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  3X3  



Liman win FIBA 3x3 World Tour Debrecen Masters 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Liman (SRB) took home their first-ever Masters trophy after dominating the FIBA 3x3 World Tour reigning champions Ljubljana (SLO) (21-14) in the final of the Debrecen Masters on September 1 2017. The young Serbian team (25 years on average) started the final on a 9-2 run and never looked back. The event top scorer and MVP Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances) had a game-high 8 points and capped off the final with an emphatic dunk. His team-mate Aleksandar Ratkov was quiet in the final (3 points) but the hero in the semi-final against the winners of the last 3 Masters, Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE). The 25-year-old scored a game-high 8 points but none bigger than an insane no-look circus game-winner falling out of bounds in the dying seconds of the game.
Liman become only the third team to win a Masters this season and therefore secure a ticket to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final, after Ljubljana and Novi Sad Al Wahda. The top 12 teams in the World Tour standings after the last Masters of the season will travel to Beijing. The number four 3x3 player in the world Jasmin Hercegovac had a team-high 7 points in the final for Ljubljana, who were competing in their 3rd title game at the World Tour this season (1st place in Saskatoon and 2nd place in Prague and Debrecen).
For the first time in World Tour history, the event was extended to 3 days, with a qualifying draw featuring 6 teams on the opening night, an innovative way to increase access to the World Tour to more teams and organizers. Zaporizhzhya (UKR) and Belgrade (SRB) both survived the qualifying draw and the latter went all the way to the quarter-finals.
In the individual contests, Amsterdam PM Inox (NED) sharpshooter Joey Schelvis (190-G-89) buried the last 2 'money balls' from the 3x3 logo to shut down the Shoot-Out Contest. Dmitry 'Smoove' Krivenko (UKR) won the Dunk Contest in an exciting rematch of last year's final against Kristaps Dargais (198-G-90) (LAT).

Final Standings
1. Liman (SRB)
2. Ljubljana (SLO)
3. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
4. Riga (LAT)
5. Monaco (MON)
6. Warsaw (POL)
7. Belgrade (SRB)
8. Kranj (SLO)
9. Amsterdam PM Inox (NED)
10. Budapest (HUN)
11. S.Mitrovica (SRB)
12. Zaporizhzhya (UKR)
13. Aachen (GER)
14. Vevey (SUI)
15. London (GBR)
16. Debrecen (HUN).
Courtesy of: fiba.basketball



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  ARMENIA  


Tsmoki-Minsk inks Viktor Ovsepyan - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) signed 26-year old Belarusian international forward Viktor Ovsepyan (204-91) from Vitebsk OBK-Voktsor. In 32 Premier League games he had 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Honorable Mention. Ovsepyan also spent pre-season at Urartu Yerevan (Superleague 1) in Russia that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2011.
He is a dual citizen owning also Armenian passport.
Ovsepyan has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. He played for Belarusian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Ovsepyan represented Belarus at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 40.0%.
Ovsepyan has played previously for two other Belarus teams: Vitalyur RGUOR and Rubon Vitebsk 2nd team.

Tsmoki-Minsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Filip Adamovic
Chris Czerapowicz
Sekou Wiggs

Forwards:
Mikita Meshcharakou
Viktor Ovsepyan

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belarus



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Clarke comes back to Hawks, ex VL Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Illawarra Hawks (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-83kg-89, college: Butler). It is actually his comeback to Illawarra Hawks as he has played here before. Clarke played most recently at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg last season. Clarke also played that season for Illawarra Hawks where in 34 NBL games he averaged remarkable 17.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Sixth Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention.
Clarke has played previously professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar) and Germany (Telekom Baskets).
He attended Butler University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



SBL grand final: Perth Redbacks take comprehensive title - by Eurobasket News

SENTIMENTAL favourites aren't meant to win a championship by trouncing the power side, are they? They're meant to fight back in a grinding tussle and steal the title in the final moments. Apparently no one gave the Perth Redbacks the script at the Bendat Basketball Centre on Saturday night. The success-starved side broke a 20-year championship drought by thrashing the Joondalup Wolves, the most successful team of the '10s, by 33 points in a 103-70 State Basketball League grand final victory. Joondalup briefly held a two-point lead about two-and-a-half minutes into the first quarter, but would be left watching the Redbacks' tails for the remainder of the encounter. Perth increased its margin at the end of every period, hitting a game-high buffer of 36 points with just under two minutes left in the final term. Wolves captain Seb Salinas (11 points) was disappointed with the effort saying Perth made Joondalup look second rate in their third-straight grand final appearance. Perth grand final MVP Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) (28 points, 17 rebounds) gave a fitting summary of the team's emphatic performance. 'It was fun… we found the mismatches early and took advantage of it, they couldn't handle us on the inside,' the basketball journeyman said. 'You have nights where shots are going in and rebounds are going your way, fortunately it was one of those nights for me. 'It was a beautiful game - 100 points in 40 minutes.' Wildcats champion Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.) (20 points, six rebounds, six assists) did little to endear himself to the Joondalup crowd, refuting referee decisions on occasion and throwing his weight around when given the opportunity for the Redbacks. He produced a solid display, providing options inside and from mid-range, while not being at his most dominant. The retired 393-game NBL player now holds one of the most rounded championship CVs in the country with four Wildcats rings, an Australian Basketball Association title in 2005 and last night's SBL grand final success. He wouldn't commit to naming his favourite decider. 'It's like trying to pick your favourite child,' he laughed. 'They've all got their special things about them, it never gets old. 'It's a great feeling, especially for this club we put in our best performance of the year. 'Just to see the support of the Redbacks having not won it for 20 years, it's a special group to be a part of.' Redhage did not rule out returning next year but would be taking a wait-and-see approach. Any chance of a Wolves comeback was snuffed out in the third quarter with Perth taking hold and stretching the lead to 20 points heading into the final period. Party time came early in the fourth quarter as the 2017 champions pushed the margin out to 30 points with eight minutes left. Physical play from the outset, led by the imposing Roberts, caused plenty of issues for the Wolves attack. The Redbacks jumped out to 12-point lead midway through the first quarter but the Wolves pegged it back to a five-point margin with nine seconds of the quarter to go. A Marshall Nelson (188-G-94, college: Wayland Baptist) (17 points) three pointer with just two seconds left set the Redbacks crowd alight, much to the Wolves' frustration. Nelson was the most potent man on the court shooting at 77 per cent from the field. The second quarter appeared a more even affair but the Redbacks managed to stretch their lead to nine points by half time. Roberts increased his intensity, taking some huge rebounds and dropping nine points for the quarter. Joondalup sharp shooter Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU) (five points) found limited opportunity and did not score his first points until hitting a foul shot with four minutes left in the half. Ben Ironmonger capped off a breakout season after returning from a knee reconstruction to be the Wolves' leading scorer with 15 points. US import Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) had 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was a bitter defeat for the Wolves, who have appeared in five deciders over the past seven seasons but lost three of them including back-to-back defeats in 2016-17.
Courtesy of: communitynews.com.au



Pioneers dynasty clinch third championship in four years - by Eurobasket News

A clinical team performance has once again proved the difference for the Mt. Gambier Pioneers as the club won their third Championship in the past four years to secure their status as a SEABL dynasty, beating the Dandenong Rangers 92-85. Four starters scored 15+ and they shot 50% as a team from the field including 10-24 from beyond the arc while Dandenong could only muster 38% shooting on 12 more attempts. Erik Burdon (190-G-85), who had not been able to find his usual stroke through his first two playoff games, was on from the opening tip with two quick three-pointers. He finished with an equal game-high 22 points on 6-8 shooting from beyond the arc while Tom Daly (182-G-91) ran the team with aplomb and was the calming influence on the floor that they needed when the Rangers made a late run. Trailing by 19 points with seven minutes remaining, Dandenong put together a 10-0 run with Felix Von Hofe (196-F-93, college: E.Washington) (12 points) and Josh Oswald (ten points) bringing their club back into the contest. Garrett Jackson (201-F-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) (11 points, nine rebounds) then made it a four-point game with a lay-up but Daly found Brad Hill (196-G/F-86) who quelled the comeback with a three-pointer before Luke Jamieson (200-F-94) (seven points, two steals, two blocks) sealed the win with a two-handed slam. The Rangers continued to fight right until the siren but the margin proved too great to overcome as Mt. Gambier further etched their names into the SEABL history books. For his performance, Daly earned the Hugh McMenamin medal as the Grand Final MVP, finishing with 22 points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal. In addition to their back court, Daniel Alexander (206-F-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) was all over the glass for Mt. Gambier and he collected eight points and eight rebounds by quarter-time which included a massive put-back that helped the Pioneers to a three-point lead. Dandenong gained some ascendancy once they went to their bench, with Jorden Page (185-G-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) (seven points) and von Hofe hitting the scoreboard before Lucas Barker (18 points, five rebounds, seven assists) and Chauncey Orr (193-G/F-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) (13 points) took over. They helped put together an 8-3 run which moved the Rangers ahead momentarily but the lead was short-lived as Daly and Burdon responded by hitting double-figures to put the Pioneers ahead by one at the main break. Burdon continued his form into the second half with another three to spark Mt. Gambier to what proved to be a game-changing 17-2 run. They nailed their first four shots of the third term and six of their first seven with Daly again front and centre while the Pioneers' movement in the paint ensured most of their shots were right at the rim. Following the same script as the rest of the game, Burdon kicked off the fourth term with another three-pointer and while the Pioneers looked to be in full control, Dandenong did have one last run in them to send a few scares through the Mt. Gambier camp. Following the conclusion of the game, Pioneers veteran Matt Sutton announced his retirement after more than 200 games and three Championships in his trophy cabinet.
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au



Hawks Go Back To Back - by Eurobasket News

The debate is now over. The Ringwood Hawks have to be considered the greatest team in Big V history after winning a thrilling Grand Final game 2 on Saturday night over the Waverley Falcons, winning their fourth State Championship in just six seasons. It was a massive crowd at the Rings Stadium with people jammed into every little nook and cranny to catch the action. And to the surprise of everyone, it was the Falcons who came out with all guns blazing and put the Hawks on the back foot. After just 4 minutes of play, the Hawks found themselves trailing 20 to 11 as Waverley were on fire. Hawks Coach Ken Harrington called a quick time out to settle his team who looked a little nervous. 'We could tell the boys were on edge before the game and then the Falcons came out and nailed everything.' Harrington said. 'The time out was a chance to re-focus and remind the guys that it's a long game and we will settle in, which we did.' The time out paid dividends, as did the introduction of Nathan Truman (187-G-82) (19 points) into the game, who nailed 4 straight shots and the Hawks slowly worked their way back in to the game. The Falcons continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over though as the Hawks experimented with a smaller line up to match up with the fast breaking Falcons strategy. After the first 10 minutes it was Waverley by 6. Jacob Gibson (198-G-93, college: Harding) (17 points) and Trevor Latham (203-C) (12 points and 8 rebounds) led the way in the second quarter along with Matthew Fennell (F) (17 points and 9 rebounds) who was working hard at both ends of the floor. In what was becoming a tough and physical game, the Hawks turned to the man whose desire and toughness is unmatched and Matt Snowball (14 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assist) started to dominate the game. As both teams headed to the change room at halftime it was now just a 1 point Falcon lead. 'At the half time break, we had a chance to stop and think about it and we all felt we were in a pretty good position.' Snowball explained. 'But this was always going to be a last man standing affair.' The third quarter became a classic basket for basket battle with both offenses on top. Shaun Clarke (204-F/C) (7 rebounds) started to dominate the boards and Stefan Osborne (183-G-92, college: Coker) (7 points) provided a nice spark off the bench. Waverley continued to change up their defenses, but Ringwood grabbed the lead right on three quarter time. With the instructions of just win the last quarter, the Hawks drew on the energy of the home crowd and went back in to battle for the last quarter. Thanks to some big baskets from Osborne and then Fennell who drained an off balance three from deep, the Hawks grabbed a 6 point lead with just 24 seconds left. Waverley though managed to hit a three pointer and then hack the ball lose for another quick lay up to make it just a one point game. Snowball was then fouled and went to the foul line and nailed one of his two shots which left the Falcons with 8 seconds to try and send the series to a game 3. Finally the Hawks defense came to the four, as the Falcons struggled to get a good look at a shot and the Hawks had done it again. This Championship sits nicely next to the 2012, 2014 and 2016 and according to Harrington may be the best. 'This is a team where different players have stepped up at different times and tonight Snowy and Truman were just incredible.' 'They gave Mike McCahey (196-F, college: St.Anselm) the Finals MVP who was great but that could have easily gone to Snowy. That guy is something else.' For the second straight season, the Hawks are undefeated through the Finals and this is the first time in Club history that they have won back to back Championships. Seven Grand Final appearances in 9 years and 4 Championships without doubt put this group of Ringwood boys at the top of the best teams to ever play in the Big V.
Courtesy of: ringwoodhawks.com.au



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Friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza and Start Lublin celebrated second victories at the international friendly tournaments in Dabrowa Gornicza.
The hosts fired past Pardubice 103:86 as Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90, college: Seattle) sank 20 points. Pardubice claimed a 52:46 halftime lead. But the hosts unloaded 57 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Piotr Pamula (195-SG-90) provided 18 points in the win. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 22 points for the Czech side.
Start Lublin outgunned Tsmoki-Minsk 67:60 for the second straight win. Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93, college: Marist) notched 17 points to pace the Polish team. The teams were tied at 49 heading into the fourth frame. But Start Lublin used a strong late rally to ensure the win. James Washington (182-PG-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) netted 13 points for the winners. Sekou Wiggs (193-PG-94, college: Alaska-Anch.) delivered 10 points for the Belarusian team.



Tsmoki-Minsk inks Viktor Ovsepyan - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) signed 26-year old Belarusian international forward Viktor Ovsepyan (204-91) from Vitebsk OBK-Voktsor. In 32 Premier League games he had 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Honorable Mention. Ovsepyan also spent pre-season at Urartu Yerevan (Superleague 1) in Russia that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2011.
He is a dual citizen owning also Armenian passport.
Ovsepyan has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. He played for Belarusian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Ovsepyan represented Belarus at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 40.0%.
Ovsepyan has played previously for two other Belarus teams: Vitalyur RGUOR and Rubon Vitebsk 2nd team.

Tsmoki-Minsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Filip Adamovic
Chris Czerapowicz
Sekou Wiggs

Forwards:
Mikita Meshcharakou
Viktor Ovsepyan

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belarus



Friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Start Lublin and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza celebrated wins at the start of the pre-season tournament.
Start Lublin beat Pardubice 83:77. James Washington (182-PG-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) sank 24 points to lead the Polish side. The teams were tied at 37 heading into the second half. But Start Lublin unloaded 28 points in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Marcin Dutkiewicz (198-SF-86) contributed 13 points in the victory. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 17 points for the Czech team.
MKS Dabrowa Gornicza prevailed against Tsmoki-Minsk 64:55 in the opener. The hosts built a 23:14 lead after the opening quarter. They went on an 18:10 run in the third term to clear off to a comfortable distance. Pamula netted 14 points, while Paulius Dambrauskas (195-G-85, agency: Players Group) added 12 points for the home team. Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91, college: Davidson) connected for 20 points for the Belarusian side.



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D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Thibault VANDERHAEGEN
  Gistel O.
  (201-F/C-98)
  Avg: 19
 1. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.19.0 
 2. Naudts, Waregem16.0 
 3. Demirtas, Spirou B14.0 
 4. Delplancq, Gistel O.12.0 
 5. Benzouien, Spirou B12.0 
 6. Guillemyn, Waregem12.0 
 7. Van-Vooren, Wareg.11.0 
 8. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.10.0 
 9. Steinbach, Waregem10.0 
 10. Fusek, Spirou B10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thibault VANDERHAEGEN
  Gistel O.
  (201-F/C-98)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.12.0 
 2. Goffin, Spirou B9.0 
 3. Schepens, Ieper7.0 
 4. Mestdagh, Ieper7.0 
 5. Demirtas, Spirou B7.0 
 6. Fusek, Spirou B6.0 
 7. Buysschaert, Gistel O.5.0 
 8. Van-Vooren, Wareg.4.0 
 9. Morini, Spirou B4.0 
 10. Fundi, Gistel O.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sami DEMIRTAS
  Spirou B
  (190-SG-96)
  Avg: 6
 1. Demirtas, Spirou B6.0 
 2. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.4.0 
 3. Guillemyn, Waregem2.0 
 4. Samaey, Waregem2.0 
 5. Benzouien, Spirou B2.0 
 6. Goffin, Spirou B2.0 
 7. Verstraete, Gistel O.1.0 
 8. Fundi, Gistel O.1.0 
 9. Mestdagh, Ieper1.0 
 10. Van-Vooren, Wareg.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron VAN VOOREN
  Wareg.
  (200-C/F-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Van-Vooren, Wareg.4.0 
 2. Morini, Spirou B3.0 
 3. Guillemyn, Waregem3.0 
 4. Fundi, Gistel O.2.0 
 5. Naudts, Waregem2.0 
 6. Casero-Ortiz, Spirou B.2.0 
 7. Samaey, Waregem2.0 
 8. Buysschaert, Gistel O.2.0 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 10. Goffin, Spirou B2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal FUSEK
  Spirou B
  (224-C-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fusek, Spirou B3.0 
 2. Delplancq, Gistel O.1.0 
 3. Guillemyn, Waregem0.0 
 4. Fundi, Gistel O.0.0 
 5. Vanderhaegen, Gistel O.0.0 
 6. Diop, Spirou B0.0 
 7. Van-Vooren, Wareg.0.0 
 8. Devacht, Ieper0.0 
 9. Schepens, Ieper0.0 
 10. Demirtas, Spirou B0.0 


Brussels fire past Fribourg Olympic in test game - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg Olympic - Brussels 72:85

Brussels clashed with Fribourg Olympic in pre-season test. The Belgian team celebrated a comfortable win. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) nailed 16 points to pace the winners.
Fribourg Olympic earned a 24:19 lead at the first break. The Swiss team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Fribourg Olympic entered the second half up by 6 points 40:34. But Brussels turned things around in the fourth quarter. The Belgian team used a 27:10 run to snatch the victory. K.T. Harrell (193-G-92, college: Auburn) tossed in 13 points, while Maxime Depuydt (193-G/F-92) and Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89, college: Charleston) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Babacar Toure (205-C/F-85) responded with 21 points for Olympic. Dusan Mladjan (198-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in the loss.

Fribourg Olympic: Babacar Toure 21, Dusan Mladjan 14
Brussels: Domien Loubry 16, K.T. Harrell 13, Maxime Depuydt 10, Jeremy Simmons 10



2017 EuroBasket: Timma and Porzingis combine for 54 points as Latvia ease past Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Belgium 92:64

Latvia celebrated the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They cruised past Belgium to gain 1-1 record in Group D. Janis Timma (201-F-92) and Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) tallied 27 points each to pace the Baltic side.
The Belgian Lions eked out a 25:24 advantage at the first intermission. But Latvia struck right back. They fuelled a 23:8 run in the second period to ensure a 47:33 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to come back into the contest in the third term. They pulled within 8 points at the final intermission. But Latvia responded with a furious 29:9 rally to secure the winning outcome. Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) had 10 points for the Latvian team. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) replied with 12 points for Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) netted 9 points in the defeat.

Latvia: Janis Timma 27, Kristaps Porzingis 27, Dairis Bertans 10
Belgium: Axel Hervelle 12, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 9



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  BOLIVIA  


Calero Potosi wins Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Calero Potosi - Pichincha Potosi 73:67

Calero Potosi overcame Pichincha Potosi 73-67 in the Final opener. They took a 17-12 lead and also scored another 17 points in the second frame, that actually allowed Pichincha Potosi to cut the deficit to just 1 point at the halftime. Only due to 18-13 rally in the third period, Calero Potosi managed to seal the victory.
Louis Munks (190-G-90, college: Prairie View A&M) stepped up with 20 points, while Cristhian Camargo (194-F-92) netted 12. Warren Jones (190-G-94, college: Green Bay) scored 15 points in a loss and Jon Cathey-Macklin (206-F/C-91, college: Tarleton St.) poured in 11.



Pichincha ties the chamionship series - by Eurobasket News

Calero - Pichincha 82-90

Pichincha tied the Final series against Calero after a 90-82 win in game 2. They took a narrow 21-20 lead and added an 18-14 rally in the second frame. Moreover Pichincha produced a 25-21 run in the third frame and did not mind 26-27 in the last stanza. Warren Jones (190-G-94, college: Green Bay) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Lucas Tischer (208-C-83) and Rene Calvo (193-F/G-93) posted 16 each. Cristhian Camargo (194-F-92), Louis Munks (190-G-90, college: Prairie View A&M) and AGUSTIN AMBROSINO netted 23 points each in a loss.



