas 12+7ast, S.Galdikas 11+4reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 6+1reb+2ast
Siauliai: N.Zeisloft 20+2reb+3ast, D.Sabeckis 12+2reb+3ast, I.Vaitkus 11+5reb+3ast, A.Urbutis 8+5reb+3ast, L.Birutis 6+7reb+2ast, E.Saulys 6
gschID: 568377


Dzukija - Zalgiris 70-89

There was a small surprise when Zalgiris (1-0) crushed Dzukija (0-2) in Alytus 89-70 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-70. Quite impressive performance for Paulius Valinskas (190-95) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Forward Paulius Petrilevicius (200-91, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Katin Reinhardt (198-93, college: Marquette) added 14 points in the effort for Dzukija. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris will face Nevezis (#6) in Kedainiai in the next round. Dzukija will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Valinskas 16+5reb, K.Pangos 13+4reb+3ast, D.Bost 13+2reb+3ast, E.Ulanovas 9+1reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 9+4reb+2ast, A.Toupane 9+1reb+3ast
Dzukija: K.Reinhardt 14+2reb, A.Selakovs 10+5reb+1ast, P.Danisevicius 10+2reb+1ast, M.Susinskas 9+3reb, P.Petrilevicius 8+5reb+4ast, G.Navickas 7+1ast
gschID: 568375


Lietuvos rytas - P.Zvaigzdes 102-90

Very expected game when P.Zvaigzdes (0-1) lost to Lietuvos rytas (2-0) in Vilnius 90-102 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Lietuvos rytas looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Robert Carter (206-94, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. International Rokas Giedraitis (200-92) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Russian forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-84) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for P.Zvaigzdes. Four Lietuvos rytas and five P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas will face Dzukija (#9) in Alytus in the next round and are hoping to win another game. P.Zvaigzdes will play on the road against Zalgiris in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: R.Carter 25+6reb+1ast, M.Echodas 17+5reb, R.Giedraitis 15+3reb+4ast, T.Peterson 11+7reb+4ast, B.Madgen 10+1ast, C.Kramer 9+5reb+6ast
P.Zvaigzdes: N.Balashov 16+7reb+3ast, R.Harrow 14+1reb+7ast, S.Babrauskas 13+7reb+2ast, V.Bobrov 12+6reb+1ast, A.Ausejs 12+3reb+4ast, T.Lekunas 10+2reb
gschID: 568376


Lietkabelis - Juventus 92-85

Very predictable result when Lietkabelis (2-0) won against Juventus (0-2) in Panevezys 92-85 on Tuesday. Lietkabelis made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Quite impressive performance for the former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Donatas Tarolis (202-94, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. American point guard Anthony Ireland (175-91, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) added 16 points in the effort for Juventus. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietkabelis will face Siauliai (#5) at home in the next round. Juventus will play against Siauliai (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: K.Lavrinovic 19+7reb+3ast, D.Tarolis 16+7reb+1ast, Z.Peineris 14+2reb+3ast, A.Juskevicius 13+3reb+5ast, V.Cepukaitis 10+1reb+1ast, L.Williams 7+1reb+7ast
Juventus: A.Siksnius 16+3reb+1ast, A.Ireland 15+5reb+7ast, M.Kupsas 9+7reb, L.Dendy 8+5reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 7+2reb, J.Flowers 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 568374





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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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TJ Warren to sign contract extension with Phoenix Suns - by Eurobasket News

Since general manager Ryan McDonough took over in 2013, the Suns have sifted through trades and draft picks in hopes of finding long-term talent. It appears they consider T.J. Warren (6'8''-F-95, college: N.Carolina St.) fits that category. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the fourth-year forward has come to terms with Phoenix on a contract extension that would keep him in the desert through 2022. A former ACC Player of the Year at North Carolina State, Warren has flashed the same flair for scoring that he showed in college, averaging 11.2 points per game on 50.2-percent shooting in just over 24 minutes per contest over his three-year career. He has, however, struggled to stay on the court due to injury, playing in just 153 games over the last three seasons.
Courtesy of: nba.com




The Thunder tabs Markel Brown, ex Khimki - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) inked 25-year old point guard Markel Brown (191-85kg-92, college: Oklahoma State) on a training camp contract. He played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 11 Eurocup games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season. Brown helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 21 games in VTB United League where he had 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg. Brown contributed to his team making it to the final. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers that year. Brown contributed to his team making it to the final.
Three years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in second round (44th overall). Brown attended Oklahoma State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received All-Big 12 2nd Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Brown has played previously for two other NBA teams: Brooklyn Nets and Maine Red Claws.

Oklahoma City Thunder roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Yannis Morin
Steven Adams
Dakari Johnson

Coach: Billy Donovan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Evaluating 2017's Off-season Trade Insanity - by Eurobasket

The last few months have been one of the most chaotic and entertaining off-seasons in memory. With the inarguable dominance of the Golden State Warriors, every NBA General Manager not named Bob Riley has had to decide whether to build their teams slowly and hope the Warriors taper off in the next few years or to push their chips in and make a run for the current champs. Well, we now have our answers and it seems the gaps between the haves and have-nots have grown. Let's take a look at the big trades that created would-be contenders for next season's championship.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The first splash made was on June 21, as the Chicago Bulls traded away 2016-17 All NBA 3rd Team member Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. After picking up hometowner Dwayne Wade last year, expectations grew that the Bulls could make some noise in the East. The result was a 41-41 group and a less-than-happy locker room. Butler is thrilled to be reunited with head coach Tom Thibodeau and the T-Wolves expect the three-time All-Star to bring the same offense of departing Zach Levine plus lockdown defense and leadership to great young talents Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns. Throw in the free-agent acquisition of point guard Jeff Teague and you have a legitimate contender in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Trade Grade: B

Houston Rockets

Next up was the Rockets. They managed to grab elite point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers. CP3 had one foot out the door with a deteriorating relationship with head coach Doc Rivers. Paul is one of the best distributors in the game (career 9.9apg) and even at 32 years old, is a top defender, with seven All-Defensive First Team awards). He joins a team that is building itself in the image of the Warriors with a premium placed on an up-tempo offensive pace with a lot of three-point shooting. Houston finished last year with the third-best record in the league and, on paper, are now stronger. The question everyone is asking revolves around Paul and Harden's ability to share the ball; if they can, the Rockets might have punched a ticket to the Western Conference finals.
Trade Grade: A

Oklahoma City Thunder

Not to be left out of the Western Conference arms race, the Thunder swooped in and traded for the highly prized Indiana Pacer, Paul George. OKC didn't give up much given the expectation that George will head elsewhere when his contract expires, with the Lakers being his top choice. With George, OKC now has one of the toughest defenses on paper and although getting through the Warriors, Rockets, Wolves and Spurs will be tough, the Thunder, as of August 13, provide great value to win the West at +1700. If George and and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook play well together, Thunder GM Sam Presti believes he can convince both to stay rather than have George - and possibly Westbrook - walk at the end of the season.
Trade Grade: B

Cleveland Cavaliers & Boston Celtics

In a summer of big-name moves, the true blockbuster came on August 21 and surprisingly was between the two prohibitive favorites in the East. The Cavs sent the disgruntled Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick. Celtics GM Danny Ainge was expected to keep methodically building his team for contendership in the near future but with the signing of Gordon Hayward he apparently thinks Irving puts Boston over the top. Thomas has a hip injury with no fixed date of return so his absence hurts the Cavs now and increases their interest in acquiring Dwayne Wade although there's no guarantee there. The addition of Crowder and a likely early first-round pick next year helps them in the future.
Trade Grade: Cavs B / Celtics A-

As with most trades, it takes time to get a true evaluation and when draft picks are included a bad trade can become good, or vice versa. It seems all of these trades were made with an attempt to win in the short-term. Many of these big names have only one year left on their current contract and are UFAs at the end of this season (Paul, Thomas, George) so their departure would be a bitter pill for the teams they currently play for.
While these teams seem to represent the short list of teams to occupy the four conference finals spots, let's not forget that sometimes the best trade you make is the one you don't. The San Antonio Spurs still have kept their roster largely intact with FA signings and still have arguably the best head coach in NBA history. In the East, Toronto, Washington and Milwaukee will look to improve on last year's performances. The rest of the league, however, seems to be content to take the slow lane to rebuild for the long-term and wait for these current Warriors to go away.




The Pistons bring Udrih to training camp - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons signed experienced 35-year old Slovenian ex-international point guard Beno Udrih (190-93kg-82) to a training camp deal. He played there last season. In 36 NBA games he recorded 6.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.7apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Udrih spent at the Heat where in 36 NBA games he averaged 4.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. He also played for the Grizzlies. In 8 NBA games he had 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.3apg.
In 2004 Udrih was drafted by San Antonio Spurs in first round (28th overall).
He was a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Udrih was called to Slovenian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2010 and previously for U22 National Team back in 2001.
He is a very experienced player. Udrih has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy, Russia (Avtodor) and other NBA teams (Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at the Pistons.

Detroit Pistons roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Beno Udrih
Reggie Jackson
Ishmael Smith
Dwight Buycks
Avery Bradley
Reggie Bullock
Langston Galloway
Stanley Johnson
Luis_David Montero
Luke Kennard

Forwards:
Jon Leuer
Tobias Harris
Eric Moreland
Derek Willis

Centers:
Anthony Tolliver
Boban Marjanovic
Andre Drummond
Landry Nnoko
Henry Ellenson

Coach: Stan Van Gundy

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The Knicks waived Chasson Randle - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks waived 24-year old point guard Chasson Randle (187-82kg-93, college: Stanford).
The last season Randle played at another team Knicks where in 20 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Randle won Czech Republic League championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team in 2016.
Randle represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP-1 (73.9%), 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Randle has played also professionally in other NBA teams (Phi.76ers), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).
He attended Stanford University until 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

New York Knicks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jarrett Jack
Ramon Sessions
Courtney Lee
Tim Hardaway_Jr.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Ron Baker
Damyean Dotson
Frank Ntilikina

Forwards:
Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Joakim Noah
Lance Thomas
Michael Beasley
Kyle O'Quinn
Doug McDermott
Jamel Artis
Luke Kornet
Nigel Hayes

Centers:
Enes Kanter
Guillermo Hernangomez
Kristaps Porzingis

Coach: Kurt Rambis

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The Carmelo Anthony trade is official - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder's trade for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) is official, the team and the New York Knicks announced Monday. The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter (6'11''-C-92, college: Kentucky), forward Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92, college: Creighton) and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round pick to the Knicks to complete the deal. 'We are thrilled to welcome Carmelo to Oklahoma City and the Thunder organization,' Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in an official statement. 'In addition to his skill level, experience, and unique talents, Carmelo is another high character, professional player for our roster.' Anthony spent seven seasons in New York, averaging 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists during those years, shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range. 'This is a deal we feel works for both this franchise and Carmelo," Knicks President of Basketball Operations Steve Mills said in an official statement. "We thank him for his seven seasons in a Knicks uniform and all that he accomplished off the court for the City of New York by using his platform to address social issues. We will continue to focus on this team looking forward towards the immediate and long-term future. As we have said recently, this is a new beginning for the New York Knicks.' Anthony, who waived a no-trade clause to come to Oklahoma City, had told the Knicks he wanted out of New York months ago, initially pushing for a deal to the Houston Rockets. The Knicks and Rockets could not work anything out with Houston having to send over power forward Ryan Anderson's three-year contract in any conceivable agreement. The Knicks were looking for shorter contracts. Eventually, Anthony expanded his list of teams to include the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thunder. The Knicks brought in Kanter and McDermott to replace some of the scoring they would be losing with the departure of Anthony. 'We acquired two 25-year-old players in this deal that we can develop, while sticking with our overall strategy of emphasizing youth and athleticism," Knicks general manager and former Thunder assistant GM Scott Perry said. "With this trade, we have added scoring and aggressiveness to our frontcourt, and bolstered the team's perimeter shooting. We are glad to have finalized a trade that made sense for all of us.'
Courtesy of: normantranscript.com



Amida Brimah agreed terms with the Spurs - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) inked 23-year old Ghanian center Amida Brimah (213-104kg-94, college: Connecticut). He is not a newcomer in League as he played most recently at Chicago Bulls.
Brimah has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Connecticut and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Brimah's team made it to the AAC Tournament Semifinals.
He received All-AAC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.

San Antonio Spurs roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Center:
Amida Brimah

Coach: Gregg Popovich

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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

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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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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

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Rick Bodiford agreed terms with KW Titans - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) inked 30-year old American guard Rick Bodiford (193-91kg-87, college: IU Southeast). He just graduated from Indiana University Southeast (NAIA). Bodiford has played there for the last four years. In 39 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.7apg last season.
He has played previously for Kebs de Laval and Power.
As mentioned above Bodiford is just out of the college and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Natural shooting guard who can play both guard positions as well as post up most wing players with his strength and athleticism. Very good shooter who can shoot in all facets-spot up, on the run, off the dribble, in transition, coming off screens and facing up. Very strong ball handler who can penetrate one-on-one and play the pick 'n' roll. Excellent passer who sees the floor at all times. Smart player, great team player, excellent playing organized basketball. NBA type athlete who is in excellent condition year round. Very strong rebounder for a guard and solid defender. Moves very well without the ball and is extremely difficult to guard creating major match up problems for teams.

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darren Duncan
Tramar Sutherland
Rick Bodiford
Russell Byrd

Forward:
Greg Morrow

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KW Titans sign Darren Duncan - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) signed 29-year old American point guard Darren Duncan (182-84kg-88, college: Merrimack) from Windsor Express. In 32 NBL Canada games in Canada he had 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 7.2apg (top 3) last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Duncan spent at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga where in 25 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg (top 4) and 1.2spg. Duncan also played that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1. In 7 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Duncan won NBL Canada championship title in 2014. He was also voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 3rd Team back in 2014.
Duncan is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Lions), Slovakia (Nova Ves), Czech Republic (NH Ostrava and Levharti Chomutov), Finland (Salon Vilpas) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen and Riptide).
Duncan attended Merrimack College until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Very quick. Good passer. Not afraid to run on the basket against taller opponents. But sometimes "overdo" it and can be stopped. Smart play.
Strengths: Great court vision. Tough defender with quick feet and hands. Elite three-point shooter off the dribble or the catch. Can take contact and finish a play at the rim. Team player and leader. Great ball handler
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Kitchener-Waterloo Titans roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Darren Duncan
Tramar Sutherland
Russell Byrd

Forward:
Greg Morrow

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Former Kickapoo basketball star Jared Ridder commits to Missouri State - by Eurobasket News

Fans are excited for the upcoming Missouri State basketball season. The team is now giving reasons to be excited after the 2017-18 season. Former Kickapoo standout Jared Ridder (6'7''-F) announced via Twitter that he's coming home to join the Missouri State basketball program. Ridder announced Friday night he was leaving the Xavier basketball program before his freshman season to move home. The 6-foot-7 forward was ranked as Missouri's No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2017 by PrepHoops.com. Due to transfer rules, Ridder wouldn't be eligible to play for Missouri State until the start of the 2018-19 season. Kickapoo's all-time leading scorer put down 1,628 points in his high school career, and 745 of those came in his senior season. He also hauled down 214 rebounds. Kickapoo went 26-5 on the season, won the Ozark Conference and defeated Chaminade to place third in the Class 5 state playoffs. Missouri State offered Ridder a scholarship during his initial recruiting process.
Courtesy of: news-leader.com



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Josh Mayberry: Stellar pro debut - by Moritz Korff

Josh Mayberry (6'3''-G-95, college: Dominican, IL) has launched his professional career with BG Eisbaeren, a club from Karlsruhe in the German Regionalliga. He made an impressive debut on Sunday, scoring 23 points, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, while pulling down seven rebounds.

