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  ABA LEAGUE  



ABA Liga 2: Primorska claim valuable win over Siroki - by Eurobasket News

Sixt Primorska - Siroki 81:69

Primorska claimed the first victory in the 2nd Qualifying Round of ABA Liga 2. They held off Siroki for 1-1 record. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) nailed 15 points to lead the effort.
The teams were tied at 23 heading into the second term. Primorska used a 20:11 run in the second term to take a 9-point lead. They extended the margin in the third term. The Slovenian side entered the fourth period up by 13 points 63:50. Siroki outscored their opponents in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) delivered 14 points for the winners. Ivan Karacic (202-C-96, agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with 20 points for Siroki. Josip Naletilic (185-PG-89) netted 14 points in the defeat.



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  ANGOLA  


Moore is back at Libolo - by Eurobasket News

Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (Division I) signed experienced 36-year old Angolan international power forward Reggie Moore (203-107kg-81, college: ORU). It is actually his comeback to Libolo as he has played here before. Moore is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He has played for the last two seasons at Petroleos in the Division I. Moore helped them to make it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Afrobasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention back in 2013.
Moore also represented Angola at the Afrobasket Championships this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 66.7%.
Moore is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Moore has played previously professionally in Denmark, Germany (Giessen 46ers), Israel, Portugal (Belenenses), Spain (La Palma and CB Illescas), USBL (Kansas C.) and NBA G League (Reno Bighorns).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Libolo.
Moore attended Oral Roberts University until 2003 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: Able to play SF and PF, Lefthanded, consistant 3 point shooter, strong lowpost moves, natural rebounding instinct on both offence and defence, can develop into a big time player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Angola



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Regat.
  (184-PG-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Goldwire, Regat.25.0 
 2. Davis, Instituto23.5 
 3. Moore, Comunica.23.0 
 4. Johnson, GECR I.22.0 
 5. Tucker, San Lorenzo20.7 
 6. Fjellerup, Weber B.20.5 
 7. Slider, Penarol20.5 
 8. Kemp, Obras Basket20.0 
 9. Vega, Quimsa20.0 
 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. Williams, Olimpico.13.0 
 4. Clancy, Instituto12.5 
 5. Famous, GECR I.12.0 
 6. Espinoza, Salta B.11.5 
 7. Wood, San M.10.5 
 8. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 9. Fierro, Boca Jrs10.0 
 10. Gadson, Quimsa10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diego GERBAUDO
  Salta B.
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gerbaudo, Salta B.8.5 
 2. Ciorciari, Hispano .8.0 
 3. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.0 
 4. Barral, Obras B.7.0 
 5. Figueroa, Comunica.7.0 
 6. Parodi, Weber B.6.5 
 7. Sims, Atenas6.0 
 8. Aguirre, San L.6.0 
 9. Konsztadt, La Union6.0 
 10. Whelan, Instituto5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Adrian BOCCIA
  Boca Jrs
  (195-F/G-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Boccia, Boca Jrs5.0 
 2. Goldenberg, Salta B.4.0 
 3. Thomas, Regatas C.4.0 
 4. Garcia, San M.3.5 
 5. Tabarez, Hispano .3.0 
 6. Ciorciari, Hispano .3.0 
 7. Clancy, Instituto2.5 
 8. Jasen, Weber Bahia2.5 
 9. Johnson, GECR I.2.5 
 10. Garcia, Argentino2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.5 
 2. Acuna, Quimsa3.0 
 3. Francis, Quimsa3.0 
 4. Kent, Argentino1.7 
 5. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 6. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Kemp, Obras Basket1.5 
 8. Crawford, La Union1.5 
 9. Bortolin, Argentino1.3 
 10. Thomas, Regatas C.1.0 


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

37-year old center Sam Clancy (202-C-80, agency: DTMones) put on an amazing game in the last round for Instituto and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Olimpico LB (#5, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-82. Instituto is placed at 3rd position in their group in Argentinian league. Instituto 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. It's Clancy's second year at Instituto and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Southern California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clancy is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 12.5rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

Second best performed player last round was Maximo Fjellerup (198-SG-97) of Weber Bahia. He is international guard in his 4th season at Weber Bahia. In the last game Fjellerup recorded impressive 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Weber Bahia to another comfortable win outscoring Quilmes MP (1-2) 99-74. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Fjellerup is one of the most experienced players at Weber Bahia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 7.0rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Weber Bahia's star - center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88). Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Weber Bahia, helping his team with a 99-74 easy win against Quilmes MP (#5, 1-2). Weber Bahia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group D. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Johnson has a great season in Argentina. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91) of Obras Basket - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maximiliano Stanic (178-PG-78) of Olimpico LB - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jonathan Slider (188-SG-87) of Penarol - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of San Martin C. - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. Walter Baxley (193-SG-84) of Ferrocarril - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Anthony Kent (208-F/C-83) of Argentino - 11 points and 11 rebounds
10. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 10 points, 13 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)



Olimpico de La Banda inks Guillermo Diaz, ex Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) signed 32-year old Puerto Rican international guard Guillermo Diaz (188-88kg-85, college: Miami, FL). He is a dual citizen owning also Georgian passport. Diaz played last summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in July. In 13 games he had 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. The last season he played at San Lorenzo where in 33 LigaA games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2006 Diaz was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (52nd overall). He attended University of Miami, Florida and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2017.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diaz won Puerto Rican BSN championship title in 2010, 2011 and 2016.
Diaz has been also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. He has regularly played for Puerto Rican senior team since 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Diaz also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 78.9%.
Diaz is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Diaz has played previously professionally also in Greece (Olimpiada), Italy (VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta and Eurotrend Biella), NBA (LA Clippers), Georgia (Mgzavrebi) and D-League (Springfield A.).
He could be described: An undersized SG, with great athletic skills and good scoring ability. Has the toghness to play a good defense, year after year he improved his long distance shooting. Above all, Diaz is a fantastic leaper, capable of spectacular dunks, and is also a very good volleyball player, a star in Puerto Rican volleyball some years ago.

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda roster for 2017-2018:

Maximiliano Stanic
Damian Tintorelli
Justin Williams
Guillermo Diaz
Facundo Giorgi
Rodney Green
Ramon Clemente
Matias Bernardini
Mauro Cosolito
Emilio Gimenez
Luciano Ortiz
Facundo Vazquez
Matias Bonavia

Coach: Hernan Laginestra

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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  ASIA CHAMPIONS CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Willie WARREN
  USA
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Warren, Petrochimi24.6 
 2. Singletary, Mono V.24.4 
 3. Adams, Xinjiang FT23.6 
 4. Alshabebi, Ahli S.23.2 
 5. Ravena, Pilipinas21.2 
 6. Douby, Al Riyadi20.6 
 7. Carter, Astana20.2 
 8. OBrien, Seraeyett19.3 
 9. Austin, Pilipinas18.6 
 10. Salem, Ahli Shabab16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Austin, Pilipinas13.6 
 2. Alshabebi, Ahli S.12.0 
 3. OBrien, Seraeyett11.8 
 4. Kazemi, Petrochimi11.4 
 5. Mirzaei, Petrochimi10.2 
 6. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers9.6 
 7. Yadwinder, ONGC9.0 
 8. Anoop, ONGC9.0 
 9. Singletary, Mono V.8.6 
 10. Tabet, Al Riyadi8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jason BRICKMAN
  PHI
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Brickman, Mono V.6.4 
 2. Sun, Xinjiang FT6.0 
 3. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.0 
 5. Adams, Xinjiang FT4.6 
 6. Alblooshi, Ahli S.4.4 
 7. Saoud, Al Riyadi4.4 
 8. Ravena, Pilipinas3.8 
 9. Wang, Xinjiang FT3.6 
 10. Carter, Astana3.6 
Steals Per Game
 TongLin SUN
  (208-F/C-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sun, Xinjiang FT4.0 
 2. Douby, Al Riyadi3.4 
 3. Saoud, Al Riyadi3.2 
 4. Kazemi, Petrochimi3.0 
 5. Arakji, Al Riyadi2.8 
 6. Brickman, Mono V.2.8 
 7. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.8 
 8. Juma, Ahli Shabab2.6 
 9. Alshabebi, Ahli S.2.4 
 10. Abdel-Nour, Al Ri.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah AUSTIN
  USA
  (216-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Austin, Pilipinas3.0 
 2. Bhullar, Dacin Tigers1.6 
 3. OBrien, Seraeyett1.5 
 4. Abudurexiti, Xinjiang.1.5 
 5. Alshabebi, Ahli S.1.4 
 6. Tabet, Al Riyadi1.2 
 7. Daniels, Al Riyadi1.2 
 8. Carter, Astana1.0 
 9. Anoop, ONGC0.8 
 10. Saoud, Al Riyadi0.8 


Al Riyadi, Xinjiang, Astana and Petrochimi enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi - Mono Vampire 110-73
Al Riyadi made it through into the semifinal stage at the Asia Champions Cup following a comfortable win over Mono Vampire. Amir Saoud (186-G-91) came off the bench to nail 30 points and issue 9 assists for the Lebanese team. Al Riyadi grabbed a 55:38 halftime lead. They sank 55 points in the second half and coasted to the victory. Quincy Douby (190-G-84, college: Rutgers) netted 22 points for the winners. Teerawat Chantchachon replied with 19 points for Mono Vampire.

Xinjiang FT - Pilipinas 86-70
Xinjiang outgunned Chooks-To-Go to enter the semifinal stage at the tournament. Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis) nailed 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the win. The Flying Tigers recorded a 45:39 halftime lead. They used a 23:18 run in the third term to clear off. The Chinese team held their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Xirelijiang Muhtar (191-G-91) netted 20 points for the winners. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) and Isaiah Austin (216-C-93, college: Baylor) replied with 16 points each for Chooks-To-Go.

Astana - Ahli Shabab 83-53
Astana cruised past Al Ahli in the quarterfinal battle in Chenzhou today. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 17 points to lead the Kazakh champions. Astana piled up a comfortable 47:21 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Denis Degtyarev (199-F-90) accounted for 14 points and 8 boards in the win. Khalifa Salem (180-G-91) responded with 17 points for Al Ahli.

Petrochimi - Dacin Tigers 97-80
Petrochimi advanced into the semifinals beating Dacin Tigers. Willie Warren (193-PG-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 31 points to lead the Iranian team. Petrochimi claimed a 48:41 halftime lead. Petrochimi stretched the gap at 11-point mark at the final break. They unloaded 29 points in the fourth term and cruised to the win. Saeed Davarpanah (190-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points in the victory. Wang Tzu-Kang (183-G-93) replied with 13 points for Dacin Tigers.




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  BARBADOS  


Experienced Warrens lift back-to-back knockout titles - by Eurobasket News

Against a big and physical side like Police Sports Club, the asset of having experienced players with a high IQ for basketball was the winning factor for the Pan American International Insurance Warrens Sports Club as they raised the First Division Knockout trophy for a second straight year. Two Barbados Amateur Basketball Association First Division titles are nothing to scoff at, especially in the Knockout competition where one must go unbeaten to ascend to the top. Warrens defeated Police 80-69 in a keenly anticipated matchup at the Barbados Community College. Many hoped that it would be a competitive final between the youthful Police team against Warrens, which carried at least five veterans who were former National players and also some former Premier League players. After the first few minutes of the game, it could be seen that the battle was truly on. Sharp shooter Zahir Motara (180-G-81) was lighting it up from beyond the arc, while at the other end his Warrens teammates Peter Alleyne (197-F-76) and Kevin Austin (77) had their hands full with Nicholai Williams of Police. Motara smoked three treys in the quarter to start the game with nine points while Williams was playing well in the paint, with his midrange jumpers and put backs from offensive rebounds, to finish the quarter with 10. The second quarter started with Warrens up by one, 17-16 and they kept pushing at Police even though it looked effortless at times. Alleyne turned up the pace in two ways for Warrens, any rebound he grabbed himself, immediately he went full tilt down the court or he let loose a long pass to a running Motara. The two helped Warrens stretch the lead to 39-35 by halftime. Williams was still scoring at the other end and that was the only reason that Police were still in with a chance. Well they were in with a chance until they went away from what was working. Without good reason, his teammates stopped trying to get the ball to Williams. Warrens had packed the key to try to stop the entry pass, but many times Williams moved into a good position to receive the ball but waited in vain. He had a solitary one point in the third. Warrens was still rolling though, with Alleyne scoring nine and Javid Beckles six in the quarter as they ended the third up 60-48. Andre Stoute of Police has been one of the top players for the team during the season, but a wheelbarrow of blocks was all he received in the Warrens key in the first quarter from Pearson Griffith. He found himself out of sorts after that except for the final quarter while Griffith was on the bench. He had nine of his 11 points in the last period from attacking the hoop non-stop. But though Police outscored Warrens by one and went down fighting, it was all over by the two-minute mark with Warrens passing the ball smartly to kill the clock. Williams scored a game-high 26 points and for Warrens Alleyne scored 23, Javid Beckles 15, Griffith 10 and Austin 8. Two titles in a row for the club with Keith King, General Manager of the Pan American International Insurance Corporation, in attendance. There was little fanfare which is the norm for Warrens, but smiles were all around long after the trophy was accepted. The next step is the League title and Motara, who had a team-high 23, said it best. 'We have a team full of former National and Premier League players, who all know their roles and there is little to no quarrelling. Every time we step on the court, we come to win. Every time I step on the court, I aim to do my best.' Once they all remain healthy, it is a high possibility, with that mentality, they could do the double.
Courtesy of: barbadosadvocate.com



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Raffa's 17 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Anthony Raffa (185-PG-89) had a great game in the last round for Lukoil Acad. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Qualifying Round 2 Return Leg.
He had the game-high 17 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Lukoil Acad. in his team's victory, helping them to crush Benfica with 16-point margin 87-71. In the team's last game Raffa had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Lukoil Acad.'s top player in his first season with the team. Coastal Carolina University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Raffa is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 71.4% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-F-93) of Bakken. He is American-Trinidad and Tobago forward in his 2nd season at Bakken. In the last game Akoon-Purcell recorded impressive 31 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Bakken lost that game 83-91 to Groningen. Akoon-Purcell is well-known at Bakken and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Uros Lukovic (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Mornar Bar. Lukovic scored 14 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Lukovic's great performance Mornar Bar lost 62-70 to Avtodor. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Lukovic has a very solid season. In 2 games in Basketball Champions League he scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of Bakken - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Nemanja Vranjes (187-G-88) of Mornar Bar - 21 points and 2 rebounds
7. Brandyn Curry (187-G-91) of Groningen - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ismael Bako (208-C-95) of Antwerp - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Jason Dourisseau (196-F/G-83) of Groningen - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Simon Birgander (211-F/C-97) of Joventut - 15 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)



Aris add Benson to their roster, ex Guizhou - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) added to their roster 29-year old American center Keith Benson (211-107kg-88, college: Oakland). He played last summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 21.5ppg and 10.0rpg.
Benson was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Benson played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce in U.S. NBA-G-League. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 56 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6bpg.
In 2011 Benson was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended Oakland University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
He is quite experienced player. Benson's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Benson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Italy (Banco di Srd), Lithuania (Neptunas), Philippines, Turkey (Banvit) and NBA (Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat).
On Benson: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Runs the floor well and shows good reactive leaping skills that help him some on the glass and blocking shotsDisplays a developing post game that is pretty solid right nowHas a very soft touch and is still adding moves to his repertoireHas a right-handed jump hook that is very effective, and with his length looks to translate seamlesslyNever seems to rush into his moves. Can be pushed out of the post by more physical bigs, and sometimes struggles to establish position consistently against strength Will need to get much stronger in his lower body Doesn't play very tough, physical ... His motor is also very improvable
.

Aris Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Weaver
Ioannis Athineou
Spyros Mourtos
Kwame Vaughn
Gary Bell
Dimitrios Flionis
Nikolaos Diplaros
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
Ioannis Patsiavaouras
Ioannis Sidiroilias

Forwards:
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Brent Petway
Michalis Tsairelis
Demetris Morant
Efstratios Voulgaropoulos
Vangelis Dimitrakas
Konstantinos Lazarou
Fotis Gounaropoulos
Dimitris Lysselis
Antreas Tretiakov
Konstantinos Altinis
Nikos Tsirilakis

Centers:
Zisis Sarikopoulos
Keith Benson
Vasileos Christidis

Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece



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  BOSNIA  


ABA Liga 2: Primorska claim valuable win over Siroki - by Eurobasket News

Sixt Primorska - Siroki 81:69

Primorska claimed the first victory in the 2nd Qualifying Round of ABA Liga 2. They held off Siroki for 1-1 record. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) nailed 15 points to lead the effort.
The teams were tied at 23 heading into the second term. Primorska used a 20:11 run in the second term to take a 9-point lead. They extended the margin in the third term. The Slovenian side entered the fourth period up by 13 points 63:50. Siroki outscored their opponents in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) delivered 14 points for the winners. Ivan Karacic (202-C-96, agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with 20 points for Siroki. Josip Naletilic (185-PG-89) netted 14 points in the defeat.



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Bauru
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Anthony, Bauru18.0 
 2. Artis, America17.9 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba17.3 
 4. Fuller, Paulistano14.8 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.6 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi14.1 
 7. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 8. Dos-Santos, Pauli.14.1 
 9. Garcia, Bauru12.8 
 10. Toledo, Pinheiros11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Uchendu, Bauru7.7 
 2. Drudi, Osasco B.7.0 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros7.0 
 4. Rodrigues, L.Sor.6.8 
 5. Sommer, Paulistano6.6 
 6. de-Souza, Franca6.6 
 7. Viana, America6.5 
 8. Garcia, Bauru6.2 
 9. Galvanini, Bauru6.1 
 10. Bernardi, Pinheiros5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Corazza, Paulistano6.6 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.6.3 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.6 
 4. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 5. Anthony, Bauru4.6 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.4 
 7. Garcia, Bauru4.0 
 8. Artis, America3.7 
 9. Borges, Franca3.7 
 10. Coelho, Franca3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Andrade, America2.6 
 2. Toledo, Pinheiros2.1 
 3. Knight, America1.9 
 4. Rosa, America1.7 
 5. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 6. Artis, America1.6 
 7. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.6 
 8. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.4 
 9. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.4 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.6 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.2 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano1.2 
 4. Lenz, Bauru1.1 
 5. Gruber, Franca1.0 
 6. Sena, Mogi1.0 
 7. Curnell, Mogi1.0 
 8. Demetrio, Franca0.8 
 9. Sommer, Paulistano0.7 
 10. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 



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Yambol inks Bryquis Perine, ex Tarvas - by Eurobasket News

Tundja Yambol (NBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay). He played last season at Tarvas in Estonian Alexela KML, but left the team in Feb.'17. In three games he had 8.0ppg and 1.0apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Perine spent at Umea BSKT in Swedish Basketligan where in 17 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He also played that season for Club Africain (Division I) in Tunisian league. In 17 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg.
Perine's team was regular season runner-up in Horizon League in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Perine has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Holland (Weert), Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK and Kecskemeti), Israel (Beer Yaakov) and United Kingdom (Bristol Acadamy Flyers).
Perine attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alan Arnett (ex Lucenec) agreed terms with Yambol - by Eurobasket News

Tundja Yambol (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Alan Arnett (196-86kg, college: Georgia SW). He played most recently at BKM Lucenec in Slovakian SBL league. In 16 1.Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2.6spg and 1.0bpg in 2015-16 season. Arnett helped them to win the league title (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian 1.Liga Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
He graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rashad Whack (ex Island S.) joins Grindavik - by Eurobasket News

U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Rashad Whack (190-81kg-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's). He played last season at Island Storm in Canadian NBL. In 21 NBL Canada games he had 11.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg. Whack helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for BC Winterthur in Swiss LNA where in 20 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.5ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Whack's college team won NEC Tournament in 2014. He was also voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Whack graduated from Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San-en tabs Scott Morrison - by Eurobasket

San-en NeoPhoenix (B1 League) inked 31-year old Canadian ex-international center Scott Morrison (213-102kg-86, college: Portland State) from Akita Northern Happinets. In 60 B League games in Japan he averaged 9.9ppg and 5.7rpg last season.
Among other achievements Morrison played in the final of Japanese BJ League Eastern Division in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year award back in 2010.
Morrison was a member of Canadian international program for some years. He was called to Canadian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for University National Team in 2007.
Morrison is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). Morrison has played previously professionally also in Australia (United), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Hungary, Poland (Anwil and Czarni) and Ukraine (Polit-Halychyna).
He attended Portland State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Morrison's game is described as: Scott has great size for a freshman and he can really run. He brings a good understanding of the game. A skilled and agile player for his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Sonny Weems Suspension Looming?? - by Eurobasket Center

Former NBA player Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas), who over the summer signed with Zhejiang Golden Bulls, is facing a possible 4 year FIBA ban in lieu of his drug transgressions in Israel last season.

Weems failed adhere to a drug test and submit urine samples, thus never completing the drug test, an action deemed as FAILED by the Anti Doping Agency and FIBA.

According to FIBA rules and regulations, Weems could be banned for a period of 4 years, taking him until the year 2021. That may be unlikely, but some sort of ban is almost certain.

Weems actions in Israel scream guilt, and FIBA is not likely to turn a blind eye that.

If Weems is banned, this would be a stunning downfall for one of the top European players over the past few years. This ban, no matter how long could likely end his career overseas.



Aris add Benson to their roster, ex Guizhou - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) added to their roster 29-year old American center Keith Benson (211-107kg-88, college: Oakland). He played last summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 21.5ppg and 10.0rpg.
Benson was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Benson played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce in U.S. NBA-G-League. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 56 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6bpg.
In 2011 Benson was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended Oakland University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
He is quite experienced player. Benson's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Benson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Italy (Banco di Srd), Lithuania (Neptunas), Philippines, Turkey (Banvit) and NBA (Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat).
On Benson: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Runs the floor well and shows good reactive leaping skills that help him some on the glass and blocking shotsDisplays a developing post game that is pretty solid right nowHas a very soft touch and is still adding moves to his repertoireHas a right-handed jump hook that is very effective, and with his length looks to translate seamlesslyNever seems to rush into his moves. Can be pushed out of the post by more physical bigs, and sometimes struggles to establish position consistently against strength Will need to get much stronger in his lower body Doesn't play very tough, physical ... His motor is also very improvable
.

Aris Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Weaver
Ioannis Athineou
Spyros Mourtos
Kwame Vaughn
Gary Bell
Dimitrios Flionis
Nikolaos Diplaros
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
Ioannis Patsiavaouras
Ioannis Sidiroilias

Forwards:
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Brent Petway
Michalis Tsairelis
Demetris Morant
Efstratios Voulgaropoulos
Vangelis Dimitrakas
Konstantinos Lazarou
Fotis Gounaropoulos
Dimitris Lysselis
Antreas Tretiakov
Konstantinos Altinis
Nikos Tsirilakis

Centers:
Zisis Sarikopoulos
Keith Benson
Vasileos Christidis

Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jazine welcomes back Jurjevic - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar (A1) landed 24-year old Croatian forward Eddi Jurjevic (202-93). It is actually his comeback to Zadar as he has played here before. Jurjevic played most recently at MBK SPU Nitra in Slovakian 1.Liga. In 18 SBL games he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg last season. Jurjevic also played that season for BKM Lucenec (also in SBL) in Slovakian where in 5 games he had just 2.8ppg and 2.4rpg.
Jurjevic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Kosovo (Trepca), Croatia (KK_Zadar, Krizevci, Radnik, Kastela and Pet Bunara), Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica and Levice) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk and CEZ Basketball Nymburk B).

KK Jazine-Arbanasi Zadar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Goran Fodor
Giovonne Woods
Dino Butorac
Mario Pesut
Josip Gulam

Forwards:
Marin Zrnic
Dino Cinac
Eddi Jurjevic

Coach: Neven Plantak

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enosis ink Teyvon Myers, ex Siauliai - by Eurobasket News

Enosis Neon Paralimni (Division A) signed 23-year old American guard Teyvon Myers (188-84kg-94, college: W.Virginia). He was about to sign at BC Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL league.
Myers just graduated from West Virginia University and it is his first season as a pro. He played in the final of Big 12 Tournament for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
Myers was voted NJCAA D1 Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time.

Enosis Neon Paralimni roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Iezekel Papadopoulos
Jeremy Major
Christos Hatzikostas
Teyvon Myers
Zantis Panagiotis

Forwards:
Papageorgiou
Michale Kyser
Brandon Watkins
Willie Atwood
Filippos Siokouros
Simos Solomou
Christos Pirillis
Vassilis Charalambous

Coach: Nikolas Papadopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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1Liga Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 1Liga just started.

Ostrava smashed Olomouc SK at home 87-66. Olomouc SK will play next round against Sokol Slapanice trying to get back on the winning streak. Ostrava will try to continue on its current victory against Novy Jicin on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sokol Prazky (0-1) in Praha. Hosts were defeated by Slavoj BK Litomerice (1-0) 80-66. Worth to mention a great performance of center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jan Sotnar contributed with 16 points for the winners. Michael Hartig (191-98) answered with 18 points for Sokol Prazky. Sokol Prazky's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Sokol Pisek (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sokol Prazky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha GBA Sparta.
An interesting game was played in Praha where Basket Kosice (#3) crushed host Sokol Zizkov (#7) with 21-point difference 82-61 on Sunday evening. Basket Kosice will meet Vysocina (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Zizkov will play against BK Loko Plzen (#2) and hope to win that game.
We should not miss the game where Nymburk B (1-0) against Vysocina (0-1) where Nymburk B won on the road by four points 80-76. Nymburk B's next round opponent will be USK Praha B (#5) on the road. Vysocina will play against Basket Kosice and hope to win that game.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where BK Loko Plzen (#3) beat GBA Sparta (0-1) on the road by 11 points 70-59 on Friday evening. Vaclav Honomichl fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Loko Plzen will face Sokol Zizkov (#9) in Praha in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GBA Sparta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sokol Prazky.

Other games of round 1 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In West winless Sokol Pisek lost to undefeated USK Praha B in a road game 68-80.
In East Kralovsti sokoli beat Sokol Slapanice at home 74-59. Novy Jicin destroyed Olomouc SK on the opponent's court 96-75. BCM Orli outscored Opava B in a home game 89-66. Zlin managed to beat Pardubice on the road 84-75.
The best stats of 1st round was 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Marek Sehnal of BCM Orli.

EAST
Sokol Prazky - Slavoj Litom. 66-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sokol Prazky (0-1) in Praha. Hosts were defeated by Slavoj BK Litomerice (1-0) 80-66. Slavoj BK Litomerice shot 64.1 percent from the field. Slavoj BK Litomerice outrebounded Sokol Prazky 26-15. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Sokol Prazky was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Jan Sotnar (185-87) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Slavoj BK Litomerice players scored in double figures. Michael Hartig (191-98) answered with 18 points and Matej Kohout (193-94) added 10 points in the effort for Sokol Prazky. Sokol Prazky's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Sokol Pisek (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sokol Prazky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha GBA Sparta.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: M.Hartig 18+3reb, J.Bruha 11+2reb+1ast, M.Kohout 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Habily 8+1reb+3ast, J.Stepanek 6+1ast, T.Gavenda 5+2reb+4ast
Slavoj Litom.: M.Slunecko 19+2ast, J.Sotnar 16+2reb+3ast, M.Klouda 15+3reb+1ast, M.Klimes 14+12reb, J.Zbroj 8, A.Alic 3+4reb
gschID: 574553


Sokol Zizkov - Basket Kosice 61-82

An interesting game was played in Praha where Basket Kosice (#3) crushed host Sokol Zizkov (#7) with 21-point difference 82-61 on Sunday evening. Basket Kosice will meet Vysocina (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Zizkov will play against BK Loko Plzen (#2) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 574555


Vysocina - Nymburk B 76-80

We should not miss the game where Nymburk B (1-0) against Vysocina (0-1) where Nymburk B won on the road by four points 80-76. Nymburk B's next round opponent will be USK Praha B (#5) on the road. Vysocina will play against Basket Kosice and hope to win that game.
gschID: 574556


USK Praha B - Sokol Pisek 80-68

USK Praha B used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Pisek 80-68 on Friday night. Point guard Marek Vyroubal (195-1) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Patrick Samoura (194-0) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four USK Praha B players scored in double figures. Power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. USK Praha B will face Nymburk B (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sokol Pisek will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: P.Englicky 24+10reb, P.Slechta 20+10reb+1ast, M.Spicak 11+4reb+1ast, K.Riha 5+2reb+2ast, L.Mikolasek 4+3reb+1ast, O.Musil 2+2reb+2ast
USK Praha B: M.Vyroubal 24+6reb+7ast, P.Samoura 18+9reb+5ast, J.Zidek 13+7reb+1ast, R.Bzonek 10+3reb, R.Farsky 8+4reb+3ast, P.Machac 3+1reb
gschID: 574557


GBA Sparta - Loko Plzen 59-70

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where BK Loko Plzen (#3) beat GBA Sparta (0-1) on the road by 11 points 70-59 on Friday evening. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jan Zeman (180-95) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four BK Loko Plzen players scored in double figures. Guard Marek Welsch (180-99) produced 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Martin Siler (197-99) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. BK Loko Plzen will face Sokol Zizkov (#9) in Praha in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GBA Sparta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sokol Prazky.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Welsch 33+5reb+5ast, M.Siler 11+6reb+1ast, T.Mikyska 7+6reb, D.Javorsky 6+4reb, J. Dombek 2+3reb, M.Janosov 0+1ast
Loko Plzen: V.Honomichl 26+7reb+3ast, J.Kovanda 14+6reb, J.Zeman 13+5reb+3ast, J.Lejsek 11+4reb+1ast, O.Fleischhans 3+1reb, O.Marz 2+1reb
gschID: 574554


WEST
Ostrava - Olomouc SK 87-66

Ostrava smashed Olomouc SK at home 87-66. Olomouc SK will play next round against Sokol Slapanice trying to get back on the winning streak. Ostrava will try to continue on its current victory against Novy Jicin on the road.
gschID: 574483


Kralovsti sokoli - Sokol Slapanice 74-59

Kralovsti sokoli used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Slapnice 74-59 on Sunday night. Kralovsti sokoli will face BK Prostejov B at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Slapanice will play against Olomouc SK (#10) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 574481


Olomouc SK - Novy Jicin 75-96

But Olomouc SK was not able to use a home court advantage and was rolled over by the opponent from Novy Jicin 96-75 on Friday night. Novy Jicin dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc SK's 34. They outrebounded Olomouc SK 34-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Novy Jicin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Center Tadeas Janik (201-94) fired 26 points (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Zdenek Jakubu (184-97) chipped in 18 points. Five Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) produced 30 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kamil Sin (198-97) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Novy Jicin will face Ostrava at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olomouc SK will play against Sokol Slapanice (#9) in Slapnice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 30+8reb+1ast, M.Strniste 18, K.Sin 12+7reb, J.Sedmik 9+1reb+2ast, D.Jilek 3+1ast, M.Vanak 3+3reb
Novy Jicin: T.Janik 26+3reb, Z.Jakubu 18+3reb+2ast, R.Medek 16+6reb, J.Kelar 15+6reb, J.Leczo 13+7reb+1ast, D.Panak 6+4reb
gschID: 574482


BCM Orli - Opava B 89-66

BK Prostejov B used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Opava 89-66 on Friday night. BK Prostejov B dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to B&W Opava B's 38. They outrebounded B&W Opava B 55-41 including 18 on the offensive glass. BK Prostejov B looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by B&W Opava B's players. Swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Frantisek Vana (192-98) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Rostislav Dragoun (190-96) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov B will face Kralovsti sokoli (#3) in Hradec Kralove in the next round, which may be the game of the day. B&W Opava B will play on the road against SKB Zlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Opava B: M.Kvapil 23+9reb+1ast, R.Dragoun 14+7reb+2ast, L.Bukovjan 13+6reb+2ast, J.Slavik 7+8reb+1ast, K.Vlcek 6+4reb+3ast, P.Martikan 3+1reb
BCM Orli: F.Vana 17+8reb, M.Sehnal 15+12reb+5ast, M.Szabo 12+6reb, E.Klepac 10+4reb, M.Nabelek 9+1reb+7ast, A.Goga 9+6ast
gschID: 574661


Pardubice - Zlin 75-84

But Pardubice was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Zlin 84-75 on Friday night. SKB Zlin made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. David Nehoda (193-91) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Five SKB Zlin players scored in double figures. Jakub Cejka (201-0) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Josef Potocek (196-96) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Pardubice's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. SKB Zlin will face B&W Opava B (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pardubice will play against Olomouc Bbal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: J.Cejka 13+7reb+1ast, J.Potocek 13+2reb+1ast, A.Petric 12+1reb+3ast, F.Nemec 7+2reb, L.Brozek 7+2reb+3ast, M.Kratochvil 5+2reb+1ast
Zlin: Z.Kereselidze 19+1reb+2ast, D.Nehoda 17+3reb+2ast, T.Voslajer 12+10reb+6ast, J.Prasil 11+1reb+2ast, M.Susak 10+6reb, M.Jedovnicky 10+8reb+3ast
gschID: 574484





Blake Schilb (ex Galatasaray) signs at Real Betis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) landed experienced 34-year old Czech international swingman Blake Schilb (201-100kg-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Schilb has played for the last two years at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. In 26 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.7apg last season. Schilb helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 27 games in Euroleague where he had 9.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 4.0apg.
Schilb has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016. Schilb received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Czech Republic at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Schilb has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois and Chalon/Saor) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda).
He attended Loyola University of Chicago until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Donnie McGrath
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch
Luke Nelson
Andrzej Pluta

Forwards:
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Ryan Kelly
O.D. Anosike
Tomas Balciunas
Blake Schilb
Saul Blanco
Alfonso Sanchez

Centers:
Vladimir Golubovic
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

Coach: Alejandro Martinez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Troy FRANKLIN
  Naestved
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 29
 1. Franklin, Naestved29.0 
 2. Bonds, Horsholm24.5 
 3. Rajovic, Stevnsgade24.5 
 4. Alexander, Horse.24.0 
 5. Nielsen, Randers23.0 
 6. Sabin, Horsholm22.5 
 7. Bello, Randers21.0 
 8. Stanionis, Wolfpac.20.5 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.19.0 
 10. Hill, Randers18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric KUAKUMENSAH
  Horse.
  (204-F-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kuakumensah, Horse.10.0 
 2. Burgess, Randers9.0 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken9.0 
 4. Vinson, Wo.9.0 
 5. Abif, Naestved8.5 
 6. Hill, Randers8.0 
 7. Rungby, Horsens IC8.0 
 8. Moore, Svendborg8.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers8.0 
 10. Benzon, Horsens IC7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sebastian PETERSEN
  Svendborg
  (188-G-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Petersen, Svendborg7.0 
 2. Burgess, Randers7.0 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm5.5 
 4. Berg, Bakken5.0 
 5. Franklin, Naestved4.5 
 6. Wiggins, Bakken4.0 
 7. Alexander, Horse.4.0 
 8. Rajovic, Stevnsgade4.0 
 9. Jevric, Stevnsgade3.5 
 10. Akoon-P., Bakken3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris NIELSEN
  Randers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nielsen, Randers3.0 
 2. Burgess, Randers3.0 
 3. Stanionis, Wolfpac.2.5 
 4. Bonds, Horsholm2.0 
 5. Alexander, Horse.2.0 
 6. Jevric, Stevnsgade2.0 
 7. Vinson, Wo.2.0 
 8. Jukic, Bakken2.0 
 9. Kuakumensah, Horse.2.0 
 10. Franklin, Naestved2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric KUAKUMENSAH
  Horse.
  (204-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kuakumensah, Horse.3.0 
 2. Diouf, Bakken2.0 
 3. Boeje, Horsholm1.5 
 4. Moore, Svendborg1.0 
 5. Mouboe, Randers1.0 
 6. Nielsen, Randers1.0 
 7. Alexander, Horse.1.0 
 8. Benzon, Horsens IC1.0 
 9. Petersen, Svendborg1.0 
 10. Harris, Svendborg1.0 


Ligaen Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Ligaen just started.

