EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/12/2009

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  ABA   


Express again undefeated - by Gianni Pascucci
The Jersey Express has been getting it done on the court this season, and the local New Jersey media has been taking notice. Currently sitting on a 3-0 record, the Express will host East Orange Mayor Robert L. Bowser in addition to having TV media News 12 New Jersey filming a feature this Sunday when the team takes on the New York City Thunder at East Orange Campus High School at 2:00 p.m. I'd like to thank Mayor Bowser for his support, along with the East Orange Board of Education for allowing us to utilize East Orange Campus High School as our home venue, Express President Marsha Blount commented. Without the support of Derrick Johnson, head girls basketball coach at the high school, this partnership with East Orange would not be possible. The Express have made it a mission to be active within the community, and Blount says that the team will continue to show that type of commitment. Our goal has always been to become a part of the communities in which we play, she said. Being able to mentor the youth in our community is also extremely important to us, and that's why we utilize some students as our game day interns to show them what it takes to prepare for a game. Additionally, Blount and the Express coaching staff give a strong look at players that come from the surrounding community. Many of the players on the team live here in the community, she remarked. Jordan Fowler (6'5''-F, college: William Pater.), Samar Battle (6'6''-G/F-82, college: New Jersey City St.) and Troy Goodman (6'0''-G-86, college: LA Pierce JC) are all residents of East Orange. Dwayne Howell (6'9''-F-83), Elijah Thorpe (6'4''-G-76, college: New Jersey City St.), and Jamie Sowers (6'7''-F-82, college: St.Peter's) are from Newark, and Antoinne Morgano is from Irvington. Now, we look to the community to support this undefeated team that wants to bring a championship back to New Jersey. Before the Sunday match-up with the Thunder, the Express will host the Maryland Marvels on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for all Express home games are $10, and season ticket packages are still available through the team website at www.JerseyExpress.net. Also, businesses and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities with the Express can contact the team at info@jerseyexpress.net. The Jersey Express is currently amid its fifth season in the ABA.The team plays its home schedule at East Orange Campus High School. The Express made the playoffs in each of their past two seasons and reached the ABA Elite Eight last year in Nashville, Tennessee.

See here down the current team roster:
player-----------hgt - pos ----------- hometown
Dwayne Howell 6'6 - Forward/Center Newark, NJ
Elijah Thorpe 6'3 - Guard Newark, NJ
Antoinne Morgano 6'5 - Guard/Forward Irvington, NJ
Samar Battle 6'7 - Forward East Orange, NJ
Jordan Fowler 6'5 - Guard East Orange, NJ
Troy Goodman 6' - Guard East Orange, NJ
Herbie Allen 5'10 - Guard Queens, NY
Devin Davis 6'5 - Forward Red Bank, NJ
Victor Sanders 6'8 - Forward/Center Clifton, NJ
Antraye Miles 6'1 - Guard South Jerseey, NJ
Jamie Sowers 6'7 - Forward Newark, NJ
Dwayne Ailey 6' - Guard Brunswick, NJ
Team Owner/President: Marsha Blount
Co-Owner/GM: Jacqueline Halyard
Head Coach: Quaasim Austin
Assistant Coach: Casaundra Smith



Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Chico Rage 2-1 
 2. Crusaders 0-0 
 3. College Park 0-0 
 4. Oklahoma 0-0 
 5. Modesto E. 0-1 
NoCal Div.
 1. S.Francisco R. 4-0 
 2. Clayton 3-1 
 3. Central Valley 1-2 
 4. Sacramento H. 1-4 
 5. California SK 0-1 
North Central Div.
 1. Chicago Steam 6-1 
 2. Columbus Crush 1-0 
 3. Kansas City S. 1-0 
 4. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 5. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 6. Youngstown S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. Lake Michigan 0-1 
 9. G.Rapids F. 0-1 
 10. Akron Rise 0-2 
Northeast Div.
 1. Jersey Expr. 2-0 
 2. NY Thunder 2-0 
 3. NY Red Riders 1-1 
 4. Tri-City Suns 0-1 
 5. Maryland M. 0-2 
Pacific Northwest Div.
 1. Washington R. 0-0 
 2. Seattle M. 0-0 
 3. Spokane Sunz 0-0 
 4. Everett 0-0 
 5. Seattle ZG 0-0 
 6. Vancouver E. 0-0 
SoCal Div.
 1. Las Vegas A. 1-0 
 2. LA Slam 1-0 
 3. San Diego S. 0-0 
 4. California BB 0-0 
 5. Honolulu 0-0 
 6. Riverside R. 0-1 
 7. Compton C. 0-1 
South Central Div.
 1. Kentucky S. 2-2 
 2. Kentucky B. 1-3 
 3. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 4. Smoky MJ 0-0 
 5. St.Louis S. 0-0 
Southeast Div.
 1. Music City Stars 2-1 
 2. Mississippi B. 0-0 
 3. Ga PROWL 0-0 
 4. Columbus Life 0-0 
 5. Carolina K. 0-0 
 6. Charlotte 0-0 
 7. Florida Th. 0-0 
 8. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 9. Bahama PS 0-0 
Southwest Div.
 1. SE Texas M. 4-0 
 2. W.Texas W. 2-1 
 3. N.Texas F. 2-1 
 4. Dallas G. 1-0 
 5. Houston G. 0-1 
 6. Texas Ch. 0-1 
 7. Texas Fuel 0-3 


ABA Pacific Northwest Opening Weekend Game Results - by Eurobasket
On Saturday December 5th the ABA opened up action in the Pacific Northwest with some exciting games. The Seattle Zhen Gan rallied back from a double digit deficit to top the Spokane Sunz 115-108.Mike Ward had a monster game for the Zhen Gan with 41 points and Ike Ohanson (6'6''-G/F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in with 22 points and 15 rebounds.Ryan Symes (6'5''-F-85, college: Whitworth) had a team high 27 points and Tony Skinner (6'5''-G-82, college: Gonzaga) added in 26 points for the Sunz.

The other Saturday game featured the Washington Raptors hosting the Everett Longshoremen.The Raptors escaped with a 127-120 victory Tyrell Timpson (6'0''-G-86, college: S.Alabama) had a game high 29 points and 11 assists while Tom Magnuson added 24 points and 12 rebounds Curtis Hill chipped in with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Bruce Cooper had a team high 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Longshoremen Ashley Robinson chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists. In Sundays game the Everett Longshoremen avenged their Saturday loss to the Raptors with a 112-106 victory over the Raptors.Bruce Cooper led the way for the with 25 points and 16 rebounds Anthony Perry had 18 points and Troy Gwynn added 20 points and 8 rebounds for the Longshoremen.Tyrell Timpson led the Raptors in scoring again with 24 points and 8 assists Tom Magnuson had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Curtis Hill chipped in with 16 points and 7 assists
source: ABA



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  ANGOLA   


Primeiro d'Agosto open title defence against Interclub - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men, Primero de Agosto basketball club of Angola will on Sunday began its title defence against Congo Brazzaville Interclub on Sunday.

The group-B opening game on match Day-1 will be a test game for both sides but much burden will be on the Congolese side as they will be taking to the floor as the under-dog giving the pedigree of the Angolan side.

The game comes up at 13h00, other games billed for match Day-1 includes another group-B pairing between Cooperative Bank of Kenya and Warriors basketball club of Uganda, a battle between two FIBA Africa Zone-V teams at 15h00.

Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of host club, APR of Rwanda in group-A opening game at 17h00 while the last game of the opening day of basketball action will be between two Angola sides, Atletico Sports Aviation basketball club and Petro Atletico basketball club. A game which promises to be a thriller comes up at 19h00.

ASPAC of Benin Republic and Kano Pillars of Nigeria are drawn bye in the ten-team competition.



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  ARGENTINA   


Latest news in Liga A - by Facundo Iatzky
Quimsa: Despite they are in a great moment, including the qualification to Liga de las americas final 4, Quimsa is suffering from the injuries of their players. Franco Balbi got injured in the first game of Liga de las americas and he is expected to miss the rest of the season. What is more Federico Marin will have to rest at least two or three months. It is added to the injury of Dionisio Gomez. They signed Mauricio Zanni

Union Sunchales: released Pablo gil due to unknown reasons.

Sionista: resigned Leandro Masieri (201-F-76) to replace Patricio Rodriguez.

Quilmes: signed Robert McKiver (191-G-84, college: Houston) who will replace Carl Edwards.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Penney, Breakers23.3 
 2. McKee, Hawks19.5 
 3. Gilchrist, 36ers18.6 
 4. Williams, Crocodiles18.3 
 5. Ballinger, 36ers17.7 
 6. Bruton, Breakers16.9 
 7. Ubaka, Blaze16.4 
 8. Worthington, Tig.16.4 
 9. Redhage, Perth16.4 
 10. Maxey, Bla.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  36ers
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Holmes, 36ers8.1 
 2. Roberts, Crocodiles7.3 
 3. Rychart, Taipans7.3 
 4. Worthington, Tig.7.2 
 5. Schenscher, Perth7.1 
 6. Redhage, Perth6.9 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.8 
 8. Rickert, Breakers6.8 
 9. Maxey, Blaze6.7 
 10. Gilchrist, 36e.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Hawks
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 2. Gilchrist, 36ers4.4 
 3. Ubaka, Blaze4.2 
 4. Bruton, Breakers4.0 
 5. Gibson, Blaze3.8 
 6. Penney, Breakers3.7 
 7. Crosswell, Tigers3.6 
 8. Boucher, Breakers3.5 
 9. Saville, Hawks3.3 
 10. Mills, Taipa.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 2. McKee, Hawks1.5 
 3. Jones, Taipans1.5 
 4. Martin, Perth1.4 
 5. Robbins, Perth1.3 
 6. Boucher, Breakers1.3 
 7. Worthington, Tig.1.2 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.1.2 
 9. Bruton, Breakers1.1 
 10. Williams, Crocodil.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Mark WORTHINGTON
  Tigers
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Worthington, Tig.0.9 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles0.8 
 3. Penney, Breakers0.8 
 4. Rickert, Breakers0.8 
 5. Maxey, Blaze0.8 
 6. Melzer, Taipans0.7 
 7. Lisch, Perth0.6 
 8. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 9. McKee, Hawks0.6 
 10. Tragardh, Haw.0.5 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Perth 9-5 
 2. Blaze 9-6 
 3. Hawks 8-5 
 4. Crocodiles 8-8 
 5. 36ers 7-7 
 6. Breakers 7-8 
 7. Taipans 7-11 
 8. Tigers 4-9 


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  AUSTRIA   


Wels posts a sensational win against Artland Dragons in Euro Challenge - by Stefan Prager
Austrian Champion WBC Raiffeisen Wels posted a big win against Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck from Germany. Wels got off to a quick start hitting 3 of 4 threes to post a five point lead at the end of the first quarter. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) had 9 points in the first quarter. The WBC lost the lead at the beginning of quarter number two but responded with a ten to nothing run to secure a three point lead at halftime.
Trent Meacham continued to shine with 8 points in a row in the third quarter but Artland responded and lead with one to go in the last quarter. In the last quarter Ricky Moore (189-G-76, college: Mesa St.) drained a big three for the 67-65 lead. Artland responded but Forward Matthew Nelson (206-F-85, college: E.Washington) secured the win at last. The Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck couldn't manage to score with their last offense and Wels outplayed them with a four corner offense in the last 15 seconds of the game.
Trent Meacham had 20 points in the end. Matthew Nelson (206-F-85, college: E.Washington) posted 14, Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) had 13 and Point Guard Ricky Moore (189-G-76, college: Mesa St.) chipped in with 11.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Elite Division
 1. Zalgiris 9-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 5-0 
 3. Ventspils 5-3 
 4. Siauliai 5-3 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 4-4 
 6. Valmiera 3-4 
 7. TU/Rock 3-6 
 8. VEF Riga 2-5 
 9. Nevezis 2-7 
 10. Liepaja 1-7 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Norrkoping 6-1 
 2. Juventus 4-2 
 3. Sakalai 3-3 
 4. Techasas 2-4 
 5. Valga Welg 1-6 
Group B
 1. Perlas 4-2 
 2. Zemgale 4-3 
 3. Tallinna Kalev 4-3 
 4. Aisciai 2-4 
 5. Alytus Alita 2-4 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 6-0 
 2. Neptunas 4-2 
 3. TTU KK 4-3 
 4. Suduva 2-4 
 5. Keizarmezs 0-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Sirutavicius, Techa.22.7 
 2. Gailius, Siauliai21.0 
 3. Broadus, Suduva20.8 
 4. Kelys, Perlas20.5 
 5. Kazevicius, Alytus A.20.5 
 6. Kleiza, Alytus Alita19.6 
 7. Reed, Tallinna Kalev19.5 
 8. Kieza, Suduva18.6 
 9. Covington, Tallin.18.6 
 10. Gulbis, Zemga.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.10.3 
 2. Watson, Zalgiris9.8 
 3. Kieza, Suduva9.4 
 4. Reed, Tallinna Kalev9.0 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 6. Kojenets, Liepaja8.9 
 7. Cresnar, Valmiera8.6 
 8. Valanciunas, Perlas8.2 
 9. McNaull, Norrkoping8.2 
 10. Morrison, TU/Ro.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.8.0 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.7 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.7 
 4. Broadus, Suduva5.5 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.4 
 6. Gervin, Norrkoping5.3 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas5.2 
 8. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 9. Kelys, Perlas4.8 
 10. Maceina, Rudup.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.8 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.7 
 3. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.5 
 4. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 5. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 6. Davis, Valmiera2.3 
 7. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.3 
 8. Andrijauskas, Rudup.2.3 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 10. Vileita, Rudup.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.4.3 
 2. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.0 
 3. Begic, Zalgiris1.8 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas1.8 
 5. Pettway, Ventspils1.7 
 6. Saks, TTU K.1.6 
 7. Kieza, Suduva1.6 
 8. Baynes, Lietuvos.1.5 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.4 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakal.1.4 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Liege 8-3 
 2. Charleroi 7-3 
 3. Verviers-Pep. 6-3 
 4. Antwerp 6-4 
 5. Oostende 5-5 
 6. M.Hainaut 5-6 
 7. Leuven 4-6 
 8. Aalstar 3-8 
 9. Gent 2-8 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Jerel MCNEAL
  M.Hainaut
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. McNeal, M.Hainaut19.5 
 2. Greene, Aalstar17.9 
 3. Johnson, Charleroi17.7 
 4. Black, Antwerp17.4 
 5. Tabu, Charleroi15.8 
 6. Melson, Gent14.8 
 7. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.14.6 
 8. Banks, Liege14.6 
 9. Beghin, Antwerp14.2 
 10. Raymond, Aalst.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Liege
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Thomas, Liege8.8 
 2. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.9 
 3. Randle, Gent7.2 
 4. Young, Leuven7.2 
 5. Brown, Antwerp6.8 
 6. Pelle, Oostende6.3 
 7. Barber, Aalstar6.3 
 8. Merriex, Aalstar6.1 
 9. Riddick, Charleroi6.0 
 10. Devine, Vervie.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Domien LOUBRY
  Gent
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Loubry, Gent5.5 
 2. Burrell, Verviers.5.2 
 3. Johnson, Charleroi5.0 
 4. Green, Liege4.5 
 5. McNeal, M.Hainaut4.3 
 6. Bosco, Gent4.0 
 7. Tabu, Charleroi3.8 
 8. Hamilton, Charleroi3.6 
 9. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 10. Anderson, Leuv.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp2.9 
 2. Thomas, Liege2.4 
 3. Broyles, Charleroi2.3 
 4. Randle, Gent2.0 
 5. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.2.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 7. DeZeeuw, Verviers.1.9 
 8. Petrovic, Oostende1.9 
 9. McNeal, M.Hainaut1.8 
 10. Freeman, Vervie.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 2
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 2. Young, Leuven1.0 
 3. Pelle, Oostende1.0 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.0.7 
 5. Brown, Antwerp0.7 
 6. Costner, M.Hainaut0.7 
 7. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.6 
 8. Spain, Leuven0.6 
 9. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.0.6 
 10. Massot, Charler.0.6 


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 N Vranjes HER 26,35
2 I Bakovic CAP 23,71
3 J Zdravkovic BOR 16,64
4 L Simonovic HER 15,66
5 N Djurasovic LEO 15,11
6 M Cubrilo SLA 15,10
7 M Andelija CEL 14,83
8 K Rimac ZRI 14,65
9 M Bocka IGO 14,30
10 D Pinjuh GRU 14,30
Rebounds Per Game
1 M Cubrilo SLA 8,0
2 M Andelija CEL 7,9
3 M Damjanac SUT 7,3
4 M Halilovic SLO 7,6
5 A Pejovic HER 6,5
6 D Markovic LEO 6,3
7 M Djurkovic IGO 6,3
8 M Mrkovic SUT 5,6
9 N Djurasovic LEO 5,5
10 I Josipovic BOR 5,3
Assists Per Game
1 F Adamovic SLO 5,0
2 T Tomislav ZRI 4,4
3 K Kocergin LEO 4,3
4 V Radovanovic CAP 4,0
5 G Jelcic GRU 4,0
6 L Simonovic HER 3,8
7 M Prekovic SLA 3,4
8 M Bocka IGO 3,0
9 A Avdibegovic CEL 2,9
10 V Zujovic IGO 2,5
Steals Per Game
1 N Vranjes HER 3,1
2 V Zujevic IGO 2,0
3 N Pavlovic BOR 2,0
4 M Bocka IGO 3,0
5 M Komatina IGO 2,1
6 Z Joknic SUT 1,9
7 S Crnobrnja HER 1,4
8 S Fekete IGO 1,3
9 N Djurasovic LEO 1,3
10 M Vulic BOR 1,1
Blocks Per Game
1 S Leric CAP 1,4
2 D Albijanic SLO 1,3
3 M Cubrilo SLA 1,0
4 M Djurkovic IGO 0,7
5 N Djurasovic LEO 0,6
2FGP
1 V Vuksanovic IGO 6,0
2 O Peterkin BOR 5,3
3 D Markovic LEO 5,2
4 I Grgat SIR 4,8
5 E Ovcina BOS 4,8
6 C Mason SIR 4,2
7 J Sesar ZRI 4,2
8 M Janjusevic HER 4,1
9 S Kordou LEO 4,0
10 F Goranovic HER 4,0
3FGP
1 J Sesar ZRI 3,4
2 Z Jovanovic SLO 3,2
3 M Ceskovic ZRI 2,4
4 R Velimirovic SLO 2,3
5 K Taylor IGO 2,3
6 B Zotovic LEO 1,9
7 C Crisp BOR 1,8
8 H Puljko BOR 1,8
9 G Vrbanc SIR 1,8
10 B Setencic LEO 1,8
Free Throws
1 M Janjusevic HER 6,6
2 D Markovic LEO 5,5
3 J Sesar ZRI 5,4
4 V Vuksanovic IGO 4,4
5 I Grgat SIR 4,4
6 B Zotovic LEO 4,2
7 I Ivanovic BOS 4,2
8 Z Jovanovic SLO 4,1
9 Z Vuckovic ZRI 4,1
10 H Puljko SIR 3,2
Ranking
1 O Peterkin BOR 10,9
2 Z Jovanovic SLO 10,5
3 E Ovcina BOS 10,2
4 R Velimirovic SLO 9,2
5 C Mason SIR 8,1
6 D Djordjevic BOS 8,1
7 C Thomas SIR 8,1
8 J Ruzic SIR 7,2
9 I Grgat SIR 6,5
10 V Vuksanovic IGO 6,4


Zarko Rakocevic strengthens Bosna ASA BH Telecom - by Miljan Veskovic
Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo agreed on terms of contract with Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84). The 25 year old power forward is expected to bring more force under Bosna's basket. Zarko Rakocevic started this season in Adriatic League with BC Partizan Beograd, and due to regulations he will be able to play for his new team only at the beginning of the second part of the season. Zarko is expected to debute against Union Olimpija on January 9th. In 2008/09 he averaged 7.8ppg, 2.3rpg in Adriatic League and 4.4ppg, 3.2rpg in Euroleague. Beside Partizan Zarko also played for Buducnost Podgorca, SK Cherkassy, Khimik OPZ Yuzny and he is a member of the Montenegro national team.


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Universo/BRB 6-0 
 2. Ciser/Joinville 5-1 
 3. Vivo/Franca 5-2 
 4. Flamengo 4-2 
 5. CETAF 4-4 
 6. Pitagoras/Minas 3-2 
 7. S.Jose/Vinac 3-3 
 8. Amigao/Assis 3-4 
 9. Pinheiros/Sky 3-4 
 10. Paulistano 3-4 
 11. Palmeiras/Lupo 2-4 
 12. Londrina 2-4 
 13. Saldanha 2-6 
 14. GRSA/Bauru 1-6 


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  CHINA   


China Loses to Japan in East Asian Games - by Arthur Volbert
China continued its slide in the East Asian Championship, losing to Japan 79-71. China trailed 17-15 after the first quarter but led 34-33 at the half. It then was outscored 23-14 in the third quarter to trail 56-49 and Japan maintained this 8-point lead at the end of the game.

Only Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) had a decent game for China. Li had 19 points, hitting 8 of 12 shots, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had an awful game, scoring 6 points on 1 of 11 shooting. He had 6 assists and 4 steals, but also 4 turnovers. Yi Li played reasonably well, with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting and 6 rebounds. But 7-foot Su Wei did nothing to convince us he is China's center of the future, with 5 points and only 1 rebound in 20 minutes.

Zhou Peng scored 14 points, but only shot 5 for 13. 206 cm Zhou had 2 rebounds in 30 minutes. Japan outrebounded China 39-29 even though the Japanese team was shorter.

This loss came against fellow East Asians, against country far less populous than China and whose citizens tend to be shorter than Chinese. So China must be doing something wrong. The international way of playing basketball does not seem to have been assimilated by the majority of members of this team.

Kosuke Takeuchi led Japan with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Joji Takeuchi had 12 points and 11 rebounds. These 6-9 twins are both are members of Japan's National Team that played in the Asian championships. Shohei Kikuchi had 19 points and Yosuke Okada had 17.

South Korea won the East Asian championship with a 98-97 victory over defendiing champion Chinese Taipei.

Link to box score:
http://results.2009eastasiangames.hk/zh-tw/Comp.mvc/Info/ResultList/BKM400102



Japan shoot down China to earn East Asian Games Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News
Japan - China 79:71

Japan finished in the third position at the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong. They held off China in the consolation final earlier today. China were among the top favorites of the tournament but fell short in the last two games to finish in the fourth place. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) knocked down 20 points to pace Japan in this one.
The teams traded baskets in the starting quarter with neither side being dominant. Japan eked out a narrow 17:15 lead at the first intermission. But China quickly denied it and put their noses in front in the second quarter. The scoreboard read 34:33 for China at halftime. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) and Kosuke Takeuchi pulled Japan back in the charge in the third stanza. They outgunned China by 9 points in the quarter taking an 8-point advantage into the fourth period. Japan wisely kept China at distance throughout the final quarter and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Shohei Kikuchi fired 19 points for Japan. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) secured 17 points in the winning charge. Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds for China. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) netted 16 points in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 20, Shohei Kikuchi 19, Yusuke Okada 17
China: Li Xiaoxu 19+10 boards, Yi Li 16



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  CYPRUS   


EuroChallenge - Round 3 - by Nima Siar
Round 3 Results:
Apoel Nicosia 81-66 Eiff.Towers
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol 72-69 Chalon
BC Kyiv 70-62 Keravnos Strovolou

Upcoming Games:
Apoel Nicosia Dec. 15 Strasbourg IG
Cedevita Zagreb Dec. 15 Proteas EKA AEL Limassol
Chorale de Roanne Basket Dec. 15 Keravnos Strovolou

Ballers of the Day:
Apoel Nicosia: Lewis Sims 20 pts.
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol: Miah Davis (183-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Pacific) 17 pts. 7 reb. 2 ast.
Keravnos Strovolou: Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Auburn) 12 pts. 7 reb. 3 ast.

With a blowout victory, Apoel Nicosia is tied for 1st place in Group B with Strasbourg IG. Both teams will battle for the top spot 15/12. Proteas EKA AEL Limassol who is tied for 1st in Group D take on last place Cedevita Zagreb 15/12.



Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 6-0 
 2. AEL 5-0 
 3. Keravnos 4-2 
 4. Etha 4-2 
 5. Apollon 3-3 
 6. Achilleas K. 3-5 
 7. AEK 2-5 
 8. ENAD 1-5 
 9. Omonia 0-6 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 17-0 
 2. Novy Jicin 14-3 
 3. BK Prostejov 14-3 
 4. BK Decin 12-5 
 5. BK Pardubice 10-7 
 6. BK B&W Opava 7-10 
 7. BC Kolin 7-10 
 8. Basketbol Brno 7-10 
 9. USK Praha 6-11 
 10. NH Ostrava 4-13 
 11. Podebrady 4-13 
 12. Vysehrad 0-17 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. McKay, USK P.23.6 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.17.4 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin17.3 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin17.2 
 5. Stec, BK B&W O.15.7 
 6. Hampton, BK Pardu.15.3 
 7. Jones, BC Kolin15.0 
 8. Chan, BK Prostejov15.0 
 9. Soska, BK B&W O.14.8 
 10. Stuchly, NH Ostra.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.3 
 2. Castleberry, Podeb.9.8 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.5 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.7.5 
 5. Payne, NH Ostrava6.9 
 6. Chan, BK Prostejov6.8 
 7. Platt, BC Kolin6.6 
 8. McKay, USK P.6.6 
 9. Steffel, Novy Jicin6.4 
 10. Houska, BK Dec.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.0 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha4.4 
 3. Carnecky, BK B&W O.4.3 
 4. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.2 
 5. McKay, USK P.4.1 
 6. Mitchell, NH Os.4.0 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin3.8 
 8. Jones, BC Kolin3.7 
 9. Wright, BK Pardu.3.5 
 10. Sirina, BK B&W.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.8 
 2. Mitchell, NH Os.2.4 
 3. Sirina, BK B&W O.2.3 
 4. Pandula, Novy Jicin2.3 
 5. Wright, BK Pardu.2.2 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 7. Muirhead, Novy Jicin2.0 
 8. McKay, USK P.1.9 
 9. Hanavan, CEZ N.1.9 
 10. Smula, Vysehr.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  (214-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.8 
 2. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.6 
 3. Payne, NH Ostrava1.5 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.1.5 
 5. Steffel, Novy Jicin1.4 
 6. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.3 
 7. Walker, Novy Jicin1.3 
 8. Castleberry, Podeb.1.3 
 9. Houska, BK Decin1.0 
 10. Dousa, BK B&W.0.8 


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  DENMARK   


Young Danish talents Laerke and Bergstedt are trying to make a dream come true. - by Thomas Soltau

After a good European B Championship campaign, young Danes Jonas Bergstedt (207-C-91) and Thomas Laerke (193-F-91) decided it was time to explore what the world of basketball had to offer.

Both players had great individual performances for the Danish U18 National team.

Laerke led the team in scoring with an average of 27PPG and 4,2RPG, while shooting a red hot 52% from beyond the arc, in 35 minutes per game. Bergstedt controlled the boards and the defense for the Danes, putting together a stat line of 10,3RPG, along with 13,6PPG and 1,9 steals, in 31,6 minutes per game.

Scouts and GM's toke notice and with this newfound attention, the two youngsters had to make a choice! Stay in Denmark, find a professional team in Europe, or take their talents to the US and try to get in a scholarship to a good American college.

Both players have made their choices and have made wise decisions.

Laerke will attend Findley College Prep for a year, in order to prepare his game and his grades for NCAA schools, while Bergstedt have found a new home in Spain, with team Balaconsto Torrelodones, in one of the lower divisions, and has signed a four year deal with the team.

The future looks bright for both Laerke and Bergstedt, now it is just up to them to make the most of their opportunities.

Eurobasket Denmark wishes both players all the best and will continue to follow them this year.



Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 13-2 
 2. Bakken 13-3 
 3. Horsholm 11-4 
 4. Naestved 9-6 
 5. SISU 9-6 
 6. Aabyhoj 5-9 
 7. Horsens IC 5-9 
 8. Amager BK 4-11 
 9. Aalborg 3-12 
 10. Randers 2-12 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Johnson, Bakken25.0 
 2. Smith, Svendborg23.5 
 3. Kearse, SISU22.9 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.5 
 5. Johansen, Naestved20.5 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg19.9 
 7. Dennis, Naestved19.0 
 8. Miskovic, Randers18.6 
 9. Proctor, Bakken18.3 
 10. Nielsen, Rande.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Christoffers., Bak.11.6 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.8 
 3. Miskovic, Randers10.0 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.0 
 5. Vance, Aalborg8.7 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg8.5 
 7. Johnson, Bakken7.9 
 8. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.9 
 9. Kearse, SISU7.4 
 10. Hoger, Svendbo.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Randers6.6 
 2. Jakobsen, Bakken5.3 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm5.1 
 4. Bradley, Amager BK5.0 
 5. Rinkevicius, SISU4.7 
 6. Darboe, Horsholm4.5 
 7. Dennis, Naestved4.3 
 8. Smith, Svendborg4.1 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg4.1 
 10. Christensen, Amager.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.9 
 2. Proctor, Bakken2.5 
 3. Kearse, SISU2.1 
 4. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 6. Morris, Aabyhoj1.8 
 7. Sigurdsson, Aabyhoj1.7 
 8. Houguet, Aalborg1.7 
 9. Dennis, Naestved1.6 
 10. Madsen, Aabyh.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.9 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.6 
 3. Johnson, Bakken1.7 
 4. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.4 
 5. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.2 
 6. Willis, Randers1.1 
 7. Miskovic, Randers1.0 
 8. Kalvelis, SISU0.9 
 9. Baskauskas, Amager B.0.9 
 10. Marinkovic, Horsho.0.9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 5-0 
 2. Erie Bay H. 2-1 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 2-1 
 4. Dakota W. 1-4 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 0-3 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 5-1 
 2. Austin T. 5-4 
 3. Maine R.Claws 3-1 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 3-4 
 5. Albuquerque 2-4 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 5-2 
 2. Idaho S. 4-1 
 3. Reno Bighorns 2-2 
 4. Los Angeles D. 2-3 
 5. Bakersfield J. 0-5 
 6. Springfield A. 0-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sundiata GAINES
  Idaho S.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Gaines, Idaho S.27.8 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande26.5 
 3. Williams, Sioux F.26.3 
 4. Farmer, Reno B.23.8 
 5. McLeod, Albuquer.23.2 
 6. Tolliver, Idaho S.21.4 
 7. Powell, Albuquerque21.3 
 8. Taylor, Erie Bay H.21.3 
 9. Gee, Austin T.21.1 
 10. Jefferson, Utah.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Erie Bay H.
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bryant, Erie Bay H.14.5 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande12.7 
 3. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA12.5 
 4. Jones, Austin T.12.1 
 5. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.0 
 6. Mullens, Tulsa 66ers10.3 
 7. Withers, Dakota W.9.5 
 8. Benson, Reno B.9.0 
 9. Stiemsma, Sioux F.8.8 
 10. Wheeler, Utah.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.6 
 2. Gaines, Idaho S.7.8 
 3. Anderson, Rio G.6.8 
 4. McLeod, Albuquer.6.7 
 5. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 6. Robinson, Reno B.6.0 
 7. Smith, Idaho S.6.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah F.5.9 
 9. Farmer, Reno B.5.8 
 10. Wallace, Rio Gran.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Greene, Utah F.3.6 
 2. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 3. Baker, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Tyndale, Iowa E.2.6 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.2.5 
 6. Manuel, Erie B.2.5 
 7. Charlo, Reno B.2.5 
 8. Brumbaugh, Sioux F.2.3 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.2.3 
 10. Benson, Reno.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.5.3 
 2. Trybanski, Reno B.4.0 
 3. McKenzie, Idaho S.2.6 
 4. Benson, Reno B.2.5 
 5. Bryant, Erie Bay H.2.3 
 6. Dorsey, Rio Grande2.2 
 7. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA2.0 
 8. Jones, Austin T.2.0 
 9. Looby, Rio Grande1.7 
 10. Major, Dakota.1.7 


Summary of the latest games - by Eurobasket News
December 10: Albuquerque - Rio Grande 112-135
Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) kicked off a furious start for his team by knocking in four of his NBA D-League career-high seven 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Vipers won for the fifth-straight time on Thursday, 135-112, over Albuquerque at Dodge Arena. The Vipers (5-1) drained a franchise-record 15 (in 24 attempts) 3-pointers in all. Temple finished with 23 points, which tied his D-League best. Michael Harris top-scored in victory with 32 points (9 boards). Keith McLeod (6'2''-G-79, college: Bowling Green) collected 24 pts and 7 boards for the Thunderbirds.

December 10: Tulsa 66ers - Springfield A. 90-74
Cecil Brown (6'4''-G-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: UCSB) stepped up for the winners draining 23 points. Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) also had very important role netting 20 points and grabbing 6 boards, while Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) added 10 pts and 11 assists. In the loosing squad, Major Wingate (6'10''-C-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee) shined with 18 points and 11 boards.

December 9: Albuquerque - Austin T. 104-109
A day after letting a late lead slip away in a loss to Rio Grande Valley, the Toros were tenacious down the stretch of a 109-104 victory over Albuquerque on Wednesday at the Austin Convention Center. Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, agency: Buck Andre, college: Alabama) poured in a season-high 32 points and ripped down six rebounds. But with the game on the line, the Toros got the ball to Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-G-87, college: Baylor). The Del Valle product scored 12 of his 23 points during the final four minutes of a back-and-forth fourth quarter.

December 9: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 97-110
The Jam's season-opening losing streak reached five in a row with a 110-97 defeat against the Los Angeles D-Fenders Wednesday afternoon at Staples Center. Amara Sy (6'8''-F-81),the Jam's first round draft pick out of France, made his Bakersfield debut posting 10 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Sy missed the Jam's first four games of the season with a wrist injury. Justin Hawkins (6'7''-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.) came off the bench to pace the Jam with a team-high 19 points. The Jam travels to Austin for a Friday contest with the Toros.

December 8: Rio Grande - Austin T. 97-88
Antonio Anderson scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers came back from a nine point first half deficit to defeat the Austin Toros 97-88 Tuesday morning at the Austin Convention Center. Michael Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) had 27 pts and 7 boards in this victory. Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) collected 29 pts and 13 boards in loss.

December 7: Dakota W. - Utah F. 92-102
Making their 2009-10 debut at the McKay Events Center in Orem, the Utah Flash delighted the home crowd as they came back to defeat the visiting Dakota Wizards 102-92. The Flash (5-1) were in a hotly contested battle with Wizards (2-3) all night as the teams traded leads 11 times. However, Utah turned on the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, limiting Dakota to 15 points. Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) and Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) led Utah with 25 points a piece on combined 18-26 shooting. Former University of Wyoming star Jason Straight led Dakota with a team-high 21 points, but the Wizards shot 44.8% from the field for the game while only handing out assists on five baskets. Utah has now won four games in a row as they out-rebounded Dakota 42-24. (by Surujh Roopnarine)


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lebanon vs. Dominican Republic - Who would succeed in a possible encounter? - by Ozell Wells
Lebanon vs. Dominican Republic - Who would succeed in a possible encounter? - Dec 10, 2009
[by Kris SANTIAGO] -

After posting my latest blog about the wild cards for Turkey 2010, I thought about, what would happen if their would be a decisive game between Lebanon and the Dominican Republic as I guess only one of the two will be getting a pass to the next World Championships. Imagine one game in a neutral place with both teams fielding their very best players available.

Of course, someone will post: 'Why not Nigeria?' Well, I just think it will be in the end between those two countries mentioned above. Of course, as a big African hoops fan, I would love to see Nigeria in Turkey next year, especially if they are coming with Big Olu and Gabe Muoneke, but I have strong feeling that I won't meet these guys and Nigeria in Turkey next year.

Same goes by the way for Cameroon, who I love to support as the team and the coaches are all great people.

But let's get back to my 'fantasy' game between the Lebanese and the Dominicans:

Backcourt:

Rony Fahed, Omar El Turk, Ali Mahmoud and Jean-Abdel Nour are the cornerstones of Lebanon's backcourt for years now. The first three players mentioned are more than solid from the three-point line but lack height to compete with taller players and are also not overly athletic. Still, they are capable of playing their role within the team, which is to pass and shoot when necessary. Nour is a different character, as he is known for his fast drives to the hoop as well as for his knack for rebounds, even though not being the tallest on the team. But he is pretty weak from the outside which limits him a lot.

Lebanon's guards do play for years together and have their routines set, but none of them gained experience by playing in a big European league, let alone the NBA.

The missing piece to a great team is the point-guard spot, as everyone points out when speaking about the Dominicans. Part-time point guard Luis Flores is better suited to play shooting guard while Carlos Morban is not the answer to the Dominican sorrows. Edgar Sosa might be still young but is steadily developing at Louisville and might be the first option soon. Flores, who brings a lot of international experience on the court, is versatile as he can slash to the basket but also shoot from long range, but tends to be selfish which hampers the other players' output a lot. Ricky Greer is having a good year in Nancy and should be considered altogether with his brother Jeff, who plays on the same team. Sammy Mejia should also make a nice fit at shooting guard if selected. All in all, the international experience should make up for the lacking of an experienced point guard in the team.

Advantage: None.

Frontcourt:

Lebanon added proved U.S. American Jackson Vroman to its frontcourt and also got finally Matt Freije's yes to play for the country of his grandfather's country. Both additions proved to be crucial for the team as both players delivered instantly on the boards and even from long range (Freije is a fierce competitor in the paint but is also deadly from beyond the arc). El Khatib, who I was able to watch in Athens last year, looks better now but is clearly not the force he used to be. He still possesses good hands but is too slow to compete against the likes of Villanueva or Horford. Young forward Daniel Faris is an option for the future. The national-team first-timer is now in the Netherlands and is adjusting to European hoops this season after spending his whole life in the U.S. Finally, there is veteran Brian Bashara, who is dangerous from the distance but lacks the body to bang in the post and is more of a role player, but definitely an effective one.

The three-headed snake from the NBA spearheads the Dominican national-team. Charlie Villanueva, Francisco Garcia and Alfred Horford are clearly the 'rat pack' on the roster and whoever was in Puerto Rico this summer to watch them playing, knows why. Villanueva struggled in the beginning but once he caught his rhythm, was a strong force inside on offense and on defense. Al Horford showed no mercy by scoring mostly through vicious dunks and put backs while taking clearly the most rebounds down. Garcia, who missed the most important games down the stretch by breaking a finger, displayed great efficiency from downtown and netted in some incredible 3's in San Juan. Imagine now, if Trevor Ariza would join them off the bench... Jack Michael Martinez is another big man who knows how to body his way to the rim, while I would also add Eulis Baez of Valladolid to that already remarkable core of players.

Advantage: Dominican Republic

Coaching:

I see no major holes in Raca's tactics but I don't get the idea of El Khatib playing a point forward. Maybe there is something hidden that I can't see. In all games that I was able to watch, the team played a man-to-man defense relying on their speed to guard the players, which helped China in the semis due to their height-advantage as they were able repeatedly to score over the heads of Lebanon's players. But I can't tell if a switch to zone would have helped the undersized guards.

Julio Toro had not much of a choice who to take into his starting five but had also chosen some players to fill the roster from which I never heard before. Instead of taking available Jeff Greer and maybe Sammy Mejia as well as Edgar Sosa, he took inexperienced Coronado and Flores to San Juan and used Kelvin Pena at times to bring the ball, although everyone knows that Pena is an undersized shooting guard whose only weapon is the three-pointer. If Toro returns, Jack Michael Martinez won't be part of the team as both have some personal differences from I was able to witness. But I guess the Dominicans will be going with a new coach into more intense preparations if they will be considered.

Advantage: None

So in the end and after considering the pros and cons of this match-up, I would think, that the Dominicans would walk away with a win if both countries would play each other on neutral ground. Of course I know of Lebanon's glorious games in 2006 and I know of the Dominican flaws which include the lack of team-play, but knowing of the athletic abilities of both teams I still would give the Dominicanos the edge. That does not mean that the Latin Americans will be getting the necessary wild-card to compete. I still believe the Lebanese fans will be able to travel to Turkey next year to watch their country in the most exciting tournament of the year 2010.
-courtesy of Kris Santiago


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Rakvere 9-3 
 2. TTU KK 8-3 
 3. TU/Rock 6-1 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 6-3 
 5. Valga Welg 6-4 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 3-7 
 7. Parnu 2-8 
 8. Kuremaa 1-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.21.7 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.7 
 3. Kurg, Kuremaa19.4 
 4. Toome, TTU K.19.1 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev18.1 
 6. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.17.5 
 7. Kriisa, Rakvere17.5 
 8. Winston, Kuremaa15.8 
 9. Kikerpill, Valga Welg15.1 
 10. Morrison, TU/Ro.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.6 
 2. Morrison, TU/Rock10.5 
 3. McGee, Kuremaa10.2 
 4. Toome, TTU K.9.9 
 5. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.7 
 6. Erm, Parnu8.9 
 7. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.8.7 
 8. Kriisa, Rakvere8.4 
 9. Winston, Kuremaa8.3 
 10. Tagamets, Valga.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.1 
 2. Kriisa, Rakvere4.6 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg4.0 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock4.0 
 5. Saage, Rakvere3.4 
 6. Sokk, TU/Rock3.2 
 7. Winston, Kuremaa3.1 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.6 
 9. Kikerpill, Valga Welg2.4 
 10. Aab, Valga We.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock3.3 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.7 
 3. Veideman, Rakvere2.3 
 4. Kurg, Kuremaa2.3 
 5. Rannula, Valga Welg2.3 
 6. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 7. Tagamets, Valga W.2.1 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 9. Allingu, TU/Rock2.0 
 10. McGee, Kurem.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
 2. Toome, TTU K.2.4 
 3. Hallik, Rakvere1.3 
 4. Morrison, TU/Rock1.2 
 5. McGee, Kuremaa1.1 
 6. Ringmets, Parnu1.0 
 7. Saks, TTU K.1.0 
 8. Ilver, Tallinna Kalev1.0 
 9. Raadik, Parnu0.9 
 10. Hingla, Valga We.0.6 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Goettingen 2-1 
 2. Gravelines 2-1 
 3. Buducnost 2-1 
 4. Lokomotiv K. 0-3 
Group B
 1. APOEL 2-1 
 2. Strasbourg 2-1 
 3. Eiff.Towers 1-2 
 4. Khimik 1-2 
Group C
 1. Krasnie Krilya 4-0 
 2. Scavolini PS 2-2 
 3. Minsk-2006 1-2 
 4. EclipseJet 0-3 
Group D
 1. Chalon 2-1 
 2. AEL 2-1 
 3. M.Hainaut 1-2 
 4. Cedevita 1-2 
Group E
 1. Liege 2-1 
 2. BC Donetsk 2-1 
 3. Enisey 2-1 
 4. Ploiesti 0-3 
Group F
 1. FMP 3-0 
 2. Banvit 2-1 
 3. VEF Riga 1-2 
 4. Aalstar 0-3 
Group G
 1. Antwerp 2-1 
 2. Art.Dragons 2-1 
 3. TU/Rock 1-2 
 4. Wels 1-2 
Group H
 1. Roanne 3-0 
 2. BC Kyiv 2-1 
 3. KK Zagreb 1-2 
 4. Keravnos 0-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milan DOZET
  APOEL
  (203-G/F-79)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Dozet, AP.24.5 
 2. Mitchell, Khimik23.0 
 3. Tucker, BC Donetsk22.0 
 4. Chalmers, Enisey21.7 
 5. Greene, Aalstar21.0 
 6. Van Paassen, Eiff.T.21.0 
 7. Simon, Strasbourg20.0 
 8. Schilb, Chalon20.0 
 9. Flores, Krasnie .19.5 
 10. Pustozvonov, BC.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 David SIMON
  Strasbourg
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Simon, Strasbourg10.7 
 2. Conley, Wels10.3 
 3. Thomas, Liege10.3 
 4. Raduljica, FMP10.3 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.3 
 6. Ebong, M.Hainaut8.7 
 7. Barber, Aalstar8.7 
 8. Blanchard, Khimik8.7 
 9. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.5 
 10. Williams, Banv.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga12.3 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers8.0 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .7.0 
 4. Lukashov, BC Kyiv7.0 
 5. Diabate, Roanne6.5 
 6. Heurtel, Strasbourg5.7 
 7. Black, Antwerp5.3 
 8. Covic, FMP5.3 
 9. Chalmers, Enisey5.0 
 10. Greene, Aalst.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bruce FIELDS
  Wels
  (197-F-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Fields, Wels3.7 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers3.5 
 3. Rochestie, Goett.3.0 
 4. Krstic, KK Zagreb3.0 
 5. Davis, AEL3.0 
 6. Woodside, Gravelines3.0 
 7. Roberson, Stras.3.0 
 8. Burleson, Ploiesti2.7 
 9. Green, Liege2.7 
 10. Kolchenko, Khim.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Scott MORRISON
  TU/Rock
  (212-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Morrison, TU/Rock3.0 
 2. Owens, BC Donetsk2.3 
 3. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.3 
 4. Agafonov, Khimik1.7 
 5. Cisse, AP.1.5 
 6. Maras, Buducnost1.5 
 7. Radojevic, AP.1.5 
 8. Drozdov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.3 
 10. Blanchard, Khim.1.3 


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  EUROCUP   


Turow bring in Brandon Wallace - by Eurobasket News
Turow agreed on terms of contract with Brandon Wallace (206-F-85, college: S.Carolina). The 24-year-old forward is expected to debut for Turow against Znicz in the next PLK round. Brandon Wallace is not new to Poland. He played for Basket Kwidzyn in 2008/09 season. Kwidzyn were led by recent Turow head coach Andrej Urlep (agency: Edge Sports ) that year. Bradon Wallace started this season in Israel. The guard averaged 5.8 points, 7.5 boards and 1.7 blocks per appearance for Hapoel Holon. Some news indicates that Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) will be axed from the squad of the Polish vice-champions.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  U.Olimpija
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Walsh, U.Olimpija20.8 
 2. Woods, Assec.Pr.18.3 
 3. Maric, Partizan18.1 
 4. Kleiza, Olympiakos17.9 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA17.3 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.1 
 7. Pekovic, Panathin.16.4 
 8. Mickeal, Regal Barca16.0 
 9. Sato, Montepaschi15.1 
 10. Lavrinovic, MMC.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Watson, Zalgiris10.6 
 2. Maric, Partizan9.9 
 3. Roberts, Partizan7.7 
 4. Kleiza, Olympiakos7.6 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja7.2 
 6. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.6 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA6.4 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.1 
 9. Asik, Fener.Ulker6.0 
 10. Morris, Regal.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.7.2 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.6.3 
 3. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.9 
 4. Cook, Unicaja5.4 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca5.1 
 6. Sciarra, Orleans4.5 
 7. Prigioni, MMC R.4.4 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.4 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA4.1 
 10. McCalebb, Partiz.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  ASVEL
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lukauskis, AS.2.7 
 2. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.1 
 3. Gordon, Cibona2.1 
 4. Perperoglou, Panath.2.0 
 5. McIntyre, Montepas.2.0 
 6. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.0 
 7. Eidson, Maccabi .1.9 
 8. Lukas, Marousi BC1.8 
 9. Dobbins, Orleans1.8 
 10. Singletary, Caja.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Maccabi T-A
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fischer, Maccabi .1.9 
 2. Morris, Regal B.1.7 
 3. Lasme, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 4. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.4 
 5. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.4 
 6. Vranes, Partizan1.4 
 7. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.3 
 8. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.3 
 10. Vazquez, Regal.1.1 


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti winning six in a row - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 18: Last season Finnish Champion YMCA Lahti had a poor start for this season and was a month ago still # 10 in Top League with 3-9 record.
Then everything got changed. Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) joined the roster and Team has won now six contests in a row. Tonight YMCA Lahti defeated at home visitor Vilpas (Salo) 91-83 (39-23). Quarters: 14-11, 25-12, 21-25, 31-35. Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: E.Carolina) led the hosts with 27 pts. Ray Nixon added 18 and Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) 16 pts. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) scored 22 pts for Vilpas Vikings.

YMCA Lahti - Vilpas 91-83 (39-23) (Corey Rouse 27, Ray Nixon 18, Ricky Hickman 16/6a - Lawrence Hamm 22, Charlie Burgess 19/5a, Roope Ahonen 13).

