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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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  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. Davis, Instituto23.5 
 4. Swann, Comunica.23.0 
 5. Johnson, GECR I.22.0 
 6. Tucker, San Lorenzo21.0 
 7. Slider, Penarol20.5 
 8. Fjellerup, Weber B.20.5 
 9. Kemp, Obras Basket20.0 
 10. Keenan, San M.20.0 
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. Williams, Olimpico.13.0 
 5. Clancy, Instituto12.5 
 6. Famous, GECR I.12.0 
 7. Espinoza, Salta B.11.5 
 8. Wood, San M.10.5 
 9. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 10. Gadson, Quimsa10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Pablo FIGUEROA
  Comunica.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Figueroa, Comunica.9.0 
 2. Gerbaudo, Salta B.8.5 
 3. Ciorciari, Hispano .8.0 
 4. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.0 
 5. Barral, Obras B.7.0 
 6. Parodi, Weber B.6.5 
 7. Konsztadt, La Union6.0 
 8. Sims, Atenas6.0 
 9. Whelan, Instituto5.5 
 10. Barrera, GECR I.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik THOMAS
  Regatas C.
  (196-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thomas, Regatas C.4.0 
 2. Goldenberg, Salta B.4.0 
 3. Swann, Comunica.4.0 
 4. Garcia, San M.3.5 
 5. Tabarez, Hispano .3.0 
 6. Ciorciari, Hispano .3.0 
 7. Garcia, Argentino2.5 
 8. Clancy, Instituto2.5 
 9. Johnson, GECR I.2.5 
 10. Jasen, Weber Bahia2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.5 
 2. Francis, Quimsa3.0 
 3. Acuna, Quimsa3.0 
 4. Kent, Argentino2.0 
 5. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.5 
 6. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 7. Kemp, Obras Basket1.5 
 8. Crawford, La Union1.5 
 9. Meyinsse, Atenas1.0 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.1.0 


LigaA Round 2: Penarol cruise past Argentino - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LigaA. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

First defeat of Argentino (1-1) against Penarol (2-0) 98-77 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Argentino managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. American guard Karl Cochran (185-92, college: Wofford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American Jonathan Slider (188-87) contributed with 25 points for the winners. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) replied with 21 points for Argentino. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Argentino will play next round against Quilmes MP trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Penarol will try to continue on its current victory against Quilmes MP. It will be extra interesting game as Quilmes MP is their local rival from Mar del Plata.
San Martin Corrientes defeated Estudiantes C. at home 91-75. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Justin Keenan chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) responded with 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Estudiantes C. will play next round against strong Regatas Corrientes trying to get back on the winning streak. San Martin Corrientes will try to continue on its current victory against La Union at Formosa.
Regatas Corrientes (0-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by La Union (1-1) 90-72. Anthony Young notched 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 25 points by Leemire Goldwire did not help to save the game for Regatas Corrientes. La Union will meet at home San Martin Corrientes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Regatas Corrientes will play against Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Instituto (1-1) over Olimpico de La Banda (0-2) 89-82. The best player for the winners was Sam Clancy who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Instituto's next round opponent will be Salta Basket at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Important game to mention about took place in Salta. Salta Basket (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Olimpico de La Banda (0-2) 59-57 on Tuesday evening. Diego Gerbaudo orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 10 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Salta Basket will face Instituto (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 2:
In Group C Obras Basket beat Ferrocarril on the road 82-69. Winless Hispano Am. lost to defending champion San Lorenzo on its own court 80-90.
In Group D Weber Bahia unfortunately lost to GECR Indalo in Comodoro Rivadavia 79-81. Weber Bahia rolled over Quilmes MP at home 99-74.

Group A
San Martin C. - Estudiantes C. 91-75

San Martin Corrientes defeated Estudiantes C. at home 91-75. Estudiantes C. was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. San Martin Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Estudiantes C.'s 40. San Martin Corrientes players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) responded with 15 points and 5 assists and Mateo Bolivar (187-92) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Estudiantes C. will play next round against strong Regatas Corrientes trying to get back on the winning streak. San Martin Corrientes will try to continue on its current victory against La Union at Formosa.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Keenan 20+5reb, L.Faggiano 19+2reb+2ast, J.Wood 17+11reb+1ast, R.Garcia 17+4ast, F.Aguerre 8+5reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 6+4reb+6ast
Estudiantes C.: R.Mendoza 15+3reb+5ast, M.Bolivar 14+5reb, D.Doblas 11+4reb+2ast, L.Vildoza 9+2reb+3ast, Z.Buljan 7+2reb+1ast, S.Uranga 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 572732


Regatas C. - La Union 72-90

Regatas Corrientes (0-1) recorded a loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by La Union (1-1) 90-72. The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. La Union outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) notched 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Alejandro Konsztadt (191-89) supported him with 17 points and 8 assists. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by American point guard Leemire Goldwire (184-85, college: Charlotte, agency: HMS) did not help to save the game for Regatas Corrientes. His fellow American import guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Diamond Sports) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. La Union will meet at home San Martin Corrientes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Regatas Corrientes will play against Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: A.Young 25+5reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 17+4reb+8ast, J.Maldonado 15+2reb+3ast, A.Marin 13+5reb+2ast, C.Crawford 8+10reb+2ast, A.Elsener 7+6reb+2ast
Regatas C.: L.Goldwire 25+3reb+3ast, S.Vidal 11+4reb+3ast, A.Harris 11+6reb+3ast, J.Saiz 8+3reb+4ast, E.Thomas 6+1reb, F.Martina 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 572730


Group B
Salta Basket - Olimpico LB 59-57

Important game to mention about took place in Salta. Salta Basket (2-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Olimpico de La Banda (0-2) 59-57 on Tuesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-11. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 12-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 10 assists. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) contributed with 6 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) replied with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) added 7 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Salta Basket will face Instituto (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: Q.Brown 10+3reb+1ast, R.Buckner 9+6reb, D.Gerbaudo 9+4reb+10ast, P.Bruna 8+3reb+2ast, A.Zilli 8+1reb+1ast, R.Harris 6+1ast
Olimpico LB: R.Green 20+6reb+5ast, R.Clemente 11+8reb+1ast, M.Stanic 7+2reb+2ast, J.Williams 7+13reb, M.Cosolito 7+6reb+1ast, F.Giorgi 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 572738


Olimpico LB - Instituto 82-89

We should not miss anothera road victory of Instituto (1-1) over Olimpico de La Banda (0-2) 89-82. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Instituto made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in 18 points. The former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78) produced 25 points and 4 assists and American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Instituto's next round opponent will be Salta Basket at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Instituto: D.Davis 18+3reb+2ast, S.Clancy 16+14reb+2ast, S.Scala 14+2reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 9+4reb+2ast, F.Pinero 8, G.Whelan 7+1reb+6ast
Olimpico LB: M.Stanic 25+3reb+4ast, M.Cosolito 13+5reb+5ast, R.Clemente 12+2reb+3ast, F.Giorgi 10+3reb+4ast, J.Williams 10+13reb+2ast, R.Green 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 572731


Group C
Ferrocarril - Obras Basket 69-82

There was a small surprise when Obras Basket (1-1) beat Ferrocarril (1-1) in Buenos Aires 82-69 on Tuesday. Obras Basket outrebounded Ferrocarril 26-15 including 20 on the defensive glass. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Pedro Barral (186-94) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. American Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) replied with 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) added 13 points in the effort for Ferrocarril. Four Ferrocarril players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: M.Kemp 20+8reb+2ast, P.Barral 13+1reb+4ast, F.Zurbriggen 10+3reb+2ast, J.Valdelicio 9+4reb+1ast, T.Zanzottera 9+3reb+3ast, S.Spieth 8+3reb+1ast
Ferrocarril: W.Baxley 19+2reb+3ast, A.Harper 13+2reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 11+2reb+1ast, J.Cowan 10+3reb+1ast, D.Figueredo 9+2ast, K.Hernandez 4+3reb
gschID: 572735


Hispano Am. - San Lorenzo 80-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Hispano Am.'s (0-1) home loss to San Lorenzo (2-0) in Rio Gallegos 80-90 on Monday. San Lorenzo shot 61.8 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The former international point guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) replied with 19 points and American forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) added 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Hispano Am.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. San Lorenzo will face Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Hispano Am. will play at home against Ferrocarril and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 21+4reb, D.Tucker 16+4reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 14+3reb+8ast, C.Matias Sandes 10+4reb+3ast, M.Mata 10+2reb+5ast, J.Justiz 8+8reb
Hispano Am.: P.Tabarez 19+3reb+3ast, P.Blackwell 14+6reb+2ast, F.Podesta 12+3reb+1ast, K.Austin 10+7reb+3ast, G.Torres 10+3reb, N.Paletta 5+4ast
gschID: 572733


Group D
GECR Indalo - Weber Bahia 81-79

There was a small surprise when GECR Indalo (1-1) edged Weber Bahia (1-1) in Comodoro Rivadavia 81-79 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Weber Bahia won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when GECR Indalo won last quarter 23-22. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Franco Giorgetti (201-92) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. International guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Weber Bahia. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: S.Johnson 21+3reb+4ast, F.Giorgetti 15+6reb+5ast, J.Manuel Riveiro 11+3reb+1ast, J.Famous 11+11reb, D.Romero 10+3reb+2ast, D.Hure 6+3reb+3ast
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 17+6reb+1ast, M.Fjellerup 16+8reb+5ast, S.Vaulet 13+3reb+1ast, G.Santo 7+9reb+1ast, F.Corvalan 6+2reb+2ast, G.Iglesias 6+3reb
gschID: 572736


Penarol - Argentino 98-77

First defeat of Argentino (1-1) against Penarol (2-0) 98-77 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Argentino managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. American guard Karl Cochran (185-92, college: Wofford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American Jonathan Slider (188-87) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Five Penarol players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) replied with 21 points and guard Luciano Massarelli (183-93) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Argentino. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Argentino will play next round against Quilmes MP trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Penarol will try to continue on its current victory against Quilmes MP. It will be extra interesting game as Quilmes MP is their local rival from Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Penarol: J.Slider 25+4reb+2ast, K.Cochran 24+3reb+5ast, R.Glenn 14+15reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 13+2reb+2ast, N.Gianella 10+5reb+4ast, J. Fernandez 5+1ast
Argentino: L.Cequeira 21+1reb+3ast, L.Massarelli 15+5reb+2ast, A.Kent 11+11reb, J.Cangelosi 8+2reb+1ast, M.Bernard 7+5reb+3ast, M.Bortolin 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 572734


Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP 99-74

Weber Bahia used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Mar del Plata 99-74 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Weber Bahia made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Puerto Rican Ricardo Sanchez (212-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP's coach Javier Bianchelli gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Weber Bahia will have a break next round. Quilmes MP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mar del Plata Penarol.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: M.Fjellerup 25+6reb+3ast, A.Laveal Johnson 22+8reb+1ast, G.Santo 9+5reb+1ast, L.Parodi 9+6reb+10ast, F.Corvalan 9+1ast, S.Vaulet 8+5reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: E.Ruiz 15, R.Sanchez 13+9reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 12+3reb+3ast, I.Basualdo 11+11reb, E.Flor 7+5reb+6ast, O.Canton 7+5reb
gschID: 572729





Atenas sign Cliff Tucker, ex Mazatlan - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Cordoba (LigaA) signed 28-year old American swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland, agency: Pro Sports). He played last summer at Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Tucker was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in third round (46th overall).
He attended University of Maryland until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Tucker's team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Tucker has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Academia), Germany (Nuernberg), Hungary (Sopron KC), Venezuela (Toros), Dominican Republic (San Sebastian and Indios de San Francisco), D-League (Springfield A.) and Mexico (Ciudad and Huracanes).

Atenas Cordoba roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Pablo Cantero
Donald Sims
Juan_Emiliano Fernandez
Tomas Gutierrez
Franco Baralle
Mateo Battistino

Forwards:
Diego Lo_Grippo
Nicolas Romano
Cliff Tucker
Roquez Johnson
Leonardo Lema

Centers:
Jerome Meyinsse
Juan_Cruz Oberto
Joaquin Lallana

Coach: Nicolas Casalanguida

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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



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  ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael SINGLETARY
  USA
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Singletary, Mono V.28.0 
 2. Alshabebi, Ahli S.26.0 
 3. Adams, Xinjiang FT23.8 
 4. Warren, Petrochimi23.0 
 5. Ravena, Pilipinas22.5 
 6. Carter, Astana21.0 
 7. Douby, Al Riyadi20.3 
 8. OBrien, Seraeyett19.3 
 9. Austin, Pilipinas19.3 
 10. Salem, Ahli Shabab16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Austin, Pilipinas14.3 
 2. Alshabebi, Ahli S.12.3 
 3. OBrien, Seraeyett11.8 
 4. Kazemi, Petrochimi10.5 
 5. Mirzaei, Petrochimi10.0 
 6. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers9.8 
 7. Tabet, Al Riyadi9.5 
 8. Yadwinder, ONGC9.0 
 9. Anoop, ONGC9.0 
 10. Singletary, Mono V.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jason BRICKMAN
  PHI
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Brickman, Mono V.7.0 
 2. Arakji, Al Riyadi6.3 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.5 
 4. Alblooshi, Ahli S.4.8 
 5. Adams, Xinjiang FT4.8 
 6. Ravena, Pilipinas4.3 
 7. Muhtar, Xinjiang.4.3 
 8. Revilla, Pilipinas3.5 
 9. Weeden, Seraeyett3.5 
 10. Mashayekhi, Petro.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  USA
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Douby, Al Riyadi3.8 
 2. Brickman, Mono V.3.0 
 3. Arakji, Al Riyadi3.0 
 4. Adams, Xinjiang FT3.0 
 5. Abdel-Nour, Al Ri.2.8 
 6. Kazemi, Petrochimi2.5 
 7. Muhtar, Xinjiang.2.3 
 8. Juma, Ahli Shabab2.3 
 9. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.3 
 10. Davarpanah, Petro.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Austin, Pilipinas3.8 
 2. Tabet, Al Riyadi1.5 
 3. OBrien, Seraeyett1.5 
 4. Abudurexiti, Xinjiang.1.5 
 5. Carter, Astana1.3 
 6. Alshabebi, Ahli S.1.3 
 7. Begic, Petrochimi1.0 
 8. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers1.0 
 9. Anoop, ONGC0.8 
 10. Daniels, Al Riyadi0.8 


Quarterfinals are set in Chenzhou - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Pilipinas - Petrochimi 66-87
Petrochimi knocked down Pilipinas to earn the second position in Group A. Willie Warren (193-PG-89, college: Oklahoma) stepped up with 30 points to lead the Iranian powerhouse. Petrochimi established a 43:29 halftime lead. They never looked back in the second half cruising to the victory. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) had 15 points in the win. Isaiah Austin and Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) produced 20 points each for Chooks-To-Go.

Mono Vampire - Astana 66-85
Astana overcame Mono Vampire to clinch the top position in Group A. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) recorded 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the Kazakh champions. Astana posted a 31:25 halftime lead. Astana unloaded 54 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94, college: Iowa) posted 20 points for the winners. Michael Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) replied with 30 points and 8 rebounds for Mono Vampire.

Group B
ONGC - Ahli Shabab 71-72
Al Ahli opened win count in Chenzhou. They narrowly defeated ONGC to seal their quarterfinal appearance. Qais Alshabebi (200-C-91) posted 25 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Al Ahli snatched a narrow 39:36 halftime lead. Al Ahli limited ONGC to just 10 points in the third term to boost the gap at 8-point mark. ONGC went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth term but came up short at the end. Khalifa Salem (180-G-91) posted 16 points for the winners. Riyaz Uddin (187-G-81) responded with 20 points for ONGC.

Xinjiang FT - Al Riyadi 73-103
Al Riyadi once again proved their highest ambitions at the tournament as they trounced Chinese Xinjiang to stay undefeated. Mohamad Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) recorded 23 points to lead the Lebanese powerhouse. Al Riyadi secured a 28:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The Flying Tigers pulled within two points at the big break 45:47. But Al Riyadi responded with a 34:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Quincy Douby (190-G-84, college: Rutgers) delivered 19 points for Al Riyadi. Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis) answered with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Xinjiang.




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Oberwart Gunners replace Prince Williams with Cody Wichmann - by Stefan Prager

Austrian runner up Oberwart Gunners have changed one of their import players for the upcoming season just a week before the Supercup will be played. Prince Williams (193-G-92, college: E.Carolina) didn't survive his try-out. The coaching staff, Lluis Pino and Horst Leitner, decided to add guard Cody Wichmann (196-G-94, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) in stead. Wichmann is joining Denzel Gregg and Louis Dabney as Oberwarts import trio. Wichmann graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this summer. He played in 119 career games for the Panthers averaging 12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.6 apg in his last season of four. Wichmann shot 51% FG and nearly 37% from beyond the arc. He was a Horizon League tournament finalist last season.


2.Bundesliga Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 2.Bundesliga just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

First defeat of Basket 2K (0-1) against Timberwolves (1-0) 109-56 was the most important game of the last round. The game without a history. Timberwolves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Timberwolves shot 39 for 75 from the free-throw line, while Basket 2K only scored eighteen points from the stripe. Timberwolves forced 23 Basket 2K turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Timberwolves made 12 blocks. 34 personal fouls committed by Basket 2K helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 assists. The former international guard David Geisler (186-80) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Croatian center Marko Moric (205-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 blocks for Basket 2K. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basket 2K will play next round against Blackbirds trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Timberwolves will try to continue on its current victory against Rocks in Mattersburg.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of UBC St. Polten (0-1) in St.Polten. Hosts were defeated by Rocks (1-0) 80-73. Bosnian-Slovenian center Fuad Memcic (209-82) stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 assists for the winners and Marko Soldo chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. At the losing side the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) responded with 11 points and 4 assists. UBC St. Polten's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rocks will play against Timberwolves (#6) in Vienna in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. UBC St. Polten will play on the road against Worthersee Piraten (#10) in Klagenfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also a 26-point tough home loss of Raiders in a game in Villach versus undefeated Flames (#5) 92-66. Jason Chappell nailed 29 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Flames' coach Franz Zderadicka felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Timi Huber came up with 19 points for Raiders in the defeat. Flames will meet at home BBU S. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiders will play against Mustangs in Mistelbach and hope to win that game.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Lions (1-0) who crushed BBU S. (0-1) by 21 points 97-76. Lions' next round opponent will be KOS in Klagenfurt and it will be for sure the game of the week. BBU S. will play on the road against Flames (#1) in Vienna and hope to win that game.
And finally the game worth to mention about is Mustangs' easy victory against Blackbirds 65-52. It was a very good performance for Michal Semerad who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Mustangs' coach Martin Weissenboeck used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Mustangs will face Raiders (#11) in Villach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blackbirds will play on the road against Basket 2K (#7) in Vienna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 1 winless Piraten lost to undefeated KOS on the road 77-89.

UBC - Rocks 73-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of UBC St. Polten (0-1) in St.Polten. Hosts were defeated by Rocks (1-0) 80-73. Rocks dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to UBC St. Polten's 28. Rocks forced 27 UBC St. Polten turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Rocks brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Bosnian-Slovenian center Fuad Memcic (209-82) stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 assists for the winners and guard Marko Soldo (195-95) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Rocks players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) responded with 11 points and 4 assists and center Denis Soldo (198-85) scored 15 points. UBC St. Polten's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rocks will play against Timberwolves (#6) in Vienna in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. UBC St. Polten will play on the road against Worthersee Piraten (#10) in Klagenfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBC: D.Soldo 15+2ast, M.Speiser 11+2reb+4ast, A.Bauch 11+1reb+2ast, H.Obermann 8, R.Jagsch 6+4ast, N.Kaltenbrunner 6+1ast
Rocks: F.Memcic 18+2reb+4ast, M.Soldo 13+2reb+4ast, C.Vancura 11+1ast, C.Hallett 10+1reb+6ast, B.Bernleithner 9+3ast, J.Vickery 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 572783


Raiders - Flames 66-92

An interesting game was also a 26-point tough home loss of Raiders in a game in Villach versus undefeated Flames (#5) 92-66. Flames dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Raiders' 18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Flames made 12 blocks. American Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) nailed 29 points and 7 assists for the winning side and point guard Tobias Stadelmann (180-88) accounted for 19 points. Five Flames players scored in double figures. Flames' coach Franz Zderadicka felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Timi Huber (179-92) came up with 19 points and Slovenian forward Ales Primc (201-79) added 17 points and 5 steals respectively for Raiders in the defeat. Flames will meet at home BBU S. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiders will play against Mustangs in Mistelbach and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Raiders: T.Huber 19+1reb+2ast, A.Primc 17+3ast, N.Gross 7+1reb+5ast, C.Gspandl 7+2reb+4ast, F.Huber 6+2ast, S.Huber 3+3ast
Flames: J.Chappell 29+7ast, T.Stadelmann 19+2reb+3ast, D.Alturban 14+4ast, C.Kunstner 12+1reb+2ast, M.Huebner 11+4ast, M.Lanator 11+3ast
gschID: 572782


BBU S. - Lions 76-97

We should not miss anothera road victory of Lions (1-0) who crushed BBU S. (0-1) by 21 points 97-76. Lions' next round opponent will be KOS in Klagenfurt and it will be for sure the game of the week. BBU S. will play on the road against Flames (#1) in Vienna and hope to win that game.
gschID: 572784


Timberwolves - Basket 2K 109-56

First defeat of Basket 2K (0-1) against Timberwolves (1-0) 109-56 was the most important game of the last round. The game without a history. Timberwolves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Timberwolves shot 39 for 75 from the free-throw line, while Basket 2K only scored eighteen points from the stripe. Timberwolves forced 23 Basket 2K turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Timberwolves made 12 blocks. 34 personal fouls committed by Basket 2K helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 assists. The former international guard David Geisler (186-80) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Five Timberwolves players scored in double figures. Croatian center Marko Moric (205-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 blocks and forward Michael Diesner (193-92) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Basket 2K. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basket 2K will play next round against Blackbirds trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Timberwolves will try to continue on its current victory against Rocks in Mattersburg.
Top scorers:
Basket 2K: M.Diesner 18+1reb+4ast, A.Topic 15+1reb+3ast, M.Moric 12+7reb+10ast, N.Simic 3+2ast, E.Rabelhofer 1+1ast, M.Jelisavac 0+1ast
Timberwolves: M.Kolaric 23+1reb+9ast, D.Geisler 22+2ast, J.John 15+3reb+1ast, P.Cosic 15+2ast, P.D'Angelo 15+3ast, P.Hofbauer 12+4reb+2ast
gschID: 572780


Kosovo - Piraten 89-77

KOS used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Klagenfurt 89-77 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by KOS. Worthersee Piraten was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KOS dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Worthersee Piraten's 32. KOS forced 22 Worthersee Piraten turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KOS made 20 blocks. Worthersee Piraten was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Slovenian point guard Ziga Erculj (182-86) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 5 assists and 6 steals. Slovenian power forward Jakob Strazar (202-94) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Five KOS players scored in double figures. KOS's coach Dragan Sliskovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Lukas Simoner (190-99) answered with 29 points and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and point guard Alexander Della-Schiava (180-89) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Worthersee Piraten. KOS will face Lions (#3) in Dornbirn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Worthersee Piraten will play at home against UBC St. Polten (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piraten: L.Simoner 29+2reb+3ast, A.Della Schiava 16+1reb+4ast, M.Sickl 11+1reb+1ast, I.Moschik 8+2ast, D.Gspandl 8+1reb+3ast, M.Strasser 0+1ast
KOS: Z.Erculj 34+2reb+5ast, J.Strazar 21+1reb+3ast, V.Soldo 12+2reb+4ast, A.Smrtnik 11+1reb+3ast, J.Razdevsek 11+1reb+3ast, M.Sliskovic 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 572779


Blackbirds - Mustangs 52-65

And finally the game worth to mention about is Mustangs' easy victory against Blackbirds 65-52. The game was mostly controlled by Mustangs. Blackbirds was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Blackbirds to just 5 points in second quarter and to 14 points in first half. Mustangs dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Blackbirds' 22. Mustangs forced 20 Blackbirds turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mustangs made 13 blocks. Blackbirds were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Czech guard Michal Semerad (190-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Guard Ronald Sprung (180-87) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Mustangs players scored in double figures. Mustangs' coach Martin Weissenboeck used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Matthias Klepeisz (190-89) answered with 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and guard Manuel Jandrasits (185-87) added 9 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Blackbirds. Mustangs will face Raiders (#11) in Villach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blackbirds will play on the road against Basket 2K (#7) in Vienna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blackbirds: M.Klepeisz 11+1reb+6ast, M.Jandrasits 9+1reb+6ast, S.Ulreich 7+1reb+6ast, J.Astl 6+1reb+1ast, C.Astl 3+1reb+1ast, T.Linzer 2+2ast
Mustangs: V.Sismilich 16+1reb+3ast, M.Semerad 16+2reb+8ast, R.Sprung 16+1reb+5ast, S.Obermann 11+3reb+6ast, I.Prachar 10+3reb+8ast, L.Heindl 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 572781





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Gaziantep adds Williams to their roster, ex Globalport - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 31-year old American center Sean Williams (208-107kg-86, college: Boston). He played last season at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In three games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 15.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg. Williams also played that season for Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) in Iran where in 14 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 2.4apg, 1.3spg and 4.1bpg. He also spent pre-season at Usak Sportlif that year. Williams was also tried-out by Sagesse (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league.
In 2007 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (17th overall). Williams attended Boston and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2012. Williams was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Williams' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), Israel, Puerto Rico, NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets), Iran (Petrochimi), Turkey (Konyaspor), Lithuania (Aukstaitija) and NBA G League (Texas Legends and Delaware 87ers).
On Williams: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Athletically Williams has few peers with his leaping ability and quickness. Extremely mobile player who runs the court with ease and has no problems getting out on the break. One of the best shot blockers in college where he has great natural instincts. Possesses all the physical tools to excel, long wingspan, quick hands, timing and the ability to produce multiple jumps in succession. Offensively Williams has improved greatly adding a solid jump hook and decent turnaround with his back to the basket.
His work ethic and commitment to basketball are very much in question, and his dismissal surely cost his draft stock consideerably ... Doesnt always play the game with intensity often its not uncommon for him to get out worked by players with lesser talent
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Gaziantep Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erden Eryuz
Erolcan Cinko
Can_Ugur Ogut
Mark Lyons
Sean Armand

Forwards:
Jure Balazic
Orhan Haciyeva
Victor Rudd
Cameron Clark

Center:
D.J. White
Sean Williams

Coach: Stefanos Dedas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spartak Pleven inks Vladzimir Krysevich - by Eurobasket News

BC Spartak Pleven (NBL) signed 26-year old Belarusian center Vladzimir Krysevich (209-110kg-91). He was about to sign at Cambados Cidade Europea do Vino 2017 in Spanish LEB Silver. Krysevich ended the last season at BSEU-GrandPrint (Premier League) in Belarus where in two games he had 6.5ppg and 6.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Galitos-Barreiro in Portuguese LPB. In 14 games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.1rpg. Krysevich's team made it to the Portuguese Hugo dos Santos Final Four.
He was also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Krysevich played for Belarusian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg, 2.2rpg.
Krysevich is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Parnu), Georgia (MIA), Romania (Univ.Cluj) and Belarus (Vitalyur RGUOR and Tsmoki-Minsk).
Krysevich could be described: Uladzimir is among the top prospects of Belarus in the center position, being only 16 and having a great body for basketball, physical strength, very good moves in the paint and good basketball iq with hard workmanship skills, he only needs a chance to prove that he can play great basketball, with good coaching and good training and by improving his personal weaknesses such us the easy fouls and the weak left site together with his defense he can become a great player and a prospect for all the European courts.

BC Spartak Pleven roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davorin Kuntic
Gerasim Nikolov

Forwards:
Konstantin Koev
Cedrick Bowen
Georgi Barzakov

Center:
Vladzimir Krysevich

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FIBA Europe Cup: Mons-Hainaut top KR, sweep the series - by Eurobasket News

Mons-Hainaut - KR 84:71

Belfius Mons-Hainaut advanced into the FIBA Europe Cup Second Qualifying Round. They swept KR en route to the next round. Garlon Green (201-G/F-91, college: TCU) tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Belgiam team in the return leg clash.
Mons-Hainaut recorded a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. The Belgian side accumulated a 41:38 halftime advantage. Mons-Hainaut kept KR in check throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth term up by four points. They ignited a 24:15 run in the fourth period to seal the victory. Tre Demps (188-G-93, college: Northwestern) netted 21 points for the home side. Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) replied with 20 points for KR. Darri Hilmarsson (190-F/G-87) had 17 points in the defeat.