Horsholm smashed Stevnsgade at home 123-71. Horsholm dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 40. They outrebounded Stevnsgade 43-20 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Horsholm shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Ty Sabin (190-94, college: Ripon, agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and forward Andreas Meilby (198-92) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side Brazilian forward Matao de Souza (201-86, college: Idaho) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stevnsgade will play next round against Randers trying to get back on the winning streak. Horsholm will try to continue on its current victory against Bakken in Risskov.
Randers (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Horsens IC. Visitors were edged by Horsens IC 89-87. American guard Lawrence Alexander (190-91, college: N.Dakota St.) nailed 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Cedric Kuakumensah accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Chris Nielsen (193-85) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Randers in the defeat. Horsens IC will play against Naestved at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Randers will play against Stevnsgade and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Stevnsgade between Naestved and Stevnsgade. Naestved (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over Stevnsgade (0-2). Naestved managed to escape with a 3-point win 94-91 on Tuesday evening. Troy Franklin fired 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners. Filip Rajovic produced 29 points and 6 assists for lost side. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Naestved will meet Horsens IC (#4) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Svendborg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Horsholm (2-0) played at the court of Svendborg (0-1). Horsholm did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-69. Worth to mention a great performance of Matt Bonds who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Horsholm's next round opponent will be Bakken (#3) in Risskov, which may be the game of the day. Svendborg will play at home against BMS Skovlunde and hope to win that game.
The game in Skovlunde supposed to be also quite interesting. Bakken (1-0) played at the court of BMS Skovlunde (0-2). Bakken smashed BMS Skovlunde 91-51 on Monday. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. 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. Bakken will face Horsholm at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BMS Skovlunde will play against Svendborg (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 1 winless Wolfpack/BMS lost to undefeated Naestved on the opponent's court 56-75.

Horsens IC - Randers 89-87

Randers (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Horsens IC. Visitors were edged by Horsens IC 89-87. Horsens IC had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Lawrence Alexander (190-91, college: N.Dakota St.) nailed 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American-DR Congolese forward Cedric Kuakumensah (204-93, college: Brown) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. The former international guard Chris Nielsen (193-85) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Kyndahl Hill (201-94, college: Weber St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Randers in the defeat. Horsens IC will play against Naestved at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Randers will play against Stevnsgade and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Nielsen 23+8reb+1ast, D.Bello 21+4reb+2ast, K.Hill 18+8reb+2ast, C.Burgess 9+9reb+7ast, M.Mouboe 7+3reb, S.Neidhardt 6+2reb
Horsens IC: L.Alexander 24+6reb+4ast, K.Larsen 18+6reb+1ast, C.Benzon 15+7reb+1ast, C.Kuakumensah 14+10reb+2ast, D.Ingram 9+1reb+3ast, F.Rungby 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 552476


Svendborg - Horsholm 69-89

The game in Svendborg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Horsholm (2-0) played at the court of Svendborg (0-1). Horsholm did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-69. Horsholm dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Svendborg's 36. They outrebounded Svendborg 38-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Horsholm players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Matt Bonds (196, college: St.Michael's, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Ty Sabin (190-94, college: Ripon, agency: Duran International) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. The former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 19 points and American forward Mike Moore (203-94, college: Mount Olive, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Svendborg. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Horsholm's next round opponent will be Bakken (#3) in Risskov, which may be the game of the day. Svendborg will play at home against BMS Skovlunde and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: M.Plannthin 19+2reb+3ast, M.Moore 15+8reb+1ast, J.Enevold Jensen 9+4reb+1ast, S.Petersen 7+3reb+7ast, T.Harris 7+1reb+3ast, H.NaNa 4+5reb+1ast
Horsholm: M.Bonds 33+8reb+5ast, T.Sabin 19+3reb+3ast, C.Beranek 12+7reb+3ast, N.Boeje 10+3reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 8+7reb, A.Nerlov 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 552477


Stevnsgade - Naestved 91-94

A very close game took place in Stevnsgade between Naestved and Stevnsgade. Naestved (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over Stevnsgade (0-2). Naestved managed to escape with a 3-point win 94-91 on Tuesday evening. American guard Troy Franklin (183-89, college: Coppin St.) fired 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Kazembe Abif (200-92, college: Drexel) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Abif is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) produced 29 points and 6 assists and forward Stefan Jevric (201-98) added 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Stevnsgade players scored in double figures. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Naestved will meet Horsens IC (#4) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stevnsgade: F.Rajovic 29+4reb+6ast, M.Seilund 18+5reb+1ast, S.Jevric 17+7reb+6ast, M.Flowers 16+5reb+3ast, M.de Souza 6+5reb+2ast, F.Filsoof 3+1reb+2ast
Naestved: T.Franklin 33+4reb+4ast, K.Abif 16+9reb+2ast, M.Christensen 10+1reb, C.Gabriel 10+6reb+1ast, R.Sanders 9+3reb+1ast, P.Hertz 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 552475


Naestved - Wolfpack/BMS 75-56

Very expected game when BMS Skovlunde (0-2) was crushed on the road by Naestved (2-0) 75-56 on Thursday. Naestved outrebounded BMS Skovlunde 41-30 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Troy Franklin (183-89, college: Coppin St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Kazembe Abif (200-92, college: Drexel) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Abif is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Lithuanian guard Edgaras Stanionis (195-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Mike Martin (183-93, college: Cent.Arkansas) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naestved will face Horsens IC (#4) on the road in the next round. BMS Skovlunde will play against Svendborg (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wolfpack/BMS: E.Stanionis 20+6reb, M.Martin 10+5reb+2ast, D.Vinson 8+8reb, A.Brooks 8+1reb, A.Moss 6+3reb, A.Hansen 2+1reb+1ast
Naestved: T.Franklin 25+2reb+5ast, K.Abif 9+8reb+1ast, R.Sanders 9+4reb+1ast, C.Gabriel 8+4reb+1ast, P.Hertz 7+3reb+1ast, D.Daly 7+3reb
gschID: 552474


Horsholm - Stevnsgade 123-71

Horsholm smashed Stevnsgade at home 123-71. Horsholm dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 40. They outrebounded Stevnsgade 43-20 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Horsholm shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Ty Sabin (190-94, college: Ripon, agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and forward Andreas Meilby (198-92) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. At the losing side Brazilian forward Matao de Souza (201-86, college: Idaho) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) scored 20 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stevnsgade will play next round against Randers trying to get back on the winning streak. Horsholm will try to continue on its current victory against Bakken in Risskov.
Top scorers:
Stevnsgade: F.Rajovic 20+2reb+2ast, M.de Souza 16+6reb+2ast, M.Seilund 11+4reb, S.Jevric 8+1reb+1ast, F.Filsoof 8+4reb+1ast, M.Liutkus 5+1reb
Horsholm: T.Sabin 26+2reb, A.Meilby 18+6reb+4ast, C.Beranek 17+7reb+2ast, M.Bonds 16+6reb+1ast, E.Hjorth 10+1reb+1ast, M.Frederik Poulsen 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 552473


Wolfpack/BMS - Bakken 51-91

The game in Skovlunde supposed to be also quite interesting. Bakken (1-0) played at the court of BMS Skovlunde (0-2). Bakken smashed BMS Skovlunde 91-51 on Monday. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 BMS Skovlunde turnovers. BMS Skovlunde was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Trinidad and Tobago forward Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American guard Doug Wiggins (185-88, college: Mountain St.) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Lithuanian guard Edgaras Stanionis (195-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 21 points and American forward Durell Vinson (202-85, college: Wagner) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bakken will face Horsholm at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BMS Skovlunde will play against Svendborg (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wolfpack/BMS: E.Stanionis 21+4reb+1ast, D.Vinson 16+10reb, A.Moss 7+5reb+2ast, A.Hansen 3+2ast, A.Brooks 2+2reb, K.Vaskys 2+1ast
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 17+9reb+3ast, D.Wiggins 16+4reb+4ast, A.Darboe 13+5reb+2ast, J.Crockett 9+4reb, K.Thomann 8+1reb, D.Jukic 6+3reb
gschID: 571399





Danish Ligaen round 1 best performance: Matt Bonds - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Matt Bonds (196-F, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Horsholm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The player was the main contributor (33 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Svendborg (#6, 0-1) with 20-point margin 89-69. It allowed Horsholm to take over top position in the Danish Ligaen. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Horsholm won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Bonds turned to be Horsholm's top player in his first season with the team. Former St. Michael's College star has very solid stats this year. Bonds is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.5ppg) and averages impressive 68.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Filip Rajovic (190-F-97) of Stevnsgade. Rajovic had a very good evening with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Stevnsgade was edged by Naestved (2-0) 94-91. 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. Rajovic is a newcomer at Stevnsgade, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.5ppg (#3). He also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Troy Franklin (183-G-89) of league's second-best Naestved. Franklin got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Naestved, leading his team to a 94-91 win against Stevnsgade (#7, 0-2). Naestved has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Franklin also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Franklin has a great season in Denmark. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.5apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andreas Meilby (198-F-92) of Horsholm - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Stefan Jevric (201-F-98) of Stevnsgade - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Lawrence Alexander (190-G-91) of Horsens IC - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kevin Larsen (207-C-93) of Horsens IC - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Chris Nielsen (193-G-85) of Randers - 23 points and 8 rebounds
9. Cedric Kuakumensah (204-F-93) of Horsens IC - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-F-93) of Bakken - 17 points, 9 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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Yambol inks Bryquis Perine, ex Tarvas - by Eurobasket News

Tundja Yambol (NBL) agreed terms with 29-year old American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay). He played last season at Tarvas in Estonian Alexela KML, but left the team in Feb.'17. In three games he had 8.0ppg and 1.0apg.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Perine spent at Umea BSKT in Swedish Basketligan where in 17 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He also played that season for Club Africain (Division I) in Tunisian league. In 17 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg.
Perine's team was regular season runner-up in Horizon League in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Perine has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Holland (Weert), Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK and Kecskemeti), Israel (Beer Yaakov) and United Kingdom (Bristol Acadamy Flyers).
Perine attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

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Round 3: Runa lose to Georgia in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tbilisi. Georgian host Georgia (4-1) smashed Russian Runa (3-2) 76-46. It was a great evening for power forward Giorgi Korsantia (203-98) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Nika Chechelashvili (196-99) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Serafim Ashin (-98) with 12 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Latvian Valmiera/ORDO (4-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat Polish TBV Start (0-5) 73-59. It was a quality performance for guard Rainers Kalnins (188-99) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Valters Liepins accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Karol Kazmirowski (185-99) came up with 18 points for TBV Start in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Helsinki between Kazakhstan Barsy and Finnish Helsinki Rock. Barsy (3-2) got a very close victory on the road over Helsinki Rock (0-5). Barsy managed to escape with a 3-point win 65-62 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Askar Maidekin who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Santeri Makkonen who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds. Helsinki Rock's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 3 Ventspils was destroyed by Tsmoki on the opponent's court 68-46.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points by Vladislau Bliznyk of Tsmoki.

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Tsmoki - Ventspils 68-46

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Latvian Ventspils' (3-2) road loss to Belarusian Tsmoki (3-2) 46-68 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was point guard Vladislau Bliznyk (181-99) who scored 20 points. Aksim Karattsou chipped in 8 points and 10 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Denis Vikentsyev (-98) who recorded 6 points and 10 rebounds and Belarusian guard Vlad Mikulski (192-98) added 13 points respectively. 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: V.Mikulski 13+1reb+2ast, R.Lacis 9+3reb, T.Stupele 9+2reb, D.Vikentsyev 6+10reb+3ast, R.Krumins 3+4reb+2ast, R.Zernevics 2
Tsmoki: V.Bliznyk 20+4reb, H.Pahrabitski 11+4reb, A.Karattsou 8+2reb+10ast, V.Lebedev 8+4reb, T.Drukau 6+2reb, V.Tratsiak 5
gschID: 578644


Valmiera/ORDO - TBV Start 73-59

Latvian Valmiera/ORDO (4-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat Polish TBV Start (0-5) 73-59. It was a quality performance for guard Rainers Kalnins (188-99) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Valters Liepins (195-98) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Valmiera/ORDO players scored in double figures. Forward Karol Kazmirowski (185-99) came up with 18 points and guard Bartlomiej Pelczar (185-0) added 19 points respectively for TBV Start in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TBV Start: B.Pelczar 19+3reb, K.Kazmirowski 18+3reb+1ast, W.Matysek 9+4reb+1ast, J.Grzegorczyk 5+3reb, M.Unilowski 4+1reb+1ast, J.Smigielski 4+5reb+5ast
Valmiera/ORDO: V.Veveris 22+2ast, V.Liepins 14+7reb+5ast, R.Kalnins 14+5reb+7ast, K.Poseiko 11+3reb, E.Brokans 5+2reb+4ast, A.Abols 4+4reb
gschID: 578643


Georgia - Runa 76-46

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tbilisi. Georgian host Georgia (4-1) smashed Russian Runa (3-2) 76-46. It was a great evening for power forward Giorgi Korsantia (203-98) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Nika Chechelashvili (196-99) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Serafim Ashin (-98) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Ivan Shif (-98) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Runa: I.Shif 12+3reb+2ast, S.Ashin 12+6reb+1ast, A.Savoskin 11+2reb+2ast, D.Dymchenko 4+6reb, M.Mosyagin 3+2reb+2ast, O.Volkov 2+1reb
Georgia: N.Chechelashvili 21+2reb+4ast, G.Korsantia 17+8reb+4ast, D.Aphkhazava 13+3reb+6ast, A.Phevadze 6+6reb, N.Lolishvili 6+4reb, A.Pipia 5+2ast
gschID: 578642


Helsinki Rock - Barsy 62-65

A very close game took place in Helsinki between Kazakhstan Barsy and Finnish Helsinki Rock. Barsy (3-2) got a very close victory on the road over Helsinki Rock (0-5). Barsy managed to escape with a 3-point win 65-62 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Barsy outrebounded Helsinki Rock 52-35 including 37 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Askar Maidekin (205-97) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Adilkhan Marat (183-99) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Santeri Makkonen (-1) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Juhani Jokio (190-0) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Four Helsinki Rock players scored in double figures. Helsinki Rock's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Rock: S.Makkonen 16+7reb+2ast, L.Brederholm 12, M.Laitinen 12+4reb+1ast, C.Ahokas 10+4reb+1ast, J.Jokio 8+12reb+2ast, P.Majanen 2+3reb+2ast
Barsy: A.Maidekin 12+12reb+1ast, O.Balashov 12+8reb+1ast, A.Marat 11+9reb+4ast, G.Zhukov 9+5reb, A.Akhmetzhan 8+10reb+5ast, I.Dobrikov 7+3reb
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Nika Chechelashvili claims European Youth Basketball League U20 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Nika Chechelashvili (196-F-99) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Georgia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 18-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding two rebounds and four assists for Georgia in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Runa (#5, 3-2) with 30-point margin 76-46. Georgia maintains the 2nd position in European Youth Basketball League . They are still close to the very top. Georgia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Chechelashvili had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nika Chechelashvili averages this season 8.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Georgia's star - young power forward Giorgi Korsantia (203-F/C-98). Korsantia impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Chechelashvili he helped Georgia with another comfortable win outscoring Runa (3-2) 76-46. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Korsantia is a newcomer at Georgia 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 16.8ppg (#3). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Vladislau Bliznyk (181-PG-99) of Tsmoki (#3). Bliznyk scored 20 points. He was a key player of Tsmoki, leading his team to a 68-46 easy win against Ventspils (3-2). Tsmoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Bliznyk has a great season in European Youth Basketball League. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.0ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladislau Bliznyk (181-PG-99) of Tsmoki - 20 points and 4 rebounds
5. Vladislau Bliznyk (181-PG-99) of Tsmoki - 20 points and 4 rebounds
6. Rainers Kalnins (188-G-99) of Valmiera/ORDO - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Serafim Ashin (98) of Runa - 12 points and 6 rebounds
8. Serafim Ashin (98) of Runa - 12 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)



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank GAINES
  Parma
  (191-SG-90)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Gaines, Parma26.5 
 2. Milosevic, Oradea25.5 
 3. Wright, Demir IBB25.0 
 4. Green, Mons-Hai.24.5 
 5. Demps, Mons-Hai.24.0 
 6. Capers, CSU Sibiu21.5 
 7. Eldridge, Trabzons.21.5 
 8. Perry, Szolnok21.0 
 9. Burnett, BK Pardu.20.0 
 10. Vojvoda, Szolnok20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen JENKINS
  KR
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jenkins, KR12.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut10.5 
 3. Smith, Boras10.0 
 4. Milosevic, Oradea10.0 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.10.0 
 6. Miller-M., Parma9.5 
 7. Pratt, CSU Sibiu9.0 
 8. Milosevic, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Green, Mons-Hai.8.5 
 10. Tuoyo, Kormend8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Szolnok
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Perry, Szolnok8.0 
 2. Walker, Demir IBB8.0 
 3. Miller-M., Parma7.0 
 4. Brooks, Balkan6.5 
 5. Person, Boras6.5 
 6. Hammonds, Wuerz.6.0 
 7. Johnson, BM Slam .6.0 
 8. Trotter, Oradea6.0 
 9. Grant, Nevezis5.5 
 10. Wright, Demir IBB5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus GINYARD
  Rabotnicki
  (196-F/G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ginyard, Rabotnicki3.5 
 2. Pratt, CSU Sibiu3.5 
 3. Reddic, Mons-Hai.3.0 
 4. Capers, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 5. Csorvasi, Kormend3.0 
 6. Wright, Rilski2.5 
 7. Person, Boras2.5 
 8. Skific, BM Slam .2.0 
 9. Laser, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 10. Pulpan, BK Pardu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Caleb GREEN
  Trabzonspor
  (203-PF-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Green, Trabzonspor2.0 
 2. Tibirna, Oradea2.0 
 3. Obekpa, Trabzonspor2.0 
 4. Stumbris, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Tymofeyenko, Dni.1.5 
 6. Moldoveanu, Demir I.1.5 
 7. Yakovenko, Parma1.5 
 8. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 9. Dawson, Bnei H.1.5 
 10. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut1.5 


Qualification Round 2 is all set - by Eurobasket News

BM Slam Stal - Bnei Hertzeliya 65-64

Bnei Hertzeliya advanced into the Second Qualifying Round. They did so despite losing to Slam Stal Ostrow in the return leg. Bnei Hasharon was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-17 charge of BM Slam Stal, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. BM Slam Stal's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) produced 19 points and American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) added 9 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliya: T.Green 19+4reb+2ast, S.Dawson 15+4reb+1ast, D.Archie 9+6reb+1ast, J.Adrien 9+15reb, T.Maayan 5+5reb, X.Thames 4+2reb+1ast
BM Slam Stal: M.Kostrzewski 13+1reb, A.Johnson 11+6reb+7ast, J.Skific 10+5reb+1ast, A.Lapeta 9+9reb+1ast, D.Notice 8+3reb+4ast, G.Surmacz 5+9reb+2ast
gschID: 558351


Rabotnicki - Parma 73-95

Parma fired past Rabotnicki on the road to sweep the series. Parma made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Parma outrebounded Rabotnicki 38-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (191-94, college: Wake Forest) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Parma's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: HMS) replied with 26 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and Gjorgij Chekovski (203-79) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rabotnicki. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: M.Ginyard 26+2reb+5ast, G.Chekovski 14+7reb+1ast, C.Kostov 13+4reb+4ast, D.Mirakovski 10+1reb+2ast, P.Nikolic 6+1ast, V.Efremovski 2+2reb+1ast
Parma: F.Gaines 30+4reb+4ast, I.Ukhov 14+1reb+2ast, C.Miller-McIntyre 11+10reb+5ast, M.Dybovskiy 11+5reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 9+5reb, A.Platunov 6+1reb
gschID: 558353


BK Pardubice - CSU Sibiu 77-64

BK Pardubice topped CSU Sibiu to complete the sweep of the series. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. CSU Sibiu managed to win fourth quarter 12-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Scott Martin (203-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. BK Pardubice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Kevin Capers (188-93, college: Florida Southern) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) scored 10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: K.Capers 22+3reb+5ast, R.Paliciuc 10+1reb, M.Pratt 10+9reb+5ast, C.Cooper 7+8reb+1ast, T.Laser 6+2reb+3ast, D.Riley 5+3reb
BK Pardubice: S.Martin 26+10reb+1ast, D.Burnett 22+5reb+3ast, D.Walker 11+3reb+4ast, J.Kent 9+3reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 3+3reb+1ast, R.Necas 3+10reb+2ast
gschID: 558349


Oradea - Balkan 85-70

Oradea beat Balkan by 15 points at home court but it was not enough to overcome a 16-point deficit from the opening leg. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Balkan was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Montenegrin Goran Gajovic (199-88, agency: 011 Sports) supported him with 22 points. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) did not help to save the game for Balkan. His fellow American import guard Brandon Fortenberry (190-90, college: SE Louisiana, agency: BeoBasket) added 19 points and 4 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Balkan: B.Fortenberry 19+1reb+4ast, D.Brooks 16+5reb+4ast, D.Washington 11+7reb, P.Ivanov 8+5reb+2ast, I.Kesar 7+7reb+2ast, D.Haughton 6+8reb+1ast
Oradea: N.Milosevic 36+10reb+3ast, G.Gajovic 22+1reb+2ast, O.Trotter 11+9ast, B.Tibirna 5+3reb, A.Valeika 5+8reb+1ast, A.Mandache 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 558345


Dnipro - Demir IBB 67-83

Demir IBB stormed past Dnipro in Ukraine to clinch victory on aggregate. The game without a history. Demir IBB led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Dnipro was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Romanian Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-89, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Anton Dziuba (204-95) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dnipro's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: S.Tymofeyenko 15+6reb+4ast, A.Dziuba 11+8reb+1ast, D.Gliebov 11+4reb+1ast, O.Mishula 10+2reb+2ast, S.Zagreba 6+3reb, A.Shundel 5+1reb+2ast
Demir IBB: E.Walker 19+6reb+9ast, V.Moldoveanu 19+5reb, V.Stojanovski 13+11reb, O.Baykan 12+4reb, D.Simpson 8+5reb+2ast, M.Mutlu 6+4reb
gschID: 558347


Trabzonspor - Szolnok 77-68

Trabzonspor topped Szolnok at home court but could not erase a 10-point deficit from the opening leg as the Hungarian team reached the next round. Szolnok trailed by 18 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 23-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 68-77 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Osiris Eldridge (191-88, college: Illinois St.) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Trabzonspor's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 19+7reb+1ast, K.Perry 16+4reb+7ast, S.Milosevic 14+11reb+2ast, Q.Ford 8+5reb+1ast, L.Andric 6+6reb, T.Phillip 2+1reb
Trabzonspor: O.Eldridge 20+7reb+1ast, C.Green 18+5reb+5ast, S.Browning 10+2reb+3ast, T.Zubcic 8+5reb+1ast, D.Kilicli 6+3reb, B.Heslip 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 558346


Rilski - Nevezis 62-91

Nevezis cruised past Rilski in Samokov to seal their next round appearance. The game without a history. Nevezis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Nevezis outrebounded Rilski 35-24 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Malcolm Grant (185-88, college: Miami, FL) who scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Ukrainian center Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-94, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 16 points. Four Nevezis players scored in double figures. Guard Zlatin Georgiev (197-85) produced 15 points and guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Rilski: Z.Georgiev 15+4reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 11+3reb+3ast, D.Wright 10+2reb+2ast, D.Vutev 8, D.Marincheshki 7+7reb+1ast, T.Taylor 6+4reb+3ast
Nevezis: V.Koreniuk 16+4reb+3ast, V.Likhodey 14+5reb, G.Matulis 13+1reb+1ast, M.Grant 12+7reb+7ast, J.Tamulis 11+2reb+3ast, R.Stumbris 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 558352


Kormend - Boras 85-72

Kormend held off Boras to sweep the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-72. Kormend made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Kormend especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Andre Hollins (186-92, college: Minnesota, agency: 3Eye) who scored 15 points and 6 assists. The other American import guard Eric Fanning (196-92, college: Boston U.) chipped in 12 points. Point guard Andreas Person (190-91) produced 18 points and American forward Brett Bisping (203, college: Siena, agency: Duran International) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Boras: A.Person 18+2reb+3ast, B.Bisping 13+5reb+2ast, M.Mornar 11+5reb+1ast, L.Johansson 6+1reb+2ast, S.Gunnarsson 5+2reb, F.Andersson 5+1reb+1ast
Kormend: A.Hollins 15+1reb+6ast, E.Fanning 12+3reb+1ast, S.Davis 11+3reb, C.Ferencz 9, M.Wright 9+3reb+3ast, S.Koch 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 558348


Mons-Hainaut - KR 84-71

Mons-Hainaut toppled KR at home court and secured the Second Qualifying Round berth. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Belfius Mons-Hainaut's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-15 extending their advantage to 13 points. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) chipped in 21 points. Guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jalen Jenkins (201, college: George Mason) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Stefansson 20+5reb+2ast, D.Hilmarsson 17+2reb, J.Jenkins 15+8reb+1ast, P.Ermolinskij 11+6reb+1ast, B.Kristjansson 6, A.Hermannsson 2
Mons-Hainaut: G.Green 26+10reb+3ast, T.Demps 21+4reb+1ast, I.Lasisi 15+4reb+1ast, M.Tiby 14+8reb+3ast, B.Lemaire 6+3reb, M.Houdart 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 558350


Istanbul BBSK - Wuerzburg 65-76

Wuerzburg upset Istanbul BBSK in the Turkish capital but it was not enough to erase a 13-point deficit from the home game. Istanbul BBSK was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 30-17 charge of s Oliver Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90) who scored 21 points. American guard Abdul Gaddy (193-92, college: Washington) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. s Oliver Baskets' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) produced 14 points and 6 assists and Serbian power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Istanbul BBSK: M.Thompson 14+2reb+6ast, S.Bircevic 14+5reb, J.Klobucar 8+7reb+1ast, D.Dulkys 7+7reb+3ast, I.Buva 7+3reb, E.Buckner 6+4reb+2ast
Wuerzburg: M.Stuckey 21+3reb+1ast, K.Loncar 15+1reb, A.Gaddy 14+6reb+4ast, C.Hammonds 9+3reb+5ast, R.Benzing 7+3reb+2ast, D.Richardson 5+2reb
gschID: 558354