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  BOSNIA  


Marko Vukovic (ex Kosice) signs at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza landed 23-year old Bosnian guard Marko Vukovic (191-94). He played most recently at KB Kosice in Slovakian SBL league. In 5 games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.0apg last season. Vukovic also played for KK Splosna plovba Portoroz in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM that season where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina League Semifinals in 2013.
Vukovic represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 3PT-3 (42.9%), FT: 20.0%.
Vukovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Sloga), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Artis, America22.4 
 2. Anthony, Bauru19.3 
 3. Brite, L.Sorocaba18.2 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.17.0 
 5. Uchendu, Bauru15.4 
 6. Ruivo, Pinheiros14.3 
 7. Demetrio, Franca13.8 
 8. Ferreira, Franca13.6 
 9. Avelino, Osasco B.13.0 
 10. Galvanini, Bauru13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Uchendu, Bauru10.2 
 2. Rodrigues, L.Sor.8.0 
 3. Galvanini, Bauru7.8 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros6.7 
 5. Cipolini, Franca6.3 
 6. Brite, L.Sorocaba6.2 
 7. Demetrio, Franca6.0 
 8. Ansaloni, Pinheiros5.8 
 9. Dos-Santos, Osasco B.5.6 
 10. Oliveira, Osasco B.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Corazza, Paulistano8.1 
 2. Anthony, Bauru6.5 
 3. Lersch, Mogi5.5 
 4. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.2 
 5. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.2 
 6. Taylor, Mogi4.2 
 7. Artis, America3.8 
 8. Brite, L.Sorocaba3.7 
 9. Coelho, Franca3.7 
 10. Pierotti, Bauru3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas ROSA
  America
  (193-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rosa, America2.4 
 2. Anthony, Bauru2.3 
 3. Brite, L.Sorocaba2.0 
 4. Ferreira, Franca1.8 
 5. Fernandes, Osasco B.1.7 
 6. Artis, America1.6 
 7. Ruivo, Pinheiros1.5 
 8. Lersch, Mogi1.5 
 9. Toledo, Pinheiros1.5 
 10. Torres, America1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Uchendu, Bauru3.2 
 2. Demetrio, Franca1.2 
 3. Pereira, Pinheiros1.2 
 4. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 5. Carlos, Mogi0.8 
 6. Sommer, Paulistano0.8 
 7. Curnell, Mogi0.7 
 8. Almeida, Franca0.7 
 9. Galvanini, Bauru0.6 
 10. Corazza, Paulistano0.6 


Joinville lands Deonta Stocks - by Paulo Freire

Basquete Joinville/AABJ (Liga Ouro) tabbed 29-year old American guard Deonta Stocks (185-86kg-88, college: W.Georgia) from Blumenau. In 21 Liga Ouro games in Brazil he was third best scorer with 14.0ppg and recorded 4.1rpg, 3.6apg (top 4) and 3.1spg (leader !!!) last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Part of last season Stocks spent at Capo d’Orlando (Serie C Gold) in Italian league. He also spent pre-season at Boras Basket (Basketligan) in Swedish league that year.
Two years ago Stocks was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in second round (33rd overall).
The former State University of West Georgia (NCAA Div.II) star is in his third season in pro basketball.
Stocks received All-GSC Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time.
Stocks has played also professionally in Finland (Lahti).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LBS Finals: ARBA beats Barva in game 1: 70-62 - by Mike Amico

Coopenae Coopenae ARBA San Ramon's teams took the first step to get the title of this season in the National Basketball League Superior, winning the first game of the playoff final by scoring 70 points to 62 against national champion Ferreteria Brenes Barva.

A game that had a very good attendance of public in San Ramon, where they enjoyed a very exciting game from beginning to end.

The game had a time for each team where in the first 20 minutes of play Coopenae ARBA San Ramon dominated the Barvenos, on the defensive and on the boards. Causing that they took very uncomfortable options of shot and that allowed the rebounds of San Ramon and thus the game of control in the offensive, going ahead in that moment of the game with very tight marker 30 points to 29.

Barva played a very good start of the second half, but at a time of the same committed three bad selections of shot and that managed to concretar in breaking the moncheno equipment and thus to take already an advantage of eight points that did not lose it in the whole game. By Coopenae Coopenae ARBA San Ramon players Alberto Ripoll (197-PF-96)l, Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91, college: Portland St.) and Isaac Conejo guided the game of their team, while Ferreteria Brenes Barva Gabriel Quesada, Jathey Davis and Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84, college: Marshalltown CC) fought to match the ironmongers.

Summary of the 1st Playoff Final Game.

The best winner of 3 possible games.




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2017 EuroBasket: Bojan Bogdanovic carries Croatia past Romania - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Romania 74-58

Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) led Croatia past Romania for a 2-0 record in Group C. Croatia posted a 74-58 win as Bojan top-scored with 21 points.
Croatia grabbed an early 20-12 lead and never looked behind in the game. They added a 22-17 rally in the second frame for a 42-29 at the halftime. Croatia did not allow the hosts to cut the deficit and managed to win the third and the last stanzas. They posted a 15-13 run in the third period and closed the game with a 17-16 rally.
Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 11 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) ended up with 10. Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88, college: American) was the only player for Romania in double digits. He scored 14 points, while Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) had 9.

Croatia: Bojan Bogdanovic 21, Dario Saric 11, Luka Zoric 10
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 14, Andrei Mandache 9



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2017 EuroBasket: Spain knock off Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Czech Republic 93-56

Spain knock over Czech Republic in day 2 of the 2017 EuroBasket. The favorites posted another comfortable win, this time 93-56. Czech Republic have dropped to 1-1, Spain are in control of Group C at 2-0.
Spain ensured the massive led at the start of the game as they nailed 33 points in the opening period. They added another 23-9 surge in the half for a 56-23 half-time advantage. Czech Republic looked decent in the second half and managed to win the last stanza 18-17, however could not reduce the gap closer than 30-35 points.
Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) notched 17. Guillermo Hernangomez (210-C-94) followed them with 14 points in a win. Martin Kriz (200-F-93) replied with 11 points in a loss, whilst Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87, agency: Octagon Europe) and Kamil Svrdlik (205-F/C-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Octagon Europe) added 9 apiece.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26 points, Ricky Rubio 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 14
Czech Republic: Martin Kriz 11, Jakub Sirina 9, Kamil Svrdlik 9



Friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza and Start Lublin celebrated second victories at the international friendly tournaments in Dabrowa Gornicza.
The hosts fired past Pardubice 103:86 as Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90, college: Seattle) sank 20 points. Pardubice claimed a 52:46 halftime lead. But the hosts unloaded 57 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Piotr Pamula (195-SG-90) provided 18 points in the win. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 22 points for the Czech side.
Start Lublin outgunned Tsmoki-Minsk 67:60 for the second straight win. Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93, college: Marist) notched 17 points to pace the Polish team. The teams were tied at 49 heading into the fourth frame. But Start Lublin used a strong late rally to ensure the win. James Washington (182-PG-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) netted 13 points for the winners. Sekou Wiggs (193-PG-94, college: Alaska-Anch.) delivered 10 points for the Belarusian team.



Friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Start Lublin and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza celebrated wins at the start of the pre-season tournament.
Start Lublin beat Pardubice 83:77. James Washington (182-PG-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) sank 24 points to lead the Polish side. The teams were tied at 37 heading into the second half. But Start Lublin unloaded 28 points in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Marcin Dutkiewicz (198-SF-86) contributed 13 points in the victory. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 17 points for the Czech team.
MKS Dabrowa Gornicza prevailed against Tsmoki-Minsk 64:55 in the opener. The hosts built a 23:14 lead after the opening quarter. They went on an 18:10 run in the third term to clear off to a comfortable distance. Pamula netted 14 points, while Paulius Dambrauskas (195-G-85, agency: Players Group) added 12 points for the home team. Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91, college: Davidson) connected for 20 points for the Belarusian side.



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Liga MB Round 18: Canarios lose to Santa Ana - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Santa Ana between third ranked Canarios (10-4) and sixth ranked Santa Ana (9-4) on Friday night. Canarios were defeated by Santa Ana on the road 87-102. Santa Ana dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 42. They outrebounded Canarios 53-41 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santa Ana looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Martin Ramos (170-92) contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Eddie Ishman (196, college: Miles) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks for Canarios. Santa Ana have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Brujos Izalco. Canarios at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Quezaltepeque. Santa Ana is looking forward to face Isidro Metapan (#7) at home in the next round. Canarios will play against Brujos Izalco (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Santiagueno (2-12) 123-80. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Robert Martinez chipped in 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 12-2 record. Santiagueno lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Santa Tecla will play against bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Santiagueno will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 18 11 Lobos was smashed by Isidro Metapan on the road 106-70. Halcones destroyed Arcense on its own court 96-62.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 38 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals by Edwin Mijares of Isidro Metapan.

Isidro Metapan - 11 Lobos 106-70

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Isidro Metapan (8-6) crushed at home 12th ranked 11 Lobos (1-13) 106-70. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to 11 Lobos' 38. They outrebounded 11 Lobos 47-35 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Isidro Metapan players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Venezuelan forward Elder Gimenez (186-91) chipped in 27 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Malik Jackson (198-92, college: Beth.-Cookman) with 40 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Joshua White (191-88, college: San Diego CC) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 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. Isidro Metapan maintains seventh position with 8-6 record. 11 Lobos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Giants. Isidro Metapan will play against higher ranked Santa Ana (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. 11 Lobos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 38+8reb+12ast, E.Gimenez 27+11reb+12ast, S.Magee 25+16reb, D.Vasquez 8+4reb+1ast, A.Regalado 4+3reb+1ast, L.Barrios 2
11 Lobos: M.Jackson 40+8reb+3ast, J.White 10+8reb+5ast, M.Gonzalez 10+4reb+3ast, P.Smith 8+8reb, K.Campos 2+2ast, V.Sandoval 0
gschID: 553726


Santa Tecla - Santiagueno 123-80

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Santiagueno (2-12) 123-80. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Santiagueno's 50. They outrebounded Santiagueno 48-24 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santa Tecla players were unselfish on offense dishing 41 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Santiagueno's players. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American Maurice Williams (196, college: Robert Morris) with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) scored 26 points. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 12-2 record. Santiagueno lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Santa Tecla will play against bottom-ranked Giants (#13) in San Salvador in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Santiagueno will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 25+9reb+4ast, C.Arias 17+7reb, R.Martinez 16+2reb+7ast, L.Hernandez 14+1reb+3ast, O.Torres 12+2reb+3ast, E.Escalante 10+4reb+5ast
Santiagueno: M.Williams 29+16reb+2ast, S.Brackett 26+2ast, C.Hernandez 17+2reb+1ast, R.Benitez 3, J.Palacios 3, S.Esperanza 2+2reb
gschID: 553720


Santa Ana - Canarios 102-87

The most important game in the last round took place in Santa Ana between third ranked Canarios (10-4) and sixth ranked Santa Ana (9-4) on Friday night. Canarios were defeated by Santa Ana on the road 87-102. Santa Ana dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 42. They outrebounded Canarios 53-41 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santa Ana looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Demarquelle Tabb (196-90, college: Alabama A&M) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Martin Ramos (170-92) contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Eddie Ishman (196, college: Miles) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) added 30 points in the effort for Canarios. Five Santa Ana and four Canarios players scored in double figures. Santa Ana have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Brujos Izalco. Canarios at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Quezaltepeque. Santa Ana is looking forward to face Isidro Metapan (#7) at home in the next round. Canarios will play against Brujos Izalco (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: D.Tabb 28+19reb+4ast, M.Ramos 24+6ast, A.Ruano 13+5reb+5ast, M.Daniels 12+12reb+3ast, K.White 11+8reb+5ast, K.Mejia 9+6reb+1ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 30+4reb+3ast, E.Ishman 25+22reb+1ast, W.Molina 19+6reb+5ast, F.Salazar 10+2reb, M.Amaya 3, R.Merlos 0
gschID: 553678


Halcones - Arcense 96-62

Very expected game when 10th ranked Arcense (3-8) was smashed by third ranked Halcones (11-3) in Sonzacate 96-62. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Arcense's 38. Halcones forced 21 Arcense turnovers and had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Arcense's players. Halcones brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Puerto Rican guard Jared Ruiz (188-92) scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Halcones' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Joe Reid (200, college: Shaw) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import Michael Wilson (-92) scored 19 points and 7 assists. Halcones have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Arcense lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Halcones will play against Brujos Izalco (#6) on the road in the next round. Arcense will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Ruiz 28+9reb+9ast, C.Duran 27+9reb+8ast, T.Wells 12+13reb+1ast, M.Tejada 6+2reb, M.Orellana 6+4reb, M.Flores 5+4ast
Arcense: J.Reid 21+16reb, M.Wilson 19+4reb+7ast, J.Austin 16+11reb, C.Pineda 2+2reb+1ast, M.Lahud 2+2reb+3ast, R.Cardona 2+7reb
gschID: 553706





Roseto lands Darell Combs, ex 11 Lobos - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) tabbed 24-year old American guard Darell Combs (188-88kg-93, college: IUPUI). He played in the summer at 11 Lobos in Salvadorean Liga MB. In four games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg.
Combs just graduated from Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis and it will be his first season in pro basketball. His team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals. Combs received All-Summit League Honorable Mention award in 2017 at his college time.

Mec-Energy Roseto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Contento
Darell Combs
Giorgio Di_Bonaventura
Federico Zampini

Forwards:
Riccardo Casagrande
Andy Ogide
Marco Lusvarghi

Center:
Ion Lupusor

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eurobasket Select Team Splits Double-Header with Cuxhaven and Stade - by ESL News

The Eurobasket Select Team split their double header on Saturday with a win of Vfl Stade and a defeat to Cuxhaven. The first game of the day that featured 7 members of the Eurobasket team battled all the way to the finish but came up just short. Cuxhaven went on a big run in the second quarter as Zach Gordon (203-F-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO), Drew Sears (209-C), and Killven Samuel (188-G-89, college: Northeastern St.) all got into foul trouble putting a strain on the 7 man rotation. 'It is really tough when you have a split squad and two of your bigs get into foul trouble. You have to take them out but just don't have the depth to fight in a physical game,' Eurobasket Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. Taking a 19 point halftime lead, Cuxhaven looked to be in cruise control.

However, this was the same 7 man team that had a 14 point come from behind win against Dusseldorf (minus Marquis Marshall (196-F-93, college: Alvernia, PA) who has since joined a team in the regionalliga). They continued to fight to end through fatigue, foul trouble, and through the injury to Grant Prusator (183-PG-94, college: Arkansas Tech) (who did return to the game). Entering the fourth quarter down 15 points it was now or never. Multiple three point field goals from Samuel and Prusator, accompanied by energetic drives of Quaderrick Shaw (191-G-93, college: Florida St.), and hard work inside from Nick Trisko (203-C, college: Spalding) they continued to cut into the lead. Trisko would knock down a three pointer with under two minutes to go to cut the lead to one. Unfortunately for Eurobasket, Cuxhaven would respond and pull out a narrow 5 point win. Eurobasket was lead statistically by Trisko who had his tour high game of 19 points and 8 rebounds. Samuel added 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Prusator has his tour high of 16 points to go with 4 assists and Shaw would add 13 points and 6 rebounds. A fourth member also scored in double digits as Arvel Atwater (196-F) knocked down a couple three pointers on route to 10 points.

The night cap featured a game 1 hour and 15 minutes away in Stade, Germany against Paul Larysz and his Vfl Stade team. This group of 7 lead by starters Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic), Quaderrick Shaw, Ryan Burnett (196-G/F-92, college: Columbus St.), Jordan Stotts (203-F-93, college: Sioux Falls), and Kris Bell (206-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.) would jump on Stade early and take a big lead for the first time all tour. The charge was led by Bell and Burnett in the first quarter. Each scored 8 points in the opening stanza on a very efficient 6-8 shooting combined. Bell was the catalyst all night for Eurobasket. He shot 8 of 15 from the floor on route to his team high 18 points and 11 rebounds. 'This was by far Kris' best game for us. He decided to take the ball to the basket and use his 6'10 245 pound frame to his advantage. There are not a lot of people in these leagues that can stop him when he has mentality,' Mkrtychyan said.

Eurobasket's lead was as high as 20 points, but Stade would continue to chip away in the second half. Turnovers which has been a major issue for this tour team during the week started to rise as fatigue set in. 'We have had 9 games in a 9 day period. The heavy minutes and travel started to catch up with us. We had 5 hours worth of travel today with Quad and Zach each playing in both games. That's a lot to ask of our guys,' Tour Director Dustin Simcox said. The first game resulted in foul trouble while the injury bug hit the second game. Luke Cochran (208-C) was knocked out of the game in the 2nd quarter with a broken nose. 'Luke was batting hard on the boards and continued to be aggressive. He just got hit with an elbow and likely will have played his last game on the tour. He fought hard during these past 9 days,' Simcox said.

As mentioned before, Bell lead Eurobasket in both points in rebounds against Stade. But Jordan Stotts notched the second double double of the tour for Eurobasket. He finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The other double double came from Gordon against Iserlohn, in his second game of the day replacing Cochran, Gordon grabbed 10 rebounds. Burnett finished with a consistent 14 points as he has on two other occasions during this tour. Eurobasket's journey in Germany is over as they will travel to the Netherlands tomorrow to face two Dutch teams in their final games of the tour.

ALL PLAYERS ARE AVAILABLE: Contact Dustin Simcox at 330-958-3245 (Whatsapp and Text) or by email at dsimcox@whitecoxsports.com or esl@eurobasket.com

Cuxhaven Box Score for ESL:

Starters:
#1 Grant Prusator: 16 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
#9 Quaderrick Shaw: 13 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
#15 Arvel Atwater: 10 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl
#33 Nick Trisko: 19 pts, 8 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk
#55 Drew Sears: 3 pts, 1 reb, 1 blk

Reserves:
#3 Killven Samuel: 17 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast, 4 stl
#31 Zach Gordon: 5 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl
#7 Kenny Bellinger: DNP (at Stade)
#12 Isaiah Butler (188-G-92): DNP (at Stade)
#25 Luke Cochran: DNP (at Stade)
#35 Jordan Stotts: DNP (at Stade)
#50 Kris Bell: DNP (at Stade)

Stade Box Score for ESL:

Starters:
#7 Kenny Bellinger: 9 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
#9 Quaderrick Shaw: 7 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk
#30 Ryan Burnett: 14 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast
#35 Jordan Stotts: 16 pts, 11 reb,1 blk
#50 Kris Bell: 18 pts, 11 reb, 1 stl

Reserves:
#12 Isaiah Butler: 2 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
#25 Luke Cochran: 6 pts, 3 reb, 1 blk
#31 Zach Gordon: 4 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 3 blk
#1 Grant Prusator: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#3 Killven Samuel: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#15 Arvel Atwater: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#33 Nick Trisko: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#55 Drew Sears: DNP (Cuxhaven)

ESL Roster


#PlayerHeightPositionLast Team
1Grant Prusator6'0GArkansas Tech
7Kenny Bellinger6'1GMaccabi Haifa/Israel
3Killven Samuel6'2GNortheastern State
12Isaiah Butler6'2GMississippi State
9Quaderrick Shaw6'4GFlorida State
23Marquis Marshall6'5G/FAlvernia
30Ryan Burnett6'5G/FColumbus State
15Arvel Atwater6'5G/FAllen
33Nick Trisko6'8FSpalding
35Jordan Stotts6'8FMoncton/Canada
31Zach Gordon6'8FCal Poly
50Kris Bell6'10F/CFort Valley State
55Drew Sears6'10F/CWhitworth
25Luke Cochran6'10F/CSonoma State


2017 German Tour Statistics
#PlayerGPPPGRPGAPGSPGBPG
1Grant Prusator49.01.33.8
2.8
0.3
3Killven Samuel4
13
3.5
3.3
3.8
0
7Kenny Bellinger4
9.5
1.0
2.8
1.0
0
9Quaderrick Shaw5
9.0
3.6
1.4
1.8
0.6
12Isaiah Butler3
4
3
2.3
1.3
0.7
15Arvel Atwater4
7.5
3.0
1.0
1.5
0
23Marquis Marshall315.7
3.02.00.70.7
30Ryan Burnett3143.3
2.3
1.3
0
31Zach Gordon5
6.8
8.8
0.8
2.4
1.2
33Nick Trisko4
8.8
6.5
1.5
1.3
1.0
35Jordan Stotts310.3
9
0.3
1.3
0.7
25
Luke Cochran3
11.3
5.3
1.0
0.3
1.7
50Kris Bell3
10
6.0
0.3
1.0
0
55Drew Sears4
5.8
3.8
0.8
0.80.5

Schedule:

Aug 26: vs Salzkotten W 94-84

Aug 27: vs Bochum L 82-74

Aug 29: vs Vechta II W 88-74

Aug 30: vs Dusseldorf W 73-72

Aug 30: vs Artland Dragons L 81-67

Aug 31: vs Iserlohn L 94-82

Sept 1: vs Neustadt L 68-62

Sept 2: v Cuxhaven L 83-89

Sept 2: v Stade W 71-66

Sept 3: v GSV (Netherlands)

Sept 5: v Meppel (Netherlands)




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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Goran DRAGIC
  SLO
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Dragic, SLO29.5 
 2. Schroeder, GER27.5 
 3. Bogdanovic, SRB24.5 
 4. Markkanen, FIN23.0 
 5. Fournier, FRA23.0 
 6. Porzingis, LAT22.5 
 7. Shved, RUS22.0 
 8. Bogdanovic, CRO22.0 
 9. Belinelli, ITA22.0 
 10. Shengelia, GEO20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel OLASENI
  ENG
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Olaseni, ENG12.5 
 2. Ponitka, POL11.5 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU9.5 
 4. Hernangomez, ESP9.5 
 5. Pachulia, GEO9.0 
 6. Satoransky, CZE9.0 
 7. Mozgov, RUS8.5 
 8. Randolph, SLO8.0 
 9. Gasol, ESP8.0 
 10. Doncic, SLO8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  FIN
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Koponen, FIN8.5 
 2. Strelnieks, LAT7.5 
 3. Jovic, SRB7.5 
 4. Rodriguez, ESP7.0 
 5. Dixon, GEO6.0 
 6. Hackett, ITA6.0 
 7. Mandache, ROM5.5 
 8. Lypovyy, UKR5.5 
 9. Satoransky, CZE5.5 
 10. Tabu, BEL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedi OSMAN
  MKD
  (204-F-95)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Osman, TUR4.5 
 2. Jovic, SRB3.5 
 3. Baeringsson, ISL3.0 
 4. Rubio, ESP2.5 
 5. Voigtmann, GER2.5 
 6. Belinelli, ITA2.5 
 7. Theis, GER2.5 
 8. Mandache, ROM2.5 
 9. Dragic, SLO2.5 
 10. Pappas, GRE2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Juancho HERNANGOMEZ
  ESP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hernangomez, ESP2.5 
 2. Porzingis, LAT2.5 
 3. Antetokounmp., GRE2.0 
 4. Valanciunas, LTU2.0 
 5. Gasol, ESP1.5 
 6. Pustovyi, UKR1.5 
 7. Saric, CRO1.5 
 8. Lee, FIN1.5 
 9. Gasol, ESP1.5 
 10. Gudaitis, LTU1.0 


2017 EuroBasket: Lithuania outscore Israel for first win - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Israel 88:73

Lithuania registered the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They overcame Israel for 1-1 record in Group B. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) nailed 18 points to lead the charge.
Israel unleashed 23 points to open a 4-point lead. Lithuania slowed the hosts down in the second frame. They held Israel to just 14 points and jumped to a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Baltic team unleashed 33 points in the third term to register an 18-point advantage at the final intermission. Israel cut the distance in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) tossed in 16 points each in the win. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 20 points for Israel. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) posted 18 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Edgaras Ulanovas 18, Arturas Gudaitis 16, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 16
Israel: Richard Howell 20, Gal Mekel 18



2017 EuroBasket: Bojan Bogdanovic carries Croatia past Romania - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Romania 74-58

Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) led Croatia past Romania for a 2-0 record in Group C. Croatia posted a 74-58 win as Bojan top-scored with 21 points.
Croatia grabbed an early 20-12 lead and never looked behind in the game. They added a 22-17 rally in the second frame for a 42-29 at the halftime. Croatia did not allow the hosts to cut the deficit and managed to win the third and the last stanzas. They posted a 15-13 run in the third period and closed the game with a 17-16 rally.
Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 11 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) ended up with 10. Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88, college: American) was the only player for Romania in double digits. He scored 14 points, while Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) had 9.