1.Division:
Kerava - YMCA Lahti II 87-69 (47-24) (Brian Egwuatu 21/13, Arsene Towa 13/14, Stefan Beatovic 11 - Erno Johansson 16, Ville Pekkola 14, Olli Kaunomaki 10).
BC Jyvaskyla - BC Nokia 76-80 (36-42) (Tuukka Ahila 22, Reijo Ojanen 17, Antti Siimes 12 - Henri Hirvikoski 31, Timo Riihela 20, Jeremy McCulloch 14).
10.12. Honka (Tapiola) - BC JKL 94-74 (43-40) (Carl Lindbom 18, Sauli Silvonen 15, Kilian Cato 13 - Reijo Ojanen 17, Antti Siimes 14, Olli Anttolainen 11).


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Tarmo 9-1 
 2. Lapua 8-2 
 3. Jyvaskyla 8-3 
 4. Honka 6-3 
 5. Huima 6-4 
 6. LoKoKo 6-4 
 7. BC Nokia 6-5 
 8. JKS 4-6 
 9. Ura Basket 3-6 
 10. Kerava ET 2-8 
 11. Wartti 1-8 
 12. Namika II 1-10 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Lapua
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Swanston, Lapua24.5 
 2. Coleman, LoKoKo23.0 
 3. Ramey, LoKoKo22.7 
 4. Haynes, Lapua22.7 
 5. Leggett, Huima21.0 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo19.8 
 7. Jallow, JKS19.5 
 8. Stamper, JKS19.3 
 9. Favors, JKS18.8 
 10. Hale, Tar.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant NASH
  Lapua
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Nash, Lapua15.5 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET13.3 
 3. Leggett, Huima11.6 
 4. Pichon, LoKoKo11.4 
 5. Jallow, JKS11.0 
 6. Coleman, LoKoKo10.7 
 7. Douglas, Ura Basket10.6 
 8. Stamper, JKS10.4 
 9. King, Jyvaskyla10.3 
 10. Thomas, LoKo.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Zach RAMEY
  LoKoKo
  (191-F/G-81)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Ramey, LoKoKo5.7 
 2. Favors, JKS5.2 
 3. Nikitin, Honka4.1 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo3.6 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia2.8 
 6. Huff, LoKoKo2.7 
 7. Little, Wartti2.7 
 8. Bakradze, Lapua2.6 
 9. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.6 
 10. Hale, Tar.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant NASH
  Lapua
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Nash, Lapua3.5 
 2. Pekkola, Namika II3.3 
 3. Rokala, Ura Basket2.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo2.6 
 5. Stamper, JKS2.5 
 6. Favors, JKS2.5 
 7. Hanninen, Wartti2.3 
 8. King, Jyvaskyla2.2 
 9. Huff, LoKoKo2.0 
 10. Thomas, LoKo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Justice GRAHAM
  Tarmo
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Graham, Tarmo0.8 
 2. Hassinen, Wartti0.8 
 3. Juvonen, JKS0.8 
 4. Hale, Tarmo0.8 
 5. Paivinen, Wartti0.7 
 6. Cato, Honka0.7 
 7. McMillion, Lapua0.7 
 8. Streng, Namika II0.7 
 9. Coleman, LoKoKo0.7 
 10. Leggett, Hui.0.6 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.4 
 2. Johnson, LrNM.23.7 
 3. Washington, KTP22.5 
 4. Trotter, ToPo22.4 
 5. Turner, LrNM.21.8 
 6. Lowe, Pyrinto20.4 
 7. Hamm, Salon Vilpas19.9 
 8. Belser, Honka19.0 
 9. Moye, Kouvot18.7 
 10. Elliott, Hon.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  KTP
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. McDade, KTP12.1 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo11.5 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.8 
 4. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.7 
 5. Rouse, Namika L.9.9 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 7. Smith, Karhu9.4 
 8. Chones, Kataja8.8 
 9. Washington, KTP8.8 
 10. Kotti, Hon.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Gibson, LrNM.4.6 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.8 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto3.7 
 4. Trotter, ToPo3.7 
 5. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.6 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 7. Ivey, Kataja3.1 
 8. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.1 
 9. Horton, Karhu2.9 
 10. Virtanen, Kata.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.5 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.9 
 3. Trotter, ToPo2.8 
 4. Davis, Kataja2.3 
 5. Turner, LrNM.2.1 
 6. Washington, KTP1.9 
 7. Bradford, Kataja1.9 
 8. Leimu, Karhu1.8 
 9. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 10. Stewart, FoKo.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 1
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti1.0 
 2. Pearson, ToPo0.9 
 3. Washington, KTP0.8 
 4. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 5. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 6. Jones, Karhu0.7 
 7. Niskanen, Karhu0.7 
 8. Neltner, Kouvot0.7 
 9. Stewart, FoKoPo0.6 
 10. Davis, Kar.0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Le Mans 10-1 
 2. Cholet 9-2 
 3. Gravelines 7-2 
 4. Roanne 7-3 
 5. Nancy 6-4 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 6-4 
 7. Orleans 5-5 
 8. Le Havre 5-6 
 9. Paris-Levall. 5-6 
 10. Vichy 4-5 
 11. Poitiers 4-6 
 12. Dijon 4-6 
 13. ASVEL 4-7 
 14. Strasbourg 3-7 
 15. Chalon 2-8 
 16. Rouen 1-10 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 9-2 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 9-2 
 3. Le Portel 9-3 
 4. Lille 9-3 
 5. Maurienne 8-4 
 6. Evreux 7-4 
 7. Bourg 7-5 
 8. Nanterre 6-5 
 9. Charleville 5-6 
 10. St.Vallier 5-6 
 11. Boulazac 5-6 
 12. Bordeaux 5-7 
 13. Brest 5-7 
 14. Fos Ouest 4-8 
 15. Clermont 4-8 
 16. Nantes 3-9 
 17. Quimper 2-9 
 18. Antibes 2-10 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.23.2 
 2. Vassallo, Paris-.19.6 
 3. Spencer, Le Mans18.9 
 4. Banks, Orleans18.5 
 5. Marshall, Dijon17.0 
 6. Tillman, Chalon16.9 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines16.6 
 8. Schilb, Chalon16.2 
 9. Greer, Nancy16.0 
 10. Wright, Poitie.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon12.5 
 2. Falker, Cholet10.7 
 3. Issa, Vichy10.4 
 4. Nsonwu, Roanne9.0 
 5. Greer, Nancy8.8 
 6. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.9 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 8. Fazekas, Dijon7.8 
 9. Krupalija, Dijon7.2 
 10. Akpomedah, Gra.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Reid, Vichy7.7 
 2. Greer, Nancy6.2 
 3. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.9 
 4. Neitzel, Chalon5.7 
 5. Heurtel, Strasbourg5.2 
 6. Poupet, Rouen4.9 
 7. Gomez, Poitiers4.9 
 8. Sciarra, Orleans4.8 
 9. Wright, Le Mans4.7 
 10. Tchicamboud, Nan.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Everett, Hyeres-T.3.0 
 2. Linehan, Cholet3.0 
 3. Miller, Le Havre2.2 
 4. Issa, Vichy2.0 
 5. Greer, Nancy2.0 
 6. Melody, Vichy1.8 
 7. Moss, Vichy1.7 
 8. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.1.7 
 9. Ball, Paris-Levallois1.7 
 10. Pierce, Hyeres.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Vichy
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Issa, Vichy3.2 
 2. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.7 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.8 
 4. Badiane, Poitiers1.7 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 6. Prowell, Paris-.1.5 
 7. Slaughter, Nancy1.4 
 8. Darden, Strasbourg1.3 
 9. Fazekas, Dijon1.3 
 10. Soliman, Rou.1.2 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Lille
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Siggers, Lille21.6 
 2. Davis, Charleville19.1 
 3. Riley, Nanterre17.6 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges17.0 
 5. McKenzie, St Va.16.8 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.3 
 7. Gay, Fos Ouest16.3 
 8. Young, Quimper15.7 
 9. Badiane, Maurienne15.3 
 10. Bucknor, Clermo.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devonne GILES
  Nantes
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Giles, Nantes10.0 
 2. McClark, Bourg9.6 
 3. Badiane, Maurienne8.0 
 4. McKenzie, St Va.7.9 
 5. Melicie, Brest7.7 
 6. Bing, Clermont7.7 
 7. Janisius, Charleville7.5 
 8. Mathis, Evreux7.3 
 9. Harrison, Charleville7.3 
 10. Joseph, Pau-La.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Da Silva, Evreux7.5 
 2. Ingram, Clermont7.2 
 3. Mullins, Bourg6.7 
 4. McIntosh, St Va.6.4 
 5. Taylor, Le Portel6.1 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.6.1 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne5.6 
 8. Swift, Brest5.6 
 9. Kerckhof, Antibes5.5 
 10. Cisse, Fos Oue.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Riley, Nanterre3.8 
 2. Mullins, Bourg3.0 
 3. Driss, Bordeaux2.7 
 4. Siggers, Lille2.7 
 5. Ingram, Clermont2.6 
 6. McKenzie, St Va.2.3 
 7. Periac, Bordeaux2.3 
 8. Da Silva, Evreux2.2 
 9. Harris, Antibes2.2 
 10. Joldersma, Mau.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Bordeaux
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Williams, Bordeaux2.2 
 2. Ford, Limoges2.2 
 3. Badiane, Maurienne1.8 
 4. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 5. Gouez, Lille1.6 
 6. Owona, Bordeaux1.6 
 7. McClark, Bourg1.0 
 8. Giles, Nantes0.9 
 9. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 10. Joseph, Pau-La.0.8 


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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Osiguranje 13-0 
 2. Feni Indistrija 11-2 
 3. Rabotnicki 7-5 
 4. Torus 6-6 
 5. Pelister 6-7 
 6. Ovce Pole 5-8 
 7. Vardar 2000 4-7 
 8. Plejmejker K. 4-10 
 9. MZT Skopje 3-10 
 10. AMMAK SP 1-5 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nebojsa RISTIC
  Ovce Pole
  (194-G/F-77)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Ristic, Ovce Pole19.8 
 2. Stojanovski, V.Osig.18.7 
 3. Cekovski, Rabotnicki18.7 
 4. Karadzovski, Torus18.3 
 5. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje18.1 
 6. Dimcevski, Vardar 16.1 
 7. Life, Feni Indistrija15.7 
 8. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
 9. Tmusic, AMMAK S.15.0 
 10. Nisavik, MZT.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ninoslav TMUSIC
  AMMAK SP
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tmusic, AMMAK S.10.0 
 2. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.2 
 3. Gjorevski, MZT S.8.3 
 4. Ristic, Ovce Pole8.1 
 5. Held, Pelister7.7 
 6. Opacik, Torus7.4 
 7. Televski, Pelister7.3 
 8. Nuri, AMMAK S.6.8 
 9. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje6.8 
 10. Krstevski, Varda.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister6.4 
 2. Samardziev, Feni I.5.7 
 3. Petrovic, Pelister5.4 
 4. Kocov, Vardar 20004.2 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 6. Tasevski, Torus4.1 
 7. Karadzovski, Torus4.0 
 8. Popovic, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Grncarov, V.Osig.3.6 
 10. Sokolov, Rabotnic.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister2.8 
 2. Tasevski, Torus2.1 
 3. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.9 
 4. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole1.8 
 5. Knezevic, Feni I.1.7 
 6. Karakolev, Torus1.7 
 7. Grncarov, V.Osig.1.6 
 8. Blazevski, V.Osig.1.5 
 9. Samardziev, Feni I.1.5 
 10. Sokolov, Rabotnic.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje3.2 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.6 
 3. Nisavik, MZT S.1.4 
 4. Kralevski, Plejme.1.4 
 5. Televski, Pelister1.3 
 6. Ilic, Vardar 20001.0 
 7. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.8 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 9. Filipovic, Rabotnicki0.6 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnic.0.5 


Superleague: No.1 Vardar Osiguruvanje keeps the perfect score after 13 games - by Eurobasket News
V.Osiguruvanje - Pelister 80-57
Vardar Osiguruvanje blasted Pelister jumping to impressive 13-0 record. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) was a key player in this victory draining 29 points. Aleksandar Held (81) responded with 14 points and 8 boards for Pelister, who dropped to 6-7.

Feni Indistrija - Plejmejker K. 120-62
Eleventh win for Feni Industri, who got 23 points from Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza). James Life (194-G-83, college: Massachusetts) also had very important role in this victory netting 21 pts. Visitors had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Marko Trajkovski (170-G-80) with 10 pts.

Ovce Pole - Rabotnicki 85-86
Rabotnicki escaped with tiny 85-86 win against Ovce Pole remaining on third place with 7-5 score. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) stepped up for the reigning FYROM champion with 20 points and 5 assists. Nebojsa Ristic (194-G/F-77) delivered 26 pts and grabbed 9 boards for the hosts.

Torus - MZT Skopje 75-63
6-6 for Torus and 3-10 for MZT after this game. Jovan Markovski (198-F-88) led the hosts with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Enis Sinadinovic (190-G-88) netted 17 pts in defeat.


FYR Macedonia NT gets new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from various media in FYROM, the search for successor of Jovica Arsic as NT Head Coach is finally over. Reportedly, at the meeting of the FYROM Basketball Federation it was decided that the new Head Coach for the next two years will be Marin Dokuzovski.
Dokuzovski got unanimous support, while as his Assistant Coach is appointed Marjan Lazovski. Dokuzovski is currently working as a Head coach of Rabotnicki. This will be his second stint with the National Team as he has previously worked as Head Coach in 2001. He will be officially promoted in the next few days.
Marin Dokuzovski started his coaching career in 1997 when he took over Godel Rabotnicki. He was fired in March of 1998 but has returned following season to lead them once again. That season he led the team to the National Title and as result was voted Coach of the Year. In 2000, he took over MZT Skopje whit whom he has won National Cup, and next year he was appointed Head Coach of Mac 91 Polo Strumica. In January 2004 he once again returned to Rabotnicki. Dokuzovski moved abroad in 2004 when he was appointed Assistant Coach Lukoil Akademik. For season 2006-2007 he was promoted to Head Coach. With Lukoil, Dokuzovski has won two consecutive National Titles in 2006 and 2007. After successful spell in Bulgaria, Dokuzovski again returned to Rabotnicki at the start of season 2007-2008 where he has been working for the past few seasons. Last season, he managed to pull somewhat of an upset over favorite Feni Indistri to win the National Title once more.


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Chase Griffin (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To EnBW Ludwigsburg Game December 12th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) is a 26 year old 188 cm guard from Sammamish, Washington. He played college ball at Pepperdine in California from 2002 to 2007. n his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 15.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 80.7%. He joined Phoenix Hagen in January 2008 and finished the season playing 14 games averaging 15.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 41.5%, FT: 76.1%. Last season, he helped lead Phoenix Hagen into the BBL playing 28 games and averaging 16.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 78.1%. Currently he is the second best scorer on the team averaging 14,9ppg, 32,rpg and 3,2apg. He had a short chat with eurobasket before the game against ENBW Ludwigsburg.

Phoenix Hagen is currently in last place. How is the state of the team?


We are not feeling good right now. But it is still early with 22 games to play and one third of the season over. We cant dwell on our current position or it will only get worse. We just have to continue to work hard in practice and play as a team and we will get out of this.

How is coach Ingo Freyer motivating the team at the moment?



Coach is doing a good job motivating us. We cant hang our heads now. On Monday, we cancelled practice and watched video for three and a half hours. We did our homework and then had five very good days of practice. We have a lot of confidence and are ready to go and get a win in Ludwigsburg.

MEG Goettingen took you apart last weekend. Is this ateam that will continue to be a thorn in the sides of future BBL teams?

MEG Goettingen will not stop being athorn in the side of teams. They play an up tempo game and as soon as they miss of hit are in your face. They took us out of our offense in Hagen and forced us to 22 turnovers which is unacceptable. They didnt allow us to run our offense at all. They have talent, are athletic, fats and really surprised us. We were very confident after our win against Duesseldorf that we would beat MEG Goettingen at home, but instead they came on our court and killed us.

What makes MEG Goettingen so good besides their in your face game?


I call it their chaos game. They play exceptional help defense and have been the best on ball pressure team in the league that we have faced so far. They play great man to man, trap and when you swing the ball back, they are right at you in your face. They really dont make scoring easy. Frankfurt cant allow them to set up their full court press. We wanted to slow down the tempo, but tha turned out being lethal and back fired. Frankfurt should get the ball out as quickly as possible and get their play started.

Every game now is like a game seven for Phoenix Hagen. How big is the game in Ludwigsburg with three home games in a row following?


This game is very important. We had a great week of practice. We feel confident. If we could win three of four games would be nice. That is our goal and would give us good position again in the standings.

What is your impression of ENBW Ludwigsburg this season?


I think that they are similar to Bremerhaven this season. They penetrate well and hit the three pointer. They are mostly a perimeter team. I think that we can keep the tempo up and run our fast break, because they are a older team. If we can limit our turnovers and out rebound them then we have good chances to win.

Are you playing more the two position now or more the point guard or a bit of both?


I am kind of the utility guy playing the one and two position. When I am on the court and Andre Mcghee is off the court, I am the point guard and when Andre Mcghee is on the court, then I am the two position. Mcghee has been struggling and he knows it, but he will pick it up I am sure.

Are you looking forward to playing against Kyle Bailey?


I am looking forward to playing against Kyle Bailey. He is a year older than me and we played against one another in college as I was with Pepperdine and he was at Santa Clara. I have a lot of respect for him. He is very smooth with the ball and penetrates nicely. He is only shooting 16% from the three point line and can shoot a lot better than that. We had some nice duels in college, but we split the games.


What is your prediction for The MEG Goettingen-Deutsche Bank Skyliners game on December 12th?

Frankfurt should win. They are the better team and belong to the top three teams in the league. Frankfurt is the tactical better team and there should be no excuse that they lose.

Thank you Chase for the chat and good luck in Ludwigsburg!


Thank You.



Jason Boone (MEG Goettingen) Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game December 12th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: New York U.) is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he had a short stay with Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. Last season, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7%. This season, he is avergaing 21 minutes per game and is averaging 11,0ppg, 5,6rpg and 1,1bs. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about the upcoming game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on December 12th.

Two seasons ago you were playing in the Regionalliga in Bernau and now your playing Eurochallenge. Is it like a dream playing in other countries every other week or is it just a normal thing for you?


Well it's definitely not a 'normal thing' but it's something I've worked hard for. Since childhood I've always dreamed about playing professional basketball, seeing the world, and going on a date with Stacey Dash. Two out of three isn't bad is it?

What has been the secret for the good start in Eurochallenge? The team is young, but is playing like an experienced team.


If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore would it? I don't think it's anything more than the guys on this team playing within themselves while buying into the fact that defense is what's going to win games for us.

The team seems not as strong on paper as last season, but the team has a 7-3 record this season. Why is the team so successful?


Well on paper we should be 1-9, but I feel we were 4 possessions away from being 9-1. It's all based on how hard you go out and play on that specific day. We know defensive intensity is what we rely on to win, and it's just about making it a habit to bring it every time we step on that court.


What are the biggest differences to last seasons team? It seems that you have decreased the guard terror this season and have more of an inside game.



I think we were a little more experienced last season, but we have a lot more to prove this season. I still get the sense that a lot of people think that we were 'lucky' last season and because of that, we need to work hard everyday to show that we can be a top team in this league. I think our guards are just as 'terrorizing' but we definitely look to pound it inside more this season.

What is the biggest weapon of MEG Goettingen as a team? Possibly the fact that the team is so unpredictable?


Actually I think it's the opposite. If you've watched our tapes, you know how we play, and our goal is to dictate the pace of the game. I think our biggest weapons are our fans. They come all over with us (including Russia) and we feed off of their energy. It's impossible to play the Gottingen style of basketball with no energy.

Last season, you won a tight game in the Lokhalle 70-65 against Frankfurt. What do you remember from this game?


I remember Charles Lee getting a dunk. That didn't happen too often so they are easy to recall. But I also remember it being a tough one. I lost to Keith Simmons 8 times in highschool back in New York and I remember how good it was to personally get the win, as well as for our team to beat one of the top teams in the BBL (and a European competitor). It was a good night in Gottingen.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What is your impression of the comeback team this season?


From what I've seen and heard about Frankfurt it's hard to say. They are a talented team with a solid inside and outside presence but it's in the Lokhalle. So we will see. The one thing I do know...is that it's going to be LOUD in there.

What will be key in being successful and winning your 5th game in a row in the Lokhalle?


Like always, our defense and intensity. Whether we are hitting all of our shots or struggling to score, we know that in a grind-it-out 'ugly' defensive game, the advantage is ours. We need to feed off of the fans and play with that 'terrorizing' energy.


Greg Jenkins had a strong game against Bremerhaven and will encounter a strong Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: New York U.). How much are you looking forward to this duel and will the boards play a big role in this game?


In my opinion, Bremerhaven has one of the toughest front-courts in the league. We scrimmaged them twice in the preseason and for him to nearly have a double-double against them is a credit to his ability. As always, we're going to focus on winning the battle on the boards, both offensively and defensively, because we've seen the most success when we've out-rebounded our opponent.

What was your last DVD that you saw?


On the way home from Montenegro I watched the second half of our game against Buducnost Podgorica but then turned it off to watch the Mike Tyson Documentary. Talk about energy, intensity and terror. He is all 3 with a tattoo on his face.


Good Luck Jason against Frankfurt
Thanks



Derrick Allen (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Pregame Thoughts To MEG Goettingen Game December 12th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and he is now starting his third season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. He has reached three BBL playoffs in five seasons and played in the 2008 BBL Allstar game. He spoke to eurobasket prior to the game against MEG Goettingen on December 12t..

Another thrilling end in the win against Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven was quite devastated after the loss. How much more luck can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have?



I dont know how many more games we can have like this, but hopefully we can just continue too win games no matter how dramatic the ending is

The team wants to win again more easily, but truthfully the experience that the team has gained now in crunch time situations could help the team down the road. How big is the confidence of the team now?


I think our confidence is high, but at the same time we just cant get down in games, and think we will come back and win, so we have to fix the individual mistakes that we are making.

You didnt have one of your best games. You are in your 7th season now. How do you digest games like this now as a seasoned veteran?



When we watch film, I just look at how I played, my positioning on offense, and how I am doing on defense, so I just try to get better after every game, because I know teams play me differently, so that is how I approach it.

The next game is against MEG Gottingen. Frankfurt has lost 3 of the 4 games in the last two years. What memories stand out in your head? Possibly the 24 point performance by Maksym Shtein where half the team was sick in 2008?



That was a crazy weekend and we only had 6-7 players that could really play. We had our team doctor in town, but Max played a great game for us, I think he had like 17-18 points in the 1st half, so it was a great win there.

What is your impression of MEG Gottingen this season? They have a record of 7-3, but only in 13th place. How dangerous is this team?

Yeah, I think they are a good team that plays aggressive on the defensive end. They have quick guards who get too the basket.

The team has less talent then last season, play a little less of their guard terror, but are still strong. Why is the team so successful?


Its because they play a really aggressive style of defense and they dont let teams play the way they are used too playing.

Are you looking forward to playing against Chris Oliver? He is a very underrated player who quietly does his job every game and belongs to the top players in the league. How do you play him?


Yeah, I am looking foward too play against Chris like I look forward too playing every weekend. He has made some good strides in the last two years, and he fits well in his team. But I dont think he is so much a natural 4, but I think he is more a 3 who just can play the 4. But I think you just have to keep him off the offensive boards. Keep him out of the paint and just make him work for his points.

What will be the key to winning?



The key too winning the game is attacking that pressure defense they like too play and because Goettingen plays Eurochallenge, it doesnt mean we have an advantage. I am sure they will be ready.

Do you think that the Colts and Saints could go undefeated in the regular season?


I am not sure. I hope the Colts can do it, but I am not sure. They have some key players out on their defense and they cant keep having this luck of Payton winning the game for them and the Saints, maybe its possible. We'll see.

Thanks Derrick as always and good luck in Goettingen!