Nemanja Milosevic claims FIBA Europe Cup weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-PF-87, agency: 011 Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Oradea and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Return Leg of Qualifying Round 1.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 36 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Balkan 85-70. In the team's last game Milosevic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Oradea's top player in his first season with the team. Western Kentucky University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Milosevic is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 61.9% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American swingman Garlon Green (201-G/F-91) of Mons-Hainaut. Green impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Mons-Hainaut to another comfortable win 84-71 over KR being unquestionably team leader. Green is a newcomer at Mons-Hainaut 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 24.5ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.5rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Scott Martin (203-G-88, agency: HMS) of BK Pardubice. Martin scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of BK Pardubice, leading his team to a 77-64 easy win against CSU Sibiu. Martin also has a very good start of the Qualifying Round with very strong stats. Martin has a very solid season. In 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup he scored 19.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) of Parma - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marcus Ginyard (196-F/G-87) of Rabotnicki - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) of KR - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jalen Jenkins (201-F) of KR - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Malcolm Grant (185-G-88) of Nevezis - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Erving Walker (173-PG-90) of Demir IBB - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 22 points, 5 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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  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. Gipson, Kouvot21.0 
 4. Williams, Korihait20.0 
 5. Marshall, Helsinki.18.0 
 6. Sinclair, Kouvot18.0 
 7. Kotti, Helsinki.17.0 
 8. Kanervo, Helsinki.16.0 
 9. Jarvi, Espoo United16.0 
 10. O''Brien, Korihait15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tuukka KOTTI
  Helsinki.
  (205-PF-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Kotti, Helsinki.13.0 
 2. Jones, Salon Vilpas11.0 
 3. Gipson, Kouvot11.0 
 4. Haanpaa, Espoo U.10.0 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.0 
 6. Simms, KTP Basket9.0 
 7. Horton, KTP Basket7.0 
 8. O''Brien, Korihait7.0 
 9. Hawkins, Salon Vilpas6.0 
 10. Pattillo, Korihait6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Salon V.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Rannikko, Salon V.9.0 
 2. Pounds, KTP Basket5.0 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot5.0 
 4. Jarvinen, Espoo U.4.0 
 5. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.0 
 6. Kanervo, Helsinki.4.0 
 7. Kallio, KTP Basket3.0 
 8. Williams, Korihait3.0 
 9. Simms, KTP Basket3.0 
 10. Haanpaa, Espoo U.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel HAANPAA
  Espoo U.
  (203-G/F-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Haanpaa, Espoo U.5.0 
 2. Kotti, Helsinki.4.0 
 3. Jarvi, Espoo United4.0 
 4. Herbert, Korihait3.0 
 5. Williams, Korihait3.0 
 6. Edwin, KTP Basket2.0 
 7. Pattillo, Korihait2.0 
 8. Simms, KTP Basket2.0 
 9. Herrala, KTP Basket2.0 
 10. Deng, Korihait2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Salon Vilpas
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jones, Salon Vilpas3.0 
 2. Pattillo, Korihait2.0 
 3. Aalto, KTP Basket2.0 
 4. Kotti, Helsinki.1.0 
 5. Saarijarvi, Kouvot1.0 
 6. Toivonen, Espoo U.1.0 
 7. Deng, Korihait1.0 
 8. Herrala, KTP Basket1.0 
 9. Marshall, Helsinki.1.0 
 10. Jarvinen, Espoo U.0.0 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Andre GUSTAVSON
  HBA-M.
  (192-SG-99)
  Avg: 20
 1. Gustavson, HBA-M.20.0 
 2. Valtonen, HBA-M.20.0 
 3. Ahola, Lahti19.0 
 4. Tahvanainen, HBA-M.18.0 
 5. Barlund, Lahti17.0 
 6. Pwono, Lahti15.0 
 7. Jacks, Lahti10.0 
 8. Jantunen, HBA-M.8.0 
 9. Byman, Lahti7.0 
 10. Heinonen, HBA-M.6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henry PWONO
  Lahti
  (201-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pwono, Lahti12.0 
 2. Gustavson, HBA-M.6.0 
 3. Valtonen, HBA-M.5.0 
 4. Jantunen, HBA-M.5.0 
 5. Jacks, Lahti4.0 
 6. Heinonen, HBA-M.4.0 
 7. Barlund, Lahti3.0 
 8. Aalto, Lahti3.0 
 9. Byman, Lahti2.0 
 10. Amzil, HBA-Marsky2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miika HEINONEN
  HBA-M.
  (191-G-99)
  Avg: 5
 1. Heinonen, HBA-M.5.0 
 2. Pwono, Lahti5.0 
 3. Jacks, Lahti4.0 
 4. Ikavalko, Lahti4.0 
 5. Tahvanainen, HBA-M.3.0 
 6. Gustavson, HBA-M.3.0 
 7. Valtonen, HBA-M.2.0 
 8. Sajantila, HBA-M.2.0 
 9. Ahola, Lahti2.0 
 10. Aalto, Lahti1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andre GUSTAVSON
  HBA-M.
  (192-SG-99)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gustavson, HBA-M.3.0 
 2. Jantunen, HBA-M.3.0 
 3. Pwono, Lahti2.0 
 4. Jacks, Lahti2.0 
 5. Heinonen, HBA-M.2.0 
 6. Tahvanainen, HBA-M.1.0 
 7. Barlund, Lahti1.0 
 8. Amzil, HBA-Marsky0.0 
 9. Pihlajamaki, HBA-M.0.0 
 10. Jaakkola, HBA-M.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Henry PWONO
  Lahti
  (201-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pwono, Lahti2.0 
 2. Syrjamaki, HBA-M.1.0 
 3. Jaakkola, HBA-M.1.0 
 4. Heinonen, HBA-M.0.0 
 5. Byman, Lahti0.0 
 6. Sajantila, HBA-M.0.0 
 7. Barlund, Lahti0.0 
 8. Liukko, HBA-Marsky0.0 
 9. Amzil, HBA-Marsky0.0 
 10. Jantunen, HBA-M.0.0 


Mandell Thomas agreed terms with KTP Basket - by Eurobasket News

KTP Basket Kotka (Korisliiga) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Mandell Thomas (188-84kg-93, college: Fordham). The last season Thomas played at Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 33 Alexela KML games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. Thomas helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Estonian All-Star Game. Thomas also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. And finally Thomas played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.3apg.
Thomas has played also professionally in .
He attended Fordham University until 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

KTP Basket Kotka roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jahsha Bluntt
Michael Pounds
Deremy Geiger
Ilmari Kallio
Joni Herrala
Mandell Thomas
Deon Edwin
Mathias Rosqvist
Janne-Petteri Lehtoranta

Forwards:
Cedric Latimer
Jermont Horton
Manuel Barnes
Tuomas Heikkila
Mikael Aalto
Eero Hannikainen

Center:
Kenneth Simms

Coach: Ray Ailus

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Helsinki Seagulls sign Kayel Locke - by Eurobasket News

Helsinki Seagulls (Korisliiga) signed 23-year old American forward Kayel Locke (196-109kg-94, college: NC-Greensboro). The last season Locke played at Bashkimi (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Kosovo League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Locke also played 10 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg.
Locke graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Helsinki Seagulls roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antti Kanervo
Antti Niskanen
Alex Vaenerberg
Jermaine Marshall
Derek Jackson
Remy Abell
Sakari Laakso
Jyri Eboreime
Ricky Waxlax

Forwards:
Tuukka Kotti
Timo Heinonen
Kayel Locke
Jesper Granlund

Coach: Mikko Larkas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. Prepelic, Paris-Le.17.5 
 7. Horton, Pau-Lacq.17.0 
 8. Kikanovic, Monaco17.0 
 9. Howard, Limoges16.5 
 10. Arnold, Hyeres-T.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouphtaou YAROU
  Antibes
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Yarou, Antibes13.0 
 2. Ware, Paris-Levallois10.5 
 3. Labeyrie, Stras.10.0 
 4. Blue, Antibes9.0 
 5. Tolbert, Hyeres-T.8.5 
 6. Evans, Cholet8.0 
 7. Watkins, AS.8.0 
 8. Farr, Chalon7.5 
 9. Donaldson, Le Po.7.5 
 10. Travis, Le Mans7.5 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Gravelines
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Cooper, Gravelines11.0 
 2. Blassingame, Antibes8.0 
 3. Roberson, AS.6.5 
 4. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.6.5 
 5. Cobbs, Le Mans6.0 
 6. Lacombe, Monaco6.0 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 8. Prepelic, Paris-Le.5.5 
 9. Smith, Hyeres-T.5.0 
 10. Anderson, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Monaco
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Craft, Monaco3.5 
 2. Nelson, AS.2.5 
 3. Eliezer-V., Paris-Le.2.5 
 4. Houmounou, Bourg2.0 
 5. Yeguete, Le Mans2.0 
 6. Pearson, Dijon2.0 
 7. Carter, Limoges2.0 
 8. Dowe, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 9. Lacombe, Monaco1.5 
 10. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Strasbourg
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Logan, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Putney, Chalon2.0 
 3. Smith, Gravelines1.5 
 4. Ware, Paris-Levallois1.5 
 5. Farr, Chalon1.5 
 6. Nelson, AS.1.5 
 7. Jeanne, Le Mans1.0 
 8. Okobo, Pau-Lacq.1.0 
 9. Cavaliere, Pau-Lacq.1.0 
 10. Robinson, Monaco1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Samir GBETKOM BIKANTCHOU
  Le Porte.
  (191-G-98)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Gbetkom Bika., Le Porte.22.5 
 2. Goulmy, Strasbourg21.5 
 3. Muninga, Limoges20.0 
 4. Ca, ES Chalonnais20.0 
 5. Affo, Boulazac19.5 
 6. Edzata, Cholet18.0 
 7. Desseignet, Bourg18.0 
 8. Imhoff, CCRB P.18.0 
 9. Flosse, Gravelines18.0 
 10. Zero, Le Mans17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shekinah MUNANGA
  Monaco
  (201-PF-97)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Munanga, Monaco13.5 
 2. Eboh, Limoges13.0 
 3. Hangoue, Boulazac13.0 
 4. Eyoum, Le Mans12.0 
 5. Muninga, Limoges11.5 
 6. Flosse, Gravelines11.5 
 7. Affo, Boulazac10.5 
 8. Cassier, CCRB P.10.5 
 9. Pansa, Nanterre9.5 
 10. Briki, Lyon-Vil.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Killian HAYES
  Cholet
  (194-G-1)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Hayes, Cholet9.5 
 2. Beyhurst, Stras.9.0 
 3. Mopsus, ES Chalo.7.0 
 4. Leboeuf, CCRB P.6.5 
 5. Eboh, Limoges6.0 
 6. Hannequin, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Delage, Limoges5.5 
 8. Desseignet, Bourg5.5 
 9. Missonnier, ES Chalo.5.5 
 10. Jackson, Le Mans5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thao REY
  Bourg
  (--)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rey, Bourg5.0 
 2. Lopez, Hyeres-T.4.5 
 3. Beyhurst, Stras.4.0 
 4. Gasser, Monaco4.0 
 5. Archinard, Dijon4.0 
 6. Labanere, Boulazac3.5 
 7. Mopsus, ES Chalo.3.0 
 8. Cassier, CCRB P.3.0 
 9. Pellure, Pau-Lacq.3.0 
 10. Imhoff, CCRB P.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Marc PANSA
  Nanterre
  (208-C-98)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pansa, Nanterre3.0 
 2. Cissoko, Monaco2.0 
 3. Munanga, Monaco1.5 
 4. Mendy, Nanterre1.0 
 5. Nzita, Le Mans1.0 
 6. Weber, CCRB P.1.0 
 7. Goulmy, Strasbourg1.0 
 8. Bazille, Limoges1.0 
 9. Ndiaye, Bourg1.0 
 10. Bibolet-R., Bourg1.0 


Ryan Rhoomes agreed terms with Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-107kg-92, college: Fordham, agency: Duran International) from Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball. In 34 ProB games in France he recorded 11.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Rhoomes received All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Rhoomes graduated from Fordham University in 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

STB Le Havre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Samir Mekdad
Seidou Njoya
Rudy Jomby
Omar Krayem

Forwards:
Sade Aded_Hussein
Jimmy Hall
Stacy Davis
Gauthier Denis
Calvin Hippolyte

Centers:
Fabien Paschal
Ryan Rhoomes

Coach: Jean Manuel Sousa

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ProA U21 Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in ProA U21.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hyeres-Toulon (1-1) on the court of Cholet on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Cholet 87-78. Cholet outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 43-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Killian Hayes (194-1) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Congolese forward Rigo Edzata (203-97) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Guard Corentin Lopez (193-97) responded with 20 points and 4 steals. Hyeres-Toulon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet is looking forward to face Lyon-Villeurbanne (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Limoges (#17) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Bourg. Bourg (1-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Le Portel (0-2) 68-65 on Tuesday evening. Point guard Thibault Desseignet (178-98) notched 21 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and Thao Rey supported him with 14 points and 5 steals. Even 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Cameroonian guard Samir Gbetkom Bikantchou (191-98) did not help to save the game for Le Portel. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bourg will play against Dijon (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against Antibes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Levallois where Levallois (1-1) was upset on its own court by Strasbourg (2-0) 80-51 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Louis Rucklin who scored 20 points and 6 assists. Neal Sako produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Levallois' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Strasbourg will meet at home CCRB Pro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Levallois will play against ES Chalonnais (#3) and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Monaco where Le Mans (0-2) was upset on the court of Monaco (1-1) 76-72. Shekinah Munanga orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Monaco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Monaco's next round opponent will be Gravelines (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#18) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless Dijon lost to undefeated Gravelines on the opponent's court 60-73. CCRB Pro outscored Antibes in a home game 84-58. Lyon-Villeurbanne recorded a loss to Boulazac on the road 82-76. Winless Limoges lost to undefeated ES Chalonnais on its own court 67-75. Nanterre smashed Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a road game 69-41.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points by Armand Mensah of Nanterre.

U21
Gravelines - Dijon 73-60

Very expected game when Dijon (0-2) was defeated on the road by Gravelines (2-0) 73-60. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Dijon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Matthias Flosse (209-98) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Louis Marnette (194-1) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Swiss point guard Noah Burrell (190-97) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Damien Archinard (196-98) added 12 points in the effort for Dijon. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines' next round opponent will be Monaco (#12) at home which should be an easy win for them. Dijon will play against Bourg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dijon: N.Burrell 13+5reb, D.Archinard 12+4reb+1ast, G.Berchel 11+4reb, L.Weber 8+3reb+4ast, H.Lesne 4+5reb, I.Fanne 4+3reb+5ast
Gravelines: L.Marnette 22+1reb+5ast, M.Flosse 21+11reb+1ast, L.Bourhis 9+2reb+2ast, B.David 7+3reb+2ast, D.Marico 4+6reb+4ast, P.Hannequin 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 580214


Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon 87-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hyeres-Toulon (1-1) on the court of Cholet on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Cholet 87-78. Cholet outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 43-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Killian Hayes (194-1) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Congolese forward Rigo Edzata (203-97) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Cholet players scored in double figures. Guard Corentin Lopez (193-97) responded with 20 points and 4 steals and naturalized Burkinabe guard Shany Sanou (185-99) scored 17 points and 4 steals. Hyeres-Toulon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet is looking forward to face Lyon-Villeurbanne (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Limoges (#17) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: C.Lopez 20+1reb+2ast, S.Sanou 17+3reb+3ast, I.Sarr 10+4reb, Q.Losser 7+2reb+1ast, R.Diabi 6+1ast, D.Diawara 5+2reb+2ast
Cholet: R.Edzata 18+8reb+2ast, K.Hayes 16+5reb+12ast, Y.Thalgott 16+7reb+3ast, Q.Ruel 14+5reb, Y.Morose 11+10reb+4ast, W.Woghiren 7+2reb
gschID: 580213


CCRB Pro - Antibes 84-58

Very predictable result in Reims where CCRB Pro (2-0) smashed Antibes (0-2) 84-58. CCRB Pro dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Antibes' 32. CCRB Pro forced 24 Antibes turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Antibes' players. Power forward Louis Cassier (203-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Thomas Pottier (196-99) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Belgian Giuliano Neri (193-99) replied with 21 points and guard Robin Pradines (192-0) added 17 points in the effort for Antibes. CCRB Pro's next round opponent will be Strasbourg (#6) on the road where they are favorite. Antibes will play against Le Portel (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: G.Neri 21+3reb, R.Pradines 17+2reb, T.Durand 8+7reb+4ast, T.Touze 5+2reb+1ast, F.Sangodeyi 3+4reb+1ast, M.Rostomoff 2+2reb
CCRB Pro: T.Pottier 20+1reb+5ast, P.Massoma 17+4reb, L.Cassier 14+13reb+3ast, F.Fereira 11+2reb+2ast, J.Rambaut 9+3reb+4ast, A.Leboeuf 7+4reb+8ast
gschID: 580212


Boulazac - Lyon-Villeurbanne 82-76

There was a minor upset when Lyon-Villeurbanne (1-1) was defeated on the road by Boulazac (1-1) 82-76. Boulazac dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Lyon-Villeurbanne's 38. They outrebounded Lyon-Villeurbanne 41-27 including a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Kevin Hangoue (201-97, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Dylan Affo (196-99) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Boulazac's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Theo Maledon (192-0) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Sofiane Briki (193-99) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Lyon-Villeurbanne. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boulazac's next round opponent will be Nanterre (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Lyon-Villeurbanne: T.Maledon 17+6reb+5ast, K.Sow 15+7reb, S.Briki 14+5reb+5ast, M.Strazel 11+1reb, V.Memishi 8+3reb, N.Pharose 7+1reb
Boulazac: K.Hangoue 19+14reb, D.Affo 18+11reb+1ast, A.Alexandre 17+3reb+1ast, A.Labanere 10+3reb+2ast, F.Adolphe 4+2reb+1ast, D.Padane 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 580210


Levallois - Strasbourg 51-80

An interesting game took place in Levallois where Levallois (1-1) was upset on its own court by Strasbourg (2-0) 80-51 on Tuesday. Strasbourg forced 30 Levallois turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Louis Rucklin (184-99) who scored 20 points and 6 assists. Center Quentin Goulmy (206-98) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Strasbourg players scored in double figures. Center Neal Sako (207-98) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and forward Ivan Fevrier (204-99) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Levallois' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Strasbourg will meet at home CCRB Pro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Levallois will play against ES Chalonnais (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Levallois: W.Mpogazi 12+1reb+2ast, N.Sako 10+10reb+1ast, I.Fevrier 10+7reb+1ast, I.Boutinane 5+3reb, F.Loubaki 4+2reb+2ast, R.Albicy 3+1ast
Strasbourg: L.Rucklin 20+4reb+6ast, Q.Goulmy 16+8reb+4ast, P.Gomis 12+3reb+3ast, M.Kwedi 10+5reb+3ast, V.Pota 10+3reb+2ast, J.Tchicamboud 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 580215


Monaco - Le Mans 76-72

An interesting game took place in Monaco where Le Mans (0-2) was upset on the court of Monaco (1-1) 76-72. DR Congolese Shekinah Munanga (201-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Kevin Cham (182-98, college: High School) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Monaco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Junior Zero (194-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Liam Jackson (185-99) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Le Mans. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Monaco's next round opponent will be Gravelines (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Zero 18+10reb+1ast, L.Jackson 17+5reb+6ast, K.Baptiste 13, M.Esso-Essis 13+4reb+3ast, A.Dokossi 3+2reb+1ast, M.Doumbe 2
Monaco: S.Munanga 22+15reb+3ast, K.Cham 17+4reb+1ast, R.Poinas 14+4reb+2ast, S.Bony 7+2reb+1ast, S.Dracon 6+1reb+1ast, H.Voulfor 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 580217


Bourg - Le Portel 68-65

Important game to mention about took place in Bourg. Bourg (1-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Le Portel (0-2) 68-65 on Tuesday evening. Bourg forced 23 Le Portel turnovers. Point guard Thibault Desseignet (178-98) notched 21 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and Thao Rey supported him with 14 points and 5 steals. Four Bourg players scored in double figures. Even 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Cameroonian guard Samir Gbetkom Bikantchou (191-98) did not help to save the game for Le Portel. Guard Martin Courtois (191-97) added 13 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bourg will play against Dijon (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against Antibes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: S.Gbetkom Bikantchou 30+6reb+4ast, M.Courtois 13+4reb, R.Deprez 5+2reb+1ast, V.Ilic 4+3reb+1ast, N.Sam Mbaka 4, Y.Diaby 3+1reb
Bourg: T.Desseignet 21+2reb+6ast, T.Rey 14+4reb+2ast, T.Van Ounsem 11+4reb, A.Collin 10+1reb+1ast, A.Xavir 6+3reb, J.Cretinon 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 580211


Limoges - ES Chalonnais 67-75

Everything went according to plan when ES Chalonnais (2-0) beat on the road Limoges (0-2) 75-67. ES Chalonnais forced 27 Limoges turnovers. Etienne Ca (210-97) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Victor Mopsus (182-99) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four ES Chalonnais players scored in double figures. DR Congolese center Merveille Muninga (203-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Tim Eboh (197-97) added 8 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Limoges. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ES Chalonnais' next round opponent will be Levallois (#7) at home where they are favorite. Limoges will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: M.Muninga 15+10reb+2ast, B.Delage 13+3reb+6ast, R.Bordin 13+2reb, T.Eboh 8+13reb+6ast, L.Peynaud 5+1reb, A.Muba 5+6reb
ES Chalonnais: E.Ca 17+11reb+2ast, V.Mopsus 11+7reb+5ast, J.Wojcik 11+1reb+1ast, M.Missonnier 10+4reb+4ast, M.Diop 7+2reb, S.Wojcik 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 580216


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nanterre 41-69

There was no surprise when Pau-Lacq-Orthez (0-2) was outplayed at home by Nanterre (2-0) 69-41. They made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Nanterre outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 44-24 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Jean-Marc Pansa (208-98) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Armand Mensah (182-99) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Swingman Emile Chassaigne (192-99) replied with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Hugo Blanc (201-98) added 11 points in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Nanterre's next round opponent will be Boulazac (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Le Mans (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: H.Blanc 11+4reb+1ast, E.Chassaigne 8+7reb+4ast, T.Daval-Braquet 8+5reb, S.Bouhalloufa 6+1reb+1ast, B.Fauthoux 3+2reb, L.Zabalou 2
Nanterre: A.Mensah 19+1reb+1ast, J.Pansa 11+10reb, A.Jaiteh 10+6reb, M.Dadiet 7+4reb+5ast, A.Baal 6+4reb+2ast, A.Mendy 6+5reb
gschID: 580218





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

20-year old power forward Shekinah Munanga (201-PF-97) put on an amazing game in the last round for Monaco and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 of U21 championship.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Le Mans (#15, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-72. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Monaco is placed at 12th position in French league. Monaco 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. Munanga turned to be Monaco's top player in his first season with the team. Munanga has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 13.5rpg. Munanga is in league's top in and averages solid 1.5bpg and 63.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Thibault Desseignet (178-PG-98) of Bourg. He is a guard in his 3rd season at Bourg. In the last game Desseignet recorded impressive 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Bourg to edge Le Portel (0-2) by 3 points 68-65. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Desseignet 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 18.0ppg (#7). He also recorded 5.5 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Samir Gbetkom Bikantchou (191-G-98) of Le Portel (#16). Gbetkom Bikantchou got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. Despite Gbetkom Bikantchou's great performance Le Portel lost 65-68 to Bourg (#10, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Le Portel can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Gbetkom Bikantchou he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gbetkom Bikantchou has a very solid season. In 2 games in France he scored 22.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matthias Flosse (209-PF-98) of Gravelines - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Kevin Hangoue (201-PF-97) of Boulazac - 19 points and 14 rebounds
6. Louis Rucklin (184-PG-99) of Strasbourg - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Louis Cassier (203-F/C-97) of CCRB Pro - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Killian Hayes (194-G-01) of Cholet - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Liam Jackson (185-G-99) of Le Mans - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Louis Marnette (194-SG-01) of Gravelines - 22 points 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)



French ProA round 2 best performance: Raymond Cowels III - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Raymond Cowels III (192-F/G-90, agency: SportsVision-Service) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hyeres-Toulon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, two rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Cholet (#16, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 79-73. Hyeres-Toulon is placed at 3rd position in French ProA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Hyeres-Toulon won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Cowels III had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Hyeres-Toulon's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of Paris-Levallois. Ware had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Paris-Levallois was edged by Strasbourg (1-1) 83-81. 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. Ware is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#3). He also registered 10.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tim Blue (205-PF-84) of Antibes (#7). Blue scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Blue's great performance Antibes lost 78-86 to Chalons-Reims (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antibes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Blue has a great season in France. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ken Horton (199-F-89) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 24 points and 3 rebounds
5. Rion Brown (198-SG-91) of Dijon - 18 points and 4 rebounds
6. Chase Simon (201-SF-89) of Bourg - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michael Dixon (186-G-90) of Strasbourg - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Brandon Ubel (208-F/C-91) of Boulazac - 10 points and 8 rebounds
10. David Logan (185-G-82) of Strasbourg - 17 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)



ProA Round 2: Olympique Antibes lose to Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

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

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Olympique Antibes (1-1). They were defeated by Chalons-Reims (1-1) 86-78 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 48-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chalons-Reims made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Icelandic guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 15 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Ed Daniel (203-90, college: Murray St.) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Olympique Antibes will play next round against Le Portel trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chalons-Reims will try to continue on its current victory against Strasbourg IG on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Monaco (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Le Mans (2-0) 67-66. American Mykal Riley (196-85, college: Alabama) notched 15 points to lead the effort and Antoine Eito supported him with 14 points. Even 17 points by Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Monaco. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) at home in the next round. Monaco will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Levallois between Strasbourg IG and Paris-Levallois. Strasbourg IG (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over Paris-Levallois (0-2). Strasbourg IG managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Michael Dixon who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Gavin Ware produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Strasbourg IG will meet at home Chalons-Reims (#8) in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against Chalon/Saor (#15) and hope to win that game.
JL Bourg (1-1) crushed at home Le Portel (1-1) by 38 points 91-53, which is the biggest margin this round. Chase Simon orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless Chalon was destroyed by Limoges on the opponent's court 90-65. Winless Boulazac lost to undefeated ASVEL in a home game 67-76. Nanterre lost to undefeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the road 75-89. Winless Cholet lost to undefeated Hyeres-Toulon on its own court 73-79. Dijon beat Gravelines in a road game 80-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points by Ken Horton of Pau-Lacq-Orthez.

Limoges - Chalon 90-65

Limoges CSP Elite used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Chalon 90-65. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Chalon/Saor was better in third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chalon/Saor 34-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Limoges CSP Elite especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. William Howard (202-93) contributed with 15 points for the winners. The former international center Ousmane Camara (205-89) replied with 15 points and American guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) added 12 points in the effort for Chalon/Saor. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be Hyeres-Toulon (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Chalon/Saor will play against Paris-Levallois (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: W.Howard 15+3reb, J.Carter 15+1reb+2ast, A.Bouteille 12+5reb+1ast, J.Morency 10+3reb, K.Hayes 9+4reb+3ast, M.Jaiteh 9+3reb+1ast
Chalon: O.Camara 15+3reb+2ast, A.Rozenfeld 12+1reb+1ast, L.Harris 12+2reb+2ast, B.Pinault 9+3ast, A.Smith 7+1reb+2ast, R.Putney 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 550943


Monaco - Le Mans 66-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Monaco (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Le Mans (2-0) 67-66. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 24-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. American Mykal Riley (196-85, college: Alabama) notched 15 points to lead the effort and the former international guard Antoine Eito (186-88) supported him with 14 points. Even 17 points by Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Monaco. American swingman Christopher Evans (203-91, college: Kent St., agency: Diamond Sports) added 16 points for the hosts. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) at home in the next round. Monaco will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: M.Riley 15+4reb+2ast, A.Eito 14+3reb+2ast, J.Cobbs 11+2reb+3ast, R.Travis 7+4reb+1ast, J.Jeanne 7+7reb, W.Yeguete 6+7reb+3ast
Monaco: E.Kikanovic 17+3reb, C.Evans 16+2reb+1ast, A.Sy 10+7reb, A.Craft 10+2reb+1ast, G.Robinson 8+5reb+4ast, G.Joseph 2+6reb
gschID: 550944


Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 81-83

A very close game took place in Levallois between Strasbourg IG and Paris-Levallois. Strasbourg IG (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over Paris-Levallois (0-2). Strasbourg IG managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Tuesday evening. Paris-Levallois trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-83 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Strasbourg IG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Strasbourg IG will meet at home Chalons-Reims (#8) in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against Chalon/Saor (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: M.Dixon 19+4reb+5ast, D.Logan 17+3reb+5ast, D.Atkins 12+3reb+4ast, Z.Wright 11+5reb+4ast, J.Leloup 8+3reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 6+6reb+3ast
Paris-Levallois: G.Ware 26+13reb, K.Prepelic 14+6ast, L.Campbell 11+1reb+2ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 9+3reb+2ast, P.Cornelie 9+5reb+3ast, R.Lesca 7+3ast
gschID: 550945


Boulazac - ASVEL 67-76

Very predictable result when ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (2-0) defeated on the road Boulazac Basket (0-2) 76-67. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-12. But Boulazac Basket won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International Charles Kahudi (199-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) replied with 14 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Brandon Ubel (208-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's next round opponent will be Cholet Basket (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against JSF Nanterre and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: C.Kahudi 18+4reb, D.Nelson 11+1reb+5ast, N.Lang 11+4reb+1ast, D.Watkins 11+7reb, A.Noua 10+4reb+1ast, A.Kaba 6+3reb
Boulazac: K.Anderson 15+2reb+1ast, D.Jackson 14+2reb+4ast, E.Vargas 11+6reb+1ast, B.Ubel 10+8reb+1ast, S.Gauthier 5+1reb, J.Sanchez 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 550938


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nanterre 89-75

Pau-Lacq-Orthez used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Nanterre 89-75. The game was mostly controlled by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JSF Nanterre was better in fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Taqwa Pinero (191-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Nicolas Moore (175-92, college: SMU, agency: Players Group) replied with 13 points and forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be Le Mans (#4) on the road. JSF Nanterre will play against Boulazac Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: K.Horton 24+3reb, K.Boukichou 13+5reb+1ast, A.Koffi 12+6reb+1ast, T.Pinero 12+7reb+1ast, C.Dowe 11+4reb+5ast, E.Okobo 7+4reb+5ast
Nanterre: N.Moore 13+2reb+3ast, T.Petteway 11+5reb, L.Konate 11+3reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 10+1reb, E.Murphy 10+2reb, J.Shuler 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550946


Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon 73-79

Everything went according to plan when Hyeres-Toulon (2-0) beat on the road Cholet Basket (0-2) 79-73. Cholet Basket was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Hyeres-Toulon, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (192-90, college: Santa Clara, agency: SportsVision-Service) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points. The other American import forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. American Toddrick Gotcher (190-93, college: Texas Tech) replied with 17 points and 5 assists and center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cholet Basket. Four Cholet Basket players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Cholet Basket will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Cowels III 32+2reb, R.Arnold 14+4reb+3ast, J.Tolbert 12+9reb+2ast, F.Prenom 8+2reb, T.Smith 8+8reb+5ast, A.Chassang 3+2reb+2ast
Cholet: T.Gotcher 17+2reb+5ast, J.Boutsiele 15+5reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 11+2reb+1ast, D.Michineau 10+3reb+2ast, R.Evans 6+5reb+1ast, I.Maras 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 550940


Gravelines - Dijon 70-80

There was no surprise when Gravelines-Dunkerque (0-2) was defeated at home by JDA Dijon (2-0) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Gravelines-Dunkerque was better in third quarter 25-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JDA Dijon made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Nigerian-American guard Rasheed Sulaimon (193-94, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import guard William Buford (196-90, college: Ohio St., agency: Two Points) added 13 points in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be JL Bourg (#6) at home where they are favorite. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Monaco (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dijon: R.Brown 18+4reb, R.Sulaimon 16+5reb+3ast, A.Julien 14+2reb+3ast, V.Bigote 11+6reb+2ast, R.Pearson 7+5reb+3ast, J.Alingue 6+2reb+1ast
Gravelines: W.Buford 13+2reb+3ast, J.Mipoka 11+3reb+1ast, D.Cooper 10+6reb+9ast, T.Smith 10+6reb, B.Sene 9+2reb+3ast, Q.Serron 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 550941


Bourg - Le Portel 91-53

JL Bourg (1-1) crushed at home Le Portel (1-1) by 38 points 91-53, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. JL Bourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Le Portel's 28. JL Bourg players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: 3Eye) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. The other American import point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) replied with 12 points and Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Portel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: C.Simon 18+3reb+4ast, L.Jeter 14+4reb+6ast, Z.Peacock 14+6reb+2ast, G.Sim 11+5reb+4ast, G.Biruta 9+1ast, M.Courby 7+1reb
Le Portel: M.Hachad 12+4reb, J.Traore 10+2reb, D.Odiakosa 8+7reb+1ast, T.Golden 8+3reb+2ast, J.Donaldson 6+6reb+2ast, F.Hassell 6+6reb
gschID: 550942