Croatia: Bojan Bogdanovic 21, Dario Saric 11, Luka Zoric 10
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 14, Andrei Mandache 9



2017 EuroBasket: Turkey rally past Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Great Britain 84:70

Turkey earned the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They toppled Great Britain in Istanbul. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) provided 21 points to lead the hosts.
Turkey posted 23 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. They added 26 points in the second frame to establish a 49:36 halftime advantage. Great Britain narrowed the distance in the third frame. The British side got within 10 points at the final break. However Turkey nailed 20 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) netted 19 points, while Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) added 11 points in the win. Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) and Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 15 points each for Great Britain.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 21, Semih Erden 19, Furkan Korkmaz 11
Great Britain: Andrew Lawrence 15, Gabriel Olaseni 15+14 boards



2017 EuroBasket: Spain knock off Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Czech Republic 93-56

Spain knock over Czech Republic in day 2 of the 2017 EuroBasket. The favorites posted another comfortable win, this time 93-56. Czech Republic have dropped to 1-1, Spain are in control of Group C at 2-0.
Spain ensured the massive led at the start of the game as they nailed 33 points in the opening period. They added another 23-9 surge in the half for a 56-23 half-time advantage. Czech Republic looked decent in the second half and managed to win the last stanza 18-17, however could not reduce the gap closer than 30-35 points.
Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) notched 17. Guillermo Hernangomez (210-C-94) followed them with 14 points in a win. Martin Kriz (200-F-93) replied with 11 points in a loss, whilst Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87, agency: Octagon Europe) and Kamil Svrdlik (205-F/C-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Octagon Europe) added 9 apiece.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26 points, Ricky Rubio 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 14
Czech Republic: Martin Kriz 11, Jakub Sirina 9, Kamil Svrdlik 9



2017 EuroBasket: Russia surprise Serbia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Serbia 75:72

Russia outlasted Serbia for the second straight victory in Group D. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points to pace the winning side.
Serbia got a slightly better start. The Balkan team ensured a 21:18 lead after the opening frame. Russia erased the deficit in the second period. They pulled ahead to take a 40:38 halftime advantage. Russia held their opponents to just 13 points in the third term and stretched the margin at 7-point mark at the final break. Serbia managed to get as close as four points with under three minutes. However Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Alexey Shved came up with timely baskets for Russia and carried the team to the second win at the tournament. Timofey Mozgov and Nikita Kurbanov (202-SF-86) added 11 points each in the win. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 19 points apiece for Serbia.

Russia: Alexey Shved 22, Timofey Mozgov 11, Nikita Kurbanov 11
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 19, Boban Marjanovic 19



2017 EuroBasket: Italy sink 17 three-pointers, beat Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Ukraine 78-66

Italy posted the second straight win at 2017 EuroBasket. They nailed 17 three-pointers to seal a 78-66 win for a 2-0 record in Group B. Ukraine meanwhile fell at 0-2 record at the very bottom.
Ukraine pulled the lead in the first period and enjoyed a 19-16 run. Italy however dominated the second quarter and erupted with a 27-14 surge for a 10-point lead at the halftime. Italy had double-digit lead mostly in the whole second half, while Ukraine reduced to 6 after an 8-0 run. Some more threes from Luigi Datome (203-F-87), Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) and Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) brought the second victory for Messina's team.
Marco Belinelli stepped up with 26 points, while Pietro Aradori scored 13. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) and Luigi Datome netted 12 points each in a win. Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 21 points in a loss and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) had 11.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 26, Pietro Aradori 13, Ariel Filloy 12, Luigi Datome 12
Ukraine: Artem Pustovyi 21, Viacheslav Kravtsov 11



2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia beat Finland in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Slovenia 78-81

Slovenia beat Finland in Helsinki 81-78 in a real thriller. Both teams nailed 22 points in the first period, while the guests grabbed a double-digit lead after a 30-20 run in the second frame. Finland needed a 21-13 rally in the third period to bring the intrigue back into the game. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) drove a lay-up for 74:72 and then scored a free throw for a 3-point lead. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted two for 75:74 with less than 2 minutes to go, while Vidmar scored one from the line to bring plus 2. Randolf scored only one from the free throw line and Lauri Markkanen cut it to 77:76 with a minute to go. He brought his team a 1-point lead after a fantastic lay-up. Goran Dragic was perfect from the line for a 78:77 and then Randolf missed two after Wilson's foul. Randolf however stole the ball from Lauri Markkanen and made a dunk for the final result.
Goran Dragic was unstoppable with 29 points for the winners. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) followed him with 10 and Luka Doncic (201-G-99) delivered 8. Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and left the court with a foot injury. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) ended up with 11 points for the home side.

Finland: Lauri Markkanen 24, Sasu Salin 11
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 29, Anthony Randolph 10, Luka Doncic 8



2017 EuroBasket: Poland crush Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Iceland 91:61

Poland opened win count in Group A. They bounced back from the starting loss and fired past Iceland for 1-1 record. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) produced 15 points to lead the effort.
Poland eked out a 16:14 lead at the first break. They unloaded 25 points in the second period to jump to a 12-point halftime lead. Poland maintained the pressure throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 23 points and never looked back en route to the victory. A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 12 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93, college: Gonzaga) had 10 points in the win. Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) tossed in 16 points for Iceland. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) posted 14 points in the loss.

Poland: Adam Waczynski 15, A.J. Slaughter 12, Przemyslaw Karnowski 10
Iceland: Hordur Vilhjalmsson 16, Martin Hermannsson 14



2017 EuroBasket: Timma and Porzingis combine for 54 points as Latvia ease past Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Belgium 92:64

Latvia celebrated the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They cruised past Belgium to gain 1-1 record in Group D. Janis Timma (201-F-92) and Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) tallied 27 points each to pace the Baltic side.
The Belgian Lions eked out a 25:24 advantage at the first intermission. But Latvia struck right back. They fuelled a 23:8 run in the second period to ensure a 47:33 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to come back into the contest in the third term. They pulled within 8 points at the final intermission. But Latvia responded with a furious 29:9 rally to secure the winning outcome. Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) had 10 points for the Latvian team. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) replied with 12 points for Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) netted 9 points in the defeat.

Latvia: Janis Timma 27, Kristaps Porzingis 27, Dairis Bertans 10
Belgium: Axel Hervelle 12, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 9



2017 EuroBasket: Montenegro overwhelm Hungary in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Hungary 72:48

Montenegro secured the first victory in Group C. They beat Hungary to climb at 1-1 record in the ladder. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points each in the victory.
Montenegro eked out a 14:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Montenegro stepped on the gas in the second term. They sank 25 points to open a 39:29 halftime advantage. The Balkan side kept Hungary at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 60:40 lead at the final break and cruised to the victory in the final period. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 10 points in the win. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) replied with 20 points for Hungary. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic 13, Bojan Dubljevic 13, Nikola Ivanovic 10
Hungary: David Vojvoda 20, Zoltan Perl 13



2017 EuroBasket: France beat Greece for first win in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

France - Greece 95:87

France earned the first victory in EuroBasket Group A. They tamed Greece in the battle of two heavy favourites. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) nailed 21 points each to lead les Bleues.
France stormed into the game. They poured in 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 12-point lead. France unloaded 28 points in the second term to ensure a 55:36 halftime lead. The Hellenes slowed their opponents down in the third term to pull within 18 points at the final intermission. The Greek side went on a strong comeback rally in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) tossed in 16 points for France. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 22 points for Greece. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) had 15 points in the loss.

France: Joffrey Lauvergne 21, Evan Fournier 21, Nando De Colo 16
Greece: Georgios Printezis 22, Konstantinos Sloukas 15



2017 EuroBasket: Germany top Georgia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Georgia 67:57

Germany captured the second consecutive victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They defeated Georgia to clinch 2-0 record in Group B. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) tallied 23 points to lead the winning side.
The teams were tied at 19 after ten minutes. Germany surged ahead in the second term. They sank 22 points to ensure a 5-point halftime lead. Georgia narrowed the distance in the third term. They got as close as 3 points at the final break 52:55. Germany however limited Georgia to just 5 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) accounted for 11 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) added 6 points for the winners. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) provided 14 points and 8 boards for Georgia. Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Germany: Dennis Schroeder 23, Robin Benzing 11, Daniel Theis 6
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 14, Tornike Shengelia 12



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USA and Argentina enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Mexico 84-67
Argentina cruised past Mexico to enter the title game. Patricio Garino (198-G/F-93, college: G.Washington) nailed 20 points and collected 6 rebounds for the winners. Argentina established a 39:36 halftime advantage. They followed with a 23:15 run in the third term to take an 11-point lead. Argentina kept Mexico at distance in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Javier Saiz tossed in 19 points for Argentina. Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) delivered 19 points for Mexico. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) produced 16 points in the loss.

USA - U.S. Virgin Islands 90-62
USA advanced into the Final at the FIBA AmeriCup. They rallied past US Virgin Islands in the semifinal clash. Xavier Munford (188-G-92, college: Rhode Island) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners. USA dropped 42 points in the first half to ensure a 17-point halftime lead. They kept US Virgin Islands at bay throughout the second half and marched to the win. Jameel Warney (203-F-94, college: Stony Brook) tossed in 12 points for the winners. Javier Martinez (201-F-93, agency: Court Side) responded with 12 points for Virgin Islands. Johnathan Gray (190-G-91, college: Cornell) had 11 points in the loss.




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2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia beat Finland in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Slovenia 78-81

Slovenia beat Finland in Helsinki 81-78 in a real thriller. Both teams nailed 22 points in the first period, while the guests grabbed a double-digit lead after a 30-20 run in the second frame. Finland needed a 21-13 rally in the third period to bring the intrigue back into the game. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) drove a lay-up for 74:72 and then scored a free throw for a 3-point lead. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted two for 75:74 with less than 2 minutes to go, while Vidmar scored one from the line to bring plus 2. Randolf scored only one from the free throw line and Lauri Markkanen cut it to 77:76 with a minute to go. He brought his team a 1-point lead after a fantastic lay-up. Goran Dragic was perfect from the line for a 78:77 and then Randolf missed two after Wilson's foul. Randolf however stole the ball from Lauri Markkanen and made a dunk for the final result.
Goran Dragic was unstoppable with 29 points for the winners. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) followed him with 10 and Luka Doncic (201-G-99) delivered 8. Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and left the court with a foot injury. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) ended up with 11 points for the home side.

Finland: Lauri Markkanen 24, Sasu Salin 11
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 29, Anthony Randolph 10, Luka Doncic 8



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  FRANCE  


Residence lands Guillaume Chaussy, ex Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) landed 18-year old French forward Guillaume Chaussy (203-99). He played most recently at Sluc Nancy Basket in French ProA U21.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kevin Franceschi agreed terms with Myrtia - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer BEHAPPY2 - CB Myrtia strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old French guard Kevin Franceschi (190-86kg-93). He just graduated from Oklah.Baptist (NCAA2). He played 22 games where he recorded 13.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.8apg last season.
As mentioned above Franceschi is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team was regular season runner-up in WAC in 2015.

BEHAPPY2 - CB Myrtia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kevin Franceschi
Joey Flannery

Forward:
Matthew Don

Centers:
Filip Knezevic
Chris Matagrano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ronaldas Rutkauskas (ex Iraklis) agreed terms with Lorient - by Eurobasket News

CEP Lorient (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Lithuanian power forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-98kg-92). He was about to sign at Iraklis in Greek A2 league. Rutkauskas played in the final of Greek A2 Play-Off. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Newcomer of the Year award in 2017.
Rutkauskas was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Rutkauskas has played also professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk and Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team), Cyprus (Etha), Estonia (Parnu), Latvia (Jekabpils), Spain (Ourense), Sweden (08 Stockholm, KFUM Fryshuset and White Eagles) and Lithuania (JAZZ-Diremta and SK Minbra).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic, inside-out. Goes a lot to the rebounds (offensive too), hustler, big fighter in the paint, can hit open shots.

CEP Lorient roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mathieu Bigote
Clement Faroux
Eliot Maraux

Forwards:
Jason Bach
Jared Newson
Cory Abercrombie
Ronaldas Rutkauskas
Fabien Bondron
William Olugbeje

Centers:
Vincent Pourchot
Dominykas Milka

Coach: Philippe Maucourant

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



2017 EuroBasket: France beat Greece for first win in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

France - Greece 95:87

France earned the first victory in EuroBasket Group A. They tamed Greece in the battle of two heavy favourites. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) nailed 21 points each to lead les Bleues.
France stormed into the game. They poured in 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 12-point lead. France unloaded 28 points in the second term to ensure a 55:36 halftime lead. The Hellenes slowed their opponents down in the third term to pull within 18 points at the final intermission. The Greek side went on a strong comeback rally in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) tossed in 16 points for France. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 22 points for Greece. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) had 15 points in the loss.

France: Joffrey Lauvergne 21, Evan Fournier 21, Nando De Colo 16
Greece: Georgios Printezis 22, Konstantinos Sloukas 15



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2017 EuroBasket: Germany top Georgia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Georgia 67:57

Germany captured the second consecutive victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They defeated Georgia to clinch 2-0 record in Group B. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) tallied 23 points to lead the winning side.
The teams were tied at 19 after ten minutes. Germany surged ahead in the second term. They sank 22 points to ensure a 5-point halftime lead. Georgia narrowed the distance in the third term. They got as close as 3 points at the final break 52:55. Germany however limited Georgia to just 5 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) accounted for 11 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) added 6 points for the winners. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) provided 14 points and 8 boards for Georgia. Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Germany: Dennis Schroeder 23, Robin Benzing 11, Daniel Theis 6
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 14, Tornike Shengelia 12



Sokhumi signs Bogdan Bayda, ex Kremen - by Eurobasket News

Sokhumi Tbilisi (Superleague) signed 28-year old Ukrainian ex-international guard Bogdan Bayda (193-90kg-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He has played for the last two seasons at Kremen in Ukrainian Superleague. In 29 games he had 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg last season.
Bayda's team made it to the Superleague Semifinals in 2016. He was a member of Ukrainian Senior National Team back in 2011.
Bayda has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like Azovmash and DniproAzot.

Sokhumi Tbilisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bogdan Bayda
Sergii Pryimak

Forward:
Maksym Lutsenko

Center:
Anatoly Chelovan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kerry Carter (Cuore Napoli Basket) The Fluidity Of My Game Has Changed And I'm More Comfortable In Certain Situations - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kerry Carter (188-G-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) is a 26 year old 188cm guard from West Covina, California that is starting his third professional season with Cuore Napoli Basket (Italy-Serie A2). Last season he played with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB) playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.8ppg), 4.0rpg, 5.2apg, Steals-2 (2.9spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 84.2%. He racked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year -17, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -17, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -17, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -17, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -17. As a rookie he played for Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 5 games: 3.2ppg. He started his basketball career with Citrus College and then moved to St.Mary's, CA (NCAA) where he played 63 NCAA games and as senior played 31 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg. He spoke to eurobasket about his new adventure in Italy with with Cuore Napoli Basket (Italy-Serie A2

Kerry thanks for talking to Eurobasket.com How was your summer and what was your nicest memory from spending time at home again?

Always a pleasure. My summer was great, there's no place like Los Angeles in the summertime. Favorite memory is just being home at the same time as some of my guys who play abroad as well and getting in the gym like old times.

Your last game with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen was more than 5 months ago. You gave it your all scoring 91 points in the 3 game series against Bochum. Are you the type of competitor that had turned off his memory bank once you arrived in the States or did that last game creep up on you from time to time over the summer when you were grinding in the lab?

I always use the losses as motivation. It's a learning experience. I did the best I could at the time to try and win those games but we still fell short. So put a bigger chip on my shoulder and it helped me during the summer grind.


Your ex team Bayer Giants Leverkusen have a talented team again this season bring in some new talented Americans for the front court, but not an American point guard. They will go with Alexander Blessig and new talented German Marvin Heckel. How convinced are you that Blessig will be able to take over your role and successfully lead the team to success?

I learned quickly that Leverkusen always has a talented guard. I don't know anything about those Americans but Alex works hard and he will be ready to fill that position. He put in the time and he deserves that role.


Even though the Bayer Giants Leverkusen was a step back in your career, you used the chance to your full advantage to be the Pro B player of the year and land a spot with Cuore Napoli Basket (Italy-Serie A2). How vital was this decision to take a step back? How did your game benefit from this move most?

Going Pro B was an invaluable lesson for me. Regardless of where I play, I'm a top league player. I've competed with the best and I feel I can match up with anybody. Going Pro B, I knew I would have to perform at a high level to prove that. It was a tough mental test for me at the time but I knew I had to make the most of my situation if I wanted to get my career back on track. I learned how to maintain a clear mental space even when things might be seemingly going bad. For any athlete that's a step towards greatness.

You were pretty low key about in what direction you wanted to take your career this summer never ruling out staying in Germany. Did that great Pro B season bombard you with offers around the globe or was it more tame and did any BBL teams knock on your door?

Precisely, more moves and less announcements is the mantra. I was very blessed and had a solid amount of offers this offseason including the BBL, but I feel I chose the best place for me in terms of overall value and upward mobility.

You stated in our last interview concerning your summer basketball plans that 'I'm in the gym this summer. I need to make another big jump in my development as a player'. On what area's of your game did you work on and how did you progress further?

This summer I worked with Phil Scott and pinpointed areas of my development to study down to a science. The fluidity of my game has changed, and I'm more comfortable in certain situations where I may have felt rushed at times.


Did you play at any more summer leagues in the Los Angeles area and battle top players from the NBA? Did you see improvement in your game over the summer?

I played in the Drew League per usual. There's too many superstars that come through the Drew to name but one of my most memorable games was against MHP, with Demar Derozan, Nick Young, and Julius Randle.

Congrats on signing with Cuore Napoli Basket (Italy-Serie A2). In the last years the Italy Serie A2 has really blossomed and continues to make a name. What were your main reasons for signing with this team that once played in the Serie A Italy?

This was the best fit for me in terms of overall value and possible upward mobility. At the end of the day this is a business and success is a process. I signed with the team that showed me they wanted me to be an integral part of what they are building. I decided I wanted to stay in Europe and A2 has been a solid platform for good players to showcase their ability so I signed up to be the next one.