Champions League: Antwerp shock Nizhny Novgorod, sweep series - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novgorod - Antwerp 62:66

Antwerp Giants have advanced into the Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round 3. They swept the Qualifying Round 2 series versus ambitious Nizhny Novgorod. Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) nailed 20 points to lead the Belgian team to the road win.
Nizhny Novgorod accumulated a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The Giants erased the deficit in the second term. The teams entered the second half tied at 33. The Russian team managed to ensure a one-point lead entering the fourth period. But Antwerp used an 18:13 run in the final frame and secured a crucial road win. Ismael Bako (208-C-95) notched 13 points, while Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points for the visitors. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points for Nizhny Novgorod. Aleksandr Zakharov (203-SF-93) had 11 points in the loss.



McNeaill's 24 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Kangoeroes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 24 points adding two rebounds and four assists for Kangoeroes in his team's victory, helping them to beat Leuven (#8, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-76. Thanks to this victory Kangoeroes moved-up to the 2nd position in Belgian league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Kangoeroes 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 McNeaill had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kangoeroes' top player in his first season with the team. Louisiana Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McNeaill is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. McNeaill is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 3.0spg,85.7% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was John Tofi (203-C/F-84, agency: Pensack Sports) of top-ranked Aalstar. He is Samoan-American in his 6th season at Aalstar. In the last game Tofi recorded impressive 16 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Aalstar cruised to a 88-80 relatively comfortable win over Liege (0-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Tofi is one of the most experienced players at Aalstar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#7). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Matt Tiby (203-F/C-92) of Mons-Hainaut (#10). Tiby scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Tiby's great performance Mons-Hainaut lost 74-85 to Oostende (#3, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Tiby as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tonye Jekiri (213-C-94) of Oostende - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bill Amis (206-PF-87) of Aalstar - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Liege - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Anthony Lambot (185-G-94) of Leuven - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kwan Cheatham Jr. (208-F-95) of Kangoeroes - 13 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jean-Marc Mwema (195-F-89) of Oostende - 14 points and 9 rebounds
10. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 16 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)



Belgian Top Division I round 4 best performance: Servaas Buysschaert - by Eurobasket News

Center Servaas Buysschaert (204-C-99, agency: Court Side) had a great game in the last round for Gistel Oostende, receiving a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team Gistel Oostende maintains the 9th position in Belgian Top Division I. Gistel Oostende is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. Buysschaert turned to be Gistel Oostende's top player in his first season with the team. Servaas Buysschaert has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 53.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Mitchel Gorremans (191-F/G-85) of league's leader Soba. Gorremans had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Soba cruised to a 82-72 relatively comfortable win over Giants B (#12, 0-2). This victory allowed Soba to move up to 1st position in the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Gorremans is well-known at Soba and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#6). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Joren Vermoessen (201-F/C-93) of Gent Hawks (#11). Vermoessen scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Vermoessen's great performance Gent Hawks lost 84-91 to the league's current leader Waregem (#2, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gent Hawks can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vermoessen he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vermoessen has individually a great season in Belgium. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-PG-97) of Spirou B - 25 points
5. Bart Maesen (198-F-89) of Houthalen - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Bert Van de Broek (201-C-92) of Oxaco - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sam Van Hoey (190-SG-91) of Oxaco - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sami Demirtas (190-F-96) of Spirou B - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Maarten Van Gelder (194-F-83) of Oxaco - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Alexis Pierre (178-PG-92) of Neufchateau - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BRAZIL  


Brazilian Paulista round 8 best performance: Marcus Vinicius Toledo - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Spanish Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Pinheiros, receiving a Eurobasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (15 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Osasco B. (#8, 1-11) with 21-point margin 83-62. Pinheiros maintains the 4th position in Brazilian Paulista. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pinheiros will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. In the team's last game Toledo had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pinheiros' top player in his first season with the team. Marcus Vinicius Toledo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 12.1ppg), rebounds (4th best: 6.8rpg) and averages impressive 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Ygor Viana (208-C-86) of America. Viana had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as America lost that game 62-92 to the higher-ranked Mogi (#2, 9-3). America managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories America managed to get this year. Viana is one of the most experienced players at America and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Bauru (#5). Anthony scored 24 points. Despite Anthony's great performance Bauru lost 73-79 to slightly higher-ranked Paulistano (#3, 7-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bauru needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Anthony has a great season in Brazil. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.9apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pedro Lima (191-SG-87) of Franca - 20 points and 4 assists
5. Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) of Mogi - 16 points and 12 rebounds
7. Yago Dos Santos (178-PG-99) of Paulistano - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) of Pinheiros - 13 points and 7 rebounds
9. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Darnell Artis (175-PG) of America - 16 points, 2 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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  BULGARIA  


Spartak Pleven inks Vladzimir Krysevich - by Eurobasket News

BC Spartak Pleven (NBL) signed 26-year old Belarusian center Vladzimir Krysevich (209-110kg-91). He was about to sign at Cambados Cidade Europea do Vino 2017 in Spanish LEB Silver. Krysevich ended the last season at BSEU-GrandPrint (Premier League) in Belarus where in two games he had 6.5ppg and 6.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Galitos-Barreiro in Portuguese LPB. In 14 games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.1rpg. Krysevich's team made it to the Portuguese Hugo dos Santos Final Four.
He was also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Krysevich played for Belarusian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg, 2.2rpg.
Krysevich is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Parnu), Georgia (MIA), Romania (Univ.Cluj) and Belarus (Vitalyur RGUOR and Tsmoki-Minsk).
Krysevich could be described: Uladzimir is among the top prospects of Belarus in the center position, being only 16 and having a great body for basketball, physical strength, very good moves in the paint and good basketball iq with hard workmanship skills, he only needs a chance to prove that he can play great basketball, with good coaching and good training and by improving his personal weaknesses such us the easy fouls and the weak left site together with his defense he can become a great player and a prospect for all the European courts.

BC Spartak Pleven roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Davorin Kuntic
Gerasim Nikolov

Forwards:
Konstantin Koev
Cedrick Bowen
Georgi Barzakov

Center:
Vladzimir Krysevich

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marek WELSCH
  GBA Sparta
  (180-G-99)
  Avg: 33
 1. Welsch, GBA Sparta33.0 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK30.0 
 3. Janik, Novy Jicin26.0 
 4. Honomichl, Loko Plzen26.0 
 5. Englicky, Sokol Pisek24.0 
 6. Vyroubal, USK P.24.0 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B23.0 
 8. Slechta, Sokol Pisek20.0 
 9. Slunecko, Slavoj L.19.0 
 10. Kereselidze, Zlin19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin KLIMES
  Slavoj Litom.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.12.0 
 2. Sehnal, BCM Orli12.0 
 3. Slechta, Sokol Pisek10.0 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek10.0 
 5. Voslajer, Zlin10.0 
 6. Samoura, USK P.9.0 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B9.0 
 8. Bele, Sokol Pisek9.0 
 9. Slavik, Opava B8.0 
 10. Vana, BCM Orli8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simon BELE
  Sokol Pisek
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bele, Sokol Pisek8.0 
 2. Vyroubal, USK P.7.0 
 3. Nabelek, BCM Orli7.0 
 4. Goga, BCM Orli6.0 
 5. Voslajer, Zlin6.0 
 6. Samoura, USK P.5.0 
 7. Welsch, GBA Sparta5.0 
 8. Sehnal, BCM Orli5.0 
 9. Nalevanko, Pardu.5.0 
 10. Gavenda, Sokol P.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matej STRNISTE
  Olomo.
  (177-PG-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Strniste, Olomo.5.0 
 2. Nehoda, Zlin4.0 
 3. Petric, Pardubice3.0 
 4. Welsch, GBA Sparta3.0 
 5. Zeman, Loko Plzen3.0 
 6. Jilek, Olomouc SK3.0 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen3.0 
 8. Farsky, USK P.3.0 
 9. Jedovnicky, Zlin2.0 
 10. Samoura, USK P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan SZABO
  BCM Orli
  (205-PF-98)
  Avg: 3
 1. Szabo, BCM Orli3.0 
 2. Vlcek, Opava B2.0 
 3. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.0 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 
 5. Nemec, Pardubice1.0 
 6. Branda, Opava B1.0 
 7. Novak, Olomouc SK1.0 
 8. Goga, BCM Orli1.0 
 9. Sidibe, GBA Sparta1.0 
 10. Alic, Slavoj Litom.1.0 


J.Hradec lands Cameron Jones, ex Svendborg - by Eurobasket News

Basket Fio Banka Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) landed 24-year old American guard Cameron Jones (193-85kg-93, college: Radford). He played most recently at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen. In 32 games he averaged 10.6ppg and 4.0rpg last season. Jones helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Rio de Janeiro in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket Summer League in Portsmouth. But in only one game he had just point, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 2016 season.
Among other achievements Jones played in the final of NJCAA Region X in 2014. He received also All-Big South Conference Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Jones graduated from Radford University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Basket Fio Banka Jindrichuv Hradec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Novak
Jiri Soula
Martin Basta
Gerard Coleman
Theodor Dlugos
Danny Lawhorn
Cameron Jones
Lukas Kanturek
Stepan Fical

Forwards:
Stanislav Zuzak
Lukas Stegbauer
Daniel Hejda

Centers:
Dalibor Fait
Chris Tawiah
Vojtech Novak

Coach: Karel Forejt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Troy FRANKLIN
  Naestved
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 29
 1. Franklin, Naestved29.0 
 2. Sabin, Horsholm26.0 
 3. Rajovic, Stevnsgade24.5 
 4. Stanionis, Wolfpac.20.5 
 5. Meilby, Horsholm18.0 
 6. Akoon-P., Bakken17.0 
 7. Beranek, Horsholm17.0 
 8. Bonds, Horsholm16.0 
 9. Flowers, Stevn.16.0 
 10. Wiggins, Bakken16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Wo.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Vinson, Wo.9.0 
 2. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 3. Abif, Naestved8.5 
 4. Berg, Bakken7.0 
 5. Beranek, Horsholm7.0 
 6. Bonds, Horsholm6.0 
 7. Meilby, Horsholm6.0 
 8. de-Souza, Stevn.5.5 
 9. Riauka, Naestved5.5 
 10. Darboe, Bakken5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sylvester BERG
  Bakken
  (201-F-98)
  Avg: 5
 1. Berg, Bakken5.0 
 2. Franklin, Naestved4.5 
 3. Wiggins, Bakken4.0 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm4.0 
 5. Meilby, Horsholm4.0 
 6. Rajovic, Stevnsgade4.0 
 7. Jevric, Stevnsgade3.5 
 8. Akoon-P., Bakken3.0 
 9. Flowers, Stevn.3.0 
 10. Nerlov, Horsholm3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Wolfpac.
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stanionis, Wolfpac.2.5 
 2. Vinson, Wo.2.0 
 3. Franklin, Naestved2.0 
 4. Jukic, Bakken2.0 
 5. Jevric, Stevnsgade2.0 
 6. Rajovic, Stevnsgade1.5 
 7. Sanders, Naestved1.5 
 8. Hansen, Wo.1.5 
 9. Seilund, Stevnsgade1.0 
 10. Abif, Naestved1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikolaj BOEJE
  Horsholm
  (208-F-98)
  Avg: 2
 1. Boeje, Horsholm2.0 
 2. Diouf, Bakken2.0 
 3. Riauka, Naestved0.5 
 4. Seilund, Stevnsgade0.5 
 5. Vinson, Wo.0.5 
 6. Moss, Wo.0.5 
 7. Daly, Naestved0.5 
 8. Christensen, Naest.0.5 
 9. Hoeier, Wo.0.0 
 10. Hansen, Wo.0.0 


Champions League: Groningen beat Bakken to reach next round - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Groningen 83:91

Donar Groningen advanced into the Qualifying Round 3 of Basketball Champions League. They overcame a 2-point deficit after the home opening leg versus Bakken Bears to secure their next round appearance. Groningen claimed a confident 8-point victory on the road to stay in the regular season hunt. Jason Dourisseau (196-F/G-83, college: Nebraska) posted 18 points for the Dutch powerhouse.
Groningen jumped to a 23:16 lead after the opening frame. Bakken unloaded 32 points in the second period to take a 7-point halftime lead. Groningen though regained control in the third term. The Dutch team went on a 29:16 rally in the period to ensure a 6-point lead at the final break. They drained 21 points in the fourth quarter and raced to a comfortable win. Brandyn Curry (187-G-91, college: Harvard), Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) and Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84, agency: Court Side) had 13 points each in the victory. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-F-93, college: Illinois St.) replied with game-high 31 points for Bakken. Doug Wiggins (185-G-88, college: Mountain St.) had 13 points in the defeat.



J.Hradec lands Cameron Jones, ex Svendborg - by Eurobasket News

Basket Fio Banka Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) landed 24-year old American guard Cameron Jones (193-85kg-93, college: Radford). He played most recently at Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen. In 32 games he averaged 10.6ppg and 4.0rpg last season. Jones helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer he played at Rio de Janeiro in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket Summer League in Portsmouth. But in only one game he had just point, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 2016 season.
Among other achievements Jones played in the final of NJCAA Region X in 2014. He received also All-Big South Conference Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Jones graduated from Radford University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Basket Fio Banka Jindrichuv Hradec roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jakub Novak
Jiri Soula
Martin Basta
Gerard Coleman
Theodor Dlugos
Danny Lawhorn
Cameron Jones
Lukas Kanturek
Stepan Fical

Forwards:
Stanislav Zuzak
Lukas Stegbauer
Daniel Hejda

Centers:
Dalibor Fait
Chris Tawiah
Vojtech Novak

Coach: Karel Forejt

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EBL  


Ryan Barnes nails 62 points, Elite outscores Lightning - by Eurobasket News

Elite outscores Lightning 169-129 in the latest game of the EBL. Ryan Barnes was named MVP of the round as he erupted with 62 points for the winners. Elite improved to a 3-1 record, while Lightning dropped at 1-2.
In another games Bears beat Kings 95-89, while Delta Storm overcame Lions 94-60. Holup outscored River Runners 90-69.



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  ECUADOR  


National League Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Piratas enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona - Piratas 65-66

Piratas upset Barcelona on the road in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. Puerto Rican-Venezuelan swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) stepped up and scored 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Five Piratas players scored in double figures. American power forward Keith Bowman (201-91, college: Menlo, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Sam Prescott (190-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Barcelona: S.Prescott 26+5reb+3ast, K.Bowman 21+12reb+2ast, M.Cairo 9+3reb+2ast, R.Cardenas 4+4reb+1ast, D.Henry 4+2reb+1ast, E.Bernal 1+2reb
Piratas: A.Torres 13+1reb+4ast, R.Perez 11+5reb+3ast, W.Clayton 10+9reb, P.Cano 10+6reb, E.Tenorio Parales 10+3reb, C.Delgado 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 577902





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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga MB round 26 best performance: Malik Jackson - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Malik Jackson (198-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for 11 Lobos, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 58 points and 22 rebounds, while his team The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. 11 Lobos moved-up to the 12th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just two victories. Jackson turned to be 11 Lobos' top player in his first season with the team. Former Bethune-Cookman College star has very solid stats this year. Jackson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 35.7ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American John Tatum (190-G-92) of Santa Ana. Tatum had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Santa Ana to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Giants (#13, 2-18) 110-67. This victory allowed Santa Ana to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tatum is a newcomer at Santa Ana, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another 11 Lobos' star - American guard Joshua White (191-G-88). White got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds and seven assists. Despite White's great performance 11 Lobos lost 116-122 to slightly higher-ranked Santiagueno (#11, 3-18). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. 11 Lobos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for White he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. White has a very solid season. In 11 games in El Salvador he scored 21.5ppg. He also has 11.2rpg, 4.1apg and FGP: 51.2%. White attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Hernandez (198-C-97) of Santiagueno - 23 points, 25 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Oreste Torres (204-PF-87) of Santa Tecla - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Baltazar Castellon (185-G-93) of Santiagueno - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Maurice Williams (196-PF) of Santiagueno - 29 points and 22 rebounds
9. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of Santiagueno - 37 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Lisvan Valdez (200-PF-88) of Santa Tecla - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  ESTONIA  


Champions League: Alba Fehervar deny first leg deficit, see off Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

Alba Fehervar - Kalev/Cramo 79:64

Albe Fehervar overcame a 7-point deficit after the opening leg and stormed past Kalev/Cramo to advance into Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round 3. Kasey Hill (185-G-93, college: Florida) tallied 23 points to lead the Hungarian side.
Kalev/Cramo looked comfortable throughout the first half. Alba Fehervar led by just one point at the interval 36:35. But the hosts turned the tables in the third term. Alba ignited a 24:10 run to take a comfortable 15-point lead at the final intermission. Alba protected the lead throughout the fourth period and raced to a well-deserved win. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 17 points, while Alandise Harris (198-F-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Diamond Sports) added 14 points for the hosts. Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93, college: UTRGV, agency: 3Eye) responded with 12 points for Kalev/Cramo. Martynas Mazeika (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) tossed in 11 points in the loss.



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Szolnok
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 26
 1. Perry, Szolnok26.0 
 2. Kent, BK Pardubice25.0 
 3. Wright, Demir IBB25.0 
 4. Green, Mons-Hai.24.5 
 5. Demps, Mons-Hai.24.0 
 6. Eldridge, Trabzons.23.0 
 7. Gaines, Parma23.0 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Trabzons.23.0 
 9. Dawson, Bnei H.22.0 
 10. Dziuba, Dnipro22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jenkins, KR12.0 
 2. Riley, CSU Sibiu11.0 
 3. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut10.5 
 4. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 5. Brooks, Balkan10.0 
 6. Smith, Boras10.0 
 7. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 8. Miller-M., Parma9.0 
 9. Green, Mons-Hai.8.5 
 10. Tuoyo, Kormend8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Devin BROOKS
  Balkan
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Brooks, Balkan9.0 
 2. Perry, Szolnok9.0 
 3. Miller-M., Parma9.0 
 4. Wright, Rilski7.0 
 5. Mishula, Dnipro7.0 
 6. Walker, Demir IBB7.0 
 7. Person, Boras6.5 
 8. Hammonds, Wuerz.6.0 
 9. Green, Bnei H.6.0 
 10. Burnett, BK Pardu.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jure SKIFIC
  BM Slam .
  (202-F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Skific, BM Slam .4.0 
 2. Simpson, Demir IBB3.0 
 3. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 4. Ukhov, Parma3.0 
 5. Csorvasi, Kormend3.0 
 6. Reddic, Mons-Hai.3.0 
 7. Taylor, Rilski3.0 
 8. Person, Boras2.5 
 9. Brooks, Balkan2.0 
 10. Lapeta, BM Slam .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Caleb GREEN
  Trabzonspor
  (203-PF-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Green, Trabzonspor4.0 
 2. Tibirna, Oradea3.0 
 3. Dawson, Bnei H.3.0 
 4. Moldoveanu, Demir I.3.0 
 5. Riley, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 6. Volkus, Nevezis2.0 
 7. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut1.5 
 8. Mornar, Boras1.5 
 9. Taylor, Rilski1.0 
 10. Reddic, Mons-Hai.1.0 



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  FIJI  


Fijian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic


4Marques Whippy 192-PF-86 Canterbury New Zealand
5Waymann Whippy191-F-89Saints Fiji

6Benjamin Colata 188-G-94 Boston Reds Fiji
7Esala Banuve 188-G-91 Boston Reds Fiji
8Joshua Uluiviti 193-F/G-95 Idaman Fiji
9Henry Tabuduka 178-PG-91 Boston Reds Fiji
10Bryan Ah Jack 175-PG-95 USP Fiji
11William Qounadovu 193-F/G-92 New Era Fiji
12Jese Sikivou 188-G-89 Saints Fiji
13Joshua Motufaga 198-F-92 USP Fiji
14Orisi Naivalurua 183-PG-91

Ratu Saketa Head Coach
Leonard Whippy Assistant



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Omar CALHOUN
  Espoo U.
  (198-G-93)
  Avg: 27
 1. Calhoun, Espoo U.27.0 
 2. Haanpaa, Espoo U.22.0 
 3. Williams, Korihait20.0 
 4. Jarvi, Espoo United16.0 
 5. O''Brien, Korihait15.0 
 6. Pattillo, Korihait9.0 
 7. Jarvinen, Espoo U.8.0 
 8. Moten, Espoo U.7.0 
 9. Deng, Korihait7.0 
 10. Toivonen, Espoo U.6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Samuel HAANPAA
  Espoo U.
  (203-G/F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Haanpaa, Espoo U.10.0 
 2. O''Brien, Korihait7.0 
 3. Pattillo, Korihait6.0 
 4. Moten, Espoo U.5.0 
 5. Jarvinen, Espoo U.5.0 
 6. Jarvi, Espoo United5.0 
 7. Ebeling, Espoo United3.0 
 8. Deng, Korihait3.0 
 9. Williams, Korihait3.0 
 10. Herbert, Korihait2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jouko JARVINEN
  Espoo U.
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jarvinen, Espoo U.4.0 
 2. Williams, Korihait3.0 
 3. Jarvi, Espoo United3.0 
 4. Haanpaa, Espoo U.3.0 
 5. Lahti, Korihait1.0 
 6. O''Brien, Korihait1.0 
 7. Kilpinen, Korihait1.0 
 8. Moten, Espoo U.1.0 
 9. Laine, Korihait1.0 
 10. Deng, Korihait0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel HAANPAA
  Espoo U.
  (203-G/F-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Haanpaa, Espoo U.5.0 
 2. Jarvi, Espoo United4.0 
 3. Williams, Korihait3.0 
 4. Herbert, Korihait3.0 
 5. Deng, Korihait2.0 
 6. Pattillo, Korihait2.0 
 7. Ebeling, Espoo United1.0 
 8. O''Brien, Korihait1.0 
 9. Laine, Korihait1.0 
 10. Kilpinen, Korihait1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan PATTILLO
  Korihait
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pattillo, Korihait2.0 
 2. Toivonen, Espoo U.1.0 
 3. Deng, Korihait1.0 
 4. Jarvi, Espoo United0.0 
 5. Hattula, Espoo U.0.0 
 6. O''Brien, Korihait0.0 
 7. Halmesmaki, Espoo U.0.0 
 8. Makela, Korihait0.0 
 9. Halme, Espoo U.0.0 
 10. Laine, Korihait0.0 



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  Antibes
  (205-PF-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Blue, Antibes28.0 
 2. Cowels-III, Hyeres-.26.0 
 3. Ware, Paris-Levallois19.0 
 4. Dixon, Strasbourg18.5 
 5. Peacock, Bourg18.0 
 6. Howard, Limoges18.0 
 7. Prepelic, Paris-Le.17.5 
 8. Horton, Pau-Lacq.17.0 
 9. Sy, Monaco17.0 
 10. Jeanne, Le Mans17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouphtaou YAROU
  Antibes
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Yarou, Antibes13.0 
 2. Travis, Le Mans11.0 
 3. Ware, Paris-Levallois10.5 
 4. Labeyrie, Stras.10.0 
 5. Blue, Antibes9.0 
 6. Tolbert, Hyeres-T.8.5 
 7. Howard, Limoges8.0 
 8. Farr, Chalon8.0 
 9. Evans, Cholet8.0 
 10. Watkins, AS.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Cooper, Gravelines11.0 
 2. Lacombe, Monaco10.0 
 3. Cobbs, Le Mans9.0 
 4. Blassingame, Antibes8.0 
 5. Riley, Le Mans7.0 
 6. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.6.5 
 7. Roberson, AS.6.5 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 9. Prepelic, Paris-Le.5.5 
 10. Smith, Hyeres-T.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Craft, Monaco4.0 
 2. Lacombe, Monaco3.0 
 3. Eliezer-V., Paris-Le.2.5 
 4. Nelson, AS.2.5 
 5. Carter, Limoges2.0 
 6. Camara, Chalon2.0 
 7. Houmounou, Bourg2.0 
 8. Frazier, Dijon2.0 
 9. Pearson, Dijon2.0 
 10. Hayes, Limoges2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cooper, Gravelines3.0 
 2. Boutsiele, Cholet2.5 
 3. Prepelic, Paris-Le.2.0 
 4. Shuler, Nanterre2.0 
 5. Smith, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 6. Lighty, AS.2.0 
 7. Bentil, Chalons-Reims2.0 
 8. Anderson, Boulazac2.0 
 9. Eliezer-V., Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Petteway, Nanterre1.5 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Drake REED
  Saint Vallier
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reed, Saint Vallier24.0 
 2. Temgoua, Boulogne24.0 
 3. Vaty, Lourdes23.0 
 4. Tresnak, RAC Basket22.0 
 5. Robinson, Orchies22.0 
 6. Davis, Saint-Quentin22.0 
 7. Watkins, Boulogne21.0 
 8. Cisse, Brissac-.21.0 
 9. Zivkovic, SAP V.21.0 
 10. Faroux, Lorient20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Brissac-.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Diame, Brissac-.12.0 
 2. Watt, Gries/Ob.12.0 
 3. Negrobar, Gries/Ob.10.0 
 4. Tresnak, RAC Basket10.0 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket10.0 
 6. Walker, Saint-Quentin10.0 
 7. Chupin, Brissac-.10.0 
 8. Jones, Chartres10.0 
 9. Staniulis, Souffel10.0 
 10. Craion, Saint Vallier9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  RAC B.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Rathieuville, RAC B.8.0 
 2. Temgoua, Boulogne8.0 
 3. Diame, Brissac-.8.0 
 4. Bichard, Chartres8.0 
 5. Forcada, Gries/Ob.8.0 
 6. Saounera, Challans7.0 
 7. Siegwarth, SAP V.7.0 
 8. Clark, ALS Basket7.0 
 9. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 10. Craion, Saint Vallier6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ralph TEMGOUA
  Boulogne
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Temgoua, Boulogne4.0 
 2. Boundy, Boulogne4.0 
 3. Diehl, Souffel4.0 
 4. Craion, Saint Vallier4.0 
 5. Gentil, Challans3.0 
 6. Rigaux, Brissac-.3.0 
 7. Clark, ALS Basket3.0 
 8. Robin, Brissac-.3.0 
 9. Huffor, Orchies3.0 
 10. Bichard, RAC Basket3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Gries/Ob.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Watt, Gries/Ob.3.0 
 2. Staniulis, Souffel2.0 
 3. Zengotitaben., Gries/Ob.2.0 
 4. Gouez, Challans2.0 
 5. Craion, Saint Vallier2.0 
 6. Milosevic, La Charite2.0 
 7. Duro, Gries/Ob.1.0 
 8. Jones, Chartres1.0 
 9. Boateng, Saint V.1.0 
 10. Mendy, Souffel1.0 


The Kings land Marcus Williams, ex Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) landed 32-year old guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Cholet Basket in French ProA. Williams managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 9 ProA games he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for Buducnost in Montenegrin league where in 7 Eurocup games he had 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 5.1apg. Williams also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.1apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets in first round (22nd overall). Williams attended University of Connecticut and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won Serbian League championship title in 2015. Williams received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Williams experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Williams has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Puerto Rico (Manati), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Lokomotiv), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), NBA (Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ..
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Sacramento Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vince Carter
George Hill
Marcus Williams
Garrett Temple
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Buddy Hield
Matt Jones
Frank Mason_III
De'Aaron Fox

Forwards:
Jack Cooley
Justin Jackson
JaKarr Sampson
Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles
Skal Labissiere
Malachi Richardson

Centers:
Zach Randolph
Kostas Koufos
Georgios Papagiannis

Coach: Dave Joerger

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

33-year old power forward Tim Blue (205-PF-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Antibes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Strasbourg (#18, 0-1) with 22-point margin 79-57. Thanks to this victory Antibes moved-up to the 1st position in French league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Antibes 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 Blue had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Antibes, through which he has constantly improved. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blue is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.0ppg. Blue is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 78.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg. He is American center in his 3rd season at Bourg. In the last game Peacock recorded impressive 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Bourg lost that game 86-92 to Nanterre (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. Peacock is one of the most experienced players at Bourg and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#2). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Paris-Levallois (#17). Prepelic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Prepelic's great performance Paris-Levallois lost 71-77 to Monaco (#7, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Prepelic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mykal Riley (196-SF-85) of Le Mans - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Amara Sy (202-F-81) of Monaco - 17 points and 4 rebounds
6. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of Monaco - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. William Howard (202-SF-93) of Limoges - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Brandon Ubel (208-F/C-91) of Boulazac - 18 points and 6 rebounds
9. Reggie Arnold (198-F-88) of Hyeres-Toulon - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) of Dijon - 16 points and 6 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)



NM1 Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

First defeat of league's leader ALS Basket (0-1) against Rueil (1-0) 101-64 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Rueil. ALS Basket managed to win third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ALS Basket to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded ALS Basket 42-27 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rueil looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by ALS Basket's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Kyle Tresnak (208-92, college: Weber St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Karim Gourari (204-89) contributed with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Brandon Clark (183-93, college: Santa Clara) answered with 19 points and 7 assists for ALS Basket. ALS Basket will play next round against Saint Vallier trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Rueil will try to continue on its current victory against GET Vosges in Golbey.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Orchesien BC (0-1) in Orchies. Hosts were defeated by Vendee Challans (1-0) 78-72. Naturalized Mali point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Deshawn Painter chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward T.J. Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Vendee Challans will play against CFBB (#12) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Orchesien BC will play on the road against Saint-Quentin to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also a 56-point tough home loss of CFBB in a game in Paris versus undefeated Brissac-Aubance (#4) 101-45. Moise Diame nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Mathis Dossou-Yovo came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds for CFBB in the defeat. CFBB's coach Jean-Aime Toupane gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Brissac-Aubance will meet at home SAP Vaucluse (#18) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Vendee Challans (#3) and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in Chartres. It ended with only three-point home defeat of UB Chartres (0-1) to Gries/Oberhoffen (1-0) 83-80 on Saturday evening. Demond Watt fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Gries/Oberhoffen's next round opponent will be La Charite (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. UB Chartres will play against Lorient (#6) and hope to win that game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between La Charite (0-1) and Souffelweyersheim (1-0), which took place in Souffelweyersheim. La Charite was outleveled in a road game by Souffelweyersheim 83-60 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Giedrius Staniulis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Souffelweyersheim will face SO Maritime Boulogne in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. La Charite will play on the road against Gries/Oberhoffen (#5) in Bischwiller and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 1 were not that significant. Winless Saint-Quentin lost to undefeated Saint Vallier on the road 62-81. Lorient won against Lourdes on its own court 82-69. GET Vosges managed to outperform Aubenas in Golbey 67-61. Winless SAP Vaucluse lost to undefeated Boulogne at home 77-89.