Chalons-Reims - Antibes 86-78

Round 2 most important game was a defeat of Olympique Antibes (1-1). They were defeated by Chalons-Reims (1-1) 86-78 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 48-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chalons-Reims made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Icelandic guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 15 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Ed Daniel (203-90, college: Murray St.) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Olympique Antibes will play next round against Le Portel trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chalons-Reims will try to continue on its current victory against Strasbourg IG on the road.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: M.Hermannsson 15+1reb+5ast, W.Deane 15+1reb+2ast, E.Daniel 11+6reb+2ast, P.Carter 11+2reb, G.Pitard 11+1reb+2ast, R.Duport 9+3reb+2ast
Antibes: T.Blue 27+8reb+2ast, M.Kouguere 14+3reb, V.Sanford 12+6reb, P.Rigot 9+3reb, M.Yarou 8+9reb, J.Blassingame 7+7ast
gschID: 550939





Temgoua's 24 points and 8 assists give him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old guard Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Boulogne and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Boulogne in his team's victory, helping them to beat SAP Vaucluse (#18, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-77. It allowed Boulogne to take over top position in the French NM1. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Boulogne won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Temgoua turned to be Boulogne's top player in his first season with the team. St.Lawrence University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Temgoua is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 8.0apg) and averages solid 4.0spg,83.3% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Demond Watt (200-F-89) of Gries/Oberhoffen. He is American forward in his first season at Gries/Oberhoffen. In the last game Watt recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Gries/Oberhoffen to edge Chartres (0-1) by 3 points 83-80. 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. Watt is a newcomer at Gries/Oberhoffen and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Kyle Tresnak (208-C-92) of RAC Basket (#7). Tresnak scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of RAC Basket, leading his team to a 101-64 easy win against ALS Basket (#10, 0-1). RAC Basket has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Tresnak also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Tresnak as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Moise Diame (206-C-86) of Brissac-Aubance - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
5. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89) of Orchies - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Will Felder (201-F-91) of Chartres - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Drake Reed (194-G/F-87) of Saint Vallier - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Lourdes - 23 points and 6 rebounds
9. Diante Watkins (174-PG-90) of Boulogne - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sourata Cisse (196-F/G-86) of Brissac-Aubance - 21 points, 2 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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Thank You Basketball God For Three BBL Legends With Science City Jena! - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Every summer when the dog days have arrived and EasyCredit BBL teams are wheeling and dealing and attempting to make their rosters to perfection the same way Tom Brady strives to be the best in the game he loves from the nutrition side to the x's and o's to the diehard preparation for every opponent or Derrick Allen who at 37 has the body of a 27 year old and never saw a gym that he despised, fans can start to wonder what will be the league allurement's in the coming season from team to team. Going into the 2017-2018 season, you can check out the top teams and discover very endearing zests that will wet any one's appetite concerning their season story. In Bamberg there was a major housecleaning seriously disrupting the team's chemistry from last season and it will be interesting to see if head coach Andrea Trinchieri can build another winner grasping BBL hardware. In Berlin everybody is eyeing the new head coach Garcia Aito Reneses and if he can bring real success back to the traditional team as on paper, his roster looks like a winner already. In Munich the season hasn't even started yet, but a guy like Marco Pesic must be as excited as ever as this season his mindset about winning the BBL title must be as great as ever as he has held a good chunk of it's team chemistry of last season plus welcoming back three 2017 Serbian European finalists as the excitement is immense in the Bavarian capital for major success. And in Jena, fans are uttering simply one word. Thank You Basketball God for the three BBL legends. If they made an NBA Rushmore, most fans currently might choose Jordan, Lebron, Kobe and Magic while in Jena they would most definitely have Derrick Allen (201-F-80, college: Mississippi) Immanuel Mcelroy and Julius Jenkins for their own BBL Rushmore. Not only in Jena are fans marveling about having these three players on board, but also fans all over Germany as well as the EasyCredit BBL offices in Cologne can be ecstatic about showcasing these three legends as it is just super for the league to not only have them still running up and down the floor, but all on one team. In the 108,000 populated city Jena, you have a beautiful landscape as the city lies in a pretty valley with it's 160 meter Jentower standing out while local's flock to watch their most known soccer team FC Carl Zeiss Jena and brag that once German national player Bernd Schneider hails from their town, but there is also basketball team Science City Jena that can boast their three BBL legends. When looking at the three Americans, you see unending experience and three role models combined share 110 years of age. The three players bring combined 43 professional seasons into this season including 38 seasons in Germany displaying their amazing dedication to playing in Germany. The three BBL legends also aren't short on titles as combined they share 13 professional titles and they share 11 BBL allstar appearances. The three also share 1,163 BBL games, 268 international club games and 66 Euroleague games experience. You could almost call them brothers as all three have a dedication to the game and their body that has allowed them to play so long into their thirties, but all three have different games. Allen who will forever be remembered as Mr ballerina as his crazy tip toeing and head fakes in the paint made one Murat Didin dizzy on occasion more than once was a consistent scorer his whole career, but also crafted a nifty mid distance fade away jumper while Julius Jenkins was the BBL's prolific scorer for a century and Immanuel Mcelroy the overall good player that could fill up the stat sheet like no other while being the best defender from the trio. Fans will be happy every time this trio visits their BBL arena and the only thing missing to help jazz up their season will be if the three started a friendly wager as to whom would play the longest. It wouldn't be surprising if fans still said thank you basketball god for the three BBL legends in the BBL even when they are in their forties.

After being in the German Pro A for eight years, Science City Jena made it back to the EasyCredit BBL last year. It is ironic that it was then a 25 year old coaching kid Bjoern Harmsen that had his first experience in the BBL with Science City Jena in 2007-2008 getting axed in mid season and then would get a new chance with the club 6 years later after having gotten further experience in the BBL with MBC and Giessen. After paying new dues in the Pro A for three years he would lead the team back to the top division in Germany in 2016. One has to be honest with the combined 25ppg from the duo of Jenkins and Mcelroy and surprising breakthrough of American Marcos Knight who led the league in scoring last season and was toiling in the Pro B only a few years earlier in Baunach and watching Top club Bamberg on a regular basis and probably wondering what do those players have that I don't, the club may have had problems staying in the BBL, but their 13th division finish was a huge accomplishment which secured another season of BBL basketball in Jena as well as keeping Jenkins and Mcelroy on board and bringing in Derrick Allen. Their most unforgettable moment last season was their massive 74-73 win against Alba Berlin, but also sweeping ex Pro A opponent Vechta and Braunschweig belonged to their season highlights. One has to wonder if a playoff appearance would have been in their cards had they not finished the season so badly as they lost nine of their last ten games. Plus their nail bitter loses to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 83-82 as well as a three point loss to medi Bayreuth and 77-73 loss to Alba Berlin, one really has to wonder where they would really have ended up at the end of the season if they had caught a few more positive breaks.

The two most important players that they could keep on board were Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy. Jenkins proved that he could still lite up the scoreboard as he played 26 games averaging 15.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 68.7%. He still has the consistency even in his late thirties as he scored in double figures in 20 of 26 contests. He also showed his explosiveness on occasion scoring 20 points or more seven times including a 30 point effort against Bonn as well as 27 points against ratiopharm Ulm and 25 points against the Fraport Skyliners. He also nailed six three's four times including in three games in a row and five trey's twice. Jenkins turns 37 in February and his skills haven't let up and he should still be good for double figure stats this season. Mcelroy will turn 38 in March and he also shows no signs of letting up with age. Last season he played 31 games averaging 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 79.8%. He scored in double figures 18 times including a 22 point game against Wurzburg and 21 point effort against Giessen. His shooting seems to be getting better with age as in the last two seasons he shot a combined 44% from the parking lot something he had never done in his 11 BBL season prior shooting at least 40% from outside. Mcelroy may not be the most vocal, but keeps the club together with his all-around fine game as that does his talking. The team also was able to keep four Germans with Julius Wolf, Oliver Clay, Oliver Mackeldanz and other club legend Ermen Reyes-Napoles. Wolf may only be 24 years old, but the 201cm forward is going into his fifth season with Science City Jena after learning his basketball trade with top German basketball school Ehingen. The German has played 131 games with the club and last season made his BBL debut with Science City Jena playing 26 games averaging 5.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 83.3%. He proved that he could adjust to the BBL and was a consistent performer for Harmsen and hustled on every play like there was no tomorrow. His best games were against Vechta with 15 points and had 12 points games against Bamberg and Braunschweig. Clay is a 30 year old 207cm forward that has six seasons of BBL experience having played 163 games. In his first five BBL seasons he never averaged more than 11.8 minutes per game, but last season in his sixth BBL season averaged a valuable 13,8 minutes per game averaging 2,6ppg and 2,7rpg and had a 11 point game against Phoenix Hagen. He is a guy that is active on both ends of the court and is a presence in the paint on the defensive end. Science City Jena has the three American legends, but also German Jena legend Reyes-Napoles who has been with the organization since 2004. He was already on board in the first BBL season 2007-2008 playing 13 games. He is the ultimate role player that always gives 100% and bleeds 100% for his team. Last season he got into 32 games averaging 3,6ppg in 13,7 minutes per game. He gave a top 16 point performance in 21 minutes in a crushing loss to ratiopharm Ulm and produced 11 points against Giessen. Mackeldanz is a 27 year old 213cm center that is going into his third BBL season and has played 33 BBL games. He is one of those rare players that has jumped from the Regionalliga to the BBL via Pro B and Pro A. Last season the ex Vechta German played 27 games averaging 3,7ppg and 1,4rpg. He is one of those guys that can always get you instant production as he proved against top teams ratiopharm Ulm where he scored 14 points in 16 minutes and 13 points in 16 minutes against FC Bayern Munich.

The team brought in five new players with Derrick Allen Skyler Bowlin, Radenko Pilcevic, Maximilian Ugrai and Brandon Spearman .Derrick Allen just keeps chugging along not showing age on the court as he recently turned 37 years old. His production has slipped a bit the last two seasons as he was under 10 points a game, but has averaged double figures in scoring in 9 BBL seasons. Last season with SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-BBL) he played 33 games averaging 8.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 67.1%. Last season he scored in double figures in 12 games and demonstrated twice that he could totally go off on the opponent netting 25 points against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and 22 points against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He is still good for 8-14 points on a regular basis and will be valuable with his experience and work ethic for the young bucks. Bowler is a 28 year old 191cm guard that is a late bloomer. After being a rookie in 2011 with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA), it took him five seasons to reach the EasyCredit BBL via Australia, Austria, Denmark and Sweden. Back in the 2015-2016 season, his German basketball screen test was in Frankfurt in a Fiba Europe Cup game where he produced 18 points and five assists and displayed a knack for hitting deep three's catching the eye of then Giessen head coach Denis Wucherer. Bowlin didn't disappoint last season with Giessen playing 33 games averaging 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 36.3%, FT: 77.6%. His strength is his lethal shooting as he eclipsed the 40% mark in Denmark three times, but is also a solid playmaker, annoying defender and disciplined rebounder who will use his athleticism to abuse smaller guards. The club also brought back Radenko Pilcevic back to Germany who played in Germany early in his career from 2009-2012 with MBC and Giessen playing a total of 89 BBL games. He averaged 7,0ppg, 1,5rpg and 2,8apg in his three years in Germany. In the last five years the Serb played in Serbia, Lithuania, Romania Hungary and Slovakia. He racked up three titles starting with the 2014 Hungarian league title with Szolnoki Olajbanyasz, the 2015 Romanian cup with BC Timisoara and the 2017 Slovakian cup with KB Kosice. Last season he played 42 games with KB Kosice (Slovakia-SBL) averaging 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-2 (6.2apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 84.7%. It was his best offensive season as a professional. The 188cm guard is a solid playmaker that knows how to run a team and prefers the pass first before finishing and will add that needed peskiness on the defensive end. Maxi Ugrai is a 22 year old 201cm forward that is seeking a new chance with Science City Jena after not achieving his break through with Wurzburg where he played 47 BBL games in parts of three seasons. Last season he split time with s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) playing 13 games averaging 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg. He also played with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (ProB) playing 30 games averaging 15,8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 74.0%. He is an all-rounder at his position that is burning for his BBL breakthrough this season. Brandon Spearman is another one of those special Cinderella stories where his talent didn't get noticed in Germany right away as it took him three seasons via the Pro B and Pro A and a very long try-out phase to reach the EasyCredit BBL. Spearman is a 26 year old 191cm guard from Chicago that played NCAA ball in Dayton and Hawaii and played with SC Rist Wedel and with the Gladiators Trier the last two seasons. He was able to improve his scoring, rebounding, assists, field goal, three point and free throw shooting from his first season with Trier. Last season he played 34 games averaging 15.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 76.6%. He showed his vast consistency in the last two seasons in the Pro A scoring in double figures in 57 of 71 Pro A games deserving a shot at the BBL. The American excels as a scorer and shooter, but is also a solid defender and will profit from Mcelroy's presence and off the court the most.

So where will the journey of Science City Jena end in the 2017-2018 season? When looking at the stats from last season the club scored 75 points per game, but hauled down only 29 rebounds per game both stats that coach Harmsen would love to have improved. The club did lose some solid players in Wayne Bernard, Kenny Frease, Shaquille Goodwin and Stephan Haukohl, so it will be interesting to see how well the new players with Derrick Allen Skyler Bowlin, Radenko Pilcevic and Brandon Spearman and Maxi Ugrai can replace them. When looking at who went and who came, the club may be a tad stronger than last season. A vital component for the success of Science city Jena this season will be the health of the three BBL legends and if they can stay consistent. A considerable drop in production from a Jenkins or Mcelroy would hurt very much. Second like with so many other teams that are playing somewhere in no mans land of the BBL, the club will need to get valuable production form their Germans. A guy like Stephan Haukol will be missed in this regard. It will be interesting to see if Ugrai can fill his void production wise. The last important factor will be how well the guard duo of Bowlin/Pilcevic do. The key player this season will be Bowlin. If he can step up his game from last season then this could be an interesting team that will annoy perhaps a few more teams than last season. If Spearman can make the jump from the Pro A to BBL with flying colors and can be a productive scorer more than only on occasion then this team will return back to the BBL next season. For Science City to make the playoffs then everything has to go right, but that will be very difficult. Science City Jena will finish somewhere in the region of 9-14.




KT Harrell (Basic Fit Brussels) I Never Compare Myself To Someone Else Because I'm On A Different Path To Better Myself - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

K.T. Harrell (193-G-92, college: Auburn) is a 25 year old 193cm point guard that was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and lived some years there before moving to Montgomery, Alabama. He is playing his third professional season and first with Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Euromillions League). He started his basketball career at Virginia (NCAA) in 2010 where he played two seasons playing 42 NCAA games before moving to Auburn in 2013 where he played two seasons playing 65 games and as a senior played 35 games averaging18.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 81.4%. In the summer of 2015 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Philadelphia 76ers) playing 4 games averaging 5.3ppg, 1.3rpg. He then started his professional basketball career with Akhisar Belediye (Turkey-TBL) playing 32 games averaging 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 78.6%. In the summer of 2016 he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Pelicans) playing 5 games averaging 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg. Last season he played with Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Italy-Serie A2) playing 30 games averaging 19.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 83.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Champions League qualifying game in Ludwigsburg

Thanks KT for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. You were born in Wiesbaden, Germany, but grew up in the states. With what kind of feelings do you have concerning Germany where you were born?


I have very good feelings about Germany. I was born on the airbase in Wiesbaden as my parents were in the military. I spent six years living in Germany before going back to the States and living in Alabama. It would be cool to go back to Wiesbaden one day.


What do you know about basketball in Germany? Do you have any friends balling in Germany?


I don't have any close friends playing in Germany, but I do know that they have a very good league and one of the best in Europe.


Your preparing for a Champions League qualifying game in Germany against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg who are a very talented team with many strong American players. What kind of game can we await and what will be key to winning the game?


We have been working very hard preparing for them and their press. We have been working on different defensive schemes so we will be prepared for them. I am really looking forward to this game as we are ready.


Your playing your first season with Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Euromillions League). You have been a flat out scorer since your junior season at Auburn. What is your role this season as your playing with two other talented Americans and some other imports?

I don't only want to be seen as a scorer, but also as a good defender, being able to create for my teammates and be a complete player. My goal this season is to become a complete player and that is what coach is expecting me to do.

You are an explosive scorer that put up points at ease. To what NBA player would you describe your game and what other strengths do you possess that show you aren't a one dimensional player?


I really like the game of CJ Mccollum. I would compare myself to him, but more so in terms of our body type and that we are the same height. He is a player that can attack, shoot off the dribble and also create for others which is how I like to describe my game.


You're a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?


My defense doesn't get noticed. Coach was shocked how I play defense. He knew I could score, but wasn't awaiting the kind of defense I play. I really have worked on my quickness and I want to show that I can be a two way player.


Last season you played with Mens Sana 1871 Siena (Italy-Serie A2) playing 30 games averaging 19.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 83.9%. You scored in double figures in 27 of 30 games and scored 20 points or more 15 times. How do you feel did your game grow in your second professional season?

I really learned a lot last year. The coach had a lot to do with my progression in that he helped me elevate my game on offense and defense. I knew that I had to get better on defense and he really challenged me. Key was that he helped me become a more attentive and focused player on defense something I am carrying into this season.


Last season you netted 36 points against Latina Basket, but also 33 points in an exciting 106-103 win against Virtus Roma. Which game was most memorable to you?


I think the last game against Roma was the most memorable. We had been a team expected to make the playoffs, but didn't that season. We had lost many games at the end, but came back and beat a very good team at the end in front of our home court fans which was very special for me and something that I will always remember.


As a rookie you played for Akhisar Belediye (Turkey-TBL) playing 32 games averaging 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 78.6%. You stated one of your wake up calls as a rookie was being the only black man there and everyone staring at you. What other major adjustments did you have as a rookie?


The biggest one was that people there weren't used to seeing a black man. The people saw me and figured I was an athlete because I was so much taller than everyone else. The culture was a lot different and it wasn't as Americanized. My rookie season in Turkey was a great and humbling experience. I didn't take this experience for granted, but appreciate the opportunity I got. I realized that I had to work hard to get to where I wanted to get to in my career.


What kind of experience was it for you having DJ Newbill as a teammate the last few months after he had suffered growing pains with his first professional team Asvel. How did you benefit from his presence and he from yours?

Having each other around was good for the both of us. He came from the France Pro A and brought a different level of play to our team which helped us. We were both guards and we meshed together very well. It was never 'I am the guard here', but we really understood each other well and hung around together in our free time.


After Auburn you played 2015 NBA Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers. What kind of experience was that first Summer League? Did you get any advice from the organization about how to continue to further your game best?

It was a great experience playing NBA Summer League. I played with many talented players that were already on the 76ers roster as well as against very talent players from other teams. The best advice I got was just to keep working hard. In the NBA there are enough good scorers, so you really have to work on other parts of your game to be able to add another dimension to your game in order to become a two way player.

In the summer of 2016 you played NBA Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans. What kind of experience was it being teammates with Buddy Hield? When you see his game and where he is now, just how much difference is there in skill level between a guy like him and you?


With all due respect to Buddy Hield, he can really play. He struggled a bit in the first few games, but then found his rhythm. He was taking most of the shots and that is what everyone expected. You can't compare two players that are on different paths. The NBA is a business and reaching it has to do with knowing the right people and being connected. It is hard to compare two players that are on different paths. I never compare myself to someone else. I am on a different path to better myself.


What did you learn about how the NBA works in your two summers of NBA Summer League play? Is reaching the NBA not always about being the best skilled player, but really having the right connections?

I think that it is a little of both. You obviously have to know the right people and be connected, but also have skill and have some natural gift from God. Guys in the NBA are there for a reason. It is the same with guys unsigned overseas. There are many great players unsigned wanting to paly somewhere here, but just aren't connected.


You played at Auburn for head coach Bruce Pearl. How did he groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

I was lucky to play for three good coaches with coach Bennett at Virginia and coach Barbee and Pearl at Auburn. Pearl was a great coach with a great mind and was one of the best coaches that I ever played for. He taught me to always play with passion. There are always some nights where you don't want to play, but he taught always play with passion. To this day I always play with 110 % effort.

You beat LSU scoring 29 points to reach the in the SEC semi-finals. Was this one of your most unforgettable NCAA games?


That was one of my most memorable games. I hit a three to get to OT and then we won. That was the first time that Auburn ever won three games in a SEC tournament. This was a big moment for Auburn and something that I will always take with me and remember.


What stories do you remember hearing about Quantez Robertson who played at Auburn from 2005-2009 and is playing his 9th professional season in Germany with the Fraport Skyliners?


I did remember hearing stories about Quantez Robertson from my ex teammate at Auburn Franke Sullivan. I never saw him play, but heard that he could really play.


You played your junior season at Auburn with then senior Chris Denson. Were you surprised that he was out of professional basketball after his rookie season in Holland?


Yes a little bit. He is doing good now and happy with life. He was always a guy that knew what he wanted to do. He was a very talented player that was very gifted. He wanted to do something else in life. He will be fine.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Chris Denson?

Oh I won the one on one games. I never crushed him, but we had some battles.


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


The toughest player I battled in the NCAA was Iman Shumpert of Georgia Tech. I played against him as a freshman. He was very athletic, physical and quick. I wasn't that strong or mobile yet. He was an all-around player.


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


Kobe, Iverson, Jordan, Shaq


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


I'm biased. I'm a huge Jordan fan. My dad had Jordan tapes and I watched them as a kid. Later I fell in love with Kobe's game, because he copied Jordan's game. Lebron is a great player, but is behind Jordan.


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

No, I don't think so. He was an MVP for a reason. The intensity that he gives in every game is unmatched. Nobody can match it. He gives 110% each game and plays hard each possession and takes no play off.

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

Dennis Smith Jr isn't a sleeper but a guy who I think will win rookie of the year. He will be a main threat on the Dallas Mavericks.


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 the Rockets will be good, but with the west being so stacked a 3rd or 4th place finish.


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

I think that the trade was good for both sides. I would take Kyrie over Thomas, but in the long run the Cavs got a lot better considering who they already had, got through free agency and the players from the Celtics. They have enough depth now to be a threat to the Warriors.


Where will the journey of the Oklahoma Thunder end this season with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony?


The Thunder have a chance, but the Warriors still have more depth and just shoot the ball too good.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Shooter TV series.


Thanks KT for the chat.




Helsinki Seagulls sign Kayel Locke - by Eurobasket News

Helsinki Seagulls (Korisliiga) signed 23-year old American forward Kayel Locke (196-109kg-94, college: NC-Greensboro). The last season Locke played at Bashkimi (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Kosovo League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Locke also played 10 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg.
Locke graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Helsinki Seagulls roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Antti Kanervo
Antti Niskanen
Alex Vaenerberg
Jermaine Marshall
Derek Jackson
Remy Abell
Sakari Laakso
Jyri Eboreime
Ricky Waxlax

Forwards:
Tuukka Kotti
Timo Heinonen
Kayel Locke
Jesper Granlund

Coach: Mikko Larkas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khimki edge Panathinaikos in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Khimki - Panathinaikos 73-70

Khimki edged Panathinaikos in the opener of the Gomelskiy Cup. The Russian team posted a 73-70 victory after a strong second half. Panathinaikos grabbed a 19-16 lead at the start of the game and allowed the opponents to score another 16 points in the second frame for a 4-point halftime advantage. Khimki however dominated the third quarter and came up with a 21-16 run. Moreover they closed the game with a 20-18 rally to seal the victory.
Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) as well as Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) poured in 12 each. Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) followed them wth 10 points and 7 rebounds. Marcus Denmon (191-G-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 22 points in the losing effort.



Khimki edge Panathinaikos in Gomelsky Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

Khimki - Panathinaikos 73-70

Khimki edged Panathinaikos in the opener of the Gomelskiy Cup. The Russian team posted a 73-70 victory after a strong second half. Panathinaikos grabbed a 19-16 lead at the start of the game and allowed the opponents to score another 16 points in the second frame for a 4-point halftime advantage. Khimki however dominated the third quarter and came up with a 21-16 run. Moreover they closed the game with a 20-18 rally to seal the victory.
Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) as well as Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) poured in 12 each. Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) followed them wth 10 points and 7 rebounds. Marcus Denmon (191-G-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 22 points in the losing effort.



Darussafaka beat Panathinaikos for third position at Gomelsky Cup - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka - Panathinaikos 78:75 (OT)

Darussafaka clinched the third position at the Gomelsky Cup in Moscow. They overcame Panathinaikos in the consolation final. Will Cummings (188-PG-92, college: Temple) produced 17 points to lead the winners.
Darussafaka posted a 15:10 lead after the opening quarter. Panathinaikos erased the deficit in the second term. The teams entered the second half tied at 31. Darussafaka eked out a 3-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Panathinaikos managed to erase the deficit and forced overtime. However the Turkish side nailed 14 points in the extra period to seal the victory. JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89, college: Purdue) produced 14 points in the victory. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) answered with 12 points for Panathinaikos. Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 11 points each in the defeat.



Dion Dixon (ex Kymis) signs at C Africain - by Ahmad Madwar

Club Africain Tunis (Division I) landed 28-year old American point guard Dion Dixon (190-89, college: Cincinnati). He played most recently at GS Kymis in Greek A1 league, but left. In only one game he had just 2 points, 1 assist and 2 steals last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Dixon spent at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB where in 11 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for Sagesse (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.9apg. Dixon helped them to make it to the cup final.
In 2013 (a year after he left the college) Dixon was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in fifth round (72nd overall).
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Dixon received Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Import of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Dixon has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Dixon has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars) and Lebanon (Homenetmen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aris add Benson to their roster, ex Guizhou - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) added to their roster 29-year old American center Keith Benson (211-107kg-88, college: Oakland). He played last summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 21.5ppg and 10.0rpg.
Benson was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
The previous (15-16) season Benson played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce in U.S. NBA-G-League. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 56 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6bpg.
In 2011 Benson was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended Oakland University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
He is quite experienced player. Benson's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Benson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Italy (Banco di Srd), Lithuania (Neptunas), Philippines, Turkey (Banvit) and NBA (Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat).
On Benson: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Runs the floor well and shows good reactive leaping skills that help him some on the glass and blocking shotsDisplays a developing post game that is pretty solid right nowHas a very soft touch and is still adding moves to his repertoireHas a right-handed jump hook that is very effective, and with his length looks to translate seamlesslyNever seems to rush into his moves. Can be pushed out of the post by more physical bigs, and sometimes struggles to establish position consistently against strength Will need to get much stronger in his lower body Doesn't play very tough, physical ... His motor is also very improvable
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Aris Thessaloniki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kyle Weaver
Ioannis Athineou
Spyros Mourtos
Kwame Vaughn
Gary Bell
Dimitrios Flionis
Nikolaos Diplaros
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
Ioannis Patsiavaouras
Ioannis Sidiroilias

Forwards:
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Brent Petway
Michalis Tsairelis
Demetris Morant
Efstratios Voulgaropoulos
Vangelis Dimitrakas
Konstantinos Lazarou
Fotis Gounaropoulos
Dimitris Lysselis
Antreas Tretiakov
Konstantinos Altinis
Nikos Tsirilakis

Centers:
Zisis Sarikopoulos
Keith Benson
Vasileos Christidis

Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis

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Denton Koon (ex Leeuwarden) joins Barca II - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa II (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Denton Koon (203-95kg-92, college: Hofstra, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Aris Leeuwarden in Dutch Eredivisie. In 27 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Imports Team and 3rd Team.
Koon played in the final of CAA Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from Hofstra University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

FC Barcelona Lassa II roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pol Figueras
Arnas Velicka

Forwards:
Volodymyr Gerun
Denton Koon
Nedim Djedovic
Maxim Esteban
Aleix Font
Luka Samanic

Center:
Atoumane Diagne

Coach: Alfredo Julbe

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Leeuwarden lands Deividas Kumelis - by Eurobasket News

Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie) tabbed 22-year old Lithuanian shooting guard Deividas Kumelis (188-80kg-95). He played most recently at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 14 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.3apg last season. Kumelis helped them to make it to the cup final.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Ereliai Mazeikiai in Lithuanian LKL where in 16 games he had 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.7apg. But the most of that year Kumelis spent at Silute in Lithuanian NKL. In 26 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.1apg and 1.0spg.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg.
Kumelis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Nevezis, Oro navigacija, Ezerunas and S.Marciulionio.

Aris Leeuwarden roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valentijn Lietmeijer
Stefan Mladenovic
Deividas Kumelis
Emile Blackman
Leroy Peterson

Forwards:
Meshack Lufile
Nate Kratch
Niels Bunschoten

Coach: Tony van den Bosch

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Sopron signs Josh Greene - by Levente Szabo

The management of Sopron KC decided to strength their roster with another import player after they signed American guard, Josh Greene (183-PG-92, college: CS Northridge).

Greene has several years of experience in Europe. The product of CS Northridge started his rookie season in 2014/2015 in Italy 2nd division where he was the 3rd leading scorer of the entire league, averaging 18.9ppg. After two successful years in Italy he signed this past season to France (Pro-B). He recorded in the french league 11.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.4apg, (FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 83.5%) for STB Le Havre.

The 25 year old player arrives to Sopron KC from Romania where he left Craiova after parting ways with the team earlier this week.

Greene is already in Hungary and is expected to step on court this weekend in the first round of the Hungarian League.



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Rashad Whack (ex Island S.) joins Grindavik - by Eurobasket News

U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Rashad Whack (190-81kg-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's). He played last season at Island Storm in Canadian NBL. In 21 NBL Canada games he had 11.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg. Whack helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for BC Winterthur in Swiss LNA where in 20 games he was the best scorer with impressive 21.5ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Whack's college team won NEC Tournament in 2014. He was also voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Whack graduated from Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD in 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Hilla keeps Hinton for another season !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Hilla (Superleague) re-signed 26-year old American forward Westley Hinton (203-86kg-91, college: Troy). He played there last season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iraqi League 3rd Team.
And here thanks to pro basketball Hinton experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Hinton has played previously professionally also in Mexico (Vaqueros) and Bolivia (Univ.La Paz).
He attended Troy University until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Al Hilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Mohammed Abbas

Forwards:
Westley Hinton
Sajjad Al-Saedi
Alhamzah Albo

Center:
Ihab Al-Zuhairi

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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 33
 1. Proby, DCU Saints33.0 
 2. Andrews, KUBS27.0 
 3. Williams, Killester26.0 
 4. Garrow, UCD Marian23.0 
 5. OReilly, UCC D.23.0 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.23.0 
 7. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 8. Bogdanovic, Tralee20.0 
 9. Kulinicz, Belfast .19.0 
 10. Rockall, Maree19.0 
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. OReilly, UCC D.11.5 
 6. Kulinicz, Belfast .11.0 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.0 
 8. Donaghy, Tralee11.0 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.10.5 
 10. Bogdanovic, Tralee10.0 
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. Bonaparte, Templ.5.5 
 5. Roe, Killester5.5 
 6. McCarthy, Tralee5.0 
 7. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 8. Lyons, Moycullen5.0 
 9. Clems, Belfast .5.0 
 10. Randolph, Templ.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Black, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Randolph, Templ.3.5 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.0 
 4. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.3.0 
 5. Quigley, Tralee3.0 
 6. Burke, Maree3.0 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen3.0 
 8. James, Templeogue2.5 
 9. Williams, Killester2.5 
 10. Guebali, DCU Saints2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.4.0 
 2. Provizors, DCU S.3.0 
 3. Killeen, Templeogue2.5 
 4. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.2.0 
 5. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.0 
 6. Cairns, Belfast .2.0 
 7. Tummon, Moycullen2.0 
 8. Jovicic, Swords T.2.0 
 9. Bonaparte, Templ.2.0 
 10. McCann, KU.2.0 


Super League Round 2: Killester hands first loss to Templeogue - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Super League. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of Templeogue (1-1) in Dublin on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Killester (1-1) 96-82. Killester outrebounded Templeogue 50-35 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Templeogue helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Ciaran Roe (170-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Royce Williams (196, college: Ft.Hays State) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for Templeogue. Killester is looking forward to face Moycullen (#8) in Galway in the next round. Templeogue's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena Eanna.
Important game to mention about took place in Dublin. UCD Marian (1-0) saved a 3-point derby victory at home edging UCC Demons (1-1) 83-80 in the game for the third place. American guard Mike Garrow (193-91, college: E.Connecticut) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and Jordi Vall-Llobera chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. International point guard Kyle Hosford (175-89) responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. UCD Marian will play against KUBS (#11) in Greendale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UCC Demons will play at home against Swords Thunder (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of Moycullen (1-1) against DCU Saints (1-1) on Saturday night. Host Moycullen was defeated by DCU Saints in a tough game in Galway 78-85. Dee Proby notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 11 points and 8 rebounds by Brandon McGuire did not help to save the game for Moycullen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DCU Saints will meet at home Belfast Star in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Moycullen will play against Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Belfast Star (2-0) and Maree (0-2) in Belfast ended with biggest points difference. Belfast Star outscored guests from Galway 109-64. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be DCU Saints (#9) in Dublin and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play at home against Tralee and hope to win that game.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: Swords Thunder (#2) and Eanna (#10). Swords Thunder (2-0) smashed visiting Eanna (0-1) by 25 points 91-66. Swords Thunder will face UCC Demons (#6) in Cork in the next round where they are favorite. Eanna's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Templeogue.