Thanks



Keith Gray no longer coach of BSW Sixers - by Moritz Korff
Coach Keith Gray has been sacked by the BSW Sixers, effective immediately. The Regionalliga North outfit has parted company with the 43-year-old as a reaction to the performances the team has shown so far this season. Prior to the start of this current campaign the Sixers were considered the number one-candidate to win the RLN championship. After nine games played they have a 6-4 record and currently 5th in the standings. Ingo Klimmey will coach the team on an interim basis until Gray's successor has been found.

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Olympiakos blasts Unicaja for top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Unicaja 89-68

Olympiakos handed second consecutive Euroleague loss to Unicaja. With this victory the Reds joined Unicaja with 5-2 in Group B. Actually, Olimpyakos is No.1 at this moment as the team from Malaga registered 'only' 18-point win in their first meeting. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) (5 rebs) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) had 14 pts each, while Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) helped with 13 pts and 5 boards. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) shined in loss with 18 pts. Larry Lewis (201-F-69, college: Morehouse) and Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) had 11 pts apiece.
Olympiakos opened the game with 8-4, but Unicaja took control on them after that. Visitors tied the score to 12-12 and later finished 0-11 run for 12-20. Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) answered for the Reds and they cut the margin to 16-20 after 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter Olympiakos drastically improved. First they grabbed 22-20 lead and somewhere at the halfway of this period jumped to decent 34-28. That was after triple by Linas Kleiza. Thodoros Papaloukas and Ioannis Bourousis again shined in the finish pushing their team up to 46-35 HT lead. Nothing has changed after the breather and Olympiakos touched impressive 53-37. That was a clear sign that Unicaja will not have a chance for rest of the way. They succeeded to close the gap on 11, but it was they maximum. Josh Childress was on fire at the beginning of the last quarter and Olympiakos reached 73-57. Later they even touched plus 24 and the game was over for Unicaja.

Olympiakos: Linas Kleiza 15+10 boards, Nikola Vujcic 14+5 boards, Yotam Halperin 14, Josh Childress 13+5 boards
Unicaja: Omar Cook 18, Larry Lewis 11, Jiri Welsch 11


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. ZTE KK 10-0 
 2. Atomeromu 9-1 
 3. Kormend 7-4 
 4. Soproni 7-4 
 5. Albacomp 6-4 
 6. Szolnok 6-4 
 7. Kecskemeti 5-4 
 8. Falco 5-5 
 9. Kaposvari 5-5 
 10. Dombovar 4-6 
 11. PVSK Pannon 4-6 
 12. Marso-Vagep 2-8 
 13. Salgotarjani 1-9 
 14. Debreceni 0-11 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Dombovar24.6 
 2. Horvath, Falco23.1 
 3. Fears, Debreceni23.0 
 4. Watson, ZTE K.22.9 
 5. Brooks, Soproni22.7 
 6. Huckaby, Salgotar.21.3 
 7. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 8. Rice, Szolnok19.5 
 9. Doyne, Marso-Vagep19.0 
 10. Richardson, Sopro.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Jones, Dombovar11.1 
 2. Barro, Szolnok10.7 
 3. Horvath, Falco10.7 
 4. Davis, Salgotarjani9.9 
 5. Diakite, Kormend9.0 
 6. Knight, Soproni8.7 
 7. Scott, Kormend8.5 
 8. Dale, Kecskemeti7.6 
 9. David Vay, PVSK P.7.2 
 10. Vavra, Salgotarja.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas KELLEY
  Szolnok
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kelley, Szolnok8.0 
 2. Kalman, Falco7.3 
 3. English, Atomeromu6.0 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.5.7 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.6 
 6. Thomas, Kormend4.9 
 7. Fodor, Szolnok4.8 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar4.8 
 9. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 10. Brooks, Sopro.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.5.0 
 2. Fears, Debreceni3.3 
 3. Dejon, Kaposvari3.0 
 4. Watson, ZTE K.2.8 
 5. English, Atomeromu2.8 
 6. Lee, Albacomp2.8 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.7 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar2.7 
 9. Toya, Albacomp2.6 
 10. Ross, PVSK.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep2.2 
 2. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.3 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.3 
 4. David Vay, PVSK P.1.3 
 5. Clark, Atomeromu1.2 
 6. Barro, Szolnok1.2 
 7. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.1 
 8. Horvath, Falco1.1 
 9. Henderson, Marso-Va.1.0 
 10. Doyne, Marso-Vag.1.0 


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Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa32.2 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.9 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .26.2 
 4. Clemente, Macc.Ash.23.0 
 5. Simhon, Hod H.21.6 
 6. Eiram, Macc.Ashdod21.4 
 7. Byerson, Natzrath.21.4 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.20.4 
 9. Drayton, Beer Y.20.2 
 10. Shiran, Lev.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Brandy, Hod H.12.8 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.12.5 
 3. Clemente, Macc.Ash.12.4 
 4. Brown, Hap.Haifa11.4 
 5. Auter, Macc.Hab.10.9 
 6. Paris, Hapoel Beeri10.7 
 7. Peterson, Elitzur .9.9 
 8. Markson, Elitzur .9.9 
 9. Drayton, Beer Y.9.4 
 10. Lee, Kiryat A.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.6.7 
 2. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri6.3 
 3. Arieli, Hap.Tivon6.0 
 4. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.8 
 5. Nenikashvili, Megido.5.6 
 6. Farchi, Macc.Ash.5.4 
 7. Sela, Hod Hasharon4.9 
 8. Hirsh, Beer Yaakov4.9 
 9. Levi, Beer Yaakov4.8 
 10. Golan, Lev Hashar.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hap.Tivon
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.4 
 2. Cohen, Hapoel Beeri2.1 
 3. Clemente, Macc.Ash.2.1 
 4. Markson, Elitzur .2.1 
 5. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.1 
 6. Sela, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 7. Saudai, Hap.Tivon2.0 
 8. Harrison, Hap.Haifa2.0 
 9. Karpels, Elitzur .2.0 
 10. Farchi, Macc.A.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Hap.Haifa
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Harrison, Hap.Haifa5.3 
 2. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.8 
 3. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.6 
 4. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.6 
 5. Lavi, Hap.Haifa1.3 
 6. Peterson, Elitzur .1.3 
 7. Byerson, Natzrath.1.3 
 8. Martin, Elitzur Yavne1.3 
 9. Markson, Elitzur .1.2 
 10. Clemente, Macc.A.1.1 


Caja Laboral crushes Maccabi Electra in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Caja Laboral 82-91

Caja Laboral grabbed valuable victory in Tel-Aviv last night. The team from Vitoria managed to beat the Israeli powerhouse 82-91 and there is a three-way tie in Group C now. Caja Laboral, Maccabi and CSKA all have 5-2 at this moment. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in this victory with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Teletovic made 8 of 14 attempts from behind the arc. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) scored 18 and Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebs for Caja Laboral. Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) stopped on 18 pts.
Both teams were on fire at the beginning and Caja Laboral was the one who held 18-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period visitors took control on Maccabi. Mirza Teletovic was unstoppable from behind the arc, wile Stanko Barac (217-C-86), Lior Eliyahu and Pau Ribas (193-G-87) secured a great help. Very soon Caja Laboral jumped to 20-29 and had no troubles to keep plus 9 until the end of the first half, 34-43. Maccabi responded after the breather. Chuck Eidson shined for his team and together with Guy Pnini and Stephane Lasme created a big turn, 50-49. When it seemed that the Israeli machine is on the right track finally, Mirza Teletovic again stepped up for Caja Laboral. He connected two triples (the second one was his seventh in this game) and Carl English had one before him. Pau Ribas also scored thus after 30 minutes of play visitors were 57-67 up. After that Caja Laboral reached impressive 60-75, but at the halfway of the last period Maccabi created 9-0 run. Stanko Barac stopped them with a jumper and Carl English drained a 3-pointer. With less than 2 minutes to go Mirza Teletovic made his 8th triple and his team was on safe distance again. Maccabi came to minus 5 in the finish, but Singletary and San Emeterio were pretty good from the line, while Bluthenthal missed a long triple for Maccabi. In the end Caja Laboral won 82-91 staying in the race for top of Group C.

Maccabi T-A: Chuck Eidson 19+7 boards, Guy Pnini 18
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 28+6 boards, Carl English 18, Lior Eliyahu 11+6 boards



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  ITALY   


Casale Monferrato tab Marco Rossetti - by Eurobasket News
Casale Monferrato agreed on terms of the deal with Marco Rossetti (203-G/F-80). The 29-year-old guard will spent the reminder of the season with the LegaDue team. Last year Marco Rossetti played for Basket Livorno. He averaged 5.3 points, 3.7 boards and 1.8 steals per game in LegaDue. Earlier Rosetti was the part of Air Avellino selection for two straight seasons. The guard started his career in Siena. He used to play for Italian U18 and U20 selections.


CSKA cruises past Lottomatica in Rome - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - CSKA 57-72

CSKA had an easy job in Rome last night. The Russian powerhouse celebrated excellent 57-72 victory jumping to 5-2 in Group C (same as Caja Laboral and Maccabi). At the same time, Lottomatica dropped to 3-4. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) led CSKA with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) also scored 13, Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) had 12 and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) added 11 pts. Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) scored 18 pts and grabbed 5 boards for the hosts, while Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT) had 14 pts and 6 rebs.
In the first quarter CSKA sent a clear signal that they came to pick up the victory in Rome. Visitors opened the game with impressive 2-16 run, closed with three throws by Trajan Langdon. It was 13-0 before that. Later, CSKA had 7-20 and Lottomatica managed to close the gap to 16-24 after 10 minutes of play. Second quarter was the crucial one. CSKA quickly grabbed 16-29 and later stretched its lead to 19-34. The hosts had big problems at the both sides of the court and this time did not have an answer. J.R. Holden scored the last basket for CSKA in the first half and his team was 22-41 up. Lottomatica never threatened after that. CSKA had no troubles to end third period 16-22 and to keep the safe distance for rest of the way. Last 10 minutes belonged to Lottomatica 19-9, but they needed a way more.

Lottomatica: Andre Hutson 18+5 boards, Herve Toure 14+6 boards
CSKA: Sasha Kaun 13+10 boards, Trajan Langdon 13, Zoran Planinic 12, J.R. Holden 11



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  JAPAN   


Japan shoot down China to earn East Asian Games Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News
Japan - China 79:71

Japan finished in the third position at the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong. They held off China in the consolation final earlier today. China were among the top favorites of the tournament but fell short in the last two games to finish in the fourth place. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) knocked down 20 points to pace Japan in this one.
The teams traded baskets in the starting quarter with neither side being dominant. Japan eked out a narrow 17:15 lead at the first intermission. But China quickly denied it and put their noses in front in the second quarter. The scoreboard read 34:33 for China at halftime. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) and Kosuke Takeuchi pulled Japan back in the charge in the third stanza. They outgunned China by 9 points in the quarter taking an 8-point advantage into the fourth period. Japan wisely kept China at distance throughout the final quarter and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Shohei Kikuchi fired 19 points for Japan. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) secured 17 points in the winning charge. Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds for China. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) netted 16 points in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 20, Shohei Kikuchi 19, Yusuke Okada 17
China: Li Xiaoxu 19+10 boards, Yi Li 16



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  JORDAN   


Here & there ! - by Omar Shafaamri

# Special Television Episode Tomorrow @17:00 PM (Amman Local Time) About the Current Basketball Situation in Jordan on JOSAT Tv ( Nilesat 7w, 12379 / Vertical / 27500 S.R ) , this Episode will host Dr.Nasooh Qadiri (Zain Club Chef ) Haythem abu khadija (ASU Club Chef) , Fadi Sabbah ( Riyadi Club Basketball Supervisor) .

# Positive Signs of a Solution for the Current Basketball Situation , Big Name in Jordanian Sports Pushing for Solving problems , the current problem won't affect our participation in World Championship 2010 and Jordan's Name will be in the Draw on Tuesday (15/12/2009) .

# Our Brothers in Lebanon Are Optimistic to Get the Wild Card to World Championship 2010 in Turkey , this Optimism is Real as our Brothers Did their Best for this Target and they Deserve it , all the signs says that Lebanon is too close to get that Card and waiting for the Declaration on 13th of December .

# Imad Qahwash the Jordanian Abroad , Makes good Performance with his team Central Arkansas State University in NCAA , Imad Averaging Now 4 ppg , 2 apg , 3P% : 0.125 , 4.6 Rpg & 0.8 Spg
Imad is 188 cm but has a great Rebounding ability sometimes better than Pivots !!

# ASU & Zain Club Looking forward their Participation in Dubai Friendly Tourney next month by making Extensive Preparations and waiting for the Imports to arrive who are expected to be Super Level Imports .


Zaid Abbas (Shaved Head) Impresses Everybody In China !!! - by Omar Shafaamri

Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) Jordan NT's Star Played his First Game With his New Team Shanghai Sharks on last Wednesday, He made 11 pts and 19 Rebounds !! in 30 minutes .

' an excellent sense of all the movements, picking rebounds quickly Accurate, hands like a magnet. And very strong '
Sharks Coach Said about Zaid ...

Shanghai Sharks Will play the Opening game of the New CBA Season 2009/2010 on 19th of December against Zhejiang Guangsha . Zaid will be considered as a local player in the League as CBA Allows one Asian Player playing With Teams which were Ranked in the Bottom of Schedule Season Before .

List of Imports in CBA till Now :

Guangdong: Smush Parker, David Harrison
Xinjiang: Myron Allen, Charles Gaines
Jiangsu: DerMarr Johnson, Jameel Watkins
Dongguan: Dajuan Tate, Alexander Johnson, Sean Chen Hsin-An (Taiwan)
Shaanxi: Corsley Edwards, Tim Pickett
Fujian: Chris Porter, Jelani McCoy
Zhejiang L: Peter John Ramos, Rodney White, Lin Chih-Chieh (Taiwan)
Shandong: Andre Emmett, Stromile Swift
Beijing: Cedric Bozeman, James Mays
Shanxi: Lee Benson, Maurice Taylor, Hsu Hao-Cheng (Taiwan), Lin Kuan-Lun (Taiwan)
Liaoning: Olumide Oyedeji, Brandon Robinson
Jilin: Leon Rodgers, Soumaila Samake
Zhejiang B: Andre Brown, Marcus Williams
Qingdao: Chris Williams, Frans Steyn, Sabah Khoury (Lebanon)
Tianjin: Herve Lamizana, Brandon Crump, Rony Fahed (Lebanon)
Shanghai: John Lucas III, Garrett Siler, Abbaas Zaid (Jordan), Johnny Yen Hsing-su (Taiwan)

** Thanks to Our Friends sinobball & whocare From Interbasket forums


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  KOSOVO   


First game in Technomarket Superliga start with main game Bambi-Trepca - by Besart Sadikaj
First game in Technomarket Superliga start with main game Bambi-Trepca.
The game between two teams from Mitrovica Bambi-Trepca open week
12 Technomarket Superliga on Basketball
This game start on Friday at 18:00 on 'Minatori' Center
Bambi is in position 5 with 14points Trepca is in positon 3 with 19points.
Three other matches played on Saturday with main game Sigal Prishtina-Peja.
The other matches Kosova Dec. 12 Col.Eurosport
Bashkimi Dec. 12 Drita


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  LEBANON   


The Lebanese League tip off is today... What coaches say? - by Maarouf Mawloud
All the eyes are turned around the Lebanese basketball teams few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 season. All the hard work that each team, from admin to coaches and players, have already done in the past few months will show up starting from the 1st game of this season. All possibilities are expected, nothing is sure nor guaranteed. 8 teams, worked hard to set up and build a line up that can compete in the league, 8 teams, ready for the opening of this new big season. Each coach of these 8 teams has his own way of thinking ,his own strategy and his own analysis of this league. Here are 8 small interviews with some coaches few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 Basketball league:

Riyadi:

According to Fouad Abou Chacra , the coach of the lebanese champions, the season will be a good one. Again we will have 3 teams competing for the championship, 3 teams looking for final four, one team will be a good surprise team and 1 team surviving in division 1. Riyadi this year is a totally new team, they are becoming better each day, trying to achieve the highest stability and once they achieve it they will be very solid. In his opinion champville has a very good team as well as muttahed and sagesse. In a conclusion, Riyadi is aming for the Lebanese, the arab and the asian championship.

Moutahed:

According to Toni Vujanic , the coach of the runner up team, the league will be a very strong and very competitive one. There are lots of equal teams with 2 very strong ones champville and riyadi. Mouttahed is young and new team. They signed 7 new lebanese players and 2 new imports after cutting the budget in the club. They worked for a short time together and the imports came to Lebanon 2 weeks ago. He says: If we find our chemistry and strength and improved our defensive skills we can become a serious competitor, if not it will be a very hard and a long season for my team. In general hes very positive that his team will reach his goals and be a part of the final 4.

Sagesse:

Coach Zeljko Zecevic the coach of Sagesse Club Beirut says: I think basketball in Lebanon is very important and thus the basketball championship takes a very important place. Basketball in Lebanon is a very high level among the countries of the Asian continent and all of us who work in basketball sport across the world is well known fact that Lebanon's Basketball Championship is one of the strongest in Asia, with of course China and the Philippines. I'm in the club as Head Coach came 20/11/ so I had very little time for exploring the history of this club, one of the largest and most popular in Lebanon. To my happiness, when one person comes in Sagesse Club need very little time to realize that they are in a good and very well organized club. I'm with the team begun to work in the court, to my chagrin, very late. For this reason I am really overjoyed when I see how my players accept very difficult and hard work in the last two weeks. However, it is now in every sports is difficult or almost not possible to create wonders overnight. Any serious work for which it is believed that it could lead to positive results must have their time which is necessary for the preparation of specialization team players ... and at the end of the process of coming up shaping the final look of a team that can compete with everyone and against all in a very difficult competition as the Lebanese championship. Our foreigner players are Patt Fields, position combo - guard and he can cover any perimeter positions in our team. Hes very young, and thus is for him first international experience out of the States. Second one is Marshall Phillips, position combo - forward and he cover up in our team position forward and power forward. His very experience player who now knows what is necessary to a team. His qualities as a player in our team will be expressed by saying that he will be players who will play on the perimeter, but at the same time and in the low post position. We are preparing the way to be ready to compete against all teams in the league. Whether we will succeed and that, depends not only on the strength of ourselves, but depends on the strength of our opponents. My team is not prepared for some imaginary targets on which today can only dream, but we're preparing only for the next opponent without taking care about how the team is called, or which position currently occupies in the league. I, personally, do not believe a lot of predictions, it is not my job. I believe only in work, and just work. Results will come at the end of the season must be just and only the results of our heavy and hard daily work in the hall. I think the biggest favorite to win Lebanese Championship next season as the teams Moutahed, Al Riyadi, Champwille and Sagesse Club. Would like to especially welcome in this public way of the best fans in Lebanon. I would like to support us in our great desire, and everyday struggles that we do for the good of our club. I hope that the our fans give us great support, because all of us who work in Sagesse Club know very well that with the support of our loyal fans this team can achieve more than what it realistically possible. Only in absolute connection between a brand new team and our fans see the possibility of good results in the forthcoming season


Champville:

Coach Ghassan Sarkis was satisfied by his team preparation. Sarkis said the team started training early July and was excited by the addition of Fadi El-Khatib, one of the best players in lebanese history. Sarkis said that Riyadi is the number 1 candidate to win the league this year. As for Champville and Mouttahed, Sarkis said that both teams can compete Riyadi.And he said that the final will be between Riyadi and champville ( according to www.lebanese-goal.com )


Anibal:

Dany Ammous,
anibals coach says :This year will be different in terms of the FLBB league as there has been a major reshuffle and movement of players and coaches for the majority of the teams. The FLLBB league in my opinion continues to be the most competitive league in the Arab world and attracts a lot of local and international players. However, financial challenges are becoming the major drawback that can pose a threat to the leagues success. Probably only 4 teams are financially sound while the others are still struggling to get their budgets. As for Annibal, We have been adamant to retain the majority of the Lebanese players who were with us last year which could reduce time for integration. Also, we have engaged in training much earlier in the pre league preparation which should give us an edge on readiness side physical and tactical. The Lebanese players will be integral to our success this year. The challenge for me as a coach is to get the right international players who can complement the Lebanese players skills and form a homogenous team. Our aspiration at Annibal is to become contenders to get into the final four which I see a challenging goal but achievable.'


Antranik:

Vicken Eskedjian
, an admin in Antranik thinks that the Lebanese league will start slowly because some of the teams started late and the foreigners came few weeks ago. But after the first round he believes we will see some good Basket ball.
In this opinion, there are 3 very good teams this year that will compete for the championship, these teams are moutahed, champville and riyadi. While Antranik and Hoops all along with Sagesse will compete for the 4th spot of the final 4. He thinks that the level of the foreigner is lower than the past years. As for Antranik, in general they have a very good Local players all along with a very good Coach. One of the foreigners is very good and in case they can find a good center as aforeigner they can do good this year.


Kahraba:

According to Toni Khalil, kahraba coach, this year the league will be devided into two levels. Level 1 having in it the top 3 teams, moutahed riyadi and champville. While the level two comvines each from sagesse to antranik, anibal hoops and kahraba. The difference between the two levels is about economic stability that will affect the Lebanese basketball level. The competition will be for the fourth place in the playoffs. He says: Although its logic that the level 1 teams will beat the level 2 teams but in basketball everything is possible. More than that, the lack of funding will hurt the league because it will reflect on the team with small budgets. As for his team he said: Kahraba will play with no pressure specially that they will be no drop to the 2nd division, but technically the team will improve with every game because they need the game experience due to the fact that they did not have any preseason experience.


Hoops:

Peter Schomers
, hoops coach, says: We played against all of the teams here in preseason with the exception of Mouttahed. Our results were not bad but I, as every coach, knows that preseason results are not necessarily represeantative for what can happen in the season. Most teams were not complete and will be better prepared in the season. My team is very young and rather inexperienced but we will try to make up for these factors by playing hard and hustling. At this point it is very hard to say where we stand. To expect from us to play up with any of the four top teams in Lebanon would be too much right now. But we hope to be in good competition with the other three teams (Kahraba/Antranik/Zahle). Maybe we are good for one or the other surprise. That will depend on the developement of our team and that of our opponents. To judge the level of this league I have to get more involved into the champignonship.


Extra opinions:
Rizkallah Zaloum
said: i think they will be 3 teams competing only this year due to the withdrawel of blue stars and tibnin. sagesse as we know is going to participate but with very low budget and i dont think he can compete after rony fahed, sabah khoury and bassem balaa left the team . even they have brian and roy smaha, but this is not enough for them to compete. the rest i mean antranik , hoops, kahraba dont have the necessary elements to compete due to financial problem. So the conclusion is that this year we are going to witness a retreat in the level of the league due to financial problems that need to be solved by making the right decisions by the lebanese basketball federation.