Orchies - Challans 72-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Orchesien BC (0-1) in Orchies. Hosts were defeated by Vendee Challans (1-0) 78-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Orchesien BC won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Mali point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and American center Deshawn Painter (205-90, college: ODU) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward T.J. Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Doug Herring-Jr (191, college: Utica) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Vendee Challans will play against CFBB (#12) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Orchesien BC will play on the road against Saint-Quentin to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Orchies: T.Robinson 22+9reb, D.Herring Jr. 16+5reb+2ast, F.Ateba 14+4reb+1ast, R.Dardaine 7+7reb+3ast, J.Verbeke 6+4reb, D.Huffor 5+1reb
Challans: I.Saounera 18+3reb+7ast, D.Painter 13+5reb+3ast, P.Turpin 12+5reb+2ast, D.Gentil 11+5reb+2ast, O.Gouez 8+5reb, A.Gabsi 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558416


Souffel - La Charite 83-60

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between La Charite (0-1) and Souffelweyersheim (1-0), which took place in Souffelweyersheim. La Charite was outleveled in a road game by Souffelweyersheim 83-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Souffelweyersheim. La Charite was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Souffelweyersheim dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to La Charite's 18. They outrebounded La Charite 39-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Valentin Correia (192-93) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Kevin Thalien (190-92) added 16 points in the effort for La Charite. Souffelweyersheim will face SO Maritime Boulogne in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. La Charite will play on the road against Gries/Oberhoffen (#5) in Bischwiller and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
La Charite: K.Thalien 16+2ast, A.Rowland 13+5reb+5ast, M.Camara 9+3reb+2ast, V.Fandelet 8+4reb+2ast, P.Henry 7+3reb, M.Milosevic 6+5reb
Souffel: G.Staniulis 15+10reb+2ast, T.Diehl 15+1reb+5ast, V.Correia 14+8reb+4ast, E.Mendy 13+9reb+3ast, F.Harris 13+1reb+5ast, A.Labanca 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 558414


Saint Vallier - Saint-Quentin 81-62

Saint Vallier used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Saint-Quentin 81-62 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-62. Saint Vallier looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Drake Reed (194-87, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. Saint Vallier's coach Jean-Sebastien Chardon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian-British power forward Maurice Walker (208-91, college: Minnesota) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) added 22 points in the effort for Saint-Quentin. Saint Vallier will face ALS Basket (#10) in Andrezieux in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint-Quentin will play at home against Orchesien BC and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Saint-Quentin: D.Davis 22+2reb+1ast, B.Walker 16+3reb+2ast, M.Walker 12+10reb+4ast, B.Gillet 3+3reb+2ast, J.Kebe 3+5reb+1ast, A.Heaulme 3+1ast
Saint Vallier: D.Reed 24+7reb+1ast, J.Delhomme 15+2reb+4ast, E.Boateng 13+7reb, M.Craion 12+9reb+6ast, R.Gregoire 10+1reb, V.Ateba 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 558417


Lorient - Lourdes 82-69

Lorient used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Tarbes 82-69 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-69. Lorient looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for naturalized Brazilian guard Clement Faroux (188-93) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Lorient's coach Philippe Maucourant used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Vincentian-Canadian forward Lien Phillip (203-89) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lourdes-Tarbes. Lorient will face UB Chartres (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lourdes-Tarbes will play against Aubenas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: L.Vaty 23+6reb+1ast, E.Bosc 14+4reb, L.Phillip 11+8reb+2ast, G.Pryor 8+4reb+5ast, F.Lesca 6+2reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 5+3reb+2ast
Lorient: C.Faroux 20+3reb+3ast, D.Milka 18+4reb+2ast, R.Rutkauskas 11+3reb+1ast, J.Bach 9+7reb+1ast, J.Newson 7+2reb+3ast, M.Bigote 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 558413


CFBB - Brissac-Aubance 45-101

An interesting game was also a 56-point tough home loss of CFBB in a game in Paris versus undefeated Brissac-Aubance (#4) 101-45. The game without a history. Brissac-Aubance 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 CFBB's 26. Brissac-Aubance forced 22 CFBB turnovers and outrebounded them 39-22 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Brissac-Aubance especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Senegalese center Moise Diame (206-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and center Maxime Chupin (205-89, college: Cal-Irvine) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Brissac-Aubance players scored in double figures. Power forward Mathis Dossou-Yovo (202-0) came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Yohan Choupas (193-0) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for CFBB in the defeat. CFBB's coach Jean-Aime Toupane gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Brissac-Aubance will meet at home SAP Vaucluse (#18) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Vendee Challans (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CFBB: M.Dossou-Yovo 12+8reb+2ast, L.Thirouard-Samson 10+2reb, J.Randriamananjara 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Choupas 7+6reb+2ast, T.Crusol 4+1reb+1ast, M.Carene 2+1reb+2ast
Brissac-Aubance: S.Cisse 21+2reb+3ast, M.Chupin 15+10reb+2ast, I.Soumahoro 15+2ast, M.Diame 14+12reb+8ast, Z.Nwogbo 12+4reb, M.Robin 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 558420


Aubenas - GET Vosges 61-67

But Aubenas was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Golbey 67-61 on Saturday night. Aubenas was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Aubenas 36-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. Quite impressive performance for forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Malcolm Gountas (189-94) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Larry Williams (191-86, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) answered with 17 points and forward Antonin Chardon (195-91) added 10 points in the effort for Aubenas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GET Vosges will face Rueil (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Aubenas will play against Lourdes-Tarbes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aubenas: L.Williams 17+2reb+2ast, A.Chardon 10+4reb, J.Leria 8+1reb+1ast, J.Moss 7+2ast, O.Baradji 6+5reb, S.Lontadila 4+2reb+2ast
GET Vosges: M.Doumbe 19+4reb+1ast, L.Gigant 13+4reb+1ast, M.Gountas 12+7reb+1ast, A.Fields 9+5reb, W.Mensah 8+1reb+5ast, M.Benkloua 3+8reb
gschID: 558418


SAP Vaucluse - Boulogne 77-89

But SAP Vaucluse was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Boulogne-sur-Mer 89-77 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. SAP Vaucluse was better in third quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to SAP Vaucluse's 24. SAP Vaucluse was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for naturalized Cameroonian guard Ralph Temgoua (194-87, college: St.Lawrence) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Yann Siegwarth (180-93) answered with 15 points and 7 assists and Serbian swingman Vukan Zivkovic (199-91) added 21 points in the effort for SAP Vaucluse. Five SAP Vaucluse players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Souffelweyersheim (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SAP Vaucluse will play against Brissac-Aubance (#2) in Brissac-Quince and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SAP Vaucluse: V.Zivkovic 21+2reb, Y.Siegwarth 15+2reb+7ast, Z.Rakocevic 12+3reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 10+5reb+3ast, A.Thimon 10+1reb+1ast, W.Morris 3+4reb+3ast
Boulogne: R.Temgoua 24+6reb+8ast, D.Watkins 21+6reb+2ast, M.Cheriet 10+2reb+3ast, C.Andre 9+3reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 8+9reb, H.Dumortier 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 558415


RAC Basket - ALS Basket 101-64

First defeat of league's leader ALS Basket (0-1) against Rueil (1-0) 101-64 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Rueil. ALS Basket managed to win third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ALS Basket to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded ALS Basket 42-27 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rueil looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by ALS Basket's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Kyle Tresnak (208-92, college: Weber St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Karim Gourari (204-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Rueil players scored in double figures. American point guard Brandon Clark (183-93, college: Santa Clara) answered with 19 points and 7 assists and naturalized Congolese center Valentin Mukuna (207-93) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for ALS Basket. ALS Basket will play next round against Saint Vallier trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Rueil will try to continue on its current victory against GET Vosges in Golbey.
Top scorers:
ALS Basket: B.Clark 19+1reb+7ast, V.Mukuna 16+5reb+2ast, K.Ammour 15+5reb+1ast, N.Kovanusic 4+5reb+1ast, M.Ndoye 4+7reb+1ast, Y.Bassine 3+2reb+2ast
RAC Basket: K.Tresnak 22+10reb+3ast, J.Bichard 15+1reb+6ast, R.Hassan 15+5reb+3ast, D.Sencanski 14+3reb+4ast, L.Sambe 12+3reb+4ast, K.Gourari 10+10reb+5ast
gschID: 558412


Chartres - Gries/Oberhoffen 80-83

A very interesting game took place in Chartres. It ended with only three-point home defeat of UB Chartres (0-1) to Gries/Oberhoffen (1-0) 83-80 on Saturday evening. UB Chartres was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Gries/Oberhoffen, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Ludovic Negrobar (207-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gries/Oberhoffen's next round opponent will be La Charite (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. UB Chartres will play against Lorient (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chartres: W.Felder 18+6reb+5ast, O.Romain 14+7reb+7ast, J.Jones 12+10reb, K.Bichard 11+3reb+8ast, M.Ruikis 8+5reb+3ast, P.Clerence 6+5reb
Gries/Oberhoffen: D.Watt 19+12reb+5ast, A.Zengotitabengoa 19+3reb, R.Hillotte 15+3reb+1ast, L.Negrobar 10+10reb+2ast, X.Forcada 8+5reb+8ast, G.Duro 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 558419





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The Fraport Skyliners Won't Be Playing Name That Tune But Continue To Name That Next Voigtmann Or Barthel This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The first TV game show might have originated in the UK in 1936, but over the years the most memorable shows have come from the United States like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune or the Hollywood Squares just to name a few, but another well known show was Name That Tune. This show that ran over a time span of three decades and most successful time was between 1974-1981 had a very straight forward format of putting two contestants against each other to test their knowledge of songs. It would be interesting to see how well an Isaac Bonga or Richard Freudenberg would fair against each other if head coach Gordon Herbert took a break from the pick and role defense and running their newest offensive plays to get Mr Canada Philip Scrubb that open trey every time by picking their brains with memorable 2017 songs like Shape of You from Ed Sheeran, Despacito from Luis Fonsi or Passionfruit from Nelly. When everything works perfectly, the Fraport Skyliners could make the playoffs again after taking a leave of absence last season, but moreover this season will be a time where the Fraport Skyliners won't be playing name that tune, but playing name that next Voigtman or Barthel. For years the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup winner have been the poster child of grooming and developing young German players as the past has shown as they made the twin towers Johannes Voigtman a Euroleague player, Danilo Barthel a German national player as well as Konstantin Klein. In the last few years they have continued to develop the next wave of young German bucks like Niklas Kiel and Isaac Bonga and with Richard Freudenberg on board this season all are looking to make another jump again this season up the basketball ladder. Just being able to watch this maturation will be a huge treat for fans as seeing just how far a player can go makes that possible non-playoff appearance a little easier to digest. Gordon Herbert could put a starting five of Isaac Bonga, Garai Zeeb, Konstantin Schubert, Richard Freudenberg and Niklas Kiel on the floor having an average of 19 years and might get destroyed by the Bayern Munich starting five, but then again could hold their own against a Giessen, Tuebingen or Gotha starting five. It wasn't any different for guys like Voigtmann and Barthel in 2014 the way it is for a Bonga and Kiel in 2017, but in 2016 they had both won an international title and move on to Euroleague land and FC Bayern Munich. Just how well this seasons young Germans continue to develop depends on their work ethic, minutes, staying clear of injuries and what is on the menu of the basketball God. One thing is for sure, it will be another exciting season with the Fraport Skyliners as playoffs or not as the current wave of talent will go their way with Niklas Kiel scheduled next in line to make the next pivotal step while many are predicting and hoping that an Isaac Bonga will despite turning 18 in November make another huge step. The next wave of Voigtmann's and Barthel's are already waiting in the wings with the likes of Maximilan Begue, Len Schoormann and Calvin Schaum, so with so much talent being bred in Frankfurt the way a Real Madrid has been practicing for years, losing massive talent Jim Gietz in 2016 who belonged to the Jermario Davidson posse in 2011 disappeared to Arizona last year and now secretly has surfaced with FC Bayern Munich hasn't even been a side note yet, but become totally obsolete in Frankfurt basketball minds with so much talent always coming up.

After reaching the EasyCredit BBL playoffs two straight seasons, the Fraport Skyliners missed them last season finishing in 10th place despite having had the opportunity to have made the promised land for a third time. They suffered some bitter loses in the last few months to the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Telekom Baskets Bonn that cost them the playoffs. Their biggest problem last season was the point guard position. Herbert has had a good hand uncovering guys like Dashaun Wood, Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore from his sleeve the last years that led the club to a playoff final, Eurochallenge final 4 and a Fiba Europe Cup title, but last seasons point guards Markel Starks and Kwame Vaughn didn't function. Kwame Vaughn came to Frankfurt with a great resume having been a scoring point guard wherever he had played in Italy, Israel and Belgium and it seemed like he could be that second Justin Cobbs that Herbert had brought in two seasons ago for Richard Williams. However Vaughn never panned out in the system of Gordon Herbert . He actually had a very strong Champions League season averaging 14,9ppg, 2,9rpg and 4,5apg, but when the team needed that big win against Pinar Karyisaka, they lost by 20 points and he couldn't bring the game or leadership qualities that a Theodore would have given. In the BBL, he was at best average averaging 11,0ppg, 2,7rpg and 3,8apg. He had some solid games against lower ranked teams, but when it counted most against playoff type teams, he was unable to produce for the team to be successful. One of his biggest problems was simply his inability to get good ball movement going during set plays and forcing the one on one when the shot clock was winding down. Another problem was not having that dominant center as the club held out waiting too long if Danilo Barthel would resign, but it was obvious that he would get offered more money elsewhere and when they finally were ready to get that center, all possible candidates had been gobbled away like Johannes Thiemann who would have looked superb in a Skyliners jersey. The positives of last season was letting Niklas Kiel play 14 minutes a game in the BBL and Isaac Bonga playing huge minutes in the Pro B and NBBL and letting him get his feet wet in the shark infested basketball waters of the EasyCredit BBL at the end of the season where he showed huge potential and upside in his quest of being an impact player at a top level one day.

As is usual after every season, the Fraport Skyliners were unable to hold their two top scoring threats in Shavon Shields and AJ English. Those are two big voids to fill, but nothing new for head coach Gordon Herbert needing to compensate. The most important off season task was holding their three experienced players with Quantez Robertson, Mike Morrison and Shawn Huff. Robertson is a 188cm guard who is the Ricky Paulding (came to Oldenburg in 2007) in Frankfurt who turns 33 in December and going into his ninth season with Frankfurt and is the absolute ultimate identity figure of the club that will most likely finish his career in Frankfurt as long as the NWZ mall is still there a jump from the training facility BCM and see his jersey hanging from the Fraport arena rafters next to ex teammate Pascal Roller one day. He might not have that sheer explosiveness from 5 years ago, but still fills up the stat sheet like no other. Last season the ex Auburn (NCAA) star played 32 BBL games averaging 10.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 82.4%;In the BCL, he played 16 games averaging 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 82.8%. The American came to training camp a bit overweight irking Herbert and it will be interesting to see if his input continues to be stable or if his age will start to show it's ugly side. After getting early experience in Belgium, Cyprus and Finland, the ex George Mason center Mike Morrison has found a home in Frankfurt going into his fourth professional season. Stat wise last season was his best as he played 32 BBL games averaging 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 55.4%, FT: 51.2%; In the BCL he played 16 games averaging 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 63.1%, FT: 59.2%. He may never score 20 points three games in a row, but he is always able to give the club an extra boost with his energy after another thunderous dunk and he is always good for an explosion like his unforgettable 35 point game against Turkish club Pinar Karsiyaka going 15/17 from the field. Shawn Huff is the other elder basketball statesman from the trio who is going into his second season with Frankfurt. Last season he came in January from France from ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale and with Frankfurt played 13 games averaging 10.7ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 70.4%. He was unable to find his touch from outside his last two seasons with Ludwigsburg where he shot 41,5% from during 2014-2016. Huff who shot 47% from outside in the NCAA with Valparaiso in 2007-2008 played with the Finish national team recently at the 2017 European championships averaging 5.3ppg and 5,5rpg. Herbert relies on his stellar defense and his solid offensive game where his consistent scoring this season will be vital for the success of the team especially if a guy like Phillip Scrubb goes cold. Late in the summer, the club was able to grab back Philipp Scrubb who missed last season due to a serious injury. Scrub who won 7 titles at Carleton University (CIS) and his hardware didn't stop as a rookie in Frankfurt in the 2016-2017 season as he was instrumental in the club winning the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 83.8%, 2.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 52.2%, FT: 90.3% in the BBL and 12,7ppg, 2,7rpg and 2,4apg while shooting 52% from outside In the Fiba Euurope Cup. He has come back stronger and fitter than two seasons ago and has been the motor keeping the club alive in the pre-season. He will become a BBL star this season and be that Jordan Theodore type leader.

The club also held on to their three main young players Niklas Kiel, Isaac Bonga and Garai Zeeb. Kiel came to Frankfurt in 2014 as a 17year old phenom who was seen as one of the biggest German talents form the birth year 1997. He played only 2 BBL games in his first two seasons as he played mostly for the club's Pro B team while waiting for Voigtmann and Barthel to end their development with the club. The German U-20 national player who recently played at the 2017 European championships averaging 4.1ppg, 4.0rpg broke out last season averaging 14 minutes in the BBL playing 27 games averaging 6.4ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 79.0%; In the BCL, he played 12 games averaging 2.8ppg, 2.3rpg. He got sparse time in the Pro B only when he had no BBL commitments being able to work on his game against lesser talent averaging : 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 80.8%: He showed flashes of brilliance against Vechta scoring 19 points and 16 points against Alba Berlin. He should be able to make another step this season as his solid inside out game should be rewarded with another lift in his minutes. Isaac Bonga continues to be a huge project as he will be turning 18 this November and this season could be his make or break season between being a 2018 first round NBA draft pick or not. He was very high in the NBA mock drafts last season, but fell a bit last summer after his less than spectacular World Cup U19 in Cairo (Egypt) outing averaging 6.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 69.2%. Last season he played 14 BBL games averaging 1.5ppg, 1.3rpg; while with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB) averaged 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 71.4% and for Eintracht Frankfurt / Fraport Skyliners U19 team (NBBL) averaged 11.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.6apg, 2.0spg, 1.2bpg, 2PT: 56.8%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 50.0%. The kid is so young, but the expectations are crazy and it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop this season. Head coach Gordon Herbert is impressed with how he has developed in the last five months and stated that NBA teams don't always look at stats, but at his unending potential. His shot and ball handling remain his two biggest area's in his game that he needs to improve as his athleticism continues to explode. Bonga will be one of the most interesting players to watch in the BBL this season as his NBA route continues to unfold. Garai Zeeb is a 20year old 187cm combo guard going into his third season and after playing 6 BBL games with Bremerhaven in 2014-2015 has played 7 BBL games with Frankfurt in the last two seasons. He continues to be a mainstay in their Pro B team as last season he played 20 games averaging 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 78.0%. He is a controlled guard that can shoot out the lights, but has the routine point guard playmaking skills of a pass first type of player when called upon. He has made considerable strides this summer as he has played very well in the pre-season. This is a make or break season for him between becoming that BBL player or being a second Bundesliga player for the next 10 years. He may look like that obedient kid on the court lacking the needed killer instinct at times, but he let's his game do the talking and this could be the season where he gets more BBL minutes.

The Fraport Skyliners reeled in three new players with Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann, Richard Freudenberg and Tai Webster. The club already secured the rights to Richard Freudenberg late last season as his season at ST Johns had ended. Freudenberg who looks like a Zach Morris alias Mark Paul Goessler from the cult show Saved by the bell whos bleached blond hair and mischievous smile was his trademark while the German just wants to let his game do the talking and his looks hypnotize the one or other teenage girl. Freudenberg is another huge German talent that won the 2015 NBBL title hitting Frankfurt with 24 points with FC Bayern Munich and getting the MVP crown. After playing two BBL games with FC Bayern Munich in the 2015-2016 season and not cracking the lineup, he decided to go over the pond and gather NCAA experience with ST Johns. There he played 26 games averaging 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg and was unable to play a role as the club was dominated by guard play. The German didn't get a chance under NBA legend Chris Mullin and now wants to take the Frankfurt route that Voigtmann and Barthel did. Freudenberg will play for the Pro B program and get BBL Minutes. The 206cm forward is a gifted offensive player that can shoot, but also finish with authority at the rim. He has a huge upside and it will be interesting to see just how well he develops this season as well. The club signed German Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann early in the summer, not wasting time signing a German big man like the season before, but reeled him in early. Wolfarth-Bottermann may only be 27, but the 208cm forward/center brings 8 BBL seasons to Frankfurt with teams like Bonn, Berlin and Ulm. He brings 39 Euro Cup and 15 Euroleague games experience to Frankfurt. He never averaged more than 5,4ppg and 13 minutes per game in the BBL and is still looking for his major breakthrough and could make it this season. He is good for 20 minutes a game with Frankfurt and 8-10 points and 4-5 rebounds per game. The club waited again until September like so often in the last years getting their point guard and like last season grabbed a player from Nebraska (NCAA). Last season Herbert showed his cleverness getting Shavon Shields who had a stellar rookie season becoming an BBL impact player as a rookie. This season Herbert reeled in New Zealand player Tai Webster who was Shields teammate for three years at Nebraska. He is a 193cm point guard that may only be 22 years old, but has vital NCAA/ international experience. As a senior at Nebraska he averaged 17.0pp, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.4%. He has played with the New Zealand national team since years, won a NBL title in New Zealand before going to Nebraska, played at the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim and new teammate Philip Scrubb got a first hand look at his potential and skill set at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila (Philippines) in 2016. There Webster averaged16.3ppg, Reb-3 (9.7rpg), 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 86.7% Scrubb and Canada beat New Zealand and Webster 78-72 thanks to NBA player Cory Josepth's 23 points. While Scrubb's 3 points remained a side note, the game of Webster caught the Canadian's eye as he scored 15 points, hauled down 10 rebounds and dished out four assists while the other Webster older brother Corey had 21 points. Tai Webster has all the tools of becoming a stellar point guard as his strength's are his drive and defense while his outside shot remains a work in progress.

So where will the journey of the Fraport Skyliners go this season. With Gordon Herbert on the sideline anything is possible. Herbert is one of those coaches that is always able to make the best out of the talent that he has. Last season the club averaged only 72 points per game in the EasyCredit BBL and grabbed 28 rebounds per game. On paper the club last season may have been a tad deeper and experienced as this season the club is lacking that extra veteran like an Antonio Graves or Ekene Ibekwe who played with four teams last season and even long after he departed Frankfurt saw action with a Turkish team and then latched on to French team Chalon helping them win the Pro A title. The club should be a better rebounding team this season simply with that extra presence down low with Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann that they didn't have last season coupled with the Kiel/Freudenberg duo, always rebound pest Quantez Robertson and strong rebounding guard Webster. The club will be a strong defensive team as always as that is the staple of Gordon Herbert teams. The three factors that will decide if the Fraport Skyliners will be a playoff team or not will start how well Tai Webster can become that dependent consistent player that can lead the team knowing how to separate the playmaking and own scoring to help win games. Webster may not become that second Dashaun Wood or Jordan Theodore, but he has the abilities to be an upgrade to Kwame Vaughn. Second the team will need input from their German players. Vital will be Wolfarth-Bottermann and Kiel being consistent scorers while being able to get further production from a Bonga or Freudenberg would be like an early Christmas present. Third the club has to find a way not to be effected by injuries. This is something that rarely any team is able to accomplish, but catching that serious injury bug has to be avoided. One phrase that is as typical to hear from opposing players after having played against the Fraport Skyliners for the first time as Lebron must have been texted the last 24 hours about wheather he and Lonzo Ball can survive together as teammates is that the club is always very well prepared and coached. The Fraport Skyliners don't have the most talent or depth in the EasyCredit BBL, but do possess one of the best coaches in the league. It may be difficult to name that next Voigtmann or Barthel, but just as difficult to answer name that Skyliners position ranking on April 30th, 2018 as basketball life will never be boring in Fraport Skyliner country.




Byron Sanford (BBC Coburg) A Guy May Be A Little Bigger Than Me But My Will To Want The Ball Is Greater - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Byron Sanford (183-G-93, college: Trevecca Naz.) is a 183cm guard from Louisville, Kentucky that is playig his first professional basketball season in Germany with BBC Coburg. He played at Trevecca Naz. (NCAA2) and really excelled in his last two seasons as a junior he played 17 games averaging17.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.9spg), FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 72.0%. In his senior year at Trevecca Naz. (NCAA2) he played 32 games averaging 18.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 69.5%. He was the G-MAC Player of the Year in 2016. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

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

I just got to Coburg Germany and getting adjusted now. My summer was great!!! Long and hard but it will pay off. I was ery competitive working and playing with all the pros from Louisville (Kentucky)


Congrats on signing with German Pro B team BBC Coburg. How thrilled are you about being able to call yourself a professional basketball player?

Thank you I appreciate it. It's a major blessing to be a professional athlete and part of the BBC Coburg organization. I dream I have prayed and worked for is now reality so it's a great feeling. I am happy but nowhere near satisfied.

You will be taking your talents to BBC Coburg. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?

I know basketball in Germany is a growing sport year by year. I am glad to be a part of the growing process of basketball in Germany. Also I think Germany will be a great country to adjust in since it has some similarities to the States. I have had friends play in Germany and most have all had great experiences.


Did Vincent Sanford give you some good tips about the German Pro B and basketball in general in Germany?

I haven't talked to Vee Sanford. He is from a city about 45 min away from mine. I have followed his success in the league and then into a great deal this upcoming season. Its very motivating to see a journey like that and know that with production and consistency its possible to have great success. I have talked to his former teammate Marcellus Barksadale and he gave me some good tips about the German league.