Napoli is a big difference to Leverkusen in culture and beauty. Is it harder to concentrate on basketball with all the temptations that a big cultural city like that has to offer or have you been a disciplined gym guy so far?

I'm a gym rat for real, it's never hard to concentrate on hoop. Italy is beautiful but I'm here to work.


You are the only American on the team with mostly young Italians, but also some experienced veterans. Do you feel like this will be your team again like it was in Leverkusen or will you have a different role?

It's tough to compare the two. Last year I had to be the voice and the face of leadership. This year, we have a captain who proudly accepts that role so with me being the only American I just have to perform and be one of the guys.

You stated in our last interview that you would have liked to have gotten more rebounds and assists and had fewer turnovers. Besides winning what will be your main goals in your third professional season with Cuore Napoli Basket (Italy-Serie A2).

Guard of the year.


You scored 24 points in an exhibition game against a third division Italian team recently.Your first real test against top competition will be this weekend against teams Brindisi (A1), Reggio Calabria (A2) and Scafati (A2).You will be playing against talented guard Anthony Barber and others. How well are you adapting to the style and do you see yourself being an impact player in the Serie A2 this season?

I see myself as an impact player on any level. I think we have 9 preseason games total so that's plenty of time to get ready for the season.


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

The draft was interesting. I have my eye on Dennis Smith Jr. I think he was a steal at 9 and he's going to have a good career.


In our last interview in March you stated this about Lonzo Ball. 'I watched Lonzo play in high school and I wasn't really convinced, but after seeing the year he had at UCLA I think he can make some noise'. After getting some triple doubles in the NBA Summer League do you see him as odds on favorite as rookie or the year or will guys like Markelle Fultz or Dennis Smith Jr get in the way?

As a laker fan I'm hoping Ball gets the ROY nod but D. smith is a player. He's going to have his work cut out for him.


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 those guys will develop some great chemistry. Just seeing them in the Drew League already bonding and doing things together, I think that's big time. I don't think they can beat the warriors in a series but it'll be fun to watch.


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?

This trade will put a major chip on IT's shoulder. Celtics gave up a lot to get Kyrie so I think Cleveland got the better deal, especially since Kyrie wanted to leave anyway.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Message from the king.


Thanks Kerry for the chat.



Eurobasket Select Team Splits Double-Header with Cuxhaven and Stade - by ESL News

The Eurobasket Select Team split their double header on Saturday with a win of Vfl Stade and a defeat to Cuxhaven. The first game of the day that featured 7 members of the Eurobasket team battled all the way to the finish but came up just short. Cuxhaven went on a big run in the second quarter as Zach Gordon (203-F-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO), Drew Sears (209-C), and Killven Samuel (188-G-89, college: Northeastern St.) all got into foul trouble putting a strain on the 7 man rotation. 'It is really tough when you have a split squad and two of your bigs get into foul trouble. You have to take them out but just don't have the depth to fight in a physical game,' Eurobasket Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. Taking a 19 point halftime lead, Cuxhaven looked to be in cruise control.

However, this was the same 7 man team that had a 14 point come from behind win against Dusseldorf (minus Marquis Marshall (196-F-93, college: Alvernia, PA) who has since joined a team in the regionalliga). They continued to fight to end through fatigue, foul trouble, and through the injury to Grant Prusator (183-PG-94, college: Arkansas Tech) (who did return to the game). Entering the fourth quarter down 15 points it was now or never. Multiple three point field goals from Samuel and Prusator, accompanied by energetic drives of Quaderrick Shaw (191-G-93, college: Florida St.), and hard work inside from Nick Trisko (203-C, college: Spalding) they continued to cut into the lead. Trisko would knock down a three pointer with under two minutes to go to cut the lead to one. Unfortunately for Eurobasket, Cuxhaven would respond and pull out a narrow 5 point win. Eurobasket was lead statistically by Trisko who had his tour high game of 19 points and 8 rebounds. Samuel added 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Prusator has his tour high of 16 points to go with 4 assists and Shaw would add 13 points and 6 rebounds. A fourth member also scored in double digits as Arvel Atwater (196-F) knocked down a couple three pointers on route to 10 points.

The night cap featured a game 1 hour and 15 minutes away in Stade, Germany against Paul Larysz and his Vfl Stade team. This group of 7 lead by starters Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic), Quaderrick Shaw, Ryan Burnett (196-G/F-92, college: Columbus St.), Jordan Stotts (203-F-93, college: Sioux Falls), and Kris Bell (206-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.) would jump on Stade early and take a big lead for the first time all tour. The charge was led by Bell and Burnett in the first quarter. Each scored 8 points in the opening stanza on a very efficient 6-8 shooting combined. Bell was the catalyst all night for Eurobasket. He shot 8 of 15 from the floor on route to his team high 18 points and 11 rebounds. 'This was by far Kris' best game for us. He decided to take the ball to the basket and use his 6'10 245 pound frame to his advantage. There are not a lot of people in these leagues that can stop him when he has mentality,' Mkrtychyan said.

Eurobasket's lead was as high as 20 points, but Stade would continue to chip away in the second half. Turnovers which has been a major issue for this tour team during the week started to rise as fatigue set in. 'We have had 9 games in a 9 day period. The heavy minutes and travel started to catch up with us. We had 5 hours worth of travel today with Quad and Zach each playing in both games. That's a lot to ask of our guys,' Tour Director Dustin Simcox said. The first game resulted in foul trouble while the injury bug hit the second game. Luke Cochran (208-C) was knocked out of the game in the 2nd quarter with a broken nose. 'Luke was batting hard on the boards and continued to be aggressive. He just got hit with an elbow and likely will have played his last game on the tour. He fought hard during these past 9 days,' Simcox said.

As mentioned before, Bell lead Eurobasket in both points in rebounds against Stade. But Jordan Stotts notched the second double double of the tour for Eurobasket. He finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The other double double came from Gordon against Iserlohn, in his second game of the day replacing Cochran, Gordon grabbed 10 rebounds. Burnett finished with a consistent 14 points as he has on two other occasions during this tour. Eurobasket's journey in Germany is over as they will travel to the Netherlands tomorrow to face two Dutch teams in their final games of the tour.

ALL PLAYERS ARE AVAILABLE: Contact Dustin Simcox at 330-958-3245 (Whatsapp and Text) or by email at dsimcox@whitecoxsports.com or esl@eurobasket.com

Cuxhaven Box Score for ESL:

Starters:
#1 Grant Prusator: 16 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
#9 Quaderrick Shaw: 13 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
#15 Arvel Atwater: 10 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl
#33 Nick Trisko: 19 pts, 8 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk
#55 Drew Sears: 3 pts, 1 reb, 1 blk

Reserves:
#3 Killven Samuel: 17 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast, 4 stl
#31 Zach Gordon: 5 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl
#7 Kenny Bellinger: DNP (at Stade)
#12 Isaiah Butler (188-G-92): DNP (at Stade)
#25 Luke Cochran: DNP (at Stade)
#35 Jordan Stotts: DNP (at Stade)
#50 Kris Bell: DNP (at Stade)

Stade Box Score for ESL:

Starters:
#7 Kenny Bellinger: 9 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
#9 Quaderrick Shaw: 7 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk
#30 Ryan Burnett: 14 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast
#35 Jordan Stotts: 16 pts, 11 reb,1 blk
#50 Kris Bell: 18 pts, 11 reb, 1 stl

Reserves:
#12 Isaiah Butler: 2 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
#25 Luke Cochran: 6 pts, 3 reb, 1 blk
#31 Zach Gordon: 4 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 3 blk
#1 Grant Prusator: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#3 Killven Samuel: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#15 Arvel Atwater: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#33 Nick Trisko: DNP (Cuxhaven)
#55 Drew Sears: DNP (Cuxhaven)

ESL Roster


#PlayerHeightPositionLast Team
1Grant Prusator6'0GArkansas Tech
7Kenny Bellinger6'1GMaccabi Haifa/Israel
3Killven Samuel6'2GNortheastern State
12Isaiah Butler6'2GMississippi State
9Quaderrick Shaw6'4GFlorida State
23Marquis Marshall6'5G/FAlvernia
30Ryan Burnett6'5G/FColumbus State
15Arvel Atwater6'5G/FAllen
33Nick Trisko6'8FSpalding
35Jordan Stotts6'8FMoncton/Canada
31Zach Gordon6'8FCal Poly
50Kris Bell6'10F/CFort Valley State
55Drew Sears6'10F/CWhitworth
25Luke Cochran6'10F/CSonoma State


2017 German Tour Statistics
#PlayerGPPPGRPGAPGSPGBPG
1Grant Prusator49.01.33.8
2.8
0.3
3Killven Samuel4
13
3.5
3.3
3.8
0
7Kenny Bellinger4
9.5
1.0
2.8
1.0
0
9Quaderrick Shaw5
9.0
3.6
1.4
1.8
0.6
12Isaiah Butler3
4
3
2.3
1.3
0.7
15Arvel Atwater4
7.5
3.0
1.0
1.5
0
23Marquis Marshall315.7
3.02.00.70.7
30Ryan Burnett3143.3
2.3
1.3
0
31Zach Gordon5
6.8
8.8
0.8
2.4
1.2
33Nick Trisko4
8.8
6.5
1.5
1.3
1.0
35Jordan Stotts310.3
9
0.3
1.3
0.7
25
Luke Cochran3
11.3
5.3
1.0
0.3
1.7
50Kris Bell3
10
6.0
0.3
1.0
0
55Drew Sears4
5.8
3.8
0.8
0.80.5

Schedule:

Aug 26: vs Salzkotten W 94-84

Aug 27: vs Bochum L 82-74

Aug 29: vs Vechta II W 88-74

Aug 30: vs Dusseldorf W 73-72

Aug 30: vs Artland Dragons L 81-67

Aug 31: vs Iserlohn L 94-82

Sept 1: vs Neustadt L 68-62

Sept 2: v Cuxhaven L 83-89

Sept 2: v Stade W 71-66

Sept 3: v GSV (Netherlands)

Sept 5: v Meppel (Netherlands)




2017 EuroBasket: Germany top Georgia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Georgia 67:57

Germany captured the second consecutive victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They defeated Georgia to clinch 2-0 record in Group B. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) tallied 23 points to lead the winning side.
The teams were tied at 19 after ten minutes. Germany surged ahead in the second term. They sank 22 points to ensure a 5-point halftime lead. Georgia narrowed the distance in the third term. They got as close as 3 points at the final break 52:55. Germany however limited Georgia to just 5 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) accounted for 11 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) added 6 points for the winners. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84) provided 14 points and 8 boards for Georgia. Tornike Shengelia (206-PF-91) chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Germany: Dennis Schroeder 23, Robin Benzing 11, Daniel Theis 6
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 14, Tornike Shengelia 12



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  GREECE  


2017 EuroBasket: France beat Greece for first win in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

France - Greece 95:87

France earned the first victory in EuroBasket Group A. They tamed Greece in the battle of two heavy favourites. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) nailed 21 points each to lead les Bleues.
France stormed into the game. They poured in 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 12-point lead. France unloaded 28 points in the second term to ensure a 55:36 halftime lead. The Hellenes slowed their opponents down in the third term to pull within 18 points at the final intermission. The Greek side went on a strong comeback rally in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) tossed in 16 points for France. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 22 points for Greece. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-PG-90) had 15 points in the loss.

France: Joffrey Lauvergne 21, Evan Fournier 21, Nando De Colo 16
Greece: Georgios Printezis 22, Konstantinos Sloukas 15



Raheem Watts is a newcomer at G.Larissa-Faros - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted G.Larissa-Faros BC (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Raheem Watts (201-98kg-94). He just graduated from S.Mississippi (NCAA). In 29 games he recorded 7.2ppg and 3.9rpg last season.
As mentioned above Watts is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He played in the final of NJCAA D1 District VI in 2015.

G.Larissa-Faros BC roster for 2017-2018:

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Giannis Vavatsikos
Kevin Ware
Kenny Hall
Anastasios Spyropoulos
Georgios Diamantakos
Vasileios Mouratos
Daniel Dingle
Willie Conner
Raheem Watts
Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis
Panos Chatzoglou
Paris Liadis

Coach: Thanasis Skourtopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ikaroi Trikalon lands Stavros Argiris - by Chris Mammides

Ikaroi Trikalon (C) tabbed 28-year old swingman Stavros Argiris (200-89) from Palama. Argiris also played that season for Tritonas.
He won Greek B Division championship title in 2012.
Argiris has played previously for three other teams: Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Filippos Veroias and Aiolos Trikallon.

Ikaroi Trikalon roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Dimitris Gotsis
Theodoros Theodorou

Forwards:
Stavros Argiris
Andreas Thanassaras
Vangelis Hatzis

Center:
Ilias Fountas

Coach: Dimitris Mitsiadis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ex NBAer Cleanthony Early agreed terms with AEK Athens - by Chris Mammides

AEK Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Cleanthony Early (203-99kg-91, college: Wichita State). He played most recently at Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA G League) in the U.S. In 16 games he recorded 9.2ppg and 3.9rpg last season. Early also spent pre-season at the Knicks in NBA that year.
Three years ago he was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (34th overall). Early attended Wichita State until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won MVC Tournament in 2014. Early received also NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team award back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in NBA G League (Westchester Knicks).

AEK Athens roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Mike Green
Kelsey Barlow
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Edin Atic
Dimitrios Moraitis
Alkiviadis Ioannou

Forwards:
Dusan Sakota
Chinemelu Elonu
Delroy James
Cleanthony Early
Georgios Tsalmpouris
Ioannis Agravanis
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Emmanouil Chatzidakis

Coach: Sotiris Manolopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djurgarden lands Cliff Colimon - by Greg

Djurgarden Basket (Superettan) tabbed 28-year old American (has also Haitian passport) point guard Cliff Colimon (182-78kg-89, college: E.Washington). He played most recently at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 5 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.2apg last season.
He attended Eastern Washington University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


2017 EuroBasket: Montenegro overwhelm Hungary in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Hungary 72:48

Montenegro secured the first victory in Group C. They beat Hungary to climb at 1-1 record in the ladder. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points each in the victory.
Montenegro eked out a 14:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Montenegro stepped on the gas in the second term. They sank 25 points to open a 39:29 halftime advantage. The Balkan side kept Hungary at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 60:40 lead at the final break and cruised to the victory in the final period. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 10 points in the win. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) replied with 20 points for Hungary. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic 13, Bojan Dubljevic 13, Nikola Ivanovic 10
Hungary: David Vojvoda 20, Zoltan Perl 13



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  ICELAND  


2017 EuroBasket: Poland crush Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Iceland 91:61

Poland opened win count in Group A. They bounced back from the starting loss and fired past Iceland for 1-1 record. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) produced 15 points to lead the effort.
Poland eked out a 16:14 lead at the first break. They unloaded 25 points in the second period to jump to a 12-point halftime lead. Poland maintained the pressure throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 23 points and never looked back en route to the victory. A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 12 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93, college: Gonzaga) had 10 points in the win. Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) tossed in 16 points for Iceland. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) posted 14 points in the loss.

Poland: Adam Waczynski 15, A.J. Slaughter 12, Przemyslaw Karnowski 10
Iceland: Hordur Vilhjalmsson 16, Martin Hermannsson 14



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  IRAN  


Draw results in for FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

BEIJING, China (FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017) - The Official Draw Ceremony of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 took place in Beijing, China on Friday.
The FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017, Asia's premier basketball club competition, will take place in Chenzhou-Hunan, China from 22-30 September. Ten (10) Asian clubs will participate in this event, including teams from China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, India, Thailand, Kazakhstan and UAE.

The Group Stage of the tournament will be played in a round robin format, with the ten (10) teams divided into two (2) groups of five (5) teams. Every team will take on its four (4) opponents in its respective group. The top four (4) teams will advance to the Quarter-Finals, while the bottom placed team will been eliminated.
The tournament will be played in a knockout format from the Quarter-Finals onwards (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final).



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  ISRAEL  


2017 EuroBasket: Lithuania outscore Israel for first win - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Israel 88:73

Lithuania registered the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They overcame Israel for 1-1 record in Group B. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) nailed 18 points to lead the charge.
Israel unleashed 23 points to open a 4-point lead. Lithuania slowed the hosts down in the second frame. They held Israel to just 14 points and jumped to a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Baltic team unleashed 33 points in the third term to register an 18-point advantage at the final intermission. Israel cut the distance in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) tossed in 16 points each in the win. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 20 points for Israel. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) posted 18 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Edgaras Ulanovas 18, Arturas Gudaitis 16, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 16
Israel: Richard Howell 20, Gal Mekel 18



Gaziantep adds Rudd to their roster, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Victor Rudd (205-104kg-91, college: S.Florida, agency: GFSG). He played last season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 36 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.3apg. Rudd helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game. Rudd also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Rudd played at BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian league. In 20 Eurocup games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Rudd also played 27 games in VTB United League where he got 14.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.6apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Rudd has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has played also professionally in NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).
Rudd attended University of South Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Gaziantep Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erden Eryuz
Erolcan Cinko
Can_Ugur Ogut
Sean Armand

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

Center:
Marcus Haislip

Coach: Stefanos Dedas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Clarke comes back to Hawks, ex VL Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Illawarra Hawks (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-83kg-89, college: Butler). It is actually his comeback to Illawarra Hawks as he has played here before. Clarke played most recently at VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg last season. Clarke also played that season for Illawarra Hawks where in 34 NBL games he averaged remarkable 17.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Sixth Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention.
Clarke has played previously professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar) and Germany (Telekom Baskets).
He attended Butler University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roseto lands Darell Combs, ex 11 Lobos - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) tabbed 24-year old American guard Darell Combs (188-88kg-93, college: IUPUI). He played in the summer at 11 Lobos in Salvadorean Liga MB. In four games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg.
Combs just graduated from Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis and it will be his first season in pro basketball. His team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals. Combs received All-Summit League Honorable Mention award in 2017 at his college time.

Mec-Energy Roseto roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Marco Contento
Darell Combs
Giorgio Di_Bonaventura
Federico Zampini

Forwards:
Riccardo Casagrande
Andy Ogide
Marco Lusvarghi

Center:
Ion Lupusor

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pistoia and Fortitudo Bologna reach Leonelli Memorial Tournament Final - by Eurobasket News

Pistoia and Fortitudo Bologna reach Leonelli Memorial Tournament Final in Cervia. The Flexx Pistoia outscored Andrea Costa Imola 80-74 as Markus Kennedy (206-C/F-91, college: SMU) and Raphael Gaspardo (206-C/F-93) stepped up with 19 points each. Wilson scored 25 in a loss and Bell delivered 17. In another game Fortitudo Bologna beat Ravenna 73-71 as Demetri McCamey (191-G-89, college: Illinois) top-scored for the winners with 19 points.
Sidigas Avellino meanwhile overcame Scafati 72-57 in friendly. Thomas Scrubb (198-F-91) and Morse top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Dezmine Wells (196-G-92, college: Maryland) netted 12. Nicholas Crow (199-F-89) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Brandon Sherrod (198-F/C-92, college: Yale) poured in 14.



Veron Eze signs at Roma S.Azzurra - by Eurobasket News

Stella Azzurra Roma (Serie B) landed 15-year old British shooting guard Veron Eze (194-2).
Eze represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) this year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.8ppg, 1.9rpg.
Eze is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Roma S.Azzurra.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @gbbasketball)

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Trieste triumph at Lignano Sabbiadoro tournament - by Eurobasket News

Trieste triumphed at Lignano Sabbiadoro tournament with 4 participating teams. In the Final they overcame Gsa Apu Udine 79-78. Javonte Green (193-G-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) stepped up with 26 points and Juan Fernandez (193-G-90, college: Temple) poured in 15. Federico Loschi (197-G/F-90) scored 11, while Alessandro Cittadini (207-C-79) netted 10. Dikes responded with 21 points in a loss and Veideman followed him with 14.
In the game for the 3rd place Umana Venezia outscored Treviso 108-93. Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Johnson notched 20 and Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) added 19. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 19 points in the losing case.



2017 EuroBasket: Italy sink 17 three-pointers, beat Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Ukraine 78-66

Italy posted the second straight win at 2017 EuroBasket. They nailed 17 three-pointers to seal a 78-66 win for a 2-0 record in Group B. Ukraine meanwhile fell at 0-2 record at the very bottom.
Ukraine pulled the lead in the first period and enjoyed a 19-16 run. Italy however dominated the second quarter and erupted with a 27-14 surge for a 10-point lead at the halftime. Italy had double-digit lead mostly in the whole second half, while Ukraine reduced to 6 after an 8-0 run. Some more threes from Luigi Datome (203-F-87), Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) and Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) brought the second victory for Messina's team.
Marco Belinelli stepped up with 26 points, while Pietro Aradori scored 13. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) and Luigi Datome netted 12 points each in a win. Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 21 points in a loss and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) had 11.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 26, Pietro Aradori 13, Ariel Filloy 12, Luigi Datome 12
Ukraine: Artem Pustovyi 21, Viacheslav Kravtsov 11



Pistoia celebrate Leonelli Memorial Tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Pistoia celebrated Leonelli Memorial Tournament title with 4 teams in Cervia. In the Final game they beat Fortitudo Bologna 81-62. Trailing 24-26 at the end of the first period, The Flexx Pistoia grabbed a 44-34 halftime advantage and then led 61-51 after three quarters.
Tyrus McGee (188-G-91, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Fabio Mian (196-F-92) netted 17. Markus Kennedy (206-C/F-91, college: SMU) poured in 10 and Barbon scored 8. Alex Legion (195-G-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 13 points in defeat and Matteo Chillo (203-PF-93) delivered 12.
In the game for the third place Imola edged Ravenna 84-70.