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  MEXICO   


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 23-5 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 22-5 
 3. Lobos Grises 19-8 
 4. Halc.Cordoba 19-8 
 5. Soles 18-7 
 6. Toros 18-9 
 7. Pioneros 17-8 
 8. Angeles 15-12 
 9. Lechugueros 15-12 
 10. Bucaneros 14-12 
 11. Panteras 14-13 
 12. Barreteros 12-15 
 13. Abejas 11-16 
 14. Fuerza Regia 10-16 
 15. Huracanes 10-17 
 16. Indios 8-17 
 17. Potros 8-19 
 18. Libertadores 7-20 
 19. Cosmos 4-22 
 20. Pilares 1-24 


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros23.9 
 2. Monroe, Potros23.6 
 3. Moore, Abejas23.1 
 4. Jackson, Pilares21.7 
 5. Arceneaux, Lechugue.21.6 
 6. Hickerson, Pioneros21.4 
 7. Capers, Barreteros21.1 
 8. Habel, Cosmos20.8 
 9. Ruiz, Panteras20.6 
 10. Hornsby, Huracan.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arthur LONG
  Un.Atletica
  (206-F/C-73)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Long, Indios11.1 
 2. Allen, Pioneros10.9 
 3. McHugh, Abejas10.6 
 4. Berghoefer, Potros10.1 
 5. Aubry, Halc.Rojos10.0 
 6. Jackson, Angeles9.9 
 7. Reaves, Barreteros9.8 
 8. Garcia, Pioneros9.3 
 9. Moss, Lechugueros8.7 
 10. Mills, Indi.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Funn, Bucaneros5.7 
 2. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.5 
 3. Malpica, Cosmos5.0 
 4. Stokes, Barreteros4.9 
 5. Brown, Fuerza R.4.6 
 6. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.3 
 7. Roque, Toros4.2 
 8. Hollyfield, Barre.4.0 
 9. Stoll, Halc.Cordoba3.9 
 10. Hickerson, Pioner.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.4 
 2. Moore, Abejas2.6 
 3. Hollyfield, Barre.2.5 
 4. Lewis, Soles2.5 
 5. Funn, Bucaneros2.4 
 6. Malpica, Cosmos2.4 
 7. Gooner, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 8. Thomas, Potros2.1 
 9. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.0 
 10. Monroe, Potr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros1.0 
 3. Arceneaux, Lechugue.1.0 
 4. Moore, Abejas0.9 
 5. Jackson, Pilares0.9 
 6. Hill, Halc.Rojos0.8 
 7. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 8. Pulido, Huracanes0.8 
 9. Soto, Abejas0.8 
 10. Eslava, Huracan.0.8 


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Anthony, Denver N.30.3 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers28.8 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 4. James, Clevelan.28.2 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat27.1 
 6. Nowitzki, Dallas M.26.9 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.5 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.4 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.23.9 
 10. Paul, N.Orleans.21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris BOSH
  Toronto R.
  (211-F-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Bosh, Toronto R.12.1 
 2. Wallace, Charlotte B.12.0 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.12.0 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 5. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.1 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers11.0 
 7. Haywood, Washingt.10.7 
 8. Duncan, San A.10.6 
 9. Randolph, Memph.10.4 
 10. Lee, New York.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.4 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.2 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.3 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.0 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.1 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers7.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..6.9 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.6.6 
 10. Duhon, New York.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers2.3 
 4. Ariza, Houston R.2.2 
 5. Lee, New Jersey N.2.1 
 6. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 7. Felton, Charlott.2.0 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.2.0 
 9. Harris, New J.2.0 
 10. Davis, LA Clippe.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh SMITH
  Atlanta H.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Atlanta H.2.5 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Lopez, New J.2.2 
 4. Camby, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Dampier, Dallas M.2.1 
 6. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 7. Howard, Orlando M.2.0 
 8. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 9. Dalembert, Philad.2.0 
 10. Perkins, Boston.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 18-4 
 2. Toronto R. 10-15 
 3. New York K. 8-15 
 4. Philadelph.76 5-18 
 5. New Jersey N. 2-21 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 16-7 
 2. Milwaukee B. 10-11 
 3. Detroit P. 10-12 
 4. Chicago B. 8-13 
 5. Indiana P. 7-13 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 17-5 
 2. Atlanta H. 16-6 
 3. Miami Heat 11-10 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-12 
 5. Washington W. 7-13 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 16-7 
 2. Portland TB 14-10 
 3. Utah Jazz 13-9 
 4. Oklah.City T. 12-9 
 5. Minnesota T. 3-20 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 18-3 
 2. Phoenix Suns 15-7 
 3. LA Clippers 9-12 
 4. Sacramento K. 9-12 
 5. Golde State W. 7-15 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 16-7 
 2. Houston R. 13-9 
 3. San Antonio S. 11-9 
 4. N.Orleans H. 10-12 
 5. Memphis G. 9-13 


Thursday: Wins for Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics - by Eurobasket News
Orlando M. - Utah Jazz 111-120
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) shined with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 15 assists, Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) added a season-high 22 points for the Jazz, who avoided another loss before a rematch with the Lakers on Saturday in Salt Lake City. Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) drained 34 points and grabbed 6 boards for the Magic.

Denver N. - Detroit P. 99-101
Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut) scored 27 points, and Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) had 25 to help the banged-up Pistons hold on for a 101-99 victory over the Nuggets on Thursday night. Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-F-87) was third scorer in victory with 27 points and he also registered 5 boards and 5 assists beside that. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) was on fire in loss with 40 points (6 boards).

Boston C. - Washington W. 104-102
Rajon Rondo had a season-high 21 points and 11 assists, and Ray Allen had 18 and became the 32nd NBA player to score 20,000 points. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 17 points, and Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) added 16 points and 11 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) collected 25 points and 8 assists. Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina) and Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86) netted 17 points each.



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Alaska 10-1 
 2. Talk N Text 9-4 
 3. San Miguel 9-4 
 4. Purefoods 8-4 
 5. Ginebra 8-4 
 6. Santa Lucia 7-5 
 7. Burger King 5-8 
 8. Smart Gilas 3-4 
 9. Rain or Shine 3-9 
 10. Barako Bull 2-10 
 11. Coca-Cola 1-12 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mark CARDONA
  Talk N Text
  (180-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Cardona, Talk N.20.8 
 2. Santos, San Miguel18.9 
 3. Tubid, Ginebra17.8 
 4. Williams, Santa Lucia17.3 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska16.0 
 6. Miller, Alaska15.5 
 7. Hontiveros, San M.15.2 
 8. Buenafe, Burger K.14.6 
 9. Alapag, Talk N Text14.5 
 10. Yap, Purefoo.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelly WILLIAMS
  Santa Lucia
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Williams, Santa Lucia13.9 
 2. Santos, San Miguel10.8 
 3. Espinas, Santa L.9.1 
 4. Reavis, Purefoods8.9 
 5. Carey, Talk N Text8.8 
 6. Pena, San Miguel8.7 
 7. Crisano, Barako Bull7.6 
 8. Reyes, Rain o.7.6 
 9. Alonzo, Barako Bull7.6 
 10. Quinahan, Burger.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text5.9 
 2. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.8 
 3. Villanueva, San M.5.3 
 4. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.2 
 5. Miller, Alaska4.7 
 6. Yeo, Santa Lucia4.5 
 7. Abarrientos, Gineb.4.4 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska4.1 
 9. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.0 
 10. Castro, Talk N Te.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Santa Lucia
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.9 
 2. Williams, Santa Lucia1.8 
 3. Santos, San Miguel1.8 
 4. Artadi, Purefoods1.8 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.6 
 6. Abarrientos, Gineb.1.6 
 7. Dimaunahan, Barako B.1.5 
 8. Buenafe, Burger K.1.5 
 9. Mercado, Rain o.1.4 
 10. Lanete, Burger Ki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali PEEK
  Talk N Text
  (194-F-75)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Peek, Talk N Text1.8 
 2. Santos, San Miguel1.8 
 3. Quinahan, Burger K.1.4 
 4. Thoss, Alaska1.3 
 5. Maierhofer, Puref.1.2 
 6. Aquino, Santa Lucia1.1 
 7. Pennisi, San Miguel0.9 
 8. Williams, Santa Lucia0.9 
 9. Raymundo, Puref.0.8 
 10. Mamaril, Gineb.0.8 


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.21.3 
 2. Weatherspoon, Znicz B.20.8 
 3. Celej, Start Lublin19.4 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star19.2 
 5. Pluta, MOSiR K.18.8 
 6. Wojdyla, Sudety JG18.4 
 7. Dloniak, Spojnia S.18.1 
 8. Piechowicz, MMKS D.17.1 
 9. Mis, Siarka T.17.1 
 10. Flieger, Zastal16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.12.4 
 2. Wojdyla, Sudety JG11.8 
 3. Kulikowski, Zubry10.1 
 4. Lisewski, MMKS D.9.8 
 5. Nowakowski, Tempco.9.6 
 6. Storozynski, Trefl S.9.4 
 7. Kwiatkowski, Start L.9.3 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojn.9.0 
 9. Mis, Siarka T.8.8 
 10. Nowak, Sudety8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.6.9 
 2. Sikora, Start Lublin6.4 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.6.2 
 4. Ecka, Znicz Basket5.9 
 5. Trepka, LKS Lodz5.3 
 6. Kalinowski, Zastal Z.4.3 
 7. Mordzak, Trefl SSA4.0 
 8. Pacocha, Big Star4.0 
 9. Szczypka, MMKS D.3.9 
 10. Rapucha, Zub.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin FLIEGER
  Zastal ZG
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.8 
 2. Sikora, Trefl SSA3.1 
 3. Krupa, Siarka T.3.1 
 4. Ecka, Znicz Basket2.8 
 5. Marciniak, Siarka T.2.8 
 6. Szpyrka, Siarka T.2.7 
 7. Mielczarek, Big Star2.7 
 8. Aleksandrowi., Znicz B.2.5 
 9. Sikora, Start Lublin2.4 
 10. Szczepaniak, LKS.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rafal KULIKOWSKI
  Zubry
  (204-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kulikowski, Zubry3.0 
 2. Milewski, AZS A.2.0 
 3. Mis, Siarka T.1.8 
 4. Lisewski, MMKS D.1.8 
 5. Salamonik, Big Star1.5 
 6. Jarmakowicz, Zastal Z.1.0 
 7. Pisarczyk, LKS Lodz0.9 
 8. Marculewicz, Siarka T.0.8 
 9. Deja, MOSiR K.0.8 
 10. Zielinski, MMKS.0.8 


Turow bring in Brandon Wallace - by Eurobasket News
Turow agreed on terms of contract with Brandon Wallace (206-F-85, college: S.Carolina). The 24-year-old forward is expected to debut for Turow against Znicz in the next PLK round. Brandon Wallace is not new to Poland. He played for Basket Kwidzyn in 2008/09 season. Kwidzyn were led by recent Turow head coach Andrej Urlep (agency: Edge Sports ) that year. Bradon Wallace started this season in Israel. The guard averaged 5.8 points, 7.5 boards and 1.7 blocks per appearance for Hapoel Holon. Some news indicates that Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) will be axed from the squad of the Polish vice-champions.


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Assec.Prokom 11-0 
 2. Anwil 10-1 
 3. Trefl Sopot 8-3 
 4. Sokol Znicz 7-4 
 5. Polpharma 7-4 
 6. PGE Turow 7-5 
 7. Stal SW 5-6 
 8. Energa Czarni 4-6 
 9. AZS Koszalin 4-7 
 10. Polonia 4-7 
 11. PBG Basket 4-7 
 12. ISS Sportino 2-9 
 13. SKK Kotwica 2-9 
 14. Polonia 2011 2-9 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Wright, PGE Turow20.6 
 2. Weeden, Polpharma20.0 
 3. Scott, ISS Sportino19.9 
 4. Mays, Znicz19.5 
 5. Chappell, Znicz19.0 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.5 
 7. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.16.1 
 8. Woods, Assec.Pr.16.1 
 9. Berisha, Polonia 201115.6 
 10. Kitzinger, Trefl.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.5 
 2. Daniels, Energa C.11.3 
 3. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.8 
 4. Ibrahim, ISS S.8.2 
 5. Bigus, ISS Sportino7.9 
 6. Chappell, Znicz7.6 
 7. Okafor, Polpharma7.3 
 8. Sullivan, Anwil6.9 
 9. Wright, PGE Turow6.7 
 10. Tuljkovic, Anw.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Szubarga, Anwil7.4 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW6.2 
 3. Brazelton, Energa C.5.8 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica5.5 
 5. Logan, Assec.Pr.4.5 
 6. Joyce, Anwil4.3 
 7. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.1 
 8. Snieg, Polonia 20114.0 
 9. Hawkins, Trefl S.4.0 
 10. Hughes, Poloni.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Znicz
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Chappell, Znicz2.9 
 2. Godbold, Stal SW2.5 
 3. Majewski, Polph.2.5 
 4. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.2 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil2.1 
 6. Loyd, Stal SW2.0 
 7. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 8. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 9. Navickas, AZS K.1.9 
 10. Partyka, Stal1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .2.0 
 2. Wyka, Znicz1.5 
 3. Misiewicz, Znicz1.4 
 4. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.1 
 5. Kolowca, Polonia 20111.1 
 6. Harris, SKK K.1.1 
 7. Sullivan, Anwil1.0 
 8. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.0.8 
 9. Ratajczak, Trefl S.0.8 
 10. Kulig, Polphar.0.8 


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  ROMANIA   


Preview of round 14 - by Sebastian Umbrich
Round 14 of the Romanian championship, the second last of the year 2009, figures out some interesting matches. Among these matches there are 2 derbies waiting to be disputed.
The first match, the prologue of the round, will be a derby: U Cluj, 11-2 record, rank 3 faces BCM Elba Timisoara, 8-5 record, rank 5. Both Cluj and Timisoara come after wins in the previous round, Cluj won at Rovinari, while Timisoara won on home ground against Otopeni.
The second match, will be disputed between CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca and CSU Brasov. This is a match from the bottom of the championship, Gladiator being at 4-9 record, place 14 and Brasov is the last team, with a 1-11 record. This match is not sure to be disputed, given the fact that CSU Brasov has players infected with A\H1N1.
Match no. 3 of the round brings face to face another two teams from the bottom half of the standings: CSM Bucharest wil play against BC Mures Targu Mures. CSM Bucharest comes after losing the Bucharest derby against Dinamo, and now is at 4-9 record, ranked 13th. BC Mures targu Mures did not play last round, its match against Brasov being postponed; Mures is on a 4-0 streak, so CSM Bucharest will have a difficult mission.
Match no. 4 will be a comfortable one for leaders (12-1 record) Gaz Metan Medias. They will play on home ground against Dinamo Bucharest. Medias rolled over CSU Sibiu on Wednesday, in a postponed match counting for round 10, score 91-59. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) was the MVP of the match. Dinamo is at 5-8 record and is ranked 8th. This match will be an interesting duel between Jarrett Howell (MED) and Claudiu Fometescu (DIN).
The fifth match of the round will be disputed at Otopeni between CS Otopeni and SCM U Craiova. Otopeni offered strong resistance last match against Timisoara, but did not avoid the loss. Although, Otopeni is on rank 7, with a 7-6 record. SCM Craiova is the second last team of the Divizia A, with a 2-11 record.
Match no. 6 will be the 2nd derby of the round: En-titre champions CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is playing on home ground against CSU Atlassib Sibiu. This is one of the two semifinals from the last season, where Sibiu had a 2-0 advantage, but in the end, Ploiesti won the series 3-2, being helped by the referees in the 4th match of the series. These two teams are at the top of the standings each year, and up now, CSU Ploiesti is on the 2nd place, with a 11-2 record, while Sibiu is on the 4th position, with a 10-3 record. Both teams lost the last matches, Ploiesti was defeated by Steaua, while Sibiu lost in Medias.
Match no.7 faces BCM Arges Pitesti and Steaua Bucharest. Both teams come after victories, Pitesti has defeated Gladiator, while Steaua offered the surprise of the season yet, defeating CSU Ploiesti 68-63. Pitesti has a 8-5 record, ranked 6th, while Steaua is on 10, with a 5-8 record.
The epilogue of the round will be disputed between CSM Oradea and Energia Rovinari. Even if Oradea lost last match at Sibiu, they offered strong resistance to them, being beaten in the last minutes. Energia lost against U Cluj. Energia is on 5-8 record, ranked 11th, while Oradea is on 12, with 5-8 record too.

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  RUSSIA   


CSKA cruises past Lottomatica in Rome - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - CSKA 57-72

CSKA had an easy job in Rome last night. The Russian powerhouse celebrated excellent 57-72 victory jumping to 5-2 in Group C (same as Caja Laboral and Maccabi). At the same time, Lottomatica dropped to 3-4. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) led CSKA with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) also scored 13, Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) had 12 and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) added 11 pts. Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) scored 18 pts and grabbed 5 boards for the hosts, while Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT) had 14 pts and 6 rebs.
In the first quarter CSKA sent a clear signal that they came to pick up the victory in Rome. Visitors opened the game with impressive 2-16 run, closed with three throws by Trajan Langdon. It was 13-0 before that. Later, CSKA had 7-20 and Lottomatica managed to close the gap to 16-24 after 10 minutes of play. Second quarter was the crucial one. CSKA quickly grabbed 16-29 and later stretched its lead to 19-34. The hosts had big problems at the both sides of the court and this time did not have an answer. J.R. Holden scored the last basket for CSKA in the first half and his team was 22-41 up. Lottomatica never threatened after that. CSKA had no troubles to end third period 16-22 and to keep the safe distance for rest of the way. Last 10 minutes belonged to Lottomatica 19-9, but they needed a way more.

Lottomatica: Andre Hutson 18+5 boards, Herve Toure 14+6 boards
CSKA: Sasha Kaun 13+10 boards, Trajan Langdon 13, Zoran Planinic 12, J.R. Holden 11



Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. N.Novgorod 17-1 
 2. Saransk 15-4 
 3. Spartak-P. 11-6 
 4. Lok.Novos. 8-6 
 5. Revda 8-7 
 6. Severstal 8-8 
 7. Rjazan 7-7 
 8. Naltchik 6-8 
 9. Ural Ekater. 5-9 
 10. Magnitogorsk 5-9 
 11. Chelabinsk 4-10 
 12. Irkutsk 3-11 
 13. Tambov 3-13 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 24
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.24.0 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.21.5 
 3. Fields, Spartak SP19.4 
 4. Chalmers, Enisey18.8 
 5. Monya, Dynamo M.18.4 
 6. Rush, Triumph17.7 
 7. Lyday, Unics17.7 
 8. Flores, Krasnie .16.8 
 9. Shabalkin, Triumph16.3 
 10. Popovic, Uni.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei TRUSHKIN
  Krasnie Krilya
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Trushkin, Krasni.8.8 
 2. Monya, Dynamo M.7.9 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 4. Javtokas, Khimky7.2 
 5. Panin, Triumph7.0 
 6. Antic, Lokomoti.7.0 
 7. Nesterov, Triumph6.4 
 8. Savenkov, Lokomoti.6.3 
 9. McCarty, Khimky6.0 
 10. Ford, Spartak6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .5.2 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.4.7 
 3. Bykov, Dynamo M.4.3 
 4. Fields, Spartak SP4.0 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA3.7 
 6. Lopez, Khimky3.6 
 7. Flores, Krasnie .3.6 
 8. Chalmers, Enisey3.5 
 9. Fridzon, Khimky3.3 
 10. Vyaltsev, Trium.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.3.0 
 2. Khryapa, CSKA2.5 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .2.3 
 4. Lyday, Unics2.2 
 5. Rush, Triumph2.1 
 6. Biggs, Krasnie Krilya2.0 
 7. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.2.0 
 8. Monya, Dynamo M.1.9 
 9. Fridzon, Khimky1.7 
 10. Sergeev, Trium.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr SAVENKOV
  Lokomotiv K.
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Savenkov, Lokomoti.1.8 
 2. Monya, Dynamo M.1.6 
 3. Vorontsevich, CSKA1.3 
 4. Mozgov, Khimky1.2 
 5. Trushkin, Krasni.1.2 
 6. Shukhovtsov, Lokomo.1.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA1.0 
 8. Javtokas, Khimky1.0 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA0.8 
 10. Antic, Lokomo.0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 6-0 
 2. Khimky 5-1 
 3. Lok.Rostov 4-2 
 4. Triumph 4-3 
 5. Unics 4-3 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 3-3 
 7. Dynamo M. 2-5 
 8. Krasnoyarsk 1-5 
 9. Spartak SP 0-7 


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Primeiro d'Agosto open title defence against Interclub - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men, Primero de Agosto basketball club of Angola will on Sunday began its title defence against Congo Brazzaville Interclub on Sunday.

The group-B opening game on match Day-1 will be a test game for both sides but much burden will be on the Congolese side as they will be taking to the floor as the under-dog giving the pedigree of the Angolan side.

The game comes up at 13h00, other games billed for match Day-1 includes another group-B pairing between Cooperative Bank of Kenya and Warriors basketball club of Uganda, a battle between two FIBA Africa Zone-V teams at 15h00.

Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of host club, APR of Rwanda in group-A opening game at 17h00 while the last game of the opening day of basketball action will be between two Angola sides, Atletico Sports Aviation basketball club and Petro Atletico basketball club. A game which promises to be a thriller comes up at 19h00.

ASPAC of Benin Republic and Kano Pillars of Nigeria are drawn bye in the ten-team competition.



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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Beograd 9-1 
 2. Proleter Naft. 8-2 
 3. Metalac 7-2 
 4. Vojvodina 7-3 
 5. Borac 6-4 
 6. Mega Vizura 6-4 
 7. Masinac 6-5 
 8. Napredak 6-5 
 9. Tamis 5-5 
 10. Novi Sad 4-7 
 11. Sloga 3-7 
 12. Ergonom 2-8 
 13. Radnicki Basket 1-8 
 14. KG 06 1-10 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Radnicki K.
 2. Hemofarm
 3. FMP
 4. Crvena Zvez.
 5. Partizan


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Dragan MARKOVIC
  Napredak
  (203-F-74)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Markovic, Napredak18.9 
 2. Rakic, Novi Sad17.7 
 3. Kruscic, Beograd17.6 
 4. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.9 
 5. Andjusic, Mega V.16.8 
 6. Micevic, Borac15.4 
 7. Martinic, Vojvodina15.3 
 8. Mladenovic, Ergon.15.3 
 9. Jelovac, Mega V.15.1 
 10. Lepojevic, Beogr.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Radnicki Basket
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Lukovic, Radnic.9.0 
 2. Jelovac, Mega V.8.0 
 3. Ljubojevic, Novi S.7.4 
 4. Mikic, KG 067.4 
 5. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.2 
 6. Bircevic, Metalac6.6 
 7. Dramicanin, Borac6.5 
 8. Pobric, Novi Sad6.4 
 9. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.3 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Prol.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.2 
 2. Stefanovic, Metal.5.0 
 3. Pistoljevic, Radnic.4.7 
 4. Martinic, Vojvodina4.1 
 5. Dimitrijevic, Sloga4.0 
 6. Prolovic, Borac4.0 
 7. Rakic, Novi Sad3.8 
 8. Radulovic, Masinac3.4 
 9. Korac, Beograd3.3 
 10. Djordjevic, Slo.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.5 
 2. Martinic, Vojvodina2.2 
 3. Dundjerski, Beograd2.1 
 4. Dimitrijevic, Sloga1.9 
 5. Stajic, Tamis1.9 
 6. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.8 
 7. Djordjevic, Sloga1.8 
 8. Dasic, Sloga1.8 
 9. Stefanovic, Metal.1.8 
 10. Pistoljevic, Radn.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Radnicki Basket
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lukovic, Radnic.1.9 
 2. Bircevic, Metalac1.7 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.4 
 4. Petric, KG 061.3 
 5. Bjegovic, Masinac1.2 
 6. Buric, Tamis1.2 
 7. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 8. Marojevic, Metalac0.8 
 9. Topcov, Proleter.0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Bor.0.7 


Partizan celebrates 93-92 thriller win against Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Efes Pilsen 93-92

Partizan celebrated thriller win against Efes Pilsen making a huge step forward to TOP 16. Now, the Serbian powerhouse has 4-3 in Group B (same as Fenerbahce Ulker), while Efes Pilsen fell to 3-4 (fifth place). Aleks Maric (211-C-84) was totally the best player in this victory collecting 34 points and 16 rebounds for 30 minutes of play. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 17 points and 6 boards, while Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 pts and 6 assists. Kecman drained the winning jumper for Partizan with less than 3 seconds to go. In Efes Pilsen, Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) shined with 24 points. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) had 18 and Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) nailed 17 pts.
It was a very exciting game as the winner is decided in the last seconds. First period was pretty leveled, but it was Efes Pilsen who grabbed 19-20 after it. Almost the same picture on the court was seen in the second period. Actually, Efes Pilsen touched plus 6 at the halfway of it, but was not able to keep more that 46-48 before the break. Than in third, visitors again jumped and this time to plus 5, but Partizan once again had an answer to that tying the score to 64-64. Thanks to Charles Smith and Ender Arslan, Efes Pilsen was up 71-72 after three quarters. Teams exchanged baskets in the last one and exchanged in lead as well. In the finish, Igor Rakocevic drained a triple for Efes Pilsen, but Dusan Kecman answered on the other side. With 8 seconds to go Marvis Thornton was sent to the line and he scored the second for 91-92. Partizan called a time out and Dusan Kecman grabbed the ball after that. He ran a pick-and-roll with Aleks Maric and managed to score a winning short jumper for the hosts. Efes Pilsen had 2.8 seconds for the last possession, but that was not enough for them.