Mayberry played college basketball for four years at Dominican University, averaging 18.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior, earning Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference First Team honors.



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BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.30.5 
 2. Midtvedt, Centrum28.5 
 3. Skouen, Froya B.27.5 
 4. Nisavic, Fyllinge.27.0 
 5. Cugini, Gimle BBK24.5 
 6. Bolinz, Asker Aliens22.5 
 7. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.22.5 
 8. Issalhi, Tromso22.0 
 9. Ferrales, Kongsberg20.5 
 10. Spear, Nidaros Jets20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aksel BOLINZ
  Asker Aliens
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Bolinz, Asker Aliens18.5 
 2. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .11.5 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso11.5 
 4. Fivelstad, Gimle B.10.5 
 5. Sumskis, Fyllinge.10.5 
 6. Cugini, Gimle BBK10.0 
 7. Thomas, Kongsberg10.0 
 8. Clark, Froya Basket8.5 
 9. Sommerfeldt, Asker A.8.0 
 10. Yele, Asker Aliens8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERRALES
  Kongsberg
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ferrales, Kongsberg7.5 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.7.5 
 3. Nisavic, Fyllinge.7.0 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso6.5 
 5. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.6.0 
 6. Vangen, Ammerud .5.5 
 7. Granath, Gimle BBK5.0 
 8. Fredheim, Nidaros .5.0 
 9. Skouen, Froya B.5.0 
 10. Toefte, Nidaros .5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Magnus ELGMORK
  Fyllinge.
  (181-PG-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Elgmork, Fyllinge.3.5 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso3.5 
 3. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .3.0 
 4. Malto, Ammerud .3.0 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.2.5 
 6. Spear, Nidaros Jets2.5 
 7. Nisavic, Fyllinge.2.5 
 8. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.2.5 
 9. Malto, Ammerud .2.0 
 10. Berg, Asker Aliens2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roy NWACHUKWU
  Ammerud .
  (196-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .3.0 
 2. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .3.0 
 3. Lange, Tromso2.0 
 4. Krivokapic, Kongs.1.5 
 5. Yele, Asker Aliens1.5 
 6. Thomas, Kongsberg1.5 
 7. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.1.5 
 8. Fredheim, Nidaros .1.0 
 9. Vangen, Ammerud .1.0 
 10. Clark, Froya Basket1.0 


BLNO Round 2: Asker Aliens defeat Froya Basket - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Froya Basket (1-1) on the court of Asker Aliens on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Asker Aliens 85-79. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Froya Basket's 36. They outrebounded Froya Basket 57-31 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Aksel Bolinz (201-90, college: N.Illinois) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 28 rebounds and 4 assists. DR Congolese forward Djo Yele (203-82) contributed with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Froya Basket. Asker Aliens is looking forward to face Kongsberg (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Froya Basket will play against Ammerud Bskt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Ammerud Bskt (1-1) which played in Bekkestua against Baerum Basket (0-2). Ammerud Bskt won 67-58. British center Morakinyo Williams (210-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Karlis Helmanis chipped in 16 points during the contest. Ammerud Bskt's coach Mustafa Mahnin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Stian Mjos (183-89) responded with 39 points (!!!). Ammerud Bskt will play against Froya Basket (#6) in Laksevag in the next round. Baerum Basket will play on the road against Fyllingen BBK to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Oslo supposed to be also quite interesting. Fyllingen BBK (2-0) played at the court of Centrum (0-2). Fyllingen BBK smashed Centrum 117-84 on Sunday. Ognjen Nisavic notched 30 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) by Magnus Midtvedt did not help to save the game for Centrum. Centrum's coach Inge-Aleksander Kristiansen gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Fyllingen BBK will meet at home Baerum Basket (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Centrum will have a break next round.
The game in Kongsberg was also worth to mention about. Gimle BBK (1-1) played at the court of Kongsberg (2-0). Kongsberg did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-76. The best player for the winners was Fred Thomas who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Kongsberg's next round opponent will be Asker Aliens at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gimle BBK will play against Baerum Basket and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 bottom-ranked Tromso beat Nidaros Jets on the road 78-70.

Nidaros Jets - Tromso 70-78

But Nidaros Jets were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Tromso 78-70. The best player for the winners was guard Hani Issalhi (187-84) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Guard Henrik Lange (192-95) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Simon Midtvedt (180-96) produced 27 points and Australian guard Joel Spear (192-94, college: S.Oregon) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tromso: H.Issalhi 20+11reb+6ast, H.Lange 17+9reb+4ast, A.Solem 12+6reb+1ast, J.Imenickas 9+1ast, A.Smalas 9+3reb+2ast, S.Samuelsen 6+1reb
Nidaros Jets: S.Midtvedt 27+4reb+3ast, J.Spear 16+6reb+4ast, J.Bjorke 8+1reb+1ast, B.Vejlgaard 6+9reb+1ast, C.Toefte 5+7reb+3ast, E.Skjellaug 4+6reb
gschID: 563325


Centrum - Fyllingen BBK 84-117

The game in Oslo supposed to be also quite interesting. Fyllingen BBK (2-0) played at the court of Centrum (0-2). Fyllingen BBK smashed Centrum 117-84 on Sunday. Fyllingen BBK dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Centrum's 54. Fyllingen BBK forced 20 Centrum turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Serbian guard Ognjen Nisavic (195-92) notched 30 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Brede Ellingsen (189-88) supported him with 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Fyllingen BBK players scored in double figures. Even 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) by guard Magnus Midtvedt (182-90) did not help to save the game for Centrum. Guard Johan Flaa (183-99) added 14 points for the hosts. Centrum's coach Inge-Aleksander Kristiansen gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Fyllingen BBK will meet at home Baerum Basket (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Centrum will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fyllingen BBK: O.Nisavic 30+7reb+3ast, B.Ellingsen 25+6reb+1ast, N.Blatancic 24+5reb+2ast, S.Enge 18+5reb+1ast, V.Sumskis 15+9reb+1ast, O.Stenquist 3+2reb+1ast
Centrum: M.Midtvedt 39+6reb+3ast, J.Flaa 14+1reb+3ast, M.Larsson 10+4reb+2ast, S.Aslesen 6+4reb+1ast, A.Haddad 5+2reb+2ast, M.Selboe 5+4reb
gschID: 563323


Asker Aliens - Froya Basket 85-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Froya Basket (1-1) on the court of Asker Aliens on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Asker Aliens 85-79. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Froya Basket's 36. They outrebounded Froya Basket 57-31 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Aksel Bolinz (201-90, college: N.Illinois) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 28 rebounds and 4 assists. DR Congolese forward Djo Yele (203-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Arne Ingebrigtsen (197-90, college: Cuesta JC) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Froya Basket. Asker Aliens is looking forward to face Kongsberg (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Froya Basket will play against Ammerud Bskt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: S.Berg 23+5reb+3ast, D.Yele 21+13reb, A.Bolinz 19+28reb+4ast, T.Sommerfeldt 8+4reb+2ast, J.Hart 6+2reb+1ast, A.Stien 4+2reb+2ast
Froya Basket: E.Gabrans 20+7reb+4ast, N.Skouen 17+2reb+2ast, A.Ingebrigtsen 14+6reb+6ast, A.Nzeyimana 9+2reb+2ast, D.Clark 8+10reb, N.Phillip 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 563324


Kongsberg - Gimle BBK 95-76

The game in Kongsberg was also worth to mention about. Gimle BBK (1-1) played at the court of Kongsberg (2-0). Kongsberg did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-76. Kongsberg shot 60.3 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Kongsberg brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Fred Thomas (196-93, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Cuban-American guard Juan Ferrales (187-91, college: Barry) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists. Five Kongsberg players scored in double figures. American forward Lorenzo Cugini (198-93, college: High Point) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Magne Fivelstad (198-89, college: Barry) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Kongsberg's next round opponent will be Asker Aliens at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gimle BBK will play against Baerum Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kongsberg: M.Gjerde 17+4reb+2ast, J.Ferrales 16+4reb+8ast, F.Thomas 15+11reb+7ast, M.Krivokapic 11+3reb+1ast, T.Rotegard 11+5reb+7ast, H.McCarthy 10+5reb
Gimle BBK: L.Cugini 26+7reb+1ast, J.Clarke 19+3reb+5ast, M.Fivelstad 16+10reb+2ast, M.Andersen 8+3reb+1ast, H.Jorgen Monsen 5+2reb+4ast, A.Ouakkaha 2+3ast
gschID: 563326


Baerum Basket - Ammerud Bskt 58-67

Another interesting game for Ammerud Bskt (1-1) which played in Bekkestua against Baerum Basket (0-2). Ammerud Bskt won 67-58. Ammerud Bskt dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Baerum Basket's 16. Ammerud Bskt forced 23 Baerum Basket turnovers. British center Morakinyo Williams (210-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian forward Karlis Helmanis (200-97) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Ammerud Bskt's coach Mustafa Mahnin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Stian Mjos (183-89) responded with 39 points (!!!) and forward Peder Frantzvaag (204-98) scored 2 points and 10 rebounds. Ammerud Bskt will play against Froya Basket (#6) in Laksevag in the next round. Baerum Basket will play on the road against Fyllingen BBK to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: M.Williams 17+9reb, K.Helmanis 16+2reb+2ast, P.Mukoko 10+4reb+3ast, H.Malto 8+3reb+1ast, T.Vangen 5+5reb+6ast, R.Nwachukwu 4+7reb+1ast
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 39+4reb+1ast, U.Stranger-Johannessen 7+2reb, J.Bohn 6+2reb+2ast, C.Heggelund 4+4reb+2ast, P.Frantzvaag 2+10reb+1ast, C.Camarin 0
gschID: 563327





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)



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

27-year old forward Aksel Bolinz (201-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Asker Aliens and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 28 rebounds, while his team beat Froya Basket (#6, 1-1) 85-79. It allowed Asker Aliens to consolidate first place in the Norwegian league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Asker Aliens won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Bolinz turned to be Asker Aliens' top player in his first season with the team. Northern Illinois University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bolinz is in league's top in points (6th best: 22.5ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90) of Centrum. He is a guard in his 4th season at Centrum. In the last game Midtvedt recorded impressive 39 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Centrum lost that game 84-117 to Fyllingen BBK (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. Midtvedt is one of the most experienced players at Centrum and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.5ppg (#2). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Hani Issalhi (187-G-84) of Tromso (#7). Issalhi showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tromso, leading his team to a 78-70 win against Nidaros Jets (#10, 0-2). Tromso 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. Issalhi has a great season in Norway. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (8th best), rebounds with 11.5rpg (3rd best) and assists with 6.5apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fred Thomas (196-G-93) of Kongsberg - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Brede Ellingsen (189-G-88) of Fyllingen BBK - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Ognjen Nisavic (195-G-92) of Fyllingen BBK - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Henrik Lange (192-G-95) of Tromso - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nikola Blatancic (192-F-94) of Fyllingen BBK - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Simon Midtvedt (180-G-96) of Nidaros Jets - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lorenzo Cugini (198-F-93) of Gimle BBK - 26 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)



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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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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 


PBA Round 9: Meralco Bolts beat SM Beermen by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in PBA just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the PBA took place in Manila. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed SM Beermen (7-4) to first ranked Meralco Bolts (9-2) 104-101 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of SM Beermen. Meralco Bolts looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized American Clifford Hodge (196-88, college: Hawaii Pacific) contributed with 8 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Meralco Bolts' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center June-Mar Fajardo (210-89) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds for SM Beermen. Meralco Bolts maintains first place with 9-2 record. Defending champion SM Beermen keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked B.Ginebra (8-3) against fourth ranked TNT Ka Tropa (8-3) on Saturday night. Host B.Ginebra was crushed by TNT Ka Tropa in Manila 121-92. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners and Jayson Castro-William chipped in 28 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American forward Justin Brownlee (197-88, college: St.John's) with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TNT Ka Tropa have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated B.Ginebra.
PBA top team - Meralco Bolts (9-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat tenth ranked Globalport (3-8) in Manila 100-93. Allen Durham nailed a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Sean Anthony came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for Globalport in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Meralco Bolts maintains first place with 9-2 record. Globalport lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Alaska Aces.
Bottom-ranked KIA Picanto is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to seventh ranked Star Hotshots (7-4) 128-81. The best player for the winners was Kristofer Acox who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Star Hotshots moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. KIA Picanto at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost.
Eleventh-ranked Phoenix (2-9) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked SM Beermen (7-4) in Manila on Wednesday. SM Beermen managed to secure only two-point victory 109-107. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for June-Mar Fajardo who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Phoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total fourteen players in this game, but that didn't help. SM Beermen have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 7-4 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Phoenix lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Star Hotshots beat NLEX RW on the road 101-93. Rain or Shine destroyed Blackwater on its own court 122-98. Rain or Shine outscored Alaska Aces in Manila 112-82.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Christopher Tiu of Rain or Shine.