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Blades slay Co-op, close in on play-offs - by Eurobasket News

Strathmore University-sponsored Blades moved closer to qualifying for Kenya Basketball Federation men's Premier League play-offs after collecting two crucial points at the weekend. Blades, coached by Tonny Ochieng, laboured to upset former champions Co-op Bank 45-44 in a return leg match characterised by low scores on Sunday. Blades have now enhanced their chances of making the six-team play-offs, climbing to third from seventh in the table of standings with 27 points. The university students, who missed last year's play-offs by a whisker, have so far won 12 matches and lost three. Co-op Bank, who nevertheless remain second in the league with 28 points despite losing their fourth match of the season, had beaten Blades in the first leg. But on Sunday, Co-op Bank totally collapsed as Blades turned the heat on them from the word go. Blades raced to a 16-6 first quarter lead, thanks to their points-hungry forwards Fidel Okoth who scored seven points, Shilton Ochieng and Deril Omondi. Co-op Bank's efforts to get back into the game flopped miserably as Blades, who had also beaten Lions 67-55 before the competition took a two-week break, led 29-17 at the break. And Blades continued to make Co-op Bank look ordinary with a 45-33 run in the last quarter. The bankers regrouped to threaten the students, with shooting guard Titus Musembi firing in two three-pointers in a row that prompted Blades coach Ochieng to call his last time-out to salvage the situation. The bankers gained confidence, cutting Blades' lead to half a basket at 44-45 with nine seconds to go. It soon became anybody's game. However, the clock did not favour Co-op Bank, with referees Justus Akhwesa and Eric Omondi blowing the final whistle, prompting wild celebrations' from Blades after the dramatic 45-44 victory. Blades coach Ochieng said: 'We played well, opening a 10- point gap against our opponents but turnovers due to pressure nearly cost us victory.'' Co-op Bank coach Carey Oketch said: 'We played poorly and it was a bad day for us. Blades deserved to win.'' Leaders Ulinzi Warriors, on 31 points, Umoja, champions KPA, Equity Bank and USIU-A Tigers are among the top contenders to qualify for the play-offs. Equity Bank made bright their chances of finishing sixth when they clobbered Trailblazers 80-48. The motivating result saw Equity Bank increase their points tally to 24 from seven wins and 10 loses. Trailblazers, who have won only four matches and lost 13, will require a miracle to win all their remaining five matches to sail into the play-offs. Trailblazers a lie a distant ninth with 21 points.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke




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  LATVIA  


2017 EuroBasket: Timma and Porzingis combine for 54 points as Latvia ease past Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Belgium 92:64

Latvia celebrated the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They cruised past Belgium to gain 1-1 record in Group D. Janis Timma (201-F-92) and Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) tallied 27 points each to pace the Baltic side.
The Belgian Lions eked out a 25:24 advantage at the first intermission. But Latvia struck right back. They fuelled a 23:8 run in the second period to ensure a 47:33 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to come back into the contest in the third term. They pulled within 8 points at the final intermission. But Latvia responded with a furious 29:9 rally to secure the winning outcome. Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89) had 10 points for the Latvian team. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) replied with 12 points for Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) netted 9 points in the defeat.

Latvia: Janis Timma 27, Kristaps Porzingis 27, Dairis Bertans 10
Belgium: Axel Hervelle 12, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 9



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  LEBANON  


KIA Picanto signs Geron Johnson, ex Louaize - by Eurobasket News

KIA Picanto (PBA) signed 25-year old Lebanese international guard Geron Johnson (190-92kg-92, college: Memphis). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Johnson played last season at Louaize in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 23.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 6.1apg, 2.8spg and 1.0bpg. Great season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team. He also played that season for Louaize (also in Pepsi LBL) where in 27 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 6.1apg, 2.8spg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team.
Johnson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won C-USA Tournament in 2013. Johnson was also voted HS Dayton Daily News Division 2 Player of the Year back in 2010.
He represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) last year.
Johnson has played also professionally in Mexico (Halcones de Ciudad Obregon), NBA (Houston Rockets) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended University of Memphis until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  


Ronaldas Rutkauskas (ex Iraklis) agreed terms with Lorient - by Eurobasket News

CEP Lorient (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Lithuanian power forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-98kg-92). He was about to sign at Iraklis in Greek A2 league. Rutkauskas played in the final of Greek A2 Play-Off. He received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Newcomer of the Year award in 2017.
Rutkauskas was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Rutkauskas has played also professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk and Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team), Cyprus (Etha), Estonia (Parnu), Latvia (Jekabpils), Spain (Ourense), Sweden (08 Stockholm, KFUM Fryshuset and White Eagles) and Lithuania (JAZZ-Diremta and SK Minbra).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic, inside-out. Goes a lot to the rebounds (offensive too), hustler, big fighter in the paint, can hit open shots.

CEP Lorient roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Mathieu Bigote
Clement Faroux
Eliot Maraux

Forwards:
Jason Bach
Jared Newson
Cory Abercrombie
Ronaldas Rutkauskas
Fabien Bondron
William Olugbeje

Centers:
Vincent Pourchot
Dominykas Milka

Coach: Philippe Maucourant

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Lithuania outscore Israel for first win - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Israel 88:73

Lithuania registered the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They overcame Israel for 1-1 record in Group B. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) nailed 18 points to lead the charge.
Israel unleashed 23 points to open a 4-point lead. Lithuania slowed the hosts down in the second frame. They held Israel to just 14 points and jumped to a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Baltic team unleashed 33 points in the third term to register an 18-point advantage at the final intermission. Israel cut the distance in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) tossed in 16 points each in the win. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 20 points for Israel. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) posted 18 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Edgaras Ulanovas 18, Arturas Gudaitis 16, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 16
Israel: Richard Howell 20, Gal Mekel 18



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  LUXEMBOURG  


Residence lands Guillaume Chaussy, ex Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) landed 18-year old French forward Guillaume Chaussy (203-99). He played most recently at Sluc Nancy Basket in French ProA U21.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MONTENEGRO  


2017 EuroBasket: Montenegro overwhelm Hungary in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Hungary 72:48

Montenegro secured the first victory in Group C. They beat Hungary to climb at 1-1 record in the ladder. Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-C/F-91, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points each in the victory.
Montenegro eked out a 14:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Montenegro stepped on the gas in the second term. They sank 25 points to open a 39:29 halftime advantage. The Balkan side kept Hungary at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 60:40 lead at the final break and cruised to the victory in the final period. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 10 points in the win. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) replied with 20 points for Hungary. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic 13, Bojan Dubljevic 13, Nikola Ivanovic 10
Hungary: David Vojvoda 20, Zoltan Perl 13



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  NBA  


Hornets To Hire Eddie Jordan As Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Hornets will hire Eddie Jordan as an assistant coach. Jordan will fill the void of Bob Weiss, who recently left the Hornets for the Denver Nuggets. Jordan has previously been a head coach with the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. The Hornets also lost Patrick Ewing this offseason, who became head coach at Georgetown.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NCAA1  


Duke lands commitment from Cameron Reddish - by Eurobasket News

For the third time since August and the fourth time since May, Duke has landed a commitment from a player considered to be the best in their class. Trevon Duval (6'3''-PG-98) and Marvin Bagley III (6'6''-F-99) III pledged to the Blue Devils in the Class of 2017. Two weeks ago, Tre Jones became the highest-rated prospect in the Class of 2018 to commit to a school when he announced that he would be following in the footsteps of his brother, Tyus, to play the point for Coach K. And on Friday night, Cameron Reddish (6'9''-F-99), a top four prospect - and potentially the top player - in the Class of 2018, announced that he will be joining Jones in Durham. A natural wing, Reddish is more likely to fill the void left by Grayson Allen and Gary Trent next season than he is to play the role of small-ball four that Jayson Tatum, Brandon Ingram and Justise Winslow did before him. Reddish ultimately picked the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Villanova, UCLA and UConn, as the Blue Devils are once again loading up their roster with one-and-done prospects. He also happens to be another example of a recruit Mike Kryzewski brought in that has been in the news for reasons other than basketball. There was Duval, who had major eligibility question marks stemming from time that he spent at Advanced Preparatory Institute, which was where Prime Prep's basketball team ended up. That same school was the reason that Emmanuel Mudiay and Terrance Ferguson opted to go overseas instead of risk the NCAA declaring them ineligible. Then there was Bagley. He had just as many academic red flags stemming from multiple transfers during his high school career, and that was before he made the decision to enroll in college a year early. He is still waiting word on whether or not he will be eligible to play this season. Using the term 'red flag' is probably too strong with Reddish. He was caught by TMZ's cameras in August leaving a restaurant with LeBron James and Rich Paul, the founder of Klutch Sports Group. To be clear, Reddish is doing nothing wrong taking that meeting so long as he's paying for his own food and his own drink - players are allowed to talk to and have a relationship with NBA agents as long as they aren't signing anything or being represented in any capacity by that agent - and frankly, the way that agents are viewed as villains in the world of NCAA sports is absurd. Reddish, in all likelihood, is going to be heading off to the NBA after one year at Duke to sign a contract that could be worth more than $10 million. Why, again, is it wrong with that player having a relationship with a professional who makes a living guiding kids just like him into the deep waters of the NBA? If anything, this is more of an issue at the NBA level than the college level. The NBA has investigated whether or not LeBron has any ownership in Klutch Sports before. They found nothing, but it does seem as if he is an active recruiter for the agency. Which, again, does not mean that Reddish doing anything wrong. Frankly, it's quite normal. But it is another example of Duke finding themselves in the midst of the business of basketball at this level that tends to make the 'They should be students first!!' types uncomfortable. That's who Duke is these days. Pretending otherwise would be silly. And if they weren't they would not be entering this season as the preseason No. 1 team in the country, just like they did last year and, at this rate, just like they will next season. If you want Coach K to get that sixth national title, you probably won't be complaining about it, either.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com




DePaul loses prized recruit Tyger Campbell as he re-opens his recruitment - by Eurobasket News

DePaul took a major blow to its recruiting efforts as Class of 2018 four-star point guard Tyger Campbell (6'0''-PG) announced that he's opening up his recruitment. At one point a prized recruit, who was seen as a turning point in DePaul recruiting, the 6-foot-0 Campbell will now explore all of his options in the next few months. Regarded as the No. 66 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, Campbell helped national high school powerhouse La Lumiere to a national championship this past season as the team's starting point guard. DePaul hired former La Lumiere head coach Shane Heirman as an assistant coach this spring and it helped lead to the commitment of Campbell in early May. Now that Campbell has decommitted and the Blue Demons also lost out on five-star Class of 2017 wing Brian Bowen, it'll be interesting to see if Heirman can rebound when it comes to bringing in worthwhile talent. Heirman has done a nice job of securing some of his former La Lumiere players via the transfer market, as Northern Illinois big man Marin Maric and Illinois transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands both could be beneficial to DePaul, but it'll be interesting to see how Heirman does recruiting high school talent to the Blue Demons since he has now whiffed on two key former players. DePaul still has a commitment from three-star guard John Diener in the Class of 2018 as they'll look to rebound from this disappointing news.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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Anyang KGC signs Michael Efevberha - by Greg

Anyang KGC (KBL) signed 33-year old guard Michael Efevberha (193-89kg-84, college: CS Northridge). He played last summer at Chongqing in Chinese NBL league. In four NBL games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. The last season he played at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA where in 6 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.7apg and 1.0spg. Efevberha also played that season for Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he averaged high stats: 23.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg. The other team he played that season for was LG Sakers. In 14 KBL games he got 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg.
He attended Cal State - Northridge and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PARAGUAY  


San Jose takes 6-0 record on top of Clausura ladder - by Eurobasket News

San Jose took a 6-0 record on top of Clausura beating Dvo Capiata 128-42. They dominated the whole game and sealed an easy win. The Apertura champions Olimpia is with a 5-1 record. They edged Atl. Ciudad Nueva 110-41 in their last game. Sol de America is third with a 4-2 record. Libertad outscored Sol de America 92-78 in the latest game.


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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 36.5
 1. Brown, Phoenix36.5 
 2. Rice-Jr, TNT K.31.8 
 3. Walker, Blackwater30.8 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces30.0 
 5. Holloway, Globalport28.5 
 6. Cummings, KIA P.27.3 
 7. Phelps, Phoenix26.5 
 8. McKines, SM Be.26.2 
 9. Durham, Meralco .25.8 
 10. Hill, Star Hotshots23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Holloway, Globalport19.0 
 2. Fuller, NLEX R.18.7 
 3. Walker, Blackwater18.2 
 4. Durham, Meralco .18.2 
 5. Brown, Phoenix17.3 
 6. Phelps, Phoenix15.8 
 7. McKines, SM Be.14.2 
 8. Hill, Star Hotshots12.0 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.3 
 10. Erram, Blackwater11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Earl THOMPSON
  B.Gin.
  (--)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Thompson, B.Gin.7.7 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen7.5 
 3. Durham, Meralco .7.2 
 4. Newsome, Meralco .5.7 
 5. Revilla, KIA P.5.7 
 6. Romeo, Globalport5.3 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 8. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.5 
 9. Holloway, Globalport4.5 
 10. Amer, Meralco .4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.4.5 
 2. Brown, Phoenix3.3 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen2.3 
 4. Reyes, TNT K.2.0 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces2.0 
 6. Holloway, Globalport2.0 
 7. Rios, NLEX R.1.8 
 8. Lassiter, SM Be.1.8 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .1.7 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Phoenix
  (201-PF-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Brown, Phoenix3.5 
 2. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 3. Erram, Blackwater2.5 
 4. Henton, Alaska Aces2.3 
 5. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.0 
 6. Santos, SM Beermen2.0 
 7. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.8 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.6 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 


KIA Picanto signs Geron Johnson, ex Louaize - by Eurobasket News

KIA Picanto (PBA) signed 25-year old Lebanese international guard Geron Johnson (190-92kg-92, college: Memphis). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Johnson played last season at Louaize in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 23.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 6.1apg, 2.8spg and 1.0bpg. Great season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team. He also played that season for Louaize (also in Pepsi LBL) where in 27 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 6.1apg, 2.8spg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team.
Johnson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won C-USA Tournament in 2013. Johnson was also voted HS Dayton Daily News Division 2 Player of the Year back in 2010.
He represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) last year.
Johnson has played also professionally in Mexico (Halcones de Ciudad Obregon), NBA (Houston Rockets) and NBA G League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
He attended University of Memphis until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pacquiao Launches New Basketball League - by Ariel Ian Clarito

Boxing superstar and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao has officially launched a new league that aims to boost the basketball scene in the Philippines. This is the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) which is scheduled to begin on September 23, Through this initiative, Senator Manny Pacquiao hopes to further contribute to the development of basketball in the country, particularly at the grassroots level. Pacquiao, who is also officially listed as the playing coach of the Kia Picanto in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), says the MPBL endevours to provide not only livelihood to aspiring players but also opportunities for them to show their talents and be discovered by scouts and teams from the bigger leagues in the country.

The MPBL's operations will be overseen by sports journalist Snow Badua who will serve as the league commissioner and former PBA player Zaldy Realubit who is the MPBL Operations Head. The MPBL will have 2 parralel tournaments, a national league and an inter-barangay league, and the games will follow the home-and-away format. The main league will be the national league which will be comprised of 12 teams from different cities across Metro Manila, North Luzon, and South Luzon. All teams will be bannered by all-Filipino lineups. Filipinos born and raised abroad will be allowed to play if they can secure certifications from the Bureau of Immigration and Department of Justice that prove their Filipino lineage. Since the teams will be representing specific cities, they will be required to ensure that at least 4 players from their 12-man lineup are residents of the city they are playing for. The teams in the national league will be competing in 5 conferences throughout the season. These conferences are named Rajah, Datu, Lakan, Mumbai, and Urduja. The team that wins the most number of conferences will bag the Supremo Crown which also comes with a cash prize of P1,000,000 at the end of the season.

The inter-barangay tournament will be played in the local government unit of each of the teams in the national league. The national league teams can call up outstanding players whom they discover from the inter-barangay tournament and include them in their national league lineup during the course of the seaon. Commissioner Badua says they are currently negotiating with a television network to air the national league games. For the inter-barangay league, the games can be watched thru online streaming.




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  POLAND  


Friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Start Lublin and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza celebrated wins at the start of the pre-season tournament.
Start Lublin beat Pardubice 83:77. James Washington (182-PG-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) sank 24 points to lead the Polish side. The teams were tied at 37 heading into the second half. But Start Lublin unloaded 28 points in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Marcin Dutkiewicz (198-SF-86) contributed 13 points in the victory. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 17 points for the Czech team.
MKS Dabrowa Gornicza prevailed against Tsmoki-Minsk 64:55 in the opener. The hosts built a 23:14 lead after the opening quarter. They went on an 18:10 run in the third term to clear off to a comfortable distance. Pamula netted 14 points, while Paulius Dambrauskas (195-G-85, agency: Players Group) added 12 points for the home team. Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91, college: Davidson) connected for 20 points for the Belarusian side.



Anwil roll past Rosa Radom in test game - by Eurobasket News

Anwil - Rosa Radom 82:74

Anwil opened win count in pre-season action. They topped Rosa Radom. Pawel Leonczyk (203-F/C-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Wloclawek team.
Anwil eked out a 19:18 lead after the opening frame. They buried 23 points in the second period to take a 2-point advantage 42:40. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. However Anwil used a 22:16 run in the fourth frame to ice the victory. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C/F-82) delivered 14 points, while Josip Sobin (203-C-89, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 in the win. Kevin Punter (188-G-93, college: Tennessee) replied with 16 points for Rosa Radom.



2017 EuroBasket: Poland crush Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Iceland 91:61

Poland opened win count in Group A. They bounced back from the starting loss and fired past Iceland for 1-1 record. Adam Waczynski (199-SF-89) produced 15 points to lead the effort.
Poland eked out a 16:14 lead at the first break. They unloaded 25 points in the second period to jump to a 12-point halftime lead. Poland maintained the pressure throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 23 points and never looked back en route to the victory. A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 12 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93, college: Gonzaga) had 10 points in the win. Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) tossed in 16 points for Iceland. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) posted 14 points in the loss.

Poland: Adam Waczynski 15, A.J. Slaughter 12, Przemyslaw Karnowski 10
Iceland: Hordur Vilhjalmsson 16, Martin Hermannsson 14



Astoria Bydgoszcz wins Kutno tournament - by Eurobasket News

Astoria Bydgoszcz wins Kutno tournament with 4 participating teams. In the Final game they beat KKS Pro-Basket Kutno 76-61. Astoria grabbed a 24-12 lead at the start of the game and then added a final 18-13 in the last period. Patryk Gospodarek (184-PG-94, agency: Octagon Europe) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Mikolaj Grod (194-PF-89) added 15. Pawel Spica (191-SG-93) ended up with 9, while Lukasz Frackiewicz (205-C-96), Fatz and Mateusz Bierwagen (195-SF-88, agency: Promotex) scored 8 apiece.
In the game for the third place KK Warszawa overcame Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski 65-62.



Friendly tournament in Dabrowa Gornicza. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

MKS Dabrowa Gornicza and Start Lublin celebrated second victories at the international friendly tournaments in Dabrowa Gornicza.
The hosts fired past Pardubice 103:86 as Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90, college: Seattle) sank 20 points. Pardubice claimed a 52:46 halftime lead. But the hosts unloaded 57 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Piotr Pamula (195-SG-90) provided 18 points in the win. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 22 points for the Czech side.
Start Lublin outgunned Tsmoki-Minsk 67:60 for the second straight win. Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93, college: Marist) notched 17 points to pace the Polish team. The teams were tied at 49 heading into the fourth frame. But Start Lublin used a strong late rally to ensure the win. James Washington (182-PG-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) netted 13 points for the winners. Sekou Wiggs (193-PG-94, college: Alaska-Anch.) delivered 10 points for the Belarusian team.



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Miguens is back at Electrico FC - by Joao Santos

Electrico FC (LPB) agreed terms with 23-year old small forward Andre Miguens (184-94). It is actually his comeback to Ponte de Sor as he has played here before. Miguens played last season at CF Belenenses Lisboa in the Proliga. In 17 games he had 9.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Miguens played at Electrico where in 27 LPB games he recorded 5.8ppg.
Miguens' team made it to the U20 Championships Semifinals in 2011.
He represented Portugal at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.3ppg.
Miguens has played previously for three other teams: Benfica, Sampaense and Sport Lisboa Benfica B.