In the last game of round 2 winless KUBS was smashed by Tralee on the road 75-37.

Templeogue - Killester 82-96

The most surprising game was a loss of Templeogue (1-1) in Dublin on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Killester (1-1) 96-82. Killester outrebounded Templeogue 50-35 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Templeogue helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Ciaran Roe (170-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Royce Williams (196, college: Ft.Hays State) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and international forward Neil Randolph (196, college: Elmira) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Templeogue. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Killester is looking forward to face Moycullen (#8) in Galway in the next round. Templeogue's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena Eanna.
Top scorers:
Killester: C.Roe 27+7reb+7ast, R.Williams 21+6reb+1ast, L.Garcia-hoyos 12+8reb+1ast, P.Sullivan 11+2reb+3ast, A.Casey 7+11reb+2ast, E.Kiernan 6+2reb
Templeogue: M.Bonaparte 26+11reb+7ast, J.Killeen 12+4reb+1ast, N.Randolph 11+6reb+7ast, L.Murphy 11+4reb+1ast, L.Thompson 8+1ast, S.James 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 571883


Moycullen - DCU Saints 78-85

Very important is a home loss of Moycullen (1-1) against DCU Saints (1-1) on Saturday night. Host Moycullen was defeated by DCU Saints in a tough game in Galway 78-85. DCU Saints shot 61.5 percent from the field. DCU Saints outrebounded Moycullen 43-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when DCU Saints made 7 blocks. American center Dee Proby (208-88, college: Oklahoma City) notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Martins Provizors (202-87) supported him with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Even 11 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Brandon McGuire (193, college: Moravian) did not help to save the game for Moycullen. The former international guard Dylan Cunningham (195-91) added 9 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DCU Saints will meet at home Belfast Star in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Moycullen will play against Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: D.Proby 38+19reb+3ast, T.Guebali 13+7ast, M.Neary 12+2reb, M.Provizors 8+12reb+1ast, C.Gilligan 5+3reb+4ast, J.Harding 4+3reb+2ast
Moycullen: P.Freeman 15+1reb+1ast, J.Loughnane 12+3ast, B.McGuire 11+8reb+2ast, D.Cunningham 9+8reb+3ast, M.Kurcenkovas 9+3reb+1ast, C.Nihill 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 571882


UCD Marian - UCC Demons 83-80

Important game to mention about took place in Dublin. UCD Marian (1-0) saved a 3-point derby victory at home edging UCC Demons (1-1) 83-80 in the game for the third place. UCD Marian players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Mike Garrow (193-91, college: E.Connecticut) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish forward Jordi Vall-Llobera (193-83) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. International point guard Kyle Hosford (175-89) responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Carleton Cuff (190-87) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four UCD Marian and five UCC Demons players scored in double figures. UCD Marian will play against KUBS (#11) in Greendale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UCC Demons will play at home against Swords Thunder (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: M.Garrow 23+4reb+2ast, J.Vall-Llobera 13+8reb+2ast, D.James 13+4reb+1ast, M.Bedulskis 12+2reb+2ast, S.Kinevane 8+4reb+5ast, C.Meany 7+4ast
UCC Demons: K.Hosford 22+6reb+7ast, C.Cuff 17+9reb+3ast, D.Bucan 15+6reb+1ast, C.O'Reilly 15+10reb+3ast, J.O'Mahony 11+1reb+2ast, C.Ryan 0
gschID: 571881


Swords Thunder - Eanna 91-66

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: Swords Thunder (#2) and Eanna (#10). Swords Thunder (2-0) smashed visiting Eanna (0-1) by 25 points 91-66. Swords Thunder will face UCC Demons (#6) in Cork in the next round where they are favorite. Eanna's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Templeogue.
gschID: 571885


Tralee - KUBS 75-37

Tralee used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Greendale 75-37 on Saturday night. Tralee will face Maree (#12) in Galway in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KUBS will play at home against UCD Marian and hope to win that game.
gschID: 571884


Belfast Star - Maree 109-64

The game between Belfast Star (2-0) and Maree (0-2) in Belfast ended with biggest points difference. Belfast Star outscored guests from Galway 109-64. Belfast Star's next round opponent will be DCU Saints (#9) in Dublin and are hoping to win another game. Maree will play at home against Tralee and hope to win that game.
gschID: 571880





Colbert re-signs at UCC Demons - by Eurobasket News

C&S UCC Demons Cork (Super League) confirmed in their roster 29-year old American forward Lehmon Colbert (198-88, college: Jacksonville). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 18 Super League games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 23.4ppg and had 12.3rpg (#5 in the league), 2.8apg and 1.1bpg in 2015-16 season. Colbert helped them to win the league title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
He has played previously professionally in Mexico and United Kingdom (Plymouth Raiders).
Colbert attended Jacksonville University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

C&S UCC Demons Cork roster for 2017-2018:

Colin O'Reilly
Carleton Cuff
Lehmon Colbert
Kyle Hosford
Adrian O'Sullivan
Shane Buckley
Darko Bucan
Jack O'Mahony
Conor Ryan

Coach: Colin O'Reilly

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Edoardo Lucarelli is a newcomer at Virtus Roma - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of Edoardo Lucarelli. He played most recently at Roma Vis Nova in Italian Serie B. But in two games he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds. Lucarelli also played that season for Roma Sam (Serie D) where in two games he recorded just 1.5rpg last season.

Acea Virtus Roma roster for 2017-2018:

Giuliano Maresca
Massimo Chessa
Aristide Landi
Jacopo Vedovato
Aaron Thomas
Gabriele Benetti
Tommaso Baldasso
Alessio Donadoni
Edoardo Lucarelli

Coach: Fabio Corbani

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Johnson-Odom re-signs at Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Basket Cremona (Serie A) confirmed in their roster 28-year old American point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-98kg-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket). He was a team leader there last season. In 13 Serie A games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. Johnson-Odom also played that season for Banco di Srd where in 13 Serie A games he recorded 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg. He also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg.
In 2012 Johnson-Odom was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in second round (55th overall). The former Marquette University staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson-Odom's team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Johnson-Odom is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Johnson-Odom tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales), Greece (Olympiacos), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Turkey (Trabzonspor), NBA (LA Lakers and Phi.76ers), D-League (Springfield A.) and NBA G League (South Bay Lakers).
On Johnson-Odom: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Runs hard in transition ... Uses speed to create easy opportunities for himself ... Solid athlete with good leaping ability ... Makes up in part for his lack of height with a strong, Gilbert Arenas-type frame and a 6'6" wingspan ... Moves well without the basketball ... Always looking to rotate to an open position on the perimeter where his teammates can find him. Solid passing ability and he moves the ball well, but he won't (or at least shouldn't) be asked to create for his teammates off the dribble
.

Vanoli Basket Cremona roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Drake Diener
Travis Diener
Marco Portannese
Elijah Johnson
Darius Johnson-Odom
Michele Ruzzier
Tommaso Sacchetti
Filippo Orlandelli
Alessandro Ariazzi

Forwards:
Landon Milbourne
Giulio Gazzotti
Giampaolo Ricci
Dario Boccasavia
Kristofers Strautmanis
Tommaso Contini
Kelvin Martin

Center:
Henry Sims

Coach: Romeo Sacchetti

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hasheem Thabeet joins Yokohama B-Corsairs - by Greg

Yokohama B-Corsairs (B1 League) agreed terms with 30-year old Tanzanian center Hasheem Thabeet (218-120kg-87, college: Connecticut). The #2 overall 2009 NBA pick who just attended NBA camp with the Milwaukee Bucks signs to play overseas for the first time in his career.
The last time he played at Grand Rapids Drive (NBA D-League) where he averaged 8.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.4bpg in 49 games.
In 2009 Thabeet was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) as #2 pick overall. He attended University of Connecticut and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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San-en tabs Scott Morrison - by Eurobasket

San-en NeoPhoenix (B1 League) inked 31-year old Canadian ex-international center Scott Morrison (213-102kg-86, college: Portland State) from Akita Northern Happinets. In 60 B League games in Japan he averaged 9.9ppg and 5.7rpg last season.
Among other achievements Morrison played in the final of Japanese BJ League Eastern Division in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year award back in 2010.
Morrison was a member of Canadian international program for some years. He was called to Canadian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for University National Team in 2007.
Morrison is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). Morrison has played previously professionally also in Australia (United), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Hungary, Poland (Anwil and Czarni) and Ukraine (Polit-Halychyna).
He attended Portland State until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Morrison's game is described as: Scott has great size for a freshman and he can really run. He brings a good understanding of the game. A skilled and agile player for his size.

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Linards JAUNZEMS
  LU
  (198-F-95)
  Avg: 30
 1. Jaunzems, LU30.0 
 2. Iljins, Valmiera24.0 
 3. Poznaks, BK Ogre23.0 
 4. Eiduks, LU22.0 
 5. Elksnis, Valmiera19.0 
 6. Birkans, LU19.0 
 7. Scott, VEF Riga19.0 
 8. Mejeris, VEF Riga18.0 
 9. Vitols, BK Ogre17.0 
 10. Antrops, BK Ogre17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arnas LABUCKAS
  VEF Riga
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Labuckas, VEF Riga10.0 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga10.0 
 3. Sipolins, BK Ogre8.0 
 4. Poznaks, BK Ogre6.0 
 5. Gromovs, VEF Riga5.0 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera5.0 
 7. Birkans, LU5.0 
 8. Adins, Valmiera5.0 
 9. Elksnis, Valmiera5.0 
 10. Jaunzems, LU4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcis VITOLS
  BK Ogre
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vitols, BK Ogre12.0 
 2. Birkans, LU11.0 
 3. Elksnis, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Zebergs, BK Ogre7.0 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmiera5.0 
 6. Hazners, Valmiera3.0 
 7. Labuckas, VEF Riga3.0 
 8. Scott, VEF Riga3.0 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera2.0 
 10. Ozolinkevics, LU2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Linards JAUNZEMS
  LU
  (198-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jaunzems, LU4.0 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga4.0 
 3. Vitols, BK Ogre2.0 
 4. Gromovs, VEF Riga2.0 
 5. Zebergs, BK Ogre2.0 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 7. Pinne, LU1.0 
 8. Rekis, LU1.0 
 9. Ate, VEF Riga1.0 
 10. Scott, VEF Riga1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arnas LABUCKAS
  VEF Riga
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Labuckas, VEF Riga2.0 
 2. Poznaks, BK Ogre1.0 
 3. Zebergs, BK Ogre1.0 
 4. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 6. Mezulis, LU1.0 
 7. Gromovs, VEF Riga0.0 
 8. Dambenieks, LU0.0 
 9. Perez Kaufma., VEF R.0.0 
 10. Birkans, LU0.0 



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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 James WOODARD
  Nevezis
  (191-G-94)
  Avg: 22
 1. Woodard, Nevezis22.0 
 2. Palacios, Neptunas18.3 
 3. Echodas, Lietuvos.16.7 
 4. Carter, Lietuvos.15.3 
 5. Reinhardt, Dzukija15.0 
 6. Girdziunas, Neptu.15.0 
 7. Zeisloft, Siauliai14.0 
 8. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes14.0 
 9. Kupsas, Juventus13.7 
 10. Dendy, Juventus13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Vytautas
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dimsa, Vytautas9.0 
 2. Birutis, Siauliai8.3 
 3. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes8.0 
 4. Linkevicius, Vytautas7.5 
 5. Selakovs, Dzukija7.0 
 6. Palacios, Neptunas7.0 
 7. Carter, Lietuvos.7.0 
 8. Urbutis, Siauliai6.7 
 9. Kupsas, Juventus6.7 
 10. Davies, Zalgiris6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  Lietuvos.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kramer, Lietuvos.7.0 
 2. Dimsa, Vytautas6.5 
 3. Williams, Lietkabelis6.0 
 4. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.5.0 
 5. Ireland, Juventus5.0 
 6. Girdziunas, Neptu.5.0 
 7. Sabeckis, Siauliai4.7 
 8. Bost, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Grant, Nevezis4.0 
 10. Armstead, Neptunas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs AUSEJS
  P.Zvaigzdes
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes2.0 
 2. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 3. Seibutis, Neptunas2.0 
 4. Butkevicius, Neptu.2.0 
 5. Ivanauskas, Vytau.2.0 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis1.7 
 7. Ireland, Juventus1.7 
 8. Palacios, Neptunas1.7 
 9. Kramer, Lietuvos.1.7 
 10. Zeisloft, Siauliai1.7 
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. Kupsas, Juventus1.3 
 4. Klimavicius, Vytautas1.0 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 6. Dimsa, Vytautas1.0 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris1.0 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.0 
 9. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.0 
 10. Masiulis, Zalgiris0.7 


Jonava inks Vytautas Kamarunas - by Eurobasket News

Jonava Jonavos (NKL) agreed terms with 28-year old Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (178-78kg-89). He played last season at COR-Borisfen in Belarusian Premier League. In 36 games he had 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.2apg (top 3) and 1.8spg (in top 2). Kamarunas helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 2nd Team. Kamarunas also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.9apg and 2.3spg.
Kamarunas ended the previous (2015-16) season at BG Dorsten (Regionalliga) in German league. In 5 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at SK Minbra (KKML - A Lyga). In 16 games he got 13.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.2apg.
Kamarunas won Lithuanian NKL championship title in 2010.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Silute, Ereliai Mazeikiai, Palanga, JAZZ-Diremta and Klaipedos LCC TU), Belarus (BSEU-GrandPrint and Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team) and Czech Republic (BK Kolin).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Enosis ink Teyvon Myers, ex Siauliai - by Eurobasket News

Enosis Neon Paralimni (Division A) signed 23-year old American guard Teyvon Myers (188-84kg-94, college: W.Virginia). He was about to sign at BC Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL league.
Myers just graduated from West Virginia University and it is his first season as a pro. He played in the final of Big 12 Tournament for two years in a row (2016 and 2017).
Myers was voted NJCAA D1 Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time.

Enosis Neon Paralimni roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Iezekel Papadopoulos
Jeremy Major
Christos Hatzikostas
Teyvon Myers
Zantis Panagiotis

Forwards:
Papageorgiou
Michale Kyser
Brandon Watkins
Willie Atwood
Filippos Siokouros
Simos Solomou
Christos Pirillis
Vassilis Charalambous

Coach: Nikolas Papadopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leeuwarden lands Deividas Kumelis - by Eurobasket News

Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie) tabbed 22-year old Lithuanian shooting guard Deividas Kumelis (188-80kg-95). He played most recently at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 14 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.3apg last season. Kumelis helped them to make it to the cup final.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Ereliai Mazeikiai in Lithuanian LKL where in 16 games he had 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.7apg. But the most of that year Kumelis spent at Silute in Lithuanian NKL. In 26 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.1apg and 1.0spg.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg.
Kumelis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Nevezis, Oro navigacija, Ezerunas and S.Marciulionio.

Aris Leeuwarden roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valentijn Lietmeijer
Stefan Mladenovic
Deividas Kumelis
Emile Blackman
Leroy Peterson

Forwards:
Meshack Lufile
Nate Kratch
Niels Bunschoten

Coach: Tony van den Bosch

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Antanas Montrimavicius signs at Jonava - by Eurobasket News

Jonava Jonavos (NKL) landed 30-year old power forward Antanas Montrimavicius (199-93kg-87) from Palanga. In 43 NKL games he averaged 8.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Montrimavicius played at Taurages (RKL). He helped them to make it to the final. Montrimavicius also played that season for Sporto Manija (RKL). The other team he played shortly was IMLITEX Kaunas (A Lyga). Montrimavicius contributed to his team making it to the final.
His team won Lithuanian RKL Regular Season in 2015.
Montrimavicius was a member of Lithuanian U16 National Team back in 2003.
He has played previously for three other teams: Delikatesas, Neptunas-Akvaservis Klaipeda and Radviliskio.

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  LUXEMBOURG  


Total League under way! Here is an early season look at each team. We start with Contern, Etzella, Basket Esch and Amicale Steinsel - by Paul Missavage

2017-18 ''Total League'' N1 Luxembourg Season Preview

Amicale Steinsel

Amicale Steinsel is still the team to beat. They won the double last season (Cup Champion and Total League Champion) and they are the clear favourites to win both titles again in 2017-18. They displayed preseason strength with impressive wins against international competition (Leiden ZZ, . US-player Coleman enters his second year in the country and should get even better than last year playing alongside the experienced McDaniel, who is always a dangerous player. Steinsel can run up the score quickly with a Coleman, Melcher, Picard, Koster and McDaniel starting lineup. However, if they become too complacent, there are some teams capable of beating them on a given night. They must be prepared and ready because each team in the league will be gunning to shoot them down.

Extensions:
Coach Ken Diedrich (6th Season) and Assistant Coach Jeff Wampach
Imports: Billy McDaniel, Shavon Coleman
Local Players: Pitt Koster, Bob Melcher, Samp Picard (Captain), Jo Hoeser, Jonas Theisen, Noah Meteor and Bjorn Molitor,
New arrivals: Yann Wolff (Etzella)
Departures:
Alex Laurent (Den Helder Suns - NL)
Eric Jeitz (T-71)

Basket Esch

High expectations for this young talented group from Esch. The brothers combination of Joe and Pit Biever along with veteran pivot player Alex Rodenbourg, plus 17-year old talent Ben Kovac will lead this team as they try to make the playoffs. Last year's Total League Clancey Rugg is a huge addition. They are very capable of making a run both in the cup and for the championship of the Total League.

Import Players: Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) (Musel Pikes) and Jordan Hicks (Cherbourg-F)
New Arrivals: Head Coach Sylvain Lautie (1st Season)
Steve Kuhlmann (Bascharage)
Assistant Coach: Vincent Geverey
Kuhlmann (Bascharage)
Local players: Ben Kovac, Pt Biever, Joe Biever, Alex Rodenbourg, Julien Lessel, Luis DeBrito Martins, Eric Kessler, Denilson Ramos Fonseca and Jeffry Monteiro Neves
Departures:
Coach Franck Meriguet (AB Contern)
Patrick Arbaut (Residence)
Stefan Svitek (career end)
Tom Donnersbach (Telstar)

AB Contern

Contern will be lead by captain Raul Birenbaum this season. They have high expectations with a goal of reaching the play-offs. With the addition of Tim Steffen (BC Mess and a new experienced Head Coach in Franck Meriguet along with two new talented imports they should be a team to be reckoned with, but time will tell where they will end up.

New Import Players: Xavier Ford (University of Buffalo NY) and Jayden Bland (Salt Lake Stars-USA)
New Arrivals: Head Coach Franck Meriguet (1st Season)and Tim Steffen (BC Mess) and Assistant coach Louis Wennig
Local Players: Captain Raul Birenbaum, Rene Wolzfeld, Yann Besch, Daniel Weyrich, Christophe Mertzig, Alain Gengler, Ben Goergen, Marc Thoma, Andy Eicke and Olivier Cano
Departures:David Torres (Black Star) and Head Coach Love

Etzella

The Era of Nelson Delgado has come to an end. It will be very difficult to replace the best JICL ever to play in Luxembourg. His cousin however is Jairo Delgado. He must assume the leadership and scoring role that was lost with Nelson's departure. Philippe Gutenkauf, Gilles Polfer, Frederick Gutenkauf and a handful of other young players have to now need to step up if Etzella wants to make the playoffs and make a run at the title. Billy McNutt and Eric Barden return as solid imports and Kresimir Basic returns to Etzella at the helm bringing a new philosophy and a new energy. New arrival Tim Schmit (T71) should add valuable minutes and produce some extra scoring.

Extensions: Import Players: Derrick Barden and Billy McNutt and Assistant Coach Trenton Wurtz
New Arrivals: Coach Kresimir Basic and Tim Schmit (T71)
Departures: Coach Jan Enjebo, Nelson Delgado (retired) Yann Wolff (Amicale Steinsel) and Derek Wilson Jr. (Arantia Larochette)

Come back later when we will cover the other six Total League teams: Musel Pikes, T71 Dudelange, Heffingen, Residence Walferdange, Sparta Bertrange and Racing Luxembourg.



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  NBA  


Could the Lakers Rookies make the Difference this Year? - by Eurobasket

The Los Angeles Lakers were never going to be able to reclaim their former glory overnight and their fans probably shouldn't be getting too excited about this season. That said, there are a few reasons Lakers fans, including Magic Johnson, will be feeling much more positive about the upcoming campaign than they have for quite a few years. Out with the old and in with the new has been the mindset for the Lakers over the past 12 months, and four rookies are set to make their NBA debuts this season, all of whom could have bright futures in LA. Lakers fans have been here before, though, and while there are some encouraging signs as we head into the new season, thoughts of the postseason will be put on ice for the time being.

Now with one of the youngest rosters in the league, former player and now head coach Luke Walton will be under no illusions that this will be a tough year for the Lakers. With only a handful of experienced professional on the roster, Walton will know that he will have no choice but to rely a lot on the young but talented rookies that joined the franchise in the 2017 Draft. Priced at around 40/1 with the latest bet365 NBA odds to top the Pacific Division, it's clear they face an uphill climb this season, but with these talented rookies, don't go writing them off just yet.

Let's take a closer look at the four rookies that are set to make their NBA bows this season.

Lonzo Ball: He may have been selected second overall in this year's Draft, there is little doubt that Lonzo Ball was the highest profile player to be selected. The eldest son of the three highly-touted Ball sons, the rookie caught the headlines not only for his incredible form for UCLA but also his extremely vocal father - who has long tipped his sons to be NBA greats. The first to get his chance in the big leagues is Lonzo, a point guard who arrives at the Lakers on the back of a remarkable college season with UCLA, averaging almost 15 points a game, finishing with the most assists in the league. Arriving with so much hype surrounding him, it will be fascinating to see just how well Ball handles life in the big time.

Kyle Kuzma: Having been selected 27th overall in the 2017 Draft by the Brooklyn Nets, Kyle Kuzma was traded to the Lakers alongside Brook Lopez in exchange for D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. This may well prove to be an exceptional deal for the Lakers. At six-foot-nine, Kuzma is capable of playing as a small forward or a power forward. On the back of a great showing in the Summer League, Kuzma has been labeled as one of the steals of the Draft, and the former Utah star could actually make more of an impact for the Lakers this season than Lonzo Ball.

Josh Hart: Drafted 30th overall by the Utah Jazz in the summer, Josh Hart was traded to LA alongside the 42nd pick Thomas Bryant in exchange for the Lakers 28th pick, Tony Bradley. The shooting guard was an NCAA champion in 2016 with Villanova, averaging almost 19 points a game during his final college season. With Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors to his name, Hart is a definite contender to make the All-Defensive Team this year.

Thomas Bryant: The young center might not have the same profile as the other rookies but he may well be a player who has a long future with the Lakers. With Brook Lopez, Andrew Bogut and Ivica Zubac on the roster, Bryant might not be an automatic starter during his rookie year. But what he will be able to do is learn from some experienced professionals.



NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019 - by Eurobasket News

The NBA's Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at flattening the odds that basement dwelling teams have of landing the top pick. The idea behind the motion is to curb tanking. Under the new rules, teams will be able to drop four places in the lottery. Previously teams could drop no more than three places, meaning that the worst team in the league would be guaranteed to pick in the Top 4. Now, in that same scenario, the team could fall as far as No. 5. Beyond that, however, the odds that each team has of their particular ping pong ball being selected have flattened dramatically, as portrayed in another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski. Not only do the three-worst teams have a lesser chance of winning the lottery, there's no longer any difference between finishing last, second-last or third-last at all. In contrast, the team with the fourth-greatest shot at winning the lottery (ie; the fourth-worst team in the NBA) now has a better chance of landing the top pick, as does every team that finished ahead of it in the regular season with the exception of the best team in the lottery (which has the same odds as it had previously). To demonstrate the point, consider the change in fortune that will await whatever team finishes ninth-last in the 2018/19 season. Whereas last season's Mavs finished ninth-last and received a 2.8% chance of winning the lottery and a 10% chance of landing a top three pick, under the new rules that team would have a 6% chance of winning the lottery and a 15% chance of landing a Top 3 pick. All told, much of the incentive that middle-of-the-pack lottery clubs had of embracing a full-out tank and dropping to the bottom of the league has been reduced. Now the worst team in the league will have a 40% chance of landing a Top 3 pick as opposed to the 64% chance it previously had. That same team will now have a 14% chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick (versus the 25% chance it had previously). For a pick-by-pick breakdown of the probability changes, refer to the chart in the second Wojnarowski tweet.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



The Cavaliers cut Jacorey Williams - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers cut 23-year old forward Jacorey Williams (203-100kg-94, college: Middle Tennessee State, agency: Duran International).
Williams has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from Middle Tennessee State and it is his first season in pro basketball. Williams' team won C-USA Tournament. He received All-C-USA Player of the Year award in 2017 at his college time.
Williams has played previously for Golden State Warriors.

Cleveland Cavaliers roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jose_Manuel Calderon
Dwyane Wade
J.R. Smith
Derrick Rose
Iman Shumpert
Isaiah Thomas
Kay Felder

Forwards:
Kyle Korver
Richard Jefferson
Channing Frye
LeBron James
Jeff Green
Kevin Love
Tristan Thompson
Jae Crowder
Cedi Osman
Ante Zizic

Centers:
Kendrick Perkins
Edy Tavares

Coach: Tyronn Lue

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nuggets exercise options on Trey Lyles, Emmanuel Mudiay, Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez and Jamal Murray - by Eurobasket News

The Denver Nuggets have exercised the fourth-year options for both Trey Lyles (6'9''-F/G-95, college: Kentucky) and Emmanuel Mudiay (6'5''-G-96, agency: 3Eye) and exercised the third-year options for Malik Beasley (6'5''-G-96, college: Florida St.), Juancho Hernangomez (6'9''-PF-95) and Jamal Murray (6'6''-F/G-97, college: Kentucky), President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Lyles, 6-10, 243, was drafted out of the University of Kentucky with the 12th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He was acquired by Denver, along with Tyler Lydon, in a draft-night trade on June 22, 2017. He appeared in 151 games (37 starts) in his first two seasons with Utah, averaging 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game.
Mudiay, 6-5, 200, was selected by Denver with the seventh overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. He has played in 123 games (107 starts) over his first two seasons, posting averages of 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 28.2 minutes per game.
Beasley, 6-5, 196, was drafted out of Florida State University with the 19th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by Denver. He appeared in 22 games (one start) for the Nuggets as a rookie, averaging 3.8 points in 7.5 minutes. He also appeared in 16 games (12 starts) for Sioux Falls of the NBA G-League, averaging 18.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.10 steals in 31.9 minutes.
Juancho Hernangomez, 6-9, 230, was selected by Denver with the 15th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Madrid, Spain native played in 62 games (nine starts) as a rookie last season, posting averages of 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game.
Murray, 6-4, 207, was selected by Denver with the seventh overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky. He appeared in all 82 games (10 starts) as a rookie last season, averaging 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 21.5 minutes per game. The Kitchener, Canada native earned All-Rookie Second Team honors, was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for Oct./Nov. and won the MVP award at the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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  NCAA1  


Jim Calhoun Named Men's Basketball Consultant at the University of Saint Joseph (CT) - by Eurobasket News

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) announced today that Hall of Famer and former University of Connecticut (UConn) Men's Basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the University's first-ever men's basketball program and as an advisor to the president. Calhoun will advise on all aspects of establishing operations for the men's basketball team for fall 2018, when USJ full-time undergraduate programs become coeducational. USJ President Rhona Free, Ph.D., called Coach Calhoun's willingness to share his expertise, 'the single best thing we could have asked for as we prepare to build this program from the ground up.' Dr. Free said today's announcement illustrates how the decision to admit undergraduate men can enhance the overall USJ experience for all students. 'When our men's basketball team is formed next year for its inaugural season, it will be founded on the principals and insights of someone who shares our commitment to preparing students for lifetime success; Coach Calhoun's stature will be a game changer in the awareness of USJ nationally, and illustrates our commitment to overall excellence of faculty and staff throughout the institution,' President Free said. 'In 1986, when Jim Calhoun accepted the job as head men's basketball coach at UConn, he famously said he thought succeeding in that role and putting UConn on the college basketball map was 'doable.' We all know what a historic success that turned out to be. Today, we are grateful that he will apply his expertise to set our program up for success from the start.' Coach Calhoun, who won three NCAA National Championships at UConn during his time there, from 1986-2012, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. 'Even though I stepped away from coaching five years ago, my passion for college basketball and helping young scholar athletes become the best they can be has always remained,' Coach Calhoun said. 'It will be an honor to work with the team of Rhona Free and the Sisters of Mercy, and to play a role in starting something great with the first-ever USJ men's basketball team in 2018.'
Courtesy of: usbluejays.com



Oklahoma State dismisses assistant Lamont Evans - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma State has fired associate head coach Lamont Evans , one of 10 people arrested this week as part of the FBI's investigation into college basketball bribery and corruption. The school announced that Evans was terminated in a one-sentence statement Thursday. Evans, the highest-paid assistant in the country at $600,000 for the upcoming season, signed a three-year deal prior to the season. He was one of four assistant coaches from across the nation charged with allegedly taking bribes to help deliver players to advisers and agents. Evans is accused of accepting $2,000 per month in bribes. He surrendered to authorities Wednesday afternoon on federal corruption charges. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Charles Goodwin later in the day. Evans did not enter a plea but is due to appear in court again in New York's Southern District on Oct. 10. Evans joined Oklahoma State's staff before the 2016-17 season and worked for Brad Underwood, who left after the season for Illinois and was replaced by assistant Mike Boynton Jr. Evans worked at South Carolina from 2012 to 2016. Evans was allegedly involved in a meeting between an Oklahoma State player and an FBI witness in West Virginia before a game on Feb. 4.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Arizona's Rawle Alkins has foot surgery for fracture, out 8 to 12 weeks - by Eurobasket News

Arizona Wildcats sophomore Rawle Alkins (6'6''-SG-97) will miss eight to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right foot, the school announced Wednesday. Alkins suffered the injury on Tuesday afternoon during voluntary activities with teammates. Alkins, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds last season. He tested the NBA draft waters after the season ended, but he decided in late May to withdraw his name and return to Tucson for his sophomore season. Alkins is projected as a second-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft, according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony. Freshman Brandon Randolph, an ESPN 100 recruit, should see an increase in minutes while Alkins is out. Arizona has a strong case to be considered the preseason No. 1 team in the country, as it returns Alkins, Allonzo Trier and Dusan Ristic. The Wildcats also have an elite recruiting class led by top-three prospect DeAndre Ayton. Arizona opens the season on Nov. 10 against Northern Arizona. It's unclear when Alkins will return. Pac-12 play begins on Dec. 30 against Arizona State. The news came a day after Arizona made national headlines over an FBI investigation that resulted in the arrest of 10 people, including Arizona assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson. According to FBI documents, Richardson allegedly accepted more than $20,000 from financial advisers in order to steer players toward them after college.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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  NCAA3  