NLEX RW - Star Hotshots 93-101

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Star Hotshots (7-4) beat 6th ranked NLEX RW (7-4) in Makati City 101-93 on Sunday. Star Hotshots forced 20 NLEX RW turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Star Hotshots especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American-Icelandic forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, college: Furman) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Peter Simon (183-82) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Star Hotshots players scored in double figures. American-Mexican forward Aaron Fuller (198-89, college: USC, agency: Haylett Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Alex Mallari (193-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for NLEX RW. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Star Hotshots moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated NLEX RW.
Top scorers:
NLEX RW: A.Fuller 16+17reb+3ast, A.Mallari 13+6reb+4ast, L.Fonacier 12+3reb+3ast, J.Quinahan 9+7reb+2ast, R.Al-Hussaini 9+1reb, K.Alas 9+6reb+4ast
Star Hotshots: P.Simon 16+1reb+4ast, P.Lee 15+3reb, J.Aldrech Ramos 14+4reb, K.Acox 14+10reb+2ast, M.Abundo 13+4reb+2ast, R.dela Rosa 8+4reb
gschID: 558162


Meralco Bolts - SM Beermen 104-101

The most exciting game of round 9 in the PBA took place in Manila. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed SM Beermen (7-4) to first ranked Meralco Bolts (9-2) 104-101 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of SM Beermen. Meralco Bolts looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized American Clifford Hodge (196-88, college: Hawaii Pacific) contributed with 8 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Meralco Bolts' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center June-Mar Fajardo (210-89) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American guard Alex Cabagnot (183-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for SM Beermen. Four Meralco Bolts and five SM Beermen players scored in double figures. Meralco Bolts maintains first place with 9-2 record. Defending champion SM Beermen keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
SM Beermen: J.Mar Fajardo 26+8reb, T.Watson 18+10reb+1ast, M.Lassiter 18+1reb+1ast, A.Cabagnot 16+8reb+7ast, C.Ross 10+4reb+7ast, A.Santos 6+6reb
Meralco Bolts: A.Durham 35+13reb+8ast, J.Dillinger 16+5reb, C.Newsome 14+4reb+6ast, B.Amer 13+4reb+4ast, C.Michael Tolomia 8+2reb+1ast, C.Hodge 8+15reb+4ast
gschID: 558163


B.Ginebra - TNT Ka Tropa 92-121

Very important is a home loss of second ranked B.Ginebra (8-3) against fourth ranked TNT Ka Tropa (8-3) on Saturday night. Host B.Ginebra was crushed by TNT Ka Tropa in Manila 121-92. TNT Ka Tropa players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners and point guard Jayson Castro-William (180-86) chipped in 28 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Five TNT Ka Tropa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Justin Brownlee (197-88, college: St.John's) with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and center Japeth Aguilar (206-85, college: W.Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TNT Ka Tropa have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated B.Ginebra.
Top scorers:
B.Ginebra: J.Brownlee 28+14reb+4ast, J.Aguilar 19+11reb, E.Thompson 9+2reb+3ast, J.Devance 7+4reb+2ast, S.Mercado 6+2reb+1ast, L.Tenorio 6+1reb+4ast
TNT Ka Tropa: G.Rice Jr. 36+9reb, J.Castro William 28+4reb+7ast, R.Ray Pogoy 15+4reb+4ast, J.Troy Rosario 15+10reb+3ast, K.Williams 10+11reb, J.Chua 4+2reb
gschID: 558164


Star Hotshots - KIA Picanto 128-81

Bottom-ranked KIA Picanto is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to seventh ranked Star Hotshots (7-4) 128-81. Star Hotshots dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to KIA Picanto's 34. They outrebounded KIA Picanto 60-41 including a 49-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Star Hotshots players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by KIA Picanto's players. 28 personal fouls committed by KIA Picanto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Icelandic forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, college: Furman) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Marc Pingris chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Lebanese guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) who recorded 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Nico Elorde added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Five Star Hotshots and four KIA Picanto players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Star Hotshots moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. KIA Picanto at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
KIA Picanto: G.Johnson 27+9reb+5ast, N.Elorde 15+7reb+4ast, J.Corpuz 11+9reb+1ast, E.Camson 10+2reb, R.Celda 9+2reb, M.Yee 4+2reb
Star Hotshots: K.Acox 19+15reb+3ast, J.Jalalon 15+3reb+7ast, P.Simon 13+2reb+2ast, M.Pingris 12+9reb+5ast, I.Paul Sangalang 12+2reb, M.Abundo 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 558167


Rain or Shine - Blackwater 122-98

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Blackwater (5-6) was smashed by sixth ranked Rain or Shine (7-4) in Manila 122-98 on Saturday. Rain or Shine looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Blackwater's players. It was a good game for American forward JNathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Center Raymond Almazan (206-89) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Henry Walker (198-87, college: Kansas St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Allein Maliksi (190-87) added 29 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Blackwater. Five Rain or Shine and four Blackwater players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Rain or Shine moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Blackwater keeps the eighth position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Blackwater: A.Maliksi 29+8reb+1ast, H.Walker 21+13reb+5ast, N.Canaleta 15+4reb+3ast, J.Paul Erram 14+6reb+1ast, M.Digregorio 9+3reb+1ast, S.Roi Sumang 6+2reb+1ast
Rain or Shine: J.Bullock 30+8reb+2ast, R.Almazan 20+6reb+1ast, G.Norwood 15+6reb+5ast, M.Ahanmisi 12+9reb+5ast, E.Daquioag 11+2reb+2ast, C.Trollano 11+3reb
gschID: 558165


Meralco Bolts - Globalport 100-93

PBA top team - Meralco Bolts (9-2) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat tenth ranked Globalport (3-8) in Manila 100-93. They outrebounded Globalport 54-36 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Meralco Bolts looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Globalport's players. American power forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) nailed a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and guard Chris Newsome (187, college: N.Mexico Highlands) accounted for 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized American forward Sean Anthony (193-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Australian forward Bradwyn Guinto (198) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Globalport in the defeat. Four Meralco Bolts and five Globalport players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Meralco Bolts maintains first place with 9-2 record. Globalport lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Alaska Aces.
Top scorers:
Globalport: S.Anthony 23+13reb+2ast, J.Grey 16+2reb+3ast, B.Guinto 14+8reb+2ast, S.Pringle 14+5reb+3ast, M.Cardona 11+1ast, M.Baracael 5+1reb+1ast
Meralco Bolts: C.Newsome 28+7reb+5ast, A.Durham 22+22reb+10ast, R.Hugnatan 13+4reb+1ast, C.Hodge 10+7reb+1ast, B.Amer 9+2reb+7ast, R.deOcampo 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 558166


SM Beermen - Phoenix 109-107

Eleventh-ranked Phoenix (2-9) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked SM Beermen (7-4) in Manila on Wednesday. SM Beermen managed to secure only two-point victory 109-107. However their fans expected much easier game. SM Beermen made 32-of-38 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game, while Phoenix only scored twelve points from the stripe. SM Beermen looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SM Beermen made 11 blocks. Phoenix was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center June-Mar Fajardo (210-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Naturalized American guard Alex Cabagnot (183-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American Brandon Brown (201-85, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Jeffrei Chan (188-83) added 18 points in the effort for Phoenix. Five SM Beermen and four Phoenix players scored in double figures. Phoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total fourteen players in this game, but that didn't help. SM Beermen have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 7-4 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Phoenix lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Phoenix: B.Brown 30+17reb+4ast, J.Chan 18+4reb+2ast, J.Intal 12+2reb+1ast, J.Eriobu 10+8reb+1ast, W.Wilson 8+6reb, K.Dehesa 7+3reb+2ast
SM Beermen: T.Watson 26+11reb+5ast, J.Mar Fajardo 24+17reb+4ast, A.Cabagnot 24+13reb+6ast, A.Santos 15+9reb+1ast, M.Lassiter 13+3reb+2ast, M.Allen Ganuelas-Rosser 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 558168


Alaska Aces - Rain or Shine 82-112

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Rain or Shine (7-4) rolled over 9th ranked Alaska Aces (3-8) in Makati 112-82 on Wednesday. Rain or Shine made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Rain or Shine outrebounded Alaska Aces 60-47 including 49 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for point guard Christopher Tiu (183-85) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Beau Belga (198-86) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Rain or Shine players scored in double figures. American forward LaDontae Henton (198-92, college: Providence) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Anthony Dela-Cruz (196-78, college: Cal-Irvine) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Alaska Aces. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Rain or Shine moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Alaska Aces keep the ninth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Alaska Aces: L.Henton 20+7reb, A.Dela Cruz 12+6reb, V.Manuel 9+4reb, S.Enciso 9+2reb+4ast, J.Elvin Pascual 8+6reb+2ast, C.Exciminiano 5
Rain or Shine: J.Bullock 14+4reb+1ast, B.Belga 12+7reb+2ast, J.Cruz 12+2reb+1ast, C.Trollano 11+5reb+2ast, M.Borboran 9+3reb, B.Ray Robles 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 558169





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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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The Thunder tabs Markel Brown, ex Khimki - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) inked 25-year old point guard Markel Brown (191-85kg-92, college: Oklahoma State) on a training camp contract. He played most recently at BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russian VTB league. In 11 Eurocup games he averaged 5.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season. Brown helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also played 21 games in VTB United League where he had 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg. Brown contributed to his team making it to the final. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers that year. Brown contributed to his team making it to the final.
Three years ago he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in second round (44th overall). Brown attended Oklahoma State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received All-Big 12 2nd Team award back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Brown has played previously for two other NBA teams: Brooklyn Nets and Maine Red Claws.

Oklahoma City Thunder roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Yannis Morin
Steven Adams
Dakari Johnson

Coach: Billy Donovan

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Fenerbahce top CSKA to claim Zadar tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - CSKA 76:72

Fenerbahce celebrated victory at the Zadar international tournament. They toppled CSKA in the Final. Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) recorded 21 points to pace the winning side.
CSKA recorded a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Fenerbahce replied with a 22:13 run in the second frame to secure a 37:32 halftime lead. CSKA pulled within a single point at the final intermission 51:52. Fenerbahce though dropped 24 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) posted 18 points, while Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) added 14 points for the winners. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) answered with 21 points for CSKA. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) tossed in 16 points in the defeat.



Khimki finish Zadar tournament on winning note - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Khimki 58:72

Khimki wrapped up their Zadar international tournament campaign with victory. They upset Zadar in the game for the fifth position. James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) nailed 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Russian team.
Khimki held the hosts to just 9 points in the second term to open a 35:26 halftime lead. Khimki followed with an 18:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) notched 15 points, while Egor Vyaltsev (193-PG-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points in the win. Luka Bozic (201-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 17 points for Zadar. Lovre Basic (190-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) provided 14 points in the defeat.



Unics fire past Crvena Zvezda in Crete - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Crvena Zvezda 73:68

Unics clinched the third position at the international friendly tournament in Crete. They topped Crvena Zvezda in the consolation final. Joaquin Colom (188-PG-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) notched 13 points to lead the winners.
Crvena Zvezda posted a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. Unics used a 20:11 rally in the second term to take a 31:36 halftime lead. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Unics entered the fourth term up by 7 points. Crvena Zvezda cut the distance in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) chipped in 12 points, while Melvin Ejim (200-F-91, college: Iowa St.) added 10 points in the victory. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Mathias Lessort (206-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 15 points in the loss.



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

Banvit - Zenit 82:80

Banvit celebrated the Gloria Cup preseason tournament title. They defeated Zenit for the trophy in Antalya. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 points to lead the Turkish team.
Banvit posted a 20:18 lead ten minutes into the game. They extended the margin at 9-point mark at the interval 44:35. Zenit unloaded 33 points in the third term to surge ahead. But Banvit managed to bounce back in the fourth quarter. They used a 21:12 rally to snatch a narrow win. Jake Odum (193-G-91, college: Indiana St.) provided 16 points, while Adonis Thomas (198-SF-93, college: Memphis) added 15 points in the victory.



N.Novgorod signs Ivan Lazarev - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) signed 26-year old power forward Ivan Lazarev (210-91kg-91) from CSKA Moscow. In 6 VTB United League games he had 3.8ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lazarev played at Dynamo Moscow where in 16 games he recorded 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
Lazarev represented Russia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously for five other teams: Ryazan, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team, Zenit 2, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team and Zenit.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Maxim Kolyushkin
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov
Vasily Martynov
Sergey Marikhin
Georgiy Zhbanov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Petr Gubanov
Stevan Jelovac
Aleksandr Zakharov
Dmitrii Uzinskiy
Nikita Zverev

Centers:
Sean Denison
Ivan Lazarev
Ilya Popov

Coach: Zoran Lukic

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Patriots coach unveils squad for FIBA Zone V - by Eurobasket News

PATRIOTS Basketball Club coach Henry Mwinuke has named his provisional squad for the upcoming FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships scheduled to take place from October 1 to 7 at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda. Rwanda will be represented by three teams, Patriots and IPRC- South in the men's category while APR will be the sole representatives in the women's fray. This year's edition is expected to be contested by a total of 19 teams from eight regional countries. Patriots, the 2016 league champions, will be making their third consecutive appearance in the regional clubs' flagship tournament. The club debuted in the 2015 edition staged in Kigali where they finished third before failing to advance to knock-out stages in 2016 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Patriots, who won the local league playoffs title, have set themselves a target of winning this year's FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships. Uganda's City Oilers are the defending champions. Espoir was Rwanda's last side to win the competition in 2012, the last time it was held in Kampala. Espoir also reached the final in 2013 in Bujumbura but lost to home side, Urunani. APR Men's basketball club is Rwanda's most successful side in the annual regional competition, having won it three times; 2003, 2007 and 2010. The week-long tournament will also serve as regional qualifiers for the FIBA Africa Club Championship finals to be hosted in Casablanca, Morocco in December.
Patriots' provisional squad:
Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) (captain), Sedard Sagamba (188-PG-90), Walter Nkurunziza (196-SG-96), Steve Havugintwari, Lionel Hakizimana (190-SG-92), Didier Ishimwe, Joseph Bukuru, Olivier Kamilindi, Elie Kaje (195-G-95), Jean de Dieu Ntagunduka and Kami Kabange.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Partizan welcomes back Salic - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) tabbed 22-year old center Djoko Salic (213-95). It is actually his comeback to Partizan as he has played here before. The last season Salic played at Sutjeska in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 15 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He also played 13 games in Balkan League where he had 14.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention.
Salic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Salic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg.
Salic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Spars Sarajevo).

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Djoko Salic
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski
Dimitrije Nikolic

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

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Dimitrije Nikolic (ex Canarias Bball Ac.) signs at Partizan - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) landed 20-year old Serbian center Dimitrije Nikolic (206-97). The last time (14-15) he played at the junior team of Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish 1 Div..

BC Partizan NiS Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Obrad Tomic
Marko Pecarski
Dimitrije Nikolic

Coach: Miroslav Nikolic

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Trikalla signs Marko Tejic - by Eurobasket News

Aries Trikalla BC (A1) signed 22-year old Serbian power forward Marko Tejic (209-95, agency: BeoBasket). He was about to sign at Sutjeska in Montenegrin Erste Liga. The last season Tejic played at Mega Bemax in Serbian KLS. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 7 KLS games he recorded 4.9ppg and 2.7rpg. Tejic helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 17 games in ABA League where he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg. Tejic also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 6.8ppg and 4.6rpg. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 2nd Team in 2017.
Tejic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Taipei (Taiwan) this year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 14.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 61.4%.
Tejic has played previously professionally in Italy and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and FMP Beograd).

Aries Trikalla BC roster for 2017-2018:

Ronald Ross
Panagiotis Karagiorgos
Diamantis Slaftsakis
Filippos Kalogiannidis
Marko Tejic
Diamantis Sflatsakis
Ioannis Chatzinikolas
Raheem Appleby
Sakis Tataris
Shannon Hale Jr
Lamond Murray Jr.
Shawndre' Jones
Michail Lountzis
Stefanos Skouloudis
Kentan Facey
Dionysios Tataris
Panagiotis Karagiorgos

Coach: Konstantinos Mexas

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Cherno More welcomes back Bocka - by Eurobasket News

Cherno More Ticha (NBL) tabbed experienced 35-year old Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82). It is actually his comeback to Cherno More as he has played here before. Bocka played most recently at Mladost in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 8 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.4apg and 2.6spg last season. Bocka also played that season for Gradjanski (also in Division I) where in 10 games he had 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements Bocka won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Bocka has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Montenegro (Teodo Tivat), Romania, Serbia (Zdravlje, KK Vojvodina Novi Sad II, Vrsac and Crnokosa), Bulgaria (Yambol) and Bosnia (Igokea and KK HEO Bileca).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Cherno More.