You play with a big heart similar to Chris Kramer who has carved a great career in Germany. Have you watched any of his film yet to help you get even more inspired?

Yes I have watched film of Chris Kramer and I see some similarities in our style of play. I have heard about his success in Germany and how each year he managed to improve and produce more as a player in Germany. I think I have a lot of inspiration that comes from within and everything I have been through to get here but yes seeing things like that allows me to see it is possible!

Chris Kramer once made a shot sitting on the floor at Purdue. How many times do you think would it take you to score sitting down unguarded?

Man that takes a lot of strength. I haven't tried but I will get back with you and let you know how it goes. I will say once just from my confidence haha.


BBC Coburg are a very ambitious club that just moved up to the Pro B and have big goals for the future. What were the deciding factors that gave you the green light to sign with them?

Yes the BBC Coburg is moving in the right direction year by year and that's very important to me. Some of the deciding factors with the club was one they saw something in me to want to bring me along to continue to reach bigger goals, being in a winning culture, also the connection I have made with Coach Simon and Matt, being in a situation I can see myself flourish in and move up, seeing players resign for this upcoming season showed me it was a place players wanted to be, and also being in a country like Germany and a city like Coburg where the fans embrace and support you!


What was your first impression of head coach Simon Bertram? Did you gather quickly that you both are on the same page when it comes to basketball?

My first impression of coach was that he puts a lot of emphasize on defense, he is very detailed in his preparation, and that he can coach a player to their strength to put them in productive situation. Yes after talking to him and seeing the team play I seen we were on the right page and could work out great.


How excited are you to be playing with American Jordan Burris who was the teams best scorer last season and has had dealing with Kobe Bryant in the past? https://germanhoops.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/jordan-burrisbbc-coburg-has-the-game-and-kobe-ammunition-to-fill-a-gym/

I am very excited to play and compete with Jordan this upcoming season. I followed the season he had and knew he was a real good player. After seeing him resign it showed me this is a place where players want to play and compete. He has a similar story to mine so I know we will be on the same page once we get things started. Yeah I read the article about him and Kobe Bryant. Pretty cool and humbling experience I could imagine.

Let's talk about your game. What stands out quickly is your excellent rebounding strength for a small, but very physical guard. How has the joy of rebounding grown with you in the last few years?

Yes one of my strengths in rebounding. I think my strength, frame, and just will to want to ball more than the next man helps play into my advantage. A guy may be a little bigger than me but my will to want the ball is greater to a lot of the times I can rebound better than players a lot bigger than me.


Did the rebounding strength and passion of Russell Westbrook in the NBA the seasons before where give you an added push as well to help you average 7,6rpg as a senior?

Yes I love watching Westbrook play. Just his passion and motor is very similar to mines as well. I try to be very versatile and feel up the stat sheet a lot like Westbrook does. I love watching/learning from Westbrook to see things I could incorporate in my game.


Talk a little more about your game. What other strengths do you have in your game and to what NBA player could you compare your game to?

I know my will to win and do whatever it takes is a big strength of mine. Just getting that mental edge on the opponent is very big in my game as well. I think my decision making, pick and roll game are also big strengths in my game. I would compare my game to a Russell Westbrrok just the way he can fill up the state sheet. Other than that I think my game is one of a kind and hard to compare to.

You're a guy that can fill up the stat sheet but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't always get noticed right away?

A hidden strength is just getting the mental edge over the opponent and seeking to exploit their weaknesses. Also doing the little things that don't always get in the stat sheet but helps the team be successful. For example moving without the ball, settling solid screens, diving for loose balls, just the small things most players don't want to do. I enjoy.


Your new head coach Simon Bertram compares you in size to an NFL running back. How do you feel you would be as a player today if you didn't have the body that you possess?

Haha im not quite that big. NFL running back are on another level. I feel I would be stiff if I were that size. But yes I am stronger than most guys I play against and that gives me a great advantage. I take my body serious to be able to produce as well as have longevity in the game of basketball.


You had a very stellar career at Trevecca Naz. (NCAA2) and as senior played 32 games averaging 18.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 69.5%. How do you feel did your game develop in your years there?

I think my game developed tremendously at Trevecca. I put in a lot of extra work that most didn't see or wouldn't do and it paid off for me in the long run. I improved each year statistically and it was a testament to the work I put in. Once I got to college I began working out with the pros in my city and just the intensity and focus of the workouts gave me an edge once I went to compete during the College season. Also each year the team improved in win totals which was very important to me. I built lasting relationships there.


How did head coach Sam Harris help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Harris is great and did a lot for me by giving me a chance to play one and just gaining his confidence and trust was big for me. Coach Harris, the assistants, and myself put in a lot of unseen hours whether early mornings or late nights in order for me to continue to develop my game and work my way into becoming a Professional. I still talk to him on a regular basis and he continues to encourage and give me tips to be successful at the next level and in life.

You had many great scoring games in school, but what was your most memorable game? You seemed to have the number of Cedarville.

Yeah I had games where I really got going and had some nice numbers. Cedarville was our rival so that was a team I always wanted to perform well against. A lot of the times I wouldn't even know the numbers I put up until my teammates told me I was so locked into getting the Win. Also I liked playing against the Division 1 schools just to prove that I was on their level and let them know that have to respect my game and team.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Percy Blade?

Hahaha I won most one on one games in college. I take a lot of pride in those games and HATE losing so it didn't happen often.


How does a summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?

9am Basketball workouts, in between rest and eat, 3pm another basketball workout, in between rest and eat, 7pm Weight training/ yoga


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

Umm lets see I battled some tough players from my city (Louisville) like Rajon Rondo, D'Angelo Russell. I worked out and competed with Rondo quite a bit this summer as well. But players that I played during the college season were players like Damion Jones of the Warriors and Wade Baldwin when we played against Vanderbilt. I was also at the University of Kentucky when they won the 2012 National championship and competed with Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd Gilchrist, Darius Miller when they would come play in the Rec center. Other than that a lot of great overseas pros in the Louisville Area as well like Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Donta Smith, Leroy Hickerson, Chris Dowe, Jazz Ferguson.


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

Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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

It's a great argument but I don't think Lebron is as close as people think. Michael Jordan never lost in the finals and has 3 more titles which is a lot more. I think the completion for Lebron might have been a little tougher though. I don't really like to get into the arguing of whose better but just enjoy the greatness that both player have brought to the game of basketball.


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

I don't think this is true. I think Westbrook wants to win. I would be surprised if Westbrook even overthinks about getting a triple double. He is just so productive and always has the ball in his hands so its easier to get a triple double. But Westbrook uses so much energy during a game that I am sure a defensive assignment is blown every now and then which you would have to live with because everything else he does.

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

Of course being from Louisville watching and playing against Donovan Mitchell I have to say him for the Utah Jazz. I think Dennis Smith Jr. is very talented and will be a good player in the league as well.


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

I think that they have a great chance to contend for a title. The Rockets brand of basketball is hard to defend and with the addition of Chris Paul they will be able to outscore most teams. I cant wait to see them go up against the Warriors.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I just watched the Isaiah Thomas 'Book of Isaiah' documentary if that counts for a movie. I love his game and his approach to being great. He is undersized but it doesn't matter to because still getting the job done. I always like his relationship with Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather is one of my favorite non-basketball athletes not because his lifestyle but his work ethic and discipline he has to his craft. But back to your question the last movie I seen is the new Planet of the Apes movie.


Thanks Byron for the chat.



FIBA Europe Cup: Istanbul past Wuerzburg by the skin of their teeth - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul BBS - Wuerzburg 65:76

Istanbul BBS managed to advance into the Second Qualifying Round in FIBA Europe Cup overcoming Wuerzburg on aggregate. Istanbul led comfortable by 13 points after the road win in the first leg. But Wuerzburg put up a decent fight in the return leg. Maurice Stuckey (187-PG-90) notched 21 points as the visitors claimed an 11-point road win which proved insufficient at the end.
Wuerzburg posted a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. Istanbul stopped the rot in the second term. The hosts pulled within 2 points at halftime 33:35. Istanbul surged ahead in the third period. The home side secured a 2-point lead at the final break. But Wuerzburg stepped on the gas in the fourth stanza. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) gave the visitors a 76:64 lead late in regulation. But Stefan Bircevic (210-C/F-89) sank a free throw to secure the needed outcome for the hosts. Kresimir Loncar (209-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) provided 15 points for Wuerzburg. Stefan Bircevic and Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) accounted for 14 points each for Istanbul BBS.



Utah Jazz adds Braun to their roster, ex Ratiopharm - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) added to their roster 26-year old shooting guard Taylor Braun (201-93kg-91, college: North Dakota State). He has played for the last two seasons at Ratiopharm in German BBL league. In 40 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6apg last season. Braun helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Braun also played 12 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Braun was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar).
Braun attended North Dakota State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Utah Jazz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joe Johnson
Thabo Sefolosha
Ricky Rubio
Raul Neto
Alec Burks
Taylor Braun
Nate Wolters
Dante Exum
Nazareth Mitrou-Long
Donovan Mitchell

Forwards:
Joe Ingles
Jonas Jerebko
Ekpe Udoh
Derrick Favors
Rodney Hood
Royce O'Neale
Joel Bolomboy
Tony Bradley

Center:
Rudy Gobert

Coach: Quin Snyder

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Regionalliga Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

North
ALBA Berlin II - Neustadt TSV 73-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of ALBA-2 (0-1) in Berlin on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Neustadt TSV (1-0) 83-73. Neustadt TSV shot 30 for 41 from the free-throw line, while ALBA-2 only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Strangely ALBA-2 outrebounded Neustadt TSV 39-27 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Dutch power forward Jandell Hersisia (200-90) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Dutch point guard Dyon Doekhi (188-87) chipped in 12 points. Four Neustadt TSV players scored in double figures. Point guard Jonas Mattisseck (193-0) produced 19 points and 5 assists and power forward Hendrik Drescher (205-0) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. ALBA-2's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Neustadt TSV will meet at home WSG Koenigs (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. ALBA-2 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Neustadt TSV: J.Hersisia 21+7reb, R.Kakad 12+3reb+2ast, D.Doekhi 12+4reb+3ast, M.Salami 11+1reb+2ast, T.Brauner 9+5reb, J.Marvin 7+4reb
ALBA Berlin II: J.Mattisseck 19+4reb+5ast, H.Drescher 15+8reb+1ast, J.Knauf 10+5reb+3ast, R.Avdic 9+6reb+1ast, L.Brenneke 6+6reb+2ast, B.Buck 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 573838


Vechta II - Rendsburg 78-77 OT

Vechta-2 used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Rendsburg 78-77 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-12 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. Dutch point guard Dexter Hope (185-93) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and Tim Insinger (205-97) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American guard Garrett Jefferson (190-91, college: Cal.Baptist) responded with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and British power forward Deji Adekunle (209-92, college: Kaiser) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Rendsburg's coach Bjarne Homfeldt tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vechta-2 will face Stade (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Rendsburg will play against Aschersleben (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vechta II: D.Hope 25+4reb+3ast, T.Insinger 11+9reb+3ast, R.Caisin 8+1reb+5ast, N.Zeravica 4+10reb+1ast, S.Schmedes 4+1ast, M.Stenzel 3+8reb+2ast
Rendsburg: G.Jefferson 23+9reb+5ast, C.Geist 12+7reb+4ast, D.Adekunle 10+13reb+2ast, M.Hillner 7+3reb+1ast, J.Menges 7+1reb, T.Haake 6+4reb
gschID: 573833


Ebstorf - BSW Sixers 46-78

And what about another game where Sixers (#4) beat Ebstorf by 32 points 78-46 on the road. They outrebounded Ebstorf 49-28 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized Croatian center Benedikt Turudic (206-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Terrence Williams (198-93, college: Charlotte) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Sixers players scored in double figures. Swingman Konrad Burda (195-96) replied with 13 points and American power forward Christopher Thompson (195-82, college: S.Indiana) added 4 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ebstorf. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sixers' next round opponent will be Westerstede (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Ebstorf will play against Goetting.ASC in Goettingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: B.Turudic 16+13reb+1ast, T.Williams 14+8reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 12+2reb+1ast, L.Petkovic 10+5reb+6ast, E.Stankevicius 9+7reb+1ast, Y.Hennelotter 5+2reb
Ebstorf: K.Burda 13+1reb, H.Salim 6+2ast, L.Niebuhr 6+1reb+1ast, A.Wendler 5, C.Thompson 4+8reb, A.Willing 4+6reb
gschID: 573836


Wusterhausen - Stade 73-71

WSG Koenigs used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Stade 73-71 on Saturday night. Forward Christoph Tetzner (201-81) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized French Souleymane Diallo (194-88) chipped in 16 points during the contest. WSG Koenigs' coach Lars Bothe used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Spanish power forward Oscar Andres (200-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Yettra Specks (178-95, college: Jackson St.) scored 17 points and 4 steals. WSG Koenigs will face Neustadt TSV (#4) on the road in the next round. Stade will play against Vechta-2 (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Wusterhausen: C.Tetzner 22+11reb+1ast, S.Diallo 16+4reb+1ast, N.Draegert 9+4reb+2ast, N.Trenz 8+3reb+1ast, P.Giese 7+6reb+4ast, A.Giese 5+1reb
Stade: Y.Specks 17+3reb+3ast, O.Andres 16+11reb, T.Lipke 15+2reb+2ast, J.Both 8+5reb, R.Froehlich 5+2reb+1ast, K.Von Der Ohe 4+1ast
gschID: 573835


Aschersleben - Weser Bsk/BTS 98-82

Aschersleben defeated Weser Bsk/BTS at home 98-82. Aschersleben dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Weser Bsk/BTS's 24. American point guard Tyaire Ponzo-Meek (180, college: Wilmington, DE) notched 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Finnish swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates) supported him with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Five Aschersleben players scored in double figures. Even 32 points by forward Jonas Liermann (197-87) did not help to save the game for Weser Bsk/BTS. Naturalized American point guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) added 23 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Weser Bsk/BTS will play next round against strong Bergedorf trying to get back on the winning streak. Aschersleben will try to continue on its current victory against Rendsburg on the road.
Top scorers:
Aschersleben: T.Ponzo-Meek 27+5reb+6ast, V.Heinonen 22+5reb+3ast, D.Erceg 14+5reb+1ast, B.Tenev 13+6reb+1ast, M.Magusar 10+4reb+1ast, R.Kujundzic 7
Weser Bsk/BTS: J.Liermann 32+2reb, M.Reid 23+7reb+1ast, L.Koehler 11+7reb+3ast, M.Mennebaeck 7, P.Heitzhausen 5+2reb+1ast, M.Delage 4+4reb
gschID: 573837


Bergedorf - Goetting.ASC 95-77

Bergedorf used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Goettingen 95-77 on Saturday night. Bergedorf will face Weser Bsk/BTS (#13) in Neustadt in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Goetting.ASC will play at home against Ebstorf (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 573834


South-East
Vilsbiburg - Oberhaching 81-76

Vilsbiburg used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Deisenhofen 81-76 on Saturday night. American swingman Kendall Timmons (195-90, college: Tulane) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and French guard Jordan Aboki (190-93) chipped in 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American-Czech point guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Christian Hustert (192-94) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Vilsbiburg will face Bamberg (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oberhaching will play against GGZ Baskets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vilsbiburg: K.Timmons 17+12reb+6ast, L.Novy 11+5reb, J.Guddemi 9+4reb+1ast, A.Goderbauer 9+3reb+1ast, E.Hoffmann 9, M.Mayr 8+1reb+2ast
Oberhaching: T.Walter 13+3reb, J.Boyer 12+5reb+5ast, C.Hustert 11+8reb, M.Wohlers 8+2reb, O.Zoric 8+2reb, P.Zeis 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 573655


Rosenheim - Schwabing 82-68

Rosenheim used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Schwabing 82-68 on Saturday night. Rosenheim forced 22 Schwabing turnovers. Schwabing was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. French forward Evans Ganapamo (201-94, college: Prairie View A&M) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Jguwon Hogges (173-86, college: Oregon Tech) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Rosenheim players scored in double figures. Guard Joshua Obiesie (187-0) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Chris Wurmseher (192-97) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rosenheim will face Ansbach (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Schwabing will play against Treuchtlingen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rosenheim: E.Ganapamo 29+10reb, J.Hogges 17+5reb+4ast, S.Ebertz 14+4reb+1ast, O.Gaizauskas 11+6reb+1ast, T.Fliege 4+2ast, M.Strasser 3+1reb
Schwabing: J.Obiesie 18+8reb, W.Bessoir 10+6reb+1ast, C.Wurmseher 10+6reb+3ast, A.Circiroglu 7+3reb+1ast, L.Dollinger 7+3reb+2ast, E.Klokkers 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 573653


Jena II - TSV Troester 37-61

But Jena II was not able to use a home court advantage and was outleveled by the opponent from Breitenguessbach 61-37 on Saturday night. TSV Troester held Jena II to an opponent 21.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 27.9 percent accuracy of the winners and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. TSV Troester forced 23 Jena II turnovers. Jena II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Lucas Wagner (200-94) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Erik Land (205-90) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Jacob Lawson (203-92, college: Appalachian St.) responded with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks and point guard Jan Heber (187-98) scored 10 points. 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. TSV Troester will face Muenchen OSB at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jena II will play against Herzogenaurach (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: D.Dippold 14+2reb, J.Dippold 13+3reb, S.Lorber 10+2reb+3ast, E.Land 9+8reb+1ast, L.Wagner 9+10reb+1ast, A.Engel 5+5reb+3ast
Jena II: J.Heber 10+4reb, J.Lawson 8+9reb, K.Glueck 7+3reb, K.Krause 7+1reb, R.Rietschel 4+5reb+2ast, J.Kadasi 1+6reb
gschID: 573651


Gotha II - Herzogenaurach 92-67

Gotha II used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Herzogenaurach 92-67 on Saturday night. Gotha II dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Herzogenaurach's 30. They outrebounded Herzogenaurach 44-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Estonian point guard Kristian Kullamae (194-99) scored 31 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) chipped in 17 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. Forward Patrick Horstmann (201-87, college: Kaiser) responded with 13 points and 4 assists and guard Stefan Dinkel (189-89, college: Dawson CC) scored 17 points. Herzogenaurach's coach Benni Aumeier gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gotha II will face Topstar (#12) in Diedorf in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Herzogenaurach will play at home against Jena II (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gotha II: K.Kullamae 31+3reb+6ast, R.Franklin 17+19reb+3ast, L.Wobst 14+8reb+2ast, A.Kassiumis 7+2reb, T.Bode 6+2reb+1ast, O.Pahnke 6+3reb+5ast
Herzogenaurach: S.Dinkel 17+1reb+1ast, P.Horstmann 13+4reb+4ast, B.Gahlert 12+3reb+1ast, D.Krause 6+1reb, M.Feuerpfeil 5+3reb+2ast, M.Kaiser 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 573654


Treuchtlingen - Bamberg 94-77

Very important is a road loss of Bamberg (0-1) against Treuchtlingen (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Bamberg was defeated by Treuchtlingen in Treutchlingen 94-77. Treuchtlingen looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Tim Eisenberger (197-91) had a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Simon Geiselsoeder (189-91) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Treuchtlingen players scored in double figures. Dutch forward Frederik Adriaans (200-95) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and point guard David Schmitt (180-94) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Treuchtlingen will face Schwabing (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bamberg will play against Vilsbiburg (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treuchtlingen: T.Eisenberger 25+13reb+10ast, S.Geiselsoeder 24+7reb+1ast, S.Schmoll 12+7reb, F.Beierlein 10+1reb+2ast, J.Juergen Schwarz 9+3reb, A.Stecher 6
Bamberg: F.Adriaans 21+9reb+2ast, D.Schmitt 17+3ast, C.Dippold 12+5reb+1ast, M.Lachmann 6+5reb+1ast, N.Duckarm 6+3reb, M.Georg Schmitt 4+3reb
gschID: 573656


Zwickau - Leitershofen 82-77

GGZ Baskets used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Diedorf 82-77 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 40-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. GGZ Baskets made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Croatian swingman Sandro Kordis (195-92) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four GGZ Baskets players scored in double figures. Bernhard Benke (206-97) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Michael Dorsch (193-96) scored 14 points. GGZ Baskets will face Oberhaching (#13) in Deisenhofen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Topstar will play at home against Gotha II (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zwickau: S.Kordis 23+8reb+2ast, H.Bellscheidt 18+10reb+1ast, M.Nagler 16+8reb+3ast, F.Fraas 10+6reb+1ast, D.Bassl 8+4reb+2ast, T.Romanovskij 6+1ast
Leitershofen: B.Benke 18+10reb, E.Richter 16+1reb+1ast, M.Dorsch 14+4reb+2ast, J.Genck 9+1reb+1ast, N.Hadzovic 8+5reb, Q.Tucker 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 573652


Muenchen OSB - Ansbach 73-62

The most important game of round 2 took place in Muenchen of South-East where Muenchen OSB beat Ansbach (0-1) 73-62 on Saturday night. Muenchen OSB forced 20 Ansbach turnovers and outrebounded them 40-20 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Omari Knox (188-86, college: Bloomfield) scored 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jermaine Lippert (203-90, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Paul Nzeocha (192) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American power forward Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St., agency: SportsVision-Service) scored 8 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ansbach will play next round against strong Rosenheim trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Muenchen OSB will try to continue on its current victory against TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach.
Top scorers:
Muenchen OSB: O.Knox 33+9reb+3ast, J.Lippert 15+5reb+4ast, I.Vasileiadis 9+5reb, D.Markert 6+3reb+1ast, G.May 3+7reb, A.Diamantis 3+3reb+2ast
Ansbach: P.Nzeocha 21+6reb+1ast, G.Petrovic 9+2reb, N.Freer 8+2reb+6ast, K.Jezildzic 8+1reb, W.Simon 7+4reb, C.Roll 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 573657


South-West
Mainz - Tuebingen II 76-79

But Mainz was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Tuebingen 79-76 on Sunday night. Jacob Mampuya (200-94) scored 29 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Adrian Lind (206-94) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) responded with 17 points and 9 assists and Latvian forward Janis Dumburs (198-96) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Tuebingen II will face Limburg (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mainz will play against BG Karlsruhe (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tuebingen II: J.Mampuya 29+2reb+3ast, A.Lind 16+11reb+2ast, P.Unger 13+2reb+2ast, V.Mitku 11+10reb+3ast, N.Schueler 6+1ast, J.Masic 2
Mainz: A.Sharda 17+4reb+9ast, P.Schoen 14+4reb+1ast, J.Dumburs 13+7reb+3ast, R.Maurer 10+2reb, A.Orth 8+1reb, T.Thormann 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 573445


Kronberg - Fellbach 66-87

But Kronberg was not able to use a home court advantage and was outscored by the opponent from Fellbach 87-66 on Sunday night. Fellbach forced 20 Kronberg turnovers. James Arbinger (191-87) scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nils-Frederik Menck (203-82) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Four Fellbach players scored in double figures. Forward Frederik Zwiener (195) responded with 22 points and center Julian Reinwald (209) scored 13 points and 7 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. Fellbach will face Kaiserslautern at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kronberg will play against Crailsheim II (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fellbach: J.Arbinger 22+7reb+4ast, N.Menck 21+3reb, S.Gillette 14+3reb, D.Rotim 13+1reb+2ast, L.Ljutic 7+1reb, P.Schwarzenberger 4+1reb+3ast
Kronberg: F.Zwiener 22+2reb+1ast, J.Reinwald 13+7reb+1ast, J.Puljas 11+2reb, J.Arnold 6+2reb+1ast, S.Zimmermann 6, A.Klisura 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 573447


Saarlouis/Dillingen - Eisbaeren 98-95

Saarlouis/Dillingen used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Karlsruhe 98-95 on Sunday night. American guard Ricky Easterling (189-83, college: Bridgewater) scored 40 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian-Croatian forward Ivan Skrobo (200-93) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American guard Josh Mayberry (190-95, college: Dominican, IL) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and British Jordan Williams (202-95) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Saarlouis/Dillingen will face Stuttgart (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BG Karlsruhe will play against Mainz (#14) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis/Dillingen: R.Easterling 40+5reb+2ast, J.Tisdale 26+5reb+3ast, I.Skrobo 25+9reb+1ast, F.Kirsch 5+2reb+8ast, A.Bedirhanoglu 2+1reb+1ast, M.Gross 0
Eisbaeren: J.Mayberry 23+7reb+1ast, J.Williams 20+10reb, L.Mugagan 15+8reb+1ast, J.Lozancic 10+7reb, A.Tchanile 9+3reb+1ast, A.Schmid 7+2ast
gschID: 573444


Kaiserslautern - Stuttgart 84-76

Kaiserslautern used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Stuttgart 84-76 on Sunday night. They outrebounded Stuttgart 45-33 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kaiserslautern looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Stuttgart's players. Forward Thomas Erb (192-82) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Waldemar Nap (202-93) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American forward Nick Mosley (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin Milos Mandic (195-97) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Five Kaiserslautern and four Stuttgart players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kaiserslautern will face Fellbach on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stuttgart will play against Saarlouis/Dillingen (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kaiserslautern: T.Erb 19+5reb+5ast, W.Nap 13+12reb, R.Weihmann 12+6reb+2ast, A.Ellis 12+10reb+1ast, G.Hosszu 10+4reb+5ast, K.Croom 10+1reb+2ast
Stuttgart: N.Mosley 21+9reb+4ast, J.Tejada-Munoz 19+5reb, M.Mandic 15+12reb+3ast, J.Leidel 10+3reb+3ast, R.Leidel 4, E.Meyer-Hubner Falco 4+1reb
gschID: 573446


Limburg - Speyer 84-93

But Limburg was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Speyer 93-84 on Saturday night. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American guard Jordan Rezendes (188, college: Mass.-Dartmouth) scored 31 points to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish point guard Jordi Salto (190-90) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals during the contest. American guard Brandon Shingles (190-87, college: Morehead St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Henry Volkert (192-94) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Speyer will face BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#5) at home in the next round. Limburg will play against Tuebingen II (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Speyer: J.Rezendes 31+2reb+1ast, E.Arques 22+8reb, J.Salto 16+7reb+9ast, M.Acosta 9+7reb+3ast, M.Meier 4+9reb+3ast, J.Hartinger 2+2reb
Limburg: B.Shingles 25+13reb+5ast, J.Zurna 23+4ast, H.Volkert 22+8reb, N.Klima 6+6reb, J.Stallbohm 3+3reb+3ast, S.Kloos 3
gschID: 573443


Schwenningen - Lich II 73-60

BV Villingen-Schwenningen used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lich 73-60 on Saturday night. The game without a history. BV Villingen-Schwenningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Lich II's 30. BV Villingen-Schwenningen forced 25 Lich II turnovers and outrebounded them 42-24 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-British forward Christian Behrens (206-92, college: California) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Rasheed Moore (196, college: E.Stroudsburg) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. BV Villingen-Schwenningen's coach Alen Velcic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Johannes Schlaefer (196-88) responded with 20 points and 4 steals and FYR Macedonian Onur Mehmed (192-97) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will face Speyer (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lich II will play against Koblenz and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schwenningen: C.Behrens 15+10reb, R.Moore 12+8reb, S.Tsvetkov 11+3reb, D.Barovic 8+6reb+1ast, B.Pangarov 7+1reb, N.Fekete 6+6reb+2ast
Lich II: J.Schlaefer 20+3reb+1ast, O.Mehmed 13+8reb+1ast, R.Keller 10+1reb, R.Pflueger 4+5reb+1ast, F.Schweizer 3+3reb+1ast, M.Diar Bakerli 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 573442


Koblenz - Langen 96-77

Koblenz used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Langen 96-77 on Saturday night. Koblenz dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to TV Langen's 36. TV Langen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Marlin Mason (201-93, college: Cleveland St.) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian point guard Paulius Semaska (185-93) chipped in 22 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Koblenz players scored in double figures. American forward Nick Smith (203-95, college: Belmont) responded with 29 points and forward Ruben Spoden (202-89) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Koblenz will face Lich II (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Koblenz: M.Mason 23+11reb+3ast, P.Semaska 22+4reb+8ast, S.Haufs 12+3reb+5ast, H.Schaake 10+3reb+2ast, Y.Mahfouz 9+7reb+1ast, S.Adenekan 8+3reb
Langen: N.Smith 29+3reb+1ast, R.Spoden 13+8reb+1ast, T.Chabot 13+3reb+1ast, M.Hoffmann 10+2reb, C.Reinhardt 5+4reb+3ast, M.Schneider 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 573441