Electrico FC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tiago Pinto
Antonio DePina
Joao Caldeira

Forwards:
Mario Neves
Andre Miguens
Kevin Coronel
Paulo Raminhos
Joao Lanzinha
Artem Melnychuk

Centers:
Brian Stone
Jamal Hunter

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Bojan Bogdanovic carries Croatia past Romania - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Romania 74-58

Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) led Croatia past Romania for a 2-0 record in Group C. Croatia posted a 74-58 win as Bojan top-scored with 21 points.
Croatia grabbed an early 20-12 lead and never looked behind in the game. They added a 22-17 rally in the second frame for a 42-29 at the halftime. Croatia did not allow the hosts to cut the deficit and managed to win the third and the last stanzas. They posted a 15-13 run in the third period and closed the game with a 17-16 rally.
Dario Saric (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 11 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) ended up with 10. Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88, college: American) was the only player for Romania in double digits. He scored 14 points, while Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) had 9.

Croatia: Bojan Bogdanovic 21, Dario Saric 11, Luka Zoric 10
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 14, Andrei Mandache 9



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  RUSSIA  


2017 EuroBasket: Russia surprise Serbia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Serbia 75:72

Russia outlasted Serbia for the second straight victory in Group D. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points to pace the winning side.
Serbia got a slightly better start. The Balkan team ensured a 21:18 lead after the opening frame. Russia erased the deficit in the second period. They pulled ahead to take a 40:38 halftime advantage. Russia held their opponents to just 13 points in the third term and stretched the margin at 7-point mark at the final break. Serbia managed to get as close as four points with under three minutes. However Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Alexey Shved came up with timely baskets for Russia and carried the team to the second win at the tournament. Timofey Mozgov and Nikita Kurbanov (202-SF-86) added 11 points each in the win. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 19 points apiece for Serbia.

Russia: Alexey Shved 22, Timofey Mozgov 11, Nikita Kurbanov 11
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 19, Boban Marjanovic 19



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  SAINT VINCENT  


2017 Bequia Basketball Titles Decided - by Eurobasket News

The three divisional titles in the 2017 Vita Malt Bequia Basketball Association's tournament were decided last weekend at the Clive Tannis Hard Court. On Sunday, Hawks completed a 2-1 triumph over Dragons, to take the Under-16 Division. Hawks won game three 38-29, thanks to 20 points and 16 rebounds from the palms of Darren John. Mc Coy Hazell had 13 points for Dragons on the evening. Hawks had tied the series 1-1 on Saturday night, with a 54-34 trumping over their opponents. It was also Darren John who was the high hand with 30 points and 15 rebounds. For Dragons, Giovanni Miller had 11 points. But it was Dragons who had the lead with a slender 22-21 win in game one. Miller's 10 points and 13 rebounds led for Dragons, while John had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

First Division
It was a similar case as Raptors, who, like Hawks, had to come from a game down to oust East Blazers 3-1, in the First Division. After losing the first of the best of five finals, Raptors rebounded in game two to triumph 53- 51, and set the series one game apiece. Cody Compton led for Raptors with 15 points, and talented sportsman - Cosmus Hackshaw, registered 16 points for East Blazers. Raptors, on the back of 24 points from Cody Compton, made it 2-1, winning 77-57. Kelan Edwards, with 15 points, was East Blazers best scorer. The series was closed out last Saturday night, into Sunday morning, as Raptors romped home 70-50. Camal Bess with 18 points and 15 rebounds, tightened things for Raptors, while Keithroy Lavia scored 14 points for East Blazers. Lamont Gordon had recorded 16 points, to lead East Blazers' 58-54 win as the series bounced off. For Raptors, Kirsten Lampkin had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Second Division
But it was a straight 2-0 triumph for Rising Stars over Young Duke in the Second Division. Rising Stars won game one 82-79 in overtime and closed off the contest 80-59 last Saturday night. Jadley Bynoe was Rising Stars' best scoring in both matches, sinking 31 and 29 points respectively. He also had 16 rebounds in game two.
Similarly, it was Jermaine John who was Young Duke's best scorer in both matches, with 24 points in the first and 22 in the second. John added 10 rebounds in the close out match on Saturday night.

Awards
The Under-16 Division saw Chad James of Young Wizards being adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP). James had the most steals- -39, the most blocks- 28 and the most rebounds- 93. Scoring the Most Points was Darren John of Hawks with 115 points. Keithroy Lavia took away the winning coach award. That division also had two special awardees in Jermaine John of Young Wizards and Isiah Jack of Dragons. They were presented with trophies, compliments Alston Padmore -a vendor. In the Second Division, scoring the most points, 118, was Nicholas Lewis of Rising Stars. Lewis also had the most rebounds - 80 and the most steals - 38, making him the obvious MVP for both his team as of the overall division. Capturing the award for the Most Assists was Jovian Derrick of Blazing Heat, with 39, and the Most Improved Player and Most Blocks Awardee was Michael Peniston of Young Duke, with 46. Jovianni Derrick was Blazing Heat's MVP, with Jadley Bynoe of Rising Stars, was the Playoff Series' MVP, and the winning coach was Tauran Ollivierre. Meanwhile, it was Kirstin Lampkin of Raptors who took the First Division's MVP. He had the most Rebounds- 101 and the most steals-25 and was also his team's MVP. Scoring the most points, 112, was Xavaughn Dennie of Wizards, whilst recording the most assists was Michael Peniston of East Blazers with 52. Denroy Hutchins of Wizards had the most blocks, 45. And, copping the Rookie of the Year was Camal Bess, and the winning coach was Leandru Charles. The 2017 tournament was in the 19th year of its hosting on the island.
Courtesy of: thevincentian.com



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2017 EuroBasket: Russia surprise Serbia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Serbia 75:72

Russia outlasted Serbia for the second straight victory in Group D. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points to pace the winning side.
Serbia got a slightly better start. The Balkan team ensured a 21:18 lead after the opening frame. Russia erased the deficit in the second period. They pulled ahead to take a 40:38 halftime advantage. Russia held their opponents to just 13 points in the third term and stretched the margin at 7-point mark at the final break. Serbia managed to get as close as four points with under three minutes. However Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Alexey Shved came up with timely baskets for Russia and carried the team to the second win at the tournament. Timofey Mozgov and Nikita Kurbanov (202-SF-86) added 11 points each in the win. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) and Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 19 points apiece for Serbia.

Russia: Alexey Shved 22, Timofey Mozgov 11, Nikita Kurbanov 11
Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic 19, Boban Marjanovic 19



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  SLOVENIA  


2017 EuroBasket: Slovenia beat Finland in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Slovenia 78-81

Slovenia beat Finland in Helsinki 81-78 in a real thriller. Both teams nailed 22 points in the first period, while the guests grabbed a double-digit lead after a 30-20 run in the second frame. Finland needed a 21-13 rally in the third period to bring the intrigue back into the game. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) drove a lay-up for 74:72 and then scored a free throw for a 3-point lead. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted two for 75:74 with less than 2 minutes to go, while Vidmar scored one from the line to bring plus 2. Randolf scored only one from the free throw line and Lauri Markkanen cut it to 77:76 with a minute to go. He brought his team a 1-point lead after a fantastic lay-up. Goran Dragic was perfect from the line for a 78:77 and then Randolf missed two after Wilson's foul. Randolf however stole the ball from Lauri Markkanen and made a dunk for the final result.
Goran Dragic was unstoppable with 29 points for the winners. Anthony Randolph (211-PF-89, college: LSU) followed him with 10 and Luka Doncic (201-G-99) delivered 8. Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and left the court with a foot injury. Sasu Salin (191-SG-91) ended up with 11 points for the home side.

Finland: Lauri Markkanen 24, Sasu Salin 11
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 29, Anthony Randolph 10, Luka Doncic 8



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Anyang KGC signs Michael Efevberha - by Greg

Anyang KGC (KBL) signed 33-year old guard Michael Efevberha (193-89kg-84, college: CS Northridge). He played last summer at Chongqing in Chinese NBL league. In four NBL games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. The last season he played at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA where in 6 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.7apg and 1.0spg. Efevberha also played that season for Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he averaged high stats: 23.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg. The other team he played that season for was LG Sakers. In 14 KBL games he got 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg.
He attended Cal State - Northridge and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marko Vukovic (ex Kosice) signs at Zornotza - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza landed 23-year old Bosnian guard Marko Vukovic (191-94). He played most recently at KB Kosice in Slovakian SBL league. In 5 games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.0apg last season. Vukovic also played for KK Splosna plovba Portoroz in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM that season where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina League Semifinals in 2013.
Vukovic represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 3PT-3 (42.9%), FT: 20.0%.
Vukovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Sloga), Bosnia (Bosna-Royal) and Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona prevail against Breogan in test game - by Eurobasket News

Breogan - FC Barcelona 61:78

FC Barcelona celebrated a comfortable win over Breogan in test game in Lugo. Marc Garcia (198-SF-96) delivered 16 points to lead the effort.
Breogan grabbed an early lead. They secured a 21:13 advantage ten minutes into the game. FC Barcelona though bounced back quickly. They pulled ahead to take a 42:36 halftime advantage. FC Barcelona maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 11 points and never looked back en route to the win. Rodions Kurucs (206-SF-98) provided 11 points in the victory. Matt Stainbrook (208-C-92, college: Xavier, agency: 3Eye) answered with 12 points for Breogan.



Valencia and Estudiantes win Moralzarzal Tournament openers - by Eurobasket News

Valencia and Estudiantes won Moralzarzal Tournament openers in Spain. Valencia overcame Fuenlabrada 85-78 taking a 7-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Valencia posted a 22-20 rally in the third quarter and did no mind 25-27 loss in the end. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) sank 20 points to lead the charge.
Estudiantes outscored Murcia 84-81. Dario Brizuela (191-PG-94) and Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) added 11. Oleson replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Lukovic netted 16, while Olaziola and Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 apiece.



2017 EuroBasket: Spain knock off Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Czech Republic 93-56

Spain knock over Czech Republic in day 2 of the 2017 EuroBasket. The favorites posted another comfortable win, this time 93-56. Czech Republic have dropped to 1-1, Spain are in control of Group C at 2-0.
Spain ensured the massive led at the start of the game as they nailed 33 points in the opening period. They added another 23-9 surge in the half for a 56-23 half-time advantage. Czech Republic looked decent in the second half and managed to win the last stanza 18-17, however could not reduce the gap closer than 30-35 points.
Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) notched 17. Guillermo Hernangomez (210-C-94) followed them with 14 points in a win. Martin Kriz (200-F-93) replied with 11 points in a loss, whilst Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87, agency: Octagon Europe) and Kamil Svrdlik (205-F/C-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Octagon Europe) added 9 apiece.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26 points, Ricky Rubio 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 14
Czech Republic: Martin Kriz 11, Jakub Sirina 9, Kamil Svrdlik 9



Iberostar Tenerife roll over Gran Canaria for Torneo Costa Adeje title - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tenerife - Gran Canaria 74:67

Iberostar Tenerife claimed the Torneo Costa Adeje trophy. They rallied past Gran Canaria for the title. Mike Tobey (213-C-94, college: Virginia) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.
Gran Canaria posted an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Gran Canaria accumulated a 36:29 halftime lead. Iberostar Tenerife used a 20:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. They added 25 points in the fourth stanza to secure the victory. Davin White (185-PG-81, college: CS Northridge) netted 13 points, while Mamadou Niang (209-C-94) tossed in 12 points in the win. DJ Seeley (193-SG-89, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 12 points for Gran Canaria. Shaquielle McKissic (196-SF-90, college: Arizona St.) poured in 10 points in the defeat.

Iberostar Tenerife: Mike Tobey 18, Davin White 13, Mamadou Niang 12
Gran Canaria: DJ Seeley 12, Shaquielle McKissic 10



Zaragoza edge Huesca to earn Aragon Ibercaja Cup trophy - by Eurobasket News

Zaragoza - Huesca 87:82

Tecnyconta Zaragoza celebrated Aragon Ibercaja Cup trophy. They prevailed against Huesca behind 21 points from Sergi Garcia (193-PG-97).
Zaragoza grabbed a 19:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Huesca however erased the deficit and posted a 40:37 halftime advantage. Zaragoza quickly bounced back. They went on a strong rally in the third term to pile up a 70:64 lead at the final break. The teams went neck and neck throughout the fourth quarter but Zaragoza managed to escape with the win. Torian Graham (193-G-93, college: Arizona St.) had 14 points, while Jonathan Barreiro (205-F-97) tossed in 11 points for the winners. Sergio Rodriguez (195-F-93) and Jorge Lafuente (196-F-91) delivered 12 points each for Huesca.

Zaragoza: Sergi Garcia 21, Torian Graham 14, Jonathan Barreiro 11
Huesca: Sergio Rodriguez 12, Jorge Lafuente 12



Bilbao Basket nip Gipuzkoa to claim Euskal Kopa title - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao Basket - Gipuzkoa 83:81

Bilbao Basket celebrated the Euskal Kopa trophy. They overcame Gipuzkoa for the preseason title. Dejan Todorovic (197-F-94) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
Gipuzkoa eked out a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in front at the big break 36:35. But Bilbao Basket sank 28 points in the third quarter and raced to a 7-point advantage at the final intermission. Gipuzkoa unleashed 25 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79, agency: BeoBasket) had 16 points, while Pere Tomas (202-F-89) netted 10 points in the win. Jordan Swing (198-F-90, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) and Henk Norel (213-C-87) tossed in 18 points each for Gipuzkoa.

Bilbao Basket: Dejan Todorovic 21, Alex Mumbru 16, Pere Tomas 10
Gipuzkoa: Jordan Swing 18, Henk Norel 18



Kevin Franceschi agreed terms with Myrtia - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver newcomer BEHAPPY2 - CB Myrtia strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old French guard Kevin Franceschi (190-86kg-93). He just graduated from Oklah.Baptist (NCAA2). He played 22 games where he recorded 13.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.8apg last season.
As mentioned above Franceschi is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team was regular season runner-up in WAC in 2015.

BEHAPPY2 - CB Myrtia roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Kevin Franceschi
Joey Flannery

Forward:
Matthew Don

Centers:
Filip Knezevic
Chris Matagrano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djurgarden signs Langston Morris-Walker - by Greg

Djurgarden Basket (Superettan) signed 23-year old American swingman Langston Morris-Walker (196-98kg-94, college: Oregon State). Morris-Walker ended the last season at Frayles de Guasave in Mexican CIBACOPA where in four games he had 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. But the most of that year he spent at Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) in Mexico. In 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg.
Morris-Walker graduated from Oregon State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Djurgarden lands Cliff Colimon - by Greg

Djurgarden Basket (Superettan) tabbed 28-year old American (has also Haitian passport) point guard Cliff Colimon (182-78kg-89, college: E.Washington). He played most recently at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 5 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.2apg last season.
He attended Eastern Washington University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWITZERLAND  


Brussels fire past Fribourg Olympic in test game - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg Olympic - Brussels 72:85

Brussels clashed with Fribourg Olympic in pre-season test. The Belgian team celebrated a comfortable win. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) nailed 16 points to pace the winners.
Fribourg Olympic earned a 24:19 lead at the first break. The Swiss team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Fribourg Olympic entered the second half up by 6 points 40:34. But Brussels turned things around in the fourth quarter. The Belgian team used a 27:10 run to snatch the victory. K.T. Harrell (193-G-92, college: Auburn) tossed in 13 points, while Maxime Depuydt (193-G/F-92) and Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89, college: Charleston) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Babacar Toure (205-C/F-85) responded with 21 points for Olympic. Dusan Mladjan (198-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in the loss.

Fribourg Olympic: Babacar Toure 21, Dusan Mladjan 14
Brussels: Domien Loubry 16, K.T. Harrell 13, Maxime Depuydt 10, Jeremy Simmons 10



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  


UTA Mavericks add quality grad transfer - by Don Farrell

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The UTA men's basketball program significantly enhanced its inside presence this season with the addition of 7-foot graduate transfer Johnny Hamilton.

A native of Rio Claro, Trinidad, Hamilton earned a bachelor's degree in sociology with a major in criminology in August from Virginia Tech, where he played just three games as a senior after suffering a thumb injury. He began his college career at Jacksonville (Texas) College, where he was among the national leaders in blocked shots. He has one season of eligibility remaining as a graduate student at UTA pursuing a master's degree in criminology and criminal justice.

"Johnny is an extremely athletic big man who has a chance to be among the elite centers in the Sun Belt Conference," said UTA head coach Scott Cross. "At 7-feet, he obviously has tremendous height and length. But, more importantly, he has good skills at both ends of the floor, great timing and will be an elite defender for us. He is mature, experienced and gives us the flexibility and depth to be very aggressive on the defensive end of the floor. We are very, very excited to have Johnny in our program and I cannot wait to start coaching him here at UT Arlington."

Hamilton, who only began playing basketball at the age of 16, started his college career under head coach Jody Bailey at Jacksonville. As a sophomore in 2014-15, he averaged 9.0 points and 8.9 rebounds and shot 61.7 percent from the field. He averaged 4.3 blocked shots per game and registered four or more blocks 16 times.



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Tofas beats Cantu in the preparation game - by Alev Sonmez

The Bursa representative Tofas Bursa made a preparation game with MIA-Red October Cantu winning by 76-66 in the Bormio Camp as a part of their warm up for the season. Tofas Bursa was behind during the first quarter but managed to have a good comeback having a halftime score of 46-40. Despite the bad start to the third quarter Tofas Bursa managed to stay ahead securing the score of 55-53. The breaking part was the last quarter havint Tofas Bursa scoring 21 point and keeping MIA-Red October Cantu at 13 securing a 10 point lead (76-66).

The next game of Tofas Bursa in the Bormio camp will be on Tuesday, 5. September at 19:00 Turkish time.



2017 EuroBasket: Turkey rally past Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Great Britain 84:70

Turkey earned the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They toppled Great Britain in Istanbul. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) provided 21 points to lead the hosts.
Turkey posted 23 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. They added 26 points in the second frame to establish a 49:36 halftime advantage. Great Britain narrowed the distance in the third frame. The British side got within 10 points at the final break. However Turkey nailed 20 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) netted 19 points, while Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) added 11 points in the win. Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) and Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 15 points each for Great Britain.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 21, Semih Erden 19, Furkan Korkmaz 11
Great Britain: Andrew Lawrence 15, Gabriel Olaseni 15+14 boards



Gaziantep adds Rudd to their roster, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Gaziantep Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Victor Rudd (205-104kg-91, college: S.Florida, agency: GFSG). He played last season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 36 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.3apg. Rudd helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game. Rudd also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Rudd played at BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian league. In 20 Eurocup games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Rudd also played 27 games in VTB United League where he got 14.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.6apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Rudd has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has played also professionally in NBA G League (Delaware 87ers).
Rudd attended University of South Florida until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Gaziantep Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Erden Eryuz
Erolcan Cinko
Can_Ugur Ogut
Sean Armand

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

Center:
Marcus Haislip

Coach: Stefanos Dedas

By Eurobasket Data Center

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VI vs. USA today at 5:30pm - by David Edole

I had to pinch myself to believe that the Virgin Islands senior men will be playing in the final four. From the time of inclusion in FIBA play back in 1966 to the present, this is validation for all the players, coaches, and administrators both past and present. The Virgin Island is set to take on team USA in one semifinal, while Mexico and the home team Argentina will do battle in the other. The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd at 5:30 pm on ESPN3 of FIBA's Facebook page with the gold medal and bronze medal games to play on Sunday.
How did we get here?
Special shout out to team Canada for defeating Venezuela and by tie breaking rules we advanced. Playing a couple of players down, the youngest team in the tournament fell to Argentina in the group finale, 104-58. 19-year-old Jahmiah Simmons was the top scorer with 11 points. With a couple days to mend the bodies, hopefully a full ISV team will be ready for the number one team in the world. Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaOTCPfZgiE
Team USA is not the team that it use to be as they sent G-League (Formerly D-League) players to represent their country, A couple of NBA players are on the team in 7-footer Marshall Plumlee of the Los Angeles Clippers and Darrun Hilliard of Detroit Pistons. This team is far from perfect as they had to battle to the wire versus Uruguay.
The Virgin Islands is 0-2 versus team USA at the AmeriCup and dropped a pair of meetings at the Pan Am Games.

History: The Virgin Islands has taken on team USA, twice at the AmeriCup back in 2007 and 2003.
2007
USA-Virgin Islands 123-59
USA: Chauncey Billups 6, Jason Kidd 3, LeBron James 8, Darren Williams 10, Micheal Redd 22, Tayshun Prince 2, Kobe Bryant 9, Dwight Howard 9, Amare Stoudamire 13, Mike Miller13, Tyson Chandler 6, Carmelo Anthony 22
Virgin Islands: Stephen Hodge 2, Kevin Sheppard 11, Carl Krauser 9, Cuthbert Victor 7, JaJa Richards 4, Jason Edwin 9, Omari Peterkin 2, Akeem Francis 5, Kitwana Rhymer 9, Frank Elegar 1,
Video of the actual game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn5hKBnj9no
2003
USA - Virgin Islands 113-55
USA: Allen Iverson 17, Vince Carter 14, Kenyon Martin 14, Nick Collison 13, Jermaine O'Neal 12, Tracey McGrady 10, Ray Allen 10, Mike Bibby 9, Elton Brand 7, Richard Jefferson 7, Jason Kidd 0+10ast
Virgin Islands: Jameel Heywood 13, JaJa Richards 9+9reb, Leon Trimmingham 9, Kevin Sheppard 8, Marcus Oliver 5, Cuthbert Victor 4, Calvert White 3, Omari Peterkin 2, Sylvester Charles 2
NOTE: Tim Duncan sat out the game while representing team USA.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JEjFniRKJw
1979 Pan Am 136-88
Some of the members of the Men National Team included Arthur 'Guto' Solomon, Ronald 'Ranche' Charles, Steven 'Smokey' Frett, Will 'Pee Wee' Petersen, Kennard 'Kirby' Callendar, Wayne 'Dibango' Harrison and Clayton 'Slim Jim' Miller. The Head Coach was Glen 'Kimble' Williams, who was assisted by Myron 'Buddy' Henneman. Led by Will Petersen 'neva' say never attitude defeated Brazil 98-92.