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Ivan Paunic (ex Fuenlabrada) joins Tofas - by Eurobasket News

Tofas Bursa (BSL) agreed terms with 30-year old Serbian ex-international shooting guard Ivan Paunic (198-90kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He has played for the last two seasons at Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 29 games he had 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg last season. Paunic also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Montenegrin Cup in 2015. Paunic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2008.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Paunic played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
He represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.3rpg.
Paunic is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Paunic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Oostende), Greece (Aris), Italy (Virtus Bologna), Kazakhstan (Astana), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Ukraine (Azovmash), Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and Mega Bemax) and Montenegro (Buducnost).
On Paunic: An extremely quick guard, who has the size and the offensive skills to play the 2 position at top European level. Defensively, he's very effective on the perimeter and in all the pick and roll situations.

Tofas Bursa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sammy Mejia
Baris Ermis
Ivan Paunic
Pierria Henry
Kadir Bayram
Yigit Arslan

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

Centers:
Josh Owens
Muhsin Yasar

Coach: Orhun Ene

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Unics fire past Crvena Zvezda in Crete - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Crvena Zvezda 73:68

Unics clinched the third position at the international friendly tournament in Crete. They topped Crvena Zvezda in the consolation final. Joaquin Colom (188-PG-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) notched 13 points to lead the winners.
Crvena Zvezda posted a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. Unics used a 20:11 rally in the second term to take a 31:36 halftime lead. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Unics entered the fourth term up by 7 points. Crvena Zvezda cut the distance in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) chipped in 12 points, while Melvin Ejim (200-F-91, college: Iowa St.) added 10 points in the victory. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Mathias Lessort (206-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 15 points in the loss.



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The Pistons bring Udrih to training camp - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons signed experienced 35-year old Slovenian ex-international point guard Beno Udrih (190-93kg-82) to a training camp deal. He played there last season. In 36 NBA games he recorded 6.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.7apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Udrih spent at the Heat where in 36 NBA games he averaged 4.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. He also played for the Grizzlies. In 8 NBA games he had 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.3apg.
In 2004 Udrih was drafted by San Antonio Spurs in first round (28th overall).
He was a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Udrih was called to Slovenian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2010 and previously for U22 National Team back in 2001.
He is a very experienced player. Udrih has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Italy, Russia (Avtodor) and other NBA teams (Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at the Pistons.

Detroit Pistons roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Beno Udrih
Reggie Jackson
Ishmael Smith
Dwight Buycks
Avery Bradley
Reggie Bullock
Langston Galloway
Stanley Johnson
Luis_David Montero
Luke Kennard

Forwards:
Jon Leuer
Tobias Harris
Eric Moreland
Derek Willis

Centers:
Anthony Tolliver
Boban Marjanovic
Andre Drummond
Landry Nnoko
Henry Ellenson

Coach: Stan Van Gundy

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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Javier SALSON
  Real M.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 29
 1. Salson, Real M.29.0 
 2. Ortiz, Casvi27.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Lanza.26.0 
 4. Gomez, Rivas26.0 
 5. Torres, Menorca25.0 
 6. Griso, Mollet25.0 
 7. Serra, Sant Adria24.0 
 8. Murphy, Villarrobledo23.0 
 9. Harris, Azuqueca23.0 
 10. Kindred, Cantaire.22.0 
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. Torres, Menorca12.0 
 5. McDonnell, Cantaire.11.0 
 6. Salson, Real M.11.0 
 7. Manes, Castellbisbal11.0 
 8. Sabata, Vic11.0 
 9. Ngomo, Valls Nutrion11.0 
 10. Garcia, Tenerife.10.0 
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. Cabrera, Teguise8.0 
 4. Garcia, Palma II7.0 
 5. Grau, Arenys7.0 
 6. Lliteras, Cornella6.0 
 7. Rubio, Mataro P.6.0 
 8. Valle-Vives, Vive E.6.0 
 9. Murphy, Villarrobledo6.0 
 10. Garcia-Tora, Menor.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bobby HARRIS
  Azuqueca
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Harris, Azuqueca9.0 
 2. Vila, Quart6.0 
 3. Ordas, Rivas5.0 
 4. Colinas, Sant Adria5.0 
 5. Santonja, Almansa5.0 
 6. Niello, Guadalajara4.0 
 7. Rubio, Estudio4.0 
 8. Alvarez, Estudio4.0 
 9. Rodriguez, JAC S.4.0 
 10. Pamies, Teguise4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaime PRADILLA
  Olivar
  (207-C-1)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pradilla, Olivar3.0 
 2. Garuba, Real M.2.0 
 3. Smith, Cantaire.2.0 
 4. Boronat, Castelld.2.0 
 5. Barbero, Quintanar2.0 
 6. De Assis, Teguise2.0 
 7. Lobo, Sant Adria1.0 
 8. Howard, Lanzarote1.0 
 9. Hermoso, Mataro P.1.0 
 10. Trachsel, Alcob.1.0 


Obradoiro top Breogan for Copa Galicia trophy - by Eurobasket News

Obradoiro - Breogan 75:71

Obradoiro celebrated Copa Galicia title. They defeated Breogan behind 21 points from Matt Thomas (196-G-94, college: Iowa St.).
Breogan accounted for a 17:16 lead after the opening frame. Obradoiro stepped on the gas in the second quarter. They raced to a 40:38 halftime advantage. Breogan held their opponents to just 9 points in the third term to open an 8-point lead. But Obradoiro responded with a 26:14 rally to seal the victory. Nacho Llovet (202-C-91) provided 17 points, while David Navarro (189-G/F-83) accounted for 8 points in the win. Jerker responded with 14 points for Breogan. Leonardo Demetrio (208-F-94) had 12 points in the loss.



Baskonia cruise past Hapoel Jerusalem for Trofeo Alava - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - Hapoel Jerusalem 97:75

Baskonia celebrated Trofeo Alava-Araba title. They beat Hapoel Jerusalem in Vitoria. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83) nailed 20 points and dished out 10 assists to lead the charge.
Baskonia sank 24 points in the first period to take a 2-point lead. They stretched the margin at 4-point mark at the big break. Baskonia dominated in the third quarter. They ensured a 9-point lead at the final break. The hosts unleashed 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Janis Timma (201-F-92) delivered 16 points, while Vincent Poirier (210-F/C-93) added 14 points in the victory. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87, college: Baylor) answered with 18 points for Hapoel Jerusalem. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87, college: Connecticut) had 16 points in the loss.



Agustin Sans signs at Huesca - by Eurobasket News

Levitec Huesca (LEB Gold) landed 22-year old guard Agustin Sans (195-95). He was about to sign at RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa). LEB Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The most of last season Sans spent at Oviedo_CB where in 26 LEB Gold games he averaged 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Sans also played earlier that season for Lleida_Basquet. In 9 LEB Gold games he had 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements his team won Spanish LEB Silver Cup in 2014. Sans received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Sans' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 10 games: 4.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg.
Sans has played previously for two other teams: Joventut and CB Prat.
His game is described as: Ho goes inside with great effectiveness, thanks to natural quickness and athleticism. On the perimeter, he's a solid player, who defends hard and can pass the ball well (great court vision !). Currently adding quarterbacking skills and outside shooting range, his future is at the point.

Levitec Huesca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Carles Marzo
Agustin Sans
Pablo Perez
Pablo Perez

Forwards:
Kevin van_Wijk
Mikel Motos
Jorge Lafuente
Sergio Rodriguez
Matt O'Leary
Matt Donlan
Jubril Adekoya

Center:
Alberto Fontet

Coach: Guillermo Arenas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Algeciras add Sargent to their roster - by Eurobasket News

EBA newcomer ICOM UDEA Algeciras added to their roster 26-year old American center Julien Sargent (211-106kg-91, college: Mobile, AL) from Grupo de Santiago Automocion Burgos. In 23 EBA games in Spain he recorded 8.6ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.0apg last season.
Sargent has played previously professionally in Peru (Osos).
He attended Mobile University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

ICOM UDEA Algeciras roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Michael Crane
Michael Carney
Javier Fernandez

Forwards:
Michael Murray
Antonio Carrera
Austin Mofunanya

Centers:
Jose_Maria Balmon
Julien Sargent

Coach: Javier Malla

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Araberri adds Araujo to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) added to their roster 21-year old Dominican center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96). He played last summer at Leones de Santo Domingo in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 32 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.0apg. Araujo helped them to make it to the final. He also played for CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago (Santiago League) in Dominican Republic that season.
Despite young age Araujo had impressive career. He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention in 2016.
He represented Dominican Republic at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 68.8%.
Araujo is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Araujo has played previously professionally in Argentina (Echague), Mexico (Soles), Dominican Republic (Los Prados, La Villa and Indios de San Francisco) and Spain (Azuqueca).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Started playing inside, thanks to his great rebounding skills at both sides of the court; now, he is well adapting to the PF position; he again excels at the offfensive rebound for timing and hustle; good scorer inside, has now developed a very good shot from the middle distance, and can hit some 3 pointer too; he's undersized, but very strong, and excels in dirty work; good defender inside, even versus higher opponents; he is also a superb ball-distributor, always looking for and finding the open man when double-teamed; his perimetral skills are further improving.

Saenz Horeca Araberri roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Johnny Dee
Alex Mitola
Dani Lorenzo
Alec Wintering

Forwards:
Martin Buesa
Kedar Edwards
Leo Cizmic

Center:
Jhonatan Araujo

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Recap of latest EBA games - by Eurobasket News

Group B
Rivas - Estudio 80-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Estudio (0-1) on the court of Rivas on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Rivas 80-64. The game was mostly controlled by Rivas. Estudio managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Power forward Angel Gomez (197-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and point guard Guillermo Ordas (183-92) chipped in 15 points and 5 steals. Rivas' coach Juanjo Simon used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side point guard Juan Llorente (180-93) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Gabriel Rodriguez (198) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Rivas will meet CB Guadalajara (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Estudio's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Madrid Liceo Frances.
Top scorers:
Rivas: A.Gomez 26+17reb+1ast, G.Ordas 15+4reb+2ast, A.Avila 12+2reb, P.Gimenez 8+5reb+2ast, T.Grier 7+3reb, J.De Pinto 5+4reb
Estudio: J.Llorente 18+8reb+2ast, L.Choque 13+4reb, G.Rodriguez 10+7reb+1ast, R.De Leon 7+10reb, E.Vicente 5+1ast, R.Alvarez 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 576829


Liceo Frances - Quintanar 94-83

Liceo Frances used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Quintanar 94-83 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Carlos Betes fired 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Jorge Garzon chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Daquan Brickhouse (173-92, college: Coppin St.) produced 19 points and 4 assists and Dominican forward Gregorio Adon (198-91) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Liceo Frances' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Madrid to the arena Estudio.
Top scorers:
Liceo Frances: C.Betes 18+2reb+1ast, A.Ortiz 14+1reb+2ast, A.Psychas 14+3reb, A.Martinez 11+1reb+3ast, S.Larragueta 10+4reb, J.Garzon 8+5reb+4ast
Quintanar: D.Brickhouse 19+3reb+4ast, G.Adon 16+7reb+1ast, K.Sankey 14+6reb+3ast, S.Burgess 10+7reb, A.Coulibaly 6+4reb+1ast, I.Barbero 6+2reb
gschID: 576830


Estudiantes B - Real Madrid II 67-85

We should not miss the game where Real Madrid II (1-0) against Estudiantes B (0-1) where Real Madrid II won on the road by eighteen points 85-67. The game without a history. Real Madrid II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Estudiantes B's 24 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Estudiantes B 43-30 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Javier Salson (199-82, college: Bloomfield, agency: Duran International) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian forward Mario Nakic (197-1) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Alex Tamayo (194-0) came up with 18 points and point guard Adams Sola (191-0) added 13 points respectively for Estudiantes B in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Real Madrid II's next round opponent will be Lanzarote (#15) in Arrecife which should be an easy win for them. Estudiantes B will play on the road against Tenerife Naut. (#7) in Santa Cruz de Ten. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid II: J.Salson 29+11reb+2ast, M.Nakic 14+5reb+1ast, M.Sole 9+5reb+1ast, M.Jan Pantzar 8+4reb+5ast, K.Queeley 8+2reb+1ast, C.Unanue 6+1reb
Estudiantes B: A.Tamayo 18+4reb+2ast, A.Sola 13+2reb+2ast, M.Diagne 12+3reb, H.Alderete 8+3reb+2ast, A.Grytsak 7+6reb+1ast, P.Suarez 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 576833


Casvi - Teguise 84-87

And finally the game worth to mention about took place in Villaviciosa where Teguise (1-0) edged by three points Casvi (0-1) 87-84 on Saturday night. Casvi was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Casvi won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Teguise shot 63.0 percent from the field. Guard Octavio Cabrera (187-93) fired 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Center Julio De Assis (200-92) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Alfonso Ortiz (190-99) produced 27 points and point guard Eduard Montiel (183-92) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Teguise and four Casvi players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Teguise will face Almansa at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Casvi will play against Villarrobledo (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Teguise: J.De Assis 18+4reb+2ast, A.Machin 14+2reb+1ast, J.Artiles 13+4reb, O.Cabrera 11+8reb+8ast, A.Artiles 10+2reb, D.Krumins 8+1reb+1ast
Casvi: A.Ortiz 27+3reb+2ast, E.Montiel 16+4reb+5ast, G.Gonzalez 11+3ast, A.Garcia 10+1reb+1ast, B.Gueye 7+8reb+2ast, E.Gomez 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 576827


Gran Canaria II - Azuqueca 70-87

But Gran Canaria II was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Azuqueca 87-70 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Azuqueca. Gran Canaria II was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Puerto Rican guard Bobby Harris (185-91, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Duran International) fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Alvaro Frutos (188-87, agency: Duran International) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Azuqueca players scored in double figures. Senegalese center Biram Faye (206-0) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and guard Javier Lopez Santana (180-99) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Azuqueca will face Alcobendas (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gran Canaria II will play against Quintanar (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Azuqueca: B.Harris 23+4reb+4ast, A.Frutos 14+7reb+4ast, J.Tejera 11+5reb+2ast, A.Morales 10+3reb+1ast, J.Lewis 9+2reb+1ast, B.Tomic 8+4reb+3ast
Gran Canaria II: B.Faye 21+15reb, L.Bulashvili 14+2reb+1ast, J.Lopez Santana 13+2reb+5ast, D.Slavinskas 7+1reb, J.Kljajic 6+4reb+1ast, L.Gonzalez 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 576831