Partizan: Aleks Maric 34+16 boards, Lester McCalebb 17+6 boards, Dusan Kecman 12+6 as
Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 24, Charles Smith 18, Kaya Peker 17


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Fears, Prievidza20.4 
 2. Archibeque, Levice18.7 
 3. Glavinic, Handlova18.6 
 4. Crouch, Inter B.18.1 
 5. Bosak, Prievidza17.8 
 6. Hill, Nitra16.5 
 7. Nicholson, Pezinok16.5 
 8. Laco, Svit16.3 
 9. Mroz, Nova Ves16.2 
 10. Jackson, Pezin.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  Levice
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Archibeque, Levice10.1 
 2. Mroz, Nova Ves9.0 
 3. Nicholson, Pezinok8.5 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.1 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit7.1 
 6. Dorazil, B.Bystrica6.9 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok6.6 
 8. Skara, B.Bystrica6.6 
 9. Tomek, Nitra6.4 
 10. Batka, Nova V.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Crawford, Levice8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.9 
 3. Scott, Nitra5.1 
 4. Fears, Prievidza4.6 
 5. Trimboli, Levice4.4 
 6. Immink, B.Bystrica3.8 
 7. Milosevic, Pezinok3.6 
 8. Demecko, Nova Ves3.4 
 9. Crouch, Inter B.3.3 
 10. Bosak, Prievid.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Prievidza2.5 
 2. Crawford, Levice2.4 
 3. Scott, Nitra2.4 
 4. Zavodny, Vahost.2.4 
 5. Jackson, Pezinok2.3 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.2 
 7. Crouch, Inter B.2.1 
 8. Glavinic, Handlova2.0 
 9. Trimboli, Levice2.0 
 10. Mielczarek, Nova.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Crawford, Levice0.8 
 2. Bosak, Prievidza0.8 
 3. Archibeque, Levice0.7 
 4. Blagojevic, Komar.0.7 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit0.7 
 6. Tilandy, Vahost.0.6 
 7. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 8. Klar, Levice0.6 
 9. Findura, Svit0.5 
 10. Nizny, Vahost.0.5 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sonic Boom KT - ET Land B.Sl. 76-70
Sonic Boom KT celebrated the 16th victory in the league as they rolled over ET Land 76:70. Kim Do-Soo (193-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Johnson Jasper had 13 points. 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bell Rashad ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.

Samsung Th. - SK Knights 77-55
Samsung cruised past SK Knights 77:55 as Thomas Victor (201-F-79, college: La Salle) led the way with 24 points and Kim Dong-Uk delivered 19. Bang Sung-Yoon responded with 13 points in defeat, while Kim Julian and Byeong Seok scored 11 apiece.

Daegu Orions - LG Sakers 80-90
Daegu Orions lost to LG Sakers 80:90 as the latter jumped to 14-10 record. Cho Sang-Hyun (190-G/F-76), Stevenson Greg and Alexander Chris led the way with 21 points each for the winners. Hill Herbert replied with 19 points in defeat, while Heo Il-Young netted 15.

KCC Egis - Dongbu Promy 78-65
Brand Micah (210-C-80, agency: Liman Sports, college: Massachusetts) collected 15 points and 10 rebopunds as KCC Egis beat Dongbu Promy 78:65. Johnson Ivan followed him with 12 points, while Lim Jae-Hyun and Kang Byung-Hyun posted 11 each. Chandler Marquin answered with 29 points in the losing case.



Greg Stevenson shines as KBLs best newcomer - by Jerry Lee
The consensus around the league is that the LG Sakers Moon Tae-young (Stevenson Greg (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond)) is the best newcomer of 2009. Taken third overall in the KBLs half-Korean draft, the University of Richmond alum has been voted the best player of his class by six of seven head coaches in the league.

Prior to the start of the season, KCC Egis Chun Tae-poong (Akins Tony (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech)) and Samsung Thunders Lee Seung-joon (Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific)) were in the spotlight as the best in their class. However, with nearly half the season in the books, Moon has emerged as the best player of the three. He is currently second in the league in scoring average with 21.7 points, which is just behind Jasper Johnson of KT Sonic Boom, who averages 22.18 points per game.

Numbers aside, Korean basketball fans have taken a liking to Moons versatile offensive game and gave him the nickname Moon Kobe, a reference to Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Much like the high-scoring Bryant, Moons game is usually a high scoring affair. This season, he has already logged two 34-point games.

Hes the only player in the league who can play the two spot [shooting guard], three [small forward], and four [power forward]. His wide range on offense makes it difficult for our players to defend him, explained Daegu Orions head coach Kim Nam-ki.

Other head coaches in the league have a similar opinion about Moon.

He is stable and thrives in close game situations. Hes a notch above Dongbus Marquin Chandler, said Kang Dong-hee of Dongbu Promy.

He makes good decisions and has solid passing skills and the ability to lead a team on fast breaks, said SK Knights coach Kim Jin.

Moon takes full advantage of mismatches and its very difficult to face him, said Lee Sang-beom of the KT&G Kites.

Despite the glowing reviews, Moon has received some criticism as well. Critics say Moons knack for scoring and his tendency to take over a game can lead to losses.

The domestic players lack the ability to finish and thats why Moon doesnt pass the ball as often as hed like, said LG guard Lee Hyun-min.

The coach who did not tag Moon as the best among the half-Korean rookies was KTs Chun Chang-jin.

Moon needs to work on his defense, Coach Chun said. I rank Chun Tae-poong above Moon for his hustle and team play.

All the head coaches agreed that the three rookies are similar in terms of individual skill level. But Chun and Lee have not adapted to Korean basketball as quickly as Moon has.

Lees mediocre play has not helped his team nor his individual value as a player. Its not necessarily Lees fault, its also important how a team utilizes a player, explained Yoo Jae-hak of Mobis Phoebus.

The knock on Chun, the KCC point guard, is that he holds onto the ball too long and takes too many shots.

In the U.S., where all five players in a starting lineup have individual talent, it is less important to create opportunities for teammates and leaves more room for point guards to score. In Korea, however, it is important for the floor leader to create shots for his teammates. In that respect, Chun needs time to adjust to the style of play here, said ET Land Elephants coach Yoo Do-hoon.

As the coaches and players explain it, the style of play in Korea is more team-oriented. This leads to complicated plays that can take some getting used to.

The rookies are still soaking in the nuances of the complex zone and rotation defense that are a big part of Korean basketball, stated KTs Chun Chang-jin.



By Lee Eun-kyung, Kim Woo-chul [jason@joongang.co.kr]



South Korea triumph in exciting East Asian Games Final - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Taiwan 98:97
South Korea survived a heart stopping final seconds to eke out a tough victory in the East Asian Final. They narrowly defeated Taiwan to triumph in Hong Kong. Taiwan finished just one step from the summit. South Korea were up by just a single point with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. But Hyung Chul Park and Hyeonmin Kim teamed up for three free throws to give South Korea a 98:94 lead with 8 seconds to go. Yang Che-Yi (193-F-78) drained a three-pointer to cut the distance but Taiwan just ran out of time to save the encounter.
The start of the game looked promising for Taiwan. They went on 9:0 run to stun Korea. South Korea came back to life midway through the quarter. They responded with an 11:2 rally to take a 17:16 lead. But Lei Tien ensured a 20:17 advantage for Taiwan at the first break. The lead changed hands throughout the intense second quarter. Taiwan however stayed in the drivers seat leading 45:42 at the interval. Taiwan stretched the margin at 10 points in the third frame before South Korea bounced back. They capped the term on a 15:5 run to earn a 65:64 advantage into the fourth quarter. Yoo Byung-Jae (191-G/F-84) and Kim Sunhyung (186-G-88) secured a 9-point lead for South Korea midway through the fourth period. But Taiwan pulled together and sparked the intrigue in the final seconds.
Park Chan Hee (191-G-87) finished with 29 points and 9 boards to pace South Korea. Kim Sunhyung added 27 points in the victory. Tseng Wen-Ting (202-C/F-84) responded with 23 points and 10 boards for Taiwan. Chang Chih Feng (183-G-81) delivered 20 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

South Korea: Park Chan Hee 29, Kim Sunhyung 27, Yoo Byung-Jae 12
Taiwan: Tseng Wen-Ting 23+10 boards, Chang Chih Feng 20



Changwon LG Sakers sign James Peters - by Eurobasket
Changwon LG Sakers agreed terms with 28-year old American forward James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV). Peters played most recently at Reno Bighorns (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 23 games for Pusan KTF Magic Wings last season (2008-09) his stats were: 19.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg.
in 2007 Peters played in Luxembourg with Usel Pikes (DBBL), he played 18 games and averaged 24.9ppg, where he managed to win the Lucembourg Cup and be awarded: Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Honorable Mention; he also was assistant coach for Musel Pikes women team.
By Eurobasket Data Center



Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 16-6 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 16-8 
 3. KCC Egis 15-8 
 4. Dongbu Promy 14-9 
 5. LG Sakers 14-10 
 6. Samsung Th. 12-10 
 7. SK Knights 8-15 
 8. KT&G Kites 7-14 
 9. Daegu Orions 7-15 
 10. ET Land B.Sl. 5-19 


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.20.5 
 2. Roe, Tenerife18.3 
 3. Morley, Burgos17.9 
 4. Hughes, Leon17.1 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.17.0 
 6. Blanch, Mallorca15.9 
 7. DeVries, Girona15.6 
 8. Urtasun, Leon15.5 
 9. Donaldson, La La.15.3 
 10. Riera, Mallor.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.3 
 2. Starosta, Melilla10.0 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.8.5 
 4. Padgett, La Palma8.4 
 5. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.2 
 6. Arteaga, Palencia8.2 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife7.9 
 8. Northen, Mallorca7.9 
 9. Adrien, Breogan7.7 
 10. Turner, Vive.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jorge JIMENEZ
  Melilla
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Jimenez, Melilla4.7 
 2. Ciorciari, Vive M.4.7 
 3. Perez, Cornella3.6 
 4. Garrido, La Laguna3.5 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.3.3 
 6. Mena, La Palma3.3 
 7. Bivia, Mallorca3.2 
 8. Lescano, CAI Z.3.2 
 9. Rivero, CAI Z.3.1 
 10. Corrales, Burg.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.3.1 
 2. Blanch, Mallorca2.4 
 3. Rabaseda, Cornella2.3 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.2 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.2 
 6. Bernabe, Leon2.1 
 7. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.1.8 
 8. Coleman, Breogan1.8 
 9. Victor, Vive M.1.8 
 10. Xavier, Breog.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Donaldson, La La.1.8 
 2. Naymick, Caceres1.7 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.5 
 4. Samb, Cornella1.5 
 5. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.4 
 6. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.3 
 7. Roe, Tenerife1.2 
 8. Joseph, Cornella1.2 
 9. Northen, Mallorca1.1 
 10. Green, Mallor.1.1 


Caja Laboral crushes Maccabi Electra in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Caja Laboral 82-91

Caja Laboral grabbed valuable victory in Tel-Aviv last night. The team from Vitoria managed to beat the Israeli powerhouse 82-91 and there is a three-way tie in Group C now. Caja Laboral, Maccabi and CSKA all have 5-2 at this moment. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in this victory with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Teletovic made 8 of 14 attempts from behind the arc. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) scored 18 and Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebs for Caja Laboral. Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) stopped on 18 pts.
Both teams were on fire at the beginning and Caja Laboral was the one who held 18-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period visitors took control on Maccabi. Mirza Teletovic was unstoppable from behind the arc, wile Stanko Barac (217-C-86), Lior Eliyahu and Pau Ribas (193-G-87) secured a great help. Very soon Caja Laboral jumped to 20-29 and had no troubles to keep plus 9 until the end of the first half, 34-43. Maccabi responded after the breather. Chuck Eidson shined for his team and together with Guy Pnini and Stephane Lasme created a big turn, 50-49. When it seemed that the Israeli machine is on the right track finally, Mirza Teletovic again stepped up for Caja Laboral. He connected two triples (the second one was his seventh in this game) and Carl English had one before him. Pau Ribas also scored thus after 30 minutes of play visitors were 57-67 up. After that Caja Laboral reached impressive 60-75, but at the halfway of the last period Maccabi created 9-0 run. Stanko Barac stopped them with a jumper and Carl English drained a 3-pointer. With less than 2 minutes to go Mirza Teletovic made his 8th triple and his team was on safe distance again. Maccabi came to minus 5 in the finish, but Singletary and San Emeterio were pretty good from the line, while Bluthenthal missed a long triple for Maccabi. In the end Caja Laboral won 82-91 staying in the race for top of Group C.

Maccabi T-A: Chuck Eidson 19+7 boards, Guy Pnini 18
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 28+6 boards, Carl English 18, Lior Eliyahu 11+6 boards



Olympiakos blasts Unicaja for top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Unicaja 89-68

Olympiakos handed second consecutive Euroleague loss to Unicaja. With this victory the Reds joined Unicaja with 5-2 in Group B. Actually, Olimpyakos is No.1 at this moment as the team from Malaga registered 'only' 18-point win in their first meeting. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) (5 rebs) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) had 14 pts each, while Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) helped with 13 pts and 5 boards. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) shined in loss with 18 pts. Larry Lewis (201-F-69, college: Morehouse) and Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) had 11 pts apiece.
Olympiakos opened the game with 8-4, but Unicaja took control on them after that. Visitors tied the score to 12-12 and later finished 0-11 run for 12-20. Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) answered for the Reds and they cut the margin to 16-20 after 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter Olympiakos drastically improved. First they grabbed 22-20 lead and somewhere at the halfway of this period jumped to decent 34-28. That was after triple by Linas Kleiza. Thodoros Papaloukas and Ioannis Bourousis again shined in the finish pushing their team up to 46-35 HT lead. Nothing has changed after the breather and Olympiakos touched impressive 53-37. That was a clear sign that Unicaja will not have a chance for rest of the way. They succeeded to close the gap on 11, but it was they maximum. Josh Childress was on fire at the beginning of the last quarter and Olympiakos reached 73-57. Later they even touched plus 24 and the game was over for Unicaja.

Olympiakos: Linas Kleiza 15+10 boards, Nikola Vujcic 14+5 boards, Yotam Halperin 14, Josh Childress 13+5 boards
Unicaja: Omar Cook 18, Larry Lewis 11, Jiri Welsch 11


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Andorra
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Pigram, Andorra18.8 
 2. Higgs, L''Hospitalet16.4 
 3. Salson, Huesca16.3 
 4. Ferrer, Cajasur .16.2 
 5. Freimanis, Qalat C.16.1 
 6. Howard, Guadalaj.16.1 
 7. Vereen, Rosalia15.8 
 8. Silvestre, Plasencia15.4 
 9. Griffin, Cajasur .15.0 
 10. Barcelo, Plasenc.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Guadalajara
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Howard, Guadalaj.10.4 
 2. Ayon, Illescas10.2 
 3. Thompson, ADT T.9.8 
 4. Miller, Huelva9.7 
 5. Santana, Caja Rioja8.6 
 6. Drame, Andorra7.9 
 7. Silvestre, Plasencia7.8 
 8. Andrews, Huesca7.7 
 9. Freimanis, Qalat C.7.7 
 10. Wachsmann, Alcaz.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ricardo BUSCIGLIO
  Caja Rioja
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja5.0 
 2. Rufian, Huelva4.7 
 3. Gonzalez, Navarra4.6 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.5 
 5. Rodriguez, Rosalia4.0 
 6. Marcos, Alcazar3.9 
 7. Canals, Alaior3.8 
 8. Santamaria, ADT T.3.8 
 9. Uriz, Santurtzi3.7 
 10. Guigou, Illesc.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Caja Rioja
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ott, Caja Rioja2.6 
 2. Gomez, Huelva2.6 
 3. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.5 
 4. Martinez, Huelva2.2 
 5. Johnson, Huesca2.2 
 6. Miller, Coruna2.2 
 7. Barcelo, Plasencia2.2 
 8. Alonso, Matchmind2.1 
 9. Lyons, Alcazar2.1 
 10. Ayon, Illesc.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  ADT Tarragona
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Thompson, ADT T.1.5 
 2. Adams, Navarra1.3 
 3. Biyombo, Illescas1.1 
 4. Andrews, Huesca1.1 
 5. Sekulic, Plasencia1.1 
 6. Miller, Huelva1.0 
 7. De Santana, Caja R.0.9 
 8. Matali, Andorra0.9 
 9. Ayon, Illescas0.8 
 10. Williams, Matchmi.0.8 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Melilla 11-2 
 2. CAI Zaragoza 10-3 
 3. Girona 9-3 
 4. Vive Menorca 8-4 
 5. Leon 8-5 
 6. Breogan 7-5 
 7. Mallorca 7-5 
 8. La Laguna 7-6 
 9. Burgos 7-6 
 10. Ourense 6-6 
 11. La Palma 6-6 
 12. Caceres 6-7 
 13. Clin.Rincon 5-8 
 14. Cornella 5-8 
 15. Tenerife 4-9 
 16. Palencia 3-9 
 17. CB Tarragona 2-10 
 18. Vigo 2-11 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Standings
Group A
 1. Huesca 9-2 
 2. Caja Rioja 9-3 
 3. Coruna 7-4 
 4. Rosalia 7-5 
 5. Prat Juventud 6-5 
 6. Andorra 5-5 
 7. Santurtzi 5-7 
 8. Navarra 5-7 
 9. Alaior 4-8 
 10. L'Hospitalet 4-8 
 11. ADT Tarragona 2-9 
Group B
 1. Huelva 8-2 
 2. Promobys 7-3 
 3. Illescas 6-4 
 4. Alcazar 6-5 
 5. Plasencia 6-5 
 6. Real M. II 5-6 
 7. Qalat CajaSol 4-6 
 8. CajasurCord. 4-6 
 9. Guadalajara 4-7 
 10. Matchmind 2-8 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 16-2 
 2. Solna 16-3 
 3. Plannja 14-4 
 4. Sundsvall 14-5 
 5. Eco Orebro 9-9 
 6. Gothia Basket 7-11 
 7. Boras 7-13 
 8. Uppsala 6-13 
 9. Sodertalje 4-13 
 10. Jamtland 4-14 
 11. 08 4-14 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Brandon MCKNIGHT
  Plannja
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. McKnight, Plannja20.0 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.9 
 3. Palm, Boras17.9 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.16.9 
 5. Mitchell, Solna16.9 
 6. Ringstrom, Gothia B.16.2 
 7. Blom, 0816.1 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.2 
 9. Walker, Sodertalje14.7 
 10. Carter, Gothia.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Palm, Boras11.2 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.10.5 
 3. Konare, Jamtland9.7 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.7 
 5. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.5 
 6. Djordjic, Soder.8.5 
 7. Akesson, Plannja7.9 
 8. Jonzen, Uppsala7.1 
 9. Djuric, Uppsala6.9 
 10. Mottram, Gothia.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.1 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall6.1 
 3. Mitchell, Solna5.5 
 4. Grant, Norrkoping5.3 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 6. Mbemba, Solna4.3 
 7. McKnight, Plannja4.1 
 8. Sigurdarson, Sunds.3.9 
 9. Larsson, Plannja3.9 
 10. Gervin, Norrkopi.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Carter, Gothia B.3.0 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping2.8 
 3. Chuk, Sodertalje2.7 
 4. Mbemba, Solna2.5 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.3 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.2 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping1.9 
 9. Person, Uppsala1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Oreb.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.6 
 3. Palm, Boras1.6 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.3 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 6. Akesson, Plannja1.0 
 7. McNaull, Norrkoping0.9 
 8. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.9 
 9. Drains, Norrkoping0.9 
 10. Djuric, Uppsa.0.7 


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2009 EAG: Taiwan lost to South Korea, failed to defend title - by Chris Wang
Tseng Wen-Ting (202-C/F-84) missed a pair of free-throws with 10 seconds to go as Taiwan NT was one step short of a huge comeback bid in the final two minutes, losing a 98-97 heartbreaker to South Korea in the 2009 East Asian Games final and failed to defend its title.

Taiwan NT, who led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter over a South Korean team consisting of military and college players, suddenly found themselves trailed by 12 with two minutes remaining.

Koreans closed the gap with an 8-0 run early in the final quarter.

Taiwan head coach Chung Kwang-suk opted to go for the late game intentional fouling and it worked like magic. As Koreans kept missing free-throws, Taiwan cut the deficit to two with 10 seconds to go.

Lee Hsueh-lin and Tseng Wen-Ting executed a perfect give-and-go on the last play as Tseng was fouled on his way to the basket. But he missed the most crucial free-throws in the game.

South Korea made the ensuing free-throws to lead by four before Yang Che-yi added a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left in the game. There was not enough time for Taiwan to turn the tide.

Taiwan led 45-42 at the half.

Tseng Wen-Ting had a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds but was only 4-of-11 from the free-throw line. Chang Chih-feng had 20 points and Lin Chih-chieh added 19.


South Korea triumph in exciting East Asian Games Final - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Taiwan 98:97
South Korea survived a heart stopping final seconds to eke out a tough victory in the East Asian Final. They narrowly defeated Taiwan to triumph in Hong Kong. Taiwan finished just one step from the summit. South Korea were up by just a single point with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. But Hyung Chul Park and Hyeonmin Kim teamed up for three free throws to give South Korea a 98:94 lead with 8 seconds to go. Yang Che-Yi (193-F-78) drained a three-pointer to cut the distance but Taiwan just ran out of time to save the encounter.
The start of the game looked promising for Taiwan. They went on 9:0 run to stun Korea. South Korea came back to life midway through the quarter. They responded with an 11:2 rally to take a 17:16 lead. But Lei Tien ensured a 20:17 advantage for Taiwan at the first break. The lead changed hands throughout the intense second quarter. Taiwan however stayed in the drivers seat leading 45:42 at the interval. Taiwan stretched the margin at 10 points in the third frame before South Korea bounced back. They capped the term on a 15:5 run to earn a 65:64 advantage into the fourth quarter. Yoo Byung-Jae (191-G/F-84) and Kim Sunhyung (186-G-88) secured a 9-point lead for South Korea midway through the fourth period. But Taiwan pulled together and sparked the intrigue in the final seconds.
Park Chan Hee (191-G-87) finished with 29 points and 9 boards to pace South Korea. Kim Sunhyung added 27 points in the victory. Tseng Wen-Ting (202-C/F-84) responded with 23 points and 10 boards for Taiwan. Chang Chih Feng (183-G-81) delivered 20 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

South Korea: Park Chan Hee 29, Kim Sunhyung 27, Yoo Byung-Jae 12
Taiwan: Tseng Wen-Ting 23+10 boards, Chang Chih Feng 20



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Partizan celebrates 93-92 thriller win against Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Efes Pilsen 93-92

Partizan celebrated thriller win against Efes Pilsen making a huge step forward to TOP 16. Now, the Serbian powerhouse has 4-3 in Group B (same as Fenerbahce Ulker), while Efes Pilsen fell to 3-4 (fifth place). Aleks Maric (211-C-84) was totally the best player in this victory collecting 34 points and 16 rebounds for 30 minutes of play. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 17 points and 6 boards, while Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 pts and 6 assists. Kecman drained the winning jumper for Partizan with less than 3 seconds to go. In Efes Pilsen, Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) shined with 24 points. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) had 18 and Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) nailed 17 pts.
It was a very exciting game as the winner is decided in the last seconds. First period was pretty leveled, but it was Efes Pilsen who grabbed 19-20 after it. Almost the same picture on the court was seen in the second period. Actually, Efes Pilsen touched plus 6 at the halfway of it, but was not able to keep more that 46-48 before the break. Than in third, visitors again jumped and this time to plus 5, but Partizan once again had an answer to that tying the score to 64-64. Thanks to Charles Smith and Ender Arslan, Efes Pilsen was up 71-72 after three quarters. Teams exchanged baskets in the last one and exchanged in lead as well. In the finish, Igor Rakocevic drained a triple for Efes Pilsen, but Dusan Kecman answered on the other side. With 8 seconds to go Marvis Thornton was sent to the line and he scored the second for 91-92. Partizan called a time out and Dusan Kecman grabbed the ball after that. He ran a pick-and-roll with Aleks Maric and managed to score a winning short jumper for the hosts. Efes Pilsen had 2.8 seconds for the last possession, but that was not enough for them.

Partizan: Aleks Maric 34+16 boards, Lester McCalebb 17+6 boards, Dusan Kecman 12+6 as
Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 24, Charles Smith 18, Kaya Peker 17


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Spurs' Duncan not gaining All-Star voters' notice - by David Edole
If Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) 's streak of consecutive All-Star Game starts is to continue, he is going to have to mount a come-from-behind surge in fan voting.