1975 Pan Am Games 137-70
16 year old Ronald Charles was seen as one of the best players in the tournament despite his age. Four years later he helped Michigan State defeat Larry Bird and the Indiana State Sycamores for an NCAA title.

There is a first time for everything as Puerto Rico defeated USA back in 2004. So anything is possible and here is a little inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVNfNrj8zNE



Rivera: 'If we want a medal, we can't put ourselves down or lower our heads - by David Edole

CORDOBA (FIBA AmeriCup 2017) - Point Guard Angel Rivera (173-G-95) and Coach Sam Mitchell agreed that the lack of experience in these types of tournaments was key for the Virgin Islands' defeat against United States (90-62) in one of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Semi-Finals, whose decisive game will take place this Sunday at the Orfeo Superdome in the city of Cordoba.

'We're a very young team and we need to work a lot on our future. This evening we did what we could and the lack of experience was fundamental. The height difference was also a determining factor,' Rivera pointed out.

'Nonetheless, this defeat serves as a lesson towards the third-place game. We can't put ourselves down or lower our heads when we're 15 points down. If we want a medal, that can't happen,' the Point Guard highlighted who missed the first phase and later was added to the team as soon as the Semi-Finals in Cordoba began.

'The lack of experience in our game was noticeable. We're a younger team and we're on a lesser level. The United States made that quite noticeable,' said Sam Mitchell. 'The two first games in the tournament were very good for our team, but our weaknesses showed during the next two. We were far from playing at the same level as the United States,' the coach added.



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  UKRAINE  


Sokhumi signs Bogdan Bayda, ex Kremen - by Eurobasket News

Sokhumi Tbilisi (Superleague) signed 28-year old Ukrainian ex-international guard Bogdan Bayda (193-90kg-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). He has played for the last two seasons at Kremen in Ukrainian Superleague. In 29 games he had 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg last season.
Bayda's team made it to the Superleague Semifinals in 2016. He was a member of Ukrainian Senior National Team back in 2011.
Bayda has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like Azovmash and DniproAzot.

Sokhumi Tbilisi roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Bogdan Bayda
Sergii Pryimak

Forward:
Maksym Lutsenko

Center:
Anatoly Chelovan

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 EuroBasket: Italy sink 17 three-pointers, beat Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Ukraine 78-66

Italy posted the second straight win at 2017 EuroBasket. They nailed 17 three-pointers to seal a 78-66 win for a 2-0 record in Group B. Ukraine meanwhile fell at 0-2 record at the very bottom.
Ukraine pulled the lead in the first period and enjoyed a 19-16 run. Italy however dominated the second quarter and erupted with a 27-14 surge for a 10-point lead at the halftime. Italy had double-digit lead mostly in the whole second half, while Ukraine reduced to 6 after an 8-0 run. Some more threes from Luigi Datome (203-F-87), Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) and Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) brought the second victory for Messina's team.
Marco Belinelli stepped up with 26 points, while Pietro Aradori scored 13. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) and Luigi Datome netted 12 points each in a win. Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 21 points in a loss and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) had 11.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 26, Pietro Aradori 13, Ariel Filloy 12, Luigi Datome 12
Ukraine: Artem Pustovyi 21, Viacheslav Kravtsov 11



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


2017 EuroBasket: Turkey rally past Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Great Britain 84:70

Turkey earned the first victory at the 2017 EuroBasket. They toppled Great Britain in Istanbul. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-SG-90) provided 21 points to lead the hosts.
Turkey posted 23 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. They added 26 points in the second frame to establish a 49:36 halftime advantage. Great Britain narrowed the distance in the third frame. The British side got within 10 points at the final break. However Turkey nailed 20 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) netted 19 points, while Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) added 11 points in the win. Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) and Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 15 points each for Great Britain.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 21, Semih Erden 19, Furkan Korkmaz 11
Great Britain: Andrew Lawrence 15, Gabriel Olaseni 15+14 boards



Spinners land Anthony Purcell - by Eurobasket News

Lancashire Spinners (NBL D1) landed 26-year old guard Anthony Purcell (186-91). He has played for the last four years at Manchester Giants in the BBL. In 9 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 1.0rpg in 2015-16 season. NBL D1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Purcell has played previously for Basketball.

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Spinners add Pouale to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Lancashire Spinners (NBL D1) added to their roster guard Loick Pouale (193, college: N.Platte CC) from Manchester Magic.
The previous (15-16) season Pouale played at Leeds Force (BBL). But in 6 games he recorded just 0.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
He played in the final of British EBL Division Two in 2013.
Pouale graduated from North Platte Community College in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.

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Spinners land Reiss Haggith - by Eurobasket News

Lancashire Spinners (NBL D1) tabbed 25-year old guard Reiss Haggith (193-92). He played most recently at Manchester Giants in the BBL, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 7 games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.0apg last season. NBL D1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Haggith won British BBL championship title in 2013.
He has played previously for two other teams: Leicester Riders and Riders.

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Glasgow Rocks keep Burroughs for another season - by Eurobasket News

Glasgow Rocks (BBL) re-signed 26-year old guard Adam Burroughs (183-91). He has played there for the last four seasons. But in 16 BBL games he averaged just 1.5ppg last season. Burroughs helped them to make it to the cup final.

Glasgow Rocks roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jonathan Bunyan
Dante Holmes
Adam Burroughs

Forwards:
Gareth Murray
Alasdair Fraser
Jalen Billups
Torren Jones

Center:
Kieron Achara

Coach: Anthony Garbelotto

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Veron Eze (ex ENG NT U16) signs at Roma S.Azzurra - by Eurobasket News

Stella Azzurra Roma (Serie B) landed 15-year old British shooting guard Veron Eze (194-2). 
Eze represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) this year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.8ppg, 1.9rpg.
Eze is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Roma S.Azzurra.

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Veron Eze signs at Roma S.Azzurra - by Eurobasket News

Stella Azzurra Roma (Serie B) landed 15-year old British shooting guard Veron Eze (194-2).
Eze represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) this year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 1.8ppg, 1.9rpg.
Eze is a very experienced player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Roma S.Azzurra.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @gbbasketball)

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Capitol defeated Atenas, the Metro champions - by Hector Lopez

Joe Efese (198-F, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 28 points leading Capitol to beat Atenas, already the Metro League champions, 113-87. Capitol is looking to classify as one of the four teams to the playoffs for two promotiones to the Uruguayan League 2018. For Atenas, Nicolas Catala (195-F-91) scored 15 points and grabbed 111 rebounds. Other resulst for the 24th round were:
Colon 80 - Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) 24 points 11 rebounds
Auriblanco 77 - Rodrigo Goncalvez 18 points 6 rebounds
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Stockolmo 90 - Trevante Drye (199-F-93, college: Tulane) 17 points 10 rebounds
Marne 77 - Octavio Medina (195-F-96) 19 points 6 rebounds 6 assists
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Union Atletica 81 - Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) 31 points 8 rebounds, Howard Wilkerson 8 points 3 rebounds
Sayago 74 - Paul Harrison (203-C-89, college: N.Greenville) 13 points 6 rebounds
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Cordon 98- Agustin Zuvich (200-F-95) 12 points 12 rebounds
Verdirrrojo 74 - Gerel Simmons (188-G-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) 21 points
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Tabare 71 - Gustavo Rivas 16 points
25 de Agosto - Felipe Rech (208-C-94) 14 points



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Tsmoki-Minsk inks Viktor Ovsepyan - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) signed 26-year old Belarusian international forward Viktor Ovsepyan (204-91) from Vitebsk OBK-Voktsor. In 32 Premier League games he had 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Honorable Mention. Ovsepyan also spent pre-season at Urartu Yerevan (Superleague 1) in Russia that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2011.
He is a dual citizen owning also Armenian passport.
Ovsepyan has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. He played for Belarusian senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Ovsepyan represented Belarus at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 40.0%.
Ovsepyan has played previously for two other Belarus teams: Vitalyur RGUOR and Rubon Vitebsk 2nd team.

Tsmoki-Minsk roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Filip Adamovic
Chris Czerapowicz
Sekou Wiggs

Forwards:
Mikita Meshcharakou
Viktor Ovsepyan

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Women News


Afrobasket women 2017: Coach Jaime Covilha resigns after failure - by Eurobasket News

The national women's basketball coach Jaime Covilha resigned Monday after failure of the African Cup of Nations (AFROBASQUET 2017) in Bamako, Mali. The decision was made by the coach himself after failing to meet the objectives set by the Angolan Federation's governing body (FAB), which was to regain the title lost to Senegal in 2015. The "national team' that finished in the sixth position had an unbeaten run in the group stage and was prevented from reaching the semi-finals after conceding defeat to the Mozambicans in the quarterfinals. Italee Lucas (175-SG-89, college: N.Carolina) was voted the best point guard of the competition, while the national team received the fair-play award. Nigeria won the title after defeating Senegal national team in the final game while Mali took third place.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



Afrobasket 2017: National women team back in Luanda - by Eurobasket News

The national senior women's basketball team arrived in Luanda Wednesday after partaking in 23rd Edition of the African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket 2018) that ran from 18-27 in Bamaku, Mali, won by Nigeria. Angola ranked 6th, after losing 56-61 to Cote d'Ivoire in the game of access to the fifth and sixth places. Angola dropped two places compared to the fourth place gained last time in Cameroon in 2015. The team's captain, Nguedula Filipe, praised the country's behaviour despite this ranking.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  AUSTRALIA  


Farnworth inspires Perry Lakes to seventh women's SBL championship - by Eurobasket News

Antonia Farnworth wasn't going to be denied her first championship in Australia leading the Perry Lakes Hawks to a 59-48 Women's SBL Grand Final victory over the Mandurah Magic at Bendat Basketball Centre on Friday night. The Lady Hawks and Magic had been the two dominant teams in the SBL throughout the 2017 season setting the stage for a tantalising Grand Final. Mandurah was searching for its maiden championship and started promisingly with co-captain Rachel Halleen (G-90) flying under the radar and hitting three opening quarter triples. With seven straight points to start the second quarter the Magic threatened to open a big lead but it only got to seven and remained just two at half-time. A combination of Antonia Farnworth being unstoppable offensively for the Hawks and then defensive specialist Janique Kautsky (178-G/F-90, college: Tulane) only really playing in the fourth quarter and shutting down Magic dynamo Nici Gilday (174-G, college: Santa Clara) saw Perry Lakes come away with the seven-point Grand Final victory. It is Perry Lakes' seventh Women's SBL championship and first since 2008 in what was their 13th Grand Final appearance. It is the Hawks' first title since Bendat Basketball Centre was built as well. Unfortunately for Mandurah in its fifth Grand Final appearance the Magic are still yet to win that elusive SBL championship. Antonia Farnworth took out the Grand Final MVP award after her dominant performance, particularly in the second half where she had 18 of her 26 points. She shot 8-of-18 from the field, 3-of-7 from downtown and 7-of-8 at the foul line. Remarkably it is the first championship she has won at any level since coming to Australia from Christchurch in 2009. She has since played in the WNBL for the Dandenong Rangers, Bendigo Spirit, Adelaide Lightning and West Coast Waves/Perth Lynx and at state league level for the Albury Wodonga Raiders, Bendigo Braves, Willetton Tigers, Joondalup Wolves and now in her second season at Perry Lakes, she finally broke through. Lauren Jeffers (170-G-88) did a terrific job as point guard for the Lady Hawks with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Janique Kautsky's 10 minutes of defence in the last quarter on Nici Gilday was brilliant. She also had four points. Natalie Burton (194-C/F-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: LBM Management) scored her only two points in the last quarter but she fought hard for 15 rebounds and four steals. Sarah Donovan (188-F/C-93) also had seven points, eight rebounds and three steals for Perry Lakes. Perry Lakes coach Deanna Smith, in her first season in charge since retiring as a player 12 months earlier, was blown away by her team's performance. 'Oh my goodness, wow I don't know how to describe the feeling. I'm just really proud of the girls and it's not a relief now, I'm just stoked. They played their butts off, they played hard, they fought and to come out with the win was fantastic,' Smith said. 'Credit to Mandurah, they are a solid team and we've been really big on defence all season and that was our focus tonight. That was a big factor in getting us over the line.' Despite being shut down in the last quarter, Nici Gilday top-scored for the Magic with 20 points and five rebounds. Magic co-captain Rachel Halleen had 10 points on the back of those three first quarter triples while Carly Boag finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and four steals despite not scoring until there was a minute left in the third period. One of the SBL's all-time greats Casey Mihovilovich had seven points and three assists but unfortunately has now played in all five of Mandurah's losing Grand Finals in the club's history. The first score of the Grand Final came to Perry Lakes guard Lauren Jeffers but each time Magic captain Rachel Halleen a three-pointer in the first term the Lady Hawks went back in front. That happened three times and the Magic led 16-15 by quarter-time. Kasey Miegel then hit two free-throws to start the second quarter before Gilday went on an inspired run with three jumpers in three minutes to give the Magic their game-high lead of seven points. But it was Sarah Donovan who gave the Perry Lakes a spark with six points in the last three minutes to cut Mandurah's lead to two points by the main break. Remarkably star WNBL bigs Natalie Burton and Carly Boag both went into half-time scoreless for their respective sides. Gilday stretched Mandurah's lead back to four to start the third quarter but then Perry Lakes went on its best run of the game so far with nine straight points punctuated by a triple from Toni Antonia Farnworth. When Antonia Farnworth hit another three the Hawks' lead grew to six but Mandurah did stead before three quarter-time with the last six points with that run started with a triple from Boag that was her first points of the game. Boag then put the Magic back in front to start the fourth term but then Natalie Burton got her first and only points of the game level things up. A basket from Antonia Farnworth and free-throws from Janique Kautsky then saw the Hawks go up by four. Then after a basket for Mandurah from Boag, it was all Antonia Farnworth as she scored the game's next six points to put the result beyond doubt with the Lady Hawks up by eight with a minute to go, and going on to win by 11. The Men's SBL Grand Final will now take place on Saturday night between the Joondalup City Wolves and Perth Redbacks.
Courtesy of: sbl.asn.au



SuperCats claim first SEABL championship with second half comeback - by Eurobasket News

The Geelong Supercats have reached the ultimate success in their first ever SEABL Grand Final, defeating the Bendigo Braves 76-67 on the back of a 50-27 second half. Trailing by 14 at the main break, Geelong coach David Herbert implored his team to play with freedom in the second half and they came out with an 8-0 run. They were intent on getting their running game going while their defence was also exceptional, completely shutting Bendigo out of the paint and holding them scoreless for five minutes. Kelly Wilson (170-G-84) was able to break the drought for the Braves but with the Supercats owning the front court, it opened up the court and Ellen Kett (170-PG-94) took full advantage. She went on a blistering two-minute spree, scoring 11 points with three three-pointers to give Geelong their first lead of the game. Her incredible shooting also sparked the Geelong fans who had made their way down the highway and ensured the Supercats had all the momentum. A late three-point play from Jessie Rennie kept Bendigo in front by just a point a three-quarter time but the Supercats' momentum could not be slowed, hitting four of their first six shots of the final period. Ebony Rolph (181-G-94) came alive with a couple of nice jumpers but Bianca Dufelmeier (171-G-92, college: UAB) (eight point) kept touch courtesy of consecutive cuts to the basket and she then put the Braves back in front with a corner three-pointer as the game entered the final three minutes. Maddison Wild (188-C-95, college: W.Texas A&M) came off the bench with a turnaround jumper however Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) (25 points, 13 boards) would not be denied with a quick response. Isabella Brancatisano then picked up a steal and ran the length of the court, scoring a tough lay-up through contact to move the Supercats ahead by three with 1:20 remaining. Rolph (12 points, seven rebounds) drilled a baseline jumper on the following possession and Bendigo had a chance to set up a play out of a time-out but a stop at the other end of the floor for Geelong sent the bench into celebrations before Kett sealed the victory from the free-throw line. 'I was really proud of the way the girls stepped up in that third quarter,' said Supercats head coach David Herbert . 'Ellen stood tall. I was saying to the assistant coaches she's the X-factor for us, if she gets going we're in great shape and she was amazing in that quarter. 'We threw the zone out on the floor in the third quarter, that obviously changed the tempo of the game. 'We were able to get control and ascendancy from there and on the back of that I felt we were going to win.' Coming into the clash, one of the key match-ups to watch was Blicavs' battle with Chante Black (195-C-85, college: Duke) but Black took the ascendancy early with eight quick points while Geelong showed a few nerves with 1-7 shooting to start. They found themselves trailing 2-10 before Blicavs scored the first seven points for her side but Black continued to go to work, tallying 12 points and a block by quarter-time to give the Braves a nine-point edge. The first break came at the perfect time for the Supercats though who were able to re-group and start the second term with a 7-0 run as Isabella Brancatisano (eight points, six assists) knocked down a three to combine with Blicavs who had a double-double in just 16 minutes. Their momentum did not last long though with Kelly Wilson (12 points, ten rebounds, eight assists) controlling the tempo from the point guard position, penetrating with drives and dishing to her front court. With Ashley Rininger (193-F/C, college: Liberty) coming off the bench, the Braves front court were dominating down low and she added 12 points and eight rebounds for the game. Alongside Black (15 points, nine rebounds) and Carlie Smith (11 points, nine boards) who kept the scoreboard ticking over, Bendigo opened up a game-high 14-point lead at half-time but it would not be enough to contain Geelong's second half onslaught. For her inspirational third quarter, Kett was awarded the Barb Barton medal as the Grand Final MVP. She finished with 17 points, 11 of which came in the third quarter when she turned the game on its heads while also adding six rebounds and two assists overall. 'We've got a function back in Geelong so we're looking forward to getting back there and enjoying the night,' said Herbert. 'I'm so proud of these girls, they did a tremendous job.'
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au



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  BELGIUM  


Britney Jones (ex Chevakata) is a newcomer at Castors Braine - by Eurobasket News

Royal Castors Braine (Top Division Women) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Britney Jones (172-87, college: UAB, agency: LBM Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Chevakata in Russian Superleague 1. In 26 PBL games she recorded 11.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg last season. Jones also played 2 games in Eurocup where she averaged 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Romanian League championship title in 2014. Jones was also voted Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team in 2016.
She is quite experienced player. Thanks to Jones' pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Jones has played previously professionally in Greece (FEA Neas), Iceland (Fjolnir), Puerto Rico (Montaneras), Romania (CSM Targoviste and Olimpia Brasov) and WNBA (Chicago Sky).
She attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2009 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

Royal Castors Braine roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Britney Jones
Marjorie Carpreaux
Emmanuella Mayombo
Antonia Delaere
Sarah Halejian

Forwards:
Olesia Malashenko
Jada Payne
Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka

Centers:
Anete Steinberga
Celeste Trahan-Davis

Coach: Ainars Zvirgzdins

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


Ragusa lands Karla Kalajzic, reunites with Josipa Zovko and Ana Tomicic - by Zeljko Zule

Ragusa started building a roster ahead of its return to the BTravel WABA League by signing Karla Kalajzic (173-G-93) (181-G-93) and its former members Josipa Zovko (186-F-90) and Ana Tomicic (190-C-95).
Karla Kalajzic arrives for Omis, where she spent last two seasons. In the latest one, Kalajzic averaged a league second-best 19.4 points in 12 Croatian A2 League games, helped the club win South Division title. She has already played for Zadar.
Josipa Zovko arrives from A2 League side FSV, where she averaged 13.2 poins in 10 games last season. Zovko has already played for Ragusa during the 2013-14 season, averaging 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds (ranked second), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 20 Croatian A1 League games. She grew up with Split and has already played for Croatia 2006 and Kvarner.
Ana Tomicic returned to Ragusa after a three year hiatus after playing for Split. She averaged 6.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15 Croatian A1 League games last season. Tomicic has already played for Ragusa from 2011 through 2014. In her last campaign there, 2013-14, Tomicic averaged 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17 Croatian A1 League games.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Wisla starts pre-season campaign, rolls over SBS Ostrava - by Eurobasket News

Wisla overcame SBS Ostrava 80-45. The team from Czech Republic surprised the opponents with a 15-10 lead in the start, but could not match the Polish powerhouse in the rest of the game. Wisla won the second frame 28-8 and added a massive 27-9 surge in the third quarter.
Leonor Rodriguez Manso (180-G-91, college: Florida St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Giedre Labuckiene (193-C/F-90) netted 12. Magdalena Zietara (180-G/F-92) poured in 11, whilst Klaudia Niedwiedzka and Dominika Miloszewska had 9 each. Emily Spektor replied with 11 in a loss and Taylor Ross (168-G) had 9.



