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LPB Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Guaiqueries 23-13 
 2. Marinos 19-17 
 3. Bucaneros 19-17 
 4. Gigantes 16-20 
 5. Panteras 13-23 
Western Conference
 1. Cocodrilos 25-11 
 2. Guaros 24-12 
 3. Trotamundos 22-14 
 4. Toros 12-24 
 5. Gaiteros 7-29 
Full Standings
LNB Standings
 1. Broncos 21-3 
 2. Guaros 2 21-3 
 3. Cangrejeros 15-9 
 4. Araguenos 13-11 
 5. Aduaneros 5-19 
 6. Estudiantes 5-19 
 7. Atleticos 4-20 
LNB II Standings
Group A
 1. Marineros 16-4 
 2. Comuna 14-6 
 3. Cayaurimas 12-8 
 4. Cumanagotos 9-11 
 5. Marinos 9-11 
 6. Duros 0-20 
Group B
 1. Estibadores 14-2 
 2. Guarenas 12-4 
 3. Saurios 6-10 
 4. Tatuyes 5-11 
 5. Guacara 3-13 
Liga Americas Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Fuerza Regia 3-0 
 2. Guaros 2-1 
 3. La Union 1-2 
 4. Soles 0-3 
Group F
 1. Ponce 2-1 
 2. Weber Bahia 2-1 
 3. Hebraica 1-2 
 4. San Lorenzo 1-2 
Stage One Standings
Liga Sudamericana Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Weber Bahia 3-0 
 2. Olimpico LB 2-1 
 3. Brasilia 1-2 
 4. Guaros 0-3 
Group F
 1. Mogi 3-0 
 2. Hebraica 2-1 
 3. Paulistano 1-2 
 4. GECR Indalo 0-3 
Stage One Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.4 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos16.5 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Avg: 11
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.3 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 5. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Echenique, Guaros7.1 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos6.3 
 3. Robinson, Guaros5.1 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.9 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 6. Centeno, Marinos4.4 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 9. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.9 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 3. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 6. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 4. Carrera, Marinos1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 7. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 8. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 10. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 


Gregory Vargas selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - Apr 2, 2017

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

Gregory Vargas
Gregory Vargas
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Haifa (12-12) in their last game. Despite Vargas' good performance Maccabi Haifa lost 69-78 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Ironi Nahariya. He scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes on the court. It was Maccabi Haifa's first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Vargas' first season with the team. Vargas has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 67.4% in 12 games he played so far. Ex-Protectores de Miranda BBC player is currently a member of the Venezuelan senior national team.

Jose Materan
Jose Materan
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jose Materan (196-96, currently plays in Argentina). He managed to help Weber Bahia Blanca Basket to win against the fifth-ranked Argentino (22-22) crushing them 108-65 in the Argentinian LigaA last Monday. Materan scored 5 points. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (23-16) is placed third in Sur group. This season Materan averages: 2.5ppg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 25.0%. He is in the roster of the Venezuelan senior national team.

Francisco Centeno
Francisco Centeno
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85, currently plays in Chile). Centeno was not able to help AB Ancud (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed AB Ancud (0-2) was defeated 70-65 at home by the leading Osorno Basquetbol in the Conferencia Sur. Centeno was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Centeno has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 61.8%. Centeno played for the Venezuelan national team five years ago.

Miguel Ruiz
Miguel Ruiz
   #4. Forward Miguel Ruiz (197-90, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Libertad Sunchales (21-21) in their game against Atenas (17-25) in the Argentinian LigaA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. Libertad Sunchales (#7) lost 71-86 in Cordoba to the lower-ranked (#9) Atenas in the Norte group. This year Ruiz's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2spg in 42 games. He is also Venezuelan national team player.

Juan Coronado
Juan Coronado
   #5. International forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Huracan (20-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Coronado's very good performance Huracan (#4) was badly defeated 89-73 in Carmen de Patagones by the lower-ranked Atenas (#5) in the South group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. This season Coronado has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg and 8.9rpg. He plays currently for the Venezuelan national team.

Luis Valera
Luis Valera
   #6. Forward Luis Valera (202-88, agency: Duran International, college: UTRGV, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Azuqueca's victory against the leader Real Canoe (20-6) 85-78 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Isover Basket Azuqueca (17-9) is placed fifth in Group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Valera has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg and 6.7rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Venezuelan senior team two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Venezuelan passport but never been selected to any of Venezuelan national teams:

   #1. Juan Fontena (196-F-87, currently plays in Chile) was the major contributor in an Osorno Basquetbol's victory against the second-ranked AB Ancud (19-13) 70-65 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Sunday night. Fontena had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Conferencia Sur. Osorno Basquetbol (22-10) is placed first in Conferencia Sur. This year Fontena has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg in 48 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Chilean.

   #2. Rafael Melgarejo (184-G-91, currently plays in Spain). Melgarejo could not help AEC Collblanc (10-11) to beat Cornella (12-11). He recorded 5 points and added 5 assists in 22 minutes. AEC Collblanc (#8) lost 75-87 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Cornella in the Group C-A. It was AEC Collblanc's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Melgarejo averages only 4.9ppg in 11 games.

Other top Venezuelan players, who play abroad:

Michael Carrera (196-SF-93) plays for Avtodor in Russian VTB
Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87) plays for Brooklyn Nets in the NBA
Clarence Matthews (201-PF-83) plays for Goes in Uruguayan LUB
Raul Orta (196-G-85) plays for Santeros in Puerto Rican BSN
Donta Smith (201-SF-83) plays for Piratas in Puerto Rican BSN
Calvin Cage (183-PG-84) plays for Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL
Albis Coronel plays for Estudiantes Olavarria in Argentinian TNA
Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Vladimir Lamberg (202-89) plays for Espanol de Talca in Chilean Liga Nacional
Jose Sosa (205-F-98) plays for Torrejon in Spanish 1 Div.

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

Demir IBB lands Diamon Simpson, ex Trotamundos - 3 days ago
Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) landed 30-year old American forward Diamon Simpson (204-104kg-87, college: St.Mary's, CA). He played most recently at Trotamundos in Venezuelan LPB league. Simpson managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 8 LPB games he averaged 6.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli league where in 6 Euroleague games he had 9.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. The other team Simps...   [read more]

Jhornan Zamora selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Venezuelans who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89). He led Cimarrones to a victory over the league leader Fast Break in the Colombian LPB in Saturday night's game.    [read more]

Poitiers add Tarrant to their roster, ex Gigantes - 6 days ago
Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Ricky Tarrant (188-86kg-93, college: Memphis). He played last season at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention. Tarrant also played that season for Titans in Canadian NBL Canada where in 15 games he averaged remarkable 18.7ppg, 4.3rpg   [read more]

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