Almansa - Guadalajara 77-76

Almansa used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Guadalajara 77-76 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Almansa forced 25 CB Guadalajara turnovers. CB Guadalajara was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Kevin Navarro (178-92) fired 16 points for the winners. Power forward Jose Santonja (200-92) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Navarro is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Almansa's coach Ruben Perello used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Argentinian forward Alfio Niello (200-91) produced 11 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard David Avila (182-95) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five CB Guadalajara players scored in double figures. Almansa will face Teguise (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CB Guadalajara will play against Rivas (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Almansa: K.Navarro 16+3reb+3ast, J.Santonja 14+5reb+3ast, A.Jorda 12+1reb+2ast, M.Vaskys 9+6reb, E.Okoroba 9+8reb, C.Cerdan 8+7reb+4ast
Guadalajara: D.Avila 14+5reb+3ast, N.Bocoum 12+7reb, A.Niello 11+9reb+4ast, S.de la Rua 11+6reb+1ast, F.Santos 11+5reb+2ast, C.Dunston 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 576828


Alcobendas - Tenerife Naut. 69-75

But Alcobendas was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Santa Cruz de Ten. 75-69 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 25-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tenerife Naut. outrebounded Alcobendas 43-31 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Samuel Rodriguez (200-97) fired 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Roberto de-la-Rosa (193-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Nicolas Bermudez (193-95) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Miguel Young (200-90) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alcobendas' coach Jose Antonio Ramirez rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Tenerife Naut. will face Estudiantes B (#11) in Madrid in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alcobendas will play on the road against Azuqueca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tenerife Naut.: S.Rodriguez 17+8reb+3ast, R.de la Rosa 16+5reb+3ast, J.Andres Garcia 12+10reb+1ast, S.Eleraky 10+5reb+1ast, A.Alonso 8+3reb+2ast, A.Omeragic 7+6reb+2ast
Alcobendas: M.Young 18+5reb, N.Bermudez 15+6reb+3ast, P.Rodrigo 11+5reb+2ast, G.Ruiz 11+3reb+4ast, A.Fortes 6+3reb, J.Parra 2+1reb
gschID: 576832


Villarrobledo - Lanzarote 93-82

Villarrobledo used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Arrecife 93-82 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-82. American point guard LeShaun Murphy (183-90, college: Auburn-Montgomery) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Martin Smith (196, college: Lipscomb) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Villarrobledo's coach Manuel Jimenez used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Point guard Raul Rodriguez (186-92) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Jarad Scott (203-95, college: Union, TN) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Villarrobledo and five Lanzarote players scored in double figures. Villarrobledo will face Casvi (#10) in Villaviciosa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lanzarote will play on the road against Real Madrid II (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Villarrobledo: L.Murphy 23+4reb+6ast, V.Faniel 16+3reb+1ast, M.Smith 16+3reb+4ast, R.McCarter 12+5reb+1ast, M.Melero 8+4reb+1ast, A.Camino 7+3reb
Lanzarote: R.Rodriguez 26+5reb+6ast, A.Tomic 16+6reb, J.Herreros 14+6reb, T.Howard 12+6reb, J.Scott 12+8reb+2ast, A.Montes 2+1ast
gschID: 576826


Group C-A
Sant Adria - Roser 83-69

Sant Adria used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Roser 83-69 on Saturday night. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Sant Adria's pressure prevailed and they won that period 20-13 extending their advantage to 14 points. Swingman Albert Serra (193-93) fired 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Alberto Reyes (195-90) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Joan Gavalda produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Aleix Pujadas (195-96) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sant Adria will face Menorca (#12) in Mahon in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Roser will play at home against AEC Collblanc and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sant Adria: A.Serra 24+4reb+1ast, J.Lobo 11+3reb+1ast, A.Reyes 10+8reb, X.Moix 9+2reb+1ast, C.Lopez 8+1reb, O.Amo 6+8reb+1ast
Roser: A.Pujadas 16+2reb+1ast, J.Gavalda 15+5reb+2ast, A.Sulleva 15+3reb, J.Oyanguren 7+5reb, D.Roure 6+3reb+1ast, P.Huertas 3+2reb
gschID: 577044


Quart - Arenys 76-78

But Quart was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Arenys del Mar 78-76 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-76. Point guard Artur Grau (182-89) fired 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Didac Cuevas (177-0) chipped in 16 points. Guard Eric Jimenez (190-90) produced 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Alberto Coderch-Porras (190-94, college: Webber Intern.) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Arenys will face Castelldefels (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quart will play against Barbera in Barcelona and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Arenys: D.Cuevas 16+4reb+1ast, A.Grau 16+7reb+7ast, A.Parrado 15+4reb+1ast, R.Almuni 12+8reb, A.Tomas 6+6reb+2ast, M.Tomas 6+2reb
Quart: E.Jimenez 20+7reb+4ast, S.Benitez 11+2reb, A.Coderch-Porras 11+2reb+1ast, P.Vila 10+2reb+2ast, M.Serra 8+1reb+2ast, S.Roger 6+2reb
gschID: 577047


Vive El Masnou - Cantaires Tortosa 66-61

Vive El Masnou used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Tortosa 66-61 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 13-11. But Cantaires Tortosa won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vive El Masnou forced 19 Cantaires Tortosa turnovers. Center Jordi Catalan (200-90) fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Ferran Valle (180-89) chipped in 16 points. Four Vive El Masnou players scored in double figures. American swingman Joel Kindred (193-91, college: St.Augustine) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Sean McDonnell (203, college: Westmont) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Vive El Masnou will face Girona Basquet on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cantaires Tortosa will play against Mataro Parc Boet (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vive El Masnou: F.Valle 16+4reb, J.Catalan 15+9reb, J.Ramon 10+3reb+2ast, A.Gomez 10+4reb+1ast, A.Valle Vives 6+2reb+6ast, A.Sanchez 5+2reb
Cantaires Tortosa: J.Kindred 22+10reb+1ast, S.McDonnell 16+11reb, D.King 10+7reb, K.Riverol 6+3reb, S.Diaz 3+1reb+2ast, L.Smith 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 577049


AEC Collblanc - Sant Josep 81-85

But AEC Collblanc was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Badalona 85-81 on Saturday night. AEC Collblanc was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Sant Josep, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Pedro Cuesta (190-77) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brian Holland (188, college: Allegheny) chipped in 16 points. Antoni Figuerola (-94) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Gerard Galbete (204-88) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Sant Josep will face Tarragona (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEC Collblanc will play against Roser and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sant Josep: B.Holland 16+3reb+2ast, P.Cuesta 16+6reb+2ast, A.Meruelo 14+4reb+1ast, A.Ruiz 11+5reb+3ast, G.Blat 8+4reb+5ast, W.Truss 6+6reb
AEC Collblanc: L.Jacas 16+3reb+1ast, A.Figuerola 14+6reb+5ast, G.Galbete 12+9reb, M.Pages 11+1ast, R.Juan 9+2reb+2ast, B.Alvarez 6+3ast
gschID: 577045


Castelldefels - Girona Basquet 67-81

But Castelldefels was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Girona 81-67 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Girona Basquet. Castelldefels was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Castelldefels to just 2 points in first quarter. It was a great shooting night for Girona Basquet especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. David Cuellar (192-97) fired 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Point guard Xavier Costa (192-84) chipped in 10 points. Four Girona Basquet players scored in double figures. Forward Jordi Boronat (-85) produced 15 points and guard Jaume Torres (187-83) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Girona Basquet will face Vive El Masnou (#6) in Barcelona in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Castelldefels will play on the road against Arenys (#1) in Arenys del Mar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Girona Basquet: R.Carrasco 13+4reb, D.Cuellar 13+2reb+5ast, P.Juscafresa 10+6reb, X.Costa 10+4reb+3ast, G.Pascua 9+2ast, D.Manchon 8+4reb+1ast
Castelldefels: J.Boronat 15+2reb+3ast, J.Torres 13+3reb+3ast, C.Oliva 9+1reb+2ast, A.Sese 9+4reb+1ast, G.Gonzalvez 7+4reb+1ast, J.Zanca 6+2reb
gschID: 577048


Mataro Parc Boet - Menorca 79-67

Mataro Parc Boet used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Mahon 79-67 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mataro Parc Boet dominated on the defensive end, holding Menorca to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American forward Faronte Drakeford (201-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Marc Rubio (186-88) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Mataro Parc Boet's coach Alberto Pena used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Gabriel Torres (198-89) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Andreu Matali (204-81) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mataro Parc Boet will face Cantaires Tortosa (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Menorca will play against Sant Adria and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mataro Parc Boet: C.Canals 20+2reb+4ast, F.Drakeford 17+10reb, M.Rubio 13+8reb+6ast, M.Hermoso 8+2reb+1ast, J.Franch 7+5reb+2ast, M.Forcada 6+3reb+3ast
Menorca: G.Torres 25+12reb, Q.Salvans 14+2reb+1ast, A.Matali 12+8reb+2ast, C.Sintes 8+1reb+2ast, D.Garcia Tora 5+3reb+6ast, I.Fernandez 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 577050


Group CB
Pardinyes-L. - Mollet 63-74

But Pardinyes-L. was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Mollet 74-63 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Mollet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mollet had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Mollet especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Power forward Albert Griso (202-85) fired 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nil Baques (193-98) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Mollet's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Javier Mendiburu (197-80) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Adria Rivas (-96) added 4 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Mollet will face Cerdanyola in Cerdanyola del Valle in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pardinyes-L. will play on the road against Castellbisbal (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mollet: A.Griso 25+6reb+1ast, N.Baques 14+5reb+2ast, A.Salat 10+4reb+5ast, J.Maria Sanchez 7+2reb, N.Angelats 5+7reb+1ast, M.Torres 4+3reb+1ast
Pardinyes-L.: J.Mendiburu 14+7reb+2ast, C.Gasque 13+2reb, O.Balcells 10+2reb+2ast, P.Domingo 8+5reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 6+2reb+1ast, O.Jorge 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 577542


Igualada - Mataro Feimat 63-76

But Igualada was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Mataro 76-63 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Mataro Feimat. Igualada was better in fourth quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Igualada was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. David Romero (-90) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Santiago Serrataco (187-90) chipped in 15 points. Center Micky Garcia (206-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and center Eduard Tejero (195-92) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mataro Feimat will face Palma II (#5) in S'Arenal in the next round. Igualada will play on the road against Olivar (#12) in Zaragoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mataro Feimat: D.Romero 18+5reb+1ast, S.Serrataco 15+4reb+2ast, F.Guallar 9+8reb+3ast, I.Arino 7+2reb, J.Sole 6+6reb+2ast, V.Sergi 6+2reb+1ast
Igualada: M.Garcia 12+7reb, C.Fons 9+4reb+1ast, E.Tejero 8+4reb+3ast, S.Carrion 8+1reb, J.Torres 6+4reb+2ast, P.Cami 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 577537


Cerdanyola - Olivar 72-67

Cerdanyola defeated Olivar in Cerdanyola del Valle 72-67. It looked good early as Olivar took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cerdanyola took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Cerdanyola outrebounded Olivar 38-27 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Genis Tena (186-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Javier Anton (198) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cerdanyola's coach Agusti Forne allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Jaime Pradilla (207-1) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jaime Fernandez (203-0) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Olivar. Olivar will play next round against Igualada trying to get back on the winning streak. Cerdanyola will try to continue on its current victory against Mollet on the road.
Top scorers:
Cerdanyola: G.Tena 17+8reb+1ast, J.Anton 16+7reb, M.Algar 13+1ast, A.Murua 8+2reb, A.Retres 6+3reb+2ast, D.Mbodji 6+9reb
Olivar: J.Pradilla 18+6reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 14+6reb+1ast, J.Garcia 13+1reb+2ast, V.Krejci 7+8reb+3ast, A.Urdiain 6+2reb, D.Corrales 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 577543


Salt - Vic 67-79

But Salt was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Vic 79-67 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Vic. Salt was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Nil Sabata (205-96) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Marc Rabaseda (182-93) chipped in 17 points. Ben Merabli produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Tylor Wimbish (201-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Vic will face Valls Nutrion (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Salt will play against Andorra II (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vic: N.Sabata 17+11reb+4ast, M.Rabaseda 17+2reb, J.Garrote 9+1reb+1ast, S.Dominguez 8+3reb, G.Comas 7+2reb, M.Juanola 7+1reb
Salt: T.Wimbish 18+5reb+1ast, B.Merabli 16+10reb+2ast, A.Piqueras 9+2reb+1ast, E.Garcia 7+2reb+1ast, C.Nadal 7+1ast, K.Wilson 6+1reb
gschID: 577540


Palma II - JAC Sants 81-79

Palma II used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Barcelona 81-79 on Sunday night. Palma II outrebounded JAC Sants 43-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. Center Carlos Bustamante (201-88) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Gabriel Serra (192-96) chipped in 21 points. Forward Gerard Rodriguez (190-98) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and Javier Balastegui (187-97) added 16 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Four JAC Sants players scored in double figures. Palma II will face Mataro Feimat (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. JAC Sants will play against Cornella (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Palma II: C.Bustamante 21+13reb+4ast, G.Serra 21+2reb+3ast, A.Garcia 12+3reb+7ast, L.Llompart 9+10reb+1ast, J.Reda 7+2reb+2ast, L.Sanchez 6+5reb+1ast
JAC Sants: G.Rodriguez 18+6reb+2ast, J.Balastegui 16+1reb+9ast, O.Gonzalez 16+1reb+2ast, M.Ruf 11+9reb+1ast, A.Olive 8+3reb+2ast, R.Renau 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 577538


Valls Nutrion - Castellbisbal 86-59

Valls Nutrion used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Castellbisbal 86-59 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Valls Nutrion led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Castellbisbal's 30. Valls Nutrion forced 20 Castellbisbal turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Equatorial Guinean forward Oscar Ngomo (197-90) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Josep Miguel (204-81) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Forward Marc Manes (196-86) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard David Camacho (190-91) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valls Nutrion will face Vic (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Castellbisbal will play against Pardinyes-L. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valls Nutrion: O.Ngomo 15+11reb+1ast, J.Miguel 13+3reb+4ast, P.Fontanet 10+7reb+2ast, A.Baiget 10+3reb+2ast, J.Llagostera 8+2reb+4ast, M.Viader 7+1ast
Castellbisbal: M.Manes 14+11reb+2ast, A.Camprubi 13+1reb+1ast, D.Lopez 10+2reb+2ast, D.Camacho 10+4reb+2ast, A.Camprubi 6+6reb+1ast, A.El Haitout 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 577541


Cornella - Andorra II 90-63

The biggest surprise of round 1 in EBA took place in Cornella where host Cornella (1-0) crushed Andorra II (0-1) 90-63 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 27 points. Cornella dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Andorra II's 44. Cornella forced 19 Andorra II turnovers and outrebounded them 45-22 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Bartu Martinez (187-91) fired 19 points for the winners. Center Alexandre Sanmartin (202-84) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Cornella's coach Xavier Pardina felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Georgian center Giorgi Tvalabeishvili (208-98) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and center Cinto Gabriel (199-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Andorra II will play next round against Salt trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Cornella will try to continue on its current victory against JAC Sants in Barcelona.
Top scorers:
Cornella: B.Martinez 19+4reb+3ast, A.Sanmartin 15+6reb+2ast, O.Raya 12+6reb, J.Pilan 12+3reb+1ast, R.Lliteras 7+3reb+6ast, D.Ioseliani 6+8reb
Andorra II: G.Tvalabeishvili 17+6reb+3ast, C.Gabriel 16+5reb+2ast, S.Gacic 10+3reb+1ast, V.Aguilar 10+4reb+5ast, H.Schneider 6+4reb, A.Peral 2
gschID: 577539