West
Dorsten - Duesseldorf 59-79

Everything went according to plan when Duesseldorf (2-1) outscored on the road Dorsten (0-3) 79-59 on Sunday. Duesseldorf will face Recklinghausen (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dorsten will play against Grevenbroich (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 573298


Kamp-Lintfort - Hertener Loewen 67-71

There was no surprise when Kamp-Lintfort (0-3) was defeated at home by Hertener Loewen (3-0) 71-67 on Sunday. Forward Felix Neumann (201-90) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Center Lennart Boner (206) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Till Achtermeier (197-88) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Hertener Loewen will face Dorsten (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kamp-Lintfort will play against Herford and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hertener Loewen: F.Neumann 17+8reb+1ast, J.Whelan 10+3reb+1ast, D.Smith 8+10reb+1ast, M.Porcher Jimenez 8+2reb+1ast, F.Jetullahi 7+1reb, A.Penev 7+7reb+2ast
Kamp-Lintfort: T.Achtermeier 15+5reb+1ast, L.Boner 12+13reb+1ast, M.Schmak 10+5reb+5ast, G.Schwich 8+5reb, O.Mellmann 6+6reb+3ast, P.Wittich 6
gschID: 573299


Bonn II - Herford 70-76

No shocking result in a game when Herford (2-1) won against on the road Bonn II (0-3) 76-70 on Sunday. American guard Carlbe Ervin-II (190-95, college: Kansas St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian-British forward Kris Douse (198-86, college: Point Park) chipped in 20 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Herford's coach William Massenburg used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American power forward KJ Sherrill (203-91, college: Augusta) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and Philipp Gruber (193-96) scored 10 points. Herford will face Kamp-Lintfort (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bonn II will play against Hagen BG and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Herford: C.Ervin II 24+11reb+8ast, K.Douse 20+14reb+3ast, K.Gronau 8+1reb, A.Boger 7+1reb+1ast, P.Humke 7+4reb+2ast, B.Landgraf 6+4reb+1ast
Bonn II: K.Sherrill 21+14reb+3ast, P.Gruber 10+3reb+3ast, D.Falkenstein 9+4reb+2ast, J.Jasinski 9+5reb+2ast, P.Hoerschler 8+2reb+1ast, I.Uzelac 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 573302


Recklinghausen - Ibbenbueren 82-74

Recklinghausen used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Ibbenbueren 82-74 on Sunday night. American point guard Dalante Dunklin (185-94, college: San Diego Chr.) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian-Polish forward Konrad Tota (196-80, college: Dickinson St.) chipped in 24 points during the contest. Spanish forward Albert Del-Hoyo (192-92) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Michael Harvey (196-90, college: Portland St.) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Recklinghausen will face Duesseldorf (#6) at home in the next round. Ibbenbueren will play against Muenster and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: K.Tota 24+3reb+1ast, D.Dunklin 22+8reb+9ast, C.Bruns 14+4reb+2ast, J.Letailleur 11+3reb+2ast, F.Breca 5+1reb+2ast, S.Germana 4+11reb+1ast
Ibbenbueren: D.Nienaber 15+6reb+1ast, F.Avermann 13+3reb+1ast, M.Harvey 13+8reb+1ast, A.Del Hoyo 12+8reb+6ast, D.Wiegard 8+3reb+4ast, B.Fumey 6+10reb+4ast
gschID: 573301


Hagen BG - Salzkotten 96-67

Very predictable result when Hagen BG (2-1) smashed at home Salzkotten (0-3) 96-67 on Sunday. They outrebounded Salzkotten 46-26 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hagen BG looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Salzkotten's players. Lithuanian forward Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian guard Milen Zahariev (190-92) chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Hagen BG players scored in double figures. Forward Lennart Schinke (193-95) responded with 15 points and forward Rolf Gees (197-85) scored 12 points. 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. Hagen BG will face Bonn II (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Salzkotten will play against Hagen-Haspe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hagen BG: V.Nedzinskas 19+5reb+7ast, G.Moukas 18+4reb+1ast, L.Carpenter 15+5reb+7ast, M.Zahariev 14+10reb+5ast, D.Golembiowski 10+4reb+1ast, M.Krume 9+3reb+1ast
Salzkotten: L.Schinke 15+3reb, R.Gees 12+4reb+1ast, T.Stukenberg 10+7reb, J.Duebbelde 9+1reb, D.Tusek 8+2reb, M.Finke 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 573297


Hagen-Haspe - Grevenbroich 61-90

Not a big story in a game when Hagen-Haspe (1-2) was rolled over at home by Grevenbroich (3-0) 90-61 on Sunday. Grevenbroich made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Grevenbroich outrebounded Hagen-Haspe 51-39 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Gerrell Martin (190-93, college: LIU Brooklyn) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American-British center Malcolm Delpeche (203-95, college: Bates) chipped in 21 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Worth to mention Delpeche played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. American point guard Jeremy Lewis (180-86, college: St.Thomas, TX) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Maximilian Fouhy (195-0) scored 15 points and 7 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. Grevenbroich will face Dorsten (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hagen-Haspe will play against Salzkotten and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Grevenbroich: G.Martin 26+10reb+5ast, M.Delpeche 21+13reb+1ast, F.Sadek 10+6reb+4ast, M.Delpeche 8+9reb+1ast, B.Becker 8, M.Boksic 6+6reb+1ast
Hagen-Haspe: J.Lewis 21+7reb+3ast, M.Fouhy 15+7reb+1ast, T.Kiknadze 10+10reb+1ast, L.Bampoulis 5+1reb+2ast, T.Paulsen 4+3reb+2ast, M.Braun 3+5reb
gschID: 573300


Recklinghausen - Hagen BG 85-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Recklinghausen's (2-0) home victory over Hagen BG (2-1) 85-81 on Friday. Recklinghausen forced 20 Hagen BG turnovers. Hagen BG was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Dalante Dunklin (185-94, college: San Diego Chr.) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Kosovan guard Fahri Breca (190-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Bulgarian guard Milen Zahariev (190-92) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and British guard Liam Carpenter (187-96) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Recklinghausen will face Duesseldorf (#6) at home in the next round. Hagen BG will play against Bonn II and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: D.Dunklin 22+8reb+9ast, F.Breca 18+8reb, P.Spettmann 13+2reb, J.Letailleur 12+4reb+3ast, T.von Guionneau 8+2reb+2ast, C.Bruns 6+3reb+4ast
Hagen BG: M.Zahariev 21+8reb+2ast, D.Golembiowski 17+4reb+2ast, L.Carpenter 13+6reb+4ast, G.Moukas 10+3reb+3ast, M.Krume 9+10reb, V.Nedzinskas 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 573294


Muenster - Dorsten 93-65

There was no surprise when Dorsten (0-3) was outplayed on the road by Muenster (2-0) 93-65 on Friday. Muenster outrebounded Dorsten 37-20 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Stefan Wess (204-94) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jan Koenig (201-93) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Muenster players scored in double figures. Muenster's coach Phillip Kappenstein felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American point guard Antoine Hosley (183-92, college: Mont.St.-Billings) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and center Wilhelm Koehler (206-88) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Muenster will face Ibbenbueren (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dorsten will play against Grevenbroich and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Muenster: A.Koenig 16+1reb+4ast, J.Koenig 15+4reb+3ast, S.Wess 14+6reb+4ast, A.Goolsby 11+2reb+4ast, E.Brummert 10+4reb+1ast, B.McGill 8+6reb+5ast
Dorsten: A.Hosley 21+6reb, W.Koehler 14+5reb+2ast, S.Piechotta 10+3reb+2ast, T.Gorontzi 8+4ast, J.Kasa 7+5reb+1ast, M.Bhoye Sow 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 573296


Herford - Salzkotten 93-70

No shocking result in a game when Herford (2-1) outleveled at home Salzkotten (0-3) 93-70 on Friday. Herford made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Herford outrebounded Salzkotten 37-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Canadian-British forward Kris Douse (198-86, college: Point Park) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Carlbe Ervin-II (190-95, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Guard Matthias Finke (190-87) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and Jan-Philip Duebbelde (194-97) scored 13 points and 5 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. Herford will face Kamp-Lintfort (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Salzkotten will play against Hagen-Haspe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Herford: C.Ervin II 21+3reb+5ast, K.Douse 16+9reb+5ast, B.Landgraf 12+6reb, A.Boger 10+3reb+3ast, J.Brinkmann 9+6reb+2ast, P.Humke 8+5reb+4ast
Salzkotten: M.Finke 19+4reb+4ast, J.Duebbelde 13+5reb+1ast, H.Kretschmann 8+1reb+2ast, F.Hemschemeier 6, R.Gees 6+2reb+3ast, F.Wenningkamp 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 573295


Duesseldorf - Kamp-Lintfort 81-50

Very expected game when Kamp-Lintfort (0-3) was crushed on the road by Duesseldorf (2-1) 81-50 on Friday. Duesseldorf dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Kamp-Lintfort's 14. Duesseldorf forced 20 Kamp-Lintfort turnovers and outrebounded them 45-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Kamp-Lintfort's players. Center Nino Janoschek (204-87) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Reggie Cameron (201, college: Georgetown) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Duesseldorf players scored in double figures. Center Lennart Boner (206) responded with 8 points and 10 rebounds and forward Patrick Wittich (193-91) scored 14 points. 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. Duesseldorf will face Recklinghausen (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kamp-Lintfort will play against Herford (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: R.Cameron 18+4reb, N.Janoschek 14+8reb+6ast, S.Rathjen 11+2reb+1ast, P.Kleiza 10+5reb+4ast, D.Zvinklys 8+10reb+1ast, J.Paul Moehring 7+2reb+1ast
Kamp-Lintfort: P.Wittich 14+1reb, M.Schmak 9+4reb+2ast, L.Boner 8+10reb+1ast, O.Mellmann 7+3reb+1ast, G.Schwich 6+3reb+2ast, J.Feige 3+3reb
gschID: 573293


Hertener Loewen - Hagen-Haspe 74-64

Very predictable result when Hertener Loewen (3-0) defeated at home Hagen-Haspe (1-2) 74-64 on Friday. Hertener Loewen forced 19 Hagen-Haspe turnovers. American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Felix Neumann (201-90) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Hertener Loewen's coach Cedric Huesken used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American point guard Jeremy Lewis (180-86, college: St.Thomas, TX) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Marco Braun (198-97) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hagen-Haspe players scored in double figures. Hertener Loewen will face Dorsten (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hagen-Haspe will play against Salzkotten and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hertener Loewen: D.Smith 18+13reb+2ast, F.Neumann 16+7reb+1ast, F.Jetullahi 14+3reb+2ast, J.Whelan 8+2ast, M.Porcher Jimenez 6+4reb+2ast, A.Shelukha 6+4reb+2ast
Hagen-Haspe: J.Lewis 21+6reb, M.Braun 13+8reb+1ast, M.Toptan 12+2reb+2ast, M.Fouhy 11+2reb, T.Paulsen 5+1reb, T.Kiknadze 2+12reb
gschID: 573292


Grevenbroich - Bonn II 88-72

Not a big story in a game when Bonn II (0-3) was defeated on the road by Grevenbroich (3-0) 88-72 on Wednesday. Grevenbroich made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-British center Malcolm Delpeche (203-95, college: Bates) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Delpeche is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Grevenbroich's coach Hartmut Oehmen used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Philipp Gruber (193-96) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward KJ Sherrill (203-91, college: Augusta) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Grevenbroich will face Dorsten (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bonn II will play against Hagen BG and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Grevenbroich: G.Martin 23+2reb+1ast, M.Delpeche 18+11reb+2ast, F.Sadek 12+8reb+12ast, L.Joerdell 9+10reb, M.Boksic 8+5reb+2ast, B.Becker 7+3reb
Bonn II: P.Gruber 17+7reb+3ast, K.Sherrill 16+7reb, P.Hoerschler 15, D.Falkenstein 9+8reb+1ast, K.Dia 7+4reb+2ast, I.Uzelac 4+6reb
gschID: 573291





Evan McGaughey claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Evan McGaughey (203-F-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Heidelberg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Heidelberg in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Karlsruhe PS (#12, 0-1) with 16-point margin 92-76. Heidelberg is placed at 4th position in German ProA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Heidelberg 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 McGaughey had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Heidelberg's top player in his first season with the team. Quincy University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McGaughey is in league's top in points (5th best: 24.0ppg) and averages solid 88.9% FGP and 100.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Corban Collins (190-G-94) of Kirchheim. Collins impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Kirchheim to another comfortable win 87-72 over Baunach (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. 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. Collins is a newcomer at Kirchheim 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 (#1).

The third best performed player last round was Hungarian Marcell Pongo (194-PG-97) of OrangeAcademy (#6). Pongo showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of OrangeAcademy, leading his team to a 78-69 win against Ehingen (#10, 0-1). OrangeAcademy 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. Pongo also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Pongo as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Seiferth (208-C-90) of Heidelberg - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) of Kirchheim - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Malte Ziegenhagen (198-G-91) of Chemnitz - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Devonte Brown (188-G-92) of Uni Baskets - 24 points and 8 rebounds
8. Robin Lodders (205-F/C-94) of Chemnitz - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Derreck Brooks (198-G-94) of Phoenix Hagen - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. William McDowell-White (195-G-98) of Baunach - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 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)



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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Asenso Ampim (ex Rennes) joins Al Fateh - by Eurobasket News

Al Fateh Al Hasa (SBL) added to their roster 29-year old American (has also Ghanian passport) small forward Asenso Ampim (203-105kg-88, college: Columbia, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Union Rennes Basket 35 in French ProA U21. Ampim managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In four NM1 games he had 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for BC Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL where in 13 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. Ampim also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.7spg. His team made it to the Baltic League Final Four.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ampim was voted Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Ampim's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Ampim tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Tampereen Pyrinto), Lebanon (Beirut), South Korea (Samsung Thunders) and Estonia (TLU/Kalev).
Ampim attended Columbia University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panionios sign Avry Holmes - by Eurobasket News

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) signed 23-year old American guard Avry Holmes (188-88kg-94). He just graduated from Clemson (NCAA). Holmes has played there for the last three years. In 33 games he had 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Holmes' team was regular season runner-up in WCC in 2014. He was also voted All-WCC Honorable Mention back in 2014 at his college time.

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Nikos Michalos
Vagel Sakellariou
Tony Woods
Jalen Jackson
Avry Holmes
Fotis Kapris
Giannis Karakechagias
Giorgos Kamperidis
Iosif Kopakakis

Coach: Giorgos Kalafatakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mynor Aquino claims Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Mynor Aquino (175-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bantrab and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga Metropolitana Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 32 points adding seven rebounds and nine assists for Bantrab as his team lost the game against the league's best team ELOHIM (#2, 5-0) 82-92. Bantrab maintains the 5th position in Guatemalan Liga Metropolitana. Bantrab is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Aquino had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Bantrab's top player in his first season with the team. Aquino has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.2ppg) and averages solid 5.0spg and 68.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old center Bernie Diaz (200-C-81) of second-ranked ELOHIM. Diaz impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course ELOHIM cruised to a 92-82 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Bantrab (#5, 3-3). ELOHIM's second position in the standings has not changed. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Diaz is a newcomer at ELOHIM 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 22.0ppg (#2). He also registered 8.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Alex Juarez (175-PG-93) of top-ranked USAC. Juarez showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of USAC, leading his team to a 81-65 easy win against #4 ranked Villa Nueva in a game of the week. USAC started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Juarez turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Juarez has a great season in Guatemala. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Monterroso) of ELOHIM - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) of Villa Nueva - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Jeferson Urrutia) of Bantrab - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Anthony Guerra (178-G-97) of USAC - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jose Joaquin Ortiz (180-G-78) of ELOHIM - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Ingmar Auer (202-C-76) of You Bet - 8 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. David Goddard (185-G-89) of Villa Nueva - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Liga Metropolitana Round 5: Bantrab beats You Bet in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Guatemala: Bantrab (#5) and You Bet (#8). You Bet was crushed at home by 16 points 41-57 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Bantrab led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding You Bet to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 13 points in second half. The best player for the winners was guard Mynor Aquino (175-89) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Jeferson Urrutia chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Center Ingmar Auer (202-76) produced 8 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Bantrab maintains fifth place with 3-3 record. You Bet at the other side keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Bantrab will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. You Bet will play at home against Amatitlan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guatemala. Leader USAC faced 4th placed Villa Nueva. Host USAC (6-0) defeated guests from Villa Nueva (3-2) 81-65. Point guard Alex Juarez (175-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Miguel Gonzalez contributed with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. USAC's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American guard David Goddard (185-89) answered with 22 points for Villa Nueva. Undefeated USAC have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Villa Nueva at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Undefeated leader USAC delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked URL (0-5) 66-31 in Guatemala. Victor Sosa stepped up and scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. USAC's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sergio Hurtarte responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for USAC. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. URL lost their fifth game in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. USAC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. URL will play against Club Force (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Guatemala was also worth to mention about. Leader ELOHIM (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Bantrab (3-3). ELOHIM defeated Bantrab 92-82. Bernie Diaz nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. ELOHIM's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for ELOHIM. They maintain second place with 5-0 record behind leader USAC. Bantrab at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. ELOHIM's next round opponent will be Tencored (#7) which should be theoretically an easy game.

USAC - Villa Nueva 81-65

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Guatemala. Leader USAC faced 4th placed Villa Nueva. Host USAC (6-0) defeated guests from Villa Nueva (3-2) 81-65. The game was mostly controlled by USAC. Villa Nueva was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USAC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Villa Nueva's 20. They outrebounded Villa Nueva 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. USAC players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Villa Nueva's players. Point guard Alex Juarez (175-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. The former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five USAC players scored in double figures. USAC's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American guard David Goddard (185-89) answered with 22 points and Panamanian forward Dangelo Vaughn (192-80) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Villa Nueva. USAC have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Villa Nueva at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Villa Nueva: D.Goddard 22+2reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 19+6reb+1ast, M.Zetina 9+1reb+2ast, E.Samayoa 8+11reb+1ast, J.Carlos Ubico 4+5reb, A.Vega 3+1ast
USAC: V.Sosa 16+5reb, A.Juarez 16+9reb+9ast, P.Gonzalez 15+3reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 13+11reb+5ast, A.Guerra 10+5reb+5ast, L.Menendez 9+1reb
gschID: 564570


Bantrab - ELOHIM 82-92

The game in Guatemala was also worth to mention about. Leader ELOHIM (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Bantrab (3-3). ELOHIM defeated Bantrab 92-82. The game was mostly controlled by ELOHIM. Bantrab was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ELOHIM forced 26 Bantrab turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Center Bernie Diaz (200-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and David Monterroso accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. Five ELOHIM players scored in double figures. ELOHIM's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Mynor Aquino (175-89) came up with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals and Jeferson Urrutia added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Bantrab in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for ELOHIM. They maintain second place with 5-0 record behind leader USAC. Bantrab at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. ELOHIM's next round opponent will be Tencored (#7) which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Bantrab: M.Aquino 32+7reb+9ast, J.Urrutia 18+9reb+2ast, C.Del Cid 9+6reb, A.Izaguirre 8+4reb+2ast, A.Marroquin 7+3reb+3ast, S.Barillas 6+2reb+1ast
ELOHIM: O.Salguero 19+3reb+3ast, D.Monterroso 18+4reb+4ast, B.Diaz 18+10reb+4ast, J.Joaquin Ortiz 13+5reb+7ast, P.Cano 12+2reb+7ast, R.Amaya 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 564569


USAC - URL 66-31

Undefeated leader USAC delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked URL (0-5) 66-31 in Guatemala. The game without a history. USAC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding URL to just 4 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. USAC dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to URL's 20. They also forced 19 URL turnovers. Forward Victor Sosa (190-88) stepped up and scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international swingman Miguel Gonzalez (187-90) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. USAC's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sergio Hurtarte (-90) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and guard Juan Sandoval (172-96) scored 4 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for USAC. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. URL lost their fifth game in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. USAC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. URL will play against Club Force (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
URL: S.Hurtarte 8+5reb+2ast, R.Morales 7+1reb+1ast, E.Garcia 4+1reb, J.Sandoval 4+5reb+1ast, L.Perez 4+4reb, J.Juan Oliva 2
USAC: V.Sosa 16+2reb, L.Dominguez 12+1reb, M.Gonzalez 10+5reb+3ast, A.Guerra 9+4reb+5ast, A.Juarez 8+3reb+6ast, P.Gonzalez 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 564564


You Bet - Bantrab 41-57

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Guatemala: Bantrab (#5) and You Bet (#8). You Bet was crushed at home by 16 points 41-57 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Bantrab led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding You Bet to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 13 points in second half. The best player for the winners was guard Mynor Aquino (175-89) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Jeferson Urrutia chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Center Ingmar Auer (202-76) produced 8 points and 15 rebounds and forward Ludwig Hoffens (194-80) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Bantrab maintains fifth place with 3-3 record. You Bet at the other side keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Bantrab will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. You Bet will play at home against Amatitlan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
You Bet: L.Hoffens 13+5reb, E.Sinnott 12+2reb, I.Auer 8+15reb+2ast, H.Vandeveire 3+2reb+1ast, A.Pastorio 2+1reb, F.Mendoza 2+3reb+1ast
Bantrab: M.Aquino 18+8reb+5ast, V.Furlon 8+4reb+1ast, J.Urrutia 8+9reb+1ast, A.Marroquin 8+7reb+1ast, C.Del Cid 8+3reb, J.Morgon 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 564565





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Champions League: Groningen beat Bakken to reach next round - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Groningen 83:91

Donar Groningen advanced into the Qualifying Round 3 of Basketball Champions League. They overcame a 2-point deficit after the home opening leg versus Bakken Bears to secure their next round appearance. Groningen claimed a confident 8-point victory on the road to stay in the regular season hunt. Jason Dourisseau (196-F/G-83, college: Nebraska) posted 18 points for the Dutch powerhouse.
Groningen jumped to a 23:16 lead after the opening frame. Bakken unloaded 32 points in the second period to take a 7-point halftime lead. Groningen though regained control in the third term. The Dutch team went on a 29:16 rally in the period to ensure a 6-point lead at the final break. They drained 21 points in the fourth quarter and raced to a comfortable win. Brandyn Curry (187-G-91, college: Harvard), Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) and Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84, agency: Court Side) had 13 points each in the victory. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-F-93, college: Illinois St.) replied with game-high 31 points for Bakken. Doug Wiggins (185-G-88, college: Mountain St.) had 13 points in the defeat.



Earl Brown left Leeuwarden - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American forward Earl Brown (198-93kg-92, college: St.Francis, PA) left Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie).
The last season Brown played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL where in 33 games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 8.1rpg (#5 in the league), 2.4apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Brown was also voted All-NEC Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in Iceland (Keflavik).
He attended St. Francis University (PA) until 2015 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Aris Leeuwarden roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valentijn Lietmeijer
Stefan Mladenovic
Emile Blackman
Leroy Peterson

Forwards:
Meshack Lufile
Nate Kratch
Niels Bunschoten

Coach: Tony van den Bosch

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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





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  HUNGARY  


Champions League: Alba Fehervar deny first leg deficit, see off Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

Alba Fehervar - Kalev/Cramo 79:64

Albe Fehervar overcame a 7-point deficit after the opening leg and stormed past Kalev/Cramo to advance into Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round 3. Kasey Hill (185-G-93, college: Florida) tallied 23 points to lead the Hungarian side.
Kalev/Cramo looked comfortable throughout the first half. Alba Fehervar led by just one point at the interval 36:35. But the hosts turned the tables in the third term. Alba ignited a 24:10 run to take a comfortable 15-point lead at the final intermission. Alba protected the lead throughout the fourth period and raced to a well-deserved win. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 17 points, while Alandise Harris (198-F-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Diamond Sports) added 14 points for the hosts. Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93, college: UTRGV, agency: 3Eye) responded with 12 points for Kalev/Cramo. Martynas Mazeika (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) tossed in 11 points in the loss.



KTE-Duna Aszfalt signs Kristof Horvath - by Winter Gabor

KTE-Duna Aszfalt (A Division) signed 20-year old point guard Kristof Horvath (188-97). He has played for the last two seasons at MTK Torokbalint in the NB I. B.
Horvath's team won Hungarian B Division Regular Season in 2015.
He represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg.
Horvath has played previously for Motax Concordia KC Papa.

KTE-Duna Aszfalt roster for 2017-2018:

Marko Djerasimovic
Rastko Dramicanin
Krisztian Wittmann
Martin Pongo
Mate Pongo
Kemal Karahodzic
Bernard Thompson
Marton Molnar
Kristof Horvath
Bence Fulop
Daniel Molnar
Peter Feher
Tibor Palinkas

Coach: Gabor Forray

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  


FIBA Europe Cup: Mons-Hainaut top KR, sweep the series - by Eurobasket News

Mons-Hainaut - KR 84:71

Belfius Mons-Hainaut advanced into the FIBA Europe Cup Second Qualifying Round. They swept KR en route to the next round. Garlon Green (201-G/F-91, college: TCU) tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Belgiam team in the return leg clash.
Mons-Hainaut recorded a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. The Belgian side accumulated a 41:38 halftime advantage. Mons-Hainaut kept KR in check throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth term up by four points. They ignited a 24:15 run in the fourth period to seal the victory. Tre Demps (188-G-93, college: Northwestern) netted 21 points for the home side. Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) replied with 20 points for KR. Darri Hilmarsson (190-F/G-87) had 17 points in the defeat.



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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 33
 1. Proby, DCU Saints33.0 
 2. Williams, Killester31.0 
 3. Andrews, KUBS27.0 
 4. Randolph, Templ.23.0 
 5. OReilly, UCC D.23.0 
 6. Garrow, UCD Marian23.0 
 7. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 8. Bonaparte, Templ.20.0 
 9. Bogdanovic, Tralee20.0 
 10. Kulinicz, Belfast .19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Proby, DCU Saints17.5 
 2. Cairns, Belfast .15.0 
 3. Hansberry, Maree13.0 
 4. Baltimore, Swords T.12.0 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue12.0 
 6. OReilly, UCC D.11.5 
 7. Kulinicz, Belfast .11.0 
 8. Donaghy, Tralee11.0 
 9. Pantovic, Tralee11.0 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.11.0 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.8.5 
 3. Donaghy, Tralee8.0 
 4. McCarthy, Tralee5.0 
 5. Lyons, Moycullen5.0 
 6. Drumm, UCD Marian5.0 
 7. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 8. Clems, Belfast .5.0 
 9. Guebali, DCU Saints4.5 
 10. Meany, UCD Marian4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Neil RANDOLPH
  Templ.
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Randolph, Templ.5.0 
 2. Black, Swords T.4.0 
 3. James, Templeogue4.0 
 4. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.3.0 
 5. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.0 
 6. Quigley, Tralee3.0 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen3.0 
 8. Burke, Maree3.0 
 9. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.5 
 10. Guebali, DCU Saints2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue3.0 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.3.0 
 4. Randolph, Templ.3.0 
 5. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.0 
 6. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.2.0 
 7. Jovicic, Swords T.2.0 
 8. McCann, KU.2.0 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen2.0 
 10. Cairns, Belfast .2.0 



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  ISRAEL  


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.



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  ITALY  


Anzio signs Obinna Rafael Nwokoye - by Eurobasket News

Anzio Basket Club (Serie C Gold) signed 22-year old Nigerian power forward Obinna Rafael Nwokoye (198-95, agency: Players Group) from Valle d'Itria Martina Franca.
The previous (15-16) season Nwokoye played at Ambalt Recanati (Serie A2). But in four games he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
He has played previously for another Italian team Montecatiniterme.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enrico Di Coste signs at Costa d'Orlando - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Costa d'Orlando landed 22-year old center Enrico Di Coste (218-116kg-95, college: Northwood) from Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo. In 9 Serie B games he averaged just 2.4ppg and 2.9rpg last season. Di Coste also played that season for Rekico Faenza. But in 13 Serie B games he had only 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
He was selected to U18 National Team in 2013.
Di Coste has played previously for Fiat Torino.
He attended Northwood University until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Costa d'Orlando roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrea Sorrentino
Salvatore Forte
Amar Balic
Luca Munastra

Forwards:
Giuseppe Caronna
David Paunovic

Center:
Enrico Di_Coste

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Marcello Crusca joins Bertram Tortona - by Eurobasket News

Bertram Tortona (Serie A2) agreed terms with 21-year old shooting guard Marcello Crusca (193-96, agency: Interperformances) from Orasi Ravenna. But in 38 Serie A2 games he had just 1.7ppg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Crusca played at Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) where in 30 games he recorded 6.0ppg and 1.9rpg.
He helped his team to make it to the Serie A2 Semifinals in 2017.

