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Round 4 (Regular Season)

Group A
Teodo Tivat Nov.9 Beroe 81%
Kumanovo 90% Nov.8 Kozuv
Group B
Karpos Sokol Nov.9 SK Tirana 75%
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Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - Oct 26, 2012

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Chris Thomas
After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.

Kiril Nikolovski claims Balkan League weekly honour - 17 hours ago

Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Feni Industries and that's him to receive a Player of the Week award for round 3. The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Trepca (1-2) with 18-point margin 72-54. Feni Industries will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Nikolovski had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It's his sec...   [read more]

Round 3: Kozuv is upset by Teodo Tivat - 1 day ago

Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The game between FYR Macedonia Kozuv (1-2) and Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (1-1) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Kozuv was defeated by Teodo Tivat in a tough game in Tivat 79-85. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-16. But Kozuv won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) wh...   [read more]

Marcel Jones
Marcel Jones back to Kosovo, will play for champions - 1 day ago

Former Bashkimi player, Marcel Jones, is back to Kosovan Superleague. He is the new player of Sigal Prishtina that has notified day before that the team reached agreement with the player. Marcel Jones was one of the best players at Bashkimi last season, while he has topped plenty of statistics charts in Balkan League. The american had impressive 21.6 ppg, 8.6 rebounds and 2.9 apg durin last season matches in Balkan League   [read more]

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Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1 Beroe 3-0 
 2 Kumanovo 2-0 
 3 Teodo Tivat 1-1 
 4 Kozuv 1-2 
 5 Sigal Prishtina 0-1 
 6 Bashkimi 0-3 
Group B
 1 Sutjeska 2-0 
 2 Feni Industries 2-1 
 3 Peja 1-0 
 4 SK Tirana 1-2 
 5 Trepca 1-2 
 6 Karpos Sokoli 0-2 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Gibson, Beroe23.7 
 2. Trajkovski, Sigal22.0 
 3. Ahmetbasic, Peja21.0 
 4. Djurisic, Teodo Ti.19.5 
 5. Mijatovic, Kuman.19.5 
 6. McNeaill, Kozuv19.3 
 7. Abramovic, Kozuv19.3 
 8. Reed, Peja19.0 
 9. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.18.7 
 10. Veseli, Peja18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9
 1. Nikolovski, Feni I.9.0 
 2. Djurkovic, Sutjeska9.0 
 3. Rhett, Sigal P.9.0 
 4. Nuhanovic, Peja8.0 
 5. Popovic, Bashkimi8.0 
 6. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.8.0 
 7. Gudul, Beroe7.0 
 8. Sinani, Bashkimi6.5 
 9. Gajovic, Sutjeska6.0 
 10. Kostovski, Kuman.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola LALIC
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Lalic, Sutjeska6.5 
 2. Segaric, Beroe5.0 
 3. Petrovski, Feni I.5.0 
 4. McNeaill, Kozuv4.7 
 5. Kostovski, Kuman.4.5 
 6. Lawrence, Sigal P.4.0 
 7. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.0 
 8. Djurkovic, Sutjeska4.0 
 9. Djurisic, Teodo Ti.4.0 
 10. Reed, Peja4.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3
 1. Djurkovic, Sutjeska3.0 
 2. Gibson, Beroe2.7 
 3. James, Sutjeska2.5 
 4. Tmusic, Bashkimi2.3 
 5. Rugova, Sigal P.2.0 
 6. Gajovic, Sutjeska2.0 
 7. Najdovski, Karpos2.0 
 8. Apostolov, Kozuv2.0 
 9. Hinds, Sigal P.2.0 
 10. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.5 
 2. Sajin, Teodo Tivat1.5 
 3. Anastasov, Karpos1.0 
 4. Trajkovski, Sigal1.0 
 5. Reed, Peja1.0 
 6. Pekovic, Kumanovo1.0 
 7. Dickerson, Bashkimi1.0 
 8. Hasani, SK Tirana1.0 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska1.0 
 10. Gudul, Beroe0.7 
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