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  SWEDEN  

BasketEttan standings

Points Per Game
 Mustafa DIBBA
  Nacka Basket
  (186-G/F-95)
  Avg: 36
 1. Dibba, Nacka Basket36.0 
 2. Gronhage, Bankeryd31.0 
 3. Rasmussen, Helsingb.30.0 
 4. Sakariya, Huddinge29.0 
 5. Yigzaw, KFUM C.27.0 
 6. Edlund, KFUM B.24.0 
 7. Schultz, Orebro23.0 
 8. Johansson, Brahe B.22.0 
 9. Sundkvist, Brahe B.22.0 
 10. Eriksson, Bankeryd22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mustafa DIBBA
  Nacka Basket
  (186-G/F-95)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dibba, Nacka Basket12.0 
 2. Robinson, Bankeryd11.0 
 3. Johansson, Brahe B.11.0 
 4. Skagius, Sundsvall11.0 
 5. Gronhage, Bankeryd10.0 
 6. Silveira Ovr., KFUM B.10.0 
 7. Schultz, Orebro10.0 
 8. Elfving, Sundsvall10.0 
 9. Andersson, Helsingb.10.0 
 10. Edlund, KFUM B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nils HEDSTROM
  KFUM C.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Hedstrom, KFUM C.8.0 
 2. Elfving, Sundsvall7.0 
 3. Musie, Nacka B.6.0 
 4. Habtezghi, KFUM B.6.0 
 5. Koprucu, Sundsvall6.0 
 6. Otgonbaatar, Huddi.6.0 
 7. Coffi, KFUM C.5.0 
 8. Lundin, Norrort5.0 
 9. Robinson, Bankeryd5.0 
 10. Enjebo, KFUM C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristoffer GRONHAGE
  Bankeryd
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gronhage, Bankeryd4.0 
 2. Hedstrom, KFUM C.3.0 
 3. Andersson, Helsingb.3.0 
 4. Yulman, Bankeryd3.0 
 5. Dibba, Nacka Basket3.0 
 6. Yigzaw, KFUM C.3.0 
 7. Eriksson, Bankeryd3.0 
 8. Otgonbaatar, Huddi.3.0 
 9. Bymnet, KFUM C.3.0 
 10. Persson, KFUM B.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hugh ROBINSON
  Bankeryd
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Robinson, Bankeryd4.0 
 2. Skagius, Sundsvall3.0 
 3. Joelsson, Helsingborg3.0 
 4. Dibba, Nacka Basket2.0 
 5. Wiberg, BG Lulea2.0 
 6. Glas, Sundsvall1.0 
 7. Tjernberg, Norrort1.0 
 8. Andersson, Bankeryd1.0 
 9. Johansson, Brahe B.1.0 
 10. Eden, Huddinge1.0 


Dibba number one in Swedish Basketettan for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Mustafa Dibba (186-G/F-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Nacka Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Basketettan Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team KFUM Uppsala (#11, 0-1) with 26-point margin 92-66. Thanks to this victory Nacka Basket moved-up to the 2nd position in their group in Swedish Basketettan. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Nacka 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 Dibba had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Nacka Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mustafa Dibba has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 36.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 12.0rpg. Dibba is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.0bpg,3.0spg and 75.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Danish Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88) of league's second-best Helsingborg. Rasmussen had a very good evening with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Helsingborg to another comfortable win outscoring Haga BG (0-1) 78-56. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Rasmussen is a newcomer at Helsingborg, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.0ppg (#3). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Kristoffer Gronhage (188-G-92) of league's top team Bankeryd. Gronhage got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Bankeryd, leading his team to a 115-74 easy win against Brahe Basket (#8, 0-1). Bankeryd 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. Gronhage also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Gronhage as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexander Johansson (94) of Brahe Basket - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83) of Bankeryd - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Binyam Yigzaw (186-G-91) of KFUM Central - 27 points and 2 assists
7. Margad Otgonbaatar) of Huddinge - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jonas Eriksson (190-G-85) of Bankeryd - 22 points and 2 assists
9. Nils Hedstrom (190-G-83) of KFUM Central - 22 points and 8 assists
10. Robert Schultz (89) of Orebro - 23 points and 10 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)



Basketettan Round 1: BG Lulea lose to Taby Basket - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Basketettan just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BG Lulea (1-1) on the court of Taby Basket on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Taby Basket 74-62. Taby Basket forced 31 BG Lulea turnovers and outrebounded them 128-90 including a 50-32 advantage in offensive rebounds. Taby Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 43 assists comparing to just 27 passes made by BG Lulea's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Taby Basket made 69 blocks. 43 personal fouls committed by BG Lulea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard David Niklasson (193-95, college: N.Platte CC) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and forward Kasper Adolfsson (193-95) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side point guard David Hook (185-99) responded with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Taby Basket is looking forward to face AIK II (#5) in Solna in the next round. BG Lulea will have a break next round.
Very significant was Nacka Basket's 26-point road victory against KFUM Uppsala 92-66. Swingman Mustafa Dibba (186-95) nailed a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Basem Abdulkader accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Samuel Eliasson Godonou (185-93) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds for KFUM Uppsala in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nacka Basket will play against KFUM Central in Stockholm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KFUM Uppsala will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Helsingborg. host Helsingborg (1-0) smashed Haga BG (0-1) 78-56. Mads Rasmussen fired 30 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lucas Lindh produced 10 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Haga BG's coach David Bergstrom gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Helsingborg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Haga BG will play against Eskilstuna (#5) and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bankeryd. host Bankeryd (1-0) smashed Brahe Basket (0-1) 115-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Kristoffer Gronhage who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Bankeryd's coach Anders Johansson felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bankeryd will have a break next round. Brahe Basket will play at home against RIG Mark (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Vallingby. host KFUM Blackeberg (0-1) was edged by BG Lulea (1-1) 84-81. David Hook stepped up and scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. KFUM Blackeberg's coach Adam Engstrom tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Lulea will have a break next round. KFUM Blackeberg will play on the road against Akropol (#6) in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 1 winless Orebro lost to undefeated Huddinge on the opponent's court 67-93. KFUM Central outscored Sundsvall in a home game 100-75.

Norrort - BG Lulea 74-62

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BG Lulea (1-1) on the court of Taby Basket on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Taby Basket 74-62. Taby Basket forced 31 BG Lulea turnovers and outrebounded them 128-90 including a 50-32 advantage in offensive rebounds. Taby Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 43 assists comparing to just 27 passes made by BG Lulea's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Taby Basket made 69 blocks. 43 personal fouls committed by BG Lulea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard David Niklasson (193-95, college: N.Platte CC) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and forward Kasper Adolfsson (193-95) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side point guard David Hook (185-99) responded with 9 points and 8 rebounds and forward Alexander Yemane (200-99) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Taby Basket is looking forward to face AIK II (#5) in Solna in the next round. BG Lulea will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Norrort: D.Niklasson 17+4reb+1ast, K.Adolfsson 16+4reb+1ast, G.Tjernberg 8+5reb+2ast, T.Ljunggren 8+2reb, S.Akena 6+5reb, A.Gotthard 5+5reb+1ast
BG Lulea: A.Yemane 15+2reb, D.Hook 9+8reb+3ast, W.Wiberg 9+4reb+1ast, O.Stromberg 8+2reb+2ast, G.Moberg 6+3reb, V.Larsson 5+1reb
gschID: 578325


Helsingborg - Haga BG 78-56

The game between Top Four teams took place in Helsingborg. host Helsingborg (1-0) smashed Haga BG (0-1) 78-56. Helsingborg dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Haga BG's 30. They outrebounded Haga BG 116-78 including a 43-29 advantage in offensive rebounds. Helsingborg looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Helsingborg made 102 blocks. Danish guard Mads Rasmussen (198-88) fired 30 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Erik Joelsson (196-97) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Helsingborg players scored in double figures. Forward Lucas Lindh (200-98) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Felix Terins (166-98) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Haga BG's coach David Bergstrom gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Helsingborg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Haga BG will play against Eskilstuna (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Helsingborg: M.Rasmussen 30+7reb+3ast, E.Joelsson 15+9reb+2ast, A.Persson 12+4reb+2ast, M.Kuksta 10+6reb, C.Silfver 7+4reb+2ast, K.Iman 2+1ast
Haga BG: V.Taylor 15+1ast, F.Terins 13+2reb+3ast, L.Lindh 10+7reb+1ast, J.Eriksson 6+8reb, A.Lindgren 5+2reb, A.Vestergaard 3
gschID: 578327


Bankeryd - Brahe Basket 115-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bankeryd. host Bankeryd (1-0) smashed Brahe Basket (0-1) 115-74. Bankeryd dominated down low during the game scoring 98 of its points in the paint compared to Brahe Basket's 36. Bankeryd forced 19 Brahe Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 110-85 including a 70-52 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bankeryd players were unselfish on offense dishing 38 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Brahe Basket's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 153 blocks. 31 personal fouls committed by Brahe Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kristoffer Gronhage (188-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Jamaican center Hugh Robinson (202-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Bankeryd players scored in double figures. Bankeryd's coach Anders Johansson felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Alexander Johansson (-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Carl Sundkvist (175-97) added 22 points in the effort for Brahe Basket. Bankeryd will have a break next round. Brahe Basket will play at home against RIG Mark (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bankeryd: K.Gronhage 31+10reb+4ast, J.Eriksson 22+1reb+2ast, H.Robinson 17+11reb+5ast, T.Yulman 15+6reb+4ast, K.Viberg 8+3reb+2ast, R.Rasmusson 6+2reb+1ast
Brahe Basket: C.Sundkvist 22+2reb+1ast, A.Johansson 22+11reb, G.Bagaric 8+3reb+1ast, P.Andersson 7+1reb+2ast, J.Lindberg 7+5reb+2ast, A.El-Zouki 5+3reb
gschID: 578326


KFUM Blackeberg - BG Lulea 81-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vallingby. host KFUM Blackeberg (0-1) was edged by BG Lulea (1-1) 84-81. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. BG Lulea forced 25 KFUM Blackeberg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BG Lulea made 92 blocks. KFUM Blackeberg was plagued by 42 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard David Hook (185-99) stepped up and scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Simon Finden (190-0) chipped in 19 points. At the losing side forward Joacim Edlund (195-93) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Theodore Silveira Ovrebo (193-97) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KFUM Blackeberg's coach Adam Engstrom tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Lulea will have a break next round. KFUM Blackeberg will play on the road against Akropol (#6) in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BG Lulea: D.Hook 21+6reb+4ast, S.Finden 19+4reb+2ast, W.Wiberg 12+2reb+1ast, A.Yemane 11+8reb, J.Imbia 9+3reb, G.Moberg 5+5reb+1ast
KFUM Blackeberg: J.Edlund 24+9reb, O.Silveira Ovrebo 19+5reb+1ast, T.Silveira Ovrebo 13+10reb+2ast, R.Habtezghi 10+4reb+6ast, D.Persson 7+9reb+4ast, D.Baakki 3+1ast
gschID: 578323


KFUM Uppsala - Nacka Basket 66-92

Very significant was Nacka Basket's 26-point road victory against KFUM Uppsala 92-66. Nacka Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to KFUM Uppsala's 44. Nacka Basket forced 26 KFUM Uppsala turnovers and outrebounded them 125-105 including a 77-66 advantage in defensive rebounds. Nacka Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 108 blocks. KFUM Uppsala was plagued by 40 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Mustafa Dibba (186-95) nailed a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Basem Abdulkader (180-94) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Samuel Eliasson Godonou (185-93) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Alan Zekovic (195-98, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points respectively for KFUM Uppsala in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nacka Basket will play against KFUM Central in Stockholm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KFUM Uppsala will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nacka Basket: M.Dibba 36+12reb+1ast, B.Abdulkader 18+6reb+4ast, O.Zaghdane 12+6reb+3ast, J.Peltier 9+3reb+1ast, C.Musie 8+5reb+6ast, M.Fraser 4+4reb+2ast
KFUM Uppsala: S.Eliasson Godonou 14+5reb, A.Zekovic 12+4reb+2ast, C.Peterson 9+7reb+2ast, M.Akerman 7+2reb+2ast, L.Brandin 7+5reb+3ast, M.Stalberg 5+1ast
gschID: 578321


Huddinge - Orebro 93-67

Huddinge used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Orebro 93-67 on Sunday night. Huddinge forced 26 Orebro turnovers. Strangely Orebro outrebounded Huddinge 104-77 including a 39-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Huddinge made 101 blocks. Orebro was plagued by 40 personal fouls down the stretch. Jamaal Sakariya (-93) stepped up and scored 29 points for the winners and Margad Otgonbaatar chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Huddinge players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side Robert Schultz (-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Abdulrahman Raoof (-91) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Huddinge: J.Sakariya 29+1reb, M.Otgonbaatar 16+6reb+6ast, M.Bajic 14+3reb+2ast, L.Eden 13+3reb+1ast, P.Jaunzems 12+5reb+2ast, A.Morin 2+1reb+2ast
Orebro: R.Schultz 23+10reb, A.Raoof 18+8reb+2ast, S.Beck 10+4reb+1ast, T.Dabaueh 9+6reb+2ast, M.Ephrem 5+4reb+2ast, D.Avdic 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 578322


KFUM Central - Sundsvall 100-75

KFUM Central used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Sundsvall 100-75 on Sunday night. KFUM Central forced 32 Sundsvall turnovers. Strangely Sundsvall outrebounded KFUM Central 97-70 including a 62-43 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 55 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KFUM Central made 125 blocks. Sundsvall was plagued by 51 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nils Hedstrom (190-83) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 assists for the winners and guard Binyam Yigzaw (186-91) chipped in 27 points. Four KFUM Central players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Marcus Elfving (198-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward William Skagius (201-96) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. KFUM Central will face Nacka Basket in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sundsvall will play against Jamtland II (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KFUM Central: B.Yigzaw 27+2ast, N.Hedstrom 22+1reb+8ast, J.Masabe Paulsson 13+2reb+1ast, E.Enjebo 11+3reb+5ast, J.Coffi 10+5reb+5ast, R.Kasim 6+6reb+4ast
Sundsvall: W.Frojdholm 18+3reb+2ast, W.Skagius 15+11reb+2ast, M.Elfving 14+10reb+7ast, F.Unger 9+1reb+1ast, J.Glas 7+3reb+1ast, T.Eriksson 6+2reb
gschID: 578324





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)



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Ivan Paunic (ex Fuenlabrada) joins Tofas - by Eurobasket News

Tofas Bursa (BSL) agreed terms with 30-year old Serbian ex-international shooting guard Ivan Paunic (198-90kg-87, agency: Alti Sport). He has played for the last two seasons at Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 29 games he had 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg last season. Paunic also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Montenegrin Cup in 2015. Paunic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2008.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Paunic played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
He represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.3rpg.
Paunic is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Paunic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Oostende), Greece (Aris), Italy (Virtus Bologna), Kazakhstan (Astana), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Ukraine (Azovmash), Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and Mega Bemax) and Montenegro (Buducnost).
On Paunic: An extremely quick guard, who has the size and the offensive skills to play the 2 position at top European level. Defensively, he's very effective on the perimeter and in all the pick and roll situations.