Bertram Tortona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nicola Mei
Marco Spanghero
Melvin Johnson
Francesco Stefanelli
Davide Meluzzi
Marcello Crusca
Alberto Apuzzo

Forwards:
Paulius Sorokas
Todor Radonjic

Centers:
Luca Garri
Francesco Quaglia
Milos Divac

Coach: Lorenzo Pansa

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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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.



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Arnis Vecvagars named Latvian National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News

Arnis Vecvagars named the new head coach of the Latvian National Team. He will replace Ainars Bagatskis (agency: BeoBasket ) who has stepped down after the 2017 EuroBasket. Arnis Vecvagars worked as an assistant coach with Latvia. He also guided the Latvian U20 National Team since 2015. Previously Vecvagars was at helm of the Latvian U18 National selection. He coached Jurmalas and Turiba before.



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  LEBANON  


Riyadi against Sareyyet Ramallah in the Quarter Final - by Rony Khoury

Riyadi is moving strongly towards a second title in ASIA , the Lebanese Champion will face in the quarter final stage Sareyyet Ramallah after toping the group with 4 wins against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in game 1 on the score of 116-55 , 89-71 in game 2 vs Taipei Daicin Tigers, 127-51 in game 3 vs ONGC and 103-73 in the last game of the group vs the Asian Champions China Kashgar.

The game vs China Kashgar saw the dominance of Al Riyadi from the start of the game but the home team managed to come back in the game and finished the first half trailing only by 2 points at the score of 35-37. The 3rd quarter Riyadi never look back and they outscored China Kashgar 34 to 13 and led with comfortable lead at the end of the quarter on the score of 48-71. The last quarter saw again the dominance of the Lebanese Champions to finish the game on a very big and important win on the score of 103-73. Quincy Douby led Riyadi with 19 points and Darius Adams with 22 for China Kashgar.



Beirut 2-0 in the Henri Chalhoub Tournament - by Rony Khoury

The new name in the Lebanese League this season will be Beirut Club, this new division one club is showing day after that a the good days are ahead of them.
After a good start in the Hariri tournament , Beirut Club now is 2-0 in the Henry Chalhoub Tournament , the first game was against Champville the heavy favorites for the 2017-2018 season and Beirut Club managed to secure a very important win on the score of 71-68. The game saw big intensity from both teams who exchanged the lead throughout the four quarters , Chris Crawford from Beirut had a huge game with 24points , 11 rebounds , 6 assists , on the other side Fadi Khatib who's back with Champville led his team with 19 points . Q1: 21-19 Q2:37-34 Q3: 48-51 Q4: 71-68

The 2nd win for Beirut came against Louaizeh who managed to score a very important win against Byblos in Day 1. In this game Beirut managed to secure a very big win on the score of 81-66, the game started slowly for both teams and Beirut finished the first quarter leading 20-16. The second quarter saw Beirut outscoring Louaizeh 20 to 8 and never looked back and increased the difference to 22 points to finish the game on the score of 81-66. Keanau Post led Beirut with 24 points and Travis Francklin led Louaizeh with 25 points.




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  LITHUANIA  

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. Valinskas, Zalgiris16.0 
 6. Echodas, Lietuvos.15.0 
 7. Klimavicius, Vytautas14.0 
 8. Zeisloft, Siauliai14.0 
 9. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes14.0 
 10. Kupsas, Juventus13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Vytautas
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dimsa, Vytautas9.0 
 2. Birutis, Siauliai8.3 
 3. Linkevicius, Vytautas8.0 
 4. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes8.0 
 5. Petrileviciu., Dzuki.7.5 
 6. Palacios, Neptunas7.5 
 7. Carter, Lietuvos.7.5 
 8. Selakovs, Dzukija7.5 
 9. Apsitis, Vytautas7.0 
 10. Urbutis, Siauliai6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Lietkabelis
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Lietkabelis7.0 
 2. Micic, Zalgiris7.0 
 3. Girdziunas, Neptu.6.5 
 4. Kramer, Lietuvos.6.5 
 5. Dimsa, Vytautas6.0 
 6. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.5.0 
 7. Ireland, Juventus5.0 
 8. Normantas, Lietuvos.5.0 
 9. Sabeckis, Siauliai4.7 
 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. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.2.0 
 4. Kramer, Lietuvos.2.0 
 5. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 6. Jomantas, Lietuvos.2.0 
 7. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes2.0 
 8. White, Zalgiris2.0 
 9. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.2.0 
 10. Ireland, Juventus1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita BALASHOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.3.0 
 2. Zhukanenko, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 3. Dimsa, Vytautas2.0 
 4. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.5 
 5. Kupsas, Juventus1.3 
 6. Dimsa, Vytautas1.0 
 7. Susinskas, Dzukija1.0 
 8. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.0 
 9. Normantas, Lietuvos.1.0 
 10. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 


Palacios' 25 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Neptunas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Neptunas in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Nevezis (#6, 0-1) with 19-point margin 92-73. Neptunas maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Neptunas won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Palacios turned to be Neptunas' top player in his first season with the team. Palacios has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mindaugas Kupsas (217-C-91, agency: Octagon Europe) of Juventus. He is a center in his first season at Juventus. In the last game Kupsas recorded impressive 23 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Juventus lost that game 75-82 to Lietuvos rytas (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. Kupsas is a newcomer at Juventus and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#5). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Laurynas Birutis (213-C/F-97) of Siauliai (#5). Birutis scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Siauliai, leading his team to a 61-59 win against Vytautas (#7, 0-1). Siauliai 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. Birutis has a great season in Lithuania. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-G-89) of Neptunas - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Martynas Echodas (206-C/F-97) of Lietuvos rytas - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Robert Carter (206-F-94) of Lietuvos rytas - 25 points and 6 rebounds
8. James Woodard (191-G-94) of Nevezis - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Donatas Tarolis (202-F-94) of Lietkabelis - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Rokas Giedraitis (200-SF-92) of Lietuvos rytas - 15 points, 3 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)



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  LUXEMBOURG  

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Shavon COLEMAN
  Amicale
  (196-F-92)
  Avg: 24
 1. Coleman, Amicale24.0 
 2. Nwelue, Musel Pikes23.0 
 3. Gulley, Musel Pikes20.0 
 4. Melcher, Amicale15.0 
 5. Picard, Amicale14.0 
 6. Kox, Musel Pikes10.0 
 7. Welter, Musel Pikes10.0 
 8. McDaniel, Amicale6.0 
 9. Kalmes, Musel Pikes5.0 
 10. Koster, Amicale4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavon COLEMAN
  Amicale
  (196-F-92)
  Avg: 18
 1. Coleman, Amicale18.0 
 2. Nwelue, Musel Pikes10.0 
 3. Gulley, Musel Pikes10.0 
 4. McDaniel, Amicale9.0 
 5. Picard, Amicale6.0 
 6. Welter, Musel Pikes6.0 
 7. Kox, Musel Pikes4.0 
 8. Wolff, Amicale3.0 
 9. Kalmes, Musel Pikes3.0 
 10. Melcher, Amicale2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tom WELTER
  Musel Pikes
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Welter, Musel Pikes2.0 
 2. Melcher, Amicale2.0 
 3. Martin, Musel Pikes2.0 
 4. Hoeser, Amicale1.0 
 5. McDaniel, Amicale1.0 
 6. Gulley, Musel Pikes1.0 
 7. Kox, Musel Pikes1.0 
 8. Coleman, Amicale1.0 
 9. Donnersbach, Musel P.0.0 
 10. Schwartz, Musel P.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Melcher, Amicale3.0 
 2. Schwartz, Musel P.2.0 
 3. Koster, Amicale2.0 
 4. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.0 
 5. Kalmes, Musel Pikes1.0 
 6. Welter, Musel Pikes1.0 
 7. McDaniel, Amicale1.0 
 8. Coleman, Amicale1.0 
 9. Donnersbach, Musel P.0.0 
 10. Schomer, Musel P.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joe KALMES
  Musel Pikes
  (200-F/C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kalmes, Musel Pikes2.0 
 2. McDaniel, Amicale0.0 
 3. Martin, Musel Pikes0.0 
 4. Kox, Musel Pikes0.0 
 5. Theisen, Amicale0.0 
 6. Koster, Amicale0.0 
 7. Schomer, Musel P.0.0 
 8. Hoeser, Amicale0.0 
 9. Nwelue, Musel Pikes0.0 
 10. Gulley, Musel Pikes0.0 



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  MEXICO  


Uppsala adds Singleton to their roster, ex Paskolas - by Eurobasket News

Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) added to their roster American forward Temjae Singleton (201-93kg, college: Cumberlands). He played last summer at Paskolas in Mexican CIBACOPA. Singleton played in the final of MSC Tournament.
He graduated from University of the Cumberlands in 2016. It will be his second season as a professional player.

Uppsala Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rhys Carter
Rickard Eriksson
Mannos Nakos
Philip Ejenstam
Anes Zekovic
Lukas Friberg
Linus Brandin

Forwards:
Axel Nordstrom
Stanford Brown
Temjae Singleton
Tobias Skyttevall
Alan Zekovic

Coach: Kevin Gaines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Atenas sign Cliff Tucker, ex Mazatlan - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Cordoba (LigaA) signed 28-year old American swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland, agency: Pro Sports). He played last summer at Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Tucker was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in third round (46th overall).
He attended University of Maryland until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Tucker's team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Tucker has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Colombia (Academia), Germany (Nuernberg), Hungary (Sopron KC), Venezuela (Toros), Dominican Republic (San Sebastian and Indios de San Francisco), D-League (Springfield A.) and Mexico (Ciudad and Huracanes).

Atenas Cordoba roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Juan_Pablo Cantero
Donald Sims
Juan_Emiliano Fernandez
Tomas Gutierrez
Franco Baralle
Mateo Battistino

Forwards:
Diego Lo_Grippo
Nicolas Romano
Cliff Tucker
Roquez Johnson
Leonardo Lema

Centers:
Jerome Meyinsse
Juan_Cruz Oberto
Joaquin Lallana

Coach: Nicolas Casalanguida

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  NBA  


Jonathan Holmes is a newcomer at the Celtics - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics strengthened their training camp roster with addition of 25-year old international forward Jonathan Holmes (204-108kg-92, college: Texas). He played most recently at Canton Charge. Holmes managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 32 NBA G League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa where in three games he averaged 7.7ppg and 3.7rpg. Holmes also played 7 games in Euroleague where he had 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers that year.
Holmes has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. Holmes received also All-Big 12 Honorable Mention award in 2015 at his college time. Holmes was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for LA Lakers.
Holmes attended University of Texas until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Boston Celtics roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Gordon Hayward
Kyrie Irving
Shane Larkin
Marcus Smart
Andrew White_III
Kadeem Allen
Daniel Dixon
Jabari Bird
Terry Rozier
L.J. Peak

Forwards:
Alfred Horford
Marcus Morris
Daniel Theis
Abdel Nader
Jonathan Holmes
Guerschon Yabusele
Jayson Tatum
Semi Ojeleye
Jaylen Brown

Center:
Aron Baynes

Coach: Brad Stevens

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Rockets let Long go - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) cut 24-year old former international forward Shawn Long (208-112kg-93, college: La-Lafayette).
Long ended the last season at the 76ers where in 17 NBA games he averaged 8.7ppg and 4.9rpg (#3 in the league). But the most of that year he spent at another team Delaware 87ers. In 39 games he had very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 11.2rpg (#3 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.3bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Long has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Long received also All-Sun Belt Player of the Year award in 2016 at his college time.
Long represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. His team won Bronze.
Long graduated from University Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Houston Rockets roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bobby Brown
Chris Paul
Luc Mbah_a_Moute
James Harden
Eric Gordon
Deandre Liggins
Tim Quarterman
Demetrius Jackson
Isaiah Taylor

Forwards:
P.J. Tucker
Trevor Ariza
Ryan Anderson
Chris Johnson
Clint Capela
Tarik Black
Troy Williams
Cameron Oliver

Centers:
Nene Hilario
Qi Zhou
Chinanu Onuaku

Coach: Mike D'Antoni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nuggets, Gary Harris Expected To Reach Agreement On Extension - by Eurobasket News

The Nuggets and Gary Harris are closing in on an extension, according to Matt Moore of CBS Sports. The deadline for the two sides to come to an agreement is October 16. Harris has one season remaining on his rookie deal and if the two sides do not reach an agreement by mid-October, he'll become one of the more coveted restricted free agents in the 2018 class. The Nuggets would have the ability to match any offer sheet the shooting guard signs and I'd speculate that the price tag on Harris will only go up if he has another year to showcase himself in Denver's high-scoring offense before putting pen to paper. Harris sported a career-high 16.5 player efficiency rating while knocking down 42.0% of his shots behind the arc in 2016/17. Various injuries prevented him from suiting up in 25 games last season, which is something that could hurt him in future negotiations. However, he's steadily improved since being drafted with the No. 19 overall pick in 2014 and the potential for more improvement is easy to see. GM Tim Connelly expressed his desire to keep Harris on the team when he addressed the media at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.'Gary's going to be here for a long, long time,' Connelly said. 'He's a guy that kind of embodies everything that we're trying to be, both as a player and as a person,' Denver is also working on an extension with Will Barton, though Barton's deadline for a deal isn't until next summer since he isn't on a rookie contract. Both Barton and Harris are expected to be major contributors for a team hoping to reach the postseason for the first time since the spring of 2013.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Dwyane Wade Agrees To One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) has agreed upon a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade also received interest from the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. Wade agreed upon a significant buyout with the Chicago Bulls.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Utah Jazz adds Braun to their roster, ex Ratiopharm - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) added to their roster 26-year old shooting guard Taylor Braun (201-93kg-91, college: North Dakota State). He has played for the last two seasons at Ratiopharm in German BBL league. In 40 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6apg last season. Braun helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Braun also played 12 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Braun was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar).
Braun attended North Dakota State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Utah Jazz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Joe Johnson
Thabo Sefolosha
Ricky Rubio
Raul Neto
Alec Burks
Taylor Braun
Nate Wolters
Dante Exum
Nazareth Mitrou-Long
Donovan Mitchell

Forwards:
Joe Ingles
Jonas Jerebko
Ekpe Udoh
Derrick Favors
Rodney Hood
Royce O'Neale
Joel Bolomboy
Tony Bradley

Center:
Rudy Gobert

Coach: Quin Snyder

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Kings land Marcus Williams, ex Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) landed 32-year old guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at Cholet Basket in French ProA. Williams managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 9 ProA games he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for Buducnost in Montenegrin league where in 7 Eurocup games he had 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 5.1apg. Williams also played 27 games in ABA League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.1apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets in first round (22nd overall). Williams attended University of Connecticut and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won Serbian League championship title in 2015. Williams received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Williams experienced life in six different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Williams has played previously professionally in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Puerto Rico (Manati), Russia (Unics Kazan, Enisey and Lokomotiv), Spain (Unicaja Malaga), NBA (Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ..
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Sacramento Kings roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vince Carter
George Hill
Marcus Williams
Garrett Temple
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Buddy Hield
Matt Jones
Frank Mason_III
De'Aaron Fox

Forwards:
Jack Cooley
Justin Jackson
JaKarr Sampson
Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles
Skal Labissiere
Malachi Richardson

Centers:
Zach Randolph
Kostas Koufos
Georgios Papagiannis

Coach: Dave Joerger

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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




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FBI arrests NCAA basketball coaches and Adidas rep in bribery probe involving recruitment - by Eurobasket News

The FBI has arrested 10 people, including four NCAA basketball coaches and an Adidas manager, in a bribery investigation involving recruitment efforts. The probe has revealed numerous instances of bribes paid to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student athletes, according to documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The papers were unsealed on Tuesday. Among those arrested were Lamont Evans , an associate coach of Oklahoma State University, Chuck Person (agency: Interperformances ), an associate coach of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson , an assistant coach of the University of Arizona, and Tony Bland , an associate coach of the University of Southern California. NCAA President Mark Emmert called the nature of the charges "deeply disturbing" in a statement released later Tuesday. "We have no tolerance whatsoever for this alleged behavior," Emmert said. "Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust. We learned of these charges this morning and of course will support the ongoing criminal federal investigation." Investigators said Oklahoma State's Evans bragged about his ability to steer athletes toward prospective agents and advisors, promising "every guy I recruit and get is my personal kid." According to court papers, Evans expected $2,000 per month for his services, but he could ask for an extra $5,000 to $7,000, "at the end of the day for delivering." Evans had said his influence was necessary, so that incoming basketball players wouldn't be "one and done" - playing at the collegiate level for a year before moving on to the NBA. A representative from Oklahoma State University told CNBC, "Based on the serious and troubling allegations in the complaint, Oklahoma State University has suspended assistant coach Lamont Evans ." "We are cooperating fully with officials," the Oklahoma State representative added. "We have been in contact with the NCAA and will provide additional information as it becomes available. OSU takes seriously the high standards of conduct expected in our athletic department and does not tolerate any deviation from those standards." The other schools allegedly involved in the probe didn't immediately respond to CNBC's requests for comment. Other individuals arrested include managers, financial advisors and an executive of German footwear maker Adidas, on charges of paying bribes. The charges include allegations that some high-school athletes were paid to attend certain universities. According to court documents, the sports apparel executive listed is James "Jim" Gatto, whose LinkedIn profile identifies him as Adidas' director of global sports marketing for basketball. Gatto has been accused of getting $100,000 to an "All-American high school basketball player" - so the player would attend a school with an apparel contract with Adidas. No students in the probe have been identified by name. A description of the university with ties to Gatto - a public institution in Kentucky with 22,640 students - would match the University of Louisville. A representative from the school didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. A private school in Florida was also mentioned in the court papers, unidentified by name. It is believed to be the University of Miami, with roughly 16,000 students. The University of Miami's director of athletics said in a statement to CNBC: "The University of Miami is aware of the indictments handed down today. ... As we are just learning the details, we cannot comment on the actions taken today by federal authorities. However, if requested, we will cooperate in any legal or NCAA review of the matter." Shares of Adidas fell more than 2 percent in Germany and the U.S. after the report. "Today, we became aware that federal investigators arrested an adidas employee," a spokeswoman from the international sports retailer said in a statement. "We are learning more about the situation," she wrote. "We're unaware of any misconduct and will fully cooperate with authorities to understand more." Court papers show the FBI has been conducting a bribery investigating involving athletic recruiting at NCAA-backed schools since 2015. Investigators said basketball coaches have the ability to provide student athletes access to sports agents and other important figures. "Moreover, many such coaches have enormous influence over the student-athletes who play for them, in particular with respect to guiding those student-athletes through the process of selecting agents and other advisers when they prepare to leave college and enter the NBA," the complaints said. "The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisers, not because of the merits of those advisers, but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisers to do so," the court papers added. The FBI made its 10 arrests Monday evening, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News. Person was arrested in Alabama; Bland in Tampa, Florida; Evans in Oklahoma; and Emanuel Richardson in Arizona. The U.S. attorney for New York held a press conference Tuesday afternoon, offering more details about the arrests. Joon H. Kim, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the probe had been "covert," and the NCAA wasn't made aware of the investigation until Tuesday. The full investigation is said to unveil "the dark belly of college basketball." Kim described what him and his team have uncovered as, "coaches at some of the nation's top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisers circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits." "For the 10 charged men, the madness of college basketball went well beyond the Big Dance in March," he added.
Courtesy of: cbbc.com



Four college basketball assistant coaches hit with federal fraud, corruption charges - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com
Four college basketball assistant coaches hit with federal fraud, corruption charges
Emanuel 'Book' Richardson, Chuck Person, Lamont Evans and Tony Bland have been arrested

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced early Tuesday that charges of fraud and corruption have been brought against four current college basketball assistant coaches -- Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson, Auburn's Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans and USC's Tony Bland. Managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major sportswear company have also been charged with federal crimes in a scandal that has rocked the sport.
"The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one," Joon H. Kim, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. "Coaches at some of the nation's top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisers circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits. ... For the 10 charged men, the madness of college basketball went well beyond the Big Dance in March. Month after month, the defendants exploited the hoop dreams of student-athletes around the country, allegedly treating them as little more than opportunities to enrich themselves through bribery and fraud schemes."
Each arrested coach is facing up to 80 years in prison.
Person is accused of, among other things, accepting payments from an agent who was trying to development a business relationship with some of Auburn's players -- including sophomore Austin Wiley. Richardson, Evans and Bland are accused of similar crimes. According to documents, Richardson was also caught on a wiretap discussing using money to recruit a prospect for Arizona.

Auburn suspended Person without pay Tuesday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, USC announced it has hired former FBI director Louis J. Freeh and his firm to conduct an investigation into the allegations against Bland, who has been placed on administrative leave. Oklahoma State subsequently announced that Evans has been suspended with pay. And Arizona has suspended Richardson.
Jim Gatto, director of global sports marketing at Adidas, was among those also arrested. He's accused of helping funnel approximately $100,000 to the family of an "All-American high school basketball player" to secure the prospect's commitment to a school Adidas sponsors. According to documents, the prospect committed in June. The only "All-American high school basketball player" who committed to a school Adidas sponsors in June is Brian Bowen. He's now enrolled at Louisville.
I don't know anything about that," Bowen's mother, Carrie Malecke,told the Louisville Courier-Journalon Tuesday when asked about the allegations. "I don't know anything about that. I'm not aware of anything like that. Not me. I had no idea."
Louisville coach Rick Pitino was asked about Bowen's commitment back in June.

"We got lucky on this one," Pitino said. "I had an AAU director call me and say, 'Would you be interested in a basketball player?' I said ... 'Yeah, I'd be really interested.' But [Bowen and his people] had to come in unofficially, pay for their hotels, pay for their meals. So we spent zero dollars recruiting a five-star athlete who I loved when I saw him play. In my 40-some-odd years of coaching, this is the luckiest I've been."
Pitino hasn't commented since Tuesday morning's report.
NBA agent Christian Dawkins was among those arrested. According to documents, he told an unidentified Louisville assistant they would have to be "particularly careful" with how they passed money to a recruit's family because Louisville was already on probation. The Louisville coach agreed, according to documents, and said, "We gotta be very low key."
Louisville's interim president, Gregory Postel, acknowledged Tuesday afternoon that his school has received notice that it is included in a federal investigation "involving criminal activity related to men's basketball recruiting." He added: "While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated. We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter."

Louis Martin Blazer III, a former financial adviser who was accused of fraudulently obtaining $2.35 million from five clients by the Securities and Exchange Commission, is the unidentified cooperating witness who helped the FBI in its investigation of the defendants, a source told CBS Sports. He was accused of running a "Ponzi-like" scheme in May 2016.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott released a statement Tuesday afternoon.
"I am deeply troubled by the charges filed in federal court today against a number of individuals involved in college basketball -- including two assistant coaches employed by member institutions of our conference," Scott said. "Protection of our student-athletes, and of the integrity of competition, is the conference's top priority. I have been in contact with the leadership of both universities and it is clear they also take this matter very seriously. We are still learning the facts of this matter. But these allegations, if true, are profoundly upsetting to me. They strike at the heart of the integrity of our programs."

CBS Sports will be updating this breaking news story



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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Anzio signs Obinna Rafael Nwokoye - by Eurobasket News

Anzio Basket Club (Serie C Gold) signed 22-year old Nigerian power forward Obinna Rafael Nwokoye (198-95, agency: Players Group) from Valle d'Itria Martina Franca.
The previous (15-16) season Nwokoye played at Ambalt Recanati (Serie A2). But in four games he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
He has played previously for another Italian team Montecatiniterme.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Tyler Gaskins inks with Leones in Chile - by Robert OConnell

Panamanian swingman Tyler Gaskins (193-F-92, college: St.Peter's) inked with Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue in Chile, that will be his first international experience after Liga de las Americas last year where he played with Correcaminos de Colon and this was his numbers 16.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg.

He played with Halcones de Calle P Panama City in Panama in 2015 and this was his numbers 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, he shot 49.1% from the field and 15.6% from beyond the 3 point line, the next year he was released and picked up by Correcaminos de Colon and played the entire 2016 with good numbers in 14 games 15.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg while shooting 54.5% from the field and 36.8% from the 3 point line.

He will help Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue with his perimeter shooting, shot creation, his a good defender and a hard working guy.



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Metropolitan League Round 1 of Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Libertad - Sol de America 94-101

Sol de America victoriously opened Final Four campaign. They upset Libertad on the road in the opener. Libertad led by a single point at halftime 50:49. But Sol de America stepped on the gas in the second half and raced to a hard-fought victory. David Leroy posted 29 points to pace the winners. Jose Zamora provided 25 points.
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San Jose - Olimpia 132-134

Olimpia prevailed against San Jose in a high-flying Final Four opener. The regulation ended with the teams tied at 95. Two overtimes did not decide on the winner. However Olimpia finally pulled ahead and snatched a tough victory at the end.




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Regatas and San Jose reach the Final Four Stage - by Eurobasket News

Regatas and San Jose reach the Final Four Stage finishing on top of Super 8 - Serie B. Regatas took the first spot with a 3-0 record beating San Jose 87-55. Earlier San Jose de Arequipa overcame Inmaculada de Lima 68-55. Titus Minns stepped up with 21 points and Ramiro Ballivian (177-G-80) added 17. Darnell Evans (192-G-84, college: Queens, NC, agency: Global Sports Management LLC) replied with 26 points in a loss and Jose Luis Fuentes had 16.