Chosen by the league's fans to start in every All-Star Game played since his second season there was no game in 1999 Duncan is fourth among Western Conference forwards in the first tabulation of votes released Thursday by the NBA.

The Spurs captain has 271,321 votes. He trails Denver's NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony (588,958 votes), Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (366,300) and the Lakers' Pau Gasol (280,758).

Except for the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, Duncan has been an All-Star in each of his first 12 seasons. In his rookie season he was added to the Western Conference lineup by the coaches after Utah's Karl Malone and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett were voted starters.

Duncan and Antonio McDyess were the only Spurs in the top 10 in voting at their positions. McDyess has 46,323 votes, seventh among Western Conference centers. Guard Manu Ginobili, with 75,392 votes, ranked 11th among guards, ahead of three-time All-Star Tony Parker, who wasn't listed among the leaders the NBA released.

Five Spurs were on the official All-Star ballot: Duncan, Ginobili, Parker, McDyess and Richard Jefferson.

That's deep: How deep is the Spurs' roster?

Five different players have been high scorer in each of the past five games. Only once before in Gregg Popovich's first 13 years on the Spurs bench had such a statistical anomaly occurred.

Richard Jefferson became the fifth different high scorer when he got 23 in Wednesday's victory over the Kings. He was preceded by Matt Bonner (28, at Utah), Tony Parker (27, vs. Denver), DeJuan Blair (18, vs. Boston) and Tim Duncan (22, vs. Philadelphia).

In 2006, Parker, Duncan, Beno Udrih, Ginobili and Brent Barry took turns leading the Spurs in a five-game stretch.
Ny Mike Monroe



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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
D-League
 1. Columbus D. 0-0 
 2. Warner RK 0-0 
 3. Metro K. 0-0 
 4. Orlando Stars 0-0 
 5. GW Forest P. 0-0 
 6. Jacksonville J. 0-0 
Exhibition-Touring
 1. Proline 0-0 
 2. Shizuoka T. 0-0 
 3. NF. Hawks 0-0 
National Division
 1. Irving A. 0-0 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 0-0 
 3. Katy S. 0-0 
 4. Houston G. 0-0 
 5. Austin F. 0-0 
 6. Southern G. 0-0 
 7. Converse F. 0-0 
 8. S. Antonio 0-0 
 9. Lakeland S. 0-0 
 10. Daytona Beach 0-0 
 11. Brevard L. 0-0 
Uruguay Division
 1. Circulo 0-0 
 2. Juventus 0-0 
 3. Universitario 0-0 
 4. Ferro CS 0-0 
 5. Salto Uru. 0-0 
 6. Nacional 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


Darrell Tucker strengthens Hoverla - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla added Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) to the roster. The 29-year-old forward started the previous season in Hayres-Toulon in France. Darrell Tucker averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.1 assists per game in the French ProA. In EuroChallenge his stats read 15.1 points, 4.1 boards and 1.3 assists. Later he moved to the UAE to join Nasr.
In the meantime Hoverla decided to part ways with Vladimir Golubev (193-G-81) and Kyrylo Skumatov (205-F-80).



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Wolves Recruit Former Bulls Duo - by Andy Webb
WORCESTER Wolves new head coach Paul James has secured the services of 26-year-old former Buffalo State Bulls swingman Danny Gilbert. Gilbert is a 6 6 guard forward who, in his senior year (2004-05) was part of the memorable Buffalo Bulls team that went on an improbable run to the Mid-American Conference Championship, beating Western Michigan in the semi-finals. In the MAC final, the Bulls lost in overtime to Ohio University on a tip-in by Leon Williams with 0.5 seconds remaining. Gilbert, considered to be one of the best defenders to ever don a Bulls' jersey, averaged 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals his senior season whilst also setting the school record for games played in a career (118)

Upon graduating in 2005, he went on to sign a professional contract German second division team FC Schalke. In his one season in Germany, Gilbert averaged 18 points per game.

For the 2006-07 season, Gilbert signed for Guildford Heat, who were only in their second year of existence. A major coup for the side, Gilbert became a pivotal player in leading the club to its first ever league championship in the BBL; he averaged an impressive 16.85 points in 33.85 minutes per game. The Heat also won the BBL Cup during this season.

He returned for a second season to lead the Heat into the ULEB Cup, the club's debut in European competition. He aided the team to their first trophy of the season, picking up the BBL Cup Winners' Cup. They went on to win the BBL Trophy and the Play-Off Championship, in which Gilbert picked up the MVP Award.

As soon as I knew I was going to be appointed Head Coach of the Worcester Wolves the first player I contacted was Daniel Gilbert. I recruited Daniel to the Guildford Heat outfit and he has proved to be one of the most talented all round players I have ever worked with. PJ said. He is an exceptional defender and can score in many ways. Daniel was a very valuable piece of the Heat successful jigsaw. I am very excited about working with him once again.

Gilbert is joined by former Buffalo Bulls team-mate, 27-year-old point guard Rod Middleton. Middleton joined the Bulls a year after Gilbert and went on to beat his playing record, appearing in 122 games. In his senior year he averaged 12 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He recorded an impressive 79% from the free throw line and 41% from long range.

Rods professional career saw him play in both the German Pro A League for MBC and prior to that for Clermont in the French Pro A. Rod is a 63 210 pound athletic and strong combo-guard Rod participated in the national Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2004-2005 where Buffalo reached the second round. He was named MAC Defensive player of the Year for the 2005-2006 season by Streets and Smiths magazine. He was also part of the most successful class in school history, winning 55 games.

PJ said Rod is a great floor leader who likes to fast break. He has the ability to break down defences and get into lane creating shots for himself and others. Rod is a good defender who takes pride in his defence., He has a great work ethic and plays hard on both ends of the court for the entire game. Rod will be a great addition to the Wolves team because he brings commitment, passion and a winning attitude. He is a team player whose only goal is to win and be successful.



McKnight Warns of Veterans - by Andy Webb
Ahead of his sides clash with the Cheshire Jets on Sunday, Guildford Heat play caller Chad McKnight has warned his men that BBL veterans Chez Marks, James Hamilton and Shawn Myers, will be the players to watch out for on Sunday. He said: I think we will match up well against Cheshire. They have a few guys who have been playing well in Chez Marks, James Hamilton, and Shawn Myers, and it will be a tough test for us. The 68 Forward also slammed his sides recent defensive efforts, adding: I want to be better defensively as a team, we need to get more stops and hold teams to less points than what we have been giving up.

The Worthing Thunder go into their match up with the Glasgow Rocks this Sunday full of confidence, after an important 104-90 win over the Newcastle Eagles last weekend, and Head Coach Dave Titmuss was overjoyed with the result, something he says his side should build on this weekend: Obviously, it's a huge win for us and the first time the Thunder has beaten them he said: It was also the first time since our opening game of the season that we've had our full roster fit. I really liked the way we closed the game out, we made some smart defensive plays that triggered an 11 - 0 run. This is a performance and result that we will build on he added.

Sunday evening also sees the Marshall MK Lions look to recover from their heartbreaking BBL Cup Semi Final exit last weekend, at the hands of the Cheshire Jets. They take on an Airwaves Plymouth Raiders side that lost out 69-84 to the Everton Tigers last Saturday evening. One bright spot for the Raiders was that recently re-signed fan favourite, Drew Lasker, had a successful return to Raiders action, as he top scored with 23 points personal. However, Raiders chief Gary Stronach expressed his frustration at his sides inconsistency during games. He explained: We are letting ourselves down for short spells in games and that was the case last weekend. If we overcome those spells, then we will start picking up wins.

Rounding off Sundays action and completing the BBL fixtures for this weekend, is a clash between PAWS London Capital and the Newcastle Eagles. Whilst the Eagles lost to the Thunder last weekend, they had a relatively easy time compared to the Capital, who went down 110-38 to BBL Cup Semi Finalists, the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, the deficit equalling the largest winning margin in BBL history.



Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Sheffield S. 15-3 
 2. MK Lions 12-6 
 3. Newcastle E. 10-4 
 4. Cheshire J. 10-5 
 5. Leicester R. 9-7 
 6. Guildford H. 7-5 
 7. Everton T. 7-7 
 8. Scottish R. 6-5 
 9. Worthing T. 6-9 
 10. Worcester W. 4-9 
 11. London C. 3-11 
 12. Plymouth R. 2-11 
 13. Essex Pirates 2-11 
 14. Andorra NT 0-0 


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The Lebanese League tip off is today... What coaches say? - by Maarouf Mawloud
All the eyes are turned around the Lebanese basketball teams few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 season. All the hard work that each team, from admin to coaches and players, have already done in the past few months will show up starting from the 1st game of this season. All possibilities are expected, nothing is sure nor guaranteed. 8 teams, worked hard to set up and build a line up that can compete in the league, 8 teams, ready for the opening of this new big season. Each coach of these 8 teams has his own way of thinking ,his own strategy and his own analysis of this league. Here are 8 small interviews with some coaches few days before the opening of the 2009-2010 Basketball league:

Riyadi:

According to Fouad Abou Chacra , the coach of the lebanese champions, the season will be a good one. Again we will have 3 teams competing for the championship, 3 teams looking for final four, one team will be a good surprise team and 1 team surviving in division 1. Riyadi this year is a totally new team, they are becoming better each day, trying to achieve the highest stability and once they achieve it they will be very solid. In his opinion champville has a very good team as well as muttahed and sagesse. In a conclusion, Riyadi is aming for the Lebanese, the arab and the asian championship.

Moutahed:

According to Toni Vujanic , the coach of the runner up team, the league will be a very strong and very competitive one. There are lots of equal teams with 2 very strong ones champville and riyadi. Mouttahed is young and new team. They signed 7 new lebanese players and 2 new imports after cutting the budget in the club. They worked for a short time together and the imports came to Lebanon 2 weeks ago. He says: If we find our chemistry and strength and improved our defensive skills we can become a serious competitor, if not it will be a very hard and a long season for my team. In general hes very positive that his team will reach his goals and be a part of the final 4.

Sagesse:

Coach Zeljko Zecevic the coach of Sagesse Club Beirut says: I think basketball in Lebanon is very important and thus the basketball championship takes a very important place. Basketball in Lebanon is a very high level among the countries of the Asian continent and all of us who work in basketball sport across the world is well known fact that Lebanon's Basketball Championship is one of the strongest in Asia, with of course China and the Philippines. I'm in the club as Head Coach came 20/11/ so I had very little time for exploring the history of this club, one of the largest and most popular in Lebanon. To my happiness, when one person comes in Sagesse Club need very little time to realize that they are in a good and very well organized club. I'm with the team begun to work in the court, to my chagrin, very late. For this reason I am really overjoyed when I see how my players accept very difficult and hard work in the last two weeks. However, it is now in every sports is difficult or almost not possible to create wonders overnight. Any serious work for which it is believed that it could lead to positive results must have their time which is necessary for the preparation of specialization team players ... and at the end of the process of coming up shaping the final look of a team that can compete with everyone and against all in a very difficult competition as the Lebanese championship. Our foreigner players are Patt Fields, position combo - guard and he can cover any perimeter positions in our team. Hes very young, and thus is for him first international experience out of the States. Second one is Marshall Phillips, position combo - forward and he cover up in our team position forward and power forward. His very experience player who now knows what is necessary to a team. His qualities as a player in our team will be expressed by saying that he will be players who will play on the perimeter, but at the same time and in the low post position. We are preparing the way to be ready to compete against all teams in the league. Whether we will succeed and that, depends not only on the strength of ourselves, but depends on the strength of our opponents. My team is not prepared for some imaginary targets on which today can only dream, but we're preparing only for the next opponent without taking care about how the team is called, or which position currently occupies in the league. I, personally, do not believe a lot of predictions, it is not my job. I believe only in work, and just work. Results will come at the end of the season must be just and only the results of our heavy and hard daily work in the hall. I think the biggest favorite to win Lebanese Championship next season as the teams Moutahed, Al Riyadi, Champwille and Sagesse Club. Would like to especially welcome in this public way of the best fans in Lebanon. I would like to support us in our great desire, and everyday struggles that we do for the good of our club. I hope that the our fans give us great support, because all of us who work in Sagesse Club know very well that with the support of our loyal fans this team can achieve more than what it realistically possible. Only in absolute connection between a brand new team and our fans see the possibility of good results in the forthcoming season

Champville:

Coach Ghassan Sarkis was satisfied by his team preparation. Sarkis said the team started training early July and was excited by the addition of Fadi El-Khatib, one of the best players in lebanese history. Sarkis said that Riyadi is the number 1 candidate to win the league this year. As for Champville and Mouttahed, Sarkis said that both teams can compete Riyadi.And he said that the final will be between Riyadi and champville ( according to www.lebanese-goal.com )

Anibal:

Dany Ammous, anibals coach says :This year will be different in terms of the FLBB league as there has been a major reshuffle and movement of players and coaches for the majority of the teams. The FLLBB league in my opinion continues to be the most competitive league in the Arab world and attracts a lot of local and international players. However, financial challenges are becoming the major drawback that can pose a threat to the leagues success. Probably only 4 teams are financially sound while the others are still struggling to get their budgets. As for Annibal, We have been adamant to retain the majority of the Lebanese players who were with us last year which could reduce time for integration. Also, we have engaged in training much earlier in the pre league preparation which should give us an edge on readiness side physical and tactical. The Lebanese players will be integral to our success this year. The challenge for me as a coach is to get the right international players who can complement the Lebanese players skills and form a homogenous team. Our aspiration at Annibal is to become contenders to get into the final four which I see a challenging goal but achievable.'

Antranik:

Vicken Eskedjian, an admin in Antranik thinks that the Lebanese league will start slowly because some of the teams started late and the foreigners came few weeks ago. But after the first round he believes we will see some good Basket ball.
In this opinion, there are 3 very good teams this year that will compete for the championship, these teams are moutahed, champville and riyadi. While Antranik and Hoops all along with Sagesse will compete for the 4th spot of the final 4. He thinks that the level of the foreigner is lower than the past years. As for Antranik, in general they have a very good Local players all along with a very good Coach. One of the foreigners is very good and in case they can find a good center as aforeigner they can do good this year.

Kahraba:

According to Toni Khalil, kahraba coach, this year the league will be devided into two levels. Level 1 having in it the top 3 teams, moutahed riyadi and champville. While the level two comvines each from sagesse to antranik, anibal hoops and kahraba. The difference between the two levels is about economic stability that will affect the Lebanese basketball level. The competition will be for the fourth place in the playoffs. He says: Although its logic that the level 1 teams will beat the level 2 teams but in basketball everything is possible. More than that, the lack of funding will hurt the league because it will reflect on the team with small budgets. As for his team he said: Kahraba will play with no pressure specially that they will be no drop to the 2nd division, but technically the team will improve with every game because they need the game experience due to the fact that they did not have any preseason experience.

Hoops:

Peter Schomers, hoops coach, says: We played against all of the teams here in preseason with the exception of Mouttahed. Our results were not bad but I, as every coach, knows that preseason results are not necessarily represeantative for what can happen in the season. Most teams were not complete and will be better prepared in the season. My team is very young and rather inexperienced but we will try to make up for these factors by playing hard and hustling. At this point it is very hard to say where we stand. To expect from us to play up with any of the four top teams in Lebanon would be too much right now. But we hope to be in good competition with the other three teams (Kahraba/Antranik/Zahle). Maybe we are good for one or the other surprise. That will depend on the developement of our team and that of our opponents. To judge the level of this league I have to get more involved into the champignonship.

Extra opinions:
Rizkallah Zaloum said: i think they will be 3 teams competing only this year due to the withdrawel of blue stars and tibnin. sagesse as we know is going to participate but with very low budget and i dont think he can compete after rony fahed, sabah khoury and bassem balaa left the team . even they have brian and roy smaha, but this is not enough for them to compete. the rest i mean antranik , hoops, kahraba dont have the necessary elements to compete due to financial problem. So the conclusion is that this year we are going to witness a retreat in the level of the league due to financial problems that need to be solved by making the right decisions by the lebanese basketball federation.



Mahmoud Mashhoon is new chief of the WABA - by Mohammed Malas
Source: Tehran News

TEHRAN - President of Iran Basketball Federation Mahmoud Mashhoon was appointed as chief of the West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) on Tuesday.

At a ceremony held at the Olympic Hotel of Tehran, Mashhoon was elected to take charge of WABA for the next four years.

I have been elected as the chief of WABA because of our basketballs success in Asia. I will do my best to strengthen the basketball of West Asia, Mashhoon said.
Hagop Khajirian replaced Jean Tabet as Secretary General of WABA in the elections


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Taking a wild card route to Turkey - by Omar Shafaamri
ISTANBUL (2010 FIBA World Championship) - The debate about which four teams should receive wild cards for the 2010 FIBA World Championship raged since the end of the EuroBasket in Poland.

The selections will be made this weekend.

Fourteen federations that had hoped their national teams would qualify directly for Turkey but failed expressed interest in receiving wild cards to the 2010 event in Turkey.

Eight of those Cameroon, Nigeria, Korea, Lebanon, Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania and Russia still have a chance at a wild card.

On Saturday, FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann will make his recommendations to the FIBA Central Board, which will then decide.

A maximum of three federations from one zone can receive wild cards.

In Japan three years ago, when the tournament was expanded to 24 teams and wild cards were introduced, those receiving them were FIBA Europe member federations Turkey, Italy, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Puerto Rico from the FIBA Americas.

There is various criteria that FIBA take on board when considering which countries are selected.

First of all, teams must have participated in their respective zone qualifying competitions (2008/2009).

Secretary General Baumann and the Central Board will reflect on sporting, economic and governance aspects of the countries.

Wild-card hopefuls must also pay a late registration fee prior to the Central Board decision, with the monies collected to be used for the promotion of basketball through FIBAs International Basketball Foundation.

When considering the sporting aspect, FIBA will look at the popularity of basketball in the country and the quality and sporting results of its national teams.

Economic aspects relate to the involvement of the local television and/or competitions in domestic and international basketball, the importance of the country to FIBA's marketing and television partners and the importance of the country to the organizers of the FIBA World Championship.

Last but not least are the aspects of governance, which relate to compliance with the internal regulations and general statutes of FIBA, the quality of the work of the national federation and the governmental support to the national federation.

With all of that in mind, it is easy to see why the FIBA Central Board will have difficult decisions to make as some countries may be particularly strong in some areas and perhaps less so in others.

The FIBA wild cards have created a lot of excitement ahead of the Central Board meeting in Istanbul and one guarantee that basketballs world governing body can make is that the four countries fortunate to receive the last remaining tickets to Turkey 2010 will enhance the quality of the event.
FIBA.com




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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Pinheiro starts for Boa Viagem - by Eurobasket News
Marinela Pinheiro (185-F-85) started 2009/2010 season for for Boa Viagem in Portugal. After 5 games the Angolan player averages 5.6 points per game and 3.4 rebounds.
Marinela Pinheiro debuted the season with her first contribution over Alges. Her best game of the season so far was against Uniao Madeira on November 21st. BoaViagem prevailed against Uniao Madeira 72:42 as Shannon Howell scored 20 points, pulled down 5 boards and issued 4 assists. Marinela Pinheiro contributed 17 points and 11 boards in the victory. Silvia Lopes replied with 16 points for Uniao Madeira.
CAB Madeira narrowly defeated BoaViagem in the latest round on the road 64:61. Kaitlin Sowinski knocked down 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Carlo Freitas had 17 points, 6 boards and 6 steals in the win. Shannon Howell responded with 23 points for BoaViagem, while Marinela Pinheiro had 2 points and 2 rebounds.
Marinela Pinheiro has already experience in Portugal. Over the last few years she became Portuguese League Regular Season Runner-Up in 2007,Portuguese League Champion in the same year and reached Portuguese League Semifinals in 2008 with GDESSA/Barreiro .



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Bulleen B. 12-1 
 2. Sydney UF 9-3 
 3. Townsville F. 9-3 
 4. Canberra C. 8-5 
 5. Bendigo S. 8-5 
 6. Adelaide 8-6 
 7. Logan T. 5-8 
 8. Dandenong R. 4-7 
 9. Perth L. 1-12 
 10. AIS 0-14 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Kristi HARROWER
  Bendigo S.
  (166-G-75)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Harrower, Bendi.23.4 
 2. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.23.3 
 3. Cambage, Bulle.20.7 
 4. Lewis, Townsville F.17.5 
 5. Bibby, Canberra C.17.3 
 6. Marino, Adelaide16.8 
 7. Francis, Adelaide16.4 
 8. Kerr, Townsville F.16.0 
 9. Tolo, Canberra C.15.3 
 10. Penaluna, Bulleen.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanya SMITH
  Townsville F.
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Smith, Townsville F.10.0 
 2. Kerr, Townsville F.10.0 
 3. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.9.8 
 4. Cambage, Bulle.8.8 
 5. Tolo, Canberra C.8.6 
 6. Francis, Adelaide8.5 
 7. Abbott, Logan T.7.8 
 8. Woosnam, Adelaide6.9 
 9. Porter, Sydney UF6.9 
 10. Harrower, Ben.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jenna O''HEA
  Bulleen B.
  (187-F-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. O''Hea, Bulleen B.5.4 
 2. Milner, Bulleen B.5.3 
 3. Veal, Logan T.4.8 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.4.5 
 5. Butler, Sydney UF4.4 
 6. Marino, Adelaide4.4 
 7. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.0 
 8. Smith, Sydney UF3.8 
 9. Mahony, Dandenon.3.4 
 10. Hurst, Canberra.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Veal, Logan T.2.5 
 2. Taylor, AIS1.9 
 3. Malpass, Perth L.1.8 
 4. Flanagan, Townsvil.1.6 
 5. Milner, Bulleen B.1.5 
 6. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.1.5 
 7. Purcell, Logan T.1.5 
 8. Foley, Adelaide1.4 
 9. Hurst, Canberra C.1.4 
 10. Porter, Sydney1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Amy LEWIS
  Townsville F.
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lewis, Townsville F.1.7 
 2. Tolo, Canberra C.1.2 
 3. Smith, Townsville F.1.2 
 4. Smith, Sydney UF1.2 
 5. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.1.1 
 6. Roberts, AIS1.1 
 7. Kerr, Townsville F.0.9 
 8. Madgen, AIS0.8 
 9. Harrower, Bendi.0.8 
 10. Aubry, Bendigo.0.8 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav rolls over Hapoel to book place for next phase - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Dunav - Hapoel T-A 83-59

Dunav already booked a spot for the Preliminary Round as they had an easy job against Hapoel. On the other side, Hapoel remained winless after 5 appearances in this competition. Dunav opened the game by going on 10-0 run in the first 4 minutes. By the end of the first quarter they were already holding comfortable 25-14 lead. In the second period, hosts played just enough to maintain their advantage. By the halftime they extended their lead by 2 points, as the halftime score stood at 41-28. More of the same continued in the third quarter, as Dunav players controlled flow of the game. At the end of the period this meeting was practically over as hosts were up 61-42. In the final 10 minutes, Dunav did not let up but they continued to dominate. They won the final period by 22-17. This was enough for them to secure final score at 83-59.
Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) led the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87, college: Charlotte) also scored 14, while Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) added 12. Visitors got 18 points and 8 boards from Randee Henry (186-F-82, college: UNLV). Natasa Ivancevic (188-F-81) followed closely with 16 points.

Dunav: Natalia Anufryienka 14+8 boards, Danielle Burgin 14, Natalia Topalova-Shopova 12
Hapoel T-A: Randee Henry 18+8 boards, Natasa Ivancevic 16


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  CANADA - Women  


Sutton-Brown remains hot abroad - by Eurobasket News
Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and her Turkish Fenerbahce recorded the fifth Euroleague win as they rolled past Frisco Sika in Istanbul. In the game for the second spot in Group D the Turkish side celebrated 86:70 victory to improve to 5-2 record. The hosts went in front to stay in the first quarter with a 6-0 burst that turned an 8:7 deficit into a 13-8 lead. Esmeral Tuncluer hit two free-throws and Yilmaz buried a jumper to make it 24:16. Tay McWilliams closed the opening quarter at 29:22 as the teams finished the productive period. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second quarter as the hosts managed to increase the lead to 6 more points. Tuncluer sent the teams to the lockers for 49:36. Powell and Tamara Sutton-Brown brought 54:36 early in the third period, while Booner reduced to 58:45. Penelope Taylor closed the third frame at 76:50 as her team could celebrate the victory at that time. Frisco Sika however did not give up and stayed tough in the game. The team from Czech Republic won the last period 20-10 to lose 16 points at the end. Eva Viteckova made the last jump shot for the total 86:70 score. Nevriye Yilmaz scored 20 points to lead the charge. Penelope Taylor notched 15 points, 7 assists and 4 boards in the winning case, while Tamara Sutton-Brown had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Hana Horakova answered with 16 points for Frisco Sika as they slipped at 4-3 record.
In the National League Fenerbahce celebrated seventh straight victory staying on top of TBBL alone. Matee Ajavon led Fener with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Nevin Nevlin helped with 14 points and 9 rebounds. LaToya Pringle shined in loss collecting 21 points and 8 boards. Tamara Sutton-Brown produced 5 points for her team, while she exploded with 20 points against Mersin in Round 2.