Tofas Bursa roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sammy Mejia
Baris Ermis
Ivan Paunic
Pierria Henry
Kadir Bayram
Yigit Arslan

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

Centers:
Josh Owens
Muhsin Yasar

Coach: Orhun Ene

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fenerbahce top CSKA to claim Zadar tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - CSKA 76:72

Fenerbahce celebrated victory at the Zadar international tournament. They toppled CSKA in the Final. Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) recorded 21 points to pace the winning side.
CSKA recorded a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Fenerbahce replied with a 22:13 run in the second frame to secure a 37:32 halftime lead. CSKA pulled within a single point at the final intermission 51:52. Fenerbahce though dropped 24 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) posted 18 points, while Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) added 14 points for the winners. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) answered with 21 points for CSKA. Will Clyburn (201-SF-90, college: Iowa St.) tossed in 16 points in the defeat.



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

Banvit - Zenit 82:80

Banvit celebrated the Gloria Cup preseason tournament title. They defeated Zenit for the trophy in Antalya. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 points to lead the Turkish team.
Banvit posted a 20:18 lead ten minutes into the game. They extended the margin at 9-point mark at the interval 44:35. Zenit unloaded 33 points in the third term to surge ahead. But Banvit managed to bounce back in the fourth quarter. They used a 21:12 rally to snatch a narrow win. Jake Odum (193-G-91, college: Indiana St.) provided 16 points, while Adonis Thomas (198-SF-93, college: Memphis) added 15 points in the victory.



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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Boulogne inks Warren Niles - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (NM1) agreed terms with 28-year old American (has also British passport) guard Warren Niles (196-88kg-89, college: ORU). He played last season at Massagno in Swiss LNA league. In 20 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and averaged 5.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The previous (2016) summer Niles played at Caballeros de Culiacan in Mexican CIBACOPA where in 6 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.5apg in 2016 season.
Two years ago (two years after he left the college) Niles was drafted by Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in fourth round (69th overall).
The former Oral Roberts University standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Niles has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Summit League Regular Season in 2012. Niles was also voted NABC Division I All-District 23 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Niles has played previously professionally in Italy (Imola) and Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs).

SO Maritime Boulogne roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ralph Temgoua
Warren Niles
Diante Watkins
Hugo Dumortier
Timothe Vergiat

Forwards:
Mehdi Cheriet
Namory Boundy
Kahlil Thomas
Cedric Andre
Roman Huger

Center:
Adolphe_Michel Jean-Baptiste

Coach: Frederic Brouillaud

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Greg Mays (ex Rotterdam) agreed terms with Plymouth Raiders - by Eurobasket News

Plymouth University Raiders (BBL) inked 24-year old American forward Greg Mays (203-100kg-93, college: Green Bay). He played most recently at Rotterdam Challengers in Dutch Eredivisie. In 12 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2spg last season. Mays also played that season for another team Northern Arizona Suns in U.S. NBA-G-League where in four games he averaged 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
Last year (a year after he left the college) Mays was drafted by Northern Arizona Suns (D-League) in second round (30th overall).
He attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Mays played in the final of Horizon League Tournament in 2015. He received also All-Horizon League 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Mays has played also professionally in Australia (Bandits).

Plymouth University Raiders roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Neil Watson
Dylan Costelloe
Eddie Matthew
Brandon Norfleet
Ron Mvouika

Forwards:
Brandon Penn
Louis Sayers
Joonas Jarvelainen
Greg Mays

Center:
Zak Wells

Coach: Gavin Love

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @marcocalise)

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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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Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League 1st Team 2017
Anthony Danridge
Danridge
Paul Harrison
Harrison
Gerel Simmons
Simmons
Mauro Zubiaurre
Zubiaurre
Gonzalo Rivas
Rivas

Player of the Year: Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas
Guard of the Year: Gonzalo Rivas (179-G-95) of Tabare
Forward of the Year: Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas
Center of the Year: Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago
Import Player of the Year: Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas
Domestic Player of the Year: Mauro Zubiaurre (181-PG-94) of Atenas

1st Team
F: Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas
C: Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago
G: Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo
PG: Mauro Zubiaurre (181-PG-94) of Atenas
G: Gonzalo Rivas (179-G-95) of Tabare

2nd Team
SG: Mateo Pose (190-SG-95) of Atenas
G: Martin Perdomo (181-G-95) of Sayago
F: Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica
F: Rodrigo Goncalves (203-F-87) of Auriblanco
C/F: Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of La Union

Honorable Mention
Agustin Zuvich (200-F-95) of Cordon
Facundo Medina (190-G-94) of Cordon
Nicolas Catala (195-F-91) of Atenas
Omar Galeano (199-F-81) of Atenas
Joe Efese (198-F) of Capitol
Agustin Cabillon (196-F-95) of Tabare
Pablo Makanskas (196-F-90) of Verdirrojo
Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) of 25 de Agosto

All-Domestic Players Team
F: Nicolas Catala (195-F-91) of Atenas
F: Omar Galeano (199-F-81) of Atenas
PG: Mauro Zubiaurre (181-PG-94) of Atenas
F: Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica
G: Gonzalo Rivas (179-G-95) of Tabare

All-Imports Team
F: Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas
C: Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago
G: Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo
F: Joe Efese (198-F) of Capitol
C/F: Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of La Union



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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.
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N.Novgorod signs Ivan Lazarev - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) signed 26-year old power forward Ivan Lazarev (210-91kg-91) from CSKA Moscow. In 6 VTB United League games he had 3.8ppg and 1.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Lazarev played at Dynamo Moscow where in 16 games he recorded 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
Lazarev represented Russia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously for five other teams: Ryazan, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team, Zenit 2, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team and Zenit.

BC Nizhny Novgorod roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ivan Strebkov
Maxim Grigoryev
Maxim Kolyushkin
Sterling Gibbs
Artem Komolov
Vasily Martynov
Sergey Marikhin
Georgiy Zhbanov

Forwards:
Vadim Panin
Petr Gubanov
Stevan Jelovac
Aleksandr Zakharov
Dmitrii Uzinskiy
Nikita Zverev

Centers:
Sean Denison
Ivan Lazarev
Ilya Popov

Coach: Zoran Lukic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Marghera inks Florencia Llorente, ex Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Giants BK Marghera Venezia (Serie A2) signed 25-year old Argentinian forward Florencia Llorente (182-92). She played last summer at Atletico Lanus in Argentinian Superliga. Llorente has played there for the last seven years. In 12 Superliga games she had 12.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was named to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Superliga 3rd Team.
Llorente won Argentinian Superliga championship title in 2016.
She represented Argentina at the World Championships U19 in Chile six years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @13BM13)

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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.9.0 
 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. Storme, Deerlijk3.0 
 10. Maes, Liege3.0 
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. Jones, Castors .1.0 
 3. Boel, B.Willebroek1.0 
 4. Massey, Sint K.1.0 
 5. Aizsila, Waregem1.0 
 6. Vesterberg, Belfius .1.0 
 7. Kimpe, Laarne0.7 
 8. Hendrickx, Belfius .0.7 
 9. Colson, Verviers.0.7 
 10. Williams, Belfius .0.7 


Top Division Women Round 3: Tulikivi lose their first game against B.Willebroek - by Eurobasket News

After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Top Division Women and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tulikivi (1-1) in Deerlijk on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by B.Willebroek (2-0) 65-60. B.Willebroek is looking forward to face Sint Kateline Waver in Sint Katelijne in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tulikivi will play at home against Castors Braine (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Kangoeroes (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Belfius Namur (1-2) in Boom 83-62. It was a quality performance for the former international Jana Raman (185-91) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Heleen Adams accounted for 22 points. Spanish point guard Mariona Ortiz (183-92) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Belfius Namur in the defeat. Belfius Namur's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kangoeroes will play against Jeugd Gentson (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belfius Namur will play against Verviers-Pep. to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Charleroi supposed to be also quite interesting. Castors Braine (2-0) played at the court of R.Spirou Monceau (1-2). Castors Braine smashed R.Spirou Monceau 91-43 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Olesia Malashenko who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Sarah Deneil who recorded 10 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Castors Braine will meet Tulikivi (#6) in the next round. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Waregem. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of Jeugd Gentson (0-2) to Declercq Stortbeton (2-1) 64-62 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Jackie Nared who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds. Jeugd Gentson's coach Wesley Wauters rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Declercq Stortbeton's next round opponent will be Laarne (#11) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Jeugd Gentson will play against Kangoeroes and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 winless Laarne lost to undefeated Sint Katelijne on the opponent's court 57-93. Winless Verviers-Pep. was outscored by Liege in a home game 56-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Laure Resimont of Sint Katelijne.

Deerlijk - B.Willebroek 60-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tulikivi (1-1) in Deerlijk on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by B.Willebroek (2-0) 65-60. B.Willebroek is looking forward to face Sint Kateline Waver in Sint Katelijne in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tulikivi will play at home against Castors Braine (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 549154


Sint Katelijne - Laarne 93-57

Very expected game in Sint Katelijne where Laarne (0-3) was crushed by Sint Kateline Waver (3-0) 93-57. It looked good early as Laarne took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sint Kateline Waver had a 25-13 second period charge getting the lead and Laarne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-93. Sint Kateline Waver made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Laarne only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded Laarne 49-35 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for power forward Laure Resimont (185-98) who led her team to a victory with 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Center Becky Massey (186-0) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Spanish guard Victoria Vine (173-95, college: Eckerd) answered with 21 points and swingman Bieke Vanrenterghem (175-86) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Laarne. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sint Kateline Waver's next round opponent will be B.Willebroek (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Laarne will play against Declercq Stortbeton (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Laarne: V.Vine 21+2reb+1ast, B.Vanrenterghem 14+7reb, F.Kimpe 9+10reb, T.Putman 8+6reb+4ast, I.Deforche 3+2reb, E.De Stoop 2+1reb+1ast
Sint Katelijne: L.Resimont 39+7reb+2ast, B.Massey 12+8reb+1ast, L.Mpoyi 11+7reb+1ast, L.Lukusa 9+2reb+1ast, B.Massey 7+8reb+1ast, E.Ramette 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 549156


Spirou Monceau - Castors Braine 43-91

The game in Charleroi supposed to be also quite interesting. Castors Braine (2-0) played at the court of R.Spirou Monceau (1-2). Castors Braine smashed R.Spirou Monceau 91-43 on Sunday. The game without a history. Castors Braine led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding R.Spirou Monceau to just 6 points in first quarter. Castors Braine dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to R.Spirou Monceau's 30 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Castors Braine forced 24 R.Spirou Monceau turnovers. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian Olesia Malashenko (191-91, agency: LBM Management) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American center Celeste Trahan-Davis (186-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 17 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Castors Braine players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Sarah Deneil (173-90) who recorded 10 points and 5 rebounds and forward Marie Hamaide (173-91) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Castors Braine will meet Tulikivi (#6) in the next round. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou Monceau: M.Hamaide 10+2reb+3ast, S.Deneil 10+5reb+3ast, A.Radic 7+1reb, C.Pappalardo 6+3reb+3ast, V.Patelli 5+1reb+1ast, L.Vandy 2
Castors Braine: O.Malashenko 18+6reb+2ast, C.Trahan-Davis 17+4reb+1ast, A.Delaere 12+1reb+4ast, A.Steinberga 10+4reb, N.Milic 9+2reb, E.Mayombo 8+3ast
gschID: 549153


Waregem - Jeugd Gentson 64-62

A very interesting game took place in Waregem. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of Jeugd Gentson (0-2) to Declercq Stortbeton (2-1) 64-62 on Saturday evening. Jeugd Gentson was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Declercq Stortbeton, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Jeugd Gentson turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds. The former international forward Miete Celus (173-91) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Declercq Stortbeton players scored in double figures. Aline Verelst (172-96) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Emma Uittenhove (167-96) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Jeugd Gentson. Jeugd Gentson's coach Wesley Wauters rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Declercq Stortbeton's next round opponent will be Laarne (#11) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Jeugd Gentson will play against Kangoeroes and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jeugd Gentson: A.Strubbe 12+3reb+2ast, A.Verelst 11+7reb+1ast, M.Van Den Broucke 10+3reb, E.Uittenhove 8+10reb, E.Heyse 7+4reb, L.Lentacker 5+8reb+4ast
Waregem: J.Nared 19+18reb, L.Gaspar 13+5reb, A.Aizsila 12+3reb, M.Celus 12+8reb+3ast, S.Devliegher 6+7reb+5ast, E.Devliegher 2+2reb
gschID: 549151


Kangoeroes - Belfius Namur 83-62

Kangoeroes (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed Belfius Namur (1-2) in Boom 83-62. The game without a history. Kangoeroes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Kangoeroes forced 19 Belfius Namur turnovers. It was a quality performance for the former international Jana Raman (185-91) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Heleen Adams (172-94) accounted for 22 points for the winning side. Four Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. Spanish point guard Mariona Ortiz (183-92) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and international Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Belfius Namur in the defeat. Belfius Namur's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kangoeroes will play against Jeugd Gentson (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belfius Namur will play against Verviers-Pep. to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Belfius Namur: M.Ortiz 15+5reb+3ast, R.Williams 15+2reb, B.Day 9+7reb, S.Hendrickx 9+6reb+2ast, H.Mestdagh 5+1reb, J.Vesterberg 4+3reb+1ast
Kangoeroes: J.Raman 22+7reb+3ast, H.Adams 22+2reb+1ast, J.Goyvaerts 13+2reb+3ast, B.Starling 12+10reb+1ast, A.Nauwelaers 6+7reb, I.Meylemans 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 549152