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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. Walker, Blackwater27.8 
 5. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 6. Durham, Meralco .27.0 
 7. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 8. Hill, Star Hotshots26.0 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.22.6 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Durham, Meralco .19.5 
 2. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 3. Brown, Phoenix17.7 
 4. Fuller, NLEX R.17.7 
 5. Walker, Blackwater16.9 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 7. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.5 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.3 
 10. Fajardo, SM Be.10.6 
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 .5.4 
 5. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 6. Walker, Blackwater5.1 
 7. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 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. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 4. Brown, Phoenix2.8 
 5. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 6. Walker, Blackwater2.0 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.9 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
 9. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 
 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, Blackwater2.2 
 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. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.5 
 10. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.5 


Gaziantep adds Williams to their roster, ex Globalport - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 31-year old American center Sean Williams (208-107kg-86, college: Boston). He played last season at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In three games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 15.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg. Williams also played that season for Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) in Iran where in 14 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 2.4apg, 1.3spg and 4.1bpg. He also spent pre-season at Usak Sportlif that year. Williams was also tried-out by Sagesse (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league.
In 2007 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (17th overall). Williams attended Boston and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2012. Williams was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Williams' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), Israel, Puerto Rico, NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets), Iran (Petrochimi), Turkey (Konyaspor), Lithuania (Aukstaitija) and NBA G League (Texas Legends and Delaware 87ers).
On Williams: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Athletically Williams has few peers with his leaping ability and quickness. Extremely mobile player who runs the court with ease and has no problems getting out on the break. One of the best shot blockers in college where he has great natural instincts. Possesses all the physical tools to excel, long wingspan, quick hands, timing and the ability to produce multiple jumps in succession. Offensively Williams has improved greatly adding a solid jump hook and decent turnaround with his back to the basket.
His work ethic and commitment to basketball are very much in question, and his dismissal surely cost his draft stock consideerably ... Doesnt always play the game with intensity often its not uncommon for him to get out worked by players with lesser talent
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Gaziantep Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erden Eryuz
Erolcan Cinko
Can_Ugur Ogut
Mark Lyons
Sean Armand

Forwards:
Jure Balazic
Orhan Haciyeva
Victor Rudd
Cameron Clark

Center:
D.J. White
Sean Williams

Coach: Stefanos Dedas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Allen Durham's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old power forward Allen Durham (198-F/C-88) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Meralco Bolts and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He recorded a triple-double of 22 points adding also 22 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team beat Globalport (#10, 3-8) 100-93. It allowed Meralco Bolts to consolidate first place in the Filipino league. Meralco Bolts have a solid 9-2 record. Durham turned to be Meralco Bolts' top player in his first season with the team. Grace Bible College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Durham is in league's top in points (4th best: 27.8ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg. Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) of SM Beermen. He is a center in his 7th season at SM Beermen. In the last game Fajardo recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for SM Beermen to edge the lower-ranked Phoenix (#11, 2-9) by 2 points 109-107. Despite this victory SM Beermen slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fajardo is one of the most experienced players at SM Beermen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Meralco Bolts' star - guard Chris Newsome (187-G). Newsome showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Meralco Bolts, helping his team with a 100-93 win against the lower-ranked Globalport (#10, 3-8). Meralco Bolts confirms their top position in the standings. Newsome has a great season in Philippines. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Brown (201-PF-85) of Phoenix - 30 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kristofer Acox (198-F-93) of Star Hotshots - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) of TNT Ka Tropa - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Rain or Shine - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of Globalport - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of SM Beermen - 24 points, 13 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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Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Artjoms BUTJANKOVS
  Spartak-.
  (205-F/C-91)
  Avg: 29
 1. Butjankovs, Spartak-.29.0 
 2. Alekseev, Ural E.23.0 
 3. Fidiy, Sa.19.0 
 4. Pavlenko, MBA M.17.0 
 5. Karpeko, Kupol-Ro.16.0 
 6. Krivosheev, Spartak-.16.0 
 7. Zakharov, Kupol-Ro.16.0 
 8. Kraynov, MBA M.15.0 
 9. Bugaenko, Ryazan15.0 
 10. Tumanov, Zenit.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruslan ABDULBASIROV
  Kupol-Ro.
  (211-C-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Abdulbasirov, Kupol-Ro.11.0 
 2. Butjankovs, Spartak-.10.0 
 3. Komissarov, Ural E.9.0 
 4. Bolotskikh, Ryazan9.0 
 5. Kuznetsov, MBA M.8.0 
 6. Minchenko, Samara-.8.0 
 7. Lavnikov, TE.7.0 
 8. Karpeko, Kupol-Ro.6.0 
 9. Razumov, Spartak-.6.0 
 10. Korshakov, MBA M.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrey SOPIN
  MBA Moscow
  (180-PG-97)
  Avg: 8
 1. Sopin, MBA Moscow8.0 
 2. Tkachenko, Ural E.8.0 
 3. Mateyunas, Spartak-.7.0 
 4. Podobedov, Kupol-Ro.5.0 
 5. Ivanov, TE.5.0 
 6. Varnakov, TE.5.0 
 7. Lavnikov, TE.4.0 
 8. Lekavicius, Samara-.4.0 
 9. Savelyev, Spartak-.4.0 
 10. Karpeko, Kupol-Ro.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrei IVANOV
  TE.
  (197-G/F-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ivanov, TE.5.0 
 2. Komissarov, Ural E.4.0 
 3. Lavnikov, TE.3.0 
 4. Podobedov, Kupol-Ro.3.0 
 5. Kiryanov, Kupol-Ro.3.0 
 6. Tkachenko, Ural E.3.0 
 7. Brevnov, TE.3.0 
 8. Kuznetsov, MBA M.3.0 
 9. Ostrovskiy, Ural E.3.0 
 10. Butjankovs, Spartak-.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexei KUZNETSOV
  MBA M.
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kuznetsov, MBA M.3.0 
 2. Polyakov, TE.2.0 
 3. Kniazev, Ryazan2.0 
 4. Minchenko, Samara-.1.0 
 5. Savenkov, Sa.1.0 
 6. Sinegubov, Samara-.1.0 
 7. Fidiy, Sa.1.0 
 8. Volkov, Ryazan1.0 
 9. Loginov, MBA M.1.0 
 10. Zakharov, Kupol-Ro.1.0 


Champions League: Antwerp shock Nizhny Novgorod, sweep series - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novgorod - Antwerp 62:66

Antwerp Giants have advanced into the Basketball Champions League Qualifying Round 3. They swept the Qualifying Round 2 series versus ambitious Nizhny Novgorod. Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) nailed 20 points to lead the Belgian team to the road win.
Nizhny Novgorod accumulated a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The Giants erased the deficit in the second term. The teams entered the second half tied at 33. The Russian team managed to ensure a one-point lead entering the fourth period. But Antwerp used an 18:13 run in the final frame and secured a crucial road win. Ismael Bako (208-C-95) notched 13 points, while Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points for the visitors. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points for Nizhny Novgorod. Aleksandr Zakharov (203-SF-93) had 11 points in the loss.



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Asenso Ampim (ex Rennes) joins Al Fateh - by Eurobasket News

Al Fateh Al Hasa (SBL) added to their roster 29-year old American (has also Ghanian passport) small forward Asenso Ampim (203-105kg-88, college: Columbia, agency: Octagon Europe). He played last season at Union Rennes Basket 35 in French ProA U21. Ampim managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In four NM1 games he had 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for BC Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL where in 13 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. Ampim also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.7spg. His team made it to the Baltic League Final Four.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ampim was voted Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Ampim's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Ampim tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Tampereen Pyrinto), Lebanon (Beirut), South Korea (Samsung Thunders) and Estonia (TLU/Kalev).
Ampim attended Columbia University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fenerbahce outgun Partizan in test game - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - Fenerbahce 68:82

Fenerbahce continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They outgunned Partizan in the latest preseason game. James Nunnally (201-F/G-90, college: UCSB) posted 18 points to lead the Turkish side.
Fenerbahce sank 27 points in the first period to take an 11-point lead. Partizan narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the interval 32:37. Fenerbahce stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by six point. Fenerbahce limited Partizan to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Jason Thompson (211-F/C-86, college: Rider) had 12 points, while Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 10 points for the winners. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 13 points for Partizan. Nigel Williams-Goss (191-G-94, college: Gonzaga) delivered 12 points in the loss.



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

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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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Javier Salson claims Spanish EBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Javier Salson (199-F-82, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Real Madrid II and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 35-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Estudiantes B (#11, 0-1) with 18-point margin 85-67. Thanks to this victory Real Madrid II moved-up to the 4th position in their group in Spanish EBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Real Madrid II won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Salson's second year at Real Madrid II and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bloomfield College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Salson is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.0ppg. Salson is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 11.0rpg) and averages solid 73.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old power forward Angel Gomez (197-F/C-87) of Rivas. Gomez impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he led Rivas to another comfortable win 80-64 over Estudio (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. 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. Gomez is well-known by Rivas fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#4). He also registered 17.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Senegalese Biram Faye (206-C) of Gran Canaria II (#13). Faye scored 21 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Faye's great performance Gran Canaria II lost 70-87 to Azuqueca (#2, 1-0). The season just started for Faye as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabriel Torres (198-F-89) of Menorca - 25 points and 12 rebounds
5. Carlos Bustamante (201-C-88) of Palma II - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Albert Griso (202-F/C-85) of Mollet - 25 points and 6 rebounds
7. Bobby Harris (185-G-91) of Azuqueca - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Alfonso Ortiz (190-SG-99) of Casvi - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nil Sabata (205-F/C-96) of Vic - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Joel Kindred (193-G/F-91) of Cantaires Tortosa - 22 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)



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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Uppsala adds Singleton to their roster, ex Paskolas - by Eurobasket News

Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) added to their roster American forward Temjae Singleton (201-93kg, college: Cumberlands). He played last summer at Paskolas in Mexican CIBACOPA. Singleton played in the final of MSC Tournament.
He graduated from University of the Cumberlands in 2016. It will be his second season as a professional player.

Uppsala Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Rhys Carter
Rickard Eriksson
Mannos Nakos
Philip Ejenstam
Anes Zekovic
Lukas Friberg
Linus Brandin

Forwards:
Axel Nordstrom
Stanford Brown
Temjae Singleton
Tobias Skyttevall
Alan Zekovic

Coach: Kevin Gaines

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Preseason wins for Norrkoping and Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping beat Nassjo 86:61 in the latest preseason action. Gerry Blakes (193-G-93, college: Arizona St.) nailed 18 points to lead the Dolphins. Norrkoping posted a 36:30 halftime lead. They dropped 50 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Abdou Medjedoub (198-F-93) netted 17 points for the winners. Isaiah Johnson (208-C-94, college: Akron) responded with 17 points for Nassjo.
Sodertalje held off Upssala 87:80. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) came up with 27 points to lead the effort. Adam Ramstedt (208-SF-95) tossed in 15 points in the victory. Axel Nordstrom (193-F/G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 22 points for Uppsala.



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)



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Fenerbahce outgun Partizan in test game - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - Fenerbahce 68:82

Fenerbahce continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They outgunned Partizan in the latest preseason game. James Nunnally (201-F/G-90, college: UCSB) posted 18 points to lead the Turkish side.
Fenerbahce sank 27 points in the first period to take an 11-point lead. Partizan narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the interval 32:37. Fenerbahce stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by six point. Fenerbahce limited Partizan to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Jason Thompson (211-F/C-86, college: Rider) had 12 points, while Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 10 points for the winners. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 13 points for Partizan. Nigel Williams-Goss (191-G-94, college: Gonzaga) delivered 12 points in the loss.



Gaziantep adds Williams to their roster, ex Globalport - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 31-year old American forward Sean Williams (208-107kg-86, college: Boston). He played last season at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. In three games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 15.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg. Williams also played that season for Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) in Iran where in 14 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 2.4apg, 1.3spg and 4.1bpg. He also spent pre-season at Usak Sportlif that year. Williams was also tried-out by Sagesse (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league.
In 2007 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (17th overall). Williams attended Boston and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2012. Williams was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Williams' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Williams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), Israel, Puerto Rico, NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets), Iran (Petrochimi), Turkey (Konyaspor), Lithuania (Aukstaitija) and NBA G League (Texas Legends and Delaware 87ers).
On Williams: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Athletically Williams has few peers with his leaping ability and quickness. Extremely mobile player who runs the court with ease and has no problems getting out on the break. One of the best shot blockers in college where he has great natural instincts. Possesses all the physical tools to excel, long wingspan, quick hands, timing and the ability to produce multiple jumps in succession. Offensively Williams has improved greatly adding a solid jump hook and decent turnaround with his back to the basket.
His work ethic and commitment to basketball are very much in question, and his dismissal surely cost his draft stock consideerably ... Doesnt always play the game with intensity often its not uncommon for him to get out worked by players with lesser talent
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Gaziantep Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erden Eryuz
Erolcan Cinko
Can_Ugur Ogut
Mark Lyons
Sean Armand

Forwards:
Jure Balazic
Sean Williams
D.J. White
Orhan Haciyeva
Victor Rudd
Cameron Clark

Center:
Marcus Haislip

Coach: Stefanos Dedas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FIBA Europe Cup: Istanbul past Wuerzburg by the skin of their teeth - by Eurobasket News

Istanbul BBS - Wuerzburg 65:76

Istanbul BBS managed to advance into the Second Qualifying Round in FIBA Europe Cup overcoming Wuerzburg on aggregate. Istanbul led comfortable by 13 points after the road win in the first leg. But Wuerzburg put up a decent fight in the return leg. Maurice Stuckey (187-PG-90) notched 21 points as the visitors claimed an 11-point road win which proved insufficient at the end.
Wuerzburg posted a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. Istanbul stopped the rot in the second term. The hosts pulled within 2 points at halftime 33:35. Istanbul surged ahead in the third period. The home side secured a 2-point lead at the final break. But Wuerzburg stepped on the gas in the fourth stanza. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) gave the visitors a 76:64 lead late in regulation. But Stefan Bircevic (210-C/F-89) sank a free throw to secure the needed outcome for the hosts. Kresimir Loncar (209-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) provided 15 points for Wuerzburg. Stefan Bircevic and Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) accounted for 14 points each for Istanbul BBS.



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Kestrels close in on semi spot - by Dave Ryan

Solent Kestrels have one foot in the National Trophy semi-final following their 93-78 victory at Reading Rockets, on Sunday.
The Eastleigh-based side will seal a place in the last four if they beat Kent Crusaders in their final group game. Crusaders and Reading had a wasted afternoon on Saturday, so when Pool 3 will actually finish is unclear.
A big crowd at Rivermead saw Kestrels finish the first period with five unanswered points to lead 28-23 at the first break, but despite the visitors going to the foul line 25 times before half-time, Rockets narrowed the gap to 45-43 going into the locker room.
A base line drive by Sydney Donaldson and an offensive rebound score by Tim Gill edged Rockets ahead early in the second half but Solent hit a purple patch to move into a 67-56- lead and although Raupys and Ali Sbai reduced the arrears, the Kestrels went into the final break with a 67-60 lead.
Though Raupys hit a treble, Solent hit a pair of from downtown, and with Donaldson fouled out the visitors closed out the win.
Top scorers for Rockets were Donaldson with 17 points, Declan Soukup with 15 points and Scotty Hendricks with 14. Tagarelli (20), Scarlett (18) and Senor (16) led Solent who travel to Barking Abbey to face Kent on Saturday afternoon for a game the Crusaders must win to keep the group alive. Assuming any refs are appointed.
Donte Gittens (196-G) scored 29 points in his first competitive game for the Manchester Magic as Paul Middleton's team began the defence of the Trophy with a comfortable 77-46 win at Lancashire Spinners on Saturday.
Magic will now host Derby Trailblazers on Saturday with the winner progressing to the semi-finals.
The visitors edged the opening periods 17-11 and 19-15 to lead by ten at half-time before a 31-20 second half wrapped up the win for a Magic side who have run a couple of BBL clubs close during pre-season.
It would be lovely to bring you all the top three scorers for both teams, but Spinners couldn't be bothered - it took them 48 hours to report the score.
Another winner-takes-all showdown was set up by Loughborough Riders as they used a strong second half to beat Leicester Warriors 89-79. Rider will now host Hemel Storm on Saturday looking to wrap up their last four berth.
Warriors shaded the first period 24-23 before Riders took a four point half-time lead with a 19-14 second quarter. The Students - led by 19 by Russell and 18 from Alex Roberts - led 64-57 at the final break and wrapped things up with a 25-22 fourth period. Carl Pearson and Gayle finished with 19 points apiece for Warriors.
Team Newcastle University's interest in the competition was ended in their Sport Central Derby as they went down 82-66 at "home" against Team Northumbria.
Led by 31 points from Smith, Northumbria stretched a 23-17 first period lead to 40-32 at half-time and effectively wrapped up the win with a 26-17 third quarter.
Lewis Champion added 17 for Northumbria, while Urli (18) and Nelson (17) led Newcastle. Mark Stuetal's Northumbria side will now need to win (or lose by single digits) at home against Bradford Dragons on Sunday to progress to the semi-final.




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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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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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Raincock-Ekunwe is back in Europe and will play for Nantes Reze Basket (LFB) - by Pierre Ploszajski

Nantes Reze Basket (LFB) signed 26-year old Canadian international power forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (188-91, college: Simon Fraser). She played last season in the WNBL in Australia for Bendigo Spirit and did a short cameo in Charleville-Mezieres for FCBB at the end of LFB season. Raincock-Ekunwe had her WNBA debut this summer 2017 with the New York Liberty. In 32 games she had 3.9ppg and 1.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Raincock-Ekunwe won CanWest championship title in 2010. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Import Player of the Year in 2015.
Raincock-Ekunwe represented Canada at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 35.7%, FT: 55.6%.
Raincock-Ekunwe is quite experienced player. She has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Raincock-Ekunwe has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Spirit), Switzerland (Pully), Germany (TSV 1880 Wasserburg and TH Wohnbau Angels) and France (Flammes).
She attended Simon Fraser University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Nantes Reze Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shona Thorburn
Lidija Turcinovic
Camille Lenglet
Amandine Michaud

Forwards:
Margret Skuballa
Maud Medenou
Katia Clanet

Center:
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Coach: Emmanuel Coeuret

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
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  EBL  


Stingers top Bandits for the first spot - by Eurobasket News

Stingers topped Bandits for the first spot in WEBL. They posted a 62-54 win to improved to a 2-0 record. Lyndi scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help her team take down the number 1 team. Dynasty meanwhile edged Lady Elite 64-58. They celebrated the initial win, while Lady Elite remain winless so far at the tournament.


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Anna Jurcenkova claims EEWBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Good Angels and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 32-year old center had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Good Angels in her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Royal Eagles (#16, 0-3) with 28-point margin 86-58. It allowed Good Angels to jump to the first place in the EEWBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Good Angels already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Jurcenkova has many years of experience at Good Angels, through which she has constantly improved. Jurcenkova has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.7ppg) and averages solid 73.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Canadian power forward Kayli Sartori (185-F/C-93) of Al Riyadi. Sartori impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Al Riyadi cruised to a 72-62 relatively comfortable win over Gorizont (0-3). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Sartori is a newcomer at Al Riyadi and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#7).

The third best performed player last round was Ilze Jakobsone (168-G-94) of Vega 1/Liepaja (#5). Jakobsone scored 19 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). She was a key player of Vega 1/Liepaja, leading her team to a 82-70 win against Kibirkstis (1-2). With bigger assistance of her teammates, Jakobsone could try to bring Vega 1/Liepaja's a little bit higher in the standings. Jakobsone has individually a great season in EEWBL. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ieva Vitola (187-F-85) of Vega 1/Liepaja - 22 points
5. Shenita Landry (188-F-87) of Kibirkstis - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) of Vega 1/Liepaja - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Laura Westerik (176-F-98) of Royal Eagles - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Michelle Snow (196-C-80) of Bornova - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Laura Juskaite (187-F-97) of Kibirkstis - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Katherine Frerking (185-F-95) of Lulea Basket - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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
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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
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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
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  EUROCUP  


Basket Gdynia breeze past Spartak Noginsk - by Eurobasket News

Basket Gdynia - Spartak Noginsk 95:55

Basket Gdynia made a big step towards EuroCup regular season. They stormed past Spartak Noginsk in the opening leg of the Qualifiers. Victoria Jankoska (174-G-94, college: Michigan St.) nailed 22 points to pace the hosts.
Gdynia recorded a comfortable 30:9 lead at the first break. They mounted the pressure throughout the second period. The Polish team accumulated a 57:16 halftime advantage. Spartak managed to slow the hosts down in the second half but Gdynia coasted to the victory at the end. Kahleah Copper (185-F-94, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management) netted 19 points, while Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ekaterina Kubynina (170-G-92) topscored with 14 points for Spartak Noginsk.



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Alysha Clark claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Israeli-American Alysha Clark (178-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for CCC Polkowice and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Qualifying Round).
The 30-year old forward had the game-high 13 points adding four rebounds and four assists for CCC Polkowice in her team's victory, helping them to crush Piestanske C. with 25-point margin 71-46. Clark turned to be CCC Polkowice's top player in her first season with the team. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is in league's top in points (6th best: 13.0ppg), assists (5th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 83.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Italian guard Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) of Lattes Montp.. Sottana impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Lattes Montp. was edged by Atomeromu (1-0) 80-79. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#2). She also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Lattes Montp.'s star - American Courtney Hurt (185-F-90). Hurt scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Hurt's great performance Lattes Montp. lost 79-80 to #1 ranked Atomeromu. But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Theresa Plaisance (196-F-92) of CCC Polkowice - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Sara Krnjic (191-C-91) of Atomeromu - 12 points and 7 rebounds
6. Antonija Sandric (181-F-88) of CCC Polkowice - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of Lattes Montp. - 10 points and 7 rebounds
8. Agnes Studer (168-PG-98) of Atomeromu - 12 points and 6 assists
9. Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) of Piestanske C. - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) of Atomeromu - 19 points 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)



Atomeromu and CCC Polkowice post wins in Qualifiers First Leg - by Eurobasket News

Atomeromu - Lattes Montp. 80-79

Atomeromu nipped Lattes Montpellier in the opening game of the Qualifying series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Atomeromu especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Slovenian point guard Teja Oblak (172-90) fired 19 points for the winners. Serbian-Hungarian center Sara Krnjic (191-91) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Italian guard Giorgia Sottana (178-88, agency: Two Points) produced 21 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Courtney Hurt (185-90, college: VCU) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: G.Sottana 21+3reb+4ast, C.Hurt 20+6reb, E.Kobryn 10+7reb+1ast, A.Lardy 8+1reb+2ast, O.Bankole 7+6reb, A.Kone 6+1reb
Atomeromu: T.Oblak 19+1reb+2ast, S.Krnjic 12+7reb, A.Studer 12+1reb+6ast, E.McCall 11+4reb+1ast, M.Erkic 10+1reb+6ast, A.Theodorean 8+1reb
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Piestanske C. - CCC Polkowice 46-71

CCC Polkowice stepped closer to the EuroLeague regular season as they trounced Piestanske Cajky in Slovak Republic. The game was mostly controlled by CCC Polkowice. Piestanske C. was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Piestanske C. to just 4 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. CCC Polkowice made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Theresa Plaisance (196-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Israeli-American forward Alysha Clark (178-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. CCC Polkowice's coach felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Terezia Palenikova (178-95) answered with 14 points and Czech guard Lenka Bartakova (175-91) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Piestanske C.
Top scorers:
Piestanske C.: T.Palenikova 14+3reb+3ast, L.Bartakova 10+6reb+3ast, B.Kasparkova 8+5reb, A.Slamova 6+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 6+6reb+2ast, N.Dudasova 2
CCC Polkowice: T.Plaisance 21+7reb, A.Clark 13+4reb+4ast, A.Spanou 8+6reb+2ast, W.Gajda 8+2reb+6ast, A.Sandric 8+7reb+2ast, E.Gala 6+2reb+1ast
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  FINLAND  


PeKa welcomes back Simmons - by Greg

Kotka Peli-Karhut (SM-sarja) landed 26-year old American guard Daisha Simmons (178-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: Gamble Sports Management). It is actually her comeback to Peli Karhut as she has played here last season. Simmons was about to sign at Chabibeh in Lebanese Division I.
The most of last season she spent at Peli Karhut where in 21 games she averaged 13.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.3apg (top 3) and 2.3spg. Simmons helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention. Simmons also played earlier that season for Antranik in Lebanese league. In 21 games she had 13.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
She attended Seton Hall University until 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

Kotka Peli-Karhut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Lehtoranta
Anissa Pounds
Daisha Simmons
Maria Koskinen
Brittany Crain
Ella Koukkula
Amira Nyibong
Erika Makela
Anni Eronen

Forwards:
Megan Mullings
Akilah Sims
Elina Oravakangas
Elli Heikkila

Centers:
Matilda-Annastiina Masseli
Awak Kuier

Coach: Roope Makela

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Loyd bounces back in Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (FCBA) - by Pierre Ploszajski

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (LFB) signed 28-year old Swedish ex-international guard Kalis Loyd (188-89, college: Lamar, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 6 LFB games she recorded 12.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg. Loyd also played 3 games in Eurocup where she averaged 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin. In 7 LFB games she had 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Loyd's team was regular season runner-up in Southland Conference East Division in 2011. She received also All-Southland Conference 1st Team award back in 2011, 2012 and 2013 at her college time.
Loyd was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She played for Swedish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for University National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Loyd represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg.
Loyd is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Denmark (Falcon), Romania (Sf.Gheorghe) and Sweden (Malbas).
Loyd attended Lamar University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

Basket Landes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Celine Dumerc
Alexia Plagnard
Kalis Loyd
Queralt Casas
Hortense Limouzin

Forwards:
Miranda Ayim
Maja Skoric
Kadiatou Sissoko

Centers:
Cierra Bravard
Marie-Michelle Milapie

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



Raincock-Ekunwe is back in Europe and will play for Nantes Reze Basket (LFB) - by Pierre Ploszajski

Nantes Reze Basket (LFB) signed 26-year old Canadian international power forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (188-91, college: Simon Fraser). She played last season in the WNBL in Australia for Bendigo Spirit and did a short cameo in Charleville-Mezieres for FCBB at the end of LFB season. Raincock-Ekunwe had her WNBA debut this summer 2017 with the New York Liberty. In 32 games she had 3.9ppg and 1.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Raincock-Ekunwe won CanWest championship title in 2010. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Import Player of the Year in 2015.
Raincock-Ekunwe represented Canada at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 35.7%, FT: 55.6%.
Raincock-Ekunwe is quite experienced player. She has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Raincock-Ekunwe has played previously professionally in Australia (Bendigo Spirit), Switzerland (Pully), Germany (TSV 1880 Wasserburg and TH Wohnbau Angels) and France (Flammes).
She attended Simon Fraser University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

Nantes Reze Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Shona Thorburn
Lidija Turcinovic
Camille Lenglet
Amandine Michaud

Forwards:
Margret Skuballa
Maud Medenou
Katia Clanet

Center:
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Coach: Emmanuel Coeuret

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roche lands Kekelly Elenga - by Nagy Szilveszter

LFB newcomer Roche Vendee BC tabbed 26-year old forward Kekelly Elenga (186-91). She has played for the last two years at Bretagne Basket in the LF2. In 23 games she averaged 11.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg last season. Elenga helped them to make it to the semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention.
She represented France at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.4ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 47.7%, FT: 62.5%.
Elenga has played previously for four other teams: Bourges, Dunkerque, Bourges Basket 2nd team and Le Havre.

Roche Vendee BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tamara Radocaj
Manon Sinico
Johana Tayeau
Caroline Heriaud
Line Sergent

Forwards:
Kristen Mann
Kekelly Elenga
Milica Ivanovic

Centers:
Bernadette Ngoyisa
Mariame Dia

Coach: Emmanuel Body

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

24-year old forward Kim Pierre-Louis (183-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Donau-Ries and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
She had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Chemnitz (#8, 0-1) with 18-point margin 82-64. It allowed Donau-Ries to take over top position in the German DBBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Donau-Ries won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Pierre-Louis' second year at Donau-Ries and it's hard to imagine this team without her. University of Massachusetts graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pierre-Louis is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 14.0rpg) and averages solid 64.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rebecca Tobin (195-C/F-88) of Wasserburg. She is American in her first season at Wasserburg. In the last game Tobin recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she led Wasserburg to another comfortable win outscoring Bad Aibling (0-1) 96-66. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Tobin is a newcomer at Wasserburg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Isabella Slim (183-F-95, agency: LBM Management) of Herner (#4). Slim showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Herner, leading her team to a 75-68 win against Saarlouis (#12, 0-1). Herner 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. Slim also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Slim as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Verdine Warner (196-C-92) of Goettingen - 15 points and 21 rebounds
5. Lindsay Sherbert (184-G) of Bad Aibling - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tiffany Jones (190-F-91) of Heidelberg - 15 points and 15 rebounds
7. Jennifer Schlott (168-G-91) of Donau-Ries - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) of Saarlouis - 28 points and 5 rebounds
9. Stina Barnert (173-G-89) of Keltern - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Kendall Noble (180-G) of Chemnitz - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  HOLLAND  


Supercup Victory for Solar Systemen Grasshoppers - by Bas Hendriks

Almost four months after an epic game 7 playoff finals win, national champions Lekdetec hosted their nemesis Solar Systemen Grasshoppers for an encounter in the new seasons ouverture: the national supercup. After a tight game it was Grasshoppers that took home the cup.

Both teams changed severely over the summer with Lekdetec losing four players to transfers and one to retirement, while Grasshoppers suffered injuries to almost the complete projected starting line up with Sharon Beld, Ingrid van der Plas, Ilse Kuijt and Sonja Kuijt amongst others sidelined with injuries.

Cornelia Fondren immediately showed her impact , together with international forward Rowie Jongeling combining for 45 points for the hometeam, while Noortje Driessen (178-SG-99) led the vice champions with 21 points. After a 16-18 first quarter the guests managed to pull away a little bit towards the halftime break: 25-34 in their adventage.

After the break both teams kept on exchanging scores without any serious change to the gap, but in the final quarter Lekdetec managed to pull even before the RIck Driessen squad got their heads back on straight and managed to pull away.

Topscorer Cornelia Fondren who had 23, while Rowie Jongeling added 22. Noortje Driessen had 21 for the winners. Deborah Vos chipped in 18, while Fleur Kuijt added 12.