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  CAPE VERDE - Women  


Andre and Aires contribute in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Natalia Andre (185-C-74) remains with her Portuguese Sport Alges Dafundo in Portugal-Feminine League this season as well. Starting in 2005 the player proves her high ambitions in the squad. Last year she averaged 8.3ppg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 73.0%.
This year Natalia Andre played already 5 games and has 3-3 record with her Alges. In the latest game AD Vagos rallied to the fifth straight win as they outgunned Alges 77:65 on the road. Izabela Andrade scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the visitors. Joana Lopes contributed 20 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory. Sultra Harding responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Alges as they slipped at 3-3 record.
Before that Alges held off Quinta at home court 85:44 asNatalia Andre had 6 points and 3 rebounds. Charese Reed knocked down 20 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead Alges. Sultra Harding finished with 16 points and 12 boards in the win. Dominique Gattuso responded with 20 points, 9 boards and 4 assists in the loss.
Carla Aires (182-F-82) meanwhile started 2009/2010 season for Quinta dos Lombos. The player debuted with 2 points against BCBarcelos and added also 3 rebounds. Quinta is winless so far, however tried hard versus Barreiro when they only lost 65:68. Carla Aires averages 1.5 points per game and has the same stats in Rebounds.



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  CHINA - Women  


China celebrate East Asian Games Gold - by Eurobasket News
China - Taiwan 83:58
China clinched the top spot at the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong. They overcame Taiwan in the championship game tonight. China looked solid throughout the tournament and deservedly recorded an overwhelming success at the end. Huang Hongpin (196-C-89) knocked down 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to pace China to the victory.
The first quarter saw teams exchange the baskets. China and Taiwan looked well matched as neither team managed to take a substantial lead. China had a 20:19 advantage ten minutes into the game. The second quarter changed the complexion of the game. China gradually took over leaving Taiwan behind. They piled up a 10-point lead at the interval. The third stanza was more or less the same as China kept Taiwan at distance. The dominance under the rim allowed China to ease to a 17-point lead entering the final frame. Taiwan simply had no ready answers as they had to concede a bitter loss at the end.
Wei Wei (207-C-89) scored 14 points for China. Shi Xiufeng (178-G-87) tossed in 13 points in the winning charge. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F-81) responded with 15 points and 6 boards for Taiwan. Yang Ya-Hui (89) finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

China: Huang Hongpin 16, Wei Wei 14, Shi Xiufeng 13
Taiwan: Liu Chun-Yi 15, Yang Ya-Hui 14



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  CROATIA - Women  


Energa Torun rolls over Sibenik to secure next stage - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Energa Torun - Sibenik 87-62

Crucial win for Energa Torun, who booked a spot for the next round. With this loss on the other hand Sibenik failed to do it. It was a close first quarter in which hosts were able to build minimal lead. After trading baskets for the most part, Energa Torun closed the first quarter with a 22-19 lead. In the second, they made their first serious 15-5 run. This has enabled them to head into halftime break holding a fairly comfortable 41-30. In the second half, hosts continued where they left off. The dominated in offense and played tight defense. With 10 minutes left to play they were up 64-46. This proved to be too great of a lead for Sibenik to make up. Energa Torun players won the final quarter 23-16 which secured them 87-62 win in the end.
Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, college: Florida St.) paced the hosts to victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) was also good with 13 points. Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) delivered 24 points in loss. She however received very little support from her teammates as only Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) reached double figures with 13 points.

Energa Torun: Alicia Gladden 25+7 boards, Monika Krawiec 13
Sibenik: Luca Ivankovic 24, Snezana Aleksic 13


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Langhorne and Dubljevic are perfect with Rivas - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - USK Praha 94:56
Although there is still plenty of time left for the end of the Qualifying Round, Rivas Ecopolis had already won Group C. In the end of the Round 7 the newcomers of EuroLeague cruised past USK Praha 94:56.Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) poured in 25 points as Rivas stormed into 48-24 half-time lead and they pressed home the advantage after the interval.
The Spanish squad opened the game with 25-12 in the opening quarter and allowed the opponents to score another 12 in the second frame. Rivas Ecopolis took 48:24 at the halftime and thought about their seventh victory at that time. USK Praha had difficulties following the favorite in the second half as well. The hosts produced 26-14 in the third period for 36-point advantage after 30 minutes. With 20-18 Rivas closed the game to triumph in the group. Rivas were 56.8% inside the arc and 43.7% beyond it.
Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) followed her with 24 points and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) nailed 18. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) was the only player to reach double digits for the guests as she posted 10 points.
In another games of the group Bourges boosted their Euroleague aspirations with a home win over Dobri Anjeli 83:71. Bourges now improved at 3-4 record and leapfrogged their opponents into the third spot in Group C. Polish Gorzow defeated visiting MKB Euroleasing 79:72 to post the second win in the EuroLeague. The victory allowed Gorzow to catch up with the Hungarian team in Group C ladder as they fight for top-four finish in the pool.

Rivas Ecopolis: Crystal Langhorne 25, Jelena Dubljevic 24, Catherine Joens 18
USK Praha: Lindsay Whalen 10



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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ofelia VILLARROEL
  Sierre
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Villarroel, Sierre24.2 
 2. Pimenova, Cheva.23.4 
 3. Champion, CAB M.22.4 
 4. Player, Olivais22.0 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.21.5 
 6. Johnson, EBE I.20.8 
 7. Diacona, Sf. G.20.0 
 8. Gidden, Sf. G.20.0 
 9. Warburton, Gran C.19.8 
 10. Milovanovic, ICIM.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena MAKSIMOVIC
  Zeljeznicar
  (192-C-82)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Maksimovic, Zeljezni.12.3 
 2. Fleischer, Dexia12.2 
 3. Mazic, Medvescak11.8 
 4. Gidden, Sf. G.11.7 
 5. Snow, Dynamo K.11.5 
 6. Santos, AD Vagos11.0 
 7. Anosike, Targoviste10.6 
 8. Kuzina, Dynamo M.10.5 
 9. Sanford, EBE I.10.3 
 10. Carter, CCC.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Zoll, Botas8.3 
 2. Szymanska-L., Dex.7.0 
 3. Keyru, Dynamo M.5.6 
 4. Chapdelaine, MBK R.5.2 
 5. Sytnyak, Dynamo M.5.0 
 6. Reid, Hatis Yerevan4.8 
 7. Zellous, Besiktas4.4 
 8. Zygelyte, Lemminkain.4.2 
 9. Costaz, Mondeville4.0 
 10. White, Hapoel T.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nykesha SALES
  Besiktas
  (183-F/G-76)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sales, Besiktas5.5 
 2. Gladden, Energa T.5.0 
 3. Anosike, Targoviste3.6 
 4. Dubrovina, Dnipro3.5 
 5. Reid, Hatis Yerevan3.4 
 6. Zoll, Botas3.3 
 7. Williams, Dnipro3.3 
 8. Doron, Targoviste3.2 
 9. Skrela, Lattes M.3.2 
 10. Chatzinikola., Athi.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.3 
 2. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.3 
 3. Ivankovic, Sibenik2.0 
 4. Snow, Dynamo K.2.0 
 5. Kovacevic, Hemof.2.0 
 6. Gidden, Sf. G.1.7 
 7. Lukacovicova, MBK R.1.6 
 8. Sowinski, CAB M.1.6 
 9. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.4 
 10. Dacic, Besikt.1.4 


Qualifying Round 5 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Mondeville - SEAT Lami 44-61
SEAT Lami improved its score to 4-1 after defeating Mondeville 44-61. Visitors have also handed its host their first loss and now are tied with the same score. Both teams already booked a spot for the next stage. Game started slowly with both teams struggling at the offensive end. In a low scoring quarter, it was Mondeville who managed to build 12-8 lead. In the second period, intensity of the game picked up somewhat. Both teams improved in offense, while at the same time visitors were able to cut the deficit. At the halftime break, it was Mondeville still up 28-27. After the breather, SEAT players increased their defensive pressure limiting hosts to only 6 third quarter points. This proved to be decisive as SEAT was able to build 34-45 lead. In the final 10 minutes, SEAT players were still in control and have managed to fend off any attempt at comeback. In the end they further extended their lead to record fairly comfortable victory. Anna Vida (184-F-85) led the way for SEAT with 28 points. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) and Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) added 8 points each. On the other side, Aija Putnina (191-F-88) had 11 points while Valeriya Berezhynska added 10.

Sierre - AD Vagos 69-46
Sierre came out strong of the gate to record its first victory in Group A. They rolled over Vagos by 23 points in a game which they controlled from the start. Hosts showed their intentions to win going on the 7-0 run to open the game. By the end of the first quarter, they have build 18-7 lead. In the second, Vagos player gathered their composure so the period was spent in exchanging the baskets. Still at the halftime Sierre still held comfortable 32-22. After the break, Sierre opened the third period with 11-2 run. This run gave them 52-35 lead with 10 minutes to play. This proved to be too much for Vagos players to overcome so in the end Hosts celebrated 69-46 win. Sierre players dominated the glass, outrebounding its opponents 45-29. Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) had a monster game of 26 points and 12 rebounds for winning side. Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management) was equally impressive with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) added 11 points. For Vagos, only Izabela Andrade (182-F-86) reached double digits with 13 points. Next best scorer for visiting side was Mariana Alves who finished the game with 8 points.

Group B
Gran Canaria - Dexia 78-40
Gran Canaria remains undefeated after beating its main rival Dexia. In derby match of Group B, Gran Canaria took full advantage of their home court smashing Dexia with huge 78-40. It means that Granca jumped to 5-0 and of course already secured first place in this pool and spot for the Preliminary Round. Hosts displayed great defense as they didn't allow its opponent to score more than 14 points in single period. Granca opened the game with 10-4 run. Until the end of the first quarter, both teams struggled offensively with hosts posting 4 and visiting team 2 points to set the score at 14-6. Second quarter was better for both teams, but still it was host who dominated. They won the second period by 9 points and as a result they held 36-19 lead at the halftime. More of the same continued after the break, as Gran Canaria players still controlled flow of the game. They managed to further increase their lead, and with 10 minutes to play they were up 57-32. In the final period, hosts did not ease up, but they have increased pressure on defense. After limiting Dexia to only 7 points in the period, Gran Canaria completed the rout winning the game by 38 points margin. Morgan Warburton (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) led the way for winning side with 17 points. She received support from Patricia Arguello (178-F-87) who added 13 and Mireia Navarrete who scored 11 points. On the other side, Jennifer Fleischer (195-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) had double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Fannie Vandesteene (176-F-87) was the only other player to record double digits with 10 points.

Medvescak - Olivais 85-72
Medvescak recorded important win over Olivais which puts them in second place in Group B with 2-3 score. On the other side, Oivais remains last with only 1 win and 4 losses. This gives Medvescak a chance to book a spot for the next stage. Croatian outfit came out strong from the gates. They opened the game in fashion with 10-4 run. Nothing has changed after that and at the end of first quarter the hosts were up 28-14. In the second period, Olivais picked up their intensity but they could not cut the deficit. Medvescak had response to any attempt by Oivas so at the halftime they were still up by 14 as the score was 48-24. After the break, teams continued to exchange baskets, but it was still hosts who controlled the flow of the game. Olivais players in the end won the third by 3 points. They have entered the final quarter trailing 66-43. This proved to be more than comfortable lead for Medvescak as their opponent could not endanger it further. Medvescak players routinely closed the game out and have celebrated deserved 85-72 win in the end. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) led the way for Medvescak with 26 points and 20 rebounds. Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) added 17, while Iva Badanjak chipped in 14 points. On the other side, Sierre got great game from Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) who poured in 27 points.

Group C
Lemminkain. - CAB Madeira 77-61
Lemminkain grabbed this one mostly owing to Rita Milieskiene, who drained 23 points. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) had 15 and Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) added 10 points, plus 7 rebounds. Visitors got 19 points from Candice Champion (185-F-87, college: Texas Arlington). Lemminkainen 2-3, CAB Madeira 0-5.

Lattes Montpe. - MBK Ruzomb. 81-71
Hosts had to work hard to win this one, but Montpellier managed to remain unbeaten. They have overcome Ruzomberok, thanks to the great final quarter recording 81-71 vicotry. This is the 2nd loss for Ruzomberok who remains 2nd in Group C, while Montpellier stays perfect with 5-0. Both teams already booked a spot for the next stage. It did not start well for Montpellier as Ruzomberok players managed to stay close in the first quarter. Visiting team went on 2-9 run to close the period out and gain 13-21 lead. In the second quarter, hosts bounced back and started to impose their game. By the halftime, Montpellier managed to cut the deficit and have tied the game at 33. After the break, teams exchanged baskets for the most of the third quarter. Neither managed to make a run so the game entered the final 10 minutes still tied at 55 apiece. Hosts opened the final quarter with 9-0 run which proved to be decisive for this game. Ruzomberok players tried to come back but they just did not have enough strength. In the end it was deserved win for Montpellier. Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) led the way for hosts with 22 points. Three more players reached double digits as Khadijah Whittington, Sandra Dijon and Constance Jinks all scored 10 points. For Ruzomberok, Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) had 16 points.

Group D
EBE Ibiza-PDV - CCC Polkowice 59-53
EBE Ibiza-PDV grabbed valuable win against CCC Polkowice making a big step forward to the next stage. Shanon Johnson (169-G-85) shined for the hosts with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) added 16 pts and 14 rebs. In Polkowice, Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) had 13 pts and 7 rebs. Ibiza 3-2, Polkowice 4-1.

Nyon - Saarlouis 74-81
Saalarious kept the 2nd place in Group D as they handed Nyon yet another defeat. Nyon remains the only team in this pool which recorded all 5 losses so far. With this victory Saarlouis came very close to the second stage. It started good for Nyon players who opened the game better. By the end of the first quarter they have managed to build 28-21 lead and were looking comfortable. Second quarter was spent in a close battle but Nyon was still maintaining their lead. At the halftime break the score stood at 46-40. After the breather, Saarlouis slowly started to take over the game. They managed to tie it midway through the period and than to take the lead. As result, teams entered the final quarter with visitors being up 57-63. Nyon players seemed to have run out of steam as they were unable to make the game interesting in the final 10 minutes. Saarlouis controlled the match and routinely closed it down for the final score of 74-81. Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) scored 23 points for Saarlouis. She was followed by Stina Barnert (176-G-89) who added 16 and Romy Bar who finished the night with 11 points. For Nyon, Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) and Jalinka Michanux had 15 points each.

Group E
Energa Torun - Sibenik 87-62
Crucial win for Energa Torun, who booked a spot for the next round. Sibenik failed to do it. Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, college: Florida St.) paced the hosts to victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) delivered 24 points in loss. Energa Torun 2-1, Sibenik 1-3.

Group F
Athinaikos - Besiktas 81-60
Athinaikos jumped to 4-1 and Besiktas dropped to 3-2 in Group F. Athinaikos already secured a spot for Preliminary Round, while the Turkish teams also has a nice chance to do it. Candice Wiggins (180-G-87, college: Stanford) and LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) (7 rebs) delivered 18 points each in victory. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 15 pts in loss.

Chevakata - Hatis Yerevan 91-82
Chevakata handed 91-82 loss for Hatis Yerevan for 1-4 in Group F. It is already clear that Chevakata does not have a chance for the next stage, while Hatis Yerevan still has it. Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) led the hosts with 29 points. Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami, FL) had 22 pts and 6 rebs for the guests.

Group G
Dynamo M. - Sf. Gheorghe 86-67
Dynamo Moscow stays perfect after 5 rounds in the Qualifying Round. At the same time, Sf Gheorghe fell to 1-4 and has just theoretically chances to reach the next stage. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) shined for the hosts with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Florina Diacona (176-G-82) scored 26 for the Romanian squad.

Dunav - Hapoel T-A 83-59
Dunav already booked a spot for the Preliminary Round, while Hapoel stays winless after 5 appearances in this competition. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) led the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Visitors got 18 points and 8 boards from Randee Henry (186-F-82, college: UNLV).

Group H
Dynamo K. - Targoviste 82-70
Dynamo Kursk grabbed valuable win against Targoviste and both teams have a nice chance to qualify for the next stage. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) led the winners with 16 points. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) collected 24 points and 10 rebounds for Targoviste.

AEL - Samsun 53-40
The top-ranked AEL had no troubles to beat winless Samsun for 4-1 score in Group H. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) paced his team to victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Samsun got 10 points and 8 boards from Katryna Gaither (191-C-75, agency: LBM Management).

Group I
Nadezhda O. - ICIM Arad 85-54
With this victory Nadezhda secured a spot for the Preliminary Round. Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) shined with 19, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) added 18 pts, plus 9 rebounds. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 8 rebounds for Arad, who fell to poor 0-3.

Group J
Hemofarm - Spartak N. 74-67
2-0 for Hemofarm and 0-2 for Spartak in Group J, the only group with just 2 participants. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had 15 pts and 7 boards, while Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Victoria Shagan (178-G-79) delivered 17 pts. Both teams go to the next round.

Group K
Dynamo-NPU - Dnipro 65-48
Great run in third quarter has enabled Dynamo-NPU to win over Dnipro. The team from Kyiv has improved its score to 2-1 in Group K after recording 65-48 win last night. Dnipro Remains on top with 2-2, but Dynamo-NPU has one more game to play in the Qualifying Round. In case of victory against Zeljeznicar, both Ukrainian teams will advance to the next stage. First quarter was close with teams exchanging baskets. After initial 10 minutes, Dynamo managed to build 18-15 lead. Than in the second frame the tempo of the game slowed down somewhat. Teams struggled in the offensive end, but it was hosts who took advantage of the low scoring period. Dynamo managed to extend its lead and at the halftime they held 30-24. Third quarter proved to be decisive as Dynamo players started to make shots while increasing defensive pressure. They limited Dnipro to only 6 points while they scored 24 themselves until the end. As result they entered thefinal period, holding a comfortable 54-30 lead. This proved to be enough for hosts to celebrate as they routinely closed the game out. Marinela Agalareva (178-F/G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led the way for winning side with 15 points while Alina Iordan (192-C-88) had 14. Natalia Silyanova (173-G-71) was also good for Dynamo with 10 points. On the other side, Iuliya Iakhina (186-C-80) had 18 points.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Spartak V MR
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Taurasi, Spartak .22.7 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.20.2 
 3. Jelavic, Gospic19.0 
 4. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli18.6 
 5. Young, Galatasaray18.4 
 6. Milton-Jones, Ros C.18.3 
 7. Langhorne, Rivas E.17.3 
 8. Burse, TS Wi.17.0 
 9. Matovic, Lotos G.16.9 
 10. Montgomery, TEO.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janell BURSE
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  (197-C-79)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Burse, TS Wi.11.9 
 2. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.1 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.1 
 4. Hollingswort., TEO V.8.7 
 5. Langhorne, Rivas E.8.4 
 6. Brunson, Taranto8.3 
 7. Yilmaz, Fenerbahce8.0 
 8. Godin, Taranto7.9 
 9. Bjelica, TEO V.7.8 
 10. Anderson, Villeneu.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda JELAVIC
  Gospic
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Jelavic, Gospic6.6 
 2. Bermejo, Rivas E.6.0 
 3. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.6 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.5.6 
 5. Pondexter, UMMC5.3 
 6. Cohen, TS Wi.4.7 
 7. Richards, Gorzow4.7 
 8. Fernandez, TS Wi.4.6 
 9. Ratkaine, MKB E.4.4 
 10. Honti, MKB Eur.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa WILLIS
  TTT Riga
  (183-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Willis, TTT Riga3.8 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.3.0 
 3. Perkins, Galatasa.2.8 
 4. Fernandez, TS Wi.2.6 
 5. Horakova, Frisco S.2.6 
 6. Powell, Fenerbahce2.4 
 7. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs2.4 
 8. Jelavic, Gospic2.4 
 9. Lima, TTT Riga2.4 
 10. Vardarli, Fen.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Candice DUPREE
  Dobri Anjeli
  (188-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli1.9 
 2. Burse, TS Wi.1.6 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.4 
 4. McCarville, Spart.1.3 
 5. Lisina, Dobri Anjeli1.3 
 6. Stepanova, UMMC1.3 
 7. Comfort, Villeneuve1.3 
 8. Christon, Lotos G.1.2 
 9. De Souza, Ros C.1.1 
 10. Podkovalniko., Perf.1.1 


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  FINLAND - Women  


WNBA star in PeKa - by Esko Saarinen
Women's cup final will play at Saturday. Espoo Team meets PeKa (Kotka). PeKa as a new player in this match, as Alexis Hornbuckle joins the team for two matches. Alexis is a WNBA star in team Detroit Shock. She is a friend of Lisa Lee, also playing in PeKa and came to Kotka for a friendly visit. She told she can also play as season in WNBA is finished. So Alexisw will be in PeKa for this cup match ad also the following home match against Alku (Forssa). Detroit was this season in semifinals and in the season before WNBA champion. Alexis has also won two NCAA champons in Tenesee University. She is 180 and 24 years old. She can play in any position, but in America she was a guard.

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Leipzig and Oberhausen in financial problems - by Cornelius Damm
Leipzig Eagles and New Basket Oberhausen are both facing some financial difficulties. In a press release BBV Leipzig Eagles announced last week that two main sponsors rescind their agreements due to own financial problems from the world wide crisis. According to the local press in Leipzig the club is missing one third of its budget. In order to react on this new situation the club cancelled the contract of American PG Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB). Although this move might help the club to restructure its business plan it also certainly hurts the squad of Head Coach Ritz Ingram on the basketball court. Guzman is the best scoring guard in the country and topscored all players in 1.DBBL so far with an average of 21.8 PPG on a .484 field goal percentage while adding 6.0 RPG, 2.1 APG and 3.6 SPG.

In Oberhausen the situation appears to be even more dramatic. Not only that evo New Basket Oberhausen fell short of its own expectations sports wise so far in this season, the club now also announced that they are facing some heavy financial problems. According to the local press in Western Germany the club is facing a deficit of almost half of its budget. Nevertheless the club announced a substitution on its American import spot after the Christmas break! Jacqueline Adamshick (183-F-84, agency: 22ft, college: Villanova) was not ablo to live up the expectation of the coaching staff so far and therefore will only get a one way ticket home to the US after the last game in December. When the season continues in January she will be replaced by Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell). The versatile Forward still enjoys a nice reputation in Germany from her successful years in Saarlouis. As a team captain Almind led her 'Royals' to their first title in club history winning the German Cup Challenge in 2008.

At this point both clubs are fighting to survive with numerous fund-raising campaigns in order to end the season correctly on the basketball court and not somewhere in the middle of the season. The board of the DBBL, club officials as well as coaches, players and fans are keeping their fingers crossed right now in Germany to see the season end with 12 teams.



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Athinaikos too much for Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Athinaikos - Besiktas 81-60

Athinaikos jumped to 4-1 and Besiktas dropped to 3-2 in Group F. Athinaikos already secured a spot for the Preliminary Round, while the Turkish team also has a nice chance to do it. It was a close first quarter in which neither team was able to make a run. Bestiktas managed to end this period with 23-25 lead. In the second, visitors started to struggle in offense. As result they scored only 8 points in 10 minutes. This enabled LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) and her teammates to take the lead at the halftime as the score stood at 41-32. Hosts continued where they left off in the third quarter. Again they displayed great defense, allowing visiting team 10 points this time. So with 10 minutes left to play, Athinaikos has extended its lead to 61-42. This proved too much for Besiktas to handle. Athinaikos players routinely kept their advanta