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  DENMARK  


Cashin inks at Vaerlose at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

Dameligaen newcomer Vaerlose BBK strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Paige Cashin (193). Cashin just graduated from S.Florida (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. But in 13 games she recorded only 1.1ppg last season. Cashin helped them to make it to the final.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Amelie Pochet is a newcomer at Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse Metropole Basket (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old ex-international shooting guard Amelie Pochet (180-84). She has played for the last three years at Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 in LFB. However her team was relegated to LF2. In 24 games she recorded 5.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pochet's team was regular season runner-up in French LFB in 2008. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Pochet was a member of French international program for some years. She was called to French Senior National Team between 2006 and 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004.
Pochet has spent her entire career in France playing for eight other teams: Valenciennes USVO, Mondeville, Tarbes, Villeneuve D'Ascq, Reims, Centre Federal BB, Basket Landes and Bretagne Basket.

Toulouse Metropole Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Amelie Pochet
Sylvie Gruszczynski
Aline Dumont

Center:
Oumou Toure

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Toulouse keeps Toure for another season - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse Metropole Basket (LF2) re-signed 29-year old Senegalese international power forward Oumou Toure (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe). She played there last season. In 29 LF2 games she averaged 14.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1bpg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 3rd Team.
Among other achievements Toure's team made it to the LF2 Semifinals in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
Toure represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg.
Toure has played previously for four other teams: Mondeville, Hainaut, Perpignan and Bretagne Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cadi La Seu Sedis roll over Toulouse in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse - Cadi La Seu 49-85

Cadi La Seu roll over Toulouse 85-49 in friendly. The Spanish side took an early lead and never looked behind. They grabbed a 29-13 lead with 10 minutes to go and easily celebrated the total win. Caitlyn Ramirez (188-F-94, college: Troy) stepped up with 18 points and Nogaye Lo Sylla (192-C-96, agency: ProDep Management) posted 15. Oumou Toure (190-C/F-88, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 14 points and Amelie Pochet (180-SG-84) nailed 10.



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Aluinvent DVTK edge MBK Ruzomberok in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Aluinvent DVTK edged MBK Ruzomberok in Miskolc in friendly. The Hungarian side grabbed a narrow 14-13 lead, but the team from Slovakia replied with a massive 21-12 lead to take an 8-point lead at the halftime. Aluinvent DVTK however needed two strong victories in the second half for the final success. Kirby Burkholder (183-G-92, college: JMU, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 25 points and Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) posted 14. Zenta Melnika (197-C-91) followed them with 12 points. Miroslava Mistinova (182-F-97) answered with 19 points in the losing effort. whilst Olga Yatskovets (183-C-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) had 10.


Tijana Cukic (ex Vrbas Medela) agreed terms with PINKK-Pecsi - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) inked 21-year old Serbian point guard Tijana Cukic (173-96). She has played for the last five years at Vrbas Medela in Serbian 1 ZLS. In 23 games she recorded 10.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.6apg (top 2) and 2.2spg in 2015-16 season. Cukic helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention.
She played in the final of Serbian U17 Championships in 2012.
Cukic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg, 1.3apg.

PINKK-Pecsi 424 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nora Rujak
Olena Samburska
Tijana Cukic
Petra Santa
Vivien Raus

Forwards:
Tina Jakovina
Ivey Slaughter
Sara Benke
Nikolett Gemes-Sarok

Centers:
Emese Kovalcsik
Lilla Zsilinszky
Nikolett Sera

Coach: Jens Tillman

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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  KENYA  


Equity Bank remain on course to defend title - by Eurobasket News

In the women's Premier League, champions Equity Bank remained on course to successfully defend their title when they punished Storms 65-35. Equity Bank, who led 33-21 at the breather, maintained their second spot with 22 points after having won 10 matches and lost two.
KPA are still in the drivers seat with 24 from 12 consecutive victories. Coach Ronnie Owino 's Strathmore University closed in on the play-offs following their 65-51 victory over Eagle Wings. Strathmore are fourth on the 10-team table standings with 20 points while Eagle Wings are a distant seventh on 17 points same with Storms.
Co-op Bank and newcomers Zetech University are also battling for the women's Premier League play-off positions as they currently occupy third and fourth positions on the table standings respectively.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



Deposed champs Kaya Tiwi finish 3rd in basketball - by Eurobasket News

Kenya's Kaya Tiwi on Saturday finished third in the girls' basketball competition as the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games came to a close. Kaya Tiwi, winners of the competition on their debut last year, beat LAC Tanganyika of Burundi 53-25 in the play-off match at Kaunda grounds. The Coast side were once again looking to notch another double having successfully retained their national title in April. Kaya Tiwi coach Philip Onyango vowed to return back stronger next year and reclaim the title. 'We had hopes of going all the way again this year but we were beaten by some good teams. We have picked some valuable lessons that will help us return better prepared next year,' the veteran tactician said.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



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Micaela Cocks selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia). She could not help Meteorettes (13-3) in their last game. Despite Cocks' good performance the second-placed Meteorettes (13-3) lost 66-70 on the road to the leading Brisbane Spartans in the QBL group. She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Cocks also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes on the court. It's Cocks' first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 94.1%(48-51) in 16 games she played so far. Cocks is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Chevannah Paalvast
Chevannah Paalvast
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Micaela Cocks and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Paalvast. She was not able to help Meteorettes in their game against Brisbane Spartans (18-0). Paalvast did not impress in that game on Saturday. She scored only 2 points. Meteorettes (#2) were defeated 70-66 in Brisbane by the leading Spartans in the QBL group. This season Paalvast has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 68.6%. Ex-55.1%, then moved to kere West Auckland Rangers player is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Micaela Cocks in the Australian State League last game. Taylor contributed to a Brisbane Spartans' victory against the third-ranked Meteorettes (14-4) 70-66. She scored 9 points in 29 minutes. Taylor is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Brisbane Spartans' roster. Taylor has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 34.4%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 66.7% in 17 games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #4. Forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Natalie Taylor and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Purcell helped Brisbane Spartans win their game against the third-ranked Meteorettes (14-4) 70-66. She scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 4 shots. Purcell's stats this season are: 11.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. She is also New Zealand national team player.

   #5. Former U20 international guard Sam Moodie (96, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Boomers (14-6) in their game against Sunbury (16-4) in the Australian State League (second division). Moodie did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. She recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Boomers (#3) lost 65-71 to the leading Sunbury in the Big V group. This year Moodie averages: 1.9ppg and 3.7rpg in 19 games. She used to play for the New Zealand U20 national team three years ago.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Jillian Harmon (185-PF-87) plays for Napoli in Italian Serie A1
Adoniah Lewis (175-G-91) plays for Hatters in British WBBL
Daneka Wipiiti (194-F-82) plays for US Orthez in French NF1



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  POLAND  


Wisla starts pre-season campaign, rolls over SBS Ostrava - by Eurobasket News

Wisla overcame SBS Ostrava 80-45. The team from Czech Republic surprised the opponents with a 15-10 lead in the start, but could not match the Polish powerhouse in the rest of the game. Wisla won the second frame 28-8 and added a massive 27-9 surge in the third quarter.
Leonor Rodriguez Manso (180-G-91, college: Florida St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Giedre Labuckiene (193-C/F-90) netted 12. Magdalena Zietara (180-G/F-92) poured in 11, whilst Klaudia Niedwiedzka and Dominika Miloszewska had 9 each. Emily Spektor replied with 11 in a loss and Taylor Ross (168-G) had 9.



Sleza Wroclaw inks Tijana Ajdukovic - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) signed 26-year old Serbian international center Tijana Ajdukovic (196-91). She played last season at Sopron Basket in Hungarian A Division. Ajdukovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 11 A Division games she had 4.5ppg and 2.4rpg. She helped them to win the League title and the cup. Ajdukovic also played 3 games in Euroleague where she recorded 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.3spg. The other team she played that season for was Botas in Turkish KBSL. In 9 games she averaged 6.6ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ajdukovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Middle European League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
She has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Ajdukovic has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2012.
She also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 54.5%.
Ajdukovic is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Italy (Parma), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye), Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Spartak), Czech Republic (USK Praha) and Poland (Energa Torun).

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sharnee Zoll-Norman
Sonia Ursu-Kim
Marissa Kastanek
Tania Perez_Torres
Zuzanna Sklepowicz

Forwards:
Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Janis Ndiba
Klaudia Sosnowska

Centers:
Shamela Hampton
Tijana Ajdukovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Britney Jones (ex Chevakata) is a newcomer at Castors Braine - by Eurobasket News

Royal Castors Braine (Top Division Women) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Britney Jones (172-87, college: UAB, agency: LBM Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Chevakata in Russian Superleague 1. In 26 PBL games she recorded 11.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg last season. Jones also played 2 games in Eurocup where she averaged 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Romanian League championship title in 2014. Jones was also voted Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team in 2016.
She is quite experienced player. Thanks to Jones' pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Jones has played previously professionally in Greece (FEA Neas), Iceland (Fjolnir), Puerto Rico (Montaneras), Romania (CSM Targoviste and Olimpia Brasov) and WNBA (Chicago Sky).
She attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2009 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

Royal Castors Braine roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Britney Jones
Marjorie Carpreaux
Emmanuella Mayombo
Antonia Delaere
Sarah Halejian

Forwards:
Olesia Malashenko
Jada Payne
Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka

Centers:
Anete Steinberga
Celeste Trahan-Davis

Coach: Ainars Zvirgzdins

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Toulouse keeps Toure for another season - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse Metropole Basket (LF2) re-signed 29-year old Senegalese international power forward Oumou Toure (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe). She played there last season. In 29 LF2 games she averaged 14.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1bpg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 3rd Team.
Among other achievements Toure's team made it to the LF2 Semifinals in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
Toure represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg.
Toure has played previously for four other teams: Mondeville, Hainaut, Perpignan and Bretagne Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Branka Lukovic is a newcomer at Picken Claret - by Eurobasket News

Picken Claret Valencia (LF2) added to their roster 22-year old Serbian power forward Branka Lukovic (190-95) from Valencia BC. Lukovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 LF2 games in Spain she recorded 7.3ppg and 7.6rpg. She also played that season for Partizan in Serbian 1 ZLS where in 7 games she averaged 11.1ppg and 7.4rpg. Lukovic also played 6 games in WABA where she had 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team was regular season runner-up in Serbian League in 2015. Lukovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Honorable Mention in 2016.
She represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 1.9ppg, 1.7rpg.
Lukovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vozdovac) and FYR Macedonia (Badel).

Picken Claret Valencia roster for 2017-2018:

Gloria Argente
Beatriz Royo
Branka Lukovic
Isabel Hernandez
Cecilia Aldecoa
Sofia Galeron
Paula Garcia
Marta Rabassa
Esther Saez
Noelia Masia
Juana Camilion

Coach: Carles Martinez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sleza Wroclaw inks Tijana Ajdukovic - by Eurobasket News

1KS Sleza Wroclaw (BLK) signed 26-year old Serbian international center Tijana Ajdukovic (196-91). She played last season at Sopron Basket in Hungarian A Division. Ajdukovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 11 A Division games she had 4.5ppg and 2.4rpg. She helped them to win the League title and the cup. Ajdukovic also played 3 games in Euroleague where she recorded 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.3spg. The other team she played that season for was Botas in Turkish KBSL. In 9 games she averaged 6.6ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ajdukovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Middle European League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
She has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Ajdukovic has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2012.
She also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 54.5%.
Ajdukovic is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Italy (Parma), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye), Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Spartak), Czech Republic (USK Praha) and Poland (Energa Torun).

1KS Sleza Wroclaw roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sharnee Zoll-Norman
Sonia Ursu-Kim
Marissa Kastanek
Tania Perez_Torres
Zuzanna Sklepowicz

Forwards:
Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk
Karina Szybala
Kourtney Treffers
Janis Ndiba
Klaudia Sosnowska

Centers:
Shamela Hampton
Tijana Ajdukovic

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tijana Cukic (ex Vrbas Medela) agreed terms with PINKK-Pecsi - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) inked 21-year old Serbian point guard Tijana Cukic (173-96). She has played for the last five years at Vrbas Medela in Serbian 1 ZLS. In 23 games she recorded 10.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.6apg (top 2) and 2.2spg in 2015-16 season. Cukic helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention.
She played in the final of Serbian U17 Championships in 2012.
Cukic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg, 1.3apg.

PINKK-Pecsi 424 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nora Rujak
Olena Samburska
Tijana Cukic
Petra Santa
Vivien Raus

Forwards:
Tina Jakovina
Ivey Slaughter
Sara Benke
Nikolett Gemes-Sarok

Centers:
Emese Kovalcsik
Lilla Zsilinszky
Nikolett Sera

Coach: Jens Tillman

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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Aluinvent DVTK edge MBK Ruzomberok in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Aluinvent DVTK edged MBK Ruzomberok in Miskolc in friendly. The Hungarian side grabbed a narrow 14-13 lead, but the team from Slovakia replied with a massive 21-12 lead to take an 8-point lead at the halftime. Aluinvent DVTK however needed two strong victories in the second half for the final success. Kirby Burkholder (183-G-92, college: JMU, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 25 points and Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) posted 14. Zenta Melnika (197-C-91) followed them with 12 points. Miroslava Mistinova (182-F-97) answered with 19 points in the losing effort. whilst Olga Yatskovets (183-C-97, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy) had 10.


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Girona inks Nuria Martinez - by Eurobasket News

Spar Citylift Girona (LFB) agreed terms with 33-year old Spaniard ex-international point guard Nuria Martinez (175-84). She played last season at Familia Schio in Italian Serie A1. In 23 games she had 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.1apg and 2.2spg. Martinez helped them to win the Supercup and end the regular season at the top position. She also played 13 games in Euroleague where she recorded 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. Martinez contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Galatasaray in Turkish KBSL. In 22 games she averaged 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. Martinez also played 13 games in Euroleague where she got 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team in 2015.
Martinez was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. She played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2002 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2000 and 2002.
Martinez also represented Spain at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 10 games: 1.6ppg.
Martinez is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia, WNBA (Minnesota Lynx), Spain (Perfumerias Avenida and Ros Casares), Turkey (Abdullah Gul) and Italy (Geas Sesto San Giovanni and Umbertide).

Spar Citylift Girona roster for 2017-2018:

Nuria Martinez
Nadia Colhado
Kristina Alminaite
Nicole Romeo
Roso Buch
Shante Evans
Magali Mendy
Maria Conde
Laura Roig
Helena Oma

Coach: Eric Suris

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Justel re-signs at Leganes - by Eurobasket News

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes (LF2) confirmed in their roster 25-year old forward Paula Justel (186-92). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 29 LF2 games she had 6.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg and 2.2spg last season.
Justel played in the final of Spanish LF2 in 2015.
She has played previously for two other teams: Rivas Promete and Alcobendas.

Laboratorios Ynsadiet Lagenes roster for 2017-2018:

Marta Perez
Maria Espin
Paula Justel
Esther Moreno
Hildur Kjartansdottir
Estela Rubio
Irene Goicoechea
Kiara Kudron
Irene San Andres

Coach: Nacho Garcia

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Branka Lukovic is a newcomer at Picken Claret - by Eurobasket News

Picken Claret Valencia (LF2) added to their roster 22-year old Serbian power forward Branka Lukovic (190-95) from Valencia BC. Lukovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 LF2 games in Spain she recorded 7.3ppg and 7.6rpg. She also played that season for Partizan in Serbian 1 ZLS where in 7 games she averaged 11.1ppg and 7.4rpg. Lukovic also played 6 games in WABA where she had 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team was regular season runner-up in Serbian League in 2015. Lukovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Honorable Mention in 2016.
She represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 1.9ppg, 1.7rpg.
Lukovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vozdovac) and FYR Macedonia (Badel).

Picken Claret Valencia roster for 2017-2018:

Gloria Argente
Beatriz Royo
Branka Lukovic
Isabel Hernandez
Cecilia Aldecoa
Sofia Galeron
Paula Garcia
Marta Rabassa
Esther Saez
Noelia Masia
Juana Camilion

Coach: Carles Martinez

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Cadi La Seu Sedis roll over Toulouse in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Toulouse - Cadi La Seu 49-85

Cadi La Seu roll over Toulouse 85-49 in friendly. The Spanish side took an early lead and never looked behind. They grabbed a 29-13 lead with 10 minutes to go and easily celebrated the total win. Caitlyn Ramirez (188-F-94, college: Troy) stepped up with 18 points and Nogaye Lo Sylla (192-C-96, agency: ProDep Management) posted 15. Oumou Toure (190-C/F-88, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 14 points and Amelie Pochet (180-SG-84) nailed 10.



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  SURINAM  


Yellow Birds cut the deficit in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Yellow Birds - De Arend 61-55

Yellow Birds cut the deficit in the Finals against De Arend. They extended the series at 1-2 after a 61-55 in game 3. Yellow Birds led 37-34 at the halftime and managed to post a final 6-point win. Fang Onna and Naarden Chayenne stepped up with 17 points each. Sedoc Marcella and Breinburg Chayenne replied with 14 points in a loss.



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  UGANDA  


Uganda fall two medals short of dethroning Kenya - by Eurobasket News

Hosts Uganda came within a whisker of winning a first overall title at the 16th Brookside East Africa Secondary School games that climaxed on Saturday. In the end, however, Kenya maintained their superiority, holding on their crown with final day triumphs in hockey (girls and boys), soccer (girls) and volleyball (girls). Those titles gave 11 titles across 13 sports disciplines. Uganda did match their tally of 28 medals but collected nine Golds at the opening ceremony at Pece Stadium. State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysestom Muyingo would have been handing out a few more had Buddo SSS not choked to lose the boys' basketball title. Buddo lost 71-70 to Rwanda's APE Rugunga in a gripping game at Kaunda grounds, missing a free throw that would have sent the contest into overtime with two seconds to play. Similar margins gave Kenya the girls' soccer crown when Wiyeta beat Kawempe Muslim 6-5 in a post-match shootout after regulation was tied at 1-all. Consolation for Buddo came in the girls' basketball team beating St Mary's Secondary Kitende 66-55 to become the first Ugandan school to win the regional title since 2004. That final, like boys' soccer, had guaranteed Gold for Uganda on the final day. Kitende won tehri 12th boys' soccer title, beating Jinja SSS 1-0 after extra time. Kitende's Ashraf Bamuturaki scored from the spot after the referee awarded a phantom penalty against a 10-man Jinja SSS.
Courtesy of: monitor.co.ug



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  WABA  


Ragusa lands Karla Kalajzic, reunites with Josipa Zovko and Ana Tomicic - by Zeljko Zule

Ragusa started building a roster ahead of its return to the BTravel WABA League by signing Karla Kalajzic (173-G-93) (181-G-93) and its former members Josipa Zovko (186-F-90) and Ana Tomicic (190-C-95).
Karla Kalajzic arrives for Omis, where she spent last two seasons. In the latest one, Kalajzic averaged a league second-best 19.4 points in 12 Croatian A2 League games, helped the club win South Division title. She has already played for Zadar.
Josipa Zovko arrives from A2 League side FSV, where she averaged 13.2 poins in 10 games last season. Zovko has already played for Ragusa during the 2013-14 season, averaging 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds (ranked second), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 20 Croatian A1 League games. She grew up with Split and has already played for Croatia 2006 and Kvarner.
Ana Tomicic returned to Ragusa after a three year hiatus after playing for Split. She averaged 6.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15 Croatian A1 League games last season. Tomicic has already played for Ragusa from 2011 through 2014. In her last campaign there, 2013-14, Tomicic averaged 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17 Croatian A1 League games.



Partizan 1953 brings back Ivanka Matic, keeps Rada Vidovic - by Zeljko Zule

Partizan 1953 added a strong dose of experience to its roster for the coming season by inking their former member Ivanka Matic (193-C/F-79) and re-signing Rada Vidovic (177-G-79).
Matic started last season with Partizan 1953, where she averaged 14.9 points (ranked sixth) and 7.1 rebounds (ranked ninth) in 14 WABA League games. In mid-February, she moved to French to play for Tarbes Gespe Biggore, for whom she averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 10 LFB games. Matic grew with Partizan and has already played for Crvena zvezda plus in France (ASPTT Aix en Provence, USO Mondeville, Challes-les-Eaux), Russia (Spartak Moscow Region), Spain (Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca), Czech (ZVVZ USK Praha), Turkey (Galatasaray), Romania (CSM Targoviste) and Belgium (Belfius Namur).
Vidovic started last season with Spartak, for whom she averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals in 20 Serbian 1ZLS games. In March she moved to Partizan, where she averaged 4.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in just three play-off games. Vidovic has already played for Vojvodina, in Israel (Maccabi Ramat Hen, Anda Ramat, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Ramat Hashaton), Italy (Acer Priolo), Bosnia (Zeljeznicar, Celik), Ukraine (Elizabeth Kirovgrad), Sweden (Mark Basket Marbo Kinna) and Czech (Slovanka MB Tabor).