Verviers-Pep. - Liege 56-77

But Verviers-Pep. was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Liege 77-56. The game was mostly controlled by Liege. Verviers-Pep. was better in fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game, while Verviers-Pep. only scored five points from the stripe. It was a good game for center Laura Henket (183-98, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 29 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international center Jaleesa Maes (188-92, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian center Julita Bungaite (187-87, college: Hawaii) answered with 17 points and Noemie Bonvoisin (186-95) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Verviers-Pep.Verviers-Pep.'s coach Antoine Braibant already knew that her team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Liege's next round opponent will be R.Spirou Monceau (#9) in Charleroi. Verviers-Pep. will play on the road against Belfius Namur and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: J.Bungaite 17+4reb, E.Vanaubel 10+5reb+1ast, N.Bonvoisin 10+8reb+1ast, A.Barache 6+1reb+5ast, N.Crelot 5+3reb+2ast, J.Maillard 4+7reb+1ast
Liege: L.Henket 29+8reb, M.Descamps 10+3reb+1ast, E.Leblon 10+3reb+3ast, J.Maes 8+11reb+1ast, N.Doppee 7+3reb+1ast, M.Peeters 6+2reb
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Smith Heading to North Carolina for Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Inshannae Smith is heading to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend school and play Basketball for the Victory Christian Center School's Girls team. Smith who is a talented athlete having represented Bermuda at the Carifta Games and also represented Bermuda in Netball is just another shining star out of the Wolfpack basketball Camp. Every Wolfpack Basketball session is about improving skills and becoming the best basketball players athletes can possibly be. Smith now goes from being a Lady Cat to a Lady Knight.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Dana KUSLITOVA
  Karlovy .
  (182-F-90)
  Avg: 34
 1. Kuslitova, Karlovy .34.0 
 2. Novotna, Slovanka.34.0 
 3. Zitkova, MK Te.28.0 
 4. Tarasava, Nymburk28.0 
 5. Bazoukou, USK Praha27.0 
 6. Vaughn, Nymburk24.0 
 7. Sujanova, Valosun .21.0 
 8. Vackova, Loko T.21.0 
 9. Hausknechtov., Zabiny B.20.0 
 10. Linskens, Nymburk20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyara LINSKENS
  Nymburk
  (189-C-96)
  Avg: 16
 1. Linskens, Nymburk16.0 
 2. Snyder, Loko T.11.0 
 3. Kuslitova, Karlovy .11.0 
 4. Bellock, BLK Praha10.0 
 5. Jenistova, U19 C.9.0 
 6. Opocenska, Slovanka.9.0 
 7. Rezan, USK Praha9.0 
 8. Felixova, BLK Praha8.0 
 9. Stehlikova, MK Te.8.0 
 10. Miszkiel, MK Te.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Karolina MALECKOVA
  Karlovy .
  (159-PG-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Maleckova, Karlovy .9.0 
 2. Tarasava, Nymburk8.0 
 3. Elhotova, USK Praha6.0 
 4. Brandao, Loko T.6.0 
 5. Romero, USK Praha6.0 
 6. Motycakova, Slovanka.5.0 
 7. Svrdlikova, Zabiny B.5.0 
 8. Vaughn, Nymburk5.0 
 9. Hunkova, Nymburk4.0 
 10. Pohunkova, Karlovy .4.0 
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. Motycakova, Slovanka.4.0 
 4. Elhotova, USK Praha4.0 
 5. Hausknechtov., Zabiny B.4.0 
 6. Maleckova, Karlovy .3.0 
 7. Zuzakova, Karlovy .3.0 
 8. Bellock, BLK Praha3.0 
 9. Stehlikova, MK Te.3.0 
 10. Satoranska, Valosun .3.0 
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 


ZBL Round 1: LOKO Trutnov lose to Basket Slovanka MB - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ZBL just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of LOKO Trutnov (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Basket Slovanka MB (1-0) 84-66. Basket Slovanka MB dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to LOKO Trutnov's 36. Katerina Novotna (177-89) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) for the winners and American power forward Deja Middleton (193-90, college: Fayetteville St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side forward Andrea Vackova (178-89) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. LOKO Trutnov's coach Petr Kapitulcin rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Basket Slovanka MB is looking forward to face Zabiny Brno (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LOKO Trutnov will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Sokol Hradec Kralove's (#8) 34-point road victory against SBS Ostrava 89-55. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against LOKO Trutnov (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SBS Ostrava will play against MK Technic in Brno to get more than just one victory in their record.
Quite upsetting was Karlovy Vary's (#2) home defeat in a game versus Basketball Nymburk 90-80. Alexandra Tarasava fired 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Basketball Nymburk's coach Daniel Kurucz used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dana Kuslitova produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Basketball Nymburk will meet at home U19 Chance (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karlovy Vary will play against USK Praha (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of BLK Praha (0-1) against Zabiny Brno (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting BLK Praha was defeated by Zabiny Brno in Brno 78-68. Worth to mention a great performance of Jana Hausknechtova who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 steals. Zabiny Brno's coach Viktor Prusa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Zabiny Brno's next round opponent will be Basket Slovanka MB (#3) in Vodochody, which may be the game of the day. BLK Praha will play on the road against Valosun Brno (#12) and hope to win that game.
U19 Chance (0-1) was outscored at home by MK Technic (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 90-54 on Sunday night. Tereza Zitkova stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. MK Technic's coach Lucie Zitkova felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. MK Technic will face SBS Ostrava (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. U19 Chance will play against Basketball Nymburk and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 1 winless Valosun Brno lost to undefeated USK Praha on the opponent's court 64-98.

Loko Trutnov - Slovanka MB 66-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of LOKO Trutnov (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Basket Slovanka MB (1-0) 84-66. Basket Slovanka MB dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to LOKO Trutnov's 36. Katerina Novotna (177-89) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) for the winners and American power forward Deja Middleton (193-90, college: Fayetteville St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Middleton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side forward Andrea Vackova (178-89) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Shawnte Goff (173-94, college: UTRGV) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. LOKO Trutnov's coach Petr Kapitulcin rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Basket Slovanka MB is looking forward to face Zabiny Brno (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LOKO Trutnov will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: K.Novotna 34+4reb, D.Middleton 20+7reb, T.Motycakova 9+3reb+5ast, L.Molnar 7+1reb, D.Harapesova 6+1reb+4ast, M.Opocenska 6+9reb+1ast
Loko Trutnov: A.Vackova 21+5reb+1ast, S.Goff 17+6reb+2ast, C.Snyder 8+11reb, A.Rylichova 8+5reb+3ast, T.Patockova 5+5reb, M.Brandao 2+6ast
gschID: 550502


U19 Chance - MK Technic 54-90

U19 Chance (0-1) was outscored at home by MK Technic (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 90-54 on Sunday night. MK Technic dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to U19 Chance's 30. They outrebounded U19 Chance 38-23 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Tereza Zitkova (175-98) stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Monika Stehlikova (177-92) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. MK Technic's coach Lucie Zitkova felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Alena Jenistova (182-86) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Eliska Petruskova (172-98) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MK Technic will face SBS Ostrava (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. U19 Chance will play against Basketball Nymburk and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
MK Technic: T.Zitkova 28+6reb+1ast, M.Stehlikova 15+8reb+2ast, H.Gasicova 13+1ast, A.Miszkiel 12+7reb+2ast, K.Selucka 8+2reb, M.Sivrova 8+7reb+2ast
U19 Chance: E.Petruskova 18+3reb, A.Jenistova 13+9reb, A.Stiborova 11+5reb, K.Tomsovicova 10+4reb+2ast, S.Vadlejchova 0+1reb, N.Kohoutova 0+1reb
gschID: 550500


SBS Ostrava - Sokol HK 55-89

Very significant was Sokol Hradec Kralove's (#8) 34-point road victory against SBS Ostrava 89-55. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against LOKO Trutnov (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SBS Ostrava will play against MK Technic in Brno to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 550501


USK Praha - Valosun Brno 98-64

USK Praha used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Brno 98-64 on Saturday night. USK Praha made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. USK Praha outrebounded Valosun Brno 31-15 including a 20-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for USK Praha especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Swedish center Amanda Bazoukou (196-93, college: Minnesota) stepped up and scored 27 points (made all of her nine free throws !!!) for the winners and Croatian center Marija Rezan (198-89) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international center Edita Sujanova (190-85) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and point guard Gabriela Andelova (173-96) scored 14 points. Valosun Brno's coach David Zdenek gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha will face Karlovy Vary (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valosun Brno will play against BLK Praha (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: A.Bazoukou 27+4reb+2ast, M.Rezan 14+9reb, K.Elhotova 12+2reb+1ast, A.Hanusova 12+5reb+2ast, K.Elhotova 9+3reb+6ast, A.Mainclova 8+2reb
Valosun Brno: E.Sujanova 21+5reb+2ast, G.Andelova 14+2reb+1ast, V.Remenarova 6+4reb+1ast, E.Kopecka 5+2ast, K.Jandova 4+1reb+2ast, M.Satoranska 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550498


Zabiny Brno - BLK Praha 78-68

Very important is a road loss of BLK Praha (0-1) against Zabiny Brno (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting BLK Praha was defeated by Zabiny Brno in Brno 78-68. Zabiny Brno forced 20 BLK Praha turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jana Hausknechtova (180-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 steals. Beata Adamcova (185-93) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Zabiny Brno's coach Viktor Prusa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Kristi Bellock (185-90, college: Texas A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Renata Pudlakova (179-92) added 10 points in the effort for BLK Praha. Zabiny Brno's next round opponent will be Basket Slovanka MB (#3) in Vodochody, which may be the game of the day. BLK Praha will play on the road against Valosun Brno (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zabiny Brno: J.Hausknechtova 20+3reb+2ast, B.Adamcova 15+6reb+2ast, T.Buzov 10+6reb+4ast, N.Stoupalova 9+1reb, K.Krivankova 8+3reb+2ast, L.Soukalova 5+1ast
BLK Praha: K.Bellock 19+10reb+3ast, R.Pudlakova 10+3reb+3ast, S.Madden 10+3reb, J.Russell 9+3reb+1ast, T.Sedlackova 8+3reb+2ast, N.Dvorakova 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 550503


Karlovy Vary - Nymburk 80-90

Quite upsetting was Karlovy Vary's (#2) home defeat in a game versus Basketball Nymburk 90-80. The game without a history. Basketball Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game, while Karlovy Vary only scored seven points from the stripe. Basketball Nymburk had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Belarusian guard Alexandra Tarasava (171-88) fired 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Belgian center Kyara Linskens (189-96, agency: LBM Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!). Four Basketball Nymburk players scored in double figures. Basketball Nymburk's coach Daniel Kurucz used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Dana Kuslitova (182-90) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Karolina Maleckova (159-97) added 16 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Basketball Nymburk will meet at home U19 Chance (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karlovy Vary will play against USK Praha (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nymburk: A.Tarasava 28+6reb+8ast, K.Vaughn 24+4reb+5ast, K.Linskens 20+16reb+1ast, A.Khomenchuk 13+7reb+2ast, K.Sotolova 2+1reb, A.Hunkova 2+3reb+4ast
Karlovy Vary: D.Kuslitova 34+11reb+4ast, K.Maleckova 16+4reb+9ast, A.Zuzakova 10+6reb+2ast, D.Pohunkova 8+2reb+4ast, K.Rokosova 6+5reb+1ast, A.Drahokoupilova 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 550499





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  EEWBL  


Round 3: Good Angels cruise past Royal Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Slovakian Good Angels smashed Dutch Royal Eagles in Kosice 86-58. Good Angels dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Royal Eagles' 26. They outrebounded Royal Eagles 45-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Anna Jurcenkova (195-85) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Barbora Balintova (175-94) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Good Angels' coach felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Laura Westerik (176-98) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Turkish Bornova (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Swedish Lulea Basket (3-0) 68-67. It was a good game for American guard Jessica Thomas (168-94, college: Miami, FL, agency: Two Points) who saved her team from a defeat with 19 points. Adrienne Motley contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Bornova. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 3 winless Gorizont were defeated by Al Riyadi in Beirut 72-62. Kibirkstis was beaten by Vega 1/Liepaja at home 70-82.
The best stats of 3rd round was 19 points and 12 assists by Ilze Jakobsone of Vega 1/Liepaja.

Bornova - Lulea Basket 67-68

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Turkish Bornova (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Swedish Lulea Basket (3-0) 68-67. It was a good game for American guard Jessica Thomas (168-94, college: Miami, FL, agency: Two Points) who saved her team from a defeat with 19 points. Her fellow American import guard Adrienne Motley (175-95, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian forward Adrijana Knezevic (183-87) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bornova. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bornova: M.Snow 20+8reb, K.Erat 13+2reb+4ast, A.Knezevic 12+8reb+3ast, Y.Dogan 7+6reb+1ast, S.Ivegin 6+2reb+4ast, E.Turkyilmaz 4+4reb
Lulea Basket: J.Thomas 19+4reb+3ast, A.Motley 14+8reb+4ast, A.Barthold 12+7reb, K.Frerking 9+9reb+5ast, C.Nnamaka 8+6reb+1ast, S.Favento 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 561323


Good Angels - Royal Eagles 86-58

Slovakian Good Angels smashed Dutch Royal Eagles in Kosice 86-58. Good Angels dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Royal Eagles' 26. They outrebounded Royal Eagles 45-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Anna Jurcenkova (195-85) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Barbora Balintova (175-94) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Good Angels players scored in double figures. Good Angels' coach felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Laura Westerik (176-98) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Anne van-Vlijmen (170-99) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Royal Eagles: L.Westerik 23+6reb, D.Boiago 9+6reb+2ast, A.van Vlijmen 9+3reb+7ast, M.Koelman 7+1reb, M.Peek 7+8reb, A.Kantebeen 3+1reb
Good Angels: A.Jurcenkova 17+9reb+3ast, D.Morris 15+3reb+1ast, R.Stehlikova 14+4reb+1ast, B.Balintova 13+5reb+5ast, M.Palenikova 9+11reb+3ast, D.Peters 6+7reb+5ast
gschID: 561324


Al Riyadi - Gorizont 72-62

There was no surprise in Beirut where Belarusian Gorizont (0-3) was defeated by Lebanese Al Riyadi (2-1) 72-62. It was a good game for Canadian power forward Kayli Sartori (185-93, college: UFV) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists. American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (190-87, college: S.Florida, agency: Two Points) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. Center Hanna Brych (187-97) answered with 14 points and Russian center Anna Nuzhnaya (194-92) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gorizont. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gorizont: H.Brych 14+4reb+2ast, O.Sivakova 12+4ast, A.Nuzhnaya 10+8reb+1ast, V.Ziuzkova 9+4reb+4ast, N.Harbachova 7+5reb+2ast, A.Holubeva 4+3ast
Al Riyadi: K.Sartori 21+3reb+4ast, R.Hodges 14+1reb+4ast, S.McKinney 11+9reb+1ast, B.Denson 10+12reb, A.Ross 9+3reb+8ast, C.Dewitt 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 561325


Kibirkstis - Vega 1/Liepaja 70-82

There was a surprise result in Vilnius where Latvian Vega 1 (1-2) defeated Lithuanian Kibirkstis (1-2) 82-70. Vega 1 made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. It was a good game for guard Ilze Jakobsone (168-94) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 assists. Belarusian center Maryna Ivashchanka (190-93) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Laura Juskaite (187-97) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Kibirkstis. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kibirkstis: L.Juskaite 21+6reb+1ast, S.Landry 14+9reb+3ast, D.Donskichyte 9+4reb+5ast, L.Jurciute 7+3reb+3ast, I.Savickaite 5+2reb, A.Bobinaite 4+1ast
Vega 1/Liepaja: I.Vitola 22+1reb, M.Ivashchanka 19+7reb, I.Jakobsone 19+3reb+12ast, I.Veinberga 7+5reb+2ast, L.Rubene 6+8reb+4ast, S.Lipe 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 561326





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)



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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 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 - 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
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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
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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
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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
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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