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Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 15-1 
 2. Tabriz 12-4 
 3. Naft Abadan 11-5 
 4. Mahram 11-5 
 5. Azad 7-9 
 6. Army 6-10 
 7. Yes All Gorgan 5-11 
 8. Gorgan 3-13 
 9. Ahvaz 2-14 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Jones, Azad28.4 
 2. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak18.4 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 9. Ogilvy, Azad15.8 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Ogilvy, Azad10.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.4 
 7. Kardoust, Arak8.3 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.7 
 9. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jones, Azad5.7 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.1 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.0 
 9. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.0 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hosley, Arak2.9 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.4 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.0 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.1.9 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Afagh, Arak1.8 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Ogilvy, Azad0.8 
 9. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 10. Yousofvand, Azad0.7 
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Superleague Round 18: Tabriz lose to Naft Abadan in the game between Top 4 teams - Feb 19, 2017


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The game between Top Four teams took place in Tabriz. 4th ranked host Tabriz (9-8) lost to second ranked Naft Abadan (14-3) 89-82. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-3 record behind leader Petrochimi. Tabriz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost.
Superleague top team - Petrochimi (15-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-17) in Bandar Imam 96-48. The former international point guard Hamed Hosseinzadeh (186-87) notched 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and Reza Lotfi supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds by the former international Reza Ranjbar did not help to save the game for Shiraz a.s Pipe. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-2 record. Newly promoted Shiraz a.s Pipe still closes the standings.
The game in Kashan was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Chemidor (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Kashan (7-10). Chemidor managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Daequan Cook who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Zvonko Buljan who recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Chemidor moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Arak. Newly promoted Kashan keeps the seventh position with ten games lost.
The game in Tehran was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Arak (10-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Army (5-12). Arak defeated Army 87-75. It was a good game for Quinton Hosley who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Army's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Arak moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chemidor. Army at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost.

In the last game of round 18 Gorgan was destroyed by Azad on the opponent's court 101-57.

Kashan - Chemidor 72-79

The game in Kashan was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Chemidor (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Kashan (7-10). Chemidor managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Thursday. The game without a history. Chemidor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Javad Davari (185-83) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and international swingman Mohammad Shahrian (193) added 13 points respectively. Chemidor moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Arak. Newly promoted Kashan keeps the seventh position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: D.Cook 27+8reb+2ast, J.Davari 18+4reb+6ast, A.Sedighi 12+6reb, P.Cukinas 7+4reb+1ast, A.Azari 7+2reb, I.Zandi 4+6reb+2ast
Kashan: Z.Buljan 33+11reb+2ast, M.Shahrian 13+2reb+2ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 7+5reb+2ast, H.Rahmati 6+3reb, A.Najafi 5+2reb+2ast, M.Soleimani 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 520623


Petrochimi - Shiraz a.s Pipe 96-48

Superleague top team - Petrochimi (15-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-17) in Bandar Imam 96-48. The game without a history. Petrochimi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shiraz a.s Pipe to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Petrochimi dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Shiraz a.s Pipe's 24. Petrochimi forced 25 Shiraz a.s Pipe turnovers and outrebounded them 52-31 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Petrochimi players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Shiraz a.s Pipe's players. The former international point guard Hamed Hosseinzadeh (186-87) notched 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Reza Lotfi (198-83) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds by the former international Reza Ranjbar did not help to save the game for Shiraz a.s Pipe. Saman Taherpour (203-91) added 8 points and 5 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-2 record. Newly promoted Shiraz a.s Pipe still closes the standings.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: M.Atashi 18+1reb+3ast, R.Lotfi 16+6reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 12+9reb+1ast, H.Hosseinzadeh 12+5reb+8ast, J.White 10+6reb+4ast, M.Esmaeili 9+12reb+1ast
Shiraz a.s Pipe: R.Ranjbar 15+13reb, H.Aghajari 9+2reb+1ast, S.Taherpour 8+5reb, M.Rezaei 7+2reb, A.Allahverdi 6+2reb+4ast, S.Pourkavehdehkordi 2+2reb
gschID: 520619


Army - Arak 75-87

The game in Tehran was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Arak (10-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Army (5-12). Arak defeated Army 87-75. The game was mostly controlled by Arak. Army was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Army 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. International center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Arak players scored in double figures. The former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Ashkan Khalilnejad (191-91) added 19 points in the effort for Army. Army's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Arak moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chemidor. Army at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Arak: Q.Hosley 26+6reb+3ast, H.Afagh 16+4reb+3ast, D.Williams 15+2reb+2ast, A.Kardoust 13+11reb+1ast, A.Davoudi 7+8reb+3ast, M.Ojaghi 5+1reb+1ast
Army: A.Khalilnejad 19+2reb+1ast, N.Farahani 12+1reb, A.Kazemi 10+11reb+3ast, F.Aslani 8+4reb+5ast, R.Khaleghi 7+2reb+1ast, M.Tavana 7+2ast
gschID: 520620


Tabriz - Naft Abadan 82-89

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tabriz. 4th ranked host Tabriz (9-8) lost to second ranked Naft Abadan (14-3) 89-82. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Naft Abadan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) with 25 points and 7 rebounds and Sajjad Pazrofteh scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-3 record behind leader Petrochimi. Tabriz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: R.Richards 21+10reb, D.Perkins 17+7reb+3ast, M.Mirzaei 17+8reb+2ast, S.Mashayekhi 15+4reb+1ast, S.Davarpanah 11+5reb+5ast, R.Honarmand 4+2reb
Tabriz: N.Gacesa 25+7reb+1ast, S.Pazrofteh 17+6reb+2ast, M.Falahat 9+4reb+1ast, A. Taherkhani 8+2reb+1ast, V.Hajian 8+7reb, S.Reyhani 5+8reb
gschID: 520622


Azad - Gorgan 101-57

Very expected game in Tehran where 9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (4-13) was crushed by third ranked Azad (11-6) 101-57. The game without a history. Azad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Shahrdari Gorgan's 36. Azad forced 21 Shahrdari Gorgan turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international center Mohammad Yousofvand (207-96) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Ali-Armen Allahverdi (197-95) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Azad players scored in double figures. Mehdi Boroun replied with 16 points and the former international power forward Sasoon Abramian (208-87) added 14 points in the effort for Shahrdari Gorgan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azad maintains third position with 11-6 record having four points less than leader Petrochimi. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Azad: M.Yousofvand 23+6reb, J.Prince 17+3reb+4ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 15+9reb+3ast, J.Jones 12+8reb+2ast, F.Sabouri 7+3reb, M.Jafari 6+1reb
Gorgan: M.Boroun 16+4reb, S.Abramian 14+4reb, M.Moradinasab 9+5reb+1ast, D.Izadpanah 5+2reb, M.Shahsavand 5, K.Ahmadian 3+1reb
gschID: 520621


  




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