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  ITALY  


Ruvanna Campbell (ex Helios) is a newcomer at Battipaglia - by Eurobasket News

Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Ruvanna Campbell (189-93, college: Ill.-Chicago). She played last season at Helios in Swiss LNA league. In 5 games she recorded 12.2ppg, 14.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8bpg. Campbell also played that season for Hapoel Petah Tikva in Israeli D1 where in 18 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 11.9rpg (#2 in the league), 2.2apg, 2.0spg and 1.1bpg. She won Swiss LNA championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Campbell was voted All-Horizon League 1st Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at her college time.
Campbell graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

Treofan Battipaglia roster for 2017-2018:

Jori Davis
ShaQuanda Wiggins
Marida Orazzo
Ruvanna Campbell
Elisa Policari
Stefania Trimboli
Elisa Pinzan
Lea Miletic
Elena Vella
Olbis Futo Andre
Clara Chicchisiola
Elena Sasso
Montiani
Patane

Coach: Alfredo Lamberti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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PeKa welcomes back Simmons - by Greg

Kotka Peli-Karhut (SM-sarja) landed 26-year old American guard Daisha Simmons (178-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: Gamble Sports Management). It is actually her comeback to Peli Karhut as she has played here last season. Simmons was about to sign at Chabibeh in Lebanese Division I.
The most of last season she spent at Peli Karhut where in 21 games she averaged 13.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.3apg (top 3) and 2.3spg. Simmons helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention. Simmons also played earlier that season for Antranik in Lebanese league. In 21 games she had 13.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
She attended Seton Hall University until 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

Kotka Peli-Karhut roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Lehtoranta
Anissa Pounds
Daisha Simmons
Maria Koskinen
Brittany Crain
Ella Koukkula
Amira Nyibong
Erika Makela
Anni Eronen

Forwards:
Megan Mullings
Akilah Sims
Elina Oravakangas
Elli Heikkila

Centers:
Matilda-Annastiina Masseli
Awak Kuier

Coach: Roope Makela

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jennifer Ammoury agreed terms with Chabibeh Sporting Club - by Ghassan Abousamra

Chabibeh Sporting Club (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old swingman Jennifer Ammoury Maalouf (180-89) from Antranik Beirut. Ammoury Maalouf has played there for the last nine years. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.

Ammoury Maalouf won Lebanese League championship title in 2009.

She has played previously for Champville.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Riyadi moves to 2-1 in the 2018 EEWBL (Europe) - by Ghassan Abousamra

Vega 1/Liepaja - Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 62-72

Vega 1 was defeated by the opponent from Beirut 72-62. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American guard Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.) notched 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Shanece McKinney (193-F-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management) supported her with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Belarusian center Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) did not help to save the game for Vega 1. Forward Ieva Veinberga (187-F-84) added 13 points for the hosts. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut will play against BK Gorizont Minsk (#14) in Minsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vega 1 will play on the road against Kibirkstis in Vilnius to get more than just one victory in their record.

Top scorers:
Vega 1/Liepaja: I.Vitola 14+3reb, I.Veinberga 13+3reb+2ast, S.Lipe 9+4reb+2ast, L.Purina 9+2reb+4ast, I.Jakobsone 8+5reb+5ast, M.Ivashchanka 6+9reb+4ast
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut: R.Hodges 24+5reb+3ast, S.McKinney 17+9reb, K.Sartori 15+2reb+1ast, B.Denson 7+6reb+1ast, C.Dewitt 4+6reb+3ast, M.Mokdad 3+3reb+2ast



Chabibeh Sporting Club invited to Catalana Cup in Barcelona - by Ghassan Abousamra

Lebanon's big summer of international basketball action continues. After the women's team of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut experiences at the EEWBL last week, the Chabibeh Chiyah squad will have their chance at the a invitational tournament in Barcelona, Spain. Under a new, experienced head coach, with new addition import top players, Chabibeh Sporting Cup heads to Barcelona, Spain for the 2018 Liga Catalana Cup - the Women's tournament - to be held from January 26-28 (2018) at the Paplau Josep Mora Gymnasium in Barcelona. The tournament will serve as crucial practice for Copa Catalana as they prepare for stage two of their season.

"This is a great step for our ladies", said head coach J.D. Barnes . We have to change culture and mindset in Chabibeh. We have the support in great management (Fadi Tabet) that can see our vision for change.

Newly hired American coach J.D. Barnes is no stranger to International FIBA Cups. In 2012 he won a silver medal for Team USA in the 34th Annual Williams Jones Cup. He has over 11 years of professional experience including a short stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014.

"To me its about changing the mindset in Lebanon", said Barnes. I want our ladies to play in Europe, Asia and America. Sky is the limit for the future of our club.

Chabibeh has yet to release their season roster of native talent along with imports.

Unio Esportiva Mataro are the hosting club for this seasons invitation tournament. UE Mataro are favored to be promoted in the Liga Copa Catalana Final Four Champions of 2018. UE Mataro have great balance and impressive American reinforcements with star player Kristina King (180-G/F-92, college: Richmond). King was named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA All-Import Team last season for Esperance Sportive Pully. She was ranked in the top five scoring list (20.8ppg). Carrie Washington (183-F/C-94, college: Columbus St.) and Marquisha Harris (182-C-93, college: W.Michigan) are the power of the front court for UE Mataro. Last season Harris was named Liga Catalana Import Player of the Year averaging an impressive 13 points and 12 rebounds per contest.

"This will be a great time for us to improve our locals in preparation for the stage two of Copa", said head coach Adria Castejon . We have a great deal of respect for coach Barnes. So to invite Chabibeh to our event was a no brainier.

Chabibeh Sporting Club Top returners:

F- Maya El Achkar (179-F-81)
F- Stephany Abboud
G- Sandra Beddawi
F- Jennifer Ammoury Maalouf (180-F/G-89)
G- Aya Halabi (170-G-90)

News courtesy of Catalana Basketball: Eurobasket.com



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Jacqlyn POSS
  Basket Esch
  (175-G-94)
  Avg: 29
 1. Poss, Basket Esch29.0 
 2. Bastian, Musel Pikes27.0 
 3. Hodges, Contern24.0 
 4. Morrow, Amicale23.0 
 5. Nash, Basket Esch20.0 
 6. Mathurin, Amicale19.0 
 7. Goergen, Contern18.0 
 8. Mangen, Contern14.0 
 9. Grieb, Basket Esch14.0 
 10. Schmit, Musel Pikes14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nadine GRIEB
  Basket Esch
  (184-C-87)
  Avg: 19
 1. Grieb, Basket Esch19.0 
 2. Hodges, Contern17.0 
 3. Yoerger, Musel P.16.0 
 4. Schmitz, Amicale13.0 
 5. Nash, Basket Esch13.0 
 6. Mathurin, Amicale11.0 
 7. Skrijelj, Amicale7.0 
 8. Mangen, Contern7.0 
 9. Mathieu, Contern6.0 
 10. Morrow, Amicale5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jacqlyn POSS
  Basket Esch
  (175-G-94)
  Avg: 8
 1. Poss, Basket Esch8.0 
 2. Mathieu, Contern7.0 
 3. Schmit, Musel Pikes5.0 
 4. Goergen, Contern5.0 
 5. Skrijelj, Amicale4.0 
 6. Dittgen, Basket E.4.0 
 7. Morrow, Amicale4.0 
 8. Hodges, Contern4.0 
 9. Yoerger, Musel P.3.0 
 10. Grieb, Basket Esch3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lou MATHIEU
  Contern
  (168-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mathieu, Contern3.0 
 2. Grieb, Basket Esch2.0 
 3. Morrow, Amicale2.0 
 4. Fehlen, Musel Pikes2.0 
 5. Goergen, Contern2.0 
 6. Dittgen, Basket E.1.0 
 7. Schmit, Musel Pikes1.0 
 8. Schulte, Basket E.1.0 
 9. Bastian, Musel Pikes1.0 
 10. Yoerger, Musel P.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Musel P.
  (180-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Yoerger, Musel P.2.0 
 2. Morrow, Amicale1.0 
 3. Klepper, Amicale1.0 
 4. Mangen, Contern0.0 
 5. Gruskovnjak, Musel P.0.0 
 6. Wagner, Basket E.0.0 
 7. Grieb, Basket Esch0.0 
 8. Sitz, Musel Pikes0.0 
 9. Goergen, Contern0.0 
 10. Schmitz, Amicale0.0 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sigrid DAVIDSEN
  Hoybraten
  (185-F-95)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Davidsen, Hoybraten17.5 
 2. Andersen, Bergen16.0 
 3. Gjerdevik, Ullern14.5 
 4. Escobar, Gimle Pride14.5 
 5. Brendesaeter, Ber.13.0 
 6. Halvorsen, Ullern12.5 
 7. Nesse, Hoybraten12.5 
 8. Wilborn, Asker12.0 
 9. Henriksen, Ullern12.0 
 10. Fuhr, Storm Ungdom11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ingrid SELVIK
  Asker
  (178-F-92)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Selvik, Asker16.5 
 2. Davidsen, Hoybraten11.5 
 3. Nesse, Hoybraten10.0 
 4. Kyrkjebo, Asker9.5 
 5. Winther, Gimle Pride8.5 
 6. Halvorsen, Ullern8.0 
 7. Hanes, Bergen7.5 
 8. Feidal, Storm U.7.0 
 9. Escobar, Gimle Pride6.5 
 10. Hardie, Gimle Pride6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tina NESSE
  Hoybraten
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nesse, Hoybraten5.0 
 2. Escobar, Gimle Pride4.0 
 3. Brokhaug, Asker4.0 
 4. Winther, Gimle Pride3.0 
 5. Falch-Monsen, Gimle P.3.0 
 6. Ahmedi, Hoybraten3.0 
 7. Nyegaarden, Asker3.0 
 8. Flaaten, Ullern3.0 
 9. Skorpen, Asker3.0 
 10. Frey, Ullern2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shiba Haji AHMEDI
  Hoybraten
  (165-G-99)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ahmedi, Hoybraten4.5 
 2. Escobar, Gimle Pride4.5 
 3. Hardie, Gimle Pride4.0 
 4. Brendesaeter, Ber.4.0 
 5. Michael, Hoybraten3.5 
 6. Uggen, Asker3.0 
 7. Bentsen, Gimle Pride2.5 
 8. Nesse, Hoybraten2.5 
 9. Mellem, Asker2.5 
 10. Jorstad, Asker2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigrid DAVIDSEN
  Hoybraten
  (185-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Davidsen, Hoybraten4.0 
 2. Halvorsen, Ullern3.0 
 3. Moe, Ullern1.5 
 4. Hannestad, Bergen1.5 
 5. Henriksen, Ullern1.0 
 6. Winther, Gimle Pride1.0 
 7. Oysted, Asker1.0 
 8. Gjengsto, Gimle Pride0.5 
 9. Nyegaarden, Asker0.5 
 10. Andersen, Bergen0.5 


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

22-year old forward Sigrid Davidsen (185-F-95) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hoybraten and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Bergen (#6, 0-2) with 21-point margin 76-55. Hoybraten is placed at 4th position in Norwegian Kvinneligaen. Hoybraten 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. Davidsen has many years of experience at Hoybraten, through which she has constantly improved. Davidsen has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.5ppg. Davidsen is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 4.0bpg and 51.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ingrid Selvik (178-F-92) of top-ranked Asker. She is a forward in her 3rd season at Asker. In the last game Selvik recorded impressive double-double of 11 points and 18 rebounds. Of course she led Asker to another comfortable win outscoring Storm Ungdom (0-2) 84-24. Her team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Selvik is one of the most experienced players at Asker and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tuva Andersen (174-G) of Bergen (#6). Andersen scored 21 points. Despite Andersen's great performance Bergen lost 55-76 to Hoybraten (#4, 1-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Bergen can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Andersen she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Andersen has individually a great season in Norway. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josefin Winther (180-C-86) of Gimle Pride - 10 points and 7 rebounds
5. Tori Halvorsen (183-C-88) of Ullern - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Julie Wilborn (182-F-98) of Asker - 12 points and 4 rebounds
7. Flaka Kelmendi (165-G-98) of Hoybraten - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Angela Escobar (168-G-91) of Gimle Pride - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tina Nesse (183-F-84) of Hoybraten - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Severine Uggen (183-F-99) of Asker - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  POLAND  


Basket Gdynia breeze past Spartak Noginsk - by Eurobasket News

Basket Gdynia - Spartak Noginsk 95:55

Basket Gdynia made a big step towards EuroCup regular season. They stormed past Spartak Noginsk in the opening leg of the Qualifiers. Victoria Jankoska (174-G-94, college: Michigan St.) nailed 22 points to pace the hosts.
Gdynia recorded a comfortable 30:9 lead at the first break. They mounted the pressure throughout the second period. The Polish team accumulated a 57:16 halftime advantage. Spartak managed to slow the hosts down in the second half but Gdynia coasted to the victory at the end. Kahleah Copper (185-F-94, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management) netted 19 points, while Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ekaterina Kubynina (170-G-92) topscored with 14 points for Spartak Noginsk.



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  RUSSIA  


Basket Gdynia breeze past Spartak Noginsk - by Eurobasket News

Basket Gdynia - Spartak Noginsk 95:55

Basket Gdynia made a big step towards EuroCup regular season. They stormed past Spartak Noginsk in the opening leg of the Qualifiers. Victoria Jankoska (174-G-94, college: Michigan St.) nailed 22 points to pace the hosts.
Gdynia recorded a comfortable 30:9 lead at the first break. They mounted the pressure throughout the second period. The Polish team accumulated a 57:16 halftime advantage. Spartak managed to slow the hosts down in the second half but Gdynia coasted to the victory at the end. Kahleah Copper (185-F-94, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management) netted 19 points, while Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ekaterina Kubynina (170-G-92) topscored with 14 points for Spartak Noginsk.



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  SCOTLAND  


National League Round 3: Edinburgh Kool Kats defeat leader Tayside - by Eurobasket News

There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of National League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tayside (1-1) on the court of Edinburgh Kool Kats on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Edinburgh Kool Kats 60-40. Edinburgh Kool Kats are looking forward to face Sony Centre (#5) in Falkirk in the next round. Tayside will play at home against Edinburgh Univ. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Edinburgh Univ. (1-1) which played on the court of Polonia Phoenix (0-2). Edinburgh Univ. crushed hosts 86-38. Edinburgh Univ. will play against Tayside (#4) in Dundee in the next round. Polonia Phoenix will play at home against Lady Rocks and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Glasgow Un. (0-2) played at the court of Glasgow Fever (1-2). Glasgow Fever smashed Glasgow Un. 67-23 on Thursday. Glasgow Fever will meet St.Andrews U. (#4) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Un. will play against St.Mirren RKC and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Edinburgh KK - Tayside 60-40

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tayside (1-1) on the court of Edinburgh Kool Kats on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Edinburgh Kool Kats 60-40. Edinburgh Kool Kats are looking forward to face Sony Centre (#5) in Falkirk in the next round. Tayside will play at home against Edinburgh Univ. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 553897


Polonia Phoenix - Edinburgh Univ. 38-86

Another interesting game for Edinburgh Univ. (1-1) which played on the court of Polonia Phoenix (0-2). Edinburgh Univ. crushed hosts 86-38. Edinburgh Univ. will play against Tayside (#4) in Dundee in the next round. Polonia Phoenix will play at home against Lady Rocks and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 553896


Glasgow Fever - Glasgow Un. 67-23

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Glasgow Un. (0-2) played at the court of Glasgow Fever (1-2). Glasgow Fever smashed Glasgow Un. 67-23 on Thursday. Glasgow Fever will meet St.Andrews U. (#4) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Un. will play against St.Mirren RKC and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 553893





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  SLOVAKIA  


Adana ASKI Mersin signs Romana Vynuchalova, ex Samorin - by Eurobasket News

Adana ASKI Mersin (KBSL) signed 31-year old Slovakian international power forward Romana Vynuchalova (192-86, college: The Pennsylvania State). She has played for the last five seasons at SBK Samorin in Slovakian Extraliga. In 30 games she was second best scorer with 14.7ppg and averaged 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg and 1.8bpg last season. Vynuchalova helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Defensive Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Austrian AWBL championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010).
Vynuchalova has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006.
Vynuchalova also represented Slovakia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.7%, FT: 85.7%.
Vynuchalova has played also professionally in Spain (Extrugasa and Mann Filter) and Austria (Flying Foxes).
She attended The Pennsylvania State until 2006 and it will be her twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unio Esportiva Mataro to host Catalana Cup in Barcelona - by Mike Amico

Liga Catalana News:
9/26/2017

Unio Esportiva Mataro will host the 2018 Liga Catalana Cup - the Women's tournament - to be held from January 26-28, (2018) at the Paplau Josep Mora Gymnasium in Barcelona. The tournament will serve as crucial practice for Copa Catalana as they prepare for stage two of their season. The tournament will be over the course of Copa break (free period of play). UE Mataro has invited Mataro Parc Dori Dori Boet, GEiEG Girona and Chabibeh Sporting Club of Lebanon.

"This will be a great time for us to improve our locals in preparation for the stage two of Copa", said head coach Adria Castejon . We have a great deal of respect for coach Barnes. So to invite Chabibeh Chiyah to our event was a no brainier.

Newly hired American coach J.D. Barnes is no stranger to International FIBA Cups. In 2012 he won a silver medal for Team USA in the 34th Annual Williams Jones Cup. He has over 11 years of professional experience including a short stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014.

"To me its about changing the mindset in Lebanon", said Barnes. I want our ladies to play in Europe. We are very grateful to UE Mataro for the invitation.

Unio Esportiva Mataro Mataro are favored to be promoted in the Liga Copa Catalana Final Four Champions of 2018. UE Mataro have great balance and impressive American reinforcements with star player Kristina King (180-G/F-92, college: Richmond). King was named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA All-Import Team last season for Pully. She was ranked in the top five scoring list (20.8ppg). Carrie Washington (183-F/C-94, college: Columbus St.) and Marquisha Harris (182-C-93, college: W.Michigan) are the power of the front court for UE Mataro. Last season Harris was named Liga Catalana Import Player of the Year averaging an impressive 13 points and 12 rebounds per contest.



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  SWEDEN  


Loyd bounces back in Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (FCBA) - by Pierre Ploszajski

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (LFB) signed 28-year old Swedish ex-international guard Kalis Loyd (188-89, college: Lamar, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 6 LFB games she recorded 12.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg. Loyd also played 3 games in Eurocup where she averaged 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin. In 7 LFB games she had 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Loyd's team was regular season runner-up in Southland Conference East Division in 2011. She received also All-Southland Conference 1st Team award back in 2011, 2012 and 2013 at her college time.
Loyd was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She played for Swedish Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for University National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Loyd represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg.
Loyd is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Denmark (Falcon), Romania (Sf.Gheorghe) and Sweden (Malbas).
Loyd attended Lamar University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

Basket Landes roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Celine Dumerc
Alexia Plagnard
Kalis Loyd
Queralt Casas
Hortense Limouzin

Forwards:
Miranda Ayim
Maja Skoric
Kadiatou Sissoko

Centers:
Cierra Bravard
Marie-Michelle Milapie

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ruvanna Campbell (ex Helios) is a newcomer at Battipaglia - by Eurobasket News

Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Ruvanna Campbell (189-93, college: Ill.-Chicago). She played last season at Helios in Swiss LNA league. In 5 games she recorded 12.2ppg, 14.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8bpg. Campbell also played that season for Hapoel Petah Tikva in Israeli D1 where in 18 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 11.9rpg (#2 in the league), 2.2apg, 2.0spg and 1.1bpg. She won Swiss LNA championship title.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Campbell was voted All-Horizon League 1st Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at her college time.
Campbell graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2016 and it will be her second season as a professional player.

Treofan Battipaglia roster for 2017-2018:

Jori Davis
ShaQuanda Wiggins
Marida Orazzo
Ruvanna Campbell
Elisa Policari
Stefania Trimboli
Elisa Pinzan
Lea Miletic
Elena Vella
Olbis Futo Andre
Clara Chicchisiola
Elena Sasso
Montiani
Patane

Coach: Alfredo Lamberti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Adana ASKI Mersin signs Romana Vynuchalova, ex Samorin - by Eurobasket News

Adana ASKI Mersin (KBSL) signed 31-year old Slovakian international power forward Romana Vynuchalova (192-86, college: The Pennsylvania State). She has played for the last five seasons at SBK Samorin in Slovakian Extraliga. In 30 games she was second best scorer with 14.7ppg and averaged 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg and 1.8bpg last season. Vynuchalova helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Defensive Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Austrian AWBL championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010).
Vynuchalova has been also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Slovakian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006.
Vynuchalova also represented Slovakia at the European Championships in Czech Republic this year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.7%, FT: 85.7%.
Vynuchalova has played also professionally in Spain (Extrugasa and Mann Filter) and Austria (Flying Foxes).
She attended The Pennsylvania State until 2006 and it will be her twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anna OLKHOVYK
  Kyiv B.
  (188-F/G-87)
  Avg: 19
 1. Olkhovyk, Kyiv B.19.0 
 2. Tsiubyk, Dynam.19.0 
 3. Yurkevicius, Kyiv B.11.0 
 4. Liubinets, Kyiv B.10.0 
 5. Voloshyna, Kyiv B.9.0 
 6. Stepaniuk, Kyiv B.9.0 
 7. Horobets, Kyiv B.8.0 
 8. Boiko, Dynamo-NPU6.0 
 9. Afanasyeva, Kyiv B.6.0 
 10. Demchenko, Kyiv B.4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Veronika LIUBINETS
  Kyiv B.
  (188-C-99)
  Avg: 9
 1. Liubinets, Kyiv B.9.0 
 2. Yurkevicius, Kyiv B.8.0 
 3. Olkhovyk, Kyiv B.7.0 
 4. Churkina, Dynam.5.0 
 5. Perepelitsa, Dynam.4.0 
 6. Krayevska, Kyiv B.4.0 
 7. Horobets, Kyiv B.4.0 
 8. Tsiubyk, Dynam.4.0 
 9. Lapshynova, Dynam.4.0 
 10. Demchenko, Kyiv B.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olga KRAYEVSKA
  Kyiv B.
  (171-G-94)
  Avg: 6
 1. Krayevska, Kyiv B.6.0 
 2. Liubinets, Kyiv B.6.0 
 3. Fedorenko, Kyiv B.3.0 
 4. Afanasyeva, Kyiv B.3.0 
 5. Rabchuk, Kyiv B.3.0 
 6. Lapshynova, Dynam.2.0 
 7. Churkina, Dynam.2.0 
 8. Boiko, Dynamo-NPU2.0 
 9. Demchenko, Kyiv B.2.0 
 10. Horobets, Kyiv B.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vita HOROBETS
  Kyiv B.
  (180-G/F-96)
  Avg: 3
 1. Horobets, Kyiv B.3.0 
 2. Liubinets, Kyiv B.3.0 
 3. Stepaniuk, Kyiv B.2.0 
 4. Yurkevicius, Kyiv B.2.0 
 5. Lapshynova, Dynam.2.0 
 6. Olkhovyk, Kyiv B.2.0 
 7. Fedorenko, Kyiv B.1.0 
 8. Afanasyeva, Kyiv B.1.0 
 9. Boiko, Dynamo-NPU1.0 
 10. Demchenko, Kyiv B.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Veronika LIUBINETS
  Kyiv B.
  (188-C-99)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liubinets, Kyiv B.2.0 
 2. Rabchuk, Kyiv B.1.0 
 3. Tsiubyk, Dynam.1.0 
 4. Yurkevicius, Kyiv B.1.0 
 5. Olkhovyk, Kyiv B.1.0 
 6. Churkina, Dynam.1.0 
 7. Boiko, Dynamo-NPU1.0 
 8. Fedorenko, Kyiv B.0.0 
 9. Perepelitsa, Dynam.0.0 
 10. Iordan, Dynamo-NPU0.0 



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Northumbria look Handy ahead of WBBL Tip-Off - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria have pulled off one of the biggest signings in WBBL history after luring Great Britain star Chantelle Handy (188-SF-87, college: Marshall, agency: Two Points) back to her native North East.

The County Durham-born small forward has played professionally across Europe during a glittering club career.

But after stellar stops in Greece, Turkey, France, Sweden and Slovakia, the 30-year-old is ready to throw her weight behind new-look TN's title bid.

"Chantelle has been training with us for the past few weeks and played a major role in pre-season," said TN playcaller Chris Bunten.

"But it is only in the last few days that she has signed on the dotted line and committed to Northumbria for the 2017/18 season.

"I was always hopeful that if she did decide to play in the WBBL that she would play out of Sport Central.

"But nothing is ever certain and I've just been keeping my fingers crossed that we could do the right deal for everybody.

"I have to thank everyone at Northumbria University Sport for making this happen. It's a huge coup for TN but also for the WBBL.

"The league can only benefit from players like Chantelle bringing in all of their skill and experience.

"She is a leader on court and an inspiration off it and we're very excited to see what she can bring to TN this season."

Handy is in line for her competitive debut against Manchester Mystics on Sunday at Sport Central (2pm) - subject to her international clearance coming through from Slovakia.

The Consett baller played in all five of Team GB's fixtures at the London 2012 Olympics and looks set to spearhead England's challenge at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

Handy featured prominently in TN's pre-season programme and helped the Tynesiders clinch the title during last weekend's invitational event in Ireland.

"Chantelle wants to represent her country at the Commonwealth Games and we want her to be there," added Bunten.

"I think that reassurance that she would be released for England was a key factor in her decision to sign for TN.

"Chantelle's already become a very popular member of the team and the other players recognise her value to everything we're seeking to achieve here.

"As far as I'm concerned her signing is the icing on the cake and completes a hugely successful summer of recruitment.

"I feel as if I've assembled a squad capable of putting TN back where we belong after last season's disappointing campaign."

To catch Handy in action head to Sport Central on Sunday. Entry is free and TN's men take on Bradford Dragons immediately after the WBBL fixture.



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  WNBA  


Fowles grabs 17 boards, Lynx beat Sparks 70-68 - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Lynx were still stinging two days after they failed to grab a single rebound in the first quarter of their WNBA Finals-opening loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. So Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) decided to grab them all in Game 2. Fowles grabbed a Finals-record 17 rebounds and scored 13 points to lead the Lynx to a 70-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night, evening the series at one game apiece. "When we really put our minds to rebounding nobody can stop us. I think that was fresh in my head," Fowles said, referring to the zero rebounds. "My mindset was just crash the boards. Every opportunity I got, crash the boards." Fowles broke Taj McWilliams-Franklin's record of 16 for Connecticut in 2005. Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) scored 14 points, Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) had 12 and the Lynx held the defending champions to 38.7 percent shooting while bouncing back from a last-second loss in Game 1. Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Sparks, who had the ball and a chance to tie or take the lead with 13.1 seconds to play. But Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) lost the handle on her dribble for a turnover, one of two big ones by Los Angeles in the final 14 seconds. "We didn't have the fight and grit in the first half that could match Minnesota," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. "They set the tone early in the game and we have to respond better." Gray scored 15 points for Los Angeles, and Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) had 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting and 13 rebounds. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve torched her proud, veteran team on Monday after getting behind 28-2 in the first eight minutes on Sunday. She took little solace in watching them rally to a late lead, saying any pats on the back were from "Loserville." The Lynx responded in a major way in Game 2, grabbing a 15-point lead in the first eight minutes. They held Ogwumike and Parker to a combined 0 for 11 in the first half and Los Angeles shot just 28 percent in the first two quarters. But just like the Lynx didn't give up in Game 1, the Sparks wouldn't go away this time. Parker capped an 11-3 run that cut Minnesota's lead to three with 1:21 to play and Brunson was whistled for a questionable foul on Parker on the next possession. She converted both free throws to make it 70-68 and Maya Moore missed a jumper on the other end. With Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) hounding her, Alana Beard (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Duke) was whistled for a five-second call on the inbounds pass. "I didn't see anyone open," Beard said. "That said, my responsibility is to get the ball inbounds. That's something I can't allow to happen." The Sparks had one more shot, but Gray, who beat the Lynx with a jumper in the final seconds of Game 1, couldn't come up with the heroics for a second straight game. After she lost the handle, Brunson poked the ball away and Moore scooped it up and tossed it ahead to Whalen to seal the win. "Our defense saved us," Whalen said. "We were one play better." The Sparks are trying to become the first repeat champions since 2002, and they head home having earned a split at raucous Williams Arena.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com