Greg Polkowski Named Interim Head Basketball Coach at Wisconsin-Superior - by Eurobasket News

The University of Wisconsin-Superior and Yellowjacket Athletics have announced that Greg Polkowski has been named the interim head coach of the Yellowjacket men's basketball program. Polkowski replaces Paul Eberhardt , who resigned the position last week. 'We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Polkowski back to UW-Superior to lead our men's basketball program. Greg has a wealth of knowledge and coaching experiences that will help elevate our program to the next level. His passion and enthusiasm for the game and development of student-athletes is second to none,' said UW-Superior Athletics Director Nick Bursik. 'He is highly respected in the basketball community and within our own Superior community. He is going to be a great fit for our program, department, and university.' Polkowski, who was a finalist for the position when Eberhardt was hired in 2012, comes to UW-Superior after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at UW-Eau Claire under the tutelage of former Yellowjacket head coach Matt Siverling. Before his time at UW-Eau Claire Polkowski was the head boys basketball coach and a physical education instructor at Waukesha North High School, where his win totals increased each year and culminated with the Northstars winning a region championship in 2015. 'The opportunity to come back to UW-Superior as the head men's basketball coach is something that I truly have only dreamed about until this point,' Polkowski said. 'Since completing my time as a student-athlete in 2008, I have always thought to myself that the experiences I have encountered would prepare me to be the head men's basketball coach at UW-Superior if I was ever fortunate enough to have the opportunity. Now that it is reality it is beyond surreal, and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. 'I have a huge amount of pride in being a UW-Superior alumnus and I know that so many others feel the same way. My experience as a student-athlete at UW-Superior is invaluable; the lessons learned, and relationships created during my time here have played a huge part in who I am today and I will cherish those experiences forever. I look forward to the opportunity to play a part in giving current students the same great experience that I had during my time here.' Polkowski was a member of the Yellowjacket men's basketball team from 2004 until 2008, playing 58 games. 'I was able to be a part of so many positive experiences and create relationships with great people that are still some of my closest friends to this day,' Polkowski said. 'We all have a great deal of pride that we were fortunate enough to represent UW-Superior men's basketball.' Immediately upon his graduation he joined the staff of then-head coach Dave Buchanan and began his coaching career. Polkowski spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach with the Yellowjackets before moving to Carroll University, where he coached under Buchanan for two seasons. There, he helped the Pioneers to a 28-20 record and an appearance in the Midwest Conference championship game. A native of Goodman, Wisconsin, Polkowski graduated from UW-Superior with a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education. He followed that with a Master's Degree in Education from Carroll University in 2011. His family includes his wife Stephanie (Janigo), a 2006 UW-Superior graduate and former standout on the Yellowjacket women's basketball team and their two sons, William (3), and Nolan (6 months). 'I am beyond excited to get back on campus and get to work with the current student-athletes on building a successful culture and foundation to what I have 100 percent confidence in can be a program that all involved can be very proud of,' Polkowski said. 'My wife and I and our two sons are also extremely excited to come back to the UW-Superior community and the city of Superior where we both have so many great memories. We look forward to the next chapter of our lives there.'
Courtesy of: uwsyellowjackets.com



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  NORWAY  

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.30.5 
 2. Midtvedt, Centrum28.5 
 3. Skouen, Froya B.27.5 
 4. Nisavic, Fyllinge.27.0 
 5. Cugini, Gimle BBK24.5 
 6. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.22.5 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso22.0 
 8. Ferrales, Kongsberg21.7 
 9. Spear, Nidaros Jets20.0 
 10. Blatancic, Fyllinge.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aksel BOLINZ
  Asker Aliens
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Bolinz, Asker Aliens15.3 
 2. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .11.5 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso11.5 
 4. Thomas, Kongsberg11.3 
 5. Sumskis, Fyllinge.10.5 
 6. Fivelstad, Gimle B.10.5 
 7. Cugini, Gimle BBK10.0 
 8. Clark, Froya Basket8.5 
 9. Yele, Asker Aliens8.0 
 10. Williams, Ammerud .7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERRALES
  Kongsberg
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ferrales, Kongsberg7.7 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.7.5 
 3. Nisavic, Fyllinge.7.0 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso6.5 
 5. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.6.0 
 6. Vangen, Ammerud .5.5 
 7. Fredheim, Nidaros .5.0 
 8. Skouen, Froya B.5.0 
 9. Toefte, Nidaros .5.0 
 10. Granath, Gimle BBK5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Magnus ELGMORK
  Fyllinge.
  (181-PG-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Elgmork, Fyllinge.3.5 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso3.5 
 3. Malto, Ammerud .3.0 
 4. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .3.0 
 5. Ellingsen, Fyllinge.2.5 
 6. Nisavic, Fyllinge.2.5 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.2.5 
 8. Spear, Nidaros Jets2.5 
 9. Lange, Tromso2.0 
 10. Malto, Ammerud .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roy NWACHUKWU
  Ammerud .
  (196-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nwachukwu, Ammerud .3.0 
 2. Vejlgaard, Nidaros .3.0 
 3. Lange, Tromso2.0 
 4. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.1.5 
 5. Yele, Asker Aliens1.5 
 6. Thomas, Kongsberg1.3 
 7. Clark, Froya Basket1.0 
 8. Solem, Baerum B.1.0 
 9. Ingebrigtsen, Froya B.1.0 
 10. Krivokapic, Kongs.1.0 



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 34.8
 1. Brown, Phoenix34.8 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.31.3 
 3. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 5. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 6. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 7. Durham, Meralco .26.3 
 8. Hill, Star Hotshots26.0 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.23.8 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.22.6 
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, Blackwater16.8 
 6. Hill, Star Hotshots11.7 
 7. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 8. Fajardo, SM Be.11.6 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.6 
 10. Rice-Jr, TNT K.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Durham, Meralco .7.2 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Thompson, B.Gin.6.1 
 4. Newsome, Meralco .5.4 
 5. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 6. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 7. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.0 
 8. Castro-W., TNT K.4.9 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 10. Walker, Blackwater4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 3. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.8 
 4. Brown, Phoenix2.8 
 5. Hill, Star Hotshots2.0 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.9 
 7. Walker, Blackwater1.9 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.7 
 10. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.2 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 4. Fajardo, SM Be.2.3 
 5. Erram, Blackwater2.1 
 6. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 7. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 8. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.7 
 10. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.6 


Meralco Bolts sees off upset-minded Blackwater Elite, 104-96 - by Eurobasket News

The Meralco Bolts held off the Blackwater Elite, 104-96, to advance to the semifinals in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors' Cup on Thursday evening at the Big Dome. Meralco's Baser Amer) poured in 31 points, while import Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) and Garvo Lanete (187-G-90) chipped in with 18 and 17 markers, respectively. A second quarter barrage from Henry Walker (198-G/F-87, college: Kansas St.) saw him tow the Elite to a 52-40 cushion over the Bolts going into the halftime break. After the halftime interval, the Bolts managed to regain their composure and outperformed the Elite, 33-25, in the third frame. But another Walker trey saw Blackwater cradle a 77-73 advantage going into the payoff period. Meralco continued their ascendancy in the fourth quarter, with Nino Canaleta giving them the 79-82 lead at the 10:11 mark. The Bolts held on to their advantage for the remainder of the final quarter, with Jared Dillinger (195-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) draining a triple to put the game beyond doubt, 104-94, with only 1:29 left to play. After a poor first half, Meralco coach Norman Black took time to praise his team's resilience and Amer's offensive output. "My guys showed a lot of heart in this game tonight," Black said. "I think everybody really worked hard. In the end without the offensive explosion of Baser, we wouldn't have won this game." The Bolts will face off against the Star Hotshots in a best-of-five series in the Governors' Cup semifinals.
Courtesy of: cnnphilippines.com



Fired-up Kings crush Beermen's grand slam hopes - by Eurobasket News

Barangay Ginebra dashed San Miguel Beer's grand slam hopes and nurtured its own dream - back-to-back PBA Governors Cup championships - as the Kings crushed the Beermen, 104-84, in their quarterfinals faceoff in the PBA season-ending tourney at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday. The Kings came out strong and outfought a stunned San Miguel side almost throughout in a surprise rout that sent the reigning champs to the best-of-five semifinals against the winner of the Rain or Shine-TNT KaTropa quarters matchup. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) and his teammates dealt the Beermen a decisive beating, handing coach Leo Austria and his troops their worst loss in the season. "Nobody saw that coming," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone , himself surprised on the manner they won the ball game. "We're in the right place at the right time. We caught them on our good night and them at their bad night," said Cone. "I feel bad for San Miguel they missed the grand slam. It's always a special feeling to chase a grand slam. It's not easy that's why it doesn't happen very often," Cone also said. The Kings were determined to pursue their own aspiration, showing great resolve in delivering the killer blow in the Beermen. Brownlee erupted for 37 points, Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) collected 17 markers, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) contributed 13 each while LA Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84), Sol Mercado and Scottie Thompson played stellar roles at the backcourt. "We played great from start to finish, getting a couple of massive games from Joe and Justin that kind of propelled us. Sol came off the bench and hit crucial three-point shots. He struggled in our last couples of games and it's great to see him step up," said Cone, also lauding Slaughter, Aguilar, Lewis Tenorio and Tompson for their efforts. "We know they're gonna go on a short rotation, playing six to seven players. And we talked about also sticking with our own six to seven players," Cone pointed out. Seemingly always a step ahead of the Beermen, the Kings established control in the second quarter and kept the pace through the secold half. The Beermen went down and blew their grand slam hopes as they failed to keep up with the Kings' super-charged game.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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  POLAND  

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Michael HICKS
  R8 Krakow
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 26
 1. Hicks, R8 Krakow26.0 
 2. Sadlo, Sokol Lancut22.0 
 3. Pabian, Spojnia19.0 
 4. Dymala, Spojnia18.0 
 5. Chanas, Polonia .18.0 
 6. Motel, KK Warszawa18.0 
 7. Krakowczyk, Slask W.17.0 
 8. Jodlowski, Nysa K.16.0 
 9. Sanny, Nysa Klodzko15.0 
 10. Kaczmarzyk, Polonia .15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GRUJIC
  Kotwica
  (201-PF-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Grujic, Kotwica11.0 
 2. Szwed, Polfarme.11.0 
 3. Dluski, R8 Krakow10.0 
 4. Cetnar, Pruszkow10.0 
 5. Malczyk, R8 Krakow9.0 
 6. Metelski, Biofarm .9.0 
 7. Pelka, R8 Krakow8.0 
 8. Cechniak, Pruszkow8.0 
 9. Struski, Biofarm .7.0 
 10. Warszawski, Sokol L.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 January SOBCZAK
  Polfarme.
  (179-PG-97)
  Avg: 7
 1. Sobczak, Polfarme.7.0 
 2. Zebski, Polfarme.7.0 
 3. Hybiak, KK Warsz.6.0 
 4. Czujkowski, Spojn.6.0 
 5. Kwiatkowski, R8 Kr.6.0 
 6. Dluski, R8 Krakow5.0 
 7. Sirijatowicz, Polonia .5.0 
 8. Baran, R8 Krakow5.0 
 9. Sanny, Nysa Klodzko5.0 
 10. Dymala, Spojnia5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin MALCZYK
  R8 Krakow
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Malczyk, R8 Krakow7.0 
 2. Trubacz, Polonia .6.0 
 3. Motel, KK Warszawa4.0 
 4. Sobczak, Polfarme.4.0 
 5. Chanas, Polonia .4.0 
 6. Hybiak, KK Warsz.4.0 
 7. Czujkowski, Spojn.3.0 
 8. Musial, Slask Wroclaw3.0 
 9. Ornoch, Pruszkow3.0 
 10. Dymala, Spojnia3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Pruszkow
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cechniak, Pruszkow3.0 
 2. Fras, Spojnia2.0 
 3. Pelka, R8 Krakow1.0 
 4. Rostalski, Polonia .1.0 
 5. Dluski, R8 Krakow1.0 
 6. Szwed, Polfarme.1.0 
 7. Krakowczyk, Slask W.1.0 
 8. Tomaszewski, Biofarm .1.0 
 9. Raczynski, Spojnia1.0 
 10. Czujkowski, Spojn.1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bartlomiej PELCZAR
  Start L.
  (185-G-0)
  Avg: 35
 1. Pelczar, Start L.35.0 
 2. Zagula, Stal SW29.0 
 3. Maj, MCKiS J.26.0 
 4. Podkowinski, MCKiS J.24.0 
 5. Kozaczka, Bielsko-.24.0 
 6. Wasowicz, AZS P.24.0 
 7. Piotrkowski, AZS A.23.0 
 8. Pawlak, Polonia Bytom23.0 
 9. Soltysiak, Domino I.23.0 
 10. Wroblewski, Zubry22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leszek KULCZYNSKI
  Goleniow
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Kulczynski, Goleniow16.0 
 2. Wisniewski, AZS U.13.0 
 3. Soltysiak, Domino I.13.0 
 4. Weselak, AZS A.12.0 
 5. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn11.0 
 6. Kapuscinski, Dziki W.11.0 
 7. Krzywdzinski, Gornik W.11.0 
 8. Maslanka, Pogon RS10.0 
 9. Zaczek, Wisla K.10.0 
 10. Zajac, WKK Wroclaw10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.10.0 
 2. Wasowicz, AZS P.9.0 
 3. Raczek, Sudety8.0 
 4. Banys, Rzeszow8.0 
 5. Bartnicki, Katy W.7.0 
 6. Chmielarz, AZS K.7.0 
 7. Baczynski, Polonia .6.0 
 8. Kutta, Slask6.0 
 9. Guminski, Przemysl6.0 
 10. Glapinski, Gornik W.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof WASOWICZ
  AZS P.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wasowicz, AZS P.7.0 
 2. Zagula, Stal SW6.0 
 3. Zalucki, Cracovia5.0 
 4. Marczuk, Tur B.5.0 
 5. Plocica, Przemysl5.0 
 6. Konopatzki, Asseco I.5.0 
 7. Bialdyga, Rybnik5.0 
 8. Majchrzak, Koscian5.0 
 9. Kozlowski, Domino I.5.0 
 10. Daszke, Trefl I.5.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eryk ZIELINKO
  Tur B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zielinko, Tur B.3.0 
 2. Wisniewski, AZS U.3.0 
 3. Kozlowski, Domino I.3.0 
 4. Matysek, Start L.2.0 
 5. Motylewski, Trefl I.2.0 
 6. Sloniewski, Ostrow M.2.0 
 7. Bednarczyk, Olsztyn2.0 
 8. Kulczynski, Goleniow2.0 
 9. Minciel, Sudety2.0 
 10. Tyszka, Rosa I.1.0 


1Liga Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 1Liga 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 Slask (0-1) in Kutno on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Polfarmex (1-0) 86-74. Polfarmex shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Mateusz Szwed (198-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and swingman Mateusz Zebski (190-92) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Polfarmex's coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Maciej Krakowczyk (200-96) responded with 17 points. Polfarmex is looking forward to face Enea Astoria (#9) in Bydgoszcz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Slask will play at home against Nysa Klodzko (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very significant was Biofarm PZN's (#6) 20-point road victory against Kotwica 69-49. Center Adam Metelski (206-83, college: Cal-Irvine) nailed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Jakub Fiszer accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Biofarm PZN's coach Przemyslaw Szurek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Daniel Grujic (201-90) came up with 4 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Kotwica in the defeat. Biofarm PZN will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kotwica will play on the road against SKK Siedlce (#16) to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game took place in Stargard where Pruszkow (0-1) was upset on the court of Spojnia (1-0) 85-65 on Saturday. Marcin Dymala fired 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Adrian Kordalski produced 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spojnia will meet R8 Krakow (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pruszkow will play against Notec Inowr. (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Krakow where KK Warszawa (0-1) was upset on the court of R8 Krakow (1-0) 84-58. Worth to mention a great performance of Michael Hicks who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. R8 Krakow's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#8) in Stargard and are hoping to win another game. KK Warszawa will play on the road against Sokol Lancut and hope to win that game.
Notec Inowr. (0-1) was outscored at home by Polonia Leszno (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 102-58 on Sunday night. Kamil Chanas stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Polonia Leszno will face Siarka (#15) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Notec Inowr. will play on the road against Pruszkow (#14) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1: Sokol Lancut won against Nysa Klodzko on the opponent's court 80-75. Pogon Prudnik managed to outperform SKK Siedlce in a home game 76-64. GKS Tychy managed to beat Siarka on the road 81-72.

Polfarmex Kutno - Slask Wroclaw 86-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Slask (0-1) in Kutno on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Polfarmex (1-0) 86-74. Polfarmex shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Mateusz Szwed (198-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and swingman Mateusz Zebski (190-92) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Four Polfarmex players scored in double figures. Polfarmex's coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Maciej Krakowczyk (200-96) responded with 17 points and forward Marcin Bluma (201-89) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Polfarmex is looking forward to face Enea Astoria (#9) in Bydgoszcz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Slask will play at home against Nysa Klodzko (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: M.Krakowczyk 17+4reb+2ast, M.Bluma 11+6reb+1ast, A.Dziewa 11+4reb, M.Plawucki 9+1ast, D.Wilczek 8+1reb+1ast, J.Musial 3+2reb+1ast
Polfarmex Kutno: D.Janiak 13+2reb+1ast, P.Tradecki 12+2reb+1ast, M.Szwed 12+11reb+3ast, M.Zebski 11+4reb+7ast, A.Kobus 9+6reb, J.Sobczak 8+2reb+7ast
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Notec Inowr. - Polonia Leszno 58-102

Notec Inowr. (0-1) was outscored at home by Polonia Leszno (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 102-58 on Sunday night. Polonia Leszno dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Notec Inowr.'s 22 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game, while Notec Inowr. only scored five points from the stripe. Strangely Notec Inowr. outrebounded Polonia Leszno 30-18 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Notec Inowr. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Kamil Chanas (190-85) stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 steals for the winners and Adam Kaczmarzyk (198-88) chipped in 15 points. Four Polonia Leszno players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Lukasz Paul (205-89) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Rafal Malitka (205-91) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Polonia Leszno will face Siarka (#15) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Notec Inowr. will play on the road against Pruszkow (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Notec Inowr.: L.Paul 13+7reb, R.Malitka 9+7reb, J.Krawczyk 6+4reb+2ast, S.Sroczynski 5+3reb, A.Lisewski 2+6reb, D.Szczepanik 2+2reb+1ast
Polonia Leszno: K.Chanas 18+1reb+3ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 15+4reb, M.Rostalski 13+4reb+1ast, R.Trubacz 11+3reb+2ast, N.Sirijatowicz 9+3reb+5ast, S.Sanny 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 560550


Kotwica - Biofarm PZN 49-69

Very significant was Biofarm PZN's (#6) 20-point road victory against Kotwica 69-49. They outrebounded Kotwica 39-21 including 28 on the defensive glass. Center Adam Metelski (206-83, college: Cal-Irvine) nailed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Jakub Fiszer (187-95) accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Biofarm PZN's coach Przemyslaw Szurek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Daniel Grujic (201-90) came up with 4 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Adrian Sulinski (185-89) added 14 points respectively for Kotwica in the defeat. Biofarm PZN will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kotwica will play on the road against SKK Siedlce (#16) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: S.Ryzek 15+2reb, A.Sulinski 14+2reb+3ast, P.Pawlowski 11+3reb, D.Neumann 5+2reb+1ast, D.Grujic 4+11reb+4ast, G.Dobrianski 0
Biofarm PZN: P.Wieloch 13+1reb+1ast, A.Metelski 13+9reb+1ast, J.Fiszer 10+6reb+3ast, D.Gruszczynski 8+1reb, F.Struski 7+7reb+4ast, M.Kurpisz 6+5reb
gschID: 560553


Spojnia - Pruszkow 85-65

An interesting game took place in Stargard where Pruszkow (0-1) was upset on the court of Spojnia (1-0) 85-65 on Saturday. Spojnia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Pruszkow's 36. Guard Marcin Dymala (187-90) fired 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Hubert Pabian (201-89) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Guard Adrian Kordalski (185-95) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and Mikolaj Stopierzynski (190-94) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spojnia will meet R8 Krakow (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pruszkow will play against Notec Inowr. (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pruszkow: A.Kordalski 15+5reb+2ast, M.Stopierzynski 13+3reb+3ast, D.Kalinowski 13+4reb+1ast, B.Ornoch 10+2reb, R.Cetnar 4+10reb+2ast, A.Paszkiewicz 4+2reb+1ast
Spojnia: H.Pabian 19+6reb, M.Dymala 18+3reb+5ast, D.Brek 12+4reb+1ast, K.Pytys 11+7reb+1ast, K.Koziorowicz 8+2reb+1ast, W.Fras 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 560549


R8 Krakow - KK Warszawa 84-58

An interesting game took place in Krakow where KK Warszawa (0-1) was upset on the court of R8 Krakow (1-0) 84-58. R8 Krakow forced 26 KK Warszawa turnovers and outrebounded them 40-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American swingman Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. Center Jakub Dluski (200-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five R8 Krakow players scored in double figures. Swingman Mikolaj Motel (192-94) answered with 18 points and 4 steals and swingman Michal Wojtynski (193-89) added 13 points in the effort for KK Warszawa. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. R8 Krakow's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#8) in Stargard and are hoping to win another game. KK Warszawa will play on the road against Sokol Lancut and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
KK Warszawa: M.Motel 18+3reb+2ast, M.Wojtynski 13+3reb+3ast, K.Kozluk 10+4reb+2ast, P.Hybiak 6+3reb+6ast, T.Jaremkiewicz 3+4reb+1ast, D.Zapert 2+3reb
R8 Krakow: M.Hicks 26+5reb+1ast, M.Kwiatkowski 13+1reb+6ast, J.Dluski 13+10reb+5ast, P.Pelka 12+8reb+1ast, M.Malczyk 10+9reb+2ast, W.Pisarczyk 4+1reb
gschID: 560548


Nysa Klodzko - Sokol Lancut 75-80

But Nysa Klodzko was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Lancut 80-75 on Saturday night. Sokol Lancut shot 69.2 percent from the field. Nysa Klodzko was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Michal Sadlo (205-94) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Adrian Warszawski (201-96) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Marc-Oscar Sanny (186-96) responded with 15 points and 5 assists and Michal Jodlowski (208-98) scored 16 points. Nysa Klodzko's coach Radoslaw Hyzy rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokol Lancut will face KK Warszawa (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nysa Klodzko will play against Slask in Wroclaw and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: M.Jodlowski 16+2reb+1ast, M.Sanny 15+3reb+5ast, R.Wojciechowski 10, M.Kasinski 8+3reb, M.Kliniewski 8, M.Kowalski 8+2reb
Sokol Lancut: M.Sadlo 22+5reb, A.Wlodarczyk 6+2reb, B.Karolak 6+3reb+1ast, A.Warszawski 6+7reb+2ast, M.Klima 4+1reb, R.Kulikowski 2+1reb
gschID: 560547


Pogon Prudnik - SKK Siedlce 76-64

Pogon Prudnik used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Siedlce 76-64 on Saturday night. Pogon Prudnik will face GKS Tychy on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SKK Siedlce will play against Kotwica (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 560552


Siarka - GKS Tychy 72-81

But Siarka was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Tychy 81-72 on Saturday night. GKS Tychy will face Pogon Prudnik (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Siarka will play against Polonia Leszno (#5) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
gschID: 560551





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Olimpico de La Banda inks Guillermo Diaz, ex Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) signed 32-year old Puerto Rican international guard Guillermo Diaz (188-88kg-85, college: Miami, FL). He is a dual citizen owning also Georgian passport. Diaz played last summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in July. In 13 games he had 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. The last season he played at San Lorenzo where in 33 LigaA games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg.
In 2006 Diaz was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (52nd overall). He attended University of Miami, Florida and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2017.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diaz won Puerto Rican BSN championship title in 2010, 2011 and 2016.
Diaz has been also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. He has regularly played for Puerto Rican senior team since 2009 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2004.
Diaz also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 78.9%.
Diaz is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Diaz has played previously professionally also in Greece (Olimpiada), Italy (VL Pesaro, Juvecaserta and Eurotrend Biella), NBA (LA Clippers), Georgia (Mgzavrebi) and D-League (Springfield A.).
He could be described: An undersized SG, with great athletic skills and good scoring ability. Has the toghness to play a good defense, year after year he improved his long distance shooting. Above all, Diaz is a fantastic leaper, capable of spectacular dunks, and is also a very good volleyball player, a star in Puerto Rican volleyball some years ago.

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda roster for 2017-2018:

Maximiliano Stanic
Damian Tintorelli
Justin Williams
Guillermo Diaz
Facundo Giorgi
Rodney Green
Ramon Clemente
Matias Bernardini
Mauro Cosolito
Emilio Gimenez
Luciano Ortiz
Facundo Vazquez
Matias Bonavia

Coach: Hernan Laginestra

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Khimki edge Panathinaikos in Gomelsky Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

Khimki - Panathinaikos 73-70

Khimki edged Panathinaikos in the opener of the Gomelskiy Cup. The Russian team posted a 73-70 victory after a strong second half. Panathinaikos grabbed a 19-16 lead at the start of the game and allowed the opponents to score another 16 points in the second frame for a 4-point halftime advantage. Khimki however dominated the third quarter and came up with a 21-16 run. Moreover they closed the game with a 20-18 rally to seal the victory.
Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) as well as Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89, college: Hofstra) poured in 12 each. Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) followed them wth 10 points and 7 rebounds. Marcus Denmon (191-G-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 22 points in the losing effort.



Khimki win Gomelskiy Cup, intermit CSKA's 7-year dominance - by Eurobasket News

Khimki - CSKA 84-77

Khimki have won Gomelskiy Cup in Moscow and clinch the first title at the annual tournament. They needed an 84-77 win over CSKA to intermit their 7th year dominance.
Both teams nailed 18 points in the opening period, while the hosts posted a 29-22 run to take a 7-point lead at the halftime. Once again the sides exchanged 18 points each in the third quarter, while Khimki took control of the game in the last stanza. They erupted with a 26-12 surge to win the trophy.
Anthony Gill (203-PF-92, college: Virginia) stepped up with 23 points and Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) netted 18. Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91, agency: Alti Sport) poured in 11 and James Anderson (198-SG-89, college: Oklahoma St.) netted 10. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) replied with 22 points in defeat and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) added 17.



CSKA Moscow beat Darussafaka in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow - Darussafaka 81-75

CSKA Moscow beat Darussafaka in Moscow at the Gomelskiy Cup. The Russian powerhouse posted an 81-75 win and will face Khimki in the Final game.
Bothe teams nailed 21 points each in the first period, while the hosts grabbed a 4-point advantage at the halftime producing a 25-21 run in the second frame. Moreover the hosts added an 18-14 rally in the third period and did not mind 17-19 loss at the end of the game. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 19 points to pace all the winners. James Bell (197-SF-92, college: Villanova) and JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89, college: Purdue) responded with 16 points each in the losing effort.



Kuzemkin comes back to Irkut - by Eurobasket News

BC Irkut Irkutsk (Superleague 1) inked 30-year old point guard Andrei Kuzemkin (185-86kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). It is actually his comeback to Irkut Irkutsk as he has played here before. Kuzemkin has played for the last two years at Ural Ekaterinburg in the Superleague 1. In 22 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Kuzemkin played in the final of Russian Superleague in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Kuzemkin has played previously for five other teams: Novosybirsk, Enisey, Universitet Yugra, Severstal and NGU Novosybirsk.

BC Irkut Irkutsk roster for 2017-2018:

Alexander Anisimov
Egor Muraviev
Vitaliy Ionov
Filip Samojlovic
Grigoriy Andreev
Andrei Kuzemkin
Alimdzhan Fedyushin
Mikhail Karpachev
Antonio Kaetano
Alexey Babushkin
Sergey Mikhalev
Lev Serdiuk
Dmitriy Bubnov

By Eurobasket Data Center

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David Miladinovic could sign at KK Dynamic BG Beograd - by Eurobasket News

KK Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) is about to tab 20-year old center David Miladinovic (207-97) who played last time at KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac in 1MRL. Miladinovic has played there for the last three years. In 11 KLS games he averaged 4.6ppg and 3.4rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Crvena Zvezda.
Miladinovic played in the final of Serbian U19 Championships in 2014.
He represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.5rpg), FGP-2 (67.5%), FT: 48.0%.

KK Dynamic BG Beograd roster for 2017-2018:

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

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

Centers:
Filip Zekavicic
Quadir Welton

Coach: Oliver Popovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alan Arnett (ex Lucenec) agreed terms with Yambol - by Eurobasket News

Tundja Yambol (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Alan Arnett (196-86kg, college: Georgia SW). He played most recently at BKM Lucenec in Slovakian SBL league. In 16 1.Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2.6spg and 1.0bpg in 2015-16 season. Arnett helped them to win the league title (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian 1.Liga Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
He graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


ABA Liga 2: Primorska claim valuable win over Siroki - by Eurobasket News

Sixt Primorska - Siroki 81:69

Primorska claimed the first victory in the 2nd Qualifying Round of ABA Liga 2. They held off Siroki for 1-1 record. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) nailed 15 points to lead the effort.
The teams were tied at 23 heading into the second term. Primorska used a 20:11 run in the second term to take a 9-point lead. They extended the margin in the third term. The Slovenian side entered the fourth period up by 13 points 63:50. Siroki outscored their opponents in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) delivered 14 points for the winners. Ivan Karacic (202-C-96, agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with 20 points for Siroki. Josip Naletilic (185-PG-89) netted 14 points in the defeat.



Petrol Olimpija celebrate SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Petrol Olimpija - Krka 94:76

Petrol Olimpija clinched the SuperCup title. They stormed past Krka for the first trophy of the season. Talor Battle (185-PG-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) produced 19 points for the winners.
Petrol Olimpija sank 26 points in the opening quarter to eke out a 3-point lead. Olimpija maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They secured a 49:45 halftime lead. Petrol Olimpija kept Krka at bay throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza up by 7 points 69:62. Petrol Olimpija nailed 25 points in the fourth period to ice the victory. Roko Badzim (196-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 15 points, while Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) added 14 points for the winners. Domen Bratoz (186-PG-93) replied with game-high 24 points for Krka. Marko Josilo (200-G-92) had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.



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Blake Schilb (ex Galatasaray) signs at Real Betis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) landed experienced 34-year old Czech international swingman Blake Schilb (201-100kg-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Schilb has played for the last two years at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. In 26 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.7apg last season. Schilb helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 27 games in Euroleague where he had 9.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 4.0apg.
Schilb has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016. Schilb received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Czech Republic at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Schilb has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois and Chalon/Saor) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda).
He attended Loyola University of Chicago until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Donnie McGrath
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch
Luke Nelson
Andrzej Pluta

Forwards:
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Ryan Kelly
O.D. Anosike
Tomas Balciunas
Blake Schilb
Saul Blanco
Alfonso Sanchez

Centers:
Vladimir Golubovic
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

Coach: Alejandro Martinez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Real Canoe signs Osas Ehigitor - by Eurobasket News

Real Canoe Madrid (LEB Silver) signed 18-year old center Osas Ehigitor (207-99, agency: BeoBasket). He has played for the last two seasons at Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada Madrid in Spanish EBA league. Ehigitor was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention in 2017.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Slovakia this year. Ehigitor's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 60.0%.

Real Canoe Madrid roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Oscar Herrero
Miguel Bustillo
Bouna Ndiaye
Daniel De_La_Rua
Eduardo Martinez

Forwards:
Ander Martinez
Walter Cabral
Jose_Miguel Perez
Ruben Martinez

Centers:
Jose_Maria Gil
Osas Ehigitor

Coach: Miguel Angel Aranzabal

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Juan Triguero joins Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old center Juan Triguero (208-113kg-83) from Real Betis. In 25 Liga Endesa games he had 3.2ppg and 3.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Triguero played at Blusens Monbus where in 30 Liga Endesa games he recorded 4.7ppg and 5.0rpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Spanish Liga Endesa in 2014.
Triguero has spent his entire career in Spain playing for five other teams: Valencia Basket, UCAM Murcia, Gandia, La Palma and Plasencia.
On Triguero: A solid inside player who who is finally reaching the performing level he was expected to, considering his physical and athletic skills. A late bloomer who can surprise again.

Tecnyconta Zaragoza roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Janis Blums
Gary Neal
Tomas Bellas
Sergi Garcia
Torian Graham
Carlos Alocen

Forwards:
Nikola Dragovic
Lovro Mazalin
Jonathan Barreiro
Michal Michalak

Centers:
Juan Triguero
Jarvis Varnado
Nicolas de_Jong
Alejandro Suarez

Coach: Jose Ramon Cuspinera

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Denton Koon (ex Leeuwarden) joins Barca II - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa II (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Denton Koon (203-95kg-92, college: Hofstra, agency: Court Side). He played last season at Aris Leeuwarden in Dutch Eredivisie. In 27 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Imports Team and 3rd Team.
Koon played in the final of CAA Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from Hofstra University in 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

FC Barcelona Lassa II roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Pol Figueras
Arnas Velicka

Forwards:
Volodymyr Gerun
Denton Koon
Nedim Djedovic
Maxim Esteban
Aleix Font
Luka Samanic

Center:
Atoumane Diagne

Coach: Alfredo Julbe

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Plymouth Raiders add Tomsick to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Plymouth University Raiders (BBL) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Nick Tomsick (185-84kg-91, college: Fort Lewis). The last season Tomsick played at KK_Zabok in Croatian A1. In 24 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won German 2.Regionalliga (West 2 Group) championship title in 2015. Tomsick was also voted All-RMAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Tomsick has played also professionally in Germany (Herford).
He attended Fort Lewis College until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

Plymouth University Raiders roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Brandon Penn
Louis Sayers
Joonas Jarvelainen
Greg Mays

Center:
Zak Wells

Coach: Gavin Love

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hasheem Thabeet joins Yokohama B-Corsairs - by Greg

Yokohama B-Corsairs (B1 League) agreed terms with 30-year old Tanzanian center Hasheem Thabeet (218-120kg-87, college: Connecticut). The #2 overall 2009 NBA pick who just attended NBA camp with the Milwaukee Bucks signs to play overseas for the first time in his career.
The last time he played at Grand Rapids Drive (NBA D-League) where he averaged 8.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.4bpg in 49 games.
In 2009 Thabeet was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) as #2 pick overall. He attended University of Connecticut and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joseph leads Army to North Bball title - by Eurobasket News

Rookie forward Kyeon Joseph was expected to give a big performance in game two of the men's Big-Four final and that he did, helping Defence Force emerge champion of the North Zone Basketball League in his first season as a soldier with the team. Joseph scored a play-off best 29 points to pilot the army/coastguard combination unit to a 93-79 win over Straker Nets on Saturday night at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex in Port-of-Spain. The previous weekend, Defence Force opened the best-in-three series final with a 89-59 win led by Joseph, who then netted a team-high 16 points for the winner. The fierce competitor continued in that impressive fashion and produced 20 points in the first half, marshalling his team to a 21-15 first quarter lead and a 51-44 advantage at the interval. The 'Teteron Boys' remained in control into the third stanza and outscored their opponents 15-13, to lead 66-57 going into the final quarter. Straker Nets, led by duo point-guard Sadiki Guerra (188-G-87, college: Texas Coll.) and centre Allister Martin, improved offensively in the fourth quarter, and put up 22 points compared to Defence Force's 27, not enough to overcome its huge deficit throughout the match. Joseph, with valuable support from national standout Steven 'Lighter' Lewis and Devon Waddell (188-F), who connected 16 and 12 points, respectively, helped their team stay unbeaten in all nine matches played this season and replaced inactive Police as the Zone's champion. For Straker, Guerra put in 15 points and Martin added 12.
Third place went to the University of T&T (UTT) despite losing the second match of their two-game third place play-off contest 75-71 to Trailblazers, UTT still bagged the bronze medals in the first match-up of the night's double-header. For Trailblazers, which is managed by veteran coach Stephen Leonce and assisted by former national standout Lennox Sobers, led 18-15 after the first period, 36-33 at half-time but UTT rallied in the third to overturn its deficit and take a slim one-point lead (49-48) after three-quarters of play. However, forward Fabrice Fisher connected on 17 of his match-high 39 points in the quarter and that guided Trailblazers to its best performance in the North Zone in a decade. Assisting Fisher on offence was Juvani Andrews, who scored 11. For UTT, Brandon Kelly and Lazard Campbell both dropped 12 points.
Courtesy of: guardian.co.tt



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Dion Dixon (ex Kymis) signs at C Africain - by Ahmad Madwar

Club Africain Tunis (Division I) landed 28-year old American point guard Dion Dixon (190-89, college: Cincinnati). He played most recently at GS Kymis in Greek A1 league, but left. In only one game he had just 2 points, 1 assist and 2 steals last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Dixon spent at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB where in 11 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.0spg. He also played that season for Sagesse (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 3.9apg. Dixon helped them to make it to the cup final.
In 2013 (a year after he left the college) Dixon was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in fifth round (72nd overall).
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Dixon received Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Import of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Dixon has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Dixon has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje), NBA G League (Salt Lake City Stars) and Lebanon (Homenetmen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  


Darussafaka beat Panathinaikos for third position at Gomelsky Cup - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka - Panathinaikos 78:75 (OT)

Darussafaka clinched the third position at the Gomelsky Cup in Moscow. They overcame Panathinaikos in the consolation final. Will Cummings (188-PG-92, college: Temple) produced 17 points to lead the winners.
Darussafaka posted a 15:10 lead after the opening quarter. Panathinaikos erased the deficit in the second term. The teams entered the second half tied at 31. Darussafaka eked out a 3-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Panathinaikos managed to erase the deficit and forced overtime. However the Turkish side nailed 14 points in the extra period to seal the victory. JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89, college: Purdue) produced 14 points in the victory. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) answered with 12 points for Panathinaikos. Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 11 points each in the defeat.



CSKA Moscow beat Darussafaka in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow - Darussafaka 81-75

CSKA Moscow beat Darussafaka in Moscow at the Gomelskiy Cup. The Russian powerhouse posted an 81-75 win and will face Khimki in the Final game.
Bothe teams nailed 21 points each in the first period, while the hosts grabbed a 4-point advantage at the halftime producing a 25-21 run in the second frame. Moreover the hosts added an 18-14 rally in the third period and did not mind 17-19 loss at the end of the game. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) stepped up with 19 points to pace all the winners. James Bell (197-SF-92, college: Villanova) and JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89, college: Purdue) responded with 16 points each in the losing effort.



Blake Schilb (ex Galatasaray) signs at Real Betis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Liga Endesa) landed experienced 34-year old Czech international swingman Blake Schilb (201-100kg-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Schilb has played for the last two years at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL league. In 26 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.7apg last season. Schilb helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 27 games in Euroleague where he had 9.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 4.0apg.
Schilb has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016. Schilb received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Czech Republic at the European Championships two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Schilb has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois and Chalon/Saor) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda).
He attended Loyola University of Chicago until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

Betis Energia Plus Sevilla roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Donnie McGrath
Mikel Uriz
Josep Franch
Luke Nelson
Andrzej Pluta

Forwards:
Nobel Boungou-Colo
Ryan Kelly
O.D. Anosike
Tomas Balciunas
Blake Schilb
Saul Blanco
Alfonso Sanchez

Centers:
Vladimir Golubovic
Ivan Cruz_Uceda

Coach: Alejandro Martinez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mandell Thomas agreed terms with KTP Basket - by Eurobasket News

KTP Basket Kotka (Korisliiga) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Mandell Thomas (188-84kg-93, college: Fordham). The last season Thomas played at Tartu Ulikool in Estonian Alexela KML. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 33 Alexela KML games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. Thomas helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Estonian All-Star Game. Thomas also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. He also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. And finally Thomas played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.3apg.
Thomas has played also professionally in .
He attended Fordham University until 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

KTP Basket Kotka roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jahsha Bluntt
Michael Pounds
Deremy Geiger
Ilmari Kallio
Joni Herrala
Mandell Thomas
Deon Edwin
Mathias Rosqvist
Janne-Petteri Lehtoranta

Forwards:
Cedric Latimer
Jermont Horton
Manuel Barnes
Tuomas Heikkila
Mikael Aalto
Eero Hannikainen

Center:
Kenneth Simms

Coach: Ray Ailus

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UBA  


South Carolina appointed as the Atlantic Division - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
UBA News

South Carolina appointed as the Atlantic Division

The Universal Basketball Association (UBA) announced that South Carolina has been added to the 2018 expansion division. Located in Columbia, South Carolina.

"we have been working two long years to launch South Carolina," stated UBA co-founder D.J. Douglas . "I have no doubt that this will be a great UBA organization." The division will be directed by by Daryl Jarvis , a native of Columbia, SC and a graduate from Johnson C. Smith University with a BS in Sports and Fitness Management.

"This isn't just about basketball", said Jarvis. This is an opportunity for our young people to do something positive in the community. We want to change culture and improve out community on and off the court.

This isn't just about basketball. This is an opportunity for those who are looked down upon to do something positive. For themselves and for their communities. Winning takes a village. Change is a culture.

The Atlantic Division will have five active teams which include the South Carolina Cardinals, Palmetto Stars, South Carolina Warriors, Carolina Celtics and South Carolina Elite.

For more information, contact Daryl at ubaofsouthcarolina@gmail.com or www.ubanow.com



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  UKRAINE  


Mykolaiv inks Sergei Popov - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) signed 29-year old ex-international guard Sergei Popov (196-95kg-88, agency: BeoBasket) from Bipa Basket. In four Superleague games he had 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg last season. Popov also played that season for Kryvbas where in 12 Superleague games he recorded 7.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg.
He was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Popov played for Ukrainian Senior National Team back in 2008 and previously for University National Team in 2009.
He represented Ukraine at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything.
Popov has played previously for three other teams: Khimik, BK Khimik-2 Yuzhny and Vinnitsky Zubry.

MBC Mykolaiv roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Denis Ivanov
Vladyslav Tonchenko
Oleksandr Shostuha
Sergei Popov
Anton Musiyenko
Denys Bobrov

Forwards:
Olexiy Onufriyev
Maxim Shepil
Denis Noskov
Mykhaylo Galenko
Anton Davydiuk
Oleksandr Tsykalyuk

Centers:
Konstantin Anikenko
Oleksandr Kushnirov

Coach: Sergei Kirlan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


An interview with new Leeds Force coach Danny Nelson before team's first game - by Dockers Hoops

How do you feel now that you have landed in Leeds?

Daniel Nelson : I am excited to be here with the Leeds Force. It's a new team and we are getting to know each other. We're going to take some time over the next few weeks to build this program so we can establish a style of basketball that's not only exciting for our fans, but also gives them pride to support a team that plays together and competes.

You landed just a week before the first game. How has the adjustment been and will you guys be prepared?

DN: Preparation has been limited in that's it's been a quick start and a new situation putting it all together at the moment and building offense, defense and culture. It will take time, but we'll give everything we have from the get go.

What can the BBL expect from the Force this season?

DN: I think over the course of the season the BBL can expect to see a Leeds Force team that sticks together, plays diligent basketball that is physical, fast and intelligent, an excellent culture, success on the court and a strong focus on the long-term development of our organisation and our players.

Last year was an impressive step forward for you in taking over the reigns of German Pro B club Noerdlingen and developing some young talent. What has been the most important lesson you learned in the past year?

DN: Something that has always been an important focus for me personally is developing fundamentals and small detailed skill's amongst our players. Skills that will stand the pressure of intense and physical opposition in game. Transferring that onto the court. Making sure players work on the fundamentals that you need within the game. Sticking to basics and starting from there.

I'd like to thank Force management for appointing me to the position and I am looking forward to joining this community full of supporters, sponsors and volunteers who contribute to this organisation. I wish everybody and happy and healthy season ahead. Thank you.



Plymouth Raiders add Tomsick to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Plymouth University Raiders (BBL) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Nick Tomsick (185-84kg-91, college: Fort Lewis). The last season Tomsick played at KK_Zabok in Croatian A1. In 24 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won German 2.Regionalliga (West 2 Group) championship title in 2015. Tomsick was also voted All-RMAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Tomsick has played also professionally in Germany (Herford).
He attended Fort Lewis College until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

Plymouth University Raiders roster for 2017-2018:

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

Forwards:
Brandon Penn
Louis Sayers
Joonas Jarvelainen
Greg Mays

Center:
Zak Wells

Coach: Gavin Love

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  

Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Daniel STEWART
  Bohemios
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 34
 1. Stewart, Bohemios34.0 
 2. Batista, Welcome27.0 
 3. Trelles, Bohemios18.0 
 4. Tucker, Welcome17.0 
 5. Glover, Welcome12.0 
 6. Kelley, Bohemios11.0 
 7. Espinosa, Bohemios8.0 
 8. Meira, Welcome7.0 
 9. Trelles, Bohemios6.0 
 10. De-Gouveia, Welco.5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Welcome
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 14
 1. Batista, Welcome14.0 
 2. Trelles, Bohemios10.0 
 3. Stewart, Bohemios9.0 
 4. Meira, Welcome6.0 
 5. Charquero, Welcome6.0 
 6. Espinosa, Bohemios4.0 
 7. Kelley, Bohemios3.0 
 8. Glover, Welcome3.0 
 9. Aristimuno, Welcome3.0 
 10. Trelles, Bohemios2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DE GOUVEIA
  Welco.
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. De-Gouveia, Welco.6.0 
 2. Perdomo, Bohemios6.0 
 3. Trelles, Bohemios5.0 
 4. Meira, Welcome4.0 
 5. Antunes, Bohemios3.0 
 6. Aristimuno, Welcome3.0 
 7. Trelles, Bohemios2.0 
 8. Stewart, Bohemios2.0 
 9. Batista, Welcome2.0 
 10. Glover, Welcome1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Martin PERDOMO
  Bohemios
  (185-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perdomo, Bohemios2.0 
 2. Meira, Welcome1.0 
 3. Stewart, Bohemios1.0 
 4. De-Gouveia, Welco.1.0 
 5. Tucker, Welcome1.0 
 6. Kelley, Bohemios1.0 
 7. Glover, Welcome1.0 
 8. Antunes, Bohemios1.0 
 9. Aristimuno, Welcome0.0 
 10. Rivas, Welcome0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo TRELLES
  Bohemios
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Trelles, Bohemios1.0 
 2. Terra, Bohemios1.0 
 3. Espinosa, Bohemios1.0 
 4. De-Gouveia, Welco.0.0 
 5. Charquero, Welcome0.0 
 6. Rivas, Welcome0.0 
 7. Batista, Welcome0.0 
 8. Ottonello, Welcome0.0 
 9. Aristimuno, Welcome0.0 
 10. Kelley, Bohemios0.0 


Bohemios won the opening game for the LUB - by Hector Lopez

Daniel Stewart (201-F-92, college: Rider) scored 34 points and added 9 rebounds leading Bohemios to beat Welcome 82-75 for the Uruguayan League opening game, while Rodrigo Trelles (191-F-88, agency: Pro Sports) added a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Khalil Kelley (203-C-91, college: Pacific) finished with 11 points and 3 rebounds. For Welcome, Esteban Batista (208-C-83, agency: Duran International), at his return to the Uruguayan basketbal, finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Dakarai Tucker (196-F-94, college: Utah) scored 17 points and Shawn Glover (201-F-90, college: ORU) netted 17 points. Welcome led the game during the two first quarters - 22-19 and 43-36- but during the last five minutes for the third quarter Bohemios scored 11-2 to take the lead for the first time (58-57).


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  VIETNAM  


VBA Round 6: Saigon Heat defeats Hanoi B. in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 6 in the VBA took place in Hanoi. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Hanoi B. (2-4) to top-ranked Saigon Heat (5-0) 74-71 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Saigon Heat outrebounded Hanoi B. 30-17 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Saigon Heat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. American David Arnold (188, college: Mont.St.-Billings) scored 29 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international forward Hung Dang Thai (189-93) with 16 points. Hanoi B.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Saigon Heat have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Hanoi B. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Hochiminh CW. Saigon Heat are looking forward to face Hochiminh CW (#5) at home in the next round. Hanoi B. will play against Danang Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Can Tho CF (4-2) beat at home 5th ranked Hochiminh CW (2-4) by 14 points 85-71, which is the biggest margin this round. American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Tan Dinh-Duy supported him with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 32 points and 19 rebounds by American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) did not help to save the game for Hochiminh CW. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF moved-up to second place, which they share with Thang Long W. Hochiminh CW at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Hanoi B.. Can Tho CF will play against Thang Long W. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hochiminh CW will play against the league's leader Saigon Heat and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Hanoi B. - Saigon H. 71-74

The most exciting game of round 6 in the VBA took place in Hanoi. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Hanoi B. (2-4) to top-ranked Saigon Heat (5-0) 74-71 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Saigon Heat outrebounded Hanoi B. 30-17 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Saigon Heat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. American David Arnold (188, college: Mont.St.-Billings) scored 29 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Darius Lewis (211-94, college: Duquesne) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international forward Hung Dang Thai (189-93) with 16 points and American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. Hanoi B.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Hanoi B. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Hochiminh CW. Saigon Heat are looking forward to face Hochiminh CW (#5) at home in the next round. Hanoi B. will play against Danang Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: D.Arnold 29+4reb+4ast, D.Lewis 14+11reb+2ast, N.Tu Le 9+6reb+2ast, H.Hai Nguyen 9+2reb+1ast, G.Lan Hong 4+3reb+2ast, K.Hucnh 3+2reb+1ast
Hanoi B.: H.Dang Thai 16+3reb+1ast, H.Nguyen Phu 10, T.Bach Cong 8+1reb+2ast, V.Nguyen 5+1reb+2ast, T.Hoang 5+2reb, D.Nguyen 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 571234


Can Tho CF - Hochiminh CW 85-71

Third ranked Can Tho CF (4-2) beat at home 5th ranked Hochiminh CW (2-4) by 14 points 85-71, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Can Tho CF. Hochiminh CW was better in fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Can Tho CF forced 31 Hochiminh CW turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and swingman Tan Dinh-Duy (192-95) supported him with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Four Can Tho CF players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 32 points and 19 rebounds by American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) did not help to save the game for Hochiminh CW. His fellow American import guard Henry Nguyen (, college: Orange Coast CC) added 23 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Can Tho CF moved-up to second place, which they share with Thang Long W. Hochiminh CW at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Hanoi B.. Can Tho CF will play against Thang Long W. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hochiminh CW will play against the league's leader Saigon Heat and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Can Tho CF: T.Dinh Duy 28+6reb+3ast, D.Hamilton 17+15reb+7ast, N.Le 12+1reb+1ast, D.Thanh 12+2reb+3ast, T.Le Hieu 8+4reb+1ast, N.Ngcc 5+2reb+5ast
Hochiminh CW: B.Richardson 32+19reb+2ast, H.Nguyen 23+4reb+4ast, H.Minh Trieu 9+3reb+4ast, P.Chong 3+1ast, T.Nguyen 3+5reb+2ast, M.Luong Chi 1+4reb+2ast
gschID: 571233





Hamilton number one in Vietnam for round 6 - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-F/C-90, agency: Inception Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Can Tho CF, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Hochiminh CW (#5, 2-4) 85-71. Can Tho CF is placed at 2nd position in Vietnamese VBA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Can Tho CF will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Hamilton turned to be Can Tho CF's top player in his first season with the team. Former Washington State University star has very solid stats this year. Hamilton is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.4ppg), rebounds (4th best: 13.6rpg), assists (2nd best: 4.6apg) and averages impressive 3.2bpg,3.2spg and 52.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Bilal Richardson (203-F) of Hochiminh CW. Richardson had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Hochiminh CW lost that game 71-85 to the higher-ranked Can Tho CF (#2, 4-2). Hochiminh CW managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Richardson is a newcomer at Hochiminh CW, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.8ppg (#1). He also registered 18.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Can Tho CF's star - swingman Tan Dinh Duy (192-G/F-95). Dinh Duy scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Can Tho CF, helping his team with a 85-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Hochiminh CW (#5, 2-4). Can Tho CF needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Dinh Duy has a very solid season. In 5 games in Vietnam he scored 24.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Arnold (188-SG) of Saigon H. - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Darius Lewis (211-C-94) of Saigon H. - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Henry Nguyen (G) of Hochiminh CW - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Hung Dang Thai (189-F-93) of Hanoi B. - 16 points and 3 rebounds
8. Trung Bach Cong (G) of Hanoi B. - 8 points and 2 assists
9. Thanh Le Hieu (180-PG) of Can Tho CF - 8 points and 4 rebounds
10. Nguycn Le (C) of Can Tho CF - 12 points

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




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Women News


Taylor starts her pro career at Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Forex Time Apollon Limassol agreed terms with 22-year old American guard Sparkle Taylor (178-95). Taylor just graduated from The Univ.of Texas at El Paso (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 29 games she had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was named to All-C-USA 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Taylor is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won C-USA Regular Season in 2016. Taylor was also voted All-C-USA Sixth Player of the Year in 2016 at her college time.
On Taylor: Sparkle is a 178cm very good mid-range shooter, she creates for her teammate, plays hard on both ends, creates her own shot, attacks the basket strong, great help defender, shoot of the bounce, affective off picks and rolls and controls the tempo. She can score with multiple ways and is a great rebounder for her position. On her strong points her quickness is her main characteristic.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Katerina NOVOTNA
  Slovanka.
  (177-SF-89)
  Avg: 34
 1. Novotna, Slovanka.34.0 
 2. Vaughn, Nymburk24.0 
 3. Bazoukou, USK Praha23.5 
 4. Vackova, Loko T.21.0 
 5. Kuslitova, Karlovy .20.5 
 6. Middleton, Slovanka.20.0 
 7. Hausknechtov., Zabiny B.20.0 
 8. Tarasava, Nymburk18.5 
 9. Petruskova, U19 C.18.0 
 10. Goff, Loko Trutnov17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chelsea SNYDER
  Loko T.
  (198-C-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Snyder, Loko T.11.0 
 2. Bellock, BLK Praha11.0 
 3. Linskens, Nymburk11.0 
 4. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.10.5 
 5. Sipova, U19 Chance10.0 
 6. Jenistova, U19 C.9.0 
 7. Opocenska, Slovanka.9.0 
 8. Stehlikova, MK Te.8.5 
 9. Sivrova, MK Te.8.5 
 10. Bazoukou, USK Praha7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Loko T.
  (178-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Loko T.6.0 
 2. Maleckova, Karlovy .5.5 
 3. Tarasava, Nymburk5.5 
 4. Romero, USK Praha5.5 
 5. Motycakova, Slovanka.5.0 
 6. Vaughn, Nymburk5.0 
 7. Svrdlikova, Zabiny B.5.0 
 8. Xargay-C., USK P.4.5 
 9. Stehlikova, MK Te.4.5 
 10. Russell, BLK Praha4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tereza SIPOVA
  U19 Chance
  (179-SF-97)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sipova, U19 Chance5.0 
 2. Hausknechtov., Zabiny B.4.0 
 3. Krivankova, Zabiny B.4.0 
 4. Motycakova, Slovanka.4.0 
 5. Tomsovicova, U19 C.3.0 
 6. Romero, USK Praha3.0 
 7. Stehlikova, MK Te.3.0 
 8. Xargay-C., USK P.2.5 
 9. Molnar, Slovanka.2.0 
 10. Hamplova, Nymburk2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandra KHOMENCHUK
  Nymbu.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Khomenchuk, Nymbu.6.0 
 2. Kubickova, SBS O.2.0 
 3. Linskens, Nymburk2.0 
 4. Buzov, Zabiny Brno1.0 
 5. Jozova, U19 Chance1.0 
 6. Svrdlikova, Zabiny B.1.0 
 7. Hamplova, Nymburk1.0 
 8. Sujanova, Valosun .1.0 
 9. Smutna, SBS O.1.0 
 10. ODonnell, SBS O.1.0 


ZBL Round 2: Basket Slovanka MB lose to Zabiny Brno - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Basket Slovanka MB (1-1) in Vodochody on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Zabiny Brno (2-0) 65-43. Zabiny Brno is looking forward to face Sokol Hradec Kralove (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Basket Slovanka MB will play against BLK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
USK Praha (2-0) crushed at home Karlovy Vary (0-2) by 83 points 117-34, which is the biggest margin this round. Swedish center Amanda Bazoukou (196-93, college: Minnesota) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Marta Xargay-Casademont supported her with 15 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Even 8 points and 5 rebounds by center Katerina Rokosova (193-97) did not help to save the game for Karlovy Vary. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha will play against U19 Chance (#11) in Strakonice in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karlovy Vary will play at home against Valosun Brno to get more than just one victory in their record.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless SBS Ostrava lost to undefeated MK Technic on the opponent's court 50-69. BLK Praha managed to outperform Valosun Brno in a home game 73-69. Winless U19 Chance lost to undefeated Nymburk on the road 53-74. Sokol HK crushed Loko Trutnov on its own court 75-52.

Slovanka MB - Zabiny Brno 43-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Basket Slovanka MB (1-1) in Vodochody on Wednesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Zabiny Brno (2-0) 65-43. Zabiny Brno is looking forward to face Sokol Hradec Kralove (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Basket Slovanka MB will play against BLK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 550505


USK Praha - Karlovy Vary 117-34

USK Praha (2-0) crushed at home Karlovy Vary (0-2) by 83 points 117-34, which is the biggest margin this round. USK Praha held Karlovy Vary to an opponent 24.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 58.3 percent accuracy of the winners and made 28-of-32 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Karlovy Vary only scored ten points from the stripe. USK Praha forced 29 Karlovy Vary turnovers and outrebounded them 46-24 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. USK Praha players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Karlovy Vary's players. Karlovy Vary was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swedish center Amanda Bazoukou (196-93, college: Minnesota) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Spanish point guard Marta Xargay-Casademont (181-90) supported her with 15 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. Even 8 points and 5 rebounds by center Katerina Rokosova (193-97) did not help to save the game for Karlovy Vary. Forward Dana Kuslitova (182-90) added 7 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha will play against U19 Chance (#11) in Strakonice in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karlovy Vary will play at home against Valosun Brno to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: A.Bazoukou 20+11reb+1ast, K.Elhotova 19+2reb, V.Vorackova 18+5reb+1ast, M.Xargay Casademont 15+4reb+6ast, L.Romero 12+3reb+5ast, K.Elhotova 10+3reb+2ast
Karlovy Vary: K.Rokosova 8+5reb, D.Kuslitova 7+2reb, S.Sklenarova 6+1reb, B.Jindrova 6+1reb, V.Skokankova 3+2reb+2ast, M.Pitrova 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 550509


MK Technic - SBS Ostrava 69-50

Very expected game in Brno where SBS Ostrava (0-2) was crushed by MK Technic (2-0) 69-50. MK Technic forced 24 SBS Ostrava turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Monika Stehlikova (177-92) notched 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and guard Hana Gasicova (167-98) supported her with 17 points. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by Anezka Kopecka (181-0) did not help to save the game for SBS Ostrava. Point guard Natalie Raskova (166-99) added 8 points for the guests. SBS Ostrava's coach Tibor Jany rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. MK Technic will play against LOKO Trutnov (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SBS Ostrava will play against Basketball Nymburk to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
MK Technic: H.Gasicova 17+2reb+1ast, M.Stehlikova 17+9reb+7ast, A.Miszkiel 8+4reb+1ast, M.Sivrova 7+10reb+3ast, D.Murgasova 6+8reb+1ast, B.Titzova 5+1reb+1ast
SBS Ostrava: A.Kopecka 14+5reb+2ast, B.Brown 9+3reb, N.Raskova 8+2reb+3ast, N.Miklikova 5, A.Smutna 5+7reb+1ast, B.O'Donnell 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 550507


BLK Praha - Valosun Brno 73-69

BLK Praha used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Brno 73-69. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. BLK Praha made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. BLK Praha outrebounded Valosun Brno 45-26 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Valosun Brno was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Kristi Bellock (185-90, college: Texas A&M) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Jamie Russell (173-90, college: Illinois St.) supported her with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four BLK Praha players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by the former international center Ilona Burgrova (194-84, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Valosun Brno. Forward Milena Prokesova (180-81) added 14 points for the guests. Valosun Brno's coach David Zdenek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BLK Praha will play against Basket Slovanka MB (#7) in Vodochody in the next round. Valosun Brno will play on the road against Karlovy Vary (#8) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
BLK Praha: R.Pudlakova 17+6reb+1ast, K.Bellock 14+12reb+1ast, S.Madden 13+6reb+1ast, J.Russell 12+7reb+7ast, M.Felixova 7+6reb+2ast, T.Sedlackova 6+4reb
Valosun Brno: M.Prokesova 14+4reb, I.Burgrova 14+5reb+1ast, E.Kopecka 8+4reb+2ast, G.Andelova 8+6reb+2ast, S.Berankova 6, E.Sujanova 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 550504


Nymburk - U19 Chance 74-53

Not a big story in a game when U19 Chance (0-2) was rolled over on the road by Basketball Nymburk (2-0) 74-53. Basketball Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to U19 Chance's 30. They outrebounded U19 Chance 56-30 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Basketball Nymburk brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Russian-Ukrainian center Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-89) notched 9 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks to lead the effort and Belgian center Kyara Linskens (189-96, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Basketball Nymburk's coach Daniel Kurucz felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by Tereza Sipova (179-97) did not help to save the game for U19 Chance. Forward Eliska Petruskova (172-98) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Basketball Nymburk will play against SBS Ostrava (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. U19 Chance will play against USK Praha to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Nymburk: A.Hunkova 11+2reb+1ast, K.Linskens 10+6reb, A.Khomenchuk 9+14reb+1ast, A.Tarasava 9+3reb+3ast, K.Sotolova 9+3reb+2ast, Z.Duskova 6+3reb+3ast
U19 Chance: E.Petruskova 18+7reb, T.Sipova 11+10reb+4ast, K.Tomsovicova 10+4reb+2ast, S.Jozova 7+1ast, A.Stiborova 3+4reb+1ast, T.Brusakova 2+1ast
gschID: 550508


Sokol HK - Loko Trutnov 75-52

Everything went according to plan when Sokol Hradec Kralove (2-0) outscored at home LOKO Trutnov (0-2) 75-52. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against Zabiny Brno (#5) on the road in the next round. LOKO Trutnov will play against MK Technic to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 550506





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  EUROCUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Victoria JANKOSKA
  Basket G.
  (174-G-94)
  Avg: 22
 1. Jankoska, Basket G.22.0 
 2. Copper, Basket G.19.0 
 3. Kubynina, Spart.14.0 
 4. Vitola, Basket Gdynia14.0 
 5. Sulciute, Hainaut13.0 
 6. Bernsen, Angels12.0 
 7. Fouasseau, Hainaut11.5 
 8. Broering, Angels11.5 
 9. Garcia, Hainaut11.0 
 10. Tetemondova, Haina.11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sofija ALEKSANDRAVICIUS
  Basket G.
  (192-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Aleksandravi., Basket G.10.0 
 2. Garkavskaya, Spart.10.0 
 3. Tetemondova, Haina.9.0 
 4. Sulciute, Hainaut8.5 
 5. Bernsen, Angels8.0 
 6. Bruner, Hainaut7.0 
 7. Vitola, Basket Gdynia7.0 
 8. Kotnis, Basket G.6.0 
 9. Fouasseau, Hainaut5.5 
 10. Rembiszewska, Basket G.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  Basket G.
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 8
 1. Skerovic, Basket G.8.0 
 2. Dieme-Marizy, Hainaut4.5 
 3. Makurat, Basket G.4.0 
 4. Copper, Basket G.3.0 
 5. Jankoska, Basket G.3.0 
 6. Karpunina, Spart.3.0 
 7. Aleksandravi., Basket G.3.0 
 8. Hordijk, Angels2.5 
 9. Broering, Angels2.5 
 10. Sulciute, Hainaut2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marina KRIVOLAPOVA
  Spart.
  (181-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Krivolapova, Spart.3.0 
 2. Aleksandravi., Basket G.3.0 
 3. Copper, Basket G.2.0 
 4. Jankoska, Basket G.2.0 
 5. Vitola, Basket Gdynia2.0 
 6. Tetemondova, Haina.1.5 
 7. Bernsen, Angels1.5 
 8. Klein, Angels1.5 
 9. Broering, Angels1.5 
 10. Bruner, Hainaut1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuliya GARKAVSKAYA
  Spart.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Garkavskaya, Spart.3.0 
 2. Savina, Spartak N.1.0 
 3. Kotnis, Basket G.1.0 
 4. Aleksandravi., Basket G.1.0 
 5. Tetemondova, Haina.1.0 
 6. van Schie, Angels1.0 
 7. Vitola, Basket Gdynia1.0 
 8. Rembiszewska, Basket G.1.0 
 9. Marie, Hainaut0.5 
 10. Broering, Angels0.5 



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  FIJI  


Fiji rout Solomon Islands in Port Moresby - by Eurobasket News

Fiji - Solomon Islands 76-54

Fiji rout Solomon Islands in Port Moresby in Day 2 of the Melanesia Cup 2017. Trailing 17-20 at the end of the first period, Fiji needed a strong 20-9 surge to take a 37-29 halftime advantage. Moreover they added a 22-14 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 17-11 run.
Letava Whippy (175-G-91) stepped up with 24 points and Mafi Foiakau (01) netted 16. Lorima Sautu delivered 10 and Fane Rokowailoa (98) had 8. Joycelyn Basia answered with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Sade and Lee netted 8 each.



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Natalie DAY
  Catz
  (182-G/F-90)
  Avg: 29
 1. Day, Catz29.0 
 2. Bejedi, Helmi Basket22.0 
 3. Welch, Catz18.0 
 4. Kahelin, Helmi Basket13.0 
 5. McFarland, Catz12.0 
 6. Lahtinen, Helmi B.11.0 
 7. Pirttinen, Catz10.0 
 8. Reshetko, Catz10.0 
 9. Arike, Helmi Basket9.0 
 10. Rytkonen, Catz8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Natalie DAY
  Catz
  (182-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Day, Catz11.0 
 2. Welch, Catz10.0 
 3. Bejedi, Helmi Basket8.0 
 4. Lehti, Helmi Basket7.0 
 5. Kosonen, Catz6.0 
 6. Hulmi, Helmi Basket6.0 
 7. Lahtinen, Helmi B.6.0 
 8. Reshetko, Catz4.0 
 9. Pirttinen, Catz3.0 
 10. Arike, Helmi Basket3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lotta-Maj LAHTINEN
  Helmi B.
  (176-G-99)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lahtinen, Helmi B.7.0 
 2. McFarland, Catz7.0 
 3. Day, Catz4.0 
 4. Bejedi, Helmi Basket4.0 
 5. Kahelin, Helmi Basket3.0 
 6. Pirttinen, Catz3.0 
 7. Lapila, Catz2.0 
 8. Kuisma, Helmi Basket1.0 
 9. Arike, Helmi Basket1.0 
 10. Hulmi, Helmi Basket1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Karoliina RYTKONEN
  Catz
  (172-G-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rytkonen, Catz4.0 
 2. McFarland, Catz2.0 
 3. Pirttinen, Catz2.0 
 4. Reshetko, Catz2.0 
 5. Lahtinen, Helmi B.2.0 
 6. Kosonen, Catz2.0 
 7. Arike, Helmi Basket2.0 
 8. Pekonen, Helmi B.1.0 
 9. Welch, Catz1.0 
 10. Day, Catz1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalie DAY
  Catz
  (182-G/F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Day, Catz2.0 
 2. Lehti, Helmi Basket1.0 
 3. Reshetko, Catz1.0 
 4. Kahelin, Helmi Basket1.0 
 5. Kuisma, Helmi Basket1.0 
 6. Kalin, Catz0.0 
 7. Arike, Helmi Basket0.0 
 8. Pekonen, Helmi B.0.0 
 9. Aarto, Helmi B.0.0 
 10. Lapila, Catz0.0 


Antranik Beirut tabs Faith Randolph, ex Espoo Utd - by Ghassan Abousamra

Antranik Beirut (WLBL) inked American guard Faith Randolph (178, college: Virginia). She played most recently at Espoo Utd in Finnish SM-sarja. In 17 games she averaged 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg last season. Randolph helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 3rd Team. She also played that season for Aanekosken in Finnish 1st Division where in 21 games she had very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 3rd Team.

Randolph graduated from University of Virginia in 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Layne Murphy (ex GDESSA) signs at Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) landed American forward Layne Murphy (188, college: Chicago State). She played most recently at GDESSA/Barreiro in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 25 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 10.5rpg (#4 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.5spg last season. Murphy helped them to win the League title and the cup.
She received All-WAC 2nd Team award in 2016 at her college time.
Murphy graduated from Chicago State in 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

Kouvottaret roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roosa Frimodig
Ulriikka Latvala
Brittany Carter
Alexis Gassion

Forwards:
Kaisa Lind
Elina Mikkola
Veera Valimaa
Ulriikka Nuolikoski
Layne Murphy
Iida Ahvenainen
Jasmine Joyner
Hanna Aho
Martika Partanen

Coach: Mika Hartonen

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Korisliiga)

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  GUYANA  


Miriam McKenzie left Adelantados - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Guyanese guard Miriam McKenzie (177-90, college: Loyola, MD) left Ciudad de la Adelantados (LF2).
The last season she played at AS Aris Thessalonikis in Greek A1 where in 21 games she was third best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and averaged 11.4rpg (#3 in the league), 3.3apg and 2.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Rookie of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to 2nd Team.
McKenzie played in the final of Finnish League in 2013.
She is a dual citizen owning also American passport.
She represented Guyana at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (24.4ppg), Reb-4 (11.6rpg), 1.8apg, Steals-1 (4.4spg), FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 72.5%.
McKenzie has played previously professionally in Portugal (Boa Viagem) and Finland (Peli Karhut).
She attended Loyola College until 2012 and it is her sixth season as a professional player.

Ciudad de la Adelantados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Fernandez
Elisabet Vivas
Patricia Benet
Lucia Becerra

Forwards:
Korinne Campbell
Berta Dalmau
Caira Washington
Valeria Chinea

Centers:
Lucia Mendez
Ashley Ezeh

Coach: Claudo Garcia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Alice Gregori signs at Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Reyer Venezia Mestre (Serie A1) landed small forward Alice Gregori (178).
Gregori represented Italy at the European Championships U16 in Udine (Italy) last year. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg.

Reyer Venezia Mestre roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milica Micovic
Debora Carangelo
Riquna Williams
Caterina Dotto
Martina Kacerik
Giulia Zecchin
Anna Togliani
Giovanna Smorto

Forwards:
Ashley Walker
Martina Bestagno
Martina Sandri
Valeria De_Pretto
Sara Madera
Alice Gregori

Center:
Marie Ruzickova

Coach: Andrea Liberalotto

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JUCO  


Cannon steps in as Women's Basketball Interim Head Coach at Clark College - by Eurobasket News

Paul Cannon, former Assistant Coach for Women's Basketball during the 2016-17 season, was moved into the Interim Head Coaching Position following the stepping down of former Head Coach Eric Harper . Cannon joined the staff last season assisting first-year head coach Harper in a rebuilding year for the program. The Penguins finished the season 7-20 overall, with 12 of their losses by 10 or fewer points. The Penguins will be returning two sophomores as they rebuild the program and gain buy-in to the new system, being implemented by Cannon. Prior to Clark, Cannon's basketball experience includes five years at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Washington. At Evergreen, Cannon worked his way up from volunteering with the basketball program to becoming the varsity assistant coach. While working with the basketball program at Evergreen, he helped nine of his athletes move on to play at the college level. Coming on as an assistant for the program is former NWAC player at Yakima Valley, Rosetta Adzasu. Adzasu also competed at the NCAA Division I level for the Washington State Cougars. Her experience as a college athlete, along with her time coaching with the Nike EYBL Fast Program, will be great assets to the team and the program. Athletic Director Chris Jacob states, 'We are very fortunate that our coaches find such high quality assistants. With Coach Harper leaving we are grateful and excited to see what Coach Cannon can do with the program and know that he will do well in this quick transition.' Jacob also talked about the new assistant coach Rosetta Adzasu, 'Rosie is a very experienced basketball player that has so much to offer. With her experience playing professionally, we welcome the knowledge she has. We are very excited to see what Coach Cannon and Coach Adzasu can do in such short time.'
Courtesy of: clarkpenguins.com



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  LEBANON  


Antranik Beirut tabs Faith Randolph, ex Espoo Utd - by Ghassan Abousamra

Antranik Beirut (WLBL) inked American guard Faith Randolph (178, college: Virginia). She played most recently at Espoo Utd in Finnish SM-sarja. In 17 games she averaged 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg last season. Randolph helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 3rd Team. She also played that season for Aanekosken in Finnish 1st Division where in 21 games she had very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 3rd Team.

Randolph graduated from University of Virginia in 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hoops ink Michaela Houser, ex Olimpia Brasov - by Ahmad Madwar

Hoops Club (WLBL) signed 26-year old American point guard Michaela Houser (170-91, college: Purdue). She played last season at Olimpia Brasov in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 25 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.4ppg and averaged 3.4rpg, 4.9apg (top 3) and 2.2spg (in top 5). Houser helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
She played in the final of Finnish League in 2015.
Houser has played also professionally in Finland (Aanekosken).
She attended Purdue University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NEW CALEDONIA  


Papua New Guinea beat New Caledonia at the Melanesia Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

New Caledonia - Papua New Guinea 48-61

Papua New Guinea beat New Caledonia 61-48 at the Melanesia Cup 2017. They took control of the game posting a 16-9 run at the start of the game. Moreover Papua New Guinea needed a narrow 15-13 rally to enjoy a 31-22 halftime advantage. The third quarter answered all the questions about the winner of the game as Papua New Guinea won the period 24-12. New Caledonia answered with a 14-6 run at the end of the game to reduce to final 13 points.
Rosa Kairi top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Mary Elavo posted 12. Pei scored 15 in a loss, whilst Yolande Luepak had 14.



Solomon Islands edge New Caledonia in Melanesia Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

Solomon Islands - New Caledonia 59- 53

Solomon Islands edge New Caledonia 59-53 in Melanesia Cup opener. They took an early 14-5 lead and led 17 point at the halftime. New Caledonia replied with two narrow wins in the second half, but could not save the game. Ruth Sade top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Rose Gwali and Joycelyn Besia each netted 12. Diana Moutry replied with 12 points in a loss and Pei poured in 8.



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Papua New Guinea beat New Caledonia at the Melanesia Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

New Caledonia - Papua New Guinea 48-61

Papua New Guinea beat New Caledonia 61-48 at the Melanesia Cup 2017. They took control of the game posting a 16-9 run at the start of the game. Moreover Papua New Guinea needed a narrow 15-13 rally to enjoy a 31-22 halftime advantage. The third quarter answered all the questions about the winner of the game as Papua New Guinea won the period 24-12. New Caledonia answered with a 14-6 run at the end of the game to reduce to final 13 points.
Rosa Kairi top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Mary Elavo posted 12. Pei scored 15 in a loss, whilst Yolande Luepak had 14.



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Metropolitan League Round 5: San Jose lose to Libertad - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Libertad's (#1, 5-0) victory against 3rd placed San Jose (2-2) 62-41. Undefeated Libertad (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. San Jose at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost.
Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Felix Perez (3-2) 86-15. The victory was the third consecutive win for Felix Perez. They moved-up to third place. Ciudad Nueva lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost.
The game in Asuncion supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sol de Amer. (3-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Olimpia A. (1-4). Sol de Amer. smashed Olimpia A. 78-48 on Wednesday. Sol de Amer. moved-up to second place. Olimpia A. lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the fifth position with four games lost.

Olimpia A. - Sol de Amer. 48-78

The game in Asuncion supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sol de Amer. (3-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Olimpia A. (1-4). Sol de Amer. smashed Olimpia A. 78-48 on Wednesday. Sol de Amer. moved-up to second place. Olimpia A. lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the fifth position with four games lost.
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San Jose - Libertad 41-62

Very significant was Libertad's (#1, 5-0) victory against 3rd placed San Jose (2-2) 62-41. Libertad (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. San Jose at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost.
gschID: 570061


Ciudad Nueva - Felix Perez 15-86

Bottom-ranked Ciudad Nueva (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Felix Perez (3-2) 86-15. The victory was the third consecutive win for Felix Perez. They moved-up to third place. Ciudad Nueva lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost.
gschID: 570063





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Layne Murphy (ex GDESSA) signs at Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) landed American forward Layne Murphy (188, college: Chicago State). She played most recently at GDESSA/Barreiro in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 25 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 10.5rpg (#4 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.5spg last season. Murphy helped them to win the League title and the cup.
She received All-WAC 2nd Team award in 2016 at her college time.
Murphy graduated from Chicago State in 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

Kouvottaret roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Roosa Frimodig
Ulriikka Latvala
Brittany Carter
Alexis Gassion

Forwards:
Kaisa Lind
Elina Mikkola
Veera Valimaa
Ulriikka Nuolikoski
Layne Murphy
Iida Ahvenainen
Jasmine Joyner
Hanna Aho
Martika Partanen

Coach: Mika Hartonen

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Korisliiga)

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Hoops ink Michaela Houser, ex Olimpia Brasov - by Ahmad Madwar

Hoops Club (WLBL) signed 26-year old American point guard Michaela Houser (170-91, college: Purdue). She played last season at Olimpia Brasov in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 25 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.4ppg and averaged 3.4rpg, 4.9apg (top 3) and 2.2spg (in top 5). Houser helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
She played in the final of Finnish League in 2015.
Houser has played also professionally in Finland (Aanekosken).
She attended Purdue University until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fiji rout Solomon Islands in Port Moresby - by Eurobasket News

Fiji - Solomon Islands 76-54

Fiji rout Solomon Islands in Port Moresby in Day 2 of the Melanesia Cup 2017. Trailing 17-20 at the end of the first period, Fiji needed a strong 20-9 surge to take a 37-29 halftime advantage. Moreover they added a 22-14 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 17-11 run.
Letava Whippy (175-G-91) stepped up with 24 points and Mafi Foiakau (01) netted 16. Lorima Sautu delivered 10 and Fane Rokowailoa (98) had 8. Joycelyn Basia answered with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Sade and Lee netted 8 each.



Solomon Islands edge New Caledonia in Melanesia Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

Solomon Islands - New Caledonia 59- 53

Solomon Islands edge New Caledonia 59-53 in Melanesia Cup opener. They took an early 14-5 lead and led 17 point at the halftime. New Caledonia replied with two narrow wins in the second half, but could not save the game. Ruth Sade top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Rose Gwali and Joycelyn Besia each netted 12. Diana Moutry replied with 12 points in a loss and Pei poured in 8.



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Miriam McKenzie left Adelantados - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Guyanese guard Miriam McKenzie (177-90, college: Loyola, MD) left Ciudad de la Adelantados (LF2).
The last season she played at AS Aris Thessalonikis in Greek A1 where in 21 games she was third best scorer with impressive 19.6ppg and averaged 11.4rpg (#3 in the league), 3.3apg and 2.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Co-Rookie of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to 2nd Team.
McKenzie played in the final of Finnish League in 2013.
She is a dual citizen owning also American passport.
She represented Guyana at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (24.4ppg), Reb-4 (11.6rpg), 1.8apg, Steals-1 (4.4spg), FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 72.5%.
McKenzie has played previously professionally in Portugal (Boa Viagem) and Finland (Peli Karhut).
She attended Loyola College until 2012 and it is her sixth season as a professional player.

Ciudad de la Adelantados roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Laura Fernandez
Elisabet Vivas
Patricia Benet
Lucia Becerra

Forwards:
Korinne Campbell
Berta Dalmau
Caira Washington
Valeria Chinea

Centers:
Lucia Mendez
Ashley Ezeh

Coach: Claudo Garcia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mann Filter edge Estudiantes for Ciudad de Zaragoza trophy - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter - Estudiantes 71:66

Mann Filter celebrated Ciudad de Zaragoza Trophy. They beat Estudiantes for the preseason title. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-PF-88) posted 13 points to lead the effort.
Mann Filter eked out a 16:13 lead after the opening frame. Estudiantes pulled within a single point at halftime 31:30. Mann Filter used a 22:17 run in the third quarter to open a 6-point lead. They protected it well throughout the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Tamara Abalde (190-F-89, agency: ProDep Management) and Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) provided 12 points each for the winners. Celia Menendez (186-PF-90, agency: ProDep Management) answered with game-high 21 points for Estudiantes.



Perfumerias Avenida conquer SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida - Spar CityLift Girona 61-55

Perfumerias Avenida conquered SuperCup 2017 title beating Spar CityLift Girona 61-55. They grabbed an 18-14 lead, while the opponents replied with a 20-13 run in the second period. Moreover Girona added a defensive 10-8 rally in the third quarter, but could not win the game. Silvia Domingues tied it all at 54-54 with 2 minutes to go and Chrissy Givens (180-SF-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and again Silvia Domingues gave their side a 4-point lead. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) nailed three at the very end for the final success.
Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: ProDep Management) and Silvia Domingues top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Chrissy Givens netted 12. Laura Nicholls followed them with 10 points in a win. Nadia Colhado (193-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) replied with 12 points in the losing effort and Nicole Romeo (168-G-89, college: Washington) poured in 10.



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Stats Leaders - Damligan

Points Per Game
 Tayler MINGO
  Telge
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 32
 1. Mingo, Telge32.0 
 2. Thompson, Mark27.0 
 3. Butler, KFUM U.23.0 
 4. Hyder, Mark22.0 
 5. Barthold, Lulea B.19.0 
 6. Wurtz, Telge18.0 
 7. Claesson, Norrk.17.0 
 8. Edlund, AIK Basket17.0 
 9. Mazionyte, Udomi.16.0 
 10. Walton, IK Eos16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexis HYDER
  Mark
  (180-F/C-94)
  Avg: 17
 1. Hyder, Mark17.0 
 2. Koop, Udominate15.0 
 3. Wurtz, Telge14.0 
 4. Begic, Udominate13.0 
 5. Walton, IK Eos13.0 
 6. Mingo, Telge10.0 
 7. James, Norrkoping9.0 
 8. Barthold, Lulea B.8.0 
 9. Brown, Udominate7.0 
 10. Skyttevall, KFUM U.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tayler MINGO
  Telge
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mingo, Telge8.0 
 2. Mosely, IK Eos8.0 
 3. Elvbo, Udominate6.0 
 4. De-Leeuw, IK Eos4.0 
 5. Frerking, Lulea B.4.0 
 6. Barthold, Lulea B.4.0 
 7. Stern, Norrkoping4.0 
 8. Butler, KFUM U.4.0 
 9. Thompson, Mark4.0 
 10. Favento, Lulea B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tiffany BROWN
  Udominate
  (165-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Brown, Udominate4.0 
 2. Hjern, Norrkoping4.0 
 3. Mingo, Telge3.0 
 4. Thompson, Mark3.0 
 5. Frerking, Lulea B.3.0 
 6. Mosely, IK Eos3.0 
 7. Edlund, AIK Basket3.0 
 8. Ahlin, Telge2.0 
 9. Mazionyte, Udomi.2.0 
 10. Ozturk, AIK Basket2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hanna ISAKSSON
  AIK B.
  (191-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Isaksson, AIK B.2.0 
 2. Lundahl, IK Eos1.0 
 3. Walton, IK Eos1.0 
 4. Carlsson, AIK B.1.0 
 5. Barthold, Lulea B.1.0 
 6. Hyder, Mark1.0 
 7. Grant, Norrkoping0.0 
 8. Frerking, Lulea B.0.0 
 9. Frederiksen, Lulea B.0.0 
 10. Nnamaka, Lulea B.0.0 


Tayler Mingo gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Damligan - by Eurobasket News

American Tayler Mingo (170-G-92, agency: ProDep Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Telge and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 32 points and ten rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team IK Eos (#8, 0-1) with 22-point margin 82-60. Telge is placed at 3rd position in Swedish Damligan. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Telge won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Mingo turned to be Telge's top player in her first season with the team. Wright State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mingo is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.0ppg and is league's best passer with 8.0apg. Mingo is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 3.0spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American power forward Alexis Hyder (180-F/C-94) of second-ranked Mark. Hyder impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Mark cruised to a 73-61 relatively comfortable win over Norrkoping (0-1). 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. Hyder is a newcomer at Mark 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 22.0ppg (#4). She also registered 17.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Anna Barthold (185-F-80) of top-ranked Lulea Basket. Barthold showcased her all-around game by recording 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Lulea Basket, leading her team to a 98-72 easy win against KFUM Uppsala (#9, 0-1). Lulea Basket has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Barthold also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Barthold as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Janee Thompson (170-PG-93) of Mark - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Chioma Nnamaka (183-F-85) of Lulea Basket - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Talia Walton (186-PF-92) of IK Eos - 16 points and 13 rebounds
7. Taylor Wurtz (183-G-90) of Telge - 18 points and 14 rebounds
8. Breonna Mosely (173-G-93) of IK Eos - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Katherine Frerking (185-F-95) of Lulea Basket - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Heather Butler (165-PG-90) of KFUM Uppsala - 23 points, 4 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)



Damligan Round 1: Lulea Basket fire past KFUM Uppsala - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Damligan just started.

Lulea Basket smashed KFUM Uppsala at home 98-72. The game without a history. Lulea Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to KFUM Uppsala's 38. They outrebounded KFUM Uppsala 40-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Lulea Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by KFUM Uppsala's players. The former international forward Anna Barthold (185-80, college: St.Peter's) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Chioma Nnamaka (183-85, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lulea Basket's coach David Visscher felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Heather Butler (165-90, college: Tenn-Martin) produced 23 points and 4 assists for lost side. KFUM Uppsala will play next round against strong Udominate trying to get back on the winning streak. Lulea Basket will try to continue on its current victory against Visby Ladies on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Norrkoping Dolphins (0-1) in Kinna. Visitors were defeated by Mark (1-0) 73-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Alexis Hyder (180-94, college: LSU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. Janee Thompson contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Shanity James (184-93, college: UALR) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Norrkoping Dolphins. Mark will play against IK Eos (#8) in Lund in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play at home against Alvik Basket to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was played in Lund where Telge (#8) crushed host IK Eos (#3) with 22-point difference 82-60 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. Tayler Mingo stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of her fifteen free throws !!!) for the winners. At the losing side Talia Walton responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. IK Eos' coach Kevin Taylor gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Telge will meet at home AIK Basket (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. IK Eos will play against Mark and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of AIK Basket (0-1) against Udominate (1-0) on Sunday night. Visiting AIK Basket was defeated by Udominate in Umea 70-54. Lisa Koop nailed 9 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. AIK Basket's coach Anders Hard rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Udominate's next round opponent will be KFUM Uppsala (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. AIK Basket will play against Telge and hope to win that game.

Lulea Basket - KFUM Uppsala 98-72

Lulea Basket smashed KFUM Uppsala at home 98-72. The game without a history. Lulea Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to KFUM Uppsala's 38. They outrebounded KFUM Uppsala 40-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Lulea Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by KFUM Uppsala's players. The former international forward Anna Barthold (185-80, college: St.Peter's) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Chioma Nnamaka (183-85, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lulea Basket players scored in double figures. Lulea Basket's coach David Visscher felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Heather Butler (165-90, college: Tenn-Martin) produced 23 points and 4 assists and forward Louise Skyttevall (178-98) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. KFUM Uppsala will play next round against strong Udominate trying to get back on the winning streak. Lulea Basket will try to continue on its current victory against Visby Ladies on the road.
Top scorers:
Lulea Basket: A.Barthold 19+8reb+4ast, C.Nnamaka 16+6reb+3ast, K.Frerking 11+6reb+4ast, S.Favento 10+1reb+4ast, A.Motley 9+4reb+3ast, J.Thomas 9+2reb+2ast
KFUM Uppsala: H.Butler 23+4reb+4ast, J.Gelin 15+2reb, E.Holmberg 11+5reb+2ast, L.Skyttevall 9+7reb+3ast, Z.Backman 7+4reb+4ast, A.Danielsson 5+3reb
gschID: 557710


Mark - Norrkoping 73-61

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Norrkoping Dolphins (0-1) in Kinna. Visitors were defeated by Mark (1-0) 73-61. Mark outrebounded Norrkoping Dolphins 116-91 including a 73-57 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Mark brought some defensive toughness making 78 blocks. Norrkoping Dolphins were plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Alexis Hyder (180-94, college: LSU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. Her fellow American import point guard Janee Thompson (170-93, college: Kentucky) contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Shanity James (184-93, college: UALR) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Matilda Claesson (170-94) added 17 points in the effort for Norrkoping Dolphins. Mark will play against IK Eos (#8) in Lund in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play at home against Alvik Basket to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Mark: J.Thompson 27+4reb+4ast, A.Hyder 22+17reb+2ast, F.Palacios 11+4reb, E.Iderstal 9+2reb, Q.Ngueng 4, L.Jerrhage 0+4reb
Norrkoping: M.Claesson 17+2reb, S.James 15+9reb+1ast, L.Hjern 13+2reb+3ast, N.Ramou Jeng 4+6reb, A.Stern 4+4reb+4ast, V.Taylor 3+1ast
gschID: 557709


Udominate - AIK Basket 70-54

Very important is a road loss of AIK Basket (0-1) against Udominate (1-0) on Sunday night. Visiting AIK Basket was defeated by Udominate in Umea 70-54. Udominate dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to AIK Basket's 28. Udominate forced 29 AIK Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 119-54 including a 45-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Udominate players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 85 blocks. 38 personal fouls committed by AIK Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. German center Lisa Koop (197-85, college: Winthrop) nailed 9 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and Croatian forward Ana-Marija Begic (190-94) accounted for 9 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Malin Edlund (183-88) came up with 17 points and swingman Johanna Prytz (187-96) added 12 points respectively for AIK Basket in the defeat. AIK Basket's coach Anders Hard rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Udominate's next round opponent will be KFUM Uppsala (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. AIK Basket will play against Telge and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Udominate: M.Kvederaviciute 16+2reb+3ast, G.Mazionyte 16+3reb+1ast, T.Brown 9+7reb+3ast, A.Begic 9+13reb+1ast, L.Koop 9+15reb+2ast, S.Hansson 6+1reb+2ast
AIK Basket: M.Edlund 17+2ast, J.Prytz 12+4reb+2ast, C.Bittar 8+3reb+2ast, G.Ozturk 6+2reb, H.Isaksson 5+6reb, K.Vres 3+2reb
gschID: 557707


IK Eos - Telge 60-82

An interesting game was played in Lund where Telge (#8) crushed host IK Eos (#3) with 22-point difference 82-60 on Saturday evening. Telge made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game, while IK Eos only scored one point from the stripe. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Tayler Mingo (170-92, college: Wright St., agency: ProDep Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of her fifteen free throws !!!) for the winners and guard Taylor Wurtz (183-90, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 18 points and 14 rebounds. Four Telge players scored in double figures. At the losing side Talia Walton (186-92, college: Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Breonna Mosely (173-93, college: Kennesaw St.) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. IK Eos' coach Kevin Taylor gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Telge will meet at home AIK Basket (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. IK Eos will play against Mark and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Telge: T.Mingo 32+10reb+8ast, T.Wurtz 18+14reb, L.Nilsson 11+6reb+1ast, T.Ahlin 10+3reb+1ast, M.Filen-Hammarstrom 6+3reb, P.Elias 5+3reb+1ast
IK Eos: T.Walton 16+13reb, B.Mosely 13+5reb+8ast, S.Bartkova 9+3reb, K.Lundahl 8+4reb+1ast, G.De Leeuw 6+4reb+4ast, L.Noaksson 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 557706





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WBBL Friday Feeling 29 Sep - by Paul Nilsen

The 2017-18 WBBL Championship tips off this weekend with no shortage of mouth-watering contests.

Nottingham Wildcats welcome Sevenoaks Suns to Nottingham Wildcats Arena, in a rematch of last year's WBBL Play-Off Final.

The Suns came out on top the last time the two teams met but confidence is high in Nottingham. Reigning WBBL MVP Ashley Harris is keen for her side to utiliseWBBL Play-Off Final heartbreak, as added motivation, as Wildcats seek to begin their Championship defence in the best possible manner.

'Last year's game at The O2 will be in the back of my mind, as will the game against Northumbria two years ago,' declared Harris.

'You definitely have to use those moments as motivation.

'But it's a new year and a new team. Right now I think it's important to take one game at a time and to continue to learn how to play with one another.

'Sevenoaks have come back strong, adding some impressive talent over the summer. The result this weekend will come down to whoever can take care of the ball and out-hustle the opponent.'

Sevenoaks surprised many this summer having fought off a number of leading WBBL clubs to add Hungarian star Judit Fritz (183-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Interperformances).

'I'm very much looking forward to a new challenge in my fourth year in the league,' said Fritz.

'I still see my role as being a team player and a true competitor. That won't change.

'Coach Busch has put together a great team of talented individuals. It will be fun to see what this team is capable of this season."

The first three fixtures will come tomorrow as Oaklands Wolves host Cardiff Met Archers to open proceedings. Before newcomers Durham Palantinates travel to Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters to make their Championship debut in what promises to be a testing introduction.

Finally, Nottingham Wildcats and Sevenoaks Suns will do battle to round out the first day of this year's Championship.

Meanwhile Sunday will see BA London Lions take on the visiting Leicester Riders. The travelling side will look to build on their best ever league finish of second place last season. At the same time, at Sport Central, Manchester Mystics will hope to create fireworks on the road and best Team Northumbria in what could be another epic fixture between the two clubs.



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Native Dream, first Native American Pro Women's Team, joins WBCBL - by Willie McCray

Native Dream Owner and G.M. Barry Webster Sr. stated, 'This is huge for our community, especially our children and all other Native American Communities across the country.' 'Our children need role models and positive examples in their life. Our organizational philosophy is to build and create a culture of caring for our players to thrive. We're excited to be a part of such an established league. After speaking with WBCBL President, Willie McCray a few times, the WBCBL was the right fit for us.' Coach Christian Janis-Webster will lead the team in our upcoming Inaugural 2018 season.

'Our vision has become a reality and I'm grateful for the opportunity. I played in WBCBL last year with the Nebraska Strikers and it's loaded with talent. It's awesome to know that were the first Native American Women's team ever to join such a league!'
- Coach Christian Janis-Webster

For more information, contact 402-922-1592 or 402-419-4563 or email at barrydwebster@yahoo.com.



Grand Rapids Galaxy Season 1 - by Willie McCray

Now that the 2017 season is officially over, we look back at our debut season with pride. With it being our organization's first season, we were highly nervous about how the season would go and how our season would end. With a strong roster and amazing coaching staff, we were able to reach as high as being ranked #2 in the nation, with an overall record of 11-2. We were 7-2 against teams within our region, after losing a tough game in the Northeast regional tournament.

During the season, we worked with several community partners and partook in several events, in which, we were able to display successful women athletes and positive female role models. In addition, we also raised money for non-profit groups and partnered with a few Pro feeder teams to the NBA, WNBA and MLB.

Another highlight for us was officially sending our first player pro and overseas. Our Center, April Watson (6'2''-F-93), will be playing for the TGN Basquet in Tarragona, Spain starting October 1st. We are very excited for her and we look forward to her return next season.

As we prepare for our 2018 season, we look to build off of and improve our program for a more successful year. Tryouts will be announced soon.

Mr. William Kelly,
Grand Rapids Galaxy, Owner & GM